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June 22, 2022

NCVirtual E-lert for June 21, 2022 (Summer Classes Begin June 28!)

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2022-2023 Guide
Grade Reporting
  Summer 2022   

June 21, 2022

Greetings, everyone!

Summer classes begin on June 28. We are in full summer preparation mode!

We have a few last-minute notes for you and resources to share with parents and summer facilitators.

Please forward this e-lert to any stakeholders who may need it. They can subscribe to the e-lert here.

Summer Session News

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Quick Tips for NCVirtual’s Summer Start

Please share the next two resources below with parents and summer facilitators.

NCVirtual Has An App!

NCVirtual has an app! The app is a great companion piece for parents and educators who want NCVirtual alerts for important dates, announcements, and news. See our NCVirtual App page for details.

Parents should also download the Parent Canvas App to see course grades and communicate with their child’s teachers.

Supporting Online Students

Is your student taking a course with NC Virtual this summer? Do you want to learn how to best support them in their efforts? The NCVirtual Supporting Online Students (SOS) video mini-course is just what you need! The SOS course is designed to help you help your students! See exactly how we operate and what you can do to support your students enrolled with us. The course is free!

Course Access

Summer Contact Information

NCVirtual must know who the summer e-learning advisor is for each school that registers students. You may elect to have just one contact for the entire district over the summer. Please complete our NCVirtual Summer 2022 ELA Contact Information form if you are registering students for summer with NCVirtual.

Presently, you may not have any students enrolled in NCVirtual summer courses, but if your district or charter does enroll students in the coming weeks for Summer 2022, we will need this information.

If you have your school-level ELA contact information in an Excel document, you can copy and paste that into the contact box below.

Preparing for the NCVirtual Summer Session

The state has a mandatory 31-day break for our teachers. Our teachers will not begin contacting students and schools until June 28. However, you can take a few steps to prepare for the start of our summer session.

Direct students to our Getting Started as a Student webpage.

Be sure students and parents have the following printable guides:

We have guides for schools, too:

Partnership Course Program

Let us provide the technology, content, training, and support to help your district develop its own virtual program! This program allows districts to expand their online course options while using their local teachers. See our Partnership Course Program page for details.

Current Reporting

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What Grades Are Currently Posted?

May 26 – Final Grades for Standard Start Classes Posted in the NCVirtual Registration System

What’s Next on the Schedule?

July 5 – Final Grades for Standard Start Classes Posted in the NCVirtual Registration System

Progress Report Action Steps

What should your action steps be with our progress reports? We’re glad you asked! Visit our Progress Report Action Steps page for all the details.

A Snapshot of NCVirtual Grading Guidelines

We recently published a Snapshot of NCVirtual Grading Guidelines. Please note that NCVirtual teachers must adhere to the NCVirtual grading guidelines, practices, and procedures which can be found in our Grading and Testing Quick Reference Guide. NCVirtual teachers cannot adjust their NCVirtual grading guidelines, practices, and procedures based on a local school’s or district’s policy.

Reporting Overview

See our Grades and Testing Quick Reference Guide for an overview of our reporting. We have details on our Student Status (No-Show) Reports, Progress Reports, Final Grade Reports, and how we calculate grades.

2022-2023 Registration Tips

Registration for the 2022-2023 school year is open. Here are a few tips as you register:

  • Make sure you’re enrolling in the correct semester. We have summer, fall, spring, yearlong, early standard, and standard start options.
  • Use the search feature in our registration system to find the courses you are looking for. Similar to PowerSchool, Math is 1-4. World Languages and English are I-IV. Our OCS courses have “blended” in the course title, and our co-taught intervention courses have “co-teaching” in the course title.
  • Understand our waitlist. Our instructional directors use the waitlist to determine if they need to open a new section of the course or increase the capacity of an already opened section.
  • We will likely have a few courses end up on our course capacity list. Popular demand and teacher limitations drive this list. Students waitlisted for those courses may have a difficult time getting a seat in the course.
  • Download an enrollment report each day that you register to keep up to date on enrollment status and to have students’ usernames and passwords ready.

2022-2023 Academic Year

Session Start-End Dates

Summer: June 28 – August 5

Early Start Fall: August 15 – December 9

Standard Start Fall: August 29 – January 11

Early Start Spring: January 4 – May 5

Standard Start Spring: January 18 – May 12

Registration Details

The 2022-2023 academic year registration is open.

