A2V News for the week starting May 24, 2021

Posted by Nicole Wright on 5/24/2021 5:00:00 PM

A2 Virtual+ News for the week of May 24, 2021

Good Evening,

This week concludes the fifteenth week of the term.  The target for this week is to have completed 83% of the course material. There are a little less than three weeks remaining in the term.  A2Virtual classes end on Thursday, June 10, 2021.   Remember to have your child attend office hours (posted in Schoology) for any questions they may have regarding the content.  

This newsletter will focus on the following topics: 

  • Extension Request DUE by Thursday, May 27
  • Parent Survey
  • Options for 2021-2022
  • Seniors
  • Parent Note for the Week
  • Summer Term Registration is open
  • Fall Term Registration is open
  • Important Upcoming Dates

Here are the A2 Virtual+ notes for this week:

EXTENSION APPLICATION DUE by May 27, 2021

Students who wish to request an extension will have the opportunity to do so starting today, Monday, May 24 – Thursday, May 27.   Here is the link to the extension form that is on our website.  A2Virtual+ classes do not offer incompletes.  The extension offers a student-generated thoughtful plan for course completion within a two-week period after classes close.

To qualify for an extension students must meet the two main criteria: First they must have worked consistently in their class. Under regular circumstances we require students to work 5-7 hours every week in the course. However, since this is a pandemic year, we are accepting students who work 5-7 hours per week for a minimum of 10 of the weeks of the term when they apply.  We then require that the student work no less than 5 hours (or as much as required to complete the course successfully) every week until the course is completed, or we reach the end of the extension period. The second criteria is that the student has a minimum grade of 45% and maximum of 59% at the time of applying. 

Students in grade 5 Math Acceleration are not eligible for an extension.  Additionally, students taking middle school courses are not eligible for an extension.  Middle School students who are taking high school courses can apply for an extension.

We adhere to the criteria above so that if a student is granted an extension, there is a reasonable chance for successful completion of our course. Students can apply for an extension in a maximum of two courses.  Students who are behind in more than two courses are not likely to finish by the end of the extension period. We would rather see a student earn credit in two courses than attempt to complete 3 or more courses and not receive credit in any.

As part of the request, students are to complete a work plan that they intend to stick to which allows them to successfully complete the course. This is why we require the student and not the teacher to come up with a workable plan. The teachers who are assigned to the class/student who receives an extension are working into their summer break.  They are volunteering to help your child succeed. It is only reasonable that the student meets the teacher half way which means that if the student does not stick to the plan that they wrote, they will not be able to finish the extension and the teacher will give them a grade.

 

PARENT SURVEY-

The parent survey will be open beginning today and will close on June 10, 2021.  We encourage all parents to complete the survey which should not take more than 10 minutes.  We value your opinion as we strive to continually improve our program.  The link to the survey can be found here.

OPTIONS FOR 2021-2022:

During the 2021-2022 school year secondary students will have three choices.  

  1. Students can choose to be full time in the building.  
  2. Students can choose to take most of their classes in building and 1-2 classes with A2Virtual+ in place of a class in building.  Students who take 1-2 classes will have a space to work on their classes within each building during their dedicated online hour(s) or they can request a late start or early dismissal through the building counselor (District transportation is not provided for late start and early dismissal).   If a student is going to request a hybrid schedule of in-building and online classes but wants more than 2 online classes they can do so but must contact one of our counselors to set up a meeting and complete a state required form.  (Mr. Allan Loeb, Middle School or Mrs. Freda Didlake, High School.)
  3. Students can take a full schedule of online classes with A2Virtual+. A2Virtual+ will be the only option if a student will not be returning to learning in the building during the 2021-2022 school year.  There will not be a synchronous option for secondary students (grades 6-12).

There will be a survey coming out later this week from the district. Please be sure to indicate what will work best for your child and your family. 

SENIORS:

Seniors are finished with school at the end of this week. On Thursday, May 27, 2021, our instructors will be contacting counselors with students who have not earned credit in their classes. Credit is determined by earning a minimum of 60% in each class. One of the good things about online classes is that seniors still can get a better grade and are not penalized for turning in work through June 10, 2021. To clarify, it is important that seniors show at least 60% in the class by this Thursday so that the class will count towards participation in graduation, but they can better the grade through the end of the term. If you have any questions about graduation and whether your child is or is not eligible, plesae direct those questions to the building counselor that is assigned to your student.

 

Parent Note for the Week:

Finishing strong. As we approach the end of the term, it is critical that students don’t get distracted from their work. Sometimes students don’t recognize that they still have work to complete. Please help encourage them to their best and continue putting in the time that is necessary to complete the class(es). Students can stop working (except for the weekly check ins) if they complete all the work in the class. 

The number of assignments that students submit is greater during the last few weeks of the term.  During the last three weeks of the term students should not expect to have past due work returned to them with corrections.  This is a drawback for students who have waited until the end of the term to turn in assignments. While there is no penalty for late work, except in an Advanced Placement class, teacher input on past due assignments will not be given in the same timely fashion as assignments that are submitted by the due date/pacing guide.  To help with the increased workload, this is the last week that instructors will be holding office hours by appointment. Students can still interact with the instructors during the scheduled office hours each week.  

Summer Term 2021, Registration portal is open as of 9 am this morning

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 2019-2020 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.  

July 30, 2021 will be the last day for all Summer Classes.  There will be no extensions granted.  It is important because there will be no extensions given that students are available the entire term to complete their work.  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.  

Fall Term 2021 Registration is now Open through June 4, 2021:

Fall term registration is now open through June 4, 2021. It is closed during the rest of summer until August 16, 2021, when it will open again for the 2021-2022 school year. If you wish to register for next year you can do so at the link below.

High School Registration link

Middle School Registration link

 

Important Upcoming Dates:

May 21- Michigan Virtual Summer term begins

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 4 - 2021-2022 Registration closes for the summer

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

June 11 - All textbooks are to be returned

June 28 - AAPS A2Virtual+ Summer term begins

July 2 - Last day to drop or add for Summer Term

July 30 - Last day of Summer Term

August 16 - Registration reopens for the 201-22 school year

 

Best regards,

Cindy Leaman

Principal, A2Virtual+ Secondary

Anthony Lauer

Online Learning Coordinator, A2 Virtual+ Secondary