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Student Portraits for Superintendent, Arts Director, JF Webb Principal

about 1 year ago

By Brandon Roeder

Samantha Thorpe Presents Portraits to GCPS Leadership

Samantha Thorpe, a student at J.F. Webb High School, presents pencil portraits to Dr. McLean, Superintendent, Beth Cook - Arts Director, and Reggie Brooks - JFW Principal with visual art teacher Ophelia Staton.

GCHS Art Gala 2018

about 1 year ago

By Rachel Evancavich

Granville Central High School had it's first ever Art Gala on May 24th 2018, attracting parents, faculty and community to engage with over 75 pieces of student and faculty artwork. This experience allowed art to bring everyone closer together and celebrate the talent of Granville Central High School. Refreshments and interactive art experiences surprised attendees and sealed the decision to make this an annual event that will surely only grow.

Hawley 8th Grade Band Superior Rating

about 1 year ago

By Justin Dickson

On Saturday, May 12, the G.C. Hawley Middle School 8th grade band performed at the Carowinds Festival of Music in Charlotte, along with bands and orchestras from all around North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia.  Their performance was judged by two of the most highly-respected bandmasters in the country, as well as world-famous composer and our friend James Swearingen.

Their performance was given the Superior rating, which is the highest possible rating, only given to about 10% of the ensembles that perform at the Festival.  In fact, they received the Superior rating from all three judges. 

Congratulations to the G.C. Hawley Middle School 8th grade band!  We are proud of your achievement and proud of the way you represented Granville County Schools.


about 1 year ago

By Justin Dickson

2018 Percussion WGI

Regional Finalist

The South Granville High School winter percussion ensemble performed in their regional competition yesterday.  They were one of only 6 ensembles in their class to advance to regional finals, and they were the only one from North Carolina to do so.  This ensemble includes many of our former and current Hawley band students, and I am just so proud of them.        8th graders, you need to stick with band in high school.  SGHS is becoming one of the premier music programs in the state.  Be a part of it! 

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Picture of Winter Percussion Ensemble

SGHS Winter Percussion

2018 Regional Finalists

Creedmoor Christmas Tree Lighting

about 1 year ago

By Brandon Roeder

Christmas Tree Picture

Christmas Tree lighting

city of creedmoor, nc    December 1, 2017

Tar River Elementary School's Terra Tunes, Creedmoor Elementary School's Cardinal Choir, Hawley's Choral program, and the Chamber Ensemble from Granville County Public Schools' SonicStrings56 sang and played beautifully Friday night, December 1st at the City of Creedmoor's Christmas Tree Lighting event. Santa came to visit, cocoa was served, and hearts were warmed!

JF Webb Art Show

about 1 year ago

Webb Students featured in vae "Project Postcard"

On Friday, May 5th, students from JFWebb and School of Health and Life Sciences will have their artwork on display at the VAE Gallery Click here to view the art show website in downtown Raleigh as part of the multi-district show "Project Postcard." If you are in the area please stop by the May 5th weekend because that is as long as the show will be up. Students will be able to see their work in the show thanks to the Lela Eaton Creative Teaching Grant awarded to us by the Granville Education Foundation.

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Music in Our Schools Month® (MIOSM)

about 1 year ago

What is MIOSM®?

March has been officially designated by the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) for the observance of Music In Our Schools Month® (MIOSM®), the time of year when music education becomes the focus of schools across the nation.


p>MIOSM began as a single statewide celebration in 1973, and has grown over the decades to encompass a day, then a week, and then in 1985 to become a month long celebration of school music. The purpose of MIOSM is to raise awareness of the importance of music education for all children – and to remind citizens that schools is where all children should have access to music.  MIOSM is an opportunity for music teachers to bring their music programs to the attention of the school and the community, and to display the benefits that school music brings to students of all ages.

The celebration continues to grow each year, reaching more and more students, teachers, musicians, and music supporters. Schools and communities throughout the country and overseas celebrate MIOSM with concerts and other activities based on the year’s theme. Classrooms, concert halls, civic buildings, clubs, parks, libraries, and shopping malls are just some of the arenas in which the public can observe the processes and results of music education.

