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June 16, 2018

NCVPS E-lert – June 15, 2018 – Summer Edition I

A newsletter from a US-based online learning program in 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.
NCVPS E-lert – June 15, 2018 – Summer Edition I

CalendarCheck

Calendar Check
Spring 2018 Dates
Start: Jan. 29, 2018
Drop/Add: Feb. 9, 2018
Last Day: June 1, 2018
Summer 2018 Dates
Start: June 18
Last Add: June 22
Last Drop: June 29
Last Day: August 10
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!

Summer classes begin Monday, June 18! That time is here already.
Please follow these steps to ensure your students have a successful start:
1. Give students their login information.
2. Share with students the printable guides that we provided in our Summer 2018 Updatesbelow.
3. Be sure students know who to contact at your school or in the district in case they want to drop the course before the tenth day of class. NCVPS can’t drop students.
4. Be sure to check the Day-3 status report and make sure students can log in. We will post a progress report on Day 7. Please be sure to check that, too. Those two reports can help you determine who needs help to get started or who needs to be dropped.
5. Registration will remain open until June 22. You can drop students without penalty through June 29, our tenth day. After that, you can withdraw students throughout the summer, but their enrollments will still count in your overall allotment totals.
See all the details below.
New Updates

Fall 2018 Updates

Thank you, and have a wonderful week!

ELAYearLouise Carte Named ELA of the Year
Louise Carte

NCVPS is pleased to announce that Louise Carte has been selected as the 2018 NCVPS e-Learning Advisor of the Year. Her leadership and support at Mallard Creek High School in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School district have been exemplary.
Please join us in congratulating her.
NCVPS teachers and staff members nominated educators at the school and district level who have had a positive impact on their NCVPS students. Nominated ELAs employ innovative practices that can serve as a model for other schools or districts. Their practices improve the overall effectiveness of online learning and contribute to the success of students taking NCVPS courses.
Nominations included individuals working in various roles such as the e-learning advisor, lab facilitator, EC coordinator, data manager, principal, and the district e-learning coordinator. Nominees were then invited to submit a portfolio that showcases their e-learning program.
NCVPS would also like to congratulate the other two finalists:
Jo Ann Eckerd – Draughn High School, Burke County Schools
Erin Schneider – Orange High School, Orange County

SummerUpdatesSummer 2018 Updates

Summer school with NCVPS is a fast-paced program. An entire 18-week course is taught in just 8 weeks. Students will spend 3-5 hours each day, Monday through Friday, working on their courses, and just like at a traditional school, there is often work over the weekend, too. Students must have daily access to the internet for the duration of summer school. There are no exceptions made for students who attend camps or go on vacations where they do not have access to the internet.
Due to the workload, we recommend that students only take one NCVPS course over the summer, especially if the student has not had an online course before. Students are much more successful in our summer program if they only take one course.
Students can work on our courses any time during the day or night, 24/7. They just need to pay close attention to the due dates for the assignments, tests, and quizzes. Students can also work from any location as long as they have access to their classes for 3-5 hours a day.
Allotments from  Summer 2018 come from your NEW allotment totals for the 2018-2019 Academic Year.
SummerContactSummer Contact Information
Please complete our Summer Contact Information Form.
NCVPS needs the contact information for each school that registers students for Summer 18 classes.  Students will need to know who the contact is, as well. Students can drop through our 10th day of class, and they need to know who to contact at the school or at the district level so that they can be dropped. Districts may elect to have just one contact for the entire district over the summer.
Presently, you may not have any students enrolled in NCVPS summer courses, but if your school does enroll students in the coming weeks for Summer 2018, we will need this information.
If districts have their school-level ELA contact information in an Excel document, they can copy and paste that into the contact box on the link above.
Start Date: Monday, June 18
Last Day to Register: Friday, June 22
Last Day to Drop: Friday, June 29
End Date: Friday, August 10
Grades Posted: Thursday, August 16
If you need access, contact our  Virtual Support Center.
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, Quick Registration Guide or our Registration System User’s Guide.
We have three printable guides that you can give to students before classes begin.
Student Enrollment and Access Guide. You will need to fill in the password details.
Students can also explore our Student Resource Center before classes begin.
Visit our Getting Start for Schools page to find our checklist for schools and other details.

GradesGrade Reporting

 CurrentPostedGradesWhat Grades Are Currently Posted?
June 7 – Final Spring Block and Yearlong Grades Posted
June 21– Day 3 Student Status Report for Summer School
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.

