SWEHS Weekly Update

Opportunities for partnership from Dr. Lampron

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FYI: Broadband Benefit Program


Definitions: Fixed broadband services are provided to your home, or a single location. These include cable, fiber optic, DSL, and fixed wireless services.
Mobile broadband services are device-based (ex. hotspots) and available throughout the service provider’s cellular coverage area, similar to cell phone services.

List of NC Providers


Emergency Broadband Benefit Program

Broadband services are being made available to families with limited or no broadband resources through the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program.

The Emergency Broadband Benefit Program gives low-income households a discount on internet services. The program, administered by the Federal Communications Commission, opens for enrollment on May 12, 2021.

The Emergency Broadband Benefit Program gives low-income households a discount on internet services so they don’t have to decide between purchasing broadband and other necessities as they work and learn at home during the COVID-19 pandemic. The program, administered by the Federal Communications Commission, opens for enrollment on May 12, 2021.

Households may receive a discount of up to $50 a month for their internet bill (fixed or mobile depending on provider). That rises to $75 a month for broadband service on tribal lands. Households may also receive $100 to buy a laptop, desktop or tablet through their internet provider.

For more information and answers to frequently asked questions visit the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program site at https://www.ncbroadband.gov/assistance/emergency-broadband-benefit-program.

Monday, September 20th

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POWER

Ask your child about their experience with POWER.


On Tuesdays and Thursdays, students are hand-scheduled into tutorial groups.

On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, students are able to pick their club choices through an app called Flex Time Manager.


Excited to see this grow for our students. <3

Senior: free college application week

Is your high school senior getting ready to complete their college applications? It’s FREE to apply on CFNC.org to these NC schools October 18–22, during College Application Week.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to save money on college apps! It’s all part of NC Countdown To College, which starts on October 1. Learn more at: www.CFNC.org/C2C

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Football games

*masks mandatory for all visitors, regardless of vaccine status,

*separate entrances for home and away,

*restrooms are available under home bleachers and around the curve of the track for away,

*no spectators have access to the field after the game due to COVID restrictions,

*tickets are $7 and available at the gate.

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Parent education: "vaping"

Consider taking time to read about the latest craze — “vaping.” It is against our school’s policy to use or possess a vape at school and it is also dangerous to your child’s long-term health outcomes.

Chicken Plate!

As many of you know, Bailey is a Senior here at SWE and is battling Hodgkin's Lymphoma. Pinetops Baptist Church is holding a barbecue chicken plate sale on Friday, October 1st.

Supporting students's Boy Scout Troup 961

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Monday, September 13th

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Items we went over with students

Generic reminders we went through recently with students. Feel free to click to review!

Parent Portal: check grades and absences regularly

Guardians, please continue to check your child's progress reports! According to our data, 551 (89.9%) guardians have signed up to receive progress reports via email. If you need to be added to the list, please email squincy@ecps.us

Additionally, our data shows that 538 (68.4%) student records were accessed by the PowerSchool app since the start of this school year. Download the app today to review your child's grades.


For more information: https://www.ecps.us/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=434121&type=d&pREC_ID=1799349

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FYI: Colleges on campus

We have had the Marines, the Army National Guard, and Elizabeth City State on campus during lunch.


Barton College will have a rep on campus during lunches on Friday. Mrs. Brake will be available to answer any questions about Barton College.

The second annual UNC System Virtual Open House

This year current students from each university will share about their college experience and answer questions live. Please see the event details below and feel free to utilize the attached items to share through social media, email, printed flyers, etc.


EVENT INFORMATION:

Platform: Zoom Webinar

Website: https://www.northcarolina.edu/unc-system-virtual-open-house/

Registration: https://northcarolina-edu.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_B5ZR8a9iTMK83K-lWXYbpQ


Schedule:Please reach out to Lydia Mayer with any questions: lmmayer@northcarolina.edu.

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Senior parents

Seniors: These are links to the two presentations that were shared at the meeting last night. Please see your counselor with questions. We hope to do some more sessions during POWER and senior conferences will be later this month.


Thanks! Mrs. Gay


https://sites.google.com/ecps.us/swehs-student-services/announcements


https://sites.google.com/ecps.us/swehs-student-services/graduation-requirements#h.v6xyibcd62o3

September 2nd, 2021

COVID updates

Please continue to partner with us as we work to ensure the safety of our students and staff:

  • If anyone in your house is waiting the results of a COVID test, please quarantine the entire family.
  • If your child is feeling ill, please remain at home.
  • Our students have been doing good with wearing masks, please celebrate and continue to help us by encouraging this practice to mask wearing. Please note that wearing masks eliminates children having to quarantine if exposed.


Please contact me with any questions.

Come support us!

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Senior picture make up (repeat)

We will have a full set up for senior make ups on 9/7.

Attached is the senior letter and brochure. Please share with your students. The letter tells them how to go online and schedule their appointment for make ups. I have also provided it below.


Please let me know if there is anything else you need:


To schedule your session:

1. Please visit schedule.prestigeportraits.com.

2. YOU DO NOT NEED AN 8-DIGIT CODE!

3. Scroll down and enter the city and state for your school.

4. Once you find your school, enter your information to schedule your appointment time.

5. Prepay online or pay at the camera.

6. There are limited appointments available, so sign up soon!

Band car wash!

