David Broyles Civitas News Service
January 6, 2014
DOBSON — The Surry County Board of Education regular meeting set Jan. 6 at 5 p.m. is topped by recognitions of educators and staffer accomplishments.
According to the agenda, the participation of three school entries in the Mount Airy Christmas Parade will be recognized. The School System had three entries lined up together, the “Magic School Bus,” the Teachers of the Year: Past and Present float and the North Surry High School Marching Band.
Participants on the Teachers of the Year float which will be recognized will include Callie Smith (84-85), Susan Gentry (86-87), Andy Simpson (88-89), Nancy Downs (92-93), Terri Mosley (95-96), Debbie Howlett (02-03), Jimmy Marion (04-05), Debbie Hunter (05-06), Tanya Key (08-09), Jamie Martin (12-13) and Pedro Caro (13-14). The North Surry High School band under the direction of Blake McCraw, performance will also be honored.
The Teachers of the Year: Past and Present float won the Spirit Award in the parade and set a goal to become the grand marshals of this year’s parade with more teachers on the float, and more parade entries.
The SCS Child Nutrition program will be honored for being recognized at the annual Fall Conference in Raleigh sponsored by the NC Department of Public Instruction - Child Nutrition Services Division. The Child Nutrition programs at Shoals Elementary and Copeland Elementary were recognized for their contribution to the Zone Health grant awards provided through NC Prevention Partners.
The County Child Nutrition program was also recognized for participating in the No Kid Hungry Breakfast Challenge. All schools participated in the challenge and the purpose of the challenge was to increase breakfast participation throughout the district.
According to information from the system, schools were encouraged to implement alternative breakfast programs to help strengthen communities by providing healthy, reliable meals for children at risk of hunger. Sponsors for this initiative include NC Department of Public Instruction, Southeast United Dairy Industry Association, and Communities In Schools of North Carolina.
SCS Child Nutrition Services goal is to fight morning hunger through traditional and alternative breakfast programs like the Universal Free Breakfast program offered at all eleven elementary schools and Meadowview Middle School where students receive a free, nutritious breakfast every school day. The Second Chance Breakfast program is also offered in the high schools. In this program, students have two opportunities to eat breakfast before school and at morning break.
The agenda indicates East Surry High School will be honored for being named a Signature School by the Piedmont Triad Education Consortium. East has a ranking of 19th among the best North Carolina High Schools by the US News & World Report. This includes a college readiness score indicating 32% of their seniors take AP exams with a 23% passing rate. East Surry is also a Positive Behavior Intervention Support high school—soon to be recognized at the state level as a Model School.
Additionally, East Surry has recently joined the ranks of New Schools Partner Schools in an i3 grant working with first generation college-going sophomores enabling them to earn college credit while in high school. Accomplishment for this high school is a graduation rate of 98.4% ranking them among the elite high schools in North Carolina.
Other agenda items include recognizing Tracy Pendry, STEM Coach for the Surry County Schools, who was presented with the Kenan Fellows Program at the National Science Conference in Charlotte in November.
Pendry was selected to be a Kenan Fellow in the spring of 2011 for the 2012 cohort. She collaborated with Jasmin Feimster, a biology instructor at Surry Community College, during a summer internship where she wrote lesson plans. Her fellowship lasted one year and provided her with invaluable training on instructional techniques and leadership.
It is also anticipated that Andy Hull and Surry Telephone Membership Corporation will make a donation of a portion of the “Turkey Trot” running event’s proceeds to the Surry County Schools Backpack program.
The fall campaign for the Surry County Schools Education Foundation has ended and County Schools Educational Foundation Liason Melissa White is scheduled to provide details of the campaign and make a special presentation. It is expected the board will announce the recipient of the Surry County Schools Employee of the Month award.