The WAVA Wave Newsletter

We are WAVA, We are ONE! -November 2020-

Head of School, Summer Shelton, November Message

Video Message from Summer Shelton:

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November we show Gratitude and Thanks honoring our Veterans, on Global Kindness Day and during Thanksgiving

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Welcome Susan Boyer, our new WAVA Director of Academics

Happy November WAVA Families

Please join us as we welcome Susan Boyer to her new role within WAVA and K12 as the Director of Academics. WAVA is pleased that Susan Boyer who has previously been our Principal of WAVA Elementary School has accepted the role as our new Director of Academics. Before joining K12, Mrs. Boyer worked as a building leader and teacher in Washington State. She has a continued passion for equity in learning outcomes, and holds firm to her belief that all student are capable of success - no exceptions. Her extensive background in curriculum instruction, online education, and leadership will bring a level of experience and excellence to this new role!

We look forward to adding this new position to our WAVA community as a way to bridge together our Elementary Team, Middle School Team and High School Team and academic excellence. Reporting to Ms. Boyer will be Dolly Fernandes of Special Programs, Joanne Warren HS Principal, Del Heistand MS Principal, our new ES Principal and Danielle Beyer Assessments. Susan Boyer will serve as the point of contact for our Omak HR (hiring, teacher contracts, evaluations, etc.), manage the LAP budget, as well as be a point person for the regional and national academic endeavors within K12.

Please join me as we congratulate Susan Boyer and look forward to the wonderful support this will provide to all of our WAVA families as we continue to strive for excellence and our mission that all students are capable of success!

Thank you,

Head of School, Summer Shelton


ES Corner:

Video Message from Elementary School Principal Susan Boyer

This year WAVA Elementary has been focused on intentional, meaningful instruction for all students. We want our students to be prepared and ready to move onto the next grade level when they end their year with us. Your teachers are planning lessons around essential standards for your grade level. If you have been at WAVA prior, you might be wondering why we are inviting students to more classes with our teachers. We strongly believe that more time with your teacher is key to student success. If your student is struggling in Math or ELA their homeroom teacher wants to support them and make sure that they get all the help they need to be successful in school and beyond.

The word of the month for November is gratitude. It is always good to have a routine practice of expressing gratitude. This has been a hard year for all of us for many reasons and being grateful may not come as easily has it has in the past, that is ok. Sometimes there are big things to be grateful for, and sometimes all you can find are little things. We hope you know how grateful we are to be a part of the WAVA community and that serving you each day is a true honor.

We hope that you have a wonderful month and if you have any needs please do not hesitate to reach out.

Susan Boyer—WAVA ES Principal

Jodi Schilling—WAVA ES Assistant Principal

Chris Miller—WAVA ES Assistant Principal


MS Corner:

Video Message from Middle School Principal Del Heistand

Hello WAVA Middle School Students!

I hope that you enjoyed the Costume Day we had last week and that you are taking time to celebrate with school and have some fun! I appreciated hearing about the great time all of you have been having.

This week coming back to November, we are focusing on Gratitude. Gratitude is a quality of being thankful and showing a return of appreciation and kindness. Next week, next month we can all work on showing appreciation to others and ourselves, our peers, our teachers and our community. Let's focus on Gratitude and how this month we can show thanks with our Middle School Pride.

We have had an awesome attendance rate for Middle School. Let's keep it up this month. Keep going to class, staying engaged and getting our work and assignments done. I look forward to seeing you all throughout the month, lets do this and have a great November!


Principal Del Heistand


HS Corner:

Video Message from High School Assistant Principal Terry Ackerman

Hello WAVA High School, this is Assistant Principal Ackerman with some WAVA updates for the month of November. This month is all about preparing you for Graduation. We are providing students with a plan to move forward and be prepared for graduation details and expectations. We hosted a Graduation Information Night to review the Washington State Requirement that are needed in order to move forward. We want to ensure that all students are informed and prepared.

Take time to get engaged in the community. Take time to visit Chill N Chat, engage in all of you classes and all of the ways that WAVA has to connect with you. We estimate that you will have about 30 hours a week of course work and material or work that is posted each week. Make sure that you take time to get all of your work completed.

At WAVA our word of the month is Gratitude and it is with Gratitude that I am writing this to thank you! Thank you for being a part of WAVA. Take time to enjoy all of our resources here at WAVA and have a wonderful month!


