Class Newsletter: August 17, 2015

American Government and AP World History classes

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Dear Students and Parents,

It looks like we are off to a fantastic semester here at Georgia Virtual School!

This newsletter will be sent out bi-weekly throughout the semester. Information on upcoming due dates, extra credit opportunities, and a hodgepodge of everything else will be included in the newsletters. Please feel free to contact me if you have questions!

Grades have recently been updated for students following the 18 week schedule. Our next bi-weekly due date for students following the 18 and 16 week schedules..........August 27th!


Dana A. Bauries, M.S.

Instructional Lead Teacher and Master Teacher, Social Studies

Georgia Virtual School

Office Hours: Monday-Friday 8am-5pm

m: 770-569-3179



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GAVS Late Work Policy

Student work is due bi-weekly on THURSDAYS at midnight (11:59 pm) EST. Work turned in after the deadline on the course schedule will be accepted within 3 school days following due date with a late penalty assessed. Late penalty begins on Friday and is deducted at a rate of 10% of the assignment value per school day. Work submitted on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday is considered 1 day late. Monday is considered 2 days late (-20%). Tuesday is considered 3 days late (-30%). After Tuesday, assignments will no longer be accepted for credit.

Getting Started at GAVS!

1. Email: Check your GaVS O365 Email Account. The directions are located in the class Bulletin Board.

2. Assignment schedules and due dates: Assignment schedules are located in class under "Course Information". Click on the link to access the course schedule. You will also need to PRINT your course schedule and have it in front of you as you are completing class assignments.

3. Where do I submit my work? Review the bold assignments on the course schedule/syllabus. These are the assignments that you will be required to submit for a grade. You will either submit assignments to the dropbox, participate in the class discussion forum or take a quiz/test. If you click on Assessments, you will find the Dropbox, Discussion forum, and Quizzes section of the course.

4. Where Do I Find Information and Assignments? The Content is where you will find the individual units for the course. The content contains notes, vocabulary, activities, practice activities, and assignment directions. Click Course Materials then Content: Located in the top toolbar.

5. Class Discussion Forum: Participate in the class Welcome Discussion. Click on Assessments and then go to Discussions. Post a new thread and respond to two of your classmates' posts!

6. Class Notebook: Keep a notebook and take notes as you work through the content. Write down vocabulary, important concepts, people, places, events, or anything that is relevant to the unit. This will help you study for quizzes and tests!

7. Synchronous Class Session: Our first synchronous class session will be held on Tuesday, August 3rd at 8:00 pm. Click the link below to attend!

If you are unable to attend, you may access the recordings for the sessions by clicking on the meeting link under "User Links" on the homepage of the course.

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D2L Help Sessions: All Students are Invited to Attend!

You are cordially invited to join us on Adobe Connect for a quickstart to navigating your Fall 2015 GaVS course. We will discuss everything you need to know. Learn NEW and EXCITING tips. All sessions are recorded. Recording links posted here after each live session. Attendees will receive a training certificate for their participation and attendance.


*Sunday, August 2 recorded

Tuesday, August 4 recorded

Thursday, August 6 recorded

Tuesday, August 18 at 11am

Thursday, August 20 at 7pm

Tuesday, September 1 at 11am

Thursday, September 3 at 7pm

Tuesday, September 15 at 7pm

Enter the meeting as a Guest.

Type your first and last name.

Session Link: Adobe Brightspace Help Classroom

Join us and become a Brightspace expert!

Synchronous Session Policy

  • Weekly synchronous sessions will be held every Tuesday night at 8:00pm.

  • Students will have the opportunity ask questions during this time.

  • Over the next several weeks, information on school policies and procedures will be discussed pertaining to the new school year.

  • Synchronous sessions are optional but recommended!

  • Click HERE to join Mrs. Bauries's Synchronous Session

My name is Dana Bauries (pronounced Boar-ease), and I am a Master Teacher and Instructional Lead Teacher within the Social Studies Department at Georgia Virtual School. I received my Bachelor's Degree in Social Science Education with a minor in Psychology from the University of South Florida, and a Master's Degree in Instructional Systems: Open and Distance Learning (Instructional Technology) from Florida State University. Presently, I am in graduate school working on a Specialist Degree in Educational Leadership at Kennesaw State University.

I hold valid Georgia, Florida, and Alabama teaching certifications in Science 4-8, Math 4-8, and Social Studies 6-12. In addition, I hold Advanced Placement Certificates in World History and Economics (Micro and Macro). I have professionally taught these subjects in various combinations for a total of eighteen years, both in the face-to-face and online classroom.

I enjoy learning about new technologies and how they are implemented into online courses in order to improve student achievement. I love teaching and want ALL my students to be successful!