Friday Report

Dr. Will Hoffman, Superintendent            Date: August 18, 2017

IN THIS ISSUE:

CECHS Vision

New Chromebooks

JROTC

Coding and Mobile Apps Grant 

    

IMPORTANT DATES:

8/21/17 – TCS Opening Convocation @ 8:00

8/24/17 – Open House All Campuses

8/28/17 – First Day for Students

Chang, A. "School segregation didn’t go away. It just evolved." Vox. 7/27/17.   

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.

CECHS Casts a Strong Vision for 2017-2018: August 16th kicked off the school year for some Tyrrell County Early College high school students. This semester in many ways exemplifies the strides the early college program has made since its inception, and its continued progress toward realizing the vision of the program. First, this is the largest semester to date in both student participation and registered courses. This semester, Columbia Early College has 99 students enrolled in 237 courses! With purposeful and deliberate scheduling these numbers should continue to grow, the goal is to have EVERY Tyrrell County student graduate high school with at least 1 college credit. The second major milestone in the Early College program is the 5th-year option. This year, 15 students (super-seniors) have made the choice to take advantage of the 5th year opportunity and are now taking college classes through Beaufort County Community College free of charge. Our super-seniors are taking an average of 12 credits (4 classes) per semester. The third major development with the Early College program is the faculty. Mr. Josh Davenport, Tyrrell County Schools AG teacher, is also Beaufort County Community College faculty. This semester (and into the foreseeable future) Mr. Davenport is/will be teaching a BCCC course on our high school campus to Tyrrell County students. Mr. Davenport's college classes will lead our students to a BCCC certificate in Agribusiness Technology. Through our partnership with BCCC, and the options available through our Career and Technical Education Department, Columbia Early College High School continues to provide Tyrrell County students a personalized education that cannot be matched. Tyrrell County Schools is inspiring excellence!

New Chromebooks at CMS and CECHS: As part of our commitment to sustain our thriving 1 to 1 digital learning initiative the district has purchased 166 new HP Chromebook computers this summer. These new devices are affordable, more durable than previous models, and have excellent battery life. They are resistant to malware and easily managed via tools provided by Google. All Chromebooks are engraved with the school name, logo, phone number, and asset number. Our original Samsung Chromebooks were purchased in 2013 as part of the district's Golden Leaf 1:1 Chromebook initiative. These older units will no longer be supported by the manufacturer as of October of this year and are being removed from circulation. Our sustainability plan calls for the replacement of these low-cost mobile devices after 4 years of use.

JROTC: Columbia High School has recently completed a partnership agreement with Washington County Schools (Creswell High School) to participate in JROTC. Title 10 of the U.S. Code declares that "the purpose of Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps is to instill in students in United States secondary educational institutions the value of citizenship, service to the United States, personal responsibility, and a sense of accomplishment." Sgt. Major Arnold and Mr. Boston (Creswell’s JROTC instructor and Principal, respectively) have been very supportive in establishing this relationship. We only have a handful of students that are participating at this time but as awareness and popularity increases we look to establishing a positive and meaningful learning experience for the students from Columbia High School. JROTC studies ethics, citizenship, communications, leadership, life skills and other subjects designed to prepare young men and women to take their place in adult society.

Coding and Mobile Applications Development Grant Announced: North Carolina Superintendent Mark Johnson announced Wednesday that the Department of Public Instruction is now accepting grant applications for the new $400,000 Coding and Mobile App Development competitive grant program. The program will fund up to $40,000 per school to develop industry partnerships to design and implement computer science, coding, and mobile app development programs for middle school and high school students. The deadline for schools to submit applications is October 15. http://www.ncpublicschools.org/cte/ 

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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