Summer School Communication Kit
Does your summer school program include Michigan Virtual online courses? Let us make your life a little easier. Below you find a series of resources that may be useful to you as you send communications to students, parents, and staff regarding your school’s summer learning options.
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Download our summer school communication kit!
Our summer school communication kit is designed to make the busy lives of school counselors and program administrators just a little bit easier. This kit provides you with all the materials you should need to communicate information about Michigan Virtual online summer learning options to parents and students at your school This kit contains:
- 1 print-ready flyer that you can distribute around your school
- 1 summer course catalog with the list of all our online summer learning options
- 4 printable infographics that educate students and parents about best practices for and benefits of online learning
- 1 full-length email to parents
- 4 newsletter blurbs that can be included in your regular communications to parents and students
- 1 list of links to free resources for parents and students that will help students thrive in the online learning environment
- 1 folder containing Michigan Virtual logos and proper usage instructions
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.
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 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.
Summer Course 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 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.
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
Online summer courses — a great way for your student to get ahead, recover credits, learn a language, or explore career interests!
This summer, your student has the opportunity to take Michigan Virtual online courses. Through this summer learning program, they can choose from courses on over 150 subjects, including core areas (i.e., math, English, social studies, and science), 6 world languages, and a variety of fascinating, career-oriented electives.
You can explore Michigan Virtual’s full summer course catalog here:
Your student will have 10 weeks to complete their 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.
TOP 10 REASONS STUDENTS TAKE ONLINE SUMMER COURSES:
- To learn more about a career interest — For example, we offer online courses in veterinary science, computer programming, medical terminology, astronomy, oceanography, and many more!
- To recover credits in a course they failed during a previous semester — We offer a special program called Essentials for online credit recovery students that provides them with extra support in their online courses
- To fulfill prerequisites, so they can begin AP courses or dual enrollment in the Fall
- To create more space in next year’s schedule, so they can take band, orchestra, choir, AP courses, or dual enroll
- To practice their math and English skills over the summer — Studies show that students lose up to 2 months of math and reading skills over the summer. With EdReady Math and EdReady English, they can keep their minds active, prepare for college, and either catch up to or surpass grade-level expectations
- To keep their world language learning skills fresh, so they don’t lose three months of practice over the summer
- To begin learning a new language — We offer 6 languages over the summer, including Spanish, French, German, American Sign Language, Japanese, and Latin
- To audit a challenging course they plan to take in the Fall — If students choose to audit a course, it will not count as a credit, but also will not affect their GPA
- To earn NCAA credits (for student-athletes) — Online courses that are NCAA-accredited can help student-athletes get ahead on college requirements over the summer, so they have more flexibility for balancing sports and school in the upcoming year
- To prevent summer brain drain — On average, it is predicted that students lose about one month’s worth of learning over the summer. Online summer courses help students keep their minds active during summer break!
If you’re interested in enrolling your student in an online summer course with Michigan Virtual, please speak with your student’s school counselor today!
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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Logos & Usage
Each of the logos is a representation of Michigan Virtual and as such should always remain consistent in clarity, presentation, and representation. The five logo options available provide users with alternative options to best suit various scenarios.
Regardless of which logo is selected, each should be used with caution to ensure a true, unaltered representation of the Michigan Virtual logo. All logos should never be turned upside-down, tilted, or skewed from their original orientation.
The elements of the logo should never be broken apart or changed. No additional elements should be added within the logo. Additionally, no attempts should be made to mimic typeface and fonts included in existing logo assets.
Want to learn more?
The flexibility of online learning makes it possible for your students to earn credits in advance of next school year without missing out on the family trip or spending time with friends during the summer! If your students have failed required courses — or are seeking to get ahead on graduation requirements — consider offering them our online courses as a flexible summer learning option.
Interested in setting up an online summer school program at your school?
If you’re an administrator or educational decision maker interested in setting up an online summer program at your school or district, don’t hesitate to fill out the form below to indicate your interest. One of our representatives will get back to you ASAP!