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October 31, 2014

The Pulse Newsletter: October Edition

From Tuesday’s inbox…

Florida Virtual School
The Pulse. A newsletter for FLVS Parents and Students
The Pulse Newsletter: October Edition
Dear Michael, 

Can you name at least 5 events FLVS has going on this week? Want to hear from a professional author and ask questions?

 

Then check out this issue of The Pulse, a newsletter just for you, our FLVS parents and students!

 

Here are a few highlights:
Tuesday, Oct. 28, 7pm
Stomp out Bullying Webinar

October is bullying prevention and awareness month.  Please join the FLVS School Counseling and HOPE teams as we say no to bullying and cyber-bullying. Come and learn more about bullying, how to prevent it, and what to do if it happens to you or someone you know.  Login at: www.tinyurl.com/FLVSCounselors.

 

Wednesday, Oct. 29, 7pm
Teen Dating Violence: Information & Prevention

Teen relationships can be hard! How do you know you are in a healthy relationship? What are some of the warning signs that your relationship may be an unhealthy one? Join the FLVS School Counselors and the HOPE Team as we observe Domestic Violence Awareness Month and discuss what dating violence is, warning signs, and ways to have healthy and positive teen relationships.  Login at: www.tinyurl.com/FLVSCounselors.
*This session may discuss sensitive topics that are not suitable for every student.

 

Thursday, Oct. 30, 11am

Special Guest Author: Elizabeth Atkinson
Join the Student Activities team and tune in to our special guest speaker Elizabeth Atkinson, author of I, Emma Freke. Ms. Atkinson will discuss her book and answer any questions you may have. CLICK HERE to login to the FLVS Events Room.

November Sneak Peak! Thursday, Nov. 6, 6pm
Financial Aid Webinar

FLVS presents special guest, Lori Auxier-Hash, Outreach Director with Florida Office of Student Financial Assistance as she shares about changes in the Bright Futures scholarships, Pell grants, FAFSA and other sources of funding for college.  Login at: http://tinyurl.com/FLVS-FT-School-Counselors.
We hope to see you at an upcoming event soon!

 

The FLVS Team

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October 24, 2014

Report Noswad Sightings!

From Wednesday’s inbox…

Florida Virtual School

Help Hunt Down a Bully!

Dear Michael,
October is Anti-bullying Awareness Month and we need you to help rescue FLVS student Zach Marks!
Zach, creator of GromSocial.com, has been taken by the alien bully Noswad in our new mobile game Solar Skate.
Help us track Noswad down by printing and taking a pic of him in the weirdest places you can find!
There are three simple steps to follow:
1. PRINT a cutout of Noswad here.
2. TAKE A PIC of Noswad in a creative place.
3. POST your photo on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #Noswad and include SolarSkate.com in your post.
The most creative and craziest entries might even be featured by FLVS or Grom Social and have a chance at winning cool prizes!

Created in partnership with Grom Social, Solar Skate is an exclusive Florida Virtual School game made “By Kids For Kids.”

Download from the iTunes app store today!

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Florida Virtual School | 2145 MetroCenter Blvd, Ste 200 | Orlando | FL | 32835

September 23, 2014

Court Clears Way For Virtual School Legal Fight

I saw this just before and as I was traveling to the NEPC Fellows meeting, and a couple of colleagues sent it to me directly.

Court Clears Way For Virtual School Legal Fight

TALLAHASSEE — Refereeing a fight in the online-education world, the state Supreme Court on Thursday said Florida Virtual School can pursue a lawsuit alleging trademark infringement by a private competitor.

Justices, in a unanimous opinion, rejected arguments that only the Florida Department of State can sue to protect trademarks of the state virtual school. The ruling went against the private K12 Inc., which provides online-education services in Florida and has used the names Florida Virtual Academy and Florida Virtual Program.

In a 19-page opinion written by Justice R. Fred Lewis, the Supreme Court said it interpreted state law as giving a “broad grant of rights and powers to the Florida Virtual School.” A law designating Florida Virtual School as a state agency was approved in 2000.

“It is reasonable to conclude that the Legislature in 2000 intended to give this new concept agency as much autonomy as possible to succeed in what was a cutting-edge educational endeavor,” the opinion said. “Requiring the Florida Virtual School to seek assistance from a different state agency to protect its legal rights, as well as school intellectual property from third-party misappropriation and misuse, would be inconsistent with overall statutory language that grants the trustees (of the virtual school) the authority to ensure the ‘proper operation and improvement’ of the school.”

