The Howl

September Newsletter

Newsletter Table of Contents


  • October Statewide Event Information
  • September Statewide Event Slideshow
  • School Picture Alert
  • Back to School Parent Meeting
  • Class of 2019 Graduation - Save the Dates!
  • NCAA and IDVA
  • The Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act (FERPA)
  • Home Language Survey
  • K12 Project Elevate
  • Time Zone Help


  • Message from Principal Brown
  • Learning Coach Tip of the Month
  • Overdue Tab
  • Small Group Instruction
  • Smarty Ants

6-12 SCHOOL:

  • IDVA Ski and Snowboard Days
  • Idaho Aerospace Scholars Program
  • U.S. Senate Youth Program
  • U.S. Selective Service System
  • Check out Virtual Reality
  • Counselor Connect
  • Dual Credit 101
  • Fast Forward Program
  • College and Career Advising
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Friday, October 12th, 2018


  • Photo Disclaimer: Please understand that photos may be taken and could be used by K12 and/or Idaho Virtual Academy. If you would not like yours or your child’s picture taken, please let an IDVA staff member know at the event.

  • All are welcome. Remember, per IDVA policy, all students must have a parent/guardian with them at all times during school events.

  • Please bring exact cash for admission.

  • There are no classes scheduled on event days.

  • All events are optional.

We want all students to have the opportunity to join an event. If cost is keeping you from being able to join, please email Lisa Stein

Treasure Valley

Where: The Farmstead Pumpkin Patch

Address: 1020 S. Rackham Way, Meridian

Cost: $4.25 for students and adults, children 2 and under free

~Please bring exact change.~

Check-in: 9:30 am MT

Start Time: 10:00 am MT

RSVP: Click here to sign up.


Magic Valley

Where: Tubbs Berry Farm

Address: 1150 S. Park Ave. West, Twin Falls

Cost: $5.00 for students and adults, children 2 and under free

~Please bring exact change.~

Check-in: 9:30 am MT

Start Time: 10:00 am MT

RSVP: Click here to sign-up.


Northern Idaho

Where: Bird Aviation Museum

Address: 325 Bird Ranch Road, Sagle

Driving Directions

Cost: Free, but donations are appreciated

Check-in: 9:30 am PT

Start Time: 10:00 am PT

RSVP: Click here to sign-up.



Where: Washington Sate University

Address: WSU Visitor Center, 150 E. Spring Street, Pullman, Washington

Cost: $7.48 for parking

Check-in: 9:30 am PT

Start Time: 10:00 am PT

Notes: The event includes a tour of the Compost & Recycling Center, a science encounter, and a visit to Ferdinand's Creamery for a tour and ice cream treat. We will meet at the Visitor Center. Parking passes will be distributed there.

RSVP: Click here to sign-up.


Eastern Idaho

Where: Swore Farms Pumpkin Patch

Address: 225 Ballard Rd., Pocatello

Driving Directions

Cost: $4.50 per child, $1.00 for adults

~Please bring exact change.~

Check-in: 9:30 am MT

Start Time: 10:00 am MT

RSVP: Click here to sign-up.


Southeast Idaho

Where: Oregon Trail Center, in Montpelier

Address: 320 N. 4th St., Montpelier

Cost: $4.50 for students, $1.00 for adults

~Please bring exact change.~

Check-in: 9:45 am MT

Start Time: 10:00 am MT

RSVP: Click here to sign-up.


September Statewide Event Slideshow

On Friday, September 14th, IDVA students, families, and guests spent a wonderful day together at events across our state. Check out the photo slideshow of the fun that was had.

Statewide Events are planned for the second Friday of every month except January and April.

We hope to see many IDVA students and families at future events!

School Picture Alert

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Inter-State Photography will be taking school pictures on the following dates and locations.

  • Student ID cards are available at all locations. Inter-State Photography will have an ID card printer on site to print as pictures are taken. Cost is $5.00 per card if not purchasing a picture package. No charge if purchasing a package.
  • There will be no IDVA teachers or staff at picture days except for at the Treasure Valley location.
  • School pictures are optional for all students.


MAGIC VALLEY - October 10, 2018

Where: Magic Valley YMCA

Address: 1751 Elizabeth Road, Twin Falls, Idaho

Time: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Please order online before arriving. Click here for order form.


EASTERN IDAHO - October 11, 2018

Where: Blackfoot Community Center

Address: 1350 Parkway Drive #31, Blackfoot, Idaho

Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm MT

Please order online before arriving. Click here for order form.


