Summit Virtual Academy

Weekly Update - Week of February 06, 2023

Brrrrrrr! It's Cold Out There!!

At the close of this week we are technically over half way to summer! During this frigid week, it's nice to think of the warmer weather and sunshine that summer brings. While we are early in the semester, please be sure to work to stay caught up in your classes from the beginning. Keep an eye to your pacing guide, and remember that it is the overall course grade that gets entered into MiStar. I hope you are all off to a strong start.

This week is Snowcoming Weekend for secondary students. Remember, Summit students are able and encouraged to participate in the same activities as in person students. There is a dance tomorrow. I hope to see you there! Be sure to read below for information regarding Edmentum resources, upcoming events, and scheduling information. As always, contact the office for any support or assistance or with any questions or concerns.

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, next week we will begin using Navigate 360 with our in person students in the classroom. If you choose to have your student(s) participate in this same program through the weekly, 20-30 minute long interactive lessons, or if you have questions, please contact the office at 248-627-1820.

Upcoming Scheduling for the 2023/2024 School Year

It's hard to believe, but the scheduling process for the secondary students for the 2023/2024 school year is already about to begin. Please be aware of the following dates regarding scheduling that may pertain to your student(s):

  • February 7 - Scheduling presentations by BHS counselors to students in the PAC (current 9th grade at 8:20am, 10th grade at 9:30am, 11th grade at 12:10pm)
  • February 8 - scheduling presentations by BHS counselors to incoming 9th graders at BMS media center
  • February 15, afternoon - Incoming 9th graders come to BHS in the afternoon for a BHS Link crew led tour of the building, programs, etc.
  • February 16 at 7pm - In the BHS performing arts center, BHS administration and counseling presentation on high school curriculum and programming to the parents of incoming 9th graders
  • Week of February 20 - scheduling requests begin for all students

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.

Summit Virtual Academy Application for the 2023-2024 School Year

Just like this current school year, participation in Summit Virtual Academy is application based and for the entire school year. Beginning on March 01, this application will be available to all current and future Brandon School District students in grades K-12 and MUST be completed for all students who wish to participate in Summit Virtual Academy for the upcoming school year. This includes current Summit Virtual Academy students. These applications are due on March 23, 2023. If you have any questions, contact the office at 248-627-1820.

Upcoming Dates and Events:

  • February 8 - BHS counselors present scheduling information at BMS for 8th graders
  • February 15, All Day - Link Crew Orientation for incoming freshmen at BHS
  • February 16, 7:00pm - Parent Meeting for incoming freshman regarding scheduling
  • Monday, February 20 - Tuesday, February 21 _ Mid Winter Break
  • Wednesday, March 01 - 2023-2024 Summit Virtual Academy applications available to complete

Food Pantry For Those in Need

Big picture

Brandon School District School Closing Guidelines

While Brandon School District closing will not effect your access to complete work on your online classes, it may be useful to know for extracurriculars and in the event that you have a zoom meeting with a Brandon staff member. Please be aware of the school closing guidelines followed by Brandon School District with student and staff safety in mind.

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.