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February, 2017
As you start your final semester of high school, be sure you know the status of your college applications. Here’re some reminders:
  1. If you applied to colleges using the CFNC application:
    1. Log into your account
    2. Go to the Application Hub to check the submission status of your applications
    3. Click the “+” sign to the left of each school for information on the date your application was completed.  If the Completed Date is blank, hit “resume” to enter the additional information required and submit.
  2. Make sure you sent your high school transcript and references (if required) when you submitted your application and follow up with another transcript IF the college asked for one after your fall grades were posted.
  3. If you haven’t already completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), do it now online at www.; it won’t take long and may help you find money for college.  Many college aid deadlines are approaching—don’t wait!
  4. Apply for scholarships –find lists on the website and your high school website.
  5. Remember—if you sent your transcript via CFNC, your final transcript will automatically be sent to colleges approximately two weeks after graduation.
  6. If you have any questions about your CFNC applications, call CFNC toll-free 866.866.2362 (select option 1) or email
Good luck!
Teenagers and Social Media

Influence of Social Media on Teenagers

Adolescents and teenagers are the heaviest users of social media. An average of 75% of these age groups have profiles on social networking sites, of which 68% use Facebook as their main social networking tool. While social networking allows the opportunity for adolescents and teens to broaden their social connections and learn technical skills, there are risks involved. Because of the lack of self-regulation or adult supervision, the susceptibility to peer pressure makes these individuals vulnerable to:
  1. Facebook depression
  2. Sexting
  3. Cyberbullying
    1. Ranges from direct threats or unpleasant messages to anonymous activities such as trolling (the act of deliberately inflicting hatred, bigotry, racisim, misogyny, or just simple bickering between people)
    2. Approximately 32% of teens admitted to having experienced some type of cyberbullying.
    3. Even forwarding a note/message without permission from the sender may be perceived as cyberbullying.
  4. Social network-induced obesity
  5. Internet addiction
  6. Sleep deprivation
  7. Loss of Privacy/ Sharing too much info
  8. Digital footprint- may have lifelong consequences for both personal and professional life
School Policy on Bullying:
Requiring a fellow student to wear abnormal dress, playing abusive, demeaning, or embarrassing tricks on a fellow student, frightening, scolding, swearing, harassing, or subjecting a fellow student to personal indignity. Subjecting another student to physical injury as part of an initiation, or as a prerequisite to membership into any organized school group, including any society, athletic team, club, or other similar group. The repeated intimidation of a student by the real or threatened infliction of physical, verbal, written, electronically transmitted or emotional abuse or through attacks on the property of another. In addition, any act or retaliation against an individual for reporting hazing, bullying, or harassing actions is expressly prohibited.
  1. Up to 10 days suspension
  2. Any subsequent offenses may result in a recommendation for long-term suspension.
  3. Long-term suspension may be recommended for offenses resulting in physical injury or that require medical treatment to another student.
Math Growth Mindset
Public Service Announcement

Please, review the following announcement from the Office of the Superintendent

College Acceptance Letters
Congratulations to our Seniors Receiving Acceptance Letters from Colleges/Universities

- Jessica Cahoon: University of North Carolina at Greensboro

- Antonio Gross: Louisburg College


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. 
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