TREASURE VALLEY - October 19, 2018

Where: Treasure Valley Learning Center

Address: 1965 S. Eagle Road, Suite 190, Meridian, Idaho

Time: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm MT

Please order online before arriving. Click here for order form.


NORTHERN IDAHO - October 26, 2018

Where: Silver Lake Mall

Address: 200 W. Hanley Avenue, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho

Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm PT

Please order online before arriving. Click here for order form.


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IDVA Annual Back to School Parent Meeting

Friday, Sep. 28th 2018 at 1pm

This is an online event.

Our annual Back to School Parent Meeting is scheduled for Friday, September 28 at 1 pm Mountain Time/noon Pacific Time. The meeting will be recorded and the link to the recording sent out for those who cannot attend. To join the meeting, click on the link or copy and paste it into your internet browser.

Meeting Agenda:

1. School Demographics

  • Staff
  • Student populations
  • IDVA and K12 family support

2. School-wide Title 1

  • What is Title 1?
  • Overview of our program and Title I goals
  • Tier 2 interventions

3. Information and Resource Links

  • K12 curriculum
  • Assessments used to measure student progress
  • Proficiency levels students are expected to meet
  • Idaho State Content Standards
  • Parent involvement
  • State accountability information
  • Opportunity to join our Parent Advisory Council

We hope to see you at our Back to School Meeting!

IDVA Class of 2019 Graduation - Save the Dates

Please save the dates for the IDVA Class of 2019 Graduations:

May 20, 2019 - Northern Idaho - Coeur d'Alene

May 22, 2019 - Treasure Valley - Nampa

May 23, 2019 - Eastern Idaho - Blackfoot

More ceremony details to be provided in the near future.


If your student is interested in pursuing college athletics, please, be aware that the NCAA has all K12 schools on “extended review” status. IDVA is a K12 school so is on extended review status with the NCAA. Students graduating from a K12 school applying for NCAA eligibility will be denied currently. After they are denied, they can work with the college Athletic Director to gain a waiver. K12 has helped students through this process and has noted that about 75% of these students do get the waivers.

If you have questions or would like to talk further, please, contact your school counselor.

The Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act (FERPA)

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) has specified that student Educational Records are confidential, with some exceptions. LEA #452 will provide Parents and Eligible Students annual notification of their rights under FERPA. The annual notice will contain information regarding the right to inspect their children’s Educational Records, the right to seek an amendment of an Educational Record, the right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information, with certain exceptions, and the right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education.

Click here for more Information about FERPA.

If you wish to opt your student out of IDVA’s Directory Information, please, click the following link, review the information, and fill out the survey.

Home Language Survey

Idaho Virtual Academy needs to know the language spoken and heard at the home of every child. This information is necessary to provide the best instruction for all students in the school. If your student is new to IDVA this year, then you have already answered the Home Language Survey questions during the enrollment process. If this is the case, you do not need to fill out this survey. If your student has been enrolled in IDVA prior to this year and English is not his or her first language, then, please use this link to fill out our home language survey.

Home Language Survey

Thank you!

Kelly Edginton

Head of School

K12 & IDVA Project Elevate

Please share your stories here:



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Technical Tip - Setting Your Time Zone

Are your assignments showing up as due at 1:30 am in the morning or at other odd times? Are you arriving at Class Connects at the wrong time? Are you seeing different times shown for the same Class Connect session depending on where you look?

If any of these situations are happening to you, please watch this short video to see how to fix the problem.


Message from K-5 Principal Keri Brown

You have Completed Two Weeks of School!

The beginning of the school year can be a very challenging time, from getting back into a set routine all the way to learning a new curriculum level. And for those new to IDVA, learning a whole new schooling process can bring its own set of challenges. So, with that – congratulations on your perseverance in the education of your child!

Do not hesitate to send your homeroom teacher any questions or concerns.

Learning Coach Tip of the Month

Remember these 5 Essential Items for a Successful Day of Schooling at IDVA!
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Overdue Tab

For returning families, the overdue tab is a new feature to the Online School. As you have noticed, this new tab is extremely beneficial in knowing exactly where your student should be each week in their math and language arts courses. Set a goal to ensure that as you start your school week each Monday, you are starting out the new week with no overdue lessons showing.

K-5 Small Group Instruction Begins Monday, September 24th

We are excited to begin our first instructional cycle for identified students who will benefit from additional grade level instruction.

