Mrs. Barbour's Course Updates

August 16, 2013

18 weekers first due date - TONIGHT

If you selected the 18 week group and working from the 18 week schedule, your first round of assignments are due tonight by midnight!! This will include all assignments from last week and this week.

Late Work Policy

Remember the late work policy!! All student work is due biweekly on Fridays at midnight. 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.

Student Spotlight

Make sure you check out our student who is making moves online! From turning in exceptional work to being a responsive classmate in the help discussions. I am honored to have wonderful students to spotlight! Here is our first student spotlight for the semester!

Student Spotlight

If you are just joining us...

Welcome! Make sure to visit the Welcome Newsletter. A lot of helpful information and videos there to help you get started in the course!

Enrolling in Groups

The very first thing you are asked to do after completing the Student Orientation Course (SOC) and gaining access to your class is to enroll in a group. Make sure you do this.

*You will NOT have access to your first quiz(zes) if you do not select a schedule group.

Questions about your discussions?




  1. The action or process of talking about something, typically in order to reach a decision or to exchange ideas.
  2. A conversation or debate about a certain topic.

In essence, I would like to know how well you know the content discussed. How well can you articulate your new found knowledge? I am looking to see interaction between you and your classmates, but can you add substance to the conversation? Can you challenge your classmates to think on a higher level? I know what the content says, but how do you perceive it? This interaction helps me to guide you on the right path to insure you understand the material.

Need Help?

D2L Help Sessions - Learning Online Course Navigation

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

Tuesday, August 20 at 11AM

Thursday, August 22 at 7PM

Tuesday, September 3 at 11AM

Thursday, September 5 at 7PM

Tuesday, September 17 at 11AM

Thursday, September 19 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 schoolwide 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.

Interested in FBLA??

Are you interested in business and developing your leadership skills?

If so, Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) may be the right organization for you. FBLA promotes leadership and business through meetings, guest speakers, conferences, and competitions. Its focus is to help prepare students for careers in business and business-related fields.

Georgia Virtual School (GaVS) started an online chapter of FBLA during the last school year and we are hoping the chapter will continue to grow during the 2013-2014 school year. If you are enrolled in at least one course (any subject) in the current semester with GaVS and are interested in joining FBLA, please complete the survey through the link below. An application form along with information about the first meeting will be sent directly to you. Membership requires an application and $11 membership fee by Friday, September 27th

FBLA Interest Survey

What about that email?!?!

Emailing Me - A Few Tips

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 have synced and email me from your GAVS address. Emails sent from outside your GaVS account will not receive a response.

See the video below for a solution to your email signature!! YAY!!

Add Your Signature to your email

Email Signature

Weekly Synchronous Sessions

Each week, I will hold a synchronous session. These are not mandatory, but a time for you to log in and ask questions to me in a "live" setting. I will be available for one hour per week in my virtual classroom.

Please fill out the survey to let me know the best time to hold the sessions.

Right now, Math 4 is schedule for 4pm Wednesdays and AP Stats for 4pm Thursdays.

Are you Connected??

Do you tweet???

Then follow me @gavsBarbourMath

Need answers? Attend the Welcome Chat or view the recording below!

Welcome Adobe Session

I will host our next Welcome session for the 16 week group on Monday, August 19th, at 7pm.

Use this link to access the session:

*You can view the recorded session from August 5th here:

SHMOOP - Getting AP Exam Ready (AP Stats A ONLY)

Shmoop is a resource to help you prepare for the AP exam. This is provided to students by Georgia Virtual School - free!! Make sure you sign up for this resource using the information below.

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