NCVA Beacon Herald

May 2022

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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.

HOS Message

Hello Students and Parents,

With end of the year state testing being less than a month away, I wanted to remind everyone that these Reading, Math, Science, and HS CTE and Extend1 assessments are required and must be given in person between May 19th to June 2nd. Failure of students to attend any state end of the year test, may result in the student being administratively withdrawal from NCVA. This was listed and was signed by parents upon enrollment at NCVA in the onboarding documents.

Testing assignments have already been sent to families. Please make sure to confirm in Testing Nirvana appearance at testing on the dates and times listed. Masks are required for all students, staff, and parents when inside testing facilities. Please make sure to check your email or spam folder for more details regarding the required state testing.

In Partnership,

Marcia Simmons, HOS

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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?

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  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.

  • May 2nd-6th: NWEA Assessments
  • May 2nd-6th: National Teacher Appreciation Week!
  • May 5th: (K-8th) Testing Anxiety Workshops w/ Counselors
  • May 6th: Virtual Art & Talent Shows (K-12th)
  • May 19th-June 2nd: EOG/EOC In-person State Exams
  • May 30th: Memorial Day Holiday (NCVA Closed)
  • June 2nd: Last Day of School!

~Save the Dates~

  • June 9th: 7th-8th Dance; Junior-Senior Prom
  • June 9th: HS Graduation

*Congratulations, Seniors!!!

NCVA School Calendar SY 21-22

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Re-Registration Closes June 2nd!

Annually current families have an opportunity to communicate their plans to return to NCVA for the upcoming school year (22-23). Any family that has not seleccted "registering" will be automatically withdrawn on June 2nd.

For SY22-23, Re-registration has been divided into 2 Phases.

  • Phase 1: Reserve your seat today! Update your status via the LC Portal, respond via text message, or use the QR code below by June 2nd. Registering families will receive a follow-up e-mail within 24 business hours of re-registering.

  • Phase 2: Beginning on May 1st, families that have opted to return for SY22-23 will have access to submit any requested documents and complete re-registration via the Portal. More details to follow.

*Know someone that would like to enroll at NCVA? Open Enrollment begins May 10th. Visit us at .
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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, and CTE exams 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 from 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.

  • EOG/EOC (Spring/3rd-12th): May 19th-June 2nd (except Memorial Day)
  • CTE State Exams (Spring/9th-12th)

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 Testing S'more for additional information.*

  • 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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School Resources

NCVA Spirit Store is Open!

Have you been looking to pick up some school gear? The NCVA Spirit Store is OPEN! Click the link to check out various styles to suit your taste. There is a little something for everyone. Procedes will benefit the High School 10th-12th Grade Prom. Thank you for your support!
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NCVA Family Directory SY 21-22

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!

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 .

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

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 or at 919-346-0121 ext. 2030.

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May Awareness Events

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Teacher Appreciation Week with Stride!

Everyone's got a favorite teacher. Who's yours? 💙 Teacher Appreciation Week is May 2–6, and we're honoring standout educators across the U.S. Let’s get the luv going! Share a photo or video showing your favorite teacher and include #teachluv! See for rules and more.

Hallmark #Teachluv!

In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, we are partnering with our friends at Hallmark to bring you a special offer.

Head to Hallmark to create a free video greeting with photos and videos that explain what makes your teacher so wonderful. Then, share your message on Instagram, TikTok, or Facebook with the hashtag #TeachLuv and automatically enter the #TeachLuv sweepstakes for a chance to win a prize!

Stride Serves: Community Service

Stamp Out Hunger: May 14th

The National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) will conduct its annual national food drive on Saturday, May 14. NALC's food drive, which was first held in 1983, helps feed millions of Americans.

The Stamp Out Hunger® Food Drive, the country's largest one-day food drive, provides residents with an easy way to donate food to those in need.

Customers simply leave their donation of non-perishable food items next to their mailbox before the delivery of the mail on Saturday, May 14. Letter carriers will collect these food donations on that day as they deliver mail along their postal routes, and distribute them to local food banks, pantries, shelters and churches.

People who have questions about the drive in their area should ask their letter carrier, contact their local post office, or go to .

Community Service Credit:

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Happy Summer!

Thank you for supporting school-based clubs this school year! Read through the newsletter for more information regarding Stride Summer Challenges to stay active while school is out. We look forward to seeing you again in the Fall!

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 .

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Stride Free ESports Summer Camp (Register)

Sign up now and keep your kids engaged this summer!

