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It is the belief of the Craven County Board of Education the   employees are worthy of and deserve recognition.  The employee recognition program was created to create a culture of appreciation and honor district employees for the exemplary work they do. The PRIDE Employee Recognition Program is to support the goal work of the board in keeping all employees engaged and passionate about their work that supports the academic excellence for every child in Craven County Schools. The purpose of the program is to compliment other recognition programs/opportunities we have in place and to assist in fostering a culture of appreciation within Craven County Schools that honors and acknowledges district employees as an  “essential piece”  of the important work we do.

The PRIDE Employee Recognition Program recognizes classified employees who go far beyond the call of duty, doing more than others expect and demonstrating excellence in everything they do. The board of education is seeking to spotlight those employees that maintain the high standards, pay attention to the smallest details, and go the extra mile. Excellence means caring -- it means making effort to do more. Celebrating excellence is an important part of the Board of Education's recognition of the contribution made by the employees of Craven County Schools.

We will be selecting an employee of the month from a classified employee group each month. Selecting a PRIDE Employee of the Month is intended to provide frequent and ongoing recognition of exemplary staff members throughout Craven County Schools. It is important to honor and recognize those who exhibit a commitment to exemplary performance, have an inherent tendency to serve beyond the call of duty, and who foster a positive learning and working environment for our staff and students. 

It is with great pleasure that Craven County School’s Exceptional Children Department recognizes Tricia McCloskey as the 2019 Educator of Excellence.
Tricia has worked in Craven County Schools since 2007.   As a school-based occupational therapist, Tricia works with teachers, parents and staff to assist students with exceptionalities to develop their highest learning outcomes and quality of life by creating, promoting, establishing or restoring skills through the use of evidence-based therapeutic interventions and collaboration with the student, staff, parents and community agencies.  
On behalf of the Exceptional Children Department, Congratulations Mrs. Closkey!!

CCEC has awarded $23,316 in Bright Ideas education grants to 32 teachers to fund engaging classroom learning activities.

More than 5,550 students at schools in Carteret County and Havelock will participate in innovative Bright Ideas projects funded by the co-op and the Carteret-Craven Electric Foundation for the 2019-20 school year.

“These teachers really go to bat for their students by applying for these grants,” said Lisa Galizia, communications director at CCEC. “The innovative and creative learning initiatives they have come up with are impressive, and we are proud to help them with these projects.”

Winners were recognized recently by the CCEC “prize patrol” at their schools. Winning projects cover a variety of subjects and activities from science exploration, math and reading to life skills, horticulture, robotics and many more.

Since the Bright Ideas grant program began in 1994, CCEC and the foundation have contributed $513,000 to local educators. “Investing in the education of our youth and future leaders is a major part of CCEC’s commitment to the communities we serve,” Galizia said.
CCEC is one of 26 member-owned electric cooperatives in the state offering Bright Ideas grants to local educators. This fall, North Carolina’s electric cooperatives will award teachers statewide close to $600,000.
Bright Ideas grant applications are collected each year through mid-September, and winning proposals are selected in a competitive evaluation process by a panel of judges. The application process will reopen for interested teachers in April 2019.To find out more information about the Bright Ideas grant program,

Carteret-Craven Electric Cooperative provides power to more than 38,500 members in Carteret, Craven, Jones and Onslow counties and is part of Touchstone Energy®, a nationwide family of co-ops exhibiting the core values of integrity, accountability, innovation and commitment to community.
CCEC’s 2019 grant winners are listed below:            
Jenna Franks                Graham Barden Elementary        Uke Can Do It!
Richelle Sutton             Graham Barden Elementary       Classroom Comfort
Kathy Barber                 Havelock Elementary                  Including ALL Students in Project-Based Learning
Nataleigh Fabian           Havelock High                             Build Critical Thinking Skills in the Kitchen!
Deanna Thomas            Havelock High                            AVID and English 1 Classroom Setup
Katie Scarfpin                Havelock Middle                         SPRK Innovation with Sphero
Erin Strohschein            Havelock Middle                         Film Makers in the Art Room
Patricia Waller-Wall       Havelock Middle                         A Taste of Culture
Sara Mautino                 Roger Bell New Tech Academy  Pi-Tops for Top Kids!
Patricia Dyal                  Tucker Creek Middle                   Putting It Together: Social Studies through Band
Frederick Angoco          Tucker Creek Middle                   "I've Got A Golden Ticket!"
Rosemary Steinman      Tucker Creek Middle                   Infinity & Beyond! Resources for growing scientists!
Luana Palimetakis         W.J. Gurganus Elementary         Pop Up Stars: Recording Studios in the Music Room
Ashley Alicea                 W.J. Gurganus Elementary         Lighting the STEM Spark
Jennifer comes to us from Onslow County where she has served in many capacities over the years. She began her journey in education as an English Teacher. She then quickly converted to CTE as a Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher and then a Business Teacher. Since that time, she has served as a Career Development Coordinator and Special Populations Coordinator.

