Vance Virtual Village

Application Process for Vance Virtual Village, VCS’ New Online School, Opens July 1


-Information courtesy Vance County Schools

Vance Virtual Village Academy, Vance County Schools’ newest school, will begin accepting applications on Wednesday, July 1, 2020. VCS is excited to offer this completely virtual K-12 school called V3.

Characteristics of a V3 student include an independent learner that is computer literate, has good time management and organization skills, has personal commitment and is an effective communicator.

The student will also adhere to procedures and expectations, have academic readiness and be prepared to access information and interact virtually.

The application will be accessible at and also on the VCS website at beginning July 1.

VCS Partnership Awards 2020

Vance County Schools Recognizes Partnerships of the Year 

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-Press Release, Vance County Schools

Vance County Schools strives to build community and business partnerships. These individuals, organizations and businesses make an impact on our students, schools and district as a whole. We are grateful for each and every one of them. Each school celebrates its top partnership, focusing on impact.

This year, the following were recognized: 

Advance Academy, Gang Free, Aycock Elementary, Craig Compton, Carver Elementary, Cokesbury United Methodist Church, Clarke Elementary, Debra Jiggitts, Dabney Elementary, Turning Point, CDC, Inc., Early College High, Vance- Granville Community College, EM Rollins Elementary, Clearview Baptist Church, EO Young Elementary, Flat Rock United Methodist Church, LB Yancey Elementary, Fearldine Simmons, New Hope Elementary, Woodsworth Baptist Church, Pinkston St. Elementary, Holy Temple Church, STEM Early High, Dr. Meg Blanchard & Katie McCance, Vance County High, AtwoZ Bonds, Vance County Middle, The City Ministries, Zeb Vance Elementary and Plank Chapel.

Letitia Fields (left), principal at New Hope Elementary, presented Pastor Glendora Hargrove (right) with the District Partnership of the Year award on June 26, 2020.

A district committee reviews all of the school partnerships and awards one as the District Partnership of the Year. This year, the recipient is Woodsworth Baptist Church for their partnership with New Hope Elementary.

Pastor Glendora Hargrove’s church and members have assisted in exposing students to the arts through generous contributions. Their efforts provided opportunities for every student to attend a show at McGregor Hall.

Additionally, a new sound system for assemblies and performances was also donated by the church. The sound system was given in honor of Pastor Hargrove’s two granddaughters, who passed away this year. Even when she has experienced much loss, the pastor and her church continue to find ways to give back.

Letitia Fields, Principal at New Hope Elementary, presented Pastor Glendora Hargrove with the District Partnership of the Year award on June 26. 

VCS Superintendent Dr. Anthony Jackson, along with Board of Education Chair Ed Wilson, presented Henderson Toyota General Manager Joe Coffey with the Shining Moment in Education award on June 3, 2020.

Each year, Vance County Schools awards the Shining Moment in Education to a business or community partner working to make an impact on a larger scale. This year, the 2020 recipient is Henderson Toyota for their ongoing support of our Vance County Teacher of the Year car lease.

In coordination with the Henderson Toyota General Manager, Vance County Schools has been able to award the District Teacher of the Year a one-year lease, allowing them to showcase their title on the car.

This is an honor and continues to build a strong partnership. Dr. Anthony Jackson, superintendent, along with Board of Education Chair Ed Wilson, presented General Manager Joe Coffey with the award on June 3. 

Business partnerships, community agencies and individuals continue to be an intricate part of VCS’ success. 

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Town Talk 06/17/20: Vance Co. Schools Moves Forward With Fully Remote K-12 Academy


Dr. Anthony Jackson, superintendent for Vance County Schools, appeared on WIZS Town Talk Wednesday at 11 a.m.

Jackson announced the Vance Virtual Village Academy, or V3, as it is being called, will move forward with the Board of Education’s approval as a fully remote learning option for VCS students in grades K-12.

With COVID-19 restrictions still in place, the reopening structure of NC public schools still uncertain and the desire of some parents and students for a virtual learning model, Jackson emphasized the importance of offering VCS families a remote learning option.

VCS will open online V3 enrollment for the 2020-2021 school year on July 1. The online academy will follow the traditional school calendar with an August 17 start date.

According to Jackson, enrollment will be capped for the first year at 150-200 students.

