Online Students News

Blog Entries - 2020

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Tech Support for LCS Families

Posted on: December 29, 2020

Lebanon City Schools is a Google district. That means that we use GSuite for Education tools for teaching and learning. Please visit our Parent Portal Website for useful information in accessing technology from home. 

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Hello Option 2 families- December 28 update

Posted on: December 28, 2020

Hello option 2 families, Just a quick reminder that we resume one week from today, January 4. If you haven't had a change to review this Option 2 Walkthrough document, please take some time to do so.  It's also available on our website. For new

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Week 18 update

Posted on: December 17, 2020

Good afternoon, Offline hours for week 18 are due by Sunday night.  Reminder: students in grades 9-12 need 12.5 total hours this week to align with the exam-week schedule for in-person students. Reminder that tomorrow is the last day for Option 2

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Snow Day Reminders

Posted on: December 15, 2020

Dear Parents: As winter weather approaches, it is time once again to communicate our plans for informing our stakeholders about snow delays and closings. Like last year, if school is delayed or canceled, we will send a text message to all

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Week 17 update

Posted on: December 10, 2020

Good afternoon, Week 17 ends this Sunday.  Please submit offline hours by Sunday night.   Next week is the last week of the semester.  Students should wrap up any remaining units/activities and submit them next week Due to the LHS

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week 16 update

Posted on: December 3, 2020

Hello Option 2 families, I hope you had a nice Thanksgiving break.  I have a number of important reminders for you this week: Please double-check your student's progress in VLA or PLP.  Only graded work is included in the average grade

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Week 14 update

Posted on: November 19, 2020

Hello option 2 families, Here's this week's update: Week 14 offline hours are due by Sunday.  It really helps when these are submitted on time, and reduces the chances of an absence being added to your student's record.  As a reminder, these

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Week 13 update

Posted on: November 13, 2020

Good morning! Week 13 offline hours are due by Sunday night.  25 total hours are due this week (12.5 for K students)  When hours are submitted late, they are not added to a student's attendance record. Looking ahead to week 15 (Thanksgiving

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Week 12 update

Posted on: November 5, 2020

Hello- four items today: 1- Offline hours for week 12 are due by Sunday night. 2- Last week, we announced that the Monday and Tuesday before Thanksgiving would be calamity days for our school district, providing a 9-day separation break for students and

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Final reminder- option change deadline is today at 4 PM.

Posted on: October 30, 2020

Hello- We wanted to send a final reminder that the deadline to request an option change for second semester is today at 4 PM. This webpage has all the details. Remember: 1- If you want your student to stay where they are now for second semester, there's

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Week 11 update

Posted on: October 29, 2020

Hello Option 2 families, Three quick items on this rainy Thursday: 1- Offline hours for week 11 are due by Sunday night.  It's 25 hours total for this week. 2- There have been several questions about attendance records in the last couple

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Option change deadline is Friday

Posted on: October 28, 2020

Reminder- the deadline to request an option change for your students is this Friday at 4:00 PM. Here are some helpful links: Our webpage with information about second semester- current numbers are posted here Our second semester plans The process for

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World Language course transition information

Posted on: October 28, 2020

We've prepared some information related to course transitions in the world languages department.

You can access it here.

Thank you,

Mark Graler

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Option Change Deadline is next Friday

Posted on: October 23, 2020

Good afternoon, We're one week away from the deadline to submit an option change request for second semester.  The deadline is next Friday, October 30, at 4:00 PM.  We will not accept any requests for option changes after this deadline. READ THE

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Week 10 update

Posted on: October 22, 2020

Good morning, Some reminders for you: Week 10 offline hours are due by Sunday night.  Students using VLA should log their hours in Unit 10 in the Offline Educational Opportunities course.  Students using PLP and ULS should use this google

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Week 9 update

Posted on: October 15, 2020

TOMORROW'S NOT A SCHOOL DAYToday is the last 'school day' this week, and staff is not scheduled to work tomorrow.  Students can continue to complete work and offline hours as usual tomorrow, Saturday, and Sunday if needed.  20 total hours are due

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Is your student on track?

