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NCVirtual E-lert for Sept. 14, 2021 (See Current Enrollment Options)

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Sept. 14, 2021

Greetings, everyone!

Our standard enrollment period for Fall 2021 has ended, but we still have several enrollment options for you.

If you want your Standard Start courses to end in December, you have ten days remaining to complete our Early Course Completion form.

See details in the Trending Updates section below.

Plus, we have upcoming Digital Transition and Iwork webinars for you.

See all the news and highlights below, and forward this e-lert to any stakeholders who may need it. They can subscribe to the e-lert here.

Updates and News

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Current Enrollment Options

Transfers – We can accept transfer students after regular enrollment has ended. Transfer students must be enrolled in the class at the face-to-face school, have instructional time with a teacher, and have a grade to transfer in with. We must also have an available seat in the course to accommodate the transfer.

Contact the Virtual Support Center to transfer students. Be sure to include the following in your ticket:

  • student’s name
  • PowerSchool ID#
  • school name
  • transfer grade
  • course needed
  • any student details that can help the NCVPS teacher

Transfer options will remain open through midterms each semester.

Co-teaching – You can add students throughout the semester to our co-teaching OCS and intervention courses. However, you can only add to existing sections. We can’t open new sections at this point.

PE/Health – Our second session health and PE courses are still open for registration.

Partnership Courses – You can continue to add students to your partnership courses throughout the semester. We will create a new invoice for you.

Spring Semester – Enrollment is still open for Spring 2022. We have a lot of capacity in our spring courses. Your students may temporarily land on a waitlist until we begin opening new sections.

Early Course Completion Requests in Standard Start Courses

Our Fall 2021 Standard Start courses end on January 7, 2022, and final grades will be reported on January 13. Schools may choose an early completion date for their students enrolled in Standard Start courses. Early completers in our Standard Start courses will finish their courses on December 10, the same date as Early Start students, and their final grades will be included in the Early Start final grade report on December 16.

We have a two-step process for requesting early course completion:

Step 1: Districts and schools must submit our Early Course Completion form. This form will close on September 24, 2021. Please make your decision for early course completion by that date.

Step 2: Communicate your early completion expectations to your students and our NCVirtual teachers. Do this early in the semester so that our teachers have time to adjust the pacing guides for your students. Schools must also communicate the early completion date to their students, as well. They will have ten fewer days of class time to complete their courses.

Communications between the school, student, and teacher are essential in this process. Students will have access to the course until its original end date, January 7, 2022. Districts and schools must drive the expectation that their students finish early. If they continue to submit work after December 10, our teachers will continue to grade it.

After the Early Course Completion form closes on September 24, NCVirtual will contact each school and district identified in the form submission, plus our teachers.

This process is for Standard Start classes only. Our Early Start classes will report on their original end date.

Here are the important dates for final grades this fall:

December 10: Early Start Classes End

December 10: Standard Start Early Course Completion

December 14: Final Grades Due from Teachers

December 14: Progress Report Grades for Students Finishing in January Due from Teachers

December 16: Final Grades Posted for Early Start Classes and Standard Start Early Completion

December 16: Progress Reports Posted for Standard Start Students Not Finishing Early

January 7: Standard Start Classes End

January 11: Final Grades Due from Teachers

January 13: Final Grades Posted in the Registration System

Progress Report Action Steps

What should your action steps be with our progress reports? We’re glad you asked! Visit our Progress Report Action Steps page for all the details.

2021-2022 Academic Year Guide

Please visit our 2021-2022 Academic Year Guide for details on registration, enrolling, withdrawing, grades, student guides, parent guides, and more!

Current Reporting
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What Grades Are Currently Posted?

Sept. 9 – Progress Reports Posted in the NCVirtual Registration System

What’s Next on the Schedule?

Sept. 23 – Progress Reports Posted in the NCVirtual Registration System

Progress Report Action Steps

What should your action steps be with our progress reports? We’re glad you asked! Visit our Progress Report Action Steps page for all the details.