Florida Virtual School filed a federal lawsuit in 2011 alleging trademark infringement. But a U.S. district judge threw out the case, saying Florida Virtual School did not have legal standing to file the case because that power is held by the Department of State.

The dispute went to the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which then asked the Florida Supreme Court to rule on whether state law gives Florida Virtual School the authority to pursue the case.

In a brief filed in December, K12 Inc., said it entered into a contract with the state Department of Education in 2003 to provide online-teaching services and that the department approved the use of “Florida Virtual Academy” and “Florida Virtual Program.”

The brief said the Department of State is required under law to manage intellectual-property assets for Florida Virtual School and other state agencies.

“FLVS (Florida Virtual School) thus does not own the intellectual property it uses; the state does,” the brief said. “And the Department of State, not FLVS, may sue to protect and enforce those marks.”

But the Supreme Court outlined parts of state laws that it said give Florida Virtual School the authority to protect trademarks.

“If third parties could wrongfully appropriate the Florida Virtual School trademarks without repercussions, the school would lose customers, contracts, and revenue, and its operation would be significantly compromised,” the ruling said. “Instead, the broad and unqualified language in (a section of state law) supports our conclusion that the Legislature intended to give the Florida Virtual School the authority to file legal actions to protect school trademarks against infringement.”

http://www.news-press.com/story/news/education/2014/09/18/court-clears-way-virtual-school-fight/15841709/

September 4, 2014

It’s Not Too Late!

Also from yesterday’s inbox…

Florida Virtual School
It's Not Too Late! Register Today for Your Fall Classes.
Dear Michael,

Have you registered for your fall courses yet? What are you waiting for; exciting new options have just been added! Check out three of our newest ones.
M/J Careers in Fashion and Interior Design

Work with textiles and elements of design to complete projects related to fashion and interior design. You will develop leadership, communication, and employability skills as you explore design careers. During the course, you will learn resource management, basic sewing skills, clothing choices, and technology in the design industry.

 

Theatre, Cinema, and Film Production

Explore the elements of theater and cinematic techniques used by those who create performance productions. As you progress through the course you will view the historical development of different genres and the reasons why they were used. You will also be exposed to a detailed view of film and theater backstage operations and asked to speculate on why a director chooses certain perspectives.

 

Criminal Justice Operations 1

Explore the fields of law enforcement, the court system, and the correctional system. You will acquire technical skill proficiency, industry knowledge, higher-order reasoning and problem-solving skills, general employability skills, and occupation-specific skills needed in all aspects of law, public safety, and security careers.

 

Choose from other cool courses like:

  • M/J Business Keyboarding
  • M/J Career Research and Decision Making
  • M/J Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Learning Strategies
  • M/J Guitar 1
  • Driver Education/Traffic Safety
  • English 4: Florida College Prep
  • HOPE
  • Peer Counseling 1
  • Personal Fitness
  • Psychology 1
  • Outdoor Education
  • Social Media 1

 

Click Here to browse courses and register today!

 

Sincerely,

 

The FLVS Team
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August 30, 2014

Share Your FLVS Story to Win a Tablet

From Thursday’s inbox…

Florida Virtual School
Go Ahead: Succeed Photo Contest
Dear Michael,

 

We know our students are fascinating people who use the flexibility provided by FLVS to do great things. And we want to hear all about it! Using Instagram, Twitter or Facebook, we are asking students to show how FLVS has helped them succeed in this fall’s photo contest. You can even win a tablet!

 

HOW TO ENTER
Students take a photo of themselves with the word “FLVS” or “@FLVS” visible in the picture and upload it to our Facebook contest tab. Each entry must include the hashtag #GoAheadFLVS in the photo caption and tell us how the student has succeeded with FLVS.

 

Students can also post photos to Instagram (@floridavirtualschool) or Twitter with the #GoAheadFLVS hashtag.

 

Help us pick one winner by visiting our Facebook contest tab!

THE DETAILS
Three lucky winners will be chosen to win a tablet. One (1) winner will be chosen at random, one (1) winner will be chosen by our judges and one (1) winner will be chosen by your vote. Photos will go through an approval process before appearing on the tab. This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. Instagram and Twitter entries using #GoAheadFLVS must be submitted from public accounts. You are providing your information to Florida Virtual School and not to Facebook. Contest ends September 21, 2014.

 

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