The Rocky Hock Ruritan Club raised money to purchase and give every third grade student at D.F. Walker Elementary School a student dictionary. President Keith Rollins, Secretary Joe Asbell, and Chairman of the Social Concerns Committee Jack Perry, and member Jacob Ullom are pictured passing out dictionaries to excited third grade students at the school. The Ruritans gave 173 dictionaries to students and teachers in an effort to support the Read to Achieve literacy initiative and encourage students to learn new words and expand their vocabulary.
The Albemarle Electric Membership Corporation (AEMC) recently hosted a luncheon for local school districts within its membership to discuss the various ways they can support local schools.
Edenton-Chowan Schools’ staff and students have benefited from various AEMC programs including: Bright Ideas grants, Washington Youth Tour, Light-Up for Christmas Toy Drive, Basketball camps, demonstrations on electricity safety and the use of equipment. AEMC has also supported the "Kids-n-Cops” program in cooperation with the Chowan County Sheriff’s Department.
Pictured (L-R): Superintendent Rob Jackson, White Oak Elementary School Principal Michelle White, D.F. Walker Elementary School Principal Jamie Bowers, Chowan Middle School Principal Tanya Turner, John A. Holmes High School Principal Sheila Evans, and AEMC General Manager Gary Ray.
Dr. Vann Lassiter, Instructional Technology Coordinator with the Edenton-Chowan School System, has earned the credential of Apple Foundations Trainer. Lassiter is one of only five educators in North Carolina to hold this certification and the only person in Northeastern North Carolina.
The Apple Foundations Trainer Academy is a train-the-trainer program focused on the educational uses of Apple technologies.
AFT Academy classes consist of individuals from public K–12 districts, private schools, schools of education, and higher education institutions across the United States. The focus of the program is on enhancing the readiness of individuals for their role in leading professional learning for Apple OS and related iWork and iLife apps in their schools and to sustain basic Apple technology skills in education organizations that have implemented a one-to-one Apple learning initiative such as the programs at John A. Holmes High School and Chowan Middle School.
Lassiter completed the week-long AFT Academy program in Cupertino, CA. Every session modeled best professional development practices—all in a curricular context. The agenda covered advanced skills in the features of iOS, OS X, iLife and iWork apps, iBooks Author, and iTunes U, and to understanding and practicing effective teaching strategies for adult learning.
AFT Academy attendees are selected by an application process. Applicants must hold positions that include responsibility for delivering preservice or in-service professional development within their district, school, institution, or organization. Acceptance to and success in the AFT Academy program requires robust skills in a range of Apple software products that typically reflect a number of years of usage.
Glorious Elliott, a member of the Edenton-Chowan Board of Education, has been selected to serve on the North Carolina School Boards Association (NCSBA) Board of Directors by the nominating committee. Following formal election at the NCSBA Delegate Assembly in November, Elliott will be a representing Edenton-Chowan Schools and Northeastern North Carolina on the association’s board. Elliott is the first Board of Education member to serve in this capacity since the late 1970’s when Eugene Jordan, Sr. represented the school system.
“Mrs. Elliott has proven to be a strong supporter of public education during her service as a member of the Edenton-Chowan Board of Education,” said John Guard, Chairman of the Edenton-Chowan Board of Education. “Prior to serving on the Board of Education, she was also an active parent serving in leadership roles of local PTA’s and the local band boosters in the school district. The Board of Education feels strongly that Mrs. Elliott will be an outstanding representative for both the Northeast Region and the State as a member of the NCSBA’s Board of Directors,” he added.
Elliott has cumulative service of almost 17 years on the Edenton-Chowan Board of Education. She initially served on the school board from 1987-2002. She left the school board in 2002 because she was covered by a term limits restriction in effect at that time. During this tenure she served as both Vice Chair and Chair of the Board. Elliott was reelected to the Board of Education in November 2012 as an at-large candidate. Elliott is a retired Chief of Probation and Parole with the Department of Corrections who served multiple counties in Northeastern North Carolina. She is the wife of James Elliott and they have a son, Dr. Stanley Elliott, Vice Chancellor of Shaw University.
