OCTOBER IS NATIONAL PRINCIPALS MONTH
“Through visionary leadership and tireless pursuit of success for each student, principals guide and support their schools in ways large and small every day.”
We thank our principals for their leadership everyday as we all work our way through the challenges presented by COVID 19. Their dedication, compassion for kids, and over all quest for excellence is to be commended.
I congratulate Mr. Huskins on his honor of being YCS Principal of the Year. Mountain Heritage High School is a leader in the region for academics, athletics, and artistic accomplishments. Thank you Mr. Huskins for the programs you have implemented through the years to help all students achieve their future goals.
COLLEGE APPLICATION MONTH!
Across the great state of North Carolina communities are joining in to support our high school Seniors by encouraging them to apply for colleges and universities across the nation. Please encourage your family members, and kids in the community to apply for future opportunities in the workforce, military or college for future academic growth.
TOP 6 THINGS EDUCATORS SHOULD KNOW ABOUT NC COUNTDOWN TO COLLEGE!
1) NC Countdown to College is a month-long initiative to increase the number of students who pursue post-secondary education by assisting high school seniors with the college admissions process (residence, FAFSA, and applications) and ensuring that each participating student submits at least one admissions application. This initiative includes College Application Week, when many NC colleges and universities waive application fees.
2) THIS YEAR COLLEGE APPLICATION WEEK HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO 2 WEEKS which means 2 weeks of free applications for those institutions that are waiving fees!
• Over 40 North Carolina schools will waive their application fees on CFNC.org during these two weeks!
• Advise your students to start on CFNC.org to ensure they benefit from the fee waivers. We cannot guarantee that fee waivers will extend to other application platforms, like Common App.
3) Register your site! Registered site coordinators will receive a cool mask (while supplies last)! Registered sites receive tips and tricks on a successful event! To help you prepare for the event, we are pleased to offer the Site Coordinator’s Resource Guide.
4) Live Help Sessions throughout the month for Q&A assistance on planning for college, FAFSA, RDS, financial aid, and college applications!
5) Technical Guidelines to ensure your success! Send them to your district level technical contacts before C2C starts to ensure that all of your students will be able to access the sites/URLs they will need. Many schools/districts use Zscaler or other network security that may prevent access to URLs unless they are specifically included as allowable sites.
6) Download our CFNC Widget for your webpage or virtual classroom to give your students a quick link to get to all of the important NC Countdown to College resources!
FROM THE US DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
The 2021-22 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) launched on October 1. New and returning students who plan to attend college between July 1, 2021, and June 30, 2022, should complete the FAFSA as soon as possible. To assist students and parents in the process, the Department’s Office of Federal Student Aid (FSA) has been sharing tips @FAFSA, and new blogs note “7 Things You Need Before You Fill Out the 2021-22 FAFSA Form” and “8 Steps to Filling Out the FAFSA Form.”
Students and parents can complete the form online at FAFSA.gov on a desktop or mobile device, and, this year, enhanced help topics provide even more guidance through the form. As a result of user feedback, many financial help topics feature images of the form with relevant line numbers visually highlighted. Also, skip-logic functionality means applicants see only the questions that pertain to them. And, by the end of the year, FSA will launch an enhanced myStudentAid mobile application. It will have an entirely new look and feel and additional features (press release).
In related news, the Department released the latest federal student loan cohort default rate, which decreased (from 10.1% to 9.7%) for students who entered repayment between fiscal years 2016 and 2017. This new cohort default rate represents the lowest national rate since the three-year rate was first released in 2012. Schools with high default rates may lose their eligibility to participate in federal student aid programs.
FULL TEACHER LICENSURE SCHOLARSHIPS!
North Carolina Teachers of Tomorrow is dedicated to helping deserving individuals in your district get into the classroom. We are excited to announce our 2020 Scholarships! The month of October, we are offering exclusive scholarships to make it easier for our candidates to get licensed and start teaching! We encourage you to forward this email to those talented individuals in your district!
Scholarships Offered for: Aspiring Teachers, Emergency License Holders, and Paraprofessional & Substitutes
Deadline: October 31, 2020
Easy Steps to Apply to Full Scholarship:
Apply to North Carolina Teachers
Complete the Scholarship Form
Click the button below for full qualification requirements and details!
THANKS TO MICHELLE GEOUGE, EC TEACHER AT EAST YANCEY FOR THE GREAT BULLETIN BOARD!
On September 4, Governor Roy Cooper signed into law the Coronavirus Relief Act 3.0, which was passed by the General Assembly. The law includes the Extra Credit Grant program to be administered by the North Carolina Department of Revenue.
Most North Carolina families with children are eligible for a $335 coronavirus relief payment to help with virtual schooling and childcare costs.
The $335 payment is for individuals with a dependent child who was 16 or younger at the end of 2019.
