Frequently Asked Questions

Why would students participate in the Online Learning Center?
What are the characteristics of a good candidate for online learning?
What are the responsibilities of an online student?
What is it like to take an online course?
Are online courses easier than face-to-face courses?
Is this the same as homeschooling?
Is an orientation provided?
Are there specific times during the day the student needs to be online?
Are there attendance requirements for online courses?
Where and when do on-campus students work on their classes?
Will the student be able to take classes during the summer?
How are students enrolled?
Who pays for the online course?
Can online courses be dropped without penalty?
What does the LEG do?
How often will the Local Education Guide (LEG) contact the student?
Do courses meet Wisconsin standards?
Who is providing the instruction to the students?
Can the student participate in athletics at Seymour Community High School?
Can the student participate in co-curricular activities at Seymour Community High School?
Are textbooks required?
How will students be evaluated?
How will class rank be determined?
Will the student receive a Seymour Community High School diploma?
Does the student have to take statewide assessments?
How can a parent check on their child's progress?
What are the technical requirements?

 

Why would students participate in the Online Learning Center?

  • College-bound students in need of advanced or specialized coursework
  • Students wanting to improve their skills in specific subject areas
  • Gifted or advanced students who want expanded educational offerings
  • Students with scheduling conflicts
  • Off-campus students who want to participate in online learning opportunities
  • Students who may not otherwise have a particular course offering available
  • Students wanting to experience online classes
  • Students wanting to take additional credits over the summer month
  • Credit deficient students needing specific courses in order to graduate

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?What are the characteristics of a good candidate for online learning?

  • Self-motivated and self-disciplined.
  • A good “time-manager.”
  • Comfortable with e-mail and word processing.
  • Can read analytically and critically.
  • If I set my sights on an end result, I usually achieve it.
  • Confident in my academic abilities.
  • Do not give up easily, even when confronted with obstacles.
  • Believe I am responsible for my own education.
  • Do not have conflicts with work, athletics or child care and school activities.
  • Have convenient and frequent access to a computer with an Internet connection
  • Willing to try something new.
  • Willing to express my thoughts and opinions in writing.
  • Willing to work in a loosely structured environment.

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?What are the responsibilities of an online student?

Daily

  • Check your e-mail.
  • Log in with your correct username and password.
  • Check for new announcements.
  • Check discussion groups for student and teacher postings.
  • Begin working on your course where you left off.
  • Make sure you do your own work!
  • Have a notebook handy so you can take notes for assignments as well as make note of problems with the online course.
  • E-mail your instructor about problems with the course. Be constructive with your criticism, don’t complain.
  • Make sure you have enough time to complete a quiz or test before starting it. If time allows, check your answers before you submit a quiz or test.
  • When you are done with your online session, make sure to exit the course.
  • Don’t forget to log off!

Weekly

  • Try to e-mail your online instructor at least once a week.
  • Check your grades in the grade center to monitor your progress and view teacher feedback.
  • Discuss any questions that come up with your Local Education Guide (LEG).
  • Don’t forget you can get extra help by using the links that are available in the documents or webliography sections.

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?What is it like to take an online course?
An Internet-based approach to learning uses interactive online technology and requires active participation in each course. There are frequent one-on-one communications with the teacher and regular assignments. Online courses provide a multimedia-rich environment with engaging, high-quality content for individualized discovery through the learning process.

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?Are online courses easier than face-to-face courses?
Online courses are not necessarily easier because they require a student to manage his/her time and be organized, which may make the learning curve for your first online class seem harder. Once you are familiar with online learning, you will find that ease of content varies from subject to subject according to your prior knowledge and experience, similar to your traditional face-to-face courses. (Follow this link to Students Steps to Success)

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?Is this the same as homeschooling?
No, this is not the same as homeschooling. Although students can do their learning at home, they are part of the Seymour Community High School. Each student has a state certified teacher facilitate their learning. Students are also required to participate in all state assessments.

