The WAVA Wave

September 1, 2017

A Message from our Principal...

Hello WAVA Parents and Students!

As principal of WAVA Middle School, it is my pleasure to welcome back our returning families and to greet our new students who are joining WAVA for the first time. We are all excited to have students back in our classrooms, engaging with teachers, and sharing their enthusiasm for learning. It is our goal to help every student feel welcomed, connected, and challenged in learning experiences that they find relevant to their lives and interests.

Our amazing teachers have already spent hours planning for this year and creating classroom activities to engage their students in the learning process. To begin the year, our teachers will be getting to know your students in a variety of ways to be able to understand the current skill levels and academic needs of each student so that they can set individualized goals for growth and improvement. We want your child’s time at WAVA MS to be a positive social and learning experience that sets them up for success in the future – though high school and beyond.

Last year, we heard loud and clear that students and parents wanted more opportunities to interact with the teachers and each other in person and online. We want that too! I am excited to announce that this year, we have built in “Fun Fridays” to our regular routines. Keep an eye on your Friday Class Connect calendars from 12:00-1:00 so that you can join us for Career Assemblies, Clubs, and Recognition Assemblies where we will honor our students, teachers, and learning coaches.

Additionally, we have reserved one Friday per month as face-to-face outing days were teachers will provide multiple outing opportunities around the state, often tied directly to the career theme of the month. During these Fridays, you will notice that there will be no big projects due or tests given to allow students to take the time to attend outings without coming home to a full day of online work too. Add these dates to your calendars and then watch this newsletter each month for the details of each outing offering and RSVP to let us know you are coming!

Also – Please check out our new webpage and bookmark it for tons of information about our school We are building out this new website, so watch for new additions of information all year.

I am honored to serve as the principal of WAVA MS and feel so fortunate to be part of a school community where students, teachers, and parents care for each other, strive to build positive relationships with each other, and support everyone’s growth and learning!

Again, welcome to the 2017-18 school year! This is going to be our best year yet!

Tammy Alonzo

WAVA MS Principal

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Student Spotlight Survey

We are looking for student volunteers to be in our WAVA Wave. Please have your student fill out this form and we will contact you with more details. We are looking forward to learning more about our students here at WAVA!

Learning Coach Coffee Chats! Second Thursday of the month.

Please join Heather Bennett, FEC, and Kathy Swartz, FRC, for a monthly coffee chat. We will be discussing many different topics. Check your weekly plan for the link! See you there!
Order Your School ID

Order your WAVA School ID! Click on the link and choose if you would like to order online or by mail. Once you see the list of schools click on WAVA and follow the directions for ordering. $10 per card.

WAVA Bulletin Board

Bookmark our new school resource website! Check out our academic and social calendar, events, videos, info links, and more!

WAVA Walking/Activity Group

I would love to start walking/activity groups throughout the state for our WAVA families! These groups would be Learning Coach run and not staff run, that way we can have them in more places. We can start with a walking group and hopefully it will turn in to a group of WAVA families who start hanging out together! Please fill out the form as best as you can and I will contact soon with group information. Thank you so much! ~Heather Bennett, Family Engagement Coordinator

Meet-and-Greet at Dash Point State Park

Friday, Sep. 8th, 12-2pm

5700 Southwest Dash Point Road

Federal Way, WA

Dash Point State Park

5700 S.W. Dash Point Road
Federal Way, WA 98023

When: Friday, September 8th

Where: Beach area (Meet on the right side of the sandy beach...look for blue WAVA sign)

Time: 12:00 pm to 2:00-ish

Questions: Kelly Fisk,

*Bring a lunch, chairs, or towel to sit on and enjoy a picnic together. Scavenger hunt fun around 1:00 PM!

*Discover Pass needed for parking, or $10 per car

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Middle School Low Tide Back to School Event at Mukilteo Beach

Friday, Sep. 8th, 12-2pm

609 Front Street

Mukilteo, WA

Please join us for low tide at Mukilteo Beach! We will have
cookies and a “get to know you” activity, as well as
wandering the beach to look for all the awesome sea

You will have to pay for parking unless you live in Mukilteo city
limits and have a parking pass. It is minimal, and we would
love to see you all!

