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For more than 50 years our nation has honored teachers with the National Teacher of the Year Program. In 2014, the NC Department of Public Instruction announced its partnership with Burroughs Wellcome Fund as the new major sponsor of the North Carolina Teacher of the Year Program. Since 1970, North Carolina has participated in this program recognizing outstanding teachers. Craven County Schools has participated in the Teacher of the Year Program for many years and is proud to recognize one of the many outstanding educators in the district as our 2020-2021 Teacher Ambassador.
Gayle Hardy, an AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) Elective Teacher at New Bern High School has been selected as the 2020-2021 Teacher Ambassador for Craven County Schools. As an AVID teacher, Ms. Hardy helps students develop the skills they need to be successful in college. Ms. Hardy works with AVID student by placing a special emphasis on growing writing, critical thinking, teamwork, organization and reading skills. As the Craven County Schools Teacher Ambassador, Ms. Hardy she will serve as the local advisor to the Board of Education and will represent Craven County Schools in various community and civic events. Ms. Hardy now moves on to compete against other local award recipients for the Southeast Regional Teacher of the Year title. Gayle Hardy was chosen following an application and interview process with the local selection committee, comprising of the current Teacher Ambassador, the current Principal of the Year, central office staff and community leaders.
Gayle Hardy has been teaching for 36 years, with 29 of those years in Craven County Schools. Ms. Hardy is committed to the success of all learners and creates learning experiences based on continuous improvement and rigorous content. In her application, Ms. Hardy stated, โ€œI believe every student I encounter is a walking, talking miracle and they need me to keep reminding them when they donโ€™t believe that yet, or they try to hide it from the world.โ€ Hardy further states, โ€œWhile we donโ€™t all share the same strengths and abilities, I believe we can all surpass our own perceived limitations given the right environment and support.โ€ While Ms. Hardy has received awards and has been the speaker at national conferences, she will be the first to tell you, โ€œthe rewards that keep me going are my relationships with my students and peers and watching them grow in leadership, empathy, and determination.โ€
When asked how she would communicate the importance of the teaching profession, Hardy stated, โ€œOur goal is to reach every student.โ€ โ€œ We strive to build their communication and relationship skills, all while relaying the beauty, strength and sacrifice we share in our diversityโ€ฆ.our historiesโ€ฆ.our storiesโ€ฆour cultures.โ€ Gayle Hardy represents what makes teachers great. Her message is one of โ€œunity, spirit and drive, that keeps our profession alive, ever changing, and valuable.โ€ Congratulation to Gayle Hardy, the 2020-2021 Craven County Schoolsโ€™ Teacher Ambassador/ Teacher of the Year.
Mrs. Hardy will also have the privilege of sporting a NEW Toyota Camry compliments of  Toyota of New Bern AlphaGraphics of New Bern  will provide the custom wrap showcasing the Craven County School Teacher of the Year and sponsorship with  Craven County Partners In Education . Thank you for making this possible for our new TEACHER OF THE YEAR!
Being selected as the Teacher Ambassador/ Teacher of the Year is one of the highest honors the district bestows on an educator. As you are aware, the last few weeks have been difficult, but our teachers have stepped up to demonstrate their love and commitment in new ways. It is more important than even to recognize our teachers for their hard work.
