GaVS Physical Science

February 2013 Newsletter

Course Update Information

This is a reminder that grades have been updated in Physical Science B. At your earliest convenience, please log in to the course and review the student's progress at Please contact me if you have questions.

If you have seen a drop in the grade or the grade is below a 75, the low grade is more than likely a result of assignments not being completed. If you see a zero in the gradebook this indicates an assignment that needs to be completed as soon as possible so that the late penalty will not effect the grade too negatively. Printing out the schedule and using it as a physical checklist can be a useful tool if your student is having a hard time with this. Another reason for low grades could be due to poor quiz and test grades. Encourage your student to attend or listen to the synchronous chat sessions each week. We review important concepts, answer multiple choice questions, and preview specific questions on assignments.

If you have any questions or concerns, please let me know. Thank you for supporting your student in this course.

Upcoming Concepts within the Course

In Physical Science this month, we are exploring the properties of the Periodic Table. Students should print out a copy of the Periodic Table that I have provided for them to use on their assignments, quizzes, and tests. This Periodic Table is similar to the one they will be using on the End of Course Test. If this has not been done or there are any questions, please contact me.
In addition to using the Periodic Table, we are looking at how atoms bond to form compounds. Students will learn the different types of bonds that occur as well as how to name and write chemical formulas for these compounds. This can be a very challenging module. I highly recommend students attend or listen to the upcoming chats in order to gain extra help and hints for being able to do this successfully. We will also be looking at specific questions from the assignments so it will be well worth their time. The chats are Tuesdays at 4:30 pm.

Upcoming Dates

Next Benchmark Due Date:
Friday, March 1st

D2L Help Sessions:

Tuesday, February 19, 2013 at 11 AM

Attend by clicking this link.

GaVS Open House at 7:00 pm:

Tuesday, Feb 19

Attend by clicking this link.

Helpful News Announcements to Look for This Month

Helpful Resources

There are many extra resources that I will be providing students to help them study for module tests and study for the End of Course Test in May. Each month, I will add more resources to this list.

Contact Me

Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns as the semester progresses.