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November 23, 2015

The Pulse Newsletter: November Edition

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The Pulse: November Edition

Inside this issue of The Pulse newsletter, learn more about upcoming events such as World Fest and Hour of Code. Plus, check out News in A Click and other FLVS clubs!

Join an Hour of Code with FLVS in December

We live in a world surrounded by technology. And we know that whatever field our students choose to go into as adults, their ability to succeed will increasingly hinge on understanding how technology works.

That’s why FLVS is joining in on the largest learning event in history: The Hour of Code, during  Computer Science Education Week (Dec. 7-13). By joining, we’re making a statement that today’s generation of students are ready to learn critical skills for 21st century success.


Get involved here!

Hour of Code
FLVS World Fest

Get Ready to Explore the Globe with World Fest

Prepare to experience cultures, brush up on your geography, and even complete an assignment or two! You and your family are invited to join World Fest 2015 on Dec. 1, from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 7-9 p.m.

Click here to join.

Did You Know FLVS Has a Student Newspaper?

The staff of the Newspaper Club, “News In A Click” (NIAC), meets online weekly to brainstorm article ideas, conduct writing activities, and learn about journalism topics. NIAC covers news, arts and entertainment, lifestyle, technology, and opinion. The newspaper and its staff have won several awards, and have been recognized in the state and nationally by FSPA and Quill & Scroll.

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Last Chance to Sign Up for AP!

Want to take an Advanced Placement course this year? Enrollment for full-credit AP courses closes on Nov. 30 so hurry and sign up today!
Learn more and sign up now.

Thanksgiving Holiday & Help Center Hours

November 25-27 has been designated as the Thanksgiving holiday break for all FLVS teachers and staff.

Customer Support at the FLVS Help Center will also be closed during this time as well as on Nov. 28 and 29, and will reopen on Nov. 30 at 7 a.m.

We Value Your Input!

Please take a few minutes to complete a survey, which focuses on your overall experience with FLVS. Feedback from this survey will help us determine areas to celebrate and areas to improve. We appreciate your time, your input, and your  connection to FLVS!


Share your feedback.




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October 31, 2015

The Pulse Newsletter: October Edition

From Thursday’s inbox…

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The Pulse: October Edition

Inside this issue of The Pulse newsletter, learn how FLVS is celebrating National Distance Learning Week.

FLVS Celebrates National Distance Learning Week

FLVS is hosting several webinars in celebration of National Distance Learning Week, Nov. 9 – 13. All times are Eastern Standard. Make plans now to join the fun!

NCAA Eligibility:
Athlete Spotlight Night

Monday, Nov. 9 @ 7 p.m.

Are you a student athlete? Have you ever dreamed 
of playing Division 1 athletics in college? Do you ever wonder what it would be like to play in the Super Bowl or in the World Series? If you answered YES to any of these questions, join the FLVS School Counseling team for our “Athlete Spotlight Night!”
At this event, you will  meet Kawika Mitchell, former NFL Super Bowl Champ, University of South Florida graduate, and Florida native to learn about what it takes to be a student athlete. We will also be covering important NCAA eligibility requirement updates and give you great tips on how to make sure you are on your way to “the big leagues.”

Visit on Nov. 9 at 7pm to get in the game!

Wonder What FLVS Will Be Like in the Future?

Ever wonder what the future of digital education looks like? 

Well, it all starts with YOU!

Join the FLVS Product  Innovation team for a journey through their student-centered design process.

Examine how they strive to understand what needs you have as students, how they use your feedback and skills to build prototypes, and how they look for new and exciting educational opportunities to bring to you.

Interested in testing out the future FLVS? The team is looking for student pioneers who are willing to investigate our latest prototypes. The future is in your hands!

Visit on Nov. 12 at 7pm.

College Admission 101:
A Student’s Perspective

Thursday, Nov. 12 @ 7 p.m.

Does the thought of college applications strike fear into your heart? Do you know how to write a great scholarship essay? If you ever had any of these questions, this presentation is for you.

The FLVS School Counseling team and FLVS senior Talia Fradkin will walk you through the basics, offer tips and tricks, and answer any questions you may have about the college admission process from the student perspective. Talia has earned the FLVS Student of the Year Award, FLVS Community Service Award, and was just awarded the national 2015 Nordstrom Scholarship!
Visit on Nov. 12 at 7pm to prepare for the future!

New Fax Number for Homeschool Office

Effective immediately, the FLVS Homeschool Office has a new fax number: 407-513-3480

Please note the change (previous number was407-520-5479). 

