Distance Learning Academy Gr. 6-12

Weekly Update - December 23

Dear students and families,

The Distance Learning Academy will be closed through January 1st. If you have concerns or questions during this time please call 651-674-1051.


Students may still access Edmentum over the holiday break to get caught up or to work ahead. Teachers are not available during the break.

Course Grade - Creating Clarity

At the beginning of the week, a new grade indicator appeared in the grade report. The indicator is called Course Grade. It is important that families and students are monitoring student progress. Here are the important things to understand. Please use the illustration below to create more clarity.


  • Current Grade = This indicator tells the student and family how the student has done for the assignments and assessments that have completed.
  • Course Grade = This indicator tells the student and family the grade the student would earn if the trimester were to end today. Because the trimester is not even half way done, most students Course Grade will be low. As the trimester continues this grade will go up.
  • Color indicator = This indicator tells the student and family if they are on target, ahead of target, slightly behind, and red for behind.
  • Time on task = This is an important indicator. A typical class will take between 30-40 hours. Some classes may take less time, others more time. As a general rule, students should spend between 35-50 minutes per day to stay on track for each course.



Important: It is important to look at all of the indicators together. Please do not get caught into just looking at one. For instance, a student who looks at the color indicator and is only concerned with keeping the status in green, may not be earning a passing grade. The student needs to also pay attention to time on task along with current grade. Toward the end of the trimester the student will begin to focus on the course grade which will end up at their end of trimester grade.


If you have any questions, please reach out to your teachers. The important thing is that you are monitoring your progress on a daily basis.


In the illustration below, Vixayvong is the teacher name, NOT a student.

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11th grade College and Career Readiness Day - March 2nd

Every 11th grade family received information from us last week regarding our College and Career Readiness day. I apologize for not sending out the registration form, as I stated in the letter. As you know, two days prior to our original day for sending the registration form, the Governor along with the Department of Health and Department of Education released new guidance for schools. I errored on the side of caution and did not release the form in case there were new assessment guidelines. After reading the new guidance, we will continue with the following timeline.


Please watch your emails on January 4th. The form will be send at that time. You will have four days to decide which test to take and submit your response. Please refer to my first letter with the ACT, Accuplacer, and ASVAB assessments.


Again, sorry for the confusion.

Trimester 2 Student Expectations - Friendly Reminders

  • Contact tech support at 651-674-1097 or email helpdesk@isd138.org for technology support
  • Use appropriate study skills i.e. note taking, ask questions to teachers, collaborate with a fellow students
  • Create your student friendly workspace at home
  • Contact teachers between 7:00 AM - 3:00 PM. Teachers are available via Google Meets and by phone to review materials Monday through Friday. If you make an appointment, please make sure you follow through and attend the meeting
  • Middle School students- please use your school gmail account when emailing teachers. Practice using this communication tool
  • Use appropriate academic language when communicating with staff
  • Advocate for yourself
  • Please make sure you know how to perform these tasks; downloading assignments, accessing teacher feedback and comments, and avoid distractions
  • Utilizing Google Docs for essay responses and copy and paste from Google Doc into Edmentum
  • Important: A student will generally spend between 30-40 hours in a course per trimester. So, students typically spend between 4-6 hours per day in their studies. The is a generalization which gives you something to aim for.

Trimester 2 Family Expectations - Friendly Reminders

  • Reinforce appropriate work space at how that is free from distractions
  • Reinforce a daily schedule
  • Communicate with teacher(s) when you have a question or concern
  • Know how to access Sensei for families (Edmentum Parent Portal)
  • Know how to access teachers
  • Have a daily conversation with your student regarding school
  • Access technology support; parentsupport@isd138.org

DLA Teachers are here for you!

Closed for the holiday break. The DLA teachers grades 9-12 are now providing daily Google Meet sessions starting on November 30th. These sessions are open to our students to meet with the teacher and ask questions regarding certain activities they are work on in Edmentum.


**Please Take Advantage of the Teacher Office Hours**


Mrs. Lattimore HS Social Studies

Tuesday and Thursday

12:00 - 2:00 PM - Google Meet Office Hours

Google Meet Link

And by appointment


Ms. Keller HS Social Studies

Tuesday and Thurs

12:30 - 2:30 PM - Google Meet Office Hours

Google Meet Link

And by appointment


Mr. Kirkland HS Math

Monday through Friday

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM - Google Meet Office Hours

Google Meet Link

And by appointment


Ms. Strain HS English Language Arts

Monday through Friday

12:00 - 1:00 PM - Google Meet Office Hours

Google Meet Link

And by appointment


Mr. Thompson HS Science

Monday through Friday

9:00 - 10:00 AM - Google Meet Office Hours

Google Meet Link

And by appointment


*The following information is also located on our website

Schedule for Accessing Middle School Teachers Starting Nov. 30

Closed for the holiday break. The DLA teachers grades 6-8 are now providing daily Google Meet sessions starting on November 30th. These sessions are open to our students to meet with the teacher and ask questions regarding certain activities they are work on in Edmentum. The information below is also posted on our website as well.


**Please Take Advantage of the Teacher Office Hours**


Ms. Tabor - MS English Language Arts

Monday through Friday

9:15 - 10:15 AM - Google Meet Office Hours

Google Meet Link

and by appointment


Mrs. Trunk - MS Science and Art

Monday through Friday

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM - Google Meet Office Hours

Google Meet Link

and by appointment


Mrs. Vixayvong - MS Math and DLA Coordinator

Monday through Friday

10:15 - 11:15 - Google Meet Office Hours

Google Meet Link

and by appointment


Mr. Stevens- MS Social Studies

Monday through Friday

1:15 - 2:15 PM - Google Meet Office Hours

Google Meet Link

and by appointment


* The information above is also located on our website

Have a wonderful holiday break!


David S. Treichel

Principal, Distance Learning Academy

Principal, Norse Area Learning Center

Director of Teaching and Learning

Distance Learning Academy Website

Much of what is placed in the weekly updates is also posted on website