GAVS Spring 2014

Welcome to AMDM

Welcome Students

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 AMDM AB, AMDA A, and AMDM B. Join me in a welcome chat or watch the recording to hear more about me.

AMDM Welcome sessions will be held on the following dates:

Wednesday January 8 at 6:45pm

Wednesday, January 22 at 6:45pm

Wednesday, February 5 at 6:45pm

Wednesday, February 19 at 6:45pm

Additionally, I will conduct synchronous office hours for students once per week on Wednesdays at 7:30pm.


The following is a short list to get you started...

#1 Complete the Student Orientation Course

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.

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.


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



#2 Enroll in a course schedule...read class course bulletin board.

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.


Students must 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. 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.





Emailing Me - A Few Tips

Students,


Be sure that you have followed the directions for Google Mail, located on the GaVS Homepage. This will ensure that you receive all of my emails and updates. Our main communication will be email using Georgia Virtual's email accounts.Be sure that you email me from your GAVS address.