Bobcat Virtual Update
Dear Bobcat Virtual Families,
Congratulations, you've made it to the holiday break!
I know that the past few months have been stressful and overwhelming at times. You have all been on a pretty steep learning curve, but you have persevered and have made it this far! I have only been filling in for Mr. Neall for a couple of weeks, and I can already see how hard the students, parents, and teachers are working to make this a positive and successful experience.
It is important to recognize that some of the learning your students have done over the past few months will never be able to be measured on a report card. They have learned how to problem-solve with technology, how to participate in virtual meetings, and how to navigate a variety of different websites and platforms. We are building a generation of students who are learning how to advocate for themselves and show resilience beyond our expectations. Parents and learning coaches - thank you for working in a partnership with us as we navigate this new virtual world.
If you would have told me at the start of 2020 that this is where we would be at the end, I would never have believed it, but some of the best moments of my career in education have occurred over the past nine months. To see the ways that our community and our schools have pulled together in the face of a crisis has been truly humbling.
I hope our Bobcat Virtual families take time to relax and rejuvenate. January 4, 2021, will be here before you know it!
Mrs. Allyson Walroth
Interim Bobcat Virtual Director
Secondary Curriculum & HS Assistant Principal
Update on Mr. Neall
If you are interested in sending him a "Get Well Soon" card, you are welcome to send it to the following address, and we will make sure that he gets it:
GBHS West Campus
1 Jewett Trail
Grand Blanc, MI 48439
I am sure that he appreciates all of your well-wishes and healing thoughts.
Introduction to Mrs. Walroth
Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions or concerns. My phone number is 810-591-6649, and my email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. I look forward to hearing from you.
End of First Semester
If you have not created a parent account to view your student's progress, please see the instructions linked below:
For some classes in Bobcat Virtual, it is important for teachers to give their exam live so that they can monitor their students as they complete the assessment. For other classes, students can take the exam as soon as they get to that point in the course. We will be working on a schedule after the holiday break so that students know if and when they will need to take their exams.
Novels and Workbooks
For second semester, we will be encouraging students to use scanned copies of most of our novels. Being that we are a virtual school, we will have some novels available to be checked out by students who need a physical copy, but we will be requesting that most students use the virtual copy if they can. We will have all virtual novels available for the beginning of second semester.
We have submitted an order for elementary workbooks, and they should arrive well before the beginning of the second semester. We will communicate a schedule for pick up after the holiday break.
Senior Exit Presentations
As you may know, all seniors are required to complete a Senior Exit Presentation as a requirement of their graduation. Many students have struggled with understanding what a good presentation entails, so Rachel Kenney, BV/HS English teacher, has volunteered to run three workshops to help students prepare. These are voluntary workshops, and any student working on a Senior Exit Presentation is welcome to join.
- Tuesday, January 5 (2:15-3:15pm)
- Tuesday, February 2 (2:15-3:15pm)
- Tuesday, February 23 (2:15-3:15pm)
Students can access the workshop by using this Google Meet link: https://meet.google.com/lookup/kenney2020.
Content covered in the workshop includes:
- Purpose of the Senior Exit Presentation
- Overview of the requirements
- Tips for a successful presentation
- Resources to use
- Q & A session