Family Resource Center

Links and Tutorials for School Success

Welcome!

The Family Resource Page is here to help you be successful in school.  Please utilize the tutorials and links to help answer questions you have about our school!

 

Learning Coach University

LCU is a required training designed to give you all the tools and training needed to support your students this year. Earn your 2019-20 Learning Coach Expert certificate by completing Learning Coach University (LCU). You will love the NEW look and information HERE

 

Attendance

UTVA is on an online public charter school with a set school schedule. The school year consists of 180 school days starting in August and ending in June. Students are required to log in and be in school unless indicated as a holiday or break by the school district. Please refer to our SCHOOL CALENDAR for approved holidays and breaks.

Students at UTVA need to log in into school every school day using their student user name and password. If a student does not log in, the day is recorded as an unexcused absence.

 

Whole School Tips

Head Of School

Meghan Merideth

Office: 801-262-4922 ext 210

mmerideth@utahvirtual.org

2019/20 School Calendar

Click HERE for School Calendar

Internet and Computer Resources

Be Internet Awesome: A free program to teach internet safety to your children: https://beinternetawesome.withgoogle.com/

Below are some affordable internet options for families who qualify for Free or Reduced Lunch. They start as low as 9.95 a month. Call or apply online at the links below. Make sure that your family income form is current by filling out this form here Family Income Form. Please contact Melody Burum at mburum@utahvirtual.org if you need help or support on this.

Comcast Internet Essentials: Call 855-846-8376 or go to https://internetessentials.com/

Basic Access is a program for students that helps people get a hot spot set up in their home at an affordable price with plans starting at $10 a month. You can check them out here http://basicaccess.com/everyoneon/ or call (855) 270 3725.

Everyone On helps families and students find different resources to have affordable internet as well as computers or other technology a student might need in their home

https://everyoneon.org/

Strong Start Success

NEW Families Steps to Success– Start Strong at UTVA HERE

Returning Strong Checklist

RETURNING Families Checklist to help you get ready to return to school – HERE

Family Directory - OPT IN

OPTIONAL – Reach out to other UTVA families to make connections and add your Learning Coach information to our directory here

UTVA Family Directory Opt-in Form

UTVA Family Directory

Ways to Connect

FOLLOW US and stay connected!

LC Facebook Group – HERE

School App: (Download to Smartphone)

  • App Store – HERE
  • Google Play – HERE

Once downloaded – Search “Utah Virtual Academy” to select our school

Instagram:

Twitter – HERE

High School Blog – HERE

K8 Blog – HERE

 

Blackboard Class Orientation

Blackboard Class Orientation HERE

LC Facebook Group
Finding Class Connect Recordings

Please click HERE to learn how to find your class connect recordings.

Finding Student ID Numbers
Recover Student Username and Password

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Parents Right To Know

 

As a parent/guardian with a student attending Utah Virtual Academy, a school that receives Title I funds,
you have the right to know the qualifications of your child’s classroom teacher. ESSA requires that any
school district receiving Title I Funds must provide the following information to parents/guardians who
ask about the professional qualifications of their child’s classroom teacher:
 Whether the teacher has met the Utah teacher licensing criteria for the grade level and subject areas in which the teacher provides your child instruction.Whether the teacher is teaching under an emergency or temporary status that waives state licensing requirements. The undergraduate degree major of the teacher and any other graduate degree or certification (such as National Board Certification) held by the teacher and the field of discipline of certification or degree. Whether your child is provided services by instructional paraprofessionals and, if so, their qualifications. All requests

must be made in writing and should include the following information: student’s full name, legal parent/guardian’s full name, address, city, state, zip code, and teachers name. Your request can be sent to Utah Virtual Academy, 310 E. 4500 S. Ste 620, Murray, Utah 84107

McKinney-Vento Act
Dear Parent or Guardian: The McKinney-Vento Act puts services in place for children and youth who are homeless. The school is a point of contact to start those services. The lists below describe living situations and supports for homeless students. Our Family Resource Officer, Cami Jo Stephenson, is ready and willing to help.

Who is considered homeless?

