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  • Trimester 3, week ending March 27, 2020

    Posted by Cindy Leaman on 3/27/2020

    Good Evening,

     

    This is the end of the second week of Trimester 3.  I hope you are healthy and now adjusted to the new environment of “schooling remotely”.  Everyone has been sheltering in place for two weeks now.  Next week is officially “Spring Break”.  For most, this will still feel the same as travel is restricted.  But remember it is time for a Break!  For those industrious students, all courses offer by Ann Arbor Public Schools and through Edgenuity will be open during the break; however, they will not be supported by staff.  The staff will also be on break from 3 pm today, Friday, March 27 until April 6.  The staff will return emails on April 6, 2020.  Students taking any non-AAPS course, including Michigan Virtual, will have course availability during this time posted by that provider in the course. 

     

    Everyone should have completed the Virtual Orientation (located in the classroom) and completed the Wednesday Moodle Check-in for weeks 1 & 2.  There will be no required Wednesday Moodle Check-in next week during Spring Break.  The next Wednesday Moodle Check-in will be on Wednesday, April 8, 2020.  All the other Wednesday Weekly Moodle Check-ins will logically occur on Wednesday each week.  The Moodle Check-in will open at 12:01 am and close at 11:59 pm each Wednesday.  Students are expected to complete this activity every week.  The fifth time a student misses this Wednesday Weekly Moodle Check-in Activity the overall grade will be by 1/3.  This means that the student who would have an “A” would only receive an “A-“.  This was covered in the virtual orientation.

     

    We have a set of expectations for students, staff, and parents.  If you haven’t reviewed them please click this link

    Upcoming Dates:

    NO PROCTORING until school resumes in buildings

    March 30 - April 3 –Spring Break, classes not monitored by teachers but open for students, no Weekly Moodle Check-in this week.

    April 8 - Weekly Moodle Check-in due

    Tentative Dates (dependent on school buildings reopening):

    April 28 – Parent Teacher Conference Skyline Commons 5:00-6:30 pm (proctoring open)

    April 29- Parent-Teacher Conferences – by Zoom invite 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

    May 5 – Proctoring Center closed, no school

    June 4 - Last day to return paperwork for an extension

    June 11 – Last day of the term, classes close

     

     

    I hope you are able to squeeze in some fun activities during your staycation this Spring Break.   Keep safe and healthy, be cautious, and take care-

     

    Cindy Leaman

     

     

    Quick Reference:

    Link to 2019-20 Parent Online Guide

    Link to IEP/504/ATM Guidelines

    Drop-In/Proctoring Centers: On hold until school buildings reopen:

    Tuesday:  4:30-7:00 PM Skyline HS Media Center

    Thursday: arrive between 7:15-8:15 AM Balas (2555 S. State St.)

     

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  • Trimester 3, week ending March 20, 2020

    Posted by Cindy Leaman on 3/20/2020

    Good Evening,

     

    This is the end of the first week of Trimester 3.  Welcome to A2Virtual+ online learning. I hope everyone is healthy and beginning to figure out how to “school remotely”.  Those of you who have been taking online classes prior to this have an advantage.  You have already learned how to pace, access material, and study independently. You can use these skills to your advantage when your classroom teacher sends you work.   As far as online courses go, you will not receive any special instruction from us.  Everything is presented in the online classroom.   Students are expected to work in their online courses the same as when school was in session only the location of online learning has changed.  Independent learning has been a norm for our students since we began in 2013.  Due to school buildings being closed our orientations were sent virtually.  All students are expected to watch the orientations and complete the Weekly Moodle Assignment for weeks 1 & 2. Any questions regarding the orientation should be directed to the instructor (listed in the A2V tab in PowerSchool).  After the orientation and completion of the Weekly Moodle Assignment, students should have begun the course with the “Getting Started” section.  We have extended the drop deadline for online class until Monday, March 23, 2020. The last day to add a trimester class is today, Friday, March 20, 2020. 

     

    The great news is that many of you have been working ahead and have turned in more than the average number of assignments.  We are all proud of the effort you have put forth and the way you have adjusted to this environment.   For those of you who are thinking this is like a “snow day”, please know that everyone is expected to work in their courses a minimum 7 hours a week.  The average online course takes 100 hours to complete.  Students will learn all the material presented, there is not a reduction in content.  There will not be an extension for courses due to the school closing for COVID-19.  Our courses are open 24/7 and can be accessed at any time or place that has internet.  Students will still have the requirement of proctoring a minimum of two exams; the only change is that the proctoring will not be available until after the school buildings reopen.   In the interim, students can work more than just 7 hours in the course(s) they can actually finish everything except the proctored tests.  The proctored tests can be taken once school buildings reopen.  Working ahead in the online course will lessen the school work load from the building instructors once schools reopen.

