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WELCOME TO NORTH CAROLINA VIRTUAL ACADEMY

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

 

NCVA ENROLLMENT & CUSTOMER SERVICE

Interested in NCVA?

*NCVA is currently at maximum capacity. If you want to enroll, you can submit applications online and utilize the Parent Portal to complete the process for waitlist consideration. 

Current NCVA Students & LCs:

k12 Customer service is currently experiencing significant wait times due to the high call volume they are receiving. Please email your homeroom teacher for academic questions or your advisor for non-academic questions.  You may also contact k12 at one of the below sites, but there may still be a delay with response time. 

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DECEMBER EVENTS

*See your Class Connect Schedule in the Online School for Virtual Sessions.


IMPORTANT DATES

*See your Class Connect Schedule in the Online School for Virtual Sessions.


December 1st: Submission Deadline for MS/HS Art & Talent Show

December 3rd: MS/HS Virtual Art & Talent Show

December 3rd: ES Virtual Winter Jubilee!

December 10th: LC Speaker Event "Fitness & Wellness" (RSVP)

December 13th-17th: High School EOC Exams (See E-mail for details)

December 20th-January 2nd: Winter Break (NCVA Closed)


**MONDAY, January 3rd-1st day of 3rd Quarter/2nd Semester**


~Save the Dates~

January 14th: NCVA Adventure Day/Outing Events

*In person events are pending the developing COVID regulations. Details will be e-mailed to families.*

December 1st: Submission Deadline for MS/HS Art & Talent Show




~Save the Dates~

December 3: NCVA Adventure Day/Outing Events

*In person events are pending the developing COVID regulations. Details will be e-mailed to families.

 
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NCVA FINALIST COMPETING! STRIDE K-5 BAKE OFF 11/17

One of our very own NCVA students, Shelby F (5th grade) competed as one of the top 5 finalists for Stride’s first National Bake Off on November 17th. She earned the Silver rating winner status. Congratulations Shelby!

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EOG/EOC STATE EXAMS!

As a public charter school, NCVA students are required to participate in State mandated testing. End of Grade (EOG) for 3rd-8th and End of Course (EOC) for specific classes in High School. These exams are in-person at assigned sites. As you are making advanced plans, be sure to block off the following dates. Specific dates, times, and locations of your student’s exams will be shared with families a month in advance. Please make arrangements to be present and on time. Due to the high number of students across the state that need to test, space at our venues, and DPI testing regulations, there is very limited availability to reschedule.


EOC (Fall/High School): December 13th-December 17th

EOG/EOC (Spring/3rd-12th): May 19th-May 31st (except Memorial Day)


Why is it important that my student participate? This was expressed during the Enrollment process and is included in the NCVA Handbook that families signed upon beginning school. All testing dates are indicated on the NCVA Calendar.


Participation in EOG/EOCs is mandated by the State. It provides valuable information to DPI as they norm grade level expectations.

Grade Impact: In 3rd Grade, a student may be retained if they do not complete or pass their ELA exam. EOCs for High School represent 20% of your student’s grade.

We could lose our charter to operate if our students do not attend.

A student may be administratively withdrawn from NCVA for non-participation and may not log attendance hours on days they’re absent from testing.

Medical emergencies, such as student hospitalization, are evaluated by the State on a case by case basis. Please notify the school in the event of an emergency

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SENIOR SWAG

It’s time to prepare for graduation, Class of 2022! Access the full virtual catalogue at NC Virtual Academy Virtual Experience . Check your inbox for full details from our High School Counselors regarding how to order Senior Swag items. Congratulations!

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NCVA MIDDLE & HIGH SCHOOL ART & TALENT SHOW

Date: Friday, December 3rd

Time: 2:00-4:00

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: DEC 1ST BY 5:00 P.M.

ALL students at NCVA in grades 6-12 may submit artwork or talent.

· Limit (2) submissions per student.

· Sculpture, Painting, Photography, Drawing, Digital Art, Pottery, Folk Art, musical compositions, dance performances accepted.

