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July 31, 2015

NCVPS E-lert for July 31, 2015 – Summer Edition VI

From the inbox earlier today…

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 webpage here.
July 31, 2015 – In This Issue:

Calendar Check
2015
August 7 – Summer Session 2015 ends.
August 10 – Early calendar courses begin.
August 13 – Final summer grades posted in the registration system.
August 13 – Early Calendar Day 3 Status Report posted in the registration system.
August 19 – Early Calendar Day 7 Status Report posted in the registration system.
August 21 – Last day to add or drop early calendar classes.
August 24 – Traditional and Yearlong courses begin.
August 27 – Day 3 Status Report posted in the registration system.
Sept. 2 – Day 7 Status Report posted in the registration system.
Sept. 4 – Last day to drop or add students into traditional calendar block and yearlong classes.
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what's new picGreetings, North Carolina districts and schools!
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New This Week
Still Important!

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EndingSummerEnd of Semester: Tips and Reminders

The end of summer is approaching, and we have a few tips for schools to help close out the summer session.  Following these steps will help with the success of your students and help you have grades prepared for your final report cards.

 

Timeline

Be familiar with the last day of class for the summer session. Students will lose access to their courses at midnight on the last day of class. Students will not be able to submit assignments after the last day of class!

 

Mark these dates on your calendar for the close of Summer 2015 classes:

 

August 7: Last day of class courses.

August 13: Grades posted in the registration system.

 

EOC and CTE Testing

Schools must administer all EOC and CTE tests.  Schools will also need to average the EOC and CTE scores (25%) into the grades that we post for those courses. If you’ve not already made arrangements with your school’s testing coordinator, please do that right away. Our final grade report will have EOC and CTE anticipated scores for your testing coordinators.

 

Grades

Our final grade report for summer will show one weighted marking period grades (75% ) and the final exam grade (25%) and final grade.  EOC and CTE courses will only show the one marking period grades. Schools will need to calculate in the EOC and CTE exam grades.

 

NCVPS Grading Policies 

 

You will want to be aware of our grading policy and how we weight grades, especially for EOC courses where you will need to calculate the final grade once you receive your test scores. Follow this link to see our Grades Quick Reference Guide and how we calculate grades.

 

Report Cards and Transcripts

Schools must enter grades into PowerSchool.  Be sure the data manager has access to the grade report and understands our grade calculations. Be sure to examine the spreadsheet closely to find the final grade. This will be essential when your data manage enters NCVPS grades into PowerSchool to avoid data entry errors.

 

Middle School Reporting

 

Middle schools should ensure that they use the NCVPS course codes so that their students can receive high school credit for the courses that they take with us. You can find courses codes in our catalogues here or in the second column of any grade report.

 

Grade Questions

If you have questions about a student’s grade, you should send those directly to the student’s teacher or submit a help ticket to the Virtual Support Center.

 

Extensions

If you have technical issues at your school on the last days of class or if a student is ill, you may request a short (1-2 day) extension directly from the teacher.   If you need a longer extension for a student, see our full guidelines here.

 

We hope these procedures help you successfully close out your semester. Thank you for enrolling your students with NCVPS! We look forward to serving you in the future.

PreppingFallPrepping for Fall 2015
Registration is open for Summer 2015, Fall 2015, and Spring 2016.

 

Getting Started

 

If you are new to the e-Learning advisor role or if it has been awhile since you registered students with us, please visit our Getting Started for Schools web page. You will find valuable insights and tips for registering and having a successful e-learning program at your school.

 

Courses Nearing Capacity

 

coursecapacityWe already have a few courses that are approaching capacity for Fall 2015. Courses that are “At Capacity” will not have any new sections opened. The only way that students will move off the waitlist is if a student who is already enrolled in the course drops. See our list of courses that are at capacity and near capacity here.

Rising 9th Graders

 

rising9thRising 9th-grade students have now been added to the NCVPS registration system following the July Year-End-Transition (YET).

GermanRemember: German Has Returned to NCVPS
Did you get the memo that German has been added back to the NCVPS catalogue?  That’s right!

 

Enroll for German I, II, III Honors, and IV Honors directly in our registration system.  .

StateBoardPlanNCVPS Part of State Board’s Strategic Plan
NCVPS is pleased to be part of the State Board of Education’s Strategic Plan.

 

We have been tasked to help ensure that all students have a personalized education.

 

See the full State Board strategic plan here and find NCVPS under State Board Goal 2.

NCAAThe NCAA Eligibility Center
A number recent high graduates who had taken courses with NCVPS have contact us about their NCAA eligibility. Their colleges are requesting more information about their online courses. When colleges need more information for the NCAA to clear a student, it usually indicates that the NCVPS course was not recorded correctly onto the student’s transcript.

