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WELCOME TO NORTH CAROLINA VIRTUAL ACADEMY

For more info about K12, please click on the below links:

 

MONTHLY EVENTS

 

2020-21 K12 CAMPS

K12 Clubs--COMING SOON!

K12 offers a variety of student clubs where like-minded students may share their areas of interest. These clubs are offered typically two times a month, and last one hour. K12 Clubs are available between September and May annually.


Register to receive early notification about clubs at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/19-20Clubs . Student and Family questions about K12 National Clubs & other National Programming may be directed to clubs@k12.com .

 

K12 "WALK TO CLASS: SESSIONS

Walk to Class: "Set Up for Success" is a 60 minute session designed for new families to help prepare for the school year. Topics include expectations, involvement, sample schedules, veteran learning coach tips and organization.


Registration Link for Elementary School: https://bit.ly/WTCSUS_Elem

Registration Link for Middle and High School: https://bit.ly/WTCSUS_MSHS


Walk to Class: "Online School" is a 60 minute session designed for new families to introduce them to the Online School. Topics include resources in the Online School, features of the K12 App, accessing Class Connects, and the Introduction to Online Learning course.


Registration Link for Elementary School: https://bit.ly/WTC_OLS_Elem

Registration Link for Middle and High School: https://bit.ly/WTC_OLS_MSHS

 
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This is a monthly school newsletter created from our Family Engagement coordinator to help new and returning families get involved with NCVA. It contains tips/tricks for learning coaches, lists upcoming events, and a spotlight on all NCVA news. 

 

OCTOBER IS BULLYING PREVENTION MONTH

UNITY DAY-OCTOBER 21ST

October is National Bullying Prevention month. Wednesday, October 21st is Pacer’s National Bullying Prevention Center's annual "Unity Day.“ Our entire K12 community is participating by wearing ORANGE on that date to raise awareness and demonstrate your commitment to ending bullying in our communities and schools. NCVA is also hosting various activities throughout the month for families as well. By standing together, we can make a difference! #PowerofONE


Please watch this 3 minute Student's With Solutions Video .


Ways to Get Involved:

Unity Day is 10/21: Wear ORANGE and share your pictures on our NCVA FB page.

Take the Pledge against bullying: https://www.pacer.org/bullying/pledge

Participate in the Student's With Solutions Contest

Attend any virtual anti-bullying activities occurring at school or locally in your hometown.

TRACK your service hours here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/K12Cares

SHARE your pictures: https://www.facebook.com/NorthCarolinaVirtualAcademy/

#PowerofONE

 
 

LEARNING COACH EVENTS

Check out the full list of activities planned just for Learning Coaches this fall! Don't forget to scroll down to the "Learning Coach Central" section of the newsletter for more details about offerings this month. We hope to see you there!

LC Speaker Series

LC Social Time

LC Mathematical Minds Series-Supporting your student in Math with confidence!

LC Support Group-Social Emotional Learning

 

CLASS CONNECT UPDATE: USING BLACKBOARD

Originally we were slated to use Newrow in place of Blackboard Collaborate at the start of this school year. However, Newrow has been put on hold for the time being and we will continue to use Blackboard Collaborate 1st semester. Newrow is tentatively scheduled to be used 2nd semester. We'll keep you posted with the latest updates.

 

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

Welcome to a new school year. We know it's an exciting and overwhelming time of the year. Please reach out to your advisor or content teachers with questions. 

Over the next few days, please put these tasks on your to-do list: 

​*Attend WOW sessions (Week of Welcome)

*Attend grade level orientation (required for all students)

*Attend new student orientation (required for new families to NCVA)

*Set up your work area

*Organize school materials

*Familiarize yourself with the course materials

*Talk with your Student Support Advisor on the phone for introductions

*Read and acknowledge the Parent Student Handbook (below under ‘Resources’)

*Check and read emails 

*Check out this website and watch tutorial videos 

*Complete 'Welcome to Online Learning' course

*Get some PE time in by doing some fun indoor or outdoor activities (see PE Resource Guide below for ideas)



All of the above items count towards daily attendance, so be sure to log in the time spent in each.

 

**FOR QUESTIONS, PLEASE REACH OUT TO YOUR TEACHERS

WEEK OF WELCOME

Welcome to NCVA! Our Student Support Team has some exciting activities planned to help you prepare for classes. W.O.W. sessions begin Monday, August 17th at 8:30 a.m. We look forward to meeting you!


HOW DO I GET STARTED?


LOG-IN to the Online School-Monday, August 17th at 8:30 a.m.

Complete Online Learning Course (OLL)-All parts, 100%

Attend W.O.W Sessions- REQUIRED for NEW families. Some sessions are optional for returning families.

NWEA Beginning of Year Assessments-Begin Wednesday, August 19th

*Working camera and microphone are required.


