Summer Communication Kit

The following communication kit is designed to make it easy for you to share information about our online summer programs with parents and students at your school. In the downloadable .zip file, you’ll find email templates, fliers, newsletter blurbs, and more!

Limited Time Offer — Referral Program for Partner Schools

Are you interested in partnering with us to spread the word about summer learning?

For schools who help promote our summer programs to their parents and staff, we’re offering a special referral program that can help you earn revenue for your school AND keep students learning over summer break. It’s a win-win!

If you’re a school administrator interested in exploring what this partnership may look like, fill out the form at the bottom of this page and someone will get in touch with you!

Summer School Flyer

You can download the following flyer to share with students and hang around hallways in your school! For best results, print out in full color and distribute in both your office and on prominent locations in school hallways.

Downloading instructions: You can right-click the image above and select “Save image as. . . ” to download a .png image file. Alternatively, you can left-click on the image below open up a link to a full-size PDF file in a new tab. This flyer is also included in the .zip file of our school communication kit. 

Summer School Catalog

You can download the following summer school catalog with the list of all our online summer courses. For best results, share a digital copy of this catalog with parents and students who are interested in exploring their online summer learning options.

Downloading instructions: You can right-click the image above and select “Save image as. . . ” to download a .png image file. Alternatively, you can left-click on the image below open up a link to a full-size PDF file in a new tab. This flyer is also included in the .zip file of our school communication kit. 

Printable Infographics

You can download the following infographics to educate students and parents at your school about their summer learning options and best practices for succeeding in their online courses. For best results, print these out in color to give to students and parents or share the digital versions directly in your email communications.

Downloading instructions: You can right-click any of these images and select “Save image as… ” to download a .png image file. Alternatively, you can left-click any of these images to open up a link to a full-size, interactive PDF file in a new tab. If you’d like to download all of these images, we recommend downloading the .zip file containing all of our summer school communications, which includes the PDF and PNG versions of each flyer and infographic. 

Full-Length Email to Parents

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7 online options to keep your child learning this summer

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On average, it is predicted that students lose about one month’s worth of learning over the summer. In math and English, in particular, these estimates are even more drastic, with some studies estimating up to two months of learning loss.

Increasingly, research shows: 

Summer break shouldn’t be a vacation from learning.

With online options, you can keep your child’s mind active over summer break and help them move toward their goals without missing out on the family trip, maintaining their job, or spending time with friends.

This summer, Michigan Virtual is offering 7 online summer options that may benefit your child:

  • Online Summer Camp: Minecraft Edition (Grades 3-8)
    Includes 4-weeks worth of educational challenges in Minecraft: Education Edition designed to engage students’ literacy, math, and coding skills.
  • Summer French & German Boost (Grades 8-12)
    Keep their French or German skills sharp with these online summer programs powered by Lingco Language Lab’s artificial intelligence-driven software.
  • Social & Emotional 360 (Grades 3-12)
    A digital library of expert resources for parents and students on hard-to-talk-about topics including bullying, mental health, substance abuse, vaping, and more.
  • EdReady Math (Grades 4-12)
    Targets knowledge gaps & helps them master math skills
  • EdReady English (Grades 9-12)
    Gets them on track for college-level English through mastery of key skills & concepts

You can feel free to enroll your child in any of the non-credit-bearing summer programs on your own, but if you choose to enroll in a 10-week summer course, be sure to speak with your child’s school counselor first to ensure they follow the appropriate process to earn credit for their summer work.

You can find all of Michigan Virtual’s online summer options on their Summer 2020 page.

Newsletter / Website Blurbs

The following newsletter blurbs can be copied and pasted into weekly communications with parents and students or posted to your website. Click the arrows below to expand and see the full text and headline for any given program. 

The first blurb overviews all of our summer offerings while the rest promote specific programs or options. Feel free to copy whichever one is relevant to your students OR download all of the blurbs in our .zip file at the top of this page!

7 online options to keep your child learning this summer

Summer break should be fun, but it shouldn’t be a vacation from learning. Many parents know this, but it can be challenging to find flexible and affordable summer programming. Michigan Virtual offers a variety of online summer options designed to fit seamlessly into busy family schedules, including:

Explore Summer Offerings →

Choose from 150 online summer classes taught by Michigan-certified teachers

Taking an online summer class is a great opportunity for students to earn credit, learn at a pace that fits their busy schedules, and keep their minds active over the summer.

This summer, your child has the opportunity to take a Michigan Virtual online course on over 150 different subjects. Your student will have 10 weeks to complete coursework at their own pace and will be supported along the way by a highly-qualified, Michigan-certified online instructor who is an expert in their subject area.

Explore Summer Catalog →

Has your child failed a course? Catch up on graduation requirements with online summer courses

If your student has previously failed a course, taking an online credit recovery course over the summer may be an effective way to get back on track for graduation. Michigan Virtual’s Essentials courses are designed to be highly supportive for credit recovery students and are taught by Michigan-certified teachers who are experts in their subject area. Michigan students can use this program to recover credits in over 23 different subjects including algebra, geometry, chemistry, biology, English language arts, history, economics, and more!

