Mrs. Curtis-Bussey

Mrs. Curtis-Bussey
I'm Mrs Curtis-Bussey.  Currently, I teach Sixth (6th) through Eighth (8th) grade Language Arts at the Alternative Virtual Academy Middle School (AVAMS).  After graduating from high school, I matriculated at Fort Valley State University (Bachelor's Degree); Augusta University; Cambridge College (Master's and Specialist degrees).  Outside of teaching the thing that really makes me happy is Family.  I am married with three sons and one adorable grandson.  I have a host of sisters and brothers with whom I share the most loving parents! 
My philosophy about education cuts to the core of our society successes and failures.  I believe that teachers (along with a village of parent(s) and community) have the awesome duty of delivering meaningful and sustainable instruction to every student despite race, religion, gender, and/or socioeconomics. I strongly believe if this village fails to uphold their responsibilities then the student did not fail; to the contrary the teacher along with the village failed the Student.  With that said, I need you (artery of the village) to help me ensure your child's academic success.

Note to Parents and students
Parents and students,
Welcome to another year of teaching and learning at the Alternative Virtual Academy Middle School (AVAMS)!  Clayton County Public Schools Board of Education will start the 20-21 school year off with all students working virtually (online).  The online platform that we will be utilizing is called Edgenuity.  In addition to Edgenuity, we will use Google Classroom and/or Zoom to meet with students for lessons, conferences, and additional help as needed.  

Edgenuity is available to students Monday through Sunday (24/7).  Students are expected to log into Edgenuity daily for at least 1 hour in language arts.  I will re-assign lesson on Edgenuity when requested by students if a grade of 50 or less is assessed once.  You are expected to send me a help request if you are in need of additional help on any assignment.  

Edgenuity is a leading provider of K–12 online learning solutions, partnering with Clayton County Public Schools and other school districts throughout the country to provide the tools and support that is needed to leverage technology to improve student outcomes.

It is important to me that parents be actively involved in their child's education. Please use the online Parent Portal to check in with your student's progress, and do not hesitate to contact me to discuss your student's progress. E-mail is always the fastest way for me to respond ([email protected]). I look forward to conferencing with you!


Vision Statement
The vision of the Alternative Virtual Academy is to provide a safe, positive, and supportive learning environment that promotes scholastic achievement through non-traditional/ blended learning methods while enhancing character development and promoting the future success of all students.
Mission Statement
The mission of the Alternative Virtual Academy is to be accountable for serving in a structured and supportive learning environment by providing a quality education that encourages students to strive for a commitment to higher performance and develop the skills necessary to transition in to a traditional educational setting.

Language Arts Middle School Curriculum
Middle school students will focus on further advancing their writing, comprehension, and literature skills with the language arts curriculum. Students will delve into more detailed content across various literary genres, as well as enhance their vocabulary, grammar and parts of speech knowledge. Advanced comprehension skills are developed through the use of context clues, figurative language, point-of-view, and cause and effect, etc. 

Grading Scale
90-100       A
89-80         B
79-71         C
70-             D
69-0           F

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