The WAVA Wave

June 1, 2016

A Message from our Principal...

Dear WAVA Parents & Students –

I would like to thank you all for a fantastic school year! As I finish up this 10th year at WAVA and reflect back on where we started in 2006 compared to where we are now in 2016, I am blown away by the amazing school we have all created together. This has been a year of growth and development, not only for our students but for our program as well. As you know, we have exciting improvements in our future as K12 updates our curriculum and our online platform to better support our students and their continued learning. I very much hope that you are planning to return in the fall and continue on this journey with us!

I also want to invite you to join us at our year end celebrations this spring! On June 14th, we will be having our online 8th grade graduation ceremony and everyone is invited to come celebrate and send off our 8th graders. On June 15th, we will be enjoying our Middle School Talent Show online. For both of these events, please watch for links in your Class Connect schedule to attend. On June 16th, we will have our Face-to-face 8th grade graduation in Tacoma for those who wish to attend. You can see more details and RSVP towards the bottom of this newsletter!

Once again, thank you all for your hard work, dedication, and continued involvement in make WAVA such a great school!

Happy Summer!

Tammy Alonzo, MS Principal

The Counselor Connect

In the May edition of the WAVA Wave newsletter, I wrote a short piece about the College Bound Scholarship. In case you missed the newsletter, the College Bound Scholarship is an incredible opportunity for students who meet certain requirements to have the bulk of their college education paid for, but the application must be completed by June 30th of the student’s 8th grade year.

If a student is in 7th or 8th grade and meets any ONE of the following criteria, they may be eligible for the College Bound Scholarship:
• Eligible to receive free- and reduced-price lunch or receive basic food/TANF benefits
• Are a foster youth or dependent of the state
• Family’s income falls within the following guidelines:

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PLEASE NOTE: The income chart included here is a correction from the chart I sent out in the May WAVA Wave Newsletter. The chart included here is accurate; the one from the previous newsletter was not. My apologies for the confusion.

I will be hosting a short informational session on the College Bound Scholarship in Class Connect on Thursday, June 2 at 3:00 to explain the scholarship in more detail and to answer questions.

Class Connect Link

The session will be recorded and made available to anyone who was not able to attend live. I have also kmailed the PowerPoint presentation I will be using during the session as well as a FAQ for middle school parents to all 7th and 8th grade students and learning coaches.

The College Bound Scholarship application and additional information can be found at

Please feel free to kmail me if you have any questions. I hope to see you at the info session on June 2nd.

John Bieker
School Counselor
WAVA Middle School

Join WAVA's Facebook Group for Middle School Learning Coaches

Did you know WAVA has a closed Facebook group for Middle School Learning Coaches? As a member, you can connect with other Middle School Learning Coaches, share ideas, and get live, up to date, school communications. You can request to join here:

16-17 part time students need to fill out this form.

Options for part time: English Language Arts and History/Art Or Math and Science.

If your income has changed, you will need to fill out this form.

Do you have a success story? Let us know by filling out this form.

Please update your email address

As you know from the Town Hall Meetings, we will no longer be using k-mail. We need to know what email address you will want to use as a learning coach for the 2016-17 school year. Students will receive their own WAVA email address. If you have an email change, please email to update.

Washington D.C. Family Information Sessions

Wednesday, June 1st, 3pm

This is an online event.

Hello Middle School Families!

You are invited to an important meeting about Washington Virtual Academy's Washington, D.C. Trip.

Please attend this brief, interactive meeting for parents and students!

June 1st at 3:00pm

Blackboard Link

June 1st at 7:00pm

Blackboard Link

Trip Dates: June 23rd – 27th, 2017

Here is a video:

For trip information visit and sign up for our trip online using Trip ID #133664.

For more information contact: Danielle McIntosh

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

The Scoop Spokane and Manito Park Picnic

Friday, June 3rd, 10am-1:30pm

1001 West 25th Avenue

Spokane, WA

End of the school year celebration!