Note that summer enrollment is included in the new 22-23 allotment projections.

Early Start vs. Standard Start

Our Early Start calendars for our fall and spring semesters begin and end about two weeks earlier than our Standard Start calendars. Which calendar should you choose? Here’s what you should do:

Determine when you need final grades and register students for that calendar (Early Start or Standard Start). In the past, we’ve had schools request early final grades late in the semester. We are moving away from that practice. Students need time to complete all the modules and objectives in their courses. Please guard that teaching and learning time for your online students. Work with your data managers and curriculum directors to help ensure this best practice.

Note that our Standard Start calendar has a more extensive selection of courses than Early Start. It’s easier for us to staff the Standard Start calendar. You may have students enrolled in both our Early Start and Standard Start calendars. That’s not unusual. However, if you must have a course on the Early Start schedule, you can make that request through our Virtual Support Center. We will try to accommodate that request.

One final note: The last day to register for Early Start classes has been extended to the last day to register for Standard Start classes. The last day to drop is still on the tenth day (you can withdraw throughout the semester).

2022-2023 Calendar

We have our 2022-2023 calendar ready to share. See the key dates posted on our Calendar page, along with a spreadsheet of all dates.

2022-2023 Catalog

Our 22-23 Catalog has been posted. We have one new course at this time—AP Chemistry. We have several courses nearing completion that we hope to add to the catalog soon.

2022-2023 Academic Year Guide

See our full 22-23 Academic Year Guide for all the details to have a successful school year with NCVirtual.

Permalinks

District and School Outreach

Looking for online professional development? We have you covered! Check out our new subscription option for joining our professional development mailing list. The subscription button is found on both our Digital Transition page and the Teacher Online Training page.
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 Digital Transition
In our Digital Transition webinar series, we share best practices for supporting students in learning online. You will leave with a toolkit of resources to bring to your face-to-face classroom into the virtual world!
ToT.png
   Online Training  
Our Teacher Online Training course is a free professional development program for NC public and charter school teachers designed to prepare and support educators as they work in online and remote learning environments.
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ELA Orientation
Our E-learning Advisor Orientation course will help support you in the role of E-Learning Advisor to NC Virtual students. Learn about the funding formula, the registration process, our grading policy, our valuable resources, and how to best support your online students.
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Office Hours
The NCVirtual Office Hours meets each weekday, M-F from 12:00-12:30 p.m.

Teachers, administrators, parents, and students are welcome to drop in and have their questions answered.

Connecting with Students & Parents

As virtual learning has become a part of everyday learning for most families across North Carolina, many parents, guardians, and mentors continue to struggle with how to support their online learners in blended and online classes. To provide resources and strategies for how to support not only our NCVirtual students, but all online learners in North Carolina, NCVirtual has created two Supporting Online Students (SOS) video courses in Canvas. Both courses are free, open to the public, and do not require login credentials. Please share both links with your educational communities and parent networks.
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 Supporting Students – All NC
The first course, Supporting Online Students – All NC, is general in nature and is designed for parents, guardians, and mentors of any student who is participating in a blended or online course or is enrolled in a fully online program regardless of school or grade level.
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Supporting Students – NCVPS
The second course, Supporting Online Students – NCVirtual, is specific to NC Virtual and includes specific examples, demonstrations, and resources for NC Virtual parents, guardians, and mentors.
Iwork.png
           Iwork           
The IworkNCVirtual speaker series includes presentations about career paths by those working in the field. We are now providing a platform for our students to gain insight and exposure to potential career paths. Sessions focus on Prerequisites & Education, Getting the Job, Daily Responsibilities (Micro), Industry Environment (Macro)
Culture Cafe.png
     Culture Cafe     
The Culture Café Café hosts hour-long lectures on various cultural topics in Spanish, French, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, Latin, and Arabic to broaden our students’ cultural and world views. Topics include cultural, culinary, historical, geographic and, architectural themes. See the Culture Cafe calendar for upcoming events!
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Japanese Honors
For students who have completed the first term of his/her second-year Japanese language course in middle/junior high or a senior high school and has maintained a 3.5 GPA in Japanese courses and an overall GPA of 3.0.

For more information, contact Ellen Hart or Revae Bostwick.

