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Jo Marie Bolick is a math teacher for Insight School of Kansas (ISKS) and Kansas Virtual Academy (KSVA).  


With dreams of sugar plums, gingerbread houses, and snowmen this time of yearschoolwork may not be top of mind. However, the number one tip for enjoying holiday cheer is to make sure you are current on your school work! If you’re behind, reach out to your teachers. They will work with you to develop a catch-up plan to finish the semester strong. 


Holiday parties are a common occurrence at brick and mortar schools. This may not seem like an option when you are miles away from your closest classmate. But get creative and explore alternativesFor example: 

  1. Ask your teachers to host an online holiday lunch party. Explain that you are willing to plan and host the event and you’d like your teacher to sponsor it. Here’s what you’ll need:  

  • A willing teacher 

  • Classmates who bring lunches to a blackboard classroom 

  • Holiday games, holiday baking ideas, or fun holiday topics – the sky’s the limit! Decide what you would like your holiday session to include and be sure to include these ideas when you ask your teacher to sponsor. 

  1. Create a holiday experience in your local area:  

  • Bake treats and deliver them to your local fire or police department. 

  • Call a local retirement facility and inquire about visiting and reading to the elderly.   

Finally, be sure to take time to celebrate your accomplishments at your online school. Make a list of things you did best, and identify a few areas where you could improve. Just think, once you know what areas you want to work on, you’ll already have your New Year’s resolution! 

Happy Holidays! 

About The Author

Jo Marie Bolick

Jo Marie Bolick is a math teacher for Insight School of Kansas (ISKS) and Kansas Virtual Academy (KSVA). She began working at ISKS in 2009 shortly after the birth of her first son and has taught a variety of math classes. Prior to ISKS, Jo Marie spent four years teaching 8th grade at Washburn Rural Middle School in Topeka, Kansas. She currently works with high school students and enjoys cultivating interest in mathematics in an online environment. Jo Marie graduated from Washburn University with a bachelor's degree in mathematics, specializing in secondary education, and she holds a master's degree in curriculum and instruction from the University of Kansas. For Jo Marie, teaching online is the perfect fit. She was never good a choosing teacher clothes and decorating bulletin boards. Most of all she cherishes the opportunity to build relationships with students state-wide. Outside of teaching she enjoys running, gardening, and being outdoors with her husband and three sons.

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