Vance County Early College High School Applications

— courtesy Vance County Schools

Our Vance County Early College High School is now accepting applications from current eighth-grade students to attend the school for the 2018-2019 school year.

Students who attend Early College have the opportunity to complete their high school education and two years of college coursework at no cost to them.

The Early College is designed for diverse learners who want the opportunity to be enrolled in a relevant, rigorous and innovative course of secondary curriculum and a tuition free college course of study. All students are expected to receive their high school diploma and an Associate of Arts degree or Associate of Science degree from Vance-Granville Community College.

Applications for the 2018-2019 school year may be obtained at the school, located on the third floor of Building 2 on the campus of Vance-Granville Community College near Henderson, or on the school’s website.

Applications from rising ninth graders will be accepted until February 16, 2018.

Principal Debbie Hite and her staff also will be leading parent and student informational meetings over the next few weeks. More information on these meetings will be made available soon.

For further information, interested persons may contact the Early College High School by phone at 252-738-3580.

Vance Superintendent Received Medal for Technology Implementation

— courtesy Vance County Schools

Dr. Anthony Jackson, superintendent of Vance County Schools, received the prestigious Friday Medal during a ceremony at the Friday Institute on the Centennial Campus of N.C. State University in Raleigh on November 15.

Jackson, who has been the superintendent of local schools since the beginning of the 2015-2016 school year, was presented the award by Friday Institute officials in recognition of his outstanding leadership in implementing effective use of technology into teaching and learning each day in the classrooms of our 17 public schools.

The Friday Medal honors significant, distinguished and enduring contributions to education and beyond through advocating innovation, advancing education and imparting inspiration. In recognition of the commitment of Bill and Ida Friday to educational excellence, the College of Education’s William & Ida Friday Institute for Educational Innovation created The Friday Medal. This award is given annually to those who embody the mission and spirit of the Friday Institute.

In collaboration with the N.C. School Superintendents Association, the 2017 Friday Medal was presented to Jackson and six other superintendents. They each received a medal for their own accomplishments and as representatives of the many other dedicated and innovative rural superintendents who serve the students of North Carolina. All of the superintendents honored included:

Darrin Hartness – Davie County
Anthony Jackson – Vance County
Jeff McDaris – Transylvania County
Janet Mason – Rutherford County
Lynn Moody – Rowan Salisbury
Patrick Miller – Greene County
Robert Taylor – Bladen County

Backpacks Donated by Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Nu Chi Omega chapter

— courtesy Vance County Schools

Members of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Nu Chi Omega chapter presented 150 new backpacks filled with school supplies to Superintendent Anthony Jackson for distribution to needy children in Vance County Schools.

The presentation was made on November 6, in the school system’s Administrative Services Center.

The “Backpack Initiative” is one of the initiatives established by the current international president of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Dr. Dorothy Buchanan Wilson. The sorority pledged to donate one million backpacks to schools in the United States and other countries from 2014-2018. It is set to reach that goal and surpass it.

Presenting the backpacks to Dr. Jackson in the accompanying photo are sorority members, from left, Patricia Williams, Vivian Bullock, Sarah Baskerville, Nakeshia Rolle and Carol Simmons.

American Education Week

— courtesy Vance County Schools

During November 13-17, the nation will observe American Education Week, a time to celebrate public education and the educators who make a difference every day in the lives of children.

We invite parents, community and business leaders, and elected officials to our 17 Vance County Public Schools, so that they can see the exciting learning that is taking place in our classrooms.
All visitors to our schools are to report to the office. They ideally can contact the principal and set up an appointment, but any school administrator will be glad to talk with them and take them around the school as time permits.

@VanceCoSchools Youth Empowerment Academy

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Randall Q. Bullock, a Vance County native now living in New Jersey and mentoring young men, spoke to male students in the school system’s Youth Empowerment Academy on November 3.

Bullock talked with the six students, who are in the academy on long-term suspension from their middle schools, about their focus on the important things in life and about making good decisions.

