Mrs. Gardner's Grade Update & News

* March 3rd * Spring 2014 *

In This Newsletter...

In this newsletter, you will receive grade update information, along with the welcome information. This is to ensure everyone has seen the welcome email, and is also aware of the grade update. Be sure to read all the way to the end of the newsletter.

1. Grade Update

2. Gradebook Check

3. TOTY Nominations

4. Welcome Information

5. Course Navigation Video

6. Weekly Synchronous Sessions

7. Parents Can Check Grades Too

8. Late Work Policy

9. Accepted Files

10. Email Reminders

11. Extra Credit

12. Spring Break Info

13. EOCT information for 9th graders

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).

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.

Check the Gradebook

If you see the image below in the gradebook, it means that an assignment for the Feb. 28th due date is missing. Be sure that you submit it according to the late work policy.

Teacher of the Year Nominations

Nominate the 2014 Georgia Virtual School Teacher of the Year

Each year, Georgia Virtual School recognizes one teacher who has excelled in his or her commitment and contribution to our students, school, and online education.

Students, parents, facilitators, teachers and staff will nominate for the ToTY between March 1 and March 31.

If you believe that you know a teacher who should be recognized as Teacher of the Year, please complete the nomination form by clicking this link.

The GaVS Teacher of the Year will be announced at the Summer 2014 Professional Learning Symposium.

Thanks for your time!

Welcome to My Class ~ Lots of Information

Students & Parents,

I have lots of information for you. IF you have not yet read my welcome newsletter, please do that at this time. Here is the link:

You are responsible for the information presented in the newsletter.

Mrs. Gardner's Course Navigation Video

This is my personal video explaining how to navigate our course. Please watch this before beginning your coursework. Extra D2L help sessions will also be available. That schedule is posted below this video.

Weekly Synchronous Sessions - Mondays @ 6:00

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 6:00PM each week, but this may change from time to time.

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.

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.

Phone Calls & Reminders

My phone number is 706-871-GAVS (4287). You can text me, but please include your full name and course. Parents, you will need to include your name, student's name, and the course.

Emailing Me - A Few Tips

First, parents, please email me ( with a valid, working email address.


Be sure that you email me from your GAVS address.
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.

Students & Parents,

Please include your full name (parent & student) AND the course of enrollment, as well as a good contact number. This is small detail, but a very important one! This is the best way to ensure speedy answers and communication. Watch the demo below. Thanks!

Example Signature:

Parent Smith

9th Grade AB

Student Smith

Email Signature

Extra Credit Opportunities

Available through March 7th

Watch the video below and complete the assignment given at the end.
Email Etiquette

Adobe Extra Credit

Each week points are offered in my Adobe Connect session. Be sure to check out the recording for this week, and each week here after. These Adobe extra points are only available the week they are offered. Please do not try to go back through and submit old assignments. Here is the link to my recordings:

EOCT Information for 9th Grade Students/Parents ONLY

This EOCT information is only for my 9th B and 9th AB classes

Registration Dates - March 3-April 4, 2014

Registration Deadline- Friday, April 4, 2014

EOCT Test Date- Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Click EOCT Private School and Home School Student Registration Survey to register for the May 6, 2014 EOCT test. (Remember to log into GaVS to access the survey.)

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 2 weeks prior to the EOCT test date.
  • EOCT information will be sent to parent and facilitator email addresses.
  • EOCT information will be sent to all students' GaVS email accounts.
  • Address questions to
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.