The Howl

IDVA Newsletter - October 2019

Newsletter Table of Contents

ALL SCHOOL:

  • October Statewide Events - You Are Invited!
  • September Events Slideshow
  • Save the Date - Future Events
  • Reminder: School Pictures
  • Annual Back to School Parent Meeting
  • The Resource Corner by Jana Mansfield, School Social Worker
  • Important Information from the National Center for Homeless Education
  • How to Improve a Parent-Teacher Relationship
  • Help Name NASA's Mars 2020 Rover
  • Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) Notification
  • NCAA and IDVA
  • Technical Tips Library


K-5 SCHOOL:

  • Online School Course Tip
  • Overdue Lessons
  • Identify Your Student's Learning Style
  • K-5 Literacy Tip: Make Reading a Part of Your Family Time


6-12 SCHOOL:

  • Message from 6-12 Principals
  • IDVA Class of 2020 Graduation Planning Guide
  • Friday Fast Facts
  • Congressional App Challenge
  • IDVA Ski Days
  • U.S. Selective Service System

ALL SCHOOL

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STATEWIDE EVENT DAY

Friday, October 11, 2019

IMPORTANT EVENT REMINDERS



  • All are welcome. Remember, per IDVA policy, all students must have a parent/guardian with them at all times during school events.


  • Please pay in advance or bring exact cash for admission.


  • There are no classes scheduled on event days.


  • All events are optional.


  • Photo Disclaimer: Please understand that photos may be taken and could be used by K12 and/or Idaho Virtual Academy. If you would not like yours or your child’s picture taken, please let an IDVA staff member know at the event.



We want all students to have the opportunity to join an event. If cost is keeping you from being able to join, please email Lisa Stein lstein@idahova.org.



Treasure Valley

What: Fall Fun!

Where: The Farmstead

Address: 2500 S. Eagle Rd., Kuna ~ New location this year!

Cost: $5.00 per person; children under 2 years free

Check-in: 9:30 am MT

Start Time: 10:00 am MT

End Time: 12:00 pm MT


Advance Pay Option: We encourage advance payment for this event.

Click here to pay with a credit card.


RSVP: Click here to sign-up.


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Magic Valley

What: Fall Fun!

Where: Tubbs Berry Farm & Pumpkin Patch

Address: 1150 S. Park Ave., West, Twin Falls

Cost: $5.00 per person; children under 2 years free

Check-in: 9:30 am MT

Start Time: 10:00 am MT

End Time: 12:00 pm MT


Advance Pay Option: We encourage advance payment for this event.

Click here to pay with a credit card.


RSVP: Click here to sign-up.


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North Idaho

What: Fall Fun!

Where: Hickey Farms Pumpkin Patch

Address: 674 Hickey Rd., Sandpoint

Cost: $5.00 per person; children under 2 years free

Check-in: 11:30 am PT

Start Time: 12:00 pm PT

End Time: 2:00 pm PT


Advance Pay Option: We encourage advance payment for this event.

Click here to pay with a credit card.


RSVP: Click here to sign-up.


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Moscow/Lewiston

What: Mini Golf!

Where: Airway Hills Golf

Address: 4811 Airport Rd., Pullman, WA

Cost: $6.00 for children, $10.00 for adults who want to play.

(No charge for adults who want to watch.)

Check-in: 11:30 am PT

Start Time: 12:00 pm PT

End Time: 2:00 pm PT


Note: This is a rain or shine event. The facility has an indoor golf option

if there is inclement weather.


Advance Pay Option: We encourage advance payment for this event.

Click here to pay with a credit card.


RSVP: Click here to sign-up.


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Eastern Idaho

What: Fall Fun!

Where: New Sweden Farms Pumpkin Patch

Address: 3662 W. 17th South, Idaho Falls

Cost: $5.00 for students, $8.00 for adults

Check-in: 11:30 pm MT

Start Time: 12:00 pm MT

End Time: 2:00 pm MT


Advance Pay Option: We encourage advance payment for this event.

Click here to pay with a credit card.


RSVP: Click here to sign-up.


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Preston

What: Pumpkin Carving!

Where: Allinger Park Pavilion

Address: Hwy 30 north of Montpelier

Cost: FREE

Check-in: 11:00 am MT

Start Time: 11:00 am MT

End Time: 12:00 pm MT


Note: Please bring a pumpkin. Carving tools provided.


RSVP: Click here to sign-up.


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September Statewide Events Slideshow

On Friday, September 13th, students and families came together at six locations across the state for some fun and connection. We played in parks and on lake beaches of Idaho. Check out the event photo slideshow of the fun that was had! Thank you to those who attended! We hope everyone will join us at the October events on October 11th.

