ORVA Community Newsletter

September 2021

Welcome to the Oregon Virtual Academy monthly newsletter! The intent of this publication is to share important school information and announcements, distribute event details, promote school contests and other social opportunities for students and learning coaches, and provide a platform to help ORVA families feel more connected to the school. We hope you enjoy the content and that you find this a useful tool in your student's educational journey here at ORVA. Welcome to the Oregon Virtual Academy 21/22 school year!
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In This Issue

  • Activities Coordinator Corner
  • Learning Coach Corner
  • Parent Connect
  • Scholastic Books
  • Stride K12 Competitions
  • Elementary Spotlight
  • Middle School Spotlight
  • High School Spotlight
  • Special Programs Spotlight
  • Community Resources
  • School Calendar
  • Contact Us

Activities Coordinator Corner

In lieu of an in-person event this month, we are holding virtual ORventures grouped by grades that are set up to allow our students to explore this wonderful state we live in! These sessions will be held on September 24th at 1:00. Keep an eye on your class connect schedule for the link.
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If you have signed up for clubs, but have not filled out the PARTICIPATION AGREEMENT, please do so as soon as possible. We must have this form filled out before you are able to participate in clubs.

Learning Coach Corner

Learning Coaches are amazing and essential to student success here at ORVA! We appreciate you all so much and want to make sure you have all the support you need. You will see weekly Q&A sessions on your schedule in your learning coach account. Elementary learning coaches can pop in on Mondays starting at 4:00 and Middle/High School learning coaches on Tuesdays at 4:00. These sessions are open until 5:00 and you are welcome to pop in at any time during that hour. The Q&A sessions are not the only way you can receive help and support! Please reach out to your student's advisor or our Community Engagement Specialist, Tiffany Folsom (tfolsom@oregonva.org), whenever you have a question or need assistance.

If you are interested in some more in-depth training, consider signing up for our Learning Coach Academy (LCA). Information about LCA and the sign up form can be found in the link below.

Parent Connect

Connect with others for friendship, support, and socialization! Connecting helps build a stronger community with students and Learning Coaches. By completing the opt-in form, you give the school permission to share your information with other families. To remove your information from the Parent Connect directory, please email your request to tfolsom@oregonva.org.


Click here to access the directory

Keep in mind, there will not be anyone in this directory right a way as we are just now sending out the opt in form. It will be updated weekly.

Scholastic Books

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School’s starting up again and that means Scholastic Book Clubs is open for ordering. Because of the pandemic, Scholastic is still delivering books directly to homes, rather than shipping them to the teacher to hand out.

Each month, we’ll publish a reminder about placing orders in the school newsletter. Orders can be for any grade level. When you use the school’s code below with your order, ORVA earns points with Scholastic. The points will be used to purchase books as incentives and prizes throughout the year.

Website/ordering link: https://clubs.scholastic.com/home

Click on Connect to Teacher and enter the class code.

Class Code: XQ8XT

Be sure to choose the ship to home option when you’re ready to order.

Orders will be placed for this month on September 30, which means that orders will ship after that date.

ORVA teacher to contact if you have questions: Tina Lowen, (541) 751-5410, tlowen@oregonva.org

Stride K12 Competitions

Elementary Spotlight

Hello ORVA families! My name is Katy Pointer and I’m our new elementary Dean of Students and Instruction. This year marks my 13th year at ORVA, but my first year in this new role. My role here at ORVA is to work closely with our teachers to help make sure they are meeting the needs of every student enrolled. I will be meeting with teachers regularly to look at student data and discuss any changes we can make to help everyone succeed. You may notice me pop into classes just to see what you’re all up to. Don’t worry, no one will be in trouble! I just love seeing our amazing teachers doing what they do best! I may also sub some of your sessions so your teachers can go observe other teachers in our school and learn even more tips and tricks. I am also here to support our amazing families. If you have questions or concerns about your student, our curriculum, anything, please do not hesitate to reach out! You can always reach me at kapointer@oregonva.org or 503-956-6609. Let’s have an amazing year here at ORVA!

