River Valley Academy News

An RVA Family Update

March 26, 2021 Edition

Spring Break arrives April 1!

Next week, we have three full days, Monday through Wednesday. Spring Break begins on Thursday, April 1. School resumes on April 12. The week of April 12, is testing week. Please see the MME Exam testing schedule below. All students should be at school every day all day, except Tuesday, April 13, when only juniors will be in the building for the SAT test.

We hope you and your family are able to enjoy a restful break and holiday!

On behalf of the RVA Staff,

Jenny Thompson

RVA Graduation 2021 is seven short school weeks away!

Every school day, students should be spending at least five hours focused and working on coursework, if they hope to complete their courses on time and earn credit towards graduation!

It is time to be self-disciplined and put forth our best effort in every class! Assignment(s) should be completed in every class! Let's make the most of the last seven school weeks before 2021 Graduation! What we do now, saves time later!

Wondering if you are going to have enough credits to graduate?? Zero hour and/or co-op can help!

To help students complete credits for graduation, RVA is offering a Zero Hour this trimester. Students will have the ability to work on six classes, instead of five. Zero Hour will begin at 6:45 AM, every day! Students can sign up for Zero Hour here.

Co-op is also an option for seniors. This opportunity to earn credit for working part-time, is for students who already have a job. If you think you might qualify, stop down to the office to check!

Michigan Merit Exam and the PSAT - Spring Testing

MIchigan juniors are required to participate in the Michigan Merit Exam. The MME is comprised of three different tests: the SAT, the ACT WorkKeys, and M-Step testing.

Sophomores will take the PSAT, to prepare for taking the SAT as juniors. Scholarships are also awarded, based on PSAT scores.

Testing in Michigan is scheduled for the week of April 12 - 16, the week after we return from Spring Break.

Please make every effort to have your student in school when required for testing! It is important to get this graduation requirement completed!

Please note the RVA schedule for MME testing week below. All students should be in school all days, except for Tuesday, April 13, when only juniors may be in the building. Sophomores and seniors should work from home, but there will be NO GOOGLE MEETS on this day, as teachers will be proctoring the SAT. Students may message teachers through Schoology as needed, and teachers will respond when they finish proctoring tests.

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Attendance (time and effort) counts!

Attendance will be taken in person and for students working from home for medical reasons, via Google Meet. Attendance rates should be above 90%. Schools are required to track attendance and report to the truancy office. Please check in with your student to make sure they attend over 90% of their scheduled classes! Education still needs to happen, and diplomas still have to be earned! Diplomas are a product of time and effort! Let's make it happen!

In an effort to provide a supportive academic environment to help students reach their goals:

  • students without a documented medical excuse who aren't present in school, will be marked absent.

  • Students with a documented medical reason to work from home will need to keep their screens on for the entire class period. This will allow teachers to monitor student work.

Thank you for putting your best effort into completing classes and graduating!!

How do I know how my student is doing from day to day?

RVA courses are run through either Schoology or Edgenuity. Schoology courses are RPS teacher created and directed. If you want to know how your student is doing in these classes, log in to Schoology. If you need help getting in to Schoology, use this How to Cheat Sheet. Using a parent log in, parents can see messages and course information. However, if you want to see what your student has completed and what grades they have earned so far in classes, the best way to do that is to log in as your student. Students have access to the course gradebook which includes a list of assignments that need to be completed, showing scores earned on work that has been turned in.

Edgenuity courses offer parent updates. If you would like to be signed up to receive these, please complete this form. When the form has been processed, you will receive directions for signing up for the Parent Portal along with an access code. You will receive daily updates. If you want specific information on how your student is doing in Edgenuity, ask your student for their login information. If you log in as the student, you can see a more detailed report.

Good questions to ask your student include:

1. Are you attending all class sessions, whether school is in person or remote?

2. Are you completing at least one assignment in each class session?

3. About how far in each course are you?

4. What are you doing well?

5. What can you do better?

Parents and schools are partners in educating students!

It's that time of year: Here come the graduates! Who will be next??

Sage Motta has completed all of her Rockford coursework. She is finishing up the semester at Kent Career Technology Center where she is studying Sports Medicine.

Feeling ready to move out on her own, supportive friends, and the promise of college kept Sage motivated to finish her classwork early.

Sage prepared for college, not only by attending KCTC, but also by completing a Career Exploration class, being dually enrolled at RVA and Ferris State University.

To the RVA Staff, Sage says, "Thank you for your support." She noted that the staff supported and explained the coursework well. Sage also appreciated the self-paced curriculum. Sage's advice to other students is, "Don't skip."

