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2014 Summary of Success

Recent studies like the ones conducted by the RAND Corporation and Wallace Foundation and the Harvard Family Research Project show that "summer learning loss" (what kids forget while on vacation) has a greater impact on low-income students.
                  PBS NEWS HOUR - AMERICAN GRADUATE -- August 21, 2012 at 9:57 AM EDT

The most heartwarming aspect of VMSRA 2014 . . .
Volunteers and students are dedicated to joining together each summer to enjoy reading and English language learning.  One experienced professional teacher who served for the first time as an adult tutor said, “The children were about the happiest I have ever seen in a school!”  Additionally, one sweet student said she loved learning “curly” writing!  And perhaps the best moment of all was when a tutor appeared, unexpectedly and unscheduled, saying, “I had a day free, and I loved being here so much yesterday, I thought you wouldn’t mind if I came again today”. 
 
We are deeply grateful to our 2014 Partners for their outstanding Year Five support.  We could not have provided such a loving, safe, dietary conscious four week learning environment without the support of:
  • Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church
  • Martha Stowe and Vickery Meadow Youth Development Foundation and Eagle Scholars
  • Shanekia Sanders-Brown, Summer Principal, and David Casco-Asst. Summer Principal-Jack Lowe Elementary
  • Marcus Brown, Jack Lowe/Tasby Head Custodian
  • DISD Facilities and Summer Food Program Teams
  • Anita Siegers and North Park Presbyterian Church
  • Pam, Kaylee and Larry Little - Ace Fences
  • Nancy Lubar and Temple Emanu-El
  • Youth  from Greenhill, Hillcrest, Ursulin, Jesuit, Townview Magnet, Conrad HS, Dallas International School, Lake Highlands HS, and Hockaday
  • /Lake Highland/Richardson – Heather Noel and Allison Wisk
  • Rozann Hermann and Jewish War Veterans, Ladies Auxiliary #256, Dallas
  • First Republican Women's Club - Dallas County
  • Highland Park Presbyterian Church
  • Northway Bible Church
  • VMLC
  • Hugo Espiritu -Picasso's Pizza
Student Demographics - 2014 Attendance:  154, with 134 Students Average/Day
      • 81 (60%) Achieved Perfect Attendance and received 5 gold $1 coins in reward
      • 30 Students returned from prior years, and presented “Victory in Vickery” medals
      • Nationalities included American, Mexican, Sudanese, Thai, Kenyan, Eritrean, Somalian, Nepalese, and Bhutanese
      • Ages 5 to 7 - 31 students (necessary for older siblings to attend)
      • Age 8 – 42 students
      • Ages 9 to 10 – 51 students
      • Ages 11 to 12 – 30 Students
Students – Temple Emanu-El’s Nancy Lubar again supported VMSRA 2014 with both funding and registration of students from Pebbles/The Bridge.  We also recruited at Jack Lowe and McShan Elementaries, with emphasis on Third Grade.  We will continue to emphasize Third Grade in future years.
           
Tutor/Youth Leaders – 6 strong (8 returning for Second Year, 10 returning for Third Year, 8 returning for Fourth          Year, 5 returning for Fifth Year)
 
We will need 60+ full-time Tutors/Youth Leaders in 2015.  Each 2014 valued participating volunteer is listed below.
 
          Valued Tutors/Youth Leaders
                             ** Second Year
                             *** Third Year
                             **** Fourth Year
                             ***** Fifth Year
                             # Connection made through VolunteerMatch.com
                             @McShan, Tasby, Conrad Assistant Youth Leader and former VMSRA Student
                             $ Conrad Eagle Scholar
15 of 64 are PHPC                       
 
