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The Latest News for GCA Teachers and Staff - May 6th, 2015

HAPPY TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK GCA!

Please enjoy the Weekly GCA Staff Newsletter. It is our intent to inspire and encourage you through shout-outs, tech-tips and general reminders by taking a light-hearted and positive perspective to what makes being part of a virtual school special. While it is not intended to replace the important information which is shared through your school, we hope you will find even more reasons that it is truly a GREAT DAY AT GCA!

Georgia Cyber Academy - OUR MISSION


The mission of the Georgia Cyber Academy is to provide an exemplary educational experience to students in a unique and individualized setting. We embrace a collaborative partnership between teachers, learning coaches, and students that recognizes the needs of the individual child. The provision of research based curriculum and rigorous, standards-based instruction guarantees student success as measured by academic gains, parent and student satisfaction, and continued institutional growth in the respected academic community. Academic success and the ability of our students to reach their highest potential is our ultimate goal.

Thought for the Week

You have the most important job of anyone today. Our kids need you to advocate for their futures. - George Lucas
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STAFF MEETING & TRAINING AGENDA

Upcoming Staff Meeting Professional Development and Training and Topics:


5/15 - TBA

5/22 - Staff Meeting

5/29 - TBA


Please remember these meetings are required for all staff. Should you need to access the recording to a meeting, you can find all staff meeting recordings on the Home Page in Share Point. Professional Development follows our Staff Meeting each week.

OUTING UPDATES FROM TONETTE!

REMINDER! sign up for one of the May events. (see below) All teachers must attend one of these k12 events. If you do not live within an hour of any of these events, please plan an end of a year event or team up with someone (or more) who lives near you.


GCA End of Year Events Registration Link:


Please use this link to register for May events by April 30th.


Register using this link only: http://tinyurl.com/GCATeacherReg2015

NOMINATIONS WANTED!

The Georgia Department of Education is seeking nominations for highly-qualified educators to participate in several upcoming Georgia Milestones Assessment System workshops for the End of Grade and End of Course tests for all four content areas: English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies.


The date of the workshops have not been announced yet. If chosen, you will be notified by Kris Parker and the nomination will be submitted to the Georgia Department of Education.


Approved nominees will receive an email invitation to the various events and will be required to send a response within 72 hours.


Only those who receive a final confirmation letter may attend the event. Nominees not initially selected will remain as alternates until panels are finalized.


DUE TO THE OVERWHELMING RESPONSE TO THESE EVENTS, NOMINATION DOES NOT GUARANTEE PARTICIPATION.

If you would like to be considered for nomination, please complete the survey below by Friday, May 8.


Thank you!


https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1T-gnmwHctibojcZWOusEjMGiihOT33qAKxs7JqTwjHo/viewform

GCA TECHNOLOGY TICKET

All GCA tech issues will be submitted through the link below.


http://goo.gl/forms/wHDSlveHMk


Technology concerns/issues will no longer be addressed via email. Please note that we must exhaust all troubleshooting at the school level, prior to submitting a ticket. At a minimum, all concerns/issues must be discussed with the direct supervisor.

All issues that previously went to Stan/SRIT, will continue to go to that ticket system.


Matthias will send a follow up email one the issue has been resolved/addressed. We believe that this will streamline the process.


Tip: bookmark the link above for easy access!

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Title II, Part A provides school districts the flexibility to use federal funds creatively to address teacher quality in the areas of:


  • professional development
  • teacher preparation
  • recruitment and hiring
  • principals to serve as effective school leaders



Steps to Conference Approval


  1. Complete Conference Survey {In share point, this includes all information about the conference – fees, description, website, etc.}

  2. Conference Approval {Title IIA Coordinator, Jenny Allen determines whether the conference is allowable under Title IIA guidelines}.

  3. Complete Redelivery Plan Survey {Following the conference, attendees will submit in Share Point}.

  4. Redelivery {Scheduled for the attendees to deliver during the appropriate Staff Development/Training}.

ANNUAL NEEDS ASSESSMENT SURVEYS!

Please take 5 - 10 minutes of your day to complete the survey below. Your honest feedback is appreciated as we complete our annual Needs Assessment as part of our continuing efforts to serve our children! THANK YOU!!


LEADERSHIP SURVEY {ALL DIRECTORS, AA, LEADS}

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/LPT8ZKL


TEACHER SURVEY {ALL TEACHERS, FAST, COUNSELORS}

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/L6LPFM5

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2015 TESTING FEEDBACK SURVEY!

IT'S FEEDBACK TIME!


We appreciate your honest feedback - please complete the survey below and let us know your thoughts about Testing 2015!


THANK YOU!


TESTING 2015 FEEDBACK SURVEY

FREE SUMMER TEACHER MEDAL OF HONOR WORKSHOP!

This full-day training will provide you with all the tools you need to bring the Medal of Honor Character Development Program into your classroom.


This flexible, cross-curricular resource, which uses the oral histories of Medal of Honor recipients, focuses on how students can use these examples of courage, commitment, sacrifice, integrity, citizenship and patriotism to influence change in their own communities.


There is no cost for attendance, and your school can be reimbursed for the cost of a substitute teacher. Middle and high school teachers from all subject areas along with media specialists, counselors, coaches, and administrators are invited to attend.


> Learn more

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