Principal’s Update & Important Dates

Today is World Read Aloud Day! We invite you to take some time today as a family and have your students read to you–our elementary students are working so hard to grow as readers, and our secondary students have shown us how much they love to read and share their stories with others. So, we hope you embrace that today (and every day) as we celebrate World Read Aloud Day. Also–we want to draw your attention to a new feature of our newsletter below where our art teachers are celebrating student work each week!

~Julie Read, Principal, LaunchED Virtual Academy

🚀 Feb 7: LaunchED PLC/Late Start
🚀 Feb 5-9: LaunchED Virtual Academy Teacher/Parent Conferences
🚀 Feb 14: Practice SAT and Practice PSAT for 9th-11th grade (online!)
🚀 Feb 16-19: No school for students!

LaunchED Photo of the Week

We have many resources and tools we use in LaunchED to bring learning to life! This week, we’re featuring a STEAM lesson in 3rd grade where Ms. Legrand and Ms. LaFaye are using the Gizmo Lab that simulates hands on experiments for our online students! Thanks for sharing this awesome learning!

PSAT/SAT Online Practice Exam

K-8th grade students normal day
grade: 8:00am-11:00am Online PSAT (Students will access the Webex link in their Advisory page in Schoology). No classes after the exam.
12th grade: Asynchronous Learning Day: Assignments posted in Schoology; Individual meetings with Ms. Read if seniors are failing 1 or more classes.

Nominate an Educator for Teacher of the Year!

We have an incredible team of teachers in our school (including our interventionist and counselor!). Our teachers embrace innovation and compassion in equal measure–and they understand how to honor where a student is as a learner and help them see what they can be as they grow. And to teach online is truly magical, to build relationships through a screen that feel even more authentic and connected is a super power all of our teachers possess.

Please help recognize a teacher in LaunchED Virtual Academy by nominating a teacher who you believe exemplifies excellence for a Teacher of the Year Award. Visit St. Vrain Valley Schools Education Foundation’s website at for the nomination form. The deadline for nominations is Thursday, February 15, 2024 at 11:45 pm.

Our admin team, Julie Read and Nannette McMurtry, can help you gather any information you need to fill out this nomination form–you can reach them via email or call the office. Thank you for all the ways you honor our teachers in LaunchED!

LaunchED In the News!

Our district communications team wrote an amazing article about the ways students feel connected to their teachers and each other in LaunchED–being an online learner means community, connection, and so much more!

You can read the whole article here:

Image with book icons and the words battle of the books!

Nomination Round for our 2nd Annual Battle of the Books!

Students–this is your chance to vote for your favorite books that you read this year for our nomination round for battle of the books. Parents, you might have to help your younger students fill out this form. Graphic novels, picture book, novels, etc–all are welcome as part of this nomination process.

Click here for the link to nominate your favorite reads from this year:

Student Art Showcase: Each week we will feature art and products created by our students in LaunchED in their art classes (including photography, animation creation, video production, computer graphics, etc.)

Mandala with butterflies and flowers, digital art creation

Haylie, 11th

Digital art creation of three characters with brown hair, long sleeve shirts and pants.

Alexia, 7th

Shea, 12th

Jolie, 9th

Please see information shared from our District Health Office for upcoming clinics.

boy doing schoolwork with mother

Attention Students (and parents)!

Please make sure that your iPad is updated to the latest iOS. We recommend checking weekly to see if there is a new update for your iPad’s operating system. So many apps and websites for LaunchED rely on these updates.

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