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December 17, 2014

NCVPS E-lert for Dec. 17, 2014

From today’s inbox….

Districts and Charter Schools,
Please forward this E-lert to your school-level stakeholders. We often have enrollment information for counselors, grades for data managers, tips for lab facilitators, announcements for testing coordinators, and strategies for school leaders, all of whom support your district’s and school’s e-learning efforts. If you’re having difficulty viewing this email, you may view it as a web page here.
December 17, 2014 – In This Issue:

Calendar Check
2014
 
December 12 – Last day of early calendar classes. Students will no longer be able to access their courses after this date.

December 18 – Final grades for early calendar courses posted in the registration system.

December 18 – Progress reports for traditional calendar courses posted in the registration system.

2015

January 2 – Early calendar Spring 2015 Meet the Teacher period begins. Enrolled students have access to their courses.

January 6 – First day of class for early calendar Spring 2015 courses.

January 9 – Last day of Fall 2014 block courses.

January 9 – Day 3 Status Report for early calendar posted in the registration system.

January 15 – Day 7 Status Report for early calendar posted in the registration system.

January 15 – Traditional calendar Spring 2015 Meet the Teacher period begins. Enrolled students have access to their courses.

January 15 – Final grades for Fall 2014 block courses posted in the registration system.

January 20 – Last day to drop or add to early calendar courses.

January 20 – First day of class for traditional calendar Spring 2015 block courses.

January 23 – Day 3 Status Report for traditional calendar classes posted in the registration system.

January 29 – Day 7 Status Report for traditional calendar classes posted in the registration system.

February 2 – Last day to add or drop traditional 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 toour list here.

Current E-lert News

Final Grade Report Early Calendar
The final grade report for the Early Calendar Fall 2014 semester will be posted in the registration system on Thursday, December 18.  The report will be titled “Fall 2014 Final Grade Rpt Due Dec. 16, 2014.”

 

Here’s what you will see on the report:

 

Courses WITHOUT EOC or CTE Exam

 

Grade Calculations:

  • Midterm:    37.5%  (First Grade Report)
  • End Term: 37.5%  (Second Grade Report)
  • Final Exam or Project: 25%

Fields on the report:

  • Final Grade: numeric final course grade.
  • Grading Period 1: numeric score
  • Grading Period 2: numeric score
  • Final Exam: numeric score
  • Final Grade:  numeric score
  • EOC Achievement: blank
  • Comment: feedback for every student
  • CTE Final Assessment: blank

Special Notes

  • SAT Prep will not have a final exam because of the two-part nature of the course.
  • Credit Recovery only posts pass/fail for grades.
  • OCS grades will be “NULL.” Those grades are maintained by the classroom teacher.

 

Courses WITH an EOC or CTE Exam

 

Grade Calculations

  • Midterm:    37.5%  (First Grade Report)
  • End Term: 37.5%  (Second Grade Report)
  • Final Exam: School administers the 25% exam grade and calculates the final exam

Fields on the report:

  • Grading Period 1 Block: numeric score
  • Grading Period 2 Block: numeric score
  • Final Exam: blank
  • Final Grade: numeric score. This grade covers the course work portion of the class, which is 75% of final grade.  Schools must calculate the remaining 25% for the EOC or CTE exams.
  • EOC Achievement: anticipated score here.
  • Comment: feedback for every student.
  • CTE Final Assessment: anticipated score here.

 

Please see our Grades Quick Reference Guide here.

 

If you have any questions about a student’s grade, please directly contact the teacher or open a help ticket at the Virtual Support Center.

Enrollment for Spring 2015
Registration for Spring 2015 is still open!

 

Please remember that we usually experience high traffic in our registration system in January right before the spring semester begins. If you have students to enroll for spring, it would be greatly best if you enrolled them now to avoid delays in January.

 

Click here to see how to access your spring enrollment report if you would like to view which students you already have enrolled for spring. Be sure to select “Spring 2015.”

 

If your district uses its total allotments for NCVPS, the district coordinator can request access to our reserve funds.  Here’s the link for that request. Using our reserve funds will not cost your district or charter school anything this year; although, you will likely see an increase in your allotment totals in next year’s budget.

