The WAVA Wave

March 1, 2016

A Message from our Principal...

WAVA is pleased to announce that we have completed out AdvancEd accreditation and self-study process during the week of Feb 22 and have been recommended for another accreditation term by the visiting team! The final report and accreditation term length will be provided to the school in a couple months. We thank everyone for their participation and support through this process. Special thanks goes out to all of our students, families and teachers for their many contributions.

Tammy Alonzo
Middle School Principal

The Counselor Connect

As the state testing window approaches each school year, many WAVA learning coaches ask me for resources on the topic of test anxiety. Here are some ideas to help your child in all types of testing situations:

  • Make sure your child in rested and well-fed. Tired and hungry kids are easily overwhelmed by tasks they could normally handle with ease.
  • Talk with your child about how tests only measure certain types of knowledge. They are not an indication of everything they have learned or know. Tell them: Just do your best and let go of the rest!
  • Prepare for tests in the weeks and months beforehand, but cramming for a test at the last minute is not recommended. This method greatly increases stress and negatively impacts test outcome.
  • Talk with your child’s teacher about accommodations you can offer on course assessments, such as breaking the test into smaller sections over a few days, when needed.
  • When testing at home (MAP, Scantron, etc.), consider allowing your child to keep a small comfort item near them during testing, if it’s not a distraction.
  • For testing at home, consider allowing the child to test in a comfortable, sunny spot. A small change in setting can make a huge difference to one’s mental state.
  • For cases of severe test anxiety, start small and celebrate success. The most important step to overcoming the anxiety is having positive testing experiences, so the child begins to associate tests with success, rather than feelings of fear or inadequacy.
  • Consider talking with your child’s medical provider if anxiety is a frequent concern. Stress and anxiety are normal for all humans, but if it’s impacting the child’s ability to enjoy daily activities, it would be good to rule out medical causes and consider mental health counseling and other interventions.

Please take a look at for great articles on this topic, aimed especially at children! This website contains much helpful information for parents and children on a wide range of topics.

Additional helpful information on this topic:

Thanks for reading! Feel free to contact me directly for additional resources or support.

Mr. Bieker

It's that time of year again! State testing is right around the corner.

6th - 8th graders will be taking the Smarter Balanced Assessment, SBA, for English Language Arts and Math. This will done over 2 days, 1 day for each subject.

8th graders will also be taking the Measurements of Student Progress, MSP, for Science. This assessment will take place over 1 day.

Testing will start right after spring break. It is very important to read and respond to any emails or k-mails you receive about state testing as there is important information about site locations and times.

Can I opt out of state testing? Click here for more information.

Learning Day at the Capitol

Friday, March 4th, 10am-2pm

State Capitol Building [nb], Olympia, WA, United States

This exciting event gives our digital public school students and their families a chance to travel to the Washington State Capitol to rally and show strong support for digital public schools. We have lots of exciting events scheduled this year including capitol tours, an awards ceremony, and opportunities to interact with legislators. Please start making plans today to participate and sign up here.

8th grade to High School

Wednesday, March 16th, 1pm

This is an online event.

This assembly will be hosted by the high school academic advisors and is open to 8th grade WAVA students and their Learning Coaches to view what WAVA High School is all about. They will be sharing what the High School experience looks like, High School expectations, and answering questions 8th graders and their Learning Coaches may have.

Assembly ClassConnect link:

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

8th grade to High School

Wednesday, March 16th, 7pm

This is an online event.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Hiking Club!

Friday, March 18th, 10am-2pm

Chuckanut Drive

Bow, WA

Click here to RSVP.

WAVA School Wide Science Summit

Friday, March 18th, 12-2pm

This is an online event.

When/Where: March 18th in Class Connect
From: 12-2:00 p.m.

Please come join us for a virtual Science Fair showcasing our amazing middle school student’s and their projects! You will be able to visit breakout rooms and browse at your own pace!

