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Letter from the Principal 2023-2024 School Year

I hope that you are doing well and enjoying our warming weather.  We are making some changes to Douglas Nevada Online for the 2023-2024 school year.  Douglas Nevada Online will become an online middle school for students in grades 6th-8th.  9th-12th grade students currently enrolled in Douglas Nevada Online that want to remain online will become part of ASPIRE Academy High School.  ASPIRE Academy High School will have students that are in-person and students that are online.  Online students will be able to take the same courses that they were able to complete this school year in Douglas Nevada Online with some additional options.  

We are excited to offer our online students the option to attend some elective courses in person.  ASPIRE Academy High School will be offering dual credit (will count as high school and elective college credit) courses from Western Nevada College taught by adjunct professors.  The courses will have a fee, but students will be able to earn 1.0 high school credit instead of the usual .5 credit per semester.  

We are hoping to offer the following WNC courses in the fall to both online and in-person students at ASPIRE Academy: CRJ 104 Introduction to the Administration of Justice, PEX 169- Yoga, and Art 101 Drawing or Art 127 Watercolor.  Students will need to attend these courses twice a week on Tuesday and Thursday or Wednesday and Friday.  Space is limited, so make sure to complete the course survey questionnaire here.  

Online students in 9-12th grade will also have the ability to attend elective courses like Multi-Media and Physical Education if room is available at ASPIRE Academy High School.  Transportation will not be provided for online students at ASPIRE Academy.

9-12th grade ASPIRE Academy High School students (both in-person and online) will also have access to some new Career Technology Education courses by Edgenuity like: Introduction to STEM, Introduction to Careers in Education and Training, Sustainable Service Management for Hospitality and Tourism, and Web Development in the 21st Century.

In an effort to connect and better support our online students, all of our students at ASPIRE Academy (both in-person and online) will take a Focus class where they will have the opportunity to earn .5 of an elective credit per semester.  Online students will be required to complete online assignments that include goal-setting, organization, Character Strong curriculum, Pathful Connect (career explorer), Google Meet interaction with their ASPIRE Focus teacher on a weekly basis, and completion of a service project that requires 5 hours of community service.  This will allow all online students the opportunity to earn 7 credits per year instead of 6 credits per year.  

We are excited to offer these options for our students.  If you have any questions, please reach out to me at gward@dcsd.k12.nv.us or call 775-392-1475.  

Sincerely,
Gavin Ward

Principal
Douglas Nevada Online and ASPIRE Academy High School

DNO students and families,

The American Institutes for Research (AIR) administers the Nevada School Climate/Social Emotional Learning (NV-SCSEL) survey on behalf of the Nevada Department of Education (NDE) to students in grades 5-12 across the state.

The goal of the NV-SCSEL survey is to better understand student learning conditions, social and emotional competencies, and factors affecting school climate in Nevada. To reach this goal, topics addressing students' perceptions of engagement and safety as well as items associated with social and emotional competence are measured.

Douglas Nevada Online will be conducting the NV-SCSEL survey during the week of November 28-December 2nd.  Directions for completing the survey will be forthcoming.  

If you would like to read the survey, there is a link to the survey below.

NV-SCSEL Survey

NV-SCSEL OPT OUT FORM

If you DO NOT want your child to participate in the NV-SCSEL survey, please complete and return the "opt out" form found on the link below and email it to gward@dcsd.k12.nv.us by Wednesday, November 9th.  

If you have any questions please don't hesitate to reach out to me at gward@dcsd.k12.nv.us or 775-392-1475.

Thank you,

Gavin Ward

Principal