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November 14, 2017

NCVPS E-lert – Nov. 13, 2017 – Fall Edition XI (Next Progress Reports Nov. 16)

Another newsletter 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 – Nov. 13, 2017 – Fall Edition XI (Next Progress Reports Nov. 16)

CalendarCheck

Calendar Check
Fall 2017 Dates
See our calendar for progress report dates. We post updates every two weeks throughout the semester.
Essential Links

Pages to Bookmark

Connect with us on Twitter! Find us here. Tweet to us on Twitter at @ncvps or with the hashtag #ncvps.

E-lert Subscription
If you are not on the E-lert subscription list, but would like to be, please add your name to our list here.

Current E-lert News

Greetings!

Today, Nov. 13, is the last day to register for fall second-session health courses.  Nov. 22 is the last day to register for fall credit recovery courses, and it is the last day to transfer into fall block courses.
We will post progress reports in the registration system on Thursday, Nov. 16. Download the report to see how your students are progressing.
New Updates
Important Information
Thank you, and have a wonderful week!

Fall2017UpdatesFall 2017 Updates

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, visit our Registration System User’s Guide here.
Credit Recovery: Credit recovery enrollment will remain open until November 22, 2017. Schools can continue to enroll in credit recovery courses that have open seats.
OCS: Schools can continue to enroll in existing OCS sections throughout the semester. We cannot open new OCS sections after Sept. 12.
1/2 Credit Health and 1/2 Credit PE Courses: Registration for our 2nd 9-week health courses will remain open until November 13, 2017.
Transfer Students: After Sept. 12, we will begin accepting transfers for students who meet our transfer criteria. Transfer students must already be enrolled in a traditional course at the school with an instructor AND have a grade to transfer in with. We will have more details on this next week. We are able to accept transfer students through November 22, 2017.
Open a ticket with the Virtual Support Center here: http://www.help.ncvps.org/ and include the following information with your transfer request:
1. Student’s Name
2. Student’s PowerSchool Number
3. Student’s Email
4. Student’s contact phone number
5. Student’s School & District
6. Course transferring in to
7. Transfer Grade (and support plan if needed)
8. Does the student have an IEP?  Does the Student have a 504 Plan?
9. Brief reason for transfer
Flex Learning: Our Flex Learning courses 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 Flex Learning page for enrollment information.
We have several processes that schools should follow throughout the semester to help students have greater success in NCVPS courses.
Check out our Semester Success with NCVPS page for details.
Grade Report Updates
November 2: 2nd Session Health and 2nd Session PE Day 3 Status Report Posted in the NCVPS Registration System
November 2: Final Grades for 1st Session Traditional Calendar Health and 1st Session Traditional Calendar PE Posted in the Registration System
November 2: Progress Report Posted in the NCVPS Registration System
November 16: Progress Reports Posted in the NCVPS Registration System
Reporting Overview
See how your students are progressing! We post progress reports every two weeks in the registration system. These are unweighted grades.
Only our final grade report is a weighted grade report.
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.

DownloadAppDownload the NCVPS App!
NCVPS has a new free app developed by School Info App, which is recognized by District Administration Magazine as one of the Top 100 school applications in 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016. Download the app in the Google Play and iTunes stores. Search for “NCVPS” to find the app in either store.
Current app features allow users to do the following:
  • Receive calendar and news notifications
  • Have quick access to course catalogs, online learning tools, and important documents
  • Translate messages to 30+ languages
  • See NCVPS social media posts
  • Follow specific teacher announcements
The app is not required for students or teachers. However, some of our teachers will be using the app as an additional way to contact students. We already have a few early adopters. iKeepSafe has certified the app for COPPA, CSPC, and FERPA compliance; although, no account is necessary to receive announcements or notifications from teachers or the staff.
New features and additional capacity will be added throughout the year.
We hope to see you in the app and look forward to your feedback!

TeacherTipNCVPS Teacher Tip: Save Your Work – A Good Backup Plan.
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.”

Save Your Work – A Good Backup Plan

Saving your work is an important step in protecting hours of hard work and the effort you’ve made in your NCVPS course. You may not think you will need the work later, but this type of planning is a key trait of a successful online learner. Guarding and safely storing your data is also a key part of being a responsible internet user.
Read all of our tips at our Save Your Work – A Good Backup Plan webpage.