Adam Bartlett **   Aldo Padilla*****  Alice White***   Allison Lorimer***    Anthony Gilbreath@
Barbara Neill*****  Beena Adhikari@   Betty Muse****  Bing Han**   Bruce Patti  
Camille Andrews  Cindy Cunningham   Dalene Buhl*****   Daniel Walker***   David Carris**   Dawn Levy   Debbie Tunnell****   Edna Clemens**   Ellen Margaret Andrews   Emma Rivera#   Emilly Bawier**   Enrica Zocchi   Ereonia Jackson@  Evelyn Rayo@   Eugene Massad****   Gauthier Fally **   Haley Dotter   Hortense Sutton#   Janie Hughes***   Jaycee Padilla *****  
Joan Gremont     Joan Hemer ****   Joan Orleans***   John Buhl*****    John Latson  
 John Walker  Jordan Thomas****   Julia Wright**   Kalen Doyle ***  Kathy Bufkin**  
 Leah Bartlett**   Maddy Rosenbaum    Marc Rosenbaum   Marcum Hicks   Marisol Galvez@   Marnie Wildenthal*****     Marshana Westly@  Martha Daniels****   Mary Piper# 
 Nancy Britton****   Nancy Lubar**     Nge Meh@   Pat Warren***   Pedi e Bramblett  
Rachel Sheumaker   Rosemary Curtis*****     Ruth Whelan****   Say Meh@   Stephen Teng#  Steve Silverman   Teresa Balderas$****  West Roberts**   William Roberts*** 
                                                         
Youth Leaders – Youth Leaders received further development opportunities with even more decision making authority and leadership responsibility.  They were actively engaged in all decisions regarding athletics, lunch, information distribution, and coordination of after school pick-up routine.  They were required to “clock in” each day, to gain an appreciation for Job Ready skills, and hours not recorded were not counted when preparing their individual Service Hour Reports.  Emphasis was placed on real-world experience and performance.  Following directions, being prompt, reporting out, working in groups in an inspiring manner, anticipating needs, all were a part of Youth Leader development.
 
Youth Leader Kalen Doyle accepted full Lead Tutor responsibility, leading her class of student newcomers, guiding three other Youth Leaders the entire four weeks of Academy.  When two other experienced adult teachers could not volunteer for Academy one week, Eugene Massad and Jordan Thomas stepped up and lead their classes, providing a meaningful experience for their groups of students.
 
Youth Leader Scholarship - Summer 2013, a scholarship element was added to Youth Leadership, and one Youth Leader will be recognized with the First Republican Women’s Club Ethyel Stallings Founders Award, and will receive a $500 scholarship in February 2015.
 
Tutors – Recruiting via the internet on several sites again this year resulted in four stellar Tutor additions.  We will continue to grow our internet marketing volunteer opportunities via VolunteersMatch.com, neighborsgo.com, and other sites.
                  
Timing of Academy (July 10 through August 7) – Even though we coincided with various competing summer day camps, attendance and participation was robust.  2015 class start date is set for July 14, 2015, Tutor Orientation July 13, 2015.  Move in will be July 9/10.
 
Venue –Jack Lowe Elementary was again superb.  We deeply appreciate the adequate space, cleanliness of facilities, professionalism and support provided VMSRA by the entire staff, and most especially Summer Principal Shanekia Sanders-Barnes, Facilities, Transportation, and Summer Food Services.  Student safety, comfort, adequate space, and play areas will continue to be high priorities.  In December 2014, DISD District Director, Stephanie Elizalde, assured us that Jack Lowe will serve as our permanent Academy home for years to come, and we are appreciative.
 
Food – For the second summer, VMSRA received food through DISD Food Services.  Students enjoyed 2 hot meals daily.
 
Curriculum – Received high marks from Tutors/Youth Leaders and students.  We will continue to improve early learning and newcomer lesson plans, increasing word games, and increasing difficulty in Level 4 in 2015, where we are seeing significant achievement levels.  Cursive writing was again a hit, and will be embedded throughout all future curricula.
 
