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February 25
Karla Miller, CCS Chief Financial Officer, Given the Lou Thompson Distinguished Service Award

 

 

Newton, N.C. Karla Miller, Chief Financial Officer for Catawba County Schools (CCS), was awarded the prestigious Lou Thompson Distinguished Service Award for her hard work and dedication by the North Carolina Association of School Business Officials (NCASBO) during a luncheon on Wednesday, February 18, 2015.

 

Miller did not expect this accolade. Jenny Billings, Executive Director, commented, "She was very much surprised, which is what we intended. This award is our highest award, and it is especially touching now, as we lost Lou Thompson, who was a personal friend and colleague, in November of 2014."

 

Superintendent Dr. Dan Brigman, who surprised Miller with his presence at the event, noted that "We are very fortunate to have Ms. Miller as a leader in our school district. She is the consummate professional, and we appreciate her hard work."

 

Approximately 400 people attended the ceremony. In addition to the award, a beautiful crystal obelisk, Miller received a Surface tablet (provided by a sponsor), and CCS will receive a check in the amount of $1,000 for a scholarship fund in Miller's name. Billings noted, "Karla is the most deserving person to receive this award this year."

   

The Catawba County School Board further recognized Miller's excellent work at its meeting on Monday, February 23, 2015.

 

The award annually recognizes a NCASBO member who typifies the qualities and leadership of Lou Thompson by making substantial contributions to improve the organization and the school business official profession. Lou Thompson served the State of North Carolina and the Department of Public Instruction for 33 years working in various financial positions, and retired in 1998 as the Director of School Business Services. Thompson was a leader in improving the operations of school finance, including gaining legislative approval of a single daily rate of pay, the automation of federal budgets and 202 forms, and the development of the Financial Policy and Procedures Manual. She was head of the selection committee for a state level accounting software package that was put in place in all state agencies.

 

(pictured: Superintendent Brigman, Karla Miller,
and Jenny Billings)

February 25
Karla Miller, CCS Chief Financial Officer, Given the Lou Thompson Distinguished Service Award

 

 

Newton, N.C. Karla Miller, Chief Financial Officer for Catawba County Schools (CCS), was awarded the prestigious Lou Thompson Distinguished Service Award for her hard work and dedication by the North Carolina Association of School Business Officials (NCASBO) during a luncheon on Wednesday, February 18, 2015.

 

Miller did not expect this accolade. Jenny Billings, Executive Director, commented, "She was very much surprised, which is what we intended. This award is our highest award, and it is especially touching now, as we lost Lou Thompson, who was a personal friend and colleague, in November of 2014."

 

Superintendent Dr. Dan Brigman, who surprised Miller with his presence at the event, noted that "We are very fortunate to have Ms. Miller as a leader in our school district. She is the consummate professional, and we appreciate her hard work."

 

Approximately 400 people attended the ceremony. In addition to the award, a beautiful crystal obelisk, Miller received a Surface tablet (provided by a sponsor), and CCS will receive a check in the amount of $1,000 for a scholarship fund in Miller's name. Billings noted, "Karla is the most deserving person to receive this award this year."

   

The Catawba County School Board further recognized Miller's excellent work at its meeting on Monday, February 23, 2015.

 

The award annually recognizes a NCASBO member who typifies the qualities and leadership of Lou Thompson by making substantial contributions to improve the organization and the school business official profession. Lou Thompson served the State of North Carolina and the Department of Public Instruction for 33 years working in various financial positions, and retired in 1998 as the Director of School Business Services. Thompson was a leader in improving the operations of school finance, including gaining legislative approval of a single daily rate of pay, the automation of federal budgets and 202 forms, and the development of the Financial Policy and Procedures Manual. She was head of the selection committee for a state level accounting software package that was put in place in all state agencies.

 

 

(pictured: Superintendent Brigman, Karla Miller,
and Jenny Billings)

February 24
St. Stephens Hosts its 9th Annual Empty Bowls Event to Reduce Hunger in our Community

What is it like to be really hungry? In our community, too many people still do not have enough to eat, not knowing where they will find their next meal.

On Saturday, March 7th from 5-7 pm, St. Stephens High School (SSHS) will host its popular 9th annual Empty Bowls Event.  For a donation of $15.00, guests enjoy delicious gourmet soup served in a handmade keepsake bowl, along with homemade yeast rolls, desserts, and drinks.  The unique bowls are crafted by pottery students and staff at SSHS in addition to local potters. Culinary Arts students make the bread, and all soups are donated by local restaurants. 

Guests are served by high school students to reinforce the importance of giving back to the community.  ALL proceeds go directly to the area soup kitchens.  In the past, the event has donated over $13,000 to The Corner Table and The Hickory Soup Kitchen!

