Heron Herald

Cyber Academy of South Carolina

November 19, 2015

Thanksgiving Week - November 23-27th

We know that everyone is looking forward to our break next week. Though school will be closed officially, all coursework will still be available for the students to work in.

The magical thing about virtual education is that students are able to work through breaks to bring up progress and attendance. Since no attendance/progress is required, any assignments completed will help your student get ahead or catch up, and will also erase past absences.

Please reach out to your homeroom or content teacher if you have any questions or concerns before our break. It is a wonderful time to take a look at your progress to understand what areas could use extra lessons to get the student caught up so they are ready to go when we come back from break on November 30th.

Heron Academy's Thankful Tree

The Heron Academy came together to celebrate all that they are thankful for. They created a thankful tree. Each branch represents a category that they are thankful for. Branches included family, school, community, state, country, and world. Students identified at least one thing they are thankful for in each category. Some included teachers, siblings, the Academy, rescue teams, clean water, houses, food, freedom, education, and peace.

What are you and your family thankful for?

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Learning Labs

Learning labs around the state are supporting students in their learning. Have you signed up for your appointment yet? Do you want to see what all of the talk is about? Join us at a learning lab near you!

Sign Up for your appointment.

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.

Columbia Area Families are you planning to attend this educational day?

This is a wonderful opportunity for students in the Columbia and Charleston area to see history in action!. Please check out their Education Day page for additional information.

This is not a free event, chaperons will be $5 and students $2. This includes a ticket for you to go back, if you wish, on the weekend. You will pay at the gate.

RSVP to Attend with CASC MUST RSVP before November 27th.

If you attend you may send a picture of yourself at the outing to your homeroom teacher and will have the day excused for attendance.

Winterland Gingerbread Outing December 18th from 10:00am-12:00pm

December 18th

Our highly anticipated Winterland of Gingerbread Event is booked! We are looking forward to seeing all of the students at our final outing for 2015! If you attended last year you know this is a HUGE event and a TON of fun!

This year we are adding another fun part. We are asking that each student bring a letter to a solider. We are going to be work with a Million Thanks to send these letters of appreciation to our service members. If you would like to find out more about this project please check out their website- A Million Thanks. We will be collecting the letters and cards at the Gingerbread event. Feel free to bring a dollar to cover postage to the troops if you are able.

This is a free event for all of our families, but we would really like to encourage everyone to participate in our letter writing campaign in order to support our troops and thank they during the holiday times. There will not be any food served at this event.

Please see below for Gingerbread Competition information.

We will be meeting in the following five locations. Please RSVP for the location you would like to attend.

  • Charleston- Carolina Ice Palace- 7665 Northwoods Blvd. North Charleston, SC 29406 RSVP
  • Columbia- Plex Indoor Sports-Plex Ice- 1019 Broad Stone Rd. Irmo, SC 29063 RSVP
  • Greenville- Roller Sports- 328 W. Main St. Taylors, SC 29687 RSVP
  • Myrtle Beach- Fun Warehouse- 2349 Dick Pond Rd. Myrtle Beach, SC 29575 RSVP
  • Rock Hill - Kate's of Rock Hill- 1530 Celanese Rd. Rock Hill, SC RSVP

Gingerbread Competition Guidelines for Winterland

Students participating in the Winterland of Gingerbread Competition may submit their houses in one of two categories, based on their level of interest.

Though parents may offer limited assistance, the work should be primarily accomplished by the student.


Gingerbread houses in this category will be judged on their structure and appearance only. The top four gingerbread houses will receive a commemorative “Peppermint Choice Award.”


The Gingerbread category is for those students who want to enjoy the experience of building a gingerbread house and participate in the event but in a non-competitive category—students who just want to be a part of the fun! Every student who participates at this level will be entered in a random drawing for a “Sweet Gingerbread Award.”

Word of the Week


Definition : The ability to make good judgments and quick decisions.
Origin : Latin
Sentence : She has good acumen.

Reported by: Alexis

Heron Shout Out!

Amazing Students!

