Heron Herald

Cyber Academy of South Carolina

September 11, 2015

"Never Forget"

Today is the 14th anniversary of the attacks of 9-11. We honor and remember the victims and all that were affected by those events. Today we remember how precious life is and how important it is to hug your loved ones.

The victims of 9/11 are remembered by the memorials and museums built where the Twin Towers once stood. The memorial was completed on September 11th, 2011, and it has all of the victims names engraved onto it. In May 2014, a memorial museum opened so that the U.S. will “never forget” the tragedy.

One way that you can support the effort to Never Forget is by talking about it with your children. Many children around the US are playing their part by thanking a public service person. This is one small way that we can get our children involved.

Resources for Families:

Class Brain

911 Memorial

Books to look for at your library or favorite book store

Fireboat (children’s book)- Look for it at a library near you

America is Under Attack

The Man Who Walked Between the Towers

September 12th: We Knew Everything Would Be All Right

~Reported by: Georgia

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Join us for our September outings around the state. We will meet at 10am in a central location, take a short walk, and then have lunch afterwards. Please note that some of the locations have a cost associated with them. Families should plan on packing drinks and lunch for the entire family if you plan to stay for lunch.

Please RSVP for a location in your area. We will use the emails from the RSVPs to communicate specifics of meeting locations for each outing.

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Reading Season has Begun!

If you want a chance to win four tickets, sideline passes, and pregame activities to a Clemson / USC game in the Palmetto Bowl, then get ready to read. All you have to do is go to visit http://www.eoc.sc.gov/ and fill out the entry card. From there you pick one team (Clemson or Carolina). You have to read six reading level appropriate books and complete the book list. Book list must be turned in no later than November 11, 2015. No later entries will be able to be accepted. Participation is limited to students in elementary or public middle schools. Remember there are two winners, one for each team, so be prepared to read.

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Our learning labs are open around the state. We have had great turnout and wonderful success stories shared from each of our locations. Have you had a chance to sign up for a location near you? These labs are a wonderful opportunity for students to have face to face support on their lessons. 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 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-11:30am and 12:00-1:30pm Monday through Thursday. Check for the link to join the session in your announcements on the left hand side of the login page. Make sure to log in using your grade level, subject, first name, and last name.

Example- 8th math Taylor Swift

Please reach out to your homeroom teacher if you have any questions.

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Heron Academy

Cyber Academy's pilot learning lab program in Greenville is breaking down stereotypes of traditional and virtual school. This fully blended approach allows students to come to the Greenville Learning Lab 4 days a week for half of their school day. During this time they work with teachers and their peers to complete their lessons as well as focus on individual and group projects.

Are you located in the Greenville area? We have a few openings for students into the Academy. Let us know if you or someone you know might be interested in joining the Heron Academy.

CASC Teachers/Staff Members of the Week

Mrs. Batson

Hello Herons! I am Nicki Batson, the High School Social Studies teacher at CASC. Just a little about me… In 2004, I received my B.A. in History from the University of West Florida in Pensacola, Florida. Since 2005, I have been privileged to teach various subjects in the Social Sciences to students in grades 8-12. In addition, I have earned my Gifted and Talented certification with the state of South Carolina and I am qualified to teach Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate courses. I have been teaching secondary Social Studies in the virtual environment since 2008. I am truly passionate about helping students succeed in virtual education and I look forward to helping develop a very successful advanced learning program at CASC. In my free time I love to be with my family and relax anywhere there is sun and water! My family and I moved to the area in 2007 and love it here. My husband, TJ, and I have two beautiful children. My daughter, Riley, started first grade this year and wants to learn to play the guitar and my son, Jennings, is in pre-school and loves Thomas the Train and Super Heroes! I love being a member of the CASC teaching staff and I am looking forward to an awesome school year. GO HERONS!

Mrs. Barber

Lauren Barber has been with CASC for the last two years and really can say that she is loving her job. She teaches kindergarten at CASC but if she was not teaching kindergarten she would want to teach ELA/ reading. She is going on five years of teaching kindergarten through 2nd grade. He most memorable moment at CASC so far are the learning labs. She loves being able to work with the students face to face and to see them progress in their learning. She choose to teach at an online school because she really likes the way that she is able to individualize learning for the students and develop a really close relationship with the families.

She got her undergrad from Clemson and her master in teaching and arts from Converse. She has one girl, Lainey who is almost one (this Sunday)!! Her favorite things to do in her free time are spend time with her family and friends, cooking, baking, reading and visiting the beach. She really loves her job and the students she interacts with.

~Reported by Elle T.

Heron Shout-Outs!

Mrs. Ballinger

She is very kind and helpful to all of us at the Heron Academy!
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


High School

Homeroom teachers will start conducting IGP (Individualized Graduation Plans) in next few weeks. Parents should be expecting calls from their student’s homeroom teacher.

Please send your favorite picture and an interesting fact of yourself by kmail to Mrs. Ahl.

Middle School

· Middle School Assembly on September 17, to celebrate Constitution Day. The link is on your Class Connect List. Be there!!

Teachers webpages are a first stop for course information.

· Students and learning coaches should check kmail daily.

· Remember to check your Class Connect schedule to attend your content sessions.

· Reach out to your course teachers if you are behind or struggling. They are here to help you!

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.

Elementary School

K-5 make sure you have logged into your Reading Eggs account and let your teacher know if you do not have an account or it isn’t working. Also, be sure to log into your Study Island account and look for any assignments for the week; they need to be completed by Friday. Keep up the good work and reach out to your teacher if you need help with anything.

FAST Announcements

Are you struggling? Come to our Family and Academic Support Team’s Family Help Lunch Hour! This is offered every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from noon to one! Link for the Session.

Learning Coach University
From the Classroom to the Living Room

Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015
5PM ET – 4PM CT – 3PM MT – 2PM PT
What are some of the classroom strategies that teachers use to create a successful learning environment? Come and learn what secrets the teachers know, and how you can apply them to your home learning environment. Join CAVA Teacher and Parent, Cynthia Tkalec and you’ll come away with a teacher tool bag full of ideas, tricks, and tips that will help you and your child to be successful!

Puppetry in Greenville

Some of our Greenville Herons came to the CASC office for a wonderful Butterfly Puppetry presentation from The Center for Puppetry Arts in Atlanta, GA. They all learned a lot about Butterflies and made their own unique stick butterfly puppet.

K12 National Clubs help students connect with other K12 students. It also provides a wonderful resource for students to learn new skills and develop interests. With more than 50 clubs there is something for everyone!

Registration is live for first semester club participation.

Students are encouraged to sign up by Monday, September 21.

K12's Student Clubs
K12’s College 101 and Career Clubs

From the Mouth's of Herons

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Fresh Report!

Difference between “You’re” and “Your”

· “You’re” is a contraction of “you are”

· “Your” is a possessive adjective meaning something belongs to you.

The words used in a sentence

· Your dog ran into the neighbor’s house

· You’re going to get in trouble for breaking that.

~Reported by: Alexis

Would you like to be featured in our From the Mouth's of Herons? Talk with your homeroom teacher and submit an article for consideration.

Helpful Hints to being a successful Heron

Locating Student ID#: From the LC page, go to "My Info" and then "School" and you can locate it on the top right side.

Support for Learning Coaches: Lunch Help Hour with Family and Academic Support Team.

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.

Word of the Week


Noun- something designed to preserve the memory of a person, event, etc. as a monument or holiday.

Adjective- Preserving the memory of a person or thing.

Origin; Middle English

Sentence: We are going to visit the memorial for 9/11

Reported by: Alexis

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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/

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