Summit Virtual Academy

Weekly Update - Week of May 08, 2023

Teacher Appreciation Week

Good afternoon, Blackhawks! This coming week is Teacher Appreciation Week. While I know you don't see your instructors in person, they do a lot to ensure the success of their students, from home! If you feel so inclined, take a minute to thank your instructor, or even a past teacher, for all that they do.

It looks like the weather has finally turned. I hope you all get a chance to get outside and enjoy the sun, but keep in mind we are in the home stretch. Be sure you are not falling behind in your classes. It is possible to finish early, but we cannot extend the semester.

Be sure to read below for information on NWEA testing and opportunities to meet with Mrs. Carly Stone, our Superintendent.

Have a great weekend, and Go Blackhawks!

Testing, Testing, 1, 2, 3! NWEA Edition

May is the season for Spring NWEA testing. All Summit Virtual students in grades K-10 are required to come in person to complete this test. Unlike SAT and PSAT testing, NWEA testing is not timed. Therefore, you will see arrival times listed below, but not pick up times. As soon as students are completed with their testing, they are able to be picked up. Details on NWEA testing are listed below:

When: NWEA testing is broken up into three testing dates. All testing sessions are set to begin at 8:00am

  • Tuesday, May 16 - elementary and middle school Summit Virtual students (grades K-8)
  • Wednesday, May 17 - all high school aged Summit Virtual students (grades 9-10)
  • Thursday, May 18 - make up testing day for all Summit Virtual students unable to make it on their original testing date

Where: All spring NWEA testing will take place at the ITech building attached to Brandon Middle School

What: All students need to bring their school issued chromebook and charger for testing

Coffee And Conversation With Carly

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Attention Seniors: Senior Bulletin

I know that Mr. Stevens has been sending out the link to the senior bulletin for students, but I wanted to include it here as well since we are getting to the end of the year, and this is a busy time. If you have not yet checked out the bulletin, please do so now by clicking here.

Upcoming Dates and Events:

  • May 09 @ 12:15 - Honors Convocation at BHS
  • May 12 and 7:00pm: Spring Band Concert and BHS
  • May 16-18 - Spring NWEA testing for Summit Virtual students in grades K-10
  • May 17 - Seniors' Last Day (in person), receive cap and gown, return chromebooks
  • May 19 - Senior Breakfast @ 8am, Senior Walk @ 9am, Graduation Practice @ 10:45am, all at BHS
  • May 21 - BHS Commencement Ceremony @2pm @ BHS football field


Just a reminder that the state of Michigan requires that all students complete work on their Xello account each year. This is a requirement. Earlier in the year, we took time out to help Summit students work on this. If you did not complete your required Xello progress for the 2022/2023 school year by the time you complete spring NWEA testing, you may be asked to complete this once finished testing. If you have any questions regarding Xello, please contact Christine Hogarth at 248-627-1820 or

Navigate 360

As part of the state of Michigan and district's initiative to address the social and emotional needs of our students, as described in detail in the letter issued by the school district. If you choose to have your student(s) participate in this same program or with this specific lesson through the weekly, 20-30 minute long interactive lessons, or if you have questions, please contact the office at 248-627-1820.

OSTC Options for 2023

Tenth grade students have the chance to visit OSTC to tour their facility and programming. If you missed this pre-arranged visit and are interested in seeing what OSTC has to offer to your student, reach out to Mr. Belluomo at in order to schedule a visit and get additional information. OSTC is available for our Summit Virtual students.

Reminder of Expectations

As we continue to progress through the year, here is what you can continue to expect:

  • Expect your student to work for roughly 45-60 minutes per day, per course
  • By now, you should have been reached out to by a counselor regarding your course progress. These will happen once a week. It is extremely important that you respond to communication. Please note that the student needs to respond and be in communication, not just the parent(s).
  • Your main point of contact for content specific questions is your course instructor. If you need help doing so, don't hesitate to reach out to us at 248-627-1820.

Parent/Student Resources

Here you will find links to resources to help parents and students. Those of you who worked with Edmentum last year may have noticed some subtle changes to the system, as courses are now listed as being Apex courses. An overview of these changes and how to use the system as a parent can be found using the link to parent orientation presentations that is listed below.

Link for elementary overview:

Instructional Model overview for online learning (last page has links embedded to parent orientation presentations):

Counseling Corner

Here you will find links to counselor contact information, information for students, etc. as the year progresses.

Brandon School District's Summit Virtual Academy

Please feel free to contact the office for any questions or assistance.