Category: Education

August 29th, 2018 by newbernpostadmin

Looking for a way to have a pancake breakfast before visiting Santa in Bear Plaza, taking in some shopping, and enjoying the many activities happening during the holiday season in downtown New Bern?

Join Pancakes for PIE at Morgan’s Tavern & Grill, 235 Craven St.  Breakfast will be served Saturday, Dec. 15, from 7-10 a.m. to benefit Partners In Education, the local education foundation for Craven County Schools. Pancakes, bacon, sausage, fruit cup, orange juice, coffee, and water will be served in a festive setting.  The price is $7 per adult, and $5 for children 12 and under. Reservations are not required as this is a pay-at-the-door event.  Debit, credit cards, checks, and cash are accepted.  In order to expedite seating, please have checks or cash ready.

Don Brinkley, PIE Board president, said, “This event is open to the public and is an excellent opportunity for our community to show their support for Craven County Schools.  Morgan’s is generously donating all proceeds from the breakfast to PIE, who will use the funds to support our local schools through PIE grant programs.  Serving our pancakes will be Morgan’s staff along with PIE volunteers consisting of teachers, school staff members, and community supporters.”

Brandy Popp, chairman of the PIE Fund Raising Committee, said, “It is so very giving of Adam and Candice Simmons and their employees to provide the staffing, food, and venue for this event. We all know Morgan’s dishes up excellent food and our volunteers are always up for serving some ‘PIE’!  We are absolutely thrilled Morgan’s is hosting Pancakes for PIE and we encourage everyone to bring the whole family and spend the day in beautiful downtown New Bern!  We have sent a special invitation to Santa and we are hoping he will be on hand to share holiday cheer.”

To learn more about other events taking place in downtown New Bern this holiday season, go to the and and plan your family Christmas activities.

For more information about Pancakes for PIE, or other programs offered by PIE, contact Darlene Brown, Executive Director, Craven County Partners In Education, at 252-514-6321 or

Partners In Education is a 501(c)3 nonprofit Local Education Foundation that provides grant funding and special programs to classrooms and schools within the Craven County Schools system.

Since 1989, PIE has been changing the lives of students and families in our community by providing our educators with financial resources that enhance and reward innovative approaches to educational excellence.

Posted in Activities, Education, Fundraiser

July 24th, 2018 by newbernpostadmin

As school begins, school supply lists are made available to students and parents, but not all students are able to arrive the first day of school with the items required to put them on the road to success; some parents simply can’t afford to purchase the items needed.

To assist those students, Partners In Education (PIE), in partnership with Craven County Schools, will have bright yellow school buses and colorful totes set up in front of the three Walmart stores in Craven County on August 25, 2018, from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm (New Bern – 3105 Dr. M.L. King, Jr., Blvd. and 2915 Neuse Blvd., and Havelock – 566 U.S. 70).  Generous shoppers can donate school supplies for students who have been identified as in-need by their school counselors and principals.

Volunteers from the schools and our community will be on hand and honking the horn of the school bus each time a donation is made as a way of showing thanks.

A shopping list will be available the day of the event, is currently available on the PIE website at, and is listed on the individual schools’ websites.

For those who can’t make it to the event, many businesses have agreed to be drop-off locations, and will collect items until Tuesday, August 21.  They are:

  • Havelock Chamber of Commerce at 201 Tourist Center Drive,
  • BB&T at 375 S. Front Street,
  • Century 21 Zaytoun-Raines at 312 S. Front St.,
  • Wells Fargo at 401 S. Front St.,
  • Sound Bank at 1801 S. Glenburnie Rd.,
  • Edward Jones Investments – Dan Roberts at 301 S. Front St.,
  • Toyota of New Bern at 5010 U.S. Hwy 70 East
  • Craven County Schools at 3600 Trent Rd.
  • Accidental Artist at 219-A Craven St.
  • Rankin & Fiume at 608 McCarthy Blvd.

Last year, through the generosity of our community, Partners In Education received $32,000 in donations and was able to assist students in all 25 schools. Based on this success, Partners In Education is recruiting the help of all our community partners so that we are able to reach even more students this year.

For more information about this event, or how you can support PIE, contact Darlene Brown at 514-6321, or at Visit the PIE website at to learn more about the programs offered by Partners In Education.

Partners In Education is the local educational foundation that provides grant funding and special programs to classrooms and schools within the Craven County Schools system.

Posted in Craven County Schools, Education, New Bern

June 12th, 2018 by newbernpostadmin

More than 700 educators, business leaders, and elected officials filled the New Bern Riverfront Convention Center on Tuesday afternoon for the sold-out Partners In Education Spring Luncheon.

The annual event helps raise money for Craven County schools through PIE grant programs.

The organization, Partners In Education is the local education foundation for Craven County Schools.  PIE awarded more than $170,000 through a variety of grants and programs during the 2017-18 school year, PIE President Ervin Patrick said.

