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Hour of Code

Computers are everywhere, changing every industry on the planet, but fewer than half of all schools teach computer science. Girls and minorities are severely underrepresented in computer science classes, and in the tech industry. Good news is at Craven County Schools, we’re on our way to change this.

With the Hour of Code, computer science has been on homepages of Google, MSN, Yahoo! and Disney. Over 100 partners have joined together to support this movement.

That’s why we are encouraging every CCS school to join in on the largest learning event in history: The Hour of Code, during Computer Science Education Week (December 5-11).

The Hour of Code, organized by the nonprofit Code.org and over 100 others, is a global movement that believes the students of today are ready to learn critical skills for 21st century success. Please visit our site at http://bit.ly/2fXAyrA to learn more! #ccshourofcode

 

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Local school continues its mission to introduce students to computer science

Computers are everywhere, changing every industry on the planet, but fewer than half of all schools teach computer science. Girls and minorities are severely underrepresented in computer science classes, and in the tech industry. Good news is, we’re on our way to change this.  For the second year HJ MacDonald Middle School will observe the Hour of Code in an effort to change the following figures from 2014-2015:

  • North Carolina currently has 17,824 open computing jobs (5.0 times the average demand rate in North Carolina).
  • The average salary for a computing occupation in NC is $87,246, which is significantly higher than the average salary in the state ($44,170).
  • North Carolina had only 1,224 computer science graduates in 2014; only 20% were female.
  • Only 1,198 high school students in North Carolina took the AP Computer Science exam in 2015; only 21% were female; only 50 students were Hispanic; only 79 students were black; only 7 students were Native American.
  • Only 134 schools in NC (22% of NC schools with AP programs) offered the AP Computer Science course in 2014-2015. There are fewer AP exams taken in computer science than in any other STEM subject area.

 

With the Hour of Code, computer science has been on the homepages of Google, MSN, Yahoo! and Disney. Over 100 partners have joined together to support this movement. Every Apple Store in the world has hosted an Hour of Code and will conduct training for anyone the week before Computer Science Week. President Obama wrote his first line of code as part of the campaign.

That’s why every one of the 800 students at HJ MacDonald Middle School are joining in on the largest learning event in history: The Hour of Code, during Computer Science Education Week (5 – 11 December).

I’m writing to invite you to attend our kickoff assembly on December 6, and to see kids start the activity on December 7. Guest Speaker for the Rally is Dr. Bruce Waugh, Computer Science Instructor, Craven Community College

The Hour of Code, organized by the nonprofit Code.org and over 100 others, is a global movement that believes the students of today are ready to learn critical skills for 21st century success. Please join us.

Contact: Michael Haynes, Hour of Code Coordinator, cell: (252) 514-6450

When: December 6 at 2:45 PM

Where: 3127 Elizabeth Ave. (in the gym)

 

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Raise the Flag in Salute to Veterans Day

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Students at Havelock Elementary show their support for our local veterans

At Havelock Elementary, we are constantly reminded of the importance of the military community at our school. One aspect of teaching children is to not only show them ways to succeed in the classroom, but also to succeed in the community. Last week, Havelock Elementary hosted a “Raise the Flag” event to salute the veterans in our community. The children were able to invite veterans from their family and community to the event.

Despite being a cold and windy day, the weather did not deter the community from coming out to “Raise the Flag” in honor of our military veterans. The students at Havelock Elementary sang “Happy Birthday” in tribute to the Marine’s 241 years of service to our country. Havelock Elementary staff veterans, Lori Bennett (ret. USMC) and Venessa Zavala (ret. Air Force) were called forward to raise the flag as the students, staff, and community recited the Pledge of Allegiance. The second and third grade students shared poems they had written, which highlighted the sacrifices made by our veterans and service members. Selected fourth and fifth grade students read handwritten notes thanking veterans for our freedom.

Following the closing statements of Havelock Elementary’s principal, Chris Germain, community members and veterans were invited into the school for coffee and donuts. The members of the newly formed Havelock Elementary Student Council visited with guests, answering questions about their school and its mission.

