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Verona Area About Us Verona Area High School is located on the fast-growing southwest side of Madison and serves High students residing in Fitchburg, Verona, and a small area of Madison. Verona, once a small farm- ing community, has experienced rapid growth. The 2010 census reported a population of 10,619 residents, a 50% increase since 2000. Fitchburg, established as a city in 1983 and now the School second largest city in Dane County, is home to 25,260 residents—almost a 9 per cent increase from the 2000 census. The communities provide Verona Area High School with a dynamic and diverse student population. September 2012 enrollment was 1551 students with a demographic diversity of 74% Caucasian, 5% Asian/Pacific Islander, 10% African American, 10% Hispanic, and 1% Native American. profile Both communities benefit from opportunities offered by nearby Madison, the State capital and home of the University of Wisconsin, Edgewood College, Madison Area Technical College, and other vocational training institutions. Of the 361 graduates of the Class of 2012, 58% of the students enrolled in a four-year college or university after graduation, and 29% enrolled in a two-year or technical college program. Our Curriculum VAHS offers a comprehensive curriculum and serves all learners through differentiated teaching. The VAHS core curriculum in grades 9-11 does not track students by ability; instead advanced opportunities are offered through differentiated curriculum within the course. Consequently, VAHS courses do not carry designations such as “Honors” in their title. 2012-2013 Students in the 11th and 12th grades may enroll in a variety of Advanced Placement courses: Biology, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Chemistry, Computer Science, English Language, English Principal: Pamela Hammen Literature, Music Theory, Physics, Psychology, Statistics, US History and World History. These courses carry AP designations in their titles. Because many of the AP classes have prerequisites, Associate Principals: most AP students are seniors with the exception of AP English Language, which is primarily 11th Brian Boehm graders. 40.6% of the 2012 VAHS graduates earned college credit while in high school through Tracey Williams Advanced Placement testing. Graduates also earned dual credit via Youth Apprenticeship and Michael Murphy Youth Options programs as well as some on-site dual cedit courses. Activities Director: Grade 9 students are taught by teams of English/Social Studies and Math/Science in addition Mark Kryka to singly scheduled classes in other subjects. Ninth graders participate in a mentorship program facilitated by trained staff and upper grade mentors. Counselors: Nick Olson The Verona Integrated Program (VIP) and GEDO2 (Graduate Equivalency Diploma Option) provide Last Names D-Z, Grade 9 students at risk with accelerated credit opportunities, integrated and on-line curriculum, project Verona Integrated Program and GEDO learning, and work/volunteer experience to meet VAHS graduation requirements. The greatest students area of curricular growth in the last few years has been in ELL offerings, which now include a full range of core courses as well as specialized programs. Antonio Galvan All ninth-graders are assigned the same associate principal. Additional associate principals and Last Names A-C, Grade 9 counselors are assigned by an alphabet split of student last names from 10th grade to graduation. Grades 9 and 10 ELL ELL students are assigned one of two specialized ELL counselors. Last Names A-B, Grades 10-12 Carri Hale Last Names C-G, Grades 10-12 Verona Area High School Grades 11 and 12 ELL www.verona.k12.wi.us 300 Richard Street Mindy Breunig Verona, WI 53593 Last Names H-O, Grades 10-12 (608) 845-4400 FAX (608) 845-4420 ACT-CEEB Code: 502-330 Theresa Conybear Last Names P-Z, Grades 10-12 Learning Our Staff Our Schedule The certified staff of VAHS is comprised of Classes are scheduled within a seven- Environment 126 staff members. In addition to teachers, period day. Students are generally required this staff includes five counselors, one social to enroll in five to six classes per semester. The Verona Area High School embraces worker, one psychologist, one nurse, two Each semester class equates to .5 credit. A the use of technology for teaching and special education coordinators, a technology total of 22.5 credits are required for gradu- learning, communication, collaboration, and coordinator, two learning resource coordina- ation, including 4.0 of English, 3.0 of Social productivity. A robust infrastructure provides tors,1.2 athletic directors, and .4 theater/ Studies, 2.0 of Science, 2.0 of Math, .5 of access to a variety of resources throughout PAC coordinator. There are four building Health, 1.5 of Physical Education, and ad- the building in classrooms, computer labs, administrators and one police liaison. In ad- ditional electives. The seven-period day is offices