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Welcome Back! Important Information Concerning the New GOVS Attendance Policy AND Tracking of Off-Line Hours! Logging Hours

We hope you all have had a fun and relaxing summer and are ready to start the 2017-2018 school year.  In order to prepare for the school year, we wanted to take the time to inform our returning students of some major changes at the Greater Ohio Virtual School.  This article contains detailed information on three major changes that will impact the 2017-2018 school year and beyond. 

Welcome Back Packet 2017-2018 Welcome Back

Welcome Back Packets for the 2017-2018 School Year were recently mailed to each returning student.  Those packets were due on Monday, July 24th.  If you haven't turned in your packet, please do so ASAP!  If you did not receive the packet via mail you can click on the link below to access a PDF.


welcome back packet 2017-2018.pdf 

GOVS Office Hours for 6/15 & 6/16 Attention!

The Greater Ohio Virtual School Office will be operating on a slightly different schedule for the next two days.    

Thursday, June 15th 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 

Friday, June 16th 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. 


Meet Graduate Parris Murray

Parris Murray
Parris Murray came to us in our first class of 7th graders! We our proud of our GOVS program and following Parris through to graduation. Great job Parris and congratulations to all of our graduates!

131 Students Graduate From the Greater Ohio Virtual School! Graduation 2017

On Thursday, June 1st the Greater Ohio Virtual School held its annual graduation ceremony at the Urbancrest Baptist Church in Lebanon, Ohio.  

Greater Ohio Virtual School Summer Office Hours Summer Office Hours

As we approach the end of the 2016-2017 school year, we would like to share some important information.

May Non-Classroom Learning Opportunities Forms! Don't Forget

Hello GOVS students! It is time to submit your FINAL Non-Classroom Learning Opportunities Forms! Remember, you should have 1 log for each class that you have done outside work. So if you completed work while not logged into VLA in 5 different classes you would be submitting 5 different logs! If you didn't do any outside work for a particular class then don't submit the log for that class! Below is a list of Frequently Asked Questions concerning the Non-Classroom Learning Opportunities Log! Take a look at these questions if you are still unsure about what these forms are and how to submit them!


Youth Job Fair Wednesday, March 1st! Job Fair
Time To Submit Your Non-Classroom Learning Opportunities Forms! Reminder!

If you have filled out any Non-Classroom Learning Opportunities Forms over the past few weeks, it is time to find the “Finalize-warning this completes the form all entries are final” icon at the bottom of the form.  Once you click on this button it will send the form to the GOVS office for approval and documentation.  Remember, we will do this at the end of each month so look for another notification around February 28th!  There are a few changes to the form for the month of February.


  1. When you click on the Non-Classroom Learning Opportunities Link in VLA it will no longer take you to a page with all of the classes listed.  Now, it will take you directly to the form and your class will be listed in a drop down menu.  Everything else will work the same as before.
  2. When you select “Other Non-Classroom Learning Opportunities” on the form, you will now be required to give a brief description of those opportunities. 


We will be adjusting the form from month to month in an effort to make it easier to use. We want to stress the importance of taking these forms seriously and completing each form honestly.  The future funding of the Greater Ohio Virtual School depends on our ability to successfully collect both Seat Time AND Non-Classroom Learning Opportunities! 

Top Ten Final Incentive Plan Winners! Congratulations!

Students who have fulfilled the weekly lesson completion requirement of 5 lessons per week for the entire year Have been placed into a raffle for a $100 gift card to Target. Here are our top ten winners! Thanks for all your hard work throughout the year!

Taylor Brunner
Savannah Bales
Brady Gillum
Kayleigh Deffinger
Nathan Elliott
Whitney Whitley
Alexis Wheelen
Haylee Gibson
Alexandra Swayne
Devin Dickey



Greater Ohio Virtual School Orientation at 9:00 a.m. new student

The Orientation scheduled for today, Thursday, January 5th will still take place at 9:00 a.m. this morning.  

Classes Resume January 3rd Happy New Year 2017

Happy New Year 2017!  Classes resume Tuesday, January 3rd.  Please remember to log in to the Virtual Learning Academy for five hours each day this week and complete one lesson per day.  Best of luck during the second half of the year!  

Winter Break Schedule! Holidays

Just a reminder!  Students will need to log on for five hours a day and complete at least one lesson per day on Monday, December 19th, Tuesday, December 20th, and Wednesday, December 21st!!!!  There will be no class on December 22nd, 23rd, 26th, 27th, 28th, 29th, 30th, and January 2nd.  The Greater Ohio Virtual School OFFICE will close at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, December 21st and reopen at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 3rd.  