· NON-COMPETITIVE.

· Artwork MUST BE ORIGINAL and STUDENT MADE

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Submission Guidelines:

1. Artwork submissions should be email to Mrs. Brancaccio for Middle School Students (dbrancaccio@ncvacademy.org) and Mrs. Royal for High School Students (kmaberoyal@ncvacademy.org) with “ART SHOW SUBMISSION” as the subject title.


2. Artwork submissions MUST INCLUDE full name of student, grade level, the media or category of the submission and the title of the piece in the body of the email. Please make sure you attach a high quality digital photo of your artwork to the email.


3. Performances can be submitted using Fall 2021 Virtual Art and Talent Show Flipgrid. (Share your talent: singing, playing an instrument, dancing, gymnastics, etc.)

SUBMISSIONS NOT FOLLOWING GUIDELINES WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

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STRIDE K12 NATIONAL NEWS

STRIDE K12 NATIONAL NEWSLETTER


Please read the Stride K12 Newsletter November 2021 for updates from the National Team!


National Activities & Student Challenges

*My Planet, My Neighborhood Challenge

* Minecraft Challenge

*Learn How to Build an Online Profile on Tallo

*Computer Science Virtual College Fair

Join the LC Community!

You can access our school’s LC Community from the K12 App by logging in with your Learning Coach credentials and clicking the Community tab at the bottom.

Don’t have the K12 App? Download the K12 App on your iOS or Android device today!


Join us at www.learningcoachlife.com!

 

NCVA SCHOOL CALENDAR FOR SY 2021-22

 

K12 STUDENT ID CARD

Have you ever wanted to own a physical Student Identification Card for community discounts? The K12 site for ordering these has launched. Order yours today for a minimal fee that includes shipping at http://studentid.k12.com .

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K12 LEARNING LIFTOFF NEWSLETTER

For fun ideas for you and your children, subscribe to our Learning Liftoff newsletter and follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Register here: http://www.learningliftoff.com/


https://www.learningliftoff.com/

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NEWROW

This year we will no longer be using Blackboard Collaborate as our online classroom platform. It will be replaced by NewRow. Below is a little about how to use the platform.

 

ZOOM APP

Sometimes, staff will schedule sessions in Newrow, then re-direct students or Learning Coaches to a Zoom room for a more interactive experience. Never miss a Zoom session again! Be sure to download the Zoom app to your computer.

 
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NCVA's Beacon Herald Monthly Newsletter

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. 

 
Helping Hands

LC VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!

Attention Learning Coaches

Want to get more involved? There are many exciting opportunities to participate and share your unique skills. Let us know more about your interests. Please complete the VOLUNTEER SURVEY to join our team.


*Background Checks are required for all school volunteers.

 
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DECEMBER: RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS

In December NCVA joins our Stride family by participating in Random Acts of Kindness! Find little ways to be helpful or show you care during this season of giving. Allow your talents and interests guide you. Thank you for your participation!


~Ways to Participate~


Bring a neighbor's paper from the street.

Preparing a treat or meal for someone.

Send a note or make a call to someone you haven’t spoken with in a while.

Help with a task without being asked.

Make a donation of gently used clothes, toys, or books.


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

 

*NEW* NCVA LEARNING COACH EVENTS

NCVA offers monthly workshops for Learning Coaches to attend. If you've missed any, check out the below link to view recordings from past events.

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Families Communicating Via Video Calls

NCVA FAMILY DIRECTORY SY2021-22

Many of you have asked about additional ways to connect with other families in your area. If you choose to opt into the family directory, you can connect with other families in your area with students of the same age. You will include your name, email address, county, phone number (optional) as well as the grade level(s) of your student(s). You can then call or email to connect with other families! We are excited to offer this, and we hope you take advantage of the opportunity. Please remember, this is NOT mandatory. If you have any questions, please reach out to your advisor. Happy Connecting!


