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April 22
Claremont Students Read To Meet Challenge

Recently, the Claremont Elementary PTO challenged students to a Read-a-Thon where they would read for 14,000 minutes during a one-month period to help raise money for the school. 

The students shattered the goal and read for 28,175 minutes, thereby raising $1,754.40!  Because students met their target, as part of their reward they enjoyed watching Principal Kim Yancey and Assistant Principal Cory Klassett dress up as Ballerina Bears! The students had a great time laughing and dancing with them in the hallways.  Way to go Claremont Readers!



April 22
BHHS Readies Annual Hope 4 a Cure Race and Walk


April 22
FBLA at Jacobs Fork Excels At Conference

Jacobs Fork Middle School (JFMS) had a very successful week at the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) State Leadership Conference.  The 85 members received the Largest Middle School Chapter Award for the Northwest Region, and is also the second largest chapter in North Carolina!


Eli M., Caleb S., and Landen W. won first place in the state in the FBLA cheer, chant, and slogan competition, and their project will be the NC state slogan for the National Conference held in July in Nashville, TN. Taylor F., Lauren O., and Shiana L. won state recognition in the Gold Seal competition.

Rachael D. was awarded 3rd place in Business Communication. Jenna E., Sydney D., and Chloe P. won 1st place for their Community Service Project. Carrigan P. and Carah W. were awarded 2nd place for their Computer Slide Show Presentation.

Drew D., Tyler R., and Joey N. won 3rd place in Desktop Publishing. Karlina H. won 2nd place in reciting the FBLA Creed, and Taylor F. won 2nd place in Impromptu Speaking. Stacie W., Cailtlin B., and Dalton L. won 1st place in presenting the Local Chapter Activities Report.

Other finalists included Sarah M. and Peyton M. who were among the top ten competitors in the state with their American Enterprise Project. Emily L. finished in the top ten in Business Communication. Shiana L. was a top ten finalist in Business Concepts. Chidera I. finished in the top ten in Business Math. Sydney B. was a top ten finalist in Keyboarding II. Dylan L. finished in the top ten in Parliamentary Procedure and Kassidy M. was a top ten finalist in Public Speaking. Jenna E. and Tyler R. placed in the top ten in digital literacy.  Lauren O., Brad S., Emily S., and Kendall W. were top ten finishers in social media testing. Holden A. and Landen W. placed in the top ten in MS Word and PowerPoint.

It's great to be a JFMS Jaguar and represent Catawba County Schools in such a positive manner at a state-level competition!

April 22
Balls Creek Holds “Hearts and Hands” Bully-Free Night

IMG_7486aThe gymnasium of Balls Creek Elementary School (BCES) recently became a totally “Bully-Free” zone. The Balls Creek Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports (PBIS) team, along with the strong support of the faculty and staff, held the first ever “Hearts and Hands” Bully-Free program.

The night began at 5:30 with a showcase of student work, crafts for the students, and face painting. The BCES robotics team provided a demonstration of the good work it has been doing this year. Also, a slideshow of BCES students performing acts of kindness in the regular school setting was played on a continuous loop.

The evening’s program began at 6:00pm before a very large crowd that was estimated at 200+ students, parents, and community members. After a welcome from Principal Lisa Thompson, the BCES performing ensemble showcased its talent under the direction of music teacher Jennifer McNeely. The crowd was then treated to a performance from members of the Bandys High and Mill Creek Middle cheerleaders.

The highlight of the evening was a presentation given by Sgt. Daniel Harris of the Newton Police Department. Sgt. Harris spoke effectively to every age group in the crowd regarding the ability of individuals to refrain from bullying behavior and the avoidance of being a victim of such behavior. According to Thompson, “Sgt. Harris’ presentation was right on the mark. He related very well to our students and parents alike.” Following Sgt. Harris, several BCES students shared poetry with an anti-bullying theme that they had composed .

The administration and PBIS team at Balls Creek would like to thank everyone in the BCES community who supported the “Hearts and Hands” night. Also, they offered a huge thank you to everyone who worked so hard at Balls Creek to make the night a success.

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April 22
Snow Creek’s Shuford Wins Music Teaching Award

Snow Creek music teacher Karen Shuford recently received the 2014 OAKE (Organization of American Kodály Educators) Outstanding Karen ShufordEducator Award in Atlanta, GA.

The award is presented each year to teachers who demonstrate superior music teaching in which the Kodály philosophy has been used extensively, and has produced students who exhibit outstanding skills that were developed through the use of Kodály techniques.

Zóltán Kodály, a Hungarian composer and philosopher, believed in educating students in music early, and had a vision of a world where the power of music was a unifying, humanizing, and healing force, and an integral part of the lives of the people.

Shuford was presented with her award at the general assembly of the OAKE conference and was also honored at the 40th anniversary reception of the organization.

April 22
Arndt Students Explore Immigration And Their Own Ancestry

GuptillStudents in Jason Guptill's 8th-Grade history class recently conducted a research project to discover the roots of their immigrant backgrounds.  The "Immigrant in Me" project used a grant from to help students find their roots and start a broader conversation about immigrants and their history in America. 

In the course of their research, students found that they were related to some famous individuals such as Sir Robert Heath, Thomas Jefferson, and Ben Franklin. A few also discovered that they were cousins, sharing some of the same great-grandparents. 