Read and review any course introductions or course syllabus

Organize your course materials

Set-up your workspace

Make contact with your Student Advisor


What will I learn during W.O.W. Sessions?

Daily expectations

Attendance Training

Online School Navigation and more...


*See your Daily Plan for specific dates and times for W.O.W. Sessions and NWEA Assessments.

 

AVAILABLE COUNSELING GROUPS

New sessions to be announced when school starts back up in August.

 

STUDENT SERVICES WEBSITE

Please take note of our student services website packed with a tremendous amount of helpful community, academic, social and emotional resources! See it here: https://ncvastudentservices.wixsite.com/ncva

 

STRONG START FOR NEW FAMILIES

Strong Start, Strong Finish!

Introducing your Student Support Team (formerly known as the Family Academic Support Team F.A.S.T.) We have a new name, but our continued commitment to student success remains the same. The Student Support Team would like to wish all of our families at NCVA a "strong start and strong finish" for the upcoming school year!


Meet your Student Support Team

Lea King, Student Support Administrator

Aimee Hanna, Student Attendance Specialist

Paige Adams, Student Resource Coordinator

Jillian Davenport, Community Engagement Specialist

Whitney Cress, K-8 Counselor


Student Support Advisors :

K-5: Amy Baker, Rebekah Logan, Allison Mosley, Nkechi Orabuchi-Fluker, Jevonda Perkins, and Katie Szostak

6-8: Brittany Bonardi, Tiffany Carson, Kristen Herd, and Danielle Smithers.

9-12: Marah Barrow, Debbie DeLoach, Karie Shuler, and Jennifer Triplett

 

WHAT TO DO  WHEN YOU EXPERIENCE INTERNET OUTAGE

We know there will be times when your internet connection goes out. It happens to all of us from time to time. When it does here is the backup plan for you to follow: 

  • Contact teacher by phone or email to let her know of the situation (school number-919-346-0121, type in teacher extension or ask for teacher by name)

  • Work off-line in their k12 materials (For example: completing at least one lesson in each course, catching up on lessons you know are overdue, reading a book, writing in a journal, getting PE and/or health hours in, portfolio assignment if during that time frame, etc…)

  • Complete a minimum of 6 hours per day of educational activities (K12 work, health/PE, extracurricular activity, reading, enrichment/review activity, educational video/song/activity….)

  • Record on paper the lessons completed and hours worked (when wi-fi is back up, log-in to OLS and mark lessons complete and manually log in hours completed for that day)

**Student will have to make up any live class connect sessions they miss while their internet is down by watching the recordings. LC is to continue to stay in contact with the teacher of their situation status.

 

ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENTS

Students are required to log a minimum of 6 hours of attendance and lessons a day (30 hours a week)

Tip: set aside time each night to log in hours and mark lessons complete

*Work marked complete must match with hours logged 

*See 'Attendance and Truancy' section of the Parent Handbook under the LC Resources tab

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IMPORTANT DATES FOR 2020-21 SCHOOL YEAR

*All 1st semester outings will be virtual. If something changes, we will let you know.

Aug. 7: Outings

Aug. 13: Meet the Teacher/Open House

Aug. 17:  1st Day of School

Aug. 17-21:  1:1 Meetings with teachers (advisor connection call, diagnostic testing)

Aug. 19-21: NWEA testing online *required for all students

Aug. 24: Live instruction begins online

Aug. 31-Sept. 2: BOG testing (3rd graders only)

Sept. 7:  No School Labor Day

Sept. 18: Outings

Oct. 9: Outings

Oct. 12: Holiday- No School

Oct.14-16: PreACT testing

Oct. 16: End of Quarter 1

Oct. 19: Quarter 2 begins

Oct. 19: Teacher Workday, no live classes, students work on daily assignments

Oct. 23: Quarter 1 Report Cards emailed

Nov. 2-5: Online Interims *requird for all students

Nov 6: Outings

Nov. 11: Veteran's Day- No School

Nov. 26-27:  No School 

Dec. 4: Outings

Dec. 14-17: High School EOC Assessments (In-person)

Dec. 18: Quarter 2 Ends

Dec. 21-Jan. 1:  No School 

Jan. 4: Quarter 3 Begins

Jan. 4-5: Teacher Workdays, no live classes, students work on daily assignments

Jan. 8: Quarter 2 Report Cards emailed

Jan. 15: Outings

Jan. 18:  No School Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Jan. 19-22: NWEA online testing *required for all elementary and middle school students

Feb. 12: Outings

Feb. 15:  No School-President's Day

Feb. 23-25: ACT Testing *required in-person test

Mar. 2-5: Online Interims *required for all elementary and middle school students

Mar. 17: Quarter 3 Ends

Mar. 18: Quarter 4 Begins

Mar. 18-19: Teacher Workdays, no live classes, students work on daily assignments

