Diamond Gazette

December 2016

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Take a Peek at What's in December's Edition...

December's edition of the Diamond Gazette is LOADED with information for ALL ARVA families! Be sure to scroll all the way through to access the goodies within, including:
  • School Resources and Information
  • Booster Club and Outing Information
  • ARVA Diamonds (students) Shining Across Arkansas (pictures of YOU!)
  • Community Resources, including Special Needs Activities in Your Community
  • K12 Resources and Information

Recognizing Additional Students Who Achieved Honor Roll and/or Perfect Attendance:

You are true ARVA DIAMONDS!

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School Resources and Information

HS Counselors' Corner ~ Attention High School Seniors!

We are excited to be planning for ARVA's 1st high school graduation, May 20, 2017! You have already received information from your Principal, Mr. Keith Dempsey, concerning graduation planning. What a celebration this will be! Stay tuned!

Also, multiple opportunities to apply for scholarships are compiled in a list by your counselor. New ones are added all the time, including the Essay Scholarship for Juniors and Seniors, the AXA Achiever's Scholarship, and more! See the full list here.

Lastly, we have colleges coming to present to our seniors during homeroom time. Several of these sessions were held in November. There is one more session coming up:

  • Dec. 9th – Williams Baptist College

There are more college days being planned ~ stay tuned!
Meanwhile, here is one of the recordings, from Baptist Health College in Little Rock's presentation:


In the video, she references the View Book, found here:


High School Counselor Office Hours

An office hour for Counselors will be available weekly for students from 8-9 am on Wednesdays. If you have questions regarding credits, colleges, scholarships, etc, come on in and talk with your Counselors! The link to attend is:


Attention High School Juniors: 2017 Arkansas Governor's School

Ms. Carol Heavin wanted to remind Juniors about the 2017 Arkansas Governor’s School (AGS). AGS is a six-week summer residential program that will be held from June 11-July 22, 2017, at Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas. Gifted and talented students who will be seniors in 2017-2018 may be nominated for the program. The link to the general information and 2017 online nomination forms can be found at the following link: www.hendrix.edu/ags/nominationpacket/.

Please let Ms. Carol Heavin know by Jan. 5, 2017 if you apply so that she can complete her part. Also, Ms. Karen Sanders is available to assist you with your essay if you are interested.

Good luck!

Middle School Students - Come see FAST for OMS Platform Training!

Check your Class Connect schedule for an invitation to attend Online Middle School (OMS) Platform Training with the FASTeam (Family Academic Support Team). If you need help maneuvering through the new platform, come see us and let us help! Currently offered to all MS students on Mondays and Fridays.
Prefer to view a recording that you can pause and rewind as needed? Click here.

Ready to Drive? Check here first!

  1. High School students must contact their counselor. Students not yet in high school should contact Hollie Gumm, K-8 Principal: hgumm@arva.org
  2. Counselor or Principal will check the last semesters’ GPA to see if it is a 2.0 or higher.
  3. Counselor or Principal will send request to ARVA's registrar to send form to the student if the student is eligible.

Please note: Student must complete one semester with ARVA before ARVA will grant eligibility for a driver's license.

Forms will be sent via US Mail only. Please request 2-3 weeks prior to driver’s test.

ARVA's Parent Lending Library

ARVA's Parent Lending Library has books and games to loan to parents and learning coaches. It includes book titles such as How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk (shown here) and non-book selections and games. To find out more information about the ARVA’s Parent’s Lending Library or to check out a book, click here.

*Note that you can also request titles at most Arkansas libraries. They will often request the book from another library or order it for you to check out. Find your local library here.

FEATURED SELECTION for December: Overcoming Underachieving: A Simple Plan to Boost Your Kids' Grades and End the Homework Hassles

A parenting specialist and child psychologist helps tackle a headache for parents and kids alike--homework--and gets underachievers back on track. Is your child constantly bored or frustrated at school? Has homework become more of a family crisis than a learning exercise every evening? As any parent of a school-age child can tell you, helping children to achieve at school and get into a good college is a primary concern. Parents are starting to worry about this when their children are still very young, knowing that the work habits and study skills their children develop in elementary school will affect their performance in middle school, high school, and eventually, college. Unfortunately, bad habits on the part of kids and parents can result in poor academic performance and tense parent/child relationships. Now, in Overcoming Underachieving, Dr. Ruth Peters--a trusted child psychologist who has helped thousands of children and their parents solve scholastic problems--tackles kids' academic underachievement head-on, and presents a clear strategy that has worked for her clients and can work for almost all kids who aren't performing as well as they could. With a practical program targeted for parents of children from first through the twelfth grade, this book gives concrete advice about how to: -reward performance -build a child's self-concept -help kids battle apathy -identify common behavioral patterns among parents and children that lead to academic underachievement As the market is inundated with new study aids and guidebooks and expensive tutors, Dr. Peters's straightforward, strategic plan is a breath of fresh air for parents and children. Overcoming Underachieving is the best tool for helping your kids get the better grades they want and deserve.

How about a little Pep Talk?

Every parent finds themselves struggling to motivate their student at some point, whether they are an ARVA parent or a 'brick and mortar' parent. Check out this fun, inspiring video of Kid President, shared by Kristy Munroe, an Engagement Coach on the FASTeam.


2016-2017 ARVA Student/Parent Handbook

Handbooks were provided via email to all families enrolled by the first week of school. It has also been posted on the Strong Start site, here: View the Student/Parent Handbook
It is important to read and understand the handbook, whether you are a student or a learning coach. Once you have read the handbook, please sign the online form here, if you haven't already: surveymonkey.com/r/16-17_ARVA_Student-Parent_Handbook
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Booster Club and Outing Information

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Student Enrichment Activity Calendar

Click here to see what's happening around Arkansas!