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Senior information night

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College of Education (COE) Preview/Academic Day

Attached is information about several upcoming ECU events that offer opportunities for high school students to learn more about ECU and the dynamic academic programs and engaging student life.


Also, Please encourage students who are interested in Teacher Education programs at ECU to attend one of our College of Education (COE) Preview/Academic Day events or our iTeach event (flyers attached). Two of the COE Preview/Academic Day events will be offered in-person and two will be offered virtually. During these events, prospective students will learn about the ECU and the admissions process, meet faculty and staff form the ECU College of Education and learn about Teacher Education programs at ECU.

August 27th, 2021

Something to think about...

"Being yourself is a continuous effort.

There is always another expectation placed upon you, another person pulling you toward their preferences, another nudge from society to act a certain way.

It's a daily battle to be yourself, not merely what the world wants you to be."

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Senior photo picture make up

We will have a full set up for senior make ups on 9/7.

Attached is the senior letter and brochure. Please share with your students. The letter tells them how to go online and schedule their appointment for make ups. I have also provided it below.


Please let me know if there is anything else you need:


To schedule your session:

1. Please visit schedule.prestigeportraits.com.

2. YOU DO NOT NEED AN 8-DIGIT CODE!

3. Scroll down and enter the city and state for your school.

4. Once you find your school, enter your information to schedule your appointment time.

5. Prepay online or pay at the camera.

6. There are limited appointments available, so sign up soon!

credit by demonstrated mastery: Spanish 1

We know we have many fluent Spanish speakers that could earn CDM credit for Spanish 1. If you are interested, please see Mrs. Gay for an application today or Monday. Applications are due Tuesday.

Credit by Demonstrated Mastery (CDM) is the process by which a student may earn credit for a high school course by demonstrating a deep understanding of the content; without course enrollment or seat time. Students shall demonstrate mastery through a multiphase assessment, consisting of:


Phase 1: A standard examination, which shall be the EOC/EOG where applicable, or a final exam developed locally; and


Phase 2: An artifact which requires the student to apply knowledge and skills relevant to the content standards.


See Mrs. Gay in student secivces with questions!

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Seniors: ACT/SAT Information

***Due to the impact of COVID-19 on testing availability and the likelihood of additional cancellations, the UNC Board of Governors waived the standardized test requirement for first-year students applying for admission in Fall 2022. Students have the option to submit test scores to the 16 public universities in the UNC System, but test scores will not be required for admissions decisions. Students who do not submit an ACT or SAT test score must meet the minimum weighted GPA requirement of 2.5 to be considered for undergraduate admissions.



For those students that would still like to take the ACT/SAT, here is the information you will need:


What are College Admissions Tests?

There are two tests, ACT and SAT, used by nearly all four-year colleges in NC as one of the admissions criteria. They are alike and different in several ways. Your best strategy is to Google: Compare ACT and SAT and take a few minutes reviewing the search results. Some students perform better on one than the other. Many students want to take each at least once. ACT & SAT scores can be used for placement purposes at community colleges as well.


What score do I need to get into college?

Many four-year college admissions are competitive. You can find the average scores for a particular school on CFNC.org or the college website. Universities in the UNC system require a minimum of 880 (math + reading) and 17 Composite Score on the ACT. Admission offices practice superscoring, meaning that if you make a higher score on one subtest at one sitting and higher score on another subtest on another test day, these may be combined to yield your best performance. (Reminder that UNC System schools aren't requiring test scores. Check with the schools you are applying to in order to determine their testing policy for admission.


When should I ACT or SAT?

We encourage you to take two of the same tests whether it’s the ACT or SAT. It’s up to you! All students take the ACT as a Junior so you already have one set of scores. Many college deadlines are in the early spring so it’s best to do your testing in the fall. Some schools do have rolling admissions so it’s best to look at the deadlines for colleges you wish to attend!


What does registration involve?

Both tests ask for extensive information regarding your high school education and your plans for the future. You may want to set aside some time to complete the registration. You will be asked to upload a clear face picture. When registering, remember to use the code of the schools in which you have an interest in applying. You should be able to send scores to four colleges for free. You will have to pay for any additional score reports beyond the four. There is a fee for each test and you may pay with debit/credit cards. If your family meets certain economic criteria, you may qualify for a fee waiver. See your counselor for information on fee waivers.


How far in advance do I need to register?

Deadlines are listed in the charts below. Don’t wait until the last minute. You will also need a photo ID when you arrive at the test site. If you do not have a Photo ID see your counselor for other options.

Register for the SAT: https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/register

Register for the ACT: https://www.act.org/content/act/en/products-and-services/the-act/registration.html


How can I prepare for these tests?

At minimum, you will want to visit the ACT and SAT sites to read about the format of the test and see some sample questions. Each site will offer additional tools. Khan Academy is also a good resource for test prep.

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2022 Flight Academy Summer Program

Greetings Cadets,


The 2022 Chief of Staff of the Air Force (CSAF) Private Pilot Scholarship Program (AFJROTC Flight Academy) will begin accepting applications on 30 August – 5 November 2021. The Air Force is funding scholarships for AFJROTC cadets to attend private pilot training at public/private universities during the summer of 2022. Instructors “should” nominate and submit applications for all eligible, highly motivated cadets for the AFJROTC Flight Academy Scholarship. Complete packages may be submitted any time during the application window but no later than the suspense date.