NAfME’s 52 federated state organizations (representing each state, the District of Columbia, and Europe) play an active role in the observance, securing governors’ proclamations, enlisting the support of chief state school officers, and establishing organizational structures to help reach individual music educators. MIOSM chairpersons with each state organization provide the major thrust for the MIOSM celebrations, with the goal of involving students, administrators, parents, civic groups, and community members. Other national arts and education organizations also lend their endorsements and support to the programs through publications and events.

MIOSM and the events surrounding it are the ideal opportunities for increasing awareness of the benefits of high quality music education programs in our nation’s schools. NAfME hopes that teachers, students, and music supporters alike will find ways to join in on the celebration through creative activities and advocacy. Learn more about how NAfME works to support music education.

Music In Our Schools Month® Celebration Timeline

1973…The first Music In Our Schools celebration is sponsored by the New York State School Music Association.
1975-76…MENC sponsors two national Music In Our Schools Days on March 13,1975, and March 4, 1976.
1977…In response to many reports from MENC members that one day did not allow enough time to adequately celebrate the many facets of music education, Music In Our Schools Day is expanded to Music In Our Schools Week.
1985…Music In Our Schools Week is extended to include the entire month of March, becoming Music In Our Schools Month, and allowing music education professionals more flexibility in scheduling activities.The first World’s Largest Concert, a sing along concert designed to link school children together internationally through music, is sponsored by MENC.
1990s…Music In Our Schools Month is celebrated by hundreds of thousands of students, friends, and families in communities worldwide.
2000…Schools are encouraged to take The World’s Largest Concert and other MIOSM events into the community to encourage the sharing and making of music by all.
2002…The World’s Largest Concert and MIOSM reach more students and teachers by making the WLC instrumental scores readily available via the Internet through a partnership with Sibelius Music, allowing for the increased involvement of high school bands and orchestras.
2004…The 20th annual WLC was broadcast on March 11, 2004, with a special program of favorite selections from past concerts.
2006…MENC presents the World’s Largest Concert for Feed The Children, raising funds for victims of Hurricane Katrina and other disasters.
2007…For its centennial year, MENC features the Music In Our Schools Showcase to spotlight school music programs during MIOSM.
2008…The World’s Largest Concert returns in a new format—DVD.
2011…NAfME announces that in 2012, The World’s Largest Concert will be renamed “The Concert for Music In Our Schools Month.”


about 1 year ago

By Brandon Roeder

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The last webinar for 2016-17 will take place on Wednesday, May 3, 2017, from 3:30 - 4:30pm. These quarterly webinars are part of the ArtsR4Life 2016-17 professional development series. They are designed for arts education coordinators and leaders and any interested parties are invited to attend. Please visit this Click here to regester

Music Mini Conference

about 1 year ago

Workshop Fees and form

Elementary Music Educators!!


Are you looking for or in need of a boost to get you to the end of the school year?  Join the NCMEA Elementary-SectionPiedmont Orff ChapterKodaly of North Carolina Chapter, and Central Carolina Chapter of AOSA for a one day event from 9:00-4:00pm on April 1st at Northern Elementary, (3801 NC Hwy 150, Greensboro, NC 27455).


Our clinicians for the day will be:

Orff– Eric Young, Kodaly –TBA, Technology – Angela Mangum & Friends,  Make-It-Take-It – Everyone (Bring things to share and make), National Boards – Dawn Wilson, Honors Chorus Preparation – Jeannine Dumond


Send completed form and Registration fees payable to NCMEA Elementary-Section

by March 25th to: Becky Horn, 720 Bent Creek Dr., Hope Mills, NC 28348.



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about 1 year ago

As demonstrated in this year’s music awards shows, music has a significant impact on artists and listeners—and that impact began in a music classroom. For that reason, Give a Note is embarking on the fourth annual Music In Our Schools – Music Inspires Tour this March and April, along with Radio Disney, Radio Disney Country, and the CMA Foundation.

As Karen Fairchild of five-time CMA Vocal Group of the Year Little Big Town put it at the kickoff of the Tour this past January, “Music education is a right of every student. It helps them develop creativity and self-expression. It builds skills like collaboration and critical thinking that help them succeed in life. For me, my music teacher in high school pushed me out on stage for the very first time to sing a solo, and it changed my life. So I’m very grateful for music education and the power that it had on my career.” Fairchild also serves on the CMA Foundation Board of Directors.

