November 2, 2021
Dear Bobcat Virtual Families,
It's the beginning of November, and I hope you are all celebrating the things you are thankful for this month. I know that I am grateful for all of our Bobcat Virtual families and amazing staff members. We are certainly lucky to have this virtual option over the past couple of years, and I know that it has been beneficial for many of our families.
As we are approaching progress reports and conferences, I want to encourage you to take time to meet with your student(s) and create a plan for success for the rest of the semester. Our final grades come out at the end of January, and it's not too late for students to start attending small groups or office hours and getting back on track with their work. For those students who are already on track and working hard, I want to commend them for a job well done. Our students are learning some great skills, like being responsible and managing their time effectively!
If you are concerned about your student's success in Bobcat Virtual, please take advantage of our tutor. As a reminder, you can sign your student up for weekly tutoring with our BVL Interventionist, Mr. Smith. Tutoring sessions are available all day on Wednesdays and can be virtual in Google Meet or in-person in our BVL Lab at the High School West Campus (1 Jewett Trail). If you choose to meet in-person, you will need to provide transportation for your student and must pick them up at the end of their tutoring session.
Here is a link to sign up for tutoring: https://calendar.google.com/calendar/u/0/selfsched?sstoken=UUxIV3F0R1l1TERXfGRlZmF1bHR8ZmQ3MmJmM2RjM2QzNDcwNTZjNWIzNDg4MDdiZTg5MTQ. Find the correct date, click right on the time slot that works for you, and enter your student's information.
Have a great week!
Bobcat Virtual Learning Director
Fill out this form to make an appointment with our counselor, Mr. Hentes.
Students of the Month - September
Things to Know
- Tuesday, November 9 - 5:00pm-8:00pm
- Wednesday, November 10 - 5:00pm-8:00pm
- Thursday, November 11 - 12:30-3:30pm
To schedule your preferred time for a parent-teacher conference:
- Go to https://myconferencetime.com/bobcatvirtual
- Scroll down and click on the name of your child's teacher
- Select the desired date/time for your conference by clicking on "Sign Up"
- Submit the requested information
If you have more than one child attending our school, click on “Register for Multiple Conferences” and follow the prompts to schedule your children for several conferences.
After you schedule a conference online, the date and time are reserved for you. If you entered your email address correctly, you will receive email confirmation of your conference.
If you are unable to sign up for a time and date online, please email your child’s teacher with three preferred times and dates. Once we receive your note, we will attempt to schedule a conference for your desired date and time but cannot guarantee your top choices as time slots fill up quickly.
Some of our teachers are part-time teachers in Bobcat Virtual Learning. Those teachers will have limited sign ups or may not be listed as an option to meet. If this is the case, you can reach out to the teachers via email and ask about your student's progress.
If your student has Mrs. Carson for Spanish, her sign up is located here: https://www.myconferencetime.com/gbwms/schedule/565726/
Progress reports have no weight on the final Semester grade and are simply a way to inform you about your student's progress thus far. Students will have plenty of time to improve their grade if they are not currently meeting their goals. Since Parent-Teacher Conferences are next week, this will give you a great starting point for discussions.
High school students with classes from outside vendors will not have a progress report. Parents can contact the student's homeroom teacher for an update of progress in those classes.
Bobcat Virtual Mascot
If your student has a great idea for a Bobcat Virtual Learning mascot, please enter their ideas here. Once we have some suggestions, we'll send them out for a whole school vote and will even ask students to help design a t-shirt!
If you are unable to return them to school but would like someone to pick books up from your house, please email Mrs. Walroth at firstname.lastname@example.org.
GB 8th Grade Washington DC & Gettysburg Trip
Substitute Teachers - We need you!
Interested in Substitute Teaching - contact www.EDUStaff.org. Subbing requires 60 college credits. The current district base rate, paid through EduStaff, is $85 per day plus bonus plan. See our website for details. https://www.gbcs.org/Page/3146
To be a substitute Paraprofessional, Clerical, Noon Hour, Kitchen Help, Bus driver, or bus aide - contact Century Temps at (810) 695-1606 or email@example.com
Mrs. Jeni Olson
Experience: I have been a teacher with Grand Blanc Schools for the last 7 years. This is my 2nd year with Bobcat Virtual.
Most Excited About: I am excited to virtually collaborate with my students and encourage them to work together in a virtual environment.
Looking Forward To: I am looking forward to teaching many different science classes this year!
Interests: Outside of school I like to spend time with my family and sew. I sewed over 200 masks at the beginning of the pandemic.
High School Students
On Wednesday, December 15, Grand Blanc High School will be offering students the ASVAB test. While the ASVAB is used by the Armed Forces for an entry exam to qualify, the ASVAB has even more to offer! The ASVAB Career Exploration Program (CEP) is a FREE career planning resource available to high schools nationwide. This comprehensive program includes one of the most widely used multiple-aptitude test batteries in the world and an interest inventory complemented by a thorough occupational database all designed to give students an in-depth look at the world of work.
