The WAVA Wave

October, 2015

A Message from our Principal

Dear Students, Parents & Learning Coaches,

The beginning of the school year was filled with over 1200 students, lots of enthusiasm, renewed energy & high expectations. The first month of school has been a huge success. Students are attending classes in record numbers, the students are moving through their curriculum and students are engaged in their learning. Thank you to all of you for helping your students prepare for a productive school year.

I want to acknowledge our Academic Advisors for making our Welcome Back Assembly so successful! I want to acknowledge the Family Support Liaisons for supporting so many students before school began & they continue to help students learn to navigate our New Online High School Platform. Finally, a special thank you to our wonderful Counselors who helped ensure all students started the year with a schedule & helped other students make adjustments during the first few weeks of school. We have a great support team here at WAVA High School & we are ready to help with your student’s education.

Effective communication between students, parents & learning coaches plays an important role in helping students do well in school. We know when a student understands that parents & teachers work together, the student has a significantly higher chance to succeed & excel in school. Please take some time to talk with your student in the next week & see how they are doing in our virtual school.

Next week, you should be receiving your student's score report on their state assessment from the Spring of 2015. Please keep an eye on the mail & give us a call if you do not receive it.

I have received some great feedback in the family surveys which have been sent out & returned this year. I hope you continue to provide us with your valuable feedback as our school continues to improve.

I hope you have a great day! My Virtual door is always open.

Jayme Evans

WAVA High School Principal

253.964.1068 Ext 7006

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Where do I go for help?

Navigation of the new online high school platform, blackboard login, or WAVA Wave support...
Contact: Your Family Support Liaison
  • A-G Ms. Bobbi Haworth
  • H-O Ms. Cindy Alexanian
  • P-Z Ms. Cynthia Pascoe

Weekly attendance or other school wide announcements...

Contact: Your homeroom teacher

Academic Questions...

Contact: Your homeroom teacher and follow up with your academic advisor.

  1. A-G Ms. Pattie Taylor
  2. H-O Ms. Laurie Hamilton
  3. P-Z Ms. Tara Rowland

Progress to graduation, credit review, Running Start, SAT or ACT questions...

Contact: Your high school counselor

  1. A-G Ms. Aurora Flores
  2. H-O Ms. Julie Needham
  3. P-Z Ms. Leslee Gongaware

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:

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 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:

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 often to see what others have posted.

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

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! All grades are welcome.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

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K12's 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 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.

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 your direct link isn’t working to connect you with your Class Connect Session; click on the “Go to Class Connect” hyperlink in the Class Connect Schedule box on the student high school homepage. (See the picture below.)

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.
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Tip for Navigating the High School Home Page

Checking Course Progress

Hey, Learning Coaches! Do you want to check the progress of your student in each of their classes? Here’s how…

From your LEARNING COACH homepage click on the “K12 HS Homepage” link in the “Quick Links” box on the right side of your screen.

Click on the “Change to Student View” tile in the center of the page

Click Yes (and promise you WILL NOT change or do any of your student’s work while in this view)

Click on any course you’d like to check progress in

Click “Progress” in the top black navigation bar

Note: you can only check progress from the STUDENT VIEW and not from the LC view.

WAVA Photo ID Cards are now Available to Purchase!

Order your school ID card by clicking on this link:
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Coffee Chat 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. Check your schedule on your Learning Coach account.

Every Friday at 10:00am!



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.

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