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.

District and School Outreach

Digital Transition Webinar Series
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We have a great set of experienced online educators lined up to bring you a webinar series with a variety of topics that will help you in your remote instruction and online learning environments.

September Events

Event: “Introduction to Differentiation: Using Technology to Meet the Needs of All Learners”

Details: How are you differentiating tasks in your in-person, blended, or virtual classroom to engage students in high-quality learning? Join us for this introductory webinar to learn more about the importance of differentiating instruction. You will learn how to identify individual students’ needs and learning styles, how to implement strategies for grouping students, how to arrange your classroom to maximize student success, and how to design differentiated tasks. You will also learn some basic technology tools to create differentiated activities to meet the individual learning needs of students. Target Audience: All are welcome!

Presenter: Kim Schroeder, Ed.D. Kim is Executive Director of the Southwest Learning Community, Charlotte-Mecklenburg School System and is an English Instructor for NC Virtual.

Date and Time: Tuesday, September 21st, at 3:00 pm

Registration: Visit our Digital Transition page to register.

Event: “Delving Deeper Into Differentiation: Using Technology to Meet the Needs of All Learners”

Details: How are you differentiating tasks in your in-person, blended, or virtual classroom to engage students in high-quality learning? Join us to learn more about differentiation where we will build on your knowledge of differentiation to share how to identify individual students’ needs and learning styles, to implement strategies for grouping students, to arrange your classroom to maximize student success, and to design differentiated tasks. This webinar will emphasize how to use technology to create activities to meet the individual learning needs of students. Target Audience: All are welcome!

Presenter: Kim Schroeder, Ed.D. Kim is Executive Director of the Southwest Learning Community, Charlotte-Mecklenburg School System and is an English Instructor for NC Virtual.

Date and Time: Tuesday, September 21st, at 4:15pm

Registration: Visit our Digital Transition page to register.

Event: “High Expectations in the Virtual Classroom”

Details: Join us as we learn from the 2021 NC Teacher of the Year as she shares insight, tips and best practices for student and educator success! Bring your questions! The last 30 minutes will be a Q&A session! Target Audience: All are welcome!

Presenter: Ms. Eugenia Floyd, M.Ed.

• 2021 Burroughs Wellcome Fund NC Teacher of the Year

• 2021 Burroughs Wellcome Fund North Central Region Teacher of the Year

• 2019-2020 Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools Teacher of the Year

Date and Time: Thursday, September 23rd, at 6:00pm

Registration: Visit our Digital Transition page to register.

Event: “In Case No One’s Told You Today: I Love You! Leading Transformational Change Through Trust”

Details: Join us as we learn from the 2021 NC Principal of the Year as she shares insight, tips and best practices for administrator and educator success! Bring your questions! The last 30 minutes will be a Q&A session! Target Audience: School and District Administrators

Presenter: Elena Ashburn, Ed.D.

• 2021 Wells Fargo North Carolina Principal of the Year

• 2021 North Central Region Principal of the Year

• 2019 – Presented study on the gender gap in NC Superintendency at the International Women Leading Education Conference in England

• 2018 Michael Priddy Family Leadership Award & Scholarship for Aspiring Superintendents (UNC School of Education)

Date and Time: Tuesday, September 28th, at 6:00pm

Registration: Visit our Digital Transition page to register.

See upcoming events and stream all previous webinars on-demand from our Digital Transition page.

Teacher Online Training
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TOT (Teacher Online Training) is NCVirtual’s free professional development program designed to prepare and support educators as they work in online and remote learning environments.

Our TOT course, “An Introduction to Online Teaching and Content Development,” is not a “how to” or “instructional” guide for Canvas, but focuses on the best practices for teaching and learning using any platform. Topics include the following:

  • Assessment Tools
  • Teacher Talk & Clear Expectations
  • Intellectual Property & Copyright
  • Accessibility Tools
  • Maintaining an Online Presence
  • Adapting and Placing Content
  • Engaging Through Feedback

Our next session begins September 1.

