• General Information

    Class Structure

    Dr. Oliver's classes are structured around the model of direct instruction. What students are expected to learn, skills and content, will be first presented by the instructor. Students then interact with the skill or content through a variety of appropriate activities with teacher support. Mistakes are expected, honored, and corrected at this stage of instruction. This stage will continue according to student need and mastery. Finally, the student will demonstrate his/her level of mastery through an independently completed assignment.

    Class Expectations

    Students are expected to be on time and stay for the entire class session. Participation and behavior grades will be impacted by unexcused absences and tardiness. At the Virtual Academy, "A student will be considered absent when he or she does not attend the scheduled class time on an instructional day." (Student Handbook, pg. 16) Attendance is taken at the end of each class session. Tardiness is defined by school policy as logging on 5 minutes after the scheduled time without justifiable reason. Excuses for absences must be received within 3 days of the absence or the absence will remain as unexcused. Please notify the school before 10:00 am of an absence if at all possible. (Handbook, pg. 16) Multiple tardies will be counted as a absence. Please refer to the Student Handbook pages 15-18 for more detailed information on attendance.

    Students are expected to take care of personal needs, such as going to the bathroom, before or between classes. Emergencies do happen and situations will be taken into account.

    Students are expected to keep their cameras turned on with their faces on the screen. If the student was in a "brick and mortar" setting, the rest of the class would see them. This is a school policy and violation of it could result in a referral to the office. Microphones should be muted unless the student is responding to the instructor, or has been recognized by the instructor to ask a question.

    Students are expected to respect all others in the class. Everyone makes mistakes. Therefore, no one should be mocked when they make a mistake. Treat others the way you want to be treated.  

    Students should follow directions on assignments and take his/her time to complete the work accurately the first time. It is less work to do the assignment correctly when it is given, than to repeat the assignment multiple times. Re-opening assignments will be minimized this year.

    NO NOT PLAGERIZE! Plagiarism is when one copies the work of another and does not give credit to the author for their work. Do not copy and paste from the Internet or other sources unless allowed by the assignment instructions. If you are allowed to copy, give credit to the source used. Grades will be severely impacted when plagiarism is committed.

    Grades

    Grades are an important part of the school process. Danville Public School has adopted a new grading system. Assignments are divided into Gold, Silver, and Bronze categories and each is given a different values. The assignment values for each of Dr. Oliver's classes are in the individual course description. A new grading scale has also been adopted. 

    Letter Grade

    Percent Grade

    A

    90-100

    B

    80-89

    C

    70-79

    D

    60-69

    F

    below 60

    GPA values for high school students are in the Handbook on page 12.

    The time to start planning for graduation is NOW regardless of your grade level. The Student Handbook has the requirements for Standard and Advanced diplomas on page 11.

     

    Supplies

    Paper notebook and pencils to make individual notes

    Suggested only

    mouse to use with Chromebook (might be easier to use than the touchpad)

    headphones/earbuds (may help filter out distracting noises)

    Math: basic calculator--"Keep It Simple Sweetie" (to be used as instructed)

     

     

     

  • Language Arts Class

    Class Goals

    Students will increase their fluency and understanding of more advanced texts.

    Students will acquire new vocabulary.

    Students will improve their written communication skills.

    Grades

    Bronze Category

    Spelling Quizzes (each week will have highlighted vocabulary)

    Participation/Behavior (Participation grades are based on attendance and participation in class activities; behavior based on any disruptive or inappropriate behavior. Daily scores will be recorded by the teacher and averaged for a weekly grade)

    Silver Category

    Writing samples: done weekly and graded according to a provided rubric

    Reading Comprehension quizzes

    Gold Category

    Test over specific material covered in class: EX. Punctuation and Capitalization Rules

    Oral Presentation of an assigned topic

  • Math Class

    Goals

    Students will improve their practical computation skills, especially with money.

    Students will improve their mathematical reasoning skills in the areas of practical geometry, lapsed time, and patterns.

    Grades

    Bronze Category

    Participation/Behavior (Participation grades are based on attendance and participation in class activities; behavior based on any disruptive or inappropriate behavior. Daily scores will be recorded by the teacher and averaged for a weekly grade)  

    Silver Category

    Daily Math Drills: Daily grades will be averaged to give a weekly grade.

    Gold Category

    Tests on unit skills and materials.

    Supplies

    Calculator: very basic functions, "Keep It Simple Sweetie"

  • Science Class

    Goals

    Students will have a deeper understanding of the natural world in which they live.

    Students will engage in activities that protect and preserve the environment.

    Grades

    Bronze Category

    Participation/Behavior (Participation grades are based on attendance and participation in class activities; behavior based on any disruptive or inappropriate behavior. Daily scores will be recorded by the teacher and averaged for a weekly grade) 

    Weather Log: daily record of weather conditions, graded weekly

    Silver Category

    Weekly quizzes on current topic of study.

    Gold Category

    Unit quizzes on current topic of study.

     

  • Social Studies

    Goals

    Students will increase their knowledge of different cultures around the world and from the past.

    Students will trace how events from the past have shaped the present.

    Students will find reasons to respect the institutions that shape the way we live in the United States.

    Grades

    Bronze Category

    Participation/Behavior (Participation grades are based on attendance and participation in class activities; behavior based on any disruptive or inappropriate behavior. Daily scores will be recorded by the teacher and averaged for a weekly grade) 

    Weather Log: daily record of weather conditions, graded weekly

    Silver Category

    Weekly quizzes on current topic of study.

    Gold Category

    Unit quizzes on current topic of study.

     

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Degrees and Certifications:

Dr. Dr. Jones Oliver

CONTACT INFORMATION: Phone: I.W. Taylor Virtual Academy: 434-773-8134

                                             Direct: 276-200-2551

EMAIL: gjoliver@mail.dps.k12.va.us

 

BIOGRAPHY:

Dr. Oliver graduated from Morehead High School in Eden, NC in 1975. He was inducted into the National Honor Society as a senior. While in high school, Dr. Oliver served in the local rescue squad and was in the first EMT class to graduate from Rockingham Community College. He worked  part-time jobs operating a printing press and as a disc jockey at a local radio station. Dr. Oliver earned a Bachelor of Arts in Bible, Bible Languages, and History from Kentucky Christian College in Grayson, KY, graduating with honors in 1979. He received a Master of Divinity in 1985 and a Doctor of Ministry in 2003 from Emmanuel School of Religion in Johnson City TN. In 2004, Dr. Oliver received a Bachelor of Science in Special Education from North Carolina A & T University in Greensboro, NC in 2004. He has been teaching in self-contained classrooms since 2005. Dr. Oliver was assigned to the virtual instruction team at Westwood Middle School during the 2020-2021 school year and joined the faculty of I. W. Taylor Virtual Academy's inaugural year in 2021-2022.

Dr. Oliver enjoys everything history, horses, camping, dogs, and coffee.