The Howl

IDVA Newsletter - June 2019

Newsletter Table of Contents


  • School Ending & Summer Wishes
  • Report Cards & ISAT/IRI Scores
  • Reclamations Notifications
  • Teachers' Last Day
  • Parent Advisory Council End of Year Meeting Recording Link
  • K12 Summer Camps
  • Summer Learning for all Grade Levels
  • Summer Food Program
  • D.L. Evans Bank - A's Could Earn You a Laptop!
  • Discovery Center of Idaho Offers Discounted Rate to Low Income Families
  • 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
  • Registration Status
  • Creative Summer Learning Ideas
  • 10 Free Learning Websites for Kids
  • K-5 Reading Tips

6-12 SCHOOL:

  • Congratulations to the Class of 2019
  • Class of 2019 Graduation Assembly
  • Class of 2019 Senior Slide Show
  • IDVA Scholarship Recipients
  • Tallo
  • Summer Camp Scholarships
  • Cybersecurity Summer Camps - Grades 9-12
  • U.S. Selective Service System


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The 2018-19 School Year is coming to an end. The last day of school is Thursday, May 30th. If you have any questions during the summer months feel free to call our Main Office at (208) 322-3559. The first day of school for the 2019-20 school year is Tuesday, Sept 3rd. Please watch your email in August for important orientation information.

Have a great summer!


Report cards and ISAT/IRI scores will be mailed out via the postal service the week of June 17th. Please log into your IDVA learning coach account and check your mailing address. If it needs to be updated, please email your homeroom teacher with your new address no later than June 1st. If you have not received your child’s report card mailing by the first week of July, please contact the school office at 208-322-3559.

Reclamations Notifications

K12 is sending out reclamation notices to all students who have completed courses and to students not registering. Please watch your email for this information, it includes pre-paid shipping labels and a list of materials to return. If you are still working in a course, please do not return your materials. You are welcome to return those materials when you are finished with the course.

Teachers' Last Day

Idaho Virtual Academy teachers will be in the office through June 7th. If you have questions or concerns beyond this date, please contact the IDVA office at (208) 322-3559 and we will do our best to answer your questions. Teachers will return on Monday, August 12th.

Parent Advisory Council - End of Year Meeting Recording Link

Our End of Year Parent Advisory Council Title I Review meeting was held Wednesday, May 22nd. During this meeting we reviewed how we spent our Parent Involvement Funds, reviewed our Title I program, our ELL program, teacher evaluation, and our professional development plan for next school year. We looked towards SY 2019/20 together and more.

If you missed the meeting and would like to view the recording, please click here.

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K12 online summer camps are a great way to get and stay connected to your school community this summer. These virtual camps are scheduled from June through August and last anywhere from 30 minutes to one hour per session. Registration for Summer Camp sessions, and all available camp sessions for your grade range, will be made available to you in your Online School. Attend just one session, or all of them, to make new friends, have fun and explore interesting topics.

Click here to see a list of camps and to sign up.

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Click here for fun summer learning activities for students of all grade levels.

Summer Food Program

As we move into the summer, there are a few resources to be aware of for your student and/or friends or family. Through the state of Idaho and the USDA, nutritious free meals are available throughout the state for children via the Summer Food Program. Click on this link, narrow by zip code, and find a location near you.

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.

Discovery Center of Idaho Offering Reduced Admission Rates

The Discovery Center of Idaho recently announced its involvement in the Museums for All program. This cooperative initiative between the American Children’s Museum (ACM) and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) offers a signature access program that encourages under-served individuals and families to visit museums regularly.

Any individual or family in possession of a SNAP or EBT card will receive reduced admission for up to 4 people into the Discovery Center of Idaho. The card must be presented to receive the Museums for All discount rate, but there is no limit to the number of visits!

Click here to learn more and plan your visit.

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.


Happy Summer from Mrs. Brown and your K-5 Teachers!

Dear Students and Learning Coaches,

As the school year ends, on behalf of myself and the K5 teachers, I want to take time to thank you for an amazing year. You and your student’s dedication and partnership with our school is remarkable. It has been a pleasure to work alongside you this school year. We are all very proud to call you our students!

I wish you a summer full of wonderful memories that I hope includes reading books! Be safe and enjoy your well-deserved time away.

I look forward to seeing your smiling faces again on September 3rd!


Mrs. Brown

Registration Status

Re-Registering Status:

If you are re-registering for the 2019-20 school year, student courses that are complete and ready to promote will drop off the Online School on June 19th. You will see new courses loaded for the upcoming year in August. Any course that is not complete, will remain accessible in the Online School all summer. Please work hard to complete all courses by early August to ensure a summer promotion and that new course materials arrive in time for school year 19-20.

Not Registering & Undecided Status:

If you are currently marked not registering or undecided for the 2019-20 school year, your student will lose access to the Online School on June 19th.

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Keep kids learning during vacation with these great activities, from road-trip bingo to ice cube experiments, and much more.