Students enrolled in V3 are funded through the State of NC in the same manner as other public school students and will be required to meet the same standards as a student who attends a physical classroom, explained Jackson.

Dispelling the myth that V3 will involve “sitting in front of a device just clicking all day,” Jackson said there will be virtual interactions with teachers, a mixture of independent and group work and a “village” structure that will allow students to interact and socialize with their peers based on their academic needs and interests.

Required materials, including an electronic device and connectivity assistance, if needed, will be provided.

Students may also remain connected to a physical school by participating in athletics and extra-curricular activities and will have access to support services such as school counseling, said Jackson.

“We have to rethink school,” Jackson stated. “I’ve seen the COVID-19 situation as an opportunity to really rethink schools. This is an opportunity to say ‘let’s create one thing that’s different.’ For those parents who seek different and want different, let’s give them that.”

Please visit the VCS website for more information on V3. WIZS News will also provide more information as it becomes available.

To hear the interview with Jackson in its entirety, go to and click on Town Talk.


Vance County Schools Recognizes VGCC With Partnership Award

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-Press Release, Vance-Granville Community College

Vance County Schools recently recognized Vance-Granville Community College with the 2019-2020 “Partnership of the Year” award for collaborating with Vance County Early College High School (VCECHS).

“We are pleased to be able to partner with Vance County Early College and the entire school system,” VGCC President Dr. Rachel Desmarais said, in accepting the award on behalf of the college faculty and staff. “An important part of our student body, Early College students enrich our campus community, and we have the privilege of helping them achieve their goals.” 

VGCC worked closely with the school system in 2008 to start the Early College High School, and it has been housed on the community college’s Main Campus near Henderson ever since.

VCECHS is a five-year high school experience that offers students the opportunity to earn a high school diploma along with an Associate in Arts and/or Associate in Science degree, or at least some college transfer credits, tuition-free.

Early College programs provide affordable, accessible pathways to four-year university degrees for many students. In addition, VGCC offers other “Career and College Promise” (CCP) pathways to students at traditional high schools – allowing them to earn college credits, as well.

“We are extremely grateful for your partnership work with Vance County Schools,” Aarika Sandlin, the system’s public information officer, wrote in a letter to the college. “Without devoted community members, churches and organizations, our system would not be the same. We appreciate all that you have done for our schools and our students this year. We are so proud of all you have done to make a difference, making us all Vance County Proud!”

Vance Co. Schools Completes Commencement Exercises, Graduates 340

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-Press Release, Vance County Schools

Vance County Schools recently graduated 220 from Vance County High School, 41 from Vance County Early College High School and 79 from Advance Academy.

VCS is so proud of the Class of 2020, as these 340 students begin their journey taking a variety of pathways – some are going straight into the workforce, many students are off to colleges and universities, while others have committed to serving in branches of the United States military. No matter where their journey takes them, VCS takes pride that each of them began their journey with Vance County Schools – the place we hope they always call home.

At the time of the May graduations, many of our district’s students were still receiving award letters from colleges and universities. We are excited to announce that Vance County Schools Class of 2020 has a combined total of over 10 million dollars in scholarships and grants. We know educational funding opens pathways for our students and are excited about the opportunities that are before them.

We are excited to share that our students have received the following college acceptances and opportunities to serve in the United States military.