and the Library Media Center. Mobil- dition, VAHS has 57 support staff members, modified 18 times throughout the year on ity is also supported via a secure wireless including secretaries, custodians, food ser- Mondays to provide common planning time network which allows laptops, iPads, smart- vice workers, special education assistants, for staff and longer blocks of instructional phones and other devices access to the In- and technology/LMC assistants. time for students. ternet to support learning. Staff development is a priority and includes ongoing training to increase technology integration on topics such as interactive whiteboards, iPads/ iPods, Google Docs, content creation and Our Students Our Mission The enrollment at Verona Area High School The philosophy of Verona Area High School blended learning using Moodle. Innovative as of September 2012 was 1,551. Based on is reflected in the School's vision statement: grants are being utilized to establish flipped September 2012 enrollment data, 26 per cent Learning and achieving through innovation classrooms and create digital content. The of all VAHS students categorized themselves and collaboration. VAHS works within this VAHS Library contains over 12,000 volumes, as non-white with 10% African-American, vision to establish SMART goals through both electronic and in print. In addition, the 10% Latino, 5% Asian, and 1% Native data review and analysis. VAHS students District provides school and at-home access American. 93 students (5.9%) receive ELL participate in EPAS: with 9th graders taking to an extensive array of databases. VAHS services Approximately 23 per cent of VAHS Explore and 10th and 11th graders taking also provides access to state-of-art software students qualified to participate in free or the PLAN. Administration of the ACT is of- in the school’s recording studio, graphic reduced lunch programs for the 2011-2012 fered on site on all regularly scheduled test design lab (Adobe CS6 Suite), as well as school year. VAHS currently serves about dates. These assessments supplement the a comprehensive film production studio for 170 students with disabilities, about 10.9% state-mandated Wisconsin Knowledge and news production. More information about of the total student population, including LD, Concepts Exam (WKCE). technology at VAHS is available at the CD, ED, and Speech & Language. school's web site at www.verona.k12.wi.us. Performance groups use a variety of ven- ues, including the 700-seat auditorium with studio/rehearsal and fly space, a music recording studio, film/video studios, a ceram- Class Rank & Grading Cumulative grade point averages are currently reported using the following mark points: ics studio, and an in-school art gallery. The school offers three gyms, a weight room, and A=4.00 B+=3.33 C+=2.33 D+=1.33 F=0 (no credit) a multi-purpose room. Within the campus A-=3.66 B=3.0 C=2.0 D=1.0 area, students access a swimming pool, ten- B-=2.66 C-=1.66 D-=.66 nis courts, a stadium, and baseball, soccer, Only final semester grades are used in computing cumulative grade-point average. Grades from and softball fields. Language students may all courses are computed equally without weighting. participate in several world travel opportuni- ties. Science and agriculture-related classes enjoy an adjacent school forest, an animal laboratory, and an in-school greenhouse. Graduate Data PSAT Results The VAHS Class of 2012 included The PSAT was taken by 82 students in Grade 11. The mean scores for the last 5 years: 361 graduates. Self-reported post- Test given in October of . . . 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 secondary plans at the time of graduation: # of Grade 11 test takers 82 86 99 100 73 Enrollment in 4-year college/university -- 58% Enrollment in technical/2-year ------------29% Mean Critical Reading* 53.3 51.4 52.6 50.5 47.9 Job Training --------------------------------0.5% Mean math score 53.8 53.7 54.4 51.8 51.3 Enlistment in full-time military------------1% Mean writing score 50.0 51.5 51.1 47.8 45.9 Full-time or seeking employment -------3% Undecided/Not Reported -------------- 6.5% ACT Results Four-year post-secondary institutions The ACT was taken by 266 members of the Class of 2012, approximately 70% of the class. The attended by 2012 VAHS graduates: mean scores for these students and the previous six classes are: UW-Madison 48 UW-Milwaukee 20 UW-Eau Claire 19 VAHS graduates, class of… 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 UW-LaCrosse 14 Mean English score 22.6 23.5 22.8 23.1 23.1 23.1 23.0 UW-Whitewater 12 Mean math score 23.4 24.2 23.8 22.8 23.4 23.1 23.3 UW-Platteville 11 Mean reading score 22.8 24.1 23.4 23.6 23.9 23.5 23.9 Edgewood College 10 Mean science score 22.9 23.8 23.2 23.2 23.5 23.6 23.6 U of MN-Twin Cities 9 UW-Stevens Point 6 Mean VAHS composite 23.1 24.0 23.4 23.3 23.6 23.5 23.5 UW-Stout 3 U of MN - Mankato 3 Four-year post-secondary institutions SAT Results selected by one or two VAHS graduates: UW-System: