Student Edition

Following Science in Space: NASA’s Asteroid Mission

By on February 27th, 2019

Love space science? Follow us on Instagram for live STEM events throughout the year, including the SpaceX Crew Dragon test flight on March 2, 2019.

Two and a half years ago on September 8, 2016, I was able to witness the launch of OSIRIS-REx to share with our school community.

I’m sure you’re wondering what that means, right? OSIRIS-REx is a NASA asteroid study and sample return mission. OSIRIS-REx stands for Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security Regolith Explorer. Its main goal is to obtain a sample of at least 60 grams of rock from an asteroid called Bennu, a near-earth asteroid with lots of carbon in it. Now if you’re wondering exactly how much 60 grams is, one candy Skittles is approximately 1 gram. Imagine 60 of those and that’s how much of Bennu we will be bringing back to the Earth. And wait for it…it will take seven years before the mission is completed!

During our live lessons for Earth Space Science, we’ve been discussing current science events and all things space – including updates from Bennu. Continue reading


Celebrating College & Career-Ready Students

By on February 26th, 2019

From contests to clubs, FLVS offers a variety of ways to learn about coding and computer science, including online technology courses that develop the skills students need for the careers of tomorrow.

Career and Technical Education (CTE) courses combine academics and the real world, providing hands-on learning that puts students at the center of the action. CTE also helps develop critical thinking, problem-solving, teamwork, and communication skills, which means students are better prepared for college and career life.

As we wrap up CTE Month at the end of February, we want to celebrate several student participants who wowed us with their entries in our recent #FLVSCodes contest. Continue reading


Behind the Scenes of our High School News Show

By on February 21st, 2019

The FLVS Full Time High School “Mega News Network” is our very own virtual Student Television Network. High school members of our club form part of the crew, creating and producing pre-recorded materials that include interviews, video spotlights, and vlogs to be broadcast during our livestreamed news show. If you attend FLVS Full Time, find more information about joining here. Continue reading


Student Shark Advocate Works with Legislators

By on February 13th, 2019

This post was written by FLVS student and Model United Nations club member James A. La Fayette Jr.

Sierra Boodhoo is a 16-year-old student on a mission to make a positive impact on society. After experiencing racial profiling and bullying at her previous school, she switched to FLVS Flex in 7th grade where her interest in marine biology began. Her interest was sparked when she watched an episode of Shark Week with shark nets. She kept the flame going and researched sharks despite discouragement from others due to age, gender, and other societal bias.

She was told, “You are just an 11-year-old girl. Quit sharks. Switch to something girly like ballet.” Continue reading


Florida’s Black History Month Contest

By on February 5th, 2019

A few years ago, I wrote a blog about the importance of celebrating Black History Month. It is with the same unyielding support of diversity education that I encourage participation in First Lady DeSantis’ Black History Month essay and art competition.

The theme of this year’s contest is “Celebrating Public Service” – an opportunity to honor an African American whose service has made Florida a better place for all to live – and to win a four-year Florida college scholarship!    Continue reading


Congrats to our #FLVSCodes Contest Winners

By on February 1st, 2019

February is Career and Technical Education Month – a time to recognize the importance of practical skills students need to succeed in the real world.

In support of this same goal, FLVS recently held an online photo and video contest encouraging students to share their love for coding and computer science. The entries featured students participating in a variety of STEM-related activities, from programming robots to participating in an Hour of Code. Continue reading


FLVS Activity Sheets & Printables

By on January 30th, 2019

Did you know that coloring repetitive patterns can help the brain focus and build new connections? The simple act of coloring can improve your mood, reduce stress, and help young children develop fine motor skills. Combine the benefits of coloring with fun facts about FLVS with any of the following printables.

Geared for students of all ages, these worksheets are a fun way to show your virtual school spirit. Stick them up on the fridge, bring them along on your next extracurricular activity, or print them off at your local school, library, or community center. You can even create a bookmark or a paper airplane to fold and fly across the room!

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Spreading Literacy, One View at A Time

By on January 25th, 2019

The FLVS Literacy Team invites you to join us for more than 30 online events we have planned for Celebrate Literacy Week this year!

Celebrate Literacy Week is an annual event hosted by the Florida Department of Education’s Just Read, Florida initiative. The event is celebrated by school districts across Florida with the intent of building readers. This year’s celebration is scheduled for the week of Jan. 28 – Feb. 1, 2019.

View the FLVS schedule for this exciting week of events. Continue reading


FLVS Hosts 2nd Annual Geography Bee

By on January 24th, 2019

Nine students from the FLVS Geography Club participated in a school-level competition of the National Geographic GeoBee on January 18, 2019.

The school-level competition is the first round in the annual National Geographic GeoBee, a geography competition designed to inspire and reward students’ curiosity about the world. Questions cover not only geography, but also cultures, physical features, history, and earth science.  Congratulations to Emily Maynard, an 8th grade student, who won first place! Spencer Erickson, an 8th grade student, won second place and Emily Pino, a 7th grade student, finished in third place. Continue reading


Students Share Favorite Science Courses

By on January 15th, 2019

This article was originally written and published in the FLVS student newspaper, News in a Click

FLVS has a large variety of science courses available for students to take! From Biology to Physics, there are interesting classes that will appeal to every type of student. The following courses are student-selected favorites that range from middle school to high school level and follow a variety of scientific topics. Continue reading