NCVA Beacon Herald

November 2022

Our Mission

NCVA is a community of students, families and educators dedicated to expanding educational choice through innovative and technology rich instructional practices, and accountable for developing each student's full potential for academic and post-secondary success.
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During this season of gratitude, we would like to extend our sincere thanks to our Learning Coaches, students, and extended community of supporters for the hard work put in each and every day. It truly takes a village. Thank you for choosing NCVA!


Sincerely,

Your NCVA Family

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NCVA 2022-2023 Enrollment Update

Due to enrollment limits set by the state of North Carolina, NCVA is currently at capacity for all grade levels. We do not anticipate being able to offer seats to any new students for the remainder of the 2022-23 school year, and therefore, enrollment is now closed. This means that even siblings of current students will not be allowed to enroll at NCVA if a parent wishes for the 2022-2023 year. If you would like to contact your state representatives to advocate that NCVA be allowed to increase enrollment, please check out the information at the links below.


North Carolina General Assembly: https://www.ncleg.gov/findyourlegislators

North Carolina Governor: https://governor.nc.gov/contact/contact-governor-cooper

North Carolina Lieutenant Governor: https://ltgov.nc.gov/contact-0

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K12 Support 1-866-512-2273

Check out our full catalog of technical support resources at the bottom of this newsletter! K12 Customer support is open 24/7 to provide assistance to our families.


Trouble Logging in?

  1. Clear cache and cookies weekly. Click HERE to find out how to use this common troubleshooting trick.
  2. Power off your computer nightly to allow for automatic system updates.

Important Dates

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


  • October 31st-November 5th: Barnes & Noble Virtual Bookfair!
  • November 4th: Adventure Day/Outings
  • November 11th: Veterans Day (NCVA Closed)
  • November 14th-16th: HS NC Check-ins
  • November 15th: [RSVP] LC Speaker_ Supporting the Arts for Learning
  • November 17th: LC Speaker_(K-5th) Math Strategies
  • November 17th: Submission Deadline for K-8th STEM Fairs
  • November 18th: LC 7 Mindsets (6th-12th)
  • November 23rd-25th: Fall Break (NCVA Closed)
  • December 1st: LC Speaker_ (K-5th) Is it Time to Ask for Help?

~Save the Dates~

December 9th: Virtual Outings (K-5 Winter Jubilee and MS/HS Fall Art & Talent Show)

December 12th-16th: HS EOC In-person exams (E-mails will be sent to applicable students from testing@ncvacademy.org)

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NCVA Family Directory SY22-23

It's Here! Opt-in Today

Hello NCVA Families!


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. Happy Connecting!!!


NCVA Website

If you haven't already, please bookmark our NCVA website! There are many great resources for our families including a detailed staff directory. Check it out today!

K12 Customer Support Website

Tech support topics, submit service ticket, print return shipping labels, questions regarding books and materials!

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School Resources

NCVA Spirit Store is Coming Soon!

New designs are on the way very soon. Proceeds from our Spirit Store benefit the MS Dance and HS Prom. Coming soon!

K12 Student ID Cards

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 .


*NOTE: Student Identification is required for some in-person testing, specifically the ACT in High School.

*Required: Signs of Abuse Student Handout

North Carolina legislation requires that the following document be distributed to students in grades 6th-12th. It includes resources regarding child abuse and neglect. A link to the NC General Statute requiring dissemination of the document is included for your reference GS 115C-12 . This information will be maintained in the monthly Beacon Herald Newsletter, along with the annual Health Notification Newsletter.


  • In an emergency, call 911

NCVA provides additional support to qualifying students


You may be eligible for assistance through the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act.

A student is considered homeless if they lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence, and may be considered eligible for services if he or she is presently living:

  • In temporary shared housing, a shelter, or transitional living program
  • At a bus station, park, car, or abandoned building
  • Sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason
  • Living in motels, hotels, or camping grounds due to the lack of alternative adequate accommodations
  • Living in emergency or transitional shelters
  • Living in a public or private place not designed for or ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings
  • Living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations, or similar settings
  • Migratory children living in the above circumstances
  • Unaccompanied youth living in the above circumstances


We are committed to meeting the needs of all children. If you feel your child may qualify, or if you have questions, please contact Paige Adams, Homeless Liaison & Student Resource Coordinator, at padams@ncvacademy.org or at 919-346-0121 ext. 2030.