This test will be administered at West Campus in room 603 and will start promptly at 7:30am and will last until the end of 3rd hour (approximately 10:30am). Test takers must be in room 603 by 7:20 am; latecomers will not be allowed to take the test even if they signed up.
Early College Recruitment Timeline
Grand Blanc High School, in partnership with the University of Michigan-Flint, opened the Grand Blanc Early College (GBEC) during the 2015-2016 school year. This exclusive opportunity is available to Grand Blanc High School students entering Junior status. Students who choose to participate in this unique opportunity will commit to a five year high school and college experience. By the end of the program, students have the ability to earn 48+ college credits!
Recruitment for the early college program will begin in November. A letter and email will be sent to eligible 10th grade students, with a 3.0 or higher GPA. More information to follow on informational meetings and application deadlines!
Click here to visit our Grand Blanc Early College Website.
Each year, Grand Blanc High School hosts an annual Youth Volunteer Recognition Banquet. This annual ceremony, is held, in part, to recognize those students who have achieved at least 20 hours of volunteer activity. Awards are presented based on hours of service.
20-39 hours- Recognition Level
40-99 hours- Merit Level
100+ hours- Presidential Level
(Students at this level will receive the President’s Volunteer Service Award)
In addition, any senior who has 2 or more Presidential Awards will be awarded a medallion for graduation.
Questions? Contact Mrs. Clark at firstname.lastname@example.org or 810-591-6336.
GET FEATURED IN THE YEARBOOK! All students are invited to connect with the yearbook staff - we want to feature you in our yearbook! Fill out a form and help us tell your story in the yearbook.
Yearbook Sponsors - Please support our sponsors who support GB Yearbook, listed below. For information for how you can sponsor the yearbook and receive benefits for your business, or to purchase a book for student in need, click this link. To submit a sponsorship, click this form and return to email@example.com
The last day to submit your text, photos, and payment for a proud senior parent ad is December 20. Visit gbyearbook.com and click on the "Seniors" tab at the top. Scroll down to find the Senior Ad info tab. You can also find a link to pay for your ad with a credit card online.
Please look through the following information regarding college applications and financial aid. The college application process can be overwhelming, and as always, the counselors are available to answer any questions you may have. Please let us know what we can do to help you or your student.
If you haven't already, It's time to order everything you need to celebrate and commemorate this Senior Year! This includes cap and gown, graduation announcements, and class apparel!
CLICK HERE for all the important information you need. The EASIEST way to order is click on the link and order online at Jostens.com. Call with any Questions - Jostens of Mid-Michigan 810 658-1700 (office line)
This links you to a Google folder with valuable information regarding senior dates, college planning, financial aid, etc. Make sure to check this folder regularly as new documents and communications will be added throughout the year.
Early Literacy - Family Flyer
As workbook orders are coming in, they are being shipped to the location you selected in your order.
According to Lincoln Learning, the worksheet collections correspond to the worksheets embedded in the objects of each lesson. If you look at the name of the worksheet in the object online, there should be a corresponding worksheet in the physical book with the same title. Here's a video from Lincoln Learning that may help you navigate the worksheets with the online content.
If you would still like us to order print versions of the workbooks, please use our Print Materials Order Form. There is no cost to order workbooks.
A Hand Up Pantry
HUGE NEWS! The Hand Up Pantry is back OPEN this week! We are serving all GBCS families beginning now! *We will only have shelf-stable items at this time.
Please fill out the form at ahandup.rocks by 2pm on Tuesday to pick up your items from the West Middle School entryway on Thursday between 9am-4pm! (We are pick up only at this time.)
National School Lunch Program
In the meantime, we still need your household to fill out and sign the Free and Reduced-Price Meal Application. This information is critical in determining the amount of money that our school receives from a variety of State and Federal supplemental programs like Title I A, At-risk (31a), Title II A, E-Rate, etc.
These supplemental programs have the potential to offer supports and services for our students including, but not limited to:
- Instructional supports (staff, supplies & materials, etc.)
- Non-instructional services (counseling, social work, health services, etc.)
- Professional Learning for staff
- Parent and Community engagement supplies and activities
We are asking that you please complete and submit it as soon as possible to ensure that additional funding for our school is available to meet the needs of our students. All information on the application submitted is confidential. Without your assistance in completing and returning the attached application, our school cannot maximize the use of available State and Federal funds.
If we can be of any further assistance, please contact us at Grand Blanc Dining Service
(810) 591-6675 or (810) 591-6928.
Who Can Help?
- Main Desk/Technology Help: 810-591-1658
- Enrollment/Grades: Elaina Martinez - 810-591-6391
- Counselor: John Hentes - 810-591-1634 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Mentors: Elizabeth Ralbusky (last names A-J) - 810-591-6368; Scott Thurlow (last names K-Z) - 810-591-6366
- Coordinator: Kevin Keilitz - 810-591-6375 or email@example.com
- Director: Allyson Walroth - 810-591-6649 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Classroom teachers should all include information on how to contact them on their course. If you have course-related issues, please reach out to your teacher first. They will respond back within 24 hours (during the work week) and can usually clarify things quickly. You can also attend their office hours, which should be listed in their course.