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School Matters - Monday, November 12, 2018


It is difficult to know where to begin when offering up praises about Sheila Taylor. One could start with the dedication she exhibits each day to her job or the smile she brings to her students as they begin and end their day. One could note her attention to detail and her strength of communication with colleagues and administration.
For Sheila Taylor, safety is priority number one. Mrs. Taylor has a heart for children and behind that heart is a person who ensures that her passengers, her precious cargo, make it to and from school safely every day. For example, when a student arrived home this year to find their front door wide open, something entirely out of the ordinary, Sheila stayed with that student until she could confirm all was well and that it was safe to enter. Sheila even went as far as having a police officer come to check on the residence, to be extra cautious. If something doesn’t feel right, she will work to the very end to make sure she does what is in the best interest of her students. Congratulations to our Bus Driver of the Year.
Angie Bowles is our TIMS Data Coordinator. She plays a vital role in the Transportation Department. Angie works closely with the Transportation Director and the school bus coordinators to help make sure our students are picked up in safe locations. Angie helps put together routes for our buses when unexpected road closures happen. This position can be highly stressful at times, but she always professionally handles herself. Angie is an excellent fit for the department and has a smile on her face and greets our visitors in a very professional manner. She is very deserving to be Transportation Person of the Year.
Angie is married to Raymond Bowles, and they have two children. Their oldest, Sam, is a graduate of Davie High and has continued his education at Appalachian State. Their youngest, Armissa, is a senior at Davie High. Angie enjoys spending her downtime at the beach.
Congratulations to Mrs. Brittany Holland, Assistant Principal at William R. Davie Elementary, for being selected as the 2018-2019 North Carolina National Outstanding Assistant Principal of the Year! 
Mrs. Holland will serve as North Carolina’s representative for the NAESP National Outstanding Assistant Principal of the Year program, which recognizes outstanding elementary and middle school assistant principals who have demonstrated success in leadership, curriculum, and personalization.
Mrs. Holland, along with other state Assistant Principals of the Year, will be invited to attend the NAESP National Principals Conference in Spokane, WA, taking place July 10-12, 2019. The NAESP Assistant Principal of the Year will is named at this event.
Mrs. Holland will also be recognized on March 28, 2019, at the NCPAPA Annual meeting, which will be held at the Hilton Raleigh North Hills, Raleigh, NC. We congratulate Mrs. Holland on her selection, and we know that she will be an excellent representative of PreK-8 assistant principals in North Carolina.
Interim Chief Finance Officer
Our current CFO, Deborah Miller, is taking a new job in the private sector as a CPA. Ms. Miller has worked for Davie County Schools since 2005 and has done a tremendous job managing the district's resources. Thank you to Deborah Miller for her service and congratulations to her on this new chapter in her life.

Effective December 1, 2018, Tammy Naylor will be reassigned to serve as Interim Chief Financial Officer. Mrs. Naylor has been our finance officer in the past and we have tremendous confidence in her; she will keep our finances in great shape and support our staff who handle financial transactions every day. Congratulations to Mrs. Naylor on her new role.
Lt. Governor Dan Forest, Rep. Julia Howard, and Sen. Dan Barrett visited classrooms at Cooleemee Elementary School on November 1, and talked with staff about what makes CES such a great place to learn. Congratulations to CES on achieving the status of North Carolina's “School of High Growth” and being in the top 4% in North Carolina elementary schools for school growth.
Leader in Me is a whole-school improvement process based on the idea that
everyone can be a leader. This evidence-based approach empowers students with
the leadership and life-skills they need to thrive in the 21st century. Pinebrook Elementary School has been using the program for three years now, building future leaders for tomorrow. Visit the Leader in Me Blog for inspiration and resources. Click here to read more.

