Supe’s Corner 4/11/21



Welcome back from Spring Break. We now have only 35 days of school left before final exams! That means time is running out for everyone to make sure they pass al of their classes. If you need help in any of your classes, every cadet parent and alumnus of NVMI now have access to a wonderful tool called TUTOR.COM.  If you go to the “waffle” on the top right of your NVMI email, you will be able to scroll down toward the bottom and find the TUTOR.COM icon that looks like this:   After you click on that icon, you may need to choose your NVMI email from a list of accounts, and then a screen that looks like this will pop up:

Choose which grade, subject, and topic you need help with, and whether you wish to participate in a CHAT ONLY or a CHAT PLUS VOICE tutoring session. Each tutoring session is recorded for the protections of the student, but student’s face and image are never shared as part of the tutoring session.  

You will be automatically assigned to a tutor INSTANTLY. This is available TWENTY-FOUR HOURS A DAY, SEVEN DAYS A WEEK ALL YEAR LONG. You can get tutoring conducted entirely in SPANISH if you are an English Language Learner and need a Spanish speaking tutor. Tutors are available for every class at NVMI and every course at LA Mission College. Even parents and alumni can use this tool for free as long as you use your NVMI email.  


We also just celebrated our first athletic contest in more than a year with an amazing victory in football over Cayuga Valley High School, 42-20 last Friday night. Way to go Hawks. Soccer, football, and softball all have games beginning this week or very soon.


Students will be taking placement tests to determine their readiness for the next level of math, and depending on how well they do, may be required to attend a summer bridge class to help ensure they are ready for the next highest level of math during the 2021-2022 school year.  Counselors will also be in touch in the coming weeks to plan each student’s course schedule for next year. 

One of the key decisions current 8th graders will need to make is which of the following courses they wish to take during their freshman (9th grade) year –

INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTER SCIENCE – where they learn computer coding basics, phone app development, gaming development, cyber security basics, and fundamentals of google suite tools such as docs, sheets, and slides. I have hired an amazing full time Computer Science teacher who is a professional computer scientist and teacher.

INTRODUCTION TO ENGINEERING – where students will learn fundamentals of all branches of engineering – mechanical, chemical, civil, electrical, computer, and more. Students will apply those engineering skills to solve real world problems in the same way professional engineers do. I also hired a professional practicing Engineer, and she is also an incredible teacher. 

PRINCIPLES OF ART – where students learn the elements of art: color, form, line, shape, space, and texture, and the principles of art: scale, proportion, unity, variety, rhythm, mass, shape, space, balance, volume, perspective, and depth. Mr. Cole, our amazing art teacher will teach this course.

DRAWING AND PAINTING – where students will learn how to draw and pain (this class will also be taught by Mr. Cole).


Our current 6th and 7th graders will also be choosing an elective for next year from among a wide variety of options.


As noted at the beginning of this Supe’s Corner article, there are only 35 days of regular class left before final exams. PLEASE seek help through your teachers and/or our free new resource – TUTOR.COM – so you ensure you pass all your classes.  As always, if you have questions or concerns, please reach out to me via text or call to 323-217-4481 or via email at [email protected].

The NVMI staff wishes everyone a restful Spring Break. 



Dr. Ryan