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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.
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.
  • 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!

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.”