2020-2021 School Opening

We are so excited to begin the 2020-2021 School Year, even though it will look a bit different.

Please see below for all communications from Mr. Nourse regarding school opening.


August 3rd, 2020


Dear Rincon Vista Families,

We are one week away from the start of the 2020/2021 school year and I want to provide information about how remote instruction will take place for RVMS students. Please see the tables at the end of this letter for times when students will log in for their classes. Office hours are optional and will be a time for students to ask questions and receive help in any of their classes. Teachers will share information on how students can connect with them during office hours when classes begin.

When we begin classes on Monday, August 10, 2020, students will need to begin their day by logging into Schoology and navigating to their Advisory Course. All instruction throughout the school day will be provided through each class’ Schoology course that students are automatically enrolled in. When it is time for each class period to begin, students will simply change the course they are viewing and navigate to the day’s work. Detailed instructions for accessing materials will be provided by each teacher as we do remote learning, but if you or your student need help navigating to Schoology courses, please see the RVMS Technology Resources page for a how-to (this will be available no later than Wednesday, August 5).

Students will not have to attend Lit Skills, Specials, or Reteach/Enrich to begin the school year. We will assess our remote instruction model on a weekly basis to help us determine when to start phasing in these classes.

Within a 60-minute class period, students can expect online instruction for approximately 30 minutes. Students will be expected to work on classwork/homework for the remainder of the period that will help reinforce and solidify the concepts taught that day. Teachers will stay online to answer questions and support students if they need it.

Students can expect to take assessments, such as quizzes, tests, and formatives during the time remote instruction is happening. Grades will be earned using the standard A-F grading system. Teachers will provide frequent feedback on classwork and assessments.

As a reminder, our virtual Meet the Teacher event is taking place on Tuesday, August 4th. You will receive a link to the Zoom session you signed up for later today. This will be a time for teachers to introduce themselves and show families their classrooms. Due to time limitations, please email teachers if you have any questions about their class.

Once we know the date for when teacher-led in-person instruction will begin, we will organize campus tours for sixth graders and other new RVMS students.

If you have technology questions or need to schedule a time to pick up a Chromebook for your student, please contact our Site Technology Coordinator Ms. Porter at porterj@vailschooldistrict .org



Dean Nourse


(Team schedules below)


6th Grade
Team Rincon Team Vista
Advisor Base 8:00-8:15 Advisor Base 8:00-8:15
2nd Period 8:15-9:15 2nd Period 8:15-9:15
3rd Period 9:15-10:15 3rd Period 9:15-10:15
4th Period 10:15-11:15 4th Period 10:15-11:15
Office Hours 11:50-12:40 Office Hours 11:30-1:10
8th Period 1:10-2:10 8th Period 1:10-2:10



7th Grade
Team Navy Team Spirit
Advisor Base 8:00-8:15 Advisor Base 8:00-8:15
2nd Period 8:15-9:15 2nd Period 8:15-9:15
3rd Period 9:15-10:15 3rd Period 9:15-10:15
Office Hours 10:55-11:35 Office Hours 10:15-10:55
6th Period 11:35-12:35 6th Period 11:35-12:35
8th Period 1:10-2:10 8th Period 1:10-2:10



8th Grade
Team Silver Team Stars
Advisor Base 8:00-8:15 Advisor Base 8:00-8:15
3rd Period 8:55-9:55 2nd Period 8:15-9:15
Office Hours 9:55-10:35 Office Hours 9:55-10:35
6th Period 11:10-12:10 6th Period 11:10-12:10
7th Period 12:10-1:10 7th Period 12:10-1:10
8th Period 1:10-2:10 8th Period 1:10-2:10


July 28th, 2020

Dear Rincon Vista Families,

The buzz and energy from a new school year nearly beginning is starting to make its way onto our campus! Staff members are trickling in to set up and get things ready for instruction to begin soon. 

Thank you to everyone who has picked up their Chromebook, or scheduled a time to pick it up, this week. You can still schedule a time to come in and pick up your child’s school-issued computer by using this link.

Teachers officially return to campus this Friday to start preparing engaging, interactive, and rigorous lessons for students. It’s important to remember that the remote instruction for the start of this year will look vastly different from the review-based learning opportunities during the end of last year. Students will be expected to both be online during the time their classes are regularly scheduled and turn in completed work on time for a grade. 

