Vance County Schools announces Early College Laptop Distribution Date

Vance County Schools

For Immediate Release

July 26, 2017

Laptop computers for Early College High School students will be given out on Monday, July 31, from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the school located on the top floor of Building 2 on the campus of Vance-Granville Community College near Henderson.

Students and parents should plan to pick up their laptop computer on this day. For those students who want to opt out of using a school system issued computer, the school’s opt-out form should be completed and returned to school officials.

Pre-K Dabney Students Complete Mi Centro Program

Vance County Schools

For Immediate Release

July 20, 2017


Pre-kindergarten students who participated in the Mi Centro program this summer at Dabney Elementary School completed their participation in the camp on July 19.


A total of 35 Hispanic students completed the summer program this year and are now ready to begin the new school year.


The students participated in sessions to prepare them for the new school year in three classes that were taught by Deris Mora, Kelly Smith and Tamekia Thompson, all teachers in Vance County Schools. They were assisted by Sherry Compton, Lesli Miranda, Kathy Pernell, Malinda Puckett, Janet Rodriguez and Connetta Terry. One student volunteer, Reina Banda-Orozco, also helped in the classes.


The Mi Centro program is coordinated through the school system’s English as a Second Language (ESL) Program and is designed to provide educational services to pre-school Hispanic children to help them prepare to begin the school year.


Each of the students was recognized during a “graduation” ceremony held in the multipurpose room at Dabney Elementary on the morning of July 19. Their teachers presented them with certificates for their participation in the program. Each student wore a light blue cap and gown and came up to accept their certificate from their teacher.

Eaton-Johnson Students Attend First Ever Camp Discovery

This year, rising sixth, seventh and eighth graders had the opportunity to experience the first ever Camp Discovery at Eaton-Johnson Middle School.

Partnering with the Henderson chapter of Triangle Literacy Council, Eaton-Johnson was able to offer a new and exciting summer bridge camp opportunity for students. Over the course of three weeks, campers participated in reading and literacy activities, created hands-on math, science and technology projects, and took a Character Education Course designed specifically for middle school students. Campers also participated in several sports and recreation mini-blocks throughout the camp session, including a trip to the movie theater to see animation in action.

The inaugural Camp Discovery season concluded with a very special awards ceremony on July 13. At the ceremony, parents and other family members shared in recognizing the incredible accomplishments of EJMS campers. Each camper received a Certificate of Program Completion and many campers also won individual awards. As part of Eaton-Johnson’s ongoing collaboration with Triangle Literacy Council, every camper was given a new personal computer. The summer program represents the third segment of a year-long collaboration between Eaton-Johnson Middle School, Henderson Middle School and Triangle Literacy Council. To date, the program has served over 200 middle school students in Vance County and awarded more than $50,000 worth of new computers to students. Most of the students received their new computers in June, following their completion of academic work in the second semester of last school year.

Vance County Schools sets date for Early College Orientation

Vance County Schools

For Immediate Release

July 12, 2017

The orientation session for new students and their parents at the Vance County Early College High School is set for Thursday, July 20, at 9 a.m. in the Vance-Granville Community College Civic Center. All incoming ninth graders and their parents are urged to attend to receive valuable information.

VCSFRC to sponsor a “Starting the Year Off Right” Lunch

Vance County Schools

For Immediate Release

July 12, 2017

Our Vance County Schools Family Resource Center is sponsoring a lunch and learn workshop entitled, “Starting the Year Off Right” for elementary school parents on Wednesday, August 9, from 12 to 2 p.m. in the Farm Bureau Room at Perry Memorial Library in Henderson.

The workshop is free.

The workshop is being presented in partnership with the Vance County Cooperative Extension Service and its “Incredible Years” parenting educators.

Space is limited for the workshop and interested parents are urged to call 252-438-8188 to register by Tuesday, July 25.

The workshop will focus on topics including homework tips, parent conferencing, discipline issues and more. Lunch will be provided for participants, but you must register in advance.

Interested parents also may contact Cassandra Evans, coordinator of the school system’s Federal Programs and Parent Engagement, at 252-492-2127 for more information on the workshop.

Vance County Schools to offer Credit Recovery Sessions

Vance County Schools

For Immediate Release

July 10, 2017

Vance County Schools is beginning its course credit recovery sessions for eligible high school students in the 2018 graduation cohort this week.

The sessions will be available over the next three weeks. All sessions for high school students across the county will be held at Northern Vance High School.

Students who are in the 2018 graduation cohort can participate in the recovery of one credit during the session. All credit recovery work will be available online, with teachers on hand to lead each session. The sessions will be held at Northern Vance July 10-13, July 17-20 and July 24-27. Students can attend the sessions each day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Lunch and snacks also will be provided for students.

