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Archive for March, 2014

PVA Weekly Update – March 31st

It’s time for Philly Virtual’s update in its usual fashion, weekly. Last week, 6th and 7th graders finished up their PSSA’s, congratulations everyone!  You all worked hard and put forth a commendable effort, great job!  This week the 8th graders will begin their PSSA’s.  Good luck! On Wednesday of last week, both middle and high…

PVA PAFA Takeover

After a long day of PSSA’s for some Philly Virtual students, PVA middle and high school students took a short subway ride over to the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (PAFA). There they took a tour of the newly established “Beyond the Paint” exhibit, detailing the story behind graffiti and the murals of Philadelphia, the…

TED Talk: The Child-Driven Education by Sugata Mitra

After several experiments across the globe, educational scientist, Sugata Mitra, discovered some interesting facets in the development of education. [ted id=949]

Parlez-vous français?: Benefits of Multilingualism

Sometimes it’s required for school, sometimes your parents make you– regardless, the idea of learning a whole new language is often not appealing. It takes a lot of work, and what good does it really do in the long run? A lot, actually. It makes you think differently and works out your brain.Speaking another language…

PVA Weekly Update — March 24th

This week and the last are both dominated by the preparation and application of everyone’s favorite testing program, the PSSA’s… We know it’s not the best week of the year, so PVA would like to commend all the students who came to PSSA testing orientation throughout last week. Also, last week we had another PAFA…

Cup of Love by Charnae Ramey

The very first submission into the Student Writing section is Charnae Ramey’s beautiful poem, “Cup of Love”. Cup of Love By: Charnae Ramey It is a family tradition Passed from year to year That we spend together And celebrate with cheer As the first snowflakes fall We hear mama’s voice call ‘’It’s time for hot…

Lunch and Learning Session at Rivera!

On Wednesday we had our very first Lunch and Learning Session at the Rivera drop-in learning center from 11am til 1pm. Students were given the opportunity to meet their classmates and interact with them in person, work together on assignments and discover some commonalities between each other. Oh yes, and pizza, we ate pizza! Keep…

Student of the Month — Dominique Cherasard

An avid card player, Dominique is not just a shark at the table, but also in Geography class and on the soccer field.  Dominique is 14 years old and a 9th grader at Philly Virtual.  His Birthday is August 12th, 1999, so mark it down on your calendar. When he is not kicking the soccer…

PVA’s March Madness Tournament!

Philly Virtual’s Super Bowl Contest was a complete and utter success, so we’re bringing back the culture for March Madness!  Sign-ups started yesterday and continue through Sunday, March 23rd.  The TA’s are the team coaches just like the Super Bowl. Rules are as follows: Students earn points in classes from Monday, March 24th to Sunday…

PVA Weekly Update — March 17th

Happy St. Patrick’s Day from PVA! Last week, on Wednesday, we had our first Writing Club meeting at 1:30pm in the Virtual Office.  We had a decent turn out as students wrote about the “happiest place on earth” among other exercises. We also held our first “All things Math”- Club/Tutoring Session at the drop-in center…