Mar. 26: Quarter 3 Report Cards emailed

Apr. 5-9: Spring Break-No School

Apr. 16: NCVA Enrollment Lottery

Apr. 19-23: Online Interims *required for all elementary and middle school students

May 17-19: Kindergarten Celebrations

May 26-June 4:  EOG/EOC testing *required in-person testing for all students 3rd-12th grade

May 31:  No School Memorial Day

Jun. 9:  Last Day of School

Jun. 10: High School Prom and Middle School Dance

Jun. 11: High School Graduation

Jun. 10-30: 3rd Grade Summer Camp

Jun. 10-25: High School Summer School

Jun. 21: Quarter 4 Report Cards emailed

 

HELP CENTER

Who to contact and when

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K12 TECH SUPPORT

866-512-2273

K12 Tech Support offers assistance when it comes to fixing equipment issues (laptop, audio headsets, printer, etc..), changing LC passwords, correcting errors or issues found in the OLS, and missing materials.

ADVISORS/TEACHERS

919-346-0121
First point of contact for all questions

Each student has an assigned advisor and content teachers who will answer specific grade level or school questions you may have. Please look under the appropriate grade level tab for their contact info.

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When in doubt of who to contact, reach out to your homeroom teacher & they'll help direct you appropriately.

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 

WHAT IS NCVA?

North Carolina Virtual Academy (NCVA) is a virtual, tuition-free public school chartered by the State Board of Education. NCVA uses the K12 curriculum to offer a competitive, rigorous, and data-driven program for students in kindergarten through twelfth grade.

The partner governing board exists of 6 members who meet monthly to oversee the school's financial, academic, and operational aspects. The board has 3 committees; finance, academic, and policy- that meet regularly to conduct business related to their areas of expertise on a regular basis.

NCVA has experienced vibrant demand from parents to gain entry to the school. During the state-mandated lottery in April 2017, nearly 2500 applications were submitted for only 360 open slots. We also have a current wait list larger than 700 children. 

100% of NCVA's teachers are licensed and highly qualified in NC, with 90% residing in State. 

WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF VIRTUAL SCHOOLS?

Virtual Schools exist to serve students who would better thrive outside the four walls of a traditional classroom. Specific reasons why families choose a virtual education for their child include: escaping bullying, traveling schedules for youth performers, undergoing medical treatment, or wanting to simply exercise public school choice. For many NC families, we are the only public option available to them in their area of residence.

NCVA offers a Family Academic Support Team (FAST) that works to ensure students are engaged in this virtual model. They work with families to ensure students are following Back on Track plans, and in extreme situations, work to identify local community resources to meet their needs (examples: fires in the home, flood damage, etc...). 

WHAT ARE THE DEMOGRAPHICS OF OUR STUDENT POPULATION?

For the SY1718, NCVA drew students from 107 of the State's 115 LEAs and has served 97 of the State's 100 counties.  Both  figures are the highest in the short history of our virtual school. 
*Last year enrollment was capped at 2160 across all grade levels (K-12). 
*Our students primarily originate from public schools (69%) along with other venues: homeschool (17%), private school (3%), and not in school (10%). 
*For student demographics, we have slightly more females (53%) than males (47%) at NCVA. Ethnically, the breakdown is as follows: Caucasian (63%), African-American (26%), Hispanic (6%), American-Indian (2%), and Asian (2%).
*14.3% of our students have disabilities and 65% of our students qualify for Free and Reduced Lunch. We also serve students through 504 plans, in McKinney-Veto Homeless situations, and English Language Learners.

HOW WILL MY CHILD MEET OTHER FAMILIES IN THE VIRTUAL ENVIRONMENT?

To help with socialization for families, quarterly outings are hosted in every region of the state and include a wide array of topics: historic tours, fall pumpkin patches, skating/bowling events, hikes at State parks, or just eating ice cream at local establishments. For students not able to attend, we host virtual outings to include them as well. Outings are a great way to connect with NCVA staff, learning coaches, and students in your area. 

We also offer a variety of opportunities on-line for students and learning coaches to get connected with each other. For example: online K12 clubs, Friday Homeroom Hangouts with your teachers and classmates, and special online events. 

HOW DO I ENROLL A STUDENT WITH NCVA?

You will contact the k12 Enrollment Department at K12.com to begin the process. Once on the site, click on 'Ready to Enroll', type in your zip code, choose NCVA as the school choice, and select 'Start Enrollment' or visit this link:

https://start.k12.com/schoolindividual.html?st=nc&product=NCVA&leadsource=direct&utm_source=k12-schoolfinder&utm_medium=direct&utm_campaign=schoolfinder

GET IN TOUCH

North Carolina Virtual Academy is committed to exceeding your needs. Questions, comments or special requests? We’d love to hear from you, so don’t hesitate to reach out today.

4220 NC Hwy 55 Suite 130 Durham, NC 27713

919-346-0121

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