Archived News From Around the School System

 

 


 

AR Ammons Poetry Contest Winners

 

Congratualtions to all the winners in the AR Ammons Poetry Contest, and a special thanks to the teachers who encouraged and assisted the students. All The winners are listed here.

Destiny Jordan of Guideway Elementary, was the 1st place winner in the K-2 category.

The Beach

  Shh! Do you hear that.
  The ocean is speaking to me.
  The wind is blowing through my hair.
  The warm sun is shinning down on me.
  The cool sand is covering my toes.
  The beautiful sea shells are washing ashore.
  The playful dolphins are jumping up and down.
  The hungry birds are hunting for fish.
  And I am enjoying my day at the beach.

                                  Destiny Jordan

                        

 


 

Inside Columbus County Schools

 

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Inside Columbus County Schools with Tabor City Elementary teacher Dianna Bellamy sharing her experiences in Africa.
 

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EOG Pep Rally at Guideway Elementary




Guideway Elementary School recently held an EOG Pep Rally to encourage students to do their best in preparing for the End of Grade tests.
 


Williams Township PreK-2 Students are Older Students "EOG Buddies"


Each PreK-2 class at WTS has partnered with an EOG class to become "EOG Buddies".  Each day they visit that class and bring a candy gram, sweet note, a song, a cheer, or poem in which they have created to share words of encouragement. They even visit their classrooms while they are out to leave a surprise when their "buddies" return, like Blow Pops that are used to tell them to "blow the top off that test".


 

VSA Arts Celebration

 


 

South Columbus HOSA Celebration


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CGES Students Visit Alpaca Farm

 


The second grade classes of Carla Floyd and Mary B. Waddell recently
 visited David and Cathi Gruber at Laurel Oak Farms in Cerro Gordo. This local farm is the home to
 approximately thirty alpacas. Students were taught about the needs of the alpacas and the many uses of their fiber.
 The visit to Laurel Oak Farms was the conclusion to the second graders reading unit on Amazing Animals.

21st Century Community Learning Center
 organizes job fair



With more than 10 various career stations set up for about 75 children from various Columbus County schools, students walked away with a career to work toward.

Chadbourn Elementary



The Chadbourn Elementary 21st Century After School students planted flowers at the school and visited the NASA exhibit at the N.C. Strawberry Festival in Chadbourn, N.C.

Acme Delco Middle School Trojan Pride Awards


Front row:  Citizenship Awards -- Robert Spohn (8th grade), Lazerick Cooks (6th grade), Megan Lennon (7th grade)
Second row:  Students of the Month -- Jackie Avellaneda (6th grade), Jacob McPherson (8th grade), Megan Robinson (7th grade)


 


Hallsboro Artesia Family Math Night

 

 

Congrats state essay winner, Eber Noyola!



Eber Noyola, fifth grade student at Guideway Elementary School, was recently awarded first place in a statewide essay contest. She was recognized at the North Carolina Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution State Convention held in New Bern, North Carolina.  Eber earned North Carolina first place honors for her essay entitled, “The Ideals of the Gettysburg Address.”  This essay had already received the highest honor from Columbus County’s Robert Howe Chapter and its district, which serves several surrounding counties.  Eber’s essay has now been entered for national consideration.  As seen above, Eber recently read her state 1st place essay to the principals of the Columbus County School District.

Attention Parents!
Swine Flu Virus Precautions and Symptoms

Swine Flu virus outbreaks have been reported in four states but, to date, none have been reported in North Carolina. 
It is imperative that we take proactive precautions to prevent the spread of this virus. 
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has issued pertinent information regarding symptoms and precautions via their website www.cdc.gov/swineflu
Please note the following symptoms and precautions:

Flu-like Symptoms include:
Headache
  Body ache
   Fever of 102
Sore throat
In some cases nausea, vomiting, diarrhea

Precautions recommended by the CDC:
Wash hands often with soap and water or, with alcohol-based hand cleaner.
Cover your cough
Avoid close contact with people who are sick
   Avoid contaminated surfaces
Stay in good general health
Drink plenty of fluids
 
Eat nutritious foods
  Be physically active

Congrats Columbus County School Principal of the Year:
Georgia Spaulding - Chadbourn Middle School

Congrats Columbus County School Teacher of the Year:
Mary Ruth Newman - Evergreen Elementary School

 

Spring Musical Season Underway


photo from 2008 production of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying

Spring musicals, involving hundreds of students and volunteers, are underway. This year's season includes:

 Bye Bye Birdie, West Columbus High School, April 23-25
Zombie Prom, East Columbus High School, May 1st and 2nd
Cats, South Columbus High School. May 7th and May 10th (3PM).

Tickets for all shows are $5, and show times start at 7PM except the May 10 SCHS Show. For more information, contact Kelly Jones at 910-642-5168 or email here.
 


West Columbus High School hosts Denmark visitors


(left to right) Aalborghus Gymnasium teacher John Mahoney, West Columbus Principal Mark Brown,
Aalborghus Gymnasium Assistant Principal Lotte Huitfeldt, Aalborghus Gymnasium Principal Torben Poulson,
Aalborghus Gymnasium teacher Susanne Nielsen and Aalborghus Gymnasium teacher Christina Nielsen.

As part of The Center for International Understanding, West Columbus has enrolled in the North Carolina – Denmark School Partnership. After a visit to Denmark in October, the partnership is officially underway after a week-long visit last week from six Denmark Aalborghus Gymnasium employees.
Now that both faculty sets have visited each school, the partnership will now move forward. In the beginning the students will be interacting with one another via email and videoconferencing. In the spring of 2010, approximately 12 students from West Columbus will have the opportunity to travel to Denmark to study for two weeks. In the following November,
Aalborghus Gymnasium plans to send 28 students to study at West Columbus.

 

Miss South Columbus 2009

The Miss South Columbus pageant was held recently at the SCHS Auditorium. Click here for a slide show.


 

Seussabration Photos

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Photos from the recent Seussabration held at Big Lots celebrating Dr. Seuss' birthday and reading. The event was organized by the Columbus County Association of Educators.


 

Williams Township Math Night

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A 30 minute video documentary of the very successful Williams Township Math Night.

 


 

East Columbus Athlete is Star News Player of the Year


Photo courtesy of Star News

T.T. Bennett of East Columbus High School has been named  Star News Player of the year. Full story here.


 

Folklorist Jeff Warner Performs at ADES

 

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Warner is a Folklorist and Community Scholar for the New Hampshire Council on the Arts, has been named an Arts Council Fellow for 2007, and is on the Speaker’s Roster for the New Hampshire Humanities Council. He has toured nationally for the Smithsonian Institution and has recorded for Flying Fish/Rounder and other labels. His 1995 recording Two Little Boys: More Old Time Songs for Kids, received a Parents’ Choice Award. He is presently touring with the North Carolina Symphony.

 


Chadbourn Elementary teacher attends annual
Growing Future Leaders conference


The North Carolina Partnership for Excellence partnered with the The Southeast Education Alliance consortium in a yearlong program entitled: Growing Future Leaders. The program is primarily geared toward those non-administrators interested in moving into administration. The training provides information on various aspects of leadership including background in high performance principals. The program also strongly believes in the value in having leaders at all levels in a school system.

The only conference attendee this year from the Columbus County School District was Annie Lovoy (second from left) of Chadbourn Elementary. Also in the photo is Chadbourn Elementary principal, Deanna Shuman (first from left).

Acme Delco Elementary Celebrates Black History Month

Acme Delco Elementary School celebrated Black History Month with a program entitled, “President Obama meets Harriet Tubman.”  The program featured President Obama, portrayed by a student, drifting back in time having a meaningful conversation with Harriet Tubman, also played by a student.  The program was sponsored by Mt. Pleasant AME Zion Church of Old Lake Road, Riegelwood, NC.

Read Across America with Acme Delco Elementary

Acme Delco Elementary School celebrated Dr Seuss’ birthday and Read Across America during the week of March 2-6. 


Retired teachers, Eleanor Troy and Georgianna Smith, read to the students on March 2. 
The week’s events culminated on Friday with a parade. 
Students were allowed to march in the parade to the sound of band music, dressed
as their favorite book character, while the parade onlookers consisting of parents and students
enjoyed the festivities and became familiar with characters from a wide range of books.  
Each student at the school received a new free book to keep as part of our literacy drive.  
Students with the best costumes received an additional book. 
 

Acme Delco Learns with Legos


Students at Acme Delco Elementary School used their math and science skills to construct
motorized race cars with Legos during the week of February 23-26. 


The experience was conducted by Michigan Learning and provided hands-on learning
for students from kindergarten through fifth grade. 
Students practiced a variety of skills from listening and following
directions to objectives dealing with force, motion, and velocity. 

Your child may be eligible!
The More at Four program provides pre-kindergarten services to qualifying children in the year prior to kindergarten.
Columbus County's More at Four program is working to provide quality educational experiences for 4 year olds.
Columbus County Schools, Whiteville City Schools, local Head Starts, and participating private sites are now registering students for school Year 2009-2010.
Your child may be eligible if he/she will be age 4 on or before August 31, 2009,and your family meets income guidelines or other risk guidelines.
You may pick up an application for the More at Four Program at any of the elementary schools in the county and Whiteville Primary School. 
You can also visit the More at Four website at: http://www.osr.nc.gov/MoreFour/index.asp
Please contact Linda Kelly or Kim Edwards at 642-5168 for additional information.

All-time record high turnout at South blood drive


HOSA members who served as organizers were: (Seated) Kaylee Miller, Ashley Harlow and Brokoe Long. (Standing) Jamie Dyson, Amber
Weekly, Eric Keel, Cody Ross, Jessica Wright, Jazz Hemingway, Brooke Norris and Christian White. Not pictured: Bryana Grainger

The Health Occupations Students of America Club along with the Allied Health Sciences class organized and sponsored a blood drive on March 5th, 2009 at South Columbus High School under the direction of Advisor Wendy Meares, RN, MSN.  An overwhelming turnout of students, community and staff members yielded an all time record high of one hundred and eleven pints of blood! The students designed a St. Patrick's Day theme for the blood drive entitled, " Be someone's 4 leaf clover and turn your arm over."

 

Acme Delco Family Science Night

Acme-Delco Middle School held a Family Science Night on February 26, 2009. A large turn out of parents, students and their younger siblings participated in stations such as "Microscope Mania", "Making Polymer Goo", "Fossil Dig", "Making Play Dough", and "Mixing Colors". Laurel Bordeaux, 7th and 8th grade science teacher, and a group of student volunteers planned and presented the activities.
 


Cerro Gordo Elementary Math Night
 



 

Cerro Gordo Elementary School recently held a PTO meeting and family math night called Digits, Desserts and More. More than 160 parents and students attended this event where they explored how fun it can be to learn math. Those in attendance participated in math games and activities and learned how to incorporate math into many different aspects of their lives. Teachers shared with parents information about their child's curriculum and showed them ways to help their child at home. Everyone enjoyed a variety of desserts to top off the evening of family fun, encouragement, and learning. (Click any image for a larger view)


 

Math Night at Guideway Elementary School

More than 180 students and parents attended Math Night at Guideway Elementary on Monday, March 9th. It was both the sixth and highest attended Math Night in the Columbus County School District. Students and their families were given the opportunity to participate in nine stations filled with math games and activities, two of which incorporated math technology elements that are common in the classroom, but new to most parents. The goal of Math night is to engage students and their parents in mathematical activities that are aligned with the North Carolina standard course of study.

Alicia Coffman.


 

West Columbus Grad to study at Oxford


Photo courtesy of Jake Daniels with the Red and Black newspaper.

Ricardo Crawford is proving that athletes can impress both on and off the field. Crawford, a defensive tackle at The University of Georgia, will be studying Shakespeare and English literature at Oxford University for two weeks in June. A poet himself, Crawford looks forward to his first time out of the country and is excited for his opportunity to study abroad. For a complete article on this West Columbus grad's path to success click here.


 

Major General Robert Howe Essay Contest

Winners of the Major General Robert Howe Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution 2009 American History and Christopher Columbus essay contests.


Battle of the Books
 Battle of the Books is sponsored by the North Carolina School Library Media Association for students in grades 6, 7, and 8 from eligible public, private, and charter schools across the state.

Battle of the Books provides a fun, challenging way to motivate middle school students to read books from a wide variety of genres. Students at participating schools read books from a list established by the state Battle of the Books committee.   Schools participate in a ‘quiz bowl’-style tournament that tests their knowledge of a list of books selected by the NCSLMA’s Battle of the Books committee.  There is a local tournament, regional and a state tournament. The winning team from our district was Cerro Gordo Elementary Schools. The coach is Donna Balisado.  Cerro Gordo will be participating at the Regional Competition which is being hosted by our district on March 11, 2009 at South Columbus High School.