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K-5 Reading Tips

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Avoid the summer slip by ensuring your child takes time to read every day. Joining a reading program is a great way to keep your student motivated during these sunny days. Below is a list of some FREE reading programs that may be available in your area.

Free Reading Programs

1. DOGOBooks Summer Reading Program – Book reviews for kids by kids encourages young readers to share their thoughts on the books they read. Kids are invited to read books and share their reviews of the books. The top 10 reviewers will win a book prize pack, the next 25 top reviewers will win a $10 gift card. FREE BOOKS.

2. Barnes and Noble’s Summer Reading – Through August 31, 2019, have your kids read any 8 books and record them in the Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Journal (available online or in store). Once they complete the journal, they can take it back to the store to pick a free book from the list at the back of the journal. Note – this summer reading program includes TEENS and ADULTS, but only kids grades 1-6 earn a prize! FREE BOOK!

3. Amazon Summer Reading Challenge – When students K-8 read any 8 books and turn in their list by September 10, 2019, they will earn a free book. It looks like you have to turn in the list to one of the Amazon retail or pop-up stores, so it appears to only be available in certain areas. Check the website for details. FREE BOOK!

4. Chuck E. Cheese’s Reading Rewards Calendar – Through December 31, 2019, Chuck E. Cheese will reward kids for good behavior with its calendars. Download a Reading Rewards Calendar and your kiddo can mark off each day he/she reads. When the calendar is full, two weeks, turn it into your local Chuck E. Cheese for 10 free game tokens. Bonus, this can be done again and again. (PS – there are other reward calendars too.) 10 FREE GAME TOKENS!

5. Scholastic’s Summer Read-a-Palooza – Through September 6, 2019, kids can log summer reading minutes to earn digital prizes. As part of Scholastic Summer Read-a-Palooza, kids and families can help get at least 200,000 books to kids in book deserts—areas with limited or no access to books. Plus reading minutes for schools around the country are tracked so you can help your school earn bragging rights. HELP DONATE BOOKS!

6. Books A Million – Read any four books on the summer reading adventure section this summer, have your parents verify and sign the form and return to your local BAM for a free Diary of a Wimpy Kid drawstring backpack (while supplies last). FREE DRAWSTRING BACKPACK!

7. Applebee’s Book Worm Reading Club – This reading-focused reward program encourages students ages 10 or younger at school or the library to read at least 10 books that they record on their “Bookworm Club” record card. Once a student completes all 10 books they will earn a free kid’s meal at Applebee’s (when accompanied by an adult making a purchase). FREE Kid’s MEAL!

8. Reading Rewards – Customize a reading incentive program just for your kids with Reading Rewards. This site makes it easy (and free) to set up your own reading goals and allow your kids to “buy” rewards in the reward store created by you. Ideas include movie night, a trip to the dollar store, a sleepover with friends – anything you can think up. DIY PRIZES!

9. Sync Summer Reading Program for Teens – Here’s a summer reading program made especially for teens (13+) that will get them two free audiobooks each week from April 25 – July 25, 2019.

10. Local libraries – Most local libraries have some kind of summer reading program often with goodie bags from local merchants. Check your local library for more details.

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Congratulations to Idaho Virtual Academy Class of 2019!

We are so proud of the all our graduating seniors and wish them all the best for their futures!

Graduation Assembly

Please watch the Class of 2019 Graduation Assembly.

Senior Slide Show

Check out the Class of 2019 Senior Slide Show.

Note: Not all seniors are included.

IDVA Scholarship Recipients

Congratulations to our IDVA Scholarship recipients!

IDVA Janet Aikele Excellence in Online Learning Scholarship - $1,000:

  • Molly VanSteenwyk
  • Cardin Moberly
  • Alexis Smith

IDVA Career and Technical Education Scholarship - $1,200:

  • Libby Koch

IDVA First Generation Scholarship - $1,200:

  • Aundrea-Monique Castro

Idaho Vision High School Scholarship - $1,500:

  • Yasmine Wright

IDVA Odyssey Scholarship - $1,500:

  • William Donohoe
  • Maia Klaeui
  • Paiton Lewis

IDVA Academic Excellence Scholarship - $2,100:

  • Matigan Fitzgerald

IDVA High Achievement Scholarship - $2,500:

  • Hannah Raschke


If you have a student who is 13 years or older, Tallo is a great resource to help your child with college and career goals. Tallo is a free platform where students 13 years and older can build their virtual resume, showcase their talents, discover scholarships, and be seen by colleges and companies.

Tallo allows students to:

  • Research careers and college majors
  • Find job and internship opportunities that match their interests
  • Research and apply for scholarships using a leading scholarship aggregator integrated into
  • Access listings of college and job fairs in their area
  • View organization profiles

Creating a profile on Tallo allows students to:

  • Build a digital resume
  • Share their profile digitally
  • Invite parents and others to view their profile and mentor them
  • Upload videos to enhance their profile
  • Link external sites to highlight their activities
  • Display digital badges
  • Manage and view their profile in a responsive design for all mobile devices (tablet, smart phone) as well as their computer

Click here for Tallo instructions.

Click here for Tallo profile tips.

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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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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