Vance Co. Schools Announces Upcoming End-of-Year Activities

-Press Release, Vance County Schools
Vance County schools have a variety of events planned as this school year enters its last two months of instruction and activities with our students.
More events are being planned, but below are a few that are currently scheduled:
  • April 10, 9-11:30 a.m. at Dabney Elementary – second-grade students attend presentations made by local firemen
  • April 12, 8:30-11:30 a.m. at Zeb Vance Elementary – Career Day event for students with representatives from several local businesses on hand
  • April 24, 5-6:30 p.m. at the Henderson Country Club – the school system’s annual Volunteer/Business Partner Recognition Reception
  • April 27, Arts Alive Talent Showcase at McGregor Hall – master classes for students from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.; students’ artwork on display beginning at 3 p.m.; show featuring at least 20 performing groups or individuals, all students in our schools, begins at 7 p.m.
  • May 20, 6:30 p.m. – our school system honors our top high school graduates at our “Evening of Academic Excellence” in the Civic Center at VGCC
  • May 23, 6 p.m. – Class of 2019 graduation ceremony for Early College High School in Civic Center at VGCC
  • June 6, 6 p.m. – Class of 2019 graduation ceremony for AdVance Academy in McGregor Hall
  • June 8, 9 a.m. – Class of 2019 graduation ceremony for Vance County High School in the gymnasium at Vance County Middle School
  • June 12, 6 p.m. – our school system’s annual Retirement Banquet at the Henderson Country Club

VGCC to Offer Open House at All Four Campuses

-Press Release, Vance-Granville Community College

Vance-Granville Community College will hold an Open House on Saturday, April 6, 2019, from 9 a.m. until noon, at all four of its campuses.

VGCC staff members and faculty will be available during those hours to provide information on the enrollment process, academic programs and student support services. Visitors will also be able to take campus tours.

The Summer 2019 term begins May 20, while the Fall 2019 semester starts on August 19.

Prospective students are encouraged to pre-register for Open House (and select the campus they plan to visit) at

VGCC’s Main Campus is located at 200 Community College Road, Henderson (Exit 209 on Interstate 85, about midway between Henderson and Oxford).

The Franklin County Campus is located at 8100 N.C. 56., Louisburg (just west of Louisburg).

South Campus is located at 1547 South Campus Drive, Creedmoor (off of N.C. 56, between Creedmoor and Butner).

The Warren County Campus is located at 210 West Ridgeway Street (U.S. 158 Business) in Warrenton.

For more information on enrolling, call (252) 738-3234 or visit any campus.

Vance Co. Schools Approves Calendars for 2019-2020 School Year

-Information courtesy the Vance County School’s Facebook page

The Vance County Board of Education approved the calendars for the 2019-2020 school year during the board’s March 11, 2019, meeting.

School calendars include the year-round schedule for E.M. Rollins Elementary School; the early start calendar for both Vance County High School and the Vance County Early College High School and the traditional calendar for all other Vance County public schools.

For the upcoming school year, Vance County High School will follow the same early-start calendar as the Early College High School with classes beginning on August 5, 2019. This early-start allows first semester exams to be scheduled prior to the Christmas break. The last day of classes for the early-start calendar will be Thursday, May 21, 2020.

View all of the approved calendars on the Vance County School’s website by clicking here.

Vance Co. Schools: Raven Burns Named New Family & Parent Liaison

-Information and photo courtesy Vance County Schools’ Facebook page

Raven Burns is Vance County Schools’ new family and parent liaison advisor working with parents, educators and the community. She can be contacted in the Family Resource Center in our Administrative Services Center in Henderson.

Her main focus is to support parents of students in our 15 public schools. She can provide valuable resources to parents through the school system’s Family Resource Center and also serves as a line of communication for parents with school administrators, teachers, additional education professionals and more.

Mrs. Burns can offer resources from the Family Resource Center ranging from academic support for students, information about school programs and services, written and online materials about educational opportunities and even career information for parents.

