CCS Staff In the Know
It's 𝒩𝒶𝓉𝒾𝑜𝓃𝒶𝓁 𝒜𝓈𝓈𝒾𝓈𝓉𝒶𝓃𝓉 𝒫𝓇𝒾𝓃𝒸𝒾𝓅𝒶𝓁𝓈 𝒲𝑒𝑒𝓀 so we would like to take this time to honor and recognize the contributions of our assistant principals!
Our Assistant Principals are such an important asset to our schools and we truly appreciate everything they do. We thank you for your hard work and leadership
Reminder for Staff Zoom Use

Please click Zoom Safety Tutorial to review 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.
Staff Development Opportunity
NCDPI shared information regarding Social Emotional Learning from a distance. The current episode of Education Matters highlights mental health needs that students may be facing at home right now and ways to support social-emotional learning from a distance.   
FamilyCodeWeek  is taking off, but there’s more! 

For all your  Spanish speaking families , please alert them to “Semana de codigo con familia,” the Live Spanish Family Code Week event being held five times next week as well! Please forward our Spanish language email invitation below; here is our  Spanish program Tweet  and  Facebook post ; and the Spanish program  Home Page for sign-ups .

Gracias! Your families will be glad they attended!
--The North Carolina Family Code Nights Team
  Todas las familias con niños de K-5 en casa están invitadas a un evento nacional en vivo en línea
13-18 de abril, “Semana de código con familia”
Una semana de noche de código con familia "edición para el hogar"

Una experiencia de aprendizaje en vivo, divertida y amorosa para las familias en el hogar.
¡Una introducción a codificar juntos!
Una hora EN VIVO, ofrecida cinco veces, durante la semana del 13 a 18 de abril.

NC State University Environmental Career Month: Kickoff April 7th:

In honor of Earth Month, NCSU will host a variety of free virtual environmentally-themed events and activities. We will have a wide range of opportunities to keep you and your family engaged remotely while you learn more about environmental careers.
Specific details will be added to this site through April 7, 2020.
Register here to stay up to date on Environmental Career Month activities and events.
Throughout the month, attendees can:
• Attend our virtual Kick-Off Event on April 7.
• Participate in virtual career panels and engage with industry leaders.
• Attend one or all of our major exploration hangouts with current students.
• Participate in hands-on activities at home for a chance to win NC State prizes.
• Win prizes during environmental trivia night.
Who can attend?
Anyone interested in exploring environmental majors and careers. This includes middle school, high school and college students. We welcome parents and other adults who want to learn more.
Scheduled Events and Activities
Environmental Career Month Kick-Off Event
Tuesday, April 7, 2020, at 7:00 p.m. EST
Attend virtually via Zoom
This session will be recorded in case you miss it.
Friday Trivia Night
Friday, April 10, 2020, at 8:00 p.m. EST
Details will be added on April 7 for how to tune into the event.
Join us for a fun-filled night of Environmental Trivia for the opportunity to win NC State prizes.
Virtual Career Panels
Hear what our alumni and other environmental industry professionals have to say about their jobs and careers.
All sessions will be held at 7:00 p.m. EST unless otherwise indicated.
Wednesday, April 8, 2020 – Theme: In the Field and Outdoor Environmental Careers I
Thursday, April 9, 2020 – Theme: Environmental Education, Conservation, and Advocacy Careers
Tuesday, April 14, 2020 – Theme: Engineering and Innovation in the Environment Careers
Thursday, April 16, 2020 – Theme: In the Field and Outdoor Environmental Careers II
Major Hangouts with Current Students
Learn about each of our majors by talking to NC State students in those majors. They will explain what the major is, what their class experiences are like, and the potential careers you can pursue.
Special Events for Parents and Families
We have created a few sessions especially for parents and families, but students are welcome to attend. Hear from our student ambassadors about what being an NC State student is like for them. Learn more about the college admissions process from our recruitment professionals.
Wednesday, April 8, 2020 at 8:00 p.m. EST – Current Student Panel for Parents and Families
Wednesday, April 15, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. EST – Preparing for College 101
Tuesday, April 21, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. EST – Current Student Panel for Parents and Families
At-Home Activities
We will partner with our alumni and campus partners to provide a series of activities that students (and parents) can do at home using common household items or the internet. All activities will be posted on Tuesday, April 7.
During the week of April 28, students will have the opportunity to chat with these professionals live about their activities and advice on how students can stay engaged in these types of projects.
Cost and Registration
Register to be kept up to date on upcoming events throughout April 2020. This event is free to all participants.
Majors We Will Focus On
The majors we will explore in more detail will include:
College of Natural Resources Majors
• Environmental Sciences
• Environmental Technology and Management
• Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology
• Forest Management
• Natural Resources Ecosystem Assessment
• Natural Resources Policy and Administration
• Paper Science and Engineering
• Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management
• Sustainable Materials and Technology
For questions about this event, contact Tiffany McLean at (919) 515-5510 or
Interested, but can’t attend? Join our mailing list to receive more information about our majors, other upcoming events and visit opportunities.

EC Corner:

  • Progress reports need to accompany report card distribution. Please coordinate with your Administrator your school’s process for sharing progress reports with parents.
  • IEPs that are due from June to October need to be completed, as possible, prior to the end of school. Please send a snapshot/screenshot of your IEP signature page to Melanie Rhodes for ease of data entry.
  • Re-evaluations that are due from June to October need to be started using the guidelines that were shared with you in the recent Guidance document for virtual meetings.

At the State Board of Education Meeting in April 2019, the Board elected to begin the standards revision process for the  Social Studies Standards. The proposed timeline for this process is:
2019-2020: Standards Exploration (Research, Creation, & Revision)
Anticipated approval by Summer 2020
2020-2021: Standards Installation
Implementation of EPF course with incoming freshmen in 2020-2021
2021-2022: Standards Implementation
Please watch the Informational Videos about the Revision Process or visit the K-12 Social Studies Standards Revision Process Google Sites page to gain an understanding of the K-12 Social Studies Standards review and revision process, timeline and opportunities to be involved.
Public Review of the
K-12 Social Studies Standards: Draft 2
Per SBE policy SCOS-012, the revision process is feedback-based, research informed, improvement oriented, and process driven. The NCDPI K-12 Social Studies Team is deeply committed to ensuring that the Revision Process include the consideration of all concerns posed by educators in the schools and local districts. 
The public feedback survey for Draft 2 will open on April 7, 2020 and will close on April 27, 2020. Each course, kindergarten through high school, has its own individual survey. The feedback provided from these surveys will be used in conjunction with input from teachers and social studies specialists from North Carolina Public Schools to create Draft 3 of the standards. 
Attention Team!

We invite you to join us on Friday, April 10th from 12pm-12:30pm for a FREE webinar entitled "Managing Financial Anxiety."

This webinar will provide strategies and overall resources to create an action plan related to financial burdens or worries that are stemming from the impact of COVID-19.  

Register for our session on Friday, April 10th by visiting:

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.

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

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 < >.

“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 < >.

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.

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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