Welcome To Science

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Fall Term 2016

Hi Everyone!

I'm Mrs. Robin Norris, and I will be your new science teacher for the Fall 2016 Term at GaVS! I look forward to helping you be successful in achieving your educational goals as we take a walk through science together..... are you up for the challenge??

Get your walking boots on,cause it's a really long uphill climb, as we have to go through many jungles to get where we need to be,..... but you can do it, .. once you are at the top of the hill..... it's just a slide away from victory..... let's shoot for the stars.....and earn a badge for each module we complete!!

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Parents, Students, and Facilitators!

Welcome to Georgia Virtual School's Fall Semester 2016. Please read the following newsletter very closely as it contains very important information for beginning your GaVS Science class. Many course and school policies will be covered as well as important information to help you get off to a great start!

This semester I will be teaching Geology A, AB, B and Environmental Science A. 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.


Very Important!!

Student Orientation Must Be Complete Prior to the First Day of Class!

Welcome to Georgia Virtual School. I will be your student's teacher.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.


  • 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. Student Orientation Takes a full 24 hours to process after completion. Following successful completion of the SOC, the date on which students will gain access to the course is dependent upon which schedule was selected at the time of registration.

Completing the Student Orientation Course (SOC)


Fall 2016 Start Dates

Regardless of the start date, the course ends May 6, 2016. Student work is due bi-weekly on Thursdays at midnight. Check course schedules for specific due dates.
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Late Work Policy

Work turned in after the deadline on the course schedule will be accepted within 3 school days with a late penalty assessed. Late penalty begins on Friday and is deducted at a rate of 10% of the assignment value per school day. Work submitted on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday is considered 1 day late
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If you already have a parent account please do NOT create a new one. Please skip the next section and move on to view the article about Brightspace help sessions.

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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.

In order to view your child’s progress, you will need to have a parent account within our Student Information System and your account must be linked to your child’s GAVS account. If you already have a parent account please do NOT create a new one. If you have never created a parent account or you have not linked to your student’s account, follow the steps listed below.

Parent Account Information

Parent helpdesk articles

Parents should read the knowledgebase articles in the order listed below. The steps must be completed in this order.

During the parent account creation process, you will be required to visithttp://www.gavirtualschool.org/ to begin the account creation process.


1. Parent account creation

2. Link child to parent account (Student's GTID is needed during this step.)

3. Using my parent auditor account


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

Tuesday, August 9 @ 7:00 pm

Thursday, August 23 @ 7:00 pm

Tuesday, September 6 @ 7:00 pm

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 Brightspace Help Session:

Adobe Brightspace Help Classroom

The school wide Brightspace Help 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


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Please Check These 3 Items Daily!!

  1. GaVS Email
  2. Your Pager at the top of your homepage
  3. News on your homepages


GaVS has switched to Office 365. Each of you have an assigned GaVS email account.

This email should be used for all course correspondences this semester.

Watch the video below to learn how to set up your GaVS 0ffice365 account



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Want To Take a sneak peek at your course......??

Check out the video below....


Handbook / Syllabus Acknowledgement Form

After reviewing the syllabus with your parents please take the time to download and sign the Syllabus Acknowledgement Form. Upon your first day entering the class, please upload the signed form (signed by both you and your parents) to the corresponding dropbox.

You will receive a bonus point on your first assignment for doing so


Welcome Tutorial

I will have a “Welcome Tutorial” meeting on

The Monday of your Official Session Start Date ~ 5:00pm

*Please view your homepage for specific date

Additionally, I will conduct synchronous office hours for students once per week

Wednesday’s 5:00 – 6:00 pm

(Topic specific / Office Hours)

These are lectures, but they are also my open office hours where you can ask questions

*These sessions are not mandatory,

Yet would be very beneficial to the learning process

You will join by entering the meeting as a Guest. Your username is your first and last name.

Here is the link to join Mrs. Norris's Sessions Office of Robin Norris

*Dates are subject to change, so please look for reminders in your newsletter

Have more questions?

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Below you will find videos on how to navigate your course, and answer a few of your questions too!!


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Contact Information

If you have questions or concerns, please feel free to email me or call at the number below. You may also reference the Spring 2016 Student Handbook for additional information and answers to general questions.

*You can access your Student Handbook from your Course Homepage under Resources. Remember, You are responsible for all the information in this handbook.