By Caroline Lyles on November 9th, 2018
Do your parents constantly ask you to turn down your music? Well, as much as I hate to admit it, I’ve finally reached the age where my children’s music not only hurts my ears, but I question if it’s actually music.
Having two teenagers and two toddlers, the music in my household ranges from “Baby Shark, do do do, do do do do do,” to Panic at the Disco, and everything in between! I find myself constantly telling my teenagers to “turn it down, it’s way too loud,” “How in the world is that music?” and “Why are there so many versions of Baby Shark?!?” I never imagined I would turn into my parents, who constantly complained about my musical choices, as if blaring New Kids on the Block would be anything to complain about! I mean, come on, now that was music! Continue reading
By Guest Blogger on November 1st, 2018
I have been a part of FLVS for multiple years now and discussion-based assessments (DBAs) are one of my most dreaded assignments. I often find myself writing long-winded notes, watching all the help videos, going to tutoring sessions, using the study guides, and more…I find myself stressing for days prior to the DBA. FLVS does provide alternative options like live lesson formats (instead of the phone which strikes anxiety in a lot of students), so don’t hesitate to reach out and ask about these options.
If you’re preparing for an upcoming DBA, enjoy these tips from one student to another. Continue reading
By Guest Blogger on October 18th, 2018
Author Angela Duckworth shares that passion isn’t discovered, it’s really developed.
What’s the difference?
If passion is just sitting in the wings waiting to be discovered, we don’t have much control over it. It’s there, we just have to find it somehow. But what if real passion, the kind that lasts, the kind that you build a life’s work on – what if that kind of passion isn’t discovered, it’s developed? Continue reading
By Suzan Kurdak on October 2nd, 2018
Hola! Bonjour! Nín hǎo! Salve! Merhaba!
No matter how you say it, learning a foreign language is beneficial to you in many ways.
When I was in high school (many years ago), I viewed taking two years of foreign language as simply a duty to fulfill my graduation course requirements; that unless I was fluent, a different language wouldn’t benefit me in life. (I also felt this way about math courses such as Geometry; sorry math teachers and lovers.) I would sure love to go back and redo it again now (language, not math).
In no particular order, here are a few reasons why I’ve learned that learning a foreign language is important. Continue reading
By The Virtual Voice on September 25th, 2018
Ever wonder where the name September comes from? The prefix “sept” means seven. September was the seventh month in the original Roman calendar that included only ten months!
September is also National Piano Month. Celebrate by signing your high school student up for Music of the World, one of our electives that explores musical instruments and composers throughout history and provides perspective on various styles of music.
As we head into the month of October (National Pizza Month 🍕), here are a few highlights and opportunities to get involved. Continue reading
By Guest Blogger on September 13th, 2018
Talk to any employer, and you will hear the same concerns: graduating students have mastered their hard skills – skills that can be taught through technical topics and academic subject areas. However, the same students are greatly lacking skills they need to interact successfully with co-workers and customers.
It seems hard to believe that we have so many “qualified” young people who are deficient in the fundamental soft skills needed to acquire a job.
By Anne Flenner on September 5th, 2018
Have you ever received an email that looks like this?
From: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: I have a question.
That’s it! No real subject, no real question, and no name.
As part of the FLVS family, you know that email is not only a part of your daily life, but it’s an integral part of your education. Our teachers, principals, counselors, and family members communicate by email every single day. Are your emails professional, clear, and concise? Continue reading
By Caroline Lyles on September 4th, 2018
Have you ever heard of the term fail fast? I will admit that when I first heard the phrase “fail fast and fail often,” I was completely taken aback by the idea. After all, we live in a society that focuses on perfection.
Just look at anyone’s Facebook or Instagram and you’ll see how hard they work to portray a message of perfection with perfect selfies, perfect toddlers, etc. But remember, Facebook and Instagram are just the highlights, that perfect toddler just had an epic tantrum, and SEVERAL filters were used to snap that perfect selfie! Continue reading
By Suzan Kurdak on August 29th, 2018
Want to make new friends and connect with other students? Have interests or hobbies you would like to explore? Joining a club (or several) is the perfect way to engage beyond the physical or virtual classroom! FLVS offers dozens of clubs for students of all grade levels! Learn more at our Virtual Club Rush open house event on Thursday, Aug. 30 from 4-7 p.m.
Studies have shown that joining a student club is beneficial both personally and professionally, and here are our top three reasons why. Continue reading
By Melodie Robelo on August 28th, 2018
For students in middle school who have never taken an online course before, understanding expectations and how to navigate new material and assignments can take some time. Whether your child is taking their first course or their fifth, here are a few tips to help him or her succeed at FLVS. Continue reading