NCVA Beacon Herald

December 2015

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

December is always a busy time in school because there just is not much time between the Thanksgiving break and then the holidays at the end of the calendar year. Despite how busy those few weeks are, they have always been some of my favorite times of year. Be looking for information from your teachers about special activities. You just never know who may show up in one of those classroom activities!


I know during this time how we shift out thoughts to giving and presents and family. As such, I wanted to thank you for choosing to become part of our family. While we have passed through the season of Thanksgiving and look forward to the season of hope, it is our sincerest belief that the education provided by NCVA will give your children hope for their future.


Joel Medley

NCVA Head of School

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IDEAS FOR MOTIVATING YOUR K-5th GRADER!

IDEAS FOR MOTIVATING YOUR 6-10th GRADE!

Region 1 and 2 Outing to Carolina Ice Zone on 12/11/15


Carolina Ice Zone

1-3 pm

Cost depends on the total number of students and family members who commit:
The cost:

  • 0-14 people ($10 each)
  • 15-29 people ($7 each)
  • 30 + people ($6 each)

A kmail with the exact cost will be sent out once we have a count of rsvp’s.


Carolina Ice Zone (FAQ): http://carolinaicezone.com/FAQs.html

Please RSVP using the survey link: http://goo.gl/forms/4VdmGzZ5kd

Complete and bring the Liability Release Form and the NCVA Release of Information Form with you.

Liability Release

NCVA Release of Information

Region 6 Outing to TIGER WORLD on 12/11/15


Tiger World

4400 Cook Rd
Rockwell, NC 28138
Phone: 704.279.6363

December 11, 2015

10 AM
$8 per student and adult


Bring a lunch and wear layers as we will be eating outside!


Please RSVP: http://goo.gl/forms/MLgvlFLiYR

Release of Information

Liability Release

Region 4 Outing to TCBY on 12/11/15

TCBY

1-3 pm

12 Westwood Shopping Ctr,
Fayetteville, NC 28314

Meet and Greet! Stop in, grab some frozen yogurt as a treat & hang out with Your NCVA
teachers & fellow students

Please RSVP using the survey link: http://bit.ly/1Q3vcu1

Complete and bring the Liability Release Form and the NCVA Release of Information Form with you.

Liability Release

NCVA Release of Information

Region 3 (and Regions 1 and 2) Outing to Imagination Station on 12/11/15

Imagination Station

224 E. NASH ST. WILSON, NC 27893
(252) 291-5113

December 11, 2015

PLEASE PLAN TO ARRIVE BY 12:00 SO THAT WE CAN START THE ROTATIONS FOR STAR LAB AT 12:15


$9 FOR ADMISSION TO MUSEUM AND STAR LAB
$5 IF YOU DO NOT WANT TO PARTICIPATE IN STAR LAB


Please RSVP: http://tinyurl.com/OutingSurveyNCVA

Release of Information

Liability Release

SUGGESTIONS FOR SCHOOLING MULTIPLE CHILDREN

1. HAVE A PLAN

Print those weekly plans and use them as your guide. If you have a smartphone use a calendar app to remind you of class connects and assignment deadlines. Better yet, get your kids to use Google Calendar on their computers for Class Connect sessions and assignment deadlines.


2. BE FLEXIBLE

Best laid plans often get derailed but don’t let that get you down. Those plans will help you get back on track. All is not lost. You know right where to pick up where you left off. It’s OK. Life happens, so don’t fret.


3. ENTERTAIN THE LITTLE ONES

If you have younger children, put together a tote with age appropriate toys, games, craft supplied, and puzzles that can only be played with during school hours. This will keep them occupied by doing “their school”.


4. ONE ON ONE TIME

Schedule one on one time with each child to help with assignments, check work, and monitor progress.


5. TAKE BREAKS

Take breaks every hour for a few minutes just to clear heads and keep the wiggles away.


6. ORGANIZE YOUR DAILY TASKS

Try to streamline your daily tasks by making master menus, grocery lists and chore schedules. Think, plan, execute over and over again.

SCHOOL CALENDAR

12/11 Outings
12/14 to 12/18 Benchmark Testing (3-10)
12/15 Town Hall Meeting with School Administration (check your cc schedule)

12/21 to 1/4 Winter Break NO SCHOOL

1/18 NO SCHOOL

1/22 End of First Semester

1/25 Start of Second Semester

Would you like to recognize a teacher or staff member?

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. Follow this link and complete the form to recognize that wonderful person.

http://goo.gl/forms/KBCC7qZ9zE

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.

REQUIRED CLASS CONNECTS

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).

CLASS CONNECT TROUBLESHOOTING

If you ever have problems getting your class connects to load, please refer to this guide: http://help.k12.com/support-topics/class-connect/class-connect-troubleshooting

ATTENDANCE

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.

OUTAGES IN THE ONLINE SCHOOL

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 do during these times.

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: http://www.k12.com/mobile-apps.html

TIPS FOR CHECKING COURSE PROGRESS IN THE ONLINE HIGH SCHOOL

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.

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PARENT & LC RESOURCES (click on the links below)