Culture Cafe.png
Stock Market Club
An online simulation of the global capital markets that engages students in the world of economics, investing and personal finance and that has prepared nearly 20 million students for financially independent futures. The team will have virtual money to invest in the stock market game that is offered by SIFMA Foundation.

For more information, contact Ellen Hart.

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Research Alliance
The Student Research Alliance is a unique opportunity for students to conduct original research on topics of interest. The goal is to provide a platform for innovation and to create resources for students to deepen their understanding of specific course content. For more information, contact Tiffany Grant.
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    Coding Club      
The NCVirtual Coding Club is open to any NC high school students who would like to join. Complete this Google Form if you would like to join. For questions about the Coding Club, contact

ellen.hart@ncpublicschools.gov or

toni.hall@ncpublicschools.gov

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NCVirtual has a mobile app, and Canvas has two mobile apps and a web portal. What does each one do? We’re glad you asked! Here you go:

NCVirtual App: Stay connected with what’s happening at NCVirtual. Think of these as “front office” notifications.

Canvas Apps and Web Portal: Connect with a student’s course, see grades, due dates, pacing guides, and message the teacher.

Check out the guide on our Mobile Apps page to see when and where it’s best to use each app or portal.

Mobile Apps

Thank you, everyone!

Your North Carolina students appreciate your dedication and hard work!

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June 8, 2022

NCVirtual E-lert for June 7, 2022 (Details for Summer)

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2022-2023 Guide
Grade Reporting
  Summer 2022   

June 7, 2022

Greetings, everyone!

We are in full summer preparation mode! Summer classes begin June 28. Students will not have access until that date.

In Summer Session News, see how you can prepare your students for the start of our summer session while our teachers are on their 31-day break.

Please forward this e-lert to any stakeholders who may need it. They can subscribe to the e-lert here.

Summer Session News

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Summer Contact Information

NCVirtual must know who the summer e-learning advisor is for each school that registers students. You may elect to have just one contact for the entire district over the summer. Please complete our NCVirtual Summer 2022 ELA Contact Information form if you are registering students for summer with NCVirtual.

Presently, you may not have any students enrolled in NCVirtual summer courses, but if your district or charter does enroll students in the coming weeks for Summer 2022, we will need this information.

If you have your school-level ELA contact information in an Excel document, you can copy and paste that into the contact box below.

Preparing for the NCVirtual Summer Session

The state has a mandatory 31-day break for our teachers. Our teachers will not begin contacting students and schools until June 28. However, you can take a few steps to prepare for the start of our summer session.

Direct students to our Getting Started as a Student webpage.

Be sure students and parents have the following printable guides:

We have guides for schools, too:

Current Reporting

report card icon.png

What Grades Are Currently Posted?

May 26 – Final Grades for Standard Start Classes Posted in the NCVirtual Registration System

What’s Next on the Schedule?

July 5 – Final Grades for Standard Start Classes Posted in the NCVirtual Registration System

Progress Report Action Steps

What should your action steps be with our progress reports? We’re glad you asked! Visit our Progress Report Action Steps page for all the details.

A Snapshot of NCVirtual Grading Guidelines

We recently published a Snapshot of NCVirtual Grading Guidelines. Please note that NCVirtual teachers must adhere to the NCVirtual grading guidelines, practices, and procedures which can be found in our Grading and Testing Quick Reference Guide. NCVirtual teachers cannot adjust their NCVirtual grading guidelines, practices, and procedures based on a local school’s or district’s policy.

Reporting Overview

See our Grades and Testing Quick Reference Guide for an overview of our reporting. We have details on our Student Status (No-Show) Reports, Progress Reports, Final Grade Reports, and how we calculate grades.

2022-2023 Registration Tips

Registration for the 2022-2023 school year is open. Here are a few tips as you register:

  • Make sure you’re enrolling in the correct semester. We have summer, fall, spring, yearlong, early standard, and standard start options.
  • Use the search feature in our registration system to find the courses you are looking for. Similar to PowerSchool, Math is 1-4. World Languages and English are I-IV. Our OCS courses have “blended” in the course title, and our co-taught intervention courses have “co-teaching” in the course title.
  • Understand our waitlist. Our instructional directors use the waitlist to determine if they need to open a new section of the course or increase the capacity of an already opened section.
  • We will likely have a few courses end up on our course capacity list. Popular demand and teacher limitations drive this list. Students waitlisted for those courses may have a difficult time getting a seat in the course.
  • Download an enrollment report each day that you register to keep up to date on enrollment status and to have students’ usernames and passwords ready.

