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The Curriculum & Instruction Department will be delivering digital newsletters quarterly during the 2017-2018 school year.

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SCIENCE NEWS

Come out on March 17th and March 18th to support the Robeson Early College High School in the robotics tournament.  This is a great event hosted at UNC-Pembroke with an amazing 36 competitive teams from around the region.  Come see what all the fuss is about!  

Our next public programs Saturday, March 10th, and April 14th; at 1 pm, and 3 pm.  The program is entitled Rise of Privateers in Space, and this will include an update of both the Falcon Heavy launch, and the upcoming launch of SpaceX’s BFR. This event is a part of the UN’s global outreach effort World Space Week, and is the only one of these events in North Carolina.  Admission is free. Make reservations please. We are located at 210 Second Street in downtown Lumberton, at the Robeson County Partnership for Children. Phone # (910) 735-2147, www.robeson.k12.nc.us/domain/47

March - April 2018

Bi-Monthly Newsletter

Public Schools of Robeson County - Dr. Robert Locklear, Assistant Superintendent

Congratulations to the PSRC 2 & 3 Grade BOB Winners for 2017-2018.  

1st place winner is Prospect Elementary School

2nd place winner is Piney Grove Elementary School

3rd place winner Pembroke Elementary School

Daughters of the American Revolution Essay Contest Winners will be recognized at our George Washington Tea at the Pinecrest Country Club. The topic was World War I: Remembering the War to End All Wars.  

The AIG student winners are as follows: 

6th Grade - Walker Camryn Chavis, Pembroke Middle School

7th Grade - Tristin Locklear, Lumberton Junior High School

8th Grade - Anna Blair, Lumberton Junior High School



DIGITAL TEACHING AND LEARNING

How to make the classroom rigorous and personalized to drive student engagement and instruction in the digital age?

Google Classroom for Teachers and Digital Resources are the next topics to be covered with Stephania Burton and Lisa S. Thoman. Teachers will learn in Google Classroom how to transform their classroom from paper/pencil lecture style teaching to interactive/online style learning.



Social Studies Department

Field trips bring classroom study alive for students and help them remember and relate to what they have learned. They provide rich resources that can rarely be approximated in the classroom. They also help connect school to the world. Field trips provide new cultural contexts for literature and provoke questions. Here is the most recent newsletter.




Academically & Intellectually Gifted

Applications have been received by Governor’s School for review and chosen students will be revealed in the spring of 2018. The Chamber of Commerce groups in Robeson County are receiving the Students of Excellence applications for review and winners from each grade level at each high school will be recognized in February and March.  AIG testing is coming to a close and students meeting the criteria will be notified this month. Check out the AIG webpage!



The Inflatable version of the Robeson Planetarium opens to the public on Saturday, Jan 20 and Feb 10.  Both Dates have 1 and 3 pm start times.  Make reservations by calling 735-2147. Program Topics - 14th anniversary on Mars, and selecting landing sites on Mars. All updates and future dates on our webpage.

January - February 2018

Bi-Monthly Newsletter

Public Schools of Robeson County - Dr. Robert Locklear, Assistant Superintendent

SAVE THE DATE

CTAP "Mary Poppins, Jr." Auditions. Jan. 9 & 11 for students in 2nd-7th grades at LJHS Auditiorium

Jan. 18 @ 4:00PM Music Educator PD Series Session #3. Series sponsored by UNCP Music Education Dept. Moore Hall

Feb. 9 @ 8:00 AM - UNCP Visual Art PD Day at Locklear Hall

Math Department

NC Check-Ins Information for Math:  We will continue our meetings to analyze our benchmark data, look at tasks and activities, and share strategies.  Look for sign-up forms (in your email soon) for meetings in February and March.  Please remember that new K-8 standards start next year and all grades 3-8 will have math NC Check-Ins.  Please visit our Math Department webpage.



What's Happening Around Our County?

Each month our CIA department and schools offer different types of CEU's for all employees to take advantage of. Click our calendar to see what's in your neighborhood! Staff Development Calendar



BATTLE OF THE BOOKS

Jan. 24-26: Grades 2/3 will compete at Lumberton Jr. @9:00am

Feb.14-16: Grades 6-8 will compete at Lumberton Jr. @9:00am.

