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Jackie Harris of GECHS Named Principal of the Year!

about 1 month ago

2017-2018 POY from granville early college!

Veteran administrator Jackie Harris receives top honors for Granville County Public Schools.



On the morning of Thursday, September 14, Superintendent Alisa McLean and senior staff made a surprise visit to Granville Early College High School.  It was a secret visit of sorts, except for the fact that all of the students and staff knew about the occasion, except one.  An unwitting participant, Principal Jackie Harris had been summoned to her office to have a meeting with Dr. McLean.  Meanwhile, students and staff gathered in the hallway, preparing to surprise their school’s leader.  With an abrupt knock at the door, Ms. Harris was told to quickly respond to an important incident.  Her administrative instincts flung her into action, where she was then promptly startled and surprised by a throng of her students and teachers – all congratulating her for being named the Granville County Public Schools 2017 Principal of the Year!

 

Ms. Harris is a veteran educator with more than 26 years of experience, having worked as a teacher, assistant principal, and principal.  She received her undergraduate degree from NCCU and her Master’s degree from NC State University.  During her tenure as principal of Granville Early College, the school has consistently set the bar high on state testing criteria.  Currently student performance ranks the school letter grade as an “A”, with more than 95% of the students graduating on time.

 

School districts from across the state choose a Principal of the Year.  Principals nominate their colleagues for the honor, and a committee then makes the final decision.  District POYs then go on to compete at the regional level, where the winner progresses on to the state level, and eventually the national competition.

 

When asked why colleagues nominated her for this honor, Principal Harris responded, “Probably because they know how much I love my students and staff.  We truly are a team.  Nothing makes me prouder to see our students walk across the stage at graduation.  It’s a journey that we travel together, and one that I absolutely love.”

By Dr. Stan Winborne, EdD

Gen Z Students Ditch Lockers - WUNC Story about GCHS

about 1 month ago

Check out the recent story on WUNC about our kids!

WUNC recently published a great story about how today's students are abandoning their lockers.  It's an interesting piece and worth checking out!

By Dr. Stan Winborne, EdD

GCPS Continues Significant Proficiency Gains and Academic Growth

about 1 month ago

Proficiency, growth on the rise.

Momentum builds as GCPS reports continued trend in improved student achievement

At their regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, September 11, the Granville County Board of Education received a special report on the student achievement results from the 2016-2017 school year.  During this presentation, Assistant Superintendent Dr. Michael Myrick presented a series of graphs and charts providing comprehensive data on how the students performed on state tests.  The presentation focused on GCPS test score averages over the past three years compared to state and surrounding district averages.  Dr. Myrick also shared information about academic growth measures for each school, and school letter grades as assigned by the state.   

 

Data from his presentation revealed an increase in proficiency in 14 of 18 tested areas, with 18 of 19 schools having met or exceeded academic growth.  These significant gains in growth and proficiency across grade levels and content areas contribute to a multi-year positive trend for student achievement.

 

The scores for our district were generally higher than those of Vance, Warren and Person counties, and slightly lower or comparable to those for Franklin County.  All five districts in our region were at or below the overall state average in all areas.

 

In the second set of data, Dr. Myrick displayed the following chart showing how GCPS schools letter grades compared to those of local charter schools:

Letter grades for schools in our district improved compared to the previous year, with no schools reporting an F, fewer schools reporting as a D, and more schools reporting as a B.

 

School Board Chairman Dr. Thomas Houlihan commented on this set of data, saying, “Three year trends sho tremendous growth over time.  It’s very exciting to see this type of progress.  We do want to celebrate, but we don’t want to forget the work that remains.  We also don’t want to forget the hard work and dedication of all of our talented teachers.” 

 

School letter grades are determined by a state-mandated formula that uses proficiency and growth on a variety of test scores to assign a letter grade.  More information about how school letter grades are calculated can be found here:   http://www.ncpublicschools.org/docs/accountability/reporting/spgbckgrndpack15.pdf

 

Vice Chairman Leonard Peace, Sr. offered his remarks, saying “We are definitely headed in the right direction.  The teachers certainly deserve all of the credit for their hard work.” 

 

Superintendent Dr. McLean thanked Dr. Myrick for his work in this area, and summarized the presentation with these remarks, “While I can take no credit for these remarkable gains, I am excited that there is established, consistent momentum for our district.  If we are to achieve our goals of double digit improvements and 90 percent across the board, then we must use these fine results to help launch us forward. ”

Congratulations Emily Sue Temple: Regional CTE IMC of the Year!

about 1 month ago


EXCELLENCE!


