Heron Herald

Cyber Academy of South Carolina

January 14, 2016

Testing, Testing New Dates Announced!

Mark your calendars

Please make sure to make arrangements for the upcoming spring testing requirements. There will be 10 testing sites located around the state. We will be sending out messaging regarding location assignments for testing closer to the testing dates.


Please remember that these testing dates are mandatory for all students at CASC. Make sure to check your grade bands for the required state testing for your grade. Please contact your homeroom teacher if you have any questions.


March 7 ~ACT WorkKeys (HS third year students)

April 26-28~SC Ready (3rd -8th grade students)

May 10-12 ~EOCs (HS students- Alg 1, Eng 1, Bio, US History, Possibly Eng. 2 and Geometry)

May 11-12 ~Science, Social Studies (4th-8th grade students)

May 18th ~DRA Kindergarten Assessment (K students)

Want to help make Cyber Academy the BEST virtual option in SC?

We need your help!

Please help us know what would make Cyber Academy even better for you! We have created a short survey to help us reflect on as we plan for semester 2. Your few minutes could make a big difference for our school. Let us know what you think and what works best for you and your family. We will be doing a drawing for those that fill out the survey. Thank you!

Journey To CASC Family Highlight

Heron families have shared so many wonderful stories with us about Cyber Academy has made a difference in their families lives. We have chosen, with the permission of the families, to share some of the stories with the rest of the school. Would you like to submit your story?

Journey to CASC Submission Form


"Lilly was reading chapter books when she entered kindergarten in a brick and mortar school. When she went to their library she was not allowed to take out chapter books. We were told that those books were reserved for 2nd grade and above. We found out that she was spending her reading time teaching other children to read. This is when we pulled her out and enrolled her in another K12 school. We were very happy there for the first two years as they were very much like CASC is now, but over the next two years they became more restrictive and less flexible. They stopped following the OLS and started sending out weekly calendars. This made it impossible to work ahead, or to do blocks of one subject one day and blocks of another the next. I met people who also used K12 but were in CASC and when we talked I heard how much they liked CASC, so we did some research and made the switch. We could not be happier!"


Lilly's family we are so happy that you made the switch to becoming a Heron! We are honored to provide an individual education for Lilly and look forward to watching her grow while at CASC.

January Outing- Last call for RSVPs!

Come join other CASC families for our January Museum Days on January 22nd from 10am-12pm.


We are going to kick off School Choice Week (January 24th-30th) by celebrating our flexibility to bring education to life and visit museums around the state. Most of these museums are free for students but please see below for specific information for each location.


You may RSVP below.

Set yourself up for Success with Learning Labs!

How can you ensure that you are successful at our learning labs? Make sure that you bring any necessary materials that you will need while you are at the lab. Many students feel more comfortable bringing their own laptops. That is wonderful! We do have computers that you are able to use at the labs, if needed. Make sure to bring any books or notebooks so that you can use those while at the lab. This will help teachers direct you to the correct information and be able to help you achieve success.


Do you want to check out one of our labs? Click here to sign up for a location near you. We hope you are able to join us at a location near you soon.


Please remember that these are weekly appointments. This allows students to work closely with the facilitating teacher throughout the year. Attendance is important for the success of this program. We do have a wait list for each location and will contact you as soon as a space becomes available if your location is full.


In the best interest of students and learning teams we are requesting that Learning Coaches stay with Kindergarten through Second grade students during learning lab time. This will allow the teacher to support both learning coach and student with the system and strategies for the teams to use at home.


Please reach out to your homeroom teacher if you have any questions.

Virtual Learning Lab

Are you stuck on a problem? Having trouble with an assignment? Need a little extra help right away? Don't worry CASC has you covered! Come visit our virtual learning labs!


Virtual learning labs are a wonderful opportunity for students to get support with their subjects when they need it. We have teachers standing by to support students from 10:00am-12:00pm Tuesday and Thursday. Check for the link to join the session in your class connect schedule.


Please reach out to your homeroom teacher if you have any questions.

Heron Shout Out!

Maddy Gs has done a fantastic job working on getting caught up in her courses.

