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NCVPS E-lert - May 4, 2017 - Spring Edition XII (PowerSchool Update)
CalendarCheckCalendar Check
Spring 2017

Start Dates 
Early Calendar: Jan. 4
Traditional Calendar:  Jan. 23

Last Day to Drop and Add
Early Calendar: Jan. 18
Traditional Calendar: Feb. 8

2017 - 2018

Registration Opens: April 3

Summer School: June 18

See our calendar for progress report dates. We post updates every two weeks throughout the semester. 
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Current E-lert News
Greetings, everyone! 

Our early calendar courses come to a close Friday, May 5. We will post early calendar grades with anticipated EOC/CTE scores on May 11 in our registration system. 

We also posted progress reports for all classes today, May 4.  

We have a number of other details to share with you this week. Please see all the new updates below, and catch up on the other important information if you missed it.
"May the Fourth be with you!"  

New Updates

Important Information

In addition, be sure to check out all of our tips and reminders in this week's e- lert .
PSUPdateNCVPS PowerSchool Update
NCVPS is working its way toward PowerSchool integration. We will participate in a small pilot in Fall 2017 with a handful of districts to test PowerSchool's cross-enrollments functionality. Here are a few details to keep in mind:

In 2016 NCDPI identified 6 LEAs (Catawba, Hickory City, Newton-Conover, Davidson, Lexington City, and Thomasville City) to pilot the cross-LEA enrollment functionality in PowerSchool.  NCVPS requested to join the Fall 2017 pilot in order to get district feedback to guide future NCVPS PowerSchool implementation plans.

Implementation of PowerSchool by NCVPS will only impact how districts handle NCVPS enrollments and access student data. Districts and schools would be able to handle NCVPS enrollments within their existing SIS rather than using our standalone registration system.

The functionality in PowerSchool is called "cross-LEA enrollment," however, NCVPS is not an LEA. We are still a school program that supplements all districts and charter schools in North Carolina.  The NCVPS funding formula will not be impacted by a move to PowerSchool.  Processes for tracking funding may change, but the overall formula will not.
CPRUpdateCPR Certification Is Not Part of NCVPS's Physical Education Course
NCVPS offers three health education and physical education high school courses. These courses DO NOT include content that covers the CPR graduation requirement. The CPR graduation requirement is covered as an 8th grade (middle school) health objective. 

If your student is enrolled in one of the three NCVPS health education and/or physical education high school courses, please make arrangements for the student to take CPR through your school resources to fulfill the high school graduation requirement. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Karen Creech at karen.creech@ncpublicschools.gov or 919-819-0774.
SharedCoursesNCVPS Shared Courses
We have updated our process to share the courses designated as "shared courses" through the NC Canvas Commons and Home Base. We currently have ten courses ready to share, and another nineteen that will be ready by the end of summer. For information on which courses will be available and the process to request use of the shared courses, please follow this link .

We thank you for interest in incorporating digital content into your practice.

NCVPS does its own roster verification for NCVPS students in EVAAS. Schools should not create rosters for NCVPS teachers. If the student is in an NCVPS EOC or NCFE course, then the school should not claim those students in those courses.  

NCVPS teachers who teach in both an LEA and for NCVPS will not have their data combined into one rating. NCVPS teachers will claim students on their NCVPS rosters and not on rosters in other physical districts. These teachers will complete separate rosters for the students they taught in the LEA and the students they taught in NCVPS.  Administrators and roster approvers in the LEA will not be able to view the teacher's rosters associated with NCVPS. Students in NCVPS courses will contribute to the school-level value-added growth (Educator Effectiveness and School Accountability).

EOCs and NCFE's must be administered to students in NCVPS courses.  

NCVPS teachers of non-OCS courses that administer an NCFE will complete Roster Verification for the entire year during spring Roster Verification.  

Note: OCS teachers will continue to verify their rosters during both fall and spring Roster Verification. As a reminder, NCVPS teachers will enter 50% in the "% of Instruction" column for OCS students. The face-to-face teacher in the student's LEA will also enter 50% for these students.

AnniversaryNCVPS 10-Year Anniversary Survey
NCVPS turns ten this summer! 

We would like input from our stakeholders as we plan and organize our celebratory events.

Thank you!
RegOpenRegistration Now Open for 2017-2018
Registration is now open for the 2017-2018 school year. This includes Summer 2017, Fall Block 2017, Yearlong 2017-2018, and Spring Block 2018.

All enrollments are counted in your new allotment totals for the 2017-2018 school year. If your district or charter school requested an allotment increase, you will see that reflected in the registration system by April 15.

Follow this link to our registration system.

If you need access to the registration system, 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, the guide at this link will help .

Our course catalog can be found at this link. This is our new catalog for 17-18 and beyond.

And our calendar can be found at this link.
APSTatsAP Stats Is Back
We have completed the revisions to AP Statistics and added it back to our catalog for Fall 2017. It is a yearlong one-credit course.

