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April 22, 2016

NCVPS E-lert for April 21, 2016 – Spring Edition XIII

From yesterday’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 this email, you may view it as a web page here.
NCVPS E-lert for April 21, 2016 – Spring Edition XIII

Calendar Check
April 21:  Progress reports for all classes posted in the registration system.
May 5: Progress reports for all classes posted in the registration system.
See the complete NCVPS calendar at this link.

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Current E-lert News

What’s New?
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New This Week
Important From Last Week!
In addition, be sure to check out all of our tips and reminders in this week’s e-lert.

ProgressReportPostedProgress Reports Posted
We just posted a progress report for all classes.  Look for the report with this title:
“Spring 2016 EC, CR, Block and YL Progress Report Due April 19, 2016”
Check out the note below on “Grade Reporting” to see how to access grades and how to interpret the progress report.

SummerFlyerSummer Session Flyer
One of our former students (now a college student) created this great summer session flyer for us.
If you need a flyer to give to students, please feel free to use this. Alex created both a color and B&W version.
Thank you, Alex!

GradeReportingGrade Reporting

What’s on the Schedule?
April 21 – Progress reports for all classes.  Look for the report with this title: “Spring 2016 EC, CR, Block and YL Progress Report Due April 19, 2016”
Report Details
See the details below for all of our reporting.
Progress Reports
See how your students are progressing! We post progress reports every two weeks in the registration system.
Follow this link to see the details on this progress report.
Grade Reports
Our grade reports are weighted grades similar to school report cards.
Follow this link to see the details on the latest grade report.
Student Status (No-Show) Reports
NCVPS posts student status reports after the third and seventh days of class. These reports indicate if students have logged in or not to their NCVPS courses. These reports are early warning indicators for schools.
Follow this link to see the details on student status (no-show) reports.
Additional Resources
Follow this link to see how to run a grade report.
Follow this link to see our Quick Reference Guide on Grades.

LookingAheadRegistration Open for the
2016-2017 Academic Year

NCVPS registration for the 2016-2017 academic year is now open. This includes Summer 2016, Fall Block 2016, Yearlong 2016-2017, and Spring 2017.

All enrollments are counted in your new allotment totals for 2016-2017.
Schools will not use PowerSchool to enroll as anticipated. The cross-LEA feature is not ready for release yet, and the need to register is impending.
We apologize for this inconvenience. We want our end users to have a good enrollment experience, and the cross-LEA feature cannot deliver that at this time. Fortunately, schools are already familiar with our registration system, so enrolling can proceed as usual.
Registration Details
Follow this link to our registration system.
If you need access, contact our Virtual Support Center here.
Please remember that there is only one login per school.  If your school already has access, you will need to share the login username and password.
If you are new to the NCVPS registration system or need a refresher, the guide at this link will help.
We have published our 2016-2017 Academic Year calendar. See all the dates here!
Our catalogs for the 2016-2017 Academy Year have been posted. See the listings here.
NCVPS Canvas Orientation
NCVPS is moving all of its courses into the Canvas learning management system. Most of our courses will be in Canvas this summer, and the rest should be migrated by fall.
We’ve added a Canvas orientation to our Getting Started for Students checklist here.
Here’s a direct link to the orientation. Many districts are now using Canvas. We look forward to seeing great benefits from having a statewide system.
APComputersAP Computer Science Principles – New Course Offering
NCVPS will offer the newly developed AP Computer Science course. Read more about this new course at the College Board’s website.
Health and Physical Education for Summer School

NCVPS will be offering the HPE – Health and Physical Education 1 credit course and the Health Education 1/2 credit in the summer. We will not be able to offer the Fitness-Physical Education 1/2 credit course because of the number of required videos students must submit to show mastery in four weeks. Also, it will be harder to see a change in the student’s fitness level in four weeks.

Students will have eight weeks to submit videos to show mastery and change in their fitness rate in the  HPE – Health and Physical Education 1 credit course because both Health and PE will be covered each week in the eight week summer session. The Health Education 1/2 credit will still be offered in four weeks twice during the summer session. If you have any questions, please contact Karen Creech at