 

Preschool Information

For more information on the More at Four, Exceptional Children's, and Head Start Preschool Programs parents can go to www.osr.nc.gov .Locally, More at Four applications are now available at all sites. Applications should be picked up and returned to area sites. Completed applications should be reviewed and parents notified by May.

 

 

West Columbus High School hosts Denmark visitors


(left to right) Aalborghus Gymnasium teacher John Mahoney, West Columbus Principal Mark Brown,
Aalborghus Gymnasium Assistant Principal Lotte Huitfeldt, Aalborghus Gymnasium Principal Torben Poulson,
Aalborghus Gymnasium teacher Susanne Nielsen and Aalborghus Gymnasium teacher Christina Nielsen.

As part of The Center for International Understanding, West Columbus has enrolled in the North Carolina – Denmark School Partnership. After a visit to Denmark in October, the partnership is officially underway after a week-long visit last week from six Denmark Aalborghus Gymnasium employees.
Now that both faculty sets have visited each school, the partnership will now move forward. In the beginning the students will be interacting with one another via email and videoconferencing. In the spring of 2010, approximately 12 students from West Columbus will have the opportunity to travel to Denmark to study for two weeks. In the following November,
Aalborghus Gymnasium plans to send 28 students to study at West Columbus.

 

Miss South Columbus 2009

The Miss South Columbus pageant was held recently at the SCHS Auditorium. Click here for a slide show.


 

Seussabration Photos

If you don't see the movie, please download flash player at adobe.com

 

 

Photos from the recent Seussabration held at Big Lots celebrating Dr. Seuss' birthday and reading. The event was organized by the Columbus County Association of Educators.


 

Williams Township Math Night

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A 30 minute video documentary of the very successful Williams Township Math Night.

 


 

East Columbus Athlete is Star News Player of the Year


Photo courtesy of Star News

T.T. Bennett of East Columbus High School has been named  Star News Player of the year. Full story here.


 

Folklorist Jeff Warner Performs at ADES

 

If you don't see the movie, please download flash player at adobe.com

 

 

Warner is a Folklorist and Community Scholar for the New Hampshire Council on the Arts, has been named an Arts Council Fellow for 2007, and is on the Speaker’s Roster for the New Hampshire Humanities Council. He has toured nationally for the Smithsonian Institution and has recorded for Flying Fish/Rounder and other labels. His 1995 recording Two Little Boys: More Old Time Songs for Kids, received a Parents’ Choice Award. He is presently touring with the North Carolina Symphony.

 


Chadbourn Elementary teacher attends annual
Growing Future Leaders conference


The North Carolina Partnership for Excellence partnered with the The Southeast Education Alliance consortium in a yearlong program entitled: Growing Future Leaders. The program is primarily geared toward those non-administrators interested in moving into administration. The training provides information on various aspects of leadership including background in high performance principals. The program also strongly believes in the value in having leaders at all levels in a school system.

The only conference attendee this year from the Columbus County School District was Annie Lovoy (second from left) of Chadbourn Elementary. Also in the photo is Chadbourn Elementary principal, Deanna Shuman (first from left).

Acme Delco Elementary Celebrates Black History Month

Acme Delco Elementary School celebrated Black History Month with a program entitled, “President Obama meets Harriet Tubman.”  The program featured President Obama, portrayed by a student, drifting back in time having a meaningful conversation with Harriet Tubman, also played by a student.  The program was sponsored by Mt. Pleasant AME Zion Church of Old Lake Road, Riegelwood, NC.

Read Across America with Acme Delco Elementary

Acme Delco Elementary School celebrated Dr Seuss’ birthday and Read Across America during the week of March 2-6. 


Retired teachers, Eleanor Troy and Georgianna Smith, read to the students on March 2. 
The week’s events culminated on Friday with a parade. 
Students were allowed to march in the parade to the sound of band music, dressed
as their favorite book character, while the parade onlookers consisting of parents and students
enjoyed the festivities and became familiar with characters from a wide range of books.  
Each student at the school received a new free book to keep as part of our literacy drive.  
Students with the best costumes received an additional book. 
 

Acme Delco Learns with Legos


Students at Acme Delco Elementary School used their math and science skills to construct
motorized race cars with Legos during the week of February 23-26. 


The experience was conducted by Michigan Learning and provided hands-on learning
for students from kindergarten through fifth grade. 
Students practiced a variety of skills from listening and following
directions to objectives dealing with force, motion, and velocity. 

Your child may be eligible!
The More at Four program provides pre-kindergarten services to qualifying children in the year prior to kindergarten.
Columbus County's More at Four program is working to provide quality educational experiences for 4 year olds.
Columbus County Schools, Whiteville City Schools, local Head Starts, and participating private sites are now registering students for school Year 2009-2010.
Your child may be eligible if he/she will be age 4 on or before August 31, 2009,and your family meets income guidelines or other risk guidelines.
You may pick up an application for the More at Four Program at any of the elementary schools in the county and Whiteville Primary School. 
You can also visit the More at Four website at: http://www.osr.nc.gov/MoreFour/index.asp
Please contact Linda Kelly or Kim Edwards at 642-5168 for additional information.

All-time record high turnout at South blood drive


HOSA members who served as organizers were: (Seated) Kaylee Miller, Ashley Harlow and Brokoe Long. (Standing) Jamie Dyson, Amber
Weekly, Eric Keel, Cody Ross, Jessica Wright, Jazz Hemingway, Brooke Norris and Christian White. Not pictured: Bryana Grainger

The Health Occupations Students of America Club along with the Allied Health Sciences class organized and sponsored a blood drive on March 5th, 2009 at South Columbus High School under the direction of Advisor Wendy Meares, RN, MSN.  An overwhelming turnout of students, community and staff members yielded an all time record high of one hundred and eleven pints of blood! The students designed a St. Patrick's Day theme for the blood drive entitled, " Be someone's 4 leaf clover and turn your arm over."

 

Acme Delco Family Science Night

Acme-Delco Middle School held a Family Science Night on February 26, 2009. A large turn out of parents, students and their younger siblings participated in stations such as "Microscope Mania", "Making Polymer Goo", "Fossil Dig", "Making Play Dough", and "Mixing Colors". Laurel Bordeaux, 7th and 8th grade science teacher, and a group of student volunteers planned and presented the activities.
 


Cerro Gordo Elementary Math Night
 



 

Cerro Gordo Elementary School recently held a PTO meeting and family math night called Digits, Desserts and More. More than 160 parents and students attended this event where they explored how fun it can be to learn math. Those in attendance participated in math games and activities and learned how to incorporate math into many different aspects of their lives. Teachers shared with parents information about their child's curriculum and showed them ways to help their child at home. Everyone enjoyed a variety of desserts to top off the evening of family fun, encouragement, and learning. (Click any image for a larger view)


 

Math Night at Guideway Elementary School

More than 180 students and parents attended Math Night at Guideway Elementary on Monday, March 9th. It was both the sixth and highest attended Math Night in the Columbus County School District. Students and their families were given the opportunity to participate in nine stations filled with math games and activities, two of which incorporated math technology elements that are common in the classroom, but new to most parents. The goal of Math night is to engage students and their parents in mathematical activities that are aligned with the North Carolina standard course of study.

Alicia Coffman.


 

West Columbus Grad to study at Oxford


Photo courtesy of Jake Daniels with the Red and Black newspaper.

Ricardo Crawford is proving that athletes can impress both on and off the field. Crawford, a defensive tackle at The University of Georgia, will be studying Shakespeare and English literature at Oxford University for two weeks in June. A poet himself, Crawford looks forward to his first time out of the country and is excited for his opportunity to study abroad. For a complete article on this West Columbus grad's path to success click here.


 

Major General Robert Howe Essay Contest

Winners of the Major General Robert Howe Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution 2009 American History and Christopher Columbus essay contests.


Battle of the Books
 Battle of the Books is sponsored by the North Carolina School Library Media Association for students in grades 6, 7, and 8 from eligible public, private, and charter schools across the state.

Battle of the Books provides a fun, challenging way to motivate middle school students to read books from a wide variety of genres. Students at participating schools read books from a list established by the state Battle of the Books committee.   Schools participate in a ‘quiz bowl’-style tournament that tests their knowledge of a list of books selected by the NCSLMA’s Battle of the Books committee.  There is a local tournament, regional and a state tournament. The winning team from our district was Cerro Gordo Elementary Schools. The coach is Donna Balisado.  Cerro Gordo will be participating at the Regional Competition which is being hosted by our district on March 11, 2009 at South Columbus High School.


 

Preschool Information

For more information on the More at Four, Exceptional Children's, and Head Start Preschool Programs parents can go to www.osr.nc.gov .Locally, More at Four applications are now available at all sites. Applications should be picked up and returned to area sites. Completed applications should be reviewed and parents notified by May.

 


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Old Dock Celebrates Dr. Seuss' Birthday

The media center of Old Dock Elementary school sponsored activities to celebrate Read Across America and Dr. Seuss's Birthday.
Here, Ken Buck, community member & director of media & technology, read some Dr. Seuss classics to students.

 A poetry contest was held to honor the popular children's author- Dr. Seuss.

 

GOOD LUCK GATORS!

The East Columbus High School girls basketball team will be playing in the state regional final this week. The West Columbus boys and the South Columbus girls also made it deep into the state playoffs. Congratulations to all players and coaches of all the basketball teams that represented Columbus County during the post-season. (photo courtesy News Reporter)
 


Celebrating Career Technical Education Month

Interview with Keith Jefferys, Director of Career/Technical Education on "Inside Columbus County Schools"

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Columbus County Schools’ Career-Technical Education Programs continue to rank among the best in the State by providing quality career training for our students. Our qualified and experienced teaching staff is well aware of the challenges our students will face in the highly competitive job market as they help students reach their full potential. Our award winning College Tech Prep Programs prepare students to make a seamless transition from High School to the Community College and beyond. Foundation courses at the middle grades level provide students’ workplace readiness and work-skill basics in order to help them make wise decisions when choosing courses of study that will lead them down the pathway to a rewarding career. competency-based courses are offered in five program areas, with each area having school-based and work-based learning opportunities.
 


Are you looking for support as you become a special educator?

East Carolina University’s Special Education Transition to Teaching (T2T) grant is designed to provide supports for individuals who are working as lateral entry teachers or highly qualified paraprofessionals in high-need school districts and are interested in becoming new special education teachers. This funding is also available for individuals pursuing licensure, not currently employed, but committing to working 3 years in a high-need school district. Supports include: • Quality distance education program • Up to $ 5,000.00 for tuition and books • Use of a laptop during the program • E-mentoring as a new teacher Scholarship eligibility requirements: • Acceptance to East Carolina University • Undergraduates accepted to upper division • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution for individuals taking courses as an alternative licensure student • Service requirement of 3 years in high-need school district For more information, contact Sue Steinweg at steinwegs@ecu.edu or visit our website at http://www.ecu.edu/cs-educ/t2t/index.cfm .
 


In Recognition of National School Counseling Week

A special thanks to all of our counselors who make a difference in all of our children's lives. Our students rely on their guidance in school, work and personal issues and they create the professional and personal bonds that hold our schools together.
 



Family Night at Chadbourn Elementary

Chadbourn Elementary School recently held a Family Night, where families enjoyed a spaghetti dinner in the cafeteria, and participated in a training session with Natasha Bowen from ESSP on "How to Increase Your Child's Intelligence". While the parents were in training, students moved to the media center for a Pajama Reading Party. Over three hundred people attended the event. Click the window above to view a slideshow from the evening.


 

Guideway Students Collect
Gifts For Soldiers in Iraq

After a lesson of identifying people, symbols, events, and documents associated with North Carolina's history, Mrs. Betty Strickland's fourth grade Social Studies classes collected items for our soldiers serving in Iraq. Guideway Elementary School's secretary, Mrs. Traci Hayes' son, Joshua Wise, is currently serving in Iraq along with other soldiers from the Guideway community.


Whiteville Kiwanis Visit Hallsboro Middle

 

The Whiteville Kiwanis Club sponsored Kristie Georgis' class at Hallsboro Middle School with a monetary gift and a visit from Santa. .

