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August 17, 2019

NCVPS E-lert August 15, 2019

A newsletter from a US-based K-12 online learning program.

The North Carolina Virtual Public School
August 15, 2019
Greetings, everyone!
A few helpful tips for the start of Fall 2019:
  • Usernames & Passwords: Be sure to issue students their usernames and passwords. NCVPS does not send login details to students. Schools must do that.
  • NCVPS Login URL: Be sure students are logging in at the NCVPS Canvas URL: https://ncvps.instructure.com/login/canvas/ Many districts have their own Canvas URL, and sometimes students go there to log in to their NCVPS courses.
  • Canvas App for Parents: Parents can track their students’ progress by downloading the Canvas app. See the details in the 2019-2020 Academic Year section below.
  • Printable Guides: We have printable guides for schools, lab facilitators, students, parents, and mentors. Be sure to check out those guides and distribute them as widely as possible.
  • Student Status Reports: Always be sure to check the Day-3 and Day-7 Student Status reports posted in the registration system. These reports will tell you who has and who hasn’t logged in yet. If students haven’t logged in by the 3rd or 7th day, they likely need some assistance to get started.
News
NCVPS Teacher Update
We want to update you on the recent teacher employment issue that impacted NCVPS.
This week, NCVPS met with various stakeholders including representatives from the Department of Public Instruction, the State Board of Education, the Office of State Human Resources, the legislature, and the Governor’s office, and we identified a solution. We want to assure you that our proposed courses for the 2019-20 year will be staffed as would normally occur based on your instructional needs.
Please continue to enroll students in NCVPS courses as needed.
Thank you for your support of the North Carolina Virtual Public School.
English 1 Honors
We have added English 1 Honors to our Early Start Yearlong catalog! The course is open for registration now.
New Courses for 19-20
Don’t miss out on our new courses this year! Check out what we have:
New Offerings
We have a number of new courses offerings in our 2019-2020 catalog:
  • English II Co-Teaching
  • Biology Co-Teaching
  • AP World History 1200 – Modern Times
  • Python Programming I
Returning to the Course Catalog
  • Arabic I
Spring Block AP Courses
We’ve added five AP courses to the spring block Early Start calendar:
  • AP Statistics
  • AP Calculus AB
  • AP Environmental Science
  • AP European History
  • AP Psychology
The spring AP block courses will begin on January 6, 2020, and all schools can enroll students into these Early Start AP courses. These courses also have yearlong offerings.
2019-2020 Academic Year
Key Dates
Early Start Begins: August 12
Last Day to Register for Early Start: August 23
Traditional Start: August 26
Last Day to Register for Traditional: Sept. 9
Registration Process
Enroll students through the NCVPS registration system. If you need access, contact our Virtual Support Center.
If you are a new e-learning advisor and NCVPS point-of-contact for your school, please update your contact information in our registration system. Click on the “My Info” tab when you log in to update your information. 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, watch our NCVPS Registration Video to help guide you through our enrollment process. You can also print our Quick Registration Guide.
Enrolling into OCS Courses
See our new OCS Program page before enrolling into NCVPS courses. We have streamlined the process. Watch our OCS Registration Video to help with the OCS registration process.
Enrolling into Intervention Co-Teaching Courses
We have a new Intervention Co-Teaching Program page that gives details on the program and enrollment process. Watch our Intervention Co-Teaching Video to see the enrollment process.
Enrolling into Heath and PE Courses
If you’re registering for our Health and PE courses, you’ll see the pop-up reminding you about permission forms for those two courses. These forms are for your records that you will keep at your school. You can create your own forms or use ours. See our Heath and PE page for details.
Early Start Students in Traditional Calendar Courses
It’s absolutely fine to register early start students into our traditional calendar courses. Contact the NCVPS teachers right away and let them know when your students need to finish the course. NCVPS teachers will adjust the pacing guide for your students, but our teachers need to be aware of this early in the semester. They can’t make that adjust late in the semester.
Student Course Access
Students will have access to their courses at 7 a.m. on the first day of classes. Before classes begin, students can go through our Canvas Orientation. We also have Pre-Instruction Resources for each class. These resources help students get a better understanding of courses before classes begin.
Calendars
View our full 2019-2020 Calendar.
Catalog Updates
Our 2019-2020 Course Catalog is posted online. We have a few courses that are undergoing revisions, and they will not be offered next year.
Courses at Capacity and Course Closings
We have a number of courses that are reaching full capacity and several that are closed due to low enrollment. See our Course Capacity list here.
Course Updates and Alerts
See our Course Updates and Alerts page for details on new courses added to the catalog and important alerts about other courses.
SAR Data
Schools will access NCVPS SAR data from either an enrollment report or grade report. See our PowerSchool and NCVPS Registration guide for details. Please do not request data directly from teachers. Thank you!
NCVPS Cafe
The NCVPS Cafe is free webinar series open to everyone. Topics include world languages, future careers, college, and STEM. See our NCVPS Cafe page for details.
Canvas Parent App
Parents, facilitators, and mentors and track their student’s progress with the Canvas Parent App. See the full details on our Canvas Parent App and Web Portal page.
NCVPS App
Download our NCVPS app to receive notifications on your smartphone. Search for “NCVPS” in the Apple and Android stores. See our App Announcement for details.
Semester Success with NCVPS
See our Semester Success with NCVPS page for some sure steps to help you and your students in their NCVPS classes.
Printable Guides and Checklists
We have a number of printable guides for ELAs, students, and parents.
Reminders
NCVPS Open House
NCVPS is hosting its annual Virtual Open House on August 20 and 22.  Come to the presentation to learn about who we are, how we teach, how students learn. You’ll get an opportunity to meet with teachers, see our online classrooms, and ask questions. Follow this link for registration details.
Request for Sections
If your school needs a yearlong or early start section that we do not currently offer, open a ticket with our Virtual Support Center. We will see if we can make it happen!
NCVPS Now
You no longer have to wait for the e-lert to see the latest NCVPS updates. Just visit our new NCVPS Now page where we bring you live updates on the state’s virtual school. Bookmark the page or find NCVPS Now under our HOME button.
THANK YOU!
North Carolina Virtual Public School | 1017 Main Campus Drive, Partners I Bldg., SUITE 3900Raleigh, NC 27606

