Heron Herald

Cyber Academy of South Carolina

September 4, 2015

Labor Day

This Monday (September 7, 2015) is Labor Day. Learning labs, class connect sessions, and teachers will be off but the OLS/NOHS is still available. You are still able to work over the weekend and Labor Day if you choose. Enjoy the long weekend!

Students and teachers from around the state gathered to celebrate the beginning of the school year. Our outings had wonderful attendance, and it was great to see everyone.

Did you attend one of our amazing outings around the state or virtually? We want to hear about it and see the pictures. Let us know on Facebook or Instagram! #casc(location)! Stay tuned for outing locations for September.

Do you have a suggestion for a great location? Let us know!

Join us for our September outings around the state. We will meet at 10am in a central location, take a short walk, and then have lunch afterwards. Please note that some of the locations have a cost associated with them. Families should plan on packing drinks and lunch for the entire family if you plan to stay for lunch.

Please RSVP for a location in your area. We will use the emails from the RSVPs to communicate specifics of meeting locations for each outing.

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Reading Season has Begun!

If you want a chance to win four tickets, sideline passes, and pregame activities to a Clemson / USC game in the Palmetto Bowl, then get ready to read. All you have to do is go to visit http://www.eoc.sc.gov/ and fill out the entry card. From there you pick one team (Clemson or Carolina). You have to read six reading level appropriate books and complete the book list. Book list must be turned in no later than November 11, 2015. No later entries will be able to be accepted. Participation is limited to students in elementary or public middle schools. Remember there are two winners, one for each team, so be prepared to read.

Our learning labs are open around the state. We have had great turnout and wonderful success stories shared from each of our locations. Have you had a chance to sign up for a location near you? These labs are a wonderful opportunity for students to have face to face support on their lessons. 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.

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

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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-11:30am and 12:00-1:30pm Monday through Thursday. Check for the link to join the session in your announcements on the left hand side of the login page. Make sure to log in using your grade level, subject, first name, and last name.

Example- 8th math Taylor Swift

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

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Heron Academy

Cyber Academy's pilot learning lab program in Greenville is breaking down stereotypes of traditional and virtual school. This fully blended approach allows students to come to the Greenville Learning Lab 4 days a week for half of their school day. During this time they work with teachers and their peers to complete their lessons as well as focus on individual and group projects.

Are you located in the Greenville area? We have a few openings for students into the Academy. Let us know if you or someone you know might be interested in joining the Heron Academy.

CASC Teachers/Staff Members of the Week

Mrs. Ballinger

One of our Teachers of the Week is Courtney Ballinger!

She received her undergrad in communications and a minor in marketing at Miami University and then earned her masters of Arts and Teaching at National Louis University.

She is originally from Chicago, but she moved to South Carolina in 2009. She has two children, ages 4 and 6. She got a job at CASC in October 2014, and she really enjoys her awesome job! One of her favorite things to do is travel. She’s been to Malta, Rome, Barcelona, London, Florence, and Sydney (to name a few). She was very excited to be teacher of week and loved being able to share things about herself.

Reported by: Georgia M.

Mrs. Craft

One of the Teachers of the Week is Erin Craft. She has been at CASC for eight months now and proudly admits that she loves CASC. She graduated from Clemson with a degree in Psychology. Her goal at CASC is to truly have every student succeed in their education. She just asks that they meet her half way. Her job at CASC is Family Academic Team Leader. She gets to work with the families and make sure that the students are on track with their academics. She is living the dream job.

She grew up in Greenville, SC and still lives in her hometown. She was born November 20. She has three kids ages 9, 7, 4.Their names are Elijah (a 4th grader at CASC), Veronica, and Whitney. Her favorite things to do when she has free time are to spend time with her family, get outside, garden and read. Her favorite genre is everything but her favorite book is A Fine Balance. She used to work at a hospital as the Wound Care Office Administrator. Her favorite color is blue, and she really enjoys CASC.

Reported by Elle T.

