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August 19, 2016

NCVPS E-lert for August 18, 2016 – Fall Edition I —

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.
NNCVPS E-lert for August 18, 2016 – Fall Edition 1

Calendar Check
2016
August 12: Last Day of Summer Session
August 15: Early Calendar Starts
August 18: Final Grades Posted
August 18: Day 3 Status Report – Early Calendar
August 24 – Day 7 Status Report Early Calendar
August 26: Last Day to Drop/Add – Early Calendar
August 29: Traditional Calendar Starts
September 1: Day 3 Status Report – Traditional Calendar
September 8: Day 7 Status Report – Traditional Calendar
September 12 – Last Day to Drop/Add – Traditional Calendar
See the complete NCVPS calendar at this link.

Essential Links

NCVPS Is Hiring Teachers

Celebrate & Connect

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E-lert Subscription
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Current E-lert News

Greetings!
what's new pic
Our summer session is complete, and we are in full swing for Fall 2016.
Final summer grades are posted in our registration system.
See the details below on our next training date for ELAs. Be sure to forward this message to new people on your e-learning team.
We have a new one-page document that you can handout to your students before classes start. It has room for all the essential details to help them get started.  See below.
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.

FallUpdatesFall 2016 Updates

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. Also, see our ELA training below.
FallWaitlistsWaitlists and Course Capacity Issues
Don’t panic if your students land the waitlist when you register them. Our instructional directors look at the waitlists daily to determine if a new section needs to be opened or if a current section needs to be expanded.
We do have a few courses operating at capacity, however.  See the list of courses at capacity here.  If a student is waitlisted in a course that is at capacity, the only way the student will move off the waistlist is if an already enrolled student drops the course.
Important Dates
Start Dates 
Early Calendar: August 15
Traditional Calendar: August 29
Day 3 No-Show Report
Early Calendar: August 18
Traditional Calendar: September 1
*Find this document in the registration system. It will show which students have not logged in yet. Please contact those students.
Day 7 No-Show Report
Early Calendar: August 24
Traditional Calendar: September 8
*Find the Day 3 and Day 7 no-show reports in our registration system (click “Reports.”) These reports show which students have not logged in. Please contact them to see if they need help or if they need to be dropped.
Last Day to Drop and Add
Early Calendar: August 26
Traditional Calendar: September 12
This is the last day districts and schools can drop students with no penalty for the student and no cost for the district or charter.
See our calendar for progress report dates. We post updates every two weeks throughout the semester.
FallReportCardsFall Report Cards Update
NCVPS is transitioning all of its courses to the Canvas learning management system. Currently, Canvas does not have the functionality to let schools calculate weighted marking period grades.
Starting in Fall 2016, NCVPS will post grades in the NCVPS registration system following our new process:
  • Cumulative progress reports every two weeks.
  • Final class average at the end of term (75%), along with the final exam grade (25%), and final grade.
  • For EOC, CTE, NCFE courses, we report the final classwork grade (75%), and schools calculate in the exam grades (25%).
The cumulative progress reports are a very accurate indicator of exactly how a student is performing in the course. They are not weighted grades however, so they would not be grades that you would add to PowerSchool report card grades. Many schools will send home a separate NCVPS progress report when they send home report cards throughout the semester. They will record the final NCVPS grade in PowerSchool at the end of the term. It is a local decisions, however, on how to do this.
NCFinalExamsNC Final Exams
Prior to Fall 2016, NCVPS students were not required to take NC Final Exams (NCFE) since NCVPS teachers are contractors with no Standard 6 in their evaluations.  While NCVPS did not take NCFEs in the 28 NCFE math, science, English, and social studies subjects, students did complete a final project and/or take an NCVPS Final Exam.
Now, student growth is no longer affiliated with teacher evaluations – a decision by the SBE this Spring. For this reason, all NCVPS students will take the NCFEs as administered by their schools beginning with the Fall 2016*.  NCVPS will report the final course work grade, and just like EOCs, school districts will administer NCFEs and calculate final averages.
*not applicable in summer courses but only Fall and Spring as DPI does not require the administration of NCFEs in the summer.
Questions?  Please complete a quick help desk ticket here:  www.help.ncvps.org 
Grade Reporting
What’s Currently Posted?
Our Day-3 Student status report for early calendar courses is posted in the registration system.  Look for the report with this name:  Fall 2016 EC 3-day No Show Report due Aug. 17th at 11:59 pm
What’s scheduled next?
The Day-7 Student Status report for early calendar will be posted on August 24.

