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PRIDE NOMINATIONS NOW OPEN FOR SUPPORT STAFF   (OT, PT, ETC...)
NOMINATE A SUPPORT STAFF EMPLOYEE BY JANUARY 22, 2020
(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. 

DURING JANUARY WE WILL RECOGNIZE A  SUPPORT STAFF EMPLOYEE.  TO NOMINATE A SUPPORT STAFF EMPLOYEE, PLEASE GO TO THE FOLLOWING LINK:
If a new home is in your future, mark your calendar for one of the dates below. First Citizens Bank and NC Housing are partnering to bring you some information about homeownership programs that require little to no money for down payment for eligible school employees. Information sessions will be held from 4:00 to 5:00 on the following dates:

Thursday, January 30 (West Craven High Media Center)
Monday, February 3 (New Bern High Media Center)
Tuesday, February 4 (Havelock High Media Center)

For more information, see the attached flyer. ( Flyer 2)
High Performing Professional Learning Community
This team of teachers has cohesively approached our school’s vision with dedication and determination through their work as a goal team. Together they have facilitated an increase in high yield strategies and practices to improve reading and writing across all content areas. They have embraced the challenge of improving school-wide literacy by working together to create a school-wide annotation guide and a school-wide writing rubric. Through the initial use of a screening tool, teachers were able to quickly establish general Lexile levels for their students in order to initiate, direct and monitor daily independent reading time. School-wide independent reading is implemented daily, along with vocabulary emphasis regularly utilizing suffixes, prefixes and root words. Lunch-time book clubs and the emergence of literature circles have re-energized a love for reading across all content areas.

Writing has become another priority for our school’s reading goal team. Language Arts teachers have paired with their grade level teammates to incorporate regular and consistent writing opportunities that encompass content and proper writing techniques using the writing process. Students regularly receive writing prompts and all teachers share in the grading process to approach both content and writing.

 This group of teachers has supported one another, shared best practices with each other, and identified trends within and across the grade levels. Common assessments and learning activities are reviewed and strategies to address academic weaknesses are evaluated and addressed weekly. The alignment of this analysis has assisted in creating groups for remediation, enrichment and has facilitated alignment in progress monitoring.

These teachers participate in weekly PLCs to review student data. Student work is regularly examined, reasons for common errors are discussed and instructional adjustments made as necessary to meet student needs. Additionally, data relating to student absences, discipline and socio-emotional needs are reviewed every other week through protocols and referencing to individual student learning profiles.

The working relationship between and among these teachers embodies the goals of an effective Professional Learning Community and is reflective in student receptiveness to new methods of learning and the steady progress that they are making as they continue to review, evaluate and revise instruction to meet the needs of every student and ultimately to improve academic outcomes.   

Congratulations to our Reading Goal Team:
Cheri Brody
Angela Frazier
Todd Cooley
Carolyn Phillips
Salla Wagner
Mikaela Brown
Savannah Kilbane
Martha Bryan
Lindsey Kidd
Annie O’Brien

Global Education Badge
Tucker Creek Middle School continues to embed global learning through integration in the arts as well as through core content areas. Global themes are regularly incorporated into the social studies curriculum in order to connect student learning with a broader global perspective. Collaboration between core teachers and exploratory unveil common global threads that are woven into the core and exploratory curriculum.

This year exploratory teachers have been paired with core content area teams in order to integrate a global learning project for the second semester. Our school has additionally partnered with World View in order to offer additional professional learning opportunities for our staff that will enable them to acquire credits toward their global badges as part of the North Carolina Global Digital Badge designation. PenPal Schools is also utilized by many of our teachers in order to offer unique learning opportunities that connect content areas with global learning projects. 