Class of 2020 College Acceptances

Appalachian State University | Barton College | Belmont Abbey College | Brevard College | Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute | Campbell University | Cape Fear Community College | Catawba College | Central Piedmont Community College | Charleston Southern University | Chowan University | Coastal Carolina University | Converse College | Coppin State University | Durham Technical Community College | East Carolina University | East Tennessee State University | Elizabeth City State University | Elon University | Emory and Henry College | Fayetteville State University | Fayetteville Technical Community College | Florida Agriculture and Technical State University | Forsyth Technical Community College | Gardner-Webb University | Grand Canyon University | Greensboro College | Guilford College | Guilford Technical Community College | Halifax Community College | Hampton University | High Point University | Hofstra University | Hollins University | Howard University | James Madison University | Johnson & Wales University-Charlotte | Johnson C. Smith University | Johnson Community College | Lees-McRae College | Lenoir-Rhyne University | Liberty University | Louisburg College | Louisiana State University | Livingstone College | Mars Hill University | Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts | Meredith College | Methodist University | Nascar Technical Institute | Nash Community College | North Carolina A & T State University | North Carolina Central University | North Carolina State University | North Carolina Wesleyan College | Old Dominion University | Oral Roberts University | Pamlico Community College | Pfeiffer University | Pitt Community College | Radford University | Roanoke University | Queens University | Shaw University | Spelman College | St. Andrews University | St. Augustine’s University | The University of Mount Olive | Thomas Nelson Community College | Tidewater Community College | Trevecca Nazarene University | University of Lynchburg | University of Mount Olive |University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill | University of North Carolina at Charlotte | University of North Carolina at Greensboro | University of North Carolina at Pembroke | University of North Carolina at Wilmington | University of South Alabama | Vance-Granville Community College | Virginia Union University | Wake Technical Community College | Wayne Community College | Western Carolina University | William Peace University| Wingate University | Winston-Salem State University |

Class of 2020 Military Service

United States Air Force | United States Army | United States Navy | United States Marine Corps | United States Army National Guard |

Vance County Schools is extremely proud of the Class of 2020. We look forward to all that our students will accomplish as they begin this new journey. We know they will go forth and do great things!

VCS Summer Meal

Vance Co. Schools’ Free Summer Meal Program Begins June 15


-Information courtesy Vance County Schools

Vance County Schools’ free summer meal program will begin on Monday, June 15 and continue through Thursday, July 30, 2020.

Each week, meals will be available for pick up at Aycock Elementary School, EO Young Elementary School, Vance County Middle School and Vance County High School from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

Meals are available at these locations in a drive-thru format.

Meal units that are distributed Monday – Wednesday will include two meals – lunch for that day and breakfast for the following morning. Thursday distribution will include two breakfasts and two lunches.

Bus meals will resume on June 15 for meal deliveries.

Weekly menus will be available on the VCS website and social media.

VCS has served over 320,000 meals since the COVID-19 pandemic began. Hunger does not take a vacation, so VCS is making meals available to our community’s children throughout the summer to meet their needs.

Advance Academy Graduates 79 in Drive-Thru Commencement Ceremony

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-Press Release and photos, Vance County Schools

Vance County Schools celebrated as Advance Academy held commencement with 79 graduates on Thursday,
June 11, 2020, at 2:30 p.m. The drive-thru ceremony was held at Vance-Granville Community College.

Though unable to have a traditional graduation, VCS was elated to be able to recognize the Class of 2020. The ceremony was live-streamed on the school district website, as well as live updates on WIZS radio.

Dr. Anthony Jackson, superintendent of Vance County Schools, and Mrs. Stephanie Ayscue, principal of Advance Academy,
presented each of the graduates with their diploma.

Brittany Bell, meteorologist for ABC11, and June Atkinson, former North Carolina State Superintendent of Public Instruction, pre-recorded their speeches to the graduating class.

Graduates included:

Ashanti Kemya Allen, Jaheim Ahmad Allen, Damien Martes Alston, Carlos Ky-Ron Alston, Dontrel Jamal Alston, Saul Hernandez Arias, Correll Jaymon Arrington, Ra’Darrius Ty’Quan Cortez Arrington, Courtney Brianna Bagby, Isaiah Robert Beckham, Laniyah Briona Nicole Brown, Ke’Marus Martise Bryant, Cory Randall Bullock Jr., Demetrius Bullock, Johnathan Savion Bullock, Tawain Printice Bullock Jr., Y’Nashia Stephney Cannady, Roxana Cisneros, Janiyah Marie Crews, Amilyah Te’onka Davis, Briseyda Elizabeth Diaz-Casillas, William Riley Dickerson, Hailee Marie Edmonds, Tristen Scott Faulkner, Robert Thomas Finley IV, Jesus Manuel Garcia Arellano, Dallas Scerbo Gill, Jose Alejandro Gonzalez, Mary Elizabeth Dunston Hargrove, Tederian Monroe Harris, Tyrell Tony Hatcher, Da’Quan Quimaine Hawkins, Da’Twan Quimaine Hawkins, Shyquan Jaleel Hayes, Payton Rey Heath, Mo’Nasia Tamiqua Henderson, Sa’monte De’Quaries Henderson, Alveante Markeith Holden, Jah’Vonte Ty’Key Jiggetts, Taneia Rene Leonard, Adryonna Biyonce’ Lynette Jones, Zavion Ty’lek Kearney, Cameron Lee Kittrell, Emily Michelle Kittrell-Rosas, Trayshawn Maliq Macon, Zamauri Marrow, Kativanna Lynn Mattei-Gonzalez, Karla Marleny Mejia Portillo, Mason Dean Miller, Jada Drewchelle Montaque, Trevon Antwan Murphy, Trevonda Antoinette Murphy, Imari Chantel Nelson, Joshua Lee Oliver, Kalei Nicole Parrish, Anthony Tyrik Pauling, Ahmaj Malik Person, Jawanda Janae Person, Marcus Allen Pitchford Jr., Alex Alberto Prudencio, Joshua Maleek Reid, Aja-Lik Jeremy Robinson-Clack, Tiana Charlotte Rogers, Danny Salmeron, Christopher Daniel Satterwhite, She’Dasia J’shel Small, Mercedes Angeleah Lynna Soto, Sincere Nigel Spencer, Tayana Elise Terry, Lamyah Armony Towns, Ty’Joshua Isaiah Tunstall, Dayana Henrietta Warren, Willie Lee Waverly III, Precious Aliyah Wilkerson, Ty’Quayveon Leneil Williams, Tyeisha Danielle Symon Williams, Allison Paige Wilson, Zha’Nae Twone’ Wynn and Shy’Queria Tyzasia Yancey.

VCS is extremely proud of our seniors and wishes them the best as they journey ahead. They are certain to go forth and do great things.

For additional photos from the ceremony, please visit the Vance County Schools’ Facebook page (click here).



Vance County Schools Approves 2020-21 Calendars, Applies for K-12 Fully Remote Option

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-Information courtesy Vance County Schools

2020-2021 Vance County Schools Calendars Approved

Vance County Schools Board of Education voted unanimously to approve the 2020-2021 calendars, reflecting the current requirements, as passed by the general assembly, including five remote learning days.

The early start calendar will begin for students on July 31, 2020, and end on May 21, 2021.

The year-round calendar will begin for students on July 31, 2020, and end on June 11, 2021.

Traditional calendars will start for students on August 17, 2020, and end on June 2, 2021.

The total number of days in the calendar is the same length as previous years, just allocated to include the remote learning days. Check out the VCS website (click here) to view the calendars in more detail.

Vance Virtual Village Academy

Vance County Schools wants to ensure that there is a place for every student to learn. As discussion of the 2020-2021 school year begins, the uncertainties for many families remain.

VCS has applied for a new LEA code through the NC Department of Public Instruction for Vance Virtual Village Academy (V3). This school is designed for grades K-12 and will be a fully remote option for those families that feel this is the best option for their child. The school is designed as a place “WHERE WE VALUE connectedness, engagement,
and equity.”

V3 will offer a variety of activities that serve all types of learning styles. The premise is that all teachers will need to consider Universal Design for Learning (UDL) when planning both their synchronous and asynchronous instruction, working to increase access to learning by reducing physical, cognitive, intellectual, and organizational barriers to
learning whenever possible.

At this time, VCS awaits approval from the state to move forward with V3.

National Beta Club

Vance County Schools Receives National Beta Recognition 

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-Press Release, Vance County Schools

Vance County Schools has been named a 2020 District of Distinction by the National Beta Club. This honor was granted to only two districts in the state of North Carolina and awarded for offering the academic recognition membership to all students in all eligible schools within the district. 

This national award recognizes commitment to academic excellence, leadership development and service involvement throughout every school in our district, in an ongoing mission to prepare our students for their future. The students exemplify these characteristics and qualities and stand true to the Beta motto: “Let Us Lead by Serving Others.” By cultivating service and leadership, we know we are preparing our students for tomorrow. 