Early Calendar Course Closings
We have a number of early calendar courses that we are cancelling for Spring 2015. These courses have less than 10 enrollments. Most have less than 3.

 

Students enrolled in the cancelled courses will be dropped and added into the traditional calendar courses.  We will notify ELAs of these changes. The students will still be enrolled, but their classes will start January 20, not January 6. They can arrange to complete their courses early with their NCVPS instructors. Early calendar ELAs can drop students from the traditional calendar courses if that does not meet the students’ needs.  Our instructors are good about helping early calendar students finish early, though.

 

Click here to see the list of courses that have capacity issues.

Closing Out the Semester
That time is here already. Early calendar courses end on Dec.12, and traditional calendar block courses end on January 9.

 

Visit our End of the Semester: Tips and Reminderspage to see all the details on how to close out your semester successfully.

Course Extensions
As the early calendar semester comes to a close, we know that some students will need a course extension. Please review our course extension guidelines here.
It is important to remember that only school principals or their designee may request course extensions. Teachers, students, parents, tutors, etc. may not request an extension.

 

A school principal may request a course extension through the NCVPS Virtual Support Center at www.ncvps.help.org by sending the information below in a support-center ticket.

  • Student’s First and Last Name
  • Student’s Powerschool ID#
  • High School/District
  • ELA’s First and Last Name
  • ELA’s Email Address
  • Principal’s First and Last Name
  • Principal’s Email Address
  • NCVPS Course Name and Specific Course Section
  • NCVPS Teacher’s First and Last Name
  • Identify Specific Criteria for Course Extension Request: (IEP, 504, Medical) Please refer to the course extension link when completing this section.
  • Brief Summary Justifying Course Extension Request
Once this information is received in full, the instructional director for the course will contact the school administrator about the status of the request. Each course request for a student will need to have its own ticket. If multiple extension requests are needed, each student and course should be in its own ticket.

Also note that if the student only needs a one or two day extension, the e-learning advisor can arrange that directly with the NCVPS teacher.  This usually happens if the student has some sort of computer issue or other technical issue on the last day of class.

 

We will look at traditional calendar course extensions after the winter break.

Tech Updates
We have some important tips from our tech team. These tips help ensure smooth operations.  

 

Bookmarking Moodle and Blackboard
Login Pages

Many students visit our homepage to log in to their courses. It is a best practice to bookmark the actual login pages for both Moodle and and Blackboard. Please have students and lab facilitators bookmark the following pages:

 

Moodle: http://moodle.ncvps.org/

 

Blackboard:  https://ncvps.blackboard.com/

 

 

Recent updates for Java and Flash

Please update to version Java 7, Update 71.
You can find the update at this link:

http://java.com/en/download/manual_java7.jsp

We are testing out Version 8 update 25. For now, please hold off on this update if possible.

Please go to the following link to update Adobe Flash Player to the latest Version 15.0.0.223:
http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/ 

 

Chromebooks

NCVPS does not support Chrome’s web-based operating system, and we do not recommend the use of Chromebooks for NCVPS courses. Chrome’s lack of Java capabilities means students will encounter problems with rich media objects while using Chromebooks.
If a student or school chooses to use Chromebooks, please understand that certain areas of NCVPS content WILL NOT FUNCTION CORRECTLY in the Blackboard and Moodle environments.

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:

  • AP
  • Honors
  • Early Calendar
  • CR
  • OCS
This will help to ensure we have the correct student.

Tech Requirements 

For additional information please see our Tech Requirements:
http://www.ncvps.org/index.php/technology-requirements/

Approved eLearning Courses for NC
NCVPS Courses
NCVPS offers over 150 different courses, including advanced placement, electives, traditional, honors, core, STEM, occupational course of study, and credit recovery courses.
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)

  • German 1 – Edmentum
  • German 2 – Edmentum
  • Physics – Fuel Education
  • Pre-Calculus – Florida Virtual
  • Intro to Information – TechnologyOdysseyWare

Ronald Reagan Student Leader Awards

The Ronald Reagan Student Leader Award offers school administrators a way to recognize outstanding student leaders whose successes as leaders, citizens, and scholars exemplify the legacy of our 40th President.
The NCVPS Peer Tutoring Center has been authorized to recognize four students with this award.  These students were voted on by their fellow tutors and will receive Ronald Reagan Commemorative Coins in recognition and honor.

