Welcome Newsletter

Mrs. Wolff - American Literature and Composition - B

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Welcome to Our Spring 2016 Semester of American Lit/Comp-B!

Greetings, Parents, Students, and Facilitators:


I hope you all had a wonderful holiday with family and friends.


In this newsletter, I have outlined the most important information you will need to begin our course. This information may also be found on our Course Home page, and on the GAVS My Home page, as well.


If you follow the steps outlined on our American Lit/Comp-B Course Home page, consult this newsletter, along with the emails and information provided in your GAVS emails, study, log-in to our course and read the content on a daily basis, and complete the assignments according to directions and on time, you will be successful in this course.


I look forward to working with you all this semester! Please do not hesitate to contact me if you should have any questions. If you email me, I will respond within 24 hours. I am always here to help!


Happy New Year, and best wishes for a successful Spring 2016 semester!


Mrs. Wolff

Student Orientation Course

Students must complete the student orientation course before gaining access to the course. They will gain access a full 24 hours after completing the Student Orientation Course (SOC).
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Important Spring 2016 Semester Dates:

18-Week students will begin: January 4, 2016

16-Week students will begin: January 19, 2016

14-Week students will begin: February 1, 2016

12-Week students will begin: February 16, 2016


Spring 2016

October 1, 2015- Registration open for all students
December 1, 2015- Student Orientation Opens
January 4
- 18 week session begins
January 6- Last day to start 18 week session (AP and non-AP)
January 18- MLK Holiday
January 19- 16 week session begins
January 20- Last day to start 16 week session (AP and non-AP)
January 25- Last day to apply for 14 week session (AP courses)
February 1- 14 week session begins and last day to start AP courses
February 3- Last day to start 14 week session (non--AP)
February 8- Last day to apply for 12 week session (non-AP)
February 11- Last day to pay for Spring courses (non-AP)
February 15- President's Day Holiday
February 16- 12 week session begins
March 1- Summer Registration Opens
April 4-8
- Spring Break
May 1- Summer Student Orientation Opens
May 1- Fall Registration Opens
May 4 and 5- Final Exams
May 6- All classes end
May 12- Final grades released

Brightspace Help Sessions

GAVS will have Brightspace Help Sessions for students and parents on Adobe Connect on the dates, below. I have included a screenshot of my invitation, which you will find on your GAVS "My Home" page:


You will join the meeting as a Guest. Your username is your first and last name. Here is the link to attend the Help session:

https://gavirtualschool.org.adobeconnect.com/_a1009797041/brightspacehelp/

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Spring 2016 Student Handbook

The Georgia Virtual School Spring 2016 Student Handbook may be accessed using the following link. Students are responsible for reading and abiding by the policies set forth in this handbook:


https://gavirtualschool.sharepoint.com/sites/support/_layouts/15/WopiFrame.aspx?sourcedoc=%7B719e0750-686d-43f4-9c1f-3293a6af4e6e%7D&action=view

Spring 2016 Student / Parent Handbook Acknowledgement Form - Link for Submission to Our American Lit/Comp-B Dropbox

After reading and reviewing the handbook together:


Both student and parent should electronically sign this document. In each of the Spring 2016 courses you are enrolled, upload the Acknowledgement form into the “Handbook and Syllabus acknowledgement form” dropbox before you can begin the course.


To upload the file, go into each of your courses. From the course homepage, click on Assessments, then Dropbox, and look for the “Handbook and syllabus acknowledgement form” folder. Upload the file. By uploading this acknowledgement page, you and your parents are confirming you have read the Spring 2016 Student Handbook and reviewed the entire course syllabus and schedule. You are also confirming you understand your responsibilities required in this course. You should submit the signed form before you begin the course.


Following is the link to the Spring 2016 Student / Parent Handbook and Syllabus Acknowledgement Form:


https://gavirtualschool.sharepoint.com/sites/instruction/_layouts/15/WopiFrame.aspx?sourcedoc=%7Ba7463be8-2c80-46a7-90cc-c3d25dead47d%7D&action=view

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THIS COURSE ENDS FOR ALL STUDENTS ON May 6, 2016, REGARDLESS OF THEIR START-DATES.

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Late Work Policy and Assignment Due Dates

All assignments are due every other THURSDAY by midnight - see orange "Assignment Due Date" boxes in your Course Syllabus and Schedule. Check course schedules for specific due dates. Work will be accepted up to 3 school days late at a rate of 10% off per day. Anything submitted Friday, Saturday, and Sunday is 10% off. Late work submitted Monday is 20% off, and work submitted Tuesday is 30% off. After 3 school days, the assignment will no longer be accepted for credit and will remain a zero.
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Parent Information

The parent account gives you information about your child's grades and progress in his/her course. You must create a parent account in order to view this progress. Please do not create a new one if you have created one in the past.


Here is a link to help you with this process:

https://gavs.gavirtualschool.org/helpdeskweb/index.php?/Knowledgebase/List/Index/14/gavs-parent-information

Weekly Office Hours - Mrs. Kristin Wolff

My weekly office hours are Monday - Friday, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. You may reach me by phone at 470.253.1156 during this time, but emailing me is always the best way to stay in contact. I will respond to your email within 24 hours.


Students may also have their questions answered by me live, via our Adobe Connect class link sessions - see our Home Course Page - Mondays from 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. There are times when I will teach specific lessons during these sessions, and other times when there will be an opportunity for students to ask questions, or both.