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Weekly Roundup - 5.8.15

Weekly Roundup showcases stories and information about the students and schools we serve, K12 educators, and important education issues.

K12 Inc. 2015 Academic Report Shows Overall Student Improvement
(Press Release)

K12 Inc. released its 2015 Academic Report which details the academic results of students in K12-managed public schools. The report data, which includes all managed public schools with valid state academic test results for school year 2013-2014, showed that student proficiency within online schools is improving from previous years.

Area students awarded $45,000 in SSVEC Scholarships
(Arizona Range News)

Sulphur Springs Valley Electric Cooperative (SSVEC) has announced the winners of 30 scholarships valued at $1,500 each in the annual SSVEC Foundation Scholarship program. SSVEC President Kathy Thatcher presented students with award certificates during the cooperative’s 77th annual meeting on Thursday evening, April 23, at Willcox High School Auditorium. This year’s winners include Raphael Saba from Arizona Virtual Academy.

K12 Student Heads to West Point
(Learning Liftoff)

Thanks to his focus, determination, and online education, Jacob H. found himself with terrific college options this month. But in the end, it was no contest for the Bay Virtual Instruction Program of Florida student, who had accepted an appointment to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York.

Royalty Pageant looks for IGRA ambassadors
(Idaho Press Tribune)

The Idaho Girls Rodeo Association is hosting its 2015 Royalty Pageant from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday at 3K Ranch in Star. Every year, they gather with friends and family for a healthy competition to see who will be their next year’s ambassadors, representing the IGRA around the Treasure Valley and southern Idaho.

Jade Rada, 7, is the daughter of Khristina and Chad Rada of Marsing. She is enrolled in Idaho Virtual Academy. She is an active 4-H member, showing rabbits and goats, and loves learning about horses with her sister. This year she will be competing in barrel racing.

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Weekly Roundup - 04.24.15

Weekly Roundup showcases stories and information about the students and schools we serve, K12 educators, and important education issues. 

Franklin sports academy offers education on, off ice
(The Tennessean)

Students at Southern Elite Sports Preparatory School in Franklin start their days on the ice rink. With helmets on and ice hockey sticks in hand, their skates carve fresh ice by 8 a.m. They'll spend the next hour-and-a-half doing drills to refine their techniques.

State Offers Virtual Academy to K-12 Students
(Education World)

Washington Virtual Academies (WAVA) is a fully accredited public school in Washington that serves K-12 students. In its ninth year, the school operates totally online for free tuition.

Century tennis phenom shifts to boys team
(Post Bulletin)

For the second time in four years, a girl is playing boys high school tennis in Rochester. Not just any girl, either, but a nationally ranked phenom. Jessie Aney skipped high school tennis all together last year, before opting now to play with the boys, something within the Minnesota State High School League rules. This is her final year of high school, something she's completed in three years while enrolled in online Minnesota Virtual Academy.

Announcing Open Enrollment

Arkansas Virtual Academy Welcomes K-11 Students to Enroll for 2015-2016 School Year

Insight Schools of California Now Enrolling Students for the 2015-2016 School Year

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Spotlight: Stellar Student Athletes

Many student athletes enroll in K12 partner schools and programs to balance academics with the pursuit of their talents. Over the past few weeks, many of these students made headlines by personal and professional triumphs.

The Times-Bulletin reports that nationally ranked tennis youth, Jessi Aney, 16, has shifted to boy’s high school tennis after unanimously being voted into the team. Since joining the Century boy tennis team last week, Aney has won the No. 1 singles spot for Century. Aney is in her final year of high school through Minnesota Virtual Academy, which she completed in three years and has been accepted to University of North Carolina with a full-ride scholarship.

Another student-athlete, Zach Morris from Washington Virtual Academy (WAVA) was honored by U.S. Youth Soccer as Player of the Month, writes The Columbian. A goalkeeper, Morris was recently invited to play for the Washington State Elite Player Development Program and maintains a 4.0 GPA at WAVA while working through his sophomore year.

Jonas Corona, 11, has dreams of one day becoming a professional tennis play and using the money he earns to keep Love in the Mirror, a non-profit organization providing less fortunate with basic necessities such as food and clothing. The Gazette reports that the Corona family regularly organizes collection drives and delivers food to homeless shelters. To pursue his dreams, Corona enrolled in California Virtual Academy @ Los Angeles to practice and play tennis daily.

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Weekly Roundup - 4.17.15

Weekly Roundup showcases stories and information about the students and schools we serve, K12 educators, and important education issues. 

K12 Inc. Report Highlights Achievement Gains at Louisiana Virtual Charter Academy
(Press Release)

K12 Inc., America's leading provider of K-12 online school programs, released a new report showing improved academic outcomes of Louisiana Virtual Charter Academy (LAVCA), a statewide online public charter school. The report describes academic and leadership initiatives that helped LAVCA raise both its accountability rating and its academic performance levels between the 2012-13 and 2013-14 school years, as well as a comprehensive summary of the school's test data. LAVCA is a statewide online public charter school that uses K12's curriculum and academic services. The school serves 1900 students in kindergarten through high school. 

Irving student spotlights homelessness in downtown Dallas through online photo project
(The Dallas Morning News)

Irving resident and Texas Virtual Academy senior, Maryam Ahmed spends her free time planning for college and navigating downtown Dallas to connect with and photograph the homeless as part of an ongoing photo series.

When School “Accountability” Meets Real Lives

With debates on testing and standards dominating the news, you’re probably unaware the Tennessee Department of Education told over 180 special education students it is shutting down their school. It is a school that serves a higher percentage of special education and economically disadvantaged students than the state average. It also happens to be the fastest improving public school in the state with some of the biggest improvements in academic outcomes over the past year. The Department says closing this school is in the best interest of the students.

Minnesota Virtual Academy holds talent show
(Chaska Herald)

Minnesota Virtual Academy, an online K-12 school, recently hosted a middle school and high school talent show in Chaska. During the event, 25 middle school and high school acts entertained students and families. The show included instrumental performances, singing, dancing, magic, comedic skits and poetry.

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Spotlight: Silicon Valley Flex Student Nominated by Buzz Aldrin to Attend STEM Event

The Morgan Hill Times reports that Silicon Valley Flex Academy junior, Michael Page was nominated by former astronaut, Buzz Aldrin to attend the 2015 Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders.

The Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders was created by the National Academy of Future Scientists and Technologist gathers the country’s finest high school students who aspire to STEM careers to help close the gap of missed opportunities for individuals seeking high tech, engineering, and scientific professions.

Invitations to the prestigious conference are by academic nominations only, and all students must have a minimum 3.5 GPA to attend.

Aldrin, a Science Director at the Academy of Future Scientists nominated Michael Page based on his academic achievement, leadership, and passion for STEM education.

Along with fellow classmates, the Silicon Valley Flex Academy junior was also recently selected as the Grade 11 winner for K12’s STEM Contest. The contest asked participants to create and submit a video showing a creation that could change the world or solve an everyday problem. Paige and fellow classmates submitted a video on a Visual Simulations Helmet they created together.

Silicon Valley Flex is a full-time blended charter school serving students in grades 6 through 12 combining onsite schooling practices with online education through K12. For more information on Silicon Valley Flex Academy, visit the school website: http://svflex.k12.com/