Vance Co. High School Inducts 15 Into National Technical Honor Society

-Press Release, Vance County Schools

A total of 15 students at Vance County High School were inducted into the school’s chapter of the National Technical Honor Society (NTHS) during a special ceremony held at the school on April 4.

Each of the students was presented a framed certificate for their academic accomplishments in Career and Technical Education courses at the high school. Presenting the certificates were Principal Rey Horner, Career and Technical Education Director Willa Clark and Career and Technical Education Career Development Coordinator LaShawn Hawley. Amy Langston-Eley, Career and Technical Education instructional specialist, and Pamela Huff, a Career and Technical Education teacher and advisor to the NTHS chapter, assisted.

Pamela Huff, Career and Technical Education teacher at Vance County High School, presents a framed certificate to Zy’Shawn Appling in recognition of his induction into the high school’s chapter of the National Technical Honor Society. (Photo courtesy VCS)

Those students inducted as new members include America Alfaro, Tamia Alston, Zy’Shawn Appling, Amari Bennerson, Sha’Mya Bullock, Kristophe Burwell, Tammy Dang, Anasia Jones, Stephanie Salazar-Villa, Noah Terry, Tyere Wiggins, Destiny Weaver, Sydiahiah Williams, Bryton Yarborough and Phajja Yarborough.

Turner Pride, Jr., the director of the Vance County Cooperative Extension Service, was the featured speaker for the evening. He praised the new NTHS inductees for their accomplishments and hard work. He also gave them some advice on how to continue to be successful through the remainder of their high school careers and beyond.

Horner also addressed the students and let them know how proud he is of each one of them. He asked them to continue to be leaders among their fellow classmates and let them know that he is counting on them to help lead success at Vance County High School.



Vance Co. Schools Announces Additional Pre-K/Kindergarten Registration Dates

-Press Release, Vance County Schools

Parents of children eligible for pre-kindergarten and kindergarten for the 2019-2020 school year will have more opportunities to register their children with sessions planned on Tuesday, April 9, and Thursday, April 11, both days from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., at the school system’s Administrative Services Center at 1724 Graham Avenue in Henderson.
Elementary schools have been hosting registration events all of this week.
Parents should take advantage of the sessions on April 9 and 11 to register and enroll their children for the new school year. It’s a great way to get a head start on the new year and prepare your child for success in school.

15 Local Educators Complete Vance Co. Teacher Executive Institute Program

-Press Release, Vance County Schools

An outstanding group of 15 educators with Vance County Schools were honored during the evening of March 28, for their successful completion of the Vance County Teacher Executive Institute (TEI) program for the 2018-2019 school year.

They were each presented framed certificates for completion of the program.

An audience that included the educators’ special guests and each of their principals gathered to recognize their achievements.

Those educators honored included: Angela Cusaac of Vance County High School and the school system’s Teacher of the Year; Christine Francis of Vance County High School; Davia Johnson of Vance County Middle School; Sherrie Evans-Bailey of AdVance Academy; Oscar Suarez of Early College High School; Tammy Barrow of STEM Early High School; Jessica Ayscue of Aycock Elementary School; Patricia Harris of Carver Elementary School; Kristy Martin of Clarke Elementary School; Pat Hughes of E.O. Young, Jr. Elementary School; Cherie Dixon of L.B. Yancey Elementary School; Taylor Evans of New Hope Elementary School; Jhaneille Downer of Pinkston Street Elementary School; Kimberly Holtzmann of Dabney Elementary School; and Vanessa Davis of Zeb Vance Elementary School.

The Vance County Teacher Executive Institute graduates for 2018-2019 include, from left, Jessica Ayscue, Tammy Barrow, Pat Hughes, Sherrie Evans-Bailey, Oscar Suarez, Patricia Harris, Jhanielle Downer, Davia Johnson, Cherie Dixon, Taylor Evans, Kristy Martin, Kimberly Holtzmann, Vanessa Davis, Christine Francis and Angela Cusaac. (Photo courtesy VCS)

Katie Eddings, a teacher at Lee County High School and the current N.C. North Central Region Teacher of the Year, was the featured speaker for the event. Eddings talked with the honored educators and guests about her passion for teaching and urged them all to focus on developing positive relationship with students. She also asked them to use their commitment to children to push for positive changes in public education and our society today.

