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  • A2V News for the week ending April 9, 2021

    Posted by Nicole Wright on 4/9/2021 5:00:00 PM

    A2 Virtual+ News for the week ending April 9. 2021

     

    Good Evening,

    I hope you had an enjoyable week off.  This week concludes the ninth week of the term.  We are in the middle as there are also nine more weeks in the semester.  Your student should be close to completing around 50% of the course.  We are continuing next week as normal.  Classes are open and students are expected to continue to work at pace.  This is the beauty of online learning, when there are changes in the environment that affects the buildings it does not affect our classes.  Remember to have your students attend office hours for any questions they may have regarding the content.  

    This newsletter will focus on the following topics: 

    • Senior Students - Grade 12
    • Math Accelerated Students
    • Full-time A2V Student and Testing
    • Summer Term
    • Middle School math Testing Out
    • Important Upcoming Dates

    Here are the A2 Virtual+ notes for this week:

    Senior Students - Grade 12

    It is time to start to think about the last days of schooling for our seniors.  Seniors must have a final grade of 60% or more in their classes on May 27, 2021.  Twelfth grade students who have not earned a final grade of at least 60% are reported to the counselor as failing.  This is the part of the graduation audit to ensure that the student has earned credit in the required classes for graduation.  However, with this being said, seniors can continue to work in the A2Virtual+ classes through June 10, 2021 if they are looking to better their grade.  The final grade on June 10, 2021 is what will show on the student’s transcript.

    Math Accelerated Students (grades 5-8 in ALEKS)

    This is a reminder that the last time a student can start a new course in the sequence is April 16, 2021.  Students must have successfully completed all the requirements in the current course on or before April 15, 2021.  Once a student and parent has agreed to start a new math course it must be completed on or before June 10, 2021.  Students who accelerate in math are not eligible for an extension or withdrawal.  All students will earn a grade for the course.

    National and State Testing for A2V full-time students

    Due to the delay in the return to school for Middle and High School students, testing dates may change.  If your student is full-time with A2Virtual+ expect an email from your student’s building with an invitation and schedule to test for the PSAT, SAT, and/or M-Step.  These tests are considered secure and also have a paper requirement therefore have to be conducted in a face-face environment.  If you don’t receive information by April 15, 2021 or if you have any questions, you should contact the administrator or assigned counselor from your student’s building.

    Summer Term 2021

    Summer Term information is now available online.  The summer term runs from June 28 through July 30, 2021.  A2Virtual+ will again be offering two options.  A no-cost option for students who want to repeat a class that they did not receive credit in or who want to repeat a class for a grade to replace a “G” or “S” grade. To qualify for the no-cost option, the course that the student is requesting to take must appear on the student’s transcript during the 2020-2021 school year or second semester or third trimester of the 2019-2021 school year.  The second option is a reduced cost option for new credit or for retaking a class before the second semester or third trimester of 2019-2020.  These classes are offered at a reduced price of $169 ($100 savings).  

    Additionally, we will partner with Michigan Virtual to offer classes with them.  Ann Arbor Public Schools will cover $100 of the cost of these classes which means that the parent cost is $279.  Michigan Virtual has a longer summer term.  It begins May 21 and ends July 30, 2021.  

    All classes for the summer term end on July 30, 2021 and there will not be any extensions granted.  Because, there will not be any extensions it is important that students are available the entire term.  Students with a full-time work schedule or who are attending camps during the summer term may not be able to complete the work.  We estimate that each course will take approximately 100 hours.  That equates to 20 hours per week, per course for the summer term.  

    A list of available courses is on the webpage.  If you have any questions please feel free to contact our middle school counselor, Allan Loeb, or our high school counselor, Freda Didlake.  

    Middle School math Testing Out

    Students who wish to try to test out of the next year of math must register by April 12, 2021.  There is no late registration.  If you are interested in registering for a test please use this link:  https://www.a2schools.org/Page/7900

    Important Upcoming Dates:

    March 1-April 12 - Registration for Middle School Math testing out for Enrolled AAPS students https://www.a2schools.org/Page/7900

    April 16 - last day that an accelerated math student can start a new course

    April 20- Middle School Parent Information Night, 5:30 pm

    April 28 - Middle School Math testing out for 2021-22 school year.  

