Mrs. Barbour's Updates & News

January 16th * Spring 2014 * Edition 2

In this newsletter:

  1. Upcoming Events
  2. Assignment Due Date - 18 weekers
  3. Late Work Policy
  4. MLK Holiday
  5. Email Requests
  6. Accommodations
  7. Adobe Session
  8. How Parents Can See Student Grades
  9. Emergency Situations

Upcoming Events

January 17th - Assignment due date for 18 weekers

January 20th - Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday - no school

January 21st - 6pm Welcome Session for new students

January 28th - Cultural Cafe: GAVS United Nations

Holocaust Remembrance Day (refer to News Item on School Homepage)

18 Week Assignment Due Date

If you are enrolled in the 18 week schedule group, your first assignment due date is tomorrow, Friday, January 17th. Your work must be submitted by midnight tomorrow to avoid any late penalties.

Late Work Policy

Technical difficulties are not an excuse for assignments to be late. Students must have computer access to complete GAVS work. It is the student’s responsibility to secure backup computer options when technical difficulties arise. Many public libraries offer computers with Internet access. Additionally, GAVS courses can be accessed on a variety of mobile devices so it may be that a mobile device could be used to complete some coursework when there are computer problems.

*If you are a special education student and would like GAVS to consider making accommodations for you, please fax a copy of your IEP or 504 Plan to 770-357-3704. If you do not have a copy, please contact your facilitator.

Please be aware of the pacing guide and due dates for all assignments. Extensions past the last day of school will NOT be granted. All student work is due biweekly on Fridays at midnight. Check course schedules for course assignments and specific due dates. Work turned in after the deadline on the course schedule will be accepted within 1 week with a late penalty assessed. Late penalty begins on Saturday and is deducted at a rate of 10% of the assignment value per school day. Work submitted on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday is considered 1 day late.

At the end of the semester, all classwork must be submitted prior to the time period the final exam is available. Thus, if final exams begin Wednesday of the last week of school, all other assignments except the final exam must be submitted by Tuesday of the last week of school.

Late Work Policy Example: David turns in an assignment at 3:15 pm on Sunday. He scores a 7 out of 15 on the assignment. David will lose 1.5 points on this assignment (15 * .10) and the score recorded in the grade book is 5.5/15. A note should be made in the grade book detailing the late work deduction.


GaVS will observe a break for Martin Luther King day on Monday, January 20th. NO work is assigned for that day.

Math Funny of the Week

kid call 911 for help with math

A Note About Accommodations

Many students receive accommodations through GaVS. Please note that these newsletters (and grade update emails) go to all students. Likewise, failing phone calls go out to all students, regardless of accommodations. If you have a due date extension due to accommodations, zeros are entered and your grade replaces the zero when the work is submitted.


Each week, I will hold a synchronous session. These are not mandatory, but a time for you to log in and ask questions to me in a "live" setting. I will be available for one hour per week in my virtual classroom.

I will, from time to time, host a specific session that includes a lesson. The recorded sessions will be posted in the user links section of the course.

You are encouraged to attend all sessions, but not required to do so.

*Remember, you can also email me with questions as well!!

See the instructions below of the steps to signing in your help session.

You must log in as a Guest.

Need Help?????


Your course home page has two course navigation videos, located at the top of the page. These include demonstrations of how to do various things in your course. You can also use the "Help" icon (on the top of your page). Click on the "FAQ" link on the left side of the help menu to find video demonstrations of tasks like: submitting dropbox assignments, completing quizzes, and participating in discussions. Please contact me if you have questions.

Parent Auditor Accounts


If you have a parent auditor account, please connect it to your student's account in order to see the most up to date grade. If you have not yet created an account, please do that as soon as possible. The link below explains all of those procedures.

Please note my contact information above.

Keep my phone number & email address in a place that is easy to reach. If you have a special circumstance, please let me know. Here are some situations that might merit an immediate contact:

* Medical situation (hospitalization, extreme sickness, injury): Contact me BEFORE a due date if you have been too sick to complete work. Please note that a note from the doctor may be required to authorize any extensions for sickness.

* Technology emergency: Please notify me BEFORE a due date if you experience a technology issue. If you lose power, get kicked out of a test, have a computer crash, or other extreme situation, please let me know immediately. We understand that these things happen, but also expect students to have a back-up plan for technology issues. Plan to use a computer at school, the library, a friend or family member's computer, etc.

* General Assignment/Course Questions: These are best answered by email, but feel free to call me as well.

Email Request

Students and Parents,

When sending me a specific email about an assignment, a quiz, or other course issue, please create a new subject line. It becomes difficult to track your email when you reply to course update emails for multiple questions. I want to be sure that I respond to your questions and situations quickly. Thank you very much!