April 2018

2018-2019 Course Registration


At 8 a.m. on Monday, April 30, 2018, you may begin submitting enrollment requests for the upcoming academic year. Prior to this date, you will want to access 2018-2019 Power Panel and accept the MOU. You will not be able to submit enrollment requests until you have accepted the MOU. If you are logged into the Virtual Arkansas webpage prior to 8:00 a.m. on April 30th, you will have to refresh your browser or possibly even close the browser, and then reopen the web browser so the link to the new Power Panel will function.

Student of the Month

Lauren Davis

Mt. Vernon-Enola School District

Virtual Arkansas would like to recognize a student who has exemplified a characteristic that we value greatly - perseverance. Lauren Davis, a sophomore at Mt. Vernon-Enola High School was nominated by one of her teachers because she has persevered in her Virtual Arkansas class despite significant challenges which life has presented. These challenges are often a barrier to success, but Lauren has worked hard and excelled in her Virtual Arkansas courses. Congratulations, Lauren, on being named the Virtual Arkansas Student of the Month! Thank you for your positive example to those around you.

Nominated by: Rainbow Bagsby, Virtual Arkansas Foreign Language Teacher

VA Shout Out!

Mr. Dustin Summey, Computer Science Teacher, was 1 of 16 individuals in the state awarded a $1,000 scholarship to attend the Computer Science Conference in July. Mr. Summey will assist educators with expanding their knowledge of computer science and give them the opportunity to network with other educators from around the world at the conference.

Congratulations Mr. Summey!

Teacher of the Month

Mrs. Becky Belvin

Concurrent Credit Campus


Tell us a little about your family:

I have 3 wonderful children and 5 amazing grandchildren. My two oldest kids live within an hour, so I get to attend their children's activities. My youngest daughter's husband is in the Air Force and they are stationed at Fayetteville, NC, and they are the parents of my 9 month old granddaughter. It just about kills me that they are so far away, but my oldest daughter's family and I went to visit over Spring Break. Family is so very important to me. I still have both of my parents and don't know what I would do without them. We live about 10 miles apart and we "take care of each other".

Position at Virtual Arkansas:

College Math/College Algebra Instructor

Education:

MSE, 1985 from Henderson State University; BSE, 1980 from Southern Arkansas University

Where did you grow up?

Fordyce, Arkansas

Why did you become a teacher?

I had always loved school and math was definitely my favorite (and best) subject. I thought my high school math teacher was the best, but many of my classmates didn't share my views, so I did quite a bit of "in class" tutoring. When I was deciding what I wanted to do, becoming a teacher seemed the only logical choice.

What is the best part about being a teacher?

I try so hard to make math enjoyable to my students. I know I don't always succeed, but I think many of them at least learn to respect the subject and will try their best. It's so exciting when I explain something that the student thought was really hard and they get it and decide it wasn't so hard after all.

If you could give your students one piece of advice, what would it be?

If I could impart one bit of advice and have them remember it, I would tell them to never underestimate themselves and their own abilities. My philosophy is that everyone can learn math . . . . sometimes we just have to make them believe that they can.

VA in the News

Recently Virtual Arkansas was recognized on Governor Hutchison's website as he highlighted educational accomplishments for the 2015 Computer Science Initiative.

Visit the Governor's website to read the full article.

Facilitator of the Month

Mrs. Holly Meeks

Maumelle Charter High School

Tell us a little about your family:

My husband Chad and I have been married for 15 years. We have three children. Micah is in 8th grade (14 yo), Alexis is in 6th grade (11 yo), and Griffin is in 3rd grade (8 yo). Oh, and I can't forget our dog Calvin! We just moved back from Fort Worth, TX. We loved there for 8 years for my husband to attend Seminary. He graduated with his Ph.D. in Philosophy. We just bought our first home in Maumelle.

Position at Virtual Arkansas:

I am a facilitator at Maumelle Charter High School. I just took on the role of Virtual Arkansas Coordinator for our school for the upcoming 2018-2019 school year.

Education:

I have my Bachelors of Science in Education degree from UCA. My teaching license is in Business Tech, Marketing Tech, and Physical Education.

Where did you grow up?

Maumelle, Arkansas

Why did you decide to work in education?

I loved every aspect of school when I was a student, and I loved the business/technology courses that I took. Why not combine the two and become a Business/Technology teacher! I also love making a difference in students lives.

What is the best part about being a facilitator?

I love organization and details! My 1st period has 12 subjects going on at once! I love keeping/helping the students stay on track and working with them to succeed in their course. I also love getting to see some of my past co-workers on the screen! Mr. Larr, Mrs. Potts, Mrs. Garrison, Ms. Green, and Mrs. Joslin! I taught CTE courses for the Distance Learning Center for two years back in 2007-2009. That was my first teaching job, and I loved every aspect of it!

If you could give your students one piece of advice, what would it be?

Education and knowledge is so important and valuable. Take in as much as you can!