Applicants must be current sophomore, junior, or senior AFJROTC cadets (active or reserve status), who understand they are volunteering for a scholarship to a public/private university. There is no military service commitment or obligation, nor does program completion justify acceptance to military service, ROTC scholarship, or military academy appointment. Applicants must be at least 17 years old by 1 July 2022, obtain a minimum fitness assessment score of 50, and have a minimum and maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better (on a 4.0 scale) to be nominated.

Cadets/instructors must complete an application via WINGS, have parental/legal guardians’ signed approval, and have endorsements from the Senior Aerospace Science Instructor (SASI) and school counselor. Cadets must complete an online aviation qualification test (AQT) comprised of five (5) sub-tests of the following: math, table reading, aviation information, instrument comprehension, and weight perception. The AQT testing window will open between 7 Sep – 3 Nov 21. Cadets can be administered the AQT only once. An AQT practice website has been created at www.aqtpractice.com. Feel free to visit this website and provide the link to interested cadets immediately. They may take this practice test as many times as they wish.

NOTE 1: The AQT must remain proctored for testing integrity, and instructors will serve as exam proctors. Cadets and instructors must coordinate to schedule the date and time for testing at the school site. The Air Force prohibits at-home testing as a testing site location.

If there are any application questions, please email jrotc.fa@au.af.edu and email all WINGS-related questions to the Help Desk at jrotc.jrs.contractor.support@au.af.edu.

NOTE 2: The Flight Academy Team intends to use the below application/selection timeline; however, please know these dates are subject to change.

The official notification will be distributed on Monday, 30 August 2021, for your review and action. Extensions will not be granted beyond the deadline; immediate action is imperative to ensure cadets’ application is submitted accurately.

Below are important Flight Academy dates:

30 Aug 2021 – 5 Nov 2021: Application Window (ALL)

7 Sep 2021 – 3 Nov 2021: Complete Aviation Qualifying Test (AQT)

5 Nov 2021: All Cadet Applications Due

15-19 Nov 2021: Selection board

3 Dec 2021: Notify Select and Alternate Cadets


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Willie Lester, SMSgt, USAF (Ret)

Aerospace Science Instructor

SouthWest Edgecombe High School

Office: 252-827-5016

Cell: 919-330-6247

Info for younger siblings

ALL MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS: ExperiMentors

Launching in fall 2021, ExperiMentors is a brand new program for North Carolina middle school students and their families! Through eight weeks of virtual afterschool programming, they will meet engaging scientists from near and far and explore their careers, their pathways into science and the challenges they’ve overcome. Get your hands dirty through fun hands-on science experiments using simple supplies that you can gather right at home!

Our mentors will include scientists of all genders, races and identities who will break down stereotypes in their fields and challenge your idea of what a scientist looks like. At the end of the program, participants can join us at NCMNS in downtown Raleigh to go behind the scenes, meet Museum curators and live animals and camp out overnight in the Museum with family!

Program meets weekly on Thursdays, 4pm–5:30pm,September 16–November 4, 2021. Optional overnight family campout will take place at the Museum fromFriday, November 5 at noon to 9am, Saturday, November 6.

Fee: $275 for full program including campout (space is limited); $150 for virtual meetings only.

Scholarships and travel assistance to the family campout are available to families with financial need. All are welcome to apply!

Applications are now open! To apply, submit all three forms by5pm Wednesday, August 25, 2021.

Please note that we have limited space available and we anticipate receiving more applications than we can accept. For questions about the program and the application process, please contact Erin Apple at erin.apple@naturalsciences.org

See the Attached Flyer for More Information

Thursday, August 19th

Reminder: Open House from 2 - 7 PM

Thursday, 19th from 2 -7.



  • Each family may have 2 adults present at Open House.
  • All students and visitors to campus must wear a mask, regardless of vaccine status.

Student and Guardian Handbook

Edgecombe County Public School Board of Education passes athletic expectations

Please note the following safety guidelines passed at the 08/16 Board of Education meeting for athletics.
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Edgecombe Community College Emergency Number

  • ECC Campus Security--Action Step. The ECC campus security number has changed to 252-885-5468. Please update your contact. Hint: Enter this number in your contacts list as "AAA ECC Security" so that it pops up at the very top of your contacts (in an emergency, this easy access will be helpful)!

How does my GPA work?

10 Point Grading Scale


A: 90 – 100

B: 80 – 89

C: 70 – 79

D: 60 – 69

F: < 59


GPA Calculation (Based on NC State Board of Education Policy # GCS-L-004 dated 1/8/2015) – Each high school student has a transcript, which is a record of cumulative grades earned during 9th – 12th grades. On the high school transcript, students receive an unweighted GPA calculation, which does not award any extra quality points for honors, AP, or college transferable classes. The weighted GPA calculation awards extra quality points for honors, AP, and college transferrable classes. The weighted GPA is used to calculate class rank at the end of each semester.

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Cheerleading tryouts

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Revitalization

Follow us on our Facebook page to see our Revitalization efforts!


If you are interested in serving on the team, you can find Mrs. Michelle Lynn in a variety of ways:

Importance of attendance

Showing up for school has a huge impact on a student’s academic success. Even as children grow older and more independent, families play a key role in making sure students get to school every day and understand why attendance is so important for success in school and on the job.


Note: Students should not come to school while feeling ill, having fever, etc.