If you filed a 2019 North Carolina individual income tax return reporting a qualifying child, you will get the payment automatically by December 15.
Individuals with a qualifying child who did not file a 2019 state return because their gross income for 2019 did not exceed the state’s filing requirements for their filing status (generally $10,000 per year if single and $20,000 per year if married) may still be eligible for the $335 payment, but they must apply.
Applications are due by October 15, 2020.
Help more North Carolinians receive $335 in coronavirus relief by sharing the word about the October 15th application deadline.
Go the Department of Revenue website for details or to apply: https://www.ncdor.gov/extracredit
FREE ONLINE COURSE FOR EDUCATORS OF ENGLISH LEARNERS
NCDPI is sharing this free online learning course on behalf of the Friday Institute. This Teaching K-8 English Learners course will help you more effectively prepare your students with limited English proficiency in elementary and middle grades with the skills they need to be successful in school. This is a critical challenge for elementary and middle school teachers as the number of English Learners continues to increase in the United States. For more information, watch here.
- To involve educators in an online professional learning community with a focus on supporting English Learners.
- To engage educators in perspective-taking opportunities to better relate to and understand the struggles of English Learners.
- To build an understanding of strategies and methods to better support English Learners.
- To guide educators in building a repository of resources, activities, and skills to bring back to their classroom, school, and learning community.
- To provide a space to reflect on, assess, and share knowledge gained through the online professional learning community.
Thank you for your continued work with English learners!!
3 TIPS TO AVOID BEING PHISHED
Phishing occurs when cybercriminals use links and attachments in emails, texts or fake websites to try and steal your personal information.
Often times, phishing attempts look very legitimate. They may appear to be from a company you know and trust. But there are ways to recognize if you’re being phished.
1. Beware of scare tactics
Often times cybercriminals will urge you to take action to protect your account, saying that they’ve noticed suspicious activity or log in attempts. They’ll ask you to click on a link to update your account, provide some personal information or change your password.
2. Don’t respond to responders
If you don’t know and trust the sender, ignore the solicitation. If the communication is from a business, look up the company’s website and contact them directly. Most businesses will never request your personal information in an email or text.
3. Be your own detective
Look for poor grammar or an odd salutation. Make sure the sender’s email address — both before and after the @ symbol, is spelled correctly and is legitimate. Hover (don’t click) over links to verify that they’re going to an address that makes sense, also to ensure they begin with “https” versus “http”. The “s” indicates that the site is secure.
Want to learn more? Visit our website to explore more ways you can protect yourself against fraud and cyber criminal attacks.
ARE YOU READY FOR 2021 OPEN ENROLLMENT?
2021 Open Enrollment is October 15-31, 2020. Here’s what you need to know to make the right decisions in October to save you money throughout 2021.
All active and non-Medicare members will be automatically enrolled in the 70/30 Plan for the 2021 benefit year. Members who wish to enroll in the 80/20 Plan or who wish to reduce their monthly premium in either the 80/20 Plan or the 70/30 Plan by completing the tobacco attestation will need to take action during Open Enrollment.
Please note that retirees continue to have a $0 premium on the 70/30 Plan.
Here’s some important news for 2021:
- No premium increases for the 3rd year in a row!
- Members who select a Clear Pricing Project Provider as their Primary Care Provider will enjoy a $0 copay!
- Reduced copays for members who visit a Clear Pricing Project Specialist!
- Preferred and non-preferred insulin will have a $0 copay for a 30-day supply!
- Preventive Services remain free – no copay or deductible – on the 80/20 and 70/30 plans!
Check out these savings that members will enjoy in 2021:
TOBACCO USERS: GET A HEAD START ON YOUR PREMIUM CREDIT FOR 2021!
(Active and Non-Medicare Members)
Tobacco users who want to earn their 2021 premium credit don’t need to wait for Open Enrollment. Tobacco users can complete a tobacco cessation counseling session at a CVS MinuteClinic or Primary Care Provider’s (PCP) office for FREE to earn a lower premium for 2021!
Tobacco users have until November 30, 2020, to take action. (If you combine your tobacco cessation visit with another service, there may be a copay.) For non-Medicare retirees, this activity is only applicable if you want to enroll in the 80/20 Plan.
Before your cessation counseling visit, visit the Plan’s website and print off instructions for your provider to ensure your visit is billed correctly and is FREE. This document is not required, but helpful for your provider. You will need to verify if your PCP offers tobacco cessation services as some providers do not offer this service.
If you are NOT a tobacco user, you will simply need to attest to that during the online enrollment process during Open Enrollment.
If you need additional help to quit using tobacco, the State Health Plan offers a variety of tobacco cessation resources to help you quit smoking, chewing tobacco, using snuff, or even e-cigarettes (vaping). Get started today on your journey to quitting tobacco!