Nakina Middle Transition Workshop
Nakina Middle School 6th grade teachers Velvet Hardwick,
Amanda Edwards, Tammy Cribb, and Principal Richard Gore hosted a Getting
Ready for Middle School Transitioning Workshop for 5th graders and their
parents from Guideway and Old Dock Elementary Schools. The workshop was
geared towards helping the students and parents transition from elementary
to middle school.After the workshop the future Mustangs and their parents
toured the school and got a chance to talk with the teachers.
ECHS Rocame Robot
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Recently, the ROCAME robotics
team from East Columbus High School demonstrated the "Jugga-Bot 2"
robot to math and science classes of Mr. Sellers, Mrs. Stephens, and
Mr. Jernigan. The team shared with their peers how they felt about
their roles in planning, building, programming, keeping an
engineers' notebook, information board, and experience being on the
robotics team. The team also held a mini competition to allow
students to experience operating the robot. A robotic "Hexbug" was
given to the winners.
Wins Poster Contest
Omar Nunez, Guideway Elementary 5th grade
student, won the Guardian ad Litem Child Abuse Poster Contest. He was
honored at a reception held at the NC Museum of Forestry in Whiteville. Omar
received a $25.00 gift card to Wal-Mart, as well as a live Venus Fly Trap.
West Columbus Band in Azalea Parade
Columbus High School Marching Band, directed by George Nickerson,
marched in the NC Azalea Festival Parade April 13, 2013. The band was
escorted by the Jr. ROTC of the school. Approximately forty members of
the color guard and band participated in the event. The crowd loved our
small-town band's versions of "Dynamite" and "Funky Town." West Columbus
was the only band from the county to attend the Azalea Festival Parade.
ODES Students Researching Famous Americans
Mrs. Council's third graders are working extremely hard on
researching famous Americans in history. Students are taking the information
they gather from various sources and creating Glogsters. Students will
present their Glogsters to the class at the end of our study. Mrs. Lee and
Mrs. Council are collaborating with one another to work on these projects
with students as well.
DARE Graduation at Evergreen Elementary
On Tuesday, April 23rd, the 5th grade held their DARE
graduation ceremony at Evergreen Elementary School. Master Sergeant Dwayne
Barnes led the class through a series of lessons in order to complete the
certification. The two essay winners were Marcelino Torres and Alexis
ECHS Senior Wins Scholarship
Cameron Daniel, a senior at East Columbus, was
informed recently that he had been selected as a Gates Millennium
Scholar for the GMS Class of 2013. The committee commended him on his
"strong leadership, community service and academic achievements that
contributed to my selection as a gates Millennium Scholar". This year
was the largest and most competitive group of candidates in the
program's history as 54,000 students applied. 1,000 Gates Millennium
Scholars were selected and Cameron Graham-Arthur Daniel was selected.
This scholarship will afford him the opportunity to attend any
accredited college or university in the U.S.
Cameron plans to attend Campbell University in
the Fall and study "Trust and Wealth Management" and enter the pathway
for Pre-Law. Cameron has also won the Presidential Scholarship from
Campbell University. Columbus County Schools has given Cameron the soil
and the seeds and now the Gates Millennium Scholar program is adding the
water to help ensure his growth into a productive instrument in
Cameron Graham-Arthur Daniel a Senior at East Columbus High School, is
the son of Stacey Regan of Lake Waccamaw and Perry Daniel of Quakertown,
PA. He is also the proud Grandson of Virginia Williams of Lake Waccamaw,
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Two Columbus County Teachers Awarded
Prestigious Kenan Fellowship
Two Columbus County teachers have been named 2013-14
Kenan Fellows. The teachers — LaTanya Pattillo and Jennifer Spivey — are
two of 49 Kenan Fellows statewide who were selected from a competitive
pool of more than 230 North Carolina public school teachers. The newest
cohort of Kenan Fellows will tackle summer research projects in a
variety of fields including curriculum design, renewable energy,
healthcare, pharmaceuticals and agriculture. From their research, the
Fellows will develop innovative classroom resources and lesson plans
designed to enrich the educational experience for kindergarteners
through high school seniors. These resources are shared with other
educators at the regional, state and national level via workshops,
conferences and online platforms.
