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The Latest News for GCA Teachers and Staff - SEPT 19th, 2014

Georgia Cyber Academy - OUR MISSION

The mission of the Georgia Cyber Academy is to provide an exemplary educational experience to students in a unique and individualized setting. We embrace a collaborative partnership between teachers, learning coaches, and students that recognizes the needs of the individual child. The provision of research based curriculum and rigorous, standards-based instruction guarantees student success as measured by academic gains, parent and student satisfaction, and continued institutional growth in the respected academic community. Academic success and the ability of our students to reach their highest potential is our ultimate goal.

A nice reminder - especially when talking with our Learning Coaches and answering the same question for the 10th time.

Everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about.

be kind.



September 22nd - 1:00 p.m. GCA Staff Meeting

October 6 & 7: Virtual Staff Development 8am–12pm each day

October 8: Staff Development for Special Education – Virtual

December 2nd-4th - Our next Face to Face Professional Development - Location TBA

TKES Platform - Please fill out the TKES Support Survey below if you need support with your login information Thank you.

TKES Support Survey

Please submit TKES login issues here.



1. Welcome

2. Matt's Message

4. Announcements

5. K12 Training News

7. Training

  • School - Wide Open Office

    - FAST Referral Process - flipped


September 29th - GCA Technology Workshop - Based on topics suggested from YOU! Your feedback in the June 2014 survey will be addressed. Our goal is that you take away tips and tricks to make your virtual teacher work flow even better! Sample topics include: Excel, One Note, Google Docs, Outlook and more!

- W-APT Training for all teachers - flipped

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From GCA Human Resources

Questions about payroll? You can email payroll directly at timesheets@k12.com. For general information, email Lori Medeiros at lmedeiros@k12.com.

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Family Engagement News

If you are interested in hosting an online club this year, please complete THIS FORM by Friday, Sept. 26. Clubs should start during the month of October. They will be advertised in the October parent newsletter and in a kmail. The club sponsor will be responsible for posting all club information (including recorded links) to the GCA Event Calendar. Please contact Shirley Waldow if you have any questions! (Click HERE to see a list of last year’s club offerings.)


Many families are looking for a private tutor, and who better to refer them to than YOU?! If you are interested in offering private tutoring, please read the GCA Private Tutoring Policy HERE, then complete THIS FORM by Friday, Sept. 26. The tutoring list will be posted on the GCA website under the Family Engagement tab and will be referenced in the October newsletter. Please contact Shirley Waldow if you have any questions.

Thank you to all of the school presenters for the September Parent University! Here are the recordings:
September Parent Meeting and Elementary Parent University (the Elementary Parent University, “Math Fact Fluency”, was held at the end of the meeting in the same room)

Middle School Parent University (“How to Motivate My Child to LOVE, well at least tolerate, Virtual School”)

High School Parent University (“Math Survival Skills”)

Back by popular demand! “SCHOOL EFFECTIVELY AT HOME” Series

Please encourage your families to attend this fantastic K12 parent series. All sessions take place on Tuesday evenings at 7:30p.m. Recordings will be available but only until the end of December. Refer parents to the kmail sent on 9/12. Click HERE for instructions on how to join the sessions.

9/16 Whose School Work is it Anyway?
9/23 Making Minutes County
9/30 Deja Vu
10/7 A Learning Coach's Greatest Asset
10/14 Holding Students Accountable
10/21 A Focus on Effort

ipad case update

The iPad case order was placed with Apple last week, they will be shipping the item to the complete addresses that were listed in Sharepoint. The list was pulled 9/9/14. If your name was not in SP, or you are a recent hire, you can come to the office and pick up a case or you can receive one at the December P.D.

Ginny Baldwin has checked out a mobile iPad cart for instructional outings, if you live in her region please see her about checking out the Mobile cart. Teachers, we have 5 carts left for checkout. J

special education announcements

SpedTrack Access!

SpedTrack is the system the special education department uses to house all of our special education records. If you teach a child who has an IEP, you need access to SpedTrack. If you are a returning teacher to GCA and need your password reset, please complete the survey below. If you are a new teacher, you should be receiving access soon if you have not already.
If you receive an email from SpedTrack with a reset password, please remember this… Your User Name is the first part of your email…the part BEFORE the @k12.com, or @gacyber.org. If you were here during the 2012-2013 school year, it will most likely be your gacyber.org email. If you have trouble, please email Amanda Ryan at amryan@k12.com.

