Dragon Virtual Academy
The Dragon Virtual Academy (DVA) is a virtual learning option with rare or limited instances on the school campus, with students enrolled in virtual courses using leading digital course provider Edgenuity. Online learning transfers much of the learning responsibility to the student, thus students should be self-motivated, and have strong communication and time management skills to be successful. Families choosing DVA commit to the full semester and can reassess their student(s) learning option for the next semester. It is also required that DVA students have access to the internet at home through a service provider or unlimited wireless hotspot data plan; this will not be provided by Mountainburg Public Schools. If needed, a Chromebook and charger can be provided for use during enrollment.
Families who select DVA will provide the home support needed to guide their children through the education process. Early elementary students focus deeply on foundational reading and critical math skills. As students mature, less direct parent guidance should be required if the student possesses independent study and time management skills. Students with underlying medical conditions, including heart or lung disease or who are at risk for severe illness may be advised to participate in virtual learning for safety. Support services will be provided through teletherapy.
DVA Kindergarten through fourth grade will be hosted by Edgenuity Instructional Services curriculum where students will complete all of their learning online. Students will complete age-appropriate, engaging lessons with access to tools that support learning, including text to speech, audio and translation, text and picture dictionaries, and more. There are also workbooks that will be provided as well. Elementary students in the DVA are required to have a parent trained as their Success Coach. Training and support is provided by Edgenuity and Mountainburg School District. Students receive instruction in four core subjects and two electives.
DVA 5th and 6th-grade middle school students will be managed by their classroom teachers. All middle school virtual students will engage in online learning through Edgenuity Courseware which offers a wide selection of electives, enabling students to explore areas of interest, more ways for them to pursue their passions, and stay engaged and involved in their schooling. Onsite teachers will be monitoring progress and providing support to students throughout the semester. DVA students meeting eligibility and attending practices may participate in extracurricular activities, including AAA activities. Transportation to practice is not provided.
DVA High school students will be managed by classroom teachers. Courses are state-approved, standards-aligned curriculum that is designed to fully engage and challenge students through rigorous content delivered by interactive, media-rich instruction. Onsite teachers will be monitoring progress and providing support to students throughout the semester. We offer a wide selection of electives and CTE courses to enable students to pursue their interests and future goals. DVA students meeting eligibility and attending practices may participate in extracurricular activities, including AAA activities. Transportation to practice is not provided.
Middle and high school students work uses a combination of animations, simulations, video-led direct instruction, relevant websites, and a myriad of activities that support the lesson’s topic, students have a wealth of information at their fingertips that can be reviewed as many times as necessary to achieve mastery. Educators can easily monitor student grades, progress, and performance with usage statistics, grading and feedback tools, curriculum maps, communication tools, and more.
Three things that are important for parents:
1. Time: Make sure your student has scheduled enough time to complete daily assignments at a reasonable pace.
2. Set High Expectations: Encourage your student to actively use the Assignment Calendar to track what course work he or she should be completing each day. Setting and achieving daily goals helps keep students motivated and determined to succeed.
3. Ask for Feedback and Provide Encouragement Every Day: Check in with your student by asking:
What did you learn today?
What did you accomplish today?
What did you find challenging today?
How did you overcome those challenges?
How can I help you achieve success?
DVA Teacher - firstname.lastname@example.org
DVA Support - email@example.com
Grades 7/8 - Tina.Sorensen@mountainburg.org
Grades 5/6 - Zach.Pense@mountainburg.org
Support Teacher - Magen.Brown@mountainburg.org
Tech Support - Melissa.Seratt@mountainburg.org
Grades 9/10 - Melissa.Seratt@mountainburg.org
Grade 11 - Cora.Boland@mountainburg.org
Grade 12 - Magen.Brown@mountainburg.org
District - Ashley.GlassBrown@mountianburg.org