Heron Shout-Outs!

Mrs. Johnson

She is so amazing at connecting with her first grade students. She holds their attention but understands that they need not be held to long. She is wonderful at caring for her students, and always communicates well. I really feel like we are a team with my daughters education plan.

Learning Labs

My daughter loved the Learning Lab yesterday in Columbia. She learned a lot and it is great to have a partnership with a teacher one-on-one.

I especially appreciated the ability to get feedback on where she is at and what she needs to be working on. Looking forward to this program for the year.

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


High School

Please send your favorite picture and an interesting fact of yourself by kmail to Mrs. Ahl.

Middle School

· Teachers webpages are a first stop for course information.

· Students and learning coaches should check kmail daily.

· Reach out to your course teachers if you are behind or struggling. They are here to help you!

· Be sure your Social Studies Pretest and Science Diagnostic tests are completed in Study Island. (due Sept. 8)

Middle School Assembly Tuesday, September 8, at 8:30 AM for National Suicide Prevention Week.

Watch your kmail for the ALP newletter.

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.

Middle School's Caption This! Homeroom Competition- Winner

The winning caption was: “grfgfgwgferfy (its so hard to type with paws)”
Submitted by G. Tolley, an 8th grader in Ms. Simpson’s Homeroom

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Elementary School

K-5 Make sure you have logged into your Reading Eggs account and let your teacher know if you do not have an account or it isn’t working. Also, be sure and log into your Study Island account and look for any assignments for the week; they need to be completed by Friday. Keep up the good work and reach out to your teacher if you need help with anything.

Student Work

Self Portrait

Submitted by Joseph Eufracio- 6th grade
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FAST Announcements

Are you struggling? Come to our Family and Academic Support Team’s Family Help Lunch Hour! This is offered every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from noon to one! Link for the Session.

From the Mouth's of Herons

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Fresh Report!

Fantasy Football is a statistical game where people compete in teams based on NFL players’ stats in real games. To win, users must put their own players in their qualified positions and get more fantasy points than the opposing team. In the last three weeks of the season, there will be a playoff with the top three teams in each division to determine the league champion.

Each user will select real NFL players for their team. The team rosters include one quarterback, two running backs, two wide receivers, one running back/wide receiver/tight end, one kicker, one defensive team, one individual defensive player and four bench players. To track team results during the season, go to the Game Center. The Game Center keeps track of all of the players’ stats and all the scores throughout the league.

The Waiver Wire is where people can release under performing or injured players and add unclaimed players. The Waiver Wire will be in reverse record order, meaning the worst team is first and the best team is last. There is also an option to trade players. There is no maximum to how many trades people can make, but there is a deadline later on in the season.

By: Sean R.

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Heron Hen Tells her family's success story with CASC

My name is Paula Priddy and I have been working with CASC since 2013. When I started with my children on their educational journey, I had no idea that it would lead us here. We started in a brick and mortar school, which met our needs, until it became obvious that we needed something else. We tried traditional homeschool in a box. That was good, but not very engaging. I stumbled across the idea of online learning. It has been just what we needed. With 4 students, I was finding it difficult to meet everyone’s needs. The teacher support at CASC has made all of the difference. When students are frustrated, they have someone other than myself to go to. I like to use the learning labs to focus on writing.

My kids enjoy the field trips and have made some friends online. They like that they can do their work and go on with their day. I like that we still have some flexibility in our schedule. As long as the work gets done we take outings during the day. I am able to spend the time with my children and help them each develop into the person that they are meant to be.

Would you like to be featured in our From the Mouth's of Herons? Talk with your homeroom teacher and submit an article for consideration.

Helpful Hints to being a successful Heron

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

Support for Learning Coaches: Lunch Help Hour with Family and Academic Support Team.

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.

Word of the Week


Adjective- definition; competent or skilled in doing or using something

Noun- definition; an expert

Origin; Latin

Sentence: She was proficient in Spanish.

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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/

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