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4/15/14 > JCS Reporter: SJHS junior receives Presidential Volunteer Award

Nicole Autry, junior at South Johnston High School, is a 2014 Bronze Level Presidential Volunteer Service Award recipient.

Nicole Autry, junior at South Johnston High School, was recently presented with the Bronze Level Presidential Volunteer Service Award.  Autry volunteered more than 100 hours last school year in her school and community to receive this honor.  

Johnston County Board of Commissioners Chairman Jeff Carver and Johnston County Commissioner Chad Stewart were in attendance to present her with this award. Also attending the recognition event were Tom Parrish and Rudy Baker from the Benson Kiwanis Club.  

Autry is a member of the Key Club, SGA, Skills USA, Gang Green, and the tennis team. She is the daughter of Randy and Tammy Autry of Benson. 

The Presidential Volunteer Service Award was founded by the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation (the Council), which was established in 2003 to recognize the valuable contributions volunteers are making in our communities and encourage more people to serve. The Council created the President's Volunteer Service Award program as a way to thank and honor Americans who, by their demonstrated commitment and example, inspire others to engage in volunteer service. The program continues as an initiative of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS).

By recognizing and honoring volunteers the award helps to set a standard for service, encourages a sustained commitment to civic participation, and inspires other to make service a central part of their lives.

Nicole Autry (left center) stands with (from left) Key Club advisor Catherine McLamb, Johnston County Board of Commissioners Chairman Jeff Carver, and Johnston County Commissioner Chad Stewart.

Nicole Autry (right-center) stands with her family after receiving the Presidential Volunteer Service Award. Beside her (from left) are Jessica Autry, sister; Tammy Autry, mother; and Randy Autry, father.

Members of the Key Club and event attendees on the first row are Briana Williams, treasurer; Carissa Womble, media coordinator; Nicole Autry, Secretary; and Hannah Johnson, Junior Class Representative. On the back row are Avery West, president; Tom Parrish, Benson Kiwanis; Rudy Baker, Benson Kiwanis; Dillon Austin, Vice-President; and Ryan Hardy, Freshman Class Representative.




Created 4-15-2014


4/14/14 > JCS Reporter: West Clayton student selected as NC Library Ambassador

West Clayton fourth grader Lincoln Sawyer has been selected to serve as a 2014 N.C. Library Student Ambassador.

Lincoln Sawyer, a fourth grader at West Clayton Elementary School, has been selected as a North Carolina Library Student Ambassador for 2014. 

He will travel to Washington DC on May 5- 6 to spend National Library Legislative Day in our nation's capital. State library leaders, advocates, and student ambassadors will meet with North Carolina's state leaders in both the House of Representatives and Senate telling them why libraries are important to all of us and the future well-being of North Carolina. 

Lincoln wrote and produced a video as his entry into the competition.



Created 4-14-2014



4/11/14 > JCS Reporter: JCS to hold Teacher Job Fair on April 26

Johnston County Schools will be holding a Teacher Job Fair at West Johnston High School on Saturday, April 26 from 9 a.m. until noon.

Attendees to the event will have the opportunity to learn what it's like to work for one of the leading school systems in the state and see firsthand why JCS facilities, students, and personnel are second to none.

Employee Incentives include:

  • Mentor Program & Beginning Teacher Program
  • Licensure Support
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • $1,000 Salary Advance Option
  • Master's Degree Cohort Opportunities
  • Local Supplement ranging from 8.5% to 11.5% based on years of experience

Click here to pre-register for this event today!

 

Johnston County Schools
Teacher Job Fair
Saturday, April 26, 2014
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

West Johnston High School
5935 Raleigh Road
Benson, NC 27504
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Created 4-11-2014



4/10/14 > JCS Reporter: JCS sends three of its brightest to NC Governor’s School

Smithfield-Selma High School's Emma Lampe (left) and Princeton High School's Ashlyn Tew (right) have been selected to attend the prestigious Governor's School of North Carolina this summer. Not pictured is South Johnston High School's Carrisa Womble, who was also selected to attend the program.

Three Johnston County high school students have been selected to attend the prestigious Governor's School of North Carolina this summer.

Smithfield-Selma High School's Emma Lampe, Princeton High School's Ashlyn Tew, and South Johnston High School's Carrisa Womble will be representing Johnston County Schools as they attend a program open to the best and brightest students in the state.

Governor's School of North Carolina is a five-week summer residential program for intellectually gifted high school students, integrating academic disciplines, the arts, and unique courses on each of two campuses. The curriculum focuses on the exploration of the most recent ideas and concepts in each discipline, and does not involve credit, tests, or grades. There are 10 curriculum areas: art, choral music, dance, English, foreign language (French and Spanish), instrumental music, mathematics, natural science, social science, and theater.

Womble will be participating in the mathematics curriculum, while Tew and Lampe will be participating in the English curriculum. All three students said they are thrilled to have been selected to attend the program.

"I'm very excited for this opportunity to expand my knowledge, and I feel as if I've really achieved something," said Lampe.

Governor's School is the oldest statewide summer residential program for academically or intellectually gifted high school students in the nation. The school is located on two campuses of up to 275 students each: Governor's School-West at Salem College in Winston-Salem, and Governor's School-East at Meredith College in Raleigh. More than 32,000 students have attended Governor's School since it was founded by former Governor Terry Sanford in 1963. The 2014 session will begin on June 15 and end July 23.


Created 4-10-2014



4/10/14 > Clayton News-Star: Science night at Wilson’s Mills encourages building and creating
4/10/14 > Clayton News-Star: Honor Roll: Corinth Holders High School
4/10/14 > Clayton News-Star: Clayton Center exhibit celebrates Cooper School
4/10/14 > Smithfield Herald: Honor Roll: Corinth Holders High School
4/10/14 > Smithfield Herald: Honor Roll: Glendale-Kenly Elementary
4/10/14 > Kenly News: NJH band members named to All County, All District
4/10/14 > Kenly News: Pine Level School celebrates centennial at campus
4/10/14 > Kenly News: NJMS 8th graders recognized for Integrity
4/10/14 > Kenly News: NJMS 7th graders recognized for Integrity
4/10/14 > Kenly News: NJMS 6th graders recognized for Integrity
4/10/14 > The Selma News: SES raises over $5,200 for heart campaign
4/10/14 > The Selma News: SES holds Read Aloud Day
4/10/14 > Princeton News Leader: Teen Drivers Safety Week_See page 5
4/10/14 > Princeton News Leader: Rotarians Against Drugs_See page 7
4/10/14 > Princeton News Leader: Bulldog Player of the Week_See page 8
4/10/14 > WNCN: South Johnston High School is WNCN Cool School of the Day – April 10
4/10/14 > WNCN: Selma Elementary School is WNCN Cool School of the Day – April 4
4/10/14 > WTSB: Meadow FD Donates Defibrillator To Meadow Elementary
4/10/14 > WTSB: NC Teen Driving Summit Tuesday In Smithfield
4/09/14 > JCS Reporter: Smithfield-Selma NJROTC cadets to compete underwater


'Dive, Dive, Dive!'
Smithfield-Selma NJROTC cadets to compete underwater

Smithfield-Selma Navy Junior ROTC Cadets Titus Sanders and Mark Yac cut PVC pipe for their underwater Sea Perch structure.

By Cadet/Ensign Maisie Butler
SSS NJROTC Public Affairs Officer

Smithfield-Selma High School Navy Junior ROTC Cadets recently dove into a new project. They will soon host their first "Sea Perch" competition with fellow cadets from Clayton High School at the Smithfield Recreation and Aquatic Center in May. 

Sea Perch is an underwater robotics program enabled by a generous grant from the Wake Electric Cooperative "Bright Ideas" program that utilizes low-cost, readily available parts in a kit supplied by the Office of Naval Research.  

Sea Perch incorporates Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) in a very hands-on way for the cadets. Cadets construct the robots, incorporate design modifications, test them, and ultimately compete in Sea Perch competitions in a fun, competitive environment.  In the process, cadets learn about STEM subjects while learning lessons about leadership and teamwork.

According to Capt. Craig Whitaker, Senior Naval Science instructor at Smithfield-Selma High School, Cadets learn best with hands-on projects.  

"Sea Perch exposes students to science and engineering topics in a fun and competitive way," said Whitaker. "Learning is interactive and the objective is to cultivate an interest in science and engineering. This is especially important today if the U.S. is to maintain its lead in engineering programs in the future."

For Smithfield-Selma Cadet Orion Baylor, Sea Perch is just plain fun. 

"I absolutely love Sea Perch," said Baylor. "We're building our robots now, and I can't wait to test dive it and compete against other JROTC schools."

In the future, Smithfield-Selma plans to expand the program to include students outside of the Navy Junior ROTC program, and they hope to expand their competition to a "Sea Perch Challenge" including all Navy Junior ROTC programs in North and South Carolina.  

All students in Smithfield-Selma NJROTC said they are very thankful for the Wake Electric Cooperative Bright Ideas program and the Office of Naval Research for the opportunity to have this great experience.

Smithfield-Selma Navy Junior ROTC Cadets (from left) Titus Sanders, Christina Aguilar, and Mansa Charles proudly display their Sea Perch structural model.



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4/08/14 > JCS Reporter: JCS students compete in annual RAD speech contest

Johnston County RAD speech competition participants on the front row (from left) are Tyrell McLean, Early College; Josiah Evans, Cleveland High; Mary Jones, Princeton High; Amber Winstead, Clayton High; and Courtney Dhillon, Middle College. On the back row are Cassie Creech, Smithfield-Selma; Luke Stancil, Corinth Holders; Noah Merkousko, West Johnston; Colby Godwin, North Johnston; Mark Fang, Neuse Charter; and DaQuan Williams, South Johnston.

JCS students compete in annual RAD speech contest

Smithfield-Selma High School's Cassie Creech is the top Johnston County Rotarians Against Drugs speech competition participant. She earned a sixth place finish at the multi-district competition.

Students from each of Johnston County's high schools recently competed in the annual Rotarians Against Drugs (RAD) speech contest.

The RAD contest has been strongly supported by Johnston County Schools and the area Rotary Clubs for the past several years. This contest emphasizes the value of "peer to peer" interaction in dealing with this very emotional topic.

The speech contest encourages students to consider the extent and seriousness of the use of mood-modifying drugs including alcohol; learn of current efforts to reduce and prevent drug abuse; increase concern for fellow students; prepare to inform peers of this dangerous problem; and listen and speak out against drugs and in doing so gain self-confidence and increase self-esteem.

The annual RAD Contest was at Johnston Medical Mall, where 11 high school students participated - one from each Johnston County high school and one from Neuse Charter School. Each year the Rotarians choose five top participants to compete in the district competition.  They are sponsored by the five Johnston County Rotary Clubs.

Competing at the local level were Cassie Creech, Smithfield-Selma; Luke Stancil, Corinth Holders; Noah Merkousko, West Johnston;  Colby Godwin, North Johnston; DaQuan Williams, South Johnston; Tyrell McLean, Early College; Josiah Evans, Cleveland High; Mary Jones, Princeton High; Amber Winstead, Clayton High; Courtney Dhillon, Middle College; and Mark Fang, Neuse Charter.

Advancing to the district level, which was held at the N. C. Advocates for Justice Building in Raleigh, were: First Place - Luke Stancil - Sponsored by Clayton Mid-Day; Second Place - Cassie Creech - Sponsored by Rotary of Central Johnston; Third Place - Walton Colby Godwin - Sponsored by Clayton Morning Rotary; Fourth Place - Mark Fang - Sponsored by Smithfield Rotary; Fifth Place (tie) - Josiah Evans - Sponsored by Cleveland Rotary; and Fifth Place (tie) - DaQuan Williams - Sponsored by Dunn Rotary.

Smithfield-Selma High School's Cassie Creech was the top Johnston County finisher at the district competition with third place, which included students from Johnston, Wake, Durham, and Chapel Hill area schools. 

"My speech was really personal, so I am very excited that I had this opportunity," said Creech.

She went on to earn a sixth place finish at the multi-district completion held on March 9 at the N. C. Advocates for Justice Building in Raleigh.





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4/07/14 > JCS Reporter: Chamber recognizes top students at local high schools

Chamber recognizes top students at local high schools

The Greater Smithfield-Selma Area Chamber of Commerce recently held its second annual Academic Achievers Luncheon at Johnston Community College to honor the top juniors from the Smithfield-Selma area high schools. Students in attendance were recognized for their hard work and dedication that has allowed them to excel in their educational careers.

Students from the five high schools that are members of the chamber were invited to the luncheon based on their grade point average and size of their class. Participating Johnston County Schools included Smithfield-Selma High School, Johnston County Early College Academy, Johnston County Middle College, and Princeton High School. Also participating was Neuse Charter School.

The luncheon, sponsored by Golden Corral, gave students the opportunity to network with business professionals in their anticipated fields of study. The career areas included medicine, law, education, computer science, engineering, public relations, and business. Representatives from several nearby universities were also present and spoke to the students about the challenges of college life.

The students each received a certificate of recognition for their academic accomplishments and enjoyed networking with fellow students during the luncheon.

2014 Academic Achievers:

Cesar Bautista, Early College Academy
Aaron Beaver, Early College Academy
Cherokee Johnson, Early College Academy
Alexander Pettit, Early College Academy
Kevin Smith, Early College Academy
Morgana Callahan, Middle College HS
Austin Click, Middle College HS
Nicole Morand, Middle College HS
Annie Rasheva, Middle College HS
Azlynn Williams, Middle College HS
Jessica Brush, Princeton HS
Jaclyn Farrior, Princeton HS
Joseph Hatcher , Princeton HS
Cameron Parker, Princeton HS
Cierra Tew, Princeton HS
Waylon Woodall, Princeton HS
Daniel Avila, Smithfield-Selma HS
Courtney Benson, Smithfield-Selma HS
Haley Creech, Smithfield-Selma HS
Cassie Creech, Smithfield-Selma HS
Keegan Evans, Smithfield-Selma HS
Cameron Garris, Smithfield-Selma HS
Emma Lampe, Smithfield-Selma HS
Zach Leposa, Smithfield-Selma HS
Ashton Makey, Smithfield-Selma HS
Roger Munguia, Smithfield-Selma HS
Cody Schneider, Smithfield-Selma HS
Emma Szczesiul, Smithfield-Selma HS
Jose Trujillo, Smithfield-Selma HS
Sarah Wieland, Smithfield-Selma HS
Keith Williams, Smithfield-Selma HS
Haley Brownlee, Neuse Charter School
Allison Burke, Neuse Charter School
Aggie Karafas, Neuse Charter School
Ethan McSwain, Neuse Charter School
Hallie Tetreault, Neuse Charter School


Created 4-7-2014



4/04/14 > JCS Reporter: Holocaust survivor shares story with Clayton students

Holocaust survivor Esther Lederman shares her story with seventh graders at Clayton Middle School.

Holocaust survivor Esther Lederman recently visited Clayton Middle School to share her story with seventh graders who are studying the Holocaust.

As a teenager, Lederman ran away from a Polish ghetto in search of her friend, Ezjel Lederman, who was in hiding with his family during the Holocaust. She stayed in hiding for 22 months, evading the harsh punishment of the Nazis.  

"Many students enjoyed hearing her speak. They were fascinated with the story of her life and how she survived the Holocaust," said seventh grade social studies teacher and assembly organizer Jackie Jones.

Lederman delivered her compelling story in a personal and relatable manner, and the students enjoyed the variation that her talk provided. 

"It was nice to have an up close and personal presentation instead of reading about it in a history book.  We actually had someone to talk to about it," said seventh grader Taylor Allen.  

Students felt the speaker was more interesting than studying about the Holocaust in the classroom.

"More people paid attention when she came rather than just reading it out of the book.  When people read out of the book, they don't really care," said seventh grader Jessica Smith.  

Teachers agreed that the speaker gave students a deeper understanding of the content they studied in the classroom.  

"[Lederman] is a real life person who actually experienced all of the harshness and cruelty of the Holocaust and came out alive. This experience allowed students to see firsthand how to survive it and the outcome," said Jones.  

Lederman's speech gave students a personalized account of life outside of the Nazi controlled concentration camps.  

"I learned that it wasn't only hard for people in the concentration camps, but it was hard for the people outside of the camps to make a living too," said Sidney Buss, a seventh grader.  

Students also benefited from hearing about what life was like during World War II.

"[Lederman] stayed in a home and was in hiding instead of actually going to a [concentration] camp.  I would expect her to be in a [concentration] camp because when I think of the Holocaust I think of people going to [concentration] camps," Allen said.  

Social Studies teachers wanted students to gain a more rounded understanding of the Holocaust.

"We wanted students to have a better understanding of what discriminated groups went through during the Holocaust and how some people were able to survive all this cruelty," said Jones.  

Students had a once in a lifetime opportunity to interact with a Holocaust survivor when Lederman answered questions after her speech.

"I liked when she came to the classroom to answer our own personal questions.  It was a lot more fun than having to read about it out of a book," said Buss.  

More About the Esther Lederman 

Esther was 15 years old when World War II started in Poland (September, 1939.)  After the German invasion and new laws against the Jews were invoked, Esther's family left its home town of Lodz, the second largest city in Poland, in hopes of having a better chance of surviving the war in a small town. Esther's family suffered the indignities of ghetto life, painful discrimination, and the imprisonment of her father in a labor camp.  Esther escaped but lost her mother, sister as well as aunts, uncles and cousins. She found shelter with a Catholic family where she was hidden for 22 months along with the Lederman family. Her father was liberated from Buchenwald but Esther's mother and sister were killed in Treblinka. Esther married one of the Lederman boys in 1946.  Their son was born in Munich in 1948, and the family came to the U.S. in 1949. 

Esther has provided programs to teachers at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, to social and-or civil organizations, and in North Carolina, she has talked to private and public school children, Duke University and UNC Hillel students, Pope Air Force Base, the Kiwanis, and synagogues and churches. She is also part of the North Carolina Holocaust Council.


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4/03/14 > JCS Reporter: Twenty semifinalists named for 2014 Flame for Learning Award

The 2014 Flame for Learning Award banquet will take place on Tuesday, April 29, beginning at 6 p.m. at the Johnston County Agricultural Center.

"What greater work is there than training the mind and forming the habits of the young?"

These profound words were uttered by the Christian Saint John Chrysostom in 400 A.D. And they are just as relevant today as they were 1600 years ago.

Because of the importance of teachers in developing and educating children, the Chambers of Commerce in Johnston County adopted the Flame For Learning Award.  In so doing, it has been the goal of the local chambers to support and elevate the teaching profession in the public schools. This award recognizes outstanding creativity and innovation in the classroom and nominees are selected strictly on merit, without regard to school or residence. The recipient of the award is named the Johnston County Teacher of the Year and will represent the Johnston County Public School System in the North Carolina Teacher of the Year competition.

More than 350 outstanding educators in the county were nominated for this prestigious award. Twenty of those teachers have been named semifinalists.  They are:

Amanda Johnson, Archer Lodge Middle
Jennifer Thorne, Clayton Middle
Laura Hines, Corinth-Holders Elementary
Megan Lee, Four Oaks Elementary
Michelle Disney, Glendale-Kenly Elementary
Marcia Kephart, Polenta Elementary
Tyler McKenzie, Polenta Elementary
Jeanne Beasley, Powhatan Elementary
Robin Hiatt, Powhatan Elementary
Sueav Avera, Princeton Middle/High
Christy Klein, Princeton Middle/High
Amy Hines, River Dell Elementary
Shannon Pawlak, Riverwood Elementary
Doug Pawlak, Riverwood Middle
Tracie Zukowski, Smithfield Middle
Joseph Smith, Smithfield-Selma High
Karen McCann, South Campus Middle
Emily Westbrook, West Johnston High
Tamara Adams, West Smithfield Elementary
Stephanie Caviness, Wilson's Mills Elementary

The Greater Smithfield-Selma Area Chamber of Commerce is proud of the fact that seven of the semifinalists teach at schools that are members of our Chamber. Just as important is the knowledge that all 20 semifinalists and the 332 other teachers who were nominated for the award, have had a profound positive impact on the children of one or more of our Chamber members or their employees.

This program requires sponsorship dollars, much of which is given to the 20 semifinalists in the form of prize money and recognition plaques.  There is also a celebratory banquet on April 29 at 6 pm at the Johnston County Agricultural center. Mrs. Tyronna Hooker, 2011 North Carolina Teacher of the Year, will be the featured speaker. Attached is a sponsor form, which we ask that you review and return to us.  All sponsors will receive tickets to the banquet and will be recognized for their support of teaching in Johnston County. If you have questions, please let me know. Thank you for your interest in teachers as the true professionals that they exhibit each day in the classroom.

• 2014 Flame for Learning Award Sponsorship Form

Article courtesy Smithfield-Selma Area Chamber of Commerce 


Created 4-3-2014



4/03/14 > Clayton News-Star: The newly bald raise $60,000 for childhood cancer research
4/03/14 > Clayton News-Star: Junior wins Miss Clayton High School crown
4/03/14 > Clayton News-Star: Science night at Wilson’s Mills encourages building and creating
4/03/14 > Clayton News-Star: Hampton Smith to play football at Newberry College
4/03/14 > Clayton News-Star: Justin Humble to play football at Randolph-Macon
4/03/14 > Smithfield Herald: Science night at Wilson’s Mills encourages building and creating
4/03/14 > Smithfield Herald: The newly bald raise $60,000 for childhood cancer research
4/03/14 > Smithfield Herald: Hampton Smith to play football at Newberry College
4/03/14 > Smithfield Herald: Justin Humble to play football at Randolph-Macon
4/03/14 > Kenly News: NJMS 8th graders recognized for Fairness
4/03/14 > Kenly News: NJMS 7th graders recognized for Fairness
4/03/14 > Kenly News: NJMS 6th graders recognized for Fairness
4/03/14 > Kenly News: MPLE celebrates Read Across America week
4/03/14 > Kenly News: MPLE students recognized for Fairness
4/03/14 > The Selma News: Dr. Ed Croom participates in Read Across America Day
4/03/14 > Princeton News leader: PHS is Kicking Butts_See page 1
4/03/14 > Princeton News leader: Bulldog Player of the Week_See page 7
4/03/14 > WRAL: Teachers can earn $10K for sharing best practices
4/03/14 > WNCN: Cleveland Elementary is WNCN Cool School of the Day – March 31
4/03/14 > WNCN: NC teachers offered $10k to share best practices
4/03/14 > WTSB: Hayes Named Clayton Super Star Teacher
4/03/14 > Dunn Daily Record: SJ’s Avery Named To Johnston Hall
4/03/14 > Town of Clayton: Spotlight On Schools-Clayton Middle School
4/03/14 > Town of Clayton: Clayton Makes Top 10 for Affordability, Schools
4/01/14 > JCS Reporter: Princeton students learn the benefits of ‘Kicking Butts’

Princeton High School student Lakyn Whitley holds the "Smoking Susan and Her Unborn Baby" model, which her class used to demonstrate the effects of smoking while pregnant. At her side is student Sophia Brown.

Students in Pat Deese's Health Science I class at Princeton High School recently celebrated Kick Butts Day, which is a national day of activism that empowers youth to stand out and speak up about the dangers of smoking. 

National Kick Butts Day was officially held on March 19, and more than 1,000 events were held in schools and communities across the United States and even around the world. Deese used a lesson on respiratory disorders as a tie-in to the event, which helped to show her 26 students the effects smoking has on the human body.

"We are learning about the respiratory system, and it [Kick Butts Day] was the perfect opportunity to learn about the harm using tobacco products can cause to the human body, especially the lungs," said Deese.

During the lesson the class looked at the ingredients of a cigarette and discovered, to the surprise of most of the students, how many of those ingredients are known carcinogens. They also looked at effects smoking has on the respiratory system, such as cancer and breathing disorders.

One of the more visually compelling activities was the "Smokey Susan Smokes for Two" model, which showed how smoking while pregnant can seriously harm an unborn child.

According to Deese, seeing the mother and baby both taking in the smoke during the simulation was something her students will never forget.

Students also had the opportunity to create their own set of lungs from plastic bottles, balloons, and straws, and then look at computer images of the ageing effect smoking has on skin.