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Enjoy and have a safe holiday season!

Congratulations to Our November Incentive Program Winners! 10th Grade Winner Michael Herlinger!

Students who have fulfilled the weekly lesson completion requirement of 5 lessons per week for the entire month will be placed into a raffle for a $25 gift card to Target.  One winner will be selected from each grade 7-12.  Here are the winners for November!  Great Job GOVS students!

7th: Katy Deffinger

8th: Mark Wieters

9th: Shana Whisman

10th: Michael Herlinger *  Pictured 

11th: Brittany Sizemore

12th: Brian Stout

“Time Spent Today” calculator added to Student Home Page! Time Spent Today

In an effort to help students keep track of the new five-hour log in requirement, we have added a helpful calculator to each student homepage.   As a reminder, each student is required to log in and work on his or her classes for a total of five hours per day.  Located near the top of the page, you can now find a “Time Spent Today” icon that will display the total number of accumulated hours and minutes.  Again, this doesn’t have to be 5 consecutive hours per day, as it will automatically keep track and add hours and minutes each time the student logs on and completes work throughout the day.  Additionally, we would like to remind all students to save their progress as they are working, as the program will automatically log students out after 90 minutes of inactivity.  Please remember that this five-hour log in requirement is very important to the funding of our school now and in the future!  

12th Grade Incentive Program Winner Kaitlynn Gay Kaitlynn Gay
10th Grade Incentive Plan Winner Lydia Angel Lydia Angel
Congratulations to our October Incentive Plan Winners! 7th Grade Incentive Winner Ben Hungler

Students who have fulfilled the weekly lesson completion requirement of 5 lessons per week for the entire month will be placed into a raffle for a $25 gift card to Target.  One winner will be selected from each grade 7-12.  Here are the winners for October!  Great Job GOVS students!

7th - Benjamin Hungler
8th - Haylee Gibson
9th - Logan Centers
10th - Lydia Angel
11th - Ethan Rudisell
12th - Kaitlynn Gay

Online College Fair College Fairs Online

You're invited to a free virtual college fair for the Mid-Western United States!  This fair is scheduled for October 24th-29th.  Students can log on any time during this week to get information from many colleges.  There is a question and answer section where students may ask questions and receive answers directly from college reps.  Go to www.collegefairsonline.com to the students tab to register ASAP and choose the Mid-Western fair.

Congratulations to our September Incentive Plan Winners! 9th Grade Winner Logan Centers

Students who have fulfilled the weekly lesson completion requirement of 5 lessons per week for the entire month will be placed into a raffle for a $25 gift card to Target.  One winner will be selected from each grade 7-12.  Here are the winners for September!  Great Job GOVS students!


7th ~ Leeanna Bowling

8th ~ Don Bowling

9th ~ Logan Centers

10th~ James Morrow

11th~ Logan McCale

12th~ James Stone

MAP Testing for GOVS Students Grades 9-12 This Week! The image contains a picture of the official logo of the Measures of Academic Progress assessment

Attention students grades 9-12: MAP testing is scheduled for this week Sept. 26-30. Please reference your letter sent home for your scheduled date and time to test. Call the main office, 513-695-2924 for help

Constitution Day A photo of our constitution

The U.S Constitution is the oldest living document. Many nations have viewed our Constitution as a framing point for their own nation building document. Constitution day is September 17, 2016. Please go to the link below for some activities and information dealing with one of our national treasures- our Constitution.


Lebanon College and Career Fair Information An image of a flyer for Lebanon High school's career fair held on September 27th

Unsure about your plans after gradution?  This is a great place to start!  All Greater Ohio Virtual students are invited to The Lebanon High School College and Career Fair on Tuesday, September 27th.  


Tuesday, September 27th

5:30-7:00 pm

Lebanon High School Gymnasium  

College Fair Information Image of a flyer used to inform students about an upcoming college fair

Greater Ohio Virtual School students are invited to join the seventh annual Mason College Fair this Monday, September 12th.  Families will be able to visit with admissions representatives from over 150 Colleges and Universities from across the country. We hope you will take advantage of this wonderful opportunity.

When: Monday, Sept. 12 from 6-8PM
Where:  Mason High School Large and Small Commons 

6100 S Mason Montgomery Rd
Mason, OH  45040
(Use front entrance or doors in A, B, and Z Pods)

Click the link below to see a list of participating colleges!  



VOTE! voting badge

The 2016 election takes place on November 8th. Important issues will be decided at national, state and local levels. Click on the link below on for a voter registration form. Print off the form and drop it off in the mail. Voting is a serious and important responsibility of citizenship. You can register 30 days before the election.