    May 3 - Sign-up registration for Summer Term and 2021-2022 A2Virtual+ classes opens

    May 7 - Last day to withdraw from an A2Virtual+ online course

    May 24-27 - Window to request an extension 

    May 27 -  12th grade students must have earned 60% or better in the class to count towards graduation

    June 10 - last day to complete work for semester 2 A2Virtual+ classes 

     

    Best regards,

    Cindy Leaman

    Principal, A2Virtual+ Secondary

    Anthony Lauer

    Online Learning Coordinator, A2 Virtual+ Secondary

    lauera@aaps.k12.mi.us

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  • A2V News for the week ending March 26, 2021

    Posted by Nicole Wright on 3/26/2021 5:00:00 PM

    A2 Virtual+ News for the week ending March 26, 2021

     

    Good Evening,

    This week concludes the seventh week of the term. Next week there will be no school expectations (however, read the break benefits section below).   The next newsletter will be Friday, April 9, 2021.  I wish you and yours a restful break.

    Your student should be close to completing around 45% of the course when we return on April 5, 2021. Online courses are self-paced, allowing students to work ahead or work a little extra to get back on pace.  

    This newsletter will focus on the following topics: 

    • Break Benefits
    • Math Accelerated Students
    • Full-time A2V Student and Testing
    • AP Testing information and Deadlines
    • Important Upcoming Dates

    Here are the A2 Virtual+ notes for this week:

     

    Benefits of the Break

    Students and staff will be on break beginning today at 3 pm.  Everyone will return on Monday, April 5, 2021.  This is definitely a time to unplug electronics and recharge our own battery.  Our staff will not be responding to emails during this time.  We appreciate your patience as everyone has the opportunity to unwind and spend time with family.  We encourage you and your family to also consider unplugging this break.  While unplugging won’t be practical for everyone, especially for an entire week, try to pick a day and unplug together for 24 hours.   Linked here is an article about the health benefits of taking a technology break.

     

    There is another benefit of the Spring Break and that is for students who are behind.  All courses will be open during the break even if the teachers are not available.  Students will be able to work to catch up or get ahead.  The entire course is open so if a student is ready to take a test but will not be in contact with their instructor at this time, they can save the test for Monday, April 5, and still continue working on the next unit.  Students never have to stop because they can’t reach their instructor and should always be able to find something to work on during the break.  However, even students who are behind need to take a break from technology.  Be purposeful with when to study and when to take a break.

    Math Accelerated Students (grades 5-8 in ALEKS)

    This is a reminder that the last time a student can start a new course in the sequence is April 16, 2021.  Students must have successfully completed all the requirements in the current course on or before April 15, 2021.  Once a student and parent has agreed to start a new math course it must be completed on or before June 10, 2021.  Students who accelerate in math are not eligible for an extension or withdrawal.  All students will earn a grade for the course.

    Attention AP Students April 9 Deadline:

    Each AAPS student who is planning to take one or more AP exams, should do the following no later than Friday, April 9


    Fill out THIS FORM to reconfirm your intention to test AND choose a testing date (if applicable):   https://tinyurl.com/AP2021AAPS

      1. Pay for your AP exam(s) — Students/families should pay for AP exams now by signing in to mypaymentsplus.com. The cost of AP exams is $100 (plus a $40 late fee if applicable).  The cost for students / families who receive reduced price meals is $5.  Please follow the instructions below:

     

     

      1. Click on “AP Testing” under Events & Activities

      2. A popup screen will appear, and you will enter the number of exams you are paying for.

      3. Add these exams to your cart.

      4. If you owe late fees, repeat the process after clicking on “AP Registration Late Fees”

      5. Go to your cart and pay for your exams

     

    These instructions — with graphics — are available HERE: instructions on how to pay with MyPaymentsPlus.   