Holiday Assistance

As the holidays approach, we recognize that this year may be exceptionally difficult for many families as they consider the financial burden of purchasing gifts and providing a special meal. Several agencies throughout the state provide holiday assistance. However, most have applications and deadlines well in advance of Christmas. Please be thinking now about whether you would like to apply for help. Check out the links below to explore these agencies that offer support. Many operate their programs locally so reach out to your local agency office for more information about deadlines and how to apply.





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November Awareness Dates

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NCVA Virtual Bookfair Oct. 31-Nov. 5th 2022

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Please Support Our Virtual Bookfair!

A percentage of the net sale will be contributed to our school/organization with the use of our Bookfair ID#12632949 at check-out. Please read the list of excluions below. NCVA will be allowed only 1 in-store day which is Monday, October 31st. Please send any questions to Ms. Davenport at jidavenport@ncvacademy.org Thank you for your support!


Exclusions:

*The purchase of gift cards, Barnes & Noble memberships, textbooks, video games, digital devices including NOOK®, purchases made at Cafés owned and operated by Starbucks® and other items Barnes & Noble may exclude from time to time in its sole discretion are not included in bookfair totals. Institutional discounts may not be applied.

Stride Serves: Community Service

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Stride Serves: Food Drive

Ways to get involved:

  • Donate non-perishable food items at an Outing location on November 4th with NJHS.
  • Make a donation of non-perishable food items to a local food pantry or charitable organization within your community at any point during the month.
  • Volunteer to serve food at a local soup kitchen (pending any COVID restrictions/guidelines)
  • Host an independent food drive with your family.

Contact Jillian Davenport at jdavenport@ncvacademy.org with questions.


Community Service Credit:

Holiday Cards for Our Military Challenge

Dear Families,


In collaboration with the New Hampshire Department of Education and the Council of Chief State School Officers, the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction is encouraging schools across the state to participate in this worthy endeavor to create holiday cards that will be sent to soldiers overseas. Learn more about the challenge by watching this video. We encourage you to share this initiative widely throughout your schools in the hopes that students throughout North Carolina will find some time to write a short message to a military service member. We have a strong military presence in North Carolina, and this is a simple way for us to show our support and make a profound impact.


Card Guidelines:

The guidelines are easy – please address the card to “Dear Warrior,” and write a holiday greeting or personal note while signing your first name and hometown. Sign the cards mutually as a group, or individually. You may write as many as you want – the sky is the limit! Cards should be no larger than an 8x11-size paper folded in half. Envelopes are not required, however, if you have one, please do not seal it or address it. The deadline to send cards is Nov. 18. Please mail to the address below or bring your cards with you to either the October 7th or November 4th Outings.

*For more information visit https://militaryholidaycardchallenge.com/


Cards should be addressed to:

Laura Landerman-Garber

Holiday Card Challenge

PO Box 103 Hollis, NH 03049


If using FedEx or UPS, please address to:

Holiday Card Challenge

5 Hutchings Drive Suite 100 Unit

103 Hollis, NH 03049

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Socialization

NCVA Clubs SY 22-23

Our school-based clubs will be starting soon at NCVA! Take an early look at our current offerings HERE for SY 22-23 . Registration is now open for most clubs, unless otherwise noted in the S’more. Check back for future updates! Please contact Jillian Davenport at jidavenport@ncvacademy.org with any questions. Have a great school year!

Stride Clubs for K12 Powered Schools

The National Team sponsors Clubs and Challenges for students attending Stride K-12 Powered schools. Activities this year will run through May 23rd and typically start again in September. 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 .

Stride Enrichment Programs

Check out additional Summer activities for students offered through Stride as well! Click here for additional information.
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Exciting News, Learing Coaches!

