NCVPS E-lert for April 3, 2014

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Current E-lert News

Important Dates

  • March 28: Weighted grade report posted in the registration system for traditional calendar courses.
  • March 28: Progress report posted in the registration system for early calendar and credit recovery courses.
  • April 5: Last Day to Add or Drop Block 2nd 9 Weeks Health Course
  • April 9: Progress report posted in the registration system

Click here for the full calendar.

Registration Opening for 2014 – 2015 School Year

Registration for the 2014-2015 school year opened on March 28. This includes registration for Summer 2014, Fall 2014, and Spring 2015.

DPI has not released the new allotment totals yet for districts and charter schools.  We will start districts and charters with their allotment totals that they had for the 2013-2014 school year.  We will then adjust when the new numbers come in, which should be soon.  You will likely see an increase in your allotment totals after the adjustment.

If you have any difficulties, please open a ticket at the Virtual Support Center here: http://www.help.ncvps.org/

Registration Primer

Be sure to check out our District and School Semester Prep. There are some good early registration tips there.

Courses Not Offered in 2014-2015

We have a number of courses that used the old North Carolina standards that we will no longer offer.  We continued to offer courses with the old standards to allow students who had already started those tracks to complete them. The old-standards courses were offered concurrently with our new-standards courses. Moving forward, we will only offer the new-standards courses.

We also have two courses that have been pulled so that they can be revised, and they are out of circulation for the 2014-2015 school year.

Each “retired” course has been replaced with the new Essential Standards course. See the complete list below.

SUBJECT COURSE CODE TITLE SEMESTER ARCHIVED NOTES
Math 2030O/2030QZ Geometry Honors Summer 2014 Retiring – Math 2 Honors is now the second level Math course
Math 21002X0 Algebra I Summer 2014 Retiring – Math 1 is now the first level Math course
Math 2030Q/2030QZ Geometry Summer 2014 Retiring – Math 2 is now the second level Math course
Credit Recovery Math 21002X0 Algebra I – Old Standards Spring 2014 Retiring – Math 1 is now the first level Math course
Math 23005X0/23002X0 Algebra II Honors Fall 2014 Retiring – Math 3 (coming Spring 2015) is now the third level Math course
Math 23002X0 Algebra II Fall 2014 Retiring – Math 3 (coming Spring 2015) is now the third level Math course
English 10212X0 English I – Old Standards Summer 2014 Retiring (new standards in place)
10222X0 English II – Old Standards Summer 2014 Retiring (new standards in place)
10232X0 English III – Old Standards Summer 2014 Retiring (new standards in place)
10242X0 English IV – Old Standards Summer 2014 Retiring (new standards in place)
Math 23002X0 Algebra II – Old Standards Summer 2014 Retiring – Math 3 (coming Spring 2015) is now the third level Math course
22002X0 Geometry – Old Standards Summer 2014 Retiring – Math 2 is now the second level Math course
Science 34102X0 Physical Science – Old Standards Summer 2014 Retiring (new standards in place)
33202X0 Biology – Old Standards Summer 2014 Retiring (new standards in place)
Social Studies 42092X0 Civics and Economics – Old Standards Summer 2014 Retiring (new standards in place)
43032X0 World History – Old Standards Summer 2014 Retiring (new standards in place)
Credit Recovery English 10212X0 English I – Old Standards Fall 2014 Retiring (new standards in place)
Credit Recovery English 10222X0 English II – Old Standards Fall 2014 Retiring (new standards in place)
Credit Recovery English 10232X0 English III – Old Standards Fall 2014 Retiring (new standards in place)
Credit Recovery English 10242X0 English IV – Old Standards Fall 2014 Retiring (new standards in place)
Credit Recovery Math 23002X0 Algebra II – Old Standards Fall 2014 Retiring – Math 3 (coming Spring 2015) is now the third level Math course
Credit Recovery Math 22002X0 Geometry – Old Standards Fall 2014 Retiring – Math 2 is now the second level Math course
Credit Recovery Science 34102X0 Physical Science – Old Standards Fall 2014 Retiring (new standards in place)
Credit Recovery Science 33202X0 Biology – Old Standards Fall 2014 Retiring (new standards in place)
Credit Recovery Social Studies 42092X0 Civics and Economics – Old Standards Fall 2014 Retiring (new standards in place)
Credit Recovery Math 22002X0 Geometry – New Standards Fall 2014 Retiring – Math 2 is now the second level Math course
Credit Recovery Math 23002X0 Algebra II – New Standards Fall 2014 Retiring – Math 3 (coming Spring 2015) is now the third level Math course
Math 25017X0 AP Calculus AB Year-long Revisions
Math 43077X0 AP US History Year-long Revisions

Summer 2014 Information

Start Date: Monday, June 16

End Date: Friday, August 8

Courses OfferedTraditional and Credit Recovery

Time Commitment: Students will have 3 to 5 HOURS OF WORK EACH DAY (depending on the course), Monday through Friday. These are our 18-week courses that are taught over an 8-week period. Students must have daily access to the Internet for the duration of summer school. There are no exceptions made for students who attend camps or go on vacations where they do not have access to the Internet.

