Heron Herald

Cyber Academy of South Carolina

January 21, 2016

UPDATE for outings! Due to severe weather we have decided to cancel the Greenville and Rock Hill Outings.

*Friendly Reminder to complete i-Ready if you have not already done so

School Choice Week- January 24th-30th

CASC is one of more than 12,000 schools participating in National School Choice Week (January 24–30, 2016). The goal of the Week is to shine a positive spotlight on all types of education options for children—from traditional public schools to public charter schools, magnet schools, private schools, online learning and homeschooling. The event will be held at Heritage Green in Greenville, SC.​


“We are thrilled to have CASC participate in National School Choice Week by holding this special event,” said Andrew Campanella, National School Choice Week president. “The Week provides an opportunity for families in communities across America to discover more about the education options available to children. We salute the students, teachers and staff at CASC for their dedication to providing a quality education for children, and for their involvement in this nationwide celebration.”


If you would like to get involved in supporting school choice week please make sure to talk about how school choice has made a difference for your family. Share your experiences with family, friends, and legislators. We need to provide quality choices for our students educational needs.


Here are some of our family and faculty's choices for supporting school choice. What are yours?

Outings Around The State

Students will be gathering around the state tomorrow, Friday January 22nd, to learn about the amazing things our museums have to offer. This educational opportunity truly brings history to life and gives students a wonderful opportunity.


We are sad to report that due to projected severe weather we have decided to cancel our Greenville and Rock Hill locations. Please join us for our online option if you are able.


If you are not able to join us at these in person outings don't worry. We also have a virtual option for you that allows you to tour museums from the comfort of your home. Our Museum Tours Far and Wide Virtual Outing will start at 10:00 and wrap up around 11:30. Please check your class connect sessions for the link to join.

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Want to help make Cyber Academy the BEST virtual option in SC?

We need your help!

Our drawing will take place next week for families who complete this survey! Enter before it's too late!!! :)

Please help us know what would make Cyber Academy even better for you! We have created a short survey to help us reflect on as we plan for semester 2. Your few minutes could make a big difference for our school. Let us know what you think and what works best for you and your family. We will be doing a drawing for those that fill out the survey. Thank you!

Journey To CASC Family Highlight

Heron families have shared so many wonderful stories with us about how Cyber Academy has made a difference in their family's lives. We have chosen, with the permission of the families, to share some of the stories with the school. Would you like to submit your story?

Journey to CASC Submission Form


"Joshua has ADHD, and he was having to take medication in order to go to public school, the medication would really alter Joshua's everyday productivity, he would just be like a zombie. I decided to try the home schooling that way he does not have to take medication on a daily basis and he can function and do things rather than just exist. Joshua is doing really well at home where we can work, take a break and he can be himself. Joshua loves the outdoors, so we have class outside a lot of days. The flexibility is awesome and the teachers are as well."


Joshua, we are honored to have you as a member of our school. We are so glad that Cyber Academy is able to meet your needs.

Heron Academy

Battleship

Our Heron Academy students enjoyed playing Periodic Table Battleship during a short break this week.


Does this sound fun to you? First you will want to download and print 4 copies of the Periodic Table. You will need to label the rows on the left hand side. Each player will need two copies of them. The kids mark where they want to place their ships by circling 2, 3, 4, or 5 elements on the lower table. They call out the coordinates to the other team member. You are able to use coordinates or element names for older students.


The blog Teach Beside Me has a wonderful post on this fun game.

Learning Lab Closure

During winter there is always a chance of inclement weather. Please be aware that we will follow the local school districts for any closures of the lab.

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.


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.

Heron Shout Out!

The Lanning family goes above and beyond to bring school to life for their students. This sweet family is always helping others.

Dates to write down


Feb 15th No school

March 7 ACT WorkKeys (HS third year students)

Mar 25-April 1 Spring Break

April 26-28 SC Ready (3rd -8th grade students)

May 10-12 EOCs (HS students- Alg 1, Eng 1, Bio, US History, Possibly Eng. 2 and Geometry)

May 11-12 Science, Social Studies (4th-8th grade students)

May 18th DRA Kindergarten Assessment (K students)

Cyber Academy is not part of the festival this year but it looks like a wonderful opportunity for those in the Charleston area to attend.


The Charleston STEM Festival is a celebration of science, technology, engineering and math in the Lowcountry. The 3rd annual festival will be highly visible outdoor event that provides opportunity for engagement and exchange between children, teens, families, and local STEM professionals. This exciting event will take place on February 6, 2016 from 10am-3pm at Brittlebank Park in Charleston, SC and will feature ~50 exhibitors who will provide hands-on activities, live performances, interactive demonstrations, and family-oriented STEM entertainment.

