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December 14, 2019

NCVirtual E-lert For Dec. 13, 2019

A newsletter from a US-based K-12 online learning program from yesterday’s inbox.

Dec. 13, 2019
Greetings, everyone!
DPI has asked us to share the “Definition of High Quality Reading Instruction Survey” with you. Please share with your stakeholders.
We also have details for closing out your semester with NCVPS and a start-up guide for Spring 2020.
See all the details below, and please forward this e-lert to your school-level stakeholders.
News
End of Semester Tips and Reminders
Please see our End of Semester web page for details! You will find information on exams, final grades, course extensions, and much more!
Definition of High Quality Reading Instruction (Birth – 12th Grade) Survey
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) convened a B-12 Literacy Team with cross-divisional/cross-area involvement to examine the alignment of policy, legislation, instructional practices, initiatives, and programs to support literacy in NC Public Schools. Subsequently, and in line with the focus to improve student reading proficiency in the early grades, the State Board of Education (SBE) adopted a Collaborative Guiding Framework for Action on Early Reading. NCDPI is developing action steps for each of the priorities, including new or revised SBE policies, NCDPI initiatives using existing resources, and legislative recommendations, including both recommended statutory revisions and appropriations requests.
The first action of the framework is to develop a definition of high quality reading instruction that is aligned with the National Reading Panel and current research to guide state policy and practice in reading, from Birth – 12th Grade. NCDPI has also held three regional stakeholder meetings to gather feedback on a working definition of high quality reading instruction. Stakeholder groups were comprised of Administrators, Advocacy Group Leaders, Faculty from Institutions of Higher Education, Practitioners, Parents, District and State Leadership, Organization Leaders, and Literacy Leaders.
From December 11, 2019 – January 11th, 2020, NCDPI is launching the Definition of High Quality Reading Instruction (Birth – 12th Grade) Survey for widescale public review. The survey results will inform the final state definition of high quality reading instruction, Birth – 12th Grade.
Survey Link:
Thank you for your time and input on the Definition of High Quality Reading Instruction (Birth – 12th Grade) Survey.
Spring Registration Details
Registration is open for Spring 2020. See the 2019-2020 Academic Year tab on our NCVPS Now page for full details on how to register and what to expect once classes begin.
Early Start Additions
We’ve added three courses to our Early Start calendar for Spring 2020:
  • English 1 Honors
  • English 2
  • English 2 Honors
You can register for all three courses now.
Reserve Funds
Did you know that if your district or charter school uses all its allotted funds, you can continue to enroll using NCVPS reserve funds? Contact us as you near the end of your allotment. We have a short request form for your district e-learning coordinator or charter principal to complete.
Anticipated/Expected EOC/CTE Scores
We will report anticipated/expected EOC/CTE scores for Early Start and Traditional classes in our progress reports on the following dates:
  • Early Start Classes: Dec. 5, 2019
  • Traditional Classes: Dec. 19, 2019
State Testing
See all the details about how NCVPS grades and the EOC, CTE, and NCFE state exams schools need to administer on our Grades and Testing Quick Reference Guide.
Course Extension
Our process for extension requests is changing for the Spring 2020 semester, but for Fall 2019, the process will remain the same. NCVPS will grant two-week course extensions this fall for the following reasons:
  • medical (family medical reasons included)
  • IEP/504 reasons (IEP modifications for extended time on assessments does not meet the requirement for course extensions)
  • senior graduation issues
Extension Requests – Instructional directors will review extension requests on the following dates:
  • Early Start: Dec. 9, 2019 through Dec. 18
  • Traditional: Jan. 6, 2020 through Jan. 15
If large portions of the course are missing, an extension will not help the student. We will, of course, 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.
Course extension requests must come from the principal. The principal should include the following information in the ticket to the Virtual Support Center requesting an extension:
  • Student’s name
  • School’s name
  • Course name
  • NCVPS teacher’s name
  • Grade level
  • Reason for extension
  • The final end date being requested for the extension (within the two-week time frame)
An ELA can open the ticket for the principal. Just be sure to include the principal’s email address in the ticket.
Spring Calendar Adjustments
NCVPS is adjusting its Spring 2020 calendar to meet the Office of State Human Resources requirements for NCVPS teachers. Our teachers must take a mandatory 31-day break in service from NCVPS annually to align with NC General Statute § 126-6.3(b). During the mandatory break in service, our teachers are not allowed to complete any tasks (paid or unpaid) for NCVPS.
To meet those requirements, we are ending our Spring 2020 semester two days early, shortening our spring course extension period, and pushing back the start of our summer school.
Here are the adjustments to our calendar:
Spring Block and Yearlong Classes End Dates
Early Start Original: May 8, 2020
Early Start Adjusted: May 6, 2020
Traditional Original: May 29, 2020
Traditional Adjusted: May 27, 2020
Spring Course Extensions