SAVE THE DATE - IDVA Statewide Events

Please save the date for IDVA's Statewide events!


Events are held the second Friday of almost every month. The event dates for the 2019-20 school year are:


Oct. 11

Nov. 8

Dec. 13

Feb. 14

Mar. 13

May 8


Monthly event details are shared in THE HOWL, IDVA's newsletter.


We look forward to seeing you at future events!

Reminder School Pictures

School pictures will be take by Inter-State Photography during the month of October.


*** Please click on the gray button below for more information about picture days.***


Treasure Valley: Friday, Oct. 4th

Twin Falls: Thursday, Oct. 17th

Idaho Falls: Friday, Oct. 18th

Coeur d'Alene: Friday, Oct. 25th

Annual Back to School Parent Meeting

Dear IDVA Family,


Our annual Back to School Parent Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, October 9 at 3 pm Mountain Time/2 pm Pacific Time. The meeting will be recorded and the link to the recording sent out for those who cannot attend. To join the meeting, click on this link or copy and paste it into your internet browser:


https://sas.elluminate.com/m.jnlp?sid=559&password=M.9CEA2D98F16D9009E77F2A1134AE0D


Annual Back to School Parent Meeting Agenda


School Demographics:

  • Staff
  • Student populations
  • IDVA and K12 family support


Schoolwide Title 1:

  • What is Title 1?
  • Overview of our program and Title I goals
  • Tier 2 interventions


Information and Resource Links:

  • K12 curriculum
  • Assessments used to measure student progress
  • Proficiency levels students are expected to meet
  • Idaho State Content Standards
  • Parent involvement
  • State accountability information
  • Opportunity to join our Parent Advisory Council


We hope to see you at our Back to School Parent Meeting!


Thank you,


Kelly Edginton

IDVA Head of School

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A monthly highlight of resources available in the state of Idaho

by Jana Mansfield, School Social Worker


October’s edition: Community Action Partnership Association of Idaho (CAPAI)



CAPAI is a non-profit dedicated to addressing “the causes and conditions of poverty in Idaho.” CAPAI oversees Community Action Partnership (CAP) agencies located throughout the state. Each CAP serves as a hub for services offered through the association. Resources offered include:


Food pantry, USDA commodities distribution, information and referral assistance, emergency utility assistance, supportive services for veterans, educational resource assistance, telephone assistance, weatherization assistance, HIV testing and support, and affordable housing support.


Each member agency has specific resources, based on regional community need. To take a look at resources available at the CAP nearest you, click below.


Community Action Partnership, Lewiston, Idaho

Serving Benewah, Bonner, Boundary, Clearwater, Idaho, Kootenai, Latah, Lewis, Nez Perce, and Shoshone counties.


Metro Community Services (MCS), Caldwell, Idaho

Serving Adams, Boise, Canyon, Gem, Payette, Valley, and Washington counties.


Community Council of Idaho (CCI), Caldwell, Idaho

Serving counties of southern Idaho.


Eastern Idaho Community Action Partnership, Idaho Falls, Idaho

Serving Bonneville, Butte, Clark, Custer, Fremont, Jefferson, Lemhi, Madison and Teton counties.


El-Ada Community Action Partnership (EL ADA), Garden City, Idaho

Serving Ada, Elmore, and Owyhee counties.


South Central Community Action Partnership (SCCAP), Twin Falls, Idaho

Serving Blaine, Camas, Cassia, Gooding, Jerome, Twin Falls, Lincoln and Minidoka counties.


Southeastern Idaho Community Action Agency (SEICAA), Pocatello, Idaho

Serving Bannock, Bear Lake, Bingham, Caribou, Franklin, Oneida, and Power counties.


Western Idaho Community Action Partnership (WICAP), Payette, Idaho

Serving Adams, Boise, Canyon, Gem, Owhyee, Payette, Valley, and Washington counties.

Important Information from the National Center for Homeless Education

How to Improve a Parent-Teacher Relationship

Check out these helpful tips on how you can help to improve a parent-teacher relationship.


How to Improve a Parent-Teacher Relationship

Help Name NASA's Mars 2020 Rover

NASA invites U.S. students to submit essays to name NASA's next Mars rover!


K-12 students have until Nov. 1, 2019 to submit their entry.


Register, learn more, submit entries, or sign up to be a judge!

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act - FERPA

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) has specified that student Educational Records are confidential, with some exceptions. LEA #452 will provide Parents and Eligible Students annual notification of their rights under FERPA. The annual notice will contain information regarding the right to inspect their children’s Educational Records, the right to seek an amendment of an Educational Record, the right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information, with certain exceptions, and the right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education.


