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February 25, 2022

Dear Bobcat Virtual Families,

While we're back to the cold again today, the beginning of this week gave us a peek of spring around the corner. March is Reading Month, and we've got some exciting activities for our students to participate in. Keep an eye out for a special March is Reading Month newsletter next Tuesday, March 1!

With spring comes thoughts of next year, and that means we need to start planning for the 2022-2023 school year. You should have received our 22-23 Scheduling Newsletter last week. Even if you are not returning to BVL next year, it is imperative that we receive a survey response from every student by 11:59pm on Sunday, March 6. Students who are not returning will simply select the school they plan to attend. Students planning to stay with us will select their courses for next year (if that applies to their grade level). It is important that we have as much information as possible to determine the staffing needs in our school and across the district.

We know that this may be a difficult decision to make at this time, but we are asking you to select the option you feel most comfortable with right now. There are many changes taking place in GBCS that seem to signal a step toward a post-COVID school year next year. You should have received this email from Dr. Alward last week about the changes that took effect on Tuesday, February 22.

Bobcat Virtual Learning is a great option for many of our students and is not just an answer to COVID-19. We are excited to see what a year can look like for families who have chosen virtual learning as the learning model that is right for their students! We can't wait to continue to grow!

Please reach out to us with any questions. We are happy to discuss your options with you and help you to choose the one that's right for you.

Allyson Walroth

Bobcat Virtual Learning Director


Counseling Office Appointment Form

Fill out this form to make an appointment with our counselor, Mr. Hentes.

Things to Know

Parent-Teacher Conferences

If you haven’t already done so, make sure to sign up for BVL Parent-Teacher Conferences, which are occurring next week on the following dates:
  • Tuesday, March 1 - 5:00pm-8:00pm
  • Wednesday, March 2 - 5:00pm-8:00pm
  • Thursday, March 3 - 12:30-3:30pm

To schedule your preferred time for a parent-teacher conference:
1. Go to
2. Scroll down and click on the name of your child's teacher
3. Select the desired date/time for your conference by clicking on "Sign Up"
4. Submit the requested information

If you have more than one child attending our school, click on “Register for Multiple Conferences” and follow the prompts to schedule your children for several conferences.

After you schedule a conference online, the date and time are reserved for you. If you entered your email address correctly, you will receive an email confirmation of your conference.

If you are unable to sign up for a time and date online, please email your child’s teacher with three preferred times and dates. Once we receive your note, we will attempt to schedule a conference for your desired date and time but cannot guarantee your top choices as time slots fill up quickly.

Some of our teachers are part-time teachers in Bobcat Virtual Learning. Those teachers will have limited sign-ups or may not be listed as an option to meet. If this is the case, you can reach out to the teachers via email and ask about your student's progress.

Grades 3-11 Required Spring Testing

Per the Federal Government, we are required to complete spring testing (SAT, PSAT & M-STEP) for all of our 3rd-11th grade students. In addition, it is a GBHS graduation requirement that all students take the SAT. These tests must be delivered face-to-face and require all students, including Bobcat Virtual students, to attend testing in person. Flushing students will complete testing with their own district.

Testing for 3rd-11th grade students will take place at the High School West Campus, each over a two-day period. The HS West Campus is located at 1 Jewett Trail, Grand Blanc. Parents will need to provide transportation. On the first day of testing, the only other students in the building will be those who are also testing. On the second day, high school students will begin to arrive at 11:30am for school. Aside from the 11th grade students, we hope to have all testing completed by that time, but students may overlap as they are leaving. It is important to note that the schedule for BVL students is DIFFERENT than the schedule for in-person high school students.

Students should enter through the main entrance and will be directed to the cafeteria to learn the location of their test. Students in grades 3-7 will need to bring their Chromebook, fully charged, and know their login information. 8th grade students will only need their Chromebook on the second day and will be doing a pencil/paper test on the first day. We will not have extra Chromebooks or chargers.

Students in grades 9-11 will need to come prepared with a pencil. On the second day ONLY - 11th grade students will need to bring their school-issued Chromebook, fully charged, and know their login information. We will not have extra Chromebooks or chargers.

Students will be spaced 3 feet apart during testing. We will follow the district’s current masking policy at that time. They are permitted to bring a bottle of water and snacks to eat during breaks. They should also bring a book or something quiet to do if they finish testing early. We recommend a good, healthy breakfast and a good night’s sleep before testing. On the second day ONLY - 11th grade students will be provided with a lunch between the WorkKeys and M-STEP tests.

When arriving to pick up students after testing, parents will need to park in the front lot. Parents of students in grades 3-5 will need to come inside to pick up their student. Parents of students in grades 6-11 can wait in their cars, and students will come out of the building to be picked up.

Here is the schedule for testing (please note that drop off and pick up times vary by grade and by day):

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Makeup dates are tentatively scheduled for the week of April 25-29. Please make every attempt for your student to attend on the initial testing days.

If you have any questions or concerns about the testing process, please contact our office at 810-591-1658. We are here to support you and should be able to answer any of your questions..