We will have a two-day extension period for Spring 2020 courses. Schools will not submit extension requests via the HelpDesk. Instead, they will work directly with the NCVPS teacher, and the teacher will grant the 2-day extension.
Final Grades Posted
Our dates for posting final grades have not changed:
Early Start: May 14, 2020
Traditional: June 4, 2020
Extension grades will be entered on the final grade report (not a reopened grade report).
Summer School
Moving forward, we will have a shortened summer session. Summer school for 2020 will begin on July 7 and end on August 18. We will work with districts that need grades earlier than that. We will share more details when we finalize our 2020-2021 calendar.
Spring Early Start Course Additions
We have a number of course additions to our Early Start calendar that we would like to highlight. These courses will begin on January 6, 2020, and all schools can enroll students into these courses.
AP Courses – Beginning our spring block AP courses on our Early Start calendar allows students to have more instructional time in the course before the AP test. Here’s what we’re offering:
  • AP Statistics
  • AP Biology
  • AP Calculus AB
  • AP Environmental Science
  • AP Government and Politics US
  • AP Psychology
CTE Courses
  • Career Management
  • Entrepreneurship I (BE/ME)
  • Strategic Marketing
  • Marketing
  • Computer Programming 1
  • Principles of Business and Finance
Health and Health & Physical Education
  • Health (9-weeks for .5 credit)
  • Health & Physical Education (semester length for 1 credit)
Electives
  • Success 101
Math 1 Honors – This is a new course for us in the spring. It is only on our Traditional calendar at this time. If you need an Early Start section, open a ticket with our Virtual Support Center to submit that request. We will see if we can make that happen.
Current Reporting
What Grades Are Currently Posted?
Dec. 5 – Early Start Progress Report with Expected/Anticipated CTE Grades and Anticipated EOC Scores Posted in the NCVPS Registration System
What’s Next on the Schedule?
Dec. 19 – Early Start Calendar Final Grades Posted in the NCVPS Registration System
Dec. 19 – Traditional Calendar Progress Report with Expected/Anticipated CTE Grades and Anticipated EOC Scores Posted in the NCVPS Registration System
Reporting Overview
See our Grades and Testing Quick Reference Guide for an overview of our reporting. We have details on our Student Status (No-Show) Reports, Progress Reports, Final Grade Reports, and how we calculate grades.
See details below on action steps you can take with your progress reports.
Progress Report Action Steps
What should your action steps be with our progress reports? We’re glad you asked! Here are a few steps you can take.
Access the Report – Progress reports are posted in the NCVPS registration system. See our Guide for Accessing Grade Reports for details.
Schools have access to our posted progress reports. Parents, facilitators, and mentors can use the Canvas App for Parents to monitor student progress.
Check Student Progress – We have so many students who excel in their online courses. We celebrate many of them with our Super Student Award. Contact us if you have a great student who you would like us to publicly recognize. We will contact the student’s teacher to begin the process.
However, if you have any underperforming students, we have a number of supports ready for you. Students have time to improve their grades, but they should start immediately. Please review the following supports.
Student Help Page – If students are having any problems at all, and they aren’t sure where to find help, they should visit our Student Help page. They are never more than two clicks away from help!
Teacher Communications – Students do not always advocate for themselves very well. Go ahead and reach out to the NCVPS teacher to see if adjustments can be made for students who are struggling. Our teachers are eager to help.
Intervention Strategies – NCVPS has a number of intervention strategies for districts and schools to follow. These are good for any low-performing, under-performing, or at-risk students. Visit our Intervention Strategies page for details.
Virtual Support Center – If you have a complicated support question or problem and don’t know where to start, open a ticket with our Virtual Support Center. We will escalate your ticket to the right person. Be sure to include the student’s name, PowerSchool ID number, and your school name. If your ticket is about a specific course, please include the course name and teacher name.
Previous News
Parent Contact Information
NCVPS tasks its teachers to have regular communications with the parents or guardians of their students. However, our teachers often find the contact information in PowerSchool is not accurate. Please help our teachers find update-to-date parent contact information. Our teachers will be reaching out to you, as we rely on schools to provide that information. We are sure your school will need current parent contact information, as well!
IEPs and 504s
If you have students with IEPs or 504s, please communicate the modifications to the students’ NCVPS teachers. The modifications are a shared responsibility between NCVPS and student’s school.
Semester Success with NCVPS
Visit our Semester Success with NCVPS page for details on how to get the most out of your semester. The page includes registration, grade, and student support details.
2019-2020 Academic Year
Visit our NCVPS Now page for full details on registration, grade reporting, and student supports. Click on the 2019-2020 Academic Year tab.
Reminders
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.
THANKS, EVERYONE!
Your North Carolina students appreciate your dedication and hard work!
North Carolina Virtual Public School | 1017 Main Campus Drive, Partners I Bldg., SUITE 3900Raleigh, NC 27606

