Principal Weekly News for Semester Courses

  • News for the week ending January 8, 2021

    Posted by Cindy Leaman on 1/8/2021 5:00:00 PM

    Good Evening,

    We are concluding week 15 for Semester 1.  As of today, students should be at approximately 85% in the course regarding work completed and submitted.   

    Upcoming Important Dates:

    January 15, 2021- NEXT FRIDAY, Last day of classes for Michigan Virtual Advanced Placement (AP) courses and the second semester for the Michigan Virtual AP classes begin January 15, 2021, as well.

    January 15, 2021NEXT FRIDAY, Last day to request an extension.  (A2V extension policy)

    January 22, 2021 – Last day for Michigan Virtual courses (non-AP) and second semester Michigan Virtual course beginning January 22, 2021, as well.

    January 28, 2021Last day of Semester 1, courses close at 11:59 pm and no work will be accepted after the courses close unless the student has an approved extension.  Verbal extension agreements with an instructor will not be honored.

    February 1, 2021 – First day of Semester 2

    February 9, 2021 – Last day to drop/add for Semester 2

    Academic Dishonesty and Plagiarism ALERT-

    Students and parents, please be aware that plagiarism/academic dishonesty becomes more prevalent as we come closer and closer to the end of the term.  Students who are behind the pace and are trying to complete work sometimes look for a short cut.  If a student submits work that is not his/hers, doesn’t cite sources in a paper, or uses a translator in a world language class for entire passages s/he will receive a zero on that assignment.  The teachers will then double-check previously submitted work for other infractions once plagiarism is detected.  In addition, if this occurs a second time, after being warned, the students will receive an “E” in the class.  Students will not receive “NC/NM” for no credit but an actual “E” that affects the GPA.  It is important to know what is and what isn’t plagiarism.  Here is a link to a good website devoted to plagiarism.   Students can check their work with the use of a free plagiarism checker.  There are many out there and you can find them by simply Googling.  However, to save time, here is a link to one.  Remember that it is always better to get a lower grade on your own work than to get a “0” for work that isn’t yours!

    Parent Note for the week-

    A2Virtual+ has an extension policy.  In its short form, there are two criteria to request an extension. 

    • The first criteria is that the student has to have earned between 45-59% of the total points in the course at the time of the request. Students who are at 60% or greater are not granted an extension.
    • The second and extremely important criteria involve consistently working in the course. We usually define consistently as working 5 or more hours each and every week outside of any breaks.   However, I have changed this requirement during the pandemic so that students who have worked 60% of the time can still apply.  We usually state that an online course takes 100 hours so the student should have worked approximately 55 hours when they apply. 

    Students who meet both criteria can request an extension.  Extensions have to be submitted to me no later than the end of the day on Friday, January 15, 2021.  Students can fill out the extension form which is linked on the website under the registration tab.  The extension form will be mailed to the student’s email that is entered on the form.  Attached to the form is a work plan.  The work plan is very important.  We ask the student to complete the work plan as we want it to be reasonable and doable for the student.  They know their limitations and also because if they don’t stick to the plan we close the course after the first week of the plan.  The plan needs to be detailed:  include the number of topics, chapter names, assignment names, etc.  Don’t just put an arrow through several days with a unit name.  Be honest as to what work will be done each day.  We want the student to think through a workable plan.  You as parent/guardian will e-sign the request so before you do, look it over and ask any questions that will help your child reflect.  

    Once students reach over 60% in the total course they will have earned credit and will receive a “G” or “S” grade (HS/MS).  Full grades will be earned once a student achieves 70%.   

