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WIVA Teacher Writes the Book on Back to School – Literally!


The first day of school can conjure up images of nervous and excited children, equally anxious parents, frantic new schedules, school busses, backpacks, story times, “I survived” notes home, and the flood of First Day of School pictures on Facebook - a rite of passage for students and parents!  

For virtual school students and families, there is just as much change, excitement, nervousness, and anticipation that mark each new year and new milestone as our brick and mortar counterparts.  Yet, there often seems to be less awareness and supports available to help virtual learners capture, express, share and, yes, validate those same shared moments and feelings.     

This became all too real to me last month when I was trying to find a suitable First Day of School book to provide our K-2 students as a read aloud opportunity at Wisconsin Virtual Academy (WIVA), where I teach all subjects, including early literacy.  Now, don’t get me wrong, there is a plethora of storybooks geared towards everything from making kids laugh on their first day of school to helping them understand what their day or even school year will be like.  There are even stories like The Kissing Hand, which is about a raccoon who is hesitant to leave his mother for school.  This book in particular is a fan favorite in early grades with plenty of opportunities for extension projects that also allow students to bring a little something special home to mom after their first day to set her fears at bay as well.   

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Nashville Dreams Come True for ISWA Alum

Written by Jenna Needham

Over the summer, a recent Insight School of Washington (ISWA) graduate performed at the Watershed Music and Camping Festival along with numerous country headliners, including Eric Church, Keith Urban, Brett Eldredge, and Jason Aldean.  Bailey Bryan wanted to be a singer for as long as she can remember, but a dream this big always comes with a few sacrifices.  One thing she didn’t have to sacrifice, however, was her education.

“I chose ISWA because it was important to me to get an education while pursuing a career in music," Bailey said. "This last year, I knew that my schedule as a singer/songwriter would be pretty hectic. ISWA allowed me to finish high school without having to compromise when it comes to my education or any musical opportunities."

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K12-Powered School Plays Key Role in “Newsmaker of the Year” Win


Terry McGowan (middle) accepts his award for Innovator of the Year.


Written by: Tatyana White-Jenkins


Terry McGowan, President of the Wisconsin Operating Engineers, has been named Innovator of the Year on The Daily Reporter’s 2016 Newsmakers of the Year list thanks to his work with Destinations Career Academy of Wisconsin (DCA) in creating the Wisconsin Operating Engineers pre-apprenticeship program. 


Laura Cataldo, a consultant for the Wisconsin Operating Engineers, nominated Terry for the award due to his dedication and innovation 


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This photo was taken by a LAVCA staff member after she evacuated her home.


Gina Warren is the Family Engagement Coordinator at Louisiana Virtual Charter Academy (LAVCA). Gina has over 17 years of teaching experience and currently resides in Mobile, Alabama.  


August flood waters forced over 100,000 residents to evacuate their homes. It happened three days into Louisiana Virtual Charter Academy’s (LAVCA) 2016-2017 school year. Through the loss and devastation, one thing remained constant for LAVCA students and their families - the virtual school doors at LAVCA were always open.