The WAVA Wave

December 1, 2015

A Message from our Principal...

As we continue to settle into our routines and dive into our daily lessons I would like to provide a courteous reminder that students should be working in each class, each day. Regular communication with their teachers. All homeroom sessions meet once a week, either on Monday afternoon or Wednesday morning.

During the month of December, we have some exciting events. On Friday December 11th we will be hosting a SKATE ACROSS the STATE winter celebration. WAVA will be at 7 different ice skating arenas around the state of Washington. If you bring a can of food you will be able to receive $1.00 off the admission price. There are 44 teachers who will be participating in this event. We believe it will be the largest outing experience WAVA has ever hosted. Have your student check with your homeroom teacher for more details.

If you are unable to attend one of the skating outings, there are always virtual options to participate in WAVA. On December 15th the WAVA ASB will be hosting a clubs assembly at noon. The many WAVA clubs will be showcasing their activities in an assembly on online at noon. Again, ask your homeroom teacher for further details.

A few other reminders, WAVA's winter break begins on December 21st. We return to regularly scheduled sessions on Monday January 4th. If your student has a few assignments to catch up on or a few quiz corrections to complete, this is a great time to get some extra work done.

I hope you have a great day! My Virtual door is always open.

Jayme Evans

WAVA High School Principal

253.964.1068 Ext 7006

The Counselor Connect

Building confidence and self-esteem.

A first step in increasing self-esteem is to recognize that there's no perfect moment to begin. Waiting until we're smarter or richer or happier before we start taking action usually means that we probably never will take action. The cure is simply to try really living in the present, to go ahead and take a risk rather than always waiting. Another roadblock to increasing self-esteem is that we often ignore our own needs. It can feel good when we please others but not if it means putting our own needs on hold. It's important to be just as able to say, "I need your help," as it is to say, "Can I help you?" When our relationships are more balanced and reciprocal, our self-esteem improves. The temptation for many of us is to stay safely within our comfort zones. While taking chances may sometimes feel risky, playing it safe all the time can be as uncomfortable as trying something new. Even people with strong self-esteem will wonder about being judged, looking silly or making waves. The difference is that they don't worry about it as long and don't let the worry immobilize them. Trying something new or different is usually better than staying stuck. The "trying" builds our strength, not the outcome. Whether we succeed or fail, we get to say, "I did it." And that's what builds self-esteem.

Aurora Flores, M.Ed., ESA

WAVA High School Counselor (A-G)

Winterland of Gingerbread and Ice Skating!!

Friday, Dec. 11th, 9am-9pm

7 Locations all over Washington State!

Come out to mingle with our school community at one of these Winterland of Gingerbread (WOG) events. These events feature a gingerbread village, so bring your own gingerbread house to add to the fun. Of course, you don’t have to bring a gingerbread house. Feel free to just enjoy the activities and treats, as well as other students’ creations. Ice skating is also a fun option!

Check out our flier here and be sure to RSVP!

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Hour of Code (December 7th - 11th from 12:00 - 1:00pm)

Hour of Code

We live in a world surrounded by technology. And we know that whatever field our students choose to go into as adults, their ability to succeed will increasingly hinge on understanding how technology works. But only a tiny fraction of us are learning computer science, and less students are studying it than a decade ago.

That’s why our entire school is joining in on the largest learning event in history: The Hour of Code, during Computer Science Education Week (Dec. 7-13). More than 100 million students worldwide have already tried an Hour of Code.

Our Hour of Code is a statement that K12 is ready to teach these foundational 21st century skills. To continue bringing programming activities to your students.


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Learning Coach Coffee Chats are every week! Please Join Us.

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.

Every Thursday!


December 3rd at 11:00am: Dealing with or Preventing Interruptions

Click here to join the session.

December 10th at 10:00am: Enrichment and Extra Curricular Activities

Click here to join the session.

December 17th at 11:00am: P.E.

Click here to join the session.

Handy Tip from Bobbi

I’ve been teaching LCs and students how to set bookmarks so I came up with a screenshot “help sheet.” Click here to see screenshot. This is a handy tool to mark where they left off so they can quickly return to the same spot. It is also handy to mark pages with vocab, study info, help videos within lessons so students can go back and review or have quick access to important info when taking quizzes.

Where do I go for help?

Navigation of the new online high school platform, blackboard login, or WAVA Wave support...
Contact: Your Family Support Liaison
  • A-G Ms. Bobbi Haworth
  • H-O Ms. Cindy Alexanian
  • P-Z Ms. Cynthia Pascoe

Weekly attendance or other school wide announcements...

Contact: Your homeroom teacher

Academic Questions...

Contact: Your homeroom teacher and follow up with your academic advisor.

  1. A-G Ms. Pattie Taylor
  2. H-O Ms. Laurie Hamilton
  3. P-Z Ms. Tara Rowland

Progress to graduation, credit review, Running Start, SAT or ACT questions...

Contact: Your high school counselor

  1. A-G Ms. Aurora Flores
  2. H-O Ms. Julie Needham
  3. P-Z Ms. Leslee Gongaware

Class Connect Troubleshooting

If you ever have problems getting your class connects to load please refer to this guide:

We need parent volunteers!

We have an upcoming social gathering we are putting together for WAVA students this month and need parent volunteers. If you would like more information on how you can help for this event or other events this school year, please fill out this survey.