All homeschool verification forms may be faxed to the new number.




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October 5, 2015

Celebrating My Hispanic Heritage

And another item from Friday’s inbox…  Now I normally don’t post these FLVS items, but I do like to highlight their blog every once in a while.

The Virtual Voice has posted a new item, ‘Celebrating My Hispanic Heritage’

In our Spanish for Spanish Speakers course, an assignment asks students to
compare their lives in the United States with that of a fictional character in
the lesson.
This character writes an entry in her diary describing her struggles to fit in
with two different cultures, dealing with attitudes towards her language and
towards her, and even learning to speak “Spanglish.” I especially like
part of her entry where she talks about another Spanish-speaking lady she
meets at her kid’s school who owns a store in town where she can meet for a
cafecito* and some very-needed Spanish conversation.

Teaching this lesson, I suddenly realized that I struggle with the very same

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October 2, 2015

The Pulse Newsletter: September Edition

Also from Tuesday’s inbox…

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The Pulse: September Edition

Inside this issue of The Pulse newsletter, view our recent photo contest winners and learn more about the literary magazine and the student newspaper!  Yes…Florida Virtual School offers both – and much more!

Congrats to our 2015 Photo Contest Winners!

We heard from all kinds of spectacular students during our fall photo contest. We received photos on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook from students telling us how they have succeeded with FLVS. Congratulations to our winners and to all who entered!


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Did You Know?

Monday, October 5th is World Teachers’ Day and celebrates the role teachers play in providing quality education.

Consider writing your teacher a short message of appreciation on Facebook!

Share your post here.


It’s Not Too Late to Sign Up for Fall Courses

Fall is a busy time of year at FLVS! Students can register now to allow a better chance of getting the start dates they want.

Explore a few of our newest and most popular offerings:

Driver Education/Traffic Safety

Intensive Reading

MJ Critical Thinking, Study Skills, and Learning Strategies

Learn more here.

Student Newspaper Delivers News in a Click

News In A Click (NIAC) is an award-winning online student newspaper, created and published  completely online by FLVS students. NIAC and its staff members have won several state and national awards from the Florida Scholastic Press Association, and Quill and Scroll for writing, photography, and design. You can follow NIAC on Twitter here.

Visit News in a Click to learn more.

Virge is Accepting Submissions for Fall Edition

Virge, The Virtual Edge Literary Magazine, is accepting student submissions for the Fall 2015 edition now through Oct. 18. Students can submit original art, photography, poetry, fiction, and non-fiction for this beautiful student-created publication.
Learn more





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September 3, 2015

The Pulse Newsletter: August Edition

From Monday’s inbox…

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The Pulse: August Edition

In our back-to-school edition of The Pulse, read about our #SuccessAtFLVS photo contest, how to update your VSA account, and find out what’s new with our Driver Ed course.

FLVS Driver Ed Students Now Able to Take Permit Exam for Free

Students who successfully complete the Driver Education/Traffic Safety course with FLVS now have the opportunity to take the Florida Learner’s License (permit) exam online with completely free.

The Driver Ed course helps students to develop safe driving skills, provides students with the required Traffic Law & Substance Abuse Education (TLSAE) waiver, and prepares students for the Learner’s License exam.


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Did You Know?

You can easily update your FLVS account to ensure your information is correct. If you’ve moved from elementary to middle school, middle to high school, or just changed schools, please update your account and choose your appropriate graduation date/year.
Here’s how:

1. Login to your student account.
2. On top blue tab click Student Records, then Academic Profile.
3. Change current school to name of new school.
4. Click Save at the bottom.

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Enter #SuccessAtFLVS Photo Contest

How does FLVS help you succeed? Tell us for a chance to receive an iPad mini when you enter our fall photo contest. From Aug. 18 through Sept. 21, students can submit a photo and three lucky winners will be chosen.

Entering couldn’t be easier! Just snap a picture of yourself showing how FLVS helps you succeed and share with us on Instagram, Twitter, or the contest tab on our Facebook page.

Be sure to include the #SuccessAtFLVS hashtag in the caption and tell us how FLVS helps you do great things!


Enter now

Sign Up for an AP Course Today

Kick off the school year with a 
college-level course. You’ll learn at a higher level and maybe even get a jump-start on college credit!

Learn more

Set Your Fall Schedule


Fall is one of the busiest times at FLVS, and  for good reason! You can learn a new skill, make up a credit, or get ahead in your classes. Have you set your fall schedule yet?


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