 

December 8, 2019

NCVirtual E-lert For Dec. 5, 2019

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

Dec. 5, 2019
Greetings, everyone!
We have a lot of news today. We have additional details on our adjusted spring calendar, summer start and end dates, fall testing details, and spring registration details.
See all the details below, and please forward this e-lert to your school-level stakeholders.
News
Spring Registration Details
Registration is open for Spring 2020. See the 2019-2020 Academic Year tab on our NCVPS Now page for full details on how to register and what to expect once classes begin.
Early Start Additions
We’ve added two courses to our Early Start calendar for Spring 2020:
  • English 2
  • English 2 Honors
You can register for both courses now.
Reserve Funds
Did you know that if your district or charter school uses all its allotted funds, you can continue to enroll using NCVPS reserve funds? Contact us as you near the end of your allotment. We have a short request form for your district e-learning coordinator or charter principal to complete.
Anticipated/Expected EOC/CTE Scores
We will report anticipated/expected EOC/CTE scores for Early Start and Traditional classes in our progress reports on the following dates:
  • Early Start Classes: Dec. 5, 2019
  • Traditional Classes: Dec. 19, 2019
State Testing
See all the details about how NCVPS grades and the EOC, CTE, and NCFE state exams schools need to administer on our Grades and Testing Quick Reference Guide.
Course Extension
Our process for extension requests is changing for the Spring 2020 semester, but for Fall 2019, the process will remain the same. NCVPS will grant two-week course extensions this fall for the following reasons:
  • medical (family medical reasons included)
  • IEP/504 reasons (IEP modifications for extended time on assessments does not meet the requirement for course extensions)
  • senior graduation issues
Extension Requests – Instructional directors will review extension requests on the following dates:
  • Early Start: Dec. 9, 2019 through Dec. 18
  • Traditional: Jan. 6, 2020 through Jan. 15
If large portions of the course are missing, an extension will not help the student. We will, of course, 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.
Course extension requests must come from the principal. The principal should include the following information in the ticket to the Virtual Support Center requesting an extension:
  • Student’s name
  • School’s name
  • Course name
  • NCVPS teacher’s name
  • Grade level
  • Reason for extension
  • The final end date being requested for the extension (within the two-week time frame)
An ELA can open the ticket for the principal. Just be sure to include the principal’s email address in the ticket.
Spring Calendar Adjustments
NCVPS is adjusting its Spring 2020 calendar to meet the Office of State Human Resources requirements for NCVPS teachers. Our teachers must take a mandatory 31-day break in service from NCVPS annually to align with NC General Statute § 126-6.3(b). During the mandatory break in service, our teachers are not allowed to complete any tasks (paid or unpaid) for NCVPS.
To meet those requirements, we are ending our Spring 2020 semester two days early, shortening our spring course extension period, and pushing back the start of our summer school.
Here are the adjustments to our calendar:
Spring Block and Yearlong Classes End Dates
Early Start Original: May 8, 2020
Early Start Adjusted: May 6, 2020
Traditional Original: May 29, 2020
Traditional Adjusted: May 27, 2020
Spring Course Extensions
We will have a two-day extension period for Spring 2020 courses. Schools will not submit extension requests via the HelpDesk. Instead, they will work directly with the NCVPS teacher, and the teacher will grant the 2-day extension.
Final Grades Posted
Our dates for posting final grades have not changed:
Early Start: May 14, 2020
Traditional: June 4, 2020
Extension grades will be entered on the final grade report (not a reopened grade report).
Summer School
Moving forward, we will have a shortened summer session. Summer school for 2020 will begin on July 7 and end on August 18. We will work with districts that need grades earlier than that. We will share more details when we finalize our 2020-2021 calendar.
Spring Early Start Course Additions
We have a number of course additions to our Early Start calendar that we would like to highlight. These courses will begin on January 6, 2020, and all schools can enroll students into these courses.
AP Courses – Beginning our spring block AP courses on our Early Start calendar allows students to have more instructional time in the course before the AP test. Here’s what we’re offering:
  • AP Statistics
  • AP Biology
  • AP Calculus AB
  • AP Environmental Science
  • AP Government and Politics US
