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STEMEast TSA Regional Invitational Competition

TSA (Technology Students Association) held the STEMEast TSA Regional Invitational competition at Lenoir Community College Campus in Kinston on Friday, February 5.  Amid the whir of solar powered car, snapping and popping of balsa wood structures, the swish of CO2 powered dragsters, and the sorting of corn grains, over 200 students from five Easter North Carolina competed to show off the skills that they have achieved so far this school year. The counties represented were, Craven, Wayne, Carteret, Lenoir, and Greene.

Many of these students had never competed in an event like this.  Not everyone could take home a medal, but all of the students, advisors and parents took home pride in their accomplishments.  The students also took home a better perspective of what they need to correct in their designs and supporting documentation in order to be ready for the TSA State Conference and Competitions in April.

H.J. MacDonald Middle School was well represented by 14 students and two Advisers.  In the Jr. Solar Sprint Car competition LaMya Cole and Kaileeya Wilson finished in 1st Place and Andrew Spratley and Edgar BoJorquez finished in 3rd Place.  In the Problem Solving Competition, Jasmine Cherry and Dy’Quan Kearney placed 2nd in designing and building a hand-held device that would allow a farmer to separate a mixture of popcorn and feed corn kernels.

Our team also competed in Flight, Structural Design, and CO2 Dragsters.  Some of the interesting things that happened in these events where that Mr. Haynes had LaMya and Kaileeya’s glider super glued to his figure while trying to help them repair their glider.  Kaiden and Ian’s glider performed well, but needed a few adjustments to place.  Andrew’s dragster traveled the 25 meter track in 1.6 seconds while losing a wheel along the way. Ian Murphy’s Dragster completed the course in 1.4 seconds.  Both of these cars, weighing 83 grams or less would have had a speed of over 36 miles per hour.  The structurs designed and built by Layla McDaniel and Andrew Spratley, and by Dy’Quan Kearney finished in the top 10 of weight held to weight of the bridge.  In Solar Sprint Car Competition, Layla and Riley’s car could not get enough power because of clouds and Ian and Kaiden’s car burned up a motor.  Cheering on their fellow teams members were Alaysia Bush, Adriana Fisher and Morgan Scotten-White.

All of the students and Advisers had a great day and learned a lot.  We would like to thank STEMEast, Pitsco, and the other supporters for providing us with this wonderful opportunity.

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Edward Jones partners with Craven County Partners in Education

Edward Jones Financial Advisor, Charles Benson, partnered with Craven County Partners In Education to award a $100 gift card to Michele Owens, 5th grade teacher at Brinson Memorial Elementary. According to her principal, Alexandria Aguiar, Ms. Owens is an innovative teacher.  She is always trying new methods and ideas to ignite her students so that learning can be fun and interesting. The Edward Jones Teacher Recognition Award demonstrates the company’s commitment to positively changing the lives of students and families in our community. Ms. Owens is pictured receiving a bouquet of flowers along with a $100 gift card that will be used to purchase materials for her classroom. Included in the photo are Ms. Aguiar and Mr. Benson.  If you would like to learn how your organization can make a difference to a Craven County Schools teacher in the classroom, please contact Darlene Brown, Partners In Education, at 514-6321.d78ddc47-3470-4932-a9f5-d5eb2104be60

 

 

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West Craven High still in possession of prized gift from the NFL

Super Bowl Sunday has passed but West Craven High School is still in possession of a prized gift from the NFL in honor of former graduate, Anthony Wright.
Proudly displayed In the trophy case at West Craven High School is a Super Bowl XLII Football and plaque which commends WCHS for the football program’s role in building men of high character by instilling values in student athletes.

 

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Edward Jones partnered with Craven County Partners in Education

Edward Jones Financial Advisor, Charles Benson, partnered with Craven County Partners In Education to award a $100 gift card to Michele Owens, 5th grade teacher at Brinson Memorial Elementary. According to her principal, Alexandria Aguiar, Ms. Owens is an innovative teacher.  She is always trying new methods and ideas to ignite her students so that learning can be fun and interesting. The Edward Jones Teacher Recognition Award demonstrates the company’s commitment to positively changing the lives of students and families in our community. Ms. Owens is pictured receiving a bouquet of flowers along with a $100 gift card that will be used to purchase materials for her classroom. Included in the photo are Ms. Aguiar and Mr. Benson.  If you would like to learn how your organization can make a difference to a Craven County Schools teacher in the classroom, please contact Darlene Brown, Partners In Education, at 514-6321.