Sage plans to attend Finlandia University, in Hancock, Michigan, to study Physical Therapy.

It has been a pleasure to see Sage grow into the competent young adult she is. Sage, we wish you all the best as you move forward with your Physical Therapy career. We know your care for others will bless many.

Graduation is coming, May 20!

RVA is excited to plan for Graduation 2021! We have reserved Ram's Stadium, behind Parkside Elementary, for our outdoor ceremony. As with all events this year, circumstances and weather may affect our plans, but please mark it on your calendar, as we hope for the best!

Jenny will be meeting with seniors in the next weeks, to make a realistic plan for graduation. It will be important for students to buckle down and get the work done, to make graduation happen!

Jobs for Michigan's Graduates (JMG) at RVA!

All seniors are invited to participate in this terrific opportunity! In partnership with Project Northstar and Kent ISD, students can learn about money management, job search and interview skills, and career path navigation.

In addition to the ability to learn these important life skills, students can earn gift cards ranging from $25 to $150 in stackable gift cards! They may even be eligible for up to $10,000 in grant funds to pursue post-secondary/training school expenses!!

Classes will meet right at RVA, during third hour on Tuesdays!

Come find out how Project Northstar can help you transition from high school to college, trade school, or career!

Groups are happening!

Many students have been struggling due to Covid. Depression and anxiety are prevalent. In partnership with Arbor Circle, students are invited to join groups of students to support one another. Topics will be initiated by students and facilitated by health professionals. Topics may include healthy coping skills, 'adulting', and positive choices.

If you feel your student would benefit from this support, please contact the office! You can find out more about Arbor Circle and their counseling services here.

KCTC Virtual Visits are up and running! There are 3 steps to get enrolled for next year!

Step 1: Kent Career and Tech Center (KCTC) ran a virtual introduction with us on November 6. You can find more information in this KCTC video introduction. Step 2: The next step is to complete an individual program visit. KCTC offers 29 programs! Each of these programs can be investigated on their website, where you can find videos of the programs in action, as well as information on teachers and hands-on learning labs used.

If you are a junior or sophomore and you are interested in KCTC for next year, please let Jenny know, by signing up using the KCTC Individual Virtual Visit survey. Step 3: After your individual virtual visit, let Jenny know your interest in getting registered for KCTC next year!

Meet the Recruiter Event – Local Health Care Employers

Tuesday, March 30, 2021, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM

This is a golden opportunity to get job search information directly from local hospital recruiters!

More information and registration at https://www.kentisd.org/educators/career-readiness/students/programs/meet-the-recruiter/

New Kent ISD Program


Students have told us “How am I supposed to choose a career when I don’t even know what is out there?” Career Explorers can help!

As a Career Explorer, students will participate in 12 live virtual Career Chats (career conversations) with local professionals, complete self-assessment inventories, and conduct an Informational Interview. Students will earn a Certificate of Completion to enhance scholarship/college applications and resumes. This is a great way for students to take active steps on their career exploration journey. Athletes and working students can also participate by watching recorded content.

Careers in Business will be the first pathway focus. Additional pathways will be offered in the 2021/2022 school year
April 13 - May 20, 2021 (Tuesdays/Thursdays), 3:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Registration is now open through April 9. Sign up today!

Full information at kentisd.org/careerexplorers

Contact kristaharmon@kentisd.org with questions.

How are you doing? People care and want to help!

Hand 2 Hand can help with food and toiletry needs.

RVA has an amazing staff, social worker, and mental health liaison who can listen and connect you to resources!

Ele's Place is a community based organization with the mission to create awareness of and support for grieving children and their families. Please find a very helpful guide for parents - how to support teens, as well as a handout titled, How to Help Yourself: For Teens below.

Area Resources

North Kent CONNECT: (adjusted hours due to COVID-19 precautions)

Mondays and Wednesday from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Community Calendar of Services

Mobile Food Pantries: https://www.feedwm.org/findfood/

Assistance with housing, food, utilities:

contact 211 by phone or text (800-877-1107), text your zip code to 898211

Youth in need of shelter: The Bridge 616-451-3001 or 877-275-7792

RVA/RPS Calendar Highlights

March 30: JMG 3rd Hour

March 31: Group 3rd Hour

April 1: Spring Break begins

April 12: School Resumes

April 12-16 MME Testing Week

April 14: Group 3rd hour

April 21: Group 3rd hour

April 28: Group 3rd hour/Early Release day

May 20 : RVA Graduation 2021!