Hello Harmony / Pioneer Virtual Academy Families,

Springtime is in the air and with the weather warming up and the world beaming with new life, it is the perfect time for learning and teaching. We have less than two months left of school so encourage your children to keep up the good work and keep learning!

In this Touchpoint:

  • Calendars
  • Monthly Trivia for Students
  • How to keep your students engaged
  • Important: Pioneer Homeroom / Attendance
  • Flex Submission Dates
  • Portfolio Submissions for 4th Quarter
  • Ordering
  • Get Social

A great place to stay up-to-date on important dates is the calendar found on the parent dashboard.  Here you will 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:
May 9: No School Day (No School)
May 10: Last day to submit Flex/Portfolio
May 15: Last day to submit Online

Monthly Trivia for Students
Answers are at the bottom of the Touchpoint email.

Question #1: How many legs does a spider have?
Question #2: What’s the name of a place you go to see lots of animals?
Question #3: What is something you hit with a hammer?

How to keep your students engaged

  • Warm-up: Have your child start with something that gets them excited. This could be trivia, a quick game, or a short story. Find what interests your student.
  • Movement: If your child is getting restless, let them get up and move around. Even just a few minutes of movement can help students re-engage.
  • Location: Students don’t all think or work the same. Changing studying locations can help!  Mix it up and have your child try moving to a table, couch, bed, or bean bag. Even going outside can help students get back into their work.
  • Hands-on: If students are struggling to absorb a concept, find a way to give them a more hands-on experience. This could be a field trip, things around the house, or even someone you know is an expert who can help teach it. The options are endless.

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 2nd semester. Be sure to submit your student’s worksheets on time as this tracks attendance and progress.

Elementary & Middle School
April 5 – (Kindergarten – Language Arts, Math, Social Studies)
April 19 – (Kindergarten – Language Arts, Math, Science)
May 3 – (Kindergarten – Language Arts, Math, Social Studies)

High School Electives
Apr 5
Apr 19
Apr 26 (For Courses with 12 Worksheets Only)
May 3

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 will find FAQs, which include submission instructions and a submission video. 

Portfolio Submissions for 4th Quarter
All portfolios need to be submitted no later than May 10th 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.

Resource Orders
Resource ordering is now closed. Reimbursements will be open until the end of May. Don’t wait until the last minute to send in your reimbursement receipts. All receipts need to be submitted by May 31st to be reimbursed.

Get Social
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. 

Have a great April!

Brianna Webster, Pioneer Account Manager (bwebster@harmonyed.com)
Denise Glines, Paraeducator (dglines@harmonyed.com)
Carly Edwards, Mentor (cedwards@harmonyed.com)

Trivia Answers
#1: 8
#2: The zoo
#3: A nail