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Board Members, along with District Staff, Claudia Casey- Principal of the Year, and the finalist's principal had a wonderful time visiting each of this year's finalists at their home to present them with a special certificate, a gift certificate, and thank you card for all of their contributions this school year.
Since March, each educator has had to learn a new way to reach their students through remote learning and many, including our finalists, have embraced this challenge and have gone above and beyond engaging their students each day. It has been remarkable to hear how much our students and their families appreciate the bond our teachers have built with everyone in the home during a time of uncertainty. Thank you to our finalists for sharing their passions and their heart...each one said they do it for the students and that their strong relationships with the children are what makes it all worthwhile.
Congratulations to this year's finalists:
โ€ข Brianne Black-1ST Grade Teacher at  Bridgeton Elementary School
โ€ข Jordan Garrett-5th Grade Teacher at  AH Bangert Elementary School
โ€ข Erin Lembke- Biology and Chemistry Teacher at  Havelock High School
The work of these teachers is transforming todayโ€™s learners into tomorrowโ€™s leaders.
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Each year, during our annual Red Carpet Gala we shine the light on deserving beginning teachers for going above and beyond. As they navigate the education profession, this year they have had to overcome additional obstacles and have been remote teaching rock stars! We are so proud of our beginning teachers! It is an honor to announce this year's Rookie Team
James W. Smith Elementary- Ashley Adams
AH Bangert Elementary- Nicole Ashenfelder
HJ MacDonald Middle- Rachel DeBerry
New Bern High- Theresa Godlewski
Havelock High School- Tina Martin
West Craven Middle- Melanie Mullaney
Roger Bell New Tech Academy- Elizabeth Roberts
Tucker Creek Middle- Salla Wagner
Havelock Elementary School- Makayla Yables
We celebrate the 2019-2020 Linda Thomas Volunteer of the Year
The Board of Education had an opportunity to celebrate The Linda Thomas Volunteer of the Year Recipient. Ms. Amy Robles, parent and volunteer was selected for her contributions to the  West Craven High School  Chorus, Band, and Theatre Programs.
It was exciting to surprise Ms. Robles at her home and in true WCH fashion, Mr. Wallace, staff members, and the Craven County Sheriffs Department showed up to congratulate her and show their appreciation. With the help of technology, Mrs. Thomas (former Board of Education Member) was also able to celebrate Ms. Robles.Congratulations Ms. Robles! We thank you for your countless hours dedicated to the children and staff at West Craven High.
We are grateful for all of our volunteers and their support in and out of the classroom. We would also like to celebrate and recognize this year's nominees for the award:
  • Phillip Disque, Tucker Creek Middle School
  • Dan Murphy, JT Barber Elementary School
  • Joanne Rivens, Havelock Middle School
  • Sierra Welch, New Bern High School
Your helping hands definitely make a difference!
Kenan Fellows Recipient Announced
The Kenan Fellows Program for Teacher Leadership is proud to announce a teacher from Craven County Schools has been awarded a 2020โ€“21 fellowship. Erin Strohschein of Havelock Middle School is among an esteemed group of 19 North Carolina teachers who were selected from a competitive pool of more than 70 statewide applicants.

