The WAVA Wave

October, 2015

A Message from our Principal

Hello WAVA Middle School Student and Parents!


What a great Strong Start we have had to the year! September is always a time of getting settled and organized. Homeroom teachers connect with their new students and families, we give assessments to verify course placements and make adjustments as needed, and students attend orientations and Strong Start sessions. Phew! I don’t know about you, but I am ready for the regular routines of October to start!


During October we will really be focusing on settling into the schedules of Class Connect and working with ELA, Math & Science teachers to support you and help you be successful here at WAVA. Make sure to attend all your required sessions and keep an eye out for Optional Help Labs and Study Halls where you can get more individualized help on your assignments and answers to your specific questions. We are also looking forward to starting some clubs (Thanks, Students, for your suggestions!) and are busily planning celebration assemblies and outings to get to meet in person. Below you will see lots of options around the state and we hope you can find some time to come out and meet our wonderful WAVA staff!


Tammy Alonzo

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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.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/wavacelebrate

October is Disability Awareness Month

People First of Washington , a Washington State self-advocacy organization, state that people with all kinds of (dis) ABILITIES have the right to be equal and respected citizens in our communities. ..we have the right to work, live, have fun, make friends, take risks, and learn to speak up for ourselves. People have the right to make their OWN informed choices.


Huffington Post has compiled a list of things parents should talk to their kids about when it comes to disabilities such as answering the question, “Why can’t they walk?” Read the rest of the list:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/02/disability-awareness-parents-teach-kids_n_3696279.html


Please share this video with your kids.

Katie's Disability Awareness Video

Prevent Bullying: Unite for What’s Right

While 28 percent of U.S. students have experienced bullying, the majority of kids—70.6 percent—say they have witnessed bullying in their schools, according to stats from StopBullying.com. That means that the majority of kids can play a part in changing that 28 percent to zero. Unlike teasing or sarcastic joking, bullying can significantly affect a child and leave emotional scars, as well as physical injury. Kids who are bullied may suffer depression, low self-esteem, health issues, and poor grades. Bullying is such a serious issue that the month of October has been designated as National Bullying Prevention month, when organizations and schools typically rally to bring awareness around this important issue.


This year, K12 offers everyone the chance to get involved in National Bullying Prevention Month by joining its Zero Bullying Campaign.


Starting on Thursday, October 1st and running through the month of October, you and your friends and family can Unite for What’s Right and show you stand for zero bullying by sharing images, short videos and ideas on social media.


Here’s How You Can Participate In K12’s Bully Prevention Event In October

  1. Take a picture, create video (10 – 12 seconds) or develop an idea that shows support for bully prevention.
  2. Hashtag that content with #ZeroBullying
  3. Post that picture, video or idea to your social media account


Starting on October 1st, contributions will be shown on Learning Liftoff at: http://www.learningliftoff.com/zero-bullying


Here’s Why You’ll Want to Participate

  1. By showing your support for bullying prevention, you will bring awareness to the problem and be part of the solution. You will be adding your voice to others as we all unite to do what’s right!
  2. If you’re one of the first 100 people to participate by sharing the hashtag #ZeroBullying with your photo, drawing or suggestion on a social media channel, you’ll get the stylish K12 Zero Bullying, Unite for What’s Right t-shirt which features the Zero Bullying logo.
  3. Your post will appear on Learning Liftoff so all will see your creative stand against bullying! Visit www.learningliftoff.com/zero-bullying often to see what others have posted.

Unite for What’s Right with K12 in support of bullying prevention! Share #ZeroBullying today!

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The K12 Annual Art Contest is Back!

The annual Art Contest is back, and we want to showcase your student's talents!

In honor of the 10th Annual K12 Art Contest, our theme is Decades.


We want to see what decades look like to your child, whether it’s the music of the Roaring 20s, the Great Depression in the 30s, the colors of the psychedelic 70s, a view of the world today, or a vision of the future.


This year, your student(s) can submit multiple entries. Artwork can be realistic or abstract. And your child can submit work in any medium: painting, photography, drawing, collage, digital illustration, or three-dimensional pieces (submitted as a photograph) in clay, origami, etc.


Visit stories.K12.com for more information. When submitting artwork, please be sure to also include a story of what decade your student is illustrating and why he or she chose it.

The Art Contest closes October 30.

Back to School Picnic at the Park

Friday, Oct. 2nd, 12-1:30pm

1015 East McLoughlin Boulevard

Vancouver, WA

Come and join other WAVA families in the Vancouver area for a Back-to-School picnic and cookie potluck!! Look for the big red play structure.

Students may decorate a spiral journal for school! All Supplies are provided.