Booster Meeting Recording

ARVA held its October Booster meeting on Nov. 17th for parents interested in being more involved. Topics of discussion: local social groups, upcoming outings, how to organize a Booster outing, school swag. Click here to view the recording and contact Beth Moore if you have any questions: bmoore@arva.org
Our next meeting is January 19.

Facebook Pages for ARVA Learning Coaches

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Look at all the ways ARVA Diamonds SHINE across our state!

Announcing KELSEY GRANT - ARVA's Nominee for the 2017-18 Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship Program

Kelsey, congratulations on your nomination for the 2017-18 Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship Program. This program, funded through the Comcast Foundation, recognizes high school seniors from Comcast communities for their commitment to community service, academics, and demonstrated leadership. To acknowledge these accomplishments, recipients of the award will receive a one-time grant of $1,000. Only one senior from each high school may be nominated for this award, so GREAT JOB!

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Jonathan and his teacher, Mrs. Ramoly, taking time out for a picture at the Springdale Winterland of Gingerbread

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Community Resources in your area

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Crystal Bridges, in NW AR, Offers a Wide Variety of Student & Family Activities

From youth art classes to family activities, Crystal Bridges offers a variety of programs your students will love! Every Saturday and Sunday, guests are invited to drop into their studios between 1 and 4 p.m. for creative play and artmaking the whole family will enjoy. Over the Winter Break, they're planning Winter Break Wonders each afternoon, including artmaking, music, puppets, dance, and more. Crystal Bridges also recently won the Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette “Best of the Best” for Family Outing! We hope you’ll take part in some of these wonderful programs to spark the imaginations of your young artists! Find out more.

Free Symphony Orchestra Tickets

The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra presents its newest outreach program to all children and parents in the entire state of Arkansas. This program offers every student, from Kindergarten to High School seniors—all 400,000 of them—the chance to experience live orchestra performances, some of them, perhaps for the first time in their lives. Free!!

Know of other community resources in your area?

Share them with us so that we can share them with the ARVA community.

Click the pictures below to read about programs in your area!

Do you know of more opportunities for children with special needs in your area?

Let us know so that we can share it with the rest of our ARVA community!

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K12 Resources and Offerings

Learning Coach Certification Course Now Available!

K12 has created a Learning Coach Certification Course to provide more in-depth knowledge to our learning coaches striving to be their very best. We encourage you to click the link below to complete the 1-hour course.

K12 National College and Career Workshops

Have you thought about life after high school? Have you considered the careers that you might be interested in and whether or not you want, or will need, to attend college?

There is a lot to think about to get ready: where to go, what to study, how to apply, how to pay or it, and more. It’s never too early —or too late— to explore your options!

K12 will be hosting two live workshop sessions each month through the end of the 2016–2017 school year for students to talk about college and career prep topics.

College & Career Workshop Sign Ups

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Motivate 2 Activate

K12 and School at Home Effectively are pleased to offer the monthly Motivate 2 Activate Series, an introduction to principles and techniques that offer suggestions and strategies for Learning Coaches to help their students become motivated and involved in their academic success. Each session is scheduled for 30 minutes of discussion with follow up question and answer. Please join us for the session dates that work for your schedule. One RSVP will keep you informed, and session reminders, recordings, and details will be sent to your email. RSVP here: surveymonkey.com/r/K12M2A

Also, visit the ARVA Strong Start site to find all of the available links to recordings that will help you with everything from behavior strategies to managing multiples.


December 6th @ 6:30pm

Your Role As A Learning Coach
As a learning coach it is important to understand what we are able to provide and what we should provide to help our student be successful. “When I understand what I am responsible for I have a better chance of working effectively with my student using the things I can control. I stop wasting time trying to control things that the student has control over.”

Habits of Happy Kids

December 15 @ 10am

Have you ever wondered why some kids are more successful than others? Come join me for an interactive session on the 7 Habits of Happy Kids to find out on December 15th 2016. We will meet the Seven Oaks friends and learn how the practice of 7 special habits can help you throughout your life and in school. This session will be interactive and lots of fun! I can’t wait to see you there!

Click HERE to join the session on 12/15

Practice Makes Progress

January 17 @ 6:30pm

A structured environment can help set up students and Learning Coaches for the best outcome. Establishing structure through the use of positive procedures can make many of the little power struggles that happen during the day disappear.

Click HERE to RSVP

Gratitude Journal for Learning Coaches, Students and Families

We are grateful that you and your family are members of our school community. Now is a wonderful time of year to start a Gratitude Journal. Click here to download a template designed for Learning Coaches, Students and Families to use this holiday season and beyond! Print it out and then write down three things you are grateful for each day.

ARVA's Family Academic Support Team (FAST) and the Strong Start Site

ARVA's Family Academic Support Team (FAST) provides comprehensive preparation and sustained support for engagement to promote improved achievement outcomes through strengths-based, proactive, and positive intervention. FAST publishes the Diamond Gazette newsletter, shares information from K12's National Family Academic Support Team, engages families at outings, and works to promote student engagement for academic success. If you have need support from your engagement coach or have forgotten who she is and need a call, please contact:

Need resource information for a financial or emotional need or crisis? Contact ARVA's Family Resource Coordinator, Amanda Weaver: aweaver@arva.org

Stay tuned to ARVA's Strong Start site for real-time updates and be sure to bookmark the site. Helpful videos, meetings through K12's Parent Network, local student activities, and more resources can be found here.
The Diamond Gazette is published monthly for all families at Arkansas Virtual Academy. It is sent via email and posted to the Strong Start site.
Gina Moore, editor
Amanda Lloyd, assistant editor
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