Hello, Idaho Home Learning Academy/Harmony Families,

Welcome back to a new school year! We are so excited to be serving you and your family and be a part of your student’s learning journey. If you have completed course selection and had it approved by your mentor you should be receiving your curriculum and Canvas logins soon if you haven’t already. If you have any questions throughout the year you can reach out to your mentor.

You should have received an introductory email from your mentor. If you haven’t or don’t know who your mentor is you can find your mentor info in the Family Resource Center. Go to the Parent Dashboard> Click your student’s name on the right> Enrollment Information.

In this Touchpoint:

  • Calendars
  • Field Trips in your area
  • Flex/Portfolio Submission Dates
  • Live Classes 
  • Resource Ordering
  • Canvas Tips
  • MobyMax Placement Tests and Quiz Resets
  • Odyssey Curriculum and Quiz Resets
  • Get Social
  • NEW Malad Emails

A great place to stay up-to-date on important dates is the calendar found on the Parent Dashboard. Here you’ll find information such as Flex submission dates, testing dates, school dates,  etc. 

IHLA Calendar 2023-2024

Upcoming School Dates:
Aug 21: First day of school
Aug 26: Beginning of year field trip- Roaring Springs
Oct 9-13: Fall break

Field Trips
Harmony’s “Beginning of Year” field trip will be held at Roaring Springs, in Meridian! Your student and 1 parent will be paid for by Harmony. Come enjoy a day at Roaring Springs! Please follow the instructions provided on the flyer.   

Monthly Field Trips
We now have monthly field trips in these areas: Coeur d’Alene, Meridian, Twin Falls and Idaho Falls!  Please look for the monthly flyers and also watch Facebook for the announcements.

Flex/Portfolio Submission Dates
Below are the Flex Direct and Portfolio submission dates for 1st semester. Be sure to submit  the student worksheets on time as this tracks attendance and progress. Please print the schedule linked below and mark your calendars. 

2023-2024 Submission Schedule

Flex Direct Due Dates
September 1
September 15
October 6
October 20
November 3
November 17
December 1
December 15
January 5
January 19

Portfolio Due Dates
August 25 – Semester 1 Learning Plan
September 1 – Learning Log 1
September 15 – Submission 1
October 6 – Learning Log 2
October 20 – Submission 2
November 3 – Learning Log 3
November 17 – Submission 3
December 1 – Learning Log 4
December 15 –  Submission 4
January 5 – Learning Log 5
January 19 – Submission 5

The guidelines for portfolios are as follows:

  • Upload quality student work for each portfolio subject.
  • Items need to show student work, and examples could include worksheets, reports, tests/quizzes, science projects, etc.  Remember that portfolio items need to be the student’s actual work, not a learning log or description of what the student has been doing.
  • Portfolio items need to be grade-level work.
  • Portfolio items need to demonstrate student work for the whole month.

To find helpful information about Flex Direct/Portfolio log into the Family Resource Center and go to the Curriculum Orientation. From the sidebar menu in the Flex Direct and Flex Independent sections, you’ll find FAQs, which include submission instructions and a submission video. 

Live Classes
We are excited to offer live virtual classes this year! These courses will be offered in Science and Social Studies for K-5. We encourage you to consider registering your child for these courses in the Family Resource Center during your course selection.  

Features of Live Virtual Science & Social Studies Classes:
– Full year course – no other course registration or curriculum is required
– Once per week one hour live class taught virtually by an IHLA teacher on Zoom
– Complete curriculum provided to families through Canvas course online
– Three parent-led and teacher supported learning activities each week
– Organized in bi-weekly units with semester syllabus provided to parents
– End of unit project/assignment submitted by student every two weeks
– Meets all state learning standards for grade and subject

Below is a link showing available courses and the days/times.
Live Courses Schedule

Resource Orders
Ordering is open for all types of orders. For all the ordering types except reimbursement, you can submit one order per semester per student.
1st semester ordering period is July 1- Oct 31
2nd semester ordering period is Dec 1 – Jan 31