After hearing your feedback, Stride has made the Learning Coach Communities accessible in the Online School so that you can access them via desktop computer.


Visit the OLS today to check out this new experience! Simply log in with your Learning Coach credentials and click the Community button. Drop a comment to let us know how you like this new experience!

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Stride K12 National News

Stride K12 National Newsletter

Please read the Stride K12 Newsletter November 2022 for updates from the National Team!

  • National Activities
  • Student Challenges

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!

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/
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School News and Updates

Attendance Corner

Keys to Successful Attendance:

(Requirement: 6 hours of attendance per school day)

1. Attend all required LIVE Class Connect Sessions

2. Complete all lessons and assignments due for the day. Ensure students spent enough time working in the course to avoid a system discrepancy (at least 1 hour in MS/HS).

3. Make up any over-due lessons

4. Manually log ALL attendance in the Learning Coach (LC) Account of OLS under the Attendance Tab.

UPDATE Your Contact Information

Please ensure your phone number and e-mail are up to date in the OLS under your LC Account.


  • Change of Address: Proof of Residence (utility bill, lease, home owner's statement) is required to update your physical address. Please complete the following link as soon as possible.

School Documents

NCVA Handbook SY 22-23

Welcome families! Please read the 22-23 NCVA Parent/Student Handbook . Sign here that it has been received. Reach out to your Homeroom Teacher or Advisor with additional questions. Have a great year!

Student Continued Engagement Plan for SY 22-23

Dear Learning Coaches: Please take a few moments to download and read the SY22-23 Student Continued Engagement Plan. It addresses what to do in case of a power outage, system outage, or other event that disrupts the normal flow of NCVA classes. It will be maintained in the Beacon Herald for your reference.

SY 22-23 NCVA Annual Health Notification

Per NC State and K12 guidelines, NCVA is required to provide families important immunization and health information annually. This includes updates for SY 22-23. Please review the NCVA Annual Health Notification SY 22-23 closely and save it for future reference.


Be sure to follow-up with your local health care provider or local health department with additional questions as it pertains to your student(s). We wish your family a happy and healthy school year!

State Exams for SY 22-23

As a public charter school, NCVA students are required to participate in State mandated testing. 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 from testing@ncvacademy.org. 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.


  • Fall EOCs & CTEs (9th-12th Graders): December 12th-16th
  • ACT (11th Graders): March 13th-17th
  • EOGs/RtA/EOCs/CTEs/Extend1 (3rd-12th Graders): May 26th – June 9th (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.


*Please read the Family Testing Guide for additional information.*


  • Participation in testing is mandated by the State. It provides valuable information to DPI as they norm grade level expectations and make charter renewal decisions.
  • Grade Impact: In 3rd Grade, a student may be retained if they do not demonstrate reading proficiency on a state-approved ELA exam. EOCs for High School represent 20% of the student’s grade in the course.
  • 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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Elementary School Updates

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We are so thankful for our NCVA community and their unique ability to inspire and teach our students. Every day, the learning coaches, teachers and staff create a culture of academic excellence! Together we will continue to do great things!

Tutoring

This year, our 2nd-5th grade students will have the opportunity to participate in tutoring with Varsity Tutors. This tutoring will be individual in a 1 on 1 setting. We do have a limited number of hours for the one-on-one tutoring, so this will be based on teacher recommendations. If you feel like your child would benefit from this service, please reach out to your homeroom teacher.

IXL

Students are using IXL and enjoying it. IXL is a supplemental program that can be used for both Reading and Math. Teachers will be using IXL in class to support student learning, but we also ask that you encourage students to log in at home 3 times a week for 20-30 minutes. If you have not received your IXL log-in information, please reach out to your teacher immediately, as your students will not want to miss out on all of the fun! https://www.ixl.com


You can now download the IXL app for Android phones and access the Continuous Diagnostic in the iPad app!


