|About Mrs. Rush||Contact Information||Course Information for
Forsyth Virtual Academy
|Course Information for NFHS||Course Home Page||FAQ|
Hello and welcome! I am Mrs. Rush and this is the home page to the courses that I teach at Forsyth Virtual Academy (FVA) and North Forsyth High School. I hope that you will enjoy our class this year. I have worked hard to put together course content, lessons, and assignments that are engaging, challenging, and meet Georgia's curriculum standards.
In 2014, one student wrote: "Hi Mrs. Rush. I just wanted to mention that I appreciate when you put feedback on my assignments, it really lets me know what I've done good on or what I need to improve on. Thanks for being an awesome teacher."
In 2017, the FVA Valedictorian wrote "A few teachers did have an impact ..., Ms. Shannon Anderson-Rush with her excellent online teaching strategies from class schedule organization to class content and communication."
In 2018, the FVA Salutatorian wrote "Iíve really enjoyed taking your classes for the past few years; theyíve definitely been my favorite. Iíll be attending UGA this fall where I plan to major in Cognitive Science. This degree allows me a lot of career options with one of them being computer programming. Taking your class has definitely played a big part in my interest in computer programming as a career. Thank you again for being such a great teacher and I hope you have a great summer."
I am a full-time AP Computer Science teacher at North Forsyth High School where I am starting my 19th year. This is my 9th year as a Forsyth Virtual Academy virtual teacher and I enjoy teaching virtual school just as much as the face to face instruction.
I grew up in Michigan where I earned my Bachelor of Science degree from Central Michigan University in Business Teacher Education. I have a Masters degree in Curriculum and Instruction and an Education Specialist degree (Ed.S.) in Educational Leadership. I earned my Ed.S. degree through virtual education. Before coming to Georgia, I taught in Michigan, Missouri, and Illinois. I have also taught at Lanier Technical College as an adjunct instructor and for Pioneer RESA as an online teaching endorsement instructor to education professionals. I currently serve on the Georgia Business Education Association Board of Directors and the Georgia Computer Science Advisory Board.
In addition to my teaching experience, while I was in college I worked summer vacations as a State Park ranger at Clear Lake State Park in Atlanta, Michigan. I have volunteered many years as a Boy Scout leader and went to summer camp with the boys for ten years. I am a mom of two adult children who both graduated from a Forsyth County High School. When I am not working, I love to read and play Runescape.
If you have the Aurasma app (available free from Google Play Store or the Apple App Store), hover the app over the picture of the woman at the computer for a personal greeting from Mrs. Rush.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have questions, need help, or are just plain lost. My contact information is on the course syllabus and the home page of our course in itsLearning as well as the best time to call me if you want to talk on the phone or connect via Facetime. I check email frequently and you can email me email@example.com. :-) When you email, you must identify which class you are in (i.e. IDT) and which unit/assignment you are referring to.
Please use the QR code to add my contact information to your contacts. You cannot text to the phone number in the contact information because this number is for my classroom at North Forsyth High School. You can leave a voice mail for me at any time. My voice mail is sent to my email so I can access it even when I am not at school.
Most of your course content is going to come through reading and watching. You will be reading content that I have written myself and assembled from various resources including articles on the World Wide Web and PowerPoint presentations that I or other teachers across the state of Georgia have created or use through a third party such as Nearpod or Georgia Virtual School. I have also created and embedded information and instructional videos on YouTube. It is tempting to simply go to the assignments and attempt to complete them. However, the reading and the watching is very important and relevant and should not be skipped!
You will also be expected to participate in the discussion board discussions. Even though our class is virtual, we are still in this together. You. Me. Classmates. You should respond to replies to your own initial posts as well as respectfully and constructively replying to other students.
Your assignments are posted to the course planner in itsLearning. Weekly assignments are due by Friday of each week. If you are not going to be able to complete your assignments by Friday, please use the assignment request form to get an automatic 24-hour extension. Extensions will be granted through 8:00 a.m. Sunday morning. A late penalty will be assessed for any assignment that is not submitted by Friday without an approved extension prior to the assignment deadline. If you need longer than 24 hours, you can state the reason in the extension request form but you should be proactive and work ahead. Field trips and conferences are not appropriate reasons for your work to be late. Attendance is connected to you completing your weekly assignments. As long as the assignments are available, you can work ahead.
All assignments are submitted through itsLearning. You should follow the instructions for submitting your files. Many assignments are submitted directly into the itsLearning textbox and do not require a separate attachment. I use a Windows PC and can open Microsoft Office and Open Office files only. I cannot open up MAC files or files with a .pages extension. Please convert your files to .pdf or .rtf if necessary or even take a picture.
All courses have a final exam. Per Forsyth County Schoolís policy, you are exempt if you have a rounded 90%. This is true of Forsyth Virtual Academy as well.
Most of your course content is going to come through reading, watching, and listening to me impart my vast knowledge onto you. We will be utilizing the unit websites that I have written or use through a third party website such as Nearpod or CodeHS. This information comes from my own education, experience, and presentations that I or other teachers across the state of Georgia have created.
You will be expected to participate in the discussion board discussions. You should respond to replies to your own initial posts as well as respectfully and constructively replying to other student's posts.
Your assignments are posted to the course planner in itsLearning and this is where you will also be turning your in assignments for grading. Please do not email me or text me your assignment.
All assignments are submitted through itsLearning. You should follow the instructions for submitting your files. Many assignments are submitted directly into the itsLearning textbox and do not require a separate attachment or link to your Google Drive. I use a Windows PC and can open Microsoft Office and Open Office files only. I cannot open up MAC files or files with a .pages extension. Please convert your files to .pdf or .rtf if necessary or even take a picture.
All courses have a final exam. Per Forsyth County Schoolís policy, you are exempt if you have at least a 90%.
Click on the link to go to the home page for the course that you are enrolled in. You will find the course description, syllabus, pacing guide as well as all of the units.
|AP Computer Science A||AP Computer Science Principles||Computer Science Principles||Banking, Insurance, & Investing|
|Introduction to Business & Technology||Introduction to Digital Technology||Financial Literacy||Digital Design|
I will be building the frequently asked questions as we go through the year. So you if you have a question, look here first to see if there is already an answer.