We wish everyone a safe and restful spring break!
Congratulations to Mrs. Pamela Smith, Davie County School's Office Professional of the Year. Pamela joined the Central Office staff as an Administrative Assistant/Licensure Specialist in the Human Resources Department 10 years ago, bringing with her 12 years of experience in licensure from the Rowan-Salisbury School System. Pamela greets and welcomes all new employees to our school system, providing that friendly voice and informative assistance as they complete their paperwork. For those ready to retire, Pamela is a tremendous asset in reviewing options and filling out paperwork for a smooth transition to the world of retirement. In between the entrance and exit stages of employment, Pamela assists teachers in keeping their teaching license current. Her "spunk and fire" personality make the doldrums of paperwork a little less painful.
Pamela and Barry, her husband of 38 years, are very proud of their son Jeremy and granddaughter, Emma Grace.
Each year, the Stars of the Year are announced at the Back to School Convocation in August, banners are hung at their locations and then the Stars shine on a special night just of their own. This year, the William Ellis Jaguar Players entertained the group with an excellent performance from their upcoming Peter Pan, Jr. After a lovely meal, the Stars were awarded a certificate of appreciation for all they do to make a positive difference each day for our students and staff. A special thanks goes out to BB&T, Big Brothers Big Sisters and Steve Talton from Edward Jones for helping us celebrate our Stars. Congratulations again to our Davie County Schools' Stars of the Year!
Bus Driver of the Year: Tammy Lagle, Cooleemee Elementary School
Transportation Professional of the Year: Brad Ratledge, Transportation
Custodial Team of the Year: Don Howard, Maintenance
Maintenance Person of the Year: Michael Pollard, Maintenance
Child Nutrition Manager of the Year: Retha Keller, Pinebrook Elementary School
Child Nutrition Person of the Year: Shannon Prim, North Davie Middle School
Student Services Person of the Year: Katie Nail, Central Davie Academy
EC Related Service Person of the Year: Amber Manzella, Davie County High School
EC Teacher of the Year: Rachel Gorshe-Donnelly, Cornatzer Elementary School
Office Professional of the Year: Pamela Smith, Central Office
Administrator of the Year: Jennifer Custer, Central Davie Education Center
Assistant Principal of the Year: Tabatha Hudson, Davie County High School
Principal of the Year: Karen Stephens, William R. Davie Elementary School
Teacher Assistant of the Year: Carolyn Peebles, Cornatzer Elementary School
Teacher of the Year: Kolleen Sullivan, Shady Grove Elementary School
Ashley for the Arts Festival May 13
Davie County Schools will hold the Ashley for the Arts Festival on Saturday, May 13 from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at Davie County High School. Everyone is welcome and invited to enjoy this spring celebration!
In its seventh year, this festival is a free annual event that brings the community together to celebrate the arts and art education. As a proud supporter of the arts and a partner of Davie County Schools, Ashley Furniture Industries, Inc. generously donates $10,000 each year to support arts education through competitive grants offered for special projects, art supplies, performance materials, specialized equipment, and musical instruments. Todd Wanek, President & CEO of Ashley Furniture, believes, "The Arts have the power to enhance society with extraordinary grace and incalculable value."
The theme of the Ashley for the Arts Festival is "The heART of it all." Art comes from the heart. It's how we interpret and experience the world, and it connects all cultures. For so many students, the arts are the heart of education—their passion, and they love the opportunity to learn in different ways. As a critical part of a well-rounded education, arts are a way of learning, communicating, developing the brain and cognitive abilities, and cultivating creativity. Furthermore, students acquire valuable soft skills and learn discipline and perseverance as they work together as a team in the performing arts.
The spring festival is a wonderful way for families to spend some quality time together over the Mother's Day weekend. The opening ceremony will begin at 10:00 a.m. in the main gym, with a special presentation focused on this year's theme. Throughout the festival, student performances in music, theatre arts, and dance will showcase students' talent and hard work. An array of visual arts will be on display in the small gym, and children and adults alike can participate in hands-on "make and take" art sessions. A variety of arts and crafts vendors and refreshments will be available on site as well. Come enjoy and experience "The heART of it all" at the Ashley for the Arts Festival on May 13!
Summer Reading Book Drive
The fifth annual summer reading book drive is underway with a new name, NC Reads. The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction's statewide summer reading initiative has a goal for each elementary school student to leave for the summer with five books of their own to read over the summer break. Cooleemee, Pinebrook, Shady Grove, and William R. Davie elementary schools are participating this year. Donations from the community are greatly appreciated and will be accepted through Friday, June 2, at the participating schools and the Administrative Offices at 220 Cherry Street in Mocksville.
Students will once again have the opportunity to download free books to read over the summer using myON. More information will be shared with students in the coming weeks about how to access myON. To learn more about NC Reads, click the button below.
Learn more about NC Reads
Darrin L. Hartness, Ed. D.