Congratulations 

Emily Sue Temple! 


Honored at the CTE Summer Conference for leadership!


At a special luncheon ceremony during the annual CTE Conference held at the Greensboro Kourey Convention Center, one of our own was recognized for her outstanding leadership and commitment to excellence in serving children.  Emily Sue Temple was singled out among 19 of her peers across the NC Central Region to be named Regional IMC of the Year.

Emily Sue serves as the Instructional Management Coordinator (IMC) for Career and Technical Education (CTE) in Granville County Public Schools.  This position carries huge responsibilities, including the administration of more than 4000 state tests each year, the dissemination and coordination of curriculum materials to more than 40 teachers, coordination between business and industry to support instruction and work-based learning, and the design and implementation of staff development for all CTE teachers.  

Before becoming an IMC, she had classroom experience as a Middle Grades CTE Teacher in Agricultural Education.  She has been an IMC for 6 years, serving recently as the co-chair for the Central Region and has accepted the position of chairperson.  Emily Sue believes in CTE and the experiences and opportunities it affords students on a daily basis in our CTE Classrooms.  As an IMC, she is now helping to make the difference in the life of a child, one teacher at a time.  Emily Sue earned her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Agricultural and Extension Education and a minor in Animal Science from NC State University.  She has also completed the CTE Director Internship course offered through NCDPI.


Simply THE BEST!

Those who know Emily Sue are fully aware of her unwavering commitment to students.  Combined with a strong work ethic, outstanding communication and organization skills, and high expectations for all, Emily Sue embodies what every educator should aspire to be.  Congratulations Emily Sue.  

WE ARE PROUD OF YOU! 

By Dr. Stan Winborne, EdD

GCPS Welcomes NEW Superintendent, Dr. Alisa McLean

4 months ago

Dr. alisa mclean

GCPS Welcomes new leadership!

Granville County Board of Education Names 

New Superintendent

The Granville County Board of Education is pleased to announce the selection and appointment of Dr. Alisa McLean as the next superintendent of the Granville County Public Schools (GCPS).  Dr. McLean will take office on July 19.  

During the search process, the board carefully reviewed applications from a diverse field of 46 excellent candidates.  Although many qualified candidates applied, the board felt that Dr. McLean’s leadership, experience, and dedication to students would best serve GCPS students, staff, and the community for years to come.  The board is confident that Dr. McLean will lead the school system to even higher achievement.

Dr. McLean has enjoyed a successful career in public education spanning over 20 years in North Carolina.  Since 2016, she has served as the assistant superintendent for teaching, learning, and leadership for the Durham Public Schools.  Prior to her current position, Dr. McLean served as an area superintendent for the Durham Public Schools (2014-2016).  Dr. McLean also previously served as a school transformation coach with the N.C. Department of Public Instruction (2011-2014) and as an assistant superintendent in the Alamance-Burlington School System (2009-2011).  She began her career in public education as an assistant principal and principal in Roxboro and Hillsborough, North Carolina.

 

Dr. McLean has an impressive academic background as well, including a bachelor’s degree in English education from Elizabeth City State University.  She went on to obtain a master’s degree in educational administration and supervision from East Carolina University and a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  She also participated in and later served as a consultant and assistant director for the Principals’ Executive Program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

 

Dr. McLean looks forward to the opportunity to lead the Granville County Public Schools and becoming an active member of the community.  Dr. McLean  is the daughter of Dr. & Mrs. AC Robinson, Jr. of Elizabeth City, NC.  She and her husband, Attorney Frankie McLean are the proud parents of their daughter Imari, who is an ACC scholar track and field athlete and rising Senior at NC State University.  Dr. McLean has issued the following statement about the position: 

"I am both, excited and honored to join the Granville County Public Schools family and community.  Together, I know we will accomplish great things and surpass expectations for all of our students.  I truly believe the best is yet to come!"  

Please join the board in welcoming Dr. Alisa McLean as the new superintendent of the Granville County Public Schools.

By Stan Winborne, EdD

The 2017 GCPS District Teacher of the Year is....

6 months ago

Angela Mangum 


Music Teacher, 

Tar River Elementary School


Pictured L-R:  Angela Mangum, 2017 Teacher of the Year; David Richardson, Board Member; Alexis Benitez, 2016 Teacher of the Year; Dr. Michael Myrick, Assistant Superintendent.