Most of the student were able to ascribe possible motives as to why their ancestors came to America. They found that several came during the Irish Potato Famine, some fled wars, a few came for religious reasons, and one came to escape the hyper-inflation of 1922-23 Germany.  The project is one that enabled the students to see that their families are a fabric of the very things discussed in class!

April 08
Open House Set For Prospective Teachers

Join the schools of Catawba County as they host an Open House for prospective teachers on Saturday, May 3rd at Maiden High.  Click the image below for more information.


April 08
Bandys FFA Ag Day Set For April 11th

Ag Day Poster fullAfter a long winter, spring has finally sprung and it is time to celebrate Ag Day 2014. 

The Bandys High FFA Chapter extends an invitation to join it on Friday, April 11th for the annual Ag Day event.  Live animals, farm equipment, and interactive exhibits will be available for attendees to enjoy.  The event will run from 9:00 AM until 6:30 PM on the school farm which is located on the back side of the school, near the water tower.  

In addition to the activities sponsored by the FFA, other clubs at Bandys will host the first Bandys Community Carnival from 4:00 - 7:00 PM with games and activities for families. These will be old-fashioned carnival games that children and grandchildren - or children at heart - will love!  These activities will be located in the parking lot across from the Water Tower.

In past years more than 1,100 elementary school visitors have visited Ag Day.  Ninety FFA chapter members are involved this year, making this the largest Ag Day ever.

Students from Mt Olive University are also attending and will have an exhibit at the event.

April 05
BHHS FFA Chapter Awarded Program Improvement Grant

The Bunker Hill High School FFA Chapter has been awarded a $5,000 program improvement grant from the North Carolina Tobacco Trust Fund Commission.  These funds will be used to purchase a computer-operated plasma cutting table to be used in the Agriculture Mechanics Laboratory.

During its 2014 grant cycle, the NC Tobacco Trust Fund Commission awarded a grant of $180,540 to the North Carolina FFA Association to distribute for its Agricultural Education Improvement Initiative.  A total of 34 grants, with awards of up to $5,000 each, have been directed to schools across North Carolina.  Enhancing agricultural teaching programs, developing innovative projects and purchasing much-needed classroom equipment are just some of the goals of the programs.

The NC FFA is a youth organization of more than 19,300 student members preparing for leadership and careers in the science, business and technology of agriculture, with 253 local chapters across the state. 

“These grants will enable our teachers to invest resources in a number of critical areas, from equipment and facilities to new course development,” said State Agricultural Education Leader Gerald Barlowe. “We are extremely grateful to the Tobacco Trust Fund Commission for sharing our vision and making possible tremendous opportunities for students throughout the state.”

The NC Tobacco Trust Fund Commission was created in 2000 by the NC General Assembly to administer part of the funds from the Master Settlement Agreement (MSA) between the state and major tobacco companies.  Since then, the agency has funded over 100 different projects which have touched nearly all NC farmers.

“We’re excited to be a partner with the FFA,” said William Upchurch, Executive Director of the N.C. Tobacco Trust Fund Commission. “This is a great opportunity for students and teachers to feature innovative and creative projects designed to strengthen Agricultural Education. These students represent the future of agriculture in North Carolina.”


Pictured is the presentation of the grant monies to the CCS Board of Education and administrators, BHHS Agriculture Teacher Danny Montgomery, and BHHS students.

FFA strives 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. Visit for more information.  

April 05
Foard JROTC Tiger Battalion Fights Hunger

SLPFoodDriveThe Fred T. Foard JROTC Tiger Battalion, under the leadership of First Sergeant (R) William Thiel and LTC (R) Steven Crowe, recently conducted its annual Service Learning Project (Fight Against Hunger, Stuff the Ruck Canned Food Drive).

JROTC’s overall mission is “To Motivate Young People To Be Better Citizens,” and service learning is a key component of this mission. The Service Learning Project is part of the curriculum and is one of the best learning strategies in accomplishing the most good for the greatest number of people.

The Tiger Battalion cadets planned, organized, and completed this project in efforts to fight hunger in the Catawba County area. The donations received will be distributed to the Salvation Army, various local Soup Kitchens, and designated churches all in efforts to help fight the problem of hunger in the community.

The Cadets decided this year to solicit additional support from the local feeder schools in order to make a profound impact. In addition to Foard, the schools that participated were Banoak, Blackburn, and Mountain View Elementary Schools and Jacobs Fork Middle School. Incentives were offered to participating schools with the class donating the most canned goods receiving a special award. This year, the winning class was Mrs. Ellis’ third-grade class from Blackburn Elementary School.

Overall, canned donations totaled approximately 6,232 cans from all the participating schools. There were 19 cadets from Foard who collected 100+ cans each with the top cadet being Tanner W. who collected 300 cans. This is a huge accomplishment for the Battalion and is by far the most donations ever collected for this type of Service Learning Project.

Cadet Lieutenant Colonel Dylan S. and Cadet Sergeant Major Austin L., the top leaders of the Tiger Battalion, stated that this year’s project was a huge success and they were especially proud of the way everyone pitched in and exhibited great teamwork, dedication, and motivation. The Battalion would also like to give a sincere thanks to the participating schools, their teachers, their principals, and the parents. Without their support, the Tiger Battalion would not have been able to make such a dramatic impact this year.

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