    National and State Testing for A2V full-time students

    If your student is full-time with A2Virtual+ expect an email from your student’s building with an invitation and schedule to test for the PSAT, SAT, and/or M-Step.  These tests are considered secure and also have a paper requirement therefore have to be conducted in a face-face environment.  If you don’t receive information by April 8, 2021 or if you have any questions, you should contact the administrator or assigned counselor from your student’s building.

    Important Upcoming Dates:

    March 1-April 12 — Registration for Middle School Math testing out for Enrolled AAPS students https://www.a2schools.org/Page/7900

    April 5 — Summer School Information will be available on the A2Virtual+ website

    April 8 — 4th Grade Parent Information Night for 2021-22 5th Grade Math Acceleration, 5:30 pm

    April 9- Last day to register and pay for AP exams

    April 16 — last day that an accelerated math student can start a new course

    April 20- Middle School Parent Information Night, 5:30 pm

    April 28 — Middle School Math testing out for 2021-22 school year.  

    May 3 — Sign-up registration for Summer Term and 2021-2022 A2Virtual+ classes opens

    May 7 — Last day to withdraw from an A2Virtual+ online course

    May 24-27 — Window to request an extension 

    June 10 — last day to complete work for semester 2 A2Virtual+ classes 

     

    Have a peaceful and healthy break,

    Cindy Leaman

    Principal, A2Virtual+ Secondary

    Anthony Lauer

    Online Learning Coordinator, A2 Virtual+ Secondary

    lauera@aaps.k12.mi.us

     

     

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  • A2V News for the week ending March 19, 2021

    Posted by Nicole Wright on 3/19/2021 5:00:00 PM

    A2 Virtual+ News for the week ending March 19, 2021

     

    Good Evening,

    This week concludes the seventh week of the term. Thank you to the parents who attended the parent-teacher conferences this week.  The staff really enjoyed the opportunity to speak with you.  

    Your student should be close to completing around 39% of the course at this point. Online courses are self-paced, allowing students to work ahead or work a little extra to get back on pace.  If you didn’t have time to review the School Messenger last week, I suggest you take a minute and review as there was a lot of information in it. The weekly newsletters are posted on our webpage under parents.   

    This newsletter will cover the following information; it will focus on the following topics: 

    • Plagiarism Reminder
    • Free Plagiarism Checkers
    • Returning to Hybrid Learning (from last week)
    • Important Upcoming Dates

    Here are the A2 Virtual+ notes for this week:

    Plagiarism Reminder

    The instructors have information on plagiarism on their Schoology pages.  Many also send reminders to students.  I have borrowed the explanation that Terry Anderson, English Instructor, has shared with her students: 

    At this point in your academic career, I am certain that you have heard the term “plagiarism” and that you have some idea of what it is. All high schools and universities have academic dishonesty policies, including A2 Virtual+. The A2 Virtual+ academic dishonesty policy is included in the A2 Virtual+ orientation videos that you watched at the beginning of the semester. A link to all policies was included in my welcome letter (you can also find it on our Schoology classroom page).

     

    Just in case you missed it, here it is again:

     

    “Students will be given a zero on the associated assignment(s) on the first offense.  If the student commits plagiarism or is academically dishonest again s/he will receive an "E" for the course (as well as being banned from future online courses in non-pandemic years). Further details on consequences and any questions can be submitted to Cynthia Leaman, Principal.”

     

    Because the consequences for plagiarism are substantial and often serious, I want to make sure you have a clear understanding.

     

    Please watch the following short Youtube video, created by Professor Andrew Young who teaches at Florida State College of Jacksonville. In the video, Professor Young does a really nice job defining plagiarism, identifying different types of plagiarism, and explaining how you can avoid it:

     

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ly_AeHl4t5M

     

    Free Plagiarism Checkers

    There are plenty of free resources that will help the student determine if they have plagiarized on their assignment.  One very easy way is to copy one paragraph or two-three sentences and enter into Google and see what shows up.  If a student wanted to review the entire essay/assignment then they should use a plagiarism checker.  Below are some links to a few that are available.  We aren’t recommending any particular website but offering some places to start.  Using a plagiarism checker for all assignments, both online and inbuilding classes, will help students know ahead of time what the teacher could find if the assignment is checked.

