Announcements for Thursday, May 21, 2020

 

   Announcements!  Today is the   180th  day of the school year  (5 school days left) 
 


From Mr. Lenney, GOVS Executive Director:

Congratulations to Greater Ohio Virtual School teacher, tutor, and Student Support Coordinator Chuck Merk for receiving the Project Excellence Award.  Each year the Area Progress Council honors outstanding teachers from each school in Warren County.  Teachers are nominated throughout the year and a committee selects a teacher from each district to receive the award and be honored at a ceremony at the end of the year.  The banquet is currently postponed indefinitely but Mr. Merk will be recognized as the Greater Ohio Virtual Schools 2nd ever recipient of the award. 

GREAT JOB Mr. Merk! MM

 


END OF SCHOOL YEAR INFORMATION
For underclassmen/non-graduates

  • The final day of school for the 19-20 school year is Thursday, May 28, 2020.
  • Students will have until 11:59pm on Thursday, May 28, to complete the coursework on their VLA screen before the system shuts down their account.
  • Any lessons left incomplete in any assigned class will be given a zero and averaged into the final grade for the class.  
  • No extensions will be granted.  
  • Required courses that are failed this year due to incomplete work may be reopened next school year, so that students may pick up where they left off.  
  • Hard copy report cards will be issued in mid-June, as long as the student does not owe fees to a previous district.  
  • Students are promoted to the next grade level to keep them with their original graduation cohort, but may be credit-deficient and have work to make-up in order to graduate on time.
  • Although GOVS does not offer summer school, online courses using the same VLA curriculum are available through the Warren County Educational Service Center for a cost of $330 for the first half credit and $165 for any additional half credit completed within 90 days of enrollment.  Contact your school counselor for more information -- visit the Counselor's Corner page for Mrs. Wall's and Mrs. Manchak's contact information.
     

IMPORTANT NOTES about Re-enrollment for next school year

  • Online re-enrollment instructions will be posted to the website later this month (including course requests) and families will be notified of its availability via OneCallNow.  
  • The electronic re-enrollment process must be completed by June 15th.  We will be operating on a waiting list from the start of the school year, so please don’t lose your spot!
  • Students planning to transfer to another school must enroll there and we must receive a request for records before you can be withdrawn from GOVS.
     

TECHNOLOGY EQUIPMENT

  • Returning students may keep any borrowed equipment over the summer. 
  • Students who do not plan to attend GOVS next year may return equipment by appointment only after June 1st.  No walk-ins, please.  Please call the GOVS Office @ 513.695.2924 or email  govs@warrencountyesc.com  to setup an appointment.
  • If you have any equipment that is not functioning properly, please follow the same instructions above to exchange.
     


The first day of school for the 20-21 school year will be Monday, August 24, 2020.  Don't forget -- if you want to continue with GOVS next year, it is your responsibility to re-enroll!  Stay tuned for those links.


GRADUATION INFORMATION!

Click on each picture to open in a separate window (you can then zoom in)

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As of Thursday, 5/20, at 2:00pm, here are your daily announcements:
 

  1. Graduation!  See the two pictures above!
     
  2. Make sure you see that there are only 5 days left this school year (School days, Monday through Friday).  Including weekend days, there are 8 days. 
     
  3. If your name is Ashton, Jayden, Dylan, Graci, Kayla, or Cameron, you might have won our April incentive contest for your VLA work!  See the News Feed.
     
  4. Are you finished with all your VLA classes?  Or are you close to running out?  You need to let your counselor know via email (go to the Counselor's Corner webpage, the link is to the right of the Student VLA login button you use) that you need classes.  If you can meet your attendance requirements by completing independent reading or documentary/film watching, there's a chance you don't need another class.  But you have to let your counselor know!
     
  5. Virtual Tutoring Lab!  Thanks to some awesome tutors making time during their day, we have a virtual tutoring lab for our students.  You can pop-in for as long or as little as you want!

    Here is the lab schedule:
    Mondays from 12:00pm--2:00pm
    Tuesdays from 6:00pm--8:00pm
    Wednesdays from 10:00am--12:00pm
    Thursdays from 3:00pm--5:00pm

    How does the virtual lab work? 
    Please visit our GOVS Tutoring link, up under Student Resources. 

    **Note -- if the page says "disabled", it just means we are updating it with the Google Meet links.  Refresh your browser at the lab starting time shown above**

    Everything you need to know about the virtual tutoring lab will be there!  The lab sessions will be 2 hours long, and you can pop-in anytime during those 2 hours, and stay as long as you want!  You can do this from your Chromebook or even from your smart phone.  See the GOVS Tutoring page (up top under Student Resources, the 2nd option). 

     
  6. GOVS Counselor Mrs. Wall has put together a page of resources for our students and their families.  CLICK HERE  to access our COVID-19 Info Page.
     