1. C. Collier- 3rd grade

2. L. Hall- 4th grade

3. B. McClear - 4th Grade

4. P. Culpepper -5th grade

5. T. Levi -5th grade

6. K. Summers -4th grade

These students are always on time for sessions, participate very well and work great with their groups. They are very supportive and have a great attitude towards learning.

K. Montgomery worked so hard in Learning Lab on Tuesday and mastered her Math Functions assignment!


High School

ACT WorkKeys Window for 3rd year HS students- Feb 22-March 18

Middle School

Look at your Weekly Class Connect Schedule. There are Virtual Learning Labs on Tuesday and Thursday from 10-12. Be sure to attend for extra help.

Racing Extinction: #StartWith1Thing Virtual Field Trip

Mrs. Kramer invited all her middle students to join her for a live session from the Smithsonian's National Zoo on November 18th called “Racing Extinction” Virtual Field Trip (hosted by Discovery Education) to learn why most biologists believe one-half of Earth's higher life forms will be extinct by 2100, why it's important to address this loss of biodiversity, and what can be done to prevent it. This was a chance for students to connect with experts working to address the real-world challenges accelerating the loss in the Earth's biodiversity and to discover what we can do to make a difference. Students were able to submit questions prior to the broadcast to be addressed by the panelists during the live event. They were also given a note taking sheet to use prior to the event, which covered many science standards for her Middle School Science Students.

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.

JR Beta Club


We are now beginning our Holiday service project which will run through the month of December which is helping Families at the Ronald McDonald House be with their children during the holiday times. There are 3 Ronald McDonald Houses in South Carolina. (Listed below)
By donating any of the items listed below, you will help ease the burden and lift the spirits of families who are away from home during the holidays while caring for a hospitalized child.

Toiletry & Bath Items (men's & women's)

Infant Toiletry Items (diapers, wipes, lotion)

Infant Clothes (preemie & newborn sizes)

Adult hats and gloves

Cards & Games

Popular Movies (DVD)

Movie Passes

Gift Cards (Walmart, Target, Visa, or Gas Cards)

Restaurant Gift Certificates (McDonald's, Subway, Pizza Hut)

Stationary & Note Cards

Candies, Nuts, Coffees and Teas

Share a Night Stays ($50 per night)

Ronald McDonald House of Columbia
2955 Colonial Dr.
Columbia, South Carolina 29203 USA
Phone: (803) 254-3181

Ronald McDonald House/Greenville, SC706 Grove Rd.
Greenville, South Carolina 29605 USA
Phone: (864) 235-0506

Ronald McDonald House of Charleston81 Gadsden Street
Charleston, South Carolina 29401 USA
Phone: (843) 723-7957 x302

Elementary School

All students need to log into Study Island and complete their weekly assignments (remember Study Island is required and part of your grade.)

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

Family Resource Coordinator

Aisha Lake, Social Worker

Greetings CASC Family …

Hope your year is going well so far! Please remember that @ CASC you have support, I am always just a phone call, kmail, or email away.

I have included a link for a short survey with a few questions to see how I can offer assistance, if you can please complete it I would greatly appreciate it.

Survey Link

Holiday Assistance:

CASC has no affiliation or partnership with these organizations …

These are local community resources.

It’s that time of year…

please see below for local resources in your area.


~Request a Toy, enter state, county:


Pickens County

~Santa Shoppe Program:


Charleston, Berkley, Dorchester Counties


Greenville County https://www.salvationarmycarolinas.org/greenvillesc/programs/programs-that-help/christmas-assistance :

Richland, Lexington, Newberry, and Fairfield & Kershaw Counties

~Salvation Army Midlands Christmas Assistance

~for details contact (803)765-0260

~Registration at the Ruff Building on the SC State Fairgrounds

~1200 Rosewood Drive

Tuesday, Nov. 3rd, 9:00-7:00pm,

Wednesday, Nov. 4th, 9:00-3:00pm

Thursday, Nov. 5th, 9:00-3:00pm

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 NOHS to stay up to date with the latest CASC information.


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