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Virtual Academy Parent Update- July

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Join us for Meet the Teacher and Supply Pick-Up

We look forward to seeing our wonderful Virtual Academy families for Meet the Teacher and Chromebook/Supply pick-up on Monday, August 8th from 8-10am. This event is come and go, so you can arrive and leave anytime during the window. You and you child will have the opportunity to meet your child's teacher, and pick up the necessary materials for learning this year! If you are unable to come to this supply pick-up, you will be able to pick up supplies at the Virtual Academy's front desk on Tuesday, August 9th from 8:30am-3:30pm.

Elementary Open House/ Parent Information Sessions

Thursday, August 11th, we will be hosting open house sessions via Zoom where you can learn more about your child's teachers, their schedule and the curriculum during the upcoming year! There will be two sessions for each grade level:


3:15- 3:45pm OR 4:00-4:30pm


More details and Zoom links will be coming soon from your child's teacher!

Meet the Assistant Principal, Michelle Tatro

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Welcome, Virtual Academy families! My name is Michelle Tatro, and this is my second year as the assistant principal at the Virtual Academy. I am so excited to work with our wonderful families and students this year. I am celebrating my 10th year in Plano ISD! Before joining the Virtual Academy as the assistant principal, I worked as an instructional specialist, a 5th grade teacher, and even a kindergarten teacher! I received both my bachelor's and master's degrees from SMU, and I have a passion for leadership in education. I have a wonderful husband, Jeremy, and a 17 month old son, Nathan. When I am not working or enjoying time with my family, I love listening to podcasts, going for walks, and spending time outside. We are going to have a fabulous year at the Virtual Academy!

Things to look forward to this year at the VA!

-We have a school counselor!

-There will be increased synchronous time in all classes daily! More information on our master schedule and your child's daily schedule will be shared at open house.

-Morning community building activities in every classroom

-Use of all the Plano ISD curriculum and resources

-More school events!

Wednesday, August 10th is the first day of school!

Update (new information as of 7/27/2022): Please be on the lookout for an email from your child's teacher sometime after August 3rd about how to ensure your child has joined the appropriate Canvas Classroom. This year, we will be using our new platform, Canvas. All Zoom links for live meetings will be located there. We will make the transition as seamless as possible for students! Our teachers are prepared to work with your child on Canvas, and we are so excited for this user- friendly way that our teachers can upload all assignments.


Here are names of teachers to look for an email from:

Amanda Dunford- Kindergarten

Amy Adams- 1st Grade

Misty Bennett- 2nd Grade

Onvia Barnhill and Madeline Bonds- 3rd Grade

Casey McCarter- 4th Grade

Pam Spraetz- 5th Grade

Brett Fieger- Special Education

Debbie Contoveros- Speech

Stacey Medler- Art

Zack Smith- PE

Lisa Hamid- ESL

Music- Nicole Cervantes


More information will come soon about our PACE teacher.

Community Events

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Important Links

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