CCS Staff In the Know
Sending a Special E-Card to Brighten Your Day
Thank you to all who have taken advantage of these special messages.
To date, 167 e-cards have been sent to our staff to help spread joy.
Don't forget you have an opportunity to express your appreciation to any of our school and/or district staff that has helped you or to simply thank them for making a difference. Just click on the image of the e-card you would like to send and submit your message. All you need is their email address and we will do the rest. This special message will mean so much to our fellow employees! Thank you for taking the time to spread kindness.
High School Football Games 

Due to current social distancing requirements and limits on spectators at events, the seating capacity of the football stadiums at Havelock High, New Bern High and West Craven High Schools are reduced. Tickets are being pre-sold by the host school for home games and will be available to parents of football players, cheerleaders, drill team and band FIRST. Ticket sales will then be opened up for the general public and staff. Please contact the school hosting the game for further information regarding the availability of tickets.   
All spectators: 
Will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms, including temperature check, prior to entry  
Must wear a mask 
Must maintain social distancing in the bleachers (unless they live in the same household)  
Must be seated in the bleachers during the game.   
Please keep in mind that seating is limited and you will need to purchase your ticket prior to the night of the game.   
School Reassignment and District Release Forms are Available Now 

School Reassignment and District Release Forms for the 2021-2022 school year can be found on the Craven County Schools Website, obtained at any school, or at the Craven County Board of Education.   
Reassignments are granted for hardships and are based on space availability at the school requested. Students with discipline and attendance concerns are not approved for reassignment. Reassignments are only granted for one year and transportation is the responsibility of the parent. You can find additional information regarding reassignments on the CCS website
The deadline for reassignments is June 1, 2021. 
If you have any questions, please contact Debbie Hodges ( 

Gentle Reminder:
When using your district issued device please keep your beverages at a safe distance. We’ve seen a few MacBooks come into the tech center with spilled water or coffee. Damage from this is usually not repairable. Just like our students, staff members are held accountable for caring for their device.
Network Maintenance: Wednesday, March 10 (6pm-10pm)

The NC Department of Information Technology informed us that they will be performing an important upgrade to our network on Wednesday, March 10 from approximately 6pm-10pm. During this time, Internet access will not be available. We apologize for the inconvenience.  
Quick Facts: All NC Educators are eligible to contribute 
Get paid $195 for each lesson submitted & approved (up to 3 lessons)! 
All lessons will be posted to our GoOpenNC Hub, for easy and free access throughout NC 
Goal = 150 lessons uploaded by the end of the 20-21 school year 
PLEASE forward this opportunity to any colleagues that may be interested- we need to spend all grant monies by June 30, 2021! 

Get started now at
Nonviolent Crisis Intervention
Spring 2021
Refresher Dates: (links forthcoming)
1. Wednesday, March 10 12:00-2:30
2. Monday, March 15, 8:30-11:00 
3. Monday, March 15 12:00-2:30 
Physical Intervention Zoom
Monday, March 15 3:00-4:00 or Wednesday, March 17 1:00-2:00 
Second Step Free Webinar

Second Step is offering several free live webinars in March. Visit Second Step to register.
Ready…. Wherever you are

The one-on-one support you need—now at your fingertips!
We’re pleased to announce that our NC Plans Retirement Education Counselor, Cecilia Fields, who has always been available for in-person assistance with the 401(k) and 457 Plans, is now available from the convenience of your computer or your phone.

Benefits of a virtual one-on-one:
 You choose a time that works best for you
 You can find a private space
 You can include a spouse, significant other, or anyone else you choose

How can you schedule a session? It’s easy to schedule your appointment. Go to the link below and select your appointment.

After you’ve selected your time and scheduled the meeting, you’ll receive an automated email invitation. Please be sure to ACCEPT this invitation as it contains instructions for logging in to the meeting along with a link to cancel or change the meeting.

We encourage you to make the most of the benefits available to you through the NC 401(k) and NC 457 Plans. Virtual one-on-one support is just one of the ways your Retirement Education Counselor can support you.

For information about these plans, visit
Cecilia Fields, CRC© Retirement Education Counselor North Carolina Total Retirement Plans: 401(k)|457 &403(b) Prudential Retirement
3100 Smoketree Court Suite 1004 |
Raleigh, NC 27604
cell. 252-204-3297
fax. 866-439-8602
WSSU STARTALK Intensive Chinese Summer Student Program 

Join us for an exciting 15-day intensive online program this July 2021 to learn Mandarin language and Chinese culture! This year’s theme is “Let’s Go to China: Travel & Food.”  
The WSSU STARTALK Intensive Chinese Summer Program provides national standards-based language and culture instruction, preparing the young generation with essential and critical language skills for an ever-changing world. Students will virtually explore three cities in China (Beijing, Chengdu and Fuzhou) to learn about language functions related to travel and food, geography, local attractions, people and community, important holidays, and cultural events of China.  
A total of 40 students (30 high school and 10 college students) will be accepted into the tuition-free program. No prior Chinese language experience is necessary. 
For details or to apply, go to  
If you'd like more information, join us for a Zoom session at 5:00 pm on March 5 or March 29 (click on the date to register).  
Applications are due April 15, 2021. 

Student Scholarship Opportunity

AgFirst Farm Credit Bank is offering educational scholarships to full-time Native American students studying business and/or agricultural-related fields. Each scholarship recipient will receive $3,000 per academic year ($1,500 per semester). 
Students will also have an opportunity to apply to various internships throughout the Bank. These internships will provide exposure to Farm Credit as well as the Bank’s senior leadership team. The Farm Credit System provides loans, leases, and related services to farmers, ranchers, rural homeowners, aquatic producers, timber harvesters, agribusinesses, and agricultural and rural utility cooperatives. Interns will learn about the Bank and its role in supporting agriculture and rural communities with reliable, consistent credit and financial services. 
Deadline to apply is March 15. 
For more information, visit the 2021 AgFirst Scholarship website or contact Vesely Murray at or Olivia Scott at
Please share this information with our High School Seniors !
Please share this information with any of our interested families
and community members:
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
Last week's Families in the Know was distributed on Friday, March 5th.
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