Summer Connections Program
What is Summer Connections?
Are you looking for an exciting way to keep your student involved with learning this summer? We can help! Summer Connections is a unique program that allows current and newly enrolled students to get to know their classmates and school! This year we are excited to offer our second annual Summer Connections Pop Up Series. These virtual Pop Up events are carefully curated sessions that are sure to be fun and "edu-taining"! "Edu-tainment" brings the perfect combination of fun and learning together.
Here are just a few things your student gains from Summer Connections:
- Familiarity with Connexus®, our online learning system
- An opportunity to participate in exciting events to learn, socialize, connect, and create new friendships among the virtual school community
How to Participate
If you are an existing student, there is no need to sign up for Summer Connections. Links to LiveLesson® sessions are provided in the Summer Signal Announcements which arrive in Connexus WebMail boxes each week, throughout the summer.
If your student is not enrolled, or is still in the process of enrolling, once all your enrollment documents have been verified, your student will automatically start receiving the Summer Connections WebMail messages.
Summer Connections Offerings
Summer Connections Announcements—This weekly update (sent via our secure WebMail system) has all the information you need about Summer Connections LiveLesson sessions and special events. It also includes some fun activities such as riddles, math challenges and trivia.
- Connections Virtual BioBlitz (June 3rd-28th) A BioBlitz is a citizen science event where the general public assists scientists in surveying the living things in a natural area. Students and Learning Coaches are encouraged to submit their original pictures of plants and animals in their natural habitats to our Virtual BioBlitz to be posted online.
- 24/7 Chess Gaming System—This system lets students play chess at a beginner, intermediate, or advanced level against other students in different Connections Academy schools!
Summer Connections "Pop Up" Events
These virtual LiveLesson® sessions provide students with opportunities to participate with other students in topics such as art, science, computer coding, magic, career prep, and more. Each session was carefully curated based on student feedback, and each month has exciting opportunities. Some examples of this year’s sessions are listed below.
The Night Sky
Ever wonder how people have been able to tell time and navigate in the dark without computers? Learn about the north star, astrolabes and constellations--and then make your own devices to navigate and read the night sky!
Would you like to learn how to make your art come alive through animation? Would you like to learn from your peers? Join Art Club students as they teach you their tips and tricks to animating your digital art!
Computer Coding Workshop
Are you interested in learning more about the language of computers? In this beginner coding workshop, participants will explore the basics of computer programming and have an opportunity to create and share a coding project!
Why do you only see some birds in summer or winter? Where do they go? Why do they travel so far? Every year, millions of animals travel across the globe in order to survive. Come to this session to be inspired by these truly incredible journeys!
Bibbidi-bobbidi-boo...some find magic fascinating, do you? Do you enjoy performing magic tricks or being entertained by illusionists? Join us for this magical session to share a trick or two or just come and enjoy the show!
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