Distance Learning Academy Gr. 6-12

Weekly Update - January 22

Dear students and families,

We are thrilled to offer our onsite support for our students in grades 6-12 on our campus at North Gate Mall. Our onsite support is available on Tuesday and Thursday and by appointment. The link to sign up for this support is below.

In order to keep everyone safe and healthy, please remember to:

  • Wear masks over the nose and mouth
  • Wash hands frequently
  • Keep our social distance. We are looking for 6 feet between students and teachers.

In Addition to our Onsite Support

Beyond our onsite support, our teachers are also available during the designated times below. No appointment is necessary. Just click the link and start asking your questions.

Middle School (6-8)

Glen Stevens (Social Studies)
M-F 1:15-2:15 pm - Google Meet Link

Tessa Strain (Language Arts)
M/W/F 9:30-10:30 am - Google Meet Link

T/Th 9:30-11:30 am - Google Meet Link

Michelle Trunk (Science & Electives)
M/W/F 11:30 am-12:30 pm - Google Meet Link

Shelly Vixayvong (Math)

M/W/F 10:30-11:30 am - Google Meet Link

High School (9-12)

Sherri Keller (Social Studies)
T/Th 12:30-2:30 pm - Google Meet Link

Ryan Kirkland (Math)
M/W/F 9:30-10:30 am - Google Meet Link

Mindy Lattimore (Social Studies)
T/Th 12:00-2:00 pm - Google Meet Link

Tessa Strain (English)
M/W/F 12:30-1:30 pm - Google Meet Link
T/Th 12:30-1:30 pm - Google Meet Link

Chris Thompson (Science)
M-F 9:00-10:00 am - Google Meet Link


Please take a couple of minutes to complete a 6 question program survey/evaluation. We are collecting this data to inform our decisions and improve our services for students and families. Our goal is to provide the very best services and your feedback is critical to making this happen. We are also collecting information regarding your interest in continuing with the Distance learning Academy next school year.


North Branch Area High School Course Registration for the 2021-22 school year is just around the corner. All High School Distance Learning Academy students in grades 8-11 will receive instructions on how to register for their courses. Please watch your emails for more information. There is a section in the registration guide process that allows students and families to express their interest in remaining in Distance Learning Academy Full-Time and or Part-Time.

Winter Conferences February 12th and 18th. More information and sign ups coming in next weeks update.

Mark your calendar! 11th grade College and Career Readiness Day - March 2nd

REMINDER! Trimester 2 Student Expectations

  • Contact tech support at 651-674-1097 or email helpdesk@isd138.org for technology support
  • Use appropriate study skills i.e. note taking, ask questions to teachers, collaborate with a fellow students
  • Create your student friendly workspace at home
  • Contact teachers between 7:00 AM - 3:00 PM. Teachers are available via Google Meets and by phone to review materials Monday through Friday. If you make an appointment, please make sure you follow through and attend the meeting
  • Middle School students- please use your school gmail account when emailing teachers. Practice using this communication tool
  • Use appropriate academic language when communicating with staff
  • Advocate for yourself
  • Please make sure you know how to perform these tasks; downloading assignments, accessing teacher feedback and comments, and avoid distractions
  • Utilizing Google Docs for essay responses and copy and paste from Google Doc into Edmentum
  • Important: A student will generally spend between 30-40 hours in a course per trimester. So, students typically spend between 4-6 hours per day in their studies. The is a generalization which gives you something to aim for.

Staff Adjustment Reminder

Ms. Strain is now 6-12 English Language Arts

Mr. Stevens is now 6-8 Social Studies

Thank you and have a wonderful weekend,

David S. Treichel

Distance Learning Academy Principal

Norse Area Learning Center Principal

Director of Teaching and Learning

Distance Learning Academy Website

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