As a general education teacher, you will have read only access in SpedTrack. This will allow you to view the students’ strengths, weaknesses, and goals, as well as accommodations for the classroom and testing. A brief training on how to access the items you need in your file will be sent out soon.
PLEASE remember FERPA laws and only look at the students you teach. Assignments of general education teachers to special education students are being completed by case managers, so this shouldn’t be a problem. If you are assigned to a student you feel should not have access to, please notify the SPED lead at your school level so we can correct the situation.

On behalf of the Special Education Department, THANK YOU for all you do to support our students and families!

SpedTrack Website: https://gca.spedtrack.com/Login.aspx?RETURNURL=default.aspx
Password Reset Survey: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1WmiReGpb0O00MCM1u54vuFUOBk8zfy050LXB0hXfEzo/viewform?c=0&w=1&usp=mail_form_link
FERPA Resources: http://www.gadoe.org/Technology-Services/Data-Collections/Pages/FERPA-Resources.aspx

SST - Elementary Updates

Getting Started with EASY CBM:
Easy CBM is being adopted as a global GCA tool for measurement of student performance. Please begin familiarizing yourself with the Parent Letter Template and the Easy CBM Instructions for the LC. Currently, this is what is being sent to teachers when a DPR is received and JJ holds the meeting. In order for us to be proactive, we DON’T have to wait for JJ to send the documents. These tools can be used for any student that you have concerns about. Please feel free to establish your own account and peruse the site.

More information available in the ES TGIF!



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GCA Annual Title I Meeting

Georgia Cyber Academy Annual Title I Meeting

  • September 25, 2014
  • 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.

Virtual Location:


ESOL endorsement opportunity!

This endorsement is a series of 3 rigorous on-line courses that meet the PSC's requirements to add the ESOL Endorsement to a teacher's certification. The new endorsement cohorts will begin on October 6, 2014 and will be completed in late June, 2015.

This opportunity is provided using federal grant funds and at no cost to the participant; therefore, educators must commit to completing the entire 3 course sequence.

Interested applicants must currently be employed in the school system and must hold a "T" certificate. This program is most appropriate for experienced educators.

Teachers who are currently enrolled in a graduate program or another endorsement program should not enroll at this time as the work load may be overwhelming.

There is a limit of 3 applicants per district on a space available basis.

2 additional applications will be put on a wait list.

Please note that while there are no face-to-face meetings; each course includes a practicum, during which participants will be required to observe ESOL classes, to develop and teach lessons to ELs, to shadow and/or interview one or more ELs as part of their assignments.

  • Participants will receive 5 PLUs for each successfully completed course.

  • Participants should be willing and able to commit to spending approximately 6-12 hours per week for readings, research and assignments.

Teachers who are currently enrolled in a graduate program or another endorsement program should not enroll at this time as the work load may be overwhelming.

Applications are reviewed and qualified applicants are accepted on a first come, first served basis as space is limited.

Please read over the above information carefully before responding. This is a considerable commitment.

The first 5 who respond to Jenny Allen jeallen@k12.com will be considered first. 3 teachers, plus 2 for the wait-list will be selected to participate.

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MS Scantron completion!

100% Club – 52 Teachers:

Amanda Dotson

Angela Veitch

Ann Beindorf

April Davis

Audrey Lewis

Barbara Daniel

Becky Moody

Beryl Jarvis

Blair Ethridge

Brittany DeMore

Candi Partridge

Cassidy Snow

Charlene Fowler

Dana Barrett

Danae Hall

Dawn Ullmann

Dell Mitchell

Frances Mihich

Gabrielle Copeland

Hannah Claxton

Hayley Viente

Heidi Hickman

Janelle DeCosta

Jennifer Hunnicutt

Jennifer Williams

Julianne Martin

Kari Ross

Kelly Brooks

Kelly Thomas

Kendra Brasfield

Kenneth Flynn

Kimberly Moriarty

Kristina Sailors

Laurie Westmoreland

Linda Duckworth

Lindi Sullivan

Lisa Oliver

Lissa Logue

Michelle Blackwell

Misty Kerr

Paula Rockwell

Rebecca Malmquist

Rebekah Cooper

Renee Grunfelder

Rosemary Lowndes

Roxane Day

Ruth Geitgey

Ruth Siegel

Sarah Winchester

Teresa Kramer

Todd Mayben

Whittney Moody

95% - 99% Club – 21 Teachers

Amy J Morgan

April Mask

Ashley Price

Ashley Sovastion

Ashley Stowe

Brittney Jackson

Brooks Gayton

Catherine Davis

Charissa Ondovic

Cheri McGoldrick

Jennifer Harper

Jill Arthur

Lakeshia Cope

Latasha Smith

Laura Diehl

Lisa Jacobs

Megan Troutt

Michelle Hubartt

Patricia Martin

Sarah Smith

Terri Bowens

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