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November 24, 2014

The Pulse Newsletter: November Edition

From Friday’s inbox…

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


Want to make a 26-second PSA for the Florida Department of Education Celebrate Literacy Contest? Ready to try an Hour of Code?

Then be sure to read this issue of The Pulse, our newsletter for FLVS parents and students!

Click here to view the November newsletter.

In this edition:



Happy Thanksgiving from FLVS!


Outside the state of Florida? Find news and updates from FLVS Global here.
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November 7, 2014

Opportunity is Knocking…Are You Ready?

From yesterday’s inbox…

Florida Virtual School
Opportunity is Knocking…Are You Ready?
Dear Michael,

Students can now set themselves up for success with a suite of powerful courses offered by FLVS and Mawi Learning!


Harvard graduate and student leadership expert, Mawi Asgedom, has trained more than 1 million students worldwide and inspires students throughout each course.

2013 CODiE Award Winner!


Utilizing proven leadership techniques, students learn how to succeed in high school, college, and beyond by taking their future into their own hands. In this two-semester course, students learn how build social awareness and solution powers, master time management, goal-setting, and much more.




Turbo-Charging the American Dream!


This half-credit course helps students gain the skills they need to succeed in all areas of their life. Learn how to take action, set goals, manage time, and help peers. This course is recommended for ELL (English Language Learner) students but is open to all students. It inspires students to thrive and graduate.




Preparing for College and Career!


In this half-credit course, students draw their roadmap for life beyond high school. The course details how to prepare for, get accepted to, and pay for college. Students explore different career and education pathways, how to create smart resumes, and learn how to plan for a successful future.


Students, your success awaits and it’s sweet!


Sign-up at

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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:


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:
*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:
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, 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 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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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.”

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