Bellevue students are learning in new ways thanks to virtual program

BELLEVUE, Tx (KAUZ) - A new way to learn was added to a Texoma school as they kicked off the school year on Thursday. Bellevue High School students can now take classes online with a new virtual program. The students are taking new courses like German, Latin, and Chinese which were offered for the first time.

Emily Largent, a sophomore, said she is happy she can finally take German after asking the principal all year to bring the foreign language course to her school. Largent was born in Germany and moved to the U.S. at the age of seven. She said she is ready to speak her native tongue once again.

The school did offer Spanish as a foreign language for several years but some students did not think it was too exciting.

"Spanish is so boring and overplayed," Alex Jaquess a junior said.

Several students, like Largent, will take the course using the Texas Virtual School Network an online course. Bellevue Independent School District was awarded the Texas Virtual School Network for Rural Schools grant which is a $56,000 grant. The program is supervised by a school teacher.

They used the money to pay for the courses, new laptops and a JTouch board placed in a computer room. The virtual program not only brought new courses but also helped students who had class scheduling complications.

"Our junior high and high school English teacher, math teacher, all those courses, is all one teacher so we only offer those course one time a day," Principal Michael Qualls said.

That made it difficult to meet graduation requirements for some students. With the new virtual classroom, the students' class schedules can open up as they can take the courses online when it is convenient for them.

Advanced Placement courses are also being offered for the first time at the school. Qualls said he also hopes this can help students who want to take dual-credit courses at North Central Texas College too.

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