April 2021 WAVA Wave Newsletter

-WAVA Word of the Month is Creativity-

WAVA Head of School Message from Ms. Shelton

Welcome to April WAVA, Message from Washington Virtual Academies Head of School, Ms. Shelton

Susan Boyer, WAVA Director of Academics

Dear Students, Parents & Learning Coaches

Happy April! It is springtime and our spring break is next week. I hope you take time next week to rest and recharge. Our April is action packed!

To start us out, April’s word is Creative. We want to be able to focus on the creativity around us as well as our own creativity. Look for the creativity in nature or in the architecture around you. Think of ways that you can add a creative flare to your dinner by adding a little food coloring or hair style by adding a little ribbon or some extra rubber bands. 😊 This month we are offering a little creativity in our WAVA clubs by offering Music Club for 6-8th grade!

TutorMe is a new program we are excited to offer our 6-12th grade students. It allows students to access 8 hours of free 24 hour/7 days a week tutoring in all subjects. Once you sign up you are instantly connected with tutors that are experts in the fields you need help in. There is even a writing lab that you can submit written assignments to for help with editing. This is an amazing tool that you must take advantage of. This month we have our WAVA 8 Count TutorMe Dance Challenge, have your student use 8 hours of tutoring for a chance to win prizes!

We held our WAVA Choice Night to share with families more about Flex Options coming to WAVA. If you are interested you can listen to the recording and make sure you fill out the interest form for Flexible Programming. We will continue to share information on our Flexible Programming on our WAVA Bulletin and communications.

As we head into April we continue to plan for our annual SBA state testing to start. Much of what will be required this year is still being decided on by OSPI. As we plan for testing, please be assured that we are taking the health and safety of your student into account. If you have concerns please reach out to your homeroom teacher.

Please take a moment to check out these Video Messages from Staff and Students for the month of April! Visit the WAVA YouTube Channel check out the Why I WAVA Video and Grab Your Spot video!

Susan Boyer

WAVA Director of Academics



Tutor Me for WAVA

Check it out! We are excited to partner with TutorMe to provide resources and tools in support to our Middle School and High School Age students. This service will be available to students soon and will provide skilled tutoring support in moments to your students 24 hours a day! Connect with a Tutor this month for your 8 hours of tutoring time and Dance Your Way to Prizes!!!

Meet Principal Ackerman, WAVA Flex Administrator

We are excited to announce that our current WAVA High School Assistant Principal Terry Ackerman in now our WAVA Flex Administrator. Terry comes to WAVA after 9 years in the classroom setting, working here in the US and overseas. Terry has taught as an elementary teacher and middle school teacher, as well as spent time as a literacy coach in middle school. Terry earned a degree in English from the University of North Dakota, and a teaching credential from Northern Arizona University. He earned his Master’s Degree from Winona State University, and after years of teaching, Terry earned an administrators license from Johns Hopkins University
WAVA Grades K-5 with Principal Miller and Assistant Principal Krielmann
WAVA Grades 6-8th April Message with Assistant Principal Dempewolf
WAVA Community Activity and Social Activities for April!
Join WAVA with a Creative message from Kids and Hope, 7 Mindsets and SEL resources and suggestions!

WAVA Spirit Days!

We had fun with Creative Hair Day in March! April 30th is Sunglasses Day so be ready to wear your shades and share with your WAVA friends! If you have something you would like to share out be sure to post to Project Elevate and also to our school padlet!

WAVA Operations, Enrollment, Assesments

Registration is open, be sure you Grab and Save Your Spot!

Be sure to Grab Your Spot for 2021-2022. If you have questions about the Re-Registration Process; where it is completed or who is able to complete the process online, refer to the Re-Registration: Before you get started article. If you are interested in the Flex Program Option be sure to fill out the interest form.
What are the steps of the Re-Registration process?
What are the required documents that I need to submit to complete Re-Registration?

-Ms. Giske, WAVA Operations Manager


Smarter Balanced, WCAS, and ELPA21 spring testing is coming soon! Families will be receiving their testing schedules, including site, date, time, and test information, the week we return from Spring Break. All WAVA testing dates are happening in May. The WAVA Family Testing Guide provides a wealth of information about Washington’s state testing requirements by grade, WAVA testing plan, including health and safety information in response to COVID19, and more!

