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Next APTO Meeting

Agora Parent Teacher Organization (APTO)



The Agora Parent Teacher Organization (APTO) will hold its next meeting on Thursday, December 13th @ 7PM!  At the upcoming December meeting, Agora's Director of Information Technology, Mike Rublesky, will be sharing information on Classlink and other school-related technology updates. Come join us and help strengthen our school-community relationship. Please join us by clicking here: https://tinyurl.com/TheAgoraCommunityRoom

If you missed our November meeting, you can listen to the recording by clicking HERE.

You can find out more information about the PTO on our school website at the school website at https://agora.org/community/pto/
 

Community Engagement Survey

We Need Your Feedback! 

Tell us what you think!  At Agora, we are constantly striving to move forward.  We make no excuses and offer no apologies for being #Agora Proud.  In order to continue to improve our school, we need your input.  A simple way to share your ideas and suggestions with our school staff is by taking our parent survey.  The Community Engagement Survey takes only a few minutes to complete and will provide us with valuable information on how to improve our school.

Community Engagement Survey Link:  https://goo.gl/forms/6hTICiEmWGTZHuRn1
 

Career Readiness

Career Readiness and Career Education is required by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) for all students in the state of Pennsylvania.  Each school in the state is required to report to PDE on career readiness standards.  Agora recognizes the importance of career readiness and enures that all students have access to career exploration and preparation activities that are standard aligned and evidence based.  Below is an overview of the career readiness programs for our elementary, middle school, and high school students.

Elementary Career Readiness Program
Students in kindergarten through second grade will meet once per month for Future Ready Assemblies during their scheduled Science/ Social Studies time.  Students will see the Live session listed in their OLS.  The assembly will be presented by the K-4 School Counselor, Mrs. Eileen Nelson.

Students in grades 3 to 5 will meet weekly in their allotted homeroom time.  One or two sessions per month will be dedicated to Furture Ready Assemblies and assignments.  The sessions for the third and fourth grade students will be presented by Mrs. Eileen Nelson, the K-4 School Counselor.  The fifth grade student sessions will be presented by the 5-6 School Counselor, Mrs. Amy Shehan.

Middle School Career Readiness
Students in grades 6 to 7 will be expected to complete a total of two assignments (career artifacts) within the Middle School Career Explorations course in the OLS.  Students in 8th grade will be expected to complete a total of eight career artifacts within the course.  The career course will achieve this requirement for the state standards.

Please note that all middle school students will be REQUIRED to complete the Middle School Career Explorations Course in the OLS, with the exception of Special Education Level 4 and Life Skills students.  Asynchronous students are also required to complete the career course by listening to recordings and completing the assignments.

High School Career Readiness
Students in high school have mandatory lessons that are centered around career readiness.  The high school counselors hold lessons during the Finding Your Path (FYP) class.  The class will give students an opportunity to earn 0.25 credit, along with taking quizzes to test their knowledge.  Please make sure to check your OLS calendar for dates and times of the lessons.

For more information regarding the Career Readiness and Career Education program, please contact your respective grade level School Counselor.  The contact information for Agora's School Counselors can be found at https://agora.org/our-school/departments/guidance/ .
 

Agora Peer Tutoring

Math and Writing Peer Tutoring 

Agora's National Honor Society is happy to offer Math and Writing Peer Tutoring to any student in grades 4th - 12th grade.  Agora’s Honor Students will be able to work with your student individually in Blackboard break-out rooms.  Please have your student bring sample problems or an essay.  The Honor Students will model how to solve, and then support your student as they are solving problems on their own. Click HERE for the flyer.

Peer Tutoring Schedule:

  • Grades 4th - 8th:  Wednesdays @ 3:00 PM
  • Grades 9th -12th: Fridays @ 12:00 PM

Please use this link for peer tutoring:  http://tinyurl.com/Agora-NHS-tutoring

 

 Student Clubs and Field Trips

A common question families ask us when attending a virtual school environment is how often their child will get to socialize with others. Socialization is an important part of a child's development. There are many age-appropriate socialization opportunities offered by Agora and K12 for our students and families throughout the year.  In fact, most of our students find their social lives are just as enriching as their educational lives. The social scene is alive and vibrant here at Agora!  Discover the opportunities and experiences available through student clubs and activities.

