Principal Sara Holewinski’s RVA Events Report Winter 2019


ACT, Report Cards, Graduation, Shared Staffing, and More!

While it’s difficult to imagine spring with all of this cold weather we are having, the Groundhog is going to be letting us know soon, that spring is on it’s way!  As we start the second half of the school year, I want to share a few important updates with our consortium partners as we enter this new season.

ACT and ACT WorkKeys

February is here, which means the ACT and ACT WorkKeys are right around the corner!  A huge thank you goes out to all of our partner districts for organizing the testing for our shared RVA - Consortium students.  I recently sent each of the consortium’s District and School Assessment Coordinators a list of students who were planning on testing, as well as the students whose parents notified us they were opting their child out of the ACT.

An RVA ACT newsletter containing important information was sent out a while ago regarding test prep, materials, how to submit the RVA tests to ACT, and more!  Now that the test is closer, I’m including the newsletter again for everyone to review.

RVA ACT Newsletter

Please be sure to let me know if you have any questions regarding the ACT and ACT WorkKeys. Happy testing!

Report Cards & Transcripts

With the first semester finalized, our office has been busy printing and mailing report cards to students and parents.  Next, we will be sending all of our consortium districts the final grades for the students enrolled from their district, along with teacher names, license numbers, and other information.  We ask that all of our partner districts enter these grades into their Student Information System for state reporting and transcript purposes. As consortium students follow local graduation requirements according to district policy, it’s important for our consortium schools to keep an updated transcript for the RVA students.  This information will be sent from our office soon.

RVA Class of 2019 - Graduation

This year the RVA Class of 2019 will have 54 students graduating!  We are very excited for all of our graduates and are looking forward to the big day.    

RVA students get their choice of which graduation ceremony they want to participate in, either the RVA’s or their local consortium district’s, but they can only participate in one.  The RVA’s Graduation Ceremony is on May 31, 2019 at the Jefferson Street Inn, in Wausau, WI.

Recently, the RVA seniors completed a graduation survey and provided us with a variety of information including which ceremony they'd like to participate in, how they want their name to read on the diploma, future plans, etc.  We will provide our consortium districts with this information after it’s all compiled.

Regardless of which ceremony the students are participating in, the RVA will be providing the diploma and cover for all RVA Graduates.  We will send them to our consortium districts prior to graduation.

Shared Staffing

We are currently working on putting together our RVA Course Catalog and 2019-20 master schedule.  Every year, we ask our consortium districts if they have any high school teachers that they’d like to share with the RVA. Here are the details of sharing a teacher with the RVA:

  • If a teacher has an open hour in their day, has a small class, or is just looking for something extra to do, they might want to consider teaching a live, online class for the RVA.

  • Districts will receive a $5,000 reimbursement per teacher/per section for having them share instruction with RVA students.

  • School districts can have their own “brick and mortar” students in these classes using a blended learning model of instruction.

  • This is a great opportunity to build blended online learning opportunities in your school.

  • Teachers can use online content that is either provided to them or materials they’ve created on their own.  For teachers using the RVA Online courses, the bulk of the work creating the course content has already been done, but teachers are able to customize it.

  • The RVA will provide all professional development for the teacher.

If you have any teachers that would be interested in teaching an RVA class, please send me the information, including the class, teacher, and time of day they are available by February 28, 2019.

Please let me know if you have any questions and thank you for considering this opportunity!

Sara Holewinski
Principal, Rural Virtual Academy

Athena Podolak