Diamond Gazette

May 2016

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It's been quite the year hasn't it?! Remember the smell of cardboard boxes in the beginning of the year? The Christmas-like experience of opening all of those boxes to see what we would be learning. The first 6 weeks being most of the time a fun, crazy, yet mind altering series of events as we all figured out the details to how our year would go. Then we settled. Got into a groove. Some things we may have struggled with and needed a little extra help. Some things we may have excelled in and needed a little more to do. All the while, we were learning. Learning new things. Expanding our minds. Growing our thought processes. Reaching beyond where we thought we could go and pushing past our barriers. We bounced back after Winter Break and we soared through the Testing Season. Now, we breeze into the finish line. This has been our year. Quite a year!

So many of you are finishing up your school work as the end of the 2015-2016 school year approaches. Some of you are already done for the year. As we prepare for both of these let us share one sweet word with you. "Aloha!" This Hawaiian word is used as both a welcome and farewell. It is "Farewell!" for the 2015-2016 school year at ARVA but soon, you will see this word again as we say "Welcome!" to the 2016-2017 school year at ARVA!

By the way, near the last day of school you'll receive labels (both in the mail and in email) and list of materials due back to K12. The labels can be applied to your boxes and your supplies will be shipped free of charge to you. Please remember ARVA calculators are NOT to be returned to K12.

Have a GREAT Summer ARVA Diamonds and be looking out for Summer Editions of the FAST Blast and Diamond Gazette!

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

HUGE round of Applause!!!!

The ARVA Junior Class’ ACT scores have arrived! Many of our ARVA students performed exceptionally well.

Several students scored a 25 or higher. Here are some of them:

Callie Gunter

Joseph Ledbetter

Adriana Wallace

Twenty-four of our students scored a 19 or higher which automatically makes them eligible for the Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship.

The Academic Challenge Program provides scholarships to Arkansas residents pursuing a higher education. Funded in large part by the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery, the Academic Challenge Scholarship is available to students regardless of their academic status, whether just graduating from high school, currently enrolled in college, enrolling in college for the first time, or re-enrolling after a period of time out of college. Starting with the class of 2016, the only requirement is a 19 on the ACT or ACT equivalent score, FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) Required.

Each college/university across the state has a set ACT score for awarding scholarships to students who apply. Many of these students will receive scholarships specifically related to their college/university of choice as well as the Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship.

The highest honor in the state as it applies to ACT scores is the Governor’s Distinguished Scholarship. The Governor’s Distinguished Scholarship is the most academically rigorous scholarship program offered for those graduating seniors scoring either 32 on the ACT or 1410 on the SAT, and a 3.50 academic grade point average. Those who are named National Merit Finalists or National Achievement Scholars may qualify without meeting the GPA requirement, but must still meet the ACT/SAT requirement. The scholarship pays tuition, mandatory fees, room and board up to $10,000 per year.

Lights! Camera! Action!

Congratulations to 7th Grader, Max Green for being cast in a leading role as Mr. Warbucks in Annie Jr. produced by Bearden Productions and made available to the public at the Ron Robinson Theater. Fellow ARVA Diamonds take a peak at Max's performance as the cast was being interviewed by Arkansas' FOX 16 News.

School Spirit Days at Testing continued through testing!

ARVA loves our teachers!

We want to say thank you to all of our teachers for the dedication they have for their students! Many don't realize how many hours teachers put into reading student data, planning lessons, studying the curriculum, working with students, meeting with families online, developing themselves professionally, and continually working on improving their teaching methods and classes for their students. Teachers enjoyed getting to see so many students and families during the testing season. Watching students blossom is what makes their time worth all the energy they devote daily.
Thank you ARVA teachers!

Special Needs Families ~ Check out the resources below!

