CCS Staff In the Know
Join us as we celebrate our school nurses this Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Our school nurses play an integral role in the health of our students and staff supporting us every day of the year. On National School Nurse Day, we take this special time to celebrate and recognize the contributions that our school nurses are making to the health our CCS Family. Our nurses are essential to our well-being during this time and we thank them for ensuring we are safe and healthly. We appreciate you keeping us informed and sharing vital information. Be sure to thank you school nurse this week for all they do!
On Monday April 27th, all 5 of our high schools delivered a surprise to celebrate our seniors on their graduation. We hope this small gesture helped bring a ray of sunshine to the Class of 2020 after the abrupt end to their senior year due to the Coronavirus. School staff, along with community partners, helped distribute a total of 909 personalized signs created by the UPS Store in New Bern. The school district will continue to creatively celebrate seniors throughout the remainder of the year. Please help us congratulate the Class of 2020 for all they have overcome this year and for their agility and perseverance. We are so proud of our seniors. 
Last week, Free Meals on Big School Wheels celebrated serving over 500,000 meals to the children in Craven County. This dream team, comprised of School Nutrition Staff & the Transportation Department, is very deserving of recognition for their miraculous efforts ensuring the children in Craven County receive a healthy meal during this unprecedented time. Your love and care for our children are displayed on a daily basis. Real heroes don't wear capes ~so it is only appropriate we applaud their efforts also on School Lunch Hero Day! Thank you to all who have contributed in making this program a success.
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Five area high school seniors have been awarded scholarships from the Carteret-Craven Electric Foundation. These students were selected from 20 applicants and will receive up to $4,000 each for four years of school. To qualify, the students had to be high school seniors and live on Carteret-Craven Electric Cooperative's lines.
The foundation earmarks scholarships for each of the public high schools โ€“ East Carteret, West Carteret, Croatan, and Havelock. The fifth scholarship goes to the next highest scoring applicant among all the applications submitted, including non-public schools. Applicants were judged on financial need, scholastics, extracurricular, and community activities. This yearโ€™s winner from Havelock High is:
๐’ฎ๐’พ๐“‚๐‘œ๐“ƒ๐‘’ ๐‘…๐‘œ๐‘”๐‘’๐“‡๐“ˆ, ๐ป๐’ถ๐“‹๐‘’๐“๐‘œ๐’ธ๐“€ ๐ป๐’พ๐‘”๐’ฝ ๐’ฎ๐’ธ๐’ฝ๐‘œ๐‘œ๐“- Simone is the daughter of Vincent and Verneรฉ Rogers, and will attend Elon University in the fall, where she wants to earn a degree in elementary education. โ€œMy career goal is to be an elementary school teacher in North Carolina for at least four years,โ€ she said. โ€œI want to leave a positive and lasting impression on the upcoming generations. I want to inspire them to lead, learn, be creative.โ€
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State Employeesโ€™ Credit Union (SECU) members via the SECU Foundation, awarded $10,000 four-year college scholarships to Number local graduating high school seniors for study at one of the 16 campuses in the University of North Carolina System. The scholarship recipients are:

  • Hayes Darden, a senior at New Bern High School, for study at NC State University

  • Hannah McCloskey, a senior at New Bern High School, for study at UNC Chapel Hill

  • Haley Dail, a senior at West Craven High School, for study at East Carolina University

  • Brandon Gillen, a senior at West Craven High School, for study at UNC Chapel Hill

The SECU Foundation High School Scholarship is available to graduating public high school seniors who are either members of SECU or eligible for membership through a parent or guardian. Funded by Credit Union members, the $10,000 โ€œPeople Helping Peopleยฎโ€ Scholarship recognizes the recipientโ€™s community involvement, leadership, character and integrity, as well as scholastic achievement. The funds are provided for tuition and university approved educational expenses over eight consecutive semesters. High School scholarships awarded for the 2020 academic year represent a $4.35 million investment in the educational goals of college-bound students.

โ€œSECU membersโ€™ deep commitment to education in North Carolina has been front and center over the past 15 years,โ€ remarks Jama Campbell, SECU Foundation Executive Director. โ€œItโ€™s a huge part of the Foundationโ€™s legacy โ€“ helping hundreds of high school seniors each year continue their academic journey and fulfill their dreams through the University of North Carolina System. Itโ€™s exciting to witness the impact SECU Foundationโ€™s โ€˜People Helping Peopleโ€™ scholarship program has and will continue to make in the lives of students, their families, and the future of our state. On behalf of SECU Foundation, we offer our congratulations and best wishes to these worthy recipients.โ€