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Parent & Coach Athletic Communication

Parent-Coach Relationship

Parenting and coaching are both extremely difficult responsibilities. By establishing an understanding of each position, we are better able to accept the actions of the other and provide a greater benefit to children. As parents, when your child is involved in our program, you have the right to understand what expectations are placed on him/her. This begins with clear communication from the coach of the sport.

Communication coaches expect from athletes & parents

  1. Concerns expressed directly to the coach.

  2. Notification of any schedule conflicts in advance.

  3. Notification of illness or injury as soon as possible.

As your child becomes involved in his/her programs at middle and high school, he/she will experience some of the most rewarding moments of their lives. It is important to understand that there also may be times when things do not go the way you and your child wish. At these times, discussion with the coach is encouraged. It is the first and most integral step to understanding and resolution.


Appropriate/Inappropriate concerns to discuss with coaches

The following topics are appropriate for discussion.

  1. The treatment of your child.

  2. Ways to help your child improve.

  3. Concerns about your child’s behavior.


It is very difficult to accept your child not playing as much as you had hoped. Coaches are professionals. They make decisions based on what they believe to be best for all student-athletes involved. As you have seen from the list above, certain things can be and should be discussed with your child’s coach. The three items listed below should be left to the discretion of the coach:

  1. Playing time, positioning, and event entry.

  2. Team strategies, game tactics, play calling.

  3. Any discussion about other student-athletes.


There are situations that may require a conference between the coach and player, or coach and parent. These conferences are encouraged. It is important that all parties involved have a clear understanding of the other person’s position. When a conference is necessary, the following procedures should be used to help resolve any concerns.

  1. Student-Coach – open-door policy for all coaches

  2. Parent-Coach – done by appointment

If you have a concern to discuss with a coach, the procedure you should follow is:

  1. Call the coach to schedule an appointment.

  2. If the coach cannot be reached, call the school athletic director; he/she will set a meeting for you.

  3. Please do not attempt to confront a coach before or after a contest or practice. These can be emotional times for both the parent and the coach. Meetings of this nature usually do not promote positive resolutions


What can a parent do if the meeting with the coach did not provide a satisfactory resolution?

  1. Call and schedule an appointment with the school athletic director to discuss the situation.

  2. At this meeting the appropriate next step can be determined, if necessary.

Egg cartons!

We are collecting egg cartons for our chicken's eggs. Please feel free to drop off your cartons in our front office.

African American Studies

We have some open spots in Mr. Bailey's AA Studies elective for second semester, 3rd period, if your schedule permits. Just FYI!

Electronics/Facilities Maintenance

We are offering at SWE, through ECC, these two CTE certificates/classes.

You will receive NC Community College and high school credits. These would be high school electives.

Electronics: WE MUST HAVE 7 STUDENTS FOR THE CLASS TO MAKE!

ELC 112 Electricity

ELN 229AA Industrial Electronics Part 1

ELC 126 Electrical Computations

This will be held during 3rd and 4th periods on our campus. A second part to this course could be taken 2nd semester or in future years. Students interested in STEM or engineering would be good candidates.

Facilities Maintenance:

Fall Semester - FMW 107 Intro to Carpentry and BPR 130 Blue Print Reading/Construction

Second Semester - FMW 102 House Wiring and ISC 112 - Industrial Safety

This class is offered first semester during 2nd period as an elective credit. Very hands-on.

To qualify to take these classes as a 10th grader:

-recommendation of principal

-recomendation of ECC chief academic officer

-passed Math 1 with grade of PC19 or better

-scored a 3, 4, or 5 on the 7th or 8th grade ELA EOG

If interested, please email your name and phone number so our ECC Coach can contact you. Thank you! Mrs. Gay, agay@ecps.us

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Schedule changed (repeat)

Schedules are open.


Click here for the link to drop/add form. Please do not email counselors with class changes. Use the form and they will contact you. Please put a phone number on the contact form!

PTO interest (repeat)

We are so appreciative of Mrs. Michelle Manning Lynn, SWEHS parent, as founder of the SWE Campus Revitalization Team. She has been actively recruiting individuals to serve on our Parent's Teacher Appreciation committee and having individuals sign up to donate time/materials to our school's clean up efforts.


She is also starting our school's Parent Teacher Organization as a means to celebrate our staff for their meaningful work. Our goal is to provide monthly staff celebrations!


If you are interested in serving, you can find her in a variety of ways:

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1:1 devices (repeat)

Students should plan to pick up their devices as we will be 1:1 this year. Students will take home the computer each night to charge it and bring it to school each day in order to complete classes.


During the pick up, students will need this form completed: Student Device Agreement (you can print ahead of time or come fill out a copy).


You will also receive:

Zscaler Sign In Instructions (needed for device home use)
Chromebook Care Tips

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Thursday, August 12th

Something to think about...

"I'm not interested in whether the glass is half empty or half full. I'm interested in figuring out how to fill the glass."

Source: Donald Kaberuka: The cautious optimist

SWEHS Clean up & PTO created!

We are so appreciative of Mrs. Michelle Manning Lynn, SWEHS parent, as founder of the SWE Campus Revitalization Team. She has been actively recruiting individuals to serve on our Parent's Teacher Appreciation committee and having individuals sign up to donate time/materials to our school's clean up efforts.


She is also starting our school's Parent Teacher Organization as a means to celebrate our staff for their meaningful work. Our goal is to provide monthly staff celebrations!


If you are interested in serving, you can find her in a variety of ways:

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A mask reminder!