He explained to the students that he moved to Vance County at an early age and attended school at New Hope Elementary, Eaton-Johnson Middle and the former Vance Senior High School, now Northern Vance. Bullock stressed to the students that he wanted to tell them his story to help them for their futures. He said he always loved playing football in school and continued playing football when he completed high school at Ravenscroft, a private school in Raleigh. After graduating from high school in 1984, he attended the University of Virginia where he played on the varsity football team.

“I enjoyed my time playing football,” he explained. “I was a wide receiver in college and I played, but I think back even now on what I could have done more at that time to improve and be better. Would it have made a difference in my future? Could I have actually played in the NFL?”

Bullock admitted he didn’t work as hard as he should have in college. After completing his time at Virginia, Bullock moved to New Jersey where his father lived.

He said he eventually realized he needed a plan for his life and that he needed to “look at the big picture.”

“That’s what I want you to do,” he told the students. “Look at the macro, your big picture for your life and where you want to go. You can also look at the micro, which is what you want to do for right now.”

He emphasized to the students that they need to make good decisions now and work to get back on track with their school work and their behavior.

“You are hurting your life resume,” he said. “You must get an education to be successful and you must stay out of trouble.”

Bullock talked with the students about Booker T. Washington, who transformed himself from a former slave to a successful businessman and is known today as one of the most influential African-Americans in our history. He also told the students the story of Ben Carson, a national leader among brain surgeons who ran for U.S. President in the 2016 election. Carson was raised in poverty by his mother, but with her always pushing him and his brother to do well in school and get a good education he overcame many obstacles and is a very success African-American today, Bullock added.

Bullock was brought to the academy by Dr. Ralphel Holloman, coordinator of the academy, to mentor the young male students. He plans to visit the students each month and continue to work with them as a positive, adult role model. Bullock said he is in Henderson about every three weeks visiting and assisting his mother who still lives here. He also plans to bring additional speakers with him when he visits with the students.


@VanceCoSchools #VANCECoProud “State of Our Schools”

— courtesy Vance County Schools

Parents, students and community members are invited to attend “State of Our Schools” events hosted by the school system on Tuesday, October 24, at Clarke Elementary School, and on Wednesday, October 25, at New Hope Elementary School.

Both events will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the schools’ multipurpose rooms.

Superintendent Anthony Jackson will be sharing valuable information about our public schools and all 17 of our schools will have information tables with educators available to answer questions.

All Vance County residents are urged to attend at least one of these events and learn more about our local public schools.

Those who attend can learn about how students can apply to attend the Vance County Early College High School, located at Vance-Granville Community College, and the STEM Early High School, located at Southern Vance High School. Interested persons also can learn more about the STEAM Academy at the year-round E.M. Rollins Elementary School and opportunities for children in pre-kindergarten and kindergarten classes in all of our elementary schools. Our Advance Academy, located on Charles Street in Henderson, is providing educational opportunities for high school students who are behind academically to assist them in completing their high school careers. The Vance Medical Academy and Fire and Public Safety Academy, both located at Southern Vance, are providing excellent training for students who want to pursue careers in these areas.

Representatives from these schools will be on hand to share information.

Join us for these “State of Our Schools” events!

Carver Elementary Yard Sale & Silent Auction

— courtesy Vance County Schools

Plan to attend the Carver Elementary School “Make a Difference Day” yard sale and silent auction at the school on Saturday, October 28, from 8 to 11:30 a.m.

The event is sponsored by the school’s PTO and Partnering, Educating, Empowering, Role modeling and Service (PEERS) student organization.

School staff, parents, students, business leaders and local citizens will be participating in the event. Everyone in our community is urged to volunteer at the event, donate items for the yard sale and silent auction and attend the event to purchase items for the fundraiser.

The goal of the day’s event is to fill Peer Cheer Pouches, involving one-gallon-size storage bags packed with new items such as toiletries, hand sanitizer, washcloths, non-perishable foods or snack items, school supplies, games, toys, stuffed animals, clothing and more. The Peer Cheer Pouches will be given to needy families in the Carver school area, a local shelter, orphanages, hospital and other charitable organizations. Carver’s goal is to fill 600 Peer Cheer Pouches.

Please get involved in this very worthy “Make a Difference Day” event!

