Principal Weekly News for Semester Courses

  • Semester 1, week ending January 10, 2020

    Posted by Cindy Leaman on 1/10/2020

    Good Evening-

     

    This is week 16 for Semester 1.  I apologize in advance for the length of the message but there is a lot of information to convey.  I have created subtitle headings so you could skip a section if it doesn’t pertain to you.   There are approximately two weeks left in the term. Students are required to complete their online course by January 17 for Michigan Virtual AP classes or January 23, 2020, for all other courses.  This means that, at a minimum, students should be 100% complete with the course (except for the final and/or District Common Assessment whichever is the last test in their course) by January 20, 2020, so that the last test can be taken at one of the proctoring centers before the courses close.  Of course, we encourage students to finish early whenever possible and come to any proctoring session for their assessments

     

    AAPS Online Courses:

    Students taking an AAPS course that requires a District Common Assessment will need to plan for 1 hour and 45 minutes for the proctoring session.   It is one of the few timed tests we administer.   This means that the District Common Assessment is required to be taken at one of the outside of the school day locations.  We recommend that students take final and midpoint tests at the school building during one of the scheduled proctoring days if at all possible.  Skyline, Huron, and Pioneer will all have an afternoon session that runs until the end of the school day and the in-school finals are done earlier.  We will also have our regular proctoring centers on Tuesday at Skyline and Thursday at Balas.  Our calendar, located on our webpage, is updated to reflect the opportunities for proctoring with the exception of the middle school days and times which appear below.  Students need to plan accordingly.  We publish the end times for all sessions except Thursday mornings at Balas.  Students are responsible for arriving 1 hour and 50 minutes before the end of the session to take the District Common Assessment.  They should also plan accordingly for any other test as the closing time will not be extended.  

     

    Middle School students-

    Middle school students need to work out testing with Mrs. Howard or Mr. Ntezinde when taking any finals in the building.  A building schedule is shown below.  Per usual, middle school students must take the district common assessment at one of our scheduled proctoring centers.  The proctoring center on January 21 will be very crowded and it is best that math acceleration students who are ahead of pace plan to test at another time if at all possible

     

    Student-Athletes-

    This is an authorized academic activity and athletes are excused from practice when taking an exam.  If students have a practice they should take the exams on a non-conflicting day and time if they want to participate.  Otherwise, we recommend taking the online tests before heading off to practice or not going to practice for that day.  Remember we don’t extend the end time of the sessions.  If an athlete needs confirmation of the excused attendance please contact Cindy Leaman with the coach email and student name and she will send the confirmation.

     

    Upcoming Dates:

    January 14, 2020 – Beginning with this proctoring session, and through the end of the semester, we will not be able to offer help or allow students to attend for working purposes.  The proctoring centers will only be able to accommodate those who need a test proctored.

     

    January 16, 2020 – final day for qualified students to return signed paperwork for an extension if qualified.  

    (Only formal extensions, submitted in writing with a detailed work plan and approved by the principal, Cindy Leaman will be recognized.  A2Virtual+ does not accept or recognize verbal agreements.)

     

    January 17, 2020 - the final day to turn in work and all tests have to be completed for Michigan Virtual AP courses

     

    Thursday, January 23, 2020 – the final day to turn in work and take tests for all other semester courses, any work returned after 11:59 pm on January 23, 2020, will not be graded

     

    January 27, 2020 – Semester 2 begins.  Students intending to take an online course 2nd semester should register now.  

     

    Proctoring dates and times:

    At the following days and times, A2Virtual will not be able to offer help or allow students to attend for working purposes.  The proctoring centers will only be able to accommodate those who need a test proctored

    Students are to take tests at their own building.  Students will not be excused from classes to take tests outside of their dedicated online hour.

     

    1/9       8:00 - 11:00    Slauson

    1/9       12:00 - 3:00    Clague

    1/10     8:00 - 11:00    Tappan

    1/10     12:00 - 3:00    Forsythe

    1/13     8:00 - 3:00      Clague

    1/14     8:00 - 3:00      A2 STEAM

    1/14     4:30-7:00 pm  Skyline Library

    1/16     9:00 - 11:00    Clague

    1/16     12:00 - 3:00    Slauson

    1/16     Arrive between 7:15-8:15 am  Balas (2555 S. State St.)

    1/17     7:45 - 2:36      Huron Library (Middle)

    1/17     7:45 - 3:45      Pioneer Library Lab

    1/17     8:00 - 11:00    Forsythe       

    1/17     12:00 - 3:00    Tappan          

    1/21     8:00 - 3:00      A2 STEAM     

    1/21     4:30-7:00 pm Skyline Library

    1/22     8:30 - 3:30      AAOS

    1/23     Arrive between 7:15-8:15 am  Balas (2555 S. State St.)

