Free skating party hosted by online school

MTS Minnesota Connections Academy, a tuition-free K-12 online public school, will host a free skating party Thursday, Aug. 30, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at Cheap Skate, 3075 Coon Rapids Blvd., Coon Rapids.

This is an opportunity to enjoy pizza and skating, have questions about online education answered and interact with other interested families.

Families will have an opportunity to speak one-on-one with MTS Minnesota Connections Academy faculty, explore the school’s individualized learning approach, its curriculum, technology-enhanced learning environment, and learn about the enrollment process.

For more information, visit or call 800-382-6010.

Connections Academy staff encourage families considering an online public school experience to attend an information session in-person or online because virtual education, while a great choice for many families, may not be a good fit for some, according Melissa Gould, principal, MTS Minnesota Connections Academy.

“Attending a virtual school requires a strong commitment of parental involvement in a child’s education,” Gould said.

“During our information sessions, we let families know exactly what they can expect in a virtual school setting, as well as what it takes to succeed.

“Having a clear understanding of how it all works is essential for students to thrive.”

With its faculty headquartered in St. Paul, MTS Minnesota Connections Academy is a highly accountable, high-quality personalized online program offering an alternative school experience — public school from the comfort of home, according to Gould.

Students work with state-certified teachers via e-mail, live online lessons, text-based curriculum, webcasts, telephone conversations and more, while an adult learning coach monitors progress, Gould said. “The program meets the needs of students and their families looking for a non-traditional public school option,” she said.

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