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Helping Your Explorer Succeed!

Welcome to NOVA!
 
We know that parents play an integral part in student success and we want to provide as much information as possible to give you the opportunity to help and see your student(s) succeed!
 
Below you will find different sections on important information about NOVA. There will be video explanations, video tutorials and other resources to help you along your journey!
 
Follow this link for some other quick tips on Getting Started!
Synchronous (at the same time) and Asynchronous (at different times) participation are valid at NOVA.
  • Synchronous participation
    • Attending meetings  (expectation that student will open camera and microphone at appropriate times during class meetings)
    • Office hours/one on one meetings with teachers 
 
  • Asynchonous participation 
  • Finishing Assigned learning tasks 
  • Completing assessments (tests, quizzes, presentations,  
  • Continued interaction with teacher
  • Email from student to teacher
  • Teams messaging about course work or class discussions
  • Discussion board participation
  • Class chat participation in Teams
  • Phone conversations between teacher and student 
In the Nampa School District, we are using Standards-Based Grading. Watch the video below for a great overview on the what and why. Then find answers to frequently asked questions in the link below the video.
What is ClassLink?
 
 
How to find ClassLink (app/desktop, webpage) 
 
FOR NOVA CLASSES:
  • Students will meet as a class in a live session up to two times per week (this will be referred to as 'synchronous')
  • These synchronous classes will be held using Microsoft Teams
  • High School synchronous classes will be on Mondays and Thursdays (Wednesday is a teacher and student work day - no live classes)
  • The days students will NOT have live class sessions (this will be referred to as 'asynchronous'), students will be completing school work, potentially meeting in small groups or requesting extra help during their teachers' specified office hours
  • If a student misses one of the synchronous classes, these classes will be recorded by teachers and made available to students to watch on an asynchronous day
  • Each week, parents will receive communication from teachers
 
ADVANCED OPPORTUNITIES:
  • There will be some advanced opportunities for high school students 
  • Visit here for more information
 
IDLA COURSES:
  • Additional online courses are available through IDLA (but NOVA will help students get started)
  • More information here
 
BRICK AND MORTAR COURSES:
  • There will also be opportunities for high school students to take courses - that are not offered at NOVA - at one of our brick and mortar schools (Nampa High, Skyview High, Columbia High)
  • Students in these courses will attend ON CAMPUS at the appropriate times
  • Assignments for these classes are to be turned into that teacher, based on that teacher's requirements
FOR NOVA CLASSES:
  • Students will meet as a class in a live session up to two times per week (this will be referred to as 'synchronous')
  • These synchronous classes will be held using Microsoft Teams
  • Middle School synchronous classes will be on Tuesdays and Fridays (Wednesday is a teacher and student work day - no live classes)
  • The days students will NOT have live class sessions (this will be referred to as 'asynchronous'), students will be completing school work, potentially meeting in small groups or requesting extra help during their teachers' specified office hours
  • If a student misses one of the synchronous classes, these classes will be recorded by teachers and made available to students to watch on an asynchronous day
  • Each week, parents will receive communication from teachers
 
ADVANCED OPPORTUNITIES:
  • There will be some advanced opportunities for grades 7 and 8 
  • Visit here for more information
  • Each grade level will have a slightly different schedule based on learning needs of the age group. 
  • Playlist model for Assignments and assessments 
  • Participation in Zoom 
  • Weekly parent communication 
Otus is the main hub for all school work, and as parents/guardians, you can create an account to monitor and track your student's progress
 
Please watch the following video for more directions:
 
For more information, visit here
Elementary (Zoom) and Secondary (Teams)
  • Where are your student's classes? 
  • If your student misses a meeting, how can they watch it later? 
  • How will my student get added to a classroom? 
  • Camera on or off? 
  • What are the rules about 'chat'? 
  • How does my student login? 
  • Will there be notifications for when classes start or change? 
  • Why can't we just do assignments and tests here? 
 
Please visit Dr. Dowski's Counselor's Corner page for more!
 
 
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