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Weekly Newsletter: Otter News

Jeffco Virtual Academy LogoFamilies will receive a news update via email every Monday morning during the school year.  School Messenger sends communications out to the information parents/guardians provide in their Jeffco Connect account.  If you are not receiving our school communications, please check your account to make sure your information is accurate.  If you are unsure of how to log into your account, contact our main office at (303) 992-6770.


2nd Semester Starts Today! 

Whether you're new to JVA or returning for another semester, we wish you a very warm welcome!  It is important that students log into Jeffco Schoology today to access their online classes.  The teachers are ready for you!  If you were recently scheduled, it may take a couple of days for your courses to appear.  Don't worry about the delay, but if you still can't see your classes on Wednesday, contact your teacher or counselor.

For our new families, you can expect to receive an Otter News email like this every Monday morning so you're always in the loop with what's going on at JVA.  It's important to us that students and families have opportunities to interact and become as involved as they wish.  Our next event is at JumpStreet in Lakewood on January 25th.  Please consider joining us!

All important information is included in the Otter News which you can always find a link to on the homepage of our website as well (www.jeffcovirtual.org).  Here are the highlights from this week's Otter News:

  • Welcome Back!
  • 2nd Semester Schedules Available in Family Portal
  • Change to Family Calendar - Recently Added: No School and Offices Closed on February 2nd
  • Hurray for Snow Days!
  • January Fun Event at JumpStreet - deadline to RSVP is January 18th
  • Make Your Voice Heard Survey
  • SAT Save the Date for Full-Time 11th Graders
  • Counseling Corner

Otter News - January 8th, 2018 (Open this link!)


Happy Monday!

This week is short--three days of working hard and taking finals. This week's Otter News is short too!  Be sure to check out the pictures of our fun event and important information about 2nd Semester Schedules.  Have a wonderful holiday break and we'll see you on January 8, 2018.

Week of December 18-20:

  • No on-campus days this week.
  • All late and current work is due December 19 by 3:00 pm in every class.  
  • Even if you are finished with the coursework in a class, you MUST continue to log in for attendance through December 20th!

Otter News - December 18, 2017


Good morning, 

There are only 8 school days until Winter Break!  Pay close attention to all upcoming deadlines listed in the Otter News and Schoology.  Write them in your planner, set reminders in your phone or print them out.  Whatever the case, don't miss out on getting your work and finals submitted on time.  We're also looking forward to the December Fun Event at our school on Wednesday.  It's a special time of year to spend time with people you care about which is why spending time with our families this week is important to us.  If we can help with anything as 1st semester winds down, please let us know!

Highlights from the Otter News:

  • Schedule for the rest of 1st Semester
  • The Principal Blog
  • MAPs Testing Make-Ups: December 11th and 14th 
  • December Fun Event Reminder
  • SAT Save the Date: Full-Time 11th Grade
  • Counseling Corner

Otter News - December 11, 2017


Good morning families,

There are only 13 days of 1st semester left!  Make sure you stay on top all the fun and important dates that are quickly approaching. 

In this week's Otter News:

  • Sign up for face to face help on campus
  • The Principal Blog
  • Last Week of MAPs Testing
  • December Fun Event: Holiday Gift and Card Making - deadline to RSVP is this Wednesday, December 6th
  • Save the date for spring SAT testing - for full-time 11th grade students only
  • National Honor Society Induction Ceremony - Welcome and congratulations to our new members!
  • Senior Profile: SeMee Weber
  • Congratulations to Adi and Carter Malcolm - Motocross Superstars!
  • Counseling Corner including volunteer and scholarship opportunities as well as 2nd semester schedules and credit recovery information

Otter News - December 4, 2017

We have also opened the 2nd semester applications for the programs that have room for new enrollment.  Current students do not need to reapply, but if you know someone who would like to take online classes with us, please let them know that more information is available on our website, www.jeffcovirtual.org


Welcome Back!  We hope you all had a wonderful and relaxing break.  This week's News is full of things you otter know for the fast-approaching end of the semester.  

  • Student Resources for Success at JVA
  • Required MAPS Testing
  • School Accountability Committee Meeting this Friday at 8:30 am.

Here's the link to the full version of the Otter News: 

 Otter News - November 27, 2017

Enjoy your week and let us know if we can help with anything!


Happy Monday!

