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December 8, 2017

NCVPS E-lert – Dec. 7, 2017 – Fall Edition XIII

A newsletter from yesterday’s inbox.

Districts and Charter Schools,
Please forward this E-lert to your school-level stakeholders. We often have enrollment information for counselors, grades for data managers, tips for lab facilitators, announcements for testing coordinators, and strategies for school leaders, all of whom support your district’s and school’s e-learning efforts. If you are having difficulty viewing this email, you may view it as a web page here.
NCVPS E-lert – Dec. 7, 2017 – Fall Edition XIII

CalendarCheck

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

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

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

Current E-lert News

Greetings!

We are hosting a Q & A online meeting for OCS registration on Dec. 11 at 10 a.m.  See the details below.
Also, check on the latest progress report to see how your students are progressing.
New Updates
Important Information
Thank you, and have a wonderful week!

OCSRegNCVPS OCS Registration Q&A Session

Can you believe it is December and the fall semester is winding down?  It is time to get your spring 2018 NCVPS OCS Program courses in our registration system!
In order to help with the OCS registration process, we are offering a Question and Answer session next Monday, December 11th, 2017 at 10:00 A.M.  The session will be held in this “virtual room”:
At this session, we will provide training on creating OCS sections for your school and enrolling students! Bring any other questions you may have from your stakeholders!
Share this invite with anyone else in your school that might want to know more about our program!  It is always good to have a backup person at each school that can do the periodic enrolling of students in OCS online courses.
We look forward to seeing you there!  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask!

TOYfinalistsNCVPS Teacher of the Year Finalists Announced

We would like to congratulate the following NCVPS teachers who have been named the Top 5 candidates in the NCVPS 2017-2018 Teacher of the Year selection process. We know that many schools have developed a great relationship with many of our teachers and that you would want to see this update.
Here are the five finalists:
  • Lydia Richmond – Credit Recovery English 1
  • Herman Hall – Spanish 1
  • Coston Daugherty – Earth and Environment Science
  • Amy Lynn Rose – OCS English 1
  • Kim Loudermilk – Success 101
These teachers will move to Phase 2 and out of this group will come this year’s winner.
We are very proud of the work all of our teachers are doing and wish these candidates the very best as they move forward.
Teacher of the Year Process
Our Teacher of the Year selection team has been busy calculating scores from Phase 1 submissions for this year’s nominees.
To remove bias and help maintain the integrity of the selection process, the first phase includes “blind scoring,” in which selection team members were provided with the responses only and individual teacher names were removed from the submissions.
Each year, our TOY candidate pool becomes more and more competitive, and we believe this is because NCVPS has a phenomenal group of teachers who go above and beyond the call of duty to ensure students are successful!

NewCAOWelcome to NCDPI Chief Academic Officer, Dr. Stacey Wilson-Norman

Dr. Stacey Wilson-Norman is the new Chief Academic Officer with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.
Dr. Wilson-Norman has almost 25 years of experience and has held numerous leadership positions in public education. She has served as a teacher, principal and central office administrator.
NCPVS reports to the Chief Academic Officer at DPI, and we are pleased and eager to begin our work with Dr. Wilson-Norman!

Fall2017UpdatesFall 2017 Updates

If you need access, contact our Virtual Support Center here.
Please remember that there is only one login per school.  If your school already has access, you will need to share the login username and password.
If you are new to the NCVPS registration system or need a refresher, visit our Registration System User’s Guide here.
Please remember that districts and charter schools must test all students enrolled in NCVPS courses that have an EOC, CTE, or North Carolina Final Exam. This includes OCS courses that are taught jointly between the LEA and NCVPS. Schools must also administer Advanced Placement tests for students taking those tests.