Here are some additional resources for you:

Calendars
District and School Checklist
Student Checklist
Credit Recovery Information
FAQs
Registration Guide

NCVPS Teacher Data and SAR

The PowerSchool team has officially stated that the current functionality in PowerSchool will not allow NCVPS to run its own SAR. NCDPI is working with the schools to develop a process to update NCVPS data so that schools can include NCVPS enrollments in their SAR.  This will be done similarly to how we have done it in NCWISE in the past, whereby schools schedule students in their system with our teacher data.

However, teacher data will be automatically uploaded into PowerSchool so that the data managers do not have to enter this data by hand as they have in the past. DPI has all the NCVPS teacher data for Fall 2013 and Spring 2014, and they should have the data imported by mid-March.

NCVPS will not be releasing the SAR data to schools. Schools should refer to their Homebase Support, as all the information will be pre-loaded into the systems of each school.

Technology Updates

If you are a school that has students using Google Drive to submit assignments, please make sure those students are aware that the best and safest way to submit through Google Drive is to share the individual document with your email address specifically rather than just making the document public.

Also, this is just a friendly reminder for students to always check their grades after submitting assignments to make sure the assignment in question actually did go through. In addition, storing work offline (especially for longer assignments) is the only sure-fire way to make sure work isn’t lost if a submission fails.

In The Loop

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Speaking Virtually

Understanding today’s learners and finding the right tools to teach with are ideas important to all educators. Dive a little deeper into virtual education with the following links curated by the NCVPS Professional Learning team.

Check out this visual search engine from Instagrok and have students design concept maps.  http://www.instagrok.com/ It’s completely designed for the classroom, and it even has teacher accounts, assessment tools, and journaling.

Learn with us on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/ncvps

Semester Success with NCVPS

Follow the link below to learn about our current enrollment options, intervention strategies for low performing students, and more!

http://www.ncvps.org/index.php/semester-success-with-ncvps/

Approved Vendor Courses

Please follow the link below to see the approved vendor courses for use by districts and schools in the state of North Carolina.

http://www.ncvps.org/index.php/educators/approved-vendor-courses/

For more on the vendor approval process, please follow this link:

http://www.ncvps.org/index.php/educators/vendor-approval-process/

NCVPS Celebrations

Districts and Schools, tell us about your success stories. Let us hear about individual student successes, increased virtual enrollment, outstanding lab facilitators, or virtual support processes that your school or district has in place.  We would love to promote these stories.

Click here to tell us about your successes.

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NCVPS E-lert for March 27, 2014

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Current E-lert News

Important Dates

  • March 24: Last day to transfer into yearlong courses.
  • March 28: Registration opens for the 2014-2015 school year.
  • March 28: Weighted grade report posted in the registration system for traditional calendar courses.
  • March 28: Progress report posted in the registration system for early calendar and credit recovery courses.

Click here for the full calendar.

Registration Opening for 2014 – 2015 School Year

Registration for the 2014-2015 school year will open on March 28. This will include registration for Summer 2014, Fall 2014, and Spring 2015.

DPI has not released the new allotment totals yet for districts and charter schools.  We will start districts and charters with their allotment totals that they had for the 2013-2014 school year.  We will then adjust when the new numbers come in, which should be soon.  You will likely see an increase in your allotment totals after the adjustment.

If you have any difficulties, please open a ticket at the Virtual Support Center here: http://www.help.ncvps.org/

Summer 2014 Information

Start Date: Monday, June 16

End Date: Friday, August 8

Courses OfferedTraditional and Credit Recovery

Time Commitment: Students will have 3 to 5 HOURS OF WORK EACH DAY (depending on the course), Monday through Friday. These are our 18-week courses that are taught over an 8-week period. Students must have daily access to the Internet for the duration of summer school. There are no exceptions made for students who attend camps or go on vacations where they do not have access to the Internet.

Here are some additional resources for you:

Calendars
District and School Checklist
Student Checklist
Credit Recovery Information
FAQs
Registration Guide

NCVPS Teacher of the Year

Maria Topliff was named the 2014 NCVPS Teacher of the Year.  Read more about Maria and her success here.  Maria, who teaches in our OCS program, will represent NCVPS in the Regional Online Teacher of the Year event.  Congratulations, Maria!

NCVPS Science Olympiad Team Reigns Supreme

That’s right, we have a Science Olympiad team, they were incredible at the regional competition in Raleigh on Feb. 8, 2014!  Read about their great success here as they are headed on to the state competition.

NCVPS Teacher Data and SAR

The PowerSchool team has officially stated that the current functionality in PowerSchool will not allow NCVPS to run its own SAR. NCDPI is working with the schools to develop a process to update NCVPS data so that schools can include NCVPS enrollments in their SAR.  This will be done similarly to how we have done it in NCWISE in the past, whereby schools schedule students in their system with our teacher data.

However, teacher data will be automatically uploaded into PowerSchool so that the data managers do not have to enter this data by hand as they have in the past. DPI has all the NCVPS teacher data for Fall 2013 and Spring 2014, and they should have the data imported by mid-March.

