The Flex Gazette
21st Century Cyber Charter School Newsletter: May 2020
Notes From Our Principals
Hello to all of our students and families at 21st Century Cyber Charter School!
We would like to start by thanking each and every one of our students, staff members, and families for all of your patience and understanding as we all are experiencing change through Covid19. At 21CCCS, we are fortunate to have teachers and staff who can continue to do a wonderful job providing education to our students.
As we begin the month of May, we start with “Teacher Appreciation” and “Nurse Appreciation” days - and we hope that you will join us in making our appreciation of these two special groups shown. Please feel free to tell your favorite teachers, school counselors and nurses how they’ve helped you in honor of these appreciation days!
We will continue to update the school website, social media, Moodle, the newsletters and school-wide emails with updates regarding events. Thank you for continuing to check there for any updates you may need.
At 21CCCS, we want to continue our spirit of community by all banding together during these hard times. Thank you to all of you who have volunteered in any way, making masks, donating supplies or blood, and if you have been able to quarantine and stay home, or if you are working an essential job and wearing a mask/gloves - we are all doing our part to charge through this pandemic.
Continuing in these uncertain times, we would like to provide a reminder to keep students on track for the rest of the 2019-2020 school year: Let’s focus on what is in front of us, and leave the past in the past. Focus on remembering these strategies for success:
Set goals - Goals of any size can be anything from getting dressed in the morning to completing a certain amount of points by a certain time in the week. Keeping goals will help you keep track of what needs to be done.
Focus on the good - This can be hard at any time, especially during a pandemic. But remember, we have already come a long way and we will recover!
Continue to encourage your friends and fellow students - everyone likes hearing thoughtful, encouraging words! When you encourage others, it makes you think about positive things in general and can, in turn, encourage yourself!
Notes from the Nurse's Nook
Hello 21CCCS Family,
Believe it or not May has arrived. It has been a very different end of the year for sure. All of your counselors want to remind you that we are here for you. We hope that all of our families at 21CCCS are doing well. We will get through this together.
To our seniors, we cannot begin to express how much we feel for you. We know this is typically a time filled with proms, graduation ceremonies and parties celebrating your accomplishments. Although we cannot all physically be together at this time we want to remind you to still celebrate. Most of you have been in school for 13 years. During those 13 years every experience has helped shape the person you are today. What we are going through as a country will certainly have an impact on you as an individual. We hope that you come out of this experience stronger than before. Try not to lose sight of your hard work and accomplishments during this time. It is a time to reflect on those 13 years and look at what’s ahead. It is a time to celebrate you!
We want to extend the same message to all of our students. Now is a time to celebrate your accomplishments and reflect on changes you would like to make. You are all on a different journey and you all face different obstacles. Think back to who has been there for you throughout your life and who is there for you now. Those people are all part of your support network. Here at school you have your academic advisor, teachers, school counselor, principal and all the different departments working together to support your education and you during this time. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to your support network during a time of need.
Stay safe everyone.
~ Mrs. Faust, Mr. Galiczynski, Mrs. McCoy, Mrs. Moynihan & Miss Cooke
Quarter 3 Honor Roll
We would like to congratulate all of our students who earned Honor Roll for Quarter 3. Keep up the good work!!!
Have you moved?
ESY vs. Summer School
ESY services are not the same thing as Summer School. They’re specialized instruction or related services that are part of a student's IEP. The services are individualized to help each child maintain their skills. Summer school is academic courses taken as part of the regular education curriculum. These classes are reflected on your student's transcript. Watch this video for more information on ESY vs. Summer School.
Please click on the video below to learn more.
Save the date for the next Adventure Club virtual trip on Friday, May 15! Check out Moodle for more information about the event. Looking forward to 'seeing' you there!
21CCCS Community Feedback Forums
The Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment, Brian Cote, held monthly 21CCCS Community Feedback Forums for both parents and students throughout this school year. Each forum was an opportunity to get to know Brian, and learn about the process of the school’s curriculum, instruction, and assessment. Parents and students were encouraged to share information on things that have been going well for our school, as well as ideas/suggestions to move our school forward. Thank you to those who attended and participated by sharing your voice. It is greatly appreciated!
Questions asked and answered during forum.
Can current 6th graders take summer school classes? MS Summer School is for credit recovery only. No original credit classes are offered. Yes 6th graders can take courses if they have failed the course.
Can new students coming to join for next year take summer school classes? Yes
Can students take credits for advancement in summer school? Only at HS
Seems to be used heavily; once a class is over, students are not able to get back in to access information. Is there a way students can get back in immediately to access information from that LL session? During live labs, the Nearpod is in teacher-pace mode. After live lab, the teacher will make a few changes like adding narration and post a self-paced mode in Moodle. It may take a little bit of time for teachers to post the link in Moodle because they are adding narrations. Students are sent the link to the Nearpod so they are able to watch it again. This is also helpful for a student who may have missed the class.
Report Cards Honors:
How will students achieving honor roll be notified? They will be mailed out to families.
Social Studies Virtual Field Trip
On Friday, April 24th, the Social Studies department hosted a virtual field trip to the Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia. This field trip was originally scheduled to be in person on March 30th but was cancelled because of the recent Coronavirus outbreak. Over 50 students logged into the Auditorium Virtual Office to complete a scavenger hunt while touring different rooms throughout the museum using virtual reality. Students worked in groups or individually to complete the scavenger hunt and earned credit in their Social Studies courses.
If you are still interested in touring the rooms of the museum - click here
You can download the Scavenger Hunt to complete and earn credit in your Social Studies course. Select download in the top right corner of the web page. Please contact your Social Studies teacher with questions or for directions on how to submit your complete scavenger hunt for credit.
It was a wonderful learning experience that brought students together and allowed them to explore history using technology.
Student Clubs Fair
This past month, we held a student clubs fair for students to showcase their clubs. We are very proud of the club sponsors for sharing their clubs and working hard to increase memberships. Over 50 students visited the fair, with many joining clubs after learning more about each. We look forward to future club fairs next school year.
Middle School Math Professional Development
This past month, the middle school math team presented a schoolwide professional development in regard to the new curriculum. The focus was to share how to best support our students with the new-look courses. We thank Mr. Andrew Lewis, Ms. Jena Freeth, Ms. Kelly Valentini, Mrs. Kristi Farrell, and Mrs. Emily Shank for their dedication and hard work to make this student-centered curriculum a focus. The middle school math curriculum pilot started in April and will continue for the remainder of the school year.