Summit Virtual Academy

Weekly Update - Week of August 29

2022/2023 School Year Is Almost Here

Good afternoon, Blackhawks! We are just about a week and a half away from the start of the 2022/2023 school year. I did get to see some of you in building this week for registration day, and I look forward to working with you this year. There are a few updates below to what went out last week, so be sure to read on. I hope you enjoy your last two weekends before we get to work together!

What's New

Elementary - Important New Information Added

This year will look quite different than last year. You will have a Brandon School District staff member as a mentor, but instructors will be Edmentum instructors and curriculum, all of which are Michigan certified. Four days a week of live instruction and support are offered, with asynchronous learning as well. Additional information and details will be shared and discussed at the Summit Virtual Academy Back to School Night on September 01 at 5:30pm. This will be held virtually.

If your student was virtual last year, he/she should already have a school issued device. What is important to note is last year's early elementary students may not have worked from a chromebook. This year, your student will need either a chromebook or a desk/laptop computer. A tablet will not work well with this online program. If you are in need of a device, please contact the office.

In addition to your student's graded content, your student will also have access to Exact Path. This is a learning recovery program that is supplemental to their enrolled core subjects. This is completely optional, but is a great tool to have. Each student's learning path is tailored to his/her needs and to helping students grow and excel in their learning.

Here is a link in the meantime:


While the method of instruction for secondary students will be largely unchanged, what will be different is your daily Zoom sessions and mentor help. We have three counselors that will be working with our secondary students. Your counselor will work to setup the appropriate schedule of classes for you. In addition, a counselor will be assigned as a student's mentor and will communicate weekly to help ensure students are progressing in their classes and getting any necessary support. Counselors will be assigned to students based on the following:

  • Mrs. Hickey - students in grades 6-8
  • Mr. Belluomo - students in grades 9-12 with the last name A-L
  • Mrs. Dietiker - students in grades 9-12 with the last name M-Z

What's the Same

Just like last year, Edmentum/EdOptions will provide the content and instructors. All content is aligned with Michigan standards, and all instructors are Michigan certified teachers. Also similar to last year, a Brandon School District employee (counselor) will work closely with each student and their mentor. Additionally, all students will be provided with a school issued device (chromebook) from which to work. If you are in need to arranging a device pick up, please contact the office at 248-627-1820 or email the tech department at If you have a device used last year, there is no need to make arrangements.

Upcoming Summit Virtual Academy Events

Summit Virtual Academy Back to School Night

Upcoming Brandon School District Events

  • BHS Varsity football game vs Lake Fenton, Friday, September 09, 7:00pm
  • Homecoming Parade - Friday, September 30, 5:30pm, downtown Ortonville
  • BHS Homecoming Football game vs Goodrich - Friday, September 30, 7:00pm
  • BHS Homecoming Dance - Saturday, October 01, BHS Cafeteria
  • Picture Retake Day - October 04, all day (High School students)

Parent/Student Resources

Here you will find links to resources to help parents and students. Stay tuned for more!

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.