ECPS STUDENTS CHOSEN FOR GOVERNORS SCHOOL
Two eleventh grade students from Edgcombe County Public Schools have been chosen to attend North Carolina Governor’s School this summer. Robert Collins from Tarboro High School will attend East Campus for Instrumental Music with his trumpet) and Carmen Spruill from Edgecombe Early College High School will attend at the West Campus for Natural Science. Both students will attend the six week program from June 17 through July 28.
Students who are nominated to participate in the residential summer program must complete an application listing their recent grades in their area of nomination, class rank and recent total scholastic performance along with two essays and a list of community activities, awards and honors. Nominees must also have two recommendation forms completed with at least one filled out by a high school teacher.
While the program used to be funded completely by the General Assembly of North Carolina, State funding was eliminated in 2011. The 2012 session is being funded by donations received from private donors through the Governor’s School Foundation, along with tuition charges of $500 per attending student.
The program began in 1963 at Salem College before adding another program at Meredith College in 1978. It is open to rising seniors with exceptions made for rising juniors in select performance arts areas. The Governor’s School is partially funded by the General Assembly of North Carolina and administered by the Public Schools of North Carolina, the State Board of Education and the Department of Public Instruction through the Exceptional Children Division.
Those selected to attend study three areas, Area One being the subject in which the students were nominated such as English, Math, Art and Science, Area Two being a study that creates connections between the Area One subjects and Area Three which ties the other two Areas into the student’s personal experience and social worlds.
Students are nominated by teachers and school administrators based on class performance and test scores. In order to be considered for selection, students must score in the 92% in the subject in which they’re nominated.
CARVER STUDENTS ENJOY TRIP TO NATION'S CAPITOL THROUGH TARGET GRANT
Fifth grade students at G.W.
School enjoyed a field trip to Washington, D.C.
April 5, made possible through a Target Fied Trip Grant.
Forty five students, along with eight parents and six
staff members, left at 5 a.m. to enjoy an educational trip learning about
various memorials and historical sites in the nation’s capitol. The group
visited the Lincoln Memorial, National
Capital building and the Pentagon.
Students were most surprised at how large the
Pentagon was and how there was a “city within a building” since the Pentagon
has its own stores, day care, restaurants and a bank.
Some students also experienced their first security
screening with this visit as all visitors to the Pentagon must go through
Following their trip, students gave presentations on something
they learned while in Washington,
whether it be about the government, the tragedy of September 11, or historical
monuments. Judges for the presentations were Carol Cobb, the school social
worker who prepared the Target grant and school counselors Danielle Dew and
Tracy Bridges, along with AIG teacher Angela Strothers.
“We saw some excellent, research based and creative
presentations from our fifth graders,” said Cobb.
lauching the Field Trip Grant program in 2007, Target has awarded more than $16
million in grants. As part of the program, each Target store awards three
grants to schools ranging from kindergarten to twelfth grade, nationwide. Each
grant is valued up to $700.
CARVER THROWS PEP RALLY TO INSPIRE STUDENTS FOR EOG TESTING
The multi-purpose room at G.W. Carver Elementary School was transformed into a rock concert for students Friday, May 18 as teachers and guests inspired the students to “Rock the EOGS”.
Each year, teachers from the third through fifth grade decide on a theme for the End of Grade testing pep rally and entertain the children with music, a show and inspiration to gear them for the big tests. In the past, Carver has pirate and survivor-inspired rallies. This year with the theme “Rock the EOGs”, teachers and students dressed in rock and rock inspired outfits and each class decorated banners to encourage their fellow classmates.
DJ Jazzy Dave, played by volunteer Dave Sharpe, led the pep rally with help from third grade teacher Lori Anderson. DJ Jazzy Dave tried on several different ball caps, each with a different meaning telling the students that they have to wear all kinds of “hats” as they’re taking their tests.
The pep rally continued with a performance by And One, a band comprised of four Carver alumni, Aaron Reason, Stephen Sharpe and Jordan and Jameson Wooten. The band played several songs including “We Are the Champions” by Queen and other famous rock selections.
All Edgecombe County Public Schools students in third through eighth grade will begin taking the EOGs Tuesday, May 22.
GW BULLUCK CONTINUES TRIKE-A-THON TRADITION
Preschool students at G.W. Bulluck
Elementary School enjoyed
the annual Trike-A-Thon event Friday, April 27 and raised $3,227.04 for Relay
for Life of Edgecombe County to be used for cancer research with the American
Seventy pre-k students at Bulluck rounded the track
on their tricycles and collected money from sponsors for the amount of laps
pledged. Funds were also raised through the selling of snacks and drinks to
student participants and onlookers.
The original idea for the
trike-a-thon came from a student who had participated in a trike-a-thon in Nash County
to benefit St. Judes’ Children’s Hospital.
This year, Bulluck student and staff have raised
$6,851 towards Relay for Life, the highest amount for any of the fifteen
schools contributing towards Edgecombe County Public Schools’ current
fundraising total of $27,913. Funds are donated through the selling of purple
awareness ribbons, snack sales and other fun events.
COMMUNITY MEMBERS MENTOR SOUTH EDGECOMBE STUDENTS
Male students and South Edgecombe
Middle School have the
opportunity to be mentored by local community members through the Boys to Men
Charlie Cobb, Robert Williams and Thomas Williams
have taken the time to meet with students each Thursday. Students have also enjoyed
a pizza part at the school, a basketball tournament also at the school, a
cookout at the Pinetops Community Cetner and an evening outing to Pizza Hutt in
Before beginning the program, students and their
parents participated in a dinner meet and greet at the Pinetops Community
Building so the
Students discuss setting goals for their futures,
staying in school and how to respect themselves and others.
Through the mentoring program, South Edgecombe
Middle School hopes to
keep students classified as “at-risk” in school, and out of trouble.