Click here for more Information about FERPA.

NCAA and IDVA

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 more information, please contact your school counselor.

Technical Tips Library

Technical Tips

Please click on the button for a links to a variety of technical tips.

K-5 SCHOOL

Online School Course Tip

Please remember your online school courses are a mastery-based curriculum. If your student does not receive an 80% or higher on a lesson or unit checkpoint/assessment, it is not mastered and will not be counted in their overall progress. The unmastered assessment will show as a half circle on your daily/weekly plan.


If an assessment is unmastered, please review the lesson content and have your student retake the assessment to demonstrate understanding and mastery. Many of the assessments are set to allow a student one try on the assessment. Your homeroom teacher can give additional attempts as needed.


If you find that your student has not mastered an assessment, please reteach the content and then email your teacher to set additional attempts. Also, any unmastered lesson will land on the overdue tab. Students must complete it prior to attempting the next lesson in the course.

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Online School Overdue Lessons

The Overdue Tab in the online school is a feature to support your student’s unfinished or not started lessons. This tab is extremely beneficial in knowing exactly where your student should be each week in their courses. Students must complete lessons in the overdue tab prior to beginning lessons on the daily plan to ensure understanding of the lesson material. Set a goal to start out your school week each Monday with no overdue lessons showing on the online school.

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Identify Your Student's Learning Style

To get the most out of your student’s education at IDVA, it is essential that you think about how to adapt the materials and lessons to your student’s own character, skills, and schedule.


As you work with your students, think about how they seem to learn best. Do they respond best to things presented visually? Do they need to hear information to retain it? Or do they learn best by manipulating objects? Use what you learn about your child to modify the presentation of lessons. Don’t be afraid to leave certain activities out, or add new activities, if they help your students master the objectives.

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K-5 Reading Tips

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6-12 SCHOOL

Message from Your 6-12 Team

Hello 6th-12th Grade Families,


With the first month of school behind us, we want to thank you for working hard to establish solid school habits and a routine for this year. We are excited to set goals, provide challenge, and support learning and growing. We are thankful you have chosen our team at IDVA for SY 19-20.


As we move into October, it is time to look back and think of all that has been accomplished so far. We have successfully completed one month of school and have established a school routine where you are engaging in every course each day and attending live class connects. You are building relationships with your team of educators at IDVA and classmates.

Please know that our team is eager to help in any way and we are happy to answer any questions you may have and are always an email or phone call away. Each Friday you will receive an email from Mrs. Wells that will give you helpful tips for success.


Kindly,


Mrs. Whelan, 6-12 Principal

Mrs. Hatrock, 6-12 Assistant Principal

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IDVA Class of 2020 Graduation Planning

IDVA will hold three formal graduation ceremonies across the state in May 2020. Please save the dates for the ceremony (or ceremonies!) you would like to attend.


Graduation Ceremony Dates:


May 19, 2020 - Kroc Center, Coeur d’Alene (Northern Idaho)

May 21, 2020 - Blackfoot Performing Arts Center (SE Idaho)

May 27, 2020 - Northwest Nazarene University, Brandt Center (Treasure Valley)


Graduation Planning Guide:


Please review and bookmark our Graduation Planning Guide. This is your one stop place for all your graduation planning information.


Attention Seniors and Senior Parents:


Please complete the "Graduation Prep" items in our Graduation Planning Guide. Be sure you complete the Senior Survey so we know your plans.



Thank you for helping us to plan for wonderful graduation celebrations for your students!

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Friday Fast Facts

Every Friday this school year, Mrs. Wells will be sending out a short video from her series called, “Friday Fast Facts.” These videos will focus on one key topic for student success each week.


Below are links to the first two videos for this school year.


Friday Fast Facts Weekly Work Schedule Video


Friday Fast Facts Checking Your Grades Video

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Click here for more information about IDVA Ski and Snowboard Days.

Congressional App Challenge for 1st Congressional District MS & HS Students

Congressman Russ Fulcher has invited students residing in Idaho’s 1st Congressional District to enter the annual Congressional App Challenge, an initiative designed to encourage student engagement in STEM and, more specifically, computer science.


Middle and high school students from across Idaho's 1st Congressional District are invited to participate. Registration is now open and detailed rules and guidelines can be found on the program’s website.


DEADLINE to register and submit: Nov.1, 2019


Note: To check on whether you live in Idaho’s 1st Congressional District or not, click here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Idaho%27s_1st_congressional_district

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.

Have a Question?

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