NCVPS Resources

CultureCafeNCVPS Culture Cafe


The NCVPS Culture Cafe hosts hour-long online sessions for all students. Current, former, and prospective NCVPS students are welcome to attend!

The presentations are delivered by the faculty of NCVPS as ancillary instruction for interested students on a variety of cultural, gastronomic, historical, geographic and architectural themes related to the target languages of our World Language Department.
November 4: World Languages in the 21st Century
November 8: Food Around the World!
November 8: Celebrations Around the World ~ Carolina Navigators
November 14: Japanese ~ Kanji 101
November 16: Arabic ~ Food and Eating Traditions in Middle East
November 30: Cookin’ Curry in a Hurry: How to Make Japanese Style Curry

TechUpdatesTech Updates
HelpDeskEmailIssuesHelp Desk Issues with Certain Emails
We are experiencing issues sending help desk responses to the following email domains:
AOL
BellSouth
Carolina.rr.com
Roadrunner.com
When submitting a Help Desk ticket, please use an alternate email address other than one of the above domains. We are working to resolve the issue.

If you’re using Chrome, please update your Chrome browser to the latest version Version Version 61.0.3163.100. To update Google Chrome, follow these steps:
  1. On your computer, open Chrome.
  2. At the top right, click More .
  3. Click Help
  4. Click About Chrome
  5. Relaunch

The Virtual Support Center is our one-stop shop for resolving technical and other issues, including enrolling, course access, funding, withdrawals, advice, and special requests.  

Please visit our Opening a Ticket webpage to see ticketing details and tips on expediting your ticket. 
Password Reset
If you have had your password reset through the Virtual Support Center, the new password will not expire unless you have reset it again. Occasionally, multiple people will request a student’s password to be reset (i.e. the student, ELA, lab facilitator, and/or parent), so the password is reset multiple times. This, of course, causes confusion.  It’s always best if only one person requests a password reset for a student.
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” on the course login page.
Students should make sure that NCVPS teachers have their correct email addresses, and those email addresses should be confirmed in our Canvas learning management system. This will allow students to receive messages from their teachers and peers in the course forum.
Here’s how to confirm student email addresses 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.
 
 
For additional information, please see our Tech Requirements:
http://ncvps.org/technology-requirements
North Carolina Virtual Public School
1017 Main Campus Drive, Partners I Bldg.,
SUITE 3900, Raleigh, NC 27606
Phone:  919-513-8550   |  Fax:  919-513-2557  |

STAY CONNECTED

Like us on Facebook   Follow us on Twitter

Adam Renfro
Outreach and Support Coordinator
North Carolina Virtual Public School
910.644.0757

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/

October 31, 2017

NCVPS E-lert – Oct. 30, 2017 – Fall Edition X (NCVPS App / Progress Reports Posted Thursday)

Yet another newsletter 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 – Oct. 30, 2017 – Fall Edition X (NCVPS App / Progress Reports Posted Thursday)

CalendarCheck

Calendar Check
Fall 2017 Dates
See our calendar for progress report dates. We post updates every two weeks throughout the semester.
Essential Links
Pages to Bookmark

Connect with us on Twitter! Find us here. Tweet to us on Twitter at @ncvps or with the hashtag #ncvps.

E-lert Subscription
If you are not on the E-lert subscription list, but would like to be, please add your name to our list here.

Current E-lert News

Greetings!

We have a new app! You can download it for for free in the Google and Apple stores.
Our next progress reports will be posted on Thursday. Check on your students progress.
See all the details below and have a great week!
New Updates
Important Information
Thank you, and have a wonderful week!

DownloadAppDownload the NCVPS App!
NCVPS has a new free app developed by School Info App, which is recognized by District Administration Magazine as one of the Top 100 school applications in 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016. Download the app in the Google Play and iTunes stores. Search for “NCVPS” to find the app in either store.
Current app features allow users to do the following:
  • Receive calendar and news notifications
  • Have quick access to course catalogs, online learning tools, and important documents
  • Translate messages to 30+ languages
  • See NCVPS social media posts
  • Follow specific teacher announcements
The app is not required for students or teachers. However, some of our teachers will be using the app as an additional way to contact students. We already have a few early adopters. iKeepSafe has certified the app for COPPA, CSPC, and FERPA compliance; although, no account is necessary to receive announcements or notifications from teachers or the staff.
New features and additional capacity will be added throughout the year.
We hope to see you in the app and look forward to your feedback!