Another eye opener for the students was a study on the addictiveness of cigarettes. Deese said her class was astonished to hear that it typically only takes three cigarettes to get hooked.

Princeton's Kasey Johnson, Tyler Beasley, Nicole Evans, Lakyn Whitley, Emily Woodward, and Kelsey Peedin hold their handmade real working respiratory systems, which included structures such as the lungs, the trachea, and the diaphragm.

Princeton High School students (from left) Michael Daughtry, Nicole Evans, and Scott Stephenson hold a model of cigarette with images of ingredients inside, including arsenic, household cleaning fluid and lighter fluid.



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3/31/14 > JCS Reporter: You can be a Google Rockstar!

You can be a Google Rockstar!


Join us for Johnston County's
1st Student Google Conference

Google is one of the most powerful tools you have available to you and its completely FREE!
This conference is 3 sessions of your choosing to help you harness the power of Google and begin to think about skills beyond High School. Topics include: Social Media, Google Basics and Advanced, Apps for Chrome, Senior Data Migration, Preparing for the Digital Workplace and more. Open to Johnston County School middle and high students click below to register:


Join us on Saturday April 5, 2014
9:00am to 12:30pm
West Campus - Downtown Smithfield
211 East Rose Street


View JCS West Campus in a larger map

A chance to win an iTunes Gift Card for attending.

     



3/28/14 > JCS Reporter: JCS names March Certified Employee of the Month

Danielle Reichard, Powhatan Elementary third grade teacher, is Johnston County Schools' March Certified Employee of the Month.

Danielle Reichard, Powhatan Elementary third grade teacher, has been named Johnston County Schools' Certified March Employee of the Month.

Reichard was recognized during the March Johnston County Board of Education meeting.

The Employee of the Month program is a time-honored Johnston County Schools tradition, and for the past several years, Johnston County Schools' administrators have participated in seminars devoted to understanding, implementing, and enhancing leadership. One of the books read and discussed in these seminars is "Good to Great" by Jim Collins. In this book, Mr. Collins advocates for making sure you have the right people in the right seats in your organization. He asserts that people are not an organization's most important asset. The right people are, which is why the Human Resources Department uses the Employee of the Month program to recognize employees who demonstrate the qualities of a caring and dedicated individual.

The nomination form for Certified Employee of the Month reads…

"Ms. Reichard has had an amazing impact on my son, Tristan, his attitude towards school and his excitement about learning. Tristan has not been a "model" student, but with Ms. Reichard, her positive approach, enthusiastic attitude and genuine fondness for her students has struck a chord with Tristan that he wants to do well in her classroom. His interest in learning has significantly increased as well.  She uses creative approaches that create "ah ha" learning moments.  She used a "Scale of Justice" type math tool that showed how an equation must "balance" on each side.   Prior to this, he thought "=" just meant "the answer is."  When I put him to bed that night, he said "I can't wait to see what we learn tomorrow!"  This was truly a moment I will always remember, and I have Ms. Reichard to thank for it. Starting off his first year of "big boy grades" in such a positive manner has given him the confidence that he's a good student, and I truly believe she has helped him set his own bar of expectations for himself.  Ms. Reichard is every parent's and student's dream teacher, and I hope you will recognize her excellence."

The Johnston County Board of Education congratulates Danielle Reichard. She makes Johnston County Schools great!


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3/27/14 > JCS Reporter: JCS students recognized for showing integrity

The Johnston County Board of Education recognized several students for exemplifying the character trait of "integrity" during their March 11 meeting. On the front row (from left) are Chandler Hines, Cameron Giddens, and Christian Sykes. On the back row are Zachary Hinton and Tristen Stephenson.

Character Education is a priority in the Johnston County Schools. Through a variety of means, schools in the district promote character education through rewards, bulletin boards, presentations, and interactive lessons.

The Character Education trait for March is "Integrity," which means being honest in all things.

Each month the Board of Education recognizes students who have demonstrated good character. 

Below is the listing of students who were recognized during the Board of Education meeting on March 11 meeting, along with introductory comments:  


McGee's Crossroads Middle School
Chad Jewett, Principal
8th grader - Tristen Stephenson 
Parents - Tonya and Adam King

Tristen Stephenson exemplifies true integrity by being a positive role model for all students. He is a leader among his peers and teammates. Tristen helps other students understand math concepts, and he can always be counted on to motivate others. He is a hard worker and would gladly give the shirt off his back to help others. McGee's Crossroads Middle School is honored to have Tristen as its Character Trait representative.


Meadow School
Leigh White, Principal
8th grader - Cameron Giddens
Parents - Wade and Janice Giddens

Cameron Giddens exhibits integrity in every facet of his school day.  In addition to always being honest, Cameron completes his assignments carefully and thoroughly, ensuring the integrity of his work no matter how long it takes.  Further, he demonstrates integrity through his treatment of others. Cameron seems not to take notice of social status, monetary means, or academic ability when he interacts with other people. He is always kind to everyone. Therefore, Cameron has developed as a model student and an example of impeccable character.


Micro-Pine Level Elementary School
Allen Sasser, Principal
5th grader - Christian Sykes
Parents - Crystal Sykes and Nathaniel Sykes 

"Integrity" has been explained to our students as showing "grit" and doing what they believe is right. Christian Sykes demonstrates this type of integrity in many ways while at school. He works hard in class and completes quality homework and projects. He is always willing to help another student in need. Christian is honest is his dealings with classmates and adults throughout the school. He uses manners and treats others with respect. He participates in many activities and is admired by both the people in charge and other participants. Christian Sykes is a wonderful example of a student with integrity!


Middle College High School
Barretta Haynes, Principal
12th grader - Zachary Hinton
Parents - Kelton and Lauri Hinton

Dependable, hardworking, focused, compassionate, and honest; these are a few of the character traits that describe Zach Hinton. Zach is in his second year at the Middle College and has been an outstanding student throughout his time in the program. He holds himself to the highest standard in dealing with others. He demonstrates honesty in all of his interactions and acts as a model to his peers. Johnston County Middle College High School is proud to present Zachary Hinton as its Character Education Award Winner for the month of March.


North Johnston High School
Tim Harrell, Principal
12th grader - Chandler Hines
Parents - Jamie and Sylvia Hines

"Somebody once said that in looking for people to hire, you look for three qualities: integrity, intelligence, and energy." Warren Buffet was making it absolutely clear how important integrity is to an organization or team. If one were to think of a person to whom Warren Buffet was referring to it would be Chandler Hines.  Chandler can always be counted on to do the right thing in any circumstance, regardless of the situation. Whether it is presiding as president over the student body government, volunteering with Special Olympics, or leading one of her three varsity sports to victory, Chandler can be trusted to lead her peers to higher standards.  At North Johnston High School, we are so thankful and appreciative for the integrity Chandler Hines brings to our school and community each and every day.



Created 3-27-2014



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3/27/14 > Smithfield Herald: Honor Roll: Princeton Elementary School
3/27/14 > Smithfield Herald: Honor Roll: Meadow Elementary
3/27/14 > Kenly News: GKE Terrific Kids recognized for February
3/27/14 > Princeton News Leader: February Character Education Students_See page 2
3/27/14 > Princeton News Leader: Bulldog Player of the Week_See page 7
3/27/14 > Princeton News Leader: Bulldog Player of the Week_See page 7
3/27/14 > WTSB: Corinth Holders Schools Become ‘One Big Community’
3/27/14 > WTSB: School System Recognizes Employees Of The Year
3/27/14 > WTSB: Local Education Society Encourages First Year Teachers
3/27/14 > WTSB: Caroline Haller Crowned Miss Clayton High
3/27/14 > WTSB: Bonilla Named Cleveland Chamber Super Star Teacher
3/27/14 > WTSB: SSS Senior Receives Two ECU Scholarships
3/27/14 > WTSB: Selma Elementary Students Celebrate World Read Aloud Day
3/26/14 > JCS Reporter: Local Society encourages JCS first year teachers

Helping to prepare goodie bags for JCS first year teachers (from left) are Karen Hicks, President Lynn Ragsdale, Terri Sessoms, Stacy Holloman, Yvette Davis, Debbie Woodruff, Sonya Kiser, & Terry Dickens.

More than 200 first year teachers in Johnston County have been widely welcomed to the district with the warmest of greetings, and a large part of that has been due to the efforts of a local education society.

The Alpha Beta Chapter of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, under the leadership of President Lynn Ragsdale, has gone to great lengths to make all JCS first year teachers feel like a part of the school family.

Armed with numerous volunteers and the support of several community businesses, the group has donated and served refreshments at the Beginning Teacher Institute, sent out notes of encouragement, and most recently has distributed goodie bags to all first years.

The goodie bags were filled with a variety snack cakes and crackers, bottled water, chocolate, mints, gum, and other candies. The sorority members donated most all of the treats, except for the bottled water, which was donated by Carroll Pharmacy of Smithfield.

According to members of the Alpha Beta Chapter, the goodie bags help bridge the gap between Christmas and Spring break, and they are a great way to help first years know that they are appreciated.

The Delta Kappa Gamma Society is a professional honorary society of women educators, whose mission is to promote professional and personal growth of women educators and excellence in education. For more information visit www.deltakappagamma.org/NC-alphabeta.

Lynn Ragsdale, president of the Alpha Beta Chapter of the DKG Society, prepares goodie bags for JCS first year teachers.

Karen Hicks, member of the Alpha Beta Chapter of the DKG Society, adds water bottles to the JCS first year teacher goodie bags. Looking on is member Yvette Davis.

DKG Society member Yvette Davis gathers snack crackers which will be placed in the JCS first year teacher goodie bags.

DKG Society member Stacy Holloman places snack crackers into the JCS first year teacher goodie bags.



Created 3-26-2014



3/25/14 > JCS Reporter: JCS recognizes 2014 Employees of the Year

Johnston County Schools' Employees of the Year were recognized on March 20, at a special event held at JCS Facility Services. From left are Superintendent Dr. Ed Croom, Anita Godwin, Beth Hockaday, Kelly Davis, and JCS Board Vice-Chairman Dorothy Johnson.

On March 20 educators who do not have classrooms were recognized for the vitally important roles they play in the JCS vision of "Empowering All Students to Become Successful in a Global Society."

Educators representing school counselors, school and student support, and media coordinators were recognized at a reception in their honor after being nominated by fellow educators and administrators in their schools.  

They were accompanied by principals, spouses, and friends. The Board of Education and Central Services Staff were also present to let these people know how much they are appreciated.  

Each educator received a plaque and then three (one from each category) were selected to represent the group as "Employees of the Year." 


  Congratulations to the following Employees of the Year:

Media Coordinator - Kelly Davis at Polenta Elementary School. She began service in JCS in August, 2008.

Kelly Davis
JCS Media Specialist of the Year

Ms. Davis always has a smile on her face and is willing to assist any teacher and student.  She goes above and beyond to help mentor younger teachers and spends many afternoons after school mentoring and helping teachers in their classrooms and using her vast knowledge of elementary literacy to help the teachers make their instruction.

She also helps these new teachers to learn and thrive in their new roles in the classroom. She sees the importance of not only the learning of students in her school but also the teachers.

She is at school early in the mornings and late afternoons. Ms. Davis does not leave school if there is a teacher request for resources. She works until all orders are filled so curriculum can be supported with the media center's resources. 

Ms. Davis is continuously communicating with classroom teachers to integrate her lessons' topics to connect them to the curriculum while including rigor. Her drive and desire to have the best media center for the students and teachers has not slowed down since entering Polenta. She has transformed the media center into a wonderful place for students and teachers.


School Counselor/Student Advocate - Anita Godwin at Selma Middle School. She began service in JCS in December, 2011.

Anita Godwin
JCS School Counselor/Student Advocate of the Year

With a great sense of humor, laughter and a smile, Ms. Godwin always brings positive attitude and energy into her job. Her consistent positive demeanor helps her break down negativity and builds positive relationships and trust with the many stakeholders she has to coordinate with daily in order to meet the many needs of the students.

She never stops working. Ms. Godwin is knocking on doors, networking with community stakeholders, checking up on students and meeting with parents not just during school hours, but also most nights and weekends.

The difference Ms. Godwin makes is through her honest love of students and the community.

By getting students involved in school and encouraging them to take an active role in decision making, students become true stakeholders in the school and are learning how to contribute to society. She works with everyone in the school from teachers, counselors, support staff and administration to parents, guardians and of course, the students themselves. Ms. Godwin is a tireless advocate for the students at Selma Middle School.


School Support - Beth Hockaday, School Nurse for JCS. She began service in JCS in August, 2006.

Beth Hockaday
School Support Employee of the Year

Ms. Hockaday works tirelessly to make sure that her students and families have their physical and health needs met. Work is not a "9-5" mentality for her.

She just wants to make sure that any needs are met and that students and families know that they are cared about. If a family needs to talk to her in the evening or ask her a question on the weekend, she is available.

Ms. Hockaday is always seeking new resources that might help her students and her community whether they are financial, educational, or medical to address the mental health needs of her families.

She has worked tirelessly to bring in additional programs and funding that would supplement what is already being taught and build the leadership and self-esteem skills of her students. To her it is not work; it is her mission, her life's goal to reach the families in her community. She takes ownership in seeing the lives of ALL the families in her community be as successful as they can be. She does not ask for anything in return and gives to all.  She is amazing.


Media Specialists

Ben Anderson

McGee's Crossroads Elementary

Daniel Barrett
Smithfield-Selma High

Jo Brinson
Selma Middle

Ruth Michele Byrd
Cooper Elementary

Suzanne Coates
Smithfield Middle

Kelly Davis
Polenta Elementary

Kelly Hewes
Benson Middle

Samantha Lam
Smithfield-Selma High

Rhonda Langston
Meadow

Victoria Mahoney
Powhatan Elementary

Jill Ray
Cleveland High

School Counselors

Amanda Allen

East Clayton Elementary

Rosanna Orozco-Ewais
North Johnston High

Jamie Faulk
Princeton Middle/High

Karen Finn
Smithfield-Selma High

Anita Godwin
Selma Middle

Julie Hopkins
South Smithfield Elementary

Kimberly Lewter
Cleveland High

Tricia Palmer
Corinth Holders High

Kim Peacock
South Johnston High

Nancy Wiggins
Smithfield Middle

School Support

Pam Batchelor
Digital Learning Support

Julia Bucklin
School Nurse

Charlene Covington
PowerTeacher Lead Facilitator

Christie Eno
EC Program Specialist

Betty (BJ) Hernandez
School Nurse

Beth Hockaday
School Nurse

Susan Kelly
School Social Worker

Angela McMasters
School Psychologist

Jodie Meer
School Psychologist

Endra Pugh
School Social Worker

Maritza Rosado
ESL Title III Program Specialist

Michael Thompson
Behavior Specialist

Brandy Whitley
Digital Learning Support


Special Thanks To:

Johnston County Schools Board of Education
Child Nutrition
Colleagues and Families of Nominees
Curriculum, Instruction, and Accountability Division
Entertainment - Emily Kirsch, SJHS
Facility Services
Instructional Support and Development
Johnston County Schools Principals
 Mary Braswell, Judge
Bruce Bunn, Judge
Frank Knott, Judge
Office of Public Information
JCS Printing Services
Office of the Superintendent
Student Services




Created 3-25-2014

3/24/14 > JCS Reporter: Kids dress for success during Cooper Community Day

Fireman Nicholas Nowakowski, football player Brayan Vigil-Lara, and super-sleuth Tyris Riggsbee all dress up as their favorite career professional during Cooper Elementary's Community Day held on Friday, March 7.

Students at Cooper Elementary had the opportunity to learn more about the Town of Clayton and the different careers in their hometown during the annual Community Day event.

As part of the day, students were encouraged to dress up like their favorite career choice. The halls at Cooper were filled with nurses, musicians, doctors, business tycoons, carpenters, teachers, actors, and a mortician.

The Town of Clayton, the Clayton Library, the National Guard, Clayton Master Gardeners, Clemmons Forestry, Un's Dragon Tae Kwon Do, Clayton Chiropractic, Clayton Orthodontics, the Clayton Fire & Police Departments, Clayton EMS, Revolution Self Defense, and the Neighborhood Academy of Music all helped to make the day a success.  

Each group spoke with the student body in small sessions where they told the kids about how they help the community and how students can have a career in their industry.

The students thoroughly enjoyed the day and learned many interesting things about their community.  Each of them had their eyes opened to the many different careers that can be found in the Johnston County area.

Fashion guru Savannah Bailey, chemist Bryson Barnard, and Dr. Henry Rock show off their costumes during Cooper Elementary School's Community Day.



Created 3-24-2014



3/21/14 > JCS Reporter: Make-up days for students and staff announced

Due to the inclement weather which caused the district to close schools, make-up days for Johnston County Schools have been designated.

Many options were discussed by the Board of Education in order to make a decision that will provide the required 1,025 hours of instruction for students as well as take into consideration family time and obligations.

We apologize for any inconvenience caused by the inclement weather we experienced during the winter months. All inclement weather decisions are based on the safety of our students and employees being our top priority.

Date Missed

Traditional
Make-Up Days

Year Round
Make-Up Days

Early/Middle College
Make-Up Days

Jan. 28

N/A

N/A

April 16
(previously scheduled as a teacher workday)

Jan. 29

February 17
(previously scheduled as a teacher workday)

February 17
(previously scheduled as a teacher workday)

April 17
(previously scheduled as a teacher non-day)

Jan. 30

March 28
(previously scheduled as a teacher workday)

March 17
(previously scheduled as a teacher workday)

May 23
(previously scheduled as a teacher workday)

Jan. 31

Early release on March 13 and June 11 changed to full days

Early release on March 13 and June 11 changed to full days

Early release on February 17 and May 22 changed to full days

Feb. 11

June 12
(previously scheduled as a teacher workday)

June 12
(previously scheduled as a teacher workday)

March 3
(previously scheduled as a teacher workday)

Feb. 12

June 13
(previously scheduled as a teacher workday)

June 13
(previously scheduled as a teacher workday)

March 5
(previously scheduled as a teacher annual leave day)

Feb. 13

April 21
(previously scheduled as a teacher annual leave day)

March 18
(previously scheduled as an intersession day)

Forgiven day

Feb. 14

Forgiven day for students

Forgiven day for students

Forgiven day for students

March 4

Forgiven day for students

Forgiven day for students

No make-up required for students due to previously scheduled as a teacher workday

 

June 17,  June 18 and June 19 - workdays added to the end of the school year

June 17 and June 18 - workdays added to the end of the school year

May 28, May 29 and May 30 -  workdays added to the end of the school year


Student and Staff Calendars



Created 3-21-2014



3/20/14 > JCS Reporter: Corinth students marvel at life-changing inventions

A group of third grade Corinth-Holders Elementary students (left) watch a demonstration about how brown and white eggs, like people, are the same on the inside. On the right is Corinth Holders High Childhood II intern Diana Massy.

Harriett Hagins, a kindergarten teacher at Corinth Holders Elementary School, recently hosted a "One Big Community" program, which celebrates inventions by famous African Americans. 

Several Corinth Holders High School Childhood II interns helped to facilitate the event by assisting with the stations displaying the inventions.

Each of the classes at Corinth-Holders Elementary went on a "Gallery Walk" around the gym to see and hear about the many things that were invented by people of color that everyone uses in their everyday life. Some of the items on display included the mailbox, hairbrush, comb, lawnmower, refrigerator, and ironing board. 

Students from both Corinth-Holders Elementary and Corinth Holders High School created works of art for the program, which were displayed around the gym.

The One Big Community Program helps students to understand that everyone has something positive to contribute to the world, and in order to accomplish this they need to look within and discover what their abilities are. 

One Big Community participants on the front row are Leslye Andrade, Haley Kilmer, Camille Vaughan, Harriett Hagins (in costume), Shacoria Wilkins, and Jodie Hodge. On the back row are Ashley Surles, Brittany McMillan, Deanna Massie, Makenzie Evans, Haven Colson, Lori Dupree, Taylor White, Bre'nee Thompson, and Katelin Johnson.



Created 3-20-2014



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3/20/14 > Smithfield Herald: JCS senior wins NCSU scholarship
3/20/14 > Smithfield Herald: Honor Roll: Clayton High School
3/20/14 > Smithfield Herald: Air Force serviceman salutes Clayton student
3/20/14 > Smithfield Herald: Honor Roll: North Johnston High School
3/20/14 > Smithfield Herald: Honor Roll: Benson Middle School
3/20/14 > Smithfield Herald: Honor Roll: Benson Elementary School
3/20/14 > Kenly News: NJHS cheerleaders claim 5th place in national event
3/20/14 > Princeton News Leader: Casey earns scholarship to NCSU_See page 4
3/20/14 > WRAL: Envirothon competition gets Johnston County students out of the classroom
3/20/14 > WTSB: Cleveland Middle Shatters Blood Drive Goal
3/20/14 > WTSB: TV Meteorologist Visits Benson Elementary
3/20/14 > WTSB: Four Oaks 4th Graders Celebrate ‘Read Across America’
3/19/14 > JCS Reporter: Cleveland Middle shatters blood drive goal

Cleveland Middle Principal Kendrick Byrd (seated) prepares to have his blood taken by a Red Cross volunteer during the school's first community blood drive.

The Cleveland Middle School Parent Teacher Student Organization (PTSO), in partnership with the American Red Cross, recently hosted its first community blood drive at C-3 Church in Clayton.  

The group's goal was to collect 40 units of blood, but they surpassed the goal with 49 units collected. Robin Booth, event coordinator, organized classroom presentations during science classes in which Red Cross volunteers educated students on the importance of giving blood and told each class how that every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood. The blood collected at the event will go a long way toward replenishing Red Cross blood supplies and ultimately saving lives. 

Three homerooms were treated with an ice cream social, sponsored by the PTSO, for having the most blood drive participates.

Cleveland Middle Principal Kendrick Byrd (left) stands with Ladra Alford (in costume) and blood drive coordinator Robin Booth.



Created 3-19-2014



3/18/14 > JCS Reporter: JCS students recognized for showing fairness

The Johnston County Board of Education recognized several students for exemplifying the character trait of "fairness" during their March 11 meeting. On the front row (from left) are Micah Hill, Sandy Johnston, and Sitlali Silva-Jaurez. On the back row are Kyle Raulerson and Jameson Cecil.

Character Education is a priority in the Johnston County Schools. Through a variety of means, schools in the district promote character education through rewards, bulletin boards, presentations, and interactive lessons.

The Character Education trait for February is "Fairness" which means treating all people equally.

Each month the Board of Education recognizes students who have demonstrated good character. 

Below is the listing of students who were recognized during the March 11 meeting, along with introductory comments: 
 



East Clayton Elementary School
Patty Whittington, Principal
5th grade student - Micah Hill
Parents - Dale and Amanda Hill

Micah Hill is an outstanding student, not just academically, but most importantly as a young man.  He exhibits true kindness to all, whether in the classroom, cafeteria, on the playground, or just around the school. Micah is a student leader in our school and a genuine example each day of how one should treat others.  He truly models the golden rule, "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you."
 



Four Oaks Elementary School
David Pearce, Principal
5th grade student - Sitlali Silva-Jaurez
Parents - Gerado Silva and Griselda Juarez

Four Oaks Elementary would like to recognize fifth grader Sitlali Silva-Jaurez as a student who consistently exemplifies the character trait of Fairness. Sitlali treats all her classmates equally in all situations. When working in groups, she is willing to fairly divide tasks up between her peers and herself to accomplish an end product that is above and beyond the teacher's expectations. Sitlali is always kind, helpful, and understanding to her peers and teachers, while treating everyone the same at all times. Although quiet in demeanor, Sitlali leads by example. One can always count on her to do the right thing. She is a wonderful asset in the classroom.
 



Four Oaks Middle School
David Cobb, Principal
8th grade student - Kyle Raulerson
Parents - Donna and Joe Raulerson

Kyle Raulerson has a true grasp on the characteristic of fairness, as he is a leader on and off the field.  Even though he has opportunities to score or make the "big play," he makes sure that other players are given their "time to shine." When things may be to his favor, he advocates for justice at times when it is ultimately to his detriment. Whether it be bringing an incorrectly scored assignment to a teacher's attention or giving others opportunities to do things that he has already done, Kyle is willing to take the backseat. He exemplifies fairness by treating people equitably, without bias and at times sacrificing his own personal interest.
 



