Biology I: Course Update Newsletter

8/30/13

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Grades Updated!

At each Assignment Due date, grades are updated by the teacher. Zeros are entered for any missing assignments from the student's schedule. Students and parents should view grades and notify the teacher of any issues. Students are encouraged to turn in missing work for partial credit according to GaVS late policy.

You will receive a course update email from me after each Assignment Due Date.

Please read through all of the newsletter for helpful information.

Submit Missing Assignments To Improve Your Grade!

After the assignment due date, late work is accepted for one week with a reduction in points each successive school day. This week we have an adjusted late policy because of the holiday.

Submit assignments by:
Tuesday (9/3) ... 10% penalty
Wednesday (9/4) ... 20% penalty
Thursday (9/5) ... 30% penalty
Friday (9/6) ... 40% penalty

Late assignments from the 8/19-8/30 grading period will not be accepted after 9/6.

Students Should be Present in the Course Daily

GaVS expectation is that students spend at least one hour in the course daily (two if you are in the AB course) doing the following:
  • Work on the daily assignments (see your schedule)
  • Read the News Announcements in the course. This is where hints, resources, important information and bonus opportunities are presented to you.
  • Check your GaVS email for important communication
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Whether your goal is to increase or to maintain your current grade, all of these strategies boost student learning potential. If you are unhappy with your grade, challenge yourself with one (or many) of the following to establish some good student habits for success.


Strategy 1: Follow That Schedule!

The biggest mistake students make is not completing assignments on time.

Print out your schedule and use it as a daily checklist. The expectation is that students stick to the schedule and work in the course each day for at least one hour or more. Turn in all your assignments on time. If you have a late assignment - turn it in by Monday so that you only lose a meager 10%!


Strategy 2: Read Your Feedback!

Did you know that every assignment you submit gets a personal response from your teacher for you to view? Feedback helps you focus on your study needs. Discussion feedback is viewed in the Gradebook. Quiz and Dropbox feedback is viewed where you submit those assignments. When you are notified of a graded assignment - immediately look at the feedback!

Here is a tutorial on how to see each type of feedback: Quiz, Dropbox and Discussion:
Viewing Feedback

Strategy 3: Communicate!

Students are expected to read email and News Announcements in the course daily. Email or call your teacher with questions as they arise. Participate fully in class discussions and chat sessions where you can.


Strategy 4: Interact with the Course Content!

The content (our course textbook) contains all the information for the course. The assignment schedule is taken from the content. The content explains the assignments, how they are graded and where to submit them. Print out pictures or other important information from the content. Print the rubrics for projects and use them! When you are taking an online course, the content is your textbook and guide for independent learning.


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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 this link.


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



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