How it Works (6-8)
Work Completion Expectation
In middle school, student learning changes to a semester-based approach where due dates are assigned to lessons to encourage consistent, steady progress for academic success. Attending teacher-led, direct-instruction, online synchronous “Class Connect” sessions, along with completing coursework, will also assist with student success. Our middle school teachers work with families to ensure students are progressing academically as expected. To achieve success, it’s in the student’s best interest to follow the pacing schedule that’s assigned for each course.
Tumwater Virtual Academy is committed to providing an atmosphere which values truth, integrity, personal accountability, and respect for the rights of others. Especially while working virtually, there can be such a fine line between a student’s OWN work, and plagiarism. Academic dishonesty occurs when students obtain or assist others in obtaining credit for work which is not their own. K12 uses Turnitin, a filter for assignments that can detect when an assignment has been copied from internet sources or turned in to the K12 system in the past. When presented with an assignment that may not be credited to the student turning it in; staff will reach out to the student and family. Students can (and should) re-do the assignment using their own work. If the student continues to engage in academic dishonesty, TVA administration will reach out to the student and family to formulate a plan to move forward with TVA.
At the middle school level, students may dual enroll in courses not offered at TVA with their neighborhood school. It is most common for a student to take orchestra, band or choir at their neighborhood school; there may be other options available and dual enrollment must be coordinated with the neighborhood school's schedule and space.
Each student is assigned a Chromebook to use. Quality K12/Fuel Ed curriculum and materials are shipped to the student’s house for each course.
Middle School is a time when students become more independent, taking on ore responsibility and ownership for their learning. A parent (or other responsible adult) serves as a Learning Coach to the student. Parent/Learning Coach involvement is critical for student success, as middle school students continue build their organization and time-management skills. Teachers set the pace of instruction, but the Learning Coach helps the student stay on track.
Parent/Learning Coach involvement may vary per child and grade level. The initial 4-8 weeks can be intensive as families settle into a routine. Students in grades 6-8 build self-advocacy skills and work more directly with teachers, but parent/Learning Coach involvement is essential for approximately 5-15 hours a week, depending on student need.
Working with Your Teacher
While online lessons can usually be completed at any time of day, students will be required to attend live Class Connect sessions with their teacher(s) based on the student’s individual needs. During Class Connect sessions, students will receive direct instruction from teachers and have opportunities to interact with classmates. In addition to regular, synchronous classroom instruction, teachers may offer support or small group sessions to assist in student learning. Parent/Learning Coaches are encouraged to contact their student’s homeroom teacher anytime they have questions or concerns.
For the 20-21 School Year, attendance is logged Monday through Friday; however, academic progress can be achieved during the weekends as well. K-5 students re expected to spend approximately 4-7 hours on schoolwork per day.
As of the 21-22 School Year, TVA will be an Alternative Learning Experience (ALE) school. ALE is public education where some or all of the instruction is delivered outside of a regular classroom. Washington State ALE rules require that students maintain weekly contact and progress, in accordance with their Written Student Learning Plan (WSLP), to remain in good standing. If a student has 20 days of no contact and progress, intervention and/or a drop from the student’s online course is required.
Email is the primary form of communication between the school and families. Learning Coaches and students are required to check and respond to emails on a daily basis.
TVA students must comply with all Washington-mandated testing requirements.