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Granville Co. Public Schools to Host School Safety Summit

-Information courtesy Dr. Stan Winborne, Public Information Officer, Granville County Public Schools

You are invited to a “School Safety Summit” to be held in the Northern Granville Middle School auditorium – 3144 Webb School Rd., Oxford – on Thursday, November 15 at 6 p.m.

Join Granville County Public Schools staff, law enforcement and elected officials as we discuss what is being done to keep our schools safe.

The event is open to the public. Submit your comments in advance by clicking here.

 

Granville Co. Board of Education Takes Action on School Merger

-Press Release, Granville County Public Schools

In order to increase operational efficiency and save money, the Granville County Board of Education has been considering a variety of options to reorganize and restructure several schools across our district.

One of these options includes the merger of JF Webb High School and JF Webb School of Health and Life Sciences (JFW HLS).  At a scheduled work session on Tuesday, October 30, the Board of Education approved to merge the two schools beginning with the 2020-2021 academic year. The Board has tasked the schools to immediately begin planning this merger and creating a concept of academy program offerings at the school. These academies will include a Health and Life Sciences course of study which preserves ALL current course offerings at JFW HLS.

Furthermore, the Board has required that this merger NOT result in the loss in any instructional programs or course offerings at JFW HLS. Again, JFW HLS will cease to operate as a school, but ALL of the opportunities students currently have will continue after the merger.

The schools will convene a committee of parents, students and staff from both schools to study the creation and implementation of the NEW JF Webb High School academy structure and develop the curricular design of the programs within the merged school.

The Board and the staff of GCPS believe this merger and redesign of the school will increase opportunity for ALL students on the campus, and unite the community with WARRIOR PRIDE!

Granville Co. Board of Education to Hold Special Meetings – Oct. 29 & 30

-Information courtesy Dr. Stan Winborne, Public Information Officer, Granville County Public Schools

The Granville County Board of Education will hold special meetings on the following dates:

Monday, October 29 at 5:30 p.m.

The purpose of this meeting will be to review school improvement plans and district data, and a closed session for the purpose of discussing confidential personnel matters under N.C.G.S. 143-318.11(a)(1), (a)(3) and (a)(6).

Tuesday, October 30, 5 p.m.

The purpose of this meeting will be to review school improvement plans, discuss a study related to Joe Toler-Oak Hill Elementary School, and discuss proposals for J.F. Webb School of Health & Life Sciences.

Both meetings will take place at the Central Office, 101 Delacroix Road, Oxford, N.C.

 

Save the Date: Granville Co. Public School’s Safety Summit

-Information courtesy Dr. Stan Winborne, Public Information Officer, Granville County Public Schools

Granville County Public School’s SCHOOL SAFETY SUMMIT

SAVE THE DATE!

Thursday, November 15, 2018

6 p.m.

Northern Granville Middle School Auditorium

GCPS, Law Enforcement & Elected Officials

GCPS is ON THE MOVE when it comes to school safety.  Since 2017, we have made significant improvements!

From 5 to 9 School Resource Officers (SROs)!

Buzzer Entry Systems in Every School!

New Video Surveillance Systems are out for bid!

Improved perimeter fencing and gates!

Active Shooter Exercises for all School Administrators!

More on the way!

Come out and learn WHAT WE ARE DOING TO MAKE OUR SCHOOLS SAFER!

Provide your input in advance by completing the brief survey/questionairre below:

COMPLETE THIS SURVEY

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeGOGaX8oiQnkQYzT2Vr3GIRnLIsh6kQaI6XDTlkcrn0ghveg/viewform

Save the Date for a ‘Kitchen Table Conversation’ with Granville Co. Public Schools

-Information courtesy Dr. Stan Winborne, Public Information Officer, Granville County Public Schools

Place a “hold” for the evening of Tuesday, November 13 from 6 – 7:30 p.m. for a “Kitchen Table Conversation” with Superintendent Alisa McLean!

This community event is a fun and informal way to come out and hear first hand how things are going in our school district. Dr. McLean will be presenting our new District Strategic Plan, updating attendees on the latest and greatest, and seeking input on the future of our schools.

EVERYONE is welcome!  We look forward to seeing you then and there!

Tuesday, November 13

6 – 7:30 p.m.

Mt. Energy Elementary School

“Kitchen Table Conversation”!!

Granville Co. Public Schools Closed Thurs., Oct. 11

-Information courtesy Granville County Public Schools

In anticipation of the arrival of Hurricane Michael, all Granville County public schools will be canceled for all students and staff tomorrow, Thursday, October 11.

The forecast of heavy rainfall, flooding, strong wind gusts and isolated tornados could make for dangerous conditions during the school day. Please be attentive to weather alerts about this powerful storm. We wish everyone a safe and uneventful day off.

GCPS to Use Technology to Help Improve Attendance During Flu Season

-Press Release, Granville County Public Schools

As schools everywhere go back in session, all elementary schools in GCPS hope to stay one step ahead of illness this year, keeping more kids healthy and in school with the help of Kinsa Smart Thermometers. As one of the districts accepted into the Lysol + Kinsa FLUency health program, all GCPS elementary families will receive free Kinsa Smart Thermometers, priced at $19.99 retail, and will be able to see aggregated, anonymous information on any symptoms and illnesses going around the school through an accompanying mobile phone app.

This FREE product for families is made possible through a research grant. GCPS was invited to participate with one other school district in the country as part of a larger study on how school facility cleanliness can impact student health. Our team of five School Nurses will be charged with implementing and monitoring this program in all 9 elementary schools in our school district.

