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March 11, 2022

Dear Bobcat Virtual Families,

Thank you to everyone who has been participating in our March is Reading Month activities! We've loved looking at the pictures you've been submitting for our Daily Activity Calendar.

The following students have been randomly chosen as winners of a free book:

  • Everleigh Thomas - Kindergarten
  • Sylvin Graul - 3rd Grade
  • Chloe Mancini - 5th grade

We will reach out to winners with information about how to choose your free book. Keep submitting your pictures, and we'll pick more winners soon!

Check out pictures of some of the fun activities our students have submitted so far in the "Celebrations" section of our newsletter below. If you'd like more information about our Daily Activity Calendar or other ways to participate in March is Reading Month and win free books, read our Special Edition Reading Month Newsletter.

In addition, it's getting close the the middle of the semester, and if you aren't regularly checking on Canvas, you may be wondering how your student is doing. Bobcat Virtual Learning only reports Semester grades for students, but teachers will be sharing progress reports on Friday, April 8. These will be available in Jupiter for GB families and will be emailed to Flushing families.

Progress reports have no weight on the final Semester grade and are simply a way to inform you about your student's progress thus far. Students will have plenty of time to improve their grade if they are not currently meeting their goals. High school students with classes from outside vendors will not have a progress report. Parents can contact the student's homeroom teacher for an update of progress in those classes.

As a reminder, you can create a Parent Observer Account in Canvas so that you can monitor your student's progress throughout the year. This is a great way to know how your student is doing in real time.

Have a great weekend!

Allyson Walroth

Bobcat Virtual Learning Director


Counseling Office Appointment Form

Fill out this form to make an appointment with our counselor, Mr. Hentes.


Students of the Month - February

The following students have been selected by our teachers as our Students of the Month for February. Each student will receive a certificate in the mail. Congratulations on all of your hard work!
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Activity Calendar Pictures!

A Word from our PTO

Teacher Appreciation Week: May 2-May 6

Hello BVL families! Teacher Appreciation Week is coming up soon. The PTO organization is looking for help and support. Let’s show our teachers and staff just how thankful we are for all of their hard work. Please reach out to PTO Secretary Meg Sprecher at for more information and details.

PTO Meeting

Please join the PTO to help plan fun events for our students and staff. Our next meeting is Wednesday, March 16, at 6:30pm.

The meetings take place on Zoom at this location:

Meeting ID: 807 219 1939

Passcode: 385980

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Bobcat Virtual Mascot

A while back we asked for suggestions for a mascot for Bobcat Virtual. We got so many great responses, and these are the finalists:

  • Qwerty the Cyber Bobcat
  • Robot
  • Explorer
  • Navigator
  • House Cat
  • Speedy the Sardine

Please vote for your favorite!

Things to Know

Grades 3-11 Required Spring Testing

Per the Federal Government, we are required to complete spring testing (SAT, PSAT & M-STEP) for all of our 3rd-11th grade students. In addition, it is a GBHS graduation requirement that all students take the SAT. These tests must be delivered face-to-face and require all students, including Bobcat Virtual students, to attend testing in person. Flushing students will complete testing with their own district.

Testing for 3rd-11th grade students will take place at the High School West Campus, each over a two-day period. The HS West Campus is located at 1 Jewett Trail, Grand Blanc. Parents will need to provide transportation. On the first day of testing, the only other students in the building will be those who are also testing. On the second day, high school students will begin to arrive at 11:30am for school. Aside from the 11th grade students, we hope to have all testing completed by that time, but students may overlap as they are leaving. It is important to note that the schedule for BVL students is DIFFERENT than the schedule for in-person high school students.

Students should enter through the main entrance and will be directed to the cafeteria to learn the location of their test. Students in grades 3-7 will need to bring their Chromebook, fully charged, and know their login information. 8th grade students will only need their Chromebook on the second day and will be doing a pencil/paper test on the first day. We will not have extra Chromebooks or chargers.

Students in grades 9-11 will need to come prepared with a pencil. On the second day ONLY - 11th grade students will need to bring their school-issued Chromebook, fully charged, and know their login information. We will not have extra Chromebooks or chargers.

Students will be spaced 3 feet apart during testing. We will follow the district’s current masking policy at that time. They are permitted to bring a bottle of water and snacks to eat during breaks. They should also bring a book or something quiet to do if they finish testing early. We recommend a good, healthy breakfast and a good night’s sleep before testing. On the second day ONLY - 11th grade students will be provided with a lunch between the WorkKeys and M-STEP tests.

When arriving to pick up students after testing, parents will need to park in the front lot. Parents of students in grades 3-5 will need to come inside to pick up their student. Parents of students in grades 6-11 can wait in their cars, and students will come out of the building to be picked up.

Here is the schedule for testing (please note that drop off and pick up times vary by grade and by day):

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Makeup dates are tentatively scheduled for the week of April 25-29. Please make every attempt for your student to attend on the initial testing days.

If you have any questions or concerns about the testing process, please contact our office at 810-591-1658. We are here to support you and should be able to answer any of your questions..

22-23 Scheduling & Placement Survey

Thank you to those of you who have already completed the survey for about your student's placement in the 22-23 school year. We have received responses from about 67% of our families, but our goal is to get responses for 100% of our full-time students. If you have not already done so, please access the 22-23 Scheduling Newsletter and complete the appropriate survey for each of your students.

