The character word for October is RESPONSIBILITY. Responsibility means completing a task or duty that is required or expected of you. When we act RESPONSIBLY, we show others that they can depend on us to do the right thing in any situation.This is an important way to build trust with others.
At the beginning of the 2013-2014 school year, President Obama spoke to young people around the country about becoming responsible citizens. In his speech he explained that we can have dedicated teachers, supportive parents and the best schools in the world – but none of it matters if we don’t have responsible students with good attitudes who are willing to work hard to succeed. He said responsibility isn’t just about completing a task. It’s an attitude that lets others know you can be trusted to follow through on your promises.
At Havelock Elelmentary School we are learning that success comes through hard work and effort. As we build our skills in these areas, we are also becoming more RESPONSIBLE as both students and citizens. Please join us and remember to take action when its needed, follow through on your promises to others, and be determined to become more responsible everyday!
Written By; Xavier Carter
4th Grade Student-Havelock Elementary School
On October 8, 2014, the Board of Education and Havelock High spotlighted Ms. Tameka Wiggins. Ms. Wiggins has been a teacher and coach at Havelock High School for fifteen years. She has taught physical education courses including Health and PE, PE 2, and strength and conditioning for both women and men. She addresses the curriculum in creative and innovative ways as she provides instruction. She incorporates her knowledge of physiology, anatomy and nutrition in freshman health classes with a level of rigor that prepares students for the complexity of Biology and other challenging core courses.
In addition to teaching curriculums mandated by the state, Coach Wiggins has developed a bi-level curriculum for Sports Medicine at Havelock High School. The development of the Sports Medicine program is a true example of her unique skill set. This program is extremely rigorous and provides an introduction to a variety of medical fields for interested students. In this course, students are given advanced instruction in anatomy and physiology that allow them to develop the ability to analyze and treat sports injuries. In addition, students are regularly allowed to learn from and work with the Havelock High School team physician, Dr. Raymond Bradley, and other doctors from Carolina Orthopedics and Sports Medicine. Coach Wiggins initiated and forged this unique partnership, demonstrating her distinctive interpersonal skills.
Coach Wiggins has high academic, athletic, and behavioral standards for her students and players and has an excellent rapport with all students. She is an encourager and an excellent motivator who leads by example and is quick to share recommendations for improvement with students and her fellow coaches. Tameka Wiggins epitomizes the mission of Havelock High School on a daily basis and teaches each one of us what it means to be a Ram!
This teacher personifies a highly effective, 21st century educator, while also exhibiting many wonderful qualities as a person. She instills in her students the love of being both physically and mentally fit. She creates a learning environment that integrates the physical education curriculum with regular classroom content and technology. She is constantly seeking new and innovative methods to challenge her students, continually striving for excellence in her classes, and holding all students to high expectations.
As if that’s not enough, she willingly takes on additional duties in an effort to improve school efficiency and effectiveness. She consistently thinks outside the box for her students and colleagues. She seeks out and applies for grants to enhance her Physical Education curriculum and improve student engagement.
She serves on our cabinet as the goal team manager for Safe Facilities and continues to add value by seeking ways to improve our school and to make a difference in our students’ lives.
We are so proud to have Megan Davis as part of our family at Brinson Memorial Elementary. In actions and words, she strives to make a difference in the lives of her colleagues, students, and all stakeholders!
We think you are simply fabulous Megan Davis!
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!!”
On 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
West 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.
On 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.
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!
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.
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.