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School Matters - Wednesday, May 18, 2016


School Matters  - May 18, 2016 (PDF)
Governor McCrory Visits Pinebrook Elementary
Pinebrook Elementary School was a buzz on Thursday, May 12, when Governor McCrory paid a visit to the school. He spent almost two hours visiting classrooms and talking to a panel of teachers. His focus was to learn more about digital teaching and learning, the use of digital resources, and how technology has an impact on instruction. His visit included the following classrooms:
1st Grade Class - Tracy Miller
2nd Grade Class - Amy Spade
4th Grade Class - Lauren Pilcher
5th Grade Class - Kim Crotts
After a brief time with the media, the Governor participated in a teacher panel discussion. This included five high school teachers and two teachers from Pinebrook he had just visited in their classrooms. The Governor was presented a gift basket from Ketchie Creek Bakery, after which he attended a reception to meet and greet guests and local elected officials.
Thank you to everyone for making this a successful visit!
New Principal Named for WRD
Rex Allen, current principal of William R. Davie Elementary School, is retiring June 30 after 21 years of service with Davie County Schools and a total of 32 years in education with the state of North Carolina. Effective July 1, 2016, Karen Stephens will take the lead as principal at William R. Davie.
Karen Stephens currently serves as the principal of Cooleemee Elementary School. Mrs. Stephens earned her Bachelor of Science in Physical Education from Mars Hill College and her Masters in Administration from the University of Phoenix.
Before moving to Davie County, Mrs. Stephens had a successful 17 year career as a teacher in Mitchell County Schools. Mrs. Stephens served as a teacher, coach, and athletic director at Davie County High School. She moved to Rowan-Salisbury Schools to serve as assistant principal for Isenberg Elementary School. Upon her return to Davie County Schools, she served as an assistant principal at Pinebrook Elementary School before moving to Cooleemee Elementary as principal in 2012. 

Robotics Results
On April 22, Davie County Schools held its 6th Annual Robotics Competition at Davie County High School. The six elementary schools and three middle schools all competed in this year’s event. The event was judged by Clint Junker (DCS Board of Education), Teresa Kines (Dean, DCCC – Davie Campus), Danny Cartner (Davie County Schools - Retired), and Gary Bullard (Grey Engineering). A special thanks to Davie County Schools’ instructional coaches Heather Ratledge, Kelly Myers, Christy Cornatzer, and Rebecca Marion, along with Davie County High School’s National Honor Society, who supported in various roles.

This year’s elementary school theme was a throwback to the Mocksville Logistics Challenge. Pinebrook Elementary School claimed the top two spots with Robot Apocalypse (Chloe Ledford and Caleb McDaniel) taking first place overall and Explosion of Purple (Brianne Winfrey and Savannah Gouch) taking runner-up honors. The Diva Twins (Bonnie Jo Taylor and Emma K. Woodruff-Carter) from Mocksville Elementary School finished in third place.

The three Davie County middle schools competed in a brand new event. Teams engineered and built their EV3 robots to collect golf balls and return them to their assigned bin. Teams competed simultaneously on a three-dimensional table, avoiding obstacles and other teams to collect the most balls for the win. This competition incorporated remote control and the sumo wrestling aspect from the previous challenges this year. JPR Robotics (Will Jones, Josh Pilcher, Josh Clark) from North Davie Middle School were crowned champions. South Davie Middle School’s Swag Sauce (Byron Jones, Hunter Snyder, Johnathan Moore) finished as runner-up and Little Tike Gamers (Chandler Carter, Kenan Boswell, Madelyn Kenney) finished third.

Awards were also handed out for the Middle School Sumo, Dragster and Tug-of-War series. South Davie swept the series with #InsertCoolNameHere (Jake Linville, Nathan Linville, Nolan Crotts, Kaitlyn Roscoe) taking first place for the Sumo Challenge, Pro_Bots (Luke Snider, Luca Iacopi, John Vargas) taking first place for the Dragster Challenge and Swag Sauce taking first place in the Tug-of-War Challenge.

