Virtual Vikings


Niles Virtual Viking Programming for the 2021-2022 School Year At-a-Glance


COST: No cost to families.


COMMITMENT: Niles Community Schools (NCS) is requiring a semester commitment.  At the end of semester one, you may choose to continue with virtual programming or choose to return to the building.


COMMUNICATION: Students are considered a student in their home school building and will receive all communication that students in the grade level and building receive.  Families must maintain weekly 2-way communication with the Niles certified Virtual Viking teacher of record (TOR) that is assigned and/or your Virtual Viking building mentor.


1st-5th GRADE INSTRUCTION: Instruction is delivered online through Lincoln Learning.  The Lincoln Learning program provides core content in the grade level that the student is enrolled in.  The learning schedule will match the district calendar.  The student will keep track of how he/she is progressing toward completing all coursework within the assigned semester.  Virtual courses are delivered entirely via the internet. The amount of content standards will vary with each virtual course. Parental assistance is required for students in grades 1st - 5th.  Students will actively work online for a minimum of 3-4 hours per day.  The Niles certified teacher of record (TOR) will assign each student to the appropriate virtual courses. Any questions or concerns about the schedule or assignment should be discussed with the TOR.


6th-12th GRADE INSTRUCTION: Instruction is delivered online through Edgenuity.  Edgenuity provides core and elective course content in the grade level that the student is enrolled in. The learning schedule will match the district calendar.  The student will keep track of how he/she is progressing toward completing all coursework within the assigned semester.  Virtual courses are delivered entirely via the internet. The amount of content standards will vary with each virtual course.  Courses are paced so that it would take one full year to complete for full credit courses.  Half credit courses take a semester to complete.  Students will actively work online for a minimum of 5 hours per day.  The Niles certified teacher of record (TOR) will assign each student to the appropriate virtual courses.  Any questions or concerns about the schedule or assignment should be discussed with the TOR.


ASSISTANCE: The district will provide a Niles certified teacher of record (TOR) to support the student with his/her learning process.  The TOR will have regular communication with students/parents to continually keep them informed on progress throughout the year.  The teacher of record’s purpose is to build a relationship with students and their families. They are a resource for accountability and assistance in using the online program. Once a week two-way communication will be initiated by the TOR with students/parents. Google Meet sessions will be required.  Parents and students can utilize these opportunities to empower students to succeed in the virtual environment. 

Each Niles Community Schools building will provide a building contact mentor for Virtual Vikings if other questions or concerns outside of the curriculum arise.  Building mentors are an advocate for the student and will strive to assist in positive outcomes. 


DISTRICT/STATE ASSESSMENTS: Students will work with their building mentor to participate in all required district and state assessments. All of Michigan’s state assessments measure student progress with Michigan’s content standards or other career or college-readiness goals. 


TECHNOLOGY: Any student who requires a device, will be provided with one. 


COMPLETION STATUS: 1st - 8th grade students must maintain a passing grade at the end of semester one in core subject areas in order to continue virtual programming.  Ninth - twelfth grade students must maintain a passing grade in Michigan Merit Curriculum courses.  Additionally, 9th - 12th grade students must pass all electives and maintain credit attainment.


ENROLLMENT: Any student who chooses to participate as a Niles Virtual Viking will need to complete
additional forms that are required from the state. Please contact Angie Pingel at 269-683-0736 x 10017 for
additional information.

Niles Virtual Vikings Information for the 2021-2022 School Year


Q) How do I register? 

A)  To register, you must first complete the NCS Virtual Viking Request to Enroll form for the 2021-2022 school year Google form. NCS will be enrolling up to 20 students per grade level in 1st-12th grades. (Please note, there is not a virtual learning option for kindergarteners.) As of August 13, 2021, Virtual Vikings is no longer accepting enrollment registrations.


Q) My child was a Virtual Viking in the 2020-21 school year.  Do I need to complete the Request to Enroll form for the 2021-22 school year? 

A) Yes, you must complete the enrollment form for the 2021-22 school year.  Enrollment in virtual learning does not carry over and must be requested yearly. 


Q) Why is my child still on a class list? 

A) Assurance was given that your child would remain with the building that s/he was scheduled to be enrolled in had you returned to in person learning.  You will continue to receive communications from the school building in which you are enrolled besides your Niles Virtual Viking Teacher of Record (TOR) and building contact Mentor.


Q) Who is going to be my child’s teacher?

A) We will be hosting Return to Learn Parent Workshops on Monday August 30, 2021.  At this required meeting, you will receive an overview of the online learning platform and learn about your Niles Virtual Viking Teacher of Record (TOR) where s/he will explain his/her role and expectations.  


Q) Can I still get school lunches?

A) Yes, you will be able to pick up lunches. Please continue to watch for additional information.


Q) I need a chromebook, who should I contact?

A) Please notify the school that your child(ren) attend.  They will make sure you are added to this list.  Chromebook distribution will take place the week of August 23-27, 2021.  


Q) When will we get our log-ins?

A) Log-ins for Lincoln Learning will be sent to your email address.  Expect to receive it by Friday, August 27, 2021. 

A) Log-ins for Edgenuity will also be distributed by Friday, August 27, 2021.


Q) When do we need to begin working in our courses?

A) All students in Niles Community School will begin on Tuesday, August 31, 2021. 


Q) Is academic or social emotional support available for my child? 

A) The online learning program has embedded instruction and supportive activities that help students understand the content. Students who have met all the “criteria for success” and continue to struggle even after the supportive activities are complete are eligible for additional, local assistance. Students who are struggling and have not met all the “criteria for success” will be placed on probation and may be required to return to in-person instruction.


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