Mrs. Strohschein is supported by Kenan Institute for Engineering Technology & Science Board of Trustees and Kenan Fellows Program for Teacher Leadership Board of Advisors and will partner with Ana Zivanovic-Nenadovic, Rachel Bisesi, and Todd Miller of the North Carolina Coastal Federation for a project entitled Working Together for a Healthy Coast. 

The Kenan Fellows Program, established in 2000 as a Kโ€“12 education initiative of the Kenan Institute for Engineering, Technology & Science at North Carolina State University addresses the critical need for high-quality professional development for educators, and is the largest (science, technology, engineering and math) STEM-focused teacher fellowship in North Carolina.

While remaining in the classroom, Kenan Fellows use knowledge and tools gained during the year-long fellowship to develop innovative educational resources and programs for their schools, districts, and the boarder educational community. A summer internship of at least three weeks is the centerpiece of the program and is supported by 80 hours of professional development that focuses on building leadership capacity; and instructional strategies for integrating data literacy, digital learning, and project-based learning. Additional information about our program is enclosed in this letter.

Please join us in congratulating, Mrs. Strohschein who joins an elite group of 493 educators statewide who are working to advance Kโ€“12 STEM education in North Carolina.
Schools Win Recognition for Support of Military Students, Families
North Carolina is home to a large population of active duty, guard, reserve, and veteran armed services members, and the stateโ€™s public schools reflect that. The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction has launched the Purple Star Award Designation initiative this school year to recognize the stateโ€™s strong military presence and its support for military families. The Purple Star designation is awarded to schools that demonstrate military-friendly practices and a commitment to military students and families.
Schools in 10 districts and four charter schools across the state have earned the Purple Star recognition for the 2019-20 school year. In addition, State Superintendent Mark Johnson is honoring Harnett County Schools with the Superintendentโ€™s Purple Star District Award for having all of its schools qualify for the designation.

Schools across the state applied for the special designation, and schools deemed as Purple Star Schools are those that completed several required activities, plus an optional activity, aimed at ensuring strong support for students of military families. Schools earning the Purple Star Award were required to have a staff member as a designated point of contact for military students and families, a designated central administration staff member supporting the point of contact in the school and also the provision of annual professional development addressing special considerations for military students and families.
In addition, Purple Star schools provide a dedicated page on their websites for military family resources or links to the districtโ€™s webpage with military family resources as well as a transition program to support inbound and outbound military students and families, along with a checklist for their use. 
For the optional activities, awarded schools selected from one of five activities, with many of the schools opting for more than one. These include a school-hosted annual military recognition event, such as Month of the Military Child, Month of the Military Family, Purple-Up! For Military Kids!, Veteranโ€™s Day, Memorial Day, a nomination of a student for the Military Child of the Year program. Schools may also have conducted a support project connecting the school with the military community, such as adopt-a-school, letters/care package collections for troops, a staff common-read book about military students or a school video or slide show of pictures to highlight certain aspects of the school facility (i.e. gym, cafeteria, media center, typical classroom, playground) on its website, as a way to help orient new students transitioning to the area. 
After review of all applications, the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction is proud to award the following schools in Craven County with the inaugural 2019-20 Purple Star Award Designation:
Craven County Schools
Arthur W. Edwards Elementary
Ben D. Quinn Elementary
Bridgeton Elementary
Brinson Memorial Elementary
Creekside Elementary
Early College EAST High
Graham A. Barden Elementary
Grover C. Fields Middle
Havelock Elementary
Havelock High
Havelock Middle
J.T. Barber Elementary
New Bern High
Roger Bell New Tech Academy
Tucker Creek Middle
W.J. Gurganus Elementary
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Craven County Schools is very proud of our eight students selected to attend this year's NC Governor's School Session. Unfortunately last week The Exceptional Children Division and its Office of the North Carolina Governorโ€™s School informed us of the cancellation of the 2020 session of Governorโ€™s School, as approved by the North Carolina State Board of Education, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Even with considered accommodations and date adjustments, proceeding with this close-knit residential program would improperly jeopardize student and faculty/staff health and safety during this period of necessary social distancing. Also, in-depth considerations have revealed that other content delivery means (e.g., online, videoconference, etc.) would sacrifice program integrity and equity, offering inconsistent or no additional benefit to most students.
We continue to celebrate our students for this prestigious honor as North Carolinaโ€™s most gifted and talented rising high school juniors and seniors that would have had an opportunity to explore cutting-edge ideas and concepts in academics and the arts.
Each school system, charter school and private school is allotted a certain number of nominations based on its 10th- and 11th-grade populations. There are 10 specialization areas for nomination: English, foreign language (French or Spanish), mathematics, natural science, social science, art, choral music, instrumental music, theater and dance.
Faculty and staff of the Governorโ€™s School include distinguished teachers and professionals from public and private schools, colleges and universities across the country. Others are independent artists and scholars. To further enrich the studentsโ€™ experience, many faculty members are in residence on campus as well.
Gov. Terry Sanford founded the Governorโ€™s School of North Carolina in 1963. The program, which does not involve credit, tests or grades, is the oldest statewide summer residential program for intellectually gifted high school students in the nation. Governorโ€™s School is located on two campuses: Governor's School West (High Point University in High Point) and East (Meredith College in Raleigh).
Help us celebrate our very deserving students selected for the 2020-21 NC Governor's School summer session:
Savanah Buck -West Craven High, Natural Science-Gov School East
Jenna Carroll -New Bern High, Dance - Gov School East
Julia Carroll-New Bern High, Dance- Gov School East
Aidan Jefferys-New Bern High, Choral Music-Gov School East
Emma Longenecker- New Bern High, Choral Music-Gov School West
Amelia Moore -New Bern High, English -Gov School East
Taylor Morris- Craven Early College, Natural Science -Gov School West
Callan Whitley -New Bern High,Theater -Gov School East
Air Force JROTC 2019-2020 Distinguished Unit Award

MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. โ€“ NC-959 at West Craven High School has been selected to receive the 2019-2020 Air Force JROTC Distinguished Unit Award. This award recognizes Air Force JROTC units that have performed well above and beyond normal expectations, and that have distinguished themselves through outstanding service to their school and community while meeting the Air Force JROTC citizen development mission for America.

The objectives of the Air Force JROTC program are to educate and train high school cadets in citizenship and life skills; promote community service; instill responsibility, character, and self-discipline through character education, and to provide instruction in air and space fundamentals. Enrollment is open to high school students who are in the 9th to 12th grades.

Air Force JROTC is located in close to 890 high schools across the United States and at selected schools in Europe, in the Pacific, and in Puerto Rico. Air Force JROTC enrollment includes more than 125,000 cadets who do over 1.5 million hours of community service each year.

For more information contact West Craven High Schoolโ€™s principal, Mr. Tabari Wallace, or Colonel Chip Stine in the Air Force JROTC department at West Craven High School, 252-244-3200.
Principal Kafele's FREE Virtual Assistant Principal Leadership Academy Is Here!
Beginning the first Saturday morning in May, Principal Kafele will engage assistant principals on FB and Twitter Live in a 30-minutes per Saturday academy on effective assistant principal leadership. He will explore a wide assortment of AP leadership toward preparation for the principalship. Each "class" will take place every Saturday morning in May, June, July and August @ 11 ET to coincide with the launch of his new book, The Assistant Principal 50: Critical Questions for Meaningful Leadership and Professional Growth. (The session was on May 9 will be at 1:00pm.) He strongly recommends that you obtain a copy as a supplement to what will be covered. You can pre-order it from Amazon, ASCD (the publisher) or This academy is for AP's, principals, assistant superintendents, superintendents and aspiring assistant principals. Principal Kafele considers the assistant principalship to be the most misunderstood and underutilized position in education....and he wants to fix that. He hopes to see you for all four months. There's no registration...just tune in!
We are planning an AP Leadership Program session for Tuesday, May 12.  There will be two session times (8:30-10:00am and 10:30-12:00pm) with 16 slots available for each session.  Please use this link to sign up and we will send you the respective Zoom invitation.  Please also read Chapters 2 and 3 from the book we started in the fall (see pic at top) and we will also discuss some of Principal Kafele's points from the Saturday AP Academy sessions.  (Do not worry if you are unable to join the Saturday sessions and they are also recorded for later viewing.). Please work with your principal to determine the time slot that works best for your daily responsibilities.  Contact Jason Griffin or Tosha Diggs if you have any questions.
Technology Updates:
CCS has secured a new service in our Microsoft agreement giving you access to a Microsoft Teams Voice number (this is a phone number issued to you, that you can give out for people to call instead of your personal cell phone).
You can use your Teams Voice number on your laptop, iPad or cell phone (you just need to have the Microsoft Teams app downloaded and be logged into your Microsoft account).
Each number gets 120 calling minutes a month. 
Through Microsoft Teams you can voice call/video call any CCS employee also using Teams = NO Minutes are used.  
If you receive ANY call into your Teams Voice Phone Number = NO minutes are used
If you call any outside number using your Teams Voice Phone Number = Minutes will begin to be used.
(So basically, your minutes don't tick down unless you call a number not in Microsoft Teams)
Voicemail is available.
Texting is NOT available.
When you make a call, the caller ID should show up on the end users phone as "North Carolina" - a name will not show up until the end user saves your number into their contact list and renames it.
Here is a 2:45 video, on how to access Teams Voice on your laptop and to find your phone number. It will work on your iPad pretty easily and if you want to use it on your phone, each phone is set up different (with notifications settings) so if you need help, please make an appointment with Tech Services to get it up and running.
Your files should be backed up regularly to the cloud. Our cloud backup services include Google Drive and Microsoft OneDrive. As your computers need repaired or replaced, your files should be safe and accessible in a cloud service.

