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March 20, 2017
Video produced by Dare County's Gov Ed TV
SPCA Pet of the
week's Pet of the Week at the Outer Banks SPCA is Lisa. She is
about a year old. Lisa loves to play and make new friends. She had
surgery on her eyes for a painful eye condition. She is heal
very well and is expected to make a full recovery. She has basic
training and likes to learn.
You can find out more about Lisa at the Outer Banks SPCA and the
Dare County Animal Shelter at www.obxspca.org or call at 252-475-5620.
March 16, 2017
Foundation Elects New Board, Honors Champions, Nonprofits, and
Departing Board Members at Annual Meeting
The Outer Banks Community Foundation announced the winners of its
Champion Award and its Nonprofit Video Contest at the organization's
annual meeting last month. New board members were elected by the
organization's members, and four departing board members were honored.
After a beautiful and enthusiastic musical performance by the Monarch
Lighthouse Club Bell Ringers, guests enjoyed a delicious lunch and
elected four new members to the Community Foundation's board of
directors: Bruce Austin of Manteo, Nancy Caviness of Duck, Greg
Honeycutt of Ocracoke, and Clark Twiddy of Colington.
Scott Brown and Nancy Sugg, Co-Chairs of the Scholarship Committee,
announced that the Community Foundation gave out over $150,000 in
scholarships to 75 deserving students in 2016. Scott Leggat, Chair of
the Grants Committee, announced that over $500,000 in grants were
awarded in 2016 through Community Enrichment Grants, Donor-Advised
Funds, and other endowment distributions.
Video contest winners were announced: the Dare County Arts Council came
in first place, winning a grant of $2,000, followed by GEM Adult Day
Services in second place with a grant of $1,000, and Food for Thought
in third place with a grant of $500. The winning videos, as well as all
of the entries from this year's and past years' contests, can be viewed
online at www.obcf.org.
Four outstanding board members were thanked for their generous service
to the Community Foundation: John Graham, Deloris Harrell, Dorothy
Hester, and Bob Muller. All have now received the honorable status of
Emeritus Director with the Community Foundation.
Chris Seawell, Vice-President of the Community Foundation, conferred
this year's Champion Award posthumously to Don and Catharine Bryan, the
founders and sustainers of the Don & Catharine Bryan Cultural
Series, a nonprofit that brings significant arts and cultural events to
the Outer Banks.
In announcing the award, Mr. Seawell stated: “In addition to their
legacy of service to our country and their selfless participation in
local government and volunteerism, Don and Catharine were passionate
about the arts. With many of their neighbors, they had a vision of
inspiring, educating, and challenging our community through
presentations of exceptional visual, literary, and performing arts. To
ensure this vision, they chose to leave significant gifts in their
wills to the Outer Banks Community Foundation."
The Community Foundation now stewards and manages the Bryans' gifts in
a perpetual endowment fund to benefit the Cultural Series, which today
is the largest fund that the Community Foundation holds.
Since Mr. and Mrs. Bryan’s family live out of town, accepting the 2017
Champion Award on their behalf were Bob Muller and Robert Hobbs,
executors of Mr. and Mrs. Bryan’s estates, respectively.
Finally, Teresa Osborne, the 2017 President of the Community
Foundation, closed the meeting with the news that in honor of the
organization’s upcoming 35th birthday on November 30, 2017, the
Community Foundation would offer a Matching Fund Challenge for
nonprofits. Eighteen nonprofits are now registered for endowment
support through the Challenge.
March 13, 2017
Cape Hatteras High School Baseball team members volunteer
for United Methodist Men
of the Cape Hatteras High School Baseball team volunteered their time
and strength on Saturday, March 11 to help the Cape Hatteras United
Methodist Men move furniture that was donated for flood victims.The
Methodist Men were truly grateful for the help with the heavy lifting.
is not the first time that the Cape Hatteras baseball team pitched in
to help the community this month. During the Hurricane's Sandlot
Baseball Tournament, the players collected over 300 food items from
visiting teams, fans, and Hurricane players and donated them to the
Hatteras Island Food Pantry.
