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August 9, 2021

Greetings, everyone!


We have a busy week, everyone! Early Start classes began today, and registration continues through August 20. Standard Start classes begin August 23, and registration will remain open through September 3.


Our summer classes end on Wednesday, August 11. Grades will be posted on August 19.


We've posted our full academic year guide below for all the Early Start starters and all the Standard Starters in waiting.


See all the news and highlights below, and forward this e-lert to any stakeholders who may need it. They can subscribe to the e-lert here.

Updates and News

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Data Loss During PowerSchool Sync


NCVirtual lost some of its student IEP/OCS/504/email address data in our last PowerSchool sync. Please verify your student data for student email addresses and the proper yes/no response for IEP/504/OCS. Please review an enrollment report to verify this information. If you need to update your student data, please see our Editing Student Information - Quick Reference Guide for details on the process.


New Middle School Core Courses


We are pleased to announce that we have added 8th Grade Science to our course catalog. Our middle school core-course offering now includes 8th Grade Math, ELA, and Science, along with 7th Grade Math and 6th Grade Math, plus seven electives. 8th Grade Science will be offered as a yearlong course in the fall and block in the spring.


Weekly Progress Reports


We are posting progress reports every Thursday during the summer session. What should your action steps be with our progress reports? We’re glad you asked! Here are a few steps you can take.

2021-2022 Academic Year Guide

New to NCVirtual


If you’re new to NCVirtual, please visit our Getting Started for Schools page. It will explain our program and give you the necessary details to run a successful online program at your school.


Registration Details


Registration for fall and spring courses is open.


Enroll students through the NCVirtual registration system. If you need access, contact our Virtual Support Center.


If you are a new e-learning advisor and NCVPS point-of-contact for your school, please update your contact information in our registration system. Click on the “My Info” tab when you log in to update your information. 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, watch our NCVirtual Registration Video to help guide you through our enrollment process. You can also print our Quick Registration Guide.


Note: Do you need a yearlong or Early Start section that we don’t currently offer? Submit a request through our Virtual Support Center. We’ll see if we can make that happen.


Home and Private School Parents


If you are a home school or private school, visit our Home & Private Schools page.


Waitlist and Course Capacity List


NCVirtual is not a software program. Our online courses are teacher-led, and we are mindful of their class sizes. If your student is waitlisted for a course, that waitlist is usually temporary. Our instructional directors use the waitlist to determine if they should open a new section or increase the size of a current section. However, each semester, we have a few courses that reach their maximum enrollment capacity. To see courses that have capacity issues, visit our Course Capacity List.


Enrolling in OCS Courses


See our new OCS Program page before enrolling in NCVirtual courses. We have streamlined the process. Watch our OCS Registration Video for help with the OCS registration process.


Change in OCS Course Titles


We are updating our OCS course titles to align with DPI guidelines. OCS courses will now be identified as “Blended” in our course catalog and registration system. Be sure to search for “Blended” in our registration system. 


Enrolling in Intervention Co-Teaching Courses


We have a new Intervention Co-Teaching Program page that gives details on the program and enrollment process. Watch our Intervention Co-Teaching Video to see the enrollment process.


Enrolling in Health and PE Courses


If you’re registering for our Health and PE courses, you’ll see the pop-up reminding you about permission forms for those two courses. These forms are for your records that you will keep at your school. You can create your own forms or use ours. See our Health and PE page for details.


Early Course Completion Requests in Standard Start Courses


Our Fall 2021 Standard Start courses end on January 7, 2022, and final grades will be reported on January 13. Schools may request an early completion date for their students enrolled in Standard Start courses. Early completers in our Standard Start courses will finish their courses on December 10, the same date as Early Start students, and their final grades will be included in the Early Start final grade report on December 16.


Next week, we will include a form to submit to your Early Course Completion request.


Calendars


View our full 2021-2022 Calendar.


Course Catalog


Our 2021-2022 Course Catalog is posted online. We have a few courses that are undergoing revisions, and they will not be offered next year.


Course Updates and Alerts


See our Course Updates and Alerts page for details on new courses added to the catalog and important alerts about other courses.


SAR Data


Schools will access NCVPS SAR data from either an enrollment report or grade report. See our PowerSchool and NCVPS Registration guide for details. Please do not request data directly from teachers. Thank you!


Class Details


Student Course Access


Students will have access to their courses at 7 a.m. on the first day of classes. Before classes begin, students can go through our NCVirtual Demo Course for an orientation. We also have Pre-Instruction Resources for each class. These resources help students get a better understanding of courses before classes begin.


Getting Started


Direct students to our Getting Started as an NCVPS Student page before classes begin. This page will help students get oriented and answer all their questions on how our courses work.


Student Life 


NCVirtual has numerous ways for students to get involved online and stay engaged. Visit our Student Life page to see all the clubs, online meetings, and support features available to them. 


Support Features


Weeks 1 and 2 – Access Check and Enrollment Options


Visit our Access Check and Enrollment Options page for essential details to ensure your students have a successful start.


Semester Success with NCVPS


See our Semester Success with NCVPS page for some sure steps to help you and your students in their NCVPS classes.


Printable Guides and Checklists


We have a number of printable guides for ELAs, students, and parents.


Be sure students and parents have the following printable guides:



We have guides for schools, too:



Canvas Parent App


Parents, facilitators, and mentors and track their student’s progress with the Canvas Parent App. See the full details on our Canvas Parent App and Web Portal page.