UW-Oshkosh, UW-Parkside The SAT was taken by 15 members or 11% of the Class of 2013. The mean scores for these Minnesota, public: Carleton College, St. students and previous classes are: Cloud State, Winona State Year/Grade 11 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 Out-of-state public: Ball State (IN), # of Test Takers 15 38 26 17 21 12 Institute of Technology (Mexico), Iowa % of VAHS Class 4.0% 11% 7% 4.5% 6% 3% State, Jacksonville State (AL), Ohio State, Mean Critical Reading 594 627 626 580 611 630 South Dakota State, University of Arizona, Mean VAHS Math Score 621 612 605 640 600 615 University of Colorado-Boulder, University Writing 601 578 580 570 606 610 of Florida-Gainesville, University of Iowa, University of Maine-Portland, University of Missouri-Coumbia, , Washburn (KS) Wisconsin private: Carthage College, Milwaukee School of Engineering, Ripon Advanced Placement Tests College, St. Norbert College A total of 313 students reported 535 Advanced Placement scores in 13 different subject areas in May 2012. The results of examinations with more than ten participants are: Out-of-state private: Bethel University (MN), Boston Conservatory (MA), Bryn # of # of # of Maur (PA), Chicago Art Institute, College scores scores scores of the Holy Cross (MA), Columbia College Subject area of test Total # of scores with 5 with 4 with 3 (IL), Columbia University (NY), Drake All Subjects 535 122 (23%) 142 (27%) 178 (33%) University (IA), Gardner-Webb (NC), Calculus AB 30 6 4 10 George Washington University (DC), Calculus BC 49 18 10 15 Hamline University (MN), Jacksonville Calculus 38 6 11 11 University (FL), Lewis University (IL), Computer Science A 32 5 8 12 Loras College (IA), Loyola Marymount English Literature 44 4 14 18 (CA), Luther College (IA), McNally Smith English Language 139 22 36 59 College of Music (MN), St. Ambrose (IA), Physics B 38 5 11 13 St. Mary's (MN), University of St. Thomas Psycholog 90 38 31 11 (MN), Trinity University (TX), University Statistics 48 9 9 22 of Dubuque, University of Redlands (CA), World History 20 8 6 6 USC (CA), Wartburg (IA) Alternative Education Programs ELL VIP The Verona Integrated Program (VIP) Bilingual Verona Integrated Program (VIP) offers students an alternative approach to their learning. The VIP Pro- gram strives to respond to the individual needs of the student, rather than requiring that the student meet The English Language Learner/Bilingual the needs of the system. The key components of VIP are: Individualization/Personalization, Project Based Learning, On-Line Learning, Flexibility, Teacher as Advisor, Proficiency Grading. VIP offers students a (ELL/Bilingual) department is an integra- unique alternative to the traditional school structure. tion of teachers from various core content areas: English, Math, Science, and Social The GEDO#2 program is for students who wish to earn their diplomas through non-traditional methods. Studies. The ELL/Bilingual department The program is intended for students who are at least 17 years of age and who are one or more years offers courses in English and Spanish that behind in credits earned. Students in GEDO#2 attend on a reduced day schedule and earn their diplomas parallel the courses in the core depart- by passing five GED examinations in Math, Reading, Writing, Science, and Social Studies through the ments. Students are held to the same rig- Madison Area Technical College Assessment Center. VAHS also offers a bilingual section of GEDO#2 for orous performance standards as in all the Spanish speakers. core departments. One of the fundamental principles guiding ELL instruction at Ve- rona Area High School is that the students develop content and language acquisition Youth Apprenticeships simultaneously. The Youth Apprenticeship Program (YAP) is open to juniors & seniors for a one- or two- year program. This is a cooperative program along with MATC, the Dane County School Consor- ELL/Bilingual Course Offerings: tium, and an area employer. Students in YAP complete their high school diploma, earn college ELL-Caught Reading credit and obtain paid work experience in an area of interest to them. ELL-Strategic Reading Introduction to ESL Current YAP Areas Include: Automotive Technology, Biotechnology, Finance, Graphic Arts, Intermediate ESL Printing, Health, Information Technology, Manufacturing Plastics, Production Agriculture, and Advanced ELL Tourism. Intermediate ELL Writing Advanced ELL Writing ELL-Modern Literature ELL-World Literature Global Academy ELL-Reading/Writing in the Content VAHS students may elect to take courses through the Global Academy, a program designed Areas, I & II to provide advanced learning opportunities to students from schools within a multiple-district College Success consortium. Global Academy courses are rigorous, project-based, and career-focused. Spanish for Native Speakers Global Academy courses align with the national curriculum Project Lead the Way. There are ELL-Independent Pre-Algebra, Algebra, two different