     

    If your child doesn’t have regular access to a computer or internet, be sure to contact the administrator of the building where the student attends.  Arrangements are being made through the school buildings to help students with this need. Students must have computer and internet access to complete an online course.  Not having access is not an acceptable reason for withdrawing.  Please contact your building administrator now if you need a computer or internet access.

     

     

    Upcoming Dates:

    NO PROCTORING until school resumes in buildings

    No later than March 30- Wednesday Weekly Moodle due (part of the virtual orientation)

    March 30 - April 3 –Spring Break, classes not monitored by teachers but open for students, no Weekly Moodle Check-in this week, next Wednesday Weekly Moodle is due April 8, 2020.

    Tentative Dates (dependent on school buildings reopening):

    April 28 – Parent Teacher Conference Skyline Commons 5:00-6:30 pm (proctoring open)

    April 29- Parent-Teacher Conferences – by Zoom invite 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

    May 5 – Proctoring Center closed, no school

    June 4 - Last day to return paperwork for an extension

    June 11 – Last day of the term, classes close

     

    Parent/Student Note for the week:

    In Trimester online classes, students are expected to work an average of 7-10 hours each week. This time represents the 70 minutes a class would be meeting in school, plus homework. In this unique situation of remote learning, students should plan a schedule that will include working each day for about 1.5 hours.  Another way would be to work for 3 hours every other day.  If the student doesn’t use his/her time while at home, they add 7 hours for each week missed on to future weeks.  Each time a student logs into the online class it is time-stamped.  We can tell if a student is working and at what time.  We can also tell when a student is logging in but not working.  If your child’s teacher sends a note stating that the student is not working this is based on empirical evidence.  There is no mistake or computer error.  As a parent, the tendency is to believe our children when they say they are doing something but I assure you that if the teacher contacts you, it is because your child is not working.  Most courses have a parent report but they require a positive affirmation sent by email that you want to receive the reports.  The teacher can reset the request if you missed it.  The reports will outline the work completed, whether s/he is on pace, and the quality of the work.  If your student is in one of our few courses that don’t send a parent report yet, you should ask your child for their login and password or have them show you the internal grade book at least once a week.  Our teachers update PowerSchool every week.  If you think there is a discrepancy please email the instructor immediately (listed in PowerSchool under the A2V tab).  Actually, feel free to email the instructor anytime you have a question or concern, we are here to see that your child is successful and want to partner with you. 

     

    While we continue in a remote learning environment, teachers will be holding office hours and we are encouraging students to access the link in the classrooms and/or as sent by email.

     

    AAPS Online Courses:

    Students should have received an email from their instructor with stated office hours.  Use this time to ask questions or seek help.  It is also a great opportunity to connect not only with the instructor but with other students.  Course content is fully functioning and can be accessed 24/7.

     

    Michigan Virtual or other Courses:

    These courses are also continuing and fully functional.  Students are to work each day in the content and contact the content instructor listed in your course if a question arises.  Our AAPS mentors (listed in PowerSchool) will continue to monitor your progress and update PowerSchool.   If your child cannot get a hold of the instructor for his/her course, s/he should contact the AAPS mentor and they will help out.

     

    A2Virtual+ Advisory Board

    I am still in need of parents to join our Board.  Please consider helping us out.  A2Virtual+ has an Advisory Board that meets twice a year.  Our next meeting is April 16 from 11 am – 1 pm.  Volunteer Board members should be available to commit for two years, through June 2021.  Next year A2Virtual+ will be reviewed for Cognia accreditation (formerly AdVancED) and board members will need to participate.  We have parent members as part of our board.  We now have two openings.  If you would like to volunteer to be on the A2Virtual Advisory Board, please submit your self-nomination here.  We are adding student members and looking for at least one student to represent grades 5-8 and another from high school.  If you are currently in grade 5-11 and would like to participate, please nominate yourself here.  Nominations will be open through April 5.  I hope that you would consider being a valued member of our Advisory Board.

     

     

     

    At the bottom of each of the School Messenger I send is a link to the 2019-2020 Parent Online Guide and IEP/504/ATM guidelines and a reminder of the regularly scheduled proctoring centers.

     

    On behalf of the entire A2Virtual+ staff, thank you for taking an online class with A2Virtual+.  We encourage you to reach out to us with any questions or concerns.  Keep safe and healthy, be cautious and remember to practice social distancing.