November 3, 2014
~~~ Sealed Bids Only ~~~
Edenton-Chowan Schools Transportation Department
Brad Bass, Transportation Director
Pursuant to NCGS 153-A-176 and NCGS 160A-268, Edenton-Chowan Schools will accept sealed bids prior to or on October 31, 2014 for the sale of the following lots of vehicles and items. All items are located at: Edenton-Chowan Schools Transportation Department, 218 Dicks Street and may be viewed between the hours of 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Monday - Friday. NO REPRESENTATIONS ARE MADE AS TO CONDITIONS OF ANY ITEMS!
Michelle White, Principal of White Oak Elementary School has been named the 2014-15 Edenton-Chowan Schools Administrator of the Year. The recognition is part of The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction’s 2015 Wells Fargo Principal of the Year Program. The program has been administered since 1984 with financial support from Wells Fargo Company. Mrs. White has been principal at White Oak Elementary School since August, 2012. Prior, Mrs. White served as assistant principal at Perquimans High School. She has also served in an administrative position at Perquimans Central School performing duties of Assistant Principal, technology facilitator, and instructional facilitator. Mrs. White will advance to regional competition with eight finalists competing for the state award.
With over 12 years of experience in public education, Mrs. White earned a Masters Degree in School Administration from Elizabeth City State University. In addition, she holds a Masters Degree in Technology Education from East Carolina University and a Bachelors Degree in Music Education from East Carolina. Along with these certifications, she also holds a teaching license in the areas of Elementary Education, and Art Education. She also holds certification as a National Board for Professional Teaching Standards certified teacher.
The Edenton-Chowan Education Foundation awarded the following teachers mini-grants totaling $3,501.61 at the Board of Education Meeting held on October 6, 2014:
White Oak Elementary School:
· Jennifer Attkisson – Keeping the Reading Fire Lit
· Lacey Winslow- iPad, uPad, we ALL love an iPad for Literacy
DF Walker Elementary School:
· Angela Speck & Phil Huey – Integrating Mindfulness Into the Classroom
· Krista Bond & Nicole Dowd – Literature for Learning
· Kristine Ludlow- VersaTiles Manipulatives
· Jennifer Thach – DFW Book Clubs
Chowan Middle School:
· Angela Elsbree – The Gift of Reading
· Deborah Bunch – I Need to Know More
· Janie Joseph – Tablet-Based Literature Circles: Transforming Reluctant Readers Into Independent Readers
John A Holmes:
· Stephen Karl, Victor Agraz, Stephanie Graban, Rachel Ward- Outdoor Learning Lab Classroom
· Victor Agraz- Improving Rigor and Real World Global Scientific Practices through Hands-On Inquiry-based Labs
· Rosa Michelle Downing – Reading for a Purpose
Edenton-Chowan Schools will offer a free bus driver training class November 12-14, 2014 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the College of the Albemarle, Chowan Campus Room 316. To register for the class, please contact the Edenton-Chowan Schools Transportation Department at 482-5306. The registration deadline is November 7, 2014. Twenty (20) seats are available and employees of the Edenton-Chowan Schools have first option for a seat in the class.
All four schools in the Edenton-Chowan School System have received notification by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction that they have been recognized for their work with Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS). Chowan Middle School received the highest state designation as an Exemplar School. This is the fifth year in a row that Chowan Middle School has received Exemplar Status. Adding to the honors, White Oak Elementary, D.F. Walker Elementary, and John A. Holmes High School all received recognition as a Model School for their work with positive behavior intervention.
Keeping students engaged and maintaining a healthy, productive school environment is more important than ever. PBIS is an approach comprised of intervention practices and organizational systems for establishing the social culture, learning and teaching environment, and individual behavior supports needed to achieve academic and social success for all students (www.pbis.org). Schools that implement Positive Behavior Intervention and Support fully can expect to become more efficient and consistent with behavior management, use preventative measures to decrease unwanted behavior, experience a shift in attention to appropriate behaviors, and witness a positive climate and philosophy change.