  • AP Psychology
CTE Courses
  • Career Management
  • Entrepreneurship I (BE/ME)
  • Strategic Marketing
  • Marketing
  • Computer Programming 1
  • Principles of Business and Finance
Health and Health & Physical Education
  • Health (9-weeks for .5 credit)
  • Health & Physical Education (semester length for 1 credit)
Electives
  • Success 101
Math 1 Honors – This is a new course for us in the spring. It is only on our Traditional calendar at this time. If you need an Early Start section, open a ticket with our Virtual Support Center to submit that request. We will see if we can make that happen.
Iwork Speaker Series
We have Laura Misner back for another edition of our Iwork@NCVPS speaker series. This is free and open to everyone! Details here: https://ncvps.org/iwork-speaker-series
Current Reporting
What Grades Are Currently Posted?
Dec. 5 – Early Start Progress Report with Expected/Anticipated CTE Grades and Anticipated EOC Scores Posted in the NCVPS Registration System
What’s Next on the Schedule?
Dec. 19 – Early Start Calendar Final Grades Posted in the NCVPS Registration System
Dec. 19 – Traditional Calendar Progress Report with Expected/Anticipated CTE Grades and Anticipated EOC Scores Posted in the NCVPS Registration System
Reporting Overview
See our Grades and Testing Quick Reference Guide for an overview of our reporting. We have details on our Student Status (No-Show) Reports, Progress Reports, Final Grade Reports, and how we calculate grades.
See details below on action steps you can take with your progress reports.
Progress Report Action Steps
What should your action steps be with our progress reports? We’re glad you asked! Here are a few steps you can take.
Access the Report – Progress reports are posted in the NCVPS registration system. See our Guide for Accessing Grade Reports for details.
Schools have access to our posted progress reports. Parents, facilitators, and mentors can use the Canvas App for Parents to monitor student progress.
Check Student Progress – We have so many students who excel in their online courses. We celebrate many of them with our Super Student Award. Contact us if you have a great student who you would like us to publicly recognize. We will contact the student’s teacher to begin the process.
However, if you have any underperforming students, we have a number of supports ready for you. Students have time to improve their grades, but they should start immediately. Please review the following supports.
Student Help Page – If students are having any problems at all, and they aren’t sure where to find help, they should visit our Student Help page. They are never more than two clicks away from help!
Teacher Communications – Students do not always advocate for themselves very well. Go ahead and reach out to the NCVPS teacher to see if adjustments can be made for students who are struggling. Our teachers are eager to help.
Intervention Strategies – NCVPS has a number of intervention strategies for districts and schools to follow. These are good for any low-performing, under-performing, or at-risk students. Visit our Intervention Strategies page for details.
Virtual Support Center – If you have a complicated support question or problem and don’t know where to start, open a ticket with our Virtual Support Center. We will escalate your ticket to the right person. Be sure to include the student’s name, PowerSchool ID number, and your school name. If your ticket is about a specific course, please include the course name and teacher name.
Previous News
Parent Contact Information
NCVPS tasks its teachers to have regular communications with the parents or guardians of their students. However, our teachers often find the contact information in PowerSchool is not accurate. Please help our teachers find update-to-date parent contact information. Our teachers will be reaching out to you, as we rely on schools to provide that information. We are sure your school will need current parent contact information, as well!
IEPs and 504s
If you have students with IEPs or 504s, please communicate the modifications to the students’ NCVPS teachers. The modifications are a shared responsibility between NCVPS and student’s school.
Semester Success with NCVPS
Visit our Semester Success with NCVPS page for details on how to get the most out of your semester. The page includes registration, grade, and student support details.
2019-2020 Academic Year
Visit our NCVPS Now page for full details on registration, grade reporting, and student supports. Click on the 2019-2020 Academic Year tab.
Reminders
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.
THANKS, EVERYONE!
Your North Carolina students appreciate your dedication and hard work!
North Carolina Virtual Public School | 1017 Main Campus Drive, Partners I Bldg., SUITE 3900Raleigh, NC 27606