Check out our Media Services website for up-to-date news on B.O.B.!



English Department

Saturday, February 3, 2018 - High School English I and II Teachers are requested to attend staff development focusing on how to prepare ninth and tenth grade students for optimal student achievement success on the English II EOC.  A guest facilitator will conduct the workshop and attendees will receive a $100 stipend for attending.  For more information, visit the ELA Professional Development Page.

Sixth through eighth grade English Language Arts and Social Studies teachers will have regional English Language Arts training on how to use constructed responses in the middle school classroom.  There are four dates between late January and February where teachers can attend and it will take place in four different sites within each part of the county.  For more information, visit the ELA Professional Development Page.



January - February 2018

Bi-Monthly Newsletter

Public Schools of Robeson County - Dr. Robert Locklear, Assistant Superintendent



Staff Development - Ms. Lisa Godwin, North Carolina Teacher of the Year, will be a guest presenter for one of our principal training sessions on November 28, 2017. For more dates, please visit our website.



MESSAGE FROM THE ASSISTANT SUPERINTENDENT

Welcome to the Public Schools of Robeson County Curriculum Newsletter!

As a district, we are committed to “Prepare all students to meet the challenges of an ever-changing world.” To do that, we implement a rigorous, standards-based curriculum that emphasizes inquiry, choice, high expectations, differentiation, and strong alignment from one grade / course to the next.

We utilize standards to guide our instruction and assessment. Standards do not dictate curriculum, but provide teachers, parents, and students with clear benchmarks for learning. Standards describe what students should know and be able to do—the teachers, our experts in the classrooms, determine the best resources and activities to achieve that learning. Assessments inform instructional decision-making and Collaboration in Action (CIA)/Professional Learning Communities (PLC) harness the power of teams to support teachers as they strive to provide every child with opportunities to be successful and grow.

Curriculum development at PSRC is a process that is undertaken on a regular schedule, in alignment with North Carolina State Content Standards adoptions. We have access to State resources to build teacher capacity, provide effective and extensive training, and extend our networks and resources beyond the boundaries of our district. Teachers carefully evaluate everything they do to be sure it is the most appropriate for the children in their classes—adjusting year to year for the unique groups they work with.

Our ultimate goal is to provide every child with the learning opportunities s/he needs to graduate life ready, globally competitive citizens by engaging in rigorous educational experiences and by building positive relationships and strong partnerships.  

Sincerely,

Robert D. Locklear

Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum, Instruction and Accountability
201 E. Livermore Drive, Pembroke, North Carolina 28372  
Phone: 910.671.6000 ext. 3502 Email: robert.locklear@robeson.k12.nc.us


November - December 2017

Bi-Monthly Newsletter

Public Schools of Robeson County - Dr. Robert Locklear, Assistant Superintendent

Valerie Hammond, our high school AIG representative, recently had an informative tour at the Career Center with the guidance counselor Jenny Scott. Mrs. Hammond was able to see the students and teachers in action while visiting each class. The facility was conducive to student learning and the teachers were very knowledgeable and welcoming. The Career Center is a great resource for students who are interested in gaining first-hand experience in careers such as computer engineering, welding, drafting, the medical field and other areas of interest. For more information about the Academically & Intellectually Gifted program, go to https://www.robeson.k12.nc.us/Page/127




MEDIA SERVICES 

Digital Resources to Increases Reading and Writing - Four Technology Resources that you can incorporate into your classroom.  

  1. Seesaw - A digital portfolio that collects students’ digital and physical work in one place. 
  2. Padlet - Great for writing about reading. 
  3. Word Cloud - Practice sight words and word study pattern 
  4. Little Bird Tales - Digital Writing Resource



The Accountability Department will be extremely busy the next few weeks.  High Schools will administer the PreACT and CCRAA on November 13 - 17.  They will also participate in NC Math 2 & 3 field on November 6 - 9.



Saturday, November 4th and December 9th, we will run public shows at 1 & 3 pm. November's program features the 40th anniversary of the Voyager missions’ launch. Please call 671-6000, ext. 3381. Tickets are Free. Seating is limited to 23 per showing.  You must make reservations in advance in order to reserve your seat. Check out what we are doing at the Planetarium on our website.  

