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Recognizing Teachers

Originally published in the Clackamas Revew – May 07, 2018 In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week May 7-11, I would like to recognize the teachers and staff at Oregon Virtual Academy (ORVA) and the support that they have given my daughter and me. I enrolled Marissa into ORVA because I was unsatisfied with the curriculum […]

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Online School Helps 10-Year-Old Battle Learning Disability

Originally aired on KARD-TV – May 04, 2018 Following a head injury, 10-year-old Amilia Vasquez was diagnosed with savant syndrome, causing her to lose her ability to write and read English, and suffer from severe headaches. When Amilia’s headaches wouldn’t go away, the family turned to Louisiana Virtual Charter Academy (LAVCA). Enrolling in the online […]

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Martial Arts Help Two Autistic Boys Gain Confidence

Originally published in Greenville Sun – May 4, 2018 Bright lights, a large crowd and lots of noise make sporting events exciting for most children. But, for those on the autism spectrum, those characteristics can be disconcerting and even frightening. Martial arts have helped two local youngsters grow in self-confidence and push through their fears […]

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Teacher is 
a Cut Above

Originally published in Hi-Desert Star – May 2, 2018 As we celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week May 7-11, I would like to shine a spotlight on a teacher who has gone above and beyond to help my grandson excel at California Virtual Academy. Mrs. Tara Whitmore’s encouraging attitude has taught Damian the importance of determination within […]

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Virtual students celebrate ‘real’ prom

Originally aired on KGW’s Portland Today – April 30, 2018 ORVA family engagement administrator Jamie Stiles and students Gavin Hinden and Allegra Mansfield spoke with KGW’s Portland Today about the school’s prom. To learn more about Oregon Virtual Academy, visit https://orva.k12.com.

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An IDVA student’s view of online education

Originally published in Clearwater Tribune – May 2, 2018 Zac McFarland, 16, is in his junior year of high school. If his name seems familiar, Zac was awarded second place for his amazing essay in the Voice of Democracy contest in January of this year. It was incorrectly stated in the cutline, in the Feb. […]

Briar Morrow

IDVA Student Hopes Hospital Volunteer Work Will Help Her Become a Doctor

Originally published in Post Register – April 25, 2015 Briar Morrow hopes her volunteer work at Eastern Idaho  Regional Medical Center  will  help her with her dream of becoming a doctor. The 16-year-old  Idaho Falls girl started  to  volunteer at the hospital late last summer. She spends much of her time at the information desk […]

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Bright Spot: Tennessee Virtual Academy

Originally aired on WREG-TV – April 26, 2018 It’s not a traditional classroom but class is in session for 11-year-old Ben Messlein. “We public school at home so he does public school just like in the classroom. He has his hours of school, he’s got his homework, he’s got his assignment and he does attend […]