Principal Weekly News for Semester Courses

  • Week ending October 2, 2020

    Posted by Cindy Leaman on 10/2/2020 5:00:00 PM

    Good Evening,

    It is the first regular school messenger from me for this term.  I usually send one School Messenger email each week but with the growth of the program and operating without a secretary I have not been able to begin this communication.  Please don’t take this delay not appreciating your importance in our partnership.   We hope to have a new Office Professional in place in the next couple of weeks at the latest.  I will introduce her as soon as we have an official announcement.  Until that time, we do not have anyone answering our phone lines.  Please contact us through email for assistance:

    The instructor as listed in PowerSchool or Schoology – questions regarding the content

    A2virtual@aaps.k12.mi.us – General questions

    loeb@aaps.k12.mi.us Allan Loeb – Middle School counseling questions or concerns

    siewert@aaps.k12.mi.us Claudia Siewert – High School counseling questions or concerns

    loeba@aaps.k12.mi.us Anthony Loeb – technical questions

    leamanc@aaps.k12.mi.us Cindy Leaman – administrative questions or assistance for concerns not addressed above

     

    I would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to online learning.   If this is your first experience with us I hope you are enjoying the experience.  Each of our instructors has regular office hours and you are invited to attend if you have any questions related to the class.   This is considered the end of week four for Semester 1. Wow, the time has flown, it is hard to believe that we have been in school for a whole month.   

    Wednesday Schoology Communication Check-in: 

    The Wednesday Schoology Communication is an attendance requirement of the State of Michigan.  We are audited on student participation using this two-way communication.  It is critically important that each student do this activity every Wednesday.    The Wednesday Schoology Communication is open the entire day up until 11:55 pm.  Please help us out by reminding your child to do this the first thing Wednesday morning; it should take less than 5 minutes.  The A2Virtual instructors are required to track down the students who do not do the entry. 

    Count Month

    Virtual learning has a Count Month, not a count day.  Students are required to complete the Wednesday Schoology Communication Check-in every week.  We cannot excuse any student, district funding is dependent on showing that the two-way communication has occurred each week and we are audited for entries made during the weeks of October 7, 2020, through November 4, 2020.  Thanks for your help with this.

    Advanced Placement (AP), Chinese, and select English textbook distribution:

    Most of the virtual classes do not have an associated textbook.  The textbook is either embedded within the course or through an e-book link. However, there are a few courses that do require a textbook.  We had an order for those required texts and they are finally in.  The textbook distribution will happen on Monday, October 5, 2020, at Pioneer at the clock tower entrance between noon and 4:00 pm.  An alternative day, by appointment, is Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020.  Students who are receiving a textbook received an email message from their instructor today.  Questions and textbook requirements are in Schoology and in the course platform.  If you believe you should have a textbook and have a question, please contact your instructor as listed in PowerSchool.

    Parent Note for the week:

    The A2Virtual.org website has a tab for parents.  You will find a lot of useful information.  We have a link to the parent online guide and the IEP/504/ATM guidelines.  It is under the parent tab that I place a copy of the weekly School Messenger emails as a blog for future reference.  Another reference is a list and explanation of our policies. While the policies are loaded under the “About” tab and they apply to all students.  I highly recommend that you take some time to look through all the information we have for your benefit on our website. 

    Students are expected to work a minimum of 5 hours a week per course.   Students should be approximately 22% through each course.  Take a minute this weekend and have your child open their course(s) and show you the teacher information, office hours, pacing guide, and current grade. 

    We are excited to partner with you and your child(ren) this term. You can expect to receive a weekly email moving forward.  Thank you for your patience and understanding as we worked through our growing pains.  Have a great week,

    Cindy Leaman

    Principal, A2Virtual+ Secondary

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  • Semester 2, Week ending March 27, 2020

    Posted by Cindy Leaman on 3/27/2020

    Good Evening-

     

    This is week 8 for Semester 2.  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. 

     

    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

    April 9 – At 3 pm.  Last day for Middle School Math students to move to another class this year (see the previous email that was sent Wednesday this week for the details.)

    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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  • Semester 2, week ending March 20, 2020

    Posted by Cindy Leaman on 3/20/2020

    Good Evening-

     

    This is week 7 for Semester 2.  I hope everyone is healthy and beginning to figure out how to “school remotely”.  Those of you who have been taking online 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 Students are expected to work in their online courses the same as usual when school is in session only the location of online learning has changed. 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 of 5 hours a week. There will not be an extension for courses due to the school closing for COVID-19.  As a reminder, students will still have to have a minimum of two proctor 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 5 hours in the course(s) they can actually finish 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 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

    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 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

     

    A2Virtual+ Advisory Board

    With everything that was going on last week, this was not probably first on anyone’s mind.  However, 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.

     

    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. 

     

    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.

     

    Middle School Students in AAPS Math

    While most of our middle school students seem to understand the process while we are in remote learning mode, I am repeating last week’s message.  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. 

     

    Moodle Check-ins

    Wednesday Moodle Check-ins are still required of all our students.  Anthony Lauer has tried to change things up a bit to be a little more interesting.  I hope you are enjoying them.

     

     

    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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