 

A transcript should indicate NCVPS courses like this:

 

Math I – NCVPS

Math I CR – NCVPS (for the credit recovery classes)

 

Versions of this are incorrect:

 

Math I – ONLINE

Math I CR – ONLINE

 

Transcripts may also reflect the course title like this:

 

algebraIsec04spr11 – NCVPS

 

This is how the NCAA needs to see NCVPS courses on student transcripts. This will allow the student to clear the NCAA Eligibility Center.

healthpeHealth & PE Course Updates
We are offering three versions of our health and/or physical education courses. These are the course titles that you will find in the registration system:

Health Education: .5 credit
Fitness-Physical Education: .5 credit
HPE – Health and Physical Education: 1 credit

We are piloting the Fitness-Physical Education and HPE – Health and Physical Education courses this fall. They will be available for open registration in the Spring 2016 semester.

If you are interested in piloting the courses this fall, please email Karen Creech at karen.creech@ncpublicschools.gov.

GradeReportingGrade Reporting
What’s on the Schedule?

Progress reports will be posted each week during the summer session in the NCVPS registration system. The only weighted grade report will be the final grade report posted on August 13.

 

Grade Reports

Our grade reports are weighted grades similar to school report cards.

 

Follow this link to see the details on the latest grade report.

 

Progress Reports

See how your students are progressing! We post progress reports every two weeks in the registration system.

 

Follow this link to see the details on this progress report.

 

Student Status (No-Show) Reports

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.

 

Follow this link to see the details on student status (no-show) reports.

 

Additional Resources

Follow this link to see how to run a grade report.

 

Follow this link to see our Quick Reference Guide on Grades.

Course Catalogues
NCVPS Courses
NCVPS offers over 150 different courses, including advanced placement, electives, traditional, honors, core, STEM, occupational course of study, and credit recovery courses.

Check out our 150+ list of courses here.

VendorApprovedUpdatesVendor Approved Courses

In addition to NCVPS courses, North Carolina public schools also have a list of approved third-party vendor courses that they may choose from for virtual classes. Please follow this link to see the list of approved vendor courses. More on the vendor approval process can be found here.

Here are the newest approved vendor courses: (Course Title – Vendor)

Courses – Vendor

  • AP Biology – Edmentum
  • AP Calculus AB – Edmentum
  • AP Chemistry – Apex Learning
  • AP Chemistry – Edmentum
  • AP French – Edmentum
  • AP US History – Edmentum
  • ChemistryApex – Learning
  • Spanish 2 – Florida Virtual
  • Spanish 3 Honors – Florida Virtual

Tech Updates
JAVA and Flash Updates
Please update your Java to Version Java 8, Update 45.
Go to http://java.com/en/download/manual.jsp and following the instructions from there.
AdobeUpdatePlease go to the following link to update Adobe Flash Player to the latest Version 18.0.0.160  http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/

 
Opening a Ticket

 

When opening a ticket with the virtual support center, please always include the following:

  • Students first & last name
  • ID number (This will help ensure we have the correct student)
  • Course name – including specific section ex: CourseSec01Spring15.
Replying to a Support Center Ticket
 

Reply back to a ticket by clicking on the link provided at the bottom of a help reply email will keep all students information secure and will attach your information directly to the ticket.
See image: http://screencast.com/t/ZdciZ55coU4

 

Blackboard Instant Messaging (BBIM)
 

Students will need to click on the BBIM link in their class and create an ID and password that they will remember. NCVPS does not issue BBIM logins nor do we store this information.

 

Student Email Confirmations in Moodle and Blackboard
 

If a student’s e-mail is missing or shows pleaseadd@ncvps – the student will not receive important e-mails from their teachers.
Please have students confirm/update their email information by following these steps:
In Moodle:

  • Navigate to Administration
  • My Profile settings
  • Edit Profile
  • Verify or update e-mail
  • Scroll to bottom and “Update Profile”

In Blackboard:

  • Click on students name in the upper right side of your BB course
  • Click on setting
  • Click on Personal Information
  • Click on Edit Personal Information to update e-mail
  • Scroll to bottom and Submit 

Bookmark NCVPS Login Pages

 

Many students visit our homepage to log in to their courses. It is a best practice to bookmark the actual login pages for both Moodle and Blackboard. Please have students and lab facilitators bookmark the following pages:

 

Moodle: http://moodle.ncvps.org/

 

Blackboard:  https://ncvps.blackboard.com/

 

In addition, many school administrators visit our homepage to log in to our registration system or Virtual Support Center. Please bookmark both of these pages in your web browser:

 

Registration System: http://registration.ncvps.org/ncvps/user/login/

 

Virtual Support Center: http://www.help.ncvps.org/

 

Password Reset

 

If you have had your password reset, the new password will not expire unless you have reset it. If you have forgotten what your password was reset to, you can look up the help desk ticket in your email account to access the new password or click “Forgot Password” on the Moodle or Blackboard login pages.
Tech Requirements
 

For additional information, please see our Tech Requirements:
http://www.ncvps.org/index.php/technology-requirements/

Middle School Creative Writing

(Click on image for a larger view.)

 

creativewritingNCVPS is looking for middle school writers!

 

Our Middle School Creative Writing course introduces students to short and long fiction, poetry, drama, and creative nonfiction. While emphasis is on production, students will also read samples of great writing as they learn the tools that creative writers use.

 

Students will create a writing portfolio that showcases their work.

