PLA Virtual News
Phalen Virtual Leadership Academy
"Bytes" From Your School Leader, Dr. Townsend
September 9, 2022
Greetings Phalen Virtual Leadership Academy Families,
Happy Friday and the successful completion of Week #5 of Teaching and Learning at PLA Virtual! This 4-day week zoomed by! We hope everyone had a great Labor Day.
We rocked it out this week with NWEA! it is important that every scholar participates, so please be sure to respond to our emails and phone calls if your scholar was not present to complete Math and ELA NWEA.
We have some AMAZING updates to our newsletter, just for YOU! As you scroll down, you will see many new sections with helpful information from our school admin and admin support team! Each week we will also feature information from our Assistant Principal, Instructional Coach, Data Coach, Social Worker, High School Counselor, Attendance Clerk/Registrar, Office Administrator, State Testing Coordinator and Enrollment Coordinator!
We kicked off our "Leading with Reading" initiative last night on Facebook Live and we want to cordially invite you to join us this upcoming Thursday, September 15, 2022 at 7:00pm for Story Time with Dr. Townsend (me!). I will be reading a story LIVE every Thursday the entire month! I hope you will like us on Facebook and join me!
Have an awesome weekend.
Dr. Townsend, Principal
9/12/22 - 9/16/22
Monday- If you could be invisible for one day only, what would you do?
Tuesday- Would you rather be as small as an ant or as tall as a giant?
Wednesday- If you found a genie, what would you wish for?
Thursday- If you could only celebrate one holiday for the next ten years, what would it be? Friday- If you could go back in time, where and when would you travel to?
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 email@example.com or call the attendance line directly at 317-829-6065.
September is National Library Card Sign-up Month
You may sign up for a library card in person at any public library branch, or Marion
County residents not currently holding a library card may sign up online.
Visit ilovelibraries.org/librarycard for more info!
September is National Suicide Prevention Month.
Suicide, can seem sudden but most times, in many cases there are signs and symptoms that someone is considering it. It is important to know how you or someone you know can get help.
The National Suicide Prevention Hotline is now 988! 988 has been designated as the new three-digit dialing code that will route callers to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. The lifeline is a network of local crisis centers that provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicide crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.
FACT: Suicide is one of the leading cause of death amongst youth. Deaths by suicide are on the rise in teens and young adults. In 2020, suicide was among the top 9 leading cause of death for people ages 10-64. Suicide was the second leading cause of death for people ages 10-14 and 25-34 (https://www.cdc.gov/).
Out of the Darkness
When: September 10,2022
Where: White River State Park Celebration Plaza (Indianapolis, IN)
Time: 1:30 p.m.
Food is Essential to living!
FBHNC Food Pantry is open! Every Tuesday & Thursday from 12:00p.m.- 5:00pm, 2990 W. 71st, Indianapolis, IN!
Get organized early!
It’s very easy to get lost in an abundance of classes at the beginning of a new school year. Take the time to organize yourself and create a schedule that you can easily follow. Some things you can do to keep yourself organized are:
Get a planner and input all of your important dates and assignments in it
Manage your time wisely. Create a schedule for the time you will be completing assignments. Don’t wait until the last minute!
Work on one task at a time! Multitasking seems like a good idea because you can pretend that you’re working twice as hard, but it can actually cause you to be less productive and not get much work done at all.
How to Log-in for DAILY LIVE Classes
Username(Scholar email): firstname.lastname@example.org
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): email@example.com
Password: STN Number
Homeroom Teacher Contact Info by Grade Level
Kindergarten: Mrs. Beriault, firstname.lastname@example.org
1st Grade: Mrs. Lakin, email@example.com
2nd Grade: Mrs. Surface, firstname.lastname@example.org
3rd Grade: Mrs. Thomas, email@example.com
4th Grade: Mrs. Brady, firstname.lastname@example.org
5th Grade: Mr. White, email@example.com
6th Grade: Ms. Hawks, firstname.lastname@example.org
7th Grade: Mrs. Groulik, email@example.com
8th Grade: Mrs. Putt, firstname.lastname@example.org
9th Grade: Mrs. Dunbar, email@example.com
10th Grade: Mr. DeHaven, firstname.lastname@example.org
11th Grade: Ms. Embry, email@example.com
12th Grade: Ms. Stewart, firstname.lastname@example.org
Please complete this form, and we will start troubleshooting and communicating to you about your needs.
Phalen Virtual Leadership Academy 2022-2023 Academic School Calendar
2022-2023 School Events
Story Time on Facebook Live with Dr. Townsend
Thursday, September 1, 2022 at 7:00pm
Thursday, September 8, 2022 at 7:00pm
Thursday, September 15, 2022 at 7:00pm
Thursday, September 22, 2022 at 7:00pm
Thursday, September 29, 2022 at 7:00pm
Staff Development Day (No school for Scholars)
Friday, September 16, 2022
No school for Scholars
All Teachers and Staff will be Available
End of Quarter 1
Friday, October 7, 2022
PSAT Testing Day (10th and 11th Grade Scholars ONLY)
Wednesday, October 12, 2022
Additional information will be shared by our State Testing Coordinator, Ms. Sepaniak
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 PLAUniversity.org and apply or contact email@example.com.
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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.
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.