Anyone who lacks a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence including:

  • Sharing the housing of others due to lack of housing, economic hardship, or similar reason
  • Living in motels, hotels, camping grounds or other temporary housing, due to lack of adequate alternative accommodations
  • Living in emergency or transitional shelters
  • Abandoned in hospitals
  • Awaiting foster care placement
  • Living in a public or private place not designed for humans to live
  • Living in cars, parks, abandoned buildings, public train stations, etc.
  • A migrant child who qualifies under any of the above 

Educational Rights for Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness

  • A homeless education liaison (Family Resource Officer at UTVA) in every public school
  • Right to immediate enrollment in school where seeking enrollment without proof of residency, immunizations, school records, or other documents
  • Right to choose between the local school where they are living, the school they attended before they lost their housing, or the school where they were last enrolled
  • Right to transportation to their school of origin
  • Right to be free from harassment and exclusion. Segregation based on a student’s living status and homelessness is strictly prohibited.
  • Right to access educational services for which they are eligible including IDEA services, ESL, gifted and talented programs, vocational/technical education, and school nutrition programs.
  • Right to be notified of their options and rights under McKinney-Vento. Family Resource Officer must post rights of students experiencing homelessness in schools and other places in the community.
  • Right to have disagreements with the school settled quickly. 
We are here to support your student. If your child is considered homeless and needs help, please contact our Family Resource Officer, Melody Burum. You can email her at mburum@utahvirtual.org or call at (801) 383-2908Warmly, Shelly Strahan Special Programs ManagerUtah Virtual Academy

UTVA Terms

TermsAcronymsDescription
Utah Virtual AcademyUTVAA College & Career Academy and a Utah Public School
Learning CoachLCThey are the adult who is with the student during the day and our point of contact when we need to contact about the student. This is usually a parent/guardian, though it can sometimes be a family friend or extended family member.
Legal GuardianLGMost of the time is the same person as the LC, but not always.
Point of ContactPOCPerson to contact for specific information. The Mentor is you first POC for school needs that are not for specific class questions. For those, your teacher is your POC. The LC is the POC for the student.
MentorThe Point of Contact for families at the school. Reach out to your Mentor for any questions that are not class specific. Formerly referred to as Homeroom Teacher.
Head of SchoolHOSMeghan Meredith
Student Services TeamSSTComprised of the Student Services Administrator, Strong Start Coordinator, Family Engagement Coordinator, Truancy/Attendance Interventionist, School Social Worker, and the Communications Coordinator. This team works to helps students overcome non-academic barriers that may keep them from being successful in school.
Close of Business DayCOB5:00 PM
Beginning of Year/ End of YearBOY/EOYBOY- August
EOY- May
School YearSYEx. SY 1920, SY 2019-2020, etc.
Face-to-FaceF2FUsually means meeting in person for meetings, trainings, or outings/events. Can sometimes refer to meeting virtually using webcams.
Professional DevelopmentPDA variety of specialized training, formal education, or advanced professional learning intended to help administrators, teachers, and other educators improve their professional knowledge, competence, skill, and effectiveness. Our Faulty has monthly PD opportunities that are held virtually, regionally, or F2F at our office in Murray.
Online SchoolOLSThe platform that is used for K-5th grade students: https://login-learn.k12.com/#login

Online Middle and High SchoolOMHSAlso referred to as OMS/OHS. This is the platform that is used for 6th-12th grade students: https://login-learn.k12.com/#login
Learning Coach AccountLC AccountThis platform is used for LC to manage the student account, log attendance, etc. It is similar to the OMHS with a few differences: https://login-learn.k12.com/#login
High SchoolHS9th-12th Grade
Middle SchoolMS6th-8th Grade
Elementary SchoolESOften referred to as K5; K-5th Grade
State Education Online ProgramSOEPAlso referred to as our Part Time Program: https://utvaptstudents.weebly.com/

Career & Technical EducationCTE http://utahvirtualacademy.org/cte/

Concurrent EnrollmentCEGet college credits while in High School: http://utahvirtualacademy.org/concurrent-enrollment/





Learning Coach UniversityLCURequired training for LCs to complete each school year: https://www.smore.com/1bj02-learning-coach-university

Strong StartSSProcess of required trainings for new students and Learning Coaches when they are enrolled.
National Junior Honor Society/National Honor SocietyNJHS/NHS
ContentA place in each course where the lessons and assignments are listed. It has a table of contents on the left side.
LessonFound in the course content and contains the important information that you need to learn
Course HomepageThe main page of any course
Class ConnectCCA online live classroom where students are engaged in real-life authentic learning with their teacher. UTVA uses BBC for CCs.
Blackboard CollaborateBBCOne of the virtual classroom platforms we use. It is a virtual learning environment and learning management system developed by Blackboard Inc. Blackboard is a tool that allows faculty and students to have a live class online. Teachers can use PowerPoint, Captivate, video, audio, animation, and other applications for students to enhance teaching and learning efforts.
DropboxA tool used to submit assignments.
ZoomA online live classroom where students are engaged in real-life authentic learning with their teacher.
Class PlanA calendar with what to do when, and when assignments are due. The Plan links to the Content. Students can click on an assignment listed in the plan and go straight to the Content. When working on overdue assignments, use the class plan, not the overdue list.
Recordings ListA list of all of the class recordings for a particular class.
Exit TicketA quiz or survey about the live class. Used to ensure students are actively engaging in live classes.
English/Language ArtsELA
English Language LearnerELL
PowerSchoolPSA student information system that allows us to manage a wide range of information, including the following: grades, attendance, tests, demographics, activities, courses. At UTVA we manage attendance and student demographics records on PowerSchool and report it to the state.
School Song

Click HERE for our School Song

Click HERE for lyrics

My 529 Savings Plan

2019.07.18 Backpack

K5 Tips

Website
Principal

Principal: Angie Kreitzer

Email: akreitzer@utahvirtual.org

Email in OLS

It is important for the student and LC to read and respond to emails daily.