Stride is offering a FREE Virtual Summer Camp with class offerings from June 13th to August 6th! Open to participants living in the United States aged 8-25.

Spots are limited so act fast!

This FREE esports centric virtual camp has offerings geared to improving skills in your favorite game with professional coaches, using Fortnite Creative to learn fundamental game design principals and play on Minecraft Education to develop basic coding skills.

Find more details for classes here: and for tournaments here:

Stride Enrichment Programs

Check out additional Summer activities for students offered through Stride as well! Click here for additional information.
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Stride K12 National News

Stride K12 National Newsletter

Please read the Stride K12 Newsletter May 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!

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:
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School News and Updates

Attendance Corner

Keys to Successful Attendance:

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.
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!

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Elementary School Updates

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Teacher Appreciation Week

May 2nd-6th is Teacher Appreciation Week. Teacher Appreciation Week is a time to show our teachers how thankful we are for their hard work and dedication! Please see below for the special activities that our students are encouraged to participate in each day.

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We are excited to see so many families re-registering for the 2022-2023 school year! If you have not already done so, please log into your LC account, go to "my info" and make your selection. Undecided? That's ok, just choose undecided and update your choice later on.

5th Grade Bridging Ceremony

Our 5th grade classes will celebrate moving into Middle School with a bridging ceremony on May 20th at 9:00. Your homeroom teacher will be sending out an invite soon.

Order Your Yearbook Now!

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Yearbook Link

Please click on the link below to order your yearbook.
Please e-mail Ms. Jamie Forbes at with any questions regarding the ES Yearbook.
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Dates to Remember

  • May 2nd-4th: EOY NWEA
  • May 5th-13th: K-1 EOY Testing
  • May 13th: Virtual Kindergarten Graduation
  • May 16th-17th: In-Person Kindergarten Graduation
  • May 17th: Last Day of Live Instruction
  • May 19th: EOY Testing Begins
  • May 30th: No School
  • June 2nd: Last Day of School

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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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!

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!

Save the Date! Submissions due by 5/4 at 5:00 p.m.

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NON-COMPETITIVE, OPTIONAL • ALL students at NCVA in grades K-5 may submit artwork . • Limit (2) submissions per student.. • Sculpture, Painting, Photography, Drawing, Digital Art, Pottery, Folk Art, etc. accepted. • Artwork MUST BE ORIGINAL.

Submission Guidelines:

1. Take a high quality digital photograph.

2. Artwork should be attached to an email and sent to Ms. Mabe Royal at with “ART SHOW SUBMISSION” as the subject title.

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.


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Middle School Updates

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Mark Your Calendars: Notable Dates

    • 5/2-5/4: NWEA Testing
    • 5/6: Outing (virtual)
    • 5/19-6/2: EOG Testing
    • 6/2: Last day of school
    • 6/7: Quarter 4 grades due
    • 6/9: 7th-8th Grade Dance

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

    Tips for Success!

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    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!


    It's that time of year again when students need to update their NCVA registration status. Please be sure you are doing so before the deadline hits.
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    Just a reminder all EOG/EOY Testing will be in person! Details were e-mailed to families from If you do not know your sites by now please reach out to one of the Administrators. We look forward to seeing Everyone!

    MS Summer School Opportunity!

    Parents may voluntarily sign up their students for Summer School! Great for students that need a little extra help or are looking for extra enrichment in ELA and Math.

    Dates: June 6, 2022 through July 1, 2022

    Time: 9:00AM to 12:00PM

    Days: Monday - Friday

    Academic Program to be used: IXL ( No OMS)

    Platform to deliver instruction: Newrow

    Subjects Offered: Math and English Only

    Parents can sign their child up here: Parent Summer School Request Form

    Middle School Dance!

    Join us for an Evening of Fun!

    The Middle School Dance will be held on June 9, 2022 at the Marriott at RTP in Durham, NC. from 4pm-6pm.

    Tickets are on Sale Now at: NCVA Middle School Dance 2022 - Events - Universe

    Open to 8th and 7th graders until May 13th. Must be a NCVA registered student to attend. Limited tickets so get yours today!

    MS Dance Dress Code: Polo/Long Sleeve shirts, Pants with no rips, Knee length dresses, Covered shoulders (no spaghetti straps), and shoes that attach (no flip flops or slides).) *Appropriate attire is required and administrative discretion upon arrival.

    Parents/Guardians are welcome to wait around the hotel or there are several nice restaurants in the area. Hope to see you there!

