AP English Lang and Comp B
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Student Orientation Course
The student’s first task is to complete the Student Orientation Course. It is important to complete topics in order and complete all items on the checklist.
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.
- 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.
Students must finish or opt out of the SOC before gaining access to 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 Session: Begins January 4; earliest access to course is January 4
16 Week Session: Begins January 19; earliest access to course is January 11
14 Week Course: Begins February 1; earliest access to course is January 25
The Parent Account gives you information about your child’s grades and progress in their 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.
In order to view your child’s progress, you will need to have a parent account within our Student Information System and your account must be linked to your child’s GAVS account. If you already have a parent account please do NOT create a new one. If you have never created a parent account or you have not linked to your student’s account, follow the steps listed below.
Parent Account Information
Parents should read the knowledgebase articles in the order listed below. The steps must be completed in this order.
During the parent account creation process, you will be required to visit http://www.gavirtualschool.org/ to begin the account creation process.
2. Link child to parent account (Student's GTID is needed during this step.)
Due Dates and Late Work Policy
Student work is due bi-weekly on Thursdays at midnight. Check course schedules for specific due dates. Work turned in after the deadline on the course schedule will be accepted within 3 school days with a late penalty assessed. Late penalty begins on Friday and is deducted at a rate of 10% of the assignment value per school day. Work submitted on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday is considered 1 day late.
Synchronous Sessions for AP English Language and Composition
I will also be available on Wednesdays from 4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. in my virtual office for anyone who wants to drop by for help with any assignments or with any of the content of the course. I look forward to helping you!
D2L Help Sessions
Georgia Virtual School will have Brightspace Help Sessions for students and parents on Adobe Connect on the following dates:
Tuesday, Feb. 2 @ 7pm
Tuesday, Feb. 16 @ 7pm
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 Brightspace Help Session:
Special Note for Students Who Took AP English Language A with GAVS
After attending Emmanuel College for two years, I attended Berry College in Rome, Georgia, and then graduated from the University of Georgia as a First Honor Graduate, summa cum laude, with a B.S.Ed. in English Education. I then earned an M.A. degree in English from UGA, where I also taught freshman composition. I recently completed an Ed.S. in Curriculum and Instruction.
I have been teaching high school for ten years, and before that I taught college English for 18 years. In my spare time (if I could imagine ever having any!), I enjoy reading as well as hiking and cycling with my family.
We are going to be doing a great deal of reading, writing, and discussing this semester, so get ready! I know we are going to enjoy learning together.