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July 22, 2014

NCVPS E-lert for July 21, 2014

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://www.ncvps.org/index.php/ncvps-e-lert-for-july-21-2014/ .
July 21, 2014 – In This Issue:

Calendar Check
July 30 – NCVPS Open House.
July 31 – Progress report posted in the registration system.
August 7 – Progress report posted in the registration system.
August 8 – Last day of class. Students will not have access after this date.
August 12 – Early calendar classes begin.
August 14 – Final summer grades posted in the registration system.
August 25 – Last day to add or drop students from early calendar classes.
August 26 – Traditional calendar classes begin.
September 9 – Last day to add or drop students from early calendar classes.

NCVPS Celebrations
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.

E-lert Subscription
If you are not on the E-lert subscription list, but would like to be, please add your name to our list here.

We heard . . . .
“The average person says around 16,000 words a day. That’s a lot of chances to make the world more awesome.”

Current E-lert News

2014 Fall Open House
NCVPS will be hosting an open house on Wednesday, July 30, for any interested parents, students, and educators. This online open house will begin at 6p.m. in one of our Blackboard Collaborate rooms. Come join us and discover more about our program. This session is designed for public school, private school, and home-schooled students and parents.
Please follow this link to register.

Allotment Budgets Now Updated
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The 2014-15 enrollment projections have been completed by DPI.  Based on this information, the NCVPS budgets for the 2014-15 school year have been updated in the registration system.
When you log into the registration system, you will see your updated allotment totals.

Tech Updates
Java has had a recent update, and students who are using computers that are not running the latest version of Java may have issues in NCVPS courses.
Please visit http://www.java.com to update to the most current version, Java 7, Update 65.

Tips for Closing a Semester
We are in the last half of our summer session. It’s time to start thinking about closing out the semester. We have a few tips for schools to help.
Follow this link to our End of the Semester Tips and Reminders web page.

For Your Information

Middle School Success 101
NCVPS is offering Middle School Success 101 this fall. Originally we had planned to enroll students by hand, but with the volume of interest we received, we decided to allow each middle school to enroll on its own.  Look for the course title “Middle School Success 101″ in our registration system.
We will be reviewing the waitlists daily and open new sections.  However, we are limited to 10 sections for Fall 2014 as we roll out this new course, so please do not delay in enrolling your students.
Please keep in mind that this course is not for high school credit. This is a middle school course.

ACT Prep Course
NCVPS C&I is happy to share an ACT Prep course is in development and will be ready to pilot in Fall 2014. We will only offer 8 sections of 25 students for the fall. We will make the course available to everyone in the Spring 2015. If you are interested in enrolling students in our ACT Prep course for Fall 2014, please sign up now. There are limited seats available.
If you have questions, please contact Karen Creech at Karen.creech@ncpublicschools.gov.

Intervention Strategies
Do you have students who are not achieving in our courses? We have a list of intervention strategies for students who are low-performing, under-performing, and at risk.
Check them out here. One will be just what your student needs.

Catalogs for Virtual Learning 
in North Carolina
NCVPS 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.

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.

In The Loop

Speaking Virtually
Have you noticed that the digital world and online learning have their own jargon?  We would like to help everyone speak virtually. Here are two terms for this week:
LMS – A learning management system (LMS) is a software application for the administration, documentation, tracking, reporting and delivery of e-learning education courses or training programs. NCVPS uses Blackboard and Moodle for its LMSs.
Instructional Design: Instructional design involves the identification of the knowledge, information, and skill gaps of a particular group of people and creating or selecting learning experiences that close this gap. Instructional designers base their learning decisions on cognitive psychology, instructional theory, and best practices.

Twitter School
Follow us on Twitter! Throughout the week, our team posts valuable links that help followers better understand today’s learners and find the right tools to teach with, ideas that are important to all educators. Dive a little deeper into virtual education with the following links curated by the NCVPS Professional Learning team. 
Learn with us on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/ncvps
North Carolina Virtual Public School
1017 Main Campus Drive, Partners I Bldg.,
SUITE 3900, Raleigh, NC 27606
Phone:  919-513-8550   |  Fax:  919-513-2557  |
STAY CONNECTED

Like us on Facebook   Follow us on Twitter

Adam Renfro
Outreach and Support Coordinator
North Carolina Virtual Public School
910.644.0757
adam.renfro@ncpublicschools.gov
NCVPS Virtual Support Center:  http://www.help.ncvps.org/

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Note: All email correspondence to and from this address is subject to public review under the NC Public Records Law. As a result, messages may be monitored by and disclosed to third parties.