  7. Thank you to everyone who has emailed, texted, or called us.  We are doing our best to reply to all messages.  With us not being in the office, we are a true virtual school.  As a reminder, we can process everything virtually:
    • Transcript Requests
    • Work Permits
    • Adding more classes if you finish your current schedule of classes
    • See #6 below for more info.
       
  8. The GOVS Office is CLOSED until further notice.  You can still call us (513-695-2924) and leave a message.  You can send a quick text to 513-409-1879.  Or you can email us (email@mygovs.com).  But the physical office is closed.  We will do our best to get back to you as soon as we can.
     
    • If you need a Work Permit, we have the capabilities to take care of that virtually.  Click on Student Resources up top, then the 3rd option, then follow the instructions listed under Work Permits.  Once you have both forms completed, text us at 513.409.1879 for further instructions.  Or you can email us your completed Work Permit (scanned copy or cell phone picture) to:  email@mygovs.com
       
    • If you have any other form that needs to be filled out, you can either email us (govs@warrencountyesc.com) or send a text message to 513.409.1879 with your question.

 

T

 

We will continue to post GOVS updates via this announcement box.


Here is a message from Mr. Barot:
Dear GOVS students and Parents,

The Corona Virus has dominated the news and our way of life. School district leaders are following direction from our state officials and are gathering to conduct plans on how to move forward.

Most universities are converting to online curriculum and brick and mortar schools are also discussing this option for implementation (if needed).

Our students have the advantage of being enrolled with an established and successful on line school. GOVS students are expected to continue the WEEKLY requirement of TWENTY FIVE hours of instruction and completion of FIVE academic lessons. The virus has played havoc with our testing schedule. We will keep you updated with changes made with testing dates, times and locations. 

All school information and updates  will be posted on our homepage (www.mygovs.com). We will also use all of our communication tools to get the word out. 

Please use caution when you are out in public and continue to wash those hands.

Thank you for reviewing this message. Take care of your loved ones during this outbreak.

Sincerely,

Mr. Barot

Principal- Greater Ohio Virtual School


 


 

 

MAY!
MAY!
Earn Your High School Diploma with the Greater Ohio Virtual School
2019 Excellence in Education WINNER!
Mr. Barot, Mrs. Rook, Mrs. Wall, and Mr. Lenney accepting the 2019 Excellence in Education Award!
Mr. Barot, Mrs. Rook, Mrs. Wall, and Mr. Lenney accepting the 2019 Excellence in Education Award!
GOVS Graduation
GOVS Graduation

Announcements for Thursday, May 21, 2020

 

   Announcements!  Today is the   180th  day of the school year  (5 school days left) 
 


From Mr. Lenney, GOVS Executive Director:

Congratulations to Greater Ohio Virtual School teacher, tutor, and Student Support Coordinator Chuck Merk for receiving the Project Excellence Award.  Each year the Area Progress Council honors outstanding teachers from each school in Warren County.  Teachers are nominated throughout the year and a committee selects a teacher from each district to receive the award and be honored at a ceremony at the end of the year.  The banquet is currently postponed indefinitely but Mr. Merk will be recognized as the Greater Ohio Virtual Schools 2nd ever recipient of the award. 

GREAT JOB Mr. Merk! MM

 


END OF SCHOOL YEAR INFORMATION
For underclassmen/non-graduates

  • The final day of school for the 19-20 school year is Thursday, May 28, 2020.
  • Students will have until 11:59pm on Thursday, May 28, to complete the coursework on their VLA screen before the system shuts down their account.
  • Any lessons left incomplete in any assigned class will be given a zero and averaged into the final grade for the class.  
  • No extensions will be granted.  
  • Required courses that are failed this year due to incomplete work may be reopened next school year, so that students may pick up where they left off.  
  • Hard copy report cards will be issued in mid-June, as long as the student does not owe fees to a previous district.  
  • Students are promoted to the next grade level to keep them with their original graduation cohort, but may be credit-deficient and have work to make-up in order to graduate on time.
  • Although GOVS does not offer summer school, online courses using the same VLA curriculum are available through the Warren County Educational Service Center for a cost of $330 for the first half credit and $165 for any additional half credit completed within 90 days of enrollment.  Contact your school counselor for more information -- visit the Counselor's Corner page for Mrs. Wall's and Mrs. Manchak's contact information.
     

IMPORTANT NOTES about Re-enrollment for next school year

  • Online re-enrollment instructions will be posted to the website later this month (including course requests) and families will be notified of its availability via OneCallNow.  
  • The electronic re-enrollment process must be completed by June 15th.  We will be operating on a waiting list from the start of the school year, so please don’t lose your spot!
  • Students planning to transfer to another school must enroll there and we must receive a request for records before you can be withdrawn from GOVS.
     

