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November 24
Jacobs Fork Problem Based Learning with Shoe Boxes

On Wednesday, November 19 the "Bears" team at Jacobs Fork had a guest speaker, Ms. Jackie Kiser from Samaritan's Purse, come to their team to inform them about the process of sending gift-filled Shoe Boxes all over the world. The "Bears" team is participating in a Problem Based Learning project entitled, "How Can I Make an Impact on My Community?" Students learned how the Shoe Boxes travel through an "assembly line" in the process of packing, sorting, and flying to other countries to be distributed. The "Bears" are collecting items for the Shoe Boxes while the school's Future Business Leaders of America Club and Fellowship of Christian Students will travel to the Charlotte distribution center on December 10th to sort through boxes and prepare them for their journey.

November 24
BHHS FFA Poinsettias Production

The horticulture class at Bunker Hill High School (BHHS) has grown an exceptional crop of poinsettias this year. The students started the plants as cuttings in August and have taken care of the plants throughout the semester.

These poinsettias are for sale through the BHHS agriculture program. The price for each poinsettia is $5.00 for the 6.5 inch pots and $15.00 for the 10 inch pots. Please call 828-241-3355 or contact to place an order.


November 24
Bandys High Student Featured in NASCAR® Illustrated

Bandys High School Senior Jesse L. was just recently featured in NASCAR® Illustrated. Jesse is currently a member of the NASCAR Next program and just recently scored his first K&N Pro Series East victory.

From the article at NASCAR® Illustrated:

"I'm really fortunate that my parents (kept me in public school). I've learned a lot of lessons, and I've had a lot of fun and made great friends that I wouldn't trade for anything. I think just constantly being around people has made me more social. Some drivers that are homeschooled have trouble communicating with the public. It's something that I've really opened up to. Having to present in class makes it a lot easier having to talk to the press after a race."



NASCAR® and its marks are trademarks of the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, Inc.

November 17
Kenan Fellowship Opportunity for K-12 Educators


2015-16 Kenan Fellowships

Application Period

Runs through Jan. 19, 2015


The Kenan Fellows Program is accepting applications for its 2015-16 fellowship year.

Fellowships are available to K-12 educators in your school district. Don't miss this amazing chance to apply or encourage a deserving teacher to apply. 

Our fellowships are based in STEM-connected research and industry fields. They are designed to give teachers a summer internship where they experience innovative ways of making learning relevant for students without interrupting their current classroom responsibilities.

Selected Kenan Fellows receive 80 hours of professional development and at least a $5,000 stipend. The fellowship program positions teachers to serve as leaders in their schools and districts and become advocates for education.

Please share this announcement and brochure with teachers in your school or district. We also encourage you share it on your websites and social media sites. 

Online applications end on Monday, Jan. 19, 2015. Continue checking our website,, for the latest projects as new ones are added often.

To download the brochure follow this link.

November 17
Bandys FFA at National FFA Convention

LOUISVILLE- Members of the Bandys FFA Chapter in North Carolina were one of 46 teams participating in the National FFA Horse Evaluation Career Development Event (CDE). The event was held in conjunction with the 87th National FFA Convention & Expo in Louisville, Ky. The team, led by advisor Laura Parker, was awarded a Bronze emblem. Members also competed for individual awards with 172 other participants. Mary Auton received a Gold emblem, Sarah Deviney received a Bronze emblem, Jessica Shook received a Bronze emblem, and Caroline Torres received a Bronze emblem.

The top ten individuals and the national winning team members received cash awards to recognize their success in the event. The cash awards and the event are sponsored by RAM Trucks, Red Brand, Tractor Supply Company and Wahl Clipper Corporation as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.

The National FFA Horse Evaluation CDE is a competitive event that tests students' ability to select and evaluate horses. Event components include eight selection classes consisting of four halter classes and four performance classes. Students also give four sets of oral reasons with two sets coming from each evaluation class. Teams also work together to complete practical activities and a team presentation. Each team competed at local and state levels for the privilege of representing their state at the National FFA Convention & Expo.

The event, held at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Ky., is one of many educational activities at the national convention in which FFA members apply classroom knowledge to real-life situations.

About National FFA Organization

The National FFA Organization is a national youth organization of 610,240 student members as part of 7,665 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. The National FFA Organization operates under a federal charter granted by the 81st United States Congress and it is an integral part of public instruction in agriculture. The U.S. Department of Education provides leadership and helps set direction for FFA as a service to state and local agricultural education programs. For more, visit the National FFA Organization online at, on Facebook, Twitter and the official National FFA Organization blog.