The Scoop Spokane makes homemade ice cream using liquid nitrogen. We’ll be able to create our own WAVA flavors and see demonstrations of the ice cream being made!

After our time at The Scoop Spokane, we’ll head on over to Manito Park picnic area and enjoy lunch together.

Fine Print:
Ice cream is $2 per scoop. Please bring enough cash to cover the cost of all the ice cream you want to enjoy!

Bring your own lunch for a picnic following The Scoop at Manito Park. There is a playground, room to run around, and a splash pad. Be sure to pack whatever you need to enjoy those activities.

Please k-mail Gretchen Newell for more info.

Hope to see you there!

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Pizza Pie Picnic at Locust Beach

Wednesday, June 8th, 12-2pm

Locust Avenue

Bellingham, WA

Join us at Locust Beach, Bellingham,WA!

Bring pizza and/or pie to share!

Teachers will provide all the paper goods!

Explore the beach, bring your kite or Frisbee to fly or join a game of kickball.

Wear clothes that you aren't afraid to get dirty.

RSVP! at

Chocolate Factory Tour

Thursday, June 9th, 11:30am-2pm

232 Crestloch Road

Pasco, WA

Come enjoy the Chocolate Factory Tour

For $10 per person for the tour & to make some chocolate to take home. For students it will be ‘hands-on’. Parents will be the coaches & observers.

RSVP - by June 6
Kmail Mrs. Lynes or call 509.557.7218.
Include student names & # attending.

8th Grade Graduation

Tuesday, June 14th, 1pm

This is an online event.

Check your k-mail for more details!

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Middle School Talent Show

Wednesday, June 15th, 12-1pm

This is an online event.

Check your OLS for the link.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

End of the Year Celebration at Sky High

Wednesday, June 15th, 12:45-3pm

1322 East Front Avenue

Spokane, WA

58 degree water + 65 degree air
temps = Hypothermia. Hypothermia
seems more appropriate in
the winter. The event is moving
from Splash Down to Sky High
Sports. We will no longer be
providing lunch, but your admission
costs will go down. The cost
to participate will be somewhere
between $2-5 per person depending
on how many hours you
jump. Please fill out an online
waiver at

YOUR GROUP. No need to RSVP if
you have already done an RSVP
for the Splash Down event.

Washington Virtual Academies
invites you to join us in celebrating
the 2015-2016 school year.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

8th Grade Graduation

Thursday, June 16th, 1pm

5400 North Pearl Street

Tacoma, WA

Point Defiance Park - Owen Beach Picnic Shelter

Check your k-mail for more details!

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Summer Learning? Check out this free program!

SYNC is a free summer audiobook program for teens 13+. Running May 5th - August 17th 2016, SYNC will give away two complete audiobook downloads a week (30 titles) - pairs of high interest titles, based on weekly themes.

Using Texting/SMS for Communication

Good news for the 2016-17 school year, WAVA will be communicating with families via text messaging! We want to be sure you are receiving the most current school communications. Please be sure to check that your primary phone number is up-to-date in the OLS. Starting in August, we will begin sending 1-2 text communications per month to our enrollment approved families. If you do not wish to be contact via text, you will need to reply with STOP when you receive our first text message – this will permanently opt you out. If you change your mind and would like to begin receiving text message, you can contact Denise Roberts at to reverse the decision.

8th Grade to High School

Are you considering WAVA High School? If you missed the 8th grade to HIgh School Assembly here it is:
Link to recording.

Coffee Chats!

Coffee Chats!

This is a chance for WAVA Learning Coaches to connect with other WAVA Learning Coaches to talk about a specific topic for 30 minutes every week. Check your schedule on your Learning Coach account. If you don't see it on your schedule, click on the links below.

Every Thursday!


June 2nd at 1:00pm: Concerns and Priorities with School

Click here to join.

June 9th at 1:00pm: Plans for next school year

Click here to join.

June 16th at 1:00pm: Summer Plans

Click here to join.
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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.