NCVA Beacon Herald

February 2016

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.

Every student......Every class........Every day......

A message from our Head of School

When you mention the word “February” everyone jumps to Valentine’s Day because we see so much about it in stores and advertised on television or radio. A close second to that is that February is African-American History Month as we celebrate the great contributions of African-Americans to our nation. What you may not know is that Canada celebrates the contributions of African Americans also in February while Great Britain does so in October. I want to focus on one additional day – February 15 – which is President’s Day. This day was originally created to honor George Washington, our first President, yet the general term was also given to honor other presidents whose birthday is in February – Abraham Lincoln.

So why the little history lesson (other than the fact that I’m a former history teacher)? These people made history because of consistent, daily decisions. They were not born with a permanent card that said “you will be famous in your lifetime;” yet, no decision was too small in their lifetimes. The collection of those small decisions is what shaped their future into how we remember them. How does this apply to you in school? As we start the second semester, the halfway point of the year, this time period is most critical for your academic success. Most people relax right now and get further behind; so please do not make that mistake. Look at every assignment as important and give it your best effort. You just never know what the results of that decision may be.

Have a great month and thanks for choosing NCVA!!!

Joel Medley

Head of School

North Carolina Virtual Academy

"Focus, Focus: Learn All About It!?


FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 19th, 2016 @ 10AM. Keep an eye on your student's schedule.

Outing Information for the Spring Semester

February 18th: Region 6
February 26th: Region 3, Region 7
March 18th: Region 8
April 29th: Region 1, Region 4

2/18/16 Region 6 Outing @ Historic Latta Plantation in Huntersville, NC

Historic Latta Plantation

5225 Sample Road Huntersville, NC 28078
Phone: 704-875-2312

Feburary 18, 2016

Note: Normally outings are on Fridays, this one is on Thurs due to the nature of the event.

11 AM-1 PM

Tickets are $6; Children under 4 are free. Please bring cash only and exact change.

Event Celebrating Black History Month: “A Day in the Life of the Enslaved”

Enjoy a day filled with ongoing activities, historical demonstrations, farm animal viewing, a self-guided plantation tour that covers the tasks and culture of those enslaved during the time of pre-civil war America.

Arrive by 10:45 so that we can check in as a group

Pack a lunch and we will picnic from 11-11:30

Please RSVP:

Please print, complete, and bring the following forms:

Release of Information

Liability Release

2/26/16 Region 3 Outing @ Durham Museum of Life and Science in Durham

Durham Museum of Life and Science

433 W. Murray Avenue, Durham, NC 27704
Phone: 919-220-5429

Feburary 26, 2016

10 AM-2 PM (families may stay until 5 when the museum closes)

Group rates depend on number of attendees. If more than 10 people attend, cost will be $8-$9 per person. Please bring cash only and exact change.

Please RSVP:

Please print, complete, and bring the following forms:

Release of Information

Liability Release

2/26/16 Region 7 Outing @ Catawba Science Center in Hickory, NC

Catawba Science Center

243 3rd Avenue NE Hickory, NC 28601
Phone: (828) 322-8169

Feburary 26, 2016

11 AM-2 PM

Tickets are $6.50 for students and $7.50 for adults; Please bring cash only and exact change.

Join us for a picnic lunch, a planetarium astronaut program, and a museum tour.

Arrive by 10:45 so that we can check in as a group

Pack a lunch and we will picnic from 11-11:30

Please RSVP:

Please print, complete, and bring the following forms:

Release of Information

Liability Release

3/18/16 Region 8 Outing @ Lexington Glassworks & White Duck Taco in Asheville, NC

Lexington Glassworks

81 S. Lexington Ave
Asheville, NC 28801

Phone: (828) 348-8427

March 18, 2016

***PLEASE NOTE: This is a date change from the original listing. If you need to cancel your RSVP, please kmail Anne Raybon.

11 AM

$5.00 cash per student to watch the glass blowing, plus enough for lunch.

Meet at Lexington Glassworks at 11:00 AM to watch professional glass blowing.

Afterwards we’ll eat lunch at White Duck Taco, 12 Biltmore Avenue.

Park on the street (metered)

Please RSVP:

Please print, complete, and bring the following forms:

Release of Information

Liability Release


2/15 No School (President's Day)

2/18 Region 6 Outing @ Historic Latta Plantation

2/25 Re-registration window opens for 2016-2017 school year

2/26 Region 3 Outing @ Durham Museum of Life and Science

Region 7 Outing @ Catawba Science Center

3/18 Region 8 Outing @ Lexington Glassworks & White Duck Taco

3/25-4/1 No School (Spring Break)

Re-registration for 2016-2017 opens February 25th!

Mark your calendars!

More information to come soon!

Re-register early to ensure that your courses will be loaded on time and you will receive your materials before the start of school.

Drivers Education Information

If your home school district offers Drivers Ed and they allow your student to take the course, that is not a problem.