Announcements

High School

Welcome to the second semester of high school! We are looking forward to working with our new students and our returning students. Please make sure to take your I-Ready tests if you are in Algebra 1, Developing Algebra, Geometry, ELA 1, ELA 2, U.S. History and Biology. You can reach out to your content teacher for more information. All I-Ready tests must be completed by January 29th.


Meet the High School Team

Ms. Hendryx- Algebra 1, Honor Algebra 1 and Developing Algebra

Mrs. Gomillion- Geometry and Honors Geometry

Mrs. Ahl- Algebra 2, Honors Algebra 2, Probability and Statistics and AP Statistics

Ms. Webb- ELA 1 and Honors ELA 1

Ms. Powell- ELA 2, Honors ELA 2, ELA 3, Honors ELA 3 and ELA 4

Ms. Moreno- Biology, Honors Biology, Spanish

Ms. Hudson- Chemistry, Physics, Physical Science

Mrs. Batson- U.S. History, World History

Ms. Luska- Geography, Government, Economics

Mrs. Towery- Computer Literacy, Entrepreneurship, Marketing, Skills for Success

Mr. Frate- Physical Education

Mr. Winchester- Art

Ms. Hrinvak- Music

Mrs. Kountz- School Counselor

Mrs. Dixon- High School Advisor

Ms. Davis- High School Advisor


Testing Dates

March 7th WorkKeys testing for 3rd year HS students

April 16th Prom

May 10-12 EOCs (HS students- Alg 1, Eng 1, Bio, US History, Possibly Eng. 2 and Geometry)

Testing Information for High School Students

We are happy to be able to announce the tests and testing windows for this spring for our high school students!


Our third year high school students will be required to take the ACT WorkKeys assessment and a yet to be determined additional assessment.


The ACT WorkKeys assessment will be administered on Monday, March 7.

Our high school students are required to take End of Course examinations at the end of English 1, Algebra 1, Biology, US History. The state of South Carolina is still determining whether students taking English 2 and Geometry would need to take an End of Course examination. For students in those courses, please keep these dates open in case you do need to take an EOC.


End of Course examinations will be administered on Tuesday, May 10, Wednesday, May 11, and Thursday May 12.


Please remember that these assessments are a mandatory part of your student’s enrollment with CASC. There will be 10 regional testing locations throughout the state and your student will be assigned to the nearest regional testing site. Now is the time to start making arrangements for transportation to make sure that your student will be present for testing. Failure to attend testing may result in Family Engagement Points being assigned, students withdrawal, and/or student ineligibility to re-enroll.

Please contact your homeroom teacher if you have any questions. Thank you!


Courtney Kountz

School Counselor and Testing Coordinator

Prom

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Middle School

i-Ready deadline was last Friday, 1/15.

Please ensure that your student has taken their i-ready Diagnostics. To check: Have your student login to i-Ready and see if they have an assignment. If they haven’t completed the diagnostic, there will be a Math and/or Reading button to click on.

Click here to access i-Ready. Your username was sent to you through kmail and your password is pass627.

Report Cards will be kmailed on Tuesday, January 26.



Science Question of the Week!

Trout are found in rapidly flowing streams that have high levels of oxygen, stony bottoms, and an abundance of aquatic insects. These streams represent a trout’s ______________.
A. niche
B. biome
C. habitat
D. community

Click here for the answer.



Teacher Spotlight!

Mrs. Kramer—6th, 7th, 8th grade Science Teacher

As the Middle School ALP coordinator, Jr. National Beta Club Sponsor, and Middle School Science teacher, Mrs. Kramer enjoys working with students at CASC. She has her Masters plus 30 and her G/T endorsement with 15 years of Middle School teaching experience. She has participated in foreign exchange programs, Odyssey of the Mind, Marine Science programs, and science fairs. Her husband, daughter, granddaughter, and dog “Pebbles” live in Charleston, S.C. She has a son that lives in Daytona Beach, Fla. and her mom lives about 45 minutes from Rock Hill, S.C. She enjoys anything that has to do with science, fishing, going to the beach, Nascar, gardening, painting, and arts and crafts. Click here for a video introduction.

Thank you Mrs. Kramer for all of the support you offer your students!!!!



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.


Testing Dates:

April 26-28 SC Ready (3rd -8th grade students)

May 11-12 Science, Social Studies (4th-8th grade students)

Testing Information

We are happy to be able to announce the tests and testing windows for this spring for our 3rd through 8th grade students!


The state has selected a new contractor and assessment for the Math, ELA Session 1 -Writing, and ELA Session 2-Reading tests, DRC. DRC is the same contractor who provides the SCPASS assessments. The name of the new assessment will be South Carolina College and Career READY Assessment (SC READY).


The SCPASS assessment includes Science and Social Studies subject tests.

Students in grades 3-8 will take the SC READY assessment on April 26, 27, and 28.

Students in grades 4-8 will also take the SCPASS on May 11 and 12.


