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(Alexandra on set for her recent guest role in Hallmark’s Good Witch) Alexandra Chaves is a VHS student from Cambridge, Ontario. She is a thriving dancer and actor with an impressive background in those art forms. At age four, Alexandra began training in ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop, lyrical, and contemporary dance and has won … Read More
Student Spotlight: Autism Advocacy and Achieving Full Potential (UPDATED)
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- on April 25, 2019.
Isaiah Grewal is a non-speaking apraxic autistic student currently enrolled in multiple courses in grades nine and ten with VHS. The flexible, online learning environment has allowed Isaiah to focus his energy on learning and achieving good grades, whereas the typical bricks-and-mortar school environment can cause Isaiah sensory overload and prevent effective learning. With interesting … Read More
Student Spotlight: Earning the OSSD from South Korea
Sunny Cha is an 18-year-old VHS student working towards her Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD). She was born in South Korea and at an early age moved to Vancouver, where she spent seven years attending elementary school and eventually became naturalized as a Canadian citizen after her mother passed the national citizenship test. Due to … Read More
Ethan Sommer is a 13 year old grade eight student from a small town called Dungannon, Ontario, that is fairly local to Virtual High School. He lives with his parents and sister as well as his cat, two dogs, and eleven chickens in an off-grid home that the family powers with solar and wind energy. … Read More
Teacher Spotlight: Providing Support Beyond the Classroom
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- on October 26, 2018.
Ms. Letwiniuk’s hometown. Red Lake, Ontario. Being an educator can involve much more than teaching and assessing student progress. For many, it goes beyond the classroom and into the local and global communities. VHS teacher Dana Letwiniuk is a great example of an educator who goes above and beyond to promote positive change for students. … Read More
Erika Berg is a recent Virtual High School graduate. She completed her final high school course with VHS in August and is now studying history at the prestigious University of Oxford in the UK. Living in Spain, Erika didn’t know what it would be like to study an online curriculum. She’s now glad she gave … Read More
Meet Briar Nolet, a grade 12 Virtual High School student who is a remarkably successful dancer and actor. She has taken online courses throughout her high school career and will soon earn her Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) with VHS. Briar currently plays Richelle on The Next Step, a dance series that airs on the … Read More
Student Spotlight: Taking a Virtual and Physical Leap to Chase Your Dreams
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- on August 17, 2018.
Meet Anna Turkington, a grade 8 Virtual Elementary School student pursuing her dream of becoming a professional ballet dancer. With an abundance of talent and the support of her parents, Anna moved from Toronto to Philadelphia at age 11 to attend the internationally acclaimed Rock School for Dance Education, an institution that many world-class dancers … Read More
Student Spotlight: When Life Leads You Back to School
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- on July 16, 2018.
After his life took a sudden turn several years ago, Kyle Farwell decided to go back to school. Kyle worked as a personal trainer in the health and fitness industry for many years. After sustaining a spinal cord injury, he made the tough decision to pursue a new career helping others with spinal cord injuries … Read More
Ms. Robar’s dog, Bing (left), and the view from her dock (right). Joanne Robar has been a member of the Virtual High School (VHS) and Virtual Elementary School (VES) teams since July of 2017. Ms. Robar has been teaching for 24 years in a wide variety of spaces and places. In addition to her work at VHS … Read More