The Vance County Teacher Executive Institute has been offered to local public school educators since 1993. The program is presented each year by the Vance County Public School Foundation and the Henderson-Vance Chamber of Commerce. Vance County Schools is a sponsor and partner for the program. TEI is a professional development program for public school teachers, counselors and media specialists. It is designed to bring local educators and business leaders together to form strong relationships so that they can work together for the betterment of our students and future leaders.

Corporate sponsors this year for Teacher Executive Institute included: Duke Energy, Satterwhite Point Marina, Walmart Distribution Center #6091, KARTS, Quick Print, Vance County Farm Bureau, J.M. White Funeral Service, Henderson Family YMCA, The Daily Dispatch, Golden Skillet, Maria Parham Health, Chick-fil-A of Henderson, Wayne and Susan Adcock and Barnett Properties.

Dabney Elementary Students Welcome Baby Chicks Into Their Classrooms

-Press Release, Vance County Schools

Four weeks ago second graders and their teachers at Dabney Elementary School welcomed chicken eggs into their classrooms. Now, they have baby chicks hopping around in their incubator containers.

The learning experience has been a great one for the students and a truly collaborative effort among the four second-grade teachers.

Second-grade teacher Kerianne Owen began the project and got her colleagues, Kimberly Holtzmann, Trish Burroughs and Ellen Harris, to join in. The eggs were donated by a local farmer and the project was sponsored through the Vance County 4-H, with lots of help from Lina Lue, the local agricultural extension agent.

The students can easily answer questions about the process, including how they rotated the eggs three times a day for 21 days and made sure the eggs were always kept warm in the incubators. They can discuss how the chicks made their way out of their eggs and how they have changed in the few days since they hatched.

The chicks’ journey at Dabney Elementary is coming to an end. This week, they will be taken home by Owen and Holtzmann, who plan to raise them on their farms.

“The children have been so excited through this whole process,” Owen said. “Each day, they would come into the classroom and go over to the incubator to say hello to the chicks, even when they were still inside their eggs. Once we saw them starting to peck their way out of their shells, the students’ enthusiasm really went up.”

“This has been an amazing learning experience for our students,” Holtzmann added. “We as teachers have learned, also. It was quite a bit of work to care for the eggs, make sure they were turned enough times each day and kept warm enough. Now that they are out of their shells, the children have learned how to feed them and give them water.”

Of course, the students have given all of the chicks names. They’ve watched them go from “wet gooey messes” as one student described as they hatched, to now “furry” cute things ranging in color from dark brown to yellow.

The students say they will be sad to see the chicks leave their classrooms, but they’re looking forward to Owen and Holtzmann sharing pictures of the chicks as they grow into adult chickens.

Kerianne Owen, a second-grade teacher at Dabney Elementary, watches with four of her students as nine baby chicks move around in the incubator in her classroom. (Photo courtesy VCS)

Kimberly Holtzmann holds one of the 10 baby chicks in her classroom as some of her second graders take turns petting the chick. (Photo courtesy VCS)

Vance Co. Elementary Schools to Host Pre-K, Kindergarten Registration Events

-Information courtesy the Vance Co. Schools’ Facebook Page

All 10 Vance County Schools’ elementary schools are hosting pre-kindergarten and kindergarten showcase events April 1 – 5, for registration for the 2019-2020 school year!

There will be two sessions held at each school – one session in the morning and a second session in the afternoon/evening to accommodate parents’ schedules.

The pre-kindergarten and kindergarten showcase times include:

Aycock Elementary:
April 3: 8:30-11:30 a.m.
April 4: 2-6 p.m.

Carver Elementary:
April 1: 2-6 p.m.
April 5: 8:30-11:30 a.m.

Clarke Elementary:
April 3: 4:30-5:30 p.m. and 5:45-7 p.m.
April 4: 8:30-10:30 a.m.

Dabney Elementary:
April 3: 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
April 4: 2-6 p.m.

E.M. Rollins Elementary:
March 25-29; parents welcome during and after school

E.O. Young, Jr. Elementary:
April 2: 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 2-6 p.m.

L.B. Yancey Elementary:
April 3: 2-6 p.m.
April 4: 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

New Hope Elementary:
April 1: 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
April 2: 2-6 p.m.

Pinkston Street Elementary:
April 3: 2-6 p.m.
April 4: 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Zeb Vance Elementary:
April 3: 8:30-11:30 a.m.
April 4: 2-6 p.m.