 


WCHS Band Performs for Governor at Inauguration Parade

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ECHS Theatre and Dance Performance


 

New National Board Teachers

Columbus County Schools new National Board Certified Teachers were recognized at a recent board meeting. Teachers receiving National Board certification are Joy Lewis, South Columbus High School; Ruthie Newman, Evergreen Elementary School; Rebecca Ham, Acme Delco Elementary School and Melanie Capps, Williams Township Elementary.


Newly Elected Board of Education Members Inducted

Newly appointed Chairman Monty Herring and Vice-Chairman Junior Dew of the Columbus County Board of Education are sworn in by Sheila Pridgen, Clerk of Court.

 


Poem by Jeanenne Harris (December 2008)

Hallsboro Middle School

Nestled in the pines not far from the lake

Is a small community school

That is no less than first rate.

Lead by Mr. Mike Mobley and Ms. Carol Moore

Happy, smiling faces greet you at the door.

Ms. Salyer and Ms. Pierce keep things running

At a smooth efficient pace;

Multi-tasking all the way and keeping everyone in their place.

Teachers molding the next generation of children

Who will someday take our place,

To build, to lead, to heal, succeed,

Soaring to greater and higher ranks.

Hallsboro is home, a refuge, a hiding place

For students who leave a house

Full of issues and concerns

That they meet daily face to face.

Each day you make a difference by what you say and do

The laughs, the smiles, the care and love

That shines from each of you.

So I would like to say thank you,

For me and generations that have passed through.

For all you have done and all that you do

We will always remember you!
 


 

Bluegrass Greats Chatham County Line
to Play Benefit for Schools

Bluegrass legends Chatham County Line will play a benefit concert for Columbus Countys  high school musical programs  on February 7th, 2009 at 7:00 PM at Bowers Performing Arts Center in Whiteville, NC. Tickets are on sale at www.CCL2009.com. This event is sponsored by the Columbus County Arts Council.

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Columbus County Schools Participates in Festival of Trees


Columbus County Schools created a tree for the Festival of Trees celebration held recently at the NC Forestry Museum. The ornaments were created by students and the tree was assembled by several volunteers, coordinated by Ms. Judy Hammond.
 


Tabor City Middle Chorus on WWAY

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Tabor City Middle School's Chorus, under the direction of Jim Smith, recently performed for WWAY TV 3 in Wilmington. TCMS is among several groups who have represented Columbus County Schools well over the airwaves.


South Columbus Honors Choir Performs
 at NCAEOP Luncheon

 

The SCHS Honors Choir, known as the "Platinum Pizzazz"  performed for the North Carolina Association of Educational Office Professionals under the direction of Miranda Conner. The students performed vocal selections and several handbell selections. At the Luncheon, Dr. Dan Strickland was named as the Administrator of the Year and Nadine Patrick was awarded the NCAEOP Member of the Year.

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Winter Concerts





Above is a short sampling of some of the excellent work that has been shown by the students and teachers across the county over the past few weeks. While many concerts have a holiday theme, this is also a time to demonstrate the in-depth curriculum related work that has taken place all semester in the arts classes. More concerts will take place in January, as we head toward the mid-year point.
 


West Columbus Art Teacher Creates Online Gallery for Art Students

Larry Hewett, teacher at WCHS, has created an online gallery where students post their artwork, then record comments. Visitors are invited to leave their comments as well.


 

Radio Station

Columbus County Schools, in partnership with Whiteville City Schools and Southeastern Community College, have filed an application with the Federal Communications Commission for a full-power non-commercial public radio station serving 107,000 persons in our area.  The red area represents the area with the best signal, although the signal will reach well beyond the red line. We are presently writing grants to cover the majority of the costs of construction. Students, as well as community groups, will have access to the station. Live broadcasts will be possible from every school in the county.



 


Varsity Football Coaches on "Inside Columbus County Schools"

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East Columbus Chorus Performs Winter Concert at Boys and Girls Home Chapel

East Columbus High School's Chorus performed eight selections of holiday and tradiotional favorites at the Boys and Girls Home Chapel in Lake Waccamaw. Their director is Jamie Faulk. Click here  to listen to highlights of the concert, or go to the podcast area on the right side of this webpage.

 


Nakina Middle Student Wins Annual Holiday Card Contest
 

Karla Loperena Pina, a student at Nakina Middle School, has won the annual Superintendent's Holiday Card Contest. Her card was chosen from among 60 entries. The cards have been professionally printed and will be distributed to all school systems, and over 300 different persons and organizations. Her art instructor is Lu-Ann Pickell.
 


Winter Concert Season Beginning


 

Eleven concerts will take place between December 4th and January 8th. Arts Education students will be demonstrating the skills and competencies learned in the areas of art, dance, theatre and music. For a master schedule of all events, click here.


 

Bright Ideas Grant Winners

Congratulations to the following teachers on their Bright Ideas Grants!

JOAN BUCK - Acme Delco Middle: "Classroom Literature, Please!" Class sets of literature books for reading groups to raise reading comprehension, sharing of thoughts & perspectives wl other students. SHARON JARVIS -Cerro Gordo Elementary: "Stinger Patrol!" 7th and 8th grade students will serve to promote positive behaviors, mutual respect and assist with monitoring through the school. KATHY BLAKE - Chadbourn Elementary: "Let Me See!" Large flat screen TV & mobile cart to involve students in learning from the lnternet & interactive books. SHERRY JORDAN - East Columbus High: "Alec, I'll Take Bright Ideas Grants" Classroom "jeopardy" sets to engage students in a new interactive way STEPHANIE SELLERS - Guideway Elementary: "Taking Young Readers on a Magical History Tour" Use adventure books for reading and discussion of other cultures and history; tie reading to creating posters, writing news articles, performing skits and more. JOSlE McKOY - Hallsboro Middle School: "Waste Not" Funds for a Smart Board document camera to share student work samples, passages from books, newspapers and more with entire class, instead of using time and resources to create handouts. JULIE SELLERS - Nakina Middle School: "Battle for Books" Fill some empty shelves in this new school with books for the Battle of the Books competition. RACHEL FAULK MEARES - South Columbus High: "Captivating Chemistry" Use of experiment kits, supplies and tools for hands-on science labs & activities. GAY SCOTT - Williams Township Elementary: "WTES Radio" Radio transmitter for daily broadcast of news and events to the campus. Teaching tool for writing news stories, digital sound file editing and communications.

 


 

Columbus County Hosts School Nurse Association of North Carolina

 

Nurses from the Columbus County School System recently hosted a meeting of the School Nurse Association of North Carolina. Dr. Ray Thigpen was the guest speaker. Columbus County Schools would like to thank our school nurses for the extremely important work that they do in our schools every day. Click the title above for a short slideshow.



 


 



 

 

 


 

The Waccamaw Siouan Tribe's 38th Annual Pow Wow kicked off on Friday morning October 17, 2008 with "School Day" where local area schools visited the Waccamaw Siouan Tribal Grounds and were exposed to a cornucopia of enlightenment about the tribe through various forms of dance, artifacts, storytelling, and explanations of early everyday tribal life. An array of educational stations were set up around the grounds where students learned more about the rich cultural history of the Waccamaw.. For many students and teachers this was a first time event that will be etched in their minds for a lifetime. Please click image above for slideshow.


 

Lisa Worley Receives NCCTM Award

Lisa Worley, of Williams Township Elementary School, received the North Carolina Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCCTM) 2008 Outstanding Secondary Mathematics Teachers award at the NCCTM State Conference on Oct.31 in Greensboro.


First Annual Volleyball Tournament Held at Nakina Middle School

 

 

 

The first annual Nakina Middle School Volleyball Classic was held recently at NMS. Home team Nakina Middle won 1st place, William Township placed 2nd, and Central Middle took 3rd place.


Williams Township Incorporating "Smartboard Technology"

Interactive smartboards are being implemented in many areas of the curriculum at Williams Township. Small group center time, whole group instructional time with Waterford and Successmaker, and the core reading program are seeing benefits from the use of the technology.


 

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Columbus County Schools Students Participate in National Mock Election

 

Over 1400 Columbus County Schools students in grades 5-12 participated in the recent National Student/Parent Mock Election held during the past several weeks. The purpose of the mock election is to increase student awareness of the political process as well as critical issues surrounding this year’s election. Dan Strickland, Superintendent of Columbus County Schools explains: “One of the primary goals of our school system is to prepare students for participation in a productive society. One of the most important responsibilities they will have as adults is to be an informed voter. The mock election has provided a tangible starting point for serious discussions in our classrooms  about how our political system works. “

“It’s been a great real-world instructional activity for our students” says  Kathy Lewis, 9-12 Director of Curriculum and Instruction. “It has prepared them to become part of an informed electorate, and we have seen from the responses that our students took their vote very seriously”.

Students were each given a unique serial number that they could use to vote on the National Mock Election website. National and state offices were included on the ballot, as well as some questions about history and political topics.

In the race for President, 59% of the students voted for Barack Obama, while 36% voted for John McCain; the remainder voted for third party candidates. For senator, 46% voted for Elizabeth Dole, while 40% voted for Kay Hagan, with the remainder voting for Libertarian candidate Christopher Cole.

See Full Story Here

 


CGES Introduces New Character Education Initiative

 

Cerro Gordo Elementary is proud to introduce a new character education initiative called the Stinger Patrol. These students were selected through an application and interview process and are serving as ambassadors for our school this year. The Stinger Patrol serves in various roles around campus while demonstrating positive character traits. Additional members will be added for second semester. CGES is striving to keep good character alive in its Stinger hive.


Columbus County Schools

Flu Shot Clinics

Flu season is just around the corner and anyone can be a potential target.  Your best protection against the debilitating effects of this virus is to get a flu shot.  For this reason, Columbus County Schools is sponsoring an onsite flu shot drive in the following locations:

Thursday, November 13, 2008
3:00pm-6:00pm
East Columbus High School
&
South Columbus High School
Media Centers

 All employees and retirees who are covered by the NC State Health Plan /BCBSNC are eligible to receive the shot for free. If the employee has family/spouse/child coverage, these dependents are also eligible. Children between the ages of nine and 17 must have parents with them.  Children under nine must go to a physician for their shots.

Family members and employees who are not covered by the State Heath Plan / BCBSNC must pay $30.00 for a flu shot.  Payment of cash, checks and Medicare Part B will be accepted. Medicare Part B participants will not be required to pay a copay.

 State Health Plan /BCBSNC Members must present their Member ID cards and a photo ID to receive a flu shot.

 


Nakina Middle School and Williams Township Bands Play at Home Football Game

 


 

Celebrating Our Retirees


 

Inside Columbus County Schools with Ken Buck

If you don't see the movie, please download flash player at adobe.com


 

Middle School Band Day at CGES, EES

Students and director George Nickerson from the West Columbus High School Band traveled to Evergreen Elementary School and Cerro Gordo Elementary to prepare the 7th and 8th grade band students, under the direction of Mike McConnell, for middle school band night at this Friday's home football game.


 


Dr. Strickland, Mark Brown and Larry Hewett Podcasting from Aalborg, Denmark

 

Dr. Strickland, Mark Brown, principal at West Columbus and Larry Hewett, teacher at West Columbus are in Denmark preparing for WCHS' exchange program with the North Carolina Center for International Understanding. Educators and students from Denmark will come to WCHS, and in turn students and educators will travel from West Columbus to Denmark.

Below is two installments in a series of podcasts from Denmark. You may also access these podcasts using the GCAST player on the right side of this page.

Podcast 1 from Denmark
Podcast 2 -- Interview with teachers,
students, and administrators from Denmark


 

Constitution Day at Cerro Gordo Elementary

 

Students from Stephanie Hammond's 5th grade homeroom are dressed in red, white, and blue as they participated in Constitution Day activities. Constitution Day was established to emphasize and celebrate the importance of the United States Constitution.

 


FFA Officers Elected

Congratulations to the new Three Rivers Federation Officers, elected recently at a meeting of FFA members.


Nakina Middle School Student Wins Essay Contest

 



 

 

Dr. Loring Ross of Ross Orthodontics in North Myrtle and Myrtle Beach sponsors an annual essay contest over the summer months. The winner this year was Kayla B. As the winner of the contest, Kayla and several of her friends were escorted via limo from school and taken to N. Myrtle Beach for supper and to celebrate this accomplishment


PIMUST Training

 

PIMUST (Partnership for Improving Mathematical Understanding of Students & Teachers) lead teachers and Dr. Jean Joyner recently participated in the Dynamic Classroom Assessment Training at the Columbus County Schools Board of Education.



