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Welcome Letter

Welcome to NOVA!

 

My name is Jason Hillman and I feel blessed to have been given opportunity to be the principal at the newest Nampa School District School:  Nampa Online Virtual Academy.   In the 20-21 school year, we were able to launch Nampa Online Virtual Academy and to provide education for students that had a strong desire to be online during the pandemic.  We also came to understand that there are many students that prefer the online environment and learn better that way.  We are excited to continue to provide educational opportunities for those students in the 21-22 school year and beyond!

 

As a student at NOVA in the 21-22 school year, you will experience an exciting school year filled with fun, productive online learning activities, and even some digital social activities.  The NOVA staff are committed to helping you learn and grow to reach your maximum potential.   

 

Our staff use a blend of online meetings and digital content to provide instruction for our core classes.  Students are expected to participate regularly in online class meetings with teachers and other students via digital platforms such as Microsoft Teams.  Students are also expected to complete a variety of learning experiences outside of the meeting times.  This work is not all “homework”, rather it is a part of the instruction.  Students will participate in independent activities that will introduce them to new learning topics and or standards. 

 

New in 21-22,

  • Elementary and Middle School Music: In Elementary, this course will be the digital version of the music that students would experience in a brick and mortar environment.  In the middle school, this course will be a minimum of one semester and will serve as an introduction to music.  The course will not replace Band, Orchestra, or Choir. 
  • Mentor: All NOVA students in grades 6-12 will be assigned an elective course titled “Mentor”.  This course is designed to be an ongoing support as students navigate the digital school.  Mentor teachers will work with students weekly to help monitor their progress in classes, provide social-emotional lessons, and will be an ongoing contact point for parents.  

 

Credit for courses offered through NOVA will be granted based on student’s showing proficiency in the standards for the course.  Attendance will also be kept and will be based on student participation not only  in the live digital meetings, but also on work completion and staying in regular contact with teachers while progressing through the course.

 

Because NOVA is a smaller school, we offer the required courses for graduation at the high school and a very limited number of electives from our full time and adjunct faculty.  We provide opportunities for students to take elective courses through attending one of our district high school courses on a brick and mortar campus or attending a digital course through IDLA.  The weekly schedule is designed in such a way that high school students can attend a brick and mortar elective in person and also attend the digital courses they need.

 

Please search our web page to find out more about us!

 

If you are interested in applying to be a student at NOVA please complete the open enrollment application at https://www.nsd131.org/apps/pages/OpenEnrollment  

 

Thank you,

 

Jason K. Hillman

Principal