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December 08
Board Highlights from December 1, 2014

The Catawba County Schools Board of Education held its regularly scheduled meeting on December 1st in the Center for Administrative Services. The Board recognized outgoing Chairperson Sherry E. Butler for her 17 years of service on the Catawba County Schools Board of Education. In honoring Butler, Dr. Brigman cited her "candid, precise feedback" and her "commitment and service to the children of this district." Butler thanked the Board for the recognition and promised that she would not be going far. Butler begins her term on the Catawba County Board of Commissioners this month.













As part of the Superintendent's Report, Dr. Dan Brigman recognized Kara Osborne as the North Carolina Secondary Counselor of the Year for 2014-2015. Dr. Brigman recognized Osborne who is a counselor at Challenger Early College High School and her contribution to the school's 100% graduation rate. On hand for Osborne's recognition were her parents, Dr. and Mrs. Barry Redmond; husband Marcus Osborne; and children, Mack and Carson. Challenger Principal Heather Benfield and Assistant Principal Fred Whalen were also in attendance with several Challenger staff members.






Bunker Hill High School's Agricultural Sciences classes under the direction of teacher Danny Montgomery presented members of the Board of Education with poinsettias grown in the school's greenhouse. Joining Montgomery for the presentation were Future Farmer of America members Nathan Schronce, Daniel Schronce, Cole Travis, and Breyer Holden. Pictured below are Board of Education members, Bunker Hill FFA members and Montgomery.


In other Board action, members unanimously voted in Marilyn McRee as Board Chair and David Brittain as Vice-Chair. The Board developed its meeting calendar for 2015 and finalized assignments to various district level committees.

December 02
Catawba County Schools Board of Education Members Sworn In

Superior Court Judge Timothy Kincaid issued the oath of office to four incoming Board members at the December 1st Catawba County Schools Board of Education meeting. Returning Board of Education members include David Brittain, shown with wife Lisa and Judge Kincaid.

and Glenn Fulbright, shown with wife Nancy, and Granddaughter Meredith Fulbright.


Newly-elected Board of Education members include Don Brown. Pictured with Brown are his wife Jenny, and son Grayeson.


Judge Kincaid also issued the oath of office to Tommy Luckadoo. Pictured with Luckadoo are his wife Mary, and his daughter Emma.

December 02
Catawba County Schools Board of Education Recognizes Years of Service

At their December 1, 2014 meeting, the Catawba County Schools Board of Education recognized outgoing Board of Education Member Charlie Wyant for service on the Board and to the children of Catawba County. The Catawba County Schools Board of Education unanimously voted to name the future field house at Fred T. Foard High School the "Charlie C. Wyant Field House" in honor of Wyant's service to the school system. Construction of the field house is scheduled for June 2015.

Wyant's service to Catawba County Schools includes thirty-three years as a science teacher and high school principal. The majority of his tenure in education was at Fred T. Foard High School. In reading the official resolution, Superintendent Dr. Dan Brigman remarked, "Throughout his administrative career, Charlie C. Wyant, was dedicated to providing every student with myriad opportunities for success whether it be through challenging Workforce Development (now CTE) courses, robust core curricular courses, or top quality athletic programs." Wyant's contributions to the Board of Education include serving on the district spelling bee, attending a week-long STEM camp to promote science and technology education throughout the district, and assisting in the development of every District Strategic Plan during his tenure.

Wyant's family surprised him by attending the recognition. From left to right: Denise Wyant, Andrew Wyant, Joshua Wyant, Dana Wyant, Charlie Wyant, Jonathan Wyant, Rhylee Wyant, Michael Wyant, and Greg Wyant.


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."



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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.

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