2022-2023 Academic Year

Registration Details

The 2022-2023 academic year registration is open.

Note that summer enrollment is included in the new 22-23 allotment projections.

Early Start vs. Standard Start

Our Early Start calendars for our fall and spring semesters begin and end about two weeks earlier than our Standard Start calendars. Which calendar should you choose? Here’s what you should do:

Determine when you need final grades and register students for that calendar (Early Start or Standard Start). In the past, we’ve had schools request early final grades late in the semester. We are moving away from that practice. Students need time to complete all the modules and objectives in their courses. Please guard that teaching and learning time for your online students. Work with your data managers and curriculum directors to help ensure this best practice.

Note that our Standard Start calendar has a more extensive selection of courses than Early Start. It’s easier for us to staff the Standard Start calendar. You may have students enrolled in both our Early Start and Standard Start calendars. That’s not unusual. However, if you must have a course on the Early Start schedule, you can make that request through our Virtual Support Center. We will try to accommodate that request.

One final note: The last day to register for Early Start classes has been extended to the last day to register for Standard Start classes. The last day to drop is still on the tenth day (you can withdraw throughout the semester).

2022-2023 Calendar

We have our 2022-2023 calendar ready to share. See the key dates posted on our Calendar page, along with a spreadsheet of all dates.

2022-2023 Catalog

Our 22-23 Catalog has been posted. We have one new course at this time—AP Chemistry. We have several courses nearing completion that we hope to add to the catalog soon.

2022-2023 Academic Year Guide

See our full 22-23 Academic Year Guide for all the details to have a successful school year with NCVirtual.

Permalinks

District and School Outreach

Looking for online professional development? We have you covered! Check out our new subscription option for joining our professional development mailing list. The subscription button is found on both our Digital Transition page and the Teacher Online Training page.
Digital Transition.png
 Digital Transition
In our Digital Transition webinar series, we share best practices for supporting students in learning online. You will leave with a toolkit of resources to bring to your face-to-face classroom into the virtual world!
ToT.png
   Online Training  
Our Teacher Online Training course is a free professional development program for NC public and charter school teachers designed to prepare and support educators as they work in online and remote learning environments.
Training Series Thumbnail.png
ELA Orientation
Our E-learning Advisor Orientation course will help support you in the role of E-Learning Advisor to NC Virtual students. Learn about the funding formula, the registration process, our grading policy, our valuable resources, and how to best support your online students.
Lunch Break.png
Office Hours
The NCVirtual Office Hours meets each weekday, M-F from 12:00-12:30 p.m.

Teachers, administrators, parents, and students are welcome to drop in and have their questions answered.

Connecting with Students & Parents

As virtual learning has become a part of everyday learning for most families across North Carolina, many parents, guardians, and mentors continue to struggle with how to support their online learners in blended and online classes. To provide resources and strategies for how to support not only our NCVirtual students, but all online learners in North Carolina, NCVirtual has created two Supporting Online Students (SOS) video courses in Canvas. Both courses are free, open to the public, and do not require login credentials. Please share both links with your educational communities and parent networks.
Parent Outreach Thumbnail.png
 Supporting Students – All NC
The first course, Supporting Online Students – All NC, is general in nature and is designed for parents, guardians, and mentors of any student who is participating in a blended or online course or is enrolled in a fully online program regardless of school or grade level.
Parent Outreach Thumbnail.png
Supporting Students – NCVPS
The second course, Supporting Online Students – NCVirtual, is specific to NC Virtual and includes specific examples, demonstrations, and resources for NC Virtual parents, guardians, and mentors.
Iwork.png
           Iwork           
The IworkNCVirtual speaker series includes presentations about career paths by those working in the field. We are now providing a platform for our students to gain insight and exposure to potential career paths. Sessions focus on Prerequisites & Education, Getting the Job, Daily Responsibilities (Micro), Industry Environment (Macro)
Culture Cafe.png
     Culture Cafe     
The Culture Café Café hosts hour-long lectures on various cultural topics in Spanish, French, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, Latin, and Arabic to broaden our students’ cultural and world views. Topics include cultural, culinary, historical, geographic and, architectural themes. See the Culture Cafe calendar for upcoming events!
japanese-honor-society-icon.png
Japanese Honors
For students who have completed the first term of his/her second-year Japanese language course in middle/junior high or a senior high school and has maintained a 3.5 GPA in Japanese courses and an overall GPA of 3.0.