Bring one dozen cookies to share.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

(6th grade families!) Rutledge Farm Corn Maze

Friday, Oct. 2nd, 1-3pm

302 93rd Avenue Southeast

Olympia, WA

Students will be creative, confident and resilient problem solvers. They will build strong relationships with teachers and classmates in cooperative games in a face to face activities. Cost is $4.00 per person. Please RSVP here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/9YSBZBW

Cookies, Crafts and Kickball at Squalicum Creek Park Bellingham

Friday, Oct. 9th, 1-3pm

1001 Squalicum Way

Bellingham, WA

Come and meet some of WAVA's teachers and other families. Teachers will talk to you about other local events that are going to be planned throughout the school year!

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Middle School STEM festival

Saturday, Oct. 10th, 10am-4pm

18115 Campus Way Northeast

Bothell, WA

Please consider attending the Middle School STEM festival at the University of Washington Bothell campus focused on girls (boys are welcome, too). It is on Saturday, October 10th, 11 to 4 p.m.

Registration is now open for the Inspire STEM Festival (formerly the Sally Ride Science Festival). UW Bothell is delighted to host this event that aims to Inspire middle school girls to pursue STEM education and spark a passion for science, technology, engineering and math.

Last year they had over 500 participants in attendance! This year, there will be dozens of exhibitors from various organizations from around the region and over 30 workshops for students with four workshops specifically designed for parents. Many of the workshops will be led by the amazing faculty from UW Bothell.

Space is limited, so make sure to get your tickets now! Each registration includes lunch, a t-shirt, and choice of two workshops. REGISTER HERE: http://www.uwb.edu/inspire

If you have questions, please contact Marvin Eng at STEMfest@uw.edu or at 425-352-3869.

Mount St. Helens (Earth and Life Science Students Only)

Friday, Oct. 16th, 10am-1pm

Johnston Creek Observatory, Mt. St. Helens

This outing enriches Earth & Life Science study of volcanoes, seismographs, rocks/minerals, and how life and ecosystems are returning to the volcano. Please RSVP by sending Sarah Layton a k-mail.

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.

K-8 Strong Start Welcome Orientations
Every Tuesday and Thursday you will see a required class with this title. It is mandatory for you to complete this orientation. You only need to attend once.

Welcome to Online Learning
This course is a series of 5 short lesson. You can login under your student account but the information is intended for both the student and the learning coach. Please complete this course before starting any new lessons.


ORN010 (8th graders only)

Please complete this course before you start your first lessons. This course will help familiarize you and your learning coach with the Learning Management System, L.M.S.

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.

Attendance

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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Coffee Chats are Starting October 9th!

Coffee Chats for Learning Coaches starting October 9th!


We are starting our weekly 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 Friday.


Every Friday at 10:00am!


TOPICS:


URL Link: https://lms.k12.com/lms/go/classConnect/PJ3JAJCJMJVJAJ0-5JMJGJCJ2JHJD-P-R-D9B9F9I9A9G9M9T9HJIJOJMJR-HJ9J3KUJ3JF9B-V-3-W-P-P-E-O9IJGJPJ8JQ-IJP-7JJJQJ0JBJDJR-5-3-U9--L-2989V-9-3-M9M9B9


October 9th Motivate the Unmotivated

October 16th Creating an Interest to Learn

October 23rd Learning Styles

October 30th Consistency

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.
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/volunteerWAVA

WAVA Photo ID Cards are now Available to Purchase!

Order your school ID card by clicking this link: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B3w6GIRsUmTiZDhYbjltWjZzbGs

Confused by all of the Acronyms?

Here at WAVA, we often find ourselves using terms or acronyms and realize that not everyone knows what they all mean because we have so many! We have compiled a list of commonly used acronyms for you to refer to:

WAVA = Washington Virtual Academy

FASL = Family Academic Support Liaison

OLS = Online School (the platform you use to do the course work and communicate via Kmail, etc.)

LMS = Learning Management System

LC = Learning Coach

HS = High School

CC = Class Connect Sessions

BbC = Blackboard Collaborate (the same as Class Connect Sessions)

HRT = Homeroom Teacher

AA = Academic Advisor (or for Running Start students this could refer to the degree they are working towards)

FRC = Family Resource Coordinator (Kathy Swartz)

FEC = Family Engagement Coordinator (Denise Roberts)

IEP = Individual Education Plan (for Special Education "SE" students)

ILP = Individual Learning Plan (for ALL students)

SBAC = Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (the mandated state test)

MAP = Measure of Academic Progress assessment
OSPI = Office of superintendent of public instruction