Nov. Student’s of the Month

Congrats to our November Students of the Month:

J. Tarinelli


Amazing growth in letter sounds and nonsense words!

E. Smith 


She has great attendance, she goes the extra mile in iReady, participates in class regularly and is always nice to her classmates.

R. Stone


Student is so great at participating, great class attendance, and they have AWESOME iReady stats for both math and ELA.

E. Fowler


E. has shown consistent attendance. She participates and is excited to come to class and learn. She follows the rules and always has a positive attitude. She is helpful and kind towards her peers.

N. Pratt


Great participation, good to help others, positive attitude, leadership skills




Growth, attitude, effort

Z. Kahl


He is always really encouraging to other students. Always on the ball, taking class seriously, works above and beyond.

S. Nielsen


He is in whole group and reading group daily and is always one of the first to participate. He always has a smile on his face and encourages his peers to succeed!

Nov. Educator’s of the Month

Meet our Educators of the Month

Mike Parkin Mentor of the Month:

His focus is always on building relationships with students and Learning coaches alike. This dedication has been clearly evident, especially while working with families who have experienced trauma. It is sometimes difficult to remain calm when our parents and students are in crisis. Mikes ability to redirect the conversations from chaos to solution focused problem solving is commendable. Thanks Mike for all you do to help our students succeed!!!

K5 SPED Educator of the Month

Carol is so organized and cares so much about her kids. She has been working with a larger caseload than ideal and still has managed to continue to deliver exceptional service to her students! She always has extension activities/questions on her teaching slides to push the students to extend their learning with each concept. She has been pushing them to explain “why” or “how” they got their answer when they give her a response. She’s also been working on getting her assessments put into Nearpod so that she has a better way to track them.

K-5 Educator of the Month:

Sarah Andersen is a veteran virtual teacher rock star! She has really mastered the MTSS process and is truly a data driven instruction teacher. She has amazing pre and post data for her standards and it is evident that what she is doing in her classes is working by the growth that is reflected in the post test data! She is a leader in our school and goes above and beyond in the service of her Math team. Her classroom culture is fun and there is always a party to be earned or something fun for those kids to look forward to! She continues to innovate and lead out in trying new ways to be the best virtual 4th grade math class possible.


MS SPED Educator of the Month:

Jaci is a team player and always sharing and complimenting others on great ideas to improve teaching! She is working on her DOK questioning and has sought out observations to track her questioning and DOK levels so she can see where she needed to improve. She is trying to implement group work and is looking for ways to do a better job of differentiating.

MS Educator of the Month:

Jodi is a passionate educator who continues to strive to be her very best for her students. She is constantly striving to sharpen her teaching tools. She is always looking for creative ways to enhance the learning for her students and is quick to share her good ideas and best practices. Her class is a joy to be in and it’s evident her prep and planning has been intentional to ensure her kids enjoy being there and stay engaged! She is, once again, planning and carrying out an amazing learning trip opportunity for our students traveling to NYC! Her demeanor with her students is so positive and her rapport with them is so solid.

Student Spotlight – Share Your Story

Utah Virtual Academy is excited to recognize Daniel Sanchez with the UTVA Pantry Volunteer Shining Star Award. 

Daniel is 5 years old and is in Kindergarten at UTVA.  He is very outgoing and loves spending time with his family.  This is his first year at UTVA and he like online school because it helps him to focus on school.  His favorite part about attending UTVA is going to his classes with his friends and teachers.   Daniel enjoys volunteering at the UTVA Pantry.  He attended every volunteer opportunity in November.  His mother says Daniel likes to help others.  They have taught him at home the importance of serving others.   In November Daniel helped other UTVA students create 100 personal hygiene kits to be distributed from the pantry.   He also helped carry donated food to the pantry and stock shelves on the UTVA Food Bank deliver day.  A third day of volunteering, Daniel wrote kind, encouraging notes and hid them in random books for students who enjoy the UTVA Pantry Library.  Daniel’s excitement for volunteering is amazing.  Daniel’s father is also one of our great pantry volunteers.

Family Fun Center Outings

Join us for our November outings!  We are excited to see you all FACE TO FACE! Click on button below to RSVP for one of our many locations! 

  • SLC – Sandy Classic Fun Center – 9151 S. 255 W. Sandy 1-3 pm 
  • Ogden –  Layton Classic Fun Center – 867 N. 1200 W. Layton 3-5 pm 
  • Provo – Orem Classic Fun Center – 250 State Street Orem 3-5 pm 
  • St. George – Fiesta Fun- 171 E 1160 S, St. George 2-4 pm 
  • Vernal – Ute Lanes – Ute Lanes in Ft. Duchesne 12-2 pm 
  • Logan – Cache Valley Fun Park – 225 E. 1770 N in Logan 3-5 pm

Kindness Matters

School Wide Incentive - Kindness Matters Month

  • Work on your BINGO card throughout the month of November. 
  • Students with a BINGO row completed will be entered into a drawing for awesome prizes! (Limit one entry per student.)
  • Students that earn blackout (all the squares on your card are completed) will be invited to attend our VIRTUAL KINDNESS PARTY at the end of the month.


Red Ribbon Poster Contest Winners

2nd Grade Winners!

1st Place – Kate H. 

2nd Place – Sarah S. 

3rd Place – 

2nd Grade Honorable Mentions

Honorable Mention – Gabriella T.

Honorable Mention – Philip C. 

3rd Grade Winners!

1st Place – Evan K.

4th Grade Winners!

1st Place – Olivia T

2nd Place – McKenzie R.

3rd Place – Shayla G.

6th Grade Winners!

1st Place – Isabel K.

7th Grade Winners!

1st Place – Saddi & Delilah K.

2nd Place – Candelaria M. 

3rd Place – Kylee C. 

8th Grade Winners!

1st Place – Vanessa H. 

2nd Place – Koby C. 

Red Ribbon Week 2019

Send a Message. Stay Drug Free.

Red Ribbon Week Details:

  • Monday Oct. 28: Wear RED and take the Pledge to be DRUG FREE!
  • Tuesday Oct. 29: Silly Sock Day
  • Wednesday Oct. 30: Crazy Hair Day *Poster Contest Submissions due*
  • Thursday Oct. 31: Costume Day
  • Friday Nov. 1: School Spirit Day
    (Wear your UTVA shirt or Purple and Black)

What you need to know: 

There are 3 different age groups! K-2, 3-5, 6-8. We will have 3 winners in each group. If you win you will get a prize sent to you in the mail! 

Rules and Guidelines: 

One poster submission per student It must be your own, original art work You must include the red ribbon week theme on your poster “Send a message. Stay drug free.” Poster can be 8 x 11 inches or bigger Take a picture or scan in your poster for submission Posters will be judged by these things: Creativity Tie to Theme Artwork When you are done with your poster email it to

You need to include:
1. Your Name
2. Your Grade Level
3. Attach your poster


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