    1/23     8:00 - 2:30      Community Media center Laptop

    1/23     7:45-2:00        Pioneer Library Lab

    1/23     7:45 - 2:36      Skyline Media center comp lab

    1/23     7:45 - 2:36      Huron Library (Middle)

    1/23     8:00 - 11:00    Slauson

    1/23     12:00 - 3:00    Clague

     

    AP- Michigan Virtual Online Students:

    Students taking AP online courses with Michigan Virtual should be registered for the next session no later than January 15, 2020.  The AP second semester session begins early, on January 18, 2020.  This is to allow students ample time to be completed and ready for the AP exams in May.

     

    Parent Note for the week: 

    Due to the high volume of students being proctored during the next two weeks, we highly suggest that students taking a math course bring their own calculator.  We have some available but will not be able to accommodate everyone.  Once our calculators are gone, students will be set up with a computer app calculator to use.

     

    We are nearing the end of the semester.   Hopefully, your child has been working consistently and turning in all the required assignments and tests according to the pacing guide.  If not, there is still time to obtain credit for the course if the student gets over 60% of the total points.  While this is not ideal, however, it will award the student credit.  Students then can take the course for a better grade if desired or if not the graduation requirement has been fulfilled.  Additionally, when a student fails an online class they cannot take another online class in the same content area for two years.  Keep your options open, pass your online class.

     

    Students who are behind are cautioned to not plagiarize when attempting to turn in a large amount of work.  Some credit for rushed original work is better than no credit for plagiarized work.

     

    Students are given an opportunity to complete a survey as the final Moodle Check-in.  Parents can click on this link to complete a short survey.  Your opinion is valuable to us and we hope you will take a few minutes to share.

     

    On behalf of the entire A2Virtual+ staff, thank you for taking an online class with A2Virtual.

     

    Cindy Leaman

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  • Semester 1, week ending December 20, 2019

    Posted by Cindy Leaman on 12/20/2019

    Good Evening

    This is the end of week 15 of Semester 1.  We are on break for the next two weeks.  The next proctoring session will be on January 7, 2020, at Skyline.

    All students are required to complete their online courses by January 23, 2020.  This means that students should be 100% complete with the course (except for the final and/or District Common Assessment whichever is the last test in their course) by January 17, 2020, so that the last test can be taken at one of the proctoring centers during the week of January 20, 2020.   Remember that students have to have 1 hour and 45 minutes for the District Common Assessments.  It is one of the few timed tests we administer.   This means that the District Common Assessment is required to be taken at one of the outside of the school day locations.  We recommend that students take tests at the school building during one of the scheduled proctoring days if at all possible.  Skyline, Huron, and Pioneer will all have an afternoon session that runs until the end of the school day and the in-school finals are done earlier.  Our calendar will be updated in January to reflect the opportunities for proctoring.  Students need to plan accordingly.  Middle school students need to work out testing with Mrs. Howard when taking any finals.  Per usual, middle school students must take the district common assessment at one of our scheduled proctoring centers.  The proctoring center on January 21 will be very crowded and it is best that math acceleration students plan to test at another time if at all possible.

    Upcoming Dates:

    December 23-27, 2019:  Michigan Virtual Blackboard System will not be available.

    January 8, 2020 – Moodle Check-ins resume

    January 16, 2020 – the final day to return signed paperwork for an extension if qualified.  Only formal extensions, submitted in writing with a detailed work plan and approved by the principal, Cindy Leaman will be recognized.  A2Virtual+ does not accept or recognize verbal agreements. 

    Thursday, January 23, 2020 – the final day to turn in work and take tests for the semester, any work returned after 11:59 pm on January 23, 2020, will not be graded.

    January 27, 2020 – Semester 2 begins.  Students intending to take an online course 2nd semester should register now. 

    Moodle Check-in:

    There will be no Moodle Check-ins required during Winter Break.  The next required check-in is Wednesday, January 8, 2019.

    AP- Michigan Virtual Online Students:

    Students taking AP online courses with Michigan Virtual should be registered for the next session no later than January 15, 2020.  The AP second semester session begins early, on January 18, 2020.  This is to allow students ample time to be completed and ready for the AP exams in May.

    Parent Note for the week:

    Michigan Virtual shuts down its courses from December 23-27, 2019.  A notice was given to students early in the course.  This notice serves as a reminder.  Ann Arbor Public School courses will remain open but are not instructor supported during the break, Dec. 21, 2019 - January 5, 2020.  This means that teachers have limited access to email and response time can be as long as January 6, 2020.  However, we leave the courses open for students to work in them so that those who are behind can catch up when there are not as many academic demands on their schedule. 

    Reminder:  We are nearing the end of the semester.   Hopefully, your child has been working consistently and turning in all the required assignments and tests according to the pacing guide.  If not, there is still time to catch up if the students begin to put in quality time and effort. Online courses have a simple formula:  time on task.   When a student falls behind it is often due to the fact that they haven’t used the dedicated online hour at school that is provided daily in the schedule.  Using the dedicated online hour during school will provide approximately 4-5 hours of work time each week.  To be on pace students should commit 6-7 hours each week to the online course; or more for a student who works more slowly. Students were expected to have worked 70 or more hours to-date.  If a student hasn’t put in this amount of they will need to devise a schedule to increase their time at the task over the next 5 weeks.   A common pitfall that students that have not kept pace fall into is to look for shortcuts to complete assignments.  The worse short-cut a student can take is to try to copy work from a source or other student.  When discovered the student will receive a zero on the assignment and the teacher will go back and review all other assignments for other instances of academic dishonesty.  It is always better to receive partial credit for the student’s own work than to receive a zero for academic dishonesty.  Another problem that occurs when a student isn’t current on the pacing guide is cramming the work and not really learning.  Work turned in during the last two weeks of the term should not have an expectation of being graded and returned.  Additionally, and more importantly, students sacrifice the feedback they would have received from the teacher had they turned the assignments in on time. 

