December 8, 2020
Good Afternoon BVVA Families,
We are very excited to announce that our own Mrs. Kim Voge has received the Orange County Computer Using Educators (OCCUE)’s Educator of the year award! This award recognizes an educator who has made a noteworthy contribution to learning in an online or blended setting. Supporting and engaging all students is the key element of this award. The OCCUE is an affiliate of CUE, an educational non-profit based in California. Mrs. Voge was nominated by her peers in the field of online and blended learning. Her notable contributions include: providing training for peers and colleagues, implementing innovative strategies with K-12 students, her role in building Buena Vista Virtual Academy, and teaching an online college course for teachers using technology. Mrs. Voge's application will be sent on to the statewide CUE organization awards to be announced in March 2021.
I also wanted to take a moment to address some questions we have received recently regarding student attendance. As many of you know, BVVA runs under what the state calls “Independent Study” regulations. These regulations state that attendance for each student is based on the work that the student completes. We believe attendance at class Zooms is important in order for students to experience daily direct instruction and interaction with their peers. We believe this so strongly that we record all of our full class zooms, allowing students to re-watch or access them later when needed. On the other hand, under the Independent Study regulations, we measure actual attendance through work completion. Ensuring students complete their assigned work is also important because teachers use it to check for student understanding and mastery of the grade-level standards. I hope this helps to clarify attendance at BVVA. If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to me, your student’s teacher, or our office staff.
Upcoming Events and Reminders
Reminder: Elementary Pick up Days (Grades K-6)
Self-serve pick up for the following grade levels will be on these dates. We will put the items out for curbside pick up. Items are available for pick up outside from 8:00 am - 4:00 pm. If you cannot make this time, the materials will be available just inside the main entrance to the building marked Professional Development Academy.