If you didn’t get a chance to download your copy while confirming your test site location, here’s the link to grab it now: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1LdFZP1sTQEYaNydYrxkSZyl7C1uGv_RV/view?usp=sharing

-Ms. Beyer, WAVA Assessment Administrator

WAVA Student Life! Check out WAVA School Spirit and the Student Community
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WAVA April Community Engagement News

-Welcome to April WAVA Families-

Check out the WAVA School Pride Padlet

April Creativity SEL Kids at Hope Message

WAVA Clubs Information

Check the Social Spot

Welcome to April! We have a new WAVA Club this month! Join the WAVA Music Club for Grades 6th - 8th! This month Registration is still open, be sure to Grab Your Spot and Save Your Spot for 2021-2022. All the WAVA Family is looking forward to having you back! We are introducing the Flex Program next year for those interested in more flexible learning and independence. Be sure to fill out the survey if you are interested in Flex! Our current WAVA program will still be offered as normal. We introduced TutorMe this month to all 6th-12th Graders. Take advantage of this free support with 24 hour live tutors. April is our TutorMe 8 Count Dance Challenge and we encourage students to connect with a tutor and use 8 hours of tutoring this month for a chance to win prizes! We want you to have the support you need for success! Be sure to follow our FB, Instagram Page, and Learning Coach Community on the K12 App for up to date reminders and info! On our K12 App you will find the Learning Coach Community for WAVA, we hope to see you there. Check it out and connect with others in your grade! Each month we have virtual experiences, Spirit Days, seasonal focused events, Clubs, Activities and more! We are here to connect with you! If you have experience with WAVA and want to be a Wavemaker to mentor other LC’s give us a shout! Be sure to fill out the optional WAVA Family Directory!

Staff Spotlight:

For the month of March we would like to highlight with you some of our thanks to staff! Thank you to all of our WAVA Teachers! We do have a few shout outs that have been sent in to thank some teachers that have made an impact this month in their students learning!

Big Orca Pat on the Back to:

*Cindy Pascoe *Jonathon Corcoran *Kelsey Hakanson *Kayla Stokes *Jennifer Stegeman *Patricia Taylor *Katherine Tiric *Miranda Nogaki *Stacy Leeper *Sally Karr *April Sorenson *Airam Batdorf

Please let us know if you would like to give a special shoutout to your teacher and how let us know something special that is happening for your student! We would love to highlight your news here in our Staff Spotlight each month!

WAVA Wavemakers:

Thank you to our wonderful Learning Coach teams and families! We are thankful for you and your support as we partner in your student(s) education journey. Each month we will give a special shoutout to some of our LC Wavemakers that are positive, encouraging, informative and supportive! The list is long and plentiful! Thank you:

*Amber Egan *Mandy Carr *Misty Christy *Brian Belli *Brianna Bratz*Julia Roush*Nichole Connor*Sarah Wissman*Julie HIll*Sarah Warr*Carrie Reeve*Madison Buchanan*Alissa Beam

HS ASB Corner:

Did you know that our High School has an amazing group of Student Leaders along with Advisor Mr. Humphreys that help run our ASB! This group of leaders and students collaborate to help create and run student lead ideas and activities throughout the year! Meet each Monday at 2pm with ASB! This month is a scavenger hunt theme and games! If you are in HS and want to become involved, check it out!


*High School Seniors: Save the Date for Graduation on June 6th, 2021 at 4pm virtually! We will celebrate Seniors with a special ceremony for all Senior students and families at WAVA! We will be providing a yard sign, hat, tassel and year charm. Robes will be up to you and we the theme will be "Be You" and you are encouraged to wear a T-shirt that represents who you are! We look forward to the celebration! Stay tuned on the Blog for details on how to share your slides. If you are a Senior that would like to sing, play an instrument or share in writing for the ceremony, please check the grad info page for details.