Glendale-Kenly Elementary School
Christie Turner, Principal
4th grade student - Sandy Johnson
Parents - Jeremy and Jennifer Johnson

Sandy Johnson upholds the character trait of fairness throughout all her daily tasks.  She is always willing to help others in our classroom. She is willing to work with everyone and is willing to offer a helping hand.  She treats all classmates fairly and shows the utmost respect to her teachers and school personnel. Glendale-Kenly is extremely proud to have Sandy as the school's character trait representative.
 



McGee's Crossroads Elementary School
Terry Weakley, Principal
5th grade student - Jameson Cecil
Parents - Joseph and Vonda Cecil  

Jameson Cecil was chosen by the fifth grade team for his demonstration of fairness in the classroom with his peers as well as with teachers throughout the school. He demonstrates this character trait towards his peers and/or himself no matter what the consequence or outcome. Jameson attributes his fairness to his faith and upbringing.


Created 3-18-2014



3/17/14 > JCS Reporter: JCS names February employees of the month

Zsajauna 'Angel' Woodard (left) is Johnston County Schools' February Classified Employee of the Month. Brain Jones (right) is Johnston County Schools' February Certified Employee of the Month.

Zsajauna 'Angel' Woodard and Brian Jones have been named Johnston County Schools Classified and Certified February Employees of the Month, respectively.

Both employees were recognized during the March 11, Johnston County Board of Education meeting. Mrs. Woodard is a TA/bus driver at Wilson's Mills Elementary, and Mr. Jones is the band director at Smithfield-Selma High School.

The Employee of the Month program is a time-honored Johnston County Schools tradition, and for the past several years, Johnston County Schools' administrators have participated in seminars devoted to understanding, implementing, and enhancing leadership. One of the books read and discussed in these seminars is "Good to Great" by Jim Collins. In this book, Mr. Collins advocates for making sure you have the right people in the right seats in your organization. He asserts that people are not an organization's most important asset. The right people are, which is why the Human Resources Department uses the Employee of the Month program to recognize employees who demonstrate the qualities of a caring and dedicated individual.

The nomination form for Classified Employee of the Month reads… 

"Johnston County is very fortunate to have a bus driver who demonstrates the true characteristics of a Johnston County School employee. This bus driver found herself in an emergency situation, and her first thought was to get the children to safety.

"She followed the procedures that are in place for such emergency situations and held her composure until the end. She never once thought of herself and what her needs may be because her only concern was that of the children. 

"Mrs. Woodard is the epitome of our school system and should be recognized for her heroism and for setting a true example for all bus drivers in Johnston County.  Wilson's Mills Elementary is fortunate to have such an individual transporting our children who always considers safety as the first priority."

The nomination form for Certified Employee of the Month reads…

"Brian Jones has given all citizens of Johnston County something to be proud of in our schools.  He has taken a 100 plus group of teenagers from a wide range of economic and educational backgrounds and made them all a part of a group who won a national title, which is something they will be proud of for years to come.

"Many of his ninth grade students came into the program with seemingly limited band skills, and they were shocked with what was expected of them. Many of them likely questioned their commitment as they began the 12 hour summer day band camp. Mr. Jones encouraged each of them that they could do it and were a valuable part of the band. Mr. Jones has spent hundreds of hours with his students, helping them believe that as a team they can accomplish anything.  

"Their dreams became a reality on Nov. 9, 2013 when the band worked together to win the national championship. This victory proved to all of the SSS band students that they can accomplish anything with hard work and teamwork. Mr. Jones has helped make these children better people who believe that their dreams can come true.  The world needs more teachers like Mr. Jones to help make students dreams come true!"

The Johnston County Board of Education congratulates Zsajauna 'Angel' Woodard and Brian Jones. These employees make Johnston County Schools great!



Created 3-17-2014



3/14/14 > JCS Reporter: NC Children’s Hospital receives $1,000 from SJHS SkillsUSA

SJHS SkillsUSA (from left) advisor Paige Evans and SkillsUSA members Sarah Pierce, Carson Denning, Joseph Johnson, and McKinley Johnson present a $1,025 check to N.C. Children's Promise representative Kelly Partner.

South Johnston High School SkillsUSA members have been working with the North Carolina Children's Hospital as part of their community service and recently donated to them more than $1,000.

Team members organized a baseball camp in the fall and were able to raise $1,025.32 to donate to the hospital.  

Recently, members presented a check to the NC Children's Promise to assist families with unexpected expenses which occur when dealing with the illness of a child. 

Members also extended their community service project by providing dinner for families that were staying at the Ronald McDonald House in Chapel Hill. Local businesses Holt Lake Barbeque, Barefoot's Country Store, and Frank Lee provided the meal.  

The students interacted and served families of patients that are being treated at the North Carolina Children's Hospital.  

SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce, and its mission is to empower its members to become world-class workers, leaders and responsible American citizens.

South Johnston High School SkillsUSA members volunteering at the Ronald McDonld House in Chapel Hill (from left) on the front row are Kris Barbour and Katie Barbour. On the back row are SkillsUSA member Karson Fair, advisor Paige Evans, member Carson Denning, and parent Kim Denning.


Created 3-14-2014

3/13/14 > Clayton News-Star: Free books for first-graders
3/13/14 > Clayton News-Star: Honor Roll: East Clayton Elementary
3/13/14 > Clayton News-Star: Math competition names winners
3/13/14 > Clayton News-Star: School Notes: March 9th
3/13/14 > Garner-Cleveland Record: School notes: March 12
3/13/14 > Smithfield Herald: Honor Roll: Corinth-Holders Elementary School
3/13/14 > Smithfield Herald: Apple-cation Tree yields a crop of choices
3/13/14 > Smithfield Herald: Honor Roll: East Clayton Elementary
3/13/14 > Smithfield Herald: Honor Roll: Four Oaks Middle School
3/13/14 > Smithfield Herald: Math competition names winners
3/13/14 > Smithfield Herald: School Notes: March 9
3/13/14 > Smithfield Herald: Matt Peedin to play football at UNC Pembroke
3/13/14 > Smithfield Herald: Princeton’s Johnny Frasier is No. 1 running back prospect in the country
3/13/14 > Kenly News: GKE students recognized for Trust
3/13/14 > Kenly News: Jamie Johnson is North's Heisman nominee
3/13/14 > Kenly News: Micro-Pine Level Celebrating 100th
3/13/14 > The Selma News: Two Smithfield Selma High girls receiving college offers
3/13/14 > The Selma News: Selma Elementary students recognize school counselors
3/13/14 > The Selma News: Seniors at SSS place choices on “Apple-cation Tree” for after high school
3/13/14 > The Selma News: Selma Elementary students participate in Friendship Walks to celebrate week
3/13/14 > The Selma News: IB Program at SSS has named students for the inaugural class
3/13/14 > WNCN: Riverwood Elementary – WNCN Cool School of the Day - March 13
3/13/14 > WTSB: Selma Elementary Dual Language Classrooms Continue To Excel
3/12/14 > JCS Reporter: BMS students reenact lives of famous African-Americans

Morgan Barefoot (left) dresses as Mary McLeod Bethune and Lauren Pope (right) dresses as Ida B. Wells for a theatrical history project during Black History Month.

Several Benson Middle School sixth grade students took to the stage during Black History Month as part of their study of famous African-Americans.

Their teacher, Megan Hunt, prepared a lesson to explore the importance of remembering and celebrating Black History Month with a theatrical tie-in to her lesson plan.  Students had to research an inspiring African-American and recreate a skit on the famous person to perform in front of the classroom. 

As part of their performance the students had to analyze an original speech by their character and put it in their own words. This essentially required the students to do a great deal of research, which helped them to gain a true understanding what the words meant during their chosen character's life.

Students also were required to assemble dress like their character. The costumes further helped to engage them in an important lesson about our nation's history.

"Twelve million African-Americans at that time did not have the right to vote but soon times would change," said student Morgan Barefoot in her Mary McLeod Bethune summary speech.

Student Lauren Pope in her Ida B. Wells summary speech said, "Statistics showed that more African-American people were killed during the Civil Rights Movement than white people."


Benson Middle's Hannah Fisher portrays Sojourner Truth.


Created 3-12-2014



3/10/14 > JCS Reporter: Career & College Promise Expo - March 17 at JCC

Middle and high school students and parents are invited to learn more about how to earn college credit while still in high school through the Johnston County Schools Career and College Promise (CCP) program at Johnston Community College.

The CCP program at JCC offers 24 pathways for eligible high school juniors and seniors as well as four pathways for eligible freshmen and sophomores. CCP replaces all earlier dual-enrollment programs, including Huskins, Learn and Earn, and Learn and Earn online.

An expo featuring information about the CCP program will be held Monday, March 17 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Paul A. Johnston Auditorium on the JCC main campus in Smithfield. Presentations are scheduled for 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. Information booths for each pathway will also be set up in the auditorium lobby where students and parents can learn more about specific classes.



3/10/14 > JCS Reporter: Selma Elementary ‘JAM’s with school community

Curriculum Coach Makenzie Manard works with students on illustrating vocabulary words using Playdough during the reading session. Seated from left are Malik Barron and Tyreke Colston. Standing from right are Jocelyn Dunham and her older sister.

Selma Elementary recently held its second J.A.M. (Joining All Minds) Night, which was planned immediately after the extremely popular first one held this past October. 

At the J.A.M. Night event parents and students rotated to three sessions: Math, Reading, and Engineering. During the sessions teachers taught the parents and students math games to practice at home, provided parents with helpful hints for reading and vocabulary instruction, and led an engineering activity competition.

After families rotated through the three sessions, parents were given the opportunity to use the computer lab to sign up to be volunteers at the school. Families also were given books and card games to use and practice at home. 

One parent said, "I enjoyed the quality time I got to spend with my child, and I had fun learning games at the same time."

Approximately 70 adults and children participated in the event, which was held on Thursday, Feb. 20 from 6-7:30 p.m. at the school.



Created 3-10-2014



3/10/14 > JCS Reporter: Riverwood Elementary students publish novels

Members of the Riverwood Elementary School Publishing Club on the front row (from left) are Logan Stauffer, Bradley Snelling, Samuel Luce, Ella Forehand, Abby Ford, and Bailey Carver. On the middle row are Hailey Blouin, Ryan Germanoski, Anneliese Venglarik, Alexa Rio Greer, Kayla Santiago, Madie Noblin, Caroline Nunn, and Emily Meinert. On the back row are club sponsor LiAnn Cheong, Alyssa Jennens-Cheong, Abbie Zimmerman, Zoie Zimmerman, Jenna Farley, Michael Edge, Kyra Kelley, Morgan Craig, Faith Thompson, Tyler Norman, and Carson Clay. Not pictured are participants Lacy Strickland, Olivia Beasley, and Sofia Infantino.

A group of roughly 30 third through fifth grade students in the Riverwood Elementary Publishing Club recently participated in the National Novel Writing Month Young Writer's Program. 

Each of the participating students completed a 2,000-5,000 word novel. The students are now in the process of editing and revising their stories and will have copies of their published novels by May 2014.

Mrs. Liann Cheong is the publishing club sponsor, and the students meet once a month after school to work on their publishing skills.


Created 3-10-2014



3/10/14 > JCS Reporter: Professional mosaic artist visits Cleveland Elementary

Professional mosaic artist Jeanette Brossart (center) works with Cleveland Elementary students Jada Morgan(left) and Isadora Perez-Casas (right) during a one-day mosaic residency at the school.

Jeanette Brossart, a professional mosaic artist from Durham, recently visited Cleveland Elementary as part of the Artists-in-Schools program. 

During her one-day residency she taught fifth graders about mosaic art and helped them create mosaic panels to be displayed in the school.

Brossart's residencies integrate well with curriculum needs, specifically in math, history, and art. She is known in many circles for bringing a fresh appreciation for the art medium of mosaic, as well as the amazing detail of the living world.

Additional information on Brossart and her work can be found at www.mothernaturemosaics.com.
 

Cleveland Elementary students (from left) Victoria Bowman and Stephen Benjamin work together to create a mosaic during professional artist Jeanette Brossart's one-day residency program.
 

Cleveland Elementary art teacher Steve Canady (left) works with students Jamie Williford (center) and Cameron Williams (right) during mosaic artist Jeanette Brossart's one-day residency program.

Created 3-10-2014



3/07/14 > JCS Reporter: Celebrate JoCo Career and College Promise Week

DAY 1-March 3 - In today's global economy, successful careers could require a two-or four-year degree, a diploma or nationally recognized job credential. Career & College Promise offers North Carolina high school students a clear path to success in college or in a career. The program is free to all students who maintain a "B" average and meet other eligibility requirements. Johnston Community College offers 24 different pathways for our high school students: 1 college transfer pathway and 23 career and technical education pathways.

Career & College Promise is North Carolina's commitment to helping every qualified student gain access to an affordable college education. Through a partnership of the Department of Public Instruction, the N.C. Community College System, the University of North Carolina system and many independent colleges and universities, North Carolina is helping eligible high school students to begin earning college credit at a community college campus at no cost to them or their families. Three pathways offer students the opportunity to earn:

  • College credit completely transferrable to all UNC System Institutions and many of North Carolina's Independent Colleges and Universities.
  • A credential, certificate or diploma in a technical career.
  • A high school diploma and two years of college credit in four to five years through innovative cooperative high schools such as Early College and Middle College.


To learn more about Career and College Promise in Johnston County, make plans to attend the CCP EXPO on Monday, March 17 at the Johnston Community College Auditorium from 6:00 - 8:00  pm. In the lobby, each pathway will have a booth with specific information about that pathway and the careers for that pathway. Instructors will be available to answer any questions you have about their programs and their classes. At 6 p.m., a presentation will take place in the auditorium with general information about Career and College Promise with a question and answer time for parents and students to follow. The presentation will be repeated at 7 p.m. in the auditorium for participants who arrive after 6 p.m. College classes will begin in the fall so attend now. The event is open to the public and is geared toward middle school and high school students and their families. We look forward to seeing you at the CCP Expo on March 17!


UNC-TV - Bioprocess Technology - Johnston Community College

DAY 2-March 4 - Career & College Promise is North Carolina's commitment to helping every qualified student gain access to an affordable college education. Through a partnership of the Department of Public Instruction, the N.C. Community College System, the University of North Carolina system and many independent colleges and universities, North Carolina is helping eligible high school students to begin earning college credit at a community college campus at no cost to them or their families. Three pathways offer students the opportunity to earn:

  • College credit completely transferrable to all UNC System Institutions and many of North Carolina's Independent Colleges and Universities.
     
  • A credential, certificate or diploma in a technical career.
     
  • A high school diploma and two years of college credit in four to five years through innovative cooperative high schools such as Early College and Middle College

One of the Career and Technical Education pathways that students in grades 9 - 12 can participate is Bioprocess Technology.  In the above clip, you will learn about this pathway and degree program at Johnston Community College.


DAY 3-March 5 - Career and College Promise (CCP) offers high school students in North Carolina an opportunity to be successful in college or in a career. The purpose of CCP is to provide opportunities for students to earn a certificate, a diploma or a degree from a community college while still in high school. The program is available at no cost to students who meet the eligibility requirements. Students can participate in three areas: College Transfer, Career and Technical Education, and Cooperative Innovative High Schools such as Early College and Middle College high schools. 




DAY 4-March 6 - Career and College Promise, commonly called CCP, offers three areas for students in high school:




DAY 5-March 7 - The Career and College Promise Career and Technical Education (CTE) Pathways lead to a certificate or diploma aligned with a high school Career Cluster. It is designed for high school juniors and seniors who want to work toward the completion of a credential before graduating from high school.  Johnston Community College offers the following opportunities in CTE pathways:

  • Accounting Diploma
  • Air Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Technology
  • Bioprocess Technology
  • Business Administration Diploma
  • Community Spanish Interpreter 
  • Computer-Integrated Machining Technology
  • Cosmetology
  • Criminal Justice Technology
  • Criminial Justice Technology - Latent Evidence
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Emergency Medical Science
  • Fire Protection Technology 
  • Heavy Equipment and Transport Technology
  • Horticulture Technology
  • Industrial Systems Technology
  • Information Systems Technology
  • Medical Office Administration Diploma
  • Networking Technology Diploma
  • Nursing Assistant 
  • Office Administration Diploma
  • Paralegal Diploma
  • Welding Technology

In the fall of 2014, these CTE pathways will also be available for 9th and 10th graders who meet the qualifications:  Bioprocess Technology, Computer-Integrated Machining Technology, Industrial Systems Technology, and Welding Technology.




3/06/14 > JCS Reporter: JCS to hold 'Bring Your Own Device' parent night

BYOD District Parent Inforamtion Night will be held on Thursday, March 13 in the Selma Elementary School auditorium from 6-7:15pm.

Johnston County Schools will be holding a "Bring Your Own Device" Parent Information Night on Thursday, March 13 in the auditorium at Selma Elementary School.

The BYOD Parent Information Night will begin at 6 p.m. and is expected to last until 7:15 p.m. All parents of JCS students are invited to attend this event.

Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about the Bring Your Own Device program and how students, teachers, and school staff are using Google in classrooms across the district.

There will also be numerous devices on display and staff will be on hand to answer device questions.


Created 3-6-2014



3/06/14 > Clayton News-Star: Cooper students hunt Gingerbread Man
3/06/14 > Clayton News-Star: High school poetry contests crown winners
3/06/14 > Clayton News-Star: Honor Roll: Cleveland Middle School
3/06/14 > Clayton News-Star: Lindsay Alford to play volleyball at William Peace University
3/06/14 > Clayton News-Star: Cole Narron to play volleyball at Cape Fear Community
3/06/14 > Garner-Cleveland Record: Honor Roll: Cleveland Middle School
3/06/14 > Garner-Cleveland Record: Cleveland Elementary is piecing together art
3/06/14 > Garner-Cleveland Record: Honor Roll: Cleveland High School
3/06/14 > Garner-Cleveland Record: Cleveland has Hearts for Kids
3/06/14 > Smithfield Herald: Students restoring Belmont sign
3/06/14 > Smithfield Herald: Honor Roll: Cleveland Middle School
3/06/14 > Smithfield Herald: Lindsay Alford to play volleyball at William Peace University
3/06/14 > Smithfield Herald: Cole Narron to play volleyball at Cape Fear Community
3/06/14 > Kenly News: Russ and Mary Huff visit GKE
3/06/14 > Kenly News: GKE 3rd graders learn global awareness
3/06/14 > The Selma News: SES fourth graders study engineering
3/06/14 > The Selma News: Smithfield Selma seniors inspire others with graduation projects
3/06/14 > The Selma News: 2 Selma employees recognized for ‘Leading with the heart’
3/06/14 > Princeton News Leader: Princeton High Cheerleaders_See page 5
3/06/14 > Princeton News Leader: Xander Run to be held Saturday_See page 5
3/06/14 > Princeton News Leader: Bulldog Player of the Week_See page 8
3/06/14 > WRAL: WRAL Teacher of the Week – Barbara Ashworth – Four Oaks Middle
3/06/14 > WNCN: Meadow School WNCN Cool School of the Day-March 6
3/06/14 > WTSB: Clayton Chamber Honors Cooper Elementary Teacher
3/06/14 > WTSB: Riverwood Middle Honored by ‘Troops to Teachers’
3/06/14 > WTSB: Four Oaks Elementary 5th Grader Wins School Spelling Bee
3/06/14 > WTSB: Professional Mosaic Artist Visits Cleveland Elementary
3/06/14 > WTSB: Two South Johnston Teens Participate In DHHS Infomercial
3/03/14 > JCS Reporter: JCS celebrates National Social Work Week 2014

March 2-8, 2014 is the time to celebrate National Social Work Week in Johnston County Schools.

This year's National School Social Work Week is being celebrated March 2-8, and everyone is encouraged to celebrate those individuals who provide that vital link between school, home, and the community.

Today's school social workers provide mental health services in schools and have specialized training to meet students' social-emotional needs. Schools often are one of the first places where mental health issues are recognized and addressed. School social workers serve as the primary mental health providers for students and may be the only counseling professionals available to students and their families to initially identify and provide interventions for those issues.

In a 2008 survey of school social workers, only 11 percent of respondents reported all or most students on their caseloads received counseling or therapeutic services outside of school.

School social workers have master's degrees in social work. They have special expertise in understanding family and community systems and linking students and their families with community services essential to promote student success. School social workers' training includes specialized preparation in cultural diversity, systems theory, social justice, risk assessment and intervention, consultation and collaboration, and clinical intervention strategies to address the mental health needs of students. They work to remedy barriers to learning created as a result of poverty, inadequate health care, and neighborhood violence.

School social workers often focus on providing supports to vulnerable populations of students at high risk for truancy and dropping out of school, such as homeless, foster, and migrant children, students transitioning between school and treatment programs or the juvenile justice system, or students experiencing domestic violence. They work with teachers, administrators, parents, and other educators to provide coordinated interventions and consultation designed to keep students in school and help families access the supports needed to promote student success.

Research indicates between 18-20 percent of students have mental health issues significant enough to cause impairment to major life functions, yet only one in five receives the necessary services. Furthermore, certain students, including students with disabilities, students of color, and students from low income families, are at greater risk for mental health challenges, but are even less likely to receive the appropriate services. Students with untreated mental health issues may develop more significant problems which can greatly impact their educational experience and result in poor educational outcomes and possibly dropping out of school.

School social workers design and implement school-based programs to promote a positive school climate among all students. They work with the entire student body to identify students in need of more intensive interventions and connect these students to additional services in the community where needed.

School social workers serve as a resource to the principal and other educators, providing consultation and training on identifying students with mental health needs and a referral process when services are sought. Working more closely with individual students and their families, school social workers also create a bridge between the school and the community when linking such services. This coordination is critical in a successful school and community partnership to maximize limited resources, facilitate better service delivery, and maintain communication between partners.

For more information on National School Social Work Week visit www.sswaa.org.


Created 3-3-2014



3/03/14 > JCS Reporter: JCS Supports National Severe Weather Preparedness Week

Johnston County Schools supports National Severe Weather Preparedness Week, March 2-8..

Johnston County Schools is proud to support National Severe Weather Preparedness Week, March 2-8, 2014. Sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Severe Weather Preparedness Week is a nationwide effort designed to increase awareness of the severe weather that affects everyone and to encourage individuals, families businesses and communities to know their risk, take action, and be an example. 

Being prepared to act quickly could be a matter of survival. This is especially evident during the threat of severe weather. The deadliest and most destructive tornado of 2013, an EF-5 on May 20 in Moore, Okla. caused more than $2 billion in property damage. Even though severe weather was anticipated days in advance, many in the impacted areas said they did not have a plan and were caught unprepared.  

While spring tends to produce more tornadoes, they are not uncommon in fall. On Nov. 17, a late season tornado outbreak that struck seven Midwestern states became the most active tornado day of 2013 with a total of 74 tornadoes. Knowing your risk of severe weather, taking action, and being an example are just a few steps you can take to be better prepared to save your life and assist in saving the lives of others.  

Johnston County Schools will be participating in the statewide tornado drill, which is currently scheduled to take place on Wednesday, March 5, at 9:30 a.m. Most NOAA weather radios will not sound an audible alert to mark the beginning of the drill. As such, our schools are being encouraged to self-initiate their tornado drills at 9:30 a.m. as if an alert had been broadcast. The drill will conclude when participants complete their drill activities, and no all-clear message will be issued. 

All this week please remember to take the time to:

Know Your Risk: The first step to becoming weather-ready is to understand the type of hazardous weather that can affect where you live and work, and how the weather could impact you and your family. Check the weather forecast regularly, obtain a NOAA Weather Radio, and learn about Wireless Emergency Alerts. Severe weather comes in many forms, and your shelter plan should include all types of local hazards. 

Take Action: Before storms strike, develop a family communication plan, create or purchase an emergency supplies kit, and participate in a local event on April 30 through America's PrepareAthon

Be an Example: Share your preparedness story with your friends and family. Letting others know that you're prepared, especially through social media, will prompt them to prepare as well. Studies show that many people use social media in the event of a disaster to let relatives and friends know they are safe. This is an important trend because people are most likely to take preparedness steps if they observe the preparations taken by others. Social media provides the perfect platform to model preparedness actions for others.  