Science Field Trip at
Acme-Delco Middle

 


At the end of last school year, 8th grade science students from Acme-Delco Middle School went to Airlie Gardens in Wilmington to learn about what affects water quality and how they can help keep it clean. They also saw many types of wildlife that are not often seen in our area. They observed plankton under a microscope and explored both a salt marsh and freshwater pond to determine what organisms lived there. This field trip is an excellent example of the engaging, hands-on student learning that occurs at every day ADMS. Click on a thumbnail for a larger image.


Columbus County Schools History
Photo Essay

 


 

South Columbus Health Occupations Students receive State, National Recognition


Bradley Strickland, a South Columbus High School senior, recently competed in the HOSA National Leadership Conference in Dallas, Texas on June 18-21 in the Pharmacology division. He was joined by classmate Jordan Gore who competed in the area of Medical Assisting. Both students held the number one position in the state for their respective divisions. Bradley went on to win the National Gold Medal in Pharmacology.


 

Columbus County Schools Preliminary Writing Results Show Significant Gains in 2007-2008

 

Columbus County Schools students’ writing test scores improved significantly in the 2007-2008 school year, according to the preliminary report on the results of the North Carolina General Writing Assessment at Grades 4, 7, and 10. 

 Results showed that 47.6 percent of fourth graders scored proficient in writing in 2007-08, up from 35.1 percent the previous year.  For seventh graders, the percent proficient was 51.8 percent in 2007-08, an improvement from the prior year’s results of 30.2 percent.

Tenth graders showed the most dramatic improvement than any other grades with a proficiency rate of 69.6 – up from 33.5 percent last year.

 


 

Columbus County Schools awarded $60,000 in School Library Collection Development Grant Funds

The State Library of North Carolina, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources, has announced Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant awards for 2008-2009. One hundred and seventy-five (175) applications were considered in eleven categories and requests for funds totaled $4,493,538. These awards are made possible by LSTA grant funding from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), a federal grant making agency.

Columbus County Schools received grant funding for applications submitted by Guideway Elementary, Chadbourn Middle, Old Dock Elementary, South Columbus High, West Columbus High, and Williams Township Elementary. Each of these schools were awarded $10,000 in grant funds which will be used to purchase books for each media center.

 


 

Dedication of Brick Sculpture at
West Columbus High School

Brad Spencer's sculpture "The Mindful Journey" was dedicated on May 29 with over two hundred in attendance. The sculpture was created by the artist along with help from Larry Hewett's Art students using a $25,000 grant received from The North Carolina Arts Council. Below is a slideshow that chronicles the year-long project.


Guideway Elementary Celebration

Guideway Elementary School celebrated its past and present by inviting everyone ever connected to the school to reconnect. Better that 450 current and former students, staff, and community members took part in the event.


 

Annual Custodial Banquet Winners

Congratulations to the winners at Columbus County Schools Annual Custodian Banquet. The Elementary Division winner was Old Dock Elementary, the  Middle School Division winner was Chadbourn Middle School, and the High School Division winner was South Columbus High School. The overall team winner was South Columbus and this year's top custodian is Myron Brown from Acme Delco Elementary School. Click a thumbnail below for a larger picture.






 

Cerro Gordo and Williams Township Named "Exemplary" Reading First Schools

Cerro Gordo Elementary and Williams Township Elementary have been named exemplary Reading First Schools by the federal government. Schools achieving this status have demonstrated fidelity to the curriculum, differentiated scientific based instruction as well as a 90 minute instructional block. Congratulations!


 

 

Emma Shaw Wins NEA Award

 

Mrs. Emma Shaw, Kindergarten Teacher, Hallsboro/Artesia Elementary School was recognized by The Board of Education on the June 2 meeting as the recipient of the North Carolina Association of Educators "I Can Learn" NEA Foundation Award for Teaching excellence and the Kay Trull Outstanding Professional Education Award.


YWCA Young Leader Award

Dori Faulk (SCHS nominee), Frances Weller (Mistress of Ceremonies) and Caitlin Lane (ECHS nominee) pose for a photograph at the YWCA Women of Achievement Banquet in Wilmington on  May 22, 2008. Dori received the Columbus County Young Leader Award and a $1000.00 Scholarship. Both Dori and Caitlin represented Columbus County well.


Leadership Columbus Graduation

The 2008 Leadership Columbus Class recently held their graduation luncheon. Included in  the photo is Alan Thompson, assistant principal of Williams Township, and Eddie Beck, assistant principal of Chadbourn Middle/Chadbourn Elementary.


Parents – do you have a rising 6th grader?

If so, you need to know about a new immunization requirement for 6th grade entry. Starting with the 2008-09 school year, a booster dose of Tdap vaccine is required for all children before entering 6th grade that are enrolled in public school, or by age 12 for those not attending public schools (private, religious, home schools) on or after August 1, 2008, if 5 years or more have passed since the last dose of tetanus-containing vaccine. Tdap is a combination vaccine that provides protection against three diseases: tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis. There has been an increase in pertussis cases in North Carolina and in the U.S. in recent years, making vaccination imperative. Tdap is recommended for all teenagers beginning at age 11 or 12. It is also recommended that adults receive a dose of Tdap to replace their next tetanus booster. Your child is now required to receive this vaccine prior to 6th grade entry.


Spring Musicals

The three high schools recently wrapped up their spring musicals. We will be posting clips here as they are processed.


Teacher Assistant Scholarship Fund

Program information and applications for the Teacher Assistant Scholarship Fund (TASF) for the 2008-09 academic year are available online at CFNC.org/TASF. The scholarship is valued at $1,200 per term for those attending four-year institutions with a maximum award of $3,600 for the academic year for the three terms - fall, spring and the combined summer sessions. For those attending a community college, the scholarship is valued at $600 per term for fall, spring, and the combined summer sessions with the maximum award of $1,800 for the academic year. The application deadline is May 31. For more information, please contact Edna Williams at the State Education Assistance Authority at 919.549.8614 or by email at eew@ncseaa.edu.

 


Archives Updated

 


The Child Nutrition Managers are shown sporting their new aprons at a recent managers’ meeting.  They have a tremendous responsibility.  These ladies nourish the bodies and the minds of approximately 7,000 children in Columbus County Schools.  Standing from left to right:  Ossie Webb, Gay King, Cheryl Gerald, Melissa Dial, Esther Smith, Susie Freeman, Agnes Cox, Cheryl Williamson, Selina Gore, Judy Cartrette, Cinder Singletary, Rhonda Blackmon, Sarah Nobles, Sharon Bowen and Sue Blackwell.  Not pictured with the group is Donnis Graham.

 

 

COUNTY SCHOOLS CAREER-TECH TEST SCORES RANK
5
TH IN THE STATE AND 1ST IN THE REGION

 

 

 

Columbus County Schools Vocats Scores Growth

Comparison of VOCATS scores in southeast North Carolina

Columbus County Schools vs State VOCATS Scores

23 school systems make up the southeast region where the percentage of students performing at level III or above on end of course tests, range from 46.1% to Columbus County leading with 80.6%. Statewide the scores range from 37.5% TO 83.4%. Columbus County’s Career-Technical Education end-of-course test scores have increased a phenomenal 11.6% over last year resulting in an 18.6% increase in the past 6 years; significant enough to place Columbus County’s Career-Technical Education rank first in the Southeast Region and 5th in the State!

Keith Jefferys, Director of Career-Technical education said “Columbus County Career-Technical Education has been involved with end of course testing for the past 16 years; longer than any other program area.  Results from the data have shown steady improvement every year since 2000.  Teachers have utilized this data to improve the way students learn and the way information is delivered.”  Career-Technical education offers credentialing in all program areas and our focused curriculum provides students a no-nonsense approach to their career aspirations.  Students use up-to-date equipment in live-project simulations giving them practical application experience they can transfer to post-secondary education or work immediately after high school.  

“Columbus County Career-Technical Education is committed to providing students a quality educational experience.  We are proud to say that Career-Technical Education in Columbus County Schools continues to rank among the leaders by providing quality program choices to students”, Jefferys said. Jefferys went on to say, “Our professional teaching staff is well aware of the challenges our students will face in the highly competitive job market and they are prepared to help students reach their full potential.  Our award winning College Tech Prep Programs prepare students to make a seamless transition from High School to the Community College and beyond.” Career-Technical Education foundation courses at the middle grade level provides students’ workplace readiness and work-skill basics in order to help them make wise decisions while choosing courses of study that will lead them down the pathway to a rewarding career.  Competency-based courses are offered in five program areas, with each having school-based and work-based learning opportunities. 

Dr. Dan Strickland, Superintendent stated “we have put a tremendous amount of effort into improving our Career-Technical education programs over the last fifteen years and the outcome is looking very bright.  Our teachers have persevered through dedication and diligence.  Our students have met the challenge and proven that they can excel.”  Statewide data shows that proficiency levels range from 37.5% to 83.4% and Columbus County is among the leaders with 80.6% performing at level III or better.  We are seeing steady increases each year.  That being said, I am pleased we are moving in the right direction and look forward to continued student success in the years to come.

Superintendent Strickland said, “Career-Technical Education is an essential part of a student’s overall curriculum.  Math, English, Science and Social Studies are all important academic skills and through our Career-Technical Education programs, students experience the rigor, relevance and relationships essential to the transference of those skills to employment.”

Dr. Strickland went on to say, “Career-Technical Education will play an important role in the new courses of study from the Department of Public Instruction and in the County’s Strategic Improvement Plan.  We will continue to support and improve programs in order to provide students the best possible preparation for their career choice.”  Columbus County’s Career-Technical Education programs serve over 3,500 students in grades 7-12 through 5 major program areas and 40+ course offerings. 


 

 

 

 

Annual Custodial Banquet

School of the Year - Old Dock Elementary School- Graham Andrews Lee Graham

Hallsboro-Artesia's  Willis Bennett Custodian of the Year

 

Chadbourn Middle School -Team of the Year - Derron McKenzie, Calvin Hemingway and Annie Gore

West Columbus High School- Team of the Year- Zonnel Conner, Donnie Pittman and William Vereen

Elementary School of the Year -Fair Bluff Elementary Hazel Reid and John Jackson


Columbus County Schools thanks all the custodians for the very important work that they do!


 

Virtual Public School Opening

Beginning in summer 2007,  rising 10th, 11th and 12th graders will be able to take online courses for credit through North Carolina's Virtual Public School. Students should contact their guidance counselor BEFORE leaving school for the summer.

North Carolina Virtual Public SchoolRising 9th graders will be offered courses online beginning in the fall of 2007. Rising 9th graders who are interested in enrolling in online courses should contact a guidance counselor at the high school which they will attend in the fall of 2007 immediately.

It is very important that students contact guidance counselors at their respective high schools to enroll in these courses.

Visit the North Carolina Virtual Public School for more information.

 


Kindergarten Registration for the Upcoming School Year

Kindergarten Registration Form

Columbus County Schools is currently taking applications for Kindergarten classes for the 2007-2008 school year. Parents may visit their local school and pick up applications.  If a child is 5 years old on or before October 16, 2007, parents or guardians are asked to return the completed application to the office of the school the child will attend.

Parents having questions may contact their school principal or
Kim Edwards at
642-5168.

 

More at Four Registration for the 2007-2008 School Year


Columbus County Schools is currently recruiting eligible students for the More At Four Pre-Kindergarten Program. If you are interested in the program and your child is four years old on or before October 16, 2007, please visit your local school to pick up an information form. The completed information sheet, a copy of your child's birth certificate and income verification should be returned to the school as soon as possible. We are continuing to fill rosters and slots are available.

If you have questions, please contact your local school's Principal or
Linda O'Gorman-Kelly at 642-5168.

 


Guideway Students take Spring Trip

Guideway's ROCAME and Beta Club Students visit the U.S. Capitol during their spring trip to Washington, D.C., New York City, and Bush Gardens in Williamsburg.

 


WCHS has Three Fantastic Performances with "Cinderella"





West Columbus High School closed out the musical season with a great production of  Rodgers and Hammerstein's "Cinderella". Congratulations cast and crew!

ECHS' Kiss Me Kate a Huge Success





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Congratulations to the cast and crew of Kiss Me Kate, who had two wonderful performances of this very challenging show-within-a show. The Cole Porter classic includes Shakespeare dialogue and fast changes between onstage and backstage action.

 

 

SCHS's ANNIE a Hit!





The cast and crew of South Columbus' SouthStage Company performed the musical hit "Annie" to packed houses this past weekend, getting a standing ovation on Saturday night. Click a thumbnail for larger image.


Jazz Musician Gregg Gelb in Residency at West Columbus


 

Jazz Musician Gregg Gelb recently completed a residency at West Columbus High School with the WCHS Jazz Band. Mr. Gelb worked both individually and collectively with the group for one week, culminating in a performance at Southeastern Community College that received a standing ovation. This project was made possible by a grant from the North Carolina Arts Council.


