|Dr. Will Hoffman, Superintendent||Date: February 16, 2018|
IN THIS ISSUE:
TCS Mid-Year Renewal
Thank You Drivers
Child Nutrition Recognized
Black History Month
2/16/18 Boys Basketball Championship Home @ 7:30
3/5/18 Board of Education Meeting at 6:30
IMPORTANT LINKS and ATTACHMENTS:
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 Mid-Year Renewal: Michael Bonner delivered a strong message to the TCS staff family on Friday morning during our mid-year renewal breakfast. Mr. Bonner is a 2nd grade teacher at South Greenville Elementary School in Greenville, NC. The focus of his message was on building relationships with students. He said: “As educators we must all think outside of the box as often as possible and try to make our classrooms exciting places to learn.” He led the group through a Whole Brain Learning activity and energized the TCS staff with his hopeful message. The focus of this year’s renewal day gave focus to reflection on who you teach, knowing your students, and motivating them through trust with high standards. Mr. Allen Lee reported on the new Digital Learning Initiatives grant and Jen Westcott and Diana Spruill gave a SHAC update for the group. “As you teach, you project the condition of your soul onto your students” Parker Palmer, The Courage To Teach
Another Tragic School Shooting: This week we have been sickened, angered and moved to tears by another school shooting in Parkland, Florida that left 17 of our fellow students and teachers dead. We are moved by the stories of heroism: the young football coach who dove in front of a bullet to save a student, and the geography teacher who perished while protecting his class. And we pray for the students who have to somehow find a way to “move on” in a culture of fear and trauma; an inheritance left to them by politicians too cowardly and greedy to take measures to keep school children safe. Astoundingly, this is the 18th school shooting in the past five months in the U.S. The TCS Board of Education has put into place numerous safety protocols and resources to keep our students and school community safe. Please see the attached list. We feel safe in our schools because of our size, our ability to know each student, and our caring approach to building relationships with students and families. But we always have to consider the possibility of a tragedy happening HERE, in our small system. Next Monday morning district administrators will be meeting to review safety procedures and areas where we can improve our safe schools plans. We are considering the addition of an anonymous tip line for students who are concerned with what they are seeing on social media, and additional safety upgrades to building entrances at Columbia Early College High School. The safety of our 600 students is our top priority in Tyrrell County Schools, let’s continue to work together to keep our kids safe!
Thank You TCS Bus Drivers: Love the bus is a campaign which started in 2007 by the American School Bus Council to highlight the importance of yellow buses and their drivers in the role of educating our students. The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction recognizes February 12-16 as Bus Driver Appreciation Week. In Tyrrell County Schools, we transport an average of 347 K-12 students and 28 Pre K students daily on 10 buses covering 605 miles. We would like to thank our bus drivers for their dedication in transporting our precious cargo safely to and from school each day of the school year. (Read Governor Cooper’s Proclamation 2018).
TCS Child Nutrition Program Recognized: Myra Schoffner, TCS School Nutrition Director, attended the 2018 NC Child Hunger Leaders Conference on Thursday, February 15, at the Friday Center in Chapel Hill, NC. Tyrrell County Schools was one of 32 school districts recognized for maintaining 70% or higher for breakfast participation. The presenter for this award was Gerald Owens, WRAL News Anchor and Kristin Cooper, First Lady of NC. Tyrrell County Schools operates on a CEP grant for the 2017/2018 school year, where all students receive breakfast and lunch at no charge to parents.
Black History Month Performance: Please come out on Sunday, February 25, 2018 at 5:00 for the Black History Month performance at the Columbia Early College High School auditorium. The event will include poetry and dance, “Mama Hill’s Know Your Roots” skit, and a vocal performance by Kingdom. Chicken and BBQ plates will also be available from R&J Catering.
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.