CanvasLoginNCVPS Canvas Login Updated
You may have noticed an aesthetic upgrade to our Canvas login page. We hope the new branding will help students distinguish our login page from district Canvas login pages.

TeacherTipNCVPS Teacher Tip – Don’t Skip the Announcements!
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 in NCVPS courses. Each day, teachers post announcements that instruct, inform, and celebrate.
Be sure students create a daily routine where their first step is to visit the announcements. Students may also receive these announcements via email and/or text daily.
Announcements 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.

Fall2017UpdatesFall 2017 Updates

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, visit our Registration System User’s Guide here.
Credit Recovery: Credit recovery enrollment will remain open until November 22, 2017. Schools can continue to enroll in credit recovery courses that have open seats.
OCS: Schools can continue to enroll in existing OCS sections throughout the semester. We cannot open new OCS sections after Sept. 12.
1/2 Credit Health and 1/2 Credit PE Courses: Registration for our 2nd 9-week health courses will remain open until November 13, 2017.
Transfer Students: After Sept. 12, we will begin accepting transfers for students who meet our transfer criteria. Transfer students must already be enrolled in a traditional course at the school with an instructor AND have a grade to transfer in with. We will have more details on this next week. We are able to accept transfer students through November 22, 2017.
Open a ticket with the Virtual Support Center here: http://www.help.ncvps.org/ and include the following information with your transfer request:
1. Student’s Name
2. Student’s PowerSchool Number
3. Student’s Email
4. Student’s contact phone number
5. Student’s School & District
6. Course transferring in to
7. Transfer Grade (and support plan if needed)
8. Does the student have an IEP?  Does the Student have a 504 Plan?
9. Brief reason for transfer
Flex Learning: Our Flex Learning courses 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 Flex Learning page for enrollment information.
We have several processes that schools should follow throughout the semester to help students have greater success in NCVPS courses.
Check out our Semester Success with NCVPS page for details.
Grade Report Updates
October 19: Day 3 Status Report for Early Calendar 2nd Session Health and 2nd Session PE Posted in the NCVPS Registration System
October 19: Final Grades for 1st Session Early Calendar Health and Early Calendar PE Posted in the NCVPS Registration System
October 19: Progress Report Posted in the NCVPS Registration System
November 2: 2nd Session Health and 2nd Session PE Day 3 Status Report Posted in the NCVPS Registration System
November 2: Final Grades for 1st Session Traditional Calendar Health and 1st Session Traditional Calendar PE Posted in the Registration System
November 2: Progress Report Posted in the NCVPS Registration System
Reporting Overview
See how your students are progressing! We post progress reports every two weeks in the registration system. These are unweighted grades.
Only our final grade report is a weighted grade report.
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.

NCVPS Resources

CultureCafeNCVPS Culture Cafe


The NCVPS Culture Cafe hosts hour-long online sessions for all students. Current, former, and prospective NCVPS students are welcome to attend!

The presentations are delivered by the faculty of NCVPS as ancillary instruction for interested students on a variety of cultural, gastronomic, historical, geographic and architectural themes related to the target languages of our World Language Department.
November 4World Languages in the 21st Century

TechUpdatesTech Updates
HelpDeskEmailIssuesHelp Desk Issues with Certain Emails
We are experiencing issues sending help desk responses to the following email domains:
AOL
BellSouth
Carolina.rr.com
Roadrunner.com
When submitting a Help Desk ticket, please use an alternate email address other than one of the above domains. We are working to resolve the issue.

If you’re using Chrome, please update your Chrome browser to the latest version Version Version 61.0.3163.100. To update Google Chrome, follow these steps:
  1. On your computer, open Chrome.
  2. At the top right, click More .
  3. Click Help
  4. Click About Chrome
  5. Relaunch

The Virtual Support Center is our one-stop shop for resolving technical and other issues, including enrolling, course access, funding, withdrawals, advice, and special requests.  

Please visit our Opening a Ticket webpage to see ticketing details and tips on expediting your ticket. 
Password Reset
If you have had your password reset through the Virtual Support Center, the new password will not expire unless you have reset it again. Occasionally, multiple people will request a student’s password to be reset (i.e. the student, ELA, lab facilitator, and/or parent), so the password is reset multiple times. This, of course, causes confusion.  It’s always best if only one person requests a password reset for a student.
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” on the course login page.
Students should make sure that NCVPS teachers have their correct email addresses, and those email addresses should be confirmed in our Canvas learning management system. This will allow students to receive messages from their teachers and peers in the course forum.
Here’s how to confirm student email addresses 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.
 
