February 23, 2021
Greetings, everyone!

Here's what we have this week.

  • We have some important transfer and course end-dates approaching.
  • Our teachers need your school's help with information on IEP and 504 modifications.
  • Be sure to check out the details in the Trending Updates section below.
  • Remember to complete this form if you need spring block and yearlong final grades early.
  • We also have a great list of upcoming webinars! Be sure to join us!

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.
Trending Updates
Upcoming Dates

  • Last Day to Transfer into Early Start Spring Block Classes: March 3
  • First Session Early Start Health / Early Start PE Classes End: March 3
  • Second Session Early Start Health / Early Start PE Classes Begin: March 4

EC and 504 Information

If you register a student with an IEP or 504, be sure to check those boxes in our registration system when you enroll the student. This will let our teachers know that they need to contact you about the student's modifications.

If you missed those notification checks during registration, please call our teachers with that IEP/504 information.

2021-2021 Registration

Registration for 2021-2022 is set to open on March 29, 2021. Here are our tentative dates for next year:

Summer 2021: July 1 - Aug. 11
Early Start Fall 2021: Aug. 9 - Dec. 10
Standard Start Fall 2021: Aug. 23 - Jan. 7
Early Start Spring 2022: Jan. 5 - May 2
Standard Start Spring 2022: Jan. 18 - May 16

Our 21-22 catalog will be ready soon. We have a bunch of new courses coming your way!

Progress Report Action Steps

Our first progress reports are out. What should your action steps be? We’re glad you asked! Visit our Progress Report Action Steps page for all the details. Be sure to check the teacher comments section in each report. Our teachers will let you know exactly what they need, such as up-to-date student and parent contact information or IEP modifications.
Spring 2021 Classes
Important Dates

Early Start Begins: Jan. 4
Standard Start Begins: Jan. 19
Early Start Last Day Drop/Add: Jan. 15
Standard Start Last Day Drop/Add: Feb. 1
Early Start Classes End: May 4
Standard Start Classes End: May 18

Requesting Final Grades Early for Spring Classes

We have a new two-step process for requesting final grades early for spring Standard Start classes. Our spring Standard Start courses end on May 18, 2021, and final grades will be reported on May 28. Schools can request an early May 14 reporting date. Here's the process:

Step 1: Districts and schools can opt for early reporting on May 14 by submitting this form.

Step 2: Communicate your end-date expectations to your students and our NCVirtual teachers. Do this early in the semester so that our teachers have time to adjust the pacing guides for your students.

Communication between the school, student, and teacher is essential here.

This process is for Standard Start classes only. Our Early Start classes will report on May 14, their original end date.

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.

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.

NCVPS App

Download our NCVPS app to receive notifications on your smartphone. Search for “NCVPS” in the Apple and Android stores. See our App Announcement for details.
Current Reporting
What Grades Are Currently Posted?

Feb. 18 - Progress Report Posted in the NCVPS Registration System

What's Next on the Schedule?

March 4 - Progress Report Posted in the NCVPS 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.
Student Spotlight
Meet Marco A.

"When I moved here from Washington State in 7th grade, I was taking Algebra 1, the North Carolina equivalent of Math 1. I was told that at my new middle school they did not offer Math 1 to 7th graders, so I would have to take it with NCVPS. I proceeded to do the same in 8th grade for Math 2. When I finished 9th grade, I was ready to sign up for AP Calculus next year. Unfortunately, my school did not offer the class I wanted to take, AP Calculus BC. Luckily, NCVPS offered the course!

Overall, ever since 7th grade, I have been fortunate enough to have NCVPS to allow me to take classes that are not normally offered at my school. I am very thankful for this opportunity NCVPS has given me!"
Digital Transition Webinar Series
Our Digital Transition webinar series is back!

We have a great set of experienced online teachers 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. Here's what we have scheduled:

Event: The Power of Teacher Leaders: Leveraging Teacher Leadership to Transform Schools
Dates and Times: Feb. 25 at 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.
Session Details: Join us for a two-part series on Developing Teacher Leaders. These sessions are aimed to provide teachers, school leaders, administrators, and district-level support staff tips on how to become and develop strong teacher leaders at the school level despite the educational challenges presented by a global pandemic. From creating a culture of leadership and defining organizational structures, to planning effective professional learning opportunities and maintaining flexibility, participants will come away with ideas on how to empower teachers and leverage teacher leadership to transform schools.
Presenters: Jeni Day, NCVPS Instructional Leader, NCVPS Science Instructor, and Tiffany Grant, NCVPS Outreach and Support Instructional Leader, NCVPS Math Instructor
NCVirtual's Teacher Online Training Course
Prepare your teachers for success in the online learning environment. Visit our Teacher Online Training page for details and registration. The course is free!

The next course begins on Feb. 1, 2021. Additional start dates will be based on interest from individuals and districts.

This course is asynchronous and facilitator-led. Facilitators have many years of experience in online learning and are specially trained to work with educators transitioning to this environment.

* Participants work in cohorts to complete five modules.
* A cohort is 35 to 50 educators.
iWorkNCVirtual Events
NCVirtual is pleased to host online events through our Culture Café, IworkNCVirtual Speaker Series, and Open House Events.

Here's what we have coming up:

Iwork Event: An Entrepreneur Who Started a Non-Profit
Date and Time: March 1, 4:00 PM
Event Details: Many people don't think of non-profit founders as entrepreneurs, but they are! Join this session to learn more about the journey of entrepreneur and co-founder of District C, Anne Jones. District C is a non-profit that is now gaining national attention in workforce development and team-based internship experiences.
Presenter: Anne Jones
Location: Join the live session through our Iwork page.

Iwork Event: Teen Marketing Content Creator
Date and Time: March 10, 5:00 PM
Event Details: Are you interested in learning more about the process involved in marketing a business through the internet? Join us for a Career Connection with Cierra Smith, Marketing Content Creator for Pingster Corp. and she is only 17-years old!
Presenter: Cierra Smith
Location: Join the live session through our Iwork page.
Culture Cafe Events
A Trip to Miyazaki
Presenter: Reavae Bostwick
Date and Time: Feb. 23, 7:00 p.m.
Location: Join the live session through our Culture Café page.
Language Careers: Translation and Interpretation
Presenter: Marisa Blachy
Date and Time: Feb. 23, 8:00 p.m.
Location: Join the live session through our Culture Café page.
Amazing Chinese Treasures
Presenter: Judy Chen
Date and Time: Mar. 8, 7:00 p.m.
Location: Join the live session through our Culture Café page.
Top 10 Universities in Spain
Presenter: Juan Martin
Date and Time: March 10, 7:00 p.m.
Location: Join the live session through our Culture Café page.
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.
Location: Join the live session through our Culture Café page.
Location: Join the live session through our Culture Café page.
The NCVirtual Coding Club currently has seven club members, five of whom are teaming up to compete in the Ready, Set, App competition. The Coding Club communicates asynchronously in an app called Discord. Club meetings are held every other Thursday at 6 PM on Zoom. The next meeting will be on February 11 and February 25. If you are interested in joining, please email Ms. Toni Hall at toni.hall@ncpublicschools.gov

Questions about Coding Club?
Email Toni Hall at toni.hall@ncpublicschools.gov.
Daily Office Hours
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.
Help
NCVirtual is a support organization, and we are here to help! Check out our guides and support pages below.






Virtual Support Center (Be sure to create an account before you submit your first ticket.)
THANKS, EVERYONE!
Your North Carolina students appreciate your dedication and hard work!