SummerLoginSummer Login Details for Students

Please remember that schools need to issue usernames and passwords to students. NCVPS does not do this. You can find usernames and passwords in your enrollment report. Our Accessing Enrollment Reports page shows how to find your students’ usernames and passwords.
Students will be able to log in on the first day of class. Students should initially go our Student Login Page here:   http://ncvps.org/student-bbmoodle-login.
The Student Login Page gives some details about our Canvas learning management system (LMS), and it includes the troubleshooting steps below if they have difficulty logging in.
The Student Login Page then takes students to their Canvas login, which students should bookmark:    https://ncvps.instructure.com/login/canvas/ .
If students have difficulty logging in, here are their troubleshooting steps:
1. Be sure that you have your correct username and password. Your school will issue you this login information. NCVPS does not issue usernames and passwords.
2. NCVPS uses Canvas for its learning management system. Many schools and districts also use Canvas. NCVPS has its own Canvas login web address. Be sure you are logging in to your NCVPS courses at this link:   https://ncvps.instructure.com/login/canvas/
3. If this is your first time logging in, confirm with your e-learning advisor (ELA) that you are enrolled and not waitlisted.
4. If you were just registered today, it will take 24 hours to get access.
5. If you had an NCVPS class before in Canvas, and you changed your password, then that is the password that you will need to use.
6. If you still cannot log in, open a ticket with our Virtual Support Center. Be sure to include your name, PowerSchool ID number, school, and course that you’re trying to log in to.
7. If you have forgotten your password, use the “Forgot Password” feature on the login page. This will work if you have your correct email address identified in the course settings.

LiveSupportLive Online Support for Facilitators

 
Dates and Times: Mondays from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
AccessAccess Link
Accessories: headphones, a microphone, or a headset
Details
NCVPS will maintain live online support on Mondays from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm to answer questions and resolve problems for facilitators. Drop in any time during that hour for questions you might have. We are looking for additional ways to support our school and at-home facilitators, and, as always, you can also contact us any time by opening a ticket with the Virtual Support Center.
Who are facilitators? Anyone who might have direct contact with NCVPS students. This could be lab facilitators, e-learning advisors, graduation coaches, tutors, and parents. We’ve had a lot of experience facilitating NCVPS students and working with other facilitators.
Follow the access link above for more details.

NewLookNew Look for Online Professional Development

 
The online professional development modules offered by NCDPI and NCVPS now have a new look. These modules offer free, quality professional development on a wide variety of topics, and educators can receive CEU’s upon successful completion. Learn more about the modules at the following website: https://rt3nc.org/.
For current users, functionality of the courses will not be impacted, but allcourses in Home Base Moodle platform will have an updated look as the branding is updated to reflect the NCVPS and NCDPI partnership.
The updated look will roll out in late May.  Additional information will be provided closer to the transition. Additionally, NCVPS will now provide user support for the courses formerly supported by NCDPI Educator Effectiveness staff.

FallUpdatesFall 2018 Updates

NCVPS registration for the 2018-2019 is now open. This includes Summer 2018, Fall Block 2018, Yearlong 2018-2019, and Spring Block 2019, and the early start calendars for both fall and spring.
Your 2018-2019 updated allotment totals are now posted in the registration system.
Our 2018-2019 Course Catalog is posted online. We have a few courses that are undergoing revisions, and they will not be offered next year.
NewCoursesNew Courses for 2018-2019
Accounting I Honors (BA105X0)
Computer Programming I Honors BP105X0
Workforce Ready (96102X0)
OCS American History: Founding Principles Civics and Economics (9249BX0)
Arabic 1 and 2 Update
 
Please note in our catalog for next year’s classes that we are revising our Arabic courses. We will not offer Arabic 1 next year. We will offer Arabic 2 in the fall semester only, and then it will be archived for revisions.
If you have a student who needs Arabic 2, the fall semester is the only time that it will be offered.
French 3 and 4 Update
 
Chromebooks no longer support Flash content of any kind. NCVPS courses are compatible with Chromebooks except for French 3 and French 4, both of which use Flash content. We are rewriting both courses to replace the Flash content. The newly revised French III course is tentatively set to be released in Fall 2018, and the newly revised French IV course is tentatively set to be released in Fall 2019.
Until French 3 and 4 are rewritten, we recommend that students enrolled in those courses have access to full desktop or laptop computers and not just Chromebooks or mobile devices.

NCVPS Resources

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.


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

AccessStatementNCVPS Accessibility Statement
The North Carolina Virtual Public School is continually striving to improve our courses for all students, ensuring courses are accessible to everyone.
If you have any questions, suggestions, or concerns regarding the accessibility of a course please do not hesitate to reach out to the NCVPS teacher, or to the NCVPS Director of Exceptional Children Services, Sherry Bell.
If you are aware that a student has course accessibility needs prior to the start of the semester, it would be very beneficial to discuss with Sherry Bell so that our team can ensure that the student has the access needed to the course content.
Examples of accessibility options may include captioning for videos, or transcripts needed for audio.
Contact information for Sherry Bell:
(828)537-0059
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  |
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June 9, 2018

NCVPS E-lert – June 7, 2018 – Spring Edition XVI (Final Grades Posted)

A K-12 online learning program’s 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.
NCVPS E-lert – June 7, 2018 – Spring Edition XVI (Final Grades Posted)

CalendarCheck

Calendar Check
Spring 2018 Dates
Start: Jan. 29, 2018
Drop/Add: Feb. 9, 2018
Last Day: June 1, 2018
Summer 2018 Dates
Start: June 18
Last Add: June 22
Last Drop: June 29
Last Day: August 10
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.

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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!

Final grades have been posted! If you had students who were granted an extension, we will update the grade report after the extension is complete, and our teachers will also notify you of any grade changes.
Please take time to complete our district survey. It helps us support you.
If your school or district is enrolling into NCVPS summer school classes, we need your contact information.
Registration for summer will remain open until classes start on June 18. We will then have late adds for five days. Late adds will end on June 22. You can drop students without penalty through June 29, our tenth day. After that, you can withdraw students throughout the summer, but their enrollments will still count in your overall allotment totals.
See all the details below.
New Updates
Thank you, and have a wonderful week!

