CCS Families In the Know
Did you know that you can browse our school libraries online? 
Visit http://bit.ly/cravenbooks to search for recently added and popular titles as well as ebooks at your school library.  
Students can even put a “hold” on the books of their choice and have them delivered by their school library media coordinator. 
In addition, students can access the Craven-Pamlico Regional Library digital offerings by visiting their website at and registering for a library card. The free library card gives our students access to the NC Kids Digital Library and NC Live educational materials. Directions can be found on our website at http://bit.ly/cplibrarycard. Be sure to download the Libby App, by OverDrive to access millions of ebooks and audiobooks for your child.
Do you have a student in the Class of 2021 who plans to attend a 2 or 4-year college in 2021-22? If so, act now to be awarded grants and scholarships. Complete the FAFSA now. College financial aid deadlines vary so don’t miss out. Resources are available if you need help with the FAFSA. Call your school counselor and/or visit the Craven Community College links to virtual assistance. 

2021 Graduates: It’s scholarship season! The scholarship bulletin is available and updated daily with local scholarships- from $250 up to $10,000. Varying deadlines beginning this month.
 
The Craven County School’s College Advising and Scholarship website lists military, NC, national, and college-specific scholarships as well as tips and tools to college and scholarship access.
CTE is Celebrated in February-
Career and Technical Education Month 

Career and Technical Education Month, or CTE Month, is a public awareness campaign to celebrate the value of CTE and the achievements and accomplishments of CTE programs across the country. Here in Craven County Schools, we are proud of the CTE programs, courses, and opportunities available to our middle school and high school students, from business and marketing courses, to health science courses, to engineering and drafting, manufacturing and robotics, drones, EMT, firefighting, and STEM just to name a few. Our CTE courses give purpose to learning for students by emphasizing real-world skills and practical knowledge!  #cte #nccte #CTEforNC #WeAreCTE 
 
Contact the CTE Career Development Coordinator for your attendance zone for more information about CTE: 
 
Havelock HS, Early College East HS, Tucker Creek MS and Havelock MS: 
Mr. Snead 
Email: jeff.snead@cravenk12org 
 
New Bern HS, Craven Early College HS, Grover C. Fields MS and HJ MacDonald MS: 
Mrs. Prescott 
Email: lori.prescott@cravenk12.org 
 
West Craven HS and West Craven MS: 
Mrs. McMillen 
Email: beverly.mcmillen@cravenk12.org 
CTE Spotlight

Agriculture Education at West Craven High School

The Agriculture Education classes are among the most popular classes for students at West Craven High.  These classes are engaging and hands-on but the Ag teachers, William Shaw and Caroline Tart-Warmack, are the main draw for the students.

Students at West Craven have the opportunity to complete three Career Pathways in the Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources Career cluster:  Animal Science Pathway, Plant Systems Pathway, and Power, Structural, and Technical Systems Pathway.  

Students learn first-hand the importance of Agriculture and this is best described by a quote from West Craven High AG Teacher-Mr. Shaw, "Agriculture is the top economic driver for our state with nearly one in every five jobs being in agriculture.  As a state, we rank 9th nationally in cash receipts and are top in the Southeast ahead of Florida, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Virginia.  This isn't by accident or by geographic fortune.  Over the last hundred years, North Carolina agriculturists have cultivated better methods, new technologies, and responded to meet the needs of a growing and diverse population. To continue with progress, the agriculture industry in NC today needs an educated, forward-thinking, skillful workforce to continue feeding our growing citizenship.  By knowing how your food gets from the field to your plate sets you up to be successful in any of the wide variety of careers in agriculture.  Throw in a few skills you learn in Ag Class and you can find any job in the animal, plant, or mechanical sectors right here in our state.” 

The West Craven High Animal Science program is fully equipped with a barn, pasture, and of course animals – ranging from rabbits and guinea pigs to goats, chickens, and potbelly pigs.  Students are responsible for the daily care of these animals often taking shifts during weekends, summer months, and holidays – as they learn that the care for animals doesn’t stop when school is not in session.

The Horticulture program has a state-of-the-art greenhouse where the students learn how to grow plants from seeds to harvest.  The students have implemented a rainwater collection system and have started a raised bed garden project.   Mr. Shaw and this program have been awarded two grants this school year:  The Bates Foundation Grant for $5,000 and the Weyerhaeuser Giving Fund Grant for $5,666 – so be on the lookout for a new addition of a John Deere Tractor as our program continues to grow.

The Agricultural Mechanics classes help prepare students to handle the day-to-day problems and repair needs they will encounter in their chosen Agricultural career.  They learn safety, hand power tool use, electrical wiring, fencing, basic metalworking, and basic agricultural construction skills related to plumbing, carpentry, welding,…and so much more.

So, needless to say, the Agriculture classes at West Craven are always full of students eager to learn the necessary skills that will enable them to pursue personal goals of gardening or animal husbandry or the pathway to their dream careers in Agriculture.

For more information about the Agriculture Education programs at West Craven High School, please visit our WCH Webpage or the WCH FFA Facebook page.
Since 2007, American School Bus Council (ASBC) has celebrated the school bus' influence on learning through stories that span the nation. Each February, we invite students, schools, and educators to highlight the important role of the yellow school bus in their communities and show appreciation for the school bus drivers who safely transport more than 25 million children to and from school every day. By sharing your stories, you can help promote the benefits of the school bus on a national level. Click here to share your story.
8th Grade Families
Is your child interested in attending one of our Early College High Schools?
DON'T FORGET! On February 9, we will host a Question and Answer Session on Zoom at 6:00pm: https://cravenk12.zoom.us/j/97036509283  
The application will be available on both schools' websites from February 1-28.
https://www.cravenk12.org/CEC
https://www.cravenk12.org/ECE
Please join us if you still have questions, or you may contact Mrs. Sabin or Mrs. Blalock directly.
erin.blalock@cravenk12.org /CEC - 252-637-5706
debbie.sabin@cravenk12.org /ECE - 252-444-5194
We hope all of our school counselors felt extra special this week as we celebrated them for always going the extra mile for our students & families.
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