The IXL app makes learning even more immersive and intuitive, with interactive questions, handwriting recognition, and more. Download it today and help students expand their learning!


https://www.ixl.com/signin/ncvirtualaca

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Dates to Remember

  • November 4th: Outing
  • November 11: No School, Veteran's Day
  • November 23-25: No School, Thanksgiving Break
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Tips for Success


  • Check your email DAILY - This should be done multiple times a day.
  • Always check your class connect schedule in the morning when you log in.
  • Attend all "required" class connects. These are mandatory.
  • Log those PE hours every week!
  • Participate – If you don’t like to talk on the mic, please answer in the chat box or use your polling tools. Let us know you are there and trying. If you will work for us, we will work for YOU!
  • Ask questions – Please, please ask questions. We need to know how we can help. For those of you that are shy about asking questions in class, please email us!
  • Keep that Tech Support number handy – If you have technical issues, call them! They’re available 24-7. Technical problems are not an excuse for not completing work. The number is 866.512.2273 – put it somewhere you can refer to it easily!
  • Save ALL of your passwords and important information somewhere you can find it. You MUST know your NCVA email, your Student ID Number, your Go Formative username and password (for this year, returning students!). Keep them all in one place so that you're not locked out when you have important things to do!
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Is Your Student Reading Daily?

K-5 students should be reading every night for at least 20 minutes. Did you know that daily reading can benefit your student in the following ways...



  1. Helps in language development
  2. Promotes brain development
  3. Aids in understanding of a world outside of our own
  4. Strengthens family relationships
  5. Provides endless possibilities!

ES Virtual STEM Fair!

STEM Fair Submission Deadline: Th, 11/17

Welcome to our very 1st Virtual STEM Fair! It is scheduled for Friday, January 13th via the Online School. Please read the attached pdf closely for more details. If you would like to make a project submission, complete the registration survey https://forms.gle/a3wnoZw61orgPRwm6 by Thursday, November 17th. Projects are optional. We have a team of teachers that are excited to support you. Please contact the appropriate


Grade Level Points of Contact

Kindergarten- Mrs. Brown

Email: kebrown@ncvacademy.org

1st Grade- Mrs. Lindsay

Email: nalindsay@ncvacademy.org

2nd Grade- Mrs. Lyons

Email: slyons@ncvacademy.org

3rd-Grade-Ms. Mullins

Email: kmullins@ncvacademy.org

4th-Grade-Mrs. Blankenship

Email: gblankenship@ncvacademy.org

5th-Grade-Mrs. Howarth

Email: showarth@ncvacademy.org

Meet Your Elementary School Admin Team

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Middle School Updates

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Mark Your Calendars: Notable Dates

    • November 4th: In person outing!
    • November 11th: No School
    • November 23rd-25th: Thanksgiving Holiday- No School

    *See your Class Connect schedule in the Online School for daily schedule*

    Tips for Success!

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    Camera Policy Reminder:

    Students are required to attend all required/mandatory live sessions listed on their daily plan, as student attendance is necessary for student success in the virtual schooling environment. During this time, students must be actively engaged in learning with their microphone and camera on.

    USATestPrep has become… PROGRESS LEARNING!

    1. Progress learning is the new assessment tool that replaced USATestPrep. The platform looks different but has the same quizzes and assignments from previous years.

    2. Teachers do not have logins for students. Instead, Progress Learning is linked through the students individual OMS homepage. Its hyperlink can be found in a few different locations. The easiest way to access it is below!

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    MIDDLE SCHOOL CLUB UPDATES:

    • Battle of the Books Update: Registration for MS Battle of the Books is now CLOSED for the 22-23 School Year. Please consider joining the club next year if interested! Rolling registration will not take place from year to year due to the competitive nature of the club. Make sure you sign up each school year!