For such a cold windy day, our Raise the Flag in Salute of Veteran’s Day was a warm and heartfelt success.

By Chris Germain

Principal

Havelock Elementary School

 

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Congressman Walter B Jones spoke at Tucker Creek

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On November 21, 2016 Congressman Walter B. Jones came to speak to the eighth grade students at Tucker Creek Middle School. He discussed what his role in Washington, DC is, how he represents our district of North Carolina, what a congressman does, and some of the upcoming changes in our nation. The students were given a chance to ask questions and express any concerns. It was such a great experience for the students to get to listen to an elected official, especially after learning about the election process a few weeks ago.

 

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W.J. Gurganus spotlights Julie Lomont

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On November 16, 2016, the Craven County Board of Education and W.J. Gurganus Elementary spotlighted Mrs. Lomont, a teacher who spent sixteen years of her career teaching in Maryland. She often goes above and beyond to ensure that her students are engaged in lessons and are well prepared for assessments.  Her use of hands-on teaching works well with all levels of students in her classroom.  She does an excellent job utilizing parents as a support system in her classroom: often having weekly volunteers to help with projects and small group instruction. She has served as a Buddy Teacher for new teachers at WJG and has opened up her classroom numerous times to other teachers within the district to come observe and share her ideas.  Mrs. Lomont also mentors and supports students outside of her grade level.  She works with them to help ensure they have a successful and positive educational experience.

Mrs. Lomont has served on various committees during her career at WJG- grade chair, cabinet member, mentor, MTSS committee team, and district reading representative.  Mrs. Lomont is often the first to volunteer to help out with special events held at school and spends a great deal of extra time after school planning to ensure their success.  Mrs. Lomont often performs near the top of the district when looking at county assessments and EOG scores. She is a positive role model for both students and staff.  Her energetic and charismatic attitude helps to create an amazing learning environment for her students. This positivity carries over into her peer relationships with fellow teachers and staff.  She puts her students overall success ahead of everything else in her school day. Mrs. Julie Lomont truly deserves the honor of being the spotlight teacher for WJ Gurganus Elementary School.

 

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Kicks for Kids!

A huge thank you to the Breakfast Rotary of New Bern for distributing new shoes to several AHB students as part of the Kicks for Kids program. This is an annual event co-sponsored by the Breakfast Rotary and Athlete’s Foot. Thank you for all you do to provide new “kicks” for our students. We are thankful for you!

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A.H. Bangert ESL program partners with Coalition Asian Pacific and American Youth

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At A.H.  Bangert Elementary School, our ESL After School Program partnered with the Coalition Asian Pacific and American Youth from New Bern High School to replant our flowerbeds. Our students had a wonderful time helping make AHB a beautiful place to be. It was great to have the high school students visit and help out. We are looking forward to more opportunities to partner with our high school friends! #gobears

 

 

 

 

 

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Arthur Edwards Elementary attends 2016 Elementary Honors Chorus Concert

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On November 6, 2016, four students from Arthur W. Edwards Elementary School attended the 2016 Elementary Honors Chorus Concert, held at The Stevens Center in Winston-Salem, NC. These students have put in countless hours after school preparing with their music director, Mr. Frederick Angoco II, for this amazing opportunity. His dedication and musical talent has pushed these gifted students to the next level. Schools can send in 6 auditions for the judging process and Mr. Angoco had four students selected this year for Honors Chorus. Arthur Edwards was the only elementary school in Craven County with students to make this prestigious chorus. The students that made Honors Chorus were Heather Santos (4th grade,) Shanti Brown, Preston Morris and Kimberly Tilley (5th graders.) This was Shanti Brown’s 2nd year making Honors Chorus. Congratulations goes to Mr. Angoco, Heather, Preston, Shanti and Kimberly for making Craven County shine musically!