    8th Grade Celebration

    Date: June TBD

    The Celebration will be Virtual so ALL can attend- Watch your emails as more information will be coming in May.

    ***You must submit a portrait of your child to have them featured in the Celebration***

    All portraits that are submitted for the Yearbook will be used in the 8th Grade Ceremony!

    Please make sure that you are uploading your child’s photo at

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    Thank you to everyone who sent in their student pictures for the Middle School Yearbook!

    You can purchase the Yearbooks through May 20th at:

    May is Military Appreciation Month

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    May, marked officially as Military Appreciation Month, is a special month for both those in and out of the military.

    Not only do we pause on Memorial Day to remember the sacrifice and service of those who gave all, but the month also holds several other military anniversaries and events, including Military Spouse Appreciation Day and Armed Forces day.

    Let’s come together and honor the service and sacrifice of members of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, Marines, Space Force and National Guard as well as the contribution of their spouses.

    Congress designated May as National Military Appreciation Month in 1999 to ensure the nation was given the chance to publicly show their appreciation for troops past and present.

    We are proud of how far you've come this year and have loved being your teachers! We can see the finish line so finish strong! Good luck on your EOGs and thanks for hanging out with us :).

    Save the Date! Submissions due by 5/4 at 5:00 p.m.

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    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.

    Submission Guidelines:

    1. Artwork submissions should be email to Mrs. Brancaccio for Middle School Students ( and Mrs. Royal for High School Students ( 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 Spring 2022 Virtual Art and Talent Show Flipgrid. (Share your talent: singing, playing an instrument, dancing, gymnastics, etc.)

    password: NCVA_art


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    High School Updates

    Important Dates & Updates

    Wow! Summer is just around the corner already! This is a great opportunity to finish strong in part A of your courses. Every point counts!

    • 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 in-person exams between May 26th-June 2nd. 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 Spring 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.

    You’ve got this, High School families! Your team of Teachers, Advisors, and Counselors are here to support you all the way through. Please let us know how we may be of assistance. Finish strong!

    A few important dates:

    • NWEA 5/2-5/4: Afternoons only 2-4 pm. You will still have class in the morning for HS.
    • High School EOC/CTE 5/26-6/2: Please check your schedule and confirm in Testing Nirvana.
    • 10th-12th Grade Prom and HS Graduation 6/9

    NC Check-In Schedule (Biology & Math I)

    Students currently enrolled in Biology and Math I are required to take State Check-Ins. Below you will find the dates for these upcoming assessments. Please be sure you have the Safe Exam Browser loaded on to your computer prior to your first assessment. Here is a slideshow that explains how to download it, along with some trouble shooting tips.

    You will also receive an email within a few days of your first Check-In with your state ID# (not your NCVA ID#)-. Please keep this email as you will need this identification number to complete all of your Check-Ins. Finally, the morning of each Check-In, you will receive an additional email that has the access code to get you logged in to the Check-In. Please make sure you have this and your state ID# prior to coming to your first Check-In!

    Check-In Dates

      • Domain 3 (Evolution and Genetics): 5/10 and 5/12

    High School Yearbook: Sign-up today!

    This year's HS Yearbook is 100% online through Yearly. See the directions below to create your profile as soon as possible! Please complete this before May 19th. Please direct any questions to Ms. Emily Coleman at .

    10th-12th Grade Prom_RSVP by 5/5

    Attention 10th-12th graders

    Haven’t bought your tickets yet? Don’t wait! • There are a limited number of tickets available on first come first serve basis. The deadline was extended until May 5th! • ACT NOW: Click the link and get your tickets today: .

    Please e-mail Ms. Cassie Parker with any questions at .

    Save the Date! Submissions due by 5/4 at 5:00 p.m.

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    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.

    Submission Guidelines:

    1. Artwork submissions should be email to Mrs. Brancaccio for Middle School Students ( and Mrs. Royal for High School Students ( 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 Spring 2022 Virtual Art and Talent Show Flipgrid. (Share your talent: singing, playing an instrument, dancing, gymnastics, etc.)

    password: NCVA_art


    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!

    You're off to great places...Congrats Grads!

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    Meet your Leadership Team

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    High School Counseling Team

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    Congratulations on making it to Senior year! Check out the Senior Bulletin from your High School Counselors. Please read this entire newsletter for important information.

    Students will see a Senior Meeting added to their Class Connect schedules each month. Be sure to attend! This will be a time to meet with your counselor to discuss graduation and your future. Congrats Grads!

