River Valley Academy News
An RVA Family Update
January 7, 2022 Edition
Happy New Year!!
I hope you and your family were able to enjoy peace and relaxation over break!
Have you heard of the Frest Start Effect? According to experts, we are more motivated to reach our goals when calendar or life landmarks arrive. These landmarks include a new year, new season, new trimester, new month, new week, birthday, break-up, loss, new job, new home, etc. Psychology Today attributes three reasons why the Frest Start Effect is a thing. They are: new identity (old you - new you), confidence boost (put past failures behind) and clean slate. Read the article here for more information!
There is something about a fresh start that makes us excited to do better and to work toward becoming our best selves. I think the keyword here is becoming! Each of us can grow, learn, and improve ourselves. Let's turn the page on what didn't work in 2021 and try something different in 2022, by setting good habits and routines.
Monday, students will have the opportunity to set some fresh goals in each of their classes. We have eight weeks of school until the end of trimester two. We hope students will take advantage of the fresh start of a new year, to set and achieve their goals!
On behalf of the RVA Staff,
Progress Reports reflect goals set and progress made toward those goals in the last two weeks. Goals are set with the focus of completing each course before the end of the trimester.
Student GCPs (Graduation Course Plans) were also included in this communication. On the front side of the GCP, on the left-hand side, all of the required courses are listed. Electives are on the backside. Courses your student has completed, are entered. Courses still to complete are blank.
Please let us know if you have any questions! Staff contact information is on the back of the Progress Report.
Parent -Teacher Conferences on January 12!
NWEA MAP Testing returns!
Student Leadership Team (SLT) is coming!
The advantages of participating in SLT are that students can make a difference at RVA, learn and grow as a leader, help others, and be able to include Student Leadership Team membership on their resumes. SLT will meet about every other week for one class period. Students can sign up here.
Virtual Contact Logs
Does your student suffer with anxiety?
Zero Hour Opportunity!
Does your student need more hours in the day to get credits earned for graduation? Guess what? We have an extra one now! Students have an opportunity to sign up for a Zero Hour class to help them get to graduation! Students will be expected to come in for the class at 6:45 AM. Signing up will give you the ability to work on 6 classes instead of 5! To sign up, complete this form. Thank you!
It is a win/win opportunity, as not only are the students being paid, but they are earning elective credit! To get started, students should fill out this form.
College and Career Ready!!
Setting SMART Goals!
Groups are here!
Many students have been struggling due to Covid. Depression and anxiety are prevalent. In partnership with Arbor Circle, students are invited to join groups of students to support one another. Topics will be initiated by students and facilitated by mental health professionals. Topics may include healthy coping skills, 'adulting', and positive choices.
If you feel your student would benefit from this support, please contact the office! You can find out more about Arbor Circle and their counseling services here.
How do I know how my student is doing from day to day?
RVA courses are run through either Schoology or Edgenuity. Schoology courses are RPS teacher created and directed. If you want to know how your student is doing in these classes, log in to Schoology. If you need help getting in to Schoology, use this How to Cheat Sheet. Using a parent log in, parents can see messages and course information. However, if you want to see what your student has completed and what grades they have earned so far in classes, the best way to do that is to log in as your student. Students have access to the course gradebook which includes a list of assignments that need to be completed, showing scores earned on work that has been turned in.
Edgenuity courses offer parent updates. If you would like to be signed up to receive these, please complete this form. When the form has been processed, you will receive directions for signing up for the Parent Portal along with an access code. You will receive daily updates. If you want specific information on how your student is doing in Edgenuity, ask your student for their login information. If you log in as the student, you can see a more detailed report.
Good questions to ask your student include:
1. Are you attending all class sessions, whether school is in person or remote?
2. Are you completing at least one assignment in each class session?
3. About how far in each course are you?
4. What are you doing well?
5. What can you do better?
Parents and schools are partners in educating students!
