Friday Report

Dr. Will Hoffman, Superintendent             Date: June 2, 2017

IN THIS ISSUE:

TCS Receives Grant

Focus on Student Safety

NC Budget Update

TCS Provides Summer Meals

Student Achievement Gap  

IMPORTANT DATES:

6/2/17 Last Day Dismiss @ 12:30

6/2/17 5th Grade Promotion @ 6:30

6/5/17 Summer Remediation Begins 8:00-2:00

6/5/17 Kinder Swim Begins

6/9/17 CECHS Graduation @ 7:30

6/14/17 Staff Luncheon 

IMPORTANT LINKS:

Bonner, L. "Student achievement gap dominates debate over math." The News & Observer. 6/1/17. 

Tyrrell County Schools Mission

The Tyrrell County School System dedicates its efforts to developing a responsible and productive citizenry, well equipped to meet the challenges of the 21st century.  We will accomplish this mission through the commitment and cooperation of our diverse community.

TCS Receives Vidant Health Grant for Swimming: The Tyrrell County Schools Board of Education has received a Vidant Health Grant for the 2017-2018 school year. The Chowan Hospital Foundation (CHF) Community Benefits Grants (CBG) Review Committee and Vidant Health Foundation have approved funding in the amount of $4,000.00 to implement the Kinder Swim Program at Tyrrell Elementary School. This grant will allow any kindergarten student to participate in basic swimming and water safety lessons with a certified swimming instructor free of charge. Tyrrell County Schools is supporting this year’s Kinder Swim program that will serve close to 40 students beginning Monday, June 5. Students will ride buses to school and then go with their classroom teacher to the 4-H pool for 7 days of swimming lessons with Brooke Jones. We are very excited about this program and we appreciate the leadership of our Kindergarten teachers.

TCS Focuses on Student Safety: SafeKids Worldwide awarded a $1000 grant to the SafeKids Riverbend Coalition to implement a Road Safety Youth Committee. This was developed due to Alarming Dangers in School Zones. Sarah Fox, TCS School Counselor and Mrs. Leah Mayo Acheson with Active Routes to Schools implemented the initiative locally. The group selected included 11 7th grade students. These students assisted Mrs. Barbara Rhodes at the annual TES Bike/Walk to school day to see what the local walking areas are like firsthand. They have also completed an assessment of our area school zones to identify areas of concern. The group initiative culminated in the recording of a 30 second PSA created by and starring the students. Thank you to SRO Davenport for keeping us safe while we recorded on Main St., and Allen Lee for being an excellent cinematographer. The PSA focused on staying safe in School Zones and not being distracted as you're crossing:  

NC Budget Process Update: The N.C. House voted 80-31 to approve its budget proposal shortly after midnight Friday morning. The House had taken an initial 82-34 vote Thursday evening, and a few legislators didn't stick around for the late vote, which is required to take place on a different day -- prompting the midnight session. The votes set up a negotiating process with the Senate, which already passed its own $22.9 billion spending plan for the fiscal year that begins in July. Under the House plan, state employees would receive a $1,000 salary increase in the fiscal year beginning in July, with another $1,000 raise coming the following year (budget highlights attached).

TCS Provides Summer Meals: The TCS Child Nutrition program will be up and running this summer providing meals free of charge to any child 18 or younger. Summer feeding will start June 5th and continue through June 30th at the Columbia High/Middle School cafeteria and June 5th through July 28th at the Tyrrell Elementary School cafeteria. Breakfast will be served from 7:45 am to 9:00 am at both sites. Lunch will be served from 11:15 am to 12:45 pm at Tyrrell Elementary School and from 12:00 noon to 1:30 PM at Columbia High/Middle School. Please come out with your friends and enjoy a free, nutritious meal each week day. We hope to see you there! If you have any questions about the Summer Meals program please contact Mrs. Myra Shoffner at 252-796-1121.

Student Achievement Gap Dominates Mathematics Scores: Math test scores for African-American boys slid dramatically after 2012, after the state changed the way the subject is taught. The state board of education revised math guidelines because of concerns over the achievement gap between minority and white students. Teachers will begin using the retooled math guidelines in 2018. The math standards were designed to emphasize critical thinking over memorization, but some parents and teachers say the changes are confusing and frustrating for them and for children. Bonner, L. "Student achievement gap dominates debate over math." The News & Observer. 6/1/17. 

In compliance with federal law, NC Public Schools administers all state-operated educational programs, employment activities and admissions without discrimination because of race, religion, national or ethnic origin, color, age, military service, disability, or gender, except where exemption is appropriate and allowed by law.

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