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Grizzles at their Greatest by Beth Caraway

Grover C. Fields Middle School recognizes 26 Seventh grade students for their excellent performance on a recent grade-level standardized test. These students have qualified to participate in the highly selective Duke University Talent Identification Program. Through this Talent Search, these students are invited to take the SAT or ACT with college-bound eleventh and twelfth grade students in the next couple of months.

After taking the ACT or SAT, Duke TIP nominees receive their summary results, gain a better understanding of where they stand in comparison to their peers, and may also have a clearer insight to what level of education is within their grasp. Depending on their scores, high-scoring participants are then invited to attend a Duke TIP ceremony while some are invited to participate in challenging and rewarding Summer Studies and eStudies program.

Mrs. Beth Caraway, AIG Specialist at GCF, has been the advisor for Duke TIP Program for several years and has had many of her students participate in these wonderful educational experiences. Some students have been recognized at both the State and Grand levels. “As these students mature, it is interesting to hear back from them and see what avenue of education they pursued. Over the past 20 years as a gifted teacher, our gifted students still seem to amaze me in the professions they pursue…from lawyers to doctors ….from Bio-mechanical engineers to Kindergarten teachers! “Our Grizzly nominees are extremely smart kids who love the challenges in their classes at Grover C. Fields Middle. Again, what an excellent way to begin your 2014-2015 school year….way to go our Grover Grizzlies!!”

 

 

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West Craven High Teacher Spotlight – Misty Jones

WCH PICOn September 24, 2014, the Craven County Board of Education honored on of our teachers, Misty Jones. This teacher has an outstanding work ethic as demonstrated by being the first to arrive at work and the last to leave. She is an educator who rolls up her sleeves and embraces helping her students achieve deeper learning. She works with enthusiasm and invests her time and effort into helping students become successful. She is always willing to help anyone that needs help especially making sure that those new to our school have what they need. She also willingly shares the “cool” things that she does in her class. She is willing to go above and beyond to help not only her students but her co-workers. She is very knowledgeable of her subject area and it shows in her classroom. Her ultimate goal is to develop students who enjoy the processes of math, learn to appreciate the complexities of the subject, and find ways to relate math to their everyday lives. She takes pride in her work and strives for excellence from her students.
Many of us can remember teachers of our own that motivated us to change or excel despite our obstacles to learning. Misty Jones is one of those teachers, and so today we recognize her as the Craven County Schools Spotlight for her hard work and dedication to the

 

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Culture of Safety by Colonel Russell Stine

Safety Article PictureRWest Craven High School is proud to announce its latest initiative we call “A Culture of Safety”. The entire West Craven High School faculty and staff, as well as a select group of students examined and discussed safety as part of our everyday operations. This resulted in the incorporation of several additional safety practices and procedures for the 2014-2015 school year.
West Craven High School is getting everyone involved with our new initiative, students as well as staff. Administration is re-focused on safety and has ensured that everyone is aware of the new procedures and guidelines and that all students are participants in making school safety a part of our culture.
We are doing several things to ensure complete safety of the school. Additional safety procedures are being applied to the student’s normal school day and our safety exercises have been modified to ensure the entire school population is as prepared as possible to safely handle a real-world event. Visitors will experience entry procedures which are designed to bolster the level of security during the school day. These changes are not designed to frustrate, rather to add an additional layer of safety to our school.