Hurricane's Baseball team is led by Coach Keith Durham that has been
teaching his players not only about the game of baseball, but about how
to give back to the community and make a difference.
from left to right: Zeb Shoemaker, John Canning, Billy Ivey, Evan
Cabral, and Colby Day
March 13, 2017
Nonprofits To Participate in Matching Fund Challenge
local nonprofits are creating new endowment funds this year, thanks to
the Community Foundation’s new Matching Fund Challenge, which was
announced by Community Foundation President Teresa Osborne at the
organization’s annual meeting in February. Additionally, eight other
charities are getting help from the Community Foundation to grow their
all, eighteen nonprofits are participating in the program, from
Ocracoke to Kitty Hawk, Hatteras Island to Roanoke Island. The causes
they support range from health care to community radio, fire protection
to the arts, historic preservation to emergency assistance for people
are excited that so many diverse nonprofits from across the Outer Banks
are taking advantage of this new grant program,” said Lorelei Costa,
the Community Foundation’s executive director.
goal of the Matching Fund Challenge, she said, is to help local
nonprofits create, build, and publicize endowment funds. “An endowment
can be extremely beneficial to a nonprofit because it can provide easy,
reliable income each year to support the nonprofit’s mission,” stated
Ms. Costa. “Endowments really are perpetual legacy funds that are
invested to sustain a nonprofit for generations to come.”
Matching Fund Challenge includes two components. First, the Community
Foundation pledged $2,500 as a matching grant to local nonprofits that
in turn pledged to contribute or raise a minimum of $2,500. The
combined $5,000 would be invested in the organization’s endowment fund.
the Community Foundation offered $1,000 Marketing Mini-Grants for
organizations to promote their endowment to their supporters.
are automatically giving a Marketing Mini-Grant to every organization
in the Matching Fund Challenge,” said Ms. Costa. “We are also offering
five stand-alone Mini-Grants to organizations that already have
endowments and just want resources to promote them.”
were included in the Challenge on a first-come, first-served basis.
Originally the Community Foundation had planned to offer just 10 slots
in this initial year. “But when 17 organizations signed up by 10:00 am
on the first day of registration, we realized that there was huge
demand for endowment funding,” explained Ms. Costa. “So we added more
slots to include every group that committed on that first day.”
organizations participating in the Matching Fund Challenge are the
Beach Food Pantry, Chicamacomico Historical Association, Children &
Youth Partnership for Dare County, Community Care Clinic of Dare, Dare
County Arts Council, Dare County Boat Builders Foundation, Food for
Thought, Friends of Outer Banks History Center, Hatteras Island Cancer
Foundation, Hatteras Village Civic Association, Interfaith Community
Outreach, NC Lions VIP Fishing Tournament, Ocracoke Community Radio,
Ocracoke Fire Protection Association, Outer Banks Hotline, Outer Banks
Relief Foundation, and Outer Banks Sporting Events. These
groups have until November 30 to raise $2,500 each to take advantage of
the matching grant.
can help any one of these organizations receive their matching funds,”
said Ms. Costa. “Interested donors should contact their favorite
charities on the list to pledge their support.” The Community
Foundation is asking each individual group to collect donations from
supporters to ensure that gifts are attributed correctly.
addition to the aforementioned nonprofits, the Elizabethan Gardens
received a stand-alone Marketing Mini-Grant to promote its endowment.
There are four additional slots still available to other groups that
have endowments and simply want marketing funds. These slots will close
on June 30.
Matching Grant Challenge could not come at a better time for
nonprofits,” said Ms. Costa. “Here on the Outer Banks, the competition
for grants, donations, and business sponsorships has become incredibly
fierce. An endowment, on the other hand, can provide dependable funding
for a nonprofit for countless years ahead.”
501(c)3 serving the Outer Banks that missed the Matching Fund Challenge
in 2017 will have another chance in 2018, when the Community Foundation
board intends to renew the Challenge in some iteration. For more
information, go to the Community Foundation’s website at www.obcf.org.
Outer Banks Community Foundation is a public charity that connects
people who care with causes that matter. The Community Foundation
manages $14.5 million in 150 charitable funds for individuals and
agencies, awards charitable grants to local nonprofits, administers 50
scholarship programs, and provides tailored services to help donors
pursue their charitable interests. Since its inception in 1982, the
Community Foundation has awarded almost $8 million in grants and
scholarships to local nonprofits and students.
March 3, 2017
Winners of the Cape Hatteras Anglers Club Surf Fishing
Contest Honored at Banquet
Winners of the Cape Hatteras Anglers Club’s 2016 Surf Fishing Contest
were honored at the Surf Fishing Contest Awards Banquet Feb. 18 at the
Anglers Club. Seven of the anglers’ winning fish were eligible
for North Carolina award citations.
Plaques and certificates were awarded to the 19 winners at the
banquet. Several anglers not only caught citation-size fish, but
also were multiple winners in their division.