KISD (Kent Intermediate School District) Resources for students and parents
Talk & Tour Career Series
Our Talk and Tours provide a virtual panel of professionals in select industries that share their own career path, the inside scoop on what their jobs are really like, along with their perspective on what you can do to prepare for a career that interests you.
Health Science Careers:
Mary Free Bed
Wednesday, February 16 - 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Recorded career videos are now available for student, parent and educator use!
Kent ISD Career Readiness pivoted early in the pandemic and started hosting live virtual career conversations with local employers.
- These events were recorded and are accessible via a search engine tool on our website.
- These 30–60-minute career conversations will help educate students, parents and educators about in-demand careers and also expand their knowledge of opportunities with local employers.
- Search by a variety of criteria including Career Pathway, Program, Age Group and more.
- The goal of Spark Success is to help parents understand the many paths students can take to a rewarding career.
- The organizers of Spark Success recognize the value of all career pathways and the demand for skilled workers across a wide variety of emerging industries.
- Over the first half of 2021, an average of 49,000 jobs were posted online per month across West Michigan – more openings than qualified people to fill them!
- Click here to find the resources you need to help guide your students toward success!
SkillPointe Foundation Scholarships
- Multiple $1,000 scholarships every month for individuals pursuing technical/vocational training in construction, healthcare, energy, manufacturing, transportation and other fields
- Application deadline is the last day of every month and a minimum of 2 winners will be notified approximately 6 weeks from entry.
- Exclusively for individuals wishing to gain a certificate, credential or 2 year degree.
- For more information and to apply, click here
View scholarships and sign up for their newsletter to stay up-to-date
How can I make this year successful?
With Rockford's trimester high school system, students are expected to complete 2.5 credits (5 classes) each trimester, for a total of 7.5 credits each year. As we begin the second trimester, students should again, be completing 5 classes. Trimester 2 ends on March 4, at which time students should have completed 10 classes, which is the equivalent of 5.0 credits. While March 4 seems like a long way off, trimesters are about 12 weeks long, so each week, students should be completing about 10% of each class, to finish on time. Completing this work will require students to make progress on assignments and activities in every class, every day!
How are you doing? People care and want to help!
Hand 2 Hand can help with food and toiletry needs.
Ele's Place is a community based organization with the mission to create awareness of and support for grieving children and their families. Please find a very helpful guide for parents - how to support teens, as well as a handout titled, How to Help Yourself: For Teens below.
Opportunities for Rockford RAMS!
Original RVA Logo
What do you think best represents RVA? Please complete this survey as we brainstorm ways to update our logo. Want to help design the new one? You can sign up on the form!
We can't wait to hear your ideas and feedback!
Original RVA Logo
We can't wait to hear your ideas and feedback!
RVA Daily Schedule
Second hour: 9:03-10:18
Third hour and lunch: 10:21-11:42
Fourth hour: 11:45-1:00
Fifth hour: 1:03-2:18
RVA/RPS Calendar Highlights
January 10: Goal setting for weeks 7 and 8 of Tri 2
January 12: Group 3rd hour/ Parent-Teacher Conferences
January 19: Early Release PD/ Group 3rd hour
January 17-28: NWEA MAP Tests
January 24: Goal setting for weeks 9 and 10 of Tri 2
January 26: Group 3rd hour
February 2: Group 3rd hour
February 7: Goal setting for weeks 11 and 12 of Tri 2
February 9: Group 3rd hour
February 16: Group 3rd hour
February 21-22: Winter Break
February 23: Goal setting for weeks 13 and 14 of Tri 2!/ Group 3rd hour
March 2: Group 3rd hour
March 4: End of Trimester 2! Half-day!
North Kent CONNECT: (adjusted hours due to COVID-19 precautions)
Mondays and Wednesdays from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Mobile Food Pantries: https://www.feedwm.org/findfood/
Assistance with housing, food, utilities:
contact 211 by phone or text (800-877-1107), text your zip code to 898211
Youth in need of shelter: The Bridge 616-451-3001 or 877-275-7792
Free Christmas Assistance: Click here for information!