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August 20, 2021

Dear Bobcat Virtual Families,

Welcome back for the 21-22 school year!

Our theme this year is "Growing Together," and I think that is especially fitting for our school. We sincerely appreciate our returning families who gave us such valuable feedback last year, and we've made some changes that we think will truly benefit our students. We know that we, along with our BVL learners, will continue to to learn, adapt, and grow over the course of this year.

I am so excited to be the Director of Bobcat Virtual Learning this year. I have spent the past sixteen years as an educator in Grand Blanc Community Schools, beginning my career as a high school English and French teacher before moving into administration five years ago. I am also a parent of two young boys - ages six and nine - and I understand how important it is to feel comfortable and confident in your school. I believe strongly in the mission of Grand Blanc Community Schools, that each student be able to actualize his or her unique genius, freely and without fear, and I feel confident that BVL is a key to providing access to this goal for all of our students.

In Bobcat Virtual Learning, we recognize that all students are different, and a typical face-to-face setting may not be appropriate for everyone. We provide a rigorous education and strive to challenge each student to grow into his or her academic and social potential through our virtual platform. Our staff works hard to make sure that our virtual students feel welcomed, connected, and engaged. In partnership with our families at home, we strive to build positive relationships that support student growth.

I hope that you and your students have a wonderful year with Bobcat Virtual Learning for the 21-22 school year!

Allyson Walroth

Bobcat Virtual Learning Director


Letter from GBHS Superintendent

Here is the most recent communication from the GBCS Superintendent, Dr. Trevor Alward.

Things to Know

Bobcat Virtual Learning Lab

Our BVL Lab is located in the Grand Blanc High School WEST Campus. The address is 1 Jewett Trail, Grand Blanc, MI 48439.

Unless otherwise stated, all in-person meetings will take place in our newly renovated BVL Lab.

If you were ever in our lab this year, you will notice a huge change this year. We have re-carpeted, painted, and furnished the lab with brand new flexible furniture. This space will be used by our high school students taking one or two virtual classes, our teachers when they would like to work from the building, and any fully virtual students who need to come in and meet with their virtual teacher or mentor. We are extremely excited about the opportunities our lab has to offer!

Unfortunately, due to a shortage of products, our lab is still under construction. We hope to have the full setup ready within the first couple weeks of school. Keep an eye out for pictures!

Open House

We have had to change our format of Open House so that we can attempt to social distance as much as possible. We will no longer be offering a scheduled program during the open house and have shifted to an optional meet-and-greet with teachers.

We know that many of you have questions about student expectations, accessing resources, and student support, so we will be creating a narrated presentation that we will email out to families next week. In addition, we will be offering a virtual presentation followed by a Q & A on Wednesday, August 25.

Open House Schedule:

  • Monday, August 23, 5:00-7:00pm - Grades 6-12 (drop-in format)
  • Tuesday, August 24, 5:00-7:00pm - Grades K-5 (drop-in format)
  • VIRTUAL: Wednesday, August 25, 5:00-6:00pm - Grades K-5
  • VIRTUAL: Wednesday, August 25, 6:00-7:00pm - Grades 6-12

The virtual meetings will take place on Zoom. Please use the following login information:

  • Meeting ID: 807 219 1939
  • Passcode: 385980

Masks are strongly recommended during Open House, but they are not required. If you do not feel comfortable being in this setting, please join us during our virtual session.


Thank you for your patience as we create schedules for your students. At this time, we have students moving back and forth regularly, and we want to make sure that we have enough teachers in place.

You can view your tentative schedule on StudentVUE/ParentVUE, but keep in mind that it the teacher may change. Make sure that you switch your focus to Bobcat Virtual Learning for the 21-22 school year.

Counseling Office Appointment Form

Fill out this form to make an appointment with our counselor, Mr. Hentes.

