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Math Night is hosted in Food Lion Aisles By: Kathleen Brinson and Lara Nobles

Vanceboro Farm Life Elementary recently partnered with their local Food Lion grocery store to transform the store into a classroom. The busy aisles of a grocery store have never been so fun, or educational. The goal of Math Night is for students to be able to take the math skills they’re learning in the classroom and apply them to grocery shopping. To encourage community involvement, students created posters advertising the event. The posters were colorful, incorporated Food Lion with a math theme, and were displayed at the store. Participating students were entered into a drawing for a basketball goal donated by Utz Quality Foods.

When families arrived, they were directed to the check-in table where their child was given a clipboard and grade specific worksheet. Students, families, and teachers worked together to complete real world math activities throughout the store. Food Lion supplied complimentary snacks, raffle prizes, goodie bags for students and gift card drawings for teachers. Everyone had a great time during the event while developing a deeper understanding of the importance of using math in day-to-day life.





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James W. Smith Glows Greatness with Science

Armed with a glow stick, flashlight or light saber, James W. Smith families braved the darkness making their way around our illuminated hallways for our annual Title I Science Night. On April 14th, hundreds of students and family members were “glowing with greatness” as they flew a hovercraft, raced night crawlers, plunged in moon sand, launched night rockets, created a working circuit, toured our planetarium, tangled with back light twister, made glow in the dark slime, created a UV bracelet, built a firefly and much more. This was a great night for James W. Smith students and science to shine!

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National Honor Society Fair & College Signing Day

On May 6, 2016, our National Honor Society Chapter at Early College East High School in conjunction with our student led clubs held our 2nd annual NHS Club fair for our school family.  The students from each club created and planned various activities to raise money for each club to participate in various club activities outside the normal club days.  The staff participated by taking turns in the dunk tank or having student sign up for a chance to pie their teacher in the face with whipping cream. The event was well attended and enjoyed by young old.

A special event preceded the NHS Fair in that we as a school honored our graduating seniors by hosting a   college signing day in which parents and student are encouraged to come sign a certificate in front of the school community and be recognized for acceptance into the college of their choice, military acceptance, and future non-profit organizations.  Some the future colleges or universities  represented in the signing where University of Alabama, Barton College, Craven Community College, East Carolina University, Norwich University, University of North Carolina , Asheville, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, University of North Carolina , Charlotte, University of North Carolina, Pembroke, University of North Carolina, Wilmington.  Students were also recognized for acceptance into our Military branches of service and AmeriCorps. Parents and students alike were proud and were grateful the recognition of their student’s accomplishment that will extend beyond their high school experience.


Mr. James Butcher, Jr. along with his parents signs a certificate of recognition for his achievement to attend the University of North Carolina at Pembroke.

Ms. Mattisen L. Nevels along with her parents signs a certificate of  recognition for her achievement to  attend the University of Alabama.

Ms. Mattisen L. Nevels along with her parents signs a certificate of recognition for her achievement to attend the University of Alabama.


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Our Mates Can See Clearly Now!!

On May 11th, special angels from New Bern Family Eye Care visited Bridgeton Elementary to meet with all students who wear glasses. Each student’s glasses were assessed for any damages and repairs needed. Some students had their glasses cleaned and the arms tightened. Some glasses were readjusted or had nose pieces replaced. There were even some students who received brand new frames! The students can SEE better now and are ready to finish the school year! 32 students participated and a few staff members also had their eyewear evaluated. A special gift package was given to all teachers from the staff at New Bern Family Eye Care.  A special thank you to Shannon Klienwolterink, Melisa Mosely, and Optician Suzanne Scott for taking the time to make sure the students of Bridgeton Elementary are sailing smoothly with clear sights for summer.




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Bridgeton Elementary holds Spring American Red Cross Blood Drive

Bridgeton Elementary School held their 2016 spring American Red Cross Blood Drive on Thursday, May 12. This event is another way for BES to partner with community agencies to provide a way for parents and community members to give back. Giving blood is a great way to be a role model for our students and to show them what it means to give to the community. Parents, teachers and community support collected 24 units of blood. This collection will aid in the lives of at least 75 people. Those students who had family members to participate in the blood drive will receive certificates and Red Cross watches for being a “Pint-Size Hero.” We look forward to working with the American Red Cross again in the fall for our next blood drive! We hope to see all of you there too!
                 Susan French, Title 1 Teacher takes time to contribute to the blood drive

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Now serving at HES the Career Café special of the day

   Havelock Elementary School Guidance Counselor, Kim Brown and the two Title 1 Teachers (Rose Spoonire & Laurie Norris) partnered with the Districts EC Transition Coordinator, Rita Brown and hosted a “Career Café”  on May 17 & 18, 2016. The Career Café is an opportunity for students to meet individuals from the community and learn about their careers. Students are invited to Career Café based on the results of a career interest inventory administered by the school counselors. Career Café is comprised of thirty to forty-five minute sessions that take place during the students lunch time.
Speakers share their career journey with students, including how they became interested in their current field, what education/training they needed, what they do in a typical day at their job, and any advice to students considering a job in their field. Speakers will speak to a small group of students for about 20-30 minutes each session including time for questions and answers.
Please contact Rita Brown if you are interested in hosting a Career Café or to get further information:

The Career Cluster Specials and Speakers of the day included



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Summer Food Service program offers FREE meals to kids

Great News to share with your parents and community.  School Nutrition Department will be a sponsor of Summer Food Service Program.  That allows us to provide FREE meals to kids 18 and younger in our county.  I have attached a flyer with the locations, dates and times of the program.  We appreciate the partnership with the school sites to be able to offer this program on those campuses.  Please share the flyer in your community and we welcome it spread on social media.  We hope to reach many children. Income is not a factor for this program. Any child age 18 or below may go to any of those sites and receive a nutritious balanced meal Monday through Thursday of dates provided by site on the flyer.


