Niswonger Online Newsletter

June 2021

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Upcoming Dates

Summer Semester

  • June 16: Progress Report 1
  • July 9: Progress Report 2
  • July 16: Last Day for Late Work
  • July 30: Last Day of Classes
  • August: 4 Final Grades Available


Fall Semester

  • August 16: First Day of Classes

Summer 2021

The Summer 2021 semester is off to a great start. We have 213 enrollments representing 21 different schools. Students are studying English, Social Studies, World Languages, Art, PE, Wellness, and more.


Students, remember we have a whole team here to help you succeed in your summer class.

  • Send your teacher a Canvas message if you have any questions about the course material.
  • Submit a Trouble Ticket for any technology issues, and our Tech Team will help you.
  • Contact Mrs. Davis (jdavis@niswongerfoundation.org) if you have questions or concerns.

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AP Access for All

The Tennessee AP Access for All program, which is a partnership between the State of Tennessee and the Niswonger Foundation, began on June 1 and has been welcomed by 60 school districts so far. Of the 60 schools, there are 14 counties that are At Risk or Distressed that are taking advantage of participating in this free program. We are hopeful that many more of these districts will take advantage of this program in the coming weeks!
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AP Teacher Training

The AP Access for All initiative quickly got underway by offering free College Board training to high school teachers in their licensure area. The Niswonger Foundation was able to coordinate with the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga to offer AP Summer Institute training for 23 courses. We received 246 requests from teachers across the state and extended invitations to 146 teachers in 29 districts. We were pleased with the tremendous response and will coordinate with UTC during the summer of 2022 to offer more seats and more courses. If a teacher did not receive training this summer they will be on a priority list for 2022.


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Teacher Spotlight: Mrs. Britni Sauceman

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Mrs. Sauceman's passion for online learning shines through in the courses she has thoughtfully designed and her interactions with students. We are so thankful to have her on our team!


Mrs. Sauceman teaches our ACT Prep class, a self-paced online course she designed to help students do their very best on the ACT. Students learn important test-taking strategies, discuss how to cope with test anxiety, and complete practice questions for each subject area.


Our English III course was recently redesigned by Mrs. Sauceman also. This junior-level course focuses on developing close reading skills with a variety of literary texts and genres. Students explore the themes of success, power, storytelling, and truth. Students improve their grammar, writing, and research skills while creating narrative, argument, and informational writing pieces.


Mrs. Sauceman is the Library Media Specialist at Tennessee High School in Bristol, TN where she lives with her husband and son.

Course Spotlight: Psychology

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Our online psychology class has recently been redesigned by our amazing psychology teacher, Mrs. Evie LaFollette. Mrs. LaFollette created 7 required units on topics such as: the history of psychology, careers in psychology, research in the field of psychology, biopsychology, the role of psychology in learning, stages of human development, psychological disorders and treatments, and more. After students have completed the required modules, they get to customize their learning experience by choosing 4 out of 9 remaining units on a variety of topics. We are so excited to provide students this personalized learning experience!
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