BlockYearlongEndSpring Block and Yearlong Classes Final Grades Posted in Registration System

Final grades are posted in the NCVPS registration system. We have two documents to help you.
NCVPS Final Grade Report. This document helps you understand the final grade report.
Quick Reference Guide – Grades and Testing. This document provides all the details about testing and how NCVPS calculates grades.

SummerArtsSummer with the Arts
We’ve had a number of messages from parents and students inquiring about summer arts options. We do have a great list of summer courses in the arts:
  • Visual Arts (Beginning)
  • Visual Arts (Intermediate)
  • Visual Arts Specialization (Intermediate): Art of Game Design
  • Visual Arts Specialization (Intermediate): Art of Photography I
  • Visual Arts Specialization (Intermediate): Digital Photography II
  • Visual Arts Specialization (Intermediate): Visual Journaling
  • Visual Arts Specialization (Intermediate): Art of Fashion Design
See our Visual Arts page for details.

CourseExtendCourse Extension Requests
Instructional directors started granting extensions on May 29, 2018.  Extensions are two-weeks in length and only for those students who need just a little more time to finish the course.  If large portions of the course are missing, an extension won’t help the student. The student will need to be re-enrolled for summer or fall courses.
Please submit an extension request through the Help Desk beginning on May 29, 2018.
Here is a helpful link about NCVPS Course Extension Quick Reference Guide.

DistrictSurveyDistrict Stakeholder Survey

It’s time for out stakeholder survey! This survey is designed to assess NCVPS customer service, processes, and partnership efforts.
Please participate in our  NCVPS District Stakeholder Survey – 2018.
The results of this survey are one component of the on-going process for improvement in our collaboration with districts across the state.
This is an opportunity to share your views regarding NCVPS.
Results of this survey will provide insightful information to create positive change, improved processes, and optimal customer service.
Thank you in advance for taking the time to submit your responses!

SummerUpdatesSummer 2018 Updates

Summer school with NCVPS is a fast-paced program. An entire 18-week course is taught in just 8 weeks. Students will spend 3-5 hours each day, Monday through Friday, working on their courses, and just like at a traditional school, there is often work over the weekend, too. Students must have daily access to the internet for the duration of summer school. There are no exceptions made for students who attend camps or go on vacations where they do not have access to the internet.
Due to the workload, we recommend that students only take one NCVPS course over the summer, especially if the student has not had an online course before. Students are much more successful in our summer program if they only take one course.
Students can work on our courses any time during the day or night, 24/7. They just need to pay close attention to the due dates for the assignments, tests, and quizzes. Students can also work from any location as long as they have access to their classes for 3-5 hours a day.
Allotments from  Summer 2018 come from your NEW allotment totals for the 2018-2019 Academic Year.
SummerContactSummer Contact Information
Please complete our Summer Contact Information Form.
NCVPS needs the contact information for each school that registers students for Summer 18 classes.  Students will need to know who the contact is, as well. Students can drop through our 10th day of class, and they need to know who to contact at the school or at the district level so that they can be dropped. Districts may elect to have just one contact for the entire district over the summer.
Presently, you may not have any students enrolled in NCVPS summer courses, but if your school does enroll students in the coming weeks for Summer 2018, we will need this information.
If districts have their school-level ELA contact information in an Excel document, they can copy and paste that into the contact box on the link above.
Start Date: Monday, June 18
Last Day to Register: Friday, June 22
Last Day to Drop: Friday, June 29
End Date: Friday, August 10
Grades Posted: Thursday, August 16
If you need access, contact our  Virtual Support Center.
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, Quick Registration Guide or our Registration System User’s Guide.
We have three printable guides that you can give to students before classes begin.
Student Enrollment and Access Guide. You will need to fill in the password details.
Students can also explore our Student Resource Center before classes begin.
Visit our Getting Start for Schools page to find our checklist for schools and other details.

GradesGrade Reporting

 CurrentPostedGradesWhat Grades Are Currently Posted?
June 7 – Final Grades Posted
June 21– Day 3 Student Status Report for Summer School
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.

OnlinePDOnline Professional Development for Educators
News

NCVPS is excited to share that we are partnering with NCDPI to take over the maintenance and support of the NCDPI Educator Effectiveness online professional development modules which are available to educators through Home Base/NCEES. These modules offer free, quality professional development on a wide variety of topics, and educators can receive CEU’s upon successful completion. Learn more about the modules at the following website: https://rt3nc.org/.
For current users, functionality of the courses will not be impacted, but allcourses in Home Base Moodle platform will have an updated look as the branding is updated to reflect the NCVPS and NCDPI partnership.
The updated look will roll out in late May.  Additional information will be provided closer to the transition. Additionally, NCVPS will now provide user support for the courses formerly supported by NCDPI Educator Effectiveness staff.