Brain and Body Warm Up-Puzzles and Gym – Before school, puzzles and crafts were spread throughout the cafeteria, and were again a huge success as a pre-breakfast activity, as well as the gym for before school Brain and Body Warm Up.  These activities were coordinated through the gifted work of Leah Bartlett, a Youth Leader working on her Girl Scout Gold Award Project, whose poise and professionalism resulted in her being mistaken for a certified teacher.  Leah personally recruited four additional Youth Leders.
 
Publicity – We are grateful to Heather Noel and Allison Wisk of Dallas Morning News neighborsgo.com/Lake Highlands/Richardson, who featured VMSRA 2014 as their August 1, 2014 cover story, with a two page spread of 4 photos and a great story of our history and learning objectives.  We continued VMSRA tote bags for Tutors and Youth Leaders. 
 
Website and other internet notificationswww.vickery-meadow-summer-academy.com will continue to be encouraged for even more valued use by Tutors and potential Partners.  VolunteerMatch, neighborsg.com, and other connection sites will continue to be maximized.
 
Parents – Parents were encouraged to come into the Academy to pick up their students this year, which permitted many mothers with small children to feed them while at Academy, both breakfast and lunch.  We encouraged mothers to work as volunteers, but none were able to do so this summer.
 
Book Donation – For the third year in a row, books of various interest levels were donated, this year by NorthPark Presbyterian Church and Daniel and John Walker and Family.  Students loved “shopping” for books, which were given as incentives for work well done.
 
Athletics – VMSRA Youth Leaders provided a wholesome, challenging soccer session, this year without the help of professional coaches each Thursday.  Again this year, basketball was added as an option.  Viewed as a solid weekly incentive for attendance, soccer and basketball will be continued in 2015.
 
Final Budget - We concluded the 2014 Academy under budget.  VMSRA budget will be flat in 2015 for the third year.  
 
2015 Goals:
 
  • Expand VMSRA Partner base with additional churches
  • Prepare for 180 students in 2015 in 15 classrooms.
  • Coordinate with DISD in January at the Feeder District Level and continue to secure 15 classrooms of Jack Lowe.
  • Add more puzzles and word games before and during classes.
  • Strengthen each of 15 classes through assignment of one experienced Adult Tutor, one new Adult Tutor, one or more Youth Leaders, and one Assistant Youth Leader.  Continue to recruit tutors nationwide through sites such as VolunteerMatch.com and neighborsgo.com.
  • Continue to provide expanded before school Brain and Body exercises through programming developed by Youth Leader, Leah Bartlett’s Girl Scout Gold Award
  • Continue to embed cursive writing throughout the curriculum at age 7 and above
  • Partner even more strongly with McShan and Lowe for advance parent notification, and appropriate reading skills grouping of students
  • Continue to improve coordination with other area children’s programs to reduce schedule conflicts and encourage and support VMSRA Student Perfect Attendance
  • Student recruiting will be done between Kinder and Fourth Grades at Jack Lowe and McShan Elementaries,  with particular emphasis on Third Grade.  Younger siblings of returning or new older students will be included to enable older student attendance.
  • No DISD Summer School students, even though pre-registered, will be permitted to enter Academy past the first week, as it is too difficult for both students and tutors to catch them up after the first week
  • Students who attend sporadically will not be urged to return.
  • When registering for 2015, students will be given a reminder magnet:
 
