Hello Harmony / Pioneer Virtual Academy Families,
Happy September! School is in full swing and we are excited to see your student’s submissions and watch them grow. If you are having any questions or issues please reach out to your mentor, we want to make sure your students don’t get behind.
In this Touchpoint:
- Important: Pioneer Homeroom / Attendance
- Flex Submission Dates
- Portfolio Submissions for 1st Quarter
- Canvas Tips
- Get Social
A great place to stay up-to-date on important dates is the calendar found on the parent dashboard. Here you’ll find information such as Flex submission dates, testing dates, school dates, etc.
Click here for the official Pioneer Virtual Academy calendar for the 2023-24 school year.
Upcoming School Dates:
Sep 28: End of 1st Quarter
Sep 29: Fair Day (No School)
Oct 2-6: Fall Break (No School)
Important: Pioneer Homeroom / Attendance
Be sure to have your child respond to the weekly discussion post in the Pioneer Homeroom in Canvas. The question is posted each Friday, and you have until the following Friday to answer the question. Responding each week provides Pioneer Virtual Academy a weekly “attendance log” and helps them to have a connection with students. This is an important part of your child’s attendance with PVA
If you have any questions about the weekly Homeroom question, please contact your mentor.
Flex Submission Dates
Here are the Flex Direct and Flex Independent submission dates for the 1st semester. Be sure to submit your student’s worksheets on time as this tracks attendance and progress.
September 8 – (Kindergarten – Language Arts, Math, Social Studies)
September 22 – (Kindergarten – Language Arts, Math, Science)
October 13 – (Kindergarten – Language Arts, Math, Social Studies)
October 27 – (Kindergarten – Language Arts, Math, Science)
November 10 – (Kindergarten – Language Arts, Math, Social Studies)
December 1 – (Kindergarten – Language Arts, Math, Science)
December 15 – (No Kindergarten Submission)
To find helpful information about Flex Direct or Flex Independent courses, log into the Family Resource Center and go to the Curriculum Orientation. From the sidebar menu in the Flex Direct and Flex Independent sections, you’ll find FAQs, which include submission instructions and a submission video.
Portfolio Submissions for 1st Quarter
For Harmony Portfolio courses, the 1st quarter portfolio submissions are due on Sept 22. All portfolios need to be submitted no later than December 15 to give the teachers time to review and grade them.
The guidelines for portfolios are as follows:
- 5-8 portfolio items per subject.
- Items need to show student work, and examples could include worksheets, reports, tests/quizzes, science projects, etc. Remember that portfolio Items need to be the student’s actual work, not a learning log or description of what the student has been doing.
- Portfolio items need to be grade-level work.
- Portfolio items need to demonstrate student work over the course of 2 months.
Here are some useful tips in Canvas for Flex, Portfolio, and Homeroom courses.
When you go to your child’s Canvas account, select Calendar on the left side. The calendar view shows the previous and upcoming submissions for all of that student’s courses in Canvas.
- You can click on the item and a box will pop up with details. You can then click on each item to go right to the submission in the course.
Also, be sure to check back in Canvas to see comments from the graders and teachers. When you go to the student’s Canvas account, there will be alerts on the right for any comments from teachers. Or you select the course, then select Grades > Score. If there is a comment icon, you can click on that to see the comment.
- Based on the comment, you might want to resubmit the assignment.
Ordering is open for all types of orders. For all the ordering types except reimbursement, you can submit one order per semester per student.
1st semester ordering period is July 1- Oct 31
2nd semester ordering period is Dec 1 – Jan 31.
Are you part of our growing community of Harmony parents? If not, please join us and get social. It’s a great place to share what is working with your family, ask questions of other parents, and receive updates on Harmony activities.
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/harmonyedTennessee/
- Instagram https://www.instagram.com/harmonyed_/
We wish you a wonderful school year!