 

Parent Graduates from FBES' Family Literacy Program

Juana Saldierna, a parent from Fair Bluff Elementary School's Family Literacy Program, completed her GED. Mrs. Saldierna has two children at Fair Bluff School. She is one of the first parents to complete the program. Pictured above, Mrs. Saldierna is presenting a Powerpoint presentation on the N.C. Zoo in Asheboro to the kindergarten class. Congratulations, Mrs. Saldierna!!!!!

 

Appalachian Dulcimer Musician Anne Lough in Residency at East Columbus High School.

 

Muscian Anne Lough worked with a group of 50 East Columbus High School Choral Students, learning to build and play the mountain dulcimer. The students played with Ms. Lough in a concert at the Columbus County Arts Council Building. This project was made possible by a grant from The North Carolina Arts Council.

Please go to http://www.columbus.k12.nc.us/dulcimer for clips from the concert and a chance to comment on the project.

 

Hallsboro Middle School wins Battle of the Books



HMS won battle of the Books for the fourth year in a row and for the seventh time out of the last eight years. Williams Township was second and Guideway Elementary was third. Hallsboro Middle School also finished fifth at the district competiton. Here are the final district results for the battle of the books--Cumberland 159-New Hanover 130-Moore 114- Harnett-111- Hallsboro (Columbus)102-Hoke-86-Bladen-82-Sampson-76-Clinton City-75-Robeson-74-Whiteville-72-Brunswick-32.


 

ODES Participates in annual Soil and Water Conservation Poster Contest

Mrs. Edwards fifth grade class at Old Dock Elementary participated in the annual district Soil and Water Conservation poster contest which is sponsored by the North Carolina Association of Soil and Water Conservation. This years theme was Wetlands. Drake Clewis won 1st place at the district level and Angel Smith won 2nd place. Both are fifth graders at Old Dock Elementary School.


 

DARE Vehicle Wins 1st Place

 

Officer Dwayne Barnes' DARE vehicle was voted "Best Dressed SUV" at a recent DARE officer conference. Congratulations to Officer Barnes!


HMS Students Win At NC Indian Unity Conference

 

On March 15-17, 2007, the following students from Hallsboro Middle School entered art into the Amateur Indian Art Competition at the 32nd Annual Indian Unity Conference. They were  Brooke S., Andrew J., Danielle M., Sarah M., Brianna C., Danielle P., and Kelsey J.. The following students were winners in their categories: Danielle P.1st place($30)--Basketry; 2nd place($20)--Beadwork; 2nd place($20)--traditional art work. Danielle M. 1st place($30)--pottery. Kelsey J. 1st place($30)—traditional art work. Sarah M. 2nd place($20)—pottery.


 

Fair Bluff Elementary's Family Literacy Program Reaches Parents

 

Fair Bluff Elementary School's Family Literacy Program meets Mondays through Thursdays from 9:00 to 1:00. Instructor, Carolyn Graham, has eleven parents enrolled in the program. Parents who want to earn their GED, computer skills, or better parenting skills are encouraged to participate. The Family Literacy Program is here to help in any way possible to meet the needs of all parents.


Acme-Delco Elementary Encourages Reading Through Sharing

 

4th grade students at Acme Delco Elementary are excited about writing and seize every opportunity to share their writing with faculty and staff members. Faculty and staff members listen with pleasure.

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Williams Township, Hallsboro Middle Receive Grants


 

On Monday, February 26, WTS and HMS received a $1,000 grant from The Good Shepherd's Fund. The money will be used to teach about the harmful effects and prevention of drug and alcohol abuse. Seen accepting the grant from The Good Shepherd's Fund officers are Williams Township teacher/administrative intern Cassie Cartrette and Careers teacher Martha Jones, and Kem Dudney of Hallsboro Middle School.

 

 

 

Teacher and Principal of the Year Announced

Congratulations to Dianna Bellamy, 2nd grade teacher at Tabor City Elementary School, for being named Columbus County's Teacher of the Year. Congratulations also goes to William Wright, principal of Boys and Girls Home School for being named Principal of the Year. These two individuals are excellent examples of the wonderful teaching and administrative practices happening in all of the schools in our system.


 

Final School Improvement Survey Results

Parent
Staff
Student


Secondary Program of Studies for students entering ninth grade 2007-2008 school year


Williams Township Wins National Award

Williams Township was chosen as one of the Nation's Best Practices site for the  Technology Literacy Program form Waterford. There were only 2 schools in the nation chosen.. Kim Edwards and Suzanne Hall  presented at the National Conference for Waterford Programs in Salt Lake City, Utah in February, on all the wonderful things the students were doing with this program in grades K-3. Ms. Edwards and Ms. Hall were able to tour the institute where the program is designed and attended classes on getting better usage in the classroom using the Waterford Technology Program.


 

Chadbourn Middle School Produces Black History Program






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Chadbourn Middle School’s GEAR UP students held a Black History Program to celebrate Black History Month at the school. Several students took part in the performance of K.C.’s Dream, a play about a little girl that receives a lot of grief and criticism at school just because she is black. K.C. has a dream in which many famous black people come to her and tell her why they are prominent to black history, as well as why they and she should be proud of their heritage. Following the play were performances by the CMS chorus, and a slide show that allowed students, guests, and staff to see just how many prominent black people passed away in the last four years. The play was directed by O’dell Graham, GEAR UP Coordinator, and Maggie Anderson, SIMS Coordinator. The cast included Charnae McKenzie as K.C., Chelsea Kearney as Harriet Tubman, Deandre Billings as George Washington Carver, Antonio Willis as Nat King Cole, Rashee Mason as Martin Luther King, Jr., Eric McCollum as Michael Jordan, Lakembely McDougal as Madam C.J. Walker, Malaysia Frazier as Rosa Parks, and Jumel Jones as Frederick Douglas.


Hallsboro Middle Student wins DAR Citizenship Award


 

Richard H., student at Hallsboro Middle School, recently received the Daughter of the American Revolution Good Citizenship Award. DAR hopes that students like Richard will serve as an example to other students, helping all students achieve the citizenship qualities needed by today's nation.


 

Carolina Ballet gives "Informance"



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Three members of the Carolina Ballet in Raleigh gave informances at South, West and East High Schools to fourth and fifth graders. The dancers demonstrated dance technique and talked about the importance of healthy living and physical activity. Students were given a chance to participate and at the end of the performance the dancers gave a short sample of "The Nutcracker". Over 500 students were touched by this outreach program.


 

Chadbourn Elementary School Music Concert


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Ms. Meta Mercer's K-4 classes did a wonderful job at their recent music concert. Don't miss the video clip!


South Columbus High Band and Choral Concert


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SCHS recently held a choral and band concert. The choral director, Ms. Miranda Conner and the band director, Mr. Britton Goodwin each conducted several songs in front of an eager crowd of several hundred. Don't miss the video clips of each performance.

 

Williams Township Fundraiser a Huge Success

Students at Williams Township School recently sold candy bars to raise money for their school. Principal Nance announced that the fund drive was a very successful endeavor with the student body selling almost 700 cases of candy. Mr. Casey H. in the sixth grade sold twenty-three cases, making him the top salesman and earning him a prize of $100.00. Other top sellers included: Johnnie Wright (4th grade), Joshua Spivey (4th grade), Abby Norris (4th grade), Thomas Taylor (kindergarten), Matthew Cartret (1st grade), and Savannah Elliott (2nd grade). Williams Township wants to thank the entire community for their support in this endeavor.

 

Guideway Elementary's Spirit Week

At Guideway Elementary's Homecoming Game (vs. Cerro Gordo), Maggie S. was crowned Homecoming Queen, and Cody B. was voted Big Man On Campus. During Homecoming Week, various activities were held to promote school spirit

 

FBES More at Four receives Five Stars

Fair Bluff Elementary School is proud to announce a 5 Star Rating for its More-at-Four Program. Teacher, Louise Bracero, and teacher assistant, Sandy McGirt, have set high expectations for their students. Their hard work has paid off. Congratulations, ladies!!!

 

Chadbourn Elementary Students Have Writings Published

Several of Ms. Alison Burroughs' 4th grade students had work published in the News Reporter and the Wilmington Star News. The submissions were based on each child's favorite holiday tradition, and some students received cash awards for their efforts. Click on a thumbnail for a larger photo.

Bright Ideas Grants Awarded

 

    Congratulations to the following teachers and administrators who were awarded Bright Ideas Grants for the 2006-2007 School Year: Sherry Jordan, ECHS; Kim Andrews, ODES; Mary Gore, GES; Kathy Blake, CES; Wendy Maguire, WTS; Anita Powell, FBES; Lynn Spaulding HAES; Cynthia Kinlaw, WTS. Full details can be found here.

     Bright Ideas Grants are funded by Brunswick Electric Membership Corporation. Deadlines for submissions are generally around the end of September.

 

 


Hallsboro-Artesia Elementary Celebrates  
"Traditions around the World"



Ms Glenda Pack's Kindergarten class explored 
different cultures recently. The hope was 
to expose students to our increasingly 
"Global Society".

 

Evergreen Christmas Show


The Kindergarten Classes at Evergreen Elementary had a Christmas program for students and parents. The event was well attended and was a great success!

Acme-Delco Middle Students Participate in Toy Drive

 

 

The Acme-Delco Middle School Junior Beta Club and Cheerleaders collected toys for the WECT TV6 Holiday Smiles Toy Drive. The toys go to the Salvation Army for distribution. Approximately fifty toys were delivered to WECT TV6 on December 18, 2006 by representatives of the two groups who appeared live on the "Carolina in the Morning" news show.



Grant Opportunities with Deadlines Approaching
“Grants to Foster Inventiveness”
Lemelson-MIT InvenTeams grants foster inventiveness among high school students. InvenTeams composed of high school students, teachers and mentors are asked to collaboratively identify a problem that they want to solve, research the problem, and then develop a prototype invention as an in-class or extracurricular project.
Maximum Award: $10,000.
Eligibility: High school science, mathematics and technology teachers -- or teams of teachers -- at public, private and vocational schools; intra- and inter-school collaborations are welcome.
Deadline: April 27, 2007.

“Awards for Innovative and Progressive Thinking in Education”
The ING Unsung Heroes awards program recognizes innovative and progressive thinking in education.
Maximum Award: $27,000.
Eligibility: full-time educators, teachers, principals, paraprofessionals, and classified staff members with projects that improve student learning at K-12 public or private schools.
Deadline: April 30, 2007.

"Grants for Arts, Education, and Health Projects"
The Milagro Foundation seeks grants applications from community-based, grass-roots organizations that work with underprivileged children and youth in the areas of arts, education, and health.
Maximum Award: $5000.
Eligibility: 501(c)3 organizations in the United States.
Deadline: N/A.


"Outdoor Classroom Grant Program for the Natural Sciences"
Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation, International Paper and National Geographic Explorer! Magazine have teamed up to create an outdoor classroom grant program whose focus is to engage students in hands-on natural science experiences and allow enrichment opportunities across the core curriculum.
Maximum Award: $2,000.
Eligibility: K-12 public schools in the United States.
Deadline: N/A.


Woodman of the World Donate Flags

The local chapter of Woodmen of the World recently donated flags for each classroom in the Columbus County School System.


 

Leadership Team Collaborating with Schools






The Leadership Team from the Central Office have been traveling from school to school collaborating with teachers and administrators on school improvement. During the process the team has conducted classroom walkthroughs, helped individual schools refine their School Improvement Plan, and had conversations with students about their education. Click on a thumbnail for a larger image.

 

 

Mr. Norris Ebron Elected to All-State School Board

 

The North Carolina School Boards Association (NCSBA) has named Columbus County Board of Education member Norris Ebron to the honorary All-State School Board. Mr. Ebron was recognized during the Awards Ceremony of the Association's 37th Annual Conference for Board Member Development in Greensboro on Nov. 14. During his introduction to ceremony attendees, participants learned that his experience as a classroom teacher and principal for more than 30 years has been a tremendous asset to his board. Mr. Ebron brings to the table much practical and educational knowledge that often is a deciding factor in the board’s decision-making process. He takes the time to visit the schools, churches and civic organizations of the people he was elected to serve. In his application, fellow board members said that he can be found wherever there is a need or a concern. The All-State School Board is comprised of one board member representing one of the eight educational districts in the state. These individuals have made significant contributions to boardsmanship during their tenure on the local board of education.  NCSBA was established in 1937 as an advocate for public school education. Its mission is to provide leadership and services that enable local boards of education to govern effectively.