Building Satisfaction Surveys

Each year, our district requests survey feedback from home about the building which your student is currently enrolled. Please take time to complete this Parent/Guardian Satisfaction Survey about your experience with Bobcat Virtual Learning. The results of this survey go back to our district leadership to help us evaluate and make any necessary program adjustments.

Student Clubs

Our amazing 6-12 English teacher, Mr. Stuck, has started multiple student clubs for our secondary (grades 6-12) students. All clubs are virtual. Students do not need to worry about coming in to the school.

There is a different club each day of the week:

  • Monday - Gaming Club, 1:00-2:00pm, Google Meet code: bvlgame
  • Tuesday - Arts & Crafts Club, 1:00-2:00pm, Google Meet code: bvlcraft
  • Wednesday - BVL Cafe, 1:00-2:00pm, Google Meet code: bvlcafe
  • Thursday - Anime Club, 1:00-2:00pm, Google Meet code: bvlanime
  • Friday - Fandom Club, 1:00-2:00pm, Google Meet code: bvlfandom

For a description of each club, please see this newsletter from Mr. Stuck. All secondary students are invited to attend!

Here are some drawings created during Art Club!

Student Handbook & Family Contract

As we are continuing to grow and develop, we are creating new documents and processes to help increase student and building success. For the second semester, we've created both a Student Handbook and a Family Contract. All families should read through the materials together and must complete the Family Contract before accessing semester 2 courses on Tuesday, January 25. Students who fail to follow the contract may be ineligible for readmission to Bobcat Virtual Learning in the Fall of 2022.
BVL Family Contract

Please complete this agreement prior to the start of classes on Tuesday, January 25, 2022, in order to gain access to your student's courses.

National School Lunch Program

Thank you to families who indicated that they would be interested in participating in the National School Lunch Program, which provides free breakfasts and lunches for our students on all days when school is in session.

Now that we know we have enough interest, please complete this survey with specific information about your family so that we can start to schedule pickups:

You must complete this form if you plan to participate. You can fill it out even if you did not complete the original interest survey. It must be completed by Friday, February 18.

As a reminder, they are tentatively planning to have a pick up once a week on Thursdays from 12:30-1:00pm at the High School East Campus bus pick-up line. This plan is TENTATIVE and is subject to change based on feedback from this survey.

Please contact us at Grand Blanc Dining Service with any questions: (810) 591-6675 or (810) 591-6928.

High School Students

College Board Accounts

A College Board account is required of all students. If you do not have a College Board account set up, please do so at . The student needs to be the one to set this up. Do not set up a second account. This account is needed for PSAT9, PSAT10, and SAT review, score viewing, and score sending to colleges. Please keep your login and password somewhere where you can find it as needed. These accounts are sometimes used during class time. If you already set up an account and cannot remember your login and password information, please call College Board at 1-866-756-7346. Staff do not have access to students information.

Seniors - Order your Cap and Gown!

If you haven't already, It's time to order everything you need to celebrate and commemorate this Senior Year. This includes cap and gown, graduation announcements, and class apparel.

CLICK HERE for all the important information you need. The EASIEST way to order is click on the link and order online at Call with any Questions - Jostens of Mid-Michigan 810 658-1700 (office line)

CLICK HERE for special GBHS Packages.

Senior Documents

This links you to a Google folder with valuable information regarding senior dates, college planning, financial aid, etc. Make sure to check this folder regularly as new documents and communications will be added throughout the year.

Teacher Profile

Each week we will profile one of our amazing virtual staff members so that you can meet everyone!

Mrs. Lisa Coffey

Position: BVL Electives & CSS Teacher

Experience: I have been teaching virtual classes since the beginning of this school year. I have been with GBCS for 15 years and I have been teaching for a total of 18 years.

Most Excited About: I am excited to be able to be a part of a new vision for learning. I have long believed that not all students learn in a traditional classroom setting. What a great addition Bobcat Virtual has been for GBCS!

Looking Forward To: I am looking forward to building relationships with my students in the CSS program as I move full time into my new position.

Interests: I enjoy reading, working out, riding off road in my Jeep Wrangler and spending time with my family.

Student Support

Student Resources

Click on the pictures below for some fun student and parent support resources from the ISD.

Who Can Help?

If you need something, please don't be afraid to reach out:

  • Main Desk/Technology Help: 810-591-1658
  • Enrollment/Grades: Elaina Martinez - 810-591-6391
  • Counselor: John Hentes - 810-591-1634 or
  • Mentors (grades 6-12): Elizabeth Ralbusky (last names A-J) - 810-591-6368; Scott Thurlow (last names K-Z) - 810-591-6366
  • Coordinator: Kevin Keilitz - 810-591-6375 or
  • Director: Allyson Walroth - 810-591-1658 or
  • Classroom teachers should all include information on how to contact them on their course. If you have course-related issues, please reach out to your teacher first. They will respond back within 24 hours (during the work week) and can usually clarify things quickly. You can also attend their office hours, which should be listed in their course.

Allyson Walroth

Director of Bobcat Virtual & Secondary Curriculum Director