Students enjoy loop hike around Coffenbury Lake

With the new school year underway, Oregon Connections Academy kicked off a new series of “Field Trip Fridays” across the state for its virtual school students. On Oct. 5, a group of North Coast parents, students and teachers, along with some from other parts of Oregon, gathered at Coffenbury Lake in Fort Stevens State Park for a fun and educational 2.4-mile loop hike around the lake.

Kids Doing Good: Oregon Connections Academy Grads

KATU
June 13, 2018

PORTLAND, Ore. — We celebrate this year’s graduating class, but Kaycee Asher from Salem and Emerson Chase from Beavercreek studied at the same school from the comfort of home.

They are graduates from Oregon Connections Academy, where students take classes online

Asher said she enrolled in 2016 because she struggled in the traditional school environment and needed and wanted a better learning environment.

“I was able to work step by step instead of worrying about whether I was going to get behind,” she said.

Chase enrolled in 2012 and said the school has taught him self-reliance and time management.

“Managing your time and being self-reliant on your own work, I always thought that was the best thing this school has taught me, and different from a bricks and mortar school,” he said.

They weren’t isolated from other students, however. They went on more than 200 field trips, had a prom and even met their teachers.

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