 
For additional information, please see our Tech Requirements:
http://ncvps.org/technology-requirements
North Carolina Virtual Public School
1017 Main Campus Drive, Partners I Bldg.,
SUITE 3900, Raleigh, NC 27606
Phone:  919-513-8550   |  Fax:  919-513-2557  |
STAY CONNECTED

Like us on Facebook   Follow us on Twitter

Adam Renfro
Outreach and Support Coordinator
North Carolina Virtual Public School
910.644.0757

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/

October 24, 2017

NCVPS E-lert – Oct. 23, 2017 – Fall Edition IX (10 Year Anniversary)

Another newsletter 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 – Oct. 23, 2017 – Fall Edition IX (10 Year Anniversary)

CalendarCheck

Calendar Check
Fall 2017 Dates
See our calendar for progress report dates. We post updates every two weeks throughout the semester.
Essential Links
Pages to Bookmark

Connect with us on Twitter! Find us here. Tweet to us on Twitter at @ncvps or with the hashtag #ncvps.

E-lert Subscription
If you are not on the E-lert subscription list, but would like to be, please add your name to our list here.

Current E-lert News

Greetings!

Greetings, everyone!
We have progress reports from Oct. 19 posted in the registration system. Please see how your students are progressing.
New Updates
Important Information
Thank you, and have a wonderful week!

AnniversaryNCVPS 10-Year Anniversary
NCVPS celebrated its tenth anniversary on Friday, Oct. 20, at Marbles Kids Museum in downtown Raleigh.

Lt. Governor Dan Forest gave the keynote address. It was a great night! Thank you to the students, parents, teachers, schools, districts, and state leaders who have supported us this past decade. We could not have done this without you.
At the event, we premiered our 10-Year Anniversary video. Check it out here:

Fall2017UpdatesFall 2017 Updates

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, visit our Registration System User’s Guide here.
Credit Recovery: Credit recovery enrollment will remain open until November 22, 2017. Schools can continue to enroll in credit recovery courses that have open seats.
OCS: Schools can continue to enroll in existing OCS sections throughout the semester. We cannot open new OCS sections after Sept. 12.
1/2 Credit Health and 1/2 Credit PE Courses: Registration for our 2nd 9-week health courses will remain open until November 13, 2017.
Transfer Students: After Sept. 12, we will begin accepting transfers for students who meet our transfer criteria. Transfer students must already be enrolled in a traditional course at the school with an instructor AND have a grade to transfer in with. We will have more details on this next week. We are able to accept transfer students through November 22, 2017.
Open a ticket with the Virtual Support Center here: http://www.help.ncvps.org/ and include the following information with your transfer request:
1. Student’s Name
2. Student’s PowerSchool Number
3. Student’s Email
4. Student’s contact phone number
5. Student’s School & District
6. Course transferring in to
7. Transfer Grade (and support plan if needed)
8. Does the student have an IEP?  Does the Student have a 504 Plan?
9. Brief reason for transfer
Flex Learning: Our Flex Learning courses 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 Flex Learning page for enrollment information.
We have several processes that schools should follow throughout the semester to help students have greater success in NCVPS courses.
Check out our Semester Success with NCVPS page for details.
Grade Report Updates
October 19: Day 3 Status Report for Early Calendar 2nd Session Health and 2nd Session PE Posted in the NCVPS Registration System
October 19: Final Grades for 1st Session Early Calendar Health and Early Calendar PE Posted in the NCVPS Registration System
October 19: Progress Report Posted in the NCVPS Registration System
November 2: 2nd Session Health and 2nd Session PE Day 3 Status Report Posted in the NCVPS Registration System
November 2: Final Grades for 1st Session Traditional Calendar Health and 1st Session Traditional Calendar PE Posted in the Registration System
November 2: Progress Report Posted in the NCVPS Registration System
Reporting Overview
See how your students are progressing! We post progress reports every two weeks in the registration system. These are unweighted grades.
Only our final grade report is a weighted grade report.
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.

NCVPS Resources

CultureCafeNCVPS Culture Cafe


The NCVPS Culture Cafe hosts hour-long online sessions for all students. Current, former, and prospective NCVPS students are welcome to attend!