Families have the opportunity to join our Principal, Bernie Hohman, tomorrow night for a virtual meeting to discuss the district's new vision called Jeffco Generations.  Be sure to open the link to the Otter News below for more information on how to join.  Also, there is no school next week for Thanksgiving Break.  Students can still access coursework and may find that this is a great chance to get some extra work done.  We are very grateful for our families and wish everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday! 

In this week's Otter News:

  • The Principal Blog: Reflection is a Key to Meaningful, Lasting Learning
  • Sign up for Teacher Appointments: These will be for the week of 11/27
  • Virtual Meeting with the Principal: Jeffco Generations - Tuesday, November 14th 7:00 - 8:00 pm 
  • MAPS Testing: Round 2 - All full-time 9th-10th graders and 11th - 12th graders currently taking Algebra I or Geometry must sign up
  • Kid Safe Online Poster Contest
  • Congratulations to Student Athletes on Signing Day!
  • Counseling Corner

Otter News - November 13, 2017


Good morning JVA,

In this week’s Otter News, you’ll see a reminder about high school students signing up to come to campus to meet with teachers on Mondays and Thursdays.  If your student hasn’t signed up yet and plans to come in this week, whether because of a requirement or not, please do so as soon as possible.  This is a new step that will benefit both teachers and students since teachers will be able to plan ahead for each student.

Also, please note that the RSVP and admission cost for our November Fun Event at the Green Mountain Brunswick is due this Thursday.  We always look forward to our yearly bowling event and hope to award some of you with a prize for bowling a turkey!  That’s 3 strikes in a row, not an actual turkey. J

Here are the highlights from this week’s news:

  • Sign Up for Face-to-Face Time with High School Teachers This Week!
  • The Principal Blog: Reflection is a Key to Meaningful, Lasting Learning
  • November Fun Event: Turkey Bowling - RSVP & admission cost due this Thursday
  • New Electives Survey
  • JVA Senior Profile: Dash Raynes
  • Counseling Corner

Otter News – November 6, 2017


Good morning, 

In this week's Otter News, you'll see a new sign up form is required for high school students who plan to come to campus on Mondays and Thursdays to meet with their teachers.  This new process will allow teachers to prepare so their time with students can be more productive and individualized.  Both required and non-required students need to sign up before coming in for on-campus help, starting next week.  Let us know if you have any questions and thank you for helping us implement this new and important routine. 

We wish everyone a happy and safe Halloween!  We had a wonderful time playing games and mingling with all who came to our Halloween Party last week.  Congratulations again to our costume contest winners.  

Otter News - October 30, 2017


Good morning!

Here is this week's Otter News.  If you find yourself on campus, be sure to check out the spooky decor our middle school teams designed.  Their 'Halloween Wars' project has been exciting to watch come together.  Those of you who have RSVP'd to come to our Halloween Party on Thursday are in for quite a treat and we're looking forward to seeing you.  Have a wonderful week!

  • JVA Halloween Party
  • Student Election - This Week!
  • Juniors and Seniors - Outdoor Lab Spring 2018 Intern Recruitment
  • Jeffco Library Book Sale
  • JVA Senior Profile: Tabi Daniels
  • Counseling Corner

Otter News - October 23, 2017



Happy Monday!  We hope you enjoyed the three-day weekend and the beautiful weather.  Be sure to read this week's Otter News for information on the following:

  • JVA Student Election
  • JVA Halloween Party:  RSVPs are due this week
  • Senior Profile:  Gabriel Carpenter
  • Screenagers: Growing up in the Digital Age
  • Whale of a Used Book Sale

Otter News - October 16, 2017

Have a productive week!


Happy Snowy Monday!

All of this snow won't stop us from having a great time at Parent Teacher Conferences tonight.  More details about PT Conferences and other happenings this week are included in the Otter News:

  • Parent Climate Survey: now!
  • JVA Halloween Party:  October 26
  • Student Volunteer Opportunity
  • Trusted Adult Survey for Students
  • Student Government Elections
  • Fall Break:  October 13
  • Resources for the Tragedy in Las Vegas
  • Senior Profile: Madison Fox
  • Counseling Corner

Have a wonderful 4-Day Week!

Otter News - October 9, 2017



Happy October, JVA Families!