Assistant Principal Ackerman


Social Blurb:

  • Check out the November Social Spot! Take a look and mark your calendar for our Spirit Day, Virtual Experiences, Events and Activities!
  • This month we are focusing as a WAVA community on the WAVA Word, GRATITUDE. We are going to focus on ways in and out of the classroom to express and show gratitude!
  • Our SEL team and Kids of Hope Committee are planning suggested activities to teachers around the word Gratitude along with suggested book reads for our ES grades.
  • We will also celebrate Global Kindness Day on November 13th
  • Join us as we honor Veterans schoolwide through activities and assemblies on November 9th or 10th and on social media as we share Gratitude for those in service.
  • Take time during our week of Thanks during Thanksgiving time to share pics and messages on social media! What are you Thankful for?
  • Clubs are in action and starting this month! Those that signup up will receive a confirmation email to start either the week of November 2nd, 10th, or 16th. Clubs will meet weekly or monthly!
  • We celebrate the Power of ONE! Our Clubs Spotlight this month is our 1x a month LGBTQ+ Club! Check it out!
  • Lunch Chat anyone? Students can enjoy a 1x a week Lunch Chat! Thank you as we work to make these specific to your students age and grade as well as the best methods and games/activities for during our chats. These are in the Class Connect as a Optional Class.


HS ASB Corner:

Did you know that our High School has an amazing group of Student Leaders that help run our ASB! This group of leaders and students collaborate to help create and run student lead ideas and activities throughout the year! They have a wide list of HS Clubs you can participate in during their weekly Chill N Chat sessions as well as event they support throughout the year! If you are in HS and want to become involved, check it out!


Staff Spotlight:

For the month of November we would like to show Gratitude and Thank all of our WAVA Teachers! We have a wonderful and talented team of teachers that each day work hard to provide an education and experience to ALL Students to help them succeed. We are thankful for the passion and dedication that they deliver through their online learning. Thank you WAVA Teachers from all of us!

Please let us know if you would like to give a special shoutout to your teacher and how let us know something special that is happening for your student! We would love to highlight your news here in our Staff Spotlight each month!

WAVA Wavemakers:

Thank you to our wonderful Learning Coach teams and families! We are thankful for you and your support as we partner in your student(s) education journey. Each month we will give a special shoutout to some of our LC Wavemakers that are positive, encouraging, informative and supportive! The list is long and plentiful!

Thank you this month to our Wavemaker:

  • Crissy Allen
  • Jamie Wheeler
  • Jennifer Williams Bardsley
  • Laura Swanson
  • Janna Stults


*Please stay tuned for updates on our Family Directory Opt In Form

*Please stay tuned for info to come on a new K12 Learning Coach Community App coming soon!

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Special Programs Support

Meet our Special Programs Team:

Special Programs Principal, Dolly Fernandes, and Special Programs Assistant Principal, Jennifer Tubbs, are excited to welcome you to the new school year! If you have questions or concerns about the diverse needs of your learner, please contact -

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K12 National News

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WAVA Bulletin Board

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WAVA School Year 2020-2021 Academic Calendar

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WAVA Parent-Student Compliance Handbook 2019-2020

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Washington Virtual Academies

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Omak Statement of Non-discrimination

Omak School District does not discriminate in any programs or activities on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following employees have been designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination: Civil Rights Coordinator and Title IX Coordinator: LeAnne Olson, (509) 826-7687, or WAVA Family Resource Coordinator: Kathy Swartz, (253) 682-7906,; and Section 504 Coordinator: John Holcomb, (509) 826-8342, , P.O. Box 833, Omak, WA 98841 or WAVA 504 Coordinator, Scott VanGerpen, (253) 591-6888

El Distrito Escolar de Omak no discrimina en ningún programa o actividad por motivos de sexo, raza, credo, religión, color, nacionalidad, edad, estado militar o veterano, orientación sexual, expresión de género o identidad, incapacidad o el uso de un perro entrenado o un animal guía o de servicio, y proporciona el mismo acceso a los Boy Scouts y otros grupos de jóvenes que sean designados. Los siguientes empleados han sido designados para estar a cargo de preguntas y quejas de presunta discriminación: Coordinadora de Derechos Civiles y Coordinador del Título IX: LeAnne Olson, (509) 826-7687,; Coordinador de recursos familiares, Kathy Swartz, (253) 682-7906,; y el Coordinador de la sección 504: John Holcomb, (509) 826-8342,, P.O. Box 833, Omak, WA 98841 or WAVA Coordinador de la sección 504, Scott VanGerpen, (253) 591-6888