Welcome to My Class: Spring 2016

Mrs. Hall's Online Welcome Letter to Parents and Students

Mrs. Hall's Introduction Spring 2016

Welcome Parents and Students!

Welcome to Georgia Virtual School's Spring Semester 2016. Please read the following newsletter very closely as it contains very important information for beginning your GaVS course. Course and school policies will be covered as well as important information to help you get off to a great start! This semester I will be teaching AP Psychology AB, and Psychology B. Please view the video below for a brief introduction to learn about me and a little bit about what we will be studying this semester.

Very Important!!

Student Orientation Must Be Complete Prior to the First Day of Class!

Welcome to Georgia Virtual School. I will be your student's teacher. 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.

OR

  • 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. Student Orientation Takes a full 24 hours to process after completion. 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.

Completing the Student Orientation Course (SOC)

Spring 2016 Start Dates

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Regardless of the start date, the course ends May 6, 2016. Student work is due bi-weekly on Thursdays at midnight. Check course schedules for specific due dates.

Late Work Policy

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.
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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


Parent helpdesk articles

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.


Steps/Process:

1. Parent account creation

2. Link child to parent account (Student's GTID is needed during this step.)

3. Using my parent auditor account

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Georgia Virtual School will have Brightspace Help Sessions for students and parents on Adobe Connect on the following dates:


Tuesday, January 5 @ 7:00pm

Thursday, January 14 @ 11:00am

Tuesday, Jan. 19 @ 7pm

Thursday, Jan. 28 @ 11am

Tuesday, Feb. 2 @ 7pm

Tuesday, Feb. 16 @ 7pm


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:

Adobe Brightspace Help Classroom


The school wide Brightspace Help meetings are separate from individual Welcome sessions held by each teacher. Please plan to attend the meeting with your teacher as well. Your teacher will notify you about the date of that meeting.

Course Help Videos (Watch These!!)

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Please check both your GaVS email and NEWS daily!!

Sign Up for Remind

I encourage Parents and Students to sign up for Remind this semester. In addition to NEWS and GaVS email, I will use Remind to communicate messages throughout the semester. Follow the instructions below to sign up for your class.
*Text messaging rates apply.

AP Psychology AB Remind Setup Instructions

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Psychology B Remind Setup Instructions

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Syllabus Acknowledgement Form

After reviewing the syllabus with your parents please take the time to download and sign the Syllabus Acknowledgement Form. Upon your first day entering the class, please upload the signed form (signed by both you and your parents) to the corresponding dropbox. You will receive a bonus point on your first assignment for doing so.

Weekly Office Hours:

I will conduct synchronous office hours for students once per week on:


Wednesday evenings at 8 p.m.


*AP Psychology AB ONLY: Mrs. Mitchell and I will rotate hosting combined AP Psychology "Boot Camp" sessions to go over important topics and exam prep. On the week's Mrs. Mitchell is presenting you would only attend her sessions. Her sessions will be held Tuesdays at 8 p.m. You will be receiving a calendar with this information soon.

GaVS Frequently Asked Questions

Contact Information:

If you have questions or concerns, feel free to email me or call at the number below. You may also reference the Spring 2016 Student Handbook for additional information and answers to general questions. (*Please access your Fall 2015 Student Handbook from your Course Homepage under Resources. You are responsible for all the information in this handbook.)