TECHNOLOGY EQUIPMENT

  • Returning students may keep any borrowed equipment over the summer. 
  • Students who do not plan to attend GOVS next year may return equipment by appointment only after June 1st.  No walk-ins, please.  Please call the GOVS Office @ 513.695.2924 or email  govs@warrencountyesc.com  to setup an appointment.
  • If you have any equipment that is not functioning properly, please follow the same instructions above to exchange.
     


The first day of school for the 20-21 school year will be Monday, August 24, 2020.  Don't forget -- if you want to continue with GOVS next year, it is your responsibility to re-enroll!  Stay tuned for those links.


GRADUATION INFORMATION!

Click on each picture to open in a separate window (you can then zoom in)

Grad1

2



As of Thursday, 5/20, at 2:00pm, here are your daily announcements:
 

  1. Graduation!  See the two pictures above!
     
  2. Make sure you see that there are only 5 days left this school year (School days, Monday through Friday).  Including weekend days, there are 8 days. 
     
  3. If your name is Ashton, Jayden, Dylan, Graci, Kayla, or Cameron, you might have won our April incentive contest for your VLA work!  See the News Feed.
     
  4. Are you finished with all your VLA classes?  Or are you close to running out?  You need to let your counselor know via email (go to the Counselor's Corner webpage, the link is to the right of the Student VLA login button you use) that you need classes.  If you can meet your attendance requirements by completing independent reading or documentary/film watching, there's a chance you don't need another class.  But you have to let your counselor know!
     
  5. Virtual Tutoring Lab!  Thanks to some awesome tutors making time during their day, we have a virtual tutoring lab for our students.  You can pop-in for as long or as little as you want!

    Here is the lab schedule:
    Mondays from 12:00pm--2:00pm
    Tuesdays from 6:00pm--8:00pm
    Wednesdays from 10:00am--12:00pm
    Thursdays from 3:00pm--5:00pm

    How does the virtual lab work? 
    Please visit our GOVS Tutoring link, up under Student Resources. 

    **Note -- if the page says "disabled", it just means we are updating it with the Google Meet links.  Refresh your browser at the lab starting time shown above**

    Everything you need to know about the virtual tutoring lab will be there!  The lab sessions will be 2 hours long, and you can pop-in anytime during those 2 hours, and stay as long as you want!  You can do this from your Chromebook or even from your smart phone.  See the GOVS Tutoring page (up top under Student Resources, the 2nd option). 

     
  6. GOVS Counselor Mrs. Wall has put together a page of resources for our students and their families.  CLICK HERE  to access our COVID-19 Info Page.
     
  7. Thank you to everyone who has emailed, texted, or called us.  We are doing our best to reply to all messages.  With us not being in the office, we are a true virtual school.  As a reminder, we can process everything virtually:
    • Transcript Requests
    • Work Permits
    • Adding more classes if you finish your current schedule of classes
    • See #6 below for more info.
       
  8. The GOVS Office is CLOSED until further notice.  You can still call us (513-695-2924) and leave a message.  You can send a quick text to 513-409-1879.  Or you can email us (email@mygovs.com).  But the physical office is closed.  We will do our best to get back to you as soon as we can.
     
    • If you need a Work Permit, we have the capabilities to take care of that virtually.  Click on Student Resources up top, then the 3rd option, then follow the instructions listed under Work Permits.  Once you have both forms completed, text us at 513.409.1879 for further instructions.  Or you can email us your completed Work Permit (scanned copy or cell phone picture) to:  email@mygovs.com
       
    • If you have any other form that needs to be filled out, you can either email us (govs@warrencountyesc.com) or send a text message to 513.409.1879 with your question.

 

T

 

We will continue to post GOVS updates via this announcement box.


Here is a message from Mr. Barot:
Dear GOVS students and Parents,

The Corona Virus has dominated the news and our way of life. School district leaders are following direction from our state officials and are gathering to conduct plans on how to move forward.

Most universities are converting to online curriculum and brick and mortar schools are also discussing this option for implementation (if needed).

Our students have the advantage of being enrolled with an established and successful on line school. GOVS students are expected to continue the WEEKLY requirement of TWENTY FIVE hours of instruction and completion of FIVE academic lessons. The virus has played havoc with our testing schedule. We will keep you updated with changes made with testing dates, times and locations. 

All school information and updates  will be posted on our homepage (www.mygovs.com). We will also use all of our communication tools to get the word out. 

Please use caution when you are out in public and continue to wash those hands.

Thank you for reviewing this message. Take care of your loved ones during this outbreak.

