ECCPS: 71 students take part in academy


Summer Enrichment Academy participants (l-r) Shakiah Wilson, Skyler Maher, Anthony Rubano and Michael Wood compile a presentation of their week’s activities in the academy's Design-Generate-Explore unit. Valerica Mentor was the unit’s facilitator.


From staff reports

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Seventy-one students attended this year’s Summer Enrichment Academy held at P.W. Moore Elementary June 25-29. The program was designed to provide challenging activities for both gifted and high-achieving students.

The program included five units: Creative Expressions, Adventures in Art, Exploring Electricity and Solar Energy, Design-Generate-Explore, and Falling into My Dreams. The units’ hands-on activities were centered around team-building.

Mason Lawrence, Pasquotank Extension agent for 4-H youth development, partnered with the Elizabeth City-Pasquotank Public Schools to provide activities for students. Facilitators included LaShekia J. Brothers, lead facilitator; Ganelle Sutton, Creative Expressions; Justin Bryant and Paul Foreman, Adventures in Art; Valerica Mentor, Design-Generate-Explore; Mason Lawrence and Joy Harrell, Exploring Electricity and Solar Energy; and Jasmine Harris, Falling into My Dreams.

In the Creative Expressions unit, students spent the week exploring the creative side of writing. Students wrote pieces focused on various props. They also created a story based on objects they found outside.

In the Adventures in Art unit, students spent the week creating scratch art, paper pottery, and tie dye art. They painted graffiti, marbleized paper and worked with bleeding tissue paper to create works of art. Students also tried their hand at an art-inspired digital Lock Box.

In the Design-Generate Explore unit, students had to use critical thinking and writing skills to create a catapult, cross a chocolate river, discover possible uses for a rubber egg, and other tasks. They then gave a presentation of their activities for the week.

In the Exploring Electricity and Solar Energy unit, students participated in hands-on activities to complete several electric projects. Students learned the components that make up an electric circuit, how to follow a parts layout, and how to safely use soldering equipment. They then were able to build a solar car which they took outside to race. Students also got to build a soil tester kit. 

In the Falling Into My Dreams unit, students created canvas art, self-portraits and learn to dream. They also learned how to develop positive relationships and realize their strengths and potential.

JC Sawyer to hold meet-principal events

J.C. Sawyer Elementary School will host two upcoming events designed to give parents a chance to meet new J.C. Sawyer Principal Anthony Perkins and receive information about the new school year. A pasta dinner will be held in the school cafeteria Tuesday, Aug. 14 at 6 p.m. For parents unable to attend the first event, a light breakfast will be held in the school cafeteria on Friday, Aug. 17, at 9 a.m. Perkins, whose hiring was announced in June, is a former assistant principal at Myers Park High School in Charlotte.