November is National American Indian Heritage Month (NAIHM).  In 1990, President George H. W. Bush declared the month of November a time to celebrate the rich culture and contributions of American Indians and Alaska Natives.  Since that time, every sitting President has signed proclamations recognizing November as NAIHM.  IEA encourages everyone to participate in the American Indian Heritage Programs that will be presented at each school in the county for a time of remembrance and celebration.

November - December 2017

Bi-Monthly Newsletter

Public Schools of Robeson County - Dr. Robert Locklear, Assistant Superintendent
Click on Lend Me A Tenor & Madagascar for School Show Information



IGNITE A SPARK!

Parents, if you are looking for the perfect reading app, look no further than Amazon Rapids. Turn screen time into reading time! Each story experience is designed to make reading fun.  Build your reader's confidence, spark the imagination, and encourage a lifelong love of reading. For more information, visit the Parent Information page on the PSRC-ELA website.



SKILLS vs. CONTENT

In the Social Studies classroom both are important to nurture to ensure student success! Refer to the unpacking document and the History Strand clarifying objectives; you will see reference to Historical Thinking Skills this month’s instructional strategies action research.  Please make sure to take advantage of the free curriculum and resources that are available to support your teaching Civics and Economics Standards.  To get updates regarding Social Studies please make sure to register using the following link: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1ybGI-lMCu_-82fQCbMXHQ6udD4LXoN15yaY8WbBe4qc

Check out the Social Studies November-December Newsletter, click here.

Renewal Credits and Professional Development - Opportunities for 6-12 grade English teachers have been posted. More will be added as trainings are designed.  For more information, be sure to visit the Professional Development page on the PSRC-ELA website.




SAVE THE DATE

On the January 16, 2018 Parent Night sponsored by the PSRC Parent Center, Ms. Sandra Evans, K-8 Curriculum  Supervisor will be discussing Read to Achieve Legislation as well as going over the Read to Achieve LiveBinder for Parents. The LiveBinder contains a plethora of resources for parents as it relates to the importance of early literacy, family resource guides, bilingual resources, and activities for parents and students.


TEAM WORK

Many 4th-6th grade math teachers from PSRC came to a meeting with their peers to learn more about using the Lessons for Learning, Games, and Tasks that are included on the NCDPI Math Wiki.  The teachers played games, worked through lessons, and shared resources to help them prepare their students for the first NC Check-Ins benchmark.  We will have more meetings during the month of November to help prepare for the second benchmark.  

If you are interested in teaching with technology in your classroom daily, Google Classroom for Teachers and Digital Resources are the next topics to be covered with Stephania Burton and Lisa S. Thoman. Teachers will learn in Google Classroom how to transform their classroom from paper/pencil lecture style teaching to interactive/online style learning, making the classroom rigorous and personalized to drive student engagement and instruction in the digital age.  Click to visit the Technology Integration webpage.

November - December 2017

Bi-Monthly Newsletter

Public Schools of Robeson County - Dr. Robert Locklear, Assistant Superintendent


Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) is a multi-tiered framework that promotes continuous school improvement through engaging, research-based academic and behavioral practices. Every school in the Public Schools of Robeson County pre-kindergarten-12th grade will implement and sustain all components of a Multi-Tiered System of Support by 2020 to ensure college, career and community readiness for all students. Click Student Services for more information.
The Indian Education Resource Center (IERC) will sponsor several college and scholarship opportunities for students during the month of September and October.  The largest event is Scholarship Night, which is scheduled for September 14, 2017 at 6:00 pm in the IERC Gym. During October, College Foundation of North Carolina will provide a financial aid workshop for students at IERC.  Also, Youth Development Specialists will be collecting 506 verification forms.
The self-monitoring strategy provides teachers with an example of how to afford students the opportunity to self-monitor a specific area of concern. This strategy is comprised from a variety of scholarly education based sources that promote self-monitoring as a strategy to use in the educational setting for instructional and behavioral areas of need. For more information on PBIS, please contact Phillip Oxendine.