     

     

    Cindy Leaman

     

     

    Quick Reference:

    Link to 2019-20 Parent Online Guide

    Link to IEP/504/ATM Guidelines

    Drop-In/Proctoring Centers: On hold until school buildings reopen:

    Tuesday:  4:30-7:00 PM Skyline HS Media Center

    Thursday: arrive between 7:15-8:15 AM Balas (2555 S. State St.)

     

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  • Trimester 3, welcome

    Posted by Cindy Leaman on 3/13/2020 5:00:00 PM

    Welcome to A2Virtual+-

    Monday, March 16 is the first day of Trimester 3.  As we look at the next two weeks that the school district buildings are closed due to COVID-19 please be assured that the online classes will remain open and available to students.  As always, you can expect exceptional support from our awesome staff.  Students will still have to have a minimum of two proctor exams; the only change will be that proctoring will not be available until school resumes.  Students should continue to work in their courses a minimum of 7-9 hours a week.  Students can work more in the course(s) up to finishing everything except the proctored tests.  The proctored tests can be taken once schools are back in session.  Working ahead in the online course will lessen the school load once schools resume sessions.

     

    Upcoming Dates:

    March 13-April 5- NO PROCTORING

    March 20 – Last day to drop or add an online course

    March 13-March 27- Schools closed work on your courses at home

    March 17 – Information Night has been canceled.  See the message below.

    March 30-April 3 – No proctoring Spring Break, classes available but not monitored by teachers

    April 28 – Parent Teacher Conference Skyline Commons 5:00-6:30 pm (proctoring open)

    April 29- Parent-Teacher Conferences – by Zoom invite 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

    May 5 – Proctoring Center closed, no school

    June 11 – Last day of the term, classes close

     

     

    Parent and Student Note for the week:

    Please be productive with the time that has been gifted to you over the next few weeks.  The online course is available and the complete course can be accessed from day one.  Everyone should open their course on Monday, March 16 and begin with the virtual orientation which has a culminating activity that shows attendance.  Then progress with the “starting your class” activities.  Keep in close contact with your instructor.  If you use your time wisely and progress to the mid-point proctored assignment, know that this can be taken once schools reopen and the proctoring sessions begin.  However, you don’t have to stop.  The online course has what is called free movement.  Even though you won’t be able to take a proctored exam, you can move ahead in the course.  In fact, you can complete the entire course except for the proctored activities.  Doing this will lighten your course load when you return to classes in the building.   You will find links to our two handbooks/guides at the bottom of each email from me along with the scheduled proctoring sessions for each week.  I also suggest that you familiarize yourself with our policies.  Parents can find a copy of the weekly email under the parent tab on our webpage.  Lastly, all dates related to the online course, proctoring, meetings, etc. can be found above in my email and more details can be found on our webpage.  Remember, that if you don’t find that online learning fits your learning style you only have until March 20 to make any changes.  March 20 is the last day to add or drop an online course for Trimester 3. If you do not intend to take the online course, you must complete a drop form and return it signed to a2vregistration@a2school.org by March 20.

    Summer Term information is now on our webpage under the new student tab.  The scheduled informational meeting on March 17, 2020, at Skyline in the auditorium from 6:30-7:30 pm has been canceled.  We will be offering a recorded presentation and there will be a Zoom Q & A session.  We will notify you when this has been set up.  Students will be able to sign up beginning May 1, 2020.  There is a limit to the number of students we accept in each class during the summer term.  Class enrollment is on a first come first serve basis.  The summer term is 5 weeks, from June 29-July 31.  Students who are going on vacation or going away to camp during this time should not take a summer class.  There are no extensions or withdrawals and the final grade will go on the transcript.  You must also be in town for the proctoring. 

    A2Virtual+ Advisory Board

    A2Virtual+ has an Advisory Board that meets twice a year.  Our next meeting is April 16 from 11 am – 1 pm.  Volunteers should be available to commit for two years, through June 2021.  Next year A2Virtual+ will be reviewed for Cognia accreditation (formerly AdVancED) and board members will need to participate.  We have parent members as part of our board.  We now have two openings.  If you would like to volunteer to be on the A2Virtual Advisory Board, please submit your self-nomination here.  We are adding student members and looking for at least one student to represent grades 5-8 and another from high school.  If you are currently in grade 5-11 and would like to participate, please nominate yourself here.  Nominations will be open through April 5.  I hope that you would consider being a valued member of our Advisory Board.

     

    Take care, stay healthy, and have a great, productive week- 

    Cindy Leaman

     

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