Please check your rosters to see if you have students enrolled in these courses with NCVPS. You do not need to report the scores back to NCVPS, but you will need it to determine the final grade for students in those courses.
Transfer Students: It’s too late to transfer into fall block course, but transfers for yearlong courses are still open.
Transfer students must already be enrolled in a traditional course at the school with an instructor AND have a grade to transfer in with. We will have more details on this next week. We are able to accept transfer students through November 22, 2017.
Open a ticket with the Virtual Support Center here: http://www.help.ncvps.org/ and include the following information with your transfer request:
1. Student’s Name
2. Student’s PowerSchool Number
3. Student’s Email
4. Student’s contact phone number
5. Student’s School & District
6. Course transferring in to
7. Transfer Grade (and support plan if needed)
8. Does the student have an IEP?  Does the Student have a 504 Plan?
9. Brief reason for transfer
Flex Learning: Our Flex Learning courses help students who have a special or hardship situation. If any of the above options work for a student, you will need to use those options, but when you are out of options, check out Flex Learning page for enrollment information.
Grade Report Updates
November 30: Progress Report Posted in the NCVPS Registration System
December 21: Final Grades Posted for Early Calendar Courrses
December 21: Progress Report with Expected/Anticipated CTE Grades and Anticipated EOC Scores Posted in the Registration System
Reporting Overview
See how your students are progressing! We post progress reports every two weeks in the registration system. These are unweighted grades.
Only our final grade report is a weighted grade report.
NCVPS posts student status reports after the third and seventh days of class. These reports indicate if students have logged in or not to their NCVPS courses. These reports are early warning indicators for schools.

MusicCanceledMusic Appreciation and Music Business & Recording Closed 2018
NCVPS has closed its sections of Music Appreciation and Music Business & Recording for Spring 2018. Each course is in need of revisions. After reviewing the necessary revisions, we have decided to pull both courses from our spring catalog.

If you are looking for electives, we do have our visual arts courses. We hope your students may be interested in one of those offerings. Visit the NCVPS Course Catalog to see all of our course options.
Thank you, and we apologize for this inconvenience!

SpringUpdatesSpring 2018 Updates

Registration remains open for Spring 2018 block courses.
Be sure to see our Course Capacity List for courses that are closed, at capacity, or nearing capacity.
If you need access, contact our Virtual Support Center here.
Please remember that there is only one login per school.  If your school already has access, you will need to share the login username and password.
If you are new to the NCVPS registration system or need a refresher, visit our Registration System User’s Guide here.
Music Appreciation and Music Business and Recording
NCVPS has closed its sections of Music Appreciation and Music Business & Recording for Spring 2018. Each course is in need or revisions. After reviewing the necessary revisions, we have decided to pull both courses from our spring catalog. We greatly apologize for this inconvenience.

If you are looking for electives, we do have our visual arts courses. We hope your students may be interested in one of those offerings. You can see our catalog here:   https://ncvps.org/ncvps-course-catalog.
Thank you, and again, we apologize for this inconvenience.

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

TeacherTipNCVPS Teacher Tip: Save Your Work – A Good Backup Plan.
NCVPS teachers have a lot of great tips to share with online students and the support crews who facilitate their learning. “They know a thing or two because they’ve seen a thing or two.”

Save Your Work – A Good Backup Plan

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

NCVPS Resources

CultureCafeNCVPS Culture Cafe


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

The presentations are delivered by the faculty of NCVPS as ancillary instruction for interested students on a variety of cultural, gastronomic, historical, geographic and architectural themes related to the target languages of our World Language Department.
Dec. 6: French Holidays from Around the World
Dec. 7: Ebony Fashion Fair at North Carolina Museum of Art
Dec. 12: Christmas in Costa Rica
Dec. 13: Christmas Songs Around the World
Dec. 14: Arabic Eid Celebration

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

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

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

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

Like us on Facebook   Follow us on Twitter

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

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

December 2, 2017

NCVPS E-lert – Nov. 30, 2017 – Fall Edition XII (Spring Registration Still Open)

A newsletter from yesterday’s inbox.

Districts and Charter Schools,
Please forward this E-lert to your school-level stakeholders. We often have enrollment information for counselors, grades for data managers, tips for lab facilitators, announcements for testing coordinators, and strategies for school leaders, all of whom support your district’s and school’s e-learning efforts. If you are having difficulty viewing this email, you may view it as a web page here.
NCVPS E-lert – Nov. 30, 2017 – Fall Edition XII (Spring Registration Still Open)

CalendarCheck

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

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

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

Current E-lert News

Greetings!

Registration for Spring 2018 is still open, and we also have a few enrollment options remaining for Fall 2017.  See all the details below.
New Updates
Important Information
Thank you, and have a wonderful week!