For more information you may contact Teresa Hicks, counselor and PEERS adviser, and Henri Parham of the Carver PTO, at the school at 252-438-6955.

@SVHS_Athletics vs @LouisburgHSFCS

Vance County Friday Night Football is on the air Friday night at 6:45 pregame and 7 p.m. kickoff.  Live on 1450 AM and on!  Listen for all the live play by play.  Northern Vance is off this week.  Please see full schedule below the scouting report.

Southern Vance is now 4-4 overall and 3-2 in the Northern Carolina Conference !  The Raiders are tied with Warren County for 4th place in the NCC, which sets up a fascinating match up between Southern and Warren next week that may detemine the playoff fortunes for both teams.

To Recap the Raiders’ season so far:  After a very impressive 2-1 start to their conference schedule, followed by a very physical (almost brutal) 51-6 beating from undefeated South Granville 2 weeks ago, Southern had the difficult task of preparing to meet the other unbeaten team, Roanoke Rapids, last week.  Raiders’ Coach Darry Ragland certainly did something right during the week running up to the home game with the Yellow Jackets, because his team, which left Creedmoor the preceding Friday night severely battered,  pulled off a stunning 44-27 win over RR to knock the Jackets out of the unbeaten ranks and into 2nd place in the league. That win can be rightly called an upset, given the disparity in the records of the two teams, but it did not look much like an upset while it was happening.  Raider QB Elijah Stewart, who was knocked out of the South Granville game at halftime with a foot or ankle injury, never passed better, and his receivers were never more sure-handed, than they were against the Jackets last week; and the defense, which had not been a consistent strong point for Southern this season, kept the Roanoke Rapids running backs bottled up for most of the game.

Southern Vance has gotten back on the wining track at a good time, and their home game against Louisburg this Friday night gives the Raiders every opportunity to improve to a winning record of 5-4 going into the Warren showdown.  Southern has already bested the other 1A member of the conference with their 50-19 victory over Granville Central, and should be able to knock off Louisburg.  Although the Warriors won their season opener 41-0, that was against KIPP Pride, which has been shut out or clobbered by most of the area 1A and 2A teams, (e.g., Granville Central beat the Pride 33-8), and Louisburg has been struggling mightily ever since.  They were the victims of Northern Vance’s first win of the season two weeks ago, and they come back to Vance County this week dragging their 1-6 record behind them like Marley’s chain.  They have had a week off to recover, but the Warriors do not seem to have what it takes this year to compete with a team which, like Southern Vance, has tasted the blood of victory and is on its way up.

Louisburg has been shut out three times this season and has a 13 point-per-game scoring average.  They have a freshman quarterback who might be quite good in a year or two, but who only passes for about 25 yards per game.  The Warriors rely on a running game centered around Sr. RB Amonte Moses who has averaged 66 yards rushing per game, along with another 20 yards per outing in receiving yards.   Moses has 2 of his team’s 9 TDs this season, and Soph Elijah Mitchell has 2 rushing scores.  Five other players have rushed for TDs, which suggests that Louisburg does have some depth in the backfield, and can look forward to a better season next year.

Robin Littlejohn is a Rockstar

— courtesy Vance County Schools

Robin Littlejohn, a member of the faculty at L.B. Yancey Elementary School, has been recognized as a Rosetta Stone Rockstar.

Rosetta Stone is a nationally recognized foreign language software application used by L.B. Yancey Elementary and schools across our state and the nation to assist students, who don’t speak English as their native language, in learning how to speak and write in English.

Littlejohn leads the foriegn language efforts at L.B. Yancey and has been assisting Rosetta Stone officials in planning the first K-12 User Conference for the software application company. The theme of the conference is “Shaping the Future” and it will be held November 15-16 in Nashville, Tenn.

NVHS “EOC Night”

— courtesy Vance County Schools

Northern Vance High School is hosting an “EOC Night” on Thursday, October 12, at 6 p.m. in the school’s media center.

Students and parents are encouraged to attend.

Teachers will meet with parents and students to discuss academic progress. They also will share information on course requirements, the importance of state accountability standards, the alignment between grades and state testing levels, available tutoring for students, how parents can help their students at home and the impact of academics on potential college acceptances.