Shikellamy Virtual Academy






Virtual Academy Student & Parent Notices:




Any student who is having a problem with Flash in their virtual courses should follow the instructions in this link:





All students and parents should read over the Virtual Academy handbook below, and follow up with Mr. Attinger about any questions about the program





VIRTUAL ACADEMY ATTENDANCE POLICY

*Students must be on pace in their courses to be considered in attendance*

 1) Warning Call- When a student is behind pace for at least 2 weeks, a warning call is made. This call will be made to let the parent and student know that they have one week to start catching back up to pace.

2) Required Lab Hours- If the student does not make pacing progress after one week, another call will be made. This phone call will let parents and students know that the student is REQUIRED to come into the Virtual Lab for a minimum of 5 hours (Monday-Thursday) for attendance until they are caught up to pace. When the student catches up on pace they will be allowed to work from home again.

       3) Action on Absences- If a student is still behind pace and does not attend the Virtual Lab after the second call, the student will be marked as absent each day. After 10 absences, the student will be removed from the Virtual Academy and enrolled into the regular school day at their respective building.


Courseware Tech Support

1-800-447-5286

support@edmentum.com


Shikellamy Technology Department

570-286-3721 x 5106

*CHROMEBOOKS*- The Technology Help Desk is open from 7:30am-9:00am at the High School building. After 9:00am, you can reach Technology at the phone number listed above.



      Virtual Academy Links:



       Student Email
     
      Choices 360

 (Do not type in the first "0"s when entering your Priestley Library number)


                               Student Activity Logs:

      *Middle School students are required to keep a log of their Physical Activity for their Physical Education course.

       *High School students are required to keep a log of their hours working on Choice 360 for their Career Exploration course.

*ALL LOGS ARE DUE THE FIRST SCHOOL DAY OF EACH MONTH and can be sent to BradyD@shikbraves.org. Parents must email the same address to verify the student logs*







Technology Help & Information:











For more information please contact:

Eric Attinger
Virtual Academy Coordinator

virtualacademy@shikbraves.org
Office: 570-286-3721 x 2202
Academy Cell: 570-259-1851





              




     Virtual Academy Lab Hours (2017-2018)

Monday: 7:35am-2:35pm
Tuesday: 7:35am-2:35pm
Wednesday: 7:35am-2:35pm
Thursday: 7:35am-2:35pm
Friday: LAB CLOSED

Virtual Academy Staff

Mr. Attinger- Virtual Academy Coordinator
Mrs. Gittens- Special Education Support
Mrs. Brady- Virtual Program Aide


Students in 6th-12th grades are eligible to enroll in the Virtual Academy.


All Virtual Academy students are Shikellamy students and have the same access to sports, clubs, dances and prom just like the rest of the students.




Virtual Academy Courses Offered:









How is the Virtual Academy different from traditional schools?


1) Students are tracked by "pacing" rather than attendance. Each course requires a number of assignments to be completed per week to finish the course on time. Students are considered "attending" if they are on pace with their courses. They are considered "absent" if they don't complete their work on pace. Courses can be finished early if students work ahead.

2) The Virtual Academy offers more classes. The Shikellamy Virtual Academy has partnered with Edmentum to offer more classes and give each student more educational options. In the Virtual Academy, students can take elective courses such as:

Video Game Design
Mobile App Development
Fashion Design
Cybersecurity
Chinese
...and many others!




3) Students have 24/7 access to courses. Students can customize their school day to start any time during the day. Students can start their day in the morning, afternoon, or even late night hours as long as the course work is being completed on pace.

4) Students have access to a FREE Tutor 24/7. The Virtual Academy has partnered with Priestley Library to provide the students with a FREE account to Tutor.com. Students may log-in and ask for help with courses at any time.

5) The Virtual Academy offers a Virtual Lab. The Virtual Academy has a Lab located in the High School building. While there are no teachers or tutors at the lab, it is a quiet location with internet access for students to work.

6) The Virtual Academy offers Field Trips and Lunch Socials. While they are not required for students, the Virtual Academy will offer various field trips throughout the year for all Virtual students. There will also be lunch socials where the students may come have lunch with the Virtual Academy Coordinator and other students, while socializing with games and other activities.