She holds a Master of Arts in Instructional Technology Education and has served on the Instructional Support Team at the school level. She has served as a CTSO advisor for FCCLA, and has supported HOSA at the state level. She has presented at the school, district and state level for multiple professional development opportunities.

She is extremely excited about joining the CTE team! She looks forward to supporting the CTE teacher and working together for the betterment of Craven County Schools students and our community.

As you may know, the Engineering group at FRC East is approaching our 3 rd  year of offering unpaid high school internships to students interested in pursuing careers in a focused STEM curriculum. Since there are so many more students (and Educators!) reaching out to us with interest, we decided to streamline their internship opportunities this year. 
~ This is an opportunity for any STEM degree and/or career interested students to do a “senior design project” at the high school level via an unpaid internship.
~ Students are to apply by 27 Nov 19 with the following information: a short one page resume with their basic school background and classes/activities and jobs held, etc. ~ then an answer to the following two questions:
1.          Why do you want to pursue a STEM career?
2.         Why should FRC East pick you for this opportunity? 
Single spaced no more than one page to answer those two questions. Submissions should be sent directly to the FRC East Engineering Education Outreach Coordinator (Bettina Jahr / ).
~ We will have a leadership panel review and downselect for interviews. We will conduct interviews and make selections in time for the students selected to work with the student services staff on adjusting class schedules prior to the beginning of the spring semester.
~ The project being offered is a 12 week design project during with the student team of 2 (possibly from different area schools) will come to FRC East “xx hours” per week and also work on their own (as a group or individually as required) the same number of hours per week. (xx hours= the number of hours as defined by school requirements in order to receive class credit)
~ The product of the effort will be a design brief to a panel from leadership at the FRC, during which students will “sell” your design solution to the problem. 
~ That design solution will include drawings and a notional sketch/model of the solution. The drawings plus the presentation will be the final product.
~ Challenges will include learning about how a production organization works, the difficulties of dealing with data, design software learning, etc.
We look forward to hearing from your students this year!
Any questions may be directed to Bettina Jahr.(

We celebrate our winners for the 8th Annual NBPD Essay Contest:

Samantha Burton- 5th grade ORA
Keniah Lindsey- 4th grade JTB
Amanni Davis- 5th grade TPE
Jade Blake- 4th grade CES
5th Grade Water Conservation Poster Contest
The 5th Grade Water Conservation Poster Contest is under way. All posters are due by November 22. Please contact Mrs. Pamela Hawkins at  if you have any questions

Check out Craven County’s Teachers using learning strategies in their classroom! This link provides an opportunity to get a sneak peek to see what strategies other teachers are using within our school district. If you have a strategy you are using in your classroom that would be beneficial to others, please email how you are using that strategy to .   Photos are always appreciated.
Elementary & Secondary
Toshiba America Foundation

Toshiba America Foundation (TAF) grants fund the projects, ideas and materials teachers need to innovate in their Science, Technology, Engineering and Math classrooms. TAF is interested in funding innovative projects designed by teachers or small teams of teachers for use in their schools and classrooms.
Toshiba America Foundation believes science and mathematics are exciting fields in which all students can succeed with the proper tools and instruction.
An application form is required. TAF uses two application forms:
Grade K-5 applications are accepted once a year on October 1st.
Grade 6-12 applications for $5,000 or less are accepted on a rolling basis, throughout the calendar year. But the deadlines are 6/1, 9/1, 12/1, 3/1. Grant requests of more than $5,000 are reviewed twice a year. Applications for grants of more than $5,000 are due November 1st and May 1st each year.
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