United Way of Davie County cares about our students and the teachers who work tirelessly to ensure their students are able to do their best in school. Often our teachers are spending far too much of their own resources on needs of their classroom and the students they teach. United Way is making a commitment to lessen that burden on our teachers by opening the first Davie County Teachers’ Closet.
Cooleemee, Mocksville, 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 1, at the participating schools and the Administrative Offices at 220 Cherry Street in Mocksville.
Davie County Schools is fortunate to have over 2,600 volunteers that enrich the learning experience for our students and lighten the load for our staff. Each year, the schools are given the challenging task of selecting their Volunteer of the Year. So many volunteers give their time and talents to help in so many different ways, so much so that this task to narrow the selection down to one person has proven to be a difficult task indeed. We thank each volunteer for his or her dedication and congratulate the following 2017-2018 Volunteers of the Year:
Heather Rice, Cooleemee Elementary School
Charity Lauke, Cornatzer Elementary School
Ann Rothberg, Mocksville Elementary School
Tiffany Lynch, Pinebrook Elementary School
Debbie Bailey, Shady Grove Elementary School
Pam Speer, William R. Davie Elementary School
Patricia Pope, North Davie Middle School
Melissa Rollins, South Davie Middle School
Pamela Rivera, William Ellis Middle School
Stephanie Williams Dean, Central Davie Academy
Lori Smith, Davie County High School
Lisa Darden, Davie County Early College High School
Each year, the Stars of the Year are announced at the Back to School Convocation in August, banners are hung in their honor at their place of work, and then the Stars shine on a special night of their own. This year, the South Davie Tiger Players entertained the group with an excellent performance from Shrek 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 LifeTouch, 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: Danielle Byington, Pinebrook Elementary School
Transportation Professional of the Year: Jeremy Miller, Transportation Department
Custodial Team of the Year: Cooleemee Elementary School: Kathy Dingey, Dinah Beck, Kathy Crystler and Erin Jackson
Maintenance Person of the Year: Steve Ellis, Maintenance Department
Child Nutrition Manager of the Year: Carla Mast, South Davie Middle School
Child Nutrition Person of the Year: Sharon Jones, Shady Grove Elementary School
Student Services Person of the Year: Miles Catlett, Davie County Early College High School
EC Related Service Person of the Year: Lydia McCabe, Central Davie Education Center
EC Teacher of the Year: Anike Fuller, William R. Davie Elementary School
Office Professional of the Year: Donna Thompson, Transportation Department
Administrator of the Year: Jinda Haynes, Central Office
Assistant Principal of the Year: Cindy Myers, North Davie Middle School
Principal of the Year, Doyle Nicholson, Davie County High School
Teacher Assistant of the Year: Aurelia Lagle, William R. Davie Elementary School
Teacher of the Year, Teresa Carter, Cooleemee Elementary School
The rhythmic beat of West African drums brought the opening ceremony to life as The Healing Force welcomed students, parents, staff, and community members to the 8th annual Arts Smart Festival on Saturday, April 14, at Davie County High School. The theme of the district festival was “Art Unites Us.” Art allows us to express ourselves and to communicate across geographic boundaries, cultural differences, and language barriers. Art truly unites people, and the Arts Smart festival was a wonderful celebration of the arts and how art unites our community.
Participants enjoyed many exceptional student performances throughout the day, including chorus, band, dance, and theater. An impressive display of students’ visual arts lined the hallways surrounding the theater. Participants enjoyed demonstrations of pottery wheel throwing and watercolor painting, as well as making their own artwork in “make & take” sessions in the art classrooms nearby. A variety of vendors selling concessions, arts and crafts were available in the cafeteria, and The Healing Force provided fun, hands-on sessions in a djembe drum circle.
The Arts Smart Festival was proudly sponsored by Ashley Furniture, Inc. At the opening ceremony, Dr. Ron Wanek, founder of Ashley, and a group of Ashley representatives presented Davie County Schools with a check for $10,000. The generous donation will be used for mini-grants for teachers to request special equipment and supplies for their visual and performing arts classes. Following a review of student performances and artwork at the festival, Ashley awarded $500 scholarships to three talented Davie High seniors, which were announced at Awards Day. Congratulations to Kiana Lytton - visual arts, Micah Carroll - wind ensemble, vocal ensemble, and a lead in the spring musical, and Lilli Butterfield - dance.
Each year, one special highlight of Arts Smart is the recognition of the Ashley Furniture Humanitarian Award. This year, Davie County Schools was pleased to nominate Edwin Owens, an alumnus and former band member of Davie High and Appalachian State. Edwin is a 37-year, and counting, a volunteer who is passionate about supporting the band program. He serves as an assistant, a bus driver, an equipment mover, a first aid medic, an advisor, a mentor, a friend, and the very foundation of the band family. Edwin is also a dedicated volunteer in the community. He has served as a volunteer fireman, worked with Boy Scouts (Eagle Scout Review Board) and Rotary Club, and supported an annual summer camp for burn victims. Edwin is known for being genuine, positive, dependable, and community-focused. He truly embodies what it means to be a humanitarian. Davie County students and staff would like to express our appreciation and recognize Edwin Owens as the 2018 winner of Ashley’s Humanitarian Award!
Davie County Schools Celebrates Good Character
Each year, students are recognized for displaying traits of good character. The students selected to represent their schools exemplify the traits of compassion, courage, honesty, justice, loyalty, respect, responsibility and self-discipline. These students were recognized at the Character Education Awards Night held in the auditorium at Davie County High School.
Shane Nixon, pastor at First Baptist Church in Mocksville and DCHS Men's Tennis coach, was the speaker for the evening. He shared a story about an elevator operator that had asked a Vice President to hire his son, only the son ended up stealing from the company and had to be fired. The VP avoided the elevator operator best he could, trying to avoid an uncomfortable situation, until the fateful day they met again. The elevator operator understood the awkwardness and let the VP know not to worry about his son because "There ain't no right way to do wrong.” The VP was so impressed that he had a sign made with the saying, which hung behind his desk the rest of his working days.
The students were presented with certificates for their accomplishment. Congratulations to all the students for earning this special recognition!
Darrin L. Hartness, Ed. D.