 

 

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Rachel Hunnings, Art Teacher at W.J. Gurganus as Teacher Spotlight

Today the Board of Ed spotlighted a very deserving teacher at WJ Gurganus Elem.
Ms. Rachel Hunnings, art teacher, has made significant impacts to the art program benefitting all students at the school. Her energy & enthusiasm are infectious. Thank you Ms. Hunnings for your willingness to help make a difference.

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Food Lion and AH Bangert Elementary Team Up for Family Math Night

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By Martha Ann Patterson, Title I teacher

Taking over the aisles of a local grocery store has never been so much fun!

On a recent Thursday evening, over one hundred AH Bangert Elementary students, families and staff spent time at Food Lion located on Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard for Family Math Night.  Food Lion was transformed into a live classroom, giving families opportunities to work together and apply math skills in a fun and friendly way.  Using non-conventional ways to apply classroom teachings to the real world was the objective of the evening.  Students in grades kindergarten through 5th grade utilized instructional materials that meet the standard course of study.  The program turns the store into a classroom for an evening, with a worksheet for each grade level guiding the activities. Students learn about grocery budgets, food labels and the food pyramid. Families were able to win $25 store gift cards and door prizes and students received treats and gift bags for participating.

On hand to help work the event were AH Bangert Elementary teachers and administrators including Principal Michelle Lee.  “What a wonderful community event for our students and parents,” Lee said.  “The evening provided families to see their children utilize math skills in relevant everyday situations.”

Betsy Beebe, fourth grader at AH Bangert Elementary said, “I enjoyed walking around with my friends! It was interesting doing a scavenger hunt in a grocery store!”

Third grade teacher and parent, Mrs. Collins Beebe stated, “I think that it was a great way to bring math to life. Often we tell students why they need to know math skills and we try to make those real world connections but it’s just not as effective as living it! Coming together outside of the school was an awesome way to bring our school family and community together.”

AH Bangert Elementary plans to make Family Math Night an annual event.  Family Math Night was sponsored by Food Lion and Title I Federal Programs.

 

 

 

 

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ELEM & MIDDLE SCHOOL PARENTS~The UNIFORM SURVEY

ELEM & MIDDLE SCHOOL PARENTS~The UNIFORM SURVEY was sent home today.

Please take the time to complete and return to your child’s school by Feb 12th.
YOUR FEEDBACK will be shared with the BOE.
Thank you!

 

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New Bern High receives contribution from State Employee Credit Union

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Today representatives from SECU Foundation proudly presented a $10,000 contribution toNew Bern High School in support of the NC GreenPower Solar Project. Wanda Simmons (front left), local SECU Advisory Board, addressed the group during the presentation, “I’d like to take a moment to acknowledge the generosity of State Employees’ Credit Union members who, through the deferment of their $1.00 checking account maintenance fee to the Foundation, make projects like this one possible. Helping to integrate solar power in our schools as an alternative energy source is a worthy effort toward expanding renewable green power sources for the future of North Carolina’s ecological success.”

Congratulations to New Bern High and to Ms. Sandy Parker (front right),lead grant project coordinator & Science teacher, this project provides endless educational opportunities for students and potential cost savings to the school.

 

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A.H. Bangert creates picture of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Miss Thomas’ fourth grade students at AH Bangert Elem collaborated with each other to create a picture of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Under the leadership of Mrs. Leary, AHB art teacher, students each had a small piece of a picture of Dr. King. Students then created a larger piece of that picture to fit together with those of their classmates. Great job by all!

 

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Creekside Elementary Art Teacher receives Art Grant

Art teacher, Ashley McDaniel, received $250 TRAA Art Grant to purchase supplies for her Pin Hold Camera Project for students to create pin hole cameras.  A pinhole camera is a handmade camera constructed of a box, a bit of metal sheet, and a pin hole on the outside. Film on the inside of the camera is exposed by the light coming in the pinhole. It is the most simple representation of the function of cameras but makes beautiful photos!  Each 5th grade student will construct their own pin hole camera and develop their pictures on photo positive paper. All photos will be black and white. Before they take and develop their photos, local photographer Elisa Maple will come in to talk to them about composition and meaning. She has been published in National Geographic online photo spotlight for her series ‘Flight”.  Mj’s Raw Bar and Grill will have them as the featured artists in the spring.

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