|Dr. Will Hoffman, Superintendent||Date: November 3, 2017|
IN THIS ISSUE:
TCS Board Meets
TCS Audit Report
Digital Learning Grant
Bodies: The Exhibition
Alligator Bridge Closure
River Town Christmas
12/7-10/17 River Town Christmas
12/8/17 BBall @ Creswell
12/9/17 – Christmas Concert @ 7 Auditorium
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 Board of Education Meets: The TCS Board of Education met on Monday, December 4 at 5:30 in its regular called meeting. Agenda items included student presentations by the CMS civics essay contest winner Mia Martinez Garcia, and a research presentation by CECHS students Brandon Hinosa and Reyna Gonzalez. The Board reviewed the K-3 class size affidavit that was submitted to the State by the superintendent, and endorsed participation in the Early Learning Network Improvement Community program along with Hyde County Schools. Final plans for the addition of a new handicapped ramp and deck at the entrance to the Arts Building were presented, and the Board discussed upgrades to the Columbia Children’s Park for spring tennis classes.
TCS Receives Positive Financial Audit Report: Our auditor, Donna Winborne CPA, presented the fiscal year audit report to the Board of Education at its December 4 board meeting. The auditor issued an unqualified opinion on the financial reports of the school system which is the highest level issued. Mrs. Winborne said this is one of the best audits she has seen from Tyrrell County Schools and commended Finance Officer Carolyn Simmons and her staff for a job well done.
TCS Receives Digital Learning Grant: TCS received word that our NC Digital Learning Initiatives grant for $38,000 has been funded! The proposed grant budget includes funding for up to 12 mobile hotspots for student checkout, wifi on 3 buses, a district-wide subscription to SimpleK12.com online professional development, up to 26 iPads in Kindergarten, and funding to send a group of about 12 to the May 2018 convening. Tyrrell County is underserved by broadband providers in all service categories thus students have fewer options for completing digital assignments outside of the classroom and greater obstacles to overcome in distance learning courses. Our digital learning initiative is hampered by teachers’ inability to make whole class assignments that require work to be completed outside of class. Grades kindergarten through second have yet to benefit from the 1:1 digital learning initiative active in the rest of the grade levels. Congratulations to Mr. Allen Lee for writing the grant and leading initiative.
CTE Health Science Students Attend Bodies Exhibit: On December the 3rd through 5th the Health Science class from CECHS took an educational trip to Atlanta to visit Bodies: The Exhibition. Students got to see real human specimens dissected and preserved to display the intricacies of each body system. Students also saw the effects on the body of disease and unhealthy life choices – what happens to the lungs, for example, when people smoke. By seeing this exhibit it helps our students to link theory and practice to better understand what they have learned throughout this semester. The students also visited the aquarium, and had an opportunity to see the mural at the Civil Rights Museum. It was an amazing trip! These students represented our school and community very well.
Alligator River Bridge Closure: Major renovation work will begin on the Alligator River Bridge in January. There are two planned one week closures of the bridge in preparation for other, more extensive, work to occur. Correction: The first closure will occur on January 10 -16, 2018 and the second closure is scheduled for March 14-21. This closure will impact several of our parents who travel to the beach for work as well as teachers who travel from the beach to teach TCS students. Administrators are exploring ways to support staff who may be impacted by this closure.
River Town Christmas Update: Due to the rain forecast tonight Santa will greet children of all ages from 6:30 until 8:00 in Southern Dreams Gallery. The Tyrrellinean Club will be serving hot cocoa and cookies at Southern Dreams. The official tree lighting ceremony and Christmas Movie have been canceled. We look forward to having you come dine at Columbia Crossing, Tienda Mexicana Peniel, Sandy's, Elements, the CHS Band Boosters or Highway 55. The Bazaar will be open from 5 to 8. The Pharmacy is hosting an Open House from 4 to 6. Pocosin Arts' Resident Artist Open House: 5:30 to 7.
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