Video of the announcement!

First Runner-up:  

Mary Warehime, English Teacher from Granville Early College High School

Second Runner-up:

Elizabeth Brown, 5th Grade Teacher, C.G. Credle Elementary School

At their regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, May 1, the Granville County Board of Education recognized all 19 Teachers of the Year from their respective schools.  Granville Education Foundation Executive Director, Dori Koinis announced the two runners up and the District Teacher of the Year, and presented monetary awards.  First place winner was awarded a check from the Granville Ed Foundation for $1000 and a new Apple iPad; first and second runners-up each received a check for $500. 

simply the best!

all 19 Teachers of the year!

Congratulations and thank you for all you do!

At a special banquet ceremony held on Tuesday, April 25 at Mary Potter Middle School, all Teacher of the Year recipients were honored for their service.  Joined by friends, family, and colleagues, the Teachers of the Year enjoyed a catered meal and were treated to remarks from keynote speaker, Jackie Sergent, Mayor of Oxford.  Ms. Sergent's remarks in their entirety follow below:


“Teaching is the greatest act of optimism.” (Colleen Wilcox)

And can there be a better place to celebrate the optimists than here with each of you? 

It is a true honor for me to be before you tonight on such an auspicious occasion.   I’d like to thank the Granville Ed Foundation for its sponsorship and support of this evening and our schools, along with Dr. Howard and his staff for taking a leap of faith in asking me to speak to you today, as I believe that there are so many others in the area that are more suited to this task!  Not the least of who is any one of you sitting here tonight – waiting to be celebrated – as no one knows better the travails and triumphs of teaching than you.  I might admire and celebrate you, but am unlikely to be able to speak to the work that you do day after day, better than any of you could do yourselves!

So – before I continue, allow me to congratulate each of you here tonight for your service to Granville County Public Schools and the children in your charge.   You are the beacons that shine the light for so many.  I also thank the leadership and staff of this school district which is dedicated to working with you, and all our teachers, to create a system of learning opportunities for our children that will blast them into a successful future!   There is no doubt in my mind that we are blessed in so many ways to have each of you here with us, in Granville County, working for our children and their families to help all boats rise to the top.   Please let’s take a moment now to give these teachers a hand and celebrate their success!  (clap)

While I have pointed out that I am not likely the most apt or knowledgeable of choices to speak about your teaching accomplishments tonight, I can say this: I believe unequivocally that the work that you do is not only some of the most important work there is, it is also critical to the well-being of Oxford and, as such, something I think about almost daily.  I think about Dr. Howard, I think about our principals, and I think about the teachers and staff, BECAUSE:

As former teacher and bullying expert, Barbara Coloroso, said, “If kids come to us from strong, healthy functioning families, it makes our job easier. If they do not come to us from strong, healthy, functioning families, it makes our job more important.”   

“...If not – it makes your job more important.”

This is the work that you do – you are not only building minds, but you are also saving children and families! Families living in poverty are more likely to be struggling with a variety of issues on a daily basis, so for any community leader, this is a factor in a community’s health.  And the poverty rate in the city of Oxford is around 25%.   So - about 1 in every 4 people in our city is living in poverty, with fully 17% of our households living on an income of less than $10,000 a year.  Thirty-four years ago, in our first house on Hancock St, my husband and I were also in that boat – but it was 1983, not 2017, and we didn’t have kids, so there were only 2 mouths to feed.  We were both working, but even so, we still couldn’t pay our oil bill, so we had to turn off the heat in the middle of winter and wear our coats indoors.  We still had enough to eat though, and a way to get to work, and a roof over our heads.  What are the lives like of the children you teach today whose families are living on $10,000/year?    Or the 24% more in Oxford who live on between $10 – 25,000/year?   And it is girls, ages 6 – 11 years old, who make up the largest proportion of our people in poverty.  For those of you teaching in Oxford, these numbers are your children. 

That is why I am a champion for the work that you do – because for Oxford and Granville County to thrive for the next generation, we need to help these children thrive.  We all know that people with more years of education tend to have higher incomes and live in healthier and safer environments compared to those with less education.  And people with less education are more likely to struggle to find employment that pays a living wage, much less provides benefits like health insurance or paid vacation – you are the keys to opening the door to that future for our children! 

