Welcome to the 2017-18 school year in Davie County Schools! We are a family friendly school district with a vision to be the national model in creating educational excellence. Our teachers and staff create unique, innovative and personalized learning experiences throughout the school year. We believe all children can experience academic growth and success, and help each child identify and develop their own talents and leadership skills. This is the last of five successful years outlined in our strategic plan. In 2017-18, we look forward to reengaging our school and community leaders in revisiting our strategic plan and continuing to align our priorities with the future needs of our students and community.
As we reflect on the 2016-17 school year, we have seen much progress toward our vision to be a national model. Our students have made academic gains and have excelled in athletics and extracurricular activities, and our district has been recognized for the innovative approaches to learning. The Mebane Charitable Foundation made their largest investment in history through a $2.5 million, 5-year commitment that will be a collaborative effort between Davie County Schools, Smart Start, and the public/private preschools. The Mebane Foundation will also provide additional supplementary funding for the Read-to-Achieve Summer Camp for at-risk first, second, and third graders who need extra academic support beyond the regular school year. This partnership will be a national model for ensuring early literacy in preschool through third grade. Through this collaboration, improvements in literacy will open doors of opportunity for students, and our community will be on a path to a more competitive and prosperous future.
The Golden LEAF Foundation has also recognized the quality education in our district by partnering with a $200,000 grant to enhance innovative spaces and instruction in STEM and Career and Technical Education at the new Davie County High School. This grant will provide a modern greenhouse with aquaponics, additional commercial equipment for culinary studies, a patient simulator for health and medical courses, specialized technology and lab equipment, and professional development for our teachers. We are thankful for this tremendous support as we work together to ensure our students are prepared for life after high school.
The new Davie County High School is complete and students will begin school at the new campus on August 28, 2017. We are thrilled for our teachers and students who will be working together in a modern teaching and learning environment. We want to thank our community for this significant investment in the future of education. This investment sends a strong message to our students and staff that education in Davie County is a top priority. Thank you Davie County and Go War Eagles!
We have seen new faces as educators retire, and are excited to welcome new teachers, administrators, and staff to our school family. Our teachers are some of the best in America, and I continue to receive comments and emails from parents thanking our teachers who go above and beyond the call for their children. I am extremely proud of our staff!
To provide the absolute best experience for our students and their parents is our priority. If you have concerns, suggestions, or commendations, please feel free to contact our office at 336-751-5921. We also want you to stay up-to-date with news about Davie County Schools, so please consider subscribing to School Matters. Sign up for this electronic news source by visiting www.davie.k12.nc.us. Have a fantastic 2017-18 school year as you experience the difference in Davie!
Darrin L. Hartness, Ed. D.