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Student one-on-one sessions

ORVA elementary teachers are so excited to meet with every student one-on-one. If you have not yet met with your teacher, please be sure to check your schedule and attend at your designated time. These sessions are very low stress and will help us learn your student’s strengths and areas for improvement. They will be using this information to create small groups and help sessions to fill in any gaps there may be and help your student through their curriculum.

Elementary Small Groups – Beginning October 4

Once your teachers have finished their one-on-one sessions, they will be creating small groups for those students who need extra support. Many of our students will have at least one group added to their plan. Please keep an eye on your e-mail and schedule. Small groups will begin the week of October 4!

Student/LC e-mail glitch

We have become aware of a glitch happening through our student e-mail system. LCs are supposed to be cc’d on every e-mail sent to their students, but this is not happening for some (but not all). If you seem to not be seeing e-mails from your student’s teacher, please make it a habit to check your student’s e-mail at least once daily. Students should also be checking their e-mail daily. We are hoping this issue is fixed soon!

Middle School Spotlight

Dear ORVA Middle School Community,

Welcome again to the 2021-2022 school year! I am thrilled to be joining you this year as your new principal. I have enjoyed meeting some of you as we prepare for the school year and I am eagerly anticipating connecting with all families. We finished up our first week of academic classes and our teachers are truly enjoying getting to know our middle schoolers!

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As we dig deeper into our school year, ORVA Middle School has put together a Padlet Information Page for Learning Coaches to access important links in a one-stop-shop format. Please check out our Learning Coach Information Padlet linked here or visit https://tinyurl.com/ORVAMS

Elective Classes

ORVA Middle School is ready to forecast for elective courses. Please visit our Elective Forecasting Link and decide if there is a course your student would like to take. All electives are optional and will begin in early October. More information is linked to the forecasting sheet and the Learning Coach Information Padlet.

I look forward to getting to know each of your students and having a fantastic school year together.


Caitlin Klenz

ORVA Middle School Principal


High School Spotlight

Greetings High School families!

It is with immense pleasure that I get to introduce to you our new dynamic High School Leadership team who are ready to bring their support, experience, and energy into our school:

Ms. Elyse Hansen is our new Assistant Principal. Ms. Hansen will be assisting me with developing, implementing, and coordinating efforts to promote and build on a culture of accessibility and advancement for students. Specifically, Ms. Hansen will use her strengths to facilitate professional development for our staff, provide support to our Counseling Department as well as promote advanced and extended curriculum offerings for students. Elhansen@orgonva.org

Mr. Michael Hawkins is our new Dean of Instruction. As the Dean of Instruction, Mr. Hawkins will work with educators to empower them to focus their courses to best achieve results for students. He will work with teachers to make sure expectations are consistent and followed through by providing support to develop and retain high-performing educators. He will also work with all stakeholders to create an instructionally strong school. mhawkins@oregonva.org

Ms. Margie Paulson is our new High School Student Engagement Specialist. As the High School Student Engagement Specialist, Ms. Paulson will support all High School students by completing tasks related to student management, attendance policy, the student handbook, coordinates many programs relating to students, and providing support for students to be successful. She will also be taking over NHS and continuing to grow some of our new programming such as Student Leadership and Peer Mentoring program. mpaulson@oregonva.org

As you can tell, our skilled and devoted High School Leadership team is ready and prepared to make High School a safe and joyful experience for all students.

Go Class of 2022!


Kerry Foley

High School Principal

Special Programs Spotlight

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Community Resources

Hello ORVA Families!

My name is Anne Farrell, and I am your new Student Resource Coordinator. I am so excited for the 2021-22 school year! I want you to know that I am here to help each of you in any way I can. My job is to connect you to the resources you need in your local community. We are a team here at the Oregon Virtual Academy, and working together with you is my top priority!

Have a wonderful school year!

Mrs. Farrell


School Calendar

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Contact Us

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