The course is designed to prepare students to collect, analyze and draw conclusions from data. Students will learn how to view data through a discriminatory eye to determine validity and be able to interpret data and analysis that is valid. Teaching the course is somewhat different than other traditional mathematics courses because it provides an answer to the age-old mathematics student question of, "When are we going to use this?" 

See on the details about A P Stats on this web page

NCMath1NC Math I Intervention Registration Information
NOTE: The NC Math 1 Intervention program is a two-semester commitment. In the fall, enroll students are into our Foundations of Math course. This is a 1-credit course. In spring, enroll students into the Math 1 Co-Teaching sections. This is also a 1-credit course. 

Similar to OCS enrollments, choose the "Dynamic" section to enroll in initially.  

Both courses are a co-teaching, collaborative design with both an NCVPS math teacher and a face-to-face math teacher at the school.

We piloted the program in Bladen and Carteret this year with great success. We are ready to go statewide in the fall. See complete registration details here
Spring2017Spring 2017 Updates
NCVPSAPCodeNCVPS Code for AP Tests
We would like to request that ELAs contact their school's  AP testing coordinator to remind them about the NCVPS school code when students take their AP tests.

Please have students input the NCVPS  code (045) into the 'Online Provider  Code' found on page 1, item G, of the student's  AP answer sheet during administration of the exam. This will allow NCVPS to receive a copy of their May 2017 test scores for our records. These scores are needed as part of the accountability piece for NCVPS. 
GradeReportUpdatesGrade Report Updates
Report Card
  CurrentGrades What Grades Are Currently Posted?

May 4: Progress Reports for All Classes Posted in the NCVPS Registration System.

May 11: Early Calendar final grades with anticipated EOC/CTE scores posted in the NCVPS registration system.
ReportOverviewReporting 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
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."

Copy and pasting text makes revising a document easy, but when you copy and paste someone else's work and pass it off as your own, you will run into trouble.

See our helpful hints on avoiding plagiarism at this link
Tech Updates
ChromebookUpdateChromebook Update
Google Chromebooks are currently supported for NCVPS Courses.

Google Chromebook and Chrome OS are possible options for you to consider to support your learning at NCVPS. While NCVPS learning environments are fully compatible with Google Chromebooks, some third party content within your courses may not yet be updated to meet the requirements set forth within the Chrome Operating System. If you experience an interruption in your learning, please open a help desk ticket at  help.ncvps.com and we will make reasonable accommodations to support your learning experience.

Students are able to open a help ticket with our Virtual Support Center when they are logged into Canvas.

When "Page Not Found" appears users should open a Virtual Support tickets by clicking on the ? Help button then clicking on "Enter a NCVPS Help Desk Ticket."

Password Reset

If you have had your password reset, the new password will not expire unless you have reset it. If you have forgotten what your password was reset to, you can look up the help desk ticket to access the new password or click on "Forgot Password". 

When requesting help regarding a course it always easier for tech support to respond quickly if we have the specific section name, for example: 


When opening a ticket with the virtual support center, please always include the following:
  • Student's first & last name
  • PowerSchool ID number (This will help ensure we have the correct student)
  • School name (full name, i.e. Eastern Mills High School, not EMHS)
  • Course name - if the student is already enrolled,  include specific section, i.e. CourseSec01Sum16.
If you need a new student account for a student who is new to PowerSchool (not just transferring schools), include the following:
  • Your full school name (i.e. Eastern Mills High School, not EMHS)
  • The student's first and last name
  • The student's PowerSchool ID number
  • The student's email address 
  • The student's phone number (the contact number this will be in PowerSchool) 
  • Does the student have an IEP? Yes/No
  • Does the student have a 504 Plan? Yes/No

Replying to a Support Center Ticket
After you submit a ticket to the Virtual Support Center, you will receive a ticket confirmation and resolution via email. To expedite your resolution, please do not reply to the email. The email will have a link in it for your response. Please click on that link (see below). 

This will put the ticket right back in the queue of the person who is working on your ticket. If you reply to the email, then that will have to be manually put into the ticket, and that can delay the process by several hours. 

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. 

javaflashUpdatesJAVA and Flash Updates

Please update your Java to Version Java 8, Update 111.

Head to http://java.com/en/download/manual.jsp and follow the instructions from there.

Please go to the following link to update Adobe Flash Player to the latest Version

Many students visit our homepage to log in to their courses. It is a best practice to bookmark the actual login pages for Canvas. Please have students and lab facilitators bookmark the following page:   https://ncvps.instructure.com/login/canvas/  

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

Virtual Support Center:  http://www.help.ncvps.org/ 
For additional information, please see our Tech Requirements:
Course Catalogues
NCVPS Courses
NCVPS offers over 150 different courses, including advanced placement, electives, traditional, honors, core, STEM, occupational course of study, and credit recovery courses. 

Check out our 150+ list of courses here

VendorApprovedUpdatesVendor Approved Courses

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

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

Courses -  Vendor

American Sign Language 2 -  Connections Education
Introduction to Animal Science (NC Animal Science 1) -   Nelson's Academy of Agricultural Sciences Online
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  |