The Fellows and their projects are:
LaTanya Pattillo, a business
education teacher at East Columbus High School who publishes her own
magazine, will partner with PlyGem, a manufacturer of eco-friendly home
exterior products. As part of her Fellowship, Pattillo will shadow
PlyGem workers to learn what skills students would need to enter the
Jennifer Spivey, a science
teacher at South Columbus High School, is presently working towards a
master’s degree from UNC-Pembroke. She will partner with a team of
researchers at Southeastern Community College to develop classroom
curriculum supporting students’ knowledge and understanding of
agricultural biotechnology research.
“This is a wonderful opportunity to connect with other educators, and
community and business partners to build rich and relevant curriculum
for our schools,” Pattillo said. “I am honored to participate.”
Fellows are selected through a competitive process. In addition to a
five-week summer externship with a mentor, Fellows receive a tablet
furnished by Lenovo — the program’s technology sponsor, two weeks of
professional development and a stipend. The program is designed to
support model educators who serve as ambassadors for excellence in
education in their districts, across the state and nationwide.
ECHS at Relay for Life
The East Columbus High School "Gator Dynasty" team
participated in "Relay for Life" on April 19, 2013 at Southeastern Community
College. The 30 member student and staff team raised over $2,300.00 for the
American Cancer Society. Way to go Gators!
Spring Musical Season Underway
East Columbus High School kicks off the spring musical season
with a production of "The Wiz." All CCS Productions receive support from the
International Paper Foundation, The Ralph Sadler Foundation, The Mary Burney
Foundation and The Sikes Foundation.
EES Curriculum Night
Evergreen Elementary School held its Curriculum Night on
March 26, 2013. Parents and students enjoyed a night of experiencing what is
taught in the classroom. Parents watched as the students showed them how to
access programs and various web sites; as well as group collaboration with
learning tools. Everyone enjoyed a meal after the presentations.
CES Target Field Trip Grant
Chadbourn Elementary fifth grade students had the opportunity
to visit the Discovery Place Science Museum in Charlotte thanks to the
Target Field Trip Grant. Ms. Lovoy and Mrs. Suggs were awarded the grant in
October worth $700, giving the students the chance to visit the museum
almost free of charge. Both classes participated in two lab classes,
"Ecosystems" and "The Human Body," with the staff at the Discovery Place.
ODES DARE Graduation
Old Dock Elementary School held its DARE (Drug Abuse
Resistance Education) recently.
Celebrate the Arts a Success
On March 23rd, over 300 students from
Columbus County participated in Celebrate the Arts. Below is an audio clip
from High School Chorus, and a video clip of High School Dance.
"Pennies for Patients"
Cerro Gordo Elementary Stingers
participated in the Pennies for Patients campaign to support the Leukemia &
Lymphoma Society's mission to cure blood cancers and improve the lives of
patients and their families. In just three days students raised $840.07.
Three classes were bronze supporters raising over $100.00. They were 1st
grade- Mrs. Edmund, 6th grade-Mrs. Davis, and the top supporting class
pictured above was Mrs. Edward's third graders. This character education
project is just many of the ways CGES shows their positive character.
Earlier in the year, students raised $239.00 for the Cystic Fibrosis
Old Dock Elementary Good
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Old Dock Elementary Ribbon Cutting
Old Dock Elementary held an Open House for
it's new pod addition on March 17, 2013. Pictured cutting the ribbon on the
new addition are from left to right: Dr. Jonathan Williams, Columbus County
Schools Associate Superintendent; Buddy Byrd, County Commissioner; Bill
Clark, County Manager; Junior Dew, Columbus County Board of Education;
Charles McDowell, County Commissioner; Monte Herring, Columbus County Board
of Education; Barbara Yates, Chairperson-Columbus County Board of Education;
Worley Edwards, Vice-Chairperson-Columbus County Board of Education; Ronna
Gore, Principal-Old Dock Elementary; Alan Faulk, Columbus County Schools
West Columbus High School Spring Plant Sale
The WCHS CTE Department will have their annual plant
sale from April 9th-April 19th.
Contact WCHS at 654-6111 for more information.
East Columbus High School Spring Plant Sale
Tuesday April 9 – Friday April 12
9:00 a.m. till 3:00 p.m.