Posted on: October 14, 2020

I wanted to clarify for everyone how to know if your student is on-track in terms of work completion here at the end of first quarter. For students using VLA: If a course has 18 units, the student should be finished with 9 units by the end of the

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End of Quarter Progress Reporting

Posted on: October 13, 2020

Good afternoon, I wanted to share an update about end of quarter progress reporting. Students in option 2 will not be receiving a grade card at the end of the first quarter.  Instead, grades will be formally recorded at the semester.  There are a

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Week 8 update

Posted on: October 9, 2020

Good morning, Just a reminder that offline hours for week 8 are due by Sunday night.  We are caught-up with entering attendance hours now, so if you submit hours after Sunday, it's possible unexcused absence hours will be added to your student's

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MAP testing information

Posted on: October 8, 2020

Good afternoon, This document contains the information you'll need to schedule and support your online students to take MAP GROWTH tests.  It is also available on our online students webpage under MAP TESTING. In my communication yesterday, I published

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MAP testing next week

Posted on: October 7, 2020

Hello, All option 2 students in grades K-8 are encouraged to participate in MAP testing next week.  I'll have additional details out soon, but wanted to share available testing sessions now.  There are two MAP tests each student should take:

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Week 7

Posted on: October 2, 2020

Good morning, Just a quick reminder that offline hours for week 7 are due by Sunday night. VLA students use the Offline Educational Opportunities course in VLA. PLP and ULS students use this google form. We're expecting 25 total hours for this week

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Third Grade State Reading Test

Posted on: October 1, 2020

Good afternoon caregivers of third grade students in option 2, We give Ohio's State Test in Reading to third grade students twice each year, in October and April.  As part of Ohio's third grade reading guarantee, the test results are typically used to

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Arbordale Publishing

Posted on: October 1, 2020

Multiple families have reported issues with Arbordale Publishing books opening correctly in VLA.  When this happens, please let us know the subject, unit, and book so we can contact VLA to have the problem corrected.  The help form is the best way

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Optional Vision and Hearing Screenings

Posted on: September 28, 2020

Our district conducts vision and hearing screenings for about half of our students each year.  We screen students in Kindergarten and all odd grade levels. Screenings are an important way to catch potential issues before they impact a student's

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Week 6 hours

Posted on: September 25, 2020

Week 6 hours I'm encouraged that today was a better day for VLA technical issues.  I know it doesn't make up for the frustrations of the past two weeks, but hopefully it's an indication that the work being done by the Jefferson County ESC staff is

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VLA frustrations

Posted on: September 24, 2020

A message from Todd Yohey, Superintendent Dear VLA Parents and Students: It has certainly been a frustrating week for all of us with the poor performance of the VLA system. We understand that anytime, anywhere access needs to be an important component of

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VLA issues update

Posted on: September 23, 2020

VLA staff posted this information on their site this morning.  I wanted to be sure you saw it so you had all the information we have about what the problems have been. Thank you, Mark Graler VLA Update – 9.22.2020 Message from: Mark

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VLA update and wonderopolis.org

Posted on: September 22, 2020

It seems that VLA will now allow access and display content and questions.  The issue is with saving student work. I think a good work-around for this while VLA staff work to fix the issue is to type/record answers either on paper or in a google

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InView testing for 5th graders

Posted on: September 21, 2020

Hello, The Ohio Department of Education requires districts to administer grade-level screening tests for giftedness.  In Lebanon, these tests are administered in grades 2 and 5.  We use the InView assessment as our screening test for superior

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Week 5 update

Posted on: September 17, 2020

Good afternoon, I know many of you have experienced issues with VLA this week.  They are working to prevent these outages and kick-offs.  I don't think it's fair to hold students accountable for working in a system that isn't accessible as much as

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Attendance update 9/10

Posted on: September 10, 2020

Good afternoon, I want to apologize again for the mix up with communication about attendance yesterday.  We corrected the calculation errors last night.  Today's important items: Instead of finalizing week 2 and week 3 attendance on Friday, we

