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"Bytes" From Your School Leader, Dr. Townsend

February 24, 2023

Greetings Phalen Virtual Leadership Academy Families,

Happy Friday!

Happy Black History Month!

Happy 10 Year Anniversary Phalen Leadership Academies!

Happy Birthday Month to our Founder and CEO, Mr. Earl Martin Phalen!

Today our schools celebrated TEN (10) transformative years of Phalen Leadership Academies serving scholars and families nationwide. We are so blessed to partner with you to ensure your scholar receives the high quality education they deserve. PLA Virtual Teachers and Staff are Top Tier with a Heart of Gold and Passion for Education, which makes our days so rewarding each day working with you.

SAT and I-READ-3 are fast approaching! SAT is next week! We know that teaching and learning virtually is a wonderful school choice that we are afforded and we are grateful for the opportunity. We also know and share during orientation that there are a few times per year, that we MUST come together to assess scholar growth and achievement for the year during Indiana State Mandated Assessments. We must take these assessments in person and completing them virtually or opting out is not an option for us.

Live School Scholar Store Opens Next Week, Please check out the information below to review with your scholar and help them decide on their earned prize.

Please join me and our amazing counselor, Ms. Destyni Anderson on Friday, March 3, 2023 for Coffee and Conversation. We want to take this time to hear from you and see how we can best support you for the remainder of this school and hear feedback for the 2023-2024 school year. Please RSVP by emailing Ms. Anderson, We hope to see you then!

Have you liked AND followed us on Facebook and Instagram? If not, please do so, as we have lots of amazing things going on and have been sharing with our followers!

Have a wonderful and safe weekend!

With Gratitude,

Dr. Townsend, Principal

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Phalen Leadership Academies Celebrates Our 10 year Anniversary!

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Happy Birthday Month, Mr. Earl Martin Phalen! 🎈🍰 We Love, Value and Appreciate You! ❤

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Phalen Virtual Television---Episode 18

Scholar Store Opens Next Week!!!

Scholars check your LiveSchool points balance and decide if you want to cash in your points for rewards. You can save up your points all year. Make sure to use your points by May 26, 2023. Points cannot be saved for the next school year. You can look up your point balance by logging into Clever.

The Store opens on February 27th and Closes on March 3rd.

Rewards will be emailed the week of March 6th.

Keep up the great work demonstrating PLAV values in class and earn those points!

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Do you know someone that would be interested in Phalen Virtual?

We will have campus tours in March and would love for you to share these opportunities with your friends and family. Copy the picture below and post it to your social media sites to help us get the word out to all Indiana communities.
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Intent to Return--Are you Registered?

Happy Friday! You all have been receiving emails regarding your Intent to Return. These emails will come out on a weekly basis to everyone. If you have already filled out the Intent to Return, thank you and you can ignore those emails. We are working on a solution so you won’t receive them moving forward after the completion of the form. If you have not filled out the form, please let us know what your plans are for next school year. We want to make sure we save your scholar a seat! If you have any questions regarding the Intent to Return please reach out to Angie Baker, School Enrollment Coordinator,

Field Trip Opportunity

Who: All grades

Where: Newfields Art Museum

When: Friday, March 3, 2023 at 11 am

What: Tour of We. The Culture: Works by The Eighteen Art Collective and other Exhibits.

Why: Culminating activity for Black History Month to view exhibitions addressing various subjects such as joy, hip-hop culture, nature, and social justice.

Cost: Free for Students. Chaperones (at most $5). Teacher Chaperone $5.

We. The Culture Promo
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2/27/23 - 3/2/23 Daily Family Talk Questions

Monday- Do you watch TV, Youtube, or other video sites?

Tuesday- Do you believe in horoscopes?

Wednesday- Are you into meme culture?

Thursday-What do you think about really old movies and TV shows

Friday- What is a food you would like to try?

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Helping Our Scholars Stay Logged in Every Day, All Day

Attendance is key to your scholar’s success!

If your scholar will be absent for any reason, please let our Attendance Clerk, Mrs. DeHaven, know as soon as possible. You can email her at or call the attendance line at 317-829-6065.

**Reminder--after 5 absences called in by the scholar's Learning Coach, we will require a doctor's note for further excused absences.**

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Do you need to speak with the school social worker?

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Celebrate Black History Month Reading and Learning More

Fall in Love with the Digital Book Library for February

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It is time to prepare your schedules for the 23-24 school year! All high school students or incoming high school students must schedule a mandatory meeting with Ms. Stewart as soon as possible at the link below.

How to Log-in for DAILY LIVE Classes

Chromebook Login

Username(Scholar email):

Password(Example): AWalker1180!

