…And We’re Back!

Have you ever had so much happening at once that you lose track of time?

That’s how the start of school was this year at Beacon Academy! We have so many great things in store this year. We can’t wait to tell you about them.

First things first…

Three Stars

Beacon Academy made three stars on the 2013-2014 Nevada School Performance Framework! The School Performance Framework rates the performance of every school in Nevada and Beacon Academy received its highest score ever. We are so happy to share our success with you, our students, and parents. You can view the full report by clicking here. The ratings for every school in Nevada are available so take a look at other virtual high schools and even your students’ zoned schools too.

New Principal

Beacon began the year under the new leadership of Ms. Tambre Tondryk. She comes to Beacon Academy with a wealth of experience and a list of great ideas that we’re just itching to make happen. Ms. Tondryk will make a more thorough introduction later but be sure to stop by and give her a big Bobcat Welcome at our Las Vegas office!

Next Time: The Twin Terrors – Halloween and High School Proficiencies.

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7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 – 08.18.14

Yes, we are rapidly counting down to the start of the 2013-2014 fall semester at your public online charter high school.  There are just seven short days left before school starts.  Are you ready?  At Beacon Academy of Nevada we are ready for our students to launch the next phase of their lives and to earn their free online high school diploma.

This week Beacon Academy will be conducting orientations for all students, both new and returning.  These orientations are designed to get our students off on the right track in their free online high school classes.  Returning students and students with completed enrollment packages have received an email advising them of available.  Beacon Academy students must sign up for the time of their choice.

At these orientations, students gain insight into how to attend their free online high school classes as they take another step forward toward their free online high school diploma.  Additionally, this year we are adding some new features to orientation to include a session for students on online learning tools covering some of the exciting features of Google such as how to use Google Drive, Google +, Google Search, and many others.  Attendance at orientation is mandatory.  At these sessions students receive their class schedules.

All of our students are excited about attending Beacon Academy.  It gives them the freedom and flexibility to earn their accredited online high school diploma their way and on their terms.

If you a current a student at Beacon Academy of Nevada invite your former brick and mortar classmates to join us at one of our open houses.  We assure you that they will be surprised at all the things Beacon Academy has to offer its students such as our welcome back BBQ on Friday, September 5 or our fall dance.  Invite them to check out some of the links on our website to help you learn more about us, our teachers and our students.  Here are some useful links:

Okay, so what do you think?  What are you waiting for?  Come “kick the tires” and give us a test drive.  You will see that there is a better way to attend free online high school courses and earn your Nevada high school diploma online and not have to sit around all day in a brick and mortar school.  Beacon Academy is Nevada’s Online High School.

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Remind Me Again: What’s the Attendance Policy?

With the new school year right around the corner, it’s time to remind everyone of the Beacon Academy of Nevada attendance policy. while Beacon Academy is an online, statewide high school and classes can be done any time of day, we do require students to attend all of their online high school classes each week.

With all of that in mind, Beacon Academy‘s attendance policy is as follows:

Students are required to submit work in ALL classes each week and attend Collaborate sessions (live or recorded). If a student is unable to complete these requirements each week in each class, they must contact the main office and all of their teachers prior to the end of the week. Attendance is monitored weekly and students who do not make full attendance will receive a truancy notice. If a student consistently chooses to not attend and/or progress in their classes they will be placed on Academic Probation. Any student who has not attended their online high school classes for a period of 10 Days or more without a valid, documented excuse will be withdrawn from Beacon Academy of Nevada and must return to their zoned school. We do provide transportation to the Beacon Academy office for tutoring so lack of internet is not a valid excuse for non-attendance.

We want to see all of our students succeed and don’t want to see anyone fall behind, so please don’t hesitate to reach out to your teachers or the office staff and ask for help! All of our teachers are more than happy to set up help sessions for their students, you just need to talk to them. For those students in the Las Vegas and Reno areas, Beacon Academy of Nevada offers in-office tutoring at both of our Las Vegas and Reno offices. Please check out the tutoring schedules on Blackboard for more information.