LiveSupportLive Online Support for Facilitators

 
Dates and Times: Mondays from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
AccessAccess Link
Accessories: headphones, a microphone, or a headset
Details
NCVPS will maintain live online support on Mondays from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm to answer questions and resolve problems for facilitators. Drop in any time during that hour for questions you might have. We are looking for additional ways to support our school and at-home facilitators, and, as always, you can also contact us any time by opening a ticket with the Virtual Support Center.
Who are facilitators? Anyone who might have direct contact with NCVPS students. This could be lab facilitators, e-learning advisors, graduation coaches, tutors, and parents. We’ve had a lot of experience facilitating NCVPS students and working with other facilitators.
Follow the access link above for more details.

RegOpenRegistration Open for 2018-2019

NCVPS registration for the 2018-2019 is now open. This includes Summer 2018, Fall Block 2018, Yearlong 2018-2019, and Spring Block 2019, and the early start calendars for both fall and spring.
Your 2018-2019 updated allotment totals are now posted in the registration system.
Our 2018-2019 Course Catalog is posted online. We have a few courses that are undergoing revisions, and they will not be offered next year.
NewCoursesNew Courses for 2018-2019
Accounting I Honors (BA105X0)
Computer Programming I Honors BP105X0
Workforce Ready (96102X0)
OCS American History: Founding Principles Civics and Economics (9249BX0)
Arabic 1 and 2 Update
 
Please note in our catalog for next year’s classes that we are revising our Arabic courses. We will not offer Arabic 1 next year. We will offer Arabic 2 in the fall semester only, and then it will be archived for revisions.
If you have a student who needs Arabic 2, the fall semester is the only time that it will be offered.
French 3 and 4 Update
 
Chromebooks no longer support Flash content of any kind. NCVPS courses are compatible with Chromebooks except for French 3 and French 4, both of which use Flash content. We are rewriting both courses to replace the Flash content. The newly revised French III course is tentatively set to be released in Fall 2018, and the newly revised French IV course is tentatively set to be released in Fall 2019.
Until French 3 and 4 are rewritten, we recommend that students enrolled in those courses have access to full desktop or laptop computers and not just Chromebooks or mobile devices.

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.
May 2018 Presentations
Cinco de Mayo
When: May 3th
Time: 9:00 PM
Presenter: Fanella Tague

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.


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  |
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June 2, 2018

NCVPS E-lert – May 31, 2018 – Spring Edition XV (Courses End & Extensions) –

A newsletter from late in the week.

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 – May 31, 2018 – Spring Edition XV (Courses End & Extensions)

CalendarCheck

Calendar Check
Spring 2018 Dates
Start: Jan. 29, 2018
Drop/Add: Feb. 9, 2018
Last Day: June 1, 2018
Summer 2018 Dates
Start: June 18
Last Add: June 22
Last Drop: June 29
Last Day: August 10
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!

It’s almost a wrap! Classes end tomorrow, Friday, June 1. See our summer updates below and close-out details for spring.
Please take time to complete our district survey. It helps us support you.
If your school or district is enrolling into NCVPS summer school classes, we need your contact information.
See all the details below.
New Updates
Thank you, and have a wonderful week!

BlockYearlongEndSpring Block and Yearlong Classes End June 1

Our classes end on Friday, June 1. Students will have access to their courses through that date. We will post final grades in our registration system on June 7.
If you need grades for graduating seniors before that date, please reach out to NCVPS teachers directly.
NCVPS teachers can accommodate this request for graduating seniors and for early start schools if those schools requested early grades in advance.

CourseExtendCourse Extension Requests
Instructional directors started granting extensions on May 29, 2018.  Extensions are two-weeks in length and only for those students who need just a little more time to finish the course.  If large portions of the course are missing, an extension won’t help the student.  The student will need to be re-enrolled for summer or fall courses.
Please submit an extension request through the Help Desk beginning on May 29, 2018.
Here is a helpful link about NCVPS Course Extension Quick Reference Guide.

DistrictSurveyNCVPS District Stakeholder Survey

It’s time for out stakeholder survey! This survey is designed to assess NCVPS customer service, processes, and partnership efforts.
Please participate in our  NCVPS District Stakeholder Survey – 2018.
The results of this survey are one component of the on-going process for improvement in our collaboration with districts across the state.
This is an opportunity to share your views regarding NCVPS.
Results of this survey will provide insightful information to create positive change, improved processes, and optimal customer service.
Thank you in advance for taking the time to submit your responses!

SummerUpdatesSummer 2018 Updates

Summer school with NCVPS is a fast-paced program. An entire 18-week course is taught in just 8 weeks. Students will spend 3-5 hours each day, Monday through Friday, working on their courses, and just like at a traditional school, there is often work over the weekend, too. Students must have daily access to the internet for the duration of summer school. There are no exceptions made for students who attend camps or go on vacations where they do not have access to the internet.
Due to the workload, we recommend that students only take one NCVPS course over the summer, especially if the student has not had an online course before. Students are much more successful in our summer program if they only take one course.
Students can work on our courses any time during the day or night, 24/7. They just need to pay close attention to the due dates for the assignments, tests, and quizzes. Students can also work from any location as long as they have access to their classes for 3-5 hours a day.
Allotments from  Summer 2018 come from your NEW allotment totals for the 2018-2019 Academic Year.
SummerContactSummer Contact Information
Please complete our Summer Contact Information Form.
NCVPS needs the contact information for each school that registers students for Summer 18 classes.  Students will need to know who the contact is, as well. Students can drop through our 10th day of class, and they need to know who to contact at the school or at the district level so that they can be dropped. Districts may elect to have just one contact for the entire district over the summer.
Presently, you may not have any students enrolled in NCVPS summer courses, but if your school does enroll students in the coming weeks for Summer 2018, we will need this information.
If districts have their school-level ELA contact information in an Excel document, they can copy and paste that into the contact box on the link above.
Start Date: Monday, June 18
Last Day to Register: Friday, June 22
Last Day to Drop: Friday, June 29
End Date: Friday, August 10
Grades Posted: Thursday, August 16
If you need access, contact our  Virtual Support Center.
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, Quick Registration Guide or our Registration System User’s Guide.
We have three printable guides that you can give to students before classes begin.
Student Enrollment and Access Guide. You will need to fill in the password details.
Students can also explore our Student Resource Center before classes begin.
Visit our Getting Start for Schools page to find our checklist for schools and other details.

