May Newsletter

21st Century Cyber Charter School

A Note from the High School Principal, Dr. Teresa McSweeney

Can you believe that the school year is almost over? We have less than 1 month left to submit assignments in Moodle. The end of the school year brings excitement with the big field trip to Gettysburg this week, the Junior Senior Prom and graduation ceremonies in both Downingtown and Murrysville, PA, and the end-of-the year parties in both locations. With all of the excitement, may I make two suggestions? First, don’t forget to submit assignments each week, and second, don’t procrastinate! Leave yourself time at the end of the quarter to re-submit assignments to make the highest grade you possibly can in each class. Parents, don’t forget to check the parent portal, and students, remember to check the progress bar every day to ensure that you are staying on track.

I enjoyed meeting middle school students during our PSSA testing week, which reminds me that our high school Keystone tests are right around the corner. All middle school students take PSSA exams, but only students who have taken certain courses will take Keystone exams. These courses are Algebra I, Biology, and English Literature.

Keystone tests will take place May 14 through May 17. Keystone tests are important because we need to know if we have taught our students what you need to know so that we can adjust our curriculum to ensure college and career readiness for all students.

High School Students and Parents, taking the Keystone test this year is more important than any other year.

This year, the Pennsylvania Department of Education has determined students who do not take the Keystone tests will count as a non-proficient score for the school.

Parents, I know testing week in a cyber school can be inconvenient. We have 19 testing locations around the state, but many of you will still have to travel a significant distance to come to testing. We greatly appreciate the efforts all of you make to transport your student to take their Pennsylvania Department of Education Keystone exams.

Students, I want to encourage you to take advantage of our opportunities to connect with other students this summer. Don’t forget to contact your counselor if you need to take a class in summer school.

I want to say thank you for choosing 21CCCS! We know you have choices in education, and we appreciate that you have chosen us!

And finally, my favorite quote from my grandmother…

“Always do your best in anything you do. For anything that is worth doing, is worth doing well!”

A Note from the Middle School Principal, Mrs. Monica Frank

During the 2017-2018 school year we implemented an iPad pilot program with our 8th grade students with the intent of learning from one grade to determine if and how we would expand to other grade levels within the school. During the year we replaced current student assignments with more interactive assignments using apps. We also used a reader program called Overdrive to deliver novels for the 8th grade Language Arts course. We gathered data through parent and student surveys and compared the rate of completion and mastery of assignment to previous years. We were excited to see the data from the pilot showed an increase in both student completion and mastery of assignments. We are excited to announce the expansion of iPads next year to 7th-9th grade with plans to gradually expand the use of iPads in all grades. We will continue to replace assignments in the curriculum to encourage engagement and creativity through the use of the iPad. Please reach out to our Middle School Principal, Mrs. Monica Frank, our Curriculum Coordinator, Mrs. Kathleen Groff, or our Technology Learning Coach, Mrs. Lauren Michener if you would like more information about our 8th grade pilot program.

A Note from the Director of Special Education, Dr. Nancy Giagnacova

In the last newsletter we addressed communication skills. This month we are focusing on making decisions. To help foster these skills, teachers and parents can give responsibility and reward good decision making. Teachers and academic advisors at 21CCCS teach students the importance of identifying priorities. As the Spring weather approaches, teachers and parents can remind students to stay focused on completing course work. The reward for hard work will be a summer filled with relaxation and adventure.

2018 Graduation

We will hold two ceremonies this year:

Downingtown Area

Saturday June 2nd

Immaculata University

1145 King Rd, Immaculata, PA 19345

Graduate and family arrival time: 10:30 am

Murrysville Area

Thursday June 7th

Westmoreland County Community College

145 Pavilion Lane, Youngwood, PA 15697

Graduate and family arrival time: 5:30 pm

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2018 Keystone Exam Information

Just like Spring, Keystone testing is here!

Keystone exams are scheduled for May 14th, 15th and 16th from 8am-2pm.

We will be paper testing this year. DO NOT bring your computer!!

An email has been sent to you and your child with your specific location for testing.

We respectfully ask that you please encourage your child to take these tests seriously and do their best. The Keystone exams are state-mandated tests that provide 21CCCS information on how to continually enhance the education we provide students. Keystone scores are also reflected on students' high school transcripts. Just as musicians and athletes practice for months for a performance, these exams provide students the opportunity to demonstrate everything they have learned throughout the year.