Building Satisfaction Surveys

Each year, our district requests survey feedback from home about the building which your student is currently enrolled. Please take time to complete this Parent/Guardian Satisfaction Survey about your experience with Bobcat Virtual Learning. The results of this survey go back to our district leadership to help us evaluate and make any necessary program adjustments.

Student Clubs

Our amazing 6-12 English teacher, Mr. Stuck, has started multiple student clubs for our secondary (grades 6-12) students. All clubs are virtual. Students do not need to worry about coming in to the school.

There is a different club each day of the week:

  • Monday - Gaming Club, 1:00-2:00pm, Google Meet code: bvlgame
  • Tuesday - Arts & Crafts Club, 1:00-2:00pm, Google Meet code: bvlcraft
  • Wednesday - BVL Cafe, 1:00-2:00pm, Google Meet code: bvlcafe
  • Thursday - Anime Club, 1:00-2:00pm, Google Meet code: bvlanime
  • Friday - Fandom Club, 1:00-2:00pm, Google Meet code: bvlfandom

For a description of each club, please see this newsletter from Mr. Stuck. All secondary students are invited to attend!

Here are some drawings created during Art Club!

Student Handbook & Family Contract

As we are continuing to grow and develop, we are creating new documents and processes to help increase student and building success. For the second semester, we've created both a Student Handbook and a Family Contract. All families should read through the materials together and must complete the Family Contract before accessing semester 2 courses on Tuesday, January 25. Students who fail to follow the contract may be ineligible for readmission to Bobcat Virtual Learning in the Fall of 2022.
BVL Family Contract

Please complete this agreement prior to the start of classes on Tuesday, January 25, 2022, in order to gain access to your student's courses.

National School Lunch Program

Thank you to families who indicated that they would be interested in participating in the National School Lunch Program, which provides free breakfasts and lunches for our students on all days when school is in session.

Now that we know we have enough interest, please complete this survey with specific information about your family so that we can start to schedule pickups:

You must complete this form if you plan to participate. You can fill it out even if you did not complete the original interest survey. It must be completed by Friday, February 18.

As a reminder, they are tentatively planning to have a pick up once a week on Thursdays from 12:30-1:00pm at the High School East Campus bus pick-up line. This plan is TENTATIVE and is subject to change based on feedback from this survey.

Please contact us at Grand Blanc Dining Service with any questions: (810) 591-6675 or (810) 591-6928.

High School Students

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Senior Documents

This links you to a Google folder with valuable information regarding senior dates, college planning, financial aid, etc. Make sure to check this folder regularly as new documents and communications will be added throughout the year.

Charity Week Dance

The GBHS Charity Week Dance will be held on Saturday, March 19, from 7:00-10:00 at the high school East Campus. All students in grades 9-12 are invited to attend. More information about ticket sales to follow.

Middle School Students

MS Bowling Meeting

Save the date - February 28th at 5:30pm!

6th to 8th grade boys and girls - No experience necessary! Just willing to learn, have fun, and give it your best!

This is a club sport so there will be a fee TBD (last year it was around $80 each and included shirt). The meeting will be held at Grand Blanc Lanes on Saginaw in the Annex (around back of the bowling alley). If they want to stay and bowl it will cost $5 just this first night because it's optional to stay. Practices will be Wednesday nights beginning March 2nd.

Questions? Call George Calvert 810-919-8942

Teacher Profile

Each week we will profile one of our amazing virtual staff members so that you can meet everyone!

Mrs. Elizabeth Ralbusky

Position: 6-12 Mentor/Homeroom Teacher

Experience: 24 years as a teacher in Grand Blanc (7 years as a 4/5 teacher at McGrath, 2 years as a 4/5 teacher at Indian Hill, 7 years as a computer teacher at West Middle School and 8 years at the High School doing online learning), and I spent 9 years in Troy School District as a Latchkey teacher/Program Director

Looking Forward To: Things being organized and running smoothly!

Interests: Camping, boating, hiking, and sewing

Student Support

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Student Resources

Here are some fun student and parent support resources from the ISD:

Urgent Health Services

Stressed out and need to talk to someone today?

Are you struggling with:

  • Overwhelming Stress
  • COVID related distress
  • Mild or moderate mental health symptoms
  • Urgent mental health needs

Genesee Health System is here for you. Our Virtual Behavioral Health Staff are here for you 24/7/365.

Behavioral Health Urgent Care



Who Can Help?

If you need something, please don't be afraid to reach out:

  • Main Desk/Technology Help: 810-591-1658
  • Enrollment/Grades: Elaina Martinez - 810-591-6391
  • Counselor: John Hentes - 810-591-1634 or
  • Mentors (grades 6-12): Elizabeth Ralbusky (last names A-J) - 810-591-6368; Scott Thurlow (last names K-Z) - 810-591-6366
  • Coordinator: Kevin Keilitz - 810-591-6375 or
  • Director: Allyson Walroth - 810-591-1658 or
  • Classroom teachers should all include information on how to contact them on their course. If you have course-related issues, please reach out to your teacher first. They will respond back within 24 hours (during the work week) and can usually clarify things quickly. You can also attend their office hours, which should be listed in their course.

Allyson Walroth

Director of Bobcat Virtual & Secondary Curriculum Director