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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://conta.cc/1r2O3U3
October 2, 2014 – In This Issue:
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.
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Current E-lert News
Progress Report Posted
We have another progress report posted in the registration system. Be sure to download it to see how your students are progressing! If you have district-level access, you can see progress of NCVPS students from all of your district schools.
The report will be posted in the registration system on Oct. 2 and is titled “Fall 2014 EC, CR, Block and YL Progress Report Due Sept. 30, 2014″ This is an unweighted progress report.
The following fields are on this report:
Progress Grade = All courses (except credit recovery and OCS) will have a numeric grade reported here.
Comment = All instructors will leave a comment.
Number of Modules = This field is used for CR only.
Status = This field is used for CR only.
Sample Progress Report
Progress Report Details:
1. All standard classes will report a progress grade, and teachers will leave a comment for each student.
2. We do not report grades for OCS classes. Classroom teachers determine OCS grades.
3. We do not report grades for credit recovery classes. See the comments section to determine if the student is on pace or not.
4. Even if a student is supposed to be dropped or withdrawn, we will report a grade until the school withdraws the student.
Follow this link to see how to run a grade report.
Follow this link to see our Quick Reference Guide on Grades.
Supporting Students – Intervention Time
Be sure to check the latest progress report to see how your students are progressing. 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 help.
Follow this link to see our intervention strategies.
NCVPS & SAR Data
School data managers will find the NCVPS SAR data in the NCVPS enrollment reports and grade reports. E-learning advisors at the school will be able to help the data managers access the enrollment reports.
Data managers will need to manually enter the NCVPS teacher SAR data into PowerSchool.
Schools will use the PowerSchool UID for NCVPS teachers instead of their social security numbers.
Enrollment reports and grade reports will open into an Excel spreadsheet. Scroll to the right of the spreadsheet to access the SAR data (see below).
Please note that most HQ errors are due to a data input error or a spreadsheet sorting error on the school’s end. Please confirm that the correct UID has been used. In addition, sometimes a school will misread the spreadsheet and enter the wrong teacher for a course. If you accidentally enter the Latin teacher’s data for an English course, it will naturally come back as non-HQ.
Current 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.
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 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.
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:
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)
- Math 1 – Edmentum
- Math 2 – Edmentum
- Math 3 – Edmentum
Course Spotlight – Arabic 1
Arabic 1 course is an introduction to Modern Standard Arabic (MSA), the official language in 22 Arab countries and spoken by more than 250 million people. The course has clear infusion of the Arabic history and culture & its influence on the current civilization in aspects related to algebra, arithmetic, medicine, astronomy & archaeology.
Students work with LIVE conversation coaches to improve their speaking skills.
Three NCVPS students went to Morocco and Jordan on a STARTALK scholarship as a federal supported grant. The value of the scholarship is more than $12.000.
Student Quote: “I just wanted to let you know that I was selected to go to Morocco by NSLI-Y this summer! I am not sure if I am going to Rabat or Marrakesh yet. I think my final placement will be determined by a placement examination. I just wanted to thank you so much for your support throughout this process and notifying me of the existence of this program!”
Parent Quote: “My daughter has absolutely enjoyed the class and decided to continue throughout her senior year. I am so happy that she decided to take Arabic. I get a beautiful Arabic greeting in the mornings and oftentimes. This study has made her more aware and far more appreciative of the beauty of this language and its diversified culture. Her best friend from home (New York) is a beautiful Morocco girl name Maha. She is practicing intensely so that she will be able to speak in Maha’s native tongue when she goes to NY for the summer. J Special thanks to you and your team for making this possible and the class so interesting to her.
Course Spotlight – ACT Prep
ACT Prep sections are open for Spring 2015 enrollments! This course offers a great way to prepare for your future!
If you have questions, please contact Karen Creech at Karen.firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Outreach and Support Coordinator
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