Lenna Cherry
Beacon Academy of Nevada

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Your Beacon Academy Schedule

Many new families often wonder how the scheduling process works with Beacon Academy of Nevada, online high school. Well the process is quite simple, which I will explain this week.

When a student enrolls online at www.banv.org the enrollment process will take them through the selection of their top two elective choices. Once the all of the student’s enrollment documents are received, the counselor is given the students transcript for review and placement into classes.

Students are then scheduled into core academic subjects based on their prior completed courses. The counselor will consider what each student needs to progress towards graduation. The electives are used to fill in the gaps.

Students receive their schedules when they attend orientation before attending classes. The printed schedule contains important information pertaining to their enrollment with Beacon Academy. On the form, students will find their username, password, grade level and every course they are taking. With regard to schedules, it is important to note that schedule change requests can only be completed through the tenth day of the semester. After the tenth day of the semester, students must remain in their scheduled classes until the end of the semester.

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Essential Questions: Sleep or Shut Down?

Should you put your computer to sleep or turn it off? It’s a question that Beacon Academy students face every day and many people, maybe even your high school teachers, have strong opinions about the sleep vs. shutdown debate.

So what’s the answer? Well, it depends. Generally speaking, you will want to leave the computer on until you’re done with it for the day. You should be working on your online high school classes during the day anyway, right? Repeatedly turning a computer off and on throughout the day may result in hard drive damage because the components have to work harder.

Shutting a computer down and letting it rest has it’s own advantages. Shutting down allows the computer to cool off more than sleeping and conserves battery life if you don’t have access to a wall socket. These are important factors for Beacon Academy students to consider if working to earn a high school diploma while on the move.

See Online Tech Tips for more information about when to shut down your computer or mobile device.

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Nevada’s Online High School

Beacon Academy of Nevada is a public online high school, accredited by AdvancED, and offers online high school classes to students across Nevada. Graduates earn an accredited high school diploma.

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WOW! Class starts in TWO weeks! – 08.11.14

At Beacon Academy of Nevada, the premier virtual online high school in Nevada, we are working hard to prepare the way for our students to earn the free online high school diploma.  We are preparing computers, new exciting elective courses many of which a student will not find in their brick and mortar school, and establishing new clubs and activities for the student attending our free virtual online high school.  Additionally, we are setting up a program called Study Island as an educational tool for our students to help them attain grade-level content mastery and move well beyond his or her grade level.  In other words, it is an intervention and enrichment tool.

Among the new electives, in our free online high school classes, we have Early Childhood Education, Careers in Criminal Justice, Career Explorations in Health Care, and Peer Counseling to name a few.  Check out our course catalog HERE.  Also this coming school year all students will be taking a grade-level college and career readiness course.  These semester long courses will help students prepare for goals and objectives once they graduate from Beacon Academy with their free online high school diploma.

If you a current a student at Beacon Academy of Nevada invite your former brick and mortar classmates to come join the wave of the future in education.  Show them that they can be successful in a Nevada online high school.  We assure you that they will be surprised at all the things Beacon Academy has to offer its students.  Invite them to check out some of the links on our website to help them learn more about us, our teachers and our students.  Here are some useful links:

Okay, so now that you have checked out our links, what are you waiting for?  Come give us a test drive.  You will see that there is a better way to attend free online high school courses and earn your Nevada high school diploma online and not have to sit around all day in a brick and mortar school.  Beacon Academy is Nevada’s Online High School.

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Welcome Back Barbeque Scheduled!

Classes will be starting back up in a couple of weeks at Beacon Academy, a Nevada statewide high school. We hope everyone had a good summer and we are looking forward to seeing you all again soon. Orientations are scheduled for August 18-20, less than two weeks away. Remember, you must attend an orientation before the school year begins. Orientations are not just for students new to online education in Nevada, our returning students need the refresher too! Make sure you follow the instructions on how to sign up for one of the upcoming orientation times in your area. We are holding orientations in Las Vegas and Reno but for those of you who are not in those areas, virtual orientations are are available. Like last year, we are taking student ID/Yearbook pictures at orientation, so be prepared! If you have any questions about ID’s or pictures, please contact Mrs. Cherry.