None of this would be possible without the support and tireless hours put in by the coaches of these robotics teams (CES: Teresa Carter and Christy Kauffman; CZES: Leah Hayes and Lisa Doss; MES: Kris Shepherd and Joe Ramsbotham; PES: Mary Winfrey and Brian Winfrey; SGES: Tina Pickett and Tammy Essic; WRD: Carrie Trivette and Kristy Coble; NDMS: Cindy Cline, Janet Dyson and Thomas Johnson; SDMS: Ben Baity and Emily Fanning; WEMS: Karen Martin).
Battle of the Books Winners
Middle School Battle of the Books
All three middle schools participated in the Davie County Schools' district Battle of the Books competition. These participants became experts on 27 books. The Wiilliam Ellis Middle School team was the district winner and represented Davie County in the regional competition held in Winston-Salem. Congratulations to all participants of the winning team, which include:
Cheyanne Beasley, Mary Cain, Sean Froelich, Liana Liang, Ethan Page, Rebecca Petersen, Annie Smalley, Maya Tarbet
Elementary Battle of the Books
Sixty-six students from across our district participated in an evening filled with students eager and excited to share their knowledge of the books read in preparation for the event. Congratulations to the members of the Lynx team for winning the Elementary Battle of the Books competition:
Alexis Bouldin, Mocksville
Cayden Brown, Mocksville
Carter Bracken, Cornatzer
Reid Nail, Cooleemee
Savannah Norman, Shady Grove
Tatum Childress, Shady Grove
Thank you to our many volunteers and sponsors for the exciting event showcasing our students and their passion for reading. 
Good Character Recognized
Each year, students are recognized for displaying traits of good character. The students selected to represent their schools exemplify the traits of compassion, courage, honesty, justice, loyalty, respect, responsibility and self-discipline. These students were recognized at the Character Education Awards Night held at the Brock Performing Arts Center in two separate ceremonies, one for the elementary students and another for the middle and high school students.
Jane McAllister, director of the Davie County Public Library as well as the president of the Humane Society of Davie County, was the speaker for the elementary schools and challenged the students to consider questions for building good character traits into our lives: What makes you happy?; When is it good to be stubborn?; and Why are please and thank you so important?
Austin Caviness, pastor for Salem Fork Christian Church in Dobson as well as a former WXII12 Meteorologist, shared life lessons with the middle and high school students. He shared the ‘Character before Career’ motto he had learned while attending the prep school, Stony Brook School, and encouraged students to count on the character that has been instilled in them.
The students were presented with certificates for their accomplishment. Congratulations to all the students for earning this special recognition. 
Volunteers of the Year
Davie County Schools is fortunate to have nearly 2,000 volunteers that help make the learning experience more rich for our students and lighten the load for our staff. Each year, the schools are given the challenging task of selecting their Volunteer of the Year. So many volunteers give their time and talents to help in so many different ways, so much so that this task to narrow the selection down to one person has proven to be a difficult task in deed. We thank each volunteer for his or her dedication and congratulate the following 2015-2016 Volunteers of the Year:
Tiffany Johnson, Cooleemee Elementary School 
Vickie Jarvis, Cornatzer Elementary School
John Honeycutt, Mocksville Elementary School
Priscilla Robinette, Pinebrook Elementary School
Debbie Bailey, Shady Grove Elementary School
Ted & Doreen James, William R. Davie Elementary School
Elisha Hrica, North Davie Middle School
Lynn Marrs, South Davie Middle School 
Kim Price, William Ellis Middle School​
Bruce Harry, Central Davie Academy
Cosmo Hutchens, Davie County High School
Kim Boger, Davie County Early College High School
Give Five - Read Five
The fourth annual Give Five - Read Five book drive is underway. The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction’s statewide summer reading initiative has a goal for each elementary school student to leave for the summer with five books of their own to read over the summer break. Cooleemee, Cornatzer, Mocksville, Shady Grove, and William R. Davie elementary schools are participating this year. Donations from the community are greatly appreciated and will be accepted through Tuesday, June 7, at the participating schools and the Administrative Offices at 220 Cherry Street in Mocksville.
New this year is the opportunity for all students to download free books to read over the summer using myON. More information will be shared with students in the coming weeks about how to access myON. To learn more about Give Five - Read Five from the State Superintendent, click the Learn More button below.

Congratulations Classes of 2016!
Davie County Early College High School
Saturday, May 21, 2016
11:00 AM
Calvary Baptist Church, West Campus
Central Davie Academy
Wednesday, June 8, 2016
1:00 PM
Davie County High School
Saturday, June 11, 2016
8:30 AM
War Eagle Stadium
 New High School Construction Update​

 Construction on the new Davie County High School is on schedule and within budget.  We are looking forward to moving in next summer!

Darrin L. Hartness, Ed. D.
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