All K-12 students and staff must wear masks on ECPS campuses, regardless of vaccine status.

Changing class schedules

Instructions: Only fill out this form once. Your counselor will correspond with you through your school email in most instances. When dropping a class, make sure you provide us with multiple classes that you would be willing to add in its place.


Submissions must be made by August 25, 2021.


We do not change schedules based on teacher preference or to have the same schedule as your friends:-)


Schedules will open on Monday, August 16th.

https://forms.gle/c37L3gc4YwHANAKK6

SWEHS Transportation Survey (repeat)

Please complete the SWEHS transportation survey to have your child be routed on a bus in August.


Click here!

We're going 1:1 (repeat)

Students should plan to pick up their devices as we will be 1:1 this year. Students will take home the computer each night to charge it and bring it to school each day in order to complete classes.


During the pick up, students will need this form completed: Student Device Agreement (you can print ahead of time or come fill out a copy).


You will also receive:

Zscaler Sign In Instructions (needed for device home use)
Chromebook Care Tips

A Will to Live - Sheriff’s Department Initiative

A Will to Live is an intervention program designed by the Edgecombe County Sheriff's Office to provide youth an opportunity to foresee the possible consequences of making poor decisions.


This program option is for 10-16 year old students, it combines physical fitness, a jail tour and interactive experience, a visit to a funeral home, parent sessions, and one on one sessions with a deputy to help students adjust negative behaviors.


Parent participation is required for student participation in the program. Will to Live operates on the last Friday of the month with a new group of students joining the program each month. Follow up will be ongoing for the students and parents. Please see the flyer below for additional details. This program may also be used as an intervention or alternative to suspension from school.

AWTL flyer.jpg

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Upcoming Vaccine Clinics

In partnership with the Edgecombe County Health Department, ECPS will be offering two Community COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics at Tarboro High School on the following dates:


Monday, August 16, 2021

1:00 - 4:00


Friday, August 27, 2021

3:00 - 6:00


We hope this will be a great opportunity for any of our staff members and students (over 12 years of age) who are interested in receiving their vaccine. Note: A parent or guardian will need to be present for any student under the age of 18.

Sports next week

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ECPS EDGE BACK TO SCHOOL Help Desk (Nights)

During the first week of school, August 23-26, each night from 6-7pm, we will host a virtual technology help desk. DT&L Specialists and Technicians will be on hand to answer any technology questions about Chromebooks, Power School, technology basics, digital communication tools, and a detailed walkthrough of applications.


We will also offer a digital citizenship game night on Wednesday and a session on Thursday night featuring programs our families can use to obtain internet access at a free or discounted price.


Here are the details for the event:

Date: August 23-26

Time: 6-7pm

Location: Virtual

Meet Link: meet.google.com/pjn-erjz-yru


We will have a $25 gift card raffle each night for those who attend.

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August 6th, 2021

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Please plan to attend Open House from 2 - 7 PM.


We are limiting the number of guests to 2.

Additionally, we are requiring all individuals who are on campus to wear a mask, regardless of vaccine status.

Hello from your admin team!

Ms. Alaina Ritter, Digital Literacy Coach

My name is Alaina Ritter, and I'll be serving as your Digital Literacy Coach. I am a lifelong resident of Edgecombe County, and love living here. I received my Bachelor's Degree in History Education from East Carolina University in 2015. After graduating college, I joined the SWE Team in the History department. I'll be starting my second year in the Digital Literacy position. I'm excited to start my 7th year in Edgecombe County and can't wait to meet you all!

Mrs. DeNeasha Strother, assistant principal

I am DeNeasha Strother, your proud Assistant Principal! I received a Bachelor of Science in biology and a minor in chemistry from North Carolina Wesleyan College. I went on to get my Master’s in School Administration from North Carolina State University through the NELA program. I am thrilled to join the Cougar Family! I cannot wait to meet you all! I am excited to join Dr. Lampron and Dr. Harris in your vision for students! I echo these sentiments in my belief that ALL students can learn and are capable of being successful! It is my hope and dream that we redesign education so that all students enjoy their educational journey! I join your team with 15 years of experience in education with 12 of those years in the classroom as a science teacher. I enjoy coaching teachers, assisting with instruction, planning, and developing data driven instructional plans for students! When I am not working I enjoy spending time with my husband Billy, two children Jaden and Bryson, and my dog Bailey Rae.

Dr. Tevis Harris, assistant principal

Hello Cougar Family! I am Dr. Tevis Harris. I was born and raised in Rocky Mount, NC. I graduated from Rocky Mount Senior High School in 1999 with honors. I graduated from East Carolina University in 2004 as an honor graduate with a BS in Elementary Education and minor in both reading and history. I received two masters degrees (2007), an educational specialist degree (2011), and doctoral degree (2016) all from the University of Phoenix. I have been in education for 18 years having served as teacher, assistant principal, principal, and technology director. I am also a National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Certified Teacher in Adolescent Science (2011). I am certainly excited about being a part of the Cougar family and working alongside each of you. My hope is that we will continue to create a safe space of accountability and care where status does not matter and all are allowed to show up authentically, learn creatively, and leave ready to live meaningfully. I enjoy all social events and I find joy in collaborating with others. My research interests include learning about the experience of African American students and teachers in science, race and rurality, and teacher development in science education. My wife, Dr Avent Harris, and I have two amazing children, Carsen and Nolan. Outside of school, I am a gospel singer, songwriter, and producer. I love to dance and play softball.