OnlinePDOnline Professional Development for Educators
News

NCVPS is excited to share that we are partnering with NCDPI to take over the maintenance and support of the NCDPI Educator Effectiveness online professional development modules which are available to educators through Home Base/NCEES. These modules offer free, quality professional development on a wide variety of topics, and educators can receive CEU’s upon successful completion. Learn more about the modules at the following website: https://rt3nc.org/.
For current users, functionality of the courses will not be impacted, but allcourses in Home Base Moodle platform will have an updated look as the branding is updated to reflect the NCVPS and NCDPI partnership.
The updated look will roll out in late May.  Additional information will be provided closer to the transition. Additionally, NCVPS will now provide user support for the courses formerly supported by NCDPI Educator Effectiveness staff.

LiveSupportLive Online Support for Facilitators

 
Dates and Times: Mondays from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
AccessAccess Link
Accessories: headphones, a microphone, or a headset
Details
NCVPS will maintain live online support on Mondays from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm to answer questions and resolve problems for facilitators. Drop in any time during that hour for questions you might have. We are looking for additional ways to support our school and at-home facilitators, and, as always, you can also contact us any time by opening a ticket with the Virtual Support Center.
Who are facilitators? Anyone who might have direct contact with NCVPS students. This could be lab facilitators, e-learning advisors, graduation coaches, tutors, and parents. We’ve had a lot of experience facilitating NCVPS students and working with other facilitators.
Follow the access link above for more details.

RegOpenRegistration Open for 2018-2019

NCVPS registration for the 2018-2019 is now open. This includes Summer 2018, Fall Block 2018, Yearlong 2018-2019, and Spring Block 2019, and the early start calendars for both fall and spring.
Your 2018-2019 updated allotment totals are now posted in the registration system.
Our 2018-2019 Course Catalog is posted online. We have a few courses that are undergoing revisions, and they will not be offered next year.
NewCoursesNew Courses for 2018-2019
Accounting I Honors (BA105X0)
Computer Programming I Honors BP105X0
Workforce Ready (96102X0)
OCS American History: Founding Principles Civics and Economics (9249BX0)
Arabic 1 and 2 Update
 
Please note in our catalog for next year’s classes that we are revising our Arabic courses. We will not offer Arabic 1 next year. We will offer Arabic 2 in the fall semester only, and then it will be archived for revisions.
If you have a student who needs Arabic 2, the fall semester is the only time that it will be offered.
French 3 and 4 Update
 
Chromebooks no longer support Flash content of any kind. NCVPS courses are compatible with Chromebooks except for French 3 and French 4, both of which use Flash content. We are rewriting both courses to replace the Flash content. The newly revised French III course is tentatively set to be released in Fall 2018, and the newly revised French IV course is tentatively set to be released in Fall 2019.
Until French 3 and 4 are rewritten, we recommend that students enrolled in those courses have access to full desktop or laptop computers and not just Chromebooks or mobile devices.

SpringUpdatesSpring 2018 Updates

Remember to give students their usernames and passwords. NCVPS does not send login details to students. You can access login details for students by running an enrollment report in our registration system.
Jan. 29 – Classes Begin
Feb. 1 – Day-3 Student Status Report Posted in the Registration System
Feb. 7 – Day-7 Student Status Report Posted in the Registration System
Feb. 9 – Last Day to Drop or Add Students
May 24 – Anticipated EOC Scores and CTE Grades Posted in the Registration System
June 1 – Last Day of Classes
June 7 – Final Grades Posted in the Registration System
We would like to request that ELAs contact their school’s AP testing coordinator to remind them about the NCVPS school code when students take their AP tests.
Please have students input the NCVPS code (045) into the ‘Online Provider Code’ found on Page 1, Item G, of the student’s  AP answer sheet during administration of the exam. This will allow NCVPS to receive a copy of their May 2018 test scores for our records. These scores are needed as part of the accountability piece for NCVPS.
See all the details about about how NCVPS grades and what state exams schools need to administer on our Grades and Testing Quick Reference Guide.

GradesGrade Reporting

 CurrentPostedGradesWhat Grades Are Currently Posted?
May 24 – Progress Report with Expected/Anticipated CTE Grades and Anticipated EOC Scores Posted in the NCVPS Registration System
June 7 – Final Grades Posted

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.
May 2018 Presentations
Cinco de Mayo
When: May 3th
Time: 9:00 PM
Presenter: Fanella Tague

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.


