“New” NCAS Online Learning / Plan de Aprendizaje en Línea

Remote Learning

What does Remote Learning Look like for NCAS?

At NCAS we have chosen a model of instruction that can occur at any time -kids independently self-pace their learning once teachers share the resources.

  • Teachers curate and provide materials digitally (e.g., videos, assignments from district materials or supplemental materials which students work on independently and submit.
  • Students communicate through Google Classroom and Schoology, by email and/or by Google voice.
  • DPS is in the process of setting up Google Voice for all teachers and staff ensuring that we are able to communicate as a school community to ensure that students are successful.
  • Beginning April 7th, NCAS teachers and staff will be able to communicate their Google voice contact information via Schoology and it will be posted on the school website.

Technical Support

If you need technical support during remote learning or help to access online tools, you can e-mail Ryan Neumann at ryan_neumann@dpsk12.org or call the Department of Technology Services Service Desk at 720-423-3163.


Attendance will be taken on a weekly basis. Students must turn in the Weekly Syllabus on Mondays for each of their classes as the first touchpoint for attendance. From there, attendance will be a reflection of assignments completed and submitted.

Academic Support

Students should message their teachers through Schoology or call the teacher’s Google Voice phone number at any time to request an appointment during their content teacher’s Office Hours. Teachers will check their email at least twice daily outside of Office Hours.

Grading Expectations

Grading during online-learning will be an opportunity for students to enhance the grade they had on the last day of school. We recognize the extraordinary circumstances we are living and learning today and we believe that, while we adjust to this new manner of education, penalizing students for turning in work that would negatively impact their grade is neither equitable nor compassionate. If work is turned in that does not meet expectations, teachers will work with students to provide feedback and opportunities for resubmission.

If students are not engaging in the virtual learning process, teachers will refer these students to a member of our administration so that we may connect with the family and understand what challenges the student is facing that may be impacting the ability to participate in online learning.

In addition, the 2020 spring semester will be removed from all cumulative GPA calculations for students in grades 9-12.  ranking for seniors will be based on GPA through the fall of 2019.

NCAS Online Learning Grading Policy / Políticas de Evaluación del Aprendizaje en Línea

Social/Emotional Support

NCAS is in the process of developing a Whole Child Support Remote Learning Platform. Students and parents will be informed regarding direct service hours and how to access services beginning April 7th. The support staff will also provide office hours and supports as part of our Remote Learning Plan.

Middle School Counseling Supports with Mrs. Murphy
1. Call or e-mail to set up an appointment through the NCAS Website Support page.
2. Sign-in and chat with Mrs. Murphy and your grade-level friends
Tuesday: 8th grade, 10:00 AM.
Wednesday: 7th grade, 10:00 AM.
Thursday: 6th grade, 10:00 AM.

Student Support with Ms. Smith
1. Call or e-mail to set up an appointment Mondays – Thursdays from 9:00 – 11:00 AM.
2. Sign-in and chat with Ms. Smith and your friends:
Fridays: Middle School, 9:00 – 9:45 AM.
Fridays: High School, 10:15 – 11:00 AM.

Remote Lesson Components & Expectations

ComponentNCAS Staff ExpectationsStudent & Family Expectations
Weekly Syllabus-
Do Now
Teachers will post a Weekly Syllabus as a Do Now assignment that gives an overview of what will be covered.Students must review the Weekly Syllabus and turn it in as an assignment to show that they are “present” for each of their classes by Monday at 3:30 p.m.
Exit TicketsTeachers will assign ONE midweek Exit Ticket each week.

(The Exit Ticket can be a grade from a student’s participation in a live Discussion Group and/or written responses to Discussion Group questions.)
Students must turn in the completed midweek Exit Ticket by the posted due date from the Syllabus. (A missing assignment will result in a call home.)

The final due date for all Exit Tickets is each Friday by 3:30 p.m. in order to receive credit.
Teachers will create at least two (15 minute) video lectures/lessons each week.
Students are expected to view the Recorded Lessons prior to completing Independent work, Exit Ticket, participating in the Discussion Group, and requesting Office Hours. (Lesson can be replayed multiple times.)
Teachers are expected to create at least one Guiding Question per week for the class

Discussion Group.
The Discussion Group response may be used as an Exit Ticket.
Students are expected to do the following:
a) Respond to the Guiding Question.
b) Share their response with the class in a 

Discussion Group (through a live Google Meets
format or in writing for peers to view.)

Students are invited to join the Discussion group at the posted times in order to interact with classmates, but can access the groups at any time. (Live Discussion Groups will be recorded and available for students to view later also.)
Teachers will be available to respond to email questions at least twice each day in addition to their Office Hours.

Teachers are expected to post product grades by 2:30 p.m. on Mondays.
If students have questions about the Independent Practice or Project-based Learning, they should email the teacher the question or a request for an Office Hours appointment.

All Exit Ticket and Independent Practice/Project work must be turned in by Friday at 3:30 p.m. to receive credit.

Support for Students with Disabilities

Staff will be reaching out to families with support for students with Disabilities. We will be sharing a more detailed plan by the week of April 7th.

Support for English Language Learners

Staff will be reaching out to students and families of English Language Learners to ensure that they are able to access material for classes. If you need to reach out directly to your child’s teacher or support staff. ELD Tutoring Support is available at any time.

ELD Team members will also be available to support specifically with Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies assignments during those office hours. Please schedule an appointment with a member of our ELD Intervention Team:

Assessment Updates

CMAS/COAlt testing has been canceled for the 2019-2020 school year.

PSAT/SAT testing is being taken under consideration by the College Board. Colorado schools are awaiting potential new testing dates for these assessments.

Advanced Placement Tests will be administered online at home. Students will be able to select dates and times between May 11 through May 22nd, with a make-up window of June 1st through June 5th.

NCAS Support Center

NCAS Plan de Aprendizaje Remoto

FACULTY AND STAFF GOOGLE VOICE (Text message, Call, or Set up a Google (Video) Meeting with us.)