Early College holds student government election

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Early College student government candidates included (front, l-r) Shawn Barrington, Jordan Thornton, J’Nya Perry, Makayla Bryant, (back) LaKedria Stewart, Kaetyn Blanton, Kelly Begazo, Abigail Midgette , Jonathan Harvey and KaVon Hall.

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From staff reports

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

SAFE Schools is working on a 5th project to support safety within the school district with plans for a family dance to help fund it.

Project 5 includes adding three security cameras to the elementary, middle schools, and H.L. Trigg Community School, totaling 30 cameras. This project also includes additional servers and updates to some of the camera systems in place giving them all updated technology to make their systems work better. The total cost of this project is $30,000 and the SAFE currently has $25,000 raised. SAFE supporters are working on gathering donations and planning additional fundraisers to complete this project.

The SAFE Fund was created in early 2013 after the shooting tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn.

“With current federal and state budget restraints, schools were already doing all they could do to keep up with ever changing technology, support student needs, hire, train, and retain skilled teachers, and keep aging schools up and running,” states a school district news release. “SAFE was designed to support those tight budgets, and have been fundraising to put private donations toward the safety of our local students, teachers, and staff members.”

The next fundraiser to support Project 5 is a family dance. ECPPS parents and students, kindergarten through 5 th grade, are invited to support the SAFE Schools Fund by participating in a Family Dance: mother/son, father/daughter, uncle/niece, grandparent/grandchild etc. on Thursday, Nov. 16th from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the K.E. White Graduate Center on the campus of Elizabeth City State University.

The cost per person is $10, which includes pizza, drinks, and cookies. Tickets are available at all local elementary schools, ECPPS Central Office, and Montero’s Restaurant. All students must be accompanied by an adult.

The following four projects have already been completed through the SAFE Fund:

Project 1 provided a security camera, security door locks, and a camera/intercom system at the front entrances of the schools. This was a first step in giving all students, faculty, staff, and parents a sense of safety and security. This $50,000 project was completed before the start of the 201 3-14 school year, thanks to the community’s support.

Project 2 provided a top-notch security camera system for all 90 ECPPS buses, which included the daily transportation buses, band buses, activity buses, and special needs buses. The SAFE Fund volunteers worked to reach their goal of $60,000, which was one-third of the total cost of the project. Cameras were installed in June 2015 and are in use daily.

Project 3 provided camera systems for River Road and Elizabeth City Middle Schools as well as H.L. Trigg Community School. All three schools were equipped with servers as well as 15 cameras for each middle school and seven cameras for H.L. Trigg. This project totaled $20,400 and was completed in early 2016.

Project 4 provided character education based programs at all ECPPS schools turning SAFE’s focus from security equipment to teaching our students safe practices in both health and behavior. These programs are designed and developed based on specific ages and grade levels, and teach conflict resolution, anti-bullying, anti-drug, successful decision making, as well as many more “life-skills.” This project is still on going in ECPPS.

Contact Andy or Karin Montero at 252.331.1067 or email them at eatatmonteros@gmail.com to find out ways to support the program. SAFE is a non-profit organization which is handled through The Education Foundation of Elizabeth City-Pasquotank Public Schools and all donations are tax-deductible. Go to Facebook (SAFE Schools Fund) or on their website at www.safeschoolsfund.org for more information.

District recognizes Employess of Week

Jessica Goninan and Joseph Lewis, both employees at Northeastern High School, have been named Employees of the Week for Oct. 9-13.

Goninan, high school biology teacher is Certified Employee of the Week. She has been employed with ECPPS since February 2016.

“Ms. Goninan is off to a great start this school year. She is encouraging responsibility among her students and establishing accountability for learning in her classroom,” states a school district news release. “Ms. Goninan is a team player and often provides assistance throughout the school as needed.”

Lewis, a custodian at Northeastern High School, was named Non-Certifed Employee of the Week. He has been employed with ECPPS since October 2006.

“Mr. Lewis goes above and beyond the call of duty each day at the school,” states a school district news release. “He is committed to the students and staff and known for his dependability. Mr. Lewis not only serves as a custodian, but also as a bus driver. He is a team player and works hard to contribute to the positive learning environment at NHS.”

Berri licious and Page After Page are the week’s business supporters for the Employee of the Week program.

Early releases on calendar revised

ECPPS has revised the 2017-2018 school calendar to reflect full school days on Nov. 8 and Nov. 9. Those days were previously scheduled to be three hour early release days. The additional time recovered through extending these days will be used for the instructional hours lost on August 29 and will provide more flexibility should we have future inclement weather throughout the school year.

New calendars will be sent home with students very soon to reflect this change.

Education Foundation to host annual meeting

The Education Foundation for ECPPS will host its 28th Annual Meeting on Nov. 18, presented by Perry Auto Group. The event will be held at the YMCA at the Pines from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The keynote speaker will be Michael Bonner, a native of Northeastern North Carolina, who won North Carolina Teacher of the Year, appeared on the Ellen Degeneres show and recently published his first book Get Up or Give Up . Tickets are $40 ($30 for certified ECPPS staff) and are available at Albemarle Audiology, the ECPPS Administrative Offices on Halstead Boulevard, and The Flour Girls. For questions or sponsorship opportunities, please call Sarah Noble at 252-599-6892.

Students conduct government election

Students in Jennifer Loeffler’s civics and economics class researched the election process, developed their own process, and held the first student government election for ECP Early College. The candidates created commercials, posters, and flyers as well as participated in a debate hosted by the Civics & Economics class. Students in the class set up the rules and regulations surrounding the election, ran the voting polls, and established an anonymous way to tally votes.

Those officers elected to the first Student Government Association of ECPEC include: Makayla Bryant (President), Jordan Thornton (Vice-President), Yvonne Williams (Secretary), and J’Nya Perry (Treasurer).

5th grade students receive bike helmets

Susan Goodwin, physical education teacher at Pasquotank Elementary, received a bicycle helmet grant for 5th grade students through the North Carolina Department of Transportation. The school received 50 helmets through the grant and had an additional donation of 15 helmets through Active Routes to School. The grant and donation provided enough helmets for all 5th graders as well as some students in the Exceptional Children’s Department. On Sept. 27, Sergeant Todd Wagner and Deputy Anthony Alexander, ECPPS school resource officers with Pasquotank County Sheriff’s Department, presented information on bicycle safety and fitted the bicycle helmets on each student. Pasquotank Elementary staff assisted in this event as well.