Empty Bowls is national event that raises awareness for hunger in local communities.  The event was started at SSHS by Becki Henderson-Gow and her pottery students and has continued with the current teachers at SSHS.  For the past five years, Jessica Sherrill and art teachers Lori Deal-Flynn and Seana Justice have organized the event. 

The event will be held in the SSHS cafeteria. Tickets are available at the door or can be reserved in advance by contacting Jessica Sherrill at: 828-256-9841 or at Jessica_Sherrill@catawbaschools.net. Don't miss your chance to help your neighbor, share a wonderful meal, and bring home a unique piece of pottery to treasure!

February 20
Arndt Art wins awards!

   

Arndt students, Tess C., Gabby S., and Nina T., competed in the rigorous Scholastic Art competition.  Tess Crabtree won a Silver Key. Her work will be displayed at the Mint Museum through March 6. Gabby Schiltz has won a Gold Key. Her work will go on to national adjudication.

 

At last night's Gold Key Ceremony, held in Charlotte, more than 80 Gold Key winners were recognized. Out of these 80 winners, Gabby Schiltz was chosen for the North Carolina Art Educators Association's Award and her work will be displayed on their website.  More than 2,000 works were entered into the Charlotte regional competition.

 

Mrs. Farris, Arndt's Visual Arts teacher, says, "I could not be more proud of all three of these young ladies. Out of my 200 hundred students, their work was chosen to even be entered. And from that, they have a Silver, a Gold and now the NCAEA award! I am just flabbergasted. They continue to 'wow' me with everything they do and this just proves what talented artists they are."

 

Established in 1923, The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards is the nation's largest, longest-running, most prestigious visual and literary arts program recognizing accomplishments of students in grades 7 – 12. It is a symbol of excellence that can bolster resumes, college applications and scholarship applications.

 

   

For more information regarding this prestigious art competition, please visit http://www.artandwriting.org/alliance/

   

   

 

(pictured: Tess C., Nina T., Gabby S.)

February 20
Meteorologist Leigh Brock Teaches First-Graders that Reading and Weather Go Together

Conover, N.C. On Wednesday, February 11, Leigh Brock, meteorologist with WBTV in Charlotte, paid St. Stephens Elementary a visit. Brock joined first graders for "Curl Up with a Good Book Day."

The students and Brock had fun discussing meteorology and sharing their experiences about all kinds of weather. The students laughed as Brock read one of her favorites, "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs." Brock volunteers because she enjoys reading to kids and loves it when students "make a connection" to something in a book.

To put the elementary students into a reading mood, they came to school in their pajamas that day. St. Stephens Elementary focused on the joys of reading during the week of February 9 – 13, also holding its book fair in the media center.

 

 

 

 

 

February 13
Tuttle’s All Pro Dads Program is a Huge Success with the Community

Maiden, N.C. The meetings start early -- 6:30 a.m. -- on the first Friday of the month. Even at that hour, Tuttle Elementary sees over 100 people return, ready for its popular All Pro Dad program.

All Pro Dad is a school-based program that encourages parents to connect with their children at school before going to work. At Tuttle, the program starts with free breakfast for all attending and then moves to a dialogue between the parents and the children. Laura Ingenito, Tuttle principal, reports, "Our families gather monthly to discuss topics relevant to school-age children and to take part in bonding activities. These fun activities bring our families closer together as they learn about each other."

The events wrap up with family-friendly prizes, such as board games and sports equipment. The parents leave with practical parenting tips they can take home and use; the kids leave with lifetime memories.

To join in the discussions, Tuttle invites male leaders from the Catawba County School system to attend each month. Last November, for example, Superintendent Dr. Dan Brigman joined the program. This February, Maiden High School principal Rob Bliss attended. Dr. Brigman, noted, "As a father of four, I understand how important it is to set aside time to connect with your children. This wonderful program supports families and our community."

Tuttle partners with local churches to sponsor the breakfasts. The All Pro Dad program is led this year by Tuttle teachers, Steven Watson and. Brooke Potocki, and by Tuttle parent Stephen Rector.

"We are so fortunate to have such a supportive and active group of parents at Tuttle Elementary School. At this last meeting we had over 115 parents and students. It truly is an amazing program to strengthen the relationships between parents and their children," commented Ms. Ingenito.

The program originally was founded by famous NFL coach and leader Tony Dungy who was inspired by events in his life. All Pro Dad's goal is to help fathers become passionate about their role in the family. All Pro Dad is excited to partner with the National PTA; there are chapters in over 1,000 schools nationwide.

