Drive-Thru Graduation Planned for VCHS; Program of Events Announced

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-Information courtesy Vance County Schools

Vance County High School’s graduation event is set for Saturday, May 23, 2020. 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 Rock Mill Road to Mt. Carmel Church Road (by Clarke Elementary). No open-air
vehicles or passengers in truck beds are permitted. Please do not arrive before your scheduled time.


Receive your graduation program

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

Station 2: Line-up

Follow directives of staff for vehicle line up | pay careful attention to the line to keep it moving smoothly

Station 3: 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 4: 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 vehicle immediately | the car will then join the recessional line

Station 5: Recessional

Watch for signs and move to the graduate pick up spot | all vehicles must make a right on to Garrett Rd upon exiting graduation


No restroom facilities will be available | cap & gowns with VCHS stole 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

Arrival Time by Graduate’s Last Name:

  • 9 a.m. ~ A-B
  • 9:30 a.m. ~ C-D
  • 10:15 a.m. ~ E – Harley
  • 10:45 a.m. ~ Harris – J
  • 11:30 a.m. ~ K-M
  • 12 p.m. ~ O-R
  • 12:45 p.m. ~ S-V
  • 1:15 p.m. ~ W-Z

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!

L.B Yancey Elementary Thanks Families for Remote Learning Dedication

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-Information and photos courtesy Edward Ortega, Assistant Principal, L.B. Yancey and Pinkston St.

On Sunday, May 10, 2020, staff members at L.B Yancey Elementary School came together for a car parade through areas of the school neighborhood. The goal was to appreciate parents and students for their positivity, flexibility and resiliency during these trying times.

Parents were given a rose and candy, while students were given materials to make a Mother’s Day gift along with other items.

Our families have been committed to the new learning format and we wanted to say thank you for your support throughout this process. Teachers were excited to see students and encouraged them to keep working hard. It was an evening of community and camaraderie.

L.B. Yancey staff pose for a picture prior to the start of the parade.

Dr. Carnetta Thomas, principal at L.B. Yancey, waved at students who were excited to see the parade.

Antonea Nowell received a flower, candy and a goodie bag from L.B. Yancey staff.

Jaden Spruill excitedly waved as the parade went by.

Rasheeda Ingram waved as the school parade participants handed her a rose.

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Vance County Schools Receives Technology Donations to Improve Remote Learning

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-Press Release, Vance County Schools

Vance County Schools is pleased to announce two recent donations, providing the district with additional resources to assist with our Remote Learning Plan.

Technology and digital access are valuable resources within the digital interface for our students choosing the online virtual learning experience or the blended model. Our goal is to continue to provide our students with all of the resources necessary to be successful, whether inside the classroom or through virtual platforms.

Lenovo Donates 800 Chromebooks

The philanthropy team at Lenovo recently approved the donation of 800 Lenovo 100e chrome books to Vance County Schools, each with a one-year warranty. Each computer also came with a Google license.

Additionally, the district was provided one year of access to the Lenovo LanSchool classroom management software. This donation, valued at over $160,000 in technology, allows us to provide more accessibility to our students. We are extremely grateful for the generosity of Lenovo in aiding our efforts in remote learning.

VCS Selected to Receive WiFi Hotspots

Vance County Schools was chosen to receive four WiFi rangers to place on buses, allowing for further connectivity in our community. By utilizing smart buses, the district has the ability to take WiFi into communities where connectivity is an issue.

We are grateful for the NC Department of Information Technology and AT&T for their generosity.

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Vance County Schools Announces Plans for Graduation Celebrations

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Letter to the Class of 2020 from Vance County Schools:

To the Class of 2020

We hope that you are all were able to view Be the Light: A Tribute to the Class of 2020,a message of hope for our beloved seniors. As we approach one of the biggest milestones in your life, we want to make sure we celebrate you while also keeping the health and safety of everyone as a top priority

Each of our high schools will host a drivethru graduation event. Seniors will be assigned designated times, giving each senior their moment of celebration. Families will be given directives from the school on the process; however, each senior will be allowed one vehicle of guests to join them as the senior exits the vehicle, walks across the stage and a photograph is captured of this special moment.