    Thank you-

    Cindy Leaman

    Principal, A2Virtual+ Secondary Academy

     

    QUICK REFERENCE:

    A2virtual.org website for A2Virtual

    2020-2021 Parent Online Guide

    IEP/504/ATM Guide

    Previous Principal Emails

    Contacts:  Please contact us through email for assistance:

    The instructor as listed in PowerSchool or Schoology – questions regarding the content

    A2virtual@aaps.k12.mi.us – general questions

    wrightn@aaps.k12.mi.us – Nicki Wright – OP, general student, and office-related questions

    loeb@aaps.k12.mi.us Allan Loeb – Middle School counseling questions or concerns

    didlakef@aaps.k12.mi.us  Freda Didlake – High School counseling questions or concerns

    lauera@aaps.k12.mi.us Anthony Lauer – technical questions

    leamanc@aaps.k12.mi.us Cindy Leaman – administrative questions or assistance for concerns not addressed above

    Registration for Winter Term is Now Open

    Registration is now open for Semester 2, Winter 2021

    Here are the links for the various registration forms:

    High School Registration

    Middle School Registration

    Math Acceleration Registration

    Students in Grades 5-8 participating in Math Acceleration with ALEKS:

    Students in grades 5-8 participating with Math Acceleration using the ALEKS software only register when the student is completing the 2nd checklist related to Test 2.

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  • News for the week ending December 18, 2020

    Posted by Cindy Leaman on 12/18/2020 5:00:00 PM

    Good Evening,

    We are concluding week 14 for Semester 1.  As of today, students should be at approximately 78% in the course regarding work completed and submitted.   We highly recommend that students who are behind pace use some of the winter break to close the gap before school resumes on January 4, 2021. 

    Today we say good-bye to Claudia Siewert who served as our counselor sub for High School students.  She will be pursuing other endeavors.  We will miss her but send her off with good wishes.  When we return from Winter Break Freda Didlake (didlakef@aaps.k12.mi.us) will be joining us as the high school counselor.  Freda retired from AAPS and comes to us with a wealth of experience.  Please join me in giving her a warm welcome.

    Upcoming Important Dates:

    Ongoing registration for Semester 2 – AP Courses with MVU is closed.  All science courses are close to closing.

    December 17, 2020 – Was the last day to withdraw from a course (A2V withdrawal policy). The ability to withdraw is now closed but students who achieve less than 60% will be given NC. 

    December 19, 2020 - January 3, 2021Winter Break, Instructors are on break too!  AAPS courses are open but not teacher-supported for students who wish to catch-up or move ahead. 

    December 25, 2020 - January 1, 2021 - Michigan Virtual closes access to students from December 25-January 1.  All courses will be offline during this time.

    January 15, 2021- Last day of classes for Michigan Virtual Advanced Placement (AP) courses and the second semester for the Michigan Virtual AP classes begin January 15, 2021, as well.

    January 15, 2021 – Last day to request an extension.  (A2V extension policy)

    January 22, 2021 – Last day for Michigan Virtual courses (non-AP) and second semester Michigan Virtual course beginning January 22, 2021, as well.

    January 28, 2021 –Last day of Semester 1, courses close at 11:59 pm and no work will be accepted after the courses close unless the student has an approved extension.  Verbal agreements with an instructor will not be honored.

    February 1, 2021 – First day of Semester 2.

    GRADING QUICK REFERENCE:

    WITHDRAWING FROM A COURSE(S) – The final day for making a request was yesterday, Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020.   Students who have made a request will hear from Cindy Leaman by email if the course will be withdrawn. 

    EXTENSIONS - Complete the Extension Request form and workplan between January 11-15, 2021.  Cindy Leaman will approve all requests through email that meet the criteria listed in the policy.   See link above.

    NO CREDIT/NO MARK and G/S – NO REQUEST from parent or student required.  ALL students who earn a grade of 0%-59% in their course will receive a mark of “NC” in a high school course or “NM” in a middle school course.  ALL students who earn a grade of 60%-69% will receive a grade of “G” for a high school course and a grade of “S” for a middle school course.  Students who earn a grade of 70% or greater will receive the respective letter grade.