                                               
2013 Summary of Success
 
Again, the most heartwarming aspect of VMSRA 2013 . . .
Almost every Tutor/Youth Leader voiced VMSRA 2014 will be their ministry of choice, and are eager to work to make 2014 even better yet!  While there remain no plans to do so, students again expressed desire for more weeks of Summer Academy, and longer days.
We are grateful to our 2013 Partners for their outstanding Year Four support.  We could not have provided such a loving, safe, dietary conscious four week learning environment without the support of:
  • Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church
  • Vickery Meadow Youth Development Foundation and Eagle Scholars
  • Yesevia Cardoza, Principal-Jack Lowe Elementary
  • Imelda Milan, Jack Lowe Office Manager
  • Marcus Brown, Jack Lowe/Tasby Head Custodian
  • DISD Facilities and Summer Food Program Teams
  • North Park Presbyterian Church
  • Nancy Lubar and Temple Emanu-El
  • ESD, Greenhill, Hillcrest, Ursulin, Jesuit and Hockaday Youth Groups
  • First Republican Women's Club - Dallas County
  • Highland Park Presbyterian Church
  • Northway Bible Church
  • VMLC
  • Pam and Larry Little - Ace Fences
  • Mike Uremovich, Dinamo Sports
  • Hugo Espiritu -Picasso's Pizza
  • Angelina Avalos – Vickery Meadow Improvement District
Student Demographics - 2013 Attendance:  139 Students Avg/Day
      • 65 Achieved Perfect Attendance and received 5 gold $1 coins in reward; 4 missed one day and received four $1 silver coins for a total 50% Perfect Attendance
      • 51 Students returned from prior years:  3 Fourth Year Students, 16 Third Year Students, and 31 Second Year Students, all of whom were presented “Victory in Vickery” medals
      • Nationalities included American, Mexican, Sudanese, Thai, Kenyan, Nepalese, and Bhutanese
      • Ages 5 to 7 - 44 students (necessary for older siblings to attend)
      • Age 8 – 26 students
      • Ages 9 to 10 – 30 students
      • Ages 11 to 12 – 38 Students
           
Tutor/Youth Leaders – 48 strong (11 returning for Second Year, 5 returning for Third Year, 8 returning for Fourth Year), and 1 mother of students. 
We will need 60 or more Tutors/Youth Leaders in 2014.  Each participating 2013 volunteer is listed below.
 
          Valued Tutors/Youth Leaders
                             ** Second Year
                             *** Third Year                            
                             ****Fourth Year                                    17 of 48 are PHPC                     
Adam Bartlett
Alice White**
Allison Loreimer**
Amy Lowther
Anne Edwards**
Barbara Neill***
Betty Muse***
Chris Verling
Dalene Buhl****
Daniel Walker**
David Carris
Debbie Tunnell***
 Edna Clemmons
Emilly Bawier
Eugene Massad***
Evelyn Romero
Gabby Gutierrez Angel
Gauthier Fally
Janie Hughes**
Joan Hemer***
Joan Orleans**
John Buhl****
Jordan Thomas***
Julia Wright
Kathy Bufkin
Katie Francis
Kalen Doyle**
Kaylee Little
Kristi Gutzman
Leah Bartlett
Marjorie Burditt
Marnie Wildenthal****
Martha Daniels***
Nancy Britton***
Pat Warren**
Rita Koger
Rosemary Curtis****
Rozann Hermann
Ruth Whelan***
Sheila McCartor
Sylvia Garcia**
Teresa Balderas***
Tila Subedi
Tory Agnich**
West Roberts
William Roberts**
Xi Thang
  Yolanda Allen
Timing of Academy (July 15 through August 8) – Even though we coincided with Ramadan, and various competing summer day camps, attendance and participation was robust.  2014 Class Start date is set for July 15, 2014, Tutor Orientation July 14, 2014, Classroom Set Up Friday, July 11, 2014
 
Venue –Jack Lowe Elementary was superb.  We deeply appreciate the adequate space, cleanliness of facilities, professionalism and support provided VMSRA by the entire staff, and most especially Principal Yesevia Cardoza, Facilities, Transportation, and Summer Food Services.  Student safety, comfort, adequate space, and play areas will continue to be high priorities.
 
Food – For the second summer, VMSRA received food through DISD Food Services.  Students enjoyed 2 hot meals daily.
 
Curriculum – Received high marks from Tutors/Youth Leaders and students.  We will continue to improve early earning lesson plans, and increase difficulty in upper stages in 2014, where we are seeing significant achievement levels.  Cursive writing was introduced this summer, was a hit, and will be embedded throughout curriculum in 2014.
 