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attendance update emails

Posted on: September 9, 2020

Attendance update for Week 2 (August 24-August 30) [The week 3 update is below.] Your student did not log 25 total hours during August 24-August 30 (or 12.5 for Kindergarten students).  Here is the document that explains attendance hours, and here is

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Week 3 update

Posted on: September 3, 2020

Good afternoon, I wanted to send a few reminders out as we wrap up week 3: 1- Logging offline hours is important.  We're required to enter missing hours as unexcused absences.  We have a webpage with lots of information about this here.  For

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Immersive Reader

Posted on: September 1, 2020

Use Immersive Reader to help students listen to text on a screen, or translate text on a screen.

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PLP pacing dates updated

Posted on: August 31, 2020

We updated PLP course dates on Friday.  They were originally entered as ending mid-November.  They were updated to reflect the actual end-of-semester date, December 18, 2020, or the end-of-second-semester date, May 14, 2021.

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World Language audio recording & LHS testing day

Posted on: August 28, 2020

World Language Recording Please watch this video to learn about how to record audio files and attach them in VLA.   Testing Day Please check out this webpage for information about Testing Day for students in grades 9-11.  Students who want to

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Offline Hours Video for VLA families

Posted on: August 28, 2020

This video will show how to enter offline hours in VLA.  Click Read More to see the video.

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Week 2 Update

Posted on: August 27, 2020

OFFLINE HOURS The course to capture each student's offline hours will be added to VLA accounts later today.  Please enter the offline hours for this week (UNIT 2) by Sunday night.  You can enter them earlier if you like.  Do not use unit

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LCS Family Tech Support

Posted on: August 26, 2020

Introducing the LCS Family Tech Support Parent Portal! Lebanon City Schools is a Google district. That means that we use GSuite for Education tools for teaching and learning. Your student will type their work on Google Docs, create multimedia presentations on

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OPTION 2 HELP FORM

Posted on: August 16, 2020

We've prepared a Google form to facilitate help requests.  Multiple staff members will be working from the form, so asking for help this way will result in a faster response than emailing one staff member or leaving a voice mail message for one staff

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Platform credentials

Posted on: August 16, 2020

UPDATE: we're aware that parent VLA credentials arrived as scheduled.  We've fixed an issue that blocked student credentials from coming through and those are being sent at this time.  PLP credentials are also on their way out to students.  We

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Credentials Update 2:30 p.m.

Posted on: August 16, 2020

Good afternoon, After a fairly bumpy 36 hours, all current VLA and PLP credentials have been sent out. For VLA students, student credentials were sent to each student's Lebanon Gmail account.  Parent accounts were sent to the parent email in our

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VLA credentials coming today

Posted on: August 15, 2020

VLA credentials are coming to student gmail accounts today.

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Logging in to Chromebooks

Posted on: August 14, 2020

Logging in to school-owned devices:Username is: lastname.firstname + graduation year (example: graler.mark92).  Password is LCS + Student ID (example: LCS12345)   Logging in to Lebanon gmail accounts:  Username is the email

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Option 2 Update for Parents/Caregivers

Posted on: August 14, 2020

Mr. Graler's August 14 update for parents/caregivers with students in option 2.

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Option 2 Update for Parents/Caregivers

Posted on: August 13, 2020

Mr. Graler's August 13th update for parents/caregivers with students enrolled in Option 2 (VLA)

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Switching to Option 2

Posted on: August 6, 2020

Students who switch from Option 1 (in person) to Option 2 (online) after August 7th will not begin the online work until August 24th.

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August 4, 2020 Update

Posted on: August 5, 2020

Counselors are working to adjust student schedules.  We will be in communication with you soon with more information about your student's courses, teachers, and information about how to access the online platforms.  Timeline for this

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Platform access and schedules

Posted on: August 7, 2020

Our timeline for sending out access to online learning platforms and schedules for students is August 13-14.

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Beginning of the year differences

Posted on: August 7, 2020

There are a few differences between the way school will start for online students and the way school will start for in-person students.  There will not be conferences for online students.  Beginning August 17, staff will be in contact to share

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