In the Men’s Division, Miltos Stefanitsis received winner’s plaques for
three North Carolina citation-size fish – a 51-inch Red Drum, a 3-lb.
11 oz. Pompano and a 2-lb. 7-oz. Sea Mullet. His name will go on
the Bernice R. Ballance Memorial Trophy for the largest Red Drum caught
Three anglers in the Women’s Division also won with citation-size
fish. Ginger Knight reeled in a 43-inch Red Drum; Susan
MClanahan, a 2-lb. 14 oz. Pompano; and Emily Seibert, a 2-lb. 1-oz. Sea
In the Youth Division for club members through age 12, a citation-size
1-lb. 9-oz. Sea Mullet was caught by winner Josh Kiser. Josh
again was a multiple winner in his division. He also was awarded
plaques for a 10-oz. Gray Trout, a 1-lb. 5-oz. Pompano and a 1-lb.
13-1/2 oz. Spanish Mackerel. Two additional winners in the Youth
Division were Blake Givens for a 24-inch Bluefish, and Reese Hubbard
for a 28-inch Red Drum.
Additional winners in the Men’s Division were Ray Montani, 1-lb. 13-oz.
Black Drum; Clay Spencer, 1-lb. 1-oz. Blow Toad; Rich Brady, 32-inch
Bluefish; William Motley, 17-3/4-inch Flounder; Charles Durrer, 3-lb.
6-oz. Spanish Mackerel; and Kevin McCabe, 2-lb. 4-oz. Gray Trout and
3-lb. 8 oz. Speckled Trout. In lieu of a plaque, Kevin donated
the cost of the plaque to the Anglers Club Scholarship Fund.
In the Women’s Division, Kathleen Armel was awarded a winner’s plaque
for her 11-lb. 7-oz. Black Drum. Ginger Knight’s second winning
fish was a 17-inch Flounder. Other winners were Sandy Madre, for
her 19-1/2-inch Bluefish; Thelma Noble, 2-lb. 3-oz. Sheepshead; Carla
Meekins,3-lb. 10 oz. Spanish Mackerel; and Jan Larsen, 2-lb. 4-oz.
Speckled Trout. Jan also donated the cost of her plaque to the
club’s scholarship fund.
Jasmine Roller swept the Junior Division (Ages 13 through 16) with
three winning entries -- a 14-inch Bluefish, 1-lb. 7-oz. Pompano and a
1-lb. 5-oz. Sea Mullet.
All current members in good standing are eligible to compete in the
annual contest which runs from Jan. 1 through Dec. 31 each year.
Fish can be weighed and registered at any Hatteras Island tackle
shop. Fish that are released are to be witnessed by another
angler on the beach. Registered entry forms are then submitted to
the Anglers Club. Entry forms are available at all tackle shops
and at the Anglers Club.
New members are always welcome. For more information on joining
the Club and competing in our members contest, call the Anglers Club
office at 995-4253. The Anglers Club office, located on Light
Plant Road in Buxton, is open Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from
8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. You also may pick up a member
application at any tackle shop, or visit our web site: www.capehatterasanglersclub.org
to print an application.
February 27, 2017
County Schools Recognize Employees of the Year
Dare County Schools held its celebration for the district's classified
employees of the year on Thursday, February 9th at Pamlico Jack's in
Nags Head. The dinner was supported by the Board of Education with
Pierce Group Benefits and sponsored by Ace Hardware stores of the Outer
Banks. Employees of the year are site-selected, and recognize
individuals who exhibit dependability and dedication, produce an
outstanding quality of work, and make unique contributions to the
mission of Dare County Schools.
Dare County Schools 2016-2017 Employees of the Year:
Jennifer Augustson, Cape Hatteras Elementary School; April Webster,
Cape Hatteras Secondary School of Coastal Studies; Whitney Waddington,
First Flight Elementary School; Elizabeth Guardado, First Flight Middle
School; Debbie Mitchell, First Flight High School; Terri Creef, Manteo
Elementary School; Anna Sampson, Manteo Middle School; Connie Francis,
Manteo High School; Pat Hamilton, Kitty Hawk Elementary School; Ginny
Twiford, Nags Head Elementary School; Marion Walker, After-School
Enrichment Program; Missy Braddy, Central Office Barbara Fullam,
Maintenance; Nora Simpson, School Nutrition; and Tom Sullivan,
Director of Human Resources, Dr. John Donlan, together with staff,
organized the dinner which was attended by Board of Education Chair Bea
Basnight and Vice-Chair Margaret Lawler, and Board members Ben Sproul,
Joe Tauber, and David Twiddy, with Superintendent of Schools Dr. Sue
Burgess, Chief Operating Officer Trip Hobbs, and Chief Academic Officer
Additionally, school principals and department heads were there to talk
about each employee's significant contribution to Dare County Schools'
February 23, 2017
Teacher of the Year
Cape Hatteras Secondary School of Coastal Studies English teacher Tracy
Salmon is the 2016-2017 Teacher of the Year. Salmon’s teaching
responsibilities range from eighth grade English Language Arts to
Advanced Placement Literature and Composition to Publications.
