Our students did a fantastic job at the annual talent show.
Wendy Henderson teaches YE to her middle school students at Vista Grove Preparatory Academy in Mesa, Arizona. “Youth Entrepreneurs helps them believe they can accomplish anything, no matter their circumstances, even at a young age. Entrepreneurism puts them in charge of their lives.” Meet Wendy.
Her YE connection: Wendy warmly refers to her school’s principal, Mr. Batista, as “a businessman at heart.” With Youth Entrepreneurs already in place at nearby high schools, he was eager to bring the program to Vista Grove. “Our kids tend to come to us with low self-esteem because of their home circumstances,” Wendy says. “YE helps students believe they can accomplish anything no matter what their circumstances are.”
YE in middle school: Youth Entrepreneurs typically takes place in high school classrooms. But with curriculum rooted in foundational values and timeless principles, YE can be applied
across many disciplines and in many settings. Wendy sees the big impact YE is having on her middle school class. “Our students are still young enough that they’re not too cool to learn! I hope to make a difference for them and teach them to be advocates for their own education. YE helps to give them that strong foundation.” And her students hold their own at pitch competitions — even in competition with high school Youth Entrepreneurs students, they been very successful, taking second and first place! “It gives them such a belief in themselves!”
Most memorable mindset shift moment: “The most profound change I have noticed is after we did the handshake activity,” Wendy says. “In this day and age, kids have a really tough time with direct eye contact. But now I’ve noticed that every time they come into class, and also speaking to people outside of class, they’re looking people in the eye. That’s huge in everyday life. You can’t network well unless you can look people in the eye, and that’s been a mindset shift for all our students.”
The power of an entrepreneurial mindset: Before becoming an educator, Wendy was a business owner herself. She owned a moving and storage company — but business ownership simply wasn’t her passion. “I try to teach my students that entrepreneurial skills don’t apply only to owning a business,” she says. “We’re all entrepreneurs of our own lives.” She puts a heavy focus on YE’s Foundational Values because she knows those will carry her students far.
"We’re all entrepreneurs of our own lives."
How she defines entrepreneur for her students: “An entrepreneur is someone who is in charge of their own life and solves a problem for profit,” Wendy says. “Even if the problem is finding a job, and you are the product you’re selling, that’s entrepreneurship!”
YE equips students to overcome obstacles. A great obstacle Wendy has overcome: Wendy took classes at community college after dropping out of high school and getting her GED. “I studied accounting, but it wasn’t my passion,” she remembers. Many years later, while she was a single mom of three, she decided to go back to college while working several part-time jobs. “My kids were 15, 12 and 1. I look back on it now and I don’t know how I did it!” She earned her degree in Child and Adolescent Psychology at Tarleton State University, and then earned her Master’s degree in Education at the University of Phoenix.
If her students remember just one lesson from YE, it’s this: “Our students learn that they’re in charge of their own lives. If you know what you want your life to look like, then go out and create that life. The best way to predict the future is to create it!”
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What is the story of groundhogs day, what does it mean? Why on every February 2nd, does Punxsutawney Phil (Punxsutawney Phil is the name of a groundhog in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. On February 2 each year, the town of Punxsutawney celebrates the legendary groundhog with a festive atmosphere of music and food) Come out to view his shadow?
Let's check it out.
(Adapted from "Groundhog Day: 1886 to 1992" by Bill Anderson)
Groundhog Day, February 2nd, is a popular tradition in the United States. It is also a legend that traverses centuries, its origins clouded in the mists of time with ethnic cultures and animals awakening on specific dates. Myths such as this tie our present to the distant past when nature did, indeed, influence our lives. It is the day that the Groundhog comes out of his hole after a long winter sleep to look for his shadow.
If he sees it, he regards it as an omen of six more weeks of bad weather and returns to his hole.
If the day is cloudy and, hence, shadowless, he takes it as a sign of spring and stays above ground.
The groundhog tradition stems from similar beliefs associated with Candlemas Day and the days of early Christians in Europe, and for centuries the custom was to have the clergy bless candles and distribute them to the people. Even then, it marked a milestone in the winter and the weather that day was important.