Being weather ready is a collective effort. It takes the whole community to effectively prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate against damages caused by tornadoes, severe thunderstorms and other severe weather.  

Johnston County Schools is proud to support the goals of National Severe Weather Preparedness Week. By preparing our communities, we are able to build a Weather-Ready Nation - one that is resilient in the face of extreme weather. 

Learn more at www.weather.gov and www.ready.gov/severe-weather or the Spanish-language website www.listo.gov. Follow the National Weather Service @nws and FEMA @readygov on Twitter.



Created 3-3-2014



2/28/14 > JCS Reporter: JCS recognizes employees for ‘Leading with the Heart’

Johnston County Schools honored 50 employees at the annual "Leading with the Heart" reception on Feb. 24, which was held at the JCS Facility Services building in Smithfield. Each school and each Central Services department chose one person to recognize as an employee who epitomizes the "heart" of the school or department. The event began in Johnston County Schools after leadership, in their journey for continued excellence, read Mike Krzyzewski's "Leading with the Heart." Coach K writes, "Leaders have to search for the heart on the team because the person who has it can bring out the best in everybody else."

Who are these 50 leaders with heart? What makes them so special? On the surface, they are as varied as people can be. Some are very young and new to the workforce; some are retiring this year. Their educational backgrounds are varied, too. Some have completed their high school education; others have earned doctorate degrees. They are classroom teachers and custodians, secretaries and executive directors, media specialists and exception children's teachers, bus drivers and cafeteria workers. They are male and female; they come from lots of different places on the globe. 

However, they all are leaders who lead from the "heart." They are conscientious and take pride in their work - meticulous in their work ethic and getting their jobs done. They are mentors and good role models - but most shy from recognition. They are people-persons. They like and relate to people of all ages and backgrounds. They like themselves and other people like them. Most are well-known in the workplace and the community. They are often drawn to help those who are troubled. They are kind and involved. They look for ways to contribute over and above what is expected in their work and community. Most can be called volunteers, whether they volunteer for extra work duties or they volunteer in the community. They are generous, giving of what they have for the benefit of others. They are self-starters. They constantly look for ways to help others, giving of themselves and their personal time. They are emotionally involved. They approach tasks cheerfully, with enthusiasm. They are consistently reliable, respectful, determined and passionate. Many are creative. They search for excellence in themselves and bring it out in others. In short, they are leaders with heart.

It is hard to imagine Johnston County Schools without these leaders and others like them, who lead with heart. Schools are in the people business and are charged with helping students be their personal best academically and socially, emotionally and physically. All school employees won't be leaders with heart, but they are all certainly better off because of service with colleagues who lead with the heart.

During the Feb. 24 celebratory reception, the honorees were recognized as highlights of their appreciated service were read. Each was presented a Johnston County Schools "Leading with the Heart" pin by School Board Vice-Chair Dorothy Johnson. Superintendent Ed Croom and School Board Chairman Larry Strickland congratulated each and posed for pictures with each. School board members Dr. Peggy Smith, Donna White, Keith Branch, Butler Hall, and Mike Wooten also congratulated the honorees.


2014 Leading with the Heart Honorees:

Archer Lodge Middle - Joshua Hostetter

Benson Elementary - Gail Gray

Benson Middle - Chance Margheim

Clayton High - Linda Williams

Clayton Middle - Barbara Hudak

Cleveland Elementary - Angela Poovey

Cleveland High - Sherie Conner

Cleveland Middle - Gennilee Eisenmann

Cooper Elementary - Kathryn Mundt

Corinth Holders High - Camillia Narron

Corinth-Holders Elementary - Harriett "Diane" Hagins

Dixon Road Elementary - Christine Avery

East Clayton Elementary - Gretchen Weakley

Four Oaks Elementary - Rose Hayes

Four Oaks Middle - Peggy Westmoreland

Glendale-Kenly Elementary - Amy Lane

Johnston County Early College Academy - Dawn Blankenship

Johnston County Middle College High - Brittany Taylor

McGee's Crossroads Elementary - Kara Lillie

McGee's Crossroads Middle - Lou Ann Norris

Meadow School - Felicia Garcia

Micro-Pine Level Elementary - Ashley Radford

North Johnston High - Nicole Davis

North Johnston Middle - Cate Colangelo

Polenta Elementary - Christine Woodcock

Powhatan Elementary - Gary Pearce

Princeton Elementary - Phyllis Gamble

Princeton Middle/High - Ann Brown

River Dell Elementary - Marcia Hayes

Riverwood Elementary - Andrea Kas

Riverwood Middle - Heather Lowe

Selma Elementary - Crystal Stewart

Selma Middle - Paul Pfohl

Smithfield Middle - Danny Barnes

Smithfield-Selma High - Kalie Acquarulo

South Campus Community High - Laverne Chestnut

South Campus Community Middle - James Spence

South Johnston High - Betsy Jenks

South Smithfield Elementary - Donna Dunn

West Clayton Elementary - Kristen Crew

West Johnston High - Monica Neal

West Smithfield Elementary - Larry Chamberlain

West View Elementary - Ellyn Grey

Wilson's Mills Elementary - Kelly Daniels

Administrative Services - Pat Bridgers

Curriculum, Instruction and Accountability - Francisco Ibarra

Facility Services - Andy Barbour

Human Resource Services - Brian Vetrano

Instructional Support and Development - Christa Leverette

Student Services - Lynn Parker


Created 2-28-2014



2/27/14 > Clayton News-Star: Schools creating wifi directory
2/27/14 > Clayton News-Star: Honor Roll: Cooper Elementary School
2/27/14 > Clayton News-Star: Honor Roll: Cleveland High School
2/27/14 > Clayton News-Star: Honor Roll: West Clayton Elementary School
2/27/14 > Clayton News-Star: Rashan McKey to play football at Tusculum College
2/27/14 > Clayton News-Star: Marshall Creech to play baseball at Brunswick Community College
2/27/14 > Clayton News-Star: Four Johnston County schools have new softball coaches for 2014
2/27/14 > Garner-Cleveland Record: Prime Time: Cleveland Middle School dominates county math competition
2/27/14 > Smithfield Herald: Schools creating wifi directory
2/27/14 > Smithfield Herald: High school poetry contests crown winners
2/27/14 > Smithfield Herald: Honor Roll: West Clayton Elementary School
2/27/14 > Smithfield Herald: Honor Roll: Cleveland High School
2/27/14 > Smithfield Herald: SSS honors nine seniors
2/27/14 > Smithfield Herald: Ashley Ennis leaves Triton to lead North Johnston football squad
2/27/14 > Smithfield Herald: Four Johnston County schools have new softball coaches for 2014
2/27/14 > Smithfield Herald: Honeycutt to coach in Shrine Bowl
2/27/14 > Kenly News: North Johnston names new football coach
2/27/14 > Kenly News: North Johnston students, faculty show off their talents
2/27/14 > The Selma News: Rena Keith named employee of month
2/27/14 > Princeton News Leader: Princeton Middle/High School Honor Rolls_See page 5
2/27/14 > Princeton News Leader: Bulldog Player of the Week_See page 7
2/27/14 > Princeton News Leader: Bulldog Player of the Week_See page 7
2/27/14 > WTSB: Cleveland Middle Student Is ‘Top Quizzer’
2/27/14 > WTSB: Corinth Holders Student A Finalist In National Merit Scholarship Program
2/27/14 > WTSB: Ennis Named North Johnston's New Football Coach
2/27/14 > WTSB: Four Oaks Elementary Heart Strong 5k April 5
2/27/14 > WTSB: Bailey Signs With Bluefield College
2/27/14 > Dunn Daily Record: Triton Football Makes Coaching Transition
2/26/14 > JCS Reporter: Cleveland Middle student is Battle of the Books 'Top Quizzer'

Cleveland Middle's Trinity Casey has earned the top scorer position on the Battle of the Books training website, mybobteam.com.

Trinity Casey, eighth grader and Battle of the Books team member at Cleveland Middle School, has claimed the Top Quizzer spot on the subscription based website called mybobteam.com.  

The Battle of the Books website is used by over 203 middle schools in North Carolina, all of which are preparing for the Battle of the Books competition.

Trinity became the Top Quizzer on Friday, Feb. 21, surpassing 1,331 middle school students who quiz on the site. She has answered more than 5,000 questions correctly. All questions on the site are selected from the Middle School Battle of the Books' list which consists of 26 total books.  

Cleveland Middle School is very proud of Trinity's accomplishment, and the school is currently gearing up for the JCS Battle of the Books competition, which is scheduled for Feb. 28 at 8:30 a.m. at Selma Elementary.


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2/25/14 > JCS Reporter: Riverwood Elementary holds Hispanic family information night

Riverwood Elementary School holds its first Spanish language information family night for the school's Hispanic population.

Riverwood Elementary School recently hosted a family night which focused on sharing a variety of health, safety, and grade level curriculum information in Spanish to its Hispanic population.

Families had an opportunity to talk with representatives from the Red Cross, Blue Cross Blue Shield, the Mexican Consulate, Johnston County Health Department, and BikeSafe N.C. to receive grade level educational materials, blood pressure screenings, and learn about a variety of other health related topics.  

Students had an opportunity to steer a bicycle through an obstacle course while learning hand signals and safety tips. The PTA was on hand to explain how funds collected benefit the school and our students. 

Parents and students also attended a grade level session to participate in hands-on activities to learn ways parents can help their child be more successful in both reading and math.  Because of the evening's success the staff of Riverwood Elementary is looking at making it an annual event.








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2/24/14 > JCS Reporter: SSS College ‘Apple-cation Tree’ continues to grow

Smithfield-Selma High School seniors adding their apples to the "Apple-cation Tree" (from left) are Morgan Thorne, Kadejah Reddick, Curdija Toodle, and Tyler Talley.

Seniors at Smithfield-Selma High have a bushel of college choices to share with their classmates thanks to the school's "Apple-cation Tree."

The Apple-cation Tree is located in the front lobby of the school, and it gives each senior the opportunity to post an apple to it, which lists the options the student is considering beyond graduation.

The seniors at Smithfield-Selma High School continue to post apples to the tree, even though they have been busy completing college applications and setting post-secondary school goals since the fall semester. The full benefits of the tree will be seen in May when the seniors replace their apple with a leaf to indicate their final post-secondary decision.

The apples made their debut during College Application Week, an event sponsored by CFNC from Nov. 18-22, 2013.  The goal for this annual state-wide college access event is to provide every graduating high school senior the opportunity to apply to college online through CFNC.org.  Special focus is placed on students who would be first in their families to attend college and students who may not have otherwise seriously considered attending college.  

At Smithfield-Selma each senior was invited to the computer lab to work on applications with the counselors.  While many seniors had already submitted applications prior to this event, over 160 applications were submitted online through CFNC and dozens of others through specific university portals during this week alone. Representatives from Barton College, Johnston Community College, Miller-Motte College, NCSU's Educational Talent Search, and the State Employees' Credit Union were also on-hand to assist the students in the computer lab.


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2/21/14 > JCS Reporter: Johnston County Schools 2014 MATHCOUNTS Winners

One hundred fourteen middle school students from Johnston County participated in the annual MATHCOUNTS competition on Feb. 6. The following students and teams won awards during the competition:

Team Winners:

1st Place - Cleveland Middle Pi Fish - From left are Principal Kendrick Byrd,
Philip Hunt, Sarah Volcjak, Dylan Reggling, Samareth Patel, and Coach Jill Helms.

 

2nd Place - Riverwood Middle Riverhood - From left are Coach Amanda Pierce,
Geraint Jennens-Cheong, Nick Drda, Kimberly Evans, Rose Hein, and Coach Lindsey Powell.

 

3rd Place - Selma Middle Gold - On the front row (from left) are Haley Evans and Carolyn Fields. Back row are Coach Kelly McQuiston, Gabriela Tolosa-Ramirez, Chris Adams, & Coach Tracy Britto.


Overall Individual Student Winners:

1st Place
Philip Hunt
Cleveland Middle
2nd Place
Dylan Reggling
Cleveland Middle
3rd Place
Sarah Volcjak
Cleveland Middle
4th Place
Tanner Clary
McGee's Middle



Countdown Winners:

1st Place -Tie
Tanner Clary
McGee's Middle
1st Place -Tie
Ethan DeSmet
McGee's Middle
2nd Place
Dylan Reggling
Cleveland Middle
3rd Place
Philip Hunt
Cleveland Middle


Created 2-21-2014



2/20/14 > JCS Reporter: Two JCS students place in Top 3 of JoCo Spelling Bee

Carter Hoffman-Edminster (left), an eighth grader at Benson Middle School, earned second place in the Johnston County Spelling Bee, and Olivia Burrell (right), a seventh grader at North Johnston Middle School, earned third.

Thirteen students from the middle schools throughout the county competed in the seventh Johnston County Spelling Bee, which is sponsored by the Clayton News Star.

The competition was held on Feb. 10 at Selma Elementary School and included participants from JCS middle schools, Johnston County Home School Association, and Southside Christian School.

After eight rounds of competition Johnston County Schools had two students to place in the Top 3. Carter Hoffman-Edminster, an eighth grader at Benson Middle School earned second place. His school coach was Kelly Hewes. Olivia Burrell, a seventh grader at North Johnston Middle School earned third place. Her school coach was Sarah Wise.

Honorable Mentions in the competition included Morgan Barnes, a seventh grader at Cleveland Middle School; Carolyn Fields, an eighth grader at Selma Middle School; Ana Dominguez, an eighth grader at Four Oaks Middle School; and Keari Decraney, an eighth grader at Clayton Middle School.

The winner of the competition was Abigail Pittman, a sixth grader from Southside Christian School. She will be competing in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. in May.


Created 2-20-2014



2/20/14 > Clayton News-Star: Honeycutt to coach in Shrine Bowl
2/20/14 > Garner-Cleveland Record: Honeycutt to coach in Shrine Bowl
2/20/14 > N & O: Johnston board honors responsible students
2/20/14 > Smithfield Herald: Grant to purchase iPads for school
2/20/14 > Smithfield Herald: Honor Roll: Dixon Road Elementary
2/20/14 > Kenly News: NJMS 8th graders recognized for Dependability
2/20/14 > Kenly News: NJMS 7th graders recognized for Dependability
2/20/14 > Kenly News: NJMS 6th graders recognized for Dependability
2/20/14 > Kenly News: MPLE students recognized for trait of Dependability
2/20/14 > Kenly News: GKE students recognized for trait of Dependability
2/20/14 > Kenly News: Penguins provide practical learning
2/20/14 > WNCN: Cool School of the Day – Feb. 20 – Micro-Pine Level
2/20/14 > WNCN: Cool School of the Day – Feb. 19 – Powhatan
2/20/14 > WTSB: Superintendent Recognizes Transportation Employees
2/20/14 > WTSB: Smithfield Middle School Students Win Four-Way Test Essay Contest
2/20/14 > WTSB: ‘Operation LAMB’ Donates $2,000 To 7 Classrooms
2/20/14 > WTSB: East Clayton Community Holds Polar Plunge Fundraiser
2/20/14 > WTSB: Cleveland Middle Students Compete To End Hunger
2/20/14 > Dunn Daily Record: Honeycutt On Shrine Staff
2/19/14 > JCS Reporter: Selma Elementary dual language classrooms excel

Karla Gutierrez (left) stands with her fifth grade dual language class during their celebration of Chilean Independence Day.

In 2007, Selma Elementary, a Title 1 school in Johnston County, started the county's first Dual Language program with one class of 25 kindergarten students comprised of both native English and Spanish speakers. 

Today, Selma Elementary School has 15 classrooms of students learning English and Spanish in kindergarten through fifth grade. 

Recently released test scores from the North Carolina End-of-Grade assessments revealed that Selma's Dual Language program is seeing up to 200 percent higher proficiency in their dual language classrooms than in their traditional classes, which is good news for Selma Elementary, especially since they expanded their program in 2012 by starting four dual language classes in kindergarten instead of two. 

Principal Suzanne Mitchell said she is excited about the test scores and implications for Selma Elementary students. 

"In most countries, being bilingual is the norm," said Mitchell. "Parents don't question if their child will learn more than one language."

According to Mitchell, two-way immersion programs, such as Selma's, strengthens the neural pathways in the brain during the critical early years of a child's development. 

"I have never believed in fixed intelligence," she said. "I operate from a growth mindset, and I believe a dual language program can give students an edge."

She added that observers have noted that dual language learners seem more engaged and more focused. 

"Learning two languages does that for students," she said. "They have to listen intently. Listen, learn and lead. Our dual students are doing just that."


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2/18/14 > JCS Reporter: 'Operation LAMB' gives $2,000 to JCS classrooms

Operation LAMB presenters, recipients, and attendees (from left) are Haley Mitchell, Paula Jones, Marzel Pippin (Knight of Columbus), Riverwood Middle Principal Phil Lee, Will Sanders (Knight of Columbus), Kristen Crew, and Peggy Tippett. Not pictured are Jennifer Youngblood, Raven Hardy, and Doyle Woodall.

Seven Johnston County Schools' exceptional children's teachers recently received nearly $300 each through the N.C. Knights of Columbus "Operation LAMB" program, which is organized by The LAMB Foundation of N.C., Inc.

The funds will be used to benefit the classrooms of Haley Mitchell at McGee's Crossroads Elementary, Paula Jones at Clayton Middle, Raven Hardy at West Smithfield Elementary, Peggy Tippett at Riverwood Middle, Jennifer Youngblood at West Johnston High, Kristen Crew at West Clayton Elementary, and Doyle Woodall at South Smithfield Elementary.

The teachers were recommended through a variety of channels and each was presented a check for $283 on Tuesday, Feb. 4 from the Knights of Columbus at the JCS A.G. Glenn Building in Smithfield.

The LAMB Foundation of N.C., Inc. was officially incorporated in 1999 to accommodate the growth of a statewide program, Operation LAMB, conducted by the North Carolina Knights of Columbus State Council. LAMB is an acronym derived from the Biblical phrase from Matthew: "to serve the Least Among My Brethren."

Operation LAMB began in 1960 by Past State Deputy William Scott of the Knights of Columbus. Bill and his wife, Maureen, had two children with intellectual disabilities. The Scotts saw firsthand the extra funds desperately needed by the facilities that care for, educate, and help these citizens.

St. Ann's Catholic Church Knights of Columbus local donations have totaled more than $10,000 for the past ten years. This money is collected primarily by volunteers who are Knights of Columbus members, their families, and friends. Members can be easily identified because they are the ones wearing bright yellow vests and handing out Tootsie Rolls in front of local businesses.


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2/17/14 > JCS Reporter: Corinth Holders football coach headed to Shrine Bowl

Corinth Holders head football coach Barry Honeycutt addresses the varsity Pirates during a home football game.

Corinth Holders High School head football coach Barry Honeycutt has been named one of the coaches for the 2014 Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas.

Coach Honeycutt will serve as an assistant coach for 2014 North Carolina Tar Heels team as they square off against the South Carolina Sandlappers in the 78th Annual Shrine Bowl Game, which is scheduled to be played on Saturday, Dec. 20 at Gibbs Stadium on the campus of Wofford College in Spartanburg, S.C.

According to Corinth Holders Principal Chase Ferrell, the coaches that are selected to coach the Shrine Bowl teams are nominated by their coaching peers throughout the state. The selected Shrine Bowl coaches have all earned the respect of the coaching fraternity through hard work and success.  

He added that Coach Honeycutt has been shaping young people not only into quality athletes, but also into productive citizens since the mid-1980s.  

"Coach Honeycutt has inspired and motivated numerous young people to greatness over the years, and the selection committee got this one right because there is not another head football coach in the state more deserving of this honor," said Ferrell. "Some of Coach Honeycutt's former athletes have followed his path and gone into the coaching and teaching ranks, others have played on Sundays in the NFL, some are city attorneys, some are school administrators, and many more have gone into other honorable professions."

Coach Honeycutt is the only Triangle area coach selected to be part of the 2014 Shrine Bowl staff.

For additional information on the 2014 Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas visit www.shrine-bowl.com.


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2/14/14 > JCS Reporter: Cleveland homemade Valentines to benefit sick children

Students in Freda Caines' class making Valentines for sick children on the front row are Alex Lipps, Ayden Boshart, Edward Tammaro , Andrew Holmes, and Preston Copeland. On the second row are Chinonoso Nnani, McKenzie Williams, Nathan Luz, Alex Childress, and Lauryn Estep. On the third row are Leah Strickland, Jacob Lindeen, Colton Anderson, Macie Creech, Lexi Stancil, McKinzie Brooks, Kristi Howell, and Kristin Dodds. On the back row are Ava Hendrix, Ava Colpetzer, and Carter Allen.

Cleveland Elementary students in Freda Caines'second grade classroom recently made a collection of creative Valentines that will be given to sick children in hospitals all over the eastern part of the state.

The cards will be distributed on Valentine's Day to the kids in seven hospitals:  UNC, Duke, Cape Fear Valley Medical Center, Pitt County Memorial, Wake Med, Rex, and Betsy Johnson Memorial.

The project, known as "Hearts for Kids," is organized by HIS Radio in Raleigh. This is the fifth year Caines' class has participated in the effort, and last year HIS Radio collected 15,000 valentines for the sick children in the various hospitals. 

"We are excited to be a small part of this project," said Caines.

The Heart for Kids effort helps to ensure that every sick child who has to be in the hospital on Valentine's Day is not forgotten and does not miss out on the "fun" of the day.

For more information on "Hearts for Kids" visit www.hisradiowrtp.com/headline/hearts-for-kids.


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2/14/14 > JCS Reporter: Clayton Middle honors 2009-2010 championship team

Dylan Caldwell, Gary Clark, Chris Dixon, Dawson Medlin, Corey Poole, Jake Turner, and LJ Young were all present at the championship team recognition event. They each received a certificate, drawstring bag, t-shirt, water bottle, and candy sculpture. Not pictured is Anton Watson who was unable to attend.

The 2009-2010 Clayton Middle boys basketball championship team was recently recognized during halftime at a home basketball game against Riverwood Middle School.

Seven seniors returned to Clayton Middle School and were acknowledged for their hard work and dedication both on and off the court. 

"They were more than just talented players, they were a very special team to coach," said head coach Misty Greene. "We wanted to do something special to recognize them for being such great players, a great team, and great young men." 

The former team was exceptional, securing the championship with a 13-0 winning record.  

According to Greene, the athletic staff wanted to honor their hard work and dedication to the middle school and basketball because they were a talented, championship team that worked hard and were also fun to coach.  

"They are all graduating and beginning a new part of their lives, but they will always be Eagles at heart," said Clayton Middle scorekeeper Angie Stevenson during the Jan. 16 presentation.