 

This is a great opportunity for young writers! Enrollment is now open.

Professional Learning with NCVPS

 

The NCVPS professional learning team is pleased to offer its next round of the “Shattering the Myths of the Online and Blended Learning” course.

The next class starts on June 15. Please check out this link for details.

Sharepoint Added to Catalogue

NCVPS is please to offer SharePoint next year! Check out our catalogue for details!

 

View our full course catalog here.

NCVPS Middle School Courses

The NCVPS catalog is growing. We will offer four middle school courses next year. Check out our catalog for details.

 

View our full course catalog here.

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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/

July 25, 2015

NCVPS Is Getting A New Look!

From Friday’s inbox…

NCVPS Is Redesigning Its Website!

The North Carolina Virtual Public School is excited to announce that it is redesigning its website! The look will change, but the location will be the same:  http://www.ncvps.org/.

 

The launch date is Monday, July 27. We will be doing some work over the weekend in preparation for the unveiling on Monday.

 

To better serve you, the website will feature a new design, user-friendly navigation, print-friendly pages, and a wealth of information and resources  to help you, your students, your school, and your district succeed with NCVPS.

Take A Tour

The new design will not be accessible until July 27, but you can take a sneak peek right now. Check out the video below.

 

NCVPS Website Redesign
NCVPS Website Redesign
Final Preparations

As with all website launches, we might experience some hiccups on Monday. Please bear with us as we work out the bugs!

 

It’s always a good practice to bookmark our various login pages in case our website is down. Be sure to add these bookmarks to your browser:

We don’t anticipate any problems, but we want our users to be prepared. We look forward to “seeing” you on our new website on Monday!

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/

July 24, 2015

Physical Education with NCVPS

From yesterday’s inbox…

Physical Education with NCVPS

The North Carolina Virtual Public School is excited to announce that it is offering physical education online! Our Fitness – Physical Education course is the entry-level high school course that meets the graduation requirement in North Carolina. Students can enroll in the stand-alone course for .5 credit or take it in conjunction with our health course for the full one credit.

Why Online Physical Education?
“wii fit at the airport” by David King licensed under CC BY 2.0

Isn’t offering physical education in a virtual environment a contradiction? No, not at all. The instruction will be online, but students will still perform in the real world . . . the physical world.

 

Technology has enhanced fitness programs for years. Starting with the Jack LaLanne broadcasts in the 1950s and exploding with the Jane Fonda workout videos in the 1980s, the fitness community has always used the latest technologies to reach its audience. Modern fitness programs use everything from FitBits to Nike+ Training Club to Fitmo and Wii Fit to engage participants. Our goal is to use modern technology in a similar manner to monitor progress and engage students.

Students Need Options

We all understand that the one-size-fits-all model does not work in education. We have all types of learners who all have individual needs. We have also discovered that especially in physical education, not even the one-size-fits-many model works. Students (and athletes) need individualized programs to meet their fitness goals. The most successful programs all have tailored workouts for either individuals or small groups.
For example, our women’s national soccer team recently won FIFA’s World Cup. Carli Lloyd won the Golden Ball Award as the tournament’s top player. Lloyd plays for the national team and professionally for the Houston Dash. Nevertheless, Lloyd has her own personal coach in New Jersey. See what that coach does for her in this article from NBC Sports. That is what NCVPS wants to provide — an individualized physical education program that motivates students to meet their goals.

What’s Not Working

Students definitely need more fitness options. What we are currently doing is not working for many students.

 

The Center for Disease Control’s report on Physical Activity and Health states that nearly half of American youths (ages 12-21) do not engage in vigorous activity on a regular basis. Youth activity sharply declines as age or grade-level increases.

 

Shape America’s  Shape of the Nationreports that 33% of children 6-12 are overweight, and 17% are obese. 34% of teens are overweight, and 17.6% are obese.

 

We have a lot of room for improvement. We hope to help turn the tide in those outcomes with our online physical education classes.

How It Works

Our physical education course is aligned to the state’s Standard Course of Study for physical education. The fitness components are centered on the four FITT principles:

  • Frequency – How often you are exercising (example: 3 times a week)
  • Intensity – How hard you are exerting yourself during exercise (example: rating your exercise on a scale of 1 to 10 based on how hard you worked)
  • Time – The duration of your exercise session
  • Type – The kinds of exercises (examples: aerobic, strength training, etc.)

All of the instructional components are delivered online just like in our other 155 courses. Instruction is delivered through text, video presentations, audio recordings, illustrative images, and interactive learning objects. Students take online quizzes and tests, participate in online discussion forums, and complete other online activities that the learning modules require.

