Welcome to AP Lang at GaVS

Ms. Crace ~ Fall 2016

Please Read Everything

There is a lot of information here, so please take the time to read through it all.


Parents, please send me a quick reply to let me know you received this and can see all parts of the newsletter (pictures, videos, etc.). If you would prefer communication to be sent to another email address, please make that change within the registration system, as this is the email on record.



Students, please make sure you set up your GaVS email and check it daily, as all official emails will be sent there exclusively from about the 2nd week from the start of the semester on. You can earn extra credit if you send me a message from your GaVS email letting me know you received and can read all parts of this newsletter.

Student Orientation Course

The student’s first task is to complete the Student Orientation Course. Please do this as soon as possible if you have not already. It is important to complete topics in order and complete all items on the checklist.


You will not gain access to the AP Lang course until 24 hours after the SOC is completed.


The following items are required for the completion of the Student Orientation Course (SOC):

· students complete all sign off

· students complete all agreement quizzes

· students make a 100% on the final Student Orientation Quiz.

OR

· Students may choose to opt out of the Student Orientation Course; however, students who elect to opt out of the Student Orientation Course are still responsible for all content presented in the course.


Following successful completion of the SOC, the date on which students will gain access to the course is dependent upon which schedule was selected at the time of registration:


18-Week: Course begins on August 8; earliest course access is August 8

16-Week: Course begins on August 22; earliest course access is August 15

14-Week: Course begins on September 6; earliest course access is August 29

Parent Accounts

The Parent Account gives you information about your child’s grades and progress in his or her course. If your child’s grade drops below a 75, you will receive an automated phone call. If your child’s grade drops below a 70, you will receive a phone call from me.

If you already have a parent account please do NOT create a new one.

1) Please check to see that your parent account is linked to your student’s account.

2) For more information click Help on the Log in page or click the following link. http://helpdesk.gavirtuallearning.org/support/index.php?/Knowledgebase/List/Index/14/gavs-parent-info


If you are uncertain about whether you have a parent account or not,

1) Log in to GAVS at www.gavirtualschool.org and at the Log In page type in your username and password.

2) For more information click Help at the top of the Log In page or click the following link. http://helpdesk.gavirtuallearning.org/support/index.php?/Knowledgebase/List/Index/14/gavs-parent-info

*Information for parents who have NEVER created a parent account.

1) Log in to our website www.gavirtualschool.org

2) Click the “Log In To GAVS” icon

3) Click “Create An Account” from the navigation bar.

4) You will need to know your child’s GTID and date of birth. (contact me if you need the GTID)

5) Please follow the directions on the screen.

6) Be sure you have linked your parent account to your student’s account.

7) For more information simply click HELP at the top of the Log In page or click the following link: http://helpdesk.gavirtuallearning.org/support/index.php?/Knowledgebase/List/Index/14/gavs-parent-info

Synchronous Sessions for AP Lang

We will have a synchronous session every Monday at 6:15 pm. On some Mondays, I will conduct the session; on other Mondays, one of the other AP Lang teachers will conduct the session. Please set aside this time when making plans for the semester and refer to the full schedule of topics linked from the Course Information widget.


Our first session will be the Welcome Chat, which was held on Monday, August 8, at 6:15 pm. You will join by entering the meeting as a Guest. Your username is your first and last name. Here is the link to join our synchronous sessions: http://gavirtualschool.adobeconnect.com/craceoffice


In case you haven't found the recording for this session on our course homepage, here's the link: https://gavirtualschool.adobeconnect.com/_a1009797041/p962qg9hhly/

AP Information Meetings

Joyce McKay, our GaVS AP Coordinator, will host an informational meeting for parents and students on Thursday, August 11, at 7 pm. I highly recommend that you attend this session because she will explain the process for registering for the AP exam in May, along with other important information about AP courses. Please check the "My Home" page for a link to the sessions.


A link to the recording from the session along with contact information for Joyce McKay should be in a news announcement on your "My Home" page.

Help Sessions for Students and Parents New to Brightspace and GaVS

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



· Tuesday, August 9 - 7 PM

· Tuesday, August 23 - 7 PM

· Tuesday, September 6 - 7 PM


I highly recommend that you attend one of these sessions if you are new to our online courses; you will earn a certificate worth extra credit and learn where to find everything within the course. Past students have said these sessions helped them acclimate to the online environment.


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

Additional Help

If you have questions or concerns, feel free to email me or call at the number below. You may also refer to the Fall 2016 Student Handbook for additional information and answers to general questions