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The Latest News for GCA Teachers and Staff - Mar 18th, 2015

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

Real leaders are ordinary people with extraordinary determinations.

- John Seaman Garns/Forbes

Taylor Mali: What Do Teachers Make?

STAFF MEETING & TRAINING AGENDA

Upcoming Staff Meeting Professional Development and Training and Topics:



3/20 - FIP - Student Ownership of Learning


3/24 - Virtual PD - Spring Testing 2015 Training - Accommodations {Please see your Outlook Calendar invite with the agenda for your school which includes the link to each session room.}


3/27 - Milestones Support Training - Roles and Responsibilities


4/10 - Milestones Support Training - Tying Up Loose Ends


413 - 4/16 - Spring Testing Face to Face PD - staff attends 1 day with site team



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 Sharepoint. Professional Development follows our Staff Meeting each week.

GET READY FOR THE BUSY TESTING SEASON!

TESTING TIP #9


Make sure you know how to forward your work phone calls to your cell phone so parents can contact you at site in case of emergencies, but you can give them your work number, instead of your personal cell number.


Keep Calm and March On!


For the busy testing season right around the corner, make up a batch or two of the yummy bacon and egg muffins - link below! They're full of protein, warm and perfect to take along as well. You & your family will love them!

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!

FAMILY ENGAGEMENT NEWS!

BRAND NEW! LEARNING COACH LIVE HELP!
The Family Engagement Team encourages you to invite struggling Learning Coaches to “Learning Coach Live Help”. These sessions are for new or returning LC’s who need additional navigational support or assistance meeting requirements. Please invite LC’s individually and use this opportunity as an extra layer of support before referring a student to the FASL tracker. LC’s will complete an attendance survey and the student’s pre/post progress will be tracked to determine the effectiveness of the Live Help.

ELEMENTARY: Mon 1:00-1:30, Thur 9:00-9:30
MIDDLE SCHOOL: Tues 9:00-9:30, Fri 1:00-1:30
HIGH SCHOOL: Wed 1:00-1:30
CLICK HERE TO ENTER THE SESSION
https://sas.elluminate.com/site/external/launch/meeting.jnlp?sid=559&password=M.5EDDCFD2AA6CA0939A35589F3C3BBD

FAST UPDATES

From the Family Academic Support Team -


Attention Teachers:

April 17th is the last day to enter Family Academic Support or Truancy Referrals in Infinite Campus. The trackers will be closed on at the end of the business day. Please plan accordingly.

RECYCLING PROGRAM

Dear Faculty/Staff,

We are excited to let you know our school has partnered with Green Hippo, a year around recycling program!

The items we will start collecting to earn money from Green Hippo immediately are:

• Empty Printer Cartridges (inkjet & laser)
• Brand New Printer Cartridges (inkjet & laser) still sealed in the box or factory foil packaging
• New & Used Cell phones
• Other Small Electronics like digital cameras, MPs & iPods

Let’s work together to collect as much as possible so we can make this program a Huge Success! We are starting the collection program now! Collection boxes are available in the GCA Oak Office or at Professional Development.

You can send items to Cynthia Jones at Georgia Cyber Academy, 503 Oak Place, Suite 540. Atlanta, GA 30349.

EVERNOTE CHECKLISTS!

"Today, we are going to talk checklists...


This is it. The last of the chaos.


You've seen how Evernote can help you to get organized and maintain some sense of power over your digital clutter. You can keep track of just about anything in here! Grades, scores, PDFs, lesson plans, student records, anecdotal notes. ANYTHING.


Evernote checklists. Friends, this is so easy! I can access these on the go, from anywhere... from any device. I can just log the information in Evernote on my phone or my iPad.


Seriously, the options are endless:

  • To Do Lists
  • Management- who have I already checked, tested, observed....
  • Spelling Test Scores
  • Shopping Lists
  • Lesson Plan Materials"


From PurelyPaperless.com - check it out

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