Video Assignments
“Geração conectada” by Thiago Marques licensed under CC BY 2.0
Throughout the course, students are required to demonstrate physical skills. This is where the virtual world of the classroom meets the physical world of real performance. NCVPS accomplishes this with its video assignment submissions, where students record their performances with video cameras that are on smartphones, tablets, gaming devices, webcams, or any other device that can capture digital video. Students upload their performance videos into our secure platform for teacher review. Our teachers then assess the student performance and provide constructive, meaningful feedback. Students can retake performance skill tests to demonstrate mastery.
Fitness Portfolio
An essential feature of the course is
the fitness portfolio, which students keep for the duration of the course. In their portfolios, students establish fitness goals, create a Personal Health Improvement Contract, establish an exercise plan, track their own performances, reflect on their development, and take the first steps in developing a lifelong fitness plan.
Take a look inside one of our physical education courses:
Benefits of Online PE with NCVPS
NCVPS is one of many online schools across the nation that provides an online physical education course. Our courses provide some unique benefits for students. Check out our benefits:

  • We assembled some of the top physical education teachers in the state to both design and teach our courses.
  • Our design team worked in conjunction with DPI to create something special!
  • All of our teachers are licensed North Carolina teachers who meet DPI’s highly-qualified standards.
  • Our teachers have demonstrated great success in their traditional schools.
  • Students use the technology that they love to help meet their goals.
  • Students use the latest technologies to upload videos of their performances to document their progress.
  • Students can continue working on a particular skill to demonstrate mastery.
  • Students perform in a non-competitive environment. A student’s only comparison is to his or her previous performance. Some students suffer from locker room and body image phobias. We eliminate that with our safe and secure environment!
  • Our physical fitness course is aligned to the North Carolina Standard Course of Study for physical education. All of the Department of Public Instruction’s approved PE Standards are met in this course. The course outline lists all of the topics, standards, and skills covered in each course module.
  • Our courses are designed to meet the individual needs of each student. NCVPS instructors can personalize the experience for each student.
  • Students work at their own level, assess their own fitness, set their own goals, and create a personalized fitness plan that starts them on a lifelong fitness lifestyle.
  • Each student will receive personalized, meaningful feedback from their NCVPS instructor. This is specific feedback to help students improve their performance.

This is personalized learning at it best!

Enrollment Details

Our physical education course is in its pilot phase during the Summer 2015 and Fall 2015 semesters. Registration will be open statewide for the Spring 2016 semester.

 

For more information about the pilot and spring registration, please email Karen Creech at karen.creech@ncpublicschools.gov.

Learn More About NCVPS
NC Virtual Public School is the nation’s second largest state-led virtual school with over 55,000 enrollments this past year from all 115 school districts and many charter schools. Learn more about us in this short video:
NCVPS offers over 150 different courses as a supplement to the local high school course catalogue and includes Advanced Placement, Occupational Course of Study, electives, traditional, honors, and credit recovery courses.
All courses are taught by teachers certified in North Carolina. The courses provide strategies for active student engagement through a variety of technology tools.  Teachers are required to make personal contact with students and parents regularly in order to maximize the student-teacher relationship.
Courses are free to students who enroll through their local North Carolina high school or middle school.  NCVPS is available to home school and private school students for a small fee.  By virtue of online course delivery, students now have access to rigorous courses and high-quality teachers regardless of ZIP code.
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/

July 16, 2015

NCVPS E-lert for July 16, 2015 – Summer Edition V

From the inbox earlier today…

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.
July 16, 2015 – In This Issue:

Calendar Check
2015
June 15 – Summer Session 2015 starts.
June 19 – Last Day to Enroll for Summer Session
June 26 – Last Day to Drop from Summer Session
August 7 – Summer Session 2015 ends.
Essential Links

Celebrate & Connect

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

E-lert Subscription
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Current E-lert News

What’s New?
what's new picGreetings, North Carolina districts and schools!
Check out this week’s important updates:
New This Week
Still Important!

In addition, be sure to check out all of our tips and reminders in this week’s e-lert.

CanvasNC DPI Selects Canvas as Its Statewide LMS

You may have already heard that the Department of Public Instruction signed a contract with Instructure’s Canvas to be the host of its statewide learning management system (LMS). All districts and charter schools will be able to opt in to Canvas at a greatly discounted rate.

Staff members from NCVPS and several North Carolina districts contributed to the evaluation process. Canvas will move the state forward in its digital future as it integrates with PowerSchool, NC IAM, and NCLOR. The Canvas contract includes implementation, training, course migration, and 24/7 support to any school or district that opts in.

At present, 80 districts have opted in to the service. NCVPS will be migrating its courses into the Canvas LMS, as well.

A number of districts and schools were already using Canvas prior to the statewide adoption including Rockingham, Yadkin, Burke, Edenton-Chowan, Newton-Conover, and the North Carolina School of Science and Math.

What can Canvas do for schools? It can do everything from helping teachers flip their classroom, implement blended learning, start BYOD initiatives, and even host professional development.

NCVPS Comprehensive Canvas Implementation Plan
NCVPS will have a phased rollout of all of its courses into Canvas. Here’s our schedule:

Pilot Phase 1:  Two Courses by Fall 2015 – Journalism and Chemistry

Phase 2:  40 Courses by Spring 2016 – Course list is TBD

Phase 3:  All courses migrated to Canvas by July 1, 2016

 

Instructure's Canvas in North Carolina
Instructure’s Canvas in North Carolina

VirtualOpenHouseNCVPS Virtual Open House
NCVPS is pleased to announce that it is hosting its annual virtual open house. Here are the details:
Date: July 30
Time: 6pm – 7pm
Location: Online (details to follow)
Audience: Parents, Students, Educators, Public School, Home School, Private School
Registration: Follow this link to register.
After you register, we will email you the link to our online classroom.
We look forward to seeing you there!