    • Book Club Update: Dates and frequency of meetings have changed. Be sure to mark your calendars for the last Monday of every month at 3pm! Contact for questions: Amy Morrison amorrison@ncvacademy.org


    • Art Club Update: Meetings are scheduled for the following dates: 11/10, 12/8, 1/12, 2/9, 3/9, 4/13 and 5/11. Contact for questions: Deanna Brancaccio dbrancaccio@ncvacademy.org

    Additional Tips to Keep in Mind

    • Check your Schedule & Announcements on Mondays - View your live class connect schedule & assignments every Monday. Checking the announcements in each of your classes also helps set you up for success!
    • Know Your Info: SAVE school information in a safe place for easy access. Know your NCVA e-mail address, Your Student ID Number, and passwords for various accounts. Don’t forget to write down the names of your student’s Homeroom Teacher and Advisor in case you need to contact the school.
    • Volunteer in class - Raise your hand, write in the chat, or offer to help a classmate by volunteering your thinking. The more you participate and give your best effort, the more you will grow!
    • Email your teachers with questions or ask questions in class! - Asking questions helps you learn & complete things correctly, so be sure to ask questions to do everything right the first time!
    • Retake quizzes with low grades - Now that you've learned more in your classes, go back to previous quizzes to retake ones that have a retake available. Review the lessons, review your previous quiz attempts, and try again for a higher score! Check out this video that will help you navigate to finding low quiz grades & finding the quiz to retake.
    • K12 Customer Support: 1-866-512-2273 SAVE this number in your phone and keep it visible on your refrigerator or in your work area for quick reference. We all need technical assistance from time to time!

    MS/HS Art & Talent Show

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    Submission Deadline: Wed, 12/7 at 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.


    Submission Guidelines:

    1. Take a high quality digital photograph, video or recording.


    2. Artwork should be attached to an email and sent to Ms. Brancaccio (dbrancaccio@ncvacademy.org) for Middle School Students and Ms. Venable (vvenable@ncvacademy.org) for High School Students with “ART SHOW SUBMISSION” as the subject title. Performances should be submitted using Flipgrid: https://flip.com/9e5782d6 Guest Password: Artshow22!


    3. 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.

    SUBMISSIONS NOT FOLLOWING GUIDELINES WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

    MS Virtual STEM Fair!

    STEM Fair Submissions Deadline: Th, 11/17

    Welcome to our very 1st Virtual STEM Fair! It is scheduled for Friday, January 13th via the Online School. Please read the attached pdf closely for more details. If you would like to make a project submission, complete the registration survey https://forms.gle/JfvTxrmEB9Hm9qsp8 by Thursday, November 17th. Project submission is optional. However, students that participate will receive be eligible to receive extra credit in their Science course! We have a team of teachers that are excited to support you. Please send a direct e-mail to Ms. Davenport at jidavenport@ncavcademy.org for assistance with general questions. Happy creating!
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    Middle School Admin Team

    Note from Administration!

    Can’t believe how quick the school year is going by! Great job to everyone at the start of the school year. Everyone did a fantastic job settling into the routine and their classes.


    We just wanted to remind everyone that the NC Check-ins will be Virtual this year and it is vital that your student shows up to take the test on the date and time assigned. We are expecting to see 100% participation as our Middle Schoolers rock!


    Don’t forget that your students have Office Hours with their teachers on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 2pm-3pm to ask any questions on classwork or assignments that they have.


    We hope everyone enjoys the weather as we transition into Fall!


    - Mrs. Gomersall and Ms. Rodrigues


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    High School Updates

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    Upcoming Dates:

    October 31: Virtual Fall Festival with HS Leadership Club

    November 4: Outing Day

    November 6: End of Daylight Savings Time ( "Fall" Back - make sure to change your clocks!)

    November 11: School Holiday

    November 14 - November 16: HS Check Ins

    November 23 - November 25: Thanksgiving Holiday

    News You Can Use:

    • The High School day is from 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Per the NCVA Handbook, students are required to attend all live Class Connects marked “REQUIRED” on your daily plan. This includes Small Groups, Beacon Times, Counselor Sessions, and any others listed as such. Attendance and participation are part of your grade.


    • In the event of an absence, please contact your course instructor in addition to watching recordings of any missed Class Connects.

    • Read your e-mail and Class Announcements daily.

    • Reach out to your teachers if you need help in any of your classes. Submit all of your work on time to avoid losing excessive points or earning 0’s.

