By Florida Virtual School on May 6th, 2021
Superhuman hearts. Super rare powers. Being able to encourage anyone they talk to. Someone we can count on to save the day. We’re talking about our Florida Virtual School teachers!
Our teachers are the everyday heroes who inspire us to do and be our best. We’re grateful for them every day. But we’re especially thankful this year, and hope they’ve had an amazing Teacher Appreciation Week.Continue reading
By Florida Virtual School on October 5th, 2020
Every August, thousands of teachers prepare for the new school year, decorating their classrooms, organizing lessons, and brainstorming fun activities for students. Teachers at Florida Virtual School are no different! Although they may not have a physical classroom where they can see students daily, FLVS teachers find unique ways to create engaging learning experiences for students in the virtual classroom.Continue reading
By Suzan Kurdak on September 25th, 2020
Florida Virtual School is proud to announce that one of our teachers, Samantha Rimes, was honored as a recipient of the 2020 Yale Educator Award. This award, sponsored by the Yale Office of Undergraduate Admissions, recognizes educators from around the world who inspire and support their students to perform at high levels and to achieve excellence.Continue reading
By Guest Blogger on August 24th, 2020
Welcome to the 2020-21 school year! Whether your family is new to Florida Virtual School (FLVS) Elementary or returning, we’re so glad you’re here.
If you are new to FLVS Elementary, you may be wondering what the upcoming school year has in store for your young learner. You can rest assured knowing your child’s education is at the center of every decision we make!Continue reading
By Dr. Jeanne Giardino on August 7th, 2020
Did you know that Florida Virtual School (FLVS) develops our own curriculum for courses? The FLVS Curriculum Department works from concept to course delivery to provide an exemplary academic experience. In this photo, a few of members of our Curriculum Development Team film a video for one of our elementary Language Arts courses!Continue reading
By Guest Blogger on August 4th, 2020
Florida Virtual School (FLVS) employs more than 1,800 instructors across our spectrum of educational models. Each one of those instructors is driven by a passion to empower students of all ability levels regardless of their circumstances or specific challenges. The need many families face to keep some normalcy in their children’s education during COVID-19 has been seamlessly and enthusiastically met by FLVS instructors and leadership.
Our instructors are among the best in the nation! An essential part of why we are able to exceed expectations and deliver a superior educational experience is the culture of cooperation and teaming among our stellar educators.Continue reading
By Florida Virtual School on June 8th, 2020
As the majority of Florida’s education system transitioned online due to the COVID-19 pandemic, much focus has rightly been on helping students cope, both academically and emotionally. However, teachers who teach in a traditional classroom setting have also made the transition, in emergency conditions, and require support.
We know engaged teacher-student interaction is important to parents. To help that interaction continue, FLVS has tips to help teachers manage their online classroom, with tools they can use when they return to their normal classroom setting.Continue reading
By Rose Rodriguez on July 20th, 2017
Every time I look back at my career as a teacher, I realize how far I have come.
What I find truly astounding is that what made the most impact in my practice was not learned in the resounding hallways of my Alma Mater or the momentous conference rooms of the many in-service training sessions I’ve completed, but interacting and networking with my peers. Sometimes I will get the best idea from asking a question or brainstorming in a Professional Learning Community (PLC) session.
And just like a movie flashback, I am back at the topic for this blog!
I wanted to ask some questions to our teachers that everyone else also asks. It was difficult to single out one or two teachers, because here at FLVS I feel that I am teaching in the middle of a rock festival and every teacher I know is a rock star!
To narrow it down, I reached out to two of our Teacher of the Year nominees, Amsler Burns and Kellie Shellenberger. Continue reading
By Guest Blogger on February 17th, 2017
Random acts of kindness are enough to make anyone’s day.
Whether it is holding a door open, paying it forward in line at Starbucks, or helping someone carry in groceries, we all have the capacity to be kind on a daily basis. This year, in order to celebrate National Random Acts of Kindness Day (February 17), we spoke with some awesome FLVS students that really know what it means to be caring and kind.
The Creative Writing club is participating in an ongoing service project that started in February and runs through March. There are many ways that students of the club can help out. They can donate books, read to someone, help out at the library, or even volunteer as a reading, writing, or English tutor. So far, the Creating Writing Club members have donated 25 books.
The STEM/Science Club at FLVS recently participated in a clothing drive. Sometimes it can be easy to take something as simple as the clothes on our back for granted. Continue reading
By Linda Childs on December 7th, 2016
On Saturday, November 19, I had the privilege of watching the GOES-R weather satellite launch from Kennedy Space Center.
Now you may be wondering what GOES-R stands for. It’s the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite, a satellite system that orbits the earth and sends data back to National Weather Service computers. The R indicates what number or version the GOES satellite is on, so there have already been versions A-R. GOES-S is slated to launch next year and is the twin to GOES-R.
Of course, weather satellites get launched all the time, so why would this one be any more special than the others?
Well, right now we receive images of satellite scans every 30 minutes or so. The GOES-R satellite will provide data at least every five minutes, and in some circumstances every 30 seconds! So not only will it be five times faster than current weather satellites, but it will also gather three times more data and it will have four times better resolution. Continue reading