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Cynthia Laws 2015 recipient of the Roy E. Harkin Teacher Recognition Award

The Roy E. Harkin Teacher Recognition Award is designed to recognize a public school teacher and/or site coordinator who contribute to the preparation of future teachers by demonstrating excellence as a Professional Development System partner.

Somer Lewis, with UNCW's Watson College of Education recognized Cynthia Laws, a second grade teacher at Morton Elementary School, for having been selected as the fall 2015 recipient of the University of North Carolina, Wilmington Watson College of Education Roy E. Harkin Teacher Recognition Award.

This award was established in 2008 in memory of Dr. Roy E. Harkin who served as the chair of the Education Department at UNCW from 1976 to 1979, and then as Dean of the School of Education until 1991.

In the UNCW press release it states, “Your nomination for this award paints a picture of strength and dedication to your students and to your colleagues at Morton Elementary. Our faculty and students appreciate the opportunity to partner with a teacher of your caliber.”

Laws was honored at the Partnership Teacher Celebration Dec. 3.

Christmas Card Art

Onslow County Schools invited its students to participate in a Christmas Card Art Contest. Several schools submitted entries. We selected an elementary, middle and high school submission for our annual district digital Christmas Card to staff and shareholders

Janae Copeland, the director of Cultural Initiatives and Services recognized the following students whose artwork was chosen. and presented them will a framed print of their card.

Ty’resa Brown, a junior at Southwest High School and her art teacher, Rene Otero with Principal Tim Foster

Mataya Salgado, a seventh grader at Hunters Creek Middle School and art teacher Melissa Perrett and Principal Joycelyn Cassidy

Victoria Rivenbark, a kindergarten student at Parkwood Elementary was the elementary student selection.

Southwest MS Revalidated as a National Demonstration School for AVID

The AVID Center recently recognized Southwest Middle School as an AVID National Demonstration School revalidated through the Fall of 2018.

Dwayne Snowden, director of AVID and Elementary services recognized Southwest Middle School Principal Jerome Gidrey and his staff for a job well done.

As one of a select group of sites so honored throughout the U.S., Southwest Middle School is in an elite category among the approximately 5,600 AVID schools in 44 states, the District of Columbia and 16 countries and US territories.

PBIS Model Schools

On November 17, three of our area schools were honored at a luncheon at the Koury Convention Center for earning Model recognition for the Positive Behavior Intervention and Support implementation efforts.

Freda Bruton, the district PBIS coach, recognized the following schools and PBIS coaches and principals:

Blue Creek Elementary School, Principal Kelly Clarke, Mandi Gillis and Caroline Seefeldt (coach)

 Southwest Middle School, Principal Jerome Gidrey, Jaime Smith, Jennifer Bowden and Laura Kight (coach)

 Trexler Middle School, Assistant Principal Lisa Price and Yolanda Hootten (coach)

 To qualify for Model School Recognition, the following criteria must be met:

Active administration

PBIS team in place

PBIS team meets monthly

Identified in-school coach

Site team has completed Modules 1 & 2

Score of 80% on the school wide evaluation tool

Newly Certified Teacher

The National Board for Professional Teaching Certification is the highest credential in the teaching profession, and participation is voluntary.

Teachers achieve certification through a rigorous performance-based assessment that typically takes from one to three years to complete and measures what accomplished teachers and counselors should know and be able to do. As a part of the process, candidates build a portfolio that includes student work samples, assignments, videos and a thorough analysis of their classroom teaching.

Beth Folger, chief of community affairs, recognized Kristen Markle, a first grade teacher at Silverdale Elementary School along with her principle, Kristie Bracy, to present her with a new Onslow County Schools identification badge and National Board Certification pin acknowledging her national accomplishment.

BASES

 In December we held our annual BASES awards reception.

 BASES, which stands for Businesses Assisting Schools in Educating Students, is a joint project with the Jacksonville Onslow Chamber of Commerce.

 At the breakfast Public Affairs handed out plaques to the businesses or organizations who achieved “Major League,” “All Star” or “Hall of Fame” status through their financial support, donations, services and volunteer hours.

Beth Folger, chief of community affairs, said she was proud to announce this year we recognized 256 community/business partners for contributing over $1million in support and we had in excess of 20,000 hours of volunteer services provided to our schools.

Onslow County Schools' Legacy Wall in the Central Office contains names of community partners who have supported us through the years. This year there were two businesses added to our Legacy Wall and she recognized them.

 Dr. Dwayne Fisher – Coastal Carolina Orthodontics and

Ed Jones – Swing N Things

 She thanked them for their ongoing support and thanked all our community partners for all their contributions.

 

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