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August 1, 2020

NCVirtual E-lert For July 30 (Progress Reports Posted / Digital Transition Webinars)

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July 30, 2020
Greetings, everyone!
We posted our weekly summer progress report today. Please download the report from our registration system to see how your students are progressing.
NCVirtual will host its second webinar about our new middle school courses on August 4. We had great questions and feedback from this week’s event. Please join us in our next session.
Additionally, we have two Digital Transition webinars next week plus our daily office hours.
See all the details below, and please forward this e-lert to any stakeholders who may need it.
Middle School Courses Webinar
Join us in our next NCVirtual Middle School Core Courses Webinar! NCVirtual will offer 8th-Grade Math and English Language Arts for the first time this fall and 6th-grade and 7th-grade Math in the fall of 2021. In this webinar, we will look inside the courses and discuss enrollment options.
Schools are already planning to use these courses in a variety of ways. Some plan to use the courses for accelerated students who are ahead of their peers, others for students who did not pass the course previously, and still others that do not have a highly qualified teacher at their school.
Date and Time
Tuesday, August 4th, at 7pm
Registration Link
We look forward to seeing you there!
Digital Transition Webinar Series
Here’s what’s on schedule for next week. Please share!
Event: Increasing Student Engagement – Part I
Session Summary: This session will a myriad of methods to increase student engagement. Tools covered include Zoom, screencasts, and Goformative.
Date and Time: Tuesday, August 4 at 10 a.m.
Event: Increasing Student Engagement – Part II
Session Summary: This session will a myriad of methods to increase student engagement. Tools covered include Kahoot and Video Creation.
Date and Time: Thursday, August 6 at 7 p.m.
Visit our Digital Transition web page to register.
Summer, Fall, &
Academic Year Updates
Student Access
Please remember, we do not send login details to students. Be sure your school shares those login details with students. Our summer session is very short, so it is important that students have a good start.
We have printable guides for everyone!
See our full Summer Session guide for schools.
Visit our 2020-2021 Academic Year page for all the registration details.
Need a Section?
Do you need an Early Start or yearlong section that we’re not offering? Submit a request to our Virtual Support Center, and we will try to make that happen!
Current Reporting
What Grades Are Currently Posted?
July 30 – Summer Session Progress Reports Posted.
What’s Next on the Schedule?
August 6 – Summer Session Progress Reports Posted.
Reporting Overview
See our Grades and Testing Quick Reference Guide for an overview of our reporting. We have details on our Student Status (No-Show) Reports, Progress Reports, Final Grade Reports, and how we calculate grades.
Progress Report Action Steps
What should your action steps be with our progress reports? We’re glad you asked! Here are a few steps you can take.
Access the Report – Progress reports are posted in the NCVPS registration system. See our Guide for Accessing Grade Reports for details.
Schools have access to our posted progress reports. Parents, facilitators, and mentors can use the Canvas App for Parents to monitor student progress.
Check Student Progress – We have so many students who excel in their online courses. We celebrate many of them with our Super Student Award. Contact us if you have a great student who you would like us to publicly recognize. We will contact the student’s teacher to begin the process.
However, if you have any underperforming students, we have a number of supports ready for you. Students have time to improve their grades, but they should start immediately. Please review the following supports.
Student Help Page – If students are having any problems at all, and they aren’t sure where to find help, they should visit our Student Help page. They are never more than two clicks away from help!
Teacher Communications – Students do not always advocate for themselves very well. Go ahead and reach out to the NCVPS teacher to see if adjustments can be made for students who are struggling. Our teachers are eager to help.
Intervention Strategies – NCVPS has a number of intervention strategies for districts and schools to follow. These are good for any low-performing, under-performing, or at-risk students. Visit our Intervention Strategies page for details.
Virtual Support Center – If you have a complicated support question or problem and don’t know where to start, open a ticket with our Virtual Support Center. We will escalate your ticket to the right person. Be sure to include the student’s name, PowerSchool ID number, and your school name. If your ticket is about a specific course, please include the course name and teacher name.
Remote Instruction Plans
We are here to help with your remote instruction plans! We have a number of programs and resources for you.
Are you looking for remote learning and instruction PD? Visit our Digital Transition page to stream our archived webinars and sign up for future events.
Do you have a teacher in a high-risk group who can’t return to the classroom? If so, try our Partnership Course Program. We will provide the course and all the technology. Your teacher will just have to teach!
Do you have students who did not receive all the instruction they needed in 8th-grade math and are now entering Math 1? Our highly successful Co-teaching Intervention Program would be great for those students. We also have intervention courses for Math 2, 3, Biology, English 2, and Chemistry.
See all the ways we can help on our Building Your Partnership with NCVirtual page.
Standard Start Classes Begin August 17
In response to Senate Bill 704, NCVirtual is adjusting its Standard Start calendar. With this adjustment, Standard Start classes will now begin on August 17, 2020. The Standard Start end date, Jan. 8, 2021, has not changed. Our Early Start calendar will remain the same with classes starting on August 12, 2020, and ending on Dec. 11, 2020. We hope this calendar adjustment better meets the needs of our districts and schools and the unique challenges they are facing this fall.
Here are the key dates for each calendar:
Early Start
Starts: August 12, 2020
Day 5 No-Show Report Posted: August 20, 2020
Drop/Add Date: August 25, 2020
Ends: Dec. 11, 2020
Final Grades Posted: Dec. 17, 2020
Standard Start
Starts: August 17
Day 5 No-Show Report: August 25, 2020
Drop/Add Date: August 28, 2020
Ends: Jan. 8, 2021
Final Grades Posted: Jan. 14, 2021
North Carolina Final Exam (NCFE) Updates
NCFE (NC Final Exams) are no longer required effective this summer. For courses that had NCFEs, we have added teacher administered final exams or projects that count as 20% of the final grade.
EOCs were waived in the spring through June 30th, therefore, students taking courses with an EOC this summer will be required to take the test. It is the responsibility of the school (unless it’s a non-public school) to administer the exam.
Don’t forget to check out our NCVPS Now page for live program updates.
New Courses for 2020-2021
We will be adding nine new courses to our catalog this week! These will be available for fall enrollment.
High School
Theatre, Cinema, and Film Production
Creative Writing
Human Geography: Our Global Identity
Marine Science
Art in World Cultures
MS Word and PPT
MS Excel
Game Art Design
Math 3 Co-teaching
American Sign Language 1 & 2
Foundations to Information Technology
Middle School
8th Grade ELA
8th Grade Math
Career Exploration
Creative Coding
Exploring Personal Character. & Careers
Exploring Careers and Employment
Your North Carolina students appreciate your dedication and hard work!
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