NCVPS will not be releasing the SAR data to schools. Schools should refer to their Homebase Support, as all the information will be pre-loaded into the systems of each school.

Technology Updates

We’re still seeing  lot of support tickets for students whose work has not submitted even though they, their lab facilitators, or their parents report having seen the work being done. In almost all of these cases, this has been traced to one of two things:

1. Java needed to be updated. Students should be using Java Version 7, Update 51. Updated students have far less issues viewing and submitting content than others.

2. The student is submitting assignments on Google Chrome. Our tech requirements stipulate that we cannot support Google Chrome as a web browser, and issues with assignment submission are a prime reason for that. We recommend Firefox, but understand some students are limited to Internet Explorer, which should also submit assignments without issue provided that Java is updated and enabled.

3. Windows 8 users must update their system to 8.1. This update is free and necessary. It will prevent all manner of Windows 8 headaches including assignment submission. Expect another push of a reminder about this later, as 8.2 is on its way and will be even more helpful (which also means more necessary).

Students should be encouraged to save work, especially for larger assignments, offline in case of the worst. That could be just writing down multiple choice and short answers or writing essays on an offline text editor and pasting them into Moodle or Blackboard once complete. They should also be encouraged to frequently check their gradebooks so they don’t find bad submissions piling up behind them, and we can work with them to troubleshoot the issue.

As a side note, there have also been a few reports of “half-complete” submissions, where students report having done a complete assignment but only half of it or less being submitted. All of these particular issues thus far have been found to be poor connection or user error rather than a Java/Chrome problem.

Traditional Calendar Grade Reports for March 28

The first weighted grade report for traditional calendar classes will be posted in the registration system on March 28, 2014. Look for the report titled “Spring 2014 Third Grading Period Rpt Due March 26, 2014 (includes EC).”

This is a weighted grade that will count 37.5% of a student’s final grade.

You will see two fields in this grade report:

  • Grading Period 1: Instructors will post a numeric grade here. NCVPS does not report grades below a 60 in the first grading period.
  • Comment: All instructors will leave a comment here.

Follow this link to see how to run a grade report.

Follow this link to see our Quick Reference Guide on Grades.

Early Calendar and Credit Recovery Progress Reports for March 28

A progress report will be posted in the registration system on March 28, 2014 for early calendar and credit recovery classes. The report is titled “2014 Spring EC and CR Progress Report Due March 26, 2014.”  This is an unweighted progress report.

The following fields are on this report:

  • Progress Grade = All courses (except credit recovery and OCS) will have a numeric grade reported here.
  • Comment = All instructors will leave a comment.
  • Number of Modules = This field is used for CR only.
  • Status = This field is used for CR only.

Follow this link to see how to run a grade report.

Follow this link to see our Quick Reference Guide on Grades.

In The Loop

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Speaking Virtually

Understanding today’s learners and finding the right tools to teach with are ideas important to all educators. Dive a little deeper into virtual education with the following links curated by the NCVPS Professional Learning team.

What does it mean to use social media in education? How does that work in the classroom? Check out these social media competencies for teachers.

Learn with us on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/ncvps

Semester Success with NCVPS

Follow the link below to learn about our current enrollment options, intervention strategies for low performing students, and more!

http://www.ncvps.org/index.php/semester-success-with-ncvps/

Approved Vendor Courses

Please follow the link below to see the approved vendor courses for use by districts and schools in the state of North Carolina.

http://www.ncvps.org/index.php/educators/approved-vendor-courses/

For more on the vendor approval process, please follow this link:

http://www.ncvps.org/index.php/educators/vendor-approval-process/

NCVPS Celebrations

Districts and Schools, tell us about your success stories. Let us hear about individual student successes, increased virtual enrollment, outstanding lab facilitators, or virtual support processes that your school or district has in place.  We would love to promote these stories.

Click here to tell us about your successes.

Subscribe to the E-lert

If you are not on the e-lert subscription list, but would like to be, please add your name to our list here.

NCVPS Students Score Big in Regional Science Olympiad Competition

On February 8, 2014, the first NCVPS Science Olympiad team competed against other North Carolina high schools in the regional Science Olympiad tournament in Raleigh, North Carolina. The NCVPS team consisted of students who are taking NCVPS science courses. North Carolina’s first virtual team did very well! They scored three first-place honors, one second-place award, and one third-place award. Here are all the NCVPS award winners:

Dylan King (Stokes County) – 1st Place – Designer Genes and Entomology

Elizabeth Morris (CMS) – 1st Place – Dynamic Planet

Taylor Abele (CMS) & Elizabeth Morris (CMS) – 1st Place – Geo Logic Mapping

Taylor Abele (CMS) – 3rd Place – Rocks & Minerals

Elizabeth Morris (CMS) & Corine Olarte (Union County) – 2nd Place – Water Quality

Dylan Elizabeth Taylor Corine

NCVPS students Dylan, Elizabeth, Taylor, and Corine

All first-place winners will advance to the North Carolina Science Olympiad State Tournament on Friday, April 25, and Saturday, April 26, at NC State University. The competition will be in the Engineering II Building and Reynolds Coliseum. The event will open on Friday, April 25, with the traditional Parade of Champions.

