Dear Parents and Community Members:
Welcome to Edenton-Chowan Schools’ NC Report Card. This report card provides information pertaining to North Carolina’s school accountability program and includes information about school and student performance, class sizes, attendance, school safety, teacher quality, and instructional resources.
For the first time the report card will include A-F performance grades which were established by the NC General Assembly to begin in the 2013-2014 school year. The school performance score is the combination of the School Achievement Score and the Growth Score from End-of-Grade and End-of-Course Tests taken in the 2013-2014 school year. The School Achievement Score is 80% and the Growth Score is 20% of the overall performance score. Schools are assigned a designation based on this data that include 1) Exceeds Expected Growth, 2) Meets Expected Growth, and 3)Does Not Meet Expected Growth.
As you review the report card for the school system and each individual school it is important to remember OUR SCHOOLS ARE MORE THAN ONE LETTER GRADE. Academic achievement is critical and the focus of everything we do, but of equal importance is a school’s progress in helping students grow academically, socially and emotionally.
Students begin their academic career in the Edenton-Chowan School System at White Oak Elementary School. Approximately 80% of our kindergarteners begin school academically below the state’s expectations. However, by the end of second grade 80% have grown academically to be deemed at or above grade level. According to the state’s Accountability Model, all classroom teachers at White Oak were designated as meeting or exceeding student growth. The school earned the highest Beginning of Grade Reading results by a Title I School in the Northeast Region. To further support students the school offers a five star pre-kindergarten program, the highest rating awarded to pre-school programs by the state. White Oak is also deemed a Positive Behavior Intervention Support (PBIS) Model School for their efforts in supporting students’ social, emotional, and academic success.
At D.F.Walker Elementary, our third grade students made significant growth with the state’s Read to Achieve mandate with the fourth highest growth performance in the Northeast Region. As a Title I Focus School, 100% of teachers are highly qualified in their content areas. D.F. Walker is also designated a PBIS Model School and enhances instruction through the use of classroom technology such as Smart Boards, iPads and other devices aiding in the development of productive 21st Century citizens.
Chowan Middle School has a proud history of academic achievement. The school has met state student growth standards for the past seven out of eight years with six of those years meeting high growth. It is the only middle school in our region to be recognized twice as a North Carolina School to Watch. The Schools to Watch initiative is sponsored by the National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform dedicated to improving schools for young adolescents across the country. Chowan Middle has been designated as a PBIS Exemplar School for the past five years – the highest award given by the state. One hundred percent (100%) of the staff is deemed highly qualified by federal and state standards.
At John A. Holmes High School students have a wealth of academic opportunities. The school offers a variety of AP and Honors courses and Career and Technical Education courses in various careers as well as hundreds of virtual courses – like Mandarin Chinese - through North Carolina Virtual Public Schools. The school partners with College of The Albemarle to offer college credit courses allowing students to graduate not only with a high school diploma but up to an associate degree. John A. Holmes students scored above the state average in the WorkKeys Assessment at 71.4% compared to 67.6% (state) measuring college and career readiness. Students have an opportunity to travel abroad each year with trips to Spain and to Grisbov, Denmark.
Edenton-Chowan Schools is a proud recipient of two Golden LEAF of North Carolina Foundation Grants totaling $1.2 million. The grants have been used to implement a 1:1 Learning Initiative placing iPads in the hands of students and teachers in grades 6-12 to enhance the instructional learning in a 24/7 environment. Teachers also benefited from extensive professional development in instructional practice with the new technology. The second grant was used to begin a Science Technology Education and Math (STEM) Initiative at Chowan Middle School and John A. Holmes High School.
The five-year cohort graduation rate for the Edenton-Chowan School System, specifically, John A. Holmes High School, increased over last year from 81.3 percent in 2013 to 84.3 percent in 2014, above the state’s average of 83.8 percent. Additionally, 78.9 % of students completed high school in four years or less. Since 2004, the four-year graduation rate at John A. Holmes High School has increased approximately 14.5 percentage points – from 64.4 percent to 78.9 percent.
Annual Measurable Objectives (AMOs) have replaced Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) measures previously required by the U.S. Department of Education. With AMOs, proficiency targets are set for all student subgroups. Edenton-Chowan Schools had 112 AMO targets to meet. We met 81/112 for a status of 72.3%, above the state status of 55.2%.
Our instructional staff is the school system’s most critical resource for ensuring student success. We take pride that 100% of teachers in the Edenton-Chowan Schools are highly qualified as required by federal and state standards. Twenty-six percent (26%) of our teachers have earned National Board for Professional Teaching Standards certification and 33% hold a masters degree or higher. Although our district did not meet student growth standards on state testing, teacher effectiveness ratings for student growth show that the majority of our classes met or exceeded growth expectations. At White Oak, 100% of teachers’ classes met or exceeded growth in reading; at D.F. Walker, 76% of the classes in Reading, Math and Science met or exceeded growth; at Chowan Middle School 87% of tested classes met or exceeded growth; and at John A. Holmes 53% of courses tested, met or exceeded growth.
