- Chester County Intermediate Unit
Philadelphia Virtual Academy Hosts First Ever Fall Fest Event for Students
Philadelphia, PA – The rain did not prevent Philadelphia Virtual Academy (PVA) students from celebrating fall at PVA’s first Fall Fest event that was held at the Ferguson Academic Center in Philadelphia on Halloween day. Seventy students from grades 6-12 played games and connected with friends and teachers.
According to Chip Harper, supervisor of online learning at the Chester County Intermediate Unit (CCIU), “The building was full of student laughter and smiles as PVA teachers and staff planned a fun day for students. It was a great opportunity for students to celebrate the seasons changing while getting to know their teachers and student advisors in person.”
“Student engagement and socialization is a huge part of the learning process. Getting students into the building and working together is one of the most important aspects of learning. Being able to do so with students from ages 11-18 and under one roof is a huge accomplishment for all staff members involved," said Denea El, PVA student advisor and lead planner of Fall Fest.
Due to an expansion of the Ferguson Academic Center, this is the first year that all academic support is able to be provided at one location. In the past, students who needed academic support were assigned to different academic buildings based on their grade level. Fall Fest was created for students to check out the new space, socialize and celebrate fall.
The event featured eight different games and activities, which included: mystery boxes, Minute to Win It, digital breakout rooms, Kahoot!, Jeopardy, Left Center Right, a movie room and basketball.
When asked what his favorite part about Fall Fest was, Yamil Figueroa, a tenth grader at PVA remarked, “My favorite part about Fall Fest was winning candy! I also really enjoyed meeting and socializing with other students, and it was nice to see my teachers in person.”
Fall Fest is the most attended event PVA has ever hosted, and it plans to host a similar event in the spring so that students can continue to build relationships with each other and their teachers.
“I saw students step out of their comfort zone, meet new people and have a great time. It was awesome to see the students working together and having fun, and because of this, we hope to make Fall Fest an annual event,” said El.
PVA is a partner of the CCIU’s Brandywine Virtual Academy, which provides schools with the resources and flexibility to serve students who desire to learn online. It is a full-time, cost-free public school for students in grades 6-12 living inside the School District of Philadelphia (SDP) region. PVA caters to students looking for a quality, online education, and most classes are conducted entirely online throughout the regular school year. Students have access to face-to-face support at the Ferguson Academic Center and have access to multiple extracurricular activities, field trips and athletics through the SDP.
To learn more about PVA, please visit: https://pva.philasd.org/ or contact Dave Anderson, PVA Principal, at 215-400-3110.
Photo Caption 1: PVA students team up to play Minute to Win It at first Fall Fest event held on Halloween day
Photo Caption 2: PVA Teaching Advisor Rose Anderson assists middle school students with a Halloween digital breakout game.