Read the book by Gail Gibbons an American writer and illustrator of children's books. She was born in Oak Park, Illinois, and studied graphic design at the University of Illinois.
January 23, 2017
News from the Kindergarten
Jan 23rd --- 100 Day Activity. All Day Activities and Special Treats. You don’t want to Miss it!!
Jan. 25th --- Kinder Prep 5:30-6:30 at VGPA
February 2nd --- Ground Hog Day --- Special Shadow Activities
Feb. 8th --- Kinder Prep –5:30-6:30 at VGPA
February 14th --- Valentine Activity February 19th --- Presidents’ Day --- No School
NOTE: We have special light up snowflakes that we will turn on whenever we have everyone present for class.
Also watch for Kinder Prep News.
We are registering for Kindergarten 2018-2019 School Year.
Vista Grove Predatory Academy would like to inform you that it is National Bath Safety Month. Please lets continue to keep the fun in the tub throughout the month of January, by following the 4 tips for national bath safety month.
1) Stay with the child at all times.
2) Prevent slips.
3) Test the temperature of the water.
4) Beware of sharp edges.
For further information please visit http://www.scholastic.com/parents/resources/article/parent-child/4-tips-national-bath-safety-month
Vista Grove Kinder Prep
January 2018 Newsletter
Welcome to Vista Grove’s Kinder Prep Program. We are excited to have you join us in some activities to help your child be ready to enjoy the Kindergarten Program next year. There are many ways that we can prepare our children for a year of fun and learning. This month we are continuing to emphasize some ways that you can count down to Kindergarten.
I hope that you enjoyed the counting cards that we sent out in December. Here is a little review of the things that we discussed in 2017:
Reading aloud to your child will provide a great model for their beginning literacy skills. Children mimic what they see and those children who are exposed to books early in life tend to enjoy books later in life. By listening to you read and watching how you treat a book, they begin their first exposure to the printed word. Some parents are taking college classes and feel that they don’t have the time to read to their children. This can be accomplished in a couple different ways. First, read your class material to your child. They will not understand all the words but they will still gain a sense of print awareness. Second, give your child a five minute bedtime story. The library has several “Five Minute” Bedtime Story books. Those five minutes will be well worth the time as it helps your child to settle down and get ready to sleep. There is no doubt that the calming effect of books may put us all to sleep. Remember you do not necessarily have to read to your child in English. You may read to them in whatever language you are comfortable with in your home. The effects are still the same. This month we will be passing out laminated writing cards for the children to practice writing their name. Please register in the office so that we can prepare these teaching tools ahead of time. We look forward to seeing you next month. Ms. Sofiane and Mrs. Mohler
What’s Coming Up
Take home packet to include books and writing activities.
December 18, 2017
News from the Kindergarten
The kids did a fantastic job at the Christmas Program. We really want to thank Ms. Wiggall for all her hard work. We are still doing make up tests for NWEA. The children did a great job with their tests this week and I am very proud of them.
Winter Break ---December 25th to January 8th
December 21st and 22nd --- Thursday and Friday- EARLY Release Days before THE HOLIDAY
December 20th --- Homework Due and the Ned Show at 9:00 AM December 22nd --- Last Day of school before Christmas Break
December 22nd --- Grade Cards
January 8th –Monday --- First Day Back
January 19th --- Wednesday – No School-Teacher In-Service
January 11h ---Thursday ---Kinder Prep at VGPA –5:30-6:30 PM January 15th – Monday --- No School---MLK Day Homework This week’s homework is not due until December 20th, WEDNESDAY. Monday’s red Folder will include another book to read and an Assignment sheet for IXL practice over the holidays. . I am so proud of my students for their extra work on IXL.com. It is really showing up in their progress. Remember that extra homework credit is given next quarter for your practicing.
This week’s Snack Menu Tuesday – Grapefruit Wednesday – Turnps Merry Christmas to all!!!!! Mrs Mohler