Also, remind your students that any files they may need in the future should also be moved to a cloud storage system.  Seniors will need to move their files to a personal storage platform before the last day of school.
iPad Collection Updates
Members of tech services along with identified media coordinators are working on a plan for device collection. Just from early discussion, the plan will require a coordinated effort between Tech Services and school staff members. Once the plan has been reviewed and approved we will share that with you.  
Zoom Reminder:
Zoom is available on district issued devices for students Monday through Thursday. It is not available Fridays, Saturdays, or Sundays. Please plan your events accordingly.
HelpDesk Reminder:
For staff tech support, please call 252-514-6393 (option 1).
For parent tech support, please call 252-514-6392. Our team is able to help with tech/hardware issues and can forward calls to the Curriculum Coaches to help with specific programs like Zoom, Google Classroom, Canvas, Seesaw, etc.
New CFNC Helping You Pay for College Mini-Podcasts Webinars 
CFNC, in collaboration with Mapping Your Future, has made available six pre-recorded Helping You Pay for College mini-podcasts on issues that school counselors identified as most challenging to parents related to paying for college. These mini-podcasts are 3-5 minutes long and recorded by various financial aid administrators across the state. These are excellent resources to also share with students and parents. Each podcast is available through the CFNC YouTube channel where you can find lots of helpful recordings. More details on each podcasts are available here
Podcast 4โ€” How to Report Loss of Income
Podcast 5โ€” FAFSA Verification  
Student Services
Reporting Child Abuse During COVID-19 Crisis
In times of crisis and economic instability, abuse and neglect rates tend to increase. However, reports of child abuse and neglect in North Carolina have recently declined. Speaking up for children is critical. Prevent Child Abuse NC and the NC Department of Health and Human Services have created a Reporting Child Abuse During COVID-19 Crisis document to help empower educators with helpful tips related to protecting children and recognizing and reporting potential abuse and neglect. 

Attendance Expectations During Remote Instruction
 Craven County Schools has been collecting โ€œattendanceโ€ data as a means of accounting for the contact we are having with students each day. This is important data and is one of the ways we are monitoring our efforts to reach and provide instruction to all of our students. Please remember the following with regard to the attendance collection: 
โ€ข All students are marked present by default each day. Teachers should designate if they did not have contact (through an instructional tool like zoom, google classroom, canvas, SeeSaw or through telephone contact or through email and/or the exchange of work) by marking those students โ€œabsentโ€. This designation means they were absent from the instruction provided for that day/subject. 
โ€ข Your attendance data should be aligned with parent/student contact logs. This means that if there are students being marked absent there should be consistent and repeated attempts (and hopefully success) to reach and engage students in instruction. 
โ€ข If a teacher doesnโ€™t have contact with a student one day and marks the student absent, but receives work that reflects engagement or has contact on a subsequent day where a student demonstrates or provides evidence of engagement on a day previously marked absent, the attendance for that student can be corrected. Your data manager can assist with reconciliation. Please change any absences to present as soon as you are aware. Our goal is to have all attendance data corrected by 11:00 am each Friday so that our District Cabinet may review it that same day.
โ€ข Please communicate to parents, who are looking at this data on PowerSchool, that we are using this not as a punitive measure, but as a measure of contact and engagement with our students during what is a difficult time for us to connect with our students and families.
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