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (January 13, 2017) Students from Ohio Wadsworth High School choir group, pose with five-time CMA Vocal Group of the Year Little Big Town and Mickey Mouse as they kick off Music In Our School Tour at Disney. (L-R)  Jane Mell Balek, Give a Note CEO, Karen Fairchild, Jimi Westbrook, Terry Dola, Disney Performing Arts vice president, Kalyn Davis school choir director, Philip Sweet, Kimberly Schlapman, Sarah Trahern, CMA CEO and Radio Disney Country correspondent, Savannah Keyes. (far right)


This spring, Give a Note will present $15,000 in grants to six schools, which the CMA Foundation will match. Each school that was selected during the voting period last fall 2016 will also enjoy a celebration concert with a Radio Disney or Radio Disney Country artist and on-air personality.


Following are the dates and schools for the 2017 Music In Our Schools Tour, including the schools of two Tri-M® Music Honor Society chapters and the colleges/universities of two collegiate NAfME chapters that raised the most donations for Give a Note during the fall’s #MusicEdMatters Chapter Challenge October 1-December 31:

  • March 3: University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg, MO (Collegiate winner)
  • March 10: Collinsville High School, Maryville, IL (Tri-M winner)
  • March 15: Salina South Middle School, Salina, KS
  • March 17: Joliet Central High School, Joliet, IL
  • March 24: Ramona High School, Riverside, CA
  • March 29: Wenatchee High School, Wenatchee, WA
  • April 5: James Otis Elementary, Boston, MA
  • April 6: Marblehead High School, Marblehead, MA (Tri-M winner)
  • April 7: Rhode Island College, Providence, RI (Collegiate winner)
  • April 21: Tar River Elementary, Franklinton, NC

“This is such an exciting time to celebrate music education in schools across the country,” said Jane Mell Balek, Give a Note CEO. “Each year, we see the positive role that music plays in the lives of all students, and to shine a spotlight on these students and their teachers means so much. Give a Note is grateful to the artists who join in supporting music education each year, and we cannot wait to celebrate with all these amazing students and teachers during this year’s Music In Our Schools Tour.”

“Give a Note is grateful to the artists who join in supporting music education each year, and we cannot wait to celebrate with all these amazing students and teachers during this year’s Music In Our Schools Tour.”

“It has been so exciting to see the growth and reach of the Music In Our Schools Tour,” said Phil Guerini, Vice President, Music Strategy, Disney Channels Worldwide and General Manager, Radio Disney Network. “We’re thrilled to help celebrate these talented students and their dedicated music educators, and we value our role in helping Give a Note offer even more music education opportunities in schools across the country.”

To learn more about Give a Note Foundation and the Music In Our Schools Tour, visit and follow the hashtag #MusicInspires. Be sure to follow the Tour on Snapchat, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

JF Webb Art Students Paint Massive Mural for Local Business

about 1 year ago

By Stan Winborne


Elected officials, community leaders and educators recently gathered at the manufacturing facility of Shalag Nonwovens in Oxford, NC.  This was no ordinary partnership or collaboration between business and the public schools however, as this event showcased an incredible painted mural spanning more than 350 feet completed by the JF Webb Art Students and their teacher, Ms. Rachel Evancavich.

Shalag Nonwovens, an international company headquartered in Isreal, specializes in the manufacturing of nonwoven materials commonly used in products like baby diapers, wipes and other hygiene products.  Recently Shalag expanded its production facilities in Oxford, and found itself with an interesting blank wall along side of one of their buildings.  “It’s more than 10 feet high and at least 300 feet long” says plant manager Rodney Clayton.  “We enjoyed the project and are proud of the work everyone did on the Mural.”

Art Teacher Rachel Evancavich is also proud of her students, as she explained at the unveiling ceremony, “These students were so dedicated.  To take on a project of this size is really incredible.  So many of these students spent countless hours after school, on weekends, during their holidays.  I couldn’t be more pleased with how they came together and created this beautiful piece of art.  We even had family members of the students, and recent graduates join in – it was just an amazing experience.”

Ms. Evancavich also thanked her husband, Michael for his support during the many months the project was underway.  Michael also presented his wife with roses to congratulate her on the students’ accomplishment.

