New Courses and Resources at FLVS

youtubeBack to school is an invigorating time of the year filled with fresh starts, meeting new classmates, and taking exciting new courses.

It’s also a great time to take a look at several NEW course options at FLVS: Criminal Justice Operations 1Theatre, Cinema, and Film Production, and M/J Careers in Fashion and Interior Design. Learn more about these and other top course picks for fall here.

With these and our new Career and Technical Education offerings, FLVS now offers more than 140 courses! Taking a course with FLVS can help you fulfill your online graduation requirement, get ahead on your classes, boost your GPA, make up a course credit, or explore an interesting elective not offered at your school. Continue reading


Meet FLVS Student Logan Gatza

LoganGatzaEn garde! Fencing, swimming, running, shooting, and horseback riding…he may only be in elementary school, but 9-year-old Logan Gatza has quite a bit of sport in him! He recently took the silver medal at the USA Modern Pentathlon National Championships in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

What is modern pentathlon?

Modern pentathlon consists of fencing, swimming, running, shooting, and horseback riding. Two years ago, Logan started fencing at Winter Garden Fencing Academy. He first developed an interest in fencing because he thought it would be “a cool sport in which to compete.” Logan said he also thoroughly enjoys swords and the fact that “you get to face off against another opponent.”

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Back-to-School Basics for Parents and Students

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Every student and parent (well most of them anyway) gets excited for the start of a new school year. Students are ready to meet their new teachers, new classmates, show off their new clothes, and start the year off on the right foot.

Parents are excited too, but for different reasons. Usually they are just thrilled to get the kids out of the house, as the summer months can seem way too long for some parents.

The following is a list of tips to help students have a successful year – and that might even remind parents of some important strategies they should be utilizing.  Continue reading


What’s New in Career & Technical Education at FLVS?

New CTEIt would likely be easier to list what ISN’T new with FLVS Get Certified: Career and Technical Education Courses! Since you learned about the many benefits of industry certification in my previous posts, our teams have been quite busy increasing the options and opportunities for students to prepare for and earn those certifications.

In July 2014, we added 12 new certification preparation courses - with another eight to follow this fall! That’s a total of 22 new opportunities for students to show colleges and employers that they have the skills needed for success! Continue reading


10 Reasons Why Back to School is Better Online

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The first day of school at FLVS definitely beats the first day of traditional school!

I have been waiting all summer long to pen (or type) this blog post!

Now that we have officially entered the month of August, we are featuring a top ten list that online students and parents are sure to love. Let us know what you would add to this list!

10 Reasons Why the First Day of School at FLVS Full Time is Infinitely Better than the First Day of Traditional School

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“She’s on our team?!” A Lesson from the Last Pick

last pick coverAs a child, I was always the last one picked for team sports. I hated the days in gym class when we had to corral up against the chain link fence like criminals in a police ID line awaiting one of the peer captains to call our name and form teams.

It didn’t matter if we played kickball, whiffle ball, Red Rover, or dodge ball – my name was always the last one called. I couldn’t hit the ball, never made it through the human chain of people, and I wasn’t fast enough to make it to the base without being tagged. Someone from the team who got stuck with me invariably would whine, “She’s on our team?” Each time it was a bit more demoralizing than the time before. Add to my lack of natural aptitude was the fact that I never played an organized team sport outside school, so my opportunities to improve upon my lack of natural ability were non-existent.

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Meta-Emotion

emotionThis past Sunday was National Parents’ Day. In this blog post, we’ll explore why parents should make talking about emotions with their child a priority.

As infants, the emotional connection lays the foundation of child-parent attachment. During the preschool years, emotion education is used to help children learn about their own emotions and to help manage their behavior. As children grow, the child’s focus centers around school-related activities, and friends take center stage. Parents might think children of this age have learned to regulate their emotions. However, adolescence often presents a challenging parenting environment, where children attempt to assert their independence.

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Teach Me With Minecraft: Contest Winners

minecraftThe votes are in!

We are so excited to announce the winners for our “Teach Me With Minecraft” competition. Our goal was to learn more about what can be taught from games like Minecraft and how we can use similar interactive elements in our FLVS courses.

We had hundreds of amazing submissions and have learned so much from your Minecraft builds!

Congratulations to all the winners, and to everyone who submitted a build…YOU ROCK!

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Meet FLVS Student Cody Sullivan

Cody SullivanAs many people head out to see movies this summer, FLVS student Cody Sullivan is going to see himself on the big screen!

At the young age of eight, Cody began performing in theater. Then he started taking acting classes. Not long after, he retained an agent and moved out to Los Angeles for six months. Since then, he’s had the opportunity to act in a variety of shows like Revolution, Chicago Fire, Criminal Minds, House of Lies, and Trophy Wife.

Most recently, you can see the high school sophomore in Wish I Was Here, a movie starring Zach Braff and Kate Hudson (premiered in theaters July 2014). He had the opportunity to play “Jesse” and was on set for 2-3 days for his three scenes. Cody said it was the most fun to work with Braff because he was “very funny and cracked a lot of jokes.”

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Keep Them Learning All Summer Long (3 of 3)

museumEnrichment Activities for Families

This is part three of a three-part FLVS Virtual Voice blog series about enriching activities that will keep students learning all summer long. Part one shared enriching opportunities that can be found at your local public library. Part two focused on Geocaching. This post (part three) is all about art.

This summer, in between the barbeques and fun in the sun, take a moment to soak in the enriching art and cultural activities of your community.

“Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.” – Edgar Degas

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