100 Percent College Acceptance!

Warren Early College High School, Warren County High, and Warren New Tech High are all proud to announce that all of their graduating seniors have been accepted into 2-year and 4-year colleges and universities! 

The 139 seniors slated to graduate have each had time to celebrate with their peers. WNTHS celebrated on May 8 with an ice cream sundae party. WECHS marked the milestone during Senior Night on May 9. WCHS celebrated today, May 19, with pizza, cake, and music.

Graduation ceremonies are underway. Warren Early College held its commencement ceremony last night, May 18. Warren County High and Warren New Tech will hold their ceremonies on Saturday, June 10, in the WCHS gym at 9:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. We look forward to seeing you on June 10.

Warren County Board of Education Conducts Work Session on May 23rd

Check out the notes from the meeting

Northside Restart plan approved, Vaughan to go global
Northside K-8 and Vaughan Elementary received approvals by the Board of Education for changes this fall.
Northside K-8 School’s Restart Plan and Vaughan Elementary’s request to become a global school were both passed unanimously by the school board during their work session on May 23.
The Restart Model of School Improvement allows schools designated as low-performing for two out of the last three years to apply for waivers to grant flexibility usually reserved for charter schools. Schools using the Restart model are still under the jurisdiction of the local school board and are not charter schools.
In January, the state board approved Restart applications for Mariam Boyd, Northside K-8, Warren County Middle, and Warren County High. The Warren County school board has already approved the Restart plan for Mariam Boyd Elementary, and the calendar waivers for Warren County Middle and Warren County High.
Principal Medicus Riddick and several Northside teachers presented their Restart plan to the board, seeking waivers to fully implement Engineering Is Elementary (EiE) throughout the entire school, hire one full-time social worker for the school, and extend the school year by five days.
Engineering Is Elementary is a program currently at Northside that teaches students engineering while simultaneously enhancing their math and science skills. To fully implement EiE, Northside officials explained that they’ll need staff training so all teachers can implement the program in their classes, a designated EiE coordinator who assists with implementation and monitoring, and materials for various engineering projects and challenges.
Northside is seeking a fulltime social worker dedicated just to Northside to provide social-emotional assistance to students throughout the day. The social worker will provide support, consult with teachers and administrators, and offer individual and group therapy.
The social worker will also bridge the gap between the school, home, and community, and perform interventions to get students back on track.
Lastly, Northside’s third waiver is to extend the school year by five days to all the staff to build on remediation programs and provide more targeted instruction to students. The five days would be added by taking days from the track-out sessions.
Vaughan to go global
Vaughan Elementary School will be a hub for global learning this fall when it opens it doors as the district’s first global school.
Principal Brian Biles and Media Coordinator Trina Paynter gave a presentation to the board about what it means to be a global school and how Vaughan Elementary plans to implement the new approach.
Vaughan’s goal is to help students see that they are part of a larger, interconnected community where their choices shape the world, and provide students with cultural sensitivity and knowledge to make them more competitive in the global job market.
Vaughan began investigating the global school concept last school year, and visited several global schools to see the model in action. Once school staff, parents and the community were onboard with the concept, the school came to the board for approval.
As a global school, Vaughan Elementary’s teachers will integrate multiple dimensions, perspectives, and citizenships into the daily lessons within the curriculum, giving students a global education.
Students will learn about international communities, social justice issues, global events, and international ideas in their regular classroom setting.
To assist with the transition, parents and board members were asked for support, to help secure materials that represent various countries, for connections to people in other countries, to share their international experiences, to lend a hand with helping the school look global and volunteer continuously.
The school has already pulled together its global committee. Now that the board has approved the change, Vaughan will set times to meet with Participate, formerly Visiting International Faculty (VIF), then plan and launch a global kickoff.
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The board was presented with the CTE Technical Attainment Improvement Plan by Ernie Conner, director of technology and career and technical education.
Conner said one of the most visible goals of the CTE program is technical skill attainment. The N.C. Department of Public Instruction requires all school districts with scores more than 10 percent below the state benchmarks to complete a Technical Attainment Improvement Plan.
The school district’s overall CTE proficiency dropped from 94.8 Percent to 41.2 percent during the 2014-15 school year. For the 2015-16 school year, proficiency increased to 54.9 percent, but is still 25 percent below the state benchmark.
The Technical Attainment Improvement Plan outlines four strategies that will improve technical skill attainment: supporting three of the career academies, continued implementation of Building Assets Reducing Risks (BARR) program, implementation of the Restart Model of School Improvement at Warren County High School, and participation in the Southern Regional Education Board’s Project Based Learning in Career Pathway Courses program.
Conner presented the local CTE plan during the May 9 regular board meeting and it was approved by the board.
Both plans had to be approved by the school board and submitted to DPI no later than June 30.
The Warren County Board of Education will hold its next regular meeting at 7PM on Tuesday, June 13 at the Central Office.

May Management Team Meeting

The Warren County Schools Management Team met this month at the Hawkins Education. The group discussed plans for the remainder of this school year and began plans for the 2017-18 school year.


Warren County Featured on WUNC Radio

WCS was featured in a broadcast on WUNC discussing broadband access in rural areas and how that access, or lack thereof, impacts education. 
 
The story aired on WUNC this morning during the 7AM hour and will re-air throughout the day. If you don't listen to NPR regularly, please take a moment to listen to the 3 minute and 50 second story through the link provided.

Click on the picture below.  Once the website appears, Scroll down to the listen link and click on the blue button.

http://wunc.org/post/digital-learning-threatens-leave-some-students-behind#stream/0

Warren County Featured in Elizabeth City NC Online News Site

Warren County Schools was featured in an article about Technology and training under the restart program. Click on the picture below to check out the article.

http://www.dailyadvance.com/News/2017/05/07/Warren-County-focusing-on-technology-training-under-restart.html

Scenes from the Warren County High School Senior Awards Day

Seniors at Warren County High School were honored at a special awards day ceremony this week. Scholarships and other awards were presented to deserving students for their achievement during the year and their high school career.

