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Mattamuskeet School Campus on a Two-Hour Delay on Tuesday. January 17th, Due to Regulator Replacement on Piedmont Gas Supply Line. 
 
District Announcements
New Procedures for Volunteers

MATTAMUSKEET CAMPUS NEWS ANNOUNCEMENT

IMPORTANT NEWS FOR ALL VOLUNTEERS
 
Hyde County Schools has implemented new procedures that require all volunteers to have a criminal background check.  From this point forward, all new volunteers must visit:  
   
to authorize a criminal background check.  Upon a successful check of your criminal history, you will be issued a “Volunteer ID Card” and your name will be added to the Approved Volunteer List. Serving as a volunteer will be only at the approval of the building principal. You will need this ID card on you whenever volunteering. The card is valid for three years, at which time you must request that it be renewed.
 
Volunteers that have been approved prior to January 4, 2016 will be contacted at the beginning of the 2017-18 school year to complete this process if they wish to continue as a volunteer.
 
 If you have any questions: please contact me by email at lfulford@hyde.k12.nc.us or call my office at (252) 926-0221 ext. 3308 for more information.
Linda Fulford
Parent Coordinator
HCS Dropout Prevention Video


United States Department of Education Highlights the Work of Hyde County Schools t
hrough Rural Dropout Prevention Project
 
This project was a component of the High School Graduation Initiative sponsored by the U. S. Department of Education. North Carolina places a strong emphasis on ensuring all its students graduate prepared for college and career by providing personalized educational opportunities, both within and outside of the its alternative education programs, to ensure all students have the supports they need to graduate. This video highlights rural districts that use the personalized learning approach to respond to the needs of the student. It shows the diversity of learning opportunities available, how these offerings are identified and incorporated into education plans, and the ways in which they are addressing the individual needs of the academically at risk students in rural North Carolina.

To watch the piece recorded in NC, please click here. (Piece on HCS starts on minute mark 6:38)

To watch the multi-state video or access videos from other states, please click here
Interested in Becoming a Substitute?


Online Substitute Teacher Certification

 
The Hyde County School System is mainstreaming the process to recruit substitute teachers by offering the needed certification online through the services of the Western Region Education Service Alliance. The cost is $45 and it is self-paced. Therefore, participants can take as much time as needed to complete the course requirement and become a certified substitute teacher. If you are interested in this opportunity, please click on this link https://wresa.org/ and click on the tab Online: Substitute 101 to access more information and to register. 
Teacher Recognition

 
The award was presented at North Carolina Science Teacher Association Professional Development held in Greensboro. The award was District One Outstanding Middle School Science Teacher of the Year.
Scholarships


 
6th Grade Science Studying Energy and Heat Transfer
The 6th grade Science classes have been studying energy and heat transfer.  In a recent project-based learning lesson students were given the opportunity to research passive (or super energy-efficient) homes.  Through their research students learned what makes homes able to retain their interior temperatures—specifically heat—in extreme cold temperatures.  These 30 students took their newly gained knowledge and were given the opportunity to create their own energy-efficient homes.
Partners were given a wide range of materials from which to choose to build their homes, with the only requirements being that the homes were a minimal size of 12” x 18” and that they must have 1 door and 4 windows and an open bottom.  Students constructed homes from cardboard, paper, file folders, craft sticks, and straws. 

When the homes were built, students then placed them over a lamp to produce heat and used a thermal imaging app on iPads borrowed from the Media Center to identify spots where the houses were losing heat.  They then used a variety of insulating materials ranging from cotton balls to play-doh to fill the leaks.  Students again used the thermal imaging app to gauge their success.  Students created Google Slide presentations and Google Docs reports explaining energy efficiency, why they used the material that they used (what real world materials did they represent?), and compared heat loss prior to and after insulating their houses.
Staff Development Out of State


CTE Teachers Travel to Philadelphia

 
Ms. Lisa Spencer and Mrs. Melody Williams, both Career and Technical Educators at Mattamuskeet Early College High School, were given the opportunity to travel to Philadelphia on December 1-4, 2016 to collaborate with other educators from across the country in a 3 day Seminar for high school educators on business and financial responsibility.  The seminar was all expense paid for both educators and was sponsored by PwC-KWHS, Knowledge @ Wharton High School.
College Preparation
Support to Prepare Students for College
 (For Students and Their Educators)

 
The website March 2 Success provides materials to help prepare students for college and offers a series of videos to simplify processes. The site provides customized lesson plans, allowing students to skip through what they already know. The programs can help students with grades, state required exams and/or as refreshers. 

Educators will also find a tool to help their students. There are full-length practice tests for the SAT and ACT and video series to explain students the college admission process and where to look  for financial aid. 
DNA Day at MECHS



Middle Grades Students Learning about DNA
Rachel Dee, a PhD Candidate at UNC Chapel Hill coordinated a visit to Mattamuskeet Early College High School with Mr Crider.  She discussed DNA and Forensics in real life.  She also discussed other areas in science that our students might be interested in after graduation. Students thoroughly enjoyed her session and were highly engaged.
 
        
WITN Teacher of the Week - Kayla Anzur
1st Year Teacher at MECHS Selected as Teacher of the Week at WITN Channel 7 
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