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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.

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/

October 25, 2014

NCVPS E-lert for Oct. 24, 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://conta.cc/1shZ30u 
October 24, 2014 – In This Issue:

Calendar Check
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.

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.

Current E-lert News

1st Grade Reports

We have posted our first weighted grade reports in the registration system for early calender courses.  Be aware of these dates:

 

Oct. 16: Early Calendar 1st Grade Report posted.

Oct. 30: Traditional Calender 1st Grade Report posted.

 

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 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.

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 December 1 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. Spring 2015 – Registration for Spring 2015 is still open.

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)

  • Spanish 1 – Edmentum
  • Probability and Statistics – Edmentum
  • Pre-Calculus – Edmentum
  • French 1 – Edmentum
  • French 2 – Edmentum
  • AP Calculus AB – Florida Virtual
  • AP Statistics – Florida Virtual
  • Physical Science – Florida Virtual

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/

October 3, 2014

NCVPS E-lert for Oct. 2, 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://conta.cc/1r2O3U3 
October 2, 2014 – In This Issue:

Calendar Check
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.

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.

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.

Tech Updates

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:

  • AP
  • Honors
  • Early Calendar
  • CR
  • OCS

This will help to insure we have the correct student.

If Student is showing pleaseadd@ncvps.org as their E-Mail address in Moodle and Blackboard, it’s time to update:

In Moodle:

  • Navigate to Administration
  • My Profile settings
  • Edit Profile
  • Verify or update e-mail
  • Scroll to bottom and “Update Profile”

 

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)

  • 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.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  |

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adam.renfro@ncpublicschools.gov
NCVPS Virtual Support Center:  http://www.help.ncvps.org/

September 25, 2014

NCVPS E-lert for September 25, 2014

From today’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://conta.cc/1Cop06h
September 25, 2014 – In This Issue:

Calendar Check
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 . . . .
“Visionaries not only believe that the impossible can be done, but that it must be done.” ~Bran Ferren, Ted Talks

“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.”

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
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Current E-lert News

Progress Report Posted

See how your students are progressing!

 

A progress report was posted in the registration system on Sept. 18. The report is titled “Fall 2014 EC, CR, Block and YL Progress Report Due Sept. 16, 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, 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

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.

 

1. 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.

 

2. Have students contact their instructors during their office hours for live help.

 

3. Try to establish a recurring time for student to meet with instructor (in Blackboard Collaborate or phone) for one-on-one tutoring.

 

4. 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:

  • Peer Tutoring – Peer Tutors provides tutoring in specific content areas.
  • 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.
  • 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.

5. Establish peer tutoring with other successful NCVPS students at your school (if available).

 

6. Have EC students meet with the school’s EC specialist.

 

7. See our list of assistive technologies for students with special needs.  Go to this link to learn more: http://goo.gl/eryLQ

 

8. Have students attend your school’s review sessions (if available).

 

9. Have students attend your school’s tutoring session (if available).

 

10. 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.

 

11. 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.

 

12. Establish weekly or bi-weekly contact with instructors of any at-risk students.

 

13. Have parents log in with the students at home and monitor their work. Parents can communicate with the instructor, too.

 

14. Be sure students are aware of our basic support structure:

  • 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 enrolling and withdrawing from a course and with transcript and report card questions about their NCVPS classes.

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.

Log-in Message for Students 
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Advisors and facilitators, please be sure that all of your NCVPS students see this message:
Students, are you having difficulty locating your class?
NCVPS offers courses in two learning management systems, Blackboard and Moodle. If you are unsure which platform your course is being offered in, please see the “Fall 2014 Course Login Site” link here:
http://www.ncvps.org/index.php/student-bb-logon/If your e-mail address is up-to-date in Moodle and Blackboard then there is no need to open a Helpdesk ticket for a password reset; just click on “Forgot Your Password?” Your new password will be sent to the e-mailed in our system, so make sure you’re up-to-date!

In Moodle:
* Navigate to Administration
* My Profile settings
* Edit Profile
* Verify or update e-mail
* Scroll to bottom and “Update Profile”

In Blackboard:
* Click on students name in the upper right side of your BB course
* Click on setting
* Click on Personal Information
* Click on Edit Personal Information to update e-mail
* Scroll to bottom and Submit

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.

Virtual Support Center

When submitting tickets to www.help.ncvps.org, the tickets can be routed and responded to much more efficiently when one topic is addressed per ticket.

 

Please consider opening a new ticket for separate issues. If inquiries are made regarding multiple students, it is best to generate a ticket per student inquiry unless all students are affected by the same issue. For example, a request for transferring two students into two different courses would be best addressed if submitting one ticket per course request. If the two students need the same course, both can easily be addressed on the same ticket.

If a ticket has been closed, yet there is a recurrence or further need to follow up on that same ticket topic a few days later, then please respond back to that ticket or respond back to the email that was generated for the ticket request. Please do not use the same ticket for new help requests.  This will create delays in response time and inaccuracy of resolution.

Tech Updates

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:

  • AP
  • Honors
  • Early Calendar
  • CR
  • OCS

This will help to insure we have the correct student.

If Student is showing pleaseadd@ncvps.org as their E-Mail address in Moodle and Blackboard, it’s time to update:

In Moodle:

  • Navigate to Administration
  • My Profile settings
  • Edit Profile
  • Verify or update e-mail
  • Scroll to bottom and “Update Profile”

 

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 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

 

Prerequisites: None

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.

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.
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

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

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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