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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Academic Honors Ceremonies & Graduations- May 20th

The faculty and staff of

Arkansas Virtual Academy

Cordially invite you to attend the

Academic Honors Ceremonies

Honoring ARVA’s Kindergarten and Eighth Grade Graduates

And Academic Honor Recipients for all grades

Friday, May 20, 2016

Kindergarten Graduation and Kindergarten–Fifth Grade

Academic Honors Ceremony at 10:00 a.m.


Eighth Grade Graduation and Sixth – Eleventh Grade

Academic Honors Ceremony at 1:00 p.m.

Reception immediately following each ceremony.

Little Rock Church

10701 West Baseline Road

Little Rock, Arkansas

We've added two more segments to the Academic Honors Ceremony day. First, we're hosting an Academic Highlights Display where students can bring an academic project that they are proud of from this year. It may be a science project, a poem, a piece of art, etc.

Secondly, the Scholastic Book Fair will be at the reception! What a great way to stock up on some summer reading!

5th Annual Spelling Bees to be held May 13th!

Grades K-8 have the opportunity to let their spelling skills shine alongside their peers at the 5th Annual Spelling Bees. Registration has closed but we invite you all to come root for your classmates!
Spelling Bee room link
K-1: 8:30am
2-3: 11:30am
4-8: 2:00pm
If you've already registered, you will receive an email with more information by the end of the day Monday.

Chuck-E-Cheese FUNdraiser in North Little Rock - May 24th

This event has become somewhat of a tradition at ARVA! On this day, we encourage you to meet up with fellow ARVA Diamonds at the NLR Chuck E Cheese location (if you live nearby), tell the cashier that you are with ARVA and ARVA’s Booster Club will receive 15% of your bill. What a great way to celebrate the end of the year!

2 FREE GAMES Of Bowling Every Day All Summer Long!

Select bowling centers and schools around the country are participating in the first ever Kids Bowl Free program. This program is designed by bowling centers to give back to the community and provide a safe, secure, and fun way for kids to spend time this summer.

Children whose age does not exceed a limit by a participating bowling center are eligible to register for 2 free games a day, all summer long, courtesy of the participating bowling centers along with the schools and organizations. You can locate a participating Bowling Center near you by clicking here Summer Bowling FUN!

Dear Gem Diamond,

This month's question is from 'E': "How do I know what to return at the end of the year?"
As the school year draws to a close, K12 will send you a set of labels to your physical address as well as a set to your email address (that you can choose to print and use). You will also receive a list of materials that are due back to K12. Click here for a complete answer or to order a replacement set of labels.
Do YOU have a question for Gem Diamond? Send it to "Dear Gem Diamond," and your question, along with the answer, could be published in the a Summer 2016 edition of The Diamond Gazette!

ARVA's Parent Lending Library has more selections this month!

ARVA's Parent Lending Library has books and games to loan to parents and learning coaches. It includes titles such as Reading Magic, Setting Limits with your Strong-willed Child, and non-book selections such as Candyland travel game, among other fun titles. To find out more information about the ARVA’s Parent’s Lending Library or to check out a book, click here.

(Click images below to read more about these featured titles.)
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COMING SOON!! K12 Summer Camps!!

Our free online Summer Camps are a great way to get and stay connected to your school community this summer. These virtual camps are each only 1 hour long and are scheduled late-June through the first of mid-August. Get ready to make new friends, have fun and explore interesting topics! Be on the lookout for more info about these camps and more! You can also check for more info at the ARVA Strong Start Website.

Why Study Island?

Study Island is a web based program designed as a supplemental educational tool geared specifically to each individual state’s achievement tests. Study Island is built to meet each state’s unique standards.

Study Island helps students practice and master grade-level academic standards. Teachers will also place assignments in Study Island. Be sure to check your grade-level and teachers' assignments & requirements for Study Island.
Students log into Study Island using their student ID number in this convention: 12345@arva and using the password: arva.

Student Enrichment Activity Calendar

Click here to see what's happening around Arkansas!

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. 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 kmail and posted to the Strong Start site.
Gina Moore, editor
Amanda Lloyd, assistant editor
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