Artists for the JF Webb - Shalag Mural:

1.     Kallie Sears
2.     Sam Johnson
3.     Haley Tuck
4.     Danyea Turner
5.     Carey Wentworth
6.     Noah Upchurch
7.     Mikayla Reid
8.     Samantha Thorpe
9.     Kimely Allen
10. Zakaria House
11. Karen Marie Torres
12. Kaylonte Suggs
13. Ethan Jones
14. Nate Currin
15. Nathaniel Lawson
16. Miranda Goss
17. Lyn Pendergrass
18. Raphael Lambert
19. Jocelyn Carpenter
20. Jonathon Setzer
21. Starla Williams
22. Jaycee Williams
23. Marissa Beal
24. Charlotte Beal
25. Judy Allen
26. Brett Clayton
27. Michael Evancavich


The ribbons simulate the product that is manufactured inside...


To help the young and old...


The details are amazing...

Art behind the stair case

Keeps on going...



Mural on the wall

Keep me dry...

Art on the buildingHappy baby!

Look at the scale with these stairs

Art on the building

Continuous flow...

Art on the building


Students Signing the art

Signing the art

A Crowd gathers by the art on the wall

Crowd gathers

Art Teacher Rachel Evancavich (right) poses with Oxford Mayor Jackie Sergent (left).

For more photos and information, be sure to visit the JF Webb Mural Facebook page:

Art Teacher Rachel Evancavich (right) poses with Oxford Mayor Jackie Sergent (left)


about 1 year ago

By Brandon Roeder

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Nancy Russell is one of 20 elementary and middle school principals from across the nation who has been selected by Crayola and the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) to receive a “Champion Creatively Alive Children” school grant. Russell is principal of Creedmoor Elementary School of the Arts in Creedmoor, NC. Crayola and NAESP together selected 20 schools to receive the grants, which will fund innovative programs aimed at fostering children’s critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, and communication skills.

The Champion Creatively Alive Children grants are intended to help schools build creative capacity, nurture children’s creativity and inspire other schools to do the same. Creedmoor School of the Arts received a $2,500 monetary grant and $1,000 worth of Crayola products. Russell will share outcomes from their program via NAESP’s website and a special Principal Magazine Supplement to help other principals develop promising practices related to arts education.

This rural school has a deep commitment to art-integration and community engagement. Their desire to deepen the connection to community led them out of their building. Their voracious appetite for learning led them to use the Crayola webinars and creativity/critical thinking workshops. They plan on taking the Champion Creatively Alive Children videos and exercises out to the community—sparking conversations in church social halls and with housing complex managers. Their influence spreads when respect for children’s creativity is echoed by pastors and landlords.

“Crayola believes that for students to reach their full potential and grow into self-motivated learners, their creativity and critical thinking skills must be nurtured. We believe children develop these 21st century skills when educators ignite their imaginations through art infused education,” said Smith Holland, Crayola president and chief executive officer.

The Champion Creatively Alive Children grant program asks principals to explore a “what if…” learning opportunity. For example, what if arts-infused learning thrived every day in schools? What if schools relied more on project-based authentic assessment rather than standardized tests? What if parents and schools found ways to document and articulate the value of creative experiences? The entries were judged on innovation, collaboration, and sustainability.

“Principals understand the value of using arts-infused education to ignite deep learning for all students,” said NAESP Executive Director Gail Connelly. “We’re proud to work with Crayola and the Champion Creatively Alive Children grant program to provide schools with this unique opportunity for resources to enhance students' creativity and success, providing them the type of complete and well-rounded education that they deserve.”

To view the complete list of the 20 Champion Creatively Alive Children grant recipients, visit


about 1 year ago

By Angie Mangum

Thank you for all of your views, votes and likes for our "Try Everything" video. Together, we have done it!!!!!!   Give a Note has called the school to inform us that TAR RIVER made the top 6 in the nation!!!   Radio Disney WILL COME TO TAR RIVER April 21st at 7pm and give a mini concert!!!!The Terra Tunes will also perform.

Click here to see our Give a Note Video

Click here to see Radio Disney Video Announcement

They also informed us that the $2,500 prize has been matched- Tar River will be getting $5,000 for our music program!    It takes a village!!! Thank you for working together for the kids!!!!