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

To reach as many students as possible this summer, Michigan Virtual has created a win-win incentive program for schools willing to share our programs. This referral program will help you earn revenue for your school AND keep students learning over summer break. 

If you’re a school leader interested in exploring what this partnership may look like, get in touch with us! Every enrollment that comes from a student in your district could put funds back in your budget. 

You can use the communication kit we’ve created to easily share emails, flyers, newsletter blurbs, social media posts, graphics, etc. with the parents in your school community.

Summer programs 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.

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.

Email & Social Media Blurbs

The following newsletter blurbs can be copied and pasted into weekly communications with parents and students or posted to your social media profiles. 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!

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7 online options to keep your child learning this summer

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We have an unusual summer ahead of us. Typically, during the summer, it’s important for kids to have less structure than usual, so they can relax and play. This year, your children’s needs may be a little different.

Having been out of their brick-and-mortar schools for months and with uncertainty regarding existing summer plans, parents are looking for new ways to keep their children engaged and learning in a structured and productive way over the summer break.

While the summer slide always brings risks of learning loss, this summer we believe it will be even more important for students to have structured learning time to help them keep their minds active, bridge knowledge gaps, and prepare for the next school year.

If you’re looking for ways to keep your children learning this summer with safe and structured educational opportunities, check out Michigan Virtual’s online summer learning programs:

  • Over 150 Online Summer Classes (Grades 6-12)
    10 weeks | Flexible pacing | Taught by highly qualified, Michigan-certified teachers
  • Online Credit Recovery (Grades 6-12)
    Catch up on graduation requirements this summer with highly supportive online courses designed to foster student success.
  • 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 Labs’ artificial intelligence-driven software.​
  • FREEMental Health & Social Emotional Lessons (Grades K-12)
    Free digital lessons designed to help students in grades K-12 develop the skills required for social, emotional, and mental well-being.
  • FREEEdReady Math (Grades 4-12)
    Targets gaps in math knowledge with personalized lesson playlists & empowers students to catch up to or surpass grade-level expectations at their own pace.
  • FREEEdReady English (Grades 8-12)
    Get students on track for college-level English through mastery of key skills & concepts.

If you enroll your student 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.

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7 online options to keep your child learning this summer

We have an unusual summer ahead of us. Typically, during the summer, it’s important for kids to have less structure than usual, so they can relax and play. This year, your children’s needs may be a little different. If you’re looking for ways to keep your children learning this summer with safe and structured educational opportunities, explore Michigan Virtual’s online summer school programs, including:

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This summer, your kids may benefit from more structured learning time than usual. Parents, explore Michigan Virtual’s online summer school programs for educational options to keep them safe, engaged, & learning from the comfort of home: https://hubs.ly/H0n427l0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

This summer, you have the opportunity to enroll your child in 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 Michigan-certified online instructor who is an expert in their subject area. Learn more 

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Would you like your child to earn credit this summer by taking an online class? Consider enrolling them in a Michigan Virtual online course & choose from over 150 different classes (grades 6-12) taught by Michigan-certified teachers: https://hubs.ly/H0n427l0

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Does your child need to make up credits for graduation?

If your student has previously failed a course, taking an online credit recovery course over the summer can help them 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. Learn More

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Does your child need to make up credits for graduation? Taking an online credit recovery course over the summer can help them get back on track. Check out Michigan Virtual’s online credit recovery courses taught by Michigan-certified teachers: https://hubs.ly/H0n46QP0

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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

Social Media Post

Do you struggle to enforce screen time with your child? Consider game-based, educational alternatives such as Michigan Virtual’s Online Summer Camp: Minecraft Edition (grades 3-8) for creative ways to keep your child learning this summer: https://hubs.ly/H0n4dZY0

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Practice your French & German skills this summer

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. Learn More 

Social Media Post

When you don’t use your language skills, you begin to lose them. If your student has taken at least one year of French or German, consider enrolling them in Michigan Virtual’s Summer French or German Boost to help maintain & strengthen their fluency: https://hubs.ly/H0n6rCF0

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FREE — Mental Health & SEL Lessons for Michigan students

There’s no playbook for parenting during a pandemic. During times of crisis, our students need extra support to process their emotions. The Michigan Cares Portal — powered by Michigan Virtual — offers FREE mental health & social emotional lessons for K-12 students, parents, & educators. This portal will be freely available until the end of the 20-21 school year. Learn More

Social Media Post

There’s no playbook for parenting during a pandemic. During times of crisis, our students need extra support to process their emotions. The Michigan Cares Portal offers FREE mental health & social emotional lessons for K-12 students, parents, & educators: https://hubs.ly/H0q7r070

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FREE — Master Math Skills This 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. Available for FREE until July 31, 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

Social Media Post

Studies show that students can lose months worth of math skills over the summer. Michigan Virtual’s EdReady Math program — available for FREE until July 31 — is a great tool that can help your children in grades 4-12 practice their math skills this summer: https://hubs.ly/H0n49c_0

 

 

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FREE — Get Prepared for College-Level English This Summer

Is your high schooler ready for college-level English? By enrolling your student in Michigan Virtual’s 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. Available for FREE until July 31, 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

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Is your high schooler ready for college-level English? Michigan Virtual’s EdReady English program — available for FREE until July 31 — is a great tool that can help students in grades 8-12 master critical skills required for college-level English: .https://hubs.ly/H0n49c_0

 

 

 

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  1. This summer, your kids may benefit from more structured learning time than usual. Parents, explore Michigan Virtual’s online summer school programs for educational options to keep them safe, engaged, & learning from the comfort of home: https://hubs.ly/H0n427l0

  2. Do you struggle to enforce screen time with your child? Consider game-based, educational alternatives such as Michigan Virtual’s Online Summer Camp: Minecraft Edition (grades 3-8) for creative ways to keep your child learning this summer: https://hubs.ly/H0n4dZY0

  3. Would you like your child to earn credit this summer by taking an online class? Consider enrolling them in a Michigan Virtual online course & choose from over 150 different classes (grades 6-12) taught by Michigan-certified teachers: https://hubs.ly/H0n427l0

  4. When you don’t use your language skills, you begin to lose them. If your student has taken at least one year of French or German, consider enrolling them in Michigan Virtual’s Summer French or German Boost to help maintain & strengthen their fluency: https://hubs.ly/H0n6rCF0

  5. Does your child need to make up credits for graduation? Taking an online credit recovery course over the summer can help them get back on track. Check out Michigan Virtual’s online credit recovery courses taught by Michigan-certified teachers: https://hubs.ly/H0n46QP0

  6. Studies show that students can lose months worth of math skills over the summer. Michigan Virtual’s EdReady Math program — available for FREE until July 31 — is a great tool that can help your children in grades 4-12 practice their math skills this summer: https://hubs.ly/H0n49c_0

  7. Is your high schooler ready for college-level English? Michigan Virtual’s EdReady English program — available for FREE until July 31 — is a great tool that can help students in grades 8-12 master critical skills required for college-level English: .https://hubs.ly/H0n49c_0

  8. There’s no playbook for parenting during a pandemic. During times of crisis, our students need extra support to process their emotions. The Michigan Cares Portal offers FREE mental health & social emotional lessons for K-12 students, parents, & educators: https://hubs.ly/H0q7r070

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.

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?

Free Download  →

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?

Free Download  →

 

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. 

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.