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    Special Programs Team

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    Thank you for allowing us to work with your families this school year. On behalf of the Special Programs Team, we would like to wish you all the best at EOG/EOC testing. You've got this!
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    NCVA Student Support Team

    Finish Strong!

    Our Student Support Team has enjoyed having the opportunity to work with each of our families this school year. We are still cheering you along as NCVA approaches EOG/EOC Testing! Please reach out to your Testing Site Coordinators if you have any questions.

    Aso, don't forget to touch base with your teachers regarding any questions about final assignments before everyone hits the road. Best wishes on your exams and have a great summer. We can't wait to see you during the next few weeks!

    Meet your Student Support Team

    Lea King, Student Support Administrator

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

    Laura Zuber, Student Attendance Specialist (6th-12th)

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

    6-8: Charity Anderson, Brittany Bonardi, Tiffany Carson

    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!

    *NEW this school year, open counseling hours. If interested, please visit here. Also, take notice of our student services website packed with a tremendous amount of helpful community, academic, social and emotional resources.


    Whitney Cress

    919-346-0121 ext. 2113

    Elementary School Counselor Lessons!

    The Elementary Counselor Corner is your student's monthly school counselor lesson. We focus on important character traits and positive personal growth. Topics for this month are below!

    • May 5th, Grades K-1 @ 2:00: Testing with Confidence & Summer Safety!
    • May 5th, Grades 2-3 @ 2:30 (pt 1) Donut Stress About the Test!, May 12th 2:30 (pt 2)
    • May 5th, Grades 4-5 @ 3:00 (pt 1) Donut Stress About the Test!, May 12th 3:00 (pt 2)
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    Middle School Counselor: Becca Lynn

    I am so excited to join the NCVA team this year as the Middle School Counselor!

    Our Middle School students will have the opportunity to meet with me during Beacon Times, where we will dive into social emotional topics specific to Middle Schoolers.

    Throughout the year, I will offer small groups, as well as ongoing individual counseling support.

    I am excited to get to know the community and work with students to develop life long skills and behaviors essential for academic achievement and beyond.

    Feel free to reach out at any time!

    Becca Lynn

    919-346-0121 ext 2287

    May Beacon Time:

    6th grade: Healthy Lifestyle- May 10th 1:30pm

    7th grade: Social Awareness- May 11th 1:30pm

    8th grade: Transitioning to High School- May 12th 1:30pm

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    LC Speaker Series

    Thank you for participating in our LC programming this school year. We can't wait see everyone back in the Fall! Please contact Jillian Davenport at with any questions.

    Stride is excited to present a live event May 11th, 2022 @ 3:30PM ET for Learning Coaches and parents of students enrolled in Stride K12-powered schools on Everyday Happiness, in partnership with the Cook Center for Human Connection.

    Register today

    Learn how to create change by developing positive thinking patterns.

    This session will cover:

    • Understanding the brain and change
    • What makes you?
    • What forms negative and positive patterns
    • Four steps to everyday happiness

    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!

    COVID Resources

    Below are various resources available as we transition through these critical times together. The Community Resources link is a living document featuring regular updates.

    Specific by region, including assistance with food, finances, utilities, etc.

    Crisis Support:

    • 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.
    • National Suicide Hotline number is 800-273-TALK (8255), there is also a chat option on their website, .
    • 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!

    NCVA Facebook:

    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

    Region 2

    Region 3

    Region 4

    Region 5

    Region 6

    Region 7/8

    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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    School Documents

    NCVA Handbook SY 21-22

    Welcome families! Please read the NCVA Handbook SY 21-22. Sign here that it has been received. Reach out to your Homeroom Teacher or Advisor with additional questions. Have a great year!

    Family Engagement Plan SY 21-22

    Dear Learning Coaches: Please take a few moments to read over the Family Engagement Policy. It will be maintained in the Beacon Herald for your reference.

    SY 21-22 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 21-22. Please review the NCVA Annual Health Notification SY 21-22 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!

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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:

    • K12 App: Download HERE

    Having trouble logging in to the OLS? Is OLS navigation slow? Try clearing your browser cache and cookies.

    Newrow for Live Classes!

    Newrow is the new Class Connect Platform that K12 Stride-Powered is using this school year. 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.

    As of April 2021, 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.

    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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    Contact Information

    North Carolina Virtual Academy

    4220 NC HWY 55, Suite 130

    Durham, NC 27713

    Phone: 919-346-0121

    Fax: 919-324-6597


    K12 Customer Support: 1-866-512-2273