Science Times with Ms. Aufderheide

A biweekly newsletter for students and parents

March 31, 2016 Volume 6, Issue 14

Spring Break is Here!

Next week, April 4 - 8 is GaVS Spring Break. Students do not have any assignments to submit. There will be no Office Hour. I will be available to answer questions through email. Students may use this time to work ahead, if they wish. Students may NOT use this time to submit work that was previously due. Spring Break is not a time for students to catch up.

Be safe and have a great break!

Final Exams and EOC Milestones

Chemistry and Forensic Science are NOT EOC-Georgia Milestone courses. You do not need to sign up to take a Georgia Milestone assessment. We will have a regular objective final exam that will consist of 45 multiple choice questions covering the entire semester. Students will log into their GaVS course and take the exam just like any other test. Students are given 90 minutes to complete the final exam. They may take it at any time on May 4 or May 5.
Please contact me with any questions!

What are Forensic Science B students up to?

Last week, students in Forensic Science B were studying soil evidence, and how it is used to solve crimes. Ask your student to explain how forensic analysis of soil broke open the case of the murder of Adolph Coors, III.

An important concept of both soil and glass analysis is density. To demonstrate different densities, students created a density column. See Mackenzie's images below of her density column. Thank you for sharing your experiment with us, Mackenzie!

Are you receiving automated calls?

If you are receiving automated calls, either from GaVS or from me, this is because your student's grade is less than ideal. Please call or email me for specific information. Do not blindly trust your student if they tell you something like:
  • Oh, the system is broke. It calls all students.
  • Ms. Aufderheide hasn't graded all my assignments.
  • I have a lot of late work to submit.
  • I did submit that work, but it didn't go through.
The reality is that the system is not broken. It only calls students that are in danger. I grade all submitted assignments the day before the call goes out. Late work can only be submitted through the GaVS late policy, 3 days after the due date. Submitting work from the beginning of the semester is not an option. Students and teachers have an accurate portrayal of all assignments submitted by logging in and clicking on the dropbox or quiz in question. Unlike in a face-to-face classroom, assignments cannot just be lost in the system.
My goal is for each and every student to succeed. I will do everything that I am able to do to ensure success. Open communication is vital to student success. As we near the end of the semester, it becomes more and more difficult to bring poor grades up. Please be in touch at any time that you need to know what is going on with your student's grade. Do not forget that you have access to grades through the parent portal as well.

Important Upcoming Dates

  • Now: Registration for the 2016 Summer Semester is open. Summer is a great way to catch up or get ahead!
  • April 4 - 8: Spring Break
  • May 4 -5: Final Exams
  • May 6 : Last day of school
  • May 12: Final grades released
  • June 6: 6-week Summer Session begins
  • June 10: Last day to pay for Summer courses
  • June 13: 5-week Summer Session Begins
  • July 14: Final Exams
  • July 15: All classes end
  • July 21: Final Grades Released