Overview of NCVPS Grades
Progress Reports
See how your students are progressing! We post progress reports every two weeks in the registration system. These are unweighted grades.
Final Grade Report
Only our final grade report is a weighted 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.
Additional Grade Reporting Resources
ParentCAnvasAccessParent Observer Access in Canvas
NCVPS is excited to announce that parents and guardians can now view their students’ progress in our Canvas courses. Observers have limited permissions that allow them to view what is happening in a course without interrupting the flow of daily course communication. You can also download the Canvas Parent App in the iTunes and Android app stores.
Important Note: Parents will need their students’ login information to create their observer access. NCVPS will not be able to supply this information. Parents will need to get these details either from the local school or from their students. For more details, view our Observer Access web page here.
Catalog Updates
Our full catalogs are posted here. We have additional updated catalog information below.
LeadershipDevelopLeadership Development
In NCVPS’s Leadership Development course, students learn all of the skills and values associated with leadership. They will explore group dynamics, project planning, collaboration, and relationship skills. They will also investigate leadership qualities of present-day and historical leaders by identifying and analyzing leadership examples. This course has real-world applications, too. Students will develop personal leadership profiles and plans and leave the course as emerging leaders.
See what students are saying about the course here!
APArtAP Art History
NCVPS has a new art course and new Advanced History course! Check out the details on our new AP Art History course at this link.
APCalcAP Calculus AB and BC
We are happy to announce that we are offering the AP Calculus AB and  BC courses as block courses this year.  We will offer AP Calculus AB in the Fall ’16 semester and AP Calculus BC in the Spring ’17 semester. We do have a yearlong version of the AB course, but we do not have a yearlong version of the BC course. We are revising the BC course to meet the new College Board standards, and it will be ready in the spring.
Please note that AP Calculus AB is a prerequisite for AP Calculus BC.  Ensure students enrolled in the BC course have met the prerequisite. If your students are meeting that prerequisite with us in the fall, be sure they are enrolled in the fall block AB course.
Also consider that an AB subscore is provided when students take the AP Calculus BC exam. If students choose to take the AP exam, then they will want to register for the AP Calculus BC exam only.
NewMathStandardsMath 1, 2, and 3 New Standards
We are in the process of revising our standard and credit recovery Math 1, 2, and 3 courses to reflect the change in standards. The 2016 – 2017 courses will follow the new curriculum. We recognize that the next year will be a transition year. Our teachers will work closely with our district partners to ensure that the transition is complete.
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.
APPhysicsLabsAP Physics Lab Materials
To align with revised College Board requirements for AP Physics 1 and 2, we are revising the labs in these courses for the 2016-2017 school year. Students will require materials for these hands-on labs. We will post a list of required materials on our course description page later this summer.
PE_FallPhysical Education
We have a great comprehensive guide for our Health and Physical Education courses.  If you’ve not seen this resource, please check out the web page here.
We have recently added a Spanish language version to the page. We hope this helps!

NewELATrainingNew NCVPS ELA Training
The NCVPS Outreach and Support team is offering training for new e-learning advisors. This training will focus on how to register and drop students, how to access grade reports, and how to support students throughout the semester.
We have one training session left this month. That will be at 2 pm on Tuesday, August 23.

RosterUpdateNCVPS Rosters Updated
We have updated the NCVPS registration system with the newest student data from PowerSchool.  However, if you are attempting to register students and they are not on your roster, please open a ticket with our virtual support center here: http://www.help.ncvps.org/
Be sure to include the following in the ticket:
1. the student’s name
2. the student’s PowerSchool ID number
3. your school name
Indicate in the ticket that you need the student added to your school’s account.

NewSupportCenterNew Ticketing System with the Virtual Support Center
We are pleased to announce that we are rolling out a new version of our ticketing system this weekend. The system is intuitive and similar to our current system, but look for detailed instruction later this week.
The link to the support center will remain the same: http://www.help.ncvps.org/

QuickStartTempleteNCVPS Student Quick Start Template
This template is a guide to give to students before classes begin. It has a place for all the essential details to help students get started with their NCVPS courses.
You will need to fill in some of the details or you can have students come to you and complete the details themselves. You can print the template for students, or you can copy and paste it into an email that you send to students.
Here’s the link to the template. Feel free to add your own details!

SummerUpdatesSummer 2016 Updates
Summer is complete!
Important Dates
End Date: Friday, August 12
Final Grades Posted: Thursday, August 18
Grade Reporting
CurrentPostedReportsWhat’s Currently Posted?
Our seventh progress report will be posted in the NCVPS registration system on August 11. Look for the report titled “Summer 2016 Seventh Progress Report Due Aug. 10, 2016.”

Tech Updates
ChromebookUpdateChromebook Update
Google Chromebooks are currently supported for NCVPS Courses.
Google Chromebook and Chrome OS are possible options for you to consider to support your learning at NCVPS. While NCVPS learning environments are fully compatible with Google Chromebooks, some third party content within your courses may not yet be updated to meet the requirements set forth within the Chrome Operating System. If you experience an interruption in your learning, please open a help desk ticket at help.ncvps.com and we will make reasonable accommodations to support your learning experience.
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:
CourseSec01Sum16
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. CourseSec01Sum16.
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 Canvas and Blackboard
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.
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
Student Logins:
Students, are you having difficulty locating your class? During the 2016 Summer semester, NCVPS will be offering courses in two learning management systems, Canvas and Blackboard. If you are unsure which platform your course is being offered in, please follow this link:

http://www.ncvps.org/student-bbmoodle-login/

javaflashUpdatesJAVA and Flash Updates

Please update your Java to Version Java 8, Update 91.Head to http://java.com/en/download/manual.jsp and follow the instructions from there.

Please go to the following link to update Adobe Flash Player to the latest Version 22.0.0.209

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

HireDesignersNCVPS Hiring Course Developers
NCVPS is hiring course developers, writers, and designers.
Please forward this message to colleagues in your school or district who may be interested.
Thank you!

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
Art Appreciation – Apex Learning
French 1 – Apex Learning
French 2 – Apex Learning
Sociology – Apex Learning
Spanish 1 – Apex Learning
North Carolina Virtual Public School
1017 Main Campus Drive, Partners I Bldg.,
SUITE 3900, Raleigh, NC 27606
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Adam Renfro
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North Carolina Virtual Public School
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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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