Principal's Message

  • Principals Message

    Mrs. Erica Shoulders-Royster
    Phone: 919-496-1055

    Born: Chicago, IL
    Years in education: 19
    Year joined Franklin County Schools: 2012
    Education: B.A. (Stillman College) Masters Degree (UNC-Chapel Hill and NC State University) Doctoral Degree (NCSU May 2018 expected)
    Hobbies/Interests: Spending time with my 5 children & family; I enjoy traveling

    My Story…….

    A story of Resilience, Restoration & Hope

    I am the first in my family to graduate from high school and obtain a college degree.  I initially wanted a career in law but chose to give back by joining Teach for America.  I was placed at the lowest performing elementary school in the state. My students thought they were a failure.  I planned to fulfill my two-year commitment then go to law school but realized my purpose was in education.  I remained at that school two additional years and moved on to work for Teach for America to impact more classrooms throughout the state of NC.  I dealt with some tragedy and chose to change my course by attending UNC-Chapel HIll and earned my Master’s in School Administration.  I worked in a nearby school district and was recruited by NELA through North Carolina State University to earn another Master’s degree with specialized training. I took advantage of this free education and moved on to Franklin County.  I interviewed and was hired after graduation to serve as an AP at Franklinton High School.  I was fortunate to serve FHS for four years, and now I am blessed to be here at Early College.  I am now pursuing my doctoral degree at NCSU, and I am continuing to learn how to be a good principal. Thank you for trusting me and know that I remain humbled to serve. I like to think of myself as a resilient leader who pushes through adversities. I try to pass on the resiliency trait to my five children and my students because life will throw things at them and they have to press through and deal with the cards they are dealt. I believe in the Nelson Mandela Quote: “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

    Favorite thing about the Franklin County Schools:

    The high expectation and supportive environment for students, parents, and staff.



Weekly Messages

  • 9/8/19

    Greetings Eagle Families,

    I am grateful were were spared by Dorian.  In an effort to find an "different way to meet" and in lieu of a PTO meeting, parents I will be trying something new this school year.  Once a month on the 3rd Sunday of each month beginning next Sunday at 6pm I will be conducting a conference call. Please call in and join me. I will be sharing relevant information. If you have a question/concern you need me to address please email them to me prior to our scheduled call.  This was suggested by a parent last year and I am going to try it next Sunday. If it is a success this will be our method throughout the school year, if it is not we will try something different.  

    This past week school districts announced individual school results for the 2018 - 2019 school year. FCECHS has earned a letter grade "A" for 3 consecutive years!!! This is possible because of our hardworking staff, amazing partnership with parents and driven students!  CONGRATULATIONS on being the first and only school to be an “A” school for three years straight! This is no small feat! We worked hard and I strongly believe WE can do this again in 2020!!!

    Below is a list of updates and reminders I wanted to share with you:

    A Week at a Glance

    Student Govt. Campaign Cont.

    Mentor Training for Super Seniors

    Club Assignment Posted

    Monday, September 9, 2019

    Super Seniors One-on-ones w/Brown continues

    Tuesday, September 10, 2019

    SGA Campaign Begins

    Wednesday, September 11, 2019

    Thursday, September 12, 2019

    Friday, September 13, 2019

    Fall Pictures Grades 9 - 12

    SGA Speeches 1:45pm - 2:45pm

    • Due to our growth, parents we are asking that as you wait for your student in car pool that you please do not park in the curb. 
    • Students if you play a sport or have an event outside of school please share your schedule in advance to Mrs. Shoulders-Royster or someone in the front office so that we can announce and potentially attend.
    • Parents please help us ensure that your student is checking their teachers Canvas Page on a regular basis.  Not having wifi at home is not an excuse. We have service at school.
    • This program is doable for all students to succeed.  They have to put in the effort. No effort and excuses will lead to them failing.  Please do not allow your student to put a job or extra-curricular activities before learning.
    • We are hoping to support the October 12th Cancer Classic, below is the updated the registration link. This is a great way for students to get community service hours. 

