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Dr. Will Hoffman, Superintendent            Date: October 13, 2017


2017 River Festival

Students Playing Guitar

TCS Arts Grant Program

Research Symposium

Third Grade Reading 



10-14-17 Scuppernong River Festival, Columbia

10-17-17 BCCC President Visit

10-19-17 SHJAC Meeting 3:30  


Bonner, L., Stancill, J. and Raynor, D. "Why NC charter schools are richer and whiter." The News & Observer. 10/10/17. 

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.

2017 Scuppernong River Festival: Come out this weekend and enjoy the festivities in Columbia. Please see the attached schedule of events for our annual festival.

Middle/High Students are Playing Guitars! Interested middle and high school students are joining the new Guitars and Strings Club and learning to play guitars. The club membership is currently at 12 students and growing. To encourage participation, the school has purchased 5 guitars that can be checked out for a semester at a time. Small groups of students can be seen practicing during their breaks and at other times before, during and after school. This program is organized through the Student Life Center and is sponsored by Mrs. Carol Lee with help from Mr. Bill Ziegler and Mr. Richard Edwards. Students are helping each other and getting informal instruction from staff members. One of the early goals for the club is to provide incidental music at school sponsored events. Research shows that learning to play a musical instrument can improve academic skills, help with physical skills development, boost self-esteem and to help a child cultivate social skills. If you are interested in joining or supporting this student group stop by the Student Life Center or call 252-796-8161 and ask for Mrs. Lee.

2017-2018 Grassroots Arts Grant Programs - We're very excited to announce that our 2017-2018 Grassroots Arts grant application has been funded! We will use these funds to bring 2 exciting visiting artists to our schools. The first artist residency will be with poet Phillip Shabazz the week of Nov. 6 - 9. He will work with Mrs. Casey Council's ELA students at Columbia Middle School. Mr. Shabazz will lead students through writing and sharing activities with an evening public poetry reading as the culminating event. We will also host a 5-day storytelling/theater arts residency with author and storyteller Donna Washington the week of Nov. 13 - 17. Students in Pre-Kindergarten through fifth grade will attend performances by Ms. Washington. Students in 3rd grade and other select classes will participate in hands-on storytelling/theater arts workshops with the artist. The goal of these residencies is to enhance and enliven the writing and theater arts curriculum using storytelling and poetry as vehicles for creative expression. Students will learn about oral history traditions through simulation activities and engage in creative self-expression via poetry composition and storytelling. We will also strive to improve cross-cultural awareness and respect through a strong representation of various artists. We would like to thank the North Carolina Arts Council and our wonderful friends at Pocosin Arts. These organizations have been tireless advocates of the arts in our schools.

Early College Students to Participate in Research Symposium: Ms Beatriz Calderon submitted and was approved to coordinate a student group to participate in a Learning Through Languages High School research symposium at UNC-Chapel Hill. The students representing Tyrrell County are Brandon Hinosa, Reyna Gonzalez, and Evelyn Cuevas. Ms Calderon and Bill Ziegler will be taking the students on December 13

Focus on Third Grade Reading: North Carolina is facing a growing skills gap. By 2020, 67 percent of jobs in the state will require some postsecondary education. Yet the majority of North Carolina fourth graders are not proficient in the single greatest predictor of high school graduation and later success—reading. Only 38 percent of North Carolina fourth graders and 25 percent of students from economically disadvantaged families scored at or above reading proficiency on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) in 2015. Reading in the early grades predicts high school and later success. Those who read well go on to graduate, but those who aren’t reading well by the end of third grade are four times more likely to drop out of high school. From a societal standpoint, every student who drops out of high school costs the nation an estimated $260,000 in lost earnings, taxes and productivity. 

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