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"Bytes" From Your School Leader, Dr. Townsend

January 6 2023

Greetings Phalen Virtual Leadership Academy Families,

Happy Friday! We missed you and were happy to see everyone back in class on Thursday for this short week. It was great to hear about everyone's Winter Break and we are so excited for our strong start to pour 2023 Semester 2 with YOU--our amazing scholars and families.

All grades are finalized for parents to view and save using Parent Power School Accounts. If you need access to your account, please contact our Data Coach, Ms. Hershey via email at and she can send you the requested information.

We look forward to seeing everyone in class on Monday, January 9, 2023! Have an awesome weekend and stay warm!

With Gratitude,

Dr. Townsend, Principal

Phalen Virtual Television- (PVTV) -Will Be Back in 2 Weeks! Here are the last 2 Episodes in case you missed them!

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1/9-1/13/23 Daily Family Talk Questions

Monday- What is your favorite subject in school?

Tuesday- What's the most unusual thing you've ever eaten?

Wednesday- Do you collect anything?

Thursday- Is there anything you wished would come back into fashion?

Friday-Are you an introvert or an extrovert?

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Helping Our Scholars Stay Logged in Every Day, All Day

Attendance is key to your scholar’s success!

If your scholar will be absent for any reason, please let our Attendance Clerk, Mrs. DeHaven, know as soon as possible. You can email her at or call the attendance line at 317-829-6065.

**Reminder--after 5 absences called in by the scholar's Learning Coach, we will require a doctor's note for further excused absences.**

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Do you need to speak with the school social worker?

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ATTENTION: Multilingual Learners (English Learners)

ATTENTION: Multilingual Learners (English Learners)

WIDA ACCESS Testing is THIS month. Mrs. Donley sent you a message with your testing dates and times. This is a mandatory IN PERSON test at a library near you. Familiarize yourself with the test using the link below. Please contact Mrs. Donley at 317-449-9855 or by email with any questions.

Too cold to get to a library?

Avoiding the crowds but still want to read to your scholar? CHECK OUT the Digital Book Library for December

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Welcome Back!

Welcome back scholars to the second semester of a great year!

Remember to start strong and work hard in all of your classes.

Just a few announcements:

All EdOptions classes for all high school students must be started by January 12th! If you have not already done so, please meet with Ms. Strader to ensure you have selected the classes you need for this semester. We will not accept any changes after that date and you will be placed in the classes we choose if you do not meet with her.

All seniors should be scheduling their meetings with me to finalize your 4 year plan! This link is here →

Lastly, all caps and gowns for graduation must be ordered by January 20th, 2023 to ensure they arrive on time. All seniors and senior learning coaches can contact me if there are any questions. The link to order them is here: PLA Virtual Graduation Regalia

Have a great week scholars!

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How to Log-in for DAILY LIVE Classes

Chromebook Login

Username(Scholar email):

Password(Example): AWalker1180!

Blackboard Login (How to Login to Class)

(YES! This is different from last year. Please use this updated login format for 2022-2023)

Username (Scholar email):

Password: STN Number

Homeroom Teacher Contact Info by Grade Level

Our teachers and staff are always here to help. If you have academic questions, please contact your scholars homeroom or content teacher for prompt support.

Kindergarten: Mrs. Beriault,

1st Grade: Mrs. Lakin,

2nd Grade: Mrs. Surface,

3rd Grade: Mrs. Thomas,

4th Grade: Mrs. Brady,

5th Grade: Mr. White,

6th Grade: Ms. Hawks,

7th Grade: Mrs. Groulik,

8th Grade: Mrs. Putt,

9th Grade: Mrs. Dunbar,

10th Grade: Mr. DeHaven,

11th Grade: Ms. Embry,

12th Grade: Ms. Stewart,

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Tech Support @PLA Virtual

Click Here to Inform Us How We Can Assist You!

Please complete this form, and we will start troubleshooting and communicating to you about your needs.

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Click Here to Download our 2022-2023 Academic Calendar

Phalen Virtual Leadership Academy 2022-2023 Academic School Calendar

2022-2023 School Events


January 9-February 24, 2023

Specific Dates, Times and Locations Shared by Mrs. Donley

Staff Development Day--No School for Scholars Only

Friday, January 13, 2023

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday--No School (School Closed)

Monday, January 16, 2023

Semester 2 Family Night

Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Event Details TBD

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PLA University Announces Its 2021 Training Start Dates, Expanding Free Job Training in Health and Information Technology

Indianapolis, IN - Phalen Leadership Academies is honored to announce the official launch of the upcoming 2021 cohort of PLA University, a tuition-free job training program for the adult family members of current PLA scholars.

Last year’s cohort launched with Health & Life Sciences training. The new cohort, beginning August 23rd, expands training to include Information Technology (IT). PLA families can now apply for training to become: IT support professionals, Forklift Operators, Certified Nursing Assistants, Veterinary Assistants, Pharmacy Technicians, Medical Billers and Coders, or Medical Assistants.

“We are excited to expand the offerings of PLA University to bring more training options and training partners for PLA families,” said PLA University Executive Director, James Swift. “We have been bolstered by the support of local businesses and institutions such as the Launch Hope Foundation, the Hardon Educational Institute and Penn Foster College. These partners are helping us to lay a strong foundation as we work to help our families secure jobs with competitive salaries and long range potential.”

Created in the wake of the murder of George Floyd to foster self-sufficiency and economic parity, PLA University is among the first career training institutions of its kind as it seeks to improve the outcomes of both PLA scholars and families. The program works to teach families life skills, provides certification training and job placement. The program is located at James and Rosemary Phalen Leadership Academy on Indianapolis's Far Eastside.

The next PLA University cohort begins August 23rd. For more information or to apply to join this PLA Universitycohort, please visit and apply or contact

Download our APP!

The latest news and information from schools in the Phalen Leadership Academies Network are now available on smartphones and mobile devices with a new mobile app launching today. PLA is working to expand its communications outreach with a mobile app that is now available in the online iTunes® and Google Play® app stores for free.

The mobile app will offer a constantly updated feed of school and network news and events with photos and links to PLA school websites. The app can also be customized by the user by selecting the schools they are most interested in for news and updates. Users can also choose to receive push notifications to get breaking news, updates about school closures, calendar changes, or even sports updates.

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Have Questions? Contact Us Today!

Phalen Virtual Leadership Academy (PLA Virtual) is a tuition-free online learning academy for Indiana families in grades K-12. We are backed by an accredited university to help empower our scholars and families to accelerate academic success with high-quality curriculum taught in their own environment. We use technology to provide interactive and rigorous online classes that allow our scholars to learn and thrive. Our scholars excel not just in academics, but also socially and emotionally with a blend of online coursework and options to engage in sports and enrichment at a local PLA campus.

Thank you for choosing Phalen Virtual Leadership Academy! We look forward to continuing our partnership with you for the success of your scholar in the 2022-2023 school year and beyond. If for some reason, you are choosing not to return, please also complete the form. We would love your feedback to help us learn and grow for many years to come.