Sincerely,

Mr. Barot

Principal- Greater Ohio Virtual School


 


 

 

Upcoming Events

Message from Executive Director

SL

On behalf of the Greater Ohio Virtual School, I would like to welcome the students and parents to our school.  The Greater Ohio Virtual School is an innovative school that is a cooperative effort with the Ohio Department of Education and the Warren County Educational Service Center. GOVS uses technology to reach a diverse student population.  The school is designed for students in grades 7 – 12 who have a desire for, and whose education can be optimized by, a program of online instruction in an independent environment that does not include most ancillary components of a more traditional education.  Because the focus is on distance learning, the ability of students to learn independently in their own homes using an online educational program is an essential element of the school’s program.  A majority of the students will be between the ages of 16 and 22 and who are at risk.  The definition of at risk may include but not limited to; lack of academic success, unsuccessful in the home district, health risk, social issues, financial hardship, transient students, home schooled children, children with special physical and mental needs, religious reason and behavioral issues. 

Mission Statement

Greater Ohio Virtual School’s mission is to provide students with a highly personal and continuous connection to learning through an online based education.  The school deems that this quality instructional alternative will serve individual needs and prepare the student to transition into their next phase of life, be it entering the work force, military, or continuing their education.

Educational Philosophy and Beliefs

Greater Ohio Virtual School’s educational philosophy can be summarized with the following statements: Deliver instruction to students in a cost effective manner and in a manner that allows them to earn high school credit at a self-determined pace.  We will strive to take students at their current academic levels, build upon that foundation, and increase achievement at developmentally appropriate rates and levels.  We will do this with the assistance of technology and appropriately licensed Ohio teachers.  Our ultimate goal is to provide applicable skills that will allow students to be lifelong learners and intelligent decision-makers.  Another important factor woven into the school is the belief that effective education is a cooperative venture between the students, parents/guardians, teachers, and support staff.  Furthermore, in many instances the local public schools, organizations, and social services can provide valuable support.  In short, a teaming process will be critical to the success of the program.

Beliefs:  Our core beliefs are succinctly stated as follows:

  • The effective delivery of educational services and resources is critical to our mission.
  • Ongoing planning, assessment, and evaluation drive a growing, dynamic organization and provide for the effective use of resources.
  • Empowering the learning community through technology is a vital necessity.
  • Sound educational decisions are driven by accurate data.
  • A well-trained and talented staff that continually upgrades its skills is a requirement for a successful organization.
  • A spirit of teamwork and cooperation within the organization and with the SPONSOR, our educational partner, must be encouraged and nurtured.
  • The school will foster resiliency in students by building on student’s strengths.  (Resiliency is the ability to adapt and succeed despite risk and adversity.)
  • Stakeholders will adhere to the belief that all students can succeed.  And they communicate this belief to their students.
  • Students will participate in meaningful, engaged learning and experience opportunities to succeed in the school.
  • Students will be held to high educational standards and communicate the belief that all students can succeed.
  • The school will provide varied opportunities to remediate past failures or academic setbacks in the student’s career.
  • The school’s climate will be marked by caring and support, high expectations, and opportunities for meaningful participation that can counteract the risk factors in child’s life.
     

Mr. Shawn E. Lenney
Executive Director
Greater Ohio Virtual School
shawn.lenney@warrencountyesc.com

Message from Principal

BB

Thanks for taking the time to review the GOVS website. Please feel free to review our curriculum. GOVS is a school of choice serving students in grades 7-12. Our office is located in Lebanon, Ohio. The Warren County Educational Service Center is our sponsoring agent. GOVS offers many services for our students. Five hours of FREE tutoring (per week) is just one of the services provided to our students. All of our teachers are highly qualified. We look forward to serving you for your educational needs.  GOVS is a FREE PUBLIC online school. Please call 513.695.2924 if you desire more information on how GOVS can assist your student in pursuing their high school diploma. 

Mr. Brian Barot
Principal
Greater Ohio Virtual School
brian.barot@warrencountyesc.com

Welcome to the Greater Ohio Virtual School!

The Greater Ohio Virtual School is a free, public, online school. It is a comprehensive educational program for students in grades 7-12 who reside in the state of Ohio. Our mission is to provide students with a highly personal and continuous connection to learning by utilizing an internet based curriculum. Every student will develop the skill of communication, the ability to engage in critical thinking, and the building blocks of education necessary for a successful future.

Our school is a free & online public school. This is not a home-school type of program.  The GOVS curriculum is provided through the Virtual Learning Academy (VLA), which is aligned to state standards.

Our teachers and staff want the very best for each student. They pride themselves on finding ways for individuals to achieve success. GOVS teachers are state certified and highly qualified in their subject area. Education is focused around the student. Even students who are a credit or two behind will be provided with the tools not only to catch up but to graduate. Students are able to work at their own pace and tutoring is available on-site, off-site, or face-to-face. Students are provided a computer to do the course work and can earn a GOVS high school diploma. We recognize that each student is unique and embrace that. Although education is a high priority, we understand there are additional responsibilities in young people’s lives. Whether it is a demanding work schedule or family obligations, GOVS gives students the opportunity to complete their schoolwork when the time is right for them.