For more information, contact Ellen Hart or Revae Bostwick.

Culture Cafe.png
Stock Market Club
An online simulation of the global capital markets that engages students in the world of economics, investing and personal finance and that has prepared nearly 20 million students for financially independent futures. The team will have virtual money to invest in the stock market game that is offered by SIFMA Foundation.

For more information, contact Ellen Hart.

Research Alliance.png
Research Alliance
The Student Research Alliance is a unique opportunity for students to conduct original research on topics of interest. The goal is to provide a platform for innovation and to create resources for students to deepen their understanding of specific course content. For more information, contact Tiffany Grant.
Coding Club.png
    Coding Club      
The NCVirtual Coding Club is open to any NC high school students who would like to join. Complete this Google Form if you would like to join. For questions about the Coding Club, contact

ellen.hart@ncpublicschools.gov or

toni.hall@ncpublicschools.gov

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NCVirtual has a mobile app, and Canvas has two mobile apps and a web portal. What does each one do? We’re glad you asked! Here you go:

NCVirtual App: Stay connected with what’s happening at NCVirtual. Think of these as “front office” notifications.

Canvas Apps and Web Portal: Connect with a student’s course, see grades, due dates, pacing guides, and message the teacher.

Check out the guide on our Mobile Apps page to see when and where it’s best to use each app or portal.

Mobile Apps

Thank you, everyone!

Your North Carolina students appreciate your dedication and hard work!

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June 7, 2022

New self-paced course available! NCVirtual: An Introduction to Online Teaching and Content Development

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New PD Course Available in NCEES
Educators, Prepare for Success in the
Online Learning Environment!
Register for the NCVirtual TOT course and earn CEUs.
Now offered as a self-paced course!
Note: This course is the equivalent of our original facilitated course. Please do not retake it if you participated in the facilitated version. Prior participants may be interested in our new, more advanced, facilitated course launching this fall.
What is TOT?
TOT (Teacher Online Training) is NCVirtual’s free, self-paced professional development program designed to prepare and support educators as they work in online and remote learning environments.
The course is entitled “An Introduction to Online Teaching and Content Development.” This course is an introduction to teaching online and creating content for online instruction. Topics include moving content online, student engagement, making content accessible to all, and the critical strategies for teaching online. The course content is designed to be self-paced.
Note: The course is not a “how-to” or “instructional” guide for Canvas but focuses on the best practices for teaching and learning using any platform.
Topics Include:
  • Assessment Tools
  • Teacher Talk & Clear Expectations
  • Intellectual Property & Copyright
  • Accessibility Tools
  • Maintaining an Online Presence
  • Adapting and Placing Content Online
  • Engaging Students Through Feedback
and much more!
Duration:
  • work at your own pace
  • approximately 20 hours
  • 2.0 CEUs
Once the course is completed, your CEU certificate will populate on your transcript in NCEES.
Note: This course is the equivalent of our original facilitated course. Please do not retake it if you participated in the facilitated version. Prior participants may be interested in our new, more advanced, facilitated course launching this fall.
How does it work?
Course Structure
  • The course is self-paced.
  • Participants will complete five modules.
Duration
  • The course is asynchronous and designed to be completed at your own pace.
  • The course takes approximately 20 hours to complete.
  • Successful course completion will earn a certificate for 2.0 CEUs, via the NCEES transcript.
Next Steps?
Feel free to explore additional PD offerings and how to access your CEUs.
Professional Development Catalog Lists – Note: must log into NCEES to take these courses.
Find and Manage PD in NCEES
North Carolina Virtual Public School | 1017 Main Campus Drive, Partners I Bldg., SUITE 3900Raleigh, NC 27606

