The Flex Gazette
21st Century Cyber Charter School Newsletter: March 2019
A Note From Our Principals
Hello to all of our students and families at 21st Century Cyber Charter School!
We have had a very busy winter so far! With spring right around the corner, we are glad to see the warmer weather coming our way. One benefit of being a cyber school is that as students, you can always be working in your classes - despite whatever the weather is outside!
The first day of spring is fast approaching. Please keep checking for new school events and competitions in this season. We are also hard at work on our testing preparations for this coming April and May testing weeks. All 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students will be participating in the 2019 Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) April 30 - May 2. Algebra I, English Literature, and Biology Keystone testing is May 21-23. If you have any questions regarding testing, your location, what students should expect for the testing days, or anything else, please feel free to contact your academic advisor.
The information obtained from the assessment serves as a valuable tool for planning future school programs, developing curriculum, in-service training of teachers, and informing the public about student achievement.
Parents may help students prepare for the assessment by encouraging them to get plenty of sleep the night before and providing them with a good breakfast on the morning of the assessment. Also, parents can reassure their students that the assessment gives them an opportunity to demonstrate their learning and helps teachers to plan the best possible instruction for them. So please encourage your child to do his or her best, and as always thank you for your continued support.
With all of this said, please continue to make this school year of 2018 - 2019 the best school year so far by remembering these strategies for success:
Don’t stop yet! It’s easy to think about how the end of the school year is fast approaching, but it’s not here just yet. Keep up the good work and press on to the finish line!
Give yourself ‘break times.’ If you feel like you’re getting stressed while working on assignments, take a 3 minute break and walk away from your computer. Your mind will reset and you’ll be fresh and able to refocus in no time!
Encourage your friends and fellow students - everyone likes hearing thoughtful, encouraging words!
Mrs. Frank & Dr. Harmer
Greetings 21CCCS Families! During the month of March we want you to refocus your attention on your academics. March 19th at 4pm is the last day of Quarter 3. If you do not have passing grades for Q1 & Q2 in your full year courses, it is imperative to pass Q3 & Q4 to pass for the school year. Please make sure you are utilizing all the help that we have to offer here at 21CCCS. Make sure you are:
Going to Live Class and Live Lab (if you have one).
Reading through your lessons in Moodle.
Participating in class and asking questions.
Remember - you can private chat your teachers a question.
Following the Progress Bars in your classes to stay on task with assignments.
Reaching out to your teachers for help via phone, email or VO.
VO Hours: Monday - Thursday 8:00 am - 8:00 pm and Friday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Using the evening and weekends to catch up on your work if you fall behind.
Remembering you are required as a student to work 5.5 hours a day, or 27.5 hours a week.
Your Counselors, Teachers and Academic Advisors are all here to help you be successful. Let’s end the 2018-2019 year strong! You got this!
From the Health Center
Healthy Sleep Habits
Healthy sleep habits can make a big difference in your quality of life. Having healthy sleep habits is often referred to as having good sleep hygiene. Try to keep the following sleep practices on a consistent basis:
- Stick to a sleep schedule of the same bedtime and wake up time, even on the weekends. This helps to regulate your body's clock and could help you fall asleep and stay asleep for the night.
- Practice a relaxing bedtime ritual. A relaxing, routine activity right before bedtime conducted away from bright lights helps separate your sleep time from activities that can cause excitement, stress, or anxiety. This can make it more difficult to fall asleep, get sound and deep sleep, or remain asleep.
- If you have trouble sleeping, avoid naps, especially in the afternoon. Power napping may help you get through the day, but if you find that you can't fall asleep at bedtime, eliminating even short catnaps may help.
- Exercise daily. Vigorous exercise is best, but even light exercise is better than no activity. Exercise at any time of day, but not at the expense of your sleep.
- Evaluate your room. Design your sleep environment to establish the conditions you need for sleep. Your bedroom should be cool – between 60-70 degrees. Your bedroom should also be free from any noise that can disturb your sleep. Finally, your bedroom should be free from any light. Check your room for noises or other distractions. This includes a roommate's sleep disruptions, such as snoring. Consider using blackout curtains, eye shades, ear plugs, "white noise" machines, humidifiers, fans and other devices.
- Sleep on a comfortable mattress and pillows. Make sure your mattress is comfortable and supportive. The one you have been using for years may have exceeded its life expectancy, which is about 9 or 10 years for most good quality mattresses. Have comfortable pillows and make the room attractive and inviting for sleep but also free of allergens that might affect you and objects that might cause you to slip or fall if you have to get up during the night.
- Use bright light to help manage your circadian rhythms. Avoid bright light in the evening and expose yourself to sunlight in the morning. This will keep your circadian rhythms in check.
- Avoid heavy meals in the evening. Eating big or spicy meals can cause discomfort from indigestion that can make it hard to sleep. If you can, avoid eating large meals for two to three hours before bedtime. Try a light snack 45 minutes before bed, if you’re still hungry.
- Wind down. Your body needs time to shift into sleep mode, so spend the last hour before bed doing a calming activity such as reading. For some people, using an electronic device such as a laptop can make it hard to fall asleep, because the particular type of light emanating from the screens of these devices is activating to the brain. If you have trouble sleeping, avoid electronics before bed or in the middle of the night.
- If you can't sleep, go into another room and do something relaxing until you feel tired. It is best to take work materials, computers, and televisions out of the sleeping environment. Use your bed only for sleep to strengthen the association between bed and sleep. If you associate a particular activity or item with anxiety about sleeping, omit it from your bedtime routine.
- If you’re still having trouble sleeping, don’t hesitate to speak with your doctor or to find a sleep professional. You may also benefit from recording your sleep in a Sleep Diary to help you better evaluate common patterns or issues you may see with your sleep or sleeping habits.