Mrs. Bentley's Parent Update

March 6, 2014

Remediation Opportunity

Your child has been provided with details on how he/she can earn extra points towards one assignment submission for the first half of the semester. You can view the specific details on the course home page once you access your parent account. The purpose of this opportunity is to allow your child a chance to demonstrate that he/she has a better understanding of the course content that was not mastered previously. The deadline to submit the assignment is 5:00 p.m., March 17. This opportunity is optional but one that I would recommend for those students who desire to improve their grade percentage.

Georgia Virtual School Guidance Center

Were you aware that the Georgia Virtual School has a Virtual Guidance Center? Take several minutes to visit the center to access the academic, college, and personal and social resources. Click here to begin your virtual tour of GaVS' Virtual Guidance Center.

Class Updates

Financial Literacy AB - Your child is being introduced to content relating to consumer privacy and consumer laws. Details are being shared on how to protect personal information, the prevention of identity theft, and steps to take if their identity is stolen.

Financial Literacy B - Your child is obtaining information on the "how's and why's" of taxes. They will have the opportunity to apply what they have learned by placing themselves in the shoes of four tax payers as they examine and prepare tax documents.

Fundamentals of Web Design A - Your child will construct web pages this week. The 12 week students will use web authoring tools to create a website while the 18, 16, and 14 week students will learn how to construct a web page using Hypertext Mark-up Language (HTML).

Fundamentals of Web Design B - Your child is creating data tables using Microsoft's Expression Web software. Though this software is not utilized in the industry, students are learning how to create detailed and visually appealing data tables that can be added to a web page.

Introduction to Business and Technology A - The 18 week students are learning how to make wise decisions and will utilize the steps in the decision making process to take on the role of a manager to handle an employee problem. The 16 and 14 week students will take on the role of a technical writer and prepare a manual or video tutorial on composing a business letter. The 12 week students will learn about the various technologies used in the workplace and will work on completing a technology time project to showcase how technology has evolved.

Introduction to Business and Technology B - The 14 week students learn about risk management and insurance and will complete a project to share ten rules on reducing risk in a business. The 12 week students will discover how to manage their money and will complete a project to detail information on how to establish and maintain good credit.

Introduction to Digital Technology A - The 18, 16, and 14 week students will begin to complete assignments in the Problem Solving and Game Development unit. They will discover how to create an algorithm to solve a problem and will showcase their creative talents by creating mind maps and will implement a plan to design a game that would benefit society. The 12 week students will learn about emerging and future technology and will create a presentation to showcase an emerging technology.

Introduction to Digital Technology AB - The 18, 16, and 14 students be introduced to several career pathway options in information technology. They will create an online poster to showcase two technology careers. The 12 week students will utilize the Scratch and Alice programs to create interactive computer programs and virtual worlds.

Grades Updated

Grades have been updated for assignments that were due February 28. Please access your parent account and view your child's grade and my feedback. If you have questions, please let me know.

If you child did not submit his/her assignments by the February 28, deadline, he/she can submit the assignment late with the understanding that a 10% late penalty per day will be applied. The final day to submit late assignments is 12:00 midnight, March 7.

The image below reflects the percentage that will be deducted each day.

Assignment Deadline - March 14, 2014

The next assignment deadline for students is Friday, March 14. Assignments must be submitted before 12:00 midnight. Details regarding assignment requirements are indicated in the News section on your child's home page and their syllabus/schedule guide. If you would like to receive a copy of your child's schedule guide, please email me at

Reminder - Doodle 4 Google

Doodle 4 Google is searching for a talented doodler whose art work will be displayed on the Google homepage on June 9, 2014. The national winner will also receive a $30,000 college scholarship. The contest theme is “If I Could Invent One Thing To Make The World A Better Place..."

Applications and contest entries can be submitted online or mailed directed to
Doodle 4 Google at P.O. Box 51006, New Berlin, WI. The entry deadline is March 20, 2014.

If your child is interested in participating in this contest, more details can be found on the Student Bulletin Board once your child accesses his/her Georgia Virtual School account.


My name is Valerie Bentley and I am your child's instructor in one or more of the business courses indicated below.

  • Financial Literacy AB
  • Financial Literacy B
  • Introduction to Business and Technology A
  • Introduction to Business and Technology B
  • Fundamentals of Web Design A
  • Fundamentals of Web Design B
  • Introduction to Digital Technology A
  • Introduction to Digital Technology AB

If you have questions about any of the information shared in this newsletter, please email or phone me.