NCAAThe NCAA Eligibility Center
A number recent high graduates who had taken courses with NCVPS have contact us about their NCAA eligibility. Their colleges are requesting more information about their online courses. When colleges need more information for the NCAA to clear a student, it usually indicates that the NCVPS course was not recorded correctly onto the student’s transcript.

 

A transcript should indicate NCVPS courses like this:

 

Math I – NCVPS

Math I CR – NCVPS (for the credit recovery classes)

 

Versions of this are incorrect:

 

Math I – ONLINE

Math I CR – ONLINE

 

Transcripts may also reflect the course title like this:

 

algebraIsec04spr11 – NCVPS

 

This is how the NCAA needs to see NCVPS courses on student transcripts. This will allow the student to clear the NCAA Eligibility Center.

withdrawWithdrawing Students
June 26 was our last day to drop students without penalty.
Schools may withdraw students throughout the summer session; however, students withdrawn after June 26 will still count in a district’s or charter school’s allotment totals. We will issue a W grade for withdrawn students.
If you are unsure how to withdraw students,follow this link to our drop/withdrawal guide.

healthpeHealth & PE Course Updates
We are offering three versions of our health and/or physical education courses. These are the course titles that you will find in the registration system:

Health Education: .5 credit
Fitness-Physical Education: .5 credit
HPE – Health and Physical Education: 1 credit

We are piloting the Fitness-Physical Education and HPE – Health and Physical Education courses this fall. They will be available for open registration in the Spring 2016 semester.

If you are interested in piloting the courses this fall, please email Karen Creech at karen.creech@ncpublicschools.gov.

PeerTutoringPeer Tutoring for the Summer Session
Our Peer Tutoring Center (PTC) is back in action this summer! We have veteran teachers, seasoned peer tutors, and a group of new tutors to help your struggling students.
It’s easy to get peer tutoring help for your students. Students just need to click the Peer Tutoring Center button in their courses to get help. Our teachers will also recommend PTC help to struggling students.
Check out our Peer Tutoring Center video here for an overview of the program.

SummerGuide2015 Summer Session Guide
Important Dates

 

Start Date: Monday, June 15

 

Last Day to Register: Friday, June 19

 

Last Day to Drop: Friday, June 26

 

Progress Reports Posted: Weekly

 

End Date: Friday, August 7

 

Summer Session Details

 

The NCVPS summer session is a fast-paced program that offers both traditional courses and credit recovery courses. 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 at 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.

 

Summer Contact Information 

Districts and schools need to identify their summer contact information at this link.  NCVPS needs the contact information for each school that registers students for Summer 15 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 2015, 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.

 

Getting Started for School

 

If you are new to the e-Learning advisor role or if it has been awhile since you registered students with us, please visit our Getting Started for Schools web page.

 

You will find valuable insights and tips for registering and having a successful summer session at our Getting Started page. For instance, remember that NCVPS does NOT send usernames and passwords to students. Schools must issue login information to students. See that and all of the essential details at our Getting Started page.

 

Summer Resources

 

Summer Calendar

 

Student Checklist

 

Credit Recovery Information

GradeReportingGrade Reporting
What’s on the Schedule?

Progress reports will be posted each week during the summer session in the NCVPS registration system. The only weighted grade report will be the final grade report posted on August 13.

 

Grade Reports

Our grade reports are weighted grades similar to school report cards.

 

Follow this link to see the details on the latest grade report.

 

Progress Reports

See how your students are progressing! We post progress reports every two weeks in the registration system.

 

Follow this link to see the details on this progress report.

 

Student Status (No-Show) Reports

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.

 

Follow this link to see the details on student status (no-show) reports.

 

Additional Resources

Follow this link to see how to run a grade report.

 

Follow this link to see our Quick Reference Guide on Grades.

Registration Open for 2015-2016
Registration is open for Summer 2015, Fall 2015, and Spring 2016.

 

Getting Started

 

If you are new to the e-Learning advisor role or if it has been awhile since you registered students with us, please visit our Getting Started for Schools web page. You will find valuable insights and tips for registering and having a successful e-learning program at your school.

 

Courses Nearing Capacity

 

coursecapacityWe already have a few courses that are approaching capacity for Fall 2015. Courses that are “At Capacity” will not have any new sections opened. The only way that students will move off the waitlist is if a student who is already enrolled in the course drops. See our list of courses that are at capacity and near capacity here.

Rising 9th Graders

 

rising9thRising 9th-grade students will be added to high school rosters in the NCVPS registration system at the Year-End-Transition (YET) in July. Middle school ELAs can enroll their students in NCVPS courses for high school. Those enrollments will transition with the student to the high school’s account in the NCVPS registration system.

 

If the middle school does not have an ELA, the high school ELA can open a ticket with our virtual support center to request access.  Additionally, the district’s e-learning coordinator can get the login information for the middle school by logging into the registration system and clicking “Schools.”

