Science Times with Ms. Aufderheide

A biweekly newsletter for students and parents

February 3, 2016 Volume 6, Issue 9

Tips for Success

I am often asked by parents for tips to help their student stay organized. As you probably know by now, online learning requires that students be organized, manage their time well, and be motivated learners. Much of this must come from within. But, what can we, as parents, do to help students succeed?

My first tip is for the parent to stay involved. Know how our learning management system works. You may use the Student Orientation Course to become familiar with it. Print a copy of your student’s course calendar so that you know what is expected each day. Understand the Assignment Due Dates and GaVS late policy so that your student cannot pull the wool over your eyes. I am happy to help you with any of these!


Set up an area that is exclusively for schoolwork. Provide your student with the materials they will need for the course: a reliable computer, internet access, headphones, and a scientific calculator. Some students like to print materials and keep them in a notebook. Set aside a specific time to work on science. Encourage your student to use the Checklist. This is found in their navigation bar under Course Materials. It is a list of assignments that are counted for a grade in the course. There are no due dates associated with it, but students can print the checklist and add dates from their calendar.


Encourage your student to attend the weekly Synchronous Learning Session (SLS). This is the best opportunity for small group learning that is tailored to your student and their individual needs. If attendance at the live session is impossible, the recordings are available immediately following the live session. Students may email me specific questions 24 hours in advance and I will address them in the live session.

Show Your Work!

As I always say, I am not teaching a math class. I assume that you can multiply, divide, add, and subtract when you come to chemistry class. I am teaching a method of critical thinking. How can you use those math skills to solve complicated problems in chemistry? I need to see your thought process. This is the purpose of showing your work! It benefits you because it enables me to find your errors and only penalize you for those errors. It also allows me to help guide you to working the problems correctly. How can I help you learn the correct way to work a problem if I cannot see how you have worked it incorrectly? Full credit will not be awarded if work is not shown. If you have questions about how to show your work, please ask. I'm always happy to help!

GaVS Late Policy

Assignments at GaVS are given on a daily basis. Your student has a calendar with assignments on it for each school day. Not every day will the student be turning in work, but everyday there is a topic for the student to study or review. Even though assignments are given daily, they are not actually due until the Assignments Due Date. I highly recommend that your student submit work throughout the two-week period. This will enable me to grade it, offer feedback, and for the student to learn from that feedback.

The Assignments Due Date occurs every other Thursday at midnight. Work submitted after midnight is penalized per the GaVS late policy. The late policy is outlined below: Work submitted after midnight through the end Sunday after the ADD is penalized 10%. Work submitted on Monday after the ADD is penalized 20%. Work submitted on Tuesday after the ADD is penalized 30%. Work is not accepted after the Tuesday following the ADD.


It is important to realize that working behind has a domino effect on the grade, the calendar, and the content. Please encourage your student to work ahead to avoid late penalties and last minute emergencies.

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Next Assignments Due Date

The next Assignments Due Date is February 11. Students enrolled in the 18, 16, and 14-week groups should have all work that is assigned on the calendar from January 29 - February 11 submitted by midnight on Thursday, February 11. Please do not wait until the last minute to submit work! You're missing out on an opportunity to read feedback and gain insight about your assignments, which will help increase your grade. Plan ahead!

Important Upcoming Dates

  • February 4: AP Information Sessions - 2 pm and 7 pm
  • February 11: Assignments Due Date- Assignments are due by midnight.
  • February 15: President’s Day Holiday
  • February 16: 12-week Start Date
  • March 1: Registration for Summer session begins.
  • April 4 - 8: Spring Break
  • May 1: Registration for Fall session begins.
  • May 4 - 5: Final Exams
  • May 6 : Last day of school
  • May 12: Final grades released
  • June 6: 6-week Summer Session begins
  • June 13: 5-week Summer Session Begins
  • July 14: Final Exams
  • July 15: All classes end
  • July 21: Final Grades Released

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