Course Description

  • Wildcat Academy is designed for students to learn according to a schedule that works for them through a program called Edgenuity. This program will set a “target completion” goal that will help set the pace for each class, each day.  Use this target to set pacing that is appropriate for your student.  Click here to watch a video of what the program looks like.

     

Student Expectations

    • An online course requires you, the student, to be in control of your learning. In an online course, you are essentially setting a schedule that works for your lifestyle. You do not have specific classes set for specific times each day. Therefore, it is imperative that you keep up with your courses.  You will periodically receive emails from your Learning Managers.
    • Please monitor your email on an hourly basis by keeping it open and watching for new messages.  Since we’re not in a classroom setting, emailing is our main mode of communication.
    • As a student, emailing your Learning Manager for help is like raising your hand in school.  Remember, that we are here for you.  Ask for help!  You’re not in this alone.
    • If you have a specific question regarding your classwork that you feel requires more than an email,  you can schedule a Google Meet or In-Person support, along with the day and time that works for you.  Use this link to schedule your appointment.

     Wildcat Academy teachers (Learning Manager) will be having weekly check-ins with you during Advisement. This is the only required live session. You must attend Advisement.

Online Etiquette

    • Be respectful. It’s really easy to write something online that you wouldn’t say in person.  Remember in your communications that you are talking to real people on the other end.  Don’t write something that you wouldn’t say in person and be kind!
    • Be aware of strong language, ALL CAPS, and exclamation points. Read your message out loud before sending it to make sure that what you are writing is what you actually want to say.  Remember that all caps is YELLING!!! in person.
    • Be careful with humor and sarcasm. No this doesn’t mean “no fun zone”.  But it does mean that it can be hard to know if someone is joking or being sarcastic in a written message.  Use emojis if you want someone to know you are joking, but just not in your assignments for class! 😉
    • Mute your mike and beware of your background. When we meet for video chats, especially if we are in a group, make sure to mute your mike so that it doesn’t get overwhelming.  Also, make sure to warn family in the background so they don’t distract the learning process.
    • Yes, grammar and spelling matter. While texting, textspeak can b gr8 4 ur friends.  In an educational setting (even online) however, keep it formal.  Your written communication should be professional and reflect a proper writing style.  Save written shortcuts and less than stellar grammar for Snapchat.
    • Cite your sources. Always, when applicable to the assignment.

Tips for Being Successful

    • Manage your Time: Use the time you have wisely. Plan accordingly and expect to work on your classes to get 12-15% complete each week for each class.  This will put you on the right track to be done on time. 
    • Be disciplined and self-motivated: be responsible and committed to keeping up with the course workload.
    • Speak up if you are having problems: if you do not understand something or are having technical difficulties please ask for help.  If you get locked out of a screen or test please email me to unlock it for you.   
    • Take Notes: Use outside resources to help you. You can use notes on a test. However, you cannot use other open screens on your computer during a test or quiz. If you wish to retake a test you need to provide me with your notes, Take notes! ☺  
    • Log On Frequently: There is nothing saying you can’t work ahead.  I would encourage you to do so.  There is also something to be said for setting aside a specific time each day to spend on each class.  Figure out a schedule that works for you, but I would plan on logging in daily to work on your courses.
      • Students must complete assigned tasks and submit them in the Edgenuity program.
      • Students must meet academic expectations to be awarded credit for the course.

Attendance

  • The CLHS attendance policy is applicable to all distance learners. Daily activity is required.  Truancy protocols can be applied to Wildcat Academy.

    Attendance expectations:

    • Students consistently log 20-25 hours/week of documented learning on the computer.
    • Students make adequate weekly progress, in order to finish all classes on time and be marked as present for attendance.  Roughly 12-15% in every class each week.
    • If students are not making adequate progress they will be considered an unexcused absence from their classes which can result in being referred to Chisago County for truancy. 
    • Students communicate questions, computer problems, and school struggles with their Learning Managers immediately so as to be able to make adequate weekly progress.


    Minnesota state law requires every child under the age of 18 to attend school each day. Children over 17 years old must have parental permission and formally withdraw from school to discontinue attendance. We are mandated by law to refer truant students to the County’s Attorney Office, but we would very much like to see your student’s attendance improve before county intervention