You are providing the safe haven, you are providing the adult example for at least 1/3 of their day, you are giving them the tools to gather so much knowledge and opportunity that, once learned, they will no longer remember what they didn’t know or couldn’t do, and take much of it for granted.  Once we know how to read, can we even imagine, much less remember, what it was like when we couldn’t?  You are the KEYS!

Many of you know that my husband Hervé taught foreign languages at JF Webb for 24 of his 25 teaching years – Raise your hand (and keep it up) if you have done any of this sampling of things I have seen him do:

Study study study to become certified

Write lesson plans after lesson plans

Give up planning periods to help other teachers or students

Spend your own money for supplies, and

Work nights and weekends to accomplish the goals you have for your students.  For ~10 years or so, Hervé took students overseas every summer; upon his return, he was always sick for a week, because he was just so exhausted from the worry and effort of taking care of everyone.  

This is who you are, this is what teachers do, and this is why you are being celebrated tonight.  Lee Iacocca said, “In a completely rational society, the best of us would be teachers and the rest of us would have to settle for something less.”  Every teacher deserves to be celebrated, but tonight we are gathered to celebrate each of you – because you are doing something more – something that has caught the attention of your peers to merit recognition.  You are trying something innovative, you are showing your hunger for the work by coming in early or staying late, you are the confidant that the students gravitate towards, you have connected with some incorrigible ones, or you have helped some others master the most complex of concepts.

 

You are there, every day –

On the days when you want to scream, instead you close your mouth

On the days when little Toby sneezes in your face, you give him a tissue

On the days when your head aches and you can’t hear yourself think

On the days when little or big voices are like clanging cymbals

On the days when one more smart remark could make you imagine the unimaginable

You are there, every day – You Are Still the KEYS

You are the KEYS that these children – our communities’ children – depend upon to open the door to the future they need and deserve.  Whether the children you teach are the most or the least of us – they are the future who will inherit the best and the worst of our world, and they are depending on you to unlock the doors of their potential.

You are the KEYS that can, and are making, a difference for every child you touch, impacting the households they come from and the communities they live in.   What you do flows to so much more than what you see in your classroom – and we are so fortunate that you have each chosen this most important of professions and to practice it in Granville County. 

According to author Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, “If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people together to collect wood, and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.”    I am confident that you are the KEYS to opening the doors of longing for your students, and that we are all the beneficiaries of having you here in Granville County with us.  I hope that the rest of you here tonight will please join me in saluting our 2017 GC Teachers of the Year.

Presented: April 25, 2017

Mayor Jackie Sergent

 

By Stan Winborne, EdD

Pipeline to Employment Event

4 months ago

pipeline to employment

Connecting the classroom with the workplace 

On Monday, June 19, a group of teachers from GCPS joined leaders from local advanced manufacturing companies for a "Pipeline to Employment" summit.  The purpose of the event was to strengthen collaboration and understanding between local Advanced Manufacturing businesses and our school district.  Advanced Manufacturing is one of the fastest growing sectors of our local economy, and there are an increasing number of well-paying careers available.  Most of these require some type of post-secondary education offered through our community college system or specialized industry training.   Local Career and Technical Education (CTE) courses offer pathways into these areas as well.  It was shared that starting salaries for students with specialized credentials or 2-year degrees can start as high as $40 thousand a year, with excellent benefits and lots of opportunities for overtime.  Many of these careers can also be extended with additional BS degrees and beyond with higher levels of engineering, IT or biotech sector jobs.

The Jobs of Tomorrow...

Not every student needs a 4 year degree to be successful.  Advanced Manufacturing is one of the fastest growing sectors of our local economy, and entry level jobs pay living wages, offer great benefits, and have lots of opportunity for career advancement.


Representatives from the following companies 

participated in the summit:

Altec

SunRock

PRM 

Bridgestone Bandag

Delhaize America

Plastic Ingenuity

CertainTeed

Revlon

Stay Online

Gate Precast

NT Techno

Summit Engineering and Design

During the event, educators heard from a variety of speakers, including a presentation from Alexis Franks of NC Works, Ms. Judy Woodson-Bruhn, Career Resource Specialist & Labor & Economics Analyst, from the NC Department of Commerce, and Michael McConchie, Certified Business Coach, M&M Consultants.  They also had a chance to participate in industry roundtables, where representatives from twelve local companies presented information about their products and workforce needs.  

collaboration

community

workforce development

education

 

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