The presentations are delivered by the faculty of NCVPS as ancillary instruction for interested students on a variety of cultural, gastronomic, historical, geographic and architectural themes related to the target languages of our World Language Department.
Nov. 4Mythology Crash Course – The Trojan Cycle

TechUpdatesTech Updates
HelpDeskEmailIssuesHelp Desk Issues with Certain Emails
We are experiencing issues sending help desk responses to the following email domains:
AOL
BellSouth
Carolina.rr.com
Roadrunner.com
When submitting a Help Desk ticket, please use an alternate email address other than one of the above domains. We are working to resolve the issue.

If you’re using Chrome, please update your Chrome browser to the latest version Version Version 61.0.3163.100. To update Google Chrome, follow these steps:
  1. On your computer, open Chrome.
  2. At the top right, click More .
  3. Click Help
  4. Click About Chrome
  5. Relaunch

The Virtual Support Center is our one-stop shop for resolving technical and other issues, including enrolling, course access, funding, withdrawals, advice, and special requests.  

Please visit our Opening a Ticket webpage to see ticketing details and tips on expediting your ticket. 
Password Reset
If you have had your password reset through the Virtual Support Center, the new password will not expire unless you have reset it again. Occasionally, multiple people will request a student’s password to be reset (i.e. the student, ELA, lab facilitator, and/or parent), so the password is reset multiple times. This, of course, causes confusion.  It’s always best if only one person requests a password reset for a student.
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” on the course login page.
Students should make sure that NCVPS teachers have their correct email addresses, and those email addresses should be confirmed in our Canvas learning management system. This will allow students to receive messages from their teachers and peers in the course forum.
Here’s how to confirm student email addresses 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.
 
 
For additional information, please see our Tech Requirements:
http://ncvps.org/technology-requirements
North Carolina Virtual Public School
1017 Main Campus Drive, Partners I Bldg.,
SUITE 3900, Raleigh, NC 27606
Phone:  919-513-8550   |  Fax:  919-513-2557  |
STAY CONNECTED

Like us on Facebook   Follow us on Twitter

Adam Renfro
Outreach and Support Coordinator
North Carolina Virtual Public School
910.644.0757

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/

October 18, 2017

NCVPS E-lert – Oct. 16, 2017 – Fall Edition VIII (Progress Reports: Oct. 19)

A newsletter from Monday’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 – Oct. 16, 2017 – Fall Edition VIII (Progress Reports: Oct. 19)

CalendarCheck

Calendar Check
Fall 2017 Dates
See our calendar for progress report dates. We post updates every two weeks throughout the semester.
Essential Links

Pages to Bookmark

Connect with us on Twitter! Find us here. Tweet to us on Twitter at @ncvps or with the hashtag #ncvps.

E-lert Subscription
If you are not on the E-lert subscription list, but would like to be, please add your name to our list here.

Current E-lert News

Greetings!

Greetings, everyone!
Progress reports will be posted on Oct. 19. Please see all of our important details below.
Thank you, and have a wonderful week!
New Updates
Important Information
In addition, be sure to check out all of our tips and reminders in this week’s e-lert.

ProgressShareProgress Reports – Please Share

NCVPS posts progress reports in its registration system every two weeks.
We do not send progress reports to parents, and a number of parents have said that their school does not update them on their child’s progress in their NCVPS courses.
Our teachers are in regular communication with parents who want that communication. However,

we cannot mail or email progress reports to parents.
Many schools will print NCVPS progress reports and send home with students or mail home to parents. Please try to adopt one of these practices at your school if you are not already doing so.
Additionally, regularly checking progress reports can help schools determine if students need extra help.
See the section for Intervention for Low-Performing and Ask-Risk Students on our

 Semester Success with NCVPS 

web page.
Our next progress report will be available in the NCVPS registration system on Thursday, Oct. 19.
Thank you!

NewTechNCVPS Is Hiring a New Tech Director

NCVPS is hiring a new Technology Director. Are you interested in joining our great team?
Applications are open until 5:00 p.m.on October 19th.
See the full details at the

 North Carolina Government Jobs 

page.

ConnectUsConnect with Us on Social Media

Connect with NCVPS on Twitter and Facebook. We are especially eager to connect with other North Carolina districts, schools, and educators.
Follow us on Twitter at @NCVPS.
Like and follow our NCVPS Facebookpage.

