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)

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.


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)

Vance Co. Schools Hosts Edcamp Vance; 200 Educators in Attendance

-Press Release, Vance County Schools

Approximately 200 educators attended Edcamp Vance on Saturday, February 23, to share their expertise, successful strategies and ideas about public education in our society today.

The event, the second Edcamp hosted by Vance County Schools, was held throughout the morning at AdVance Academy in Henderson.

Educators came together to network and learn from one another in an effort to celebrate their profession and move forward with positive momentum for the remainder of the 2018-2019 school year and beyond.

Educators crowd into the cafeteria at AdVance Academy to begin their participation in Edcamp Vance. (Photo Credit: VCS)

Vance County High School Vipers band members and cheerleaders, along with the cheerleaders from Vance County Middle School, welcomed all of the educators as they arrived for the event. The opening of Edcamp was lively and very energized as participants had fun posing in front of a photo board, even putting on crazy hats, sunglasses, scarves and more after they arrived and then greeting their colleagues with lots of smiles and hugs.

Edcamp Vance drew educators from across our region of the state, but the largest contingency by far was from Vance County Schools.

Superintendent Anthony Jackson was on hand to welcome everyone and to challenge all of the educators to teach all children as if they are their own and to disrupt the educational process every day to bring out the best in their students.

Assistant superintendents Dr. Trixie Brooks and Dr. Cindy Bennett also attended, as did most of our district principals and assistant principals. Classroom teachers made up the majority of the participants, but there were also lots of support staff in attendance. Everyone came together based on their strong commitment for students and public education.

AdVance Academy, led by Principal Stephanie Ayscue, was a wonderful host site for Edcamp. The planning committee for the event, which included several educational leaders from Vance County Schools, did an absolutely marvelous job in planning details of the event and making all participants feel welcomed and a huge part of the proceedings.

Educators attended some very powerful collaborative sessions, during which everyone had the opportunity to make the most of the experience and share their opinions and expertise on the educational process. At the end of the day, educators stressed that they thoroughly enjoyed being with their colleagues and learning from one another.

Superintendent Anthony Jackson of Vance County Schools, welcomes everyone to Edcamp Vance. (Photo Credit: VCS)

Angela Cusaac, Vance County Schools Teacher of the Year, left, and Principal Stephanie Ayscue of AdVance Academy, were two of the members of the Edcamp Planning Committee. (Photo Credit: VCS)

Vance Co. High School to Operate on Early Start Calendar for 2019-2020

-Information courtesy the Vance County School’s Facebook page

With the Vance County Board of Education’s earlier approval of a restart plan for Vance County High School, the school will operate on an early start calendar for the 2019-2020 school year.

VCHS will follow the same calendar as Early College High for the upcoming school year with classes beginning in early August.

School system officials are seeking input now from parents, students and employees on the proposed calendar for both schools, which has Monday, August 5, as the first day of classes. The proposed calendar also stipulates that first semester exams will occur prior to the Christmas break. The last day of classes in the proposed calendar is Thursday, May 21.

The Board of Education is expected to review and approve the proposed calendar, as well as calendars for all traditional schools and E.M. Rollins Elementary, at its March 11 meeting.