“After having a taste of NCSO, I hope to come into next year’s competition with better preparation, more confidence, and ability to place again,” says Corine Olarte. “Thank you to those who made my first NCSO a good experience.”

Janice Silver, an NCVPS Curriculum Coordinator, had the vision last year for NCVPS to sponsor a Science Olympiad team. She lobbied the Science Olympiad committee to allow NCVPS to complete. “Our first Science Olympiad team is starting to become a real Cinderella Story,” Janice says. “Initially when we lobbied the NC Science Olympiad Board of Directors to participate, we were told that our team could only participate at the junior varsity level, which would prevent them from advancing to the state tournament. After the huge success that we had at the regional tournament, paired with more lobbying from the parents of our team and myself, we are headed to the state tournament.”

Dr. Carrie Jones coached the team. Dr. Jones is an NCVPS Science Instructional Leader from Wake County, and she loves competition and what it can do for student learning.  Silver says, “If you happen to see Carrie Jones online, please give her a virtual pat on the back for not laughing at me when I bought this crazy idea to her and asked her to coach this team. She has truly done an awesome job and has not been afraid to innovate.”

Jen Currin, an NCVPS Instructional Director, and Justin Tillett, an NCVPS Science Instructional Leader from Chatham County,  assisted at the event.

NCVPS E-lert for March 13, 2014

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Current E-lert News

Important Dates

  • March 12: Early calendar grade report posted in the registration system.
  • March 12: Traditional calendar progress report posted in the registration system.
  • March 24: Last day to transfer into yearlong courses.
  • March 28: Registration opens for the 2014-2015 school year.

Click here for the full calendar.

Registration Opening for 2014 – 2015 School Year

Registration for the 2014-2015 school year will open on March 28. This will include registration for Summer 2014, Fall 2014, and Spring 2015.

We will post additional details next week.

Middle School Registration

Middle school students may earn high school credit for a limited number of courses approved under North Carolina State Board of Education Policy GCS-M-001. Please refer to the Middle School Eligible Courses documentation to determine which courses are eligible.

Summer 2014 Information

Start Date: Monday, June 16

End Date: Friday, August 8

Courses OfferedTraditional and Credit Recovery

Time Commitment: Students will have 3 to 5 HOURS OF WORK EACH DAY (depending on the course), Monday through Friday. These are our 18-week courses that are taught over an 8-week period. Students must have daily access to the Internet for the duration of summer school. There are no exceptions made for students who attend camps or go on vacations where they do not have access to the Internet.

Here are some additional resources for you:

Calendars
District and School Checklist
Student Checklist
Credit Recovery Information
FAQs
Registration Guide

NCVPS Teacher Data and SAR

The PowerSchool team has officially stated that the current functionality in PowerSchool will not allow NCVPS to run its own SAR. NCDPI is working with the schools to develop a process to update NCVPS data so that schools can include NCVPS enrollments in their SAR.  This will be done similarly to how we have done it in NCWISE in the past, whereby schools schedule students in their system with our teacher data.

However, teacher data will be automatically uploaded into PowerSchool so that the data managers do not have to enter this data by hand as they have in the past. DPI has all the NCVPS teacher data for Fall 2013 and Spring 2014, and they should have the data imported by mid-March.

NCVPS will not be releasing the SAR data to schools. Schools should refer to their Homebase Support, as all the information will be pre-loaded into the systems of each school.

Technology Updates

Password Resets
If students need to have a password reset, please make sure only one request is submitted to the Virtual Support Center. We are seeing an increase in password resets due mostly to duplicate requests from multiple people (both the student and ELA). Thank You!

Java Update
Please make sure to download the latest version of Java 7 – Update 51.

Mac Users
A number of Mac users are having trouble with some course functionality, particularly where World Languages are concerned. In nearly all of those cases, switching the web browser from Safari to Firefox solved those issues. We encourage Mac users to work in their courses through Firefox, which runs our courses on both Moodle and Blackboard much more smoothly.

Early Calendar Grade Reports for March 12

The first weighted grade report for early calendar classes was posted in the registration system on March 12, 2014. Look for the report titled “Early Calendar Spring 2014 Third Grading Period Rpt Due March, 10 2014.”

This is a weighted grade that will count 37.5% of a student’s final grade.

You will see two fields in this grade report:

  • Grading Period 1: Instructors will post a numeric grade here. NCVPS does not report grades below a 60 in the first grading period.
  • Comment: All instructors will leave a comment here.

Follow this link to see how to run a grade report.

Follow this link to see our Quick Reference Guide on Grades.

Traditional Calendar Progress Reports for March 12

A progress report was posted in the registration system on March 12, 2014 for traditional calendar classes. The report is titled “2014 Spring YL, Block, CR Progress Report Due March 10th.”  This is an unweighted progress report.

The following fields are on this report:

  • Progress Grade = All courses (except credit recovery and OCS) will have a numeric grade reported here.
  • Comment = All instructors will leave a comment.
  • Number of Modules = This field is used for CR only.
  • Status = This field is used for CR only.