It is very important that your child arrive at the testing site on time each day. Students should arrive at 8:00 AM and can be picked up no earlier than 2:00 PM for Keystone exams. In order to maintain a disruption-free testing environment, please understand that students are not permitted to leave the testing session until all students have completed their test. As per PDE guidelines, we are required to collect all cell phones and electronic devices prior to the beginning of testing and return them once testing has been completed for the day.

Your child will need to bring his/her school-issued calculator and a book to read each day of testing, however please do not bring an assigned book from your English class. 21CCCS will provide light snacks and we ask that you please also send a bagged lunch for your child, as we will take a lunch break in the middle of the day. Students are encouraged to get a good night's rest and eat a hearty breakfast prior to testing.

As a small thank you for transporting your child to/from testing, we will provide you a $3 gift card to Dunkin Donuts (or Sheetz in some locations) each day! We will also provide each student a 21CCCS t-shirt at the conclusion of testing! If you have any questions, please contact your child's Academic Advisor or School Counselor (Ms. Wark, Mrs. Moynihan or Ms. Cooke).

Any questions of concerns contact Mrs. Sanna McCoy @ 484-875-5434 or

Teacher Appreciation Week

Teacher Appreciation Week is May 7th-11th

Take a moment to thank your AWESOME teachers for everything they have done this year!

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Counselor's Corner

Hello 21CCCS Family, happy last month of school!!! To all our students who have been working diligently throughout the year, congratulations on all of your accomplishments so far. To all our procrastinators, it’s time to kick it into high gear and get some work done. You have one month left of learning and one month left to earn points. To our seniors, soak in this last month. You have made it to the finish line. We hope to see you at the end of the year festivities and graduation. We wish you nothing but success in your future. Even though you are no longer our students, you will always be part of our 21CCCS Family.

Since this is our last Counselors’ Corner of the year we want to give you some tips for a successful summer:

  • Be active - it’s not only good for you physically, it’s good for your mental health

  • Get a summer job - you can get working papers through your local school district

  • Summer School - sometimes life happens and we need to reset and get caught up so we have a fresh start next school year

  • Family Time - summer is the best time for some forced family fun!!! Examples of forced family fun: day trips, camping, vacations, family dinners, BBQs, picnics, outings in the park, bike rides, walks on a trail, community events, local fairs, carnivals, family game night

  • Volunteer work - we discussed volunteer opportunities last month, summer is a great time to get involved

  • Camp 21 - Click here for more information

  • Read - read a book or several for pleasure this summer

~ Ms. Wark, Mrs. Moynihan, and Ms. Cooke

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Field Trips

End of the Year Parties

We will have two locations this year for our end of the year parties.

We hope you can join us!

Click here for additional details and RSVP information.

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Adventure Club

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Upcoming Events

Join us in our first-ever CyberStrong 5K Run/Walk

Event Date:

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Event Location:

Kerr Park and Struble Trail
Park Lane, Downingtown, PA US 19335

Event Schedule:

8:00 am Race day registration.

9 am 5K run/walk start

10:00 am Award ceremony (Following the race)

21st Century Cyber Charter School is hosting the first-ever CyberStrong 5K Run/Walk to provide a fun and engaging event for 21CCCS families as well as the community. This event will benefit the Chester County Food Bank and the 21CCCS scholarship program.

Participants will enjoy massage treatments, yoga, and reiki sessions during the event. All participants will be entered into a drawing to win a variety of gift certificates from our sponsors, including martial arts and fitness packages, yoga and reiki sessions, performance training programs, chiropractic and massage treatments, free gym memberships, and other gift cards.

The CyberStrong 5K Run/Walk will be chip-timed, and all runners will receive bibs. Chester County Running Store will be providing chip-timing services. Early registration costs $20 until May 7th, $25 after May 7th. The event day registration starts at 8:00 AM.

Parking for this event will be available at 21st Century Cyber Charter School on 126 Wallace Avenue, Kerr Park, and the Downingtown Library.

For more information, please visit

We are looking forward to seeing you!

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21st Century Cyber Charter School

Downingtown Location
126 Wallace Ave
Downingtown, PA 19335

Murrysville Location
221 Blue Spruce Way
Murrysville, PA 15668