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  |

 

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/

May 26, 2018

NCVPS E-lert – May 14, 2018 – Spring Edition XIV (District Survey)

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.
NCVPS E-lert – May 14, 2018 – Spring Edition XIV (District Survey)

CalendarCheck

Calendar Check
Spring 2018 Dates
Start: Jan. 29, 2018
Drop/Add: Feb. 9, 2018
Last Day: June 1, 2018
Summer 2018 Dates
Start: June 18
Last Add: June 22
Last Drop: June 29
Last Day: August 10
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!

In the May 24 progress report, we have provided the expected CTE grades and anticipated EOC Scores. Please forward those to your testing coordinator.
Please take time to complete our district survey. It helps us support you.
If your school or district is enrolling into NCVPS summer school classes, we need your contact information.
See all the details below.
New Updates
Thank you, and have a wonderful week!

GradGradesGraduating Seniors and Early Start Grades

Our classes end on June 1, and all students have access to their courses until then. We will post final grades in our registration system on June 7.
If you need grades for graduating seniors before that date, please reach out to NCVPS teachers directly.
NCVPS teachers can accommodate this request for graduating seniors and for early start schools if those schools requested early grades in advance.

DistrictSurveyNCVPS District Stakeholder Survey

It’s time for out stakeholder survey! This survey is designed to assess NCVPS customer service, processes, and partnership efforts.
Please participate in our  NCVPS District Stakeholder Survey – 2018.
The results of this survey are one component of the on-going process for improvement in our collaboration with districts across the state.
This is an opportunity to share your views regarding NCVPS.
Results of this survey will provide insightful information to create positive change, improved processes, and optimal customer service.
Thank you in advance for taking the time to submit your responses!

OCSRegisterRegistering for OCS Civics

Our OCS registration team has received many questions about registering for the new OCS Civics course in the NCVPS registration system.  You will find the course in the registration system titled OCS American History: Founding Principles Civics and Economics.
If you need assistance, please feel free to contact your OCS registration contact, or submit a Help Desk Ticket.
For more details on how to enroll in our OCS courses, check out the video below. (Click on the CC button on the video toolbar for closed captioning.)

QMUpdateAP Bio and English 1 Receive QM Certification

NCVPS is pleased to announce that its AP Biology and English 1 courses have received Quality Matters (QM) certification.
Quality Matters is a peer review process designed to certify the quality of online and blended courses. QM’s mission is to promote and improve the quality of online education and student learning through the use of a quality assurance system and professional development.
See all NCVPS courses that are QM certified, and read more about Quality Matters on our NCVPS QM Certified Courses page.

WorkforceWorkforce Ready – New Elective Course
Correction: Our new Workforce Ready course is an elective course, not a CTE course. However, we are trying to arrange for a CTE elective course code, but at this time, the course only counts as a general elective. If we can secure a CTE elective course code, we will update everyone with those details.
The course will launch in the fall of 2018. We are building a teacher pool for the course, and we plan on opening three sections for fall.
In this course, students will look at what it means to be prepared for the workforce of the future. They will examine what soft skills employers seek and how to manage workplace communications and conflicts.
See the full details of the course on our Workforce Ready webpage.

OnlinePDOnline Professional Development for Educators
News

NCVPS is excited to share that we are partnering with NCDPI to take over the maintenance and support of the NCDPI Educator Effectiveness online professional development modules which are available to educators through Home Base/NCEES. These modules offer free, quality professional development on a wide variety of topics, and educators can receive CEU’s upon successful completion. Learn more about the modules at the following website: https://rt3nc.org/.
For current users, functionality of the courses will not be impacted, but allcourses in Home Base Moodle platform will have an updated look as the branding is updated to reflect the NCVPS and NCDPI partnership.
The updated look will roll out in late May.  Additional information will be provided closer to the transition. Additionally, NCVPS will now provide user support for the courses formerly supported by NCDPI Educator Effectiveness staff.

SummerContact2018 Summer Contact Information Needed
Districts and schools need to complete our NCVPS Summer 2018 ELA Contact Information form.
NCVPS needs the contact information for each school that registers students for Summer 18 classes.  Students will need to know who the contact is, as well. Students can drop through our 10th day of class, and they need to know who to contact at the school or at the district level so that they can be dropped. Districts may elect to have just one contact for the entire district over the summer.
Presently, you may not have any students enrolled in NCVPS summer courses, but if your school does enroll students in the coming weeks for Summer 2018, we will need this information.
If districts have their school-level ELA contact information in an Excel document, they can copy and paste that into the contact box on the link above.

CourseExtRequests for Course Extensions 
It is too early for us to make course extension decisions about the traditional block or yearlong courses.  The semester ends on June 1, 2018.
Instructional Directors will start granting extensions on May 29, 2018.  There is still a lot of time left for students to work, and extensions are two-weeks in length and only for those students who need just a little more time to finish the course.  If large portions of the course are missing, an extension won’t help the student.  The student will need to be re-enrolled for summer or fall courses.
Of course, we will work with student situations as we get closer to the end of the semester.  We want our students to be successful.  What we need now is for the student to work steadily and make progress in the course.
Please submit an extension request through the Help Desk beginning on May 29, 2018.
Here is a helpful link about NCVPS Course Extension Quick Reference Guide.