Fall2017UpdatesFall 2017 Updates

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, visit our Registration System User’s Guide here.
Credit Recovery: Credit recovery enrollment will remain open until November 22, 2017. Schools can continue to enroll in credit recovery courses that have open seats.
OCS: Schools can continue to enroll in existing OCS sections throughout the semester. We cannot open new OCS sections after Sept. 12.
1/2 Credit Health and 1/2 Credit PE Courses: Registration for our 2nd 9-week health courses will remain open until November 13, 2017.
Transfer Students: After Sept. 12, we will begin accepting transfers for students who meet our transfer criteria. Transfer students must already be enrolled in a traditional course at the school with an instructor AND have a grade to transfer in with. We will have more details on this next week. We are able to accept transfer students through November 22, 2017.
Open a ticket with the Virtual Support Center here: http://www.help.ncvps.org/ and include the following information with your transfer request:
1. Student’s Name
2. Student’s PowerSchool Number
3. Student’s Email
4. Student’s contact phone number
5. Student’s School & District
6. Course transferring in to
7. Transfer Grade (and support plan if needed)
8. Does the student have an IEP?  Does the Student have a 504 Plan?
9. Brief reason for transfer
Flex Learning: Our Flex Learning courses 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 Flex Learning page for enrollment information.
We have several processes that schools should follow throughout the semester to help students have greater success in NCVPS courses.
Check out our Semester Success with NCVPS page for details.
Grade Report Updates
October 19: Day 3 Status Report for Early Calendar 2nd Session Health and 2nd Session PE Posted in the NCVPS Registration System
October 19: Final Grades for 1st Session Early Calendar Health and Early Calendar PE Posted in the NCVPS Registration System
October 19: Progress Report Posted in the NCVPS Registration System
November 2: 2nd Session Health and 2nd Session PE Day 3 Status Report Posted in the NCVPS Registration System
November 2: Final Grades for 1st Session Traditional Calendar Health and 1st Session Traditional Calendar PE Posted in the Registration System
November 2: Progress Report Posted in the NCVPS Registration System
Reporting Overview
See how your students are progressing! We post progress reports every two weeks in the registration system. These are unweighted grades.
Only our final grade report is a weighted grade report.
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.

CRPhaseOUtCredit Recovery Phase Out Fall 2018

NCVPS is constantly evaluating our offerings and their impact on school needs. Over the last few years, we have seen our Credit Recovery enrollment decline as school needs have changed in this area. During the 2016 – 2017 school year, we worked with our Advisory Council and other NCVPS stakeholders to reflect on our Credit Recovery offerings and impact for schools. After careful consideration of this feedback from our stakeholders regarding our Credit Recovery offerings, we have decided to discontinue our Credit Recovery offerings beginning Fall 2018. Our last Credit Recovery offering will be Summer 2018.
Beginning Fall 2018 – Options for Repeating a Course
  • If a student needs a flexible start/end date and a self-paced option, FLEX Learning may be the best fit for repeating the course.
  • If a student needs a set start/end date (aligning to the semester), then our Traditional option may be the best fit for repeating the course.
  • Students will receive a final grade with both the FLEX Learning and Traditional options as all parts of the course with no exempting of content will be required.
 For more information, please visit our Flex Learning page and our  Credit Recovery Analysis page.

SymposiumNCVPS 10-Year Anniversary Symposium
The North Carolina Virtual Public School is turning 10! We are celebrating a decade in online teaching and learning and invite you to our 10-Year Anniversary Symposium. The Symposium will bring us together to connect, share, and learn about online and digital learning. We will commemorate the past ten years and look at the future of learning.

Follow this link to register!

NCVPS Resources

CultureCafeNCVPS Culture Cafe


The NCVPS Culture Cafe hosts hour-long online sessions for all students. Current, former, and prospective NCVPS students are welcome to attend!

The presentations are delivered by the faculty of NCVPS as ancillary instruction for interested students on a variety of cultural, gastronomic, historical, geographic and architectural themes related to the target languages of our World Language Department.
October 12: World Languages in the 21st Century

TechUpdatesTech Updates
HelpDeskEmailIssuesHelp Desk Issues with Certain Emails
We are experiencing issues sending help desk responses to the following email domains:
AOL
BellSouth
Carolina.rr.com
Roadrunner.com
When submitting a Help Desk ticket, please use an alternate email address other than one of the above domains. We are working to resolve the issue.