Principal Warren is Excited for the Class of 2021

Thank you Class of 2021 and all WAVA High School students for your hard work all year long! We are so proud of your accomplishments. We look forward to honoring our WAVA Graduates with a special ceremony June 6th. At WAVA we are working to prepare students from Middle School and Beyond to reach graduation and we have support in place with our team of Graduation Specialists. We are proud of every student and excited for your future.
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Baking Club Overview with WAVA Student Kathleen and Ms. Chamberlain
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Special Programs Support

Get to know Special Programs Assistant Principal Jennifer Tubbs:

Special Programs Team:

Special Programs Principal, Dolly Fernandes, and Special Programs Assistant Principal, Jennifer Tubbs, have a wonderful team working with your students and supporting them on their education journey! Stay tuned for a Spring Special Programs Night for WAVA Families!

If you have questions or concerns about the diverse needs of your learner, please contact -

WAVA Bulletin Board

Bookmark our school resource website! Check out our academic and social calendar, events, videos, helpful links, and more! This is the place to go for updates on our monthly social happenings. Be sure to check out the Social Spot page!

WAVA Clubs and Esports

At WAVA we want to connect with you and your students! Check out the options for WAVA Clubs and Esports. We have options for ages K-12 and hope to see you there! Visit our webpage on the WAVA Bulletin to learn more, sign-up and find access!

Learning Coach Community App

Are you looking to connect with other Learning Coaches in our school? We want to connect together! Join the K12/WAVA Learning Coach Community App to follow school updates and to connect with other families in the same grades and interests.

Learning Coach Family Directory

If you would like to connect with other Learning Coaches in similar grades and situations you can complete this optional LC Directory that will be available on our website, the WAVA Bulletin. This is optional and not required.

K12 National News

Click here to view our K12 National Newsletter! Stay up to date on the current news happening Nationwide with K12! Success stories, updates, info on schools, events and more!

K12 App

Download the K12 App today! Make sure you have this app to have easy access to everything K12 that you need from help and support!

WAVA School Year 2020-2021 Academic Calendar

Be sure to save this Academic Calendar and mark down all the dates for WAVA you need to know throughout the year. Also check out the WAVA Bulletin calendar to see events and activities from virtual fields trips to spirit days and more!

WAVA Parent-Student Compliance Handbook 2019-2020

Download your copy of the Compliance Handbook so that you can have all the answers you and your learner may need!

Success Stories

Do you have a Success Story you would like to share? Please share your story to: www.tinyurl.com/parent-shareastory
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Washington Virtual Academies

You know that your kids have something special inside them. We know it too. Washington Virtual Academies (WAVA) and K12 ignite the minds of children like yours to bring learning and innate possibility alive. Together, we are helping Washington students in grades K-12 reach their true, personal potential.

Omak Statement of Non-discrimination

Omak School District does not discriminate in any programs or activities on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following employees have been designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination: Civil Rights Coordinator and Title IX Coordinator: LeAnne Olson, (509) 826-7687, lolson@omaksd.org or WAVA Family Resource Coordinator: Kathy Swartz, (253) 682-7906, kaswartz@k12.com; and Section 504 Coordinator: John Holcomb, (509) 826-8342, johnholcomb@omaksd.org , P.O. Box 833, Omak, WA 98841 or WAVA 504 Coordinator, Scott VanGerpen, (253) 591-6888 svangerpen@wava.org

El Distrito Escolar de Omak no discrimina en ningún programa o actividad por motivos de sexo, raza, credo, religión, color, nacionalidad, edad, estado militar o veterano, orientación sexual, expresión de género o identidad, incapacidad o el uso de un perro entrenado o un animal guía o de servicio, y proporciona el mismo acceso a los Boy Scouts y otros grupos de jóvenes que sean designados. Los siguientes empleados han sido designados para estar a cargo de preguntas y quejas de presunta discriminación: Coordinadora de Derechos Civiles y Coordinador del Título IX: LeAnne Olson, (509) 826-7687, lolson@omaksd.org; Coordinador de recursos familiares, Kathy Swartz, (253) 682-7906, kaswartz@k12.com; y el Coordinador de la sección 504: John Holcomb, (509) 826-8342, johnholcomb@omaksd.org, P.O. Box 833, Omak, WA 98841 or WAVA Coordinador de la sección 504, Scott VanGerpen, (253) 591-6888 svangerpen@wava.org.