Heron Herald

Cyber Academy of South Carolina

December 3 , 2015

Welcome Back Herons!

We are back in the swing of things after our wonderful break! We hope everyone had a wonderful break. There are only two more weeks until our Winter Break. Our final kickoff for our break will be our December 18th outing. You don't want to miss it! Have you started your gingerbread plans yet?

Here are a few things you'll want to make sure to read in this week's edition:

~Hour of Code- make sure to RSVP

~Journey to CASC survey- You can win some CASC fun gifts

~RSVP for the December outing

Join K12 families around the nation to celebrate computer coding and inspire students with computer science programs. The Hour of Code is a global movement reaching tens of millions of students in over 180 countries.

RSVP for December 7th through 11th Hour of Code

This event happens at 3pm ET each day the week of December 7th, and is an event for the whole family to learn more about coding and inspire our youth with computer science programs. If you'd like to learn more about this amazing program you can check out their website: http://hourofcode.com/us.

As all of our families know there are many choices in education from traditional schools, private schools, virtual schools, and homeschooling groups. Help celebrate your family's journey with us and share why you made the choice to join the Cyber Academy family? We would love to share your response in future Heron Herald editions. We will be randomly selecting one lucky family and sending them a few CASC goodies for telling their story.

Are you looking for wonderful holiday gifts?

We know many people are out looking for that perfect gift for the holiday season. What about some CASC merchandise? While you're out pondering those gifts make sure to check out some of the amazing Cyber Academy clothing we have available.

The Official CASC Heron Apparel Store for Herons.

Set yourself up for Success with Learning Labs!

How can you ensure that you are successful at our learning labs? Make sure that you bring any necessary materials that you will need while you are at the lab. Many students feel more comfortable bringing their own laptops. That is wonderful! We do have computers that you are able to use at the labs, if needed. Make sure to bring any books or notebooks so that you can use those while at the lab. This will help teachers direct you to the correct information and be able to help you achieve success.

Do you want to check out one of our labs? Click here to sign up for a location near you. 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 Lab

Are you stuck on a problem? Having trouble with an assignment? Need a little extra help right away? Don't worry CASC has you covered! Come visit our virtual learning labs!

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-12:00pm Tuesday and Thursday. Check for the link to join the session in your class connect schedule.

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

Winterland Gingerbread Outing December 18th from 10:00am-12:00pm

December 18th

Our highly anticipated Winterland of Gingerbread Event is booked! We are looking forward to seeing all of the students at our final outing for 2015! If you attended last year you know this is a HUGE event and a TON of fun!

This year we are adding another fun part. We are asking that each student bring a letter to a solider. We are going to be work with a Million Thanks to send these letters of appreciation to our service members. If you would like to find out more about this project please check out their website- A Million Thanks. We will be collecting the letters and cards at the Gingerbread event. Feel free to bring a dollar to cover postage to the troops if you are able.

This is a free event for all of our families, but we would really like to encourage everyone to participate in our letter writing campaign in order to support our troops and thank they during the holiday times. There will not be any food served at this event.

Please see below for Gingerbread Competition information.

We will be meeting in the following five locations. Please RSVP for the location you would like to attend.

  • Charleston- Carolina Ice Palace- 7665 Northwoods Blvd. North Charleston, SC 29406 RSVP
  • Columbia- Plex Indoor Sports-Plex Ice- 1019 Broad Stone Rd. Irmo, SC 29063 RSVP
  • Greenville- Roller Sports- 328 W. Main St. Taylors, SC 29687 RSVP
  • Myrtle Beach- Fun Warehouse- 2349 Dick Pond Rd. Myrtle Beach, SC 29575 RSVP
  • Rock Hill - Kate's of Rock Hill- 1530 Celanese Rd. Rock Hill, SC RSVP

Gingerbread Competition Guidelines for Winterland

Students participating in the Winterland of Gingerbread Competition may submit their houses in one of two categories, based on their level of interest.

Though parents may offer limited assistance, the work should be primarily accomplished by the student.


Gingerbread houses in this category will be judged on their structure and appearance only. The top four gingerbread houses will receive a commemorative “Peppermint Choice Award.”


The Gingerbread category is for those students who want to enjoy the experience of building a gingerbread house and participate in the event but in a non-competitive category—students who just want to be a part of the fun! Every student who participates at this level will be entered in a random drawing for a “Sweet Gingerbread Award.”

Need some inspiration? Check out the video below!

Word of the Week


Definition : Perfect happiness ; great joy
Origin : Middle English
Sentence : She was full of bliss on Thanksgiving.

Heron Shout Out!

Mr. Brilliandt - He always making us laugh in class!


High School

The end of the semester is January 15th. All work must be submitted by that date. Please check your grade book to see what assignments you are missing. You can use the time over Winter Break to get complete missing work. You can always reach out to you teachers for advice or help.

ACT WorkKeys Window for 3rd year HS students- Feb 22-March 18

Middle School

Teachers webpages

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

All students need to log into Study Island and complete their weekly assignments (remember Study Island is required and part of your grade.)

Keep up the good work and reach out to your teacher if you need help with anything.

Family Resource Coordinator

Aisha Lake, Social Worker

Greetings CASC Family …

Hope your year is going well so far! Please remember that @ CASC you have support, I am always just a phone call, kmail, or email away.

I have included a link for a short survey with a few questions to see how I can offer assistance, if you can please complete it I would greatly appreciate it.

Survey Link

Holiday Assistance:

CASC has no affiliation or partnership with these organizations …

These are local community resources.

It’s that time of year…

please see below for local resources in your area.


~Request a Toy, enter state, county:


Pickens County

~Santa Shoppe Program:


Charleston, Berkley, Dorchester Counties


Greenville County https://www.salvationarmycarolinas.org/greenvillesc/programs/programs-that-help/christmas-assistance :

Richland, Lexington, Newberry, and Fairfield & Kershaw Counties

~Salvation Army Midlands Christmas Assistance

~for details contact (803)765-0260

~Registration at the Ruff Building on the SC State Fairgrounds

~1200 Rosewood Drive

Tuesday, Nov. 3rd, 9:00-7:00pm,

Wednesday, Nov. 4th, 9:00-3:00pm

Thursday, Nov. 5th, 9:00-3:00pm

Learning Coach University

Learning Coach Opportunities

Have you taken advantage of any of the recent Learning Coach University Workshops? These are WONDERFUL ways to learn great tips and make connections. These workshops are great for engaging you and your role as a learning coach.

Check them out on your own schedule- Recordings

Helpful Hints to being a successful Heron

Wondering if the OLS or NOHS is down or if it is just your internet or computer? Try this link: http://www.isitdownrightnow.com/k12.com.html It will let you know!

Choosing a Novel: Does your student need to choose a novel for their literature class? The link above provides valuable information about how to make the section.

Learning Coach Video Support: Are you a visual learner? This will help you with many questions that you might have!

Computer Questions? This link has a ton of trouble shooting ideas for you!

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

7 Strategies for Student Success

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.


We use our Cyber Academy of South Carolina Facebook page to communicate with our students and families about many opportunities. We post outing pictures and other engagement opportunities for students around the state. Please make sure to "like" our page so that you are kept up to date on everything with Cyber Academy!

CASC is on Pinterest

Follow us on Pinterest for great ideas and resources.

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/

Academic Calendar

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