Mrs. Burns can be contacted by telephone at (252) 492-2127 or by email at [email protected]

Raven Burns has been named Vance County Schools’ new family and parent liaison advisor. She provides valuable resources to parents through the school system’s Family Resource Center and also serves as a line of communication for parents with school administrators, teachers and education professionals. (Photo courtesy VCS)

VGCC Presents 7th Annual Dinner Theater: ‘Company’ by Stephen Sondheim

-Press Release, Vance-Granville Community College

“Company” by Stephen Sondheim

Tickets for Seventh Annual Dinner Theater will go on sale March 25!

Check out the details below of what promises to be an evening of fun, food and fellowship in the great Vance-Granville Drama and Culinary Arts tradition and get your tickets at The event, once again involving the collaboration of the VGCC Drama and Culinary Arts departments, is scheduled for the evenings of Thursday, April 25 and Friday, April 26, 2019, in the Civic Center on VGCC’s Main Campus in Vance County. Dinner begins at 6 p.m. each evening.

Sondheim’s musical is a sophisticated and honest look at modern adult relationships.

From musical theatre’s most renowned composer, “Company” is largely regarded as a trailblazer of the dark-comedy, modern-musical genre and the winner of seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Score, Best Lyrics and Best Book.

On the night of his 35th birthday, confirmed bachelor Robert contemplates his unmarried state. Over the course of a series of dinners, drinks and even a wedding, his friends – “those good and crazy people [his] married friends” – explain the pros and cons of taking on a spouse. The habitually single Robert is forced to question his adamant retention of bachelorhood during a hilarious array of interactions.

“Company” features a brilliantly brisk and energetic score containing many of Stephen Sondheim’s best-known songs. The strength of the piece lies in its vivid yet real characters, meaning impressive technical aspects aren’t necessary to convey the story. It can be told as effectively with a cavalcade of automated set pieces as it can with a chair or two. Every audience member will see reflections of themselves in at least one of the characters onstage.

Betsy Henderson, VGCC’s Department Chair/Instructor of Humanities and Fine Arts, is the director of the play.

Tickets are $30 and are scheduled to go on sale on March 25. Audience members will be able to choose the table and specific seats they want at the same time that they buy their tickets online. Patrons are encouraged to purchase their tickets early in order to have the best chance of getting the seats they want for this year’s show.

For more information, visit

E.M. Rollins to Hold a Paint Night for Parents & Students

-Information and flyer courtesy the Vance County School’s Facebook page

E.M. Rollins Elementary School will hold a “Parent Paint Night” for parents and students on Wednesday, March 27, 2019, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Cost is $25 for parent/student. Come out and paint a masterpiece with your child.

The event is hosted by Building Successful Men and Eric Cheek.

For more information, please call or text (252) 425-3614.


Kerr-Vance Academy to Hold ‘Spartan For a Day’ Event

-Information and flyer courtesy Frank Wiggins, Headmaster, Kerr-Vance Academy

Kerr-Vance Academy will hold a “Spartan For a Day” event for rising 7th-12th graders on March 18 & 19, 2019. Come and visit KVA, attend classes and meet teachers. See how it feels to be a Spartan! Half-day and whole-day visits are available.

Please call the school to register at (252) 492-0018. The school is located at 700 Vance Academy Road in Henderson.

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Vance Co. High School Students Display Their Talent in ‘Art of Protest’ Event

-Press Release, Vance County Schools

Twelve students at Vance County High School shared their artwork and their important voices in the school’s “Art of Protest” event held in the school’s Music Room during the evening of March 5, 2019.

The “Art of Protest” event was a joint effort between the English Department and Art Department at the school to enable the very talented students to show through their artwork their focus on societal issues about which they share a passion.

Marsha Harvey of the English Department, and Amy Simpson of the Art Department, coordinated plans for the event. They wanted the students to speak through their art and be able to share their opinions about issues they feel are important and need special attention.