National School Lunch Week at Guideway Elementary School


Retired Guideway Elementary cafeteria staff help celebrate National School Lunch week. Guideway students vote for their favorite meal, with "Pete's Pizza" being chosen as their number one choice.

 

 

Acme Delco Middle School Wins Grant

Thanks to the effort of Norwood and Cheryl Long of Long’s Exxon at Bolton, Acme Delco Middle School has been awarded a $500 ExxonMobil Educational Alliance grant for the beautification of the school. Funded by the Exxon Mobil Cooperation, the ExxonMobil Educational Alliance program is designed to provide Exxon retailers like Long’s Exxon an opportunity to invest in the future of their community through educational grants to neighborhood schools. Pictured left to right: Dave Daniels (Sampson-Bladen Oil in Elizabethtown), Cheryl Long (Long's Exxon in Bolton), and Theresa Blanks (principal of Acme Delco Middle School)


Chadbourn Elementary School Honors Veteran's Day

Navy Veteran Charles Reed addresses students at CES during the recent Veteran's Day celebration. Students students saluted the flag and sang patriotic songs honoring our veterans.


Evergreen Elementary Hosts Fall Carnival


The first grade teachers, Mrs. Hooks and Mrs. Ivey along with assistants, at Evergreen Elementary School hosted an education fall centers carnival for their students. The students participated in centers from word wall bingo, math duck pond, painting a pumpkin, word go fish, and car racing. The students also enjoyed having their face painted, listening to stories in the reading center, making caramel apples, and seeing Sunflower, a pet hen. None of these activities would have been a success without the fifteen parent volunteers from the two first grade classes. The students, along with parents, had a wonder fall carnival experience. Click on a thumbnail for a larger image.

 

Guideway's Kindergarten Nursery Rhyme Friday

GES held Kindergarten Nursery Rhyme Friday on Oct. 13. The students recited Nursery Rhymes for their parents, and dressed like their favorite nursery rhymes. The students were also able to recite their sounds, say the pledge of allegiance, and count to 100. The parents were very impressed!

 

Chadbourn Elementary Students visit Fire Department

CES' first grade took a field trip to the Chadbourn-Klondyke Fire Department in recognition of Fire Safety Week. The children were allowed to walk through the ambulance and fire truck. The firemen dressed up in their gear so they could see what they looked like and the fire chief, Randy Guyton, discussed what they would do in case of a fire. Click on a thumbnail for a larger image.

 


ADES PTSO Musical


 

Third graders from Acme delco Elementray School, under the direction of Lawrence Mitchell, recently performed for those in attendance at a PTSO meeting. Click on a thumbnail for a larger image.

 


Williams Township K-5 Music Concert



 

Williams Township recently held a music concert with over 500 students and almost a thousand in attendance. There was even a special appearance by The Three Little Pigs. Students danced and sang under the the guidance of Ms. Meta Mercer.

Video clip


 

New Principals Honored

New principals Mark Bridgers (East Columbus), Harold Bellamy (Chadbourn Elementary) and Dale Norris (Tabor City Middle) were honored recently at the Principals' Executive Program Survival School for New Principals Banquet. Joining the principals were Dr. Strickland, Brad Sneedan Director of PEP and Dr. June Atkinson, State Superintendent of Public Instruction.


Josie McKoy Receives NCCTM Honor

Josie McKoy, 6th grade math teacher at Hallsboro Middle School, was selected by the North Carolina Council of Teachers of Mathematics as Columbus County Teacher of the Year for mathematics. She was honored at the NCCTM awards ceremony in Greensboro on October 6th.


Lunch with the Central Office Team at Acme Delco Elementary School

The Columbus County Schools Central Office Staff recently had lunch with students from Acme Delco Elementary School and Principal Janet Hedrick. The team was making its first round of classroom walkthroughs.

 


Williams Township Dedication

"Williams Township opened as scheduled on August 25th, welcoming a beautiful autumn and 702 students!"

On October 8th, the dedication of the new building took place. Over 300 attended as students, teachers, administrators and dignitaries addressed the crowd. The Williams Township chorus and band both performed. Click on a thumbnail for a larger image.





 


Columbus County Fair






Band Clip #1
Band Clip #2
Band Clip #3

Many arts education students recently participated in the Columbus County
Fair. The bands participated in a half time competition, several chorus and dance groups participated in the showcase on Saturday and over120 pieces were displayed in the first ever K-12 Visual Arts Showcase. Click a thumbnail above for a larger image.
 


COUNTY CAREER-TECH SCORES UP!

COLUMBUS COUNTY SCHOOL’S CAREER-TECHNICAL EDUCATION (CTE) TEST SCORES RELEASED, BY THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION, RANKS THEM 32ND, OVERALL, IN THE STATE!  THE STATE’S RANKINGS SHOW COLUMBUS COUNTY’S CAREER-TECHNICAL EDUCATION TEST SCORES TO BE AMONG THE BEST. 

THE PERCENTAGE OF STUDENTS PERFORMING AT LEVEL III OR ABOVE ON END-OF-COURSE CTE TEST SCORES, STATE-WIDE, RANGES FROM 31.3% TO 82.1% WITH COLUMBUS COUNTY AT 69%, AN INCREASE OF 2.1% OVER LAST YEAR.  GOOD ENOUGH TO MOVE THE COUNTY’S RANKING FROM 56TH PLACE IN 2005 TO 32ND IN 2006. 

CAREER-TECHNICAL EDUCATION PROGRAMS SERVE STUDENTS IN GRADES 7-12, THROUGH FIVE MAJOR PROGRAM AREAS AND 40+ COURSE OFFERINGS. 

 


 

Acme-Delco Middle Celebrates Constitution Day

On Monday, September 18, 2006 students and staff at Acme Delco Middle School celebrated Constitution Day. Various activities took place in the classrooms in order to celebrate the freedom we have as citizens of the United States of America, due to the Constitution. These activities ranged from completing writings on "What Freedom Means to Me" to playing games to test the students' knowledge of the Bill of Rights. In the afternoon, a whole-school assembly was held. 7th and 8th grade students took part in reading various amendments to the Constitution, to remind students about the rights they are entitled to by the Constitution. The 7th and 8th grade Chorus provided entertainment by singing two well-known songs; The Star Spangled Banner and Our Country Tis Of Thee. Staff and students were encouraged to wear red, white, and blue on this day. Overall, celebrating Constitution Day at ADMS was a great way to bond together as a school community and celebrate the Constitution!
 


SCHS Student Wins Art Contest

John Alan Long of South Columbus High School won the waterfowl art contest sponsored by the Southeastern Waterfowl Association of N.C. at the group's recent sponsor's banquet. Long, received a cash prize for $150 from John Lewis, president of the group. Joy Lewis is Long's art teacher.
 


Kenwood Royal selected as North Carolina Migrant Education Administrator of the Year

Mr. Kenwood Royal was selected as the North Carolina Migrant Education Administrator of the Year recently in Durham. Our congratulations are extended to him for all his hard work and dedication to Columbus County Schools.

 


First Sergeant Greg Hewett Of Air Force One
Speaks to ODES 3rd Grade Classes and 7th & 8th Graders

Old Dock Elementary

 

ODES students responded with absolute awe and reverence when they received a visit from First Sergeant Greg Hewett of Air Force One (the president’s private plane).  First Sergeant Hewett is a native of the Guideway community who attended Guideway Elementary and graduated from Nakina High School.  He married Janet Ball, a native of the Poley Bridge community.  First Sergeant Hewett and Mrs. Hewett have three children who attend Old Dock:  Andrew, Amanda, and Ashley.

He shared his experience as First Sergeant with students and gave them one of the greatest hands-on history lessons they will ever learn.  He also presented a video about Air Force One and discussed various aspects of his job.  Students and teachers were very impressed with First Sergeant Hewett’s presentation.  We feel honored that First Sergeant Greg Hewett took time out of his busy schedule to speak with us.
 


 

Constitution Day Activities at Old Dock Elementrary


Holiday Concerts

Recent evenings have been filled with joyous songs from the season. Thanks to all of the teachers and especially the students who help bring happiness to our community through song, dance, drama and art.

 

TCMS Wins Yam Display



The students at Tabor City Middle School created an award winning display for the Yam Festival called "The Yam Bowl". This was a football game with full teams and cheerleaders all made from Yams! Click on a thumbnail for a larger image.

 


Guideway's Kindergarten Nursery Rhyme Friday

GES held Kindergarten Nursery Rhyme Friday on Oct. 13. The students recited Nursery Rhymes for their parents, and dressed like their favorite nursery rhymes. The students were also able to recite their sounds, say the pledge of allegiance, and count to 100. The parents were very impressed!

 


Chadbourn Elementary Students visit Fire Department

CES' first grade took a field trip to the Chadbourn-Klondyke Fire Department in recognition of Fire Safety Week. The children were allowed to walk through the ambulance and fire truck. The firemen dressed up in their gear so they could see what they looked like and the fire chief, Randy Guyton, discussed what they would do in case of a fire. Click on a thumbnail for a larger image.

 


ADES PTSO Musical


 

Third graders from Acme delco Elementray School, under the direction of Lawrence Mitchell, recently performed for those in attendance at a PTSO meeting. Click on a thumbnail for a larger image.

 


Williams Township K-5 Music Concert



 

Williams Township recently held a music concert with over 500 students and almost a thousand in attendance. There was even a special appearance by The Three Little Pigs. Students danced and sang under the the guidance of Ms. Meta Mercer.

Video clip


 

New Principals Honored

New principals Mark Bridgers (East Columbus), Harold Bellamy (Chadbourn Elementary) and Dale Norris (Tabor City Middle) were honored recently at the Principals' Executive Program Survival School for New Principals Banquet. Joining the principals were Dr. Strickland, Brad Sneedan Director of PEP and Dr. June Atkinson, State Superintendent of Public Instruction.


Josie McKoy Receives NCCTM Honor

Josie McKoy, 6th grade math teacher at Hallsboro Middle School, was selected by the North Carolina Council of Teachers of Mathematics as Columbus County Teacher of the Year for mathematics. She was honored at the NCCTM awards ceremony in Greensboro on October 6th.


Lunch with the Central Office Team at Acme Delco Elementary School

The Columbus County Schools Central Office Staff recently had lunch with students from Acme Delco Elementary School and Principal Janet Hedrick. The team was making its first round of classroom walkthroughs.

 


Williams Township Dedication

"Williams Township opened as scheduled on August 25th, welcoming a beautiful autumn and 702 students!"

On October 8th, the dedication of the new building took place. Over 300 attended as students, teachers, administrators and dignitaries addressed the crowd. The Williams Township chorus and band both performed. Click on a thumbnail for a larger image.





 


Columbus County Fair






Band Clip #1
Band Clip #2
Band Clip #3

Many arts education students recently participated in the Columbus County
Fair. The bands participated in a half time competition, several chorus and dance groups participated in the showcase on Saturday and over120 pieces were displayed in the first ever K-12 Visual Arts Showcase. Click a thumbnail above for a larger image.
 


COUNTY CAREER-TECH SCORES UP!

COLUMBUS COUNTY SCHOOL’S CAREER-TECHNICAL EDUCATION (CTE) TEST SCORES RELEASED, BY THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION, RANKS THEM 32ND, OVERALL, IN THE STATE!  THE STATE’S RANKINGS SHOW COLUMBUS COUNTY’S CAREER-TECHNICAL EDUCATION TEST SCORES TO BE AMONG THE BEST. 

THE PERCENTAGE OF STUDENTS PERFORMING AT LEVEL III OR ABOVE ON END-OF-COURSE CTE TEST SCORES, STATE-WIDE, RANGES FROM 31.3% TO 82.1% WITH COLUMBUS COUNTY AT 69%, AN INCREASE OF 2.1% OVER LAST YEAR.  GOOD ENOUGH TO MOVE THE COUNTY’S RANKING FROM 56TH PLACE IN 2005 TO 32ND IN 2006. 

CAREER-TECHNICAL EDUCATION PROGRAMS SERVE STUDENTS IN GRADES 7-12, THROUGH FIVE MAJOR PROGRAM AREAS AND 40+ COURSE OFFERINGS. 