If you’re using Chrome, please update your Chrome browser to the latest version Version Version 61.0.3163.100. To update Google Chrome, follow these steps:
  1. On your computer, open Chrome.
  2. At the top right, click More .
  3. Click Help
  4. Click About Chrome
  5. Relaunch

The Virtual Support Center is our one-stop shop for resolving technical and other issues, including enrolling, course access, funding, withdrawals, advice, and special requests.  

Please visit our Opening a Ticket webpage to see ticketing details and tips on expediting your ticket. 
Password Reset
If you have had your password reset through the Virtual Support Center, the new password will not expire unless you have reset it again. Occasionally, multiple people will request a student’s password to be reset (i.e. the student, ELA, lab facilitator, and/or parent), so the password is reset multiple times. This, of course, causes confusion.  It’s always best if only one person requests a password reset for a student.
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” on the course login page.
Students should make sure that NCVPS teachers have their correct email addresses, and those email addresses should be confirmed in our Canvas learning management system. This will allow students to receive messages from their teachers and peers in the course forum.
Here’s how to confirm student email addresses 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.
 
 
For additional information, please see our Tech Requirements:
http://ncvps.org/technology-requirements
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SUITE 3900, Raleigh, NC 27606
Phone:  919-513-8550   |  Fax:  919-513-2557  |

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October 7, 2017

NCVPS E-lert – Oct. 5, 2017 – Fall Edition VII (Progress Reports Posted) —

A newsletter from Thursday’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 – Oct. 5, 2017 – Fall Edition VII (Progress Reports Posted)

CalendarCheck

Calendar Check
Fall 2017 Dates
See our calendar for progress report dates. We post updates every two weeks throughout the semester.
Essential Links
Pages to Bookmark

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Current E-lert News

Greetings!

Greetings, everyone!
Progress reports are posted, and we have a number of important items for you this week.
New Updates
Important Information
In addition, be sure to check out all of our tips and reminders in this week’s e-lert.

TechRequireTechnology Requirements

We have found that a number of students did not have the basic technology requirements for their NCVPS courses this fall. This includes both hardware and software.
Some students were attempting to take their NCVPS courses through their smartphones. Our courses are accessible on smartphones and tablets, but students will not have full functionality on those devices. That day is coming, but it’s not here yet. Students need a good working computer to successfully complete their NCVPS courses. They can use smartphones and tablets to check grades, communicate with their teachers, and view most of the content in their courses, but other activities and some learning objects require a computer.
Students also need Adobe Connect. It’s a free download. It’s where we host our live classes. Many of our teachers record lessons in Adobe Connect, and students need Adobe to view those recorded sessions.
Our world language courses require headphones and microphones. Students need to record their voices in their assignments.
See our Technology Requirements webpage for full details.
Districts will also find on that page our list of websites that students need access to. Please be sure those ports and channels are open.

EarlyDoneReminder: No Early Calendar OCS Courses in Spring

Please remember that we are phasing out our early calendar course offerings. This fall, we only offered OCS courses on the early calendar schedule. In the spring of 2018, we will have no early calendar course offerings.
If you are an early calendar school, please enroll in our traditional calendar courses. Once a teacher has been assigned to the course, please contact those teachers and let them know you are an early calendar school and when you need your students to finish. Our teachers will work with your students to modify the pacing of the course for them. Or you can let the students use the full term. All of our spring courses end on June 1, 2018.

Fall2017UpdatesFall 2017 Updates

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, visit our Registration System User’s Guide here.
Credit Recovery: Credit recovery enrollment will remain open until November 22, 2017. Schools can continue to enroll in credit recovery courses that have open seats.
OCS: Schools can continue to enroll in existing OCS sections throughout the semester. We cannot open new OCS sections after Sept. 12.
1/2 Credit Health and 1/2 Credit PE Courses: Registration for our 2nd 9-week health courses will remain open until November 13, 2017.
Transfer Students: After Sept. 12, we will begin accepting transfers for students who meet our transfer criteria. Transfer students must already be enrolled in a traditional course at the school with an instructor AND have a grade to transfer in with. We will have more details on this next week. We are able to accept transfer students through November 22, 2017.
Open a ticket with the Virtual Support Center here: http://www.help.ncvps.org/ and include the following information with your transfer request:
1. Student’s Name
2. Student’s PowerSchool Number
3. Student’s Email
4. Student’s contact phone number
5. Student’s School & District
6. Course transferring in to
7. Transfer Grade (and support plan if needed)
8. Does the student have an IEP?  Does the Student have a 504 Plan?
9. Brief reason for transfer
Flex Learning: Our Flex Learning courses 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 Flex Learning page for enrollment information.
We have several processes that schools should follow throughout the semester to help students have greater success in NCVPS courses.
Check out our Semester Success with NCVPS page for details.
Grade Report Updates
October 5: Progress Reports for all Classes
October 19: Day 3 Status Report for Early Calendar 2nd Session Health and 2nd Session PE Posted in the NCVPS Registration System
October 19: Final Grades for 1st Session Early Calendar Health and Early Calendar PE Posted in the NCVPS Registration System
October 19: Progress Report Posted in the NCVPS Registration System
Reporting Overview
See how your students are progressing! We post progress reports every two weeks in the registration system. These are unweighted grades.
Only our final grade report is a weighted grade report.
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.