Dates to write down

Jan 11-15 Complete your midyear iready testing in Math and English

Jan 11-15 No content class connect sessions

Jan 15 No School

Jan 18 No School

Feb 15th No school

March 7 ACT WorkKeys (HS third year students)

Mar 25-April 1 Spring Break

April 26-28 SC Ready (3rd -8th grade students)

May 10-12 EOCs (HS students- Alg 1, Eng 1, Bio, US History, Possibly Eng. 2 and Geometry)

May 11-12 Science, Social Studies (4th-8th grade students)

May 18th DRA Kindergarten Assessment (K students)

Announcements

High School

The end of the semester is January 15th. All work must be submitted by that date. Please check your grade book to see what assignments you are missing. You can use the time over Winter Break to get complete missing work. You can always reach out to you teachers for advice or help.


High School teachers will be holding content orientations next week as we begin our Second Semester. Teachers will go over class expectations.


March 7th WorkKeys testing for 3rd year HS students

April 16th Prom

May 10-12 EOCs (HS students- Alg 1, Eng 1, Bio, US History, Possibly Eng. 2 and Geometry)

Testing Information for High School Students

We are happy to be able to announce the tests and testing windows for this spring for our high school students!


Our third year high school students will be required to take the ACT WorkKeys assessment and a yet to be determined additional assessment.


The ACT WorkKeys assessment will be administered on Monday, March 7.

Our high school students are required to take End of Course examinations at the end of English 1, Algebra 1, Biology, US History. The state of South Carolina is still determining whether students taking English 2 and Geometry would need to take an End of Course examination. For students in those courses, please keep these dates open in case you do need to take an EOC.


End of Course examinations will be administered on Tuesday, May 10, Wednesday, May 11, and Thursday May 12.


Please remember that these assessments are a mandatory part of your student’s enrollment with CASC. There will be 10 regional testing locations throughout the state and your student will be assigned to the nearest regional testing site. Now is the time to start making arrangements for transportation to make sure that your student will be present for testing. Failure to attend testing may result in Family Engagement Points being assigned, students withdrawal, and/or student ineligibility to re-enroll.

Please contact your homeroom teacher if you have any questions. Thank you!


Courtney Kountz

School Counselor and Testing Coordinator

Meet Your New English Teacher!

Debi Webb has been teaching for over 18 years. She began her teaching career in Allen, Texas, as a seventh-grade ELA teacher. She moved to Lexington, South Carolina, and began teaching grades 6-8 at the middle school level, and eventually began teaching at the high school level. Debi has her B.A. in English Literature from the University of North Texas, and her M.Ed. from Columbia College. She has completed her plus 30 graduate-level course work hours in Integrated Technology in the Classroom from Penn State University and online teaching coursework from the College of Charleston. She has her National Board Certification, AP Literature Certification, and is Gifted and Talented Certified. Her passions include spending time in nature: nature walks in the mountains, collecting shells by the ocean, and reading by the lake. She loves anything crafty (but is not really crafty herself)! She is married to a wonderful Canadian and a mother of two teenagers, a young man who plays ice hockey and a young lady who dances competitively. They keep her very busy on the weekends, but she loves every minute of it!

Prom

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Middle School

The last day of first semester is Friday, January 15. Be sure you are up to date on your OLS work and Study Island.


The new diagnostic test has been assigned in i-Ready. Click here to access i-Ready. Your username was sent to you through kmail and your password is pass627.

The diagnostic test must be completed by Friday, January 15.


English Question of the Week!

Making Inferences

Kyle ran into his house, slamming the door behind him. He threw his book bag on the floor and plopped on the couch. After six hours of playing Grand Larceny VII, he ate some pizza and fell asleep with a slice in on his belly and his feet on his book bag. When Kyle came home from school the next day, he was noticeably distraught. He balled up his report card and placed it inside of a soup can in the garbage. He then flipped the soup can upside down and relocated garbage from other parts of the can, arranging over the soup can. He then plopped down on the couch and picked up his controller.


Questions

Why is Kyle distraught?

How do you know this?

Why does Kyle put the report card in a soup can?

How do you know this?

Was Kyle's report card good or bad and why was it like that?

How do you know this?

Click here for the answers to the English question of the week.


Teachers webpages


Be sure to check Study Island daily! Learning Coaches: Click here for a video on how to help your student be successful with Study Island.


