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9th Grade Academy

Volcano Vista High School’s 9th Grade Academy is designed to help support our 9th Grade students educational, social an emotional needs.  Below are some key points related to the supports provided.

Small Learning Community

  • 9th Grade Student core content classes are primarily located in the 9th Grade Building
  • 9th Grade Students are organized in Core Content Teams which provides teachers and students with an opportunity to experience inter-disciplinary lessons across subject areas.
  • 9th Grade Students have counselors, clerical and administrative support housed in the 9th Grade Academy.

SOAR Program - School Wide -Creating a Climate of Positivity and Respect for All

Behaviors that PBS will focus (CORE VALUES of School):

  • SOAR – Safety, Organization, Achievement and Respect

Procedure for giving out cards: 

  • All faculty and staff will give out cards randomly for any of the desired behaviors (HAWKS SOAR) at any school function (i.e. classroom, hallway, activity, etc).  Also, teams and administrators can determine a target behavior they would like to reinforce.
  • Teacher/Staff signs name

Procedure for turning in cards:

  • Students – Box in the following locations:
    • Academy Offices
    • Library
    • SOAR Store

Procedure for recognizing/announcing winners:

  • During the announcements on Tuesday, the winners will be announced.  They will be randomly drawn from the cards turned in for the week. After the drawing, all cards will be kept each semester for a grand prize.  Prizes will be distributed during class.
  • SOAR Store available to purchase school related items with SOAR Cards
  • There will be 6 students recognized each week.
  • Weekly winners will be recognized the following ways:
    1. Announcement
    2. Web-Site

Procedure for introducing/maintaining the program to students and faculty/staff:

  • 9th Grade Students will be introduced to the program on SOAR day during the assembly.  In addition, they will be reminded throughout the year with announcements and faculty/staff reinforcing the program.
  • Faculty/Staff will be introduced to the program Fall and Spring Semester PD day.  Staff that does not go to meetings will be introduced individually.
  • Provide date of Big 5 each month at Admin Meetings and Faculty Meetings
  • Each room and area in the school will have a  SOAR poster that demonstrates examples of what our Core Values look like.   There will be banners in the stairwells and locker bay areas throughout the school with the Core Value Posters. 
  • During 9th Grade Parent Night, counselors will review the program with parents.
  • PLC facilitators to take 5-10 minutes each week to highlight a component of the PBS program.


Procedure for introducing and maintaining discipline system:

  • School discipline procedures posters will be placed in all classrooms.
  • Procedures will be introduced similar to above utilizing full staff and PLC meetings.
  • Administration will reinforce the system with staff in their academy.

Certificate of Excellence

  • Students that receive a 3.5 GPA or higher for each 6 week grading period – except 6th and final, will receive a Certificate of Excellence.  Academy Administrator will pass out these certificates during 5th period – primarily.  Fall semester students will also have a donut party the last 20 minutes of the day in the gym.
  • During the 2nd and 5th grading period, Upward Bound Certificates will be given out to students that showed significant improvement in a teachers’ class.

Staff-Student Challenges

  • Fall (Dodge Ball), Winter (Volleyball) and Spring (Ping-Pong) staff and students create teams and compete all week.  Finals take place at the respective season assembly.

Flyer Program - Creating a Climate of Positivity and Respect for All

Flyer Program (Click Here for Contract)

3 levels of intervention (do not comply and they move to each level)

  • Level 1 – Advisory Council with Upper Classmen
    • Fall and Spring meetings with Health/IMPAC classes
    • Meet with freshmen to discuss Safety, Organization, Achievement and Respect
  • Level 2 – Mandatory Tutoring Program (MTP)
    • Tuesday/Thursdays in Location Academy Conference Rooms or Faculty Mentor Classrooms/Designation
    • Assigned Mentor Teacher for the period assigned (3 weeks – 12 Weeks)
    • National Honor Society Students will be used to support academic tutoring for students
    • Weekly point sheet will be sent to teachers to track progress
    • Will be compliant, come prepared with work and materials
    • Requires parent and student approval
  • Level 3 – Check in Check Out (CICO)
    • Same as Level 2
    • Requires community service on MWF
    • Must have above 80% on all behavior values on weekly point sheet
  • Level 4 – ISS
    • ISS assigned (i.e. 3 weeks of Flyer program = 3 days of ISS)

Student Ambassador Program (Anti-Bully Program) - No Hawk Stands Alone

  • 45-100 9th-12th Graders are nominated and selected to the program
  • 8 Faculty members are Faculty Ambassadors

Ambassadors are broken up in to 8 Family groups which are run by the Faculty Ambassador

  • Family Groups will remain the same each year
  • Family Groups will meet the 2nd  Wednesday of Every Month
  • All family Groups will meet the 4th Wednesday of Every Month – to check in on lessons, school wide initiatives and training program
  • Family groups will conduct training program at each meeting to reinforce mission
  • Family groups will help to coordinate and implement 3 school wide initiatives a year  that coincide with the Fall , Winter and Spring Assembly

Ambassadors will get Anti-Bullying message out in the following:

  • Fall, Winter and Spring Assembly (3-5 Minutes)
  • During lunch with booths
  • Informally with friends and classmates

Ambassadors will be trained:

  • During family meetings
  • Fall training by APS and Spring by VVHS
  • Ambassadors will each receive a t-shirt to publicize the effort
  • Ambassadors will be set up as a club and receive all recognitions that come along with this structure
  • Click Here for Ambassador Website