 

November 28, 2019

NCVirtual E-lert For Nov. 26, 2019

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

Nov. 26, 2019
Greetings, everyone!
As promised, here’s the adjustment to our spring calendar. Classes will end two days earlier than previously scheduled for both our Early Start and Traditional calendars.
See all the details below, and please forward this e-lert to your school-level stakeholders.
News
Spring Calendar Adjustments
NCVPS is adjusting its Spring 2020 calendar to meet the Office of State Human Resources requirements for NCVPS teachers. Our teachers must take a mandatory 31-day break in service from NCVPS annually to align with NC General Statute § 126-6.3(b). During the mandatory break in service, our teachers are not allowed to complete any tasks (paid or unpaid) for NCVPS.
To meet those requirements, we are ending our Spring 2020 semester two days early, shortening our spring course extension period, and pushing back the start of our summer school.
Here are the adjustments to our calendar:
Spring Classes End Dates
Early Start Original: May 8, 2020
Early Start Adjusted: May 6, 2020
Traditional Original: May 29, 2020
Traditional Adjusted: May 27, 2020
Spring Course Extensions
We will have a two-day extension period for Spring 2020 courses. Schools will not submit extension requests via the HelpDesk. Instead, they will work directly with the NCVPS teacher, and the teacher will grant the 2-day extension.
Final Grades Posted
Our dates for posting final grades have not changed:
Early Start: May 14, 2020
Traditional: June 4, 2020
Extension grades will be entered on the final grade report (not a reopened grade report).
Summer School
Moving forward, we will have a shortened summer session. Summer school for 2020 will begin on July 7.
Spring Early Start Course Additions
We have a number of course additions to our Early Start calendar that we would like to highlight. These courses will begin on January 6, 2020, and all schools can enroll students into these courses.
AP Courses – Beginning our spring block AP courses on our Early Start calendar allows students to have more instructional time in the course before the AP test. Here’s what we’re offering:
  • AP Statistics
  • AP Biology
  • AP Calculus AB
  • AP Environmental Science
  • AP Government and Politics US
  • AP Psychology
CTE Courses
  • Career Management
  • Entrepreneurship I (BE/ME)
  • Strategic Marketing
  • Marketing
  • Computer Programming 1
  • Principles of Business and Finance
Health and Health & Physical Education
  • Health (9-weeks for .5 credit)
  • Health & Physical Education (semester length for 1 credit)
Electives
  • Success 101
Math 1 Honors – This is a new course for us in the spring. It is only on our Traditional calendar at this time. If you need an Early Start section, open a ticket with our Virtual Support Center to submit that request. We will see if we can make that happen.
Current Reporting
What Grades Are Currently Posted?
Nov. 14 – Progress Report Posted in the Registration System
What’s Next on the Schedule?
Dec. 5 – Progress Report with Expected/Anticipated CTE Grades and Anticipated EOC Scores Posted in the NCVPS Registration System
Reporting Overview
See our Grades and Testing Quick Reference Guide for an overview of our reporting. We have details on our Student Status (No-Show) Reports, Progress Reports, Final Grade Reports, and how we calculate grades.
See details below on action steps you can take with your progress reports.
Progress Report Action Steps
What should your action steps be with our progress reports? We’re glad you asked! Here are a few steps you can take.
Access the Report – Progress reports are posted in the NCVPS registration system. See our Guide for Accessing Grade Reports for details.
Schools have access to our posted progress reports. Parents, facilitators, and mentors can use the Canvas App for Parents to monitor student progress.
Check Student Progress – We have so many students who excel in their online courses. We celebrate many of them with our Super Student Award. Contact us if you have a great student who you would like us to publicly recognize. We will contact the student’s teacher to begin the process.
However, if you have any underperforming students, we have a number of supports ready for you. Students have time to improve their grades, but they should start immediately. Please review the following supports.
Student Help Page – If students are having any problems at all, and they aren’t sure where to find help, they should visit our Student Help page. They are never more than two clicks away from help!
Teacher Communications – Students do not always advocate for themselves very well. Go ahead and reach out to the NCVPS teacher to see if adjustments can be made for students who are struggling. Our teachers are eager to help.
Intervention Strategies – NCVPS has a number of intervention strategies for districts and schools to follow. These are good for any low-performing, under-performing, or at-risk students. Visit our Intervention Strategies page for details.
Virtual Support Center – If you have a complicated support question or problem and don’t know where to start, open a ticket with our Virtual Support Center. We will escalate your ticket to the right person. Be sure to include the student’s name, PowerSchool ID number, and your school name. If your ticket is about a specific course, please include the course name and teacher name.
Previous News
Parent Contact Information
NCVPS tasks its teachers to have regular communications with the parents or guardians of their students. However, our teachers often find the contact information in PowerSchool is not accurate. Please help our teachers find update-to-date parent contact information. Our teachers will be reaching out to you, as we rely on schools to provide that information. We are sure your school will need current parent contact information, as well!
IEPs and 504s
If you have students with IEPs or 504s, please communicate the modifications to the students’ NCVPS teachers. The modifications are a shared responsibility between NCVPS and student’s school.
Semester Success with NCVPS
Visit our Semester Success with NCVPS page for details on how to get the most out of your semester. The page includes registration, grade, and student support details.
2019-2020 Academic Year
Visit our NCVPS Now page for full details on registration, grade reporting, and student supports. Click on the 2019-2020 Academic Year tab.
Reminders
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.
THANKS, EVERYONE!
Your North Carolina students appreciate your dedication and hard work!
North Carolina Virtual Public School | 1017 Main Campus Drive, Partners I Bldg., SUITE 3900Raleigh, NC 27606