She has 15 years of teaching experience and is in her third year at
Cape Hatteras Secondary School. Her degree is from Christopher Newport
University, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude. She began her career
in education in Newport News, with her final Virginia teaching
assignment in Yorktown.
Salmon says her philosophy of teaching can be summed up by a quote from
Maya Angelou, “People will forget what you said, people will forget
what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
Salmon continues, “Literature has always allowed me to escape and
writing proved cathartic. I wanted to share my passion of literature
and writing with young people. However, what drove me to my
profession was the desire to reach the “invisible” students, the ones
who can easily fall through the cracks. The type of students that
may act as though they want to be left alone, but in the end truly need
you most. The type of student I had once been.
“I have always seemed to connect with the invisible, at-risk, or less
than congenial students. I guess I knew from the start of my
career I needed to love my students, even more than I love my subject
area. You must do your job and hold students accountable, but you
cannot fulfill your obligation as a teacher unless they know you love
CHSSCS Counselor Karla Jarvis notes that “Tracy embraces each chance to
provide opportunities for our students outside of the classroom. She is
a role model to our staff. Tracy does what she does with humor and
tremendous respect for others. She radiates warmth and compassion but
also holds firm on her demands that students follow the rules and
respect others. Tracy is a gift to our students and staff and
exemplifies what is right with education today.”
Salmon asserts, “Although ultimately my responsibility is to prepare
students to master specific skills and ensure they understand key
concepts, I believe to do so effectively requires an educator to meet
each student wherever he or she currently is academically, socially,
and emotionally with the goal of devising a plan to grow them.
Instruction is not a one-size-fits-all ideology. Long before the term
differentiated instruction was coined, all thoughtful educators
understood this philosophy.
All in all, she believes Carl Jung said it best: “One looks back with
appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who
touched our human feelings. The curriculum is so much necessary raw
material, but warmth is the vital element for the growing plant and for
the soul of a child.”
BOE Recognizes CHSSCS Teacher of the Year
At its February 14 meeting at Cape Hatteras Secondary School of Coastal
Studies, the Board of Education recognized Cape Hatteras Secondary
School of Coastal Studies English teacher Tracy Salmon as the school's
2016-2017 Teacher of the Year. Salmon’s teaching responsibilities
range from eighth grade English Language Arts to Advanced Placement
Literature and Composition to Publications. She has 15 years of
teaching experience and is in her third year at Cape Hatteras Secondary
School. Her degree is from Christopher Newport University, where she
graduated Magna Cum Laude. From left, Board member Mary Ellon Ballance,
Tracy Salmon and Superintendent of Schools Dr. Sue F. Burgess.
February 23, 2017
Collaboration Uncovers Buried Treasure - More than a Myth
It depends on your definition of treasure but selected Cape Hatteras
Secondary School of Coastal Studies students have dug up what
historians consider worthy of the tag. Principal Beth Rooks and School
Media Specialist Linda Austin are the local leads on this ongoing
archaeological expedition with the University of Bristol in Great
Britain that features archaeologists Dr. Mark Horton, Dr. Aisling
Tierney and Dr. Charlie Goudge. Austin noted that the school's bridge
in this partnership is the Croatoan Archaeological Society, led by
Scott and Maggie Dawson. At the Board of Education meeting on
February 14 at CHSSCS, the group of junior archaeologists provided the
Instructional Highlights, along with Rooks and Austin. Introduced by
Director of Secondary Instruction Arty Tillet, they described how they
go about finding artifacts and other items that provide glimpses into
life long ago. "This extraordinary interdisciplinary, interactive,
relevant and hands-on learning experience affords students in all grade
levels here at CHSS the opportunity to work closely with real
archaeologists as they excavate, catalog, study and research the
history of artifacts dating back to 500 AD," noted Tillett. CHSSCS
Principal Beth Rooks, with Austin, described the collaboration with
students on the archaeology team. They had multiple samples of things
that they have found and talked about how they date the items they
find. They expect to dig again at the beginning of April, when Dr.
