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"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.

With Gratitude,

Dr. Townsend, Principal

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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?

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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 directly at 317-829-6065.

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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 for more info!

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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 (

Community event:

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!

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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.

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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

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

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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

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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.