CCS Staff In the Know
Immersive Reader:
With an emphasis on supporting our students’ reading skills you’ll want to explore Microsoft’s Immersive Reader. This tool makes text more accessible to learners of all ages and abilities. Using Microsoft Immersive Reader, you can have text read aloud at different speeds and by different voices, change text size, font, and spacing, highlight specific parts of speech (e.g., nouns, verbs), break apart words by syllables, translate text to more than 80 languages, hear audio recordings of the words spoken in different languages, and see words represented as pictures. (Also works in the Pages section of Canvas.)

Here is a 4 minute video showing how to access and use this free tool: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KVlXk3BsLVE

(It will look a little different on an iPad but try it on your device to see how it works!)

UPweeks are coming!

Be on the lookout for more information regarding “UPweeks”. During these designated weeks we will empower our students to increase their digital citizenship skills by taking more ownership and care for their devices. Students will CleanUP, BackUP, and UPdate their iPads. More info on UPweeks coming soon!
GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS FOR INCOMING GRADE 9 STUDENTS in 2021-22 

NEW SOCIAL STUDIES STANDARD COURSES OF STUDY for 2021-22 

On February 4, 2021, the North Carolina State Board of Education approved the adoption of the K-12 Social Studies Standards. The approved standards can be found here. Installation of the standards is currently in progress. Implementation of the standards begins Fall 2021. A timeline for release of supporting documents is forthcoming.   
  
As a reminder, the following Social Studies high school courses will be required for graduation starting with Grade 9 students entering in 2021-22 (adopted in March 2020): 
Four Social Studies credits which shall be: 
a.       Founding Principles of the United States of America and North Carolina: Civic Literacy 
b.       Economics and Personal Finance 
c.       American History 
d.       World History 
  
Note: NCDPI is still looking at the dual credit allowances course chart for the incoming grade 9 students regarding CCP. For current students, the dual credit chart will remain in place. 
Join DPI’s DTL Division for an Interactive Online Virtual Teachers Panel Discussion February 16! 

Southeast Region Virtual Teacher Panel Discussion 

Join DPI's Digital Teaching and Learning Division, the NC Innovative Learning Catalysts, and others for an interactive online panel discussion on February 16, 2021, from 3:30 - 5:00! This panel discussion will focus on strategies for teaching in a virtual or hybrid environment.

Please register using THIS FORM, and we hope to see you on February 16th! 
Frontline Resources and Zoom Q&A Sessions 

The office of Professional Learning is offering 5 optional live Q&A Zoom sessions the week of February 15-19, to support Frontline implementation. Please join the meeting using this Zoom link. 

The schedule is included here: 
Monday, February 15th 12:00pm-1:00pm 
Tuesday, February 16th 8:30am-9:30am 
Wednesday, February 17th 11:00am-12:00pm 
Thursday, February 18th 1:30pm-2:30pm 
Friday, February 19th 3:30pm-4:30pm 
 
 Frontline resources are on the Professional Learning page on the CCS website.  
   
Upcoming Professional Learning Session: 
Leadership for Insisting on Rigor for All Students 

Invite your educator friends and colleagues to this free, engaging 90-minute session that includes networking with peers and exploring best practices to support and assess rigor in the classroom—whether virtual or in-person. The session is open to AVID members and non-members. 

In this high-value professional learning session, you’ll hear about how to: 
Establish a vision for high-quality instruction to increase rigor for all students on campus. 

Develop common standards for high-quality instruction to guide future professional learning at your site. 
Explore the role of lesson design in ensuring rigorous instruction. 
Register for your preferred date via the links below, and spread the word! 

This announcement is being sent on behave of Leslie Wilhoit. If you have any further questions please contact Leslie Wilhoit at 336.879.7718 or email: leslie.wilhoit@nczoo.org. 

Living with Nature is the North Carolina Zoo’s free distance learning event series available to schools and home school groups. Each event features a different topic, is broadcasted live on Zoom, highlights Zoo experts, and includes an activity to promote interaction between the participants and the presenters. 
What do you need to know about the events? 

The series has been designed with the North Carolina Standard Course of Study in mind for grades 6th -12th. 

Each event is at 10:00 am (EST) and is 30-minutes in length. Participate live or watch the recording at a later date. 

There are pre-and post- activities related to each event available for teachers to use in their classes. 

You must preregister for the event. This year we are using Zoom for registration, so unfortunately you must register for each event individually. 

To Register: 

Regional Conservation - Wednesday, February 24, 2021, 10:00 am (EST) (To register

We will meet our Assistant Curator of Regional Conservation to participate in a mock site survey as well as learn about the conservation of amphibians 
Green Practices (e.g., pollinator gardens and up-cycling) - Wednesday, April 28, 2021, 10:00 am (EST) (To register

Hope to see you there!
UPCOMING EC TRAININGS
Random Acts of Kindness Week 
Feb 14 - 20
Share the LOVE

This year has been different for all of us. Now more than ever, we want to ensure that you have ways to give thanks, encourage, and celebrate those who have made this challenging time brighter for you. 

The District's Community Engagement and Leadership Goal Team has created a simple and fun way for you to reach out to someone special in our district using ePostcards. All you need is their email address!

Simply click on the ePostCard below, include your own customized message, and click submit! We will do the rest! This special opportunity will be shared with all staff, parents, and the community. We look forward to spreading joy to all of our employees.
WEBSITE UPDATE

The district is currently in the process of making some improvements to our district and school websites. This includes having a solid white background on all homepages and subpages, a static dropdown toolbar, and full-screen alignment for all home pages for increased real estate. BlackBoard is anticipating a rollout by the end of this month. If you would like to preview the revisions please click on the links below:
We are pleased to offer another special presentation for your employees who are nearing retirement. Our Retiree Advocate, Mark McCluskey, will guide the audience through mile marker considerations beginning prior to age 50, through their 50’s, 60’s and 70’s. The Presentation will touch on the following topics highlighting the important conversations they should be having along their journey to and through retirement. This information has also been communicated via email from Terri Dixon.
2021 United Way Kickoff Campaign 

Since 1957, we've relied on our partnerships with local businesses to sustain our vital work. The support, leadership, and resources that local businesses offer are essential to achieving our goals and bringing sustainable change to lives in Carteret, Craven, Jones, and Pamlico Counties. Participating in a United Way Campaign in your workplace gives your business and employees the opportunity to learn about our community’s needs and gives every person the opportunity to be involved in finding solutions.
We invite you to become a game-changer and a hand raiser for improving education, health care, and financial stability for all. You can LIVE UNITED and help rally support for our agencies and programs.
This year United Way has designed a virtual way for individuals to donate. Check out the online virtual pledge form …..It’s a very simple way to donate on our secure website by payroll deduction, credit card or check. No paperwork!.


Visit the United Way Coastal NC site if you have any further questions
Post-Secondary Planning / College & Scholarships

Upcoming Scholarship Deadlines: Don’t Miss Out on FREE Money for College 

Golden Leaf Scholarship Applications are due on March 1 and can be used at many NC private and public universities. 
 
NC High School Athletic Association Scholarships have varying deadlines and are awarded to high school athletes who have excelled at their sport and in the classroom. 
 
Complete the FAFSA for grants and scholarships - don’t delay, college financial aid deadlines are approaching! 
 
Visit the Craven County School’s District Scholarship and College Advising website for many scholarships and links to post-secondary opportunities. 

This week's Families in the Know was distributed on Friday, February 12th.
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