We look forward to partnering with you in assisting students in closing achievement gaps and growing academically. Students who have regularly attended our Tier 2 Intervention program in the past have made large gains in their understanding of both the K12 curriculum and grade level standards. It is important that we help bridge the gap in their learning to build confidence and to assist in their transfer of knowledge to new situations. As educators, our number one priority is your student’s academic success!

If your student is invited to attend, you will receive an email invitation on Friday September 21st with class information. Classes start on Monday, September 24th. Specific class times and all subsequent sessions will appear in Class Connect links in the Online School no later than Friday, September 21st. This instruction will occur Monday – Thursday of each week. If you have any questions after receiving class information, please contact your homeroom teacher.

Smarty Ants

The Idaho State Department of Education is offering a new web-based program – Smarty Ants – for free to help 4-year-olds get ready for reading. Signups can happen throughout the year. If you have a 4-year-old child, take advantage of this great opportunity.

Information and free resource below:

Questions? Contact Jill Martin at or call 208 631.0588

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Join IDVA Ski and Snowboard Days!

Treasure Valley IDVA students in grades 7-12 are invited to participate in the Junior High and Senior High School Race Program at Bogus Basin. The race program offers students:

  • Discounted lift prices
  • Friendly competition with other students in the Treasure Valley
  • Community of athletes who enjoy winter sports


  • Racers can compete in Nordic, Freestyle, or Slalom events.
  • Races are scheduled from January 12th until February 16th, 2019.
  • Participants must participate in at least three of the Saturday races to qualify for the Dotty Clark Competition.
  • Dotty Clark race qualifiers will compete against other racers in the Treasure Valley. Ribbons and trophies will be awarded!

Click here for more information or email Mrs. Moran at

Idaho Science and Aerospace Scholars Program

Idaho Science and Aerospace Scholars (ISAS) is a competitive program that allows high school juniors to take an engaging online NASA-developed course on Space Exploration through Idaho Digital Learning that teaches a broad range of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) skills aligned with Idaho Content Standards.

High school juniors can apply now. The application deadline is November 13th. Learn more here.

U.S. Senate Youth Program - Application Deadline October 19th

High school juniors and seniors can apply for the United States Senate Youth Program, sponsored by the William Randolph Hearst Foundation. The program brings students from across the United States together with officials from each branch of government for a week long educational program in Washington, D.C. Students also receives a one-time $10,000 undergraduate college scholarship.

The application deadline is October 19, 2018. The program guidelines are available at

Contact Peter Kavouras at or call (208) 332-6975.

U.S. Selective Service

Attention all 17 and 18 year old young men:

Remember that when you turn 18, the law says you must register for the Selective Service.

Those who fail to register may be denied student loans, government jobs, and a driver's license in most states. In addition, if you are a male immigrant seeking to become a citizen, you must also be registered, regardless of your immigration status.

Check Out "Virtual Reality" - IDVA Student Online Newspaper

Virtual Reality is an online monthly newspaper produced by students in the Idaho Virtual Reality publications course. Click here to read the latest edition.

You are Invited to the Counselor Connect!

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Dual Credit 101:

Advanced Opportunities in High School

Friday, October 19th @ 12:00 pm MST

This session will appear in your daily Class Connect/Live Class schedule. For your convenience, here is the guest link:

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Fast Forward Program

Dear Families of Students in Grades 7-12,

Are you looking for a challenge and advanced opportunities? Do you want your student to earn college credits in high school? If you answered yes, we would like to introduce you to the Fast Forward Program.

The Fast Forward program provides every student attending an Idaho public school an allocation of $4,125.00 to use towards Advanced Opportunities in grades 7-12. The program was expanded by the Legislature in 2016 through the passing of House Bill 458. At the middle school level, the funds can be used for overload courses at the middle school level to allow students to begin taking high school credits while in middle school. For more information, please check out this website:

Please contact your student support advisor or high school counselor for more information.

7th & 8th Grade: Jessica Lecertua,

9th & 10th Grade A-K: Debbie Thomas,

9th & 10th Grade L-Z: Teresea Bannister,

11th & 12th Grade A-K: Mark Rodel,

11th & 12th Grade L-Z: Jessica Lecertua,

We look forward to visiting with you about this exciting opportunity and answering any questions you may have about the Fast Forward Program!

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Have a Question?

Have questions about your classes or our Idaho Virtual Academy school? Ask your IDVA teacher or staff.

Have technology questions? Ask K12 Customer Support.