Things are about to change in Davie County Schools and for the better! Davie County Schools and The Dragonfly House Children’s Advocacy Center are collaborating on an initiative called “Compassionate & Resilient Schools” (CRS). Elementary school staff was the first to attend the CRS Leadership training, led by the CRS District Leadership Team, to learn more about the initiative and the plan to roll out to all schools by 2023. Secondary staff will attend the training this week.
James Moffett, the principal of Derby Hills Elementary School in Derby, Kansas, was the keynote speaker for the elementary session and is nationally known as an influential leader within the trauma-informed school's national movement. Moffett has worked to create a compassionate, trauma-informed environment at Derby Hills, encompassing safe spots, mindfulness, self-regulation, collaborative problem solving and an explicit Social/Emotional Learning (SEL) curriculum.
Staff are learning ways to be intentional about responding to all students in a loving, caring and compassionate way. While this program began as a way to help students that may have experienced some type of trauma, it was quickly realized that this shift is the best practice for all students. With the right supports, children and young adults can successfully overcome stressful, adverse experiences and go on to thrive. Schools are the single point of connection between home life and community dynamics, and the responsibility of educators to prepare young people to function successfully in the world as adults can only be bolstered with a trauma-sensitive, compassionate & resiliency centered approach.
As defined by our Compassionate & Resilient Schools initiative, trauma is an experience less than nurturing that changes a child’s vision of him/herself and/or his/her place in the world. We believe in building safe and nurturing relationships with every student in every school building. Safe, caring relationships foster resilience and support children as they learn to adapt well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats and/or significant stress — such as family and relationship problems, health problems or school/workplace and financial stressors. We believe in our students' ability to "bounce back" from difficult experiences when given the tools, resources and positive relationships.
The Compassionate & Resilient Schools logo was uniquely created using key elements from the logos of both Davie County Schools and The Dragonfly House.
- Orange is the primary color for Davie County Schools and is represented through the hearts, which are the children in our schools and community. Our children can carry heavy burdens, so their hearts are upside down in the design.
- Green represents the teachers and school personnel who extend their reach in every direction to lift the children up and keep them from falling through a compassionate and resiliency focused lens.
- Blue is the primary color for The Dragonfly House and is represented through the hands, which support the schools and students with trauma-responsive and trauma-trained professionals who offer education, training, school-based mental health programs, and other resources and materials.
It is our mission to show compassion and promote resiliency both in our schools and in our communities. We will be intentional about building relationships with all students, so that we may more effectively prevent, recognize and promote healing of childhood trauma by creating safe and nurturing relationships and learning environments.
Our CRS model is a whole school, whole child, trauma-responsive framework that supports all students by creating Compassionate & Resilient schools district-wide that will improve academic, behavioral, and social-emotional outcomes for students. Nationwide studies have proven that schools who have adopted this model are safer, more successful, and result in healthier children & communities.
We plan to offer parents and caregivers multiple educational opportunities in the near future to learn more about this model, how it benefits every
child, and how you can help with this initiative outside of the school walls. For more information, contact our CRS District Leadership Team: Jennifer Swofford, Aubrey Draughn & Brandi Reagan or visit Compassionateresilientschools.com.
This year’s district spelling bee went from “zero” to 51, literally! The board room was packed, and the excitement of the competition was palpable. Noah Tysinger, a 5th grader from Shady Grove, spelled “zero” correctly, and the competition began. After 16 rounds and 51 words, the winners were declared.
This was the third consecutive year Reagan Edson, an 8th grader at South Davie, earned the top award and a $250 gift card sponsored by Venezia Italian Family Restaurant. Her winning word was “boudoir.” Reagan is the daughter of Mikel and Patti Edson, and she will be going on to compete in the regional bee on March 24th. Last year Reagan was among 20 spellers from North Carolina who went on to participate in the Scripp’s National Spelling Bee.
Amber McCullough, an 8th grader from William Ellis Middle School, is also no stranger to the district spelling bee. She earned 2nd place again this year, and she was awarded a $150 gift card sponsored by the Davie County Enterprise Record. Amber is the daughter of Brad and Dawn McCullough.
Porter Spann, a 4th grader from Pinebrook Elementary, took the 3rd place award and a $100 gift card sponsored by BB&T. Porter is the son of Nolan and Jennifer Spann.
Congratulations to all of the school spelling bee champions:
- Brayden Kistner, Cooleemee Elementary
- Jadyn Davis, Cornatzer Elementary
- Lena Parsley, Mocksville Elementary
- Porter Spann, Pinebrook Elementary
- Noah Tysinger, Shady Grove Elementary
- Ada Wallace, William R. Davie Elementary
- Nadia Raphea, North Davie Middle
- Reagan Edson, South Davie Middle
- Amber McCullough, William Ellis Middle
All school winners received a $50 Barnes & Noble gift card sponsored by Hillsdale Dental and the Mocksville Woman’s Club.
Thanks to parents, teachers, and spelling bee coordinators for supporting students in learning and preparing to compete. Special thanks to the sponsors who helped us celebrate and recognize students’ academic achievements, and best wishes to Reagan as she goes on to represent Davie County!
Davie County Schools Celebrates Stars of the Year
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 Davie County High School Madrigals entertained the group with an excellent performance. After a lovely meal, the Stars were awarded a certificate of appreciation for all they do to make a positive difference each day for students and staff of Davie County Schools. A special thanks goes out to LifeTouch for helping celebrate the Stars. Congratulations again to the Davie County Schools' Stars of the Year!
- Bus Driver of the Year: Sheila Taylor, Cooleemee Elementary School
- Transportation Professional of the Year: Angie Bowles, Transportation
- Custodial Team of the Year: William R. Davie Elementary School: Bradley Sharpe, Gary Jones, Jessica Searcy
- Maintenance Person of the Year: Lindsay Baltes, Maintenance
- Child Nutrition Manager of the Year: Will Turrentine, South Davie Middle School
- Child Nutrition Person of the Year: Sharon Holcomb, Cooleemee Elementary School
- Student Services Person of the Year: Aubrey Draughn, Central Davie Education Center
- EC Related Service Person of the Year: Aimee Farr, Central Davie Education Center
- EC Teacher of the Year: Julie Barnes, William Ellis Middle School
- Office Professional of the Year: Pamela Smith, Central Office
- Administrator of the Year: Erin Foil, Central Davie Education Center
- Assistant Principal of the Year: Raymonda Shelton, Shady Grove Elementary School
- Teacher Assistant of the Year: Jane Seamon, Cooleemee Elementary School
- Principal of the Year: Jennifer Swofford, Mocksville Elementary School
- Teacher of the Year: Dawn Lowery, North Davie Middle School
William P. Steed, Ed.D.