Beta Club advisers in our schools play a major role in the success of the program and recognition of eligible students. Those advisers include: 

  • Kim Burton of Aycock Elementary School
  • Teresa Hicks of Carver Elementary School
  • Jessica Williams of Clarke Elementary School
  • Joy Herndon of Dabney Elementary School
  • Marian Faulkner of E.O. Young Elementary School
  • Shaunese Coombs of E.M. Rollins Elementary School
  • Sharita Jones of L.B. Yancey Elementary School
  • Cathy Oswald of New Hope Elementary School
  • Eva Jennings of Pinkston Elementary School
  • C’Monee Wilkins of Zeb Vance Elementary School
  • Gradesa Lockhart of STEM Early High School
  • Vicki Anne Fullwood of Vance County Early College High School
  • Pamela Perry of Vance County Middle School
  • Bobbi Parks of Vance County High School 

In addition to the district recognition, every school in our district has been recognized as a National Beta School of Merit, honoring the club’s dedication and commitment to academic excellence. Each school has members from all eligible grade levels in their individual Beta Clubs. 

Vance County Schools had eight schools awarded National Beta Schools of Distinction, for increasing membership by 10%. Growth is evaluated based on student membership from the previous year. Recognized as Schools of Distinction include New Hope Elementary, Pinkston Street Elementary, Clarke Elementary, E.M. Rollins Elementary, E.O. Young Elementary, Aycock Elementary, STEM Early High and Vance County Early College. 

With more than 500,000 active members and 8,750 chapters nationally and internationally, National Beta has become the nation’s largest non-profit, educational youth organization. National Junior Beta Club includes grades 4-8 and National Senior Beta includes grades 9-12, with both recognizing outstanding achievement, promoting character and social responsibility, encouraging service involvement to school and community as well as fostering leadership skills. 

Vance County Schools is proud to be recognized as a Beta Club District of Distinction and for all of our schools being designated as Schools of Merit. We are extremely proud of our Schools of Distinction and excited about Beta Club continuing to make an impact in our schools, within our community and for our students.

Vance County Graduation Ceremony

Details, Announcements for AdVance Academy’s June 11 Graduation Ceremony

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-Information courtesy Vance County Schools

AdVance Academy’s graduation event is set for Thursday, June 11, 2020, at 2:30 p.m. at Vance-Granville Community College. Vance County Schools released the following information for those participating in the drive-thru style event:

Program of Events

At your designated time, enter from Poplar Creek Road to the main entrance of Vance-Granville Community College.
Proceed down the main road to the parking lot of Building 7. Staff will direct you. No open-air vehicles or
passengers in truck beds are permitted. Please do not arrive before your scheduled time.

Station 1: Graduate Check-in

One vehicle per graduate | Stop at the check-in station | A paper with the graduate’s name will be placed under the
windshield wiper| Follow directives of staff for vehicle line up | Pay careful attention to the line to keep it moving smoothly | Receive graduation program

Station 2: Processional

When the graduate nears the graduation station, a runner will take the windshield wiper sign to the name reader

Graduate Preparation Zone

Pay attention to signs for directions

Station 3: Graduation

Wait for the sign to show the graduate may exit vehicle | The student will walk to the stage | The student’s name will
be called as they walk across the stage | Receive diploma cover and photo opportunity | The student will return to the vehicle immediately | The car will then join the recessional line

Station 4: Recessional

Watch for signs and move to the graduate pick up spot | All vehicles must make a right onto Poplar Creek Road upon exiting graduation


No restroom facilities will be available | Cap & gowns are required to participate in graduation | The graduate should be
positioned in the vehicle to be the only person that needs to step out of the car upon arrival at the graduation point| Graduation signs can be picked up after all graduation ceremonies have concluded

Graduation Arrival Time by Graduate’s Last Name
2:30 p.m. ~ Allen – Edmonds
3:05 p.m. ~ Evans – Jones
3:45 p.m. ~ Kearney – Satterwhite
4:15 p.m. ~ Small – Yancey

Note from Vance County Schools: We are excited about graduation! It is our hope that seniors will celebrate by decorating their cap or even their vehicle. As a reminder, no open-air vehicles are permitted (convertibles, bikes, open-top jeeps, etc) and no one will be permitted to ride in the back of a pickup truck. Only one vehicle is permitted per graduate.

As you proceed through the graduation line-up, you will see signs giving instructions. We ask that you pay close attention to ensure a smooth process. Everyone must remain in their vehicle throughout. The graduate will be informed when they are able to exit the vehicle. We also ask that you avoid loud music and horn honking.

We cannot wait to celebrate the Class of 2020!