Horton and his group will return to Hatteras.
February 20, 2017 BOE
Cape Hatteras Secondary School of Coastal Studies was second on the
Board of Education's stops on February 14; the Board began its tour at
Cape Hatteras Elementary School. With a welcome from Principal Beth
Rooks, she and Assistant Principal Annette O'Neal led the BOE members
and key administrators through the school, highlighting AIG and math
teacher Jessica Polk's and science teacher Erin Del Monte's classes. In
Polk's Math class, they saw a 3-D printer making pieces for a
prosthetic hand which they will send to a company that will ship to
someone in need. The printer and hand project was funded by the
Hatteras Island Youth Education Fund (HIYEF) through a grant written by
Polk. In Del Monte's class, students were dissecting Cape Sharks (aka
Dogfish Sharks). Once considered a "trash" fish whose purpose was to
annoy fishermen by getting into their nets, Evan Ferguson's Foods
classes have been turning that idea on its head and cooking the Cape
Shark to rave reviews. A local fisherman had donated the fish to Del
Monte's class. Commissioner Danny Coach joined the Board on its tour of
February 20, 2017 NCSBA
At the North Carolina School Boards Association Conference in November,
Cape Hatteras Secondary Middle School won second place overall in the
middle school category for its What’s Great About Public Schools video
submission. The video was collaboratively composed by students under
the guidance of Technology Facilitator Randy Ratliff in his Video
Journalism Class. At its February 14 meeting at Cape Hatteras Secondary
School, the Board of Education recognized Ratliff and his class for its
achievement. They also received a certificate, ribbon and a $50 gift
card from NCSBA. From left, front - students representing the
Video Journalism Class - Dean Hild, Addy Wilson, Kai Wescoat and back -
Randy Ratliff, Board member Mary Ellon Balance, and Superintendent of
Schools Dr. Sue F. Burgess.
February 20, 2017
Grants Recognized by BOE
Hatteras Island Youth Education Fund (HIYEF), with teachers Evan
Ferguson and Jessica Polk, were recognized on February 14 by the Board
of Education at its meeting at Cape Hatteras Secondary School of
Coastal Studies. HIYEF gave funding assistance for three instructional
projects at the secondary school. First, AIG and Math teacher Jessica
Polk’s 3-D printer project entitled, “Lending a Helping
Hand.” Polk’s students are working on creating a prosthetic hand
and plan to donate it to an agency for potential use. Second, Evan
Ferguson’s Spring Hospitality and Tourism Exploration of Corolla, where
students will explore Corolla’s tourism programs including the
Whalehead Club, Corolla Lighthouse, and the Wild Horse Tour. Lastly,
Hatteras Island Youth Education Fund contributed to Evan Ferguson’s and
Erin Del Monte’s STEM-Related Sustainable Careers and Life Science
Field Trip that will occur later this year, when students will visit
the NC Museum of Life and Science, Maple View Dairy Farm, and the North
Carolina Farmer’s Market. Board member Jonna Midgett was present to
represent Hatteras Island Youth Education Fund. From left, Board of
Education member Mary Ellon Ballance, teachers Evan Ferguson and
Jessica Polk, with Superintendent of Schools Dr. Sue F. Burgess and
HIYEF Board member Jonna Midgett.
February 20, 2017
Hatteras Electric Cooperative Recognized by BOE
Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative (CHEC) was recognized on February 14
by the Board of Education at its meeting at Cape Hatteras Secondary
School of Coastal Studies. Foods teacher Evan Ferguson and science
teacher Erin Del Monte received a grant from CHEC for their
interdisciplinary honey bee project. This science and foods-related
teaching and learning opportunity involves a working beehive on the
CHSSCS campus. Additionally, Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative
recognized Foods and Marketing Education Teacher, Evan Ferguson, as a
“Tar Heel Teacher of the Week” through the North Carolina Electric
Cooperative’s Bright Idea Grant program. From left, Board of Education
member Mary Ellon Ballance, Evan Ferguson, Superintendant of Schools
Dr. Sue F Burgess and CHEC Director of Public Relations & Marketing
February 20, 2017
The Board of Education was joined by Commissioner Danny Couch on its
tour of Cape Hatteras Elementary and Cape Hatteras Secondary School of
Coastal Studies on February 14. After lunch at CHES, Principal Sherry
Couch led the Board to Licia Kee's first-grade classroom where students
were rotating in math stations, with each group receiving
individualized instruction. It was Valentines Day, and hearts were
everywhere. Kee was leading a graphing exercise with conversation
hearts, and teacher assistant Hermann Serfling was helping another
group with a unifix cube activity; other students were doing
self-directed activities but could ask for help if they needed it. In
Julie Conner's second grade classroom, students described their
classroom library to Board members and key administrators on the tour.
