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 Corbett 2015 Outstanding Elementary Math TOY

 

Dwayne Snowden, director of AVID and Elementary Services announced Patricia Corbett, a fourth grade teacher at Dixon Elementary School, has been named Onslow County School System’s 2015 Outstanding Elementary Math Teacher of the Year.

 

Corbett graduated from the University of North Carolina, Wilmington with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education in 2010. 

 

Glenn Reed, the principal at Dixon Elementary, described Corbett as a leader on the Dixon team because she has helped her colleagues in many ways including how to effectively run Professional Learning Communities. As to her teaching prowess he said, “She is an excellent teacher who freely gives her time and energy to the school and her students. 

 

He added, “She is the kind of teacher every principal dreams of having on campus and fights fiercely to keep.”

 

The North Carolina Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCCTM) and the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) recognize K-5 and 6-12 mathematics educational excellence in alternating years. Corbett will receive one year's membership in the NCCTM, a personalized award, and recognition at the NCCTM State Conference in Greensboro.  Her name will appear in the Fall 2015 issue of the NCCTM journal, the Centroid, and on NCCTM’s website.

 

Middle School Academic Derby Winners

 

Mark Bulris, director of Title I Services recognized Swansboro Middle School's Academic Derby team members and their coaches for having earned the trophy this year.

 

Middle School Academic Derby Teams compete against each other throughout the semester.
Academic Derby tournaments challenge students to use higher order thinking skills. Derby team members in elementary, middle and high school meet regularly to prepare for the school vs. school challenges in a quiz bowl format. Testing their knowledge in subjects such as language arts, English, history and mathematics, teams have high hopes that at the end of the competitions they get to go back to their schools with the first place trophy.

The middle school district competition for bragging rights boiled down to Swansboro Middle vs. New Bridge Middle. Having a final score of 52-32, Swansboro garnered the victory.

 

Middle School Academic Derby Teams compete against each other throughout the semester.
Academic Derby tournaments challenge students to use higher order thinking skills. Derby team members in elementary, middle and high school meet regularly to prepare for the school vs. school challenges in a quiz bowl format.

 


Those recognized on Swansboro's team were coaches Rheta Myer and Rosemary Adams
Team members: Parker Thompson, Kasey Butler, PJ Lewis, Caleb Allen, Tommy Kidwell, Danielle McCrimmon, Thomas Cook, Garrett Thompson, Ann Horton, Shane Northcutt

 

All State Band

Janae Copeland, the director of Cultural Initiatives and Services recognized Madison Whittborn from New Bridge Middle School, and Thane Stiles, from White Oak High School, for making All-State Band.

After auditioning in March, the two students were named to the N.C. Bandmasters Association All-State Honors Band. These students qualified to audition for the state ensemble by first achieving the highest level of scores in the NC Eastern All-District Band, which encompasses most school districts east of I-95. Those qualifying students then auditioned in Thomasville alongside peers from across the state, for a seat in this most advanced ensemble. The top 90 scoring performers int he state for each grade span earned a seat in the All-State Honors band. These students completed a three-day clinic and performed a concert on May 3, 2015 on the campus of the University of NC, Greensboro.

Madison Whittenborn is an eighth grade clarinet player and Thane Stiles is a 10th grade trombone player. She commended both students for representing OCS in such an exceptional and professional way.

 

Kay B. Gresham Award

 

 

 

 Dr. Lesley Eason, associate superintendent of Instructional Services and Academic Improvement recognized Marshall Smith, White Oak High School's engineering teacher for being selected to receive the first annual Kay B. Gresham Excellence in Education Award.

 

The award, in memory of Rotarian and educator Dr. Kay B. Gresham, is given to an employee of the Onslow County Schools System who has gone above and beyond to engage his or her community and school or other unique group. Consideration is given to character, integrity and service. According to criteria “This individual must epitomize Rotary’s motto of service above self.”

 

Several highly qualified educators were nominated, making the decision to pick only one very difficult, said Rotarian Eason.

 

Smith, now in his 12th year of teaching at White Oak High School, has taught various math classes, statistics and engineering, most recently Project Lead the Way – the leading provider of rigorous and innovative STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education. He has also been the school track and cross-country coach for the past 10 years.

 

 

 

Administrator Award Winners

Dr. Lesley Eason, associate superintendent of Instructional Services and Academic Improvement also recognized the following administrators for their awards:

 

 

Helen Gross – Global Leadership – Carolina Forest International Elementary School

 

Steve Clarke – Tech Savvy Administrator – Dixon High School

 

Chris Barnes – STEM/STEAM Administrator - New Bridge Middle School

 

Lynn Jackson – AVID Leadership - Trexler Middle School

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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