“Our top priority is keeping our students in class learning,” explained Superintendent Alisa McLean. “With this innovative program, we hope to see the trends affecting our classrooms so that we can help contain the spread of illness, increase attendance, and continue giving our students the education they deserve.”

The FLUency program, now in its 4th year, has already helped over 60,000 families, and 90 percent of participating school nurses believe FLUency kept them more informed of illnesses going around their school.

The deadline for elementary school families to order their FREE thermometer is Friday, October 26. No orders will be accepted after this deadline. The research grant will be renewed at the beginning of next school year for any new families who wish to participate.

Elementary school parents should be on the lookout for additional information coming soon via phone calls, emails, paper brochures, GCPS websites, and more!

Granville County Public Schools Public Hearing on Proposed Consolidation Oct 9

— courtesy Granville County Public Schools

The Board of Education will meet on October 9, 2018, at 5:30 p.m. at JF Webb High School, to review information compiled by school system staff regarding the proposed consolidation of J.F. Webb High School and J.F. Webb School of Health & Life Sciences, as well as other topics. During this meeting the Board may hold a closed session pursuant to N.C.G.S. 143-318.11(a).

At 7 p.m. on October 9, the Board will hold a public hearing pursuant to G.S. 115C-72 on the proposed consolidation of J.F. Webb High School and J.F. Webb School of Health & Life Sciences. The purpose of this hearing will be for the Board to receive comments from the public regarding the proposed consolidation. Members of the public wishing to comment on the proposed consolidation are encouraged to attend this hearing. Procedures for the hearing, along with a copy of information provided to the Board regarding the proposal, will be made available to the public prior to the hearing via the school system’s website.

Granville Co. Public Schools is ‘WOW’ About Wellness

-Press Release, Granville County Public Schools

This year, families in Granville County Public Schools may ‘CATCH’ their kids exploring healthy habits as a part of an expanded effort to use the Coordinated Approach To Child Health in all district elementary schools.  The C.A.T.C.H. program has been used in schools across the country to encourage good nutrition and physical activity among students. Stovall-Shaw Elementary School piloted use of the program during the 2015-2016 academic year.

Last year, the CATCH program expanded to Butner-Stem Elementary School and West Oxford Elementary School. This summer nearly 100 teachers and administrators received training on the CATCH program to enable every elementary school in the district to utilize the coordinated school health program. Granville County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Alisa McLean offered her perspective on the initiative, stating, “The CATCH program is so vitally important to our work in educating children. Increasing our focus on the health and well-being of our students will only help improve their academic success.  It’s a true win-win for everyone!”

The Coordinated Approach to Child Health (CATCH) unites multiple school-based players to create a community of health. CATCH teaches children to identify healthful foods and increase the amount of moderate to vigorous physical activity they participate in each day. In-class lessons on nutrition and physical activity are supported by coordinated messaging throughout the school community, with the ultimate goal of changing the school environment and policies to support these healthy choices.

Principal Mary Ann Crews of Mt Energy Elementary School explains how these activities are implemented on a daily basis. “There may be some days when instead of children having free time at recess, our teachers may instead lead them through a structured yoga class, with a focus on mindfulness and core physical fitness. Other days there may be a 5 or 10 minute structured mini-lesson during recess. It is amazing the impact it has on how they feel during the school day.”

The Working on Wellness (WOW!) Coalition has been an integral part of the effort to bring the CATCH program to Granville County Public Schools. The WOW! Coalition brings together organizations and people to help kids stay healthy. The WOW! Coalition is one of ten North Carolina coalitions funded through Healthy People, Healthy Carolinas to implement and evaluate the impact of evidence-based interventions.

Healthy People, Healthy Carolinas is a bold initiative of The Duke Endowment, which aims to improve community health outcomes with a focus on nutrition, physical activity and prevention of chronic disease.  “Right before the start of the school year, we were able to train our teachers across all nine elementary schools. I have heard so many positive comments about CATCH – and not just how it is helping our students, but also our staff too. It’s starting to change the entire conversation at school about health, wellness, exercise and diet. It’s been wonderful”, says Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction, Dr. Michael Myrick

The WOW Coalition has adopted the overarching goal of improving child health and well-being in Granville County, North Carolina, through health promotion efforts targeting nutrition and physical activity.  Poor nutrition, obesity, and physical inactivity have been connected to poor school performance as well as chronic conditions that impact health across the lifespan.

By targeting interventions during childhood, health-promoting behaviors are more easily adopted and maintained, thereby improving health across the lifespan and avoiding adverse health outcomes in adulthood.  One 5th grader described CATCH in this way, saying “I think it is good to know which foods are best for us. I also tell my mom about this and we try to do this at home too. Being healthy is good.”

Principal Courtney Currin offered her perspective on its impact on academics, saying, “CATCH makes a difference in the academic achievement and overall discipline of students.  We saw double-digit growth the first year when we implemented the program with our third graders!”

Want to get involved?  Consider joining the effort by attending one of the upcoming WOW Coalition meetings held at Granville Vance Public Health in Oxford on the 4th Wednesday of each month.

Granville Co. Finance Budget Committee to Meet Thurs., Sept. 27

-Press Release, Granville County Public Schools

NOTICE TO PUBLIC AND PRESS

The Granville County Finance Budget Committee will meet Thursday, September 27, 2018, at 4:30 p.m. at the Granville County Public Schools Central Office, 101 Delacroix Street, Oxford, North Carolina.

The next regular scheduled Board meeting is Monday, October 1, 2018, at 6 p.m.