Friday’s the day: TNVA will open its “doors” to students again beginning on Friday, August 2, 2013. Summer is officially over, and it’s time to get back to class and start working again! Most students will be understandably reluctant to leave summer behind, but many will also be excited by the change and intrigued by the opportunities available in a new school year. Luckily, Friday is a half day, focused more on getting involved in the preparations for the year and answering parent and learning coach questions before the year begins than it is on diving in and starting learning immediately. Learning coaches will have the opportunity to meet their children’s teachers, discuss any concerns that they have for the upcoming school year, and get an idea of what their schedule is going to look like. Kids will get in their virtual classrooms and start looking at what might be ahead for them. It will be a real, hands-on opportunity for students and teachers alike to start figuring out how to use the online system and learning how it’s going to work for them.
There are just a few things that will need to be completed before the school year begins; and getting them done before the “official” start of the year will mean that you don’t have to rush to get them done after your children have started for the year.
Scantron tests. The information for these should be found in your Kmail. Completing them as soon as possible will mean that your student is prepared and ready to go as soon as the year begins.
Organizing materials. If those boxes of books and other materials have just been sitting around somewhere, now is the time to get them taken care of. You don’t want to be digging through stacks of materials and wondering whether or not you actually have everything once school starts.
Check to make sure that all of your courses are available in the online system. TNVA parents should be aware that not all courses are showing up the way they’re supposed to be at this time. The administrators are aware of the problem and are working to resolve it, but you should still take note of any courses that are missing and let your teacher know once you are assigned one.
Complete the “Welcome to Online Learning” lesson. This will help to familiarize both you and your student with the online system. It is the same from year to year, so if you’ve completed it once, you may only need to glance over it in order to be prepared for the year ahead.
Make sure you have all necessary materials. Paper…pencils…crayons…scissors. These things will prove necessary before the year is over, and they may show up early in the process. Check and make sure that you have them on hand before you begin.
Prepare a schedule. Be relatively consistent about your daily expectations. Some parents choose to outline what they expect their children to complete each day, or by a certain point each year. Others prefer to assign a particular chunk of time throughout the day to a given subject. Whatever system works for you, you need to be prepared with this as early as Monday morning.
Keep an eye on your Kmail. While it may, at times, be difficult to access—particularly during high-traffic times—important communications will come to you through this portal.
Remember, a new school year can be an exciting opportunity. Being prepared ahead of time will enable both you and your child to succeed in ways that might not be possible if you’re not ready when school begins.