CCS Staff In the Know
We celebrated World Autism Awareness Day on April 2nd and we appreciate all of our staff who showed their support today with  #LightItUpBlue ! We hope our students had an opportunity to sport their blue, share acts of kindness, and bring smiles to celebrate this special day at home.💙💙💙
Reminder for Staff Zoom Use

Please review the Zoom Safety Tutorial and ensure ALL security settings are in place when utilizing this platform. Whenever there is a new platform that is widely used, there are concerns that are expressed through the media. We are working closely with your principal to ensure this is a safe resource for all. For additional information please read this article on How to Protect Your Zoom Calls.
The Instructional Coaching Team is continuously updating and adding virtual professional development opportunities to support teachers and schools. The Youtube video link, CCS Teacher PD Playlist , will give you information on how to access this list of the current professional development sessions available as well as other resources to support you. Please contact any of the coaches as you identify areas of need.
Homeless Student Information
If you become aware of a student who has lost their housing and would now classify as “homeless” please email their name to your school counselor so they can follow up and record the required data on each. Homeless students are ones that lack a fixed, regular or adequate nighttime residence which includes shelters, hotels, campgrounds, cars or sharing the housing of others due to economic hardship. It is very important that we collect his information.
School Reassignment Forms will be available on the Craven County Schools website on April 20, 2020, and due June 1, 2020. A process is being developed for parents to apply for a reassignment or release online. Any staff that currently have students on reassignment need to apply before the deadline of June 1, 2020.
Remote Learning Information and Resources for Teachers & Admin

Each school and the district has a new tab on their website dedicated to Remote Learning. This information is available for families, students and staff. To access the information for staff please be sure you are logged in to the website so you can view the staff tab. The information is located at:
EC Corner:
Updated guidance for scheduling and holding IEP meetings during school closure. Please thoroughly review before you proceed with meetings. Contact your EC Liaison if you have any questions.
Staff Email Updates:

You should notice the word “External” in the subject line of some of your incoming emails. This is indicating that the email you’ve received did not originate from a Craven County Schools email. By seeing this, we hope it will raise caution and awareness of possible phishing or malware attempts.

Resources for Military Families
Military Family Life Counselors
Active duty military  parents  may contact the Craven County Military Family Life Counselors directly for support. These counselors are available for (active military-connected) students based at the following schools: Ben D. Quinn, Grover C. Fields Middle, Brinson Memorial, Creekside, WJ Gurganus, Tucker Creek Middle, Roger Bell, Graham A Barden. Contact information is provided on the Military Families button on the Craven County Schools website and all school websites.  https://www.cravenk12.org/Page/5852

MCCS Cherry Point School Liaison
Please also encourage families to follow the MCCS Cherry Point School Liaison's page on Facebook for regular updates.  
Military One Source: TeleHealth and other Resources for Military Families

  Military OneSource Provides COVID-19 Resources to Military Families

Posted on 3/26/2020
The Pentagon’s online and call center resource,  Military OneSource , has added new services to provide tools to service members, military spouses, and other dependents during the coronavirus pandemic,  DOD memo recently outlined .

New services include an online directory of up-to-date information about COVID-19 geared toward military families, virtual non-medical counseling for children, and providing live Facebook videos to overview highlight program resources.
 
“Our families can feel confident about finding official information and guidance on our websites and social media platforms. While we have made necessary changes in response to this pandemic, one thing remains the same – our commitment to serving our military community,” said Kim Joiner, deputy assistant secretary of defense for military community and family policy. 

Military OneSource is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
CRAVEN LIVE-Special New Learning Opportunity for our Rising 9th Graders
Craven LIVE is accepting applications!
Students may now apply to Craven County Schools' new blended learning program. Please listen to the presentation to learn more about this opportunity for rising 9th graders. Applications are being accepted until May 1st. You can also visit the Craven County Schools' website to view the presentation, obtain the application, and submit questions at https://www.cravenk12.org/Page/13909

CCEC ACCEPTING BRIGHT IDEAS EDUCATION GRANT APPLICATIONS
Educators can apply for grants up to $1,000 to fund innovative projects

Carteret-Craven Electric Co-op (CCEC) is accepting applications for a 2020-21 Bright Ideas grants of up to $1,000 for innovative, hands-on classroom projects that would not otherwise be funded.

For more than 25 years, CCEC has partnered with local educators in Carteret County and Havelock to bring learning to life through the Bright Ideas education grant program. Starting April 1, educators from Carteret County and Havelock can apply for Bright Ideas grants of up to $1,000 for innovative, hands-on classroom projects that would not otherwise be funded. More information and applications are available at  www.ncbrightideas.com < http://www.ncbrightideas.com/ >.

“I expect that many educators are already coming up with innovative teaching ideas while engaging in virtual learning with their students during the COVID-19 outbreak,” said CCEC Communications Director Lisa Galizia. “Some of those ideas might be just perfect for funding from Bright Ideas for the coming school year.”

CCEC expects to award more than $23,000 in Bright Ideas grants this year to. The grants are available to K-12 teachers for projects in any subject, and educators can apply individually or as a team. Applications will be accepted April 1 through Sept. 15. Teachers who submit their applications by the early bird deadline of Aug. 15 will be entered to win a $100 Visa gift card.

To apply, teachers must include a budget; explain the implementation, goals, creative elements and evaluation of the project; and have approval from their school’s principal. Applications will be judged through a competitive evaluation process, with judges looking for projects that feature inventive and creative approaches to learning. Grant-writing tips can be found at  www.ncbrightideas.com < http://www.ncbrightideas.com/ >.

Bright Ideas grants are available through each of North Carolina’s 26 electric cooperatives, including CCEC. In 2019, North Carolina’s electric cooperatives collectively set a record by awarding more than $716,000 in Bright Ideas funding for 660 projects – the most awarded in a single year in the history of the program.

Since the program began in 1994, educators statewide have received more than $12.9 million in Bright Ideas grant funding, and approximately 2.5 million North Carolina students have participated in 12,359 Bright Ideas-funded projects.
2020 TRANSFER REQUEST PROCESS

The employee transfer list is now open through June 15, 2020. Before placing your name on the transfer list using the link below, an employee MUST inform his/her present supervisor of the desire to transfer to another location/department. Principals/Supervisors will have immediate access to the transfer list and will make contact if interested in scheduling an interview. 

Any employee interested in transferring to another site/position should plan to attend the Employee Recruitment Fair at New Bern High School on April 25, 2020 from 9:30 to 12:00. All administrators and supervisors will be there to meet potential employees and discuss opportunities for next year. After June 15, 2020, transfers can only occur with consent of both administrators. Keep in mind, administrative transfers can occur at any point and there is a chance that we may transfer teachers based on changes in allotted positions.

After speaking with the principal/supervisor, an employee may add his/her name to the transfer list. All principal are able to view the transfer list at the following site:


Feel free to contact HR with questions regarding the transfer process.
Contact Prudential If You have Questions Concerning Your 401k, 403b or 457 plans.

Due to the health issues we’re facing, Cecilia Fields with Prudential has several days in April for virtual meetings. If you would like to schedule a virtual meeting with Cecilia, you can go to her scheduling link and pick whatever day and time is more convenient for your schedule.

Please use the following link to schedule a virtual consultation:
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