The Howl

IDVA Newsletter - May 2019

Newsletter Table of Contents


  • May Statewide Events Photo Slideshow
  • Event Planning Survey for School Year 2019-20
  • Celebrate! Please Reflect on Your Year and Share!
  • D.L. Evans Bank - A's Could Earn You a Laptop!
  • Internet & Computer Resources for Students in Need
  • NCAA and IDVA
  • Parental Controls
  • Technical Tips Library
  • Past Issues of The Howl


  • Message from K-5 Principal Keri Brown
  • End of Year Promotion Requirements
  • Report Card Grades
  • End of Year Conferences
  • Smarty Ants
  • K-5 Reading Tips

6-12 SCHOOL:

  • Order Your Yearbook
  • Summer Camp Scholarships
  • Cybersecurity Summer Camps - Grades 9-12
  • College and Career Newsletter Link
  • Counselor Connect
  • U.S. Selective Service System


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May Statewide Events - Photo Slideshow

On Friday, May 10th, IDVA students, families, and guests spent a wonderful day together at events across our state. We went swimming, trampolining, roller-skating, and played gym games. Best of all, we spent time together, making friendships, and building our school community.

May was our last event month of the 2018-19 school year. We appreciate all the students and families who took the time out of their days to attend one or all of the events this year. It's your presence that makes them so FUN! We look forward to continuing the monthly events in the 2019-20 school year.

*** Check out the photo slideshow of the May events located below! ***

IDVA Event Planning Survey

As we begin planning for monthly events in the 2019-20 school year, we would LOVE your input!

Please share with us your ideas for events in your area.

Click here to complete our short questionnaire. Thank you for your help!

Parent Advisory Council End of Year Meeting

Our End of Year Parent Advisory Council Title I Review Meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 22nd at 10 am Mountain Time/ 9 am Pacific Time.

During this meeting we will review our Title I program, how we have spent our Parent Involvement Funds, gather ideas, and look towards SY 2019/20 together, and more.

Please join us!

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We are just a few weeks away from the end of this school year, and that means it’s time to take a look back on the challenges, the accomplishments, the class connects, the learning, and the fun that was a part of your year.

If you have not already responded to this survey via the email that was sent out last week, please take just a few moments to tell us what you want to celebrate about your school year.

We look forward to hearing about the things for which you are excited and proud!

Click here for the survey.

IDVA Family Pulse Check Results

Thank you to those of you who completed the 7th and final K12 Family Pulse Check Survey. Survey results give families an opportunity to offer feedback and request support. Also, the information helps our school grow and improve.

As always, if you have any questions or comments, feel free to reach out to your teachers(s) and/or the school administration.

Here are the results from the latest survey.

Number of 18/19 survey participants/response rate

Survey 1 – 905 participants/ 51% response rate

Survey 2 – 452 participants/ 31% response rate

Survey 3 – 323 participants/ 29% response rate

Survey 4 – 314 participants/ 23% response rate

Survey 5 – 326 participants/ 25% response rate

Survey 6 – 236 participants / 21% response rate

Survey 7 – 297 participants/ 27% response rate

Please note:

  • Survey 1 and 2 results are updated with each new student group that starts during the school year.

  • The following graphs are top 2 scores, meaning only respondents who chose either 7 or 6 (7 being the highest rating) were included in these percentages.
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A's Could Earn You a Laptop from D.L. Evans Bank

D.L. Evans Bank is very proud to support the education of today’s youth. We recognize and reward extraordinary students for their efforts. Every July, D.L. Evans Bank's Education Pays program rewards seven students with laptops for excelling in their core classes. In addition, we award two laptops to two students whose parent is an employee of D.L. Evans Bank. All students must meet the same criteria to enter into the drawing.

Students, grades 6th-12th, can submit an entry form for each "A" they receive in a core class each semester or trimester. To enter, simply bring your report card to the closest D.L. Evans Bank branch and receive an entry for each "A" in a core class.

This is just one way D.L. Evans Bank shows our commitment and support to youth and their education!

Please contact D.L. Evans Bank for further details.

Internet & Computer Resources for Students in Need

Did you know there are internet and computer resources for students in need? Check these out and keep them in mind if you have a student who could benefit now or in the future!

  • EveryoneOn is a national nonprofit that creates social and economic opportunity by connecting everyone to the internet. They have connected more than 600,000 people since 2012. Website:

  • One Million Project’s mission is to help 1 million high school students who do not have reliable Internet access at home reach their full potential by giving them mobile devices and free high-speed internet access. Website:

  • For areas who have Cox Communications, they offer an Internet and Computer Program. Here are the details:

  • Low Income Family Internet Access and Computer Program - Connect2Compete (C2C) is a public-private collaboration committed to improving the lives of low-income Americans by building awareness, promoting digital literacy training, and increasing access to technology. The program is offered to families with a child receiving free or reduced-price school lunches through the National School Lunch Program.

    • Connect2Compete Program provides:
      • $9.95 + tax per month internet service
      • $149.00 + tax computer
      • Free internet training and resources
        • Call 1-855-8-INTERNET (1-855-846-8376)


If your student is interested in pursuing college athletics, please, be aware that the NCAA has all K12 schools on “extended review” status. IDVA is a K12 school so is on extended review status with the NCAA. Students graduating from a K12 school applying for NCAA eligibility will be denied currently. After they are denied, they can work with the college Athletic Director to gain a waiver. K12 has helped students through this process and has noted that about 75% of these students do get the waivers.

If you have questions or would like to talk further, please, contact your school counselor.