Chromebooks for New Students

If you are a brand new student to Grand Blanc Community Schools, their Chromebook will be available for pickup during Open House. If you would prefer not to attend Open House, you can schedule an appointment to pick them up through the no-contact drive through at our Technology office, beginning on August 25th.

Vaccination Cards

For our students who attend some in-person classes, we will be required to follow quarantine rules this year. If you have chosen to have your student vaccinated against Covid-19 and would like the school to have a record of it, please bring a copy of the student's vaccination card to Open House OR scan and email a copy of the card to our secretary at Please understand that we are NOT requiring this vaccination, but offering you the opportunity to have it documented for school records/potential contact tracing situations.

Teacher Profile

Each week we will profile one of our amazing virtual staff members so that you can meet everyone!

Mr. James Stuck

Position: 6-12 English Teacher

Experience: I have taught in GBCS for 21 years. This will be my second year teaching virtual.

Excited About: I enjoy the variety of student ages and levels. It is really fun to teach such a diverse group of learners.

Looking Forward To: Making the Canvas/APEX environment an easy place for students to be successful.

Interests: I am a gymnastics coach, and am very involved with gymnastics.

Middle School Students

Fall Sports

We will be partnering with West Middle School this year to offer sports opportunities to our students. Please see the image below with information about Fall Sports.
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High School Students

PSAT/SAT Testing

We are offering OPTIONAL fall testing for students in grades 9-11. If you would like your student to take this test, please fill out the appropriate link no later than September 8.

College Board Accounts: 9th-11th Grade

A College Board account is required of all students. If you do not have a College Board account set up, please do so at . The student needs to be the one to set this up. Do not set up a second account. This account is needed for PSAT9, PSAT10, and SAT review, score viewing, and score sending to colleges. Please keep your login and password somewhere where you can find it as needed. These accounts are sometimes used during class time. If you already set up an account and cannot remember your login and password information, please call College Board at 1-866-756-7346. Staff do not have access to students information.

Make Up Orientation

Students in grades 9-12 who were unable to attend orientation this week can attend Make Up Orientation on Monday, August 23, from 4:00-7:00pm in the High School East Campus Cafeteria. You must complete your online registration prior to attending orientation.

GBHS 2022 Yearbook

Order your 2022 yearbook at orientation for the lowest price of the year - $75.00 plus tax (and get free personalization during Jostens' back-to-school promo). Visit Price increases at the end of the first week of school.

Senior Photos

Don't miss out on your senior photo in the yearbook! Each senior must submit a professional indoor studio portrait to appear in the senior section of the yearbook.
      • Photos are due Tuesday, October 26.
      • For more information, click this link.
      • Plan ahead with your own photographer or use our school photographer, Prestige, for a free 15-minute sitting on site at HS East, and a free yearbook photo.
      • To sign up for your session with Prestige, click this link, select school and select session, and then choose from available times on September 11 or 18.
      • Check out this list of local photographers you can work with for a senior portrait in their studio space - costs will vary.

    Senior College Applications and Financial Aid

    Parents of seniors! Please look through the following information regarding college applications and the 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.
    Senior Information Document

    This links you to a document from our Counseling Department. It includes many important items to consider as you begin college planning.

    Senior Information Slide Show

    Follow the link to a very informative slide show, created by your Counseling Department, with information regarding college planning.

    2021-2022 Senior Class Dates

    Start your senior year off right! Follow this link to a 2021-22 calendar of all the important senior events and activities.

    Student Support

    National School Lunch Program

    We are working with Dining Services to provide a breakfast/lunch program for Bobcat Virtual families.

    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
    • Technology
    • Pandemic-EBT

    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.

    Connecting Kids to Coverage

    Connecting Kids to Coverage, a program of the Great Flint Health Coalition, assists and supports families with enrolling into Medicaid, MIChild, and the Flint Healthcare Coverage. They have asked us to share information about their program so that you are of all services they offer.
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    Allyson Walroth

    Director of Bobcat Virtual & Secondary Curriculum Director