    Things Needed

    • Freshmen, Sophomores and Juniors are required to be at school all day 8:10 am - 2:45pm.  Parents please support and not sign your student out early.   
    • Candy & healthy snacks for students.
    • If you are interested in serving on DPAC (District Parent Advisory Council). The meetings are held the 3rd Thursday of each month from 6:00-7:00 pm beginning.
    • Parents we are in need of club advisors.  If you have the time and is interested please contact Mrs. Shoulders-Royster for additional information.
    • Parents please encourage your student to talk to their teachers and professors if they have any concerns about their grades or need help.



    You are invited to register for the 2019 LEAD Program at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. The top ranked pharmacy school in the nation. You'll have an opportunity to meet leaders in the field, learn about the Doctor of Pharmacy and PhD programs, and the dynamic career opportunities within Pharmacy the Pharmaceutical Sciences. This program is open to high school students.  We look forward to seeing you at LEAD 2019!

    Register at the following link:

    Consider participating in the following programs:

    These programs are with the state of NC.  Students gain leadership skills and get paid while participating!

    Powerful video:

    I found this video to be powerful!!! I realize we are not an elementary school.  However, we have students that offer the same kindness and assistance at ECHS and that makes me PROUD!!!

    From Senator Tilley’s Office:

    My office will be holding a Service Academy Day on September 21, 2019 at the North Carolina National Guard Joint Force Headquarters in Raleigh. This event will equip students, their families, and educators with essential information about the United States Service Academies, their admission standards, and the nomination process. 

    Attendees will have an opportunity to meet with representatives from each service academy (U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Military Academy at West Point, U.S. Air Force Academy, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, and U.S. Coast Guard Academy) as well as the North Carolina National Guard, ROTC, and my staff to ask questions about the nomination process and application requirements. 

    Service Academy Day is a valuable experience that will benefit your students as they prepare for their futures. Please share the enclosed flyer with your colleagues, students, clubs, JROTC, and others. I encourage anyone who is interested in the opportunities available through our U.S. Service Academies, National Guard, and ROTC to attend. 

    No RSVP is needed. If you have any questions, please call my Raleigh office at (919) 856-4630. We look forward to meeting you! 

    2019  Kickoff to College & Career, the premier education event of the Triangle.  On September 28, 2019, this free event will help students take crucial steps in helping students prepare for life after high school.  Highlights of Kickoff include . . .

    • College & Scholarship Fair.
    • Career & Military Showcase
    • Community engagement fair featuring organizations that help families access educational, economic, health,  & other opportunities
    • Networking with others from around NC as they make plans for their future.

    THIS EVENT IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC and being held in collaboration with Art of Cool Fest 2019.


    • Thank you to the parents that get his/her student to school or time.
    • Thank you to the parents that are reaching out to teachers inquiring about grades. 
    • Thank you to the parent that met with me this past Wednesday to discuss the Music Club.
    • Thank you to the parents that allowed their student to participate in STEMville Training.

    Upcoming Week Information:

    Sunday, September 15, 2019 - Conference Call w/parents Call in @6pm. Conference call: Provide your dial-in number (605) 313-5111  and access code 463122.  

    Monday, September 16th - SGA Voting

    Tuesday, September 17th - Election Results Announced / Progress Reports Distributed

    Wednesday, September 18th - Early Release

    Thursday, September 19th - FCS DPAC Meeting / Super Senior Night @ ECHS 6pm - 7pm

    Friday, September 20th - ECHS Lunch Table Talk w/Supt.

    Saturday, September 21st - SGA Training 9am - 3pm

    We are truly grateful and appreciative to each of you. Thank you parents for partnering with us to ensure that your student has the best educational experience at Early College.  Thank you for trusting us to do the work we enjoy doing each and everyday with your child. We look forward to seeing your student bright and early Monday morning! Thank you for your continued support and attention. Let’s have another great week!

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    2019-2020 Sunday Messages

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