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Online Summer Camp: Minecraft Edition | Grades 3-8 | $49.95

Many parents struggle to enforce screen time limits over summer break and keep their kids engaged in educational activities. This summer, your child can play video games AND learn at the same time with Michigan Virtual’s Online Summer Camp: Minecraft Edition.

During this online camp, students will be transported to the virtual island of Pangea where they will be asked to complete educational challenges that engage their literacy, math, and coding skills in the world of Minecraft: Education Edition.

Learn More →

Summer French & German Boost | Grades 8-12 | $49.95

When you don’t use your language skills, you begin to lose them. Students who study a world language at school work hard all year to develop their proficiency, but it’s easy to start losing fluency over the summer without dedicated practice time.

If you have a student who has taken at least one year of French or German consider enrolling them in Michigan Virtual’s Summer French or German Boost. With these online summer programs, students go beyond ineffective “skill and drill” practices by completing artificial intelligence-driven activities designed to keep their language skills sharp.

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Tough conversations with your child made easier

Some topics are difficult to talk about with your child. How would you like a digital library of expert-developed resources to help you have smart conversations with your kids on topics including bullying, mental health, substance abuse, vaping, and more?

With over 600 interactive lessons, this program helps students in grades 3-12 develop key social and emotional skills. Each student lesson is accompanied by a parent lesson to provide you with research and talking points. Above all else, exploring these lessons will help your child develop skills they need to be happy, healthy, and successful in their adult lives.

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Did you know that most students lose 2 months worth of mathematical skills over the summer?

Studies show that most students lose 2 months worth of mathematical skills over the summer. One way to mitigate the dreaded “summer slide” is to provide them with outlets to flex their math muscles. One way you can do this is through Michigan Virtual’s EdReady Math program — which helps students in grades 4-12 master mathematical skills and concepts they find challenging. Only $39.95 for the entire summer, this web-based program provides students with online diagnostic testing and a personalized playlist of interactive lessons that will help them reach the next level in their math journey.

Learn More →

Get on track for college English this summer

Summer break is an excellent time for students to practice their English language skills. By enrolling your student in EdReady English program (for grades 8-12), you provide them with the opportunity to practice skills like developing a thesis statement, correcting grammatical errors, using sources in reading and writing, and many more. Only $39.95 for the entire summer, EdReady English offers students online diagnostic testing and a personalized playlist of interactive lessons that help them reach their college and/or career goals.

Learn More →

Resources for Students & Parents

You can share the following list of free resources with students and parents to help students thrive in the online learning environment. For best results, print this flyer out in full color and share with parents and students, or share the digital copy of the PDF via email.

Downloading instructions: You can right-click the image below and select “Save image as. . . ” to download a .png image file. Alternatively, you can left-click on the image below open up a link to a full-size PDF file in a new tab. This flyer is also included in the .zip file of our school communication kit. 

If your student is taking an online course this summer through Michigan Virtual, here are a few free resources that will help you support them:

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ list answers basic questions you might have about navigating Michigan Virtual’s Student Learning Portal — the platform you and your student will be using to access online summer courses.

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Student Guide to Online Learning

Virtual learning is a great option for students and can be an effective way to learn. Because taking virtual courses is quite different from taking courses in face-to-face classrooms, however, it’s important for students to understand what habits they should have or ought to develop and what support systems they will need to succeed. Research shows that students who are well-prepared and well-supported for this new experience perform better in their courses.

In this guide, you’ll explore answers to the following questions:

  • What is it like to take an online course?
  • What do students enjoy most about taking online courses?
  • What challenges might you face in your online course?
  • What are the characteristics of successful online learners?
  • What should I do to prepare myself for online learning?

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Parent Guide to Online Learning

Parents often struggle to help their children transition into online courses. They want to know: Is this the best option for my child? What can I do to help him or her succeed? Designed for parents and guardians who are new to the world of virtual learning, this guide will help you map out the factors you ought to consider before enrolling your child in an online course.

In this guide, we explore answers to the following questions:

  • What is online learning?
  • What do students like about taking online courses?
  • What challenges do students face in their online courses?
  • What are the characteristics of successful online learners?
  • How can you help your child prepare for online learning?

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Referral Program for Partner Schools

Are you interested in partnering with us to spread the word about summer learning?

For schools who help promote our summer programs to their parents and staff, we’re offering a special referral program that can help you earn revenue for your school AND keep students learning over summer break. It’s a win-win!

If you’re a school administrator interested in exploring what this partnership may look like, fill out the form below and someone will get in touch with you!

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Explore Our Summer Offerings

During the summer, we offer online courses on over 150 different subjects, including core areas (i.e., science, math, English, and social studies), as well as a myriad of fascinating, career-oriented electives. Students have 10 weeks to complete summer coursework at their own pace and will be supported along the way by a highly qualified, Michigan-certified online instructor who is an expert in their subject area.