NCVPS would like to congratulate the following award winners:

 

Future Kortor

Rosalynn Phan

Laura Sanford

Anna Kaplan

NCVPS is pleased to announce that it will offer an arts course specifically designed for middle school students in the Spring 2015 semester. Please check out our Middle School Art Adventures course below!

(click image for larger view)


See more details about the Middle School Art Adventures course here.

 

View our full course catalog here.

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.creech@ncpublicschools.gov.

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
North Carolina Virtual Public School | 1017 Main Campus Drive, Partners I Bldg., 
SUITE 3900 | Raleigh | NC | 27606
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.

December 16, 2014

Season’s Greetings from NCVPS

From yesterday’s inbox…

STAY CONNECTED
Like us on Facebook    Follow us on Twitter
Adam Renfro
Outreach and Support Coordinator
North Carolina Virtual Public School
910.644.0757
North Carolina Virtual Public School | 1017 Main Campus Drive, Partners I Bldg., 
SUITE 3900 | Raleigh | NC | 27606
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.

December 5, 2014

NCVPS E-lert for Dec. 5, 2014

From this morning’s inbox…

Districts and Charter Schools,
Please forward this E-lert to your school-level stakeholders. We often have enrollment information for counselors, grades for data managers, tips for lab facilitators, announcements for testing coordinators, and strategies for school leaders, all of whom support your district’s and school’s e-learning efforts.
If you are having difficulty viewing the email, you may view it as a webpage here.
December 5, 2014 – In This Issue:

Calendar Check
December 1 – Last day to transfer in students to Fall 2014 block courses.
December 1 – Last day to enroll in credit recovery courses for Fall 2014.

December 4 – Progress reports are posted in the registration system.

December 12 – Last day of early calendar classes. Students will no longer be able to access their courses after this date.

December 18 – Final grades for early calendar courses posted in the registration system.

December 18 – Progress reports for traditional calendar courses posted in the registration system.

January 2 – Early calendar Spring 2015 Meet the Teacher period begins.

January 6 – Early calendar Spring 2015 courses begin.

January 9 – Last day of Fall 2014 block courses.

January 15 – Final grades for Fall 2014 block courses posted in the registration system.

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 toour list here.

Current E-lert News

Enrollment for Spring 2015
Registration for Spring 2015 is still open!

 

Please remember that we usually experience high traffic in our registration system in January right before the spring semester begins. If you have students to enroll for spring, it would be greatly best if you enrolled them now to avoid delays in January.

 

Click here to see how to access your spring enrollment report if you would like to view which students you already have enrolled for spring. Be sure to select “Spring 2015.”

 

If your district uses its total allotments for NCVPS, the district coordinator can request access to our reserve funds.  Here’s the link for that request. Using our reserve funds will not cost your district or charter school anything this year; although, you will likely see an increase in your allotment totals in next year’s budget.

Closing Out the Semester
That time is here already. Early calendar courses end on Dec.12, and traditional calendar block courses end on January 9.

 

Visit our End of the Semester: Tips and Reminderspage to see all the details on how to close out your semester successfully.

Course Extensions
As the early calendar semester comes to a close, we know that some students will need a course extension. Please review our course extension guidelines here.
It is important to remember that only school principals or their designee may request course extensions. Teachers, students, parents, tutors, etc. may not request an extension.

 

A school principal may request a course extension through the NCVPS Virtual Support Center at www.ncvps.help.org by sending the information below in a support-center ticket.

  • Student’s First and Last Name
  • Student’s Powerschool ID#
  • High School/District
  • ELA’s First and Last Name
  • ELA’s Email Address
  • Principal’s First and Last Name
  • Principal’s Email Address
  • NCVPS Course Name and Specific Course Section
  • NCVPS Teacher’s First and Last Name
  • Identify Specific Criteria for Course Extension Request: (IEP, 504, Medical) Please refer to the course extension link when completing this section.
  • Brief Summary Justifying Course Extension Request
Once this information is received in full, the instructional director for the course will contact the school administrator about the status of the request. Each course request for a student will need to have its own ticket. If multiple extension requests are needed, each student and course should be in its own ticket.

