Weekly Announcements

Feb. 20th, 2014

Upcoming Events

      • Feb 19-Extension deadline midnight
      • Feb. 20-D2L Help Session @ 7 pm
      • Feb. 22-TheSIS live
      • Feb. 25-TheSIS Q&A @ 7:30 pm
      • Feb. 27-Professional Development @ 7:30 pm “Stakeholder Communication”
      • Feb. 28-Deadline to join FBLA

From the Desk of Teacher Quality

  • Summer PLS Hotel Information will be relayed in the coming weeks
  • The 2014 Master Teacher Application can be found at the following link:
https://docs.google.com/a/gavirtualschool.org/spreadsheet/viewform?usp=drive_web&formkey=dEx6cW5QX205OGFDMEhORU5oSVdsSWc6MQ#gid=0

If there are any questions please email Rich Copeland rich.copeland@gavirtualschool.org

February Professional Development

Thursday, Feb. 27th, 7:30pm

This is an online event.

Our topic is “Stakeholder Communication.” Presented by Amanda Williamson and GaVS Mentors. Edmodo Code: ekvbor. Please use this forum to share your best practices for communication with students, parents and facilitators.

TheSIS - It's HERE!!!

  • Production-Sat., Feb. 22 – We go LIVE!!!
  • Our website will be down for production beginning Sat., Feb 22 @ 8am - Sunday, Feb. 23 @ 10 pm. Please plan accordingly.
  • A Tutorial site will be available for tutorials and directions.
  • TheSIS Q&A session will be held on Tues., Feb. 25 from 7:30 pm - 8:00 pm with our very own Instructional Technology team.

Symbaloo

The process of setting up Symbaloo for the Georgia Virtual School has begun. If you previously created a Symbaloo account with your gavirtualschool.org email address, you do not have to set up a new account. A separate email will be sent to those who already have an account as your account has been moved under the Georgia Virtual Learning admin. account.
  • To set up a new account:

· Go to gavirtuallearning.symbaloo.com

· Create an account with the Georgia Virtual School email address (@gavirtualschool.org).

· Only teachers and staff should create an account.

· This will allow your account to automatically appear under the Georgia Virtual School branded solution and you will receive any updates to schoolwide webmixes when they are added.

· You should immediately see two webmix tabs (Teacher Resources and Student Resources) after creating an account. These webmixes are still being updated, so you will see new items and changes being made over the next week.

· Instructions will also be shared to help you use Symbaloo with your class and within your department. You are welcome to go ahead and try out creating webmixes on your own as Symbaloo is easy to use. If you have any questions, please contact Kelli Robinson (kelli.robinson@doe.k12.ga.us).

Policy

Assignment Due Date Extension-Extension deadline-midnight on Feb. 19
    • Late Work Policy applies as follows:
      • Work submitted after Wed., Feb. 19, midnight but before Thurs, Feb. 20 at midnight- 10% deduction
      • Work submitted after Thurs. Feb. 20, midnight but before Fri, Feb. 21 at midnight- 20% deduction
    • Exception: Special Education students whose accommodations allow for 2 extra days. Assignment due date is extended until midnight Friday, February 21st.
      • Monday, Feb. 24 at midnight – 10% deduction
      • Tuesday, Feb. 25 at midnight – 20% deduction
      • After Tuesday midnight – Grade will be a 0

Schedule Changes
    • If a student/parent requests a change of schedule
      • All students are allowed one schedule change per semester
      • The decision to make this change is up to the discretion of the instructor and simply needs to be documented in the communication log. Instructor can contact DC if he/she has questions but this is not required.
      • Schedule changes do not have to be consistently made across all classes if a student is enrolled in multiple classes with us.
    • If an instructor feels that a schedule change might benefit a student the instructor can recommend to student and parent that the schedule be changed. If the parent/student agrees this should be documented in the communication log.

Teacher Reminders

Even More Teacher Reminders

    • SPED Accommodations-Alan Hendrick has joined the SPED team and will be sending out special accommodations for students.
    • GaVS-Winter Break-GaVS does not have a winter break. Students should stay on the GaVS schedule.
    • Creating and Sharing Documents-Use the HELP icon the the homepage when providing help information to students.
    • Transfer Students-Watch for emails sent regarding transfer students. Contact and welcome new students. Help transfer students determine schedule to follow and update gradebook with transfer grade.
    • Make sure all students are in a group.Any student who has not selected a schedule should be enrolled in the 12 week group.
    • Refresh the gradebook (open gradebook and allow it to fully load) daily so all grades will populate correctly.

Please share the following information with your students.

Doodle 4 Google: About the competition FAQ
      • Extra opportunity for students who are particularly creative and a potential opportunity for differentiation in classrooms
      • Google is asking K-12 students to create their doodles based on the theme “If I Could Invent One Thing to Make the World a Better Place...” To enter the competition students download the application form, print it, doodle their version of the Google logo based off this year's theme and submit online or by mail.
"One talented young artist will work alongside the Google doodlers to animate his or her doodle to be featured on the Google homepage, receive a $30,000 college scholarship, and win a $50,000 Google for Education technology grant for his or her school.”