Distance Learning Academy

Weekly Update Grades 6-12 / April 23

Dear Students and Families,

Some of you have noticed that I am out of the office Thursday and Friday. I am on vacation. Hence why I am late in communicating our weekly update. My 10th-grade son and I are in Indianapolis for the weekend as we start the search for colleges. It is fun, exciting, and a little nerve-wracking.

This week's newsletter focus is on:

  1. MCA Testing Reminder
  2. Graduation June 13th
  3. Prom June 11th
  4. Student Conferences - Personalized
  5. Student Expectations - Staying strong and committed to our number one priority
  6. Upcoming class virtual meetings
  7. Traffic Flow at the mall

Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCA)

This is a reminder all Distance Learning Academy families in grades 6-8, 10 and 11 received a letter outlining the specific date, time, and location for each MCA test for each grade. I am also attaching the letter to this newsletter for your reference. Please make sure you are reading the entire letter. There are some really important reminders to ensure your child has a good testing experience.

Remember to get a good night's sleep, eat a healthy breakfast and please Bring a Book to read!!!!

See attached letter below.


The date for students to receive their diplomas is June, 13th. Event details will be forthcoming.


Prom will be held at Majestic Oaks on Friday, June 11th for Juniors and Seniors. More information will be forthcoming.

Personalized Student Conferences - April 22nd

Our DLA staff were working hard last night making phone calls and connecting with families and students who need a little extra support. If you received a voicemail, we would greatly appreciate a return call. Those that we were able to reach, thank you for supporting our school and your student(s).

If you would like to set up an individual meeting regarding your child, please use the contact information at the bottom of the newsletter to reach the teacher.

Grades 6-12 Student Expectations for Trimester 3!

  • Contact tech support at 651-674-1097 or email helpdesk@isd138.org for technology support
  • Use appropriate study skills i.e. note-taking, ask questions to teachers, collaborate with fellow students
  • Create your student-friendly workspace at home
  • Contact teachers between 7:00 AM - 3:00 PM. Teachers are available via Google Meets and by phone to review materials Monday through Friday. If you make an appointment, please make sure you follow through and attend the meeting
  • Elective Teachers are available between 7:00 AM - 9:00 AM.
  • Middle School students- please use your school Gmail account when emailing teachers. Practice using this communication tool
  • Use appropriate academic language when communicating with staff
  • Advocate for yourself
  • Please make sure you know how to perform these tasks; downloading assignments, accessing teacher feedback and comments, and avoid distractions
  • Utilizing Google Docs for essay responses and copy and paste from Google Doc into Edmentum
  • Important: A student will generally spend between 30-40 hours in a course per trimester. So, students typically spend between 4-6 hours per day in their studies. The is a generalization that gives you something to aim for.

Traffic Flow change

Traffic entering the mall will be re-routed to the main entrance. The entrance closest to the old Gap store will be coned off at 9:00 AM until 2:30 PM.

The safety of our students and staff is the priority for our school. Thank you!

Long Term Sub for English Language Arts Grades 6-12

Ms. Strain has a long-term sub for the next 7 weeks. Ms. Conlow will be filling in for Ms. Strain during her absence. Welcome aboard Ms. Conlow!

Ms. Conlow's office hours are now listed on our website!

Onsite Tutoring and Help! Sign UP!

Please sign up for your onsite tutoring and help sessions. We have increased the amount of onsite support for Math 9-12. Please make sure you are signing up and coming in!



Have a wonderful weekend!

David S Treichel