Innovator Update

GPS Global Academy - August 16, 2021

Welcome to Week 3!

Hello, Global Families!


Now that our first 'full' week is over, we hope you're now in a good rhythm and feeling more comfortable with online learning.


We've been hearing some cool stories lately about students attending their classes in a cool place:


  • for some: a meticulously organized workspace
  • for others: on vacation, exploring the world.



So, this week, we'd love to know: from where does your child (or children) attend Global?


We'd love for you to share a picture so that we can better tell our story in our promotional materials. If you're willing, please email your picture to globalacademy@gilbertschools.net!


We hope you have a happy and productive week!

Why GPS Global Academy?

How does the GGA schedule work?

One question we've heard quite a bit recently is: "Is my student expected to be on WebEx for their entire scheduled day?" The answer is: not exactly.


Synchronous learning time (both for elementary and for 7th-12th graders) will include several components:


  • teacher-led live instruction
  • teacher-led small groups
  • independent online work
  • independent offline work
  • special areas (PE & Art)
  • special education, ELL, speech and more (if applicable)


Throughout your child's day they will move between these various activities which should break up their time just listening and watching their teacher.


Parents/caregivers -- you are most welcome to add breaks in to your child's schedule during the 'independent work' times or have your child complete their independent work at a different time during the day (in the evening, for example, where you can work with them more effectively).


Please work with your child's teacher if you have questions or need suggestions about how to build more time into your child's day for movement and time away from the computer screen. They will be glad to assist!


Have a great week!

"Education to Go Boxes" - 1st through 6th grade

If you have not picked up curriculum materials for your 1st through 6th grader, please visit the GPS Global Academy office at your earliest convenience to do so. We are open from 8am to 4pm Monday through Friday.


We will have an early evening pickup opportunity on Wednesday, August 18. On that day, we will be open from 8am to 5pm.

Elementary Art & PE

We're thrilled that our Elementary Art & PE programming began last week. Please ensure your elementary student is attending at least one Art OR PE activity each week, at minimum. They can certainly participate in more if they'd like!


When can we go to these classes?

Remember that your child's daily class schedule has flexible points. They may choose to complete their independent work at another time during the day in order to attend an art or PE class they're interested in. Also - during "Intervention/Enrichment" times they may go if not called into a small group by their teacher.


My child plays soccer, baseball, dance, etc. Can those minutes count toward PE attendance?

Yes! We'd also love for your child to attend a lesson to see and interact other Global Innovators!


(Remember that time spent working on courses away from Buzz must be logged into our system. Click here to learn how.)


In case you need to see the daily schedule, please click here.

FAQs about Junior High and High School synchronous classes

Why is my child's synchronous class schedule under their home campus?


We've ensured that synchronous classes follow the same bell schedule that our campuses use. This ensures that students are able to take a combination of in-person classes and online classes if they wish. We also wanted to ensure students have easy access to sports and clubs at their home campus as well.


Who do I contact if my child will be absent?


Class attendance is taken through the campus, so you will want to excuse your child through the school attendance line.


If my child wants to take in-person classes in addition to their synchronous online classes, who do I contact?


You'll contact the counselor at your home campus.

On-Demand Curriculum Days

Monday, Aug. 23rd, 5pm

Anytime, Anywhere!

During the week of August 23 you will receive a video-recording from your teacher(s) with classroom and curriculum information and updates. After watching the video(s), we encourage you to follow up with your teacher(s) with questions you may have!

Spread the word! + SWAG!

GPS Global Academy is an Arizona-certified online school, which allows us to enroll students across the state, tuition-free, from Kindergarten through 12th grade. We have various synchronous and asynchronous offerings to meet students' and families' needs. We're proud to provide a Gilbert Public Schools diploma to our full-time 12th grade students who meet district and state requirements.


If you know someone who is interested in enrolling, please direct them to contact us and/or complete an online registration form, found at gilbertschools.net/enroll


By the way, every family who refers a new student to GPS Global Academy will receive a Global Swag mystery item!

Free Meal Pickup Information

For information about the free meal service to students aged 18 and under, please view the following flyers:


How do I access the parent portal?

Parents can log into Buzz by clicking the large tile (shown, left) within their Infinite Campus portal.


If you would like to watch a parent onboarding video, please click here.

Volunteer Opportunities

Are you interested in volunteering at any capacity for our district or school? Check out our opportunities and let us know your interests using this form: click here!

Did you know?

GPS Global Academy has more than a decade of experience providing excellence in online education in Arizona. While we have previously focused on opportunities for junior high and high school students, the last year allowed us to expand to offering K-6 classes as well. We are thrilled to be able to embark upon a new journey as a K-12 learning institution.

Questions?

For other information, our brand new school website is a great resource. The easiest way to get there is to go to www.gilbertschools.net and select GPS Global Academy from the GPS Directory dropdown menu. Most of the most important links are immediately accessible on various tiles.

Other information will continue to be added in the coming weeks.