Middle School - Oregon Virtual Academy

Letter from the Principal

Welcome to the 2021-2022 school year! I am thrilled to be joining you this year as your new principal. I have enjoyed meeting some of you as we prepare for the school year and I am eagerly anticipating connecting with all families.

My life in education began as a social studies and language arts teacher, and I then moved to instructional coaching and school administration. I have been an educator in Oregon for 15 years, both in brick and mortar and in a virtual setting. I am an instructionally focused, collaborative leader who truly loves middle school.

I look forward to getting to know each of your students and having a fantastic school year together.

Warmly,

Caitlin Klenz, ORVA Middle School Principal

In middle school, student learning changes to a semester-based approach where students are required to earn a passing grade of 60 percent or above on their assignments and online lessons.

Students will experience due dates assigned to lessons to encourage accountability and build time management skills towards high school. Our middle schoolers will continue to attend regular “Class Connect” sessions. Students at this age will be strongly encouraged to begin advocating for themselves when they need help.

In general, our middle school students are expected to spend approximately 4–7 hours on schoolwork per school day with increasing independence.

During the middle school years, a learning coach can expect to transition their child to a more independent learning model in preparation for high school. Although the level of involvement really depends on your individual child, a learning coach for 6-8 students is working alongside students to build on their time management skills.

We like to prepare our learning coaches by being transparent that the initial 4–8 weeks can be intensive, as families settle into a routine. In middle school, students begin to have increased independence, but parent/Learning Coach involvement is essential for about 60–70% of school time and approximately 25–35% of this time is online

As a public school our students are expected to participate in annual state testing beginning in 3rd grade.

In addition, ORVA administers in-house STAR 360 testing online multiple times throughout the year to all of our students. These results help to ensure instruction is aligned to student academic needs.

Staff & Faculty

Emily Borrego

Middle School Dean of Students & Instruction

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(541) 751-5021

Erin Brazel

Middle School PE Teacher

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(541) 736-6107

Shannon Curtin

Middle School Special Education Teacher

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(458) 710-0327

Tena Dickinson

Middle School SpED Teacher

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Allyson Fisher

Middle School Health/PE

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(541) 294-0907

Jeanne Gifford-Ohnemus

Middle School Special Education Teacher

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(458) 710-0846

Justyne Graham

Middle School English / Language Arts

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(458) 710-0790

Erica Guest

Middle School Art

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(458) 710-0404

Amber Guest

Middle School English / Language Arts

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(541) 294-2647

Nicolle Hansen

Elementary & Middle School Registrar (A-L)

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541 808 5783 ext 218

Kelly Jolley

Middle School / High School Bridge Teacher

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(541) 517-4635

Caitlin Klenz

Middle School Principal

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(541) 294-0904

Adam Leary

Middle School English / Language Arts

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(541) 305- 5083

Tina Lowen

Middle School English / Language Arts

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(541) 751-5410

Andrea McAndrews

Middle School Health / PE

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(541) 808-5160

Juel Morgan

Middle School Science

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(541) 294-0135

Lindsey Rusher

Middle School Science

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(541) 435-4016

Taran Schwartz

Middle School Social Studies

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(458) 710-0403

Raymond Severns

Middle School Math

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(458) 710-0408

Andrew Smiley

Middle School English / Language Arts

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(458) 710-0413

Robert Tatarek

Middle School Social Studies

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(541) 294-9196

Kristin Thompson

Middle School English / Language Arts

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(458) 710-0410

Jeremy Ting

Middle School Social Studies

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(541) 294-0836

Heidi Vogel

Middle School Teacher

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(541) 751-5515

Daniel Weinberg

Middle School Social Studies

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(458) 710-0381

Laura Wells

Middle School Math

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(541) 294-1296

Melissa Whitley

Middle School Math

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(458) 710-0407

Kristin Wilkinson

Elementary & Middle Registrar (M-Z)

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(541) 808-5783 ext 216

Naomi Woodburn

Middle School Math

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(458) 710-0397