Blog for Semester Courses

  • Semester 2, June 7

    Posted by Cindy Leaman on 6/7/2019

    Good Evening Online Parent/Guardian/student:

     

    We are entering the last week of the second semester and school year. 

    I want to thank everyone for choosing an online class.  We value you as families and are always looking to improve our programming.  I hope that you will take a few minutes to take a very short online parent survey.  To encourage as much participation and input as possible the survey is only seven (7) questions long and I even made all the questions optional in case you only want to answer one question.  Please take our survey.

    We are down to about 800 tests for next week.  However, this will still require all our staff to help in the administration of the tests.  

    Remember to come to the Drop-In centers as early as possible.  If we can get set up early we will let students in early.   However, we have a finite number of computers and if the labs fill up there may be a wait or we may suggest another time.   Students are not allowed to use their own computers for testing.   

    Please come prepared to test. We have a few calculators to loan and headphones to lend but if students can remember to bring their own from home this will guarantee the student will have one.  Otherwise, if we run out, which does happen with calculators, we will have the student use the online calculator.  Students should also bring scrap paper, test booklet if required (located inside Moodle classroom for Math courses), and pencils to the proctoring center as these are available but not always to the student’s preference.  Life happens, that is why we have extras but coming as prepared as possible is best.

    Proctoring Times Reminder:

    Tuesday Evening:  Clague Media Center (2616 Nixon), 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm *^

    • Last time to start District Common Assessment is 5:15 pm, arrive by 5:00 pm
    • Last time to start any test 6:00 pm
    • Center closes at 7 pm. The earlier one arrives the more time you will have to test.

    Thursday, Morning:  Balas (2555 S. State St.) , Arrival between 7:15 am and 8:15 am

                            +See below for possible traffic rerouting sent by the City of Ann Arbor

    • No time limits
    • Students given a pass back to building
    • Student needs to contact building teacher know before coming to test and assure they aren’t missing any tests or mandatory in class assignments.
    • Students need to arrive no later than 8:15 am to start testing

    Thursday, Evening (June 6 and June 13) Community HS (401 N. Division)  4:30- 7:00 pm (free parking in back of school)*^

    • Last time to start District Common Assessment is 5:15 pm, arrive by 5:00 pm
    • Last time to start any test 6:00 pm
    • Center closes at 7 pm. The earlier one arrives the more time you will have to test.

    *Any student who has accommodations giving them extended time for testing should arrive in time to have the extended time before the center closes.

    ^ Any student who has accommodations giving them extended time for testing and will be taking a common assessment will need to arrive no later than 4:15 pm to begin for 1.5 extended time.  If the student requires more than 1.5 extended time please contact Cindy Leaman to make arrangements.

     

    Proctoring Calendar for additional times. 

    Students are not allowed to go to another school building to take a test during school hours.

    Students who take tests during the school day in their building will only have the dedicated online hour to test.  Most tests are untimed if a student wants more time the student should attend a Proctoring center outside of school hours.  (see above)

    If your child has an accommodation of extended time, please email the instructor and me 24 hours prior to testing to ensure that the test is ready when your child comes to take it.

    District Common Assessments require 105 minutes, please plan ahead to ensure enough time is allowed.  Students who have an extra-time accommodation should contact Cindy Leaman at least 24 hours prior to the drop-in test time to make arrangements.  Cindy, or designee, will be available by arrangement ahead of the 4:30 pm Tuesday start time to meet this accommodation if arrangements are made.  The Tuesday night center closes at 7 pm.  The Thursday morning session does not have an ending time only a start time cut-off.

    Balas Building Traffic possible reroute:

    +Starting Wednesday, June 12 (weather permitting), through approx. Friday, June, 21:

    • Northbound (NB)  State St. will be closed between Oakbrook and Stimson. NB drivers will need to access the Balas building via Boardwalk from Eisenhower or Oakbrook. 
    • Southbound (SB) traffic will still be open and you can turn into Balas from the SB lane.

     

    Have a great summer, and don’t forget to take our survey.

     

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  • Semester 2, May 31

    Posted by Cindy Leaman on 5/31/2019

    This is week 17 of the second semester. 

    There are only two weeks left in this school year. 

    We had a busy week with proctoring but between now and the end of the year A2Virtual+ will still need to proctor approximately 2000 tests.  This will require all our staff to help in the administration of the tests.  I want to remind everyone that beginning May 28, 2019, we no longer offer a drop-in instructor help availability.  If your student needs help or as a parent you want to talk with the instructor, please contact him/her by email as the instructors will not be available for individual questions during the proctoring sessions during the last weeks of school. 

    I want to remind everyone of the policy for grading and pacing (found in the Online Parent Guide under Pacing and Progress on page 4) which states:

    Students who turn in work during the last three weeks of the course should not have the expectation of receiving the work back before the end of the term.