Technical Tips Library

Technical Tips

Please click on the button for a links to a variety of technical tips.

Past Issues of the IDVA School Newsletter, THE HOWL


If you would like to read past issues of The HOWL, click here.


A Note from the K-5 Principal


Thank you to all students who have attended their IRI and ISAT testing appointments. End of year testing is a key academic component as we continue to partner with you in your student’s education.

Also, we appreciate all who have marked the registration status for next school year. This helps in our planning for the fall. If you have not indicated your plans for SY 19-20 please make this item a top priority.

(For specific questions, please contact your homeroom teacher.)

~ Mrs. Brown

End of Year Promotion Requirements

With school year 18-19 quickly ending, please review the end of year promotion requirements listed below for students in kindergarten - 5th grades.

Students must have 100% of their math and English/language arts courses completed, including any end of semester assessments. All other course requirements are listed below.

These are the expectations for the last day of school, May 30th.

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Report Card Grades

All lesson completion for school year 18 -19 must be entered in the online school no later than May 30th. Report card grades will reflect course progress completed through the final day of school on May 30th. Please note, these are final grades. Grades will not change if lessons are completed after this date as this is the official close of the school year. Report cards will be sent out in June.

End of Year Conferences

Please watch your email for end of year conference information with your homeroom teacher. It is important that we meet one final time with all learning coaches to review end of year expectations, confirm we have you set for proper courses in the fall, and to share expectations for next school year. This is also a great opportunity to get answers to any questions you might have.

It has been a great school year and we look forward to working with you again next year!

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Attention Families with Pre-schoolers: Smarty Ants

Idaho parents can sign their pre-k kids up for free online learning now

(BOISE) – Idaho’s new web-based program to help children get ready for reading and kindergarten is ready to roll, and parents are encouraged to sign up using this link:

Smarty Ants is intended to make free, interactive learning available to children before they enter kindergarten. The five-year agreement between the State Department of Education and the online literacy program Achieve3000 was approved by the State Board of Education April 5 and is free for the state as well as for families.

Smarty Ants is open to all Idaho 4-year-olds as well as children who have already turned 5 but are not yet in kindergarten. When parents sign up, they will be greeted by introductory videos and a coloring sheet to help children become familiar with the colorful animated characters that will lead them through their journey to kindergarten readiness. As children progress through lesson games, parents can monitor their child’s progress via an online dashboard and other tools.

K-5 Reading Tips

Literacy Outside

With the change of the weather and the end of the school year drawing near, it is often hard to get children to sit still to do schoolwork. Take advantage of the beautiful spring weather and take the schoolwork outside. Reward your child by planning some extra fun activities to do outdoors. Below are some fun ideas for literacy practice outside:

  • Read outside: Grab a few books and a blanket.

  • Paint alphabet rocks: Gather up some rocks and create a set of alphabet rocks by painting letters on each with acrylic paint.

  • Make story stones: Collect a few flat rocks and create pictures on the rocks. Use these pictures as story prompts.

  • Create your own nature ABC book: Go on a nature hunt. Look for something that can represent each letter of the alphabet. Take a picture. Use your pictures to create your very own ABC book.

  • Use nature for letter making: Create letters or words using sticks, stones or whatever material you can find in nature. Leave messages for others to find.

Resources from Childhood 101


High School Yearbooks

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It’s time to order your IDVA yearbook!

Another year has passed and that means that a new yearbook is here with your best memories. Please review the flyer above for ordering and payment information. Don’t miss out on your chance to have your memories preserved!

For this year’s yearbook, you can get four free personalized pages. To create them, you must order online and follow the instructions listed on the site. If you wish to get more than the four customized pages, additional pages are available for purchase for $.99 each.

Click here for the "How to Customize Your Yearbook" tutorial.

Click here to place your yearbook order.

For questions regarding your online yearbook order or personalization, please call Picaboo Customer Support at 855-537-0050.

For other questions about the IDVA High School yearbook, please contact Misty Dietz at

Have a great week!

Your Yearbook Staff

2019 Summer Camp Scholarships Available

A thousand full scholarships for low-income, gifted students between the ages of 10 and 17 to attend weeklong summer camps at several prestigious universities in North America are being offered thanks to a generous grant of $1.2 million from the Nudelman Family Trust.

Students will be able to attend summer programs at 16 locations across the US and Canada, including Stanford, Harvard, New York University, UCLA, UCSD, UC Irvine, the University of Washington, University of Chicago, UT Austin, University of Houston, University of Pennsylvania, Duke, George Washington University, the University of British Columbia, University of Toronto, and McGill.

The scholarships will be awarded based on both merit and need, and will cover the cost of tuition, meals, and facility fees. The grant does not cover overnight stay at the universities.

An equal number of scholarships will be awarded to girls and boys. The summer camp opportunities are being offered through Digital Media Academy. Applications for the 2019 summer season are now available and can be filled out via the Digital Media Academy website. The Selection Committee will include prominent members of the education community, including CER Founder & CEO, Jeanne Allen. Apply today! Recipients will be notified from April to June 2019.

Gencyber - Cyber Security Summer Camps for Students in Grades 9-12

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College and Career

College and Career Newsletter

Check out the latest College and Career Newsletter!

You are Invited to the Couselor Connect!

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U.S. Selective Service

Attention all 17 and 18 year old young men:

Remember that when you turn 18, the law says you must register for the Selective Service.

Those who fail to register may be denied student loans, government jobs, and a driver's license in most states. In addition, if you are a male immigrant seeking to become a citizen, you must also be registered, regardless of your immigration status.

Click here to visit the U.S. Selective Service website.

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