From yesterday’s inbox…
Districts and Charter Schools,Please forward this E-lert to your school-level stakeholders. If you are having difficulty viewing this email, you may view the E-lert online here: http://goo.gl/ZMsV06
September 12, 2014 – In This Issue:
September 18 - Traditional and early calendar progress reports are posted in the registration system.
October 2 – Traditional and early calendar progress reports are posted in the registration system.
October 16 – Early calendar grade reports posted in the registration system. These are weighted grades (37.5%)
October 16 – Traditional calendar progress reports are posted in the registration system.
October 30 – Traditional calendar grade reports posted in the registration system. These are weighted grades (37.5%)
October 30 – Early calendar progress reports are posted in the registration system.
We heard . . . .
“It doesn’t matter what teachers teach. It only matters what students learn.” ~Richard Curwin“Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.” ~Socrates”Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.” ~Carl Sagan.
“To admit that you begin the day planning to change the world certainly sounds grandiose, maybe even delusional. Yet, I believe that you do change the world every day, whether you intend to or not. Often it only takes a small act to make a difference.” ~Mark Sanborn
“A teacher can either cement mediocrity or inspire excellence in a student, regardless of what subject is being taught.” ~ Stephen R. Covey
“To achieve great things, two things are needed; a plan, and not quite enough time.” ~Leonard Bernstein
“No rule you make during the 1st weeks of school will cause good behavior in May. Strong relationships will though.” ~Dr. Joe Clark
“The trouble is learning requires rethinking and rethinking hurts.”
“The beautiful thing about learning is nobody can take it away from you.” ~ B. B. King
‘”The best teachers are the ones that show you where to look but don’t tell you what to see.”
Districts and Schools, tell us about your success stories. Let us hear about individual student successes, increased virtual enrollment, outstanding lab facilitators, or virtual support processes that your school or district has in place. We would love to promote these stories.Click here to tell us about your successes.
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IEP Phone Conference (Action Required)
If a student with an IEP or 504 plan is enrolled in an NCVPS course, it is the responsibility of the local school system to ensure that all requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education (IEP) Act and Section 504 are met.
NCVPS will follow all modifications and accommodations documented on the IEP or 504 plan as appropriate. There are some instances in which accommodations listed in the IEP or 504 plan are not conducive to the online environment and may not be provided. In this case, the local school system will be responsible for providing such accommodations in order to help the student to be successful in the online course.
When a student enrolls in a NCVPS course, the accommodations or modifications from the IEP or 504 plan are shared via a phone conference between the local school district liaison and the NCVPS Virtual Teacher for the course. No IEP or 504 plans are shared via email. NCVPS and the school system must discuss the accommodations and modifications in the student’s IEP or 504 plan each semester the student enrolls in a NCVPS course.
For more on our IEP guidelines, please follow this link.
ELA Contact Information (Action Required)
Does your school have students enrolled with us? We must have contact information for someone at the school. This can be the advisor, lab facilitator, assistant principal, etc.
This link shows how to update your contact information.
District advisors, if you run an enrollment report, you can see the ELA contact information for your schools. Please ensure that each school has up-to-date contact information.
This link shows how to run an enrollment report.
You can also find school contact information in the grade reports.Enrollment Options
Here are our current enrollment options:
1. OCS - We cannot create new OCS sections, but schools may add students to their already established NCVPS OCS sections throughout the semester.
2. Credit Recovery – Schools may enroll students in credit recovery until the midway point of the semester if we have seats available in the course.
3. Transfer Students – NCVPS is now accepting transfer students. Transfer students must already be enrolled in the face-2-face version of the course, have seat time in front of an instructor, and have a grade to transfer in with. Students new to the course cannot transfer in.
4. Heath – Enrollment for the 2nd 9-weeks health courses is still open.
5. Spring 2015 – Registration for Spring 2015 is still open.Student Contact InformationIt is essential that schools use a student’s correct email address and phone number when they enroll.PLEASE DO NOT use a staff member’s email address and school phone when you enroll students. If you do, it will create two major issues:1. NCVPS teachers will not have the correct email address to contact students. It is imperative that our teachers have this. It helps ensure the success of your students.2. It enrolls the staff member’s email address into the class forums. Students will not get their forum updates, and the staff member’s inbox will be flooded with updates.