This group of teachers has worked together to creatively integrate global learning opportunities within their curriculum that complement the standards being taught within their content area grade levels. Students continue to explore global finance, immigration, human rights and global cultures. Two of these teachers have partnered with a school in Canada through a common book, The Bridge Home, that they were reading as part of the Global Read Aloud project. From this reading project emerged a partnership whereby students regularly meet through Google Hangouts to share information about their culture, their school, government, customs, etc. This collaboration continues and offers students the opportunity to learn about a country outside their own and explore the similarities as well as differences in everything from education, government, and the challenges of middle school. 

These teachers have been working on a number of projects that have emphasized global themes within multiple content areas . They seize the opportunity to celebrate and integrate the diversity within our own school to exemplify global content.  As a result, collaboration has evolved to include art, Spanish, music, language arts and social studies to further support global learning. This effort has contributed to a diverse and multi-disciplinary approach to instruction that not only engages students, but has captured the interest of parents and the community as well.

Congratulations:
Todd Cooley
Angela Frazier
Vickie Woodard
Jennifer Bowden
Frederick Angoco
Blair Dyal

Teacher who is working to engage the community/world in their instruction
Ms. Ann Frazier is a consummate professional who always puts her students first. Her love for her students is evident in the positive culture she builds in her classroom. Ms. Frazier consistently initiates creative ways of integrating career readiness into meaningful learning activities in the classroom. She has many connections with the community and often draws upon community members to enrich the relevant activities that connect her students with the curriculum. This includes guest speakers discussing real world job skills, local business owners engaging students in how to record inventory, sales, and profits. Our students most recently worked with representatives from the Career Center at Cherry Point to explore real world careers and identify associated salary schedules as well as expenses related to common monthly expenditures. Students in Ms. Frazier’s class routinely work with community members to simulate real world learning opportunities to include interviews, budgeting, investment decisions, etc. 

This year, Ms. Frazier organized a middle school level Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) Club to continue her work with students interested in learning more about business/career opportunities and community outreach. Service to the community is a hallmark of the work she has initiated with this club as well as within her own classroom. Students visited the Journey of Hope Cancer Center to assist with decorating the facility for the holidays. Students participated with their parents and were able to spread holiday cheer to patients and staff alike. Immediately following this, students began assembling over 100 hygiene kits which they delivered to the residents of Pruitt Health Nursing home. Each resident received a kit with soap, lotion, tissues and lip balm. Again, students experienced involvement in serving others, which instills a sense of compassion and understanding, a fundamental of socio-emotional learning. It furthermore provides students with the opportunity to improve and leave their mark on the local community as well as explore their interests, ignite their passions and develop leadership skills which include networking, career development and social skills. Future plans include collaboration with our school’s student council to include additional service opportunities, visits to local businesses to explore potential career possibilities as well as continued work with partners within our community. Learning is always engaging, relevant and fun in Ms. Frazier's class.
Congratulations, Ms. Ann Frazier!
All of the CEUs for Craven Summit 2019 (August 20) into HRMS. If you attended sessions at the event, please check your CEUs at   http://10.166.3.254  (This website can only be accessed at schools). If you notice a discrepancy, please email the details (e.g., correct session number, title, and facilitator, etc…) to  blake.wiggs@cravenk12.org  by January 24th. You will be notified about the resolution by the end of February. Thank you for your patience as we have worked to upload the information into the Sea System platform.
Deadline for Margaret Stancil Award applications is January 31, 2020.
 
In 2012, the Alpha Psi chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International established the Margaret Stancil Individual Professional Development Award to benefit teachers in Craven and Pamlico counties.

The purpose of this award is to provide funding for professional development
opportunities. Past recipients have used this financial assistance to attend state and national conferences to enhance their instruction and further their professional growth.

For additional information regarding this award, please visit the Alpha Psi Chapter website (direct link: https://sites.google.com/site/alphapsinc/home), then click on "Margaret Stancil Individual Professional Development Award" on the left side.
The criteria, rubric, and application are found on that page.
 
The next deadline for this award is Friday, January 31, 2020, so please take this opportunity to apply.  
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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