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World Series Hero Dons Wristband to Support AZVA 5th Grader

AZVA student Campbell Faulkner with the Cubs' Kyle Schwarber


Written by Jessica Schuler


Kyle Schwarber is the talk of the sports world this week. Just six months after undergoing major knee surgery resulting from an injury suffered the second game of the season, the Cubs’ slugger is defying odds by becoming one of the club’s most dependable hitters on baseball’s biggest stage – the World Series. 


As you watch the World Series this weekend, look closely while Schwarber is at bat and you’ll see he’s sporting a green wristband on his left wrist, signifying that he is a member of Campbell's Crew. 


Schwarber met fifth grader Campbell Faulkner at spring training in Arizona two years ago. Campbell suffers from mitochondrial disease, a rare genetic disorder that makes it difficult for him to walk or stand for extended periods. The 10-year-old attends Arizona Virtual Academy (AZVA), which provides his family the flexibility to care for his medical needs. 


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NCVA 6th Grader Steps Up His Mission to End Bullying


Written by Savannah Norton 

October is National Bullying Prevention Month.  When we last checked in with North Carolina Virtual Academy (NCVA) 6th grader Brenden Santos, he had published several books about friendship, kindness, and embracing who you are. This month he just launched his new website: AgainstTheBullying.com, which supports his mission to end bullying.

Brenden met his 6th grade teachers this week and they demonstrated support for his campaign by donning Brenden’s new anti-bullying wristbands that are now available for purchase on his website. (Funds raised will go toward Brenden purchasing wristbands in bulk and then giving them out for free!) Brenden says teachers' support means so much.

"I feel great," Brenden said. "My teachers make me feel like I can achieve any goal!"

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Formerly Homeless ISWA Graduate Sets Sights on Medical School


Written by Tatyana White-Jenkins

October is National Dropout Prevention Month. Since 1986, graduation rates have improved nearly 10 percent across the country, but there is much work left to do. National Dropout Prevention Month dedicates October to keeping that trend going upward and to ensuring that all are aware of the ongoing need for dropout prevention research and model programs until our nation's dropout rate reaches zero. Learn more at dropoutprevention.org.

When Kylie Terpsma began her freshman year of high school battling a lingering illness, the Bellingham, Washington native wondered how she would be able to attend school while traveling to Seattle every other day for therapy and treatment. But when her vice principal introduced her to the Insight School of Washington (ISWA), Kylie started on her path to academic success.

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The Online Teacher’s Role in Bullying Prevention

Shawna Stueck teaches grades Kindergarten through second grade at Wisconsin Virtual Academy (WIVA).

Every October, elementary schools around the country shift their focus from the changing seasons, fall colors, and ripe pumpkins to include a more serious topic—bullying.  Our desired outcome is to help students develop into a community of learners with increased awareness of the significant impact of bullying, provide them with ways in which they can be a positive peer, and arm them with the steps that they can take to end bullying. 

At Wisconsin Virtual Academy (WIVA), although our students aren’t all attending school in the same classroom or brick and mortar school setting, this topic is front and center.  Earlier this month, I sent out a survey to my homeroom students and families regarding their understanding and experiences with bullying.  The data that I received from those responses indicated 75 % of my students had previously attended a brick and mortar school before enrolling at WIVA. Of that group, 27% said they experienced bullying. 

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AZVA Grad Credits K12-Powered School for his Military Success


AZVA graduate Matthew Davidson  


After completing eight weeks of military basic training, 2015 Arizona Virtual Academy (AZVA) graduate Matthew Davidson is now completing technical training in security forces at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. 


According to Matthew’s mother, Joanie Davidson, Matthew’s decision to join the military was greatly impacted by his time at AZVA.