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Building Momentum: The FLVS Open House
By Nayah Boucaud, Grade 9

Are you a new FLVS student who wants to know something about your school? Maybe you are a current student and want to talk to teachers and staff, and also learn about future activities in FLVS. Now you can, at the FLVS Momentum Open House!

FLVS has an Open House every year so that you can know more about your virtual school. This year, the Open House will take place on the 24th and 25th of August. At the event, you will see FLVS in a whole new way. But this huge Virtual Conference is not only for students. You can also invite your parents, school leaders, siblings, and even your friends. Momentum is open to everyone, even the general public!

Last year, the CEO of FLVS, Julie Young, gave a speech that inspired us to join and support FLVS. We hope to see her again at the open house, along with all of the staff. There will also be several New Activity booths, so that you can see the future for FLVS. The best part about Open House is that it is 100% virtual. You don’t have to worry about traveling, expenses, or even a hotel room, because you can attend straight from your computer. FLVS will bring the conference to you through their Virtual Platform, a bustling online environment filled with booths, info rooms, and even an auditorium.

Students, stop by the FLVS Open House on August 24th and 25th! You are guaranteed to learn more about FLVS and all of the wonderful things we offer here.

Source:
FLVS Momentum Open House
http://www.flvs.net/areas/studentservices/virtual%20open%20house%202010/virtual_open_house_2010.html

 
 
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French I: FLVS Learns a New Language
By Kelsey Gulick, Grade 9

You’re scrolling down the list of courses that FLVS offers. High school students are required to take two years of foreign language classes, but what to learn? FLVS has previously offered Chinese, Latin, and Spanish to students, but today, it offers something new.

Welcome to French I, a course where you will explore the various regions where the French language is spoken and become a fluent speaker and writer in the language of love! Whether you wish to look into the various careers in which this language is spoken or learn about the amazing culture of the French speaking world, this is the course for you.

You will learn things from the simplest pronunciation to learning how to speak and write basic sentences in this course. Counting all the way to a thousand in French is no problem! You’ll even learn about the weather of France. You will be able to impress your friends with sayings other than “bon voyage” as your mastery continues.

If you’ve been looking to learn a language that is different than what everyone else is taking and is offered on a simple, easy to use online course, then French I might just be the language for you!

Source:
http://www.flvs.net/areas/flvscourses/pages/Course%20Catalog/CourseListing.aspx?CourseID=1173

 
News - July 2011 07/23/2011
 
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Learn to Drive with FLVS
By Erika Mederos, Grade 7

Did you know you could learn how to drive in just 11 weeks? You can with FLVS Driver’s Education!  

In this course, you will be able to hit the road with FLVS. You will be learning about the highway transportation system, road signs, rules of the road, and how to be a safe driver behind the wheel.

FLVS is one of the few schools where you can learn how to drive completely online. Plus, the course exempts you from the $40 Traffic Law and Substance Abuse Education course that is required for your permit. In addition, you could get discounts on your car insurance.

We can most definitely be safe and careful drivers behind the wheel, thanks to the Driver Education course offered by FLVS.
 
So what are you waiting for, students? Join the course! But remember, you have to be 14-years-old to be activated in the course, and you can get your permit when you are 15.

Have fun!

 
News - July 2011 07/16/2011
 
The Perfect Pair: FLVS and Connections Academy
By Rosemary Reynolds, Grade 10

Since 2008, Florida Virtual School has partnered with the award-winning Connections Academy. However, this relationship has not resulted in a combined virtual school - until now.

Beginning this year, Florida Virtual School is introducing their newest program available to students throughout the state: Florida Virtual School Full Time. Public School students can enroll in FLVS FT from Kindergarten through 11th grade, taking 6 courses per semester (or the equivalent for K-5). Beginning in the 2012-13 school year, Public School FLVS FT students have the option of getting their high school diploma, which the regular FLVS does not offer. Although, state mandated assessments are required and must be completed, like in any public school. Also in the 2012-13 school year, FLVS FT is rolling out their first option for 12th graders in public school! These 12th graders will have the opportunity to obtain their diploma. FLVS FT isn’t just for public school students though; there is also a great plan for homeschoolers!

