MESSAGES 2015 :: FEBRUARY 9, 2015

FEBRUARY 9, 2015

Weekly Message for Superintendents: Monday, Feb. 9, 2015

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More than 13,300 yellow school buses take to the roads every school day to transport approximately 800,000 students. Thanks to dedicated school bus drivers these students travel safely to and from school. That is why I encourage you and your school community to recognize these drivers during February's National Love the Bus Month. This week, I plan to celebrate by taking the bus to Herbert Akins Road Elementary School in Wake County on Wednesday, Feb. 11. I hope your educators and students can participate in activities that show their support for school bus drivers.

June Atkinson
State Superintendent

Feb. 5, 2015
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Financial Seminars Verification
(doc, 29kb)

HB update
(pdf, 438kb)

In this Weekly Superintendents' Message:

  1. State Board of Education Meeting Highlights
  2. Legislative Webinar Reminder
  3. Support Services Survey
  4. NCVPS Offers E-Learning Advisors' Training
  5. Financial Seminars Verification
  6. Teacher Spotlight

State Board of Education Meeting Highlights

At last week's State Board meeting, members approved Teacher Observation Requirements, the 2013-14 School Performance Grades, the 2014-16 State School Technology Plan, and the Virtual Charter School Pilot recommendations. A complete list of Board actions is posted online at

Legislative Webinar Reminder

As a reminder, the next Legislative Update webinar will be held this Friday, Feb. 13, beginning at 11 a.m. To register, please visit Once registered, you will receive an email with participation instructions.

Support Services Survey

The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) asked the Southeast Comprehensive Center (SECC) to gather information about how the department currently provides support and how NCDPI can better assist with instructional and other services to meet your district's needs. Thank you to those of you who have completed the survey. To those of you who have not, we would appreciate you taking a moment and doing so. It should take no more than 10 minutes. The survey links are as follows:

Superintendent survey:

Central Office survey:

NCVPS Offers E-Learning Advisors' Training

Do you have a staff person who is new to the role of E-Learning Advisor? If so, NCVPS has some short training sessions that will provide a basic overview of NCVPS processes, procedures and helpful pointers. Two sessions will be held next week. To register, visit

Financial Seminars Verification

In the attached letter from Secretary of State Elaine Marshall, superintendents are urged to always contact the Secretary of State's Securities Division (1.800.688.4507 or when considering a request to offer financial seminars to district faculty and staff. Allowing access to district educators through the workplace implies a level of endorsement from the school system that the individual in question has been vetted to some degree and found to be reputable. Sadly, not all of those individuals have proved worthy of such trust. Superintendents are encouraged to read the attached letter for a better understanding of this issue and appropriate ways to respond.

Teacher Spotlight

his week's Teacher Spotlight features 4th grade Liberty Drive Elementary School (Thomasville City Schools) teachers Sarah Wood and Kristin Kennedy. Sarah and Kristin offer their ideas on using Home Base for Standards Mastery and Item Analysis reports as well as the conveniences of accessing data and using it to help guide their students toward academic success. NCDPI staff are collaborating with teachers across the state to share ways our state's teachers are using Home Base's instructional improvement system, Schoolnet, in their daily instructional practices. Teacher Spotlight will provide educators with the opportunity to read stories, watch videos and learn tips from teachers in the field regarding what types of tools and resources they are using in their classrooms. Classroom teachers, if you want us to feature your video, please send an email to Home Base Ready.