Mrs. Hall's Course Update - 1/20/15

AP Psychology AB, Psych. A, Psych. B, & U.S. History B

Greetings Parents and Students,

Please read this bi-weekly newsletter for important information regarding your AP Psychology AB, Psychology A, Psychology B, or U.S. History B course.

If you missed my online Welcome Letter or would like to review any of the information provided click below.

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Welcome 16 Week Students!

The 16 Week Schedule starts today. I sent an email out earlier with the link to some helpful videos that will walk you through finding your Course Schedule and Assignments. These links are also posted in the course under the LINKS widget.

Please do contact me with any questions. You should have printed the 16 week schedule from the Course Information widget. This is your guide to completing and turning in assignments. Again, please watch the videos for help with this.

Read and Listen to Your Feedback

Please be sure to take the time to review all feedback for your assignments, exams, and discussions. They provide valuable information about the assignment and also the content. You will find both written and audio feedback in your course. Additionally, I will use feedback as a place to provide additional resources.

Feedback can be found in the gradebook and in the dropbox. I created a video to show you how to do this. This video can be found under the LINKS widget. Click on the link that says "Helpful Course Videos". Grades and Feedback are found on the third video. Below are instructions on how to read feedback on exams.

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GaVS Academic Dishonesty Policy (From the GaVS Student Handbook)

Students in a "virtual building" need to follow certain rules. As a Georgia Virtual School student, you must conduct yourself with the highest standards of honesty.

Any attempt to cheat, plagiarize, falsify information, or receive credit for work you did not do will be considered dishonest behavior and will be dealt with accordingly by the instructor, facilitator, and the Georgia Virtual School Program administration. Unless your teacher expressly states otherwise, all work must be original and entirely the student's own work without any outside help, which includes other students, parents, textbooks, internet or any other outside source. Assignments that require documentation and/or references must adhere to guidelines presented by the teacher. When in doubt, clarify with your teacher before beginning an assignment or submitting it.

Academic dishonesty and the sending/creating/posting of any inappropriate material will result in one or more of the following actions:

● Loss of grade points

● Disciplinary action via local school in accordance with local school or district policy

● Removal from the course

● Failure to receive credit for the course

● Loss of eligibility to take future Georgia Virtual School courses.

Academic honesty is very important to your success as an online learner.

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Teacher Response Time (From the Student Handbook)

Email Response Time:

Teachers check their email daily, Monday through Friday, and will respond to you within one school day.

Do not expect your teacher to respond during the weekend or on listed Georgia Virtual School holidays. In the event that you do not receive a reply, please email him/her once more.

If you do not receive a response after two attempts and 48 hours, call your teacher.

Phone Response Time:

Teachers check their phone voicemails daily, Monday through Friday, and will respond to you within one school day.

Do not expect your teacher to respond during the weekend or on listed Georgia Virtual School holidays.

If you do not receive a response, please phone your teacher once more. The teacher’s contact information can be found in the Teacher Information widget on the course homepage or the course syllabus. If no phone response within 48 hours, please contact your facilitator immediately.

Grade Response Time:

Please allow a turnaround time of three school days after submitting an assignment during fall and spring semesters and one school day during summer semester; although you will often receive your grade sooner. For major projects, teachers may indicate a longer turnaround time for grading. Teachers will notify students when additional time is required to assess assignments such as projects.

You are encouraged to work ahead in your course. If you do so, your teacher will still grade your assignments within three school days.

Keep the turnaround time in mind when planning your schedule so that you can turn in assignments and still allow time for feedback.

View the Video Below for Emailing Tips


Weekly Adobe Office Hour

Each week I will hold a synchronous session in my Adobe Office. The link can be found under the Course Information widget. These sessions are not mandatory, but are rather an opportunity to meet with me and ask questions in a "live" setting.

During some of these sessions I will present material related to the content. These topics and the time I will be presenting them will be posted in the NEWS widget in your course.

You are encouraged, but not required to attend the sessions.

Weekly sessions are Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m.

The link to weekly sessions:

The next session will be held Wednesday January 21, 2015 and will be a welcome session for the 16 week students.

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Contact Information:

My contact information can be found below and also on the Teacher Information Box in the course homepage.

Hours of Availability:

Monday - Friday