May 2, 2014
For Teacher Training
The Staff at AC21 is updating our digital presences.
Ask Ms. Endres about her Podcast.
Ask Mr. Resio about Celly to get on his texting list.
Pop-up Blockers and Proper Internet Browser to Use
If you are working in Odyssey use Firefox.
Plato now works in Firefox also.
Shut off the pop up blocker or your work will not be properly recorded.
Procedures to Enroll in AC21
MR. MCKINNON, ACADEMY 21 SUPERVISOR
MS. ENDRES, ENGLISH/ LEAD TEACHER
MRS. GALVAN, SUBTITUTE TEACHER
MRS. O’CONNOR, STUDENT SUPPORT COORDINATOR
MR. RESIO, MATH
MS.WEITZ, SOCIAL STUDIES
1/2 Credit Deadlines 2013-14
All 2013-14 coursework MUST be finished by AUGUST 15.
Unfinished courses and assignments will be archived after
August 15, 2014.
Highly-qualified teachers, present in our labs Monday through Friday from 9:00am - 3:00pm, work with students in the areas of english, mathematics, science and social studies. We also offer 100 electives, such as Job Skills, Career Management, Business Law, Gothic Literature: Monster stories, Fundmentals of Digital Media, Real World Parenting and Veterinary Science.
1. I have heard that each student has a mentor. What does this mean?
Each student DOES have a mentor. The mentor monitors the student's progress by weekly contacts/conferences.
2. Do you have someone that I can talk to about credits or transcripts?
Yes, we have a student support coordinator. Mrs. O'Connor can be reached at 586-510-2066.
3. How can I keep informed about my child's progress?
You may contact your child's mentor, the student support coordinator and/or come to parent/mentor/conferences. If your child is using Odysseyware, there is a parent portal. Ask your child's mentor to enroll you in this program.
4. I know that students can come to your lab from 9AM-3PM Monday through Friday. Who is in the lab to help them?
We have staff members available to help throughout the week. They possess valid teaching certificates and are highly qualified in the areas in which they teach: English, social studies, math and science.
5. Can my child complete coursework at home?
Students may work at home, in the lab or a combination of both. However, they are strongly encouraged to come to the lab whenever extra help is needed. Students may text, message through Odysseyware, email or call their mentors or content teachers as well. Our teachers are very anxious to help.
6. Virtual learning is so new. Why should I consider it? Is it for everyone?
Here are some advantages.
There are times, however, when an online program is not in the best interest of the student and another placement should be considered.
7. Some online programs are very expensive. What does this program cost?
There is no charge. The only time cost is involved is if a computer is damaged. The student/parent and student support coordinator work together to establish repair or replacement cost.
8. Do you offer transportation?
Transportation is offered on a limited basis and only within the Center Line and parts of Warren area.
Talk to your mentor for more information.
My friend told me about Academy 21. I like the idea but is there anything I should consider before enrolling?
First of all, you should think about whether an online school is right for you. It is a big commitment and it is important to consider WHY you want online. Students need the time and most of all they need the motivation to do the work. Generally speaking, choosing online is a very good decision, but sometimes online is not right for a student. At that point, the student should consider another placement. Before enrolling, ask yourself these questions:
You might want to know, also, that online schooling covers a broad spectrum of learning opportunities. Some programs range from small providers offering single courses to large institutions. Some programs are fully online while others offer web-based delivery with some elements of traditional classroom learning. Some programs are highly structured in their curriculum and teaching, while others are flexible. Academy 21 is almost fully online with some traditional classroom learning, such as small group study skills, writing workshop and group counseling in combination with online psychology classes.
As you can see, there is an enormous amount to consider before enrolling. Good luck.