 

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DISASTER RELIEF – STUDENT MEALS AT NO CHARGE

Dear Parents and Guardians,

In the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew many Craven County residents continue to deal with personal loss and challenging conditions.  To assist in the recovery process, USDA will continue to provide assistance to 5 of Craven County Schools through School Nutrition Services, due to being impacted by a Major Disaster.

The benefits include offering meals to all students that attend J W Smith Elementary, Vanceboro Farm Life Elementary, Bridgeton Elementary, West Craven Middle, and West Craven High School at no charge through December 11, 2016. During this time, each student, regardless of their approved meal status, will be allowed one breakfast and one lunch per day at no charge.  Any meals purchased from a student from November 14 through November 17 will be credited back for those meals to their student meal account.  All meals will continue to meet USDA guidelines. Additional items, including milk, may be purchased at the a la carte prices.

Starting December 12, 2016 student meals at these 5 schools will return to regular pricing.  Parents/guardians who have not done so already, may submit an application for free or reduce priced meal benefits at any time throughout the school year.  Only one application is needed per household.  Applications are at your student’s school and on the Craven County Schools website.

Easy access to nutritious school meals will help keep students well-nourished and ready to learn as our community continues to deal with the aftermath and recovery from Hurricane Matthew.  We are very appreciative to DPI and the USDA for extending these benefits to J W Smith Elementary, Vanceboro Farm Life Elementary, Bridgeton Elementary, West Craven Middle, and West Craven High School.

 

Sincerely,

Gretchen Wilson, SNS

Director, CCS School Nutrition Services

 

 

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We Are One Squad at HJ MacDonald By Lura Nentrup, Teacher

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Superintendent Doyle and teachers Mallory Hamilton (left) and Kara Kinney (right) along with students show Warcub spirit as they celebrate National Walk to School Day at H.J. MacDonald Middle.

 

At HJ MacDonald Middle School, we consider our staff, our students, and their families as part of our squad and our vision: we are one family. Our motto “one vision, one school, one squad” speaks multitudes about the dedication of our administration, our staff, and our students as we reached the highest average growth index in the county with an 8.67 point leap for the last school year. Mia, an eighth grade student on the school’s dance team, said it perfectly, “At HJ

MacDonald we work hard and we play hard.”

Since the 2016-2017 school year started in September, HJ MacDonald has hosted and participated in several events. In October, staff and students created posters and other displays as they marched around Elizabeth Avenue in the “2nd Annual Walk at School” event with local police officers and firefighters.  For Halloween, our staff created a haunted house in the school’s gym with the help of some local marines, and students were treated to a Trunk or Treat event by staff.  Amongst all the excitement, our students got a well-rounded experience at school through engaging in a diverse variety of clubs, partaking in fundraising events at school, exercising their right to vote for student council representatives, sharing school spirit at pep rallies, supporting our teams at sporting events, as well as cheering on our students who competed at the Special Olympics this past week. Cindy, the eighth grade class president, said, “We are provided a fun and educational experience at school. Personally, my favorite class is art with Ms. Connell because we got to make a mural for the school, and I like how other people around the school get to see our artwork.” For Veteran’s Day weekend, two of our students along with our chorus teacher, Ms. Hott, recited poetry, read a letter written to our country’s veterans, and sang the national anthem for our staff and students to commemorate our military and our veterans.

Our staff and administration also model for students what it truly means to be “one vision, one school, and one squad” as they competed in the 18th Annual PIE Bowl. HJ MacDonald’s team won first place in best bowlers, tied for best team name, tied for best team spirit, tied for best team costume, and tied for most patriotic. Leslie, an eighth grade student on the volleyball team, has this to say about our staff, “I am proud to say that these past two years at HJ MacDonald have been the best two years of my life. Our principal, Mr. Wallace, helps us daily and makes us feel like we are a true ‘one squad.’” It’s clear to our students, our staff, and our administration that HJ MacDonald is one of the best, but we could not achieve the best if it was not for our family working together to help our students, our teachers, and our administration to be their best. That’s why at HJ MacDonald we are proud to say honestly that we are “one vision, one school, and one squad” working together all day and every day.

 

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