    This is due to the higher volume of students who waited to turn in assignments.  We thank you in advance for your patience during this busy time.

     

    Remember to come to the Drop-In centers as early as possible.  We have a finite number of computers and if the labs fill up there may be a wait or we may suggest another time.   Students are not allowed to use their own computers for testing.  

     

    Please come prepared to test. We have a few calculators to loan and headphones to lend but if students can remember to bring their own from home this will guarantee the student will have one.  Otherwise, if we run out, which does happen with calculators, we will have the student use the online calculator.  Students should also bring scrap paper, test booklet if required (located inside Moodle classroom for Math courses), and pencils to the proctoring center as these are available but not always to the student’s preference.  Life happens, that is why we have extras but coming as prepared as possible is best.

     

    Proctoring Times Reminder:

    Tuesday Evening:  Clague Media Center (2616 Nixon), 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm *^

    • Last time to start District Common Assessment is 5:15 pm, arrive by 5:00 pm
    • Last time to start any test 6:00 pm
    • Center closes at 7 pm. The earlier one arrives the more time you will have to test.

    Thursday, Morning:  Balas (2555 S. State St.) , Arrival between 7:15 am and 8:15 am

    • No time limits
    • Students given a pass back to building
    • Student needs to contact building teacher know before coming to test and assure they aren’t missing any tests or mandatory in class assignments.
    • Students need to arrive no later than 8:15 am to start testing

    Thursday, Evening (June 6 and June 13) Community HS (401 N. Division)  4:30- 7:00 pm (free parking in back of school)*^

    • Last time to start District Common Assessment is 5:15 pm, arrive by 5:00 pm
    • Last time to start any test 6:00 pm
    • Center closes at 7 pm. The earlier one arrives the more time you will have to test.

    *Any student who has accommodations giving them extended time for testing should arrive in time to have the extended time before the center closes.

    ^ Any student who has accommodations giving them extended time for testing and will be taking a common assessment will need to arrive no later than 4:15 pm to begin for 1.5 extended time.  If the student requires more than 1.5 extended time please contact Cindy Leaman to make arrangements.

     

    Proctoring Calendar for additional times. 

    Students are not allowed to go to another school building to take a test during school hours.

    Students who take tests during the school day in their building will only have the dedicated online hour to test.  Most tests are untimed if a student wants more time the student should attend a Proctoring center outside of school hours.  (see above)

    District Common Assessments require 105 minutes, please plan ahead to ensure enough time is allowed.  Students who have an extra-time accommodation should contact Cindy Leaman at least 24 hours prior to the drop-in test time to make arrangements.  Cindy, or designee, will be available by arrangement ahead of the 4:30 pm Tuesday start time to meet this accommodation if arrangements are made.  The Tuesday night center closes at 7 pm.  The Thursday morning session does not have an ending time only a start time cut-off.

     

    Have a great week.

     

     

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  • Semester 2, May 23

    Posted by Cindy Leaman on 5/23/2019

    We have three more weeks of school in this school year. 

    Between now and the end of the year we will be proctoring approximately 2500 tests.  This will require all our staff to get everyone taken care of and administer the tests. 

    There will not be any help sessions beginning May 28, 2019.  If your student needs help please contact his/her teacher by email and s/he will arrange help. 

     

    Proctoring Times Reminder:

    Tuesday Evening:  Clague Media Center (2616 Nixon), 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm 

    • Last time to start District Common Assessment is 5:15 pm, arrive by 5:00 pm
    • Last time to start any test 6:00 pm
    • Center closes at 7 pm. The earlier one arrives the more time you will have to test.

    Thursday, Morning:  Balas (2555 S. State St.), Arrival between 7:15 am and 8:15 am

    • No time limits
    • Students are given a pass back to building
    • Student needs to contact building teacher know before coming to test and assure they aren’t missing any tests
    • Students need to arrive by 8:15 am to start testing

    Proctoring Calendar for additional times. 

    Students are not allowed to go to another school building to take a test during school hours.

    Students who take tests during the school day in their building will only have the dedicated online hour to test.  Most tests are untimed if a student wants more time the student should attend a Proctoring center outside of school hours.  (see above)

    District Common Assessments require 105 minutes, please plan ahead to ensure enough time is allowed.  Students who have an extra-time accommodation should contact Cindy Leaman at least 24 hours prior to the drop-in test time to make arrangements.  Cindy, or designee, will be available by arrangement ahead of the 4:30 pm Tuesday start time to meet this accommodation if arrangements are made.  The Tuesday night center closes at 7 pm.  The Thursday morning session does not have an ending time only a start time cut-off.

     

    Have a great week.

     

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