The Howl

August Newsletter

Newsletter Table of Contents:

  • All School: September Statewide Event Information, School Pictures
  • K-5 School: Welcome Message, K-5 Back to School Assembly, Idaho Reading Indicator (IRI) Information, Learning Coach Training
  • 6-12 School: Welcome Message, 6-12 Back to School Assembly, Fast Forward Information, College and Career Advising
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Friday, September 14th, 2018


  • 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.

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

  • Please bring exact cash for admission.

  • There are no classes scheduled on event days.

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

Treasure Valley

Where: Zoo Boise

Address: 355 Julia Davis Dr., Boise

Cost: $2.50 for students and adults

Check-in: 9:30 am MT

Start Time: 10:00 am MT

RSVP: Click here to sign up.


Magic Valley

Where: Hagerman Fossil Beds Visitor Center

Address: 221 N. State St., Hagerman

Cost: Free

Check-in: 9:30 am MT

Start Time: 10:00 am MT

RSVP: Click here to sign-up.


Northern Idaho

Where: Beach Party at Honeysuckle Beach

Address: East End of Honeysuckle Ave., Hayden

Cost: Free

Check-in: 11:30 am PT

Start Time: 12:00 pm PT

Note: Please bring a picnic lunch, water toys, and beach toys.

RSVP: Click here to sign-up.



Where: Hike Elk Creek Falls

Directions: From Moscow, travel east on Hwy 8. Approximately, 11 miles past Bovill will be signs for Elk Creek Falls. Turn right on Forest Service Rd. 1452. Drive 2 miles to the parking area.

Cost: Free

Check-in: 10:30 am PT

Start Time: 11:00 am PT

Note: Please bring lots of water and a picnic lunch.

RSVP: Click here to sign-up.


Eastern Idaho

Where: Fort Hall Replica Museum

Address: 3000 Ave. of the Chiefs, Pocatello

Directions: On 1-15, take exit 67 to 5th Ave. Turn right onto 5th Ave. Travel approx. 200 yards, turn left on Avenue of the Chiefs. Fort Hall is ahead, near the animal shelter.

Cost: $1.00 for students, adults free

Check-in: 9:30 am MT

Start Time: 10:00 am MT

RSVP: Click here to sign-up.


Southeast Idaho

Where: Beach Party at Bear Lake

Address: Idaho North Beach, North Beach Rd., St. Charles

Cost: $5.00 per car or free with Idaho State Parks Pass

Check-in: 11:30 am MT

Start Time: 12:00 pm MT

Note: Please bring picnic lunch, beach toys, and water toys.

RSVP: Click here to sign-up.


School Pictures - Save the Date

Please save the date for school pictures. More information will be provided in the next newsletter.

  • October 10th - Magic Valley
  • October 11th - Eastern Idaho
  • October 19th - Treasure Valley
  • October 26th - Northern Idaho


Welcome from the K-5 Team

On behalf of the entire K5 Team we welcome you to the 2018-19 School Year! We have exciting new changes to share with you this year beginning with grade specific homerooms. Please take 3 minutes to watch the following Principal Message regarding this exciting new change.

Your teacher will be calling soon to ensure you have a strong start to the school year, be on the look out for her call.

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K-5 Back to School Assembly - Tuesday, September 4th at 9:30 am MST/8:30 am PST

Please join us as we kick off the 2018-19 school year with a fun and energizing assembly for students in Kindergarten – 5th grade. Learn about new online school enhancements, the IDVA Energy Bus Student Incentive and meet your teachers!

Find the link to join the Assembly in your Class Connect Schedule on Sept 4th in the Online School.

See you there!

A New Look to the Idaho Reading Indicator

The new Idaho Reading Indicator by Istation is an early reading assessment that provides reliable data with frequent age-appropriate measurement for students in Kindergarten through 3rd grade. Adjusting to each student’s ability, the interactive assessment keeps developing readers engaged while they work through fun game-like activities.

The new IRI will assess 5 critical domains: phonemic awareness, alphabetic knowledge, fluency, vocabulary and comprehension.

All Kinder-3rd grade students are required to take the IRI assessment. This assessment is given in a proctored face-to-face setting. Unlike years past, the testing appointment will be for 1.5 hours. Your student will also complete a school-based math assessment during this time.

On August 29th, you will receive an email from (our school-based scheduling program). This email will include the testing date, time and location. You will need to confirm this appointment.

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Once you select the link found in your personal email, review the date, location and time then elect the green check to confirm (see below). Please then, add this date and time to your calendar to ensure your student attends this required assessment. If you have additional questions, please contact your homeroom teacher.
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Online Learning Courses for Returning and New K-5 Learning Coaches

All learning coaches, both new and returning, are asked to complete the required Online Learning Course.

This course is geared toward the learning coach. The course cannot be found within in the Online School, rather it is embedded in the link below. There are lessons broken into 4 days if you prefer to work on each lesson on separate days. You are welcome to complete the course all at once. You must complete the course and pass the final quiz with a 100% to earn credit by the deadline below. Get started now!

Please select the appropriate link to access the course document and quiz:

New Learning Coach Online Learning Course: This course must be completed with all other orientation items by August 30th to begin school on Sept 4th.

Returning Learning Coach Online Learning Course: This course must be completed by Sept 8th.


Welcome from the 6-12 Team

Dear Idaho Virtual Academy Families,

All signs point to an exciting and productive school year. We have a devoted and talented staff who have been working hard to make sure your student has a strong start to the school year. Each year brings positive change; this includes a few additions to our staff. We would like to welcome back Carrie Chizum, math teacher, and welcome new history teacher, Schuyler Fitzwater. We are fortunate to have these professionals join our team.

Thank you to all of you who are preparing your home, so your students can have a choice learning experience. Start watching your email for correspondence from your content and homeroom teachers. We are eager to visit with you and answer any questions you may have.

We value your dedication to excellence in education and look forward to partnering with you this school year.


IDVA 6-12 Team

6-12 Back to School Assembly - Tuesday, September 4th at 9:00 am MT / 8:00 am PT

Help us celebrate the new school year at the 6-12 Welcome Back to School Assembly on Tuesday, September 4th at 9:00 am MT / 8:00 am PT. This is scheduled as a Class Connect Session in the OMHS.

See you there!

Fast Forward Program

Dear Families of Students in Grades 7-12,

Are you looking for a challenge and advanced opportunities? Do you want your student to earn college credits in high school? If you answered yes, we would like to introduce you to the Fast Forward Program.

The Fast Forward program provides every student attending an Idaho public school an allocation of $4,125.00 to use towards Advanced Opportunities in grades 7-12. The program was expanded by the Legislature in 2016 through the passing of House Bill 458. At the middle school level, the funds can be used for overload courses at the middle school level to allow students to begin taking high school credits while in middle school. For more information, please check out this website:

Please contact your student support advisor or high school counselor for more information.

7th & 8th Grade: Jessica Lecertua,

9th & 10th Grade A-K: Debbie Thomas,

9th & 10th Grade L-Z: Teresea Bannister,

11th & 12th Grade A-K: Mark Rodel,

11th & 12th Grade L-Z: Jessica Lecertua,

We look forward to visiting with you about this exciting opportunity and answering any questions you may have about the Fast Forward Program!

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Have a Question?

Have questions about your classes or our Idaho Virtual Academy school? Ask your IDVA teacher or staff.

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