Puzzles and Gym – Before school puzzles were spread throughout the Jack Lowe cafeteria, and were a huge success as a pre-breakfast activity, as well as the gym for baseball and scooters.  Before-school activities coordination will be improved through the work of a Youth Leader’s Girl Scout Gold Award Project.
 
Youth Leaders – Youth Leaders were given more decision making authority and leadership responsibility this summer.  They were actively engaged in all decisions regarding athletics, lunch, information distribution, and changes in pick-up routine.  They were required to “clock in” each day, to gain an appreciation for Job Ready skills, and hours not recorded were not counted when preparing their individual Service Hour Reports.  Emphasis was placed on real-world experience and performance.  Following directions, being prompt, reporting out, working in your group in an inspiring manner, anticipating needs, all were a part of Youth Leader development.
 
In one Youth Leader’s case, when the experienced teacher who prepared curriculum could not volunteer for Academy this year, Kalen Doyle stepped up and lead her Team of six (two adults and three other Youth Leaders) to provide a meaningful experience for the largest group of students of any group, many of whom had not attended school before.
 
This year, we introduced a scholarship element to Youth Leadership, and one Youth Leader will be recognized with the First Republican Women’s Club Ethyel Stallings Founders Award, and a $500 scholarship.
 
Tutors – We recruited via the internet on several sites for the first time this year, resulting in stellar Tutor and Youth Leader additions.  We were seen by a Masters in Education student who needed hours to finish her Masters Program, requiring classroom observation by her counselor.  We will increase awareness of local universities that we are a superb “finishing school” for summer MEd Program students.
 
Students – Temple Emanu-El’s Nancy Lubar supported VMSRA 2013 with both funding and registration of 10 students from Pebbles/The Bridge.  Word spread, and more than 10 students attended at any one time during the Academy, but only one achieved Perfect Attendance, and he was lauded as a stellar student.  He is being rewarded by one volunteer with a new pair of tennis shoes, as he is also a great basketball player, but his shoes prevented his best performance.
 
Another VMSRA student, identified last summer as needing far more one-on-one attention, has been granted a Hillier School Scholarship.  This eleven-year old girl has repeated Third Grade, so must be advanced, yet reads at a First Year Ninth Month level.  Hillier will provide the nurturing, one-on-one environment for this dyslexic student, and VMSRA is beholden to Highland Park Presbyterian Church for scholarships for Hillier and After School Care, and to Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church for scholarship to provide transportation, incidentals, and books.  The family is also partnering to contribute each month for the student’s education.
 
Parents – Parents were encouraged to come into the Academy to pick up their students this year, which permitted many mothers with small children to feed them while at Academy, both breakfast and lunch.  We encouraged mothers to work as volunteers, and one was able to carve out time to do so.  We will continue to emphasize parental involvement.
 
Baseline Measures and Outcomes – Will continue to be emphasized. 2014 will see even more emphasis by Tutors on pre and post measurements.
 
Book Donation – For the second year in a row, over 1,000 books of various interest levels were donated, this year by Parkland Legal Services Team, a special donor, and Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church members.  Students loved “shopping” for books, which were given as incentives for work well done.
 
Tasby/Conrad Eagle Scholars – 1 Eagle Scholar arrived Fourth Week of Academy, providing solid role model/mentorship.  This Eagle Scholar wrote that “Summer Academy is like her home every summer, and she sees VMSRA to be the same for many of our returning students.”   Eagle Scholars will be invited for 2014, and we will provide more in-depth training.
 
Athletics – DinamoSports provided a wholesome, challenging soccer camp each Thursday.  Basketball was added as an option Weeks Three and Four.  Viewed as a solid weekly incentive for attendance, soccer and basketball will be continued in 2014.
 
Publicity – We introduced VMSRA tote bags for Tutors and Youth Leaders.  We posted a story and photo in neighborsgo.com sections Park Cities, Richardson/Lake Highlands, and White Rock/Lakewood.
 
