Mrs. Gardner's Grade Update & News

October 29 * Fall 2013 * Vol. 5

In this newsletter:

  1. Cultural Cafe Opportunity
  2. Fall Break Policy
  3. Twitter, Email, Pager Notes
  4. Adobe Chats & Extra Point Opportunities
  5. How Parents Can See Student Grades
  6. Late Work Policy
  7. 9th AB EOCT Registration
  8. Survey
  9. Emergency Situations

Cultural Cafe Opportunity Tonight

GaVS Cultural Cafe - Grand Opening!

Date: October 29, 2013

Time: 7PM Adobe Connect

Click Iron Men and Mutants - What are Heroes made of?

All GaVS students and staff are invited!

Please enter as a guest. Doors open at 6:45PM

In modern film, literature, and art, we encounter fictional characters such as Superman, Percy Jackson, Voldemort, Batman, The Joker, Medusa, etc. who represent ideals of heroism and villainry. This interactive presentation analyzes our concept of heroism and compares it with that of the ancient Greeks through the stories of Hercules, Perseus and other Greek heroes.

Join us on October 29 at 7PM to explore the world of the ancient and modern day superhero.

Grade Update ~ For ALL Schedules

I have updated grades for your class. I have graded work that was submitted by the due date. Late work will be reflected after this update. Please note that phones calls for below passing averages will go out based on the current grade, without late work.

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).

I am aware that some students have special accommodations through our support department. For these, I am still required to enter the zeros after the due date. Grades will be replaced upon completion of work, per the accommodations for each student.

This rule applies for late work as well. Zeros 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 further down in this email for more information.

Do You Have a Fall Break?

Do You Tweet?

Do you have a Twitter account? If you have one, or can create one, then follow me on Twitter. @GardnerGAVS

I will start using Twitter to send out helpful resources, reminders, and news. It is not mandatory that you join, but just a little something extra.

Email Request

Students and Parents,

When sending me a specific email about an assignment, a quiz, or other course issue, please create a new subject line. It becomes difficult to track your email when you reply to course update emails for multiple questions. I want to be sure that I respond to your questions and situations quickly. Thank you very much!

Please Do Not Use the Pager ~ Email Instead

Please send me an email if you have questions about your course, assignments, schedule, etc. The pager does not make a noise, and it is often overlooked. Emails come directly to me, whether I am online or not. Please note, I may not answer an email right away, but it will definitely get to me before a pager message. I don't want to miss your questions.

Weekly Synchronous Sessions - Mondays @ 6:30

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.

I will, from time to time, host a specific session that includes a lesson. 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 at 6:30PM each week, but this may change from time to time.

Adobe Extra Points

I will start offering extra points at Adobe sessions. Students can earn 3 points for completing the assignment if they are at the live session, and 2 points if they miss the live session, but complete the assignment after listening to the recording.

These points may or may not be available in every session. If there are extra points available, it will be noted in the recording link in the "User Links" section of the course.

Please note that the points/assignments for each session will be due by the Friday the session is held, not the regular assignment due date.

** I have also offered extra opportunities throughout the semester. These come and go, so students should be watching the announcements!

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


If you have a parent auditor account, please connect it to your student's account in order to see the most up to date grade. If you have not yet created an account, please do that as soon as possible. The link below explains all of those procedures.

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.


Registration Deadline-Wednesday, November 6 , 2013

EOCT Test Date-Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Click EOCT Registration Survey to register for the December 3, 2013 EOCT test.

HOME SCHOOL AND PRIVATE SCHOOL STUDENTS, who are currently enrolled in the AB or B sections of a GaVS course, which by the state of Georgia, requires an End of Course Test (EOCT) must complete the registration survey. Click Here to view a list of EOCT courses.


  • The EOCT is your final exam. If you miss the EOCT test your final grade will not be released.
  • EOCT information will be sent to your personal email account, not your GaVS email.
  • Test site location/time of test will be emailed two weeks prior to the December 3, 2013 EOCT test date.
  • Address questions to

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Please note my contact information above.

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.