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Is an orientation provided?
All students participating in the Seymour Online Learning Center for the first time must participate in an orientation session with the Local Education Guide (LEG) to discuss the expectations of the program as described in the contract. Students will also be given a brief overview of how they participate in their online course including how to navigate in the virtual environment as well as how to submit their work. It is also explained that students have a firm two week window to check out their respective online course. If students wish to drop their online course, they must notify their school counselor before the end of those two weeks. Technical college classes do not have a two week evaluation window.

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Are there specific times during the day the student needs to be online?
The online instructional delivery model does not require students to be physically present in the same location as a teacher nor does it require that courses be taken at a particular time of day. On-campus students are assigned a Student Paced Learning hour in their day.

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Are there attendance requirements for online courses?
Students must access each of their courses weekly to remain in good attendance. Failure to do so without cause and prior teacher communication becomes an attendance issue. Truancy procedures may then be started. Students will be terminated from their course as indicated in the Seymour Online Learning Center contract if they do not access their course for 14 days without cause and prior teacher communication.

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Where and when do on-campus students work on their classes?
On-campus students will be assigned a Student Paced Learning hour in their day. The student will report to the LMC at this time. Most classes are asynchronous, which means the student works on the class at his/her own pace and at his/her convenience completing the requirements of the course in a timely fashion. The student also has the opportunity to login to his/her course in the evenings and weekends whenever they have internet access available.

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Will the student be able to take classes during the summer?
Yes, students will be able to take courses during the summer. Deadline for summer semester registration is May 1.

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How are students enrolled?
A limited number of students are accepted each semester to participate in the online program. Once the application and signed contract are submitted to the Seymour Community High School school counselors, the student will receive notification with login information via email or mail from the online course.

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Who pays for the online course?
Online course fees are paid for by Seymour Community School District. Students who fail or drop a technical college course are required to pay all costs related to the course. Reimbursement will be required from the student’s parent/guardian or from the student if she/he is an adult. All outstanding fees must be paid before transcripts are released.

Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC) and Lakeshore Technical College (LTC) courses are $300.00 per class. Course drop fees for the technical college classes are prorated as follows:

  • Dropped before the scheduled start date = no charge
  • If 10% or less of course is completed = $60
  • If more than 10%, but less than 20% of course is completed = $120
  • After 20% of course is completed = $300

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Can online courses be dropped without penalty?
Students have a two week window to check out their Wisconsin Virtual School (WVS) and Kiel E-School online courses. If students wish to drop their online course, they must notify their school counselor BEFORE the end of those two weeks. Technical college classes do not have a two week evaluation window.

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What does the LEG do?
All participating students have an assigned LEG (Learning Education Guide) who acts as their mentor, their coach, to help that student stay on track and to be as successful as possible in their online learning environment.

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How often will the Local Education Guide (LEG) contact the student?
The Local Education Guide (LEG) is expected to check in with students at least once a week.

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Do courses meet Wisconsin standards?
Yes, NEWON courses meet both state and national standards.

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Who is providing the instruction to the students? 
Seymour Community High School is partnering with CESA 7 Northeast Wisconsin Online Network (NEWON) to provide viable course options for our students. Your teacher is a Wisconsin State certified teacher who may or may not live in Wisconsin. All courses offered are aligned to national and state standards. Through NEWON, students have the opportunity to enroll in classes offered through Wisconsin Virtual School (WVS), Kiel E-School, Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC) and Lakeshore Technical College (LTC). NEWON serves area school districts, helping to provide virtual learning options for our students, including:

  • Relevant courses in flexible locations using an accommodating time schedule
  • High quality, interactive courses aligned to state and national standards
  • More than 70 different course options
  • Advanced Placement (AP) courses not already offered at Seymour Community High School (grades 11-12 only)
  • The experience of online learning in preparation for future training in post-secondary education work and environments
  • A solution for schedule conflicts, homebound, home based learners, adjudication, truancy, expulsions, teen parents and other special needs
  • Semester courses for credit deficient students and others unable to successfully participate in a traditional setting

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Can the student participate in athletics at Seymour Community High School?
Yes, but you must be enrolled as a full time student. Full time enrollment is 6 online courses per semester or any combination of 5.5 credits per school year.

Students are encouraged to participate in traditional school activities (co-curricular or extracurricular) in accordance with Wisconsin state statutes, School Board Policy and any governing body guidelines (such as WIAA).

