Join Us for Virtual Schools Capitol Day

Dear Oregon Virtual Public Schools Alliance Family,

If you’re interested in a fun and engaging way to teach your children about how the government works and show your support for virtual public education, I hope you’ll join me – along with many other students and parents -- for Virtual Schools Capitol Day on Wednesday, March 13 at the State Capitol Building in Salem. Click here to register now!

Virtual Schools Capitol Day is an opportunity to thank legislative champions, show support for virtual public schools and talk to our legislators about protecting this important education option. Students will have the opportunity to participate in educational activities and visit state legislators. Never met with a legislator?  No problem!  We’ll walk you through how it’s done.

Please make sure your voice is heard in the halls of the Capitol. This is a unique opportunity, and I hope you will attend Virtual Schools Capitol Day on Wednesday, March 13. Please register today! 

Here is the agenda for the day:

Agenda

9:30am - Registration at the Mission Mill Museum
1313 Mill St., SE, Salem (2 blocks from the State Capitol Building - free on-site parking available)
10:00am - Welcome
10:15am - Legislative Update
10:30am - Fun and interactive educational activity for students
11:30am - Lunch
12:15pm - Walk to the Capitol
12:30pm - Virtual Schools Rally on the Capitol steps
1:00pm - Legislator visits

Thank you for all your hard work and support on behalf of our schools. I look forward to seeing you in Salem on March 13!

Sincerely,

Debbie Thibodeaux
President, OVPSA 
Parent to Jordan - 10th grade, Baker Web Academy
Michaela - 8th grade, Baker Web Academy
Zach - 4th grade, Baker Web Academy

Welcome Back to School

Welcome back to school! This is an exciting time for students and parents as the 2018-2019 school year is fully under way. My name is Debbie Thibodeaux, President of the Oregon Virtual Public Schools Alliance (OVPSA) and learning coach to my own three children, ages 9, 14 and 16. OVPSA is a coalition of Oregon virtual public school families and supporters dedicated to the long-term viability of virtual public schools in our state.

Joint Committee on Student Success in Medford - June 5

Dear Virtual School Parent,

On Tuesday, June 5 at 7:00pm, the  will be holding a hearing at Pawlowski Athletic Center at Central Medford High School. The Committee will be traveling around the state to hear from students, parents, teachers and administrators. They will explore the best practices in schools around Oregon and develop recommendations to address the gaps that are limiting student success.

It is vitally important that virtual public schools are part of this debate. As a virtual public school family, would you be willing to testify at this hearing to let our state leaders know why a virtual public school is the right fit for your family?

Please see the hearing details below:

Joint Legislative Committee on Student Success
Tuesday, June 5
7:00pm – public hearing
6:30pm – witness registration
Pawlowski Athletic Center
Central Medford High School
815 South Oakdale Ave.
Medford

The virtual school parent voice must be heard in the debate surrounding education in our state. Are you willing to be that voice? Please respond to info@oregonvirtualschools.org if you are interested in testifying at the June 5th hearing in Medford. 

Thank you for your consideration of this urgent need.

Sincerely,

Debbie Thibodeaux
President, OVPSA
Parent to Jordan - 9th grade, Baker Web Academy
Michaela - 7th grade, Baker Web Academy
Zach - 3rd grade, Baker Academy


www.oregonvirtualschools.org
info@oregonvirtualschools.org

 

Education Hearing In Hermiston - April 25

On Wednesday, April 25 at 7:00pm, the Joint Legislative Committee on Student Success will be holding a hearing at Hermiston High School in Hermiston. The Committee will be traveling around the state to hear from students, parents, teachers and administrators. They will explore the best practices in schools around Oregon and develop recommendations to address the gaps that are limiting student success.

Education Hearing In Baker City - April 24

On Tuesday, April 24 at 7:00pm, the Joint Legislative Committee on Student Success will be holding a hearing at Baker High School in Baker City. The Committee will be traveling around the state to hear from students, parents, teachers and administrators. They will explore the best practices in schools around Oregon and develop recommendations to address the gaps that are limiting student success.

Eugene-area virtual school parents - we need your help!

On Thursday, March 22 at 7:00pm, the Joint Legislative Committee on Student Success will be holding a hearing at Sheldon High School in Eugene. The Committee will be traveling around the state to hear from students, parents, teachers and administrators. They will explore the best practices in schools around Oregon and develop recommendations to address the gaps that are limiting student success.

Help us tell your story

 hope this newsletter finds you well and enjoying Winter Break.

We need your help on a quick project. As many virtual public school families know, changing the perception of virtual public school classrooms is one of the more difficult parts of what we do. Allowing families to provide their children with the best learning environment for them is what drives us in our pursuit of a robust and widely supported virtual public school system. Unfortunately, we still have a ways to go towards educating many policymakers who do not know about the existence and benefits of online learning for families across the state. 

Join us for the 10th Annual Virtual Schools Capitol Day

In 2009 a group of virtual school families gathered on the steps of the State Capitol in Salem to demonstrate their support for virtual public education. Now in its 10th year, Virtual Public Schools Capitol Day continues to give families - like yours! - an opportunity to tell their legislators why virtual public education is an important option for so many Oregon students.