Weekly Roundup showcases stories and information about the students and schools we serve, K12 educators, and important education issues.
North Carolina Virtual Academy Announces New School Leadership Team
North Carolina Virtual Academy (NCVA), a K-12 online public charter school, today announced two experienced North Carolina educators as the newest members to its school leadership team. Joel Medley was named as North Carolina Virtual Academy's Head of School and Marcia Simmons will serve as an Academic Administrator. They will start on Monday, June 1, 2015.
Director of state charter office to lead online public school
(The News Observer)
Joel Medley, head of the charter school office in the state Department of Public Instruction, has accepted a job running the K12 online charter school in North Carolina. Thursday was Medley’s last day running the state’s charter school office. Medley will start next week as the online school’s top administrator, or head of school.
“It’s an opportunity to learn and be part of something that’s so rare for the state,” Medley said.
Speaker Bosma names 2010 Teacher of the Year to SBOE
House Speaker Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis) has appointed Dr. Byron L. Ernest to serve as a member of the Indiana State Board of Education (SBOE). Dr. Ernest is currently the Head of Schools for Hoosier Academies in Indiana.
Minnesota Counselor of the Year has local ties
(Spring Grove Herald)
Tina Barness of Ossian was recently named Minnesota Elementary School Counselor of the Year by the Minnesota School Counselor’s Association (MSCA). Barness was honored in front of 550 peers at the state conference in Brainerd, Minn., on May 4. Barness received the award in recognition of her leadership, advocacy and collaboration and her work in promoting equity and access to opportunities and rigorous educational experiences for all students to maximize student achievement.
Barness is a school counselor for students in kindergarten through eighth grade for the Minnesota Virtual Academy (MNVA), an online program in the Houston Public School District. Barness supports over 1,000 students on her caseload with students living across the entire state of Minnesota.
Brookfield family shares online school experience
With temperatures on the rise and Memorial Day in the rear view mirror, many Brookfield and Elm Grove parents soon will be getting used to having their children around the house much more. For one family in the city of Brookfield however, school being in session and the children being around are not mutually exclusive. Carrie Jensen has enrolled her children in the Wisconsin Virtual Academy to provide at-home schooling for five of her children. Two older Jensen children also attended the academy through eighth grade and now attend Brookfield Academy. Two more are likely to begin schooling soon. The Wisconsin Virtual Academy (WIVA) is an online public charter school that provides a full-time, tuition-free, K-12 curriculum.
Pikes Peak Online School Opens for Fall 2015
Pikes Peak Online School (PPOS), a tuition-free online public school for Colorado students statewide in grades 9 through 12, has been approved to enroll students for the 2015-2016 school year. Authorized by the Colorado Digital Board of Cooperative Education Services (CD BOCES), PPOS is an education option focused on helping students who are struggling academically. With a unique and highly supportive approach, PPOS will work with students and their families to help them overcome obstacles, including learning or behavioral issues, bullying, or a lack of effective alternatives.
2015 Graduation Announcements