    Smallseotools 

    Plagiarismdector

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    Returning to Hybrid Learning or Switching to A2 Virtual+ mid-semester (repeated from last week)

    Families were offered the option to transfer between A2 Classroom Connect and A2 Virtual+ before the term began.  However, some parents are reconsidering their choice now.  There are some important considerations before you make a move if this is something you are considering.  If you are not considering making a move, you need not continue to read the rest of this section.  

    Unfortunately, a move at this time will be very messy and could cause lasting consequences.  Think of the curriculum at A2 Virtual+ as being the equivalent of curriculum taken at another school district.  It is totally separate.  One could not transfer from Dexter to Ann Arbor mid-semester and expect to enter classes with the same prior learning (even if they were exactly the same) because the assignments/assessments would be completely different and the alignment would not match.  

    Students enrolled in Middle School courses that do not receive high school credit will be considered after conferring with the counselor and principal from the building the student is associated with.  It is always best to remain in the program (in this case A2Virtual+) that was selected for the entire semester.  Transferring could cause a gap in learning due to different alignments.  Additionally, grades will not transfer with the student to a building course.  

    Students who are accelerating in math (grade 5 -8) most likely will not be able to transfer to the same class but will need to return to the grade appropriate math class.

    High school level courses can pose a problem if a student wants to return to hybrid. (Warning, Warning!)  Students enrolled in any credit-bearing, high school level, courses should remain in A2 Virtual+ for this semester so as to not put receiving credit for the class in jeopardy.  If the student does not complete the course assigned in the Hybrid version, including any make-up work, the consequence will include an “NC” mark on the transcript and the course will need to be retaken.  The A2 Virtual courses do not align with the Remote/Hybrid courses due to the fact that the Remote/Hybrid courses were under on-going development this year.  Please know that grades will not transfer with the student to a building course even if the title of the course is the same.  

    All students who wish to withdraw (“W”) from A2 Virtual+ need to complete a withdrawal form request to be considered.  Courses cannot be dropped at this time.  After a request has been received it will be reviewed by the principal, Cindy Leaman, and then the A2 Virtual Counselor (Allan Loeb - Middle School or Freda Didlake, High School) will begin inquiries at the building level.  The student/parent will be notified if the withdrawal has been approved.

    Once a student has been approved for transfer to the hybrid building, they will need to remain there for the remainder of the semester.  Students will not be able to transfer back to A2 Virtual+ for this semester.  Be sure to talk over what the new expectations are for the student and all consequences that may be associated with transferring with both the building and A2 Virtual before making a move. 

    We will not be accepting new enrollments for this semester.  It has always been our policy that students are required to complete the entire course regardless of when they enroll.  

     

    Important Upcoming Dates:

    March 1-April 12 - Registration for Middle School Math testing out for Enrolled AAPS students https://www.a2schools.org/Page/7900

    March 23 - Virtual 4th Grade Parent Information Night for 2021-22 5th Grade Math Acceleration, 5:30 pm

    April 5 - Summer School Information will be available on the A2Virtual+ website

    April 8 - 4th Grade Parent Information Night for 2021-22 5th Grade Math Acceleration, 5:30 pm

    April 16 - Last day that an accelerated math student can start a new course

    April 28 - Middle School Math testing out for 2021-22 school year.  

    May 3 - Sign-up registration for Summer Term and 2021-2021 A2Virtual+ classes opens

    May 7 - Last day to withdraw from an A2Virtual+ online course

    May 24-27 - Window to request an extension 

    June 10 - last day to complete work for semester 2 A2Virtual+ classes 

     

    Have a great week,

    Cindy Leaman

    Principal, A2Virtual+ Secondary

    Anthony Lauer

    Online Learning Coordinator, A2 Virtual+ Secondary

    lauera@aaps.k12.mi.us

     

     

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