Saturday April 13 - 9:00 a.m. till 12 noon
South Columbus High School Plant
Starting 4/15 For more info call 653-4073
Brick Benches & Brick Flower Pots for Sale by CCCA
The Masonry students from Columbus Career & College Academy have made
benches & flower pots to sell that will help raise money for the class and
to help support SkillsUSA. See costs below:
Flower Pot: 1 for $30 or 2 for $50
These would make great gift ideas for Easter or Mother’s Day or any
special occasion. Get a set while you still can. For more information,
please call the Fair Bluff location at 649-7622
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All-District Band Student from NMS
Congratulations to Riley Wilson, an eighth grader
at Nakina Middle School who was chosen by audition to participate in
the Southeastern District Middle School Band Clinic at Scotland High
School in Laurinburg, NC. He was the only middle school band student
from Columbus County. The Southeastern District is comprised of
schools from seventeen different counties. Riley's band instructor
is Heather LaMora.
WCHS Teen PEP Bulletin Board
CCCA Competes in First-Ever Skills USA Regional
On Friday, March 1st, six members from Columbus Career & College Academy
attended and competed at the SkillsUSA Regional Conference at Fayetteville
Tech. It was a very successful day with each CCCA participant placing in
their respected event. Three of these students took 1st place in the
contest that they participated in. These six members along with two
additional members will be attending and competing at the State Conference
in Greensboro, April 24th – April 26th.
SkillsUSA is a student- run organization for students who are enrolled in
technical, skilled, and service careers, including health careers. Their
motto is “Preparing for Leadership in the World of Work.”
Photo (Left to Right): Advisor Fred Mason, Warren Housand (1st Place in
Construction - Tool ID), Clint Morgan (3rd Place in Construction - Tool
ID), Reporter Michael-James Cox (1st Place Pledge), AB Ledezma (2nd Place
Pledge), Caitlyn Soles (1st Place Culinary Arts), Vice President Austin
Oliver (2nd Place Construction – Tool ID), and Advisor Sherman Axelberg.
Not Pictured: Advisor Charlie Davis & Advisor Aaron Yates.
HAES Black History Month
To commemorate African American
History Month, the students at Hallsboro/Artesia Elementary
School participated in various innovative and meaningful activities and
events throughout the month of February.
African American Read In Week -
Students ventured out to other classrooms to share books about
African-American Leaders. Older students read books to younger students
and younger students read books to older students. The students also
participated in the "We Give Books" program. Students were able to read
a book online and then donate the book to charity.
Soul Train Hip Hop Dance &
Special Guests - African American music was showcased by the
appearance of Brandon"Bigg B" Hickman and DJ Mike Lang from Coast 97.3.
Bigg B motivated the students by encouraging them to always strive for
the highest levels in life.
Rev. Dr. Staccato Powell - a
native of Hallsboro was our motivational speaker for the last
week of activities. As a former student of Hallsboro/Artesia, he shared
with the students his awesome journey from a young boy here in Hallsboro
to a man who has traveled all over the world. Rev. Powell encouraged
our students to think about "now" and not the past or the next minute
and to work hard in everything they do. The students at Hallsboro/Artesia
Elementary school had opportunities to experience the Greensboro Sit-In,
participate in coloring contests, and portray famous African-American
leaders through an event titled, Who Am I? and Insiring the
World. The students enjoyed writing essays and poems about
African-Americans that became famous by making a cookie recipe or
discovering numerous ways to make useful products from peanuts and sweet
potatoes. African-Americans pictures and artifacts were put on display
and we closed our salute to African-American History Month with a play
entitled "Freedom Train". Students dramatized the life
of African-Americans and their quest for freedom.
Battle of the Books
Sheriff's Department Visits TCES
Patrol Master Sergeant Brian Smith from the Columbus County Sheriff's
Office visited the fourth graders at Tabor City Elementary. He discussed
the role of public officials as well as the rights and responsibilities of
citizens in our local community. The students were given the chance to ask
multiple questions and also view the technology used in a patrol car.
NC Pre-K Now Taking Applications
The North Carolina Pre-K Program is accepting applications. For more
information, contact Jaimee Blackmon at 910-642-5168 x2058. Below is an
interview on WZCO 89.9 FM about the NC Pre-K Program.
WCHS' Mark Little Selected
as Coach for Shrine Bowl
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Congratulations to coach Mark Little of WCHS for being
named to the 2013 Shrine Bowl Coaching Staff. An interview with Coach
Little is above.