Then Conner announced her Literacy Bag idea to her students, where they
can take home a bag based on a theme and read a book and complete
activities surrounding that theme with family members.
February 17, 2017
County Board of Education Advocates for Public Education
The Dare County Board of Education traveled to Raleigh on Wednesday,
February 15, 2017, to advocate for public education. The Board members
and superintendent met with Dare County’s General Assembly members
Senator Bill Cook and Representative Beverly Boswell. Additionally, in
small groups they met with Representative Linda Johnson, who is the
Chair of the Appropriations Committee and of the Education K-12
Committee, and with Senator David Curtis, who co-chairs the committees
on Appropriations in Education and of Education/Higher Education. The
Board also had the opportunity to meet with the new State
Superintendent of Public Instruction, Mark Johnson.
The Board expressed its news on a variety of topics, including
increasing teacher and principal pay, restoring pay for teachers who
earn masters’ degrees, reducing the number of state tests, emphasizing
the importance of career and technical education courses, continuing to
provide teachers of art, music, and physical education teachers in
elementary schools, and increased funding for staff development.
“We appreciated the time the members of the General Assembly gave us to
express our views on challenges facing teachers and students,” said
Board Chair Bea Basnight. “The Dare County Board of Education feels it
is part of our responsibility as Board members to be active
participants in the political process at the state level.”
Superintendent of schools Dr. Sue F. Burgess said, “This was my first
chance to talk to State Superintendent Mark Johnson. He was very
interested to hear our concerns and priorities. We have invited him to
visit our schools and agreed to send him information about how we are
using computer technology in classrooms.”
From left: Joe Tauber, David Twiddy, Superintendent Sue Burgess, Board
Chair Bea Basnight, Board Vice-Chair Margaret Lawler, Mary Ellon
Ballance, and Charlotte White.
February 17, 2017
Recognizes Advisory Council Members
The Cape Hatteras Secondary School of Coastal Studies student
representatives serving on the Superintendent's Student Advisory
Council - Evan Castillo, Morgan Fairbanks, Dylan Stanowski, and James
Hild - were recognized by the Board of Education at its February 14
meeting at CHSSCS. They, with other middle and high school students,
meet with the Superintendent and key administrators twice yearly to
discuss district initiatives and offer their valuable opinions on a
variety of topics. From left, Board member Mary Ellon Ballance, Dylan
Stanowski, James Hild, and Superintendent of Schools Dr. Sue F. Burgess.
Principal's List and Honor Roll Second Quarter School Year
Cape Hatteras Elementary School has announced
students who achieved academic honors on either the Principal’s List or
the Honor Roll for the second quarter of the 2016-17 school term.
Third Grade - Rosa Aburto-Valencia, Jeffrey Aiken, Colton Allen, Kamryn
Bacon, Kalynn Bock, Christopher Bruner, Hunter Ferguson, Joey Gavetti,
Emma Hill, Matthew McDuffie, Kira Murphy, Mackenzy O'Neal, Estrella
Olan-Campos, Alexandra Pennington, Kali Quidley, Jackson Revere,
Preston Stowe, Erik Valle German, Michelle Vazquez, Taylor Woods, Jude
Wright, Brayant Zenteno-Luna.