Blackboard Login (How to Login to Class)

(YES! This is different from last year. Please use this updated login format for 2022-2023)

Username (Scholar email):

Password: STN Number

Homeroom Teacher Contact Info by Grade Level

Our teachers and staff are always here to help. If you have academic questions, please contact your scholars homeroom or content teacher for prompt support.

Kindergarten: Mrs. Beriault,

1st Grade: Mrs. Lakin,

2nd Grade: Mrs. Surface,

3rd Grade: Mrs. Thomas,

4th Grade: Mrs. Brady,

5th Grade: Mr. White,

6th Grade: Ms. Hawks,

7th Grade: Mrs. Groulik,

8th Grade: Mrs. Putt,

9th Grade: Mrs. Dunbar,

10th Grade: Mr. DeHaven,

11th Grade: Ms. Embry,

12th Grade: Ms. Stewart,

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Tech Support @PLA Virtual

Click Here to Inform Us How We Can Assist You!

Please complete this form, and we will start troubleshooting and communicating to you about your needs.

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Click Here to Download our 2022-2023 Academic Calendar

Phalen Virtual Leadership Academy 2022-2023 Academic School Calendar

2022-2023 School Events


Wednesday, March 1-Friday, March 3, 2023

Assigned testing date and location will be emailed by Ms. Sepaniak, our State Testing Coordinator

First Friday Coffee and Conversation with Principal and Social Worker

Friday, March 3, 2023


Please emails Ms. Anderson to RSVP and receive link--deanderson!

Virtual Art Showcase

Thursday, March 2, 2023


Submissions due February 24, 2023

New Fields Art Museum

Friday, March 3, 2023



March 6-17, 2023

Assigned testing date and location will be emailed by Ms. Sepaniak, our State Testing Coordinator

Parent Teacher Conferences (Asynchronous Learning Day)

Thursday, March 23, 2023


Staff Professional Development Day (No School for Scholars)

Friday, March 24, 2023

Spring Break (School Closed)

Monday, March 27-Friday, March 31, 2023

Conner Prairie Field Trip--Grades K-6

Friday, April 7, 2023

Click to Follow Us On Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter!

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PLA University Announces Its 2021 Training Start Dates, Expanding Free Job Training in Health and Information Technology

Indianapolis, IN - Phalen Leadership Academies is honored to announce the official launch of the upcoming 2021 cohort of PLA University, a tuition-free job training program for the adult family members of current PLA scholars.

Last year’s cohort launched with Health & Life Sciences training. The new cohort, beginning August 23rd, expands training to include Information Technology (IT). PLA families can now apply for training to become: IT support professionals, Forklift Operators, Certified Nursing Assistants, Veterinary Assistants, Pharmacy Technicians, Medical Billers and Coders, or Medical Assistants.

“We are excited to expand the offerings of PLA University to bring more training options and training partners for PLA families,” said PLA University Executive Director, James Swift. “We have been bolstered by the support of local businesses and institutions such as the Launch Hope Foundation, the Hardon Educational Institute and Penn Foster College. These partners are helping us to lay a strong foundation as we work to help our families secure jobs with competitive salaries and long range potential.”

Created in the wake of the murder of George Floyd to foster self-sufficiency and economic parity, PLA University is among the first career training institutions of its kind as it seeks to improve the outcomes of both PLA scholars and families. The program works to teach families life skills, provides certification training and job placement. The program is located at James and Rosemary Phalen Leadership Academy on Indianapolis's Far Eastside.

The next PLA University cohort begins August 23rd. For more information or to apply to join this PLA Universitycohort, please visit and apply or contact

Download our APP!

The latest news and information from schools in the Phalen Leadership Academies Network are now available on smartphones and mobile devices with a new mobile app launching today. PLA is working to expand its communications outreach with a mobile app that is now available in the online iTunes® and Google Play® app stores for free.

The mobile app will offer a constantly updated feed of school and network news and events with photos and links to PLA school websites. The app can also be customized by the user by selecting the schools they are most interested in for news and updates. Users can also choose to receive push notifications to get breaking news, updates about school closures, calendar changes, or even sports updates.

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Have Questions? Contact Us Today!

Phalen Virtual Leadership Academy (PLA Virtual) is a tuition-free online learning academy for Indiana families in grades K-12. We are backed by an accredited university to help empower our scholars and families to accelerate academic success with high-quality curriculum taught in their own environment. We use technology to provide interactive and rigorous online classes that allow our scholars to learn and thrive. Our scholars excel not just in academics, but also socially and emotionally with a blend of online coursework and options to engage in sports and enrichment at a local PLA campus.

Thank you for choosing Phalen Virtual Leadership Academy! We look forward to continuing our partnership with you for the success of your scholar in the 2022-2023 school year and beyond. If for some reason, you are choosing not to return, please also complete the form. We would love your feedback to help us learn and grow for many years to come.