 

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W.J. Gurganus Teacher Spotlight – Ashley Alicea

WJG SpotlightOn September 17, 2014, the Board of Education spotlighted Mrs. Alicea from W.J. Gurganus Elementary. She has been a teacher at WJG since 2006. She has lead and continues to lead the way with technology advancement in her school and in her classroom. Her students are on the cutting edge of 21st century learning. At any time of the day you may see her students utilizing laptops, iPods, Kindles, or a Smart Board to explore, master, and extend their learning of 3rd grade curriculum. Technology has become invisible in her classroom; it is embedded into daily instruction and the children are adept in navigating the endless possibilities for its use. When you walk through her door, the atmosphere is always buzzing with life, laughter, and a pure excitement for learning. It is a true learning community built on trust, cooperation, and a desire to achieve. It comes as no surprise that last year Mrs. Alicea was nominated and became a runner-up for Craven County’s Teacher of the Year. You will also see her name in “lights” quite often for her exceptional grant writing abilities. She has appeared on the news and in print for her over $7000 in grants that she has successfully written and received to bring technology into her school as well as her classroom. In 2013 – 2014, Mrs. Alicea and her class were the winners of the Mrs. P National Writing Contest. Their book was professionally published and Gurganus was also awarded myON reader which is the world’s largest interactive digital library. As you can see, Mrs. Alicea is amazing beyond words. Her dedication, knowledge, passion, sense of humor, and positive outlook is recognized and treasured by ALL who work with her. She embodies excellence in education and Gurganus Elementary School is fortunate to have her as one or our own.

 

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Bridgeton Elementary Character Word: Respect by Bethany Silvio

Character Education is a national movement creating schools that foster ethical, responsible, and caring young people by modeling and teaching good character through an emphasis on universal values that we all share. It is the intentional, proactive effort by schools, districts, and states to instill in their students important core, ethical, and civic values such as respect, responsibility, integrity, perseverance, courage, citizenship, and self-discipline.
Craven County Schools, under the compliance of the Student Citizen Act of 2001 (SL 2001-363), developed and implemented character education instruction with input from the local community. With the passage of this Act, the state of North Carolina has affirmed that the development of character in our children is the cornerstone of education.
Each month, specific character traits are spotlighted throughout the district and students are encouraged to understand and model core ethical values. A student from Bridgeton Elementary shares their interpretation of this month character word:
The character word for this month at our school is respect. Respect means treating others like they matter. It’s important to show respect, even if it’s not shown to you. You should still treat others the way you want to be treated.
Aretha Franklin wrote a song about respect. In that song, she begs to be treated fairly. She sings about wanting a little bit of R-E-S-P-E-C-T! This is something that should be shown to everybody, everyday.
We live in a diverse nation made up of many different cultures, languages, races and backgrounds. That kind of variety can make all our lives a lot more fun and interesting, but only if we learn to get along with each other by respecting one another.
At Bridgeton Elementary School, we try to show others respect in different ways. Here are some ways we can treat others with respect: listening to others when they speak, not insulting others, valuing their opinion, being considerate of others’ likes and dislikes, not talking about others behind their back, being sensitive about other people’s feelings and last but not least, not pressuring others to do something they don’t want to do.
Respect is important. Try showing some respect today!

 

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Special announcement from ECP

It is with great pleasure that the Exceptional Children Department recognizes Suzanne Bogle as our recipient of the 2014 EC Teacher of Excellence. She has been a school psychologist with Craven County Schools since August, 2006. Suzanne is a Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP), as well as a member of the National Association of School Psychology Association (NCSPA). She exemplifies leadership qualities and is a trailblazer for our EC Department by promoting and advocating for student engagement, research-based interventions, and high quality instruction through the Multi-Tier System of Support (MTSS) process. Many students have been the beneficiary of her dedication to the field of education through her collaborative work with other professionals throughout the district.

Suzanne will be recognized at the Exceptional Children Division’s 64th Conference on Exceptional Children in Greensboro on November 4, 2014. She will represent Craven County as one of 115 school systems in North Carolina. Congratulations to Suzanne Bogle, EC Teacher of Excellence.

 

 

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Students Receive Special Local Scholarship for Culinary Arts

At the Craven County NAACP Freedom Funds Award Banquet Saturday, September 13, 2014, Shelia Greene and Melanie Rasmussen, both students at New Bern High School, were each awarded a $1,000 Culinary Arts scholarship donated by Stubbs & Perdue in honor of Chef James “Smoke” Boyd. These young ladies were recognized for their academic achievements, community service, and desire to pursue a career in Culinary Arts and Hospitality. Chef Smoke presented each of the young ladies their awards.
A special thank you to Chef “Smoke” for recognizing our talented students in Craven County Schools by helping them in their post-secondary education and fulfilling their desire to follow their dreams.

