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At BlueSky, online learning is very personal. We get to know you. We learn about your goals, your particular learning style, and personal circumstances. That allows us to provide one-on-one support that fits your unique needs.
In addition to the teachers of your classes, you have your own personal three-person support team eager to help you. Your advisor, counselor and social worker all will work with you to help you earn your high school diploma. They will help you achieve your goals and dreams.
Click below to learn how these BlueSky educators can help you.
At BlueSky, our teachers care about your personal and academic progress. We are here to help you in whatever way you can, so you be successful in your courses, and in your life!
The teachers of your classes:
- Design engaging lessons for their courses.
- Provide one-on-one help on assignments.
- Communicate with you by phone, e-mail, text messages and online chats.
- Let you know about expectations, requirements and deadlines.
- Will work with you to figure out how you can be successful.
- Write comments, encouragement, and suggestions in your lessons.
- Keep you updated about your progress in their class.
- Sometimes hold “live” sessions in which you interact with the teacher and your classmates online.
Your advisor is your first line of support at BlueSky.
- Calls you at least weekly, is in frequent touch through e-mail, texting, online chats
- Gets to know you and your family
- Provides encouragement and support throughout your time at BlueSky
- Helps you problem-solve when obstacles get in the way of your learning
- Monitors your academic progress and provides updates to you and your family
- Keeps track of your attendance in your classes.
- Keeps you informed about BlueSky events, deadlines, requirements.
- Acts an advocate for you with other teachers
Your counselor helps you plan your path through BlueSky, from enrollment to graduation, and beyond.
- Informs you about the credits you need for graduation
- Helps you choose your courses according to your interests and credit needs
- Can assist you in exploring college credit options while at BlueSky
- Provides guidance and resources for exploring career interests
- Provides guidance and resources for exploring learning opportunities beyond BlueSky, including community and technical colleges, 4-year colleges, and universities.
- Helps you with financial aid applications.
- Works as a team with your advisor and assigned social worker to support you both personally and academically
Each student has a designated social worker. Our licensed social workers can provide confidential help with school, personal, or family concerns and can connect you with resources in your community. Our social workers help in the following areas:
- School concerns (motivation, goal setting, scheduling, attendance,)
- Family concerns (divorce or separation, serious illness or death, any other family issue that would cause stress or concern)
- Personal concerns (relationships, self esteem, mental health, substance abuse, exposure to violence, anger management, grief and loss, behavior management)
- Resource and referral (financial assistance, legal assistance, prenatal care, county medical health, housing, mental health care, etc.)
- Crisis assistance (any major event or issue that needs immediate assistance)
At BlueSky, communication is key to success! We have many ways we reach out to our students. Read below to learn what YOU can do to make all our BlueSky support really work for you!
Check your graded assignments!
In your graded lessons, you’ll find comments, encouragement, questions, and instructions that will help you be successful in your classes.
Answer the phone!
Some students feel a little uncomfortable talking on the phone with a teacher. But at BlueSky, this is perfectly normal, and an important way that your teachers can get to know you and help you.
Check your e-mail!
E-mail is very important at BlueSky. Check your e-mail at least every day, even more when you are working, so that you don’t miss important messages from BlueSky staff.
Let us know when you have questions or concerns!
We love hearing from students! Call, email, text or Skype your teachers right away when you have questions or run into trouble. It’s just like raising your hand in a traditional school.
About Minnesota Assessment Testing
The Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCAs) are the state tests that help districts measure student progress toward Minnesota’s academic standards and meet the requirements of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). The reading and mathematics tests are used to determine whether schools and districts have made adequate yearly progress (AYP) toward all students being proficient each year. Science tests are required by ESEA but are not included in AYP calculations.
For more information on MCA testing, visit the Minnesota Department of Education Web site.
BlueSky MCA Testing Options
BlueSky’s online format and the large geographic area of our state present several challenges that have to be addressed to ensure that each student has ample opportunity to satisfy the Minnesota writing, reading, and mathematics testing requirements.
To help meet these challenges, BlueSky currently offers several different testing opportunities. During April, the primary MCA testing window, BlueSky staff arrange and host a number of different testing locations across the state.
Mobile testing centers are arranged in local libraries and planned within a one-hour-drive of every BlueSky student needing to retake the tests. Opportunities are scheduled in each area at least once per year, with retesting notifications being sent out each month.
BlueSky will also email or telephone students in regards to testing dates. Any additional questions or concerns regarding assessments can be directed to BlueSky’s dedicated testing coordinator Melissa Vang through e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 612-390-3424.
Low-Cost Internet and Computers
Families or students that meet income qualifications or qualify for free/reduced meal benefits may be able to obtain low-cost internet and/or computers from the following resources. The organizations should be contacted directly for details on how to participate.
- Internet Essentials by Comcast
- Internet Basics by Century Link
- PC’s for People – locations in St. Paul, Mankato, Grand Rapids, International Falls, Willmar and Brainerd
- Free Geek – Minneapolis
- InMyArea.com – A for-profit company that helps you locate services, you may be able to negotiate with a provider directly as well.
Student forms can be accessed through the parent portal, they are important for the school’s records, and must be completed each year by new and continuing students. This information is required by the state of Minnesota for funding purposes, and is also critical for good communication between school staff and students and parents/guardians.
The Parent Portal can be accessed at bluesky.powerschool.com/public
Contact the BlueSky office with any questions regarding the completion of these forms. The forms include:
- Parent/Guardian Permission Form
- Educational Benefits Form
- Directory Information Form
- Testing Agreement
- Alternative Application for Educational Benefits