 

August 10, 2019

NCVPS Update

Another item from the North Carolina Virtual Public School.

The North Carolina Virtual Public School
Greetings District and School Leaders!
We want to update you on the recent teacher employment status issue that has impacted NCVPS.
This week, NCVPS met with various stakeholders including representatives from DPI, SBE, OSHR, the legislature, and the Governor’s office and identified a solution. We want toassure you that our proposed courses for the 2019-20 year will be staffed as would normally occur based on your instructional needs.
Please continue to enroll students in NCVPS courses as needed.
Thank you for your support of the North Carolina Virtual Public School.
Eliz Colbert, Ed.D.
Executive Director
THANK YOU!
North Carolina Virtual Public School | 1017 Main Campus Drive, Partners I Bldg., SUITE 3900Raleigh, NC 27606

 

NCVPS E-lert August 9, 2019

A newsletter from a US-based K-12 online learning program.

The North Carolina Virtual Public School
August 9, 2019
Greetings, everyone!
We are happy to report our teacher-employment issue has been resolved! See the details below.
Also, don’t miss our Virtual Open House August 20 and 22!
News
NCVPS Teacher Update
We want to update you on the recent teacher employment issue that impacted NCVPS.
This week, NCVPS met with various stakeholders including representatives from the Department of Public Instruction, the State Board of Education, the Office of State Human Resources, the legislature, and the Governor’s office, and we identified a solution. We want to assure you that our proposed courses for the 2019-20 year will be staffed as would normally occur based on your instructional needs.
Please continue to enroll students in NCVPS courses as needed.
Thank you for your support of the North Carolina Virtual Public School.
End of Semester Tips and Reminders
The last day of class is August 9, and final grades will be posted August 15. See our End of Semester Tips and Reminders page for full details on how to successfully close out the semester.
Summer Course Extension
The deadline to submit summer course extension requests is Wednesday, August 14th by 11:59 p.m.
Course Capacity Issues
We do have a number of courses that are reaching capacity for fall. This is not related to last week’s employment issue, but is rather our usual difficult-to-staff courses. See our NCVPS Course Capacity page for the short list of courses at or nearing capacity.
New Courses for 19-20
Don’t miss out on our new courses this year! Check out what we have:
New Offerings
We have a number of new courses offerings in our 2019-2020 catalog:
  • English II Co-Teaching
  • Biology Co-Teaching
  • AP World History 1200 – Modern Times
  • Python Programming I
Returning to the Course Catalog
  • Arabic I
Spring Block AP Courses
We’ve added five AP courses to the spring block Early Start calendar:
  • AP Statistics
  • AP Calculus AB
  • AP Environmental Science
  • AP European History
  • AP Psychology
The spring AP block courses will begin on January 6, 2020, and all schools can enroll students into these Early Start AP courses. These courses also have yearlong offerings.
Registration for 2019-2020 Academic Year
Key Dates
Early Start Begins: August 12
Last Day to Register for Early Start: August 23
Traditional Start: August 26
Last Day to Register for Traditional: Sept. 9
Registration Process
Enroll students through the NCVPS registration system. If you need access, contact our Virtual Support Center.
If you are a new e-learning advisor and NCVPS point-of-contact for your school, please update your contact information in our registration system. Click on the “My Info” tab when you log in to update your information. 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, watch our NCVPS Registration Video to help guide you through our enrollment process. You can also print our Quick Registration Guide.
Enrolling into OCS Courses
See our new OCS Program page before enrolling into NCVPS courses. We have streamlined the process. Watch our OCS Registration Video to help with the OCS registration process.
Enrolling into Intervention Co-Teaching Courses
