GOAL Academy to host Internet safety presentation


    By Janelle Quick
    Special to The SUN

    GOAL Academy will host its monthly GOAL Connections event on Thursday, Feb. 7.

    GOAL Academy will host Maggie Ives of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Archuleta County, and Mara Koch, outreach and education coordinator for the Archuleta County Victim Assistance Program, as they make presentations on the topic of Internet safety.

    The session will begin at 5:30 p.m. Anyone in the community interested in this topic is welcome to attend.

    Internet safety is an issue of great concern to families and educators. While technology has become an integral part of our daily lives, young people often venture online into unsafe territory, unbeknownst to them. Acutely aware of this, educators take measures to eliminate unsafe Internet use for students, yet parents are often unaware of the potential dangers inherent in such Internet activities as surfing the web, gaming and social networking. As a result, children often engage in online activity unsupervised and unprotected.

    In addition to the presentation, throughout the day and evening, parents of GOAL Academy students will be able to meet with academic coaches to check student progress and to learn about Individual Career and Academic Planning (ICAP).

    Local ICAP specialist Jamie Blechman evaluates transcripts, designs student schedules, creates individualized plans of study for each student, facilitates the transition from high school to postsecondary school or work, oversees student internship opportunities, and manages the college concurrent enrollment program, which allows students to take college courses for free while in high school.

    The Feb. 7 GOAL Connections open house hours will be from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

    The Internet safety presentation will take place at 5:30 p.m.

    GOAL Academy is located at 100 Country Center Drive, Suite K&L, in the Pagosa Country Center.

    If you have questions about GOAL Academy or about the GOAL Connections event, call (719) 334-1257.

    GOAL Academy is a free public online school serving students in ninth through 12th grades across Colorado. For information about the school, or to register for the 2013-14 school year, visit www.goalac.org or call (877) PRO-GOAL.