The state recognizes schools meeting the required criteria for their work with PBIS in three levels, Green Ribbon Schools, Model Schools, and Exemplar Schools. In order to receive any level of recognition from the state Department of Public Instruction, these schools completed an application process that included multiple reports based on behavior and academic data. The schools that received recognition by North Carolina’s Department of Public Instruction did so because the faculty and staff at these schools demonstrated high levels of implementation based on PBIS evaluations.
More information about the NC PBIS Initiative and its state recognition program is available at http://www.ncpublicschools.org/positivebehavior/.
John A. Holmes High School Athletics was honored for the second year in a row with the North Carolina High School Athletic Association’s Sportsmanship Award. This award was given based on the teams exhibiting exemplary sportsmanship by receiving no ejections during the 2013-2014 school year. The award was presented to John A. Holmes High School’s Athletic Director Bob Turner at the Region I meeting held in Greenville. John A. Holmes High School was one of only 12 schools in the region to achieve this honor.
“This is my sixth year as AD and we have received this recognition two years in a row. I want to personally thank all of the coaches, staff and athletes for helping us receive this award,” said Athletic Director Bob Turner. “With our coaches’ leadership and example of sportsmanship we were able to receive this honor two years in a row. I appreciate everyone’s hard work for all they do and we now have set a goal to receive it three years in a row,” he added.
Edenton-Chowan Schools is offering a new Parent Portal which may be used to view student grades, attendance and other academic information online. The parent portal provides parents and guardians access to all their students' information with a single log on. In order to receive access to Parent Portal, parents/guardians are required to do the following:
1. Fill out an application for each child. Parents/guardians with children in more than one school will be required to fill out a separate application for each school. Please note that this is a necessary step.
2. Take the completed application to the school where the student is enrolled.
3. Provide photo ID to the school staff when the form is returned.
After completing and returning the application as directed, parents/guardians will receive their account information. A copy of the application can be found below or picked up at the school. If you have any questions, please contact your child’s school.
Debra Rook, an eighth grade Language Arts Teacher and Teacher of the Year at Chowan Middle School has been awarded the honor of 2014-2015 Edenton-Chowan Schools Teacher of the Year. Representing Edenton-Chowan Schools, Rook will advance to regional competition as part of the North Carolina Teacher of the Year Program. Rook has been teaching for 12 years, five of those years have been at Chowan Middle School.
“Mrs. Rook’s students are taught to use a wealth of critical thinking skills, advanced communication skills, and high-level technology applications in her daily lessons,” said Tanya Turner, Principal of Chowan Middle School. “She integrates global awareness through the units of literature she teaches by strategically weaving in informational text that contains current and past news articles, biographies, and primary documents. She strives to challenge all children to achieve maximum growth by planning her lessons with the goal of meeting individual students’ needs.”
Rook is a graduate of John Brown University where she earned a B.S. Ed. in English/English as a Second Language. She is currently completing a Masters of Fine Arts in Writing for Children and Young Adults through Vermont College of Fine Arts.
“I push myself to reach and try and change and grow so that my passion thrives for what and how I teach,” said Rook. “Teaching is igniting the torch of inspiration in students, but it also confers the responsibility of seeking sources of inspiration so a lesson, video, poem or novel inspires others. Teaching is examining closely the details of a child’s heart and mind, but it is also broadly accessing a whole class, school and community to find resources that connect and support individuals,” she added.
The North Carolina Teacher of the Year program provides an opportunity to honor and recognize exemplary teachers in the state and to call attention to the importance of the teaching profession. The North Carolina Teacher of the Year program is affiliated with the National Teacher of the Year Program presented by the ING Foundation, a project of the Council of the Chief State Officers of Schools.