On Wednesday, October 8th Claremont Elementary School students, parents and staff participated in the International Walk to School Day. Started by Safe Kids and FedEx in 2000, this program strives to bring attention to pedestrian safety.
Participants met at St. Marks Church in downtown Claremont and walked together to the school. The Catawba Valley Medical Center outreach staff supported the walk by recruiting the Claremont Police Department to help as crossing guards and assist with pedestrian safety. The day concluded with teachers modeling appropriate attire for walking along streets and sidewalks, such as brightly colored shirts, pants and reflective gear.
The second Catawba County Schools Hometown Hero has been named and he is Stephen Hoke, visual arts teacher at St. Stephens High School. Hoke is shown at left, receiving his award from Bob Dill, representative of the Charles Monet Law Firm that sponsors the award.
Hoke earned the award by being the teacher with the most votes from Catawba County in the law firm’s “Vote for Your Favorite Teacher” outreach program. He received a $250 Visa gift card to buy supplies for his classroom and he was awarded a pizza party to share with his students.
Duke Energy Foundation recently provided a grant that enabled folk artist Theresa Gloster and Ginny Zeller, education director from the Hickory Museum of Art, to visit art classes at Balls Creek Elementary.
Gloster, a local North Carolina Folk artist from Lenoir, shared her artwork and also worked with students in kindergarten through sixth grade. The students created a painting based on a personal experience or idea. These paintings were then displayed at the Lake Norman Folk Art Festival.
Thanks to Blackburn Elementary’s Assistant Principal, Title I Literacy Specialist, and Teacher Assistant Interventionist, teachers at the school now have access to a book room. Rita Lail, Sonya Elliott and Dawn Wiles, along with district Curriculum Specialists Mia Johnson and Lora Drum, worked for nearly a year to ready this resource for teachers.
Research shows that students’ reading improves when they have plenty of practice reading on the level that is right for them. Thanks to the hard work of these ladies, supplementary reading books at the school have been pulled to a central location and leveled for use with students. This allows teachers to access more reading materials on a variety of reading levels for their students, regardless of grade level or reading level.
Title I federal funds make it possible for Blackburn and other Title I schools to employ additional instructional staff such as Literacy Specialists and Interventionalists. Pictured are (left to right): Dawn Wiles, TA interventionist, and Sonya Elliott, literacy specialist.
The Bandys High School Chorus and Handbell Ensemble offers its fall concert presentation on Tuesday, October 21st at Rehobeth United Methodist Church in Terrell, NC. The concert will begin at 7:00 PM.
The chorus and ensemble will be performing music from different literary works. Each piece performed will be accompanied by a slideshow presentation, created by the students, which will include pictures and facts about the literary work, its author, and the composer of the music piece.
Admission is free but donations will be accepted.
On Thursday, October 9th, 2014, the St. Stephens High School chapter of the National Technical Honor Society (NTHS) inducted 23 new members for the 2014-2015 school year. Parents and guests were welcomed by Renae Eller, Business teacher and NTHS co-advisor, and Jeff Taylor, principal of St. Stephens High.
In addition to parents, other invited guests included Mark Story, the Career Technical Education (CTE) director of Catawba County Schools; Malinda Godfrey, NTHS co-advisor; and Katy Johnston NTHS co-advisor.
Since 2005, 222 students have been inducted into the SSHS chapter which is the oldest in Catawba County. The new members were inducted by the 2014-2015 NTHS officers: Jordan H., president and Larkin H., vice-president.
To be eligible as a NTHS member, each of these young people has:
- Maintained an overall uunweighted GPA of a least 3.5
- Taken a minimum of four CTE classes
- Achieved nothing lower than a B in any CTE courses
2014-15 NTHS Inductees are:
- Aerial Brooke B.
- Janine Rita B.
- Polina Alina C.
- Rhett William D.
- James Dakota G.
- William Clifford G.
- Brittani Nicole H.
- Alexus Miera H.
- Ralph Edmund H.
- Eric Tanner H.
- Andrew “Drew” Sumner H.
- Emily Brooks H.
- Terra Natasha J.
- Benjamin Frank J.
- Cameron Alonzo J.
- John Paul K.
- Jacob William Q.
- Andrea R.
- Brianna Leigh R.
- Rylan Cole S.
- Nancy V.
- Paul Terry W.
- Kayce Madison Y.
Heads up: robotic language ahead!
Seven robotics teams recently participated in the first annual Claremont 500 at Bunker Hill High School (BHHS). The race track was set up in Second Hall at BHHS.
In order to successfully complete the course, the two-person teams had to program the left and right servos on their Bot to track in a straight line for the length of the 1380-inch hallway. The team members had to program the Bot’s memory to continue to “loop” the program and keep sending pulses to the servos for the length of the hallway. Then the Bot had to stop inside a gray 24-inch Finish Area. If a Bot didn’t stop within this area, the team was disqualified.
Mayhem ensued. After several collisions (“that’s just racin’”), and some Bots actually climbing the walls, the team consisting of Logan B. and Seth D. took the checkers. They claimed the grand prize of a 100 on a quiz grade and a jumbo Twix bar. Way to go guys!
The other teams vowed to come back in the next competition.
Amy Wilson, director of the Catawba County Schools Exceptional Children’s (EC) program, has announced that Torri Stapleton is the district’s nominee for the 2014 North Carolina Exceptional Teacher of Excellence Award. She is currently an EC teacher at Catawba Elementary.
Stapleton has been teaching in the EC program for twenty-five years. In talking about her nomination Wilson said, “Torri is a compassionate, dedicated, and talented teacher. Year-after-year she goes above and beyond to maximize the growth and success of her students.”
She will be recognized at the state EC Conference in Greensboro on Monday, November 3, 2014.
Catawba County Schools (CCS) was one of 12 North Carolina public school districts recently honored for their four-year cohort graduation rates. Challenger Early College High School was one of 43 high schools recognized for graduating 100% of students in their four-year cohorts.
CCS had the highest graduation rate among middle-sized school districts in North Carolina, graduating 90.8% of students. Medium-sized districts are classified as having 1,000-1,999 students in their cohorts.
The state-wide cohort graduation rate was 83.9%. State Superintendent of Public Instruction June Atkinson noted that the state rate has increased from 68% in 2006. “This progress is the direct result of the work done in many of these districts and schools to ensure that nearly every student who enters high school leaves with a diploma,” she said. “I applaud the superintendents, principals and teachers for their commitment to their students’ success. Our ultimate goal is to reach a statewide rate of 100 percent in the near future and their work brings us even closer to making that goal a reality.”
Attending the recognition ceremony were CCS Superintendent Dr. Dan Brigman and Challenger High Principal Heather Benfield.
Jacobs Fork Middle School launched the PRIDE program this school year. The acronym stands for Purpose, Respect, Integrity, Discipline, and Excellence.
The program is designed to teach students how to be responsible and successful in school. The success of the program is not possible without the help and support of the administration, faculty, staff and most importantly, the parents.
At the beginning of the school year, faculty members and students were given a Jaguar PRIDE t-shirt. All Jaguars are encouraged to wear this t-shirt every Friday.
Students benefit from the effects of PRIDE as the program raises the academic and behavioral expectations of the entire student body.