There is continued work to be done in the Edenton-Chowan Schools. As we focus on meeting the individual needs of our students and their academic, social, and emotional success, I invite parents and members of the community to continue to be involved in supporting our schools and programs. As you can see, our schools are more than one letter grade – we are a family comprised of dedicated educators, a supportive community, and promising young people. I am proud to serve as the Superintendent of Edenton-Chowan Schools and prouder still to be a member of this community.
NC School Report Card
Background Packet: School Performance Grades
Questions and Answers: School Performance Grades
Letter from White Oak Elementary School Principal
Letter from D.F. Walker Elementary School Principal
Letter from Chowan Middle School Principal
Letter from John A. Holmes High School Principal
Students at John A. Holmes H.S. in Edenton are working with local environmental groups and homeowners to promote the awareness of the invasive aquatic plant, Hydrilla.
Students will be developing signs, information brochures and public service announcements to make citizens aware of the issue. The Institute for Emerging Issues Student Prize for Innovation will purchase a mobile information kiosk to be used at community events and wildlife boat ramps.
John A Holmes H.S. is one of four finalists for the 2015 Institute for Emerging Issues Student Prize for Innovation. Voting starts on Monday, February 2nd and ends on .
Please go to the website below at the Institute for Emerging Issues, view their video, and vote for John A. Holmes High School. It takes just a moment.
Please share this with others who may be interested in voting.
John A. Holmes High School JROTC Cadets received a $500 Grant from the First Flight Military Officers Association (FFMOA) and the United Services Automobile Association (USAA). The grant was presented to the Cadets at the Duck Woods Country Club in Southern Shores (Kitty Hawk) on January 9, 2015. The grant was based on several categories: Service to the community, service to the local schools, success of the program after Cadet Graduation, military competitions and awards. The Cadets were very honored and humbled by receiving this unexpected gift. LTC (Ret.) George A. Nelson leads the John A. Holmes High School JROTC program.
The Albemarle Electric Membership Corporation (AEMC) recently presented Chowan Middle School and the Kids and Cops Program, sponsored by the Chowan County Sheriff’s Department a check totaling $3,000. The check presented by Chris Powell to Sheriff Dwayne Goodwin will help fund a grant for the Kids and Cops Summer Program at Chowan Middle School that is designed to help transition rising sixth graders to middle school.
During their regular monthly meeting last night, the Edenton-Chowan Board of Education approved Tanya Turner to become the Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction for the school system effective July 1, 2015. Turner was recommended for the position by Superintendent Rob Jackson following a month-long application and selection process.
“I am very pleased that Ms. Turner will serve the school system as the Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction,” said Superintendent Rob Jackson. “I am excited about the leadership and expertise Ms. Turner will bring to our K-12 curriculum and instructional program as she works with our teachers, principals and directors in continuing to move our school system forward,” he added.
With 22 years experience in education, Turner has extensive experience in school leadership and curriculum and instruction. She was employed with the Edenton-Chowan School System in 2001 as an Assistant Principal of Curriculum and Instruction at Chowan Middle School. In 2005, she was named the Director of Teacher Development and Testing for the school district and was later named the Principal of Chowan Middle School where she has served since 2006. Turner began her career in Perquimans County in 1992 as an elementary teacher and basketball coach and later as an Instructional Facilitator at Perquimans Middle School.
"I am extremely humbled to be named as Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction for Edenton Chowan Schools and feel incredibly blessed to have the opportunity to serve the staff and students of our county in this role,” commented Turner. “Curriculum and instruction has always been my passion and l look forward to the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. I have and will always have a deep love and appreciation for the staff and students at Chowan Middle School and choosing to pursue this role was a difficult one for me, but one I believe I was led to through prayerful consideration. I believe the staff and students at Chowan Middle School have shaped me into the leader that I am today and I will be forever grateful to them for the special role each of them has played in my life."
Turner received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education from Methodist University. She earned a Masters Degree in Supervision and Administration from East Carolina University and certification to teach Academically Gifted Education K-12 from College of the Albemarle.
Her numerous honors include: Middle Level Administrator to Watch for NC Eastern Region 2013, Recognition for completion of the National Board for Principal Standards 2014, Principal of the Year for Edenton-Chowan Schools 2011-2012; President of the North Carolina Middle School Association 2010-2011, PBIS Exemplar School 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014; North Carolina School to Watch 2010, 2013; Principal of the Year for Region I Middle School Association 2008; Principal of the Year for Edenton-Chowan Schools 2007-2008; Administrator of the Year for Edenton-Chowan Schools as Assistant Principal 2003-2004; Teacher of the Year Perquimans County Schools 1995; Teacher of the Year for Perquimans Central School (1995); Math Teacher of the Year for Perquimans County Schools 1996.
