Week 2: January 26 - February 1

French I - Spring 2015

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Bienvenue à la Deuxième Semaine!

Traditional Block:

This week students will finish Unit 1: Bonjour and begin work in Unit 2: Le Jour et La Date. Students will be exposed to third person forms of expressions studied last week as well as preliminary calendar vocabulary to prepare them for writing dates next week. Assignments due this Friday, January 30 include:

1. Bonjour, Writing 3D

2. Bonjour, Section 3 Quiz

3. Bonjour Unit Exam

4. Bonjour, Listening Exam

5. Le Jour et La Date, Writing 1E

6. Le Jour et La Date, Discussion 1F

7. Le Jour et La Date TPR Quiz

8. Le Jour et La Date, Grammaire 1G

9. Le Jour et La Date, Section 1 Quiz


Year Long:

Year-long students will continue work in Unit 6: Les Endroits. They will finish their research projects on Québec and prepare to take the Unit Exam next week. Assignments due this week include:

1. Les Endroits, Section 2 Quiz

2. Les Endroits, Speaking 3A

3. Les Endroits, Project 3C

4. Les Endroits, Section 3 Quiz


The first attendance report for Traditional students scheduled for Thursday, January 22 was canceled. There will be another attendance report on Wednesday, January 28. Please encourage your students to log in and begin work as soon as possible to ensure they are included in this report!
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We had some great feedback on the live sessions last week! Students were able to join instructors for step-by-step instructions on how to get started and were engaged in learning material from Unit 1! Note the schedule for upcoming sessions and topics:

* Tuesday, 1/27 @ 10am w/ Mme Ashley Padgett (Getting Started/Unit 1)
* Wednesday, 1/28 @ 10am w/ Mme Claire Driscoll (Unit 1)
* Wednesday, 1/28 @ 6pm w/ Mme Maria Yandell (Unit 1)
* Wednesday, 1/28 @ 8pm w/ Mme Jean McDaniel (Unit 2)

Note that while the course calendars for Traditional and Year-Long courses do not align, students may choose to attend any live session of their choosing. Students are also welcome to attend more than one session for extra practice! Students need to log in with both first and last name to ensure they receive credit for attendance. Those who phone in using the teleconference option need to identify themselves to the instructor presenting so their attendance is documented!

NCVPS Virtual Support Center and Help Desk

Navigating the digital world can be a challenge, but technology doesn't have to be a problem! If students experience technical difficulties they should contact their instructor for help. If after troubleshooting with the instructor the problem persists, the NCVPS Virtual Help Center is the next step.

To open a new ticket, click the title above (help.ncvps.org) and click the button to open a new ticket. See the image below:
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Next, fill out the form. Make sure you include the following information along with a description of the issue:


1-The specific version of Java you're currently running on your machine (if you don't know for sure, you can find out at this link): http://java.com/en/download/testjava.jsp

2-The web browser you are using (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari)

3-The Operating System you're running (Windows 7, OS X 10.8, etc.)
(if you don't know for sure, you can find out at this link):
http://whatsmyos.com

4-The version of flash you're running
(you can check your version here: https://www.adobe.com/software/flash/about/)


Click submit.

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You will receive an email confirmation with a ticket number after submission. A technician should respond within 24 hours. If they request more information or feedback, do NOT reply to the email. Instead, return to the Help Desk website and respond using the "Check Ticket Status" function. (See first image.) Messages sent via reply email will NOT be received.

Les Profs de Français I

Sections 1 & 2 - Mme Claire Driscoll

Madame Claire Driscoll taught French 11 years in the face to face classroom and has been teaching 2 years on-line with NCVPS. This will be her 3rd year teaching in the virtual world, which has been an awesome experience. She earned a French degree and a Masters in Education, both from Wake Forest University. Her abroad studies include a semester at the University of Bourgogne in France, and a summer in Brussels, Belgium as a Rotary Cultural Ambassador.


She lives with her family in Greensboro, NC. She and her husband have two sons, Tripp (4), and Crocker (1), one dog, two cats, and many fish. Jogging and tennis are two of her favorite activities.

Sections 3 & 4 - Mme Ashley Padgett

Mme Padgett is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where she was a North Carolina Teaching Fellow. She studied abroad in Montpellier, France with a program through the University of New Orleans. She taught French face-to-face for eleven years in North Carolina and Virginia, and is starting her fifth year teaching French online with NCVPS. She and her husband live in Belews Creek, NC with their two sons, Benton (7) and Alden (4).

Section 5 - Mme Melissa Harrelson

Mme Melissa Harrelson graduated from Guilford College and spent a summer at the Cité Université at the edge of Paris. She continued to study at the University of North Carolina in Greensboro, earning a Masters in School Counseling. She returned to UNCG and added certification in School Curriculum and Development and in Administration.

Although she began as a French teacher and counselor, she spent time as an Assistant Principal and Principal in both middle and high schools. She was also the Director of Employment for the Guilford County Schools and was on loan to NCDPI for 2 years to assistant struggling high schools in NC.


She lives in Greensboro, NC with her husband Jerry and has 2 married daughters. Avery and her husband and two sons live in Asheville. Graham and her husband live in Manhattan. She is enjoying retirement by returning to her roots as a French teacher for NCVPS.

Section 6 - Mme Karen Miller

Mme Karen Miller is a graduate of Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. She began her career in 2009 at a classical school in Fayetteville, NC teaching French levels I-IV. She currently teaches French I with NCVPS from home. She has two children, a stepdaughter, Madison (turns 9 this week!) and a son, Aiden (2). She lives with her husband, children and pug, Ella (turning 9 next month!), in Raeford, NC.

Section 7 - Mme Jean McDaniel

Mme Jean McDaniel has taught French I with NCVPS for five years. She teaches French I-V full-time for a charter school in Huntersville, NC. She has twin 18 year-old sons. She has lived and traveled extensively in France, received her B.A. from Whitworth University, and has a masters degree in Curriculum and Instruction.

Section 8 - Mme Mary Hansbrough

Mary Hansbrough has been an online teacher for 8 years. Before that she was Department Chair for World Languages in the f2f classroom. She has a BA in French, a Masters in French and English and an EDS in English. She studied in Provence and Paris through the University of Georgia where she received her MEd in French and then studied there again in 2010. She is married and has one daughter, who is 24 years old and in her 3rd year of law school at Emory. She graduated from the University of Maryland where she was on a tennis scholarship. Mme Hansbrough loves all things French and all things sports, both playing and watching. She enjoys traveling as well and has visited Europe several times, most of the continental US and Canada, South America and Australia and New Zealand.

YL Sections 1 & 3 - Mme Susan Cowan

Susan Cowan studied math and French at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN, eventually earning a B.A. in French, Math, and secondary education. She has travelled to France numerous times, including studying abroad in Avignon, doing summer camp work in Côte d'Azur, and teaching at an international school in Lyon. Over the past decade she has taught in three different states and on three continents. This is her seventh year with NCVPS and she is currently working from her home in St. Andrews, Scotland where she keeps busy looking after her two sweet daughters, Julia (2 yrs) and Chloe (5 months), while her husband studies for a PhD.