September 8th, 2017, 12-2 p.m.

Mukilteo Beach
609 Front Street, Mukilteo

Look for a WAVA sign and balloons at the picnic shelter park area.

WAVA Teachers:
Stacey Reed, Jen Marks, Jim Turner, and Jamie Beckland

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge Outing

Friday, Sep. 8th, 10am-1pm

South Smith Road

Cheney, WA

When: Friday, September 8th

Where: 2610 S Smith Rd, Cheney, WA 99004

(Meet on the auto tour loops first restroom/parking lot.... Look for WAVA signs)

Time: 10 am until around 1:00 pm

*Bring a lunch /water- wear good hiking shoes

Special Speaker: Shelby Prescod- Wildlife Biologist and Ornithology Expert

Trail Hike/learn how to do a bird count/wing and flight exercise/Bird Discovery

Hosted by WAVA 8th Grade Teacher Michelle Hunter

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Burfoot Park Beach Walk

Friday, Sep. 8th, 11:30am-2pm

6927 Boston Harbor Road Northeast

Olympia, WA

Meet & Greet Picnic and Beach Walk/Discovery with South Sound Estuary Association

Burfoot Park
6927 Boston Harbor Rd NE
Olympia, WA

Cost: Free! Bring a lunch

Host: Joy Roth

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Lewis & Clark State Park

Friday, Sep. 8th, 10am-12pm

4583 Jackson Highway

Winlock, WA

September Environment: Old Growth Forest Environment/Discovery Trail Walk

Lewis & Clark State Park
4583 Jackson Hwy S
Toledo, WA

Cost: Free!

Host: Sarah Layton,

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Lunch at Low Tide for all K-12th grade families

Friday, Sep. 8th, 11am-1pm

come to the location nearest you

Locust Beach
3191 Locust Ave
Bellingham, WA 98225
Park in the lot, follow the road/trail under railroad tracks to beach.

Owen Beach
5605 Owen Beach Rd
Tacoma, WA 98407

Golden Gardens
8498 Seaview Place NW
Seattle, WA 98119
Meet at middle point of beach near the water

Centerplace Park
2426 N Discovery Pl
Spokane, WA 98216

What to bring: A sack lunch for your family and a picnic blanket. Bring sand pails and shovels for exploring! Meet and connect with new WAVA teachers, students, and learning coaches!

Please RSVP and let us know what location you plan to attend!
RSVP link:

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Tech Field trip to APPLE (grades 5th-8th)

Friday, Oct. 6th, 10-11:30am

710 West Main Avenue

Spokane, WA

October Career Focus: Technology (hands on lab)
710 West Main Avenue
Spokane, WA

Cost: free!

Hosted by Michelle Hunter,

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Olympia Library: Tech Help

Friday, Oct. 6th, 2-4pm

313 8th Avenue Southeast

Olympia, WA

Support Tech tools that help with school lessons/Encourage Use of Library and Reading


Olympia Library

313 8th Ave SE

Olympia, WA 98501


October 6, 2017 2pm-4pm

Host: Joy Roth,

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Salmon Hatchery/Mayfield Dam

Friday, Oct. 6th, 9:30am-12:30pm

199 Salmon Lane

Salkum, WA

Oct Technology support


Salmon Hatchery/Mayfield Dam

199 Salmon Ln

Salkum, WA 98582


October 6, 2017


Host: Sarah Layton, to reserve a spot

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Join WAVA's Facebook Group for Middle School Learning Coaches

Did you know WAVA has a closed Facebook group for Middle School Learning Coaches? As a member, you can connect with other Middle School Learning Coaches, share ideas, and get live, up to date, school communications. You can request to join here:

If you have requested to join but have not heard anything please check your alternate folders on Facebook. We send private messages to learning coaches if we cannot verify their student is enrolled in WAVA.

Washington Virtual Academies

You know that your kids have something special inside them. We know it too. Washington Virtual Academies (WAVA) and K12 ignite the minds of children like yours to bring learning and innate possibility alive. Together, we are helping Washington students in grades K-12 reach their true, personal potential.

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