Superintendent Weekly Update

from the desk of Kathy Amos

October 8, 2021

Congratulations to Mr. Erik Buchnan for being named the YCS Principal of the Year!

Mr. Buchanan is student-centered when making decisions, a servant leader in any and all areas of the school campus and community, and provides support for his faculty and staff.

A true Champion in every sense of the word!

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I sincerely want to thank everyone for rising to the occasion once again to help us combat COVID-19 for a second school year. By making good choices on our school campuses, we are now able to keep more kids in school.

On September 9, we had 433 students in quarantine and 44 active cases. On October 7, we had 88 students in quarantine and 12 active cases in YCS out of 2,400 students and employees. You are to be commended for your efforts as we continue to learn week by week what will help us keep our kids in school so we can focus on teaching and learning.

A reminder, not all quarantines are COVID related. We still have other viruses in our community. We encourage parents to work with the school nurse and principals regarding student absences. If your children are sick, please keep them at home and work with the school nurses and consult with your family physician.

Here is the latest guidance from NCDHHS in the NC Toolkit:

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NC Teachers of Tomorrow Scholarships have arrived!!!

The annual NC Teachers of Tomorrow Scholarships have arrived!

Every year, North Carolina Teachers hosts our #20for20 scholarship campaign to award 20 teachers a full program scholarship. We will accept scholarship submissions from October 1-31. I would appreciate it if you would help us spread the word about this amazing scholarship opportunity!

The following scholarships are available:

1. Teacher Certification Scholarship

2. Paraprofessional & Substitute Teacher Scholarship

3. Emergency Certificate Scholarship

Open Enrollment for NC State Health Plan!

Open Enrollment for the NC State Health Plan starts Monday, October 11th, and only runs through Friday, October 29, 2021. This is a shorter window of time, so please take action asap!

During Open Enrollment, all employees will be automatically enrolled in the 70/30 Plan, but employees MUST TAKE ACTION to reduce their premium. If you prefer the 80/20 Plan, you MUST TAKE ACTION! If you want to reduce your monthly premium on either plan, you MUST TAKE ACTION by completing the tobacco attestation! If you fail to take action during Open Enrollment, your monthly premiums will be considerably higher in 2022!

For more information please check out the attached Decision Guide which was mailed to your home. Additional information can also be found on the State Health Plan’s website at

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Principal’s Appreciation Month

North Carolina Public Schools sent this bulletin at 10/01/2021 09:46 AM EDT

To the Principals of the Old North State,

We wanted to take the time to celebrate you and your dedicated service to the teachers and students of North Carolina. We understand that this is one of the toughest years we have had to endure, and yet you press onward to support your students, faculty, and staff.

We appreciate the passion and resiliency you have and will continue to display as you multiply excellence and growth under your purview. I can attest that Superintendent Catherine Truitt, the NC State Board of Education, and the Department of Public Instruction, supports, values, and stands with you. Your leadership is essential in moving this state forward and assisting each child in their pursuit to become the best version of themself.

Our plan is to honor and celebrate your selfless service every day in the month of October. Please look for the hashtag #NCSupportsOurPrincipals.

We hope you have a great and well-deserved Principal’s Appreciation Month!

One Vision One Voice.

Tabari Wallace
Special Advisor to the State Superintendent
Office of Principal Engagement

To close, we would like to share a few quotes from the North Carolina Principal of the Year Executive Council:

From Matthew Bristow-Smith,
2019 Wells Fargo NC Principal of the Year:
"Over the last two years, principals have lived in "perpetual beta" as we have reinvented our schools over and over in response to the shifting sands beneath our feet. In the midst of the sound and fury of this pandemic, your leadership has been the rock for our schools, our teachers, our families, our children, and our entire state. You have modeled grace under extreme pressure, courage in the face of impossible adversity, and humanity through your commitment to serving others. During Principal Appreciation Month, we honor our school leaders for always showing up and being all in for each and every member of your school family. You personify our state motto of esse quam videri, "to be rather than to seem."

From Kisha Clemons,
2020 Wells Fargo NC Principal of the Year:
“It is a great honor to represent and serve the North Carolina Principals and Assistant Principals. Seventeen months ago, we couldn’t imagine the magnitude of this pandemic and its impact on teaching and learning and the mental health of the children and adults we serve. Despite the challenges, our principals have used their superhero powers to do the unimaginable. You continue to lead your school communities with heart and courage. We see how you cultivate greatness in your communities, and we are so proud of what you do each and every day. We stand with you and will continue to elevate your voice. Thank you for being a champion for our students and teachers and for inspiring greatness each and every day.

From Dr. Shirley Prince,
“Principals set the academic tone for their schools and it is their vision, dedication, and determination that provides the mobilizing force for achieving student success. Even when challenges seem insurmountable, our principals do not falter. They continue to pursue solutions and overcome barriers to meet the needs of each student and adult in their sphere of influence.

“For their dedication to excellence in education, we honor and salute them for the great job that they do daily. Not only in October, National Principals Month, but every month of the year.”

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