We understand the excitement students have from starting a new school year and meeting their teachers. To help students become familiar with their teachers before the first day of classes, we are hosting a virtual Meet the Teacher event on Tuesday, August 4, 12:30pm-2:30pm. Teachers will host brief meetings via Zoom as a team to introduce themselves and give a quick tour of their rooms. Please use the links in the team names below to sign up for a Zoom time with your child’s team of teachers. You can look at your child’s schedule on PowerSchool and use the table below to find out which team your child will be on this year. You will have a Zoom link emailed to you for the time slot you sign up for on or before August 3rd. Be sure to sign up for a time to meet our Specialists too! Our Special Education staff will reach out individually to the families of their students during the week of August 3.

6th Grade 7th Grade 8th Grade
Team Rincon Team Vista Team Navy Team Spirit Team Silver Team Stars Specialists
Jones Riley Kincannon-Cox Baechler Klick Benzi Dominice-Newton
Nieto Castell Pinkston Chenevert-Steffler James Faoro Hughes
Fonseca Douglas Santos Chambers Scruggs Brown DeMarco
Figueroa Abbott-Spitzer Shaw Diaz Massey Busch Hunter
LaMantia Kaston Fitzgerald Carver

Thank you for partnering with us for your child’s education. I am looking forward to successful year with all of our Roadrunners!



Dean Nourse


July 17th, 2020

Dear Rincon Vista Families,

I hope this letter finds you and your family doing well and staying healthy. In the short time I have been on campus, it is easy to see that the Rincon Vista staff is full of people who deeply care about students and want to provide a safe and rich educational experience for our Roadrunners. This school year will be completely different from anything we have ever done, but our staff will shine while providing ways for our students to be successful.

In light of Governor Ducey’s executive order a few weeks ago, Vail schools are opening remotely on August 10th. It’s important to note that our approach to remote learning will be very different from the review-based general education opportunities that were offered during the fourth quarter of the 2019-20 school year. We hope the information below will help you have a better understanding of how the beginning of the coming school year will look.

Remote Learning

  • Students are expected to attend class with their assigned teachers remotely for Advisor Base and their four core content classes (Math, Language Arts, Science & Social Studies).
  • For students unable to join their class, the day’s direct instructional materials will be uploaded to Schoology.
  • Class periods will include 30 minutes (maximum) of direct instruction and 30 minutes of time to complete assignments.
  • Students will be able to engage with their teachers through email or via online conferencing during their scheduled class period and/or office hours.
  • The daily schedule for each team will be sent out prior to the start of classes.
  • If remote instruction continues beyond the week of August 10th, we will phase in specialist classes and reteach in the future.

Elements of Remote Instruction

  • The structure of instruction will parallel typical in-person instruction with bell work, direct instruction, independent practice, checks for understanding, and student feedback as the primary framework components.
  • Lessons will focus on mastery learning of grade-level standards.
  • Student work will be turned in and graded.
  • Grades based on mastery of the standards will be assigned beginning the first week of remote instruction.
  • Student feedback will be given regularly throughout the week.
  • Students will take formatives, quizzes, and tests.

Student Schedules

  • Schedules will be available on PowerSchool beginning Monday, July 20th.
  • If you are not already familiar with PowerSchool/Schoology, information regarding parent login and set up can be accessed through the following links:
  • Please feel free to contact Ms. Porter, our Site Technology Coordinator for assistance with PowerSchool/Schoology at porterj@vailschooldistrict.org.

Computer Check-Out

  • All RVMS students will be provided a Chromebook this year.
  • In order for students to be able to take their device home, families need to do the following:
  • Families are able to schedule their Chromebook check-out on the following days/times:
    • July 27 & 29-30, 2020: 8:30am – 4pm.
    • July 28, 2020: 11am – 7pm.
  • If you’d prefer to have your student use his/her personal device throughout the school year, please refer to our Bring-Your-Own-Device Requirements and guidelines. When we return to school in-person, you’ll need to submit signed paperwork allowing your personal device on campus. NO personal Chromebooks can be used on campus.
  • For detailed information and copies of all computer paperwork, please visit the Technology Resources section on the RVMS Website.

Supply Lists

As we get ready for school, we know families would like to prepare for the supplies needed. You’ll find each grade level’s supply list below:

Meet the Teacher

Arrangements are being made for a virtual “Meet the Teacher” event on August 4th. More information will be forthcoming.


The patience and understanding you have extended us during these trying times has been very much appreciated. Thank you for entrusting us with your child’s education. I look forward to working with you and your child!



Dean Nourse

Principal, Rincon Vista Middle School