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2/13/14 > Clayton News-Star: Honor Roll: Corinth-Holders Elementary School
2/13/14 > Clayton News-Star: School Notes: Feb. 12
2/13/14 > Clayton News-Star: Honor Roll: Smithfield Middle School
2/13/14 > Clayton News-Star: Cardell Rawlings signs with Wingate
2/13/14 > Clayton News-Star: Isaac Martin signs football scholarship with Coastal Carolina
2/13/14 > Clayton News-Star: Brittany Bucklin
2/13/14 > Clayton News-Star: Nolan Bailey to play baseball at Bluefield College
2/13/14 > Garner-Cleveland Record: School Notes, Feb. 2
2/13/14 > Garner-Cleveland Record: Brittany Bucklin
2/13/14 > Garner-Cleveland Record: Cardell Rawlings signs with Wingate
2/13/14 > Garner-Cleveland Record: Isaac Martin signs football scholarship with Coastal Carolina
2/13/14 > Garner-Cleveland Record: Nolan Bailey to play baseball at Bluefield College
2/13/14 > Smithfield Herald: School Notes: Feb. 12
2/13/14 > Smithfield Herald: Johnston student wins Big Sweep contest
2/13/14 > Smithfield Herald: Honor Roll: Smithfield Middle School
2/13/14 > Smithfield Herald: Dava McLamb to join soccer squad at N.C. Wesleyan
2/13/14 > Smithfield Herald: Kayla Allen stays a Trojan: South standout to play at Mount Olive
2/13/14 > Smithfield Herald: Katie Hodges to play soccer at N.C. Wesleyan
2/13/14 > Smithfield Herald: Gerrodd Raynor off to N.C. Wesleyan football squad
2/13/14 > Smithfield Herald: Drew Mustgrave to play football at Campbell
2/13/14 > Smithfield Herald: Garrett Smith to play football at N.C. Wesleyan
2/13/14 > Kenly News: 32 North Johnston High students help town as part of Kenly Crew
2/13/14 > Kenly News: Kendra Crocker crowned new Miss North Johnston
2/13/14 > WTSB: Cleveland High Names New Head Softball Coach
2/13/14 > WTSB: Donna White Named 2013 Woman Of The Year
2/13/14 > WTSB: JCS Students Compete In Poetry Contest
2/13/14 > WTSB: Corinth Holders’ Barry Honeycutt Named Coach For 2014 Shrine Bowl
2/13/14 > Dunn Daily Record: Six Sign From S. Johnston
2/11/14 > JCS Reporter: Inclement Weather Procedure - Smartphone App Information

INCLEMENT WEATHER PROCEDURE
REMINDER TO PARENTS OF STUDENTS 
IN THE JOHNSTON COUNTY SCHOOLS

During extremely bad weather, it sometimes becomes necessary for a decision  to be made concerning the closing of schools. When a decision is made in the  early morning that schools will close for the day, it must be relayed quickly to all  pupils and parents. In order to accomplish this task efficiently and with maximum  coverage, school officials are asking all pupils and parents to cooperate by following  the suggestions listed below:

1. For an announcement concerning school closing, tune in to one of the  following area radio or television stations:

 • WQDR 94.7 FM  • WKIX 96.9 FM   • WRAL 101.5 FM  • WAGO 88.7 FM
 • WRDU 106.1 FM  • WPTF 680 AM  • WCKB 780 AM  
 • WTSB 1090 AM  • WHPY 1590 AM   • WQOK 97.5 FM   
       
 • WNCN-TV17  • WARZ-TV 35   • WTVD-TV 11   • News 14 Carolina
 • WRAL-TV 5  • WUVC-TV 40  • WNCT-TV 9  




     





2. A decision to delay or close schools will be announced by 6:00 am. A  ConnectEd message will be sent notifying parents of this decision, in addition to  notifying the media outlets listed above.

3. Do not telephone the weather bureau, radio or television stations, newspaper  offices, school officials, or school offices. Calls to these offices will result in  "clogged" lines and will hinder communication. Announcements will reach you  via ConnectEd, radio, and television. Information will also be posted on the school  system webpage, school websites, and the JCS Facebook page.

4. The absence of any announcement indicates that the schools will open as  usual.

5. Parents of younger children should have a supervision plan for their children  in case school is dismissed early.


 

Recommended:
Blackboard MyConnect
Smartphone App

  • Receive push notifications 
  • Update contact information
  • Set device and language preferences
  • Review past/recent messages

The Blackboard MyConnect App enables parents to access the Blackboard ConnectEd Parent Portal via their smartphones. By using the app parents can recieve alert push notifications and decide how they receive information through the Blackboard/ConnectEd system, which sends them critical messages, including emergency alerts and important announcements. Parents can also decide what phone numbers receive the messages and if they want the messages via voice, text, and email. Download the Blackboard MyConnect App today by following the links to the right.

2/11/14 > JCS Reporter: JC Board of Education announces make-up days

The Johnston County Board of Education approved a list of proposed school make-up days during the Board's February 11 meeting.

In order to make-up the recently missed school days, which were due to inclement weather on January 28 (Early/Middle College only), January 29, January 30, January 31, and February 11, the following make-up days for Johnston County Schools were approved by the Board of Education:

Traditional Calendar
February 17, March 28, and June 12 (originally teacher workdays) will become student days.

March 13 and June 11 (originally early release days) will become full school days.

Year Round Calendar
February 17, March 17, and June 12 (originally teacher workdays) will become student days.

March 13 and June 11 (originally early release days) will become full school days.  

Early and Middle College
April 16, April 17, May 23, and March 3 (originally teacher workdays) will become student days.

February 17 and May 22 (originally early release days) will become full school days.

Additional Make-Up Days
If other days are missed due to inclement weather the following days will be utilized in the order listed below:

Traditional Year Round Early/Middle College
June 13 June 13 March 4
April 21 March 18 March 5  






Many options were discussed by the Board of Education in order to make a decision that will provide the required educational attendance for students as well as take into consideration family time and obligations.

Johnston County Schools apologizes for any inconvenience caused by the inclement weather the community experienced during the winter months.  All inclement weather decisions are based on the safety of our students and employees being the top priority.


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2/07/14 > JCS Reporter: Smithfield-Selma seniors recognized for exemplary work

Smithfield-Selma High School recognized (from left) Joshua Harris, Lily Faulconer, Cameron McCullers, Cameron Hoyt, and Warda Mohamed for being Graduation Project Exemplars. Not pictured are Daniel Garcia, Frankie Guo, Juwuan Hinton, and Gabby Tourangeau.

Smithfield-Selma High School, as part of the second half of the school year kick off, has recognized nine seniors for their exemplary work on their graduation projects.

The recognition helps the school to provide positive examples and inspiration for all students to reflect on by showcasing a collection of outstanding graduation projects.

The following seniors were recognized for being Graduation Project Exemplars:  Lily Faulconer, Daniel Garcia, Frankie Guo, Joshua Harris, Juwuan Hinton, Cameron Hoyt, Cameron McCullers, Warda Mohamed, and Gabby Tourangeau. Their projects varied from building a ramp into a playground for children in wheelchairs to presentations on cyber bullying. 

Senior Cameron Hoyt said she understands the importance of the senior project and believes in its value.

"I think if you choose something that's important to you, you'll learn about yourself and others," said Hoyt.

According to senior Warda Mohamed, completing a graduation project can seem like an overwhelming task, but she believes that it is important to push through.

"If you try your best and strive for success, through hard work and dedication, you can get the job done," said Mohamed.

The Johnston County Graduation Project is a multi-faceted, multi-disciplinary performance assessment completed over time. The Johnston County Schools Graduation Project provides students the opportunity to connect content knowledge, acquired skills, and work habits to real world situations and issues. 

Through the graduation project process, students engage various specific skills that include computer knowledge, employability skills, information-retrieval skills, language skills, teamwork, and thinking/problem-solving skills. The Johnston County Schools Graduation Project, consisting of four components (a research paper, a product, a portfolio, and an oral presentation), culminates in a student's final year of high school.


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2/06/14 > JCS Reporter: JCS students compete in Poetry Out Loud contest

Johnston County Poetry Out Loud participants (from left) are Alexandra Nikas, Daisy Marshall (winner), Faith Bowen, Destiny McDaniel, and Andrew Sledge (runner up).

Several high school students from across Johnston County recently competed against each other in the district-wide Poetry Out Loud and Original Poetry competitions held at the A.G. Glenn Building in Smithfield. 

The Poetry Out Loud competition, which is presented in partnership with the North Carolina Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Poetry Foundation, is part of a national program that encourages high school students to learn about great poetry through memorization, performance, & competition.  The Original Poetry competition is a county based competition scored on poetic elements, theme and grammar and mechanics.

The winner of this year's Poetry Out Load competition was Daisy Marshall, a senior at Early College Academy. Marshall recited "Dirge without Music" by Edna St. Vincent Millay and "The Legend" by Garrett Hongo for the win.

Runner up was West Johnston High School senior Andrew Sledge, who recited "Kubla Khan" by Samuel Taylor Colleridge and "Invictus" by William Ernest Henley.

Faith Bowen, from North Johnston High; Alexandra Nikas, from West JohnstonHigh; and Destiny McDaniel from Smithfield-Selma High, also participated in the event.

Bowen recited "Echo" by Christina Rossetti and "Deliberate" by Amy Uyematsu. Nikas recited "Alone" by Edgar Allan Poe and "Ode" by Arthur O'Shaughnessy. McDaniel recited "Beautiful Wreckage" by W.D. Ehrhart and "Life in a Love" by Robert Browning.

In the Original Poetry competition, Dorothy Colon, a sophomore at Smithfield-Selma High School, took home the first place honors with her sonnet "Who am I?"

Skyler Peterson, a freshman at Early College Academy, earned runner up with her poem "My Unwoven Silhouette," and third place went to Middle College's Olivia Briere for her poem "Don't Stare at the Light to Long. You'll go Blind."

Poetry Out Loud is a national arts education program that encourages the study of great poetry by offering educational materials and a dynamic recitation competition to high schools across the country. Poetry Out Loud uses a pyramid structure. Beginning at the classroom level, winners advance to a school-wide competition, then to the state competition, and ultimately to the National Finals in Washington, DC. Nearly 300,000 students across the country took part in Poetry Out Loud in 2008-2009. 

In Johnston County, students recited works they selected from an anthology of more than 600 classic and contemporary poems. Judges evaluated student performances on criteria including articulation, evidence of understanding, level of difficulty, and accuracy. Teachers introduced poetry recitation in the classroom using materials created by the NEA and the Poetry Foundation, including a standards-based teacher's guide, a website, a 'best performances' DVD, and a CD featuring poetry recitations by well-known actors and writers such as Anthony Hopkins and Rita Dove.

The Johnston County competition was held on Jan. 23, and the winner will advance to the North Carolina State contest on Saturday, March 15 in Greensboro.  Each champion at the state level will receive $200 and an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C. to compete for the national championship, April 28-30, 2014. The school of the state champion will receive $500 for the purchase of poetry books. 

For more information about the North Carolina Poetry Out Loud contest visit www.poetryoutloud.org.


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2/06/14 > Clayton News-Star: Scholarship offers keep rolling in for Cleveland HS standout Sterling Johnson
2/06/14 > Clayton News-Star: Brandy Davis to play softball at Norfolk State
2/06/14 > Clayton News-Star: Kristina Neal to play softball at Chowan University
2/06/14 > Clayton News-Star: Kayla Mears to play softball at Louisburg College
2/06/14 > Garner-Cleveland Record: Scholarship offers keep rolling in for Cleveland HS standout Sterling Johnson
2/06/14 > N & O: South Johnston’s Alexis Massengill wins in many areas
2/06/14 > Smithfield Herald: Cooking oil becomes biodiesel
2/06/14 > Smithfield Herald: Honor Roll: Micro-Pine Level Elementary
2/06/14 > Smithfield Herald: School Notes: Jan. 26
2/06/14 > Smithfield Herald: Honor Roll: Benson Elementary
2/06/14 > Smithfield Herald: Scholarship offers keep rolling in for Cleveland HS standout Sterling Johnson
2/06/14 > Smithfield Herald: Brandy Davis to play softball at Norfolk State
2/06/14 > Smithfield Herald: Kristina Neal to play softball at Chowan University
2/06/14 > Smithfield Herald: Kayla Mears to play softball at Louisburg College
2/06/14 > Kenly News: NJHS Spring Court announced
2/06/14 > Kenly News: MPLE students recognized for Compassion
2/06/14 > Kenly News: MPLE hosts 2nd Annual Book Giveaway
2/06/14 > Kenly News: NJHS alumni mix it up on basketball court
2/06/14 > The Selma News: Third graders at Selma Elementary receive multi-feature dictionaries
2/06/14 > Princeton News Leader: Bulldog Player of the Week_See page 7
2/06/14 > Princeton News Leader: Bulldog Player of the Week_See page 6
2/06/14 > WNCN: Cool School of the Day – East Clayton Elementary – Jan. 28
2/06/14 > WNCN: Cool School of the Day – Clayton High School – Jan. 24
2/06/14 > WTSB: Chamber Recognizes SSS Band, Outstanding Citizens
2/06/14 > WTSB: Smokey The Bear Visits Meadow School
2/06/14 > WTSB: Micro-Pine Level Students Hold Annual Book Giveaway
2/06/14 > WTSB: Powhatan Students Conduct Weather Experiments
2/06/14 > WTSB: Wilson’s Mills Elementary Crowns Spelling Bee Champion
2/06/14 > WTSB: Roberts Named Clayton Super Star Teacher
2/06/14 > WTSB: Smithfield Honors SSS Marching Band
2/06/14 > WTSB: Clayton Middle Student Wins Wrestling Bronze
2/06/14 > WTSB: Early College Academy Student Speaks At National Conference
2/06/14 > WTSB: West View Teacher Awarded Grant
2/06/14 > WTSB: Clayton High Environmental Club Volunteers At E-Recycling Event
2/06/14 > WTSB: JCS Career And Technical Education Department Hosts Regional Meeting
2/06/14 > WTSB: SSS Selects 2014 Hugh O'Brien Youth Leadership Ambassador
2/06/14 > WTSB: Board Of Education Recognizes Newly Certified National Board Teachers
2/05/14 > JCS Reporter: Clayton High student named Coastal Federal Credit Union Scholar Athlete

Clayton High School senior Jenna Harris (center) is January's Coastal Federal Credit Union Scholar Athlete. Beside her (from left) are James Alverson of 99.9 FM The Fan-ESPN Radio and Coastal Federal Credit Union's Creighton Blackwell.

Clayton High School senior Jenna Harris has been named the Coastal Federal Credit Union Scholar Athlete for the month of January.

Coastal Federal Credit Union and ESPN Triangle proudly honor local scholar athletes each month. On behalf of more than 150,000 members, Coastal and its Senior Management Team presented a $400 check in Jenna's name to Clayton High School on Thursday, Jan. 23.

Jenna is a three-sport athlete, participating on the volleyball, basketball, and softball teams. She is a Student Government Association Officer and a member of both the National Honor Society and FCA. She is also a Youth Sports Camp Counselor and has volunteered with several organizations. 

Jenna is a model athlete and student. She has earned a 4.9 GPA ranking her third in the senior class for highest GPA.  As part of the honor she received on-air recognition and was given a commemorative plaque.


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2/04/14 > JCS Reporter: Powhatan fifth graders discover origins of lightning

Powhatan fifth graders listen to National Weather Service Warning Coordination Meteorologist Nick Petro as he vividly explains the uses of several weather prediction instruments.

Powhatan Elementary fifth graders recently received an exciting visit from the National Weather Service of Raleigh.

The visit helped to induce the students to their Weather/Earth Systems Unit, and thanks to National Weather Service Warning Coordination Meteorologist Nick Petro, they were able to discover how charges can build up to form lighting.

The students also learned what a real weather balloon looks like and how it helps with predicting the weather.

In addition to the lighting and weather balloon demonstrations, Mr. Petro shared how several key weather instruments help forecasters to predict the weather. Students were introduced to thermometers, rain gauges, weather vanes, anemometers, and barometers.  

The students really enjoyed learning about weather from Mr. Petro and appreciated him taking the time to visit the school.


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2/03/14 > JCS Reporter: JCS celebrates National School Counseling Week

National School Counseling Week, sponsored by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA), will be celebrated from Feb. 3-7, 2014, to focus public attention on the unique contribution of professional school counselors within U.S. school systems and how students are different as a result of what school counselors do. National School Counseling Week highlights the tremendous impact school counselors can have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career. 

The special week honoring school counselors provides recognition for school counselors who "implement comprehensive school counseling programs, a vital part of the educational process for all students as they meet the challenges of the 21st century," according to Johnston County Schools Assistant Superintendent for Student Services Dr. Oliver Johnson.

Dr. Johnson praised counselors for being actively engaged in helping students examine their abilities, strengths, interests and talents; for working in a partnership with parents as they encounter the challenges of raising children in today's world; for focusing on positive ways to enhance students' social/personal, educational and career development; and working with teachers and other educators to provide an educational system where students can realize their potential and set healthy, realistic and optimistic aspirations for themselves. 

He added that professional school counselors are certified, experienced educators with a master's degree in guidance and counseling. The combination of their training and experience makes them an integral part of the total educational program.

"School counselors work with all students to remove barriers to learning by addressing students' academic concerns, career awareness in post-secondary options and personal/social skills," said Kwok-Sze Wong, Ed.D., ASCA executive director. "Comprehensive school counseling programs help to increase student achievement and provide a much-needed resource for students, parents, teachers and administrators. School counselors are integral to student success."

More than 32,000 school counselors nationwide will be participating in the week's festivities. Many school counselors will be hosting special events and activities to call attention to the myriad benefits of a comprehensive school counseling program. 

Parents or community members with specific questions or concerns about school counseling programs should contact the school counselors at their local schools. More information can also be found on ASCA's website, www.schoolcounselor.org.

The American School Counselor Association (ASCA) is a worldwide nonprofit organization based in Alexandria, Va. Founded in 1952, ASCA supports school counselors' efforts to help students focus on academic, personal/social and career development so they not only achieve success in school but are prepared to lead fulfilling lives as responsible members of society. The association, which is the school counseling division of the American Counseling Association, provides professional development, publications and other resources, research and advocacy to more professional school counselors around the globe.

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2/03/14 > JCS Reporter: Countywide Kindergarten Registration Scheduled for February 17

Countywide Registration Scheduled for February 17, 2014
Johnston County Schools Seeking Kindergarten Registrants

Parents of upcoming kindergarten children are encouraged to reserve a seat for their children for the first day of school by registering at the child's school starting February 17.  Children must be five years old on or before August 31, 2014 to enroll. Parents are strongly encouraged to enroll their children on February 17 or as soon as possible after that date to assist the schools in planning for the upcoming school year.  

It is important for parents or guardians to go to the school that serves their address to register their children.  Registration takes approximately 15 minutes.

Please bring the following:

Child's Certified Birth Certificate (if available) or other documented proof of age
(Examples:  birth certificate or hospital birth record recorded before age 5; or a religious record which shows your date of birth and was recorded before age 5.  Other Examples:  If you cannot obtain the preferred evidence of your age, you will be asked for other convincing evidence that shows your date of birth or age at a certain time such as: an original family bible or family record; school records; census records; a statement signed by the physician or midwife who was present at your birth; insurance policies; a passport; a delayed birth certificate, your child's birth certificate; or an immigration or naturalization record.)

A parent/guardian's picture identification with the same name as listed on the child's documented proof of age

Physical Examination Form / Immunization Record

Proof of Residence (utility bill, land contract, etc.)
(A driver's license is not adequate proof of residence.)

(Any information received will not be used for immigration purposes.)



Johnston County Schools
Kindergarten Registration Times
2014-15 School Year 
 
School Date Time
Benson Elementary February 17th 8:00am - 5:30pm
Cleveland Elementary February 17th 8:30am - 7:00pm
Cooper Elementary February 17th 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Corinth-Holders Elementary February 17th 8:30am - 5:30pm
Dixon Road Elementary February 17th 9:00am - 6:00pm
East Clayton Elementary February 17th 8:30am - 5:00pm
Four Oaks Elementary February 17th 5:00pm - 8:00pm
9:00am - 3:00pm
Glendale-Kenly Elementary February 17th 8:30am - 5:00pm
McGee's Crossroads Elementary February 17th 7:30am - 6:00pm
Meadow School February 17th 8:00am - 5:30pm
Micro-Pine Level Elementary February 17th 7-10 am;
11:30am-1:30 pm;
3-6 pm
Polenta Elementary February 17th 8:30am - 7:00 PM
Powhatan Elementary February 17th 8:30am - 5:00 pm
Princeton Elementary February 17th 8:00am - 6:00pm
River Dell Elementary February 17th 9:00am - 6:00pm
Riverwood Elementary February 17th 8:30am - 4:00pm
Selma Elementary February 17th 9:00am - 7:00pm
South Smithfield Elementary February 17th 8:00am - 5:00pm
West Clayton Elementary February 17th 9:00am - 3:00m
West Smithfield Elementary February 17th
March 17th 
9:00am - 3:00pm
9:00am - 3:00pm 
West View Elementary February 17th 9:00am - 3:30pm
4:30pm - 6:00pm 
Wilson's Mills Elementary February 17th 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
     

You may call your child's school if you are unable to register
your child during these times.



1/27/14 > JCS Reporter: Wilson’s Mills Elementary crowns spelling bee champion

Wilson's Mills Spelling Bee Champion Zuriel Chico (center) stands with second place finisher Meghan Duffield (left) and third place finisher Ashley Crumpler (right) after spelling "garage" for the win.

Nearly three dozen students at Wilson's Mills Elementary School competed against each other for the title of School Spelling Bee Champion on Friday, Jan. 24.

Thirty-four fourth and fifth grade students were cheered on by parents and classmates as they spelled their way through an array of challenging words.  Some of these words included "fatigue," "antibiotic," and "mirage."

First place went to Zuriel Chico from Stephanie Caviness' fifth grade homeroom. The winning word spelled by Zuriel was "garage." Second place went to Meghan Duffield from Cheryl Fletcher's fifth grade homeroom. Third place went to Ashley Crumpler from Cheryl Fletcher's fifth grade homeroom.

Zuriel Chico will represent Wilson's Mills Elementary at the Johnston County Schools' Junior Spelling Bee on March 6 at Selma Elementary School.


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1/24/14 > JCS Reporter: Cooper students perform with N.C. Elementary Honors Chorus

Cooper Elementary fifth graders selected to perform as part of the North Carolina Elementary Honors Chorus (from left) are Vinesha Briggs, Morgan Moser, Panisara Purcell, and Jonathan Durham.

Four Cooper Elementary fifth graders recently joined nearly 200 students from across the state to perform as part of the North Carolina Elementary Honors Chorus at the Stevens Center in Winston Salem.

More than 600 students auditioned for the Elementary Honors Chorus, and those selected represent the top fourth and fifth grade singers in the state.

The following Cooper Elementary fifth grade students were selected for the Elementary Honors Chorus: Vinesha Briggs, Panisara Purcell, Morgan Moser, and Jonathan Durham.

"Cooper Elementary was represented well," said music director Carla Jones.

The N.C. Elementary Honors Chorus is a group of approximately 200 students who are chosen from across North Carolina to perform at the N.C. Music Educators Association Conference each year. The purpose of this Honors Chorus is to provide students with the opportunity to develop their abilities to the greatest possible extent. 

Teachers who are members of NCMEA are permitted to send in auditions from six of their students. Adjudicators are hired to select the members of the Honors Chorus. Teachers then work with their students in preparation for the concert and students spend the day before the concert working with the clinician. Participating in the North Carolina Elementary Honors Chorus is very rewarding for teachers, students and their families.

For additional information about the North Carolina Elementary Honors Chorus, visit www.ncmea.net/elementary-honors-chorus.html.


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1/23/14 > Clayton News-Star: Riverwood Middle hosts career day for 8th graders
1/23/14 > Clayton News-Star: School Notes: Jan. 22
1/23/14 > Clayton News-Star: Grant to purchase iPads for school
1/23/14 > Smithfield Herald: Students bring sculptures to life
1/23/14 > Princeton News Leader: Character Trait Dependability_See page 3
1/23/14 > Princeton News Leader: Fraiser wins NCPreps’ 1-A Mr. Football award for ’13_See page 5
1/23/14 > Princeton News Leader: Bulldog Player of the Week_See page 5
1/23/14 > WNCN: Cool School of the Day – Micro Pine Level Elementary - Jan. 21
1/23/14 > WNCN: Cool School of the Day – Cleveland Middle - Jan. 20
1/23/14 > WTSB: McKeel Named Four Oaks Middle Assistant Principal
1/23/14 > WTSB: 100 Local Students Participate In NBA Event
1/22/14 > JCS Reporter: Newly certified National Board teachers recognized

Six Johnston County educators have achieved National Board Certification. Newly certified teachers on the front row (from left) are Jennifer Templeton, Melissa Long, Christina Nait Saidi and Bridget Mozingo. On the back row are William Herring and Michael Butler.

The Johnston County Board of Education recognized six newly certified National Board teachers during their January Meeting.

National Board Certification is a rigorous year-long process of self-reflection and growth sponsored by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.  The mission of this organization is to advance student learning and achievement by establishing the definitive standards and systems for certifying accomplished educators.

Each year many teachers complete the National Board process but less than 50% are successful in earning the credential.  The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards recently announced the names of the newly certified National Board Teachers.