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Give Change To Be The Change by Michael Brown

Michael Brown, 8th grade student at WCM is committed to changing the world

It takes courage to stand up and speak out on things no one else will. West Craven’s students have that courage to make a difference in the world. Every twenty seconds a child dies from the water they’re drinking and 3.575 million people die each year from a water related disease. At West Craven Middle the eighth grade challenged the school to a penny war. We will be collecting small change and dollars until the end of this school year. Our goal is to raise as much money as possible to send water filters to less fortunate countries. Last year, we exceeded our goal of two thousand dollars, and we hope to do the same this  year.

Often times as kids we feel like because we’re young that we can’t really make an impact on the world around us. This water project gives us a chance to see how other people live and support a good cause. Sometimes because our life is good, we forget that somewhere else other people are struggling. This project also helps us realize that not everyone is as privileged as us. Being able to make a difference in someone’s life is much better than any A average.

Michael Brown 8th grade


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H.J. MacDonald receives TSA Chapter of Excellence Award for NC

HJ MacDonald TSA Chapter Wins the Inaugural NCTSA VEX IQ Robotics Championship and More

HJ MacDonald’s Technology Students Association (TSA) Chapter represented the school with pride at the NCTSA Conference held in Greensboro April 14 – 16.  Students worked very hard this year to prepare for these events. As a result all team members that attended the NCTSA State Conference have qualified to attend the National Conference to be held June 28-July 2 at the Gaylord Opreyland Resort in Nashville, TN.

Here are the results from this weekend’s competitions:

Catapult Design – 2nd Place – Team; Ian Murphy, Layla McDaniel, Morgan Scotten-White and Riley Haynes

Digital Photography – 2nd Place – Jasmine Cherry

Flight Technology – 2nd Place – Austin Ruiz

Structural Model – 3rd Place – Team; Dy’Quan Kearney and Jasmine Cherry

Tech Bowl Written Test – 1st Place – Ian Murphy, 3rd Place – Andrew Spratley

Tech Bowl – 2nd Place – Team; Andrew Spratley, Ian Murphy, Jaheim Webster


Driver Skills – 1st Place – Andrew Spratley and Layla MacDaniel

Programming Challenge – 1st Place – Andrew Spratley and Riley Haynes

Team Challenge – 2nd Place – Team; Andrew Spratley, Layla McDaniel, Ian Murphy, Morgan Scotten-White, LaMya Cole, Riley Haynes, Kaileeya Wilson

Team members also competed in the following events but, failed to place: Junior Solar Sprint Car, Inventions and Innovation, Leadership Strategies, Medical Technology Issues, Problem Solving, and Career Prep.

The 8th Grade members of the team will attend New Bern High School and Early College East in the fall and hope to find sponsors and advisers at both of these schools to allow them to compete in the high school level. Craven County Schools tripled the number of chapters in the county this year and would like to triple that number again next year.  The North Carolina Technology Students Association amended their by-laws to allow for any certified teacher in North Carolina to be an Adviser for a chapter.

The Technology Student Association is a national program that is seeing its fastest growth ever.  With over 66 competitive individual and teams events for high school and middle school, this program has something to offer everyone that wants to prepare to compete.

The Greensboro conference was attended by over 1800 middle and high school students, chapter advisers, and parents.  Many compliments were passed on to the parents, advisers and students for behavior and respectfulness demonstrated by the students during the event. Parents, Teachers, Administrators, and all resistances of Craven County should be proud of the how well these students represented our area.

The Chapter would like to acknowledge the support of Monsignor James R Jones Council of the Knights of Columbus, Pot Ash Corporation, STEMEast, Lenoir Community College, Sprit Aerospace, Pitsco Education, Craven Community College, Craven County Schools’ Career and Technical Education Department, Craven County Schools, the Staff and Administration of HJ MacDonald Middle School, and parents for their support this year.  We hope that we have made you proud.  Please know that we could never have achieved what we have without your support.

The HJ MacDonald Middle School TSA Team is coached by Mike Haynes and Cassandra Bush.  Efforts are underway to help the team raise the necessary funding to travel to and compete in the National TSA Conference as representatives of New Bern, Craven County, and North Carolina.  If you would like to assist in helping these fantastic students in this effort please contact HJ MacDonald Middle School at 514-6450.

HJ MacDonald Middle School’s outstanding work and commitment to North Carolina TSA has not gone unnoticed.  Under your leadership, the chapter developed a strong presence at the state and regional (STEMEast) conferences and fostered awareness for Career and Technical Education and STEM education.

Thank you for all that you and your chapter do each and every year.  HJ MacDonald Middle School is most deserving of this award and recognition.






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W.J. Gurganus’s Carpool Squad

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As a way to foster leadership skills and a sense of school pride, W.J. Gurganus Elementary has instituted the Car Pool Squad.  The CPS will act as safety assistants and greeters for the morning arrival of their fellow students.  The students will help greet students   at the front door and open car doors to help make their fellow students feel welcome as they start each

day.  The students were trained by staff and Officer McRoberts, SRO for Tucker   Creek Middle school, in safety procedures and proper etiquette for opening doors and greeting both students and parents.  Our first squad is made up of Stephanie Fedyna, Maci Landel, and Gavin Rink who have the Monday Wednesday Friday shift, and Addison Bolz, Kade Fender, and Hunter Runne who are there Tuesday and Thursday.  We are very proud of our 5th Graders for being willing to take part in this project.  The CPS members began their duties on Friday, April 11th and will serve until the end in this school year.



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