If you speak with Mike Sokolson or Mike Peral, you may hear them saying, "Dobra yeootra" (Good morning) in Russian. Or, you may hear Julian Cunha asking, (Teacher, how are you today? in Japanese). The North Arlington High School Virtual High School Program has been very active again this year. Over the course of the last several years, students have been able to take elective courses on-line in a myriad of areas that greatly expand the students’ elective choices.
On April 3, Jim Dachos (right), director of Educational Partnerships for The Virtual High School (VHS) presented Douglas High teacher Al DeNoncour with an award for his 15-year commitment to online learning at Douglas High and for helping expand educational opportunities for their students. DeNoncour teaches American Popular Music online for VHS, the pioneer of K-12 online learning.
A veteran Douglas High School teacher has been honored for his commitment to online learning.
On April 3, Al DeNoncour was presented with an award from Jim Dachos, director of Educational Partnerships for The Virtual High School, recognizing him as a pioneer for K-12 online learning.
Mr. DeNoncour is part of a small group of educators in the state who have been promoting online education and expanding educational opportunities for local high school students through the Virtual High School program. The program started 15 years ago at Douglas High School.
When the Brandon School District opened a virtual school this year, the decision was made to dedicate a computer lab where students could take online classes during the regular school day.
“We had done some research of other schools who offer online classes for their students,” said Brandon teacher Brian Moore, who oversees the virtual school. “The general consensus was the students tend to perform better when they have a consistent time and place to take their classes. We have found that to be the case with our students into (the program’s) second semester.”