Also note that if the student only needs a one or two day extension, the e-learning advisor can arrange that directly with the NCVPS teacher.  This usually happens if the student has some sort of computer issue or other technical issue on the last day of class.

 

We will look at traditional calendar course extensions after the winter break.

Tech Updates
We have some important tips from our tech team. These tips help ensure smooth operations.  

 

Bookmarking Moodle and Blackboard
Login Pages

Many students visit our homepage to log in to their courses. It is a best practice to bookmark the actual login pages for both Moodle and and Blackboard. Please have students and lab facilitators bookmark the following pages:

 

Moodle: http://moodle.ncvps.org/

 

Blackboard:  https://ncvps.blackboard.com/

 

 

Recent updates for Java and Flash

Please update to version Java 7, Update 71.
You can find the update at this link:

http://java.com/en/download/manual_java7.jsp

We are testing out Version 8 update 25. For now, please hold off on this update if possible.

Please go to the following link to update Adobe Flash Player to the latest Version 15.0.0.223:
http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/ 

 

Chromebooks

NCVPS does not support Chrome’s web-based operating system, and we do not recommend the use of Chromebooks for NCVPS courses. Chrome’s lack of Java capabilities means students will encounter problems with rich media objects while using Chromebooks.
If a student or school chooses to use Chromebooks, please understand that certain areas of NCVPS content WILL NOT FUNCTION CORRECTLY in the Blackboard and Moodle environments.

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:

  • AP
  • Honors
  • Early Calendar
  • CR
  • OCS
This will help to ensure we have the correct student.

Tech Requirements 

For additional information please see our Tech Requirements:
http://www.ncvps.org/index.php/technology-requirements/

Approved eLearning Courses for NC
NCVPS Courses
NCVPS offers over 150 different courses, including advanced placement, electives, traditional, honors, core, STEM, occupational course of study, and credit recovery courses.
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 Calculus BC – Florida Virtual

The Hour of Code

The Hour of Code is a global movement reaching tens of millions of students in 180+ countries and over 30 languages. The Hour of Code is a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify code and show that anybody can learn the basics. Anybody can host an Hour of Code anytime, but the grassroots campaign goal is for tens of millions of students to try an Hour of Code during December 8-14, 2014, in celebration of Computer Science Education Week.

 Visit the Hour of Code website to learn more.

Course Spotlight
Middle School Arts Adventure

NCVPS is pleased to announce that it will offer an arts course specifically designed for middle school students in the Spring 2015 semester. Please check out our Middle School Art Adventures course below!

(click image for larger view)


See more details about the Middle School Art Adventures course here.

 

View our full course catalog here.

Course Spotlight – Art of Fashion

We have a great Art of Fashion course that NCVPS designed in conjunction with the North Carolina Museum of Art. Check out the promo card below.

(click image for larger view)


See our full course catalog here.

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.creech@ncpublicschools.gov.

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

North Carolina Virtual Public School | 1017 Main Campus Drive, Partners I Bldg., 
SUITE 3900 | Raleigh | NC | 27606
adam.renfro@ncpublicschools.gov
NCVPS Virtual Support Center:  http://www.help.ncvps.org/

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November 20, 2014

NCVPS E-lert for Nov. 20, 2014

From today’s inbox…

Districts and Charter Schools,
Please forward this E-lert to your school-level stakeholders. We often have enrollment information for counselors, grades for data managers, tips for lab facilitators, announcements for testing coordinators, and strategies for school leaders, all of whom support your district’s and school’s e-learning efforts.
November 20, 2014 – In This Issue:

Calendar Check
November 27-28 – State Holiday
December 1 – Last day to transfer in students to Fall 2014 block courses.
December 1 – Last day to enroll in credit recovery courses for Fall 2014.

December 4 – Progress reports are posted in the registration system.

December 12 – Last day of early calendar classes. Students will no longer be able to access their courses after this date.