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Seattle Times Tour

Thursday, March 24th, 3-4pm

19200 120th Avenue Northeast

Bothell, WA

Join us for tour of the Seattle Times printing facility to see how newspapers are printed! Space is limited and minimum age is 8 years old for everyone on the tour. For questions, please ask Mr. Putnam at


Re-Registration Office Hours - RESCHEDULED TO 4/19

Tuesday, March 29th, 2pm

This is an online event.


RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Capture your Memories in this Year's WAVA Middle School Yearbook!

Deadline: April 20th

Click here for the yearbook order form.

Middle School STEM conferences

Expanding Your Horizons Network is known as the preeminent source for resources and experiences that provide focused engagement of middle school girls from all backgrounds in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). At its core, the EYHN’s unique nationwide network of STEM conferences provides a gateway for empowering girls to see themselves as future participants in STEM and STEM-related careers.

There are many locations over Washington State to choose from. Visit to register.

Coffee Chats!

Coffee Chats!

This is a chance for WAVA Learning Coaches to connect with other WAVA Learning Coaches to talk about a specific topic for 30 minutes every week. Check your schedule on your Learning Coach account. If you don't see it on your schedule, click on the links below.

Every Thursday!


March 3rd at 1:00pm: Motivate the Unmotivated

Click here to join.

March 10th at 1:00pm: Learning Styles

Click here to join.

March 17th at 1:00pm: Dealing with and Preventing Interruptions

Click here to join.

March 24th at 1:00pm: Enrichment and Extra Curricular Activities

Click here to join.

March 31st at 1:00pm: Concerns and Priorities with School

Click here to join.

Washington Virtual Academies Celebrations!

Washington Virtual Academies Celebrations!

We want to recognize the amazing members of our WAVA community!

  • Students & Parents, let us know when a member of our staff has helped you improve, overcome a challenge or gone above and beyond to help you OR share a significant accomplishment.

  • Staff Members - let us know about members of our community who have helped a student/family find success OR share a story about a student/family who has had a significant accomplishment.

Let's Celebrate our wonderful WAVA community!

Follow this link and complete the form to recognize that wonderful person.

Brand new to WAVA?

If you're just starting this month, welcome! Be sure to check your k-mail for a welcome letter from your Family Academic Support Liaison, F.A.S.L. Your F.A.S.L. is there to help you get everything started.

Getting started:
You will receive an email from WAVA detailing the onboarding process. There will be multiple live sessions offered each day, every week, to help guide you through setting everything up.

Week of Welcome, WOW!
Your student's first week will be very busy! It is important to be sure to follow the daily and weekly schedule that week as all sessions are required. Details will also come in an email from WAVA.

Required Class Connects

If you see the word REQUIRED next to the title of the Class Connect, it is a mandatory class that you must attend. If you know you are going to miss a class please contact your teacher to see how you can make up the missed work. Sometimes, you will need to watch a recording.

To view the recording of a missed Class Connect Session, click on the “Go to Class Connect” link, search the date of your missed session, click on the link of the session, watch recording. ALWAYS send your teacher a Kmail to explain why you missed attending the LIVE session (unless previously arranged.)

Time Zone
Make sure your OLS is set to PST (Pacific Standard Time) so your Class Connect times are correct. Click on -> My Account -> Time Zone Settings.


Students and Learning Coaches do not need to track attendance. Your attendance is measured by your course progress and participation in required class connect sessions.

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Advanced Learning Circle

For advanced and gifted students:

March 3rd
(Grades 2-8)
Topic: Finding the Story in Your Family History

Time: 12:00-1:00pm

March 17th (Grades 6-8)

Time: 12:00-1:00pm

March 24th

Time: 12:00-1:00pm

March 31st

Topic: March Student Presentations

Time: 12:00-1:00pm

We need parent volunteers!

We have an upcoming social gathering we are putting together for WAVA students this month and need parent volunteers. If you would like more information on how you can help for this event or other events this school year, please fill out this survey.