September - October 2017

Bi-Monthly Newsletter

Public Schools of Robeson County - Dr. Robert Locklear, Assistant Superintendent
CenterStage Theatre Co. announces Fall Auditions for students in grades 8-12 for the comedy "Lend Me a Tenor"!
Click Here for More Information.
Saturday, September 16th, we will run public shows at 1 and 3 pm. This month’s program features the 40th anniversary of the Voyager missions’ launch, and the end of the Cassini mission.  Please call the Robeson Planetarium at 910-671-6000, ext. 3381. Tickets are Free. Seating is limited to 23 per showing.  You must make reservations in advance in order to reserve your seat.  We are located downtown in Lumberton at the Robeson County Partnership for Children.  The address is 210 E. 2nd Street.
Upgrades inside Home Base (Website)
Maintenance Weekends,
NCEES Online PD, & Schoolnet 19.0
Digital Learning Competencies (DLCs)
Teachers and Administrators should use these competencies to improve their practice and drive student learning within their classrooms.


World Languages
Professional Development Opportunity: The Foreign Language Association of North Carolina (FLANC) will host their annual fall conference on October 20-21, 2017, in the Raleigh/Durham area.  They are also hosting per-conference webinars on Monday, October 16 through Wednesday, October 18.  We would love to have all of PSRC's world language teachers to participate and attend.  If you are interested, complete a prior approval form as soon as possible and register for the conference.  For more information, visit the conference website.
English & Language Arts
Sixth through twelfth grade teachers began their semester-long professional development titled, "Turnaround within the Classroom for Results" on Friday, August 25, 2017. This training will address areas that should boost student achievement for overall school improvement. Throughout the year, teachers participating in this training will examine the rigor within their instruction, evaluate how they use feedback from their principal and peers, construct ways to use benchmark assessment to guide instruction, and develop innovative small group instruction strategies.  These goals are aligned with PSRC’s CIA strategic plan focus.
Media Services
Digital Resource of the Month "NCWISEOWL" (NC Online Windows for Learning.) Did you know NCWISEOWL is a free subscription database that provides you” access to articles from thousands of magazines, from online encyclopedias and reference sources, and from a variety of other sources.” Website: http://www.ncwiseowl.org. For more information contact your School Library Media Coordinator.
October 27- 8am-3:30: Digital Literacy and NCWise OWL by - Julian Nicholas-Wilson, DLT Compass-Area Consultant
Mathematics
Benchmark testing for 4th, 5th, and 6th grade math will be through NC Check-ins this year. (For more info click here.) Teachers in those grades should strive to teach the standards tested on each benchmark as well as any other standards that coordinate with the tested ones. Other grade level math benchmark tests will be through Schoolnet like previous years.
Academically & Intellectually Gifted
Governor’s School nominations are soon to be pursued as the new school year begins!  Students who meet testing requirements have the ability to apply for this wonderful opportunity that our program funds and supports.  Also, students in 9th-12th grade in all high schools will soon be applying for the Students of Excellence Award this 2017-18 school year.  Our partnership with the Chambers of Commerce gives us the ability to honor these students.

September - October 2017

Bi-Monthly Newsletter

Public Schools of Robeson County - Dr. Robert Locklear, Assistant Superintendent
Social Studies
Albert Einstein defined insanity as “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." If you feel students are not as engaged in your Social Studies lesson as you would like them to be, sometimes the smallest of changes can make a big difference. This month, I'll be highlighting the instructional strategy "Jigsaw" that can be used to make Social Studies more interesting and engaging. Click here to make a copy (in Google Drive) of this strategy and use in your classroom.

Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year!

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"Joining hands with Communities, Families, Schools"


The mission of the Public Schools of Robeson County Parent-Student Center is to coordinate the services of businesses, community citizens, and schools in the common goal of helping children and families succeed.

Join Us! PSRC Parent Night Activities!

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The Office of Staff Development focuses on the foundation of success for all teachers and administrators.  Please take a look at our website for further information about the in-service and out-of-district prior approvals to further your education. Below is the opening professional development in our county.

2017-2018 Opening Week Staff Development

The MAGIC Begins With YOU


Public Schools of Robeson County - Dr. Robert Locklear, Assistant Superintendent


May - June 2018

Bi-Monthly Newsletter

Public Schools of Robeson County - Dr. Robert Locklear, Assistant Superintendent


Summer 2018

Bi-Monthly Newsletter

Public Schools of Robeson County - Dr. Robert Locklear, Assistant Superintendent


Digital Teaching in PSRC

Resources for Teachers

Public Schools of Robeson County - Dr. Robert Locklear, Assistant Superintendent