 

New K5 Student - Extracurricular Activities
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Art and History Learning Ideas

Art and History learning ideas HERE.

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Finding Lesson Materials
K5 Pacing Guides
Class Connects Support Info

Middle School Tips

Website

Be sure to visit the K8 Website often for great information HERE

Principal

Principal: Angie Kreitzer

Email: akreitzer@utahvirtual.org

MS/HS School Email

Video Tutorial

It is important for the student and LC to read and respond to emails daily.

New MS Student - Extracurricular Activities
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Navigating Your Online School

Middle School and High School uses the same platform (OMS and OHS). The videos below apply to both MS and HS. Have questions? Please contact your mentor or teacher.

Watch Video HERE

OMS/OHS Student Landing Page Helps

Click HERE for helpful tips about navigating the OMS/OHS student landing page.

Class Plan-Finding your Homework
Navigating Course Content
Submitting Teacher Graded Assignments
How to Check Your Grades
Class Recordings and Exit Tickets
Discussions: How to Post and Reply
Device - Content Blocker

Do you see this when you open your lessons?

Do you see this when you open your lessons?

Here are a few pieces of information that can help you fix this situation.

1. Always use firefox for your school stuff.

2. Follow these directions to turn on adobe flash. This is required to view the lessons.

From Menu (three lines in top right corner)

  • Options
  • Add-ons
  • By Shockwave Flash choose always activate.

3. Turn OFF popup blockers

From Menu (three lines in top right corner)

  • Options
  • Privacy & Security
  • Uncheck Block Pop-ups

High School Tips

Website

Be sure to visit the High School  often for great information HERE

Principal

 

Principal:

Debbie Dempsey
ddempsey@utahvirtual.org

Attendance

 

Please visit our ATTENDANCE page to understand our policies

MS/HS School Email

Video Tutorial

It is important for the student and LC to read and respond to emails daily.

High School Counselors

New HS - Extracurricular Activies
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Navigating Your Online School

Middle School and High School uses the same platform (OMS and OHS). The videos below apply to both MS and HS. Have questions? Please contact your mentor or teacher.

Watch Video HERE

OMS/OHS Student Landing Page Helps

Click HERE for helpful tips about navigating the OMS/OHS student landing page.

Class Plan-Finding your Homework
Navigating Course Content
Submitting Teacher Graded Assignments
How to Check Your Grades
Class Recordings and Exit Tickets
Discussions: How to Post and Reply
Device - Content Blocker

Do you see this when you open your lessons?

Do you see this when you open your lessons?

Here are a few pieces of information that can help you fix this situation.

1. Always use firefox for your school stuff.

2. Follow these directions to turn on adobe flash. This is required to view the lessons.

From Menu (three lines in top right corner)

  • Options
  • Add-ons
  • By Shockwave Flash choose always activate.

3. Turn OFF popup blockers

From Menu (three lines in top right corner)

  • Options
  • Privacy & Security
  • Uncheck Block Pop-ups

UTVA Parent Compact
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UTVA Parent Involvement
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Computer Basics

Is your Computer K12 Ready?

 

K12 has several online components built into its lessons and tools. To use K12’s program, you’ll need a computer with an Internet connection and free software programs, which you can download from the Internet. Please click on link below for complete information on computer needs.

LINK HERE

 

Getting Links to Work in BBC

1. In BBC, click on ‘Help’ at the top left.

2. Click on ‘Diagnostics’ in the dropdown box.

3. Click on ‘Add’ in the pop-up box.

4. Type the following exactly: util.browser.useExternal

5. Click apply.

6. Close the box.

7. All links should now work.

Office 365
Headset and Microphone Set Up
Set Time Zone
K12 Printer Setup

Without Provided CD

Tutorial

With Provided CD

Tutorial

Creating Filters and Folders in Gmail
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Snipping Tools
Disable Common Firewalls

https://www.help.k12.com/s/article/Disable-Common-Firewalls

 

Which Browser are you Using?
Avoid Computer Virus
Video Tutorials - PowerPoint, Word, Excel

K12 Support

K12 Computer Support

HERE

 

Requesting K12 Support Online
K12 Customer Care

1-866-512-2273