 


 

Acme-Delco Middle Celebrates Constitution Day

On Monday, September 18, 2006 students and staff at Acme Delco Middle School celebrated Constitution Day. Various activities took place in the classrooms in order to celebrate the freedom we have as citizens of the United States of America, due to the Constitution. These activities ranged from completing writings on "What Freedom Means to Me" to playing games to test the students' knowledge of the Bill of Rights. In the afternoon, a whole-school assembly was held. 7th and 8th grade students took part in reading various amendments to the Constitution, to remind students about the rights they are entitled to by the Constitution. The 7th and 8th grade Chorus provided entertainment by singing two well-known songs; The Star Spangled Banner and Our Country Tis Of Thee. Staff and students were encouraged to wear red, white, and blue on this day. Overall, celebrating Constitution Day at ADMS was a great way to bond together as a school community and celebrate the Constitution!
 


SCHS Student Wins Art Contest

John Alan Long of South Columbus High School won the waterfowl art contest sponsored by the Southeastern Waterfowl Association of N.C. at the group's recent sponsor's banquet. Long, received a cash prize for $150 from John Lewis, president of the group. Joy Lewis is Long's art teacher.
 


Kenwood Royal selected as North Carolina Migrant Education Administrator of the Year

Mr. Kenwood Royal was selected as the North Carolina Migrant Education Administrator of the Year recently in Durham. Our congratulations are extended to him for all his hard work and dedication to Columbus County Schools.

 


First Sergeant Greg Hewett Of Air Force One
Speaks to ODES 3rd Grade Classes and 7th & 8th Graders

Old Dock Elementary

 

ODES students responded with absolute awe and reverence when they received a visit from First Sergeant Greg Hewett of Air Force One (the president’s private plane).  First Sergeant Hewett is a native of the Guideway community who attended Guideway Elementary and graduated from Nakina High School.  He married Janet Ball, a native of the Poley Bridge community.  First Sergeant Hewett and Mrs. Hewett have three children who attend Old Dock:  Andrew, Amanda, and Ashley.

He shared his experience as First Sergeant with students and gave them one of the greatest hands-on history lessons they will ever learn.  He also presented a video about Air Force One and discussed various aspects of his job.  Students and teachers were very impressed with First Sergeant Hewett’s presentation.  We feel honored that First Sergeant Greg Hewett took time out of his busy schedule to speak with us.
 


 

Constitution Day Activities at Old Dock Elementrary


Holiday Concerts

Recent evenings have been filled with joyous songs from the season. Thanks to all of the teachers and especially the students who help bring happiness to our community through song, dance, drama and art.

 

 

 

Three Rivers Federation FFA Officers Elected

The Three Rivers Federation is made up of the Columbus and Bladen County High Schools and is part of the new South Central FFA Region. The FFA is the largest and oldest vocational student organization in the State. Recently, several students from Columbus County Schools were elected as officers.

 

L-R Front Row
Darren Norris, South Columbus, Sentinel
Kori McPherson, Whiteville, Reporter
Mark Moore, East Bladen, Treasurer
Matthew Barnhill, West Columbus, Secretary
Marlena Guyton, West Bladen, Vice-President
Aaron Ward, East Columbus, President
L-R Back Row
Jordan Hill, West Columbus, Parliamentarian
Ethan Malpass, East Columbus, Parliamentarian
Kurt Best, South Columbus, Chaplain
Olivia Strickland, West Columbus, Historian
Katherine Hern, East Columbus, Historian

Click to view video from Williams Townships trip to Washington DC


Constitution Day Activities Pictures from ODES

(click on thumbnail for a larger view)


Old Dock Elementary School Remembers 9/11

Principal Richard Gore addresses the student body in a short ceremony on Monday September 11th.


Williams Township Holds Regional "Reading First" Conference

Williams Township recently hosted a Reading First district meeting which consisted of 8 counties and the DPI consultants. Principal Mitch Nance hosted the conference and luncheon which was held at Southeastern Community College. This program focuses on putting proven methods of early reading instruction in classrooms. Through Reading First, states and districts receive support to apply scientifically based reading research to ensure that all children learn to read well by the end of third grade.


SCHS' FFA Competes


The FFA at South Columbus High School recently competed in Agronomy and Tool contests.


2005-2006 No Child Left Behind Adequate Yearly Progress Released

The report can be viewed by clicking this link.


 

SCHS Student Places 4th in National Conference

Placing 4th in the nation was no easy task for Justin Spivey, a senior at South Columbus High School, it took many hours of studies and hard work. 
     Justin competed in the Pharmacology division among the 3 top finalist from 44 states at the National Leadership Conference of the Health Occupations Students of  America.  The conference was held June 21-26 in Anaheim, California.
      The invitation to compete on a national level was extended to Justin in April when he took 3rd place in the North Carolina.  Only the top 3 are invited to compete nationally.  From that point on, Justin was dedicated to studying the pharmacology concepts through the given text references as well as listening to online lectures in pharmacology through Duke University.
     Justin has been involved in the Allied Health Sciences Program at SCHS for the  past 2 years taking an Anatomy course and then an advanced level clinical class.  During that time, he was exposed to numerous different medical professions both in the classroom and clinical setting…one of his favorite being the pharmacy at Columbus Regional Healthcare System.


 

Archives Updated

Several historic photos of Columbus County's educational past have been added to our archive page.


 

West Columbus Viking Baseball Team
State 1-A Runner Up

 

The West Columbus Viking Baseball team finished the season 28-4 and was runner up in the State 1-A Championship Series played at North Carolina State University. Congratulation to all the coaches players and fans of the Viking baseball team for a stellar season.

Photo by Dan Biser

 

 

Hallsboro Artesia Students Participate in "Lunch with the Superintendent"

 


Superintendent Dr. Dan Strickland recently had lunch with students from Hallsboro Artesia Elementary School, and principal Lynn Spaulding. The students had a lively discussion with the superintendent about school life. Each student was thanked and presented with a certificate by Dr. Strickland.

 

What a wonderful and inspiring experience we had at the convocation! It was wonderful to be together as a group and I hope all of you left with the same inspired sense of purpose that I did.

"Preparing today's students for tomorrow's world." This our new slogan. But what does it mean? In short, it means that we must break the mold of traditional teaching approaches that worked with yesterday's students, and embrace innovative teaching methods that will engage today's student. We live in an ever-changing world, and if our students are to thrive in the future we must commit today to giving them lessons that are complex, rigorous and relevant, and we must also provide them with the well-rounded education that will be needed as they embark upon their adult lives. We are committed to continuing the programs that have been successful in the past, but we are also dedicated to the idea that innovations must occur in order for our children to achieve their full potential as students and human beings.

Columbus County Schools strives to create respectful, responsible adults, and to do so means that each one of us must aspire to provide our children with the skills and aptitudes necessary to succeed not only in today’s world, but also in the world of tomorrow. I challenge each of you to join in this very important venture as we dedicate ourselves to the education of the children of Columbus County.

 - Dan Strickland
   Superintendent

 

 

 

Lynn Spaulding Named Principal of the Year

 

Hallsboro Artesia Elementary School Principal Lynn Spaulding was voted Principal of the Year at the principal's meeting on April 25th.


Graduation Dates Set for High Schools

East Columbus June 10th 8:30AM - Auditorium

South Columbus June 10th 9:00AM - Athletic Field

West Columbus June 12th 9:00AM - Auditorium


East Columbus FFA Excels in Events

The East Columbus FFA participated in the Three Rivers Federation Parliamentary Procedure and Public Speaking Career Development Events (CDE’S) that were held at South Columbus High School on February 23rd, 2006.  The East Columbus FFA finished first in the Parliamentary Contest and third in the Extemporaneous Speaking Contest.  The Parliamentary Procedure CDE consists of a team of six officers conducting a mock meeting according to Robert’s Rules of Order.  The officers have to present motions and carry out discussion for approximately 12 minutes.  The opening and closing parts of the FFA ceremony are also included.  All members of the team are in official dress.

 The Extemporaneous Speaking CDE has the participants to speak on a topic that is picked by the judges for approximately 5 minutes.  Each contestant is allowed 30 min to prepare an outline from which they give a presentation before the judges and at the conclusion are asked questions about the topic to determine their knowledge in the subject area.  This leadership CDE requires that the contestant be in official dress.

 

The East Columbus High School FFA participated in the 2006 Southeast Regional Rally that was held at Lenoir Community College in Kinston, NC on April 25th. The East Columbus FFA was an overall winner in the Agricultural Mechanics CDE( Career Development Event). This event is composed of a written problem solving part and knowledge test along with the demonstration of skill levels in welding and small engine maintenance and troubleshooting. The competition included 30 teams from across the Southeastern part of North Carolina. The first place team from East Columbus will be competing in the State Agricultural Mechanics Event which will be held during the NC State FFA Convention in June.

 


West Columbus Student wins National Scholastic Award

Jonathan Hinson, a student at West Columbus High School, has won an award in the National Scholastic Art Show. Jonathan will travel with his family and art teacher, Larry Hewett to receive the award June 8th in New York City at Carnegie Hall. The sculpture will remain on display in New York.


News

Congratulations to Hallsboro Middle School teacher Kem Dudney who was selected as Southern District Elementray School Physical Educator of the Year by the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE). Kem will be competing April-25th-29th in Lake City Utah for the NASPE National Elementary School Physical Education Teacher of the Year.

Congratulations to the following students who were accepted into the Governor's School Program: ECHS- Jessica Greene and Ashleigh Riley. SCHS- Hannah-Jo Prince. These students will attend an intensive six week program this summer.

The East Columbus High School Gator Batallion participated in the Fourth Annual North Brunswick High School Drill, Rifle and Raider Meet recently.  With 27 schools competing, the ECHS Gators placed 1st overall in the Drill Competition and 3rd overall in the Rifle Match.

 


Tabor City Middle Students Participate in "Lunch with the Superintendent"

Dr. Dan Strickland and several students from Tabor City Middle School discussed school issues over lunch recently. The students were asked questions about school life and were given a chance to ask questions of Dr. Strickland. Afterwards, the students were congratulated and given certificates.


NCAEOP Administrators Banquet

Dr. Dan Strickland attended the state NCAEOP Administrators Banquet in Greensboro along with (from L) Rena Johnson, Delois McKenzie and Marilyn Ward.


Williams Township Career Fair

On March 22, 2006, Williams Township School hosted a middle school career fair. The staff and students of Williams welcomed to their campus twenty-five guests who talked about their careers. Each student picked three sessions to attend and then were treated to a special lunch in the gym. Students and staff alike voted the event an overwhelming success!


Williams Township School is proud to announce that Zachary F. (8th grade) and Brittany W. (4th grade) were each nominated and selected to win the DAR Good Citizenship Medal. They received their awards on March 8th at a reception sponsored by the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (Major General Robert Howe Chapter). Both students were chosen because they are honorable and courageous young people. They exemplify good character and are always willing to help others as needed. Congratulations!

Hallsboro Middle School wins "Battle of the Books"

The Battle of the Books competition for Columbus County Schools was held March 10 in the auditorium of South Columbus High School. For the third year in a row first place was carried home by Hallsboro Middle School. Eight middle schools in the county participated. Each team read a list of 27 classic and award-winning titles and answered questions in a random round- robin style. Although Hallsboro Middle has won six of the last eight years, team coach Peggy Blanchard was heard to remark that "the competition is getting harder every year." Evergreen Elementary School came in second and Cerro Gordo Elementary School was third. The HMS team will advance to the Eastern Regionals to be held in Wilmington on April 6th. Team members include (LtoR top photo) Kelsey M., Shanice S., George T., Natalie M., Summer J., Amanda C., Hollie K., and Coach Peggy Blanchard. Not shown are coaches Norma McCullen, and Velvet Hardwick.


Bus "Roadeo" Winners

 

The 14th Annual Columbus County/Whiteville City School Bus Roadeo was held March 23, 2006 at South Columbus High School.  There were 14 contestants who completed an obstacle course that challenged their school bus driving skills.  This year’s winner was Sue Wilson from Cerro Gordo Elementary School.  She received a 1st place trophy and $100.00 sponsored by Carquest of Whiteville.  The second place winner was John Jackson from Fair Bluff Elementary School.  He received a 2nd place trophy and a $50.00 gift certificate sponsored by Jacobs Cars and Used Parts of Council. The Third Place winner was Lisa Moore from East Columbus High School.  She received a 3rd place trophy. First through Third place winners were also awarded car care packages sponsored by Black’s Tire Service in Whiteville.  Each contestant received a certificate of participation and enjoyed drinks and snacks provided by local sponsors.  Sponsors included:  Blacks’ Tire Service, Carquest Auto Parts, Jacob’s Cars & Used Parts, Stevens & Hasty, Coca-Cola Bottling Co., Campbell Oil Company, Clarks Auto Glass, Brooks Oil Company, Sellers Dirt Works, and Roger Chestnutt’s Backhoe Service.  The 1st and 2nd place winners will go on to compete in the District Roadeo in Clinton on May 2, 2006.


