SCV Education News
August, 2020 - Issue #191
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Legacy's CEOs are Banking on Kindness
What's it like to be a CEO ... in elementary school? Legacy Christian Academy's Chief Encouragement Officers (CEOs) will tell you the Valencia campus' newest program has put them on the fast track - to kindness! "As children grow older and are exposed to contradictory qualities - like through unsavory mediated characters that champion poor behavior - positive traits can take a backseat," says Head of School and local education expert Matt Millett. "Our CEO programming puts generosity of spirit front and center - because empathy and compassion are essential characteristics of good leadership."
The campus-wide initiative has been incredibly well received by Legacy students. "We learn about Christ-like character traits during Chapel and 'CEO' is part of that," shares Jacob Lazar, a Legacy sixth-grader. "I earned a CEO badge for helping another student on the playground. Being given the CEO badge really touched my heart because it's a big honor. You wear the badge and everyone knows you are working on being a leader. It makes me feel important to the school."
The CEO program not only encourages Legacy learners to give of themselves to others, but also to work on developing a leadership mindset that meets the needs of the 21st century. "We know that today's children are inheriting a world that could benefit greatly from business owners, innovators, strategists, parents, politicians and citizens who don't measure success exclusively by the bottom line but by how their work positively impacts people locally and globally," shares Millett. "We want our learners to see how they can make a difference every day."
Emmy Tohill, a Legacy fifth-grader, explains: "The CEO badge means that you help make other people's day better. When I earned it, the badge made me want to be a better example to younger students, and it showed me what I am truly capable of."
Legacy Christian Academy is a kinder-to-eighth private school in Valencia. 257-7377

Did You Know... College Edition
Sammy the Slug - a banana slug - is a mascot for the University of California at Santa Cruz.
You can earn a degree in Bowling Management at the University of Indiana. Classes cover topics like pro-shop operations and pinsetter mechanics.
Kermit the Frog has a Doctorate of Amphibious Letters from Southampton College, where he also gave a commencement speech.
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SCVi Learners Excel in a Culture of Adaptability
At SCVi, iLEAD's founding school, we are fortunate to be a part of the iLEAD California Network. With an amazing technology team and experienced staff of online facilitators leading the way, SCVi was preparing for this sudden transition prior to March 13. In fact, in some crucial ways, we've been preparing since our founding in 2008.
On March 16, the first day our campus was closed to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, our existing distance learning model was up and running for our entire school at every grade level. Our students were able to maintain an uninterrupted connection with their facilitators and classmates through a virtual classroom beginning on day one of our site closure.
SCVi's ability to provide a seamless transition to an online education format was a work in progress for more than a decade and was thanks to a culture that transcended a building. At SCVi, our learners and facilitators have and will always incorporate the latest technology into their learning every day. And we've built a culture of individualized learning that continued through the end of the school year. We encourage learners to think for themselves, and we instill in each one the confidence and character to inspire others. Each child learns outside the walls of the classroom, at home, on field trips and in everyday life - by taking ownership of their academic growth.
While, as of this publication deadline, we cannot be certain what the 2020/2021 school year will look like, we can be certain it will prioritize voice, choice and personalization - and that our learners and facilitators will be prepared.

When Fall School Schedules are the "Great Unknown," Double Down on the Familiar
Online? Homeschool? Hybrid? Who knows.
When it comes to hypothesizing about fall school schedules, even the most patient parent can come unglued. And if it's that tough on us, imagine how unsettled our community's children feel - especially when so many other elements of their lives are also disrupted.
"We've never had so many kids say they were happy to see us!" jokes Dr. Marvin Tong, DDS. The family dentist's Valencia office, now open with strict safety regulations and premier PPE in office, has seen an uptick of kids who are catching up on missed checkups and treatments. "Parents are eager to add normalcy to their children's summer schedule - and get ahead of any 'surprises' come fall," says Becky Short, office manager for Dr. Tong's practice.
Dr. Marvin Tong, DDS 268-6284

Be Homeschool Teacher of the Year with Free Resources from the Smithsonian
With kids at home, it can feel like you're starting from scratch as you search for ways to keep them busy, stimulated and engaged in their education - while also trying to do the 1,000 other things you're responsible for as Mom and Dad. But there are incredible resources for fun, interactive at-home learning that you can rely on for help, and still look like the "cool mom" who makes distance learning fun and easy. (Phew!)
To make their educational resources more readily available, the Smithsonian is offering free, interactive distance learning collections complete with video webinars, lessons, activities and shows - all designed by Smithsonian museum educators and backed by classroom teachers. There are over 52 episodes of "Science How" webinars that take a deep dive into subjects from paleontology to social studies, and kids can join live in upcoming webinars that invite participants to ask questions while approaching concepts through the lens of Smithsonian experts.
If too much screen time is a concern, there's an incredible free resource that's quite honestly blown our Mom minds. The Smithsonian's Summer Road Trip 40-page activity guide uses the vast collections and expertise of the Smithsonian to take learners on their own summer "road trip" of discovery. Through hands-on activities, riddles, puzzles, games and even recipes, students will explore topics in STEM, history and the arts - from designing a vehicle of the future to creating a program for your own cultural arts festival. Plus, this guide features bilingual Spanish/English language content. It's an amazing way to travel the country - finding lessons and activities along the way - without ever leaving your home. Download your guide today at
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