Young amputee finds success in virtual classroom

SPARKS, Nev. (KOLO) - Eight-year-old Logan Lansborough was born without his shin bones. When his parents found out their child would have to have both his legs amputated, they knew, despite the challenges ahead, that everything was going to be okay.

“You know for a moment it was kind of (takes a breath), but then you realize it’s just legs,” says Logan’s father Michael Lansborough. 

Logan was 17 months old when he had the surgery and at two years old got his first pair of prosthetic legs. Michael says he has never considered Logan’s condition to be a disability but an adaptability.

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School choice improves education for all families

What works well for some doesn’t work well for others. That maxim holds true in many fields, but particularly in education. Because each child has unique needs, interests and skills, they deserve personalized educational options that work best for them. This upcoming National School Choice Week, we should remember how school choice can help ensure that all students receive a quality education.

While New Jersey has some reason to celebrate on the educational front, the current system does not work well for all students. According to the “Nation’s Report Card” the state ranks above the national average on most standardized test scores — but that level of achievement masks significant disparities among students.

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Virtual school student signs with ‘minor league’ team, trains with pros in Louisiana

A young Washougal motocross racer is one step closer to the big leagues after signing with the national motocross team.

Levi Kitchen, 17, signed with the CycleTrader.com/Rock River/Yamaha Motocross Racing Team over the winter holiday break.

“The team that just signed him is one of the top minor-league stepping stones, where they groom kids for the pro circuit level that you see on TV,” said Levi’s father, Paul Kitchen, who owns and operates Kitchen Electric with his wife, Sara, in Washougal.

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Young autistic virtual school student making a mark learning, helping others

Stephenville resident Noah Sohm may have been diagnosed as having a form of autism, but he should not be underestimated. Those who do could end up being pleasantly surprised by the engaging, interesting youngster.

A conversation with Noah, who is 13, reveals a vocabulary far beyond his years. He is enrolled in the online Texas Virtual Academy at Hallsville (TVAH) as an eighth grader although he is taking some ninth-grade level classes. He moved to Stephenville from Dallas last year with his parents, Chris and Janette Sohm.

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This Muskego 10-year-old has a compromised immune system. Her virtual school helps her to learn.

Technology has made it easier than ever for people to have job flexibility. They can work from home when they need to take care of sick kids. They can work from the road when they need to take a last-minute trip across the country. And they can work from Starbucks, well, just because it's fun to work from Starbucks. That flexibility is becoming just as attainable for kids. In the form of virtual schools.

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Orlando-area Students Find Flexibility with Orange County Virtual School

ORANGE COUNTY, Florida — Learning in a classroom is not for everyone. Both Alyssa Raghu, 16, and Jada Simpson, 16, fall into that category, and both for very different reasons.

  • Teens Alyssa & Jada say traditional classroom not for them

  • More than 18,000 students taking virtual classes with OCPS

  • Virtual school helps them achieve career, education goals

“I wasn’t doing well in standard school,” Simpson said.

The teen couldn’t find her stride in a normal school setting.

“I didn’t work well sitting in a classroom for eight hours a day,” she added.

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Forming connections: Teachers share experiences working for online school

SHERIDAN — Technology in education will likely increase in the future. More students are likely to participate in something similar to the Cowboy State Virtual Academy, an online school started earlier this year by Sheridan County School District 1.

The CSVA is relatively small, though, serving about a dozen students. Meanwhile, a full-time online school already exists in Wyoming. Wyoming Connections Academy is a public online school that serves students from across Wyoming in grades K–12 under the umbrella of Big Horn County School District 1.

The online school was established in July 2009 as Jackson Hole Connections Academy before changing its name in 2011. The WYCA is part of Connections Academy, a business that began in 2001 and now operates 34 online schools in 29 states.

The Sheridan Press spoke with two WYCA teachers about why they wanted to teach at the online school and how it differs from more traditional public education.

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