Testing Dates:

April 26-28 SC Ready (3rd -8th grade students)

May 11-12 Science, Social Studies (4th-8th grade students)

Middle School Teacher Spotlight- Mrs. Golla


Mrs. Golla—6th, 7th, 8th grade Social Studies Teacher


Mrs. Golla was born and raised in Greenville, SC. In fact, her family helped to found the town of Taylors, SC. She has been teaching Social Studies for 13 years and she is enjoying her time as a new teacher this year at CASC. She loves to study family history as well. She is married and has two high school aged children. In her spare time, Mrs. Golla loves to read, take long walks, spend time with her two furry friends, Oliver and Winston, and play games with her family.



Thank you Mrs. Golla for all you do for our students here at CASC!

Testing Information

We are happy to be able to announce the tests and testing windows for this spring for our 3rd through 8th grade students!


The state has selected a new contractor and assessment for the Math, ELA Session 1 -Writing, and ELA Session 2-Reading tests, DRC. DRC is the same contractor who provides the SCPASS assessments. The name of the new assessment will be South Carolina College and Career READY Assessment (SC READY).


The SCPASS assessment includes Science and Social Studies subject tests.

Students in grades 3-8 will take the SC READY assessment on April 26, 27, and 28.

Students in grades 4-8 will also take the SCPASS on May 11 and 12.


Please remember that these assessments are a mandatory part of your student’s enrollment with CASC. There will be 10 regional testing locations throughout the state and your student will be assigned to the nearest regional testing site. Now is the time to start making arrangements for transportation to make sure that your student will be present for testing. Failure to attend testing can result in Family Engagement Points being assigned, students will be withdrawn, and will not be eligible to enroll in the future.


Please contact your homeroom teacher if you have any questions. Thank you!

Courtney Kountz

School Counselor and Testing Coordinator

Elementary School

Cold weather has finally settled, and they are already going stir crazy.

A whole page of ideas for things to do with the kids when it is cold and/or rainy.

50 Plus Ideas for kids to do when it's cold out


Keep up the good work and reach out to your teacher if you need help with anything.


Testing Dates:

April 26-28 SC Ready (3rd -8th grade students)

May 11-12 Science, Social Studies (4th-8th grade students)

May 18th DRA Kindergarten Assessment (K students)

Elementary Teacher Highlight- Jackie Goldfarb

Hi students and families!

My name is Jackie Goldfarb, and I am the 3rd grade homeroom teacher. Originally from Saratoga Springs, New York, I am a HUGE New York Giants fan. Go Big Blue! I have taught in Arizona, New York, as well as here in South Carolina. Most recently, I lived in Charleston and taught 4th grade for three years. Currently, I am living in Augusta, Georgia with my “new” fiancé’, Jimmy, and our black lab, Morris. I recently got engaged over the holidays! We are planning our wedding for May 2017. We are both very excited for this next journey together and I’m already anticipating all the fun planning that goes into organizing a wedding. :) This is my first year with CASC, and I am loving it! My favorite part about teaching is seeing when it “clicks” for students. It is such a rewarding feeling when that light bulb goes off!

Testing Information

We are happy to be able to announce the tests and testing windows for this spring for our 3rd through 8th grade students!


The state has selected a new contractor and assessment for the Math, ELA Session 1 -Writing, and ELA Session 2-Reading tests, DRC. DRC is the same contractor who provides the SCPASS assessments. The name of the new assessment will be South Carolina College and Career READY Assessment (SC READY).


The SCPASS assessment includes Science and Social Studies subject tests.

Students in grades 3-8 will take the SC READY assessment on April 26, 27, and 28.

Students in grades 4-8 will also take the SCPASS on May 11 and 12.


Please remember that these assessments are a mandatory part of your student’s enrollment with CASC. There will be 10 regional testing locations throughout the state and your student will be assigned to the nearest regional testing site. Now is the time to start making arrangements for transportation to make sure that your student will be present for testing. Failure to attend testing can result in Family Engagement Points being assigned, students will be withdrawn, and will not be eligible to enroll in the future.


Please contact your homeroom teacher if you have any questions. Thank you!

