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"Bytes" From Your School Leader, Dr. Townsend

January 20, 2023

Greetings Phalen Virtual Leadership Academy Families,

Happy Friday! We hope you had a great 4-day week leading by learning. It was wonderful to visit classrooms this week and see everyone in action during our Trine Instructional visit.

It is always a joy to see scholars actively participating on mic and in the chat box, cameras on, engaged with the daily lesson using the online tools designated by each teacher, hands being raised, peers helping peers, screen sharing, working in breakout rooms and the list goes on. Our scholars are working hard putting all the amazing well planned lessons and projects into action that our teachers and staff have prepared for them.

Our LiveSchool Scholar Dollar Store will be Opening Soon! Please see below for more information, as you do not want to miss this!

Have a wonderful weekend and we look forward to seeing you on Monday, January 23, 2023 for a full week of teaching and learning!

With Gratitude,

Dr. Townsend, Principal

LiveSchool Scholar Dollar Store Opens this Week!

PLA Virtual strives to create a learning environment where every scholar is recognized and rewarded for positive behavior. Scholars receive positive points in LiveSchool for hard work and exemplary behavior throughout the day. Our expectation is for all students to be focused on their learning, take leadership roles in class, and demonstrate our PLAV values: Persevere, Lead, Accountable and Virtuous.

Scholars and Learning Coaches/Guardians can check point balances by logging into Clever. Scholars can redeem points in the Scholar Store.

The Store opens the last week of every month.

Rewards are sent out the 1st week of every month.

First Redemption Period: January 23 - 27, 2023

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

Phalen Virtual Television---PVTV is BACK!!!

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If you haven’t had a chance to participate in our Flipgrid please do so. Tell us what you love about PLA Virtual!

Click Here to Share what you Love about PLA Virtual!

Click Add to topic and you can record yourself talking, or just type your statement.

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1/23/23 - 1/27/23 Daily Family Talk Questions

Monday- Who was your favorite teacher in school and why?

Tuesday- If you had a warning label, what would yours say?

Wednesday- What celebrity would you like to meet?

Thursday-If you were the president, what would be the first law you would introduce?

Friday-What song would you say best sums you up?

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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.**

“When students improve their attendance rates, they improve their academic prospects and chances for graduating.” Attendance Works

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Do you need to speak with the school social worker?

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ATTENTION: Multilingual Learners (English Learners)

ATTENTION: Multilingual Learners (English Learners)

WIDA ACCESS Testing is THIS month. Mrs. Donley sent you a message with your testing dates and times. This is a mandatory IN PERSON test at a library near you. Familiarize yourself with the test using the link below. Please contact Mrs. Donley at 317-449-9855 or by email with any questions.

Too cold to get to a library?

Avoiding the crowds but still want to read to your scholar? CHECK OUT the Digital Book Library for December

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Wondering how to help your virtual scholars stay on top of their school work?

Here are a few tips to do so.

  • Stay in contact with your scholar’s homeroom teacher. They can usually answer any questions you have or direct you to the person who does if they don’t

  • Help your scholar create a calendar to help them remember upcoming deadlines and plan their time accordingly. Don't forget to have your teen include non-academic commitments on the calendar, too (such as PVLA events)

  • Make time to talk to your scholar about school when they know you take it seriously, they will take it seriously too

  • Attend any parent teacher conferences or back to school nights to stay up to date with all school-wide programs and policies, and post-high school options that learning coaches of juniors and seniors need to know about.

The goal is to show your scholar how important it is to take their education seriously. Together we can get them all to the finish line! #PLAStrong

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


January 9-February 24, 2023

Specific Dates, Times and Locations Shared by Mrs. Donley

Scholar Dollar Store Redemption Week

Monday, January 23-Friday, January 27, 2023

Semester 2 Family Night

Tuesday, January 31, 2023


Blackboard Link will be shared via email

Class of 2023 SENIOR Deadline to Order Graduation Attire/Regalia

Friday, January 20, 2023

See link above under Counselors Corner or Contact Ms. Stewart ( for more details

Staff Professional Development Day (No School for Scholars Only)

Friday, February 1, 2023

President's Day Holiday--No School (School Closed)

Monday, February 20, 2023


Wednesday, March 1-Friday, March 3, 2023

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

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.