If you have students who are low-performing, under-performing, or at-risk for any reason, NCVPS has a number of intervention strategies for districts and schools to follow.
- Check for progress reports and report cards in the registration system. Updates are made every two weeks. You may contact teachers directly between updates to check on student progress.
- Have students contact their instructors during their office hours for live help.
- Try to establish a recurring time for student to meet with instructor (in Blackboard Collaborate or phone) for one-on-one tutoring.
- Have student sign up for NCVPS Peer Tutoring, which is availale for certain courses. Go to this link to learn more: http://goo.gl/GRkwT . Peer Tutoring offers the following services:
1) Peer Tutoring – Peer Tutors provides tutoring in specific content areas.
2) Virtual Buddy – Virtual Buddies are select student volunteers who have agreed to work with NCVPS students who need more than content help in their online classes.
3) Quick Questions – Services are available to all students via Blackboard IM at the start of the semester. For the first four weeks, this is the primary work we provide to ALL NCVPS students.
- Establish peer tutoring with other successful NCVPS students at your school (if available).
- Have EC students meet with the school’s EC specialist.
- See our list of assistive technologies. Go to this link to learn more: http://goo.gl/eryLQ
- Have students attend your school’s review sessions (if available).
- Have students attend your school’s tutoring session (if available).
- If the student is taking the course off campus, consider moving the student to a lab setting, especially if the student is not logging into the course.
- If you have students in EOC courses, be sure that they take part in our EOC Reviews that are in each EOC course. Have them contact their teachers for more information.
- Establish weekly or bi-weekly contact with instructors of any at-risk students.
- Have parents log in with the students at home and monitor their work. Parents can communicate with the instructor, too.
- Be sure students know where to go to get help. Teachers help with course questions and course content. The Virtual Support Center helps with technology issues in the course and login issues. The school ELAs help students with enrollment and withdrawing from a course.
We have some important tips from our tech team. These tips help ensure smooth operations.Help Desk Ticketing Tips
To answer your tickets faster and more efficiently we ask for the following when opening a ticket with the Virtual Support Center:
- Students first & last name
- PowerSchool ID number
- Course enrolled (example CourseSec01Fall14)
Please specify if course is:
- Early Calendar
This will help to insure we have the correct student.
If Student is showing email@example.com as their E-Mail address in Moodle and Blackboard, it’s time to update:
- Navigate to Administration
- My Profile settings
- Edit Profile
- Verify or update e-mail
- Scroll to bottom and “Update Profile”
For additional information please see our Tech Requirements:
STEM Education in Greene County
Check out how NCVPS is helping Greene County with its STEM initiative.#Awesome!
Approved eLearning Courses for NC
NCVPS CoursesNCVPS offers over 150 different courses, including advanced placement, electives, traditional, honors, core, STEM, occupational course of study, and credit recovery courses.Check out our 150+ list of courses here.
Vendor Approved Courses
In addition to NCVPS courses, North Carolina public schools also have a list of approved third-party vendor courses that they may choose from for virtual classes. Please follow this link to see the list of approved vendor courses. More on the vendor approval process can be found here.
Here are the newest approved vendor courses: (Course Title – Vendor)
- AP Art History – Florida Virtual
- Art History and Criticism – Florida Virtual
- English 1 – Florida Virtual
- English 2 – Florida Virtual
- English 3 – Florida Virtual
- English 4 – Florida Virtual
- English 4 College Prep – Florida Virtual
Course Spotlight -
Music Business and Recording
This is an entry level music business course that prepares students for careers in the music industry, both in music management and music recording. This introduction to the music industry establishes communication skills and knowledge of copyrights, music publishing and contracts, concert promotion, and recording studio business.
An introduction to music recording and music engineering is established through introducing skills needed for studio mixing, concert sound mixing, and D.J. applications. This course focuses on the technical and basic electronic aspects of music technology. Areas of instruction include beginning music theory, physics of sound, basic electronics, sound reinforcement systems, multi-track recording, digital audio recording, and digital signal processing.
Offered: Fall and Spring Block (Traditional and Early Calendar) and Summer
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