    • HS students that are enrolled in an EOC or CTE course will take check-ins October 17-21 and Nov 14-17, in-person exams between Dec 12-16. These are REQUIRED and are worth 20% of your overall grade. Please block those dates on your calendar. Specific dates, times, and locations of your student’s exams will be shared with families later in the Fall semester. Please make advanced arrangements to be present and on time.

    • Reminders about expectations -Participation is required as is daily CC attendance and Small Group attendance if invited.

    Varsity Tutoring

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    Online Check - In Dates


    • Monday, November 14th - Wednesday, November 16th
    • You will attend check - ins via your Class Connect Schedule, invites COMING SOON.
    • Please make sure your Exam Browser has been updated, any question please reach out to your Advisor.
    • Some Tips:
      • Get some rest the night before! Don’t stay up too late.

      • Eat a good breakfast! And if you don’t eat breakfast, eat something small!

      • Take your time and don’t rush.

      • If you are unsure about a question, flag it and come back to it later! Don’t waste too much time stuck on one problem.

      • Use the process of elimination every chance you get!


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    MS/HS Art & Talent Show

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    Submission Deadline: Wed, 12/7 at 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.


    Submission Guidelines:

    1. Take a high quality digital photograph, video or recording.


    2. Artwork should be attached to an email and sent to Ms. Venable (vvenable@ncvacademy.org) for High School Students with “ART SHOW SUBMISSION” as the subject title. Performances should be submitted using Flipgrid: https://flip.com/9e5782d6 Guest Password: Artshow22!


    3. 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.

    SUBMISSIONS NOT FOLLOWING GUIDELINES WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

    HS Club Updates

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    Stride Career Prep & Success Coaches!


    Stride Success Coaches Help You Get Results! Ready to get a jump-start on your career plans or college admissions?


    We're excited to provide high school students at Stride K12-powered public schools with exclusive access to professional, experienced career coaches who offer advice on building a strong resume, networking, interviewing, internships, college prep, and more—all at no cost. Find out more about all of their services here.


    How to access resources:


    • Stride Career Prep Success Coaching is here at NCVA through the College & Career Prep Scholars Club! Register here for the Spring Semester. We meet bi-monthly on Mondays at 3:30 p.m.


    Join Our NCVA eSports Team!

    CALLING ALL GAMERS! The NCVA eSports Team is looking for students who want to compete for NCVA. We are currently competing in multiple games this fall and will continue to in the spring. We are currently competing in Valorant (high need), Fortnite, League of Legends (high need), chess, and Rocket League. We will also be competing in Overwatch 2 once it releases October 4th through community events and tournaments. Not only does the team compete in games but we have community events throughout the year. We also have jerseys and other merch to show off your team.


    Also did I mention that throughout the season you could earn the opportunity to scholarships for college or earn the chance to play in front of college scouts and in an All-Star weekend?

    If you are interested please email Mr. Miller (jmiller@ncvacademy.org) to get the information to join.

    HS Leadership Club

    The NCVA High School Leadership Club is an opportunity for High School students to create community through serving their classmates. Club activities include: Monthly Meetings (every other Monday at 12:30), Planning and Facilitating Connection Corner (every other Wednesday at 12:30), and Planning and Facilitating additional HS virtual events (one per semester). Please e-mail Rhonda Crute with any questions at rcrute@ncvacademy.org


    Meeting Frequency: Bi-monthly on Mondays at 12:30 p.m.


    Apply HERE

    Meet your Leadership Team

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    High School Counseling Team

    Welcome to NCVA! High School students will be receiving beginning of school e-mails from your assigned Counselor very soon. We look forward to working with you!
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    Special Programs Team

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    Special Programs Team Members


    • Stacey Bryant, Academic Administrator - Special Programs
    • Shanna Cater, Special Programs Lead Teacher
    • Jordan Trogdon, Transition Coordinator
    • Casie Copple, English Language Learner Coordinator/Teacher
    • Laura Niedermayer, Special Programs Registrar
    • Katlin Hasper, Mentor Teacher/Special Education Teacher
    • Laura Gray Lefcoski, 504 Coordinator
    • Mariel Richter, MTSS Coordinator