ECHS Student Wins 1st Place in Juried Art Competition

 Adriana Nunez, 12th grader at East Columbus High School, won 1st place in the UNC-Pembroke 25th annual high school juried art competition. The title of the work is "Pieces of Sarai" which used skin and hair from magazines to create a portrait. 


SCHS JROTC is Awarded Prestigious "Honor Unit With Distinction"

 

The Corps of Cadets of South Columbus High School earned the highest rating possible for a JROTC Battalion during its Annual Formal Inspection, conducted on March 24, 2006. An Inspection Team from U.S. Army Cadet Command, Fort Monroe, Virginia evaluated the cadets in 10 areas. Two areas, Supply Operations and Records Administration, received a perfect score. The battalion received an overall rating of 96.1%. Inspection Team Leader Mr. Buck Jenkins commended Cadet First Lieutenant Allana Townsend (Supply) and Cadet Sergeant First Class Alan Larrimore (Records) for their professionalism and leadership. The designation of "Honor Unit With Distinction" entitles South Columbus High School Principal Dr. Maudie Davis to nominate any student to the U.S. Service Academies (West Point, The Naval Academy and The Air Force Academy). The authority and privilege of nominations to the service academies is normally reserved for the U.S. President and Vice President, U.S. Senators, U.S. Representatives and State Governors.

Inspection Areas: Cadet Staff Briefing, Curriculum Knowledge, In-Ranks Inspection, Cadet Attendance/Participation, Cadet Supply Room, Inspection Records and Administration, Training Management, Public Affairs, Drill and Ceremony, and Color Guard.

Color Guard was commanded by Cadet First Lieutenant Allana Townsend. The  Drill Team was commanded by Cadet First Lieutenant Matthew Cox.


Celebrate the Arts

Over 350 students and 1000 audience members participated in Celebrate the Arts March 19th at East Columbus High School. Six performances and over 700 pieces of art were presented on Sunday, making Celebrate the Arts the largest student arts festival in the state. All photos by Fuller Royal.

Fuller Royal's Celebrate the Arts Slideshow (a must see)
It works now!

 

Williams Township Students collect "Pennies for Patients"

 

 

From February 6-10, 2006, students at Williams Township School collected money for the Pennies for Patients campaign. Pennies for Patients is sponsored by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of North Carolina. The money that was collected will help juvenile patients that are battling blood cancers. The top three fundraising classes were: Mrs. Barkley's class, Mr. Nance's class, and Mrs. Worley's class. Altogether, the whole school collected $1,960.76 to donate to the charity

      

 

 


Williams Township Receives Donors Choose Grants

 

The Pre-K class at Williams Township has received 14 grants funded since last April through Donors Choose. Donors Choose is a non-profit web site, http://www.donorschoose.org where teachers submit project proposals for materials or experiences their students need to learn. These ideas become classroom reality when concerned individuals, whom are called Citizen Philanthropists, choose projects to fund. When the proposal is funded the materials are purchased through Donors Choose and are sent directly to the school. Any individual can search such proposals by areas of interest, learn about classroom needs, and choose to fund the project(s) they find most compelling. In completing a project, donors receive a feedback package of student photos and thank-you notes, a teacher impact letter, and an expenditure report showing that their tax-deductible gift was spent as directed. Some of the projects that have been funded to WTS Pre-K are A Sensory Garden, Everyone Can Read, Engaging Students in Science, Early Literacy in a Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Room and others including the latest one “ Let it Snow” in which "Instasnow" was provided through the grant to expose the Pre-K students to snow. “ It was such a delight to see the faces of our children who had never seen snow before” says Pre-K teacher Cathy Lovett. "The grants funded through Donors Choose have provided our classroom with the “extras” needed for educational student experiences. This is an excellent program and we are truly thankful to the caring donors who help provide teachers with the materials they need."


 

Williams Township Students Utilize "Kidpix" Software

During January through February 2006, Mrs. Barkley and Mrs. Lewis' Kindegarten class read and listened to many stories about mice, and learned many mouse facts. The students then used a software program called KidPix to write and illustrate My Mouse Stories after reading the book Mouse Count. A complete list of the books that the students read and more illustrations can be viewed at: http://teacherweb.com/NC/WilliamsTownshipElementary/CheriBarkley/hf1.stm


Chadbourn Elementary Students Perform for Seniors

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A group of Chadbourn Elementary School students performed several songs for a lunch-time crowd at the Chadbourn Senior Center. The students sang many songs complete with choreography including one song celebrating Black History Month. The seniors in attendance were delighted with the performance.

 

 

Tabor City Middle Students Participate in Week-Long Artist Residency

 

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Sixth graders at Tabor City Middle School recently had the experience of  spending a week with "The Magic of African Rhythm" , a group from Liberia, Africa. Over the course of 4 days, the students learned about African Culture, focusing on the "Adinkra" , a set of symbols that represent positive character traits. Each student decorated his or her own shirt with symbols that had special meaning. The students also performed African dance and songs for the 7th and 8th graders, who watched the show with intense delight. The 6th graders then went to West Columbus High School, where they performed for the entire student body and were very well received. For the grand finale the students also performed for the community in a wonderful evening performance. The residency and performances were made possible by a grant from the North Carolina Arts Council.

 


 

West Columbus pilots "Freshman Life" Program

 

 

 

 

 


At West Columbus High School, Character Counts! In its third year of their Comprehensive School Reform Grant, WC is focusing on Character Education. To kick off the school year, Character Education guru, Dr. Phillip Vincent, conducted a workshop for the entire faculty.  In addition, selected teachers received additional leadership staff development from Dr. Joseph Hoedel. One of many character initiatives at WC, a mandatory elective for all Freshmen entitled Freshmen Life, is one of which they are most proud.  The acronym LIFE stands for Lessons Impacting Future Endeavors.   Dr.  Joseph Hoedel's curriculum, "Leading With Character", has been implemented in this course.  Principal Worley Edwards, reports he is extremely pleased with the positive impact this course has had on the students and that he can see a difference in the character of WCHS students.  Kudos to Mr. Edwards and his staff for this positive effort!


 

Fair Bluff Elementary Students participate in "Lunch with the Superintendent"

Fair Bluff Elementary School Students of the Month had the privilege to 
eat lunch with superintendent, Dr. Dan Strickland. Also joining them for 
lunch were board members, Ricky Bullard and Norris Ebron. 

Students shared information about the activities and events and discussed their 
favorite subjects. Dr. Strickland gave each student an award and a bag 
filled with goodies. The students thanked their guests and invited them 
to visit again soon.

WTS 2nd Graders Perform

Williams Township School 2nd Grade Students sing two songs after the Thursday, February 9 Aggie Club Meeting.


Hallsboro Middle School awarded Archery Grant


Kem Dudney, Physical Education Teacher at Hallsboro Middle School, was recently awarded a grant from the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission for indoor archery equipment. The "Archery in the Schools Pilot Program" awarded Ms. Dudney $3000 for bows, arrows, targets and indoor netting. Hallsboro Middle School was the only school in a 13 county district to be awarded the grant. Ms Dudney has also received  a "Hoops for Heart" grant for $2500, one of only 18 such grants awarded in the entire country. Since 2002 Ms. Dudney and HMS have been awarded over $110,000 in grants. Ms. Dudney is the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance North Carolina Teacher of the Year. She was recently named the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Southern District Teacher of the Year and will be traveling to Utah to compete for AAHPERD National Teacher of the Year April 25th.


 

Acme Delco Elementary Students participate in "Lunch with the Superintendent"

Dr. Dan Strickland, Superintendent of Columbus County Schools, discusses education with students from Acme Delco Elementary School. The "Lunch with the Superintendent" program is  designed as a forum for students to offer suggestions and insights. Over the coming weeks, Dr. Strickland will be meeting with groups of students from each of the schools in the Columbus County system.


 

ODES Receives $4500 Grant

Old Dock Principal Richard Gore receives a check from PTO president Ken Buck in the amount of $4500. The grant, received through International Paper, will be used to supplement and improve the school's Physical Education programs.


 

Chadbourn Elementary School's After School Arts Program Performance


Winter Glow

The time has changed now
The leaves are gone
The cold winter air
Will be alone

 Soon there will be
A little, little Glow
Oh what do you think it will be?
Snow!!
Snow!!

 

Chadbourn Elementary School students who participate in the After School Arts program perform for the student body. The students performed poetry and skits to the delight of the audience.


Acme Delco Middle Students Present Birdhouses

Ms. Ezzell's Career Exploration students present Mrs. Saulter with birdhouses built as part of the Learn and Serve program. The birdhouses were given to The Ransom Senior Center.

 


Acme Delco Elementary Teacher receives WECT- Channel 6 Golden Apple Award

Principal Janet Hedrick congratulates Myra Creech after Ms. Creech was selected to receive WECT's Golden Apple Award.  Ms. Creech was nominated by three of her students at ADES.


 

CCS Teachers receive National Board Certification

Principals Lynn Spaulding of Hallsboro Artesia Elementary School and Reginald Lewis of East Columbus High School stand with Columbus County's newest National Board Certified Teachers, Ms. Rose Simmons and Mr. Charles Williamson, who were recognized at a meeting of the Columbus County School Board on December 5th.


NCAEOP Luncheon

At the recent North Carolina Association of Educational Office Professionals luncheon, Mr. Paul Pope was named NCAEOP Administrator of the Year and Ms. Linda Gore was named NCAEOP Educational Office Professional of the Year. The Luncheon included speakers, door prizes and entertainment by the Chadbourn Middle School Chorus.


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Fair Bluff Elementary School's "Drop Everything and Read" Program

Fair Bluff Elementary School has implemented a reading program that encourages each student to read. Twice a week for 45 minutes, students and teachers stop their normal lessons and read in class. In the More at Four program, students are read a story by their instructor. The innovative program hopes to increase reading scores.


Reading First at Williams Township and
Cerro Gordo Elementary

The Reading First program is centered around the 5 components of reading: Phonemic awareness, Phonics, Fluency, Vocabulary, and Comprehension. Each class from Kindergarten to 3rd grade has an uninterrupted 90 minute block of literacy time for whole group and small group instruction, then an extra 30 minute block for intervention and skill development.


      
      

Chadbourn Elementary School Celebrates UTOTES Program

Chadbourn Elementary School recently held a celebration of their UTOTES program (Using the Outdoors to Teach Experiential Science). Student performed several different songs and poems that celebrated nature for a large group of parents and supporters. The UTOTES  program transforms school grounds into educational resources for hands-on learning. CES constructed a garden and a bird observation area that has generated much excitement about science among the students.

 

 

 

Holiday Concert Performances

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Several Columbus County Teachers were awarded Bright Idea Grants recently at a luncheon given in their honor by Brunswick Electric Membership Corporation. Sammie Worley and Carolyn Barnes (Fair Bluff Elementary), Jimmy Dale Price (Guideway Elementary), Lynn Spaulding , Sandra Simmons, and Tara Pate (Hallsboro Artesia Elementary) Kelly Strickland Graham (Tabor City Elementary), Marcia Field and Luann Pickell (Williams Township Elementary), Velvet Hardwick (Hallsboro Middle School) and Julie Sellers (Williams Township Elementary) won grants totaling $11,847 for projects related to classroom instruction.


Mrs. Cheryl Long of Long's Exxon in Bolton presents two $500 checks to ECHS principal Reggie Lewis while Dave Daniel of Sampson Bladen Oil Company looks on.  The grants are part of the ExxonMobile Educational Alliance Program.


West Columbus High School art teacher Larry Hewett won "Best in Show" at the Yam Festival Adult Art Show.


South Columbus and West Columbus High Schools competed at the North Carolina Theatre Conference Play Festival held at WCHS on October 21st and 22nd.



ECHS Celebrates AYP Day
 
Faculty and Staff Members at East Columbus High School recently celebrated AYP day by wearing t-shirts commemorating the school's success in the federal No Child Left Behind program.

 

 

  • Principal Mitch Nance addresses an audience of over 500 on October 6th in the Williams Township Gym. Over 450 K-5 music students, lead by teacher Meta Mercer, presented several songs complete with singing and dancing. View a video of the finale (50 MB).


    Tarradiddle Players Perform

    The Tarradiddle Players of Charlotte, performed "Beauty and the Beast" for  900 second graders on September 30th. The group also did workshops with students from Chadbourn Middle School and Chadbourn Elementary School.