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 - March 30, 2017 - Spring Edition IX (Registration Opens April 3)
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. 
Essential Links

NCVPS Is Hiring Teachers

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Current E-lert News
We have a lot of information this week! Registration for 2017-2018 opens on April 3. See those details below. 

We have details on our NC Math 1 Intervention program and how to register. Also, please take our Peer Tutoring survey. Our peer tutors will offer a new service in the fall: tech support for students.

Updated This Week

NC Math I Intervention Registration

Important From Last Week!

In addition, be sure to check out all of our tips and reminders in this week's e- lert .
RegOpenRegistration Opens April 3
NCVPS registration for the 2017-2018 academic year will open on Monday, April 3. 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. You will see your new allotment totals in our registration system when registration opens April 3. The new allotment projections were emailed to district and charter school coordinators last week. If your district or charter school requested an allotment increase, you will see that reflected in the registration system by April 15.

NCVPS will pilot the cross-enrollment feature in PowerSchool during the 2017-2018 school year. DPI and NCVPS have already identified the pilot districts. The pilots will use PowerSchool to enroll students into two NCVPS courses to test the cross-enrollment features.  

During the DPI PowerSchool Cross Enrollment webinar on March 23, several attendees asked questions related to NCVPS business processes.  Changes to NCVPS processes will be finalized as part of the cross-enrollment pilot.  After the pilot, all process changes will be communicated to our stakeholders by NCVPS staff. For additional information about the pilot, contact Rachel McBroom at rachel.mcbroom@ncpublicschools.gov .

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 .

And our calendar can be found at this link.
NCMath1NC Math I Intervention Registration Information
The NCVPS NC Math 1 Intervention Co-Teaching Program is a collaborative effort between the NCVPS teacher and the face-to-face (f2f) math teacher to teach two courses (Course 1: Foundations of NC Math 1 and Course 2: NC Math 1) over a one-year span. This is a true partnership in teaching!

We piloted the program in Bladen and Carteret this year with great success. We are ready to go statewide in the fall. See registration details here
PTCSurveyPeer Tutoring Center Tech Support Survey for eLAs
The NCVPS Peer Tutoring Center is preparing to offer a new service--Peer Tech Support. This program will deploy in two parts, asynchronous guides, videos and tutorials followed by a synchronous support desk in Upswing. 

Please complete the following survey to help us determine the needs of your students regarding tech support. Your responses are valued and appreciated!

PresentersCall for Presenters at NCAEE
Do you have engaging classroom practices or strategies to improve educator effectiveness that you would like to share with others? How are students empowered in your classroom and school?  In what ways are you engaging your students to be productive 21st Century Learners? Consider joining us at the 2017 Elementary Conference as a presenter and share your expertise with others!

For details, please follow this link. 
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?

March 30: Final Grades for 9-week Health and 9-week PE Courses Posted in the NCVPS Registration System

April 6: Progress Reports for All Classes 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."

We've noticed that some students will cite "google.com" or "bing.com" as their source for content on their works cited page. Let's fix that!

If you're working with students, be sure they see how to correctly cite sourced material 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 History 1 -  Florida Virtual
Biology -  Florida Virtual
Chemistry -  Florida Virtual
Exploring Career Decisions -  OdysseyWare
Latin 1 -  Florida Virtual
Math 1 -  Florida Virtual
Spanish 4 -  Florida Virtual
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  |