A team photo, if available, is accessible through this link:

November 12
JFMS All-County Honors Band

The following members of The Mighty Jacobs Fork Middle School Band will be participating in the annual Catawba County All-County Honors Band Clinic:


Band I: Hannah F. (Clarinet), Brandon K. (Clarinet), Sophie B. (Clarinet), Nathan R. (Alto Sax), Robert R. (Trumpet), Connor M. (Trombone), Parker R. (Trombone), Evan S. (Percussion) and Yates W. (Percussion). Band II: Tessa P. (Flute), Carah W. (Clarinet), Julia R. (Clarinet), Jenna E. (Alto Sax), Katie K. (Trumpet) and Jesse R. (Tuba).


The All-County Clinic will be November 21/22, 2014 at Newton-Conover Middle School. One hundred forty students are schedule to attend the clinic this year.


The concert will be Saturday at 1:30 pm in the Newton-Conover Middle School Auditorium. It is free and open to the public.


Students from all eight middle schools in Catawba County (including Hickory Public Schools and Newton-Conover City Schools) will participate in the clinic. Auditions were held on October 27 at N-CMS. Auditions are open to students in grades 7 or 8 who have completed at least one year of membership/instruction in a school band program.


The clinician for Band I will be Mrs. Mary Jo Sparrow from North Buncombe Middle School (Weaverville, NC) and Band II's clinician will be Mr. Terry Reid from William Lenoir Middle School (Lenoir, NC).



Row 1 (sitting): Hannah F., Yates W., Sophie B.

Row 2: Katie K., Jessie R.

Row 3: Brandon K., Jenna E., Connor M., Nathan R., Julia R., Robert R., Parker R.

Row 4: Tessa P., Carah W., Evan S.


November 12
CCS Science Educators Win Awards

Barbara Lydick, Michael Slaughter, and Jeanna Goodson of Catawba County Schools were presented with NCSTA Region 7 awards for their exemplary science instruction. The event took place on November 6th, 2014 during the NCSTA Conference in Winston-Salem. After receiving their awards, they attended a reception provided by the Burroughs-Wellcome Fund Foundation.


Carol Moore, Region 7 Director of NCSTA, presenting Jeanna Goodson of Maiden High School the NC Region 7 Outstanding High School Science Teacher Award.

November 12
Jacobs Fork Middle Students Community Service Project

Jacobs Fork Middle School Mountaineer Team students participated in a community service project inspired and facilitated by McKenzie M, a Team 5 student, and her father.  They worked tirelessly to obtain donations of food items to pack lunches for Exodus House, a home to many people who have experienced hardships as well as a serving center for those without a place to call home. 


Mountaineer students gave of their time and talents to create decorative and inspirational lunch bags.  They then packed a lunch and canned goods that would keep throughout the weekend in each of these bags. The director of Exodus House, Susan W. and a recent arrival currently living at the house met with Mountaineer students in the morning to collect the lunches and speak to our students about those people we have helped. 


November 12
Mt. View Elementary Honors Veterans

On Monday, November 10, Mountain View Elementary School welcomed Veterans for lunch. The Student Advisory Council (Cat's Council) greeted and escorted Veterans from across Catawba County. Veterans received cards made by various classes and a thank you letter from the school. All military branches were represented in this patriotic event. While attending, some of the Veterans shared stories of their time served. In addition to lunch, the staff is participating in "Jeans for Veterans" this month to support our own Catawba County Veteran's Organization.

The students, parents, and staff of Mountain View Elementary salute all the men and women who have risked and currently risk their lives for our freedom. To all Veterans and their families we say, "Thank you!"

November 10
Library seeks community input at public forums

Catawba County Library System seeks your input for a comprehensive strategic planning process to include four public forums in coming weeks.


The meetings are scheduled as follows:

Wednesday, Nov. 12, at St. Stephens High School Media Center Monday, Nov. 17 at Sherrills Ford Elementary School Media Center Wednesday, Nov. 19 at Fred T. Foard High School Media Center Monday, Dec. 1 at Adrian Shuford YMCA Community Center, Conover


Each session will begin at 6 pm and is expected to last approximately an hour.


"Getting broad input from the community is extremely important for shaping the future of our library system," said Suzanne White, library director. "Part of that process involves face-to-face communications. The idea is to gather as much input as possible."


Catawba County Library System has engaged the services of Dr. Anthony Chow with Strategic Performance Systems and UNC at Greensboro to guide the process that includes focus groups as well as paper and on-line surveys.


The library's strategic planning project is supported by grant funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the federal Library Services and Technology Act, as administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources.


Catawba County Library, headquartered in Newton, operates facilities there as well as in Conover, Claremont, Maiden, Sherrills Ford-Terrell, St. Stephens and Southwest (Mountain View).




About: The Catawba County Library System, headquartered in Newton, NC, serves the citizens of Catawba County with seven branches throughout the county and is a year- round, integral provider of early literacy and lifelong learning. In additional to traditional services, the system provides a full complement of computer and digital services, classes and support to bridge the digital divide, empower job seekers, and enhance community quality of life and economic health.

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