Mrs. Barbour's Course Updates

Sept. 4th * Fall 2013 * Edition 2

Grades Updated

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). Work from the August 30th due date was graded and updated on Tuesday, Sept. 3rd.

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.

Late Work Policy

Remember the late work policy!! All student work is due biweekly on Fridays at midnight. 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.

*If you are turning in late work from this due date, your work needs to be submitted no later than Friday, September 6th!! (Correction from email sent out earlier this week.)

August Babies!!

From my family to you - we wish you had a great birthday!!

* Paul C

* Ambigrace D.

* Jon F.

* Bennett H.

* John S.

* Brittany T. (x3...right!?!?!)

* Stephen C.

* Madison R.

happy birthday

If you are just joining us...

Welcome! Make sure to visit the Welcome Newsletter. A lot of helpful information and videos there to help you get started in the course!

Questions about your discussions?




  1. The action or process of talking about something, typically in order to reach a decision or to exchange ideas.
  2. A conversation or debate about a certain topic.

In essence, I would like to know how well you know the content discussed. How well can you articulate your new found knowledge? I am looking to see interaction between you and your classmates, but can you add substance to the conversation? Can you challenge your classmates to think on a higher level? I know what the content says, but how do you perceive it? This interaction helps me to guide you on the right path to insure you understand the material.

Important Announcements

Need Help Navigating the course still?

D2L Help Sessions - Learning Online Course Navigation

Georgia Virtual School will have D2L Help Sessions for students and parents on Adobe Connect on the following dates:

Thursday, September 5 at 7PM

Tuesday, September 17 at 11AM

Thursday, September 19 at 7PM

You will join by entering the meeting as a Guest. Your username is your first and last name. Here is the link to join each D2L Session:

Adobe D2L Help Classroom

The space for each session is limited. We ask everyone to join the session using only ONE computer at your home. If the session is full, the recording will be posted within the learning management system and you will have an opportunity to review the recording OR attend another upcoming meeting. The schoolwide D2L meetings are separate from individual Welcome sessions held by each teacher. Please plan to attend the meeting with your teacher as well. Your teacher will notify you about the date of that meeting.

Interested in FBLA??

Are you interested in business and developing your leadership skills?

If so, Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) may be the right organization for you. FBLA promotes leadership and business through meetings, guest speakers, conferences, and competitions. Its focus is to help prepare students for careers in business and business-related fields.

Georgia Virtual School (GaVS) started an online chapter of FBLA during the last school year and we are hoping the chapter will continue to grow during the 2013-2014 school year. If you are enrolled in at least one course (any subject) in the current semester with GaVS and are interested in joining FBLA, please complete the survey through the link below. An application form along with information about the first meeting will be sent directly to you. Membership requires an application and $11 membership fee by Friday, September 27th

FBLA Interest Survey

What about that email?!?!

Emailing Me - A Few Tips

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. Our main communication will be email using Georgia Virtual's email accounts.


Be sure that you have synced and email me from your GAVS address. Emails sent from outside your GaVS account will not receive a response.

See the video below for a solution to your email signature!! YAY!!

Add Your Signature to your email

Email Signature

Weekly Synchronous Sessions

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.

Math 4 : 4pm Wednesdays

AP Stats : 6pm Thursdays

Are you Connected??

Do you tweet???

Then follow me @gavsBarbourMath

You will receive reminders AND opportunities to earn some extra points via tweets. Now those are what I call sweet tweets!!

Need answers? Attend the Welcome Chat or view the recording below!

Welcome Adobe Session

I will host our next Welcome session for the 14 week group on Friday, September 6th, at 4 pm.

Use this link to access the session:

*You can view the recorded session from August 5th here:

SHMOOP - Getting AP Exam Ready (AP Stats A ONLY)

Shmoop is a resource to help you prepare for the AP exam. This is provided to students by Georgia Virtual School - free!! Make sure you sign up for this resource using the information below.

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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.