To get a quick rundown of what our Virtual Academy is all about and how we can support you and your student, please read our brochure.
For the second year, the Pennsylvania Department of Education is reporting a School Performance Profile (SPP) for schools across the state. The SPP is a building-specific academic score based on many categories. The categories include student performance on the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) and Keystone Exams, graduation rate, promotion rate, attendance rate and closing the achievement gap. This score provides a comprehensive overview of a school’s program. Additionally, this score provides the public with a means for comparing the performance of different schools. Once again, the Wilson Schools did well in their overall scores relative to schools across the state of Pennsylvania. The released report reflects both the achievement and the growth of Wilson’s students for the 2013-14 School Year. To read more about Wilson’s score, please click here.
When looking at the exemplary scores for Wilson, please take notice of the failing scores for the Cyber Charter schools that exist in Pennsylvania. Here is just one article showing how the Cyber Charter schools perform on the state’s high stakes tests.
There’s a whole galaxy of terminology that we, as parents, should know about when it comes to education technology. From PLNs to Blended Learning to Synchronous Online Learning… it can get overwhelming.
Lucky for all of us, the co-founder of Boundless has a fabulous new infographic they just launched. Dubbed the EdTech Cheat Sheet, I think it’s one of the most useful infographics out there today. You should consider printing this out and keeping it handy should you ever come across some crazy term that doesn’t make sense to you.
“This infographic featured on Graphs.net gives us a visual history of the development of ed tech, from the first public school opening its doors in the early 1600s, to our 1:1 iPad programs of today. What does the future hold for us as we continue on with developing 21st-century teaching and learning?”
For updated information regarding High School students, please click here to connect to the High School Counseling Center site.
Thinking about online learning for your child?
- Online classes are flexible. Students can access classes 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and can review lessons as many times as needed.
- Online students often have more individual interaction with their teachers.
- Highly qualified teachers will teach your child whether it be through a well-researched vendor or our own district teachers.
- You and your child have a strong line of constant communication with the teacher. Teachers can provide immediate feedback, encouragement and support through class activities, emails, and other collaborative tools built into the classes. For science classes provided by an outside vendor, we have a Wilson teacher on stand-by to assist that child with his/her lab so the child has that real, hands-on approach to learning.
- Your child’s teacher, and district leaders will actively support your child through the online experience. If your child has any issues, they are able to meet with a Wilson teacher, attend the Tutoring Center or work on campus in the Library or the WVA Office.
How can I support my online learner?
- Connect with your child’s “virtual” teacher and Mentor- Mrs. Deb Chestnut. Introduce yourself through an email message and provide contact information so the teacher can communicate with you throughout your child’s online experience.
- Establish a routine and a dedicated work area. Your child will experience more success in online classes when he participates daily and makes a time commitment to do so.
- Log in with a Parent Account. Your district can provide you with a Parent Account so that you can log in and check your student(s) work, grades, and upcoming assignments. If your student is enrolled through Apex, you are the child’s Learning Coach. You will receive weekly Progress Reports showing your students progress, missed or overdue assignments and the quality of work your student is submitting.
- Monitor your child’s progress, ask them how it is going and what they are doing. Ask them how it is different from a traditional classroom, how is it the same.