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GCHS Proud to Announce
Students who were honored by the NCHSAA for having a 3.5 GPA!  Incredible!
NCTAP: Dylan Beckwith
NCTAP: Dylan Beckwith
Dylan Beckwith, age 22, is the son of Karith Bishop and Leroy Beckwith. He grew up in Durham, NC and Columbus, GA before finding his home in Oxford, NC.

He graduated from Granville Central High School in 2014. Dylan played football in high school and is currently coaching a high school team which he loves more as a hobby versus a side job.

After high school graduation Dylan participated in the NC Triangle Apprenticeship Program at Schunk in Morrisville, NC. During his 4 year apprenticeship he attended Wake Technical Community College and earned an Associates degree: Applied Science in Mechanical Engineering Technology.

Apprentices work 32 hours a week and attend the community college one day a week. They get paid for 40 hours which allows them to get paid while they go to school. Their education is paid for as well so they earn a degree debt free.

NCTAP.org and the apprenticeship program is an opportunity to be considered by students and parents as they explore post secondary education and career readiness.
  • J. F. Webb Chapter Members receive Gold National Chapter Award 2018
    J. F. Webb Chapter Members receive Gold National Chapter Award 2018
    J. F. Webb FFA chapter members pose with their Gold National Chapter Award certificate at the State FFA Convention June 21st. Members include: Jocelyn Pelcastre-Gonzalez - 2018/19 Chapter Secretary, Jeffrey Salisbury - 2018/19 Chapter President, Anna Currin, Daniel Honeycutt, Erin Whitt, Andrew Keeton, Allen Yancey - 2018/19 Chapter Vice President and Regional Reporter, Curtis Murphy - 2017/18 Chapter President and Regional Parlimentarian, Victor Hermida - 2017-19 Chapter Chaplain, Jay Puckett - 2018/19 Chapter Sentinel, Trevor Jones, Colin Ellington, Ryan Snow, Rebecca Causey, and Isaac Govea-Hernandez - 2018/19 Chapter Treasurer.
  • 2018 J. F. Webb American Degree Recipients
    2018 J. F. Webb American Degree Recipients
    These J.F. Webb FFA members were recognized as American FFA Degree candidates at the 90th NC FFA State Convention Tuesday evening June 19th! Elizabeth Adcock and Daniel Govea Hernandez will receive their American FFA Degrees at the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana this October along with Betsy Murphy. J. F. Webb FFA has only had two previous recipients of the American degree and this year there will be three members at once!
  • 2018 J. F. Webb State FFA Degree Recipients
    2018 J. F. Webb State FFA Degree Recipients
    J. F. Webb FFA members Brooke Bowman, Curtis Murphy, and Miranda Brown received their State FFA Degrees at the 90th NC State FFA Convention on Wednesday evening, June 20th. The State FFA Degree is the highest degree that a state FFA association can bestow. Alexis Hayes is also a State FFA Degree recipient from J. F. Webb FFA.
  • Curtis Murphy - FFA High Scoring Individual
    Curtis Murphy - FFA High Scoring Individual
    Curtis Murphy was identified as high scoring individual in the NC FFA State Agricultural Mechanic Career Development Event held at the 90th NC State FFA Convention in Raleigh June 19th through 21st.
  • Curtis Murphy Receives His Third High Scorer Award of the Year
    Curtis Murphy Receives His Third High Scorer Award of the Year
    Curtis Murphy of the J. F. Webb FFA Chapter made history by earning three high scoring individual awards for state level career development events at this year’s NC State FFA Convention. Curtis was high scorer in Land Judging, Senior Farm Business Management for 2017 and for 2018, and is pictured here receiving the high scoring plaque for State Agricultural Mechanics. The award was presented by State FFA Officers Caroline Yount and Nick Oldham.
  • Junior FBM Team Receives Third Place in the State 2018
    Junior FBM Team Receives Third Place in the State 2018
    J. F. Webb FFA Senior Farm Business Management Team members Daniel Honeycutt, Colin Ellington, Jocelyn Pelcastre-Gonzalez, Nolan Ellington (represented by Jay Puckett), and Advisor - Teresa Murphy received their third place award plaque on stage at the NC State FFA Convention on June 21st.
  • Senior FBM Team Receives 2nd Place Award
    Senior FBM Team Receives 2nd Place Award
    J. F. Webb FFA Senior Farm Business Management Team members Allen Yancey, Jeffrey Salisbury, Erin Whitt, and Curtis Murphy received their second place award plaque on stage from State FFA Officer Nick Oldham at the NC State FFA Convention on June 21st. Curtis also received the high scoring individual award in Senior Farm Business Management.
  • J. F. Webb Chapter members participate in 2018 State FFA Convention
    J. F. Webb Chapter members participate in 2018 State FFA Convention
    J. F. Webb FFA Chapter members received American Degree recognition and prepared for Career Development Events at the State FFA Convention on June 19th. Members present include: Brooke Bowman - Floriculture, Trevor Jones - Tool ID, Rebecca Causey - Floriculture, Ryan Snow - Tool ID, Alyssa Rash - Tool ID, Victor Hermida - 2018/19 Chapter Officer, Jocelyn Pelcastre-Gonzalez - Floriculture, Andrew Keeton - Nursery Landscape, Curtis Murphy - Ag. Mechanics and Nursery Landscape, Isaac Govea-Hernandez - Chapter Officer, Allen Yancey - Nursery Landscape, Erin Whitt - Floriculture, Anna Currin - Forestry, Jay Puckett - Nursery Landscape, Taylor Stovall - Tool ID, Elizabeth Adcock - American Degree, and Daniel Govea-Hernandez - American Degree.
  • Cameron Pearce - GECHS Student Defending Our Country
    Cameron Pearce - GECHS Student Defending Our Country
    Cameron Pearce is our new soldier as of August 3, 2017. Cameron completed basic training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri this summer. His unit is: E788MPBN, 3rd Platoon Spartans. Once a Spartan always a Spartan! Cameron will complete year five at Granville Early College High School in May 2018. We are all so proud of Cameron!
  • Cameron Pearce - GECHS Student Defending Our Country
    Cameron Pearce - GECHS Student Defending Our Country
    Cameron Pearce is our new soldier as of August 3, 2017. Cameron completed basic training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri this summer. His unit is: E788MPBN, 3rd Platoon Spartans. Once a Spartan always a Spartan! Cameron will complete year five at Granville Early College High School in May 2018. We are all so proud of Cameron!
Granville County Students participate in NC Honors Chorus
Granville County Students participate in NC Honors Chorus
5th graders Jana Tackema and Grayson Gaul, of Tar River, and Natalya Silver, from Creedmoor Elementary, were selected by the state judge to be members of the 2017 Elementary NC Honors Chorus. They attended The North Carolina Elementary Honors Chorus at the Stevens Center in Winston Salem and did a fantastic job of representing our county. They were accompanied by their school music teachers, Angela Mangum of Tar River and Brandon Roeder of Creedmoor Elementary. Mrs. Mangum was also recognized at the event for being the 2016 North Carolina Music Teacher of the Year.

