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Maple Heights Virtual Academy

Dr. Henry Pettiegrew

Assistant Superintendent

5740 Lawn Avenue

216.587.6100, ext. 3700

Fax: 216.518.2679

 

 

Maple Heights Virtual Academy

 

 

Why Choose Our Cyber School?

 

Attending the Maple Heights Virtual Academy provides your child with numerous advantages.

 

  • Students earn a diploma from the Maple Heights City Schools and graduate with classmates
  • Students learn through a high quality, district aligned curriculum
  • Students receive teacher and on-campus tutoring support
  • Students have the opportunity to enroll in a Career Tech Program
  • Optional Blended/Hybrid Scheduling (students may take a course in the brick-and-mortar building while completing all other coursework online)
  • Students receive a Cyber School in a Box - a notebook computer, multifunction printer/scanner, additional hardware and software, live teacher support and friendly technical support
  • Students have full access to district resources and facilities, including guidance counseling, labs, libraries and athletic facilities
  • Students may join district sponsored extracurricular activities, special interest groups and sports teams.

 

Download our Maple Heights Virtual Academy brochure.

 

 

How to Enroll

Enrollment in Maple Heights Virtual Academy is quick and easy!

 

Simply download and complete the enrollment form by clicking this link: Maple Heights Virtual Academy Application for Enrollment.

 

Upon completion, please contact Dr. Henry Pettiegrew to schedule an appointment to discuss the registration process, review any specific needs the student may have, and prepare for the student to transition into Maple Heights Virtual Academy.

 

Dr. Henry Pettiegrew

Assistant Superintendent

Phone: 216.587.6100, Ext. 3700

Email: Henry.Pettiegrew@mapleschools.com

 

Please note: If your student is currently enrolled outside of Maple Heights City Schools, you will also need to complete the district registration process before enrolling in Maple Heights Virtual Academy. Please click here for more information.

 

 

Our Program

 

Learning Environment

We recognize that each student learns differently and has unique requirements for scheduling flexibility. Maple Heights Virtual Academy is designed to provide students with the flexibility they need while maintaining checkpoints to ensure they are accountable for their daily activity. Students receive a Cyber School in a Box™ bundle, which includes a laptop computer, printer/scanner, all of the necessary peripherals and access to both live teacher support and technical support.

 

Curriculum

The curriculum used in Maple Heights Virtual Academy equips students in grades K through 12 with a fundamental knowledge-base.  Though the classroom is virtual, the course framework utilizes Maple Heights City Schools-approved curriculum and textbooks. The courses have a consistent structure and are designed to provide students with engaging content, assignments and assessments. Weekly lesson modules include reading assignments supported by short answer assessments, essay questions, quizzes and traditional homework assignments. Courses are also supplemented with a wealth of web-based resources, including: videos, interactive animations, supplemental materials from textbook publishers and a wide range of other engaging educational media.

 

Mastering the Content

A variety of activities and assessments are vital to a student’s success.  While multiple-choice assessments are an important part of any assessment structure, we ask students to further demonstrate mastery with the following exercises:

 

E-Assignment

Questions/problems designed to provide students with practice of key concepts.

E-Short Answer

A worksheet that requires the students to handwrite their responses to strengthen the learning process.

E-Essay

A topical essay question intended to assess students’ understanding of the overall concept outlined in the reading assignment and to gauge students’ writing skills.

E-Project

Long-term assignments interspersed throughout a course to give students the opportunity to build on multiple units.

 

Students are also required to show their work on all math coursework so our teachers can verify their understanding of the material.

 

Platform

Students are provided with a unique username and password, which grants them access to their student portal.  This portal includes a calendar to keep students on track to finish their coursework by the established deadline.  It also offers students single sign-on access to their coursework, content libraries and all of the tools they will need to be successful. Help Desk Specialists are available from 7am to 7pm, 7 days a week, in order to provide any necessary assistance.  Students may grant the Help Desk Specialists permission to resolve software issues remotely; hardware issues entail a Cyber School in a Box™ bundle swap at the Maple Heights City Schools building, which minimizes downtime.

 

 

Policies & Procedures

 

Attendance

Students in Maple Heights Virtual Academy follow the Maple Heights City Schools attendance policy. Attendance is taken every day by the online homeroom teacher. Special exemptions are provided for students with attendance challenges such as illness, work, sports practices and other considerations.

 

Communication

There are a variety of communication tools and techniques that are utilized in Maple Heights Virtual Academy.  First, students are required to meet with their homeroom teacher in the virtual classroom each day.  This helps to keep students on track to complete their coursework on time.  Homeroom is also an opportunity for district announcements to be conveyed to keep Maple Heights Virtual Academy students abreast of the happenings within Maple Heights City Schools.  Finally, homeroom teachers also meet with students individually to review their progress, address any areas of improvement, and identify artifacts that students may consider including in a portfolio.