 

November 23, 2019

NCVirtual E-lert for Nov. 22, 2019

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

Nov. 22, 2019
Greetings, everyone!
It’s time to start thinking about spring semester. We’ve added a lot of courses to our Early Start calendar. Please take advantage of these early offerings. Students at traditional calendar schools can enroll in these course, too.
We are adjusting the end dates of our spring semester. It will be a very small change with courses ending one or two days earlier than previously scheduled. More details on that next week.
See all the new news below and please forward this e-lert to your school-level stakeholders.
News
Spring Early Start Course Additions
We have a number of course additions to our Early Start calendar that we would like to highlight. These courses will begin on January 6, 2020, and all schools can enroll students into these courses.
AP Courses – Beginning our spring block AP courses on our Early Start calendar allows students to have more instructional time in the course before the AP test. Here’s what we’re offering:
  • AP Statistics
  • AP Biology
  • AP Calculus AB
  • AP Environmental Science
  • AP Government and Politics US
  • AP Psychology
CTE Courses
  • Career Management
  • Entrepreneurship I (BE/ME)
  • Strategic Marketing
  • Marketing
  • Computer Programming 1
  • Principles of Business and Finance
Health and Health & Physical Education
  • Health (9-weeks for .5 credit)
  • Health & Physical Education (semester length for 1 credit)
Electives
  • Success 101
Math 1 Honors – This is a new course for us in the spring. It is only on our Traditional calendar at this time. If you need an Early Start section, open a ticket with our Virtual Support Center to submit that request. We will see if we can make that happen.
Upcoming Events
We have a few dates to highlight:
Nov. 20 – Last Day to Transfer into Traditional Calendar Block Courses
Nov. 28-29 – We will not post progress reports during Thanksgiving week. Our next progress reports will be posted on Dec. 5.
Iwork@NCVPS Speaker Series
We have a great new resource for your students! Our Iwork@NCVPS Speaker Series will focus on career exploration with guest speakers representing a broad range of career fields in order to inform students of the multitude of career and educational opportunities available to them. The first one is Monday. Visit our Iwork Speaker Series page for details and please share with all your students!
Current Reporting
What Grades Are Currently Posted?
Nov. 14 – Progress Report Posted in the Registration System
What’s Next on the Schedule?
Dec. 5 – Progress Report with Expected/Anticipated CTE Grades and Anticipated EOC Scores Posted in the NCVPS Registration System
Reporting Overview
See our Grades and Testing Quick Reference Guide for an overview of our reporting. We have details on our Student Status (No-Show) Reports, Progress Reports, Final Grade Reports, and how we calculate grades.
See details below on action steps you can take with your progress reports.
Progress Report Action Steps
What should your action steps be with our progress reports? We’re glad you asked! Here are a few steps you can take.
Access the Report – Progress reports are posted in the NCVPS registration system. See our Guide for Accessing Grade Reports for details.
Schools have access to our posted progress reports. Parents, facilitators, and mentors can use the Canvas App for Parents to monitor student progress.
Check Student Progress – We have so many students who excel in their online courses. We celebrate many of them with our Super Student Award. Contact us if you have a great student who you would like us to publicly recognize. We will contact the student’s teacher to begin the process.
However, if you have any underperforming students, we have a number of supports ready for you. Students have time to improve their grades, but they should start immediately. Please review the following supports.
Student Help Page – If students are having any problems at all, and they aren’t sure where to find help, they should visit our Student Help page. They are never more than two clicks away from help!
Teacher Communications – Students do not always advocate for themselves very well. Go ahead and reach out to the NCVPS teacher to see if adjustments can be made for students who are struggling. Our teachers are eager to help.
Intervention Strategies – NCVPS has a number of intervention strategies for districts and schools to follow. These are good for any low-performing, under-performing, or at-risk students. Visit our Intervention Strategies page for details.
Virtual Support Center – If you have a complicated support question or problem and don’t know where to start, open a ticket with our Virtual Support Center. We will escalate your ticket to the right person. Be sure to include the student’s name, PowerSchool ID number, and your school name. If your ticket is about a specific course, please include the course name and teacher name.
Previous News
Parent Contact Information
NCVPS tasks its teachers to have regular communications with the parents or guardians of their students. However, our teachers often find the contact information in PowerSchool is not accurate. Please help our teachers find update-to-date parent contact information. Our teachers will be reaching out to you, as we rely on schools to provide that information. We are sure your school will need current parent contact information, as well!
IEPs and 504s
If you have students with IEPs or 504s, please communicate the modifications to the students’ NCVPS teachers. The modifications are a shared responsibility between NCVPS and student’s school.
Semester Success with NCVPS
Visit our Semester Success with NCVPS page for details on how to get the most out of your semester. The page includes registration, grade, and student support details.
2019-2020 Academic Year
Visit our NCVPS Now page for full details on registration, grade reporting, and student supports. Click on the 2019-2020 Academic Year tab.
Reminders
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.
THANKS, EVERYONE!
Your North Carolina students appreciate your dedication and hard work!
North Carolina Virtual Public School | 1017 Main Campus Drive, Partners I Bldg., SUITE 3900Raleigh, NC 27606

 