June 1, 2022

June 2022: Summer NC Virtual Digital Transition Webinars for Educators

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Welcome to the NC Virtual Digital Transition Webinar Series!
These webinars are open to all educators and
registration is FREE.
Certificates of participation are emailed to
participants (within 1 week) upon completion of the exit survey.
Summer: June 2022 Webinars
June 7, 2022
4:00PM – 5:00PM
Google Jamboard for Beginners
(Workshop: Collaboration, Hands-on Activities, and Discussions)
June 14, 2022
4:00PM – 5:00PM
Creating Peer-to-Peer Learning
Opportunities Using Technology
June 20, 2022
4:00PM – 5:00PM
10 Tech Tools Teachers Should
Integrate Into Their Classrooms
June Sessions Presented By:
Dr. Kim Warr Schroeder
NC Virtual English Teacher; and
NC Virtual Professional Learning Instructional Leader
Target Audience: All Are Welcome
Stay Tuned for July and August Summer Sessions!
North Carolina Virtual Public School | 1017 Main Campus Drive, Partners I Bldg., SUITE 3900Raleigh, NC 27606

May 24, 2022

NCVirtual E-lert for May 23, 2022 (Final Grades Posted May 26)

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2022-2023 Guide
Grade Reporting
  Summer 2022   

May 23, 2022

Greetings, everyone!

We have two big items this week: Final grades will be posted on May 26, and we have a new executive director! See all the details below.

Please forward this e-lert to any stakeholders who may need it. They can subscribe to the e-lert here.

And thank you for all your great support this year!

It’s a Wrap for 2021-2022

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Final Grades

We will report final grades for yearlong and spring block courses on May 26. Look for the grade report in our registration system on that day. If you need grades for graduating seniors before that date, contact our teachers directly.

Course Extensions

Standard start course extension end on May 23. If a longer extension is required, the teacher will work with the Instructional Director on a case-by-case basis.

Exam Exemptions

NCVirtual teachers are expected to give final exams or final projects in non-EOC courses and CTE courses that require teacher-made exams. If your district has a policy to exempt seniors (or others) from final exams, here is the NCVirtual process.

  • Notify your students and the NCVirtual teachers that your students will not take the final exam based on your district’s or school’s policy.
  • On the NCVirtual final grade report, we report three grades: Classwork (80%), Final Exam (20%), Final Grade. If schools notify our teachers about the exam exemptions, they will enter “EX” (exemption) for the exam grade. The classwork grade will then be used for the final grade.
  • If you have students with exam exemptions and have not notified our teachers, only use the Classwork grade for the final grade. You will not record our Final Exam grade and the Final Grade for exempted students.

In addition, schools may recalculate the final overall grade by adjusting the weighting of the final exam/project to align with local policies.

State Testing

See all the details about how NCVirtual grades and the EOC and CTE state exams schools need to administer in our Grades and Testing Quick Reference Guide.

Required NCVirtual Teacher Break

State HR requires NCVirtual teachers to have a 31-day break. That break begins on May 27. If you have questions about a course grade after May 26, open a ticket with our Virtual Support Center. Include the student name, PowerSchool ID number, school name, course title, and teacher’s name. The help desk will escalate the ticket to the instructional director for that course.

Tips and Reminders

See our End of Semester Tips and Reminders for all the details.

Meet NCVirtual’s New Executive Director

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NCVirtual is pleased to announce Dr. Mia Murphy has been selected as its new executive director. Dr. Murphy has succeeded Dr. Eliz Colbert, who retired in April. Dr. Murphy was most recently NCVirtual’s Chief Operations Officer and has served as the organization’s Director of Outreach and Support.

Dr. Murphy is a veteran educator with over 25 years working in K-20 schools. Prior to joining NCVirtual, she served as the Director of Educational Technology and Learning Resources with Johnston Community College and as the Director of Special Projects and Instructional Technology with the North Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.

Dr. Murphy has many years of experience in instructional technology, online learning, and program development. Reared in rural eastern North Carolina, she is committed to ensuring all students have options and opportunities to meet their unique needs. She holds a bachelor’s degree from North Carolina A&T State University, MBA from UNC-Greensboro, a master’s in education-instructional technology from East Carolina University, and a doctorate in educational leadership from UNC-Chapel Hill.

Dr. Murphy resides in Knightdale with her family, Torrii, Landon, and Reed.

NCVirtual is the nation’s second-largest state-led virtual school with over 50,000 enrollments a year from all 115 school districts and many charter schools.

News & Trending Updates

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Summer Contact Information

NCVirtual must know who the summer e-learning advisor is for each school that registers students. You may elect to have just one contact for the entire district over the summer. Please complete our NCVirtual Summer 2022 ELA Contact Information form if you are registering students for summer with NCVirtual.

