Welcome to Mrs. Hall's Class

Spring 2014

Welcome Students and Parents!

Welcome to Georgia Virtual School's Spring Semester. Please read the following flyer as it contains very important information for beginning your GaVS course. This semester I will be teaching AP Psychology AB, Psychology A, and Psychology AB. Please view the video below for a brief introduction to learn about me and a little bit about what we will be studying this semester.
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Student Orientation Course (SOC)

The student’s first task is to complete the Student Orientation Course. It is important to complete topics in order and complete all items on the checklist.


The following items are required for the completion of the Student Orientation Course (SOC):

  • students complete all sign off
  • students complete all agreement quizzes
  • students make a 100% on the final Student Orientation Quiz.

OR

  • Students may choose to opt out of the Student Orientation Course; however, students who elect to opt out of the Student Orientation Course are still responsible for all content presented in the course. It is STRONGLY recommended that those who are new to this online platform complete this course. You may access it at anytime.


Students must finish or opt out of the SOC before gaining access to the course. Students will not gain access to the course until the first start date or one workday after the semester has begun on January 6, 2014. Students will select a start date of January 6, January 21, February 3, or February 18. Regardless of the start date, the course ends May 9, 2014.


If you have troubles locating the Student Orientation Course there is a short online video to guide you through that process...


http://www.screencast.com/users/Felz/folders/Default/media/367f8b47-6cb6-4bd8-9933-caa0eb51676e


Student work is due bi-weekly on Fridays at midnight. Check course schedules for specific due dates. Work turned in after the deadline on the course schedule will be accepted within 1 week with a late penalty assessed. Late penalty begins on Saturday and is deducted at a rate of 10% of the assignment value per school day. Work submitted on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday is considered 1 day late.




GaVS Late Work Policy

Technical difficulties are not an excuse for assignments to be late. Students must have computer access to complete GAVS work. It is the student’s responsibility to secure backup computer options when technical difficulties arise. Many public libraries offer computers with Internet access. Additionally, GAVS courses can be accessed on a variety of mobile devices so it may be that a mobile device could be used to complete some coursework when there are computer problems.

*If you are a special education student and would like GAVS to consider making accommodations for you, please fax a copy of your IEP or 504 Plan to 770-357-3704. If you do not have a copy, please contact your facilitator.

Please be aware of the pacing guide and due dates for all assignments. Extensions past the last day of school will NOT be granted. All student work is due biweekly on Fridays at midnight. Check course schedules for course assignments and specific due dates. Work turned in after the deadline on the course schedule will be accepted within 1 week with a late penalty assessed. Late penalty begins on Saturday and is deducted at a rate of 10% of the assignment value per school day. Work submitted on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday is considered 1 day late.

At the end of the semester, all classwork must be submitted prior to the time period the final exam is available. Thus, if final exams begin Wednesday of the last week of school, all other assignments except the final exam must be submitted by Tuesday of the last week of school.

Late Work Policy Example: David turns in an assignment at 3:15 pm on Sunday. He scores a 7 out of 15 on the assignment. David will lose 1.5 points on this assignment (15 * .10) and the score recorded in the grade book is 5.5/15. A note should be made in the grade book detailing the late work deduction.

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The Parent Account gives you information about your child’s grades and progress in their course. If your child’s grade drops below a 75, you will receive an automated phone call. If your child’s grade drops below a 70, you will receive a phone call from me.


If you already have a parent account please do NOT create a new one.

1) Please check to see that your parent account is linked to your student’s account.

2) For more information click Help on the Log in page or click the following link. http://helpdesk.gavirtuallearning.org/support/index.php?/Knowledgebase/List/Index/14/gavs-parent-info

If you are uncertain about whether you have a parent account or not,

1) Log in to GAVS at www.gavirtualschool.org and at the Log In page type in your username and password.

2) For more information click Help at the top of the Log In page or click the following link. http://helpdesk.gavirtuallearning.org/support/index.php?/Knowledgebase/List/Index/14/gavs-parent-info

*Information for parents who have NEVER created a parent account.

1) Login to our website www.gavirtualschool.org

2) Click the “Log In To GAVS” icon

3) Click “Create An Account” from the navigation bar.

4) You will need to know your child’s GTID and date of birth.

5) Please follow the directions on the screen.

6) Be sure you have linked your parent account to your student’s account.

7) For more information simply click HELP at the top of the Log In page or click the following link. http://helpdesk.gavirtuallearning.org/support/index.php?/Knowledgebase/List/Index/14/gavs-parent-info


Choose a Schedule

Once you gain access to the course the first step is to choose a schedule and enroll in a group. You will follow this schedule to turn in assignments and complete course work.


Need help getting started?

If this is your first time taking an online class or a class with Georgia Virtual School? If so please view the video below for tutorial on how to get started navigating your course. The video explains the course schedules, how to enroll in a group, where to find your content, where you will turn in your assignments, and how to check your grades. If you have any questions be sure to contact me.


Course Navigation

School Wide Help Sessions

Georgia Virtual School will have D2L Help Sessions for students and parents on Adobe Connect on the following dates:

Tuesday, January 7 at 11AM

Thursday, January 9 at 7PM

Tuesday, January 21 at 11AM

Thursday, January 23 at 7PM

Tuesday, February 4 at 11AM

Thursday, February 6 at 7PM

Tuesday, February 18 at 11AM

Thursday, February 20 at 7PM

You will join by entering the meeting as a Guest. Your username is your first and last name. Here is the link to join each D2L Session:

Adobe D2L Help Classroom

The space for each session is limited. We ask everyone to join the session using only ONE computer at your home. If the session is full, the recording will be posted within the learning management system and you will have an opportunity to review the recording OR attend another upcoming meeting. The school wide D2L meetings are separate from individual Welcome sessions held by each teacher. Please plan to attend the meeting with your teacher as well. Your teacher will notify you about the date of that meeting.


Communication Tips

Email is the primary means of communication at GaVS. It is important that you make sure your GaVS Gmail account is linked to your GaVS Google Apps account. Information on how to do this can be found on the Course Homepage under the Bulletin Board.



Students must email their GaVS teachers from their GaVS Gmail accounts. Please take the time to set up a signature in your Gmail account with your name, the GaVS courses you are taking, and a good contact number. See the example below.


John/Jane Smith

Psychology A

Geometry AB

555-555-5555


For a speedy response please include what you are emailing about in the subject line and be as detailed as possible in your email.


Parents please include your child's name, GaVS course, and a good contact in your emails.


Please follow similar guidelines when calling and leaving voice messages so I can respond quickly.


Thank you!!





Weekly Synchronous 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 will be posted in the NEWS widget in your course.


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


Weekly sessions are Thursdays at 8 p.m.


The link to weekly sessions: http://gavirtualschool.adobeconnect.com/erinhalloffice/


The first session will be held January 9, 2014 and will be a welcome session for the 18 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

9am-4pm