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NCVPS E-lert for Nov. 16, 2016 – Fall Edition XII
2016Start DatesEarly Calendar: Aug. 15Traditional Calendar: Aug. 29Day 3 No-Show ReportEarly Calendar: Aug. 18Traditional Calendar: Sept. 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 ReportEarly Calendar: Aug. 24Traditional Calendar: Sept. 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 AddEarly Calendar: Aug. 26Traditional Calendar: Sept.12This 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.
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Current E-lert News
The last day to transfer students into Fall 2016 courses is approaching. November 23 is the last day. That is also the last day to enroll in credit recovery courses for the fall.Thank you, and here’s all the NCVPS news this week:Updated This WeekImportant From Last Week!In addition, be sure to check out all of our tips and reminders in this week’s e-lert.
Last Day to Register Transfer Students and Credit Recovery Students
November 23 is the last day to register transfer students and credit recovery students for Fall 2016.
2016 Report on Education Legislation Available
NCDPI’s 2016 Report on Education Legislation is now complete and ready for you to review and share. Its 341 pages chronicles and summarizes all of the 2016 Session Laws (including relevant budget provisions) that relate to K-12 public education.If you prefer printed copies, please visit the NCDPI Publications Sales website.
Fall 2016 Updates
Registration DetailsFollow 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.
Our Fall 2016 enrollment has closed. However, we still have a number of options for schools.Credit Recovery: Credit recovery registration will remain open until November 23, 2016.OCS: Schools can continue to enroll in existing OCS sections throughout the semester. We cannot open new OCS sections after Sept. 12, but students can be added to existing sections.Transfer Students: We are now accepting transfers for students who meet our transfer criteria. Transfer students must already be enrolled in the course at the school with an instructor AND have a grade to transfer in with. Transfers are not for students who are new to the course. We are able to accept fall transfers through November 23, 2016. This is a good solution for students who move into the district and have a course that they school does not offer. It’s also a good solution for home-bound students and suspended students.Mastery Learning for First-Time Credit: Our new mastery learning courses will help students who have a special or hardship situation. If any of the above options work for a student, you will need to use those options, but when you are out of options, check out the details here for mastery learning enrollment.Spring 2017 – We are still enrolling for all Spring 2017 courses. Spring registration is open until Feb. 3, 2017.
Your students are registered, now what? Check out our Semester Success with NCVPS web page for the basic support details that will assist your students throughout the semester.Important DatesNovember 3: A progress report was posted in the NCVPS registration system for early and traditional calendar courses.November 3: 2nd Session Health and 2nd Session PE Day 3 Status Report was posted in the NCVPS Registration SystemWhat’s Next on the Schedule?November 17: A progress report for all classes will be posted in the registration system.Reporting OverviewSee our sidebar to find an overview of NCVPS grade reporting.
NCVPS teachers have a lot of great tips to share with online students and the support crews who facilitate their learning. “They know a thing or two because they’ve seen a thing or two.”Don’t Skip The Announcements!Announcements are important! Each day, your teacher will be posting announcements that instruct, inform, and celebrate. Create a routine where your first step is to visit the announcements daily. You should also be receiving these via email and/or text daily. These messages contain important information about the course, tips for completing assignments, celebrations of a job well done, and opportunities for extra credit. The importance of reading the announcements daily cannot be overstated.
NCFE Testing Update
Please remember that districts and charter schools must test all students enrolled in NCVPS courses that have a North Carolina Final Exam. This includes OCS courses that are taught jointly between the LEA and NCVPS.Twenty-eight courses have NCFEs:English 1, 3, 4American History: Civics, World History, American History 1 and 2Physical Science, Earth/Environmental Science, Chemistry, PhysicsMath 2, Math 3, Advanced Functions and Modeling, Pre-CalculusPlease check your rosters to see if you have students enrolled in these courses with NCVPS. You will need to administer the NCFE test to them. You do not need to report the scores back to NCVPS, but you will need it to determine the final grade for students in those courses.DPI’s Accountability Services will communicate with districts and charters about the testing windows.For more details, watch the DPI/NCVPS NCFE webinar from September at this link.
NCVPS Report Card Update
Beginning Fall 2016, NCVPS will no longer report two grading period averages for students. Instead, NCVPS will report cumulative progress reports every two weeks. At the end of the semester, we will report a Final Course Work grade.In the past, our weighted grades for report cards looked like this:First Grading Period: 37.5%Second Grading Period: 37.5%Final Exam/Project: 25%*Schools administered EOC and CTE Exams and averaged in those scores with our two grading period averages.Now, our weighted grades will look like this:Final Course Work Grade: 75%Final Exam/Project: 25%*Schools now administer EOC, NCFE, and CTE Exams and average in those scores with our Final Course Work grade.As always, schools may recalculate grades if the district policy has different weights for the final exams.NOTE: NCVPS progress report grades are not weighted grades. Therefore, our progress report grades would not be accurate for schools to use when they are generating their weighted Quarter 1 and Quarter 2 or Midterm and End term (or whatever variation a district might use) report card grades. The school’s final averages and NCVPS’s final course work grade will not match each other when districts do this.A number of districts are only entering NCVPS grades at the end of the term. Districts use a similar method when students take courses at the local community college. These districts are sending home separate NCVPS progress reports when they mail home progress reports, Quarter 1, or Midterm grades.See our complete Grades Reference Guide at this link.
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.Students are able to open a help ticket with our Virtual Support Center when they are logged into Canvas.Students can click on the ? Help button to open a ticket. At that point, be sure students select “Enter a NCVPS Help Desk Ticket” NOT “Report a Problem”.Password ResetIf 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 IssuesWhen requesting help regarding a course it always easier for tech support to respond quickly if we have the specific section name, for example:CourseSec01Sum16Opening a Ticket with the Virtual Support CenterWhen 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/NoReplying to a Support Center TicketAfter 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).See image: http://screencast.com/t/ZdciZ55coU4This 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 CanvasIn 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.Please update your Java to Version Java 8, Update 111.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 188.8.131.52Bookmark NCVPS Login PagesMany students visit our homepage to log in to their courses. It is a best practice to bookmark the actual login pages for Canvas. Please have students and lab facilitators bookmark the following page: https://ncvps.instructure.com/login/canvas/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:Registration System: http://registration.ncvps.org/ncvps/user/login/Virtual Support Center: http://www.help.ncvps.org/Tech RequirementsFor additional information, please see our Tech Requirements:
NCVPS CoursesNCVPS offers over 150 different courses, including advanced placement, electives, traditional, honors, core, STEM, occupational course of study, and credit recovery courses.Check out our 150+ list of courses here.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 – VendorAdvanced Functions & Modeling – Apex LearningELA Grade 7 – Founders EducationELA Grade 8 – Founders EducationIntermediate Business & Marketing – Apex LearningScience Grade 7 – Founders EducationScience Grade 8 – Founders EducationSocial Studies Grade 7 – Founders EducationSocial Studies Grade 8 – Founders EducationPE Grade 6 – Founders EducationPE Grade 7 – Founders EducationPE Grade 8 – Founders EducationPE for High School – Founders Education
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