Follow this link to see how to run a grade report.

Follow this link to see our Quick Reference Guide on Grades.

Semester Success with NCVPS

Follow the link below to learn about our current enrollment options, intervention strategies for low performing students, and more!

http://www.ncvps.org/index.php/semester-success-with-ncvps/

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Just-In-Time NCVPS Matrix

Are you new to NCVPS? If you are part of your school or district’s e-learning plan and have not worked with NCVPS before, check out our Just-In-Time NCVPS Matrix to get a quick start.

Speaking Virtually

Understanding today’s learners and finding the right tools to teach with are ideas important to all educators. Dive a little deeper into virtual education with the following links curated by the NCVPS Professional Learning team.

Are you looking for web resources that are tied to pedagogy? Then check this great resource out:
http://www.unity.net.au/padwheel/padwheelposterV3.pdf 

Learn with us on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/ncvps

Approved Vendor Courses

Please follow the link below to see the approved vendor courses for use by districts and schools in the state of North Carolina.

http://www.ncvps.org/index.php/educators/approved-vendor-courses/

For more on the vendor approval process, please follow this link:

http://www.ncvps.org/index.php/educators/vendor-approval-process/

NCVPS Celebrations

Districts and Schools, tell us about your success stories. Let us hear about individual student successes, increased virtual enrollment, outstanding lab facilitators, or virtual support processes that your school or district has in place.  We would love to promote these stories.

Click here to tell us about your successes.

Subscribe to the E-lert

If you are not on the e-lert subscription list, but would like to be, please add your name to our list here.

Maria Topliff Honored as the 2014 NCVPS Teacher of the Year

Maria Topliff has been named the 2014 NCVPS Teacher of the Year. NCVPS is proud of her excellence in teaching as well as the leadership she has exhibited during her tenure with NCVPS. Please join us in congratulating her.

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Maria Topliff – 2014 NCVPS Teacher of the Year

Topliff graduated from George Mason University with a bachelor’s degree in English. She also earned her master’s degree in Multicultural Literature and Transitional Languages. She taught five years at Northwoods Park Middle School and one year at Dixon Middle school in Onslow County, North Carolina. She now teaches full-time with NCVPS’s Occupational Course of Study (OCS) program, where she teaches OCS Blended English 2, and she is also one of the instructional leaders for American history.

Topliff’s top priority is making a difference in the lives of her students. “I believe that teachers have far more influence in our students’ lives than we can imagine.”  She believes that healthy students create a healthy society and that teachers should go beyond just educating them. “Teachers should instill in students the desire to be successful and reach for their dreams.  We need to not only educate our students’ minds but their hearts, also, so that they can become healthy contributing members of our community.”

Topliff pays tribute to her mother, who was a great source of inspiration for her. When her mother passed away in 2005 from cancer, Topliff expresses how lost she felt. “Thankfully my Grandmother, Gilda Campbell, picked me up and put me back together. She has been my voice of reason, my mentor, my confidant, my friend, and my biggest cheerleader. Throughout my career she has listened patiently to every story, every frustration, every complaint, and every celebration.  She really is the rock that I lean on, and I am amazed at how big her heart is.”

Teachers often find that teaching online makes them a better classroom teacher, and Topliff is no exception. She credits the NCVPS program, staff, and fellow online teachers as the source of her professional growth.  “It is the reason I have been able to grow and really hone my craft as a teacher. I would not be the educator that I am today without this unwavering support.”

NCVPS’s commitment to students has greatly impressed her. “Our students have become enthusiastic about learning. They are excited to get online and see what our teachers have in store for them. NCVPS is completely student centered, and the success that they have attained illustrates our student-driven philosophy.”

Hercules and Spartacus enjoy reading with Maria.

Hercules and Spartacus enjoy reading with Maria.

“I want the education community to know that if we remain united, we can overcome any obstacles,” Topliff says. She believes the song “Lean On Me” is the perfect metaphor for teacher success.  “The collaboration that NCVPS is already famous for has helped so many in our community to grow.  NCVPS is proof that online education is not only important but essential, and the reason that it works is because we lean on each other.”

Topliff would like to tell her former students to never give up. “Life will test you with many trials and tribulations, but this shouldn’t stop anyone from attaining their own success. If a person has the right attitude and isn’t afraid to work hard they can achieve anything.”

Topliff will now advance to the National Online Teacher of the Year competition where she will represent NCVPS. This was the sixth year for the NCVPS Teacher of the Year award. The previous three winners were finalists for the National Online Teacher of the Year Award.  NCVPS’s Leslie Fetzer was 2012 national winner.

NCVPS would also like to congratulate all of the teachers who were nominated by their peers for the Teacher of the Year award:  Teryn Odom (World Languages), Jan Kerley (Art), Jessica Ludders (English), and Darlene Schaefer (Credit Recovery).  The NCVPS staff was incredibly impressed with all five nominees’ presentations, and the staff is proud and grateful to have them as teachers in the NCVPS family.