    On behalf of the A2Virtual+ staff, we wish you and yours a healthy, happy, safe, and relaxing break.

     

    Happy New Year!

    Cindy Leaman

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  • Semester 1, week ending December 13, 2019

    Posted by Cindy Leaman on 12/13/2019 5:00:00 PM

    Good Evening

    This is the end of week 14 of Semester 1.  There is one more week before winter break. We will have both proctoring sessions next week, Tuesday, December 17, 2019, at Skyline (4:30-7:00 pm) and Thursday, December 19, 2019, at Balas with arrival between 7:15-8:15 am.  After December 19, 2019, the next proctoring session will be on January 7, 2020, at Skyline.

    All students are required to complete their online courses by January 23, 2020.  This means that students should be 100% complete with the course (except for the final or District Common Assessment whichever is the last test in their course) by January 17, 2020, so that the last test can be taken at one of the proctoring centers during the week of January 20, 2020.

    Upcoming Dates:

    Middle School Math students only- Dec. 17-  Math Club will be meeting at Skyline’s media center at 6 pm.

    January 16, 2020 – the final day to return signed paperwork for an extension if qualified.  Only formal extensions submitted in writing with a detailed work plan and approved by the principal, Cindy Leaman will be recognized.  We do not accept or recognize verbal agreements. 

    January 23, 2020 – the final day to turn in work and take tests for the semester, any work returned after 11:59 pm on January 23, 2020, will not be graded.

    Change to Building Liaison days and personnel:

    Due to the enrollment number increases for Trimester 2, we have made the following changes to our building liaisons.  Students who cannot attend a scheduled time for the building liaison at their school can attend the Skyline Tuesday Drop-Ins (4:30-7:00 pm) or the Thursday mornings at Balas (7:15 am-8:15 am arrival).  Other questions should be directed to the teacher or mentor assigned to the student.

    High Schools-

    Community (Thursdays) and Skyline (Tuesdays):  Simon Ntezinde – (ntezinde@a2school.org),

    Huron:  Jen Durell – (durellj@a2schools.org), (Tuesday) and De’Marko Thurman (Thursday) thurmand@aaps.k12.mi.us

    Pioneer:  Bruce Geffen (Mondays) and Melissa Poli (Thursdays) –  (geffen@a2school.org, polim@a2schools.org) Please note that this is a reduction at Pioneer from 3 days to 2.

    Middle Schools-

    Clague:  Monday all day (Mrs. Howard howardj@aaps.k12.mi.us)

    STEAM: Tuesday all day (Mrs. Howard howardj@aaps.k12.mi.us)

    Slauson:  Thursday alternating AM and PM (Mrs. Howard howardj@aaps.k12.mi.us)

    Tappan and Forsythe: Friday alternating AM and PM (Mrs. Howard howardj@aaps.k12.mi.us)

    Scarlett as needed on Thursdays alternating with Slauson (Mrs. Howard howardj@aaps.k12.mi.us)

    Ann Arbor Open- Fridays (Simon Ntezinde ntezinde@aaps.k12.mi.us)

    Parent Note for the week:

    We are nearing the end of the semester.   Hopefully, your child has been working consistently and turning in all the required assignments and tests according to the pacing guide.  If not, there is still time to catch up if the students begin to put in quality time and effort. On line, courses have a simple formula:  time on task.   When a student falls behind it is often due to the fact that they haven’t used the dedicated online hour at school that is provided daily in the schedule.  Using the dedicated online hour during school will provide approximately 4-5 hours of work time each week.  To be on pace students should commit 6-7 hours each week to the online course; or more for a student who works more slowly. Students were expected to have worked 70 or more hours to-date.  If a student hasn’t put in this amount of they will need to devise a schedule to increase their time at task over the next 5 weeks.   A common pitfall that students that have not kept pace fall into is to look for shortcuts to complete assignments.  The worse short-cut a student can take is to try to copy work from a source or other student.  When discovered the student will receive a zero on the assignment and the teacher will go back and review all other assignments for other instances of academic dishonesty.  It is always better to receive partial credit for the student’s own work than to receive a zero for academic dishonesty.  Another problem when a student isn’t current on the pacing guide is cramming the work and not really learning.  Work turned in during the last two weeks of the term should not have an expectation of it being graded and returned.  Additionally and more importantly, students sacrifice the feedback they would have received from the teacher had they turned the assignments in on time. 

    Cindy Leaman

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