March Newsletter

21st Century Cyber Charter School

A Note from the High School Principal, Dr. Teresa McSweeney

What’s Cool About Cyber School?

Last month I shared some of your teacher’s answers to the question, “what’s cool about cyber school?” I invited students to share their thoughts. Any guesses as to one feature that makes 21CCCS a “Cool Cyber School,” according to our students? You guessed it...the teachers!

We have awesome, caring teachers who call, text, email, and send carrier pigeons to reach their students (ok, maybe not carrier pigeons.) Our teachers do whatever it takes to keep you informed about your points, your grades, your attendance, and other important information to help you succeed.

Another positive aspect of cyber school that students mentioned is the absence of the peer pressure to “fit in” that students sometimes experience in traditional schools. Students mentioned “socialization without peer pressure” and “socialization...without negative effects from neighborhood schools.”

Another positive aspect that our students mentioned is “portability.” Your cyber school curriculum is truly portable. You can take your school with you anywhere, and everywhere, you go. To borrow the words from a popular airline commercial, “you are free to roam about the country” in cyber school.

So what was the number one response students gave to the answer, “what’s cool about cyber school?” FLEXIBILITY! Staying home (or not staying home), working the schedule you want, and wearing whatever clothes you want (including pajamas) are all part of the flexibility students love at 21CCCS. You make your own schedule, and complete assignments based on what works best for you. That flexibility extends beyond the flexibility of our curriculum. One of our students responded, “you get to make your own lunches.” Since students often complain about school lunches in traditional schools, it makes sense that students would appreciate the flexibility of having lunch at home.

Thank you for sharing your thoughts for “What’s Cool About Cyber School.” In the next newsletter edition, I will share my thoughts about my experience as “Joe Cyber,” our project which allows school staff to become students for a day.

As we approach the midway point for quarter 3, remember, always do your best at anything you do. For anything that is worth doing is worth doing well.

A Note from the Middle School Principal, Mrs. Monica Frank

Middle School Happenings:

This month I have several groups to thank!

Thank you to our 8th grade parents and students for completing the surveys on the iPad pilot this year. We appreciate you taking the time to give us feedback as we evaluate this year's pilot.

Thank you 6th and 7th grade parents and students for attending the Middle School Course Selection and PSSA Information night. Please be sure to make your elective selections by March 16th. The school counselors are available to answer any questions as you make your selections.

Thank you 8th grade parents and students for attending the High School Course Selection Night. High School is an important step in reaching your goals. Please discuss your course selections with your school counselors, academic advisors, and families. Don't forget to complete your selections by March 16th. Please mark your calendars for a 9th grade Transition Night on Thursday, April 10th at 7PM. We will be going over information to help make a smooth transition into High School.

Have a wonderful month!

A Note from the Director of Special Education, Dr. Nancy Giagnacova

Recently, I had the opportunity to attend the Council of Exceptional Children Conference. One of the main focuses of the conferences was the importance of teaching “soft skills.” You can see a list of these skills below. The research presented at the workshop demonstrated that teaching soft skills is one of the most important things parents and teachers can do to help students succeed. In fact, according to recent research, the most common reason a person loses his or her job is because of a lack of soft skills. We want to help families guide students as they learn these necessary skills. To help this process, I will be focusing on soft skills in each newsletter.

Here is a list of soft skills students need to learn to help prepare them for success in the workplace:

Communication skills

Making decisions

Self motivation

Leadership skills

Team working skills

Creativity and problem solving skills

Time management

21CCCS joins parents in helping prepare our students for the future!

2018 Graduation

RSVP due by Friday March 2nd

We will hold two ceremonies this year:

Downingtown Area

Saturday June 2nd

Immaculata University

1145 King Rd, Immaculata, PA 19345

Graduate and Family Arrival time: 10:30 am

Murrysville Area

Thursday June 7th

Westmoreland County Community College

145 Pavilion Lane, Youngwood, PA 15697

Graduate and Family Arrival time: 5:30 pm

Click here to complete the graduation RSVP

Please be sure to complete the RSVP and future plans section even if you DO NOT plan to attend one of the graduation ceremonies.

Course Selection for 2018-2019

The Middle School course selection email was sent to families and students on

February, 14th.
The High School course selection email was sent to families and students on

February, 21st.

Course selection will close on March 16, 2018 @ 4PM
If you have any questions or concerns contact your School Counselor directly.

Click here to view the 2018-2019 Course Catalog

Counselor's Corner

Hello 21CCCS Family,

We write to you this month with mixed feelings and heavy hearts.

Here in Eastern PA we have been celebrating a long awaited Super Bowl victory. We have witnessed what the City of Brotherly love truly means. People of all ages, races, religions, economic backgrounds, etc., have all come together to celebrate our Philadelphia Eagles, our community, our family. It has truly been amazing to not only witness but be a part of something so uplifting.

Sadly, ten days later we are dealing with another mass shooting. Although this did not happen here in Eastern Pennsylvania, our entire nation is feeling the effects of this tragedy in Parkland, Florida. Their community and families just experienced the unimaginable. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all the families directly affected by this heinous crime.

Some may think that just because we are a cyber school, our students and families may not be concerned about this. On the contrary, we as a cyber school need to be concerned about this because mass shootings are unfortunately not just happening in schools. As a nation we have witnessed mass shootings in movie theaters, malls, churches and concerts. This unfortunately is this world we live in today. So what do we do?

We cannot let fear take over our lives. We need to continue to live our lives and go out in public. It is not healthy to seclude yourself. However, we can be proactive about looking for signs of mental health problems in our homes, in our neighborhoods, and on social media. Students, if you are personally dealing with difficulties please know that you do have school counselors available to you. Parents and guardians, please keep an open line of communication with your children and know what they are doing. There is a fine line between a child’s right to privacy and your right as a parent to know what they are doing. Students and families, if you see someone post something suspicious on social media or hear someone talking about something suspicious, please report it to the authorities immediately.

Families, please also take this time to talk about family plans for an emergency situation. It seems a lot of families stopped doing this once everyone got cell phones, however it is an old practice that should come back. When you go out in public, set a designated meeting location should you get separated or if there is an emergency. Also when you are in a new area, take notice of the exits.

We know this is a scary time and we hope that as a nation we can get a handle on this. In the meantime, open communication is key. Know what is going on in your home. Talk to your children about what to do if they hear or see a friend showing suspicious behavior. Have a family meeting about what to do in an emergency situation.

Families and students, please call 911 if you are ever faced with an emergency situation. Otherwise, you have 24/7 access to Please visit this website to learn more about mental health and to find suicide hotline information and mental health treatment facility locations. We are in this with you.

“Eagles, we will get through this together. Our community is strong. Our students are strong. We will persevere in these trying times.” - Principal Thompson of Stoneman Douglas High School

This month we ask the 21CCCS Eagles to embrace and live the Stoneman Douglas High School Eagles’ Motto.

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Teacher Talk

Pi Day
RSVP By March 9, 2018
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Field Trips

Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
RSVP By March 28, 2018
Cost is $10 per person

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Adventure Club

There is no Adventure Club trip for the month of March. We look forward to seeing you at Kings Gap Environmental Education Center for Orienteering in April!

Upcoming Assembly

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21st Century Cyber Charter School

Downingtown Location

126 Wallace Ave
Downingtown, PA 19335

Murrysville Location
221 Blue Spruce Way
Murrysville, PA 15668