Students who participated in the “Art of Protest” and their work included:

  • Jose Gonzalez, “Sweet Relief” painting, focusing on the lack of awareness for mental health issues
  • DeAndre Johnson, “The Color of Piece” painting, focusing on racism issues
  • Madonna Baselios, “(I’m)migrant” painting, focusing on American politics and the treatment of immigrants
  • Christian Green, “Silent Revolt” painting, focusing on the dictatorship in government
  • Samej Brown, “Not My Hero” charcoal drawing, focusing on youth brainwashing
  • Qe’Shaun Hargrove, “Relic” painting, focusing on the inherited legacy of African Americans from their white forefathers
  • Anterrahn Harris, “Of Body & Mind” painting, focusing on the lack of recognition of African Americans in the arts
  • Stephanie Salazar, “Free Yourself” painting, focusing on society’s treatment of the LGBT community
  • Edgar Trejo, “Rise” painting, focusing on the courage of immigrants in the current political climate
  • Susanna Hernandez, “Illusion v Reality” painting and art rendering, focusing on homelessness for military veterans
  • Jordan Lewis, “Voices” painting, focusing on lack of freedom of speech in America
  • Kintochia Barnes, “Silent Traffic” painting, focusing on the problem of sex trafficking

All of the students’ artworks were excellent. Members of the audience, who included educators, parents and community members, were able to view each piece of art and speak with the student artists about their message conveyed through their art. A silent auction for the artwork also was held and several art pieces received purchase bids.

Miracle Chin, a senior at Vance County High School, also recited a powerful poem that stressed a person’s true beauty comes from within and should not be determined by the person’s outward appearance.

Dr. Ellen McLarney, a professor at Duke University, presented the featured lecture at the event. She showed several pieces of national and international photos and paintings, both historical and present day, that are widely acclaimed for their depiction of people concerning key societal issues today throughout the world. She noted that art throughout time has always been an expression of the artist’s opinions on all types of issues. She encouraged the students to continue to pursue their passion for art and to continue to voice their opinions through their work.

Anterrahn Harris talks with an “Art of Protest” attendee about his painting, “Of Body & Mind,” and how it depicts the lack of recognition of African Americans in the arts. (Photo courtesy VCS)

“Art of Protest” work done by, from left, Madonna Baselios, Semaj Brown and DeAndre Johnson are displayed for the silent auction. (Photo courtesy VCS)

Early College High School Accepting Applications for Rising Sophomores/Juniors

-Information courtesy the Vance County Schools’ Facebook page

Vance County Early College High School is now accepting applications for rising 10th and 11th graders for the 2019-2020 school year. The application deadline is Monday, April 1, 2019.

Applications are available on the school’s website (click here).

Vance Co. Middle School Teacher Selected to Attend Energy Literacy Fellows Program

-Press Release, Vance County Schools

Pamela Perry, a member of the faculty at Vance County Middle School, has been selected to participate in the prestigious 2019 Energy Literacy Fellows Program for this year through the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Institute for the Environment.

Perry begins her participation in this statewide program with fellow educators in early March. As an Energy Literacy Fellow, she will receive benefits including:

  • access to current science content related to emerging energy issues and technologies
  • resources to support classroom integration of content
  • over $250 worth of instructional materials to support hands-on STEM investigations
  • access to a peer learning network including 2017 and 2018 Fellows
  • credit towards CEUs and the N.C. EE Certification Program
  • support for sharing energy-related STEM instructional strategies and successes with other teaching professionals at the district, regional, state and national levels

Perry will be able to participate in lots of on-site professional development sessions and several virtual sessions with educational colleagues across the state.

“I’m so excited to be chosen to participate in this program,” said Perry, who will be among the third cohort for the Fellows Program. “I see this as a great opportunity to use my training as a teacher in science and math to network with other educators and to bring back strategies and practices that will benefit both my students and my colleagues. Since we have our zSpace and MakerSpace labs here at the school, I think this experience will be a wonderful way to learn more about how we can use these innovations in our everyday instruction.”

Pamela Perry, a member of the faculty at Vance County Middle School, has been selected to participate in the prestigious 2019 Energy Literacy Fellows Program for this year through the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Institute for the Environment. (Photo courtesy VCS)