Presently, you may not have any students enrolled in NCVirtual summer courses, but if your district or charter does enroll students in the coming weeks for Summer 2022, we will need this information.

If you have your school-level ELA contact information in an Excel document, you can copy and paste that into the contact box below.

2022-2023 Registration Tips

Registration for the 2022-2023 school year is open. Here are a few tips as you register:

  • Make sure you’re enrolling in the correct semester. We have summer, fall, spring, yearlong, early standard, and standard start options.
  • Use the search feature in our registration system to find the courses you are looking for. Similar to PowerSchool, Math is 1-4. World Languages and English are I-IV. Our OCS courses have “blended” in the course title, and our co-taught intervention courses have “co-teaching” in the course title.
  • Understand our waitlist. Our instructional directors use the waitlist to determine if they need to open a new section of the course or increase the capacity of an already opened section.
  • We will likely have a few courses end up on our course capacity list. Popular demand and teacher limitations drive this list. Students waitlisted for those courses may have a difficult time getting a seat in the course.
  • Download an enrollment report each day that you register to keep up to date on enrollment status and to have students’ usernames and passwords ready.

2022-2023 Academic Year

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Registration Details

The 2022-2023 academic year registration opened on Thursday, March 31, 2022.

Note that summer enrollment is included in the new 22-23 allotment projections.

Early Start vs. Standard Start

Our Early Start calendars for our fall and spring semesters begin and end about two weeks earlier than our Standard Start calendars. Which calendar should you choose? Here’s what you should do:

Determine when you need final grades and register students for that calendar (Early Start or Standard Start). In the past, we’ve had schools request early final grades late in the semester. We are moving away from that practice. Students need time to complete all the modules and objectives in their courses. Please guard that teaching and learning time for your online students. Work with your data managers and curriculum directors to help ensure this best practice.

Note that our Standard Start calendar has a more extensive selection of courses than Early Start. It’s easier for us to staff the Standard Start calendar. You may have students enrolled in both our Early Start and Standard Start calendars. That’s not unusual. However, if you must have a course on the Early Start schedule, you can make that request through our Virtual Support Center. We will try to accommodate that request.

One final note: The last day to register for Early Start classes has been extended to the last day to register for Standard Start classes. The last day to drop is still on the tenth day (you can withdraw throughout the semester).

2022-2023 Calendar

We have our 2022-2023 calendar ready to share. See the key dates posted on our Calendar page, along with a spreadsheet of all dates.

2022-2023 Catalog

Our 22-23 Catalog has been posted. We have one new course at this time—AP Chemistry. We have several courses nearing completion that we hope to add to the catalog soon.

Summer Session Guide

See our guide for the 2022 Summer Session. We also have a Summer Session Guide for Parents. Please share with any parents or students who are interested. Please note that parents of public school students cannot register directly with us. They must register through their local school. Enrollment costs cannot be passed on to public school families.

Summer Contact Information

NCVirtual must know who the summer e-learning advisor is for each school that registers students. You may elect to have just one contact for the entire district over the summer. Please complete our NCVirtual Summer 2022 ELA Contact Information form if you are registering students for summer with NCVirtual.

Presently, you may not have any students enrolled in NCVirtual summer courses, but if your district or charter does enroll students in the coming weeks for Summer 2022, we will need this information.

If you have your school-level ELA contact information in an Excel document, you can copy and paste that into the contact box below.

2022-2023 Academic Year Guide

See our full 22-23 Academic Year Guide for all the details to have a successful school year with NCVirtual.

Current Reporting

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What Grades Are Currently Posted?

May 12 – Final Grades for Early Start Classes Posted in the NCVirtual Registration System

May 12 – Progress Reports for Standard Start Classes Posted in the NCVirtual Registration System

What’s Next on the Schedule?

May 26 – Final Grades for Standard Start Classes Posted in the NCVirtual Registration System

Progress Report Action Steps

What should your action steps be with our progress reports? We’re glad you asked! Visit our Progress Report Action Steps page for all the details.

A Snapshot of NCVirtual Grading Guidelines

We recently published a Snapshot of NCVirtual Grading Guidelines. Please note that NCVirtual teachers must adhere to the NCVirtual grading guidelines, practices, and procedures which can be found in our Grading and Testing Quick Reference Guide. NCVirtual teachers cannot adjust their NCVirtual grading guidelines, practices, and procedures based on a local school’s or district’s policy.