Course Catalogues
NCVPS Courses
NCVPS offers over 150 different courses, including advanced placement, electives, traditional, honors, core, STEM, occupational course of study, and credit recovery courses.

Check out our 150+ list of courses here.

VendorApprovedUpdatesVendor Approved Courses

In addition to NCVPS courses, North Carolina public schools also have a list of approved third-party vendor courses that they may choose from for virtual classes. Please follow this link to see the list of approved vendor courses. More on the vendor approval process can be found here.

Here are the newest approved vendor courses: (Course Title – Vendor)

Courses – Vendor

  • AP Biology – Edmentum
  • AP Calculus AB – Edmentum
  • AP Chemistry – Apex Learning
  • AP Chemistry – Edmentum
  • AP French – Edmentum
  • AP US History – Edmentum
  • ChemistryApex – Learning
  • Spanish 2 – Florida Virtual
  • Spanish 3 Honors – Florida Virtual

Tech Updates
JAVA and Flash Updates
Please update your Java to Version Java 8, Update 45.
Go to http://java.com/en/download/manual.jsp and following the instructions from there.
AdobeUpdatePlease go to the following link to update Adobe Flash Player to the latest Version 18.0.0.160  http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/

 
Opening a Ticket

 

When opening a ticket with the virtual support center, please always include the following:

  • Students first & last name
  • ID number (This will help ensure we have the correct student)
  • Course name – including specific section ex: CourseSec01Spring15.
Replying to a Support Center Ticket
 

Reply back to a ticket by clicking on the link provided at the bottom of a help reply email will keep all students information secure and will attach your information directly to the ticket.
See image: http://screencast.com/t/ZdciZ55coU4

 

Blackboard Instant Messaging (BBIM)
 

Students will need to click on the BBIM link in their class and create an ID and password that they will remember. NCVPS does not issue BBIM logins nor do we store this information.

 

Student Email Confirmations in Moodle and Blackboard
 

If a student’s e-mail is missing or shows pleaseadd@ncvps – the student will not receive important e-mails from their teachers.
Please have students confirm/update their email information by following these steps:
In Moodle:

  • Navigate to Administration
  • My Profile settings
  • Edit Profile
  • Verify or update e-mail
  • Scroll to bottom and “Update Profile”

In Blackboard:

  • Click on students name in the upper right side of your BB course
  • Click on setting
  • Click on Personal Information
  • Click on Edit Personal Information to update e-mail
  • Scroll to bottom and Submit 

Bookmark NCVPS Login Pages

 

Many students visit our homepage to log in to their courses. It is a best practice to bookmark the actual login pages for both Moodle and Blackboard. Please have students and lab facilitators bookmark the following pages:

 

Moodle: http://moodle.ncvps.org/

 

Blackboard:  https://ncvps.blackboard.com/

 

In addition, many school administrators visit our homepage to log in to our registration system or Virtual Support Center. Please bookmark both of these pages in your web browser:

 

Registration System: http://registration.ncvps.org/ncvps/user/login/

 

Virtual Support Center: http://www.help.ncvps.org/

 

Password Reset

 

If you have had your password reset, the new password will not expire unless you have reset it. If you have forgotten what your password was reset to, you can look up the help desk ticket in your email account to access the new password or click “Forgot Password” on the Moodle or Blackboard login pages.
Tech Requirements
 

For additional information, please see our Tech Requirements:
http://www.ncvps.org/index.php/technology-requirements/

Middle School Creative Writing

(Click on image for a larger view.)

 

creativewritingNCVPS is looking for middle school writers!

 

Our Middle School Creative Writing course introduces students to short and long fiction, poetry, drama, and creative nonfiction. While emphasis is on production, students will also read samples of great writing as they learn the tools that creative writers use.

 

Students will create a writing portfolio that showcases their work.

 

This is a great opportunity for young writers! Enrollment is now open.

Professional Learning with NCVPS

 

The NCVPS professional learning team is pleased to offer its next round of the “Shattering the Myths of the Online and Blended Learning” course.

The next class starts on June 15. Please check out this link for details.

Sharepoint Added to Catalogue

NCVPS is please to offer SharePoint next year! Check out our catalogue for details!

 

View our full course catalog here.

NCVPS Middle School Courses

The NCVPS catalog is growing. We will offer four middle school courses next year. Check out our catalog for details.

 

View our full course catalog here.

North Carolina Virtual Public School
1017 Main Campus Drive, Partners I Bldg.,
SUITE 3900, Raleigh, NC 27606
Phone:  919-513-8550   |  Fax:  919-513-2557  |
STAY CONNECTED

Like us on Facebook   Follow us on Twitter

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

North Carolina Virtual Public School | 1017 Main Campus Drive, Partners I Bldg., 
SUITE 3900 | Raleigh | NC | 27606
adam.renfro@ncpublicschools.gov
NCVPS Virtual Support Center:  http://www.help.ncvps.org/

July 10, 2015

NCVPS E-lert for July 9, 2015 – Summer Edition IV

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.
July 9, 2015 – In This Issue:

Calendar Check
2015
June 15 – Summer Session 2015 starts.
June 19 – Last Day to Enroll for Summer Session
June 26 – Last Day to Drop from Summer Session
August 7 – Summer Session 2015 ends.
Essential Links

Celebrate & Connect

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 toour list here.