We have a new Intervention Co-Teaching Program page that gives details on the program and enrollment process. Watch our Intervention Co-Teaching Video to see the enrollment process.
Enrolling into Heath and PE Courses
If you’re registering for our Health and PE courses, you’ll see the pop-up reminding you about permission forms for those two courses. These forms are for your records that you will keep at your school. You can create your own forms or use ours. See our Heath and PE page for details.
Student Course Access
Students will have access to their courses at 7 a.m. on the first day of classes. Before classes begin, students can go through our Canvas Orientation. We also have Pre-Instruction Resources for each class. These resources help students get a better understanding of courses before classes begin.
Calendars
View our full 2019-2020 Calendar.
Catalog Updates
Our 2019-2020 Course Catalog is posted online. We have a few courses that are undergoing revisions, and they will not be offered next year.
Courses at Capacity and Course Closings
We have a number of courses that are reaching full capacity and several that are closed due to low enrollment. See our Course Capacity list here.
Course Updates and Alerts
See our Course Updates and Alerts page for details on new courses added to the catalog and important alerts about other courses.
SAR Data
Schools will access NCVPS SAR data from either an enrollment report or grade report. See our PowerSchool and NCVPS Registration guide for details. Please do not request data directly from teachers. Thank you!
NCVPS Cafe
The NCVPS Cafe is free webinar series open to everyone. Topics include world languages, future careers, college, and STEM. See our NCVPS Cafe page for details.
Canvas Parent App
Parents, facilitators, and mentors and track their student’s progress with the Canvas Parent App. See the full details on our Canvas Parent App and Web Portal page.
NCVPS App
Download our NCVPS app to receive notifications on your smartphone. Search for “NCVPS” in the Apple and Android stores. See our App Announcement for details.
Semester Success with NCVPS
See our Semester Success with NCVPS page for some sure steps to help you and your students in their NCVPS classes.
Printable Guides and Checklists
We have a number of printable guides for ELAs, students, and parents.
Reminders
NCVPS Open House
NCVPS is hosting its annual Virtual Open House on August 20 and 22.  Come to the presentation to learn about who we are, how we teach, how students learn. You’ll get an opportunity to meet with teachers, see our online classrooms, and ask questions. Follow this link for registration details.
PowerSchool Update
We performed our End-of-Year (EOY) data sync with PowerSchool. Schools should now see their new rosters in the NCVPS registration system. If you’re trying to enroll a student who’s not on your roster, open a ticket with our Support Center. Include the student’s name, PowerSchool ID number, and your school name. We will add the student to your roster, and then you can enroll that student.
NC Math 1 Honors
We are pleased to announce that we have a new course offering! We will offer NC Math 1 Honors for the first time in the spring of 2020. You can enroll into the course now.
Request for Sections
If your school needs a yearlong or early start section that we do not currently offer, open a ticket with our Virtual Support Center. We will see if we can make it happen!
NCVPS Now
You no longer have to wait for the e-lert to see the latest NCVPS updates. Just visit our new NCVPS Now page where we bring you live updates on the state’s virtual school. Bookmark the page or find NCVPS Now under our HOME button.
THANK YOU!
North Carolina Virtual Public School | 1017 Main Campus Drive, Partners I Bldg., SUITE 3900Raleigh, NC 27606

 

August 4, 2019

Message on Staffing Courses with NCVPS

This showed up in my inbox on Friday evening.  If you have been following along, the issue is described fairly well at “220 NC teachers are being laid off and online classes could be cut. Who is to blame?” (and thanks to my BSU colleague, Ross Perkins, for the link to this article).

