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District Announcements
Board of Education Names New Superintendent

The Edenton-Chowan Board of Education is pleased to announce the selection and appointment of Mr. Rob Jackson as the next Superintendent of the Edenton-Chowan Schools. Mr. Jackson will take office on July 1, 2014.
 
During the search process, the Edenton-Chowan Board of Education carefully reviewed applications and supporting documentation from a diverse field of excellent candidates. Although many qualified candidates applied, the board felt that Mr. Jackson’s experience, credentials, communication skills, work ethic, and dedication to student learning would best serve the Edenton-Chowan students, staff, and community for years to come. The board is confident that he will lead Edenton-Chowan Schools to even higher achievement. 

Throughout his career, Mr. Jackson has often been recognized for his achievements and leadership. On May 4, 2011, he was named as the Wells Fargo North Carolina State Principal of the Year. He has been honored during his career as the Southwest Regional Principal of the Year, the Union County Public Schools Principal of the Year, named a North Carolina Principal Fellow, and was awarded the Jack McCall Award through the Principals Executive Program, the Sallie Mae First Year Teacher of the Year at Glen Arden Elementary School in Buncombe County, and the Outstanding Senior in the Elementary Education Department of Western Carolina University.

Mr. Rob Jackson currently serves on the Union County Public Schools Superintendent’s Executive Cabinet as the Chief Communications Officer where the department has won 18 state awards and two national awards during the last two years. Prior to serving in this role, Mr. Jackson served as the Founding Principal of Cuthbertson High School (2008-2012); the Principal of Parkwood High School (2005-2008); and the Founding Principal of Marvin Elementary School (2002-2005), all in Union County Public Schools.

Mr. Jackson has spent over 20 years working in the field of education in a variety of roles. Mr. Jackson has served as a School Secretary, a School Custodian, a Bus Driver, an After School Associate, a Teacher and an Assistant Principal. Mr. Jackson also served in the US Navy onboard the USS Iwo Jima. He brings a wealth of experience from a variety of perspectives to this opportunity for service to the students, parents and the community of the Edenton-Chowan School System. Overall, the board was attracted to both the breadth and depth of his experience.

Mr. Jackson also has an impressive educational background. After being honorably discharged from the US Navy, he earned an Associate’s Degree from Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College before transferring to Western Carolina University, where he received his bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and his master’s degree in School Administration. Afterwards, he went on to attend Nova Southeastern University and Wingate University where he is currently pursuing his Doctorate in educational leadership. 
 
Mr. Jackson is married to his best friend, Rene'. They have three sons: Dennis, Joshua and Elijah, and one daughter, Madelyn. In his spare time, Mr. Jackson enjoys running competitively and traveling with his family.
Mr. Jackson greatly looks forward to the opportunity to lead the Edenton-Chowan Schools. He has issued the following statement expressing his excitement and optimism about the position: “I am very honored to be given this opportunity to serve the children, the parents, the teachers, the staff, and the community of the Edenton-Chowan School System. Each of the past five years, the Cohort Graduation Rate in Edenton-Chowan Schools has increased, illustrating the system’s focus on continuous improvement. I am looking forward to working with the Board of Education and the school system staff to build on the system’s rich tradition of success and to ensure that we fulfill the school system’s commitment to equip all students with the knowledge, competence, and orientations needed for them to successfully meet the challenges and opportunities they will face in their career and family lives after graduation.”

Please join the board in welcoming Mr. Jackson as the new Superintendent of the Edenton-Chowan Schools.
Bus Road-e-o Winners

Edenton-Chowan Schools Transportation Department held its annual Bus Road-e-o on March 28, 2013. School system drivers voluntarily participated in the fun event that tested their driving skills. The Road-e-o tests road driving skills, backing up, parking, and maneuvering a school bus through a cone test. Mary Williams a teacher assistant and Bus Driver for White Oak and D.F. Walker was the first place winner. Finishing second place was James Jordan, Custodian Supervisor and substitute bus driver at John A. Holmes High School. Rounding out the top honors was third place winner Andre Piles, a custodian and substitute bus driver at Chowan Middle School. Ms. Williams will represent Edenton-Chowan Schools in a district driving competition to be held in Rocky Mount later this Spring. 
Jeffrey Winslow, CMS Health/Physical Education Teacher, Awarded Jerry McGee FCA Coach's Award

Little Cub's Mommy and Me Playgroup

White Oak Elementary School is committed to reaching out to the young children and their families in Chowan County– so much so, that the school has begun a Little Cub’s Mommy and Me Playgroup.  Understanding how important quality early learning experiences are to the development of young children coupled with the fact that children acquire so much of their language before they even go to preschool or kindergarten, the administration, faculty and staff decided to sponsor a playgroup where young children and their parents can interact in an environment that is rich in language and meaningful play. During the playgroup time, families get to meet each other, share parenting tips, and play with their children in different learning stations and centers. The White Oak School staff plans activities based on a theme for families to participate in and also provides each family a book to take home. The first Little Cub’s Mommy and Me Playgroup was held on March 27, 2014 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Chowan County Agricultural Center. Eleven parents and 12 children participated in the morning activities.  The theme was based upon the alphabet book Chicka Chicka Boom Boom and each child was able to take home a copy of the book.  The Chowan County SmartStart provided lunches for the participants and White Oak School staff facilitated the play sessions. The next playgroup will take place on Thursday, April 17th from 10:00-11:00 at the Chowan County Agricultural Center on Granville Street.  Interested families may sign up by calling White Oak Elementary at 221-4078 by April 11, 2014.
CMS Teachers Present at the 2014 Middle School Conference

NC School Report Cards Available

The 2012-13 NC School Report Cards are now available at www.ncreportcards.org, and feature state-, district- and school-level information about student performance and attendance, class size, school safety, teacher quality and classroom technology. A link to the NC Report Card may also be found on the Edenton-Chowan Schools website at by accessing the “Testing” link.

The 2012-13 school year was the first year the NC Department of Public Instruction reported results using North Carolina’s new READY accountability model, which does not include school designations such as “School of Excellence,” that have been noted on schools’ Report Cards in previous years. The READY model does reflect academic growth rates and the percentage of students who scored proficient on state assessments so both of these categories of information continue to be available on the Report Cards.
 
 The Report Cards also continues to feature high school graduation rates and Annual Measurable Objectives (AMOs). These AMOs are calculated and reported under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act instead of the “all or nothing” measure of Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) required under No Child Left Behind. AMOs identify specific proficiency targets for each student subgroup as opposed to one proficiency target that all subgroups must meet.
 
School officials will be distributing local Snapshots, summary versions of the Report Cards, to parents in Chowan County and across the state beginning today. The Snapshots also will be available on the NC School Report Cards website. Parents and others are encouraged to contact teachers for information about grade level and course curriculum while questions about school and district performance should be directed to principals and/or the superintendent of schools.
 
The Report Cards site is searchable by school or school system name, by using a North Carolina map, or by selecting desired school characteristics.
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