Franklin B. Walter Scholarship Award Recipient  Franklin B. Walter Scholarship Award Winner Dylan McGrath with his Mom, Dad, Grandfather, GOVS Guidance Counselor Loren Wall, and GOVS Executive Director Shawn Lenney

Congratulations to Greater Ohio Virtual School Student Dylan McGrath for receiving the Franklin B. Walter Scholarship Award. 

Butler/Warren Career Fair Career Fair

The Butler/Warren Career Fair will take place on November 9th from 10am-1pm at the Towne Mall Galleria (3461 Towne Blvd. Franklin, Ohio 45005) with 20 participating employers.  This is a great opportunity to investigate possible careers that would be available now and upon graduation.

Online College Fair CFO

College Fairs Online is hosting an online college fair today and tomorrow.  Representatives from numerous colleges and universities in the Midwest will be available to answer student questions about everything from admission to degree programs.

To register and participate go to: http://www.collegefairsonline.com

Veterans Day Veterans

Our nation has set aside November 11 to honor our brave men and women that have served or currently serving in our military. These heroes have put themselves in harm’s way to preserve our freedoms. We will never forget their dedication to our great nation. Take the time to reach out and thank a veteran for all that they have sacrificed. Click on the links below to learn some interesting facts concerning Veterans Day. 

I fought for you

Veteran Day Facts

History of Veterans Day

Top ten celebrity veterans

Veteran Services Warren County Facebook page

College Credit Plus

College Credit Plus
Free college! Earn college credit in high school that also counts for high school requirements. Program is open to 7th-12th grade students. The College Credit Plus mandatory meeting is February 23rd at 5:30 p.m. at the main office. This includes currently enrolled CCP students as well. Pizza will be provided.
RSVP 513-695-292. Don’t miss this opportunity!

It's Time to Submit Your March Non-Classroom Learning Opportunities Forms! Non-Classroom Learning Opportunities  Form Directions

Hello GOVS students!  It is time to submit your March Non-Classroom Learning Opportunities Forms!  



Greater Ohio Virtual School Mentoring Program!!!! Mentor

In order to support the increasing number of students enrolling with GOVS, a new mentoring program will be starting this week!  Mentoring, which typically involves a one on one supportive relationship between a student and an adult, has been linked with positive outcomes such as improved connection to school and adults, lower dropout rates and higher achievement. 

Dinner and a Movie "Chasing the Dragon" Dinner and a Movie

A Spotlight on the Heroin Epidemic.
Chasing the Dragon*, produced by the FBI
Thursday, April 6th  Doors open at 5:45, movie begins at 6:30
Warren County ESC Conference Center

* Explicit language and  adult themes.


February Incentive Plan Winners! Great Job!

Students who have fulfilled the weekly lesson completion requirement of 5 lessons per week for the entire month will be placed into a raffle for a $25 gift card to Target. One winner will be selected from each grade 7-12. Here are the winners for February! Great Job GOVS students!

7th- Mahala Merrill

8th- Aaron French

9th- Karly Smith

10th- Jimmie Deel

11th- Tristan Huff

12th- Danyale Pagett




NACAC National College Fair NACAC

The National Association of College Admission Counseling is hosting a national college fair, which is free and open to the public.  Admission representatives from hundreds of college and universities will be available to speak with students one-on-one.

Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland:
Saturday, April 1, 2017

Greater Columbus Convention Center:
Sunday, April 2, 2017

To learn more:http://www.nacacfairs.org
For a list of exhibitors: http://bit.ly/NCFExhibitors
To preregister: http://www.nacacfairs.org/ncfstudentregistration

2017 Summer Enrichment Camps at the Warren County Educational Service Center Summer Enrichment Camps

Check out the fantastic summer enrichment opportunities offered to students by the Warren County Educational Service Center.

Tutoring Changes and NEW Non-Classroom Learning Opportunities Form! Non-Classroom Learning Opportunities Form Directions

Greetings Greater Ohio Virtual School Parents and Students!  I wanted to take this opportunity to present some information concerning changes that will be taking place during the second half of the school year.  We feel both of the changes detailed below will help provide students with more opportunities for success at the Greater Ohio Virtual School.

Ohio Business Week OBW

Ohio Business Week is a week-long residential business camp hosted by Ohio University in Athens, July 16-22.  The cost is $395 per student, but financial aid is available.  Students receive both a preview of what it is like to attend college and are immersed in entrepreneurial and business learning.

Applications and more information: http://www.ohiobusinessweek.org