CRPhaseOUtCredit Recovery Phase Out Fall 2018

NCVPS is constantly evaluating our offerings and their impact on school needs. Over the last few years, we have seen our Credit Recovery enrollment decline as school needs have changed in this area. During the 2016 – 2017 school year, we worked with our Advisory Council and other NCVPS stakeholders to reflect on our Credit Recovery offerings and impact for schools. After careful consideration of this feedback from our stakeholders regarding our Credit Recovery offerings, we have decided to discontinue our Credit Recovery offerings beginning Fall 2018. Our last Credit Recovery offering will be Summer 2018.
Beginning Fall 2018 – Options for Repeating a Course
  • If a student needs a flexible start/end date and a self-paced option, FLEX Learning may be the best fit for repeating the course.
  • If a student needs a set start/end date (aligning to the semester), then our Traditional option may be the best fit for repeating the course.
  • Students will receive a final grade with both the FLEX Learning and Traditional options as all parts of the course with no exempting of content will be required.
 For more information, please visit our Flex Learning page and our  Credit Recovery Analysis page.

SymposiumNCVPS 10-Year Anniversary Symposium
The North Carolina Virtual Public School is turning 10! We are celebrating a decade in online teaching and learning and invite you to our 10-Year Anniversary Symposium. The Symposium will bring us together to connect, share, and learn about online and digital learning. We will commemorate the past ten years and look at the future of learning.

Follow this link to register!

NCVPS Resources

CultureCafeNCVPS Culture Cafe


The NCVPS Culture Cafe hosts hour-long online sessions for world language students. Current, former, and prospective NCVPS students are welcome to attend!

The presentations are delivered by the faculty of NCVPS as ancillary instruction for interested students on a variety of cultural, gastronomic, historical, geographic and architectural themes related to the target languages of our World Language Department.
October 12World Languages in the 21st Century

TechUpdatesTech Updates
HelpDeskEmailIssuesHelp Desk Issues with Certain Emails
We are experiencing issues sending help desk responses to the following email domains:
AOL
BellSouth
Carolina.rr.com
Roadrunner.com
When submitting a Help Desk ticket, please use an alternate email address other than one of the above domains. We are working to resolve the issue.


If you’re using Chrome, please update your Chrome browser to the latest version Version 60.0.3112.78. To update Google Chrome, follow these steps:
  1. On your computer, open Chrome.
  2. At the top right, click More .
  3. Click Help
  4. Click About Chrome
  5. Relaunch

The Virtual Support Center is our one-stop shop for resolving technical and other issues, including enrolling, course access, funding, withdrawals, advice, and special requests.  

Please visit our Opening a Ticket webpage to see ticketing details and tips on expediting your ticket. 
Password Reset
If you have had your password reset through the Virtual Support Center, the new password will not expire unless you have reset it again. Occasionally, multiple people will request a student’s password to be reset (i.e. the student, ELA, lab facilitator, and/or parent), so the password is reset multiple times. This, of course, causes confusion.  It’s always best if only one person requests a password reset for a student.
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” on the course login page.
Students should make sure that NCVPS teachers have their correct email addresses, and those email addresses should be confirmed in our Canvas learning management system. This will allow students to receive messages from their teachers and peers in the course forum.
Here’s how to confirm student email addresses 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.
 
 
For additional information, please see our Tech Requirements:
http://ncvps.org/technology-requirements
North Carolina Virtual Public School
1017 Main Campus Drive, Partners I Bldg.,
SUITE 3900, Raleigh, NC 27606
Phone:  919-513-8550   |  Fax:  919-513-2557  |
STAY CONNECTED

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