1:1 Devices!

Students should plan to pick up their devices as we will be 1:1 this year. Students will take home the computer each night to charge it and bring it to school each day in order to complete classes.


During the pick up, students will need this form completed: Student Device Agreement (you can print ahead of time or come fill out a copy).


You will also receive:

Zscaler Sign In Instructions (needed for device home use)
Chromebook Care Tips

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Dress code

Student dress code ensures that clothes cover private areas and stomachs are covered with material that is not see through.


Click here to see the dress code

Transportation Survey

Please complete the SWEHS transportation survey to have your child be routed on a bus in August.


Click here!

Parking passes on sale

Parking passes will be on sale soon. Please review the expectations so you're ready to purchase yours when they arrive!


Please click if you'd like to review or download the pass on your own.

Latin Honors System

An Edgecombe County Public Schools Honors Diploma represents exemplary academic achievement and completion of all state and local requirements inclusive of two (2) units of the same foreign language. Substitutions of Career & Technical Education courses for core classes will not be allowed for Honors Diplomas.


Latin Honors will be recognized at commencement beginning the 2021-2022 academic year. The Latin designation for students will be determined at the end of the fall semester of the senior year. Graduates will be recognized with a special cord or stole. Weighted GPA requirements will be:


Cum Laude: 3.750 - 3.999

Magna Cum Laude: 4.000 - 4.249

Summa Cum Laude: 4.250 and up


We will still honor having a salutatorian and valedictorian.

Back to school give away

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July 29th, 2021

From the desk of Dr. Lampron, principal:

  • For the second year in a row, we are starting our school year fully staffed! This is due to the dedication of our teachers being willing to sit int on interviews at all times of the day, all summer long. I am grateful for their partnerships.


  • Please hold Thursday, August 19th as a date for Open House. More info is coming regarding the specific times.


  • We will be a 1:1 device school next year, where each student will have a device to use for in person and take home use. More info coming!


Your administrative team:

We wish much congratulations to Principal Shavon Brown as she transitions from her home at SWEHS to begin a new journey as the principal of North Edgecombe High School. It goes without saying how much our school adores Principal Brown; she will truly be missed. We celebrate all her accomplishments and look forward to watching her shine at NEHS.


As Principal Brown exits to impact change on the other side of town, a stellar leader is coming to join our team. I introduce Mrs. DeNeasha Strother! Mrs. Strother is a science educator by trade, having middle school and high school teaching experience. Most recently, Mrs. Strother has served W.A. Pattillo Middle School as a school administrator. I had the pleasure of working with Mrs. Strother previously and I know that her strong work ethic, content knowledge, and joy for children will be great assets to our school team.


Your 2021 - 2022 administrative team:

Ms. Alaina Ritter, digital literacy coach

Mrs. Deneasha Strother, assistant principal

Dr. Tevis Harris, assistant principal

Dr. Lauren Lampron, principal


Next week, we'll share a 'blurb' about each member of our admin team so that you can get to know them!

Your child's counselor

At SWEHS, the students are served by 3 counselors. The students are divided by last name as a benefit to having the same counselor for their time at our school.


Mrs. Anna Gay is our lead counselor.

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District transportation survey

Please complete the SWEHS transportation survey to have your child be routed on a bus in August.


Click here!

Senior pictures

Senior guardians, it's time to get the tissues ready! Your babies are getting senior pictures today and tomorrow!


As a reminder, you must schedule an appointment through their website; choose “North Carolina” and “Pinetops” in the search of the Lifetouch Prestige website (https://prestigeportraits.com/?fbclid=IwAR2OPhV3j861XRCl7VQkkeiYtjAHnklpJpE3PWw9h6sH7I1nHDxE0nRYScw).


Items to note:

1. Bring a guest to help you change.

2. Most people have a minimum of 3 outfit changes. Many like to have a sports uniform, and dressy option, and a casual option to go along with their drape/tux photo.

3. If problems happen when trying to book a slot, call (919) 377-0026

4. Make up photos will be on Tuesday, September 7th.

5. Cap and gown pictures will be on Thursday, February 24th.

Athletic eligibility packet

All students playing sports in North Carolina are required to complete the eligibility packet.

Cheerleading Tryouts!

Cheerleading mandatory clinic will be on August 3rd and 4th from 4 - 6 PM. Cheerleading tryouts will be August 5th at 4 PM. Plan to report to the Cougar Cafeteria.

*Please wear white shirt, black shorts, tennis shoes; no "cheer t-shirts."

*Stunting and tumbling preferred but not required.

*Please complete the Cheerleading packet.

Football practice

Official practice for Cougar football begins August 2nd.

Check ins/Equipment will begin at 4:30 in the Weightroom. Practice will be 5:30-8:30.

Please make sure you have a current physical and complete eligibility packet.

Cleats and athletic attire.

Reminder to HYDRATE throughout the day!!


August Football Schedule

July 21st, 2021

Introduction to your principal, Dr. Lauren Lampron

Personally:

  • Wife to Phillip; mother to Luca (we come as a package of 3, so you'll see my family at many of our school events). When our family made the decision for me to join the family of SWE, it was understood that we were all becoming Cougars. I encourage you to get to know Phillip and Luca as you get to know me. Relationships matter (plus they are pretty cool).
  • We live in Tarboro; I moved from PA to teach at CB Martin Middle School in 2010 and I've been here ever since!
  • I love all things related to exploring: I enjoy geocaching, escape rooms, trying new restaurants, and meeting new people.


