CCS Staff In the Know
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:
The 2020-2021 Principal of the Year is Announced

New Bern, NC- Today, during a surprise announcement Dr. Eleanor Patrick, Principal of Oaks Road Academy, was named the 2020-2021 Principal of the Year for Craven County Schools. In her role as Principal of the Year, she will serve as the local advisor to the Board of Education and will represent Craven County Schools in local, regional and state events.

Dr. Patrick was one of six finalists that interviewed with a local selection committee on November 2nd. The finalists, nominated by their peers, all did a wonderful job sharing their work and accomplishments. We commend these principals on being selected as part of the process: Mr. Todd Bradley(CEC), Mr. William Byland(HMS), Ms. Debbie Hurst(WJG), Mr. Dan Palimetakis(VFL), and Mr. Jerry Simmons(NBH).

During the selection process, Dr. Patrick shared her journey at Oaks Road Academy by stating, “Upon my arrival at Oaks Road Elementary I found staff members discouraged and doubtful.” Once Dr. Patrick engaged staff members in the work of redesigning a school and began putting instructional measures in place to ensure student success. Within one-year student performance improved in the areas of Science and Math proficiency and the school "Met Growth". Oaks Road has consistently "Met Growth" for the last 4 years. Dr. Patrick is quick to point out, “Although we are not satisfied with growth alone, we understand that student growth is the beginning of reaching greater proficiency.”

Dr. Patrick also discussed the important of forming relationships. She stated, “Establishing relationships with family and community members is at the heart of Oaks Road! Continuous efforts are made to invite parents and families into the school through events such as Bring Your Parent to School Day, parent Lunch and Learn activities, and our Title 1 Parent Nights.

Keeping great teachers is at the heart of the work of Dr. Eleanor Patrick. She shared her philosophy of getting and keeping great teachers by sharing, “What keeps a good teacher at a school are structured, sustained, intensive professional development programs that allow new teachers to observe others, to be observed by others, and to be a part of networks where all teachers share together, grow together, and learn to respect each other’s work.”

Congratulations to Dr. Eleanor Patrick for this very deserving recognition. We are very proud of you and all you have accomplished as you support the Oaks Road Owls in reaching successes. As your students would say, Hoot, hoot, hooray!
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 community (churches, daycares, local businesses, non-profits, individuals, and many more) has truly risen above and beyond to assist our students and educators during remote learning. We have many partners across the county who have dedicated their time to ensure our students have access to reliable internet, are logged on for their classes, learning, and are successful. They have become the school away from school and have spent countless hours volunteering and working hard to create a positive learning environment. We acknowledge all of your efforts and we say "THANK YOU!"
If you would like to recognize an individual or team that you are #thankful for please send the details to
EC Corner

EC Elementary Separate Teachers: Equals Math Follow-up 
November 18 2:00-4:00, Sea System Number 4-536 

Autism Team T-shirt sales have been extended to 11/22/20. 
December 1 Child Count 
A reminder that all paperwork needs to be hand delivered or faxed after November 6th. Do not put in the interoffice mail.

To help keep your Zoom experiences as positive as possible, here are 2 tips that you can put into place today.  

Tip #1: In your Zoom room you can click the "Security" button and deny participants with the ability to unmute themselves. Just uncheck the "Unmute Themselves" option. You'll have to turn it back on when you want to restore that ability.
Tip #2: When scheduling a meeting, you can change a setting to where only participants with a Craven County Schools email account can enter. See the screenshot below.
Using Exit Tickets in the Formative Assessment Process 
Last month we surveyed teachers to find out more about how they are using formative assessment to support student science learning. Some of the questions we asked included what strategies were used, why they were chosen, how they were implemented, what was the impact on diverse learners, and how did teachers determine effectiveness. We had 261 responses from across the state.
 For more information about exit tickets click the link to this NSTA article.  Please note that it has limited free access. You will have to create an account in order to access once your free trial has expired.  
This email is being sent on behalf of the Consortium for Mathematics and Its Application (COMAP). Please email John Tomicek at for more information.
Modeling with Context: Authentic Problems to Foster a Modeling Mindset
Wednesday, Nov 18, 2020 4:00 PM

Introduce students to the modeling process through problems that have relevance and meaning in their own lives. Students will engage more deeply with a real-world problem if they have a voice in how it is resolved, and the modeling process empowers students who are also stakeholders.

In this session, we will look at a selection of modeling problems that arose from local issues or needs, and we will discuss strategies for identifying local problems that lend themselves to a modeling approach. We will step into the modeling process with a scaffolded approach to incorporating modeling into the classroom, and specific examples will include, among others, the following real problems: As our school population increases, how can we optimize the lunch lines? How can our parking lot be redesigned to accommodate more vehicles?

Join us to explore the modeling process through the lens of local problems, and learn how to identify problems that are meaningful to the students who solve them.
Webinar Speakers:
Maria Hernandez (Retired Math Teacher @The NC School of Science and Mathematics)
With over 30 year of teaching experience, Maria has developed curricula for high school students in various mathematics courses. The bulk of her teaching career was at The NC School of Science and Mathematics. She has led teacher collaborations via distance learning and has taught workshops for courses from Algebra I to AP Calculus and Complex Systems. Her focus is using mathematical modeling, discovery-based activities, technology and real-world problems to engage students as active learners in the mathematics classroom. Maria received The 2009 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics Teaching and The UNC Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2013. Maria serves on The NCTM/SIAM/COMAP Joint Committee on Modeling Across the Curriculum and the US National Commission on Mathematics Instruction.
Greta Mills (Mathematics Department Chair @Oxbridge Academy)
Greta Mills taught for 18+ years in New Hampshire before relocating to Florida in 2013. She is currently the Mathematics Department Chair at Oxbridge Academy in West Palm Beach, FL, where she teaches courses in Digital Logic, Artificial Intelligence and Computational Modeling, and Calculus. Ms. Mills is a judge for the M3 Challenge, a member of the Math Modeling Hub, and a frequent presenter at NCTM conferences.
Post-secondary Planning: Starting Now to Prepare for Later
College and post-secondary planning begins early with career, military and college research. Parents and students are invited to explore the College Advising and Scholarships website at Find links to pre-college programs for middle and high schools students as well as the application steps to college, financial aid and scholarships. 
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Families in the Know-This week's edition of Families in the Know was distributed on Friday, November 6th to all CCS families through email and text message. To view this publication click here.
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