NCVirtual App


Download the NCVirtual app to receive notifications on your smartphone. The NCVirtual app is a great companion app for parents. The app is used for NCVirtual “front office” communications to parents. Search for “NCVPS” in the Apple and Android stores. See our NCVirtual App page for details.

Current Reporting

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What Grades Are Currently Posted?


August 5- Progress Reports Posted in the NCVirtual Registration System


What's Next on the Schedule?


August 17 - Early Start Day-5 No-Show Report posted in the NCVirtual Registration System


August 19 - Summer Final Grades 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.


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.

District and School Outreach

Digital Transition Webinar Series

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We have a great set of experienced online educators lined up to bring you a webinar series with a variety of topics that will help you in your remote instruction and online learning environments.


Upcoming Event: Tech Tools: Collaboration and Assessment

Dates and Times: August 10, 2021, at 9:00 a.m

Description: How can you continue to use technology to help students collaborate? How can you use technology to assess student understanding in a traditional classroom? Join us for an interactive presentation to learn more about how to use tech tools for collaboration and assessment. At the end of the session, you will be ready to try these on your own!

Presenter: Kim Schroeder, Ed.D.

Target Audience: All are Welcome!

Registration: Please visit our Digital Transition page.


Upcoming Event: Tech Tools: Presentation Tools

Dates and Times: August 12, 2021, at 9:00 a.m

Description: Even though students have returned to in-person instruction, there are many tech tools you can continue to incorporate in your classroom. Join us for an interactive presentation to learn more about how to use technology to present information to students. At the end of the session, you will be ready to try these presentation tools in your classroom. 

Presenter: Kim Schroeder, Ed.D.

Target Audience: All are Welcome!

Registration: Please visit our Digital Transition page.


You can also stream all previous webinars on-demand from our Digital Transition page.

Teacher Online Training

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TOT (Teacher Online Training) is NCVirtual’s free professional development program designed to prepare and support educators as they work in online and remote learning environments.


Our TOT course, "An Introduction to Online Teaching and Content Development," 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 the following:


  • Assessment Tools
  • Teacher Talk & Clear Expectations
  • Intellectual Property & Copyright
  • Accessibility Tools
  • Maintaining an Online Presence
  • Adapting and Placing Content
  • Engaging Through Feedback


Our next session begins September 1.


Visit our Teacher Online Training page to register. We look forward to seeing you there!

Daily Office Hours

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The Outreach and Support team has office hours Monday-Friday from 12:00 to 12:30 p.m. We are prepared to stay longer with visitors who need assistance. Anyone can join, and we have breakout rooms ready if needed.



Students & Parents - Do you have general questions about our program or concerns about your course? Visit the Outreach team during the lunch hour. We're here to help!


E-learning Advisors - Are you new to NCVirtual? Do you have questions about student performance? Unique enrollment requests? We're here to help!


E-learning Coordinators - Are you leading your district's e-learning program? Are you looking for new ways to partner with us? Drop into the office hours, and let's chat!


Teachers - Want to learn about the Outreach team? Let's talk!


Visit our Lunch with NCVirtual page for details and the link to join us in our online room.

Connecting with Students & Parents

Please share the following updates with students and parents. Thank you!

NCVirtual Open House

Please join us for our Virtual Open House. Come learn about NCVirtual, meet with teachers and students, hear about support initiatives, and get all your questions answered about student learning with NCVirtual!


When: Tuesday, August 17, 6 PM - 7 PM or Thursday, August 19, 11 AM - 12 PM


We are offering two opportunities to attend the Virtual Open House. Please choose the date that works best for your schedule.


Where: The event will be hosted in an NCVirtual online classroom. Details will be sent following registration.


Presenters: NCVirtual staff, teachers, and students


Topics Include:

Who is NCVirtual?

Who are our teachers?

How do our students learn?

How does NCVirtual support students?

Who can enroll with NCVirtual?

Q & As


Audience: The NCVirtual Open House is open to the public. While our presentations are geared toward parents and students in public schools, private schools, and home schools, we have something for everyone. Educators will learn about the NCVirtual teaching and learning process. The general public will discover what online learning is. 


Register for Tuesday, August 17 at 6:00 p.m.


Register for Thursday, August 19 at 11:00 a.m.

Culture Café

The Culture 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. The presentations are delivered by the faculty of the North Carolina Virtual Public School (NCVirtual) as ancillary instruction for interested students on a variety of cultural, culinary, historical, geographic, and architectural themes related to the target languages of our World Language Department.


Join all live sessions through our Culture Café page.


Check back next week for upcoming sessions!

Student Research Alliance

The NCVirtual Student Research Alliance is a unique opportunity for high school students to conduct original research on topics of interest related to NCVPS courses. The goal of the program is to provide a platform for innovation and to create resources for students to deepen their understanding of specific course content.


For more information about the program, reach out to Señor Hall at herman.hall@ncpublicschools.gov.

IworkNCVirtual

NCVirtual hosts its IworkNCVirtual speaker series that includes presentations about career paths and jobs by those working in the field. We feel that it is never too early to start thinking about your future, and we are now providing a platform for our students to gain insight and exposure to potential career paths while still in middle or high school.

NCVirtual App

NCVirtual has an app! This 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.

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Thank you, everyone!

Your North Carolina students appreciate your dedication and hard work!


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