Granville Co. Public Schools Seeking Sponsors for 2019 Spelling Bee

-Press Release, Granville County Public Schools

Granville County Public Schools will hold their second District Spelling Bee in the spring of next year for intermediate elementary students. Students in the third, fourth, and fifth grades are presently trying out for their school spelling bees.

The local school spelling competitions are scheduled to take place in January. One winner from each of the eight elementary schools will then vie for the GCPS Trophy on stage at Tar River Elementary on March 14, 2019.

This year’s words for qualifying were selected by the Scripps National Spelling Bee from fiction and non-fiction literature, both contemporary and classic. The 450 words come from books carefully selected by the Bee’s editorial team for their age-appropriate and engaging content, as well as their rich vocabulary. All words on Scripps word lists are entries in Merriam-Webster Unabridged, the official dictionary of the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

Since there is no regional bee in this part of North Carolina, the school system hopes to send our winner to the National Spelling Bee in May, says Director of Student and Support Services, Dr. Tonya Thomas, if local sponsors can be found. She and Superintendent Dr. Alisa McLean would like to see a student from Granville County have the opportunity to participate in the exciting and life-changing experience and are seeking sponsors.

The winning speller and his/her family would meet families from around the country, sharing their stories as they practice spelling, and enjoying a week of activities planned just for them. Donations from local sponsors will help pay the registration fee, housing, and transportation for the student.  In addition, sponsors may join the School System in planning and hosting the Granville County Bee.

Contact Dr. Tonya Thomas at the Granville County Public School office in Oxford at 919-693-4613 if you or your company would like to make attending this grand event possible for one of our terrific students!

Granville Board of Education to Discuss Possible School Consolidation, Closure

-Press Release, Granville County Public Schools

The Board of Education will meet for its regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, December 3. The agenda will include a presentation of a study regarding the possible consolidation of Mary Potter Middle School and Northern Granville Middle School.

The Board will hold a special meeting on Tuesday, December 4, at 5:30 p.m., at Joe Toler Oak Hill Elementary School located at 8176 Hwy 96 Oxford, NC 27565. The purpose of the meeting is for the Board to receive additional information compiled by staff regarding the study of the potential closure of Joe Toler Elementary School.

At 7 p.m. on December 4 at Joe Toler Oak Hill Elementary School, located at 8176 Hwy 96 Oxford, NC 27565, the Board will hold a public hearing on the possible closure of Joe Toler Elementary School.  Members of the public wishing to speak on this topic may sign up beginning at 6:30 p.m. Each speaker who has signed up prior to 7 p.m. will be given the opportunity to address the Board on this topic for up to four minutes.

Camp Recognized as an ‘Educator of Excellence’ at Recent Reception

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

Robin Camp, an Exceptional Children’s Program (ECP) Teacher of Excellence with Granville County Public Schools (GCPS) was recognized last week at the Educator of Excellence Reception at the ECP Conference. Camp works at Granville Central High School in Stem, NC.

Dr. Stan Winborne, public information officer for GCPS, congratulated Camp on her well-deserved honor. “Please join us in congratulating Robin. She demonstrates daily ‘Excellence and Achievement for all!’ We are so proud of her, and can’t wait to see what she does next!”

Robin Camp, an Exceptional Children’s Program (ECP) “Teacher of Excellence” with Granville County Public Schools (GCPS) was recognized last week at the Educator of Excellence Reception at the ECP Conference. Camp works at Granville Central High School in Stem, NC. (Photo Credit: GCPS)


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


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!


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


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!