The NCVPS selection process for the Teacher of the Year program is divided into four phases beginning with the call for nominations. From there, nominees participate in a blind selection process that starts with answering a series of initial questions on instructional philosophy and student-centered instruction. The selection committee then narrows the field to five finalists who complete a portfolio of responses and showcase examples of their work that demonstrate their approach to teaching and their beliefs about instruction.  The five finalists are then interviewed by the committee before the final selection is made.

NCVPS E-lert for February 20, 2014

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Current E-lert News

Important Dates

  • February 26: Progress reports posted in the registration system.
  • March 7:  End of first 9 weeks for early calendar block courses.
  • March 12: First grade report (weighted) for early calendar courses.

Click here for the full calendar.

Semester Success with NCVPS

Follow the link below to learn about our current enrollment options, intervention strategies for low performing students, and more!

http://www.ncvps.org/index.php/semester-success-with-ncvps/

Inside an NCVPS Course

Have you ever seen one of our courses up close?  Check out what was going on in one of our Spanish 1 courses this week.

Learn more about how we operate in this short video.

Current Enrollment Options

Our regular enrollment period is over.  We can no longer enroll students new to a course.  We do have some options, though, for enrollments. Here’s what we have:

1. Our credit recovery courses are still open for regular enrollment and will remain open until April 25. You can enroll students directly in the registration system for CR students.

2. You can still enroll OCS students into existing sections in the registration system.  We can’t open new OCS sections for schools, though.

3. We can accept transfer students. Transfer students must be enrolled in the class at the face-to-face school, have seat time with an instructor, and have a passing grade to transfer in with. We must also have an available seat in the course to accommodate the transfer. If you would like to request a transfer, please open a ticket with the Virtual Support Center here: http://www.help.ncvps.org/  Include this information in your ticket:

    • Student’s Name:
    • Course Needed:
    • Transfer Grade:
    • The school’s support plan if student does not have a passing transfer grade:
    • Reason for Transfer
    • Student’s School:
    • Students PowerSchool ID Number:
    • Student’s Email: (do not use ELA’s email address)
    • Does the student have an IEP?
    • Does the student have a 504 Plan:

We must evaluate each transfer request, but we will do our best to accommodate the request.

Progress Report for Feb. 26

A progress report will be posted in the registration system on February 26, 2014. The report is titled “Spring 2014 EC, CR, Block and YL Progress Report Due Feb. 24, 2014”  This is an unweighted progress report.

The following fields are on this report:

  • Progress Grade = All courses (except credit recovery and OCS) will have a numeric grade reported here.
  • Comment = All instructors will leave a comment.
  • Number of Modules = This field is used for CR only.
  • Status = This field is used for CR only.

Follow this link to see how to run a grade report.

Follow this link to see our Quick Reference Guide on Grades.

Revised NCVPS Guidelines

We have two revised guidelines. Please follow the links below:

NCVPS IEP/504 Guidelines for NCVPS Teachers and District eLAs

Student Conduct and Academic Integrity Guidelines 

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In The Loop

Just-In-Time NCVPS Matrix

Are you new to NCVPS? If you are part of your school or district’s e-learning plan and have not worked with NCVPS before, check out our Just-In-Time NCVPS Matrix to get a quick start.

Speaking Virtually

Understanding today’s learners and finding the right tools to teach with are ideas important to all educators. Dive a little deeper into virtual education with the following links curated by the NCVPS Professional Learning team.

Are you using iPads in the classroom? Check this out!

Learn with us on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/ncvps

Approved Vendor Courses

Please follow the link below to see the approved vendor courses for use by districts and schools in the state of North Carolina.

http://www.ncvps.org/index.php/educators/approved-vendor-courses/

For more on the vendor approval process, please follow this link:

http://www.ncvps.org/index.php/educators/vendor-approval-process/

NCVPS Celebrations

Districts and Schools, tell us about your success stories. Let us hear about individual student successes, increased virtual enrollment, outstanding lab facilitators, or virtual support processes that your school or district has in place.  We would love to promote these stories.

Click here to tell us about your successes.

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NCVPS E-lert for Feb. 13, 2014

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Important Dates

  • February 12: Progress reports posted in the registration system.
  • February 26: Progress reports posted in the registration system.
  • March 7:  End of first 9 weeks for early calendar block courses.

Click here for the full calendar.

Current Enrollment Options

Our regular enrollment period is over.  We can no longer enroll students new to a course.  We do have some options, though, for enrollments. Here’s what we have:

1. Our credit recovery courses are still open for regular enrollment and will remain open until April 25. You can enroll students directly in the registration system for CR students.

2. You can still enroll OCS students into existing sections in the registration system.  We can’t open new OCS sections for schools, though.

3. We can accept transfer students. Transfer students must be enrolled in the class at the face-to-face school, have seat time with an instructor, and have a passing grade to transfer in with. We must also have an available seat in the course to accommodate the transfer. If you would like to request a transfer, please open a ticket with the Virtual Support Center here: http://www.help.ncvps.org/  Include this information in your ticket:

    • Student’s Name:
    • Course Needed:
    • Transfer Grade:
    • The school’s support plan if student does not have a passing transfer grade:
    • Reason for Transfer
    • Student’s School:
    • Students PowerSchool ID Number:
    • Student’s Email: (do not use ELA’s email address)
    • Does the student have an IEP?
    • Does the student have a 504 Plan:

We must evaluate each transfer request, but we will do our best to accommodate the request.