February 11
Mountain View Elementary Loves Its Teacher Assistants!

Mountain View Elementary staff and parents want to thank the TAs who work so hard to make sure that every child is successful. We appreciate you!

February 10
Catawba County Schools Issues its Holistic School Performance Grades, Giving Parents 360° View of School Success

Catawba County Schools (CCS) has issued Holistic School Performance Grades for each of its 27 eligible schools. Similar to the Department of Public Instruction's (DPI) recent School Performance Grades issued on February 5, 2015, CCS's Holistic Performance Grades use both achievement and growth. However, the CCS grades balance state standardized testing with a number of additional indicators of school success and give equal weight to both achievement and growth.

 

Under this comprehensive view, all 27 schools achieved either an A or a B. See the chart below detailing the CCS Holistic School Performance Grades and the attached indicators used for elementary, middle school, and high school grades. The CCS Holistic Performance Grades incorporate many of the factors that DPI highlights in its state report cards.

 

CCS developed its own grades to give parents and the community a 360 degree view of our schools. CCS's grades give more weight to a student's yearlong growth as a significant indicator of school success. The district's Holistic Grades are based on 25 percent student proficiency, 25 percent student yearly growth, and 50 percent other factors that reflect school success, such as attendance, safety, teacher qualifications, and annual measurable objectives.

 

Superintendent Dr. Dan Brigman emphasizes that transparency is critical in evaluating school performance. He notes that the CCS Holistic Grades "will give our families and community partners a clearer, more complete view of the quality of our schools." Dr. Brigman further highlights that "in including a broader range of factors, the grades more accurately reflect the success our students are experiencing in CCS Schools."

 

In 2013-2014, CCS experienced significant academic growth, with 26 of 27 schools meeting the growth expectation, and 18 of the 26 schools exceeding expected growth. This means that CCS students had significant increases in learning in the 2013-2014 school year.

 

Catawba County Schools

15 pt scale

  

360° Holistic Performance Grades

Elementary Schools

25% Prof

25% Growth

50% Indicators

Total Score

360° Grade

Balls Creek

 

15.0

20.9

46.0

82

B

Banoak

 

15.8

22.0

44.0

82

B

Blackburn

 

16.0

20.5

49.0

86

A

Catawba

 

12.8

20.7

47.0

81

B

Tuttle

 

15.8

21.6

49.0

86

A

Claremont

 

14.8

22.8

45.0

83

B

Campbell

 

17.3

24.4

47.0

89

A

Lyle Creek

 

11.0

23.2

45.0

79

B

Maiden E

 

12.5

22.6

44.0

79

B

Mountain View

 

17.3

22.0

47.0

86

A

Oxford

 

14.5

22.7

47.0

84

B

Sherrills Ford

 

17.8

23.4

50.0

91

A

Saint Stephens E

 

10.3

18.9

41.0

70

B

Snow Creek

 

16.0

23.0

50.0

89

A

Startown

 

15.3

24.3

45.0

85

A

Murray

 

12.5

20.9

44.0

77

B

Middle Schools

      

Arndt

 

14.3

24.5

44.0

83

B

Jacobs Fork

 

15.5

20.6

46.0

82

B

Maiden MS

 

14.8

23.0

44.0

82

B

Mill Creek

 

16.0

21.8

44.0

82

B

River Bend

 

12.3

23.3

39.0

75

B

High Schools

      

Bandys

 

19.3

22.8

43.5

86

A

Bunker Hill

 

16.3

21.5

40.0

78

B

Challenger

 

24.3

24.8

48.5

98

A

Fred T Foard

 

19.3

16.9

45.0

81

B

Maiden HS

 

17.5

20.9

45.0

83

B

Saint Stephens HS

 

17.3

18.7

40.5

77

B

 

 

Contact:

Sally Forman Pitofsky, Public Information Officer, Catawba County Schools, 828-466-8333

 

February 09
Selma-50 Years Celebration

February 09
Fred T. Foard Wrestlers Win State 3A Dual-Team Championship

Newton, N.C. On Saturday, February 7, 2015 the Tigers competed in the state 3A dual- team wrestling championship for their second win in three years. The Foard wrestlers competed against the Eden Morehead Panthers. The win came down to Foard's Alex Leatherman.

Alex Leatherman (145 pounds) won with a 10-8 decision that gave the Tigers a 30-23 victory in front of a packed crowd. The Tigers (40-1) won nine of the day's 14 matches.

Check out more about this tremendous win in the Hickory Daily Record at: http://www.hickoryrecord.com/sports/leatherman-s-win-spurs-fred-t-foard-to-a-dual/article_049d3728-af46-11e4-b4bf-0702e6efd4d1.html

 

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