At the Board of Education meeting, which was held on Jan. 14, six Johnston County Schools' teachers were recognized for achieving this honor: Christina Nait Saidi, Exceptional Needs Specialist/Early Childhood through Young Adulthood - Selma Middle School; Melissa Long, Generalist/Early Childhood - Powhatan Elementary School; Bridget Mozingo, Generalist/Early Childhood - Corinth Holders Elementary School; Michael Butler, Science/Early Adolescence - Clayton Middle School; William Herring, Social Studies - History/Adolescence and Young Adulthood - West Johnston High School; and Jennifer Templeton, Generalist/Early Childhood - Johnston County Schools Preschool Office.


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1/21/14 > JCS Reporter: JCS honors January employees of the month

Gaile Brittain (left) is Johnston County Schools' January Classified Employee of the Month. Rena Keith (right) is Johnston County Schools' January Certified Employee of the Month.

Gaile Brittain and Rena Keith have been named Johnston County Schools Classified and Certified January Employees of the Month, respectively.

Both employees were recognized during the Jan. 14, Johnston County Board of Education meeting. Mrs. Brittain is the bookkeeper and head secretary at Johnston County Middle College High, and Mrs. Keith is a guidance counselor at Selma Elementary.

The Employee of the Month program is a time-honored Johnston County Schools tradition, and for the past several years, Johnston County Schools' administrators have participated in seminars devoted to understanding, implementing, and enhancing leadership. One of the books read and discussed in these seminars is "Good to Great" by Jim Collins. In this book, Mr. Collins advocates for making sure you have the right people in the right seats in your organization. He asserts that people are not an organization's most important asset. The right people are, which is why the Human Resources Department uses the Employee of the Month program to recognize employees who demonstrate the qualities of a caring and dedicated individual.

The nomination forms for Classified Employee of the Month read… 

"Mrs. Brittain is the embodiment of positive thinking and encouragement at the Middle College High School. She constantly works to build the morale of the staff and the student body. Students constantly come to talk to her and get her advice. She is always will to lend a helping hand or listening ear to anyone who needs it, and no one at the school can (or wants to) imagine what our school would be without her."

"Mrs. Brittain is such an asset to the Middle College. She always has a smile on her face and makes anyone who walks into the office feel welcome. She constantly works hard to make sure the students and staff are taken care of and their needs are met. She is selfless, always putting others before herself and well-deserving of this award."

"Along with performing her official duties at an exemplar level, Mrs. Brittain loves students more than anyone else I know. Students quickly learn that she will do everything she can to help them be successful from her position. She also constantly works to improve the spirits of our staff. She brings in goodies all the time and even has written/performed songs to motivate the staff. I don't know anyone who is more invested in their school than Mrs. Brittain."

"Mrs. Brittain provides our principal and teachers with an extraordinary dedication to her job and is a constant note of encouragement and support throughout our busy day.  She goes above and beyond her job description and truly cares for our students. She is well deserving of this honor."

The nomination form for Certified Employee of the Month reads… 

"Mrs. Keith has come to our school new this year and made a big impact on students and staff. Mrs. Keith pushes to inspire all that she meets. She uses her excitement to also inspire the students. She has excited the kids about saying 'no' to drugs and involved everyone in the process. She has also incorporated College and Career Week to further inspire our students. She knows how important our students are to the future and how much our students need a positive role model. She encourages our students to dream about their future in a big way. Mrs. Keith is an advocate for helping students learn the life skills they need to succeed in their education, career, and life. She is extremely kind and goes out of her way to make sure children have things that they need. She is making an impact on not only the students, but on the staff at Selma Elementary. Her positive attitude makes our tough jobs a little bit better and reminds us each day of our reason for teaching. Mrs. Keith helps us remember to 'Foster a Flame for Learning.'"

The Johnston County Board of Education congratulates Gaile Brittain and Rena Keith. These employees make Johnston County Schools great!

   



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1/17/14 > JCS Reporter: JCS students recognized for dependability

Students demonstrating the January Character Education Trait of "Dependability" (from left) on the front row are Melanie Galicia-Balderas and Keyara Barnes. On the back row are Hunter Williams, Jessica Mencia, and Sydney Creech.

Character Education is a priority in the Johnston County Schools. Through a variety of means, schools in the district promote character education through rewards, bulletin boards, presentations, and interactive lessons.

The Character Education trait for January is "Dependability" which means keeping your promises.

Each month the Board of Education recognizes students who have demonstrated good character. 

Below is the listing of students who were recognized during the Jan. 14 meeting, along with introductory comments:


Cooper Elementary School
Janet Lebo, Principal
5th grade student - Keyara Barnes
Parents - Carla Sessoms  

Keyara displays the character trait of dependability by making the right choices even when no one is looking. She can be counted on to complete any task that is given to her without fail. She takes on responsibilities in the classroom and can be depended upon to carry out those responsibilities without reminders. We are proud to recognize Keyara as our character trait representative.


Corinth-Holders Elementary School
Melissa Hubbard, Principal
5th grade student - Melanie Galicia-Balderas
Parents - Mrs. Paulina Balderas and Mr. Gabriel Galicia

Melanie Galicia-Balderas is an excellent choice for dependability. From the first time that you meet Melanie, you will know there is something special about her. She is not just a hard worker who turns in every assignment and brings back every correspondence immediately, she is also trustworthy. She listens intently to directions and follows through with her peers and teachers if she needs to ask questions or gather resources. Melanie shows her truest self in her interactions with her friends. She is always there when they need anything...paper, pencils, a quick smile and even a loving hug. She will partner with anyone without complaint, and if need be, work to bring joy to them by smiling, offering advice, and moving forward with whatever she needs to do. We are very proud to nominate Melanie because she deserves special recognition for always keeping her silent promises to treat everyone with respect, be dependable, and to always do her best.  Melanie shines above all others!


Corinth Holders High School
Chase Ferrell, Principal
9th grade student - Hunter Williams
Parents - Leon and Amy Williams

Hunter is dedicated to his work and great to have in class. He can always be depended upon to help other students who have been absent and need to catch up with work missed. He is dependable in his attendance and work ethic in class, and consistently exceeds expectations. Corinth Holders is exceptionally pleased to have Hunter as our character trait representative.


Dixon Road Elementary School
Kenneth Bennett, Principal
5th grade student - Sydney Creech 
Parents - Vinnie Bryant and Kim Creech

Sydney Creech is a student you can depend on to complete her work and help teachers and classmates. Sydney goes above and beyond to be a great helper to everyone, and she does it without a grumble or protest. She loves to help and everyone can count on her to get the job done correctly. She is a rare student that truly makes teaching easier and a joy! Sydney is also an asset to a number of student organizations at Dixon Road. She displays her dependability on the morning announcements, afternoon broadcasts, in the hallways as a safety patrol, on the Jumping Dragonflies (jump rope squad), and in Showcase of Stars for both music and art.  Congratulations Sydney. Dixon Road is very proud of you!


Early College Academy
Brandon Garland, Principal
12th grade student - Jessica Mencia
Parents - Mrs. Elizabeth Benten Mencia

Early College Academy student Ty Myatt nominated Jessica Mencia as the most dependable. Ty said, "I have never once seen her miss or turn in an assignment late. She always gets everything in on time and puts in quality work in everything she does. She is also very dependable as a friend. She is always there for people who need her, myself included, and does her best to help whoever she can." The Johnston County Early College Academy is proud to recognize Jessica Mencia as our dependable character trait representative.




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1/16/14 > Clayton News-Star: Honor Roll: Corinth-Holders Elementary
1/16/14 > Clayton News-Star: Honor Roll: East Clayton Elementary School
1/16/14 > Smithfield Herald: Honor Roll: Glendale-Kenly Elementary
1/16/14 > Kenly News: GKE Terrific Kids recognized
1/16/14 > Princeton News Leader: Bulldog Player of the Week_See page 7
1/16/14 > WNCN: Princeton High WNCN Cool School of the Day Jan. 10
1/16/14 > WNCN: Cooper Elementary WNCN Cool School of the Day Jan. 13
1/16/14 > WNCN: Corinth Holders High WNCN Cool School of the Day Jan. 14
1/16/14 > WTSB: Corinth-Holders Elementary Students Learn Healthy Habits
1/16/14 > WTSB: West View Teacher Receives Grant To Create iPad Learning Lab
1/16/14 > WTSB: JoCo Teen Drivers Cite 2013 Accomplishments
1/15/14 > JCS Reporter: JCS AVID students participate in Charlotte NBA event

Meadow School AVID students, teachers, coordinators, and the director are seen at the end of a fun day watching the Charlotte Bobcats and learning the importance of education.

More than 100 Johnston County students recently attended NBA AVID Day, which was hosted by the Charlotte Bobcats.

The group of AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) students met members of the Bobcats' executive staff who provided information about career selection and education preparation.  

Students were also able to visit with colleges from N.C. and S.C. in a college fair at the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte. Students were provided concession coupons and enjoyed watching the Charlotte Bobcats take on the Phoenix Suns. 

AVID students from Meadow School along with students from Cleveland and West Johnston High Schools attended the event.

Joe Eno, AVID district director, praised the principal and teacher leadership at Meadow School for making the NBA trip a reality.

"It is not easy to fundraise and organize a trip like this, but it becomes easier, however, with dedicated teachers, a supportive administration, involved parents, and great students," said Eno. "Meadow School has it all and it was obvious throughout our field trip."

According to Eno, Meadow students were able to meet and learn from several executives from the Bobcats.

"I know this was a rare opportunity, and Mrs. Donna Price, Meadow AVID coordinator, jumped all over it," he said.

Eno added that the students appeared on the jumbo-tron and screamed with joy as they were filmed in front of a large audience. 

"It was great to see them so excited and in such a contrasting environment," he said.


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1/14/14 > JCS Reporter: Chief Academic Officer inspires Riverwood students

Riverwood Middle student Cora Emory (left) stands with Dr. Rodney Peterson (right), Chief Academic Officer of Johnston County Schools, while he inspires the students to be more than average.

Dr. Rodney Peterson, Chief Academic Officer of Johnston County Schools, recently paid a visit to Riverwood Middle School, where he spoke to a group of students about how to make their upcoming years successful.  

Dr. Peterson challenged the group of AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) students to begin preparing for their future now.

He offered the students three points of success, which were seeing their goals, choosing their friends carefully, and sacrificing today for their goals tomorrow. He also asked them to ask themselves "Where do I want to be in five years?" and to create a five year plan to achieve those goals.

"If you want to go to college, now is the time to start thinking about it and preparing for it," said Dr. Peterson. 

To help the students prepare in making their plans he suggested that they talk to their guidance counselor about high school classes, advanced classes, and scholarships. In addition, he instructed the students to make a list of three or more colleges they would like to attend and include on that list the requirements for admission. 

"You should want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe," said Dr. Peterson.

He concluded his presentation at Riverwood by inspiring the students to promise to be "allergic to average" and "not to be great but to be phenomenal."


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1/13/14 > JCS Reporter: Princeton HOSA assists at cancer survivor luncheon

Princeton High HOSA members help serve food during a cancer survivor luncheon held at the Johnston Medical Mall in Smithfield.

Princeton High School had nearly two dozen HOSA members to help serve food at a luncheon for cancer survivors at the Johnston Medical Mall in Smithfield.

The event was sponsored by the Johnston Cancer Center. It celebrated patients who have survived cancer this year and had 240 survivors to attend.

Princeton HOSA members who attended the event were Alondra Arias, Altheia Balageo, Darbey Durning, Gabie Long, Kelcie Thomas, Kathryn Hewett, Dawn Fader, Summer Pope, Moesha Lockamy, Jenny Mills, Korynn Dove, Carrie Woodard, Madison Gammon, Taylor Carroll, Presley Whitley, Jenna Woodard, Alex Pearce, and Hailey Phillips.


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1/10/14 > JCS Reporter: Thirteen students selected for 2014 CAT Pre-Apprenticeship

2014 Caterpillar Assembly Pre-Apprenticeship members on the front row (from left) are Kaylem Jones, Evan Gronendyke, Justin Godwin, Chase Dudley, Dennis Allen, Tyler Daniel, and Holden Blackmon. On the back row are James Finsel, Daniel Motley, Luke Pearson, Tyler Greene, Daniel Hogue, and Adam Brooks.

More than a dozen high school students have been recognized by the Johnston County Board of Education for becoming part of the 2014 Caterpillar Assembly Pre-Apprenticeship program.

James Finsel and Daniel Motley of Clayton High; Luke Pearson, Adam Brooks, Daniel Hogue, and Tyler Greene of Corinth Holders High; Evan Gronedyke, Justin Godwin, and Kaylem Jones of North Johnston High; and Chase Dudley, Dennis Allen, Tyler Daniel, and Holden Blackmon of South Johnston High are the newest members of the CAT program.

The Caterpillar Assembly Pre-Apprenticeship program is a year and a half program that prepares students for employment specifically at the Caterpillar plant located in Clayton, and at other related industries. Eligible high school students will take manufacturing related classes at Johnston Community College three days a week during their junior year spring semester and work/train at Caterpillar during the summer and leading into their senior year. 

Caterpillar compensates enrolled students for their time spent working at Caterpillar during the summer (28 hours per week) leading to their senior year and during their senior year (16 hours per week). At the completion of the program, successful graduates will have earned an Assembly Pre-Apprentice Certificate from Johnston Community College, a certificate from the North Carolina Department of Labor, and completed approximately 640-hours of Caterpillar specific on the job training.  

The Pre-Apprenticeship allows for additional development of career and technical competencies within a general career field. Pre-Apprenticeship allow students to observe and participate in daily operations, develop direct contact with job personnel, ask questions about particular careers, and perform certain job tasks. 

Students enrolled in the program will receive training in Caterpillar Production Systems, Manufacturing Skills Standards Council (MSSC): Safety, and Human Resources Development Training.



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1/09/14 > JCS Reporter: West View teacher wins $5,400 grant for iPad Learning Lab

West View Elementary teacher Teresa Butcher (left-center) received a $5,400 grant to create an iPad Learning Lab in her second grade classroom. Standing with her (from left) are N.C. Representative Renee Elmers, South River EMC's Catherine O'Dell, and Principal Lorrie Johnson.

Teresa Butcher, second grade teacher at West View Elementary, recently received $5,400 Operation Round Up Grant from South River Electric Membership Corporation to create an iPad Learning Lab in her classroom.

A check for $5,369.63 was presented to Mrs. Butcher by N.C. Representative Renee Elmers and Catherine O'Dell, vice president of member services and public relations for South River EMC on Dec. 20.

Mrs. Butcher's grant titled "Literacy Instruction Enriched Through Technology" will provide students with the 10 iPad 2 units, which will support reading and literacy in the classroom.  The technology provided through the grant offers several different applications for primary leveled readers. Many of these applications read the stories for the students as they follow along, which is a proven method for increasing reading comprehension skills.

According to Mrs. Butcher, her project has three main goals: Expanding the resources for teaching and learning in the classroom; Encouraging students to use technology effectively to help them achieve high academic standards; and Providing all students with the skills which are necessary in becoming a 21st century learner.

The iPad Learning Lab will efficiently monitor daily student learning and provide immediate feedback, which will help Mrs. Butcher and her students to identify their strengths and weaknesses and target areas that need extra support.

"These resources will provide my students with a learning environment which stimulates a desire to read and learn," said Mrs. Butcher. "I am confident that an iPad Learning Lab will be one more tool necessary for integrating technology in to daily instruction."


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1/09/14 > Clayton News-Star: Johnston teachers win classroom grants
1/09/14 > Smithfield Herald: Johnston teachers win classroom grants
1/09/14 > Smithfield Herald: Honor Roll: Archer Lodge Middle
1/09/14 > Smithfield Herald: Honor Roll: McGee’s Crossroads Middle
1/09/14 > Kenly News: GKE students honored
1/09/14 > Princeton News Leader: Hometown Heroes_See page 1
1/09/14 > Princeton News Leader: Bulldog Player of the Week_See page 7
1/09/14 > WTSB: Four Oaks Cheerleaders Lift Spirits At Ronald McDonald House
1/09/14 > WTSB: Benson Students Connect With Arctic Scientists
1/08/14 > JCS Reporter: CHES kids learn healthy habits from CHHS Pirates

Corinth-Holders Elementary students enjoy fresh vegetables served by Corinth Holders High School students. Seated (from left) are elementary students Daz'meir Bristow, Estefani Martinez, Melinna Tapia, and Goreti Espinoza. Serving them (from left) are high school students Christina Nino and Diana Arguijo.

Students in the running and soccer clubs at Corinth-Holders Elementary recently learned the many benefits of healthy eating from several Corinth Holders High School students visiting the school.

The Corinth Holders High School Teen Democrats, led by student Kathryn Townsend, visited the elementary kids during their after school club time to teach the children about healthy eating habits as part of the organization's nutrition initiative.

Parents and guardians were also invited to learn about low-cost healthy options, and students were able to sample various healthy foods, such as mixed fruit, pita bread and hummus, cheese, whole wheat bagels with turkey, hummus and veggies, and assorted vegetables.

Corinth-Holders Elementary Running Club members (from left) Dixie Childers, Abigail Lewis, Kayla Giron, and Gissel Arreaga enjoy a nutritious snack served by high school student Val Constantelos.

The kids were then invited to play Trivia and Pictionary to learn more about food groups and what is healthy for their bodies. Corinth-Holders Elementary students were able to connect healthy eating with their fitness goals in the running and soccer clubs. They were also able to meet some great high school role models.

The Corinth Holders High School Pirates said they found it very rewarding to hear feedback from the elementary students about what they had learned, and they felt that it was a great experience for all students involved.


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1/07/14 > JCS Reporter: CHHS senior named delegate for the US Senate Youth Program

Corinth Holders' Tanner Glenn is one of only two students selected to represent North Carolina as a delegate to the United States Senate Youth Program.

Corinth Holders High School senior Tanner Glenn has been selected as one of only two students to represent North Carolina as a delegate to the United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP).

The program will be held March 8-15, 2014 in Washington, D.C., and Glenn will also receive a one-time $5,000 undergraduate college scholarship with encouragement to pursue coursework in history and political science.

The USSYP was founded in 1962 through Senate Resolution and each year two of the highest-achieving students from each state, the District of Columbia and the Department of Defense Education system overseas are selected through an extremely competitive merit-based selection process held at the state departments of education nationwide.

Click to view 2014 USSYP Brochure.


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1/06/14 > JCS Reporter: McGee’s eighth graders piloting new ‘Sea of Liberty’ website

McGee's Crossroads eighth graders Rosalyn Geddie (left) and Shameequa Banks (right) work on the new Sea of Liberty interactive website. Looking on is social studies teacher Bethany Meyers.

Eighth graders in Bethany Meyers' social studies classes at McGee's Crossroads Middle are one of three student groups in the country, and the only one in the state, helping to develop the new Sea of Liberty website.

Students are designing digital posters using the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution/Bill of Rights and other primary sources provided to them through the website, which is expected to go live to the public sometime this school year.

They are comparing the grievances that the colonists outlined in the Declaration to the Bill of Rights and parts of the Constitution to show where our Founding Fathers responded to those complaints by protecting U.S. citizens in the Constitution. 

"It is important to make connections between these two documents and the events leading to the Revolution with the laws and protections that are spelled out in the Constitution," said Meyers.

The Sea of Liberty is an interactive website inspired by the popular Monticello exhibition, The Boisterous Sea of Liberty. Once the website goes live teachers will be able to design interactive web-based projects and assign them to students to complete. The entire project would be researched and completed through the website. Thousands of primary sources have been loaded onto the site for students and teachers to use.

Meyers' eighth graders are some of the only students in the country working on the site as they pilot the program and give feedback on what works and what they find difficult with the site. 

McGee's Crossroads social studies teacher Bethany Meyers (right) provides support to eighth grader Amaya Wall (left) as she works with the Sea of Liberty website.

This opportunity was made possible because Meyers attended the 2013 Liberty Today Talented Teacher Forum hosted by the Jefferson Foundation at Monticello this past summer. Fifteen teachers from around the country and two from Europe spent a week discussing Jefferson and his ideas with scholars, Monticello staff members, and authors like Annette Gordon-Reed.

The teachers also worked on the Sea of Liberty website to provide valuable feedback to developers of the site. When those teachers were asked by the Monticello staff if they could try the site out with students before it goes live, Meyers jumped at the opportunity. 

"I thought it would be exciting for my students to pilot this program and be some of the only students in the country working on it right now," said Meyers. "It is possible that some of their projects could end up in the showcase section as examples when the site goes live. It seemed like a once in a lifetime chance for my students to impact a website that teachers and students from around the world will be able to access." 

A total of about 61 scholars, staff members, and teachers have contributed to the building of the site over the last two years. The Jefferson Foundation plans to launch the site to the public within this school year. More information about the site can be found at www.seaofliberty.org/about


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1/03/14 > JCS Reporter: Clayton High Environmental Club volunteers at E-recycling event

Clayton High Environmental Club seniors Gabriela Morales (left) and Quaid Harding (center), along with freshman Meaghan Powell (right), help promote the Town of Clayton's E-recycling event.

 

Members of the Clayton High School Environmental Club recently provided assistance to the Town of Clayton during the town's annual E-recycling event.

The environmental club helped to promote the event largely by creating posters, which they used to direct individuals coming down Main Street to the electronic recycling drop-off location. 

Club members also assisted Waste Management in unloading electronics that were being discarded from the visiting vehicles.

This was the second year in a row that Clayton High's environmental club assisted in the E-recycling event. Last year the club was contacted by Stacey Beard, Town of Clayton public information officer, about helping to promote the event.  After speaking with Beard club adviser Lauren Ramsey worked with students to hang signs around the school and places within the community advertising the event. In fact, several of the signs used this year for advertising included the pictures of the club members who helped last year.






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1/02/14 > WTSB: West Clayton Students Collect 260 Toys For Children’s Hospital

West Clayton Elementary students prepare to donate more than 260 toys to the Wake Med Children's Hospital. From left are Josie Sanders, Grace Molnar, Bryce Harris, Kayla Barrett, Kyle Couillard, Karli Bossman, and James Culpepper.

The Student Council at West Clayton Elementary School recently sponsored an extremely successful toy drive to collect toys for the Wake Med Children's Hospital. 

Student Council President James Culpepper asked the entire school community asking that everyone pull together in order to help make the project a success.  

The student council was overwhelmed with the response from everyone and was able to collect more than 260 toys that were delivered to the children's hospital in time for Christmas.

The West Clayton family would like to extend a huge thank you to everyone for all their hard work in making the toy drive successful.  

Through this project students were able to learn the joys of giving back to the community and to others.

1/02/14 > JCS Reporter: Four Oaks cheerleaders lift spirits at Ronald McDonald House

Four Oaks Middle School cheerleaders spread joy at the Ronald McDonald House in Chapel Hill. On the front row (from left) are Lydia Carberry and Haley Bishop. On the second row are Bella Leonard, Anna Mackey, Nellie Adams, Noah Autry, and Charli Rosenburg. On the back row are Lauren Dodd, Jacylyn Tuggle, Logan Baker, Anna Johnson, Lyza Thomas, Kristen Hudson, Mackenzie Wrench, Taylor Overby, and coach Melanie Autry.

 

The Four Oaks Middle School cheerleaders visited the Ronald McDonald House in Chapel on Saturday, Dec. 14 to help spread Christmas joy to all that were there.

The Ronald McDonald House of Chapel Hill provides a "home away from home" for families of children who are receiving health care at area hospitals. The House offers physical comfort and emotional support through programs dedicated to the well-being of the whole family.

Every year the Four Oaks Middle Cheerleading Team gives household items, soda ring tabs, toys, gifts, money, and food donations to help support the house and the families they serve during the holiday season.


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1/02/14 > WTSB: Corinth Holders Senior Named Delegate For US Senate Youth Program

Corinth Holders High School senior Tanner Glenn has been selected as one of only two students to represent North Carolina as a delegate to the United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP).

The program will be held March 8-15,in Washington, D.C.  Tanner will also receive a one-time $5,000 undergraduate college scholarship with encouragement to pursue coursework in history and political science.

The USSYP was founded in 1962 through Senate Resolution and each year two of the highest-achieving students from each state, the District of Columbia and the Department of Defense Education system overseas are selected through an extremely competitive merit-based selection process held at the state departments of education nationwide.