 

We have many great things coming up this month including Parent Teacher Conferences, Club Launch, Student Elections, Fall Break and our Halloween Party.  Make sure you open up this week’s news so you can plan to make the best of all that October has to offer. 

Importantly, today is October Count meaning it’s imperative that we have all students log into each of their online classes today for attendance and to complete the day’s assignment.  The amount of students who are counted present today will determine our funding, so please make this a priority!   More details can be found in the news.

In this week’s news:

  • Student Count Day is Today
  • Principal’s Blog: Setting and Keeping Good Habits
  • Attendance Update from our Assistant Principal
  • 6 -Week Grades and Fall Parent Teacher Conferences
  • JVA Student Election
  • “Many Voices” Event with Dr. Glass
  • Club Launch
  • Save the Date: JVA Halloween Party!
  • School Pictures Available in Main Office
  • Fall Break
  • What Field Trips and Events do YOU Want to See at JVA?
  • Jeffco University: A New Citizens' Academy
  • JVA Senior Profile: Elaine Orr
  • Counseling Corner

Otter News - October 2, 2017


In this week's Otter News:

  • The required field trip to the Career Expo for full time 10th graders is tomorrow.
  • 6-Week Grades will be posted this Friday, September 28.
  • Parent Teacher Conferences are scheduled for October 9 and 10.
  • A new Citizen's Academy for Jeffco Public Schools.
  • New Scholarship opportunities.

As always, please contact your community liaison, counselor or teachers with questions and comments.  Have a wonderful week!

Otter News - September 26, 2017



Good morning families, 

 

Here is the link to this week's Otter News.  We're looking forward to seeing families at our first Monthly Fun Event this Friday for a kickball game.  Have a great week! 

Otter News Highlights:

  • What is a PLN and why do I need one? - Principal's Blog  
  • Monthly Fun Event: Kickball Game 
  • Current Event Club
  • Emergency Situations at School
  • "Many Voices" Event with Dr. Glass
  • JVA Senior Profile: Sheridyn Googins
  • Counseling Corner

Otter News - September 18 2017


Good morning JVA families,

This week's Otter News includes very important information about the JVA family, MAP testing as well as upcoming events and opportunities. 

Be sure to read about:

  • Loss of a JVA Staff Member, an important message from our principal
  • MAP Testing This Week, your full-time High School student may need to sign up asap
  • Monthly Fun Event: JVA Kickball, Friday, September 22nd 2:00 - 4:00 pm (RSVP required by this Friday)
  • Student Health Advisory Council, deadline September 15th 
  • Check Out JVA's Student Government, meets virtually on Thursdays at 10:15 am
  • Student Celebration: Nic Kubes
  • Energy Day: Energy Education in the Rockies, September 23rd
  • Mental Health Tips in the Counseling Corner

Otter News - September 11, 2017


Happy Tuesday!  Hope everyone had a relaxing 3-day weekend!  Here's the link to this week's Virtual Academy Otter News.  Be sure to read about:

  • Back to School Night, September 7 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm
  • School Accountability Committee meeting, September 8 from 8:00 to 9:00 am
  • On-Campus Attendance Policy
  • Student Government Meeting, September 7 at 10:00 am online
  • Notification for upcoming MAPS testing
  • The Denver National College Fair in the Counseling Corner.

Have a great week!

Otter News – September 5, 2017  (Open me!)


Happy Monday from  Jeffco's Virtual Academy!

On-Campus time begins this week for our students.  Be sure to read the Otter News to find out when/if you need to be on campus.  Each week, the Otter News is full of what's going on at JVA!  Here's the link:

Otter News - August 28, 2017   (Open me!)


Happy 1st Monday JVA -

Today not only launches our first full week of school, but we also can experience the Great American Solar Eclipse!  Open this week’s Otter News to learn about our upcoming schedule and tips on how to make the next couple of weeks successful.  Enjoy today’s celestial event!

Otter News - August 21, 2017 (Open me!)

Be safe today and let us know if we can help with anything. 


School Starts Tomorrow!

We are incredibly excited to start a new school year!  Open the link below to view the Otter News which provides all the details needed to start the year strong.  Plan on joining us for our Welcome Back Online Assembly at 9:00 am.  Families are also welcome!  The link to join the assembly is included in the Otter News.            

Students, we will ‘see’ you online tomorrow!

Otter News – August 16, 2017  (Open me!)

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