 

 

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Craven Early College Teacher Spotlight

CEC picOn September 10, 2014, the Board of Education and Craven Early College High School spotlighted Ms. Alaina Casebolt. She co-teaches as part of a blended 10th grade American History I/II and English II class that uses concepts and themes to teach both the American History and English II curricula. This is her third year at our school, and she is a leader in our school and district. Mrs. Casebolt is our 10th grade grade-level chair and is also part of Craven County Schools’ district Social Studies professional learning community. She has led trainings for middle school Social Studies teachers and participates in our instructional rounds process.

Alaina is a meticulous planner with a heavy dose of innovativeness and creativity. She demonstrates powerful teaching and learning each and every day and challenges her students to think deeply when embedding literacy strategies with her partner. Students are consistently exposed to “best practice” instructional protocols that inspire them to greatness.

Blending a classroom is very challenging and requires open lines of communication with colleagues, instructional coaches, and administration. Alaina addresses this task with grace and is always willing to take the challenge so that her students get excited about their content area.

We are proud to work alongside Mrs. Alaina Casebolt, Craven Early College’s Teacher Ambassador for Craven County Schools, 2014-2015. We celebrate her accomplishments and continue to learn from her each day.

 

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Our Inside Scoop On Economy

photoThe fifth grade at W.J. Gurganus Elementary is kicking off the new school year with a classroom economy lesson using play money to demonstrate real world finances. This activity will help the students learn mathematics, budgeting, prioritizing necessities as opposed to luxuries, and discipline. Hear from the student’s themselves as they describe their day to day experience…

It helps prepare us for the real world. The economy is everywhere around us. Our classroom “economie” helps our class because we all have consequences, good and bad. Good as in money, like if we turn in homework all week we get $5. Bad as in fines, like if we didn’t turn something in on time we get fined $30.

We have jobs just like our parents do. Jobs change every week, unless you’re one of the bankers, or if you do safety patrol. To get a job, you have to fill out an application. If the teacher approves, you get the job! If she doesn’t, you either don’t get a job or, you get a different job than the one you applied for.
We also sometimes get in debt. If we get in debt, we have a chance to do extra work to get out of debt; it is called the money box. We also have to pay rent which is $60 a month. We have a class store and a concession stand. Sometimes our parents have to work extra hard to get more money to pay bills like we do at the money box when we cannot pay rent. The class economy is teaching us skills for the real world like money, a job, and most importantly preparing us for our life ahead of us.

By 5th Grade Students:
Abigail Miller, Lily Lentz, Catherine Hurst, Ryan Jeffries, Megan Helfrich, Jazzlyn Hooker

 

 

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September 2014 Teacher Spotlight

VFL GroupOn September 2, 2014, the Craven County Board of Education spotlighted Ms. Gwendolyn Morris, a 3rd Grade Teacher at Vanceboro Farm Life Elementary School. She is inspirational, innovative and enthusiastic. She is a pillar in the community as well as an anchor and role model to all colleagues. Through her selfless and positive demeanor she is able to empower teachers to become more patient, understanding and passionate towards students and parents. Without realization, she teaches everyone around her through her actions and leads by example. If a problem arises, she is willing to support anyone, school related or not, and has been a helping hand for several staff members by providing advice or physically helping them through a difficult time.

This teacher exemplifies the meaning of patience. She is always calm, compassionate and kind to each student she teaches. Emotionally, socially and academically, she excels on learning each child’s needs and knows how to reach every student in her classroom. This teacher is one of the last teachers to leave school and continues to work at home, making comments on student’s papers or by communicating with her student’s parents. She embodies the true meaning of a teacher.

 

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