Please remember that these assessments are a mandatory part of your student’s enrollment with CASC. There will be 10 regional testing locations throughout the state and your student will be assigned to the nearest regional testing site. Now is the time to start making arrangements for transportation to make sure that your student will be present for testing. Failure to attend testing can result in Family Engagement Points being assigned, students will be withdrawn, and will not be eligible to enroll in the future.


Please contact your homeroom teacher if you have any questions. Thank you!

Courtney Kountz

School Counselor and Testing Coordinator

Elementary School

Teacher Highlight- Mrs. Barber

I received my Bachelor’s degree from Clemson University, and I earned my Master’s degree at Converse College in Early Childhood Education. I taught both kindergarten and first grade in a brick and mortar classroom. This is my fifth year teaching and my second year at CASC. I absolutely love teaching kindergarten at CASC!

I live in Greenville with my husband Kent, our sweet daughter Lainey, and our yellow lab, Reedy. Lainey turned one this past September, and she brings us so much joy! When I’m not teaching, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, cooking, baking, reading, exercising, traveling, and cheering on the Clemson Tigers!

Testing Dates:

April 26-28 SC Ready (3rd -8th grade students)

May 11-12 Science, Social Studies (4th-8th grade students)

May 18th DRA Kindergarten Assessment (K students)

Testing Information

We are happy to be able to announce the tests and testing windows for this spring for our 3rd through 8th grade students!


The state has selected a new contractor and assessment for the Math, ELA Session 1 -Writing, and ELA Session 2-Reading tests, DRC. DRC is the same contractor who provides the SCPASS assessments. The name of the new assessment will be South Carolina College and Career READY Assessment (SC READY).


The SCPASS assessment includes Science and Social Studies subject tests.

Students in grades 3-8 will take the SC READY assessment on April 26, 27, and 28.

Students in grades 4-8 will also take the SCPASS on May 11 and 12.


Please remember that these assessments are a mandatory part of your student’s enrollment with CASC. There will be 10 regional testing locations throughout the state and your student will be assigned to the nearest regional testing site. Now is the time to start making arrangements for transportation to make sure that your student will be present for testing. Failure to attend testing can result in Family Engagement Points being assigned, students will be withdrawn, and will not be eligible to enroll in the future.


Please contact your homeroom teacher if you have any questions. Thank you!

Courtney Kountz

School Counselor and Testing Coordinator

Family Academic Support Team (FAST)

System Support

Parents, are you struggling with the Online School? Members of the FAST team are holding orientation sessions for many of our new families. If you would like some extra support with how to navigate the system please Kmail Jasmine Poor.

Counselor’s Corner

Report Card Time


Can you believe that we are in the second semester of school? The second semester also means report cards are coming and it is time to look at making positive progress for the second semester! Did you see the Counselor Corner article from last week about setting goals? Now is the time to evaluate your progress, where you want to be, and to work on setting those goals!


If you and your student know that you have been doing your best and are happy with your report card grades, use the SMART goal steps to set up a plan to continue with being successful! We are always growing and learning and now is the time to keep up the hard work.


Below are some suggestions for talking with your students about how to improve their grades:


  • Time: Pick a time when you and your child are able to talk quietly and calmly about the report card.
  • Evaluate: Do you and your student know why he or she earned each grade? Do you know what your student needs to do to improve their grade?
  • Contact: Contact your student’s teacher(s) for more information if you don’t understand why they received that grade and what your student needs to do to change.
  • Daily Plan: Check your student’s daily plan and classroom announcements to make sure that they are completing all of their work. It is also very important to check your kmail accounts daily. You can check your student’s progress daily to see how they are doing!
  • Class Connects: Make sure you are attending the live Class Connect sessions, watching recordings, attending open office hours, and going to the Learning Labs for help if needed.
  • Be prepared: When you are talking with your teacher, be prepared with questions about where your student needs help.
  • Encourage your student to start taking responsibility and provide positive reinforcement for their hard work.


I know that each of our students can be successful when we all work as a team. Enjoy your semester!

Mrs. Kountz

School Counselor

K12 puts together a wonderful newsletter for learning coaches. Check January's edition out for great ideas and resources.

Learning Coach University

Learning Coach Opportunities

Check out the latest list of upcoming classes for learning coaches.


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

Topic: Creating Engagement with Gifted Students


Is your student having a hard time staying focused and engaged in day to day school? This session will provide you with strategies and tools to help create an engaging environment for your student.

Date: Tuesday, January 26th

Time: 9:30am PST/ 10:30am MST/ 11:30am Central / 12:30 pm Eastern

Presenter: Heather McKenna, IDVA Advanced Learner Specialist

LINK - Join 30 minutes before


NOTE: When signing into the BBC session, please use the sign in convention of (school_ first name_last name initial) – as example: AZVA_John S

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 OHS to stay up to date with the latest CASC information.

Facebook

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