Principal Weekly News for Semester Courses

  • Semester 2, week ending March 13, 2020

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

    Good Evening,

    This is the end of week 6 for Semester 2.  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 by 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 5-7 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 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 –Spring Break, classes not monitored by teachers

    April 7 – suggested mid-point for the semester and first proctored test should be taken

    April 10- Last day for Middle School Math students to move to another class this year

    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 and Student Note for the week:

    Work as usual on your online class.  Spend a minimum of 5 hours per week.  If you are ready to have your mid-point exam before the district reopens, continue on in your course.  The courses are set to free movement.  This means that you are not restricted if you have not taken a test.  I highly suggest that students work as much as possible.  Don’t take these two weeks for granted.  Instead use them productively.  This is a time where many students can even get the course(s) completed - with the exception of proctoring.  This would help lighten your load when school resumes in-building on April 6.  Remember that our teachers are available and will be answering their email.  Students need to continue to respond to the Wednesday Weekly Moodle.  Teachers will not be monitoring classes during the scheduled Spring Break, March 30-April 3. 

    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 working more than 20 hours a week, 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 high school transcript.  You must also be in town for the proctoring.  If you need or want a class we highly recommend that you sign up on May 1 or at least during the first week.   Once the classes are filled, we begin a waiting list.  Students who have finished grade 7 can take a high school course (with the exception of Personal Fitness and Health) as long as the prerequisite has been fulfilled.  Review all the information on our webpage. We will also be discussing and answering questions about online learning for the 20-21 school year at this meeting.

    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.

     

    Middle School Students in AAPS Math

    Middle school math students who are planning on accelerating before April 10, please keep in communication with your instructor.  We will not be running any proctoring sessions during the time that Ann Arbor is working remotely.  Students will be required to take all proctored tests to receive credit in the course.  However, in order to allow students who are ready to move a chance to keep up the momentum, we have created a provisional movement opportunity.  For students who have completed the course according to the math acceleration guidelines (with the exception of the proctored tests), the instructors will have students complete a comprehensive test, un-proctored (at home) which will determine if the student is ready to move on.  Students who get a 90% or greater will be allowed to move into the next course on a provisional basis with the understanding that before credit will be awarded, all proctored tests will be taken once proctoring sessions resume and before May 7, 2020.  Students must be awarded credit and a grade in the previous course before credit can be awarded in a more advanced course.  Students will not receive any credit until all proctoring has occurred.  If your child(ren) is going to accelerate you will be asked to sign a contract acknowledging this before they are moved to the next course.  All of this will be handled by the current math teacher.  This is a temporary provisional course movement that will only be offered until we return to proctoring sessions. 

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

    Cindy Leaman

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  • Semester 2, Week ending March 6, 2020

    Posted by Cindy Leaman on 3/6/2020 5:00:00 PM

    Good Evening,

    This is the end of week 5 for Semester 2.  We are in the final week of count month.  I would like to thank all the students who completed their Wednesday, Moodle Check-in.  There are still a few students who have not and the instructors will be contacting you individually.  If your instructor contacts you, please do it right away.  (The Moodle Check-In can even be completed on a phone.)

     

     

     

    Upcoming Dates:

    March 10 – Proctoring Center closed, no school

    March 17 – Middle School Students Only – Math Club, Skyline 6 pm

    March 17 – Summer term and 20-21 School Year Information Night at Skyline, 6:30 pm

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

    April 7 – mid-point for the semester and the first proctored test should be taken

    April 10- Last day for Middle School Math students to move to another class this year

    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

    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 and Student Note for the week:

    Summer Term information is now on our webpage under the new student tab.  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 working more than 20 hours a week 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 high school transcript.  You must also be in town for the proctoring.  If you need or want a class we highly recommend that you sign up on May 1 or at least during the first week.   Once the classes are filled, we begin a waiting list.  Students who have finished grade 7 can take a high school course (with the exception of Personal Fitness and Health) as long as the prerequisite has been fulfilled.  Review all the information on our webpage or attend an informational meeting on March 17, 2020, at Skyline in the auditorium from 6:30-7:30 pm.  We will also be discussing and answering questions about online learning for the 20-21 school year at this meeting.

     

    Have a great week,

    Cindy Leaman

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  • Semester 2, Week ending February 28, 2020

    Posted by Cindy Leaman on 2/28/2020

    Good Evening,
    This is the end of week 5 for Semester 2.  We just finished the third week of count
    month.  I would like to thank all the students who completed their Wednesday, Moodle
    Check-in.  There are still a few students who have not and the instructors will be
    contacting you individually.  If your instructor contacts you, please complete it right
    away.  The Moodle Check-In can even be completed on a phone.  The next Moodle
    Check-in is Wednesday, March 3, 2020.
     
    Upcoming Dates:
    March 10 – Proctoring Center closed, no school
    March 17 – Middle School Students Only – Math Club, Skyline 6 PM
    March 30-April 3 – No proctoring Spring Break, classes not monitored by teachers
    April 7 – mid-point for the semester and the first proctored test should be taken
    April 10- Last day for Middle School Math students to move to another class this year
    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 Note for the week:
    Plagiarism is a serious offense in school.  Students often don’t think about the many
    helpful attributes of using a computer. They should never cut and paste content from a
    text or website into their responses to questions or in papers.  Are you aware that while
    taking a world language class, using a translator and copying the information directly
    from the translator is also considered plagiarism?  We want students to put everything
    into their own words.  If a student is writing an essay or longer response and wants to

    make sure that they have not plagiarized, they should run their work through a
    plagiarism checker.  There are many plagiarism checkers on the web that work for free;
    they can be found by a Google search.  The biggest reason that students resort to
    copying the work of others is that they fall behind and feel pressured to get finished.  
    Keeping pace with the class guide is important.  We do encourage you to review how
    close your child is to be on pace each work. This can be found in PowerSchool or
    have your child directly pull up the pacing guide and grade book from the online
    classroom.


    Student Note for the week:
    We suggest that you try one of the free plagiarism checkers on the internet. It is a good
    idea to get into the habit of checking your work before your teacher does. Here are a
    couple of links from the many you can find:

    Plagiarism detector will scan up to 1,00 words for free.

    Duplichecker will also scan up to 1,000 words for free.

    Quetext will allow up to five free searches

    Have a great week,
    Cindy Leaman

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