tracks, engineering and biomedical sciences. VAHS offers the first course in Geometry & Algebra 2 each track on campus: Intro to Engineering Design and Principles of Biomedical Sciences. ELL Algebra The other courses in each track are available for our students at a nearby high school ELL Geometry campus. ELL Algebra 2 ELL Math Tutorial ELL Integrated ScienceELL Biology ELL Chemistry Blended Learning Classes ELL Advanced Chemistry ELL Physics Currently three classes are being taught in a "blended" format with students meeting face- ELL Science Tutorial to-face with teachers two to three days per week and working independently on-line during ELL United States History the period on the non face-to-face days. These courses are noted with a BL in the title and ELL World History include Blended Culinary I, Blended World Studies, and Blended Government and Politics. ELL Global Issues Ell Resources GEDO2 Bilingual Water Safety Instructor (WSI) Course Family/Consumer Science Your Money 101 Adaptive Physical Education Mentorship Health Offerings Surviving Independently-Life Skills Class Culinary 1-Beginning Foods Blended Culinary 1-Beginning Foods Science Integrated Science Art Culinary 2-Advanced Foods Biology Art Foundations Culinary 3-Foods Around the World Biology 2 Ceramics ProStart One & Two AP Biology Ceramics 2 Food Science Biotechnology (also Advanced) Ceramics - Advanced Study Medical Occupations Environmental Science - Wisconsin Sculpture/Welding Medical Terminology Ecology Computer Art & Design I, II, & Adv. Housing & Interiors Earth Science Drawing I & II Parents & Children Chem Comm: (Chemistry in the Painting I & II Child Development Community) Advanced Art Studies Contemporary Living Chemistry Intro to Video Production (also Advanced) AP Chemistry Creative Film Studies & Production World Languages General Physics VCAT-News Production (also Advanced) French 1st through 6th year AP Physics German 1st through 6th year Business Education Spanish 1st through 5th year Social Studies Keyboarding for Accuracy & Speed Spanish for Native Speakers United States History Introduction to Business World Studies & Blended World Studies Law Math Introduction to Sociology Desktop Publishing (also Advanced) Independent Pre-Algebra Social Psychology Managing Your Financial Life Independent Algebra Ancient Civilizations Web Design 101 Geometry Government & Politics (also Blended) MAC Applications Independent Geometry Global Issues eTechnology Intermediate Algebra Psychological Foundations of the Introduction to Accounting Advanced Algebra Adolescent College Accounting College Algebra AP Psychology Yearbook Production Pre-Calculus AP World History Your Money 101 Independent Foundations in HS Math AP United States History AC4TC (Algebra Concepts for Computer Studies Transcripted Credit) Technology Education Introduction to Programming Statistics Exploring Technology Intermediate Programming AP Statistics Computer Hardware Essentials AP Computer Science A AP Calculus AB Wood Processes AP Calculus BC Digital Electronics English Applied Electricity Principles of Literacy 1 & 2 Music Metal Processes English 9 Joyful Noise Music Mentor Engineering Drafting English 10 Guitar I & II Introduction to Engineering Design - English 11: Literature & Comp. Piano Computer Aided Drafting Advanced Placement English Creating Music Welding Technology (also Advanced) Language & Composition AP Music Theory Principles of Construction Advanced Placement English Exploring Studio Technology (also Advanced) Building Construction Literature & Composition Advanced Music Theory Engine Maintenance English Listeracy Concert Band 9 Power Mechanics Media Literacy Symphonic Band Advanced Power Mechanics College-Bound Writers Wind Ensemble Sculpture/Welding (also Blended College-Bound Writers Chorale 9 art) Introduction to College Writing & Reading Chorale American Voices Concert Choir Agriculture The Art of Persuasion Concert Orchestra Vet. Science ES* Women in Literature Symphony Orchestra Advanced Animal Systems/Vet Science English for Transition Instrumental Jazz 1 Agricultural Structures/How To Creative Writing Vocal Jazz Soils & Plant Science ES Nonfiction Writing Project Biotechnology (also Science) (School Newspaper) Physical Education/Health Advanced Biotechnology Science Fiction Literature & Society Physical Education 9 Power Mechanics Wilderness Language Arts Fitness for Life Class Advanced Power Mechanics Stagecraft I & II (elective credit only) PE Individual Sports Horticulture ES Theatre Arts (also Advanced) PE Team Sports Independent Therater Project Strength, Speed & Agility College Success Lifeguard Training/CPR Distribution of Cumulative Grade Point Averages Verona Area High School Class of 2013, Six Semesters, 382 Students 4 3.8 3.6 3.4 3.2 3 2.8 Cumulative Grade Point Average, 2.6 Based on a 4.00 Grading Scale 2.4 2.2 2 1.8 1.6 1.4 1.2 1 0.8 0.6 0.4 0.2 0 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 100 Rank Percentile in Class (with Rank of 1 as 1%)