Superintendent Weekly Update

from the desk of ..... Kathy Amos

April 16, 2021

We are extremely proud of you Coach Susie Shelton and how you represent YCS!

We appreciate all our YCS media specialists!

April is STEM Education Month!

Want to Teach Your Passion? Apply this Summer for Lenoir-Rhyne's One-Year Online Teaching Master

Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Online MAT program provides students the opportunity to earn both a graduate degree and North Carolina teaching certification. The program is designed for students who have earned a non-education undergraduate degree and wish to pursue secondary teacher or certain K-12 teacher licensure areas. Students gain the skills, training, and certification they need to be highly qualified English, math, social studies, science, physical education, or music teachers.

The MAT program is 34 credit hours and students will pursue coursework that emphasizes applying theory to best practice. As a non-cohort program, students can complete the curriculum at their own pace—full-time or part-time. Classes include foundations of education, curriculum and pedagogy, diverse learners, assessment, instructional technology, and multicultural education. Students are in the classroom observing and working with teachers and administrators, and the program culminates with a semester of full-time student teaching. This can be completed in the fall or spring as well as a capstone seminar in which students begin the transition to their own classrooms. Upon review of your application, the PRAXIS II test may be waived as an admission requirement.

Full-time faculty mentors are located on both LR’s Hickory and Asheville campuses to provide students greater face-to-face access when needed. Any practicum experiences, including student teaching requirements, can be completed close to home at the students’ greater convenience.

SELf Care: Meeting the SEL needs of Adults through the Arts (Open to ALL NC Educators!)


SELf Care: Meeting the SEL needs of Adults through the Arts (Open to ALL NC Educators!)

We all know that we cannot serve students from an empty cup. Every educator has been repeatedly told to put on their own oxygen mask first but for most, virtual, hybrid, and in-person teaching during the COVID-19 Pandemic has been overwhelmingly stressful. Many adults do not know where or how to begin to address their own SEL needs but are charged with leading these efforts for children. We are here to help! ALL educators are welcome to join in this 8-session series to learn practical techniques to manage stress, rekindle daily joy through the arts, and explore how to apply lessons learned in this series to the classroom through Arts Integrated SEL lessons for students. We look forward to sharing this valuable content with you and know that your students will be better served when you engage in a little SELf Care!

Sessions include:

TEACH Happier with Suzanne Dailey April 20 -4 p.m.-5 p.m.

Life-Hacks for Grounding Yourself co-presented with the NC Symphony April 27 -4 p.m.-5 p.m.

Mindful Moving with Sayward Grindley May 4-4 p.m.-5 p.m.

Mindful Meter with Brandon Roeder May 6 -4 p.m.-5 p.m.

Mindful Making with Michelle Harrell and Ophelia Staton May 11-4 p.m.-5 p.m.

Mindful M-agination with Triad Stage Learning Programs May 13-4 p.m.-5 p.m.

NC Museum of Art (NCMA) Virtual Teacher Workshop: Roots and Leaves Expressive Arts Experience May 18 -4 p.m.-5 p.m. (Registration Coming Soon!)

The Mindful Classroom with Elizabeth Peterson May 20-4 p.m.-5 p.m.

A+ U Elective Videos created by the A+ Schools of North Carolina Self-Paced

Read session descriptions and find registration links HERE.

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Thomas Wolfe Memorial State Historic Site

Thomas Wolfe Memorial State Historic Site


Take a field trip to Thomas Wolfe Memorial with our new Bitmoji classroom tool. Just fill out a registration form as a school or individual for free access so we know that you visited.

https://historicsites.nc.gov/.../thomas.../digital-resources