Super School Surprise Patrol
Cape Hatteras Elementary School's Super School Surprise Patrol has been
busy this year. It's part of our PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions
and Supports) and a sub-committee of Sunshine. Assistant
Principal Diane Brown describes the Patrol as being made up of four
teachers and CHES' Young Leaders Group. "We talk about what makes a
great school person and a great citizen; positive attributes that
people have to offer our school community. The group decides on a
person to surprise by discussion and vote. It's done in front of
others so that we can publicly thank them for making our school a great
place to be and for the particular attribute they bring to the school
community--hopefully inspiring those watching to do the same. It
involves lots of confetti, silly string, a gift of love picked based on
the person's likes and hobbies, and the patrol goes to great lengths to
make sure it is an unexpected surprise." Custodian/bus driver Marcella
Burrus, Media Specialist Shauna Leggat, Counselor Kris Caroppoli, and
School Resource Officer Aaron Felton have been recent recipients of the
History Month Puzzle Solved at CHES
Cape Hatteras Elementary School art teacher Kevin Biddle has his
students guessing about a project they're working on. Outside of Wayne
Hooper's class, Biddle has displayed the results of a warm up
activity. Biddle explains, "To prepare students for their next
drawing activity, they are learning about grids and the different
applications in which a grid would be used (counting, organizing,
planning, designing, drawing, etc.). Students were given small
squares with abstract patterns and asked to enlarge the design. When
all 88 pieces were finished students took turns bringing their
completed enlarged squares to the front of the room to solve a mystery
puzzle. As more pieces were added guesses were made as to the outcome
of the puzzle. Students in the front of the room had a hard time
recognizing the character until everyone moved to the back of the room
to get a better view of their abstract grid enlargement. It was Martin
Luther King, Jr., to commemorate February as Black Heritage Month.
Next, they will be drawing their own self-portraits in the same
style. Robin Arnold's students have also begun to enlarge their
puzzle pieces, but due to missing a few Mondays, they are very curious
as to what they are drawing as well. Now, the cat is out of the bag!
Students from left - Ann Lord, Jazira Christ and Madison Fiscus.
Hatteras schools announce academic achievers
Cape Hatteras Secondary School of Coastal Studies has announced
students who achieved academic honors on either the Principal’s List or
the Honor Roll for the second quarter of the 2016-17 school term.
Seniors - Alexander Lobas, Carmen Reynolds, Gabrielle Sadler
Eleventh grade - Evan Castillo, Kelsey McNutt, Kendal Woods,
Tenth grade - Max Bigney, Morgan Fairbanks, Molly Greenwood,
Henry Macchio, Nyah Machie, Brooke Oberbeck, Samantha Smith
Ninth grade - Amy Chen, John Contestable, Dylan Gray
Eighth grade - Laya Barley, Laura Hooper, James Tawes
Seventh grade - Jennifer Mohnal, Elizabeth Muller, Clara Oden, Rebecca
Sixth grade - Blake Cabral, Casia Ensenat, Courtney Mugford, Lily
Seniors - Bailey Arnold, Delaney Johnson, Hannah Lovell, Porter
Eleventh grade - Evan Cabral, Haidyn Campos, Emilie Fulcher, Tayler
Gavetti, Caroline Gray, Kayleeann Jones, Felix Lozada Sanchez, Lexi
Petruccelli, Jasmine Quidley, Madison Randall, Alexis Rausch, Terilynn
Reid, Catherine Willis, Anna Faith Woods, Christopher Zavala
Tenth grade - John Canning, Betty Chen, Keyaira Clever, Andrea Covey,
Maya Damitio, Colby Day, Avery O'Neal, Madalyn Tudor-Duncan, Jillian
Webster, Kaitlyn Whipp, Lillian Wilbur
Ninth grade - Justin Chandler, Anna France, Stan Godwin, James Hild,
Jadon Midgett, Junias Rochin Torres, Sophie Waterfield, Lauren Wright
Eighth grade - Andrew Austin, Peyton Cabral, Victor De Lao
Caldera, John Fairbanks, Amber Harrell, Jorah Midgette, Eliza Quidley,
Rubie Shoemaker, Conner Tawes, Nathan Whitehead
Seventh grade - Elizabeth Bradshaw, Sydney Brown, Madai
Contreras-Zumarraga, Emma Del Monte, Kirra Folb, Hobson Freye, Yoselyn
Gabriel, Gavin Herrin, Madison Keiser, Jerusalem Mills, Elizabeth
Parker, Jackson Pullen, Sydney Ranno
Sixth grade - Shayley Ballance, Lucas Blankenship, Oralia Cirisa,
Gideon Couch, Chloe Flythe, Trafford Hill, Emma Koontz, Ethen Lord,
Landon McKnew, John Metacarpa, Maleia Quidley, Emily Ryals, Grace
Shoemaker, Malia Speedy, Dylan Stanowski, Ansley Thompson, Max White,
Addy Wilson, Alexis Zavala-Roldan
Haven United Methodist Women donate school supplies
Fair Haven United Methodist Women collected some midyear school
supplies in January and delivered them to the Cape Hatteras Elementary
School on Friday, February 3, 2017. Back in September the group donated
book bags filled with supplies. These additional supplies will help
them get through the year.
