NRMPS debuts new TV series

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What do Swift Creek Elementary, Southern Nash Middle and Northern Nash High all have in common? They are the current stars of the new Nash Rocky Mount Public Schools Television network (NRMPS-TV), one of several new ways the school system will be sharing school news.

Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools is expanding use of the local educational cable channel, Ed-TV, which it shares with Nash Community College. The ‘NRMPS-TV’ network will be a series of shows produced by the school system that features school news, interviews with students, parents and staff, as well as informational segments on various initiatives within the school system.

Ed-TV is available on Suddenlink Channel 3 and Time Warner Cable Channels 95 and 97, depending on where viewers live. Channel 3 is available to Suddenlink cable customers who live in Nashville, Sharpsburg, Edgecombe and Nash counties, Red Oak, Tarboro, Princeville and Conetoe. Channel 97 is available to Time Warner Cable customers who live in the Bailey and Middlesex areas.

Channel 95 is available to Time Warner Cable customers who live in the Spring Hope and Momeyer communities. NRMPS-TV shows will also be available from the school system’s district website, www.nrms.k12.nc.us.

Dr. Anthony Jackson, superintendent, said the school district is committed to finding new ways to “tell its story.”

“This increases our opportunities to showcase the wonderful people, programs and structures that we have in our school system.” Jackson said. “We want everyone in the community to take great pride in our schools.”

The shows will air several times a day on a rotating schedule that will be available from the school district’s website.

A new episode of “School Showcase” will be released once monthly, featuring three schools from around the different regions around the district, per episode.

This segment allows students, administrators and staff to share programs and special projects offered by their school.

“How we do it” will debut a new episode once every two months and demonstrates how the NRMPS departments contribute to student learning.

“Ask the Superintendent,” an interview show with Jackson, provides participants with the opportunity to ask questions and have them answered.

“Behind the Scenes” features support staff members and demonstrates their critical roles to the learning process.

Other videos also may be produced throughout the school year to keep the public informed.

In addition to the new television programming, the school system is also increasing its use of social media sites.

NRMPS recently joined Facebook, the popular social networking site, and Jackson can be followed on Twitter, another popular social networking site.

“We want to use every avenue possible to connect our schools to our communities,” Jackson said. “A number of our stakeholders use social media sites daily. By having a school system presence on these sites, we are opening the door for that anyone who uses them to have direct access to NRMPS.”

The first new television program, “School Showcase,” aired Sept. 21.