Many homeschoolers, like myself, take FLVS courses year-round. Now, FLVS has made a program especially for homeschoolers! It is free, like FLVS, but is focused on a more structured schedule. Instead of loosely picking courses whenever you can, FLVS FT aims more towards a regular school schedule, consisting of 180 days. Grades 6 through 12 are offered for homeschool students. The homeschool option on FLVS FT is a fantastic one, but keep in mind, you still do not receive a high school diploma, just as you would not with the regular FLVS program.

The schedule is not the only highlight. There are also many new courses that FLVS does not currently offer in their regular program! Extensive Technology courses are available, such as AP Computer Science, Business Systems Technology, Game Design, 3D Art Modeling, and many more. Also, more Foreign Language courses are offered. In addition to Spanish, Chinese, and Latin, FLVS FT offers Japanese, French, German, and even Sign Language!

With the combination of the two greatest virtual schools in the nation, Florida Virtual School and Connections Academy are sure to be the perfect pair. To learn more about FLVS Full Time, please visit the website here.

Sources:

Florida Virtual School Full Time Website
http://www.connectionsacademy.com/florida-school/free-online-public-school.aspx

Connections Academy Website
http://www.connectionsacademy.com/free-online-public-school.aspx
 
News - July 2011 07/07/2011
 
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Fine Arts Fantasia
By Andrew, Sammi, Christy, Maggie, and Nayah

There’s a new student activity at FLVS! It includes acting, singing, art, composing, band, and performing. Allow us to introduce Fine Arts Fantasia.

For artistic students, Fine Arts Fantasia is an opportunity like no other. Fine Arts Fantasia is also extremely accessible to any audience, since it takes place online. If you are in a state other than Florida, or even an international student who uses FLVS, you can still take part in our fine arts student activity!

Budget cuts have forced school districts to eliminate art classes in high schools. To succeed in a new economy, however, high school and college graduates will be required to use their imagination to come up with new solutions to problems, communicate effectively, and apply good work ethic. Theater, an expressive art form that dates far beyond classical Greek roots, has been used as a means of entertainment and escape for rich and poor alike. Fortunately, there is a new FLVS initiative, “Fine Arts Fantasia,” that seeks to create a virtual performance for hopeful creative professionals.

Fine Arts Fantasia was created to bring singers, musicians, actors, artists, and writers together in one place to come up with performance pieces. “It’s for students who are interested in fine arts, especially homeschooled students who don’t have other outlets. They will be able to participate in a production like one in a brick and mortar school, and put their talents to work and practice on real productions,” Christy Box, a member of Fine Arts Fantasia, explained.

Activity participants will work together to produce a performance that will air virtually with the possibilities of a live face to face performance. 

To join, students can contact Ms. Dedo at rdedo@flvs.net with their name, email address, and phone number. Any student enrolled in Florida Virtual School can participate in this activity.

 
News - June 2011 06/17/2011
 
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News in a Click Editors Announced
By Priscilla, Grade 9

Ladies and Gentlemen: News in a Click has selected editors for the 2011-12 school year! This is a very exciting time for the newspaper staff, and it’s my pleasure to share with you the new editors of News in a Click.

Christy Box has been selected to be Editor-in-Chief, and is assisted by the following section editors:

News – Rosemary Reynolds
Entertainment – Emily S.
Student Life – Nicole Sills
Features – Alise H.
Politics – Charly Santagado
Photography – Priscilla G.
Technology – Samantha Coville
Health – Niha Baviriseaty
Opinion – Andrew Silver

Congratulations to all of the editors! May this year be the best that News in a Click has ever seen!


Photograph by Priscilla, Grade 9

 
News - June 2011 06/10/2011
 
Leadership Skills Development Class
By Rosemary Reynolds, Grade 9

If you are interested in earning 100 service hours and becoming a success in all areas of your life, then the Leadership Skills Development Class just might be the course for you! It’s even better because of our influential instructor,  Mr. Williams.

I just completed the Leadership Skills Development Class, and I would highly recommend it to anyone. It has made such a difference in my life, and I also earned a credit for it! My last assignment in the LSP course was a reflection of the class. I would like to share it with you, in hopes that you might consider joining!