LiveSupportLive Online Support for Facilitators

 
Dates and Times: Mondays from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
AccessAccess Link
Accessories: headphones, a microphone, or a headset
Details
NCVPS will maintain live online support on Mondays from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm to answer questions and resolve problems for facilitators. Drop in any time during that hour for questions you might have. We are looking for additional ways to support our school and at-home facilitators, and, as always, you can also contact us any time by opening a ticket with the Virtual Support Center.
Who are facilitators? Anyone who might have direct contact with NCVPS students. This could be lab facilitators, e-learning advisors, graduation coaches, tutors, and parents. We’ve had a lot of experience facilitating NCVPS students and working with other facilitators.
Follow the access link above for more details.

RegOpenRegistration Open for 2018-2019

NCVPS registration for the 2018-2019 is now open. This includes Summer 2018, Fall Block 2018, Yearlong 2018-2019, and Spring Block 2019, and the early start calendars for both fall and spring.
Your 2018-2019 updated allotment totals are now posted in the registration system.
Our 2018-2019 Course Catalog is posted online. We have a few courses that are undergoing revisions, and they will not be offered next year.
NewCoursesNew Courses for 2018-2019
Accounting I Honors (BA105X0)
Computer Programming I Honors BP105X0
Workforce Ready (96102X0)
OCS American History: Founding Principles Civics and Economics (9249BX0)
Arabic 1 and 2 Update
 
Please note in our catalog for next year’s classes that we are revising our Arabic courses. We will not offer Arabic 1 next year. We will offer Arabic 2 in the fall semester only, and then it will be archived for revisions.
If you have a student who needs Arabic 2, the fall semester is the only time that it will be offered.
French 3 and 4 Update
 
Chromebooks no longer support Flash content of any kind. NCVPS courses are compatible with Chromebooks except for French 3 and French 4, both of which use Flash content. We are rewriting both courses to replace the Flash content. The newly revised French III course is tentatively set to be released in Fall 2018, and the newly revised French IV course is tentatively set to be released in Fall 2019.
Until French 3 and 4 are rewritten, we recommend that students enrolled in those courses have access to full desktop or laptop computers and not just Chromebooks or mobile devices.

SpringUpdatesSpring 2018 Updates

Remember to give students their usernames and passwords. NCVPS does not send login details to students. You can access login details for students by running an enrollment report in our registration system.
Jan. 29 – Classes Begin
Feb. 1 – Day-3 Student Status Report Posted in the Registration System
Feb. 7 – Day-7 Student Status Report Posted in the Registration System
Feb. 9 – Last Day to Drop or Add Students
May 24 – Anticipated EOC Scores and CTE Grades Posted in the Registration System
June 1 – Last Day of Classes
June 7 – Final Grades Posted in the Registration System
We would like to request that ELAs contact their school’s AP testing coordinator to remind them about the NCVPS school code when students take their AP tests.
Please have students input the NCVPS code (045) into the ‘Online Provider Code’ found on Page 1, Item G, of the student’s  AP answer sheet during administration of the exam. This will allow NCVPS to receive a copy of their May 2018 test scores for our records. These scores are needed as part of the accountability piece for NCVPS.
See all the details about about how NCVPS grades and what state exams schools need to administer on our Grades and Testing Quick Reference Guide.

GradesGrade Reporting

 CurrentPostedGradesWhat Grades Are Currently Posted?
May 24 – Progress Report with Expected/Anticipated CTE Grades and Anticipated EOC Scores Posted in the NCVPS Registration System
June 7 – Final Grades Posted

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.
May 2018 Presentations
Cinco de Mayo
When: May 3th
Time: 9:00 PM
Presenter: Fanella Tague

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.


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

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/

May 19, 2018

NCVPS E-lert – May 18, 2018 – Spring Edition XIII (Workforce Ready)-

A 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 – May 18, 2018 – Spring Edition XIII (Workforce Ready)

CalendarCheck

Calendar Check
Spring 2018 Dates
Start: Jan. 29, 2018
Drop/Add: Feb. 9, 2018
Last Day: June 1, 2018
Summer 2018 Dates
Start: June 18
Last Add: June 22
Last Drop: June 29
Last Day: August 10
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!

In the May 24 progress report, we will provide the expected CTE grades and anticipated EOC Scores. Please forward those to your testing coordinator.
Be sure to check out the details on our new CTE course, Workforce Ready!
If your school or district is enrolling into NCVPS summer school classes, we need your contact information.
See all the details below.
New Updates
Thank you, and have a wonderful week!

WorkforceWorkforce Ready – New CTE Course
Workforce Ready is a new CTE course offering from NCVPS. The course will launch in the fall of 2018. We are building a teacher pool for the course, and we plan on opening three sections for fall.
In this course, students will look at what it means to be prepared for the workforce of the future. They will examine what soft skills employers seek and how to manage workplace communications and conflicts.
See the full details of the course on our Workforce Ready webpage.

