Class Newsletter: September 2nd

American Government and AP Microeconomics

Welcome Parents, Students, and Facilitators!

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 and 16 week schedules. Our next bi-weekly due date for students following the 18, 16, and 14 week schedules..........September 12th !


Dana A. Bauries, M.S.

Department Coordinator and Master Teacher, Social Studies

Georgia Virtual School

Office Hours: Monday-Friday 8am-5pm

m: 770-569-3179



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Additional Help Sessions for Students!

Join us on Adobe Connect to learn how to navigate your GaVS course. We will be discussing everything you need to know about your course. This will be your chance to ask questions. We have some new and exciting things to share. The dates/times for the D2L Help Sessions are listed below. All sessions will be recorded for students who are unable to attend a live session. The links to the recordings will be posted in this announcement after each live session. Attendees will receive a certificate for their participation and attendance.


August 5th recording August 7 recording

September 2 @ 11am

September 4 @ 7pm

September 16 @ 7pm

Enter the meeting as a Guest.

Type your first and last name.

Session Link: Navigate Your GaVS Course

Maybe you need a review but not everything? Check out the playlist for a video: Help Session Videos

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Are you interested in Joining 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.

This year marks the third year that the Georgia Virtual School (GaVS) FBLA Chapter has been in existence. We are hoping the chapter will continue to grow in members during the 2014-2015 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 26th.

FBLA Interest Survey Link

Once you complete the survey through the link above, an email with additional information will be sent to your GaVS email address within two school days.

If you have any questions, please email Valerie Bentley at

American Government Students! What are Optional Projects on the Course Schedule?

If you choose to opt out of the "RED" project on the course schedule, the unit exam grade will count twice in place of the project grade. ALL students are required to complete ALL unit exams.
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Shmoop! (AP Microeconomics students)

  • Shmoop Info for Students

    • Visit

    • • Click “Yes” or “No” if you’ve ever created a Shmoop Account

    • • Enter GaVS Magic Word: LANIER

    • • Create username and set password

    • • PRESTO! You can now visit “My Passes” to review all the Test Prep Passes available with Shmoop.


If you did not receive an email invitation to join Shmoop, here is another way to join our AP Micro Shmoop classroom.

1. Sign-up for a Shmoop Account. (Directions for Sign-up are located on the class Padlet)

2. Log into your Shmoop Account.

3. Click the "JOIN CLASSROOM" button

4. Enter my email address (Dana.Bauries@gavirtualschool) and the Group Code (46457).

ALL AP Microeconomics students are required to use Shmoop as a practice and study resource throughout the semester!

EdReady Extra Credit Opportunity #1 (American Government and AP Microeconomics)

EdReady is a college readiness program that provides personalized, self-paced plan to improve your college readiness.

More Information:

20-50% of incoming college freshmen require remedial courses, this program seeks to improve college readiness.

How does it work?

Students take a short diagnostic test and get immediate results with a personalized study path. Students work individually to improve their score.


Extra Credit Opportunity #1

will be added to your first unit exam grade for the completion of the following EdReady activity.

Here is what you need to do...

1. Find the EdReady widget above the class "News" on the homepage of the course

2. Create an EdReady GaVS account.

3. Complete the diagnostic assessment.

4. Receive a score and individual assessment plan.

5. Take a screen shot of your score and individual assessment plan and submit to the "EdReady" dropbox folder.

Voila! You are finished....

18 and 16 week schedules: Due August 29th

14 and 12 week schedules: Due September 19th
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