STEPS TO SUCCESS

START STRONG WITH STRONG START!

 

Welcome! We are so glad to have you join our UTVA Family!

This document has a series of steps that you and your student will complete to be successful as you start a new year at a new school!

Starting with Step 1, go through all of them one at a time, making sure you have completed each step to ensure success.

Each step will include how-to instructions and a reason why each is important to complete.

At the end, there will be a link to a survey that you can fill out to select which steps you have completed, and it has a place to leave any questions you may have!

STEPS TO COMPLETE BEFORE SCHOOL STARTS

Please complete each step in order

STEP 1: SETTING UP YOUR LEARNING COACH (LC) & STUDENT ACCOUNTS

Why is this step important?

1. You need your account to access everything.

2. As a Learning Coach, you will use your account to check on the student’s progress and complete attendance.

3. For students, when they log into their account, this is the equivalent of walking through the front doors of the school. *Students MUST use their own login/account when going to class.

STEP 2: UNDERSTANDING THE DAILY REQUIREMENTS FOR LEARNING COACHES & STUDENTS WHILE SCHOOLING AT UTVA

What are UTVA’s Daily Expectations?
  • Log in with student username and password
  • Attend and participate in Class Connects (CCs) at designated class times
  • Complete daily assignments and lessons
  • Communication with teachers/mentors via email, phone calls, texts read and respond to emails daily.
  • Learning Coach (LC) offers appropriate amount of support to student based on grade level (i.e. K-8 students require more support from LC’s

 

LC logs attendance daily from LC account for:
  • Time attending CCs
  • Time working on lessons & assignments
  • Extracurricular activities after daily classes and assignments are completed

STEP 3: LEARNING COACH UNIVERSITY (LCU)

Learning Coach University is a collection of short videos designed to help you become comfortable with the online school. This required training provides you with the tools and information needed to support your student(s) here at UTVA and be on the road to an amazing school year. You are an essential part of what makes our school successful! Earn your Learning Coach Expert Certificate today!

STEP 4: REQUIRED COMPUTER DOWNLOADS

OFFICE 365- IT’S FREE!

Each student gets a FREE download of Office 365! It is important that students have this on their school computer because they will use it to complete assignments.

BLACKBOARD LAUNCHER

This is important to have on the school computer because it is the program that UTVA uses for our online classrooms.

ADOBE FLASH PLAYER

This is important to have on the school computer, because it is used to access the Online School platform, OLS.

STEP 5: UTVA MEDIA RELEASE

UTVA and Media Release Consent:

UTVA is committed to meeting the social and emotional needs of those enrolled at our school. As part of creating a positive school culture, we rely on our online media outlets (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, blog, newsletter). This is a way for us to highlight our student’s achievements and inspire and connect with our students. We are committed to maintaining a fun, inspiring and safe online community.

UTVA wants to make sure that parents have a choice in their student’s privacy. We have provided THIS consent form for you to fill out. If you do NOT consent for your student/s image to be used, it is your responsibility as parents, to let your students know to remove themselves from photographs or videos at our events.

STEP 6: 9TH GRADE ONLY- COMPLETE I-READY ASSESSMENT

i-Ready is an assessment at the beginning of the year to determine where your student is in their learning. Please have your student complete this before the first day of school.

How-To: You will receive an email with instructions.

*Give 24 hours after receiving your Welcome Letter to start completing this assessment.

** K8 Families: Your students will also complete an i-Ready Assessment, but will do it during the first week of school, NOT before.

This step will take approximately 45-90 minutes to complete/ 55-72 questions per subject.

STEP 6: CHECK YOUR MATERIAL & HARDWARE SHIPPING SCHEDULE

This is important because we want to ensure that you received the materials and possible hardware shipments from K12.
This step will take less than 5 minutes to complete.

Materials generally ship out from K12 the end of July/beginning of August.

STEP 7: PRINT OFF/SAVE THE UTVA ACADEMIC SCHOOL CALENDAR FOR THE 2019-20 SCHOOL YEAR

This is important because it shows need-to-know dates, such as, holidays, breaks, and the start/end dates of semesters/blocks.

This step will take less than 1 minute to complete.

STEP 8: Grades K-9 – COMPLETE I-READY ASSESSMENT

i-Ready is an assessment at the beginning of the year to determine where your student is in their learning. Please have your student complete this before the first day of school.

How-To: You will receive an email with instructions.

*Give 24 hours after receiving your Welcome Letter to start completing this assessment.

STEP 9: Orientation

 

Please watch this 17 minute Orientation Session recording.  You must download Blackboard in order to watch the Orientation Recording. Instructions on how to download Blackboard are in Step 4.

STEP 10: COMPLETE THE STEPS TO SUCCESS COMPLETION SURVEY

This step will take less than 5 minutes to complete.