Gen Z Students Ditch Lockers in the Age of Digital Learning (GCPS 1 to 1 technology changes school culture)

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By LIZ SCHLEMMER  SEP 14, 2017

Liz Schlemmer reports on the decreasing use of lockers at North Carolina high schools, as technology replaces the traditional use of textbooks at some schools.


Sophomore Cameron Harris is one of just eight students who has a locker at Granville Central High School.
LIZ SCHLEMMER / WUNC

The ratio of student to computer at Granville Central High is actually lower than 1-to-1. There are more computers than students when counting desktops, too. La'Kiva Young uses her laptop while in a school computer lab. Other students work on their assignment using both screens at once.CREDIT LIZ SCHLEMMER / WUNC

Precious Branch listens in Stacey Mangum's class, with a typical load of book bags on the ground.

CREDIT LIZ SCHLEMMER / WUNC

The bell rings at Granville Central High School to signal lunch time on a recent afternoon. Hundreds of students pour into the hallways carrying bright-colored backpacks, lunches and laptops. But not one student is holding a book – or stopping at a locker.

"I never use my locker," says sophomore Makayla Debolt, while standing in a long hallway of lockers. "The last time I used my locker was in the 6th grade, and I barely used it then."

Makayla’s not alone. Here at Granville Central High, students have to request a locker. Assistant Principal Dwayne Waddey has been sitting at lunch every day for the first week of school, waiting with a clipboard for students to sign up for one.

“We've got over 500 lockers and about 670 kids, and only 7 or 8 of them signed up for lockers," Waddey said. "When I got here, I asked myself why they don't use lockers, but since they have less books and with the computers, they have no need for lockers."

Granville Central High is ahead of the curve when it comes to digital learning in North Carolina. It's a rural school about 30 miles north of Raleigh that graduates about 120 students a year. When the class of 2018 graduates, each student will return a MacBook Air to the school district. This is what's called a 1-to-1 school, where every student has an assigned computer.
 

Less than 40 percent of schools in the state have a ratio of one computer per student, and at some of those schools, the students can't take the devices home. Granville County Schools started its digital initiative relatively early, back in 2009, with one high school going 1-to-1. Now it offers devices to students at all of its high schools.