November 16, 2019

NCVirtual E-lert for Nov. 15, 2019

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

Nov. 15, 2019
Hello, everyone!
We posted a new progress report yesterday and the last day to transfer into traditional fall courses is approaching. See all the details below and please forward this e-lert to your school-level stakeholders.
News
Spring Block AP Courses
In case you missed it, we have six AP block courses this spring on our Early Start calendar.
  • AP Statistics
  • AP Biology
  • AP Calculus AB
  • AP Environmental Science
  • AP European History
  • AP Psychology
These 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.
CTE Courses Added to Spring Early Start
We have added the following courses to our Early Start calendar in January:
  • Career Management
  • Entrepreneurship I (BE/ME)
  • Strategic Marketing
  • Marketing
  • Computer Programming 1
  • Principles of Business and Finance
Early Start Health
We have added our 9-week Health course to the Early Start calendar for Spring 20. You can register for that course now!
Upcoming Events
We have a few dates to highlight:
Nov. 20 – Last Day to Transfer into Traditional Calendar Block Courses
Nov. 28-29 – We will not post progress reports during Thanksgiving week. Our next progress reports will be posted on Dec. 5.
NCVPS Cafe – Havana Nights
Join us Nov. 19 for this free online presentation. Follow the link for details:  https://ncvps.org/ncvps-cafe
Current Reporting
What Grades Are Currently Posted?
Nov. 14 – Progress Report Posted in the Registration System
What’s Next on the Schedule?
Dec. 5 – Progress Report with Expected/Anticipated CTE Grades and Anticipated EOC Scores Posted in the NCVPS Registration System
Reporting Overview
See our Grades and Testing Quick Reference Guide for an overview of our reporting. We have details on our Student Status (No-Show) Reports, Progress Reports, Final Grade Reports, and how we calculate grades.
See details below on action steps you can take with your progress reports.
Progress Report Action Steps
What should your action steps be with our progress reports? We’re glad you asked! Here are a few steps you can take.
Access the Report – Progress reports are posted in the NCVPS registration system. See our Guide for Accessing Grade Reports for details.
Schools have access to our posted progress reports. Parents, facilitators, and mentors can use the Canvas App for Parents to monitor student progress.
Check Student Progress – We have so many students who excel in their online courses. We celebrate many of them with our Super Student Award. Contact us if you have a great student who you would like us to publicly recognize. We will contact the student’s teacher to begin the process.
However, if you have any underperforming students, we have a number of supports ready for you. Students have time to improve their grades, but they should start immediately. Please review the following supports.
Student Help Page – If students are having any problems at all, and they aren’t sure where to find help, they should visit our Student Help page. They are never more than two clicks away from help!
Teacher Communications – Students do not always advocate for themselves very well. Go ahead and reach out to the NCVPS teacher to see if adjustments can be made for students who are struggling. Our teachers are eager to help.
Intervention Strategies – NCVPS has a number of intervention strategies for districts and schools to follow. These are good for any low-performing, under-performing, or at-risk students. Visit our Intervention Strategies page for details.