Third Annual Arts Alive! to Showcase Vance Co. Students’ Talent

Terri Hedrick, public information officer for Vance County Schools, was on Tuesday’s edition of WIZS’ Town Talk program to discuss the school systems’ upcoming Arts Alive! event. Arts Alive! is open to the public and will be held at the McGregor Hall Performing Arts Center in Henderson on Saturday, April 27, 2019.

The third annual Vance County Schools event will showcase the talents of students in a variety of art forms including painting, drawing, dancing, singing and performance. All grade levels – from Pre-K to 12th graders – will be represented.

Parents, students, family members, educators and the community at large are invited to view over 200 pieces of student artwork that will be displayed in the McGregor Hall Gallery.

Jordan Lewis (left) and Anna Ventura (right), both students at Vance County High School, are shown wearing their Arts Alive! 2019 t-shirts and their Arts Alive! buttons. Jordan designed the artwork for the buttons and Anna designed the artwork featured on the t-shirts. (Photo courtesy VCS)

Andrew Markoch, director of the arts program for Vance County Schools, said viewers and audience members are in for a treat. “We are encouraging students to submit their best work and pushing the phrase ‘gallery quality.’ Some of the things I’ve seen have been absolutely incredible.”

In addition to the art gallery, approximately 20 performing acts ranging from large to small groups of vocalists, musicians, dancers and more will entertain on McGregor Hall’s stage beginning at 7 p.m. on April 27.

Tickets are available for purchase at McGregor Hall’s box office beginning at 3 p.m. the day of the event. Tickets for adults and children are $5 each; all seating is general admission.

New this year will be a series of “master classes” offered the morning of the event by Hill’s Music Shoppe, Ballet Arts All Stars and Wolf Trap Education.

Master classes are free of charge and will either be offered at McGregor Hall or at nearby facilities.

For more information on each class or to register, please visit the Vance County Schools website by clicking here. Information regarding the master classes is located near the top of the VCS homepage.

To help support VCS’ art programs and to spread awareness of the Arts Alive! event, t-shirts are on sale now through April 3 at all Vance County schools for $10. The purple shirt features a colorful, inclusive design created by Vance County High School junior Anna Ventura.

Ventura, who was interviewed as part of the Town Talk segment, said she wanted to represent all forms of art in her design – including drawing, music and dancing. “Art helps me express myself; you get better with practice and over time.”

Fellow VCHS student, Jordan Lewis, was chosen as the Arts Alive! lapel button design winner and said he has always enjoyed drawing as a form of expression and creativity.

Ventura and Lewis were among the many Vance County students who submitted their original artwork ideas for the t-shirt and button contest.

Other students completed an audition process for the evening performance portion of the event.

According to Markoch, all 15 Vance County public schools were represented in auditions with judges narrowing the field down to the final acts, representing nine schools.

To hear the interview with Terri Hedrick, Andrew Markoch and the VCHS students in its entirety, click here. The VCS segment begins at the 11:30 mark.

Vance Co. Schools Announces Upcoming End-of-Year Activities

-Press Release, Vance County Schools
Vance County schools have a variety of events planned as this school year enters its last two months of instruction and activities with our students.
More events are being planned, but below are a few that are currently scheduled:
  • April 10, 9-11:30 a.m. at Dabney Elementary – second-grade students attend presentations made by local firemen
  • April 12, 8:30-11:30 a.m. at Zeb Vance Elementary – Career Day event for students with representatives from several local businesses on hand
  • April 24, 5-6:30 p.m. at the Henderson Country Club – the school system’s annual Volunteer/Business Partner Recognition Reception
  • April 27, Arts Alive Talent Showcase at McGregor Hall – master classes for students from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.; students’ artwork on display beginning at 3 p.m.; show featuring at least 20 performing groups or individuals, all students in our schools, begins at 7 p.m.
  • May 20, 6:30 p.m. – our school system honors our top high school graduates at our “Evening of Academic Excellence” in the Civic Center at VGCC
  • May 23, 6 p.m. – Class of 2019 graduation ceremony for Early College High School in Civic Center at VGCC
  • June 6, 6 p.m. – Class of 2019 graduation ceremony for AdVance Academy in McGregor Hall
  • June 8, 9 a.m. – Class of 2019 graduation ceremony for Vance County High School in the gymnasium at Vance County Middle School
  • June 12, 6 p.m. – our school system’s annual Retirement Banquet at the Henderson Country Club