Pictured from left to
right are: Jenny Gray (School Receptionist), Jackie Wenberg &
Janice Ogden (Fair Haven UMW), Kristine Caroppoli (School Counseler).
CHSS Teacher Honored as Tar Heel Teacher of the Week
Hatteras Electric Cooperative is proud to announce that local teacher
Evan Ferguson of Cape Hatteras Secondary School is being honored on a
statewide level as a Bright Ideas Tar Heel Teacher of the Week. CHEC
nominated Ferguson in recognition of her dedication to students and for
winning four Bright Ideas education grants from the Cooperative,
including her latest for the “Cape Hatteras Honeybee” project.
is one of only 26 teachers statewide to earn the Tar Heel Teacher of
the Week designation this school year. She will be recognized on air
during the radio broadcast of the University of North Carolina
basketball games against Louisville on February 22 and against
Pittsburgh on February 25 and also on the Bright Ideas website at www.NCBrightIdeas.com.
She, along with other Tar Heel Teacher of the Week honorees, attended
the UNC/Florida State game in January and was presented with a plaque
commemorating her achievement.
partner with many outstanding teachers through our Bright Ideas
education grant program, and Evan consistently goes above and beyond to
make a difference for students,” said Laura Ertle, director of public
relations and marketing of CHEC. “It is an honor to recognize Evan for
her hard work and to be able to thank her for the positive contribution
she makes to the students on Hatteras Island.”
Bright Ideas education grant program, sponsored by North Carolina’s
electric cooperatives, strives to improve education in North Carolina
classrooms by awarding grants to teachers in grades K-12 for
innovative, classroom-based projects that would not otherwise be
funded. Since the program began in 1994, about $10.2 million has been
given to educators for more than 9,800 projects benefitting well over 2
Anglers Club supports community groups
The Cape Hatteras Anglers Club, as part of its ongoing support of
community groups on Hatteras Island, contributed $12,900 to local
organizations in 2016, plus gave an additional $7,000 in scholarships
to local high school seniors, for a total of $19,890 in local
assistance for the year.
In the wake of Hurricane Matthew’s destructive passage over Hatteras
Island in October, the Cape Hatteras Anglers Club decided to increase
its donation to the United Methodist Men to help their efforts with the
island’s long-term hurricane recovery. In fact, the Anglers Club
more than doubled its 2016 donation to $7,318 to the UM Men.
In November, the Anglers club presented two checks to the UM Men, a
check for $3,500 to aid its disaster relief program and a check for
$1,500 to aid the food pantry. In addition, $818 was raised
during the Club’s invitational surf fishing tournament in November to
add to the disaster relief effort. The Club had previously
donated $1,500 to the UM Men in August.
Recognizing the need, the Anglers Club also increased its donation to
Hatteras Island Meals to $900 for the year. Five non-profits each
received $500 donations from the Club: the Hatteras Island Cancer
Foundation, Hatteras Island Community Emergency Response Team, Hatteras
Island Rescue Squad, Keep America Fishing and the Hatteras Island Girl
Scouts. Receiving $300 donations were Radio Hatteras, the
Children and Youth Partnership for Dare County’s Imagination Library
and the Outer Banks Preservation Association.
The Anglers Club also made $200 and $100 donations to 10 additional
local organizations, including the six fire stations on the island,
Chicamacomico Banks Water Rescue, Chicamacomico Historical Association,
Cape Hatteras Booster Club and the Lions Club Visually Impaired Persons
Volunteers for the non-profit Anglers Club work year-round to raise
money by holding Bingo nights on designated Wednesdays at the club and
with its annual invitational team surf fishing tournament each November
that is billed as one of the largest in the world.
The Cape Hatteras Anglers Club welcomes new members and
volunteers. To join, download the member application from the
club’s Web site, www.CapeHatterasAnglersClub.org.
Island Cancer Foundation announces winners of custom rods
The Hatteras Island Cancer
Foundation raffled two custom rods last year. Hatteras Jack's donated
the blanks, Teach's Lair did the custom work, and Frisco Rod and Gun
Dorena Martin from Virginia, in
photo, is presented the trout rod by John Mortensen. John Pickard from
Burlington, N.C., won the cobia rod.
HICF raised $2,245 with the
"Thank you to everyone for
purchasing tickets," the group says. "Stay tuned to see what kind of
rods we'll be raffling next year!"