Courtney Kountz

School Counselor and Testing Coordinator

Family Academic Support Team (FAST)

The Family Academic Support Team is made up of a team of support staff at Cyber Academy. We have many members that provide a variety of roles and services for our families and school.


Our FAST team is led by Erin Craft. Lakindra Byno, Mallory Davis (HS), Vernell Dixon (HS), and Kelly Giles work with students and families who need extra support. They provide the added layer of support by helping students get back on track. Cheryn Decatur helps make sure that students are in compliance. Aisha Lake works as the family resource coordinator for Cyber Academy and connects families with resources around the state. Courtney Ballinger works with our Heron Academy students. Finally, Jasmin Poor works as the Family Engagement Coordinator for Cyber Academy. She works on outings, Facebook, and the Heron Herald.

Counselor’s Corner


Happy New Year! I love the new year—we have a fresh start, people are talking about goals and resolutions, and there is a feeling of excitement!


Often, the new resolutions and goals are focused on adults, but I think this is something that absolutely applies to all of our students as well! It may be that they want to go to the CASC outings, attend more Class Connect sessions, get involved in a club, or stay caught up on their coursework. I want to give you some information on how to create a SMART goal so our students can monitor their progress towards those resolutions!

SMART Goal Example: Read a new book each month.


1. Set Specific and Realistic Goals: Encourage your student to pick one or two areas to work on. Make sure they know exactly what they want to accomplish. In our example, we know the student wants to read a new book.


2. Measurable: How will they know when they reached the goal? In our example, the student needs to read one new book each month. If they read the book, they met their goal :)


3. Achievable: Make sure their goal is not too far to reach, but make it challenging. In the example, the student can read one new book a month. If they do this in the first few days of the month, you can always increase the number of books.


4. Relevant: Link the goal to something important. For our example, all of our students are asked to work on their reading so this is very relevant for school!


5. Timely: Have an idea of when you want to reach your goal. If you set a long term goal, have mini-goals along the way.


Helpful hint: Write your goal down and post it where you can see it as a reminder of what you want to do.


Good luck with setting and meeting your goals this year! Make it a great month!


Mrs. Kountz

School Counselor

K12 puts together a wonderful newsletter for learning coaches. Check January's edition out for great ideas and resources.

Learning Coach University

Learning Coach Opportunities

Have you taken advantage of any of the recent Learning Coach University Workshops? These are WONDERFUL ways to learn great tips and make connections. These workshops are great for engaging you and your role as a learning coach.


Check them out on your own schedule- Recordings

Helpful Hints to being a successful Heron

Wondering if the OLS or NOHS is down or if it is just your internet or computer? Try this link: http://www.isitdownrightnow.com/k12.com.html It will let you know!


Choosing a Novel: Does your student need to choose a novel for their literature class? The link above provides valuable information about how to make the section.


Learning Coach Video Support: Are you a visual learner? This will help you with many questions that you might have!


Computer Questions? This link has a ton of trouble shooting ideas for you!


Locating Student ID#: From the LC page, go to "My Info" and then "School" and you can locate it on the top right side.

7 Strategies for Student Success

CASC Strong Start Website- This is a wonderful resource for new and returning families. It is full of resources and suggestions for both students and learning coaches.


Learning Liftoff is a great newsletter for K12 parents that provides games and other resources for virtual families.

Fire Drill- Did you get an error message when trying to access coursework or classes?
Check out the Fire Drill page for ideas of what to do when technology doesn't go our way.


Are you looking for South Carolina Standards? Here is a wonderful website that lists what students are supposed to know in each grade.


Please make sure that you check your announcements in the OLS and OHS to stay up to date with the latest CASC information.

Facebook

We use our Cyber Academy of South Carolina Facebook page to communicate with our students and families about many opportunities. We post outing pictures and other engagement opportunities for students around the state. Please make sure to "like" our page so that you are kept up to date on everything with Cyber Academy!

CASC is on Pinterest

Follow us on Pinterest for great ideas and resources.

Cyber Academy of South Carolina

The Cyber Academy of South Carlina is a full-time, tuition-free, online public charter school for South Carolina students in grades K-11. Learn more at casc.k12.com/

Academic Calendar

Is there a teacher or student that has made a difference to you during your time at Cyber Academy? Give them a Heron Shout-Out! tinyurl/cascshoutout