    Special Education Teachers

    K-5 - Melanie Miller, Aubrey Franklin, Melissa Daily, Blair Coleman, Ashley Claxton

    6-8 - Denise Wall, Chasity Ansley, Katilin Franz, Kate Jayne, Erin Wallace Mejia

    9-12- Angela Eiland, Katie Eels-Miller, Taylor Wilson, Kim Keaton

    OCS - Amber Thutt, Brittani Horner

    Adaptive - Bree Lancaster, Madeline West, Connor Justice

    MTSS Interventionists

    Erica Gershman, Brittany Braswell, Michele Adams, Carmeesha Frazier, Mandy Baldwin, Devin Leonard, Glennan Saraceno, Kiante Wallace, Melissa Townsend, Sophia Stephenson

    Making Mistakes

    Check out below ways to help students when they make mistakes.
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    NCVA Student Support Team

    Strong Start...Strong Finish!

    Can you believe we are coming upon the end of the Fall Semester? By now you have your first round of progress reports and have hopefully had an opportunity to connect with your teachers. Remember to build upon what is working well and seek out support in areas where you may need additional help. We are here for you!


    Don't forget about the various opportunities to connect and socialize outside of school as well. Learning Coaches now have access to the NCVA Family Directory, the LC Community (K12 App and via OLS), Regional Parent Groups, Advisor Social Sessions, as well as Clubs at the school and National levels. Now you have established more of a routine, consider opting in to at least one of these resources. You student will thank you for it!


    Academic questions related to specific courses should be addressed by your student's teachers. Please do not hesitate to e-mail your instructors should you have additional questions about assignments. We're wishing all of our families a strong finish for the Fall Semester!


    Meet your Student Support Team

    Lea King, Student Support Administrator

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

    Zara Fucci, Student Attendance Specialist (6th-12th)

    Jodi Lewis, Student Resource Coordinator (K-5th)

    Paige Adams, Student Resource Coordinator (6th-12th)

    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, Ashton Johnson, Allison Mosley, Jevonda Perkins, and Katie Szostak


    6-8: Charity Anderson, Tiffany Carson, Deanna Goins, Caili Hildreth, Sarah Polanco


    9-12: Marah Barrow, Debbie DeLoach, Travis Townsend, and Jennifer Triplett

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    Elementary School Counselor: Whitney Cress

    Hello all! My name is Whitney Cress, and I am the Elementary School Counselor! Please never hesitate to reach out for support! I am looking forward to an amazing year!


    Students will see me during our monthly Counselor Corner lessons, where we will focus on a Social Emotional Learning topic based around the 7 Mindsets. I also offer counseling small groups throughout the school year, so be on the lookout for my emails!


    Take notice of our student services website packed with a tremendous amount of helpful community, academic, social and emotional resources.


    Kindest,

    Whitney Cress

    whcress@ncvacademy.org

    919-346-0121 ext. 2113

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    Middle School Counselor: Becca Lynn

    Hello! I am Becca Lynn and am excited to enter my second year at NCVA as the Middle School Counselor!


    I am here to listen, help, and work with Middle Schoolers and their families during this time of learning and growth. I work with students in a variety of ways. I can provide individual counseling services to foster positive growth and change. I provide small group experiences and full group experiences to provide skills needed for academic and personal success. I also work with parents/guardians, teachers, and staff to ensure the needs of every student are being met.


    I look forward to working with you and your student this school year!

    Please feel free to reach out at any time!


    Thanks!

    Becca Lynn

    rlynn@ncvacademy.org

    919-346-0121 ext 2287

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    LC Speaker Series

    Welcome! Our Learning Coaches are the heart of our student experience. Each month we have a line-up of guest speakers to support YOU in this unique and rewarding role. Come to learn, network, and socialize with other LCs within our school community. We look forward to your participation in our LC programming this school year.


    Please contact Jillian Davenport at jidavenport@ncvacademy.org with any questions regarding Learning Coach programming or the LC Community in the K12 App. Have a great year!