MusicCanceledMusic Appreciation and Music Business & Recording Closed 2018
NCVPS has closed its sections of Music Appreciation and Music Business & Recording for Spring 2018. Each course is in need of revisions. After reviewing the necessary revisions, we have decided to pull both courses from our spring catalog.

If you are looking for electives, we do have our visual arts courses. We hope your students may be interested in one of those offerings. Visit the NCVPS Course Catalog to see all of our course options.
Thank you, and we apologize for this inconvenience!

HourOfCodeNCVPS and the Hour of Code

NCVPS is excited to participate in the Hour of Code during the week of December 4th to 8th. The Hour of Code is a global movement by Computer Science Education Week and Code.org.
During the Hour of Code, students participate in computer science and computer programming activities. This initiative reaches tens of millions of students in over 180 countries.
NCVPS students will have the opportunity to learn about coding and earn some extra credit at the same time. Students will choose a programming activity based on their interests. Each activity has tutorials from the Hour of Code website that are designed for programmers of all ages and ability levels. Coding activities include Minecraft, Star Wars, Frozen, Angry Bird, and many others!
Learn more about the NCVPS Hour of Code.

ECAwardDr. Adiaha Strange Receives Exceptional Children’s Award

Fall2017UpdatesFall 2017 Updates

If you need access, contact our Virtual Support Center here.
Please remember that there is only one login per school.  If your school already has access, you will need to share the login username and password.
If you are new to the NCVPS registration system or need a refresher, visit our Registration System User’s Guide here.
Please remember that schools must test all students enrolled in NCVPS courses that have an EOC, CTE, or North Carolina Final Exam. This includes OCS courses that are taught jointly between the school and NCVPS. Schools must also administer Advanced Placement tests for students taking those tests.

Please check your rosters to see if you have students enrolled in these courses with NCVPS. You do not need to report the scores back to NCVPS, but you will need the scores to determine the final grades for students in those courses.
Transfer Students: It’s too late to transfer into fall block course, but transfers for yearlong courses are still open.
Transfer students must already be enrolled in a traditional course at the school with an instructor AND have a grade to transfer in with. We will have more details on this next week. We are able to accept transfer students through November 22, 2017.
Open a ticket with the Virtual Support Center here: http://www.help.ncvps.org/ and include the following information with your transfer request:
1. Student’s Name
2. Student’s PowerSchool Number
3. Student’s Email
4. Student’s contact phone number
5. Student’s School & District
6. Course transferring in to
7. Transfer Grade (and support plan if needed)
8. Does the student have an IEP?  Does the Student have a 504 Plan?
9. Brief reason for transfer
Flex Learning: Our Flex Learning courses help students who have a special or hardship situation. If any of the above options work for a student, you will need to use those options, but when you are out of options, check out Flex Learning page for enrollment information.
Grade Report Updates
November 30: Progress Report Posted in the NCVPS Registration System
December 21: Final Grades Posted for Early Calendar Courrses
December 21Progress Report with Expected/Anticipated CTE Grades and Anticipated EOC Scores Posted in the Registration System
Reporting Overview
See how your students are progressing! We post progress reports every two weeks in the registration system. These are unweighted grades.
Only our final grade report is a weighted grade report.
NCVPS posts student status reports after the third and seventh days of class. These reports indicate if students have logged in or not to their NCVPS courses. These reports are early warning indicators for schools.

Spring 2018 Updates

Registration remains open for Spring 2018 block courses.
Be sure to see our Course Capacity List for courses that are closed, at capacity, or nearing capacity.
If you need access, contact our Virtual Support Center here.
Please remember that there is only one login per school.  If your school already has access, you will need to share the login username and password.
If you are new to the NCVPS registration system or need a refresher, visit our Registration System User’s Guide here.
Music Appreciation and Music Business and Recording
NCVPS has closed its sections of Music Appreciation and Music Business & Recording for Spring 2018. Each course is in need or revisions. After reviewing the necessary revisions, we have decided to pull both courses from our spring catalog. We greatly apologize for this inconvenience.

If you are looking for electives, we do have our visual arts courses. We hope your students may be interested in one of those offerings. You can see our catalog here:   https://ncvps.org/ncvps-course-catalog.
Thank you, and again, we apologize for this inconvenience.