GES Students Excel on Successmaker
Students at Guideway Elementary were rewarded for their outstanding
efforts of meeting their gains goals for mid-year Successmaker Benchmarks.
Each student had to have 50% growth from their initial placement in
Reading and Mathematics. We are extremely proud of their hard work and
dedication. They were treated to a pizza party and movie during the last
hour of the school day.
Hallsboro Artesia Elementary Good
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Big B the DJ from 97.3 visited Hallsboro/Artesia on
February 12th. Big B was one of the motivational speakers asked to speak
to HAES students in honor of black history month. A video excerpt of the
speech can be found above.
During a staff development day, Mr. Faulk and Dr. Williams helped
the ladies from catering and the central office fix plates for the staff.
Old Dock Open House on Sunday
Old Dock Elementary School has recently opened a
new addition to our existing facility which encompasses Grades 3-5.
Old Dock embraces a rich history of academic excellence and cultural
heritage that has resulted in the growth of a great school community.
It is through collegial partnerships between our school, staff,
parents and community that diverse opportunities and experiences are
provided to our students. We are proud of our new facility and look
forward to creating an environment where learning is fun, active and
students strive to become life-long learners. We definitely consider
you a vital source that has afforded us this once-in-a lifetime
opportunity. As one student stated, “Learning is so much fun in a
bright and shiny new school”. Please know how important you are in
making the difference in the lives of our students.
Old Dock Elementary School will be holding an
Open House on Sunday, March 17, 2013 from 3:00-5:00 p.m. We invite
you to come out and meet Old Dock’s staff and tour our new facility.
At the Open House, appetizers and refreshments will be served in a
progressive manner as you enter each room. We look forward to seeing
you and answering any questions.
We hope to see you on March 17th. If you are
unable to attend on that evening, I would be pleased to arrange
another time for you to see our new facility. If you need additional
information, please call (910) 642-2084 and speak with our
receptionist, Mrs. Tracie Formyduval.
- Principal Ronna Gore
TCES Student Wins Poster Contest
Hannah Nayle, a fifth grade student at TCES won 1st place in the N.C.
Soil and Water Conservation’s Poster Contest. Hannah will move on to the
area competition in March. Hannah’s teacher, Mrs. Shonna Garrell, entered
the artwork as part of a class study on the water cycle.
SCHS FFA Student Wins State
Devin White and Christian Coleman participated in the NC FFA
State Truck and Tractor Driving Safety Competition in Raleigh on
Thursday. They were joined by other Federation winners from across
the state to compete in the 2013 competitions. Devin White placed
First in the Truck driving division. Devin was joined by the NC
State FFA Officers to congratulate him for his outstanding
WCHS Bowlers Win County
Congratulations to the boy's and girl's bowling teams of West Columbus
for winning county bowling titles.
School Safety at ODES
Old Dock Elementary staff teamed up with
Resource Officer David Price to review the school's crisis drill
procedures and to discuss safety tips. Everyone paid close attention
and took the discussion very seriously.
Mobile Medical Lab
Comes to SCHS
The Allied Health II students at South
Columbus High School were introduced to High Fidelity Patient Simulators
on October 28, 2012. This was a great opportunity for the students to
participate in hands on activities with a life like manikin.
High fidelity Human Patient Simulators
are used in colleges, universities, and hospital settings as educational
tools to train students and employees. The benefit for this type of
training allows training scenarios that do not cause harm to patients.
The students were able to utilize various skills they had learned during
their Nursing Assistant training. They were able to perform vital signs,
engage in CPR, and utilize communication skills to interact with each
other, as well as, the manikin. This was an excellent opportunity to
utilize S.T.E.M protocols.
The Mobile Simulation Lab is part of the
Coastal Carolinas Health Alliance in Wrightsville Beach, NC. The
Simulation Lab Coordinator, and CCHA, provided a wonderful experience for
the Allied Health II, Health Science I, and the Honors Anatomy classes at
South Columbus High School.
EES Honors Bus Drivers
Evergreen Elementary School honored their bus drivers during School Bus
Driver Appreciation Week.
WTS Parent Donates Birdhouses
A parent in Ms. Terri Gore's classroom, Mr. William Benton, recently
donated a birdhouse to the Pre-K class.