SAT and ACT Test Scores
The average SAT and ACT scores for the graduating class of 2018 from Davie County Schools was highly ranked in the state.
For the SAT, a college admissions exam published by The College Board, Davie County Schools’ 2018 graduating class scored well enough to be ranked 2nd in the Piedmont-Triad region and 16th out of 115 school districts in the state. The average total score was 1128, an increase over the previous year’s average of 1112. This is higher than both the North Carolina average score of 1090, up from 1074 the previous year, and the United States average score of 1049, up from 1044.  
In March 2016, The College Board redesigned the SAT to measure the reading and math better that students will see in college and work. The new SAT has two parts, both with a score range of 200-800. Both the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing (ERW) section and the Math section aim to provide a well-rounded view of what a student can achieve in credit-bearing college courses. Because of the redesign, the 2018 graduating class can only be compared to the one previous year, the 2017 graduating class. The 2017 graduating class is the first cohort where the majority of students taking the SAT in the US,  93%, took the redesigned SAT. Davie County students performed better on each of the two sections than the state and national average, with an average score of 573, up from 562 last year, on the ERW section; and 555, up from 550 last year, on the Math section. The NC and US averages on the ERW were 550 and 529, respectively, and 540 and 520, respectively, on the math. Both represent an increase from the previous year. The percentage of the graduating class that participated in the SAT increased, with 45% of Davie County Schools’ 2018 graduating class taking the assessment. Forty percent of the 2017 graduating class participated. The percentage in the state was also up, from 44% to 46.8%. Many students choose not to take the SAT since the ACT is offered to everyone free of charge in their junior year.
The ACT, another test that measures college readiness, is administered to all students in North Carolina in 11th grade. Because of almost universal participation, these test scores give a better idea of the college readiness of all students in the graduating class. The ACT is comprised of four tests, including English, Math, Reading, and Science. Each test has a high score of 36, and a composite score is also provided. For 2018 graduates from Davie County Schools, the average composite score dropped from 20.0 (2017 graduating class) to 19.6, with all average individual test scores down slightly. All average subtest scores for Davie County Schools graduates are higher than the average state scores for each test. The average composite score in NC was 19.1 and the average composite score in the United States, where not all students take the ACT, is 20.8. Davie County Schools ranked 3rd in the Piedmont-Triad region for the average composite score, and 17th out of 115 school districts in the state.
For more information, please visit www.ncpublicschools.org/accountability.
War Eagle Credit Union
We are happy to announce the opening of the War Eagle Credit Union at Davie County High School. Davie County Schools is partnering with Members Credit Union to provide a credit union run by students taking business-related Career and Technical Education courses (Principles of Business, Accounting, Personal Finance, etc). Training and supervision of students is provided by Members Credit Union, and high school students will develop skills in financial literacy and banking operations. The branch, located on campus at Davie High School, offers general operations of cash accounts on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and has an ATM available for transactions any time the school is open. Operating a student-run credit union on campus gives students real-world banking employment experience and offers internship opportunities for students in banking and finance.
A competitive proposal process was used in selecting the partnering credit union. A Request for Proposal (RFP) was created, and allowed us to accept competitive proposals from any area credit union. Credit unions interested in bidding on this proposal simply had to request the RFP and submit their application by the deadline.
After thoroughly vetting the responses to the RFP and upon receiving Davie County Schools Board approval, the partnership with Members Credit Union began the logistics of opening the War Eagle Credit Union. Wednesday, October 17, marked the grand opening of the WECU on the campus of Davie County High School. Congressman Ted Budd, Members Credit Union executives, DCS School Board Members, school and district administration, teachers and students were in attendance. Davie County Schools is excited about the community partnership and the opportunity to help our students with real-world, work-based learning opportunities.
Students Explore Career Options as Davie County Celebrates ManufacturingDay 2018
To celebrate Manufacturing Day 2018, several local businesses and Davie County manufacturers provided a unique opportunity for all eighth-grade students in Davie County.
On October 5th, students from Ellis, North Davie, and South Davie Middle Schools each toured two different locations including DEX Heavy Duty Parts, Gildan, Ingersoll Rand, Pro Refrigeration, DCCC – Davie Campus, and WFBH-Davie Medical Center – Bermuda Run. Other students from all three schools spent their tour-time experiencing many different facets of Ashley Furniture Industries, Inc.
This is the second year Davie County has participated in National Manufacturing Day through the collaborative efforts of the Davie County Chamber of Commerce, Davie County Schools, Davie County Economic Development, DCCC, and the Davie business community.
Approximately 500 students and staff were exposed to the many outstanding career opportunities that exist here in the county. Business leaders provided informative tours including examples of how their employees use math, science, technology, and communication skills. Students were intrigued with the emphasis on safety, size of the facilities, variety of jobs including the educational requirements for the job, and the machinery used in the day-to-day operation of the businesses. DCCC showcased its many career paths to students who toured healthcare-related hands-on learning stations as well as the mobile manufacturing lab, an ambulance, a fire truck, and a tractor trailer used for the truck driving program.
Hosted annually, Manufacturing Day is a national event executed at the local level and typically focuses on manufacturing careers. “We expanded the types of businesses students visited to better align the many opportunities available here in Davie. By adding our state-of-the-art medical facility in Bermuda Run and expansive career path offerings at DCCC, our event was truly a “career exploration day” for our students,” said Carolyn McManamy, director of Davie CONNECT, a new workforce development initiative of Davie County Economic Development to connect businesses to resources and kids to careers.
“Middle school students are the next generation workforce and these tours are designed to expose them to career opportunities, show how their current and future curriculum ties to real-world careers and ignite interest in their future,” McManamy said. “During the tours, businesses showcased the scope of jobs available at their facilities and discussed the requisite higher education or skills training needed.”
Students were fascinated by what they experienced and appreciated the efforts of their tour guides and the employees that they had the opportunity to observe.
"I thought it was interesting learning how the business works,” said Genesis Antunez, a student from South Davie.
"I liked seeing how the robots worked. It was really cool,” added South Davie student, Cadyn Tanis.
“Everyone worked so hard to give us the chance to see what their jobs are and to give us ideas of what we might want to do in the future,” said North Davie student, Anna Johnson.
Zach Cline, also from North Davie, agreed and said, “I appreciated seeing how hard everyone worked and realized how everything had a purpose.”
The teachers were equally impressed with the experience.
“From a teacher’s perspective, it was great to see and hear how technology, automation, and teamwork are being used and developed at Ashley Furniture,” said Jamey Holt, who teaches math/social studies at North Davie. “The students were able to see that the traits teachers stress will be vital to their role in the workplace.”
Kristin Pitts, a science/social studies teacher at South Davie, commented, “It was interesting to see just how reliant each person is on the other people in their team. Without teamwork, production and higher wages would not be possible."
“As a school district, it is our responsibility to make students aware of all educational and employment opportunities, and this collaborative effort is an excellent means to familiarize our students with the diverse careers available in Davie County,” said Anthony Davis, director of CTE and Federal Programs for Davie County High School. “MFG Day was also a wonderful learning experience for our middle school teachers who saw first-hand the practical application of the skills they are teaching in the classroom.”
Business and industry participants appreciated the chance to showcase their facilities as well as the career opportunities they have to offer to this future workforce. “Ingersoll Rand participated in Manufacturing Day because we want to inspire the next generation of manufacturers,” said Ashley Kern, human resources generalist.
Matt Britt, marketing manager, Davie & Lexington Medical Centers, said, “Wake Forest Baptist Health Davie Medical Center passionately supports workforce development in any way we can. The youth in our county and the surrounding areas will be our health care workers of tomorrow, and we are proud to be able to invite them to our facility and show them some of what we do. We hope it has a positive impact on their future goals and endeavors.”
“We enjoy opening our doors every year to showcase our manufacturing facility to our area students,” said Clark Bunting, senior HR manager, Ashley Furniture Industries, Inc. “National Manufacturing Day is a great opportunity for Ashley Furniture to inspire and educate the future workforce about manufacturing careers and their benefits to our country.”
McManamy has been pleased with the great feedback she has received from businesses as well as the students and teachers. She and Davis appreciate everyone who helped make MFG Day 2018 a success. “This is the first in a series of programs that will directly connect our students to our businesses. The next steps will involve developing a formal program where students of various ages are exposed to a broad variety of career paths and educational opportunities. Aligning business needs with curriculum will ensure Davie County has a ready and able workforce to meet the challenges of businesses today and in the future.”
All-State Band Honors
Selection into the North Carolina All-State Band is the highest honor a middle school or high school band student can achieve, according to Andrew Jimeson, Davie High School band director. "There are many school systems that do not have students represented in the all-state band. Davie County had three for the 2018 Honor Band.”