Agora High School Clubs
Joining a club is a fun and easy way to get involved in our online community as well as explore new and favorite interests!  Agora offers many exciting clubs for our high school students. Agora's high school clubs are run by Agora staff members and consist of only Agora students.  Please visit our website for a list of our Agora school clubs at https://agora.org/community/student-clubs/

K12 National Clubs
View the National Clubs Flyer HERE and find the FAQ's HERE.  To join a K12 student club, click the link https://www.k12.com/k12-student-clubs.html and follow the instructions to sign-up for the club with your interest and grade level.  You will receive an email from K12 once you are enrolled.

Agora Days Out (ADOs)
Agora's Family Coach Team organizes numerous fun and educational trips each month across Pennsylvania. These are opportunities for students and their families to explore local attractions, meet other Agora families, and build strong relationships. Events throughout the state are open to Agora students and their families. The ADOs in your area can be found on the Agora Event Calendar which is located in the announcement section of your OLS. Check back frequently as new events are added each month.

K12 Virtual Field Trips
Students can also attend K12 Virtual Field Trips.  The next virtual field trip is scheduled on Tuesday, November 27th @ 1:00 PM.  Your student can join this virtual field trip to Yellowstone National Park by clicking HERE.
 

 Agora's International Travel Club

Scandinavian Capitals Tour

Agora's International Travel Club, led by Mrs. Trisa Lesczynski, an Agora high school teacher, is planning a June 2019 tour abroad with EF (Education First).  This year's tour will include a visit to three remarkable Scandinavian countries, Norway, Denmark, and Sweden.  The tour of Scandinavia begins in Oslo, home of Viking kings.  Next, it’s Copenhagen, Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale city.  Here you’ll climb the 17th century Round Tower, Europe’s oldest functioning observatory.  In Stockholm, see the Royal Palace and the city’s oldest church, dating from 1306 and much more! 

To learn more, download a FLYER or listen to an informational recording By Mrs. Trisa Lesczynski by clicking HERE.


 
National School Choice Week 2019

Celebrate National School Choice in 2019! 

Parents at Agora know that school choice is one of the most important decisions that they'll make for their child.  Agora is busy planning several fun and educational events to celebrate National School Choice during the month of January and into early February 2019. Listed below are the dates and locations of Agora's events.  Mark your calendar and join us in celebrating National School Choice!  You can start practicing this year's dance by visiting https://schoolchoiceweek.com/dance/ .   Click HERE to download and print an event flyer.
 


 

 
PA Bullying Prevention Toolkit

PA Bullying Prevention Toolkit 

The Center for Safe Schools and the Highmark Foundation proudly announce the launch of the Pennsylvania Bullying Prevention Toolkit.  The toolkit provides centralized, easy-to-use information, tools, and best practices to help families, schools and communities recognize, understand, and prevent bullying. For more information on bully prevention, please visit the new website at  https://bptoolkit.safeschools.info/ .

 
Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving To Our Agora School Families 

During this time of Thanksgiving, we want to share our gratitude and thank you for being such an important part of our school community.  This is a wonderful time to get together with family and friends to celebrate and be thankful for all the wonderful people in our lives.  We would like to thank you for your continued support and wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday.


Again, thank you for being a part of the Agora family.  If you have a friend, neighbor, or relative who is interested in enrolling at Agora, share the link https://agora.org/enrollment/  and have them complete a pre-enrollment form.  Once the pre-enrollment form is completed, an Agora Enrollment Specialist will contact them shortly!

Thank you for all you do to support our school!  We are truly grateful!  Happy Thanksgiving!

 
Upcoming Important Dates

Important Dates 

  • November 22 -26: Fall Break, School / Office Closed
  • December 3: Board Meeting, 5:30 PM
  • December 20: Student Asynchronous Day / Staff Professional Development
  • December 21: AM 1/2 Day Student Asynchronous Day / AM Staff Professional Development, PM School / Office Closed
  • December 24 -31: Winter Break, School / Office Closed
  • January 1 -2: Winter Break, School / Office Closed
  • January 7: Board Meeting, 5:30 PM
  • January 21: Martin Luther King Jr. Day, School / Office Closed
  • January 25: Quarter 2 Ends
  • January 28: Student Asynchronous Day / Staff Professional Development
Click HERE if you would like to download and print a copy of Agora's 2018-2019 Academic School Calendar.
 
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