Request Technology: This is the best place to order laptops to make sure they are ordered in case there are any hold-ups with your orders.
Request Educational Supplies & Resources: Order all your general supplies, workbooks, textbooks, pencils, art supplies, museum membership, etc. You can submit items from multiple websites.
Internet Payments: Use this to request up to $225 payable to your internet service provider per semester. Note: This is limited to one per family.
Request Curriculum Subscriptions and/or Kits: If you want to purchase curriculum or other subscriptions offered through Harmony (like MobyMax, Dreambox, etc.) and use it as an extra resource, this is the place.
Request Reimbursement: Reimbursements can be submitted up to 10 times per year – once for each month of the school year. Only one file can be submitted per submission, but you include several receipts into one Google or Microsoft Word doc and submit them that way. You may submit receipts dated from June 1, 2023 – May 23, 2024.
Request Educational Subscriptions: Educational subscriptions include subscriptions for Tinker Crate, ABC Mouse, Kiwi Crate, and dozens of other educational subscription options. If you don’t see an item listed, you can request that subscription when you request school supplies on the resource order form.

Canvas Tips
Here are some useful tips in Canvas for Flex, Portfolio courses. 

When you go to your child’s Canvas account, select Calendar on the left side. The calendar view shows the previous and upcoming submissions for all of that student’s courses in Canvas.

  • You can click on the item and a box will pop up with details. You can then click on each item to go right to the submission in the course.

Also, be sure to check back in Canvas to see comments from the graders and teachers. When you go to the student’s Canvas account, there will be alerts on the right for any comments from teachers. Or you select the course, then select Grades > Score. If there is a comment icon, you can click on that to see the comment.

  • Based on the comment, you might want to resubmit the assignment.

Please reach out to your teacher mentor for more tips and tutorials on Canvas.  

MobyMax Placement Tests and Quiz Resets
If your child has a MobyMax course, be sure to check out the helpful information in the MobyMax section of the Curriculum Orientation. If you would like your child to take a placement assessment for Language Arts or Math, please contact your mentor, and we’ll get that set up for you. 

Also, if you would like your child to retake a MobyMax quiz or redo a lesson, please contact your mentor with the module name and quiz or lesson title, so that we can reset it. Lessons and quizzes that have been reset will generally appear in the Assignments tab on the MobyMax student dashboard.

Odyssey Curriculum and Quiz Resets
Here’s some helpful information from the Odyssey section of the Curriculum Orientation for resetting quizzes and tests.

Reviewing Lesson Materials before Taking a Quiz
To review lesson materials before taking a quiz, the student would not find these learning activities in the gradebook. They would need to go back to the portfolio to find them. Once you find it, click on the details and look at the activities that precede the quiz. 

Retaking Activity Quizzes
Odyssey activity quizzes can be redone by typing the activity code in the bottom right corner of their homepage in Odyssey.  Learning activities and activity quizzes disappear when they are completed. To find the activity code, students can look in their Portfolio, on the top left side of their homepage in Odyssey, or in the Gradebook. Then copy the activity code and paste it into the box next to the magnifying glass on the Odyssey homepage. Push “enter” and the quiz will appear again. 

Resetting Lesson Quizzes and Chapter Tests
There are some activities that don’t have activity codes. These are lesson quizzes or chapter tests. These have to be reset by a member of the Odyssey team. Please fill in the form at this link for a reset:https://harmonyed.com/orientation/curriculum/section/7430969/topic/7430979/

You can also request a quiz reset by going to this link: harmonyed.com/quiz-reset/

Get Social
Are you part of our growing community of Harmony parents? If not, please join us and get social. It’s a great place to share what is working with your family, ask questions of other parents, and receive updates on Harmony activities. 

NEW Malad Emails
IHLA staff will be using malad.us email accounts for all communication. If you are a returning family, please be aware of this change. We will no longer be using Harmony email accounts.   

We wish you a wonderful school year!

IHLA Administrator
Stacey Snow

IHLA Teachers

Josie Alder

Marti Ellis

Erin Jones

Kattarina Roos

Anneleise Atkinson

Carly Gonzalez

Melanie Hodgkin

Meaghan Rockwood

Emily Wengert

Paula Thorpe

Brittany Goodwin

Marla Dredge

Alexis Jean

Lauren Ellis

Cheryse Hooste

Deneka Beck