1/02/14 > WTSB: Powhatan Students Raise $1,200 For Community Food Bank

Powhatan Elementary third grade teachers present a $1,157 check to the Clayton Area Ministries Food Bank. From left are Amanda Dicecco, Robin Hiatt, Bonnie Hunter, Dale Matthews of Clayton Area Ministries, Principal Sharon Johnson, Cassie Windle, Danielle Reichard and Loan Such.

The third grade classes at Powhatan Elementary School recently held a handmade product sale, which raised nearly $1,200 to benefit a community food bank.

The event was held Dec. 16-18, and the handmade items were sold school wide during morning arrival. In addition to the product sale the students had a class penny donation related to their Math unit. 

The total amount raised from the product sale and the penny fundraiser was $1, 157. A check for this amount was presented to Dale Matthews with Clayton Area Ministries to benefit their food bank. The students and staff were very excited to be able to help their community.

1/02/14 > WTSB: Corinth Holders Student Wins Statewide Big Sweep Design Contest

For the second year in a row, a Corinth Holders High School student has won the statewide Big Sweep design contest.

Anna Wagner, a freshman from Corinth Holders High School in Wendell won the 12th Annual Big Sweep statewide design contest. She was recognized for her accomplishment by the Johnston County Board of Education during the board's December meeting.

Wagner was awarded $100 and named the 2014 North Carolina Big Sweep Artist of the Year, which she received because of her creative concept for the 2014 Big Sweep T-shirt and poster.

The contest was open to all North Carolina students in grades kindergarten through 12, and entries poured in from all across the state. Entries were judged on the message, originality, educational value, and attractiveness.

"We received a lot of really creative entries from all across the state this year, but Ms. Wagner's design had the perfect message we were looking for," said Judy Bolin, N.C. Big Sweep president. "Her creative concept was eye catching and inspirational, and could have an impact on volunteerism."

"We are so proud to have this year's winner and to also have two winners in consecutive years." said Susan Woodard, Johnston County Big Sweep coordinator. "Kudos go out to the art teachers who provide this opportunity for their students."

Chase Ferrell, Corinth Holders High School principal, said, "We are thrilled to see Ms. Wagner's concept recognized and hope that the design encourages all of us to be heroes for our great state."

Abby Boykin, Wagner's art teacher, encouraged Wagner to enter the contest, along with her classmates, because she felt the art project could help make a difference and because she had a student, Brenna Ziermann, who won the contest last year.

"Corinth Holders High School is really fortunate to have teachers like Ms. Boykin," Bolin said. "It is teachers like Ms. Boykin who inspire creative thinking and offer opportunities to their students and is the reason why North Carolina has exceptional students."

Big Sweep, an award-winning 501(c) (3) nonprofit whose mission is a litter-free environment, was founded in 1987 as Beach Sweep, a coastal cleanup with 1,000 volunteers. That cleanup expanded inland in 1989, and Beach Sweep was renamed N.C. Big Sweep, the nation's first statewide waterways cleanup.

1/02/14 > WTSB: Smithfield Middle Receives $1,500 Poetry Awareness Grant

Smithfield Middle received a $1,500 poetry awareness grant through the Johnston County Education Foundation. From left are sixth grade teacher Catherine Taylor, media coordinator Suzanne Coates, and eighth grade teacher Joy Valle.

Smithfield Middle School recently received a $1,500 grant for poetry awareness, which will benefit the school's student made literary magazine.

The grant was through the Johnston County Education Foundation, and the funds will help to purchase several items used to publish "The Smithfield Middle School Literary Magazine." The $1500.00 will be spent on a computer station in the art room, poetry texts for the media center, and printing and binding costs for this year's edition.

The grant applicants were art teacher Christina Schaffer and media coordinator Suzanne Coates, and this year's edition of the magazine will feature students, language arts classes, and community partners.

1/02/14 > Clayton News-Star: School leader speaks to Riverwood students
1/02/14 > Clayton News-Star: Honor Roll: Corinth Holders High School
1/02/14 > Clayton News-Star: More science teacher training comes to Johnston County
1/02/14 > Clayton News-Star: School Notes: Dec. 15
1/02/14 > Clayton News-Star: Honor Roll: River Dell Elementary
1/02/14 > Clayton News-Star: Honor Roll: Cleveland Middle
1/02/14 > Clayton News-Star: Corinth Holders student a step closer to scholarship
1/02/14 > Clayton News-Star: McGee’s Middle piloting new website
1/02/14 > Clayton News-Star: Johnston County student wins design contest
1/02/14 > Clayton News-Star: Comets hand out more than two dozen awards
1/02/14 > Clayton News-Star: Corinth Holders honors fall standouts
1/02/14 > Clayton News-Star: Rams recognize their best
1/02/14 > Clayton News-Star: More college offers for local football stars
1/02/14 > Garner-Cleveland Record: School Notes: Dec. 15
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1/02/14 > Garner-Cleveland Record: More college offers for local football stars
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1/02/14 > Smithfield Herald: Corinth Holders student a step closer to scholarship
1/02/14 > Smithfield Herald: Honor Roll: Cleveland High
1/02/14 > Smithfield Herald: Students build prize-winning robot
1/02/14 > Smithfield Herald: School Notes: Dec. 15
1/02/14 > Smithfield Herald: Honor Roll: Four Oaks Elementary
1/02/14 > Smithfield Herald: Honor Roll: Riverwood Elementary
1/02/14 > Smithfield Herald: More science teacher training comes to Johnston County
1/02/14 > Smithfield Herald: Honor Roll: Cleveland Elementary
1/02/14 > Smithfield Herald: Rams recognize their best
1/02/14 > Smithfield Herald: South Johnston hands out its fall sports awards
1/02/14 > Smithfield Herald: Smithfield-Selma honors its fall sports standouts
1/02/14 > Smithfield Herald: Corinth Holders honors fall standouts
1/02/14 > Kenly News: Kindergarteners make ‘Gruffalo’ puppets for story-telling
1/02/14 > Kenly News: 4,641 cans of food given by NJHS students
1/02/14 > Kenly News: NJMS 8th Graders recognized for Compassion
1/02/14 > Kenly News: NJMS 7th Graders recognized for Compassion
1/02/14 > Kenly News: NJMS 6th Graders recognized for Compassion
1/02/14 > Kenly News: North Johnston Middle collects cans by KAM
1/02/14 > Kenly News: North Johnston Panther Club helps sustain athletics
1/02/14 > Kenly News: MPLE students recognized for Perseverance
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1/02/14 > The Selma News: SES 4th graders construct gingerbread houses
1/02/14 > The Selma News: Selma Middle School chorus entertains Selma Elementary
1/02/14 > The Selma News: SES celebrates ‘Dream Big Career Week’
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12/31/13 > JCS Reporter: Powhatan students raise $1,200 for community food bank with handmade items

Powhatan Elementary third grade teachers present a $1,157 check to the Clayton Area Ministries Food Bank. From left are Amanda Dicecco, Robin Hiatt, Bonnie Hunter, Dale Matthews of Clayton Area Ministries, Principal Sharon Johnson, Cassie Windle, Danielle Reichard and Loan Such.

 

The third grade classes at Powhatan Elementary School recently held a handmade product sale which raised nearly $1,200 to benefit a local food bank.

The event was held Dec. 16-18, and the handmade items were sold school wide during morning arrival. In addition to the product sale the students had a class penny donation related to their Math unit. 

The total amount raised from the product sale and the penny fundraiser was $1, 157.  A check for this amount was presented to Dale Matthews with Clayton Area Ministries to benefit their food bank. The students and staff were very excited to be able to help their community.


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12/30/13 > JCS Reporter: West Clayton kids collect 260 toys for children’s hospital

West Clayton Elementary students prepare to donate more than 260 toys to the Wake Med Children's Hospital. From left are Josie Sanders, Grace Molnar, Bryce Harris, Kayla Barrett, Kyle Couillard, Karli Bossman, and James Culpepper.

 

The Student Council at West Clayton Elementary School recently sponsored an extremely successful toy drive to collect toys for the Wake Med Children's Hospital.  

Student Council President James Culpepper sent out a Connect Ed message to the entire school community asking that everyone pull together in order to help make the project a success.  

The student council was overwhelmed with the response from everyone and was able to collect more than 260 toys that were delivered to the children's hospital in time for Christmas.

The West Clayton family would like to extend a huge thank you to everyone for all their hard work in making the toy drive successful. Through this project students were able to learn the joys of giving back to the community and to others.


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12/26/13 > WTSB: Corinth Holders Senior A Candidate For Intermec Scholarship

Corinth Holders senior Anna Howe (left) has been named a candidate for the Intermec Foundation Scholarship. Standing beside her is Principal Chase Ferrell

Corinth Holders High School senior Anna A. Howe has been recognized as a qualifying candidate for the Intermec Foundation Scholarship.

The scholarship is administered through the National Merit Scholarship Corporation and could potentially be worth $2,500 a year over a four-year span.

"Anna is one of the most hard-working and dedicated students at Corinth Holders High School," said school guidance counselor Karen Morrison. "She is most deserving of the nomination for the Intermec Foundation Scholarship. We are most proud to have her represent our school in this competition and wish her the best of luck in the selection process."

The Intermec Foundation Scholarship winners will be named in the Spring of 2014, and the number of recipients varies each year depending on funding.

12/26/13 > WTSB: Meadow Students Honor Veterans With ‘Hero Wall’

Kindergarten and first grade students at Meadow School created a "Hero Wall" to recognize the veterans in their lives. Some of the participating students are pictured here. On the front row (from left) are Jackson Lee, John Bader, Samuel Earp, Maddox Sills, Ella Vanden Berg, Airen Parnell, and Olivia Myers. On the back row are Kaylee Allen, Bennett Wheeler, Deandre Stokes, Mason Denning, Anna Preslee Warren, Scarlett Denning, Kady Ruth Jones, Anna Olive, Holt Langston, and Eva Cate Peterson.

Kindergarten and first grade students at Meadow School recently created a "Hero Wall" to recognize the veterans in their lives, and currently the wall is on display on the school's K-1 Hallway. 

Several classes also made cards and letters to give to local veterans, and in addition to the cards the school hosted a "Give Thanks to the Troops" drive where donations were collected and sent to soldiers overseas.

12/26/13 > WTSB: Dream Big Career Week Held At Selma Elementary

Selma Elementary teachers wear their caps and gowns to raise awareness of the importance of getting an education during the school's "Dream Big Career Week."

Selma Elementary teachers went to great lengths to capture the attention of their students during the school's recent "Dream Big Career Week."

In accordance with N.C. Guidance Clarifying Objectives for career development, Selma Elementary has been helping students understand the relationship among career self-awareness, career goals, and academics. 

To kick off the career awareness week, teachers wore their caps and gowns to school. Wearing the caps and gowns definitely obtained the students' attention and helped teachers emphasize how getting an education is imperative to achieving career success.

12/26/13 > WTSB: Johnston Has Three Title 1 Reward Schools

Three Johnston County Schools have been recognized as Title 1 Reward Schools by the North Carolina Department of Instruction for the 2013-2014 school year.

Benson Elementary, Corinth-Holders Elementary, and Glendale-Kenly Elementary were all honored recently by the Johnston County Board of Education.

The Title I Reward Schools for the 2013-14 school year were selected based on assessment data from the 2011-12 school year and the two previous years. A "reward school" is a Title I school that is considered to be a high-performing school, a high-progress school, and are among the top schools in the state.  

12/26/13 > WTSB: Selma Middle Chorus Performs At Selma Elementary

The Selma Middle School chorus gave a special holiday performance at Selma Elementary School on December 12th in the school's auditorium.

The Selma Middle chorus performed several seasonal pieces including "Silent Night," "Joy to the World," "Hot Chocolate," "We Wish You a Merry Christmas," and the crowd favorite, "Believe."

The performance was conducted by Selma Middle's new choral and band director Paula Coyle, who used the performance as an opportunity to talk to the fifth graders about her school's music program.

Coyle explained to the fifth graders that she hopes to have many of them in band or chorus next year, and she suggested that she will be coming back in the spring for a band concert. She also encouraged the younger students to consider joining the band and chorus program at Selma Middle.

"We would love for this to be a new tradition each year now that Selma Middle has band and chorus," said Selma Elementary Assistant Principal Chamekka Williams.

According to Williams, Selma Elementary's chorus has been busy with holiday performances as well.

The Selma Elementary chorus performed a variety of songs during the school's December PTA meeting. Conducted by Jeannie Barnes, the chorus sang songs like "O Come Little Children," "Child of Kwanza," "Naughty or Nice," "Peace I Leave with You," and "Santa Needs a Vacation." The PTA concert has been an annual tradition for the past 22 years.  

The elementary chorus also went "on tour" Wednesday, Dec. 11 to several local places including the Selma Public Library, Senior Citizen's Center, Unity House, and Smithfield nursing homes. The chorus will also be giving another performance in the spring for PTA.

12/26/13 > WTSB: Princeton HOSA Assists At Cancer Survivor Luncheon

Princeton High HOSA members help serve food during a cancer survivor luncheon held at the Johnston Medical Mall in Smithfield.

Princeton High School had nearly two dozen HOSA members to help serve food at a luncheon for cancer survivors at the Johnston Medical Mall in Smithfield.
 
The event took place on December 7th and was sponsored by the Johnston Cancer Center. It celebrated patients who have survived cancer this year. 240 survivors attended.
Princeton HOSA members who attended the event were Alondra Arias, Altheia Balageo, Darbey Durning, Gabie Long, Kelcie Thomas, Kathryn Hewett, Dawn Fader, Summer Pope, Moesha Lockamy, Jenny Mills, Korynn Dove, Carrie Woodard, Madison Gammon, Taylor Carroll, Presley Whitley, Jenna Woodard, Alex Pearce, and Hailey Phillips

12/26/13 > WTSB: Four Oaks Kids Uncover Hidden Clues As ‘Reading Investigative Specialists’

Sergeant Toni Alford sites the "Reading Investigators Oath" to Four Oaks Elementary students in Wanda Lee's fourth grade class. From left are Matthew Thompson, Annah Kate Smith, Erica Sumner, Diego Uribe, Sergeant Toni Alford, McKinley Devlin, Henry Rice, Megan Jones, Mackenzie Coats, Madison Lee, and Assistant Principal Erica Norris.

Four Oaks Elementary fourth grade teacher, Ms. Wanda Lee, is doing a special thing with her reading classes the year.

Her students are becoming Reading Investigative Specialists (RIS). To add to the fun of new endeavor, they are wearing hats or caps in her class to look like real investigators.

The students are also wearing camouflage on Fridays because they know that often information in a passage is hidden or camouflaged, and they have to dig deep to find it.

One of the most memorable events the students participated in was when the class was visited by Sergeant Toni Alford with the Johnston County Sheriff's Department. Sgt. Alford came and presented the students with "Official RIS Badges."

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12/26/13 > WTSB: Second SSS Student Named Semifinalist For Coca-Cola Scholarship

Smithfield-Selma High School is officially the home of two of the nation's semifinalists in the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation application competition.

Taylor Leposa is the second Smithfield-Selma High School student to be named a semifinalist this year - the first was Lily Faulconer - in the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation application competition. Out of 100,000 applications, Miss Leposa is one of only 2,000 students selected nationwide as a semifinalist.

The Coca-Cola Scholars Program Scholarship is an achievement-based scholarship awarded to graduating high school seniors each year. Students are recognized for their capacity to lead and serve, and their commitment to making a significant impact on their schools and communities.

The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation supports more than 1,400 college students each year, with annual scholarships of $3.4 million through two nationally recognized programs on behalf of the Coca-Cola System. Scholarship recipients typically excel academically and in service to others. Most Coca-Cola Scholars share a passion for social justice and many have overcome tremendous challenges to pursue their dreams.

(Caption) Smithfield-Selma High's Taylor Leposa has been named a semifinalist for the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation Scholarship.

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12/26/13 > WTSB: Benson 3rd Grader Wins National School Lunch Contest

Benson Elementary third grader Lilly McLamb (front) is the winner of the school's National School Lunch Week contest. Standing behind her (from left) are Adrienne Riley, Joyce Rojas, Fern Frebrenik, Principal Deborah Johnson, and cafeteria manager Mitzie Mitchell.

Lilly McLamb, a third grader at Benson Elementary, has been selected as the winner of the school's National School Lunch Week coloring contest.

She competed against students throughout the school to complete a school lunch themed activity book. McLamb is a student in Mrs. Amber Parker's class, and her victory earned her a delicious ice cream prize.

12/26/13 > WTSB: Second Graders Send Care Packages To Afghanistan

Second grade students at Four Oaks Elementary recently collected care package items and food items to send to nine soldiers serving in Afghanistan.

The seventeen boxes they collected will arrive in Afghanistan just in time for Christmas, and the students hope their efforts will provide items badly needed by the soldiers and brighten their holiday.

The care packages contained several food items, toiletries, batteries, books, magazines, and personal gifts. The students also made Christmas cards for the soldiers that were included in the packages.  

The Four Oaks American Legion Auxiliary 346 paid for the shipping.  

The second grade teachers involved in this project were:  Kim McLamb, Amanda Hedrick, Lauren Strickland, Paula Parker, Katherine Carroll, Beth Armstrong, Amanda Lee, Joy Thorne, and Taylor White.  The assistants were Latonya Ingram, Jennifer Gales, Suzanne Godwin, and Danah Wheeler. 

12/26/13 > WTSB: Teacher Assistants Help With Angel Tree Program

(Top photo) L to R: (Front Row)Jamie Sanders, Kimberly Legath, Bonnie Foxx, Chris Brown, Latonya Eason, Yvette Truman, Joann Barnes Middle Row: Amy Keith, Judy Brinkley, Jackie Watson, Wanda Wheeler. Back Row: Fred McClamb, Chester Sanders, Tony Harris and Nathalia Parrish

(Lower left Photo) Lauryn Estep, a 2nd grade student at Cleveland Elementary, helped deliver presents for the Angel Tree Project to the Department o-f Social Services.

The Johnston County Association of Teacher Assistants (JCATA) partnered with the Department of Social Services (DSS) for the 2013 Angel Tree project. In order to help those who are less fortunate, JCATA supported more than 20 families in the Johnston County area.  

Johnston County Teacher Assistants dropped off presents at DSS on Wednesday with DSS workers there to assist with the drop off and the deliveries.

The Johnston County Association of Teacher Assistants has been participating in the Angel Tree project for over 6 years. This year 12 schools participated.



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12/26/13 > WTSB: Parrish Named Clayton Chamber Super Star Teacher

From Left to Right: Sara Perricone, Clayton Chamber; Laura Nelson, First Federal Bank, Lee Ann Parrish, Super Star Teacher;  Phil Lee, Principal Riverwood Middle School;  Kim Loftin, First Federal Bank; Martha Stovall, Chamber Ambassador; Donna White, Johnston County School Board;  Julie Belanger, Chamber Education Committee 

The Clayton Chamber of Commerce has recognized Lee Ann Parrish as our SUPER STAR Teacher of the month for December.  SUPER STAR teachers demonstrate excellence and leadership in their classroom, creativity and motivation of their students and show a high level of commitment to our community.

Parrish is the AVID coordinator for Riverwood Middle and motivates her students with unique opportunities such as scheduling motivational speakers, developing college and career goal setting, and organizational skill development.  She focuses on producing civic minded students through a canned food drive and with various community problem solving activities. She serves on the school improvement team, the county AVID team, and as a mentor to 4 beginning teachers.

12/26/13 > WTSB: 8 Teachers Receive Combined $20,000 In Bright Ideas Grants

Eight Johnston County educators received Wake Electric Bright Ideas education grants. From left are Fred Keller, manager of member and energy services of Wake Electric, Sherrie Mallory from Powhatan Elementary,  Captain James C. Whitaker from Smithfield-Selma High School, Stephanie Caviness from Wilson's Mills Elementary School, Carmen Young from Wilson's Mills Elementary School, Jeanne Beasley from Powhatan Elementary School and Phil Price, chief operating officer and assistant general manager of Wake Electric. Not pictured are Michael Butler from Clayton Middle School, Chad E. Holloman from Corinth Holders High School, Christy Gandy from North Johnston High School and Douglas Pawlak from Riverwood Middle School.

Eight teachers from the Johnston County school district received nearly $20,000 worth of grants from Wake Electric's Bright Ideas education grant program.

The recipients were among the 150 educators honored at the 11th Annual Touchstone Energy Bright Ideas education grant awards luncheon, sponsored by Wake Electric, at the Dail Club at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh.

Johnston County School recipients are Michael Butler - Clayton Middle School - $2,100.00, Chad Holloman - Corinth Holders High School - $2,998.40, Christy Gandy - North Johnston High School - $3,000.00, Sherrie Mallory - Powhatan Elementary School - $2,971.60, Jeanne Beasley - Powhatan Elementary School - $816.40, Douglas Pawlak - Riverwood Middle School - $2,940.00, James C. Whitaker - Smithfield-Selma High School - $1,876.00, and Stephanie Caviness & Carmen Young - Wilson's Mills Elementary School - $2,624.05.

The luncheon was part of a month-long Bright Ideas celebration. North Carolina's Touchstone Energy cooperatives will award close to $600,000 in Bright Ideas education grants to deserving teachers across the state. Since the program began in 1994, North Carolina's electric cooperatives have provided more than $8.5 million for 8,300 projects in subjects ranging from mathematics to the arts. More than 1.5 million students statewide have participated in visionary classroom projects funded by Bright Ideas grants. Wake Electric's Bright Ideas grant program alone has awarded more than $678,900 to area educators since 1994.

The Bright Ideas education grant program is an example of North Carolina's Touchstone Energy cooperatives' commitment to community. Wake Electric, based in Wake Forest, is a non-profit electric utility serving over 37,000 members in parts of Franklin, Durham, Granville, Johnston, Vance, Nash, and Wake counties.

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12/26/13 > WTSB: Caterpillar Selects 12 Students For Apprenticeship Program

Twelve Johnston County high school students have been selected to participate in Caterpillar's Apprenticeship program.

The Caterpillar Assembly Pre-Apprenticeship program is a year-and-a-half program that prepares students for employment at the Clayton Caterpillar plant.

The students will take manufacturing and related classes three days a week during their junior year spring semester at Johnston Community College. 

They will work and train at Caterpillar during the summer and leading into their senior year.

Caterpillar will compensate the students for their time spent working at Caterpillar during the summer, 28 hours per week, leading to their senior year and 16 hours per week during their senior year.

At the completion of the program, successful graduates will have earned an Assembly Pre-Apprentice Certificate from JCC, a certificate from the state Department of Labor and will have completed 640 hours of Caterpillar specific on-the-job training.

The 2014 Caterpillar Apprenticeship Students are: Hunter Finsel and Daniel Motley, Clayton High School; Adam Brooks, Daniel Hogue and Luke Pearson, Corinth-Holders High School; Justin Godwin, Evan Gronedyke and Kaylem Jones, North Johnston High School; and Dennis Allen, Holden Blackmon, Tyler Daniel and Chase Dudley, South Johnston High School.

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12/26/13 > WTSB: Two Appointed To Governor’s Safe Schools Task Force

Johnston County Board of Education member Donna White (left) and Corinth Holders junior Luke Stancil (center) were both selected to serve on Governor Pat McCrory's Task Force on Safer Schools. Beside them is N.C. Senator Buck Newton.

Johnston County Board of Education member Donna White and Corinth Holders High School junior Luke Stancil have both been appointed to serve on the Governor Pat McCrory's Task Force on Safer Schools.

Both White and Stancil were recognized during Tuesday's Johnston County Board of Education meeting for their appointment to the task force.

Governor McCrory announced the appointments to his Task Force on Safer Schools in November. The group ranges from students and teachers to elected officials, lawyers and law enforcement from across the state. The task force will provide guidance to the Center for Safer Schools and consider future policy and legislative action that is needed to improve school safety in North Carolina.  Each term length is two years.

"School safety is a top priority of my administration," said Governor McCrory. "One of my first actions after taking office was tasking the Department of Public Safety with developing a comprehensive plan to make our schools safer for students, parents, teachers and administrators. I am pleased to announce a very diverse, talented and functional task force that will provide guidance and sound advice that is needed to improve school safety in North Carolina."

White is a registered nurse with the Department of Health and Human Services. She has served as the president and on the board of directors for the Johnston County Nurse Association. She is currently completing her second term on the Johnston County Board of Education. White attended Watts Hospital School of Nursing.