Turner’s professional memberships include: Association of Supervision and Curriculum and Development (ASCD), North Carolina Middle Level Educators, Parent Teacher Association, North Carolina Principals and Assistant Principals’ Association, North Carolina Association of School Administrators.
The position of Assistant Superintendent was last held by Mr. Rob Boyce who retired from the school system in October 2009. The position has remained vacant since that time. The position was re-established by the Edenton-Chowan Board of Education through a reorganization of existing positions and assignments made possible through attrition. The position does not add additional staff members to Central Services and will not cost the school system additional money.
Five teachers in the Edenton-Chowan School System achieved National Board Certification through a performance-based, peer-review process. The certification earned by the board of directors of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards is the profession’s gold standard for accomplished teaching, based on standards created by teachers, for teachers, that define what teachers should know and be able to do to advance student learning.
Mara Swindell, an Art Education teacher at Chowan Middle School earned certification for the first time.
Four educators achieved the recertification process: Elizabeth Huff, Counselor at John A. Holmes High School; Brenda Pate, Instructional Facilitator at White Oak Elementary School; Joy Brickhouse, Teacher at D.F. Walker Elementary; and Tracy Faircloth, Teacher at White Oak Elementary.
National Board Certification is an advanced teaching credential. It complements, but does not replace, a state’s professional educator’s license. It is valid for 10 years, and renewal candidates must begin the renewal process during their eighth or ninth years as National Board Certified Teachers. National Board Certification is available in 25 certificate areas from Pre-K−12th grades.
The Honorable Michael J. McArthur, Clerk of Superior Court for Chowan County administered the oath of office to John Guard and Gil Burroughs at the December 1, 2014 meeting of the Edenton-Chowan Board of Education. Guard and Burroughs were re-elected in November to serve as members of the school board. Guard was elected to serve a two-year term and represents District 2. Burroughs was elected to serve a four-year term and represents District 3.
In addition to the oath of office, school board members nominated and elected Guard to serve as Chairman of the Board of Education and Mrs. Jean Bunch as Vice-Chair.
Three teachers with the Edenton-Chowan Schools, Debbie Bunch, Janie Joseph, and Steve Karl were awarded Bright Ideas Mini Grants by the Albemarle Electric Membership Corporation. The Bright Ideas Grant Program is sponsored and funded by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association.
Bunch is a sixth grade teacher at Chowan Middle School. Her grant was titled “Take a Bite Out of the Apple.” This project will fund Apple TV Airplay in the classroom allowing for more teacher/student collaboration and innovative problem solving with the iPads used with instruction.
Joseph is a sixth grade teacher at Chowan Middle School. Her grant was titled “Everybody Loves Robots – Engaging Middle School Minds with Robotics.” This project will allow Chowan Middle School students in the STEM Crazy Club to creatively innovate and explore the world of robotics and engineering by integrating math, science, and technology. Students will learn about the basics of robotics, build a variety of Lego Mindstorm robots and learn to program them to perform a variety of tasks.
Karl is a Science teacher at John A. Holmes High School. His grant titled “Organic Gardening” focuses on providing greenhouse supplies to promote student involvement in growing plants and starting gardens. Seeds and other materials will be used to grow plants that will be planted in a garden located at the high school. The garden was a product of an Albemarle Electric Membership Corporation mini grant received last school year and is sustained through funds from the mini grant.
The fifth grade science classes at D. F. Walker Elementary School participated in a Skype session with Jeremy Wheeler, WAVY-TV Meteorologist, , November 25th. Mr. Wheeler talked with them about predicting the weather, forecasting the weather and various types of severe weather. He also explained the education needed to become a meteorologist. Lastly, students were able to ask questions about local weather conditions and the potential for snow this year. Mr. Wheeler stated, "We will definitely have snow (at some point) this winter."
Through a grant provided by the Arts of the Albemarle, Edenton-Chowan Schools was fortunate to have the opportunity to hear the award winning performer, Ms. Donna Washington. She spoke with students at Chowan Middle School on Thursday, November 20th and students at D. F. Walker Elementary and White Oak Elementary on Friday, November 21st. Ms. Anna Kay Laughton, Music and Choral Educator at Chowan Middle School, coordinated these efforts.
Ms. Donna Washington was born in Colorado Springs, Colorado and attended Northwestern University. Having been involved in numerous theatrical productions in college she found her love for storytelling. Donna is a multiple award winning recording artist, receiving the 2002 Parent’s Choice Award for her first independent recording, “Live and Learn: The Exploding Frog and Other Stories,” as well as numerous other awards for her writings, performances and books. Donna has performed at thousands of schools, libraries and numerous storytelling festivals throughout the country and offers workshops in storytelling, writing, education, and creative drama.
White Oak Elementary School students celebrate and honor Veterans in a program held at the school today, November 7, 2014. First graders perform under the direction of Jane Parr, Music Teacher at the school.
Congratulations to the John A. Holmes High School JROTC Cadets for taking first place out of seven teams competing in a Drill Meet held on Saturday, November 1, 2014.
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.
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 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.