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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."

About Mrs. Rush

I am a full-time Business, Computer Science, and Marketing teacher at North Forsyth High School where I am starting my 17th year. This is my 7th 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 also have a Masters degree and an Education Specialist degree (Ed.S.). 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 served on the Georgia FBLA Board of Directors, 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 great kids and a daughter of two great parents. When I am not working, I love to read.

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Contact Information

Mrs. RushPlease 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. I check email all the time! :-) When you email, you must identify which class you are in (i.e. IDT) and which unit/assignment you are referring to. You will also find my contact information on the course syllabus.

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.

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Course Information for Forsyth Virtual Academy

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 Business and Marketing teachers across the state of Georgia have created or use through a third party such as 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 email me and request an extension. Extensions will be granted through 8:00 a.m. Monday 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. 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 School’s policy, you are exempt if you have a rounded 90%. This is true of Forsyth Virtual Academy as well.

Course Information for North Forsyth High School

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 such as Georgia Virtual School. This information comes from my own education, experience, and presentations that I or other Business and Marketing teachers across the state of Georgia have created.

You will also 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 students.

Your assignments are posted to the course planner in itsLearning and this is where you will also be turning your in assignments for grading.

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 School’s policy, you are exempt if you have at least a 90%.

Course Home Page

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

Frequently Asked Questions

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.