Website www.vickery-meadow-summer-academy.com was a solid addition last year, was augmented with a recurring page this year, and we will continue to encourage even more usage by Tutors, potential Partners.  We will add a webpage just for Youth Leaders:  “What’s Happening with Youth Leaders between Summer Academies?”
 
Final Budget - We concluded the 2012 Academy $1500 under budget, due to savings in no need for transportation.  VMSRA budget will be flat in 2014.  
 
2014 Goals:
 
  • Expand VMSRA Partner base
  • Prepare for 180 students in 2014 in 14 classrooms, coordinating with DISD in January at the Feeder District Level in hopes of securing two entire wings of Jack Lowe.
  • Add more puzzles, better coordination of gym activities.
  • Embed cursive writing throughout the curriculum at age 7 and above
  • Partner even more strongly with McShan and Lowe for advance parent notification, and appropriate skills grouping of students
  • Strive to improve coordination with area churches to encourage and support VMSRA Student Perfect Attendance
  • No recruiting will be done below Second Grade.  Only younger siblings of returning or new older students will be included
  • No students, even though they pre-registered, will be permitted to register and join Academy past the first week
  • No DISD Summer School students, even though they pre-registered,  will be permitted to enter Academy past the first week, as it is too difficult for both students and tutors to catch them up after the first week
  • Students who attend sporadically will not be urged to return.  
 
                                    
2012 Summary of Success
 
Recent studies like the ones conducted by the RAND Corporation and Wallace Foundation and the Harvard Family Research Project show that "summer learning loss" (what kids forget while on vacation) has a greater impact on low-income students.
                                   PBS NEWSHOUR - AMERICAN GRADUATE -- August 21, 2012 at 9:57 AM EDT
 
The most heartwarming aspect of VMSRA 2012 . . .
Almost every Tutor/Youth Leader/Bus Driver/Cook voiced VMSRA 2013 is their ministry of choice, and are eager to work to make 2013 even better yet!  While there are no plans to do so, students expressed desire for more weeks of Summer Academy, and longer days.
We are grateful to our 2012 Partners for their outstanding Year Three support.  We could not have provided such a loving, safe, dietary conscious four week learning environment without the support of:
  • Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church
  • Vickery Meadow Youth Development Foundation and Eagle Scholars
  • Yesenia Cardoza and Pauline Sias, Principal-Jack Lowe Elementary
  • Dayann Carson, Principal-McShan Elementary
  • DISD Facilities, Summer Food Program and Transportation (now Dallas County Schools)
  • North Park Presbyterian Church and Pentecost Offering
  • Park Cities Baptist Church
  • Hunger Busters (Eatzi's and Phil Romano)
  • Penny Coney of Temple Emanu-El
  • Trish Houck’s Tremendous Tutor Team
  • ESD, Greenhill, Richardson HS and Hockaday Youth Groups
  • First Republican Women's Club - Dallas County
  • Royal Lane Baptist Church
  • Highland Park Presbyterian Church
  • Northway Bible Church
  • Wilshire Baptist Church
  • VMLC
  • Pam and Larry Little - Ace Fences
  • Mike Uremovich, Dinamo Sports
  • Hugo Espiritu -Picasso's Pizza
  • North Park AMC Theater
  • Beverly Patrick and Family
  • Joan Chalkley
Student Demographics - 2012 Attendance:  177 plus 28 Science students at least one day,
137 + 20 Science Avg/Day
      • 65 Achieved Perfect Attendance (36.7%) and received 5 gold $1 coins in reward
      • 29 (of 45) Second Year Students, 10 (of 16) Third Year Students (presented medals)
      • Nationalities included American, Mexican, Nepalese, Sudanese, Thai, Kenyan and Bhutanese
      • Ages 5 to 7 - 17 students (necessary for older siblings to attend)
      • Ages 7 to 9 – 58 students – Second Graders
      • Ages 10 to 12 – 112 students – Third, Fourth, Fifth Graders
             
Tutor/Youth Leaders – 56 strong (13 returning for Second Year, 6 returning for Third Year). 
We will add ten or more Tutors/Youth Leaders in 2013.  Please see this important listing for each valued volunteer.
 