Stancil is an 11th grade student at Corinth Holders High School in Wendell. He is also the vice president of the student body and chairman of the Education Committee in the NC Youth Legislature.

12/26/13 > WTSB: SSS National Champions Praised By Board Of Education

SSS Spartan Regiment members pictures on the front row (from left) are Emma Szczesiul - Flute Soloist, Kayla Urban - Drum Major, Katy Hinton - Drum Major, Damesia McLean - Colorguard Soloist, Faith Howell - Colorguard Soloist. On the back row are Draper Stallings - Brass Captain, Prince Jackson - Percussion Captain, Keith Williams - Brass Captain, Callie Britt - Alto Sax, and Hanna Poole - Clarinet.

The Smithfield-Selma High School Spartan Regiment was recognized by the Johnston County Board of Education on Dec. 10, for bringing home a national title from the US Bands National Championships in New Jersey.

Several members of the Spartan Regiment attended the December board meeting, serving as representatives of the band and the school.

The Spartan Regiment competed last month at the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ and was crowned the IV-A Open National Champion after competing against 11 other schools from Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Georgia.  

The Spartan Regiment scored a 96.875 and took the category awards for Best Music, Best Effect and Best Visual. The 96.875 score by the Spartan Regiment was the highest score of all 101 competing bands. 

"It was awesome," said Sousaphone player Bryant Jimenez. "I got emotional and even started crying."

Trumpet player Keith Williams added, "It was like a big family moment." 

Alto Saxes player Frankie Guo said the competition was unlike anything he had ever participated in. 

"It was a very unique experience," said Guo. "I'm so grateful for all those who supported us, including the band staff, ROTC, parents, and student body."

Spartan Band Director Brian Jones and Percussion Instructor Leighanne Deans both said how thankful they are for the support shown to the Smithfield-Selma High School band program and how extremely fortunate and thankful they are for the administration, community, and student involvement. 

"The students have worked extremely hard this season," said Mr. Jones. "We had our largest senior class graduate last year, so out of the 102 students who performed, almost half were rookies.  They've gotten better each week and have done everything the staff has asked of them.  It was also great for me to watch the staffs' reactions.  To share this experience meant a lot to me."

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12/26/13 > WTSB: Johnston Schools Participating In $30 Million Project

Johnston County Schools will participate in a $30 million science project with the National Research Council and North Carolina Science, Mathematics and Technology Education Center.

SMT President and CEO Sam Houston (pictured) told SchoolSuperintendent Ed Croom and the Johnston County School Board this week that more than half of the North Carolina teachers who are participating in the study are from Johnston County.

The percentage was so large that the National Research Center moved its summer training site to Johnston County.

Johnston County is the largest of seven North Carolina school districts that will join school districts in three other states to study the effectiveness of the LASER Model.

Dr. Houston said, "This work will hopefully lead to a design for other states across the nation to comfortably implement the new standards.  Johnston County Schools will be leading the way."

LASER stands for the Leadership Assistance for Science Education Reform program.

Teachers from Four Oaks Elementary School and Smithfield Middle School will receive training in June of 2014 on the newly developed Next Generation Science curriculum along with training on the implementation of the science kits.

These two schools were selected based on Johnston County Schools' current implementation of the i3 LASER Grant Partnership with the Smithsonian Science Education Center and the North Carolina Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education Center.

The teachers from these two schools will go through professional develop in order to use these kits during the 2014-2015 school year.

In return, these teachers will offer pedagogy consultation to the Smithsonian Science Education Center on how professional development should be offered to other teachers on the Next Generation Science Standards.

Through this partnership, the Smithsonian Science Education Center will be providing all of the materials and staff development for this endeavor along with hands-on consultation as Four Oaks Elementary School and Smithfield Middle School implement these kits in their classroom.

Johnston County Schools and their community and business partners will join in a process of leadership development, aimed at building long-term capacity for promoting excellence in science instruction in every local elementary and middle school.

The initial commitment is for five years.

Schools selected to take part in the study will receive classroom sets of the Science and Technology Concepts (STC) curriculum, worth approximately $100 per student, and up to 90 hours of contextualized professional development for all teachers of science.

District leaders and principals at selected schools will also take part in leadership and strategic planning sessions.

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12/20/13 > JCS Reporter: River Dell family shows off holiday spirit

The River Dell Elementary family went all out to show their holiday spirit on Wednesday, Dec. 18, as part of a schoolwide team building activity.

 

The faculty and staff at River Dell Elementary joined together in holiday spirit this week as the entire school dressed in holiday apparel.

The holiday spirit apparel day was held on Wednesday, Dec. 18, and the event really proved to be a morale boost for everyone involved.

The school was filled with fun and laughter, and the activity was something the faculty and staff could easily participate in during the school day.

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12/20/13 > JCS Reporter: Four Oaks students send care packages to Afghanistan

Students from the nine second grade classes at Four Oaks Elementary pose with the care packages they sent to soldiers serving in Afghanistan. On the back row (from left) are Caleb Snead, Austin Creech, Edgar Raymurdo Esteban, CJ Eltz, and Cody Ennis. On the front row are Drew Stewart, Katie Lee, Emily Coyt, and Madisyn Barbour.

 

Second grade students at Four Oaks Elementary collected care package items and food items to send to nine soldiers serving in Afghanistan.  

The seventeen boxes they collected will arrive in Afghanistan just in time for Christmas, and the students hope their efforts will provide items badly needed by the soldiers and brighten their holiday.

The care packages contained several food items, toiletries, batteries, books, magazines, and personal gifts.  The students also made Christmas cards for the soldiers that were included in the packages.  

The shipping was paid for by the Four Oaks American Legion Auxiliary 346.  The second grade teachers involved in this project were:  Kim McLamb, Amanda Hedrick, Lauren Strickland, Paula Parker, Katherine Carroll, Beth Armstrong, Amanda Lee, Joy Thorne, and Taylor White.  The assistants were Latonya Ingram, Jennifer Gales, Suzanne Godwin, and Danah Wheeler.


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12/20/13 > JCS Reporter: Teacher assistant organization helps provide gifts to children

Lauryn Estep, a second grade student at Cleveland Elementary, helped deliver presents for the Angel Tree Project to the Department of Social Services.

 

The Johnston County Association of Teacher Assistants (JCATA) partnered with the Department of Social Services for the 2013 Angel Tree project, which has helped support more than 20 families this holiday season.

In order to help those who are less fortunate, the Johnston County Teacher Assistants dropped off presents at the Department of Social Services (DSS) on Wednesday, Dec. 18 with DSS workers there to assist with the drop off and the deliveries.

The Johnston County Association of Teacher Assistants has been participating in the Angel Tree project for more than six years and this year 12 schools participated.


Members of the Johnston County Association of Teacher Assistants and the Department of Social Services stand with several gifts from the 2013 Angel Tree project. On the front row (from left) are Jamie Sanders, Kimberly Legath, Bonnie Foxx, Chris Brown, Latonya Eason, Yvette Truman, and Joann Barnes. On the middle row are Amy Keith, Judy Brinkley, Jackie Watson, and Wanda Wheeler. On the back row are Fred McClamb, Chester Sanders, Tony Harris, and Nathalia Parrish.


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12/20/13 > JCS Reporter: SJHS baseball players raise $3,400 for 'Toys for Tots'

Baseball players at South Johnston High School helped raise nearly $3,400 for the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve "Toys for Tots" program.

 

This holiday season, for the ninth year in a row, returning and prospective baseball players at South Johnston High School took part in a community service project where they raised nearly $3,400 for the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve "Toys for Tots" program.

The players raffled off a $100 Wal-Mart gift card with 100 percent of the proceeds going to the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots.  The baseball program at South Johnston High School received no money from this project, but the players involved reaped plenty of benefits.  

In all, the players raised $3186 in ticket sales. Jerry Durham of Four Oaks won the drawing for this year's $100 gift card and donated it back to the program to buy more toys.  High salesmen for the Trojans were Kevin Honeycutt selling 471 tickets and Colby Jones selling 323 tickets to this year's raffle.

"It was great to see that people were still willing to give their support even in today's economic climate," said South Johnston head baseball coach Keith Durham.

The players concluded the project on Saturday, Dec. 14 by traveling to Wal-Mart in Smithfield where they actually did the shopping for the toys. The Trojan baseball teams had purchased 484 toys valued at $3358.93 that will certainly brighten Christmas morning for many children.  

According to Durham, the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve had representatives on site Saturday morning. Mr. Calvin Spradlin USMC-Retired met the team at Wal-Mart on Saturday to receive the toys for Toys for Tots and get them headed to the hands of children on Christmas morning.  

"It was a wonderful experience for everyone involved, and it was great to see our young people working so hard for a worthy cause with no thought of reward," said Durham. "It is our hope that this project will help make the holidays a little bit brighter for some children that might not have had much to look forward to on Christmas morning."

One of the goals of the South Johnston Athletic Department is to help student-athletes see the community and world around them, and to help them to understand that they have a responsibility to be a positive force in the lives of other people.  This project is one of the ways South Johnston encourages student-athletes to give back to their community.  

Over the past nine years, the Trojan Baseball program has raised $28,478.21 to buy 4,046 toys to help make Christmas a more joyous time of year for less fortunate children.  

"This is our ninth year of this annual project, and we are very grateful that the Marine Corps Reserve, Wal-Mart, South Johnston High School, and the community work with us in making this project a success," said Durham. "If it were not for the individuals and businesses that purchase tickets every year, we could not be a part of this wonderful cause.  Thank you and Merry Christmas to all."


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12/17/13 > JCS Reporter: Students recognized for showing compassion

Students demonstrating the December Character Education Trait of "Compassion" (from left) on the front row are Maya Anderson-Badillo, Trey Robinson, and Erika Pareja Garcia. On the back row are Esmeralda Trejo, Anna Hughes, and Malik Piersaul.

 

Character Education is a priority in the Johnston County Schools.  Through a variety of means, schools in the district promote character education through rewards, bulletin boards, presentations, and interactive lessons.  

The Character Education trait for December is "Compassion" which means treating others as you would like to be treated.

Each month the Board of Education recognizes students who have demonstrated good character. 

Below is the listing of students who were recognized with introductory comments:


Benson Middle School
Sheila Singleton, Principal
8th grade student - Erika Pareja Garcia
Parents - Juan Carlos Pareja Ponce and Maria Antonia Garcia Olivares

Erika is truly deserving of this award based on a recent incident.  For the months of November and December, Benson Middle BETA Club members were asked to donate non-perishable food items for the Benson Community Food Bank.  To promote this project, Erika's homeroom teacher stressed the importance of helping those in need.

One morning, Erika came into homeroom with a grocery bag full of canned goods, gave them to her homeroom teacher, and said, "I want to donate this food to the Benson Community Food Bank."  Immediately, some of her classmates reminded Erika that she is not a member of the BETA club. In her demure and pleasant voice, Erika politely informed her classmates that she realized she was not in BETA.  However, she felt that no one should go without basic necessities, like food, and she and her family wanted to do what they can to help anyone in the community that may be hungry or doing without.  Since that day, Erika and her family have continued to donate several bags of goods to the Benson Community Food Bank.

When asked her motivation for donating to the food bank she said that she just wants to help people less fortunate. This is why Erika is worthy to represent the character trait of compassion.  


Clayton High School
Clint Eaves, Principal
12th grade student - Anna Hughes
Parents - Thomas and Ellen Hughes 

When meeting Anna, people see a wonderful person with strong morals and ethics. She lives her beliefs through the decisions she makes, the way she interacts with class and teammates every day. 

Perhaps the most telling example of her strong character, penchant for service, and ability to lead is her Graduation Project Product. During a week-long mission trip to Haiti, Anna quickly realized that many Haitians live, cook, and bathe with unclean water. Most teenagers would feel badly about their situation and try to do whatever they could to help while they were there.  But Anna is not most teenagers. She saw a desperate need and decided to fill that need herself, without waiting for an adult to tell her how, Anna determined the cost of a fresh-water well and began organizing fundraisers. After almost a year, Anna has organized and held several bake sales and two Run for Haiti events. Her efforts have raised $11,000 - enough for two fresh-water wells in Haiti, but Anna is not done.  She will continue to work until she has solved all of Haiti's problems or until she no longer can.

Her career goal is, not surprisingly, to become a pediatrician and lead medical missions in third-world countries. Her desire to learn, character and communication skills will make her a valuable member of any team.


Clayton Middle School
Stephen Baker, Principal
8th grade student - Malik Piersaul
Grandparents - Richard Piersaul and Virginia Watkins

Malik regularly volunteers in our Life Skills Classroom by helping students on and off the bus, as well as helping them get organized for their day.  Some just need a hand making their way into the building, while others require a wheelchair. Malik brings a smile to their face, yet he admits they do as much for him as he does for them. These are just a few of the reasons that Clayton Middle School is proud to have Malik as our "Compassion" character trait representative.


Cleveland Elementary School
Maureen Hanahue, Principal
5th grade student - Trey Robinson
Parents - Ronald and Heather Robinson 

Trey Robinson is our "Compassion" character trait representative. He is a wonderful young man who puts the wellbeing of others above his own. It does not matter who you are, how you treat him, or what you have done, Trey always offers a helping hand, and we are very excited to have him represent our school.


Cleveland High School
Anne Meredith, Principal
12th grade student - Esmeralda Trejo
Father - Alfredo Trejo

After being in the U.S. for four years and knowing limited English, Esmeralda has blossomed into a dedicated student and a very confident young lady. Esmeralda is now a senior and is helping so many of the new students feel welcome at Cleveland High School. She has taken a true leadership role with English Language Learners and helps them with their school work. She often speaks up for these students when they cannot speak for themselves. She also offered to help students financially on our field trip to the state fair, out of concern that they could not afford to go. 

In addition, she works at a local restaurant from 3-10 p.m. every day, yet she manages to come to school the next day with a positive and fun attitude that she shares with us. She will most likely not appreciate this nomination because she does not like to be recognized for anything, but she truly does good from her heart. Cleveland High faculty and staff are proud of Esmeralda.


Cleveland Middle School
Ken Byrd, Principal
8th grade student - Maya Anderson-Badillo
Parents - Dawn Anderson

Maya Anderson is a student who takes pride in her school work and works hard on the volleyball court.  Plato once said, "Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle," and I believe Maya exhibits this to a "T." She is always willing to help her classmates in any way possible. She has a very calm and comforting demeanor about her.  

Her volleyball teammates refer to her as "mama bear" because she is always there to keep the team together and encourages her teammates when they get down. As captain of the team she went above and beyond what was expected and helped her teammates do the same. Maya is also a part of our school's anti-bullying group and peer mediation group.  She truly cares about her classmates and is always there to lend a helping hand. Maya is a team leader both in and out of the classroom, and we are proud to have her as our "Compassion" character trait representative.


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12/17/13 > JCS Reporter: Eight JCS teachers receive $20,000 in grants

Johnston County educators receiving Wake Electric Bright Ideas education grants (from left) are Sherrie Mallory, Powhatan Elementary; Captain James C. Whitaker, Smithfield-Selma High; Stephanie Caviness, Wilson's Mills Elementary; Carmen Young (team member), Wilson's Mills Elementary; and Jeanne Beasley, Powhatan Elementary. Not pictured are Michael Butler, Clayton Middle; Chad Holloman, Corinth Holders High; Christy Gandy, North Johnston High; and Douglas Pawlak, Riverwood Middle.

 

Eight teachers from the Johnston County school district received nearly $20,000 worth of grants from Wake Electric's Bright Ideas education grant program. 

The recipients were among the 150 educators honored at the 11th Annual Touchstone Energy Bright Ideas education grant awards luncheon, sponsored by Wake Electric, at the Dail Club at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh. 

Johnston County School grant recipients are:

  • Michael Butler - Clayton Middle - $2,100
  • Chad Holloman - Corinth Holders High - $2,998
  • Christy Gandy - North Johnston High - $3,000
  • Sherrie Mallory - Powhatan Elementary - $2,972
  • Jeanne Beasley - Powhatan Elementary - $816.40
  • Douglas Pawlak - Riverwood Middle - $2,940
  • James C. Whitaker - Smithfield-Selma High - $1,876
  • Stephanie Caviness & Carmen Young (team member) - Wilson's Mills Elementary - $2,624.
  • The luncheon was part of a month-long Bright Ideas celebration. North Carolina's Touchstone Energy cooperatives will award close to $600,000 in Bright Ideas education grants to deserving teachers across the state. Since the program began in 1994, North Carolina's electric cooperatives have provided more than $8.5 million for 8,300 projects in subjects ranging from mathematics to the arts. More than 1.5 million students statewide have participated in visionary classroom projects funded by Bright Ideas grants. Wake Electric's Bright Ideas grant program alone has awarded more than $678,900 to area educators since 1994.

    The Bright Ideas education grant program is an example of North Carolina's Touchstone Energy cooperatives' commitment to community. Wake Electric, based in Wake Forest, is a non-profit electric utility serving over 37,000 members in parts of Franklin, Durham, Granville, Johnston, Vance, Nash, and Wake counties. 



    2013 JOHNSTON COUNTY BRIGHT IDEAS EDUCATION GRANT WINNERS
    SPONSORED BY WAKE ELECTRIC: 

    Grant Winner

    Project Title

    School

    Grant Amount

    Michael Butler

    Enhancing Financial Literacy using The Stock Market Game

    Clayton Middle School

    $2,100.00

    Chad E. Holloman

    Agriculture Exploration - Local and Global Agriculture Importance

    Corinth Holders High School

    $2,998.40

    Christy Gandy

    Using Molecular Genetics Today's World

    North Johnston High School

    $3,000.00

    Sherrie Mallory

    Stock Market Savvy

    Powhatan Elementary School

    $2,971.60

    Jeanne Beasley

    Motion Mania

    Powhatan Elementary School

    $816.40

    Douglas Pawlak

    Discover Your DNA Ancestry

    Riverwood Middle School

    $2,940.00

    James C. Whitaker

    Sea Perch

    Smithfield-Selma High School

    $1,876.00

    Stephanie Caviness and Carmen Young (team member)

    iScience Investigation Stations

    Wilson's Mills Elementary School

    $2,624.05



     


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    12/17/13 > JCS Reporter: Clayton 'Super Star' teacher recognized by chamber

    Lee Ann Parrish has been named a Super Star teacher. From left are Sara Perricone, Clayton Chamber; Laura Nelson, First Federal Bank; Lee Ann Parrish, Super Star Teacher; Phil Lee, Principal of Riverwood Middle School; Kim Loftin, First Federal Bank; Martha Stovall, Chamber Ambassador; Donna White, Johnston County School Board; and Julie Belanger, Chamber Education Committee.

     

    The Clayton Chamber of Commerce has recognized Lee Ann Parrish as its Super Star Teacher of the Month for December. Super Star teachers demonstrate excellence and leadership in their classroom, creativity and motivation of their students and show a high level of commitment to our community.

    Ms. Parrish is the AVID coordinator for Riverwood Middle, and she motivates her students with unique opportunities such as scheduling motivational speakers, developing college and career goal setting, and organizational skill development.  She focuses on producing civic minded students through a canned food drive and with various community problem solving activities. 

    She also serves on the school improvement team, the county AVID team, and as a mentor to four beginning teachers. 

    The Clayton Chamber of Commerce congratulates Ms. Parrish and thanks her for her service to the students and the community.

    As a Super Star teacher Ms. Parrish received a "Super Star Classroom Goodie Bag," which is sponsored this month by First Federal Bank.



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    12/13/13 > JCS Reporter: JCS sees two appointed to governor’s safety task force

    Johnston County Board of Education member Donna White (left) and Corinth Holders junior Luke Stancil (center) were both selected to serve on Governor Pat McCrory's Task Force on Safer Schools. Beside them is N.C. Senator Buck Newton.

     

    Johnston County Board of Education member Donna White and Corinth Holders High School junior Luke Stancil have both been appointed to serve on the Governor Pat McCrory's Task Force on Safer Schools.

    Both White and Stancil were recognized during the Dec. 10 Johnston County Board of Education meeting for their appointment to the task force.

    Governor McCrory announced the appointments to his Task Force on Safer Schools in November. The group ranges from students and teachers to elected officials, lawyers and law enforcement from across the state.

    The task force will provide guidance to the Center for Safer Schools and consider future policy and legislative action that is needed to improve school safety in North Carolina.  Each term length is two years.

    "School safety is a top priority of my administration," said Governor McCrory. "One of my first actions after taking office was tasking the Department of Public Safety with developing a comprehensive plan to make our schools safer for students, parents, teachers and administrators. I am pleased to announce a very diverse, talented and functional task force that will provide guidance and sound advice that is needed to improve school safety in North Carolina."

    White is a registered nurse with the Department of Health and Human Services. She has served as the president and on the board of directors for the Johnston County Nurse Association. She is currently completing her second term on the Johnston County Board of Education. White attended Watts Hospital School of Nursing.

    Stancil is an 11th grade student at Corinth Holders High School in Wendell. He is also the vice president of the student body and chairman of the Education Committee in the NC Youth Legislature.


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    12/12/13 > JCS Reporter: Corinth freshman wins statewide logo design contest

    Corinth Holders High School freshman art student Anna Wagner designed the winning logo in the 12th Annual Big Sweep statewide design contest, earning her the title of the 2014 North Carolina Big Sweep Artist of the Year.

     

    For the second year in a row, a Corinth Holders High School student has won the statewide Big Sweep design contest.

    Anna Wagner, a freshman from Corinth Holders High School in Wendell won the 12th Annual Big Sweep statewide design contest. She was recognized for her accomplishment by the Johnston County Board of Education during the board's December meeting.

    Wagner was awarded $100 and named the 2014 North Carolina Big Sweep Artist of the Year, which she received because of her creative concept for the 2014 Big Sweep T-shirt and poster.

    The contest was open to all North Carolina students in grades kindergarten through 12, and entries poured in from all across the state. Entries were judged on the message, originality, educational value, and attractiveness.

    "We received a lot of really creative entries from all across the state this year, but Ms. Wagner's design had the perfect message we were looking for," said Judy Bolin, N.C. Big Sweep president. "Her creative concept was eye catching and inspirational, and could have an impact on volunteerism."

    "One of our goals in this contest was to get the students to think about litter and to get people to volunteer in cleanups. Ms. Wagner came up with a very creative way to express it," Bolin said. "Her design graphically shows what North Carolina Big Sweep is all about."

    "We are so proud to have this year's winner and to also have two winners in consecutive years." said Susan Woodard, Johnston County Big Sweep coordinator. "Kudos go out to the art teachers who provide this opportunity for their students."

    Chase Ferrell, Corinth Holders High School principal, said, "We are thrilled to see Ms. Wagner's concept recognized and hope that the design encourages all of us to be heroes for our great state." 

    Abby Boykin, Wagner's art teacher, encouraged Wagner to enter the contest, along with her classmates, because she felt the art project could help make a difference and because she had a student, Brenna Ziermann, who won the contest last year.

    "Corinth Holders High School is really fortunate to have teachers like Ms. Boykin," Bolin said. "It is teachers like Ms. Boykin who inspire creative thinking and offer opportunities to their students and is the reason why North Carolina has exceptional students."

    Big Sweep, an award-winning 501(c) (3) nonprofit whose mission is a litter-free environment, was founded

    in 1987 as Beach Sweep, a coastal cleanup with 1,000 volunteers. That cleanup expanded inland in 1989, and Beach Sweep was renamed N.C. Big Sweep, the nation's first statewide waterways cleanup. 

    More than 350,000 Big Sweep volunteers have retrieved almost 11.5 million pounds of debris from North Carolina's environment since it was founded in 1987. That's the equivalent of more than 27,000 football fields, five feet deep of trash.

    These cleanups are important because litter can last hundreds of years in the environment. Before it decomposes, litter can hurt the economy. Businesses refuse to locate to an area if it is too trashy. Tourists will not linger in trashy areas, they won't spend money, and they won't return with their friends. 

    Litter is also a human health hazard, when it contaminates our water supply as it decomposes. It's deadly to wildlife that eat or become entangled in litter, and once entangled, wildlife often attract other wildlife to the same hazard.

    For more information on Big Sweep visit www.ncbigsweep.org.
     








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