The North Carolina Virtual Public School
Greetings District and School Leaders!
Many of you have expressed apprehension regarding the recent teacher employment status issue that has impacted NCVPS. DPI leadership is working diligently with various agencies and entities on a solution.
We are working to staff all sections by utilizing a sizeable pool of online teachers who are highly qualified in their respective subject areas and have been trained as NCVPS online instructors. Per our typical business practice, continue to check our Course Capacity list as the instructional directors will update this daily as we reach our teacher capacity.
We recognize this mandatory change has presented challenges and we are working earnestly to ensure our students receive optimal instruction in every online course.
Please continue to enroll students in NCVPS courses as needed.
Thank you for your support of the North Carolina Virtual Public School.
Eliz Colbert, Ed.D.
Executive Director
THANK YOU!
North Carolina Virtual Public School | 1017 Main Campus Drive, Partners I Bldg., SUITE 3900Raleigh, NC 27606

 

August 3, 2019

NCVPS E-lert August 1, 2019

A newsletter from a US-based K-12 online learning organization.

The North Carolina Virtual Public School
August 1, 2019
Greetings, everyone!
The end of our summer session is approaching! See the details below on how to close out your semester.
A new progress report has been posted in our registration system. Remember, we post reports weekly during summer.
Don’t miss our Virtual Open House!
See all of this week’s details below.
News
End of Semester Tips and Reminders
We’ve made it to August, and the summer session is winding down! The last day of class is August 9, and final grades will be posted August 15. See our End of Semester Tips and Reminders page for full details on how to successfully close out the semester.
New Courses for 19-20
Don’t miss out on our new courses this year! Check out what we have:
New Offerings
We have a number of new courses offerings in our 2019-2020 catalog:
  • English II Co-Teaching
  • Biology Co-Teaching
  • AP World History 1200 – Modern Times
  • Python Programming I
Returning to the Course Catalog
  • Arabic I
Spring Block AP Courses
We’ve added five AP courses to the spring block Early Start calendar:
  • AP Statistics
  • AP Calculus AB
  • AP Environmental Science
  • AP European History
  • AP Psychology
The spring AP block courses will begin on January 6, 2020, and all schools can enroll students into these Early Start AP courses. These courses also have yearlong offerings.
Reminders
NCVPS Open House
NCVPS is hosting its annual Virtual Open House on August 20 and 22.  Come to the presentation to learn about who we are, how we teach, how students learn. You’ll get an opportunity to meet with teachers, see our online classrooms, and ask questions. Follow this link for registration details.
PowerSchool Update
We performed our End-of-Year (EOY) data sync with PowerSchool. Schools should now see their new rosters in the NCVPS registration system. If you’re trying to enroll a student who’s not on your roster, open a ticket with our Support Center. Include the student’s name, PowerSchool ID number, and your school name. We will add the student to your roster, and then you can enroll that student.
NC Math 1 Honors
We are pleased to announce that we have a new course offering! We will offer NC Math 1 Honors for the first time in the spring of 2020. You can enroll into the course now.
Registration for 2019-2020
Registration is open for the 2019-2020 school year.
For details, visit our NCVPS Now page and click on the 2019-2020 Academic Year tab for full details. Click on the Summer Session 2019 tab for summer school details.
Request for Sections
If your school needs a yearlong or early start section that we do not currently offer, open a ticket with our Virtual Support Center. We will see if we can make it happen!
NCVPS Now
You no longer have to wait for the e-lert to see the latest NCVPS updates. Just visit our new NCVPS Now page where we bring you live updates on the state’s virtual school. Bookmark the page or find NCVPS Now under our HOME button.
THANK YOU!
North Carolina Virtual Public School | 1017 Main Campus Drive, Partners I Bldg., SUITE 3900Raleigh, NC 27606

 

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