Current E-lert News

What’s New?
what's new picGreetings, North Carolina districts and schools!
Check out this week’s important updates:
New This Week
Still Important!

In addition, be sure to check out all of our tips and reminders in this week’s e-lert.

withdrawWithdrawing Students
June 26 was our last day to drop students without penalty.
Schools may withdraw students throughout the summer session; however, students withdrawn after June 26 will still count in a district’s or charter school’s allotment totals. We will issue a W grade for withdrawn students.
If you are unsure how to withdraw students,follow this link to our drop/withdrawal guide.

VirtualOpenHouseNCVPS Virtual Open House
NCVPS is pleased to announce that it is hosting its annual virtual open house. Here are the details:
Date: July 30
Time: 6pm – 7pm
Location: Online (details to follow)
Audience: Parents, Students, Educators, Public School, Home School, Private School
Registration: Follow this link to register.
After you register, we will email you the link to our online classroom.
We look forward to seeing you there!

healthpeHealth & PE Course Updates
We are offering three versions of our health and/or physical education courses. These are the course titles that you will find in the registration system:

Health Education: .5 credit
Fitness-Physical Education: .5 credit
HPE – Health and Physical Education: 1 credit

We are piloting the Fitness-Physical Education and HPE – Health and Physical Education courses this fall. They will be available for open registration in the Spring 2016 semester.

If you are interested in piloting the courses this fall, please email Karen Creech at karen.creech@ncpublicschools.gov.

PeerTutoringPeer Tutoring for the Summer Session
Our Peer Tutoring Center (PTC) is back in action this summer! We have veteran teachers, seasoned peer tutors, and a group of new tutors to help your struggling students.
It’s easy to get peer tutoring help for your students. Students just need to click the Peer Tutoring Center button in their courses to get help. Our teachers will also recommend PTC help to struggling students.
Check out our Peer Tutoring Center video here for an overview of the program.

SummerGuide2015 Summer Session Guide
Important Dates

 

Start Date: Monday, June 15

 

Last Day to Register: Friday, June 19

 

Last Day to Drop: Friday, June 26

 

Progress Reports Posted: Weekly

 

End Date: Friday, August 7

 

Summer Session Details

 

The NCVPS summer session is a fast-paced program that offers both traditional courses and credit recovery courses. 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 at 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.

 

Summer Contact Information 

Districts and schools need to identify their summer contact information at this link.  NCVPS needs the contact information for each school that registers students for Summer 15 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 2015, 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.

 

Getting Started for School

 

If you are new to the e-Learning advisor role or if it has been awhile since you registered students with us, please visit our Getting Started for Schools web page.

 

You will find valuable insights and tips for registering and having a successful summer session at our Getting Started page. For instance, remember that NCVPS does NOT send usernames and passwords to students. Schools must issue login information to students. See that and all of the essential details at our Getting Started page.

 

Summer Resources

 

Summer Calendar

 

Student Checklist

 

Credit Recovery Information

GradeReportingGrade Reporting
What’s on the Schedule?

Progress reports will be posted each week during the summer session in the NCVPS registration system. The only weighted grade report will be the final grade report posted on August 13.

 

Grade Reports

Our grade reports are weighted grades similar to school report cards.

 

Follow this link to see the details on the latest grade report.

 

Progress Reports

See how your students are progressing! We post progress reports every two weeks in the registration system.

 

Follow this link to see the details on this progress report.

 

Student Status (No-Show) Reports

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.

 

Follow this link to see the details on student status (no-show) reports.

 

Additional Resources

Follow this link to see how to run a grade report.

 

Follow this link to see our Quick Reference Guide on Grades.

Registration Open for 2015-2016
Registration is open for Summer 2015, Fall 2015, and Spring 2016.

 

Getting Started

 

If you are new to the e-Learning advisor role or if it has been awhile since you registered students with us, please visit our Getting Started for Schools web page. You will find valuable insights and tips for registering and having a successful e-learning program at your school.

 

Courses Nearing Capacity

 

coursecapacityWe already have a few courses that are approaching capacity for Fall 2015. Courses that are “At Capacity” will not have any new sections opened. The only way that students will move off the waitlist is if a student who is already enrolled in the course drops. See our list of courses that are at capacity and near capacity here.

Rising 9th Graders

 

rising9thRising 9th-grade students will be added to high school rosters in the NCVPS registration system at the Year-End-Transition (YET) in July. Middle school ELAs can enroll their students in NCVPS courses for high school. Those enrollments will transition with the student to the high school’s account in the NCVPS registration system.

 

If the middle school does not have an ELA, the high school ELA can open a ticket with our virtual support center to request access.  Additionally, the district’s e-learning coordinator can get the login information for the middle school by logging into the registration system and clicking “Schools.”

