TCS Pre-K Receives 5 Stars: Congratulations to our incredible Pre-K teachers, Dorinda Spruill and Lisa Aycoth and their awesome assistants, Lynn Rose, Mary Gibbs, Deidra Clegg, Betty Rose, and Kristie Armstrong for earning 5 stars on their Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale (ECERS-R) assessment. The Tyrrell Elementary Pre-School program met all enhanced requirements including enhanced ratios, maintaining approved operational and personnel policies with an overall score of 5.96 on ECERS-R assessments completed during unannounced visits on February 8th and 13th. ECERS-R is an intensive assessment designed to process quality in an early childhood or school age care group. Process quality consists of the various interactions that go on in a classroom. These include staff and children, staff and adults (including parents), among the children themselves. It also includes the interactions children have with the many materials and activities in the environment as well as those features, such as space, schedule and materials that support these interactions. Thank you Pre-K staff, and program director Sue Smith, for providing top quality education to our pre-school students!
TCS Celebrates Black History Month: A Black History Program in Mrs. Barbara Hill's honor will be presented by members of the Black History Club past and present on Sunday, February 26 at 5:00 PM in the Madge Van Horn Auditorium on the campus of Columbia High School. Black History Month, or National African American History Month, is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of African Americans in U.S. history. http://smithsonianeducation.org/heritage_month/bhm/index.html
TCS Analyzes Utility Costs: A quick analysis of utility costs for TCS from 2015-2016 shows a total cost of $171,332.49. In order to increase efficiency, based on a study of our school district, we added LED lighting at TES in July of 2016 which has resulted in a decrease in cost of 7.5%. In order to continue this trend of decreasing costs we ask each of our employees to please be vigilant with turning off lights, setting thermostats when you exit the building (60-65 winter; 75 in the summer), and making sure all windows and doors are shut. These steps will help us to be more efficient, better stewards of our resources, and better able to invest in further energy efficiency initiatives such as LED lighting on the CMS/CHS campus.
Beaufort County Community College (BCCC) Survey: BCCC wants your feedback about the services and programs that BCCC provides to you, your school, and your students. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/K12Sur2017
School Calendar Law Study Reveals Important Data: The North Carolina General Assembly’s Program Evaluation Division recently released its report, No Modification to North Carolina’s School Calendar Law Satisfies Multiple Competing Interests. This fascinating report shows that 75% of the over 46,000 parents and educators surveyed in the study preferred local control of the school calendar. Local control advocates propose that school start no earlier than August 10 and end no later than May 31. Due to current calendar law TCS started school this year on August 29. Additionally, Exhibit 15 (attached) from the study shows that some traditionally adversarial public interest groups have united to support local control of the school calendar. The study also shows that North Carolina is one of only 14 states with any school calendar laws. Please review this study for a full history of our state’s calendar law. If Tyrrell County Schools were provided the flexibility of local control we would look closely at aligning our school calendar with that of BCCC, our community college partner.