School bus transportation will be provided to students on an as needed basis.

Info Sessions to be held for new STEAM Academy at E.M. Rollins

Vance County Schools

For Immediate Release

July 6, 2017

Parents and students can learn more about the new STEAM Academy at E.M. Rollins Elementary for the 2017-2018 school year during meetings scheduled for Monday, July 10, and Thursday, July 13, at Perry Memorial Library on Breckenridge Street in Henderson.

Both meetings begin at 6:30 p.m. and will be led by Principal Stephanie Alston.

Enrollment is still open for the new year to elementary students throughout Vance County. Plan to attend one of these meetings to learn how to submit an application during open enrollment.

STEM School to move from Northern Vance to Southern Vance

The STEM Early High School, serving students in grades 6-8, is preparing for its move to the 600 Hall area of Southern Vance High School for the 2017-2018 school year.

Principal Iris Dethmers is shown in the accompanying photo during a meeting held recently with STEM parents and students at Southern Vance. 

The relocation of the school provides more space for the middle school students and staff. All classrooms also will be on one level, which provides more convenience for everyone instead of the three levels required for usage at the school’s old site at Northern Vance High School.

The STEM Early High School will have a separate entrance and exit from the high school students. The school also will have its own office/reception area, conference room and offices for the principal and counselor. STEM will occupy at least eight to 12 classrooms in its dedicated space. STEM students will share space in the cafeteria and gymnasium with high school students, as needed.

Additional information about plans for the new STEM location will be shared with parents, students and the community over the summer.

Vance County Schools Nutrition Program once again providing free meals

Vance County Schools

For Immediate Release

June 26, 2017

The Vance County Schools Nutrition Program is providing free meals again this summer to children in various programs in our county. Their delivery guys get covered here for insurance, for that’s an integral part while delivery.

Through a federally funded Summer Nutrition Program, the school system’s School Nutrition personnel are busy supplying breakfast, lunch and snacks each day for nine different programs, including the Read to Achieve reading camps for students in grades 1-3 at Dabney and Zeb Vance elementary schools.

Additional sites receiving the free meals are the Aycock Recreation Center, City Road United Methodist Church, the Eaton-Johnson Summer Camp, the ESL summer program at Dabney, the Gang Free Inc. summer camp, Gillburg United Methodist Church and the Pathway Enrichment Center.

In North Carolina, one in four children is at risk of hunger. They may not have access to enough food or healthy foods, such as fruits and vegetables, especially when school is out for the summer. The Summer Nutrition Program helps make sure children can get the nutritious meals they need. All children 18 and under can receive free summer meals.

An alarming number of children (approximately 35 percent) in Vance County live in poverty and do not have access to enough food at home. With this knowledge, school system officials for the past two school years have provided free breakfasts and lunches each school day to any students who want them. This is made possible through a federal school lunch program which Vance County qualifies for because of the high poverty rate in the county.

Many students depend on school meals. When school is not in session, these students are in peril of not being able to eat regular meals. The Summer Nutrition Program is a way to combat these risks. A lack of meals puts children at risk for illness and other health issues.

Each of the nine sites served by the Summer Nutrition Program applied to receive the meals. Phyllis Newcomb, director of the school system’s School Nutrition Program, reviews each application to ensure it meets eligibility requirements.  A wide variety of meals are provided for breakfasts and lunches. Representatives from each site must pick up their meals from Dabney Elementary School in approved containers capable of keeping meal items cold and/or hot during transport.

The school system also is working with officials from St. James Missionary Baptist Church in Henderson to provide usage of the cafeteria at Pinkston Street Elementary School as a distribution site for the church’s Mobile Lunch Program.

This program will operate July 11 through August 2 to provide free meals to children in various apartment complexes around Henderson. The meals are delivered to the apartment complexes between 11:30 a.m. and noon each weekday at eight different locations. The locations include Springwood Apartments, Woods Apartments, Wickford Apartments, Hillcrest Apartments, Lincoln Heights Apartments, North Henderson Heights Apartment, Cedarhurst Apartments and Highland Green Apartments. Food for these meals is provided by the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina.

H/V Chamber Welcomes New Teacher Bag Donations

New Teacher Bag Donations

We need your help to welcome our new teachers to Vance County!
Snacks, gum, candy, water bottles, notepads, pens, pencils, coupons etc. are just a few of the things we need to pack in the bags. Make sure your business name and contact information is on the items you donate. This is a great way to advertise your business to a new group coming into the Vance County area.

We will be packing 150 bags and these will be distributed to new teachers at all Vance County Public schools, Kerr-Vance Academy, Henderson Collegiate, Vance Charter, and Crossroads Christian.

If you would like to make a donation, please contact Melanie Mann at 252-438 8414 or

Deadline for donations is this Friday, August 25th.