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Vol. 2 Issue 4 - December 17, 2021

Parent Teacher Conference
Semester Grades and a fresh start

Teachers are working hard to collect and score all student submissions.  The grading window is open until January 5th, allowing teachers the necessary time to get accurate grades entered and updated.  This time is not designed to allow for late work and students should expect that due dates on or before December 17th are final. With that in mind, January 4th is the first day of a new semester and an opportunity to get a fresh start.  It is important to note that all students, Elementary and MIddle school, will be meeting with all of their teachers on January 4th. 

Distribution for Elementary Edgenuity workbooks

Semester 2 Edgenuity workbooks will be available for pickup starting January 4th.  Please take a look at our calendar (posted both on this page and our homepage) for more details.  If you can't make it personally, it is more than ok to send a family member or friend on your behalf.  

Over the Winter Break, if you or your immediate family have had a positive case, are experiencing COVID symptoms (fever, chills, nausea, headache, no taste, etc.), or have been a close contact with a positive case, please call our office at 816-9550 to schedule an alternate pick up. We'd rather err on the side of caution to keep everyone safe. 

Family Engagement Giveaways

Dragon families, we have created family engagement Google Classrooms where prizes will be given away for completing fun and collaborative activities.  We have created this space in an effort to improve communication and connection between our school and your family.  Some activities will just be for fun, some may be informative, some may be both. While this might be enough incentive to participate, we have decided to sweeten things up a bit by giving away prizes too. For instance, the first activity has been posted and from the list of students who have completed the task, a name will be drawn (at each grade level) and that student will win a light up wireless mouse. Future giveaways will include gift cards, t-shirts, stickers and other prizes.  Participation and feedback is highly encouraged. Your student should find the invite on their Google Classroom dashboard starting December 18th.

Attendance and engagement

Attendance is incredibly important, for both in-person learning AND remote learning.  In middle school, students are expected to attend their synchronous meets by showing up on time and staying for the full duration of the meet. During asynchronous days, please follow the expectations of your teachers to be marked present. In elementary, students are expected to attend every meet that they are scheduled for during the day, including their specials classes.  

Beyond attending synchronous meets, students need to spend their independent learning time completing tasks in Edgenuity and work assigned by their teachers. The school day is scheduled from 8:30 to 3 daily. 

Finally, ParentVUE is the official communication channel of eCADEMY K8.  While it may be supplemented by other systems like Gmail and Chat, important messages are being sent via ParentVUE messages and families are expected to login regularly.  Don't miss important information and make sure to log in regularly via the web or mobile apps. 


Logging into ParentVUE regularly is important for all families. In ParentVUE, you will find Attendance data for your student, and Absence Reporting button, Grades (Middle School), and finally, communications from teachers.  While you may get a copy of school emails to your email inbox, you may also be receiving many other emails there as well.  Your ParentVUE messages inbox will only have communications related to your student and their education.  If you have been locked out of your ParentVUE account or have lost your password and are unable to reset it, please call in on our main number and we can help.

Interested in helping establish our PTO?

It has been one tumultuous year and we want to thank you for sticking with us through the twists and turns.  Now that we have a little breathing room, we are ready to welcome a PTO to our community.  When the year began, we reached out looking for families that might be interested and would like to do so again.  If you would like to help us establish and grow a PTO here at eCADEMY K8, please email Vincent Montoya.  We look forward to connecting with you.

Coffee with the Principals

Join our Principals for a cup of coffee and a chat, virtually of course.  Take a look at our calendar for scheduled times.

Changes in administration and Office staff

Starting January 4th, our principal, Dan Gutierrez, will be with us full time and in full force.  Take a moment to learn more about him by reading our posted news article.

We would also like to welcome to our office, Laura Valencia.  She will be replacing Carolina Lopez who followed an opportunity at another school earlier this semester.  Take a moment to read her welcome letter.

Our office staff now includes,

  • Araceli Gomez
  • Laura Valencia
  • MaryRose Sanchez
  • Paula Tenen

We are all thankful for their daily contributions to making our school run as smooth as possible!

School pictures makeup

Retake are now being taken at Ken Brown Photo if you missed picture day or did not like your originally photo. You can book an appointment on their website so that you can schedule a time that is convenient for you. There is no charge to book the session and they will give you an online access key on the day you take the photos to go online and see/order the photos. 

Thanks so much!
Rebecca Brown
KB Photo

Important Dates

Full Month Calendar

Do you own a business?

We are looking for sponsors to provide prizes for our 8th graders to be given away after our 8th grade Carnival on May 21st and as prizes in our Family Engagement Google Classroom. Please reach out to Vincent Montoya directly if you think you could donate items that would work well as student prizes.  Some ideas include, a free donut if you own a donut shop, an hour of bowling if you own a bowling lane, gift certificates to your business or even gift cards to another local business.  We are open to creative ideas.

Thank you to our first sponsor who donated digital Amazon gift cards.  They are recognized on our Sponsors page.



Families, please do not hesitate to reach out to your student's teacher, counselor, or dean if you have any questions during this final quarter of the 20-21 school year.  These final months can be busy and filled with activity, but it is not the time to let communications fizzle out.  Whether by email or by phone, we want to hear from you!

Our main office number is (505) 816-9550.  Please visit our Administrative Contact Page to reach us school Admin and Staff.  Linked names will open a website dedicated to that staff member and may contain additional contact information.  The envelope will open a contact form that will send out an email.  If a phone number is listed, please feel free to dial them directly. And finally, all staff at eCADEMY K8 can be reached via the mobile ParentVUE app. 


eCADEMY K8 Social Media

eCADEMY K8 has staked its claim in the social media worlds of Twitter and YouTube. We are looking forward to taking advantage of both of these platforms to share successes and connect with families.  Our Twitter account will be used as a supplement to the official communications that are sent out to families via Schoolmessenger and Synergy and will never contain critical information shared through these channels.  However, we do hope to Tweet out celebratory notes or helpful reminders for families.  If you don't use Twitter, no worries.  If you do, follow us @ecademyk8 .  

We have also established our channel on YouTube and moved our previous Dragon Lair Cafe videos to this new channel. Please subscribe to our channel and click the notification bell so you will get notified when we go live or when we post new videos or video announcements (coming soon).