Once your student completes the course, the legal guardian of the student will need to contact Nicole Barton (school counselor) by kmail to request the Drivers' Education Certificate that must be taken to the DMV when the student goes to get their license. Ms. Barton will verify the student's academic standing and if the student is in good standing at NCVA, she will complete the certificate and send by snail mail to the mailing address on file. We will make a note of the certificate number in your student's record.

IMPORTANT: The legal guardian will need to sign the certificate and return the carbon copy to the NCVA office in Durham so that it can be added to your student's file. The certificate expires 30 days from issue.

Would you like to recognize a teacher or staff member or share your student's success with us?

We want to recognize the amazing members of our NCVA community! Please let us know when a member of our staff has helped you improve, overcome a challenge or gone above and beyond to help you or share a significant accomplishment. You can also share your student's individual success story with us, too! Click on this link:

Are you brand new to NCVA?

If you're just starting this month, welcome! Be sure to check your kmail for a welcome letter from your Family Engagement Coordinator. The welcome kmail will contain important information for getting started.

New Student Welcome Orientations are required for all new students. Please sign up for one of the orientations as soon as possible. The information is included in your welcome kmail. You will only need to attend once, however, you must register each student.

K-8 students need to complete the Welcome to Online Learning Courses found in the Online Learning System (OLS). These lessons are to be viewed by the Learning Coach and the student. The lessons explain how to use the OLS in conjunction with the materials you are receiving. These lessons need to be completed immediately.

High schools students need to complete the HS Online Learning Courses. Under your "quick links" in the OLS be sure to choose Online High School. This will take you to the platform that all your High School courses are located in. Then click on the course titled HS Online Learning. Click the content tab, review all the course materials and then take all six units. These lessons need to be completed immediately.


If you see the word REQUIRED next to the title of the Class Connect, it is a mandatory class that you must attend. If you know ahead of time you are going to miss class, please contact your teacher to see how you can make up the missed work. Sometimes, you will need to watch a recording.

To view the recording of a missed Class Connect Session, click on the "Go to Class Connect" link, search the date of your missed session, click on the link of the session, watch recording. ALWAYS send your teacher a Kmail to explain why you missed attending the LIVE session (unless previously arranged).


If you ever have problems getting your class connects to load, please refer to this guide:


NCVA students are required to attend school 6 hours per day. Attendance will be checked each Monday for the preceding week. The Learning Coach/Mentor is responsible for logging attendance daily. Please remember that attendance should be added by Sunday for the week prior and students should work 6 hours a day. Time towards attendance must come from curriculum and instruction within the online school and live instruction.


We recognize it can be really frustrating and such a drag when you try to login to the OLS and you receive that dreaded error message. The best thing you can do when that happens is make sure it's not something on your end such as your internet being down or a problem with your computer. Please always restart your computer and walk away for a few moments. Sometimes this will resolve the issue. Usually outages are short in duration. During this time, be intentional about what activities you choose to do during this time.

1. Keep a log of the time you worked off-line.
2. Look at the objectives in the teacher guides that you can teach to and work on those.
3. When you get back online, go to those lessons and mark them off or have your student go straight to the assessment in order to demonstrate their mastery.
4. Print your weekly plan at the beginning of the week.
5. Sometimes it may be necessary to work out of order or skip ahead to a writing project, novel unit, or something else you can do offline.

When systems go down or out, it is not limited to only education--it happens everywhere around us! We can choose to make the best of this time by doing schoolwork off-line.

K-12 Mobile Apps

Have fun learning on the go! Enjoy educational mobile applications from K12, available for Apple and Android users through iTunes Store, Google Play and Amazon Appstore.

Check them out here:


Attention High School Learning Coaches/Mentors! Do you want to check the progress of your student in each of their classes? Here's how.......

1. From your Learning Coach homepage click on the "K12 HS Homepage" link in the "Quick Links" box on the right side of your screen.
2. Select "Change to Student View" title in the center of the page
3. Select " Yes" for viewing purposes
4. Select "My Tools" button (top right of your screen)
5. Select "My Progress"
6. Under "Progress Summary" select the drop down arrow next to "Topics Visited" to see all recent work completed. This will also tell you how often and how long your student is spending in class.

Note: You can ONLY check progress from the STUDENT VIEW and not the LC view.

NCVA has partnered with Harris Teeter's Together In Education Program!

Our school code is 3669! Please give them this number when you check out. When you purchase select Harris Teeter Brand products using your VIC card, Harris Teeter contributes a percentage of those purchase dollars back to our school!

Is an immediate family member of your child connected to the US Military?

Please complete this form if an immediate family member of your child is connected to the US military, including Active Duty, National Guard or Reserves, Retired Military, Disabled Veteran, or a Federal Civil Service Employee. If you DO NOT have a military connection OR you completed the form already, please do not fill it out again.*

PARENT & LC RESOURCES (click on the links below)