Course Catalogues
NCVPS Courses
NCVPS offers over 150 different courses, including advanced placement, electives, traditional, honors, core, STEM, occupational course of study, and credit recovery courses.

Check out our 150+ list of courses here.

VendorApprovedUpdatesVendor Approved Courses

In addition to NCVPS courses, North Carolina public schools also have a list of approved third-party vendor courses that they may choose from for virtual classes. Please follow this link to see the list of approved vendor courses. More on the vendor approval process can be found here.

Here are the newest approved vendor courses: (Course Title – Vendor)

  • AP US History – Apex Learning
  • English 2 – Apex Learning
  • Entrepreneurship 1 – Edgenuity
  • French 2 – Edgenuity
  • Foundations of Information Technology – Edgenuity
  • Math 2 – Apex Learning
  • Math 3 – Apex Learning
  • Personal Finance – Edgenuity
  • Principles of Business – Edgenuity
  • Sociology – Edgenuity
  • Sociology – Edmentum
  • World History – Apex Learning

Tech Updates
JAVA and Flash Updates
Please update your Java to Version Java 8, Update 45.
Go to http://java.com/en/download/manual.jsp and following the instructions from there.
AdobeUpdatePlease go to the following link to update Adobe Flash Player to the latest Version 18.0.0.160  http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/

 
Opening a Ticket

 

When opening a ticket with the virtual support center, please always include the following:

  • Students first & last name
  • ID number (This will help ensure we have the correct student)
  • Course name – including specific section ex: CourseSec01Spring15.
Replying to a Support Center Ticket
 

Reply back to a ticket by clicking on the link provided at the bottom of a help reply email will keep all students information secure and will attach your information directly to the ticket.
See image: http://screencast.com/t/ZdciZ55coU4

 

Blackboard Instant Messaging (BBIM)
 

Students will need to click on the BBIM link in their class and create an ID and password that they will remember. NCVPS does not issue BBIM logins nor do we store this information.

 

Student Email Confirmations in Moodle and Blackboard
 

If a student’s e-mail is missing or shows pleaseadd@ncvps – the student will not receive important e-mails from their teachers.
Please have students confirm/update their email information by following these steps:
In Moodle:

  • Navigate to Administration
  • My Profile settings
  • Edit Profile
  • Verify or update e-mail
  • Scroll to bottom and “Update Profile”

In Blackboard:

  • Click on students name in the upper right side of your BB course
  • Click on setting
  • Click on Personal Information
  • Click on Edit Personal Information to update e-mail
  • Scroll to bottom and Submit 

Bookmark NCVPS Login Pages

 

Many students visit our homepage to log in to their courses. It is a best practice to bookmark the actual login pages for both Moodle and Blackboard. Please have students and lab facilitators bookmark the following pages:

 

Moodle: http://moodle.ncvps.org/

 

Blackboard:  https://ncvps.blackboard.com/

 

In addition, many school administrators visit our homepage to log in to our registration system or Virtual Support Center. Please bookmark both of these pages in your web browser:

 

Registration System: http://registration.ncvps.org/ncvps/user/login/

 

Virtual Support Center: http://www.help.ncvps.org/

 

Password Reset

 

If you have had your password reset, the new password will not expire unless you have reset it. If you have forgotten what your password was reset to, you can look up the help desk ticket in your email account to access the new password or click “Forgot Password” on the Moodle or Blackboard login pages.
Tech Requirements
 

For additional information, please see our Tech Requirements:
http://www.ncvps.org/index.php/technology-requirements/

Middle School Creative Writing

(Click on image for a larger view.)

 

creativewritingNCVPS is looking for middle school writers!

 

Our Middle School Creative Writing course introduces students to short and long fiction, poetry, drama, and creative nonfiction. While emphasis is on production, students will also read samples of great writing as they learn the tools that creative writers use.

 

Students will create a writing portfolio that showcases their work.

 

This is a great opportunity for young writers! Enrollment is now open.

Professional Learning with NCVPS

 

The NCVPS professional learning team is pleased to offer its next round of the “Shattering the Myths of the Online and Blended Learning” course.

The next class starts on June 15. Please check out this link for details.

Sharepoint Added to Catalogue

NCVPS is please to offer SharePoint next year! Check out our catalogue for details!

 

View our full course catalog here.

Summer with NCVPS Arts


NCVPS has a great arts program during the summer. Click on the image above to see a preview!

NCVPS Middle School Courses

The NCVPS catalog is growing. We will offer four middle school courses next year. Check out our catalog for details.

 

View our full course catalog here.

North Carolina Virtual Public School
1017 Main Campus Drive, Partners I Bldg.,
SUITE 3900, Raleigh, NC 27606
Phone:  919-513-8550   |  Fax:  919-513-2557  |
STAY CONNECTED

Like us on Facebook   Follow us on Twitter

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

North Carolina Virtual Public School | 1017 Main Campus Drive, Partners I Bldg., 
SUITE 3900 | Raleigh | NC | 27606
adam.renfro@ncpublicschools.gov
NCVPS Virtual Support Center:  http://www.help.ncvps.org/

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