Progress Report for Feb. 12

A progress report was posted in the registration system on February 12, 2014. The report is titled “Spring 2014 EC, CR, Block and YL Progress Report Due Feb. 10, 2014”  This is an unweighted progress report.

The following fields are on this report:

  • Progress Grade = All courses (except credit recovery and OCS) will have a numeric grade reported here.
  • Comment = All instructors will leave a comment.
  • Number of Modules = This field is used for CR only.
  • Status = This field is used for CR only.

Follow this link to see how to run a grade report.

Follow this link to see our Quick Reference Guide on Grades.

Revised NCVPS Guidelines

We have two revised guidelines. Please follow the links below:

NCVPS IEP/504 Guidelines for NCVPS Teachers and District eLAs

Student Conduct and Academic Integrity Guidelines 

Just-In-Time NCVPS Matrix

Are you need to NCVPS? If you are part of your school or district’s e-learning plan and have not worked with NCVPS before, check out our Just-In-Time NCVPS Matrix to get a quick start.

Speaking Virtually

Understanding today’s learners and finding the right tools to teach with are ideas important to all educators. Dive a little deeper into virtual education with the following links curated by the NCVPS Professional Learning team.

Infographic: Teachers’ Guide to Trendy EdTech Concepts

Learn with us on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/ncvps

Approved Vendor Courses

Please follow the link below to see the approved vendor courses for use by districts and schools in the state of North Carolina.

http://www.ncvps.org/index.php/educators/approved-vendor-courses/

For more on the vendor approval process, please follow this link:

http://www.ncvps.org/index.php/educators/vendor-approval-process/

NCVPS Celebrations

Districts and Schools, tell us about your success stories. Let us hear about individual student successes, increased virtual enrollment, outstanding lab facilitators, or virtual support processes that your school or district has in place.  We would love to promote these stories.

Click here to tell us about your successes.

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NCVPS E-lert for January 31, 2014

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Important Dates

  • January 29: Early Calendar Progress Report posted in the registration system.
  • January 30: Day 7 Traditional Calendar Student Status Report posted in the registration system.
  • February 3: Last day to drop/add for traditional calendar courses. Credit recovery will remain open, and you can add students to your existing OCS courses. No new OCS sections can be created though.

Click here for the full calendar.

NCVPS Inclement Weather Policy

We know many districts have been impacted by the recent snow. It’s never easy to work around missed school days during the start of a semester.

Our teachers will be as flexible as possible during this time. They are aware that students who work from labs have not had access to their courses, and those students will not be penalized.  We are happy to report that a number of students in snow-bound districts have worked from home, so they have started off well, unaffected by the snow in their regions.

We cannot change our drop/add deadline for February 3. We have several factors that prevent us from doing that. We will not submit our rosters, though, to DPI until close of the day on Friday, February 7. Any drops or withdrawals through February 7 will count as a drop for student records and district allotment totals. That means students will not be penalized in any way, and the enrollments will not count in the district or charter school’s allotment totals.

Update ELA Contact Information

It is essential for all schools that have registered students to update their ELA contact information in the registration system.  Please follow this link to see how to update your contact information.

Week 1-2 Access Check and Enrollment Options

We have a short primer for the first two weeks of class.  See how schools can support their online students, and see what your enrollment options are in our Week 1-2 Access Check and Enrollment Options page.

Revised NCVPS/IEP/504 Guidelines

Please see our revised NCVPS/IEP guidelines here.

Tech Tips

We hope you are off to a great start for Spring Semester! Friendly reminder if you are experiencing any issues we want to hear from you. You can communicate with our Tech Team 24-7 at the Help Desk @ http://www.help.ncvps.org/.

Below are some helpful tips and reminders to help you: 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.

Course Issues – When requesting help regarding a course it always easier for tech support to respond quickly if we have the specific section name, for example CourseSec01Fall13.

Traditional Calendar Day 7 No-Show Report

NCVPS will post the Day 7 Student Status Report in the registration system on January 30. This report is designed to help early calendar schools determine if students need to be dropped by our tenth day of class.  Look for the report titled “Traditional Spring 2014 7-day No Show Report.”

This is not a drop report and will not adversely affect any student. This report provides accurate student status information to schools.

If students are identified as a no-show, please contact the students and make sure they have their login information. Also urge the students to log in right away and begin working.

Fields on this Report:

1) No show / present? = “No Show” indicates that student has either not logged in or has logged in but has not submitted the first assignment. “Present ” indicates that the student has logged in and completed at least 1 assignment.

2) Comment = For instructors to leave feedback on student.

Digital Learning Day – February 5

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Just-In-Time NCVPS Matrix

Are you need to NCVPS? If you are part of your school or district’s e-learning plan and have not worked with NCVPS before, check out our Just-In-Time NCVPS Matrix to get a quick start.