I came into the Leadership Skills Development course excited about earning 100 service hours, and am coming out with the tools, motivation, and knowledge I need to be successful in anything I do. Truthfully, I would have never guessed that the LSP would be such a wonderful course! The Lincoln Group has been the best, and I've learned so much from both our group meetings and combined meetings with the King Group. Joanna and Christy have been active, knowledgeable, and fun students to work with. When the King Group joined us on Wednesday nights for the combined meeting, I thoroughly enjoyed having Diana and Daniel join us. Their insight and opinion added to the learning experience.

Last night, I watched a documentary called "Don't Fail Me: Education in America". In this documentary, hundreds of students from schools throughout the country participated in the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition. The students worked together in teams to produce a robot that could participate actively in a timed competition: Moving around the course, picking up tubes with its extending arm, and raising them to place the tubes on hooks. To successfully prepare their robot, every team must collaborate and work as efficiently as possible. After the Leadership Service Program, I feel that if Christy, Joanna, Diana, Daniel, and I were put on a team together to accomplish something like this, we would be able to succeed and possibly win the competition. We've developed a strong bond as a group throughout the course of the LSP, and I feel that combined, anything is possible.

The LSP has also taught me that I can accomplish many things individually. The course has given me tools to manage my schedule, work collaboratively in a group, resolve conflicts, and more. These have prepared me for the business world, and I am sure that I will be much more successful because of the LSP.

The other reason for this course being such a success is our much-appreciated instructor, Mr. Williams. He has made such a difference in my life, and has been a great role model. At our last meeting, he mentioned, "When I was down, you brought me up. When I was not having a good day, you made it all better." Mr. Williams, you did the same for us. When I had a really bad day and nothing was going right, you lifted me up and made my day a great one. I wish you the most success in your future endeavors, and also in the LSP! It has certainly had a wonderful start, and I am very proud to be a part of it.

“We will receive not what we idly wish for, but what we justly earn. Our rewards will always be in exact proportion to our service.” This quote by Earl Nightingale reflects exactly what I have learned in the Leadership Skills Development course. I have put a lot of time and effort into the LSP, and the rewards are truly astounding. I cannot thank you enough for what you have done for me. Know that I will stay in touch, and look forward to seeing some of the LSP members at Club Day, along with our fearless leader, Mr. Williams! You have all made a difference in my life, and it has been a wonderful one.

Thank you, Mr. Williams.

If you are interested in joining the LSP course, please contact Mr. Steve Williams at swilliams@flvs.net.
 
News - June 2011 06/02/2011
 
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NEHS and Peer Tutoring
By Christy Box, Grade 10

Ever feel like you need help with your math, English, science, web design, economics, or some of your other courses? You’re in luck! FLVS happens to have groups full of students devoted to helping you succeed in these subjects.

The Peer Tutors are a club of students that tutor many subjects, most notably math, science, web design, and economics. The tutors must meet rigid requirements to join the club, so they are always qualified. They also must go through customer service training to make sure they are kind and encouraging to their students. Most of the tutors have recently taken the classes they are tutoring for, so you might find them easy to relate to.

When we asked Mr. Steve Williams, the supervisor for the Peer Tutors, what the Peer Tutors were like, he replied, “I love working with the Peer Tutors. They are like an Academic All Star Team of intelligent superheroes!”

If you are looking for some English or Language Arts tutoring, the National English Honor society also does peer tutoring. If you are stuck on something in your English course, go check out the NEHS Tutors. They also must meet strict requirements to tutor, and they have recently taken the English courses. They are the perfect resource for extra help with your English.

We talked to Mrs. Swenson, supervisor of the NEHS tutors, about why students should go to their English tutoring. “I would like to encourage all of the middle and high school students at FLVS to use the NEHS tutor room. The tutor room is staffed with friendly and highly qualified National English Honor Society Students who are eager to help their peers. Please look for a link to the NEHS tutor room on your class announcement page. Our hours are : M-W–F, 11:00-1:00 and Tuesday night from 5-7pm. Also Saturday afternoon from 1-3pm.”

Check out the times for your course’s Peer and NEHS tutoring, and let the Tutors help you out.

 
News - May 2011 05/31/2011
 
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Journalism Class Comes to Florida Virtual School
By Eliana Lozano, Grade 10

For all of those journalism fanatics out there, Florida Virtual School is offering a Journalism I course. The course is made up of 2 segments; it will award the student a full high school credit upon the successful completion of the course.