Professionally:

  • Attended West Chester University (state school in PA for Psychology), East Carolina University (for teaching license), and NC State (for masters and doctorate).
  • Served ECPS for 11 years.
  • Taught middle school ELA/SS at CB Martin Middle, 3 years.
  • High school principal residency at Tarboro High School, 1 year.
  • Middle school administrator at WA Pattillo Middle, 6 years.
  • High school administrator at THE SouthWest Edgecombe High School, 1+ year!

Contacting your principal

Know that I openly share my contact information to all parents and students via cell 252-883-5550. I joke that I am aware enough to put my phone on silent when I'm not able to contact you right away. I am most responsive between 7 AM - 5 PM.


You, too, are welcome to share my contact information with anyone who may need to contact me.


Please know that SWEHS has terrible service. There are times if you call me, my phone will literally not ring at all. If you'd like to talk via phone, please text me to ask me to call you or call the school to 252-827-5016. Our front office will radio me to see if I am able to receive your call.

Senior pictures

We have an update regarding pictures:

LifeTouch will be on campus Thursday, July 29th and Friday, July 30th. You must schedule an appointment through their website; choose “North Carolina” and “Pinetops” in the search of the Lifetouch Prestige website (https://prestigeportraits.com/...).

Items to note:

1. Bring a guest to help you change

2. Most people have a minimum of 3 outfit changes. Many like to have a sports uniform, and dressy option, and a casual option to go along with their drape/tux photo.

3. If problems happen when trying to book a slot, call (919) 377-0026


Click to learn more:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1DtP0wzqRdjRgpVC6lfj3tn-0f2XGwt7P/view?usp=sharing

Essay contest

On behalf of the North Carolina Lieutenant Governor’s Office, Lieutenant Governor Mark Robinson wants to offer students an opportunity to participate in an essay contest. This contest is open only to students who are entering grades 4-12 in the 2021-2022 school year. The prompt for the essay will be on the following topic: What does it mean to be a North Carolinian?


Selected individuals will receive a tour of North Carolina’s capitol with Lieutenant Governor Mark Robinson. For more information on formatting specifics and other notes, please visit https://ltgov.nc.gov/4th-8th-grade-and-9th-12th-grade-essay-contest

ElectriCities of NC scholarship

ElectriCities of NC is offering a scholarship to support individuals pursuing a future career as an Electric Lineworker. The scholarship will provide a student up to $1,000 towards the cost of tuition for a community college electric lineworker program in NC, SC, or VA.


Applicants must be a graduate of a high school in NC, SC, or VA and must plan to attend a community college lineworker training program in one of these states.


The scholarship is awarded on a first come, first served basis until all funds have been awarded. Please email agay@ecps.us and she will send you the application!

Becoming eligible to play sports in high school

Remember that students need physicals in order to participate in sports. For places currently offerings physicals in our Pinetops community, please click here.


Per the North Carolina High School Athletic Association:

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Updates from our band:

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Email to students regarding classes

Below are some offering of classes that we'd like to share with you:


1. Amazon Future Engineers/Intro to Python Course - This course is open to HIGHLY MOTIVATED upperclassmen that are able to handle online learning. We recommend at least a 3.0 GPA. The course is facilitated by a Digital Learning Specialist with the county. There are not regular meeting times, the course is online, but Mr. Roberts will meet if needed.


2. ENG 242 British Lit: Are you a Senior that has completed ENG 111 and ENG 112 through the community college? You could take ENG 242 and it would satisfy your fourth high school English requirement. You would be guaranteed college credit if you earn a C or higher. You could do this in place of AP Lit.


3. NCVPS (North Carolina Virtual Public Schools) is an online platform for motivated students. You can find course offerings here https://ncvps.org/catalogs/. You need a minimum 3.0 GPA


4. North Carolina School of Science and Math: The North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics will be offering distance learning classes to qualifying students at SWE during the 21-22 school year. These courses are highly rigorous and many come with specific course prerequisites. These courses will be taught at specific times during the school day and will be taught by faculty of NCSSM via distance learning.Please see the link below. This will take you to the NCSSM Course Offerings page where you can see class times, course descriptions, and prerequisites needed to take the course. Please click on the course you are interested in to see if you qualify! If the course requires a textbook it’s the responsibility of the student to purchase it.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1OtSeYiaTt8qqktTM5xlO8UHuFNwlhqUi/view

Child tax credit awareness

Sharing a resource regarding child tax credit awareness: https://www.whitehouse.gov/child-tax-credit/ If you did not file taxes last year, you can use this tool to sign up to receive benefits: https://www.irs.gov/credits-deductions/advance-child-tax-credit-payments-in-2021

Electronics & Facilities Maintenance

We are offering at SWE, through ECC, these two CTE certificates/classes.


You will receive NC Community College and high school credits. These would be high school electives.


Electronics:

ELC 112 Electricity

ELN 229AA Industrial Electronics Part 1

ELC 126 Electrical Computations


This will be held during 3rd and 4th periods on our campus. A second part to this course could be taken 2nd semester or in future years. Students interested in STEM or engineering would be good candidates.


