CCS Staff In the Know
On May 21, 2020, the Board of Education approved Amber Gover as the new assistant director of the Exceptional Children's Program beginning June 15, 2020. Mrs. Gover brings a wealth of knowledge and experience with her that will be extremely valuable in her new role.
"As a graduate from UNCW, I remember distinctly attending the Craven County Schools job fair in the spring of 1999. My hook to ensuring I was noticed by hiring principals was to put “special educator” in the name space of my name tag. It worked and that fall I began my career in education at Vanceboro Farm Life Elementary as a special education teacher. My teaching career focused on supporting special needs students in a full range of settings, from self-
contained to co-taught classrooms. This passion for working with special needs populations carried over as I expanded my experience into school administration. I have had the benefit of serving as an assistant principal in both the elementary and high school levels. One of my greatest joys was to be able to see my James W. Smith Elementary students as West Craven High School Eagles ready to fly as new graduates. Craven County Schools has been not only a place of employment but a place where my own children have grown and thrived. I am excited to be able to continue my passion of working with students with disabilities through serving as the new Assistant Exceptional Children’s Director for Craven County Schools."
EC Corner
The new SLD policy changes are in effect July 1, 2020. The CCS school psychologists are offering training sessions on two different topics related to policy implementation that were listed in the Craven County in the Know newsletter. Topic 1 will include the components of the new SLD policy and using the data mapping template. Topic 2 will cover progress monitoring, goal setting, and rate of improvement. If needed, we will offer an extra session on either topic 1 or topic 2. Check with your EC administrator about registering your EC team in SEA System.

Below are the Zoom meeting links to the training sessions. Please use these links to ensure you are attending the correct session:
Topic 1: SLD 2020 Policy and Data Mapping Template
Date/Time: June 1, 2020 2:00:00-3:30 PM OR June 4, 2020 2:00-3:30 PM

Topic 2: Progress Monitoring, Goal Setting, and Rate of Improvement (ROI)
Date/Time: June 9, 2020 2:00-3:30 PM OR June 11, 2020 9:00-10:30 AM

Extra Session - Topic 1 or Topic 2 (TBD based on need)
Date/Time: June 11, 2020 1:00-2:30 PM

Through the Lens of a Military Child
New outreach program targets military youth for artistic expression
Bank of the Arts
317 Middle St,
New Bern NC 28560

Craven Arts Council and Craven County Public Schools are proud to announce the opening of the “Through the Lens of a Military Child” exhibit at the Craven County Bank of the Arts. Military-connected students at Havelock High School and Arthur W. Edwards Elementary School had the opportunity to work with an author and a photographer to create unique pieces depicting life as a military child in their own images and words, which culminates with this exhibit at Bank of the Arts. The exhibition was slated to be the focal point of the April Month of the Military Child celebration in the community, but was postponed due to the Covid-19 restrictions.
Military families can move (or change duty station) every 18 months to three years. These regular moves translate into 6 to 9 school transitions for military-connected students over their K-12 school years. The ability of military families to adapt to these regular moves is improved when they feel connected to the community surrounding the installation. In addition to offering local military-connected students an outlet for creative expression, the resulting month-long gallery exhibit was designed to give families the opportunity to become more acquainted with downtown New Bern and the local community.
Photographer Pat Keough worked with students on producing the photographs and images that were combined with narrative created under the instruction of author Devyn Dawson to present a unique view of military family life through the eyes of military children. Pat Keough is a former U.S. Army military photojournalist who has taught a variety of photography and art courses for multiple North Carolina community colleges and the Society for Photographic Education. His work has been exhibited and won awards across the United States and Europe. Devyn Dawson is nationally known young adult fiction writer with more than fifteen published novels, including the The Light Tamer trilogy and The Legacy of Kilkenny series. 
The exhibit opens this weekend and will be on display at the Bank of the Arts through June 30. The gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am-5 pm and also from 5 pm – 8 pm on Fridays and Saturdays in support of the downtown New Bern outdoor dining experience. Student-artists, family members, and the community are encouraged to attend to show their support and appreciation for our military children. Month of the Military Child was established by Casper Weinberger, Secretary of Defense in 1986 and is typically celebrated in April.

This project was supported by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources (, with matching funds from Craven Arts Council and Gallery, a Designated County Partner of the N.C. Arts Council.
Reassignment Requests are due June 1, 2020
For information on reassignments and to obtain a form go to
Completed forms should be emailed to
Parent Emails Needed!!!!

Starting Tuesday, July 7th parents will be able to complete their Beginning of Year forms online. This will allow parents to easily update phone numbers, demographic information, and provide additional information schools collect from parents without having to send home papers. In addition, we can get the information earlier instead of waiting until Open House or the first week of school.

We need your help in getting an email from every student in our district. As teachers, you have the most current way to get a hold of parents. Between now and Thursday, June 25th, we need every teacher to provide your data manager with current email addresses for students in your classes. Please work with your principals and data managers to update parent email addresses. Parent emails will be pulled out of PowerSchool on Friday, June 26th. These emails will be sent a “snapcode” that will allow parents to go into the PSRegistration system and review their information and make any updates. Parents who do not get the email will have to get a letter from the school with their "snapcode". To save time and allow as many parents as possible to complete the form online we need email addresses.
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