CCS Staff In the Know
Start with Hello Week: September 23 - 27, 2019
Sandy Hook Promise which is the non-profit group made of parents of children who lost their lives in the Sandy Hook shooting have created a program called "Start with Hello Week." The week identified is the 23-27 of September. Thank you to the following schools for participating in this important program: WJ Gurganus Elementary, Havelock Elementary, Graham A. Barden Elementary, James W. Smith Elementary, Havelock High, and Early College EAST.
Assistant Principals from across the district also showed their support by sporting their green on Wednesday while visiting WJG for a meeting. This is WJG's school color and Sandy Hook Elementary School's color so it was very meaningful to show the importance of unity and connectedness by being kind throughout the week.
The links to learn more are below:


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.

PRIDE Employee of the Month is intended to provide frequent and ongoing recognition of exemplary staff members throughout Craven County Schools. The group that will be spotlighted in September is a  Classified Staff Member at Central Services.  Please take time to show appreciation to Central Services Classified Staff  Nominations are now open and will close  October 4th.  Please nominate a deserving employee at the following link:

Universal Screeners
The following information should assist elementary school leaders with needed information regarding the screening and progress monitoring of our K-5 students in reading, math, and behavior. Please read carefully and contact Mr. Jason Griffin if you have any questions.

Istation Istation is a technology-based assessment tool and is the state required universal screener for reading ALL students in grades K-3 AND "READING RETAINED" students must be assessed with Istation in reading three times this year during the following benchmark windows:
o    BOY – September (JTB – August)
o    MOY – January (JTB – December)
o    EOY – May (JTB – April)

TO CLARIFY - the only district requirement for Istation is that appropriate students be assessed in reading during the windows as described above. Any other uses of Isation are at the discretion of school leadership.

**Please be aware that student growth will be calculated from the Istation MOY and EOY assessment data which will determine the teacher’s EVAAS results.**

FastBridge:  FastBridge is the district required screener for math and behavior in grades K-5. This resource provides accurate, actionable data and reports to inform instruction and guide interventions. ALL students in grade K-5 should be assessed in math and behavior with FastBridge three time this year during the following benchmark windows:
o    BOY – September (JTB – September/October)
o    MOY – January (JTB – December)
o    EOY – May (JTB – April)

**FastBridge has a reading component for screening and progress monitoring that schools have the OPTION to use as an additional resource as needed (not required).**

Lexia Core5 Lexia Core5 is a technology-based program that provides students the explicit instruction needed to accelerate mastery of reading skills. The district will be providing Lexia Core5 to all 15 elementary schools; and therefore, ALL K-5 students will be required to use this resource.  
Information about the District Collaborative Sessions as well as the registration sheet can be found at the following link:  District Collaborative Teacher Registration  Each school should register at least one teacher per content area listed. The first session will be held October 1(NBH). To go directly to the registration site visit:
Saturday, September 13th, Tina Boogren from Marzano Research lead 20 of our Beginning Teachers/New Teachers in professional development focused on exploring instructional, self-care, and reflection strategies that correlate with phases beginning teachers typically experience. The participants reflected on their experiences and how these personal stories can be beneficial as a beginning teacher navigates the world of teaching. The teachers in attendance provided positive feedback regarding the session. We will provide this training again if there is enough interest. If you are interested in this training, please complete this form . There are plans to continue to provide Marzano professional opportunities throughout the school year! If you need more information or have any questions, please contact and .
Research to Classroom Practice Foundations Training (Formerly Reading Foundations) will be held for 6-8
ELA Teachers from 8:30-4:00 at the Tech Center (unless otherwise noted) according to the schedule below. Sub Codes will be sent to the bookkeepers. After successful completion of the course, participants will receive 4 Literacy CEUs.
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