Three outstanding musicians represented Davie County Schools in the May 4-6 All-State Honors Band Clinic held at UNC-Chapel Hill. The students were Montgomerie Belk - (7th Grade Clarinet, William Ellis Middle School). William Quinn Collins (11th Grade Trombone, Davie High School), and Aaron Locklear (12th Grade Clarinet, Davie High School). Montgomerie Belk earned 3rd chair in the Middle School Concert Band. Quinn Collins earned 9th chair and Aaron Locklear earned 16th chair within their respective sections in the 11th-12th grade Symphonic Band.  

After clinic rehearsals on Friday and Saturday afternoon, the NC All-State Band performed at UNC-Chapel Hill on Sunday, May 6.

"These all-county, all-district, and all-state clinics highlight some of our country's top musicians. Students always bring something back to share with their peers. It makes them better players and leaders in our band programs back home," said Jimeson.
"Being in the all-state honors band was truly an experience that tested my musicianship, but it was also a fun-filled time. I feel like I truly came out a better musician than when I went in," said 11th Grade Trombonist, Quinn Collins.
Two auditions are required for selection into the All-State Band. Students must also place in one of the top chairs within their all-district band. All three students from Davie County placed within the first five chairs in the Northwest NC District Band. Their placement in all-district met the eligibility requirements for the next step.
"That alone, exemplifies their talent and work ethic," said Amanda James, William Ellis Middle School band director. "The all-state auditions are another ballgame. The majority of the students at these auditions have been taking private lessons on their instrument for years. The competition is really tough. It's an honor to even get to audition at the state level."
"We are really proud of these students for being selected," says James. "A lot of work and preparation goes into developing a musical skill at the level required to be a member of the All-State Band."
"Practice, advice from some amazing people…and more practice is what helped me," said Locklear, 12th-grade clarinetist at Davie High.
"Participation in this event is meant for the students to experience music at the highest level and to showcase the top band students across our state. We are proud of the work they put into preparing for their auditions and clinics, but also of the effort, they put forth every day in our band rooms. We are lucky to get to teach such amazing kids," said Jimeson.
DCS Employees Pledge $31K to United Way
Davie County Schools’ employees pledged a total of over $31,300 to the United Way campaign this year. Bragging rights to the highest percentage increase over the prior year's pledges were awarded to Pinebrook Elementary School.
In addition, each employee that made a pledge of at least a $52 ‘Building Block’ was entered into a drawing for tickets to the 10/28/18 Panthers vs. Ravens game, courtesy of the Pierce Group Benefits. Congratulations to Erica Bost on winning the tickets!


Darrin L. Hartness, Ed. D.

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