Speaking Virtually

Understanding today’s learners and finding the right tools to teach with are ideas important to all educators. Dive a little deeper into virtual education with the following links curated by the NCVPS Professional Learning team.

Do you want to use digital flashcards with your class? Check this out:

StudyBlue

Thanks for that resource, @DCampbellNCVPS!

Approved Vendor Courses

Please follow the link below to see the approved vendor courses for use by districts and schools in the state of North Carolina.

http://www.ncvps.org/index.php/educators/approved-vendor-courses/

For more on the vendor approval process, please follow this link:

http://www.ncvps.org/index.php/educators/vendor-approval-process/

NCVPS Celebrations

Districts and Schools, tell us about your success stories. Let us hear about individual student successes, increased virtual enrollment, outstanding lab facilitators, or virtual support processes that your school or district has in place.  We would love to promote these stories.

Click here to tell us about your successes.

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NCVPS E-lert for Jan. 23, 2014

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Important Dates

  • January 21: Spring 2014 classes begin.
  • January 24: Day 3 Traditional Calendar Student Status Report posted in the registration system.
  • January 29: Early Calendar Progress Report posted in the registration system.

Click here for the full calendar.

Update ELA Contact Information

It is essential for all schools that have registered students to update their ELA contact information in the registration system.  Please follow this link to see how to update your contact information.

Week 1-2 Access Check and Enrollment Options

We have a short primer for the first two weeks of class.  See how schools can support their online students, and see what your enrollment options are in our Week 1-2 Access Check and Enrollment Options page.

Traditional Calendar No-Show Report

NCVPS will post the Day 3 Student Status Report in the registration system on January 24. This report is designed to help early calendar schools determine if students need to be dropped by our tenth day of class.  Look for the report titled “Traditional Spring 2014 3-day No Show Report.”

This is not a drop report and will not adversely affect any student. This report provides accurate student status information to schools.

If students are identified as a no-show, please contact the students and make sure they have their login information. Also urge the students to log in right away and begin working.

Fields on this Report:

1) No show / present? = “No Show” indicates that student has either not logged in or has logged in but has not submitted the first assignment. “Present ” indicates that the student has logged in and completed at least 1 assignment.

2) Comment = For instructors to leave feedback on student.

Parent Contact Information

As many of you know, we are having some issues with parent information missing in the NCVPS Registration System.  The missing information seems to be sporadic rather than pervasive. This is good news but we still have an issue.

Here is some background on this situation. In our NCVPS Registration System is the most recent parent information that we obtained from a Power School update.  Power School itself is having problems with parent information so F2F schools are having this same problem of missing information.  We had hoped to pull past information from either Power School or old NC Wise information, but this is not possible per DPI as this information would be out of date and would overwrite correct information that we currently have.

We are also restricted in using parent contact information from student.  This information may violate the restrictions placed on all teachers to only contact parents that meet custody requirements. We cannot contact a parent unless a school tells us we can.

So here is our solution:  Teachers may be contacting schools to request parent info.  If a school is unable to provide this information due to manpower, etc., then the school becomes the stand in parent for the teacher.  We understand how time consuming it may be to provide teachers with parent contact information.  NCVPS wants to make sure that our stakeholders are always aware of student progress in a course but we also value your time.

Thank you for working with us!  If you have any concerns, please feel free to complete a Help Desk ticket at our Virtual Support Center and we will respond quickly!  (www.help.ncvps.org)

Just-In-Time NCVPS Matrix

Are you need to NCVPS? If you are part of your school or district’s e-learning plan and have not worked with NCVPS before, check out our Just-In-Time NCVPS Matrix to get a quick start.

Courses at Capacity

We have a number of early calendar courses that we are cancelling for Spring 2014. These courses have less than 10 enrollments. Most have less than 3.  Students enrolled in the cancelled courses will be dropped and added into the traditional calendar courses.  We will notify ELAs of these changes. The students will still be enrolled, but their classes will start January 21, not January 6. They can arrange to complete their courses early with their NCVPS instructors. Early calendar ELAs can drop students from the traditional calendar courses if that does not meet the students’ needs.  Our instructors are good about helping early calendar students finish early, though.

Click here to see the list of courses that have capacity issues.

Speaking Virtually

Understanding today’s learners and finding the right tools to teach with are ideas important to all educators. Dive a little deeper into virtual education with the following links curated by the NCVPS Professional Learning team.

Do you want to see a great list of tech tool? Check out this link:

Gill.Tech Tools

Check out the Answer Pad if you are working in a blended classroom, or if your school has one computer or tablet for each students. We have this one labeled as “cool.”

Approved Vendor Courses

Please follow the link below to see the approved vendor courses for use by districts and schools in the state of North Carolina.

http://www.ncvps.org/index.php/educators/approved-vendor-courses/

For more on the vendor approval process, please follow this link:

http://www.ncvps.org/index.php/educators/vendor-approval-process/

NCVPS Celebrations

Districts and Schools, tell us about your success stories. Let us hear about individual student successes, increased virtual enrollment, outstanding lab facilitators, or virtual support processes that your school or district has in place.  We would love to promote these stories.

Click here to tell us about your successes.

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