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    Community Resources

    Do you need help connecting with resources in your area? Check out our Student Services Community Resource page with links to a variety of supports available in your area, including resources for food, housing, financial assistance, clothing, childcare, internet assistance, employment, and much more!



    Crisis Support:


    • Dial 988 if you feel that you are in a mental health crisis, or need support helping someone else in crisis.

    • Text support: Text HOME to 741741 from anywhere in the United States, anytime, about any type of crisis (including COVID19, self harm, anxiety, depression, suicidal ideation) and get connected with a trained crisis counselor.


    • As always, call 911 with any life-threatening emergencies, including thoughts or plans of suicide and self-harm.
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    Learning Coach Central

    Let's Get Social!

    Please take advantage of opportunities to connect with the K12 and NCVA communities online and social media, via:


    K12 App NCVA Learning Coach Community: Learn about the LC Community HERE.

    • Access the school and national communities using your LC Credentials
    • Find resources and announcements
    • Search and send direct messages to other LCs with similar interests.
    • BONUS! Your involvement facilites students connections outside of school!


    Download the K12 App Today!

    https://tinyurl.com/j44x48tc


    NCVA Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NorthCarolinaVirtualAcademy/

    If you have not already, take a few moments to review our school on the NCVA Facebook page. Share your experience with others by clicking on the "Review" tab. This is a great way to make friends and connect with other NCVA families.

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    Directions to Join a Regional Parent Group

    Want to connect with other NCVA families near your area? Join an RPG today!

    1. E-mail the Regional Parent Group where you reside. Find your county on the map.
    2. Include your Name, County, Student(s)' Name(s), Grade Level(s), and Phone Number.


    Region 1 *NEW* region1.ncva@gmail.com

    Region 2 ncvaregion2@gmail.com

    Region 3 ncvaregion3@yahoo.com

    Region 4 ncvaregion4@gmail.com

    Region 5 ncvaregion5@gmail.com

    Region 6 ncvaregion6@gmail.com

    Region 7/8 ncvaregion7_8@yahoo.com


    PLEASE NOTE: The Regional Parent Groups are comprised of Learning Coaches. They do NOT have access to student information. Please contact your student's Homeroom or Content Area Teacher(s) for academic questions.

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    K12 Customer Support & Videos 1-866-512-2273

    Do you need help installing a K12 printer or enabling Flash content in Firefox? Or do you need to know how to configure audio for a Class Connect? Check out our new easy-to-follow Technical Support videos that will walk you through these steps and more at:

    https://www.help.k12.com/s/topic/0TO0B000000I2moWAC/technical-support-videos#?tabset-26361=2


    • K12 App: Download HERE


    Having trouble logging in to the OLS? Is OLS navigation slow? Try clearing your browser cache and cookies.
    The recommended browser when using the K12 Online School platforms, for all grade levels, is Google Chrome.

    If you are your online classes using Chrome, we recommend installing the Flash Enabler extension which will enable and save Flash settings for your classes. Please refer to Enabling Flash in Chrome for a step-by-step guide to enabling Flash in Chrome.


    Newrow for Live Classes!

    Newrow is the Class Connect Platform that K12 Stride-Powered is using for live classes. We have a few tips and a short video to help you get started:


    1. Use the Google Chrome browser.
    2. Close all additional websites, apps, and browser tabs on your computer.
    3. When you log in to Class Connect, be sure to click "Activate" to allow use of your speaker, camera, and microphone. This will allow you to hear your instructor.
    4. Conduct a Quick Tech Check to ensure your device(s) are working properly.
    5. REFRESH your browser if you have difficulty during class.


    All set! Your teacher may use a virtual waiting room before time for the session to begin.


    *Please bookmark this link for troubleshooting and support as needed throughout the year.

    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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    HELPING OUR SCHOOL

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    Contact Information

    North Carolina Virtual Academy

    4220 NC HWY 55, Suite 130

    Durham, NC 27713

    Phone: 919-346-0121

    Fax: 919-324-6597

    Website: http://ncva.k12.com


    K12 Customer Support: 1-866-512-2273

    www.help.k12.com/s/