CCS Staff In the Know
During the month of November, we would like to express our THANKS to ALL of our stakeholders who have supported us during these unprecedented times. This is uncharted territory for all of us but one thing remains constant and that is your dedication and commitment to our students, staff, and families.
Our Technology Department has been amazing during our shift to remote learning. They have answered many calls, emails, and even in-person requests for assistance when devices, the internet, and programs do not perform as expected. The Tech Staff is always extremely patient and kind when offering help. You truly provide exceptional service with a smile. We appreciate your dedication, knowledge, and commitment to our staff, students, and families. Thank you for always being there whenever a challenge arises.
If you would like to recognize an individual or team that you are #thankful for please send the details to publicrelations@cravenk12.org
At its November meeting, the Education Department of the New Bern Woman’s Club selected Lauren Weyand, Director of Craven County Schools School Nutrition Department as the Citizen of the Year 2020. Each year this honor is given to an individual who has had an extremely positive impact on our community. Mrs. Lauren Weyand is currently in her third year as School Nutrition Director and supervised the 1,039,000 meals that were served in our county to our school children from March 16 through June 12. She and her team surpassed all other districts in their desire to meet the needs of the students. Parents and children have expressed their appreciation for being remembered during such stressful times. The Education Department also placed two books in the New Bern Craven County Library in her honor. SEVEN HABITS of HIGHLY EFFECTIVE PEOPLE by Steven Covey influenced her career choices, and IN THE CASTLE of MY SKIN by George Lemming influenced her feeling that we need...”to see each other deeply and to be deeply seen.”
Cassandra Hunsucker, Head Librarian, received a gift of $200 from the Education Department as well as praise for their efforts to serve the public during the pandemic
Pictured Left to right:
Craven County Schools Chief of Systems and Operations Stacy Lee, Citizen of the Year and Director of School Nutrition Lauren Weyand, Head Librarian Cassandra Hunsucker, and Education Department Chair Bren Harris.
A special thank you to all who participated in the district-wide card project for Vets. Mrs. Nasser and Mrs. Palmer received over 500 cards and counting as many more are still coming in. They have been separated and are currently being distributed to various groups here and afar by Mrs.Palmer our Military School Liaison.
TEACHER AMBASSADORS ANNOUNCED

Congratulations to the 2020-2021 Teacher Ambassadors. These teachers were selected by their peers based on district criteria. Eligible school Teacher Ambassadors will be invited to apply for the Craven County Teacher Ambassador/Teacher of the Year, to be announced in May 2021.  
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Professional Learning Opportunity for NC STEM Educators 
(Free Professional Learning Opportunity Sponsored by the Burroughs Wellcome Fund) 
 
The STEM Educators for Equity and Diversity (SEED) Fellowship is seeking applicants for the 2021 cohort. The yearlong professional learning opportunity strives to help STEM educators across North Carolina develop culturally appropriate instructional strategies as well as implement equitable practices into the classroom. To accomplish this goal, the program gives educators a safe space to collaborate and reflect on issues such as anti-racist teaching, culturally relevant pedagogy, equitable learning strategies, etc. For more information or to apply, go to https://bit.ly/3kxyM0R 
 
Application Deadline 12/16/2020 
 
If you have any questions, please contact Michelle Ellis at (704) 866-6610 ext 301 or email: mmellis@gaston.k12.nc.us.
High School Final Exams (Dec. 14-18) 

High School Final Exams will be administered during the week of December 14-18. Final exams count 25% of the student’s overall semester grade for the class, so it is very important that students prepare and show up to test. Each high school is sharing the details of the exam schedule with their respective students and parents, so please ensure that you are aware of this information. Questions about the exam schedule should be directed to the student’s school.
EC Corner
 
Extraordinarily Exceptional Educators
 The Exceptional Children Division is excited to announce the opening of the virtual recognition board for the fall 2020 Extraordinarily Exceptional Educators. It may be found here: https://bit.ly/EEEvrboard 
 
The next submission window will be January 4 - January 29, 2021.
COVID 19 Communication Protocol and Dashboard
As part of our communication process related to positive COVID-19 cases, Craven County Schools will be updating a district dashboard to display the number of NEW positive cases three times a week. This information will be posted on the district website every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 5:00 pm. In an effort to protect the confidentiality of our staff and students we will not release the name of the school.The dashboard is located at:
www.cravenk12.org
Families in the Know-This week's edition of Families in the Know was distributed on Friday, November 20th to all CCS families through email and text message. To view this publication click here.
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