Drive-Thru Graduation Schedule:

Vance County Early College – Graduation Date: May 21 from 6 – 7:30 p.m.; Rain Date: May 22

Vance County High School – Graduation Date: May 23 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.; Rain Date: May 27

Advance Academy – Graduation Date: June 11 from 3 – 5:30 p.m.; Rain Date: June 12

We understand this is not the graduation you dreamed of; however, you are resilient and we will do all we can to honor and celebrate your accomplishments. If government guidelines and health regulations allow a larger graduation event to occur this summer, the district is committed to seeing that through. But in the meantime, we want to celebrate you and all you have accomplished now

Stay tuned for additional information from your individual school, as well as the district website

Go forth and do great things!

VCS Invites Community to ‘Be the Light’ in Celebration of High School Seniors

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-Information courtesy Vance County Schools

Vance County Schools is inviting the community to help us celebrate our seniors on Tuesday, May 5, 2020, at 8 p.m. by turning on your porch light for 20 minutes.

Also, at 8 p.m., tune in to the district’s Facebook, Twitter or website for a special message to the Class of 2020.

We are Vance County Strong!

VCS Announces This Week’s Remote Learning Pickup, Meal Distribution Dates

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-Information courtesy Vance County Schools

Vance County Schools announces that the next remote learning packets are available for pick up for those students opting to use the paper/pencil version. Pick up will be on Wednesday, April 8 and Thursday, April 9, 2020, from 11 a.m – 1 p.m. and from 4 – 6 p.m. from your child’s school.

If students are completing their work through Google classroom, they may continue through that platform and will not need to pick up a remote learning packet.

It is time to begin the process of student course selections and registration for the upcoming school year. The High School Curriculum Handbook and Middle School Course Description Guides are on the Vance County Schools website. Students should begin reviewing these catalogs and making notes about course selections, as school counselors will be in contact.

Meal distribution sites have been added for this week. Meals will be available for pick up April 7 – 9 from the following sites: Aycock Elementary, Clarke Elementary, EM Rollins Elementary, EO Young Elementary, New Hope Elementary, Pinkston Street Elementary, Zeb Vance Elementary, Vance County Middle and Vance County High.

Pick up times will continue from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. on the designated days.

McKoon, E.O. Young Principal, Completes Distinguished Leadership Program

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-Press Release, NCPAPA

Marylaura McKoon, principal of E. O. Young Elementary School, recently completed the Distinguished Leadership Program (DLP), a year-long leadership development program for practicing school principals designed and provided by the North Carolina Principals and Assistant Principal’s Association and sponsored by the North Carolina Alliance for School Leadership Development (NCASLD.)

Pictured left to right: Dr. Thomas Williams, Interim Exec. Director — Public School Forum, Marylaura McKoon, principal of E. O. Young Elementary School, and Dr. Shirley Prince, Executive Director, NC Principals and Assistant Principals Association. (Photo courtesy VCS)

The Distinguished Leadership in Practice Program (DLP) uses a non-traditional professional development model that is aligned to the performance evaluation standards adopted by the State Board of Education for North Carolina’s school leaders. This unique cohort-based program is designed to limit principals’ time away from their schools by allowing them to attend face-to-face sessions once every other month while accessing on-line assignments, materials and coaching in between face-to-face sessions.

Principals engage in a series of authentic activities throughout the year-long experience that are designed to build the capacity of their schools and their own capacity as “Distinguished” school leaders.

“The leadership of the school principal is by far one of the most important factors in school quality. By completing this very rigorous program, our DLP graduates have demonstrated their commitment to continuous improvement by working to improve their leadership skills as they simultaneously improve their schools. We are proud to include them in the ranks of successful DLP completers,” said Dr. Shirley Prince, NCPAPA Executive Director.

This program is offered in Chapel Hill and serves principals in all eight regions of the state.

The North Carolina Principals and Assistant Principals’ Association (NCPAPA), in existence since 1976, is the preeminent organization and state voice for principals, assistant principals and aspiring school leaders. NCPAPA represents 5,000+ members from across the state and serves as the state’s principal affiliate of the N.C. Association of School Administrators (NCASA), the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP), and the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP).

Participants recently completed the Distinguished Leadership Program (DLP), a year-long leadership development program for practicing school principals designed and provided by the North Carolina Principals and Assistant Principal’s Association and sponsored by the North Carolina Alliance for School Leadership Development (NCASLD.) (Photo courtesy VCS)

Vance Co. Schools Meal Pick Up Schedule for Week of March 30 – April 3

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-Information courtesy Vance County Schools

Spring Break for Vance County Schools is scheduled for March 30 – April 3, 2020.

