CCS Families In the Know
Board of Education Organizational Review
The Board of Education held a special called meeting on Tuesday, January 26, 2021, for the purpose of receiving a quarterly organizational review update on the progress of the district's strategic goals.
Goals
CCS/School Goal I - The Learner
CCS/School Goal II - The Educator
CCS/School Goal III - Teaching and Learning
CCS/School Goal IV - Community Engagement and Leadership
CCS/School Goal V - Operations and Resources
If you are unable to view the entire presentation you can go directly to the Goal work that interests you the most.
CRAVEN LIVE FAMILIES
In order to meet the needs of our students that are currently learning in a 100% virtual setting, the School Nutrition Department is trying to determine locations to designate as Nutrition Hub sites for these students to pick up meals. Please fill out the form provided so that we can make the best decision possible to determine these routes.

Craven LIVE Student Meal Order Survey: https://forms.gle/onwyMdYr2t9D7pU26
8th Grade Families
Is your child interested in attending one of our Early College High Schools?
Craven County Early Colleges hosted an information session on Tuesday, January 26. If you were not able to join us or would like more information, please check out the following links:
Powerpoint presentation  
Video of Tuesday's presentation
Q and A from Tuesday night
The application will be available on both schools' websites from February 1-28.
https://www.cravenk12.org/CEC
https://www.cravenk12.org/ECE
On February 9, we will host a Question and Answer Session on Zoom at 6:00pm: https://cravenk12.zoom.us/j/97036509283  
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
Canvas Resources for Students and Parents

Craven County educators, students, and families now have resources to help students and parents use Canvas as a management tool for learning. Click here to join the course and access the resources to help you make the most of Canvas!
Post-Secondary Planning / College & Scholarships

Craven County Scholarship Applications Are Open- APPLY NOW 

Local organizations are offering thousands of dollars in scholarships to Craven County High School graduating students planning to attend a 2- or 4-year college in 2021-22. Follow this link to access scholarship applications and review eligibility and deadlines. High school counseling pages may offer additional resources. 
 
College advising and all scholarship materials are found on the Craven County School's website 

COMING SOON - College Financial Aid Deadlines  

CCS’s graduating seniors who plan to attend a 2- or 4- year college should be completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Students who need assistance should schedule an appointment with their school counselor. By completing the FAFSA, students could earn free money in grants and scholarships to pay for college. Complete the FAFSA right away! 
On Tuesday, January 26th, our Elementary Schools had an opportunity today to celebrate the 100th day of school.
This is a great day of learning especially for our younger students. Fun lessons included counting to 100 by 10's, writing what it would be like to be 100 years old, and reading the 100th Day of School.
Happy 100th Day from our students @WJ Gurganus Elementary!
We Will Do Anything to Learn!
By: Catherine Alligood, Principal AH Bangert Elementary

The school year 2020-2021 has been like no other. All of Craven County Schools started out the year fully remote and transitioned to Plan B in October. Plan B involved all of kindergarten students being face-to-face four days a week. Students in grades 1st through 5th attended school face-to-face two days a week and two days a week accessed remote learning. As Bangert Elementary transitioned to Plan A on January18th, all students returned to the building together. No matter what plan the school is following, the staff continues to work very hard to engage their students and do whatever it takes to maintain learning with their students. 

Staff, students, and parents have had to find new ways to tackle learning this school year. The Bangert staff is so appreciative of the parents who have sacrificed to keep their children learning. Many of the Bangert students have gone to work with their parents or their parents have made arrangements to work from home so that they can be there with their children. Zoom, Google Classroom, and SeeSaw have become common terms, and the Bangert families are great with accessing them to help the Bangert students. While the students in the upper grades of elementary school have not needed as much help, the students in the lower grades have required a lot from their families. The Bangert teachers are amazed, not only, at the support that the families have shown with helping their children learn, but also with the support that has been shown to the staff at the school. The Bangert families and community have taken on delivering surprises to the school to be placed in the mailboxes of the staff, stocking the refrigerator with drinks for the staff, and providing boxed lunches for the staff. Their support has helped to breathe energy into the school. 

For their part, the Bangert teachers have done whatever it takes to teach their students. Even though all of the students are in rows of desks and not their regular groups at tables, the Bangert teachers have made learning fun. The kindergarten desks have all been decorated to resemble cars. Each student has their own car! The Bangert media center is mobile right now. Kristy Williamson, the school media coordinator, travels to classes with carts of books and the students are checking them out and taking them home. When the books are returned, they are set aside until it is safe to put them back into circulation. The Bangert Connect Team consists of the Art, Music, and PE teachers. Instead of the classes traveling to the Connect classrooms, these teachers travel to the classes. Art, music, and PE are still alive and even thriving under these different circumstances. The teachers are figuring out ways to teach the students without sharing supplies, while maintaining social distancing, and everyone wearing a mask. Student artwork is decorating the hallways of the school and the playground blacktop has been redesigned and painted to promote activities and games that can be done while maintaining social distancing. 

While learning is going on at Bangert Elementary, fun is still happening. This October, Bangert’s Fall Festival occurred as a drive-through. Each grade level and support staff group dressed up and decorated cars. The Bangert families rolled through in their cars, were photographed in their cars, and each child received a treat bag as they left. It was a great evening. In December the school observed Holiday Spirit Week and the students and staff dressed up and showed their best pajamas and holiday characters. Elves, Grinches, Frosty the Snowmen, Santas, Reindeer, and Gingerbread Men all graced the halls of Bangert in December.

The return to school in January has brought two weeks of remote learning. Once again, the Bangert teachers are doing whatever it takes to engage their students. To offer motivation for their students, teachers brainstormed ideas to help motivate student engagement, and came up with ideas such as Free Choice Friday, Build an Ice Cream Sundae, Reward Charts, Coupons, Taping the Teacher to the Wall, and Fun Friday. The hope being that these things will help to motivate students to be engaged with the learning. The goals have been set and classes are now working toward meeting them. Classes that have 100% participation in their schoolwork will even be throwing pies at the administrators when the students return to school. The Bangert staff realizes that remote learning can be challenging for students and families, and they want to make things as fun as possible while still promoting learning. It has been wonderful to have the students back in the building and while it may look different we aim to continue face-to-face instruction safely for our students.
National School Counseling Week 2021, “School Counselors: All in for All Students,” sponsored by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA), will be celebrated from Feb. 1–5, 2021, to focus public attention on the unique contribution of school counselors within U.S. school systems and how students are different as a result of what school counselors do. National School Counseling Week highlights the tremendous impact school counselors can have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career. 
Be sure to show your child's school counselor your appreciation for all they do the week of February 1st-5th!
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