Welcome to Bio B: Summer 2016!

A step-by-step guide to starting the GAVS semester!

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Welcome to Georgia Virtual School!

I will be your student's Biology teacher. Take a look at this presentation to learn more about me, or watch this short video to meet my family.

The information included in this newsletter will guide your student to helpful resources as well as steps to take as they begin in this course. If you are new to the online environment, I am here to help you through this transition. In the online world (much like a face-to-face school setting), success is achieved through common effort of student, teacher and parent. As you encounter questions starting and working through the course, please do not hesitate to contact me. I am here and available for each of you.

Please scroll down and work through the steps that follow to start your course on time.
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Step 1: Complete the SOC (Student Orientation Course)

When completing the Student Orientation Course, it is important to complete topics in order and complete all items on the checklist.

The following items are required for the completion of the Student Orientation Course (SOC):

  • students complete all sign off
  • students complete all agreement quizzes
  • students make a 100% on the final Student Orientation Quiz.


  • Students may choose to opt out of the Student Orientation Course*; however, students who elect to opt out of the Student Orientation Course are still responsible for all content presented in the course.

Students must finish or opt out of the SOC before gaining access to the course. Students will not gain access to the course until the start date.
*Only those students who have taken the SOC previously are able to "opt out"

Watch this video to learn how to complete the SOC.

Completing the Student Orientation Course (SOC)
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Step 2: Check Your GAVS Email!

When logged in to GAVS, you can access your email using the icon shown below. Click here to watch a tutorial on how to access this email. Check email daily.
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Step 3: Print out your Schedule & Get Started!

As soon as you have entered the course, read the Bulletin Board and print your (5 or 6 week) schedule on the Course Homepage (see the Course Info Widget). Read through the schedule to see what is due daily. Work the schedule in order.

Please watch this short tutorial to help you understand how to use your schedule. Click and watch as many times as necessary.

Understanding Your Summer Schedule

Click below to learn how to ensure you are submitting assignments properly:

Regardless of the start date, the course ends July 15, 2016. Student work is due daily at midnight. Check course schedules for due dates of specific assignments. Work turned in after the deadline on the course schedule will be accepted within 2 school days with a late penalty assessed. Late penalty begins on the first school day following the day that the assignment was due and is deducted at a rate of 25% of the assignment value per school day.
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Watch this Video to Tour the Course Ahead of Time!

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Biology Synchronous Sessions: Our Online Classroom

I will conduct a synchronous class chat with students twice per week:

  • Mondays at 6 pm
  • Thursdays at 11am
If students cannot attend a meeting, recordings will be posted on the Biology course homepage.

During these sessions I answer student questions, review assignment directions, review difficult material, and play games to reinforce material.
These sessions are intended to be helpful and I welcome input from students as to what we should discuss.

All sessions are announced on the Course Homepage with a link to join the session.

I strongly encourage you to make the Biology chat sessions a part of your weekly routine to boost your potential for success in this course, and better reach your goal.

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Important Parent Information

The Parent Account gives you information about your child’s grades and progress in their course. If your child’s grade drops below a 75, you will receive an automated phone call. If your child’s grade drops below a 70, you will receive a phone call from me.

In order to view your child’s progress, you will need to have a parent account within our Student Information System and your account must be linked to your child’s GAVS account. If you already have a parent account please do NOT create a new one. If you have never created a parent account or you have not linked to your student’s account, follow the steps listed below.

Parent Account Information

Parent helpdesk articles

Parents should read the knowledgebase articles in the order listed below. The steps must be completed in this order.

During the parent account creation process, you will be required to visit http://www.gavirtualschool.org/ to begin the account creation process.


1. Parent account creation

2. Link child to parent account (Student's GTID is needed during this step.)

3. Using my parent auditor account

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D2L Help Sessions for Students and Parents:

Georgia Virtual School will have Brightspace Help Sessions for students and parents on Adobe Connect on the following dates

: (attend any of the following)
    • Tuesday, June 7 at 7PM
    • Thursday, June 14 at 11AM

    Where: This is an online event in the Adobe D2L Help Classroom.

    You will join by entering the meeting as a Guest. Your username is your first and last name.

    The schoolwide Brightspace Help meetings are separate from individual Welcome sessions held by each teacher. Please plan to attend the meeting with your teacher as well.

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    Special Accommodations

    If you are a special education student and would like GaVS to consider making accommodations for you, please ask your facilitator to upload your current IEP or 504 to your GaVS student profile. If you do not have a copy, please contact your facilitator.

    * Please note that GaVS teachers cannot make accommodations without a copy of the plan on file.

    * A copy of the plan must be submitted EACH semester.

    Where Can I Go To Find answers to other questions?

    1. Start with the GaVS Knowledgebase, a searchable database of tutorials on the most common questions:

    Click here to use the GAVS Helpdesk/Knowledgebase!

    2. Look within the News announcements (in the Course) or other communication from me.

    3. Familiarize yourself with the Student Handbook: Click here to access the Summer 2016 Student Handbook.

    4. Feel free to contact me directly via phone or email.

    Contact Me!

    Please do not hesitate to contact me. I aim to help you reach your goals for success in this class, and we can't do that without communicating. I enjoy answering your questions!

    I am available weekdays 10am-6pm EST. Email and phone calls are answered within 24 hours on school days. If you call, please be sure to leave a message if you would like a return call.

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