The school year once again is coming to a close. And like many people "of a certain age," I think about where the time has gone. Thankfully, my attention is drawn to the high school seniors who are graduating from the school where I serve as principal, Utah Connections Academy. I'm so looking forward to being a part of that special moment when our students' academic achievements are acknowledged and they receive their diplomas in front of families, friends, and teachers.
Unlike many graduates across our state, the students in my school are virtual school students. They have attended our public school from home, working with teachers online and on the phone while a trusted adult monitors progress in the home. These students are forging new ground, and reinventing education, developing their own path to success.
Many of the seniors have expressed that virtual school has empowered them to play a more active role in their education; they feel more responsible and ready for the college or career that lies ahead. I'm so proud of them and thrilled that even though they have attended school virtually from all corners of the state they will have the opportunity to meet, in person, for their graduation ceremony----just like their non-virtual school counterparts.