Click on the picture below to check out a photo gallery from the Awards Ceremony.

http://www.warrencareertech.org/wchs-2017-senior-awards.html







May 2017 Board Meeting Highlights

Check out pictures highlighting the May 2017 Warren County Board of Education Meeting held at Warren County High School. 




May 2017 Light of Character Winners


2017 Battle of the Books Winner: Northside K-8 School 



North Carolina Governor's School Student for 2017 Session
Edgar Arrieta-Reyes - Warren Early College High School



High School Robotics Team shares their experiences from the competition 






 
Several staff members and students were recognized for their efforts in Raising Autism Awareness in Warren County Schools



Science and Engineering Fair Winners were recognized


This months Stellar Performer was Carlotta Woodard from Mariam Boyd Elementary 



Mariam Boyd Elementary presented their Restart Plan to the Board. 





Warren  County High School presented its Calendar Waiver portion of their Restart Plan.




April 2017 Board of Education Meeting

Check out highlights from the April 2017 Warren County Board of Education Meeting. 




Lights of Character Winners from each school


Stellar Performer from South Warren Elementary School: Pearl Simes



The 2017 recipient, Michael Williams from Warren New Tech High School is the 2017 recipient of the Mary K. Bonsteel Tachau  Teacher of the Year Award. 

The Mary K. Bonsteel Tachau Teacher of the Year Award is given annually by the Organization of American Historians in recognition of the contributions made by precollegiate teachers to improve history education within the field of American history. The award, to be given for activities which enhance the intellectual development of other history teachers and/or students, memorializes the career of Mary K. Bonsteel Tachau, University of Louisville, for her path breaking efforts to build bridges between university and precollegiate history teachers.



Mariam Boyd Elementary receives the Most Improved Attendance Award for April  



South Warren Elementary receives the High Attendance Award for April.


Canecca Mayes, Director of College and Career Services shares the new Scholarship Portal with the school board. This internet accessible portal is available to students and parents. It provides access to many scholarships available.

Check out the link at:  https://sites.google.com/warrenk12nc.org/scholarships/home



Restart Meetings

Four schools in the Warren County School District have been approved by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction have been approved as restart schools. This gives them the flexibility to apply for waivers from the state to implement innovative procedures to improve their schools. Dr. Spain, Superintendent, met with the leadership teams from each school to develop their plans. Each school will be presenting their plans for approval by the Warren County Board of Education.


Dr. Spain explains the meeting agenda to the teams.



Warren County Middle School  


Warren County High School


Northside K-8 School


Mariam Boyd Elementary 


Katrinka Brewer, Principal at Mariam Boyd Elementary explains their plans to the group. They will be the first group to present their plan to the board at the May 2017 Board of Education Meeting. 

Scholarship Committees At Work

Seniors are applying for scholarships as they prepare for college in the fall of 2017. Selection committees are meeting to talk with students, review applications and recommend winners. This is an exciting time as another school year is coming to an end soon!


Administrative Assistant and Professional Luncheon

Warren County Schools honored their district office Administrative Assistants during Administrative Assistants Week. Several activities were held during the week which included a luncheon. Thank you Admins for all that you do for the district!!!




District Data Team Meeting

Dr. Spain, Superintendent, met with the school leadership teams to discuss their performance data and how to use it to improve student performance. Debra Clayton, Director of Accountability presented a tool that schools can use to access the data, analyze and make decisions on their programs.


Go Math Presentation

Elementary School Principals and staff attended a presentation discussing the use of the Go Math program to increase student performance. The staff had a chance to review the product and ask questions. 




Federal Programs Review

Stanley Williams, Chief Finance Officer for Warren County Schools met with Federal Program Directors to discuss procedures federal program budgets. The information was helpful as the 2016-17 school year is coning to an end and budgets for the year will be closed out soon.


Administrative Assistant Day Planning Meeting

Warren County Schools has a great team of Administrative Assistants in the district. A group administrators from the district are organizing activities to honor these hard working individuals in the near feature.






Website Evaluation

A team from Warren County Schools is evaluating website vendors that could help the district rollout a new district website. The committee reviewed 6 company presentations last week and have made a recommendation to the Superintendent. More information to follow soon!





Battle of the Books

Congratulations to Northside K8 for winning the 2016-2017 District Elementary Battle of the Books competition. Second place goes out to last year's winners Vaughan Elementary, and Third place Mariam Boyd Elementary. South Warren Elementary was unable to participate this school year.

The district competition is the culminating activity for a year- long reading program that is designed to encourage reading for students in the fourth and fifth grades. The North Carolina State Library Media Association EBOB Committee releases a list of books that represent quality literature of varying viewpoints and literary styles by outstanding authors of literature for young adults. Participating students ' gain knowledge of a broad range of topics, vary their choices of reading materials, improve reading skills, and enjoy the excitement and fun of competition

Pictured is Northside K8's EBOB Team

Left to right: Ceimya Davis, Ryann Braxton, Bryce Gist, Aubrey Lynch, Rahanna Talley, Noah Wilker, Chandler Kearsey, Arianna Hargrove, and Ja'mya Durham along with Media Coordinator Latara Vick.


8th Grade Parent Meeting

A meeting was held at Warren County Middle School this week for parents and students to discuss 8th grade registration for high school. The three High School Principals were on hand and gave a 10 minute presentation on their school. Parents were given a chance to ask questions and were reminded that students would be touring each school and an open house would be held at each High School for parents and students.