Hello iPride Virtual Academy Families,

Happy Friday evening everyone. Just wanted to share a few updates with everyone as we start the last week of Summer Break!

Start Date:
I am still waiting on confirmation from the ESC concerning the first official date that our students can start working in Lincoln Online and Edgenuity.

Chromebooks and Supplies:
Chromebook pickup will be Monday 24, 2020 from 2pm - 7pm outside of the IHS media center (same place where device drop off occured). As for supplies, 6-12 students will not need any supplies for the online courses. KG-5 supplies will be purchased by the district. I am hopeful they will arrive before Tuesday.
**If you ordered school supply boxes from the district/PTO, I will have those Tuesday night along with Chromebooks.

Don't forget to have your child (and yourself if appropriate) watch the Lincoln Online and Edgenuity training session!
The ESC has created training sessions for students and families. It is important that parent(s) and students attend the appropriate training to set themselves up for success in the programs.

Lincoln Online Learning is the platform for KG-5 students. The online training session is scheduled for August 28 at 10am.

Edgenuity is the platform for 6-12 students. The online training session is scheduled for August 28 at 11am.

**I will email the links as soon as the ESC makes it live.

KRA Testing for our KG Students:
The KRA must be taken by all KG students. This year, the test has been adapted by the Ohio Department of Education based on the constraints caused by COVID-19. The test still must be administered in-person. Once Mr. Ebert and the KG team know how long the test takes, we will reach out to schedule testing times for our KG students. The test will be given 1-on-1 at our Board of Education building.

How Many Students in Each Grade?
Several parents were curious concerning how many students are attending iPride Virtual Academy from each grade. Here is the break down:
KG = 12
1st = 7
2nd = 10
3rd = 10
4th = 9
5th = 4
6th = 10
7th = 4
8th = 6
9th = 9
10th = 9
11th = 5
12th = 6

Mentor Teacher Communication:
Next week our staff come back to work to start preparing for in-person and virtual instruction. As we finalize our details, your child's mentor teacher will reach out to get everyone setup in Google Classroom, introduce themselves, and make that important first connection.

If your child has opted to return to in-person instruction and I have neglected to remove you from these emails, please reply and I will take you off of the list. I hope everyone has a great weekend. Stay healthy and happy.

Thank you,

Michael Pennington
Principal of iPride Virtual Academy
Director of Curriculum & Technology Integration
Independence Local Schools
7733 Stone Road
Independence, OH 44131