          Valued Tutors/Youth Leaders
                              ** Second Year
                              *** Third Year
                              ***+ 2010 Student returning as Youth Leader and first VMSRA Eagle Scholar
Alice
McCurdy
Alice
White
Allison
Lorimer
Alondra Martinez***+
Anne
Edwards
Barbara
Neill***
Ben
Lorimer
Betty
Muse**
Bille
Adams
Cindy
Finley**
Clare
Kernie
Cris
Oliver
Dalene
Buhl***
Daniel
Walker
Debbie
Stinnett
Debbie Tunnell***
Emilly
Bawier
Eugene
Massad
Ginney
Gurney
Gloria Valadez***
Jami
 Wood
Jan
Bendkisen
Janie
Hughes
Jie
Yu
Joan
Hemer**
Joan
Orleans
John
Buhl***
Jordan Thomas**
Judy
Bryant**
Kalen
Doyle
Leslie
Sanchez
Lucas
Chen
    Marcia   
Parrish
Marcia
Walker
Marnie Wildenthal***
Martha Daniels**
Justice Molly Francis
Nancy
Britton**
Nanette
Elufa
Nayet
Daniel
Norm
Bendiksen
Pam
Little
Pat
Coggan
Pat
Warren
Rita
Uwe
Robert
Agnich
Rochelle
Higson
Rosemary Curtis***
Ruth
Whelan**
Shruti
Rao
Sylvia
Garcia
Teresa Balderas**
Tory
Agnich
Walter
Dunlap
Syeda
Quadri
Yabsera
Mesfin
Timing of Academy (July 16 through August 9) – Even though we coincided with Ramadan, attendance and participation was robust.  2013 start date is tentatively set for July 16, 2013, Tutor Orientation July 15, 2013.
 
Venue - McShan Elementary was superb.  We deeply appreciate the adequate space, cleanliness of facilities, professionalism and support provided VMSRA by the entire staff, and most especially Principal Dayann Carson, Facilities, Transportation, and Summer Food Services.  Student safety, comfort, adequate space, and play areas will continue to be high priorities.
 
Final Budget - We concluded the 2012 Academy $4,000 under budget, due to savings in transportation garnered by Principal Carson.  VMSRA budget will be flat in 2013.
 
Curriculum – Received high marks from Tutors/Youth Leaders and students.  We will continue to improve early learning lesson plans, and increase difficulty in upper stages in 2013, where we are seeing significant achievement levels.
 
Baseline Measures and Outcomes – Will continue to be emphasized. 2013 will see even more emphasis by Tutors on pre and post measurements.
 
Book Donation – Over 1,000 books of various interest levels were donated by Temple Emanu-El’s Penny Coney,  North Park Presbyterian Church members, and Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church members.  Students loved “shopping” for books and have been challenged to submit at least one Book Report for prizes September 15.
 
Tasby/Conrad Eagle Scholars – 19 arrived Second Week of Academy, providing solid role models/mentors.  Eagles Scholars will be invited for 2013, and we will provide more in-depth training.
 
PHPC Commissioning Sunday – Proved to be a valuable addition.  PHPC Commissioning Sunday is tentatively planned for July 14, 2013.
 
Athletics – Solid weekly incentive for attendance.  Athletics will be continued in 2013.
 
Publicity – Secured photo and caption in Park Cities neighborsgo print section August 10, 2012.
 
Website www.vickery-meadow-summer-academy.com was a solid addition this year, and we will continue to encourage more usage by Tutors, potential Partners.
 
2013 Goals: 
  • Expand VMSRA Partner base
  • Prepare for 180 students in 2013.
  • Partner even more strongly with McShan for parent notification, appropriate skills grouping of students
  • Coordinate with area churches to encourage and support Student Perfect Attendance
                                
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