First grade geologists cranked up the heat in the science lab with Mrs. B! Armed with starbursts and scissors, they watched in awe as their sweet treats turned into sediment, compacted into sedimentary rock, morphed into metamorphic rock, bubbled as magma and cooled as igneous rock. Way to “rock” the rock cycle first graders!
W.J. Gurganus Elementary “Girls on the Run” team celebrated the culmination of a fantastic Spring season by completing their first Super 5K race sponsored by the Twin Rivers YMCA. Girls on the Run is a program that uses running to encourage lifelong health and fitness, and builds confidence through accomplishment. Our inaugural year saw eleven young ladies Alesia, Addison B., Trinity, Melissa, Kate, Shalyn, Mackenzie, Kayala, Madalyn, Chelsea, and Addison D. commit to and complete the season. Through teamwork and interactive lessons, the girls came to realize how they connect with and shape the world at large, and discovered their potential is limitless. The team would like to thank their parents, Ms. Hurst and Hobby Lobby for their support in helping make this a successful season. WJG is very proud of our “Girls on the Run.”
Last month, parents of students at Trent Park Elementary headed back to school, but not just for lunch or parent conferences. TPE’s second annual Title I-funded “Bring Your Parent to School Day” was held on Thursday, April 14th, with families attending kindergarten through fifth grade classes. Throughout the day, family members had the opportunity to participate in math lessons, reading workshops, science lab, and resource classes such as art, music, and physical education. Title I funds also provided each parent with a barbecue lunch, including sides and desserts, which was prepared by the TPE cafeteria staff and served in the Tiger Café.
Students and teachers alike were excited to have family members come for the day. When asked about her favorite part of the day, first grader Mbali shared that she liked that her mom got to sit with her in the classroom, while her classmate Glenwood was excited that his mom took him to the book fair to buy a new book. Second grade parents participated in centers and used various technology tools, including OSMO devices, the game-based Kahoot! learning platform, and Lego Education robotics activities.
Parents across grade levels were able to observe how students work together in cooperative groups, and how technology and hands-on activities are used across the curriculum to support learning standards. “It was nice that parents had the opportunity to see first-hand the instruction of Common Core, and how various skills are taught with a lot of hands-on materials,” shared Tae’jon Owens, who teaches special education students across grade levels.
Two fifth graders shared how they felt about having their parents with them for the day. “I like that my mom came because it was fun, and it was great for her to know what we do and how we do it, and she got to meet some of my teachers that she hadn’t met,” said Tia. Taevion added that he was happy both of his parents were able to come, even though his mother had to leave work early to join him at school. “She said it was very fun and she was happy that she was able to come,” he said.
Staff and students weren’t the only ones to enjoy the day. Family members enjoyed seeing what their children experience on a daily basis, and gained a greater appreciation for all the work teachers and assistants do. Several parents were overheard saying “I’m tired already, and it’s only lunchtime!” Leah Alvarado, mother of kindergarten student Isaac, shared, “We know what our children are learning and some of the activities they have during the day, but I appreciated being able to see how the teacher taught and join the activities. I was very surprised at how packed the day is.” Kat Muse, whose children Dylan and Kendall are in second and fifth grade respectively, added, “Not only was it extremely informative, but it was a fun way to spend the day with our children, enjoy Trent Park, and truly see the care that they receive every day. Thank you for allowing us to become elementary students again!”
In addition to participating in classroom activities, parents had the opportunity to attend information sessions offered by the Title I Reading Interventionist, Jennifer Voliva. During the sessions, families learned about grade level expectations and how to help their child at home. Third through fifth grade parents also received information about End-of-Grade testing and tips to help their child prepare for the tests. Based on feedback from parents, the staff at Trent Park is considering offering quarterly Parent Academies next year. These grade-level specific sessions would “teach” parents upcoming math standards, and would give them strategies to use when helping their child at home.
Fifth grade teacher Jennifer Carman summed up why Bring Your Parent to School Day is so important: “It makes the parents more comfortable in a school setting. It lets them feel invited and welcome, and they get to see what it’s like in a typical school day, and why it’s so important that their child is here every single day. There’s so much that goes on and so much that the children learn in such a small amount of time.”
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.
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!
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.
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.
Susan French, Title 1 Teacher takes time to contribute to the blood drive
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: email@example.com.
The Career Cluster Specials and Speakers of the day included