July 13, 2014

NCVPS E-lert for July 11, 2014

This is from Friday’s inbox…

Districts and Charter Schools,

Please forward this email to your stakeholders at the school level.  

We also have updates on the following items:

  • Summer School Updates
  • 2014 Fall Open House – July 30
  • Virtual Buddies for Students
  • Middle School Success 101
  • ACT Prep Course

Our E-lert for July 11, 2014, has been posted at this link:

http://www.ncvps.org/index.php/ncvps-e-lert-for-july-11-2014/

You may need to copy and paste that link into your browser if it is not hyperlinked in your email.

Thank you, and have a great day!

Adam Renfro
Outreach and Support Coordinator
North Carolina Virtual Public School
910.644.0757
adam.renfro@ncpublicschools.gov
NCVPS Virtual Support Center:  http://www.help.ncvps.org/

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Note: All email correspondence to and from this address is subject to public review under the NC Public Records Law. As a result, messages may be monitored by and disclosed to third parties.

June 26, 2014

NCVPS E-lert for June 26, 2014

From today’s inbox…

Districts and Charter Schools,

 

Please forward this email to your stakeholders at the school level.  

 

Friday, June 27, is the last day that schools can drop students. That is our tenth day of class. After June 27, all enrolled students will count in a district’s and charter’s allotment totals, and those students will receive a grade for the course. Schools may withdraw students after June 27, but those withdrawals will count in the allotment totals, and we will issue a W (withdrawal) grade for those students.

 

We also have updates on the following items:

  • Important Summer School Dates
  • Summer School Resources
  • 2014 Fall Open House – July 30

 

Our E-lert for June 26, 2014, has been posted at this link:

 

http://www.ncvps.org/index.php/ncvps-e-lert-for-june-26-2014/

 

You may need to copy and paste that link into your browser if it is not hyperlinked in your email.

 

Thank you, and have a great day!

 

Adam Renfro
Outreach and Support Coordinator
North Carolina Virtual Public School
910.644.0757
adam.renfro@ncpublicschools.gov
NCVPS Virtual Support Center:  http://www.help.ncvps.org/

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Note: All email correspondence to and from this address is subject to public review under the NC Public Records Law. As a result, messages may be monitored by and disclosed to third parties.

June 20, 2014

NCVPS E-lert for June 19, 2014

From yesterday’s inbox…  For any readers in North Carolina that may be interested…

Districts and Charter Schools,

 

Please forward this email to your stakeholders at the school level, and please include your summer school contacts.  We have updates on the following items:

  • Important Summer School Dates Thursday, June 19, 3-day status report posted in the registration system. Friday, June 20, is the last day to add. Friday, June 27, is the last day to drop.
  • Registration Update
  • Summer School Resources
  • Middle School Success 101 for Fall 2014

. . . . and much more!

 

Our E-lert for June 19, 2014, has been posted at this link:


http://www.ncvps.org/index.php/ncvps-e-lert-for-june-19-2014/

 

You may need to copy and paste that link into your browser if it is not hyperlinked in your email.

 

Thank you, and have a great day!


Adam Renfro
Outreach and Support Coordinator
North Carolina Virtual Public School
910.644.0757
adam.renfro@ncpublicschools.gov
NCVPS Virtual Support Center:  http://www.help.ncvps.org/

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Note: All email correspondence to and from this address is subject to public review under the NC Public Records Law. As a result, messages may be monitored by and disclosed to third parties.

 

June 15, 2014

NCVPS Summer School Guide 2014

Another item from Friday’s inbox…

Districts and Charter Schools,

Instead of our usual E-lert, we wanted to share our summer school guide with you. Please forward this email to your school-level contacts and your summer contacts for NCVPS.
Here is the guide for summer school with NCVPS:
If you have new contacts for the summer, they can subscribe to our E-lert here:
Lastly, if you have not updated the summer contact list for your district, please do so here:
We are looking forward to another successful semester!
Thank you.
Adam

Adam Renfro
Outreach and Support Coordinator
North Carolina Virtual Public School
910.644.0757
adam.renfro@ncpublicschools.gov
NCVPS Virtual Support Center:  http://www.help.ncvps.org/

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Note: All email correspondence to and from this address is subject to public review under the NC Public Records Law. As a result, messages may be monitored by and disclosed to third parties.
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