Notes and News

Nov. 14, 2017

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GAVS Student Course Survey

GaVS students, it is your turn to send us feedback about your experience as a Georgia Virtual School online student. Please check your GaVS email for important information regarding the GaVS Fall Student Survey. It is very important that all students complete the survey. We are always interested in your feedback and always looking for ways we can better serve the needs of all Georgia Virtual School students.

Thank-you for completing the survey!

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Optional Credit and Extra Credit

Optional credit opportunities are marked in your assignment schedule and are due with the other assignments for the week. These assignments are counted as additional assignments in the category and can "water down" a bad grade. For instance, rather than 15 assignments in a category, completing one optional credit will give you 16 assignments in a category. Check the gradebook for the category for the optional assignment(s) you are interested in. Optional credit opportunities are not accepted late or given extensions since they are optional.

Extra credit opportunities have been available each week of the semester via Jigsaw lessons. Make sure you submit the attendance survey (link available in the lesson) by the Wednesday of the Monday lesson. Completing of the attendance survey determines credit. Links to the lesson recordings are available immediately following the live lesson and are available for viewing all semester. Extra points are added to a major grade from the module of the lesson focus. As with optional credit, extra credit is not accepted late.

Additional extra credit and optional credit will not be added to "pad" grades at the end of the semester.
Funny Thanksgiving Showdown - Farmer vs. Turkey

When Are Your Exams?

Final exams open on Wed. Dec. 6 at 12:01 AM and close on Thurs. Dec. 7 @ 11:59 PM.

Your exam is located under QUIZZES and is timed. Be sure to complete the exam in the time limit and submit before the time runs out.

Your exam must be submitted before 11:59 on 12/7.

Once exams open, no other assignments may be submitted as per GAVS policy.

Exam Preview Schedule

Be sure to put the final exam review sessions on your schedule. To attend, use the Jigsaw link to attend the review.

English Literature A: Monday, Dec. 4 @ 6 PM

I will record the exam review and post it under User Links along with all the other Jigsaw lessons.

When Will Your Final Grades Be Available?

Once the GAVS classes close, (Dec 8th midnight), grades will be calculated, verified, and released. These are generally released by the end of the following week. Instructors are not allowed to give out final grades via email or phone before they are released to students through the registration system.

What do you need to make on your exam to....

Your grade is determined by the following formula (on your syllabus):
Discussions = 10%
Daily assignments = 20%
Tests/Essays/ major projects = 50%
Final Exam = 20%

Check your gradebook any time to see the current average.
No one is exempt from the final exam (GAV policy).
This is the time for you to think back to ....algebra!
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Why You Should Read

Suggested Reading list for College-bound students

BRITISH

Austen, Jane Emma; Pride and Prejudice; Persuasion

Bronte, Charlotte Jane Eyre

Bronte, Emily Wuthering Heights

Conrad, Joseph Lord Jim; Heart of Darkness

Dickens, Charles Hard Times; Oliver Twist; David Copperfield

Greene, Graham The Power and the Glory ; The Heart of the Matter; Brighton Rock

Hardy,Thomas The Return of the Native;Tess of the D'Urbervilles;The Mayor of Casterbridge

Huxley, Aldous Brave New World

Joyce, James. Dubliners; Portrait of an Artist as a Young Man

Maugham, W.S Of Human Bondage; The Razors Edge

Swift, Jonathan Gullivers Travels

Wilde, Oscar The Picture of Dorian Gray

Malory, Sir Thomas Tales of King Arthur

Defoe, Daniel The Life and Adventures of Robinson Crusoe

Shelley, Mary Frankenstein

Eliot, George Silas Marner

Remarque, E. All Quiet on the Western Front

Forster, E. M. A Passage to India; A Room with a View

Orwell, George 1984

Waugh, Evelyn Brideshead Revisited

Golding, William Lord of the Flies

White, T.H. The Once and Future King

DuMaurier, Daphne Rebecca

Gordimer, Nadine Any Novel (she has several, just pick one)

Paton, Alan Cry the Beloved Country

Stevenson, R.L. Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde; Kidnapped

Baroness C-- The Scarlet Pimpernel


WORLD Literature

Achebe Things Fall Apart

Homer The Iliad; The Odyssey

Dumas The Count of Monte Cristo; The Three Musketeers

Camus The Stranger;The Plague

Kafka The Metamorphosis

Hesse Steppenwolf; Siddhartha

Hugo The Hunchback of Notre Dame; Les Miserables

Tolstoy Anna Karenina

Dostoevsky Crime and Punishment

Flaubert Madame Bovary

Voltaire Candide

Dante The Divine Comedy


Holiday Goals

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, and Christmas. Why don't you set a couple goals for yourself...to improve your mind?
  1. Read a book
  2. Complete a crossword puzzle
  3. Play Words with Friends