December 18 – Final grades for early calendar courses posted in the registration system.

December 18 – Progress reports for traditional calendar courses posted in the registration system.

January 2 – Early calendar Spring 2015 Meet the Teacher period begins.

January 6 – Early calendar Spring 2015 courses begin.

January 9 – Last day of Fall 2014 block courses.

January 15 – Final grades for Fall 2014 block courses posted in the registration system.

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 toour list here.

Current E-lert News

Current Enrollment Options

Here are your current enrollment options for NCVPS courses:

 

Spring 2015

Registration for Spring 2015 is still open!  We usually experience high traffic in our registration system in January right before the spring semester begins. If you have students to enroll for spring, it would be greatly beneficial if you enrolled them now to avoid delays in January.

 

Click here to see how to access your spring enrollment report if you would like to view which students you already have enrolled for spring. Be sure to select “Spring 2015.”

 

OCS Enrollments for Fall 2014

We cannot create new OCS sections, but schools may add students to their already established NCVPS OCS sections throughout the semester. You can enroll students into OCS fall courses in the registration system. You do not need to open a help desk ticket.

 

Credit Recovery Enrollments for Fall 2014

Schools may enroll students in credit recovery until December 1 if we have seats available in the course. You can enroll students into CR courses for fall in the registration system. You do not need to open a help desk ticket.

 

Transfer Enrollments for Fall 2014

NCVPS will accept transfer students through December 1. 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.  Open a ticket with our virtual support center here to begin the transfer process.

Closing Out the Semester

That time is here already. Early calendar courses end on Dec.12, and traditional calendar block courses end on January 9.

 

Visit our End of the Semester: Tips and Reminderspage to see all the details on how to close out your semester successfully.

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.

Tech Updates

We have some important tips from our tech team. These tips help ensure smooth operations.  

 

Recent updates for Java and Flash

Please update to version Java 7, Update 71.
You can find the update at this link:

http://java.com/en/download/manual_java7.jsp

We are testing out Version 8 update 25. For now, please hold off on this update if possible.

Please go to the following link to update Adobe Flash Player to the latest Version 15.0.0.189:
http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/ 

 

Chromebooks

NCVPS does not support Chrome’s web-based operating system, and we do not recommend the use of Chromebooks for NCVPS courses. Chrome’s lack of Java capabilities means students will encounter problems with rich media objects while using Chromebooks.
If a student or school chooses to use Chromebooks, please understand that certain areas of NCVPS content WILL NOT FUNCTION CORRECTLY in the Blackboard and Moodle environments.

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:

  • AP
  • Honors
  • Early Calendar
  • CR
  • OCS

This will help to ensure we have the correct student.

Tech Requirements 

For additional information please see our Tech Requirements:
http://www.ncvps.org/index.php/technology-requirements/

Approved eLearning Courses for NC
NCVPS Courses
NCVPS offers over 150 different courses, including advanced placement, electives, traditional, honors, core, STEM, occupational course of study, and credit recovery courses.

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 Calculus BC – Florida Virtual

Course Spotlight – Art of Fashion

We have a great Art of Fashion course that NCVPS designed in conjunction with the North Carolina Museum of Art. Check out the promo card below.


See our full course catalog here.

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.creech@ncpublicschools.gov.

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

North Carolina Virtual Public School | 1017 Main Campus Drive, Partners I Bldg., 
SUITE 3900 | Raleigh | NC | 27606
adam.renfro@ncpublicschools.gov
NCVPS Virtual Support Center:  http://www.help.ncvps.org/

November 6, 2014

NCVPS E-lert for Nov. 6, 2014

Also from today’s inbox…

Districts and Charter Schools,
Please forward this E-lert to your school-level stakeholders. We often have enrollment information for counselors, grades for data managers, tips for lab facilitators, announcements for testing coordinators, and strategies for school leaders, all of whom support your district’s and school’s e-learning efforts.
November 6, 2014 – In This Issue:

Calendar Check
October 30 – Traditional and early 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.

November 7 – This is the last day to add or drop students from the 2nd session health courses.

November 11 – State holiday.

November 13 – Progress reports are posted in the registration system.

