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School Matters - Friday, December 14, 2018




This year's Maintenance Star of the Year goes to a deserving woman. Lindsay Baltes began working with Davie County Schools in February 2018. She started in the department as an Administrative Assistant bringing a lot of knowledge to our team. Lindsay came to us from the Department of Transportation, where she was an Office Assistant IV. She is a graduate of North Davidson High School and has a degree from UNCG in Business Administration. Lindsay does a great job of keeping everything organized and the office running smoothly. She is willing to tackle anything that is needed. Since she has been working with us, she has even learned to operate a forklift!
Lindsay enjoys the outdoors, such as hiking, kayaking, learning to play golf, and loves almost all sports. She is a big animal lover and has three dogs named Benzie, BoBo and Pedro. She has a great sense of humor and fits in well with the Maintenance team. She enjoys spending time with her family. She has been married to Daryl Baltes for four years.
Congratulations to the 2018 Maintenance Star of the Year, Lindsay Baltes.

This year’s Custodial Stars award goes to a team that takes great pride in their school and their jobs. As soon as you walk in the front door of William R. Davie, their hard work is on display. Only being together for two years, they work very well together. Brad Sharpe came to us from Iredell County Schools and brings a lot of knowledge and a good work ethic with him. Gary Jones has been with us for several years and also has a lot of knowledge and works hard. Jessica has done a great job on this team, but she has since transferred to at teacher assistant position at William R. Davie.
Karen Stephens, Principal of William R. Davie School, said, “The custodial staff at William R. Davie is efficient and driven. We had huge challenges that were conquered by their hard work, initiative and love for the job. They take great pride in keeping the facility safe, clean and beautiful for our students and staff. They are not afraid to step outside their tasks to mentor a child, help a teacher, or monitor an area in an emergency. They are a vital part of our school and the overall growth we have made.”
Assistant Principal Brittany Holland said, "The custodial team at William R. Davie is excellent. They go above and beyond to make sure our school is spotless! Every member is always willing to help out wherever they are needed. They are essential in the success of our school."
Congratulations to Brad Sharpe, Gary Jones and Jessica Searcy in being the 2018-19 Custodial Team of the Year.

What a winter wonderland we had this week! As it is likely this will not be our only inclement weather this season, please note the following information. The North Carolina calendar law is not affected by a declaration of a state of emergency. Also, please remember if an announcement is made, it is applicable to those students and staff scheduled to report that day. If no announcement is made, schools will operate on a normal schedule.
Inclement weather decisions are made with much input and consideration from a specialized team, including school administrators and county officials. These decisions are made with the safety of our students and staff being priority. When road conditions are safe for travel and school facilities are cleared, we will make every reasonable effort to hold school accordingly.
Make up Schedule as of December 12, 2018:
Davie County Schools
  • Monday, December 10, 2018: Waived, No Make-Up day for Students
  • Tuesday, December 11, 2018: Waived, No Make-Up day for Students
  • Wednesday, December 12, 2018: Student Make-Up Day, January 22, 2019
Note: First semester will end January 23, 2019.
Davie County Early College High School
  • Monday, December 10, 2018: Waived, No Make-Up day for Students
  • Tuesday, December 11, 2018: Waived, No Make-Up day for Students  
  • Wednesday, December 12, 2018: Student Make-Up Day, January 2, 2019
Waived Days
According to the North Carolina School Calendar Law, school calendars must include a minimum of 185 days or 1,025 hours of instruction. Davie County Schools' calendar exceeds the instructional hours required by state law, which allows the Board of Education to waive a limited number of days, if necessary.
For more information, please reference:

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Superintendent Search Survey Extended to January 2
Community Survey. The board invites parents and community members to participate in a short community survey that can be accessed and completed online via links on the DCS webpage: www.davie.k12.nc.us. Paper copies of the survey also may be found in the main office at Davie County Schools, 220 Cherry Street in Mocksville. Completed paper surveys should be returned to Stephanie Koefoed, Davie County Schools, 220 Cherry Street, Mocksville, NC 27028. All surveys must be completed by Wednesday, January 2, 2019, with results to be compiled, summarized, and presented by NCSBA at the regular board meeting on Monday, January 8, 2019. Click here for the Community Survey.

Davie County High School is excited about their new field house. The field house features two locker rooms, a training room, area for the officials, coaches conference room, and lots of storage space. Football, soccer, lacrosse, track and field, and cross country will all enjoy using this co-ed facility. Go War Eagles!

DavieLEADS guided reading workshops and professional training focus on improving early literacy
By Jeanna White
It’s 7:45 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 12, and hundreds of Davie County Schools’ teachers and administrators are filing into Davie County High School for Davie Experience 6, a full day of workshops and collaborative sessions designed to provide professional development for all certified staff in the district.
A key workshop for elementary teachers focuses on guided reading, an instructional approach in which a teacher works with a small group of students who demonstrate similar reading behaviors and can all read similar levels of texts. The text is on the student’s instructional level and is easy enough to read with some fluency, but also offers challenges and opportunities for problem-solving. Read more...



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