Virtual Support Center – If you have a complicated support question or problem and don’t know where to start, open a ticket with our Virtual Support Center. We will escalate your ticket to the right person. Be sure to include the student’s name, PowerSchool ID number, and your school name. If your ticket is about a specific course, please include the course name and teacher name.
Current Enrollment Options
We can help schools with enrollments throughout the semester. Even after our regular enrollment period ended, we have these options available:
Transfer Students – We begin accepting transfer students after our regular enrollment has ended. Transfer students must be enrolled in the class at the face-to-face school and have a grade to transfer in with. Transfers are not for students new to the course. We must also have an available seat in the course to accommodate the transfer request. Open a ticket with our Virtual Support Center to begin the transfer process. Be sure to include the following in your ticket:
  • student’s name
  • PowerSchool ID#
  • school name
  • transfer grade
  • course needed
  • any student details that can help the NCVPS teacher
Transfer options will remain open until Nov. 20 for traditional fall block courses.
OCS Enrollments – You can still enroll OCS students into your existing OCS sections. We can’t open new OCS sections for schools, though. The same is true for your NCVPS intervention courses.
Flex Learning – We have Flex Learning options available throughout the semester. Flex is designed for students who need flexible calendar options due to their particular circumstances. Visit our Flex Learning page for details on how to enroll.
Spring Enrollments – Registration is still wide open for Spring 2020!
Funding – If you use all of your allotments and still need to enroll, contact us. You can request access to NCVPS reserve funds after you’ve exhausted your allotments.
Previous News
CTE Courses Added to Early Start Spring Calendar – We have added the following courses to our Early Start calendar in January:
  • Career Management
  • Entrepreneurship I (BE/ME)
  • Strategic Marketing
  • Marketing
  • Computer Programming 1
  • Principles of Business and Finance
Registration is open for Spring 2019 classes.
Parent Contact Information
NCVPS tasks its teachers to have regular communications with the parents or guardians of their students. However, our teachers often find the contact information in PowerSchool is not accurate. Please help our teachers find update-to-date parent contact information. Our teachers will be reaching out to you, as we rely on schools to provide that information. We are sure your school will need current parent contact information, as well!
IEPs and 504s
If you have students with IEPs or 504s, please communicate the modifications to the students’ NCVPS teachers. The modifications are a shared responsibility between NCVPS and student’s school.
Semester Success with NCVPS
Visit our Semester Success with NCVPS page for details on how to get the most out of your semester. The page includes registration, grade, and student support details.
2019-2020 Academic Year
Visit our NCVPS Now page for full details on registration, grade reporting, and student supports. Click on the 2019-2020 Academic Year tab.
Reminders
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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