Link to Opt-in

NCVA Directory SY 21-22

 

LC SPEAKER SERIES

NCVA is committed to Learning Coach Development! Join us each month to discuss a different topic! In November, we would like to welcome Dr. Nkechi Orabuchi-Fluker. Be sure to register by designated date to have the event scheduled under your LC Account in the Online School. We may move to Zoom if we have a large number of LCs registered to attend. The events will be recorded for anyone unable to attend live. Please contact our Community Engagement Specialist, Jillian Davenport with any questions at jdavenport@ncvacademy.org .

 
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RSVP:

Log into the session under your LC account.

 
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NCVA CLUBS FOR 2021-22

NCVA teachers and staff will be hosting a small number of Clubs for students in grades K-12 starting in September. Activities are based on staffing availability. Check-out our school-based activities for 21-22. Additional opportunities will be available throughout the year from the Stride K12 National team as well. Have fun!

REGISTER HERE [*CLUB POCs still sending in final info]


*Please contact the appropriate Club Organizer with additional questions regarding a specific Club or actiity.

 
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K12/STRIDE CLUBS FOR 2021-22

The national team sponsors Clubs and Challenges for students attending Stride K-12 Powered schools. New activities typically run from September-May. Check out the Stride K12 Clubs Smore HERE!


Student and Family questions about Stride K12 National Clubs & other National Programming may be directed to clubs@k12.com .

 
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BEACON TIME

Monthly Beacon Times are offered to further develop students' social and emotional skills. These assemblies will be offered each month during the school year by our school counselors and Student Resource Coordinator. Watch for more information to come! We look forward to seeing you there!


ELEMENTARY Beacon Times aka Counselor Corner:

December

Grades K-1: Dec 2nd @ 2:00, Dealing with your Feelings

Grades 2-3: Dec 2nd @ 2:30, Coping Skills: The POWER of Positive Thinking

Grades 4-5: Dec 9th @ 2:00, Coping Skills: The POWER of Positive Thinking

MIDDLE SCHOOL: Coming soon!

HIGH SCHOOL: Coming soon!

 
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MINDSET BY THE MONTH

This year our school will focus on the 7 Growth Mindsets. Each month we will focus on one of the mindsets. Students will see these mindset lessons through activities planned monthly by their advisors, teachers, counselors, and newsletters. 

Schedule:

September: Everything is Possible

October: Passion First

November: We are Connected

January: 100% Accountable

February: Attitude of Gratitude

March: Live to Give

April: The Time is Now

 
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WEEK OF WELCOME

Welcome to NCVA! As students get accepted into NCVA, each student is given a start date. That first week is an introduction to the online platform. The student and learning coach will have orientations and other sessions to attend on their Daily Plan. Please attend them all as it gives you valuable information about the OLS, OMS, Newrow, NCVA, etc... 

*Students will also take a diagnostic assessment with a teacher that first week to ensure student gets the proper instruction. 

HOW DO I GET STARTED?


Complete "Online Learning Course" on your student's plan by Friday of the first week.

Set-up your work space and organize course materials.

Make contact with your Student Support Advisor.

Complete NWEA Beginning of Year Assessments/

New Students: All sessions will be listed as "REQUIRED."

Families starting after August 16th: The Student Support Team will continue hosting W.O.W. sessions for families that are enrolled throughout the year. Please attend the live sessions on your student's Class Connect schedule beginning at 8:30 a.m.

 

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 under the LC Resource tab) 



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

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

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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

Amy Dulaney, Student Attendance Specialist (K-5th)

Laura Zuber, Student Attendance Specialist (8th-12th)

Paige Adams, Student Resource Coordinator

Shaina Whitener, Student Resource Coordinator

Jillian Davenport, Community Engagement Specialist

Whitney Cress, School Counselor (K-5th)

Becca Lynn, School Counselor (6th-8th)


Student Support Advisors :

K-5: Amy Baker, Brittany Carson, Lauren Hedrick, Rebekah Logan, Allison Mosley, Jevonda Perkins, and Katie Szostak

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

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

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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

 

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.

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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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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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