Happy Valley Middle School and Niswonger Online
-Gina Pavlovich- Coordinator of Learning Resources
Front Front Row L to R: Allie Grindstaff, Hailey Pearman, Michelle Boucher, Blakelee Ollis
Back Row L to R: Grace Martin, Eli Phillips, Olivia Absher, Autumn Lyons, Lucas Chausse, Joshua Bowman
This fall Niswonger Online was excited to have our first online course consisting entirely of middle school students. Happy Valley Middle School enrolled ten 8th graders into a Niswonger Online Personal Finance course giving their students the opportunity to earn high school credit before ever stepping foot in a high school. The students pictured above did an OUTSTANDING job and everyone at Happy Valley Middle School and the Niswonger Foundation are proud of their accomplishment.
I recently met with the students to ask them about their online course. They were very honest, stating that it was not easy, but also realized important information was learned about budgeting and finance that they know will one day be used. They also discussed how they were grateful to learn more about computers and programs such as Word, Excel, and Prezi; saying that this knowledge is already helping them in other courses within the classroom. The course was taught by Chase Hicks, a long time online Personal Finance teacher for Niswonger Online. He was a great asset while working with the school and students through this new endeavor.
“I’m thankful that the Niswonger Foundation gave our students this opportunity and proud of the students for making it a success. We hope that 8th graders earning high school credit through Niswonger Online becomes the new norm.”
–Jon Minton, HVMS Principal
The Niswonger Foundation would like to thank Jon Minton- Principal HVMS, Katherine Hyder- Assistant Principal HVMS, Danny McClain- Carter Co Schools Secondary Supervisor, Dr. Kevin Ward- Carter Co Superintendent of Schools, and the Carter County School Board. Your forward thinking and understanding of how students benefit from these courses has given these kids a step ahead as they move forward to their next stage of learning.