OnlinePDOnline Professional Development for Educators
News

NCVPS is excited to share that we are partnering with NCDPI to take over the maintenance and support of the NCDPI Educator Effectiveness online professional development modules which are available to educators through Home Base/NCEES. These modules offer free, quality professional development on a wide variety of topics, and educators can receive CEU’s upon successful completion. Learn more about the modules at the following website: https://rt3nc.org/.
For current users, functionality of the courses will not be impacted, but allcourses in Home Base Moodle platform will have an updated look as the branding is updated to reflect the NCVPS and NCDPI partnership.
The updated look will roll out in late May.  Additional information will be provided closer to the transition. Additionally, NCVPS will now provide user support for the courses formerly supported by NCDPI Educator Effectiveness staff.

SummerContact2018 Summer Contact Information Needed
Districts and schools need to complete our NCVPS Summer 2018 ELA Contact Information form.
NCVPS needs the contact information for each school that registers students for Summer 18 classes.  Students will need to know who the contact is, as well. Students can drop through our 10th day of class, and they need to know who to contact at the school or at the district level so that they can be dropped. Districts may elect to have just one contact for the entire district over the summer.
Presently, you may not have any students enrolled in NCVPS summer courses, but if your school does enroll students in the coming weeks for Summer 2018, we will need this information.
If districts have their school-level ELA contact information in an Excel document, they can copy and paste that into the contact box on the link above.

CourseExtRequests for Course Extensions 
It is too early for us to make course extension decisions about the traditional block or yearlong courses.  The semester ends on June 1, 2018.
Instructional Directors will start granting extensions on May 29, 2018.  There is still a lot of time left for students to work, and extensions are two-weeks in length and only for those students who need just a little more time to finish the course.  If large portions of the course are missing, an extension won’t help the student.  The student will need to be re-enrolled for summer or fall courses.
Of course, we will work with student situations as we get closer to the end of the semester.  We want our students to be successful.  What we need now is for the student to work steadily and make progress in the course.
Please submit an extension request through the Help Desk beginning on May 29, 2018.
Here is a helpful link about NCVPS Course Extension Quick Reference Guide.

LiveSupportLive Online Support for Facilitators

 
Dates and Times: Mondays from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
AccessAccess Link
Accessories: headphones, a microphone, or a headset
Details
NCVPS will maintain live online support on Mondays from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm to answer questions and resolve problems for facilitators. Drop in any time during that hour for questions you might have. We are looking for additional ways to support our school and at-home facilitators, and, as always, you can also contact us any time by opening a ticket with the Virtual Support Center.
Who are facilitators? Anyone who might have direct contact with NCVPS students. This could be lab facilitators, e-learning advisors, graduation coaches, tutors, and parents. We’ve had a lot of experience facilitating NCVPS students and working with other facilitators.
Follow the access link above for more details.

RegOpenRegistration Open for 2018-2019

NCVPS registration for the 2018-2019 is now open. This includes Summer 2018, Fall Block 2018, Yearlong 2018-2019, and Spring Block 2019, and the early start calendars for both fall and spring.
Your 2018-2019 updated allotment totals are now posted in the registration system.
Our 2018-2019 Course Catalog is posted online. We have a few courses that are undergoing revisions, and they will not be offered next year.
Arabic 1 and 2 Update
 
Please note in our catalog for next year’s classes that we are revising our Arabic courses. We will not offer Arabic 1 next year. We will offer Arabic 2 in the fall semester only, and then it will be archived for revisions.
If you have a student who needs Arabic 2, the fall semester is the only time that it will be offered.
French 3 and 4 Update
 
Chromebooks no longer support Flash content of any kind. NCVPS courses are compatible with Chromebooks except for French 3 and French 4, both of which use Flash content. We are rewriting both courses to replace the Flash content. The newly revised French III course is tentatively set to be released in Fall 2018, and the newly revised French IV course is tentatively set to be released in Fall 2019.
Until French 3 and 4 are rewritten, we recommend that students enrolled in those courses have access to full desktop or laptop computers and not just Chromebooks or mobile devices.

SpringUpdatesSpring 2018 Updates

Remember to give students their usernames and passwords. NCVPS does not send login details to students. You can access login details for students by running an enrollment report in our registration system.
Jan. 29 – Classes Begin
Feb. 1 – Day-3 Student Status Report Posted in the Registration System
Feb. 7 – Day-7 Student Status Report Posted in the Registration System
Feb. 9 – Last Day to Drop or Add Students
May 24 – Anticipated EOC Scores and CTE Grades Posted in the Registration System
June 1 – Last Day of Classes
June 7 – Final Grades Posted in the Registration System
We would like to request that ELAs contact their school’s AP testing coordinator to remind them about the NCVPS school code when students take their AP tests.
Please have students input the NCVPS code (045) into the ‘Online Provider Code’ found on Page 1, Item G, of the student’s  AP answer sheet during administration of the exam. This will allow NCVPS to receive a copy of their May 2018 test scores for our records. These scores are needed as part of the accountability piece for NCVPS.
See all the details about about how NCVPS grades and what state exams schools need to administer on our Grades and Testing Quick Reference Guide.

GradesGrade Reporting

 CurrentPostedGradesWhat Grades Are Currently Posted?
May 10 – Progress Reports Posted in Registration System
May 24 – Progress Report with Expected/Anticipated CTE Grades and Anticipated EOC Scores 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.
May 2018 Presentations
Cinco de Mayo
When: May 3th
Time: 9:00 PM
Presenter: Fanella Tague

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.


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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