CCS Staff In the Know
For this Beary Merry Christmas in downtown New Bern, Carolina Creations and Creekside Elementary School teamed up to shed light on the military family lifestyle. The Hearts Apart for the Holidays live window display at Carolina Creations showcases a Marine family depicting the reality that many of our local military families will spend the holidays apart. 
USMC SSgt Brandon Morrison and his wife, Martha, a veteran, along with their first grade and sixth grade children will play the roles of a family separated by deployment over the holiday season. The vignette which spans two windows at Carolina Creations on Pollock Street was live on December 6 from 6 pm until 8 pm. The counseling department at Creekside Elementary School provided artwork for the display while Carolina Creations staff set the stage.
We are proud to share this window display won first place in the competition! Thank you to all who made this real-life holiday challenge come to life. We truly appreciate our military families and all of the sacrifices they make for our freedom.
BY December 12th
(Proudly Recognizing Individuals Demonstrating Excellence)

It is the belief of the Craven County Board of Education the   employees are worthy of and deserve recognition.  The employee recognition program was created to create a culture of appreciation and honor district employees for the exemplary work they do. The PRIDE Employee Recognition Program is to support the goal work of the board in keeping all employees engaged and passionate about their work that supports the academic excellence for every child in Craven County Schools. The purpose of the program is to compliment other recognition programs/opportunities we have in place and to assist in fostering a culture of appreciation within Craven County Schools that honors and acknowledges district employees as an  “essential piece”  of the important work we do.

The PRIDE Employee Recognition Program recognizes classified employees who go far beyond the call of duty, doing more than others expect and demonstrating excellence in everything they do. The board of education is seeking to spotlight those employees that maintain the high standards, pay attention to the smallest details, and go the extra mile. Excellence means caring -- it means making effort to do more. Celebrating excellence is an important part of the Board of Education's recognition of the contribution made by the employees of Craven County Schools.

We will be selecting an employee of the month from a classified employee group each month. Selecting a PRIDE Employee of the Month is intended to provide frequent and ongoing recognition of exemplary staff members throughout Craven County Schools. It is important to honor and recognize those who exhibit a commitment to exemplary performance, have an inherent tendency to serve beyond the call of duty, and who foster a positive learning and working environment for our staff and students. 

Board Spotlight-Grover C Fields Middle Schools 

High Performing Professional Learning Team
At Grover C. Fields Middle School there is a team that consistently personifies a professional learning community. Individually, they bring with them knowledge of content, instructional practices, and classroom management expertise that when combined together create a powerhouse for learning. They have stepped out of their comfort zones and have embarked on a new journey to move Grover C. Fields forward toward performance excellence through their leadership.   

It is with great pride that we recognize and shine the spotlight on the Grover C. Fields School Improvement Team of teachers, Ms. Lori Sugg, Mr. Randal Siler, Mr. Matt Bowman, Ms. Myra Snyder, Ms. Patricia Harrison, Mr. Cheyenne Surber, Ms. Carol Coddington, Ms. April Hall, Mr. Jeff Klemmer, and Ms. Jodi Elbing for their dedication and support in leading and inspiring Grover C. Fields Middle School to be greater than ever! 

 Classroom Learning System Implementation
There is a group of teachers who are the pioneers for helping our school transition from a traditional teaching system to one in which there are multiple facilitators of learning in the classroom. They form partnerships with their students in which they set and communicate clear directions for student learning and they also engage students in the continuous improvement (PDSA) of the classroom learning process. They recognize that the true strength in our classroom lies in the collaboration of learners, not in the knowledge of one expert and they apply this strength in working to design meaningful experiences as part of the learning system in the classroom. 

Katie Martin has said, “when we tell learners to complete an assignment, we get compliance; when we empower learners to investigate how to make an impact on the world, we inspire problem solvers and innovators”. This is the work that they do on a daily basis. It is with great pride that we recognize the following teachers for demonstrating leadership in their classrooms. They are: Mr. Randal Siler, Mr. Matt Bowman, Ms. Berma Rouse, Ms. Paige Dixon, Ms. Kristin Lane, Ms. Jodi Elbing, and Ms. Marie Davis. Thank you for being the pioneers for progress at Grover C. Fields Middle School.
Kenan Fellowship Available to Teachers in Your School System

Fellowships are posted, and the application is live! The Kenan Fellows Program is proud to feature opportunities for teachers in your school system. You can view these fellowship offerings and access the application from our website at . There are a few fellowship opportunities that have just confirmed and are coming soon, but have not officially posted. If you don't see one posted today, and you are receiving this email, then please let educators in your area know they may begin the application process. The application period is now open and closes on January 20, 2020. We appreciate all you do as ambassadors and alumni of the Kenan Fellows Program and we encourage you to invite teachers to apply for a fellowship. You may share the attached flyer and timeline with teachers and school administrators in your area. Interested candidates should visit our website at , and follow the steps listed. If anyone has questions about the process they may contact me at or join our webinar listed below.

The Kenan Fellows Program is offering an information webinar on December 11th from 3:30-4:30 for anyone interested in learning more about the application process. 

Here is the link to join this event:
Trillium Health Resources has received wonderful feedback so far for our
Safe Schools Healthy Kids NC online training portal. However, we want to help spread the word so every teacher, parent, and student in our region is aware of the useful information they can receive from the tip sheets and short training modules.
Trillium developed the incentive plan below to encourage participation and engagement on the site. Please note that some registrants can receive multiple prizes in various categories.
Visit for more details.
Governor Cooper and the NC Department of Information Technology are excited to announce that for the third year in a row, NC is participating in  Girls Go CyberStart , a free, online, cybersecurity competition for girls in high school grades 9-12. Students will compete against other students from around the country to earn scholarship money and prizes. They might even discover a new passion for computer science and cybersecurity!
Registration is now open  until January 31, 2020 with the first round of play beginning January 13, 2020.
Attached you will find an introductory letter that explains more about the competition, how to get students signed up, as well as materials on how to become an advisor.
Please forward this information on to parents, students, and after school groups. Around 600 students from our state competed last year earning $8,550 in cash prizes and scholarships and we hope we can count on your support to helping us reach 1,000 students signed up!
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