The district's Director of Instructional Technology Services Vanessa Wrenn sees the trend of students not using lockers as a good sign of the school district’s progress with its digital initiative. She’d even like to see the high school some day remove all of its lockers and put charging stations in their place.


Until then, Wrenn says Granville County Schools has worked hard to get to this point.

"When you’re doing something for the first time, you’re thinking of everything. You’re thinking of the infrastructure. Can your internet handle it? Do you have enough access points? Training, your teachers, security," Wrenn said.

At first, the computers were bought with grants, and now they’re paid for fully by state funds dedicated to technology. In 2013, the North Carolina General Assembly passed a law stating its "intent to transition" to digital learning materials by 2017.

So what do those materials look like in a classroom?

Stacey Mangum is an English teacher who shares a digital notebook with her students. They can type questions from their laptops while she teaches from a smartboard.


"I can touch it, write on it, go to websites with it, and if my computer is not hooked up to it, it’s like a whiteboard," Mangum explains.

She says the technology is great for getting deep into literature and taking notes in the margin, and some students can take more advanced classes online. Mangum also likes being able to text her students reminders to study for a quiz, but she says all this technology could have a drawback.

"If you don’t know how to communicate through talking, you become shy, it becomes difficult for you to step outside of your box," Mangum said. "And when you go to apply for a job or get employment, you might not interview well."

When Mangum was in high school ten years ago at Granville South, she says she also didn’t use a locker.

"We just kind of carried everything with us,” Mangum said. “We had the giant book bags, with every textbook for our four classes."

Today, her classroom floor is strewn with bags. Although the students carry light backpacks, they also have sports equipment and jackets and snacks in hand. But it hasn’t occurred to any of them to get a locker. Sophomore Macy Lowery says her older brother tipped her that lockers just weren’t cool.

"My brother told me ‘Don’t get a locker because you’ll be the only one’,” she said. “So, I didn’t. I didn’t want to look like a freshman." The class laughs knowingly.

Another student says she thought the lockers were for decoration. In one way, Mangum says, they actually are.

"The teachers here, they know the students aren’t using them, and if they don’t have room outside of their classroom to hang and display student work, they will hang and display student work on top of the lockers," Mangum said.

Finding a Granville Central High student with a locker isn't easy. Principal Brian Mathis came across two in the course of a day. One was a freshman. Then there was sophomore Cameron Harris, who got a locker for the first time this year.

Cameron says before she was like many of her fellow classmates, carrying around all her stuff, including equipment for cheerleading and band. She was so frustrated carrying everything, that she asked her mom to bring her things to school at the end of the day.

“She was like, ‘How about you just get a locker?’ Cameron said. "I did.”

Cameron opens the door to her locker. She struggles a little, because she doesn’t remember the combination. When she finally gets it open, it is totally empty. Not a single celebrity photo, or notepad, or pack of pens, or even one textbook.

“I didn’t have much today, so I didn’t put it in there,” Cameron explains. “It’s just my bag and my shoes, so I left it in my classroom.”

Granville County junior takes part in Governor's School
Granville County junior takes part in Governor's School
Daisy Gomez Palacios, a junior at Granville Early College High School poses with Dr. Tonya Thomas, Director of Student And Support Services and Ed Mims, board member during Monday
s Granville County Board of Education meeting.
Daisy Gomez Palacios, a junior at Granville Early College High School, spent her summer learning more about natural science with her academically gifted peers from across the state.

Palacios, who was selected to attend Governor's School, was recognized during Monday’s Granville County Board of Education meeting. This year, 13 Granville students applied. According to Governor's School, each public school system superintendent may nominate one academic area student will will automatically be invited to attend. Then-Granville Superintendent Dorwin Howard selected Palacios from among the Granville applicants as his nominee.

By Miles Bates MBATES@HENDERSONDISPATCH.COM; 252-436-2837 Sep 12, 2017 Updated Sep 13, 2017
Granville Early College High School recognizes 103 Students of Merit
Granville Early College High School recognizes 103 Students of Merit
Nearly one half of Granville Early College High School's students attained the honor of Student of Merit this academic year. A ceremony was held in their honor on Monday, Sept. 25, in the Vance-Granville Community College Civic Center.

Granville Early College High School student Gabriella Fuentes Wilson, standing at right, is presented a certificate by Michael Myrick, assistant superintendent for curriculum, instruction and student services of Granville County Schools, as Stan Winborne, GCS director of high schools/middle school/Career and Technical Education and public information, looks on. In the background is Olivia Banks, counselor at GECHS. Wilson provided special music for the Student of Merit Awards program on Sept. 25 at VGCC’s Main Campus.