Dr. Cecil Staton, Chancellor of East Carolina University, served as keynote speaker.

John Bircher, attorney with White & Allen, and a 1988 graduate of West Craven High School, served as the emcee of the event. Bircher said of Dr. Staton that he was pleased to welcome Dr. Staton to Craven County. Bircher explained, “East Carolina University has a world class College of Education, and we are proud that Dr. Ervin Patrick, PIE president, recently received his doctorate from ECU College of Education.”

Bircher said Dr. Staton comes to ECU from the University System of Georgia where he served as Vice Chancellor for Extended Education and as interim President of Valdosta State University. Previously, he served as associate provost, assistant professor, and university publisher at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia, and on the faculty of Brewton-Parker College in Mount Vernon, Georgia.

He also served for 10 years as a Georgia state senator representing the state’s 18th District, and chaired the appropriations sub-committee responsible for the state’s $2 billion annual investment in public higher education.

Dr. Staton is a native of Greenville, South Carolina. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from Furman University, a Master of Divinity with Languages and Master of Theology from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, and the Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of Oxford in England.

After Dr. Staton spoke, it was announced that PIE would offer a one-time grant of $3,000 to Craven County public school principals for the 2018-19 school year in Dr. Staton’s honor for speaking.  The focus of the grant will be STEM, at Dr. Staton’s request.

Several awards were given during the luncheon:

  • The Cheryl Marteney Memorial Volunteer Leadership Award serves to honor a volunteer who has made significant contributions through volunteer work with Craven County Partners In Education.  This was awarded to Barbara Dotter, PIE volunteer.
  • The PIE Outstanding Leadership Award honors outstanding leadership and significant contributions to education by school administrators. This award went to Deborah Langhans, Chief Academic Officer of Craven County Schools and Dr. Ervin Patrick, PIE president and Director of Human Resource Services.

There were three PIE Excellence Awards. The award honors an individual or company for demonstrating a commitment to working with PIE to promote student achievement and educational excellence. This award went to Jason Jones, County Commissioner; B/S/H/ Home Appliances; and Wells Fargo.

The Distinguished Alumni Award honors Craven County Schools graduates for their contributions to the community, their profession, and PIE. This award went to Patricia Rammacher and Michael Raines, Century 21 Zaytoun-Raines.

Entertainment for the event was provided by Havelock High Jazz Band and West Craven Middle School #BucketRage.

Posted in Craven County Schools, Education, New Bern

June 11th, 2018 by newbernpostadmin

Republican’s school safety plan makes some temporary changes, while giving lawmakers time to assess what else might be needed.

Education NC |  Republican lawmakers announced at a press conference last month $35 million in school safety grants that made their way into the revised 2018-19 budget.

The one-time money is meant to temporarily address school safety needs while the state gathers more information on what districts and schools require to protect students.

“A journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step,” said Rep. David Lewis (R-Dunn). “I think this is an ongoing process.”

table showing school safety appropriations
Image courtesy: NCGA Republicans

The school safety plan stems from work performed by a committee on school safety that came into existence following the school shooting in Parkland, Florida and met regularly prior to the short session.

Governor Roy Cooper has his own school safety plan in his budget proposal. It amounts to a total of $130 million, including $65 million for making buildings safer and $40 million for additional personnel. Legislative Democrats also floated a similar plan yesterday.

But Republican lawmakers say it is too soon to know exactly how much money is needed. Part of the ongoing process going forward will be getting reports from districts sent to the state Department of Public Instruction so that legislators can understand what schools require. Rep. Linda Johnson (R-Kannapolis) said additional recurring money needs to be added to the budget in the future.

“Because the issue came up at the time that it came up, and the amount of effort that had to go into it, this is not the end, this is just the beginning,” she said.

The Republicans’ plan also includes between $30 and $90 million in new federal funding for student health, but that will not come until the second year because North Carolina needs a Medicaid State Plan Amendment before it can start collecting the funds. Essentially, the money will come from reimbursements from Medicaid for services the state is already providing.


Posted in Education, Politics, State news, State politics

June 8th, 2018 by newbernpostadmin

Today during a special announcement at New Bern High School, Steve Tapley was named the new head football coach.

Prior to his arrival at New Bern, Tapley coached the offensive line for four years while serving as the Run Game Coordinator, Offensive Coordinator, and Assistant Head Coach under Ron Turner at Wilkes Central High School in Wilkesboro, N.C.

During those years several Eagles posted record numbers.  In each season an Eagle rusher gained more than 1,000 yards, with three players gaining more than 2,000 yards rushing.

In their most productive season, the Eagles gained over 3,000 yards on the ground while giving up only 6 sacks in 189 passing attempts.  Wilkes Central laid claim to back-to-back outright conference titles in 2016 and 2017.  The Eagles earned a spot in the NCHSAA playoffs each of his four years on staff.

