Vickie McCullough Vickie McCullough is the Head of School at ICON - Idaho Connects Online School, serving 6-12 grade students throughout the state of Idaho.

Tips for Transitioning Your Student to an Online School

Posted by Vickie McCullough on Jan 29, 2020 2:54:00 PM

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Starting online high school can be an overwhelming time for both the student and the parent. Parents are likely to feel apprehensive about the child learning from home, and the child may be worried about missing friends and classmates he or she is used to seeing every day. But with a little research and preparation, any family might decide that this alternative to traditional schooling is right for them.

When Mental Health Struggles Cause Issues at School

Posted by Vickie McCullough on Oct 9, 2018 2:50:47 PM

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Mental Illness Awareness Week

Oct 7-13 is Mental Illness Awareness Week, so we wanted to take a moment to discuss the impact mental health can have on a student's ability to perform and participate at school. A number of ICON students have faced their own mental health issues and found they are much more successful in the online school environment.

MENTAL HEALTH: THE INVISIBLE ILLNESS

A devastating and largely silent epidemic is sweeping America’s schools. Today, 1 in 5 children have emotional, behavioral, or mental health disorders. Despite their numbers, an astounding 80% of them will go without the mental health support and care they need. Unsurprisingly, these staggering numbers mean many children fall behind or drop out of school because of their seemingly insurmountable mental health challenges.

Trauma-Informed Teaching

Posted by Vickie McCullough on Apr 20, 2018 11:33:13 AM

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I had recently been given the opportunity to take part in the annual Idaho Prevention and Support Conference. Once there, I was instantly treated to numerous stories and seminars, task groups and educational leaders, all gathered to express and discuss the same goal: how do we, as members of the educational and youth community, strive do our utmost in keeping our children, teachers, and all the unsung cogs of our educational system motivated and informed.

After spending time with these hardworking and dedicated individuals, all striving towards these goals, there were several takeaways that I felt warranted special recognition and reflection.