 

In addition to homeroom, students have the opportunity to meet with their core content-area teachers in the virtual classroom.  Students may either stop by the virtual classroom during the open Office Hours sessions that are held Monday through Friday or schedule an appointment with their teacher ahead of time.  These sessions enable students to ask specific questions about their coursework and receive one-on-one assistance.  Our teachers use the webcam, microphone, and whiteboard to make the classroom “come alive” and deliver the same type of experience as if the teacher and student were face-to-face.  

 

Grading

Grading and feedback is provided by Maple Heights Virtual Academy’s highly-qualified, Pennsylvania-certified teachers. While some grading is done automatically within the learning management system, there are a variety of assignments and assessments that students are required to complete each week on which teachers provide constructive feedback within 72 hours of submission.  Students and their parents/guardians have access to the online gradebook to view the student’s overall grade in a course as well as his/her scores on individual assignments.  In addition, students and their parents/guardians may download their graded artifacts to review their teachers’ feedback.

 

Support Mechanisms

It is our goal to provide each student with the tools and support systems that he/she needs in order to be successful.  This goal is accomplished in a variety of ways:

 

Daily Homeroom Session - Homeroom is a daily synchronous session in which:

  • Attendance is taken
  • Important District announcements are delivered.
  • Student expectations and due dates are reviewed
  • One-on-One ‘Student Reflection’ meetings are conducted in which the Homeroom Teacher reviews an Individualized Learning Plan with each student
  • Students have the opportunity to ask questions related to orientation, technical concerns, etc.

 

Attendance & Performance Reporting - Awareness is vital to the success of students in Maple Heights Virtual Academy.  With that in mind, we offer a variety of reports to students and parents/guardians:

 

Report

Description

Frequency

Attendance

  • Detailed verification of student participation in daily homeroom session

Weekly*

Progress Report

  • Listing of individual assignment scores per course

Weekly*

Summary Report

  • Overview of attendance and current grades in each course

Weekly*

Individualized Learning Plan (ILP)

  • Snapshot of student performance in each course, including: current grade; percentage of work submitted; average score on work submitted
  • List of ‘missing’ assignments (as applicable)

Weekly

Other

  • Notification of behavioral issue and/or areas of concern

As Needed

*Parents/guardians may adjust this frequency based on their preference)

 

Students and their parents/guardians are provided with logins to the online gradebook so student performance can be reviewed at any time.
Your Cyber Support Team

 

Maple Heights Virtual Academy– Who to Contact?

Dr. Henry Pettiegrew

Please contact Dr. Pettiegrew if you have questions regarding district policies.

 

Phone:   216.587.6100, Ext. 3700

Email:     Henry.Pettiegrew@mapleschools.com

 

Ms. Heather Pond - Homeroom Teacher

Please contact your homeroom teacher if you have any questions about the program, your performance or if you need to provide a written excuse for an absence.

 

Phone:   1.877.856.3311

Email:     msmiller@vlncyber.com

 

Content-Area Teachers

Please contact your content-area teachers if you have any questions on a specific course in which you are enrolled. To request a tutoring session with your teacher you can submit the “Get Help From Teacher” form in the student portal.

 

Phone:   1.877.856.3311

Email:     Your teachers’ email addresses can be found in the online gradebook by right-clicking a teacher’s name and selecting ‘copy email address’ from the menu.

 

Technical Support

Please contact Technical Support if you are experiencing any issues with your Cyber School in a Box™ equipment or any of the applications you are using.  There are several ways in which a Help Desk Specialist can be reached.

 

Login:     Click the ‘Connect to Technical Support’ icon on your laptop

Phone:   1.877.856.3311

Email:     technicalsupport@vlnpartners.com

 

Parent Information

Accounts

Parents/Guardians are provided with a login to the online gradebook in which student progress can be monitored real-time.  We also offer the option for a variety of reports to be emailed based on the desired frequency.

 

Computer basics

In order to be successful in the program, students should have a basic understanding of the following:

  • Setting up a wireless internet connection (Help Desk Specialists are available to assist with this task)
  • Accessing Internet Explorer
  • Using Microsoft Word & Microsoft Excel (courses are available to enhance a student’s skill set)
  • Scanning documents (Help Desk Specialists are available to assist with this task)

 

Internet safety

At Maple Heights City Schools, student safety is our #1 priority.  In compliance with the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA), all laptops are equipped with web-filtering software, which ensures that students are not accessing inappropriate content.  In addition, all virtual classrooms are monitored by Maple Heights Virtual Academy teachers.  Finally, we offer a Digital Citizenship course that teaches students safe internet practices.

 

 

Virtual Learning Academy (VLA)

The Virtual Learning Academy (VLA) is an online program. It is not home instruction or home-bound tutoring. It works best with students who are self-motivated and driven; and whose parents keep up with their child’s work. The VLA does not take the place of a classroom and/or a teacher. The program is available to student in grades 3 through 12.
 

At the high school level, the VLA is an excellent tool for credit recovery. Please contact your child’s community guidance counselor at 216.438.6400, for additional information.



Virtual LearningAcademy Site:

VLA Student Log In

 

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Maple Heights, OH 44137
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Phone: 216-587-6100
Fax: 216-518-2674