Since its inception in 2005, the SECU Foundation โ€œPeople Helping Peopleโ€ High School Scholarship program has provided over $60 million in scholarships for North Carolina high school seniors
Craven Early College Hosts College Signing Day
Craven County Schools is proud of our seniors who are enrolling in community, public and private colleges. We also celebrate with students enlisting in the military or apprentice programs to enhance their career.
Craven Early College  hosted this wonderful event to shine the light on their seniors. A special shout out to Allison Edwards (College Partnership and Readiness Coordinator), Erin Blalock (Counselor), Kim Quinn (Administrative Assistant), and Nika Johnson (Workforce Development Coordinator) for being the energy and inspiration behind this event.
Students who need assistance with the final steps of this process should contact their school counselor or Mrs. Toni Blount, District Coordinator of College Advising and Scholarships.
๐“’๐“ธ๐“ท๐“ฐ๐“ป๐“ช๐“ฝ๐“พ๐“ต๐“ช๐“ฝ๐“ฒ๐“ธ๐“ท๐“ผ ๐“ฝ๐“ธ ๐“ฝ๐“ฑ๐“ฎ ๐“’๐“ต๐“ช๐“ผ๐“ผ ๐“ธ๐“ฏ 2020!
Notice Regarding Expanded Eligibility for Unemployment Benefits
While many school system employees remain working or eligible for paid leave, employers throughout the State have been asked to share information with employees about important changes to unemployment insurance because of COVID-19. In addition to individuals who become unemployed, individuals who have been impacted by COVID-19 (lay off or reduction in hours resulting in reduced pay) may be eligible for unemployment insurance benefits if they meet State eligibility requirements. Please review the below information regarding the application process for such benefits:
ยท      Employees may file a claim in the first week that employment stops, or work hours are reduced.
ยท      Employees may file claims online at or by telephone to (888) 737-0259.
ยท      To process a claim, an employee must provide the Division of Employment Security (DES) with the following information: (1) full legal name; (2) social security number; and (3) authorization to work (if the employee is not a U.S. citizen or resident). 
ยท      For questions about unemployment insurance, please contact DES at (888) 737-0259 and select the appropriate menu option for assistance.
The message and attachment below are being shared at the request of The Bucy Foundation , which is committed to breaking down barriers and developing important life skills such as social intelligence and work ethic to help prepare young North Carolinians for a changing world. Please send questions to
Applications will be reviewed on a biweekly basis beginning May 1, 2020.
If you do not receive a grant in a given review period, your grant application will carry over to subsequent review periods.
Please forward this message to others who may be interested.
About this Emergency Grant:
As COVID-19 continues to impact our lives, more and more people are feeling the financial strain of not being able to work or function in their normal capacity.
We invite foreign language teachers and sports coaches (paid or volunteer) who have been affected financially by COVID-19 to apply to receive this one-time emergency grant.
We have allocated $50,000 to help this group of men and women who are making a difference in the lives of young people on a daily basis. Grant amounts will vary. While this is a small subset of the people who are struggling during these trying times, the shut down of foreign language and sports programs has been significant.
Adults who have been making a difference in the lives of young people through the teaching of foreign language skills or sports coaching AND who are affected by COVID-19 are eligible. Applicants must be working or volunteering in schools or organizations located in North Carolina (preschool - 12th grade). Only one person per household can apply. Grant applications are open to all North Carolinians, with a special focus given to residents of Wake County.
Grant applications are being accepted immediately and should be submitted to . Applications will be reviewed on a biweekly basis beginning May 1, 2020.
If you do not receive a grant in a given review period, your grant application will carry over to subsequent review periods. We will only be acknowledging those applications that are granted.
Please read the attachment for more details and to access the grant application form.
NC Scholastic Media Summer Programs
North Carolina Scholastic Media Association invites publication advisers, journalism teachers, high school students to UNC-Chapel Hill programs
N.C. Scholastic Media Institute | June 15-18
The North Carolina Scholastic Media Institute will be offered virtually June 15-18 through the UNC-Chapel Hill Hussman School of Journalism and Media. High school journalism students and their teachers are invited to enroll. Instructors will offer expertise in literary magazine, online news, newspaper, yearbook, photojournalism, design and broadcast news. Registration will open May 15 and close June 1.
Statewide student media contests will open May 1 for broadcasts, yearbooks, newspapers, online news sites and literary magazines. Online submissions are due June 1. Schools that submit to the contests will receive information on free registrations to the Institute. To enter the contests, visit .
For more information, contact Monica Hill, director of the N.C. Scholastic Media Association, at , or visit .
NCSMAโ€™s Journalism Education Fellowship provides tuition-free, graduate-level course in teaching online news
N.C. Scholastic Media Association offers a short-term summer course for North Carolina journalism teachers/advisers.
Journalism teachers and publication/media advisers can receive three hours of graduate credit โ€” free of charge. The course, "Teaching Online News in the Secondary School," will be offered online July 5-11. The course will be taught through the Hussman School of Journalism and Media at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. North Carolina journalism teachers and media advisers can apply for free in-state tuition and free textbooks on a first-come, first-served basis. (These fellowships are valued at $850 each.)
NCSMA offers this free in-state tuition opportunity through its NCSMA Teacher Fellows Program. To apply, go to . Fellowship application deadline is May 15. For more information, go to or contact Monica Hill at .

Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) for Educators
Course Objectives
To provide educators with a foundational knowledge of SEL through the lens of the CASEL framework.
To build an understanding that SEL competencies are skills to be taught, not traits to be inherited.
To guide educators in building a repository of resources, activities, and skills to bring back to their classroom, school, and learning community.
To foster an understanding of the importance of educators' own SEL skills to developing the capacity to support students' SEL skills.
To provide educators with strategies to model and cultivate SEL competencies in interactions with peers, students, and families to help build SEL culture in their school.
To leave participating educators with an understanding of the importance of SEL competencies to the growth and development of justice-oriented, global citizens.

As teachers/parents/partners we take care of others but how many of us take the time to take care of ourselves? In these uncertain and confusing times, we must be intentional about looking out for who matters - ourselves. For some quick tips on steps to take to keep your sanity go to 
Havelock High School Cap & Gown Pick-Up
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