Reporting Overview

See our Grades and Testing Quick Reference Guide for an overview of our reporting. We have details on our Student Status (No-Show) Reports, Progress Reports, Final Grade Reports, and how we calculate grades.

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District and School Outreach

Looking for online professional development? We have you covered! Check out our new subscription option for joining our professional development mailing list. The subscription button is found on both our Digital Transition page and the Teacher Online Training page.
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 Digital Transition
In our Digital Transition webinar series, we share best practices for supporting students in learning online. You will leave with a toolkit of resources to bring to your face-to-face classroom into the virtual world!
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   Online Training  
Our Teacher Online Training course is a free professional development program for NC public and charter school teachers designed to prepare and support educators as they work in online and remote learning environments.
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ELA Orientation
Our E-learning Advisor Orientation course will help support you in the role of E-Learning Advisor to NC Virtual students. Learn about the funding formula, the registration process, our grading policy, our valuable resources, and how to best support your online students.
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Office Hours
The NCVirtual Office Hours meets each weekday, M-F from 12:00-12:30 p.m.

Teachers, administrators, parents, and students are welcome to drop in and have their questions answered.

Connecting with Students & Parents

As virtual learning has become a part of everyday learning for most families across North Carolina, many parents, guardians, and mentors continue to struggle with how to support their online learners in blended and online classes. To provide resources and strategies for how to support not only our NCVirtual students, but all online learners in North Carolina, NCVirtual has created two Supporting Online Students (SOS) video courses in Canvas. Both courses are free, open to the public, and do not require login credentials. Please share both links with your educational communities and parent networks.
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 Supporting Students – All NC
The first course, Supporting Online Students – All NC, is general in nature and is designed for parents, guardians, and mentors of any student who is participating in a blended or online course or is enrolled in a fully online program regardless of school or grade level.
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Supporting Students – NCVPS
The second course, Supporting Online Students – NCVirtual, is specific to NC Virtual and includes specific examples, demonstrations, and resources for NC Virtual parents, guardians, and mentors.
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           Iwork           
The IworkNCVirtual speaker series includes presentations about career paths by those working in the field. We are now providing a platform for our students to gain insight and exposure to potential career paths. Sessions focus on Prerequisites & Education, Getting the Job, Daily Responsibilities (Micro), Industry Environment (Macro)
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     Culture Cafe     
The Culture Café Café hosts hour-long lectures on various cultural topics in Spanish, French, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, Latin, and Arabic to broaden our students’ cultural and world views. Topics include cultural, culinary, historical, geographic and, architectural themes. See the Culture Cafe calendar for upcoming events!
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Japanese Honors
For students who have completed the first term of his/her second-year Japanese language course in middle/junior high or a senior high school and has maintained a 3.5 GPA in Japanese courses and an overall GPA of 3.0.

For more information, contact Ellen Hart or Revae Bostwick.

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Stock Market Club
An online simulation of the global capital markets that engages students in the world of economics, investing and personal finance and that has prepared nearly 20 million students for financially independent futures. The team will have virtual money to invest in the stock market game that is offered by SIFMA Foundation.

For more information, contact Ellen Hart.

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Research Alliance
The Student Research Alliance is a unique opportunity for students to conduct original research on topics of interest. The goal is to provide a platform for innovation and to create resources for students to deepen their understanding of specific course content. For more information, contact Tiffany Grant.
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    Coding Club      
The NCVirtual Coding Club is open to any NC high school students who would like to join. Complete this Google Form if you would like to join. For questions about the Coding Club, contact

ellen.hart@ncpublicschools.gov or

toni.hall@ncpublicschools.gov

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NCVirtual has a mobile app, and Canvas has two mobile apps and a web portal. What does each one do? We’re glad you asked! Here you go:

NCVirtual App: Stay connected with what’s happening at NCVirtual. Think of these as “front office” notifications.

Canvas Apps and Web Portal: Connect with a student’s course, see grades, due dates, pacing guides, and message the teacher.

Check out the guide on our Mobile Apps page to see when and where it’s best to use each app or portal.

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Thank you, everyone!

Your North Carolina students appreciate your dedication and hard work!

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