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 toour list here.

Current E-lert News

Current Enrollment Options
Here are your current enrollment options for NCVPS courses:

 

Spring 2015

Registration for Spring 2015 is still open!  We usually experience high traffic in our registration system in January right before the spring semester begins. If you have students to enroll for spring, it would be greatly beneficial if you enrolled them now to avoid delays in January.

 

Click here to see how to access your spring enrollment report if you would like to view which students you already have enrolled for spring. Be sure to select “Spring 2015.”

 

OCS Enrollments for Fall 2014

We cannot create new OCS sections, but schools may add students to their already established NCVPS OCS sections throughout the semester. You can enroll students into OCS fall courses in the registration system. You do not need to open a help desk ticket.

 

Credit Recovery Enrollments for Fall 2014

Schools may enroll students in credit recovery until December 1 if we have seats available in the course. You can enroll students into CR courses for fall in the registration system. You do not need to open a help desk ticket.

 

Transfer Enrollments for Fall 2014

NCVPS will accept transfer students through December 1. 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.  Open a ticket with our virtual support center here to begin the transfer process.

1st Grade Reports
We have posted our first weighted grade reports in the registration system for both early calendar and traditional calendar courses.  Look for a report with this title:

 

Fall 2014 First Grade Reports (includes EC) Due Oct. 28, 2014.

 

Follow this link to see how to access the grade report.

 

Here is how we weight our grades:

 

Standard Grading Scale for Block Classes

37.5%     (First Grade Report)

37.5%  (Second Grade Report)

*Final Exam/Project: 25%

Standard Grading Scale for Yearlong Classes

18.75%  (First Grade Report)

18.75%  (Second Grade Report)

18.75%  (Third Grade Report)

18.75%  (Fourth Grade Report)

25%       (Final Exam/Project)*

*EOC and CTE Courses

 

The Final Exam for EOC and CTE courses will be the EOC and VoCATS score. Schools are responsible for the administration of all EOC and CTE tests. For those courses, the grades NCVPS reports to the school will be 75% of the final grade. Schools will score the EOCs and CTEs and average in the remaining 25% to determine the final grade.

 

*SAT Prep will not have a final exam because of the two-part nature of the course.

 

All other courses have their final exams or final projects online in the course.

The following fields are on our first weighted grade reports:

 

Grading Period 1 = All courses (except credit recovery and OCS) will have a numeric grade reported here.

 

Comment = All instructors will leave a comment.

 

Sample Grade Report

Grade 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.

 

5. We do not report a grade below 60 on our first grading period report.

 

Be sure to download these reports to see how your students are performing! If you have district-level access, you can see progress of NCVPS students from all of your district schools.

 

Follow this link to see the complete 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.

Tech Updates
We have some important tips from our tech team. These tips help ensure smooth operations.  

 

Recent updates for Java and Flash

Please update to version Java 7, Update 71.
You can find the update at this link:

http://java.com/en/download/manual_java7.jsp

We are testing out Version 8 update 25. For now, please hold off on this update if possible.

Please go to the following link to update Adobe Flash Player to the latest Version 15.0.0.189:
http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/ 

 

Chromebooks

NCVPS does not support Chrome’s web-based operating system, and we do not recommend the use of Chromebooks for NCVPS courses. Chrome’s lack of Java capabilities means students will encounter problems with rich media objects while using Chromebooks.
If a student or school chooses to use Chromebooks, please understand that certain areas of NCVPS content WILL NOT FUNCTION CORRECTLY in the Blackboard and Moodle environments.

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:

  • AP
  • Honors
  • Early Calendar
  • CR
  • OCS
This will help to ensure we have the correct student.

Tech Requirements 

For additional information please see our Tech Requirements:
http://www.ncvps.org/index.php/technology-requirements/

Approved eLearning Courses for NC
NCVPS Courses
NCVPS offers over 150 different courses, including advanced placement, electives, traditional, honors, core, STEM, occupational course of study, and credit recovery courses.
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 Spanish – Middlebury Languages
  • Spanish 2 – Edmentum
  • Spanish 3 – Edmentum

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.creech@ncpublicschools.gov.

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