Some of the topics included in the course are research skills, outlining, article writing, careers in journalism and many other topics. The use of Web 2.0 tools will be very important, since presentations, projects, and current news will be reported to the teachers.

The course is available to Florida students, and is not yet available to global school students.
 
After finishing the course, students should be able to locate, gather, and evaluate written information to use for presentations and write articles. It is very exciting to know that students will be able to take a journalism class during the summer or during the school year in the comfort of their house or a public library.

Sources:

Course Catalog. Florida Virtual School. Web. 7 May 2011. <https://www.flvs.net/areas/flvscourses/Pages/Course%20Catalog/CourseListing.aspx?CourseID=1136>.

Florida Department of Education. Web. 7 May 2011. <http://data.fldoe.org/crsCode/912/Language%20Arts/Media/pdf/1006300.pdf>.


 
News - May 2011 05/22/2011
 
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International Club President: Christy Box
By Rosemary Reynolds, Grade 9

The FLVS International Club and the President, Christy Box, are a fascinating match. When the opportunity came up, I gladly accepted the offer to interview her about the International Club and her role as president.

1. Christy, will you please tell us about yourself?

Let's see... I'm a 16-year-old homeschooled 10th grader. I've been an FLVS student for almost two years. I'm a writer (much, much fiction), and my passions besides that are reading, history, old movies, and traveling. Sometime in the future, I want to see the world, go to a great college, and publish a lot of novels. I want to become an archaeologist or a museum curator, and, of course, a world-famous writer. The "world-famous" is negotiable. I love volunteering and helping out. I'm trying to get more involved in church and my community. And I can be considered quite odd. That's pretty much me in a nutshell.

2. What is the significance of the International Club for FLVS?

The International Club is really a place where people of every background, ethnicity, and personality can work together. It's a celebration of cultures. Every culture has something interesting and fun about it, and the International Club highlights those, as well as similarities between cultures. This club is devoted to showing students that even though we come from all over the place and grow up in very different ways, we're not that different.

3. As president of the International Club, what changes have you made since you have held this position? Do you have any future plans in mind that you can share with us?

We have recently been working on getting ePals up and running, and we are very close to that. ePals is a program where you email through a safe, monitored site with students from around the world. But that's not all! Very soon, we are starting a lot of different activities that will sure to be epic. Before, we just did presentations and talked about projects at meetings, but they are about to get very interactive. We're coming up with the most awesome games to play, which I think will help get everyone out of their shell, and it'll be SO much fun. We're also trying to get some special guest speakers to come speak at the meetings. We're adding some new presentations, too, including virtual field trips. Another project we're starting is book talks. We'll be focusing on an internationally-based book and getting together to discuss it. I'm very excited!

4. Are you currently accepting new International Club members, and what are the requirements?

Yes, we're always accepting new members! All you have to do is email Ms. Shaver (cshaver@flvs.net) and sign up. Then you can start coming to meetings and signing up for projects. Our meetings have just changed to Monday, so hopefully a lot of people would be able to attend. If you can't come to the meetings, there are also plenty of projects, like ePals, that you can work with without having to come to the meetings.

5. What other FLVS clubs do you participate in?

I'm in five clubs right now. I'm an Ambassador and a Peer Tutor, and I am also involved in the newspaper and the history club. I'm involved in a few activities besides that, but no other clubs. I really want to join the FBLA, NEHS, and the Latin club.

6. Are you considering a leadership position with any of those clubs in the future?

I'd really love to be the editor-in-chief of the newspaper, or at least a section editor. It's hard work, but it should be so much fun. I would also love to be an officer in the history club. The Ambassadors and Peer Tutors are already leadership roles of their own.

7. Christy, persuade me to join the International Club. What are the highlights and rewards that might be of interest to me? Who would I contact to join?

The International Club gives you a great opportunity to make friends, challenge yourself, and learn about the world outside of your community. Our meetings are lots of fun, and we are always open to any ideas or suggestions from members. There's always some awesome project going on. If this sounds good to you, you'll love it. To join, just contact our club sponsor, Ms. Shaver, and she'll let you know what you need to do. Signing up is a very easy process.

http://www.flvs.net/areas/studentservices/clubs/Pages/InternationalClub.aspx