“Coach Tapley is an extremely knowledgeable football coach with experience on both sides of the ball”, Turner said. “He cares about his players’ growth as young men as well as football players.  He has been a big part of our success at Wilkes Central and will be missed.”

Tapley spent the 2013 season at his Alma-Mater, Bethany College (Lindsborg, Kansas), serving as the Co-Offensive Coordinator, Special Teams Coordinator, and Receivers coach for his former coach, Manny Matsakis.  Both the Special Teams and the Triple-Shoot Offense posted impressive numbers during his stay.  The 2013 Swede Punt Return unit averaged an impressive 15.9 yards per return, ranking them #3 nationwide.  The offense rushed for nearly 2000 yards and had an average of 13.6 yards per completion.

In 2012, Tapley coached offensive line and linebackers at Kestrel Heights School in Durham, N.C.  His input helped to modernize the offense and special teams units, while securing college scholarships for two players from a program in only its second year of varsity competition.

Before moving to Durham, Tapley served as the Defensive Coordinator at Topeka West High School in 2011 where he also served as the school’s Head Wrestling Coach.  Under his leadership the Chargers qualified three wrestlers to the KSHSAA 5A State Tournament.

Tapley began his collegiate coaching career at Bethany College (KS) in 2004 as the team’s Linebacker Coach and Recruiting Coordinator. The Swede defense ranked in the top 5 nationally in passing yards allowed during the 2004 season. In 2005 he coached the Offensive Line.

His coaching career began at Royal Valley High School in Hoyt, Kansas as the Offensive and Defensive Line Coach under Tom Barta in 2001.  In 2003 the Panthers secured a berth in the KSHSAA 3A State Playoffs.

A native of Holton, Kansas, Tapley was a three-sport letterman and chosen as the most outstanding male athlete of his class.  He received all-league recognition as an offensive lineman his senior season.  Tapley played collegiately at Emporia State University as a linebacker and deep-snapper. Tapley earned a bachelor’s degree in history and political science from Bethany College in 2006.  He has two children, Seth and Spencer.

Posted in Education, New Bern, Sports

June 7th, 2018 by newbernpostadmin

At 1 p.m. More to come.

Posted in Education

May 5th, 2018 by newbernpostadmin
Student Connor Yungbluth

Connor Yungbluth, of Wake County, studies Mandarin Chinese through the North Carolina Virtual Public School.

After a regular school morning at Middle Creek High School in Cary, senior Connor Yungbluth, 16, takes his online Mandarin Chinese course at home through the North Carolina Virtual Public School (NCVPS).

When Yungbluth moved from New York, he wanted to continue the language studies he had begun there, but the local school in Wake County didn’t have a Chinese teacher. His curriculum is part of the blended, individualized instruction that virtual school in North Carolina can provide.

In the afternoon, Connor takes two online courses through Wake Technical College to prepare for his future in engineering or medicine.

Other students who have benefited from NCVPS include special needs populations, students who would like to attend the N.C. School of Math and Science but are not offered advanced courses at their school, students in rural areas, and a gymnast.

While the NCVPS may be unfamiliar to many North Carolina residents and not every school system cooperates with its program, the state has the second-largest virtual public school system in the country, with enrollment climbing from 17,000 at inception in 2007 to 58,000 students across the state today. Only Florida has higher enrollment in its comparable program.

North Carolina teachers developed the 150-course curriculum, which is aligned to state high school graduation requirements.


Posted in Carolina Public Press, Education

April 12th, 2018 by newbernpostadmin

Lack of progress on North Carolina students’ test scores is “frustrating,” state superintendent of schools Mark Johnson said this week.

Test scores in North Carolina aren't showing improvement.

North Carolina students’ scores on a national test aren’t showing recent improvement, though they are better than 20 years ago. Angie Newsome/Carolina Public Press

A nationwide evaluation of educational achievement in fourth- and eighth-graders found that scores for North Carolina students largely remained stable between 2015 and 2017, but went down in some areas. Scores for poor students and minority students also lagged significantly behind other students.

“Teachers in North Carolina are working hard, and our state has made strong investments in early grades,” Johnson said in a Department of Public Instruction press release.

“While it is frustrating for educators and state leaders to see incremental progress instead of general success, we have spearheaded efforts to ensure that all funds invested by our state actually benefit teachers and students. Also, with new leadership at DPI, we have been reevaluating how those funds can best be used to support teachers and to improve students’ outcomes.”

The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) tracks student test scores in reading and math and state participation and is a requirement for states to receive federal aid.

Scores for fourth- and eighth-grade students in reading and eighth-grade students in math remained unchanged since the 2015 evaluation, according to data DPI released this week.

Continued on North Carolina Public Press

Posted in Education, North Carolina Public Press

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