A Little TLC for the LDM

June 2016 "Good Ole Summertime" Edition

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Graduations LIVE!

If you have an iPhone, you can record your entire graduation on FACEBOOK LIVE and get feedback! Here are some instructions! Good Luck!

June Work Anniversaries. Thanks for all your valuable contributions!

2006 Tony Verrocchio

2011 Randy Bretza

Happy Birthday in June!

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June 8 Tony Verrocchio

June 18 Ashley Baril

June 23 Nasrin Taghvaei

Congratulations Principal Natalie Lundburg!

Natalie Lundberg recently sent the following notice to our marketing field team:

"I just wanted you all to know about a recent position I accepted which will cause me to have to step down from interim NVVA LDM. I feel so blessed to have been able to work alongside such fabulous people for a few extra months. I will still be around so please keep in touch!! I will transition slowly so that NVVA is well taken care of”

The announcement, made by AZVA Head of School, Kelly Van Sande, caused a lot of celebration within the Arizona K12 community. "We have a new Blended Learning Principal and I am thrilled to announce Natalie Lundberg in this role!" She continued...

"Natalie Lundberg is originally from California, where she earned her bachelor's degree in liberal studies at Vanguard University. She then went on to California State University, Fullerton and received a teaching credential in the state of California. Her teaching career brought her to Arizona, where she accumulated a total of 13 years in instructional experience. She has earned both early childhood and structured English immersion endorsements, putting them to good use while teaching primary grades across a wide range of demographics. Natalie recognized the unique and cutting-edge approach to education provided by AZVA , as well as the phenomenal curriculum and individualized learning program provided by K12, which brought her to a position as local development manager in May of 2010. In July of 2015, Natalie moved into the staffing coordinator position. In this position, she assisted in recruiting, hiring, and training new AZVA teachers and staff. She worked as a liaison for AZVA staff with the K12 Human Resources team, payroll team, Arizona Department of Education (HQ department), and Department of Public Safety to ensure staff compliancy and provide day to day information to all parties.

As Natalie moves into this new role, I am certain she will be successful as she combines her instructional and marketing experience and deep knowledge of our schools and K12 programs. I am thrilled to announce her in this role and know Blended Learning will flourish with her leading the department. Congratulations, Natalie!"

We wish Natalie well in her new role. She has asked that we NOT throw an LDM send-off since she is staying with K12, and had a send off when she left Jame's team, but hope that you will take the time to send her well wishes as she begins her new job. Thanks Natalie!

Getting to Know You: Jennifer Severson, LDM Wisconsin

Jennifer grew up in a tiny little town, Blanchardville, WI with a population of…wait for it, yes, only 800 people! Her hometown is probably the size of most people’s graduating class! Growing up, athletics was a big part of Jennifer's life and she had the honor of being selected to play in the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association All Star Game when she graduated in 2000. Jennifer then attended the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a major in Photography. After college, she moved to Madison, WI where she worked as a Project Manager for a printing company and married her high school sweetheart in 2007. Having lived in Wisconsin her entire life, Jennifer and her husband decided to experience another part of the country and moved to Portland, Oregon where we enjoyed camping, hiking, sightseeing, road trips, visits to the coast, and checking out all the microbreweries. While in Portland, Jennifer started her Marketing career with Insight Schools. After living in in Portland for five years, they decided to move back to Wisconsin when her husband received a job opportunity with the University of Wisconsin Madison and they wanted to be closer to family. Jennifer and her family now reside in New Glarus, WI with their two children Avery (3), Ari (18 months) and dog Lexi, who even at 8 years old still acts like a puppy!

Turns out Jennifer is a huge animal lover with a soft spot for dogs. She says she loves spending time with family and friends, baking, having BBQs, creating themed birthday parties for her children, and enjoying the summer months where she can work on their garden, canning salsa, planting flowers, trees, and picking raspberries with her children.

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Easy Summer Fruit Kabobs / submitted by Paul L. Glanton, UTVA LDM

Fruit is made fun and convenient with these colorful grab-and-go fruit kabobs. A variety of fruit is encouraged. These threaded layers of fruit create a beautiful presentation and are packed with multiple vitamins, minerals, micro-nutrients, and antioxidants on one easy to eat wooden skewer. ENJOY!

Some of the fruit we love:

  • excellent source of vitamin C
  • rich in vitamin B-6, niacin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid and folic acid
  • contains vitamin A, vitamin E and many antioxidants
  • contains a good amount of minerals like potassium, manganese, fluorine, copper, iron and iodine


  • rich in dietary fiber, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidant compounds
  • excellent source of Vitamin-A and flavonoids like beta-carotene, alpha-carotene, and beta-cryptoxanthin
  • rich source of potassium
  • good source of vitamin B-6, vitamin C and vitamin E


  • contains a good amount of soluble dietary fiber
  • has one of the highest vitamin C content for fruit
  • excellent source of vitamin A and flavonoids like beta carotenes, lutein, zeaxanthin and cryptoxanthins
  • rich in folic acid, vitamin B-6, riboflavin, and vitamin B-1
  • contains a good amount of potassium


  • rich source of soluble dietary fiber
  • excellent source of antioxidant vitamin-C
  • very good levels of vitamin A, vitamin E, vitamin K and anti-oxidants such as beta-carotene, lutein and xanthin
  • kiwi seeds are an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids
  • rich source of potassium
  • contains good amounts of minerals like manganese, iron and magnesium


  • replenishes energy and revitalizes the body instantly
  • contains a good amount of soluble dietary fiber
  • contains health promoting flavonoid poly-phenolic antioxidants
  • very good source of vitamin B-6
  • moderate source of vitamin C
  • contains adequate levels of copper, magnesium, and manganese
  • very rich source of potassium
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This pasta salad is so easy to make, especially if you use a rotisserie chicken. The mix of the pasta, romaine, caesar dressing and fresh parmesan cheese is a great combination and it’s perfect for lunch or dinner on the patio. What I love most about this salad is that it’s heartier than just a lettuce salad because of the pasta but it’s not too heavy.

I have to warn you, this recipe makes for 8-10 servings and I’m sharing it this week to encourage you to make a big batch and eat off of it over a few days. It’s one of those salads that gets better and better each day because all of the flavors meld. Also, I always keep the romaine part of the recipe in a separate ziploc bag and just add as I dish up a plate. Because after a few hours, the lettuce will wilt, it’s best to toss right as you’re about to eat it.

Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad (serves 8-10 )(cut recipe in half for 4-5 servings)


16 oz Package of Penne Regate Pasta Cooked Al Dente and cooled
2 Cups Shredded Cooked Chicken (rotisserie chicken makes this so easy)
4 Cups Finely Sliced Romaine Lettuce (Cut about 1/2 inch thick strips)
12 oz. Jar of Marie’s Caesar Salad Dressing (it’s cold and found in the cold produce section) I do not recommend any other dressing other than Marie’s-it’s the best for this recipe
1 Cup Shredded (not grated) Parmesan Cheese
1 teaspoon Garlic Salt
1 teaspoon Cracked Pepper

Begin by tossing the caesar dressing, and pasta together until the pasta is coated. Next, add the shredded chicken, garlic salt and cracked pepper and continue to mix. Next add the parmesan and reserve a little to top each serving. Keep in mind that the mix will look like way too much dressing but once you mix in the lettuce, it’s the perfect ratio. Be sure and wait until you are ready to serve to toss in romaine (so that it stays fresh).

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