SUPERINTENDENTS' MESSAGES 2015

MESSAGES 2015 :: FEBRUARY 19, 2015

FEBRUARY 19, 2015 - Principals' Biweekly Message

This week, the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction launched a parent and community survey regarding the North Carolina Standard Course of Study in mathematics and English language arts. Similar to the educator survey completed at the end of December, this survey asks parents and the school community to give us feedback on the content standards currently in place. Please encourage your parents and school community to take this survey. It is available online at http://ncdpireview.weebly.com until April 30.

Regards,
June Atkinson


In this Biweekly Principals' Message:

  1. Severe Weather Preparedness Week Reminder
  2. Message from 2014 Wells Fargo NC Principal of the Year
  3. March 6 is Last Day to Comment on Proposed Amendments to Policies Governing Services for Children with Disabilities
  4. High-Quality, Free Instructional Resources
  5. NCVPS Offers Professional Learning Course
  6. Cabarrus County Schools’ Students Receive National Volunteer Award
  7. NC Middle Level Education Conference Scheduled for March


Severe Weather Preparedness Week Reminder

Just a quick reminder that March 1-7 is Severe Weather Preparedness Week. The statewide tornado drill will take place on Wednesday, March 4, at 9:30 a.m. Most NOAA weather radios will NOT sound an audible alert to mark the beginning of the drill. As such, schools are encouraged to self-initiate their tornado drills at 9:30 a.m. as if an alert had been broadcast. The drill will conclude when participants complete their drill activities. No all-clear message will be issued. If this time is not convenient for your school’s instructional program, you may reschedule the tornado drill on another day close to March 4. For more information about tornado and storm safety, go to www.ReadyNC.org or download the free ReadyNC mobile app.


Message from 2014 Wells Fargo NC Principal of the Year

Fellow principals: You are doing great work! I know this because I’ve seen many of you in action, and you are an absolute inspiration. I know many of us are experiencing the gamut of emotions with the recent release of School Performance Grades. But we must remember to practice what we preach. We know students are MUCH more than a simple "grade" on a report card. A child is our living, breathing future. Similarly, schools are much more than a grade on a report card. Our schools are the future. A grade is not comprehensive of all the work a school does, just like a grade is not a comprehensive picture of a child. We all know it. So encourage your teachers. Encourage your students. Remind them of our purpose and why we do what we do. The work a school does is not for a grade, just like you don’t want your students just working for a grade. Let your teachers know that the goal is to continue to help students grow in their learning. Arthur Ashe once said, “Success is a journey, not a destination. The doing is often more important than the outcome.” Carrie Tulbert, principal, Mooresville Middle School, 2014 Wells Fargo NC Principal of the Year


March 6 is Last Day to Comment on Proposed Amendments to Policies Governing Services for Children with Disabilities

March 6 is the last day to submit comments to specific sections of Policies Governing Services for Children with Disabilities (Policies) pursuant to Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA). The amendments are available for review at the NCDPI Exceptional Children Division office (Education Building, Raleigh), and on the web at http://ec.ncpublicschools.gov. When submitting comments, please give the citation for the section(s) on which you are commenting (e.g., NC 1504-2.9); and provide comments in the form of statements. Comments may be submitted via email to ecpolicies2015@dpi.nc.gov or mailed to the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, Exceptional Children Division, ATTN: Carol Ann Hudgens or Lynne Loeser, 6356 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-6356.


High-Quality, Free Instructional Resources

Teachers are invited to attend two webinars to learn more about high-quality, free instructional resources that are available in Home Base. On Wednesday, March 4, from 3:30 - 4:30 p.m., teachers will learn about the resources available for English Language Arts, Social Studies, and Science/STEM. To register, visit https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6995959755642103553.

On Wednesday, March 25, from 3:30 - 4:30 p.m., teachers will learn about resources available for Mathematics, ESL, Arts, Healthful Living, and World Languages. To register, visit https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5009198319343931137.


NCVPS Offers Professional Learning Course

Principals: have you ever questioned the relevance and rigor of online and blended courses in comparison to brick-and-mortar courses? Do you believe that online courses create an environment where learners simply read content and click “next”? Do you believe that online courses produce an environment where relationships cannot be developed and connected to the learning? If so, you will want to register for Shattering the Myths of Online and Blended Learning, a six-week, facilitator-led, professional learning course now available through the North Carolina Virtual Public School (NCVPS). Join NCVPS staff as they shatter nine myths of online and blended learning. There are two session dates to choose from. To register, visit http://www.ncvps.org/index.php/ncvps-professional-learning/. Contact Don Lourcey at don.lourcey@ncpublicschools.gov for questions or comments.


Cabarrus County Schools’ Students Receive National Volunteer Award

Congratulations to Cabarrus County Schools’ Jay M. Robinson High Junior Davis Dawson and Harris Road Middle Seventh Grader Samuel Park for recently being named North Carolina’s top youth volunteers in the national Prudential Spirit of Community Awards. Each will receive $1,000, an engraved silver medallion and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., in early May. There they will join the top two honorees from each state and the District of Columbia for four days of national recognition events.


NC Middle Level Education Conference Scheduled for March

Registration is now open for the 40th Annual NC Middle Level Education Conference, “Accelerating Achievement in the Middle,” scheduled for March 15-17 at the Koury Convention Center/Sheraton Four Seasons, Greensboro. The conference has over 140 breakout sessions focused on strategies that can be taken and put into play immediately. Participants can earn up to 1.5 CEU in a specific strand—Math, English Language Arts, Reading, Science, or Social Studies as well as two hours of renewal credit by completing the content-specific renewal credit module at no additional cost. Visit www.ncmle.org for conference details, including registration.