Welcome to the 2018-19 school year! Our school district and community leaders have been hard at work developing the 2018-2023 Strategic Plan for Davie County Schools. We are excited to kick-off this school year introducing our plan to guide the future of Davie County Schools:
Davie County Schools will be a safe, innovative learning environment where each individual is valued, respected, and challenged. An engaging staff and community will ensure students learn, grow, create, and discover their talents through experiences that prepare them for success.
We engage, equip, and empower students.
Beliefs and Core Values
Dedication and Commitment
Priority Focus Areas
Life-Changing Teaching and Learning
Highly Effective Educators and Staff
Enhanced Educational Environments
Family, Community, and Business Engagement
As we reflect on the 2017-18 school year, we are proud of the progress, academic successes, athletic accomplishments, and personal milestones achieved by our students. Davie County Schools is fortunate to have the support of an engaged caring community.
2018-19 will mark the second year of an intense focus on early literacy, and we are already seeing the positive impact of the Mebane Charitable Foundation’s investment in Davie County Schools, Smart Start, and the public/private preschools across our community. This five-year, over $2.5 million investment in supporting our teachers is providing resources in our schools that would never be possible relying on just public funds. The Mebane Foundation also provides 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 year’s campers experienced even higher success rates than in previous years. This partnership will be a national model for ensuring early literacy in preschool through third grade. Through this public-private 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.
Davie County Schools was awarded a $50,000 Digital Learning Initiative Planning Grant in 2017-18. With an ultimate goal of increasing student success in math, reading and science, middle school teachers and administrators were trained in creating personalized and blended learning environments and several classrooms benefitted from technology upgrades and increased student opportunities through technology. In the summer of 2018, the Digital Learning Initiative Implementation Grant was awarded for another $150,000 over two years to implement the goals of the planning grant. Our students and teachers are fortunate to have access to these high quality resources.
The new Davie County High School saw its first graduating class of 400 students walk across the stage on June 9, 2018. We are thrilled for our teachers and students who are working together in a modern teaching and learning environment. We have seen hundreds of visitors from all over North Carolina visit our new high school this past year, and visitors continue to be amazed at the incredible learning environment made possible by our community. We want to thank our community for this significant investment in the future of education. This investment sends a strong message to our students, staff, and our neighbors that education in Davie County is a top priority.
We are excited to welcome new teachers, administrators, and staff to our school family. Our teachers are some of the best in the country, 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 and you will see many of these special people highlighted this year in DavieLife magazine!
We strive to provide the absolute best experience for our students and their families. 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 http://davie.k12.nc.us/email-alerts.
Have a fantastic 2018-19 school year as we Engage, Equip, and Empower the students of Davie County Schools!
Darrin L. Hartness, Ed. D.