The Flex Gazette
21st Century Cyber Charter School Newsletter: November 2018
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21st Century Cyber Charter School's NEW MASCOT!
Flex is strong, like our students and staff; he knows how to buckle down and do the hard work to reach his goals.
Flex is also flexible, like our school; like our staff, he is willing to accommodate many different schedules and needs to help students learn.
Flex is proud of our school and loves all that our students accomplish. He knows we have the best students and staff!
Watch out for Flex on our social media sites, in Moodle, and in upcoming gear!
A Note From Our High School Principal
Hello students and parents of 21st Century Cyber Charter School,
Welcome to the start of the 2nd quarter here at 21st Century. It’s crazy to think we are already 25% done with this school year!
I would also like to say a big ‘thank you’ to all of the students, parents, staff and friends of 21st Century Cyber Charter School who came out to our first 5K race at Kerr Park in October. The event was a great success and we loved every minute of it!
We had a lot of fun meeting students and families in person, being out in the community, supporting local food banks, and enjoying a beautiful fall day.
With November starting, we have even more school events planned. Please make sure to view the calendar on the school website often to keep up to date, as events are added and some information may change. We will also be having lots of fall-related fun field trips and adventure club outings. RSVP to join in on the fun!
And of course, to continue to make the 2018-2019 your best school year yet, keep these strategies for success in mind:
Stay organized: Develop a routine that includes steps to reaching your goals, communicating with your academic advisor often, and getting enough time to finish your classwork.
Find a schedule that works best for you: If you work better in the evening, then work in the evening. If you are a morning person, then start early. The key is to be working enough hours to complete your work.
Maximize your resources: Our teachers are your best resources. One way to make sure you maximize your resources is to plan to work when teachers are available. For example, if you feel you need help in math more than in english or another subject, focus on your math while the math teachers are in the VO’s.
Eliminate distractions: Turn off the TV, turn your cell phone on silent or vibrate, close the windows on your computer that aren’t for your school work and really focus on your work!
Last of all, please again remember that 21st Century Cyber Charter School stands behind and supports our students. We want only the best for our students and their families. I hope each and every one of you has a great Thanksgiving holiday with family and friends.
A Note From the Director of Special Education, Dr. Nancy Giagnacova
This month’s soft skill is “Teamwork”. In live class, teachers often assign team or group work. The purpose of this is to provide students with an opportunity to practice the fundamental skills associated with working collaboratively towards a common goal. Students learn how to use their strengths to help the group accomplish the task together. Working in a group also creates a community of learners.
Hi 21CCCS Family - it’s November already! November is a time to make a difference. Let’s make a difference in our own lives and make a difference in the lives of others.
Congratulations students on completing your first quarter of the 2018-2019 school year! You should be proud of all the hard work you have accomplished at this point. If you are finding you are not happy with your Quarter 1 grades and need to do something different, now is the time so you do not continue to fall behind the remainder of the year. Remember: we still have three quarters left!
Here are some tips for improving your grades and seeing a difference on your Quarter 2 report card:
Participate in your live classes and live labs.
Work in the virtual office so you have access to your teachers for help.
Set a timer when you work on your assignments. For every 1 point you should spend 3 minutes. So if you are working on a 10 point assignment it should take you about 30 minutes.
Remember, submitting imperfect work and earning 5/10 is better than not submitting and receiving 0/10,
We are ALL here to help you, please don’t hesitate to ask for help. :-)
This month we also want to make a difference in the lives of others. November is a time we bring awareness about all those experiencing hunger and homelessness in our nation. Here are some suggestions of ways you can give back this month:
- Donate to your local food banks or shelters, or volunteer your time.
- Ask your parents if you can clean out your clothes and donate any items you have outgrown.
- Ask if you can do some chores around the house to earn money to buy food to donate to a food bank.
- If you have a neighbor who is struggling to find a babysitter for their children while they go to work at night or on the weekend, you can offer to babysit, for free. :-) This will help that parent provide food and shelter for their family.
- If you need help finding a local place that accepts donations, please reach out to your counselor and we can help you find somewhere.
Any family in need of assistance for their own family please contact our Homelessness Liaison, Sanna McCoy at 484-875-5434 or firstname.lastname@example.org. We are here to help.
We are here for you,
~ Mrs. McCoy, Mrs. Moynihan, Mr. Galicznski & Ms. Cooke
From the Health Center
These screenings are due when your child has his or her annual well child visit between June 2018-May 2019. The Health Screening record is completed by your child(ren)'s health care provider.
Every grade requires a GROWTH (Height/Weight/BMI) and VISION (FAR & NEAR) screening.
Additional required documentation for students entering 6, 7, & 11 grade:
- 6th- Private Physician's Report of Physical Examination + SCOLIOSIS SCREENING (found on the Health Screening Form)
- 7th- Private Dentist Report of Dental Examination + SCOLIOSIS & HEARING SCREENING (found on the Health Screening Form)
- 11th- Private Physician's Report of Physical Examination + HEARING SCREENING (found on the Health Screening Form)
PLEASE NOTE: if your child(ren)'s health care provider does not offer a NEAR VISION screening (required EVERY year) or a HEARING SCREENING (required in grades 7 & 11), you MUST make alternative arrangements, such as making an appointment for your child(ren) to be screened by your local school districts nurse OR at our Downingtown office by appointment with our school nurse.
You can access health forms on:
1. MOODLE: Current Students or Parents, Health Center, Health Forms
2. 21CCCS Website: hamburger on right side, Current Students, Health Forms
Please Note: Doctor office print outs are fine as well as copies of eye prescriptions. In addition, I can perform all your child's health screenings @ the Downingtown office, by appointment.
Look What's New
We hope you are enjoying the start of your school year! Did you know we have help desk available between the hours of 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.? Please call 484.875.5467 or stop by the Tech Support virtual office for assistance with your technology. You are also welcome to submit a tech ticket online if you are unable to reach us via phone. Simply visit https://tinyurl.com/21cccs-helpdesk to submit a ticket online. We are here to support you!
The Tech Department
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