    Parent Note for the week-

    Winter break is a time for staff and students to unplug.  If a student is on pace it is important that they use this gift of time to relax and recharge.  Online learning can be very intense and demand a lot of screen time while working.  We want students to enjoy their time off.  It is good to find a public spot in the house to use as a coral for all electronic devices during the break.  This will help you monitor screen time.  Encourage your child(ren) to read, play board games, go outside, find something to do that is not related to a screen. 

     

    However, if your child needs to catch up with work, have them schedule a specific time to work.  Building a schedule of time to dedicate to classwork is the best method of being successful.  Using an open-ended statement of “complete 10 assignments before January 4” is not a plan.  Help your child be successful by determining a suitable time to work, a place in the house that will be distraction-free, and a plan for what should be accomplished.  If the student is working and needs a test unlocked but the instructor is unavailable, the student can still move ahead to another unit and do work there until the instructor is available.  Know that there is always something to do in the course.  Even if a student is behind, they should not be working 6 hours every day.  This is a break.

     

    A2Virtual+ staff will be unplugged during the Winter Break.  Thank you for understanding that they will not be available to answer emails or unlock tests.  I appreciate your support of their need for time away from work as well.

     

    May you enjoy your time off, make the best of the time with family and friends.  Happy New Year.  We will be back online beginning January 4, 2021.

     

    Thank you,

    Cindy Leaman

    Principal, A2Virtual+ Secondary Academy

     

    QUICK REFERENCE:

    A2virtual.org website for A2Virtual

    2020-2021 Parent Online Guide

    IEP/504/ATM Guide

    Previous Principal Emails

    Contacts:  Please contact us through email for assistance:

    The instructor as listed in PowerSchool or Schoology – questions regarding the content

    A2virtual@aaps.k12.mi.us – general questions

    wrightn@aaps.k12.mi.us – Nicki Wright – OP, general student, and office-related questions

    loeb@aaps.k12.mi.us Allan Loeb – Middle School counseling questions or concerns

    siewert@aaps.k12.mi.us Claudia Siewert – High School counseling questions or concerns

    lauera@aaps.k12.mi.us Anthony Lauer – technical questions

    leamanc@aaps.k12.mi.us Cindy Leaman – administrative questions or assistance for concerns not addressed above

    Registration for Winter Term is Now Open

    Registration is now open for Semester 2, Winter 2021

    Here are the links for the various registration forms:

    High School Registration

    Middle School Registration

    Math Acceleration Registration

    Students in Grades 5-8 participating in Math Acceleration with ALEKS:

    Students in grades 5-8 participating with Math Acceleration using the ALEKS software only register when the student is completing the 2nd checklist related to Test 2.

     

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  • Important Notes for the week ending Dec. 11, 2020

    Posted by Cindy Leaman on 12/11/2020 5:00:00 PM

    Good Evening,

    We are concluding week 13 for Semester 1.  As of today, students should be at approximately 73% in the course with work completed and submitted.   There are very important notes that should be read thoroughly this week.

    IMPORTANT CHANGES IN GRADING FOR 2020-2021 SCHOOL YEAR:

    With recognition that the COVID-19 pandemic is creating inequitable circumstances for students to pursue their coursework and demonstrate their learning, we are creating a modified version of the traditional grading scale. Our hope is that this change will help to support the well-being and success of learners, maintain the academic integrity of our programs, and stay true to our values. For the semester and quarter grades during the 2020-2021 school year, high schools and middle schools will use a modified version of the traditional grading scale. Students who earn a D+, D, or D- grade for the final semester grade (HS) and quarter grade (MS) will receive a G (credit) for high school courses and an S (credit) for middle school courses. A high school student who earns an E grade will receive an NC (no credit) and a middle school student who earns an E grade will receive a NM (no mark). For complete details and FAQs, please click HERE.

