Mrs. Cascio's Grade Update & News

March 3rd ~ Spring 2014 ~ Vol. 4

In this newsletter, you will receive grade update information, along with the welcome information. After everyone has started into the course, I will remove much of the welcome information.

Grade Update Information

Grade Update for ALL Schedules

Work is due every two weeks. This means that while students are encouraged and urged to submit work daily, according to the class schedule, late points are only assigned after the due date (indicated by orange boxes in the course calendar).

As of last night, all of the grades have been updated for the Friday, 2/28 due date.

If you were missing work, I have gone ahead and scored that assignment as a zero. I realize that some of you have special due dates. If you have a special accommodation, these zeroes will be replaced with your assignment grade without penalty if turned in by your individual due date. This also applies to those students granted special extensions due to connectivity issues in your county.*

This rule applies for late work as well. Zeroes are entered after the due date. As late work is turned in, the late grade will replace the zero. Please refer to the late work policy below for more information.

*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.

Technical Difficulties

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 working at school and at home (as many of you are) I highly suggest saving your work on a removable device like a thumb drive. That way you always have your work with you in case you have unexpected absences.

Welcome Information

My Welcome Adobe Chat

Students & Parents,

You can watch this video to learn more about my course, learn how to navigate the course, and find answers to some commonly asked questions. This session contains a LOT of valuable information.

Weekly Synchronous Sessions ~ Wednesdays @ 8:00pm

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

I will, from time to time, host a specific session that includes a lesson or post bonus assignments during these sessions. The recorded sessions will be posted in the "User Links" section of the course.

You are encouraged to attend all sessions, but not required to do so.

Please check the announcements for the exact time of the meeting each week. Ideally, it will be the same each week, but this may change from time to time.

Be Sure You Are Reading ALL of the Information

As you are going through the course follow the course calendar. Be sure that you are reading and watching all of the course content before completing an assignment or a quiz.

Please all be sure that you are reading the directions of the assignment carefully, many students have lost points because they simply have not read ALL of the directions.

Student Code of Conduct

Students in a "virtual building" need to follow certain rules. As a Georgia Virtual School student, you must conduct yourself with the highest standards of honesty.

Any attempt to cheat, plagiarize, falsify information, or receive credit for work you did not do will be considered dishonest behavior and will be dealt with accordingly by the instructor, facilitator, and the Georgia Virtual School Program administration. Unless your teacher expressly states otherwise, all work must be original and entirely the student's own work without any outside help which includes other students, parents, textbooks, internet or any other outside source. Assignments that require documentation and/or references must adhere to guidelines presented by the teacher. When in doubt, clarify with your teacher before beginning an assignment or submitting it.

The following are examples of some, but not all, acts that are considered dishonest behavior:

  • Plagiarism (representing another person's ideas, words, expressions, or data in writing or presentation without properly acknowledging the source).

  • Submitting work through the use of another person's password/login is considered dishonest behavior. Student logins/passwords are confidential information that should not be shared with others. Any assignments, work, or projects posted while using another student's login will be considered plagiarism. Allowing another person, even a family member, to use your login and submit work on your behalf is also considered to be dishonest behavior.

  • Cheating (intentionally using or attempting to use unauthorized material, assistance, or study aids in any academic work). The use of online translators or any other type of assistance on graded assignments i.e. dropbox assignments, quizzes, and tests is considered cheating, UNLESS expressly allowed by your teacher. Cheating includes copying another student's work and submitting it as your own or sharing your work with another student. Be sure to get your teacher's permission before working with a classmate on an assignment.

  • Performing work or taking an examination for another student.

  • Submitting your own work from another course or previous semester and presenting it as work that was completed for the current course.

  • Falsification and/or misrepresentation of data (submitting made up data or sources).

  • Computer crimes (damaging computer programs, hacking, constructing viruses, introducing viruses into a system, copying programs, misuse of pager or email, etc.) Accessing, sending, creating or posting material or communication that is:

    • Damaging;

    • Abusive;

    • Obscene, lewd, profane, offensive, indecent, sexually explicit, or pornographic;

    • Threatening or demeaning to another person; or

    • Harassing and/or bullying.

Academic dishonesty and the sending/creating/posting of any inappropriate material will result in one or more of the following actions:

  • Loss of grade points

  • Disciplinary action via local school in accordance with local school or district policy

  • Removal from the course

  • Failure to receive credit for the course

  • Loss of eligibility to take future Georgia Virtual School courses.

Academic honesty is very important to your success as an online learner.

Important Parent Information - How to Check Your Child's Grade

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.

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

1) Log in to GAVS at 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.

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

1) Login to our website

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.

Welcome Survey

If you have not already done so, please fill out my welcome survey. Please choose the appropriate survey below:

I am a student.

I am a parent or facilitator.

Your Instructor

As always students, facilitators, and parents, thank you for your hard work and guidance. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask. Have a great start to the semester!

-Jackie Cascio

Contacting Me

Keep my phone number & email address in a place that is easy to reach. If you have a special circumstance, please let me know. Here are some situations that might merit an immediate contact:

* Medical situation (hospitalization, extreme sickness, injury): Contact me BEFORE a due date if you have been too sick to complete work. Please note that a note from the doctor may be required to authorize any extensions for sickness.

* Technology emergency: Please notify me BEFORE a due date if you experience a technology issue. If you lose power, get kicked out of a test, have a computer crash, or other extreme situation, please let me know immediately. We understand that these things happen, but also expect students to have a back-up plan for technology issues. Plan to use a computer at school, the library, a friend or family member's computer, etc.

* General Assignment/Course Questions: These are best answered by email, but feel free to call me as well.