District codes of conduct, dress, and athletic codes pertain to off-campus students in the same manner as on-campus school students. Other rights and privileges will be defined by the student handbook and School Board policies.

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Can the student participate in co-curricular activities at Seymour Community High School?
Yes, but you must be enrolled as a full time student. Full time enrollment is 6 online courses per semester or any combination of 5.5 credits per school year.

Students are encouraged to participate in traditional school activities (co-curricular or extracurricular) in accordance with Wisconsin state statutes, School Board Policy and any governing body guidelines (such as WIAA).

District codes of conduct, dress, and athletic codes pertain to off-campus students in the same manner as on-campus school students. Other rights and privileges will be defined by the student handbook and School Board policies.

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Are textbooks required?
Textbooks are not required for most regular online courses. Most Advanced Placement (AP) courses do require a textbook. Textbooks and other resource materials, if not available online, will be provided by Seymour Community High School and will remain the property of Seymour Community High School and need to be returned. Responsibility for damaged materials will be that of the parent/guardian.

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How will students be evaluated?
The online instructor grades assignments just like the student is in a face-to-face course. The student will receive comments from the online teacher throughout the course and after assessments. Student’s academic progress will be monitored by the student, parent, Local Education Guide (LEG) and the teacher to help ensure successful completion.

Grades for online courses will be added to the student’s transcript at the end of each semester. All grades will be based on a 4.0 scale. Grades will be used to calculate GPA and class rank per School Board policy.

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How will class rank be determined?
Grades from online coursework will affect their cumulative grade point average (GPA) and class rank according to School Board policies.

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Will the student receive a Seymour Community High School diploma?
Students who participate full time in the Online Learning Center may opt to receive a diploma from Seymour Community High School. Diplomas are given to students who have met academic requirements of the district. The typical Seymour Community High School student completes the high school program in four years or eight semesters.

All students must complete a minimum of 22 credits. This is a list of the minimum credits which must be earned in designated subject areas:

  • 4 credits English
  • 3 credits social studies (must include United States History and Civics)
  • 2 credits math
  • 2 credits science (must include Biology)
  • 1.5 credits physical education
  • Plus at least 9.5 elective credits

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Does the student have to take statewide assessments?
All students participating in the Online Learning Center must complete all required state assessments which will be conducted at Seymour Community High School at specified times.

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How can a parent check on their child's progress?
Contact your Local Education Guide (LEG) if you have any questions or concerns about your student progress in their online class(es).
Cindy Otto
(920) 833-2306 ext. 416
cotto@seymour.k12.wi.us

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What are the technical requirements?
The following are the minimum hardware and software configurations required for online courses. Student and parents/guardian are responsible for computer, Internet access and an e-mail account.

Personal Computer with:

  • Windows XP, Vista or Windows 7
  • Macintosh OSX 10.6

Compatible Browsers:

  • Chrome
  • Firefox 3.6
  • Internet Explorer 8.0
  • Safari 4.x or higher on OSX 10.6
  • NOTE: The WVS platform is NOT compatible with the AOL browser. You must download and install a compatible browser. Once connected to the Internet, minimize your AOL browser and then open the compatible browser to access your course.

All Computers

  • 256 MB RAM
  • Color monitor (minimum 800 x 600 pixel resolution)
  • Keyboard and mouse
  • DSL or T-1 connection (preferred) or 56K bps modem with Internet access
  • Sound card and speakers
  • Hard disk with at least 1 G of free space available
  • Plug-ins (supported plug-ins include Real Player, Flash Player 10.0 or higher, or Sun Java Runtime Environment JRE 6, Quicktime Version 7.1 or higher. These are all free downloads
  • Java Script enabled
  • Popup blockers disabled
  • Microphone and headset for foreign language courses

A printer is recommended and will enhance your experience in our courses. If you have any questions, contact your Local Education Guide (LEG).

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  • Seymour Community School District
  • 10 Circle Drive Seymour, WI 54165
  • Phone: See School homepage
  • Seymour Community School District
  • 10 Circle Drive Seymour, WI 54165
  • Phone: See School homepage