     

    A2 Virtual+ courses will be flexible with grading and withdrawing from courses, as well. A student must have a minimum of 60% in the course to earn a G grade. A student may request a 2-week extension on the semester so long as they are at a minimum of 45% in the course. The deadline to request an extension is January 15, 2021. It is important to note that there are NO extensions for Michigan Virtual courses. A student may withdraw from a first-semester course up to December 17, 2020. All grading and withdrawal decisions must be approved by A2V administration, Cindy Leaman (leamanc@aaps.k12.mi.us). A parent/guardian/student should contact the A2V+ counselors – Ms. Siewert, HS counselor for A2V+ (siewert@aaps.k12.mi.us) or Mr. Loeb, MS counselor for A2V+ (loeb@aaps.k12.mi.us).

    Students in Math Acceleration (Grades 5-8)

    Extensions are NOT allowed for the 5th-Grade students in their first math course of the year, Math 6A.  Fifth-grade students who do not complete Math 6A by January 28, 2021, will need to meet with Cindy Leaman to discuss moving back to A2 Classroom Connect. This is a requirement that was stated in the contract which parents signed at the beginning of the year.   Your child’s current math teacher should be contacted if you have questions about your child’s pacing or progress. Students who have begun any additional coursework beyond Math 6A will NOT need an extension as the teacher will manage the transitions between terms.  All questions should be directed to the current math instructor.

     

    GRADING QUICK REFERENCE:

    WITHDRAWING FROM A COURSE(S) – Complete the request to withdraw on or before Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020.   Cindy Leaman will approve by email if the course can be withdrawn.

    EXTENSIONS - Complete the Extension Request form and workplan between January 11-15, 2021.  Cindy Leaman will approve all requests through email that meet the criteria listed in the policy. 

    NO CREDIT/NO MARK and G/S – NO REQUEST from parent or student required.  ALL students who earn a grade of 0%-59% in their course will receive a mark of “NC” in a high school course or “NM” in a middle school course.  ALL students who earn a grade of 60%-69% will receive a grade of “G” for a high school course and a grade of “S” for a middle school course.  Students who earn a grade of 70% or greater will receive the respective letter grade.

     

    Upcoming Important Dates:

    Ongoing registration for Semester 2 – AP Courses with MVU are closed.

    December 17, 2020 – Last day to withdraw from a course (A2V withdrawal policy)

    December 19, 2020 - January 3, 2021—Winter Break, Instructors are on break too!  AAPS courses are open but not teacher-supported for students who wish to catch-up or move ahead.

    January 15, 2021 – Last day to request an extension.  (A2V extension policy)

    January 28, 2021 –Last day of Semester 1, courses close at 11:59 pm and no work will be accepted after the courses close unless the student has an approved extension.  Verbal agreements with an instructor will not be honored.

    February 1, 2021 – First day of Semester 2.

    Parent Note for the week-

    Are you aware that all School Messenger Notes are listed on the A2Virtual.org website for reference?  You can find them under the “For Parents” tab.

    Thank you,

    Cindy Leaman

    Principal, A2Virtual+ Secondary Academy

     

    QUICK REFERENCE:

    A2virtual.org website for A2Virtual

    2020-2021 Parent Online Guide

    IEP/504/ATM Guide

    Contacts:  Please contact us through email for assistance:

    The instructor as listed in PowerSchool or Schoology – questions regarding the content

    A2virtual@aaps.k12.mi.us – general questions

    wrightn@aaps.k12.mi.us – Nicki Wright – OP, general student and office related questions

    loeb@aaps.k12.mi.us Allan Loeb – Middle School counseling questions or concerns

    siewert@aaps.k12.mi.us Claudia Siewert – High School counseling questions or concerns

    lauera@aaps.k12.mi.us Anthony Lauer – technical questions

    leamanc@aaps.k12.mi.us Cindy Leaman – administrative questions or assistance for concerns not addressed above

    Registration for Winter Term is Now Open

    Registration is now open for Semester 2, Winter 2021

    Here are the links for the various registration forms:

    High School Registration

    Middle School Registration

    Math Acceleration Registration

    Students in Grades 5-8 participating in Math Acceleration with ALEKS:

    Students in grades 5-8 participating with Math Acceleration using the ALEKS software only register when the student is completing the 2nd checklist related to Test 2.

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