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Why I Chose PA Virtual- Isabella Uber


PA Virtual Senior Isabella UberParents and students choose cyber charter schools for many different reasons but one of the most widely known is flexibility. One student in particular, Isabella Uber, chose PA Virtual for just that reason. After her parents split, they considered both local school districts, and Isabella began to look into cyber school.

After extensive research, she chose PA Virtual four years ago, and hasn’t looked back!

“I love that I don’t have to worry about getting behind academically because of what house I’m in or what parent I am with,” said Isabella. “I can log on from anywhere, get my work done, and still spend quality time with my family.”

Isabella is able to split her time almost equally between her parents’ homes. Without having to shuttle back and forth on pre-picked days, she is able to be more involved in school. She is a member of the school student council, several clubs and recently found time for a new hobby – competing in a beauty pageant.

“My teachers here have always encouraged me to get involved and express myself, and I think that gave me the courage to enter the pageant in the first place,” said Isabella. “I learned so much (competing in the pageant) and it was such a different experience. I was named a finalist, but if I had won, I planned on using the title of Queen as a way to encourage others around me to volunteer and share the message of giving back.”

National America Miss prides itself on being a “purpose driven pageant,” with a focus on community service, communication and growing confidence in their participants.  Winners of individual State Queen Titles represent their state in various ways at local events, but also by focusing on the importance of serving one’s community.

Volunteering through is the main way that Isabella gives back to her community – even without a crown. Since registering on the site, Isabella has participated in over a dozen campaigns for various causes. She has participated in a variety of campaigns that help on the local and national level, such as cleaning up over 1,000 items of trash from the streets in her neighborhood, or flagging illegal ivory items on Craigslist to stop elephant poaching across the world.

“I never thought I would have such an impact in the world until I started with DoSomething. I like taking a stand for those who may not have the voice to stand up for their beliefs. I love being able to help when I can and DoSomething provides me with those resources. I feel like I have a lot to offer the world and help those who are less fortunate.”

Isabella will be graduating in June, and her future plans involve giving back in a big way – to her country. She is considering entering either the Marines or the National Guard, but as she just began her senior year, there is still plenty of time to make that decision!



PA Virtual Student Shares His Experience

Singing at Carnegie Hall

We would like to congratulate Ian Snyder, a member of our PA Virtual family, for the honor of participating in the “2016 High School Honors Performance Series.” Ian shared his tenor voice alongside other talented student-musicians at Carnegie Hall.

To read more about Ian Snyder and this amazing opportunity you can link to the article by Abbey Zelko at FlipSide PA.

Feel free to congratulate Ian for his amazing accomplishments and share your own story below!


PA Virtual Student Selected

to Sing at Carnegie Hall

IanSnyderWe would like to congratulate Ian Snyder, a member of our PA Virtual family, for the honor of participating in the “2016 High School Honors Performance Series.”  Ian will be sharing his tenor voice alongside other talented student-musician at Carnegie Hall.

To read more about Ian Snyder and this amazing opportunity you can link to the article by Jessica Schladebeck at YorkDispatch.

We wish you the best and Break a Leg Ian!

Cyber Students & Socialization Opportunities


A common misconception about cyber charter students is that they lack the opportunity to socialize with their peers. In reality, many students who chose online learning do so because flexible learning schedules enable them to become even more immersed in outside activities. These outside commitments to arts, athletics or entrepreneurship thrive on interaction and growth.

Many cyber charter students also participate in their home districts athletics and activities programs, and clubs within their home communities. There is no denying that today we are more connected than ever and cyber charter options allow students to become connected to hundreds of their peers across the state – not just the 20 or so in a classroom!

A great example of these connections on a nationwide level took place just recently. The Franklin County 4-H Team Biohazard 4050 participated in, and won the Robotics division at the FIRST Championship Chesapeake Regional. On Team Biohazard 4050? Eight cyber charter students.

Their success at this regional event allowed them to move forward, and spend four days in St. Louis for the FIRST finals, a national competition. Cyber charters are able to give students the ability to have these experiences without the stress and worry of missing out on any of their school work.

FIRST was founded to bring together young people from around the world who excel in STEM Programs and let their creativity flourish. Team Biohazard 4050 connected with thousands of other young people this past week, all of whom share the same common interests and academic strengths. The FRC is more than just a high school event – it is a true example of the real and professional world. Huffington Post blogger (and aspiring engineer) Natalie Kalin points out that these students have the opportunity to start professionally networking and attain scholarships, but her key takeaway is the “gracious professional” environment. To present and explain these complex projects, each member must have excellent communication and social skills.

PA Virtual plans three regional social outings per month, and there are plenty of staff is on hand to help plan those events. These outings can range from educational opportunities, community service days, sporting events, or visits to regional attractions in the area. Now, don’t think that all cyber charter students just travel the world nonstop (only sometimes!) – Cyber charters teach students balance between education and socialization.

Just as in traditional schools, cyber charters offer support staff that assist students and their families in all aspects of the education process. However, cyber charter teachers, counselors and administrative staff are in place to make sure that your child’s education is individualized to accommodate varying schedules, travel plans, and even various learning styles. Many times cyber students are immersed in music, the arts, or athletics – and have the ability to dedicate the time needed to master those skills as part of a team, or traveling group.

With these many options, how far could your child go?

Let the Music Play!

Many of us are likely aware of research that supports the benefits of music education for children and young adults. It can improve language development, IQ scores, spatial-temporal scores, and more. While scientific research is important in recognizing and understanding the benefits music education provides, it is also important to hear from students themselves about how they interact with music and what they appreciate about it.

This week’s featured guest blogger, Haley Bayline, is a 10th grader from Port Allegheny who has been with the school for about three years. This musical maven plays the flute and dabbles in guitar and piano, as well. She has also been taking voice lessons for the past three years. Her favorite band is Black Veil Brides, her favorite single artist is Emile Sande, and in her free time, Haley likes to sing, write, cook, and stay fit (especially by running). After graduation, she hopes to attend college, become a registered licensed dietitian, and eventually open her own business.

In the blog, Haley shares her reasons for being so passionate about music. Are you passionate about music, too? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below!

Magical Musical Melodies

MeMy love for music is indescribable. Music is not just a part of my life; music is my entire life. I walk around every day giving different situations different songs. Maybe I would pick a heavy metal song for a frustrating moment in my day, or a soft classical song for the moments that I wish to cherish. Either way, music has an effect on my day that is enchanted.

Some people believe in fairies, potions, spells, and other mysterious intangibles in life, but I believe in music. Music is its own form of magic. Melodies have the ability to alter your mood, to change your day, and vary your thought process. Some music can change all of this with just a simple melody or a few lyrics. One minute you could be perfectly fine, and the next in tears over something as simple as a song. I know everybody has experienced this sometime in their life, and if they haven’t, they will in due time. Different genres have so many diverse effects on a person. Music has a magical element that not many people notice. How can a pattern of notes make you feel upset? How could the same notes in a different pattern make you angry? How could a few short words make you tear up? The answer lies within your heart. Music makes a connection with your soul that is unbreakable, undeniable, and unfathomable. Music has the power to change your entire world, but here’s the real question: Will you allow it?

For more on the benefits of music, check out these online sources:

Twelve Benefits of Music Education

20 Important Benefits of Music In Our Schools

11 Facts About Music Education

Music Matters: How Music Education Helps Students Learn, Achieve, and Succeed


Music Training Sharpens Brain Pathways, Studies Say