Meal pick up will take place on Tuesday, March 31 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. This will be the only meal distribution for the week and will include multiple meals.

Pick Up Sites for Spring Break Week include:

  • Clearview Church – 3485 US-158 Bus.
  • Divine Habitation Ministries – 227 Orville St.
  • First Baptist Church – 205 W. Winder St.
  • First Methodist Church – 114 W. Church St.
  • Gang Free – 940 County Home Rd.
  • Island Creek Baptist Church – 950 Stagecoach Rd.
  • New Life Baptist Church – 2174 Vicksboro Rd.
  • Salvation Army – 2292 Ross Mill Rd.
  • West End Baptist Church – 619 Dabney Dr.
  • Dickies Grove Baptist Church – 2996 Faulkner Town Rd.
  • South Henderson Pentecostal Holiness Church – 905 Americal Rd.
  • New Sandy Creek Baptist Church – 1699 Weldons Mill Rd.
  • Crossroads Pentecostal Holiness Church – 5256 Vicksboro Rd.

VCS is grateful for the churches and organizations assisting with these efforts to ensure our students’ needs are met over spring break!

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VCS Updates: School Buildings to Remain Closed Through May 15

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-Press Release, Vance County Schools

Vance County Schools continues the journey through COVID-19 and how it is impacting not only our education system but our families as well. We learned today that the Governor is mandating that school buildings remain closed for students through May 15, 2020.

Remote Learning

The Vance County Schools Remote Learning platform and many resources are available on our district website for students Pre-K through 12th grade. Students have a variety of ways to receive instruction: learning packets, online or a blended model of the two. We are working with each individual student’s situation to ensure we are meeting their needs academically.

An opportunity to pick up new packets, as well as drop off completed ones will be provided after Spring Break. Each school will send out instructions on this process. If you have any questions about your child’s remote learning, please contact the school for further guidance.

Meal Distribution

Meal pick up continues this week, Monday through Thursday (March 23 – 26) from 11 a.m – 1 p.m. Pick up sites include Aycock Elementary, EM Rollins Elementary, Zeb Vance Elementary, New Hope Elementary, Vance County Middle and Vance County High.

Spring Break

As a reminder, Spring Break will be from March 30 – April 3. During that time, we have coordinated with several churches and organizations for meal distribution to take place on March 31. Please check our website for updates on pick-up locations.

Events/Facility Rentals/Athletics

Due to the Governor extending the executive order for the closure of school buildings, all school and district-wide events scheduled now through May 15, 2020, are canceled. Arts Alive, previously scheduled for April 25, 2020, is postponed, with the hope to reschedule.

Additionally, all facility rentals are canceled during that time and athletics will remain suspended until at least May 18, 2020.

Office Hours

Vance County Schools is continuing to work to ensure we are available for our families as we face the impacts of COVID-19. To curb the spread of the coronavirus, we are moving towards conducting business with minimal personal contact. Every school office and district office will continue to be available by phone from 9 a.m.  -4 p.m. We apologize for the inconvenience but safety continues to be a priority for our district.

We will continue to keep our families up-to-date with the latest information. We realize that things are not easy at the moment for many in our community, but we are committed to doing all that we can for each and every child. As a reminder, should you have any questions or concerns about remote learning, meals, the calendar or other issues, please reach out to your child’s school.

Vance Co. Schools Announces Meal Schedule for March 23-26

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-Information courtesy Vance County Schools

Vance County Schools served 15,220 meals the week of March 16 – 20, 2020. Despite school taking place virtually, VCS is committed to taking care of our students academically and emotionally, as well as by providing meals.

Meal Schedule for March 23 – 26

Meals will be distributed each day Monday, March 23 – Thursday, March 26 from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the following locations:

    • Aycock Elementary
    • EM Rollins Elementary
    • New Hope Elementary
    • Zeb Vance Elementary
    • Vance County Middle
    • Vance County High

Meal pick up will be drive-thru. Meal units that are passed out Monday – Wednesday will include two meals – lunch for that day and breakfast the following morning. Thursday distribution will include two breakfasts and two lunches.

We have a blended model of learning in place for our students as we navigate COVID-19, which can be found on our website at under Remote Learning.

For students who may be feeling depressed, anxious, sad and/or lonely during this time, crisis counselors are available to help by calling 1-844-772-9669. In the event of an emergency, always call 911!

VCS will continue to update you all with the latest information as it becomes available.