Category Archives: In The News

IVS is Proud to Introduce Our New Director, Kip Pygman!

As most of you are aware; IVS’ longtime Director, Cindy Hamblin, retired at the end of June. With that, the Peoria Regional Office of Education has replaced her with an exceptional individual who shined through a field of outstanding candidates. Please welcome Kip Pygman as the new Director of Illinois Virtual School.

Kip spent the first ten years of his professional career at Leyden High Schools, starting as a business instructor and serving in other leadership roles including an online learning coordinator and response to intervention director. Most recently, Kip was the inaugural director of the Expanding Learning Opportunities Consortium (eLo), where for four years he led an online learning consortium comprised of three Illinois school districts spanning seven high schools. Kip currently sits on the Board of Directors as the Vice-Chair for Walther Christian Academy and is a member of the Illinois PK-12 Digital Learning Advisory Council. Kip holds a Master of Educational Leadership from Concordia University and a Master of Educational Technology from Boise State University.

A message from Kip:

“What is the first action most people take when they sit down to dine? After engaging in a few minutes of small chat, most reach for the menu and explore the options.

  • How hungry am I today?
  • Do I feel like fish, meat, pasta, or poultry?
  • Does the menu have choices that meet my dietary restrictions?

We often gauge our dining experience by customer service but also by the diversity of the menu—assuming the quality of your meal meets your expectation. If you dine at a restaurant with limited options, you might become dissatisfied with your experience. On the other hand, when you explore a menu with a variety of options, your tablemates and you often comment on how impressed you are with that menu because it accommodates immediately your particular need or want.

Students today have an amazing variety in their on-campus learning menu, whether honors or advanced placement, career and elective, dual-credit courses, internships, etc. We, at IVS, are thrilled to help our partners expand and supplement their learning menu for students. By broadening further the variety inside the menus, such as online choices, we are empowering more students to make educational decisions that meet their needs with where they exist at a definitive point in time.

I get chills imagining the world of possibility for students when they are presented with such a vast array of educational choices. We look forward to continuing working alongside all of our partners, students, and families by providing them with these virtual learning opportunities. Together, we will pursue the positive difference we all aspire to achieve for our learners.”

Illinois Virtual School is honored to have such a distinguished online learning professional join our team and we look forward to working with Mr. Pygman to continue providing an exceptional online learning opportunity to students from throughout the State of Illinois.


Scholarship Opportunities at IVS

Scholarships for Agriculture Courses

As part of our partnership with Facilitating Coordination in Agricultural Education (FCAE, a program of ISBE), we are excited to announce scholarships for the first 75 qualified students enrolled in any of our new Agriculture courses!

Individual scholarships cover $75 of the $225 full service semester course fee. Students should be enrolled prior to submitting the scholarship application. Click HERE to download your application.

Initial Agriculture course offerings include:

* Introduction to Agriculture – Sem 1 and Sem 2

* Agriscience – Sem 1 and Sem 2

* Veterinary Science

Courses start with the August 16 term and are open for registration now!

Thank you to FCAE for providing this opportunity for IVS students!

Please visit our course catalog HERE to view all IVS course options.

If you have any questions at all, please call us at 309-676-1000.

In The News: IVS Student Wins Scholarship!

IVS congratulates Maysa C, who has won a full scholarship to attend a French Immersion Camp at Concordia Language Villages. Maysa is currently completing her second year of French with IVS. She competed against students from Illinois, Wisconsin and Indiana to earn this scholarship.

Concordia Language Villages is a program of Concordia College, a private liberal arts college in Moorhead, Minnesota. The program has been in operation since 1961 and focuses on immersing students in the culture(s) of their selected language to maximize learning. Students progress through skills and vocabulary at their level and pace through a blend of listening, speaking, reading, writing, and conversational activities. Students also experience architecture, music, activities, and even cuisine that all focus on the culture of the their language. Click HERE to learn more about Concordia Language Villages.

IVS’ French Instructor, Ms. Elwell, and the rest of the IVS faculty and staff would like to congratulate Maysa on her accomplishment! We are all proud of you, and we wish you the best of luck with this unique opportunity.