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Principal's Update - High School

January Newsletter

Dear Parents and Students

Parents and Guardians,

 

We hope everyone has enjoyed the holiday break and the snow today! Classes for students will start on Tuesday, January 4th with courses being published in canvas either Monday evening or Tuesday morning.

 

We have had a great 1st semester with several students successes:

 

  • 15 students passed National Industry Certification in Microsoft Office
  • Almost half of the senior class graduating early in December and are embarking upon new adventures
  • 38% of virtual students completed the semester with all A's or B's
  • We are currently projecting a 90% graduation rate
  • We served numerous families with Thanksgiving and Holiday baskets
  • We opened our own chapter of National Honor Society (students should be receiving invitations soon)
  • We offered five Dual Enrollment courses offered through Pellissippi State Community College

 

We will begin registration for next year in late January with more course offerings and several asynchronous classes for juniors and seniors to accommodate student schedules. We will be offering more Advanced Placement and Dual Enrollment courses along with opportunities for students to graduate in December of their senior year.

 

We would like to provide information for future parents based upon your experiences with the Virtual High School. These will be posted on our website and will only include the information you provide below. Please use this link to provide a testimonial for other families.

 
Upcoming Important Dates
 

Upcoming Important Dates

  • January 4th - 1st day for students
  • January 5th - Semester 1 grades posted
  • January 13th - Textbook drop-off and pick up at Karns Middle School - Separate information will be sent soon
  • January 17th - MLK Jr. Day - No School
  • January 20th - Textbook drop-off and pick up at Karns Middle School - Seperate information will be sent soon.
  • February 4th - End of the grading period

 

Please view our January Calendar here.

 
Spring State Testing Dates
 

Spring State Testing Dates

April 20th - English 1

April 20th - English 2

April 22nd - US History

April 26th - Algebra 1

April 27th - Geometry

April 28th - Biology

May 4th - Algebra 2

 

These are state tested courses, and the tests will be given in person at Sarah Simpson Professional Development Center. 801 Tipton Avenue, Knox TN 37920.

Students will need to bring their chromebook and charger. Each test will begin at 8:30 am.

 

Students will only need to take the above assessments if they are currently enrolled in the course for the spring semester. These assessments are state requirements and will count as 15% of a students grade.

 
Yearbooks!
 
 

Yearbooks!

Yearbook Purchases

If you would like to purchase a yearbook, please view this link.

 

Yearbook Ad Purchases

To purchase an ad in the yearbook, please view this link.

 
 
Virtual High School T-Shirts
 

Virtual High School T-Shirts

If you would like to purchase your own Virtual High School t-shirt, please view the link below. The cost is $15, and they will be available for pickup in February.

 

knoxschools.schoolcashonline.com

 
Senior Information
 
 

Senior Information

 

 

FAFSA - February 1st Deadline

Hope Scholarship -- Built into the FAFSA application

Scholarship Information

Common Application for Scholarships

 

Graduation:

Saturday, May 21, 6 p.m. - Central High School

 

Cap & Gown Purchase:

Link to purchase Cap & Gown for $45

 
 

School Fees

Parents,

The link below will give you access to the schools fees account. School fees are used to purchase software to increase student engagement in the classroom. Our teachers use programs such as Jamboard, Kami, Kahoot!, Quizziz, etc. to measure student learning and provide feedback. The school fees help us to provide different platforms for engaging students in a virtual setting.

 

Senior Fees will pay for the diploma and diploma cover.

 

https://knoxschools.schoolcashonline.com/

 

Driver's License

Students must have an SF1010 form to apply for a learner's permit or driver's license. The SF1010 form verifies the student is in good academic standing and is not truant. Please complete this form to request an SF1010 form, and we will respond back via email.

 

To be in good standing, students will need to be passing their courses and have fewer than 10 unexcused absences.

 

Bell Schedule

Not sure when your student should be in class? Students should be joining their teachers everyday except Thursday. On Thursday, students work independently (asynchronously) on their assignment.

 

1st period - 8:30 - 10:00

2nd period - 10:10 - 11:40

lunch

3rd period - 12:20 - 1:50

4th period - 2:00 - 3:30

 

Attendance

If students miss more than 20 minutes of class, they will be marked absent. To submit notes to excuse the absences, please email them to virtualhs@knoxschools.org. Each student is allowed 10 parent notes and unlimited doctor's notes.

 

We are beginning to schedule Progressive Truancy Plans for students and parents and we need to get those absences excused. To see which dates your students was marked absent, please look in Aspen under your students attendance tab.

 

Parents as Observers in Canvas

Becoming a parent observer in Canvas is a great way to be able to monitor your student's work submissions as well as see your child's growth. We also have a canvas page just for high school which houses all announcements and information. Please use the link below for directions.

 

Canvas Observer Directions