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

TeacherTipNCVPS Teacher Tip: Save Your Work – A Good Backup Plan.
NCVPS teachers have a lot of great tips to share with online students and the support crews who facilitate their learning. “They know a thing or two because they’ve seen a thing or two.”

Save Your Work – A Good Backup Plan

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

NCVPS Resources

CultureCafeNCVPS Culture Cafe


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

The presentations are delivered by the faculty of NCVPS as ancillary instruction for interested students on a variety of cultural, gastronomic, historical, geographic and architectural themes related to the target languages of our World Language Department.
Dec. 6: French Holidays from Around the World
Dec. 7: Ebony Fashion Fair at North Carolina Museum of Art
Dec. 12: Christmas in Costa Rica
Dec. 13: Christmas Songs Around the World
Dec. 14: Arabic Eid Celebration

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

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

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

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

Like us on Facebook   Follow us on Twitter

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

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

November 14, 2017

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

Another newsletter from yesterday’s inbox.

Districts and Charter Schools,
Please forward this E-lert to your school-level stakeholders. We often have enrollment information for counselors, grades for data managers, tips for lab facilitators, announcements for testing coordinators, and strategies for school leaders, all of whom support your district’s and school’s e-learning efforts. If you are having difficulty viewing this email, you may view it as a web page here.
NCVPS E-lert – Nov. 13, 2017 – Fall Edition XI (Next Progress Reports Nov. 16)

CalendarCheck

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

Pages to Bookmark

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

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

Current E-lert News

Greetings!

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

Fall2017UpdatesFall 2017 Updates

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

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

TeacherTipNCVPS Teacher Tip: Save Your Work – A Good Backup Plan.
NCVPS teachers have a lot of great tips to share with online students and the support crews who facilitate their learning. “They know a thing or two because they’ve seen a thing or two.”

Save Your Work – A Good Backup Plan

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

NCVPS Resources

CultureCafeNCVPS Culture Cafe


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

October 31, 2017

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

Yet another newsletter from yesterday’s inbox.

Districts and Charter Schools,
Please forward this E-lert to your school-level stakeholders. We often have enrollment information for counselors, grades for data managers, tips for lab facilitators, announcements for testing coordinators, and strategies for school leaders, all of whom support your district’s and school’s e-learning efforts. If you are having difficulty viewing this email, you may view it as a web page here.
NCVPS E-lert – Oct. 30, 2017 – Fall Edition X (NCVPS App / Progress Reports Posted Thursday)

CalendarCheck

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

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

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

Current E-lert News

Greetings!

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

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

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

TeacherTipNCVPS Teacher Tip – Don’t Skip the Announcements!
NCVPS teachers have a lot of great tips to share with online students and the support crews who facilitate their learning. “They know a thing or two because they’ve seen a thing or two.”

Don’t Skip The Announcements!

Announcements are important in NCVPS courses. Each day, teachers post announcements that instruct, inform, and celebrate.
Be sure students create a daily routine where their first step is to visit the announcements. Students may also receive these announcements via email and/or text daily.
Announcements contain important information about the course, tips for completing assignments, celebrations of a job well done, and opportunities for extra credit. The importance of reading the announcements daily cannot be overstated.

Fall2017UpdatesFall 2017 Updates

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

NCVPS Resources

CultureCafeNCVPS Culture Cafe


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

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

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

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

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

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

Like us on Facebook   Follow us on Twitter

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

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

October 24, 2017

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

Another newsletter from yesterday’s inbox.

Districts and Charter Schools,
Please forward this E-lert to your school-level stakeholders. We often have enrollment information for counselors, grades for data managers, tips for lab facilitators, announcements for testing coordinators, and strategies for school leaders, all of whom support your district’s and school’s e-learning efforts. If you are having difficulty viewing this email, you may view it as a web page here.
NCVPS E-lert – Oct. 23, 2017 – Fall Edition IX (10 Year Anniversary)

CalendarCheck

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

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

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

Current E-lert News

Greetings!

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

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

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

Fall2017UpdatesFall 2017 Updates

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

NCVPS Resources

CultureCafeNCVPS Culture Cafe


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

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

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

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

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

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

Like us on Facebook   Follow us on Twitter

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

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