Facilities Maintenance:

Fall Semester - FMW 107 Intro to Carpentry and BPR 130 Blue Print Reading/Construction

Second Semester - FMW 102 House Wiring and ISC 112 - Industrial Safety


This class is offered first semester during 2nd period as an elective credit. Very hands-on.


To qualify to take these classes as a 10th grader:

-recommendation of principal

-recomendation of ECC chief academic officer

-passed Math 1 with grade of PC19 or better

-scored a 3, 4, or 5 on the 7th or 8th grade ELA EOG


If interested please reply to this email with your name and phone number so our ECC Coach can contact you. Thank you! Mrs. Gay

Interested in health care?

Do you know any incoming high school students interested in a career in healthcare? Rising 9th-12th graders across eastern NC are invited to the Health Career Starter Kit program offered by Eastern Area Health Education Center.

This virtual program consists of three live webinars on July 27, August 3, and August 10, all held from 9:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Topics will be effective communication, leadership skills, and career opportunities through a health career panel.

Students may pick and choose any combination of sessions. There is a nominal fee of $10 per session or $25 for all three to reserve spots. The deadline to register for any of the three is July 26. Registration is online only and requires a MyAHEC account. Students are encouraged to use a personal (not school) email address to create an account, which can be used for future EAHEC programming throughout their education and careers.

Click here for more information or to register: https://www.easternahec.net/courses-and-events/66029/health-career-starter-kit

Program questions may be referred to EAHEC Director of Student Services Blair Savoca at 252-744-5214 or SavocaB19@ecu.edu. Registration and other technical assistance is available through our help desk at 252-744-5210 or easternahec@ecu.edu.

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NCSSM Course Offerings for 21-22

The North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics will be offering distance learning classes to qualifying students at SWE during the 21-22 school year. These courses are highly rigorous and many come with specific course prerequisites.


These courses will be taught at specific times during the school day and will be taught by faculty of NCSSM via distance learning.


Please see the link below. This will take you to the NCSSM Course Offerings page where you can see class times, course descriptions, and prerequisites needed to take the course. Please click on the course you are interested in to see if you qualify! If the course requires a textbook it’s the responsibility of the student to purchase it.


https://drive.google.com/file/d/1OtSeYiaTt8qqktTM5xlO8UHuFNwlhqUi/view


Email Agay@ecps.us if you're interested.

Autobody, Facilities Maintenance, Forklift Training, Construction or HVAC academies through ECC

Students that may be interested in Autobody, Facilities Maintenance, Forklift Training, Construction or HVAC academies through ECC......please see attached info!

Autobody Repair Academy-Night/Day Classes

Autobody Repair Academy-Night/Day

Classes

Edgecombe Community College

Tarboro Campus, J Building August 17 from 6:00-9:00 pm; Tuesday and Thursday nights

The class ends Dec. 9. The day class starts August 25 from 8-11:15am on Monday and Wednesday

mornings. The class ends Dec. 15. Cost: $185.00 (Additional costs for textbooks and certification exams.) Scholarships

are available. Students will earn a general certificate in Autobody Repair with certain I-CAR

certifications. For more information contact Kathy Webb (252) 618-6614 or webbk@edgecombe.edu

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Facility Maintenance Technician Academy-Night or Day Classes

Facility Maintenance Technician Academy-Night or Day Classes

Edgecombe Community College

Tarboro Campus, D Building

September 8 from 5:45-10:00 pm; Wednesday nights

The class ends Feb. 23.

The day class starts August 25 and meets on Mon, Wed, and Friday afternoons from 12-2:15pm. The class ends on 12/13.

Cost: $185.00 (Additional costs for textbooks and certification exams.) Scholarships are available.

Students will earn a general certificate in Facility Maintenance Technician and a certification in OSHA 10 Training.

For more information contact Kathy Webb (252) 618-6614 or webbk@edgecombe.edu

Forklift Training Class

Forklift Training Class

Edgecombe Community College

Tarboro Campus

8:00 am-2:00 pm

Cost: $75

Students will earn a general certification in Forklift Training in just one class.

No shorts and boots are required.

Classes are offered on the following dates:

July 20

August 17

September 21

October 19

November 16

For more information, contact Kathy Webb, (252) 618-6614.

Construction Academy-Night/Day Classes

Construction Academy-Night/Day Classes

Edgecombe Community College

Tarboro Campus, D Building

September 7 from 5:45-10:00 pm; Tuesday nights

The class ends Feb. 22.

The day class starts August 24 and meets on Tues and Thursday afternoons from 12-3pm. The class ends on 12/16.

Cost: $185.00 (Additional costs for textbooks and certification exams.) Scholarships are available.

Students will earn a general certificate in Construction and a certification in OSHA 10 Training.

For more information contact Kathy Webb (252) 618-6614 or webbk@edgecombe.edu

HVAC Academy

HVAC Academy

Edgecombe Community College

Tarboro Campus, D Building

August 5-January 27 from 6:00-10:00 pm; Thursday nights

or

August 9-January 31 from 6:00-10:00 pm; Monday nights

Cost: $185.00 (Additional costs for textbooks and certification exams.) Scholarships are available.

Students will earn a general certificate from Edgecombe Community College from Continuing Education in Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning with Refrigerant certification.

For more information contact Kathy Webb (252) 618-6614 or webbk@edgecombe.edu

Dr. Lauren Lampron

Please feel free to text or call me anytime to 252-883-5550.