HireNCVPS Is Hiring Teachers

NCVPS is seeking North Carolina certified teachers in a number of subject areas. Most of our instructors teach during the day for schools throughout North Carolina, and then they teach for NCVPS in the evenings. You may know some NCVPS teachers at your school or in your district. Join them in teaching with us! We also have teachers who only teach for NCVPS. These are often teachers who have retired or have found working from home better suits their needs.
We do have an application process that includes a professional learning course and teaching practicum. The skills developed in the course and practicum will enhance your classroom instruction, as well. You will learn new technologies and digital-learning strategies that can be applied anywhere. Also, our pay is very competitive and comparable to other online programs.
Right now, we have a critical shortage in math teachers, but we also have a high demand in other areas:
  • AP Calculus BC and AB
  • AP Computer Science A
  • AP Computer Science Principles
  • AP Human Geography
  • AP Music Theory
  • AP Physics 1
  • AP Physics 2
  • AP Psychology
  • Chinese 1-4 and AP
  • Japanese
  • Math (all levels)
  • Psychology
  • Psychology Honors
  • OCS American History 1
  • OCS American History 2
  • OCS Applied Science
  • OCS Biology
  • OCS English 1, 2, 3, 4
  • OCS Financial Management
  • OCS Introduction to Math
  • OCS LDME/ Math 1

Tech Updates
Password Reset
If you have had your password reset, the new password will not expire unless you have reset it. If you have forgotten what your password was reset to, you can look up the help desk ticket to access the new password or click on “Forgot Password”.
Course Issues
When requesting help regarding a course it always easier for tech support to respond quickly if we have the specific section name, for example:
Opening a Ticket with the Virtual Support Center
When opening a ticket with the virtual support center, please always include the following:
  • Student’s first & last name
  • PowerSchool ID number (This will help ensure we have the correct student)
  • School name (full name, i.e. Eastern Mills High School, not EMHS)
  • Course name – if the student is already enrolled,  include specific section, i.e. CourseSec01Spring15.
If you need a new student account for a student who is new to PowerSchool (not just transferring schools), include the following:
  • Your full school name (i.e. Eastern Mills High School, not EMHS)
  • The student’s first and last name
  • The student’s PowerSchool ID number
  • The student’s email address
  • The student’s phone number (the contact number this will be in PowerSchool)
  • Does the student have an IEP? Yes/No
  • Does the student have a 504 Plan? Yes/No
Replying to a Support Center Ticket
After you submit a ticket to the Virtual Support Center, you will receive a ticket confirmation and resolution via email. To expedite your resolution, please do not reply to the email. The email will have a link in it for your response. Please click on that link (see below).
This will put the ticket right back in the queue of the person who is working on your ticket. If you reply to the email, then that will have to be manually put into the ticket, and that can delay the process by several hours.
Student Email Confirmations in Moodle and Blackboard
Please have students confirm/update their e-mail. Here’s how to do that:
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 if it’s incorrect.
Scroll to bottom and Submit
In Canvas:
Click on “settings” on your name in the upper right side of your course.
Click on “Add Email Address” under Ways to Contact on the right of screen.
Add your correct email if Canvas is not displaying your correct email.
Click on “Register email.”
Click the star next to your correct email address.
Student Logins:
Students, are you having difficulty locating your class? During the 2016 Spring semester NCVPS will be offering courses in three learning management systems, Canvas, Blackboard and Moodle. If you are unsure which platform your course is being offered in, please see the “Student BB/Moodle/Canvas Login” link below:

javaflashUpdatesJAVA and Flash Updates

Please update your Java to Version Java 8, Update 71.Head to and follow the instructions from there.

Please go to the following link to update Adobe Flash Player to the latest Version 

Blackboard Instant Messaging (BBIM)
Students will need to click on the BBIM link in their class and create an ID and password that they will remember. NCVPS does not issue BBIM logins nor do we store this information.
Bookmark NCVPS 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 Blackboard. Please have students and lab facilitators bookmark the following pages:
In addition, many school administrators visit our homepage to log in to our registration system or Virtual Support Center. Please bookmark both of these pages in your web browser:
Virtual Support Center:
Tech Requirements
For additional information, please see our Tech Requirements:

FacilitatorsLab Facilitator’s Guide

Do you have NCVPS students who are working in a facilitated lab at your school?
We have a lab facilitator’s guide that is designed to provide an understanding of the basic processes and procedures that successful online facilitators use to support students.
We reached out to North Carolina public schools and our partner schools in the Virtual Schools Leadership Alliance to pull together the most fundamental elements of facilitating online learning.
Each time we visit a facilitated lab in North Carolina, we see a new process, a new innovation, a or just a new way of thinking in supporting lab students, and we add that to our evolving guide.

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

VendorApprovedUpdatesVendor 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)

Courses – Vendor
Edgenuity – MS Math 6
Edgenuity – MS Math 7
Edgenuity – MS Math 8
Edgenuity – MS Social Studies 6
Edgenuity – MS Social Studies 7
Edgenuity – MS Spanish 1
Edgenuity – MS Spanish 2
Edmentum – AP Literature
Edmentum – Career Management
Edmentum – Entrepreneurship 1
Edmentum – Principles of Business
OdysseyWare – English 4
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North Carolina Virtual Public School

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