It wouldn’t be the start of the school year here at Beacon Academy of Nevada if we didn’t hold our Welcome Back parties. The annual Welcome Back BBQ is Friday, September 5th at the Las Vegas office. If you, and your family, are interested in attending, please RSVP to Mrs. Cherry. We want kick this school year off right so come out, meet your classmates, meet your teachers, and celebrate with us!

Lenna Cherry
Beacon Academy of Nevada

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Nevada Scholarship Information

Scholarships are always on the mind of seniors and their families looking to go to college. Here at Beacon Academy of Nevada, a virtual online high school, the guidance department provides monthly scholarship bulletins for students to browse through. This bulletin contains scholarships for a variety of reasons and affiliations. It is up to the student to read through to see which scholarship they may qualify for. Another fantastic scholarship available to all students who graduate from a Nevada high school is the Millennium Scholarship.

There have been many rumors surrounding the Millennium Scholarship over the past few years. Recently there has been reassurance given that for the next few years the Millennium Scholarship will be available for students who qualify. Beacon Academy proudly recognizes our seniors who qualified for the Millennium Scholarship last year. For more information about the Millennium Scholarship or to read the qualifications, please go to www.nevadatreasurer.gov.

The guidance department can also provide students with information about the FAFSA. The FAFSA is required for all students wishing to use federal aid. The FAFSA program is time sensitive because awards are on a first come, first serve basis. If submitting a FAFSA, you should complete the form by January of each year. The financial aid process for college is confusing so Beacon Academy provides scholarship bulletins and assistance to students filling out the FAFSA form!

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Learning with Disabilities

“He’s / She’s Lazy.”

“If only they tried harder.”

Have you ever entertained those thoughts about any of your students? Have you ever heard your colleagues use those statements to describe any of their students? Do you realize how difficult it can be for your struggling Distant Education learners, ON A DAILY BASIS?

If you never struggled as a student, here is an opportunity to experience, even briefly, what Distant Education is like for too many of our students here at Beacon Academy. It is vital we have empathy for what our struggling learners experience on a daily basis and Beacon Academy of Nevada is ready for the challenge.

PBS.org has created a set of interactive activities which offer the chance to simulate reading disabilities, writing disabilities or attention issues.

Click here to try it out!

How does it feel? Can you imagine what it's like?

Click on the challenge you would like to experience

Next time, you are tempted to think your student is lazy, rethink your reaction. Talk with them. Provide the external supports to promote success and ensure you are incorporating universal design for learning principles which will bypass or accommodate for their learning challenges. Here at Beacon Academy of Nevada it’s our responsibility as educators to truly care about all our students.

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Class start in Three weeks! – 08.04.14

Yes, Beacon Academy, where you can take your accredited online high school classes and all other schools in most of the state of Nevada will be starting their school year in three short weeks.  All Beacon Academy employees are back, working very hard to prepare for an enjoyable school year where you can work toward earning your fee online high school diploma.  Included in this preparation is the addition of more full-time teachers, mentors, tutors, and programs designed to help our students earn their high school diploma online.

Also as part of the preparation for the upcoming school year, we are preparing some new and exciting activities and events.  However, we don’t want you keep this fun to yourself; we encourage you to tell your friends and neighbors all about Beacon Academy of Nevada, Nevada’s Online High School.  If Beacon Academy has successfully helped you get back on track toward your high school diploma program, we can very effectively help your friends and neighbors as well.  This past year we had some wonderful results for our students.  We had one student selected as Charter School Association of Nevada (CSAN) Student of the Year.  Another student is the proud recipient of the Innagural “BlackBoard Student Excellence Award.

If you are not currently a student at Beacon Academy of Nevada and want to learn more about us, come check us out, you will be surprised at all the things Beacon Academy has to offer its students.  You can also learn more about the school by going to the links on our website.  Here are some useful links:

Okay, so now that you have checked out our links, what are you waiting for?  Come give us a test drive.  Enroll HERE!  You will see that there is a better way to earn your high school diploma online and not have to sit around all day in a brick and mortar school.  Beacon Academy is Nevada’s Online High School.

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