Visit our Teacher Online Training page to register. We look forward to seeing you there!

Daily Office Hours
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The Outreach and Support team has office hours Monday-Friday from 12:00 to 12:30 p.m. We are prepared to stay longer with visitors who need assistance. Anyone can join, and we have breakout rooms ready if needed.

 

Students & Parents – Do you have general questions about our program or concerns about your course? Visit the Outreach team during the lunch hour. We’re here to help!

E-learning Advisors – Are you new to NCVirtual? Do you have questions about student performance? Unique enrollment requests? We’re here to help!

E-learning Coordinators – Are you leading your district’s e-learning program? Are you looking for new ways to partner with us? Drop into the office hours, and let’s chat!

Teachers – Want to learn about the Outreach team? Let’s talk!

Visit our Lunch with NCVirtual page for details and the link to join us in our online room.

Connecting with Students & Parents

Please share the following updates with students and parents. Thank you!
Culture Café
The Culture Café hosts hour-long lectures on various cultural topics in Spanish, French, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, Latin, and Arabic to broaden our students’ cultural and world views. The presentations are delivered by the faculty of the North Carolina Virtual Public School (NCVirtual) as ancillary instruction for interested students on a variety of cultural, culinary, historical, geographic, and architectural themes related to the target languages of our World Language Department.

Join all live sessions through our Culture Café page.

Check back next week for upcoming sessions!

IworkNCVirtual
NCVirtual hosts its IworkNCVirtual speaker series that includes presentations about career paths and jobs by those working in the field. We feel that it is never too early to start thinking about your future, and we are now providing a platform for our students to gain insight and exposure to potential career paths while still in middle or high school. Visit our IworkNCVirtual page to see upcoming events.

Event: A Career in Politics

Date: September 23, 2021

Time: 4pm

Details: Are you interested in a career in politics or just curious about how campaigns work and how organizations grab the attention of lawmakers? If so, join us for a session with William Walwik who has a wide range of experience working on campaigns and serving as a lobbyist.

Speaker: William Walwik

Access: NCVirtual’s Iwork page.

Event: All Things AP

Date: September 29, 2021

Time: 6pm

Details: Are you new to Advanced Placement (AP) courses or wondering how you can utilize the tools on the College Board’s website more effectively? If so, join us for a session with Michelle Lourcey. Mrs. Lourcey is the Associate Director of the NC Advanced Placement Partnership and will answer all your questions about AP!

Speaker: Michelle Lourcey

Access: NCVirtual’s Iwork page.

NCVirtual Coding Club
The first Coding Club meeting of the school year is Monday, September 20, 2021 at 6pm. This meeting is for current Coding Club members and any NC high school students who would like to join. If you would like to attend the first meeting, to see if Coding Club is a fit for you, please complete this Google Form: https://bit.ly/codingclubinterestmeeting.

Questions about Coding Club

Email Ellen Hart at ellen.hart@ncpublicschools.gov or

Toni Hall at toni.hall@ncpublicschools.gov

Student Research Alliance
The NCVirtual Student Research Alliance is a unique opportunity for high school students to conduct original research on topics of interest related to NCVPS courses. The goal of the program is to provide a platform for innovation and to create resources for students to deepen their understanding of specific course content.

For more information about the program, reach out to Señor Hall at herman.hall@ncpublicschools.gov.

NCVirtual App
NCVirtual has an app! This is a great companion piece for parents and educators who want NCVirtual alerts for important dates, announcements, and news. See our NCVirtual App page for details.

Parents should also download the Parent Canvas App to see course grades and communicate with their child’s teachers.

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Thank you, everyone!

Your North Carolina students appreciate your dedication and hard work!

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