Welcome to GaVS!

Information for a Smooth Beginning of the Semester

Welcome to Georgia Virtual School!

I will be your student's Physical Science AB teacher. 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 have created a short video to give you an overview of what to expect. You can view the video by clicking on THIS LINK. If there are any questions as your student begins the course, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Taking a course online has many benefits. One benefit includes having multiple different opportunities to learn a concept. As students read through the content they can view videos, read scientific articles, do crossword puzzle reviews, and more. In addition, students have the opportunity to attend a live synchronous chat session held twice weekly. In these sessions, we review practice multiple choice problems, perform math calculations, listen to songs with concept specific information, and review essential concepts. If the student cannot attend, they can always listen to the recording. Online courses are rigorous, requiring student motivation and organization. It is imperative that the student print out their schedule and check off their assignments as they complete them. As the parent, you can support your student by asking them how they are doing with their assignment completion from week to week. Accountability is important for some students. In addition, students need to know to communicate with me as often as they need. If I don't hear from a student, I won't know how to help. I want each student to be successful and have a great experience in this course. I look forward to helping your student have a successful semester learning concepts of chemistry and physics.

Information Found in This Issue...

First Task: Complete the 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 first start date or one workday after the semester has begun on June 3, 2013.

Second Task: Selecting a Start Date

Students will select a start date of June 3 or June 10. Regardless of the start date, the course ends July 12, 2013. Student work is due daily by midnight. Check course schedules for specific due dates. Work turned in after the deadline on the course schedule will be accepted within 2 school days with a late penalty assessed. If work is due on Friday, the late penalty begins on Saturday and is deducted at a rate of 25% of the assignment value per school day. Work submitted on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday is considered 1 day late.

Third Task: Jump into the Course & Get Working!

Important Information for Parents

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.

If you already have a parent account please do NOT create a new one.

1) Please check to see that your parent account is linked to your student’s account.

2) For more information click Help on the Log in page or click this link.

If you are uncertain about whether you have a parent account or not,

1) Log in to GAVS at www.gavirtualschool.org and at the Log In page type in your username and password.

2) For more information click Help at the top of the Log In page or click the following link. http://helpdesk.gavirtuallearning.org/support/index.php?/Knowledgebase/List/Index/14/gavs-parent-info

*Information for parents who have NEVER created a parent account.

1) Login to our website www.gavirtualschool.org

2) Click the “Log In To GAVS” icon

3) Click “Create An Account” from the navigation bar.

4) You will need to know your child’s GTID and date of birth.

5) Please follow the directions on the screen.

6) Be sure you have linked your parent account to your student’s account.

7) For more information simply click HELP at the top of the Log In page or click the following link. http://helpdesk.gavirtuallearning.org/support/index.php?/Knowledgebase/List/Index/14/gavs-parent-info

D2L Help Sessions for Students and Parents

Tuesday, June 4th, 11am

This is an online event.

Georgia Virtual School will have a D2L Help Sessions for students and parents on Adobe Connect on the following dates:

Tuesday, June 4 at 11AM

Thursday, June 6 at 7PM

Tuesday, June 11 at 11AM

Thursday, June 13 at 7PM

You will join by entering the meeting as a Guest. Your username is your first and last name. Here is the link to join each D2L Session:

Adobe D2L Help Classroom

The space for each session is limited. We ask everyone to join the session using only ONE computer at your home. If the session is full, the recording will be posted within the learning management system and you will have an opportunity to review the recording OR attend another upcoming meeting. The schoolwide D2L meetings are separate from individual Welcome sessions held by me. Please plan to attend the meeting with me as well. Details about the Physical Science Course Sessions are below.

Physical Science Synchronous Sessions

I will conduct synchronous classes with students twice per week Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. and Thursdays at 4:00 p.m. If students cannot attend a meeting, recordings will be posted on the Physical Science course homepage. This is an excellent opportunity to get questions answered concerning content as well as clarification on how to do specific assignments. These sessions are intended to be helpful and I welcome input from students as to what we should discuss. For more information on what to expect in these sessions, please click on THIS LINK.

Contact Me

If you have questions or concerns, feel free to email me or call me. I look forward to a wonderful semester!