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DECEMBER 2015

At North Moore Agriculture Goes Full Cycle (Southern Pines Pilot)
For all the talk lately about high-tech classrooms and advanced learning in Moore County, the newest classroom at North Moore High School has a decidedly low-tech look.

New Model for Teacher Pay to Launch in Chapel-Hill Carrboro (EdNC)
The debate over education in North Carolina often revolves around how best to pay teachers.

Engineering our future with STEM education (Raleigh News & Observer)
Just a few years ago, when Brentwood Elementary School students were scoring 30 percent or less proficient on standardized tests, Wake County turned the school – one of the district’s lowest performing – into the Brentwood Magnet Elementary School of Engineering, reorganizing the school day to make STEM a priority.

Elementary school honored (Hickory Daily Record)
Southwest Elementary School was recently recognized by the Exceptional Children Division of the NC Department of Public Instruction.

Teaching Students How to Learn, How to Think (EdNC)
“One-size-fits-all doesn’t work,” says Mamie Hall, English teacher and dean of students at Research Triangle High School,  a three-year old charter school in the Research Triangle Park.  

Engineering Our Future with STEM Education (Raleigh News & Observer column)
Brentwood Elementary and Wake STEM Early College High School were recognized by the State Board of Education for meeting the model level of achievement in STEM instruction

Elementary school honored (Hickory Daily Record)
— Southwest Elementary School was recently recognized by the Exceptional Children Division of the NC Department of Public Instruction. The school team earned “Green Ribbon” recognition for its Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS)
implementation efforts.

Teaching Students How to Learn, How to Think (EdNC)
-- “One-size-fits-all doesn’t work,” says Mamie Hall, English teacher and dean of students at Research Triangle High School,  a three-year old charter school in the Research Triangle Park.  

Five Schools in WCS District Recognized for Positive Behavior Programs (High Country Press)
Bethel School, Blowing Rock School, Parkway School, Valle Crucis School, and Watauga High School have won recognition from the NC Department of Public Instruction for the high quality of their Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS)
programs.

Early College at Guilford Ranked Best Public High School in N.C. (Yes Weekly)
The Early College at Guilford was ranked as the top public high school in North Carolina by Niche, a research company, and 34th best in the country.

WNC schools, businesses partner on RAMP career initiative (Asheville Citizen-Times)

Homework help just the beginning of Debbie Derbyshire’s mission (Raleigh News & Observer)
Debbie Derbyshire first came to the Grand Arbor Reserve apartment complex to tutor students she met as a teacher’s assistant at Lacy Elementary.

Teacher brings school to kids, wherever they are (Wilmington Star-News)
Jay Robinson has been a teacher for 28 years, and he has spent most of that time as a home/hospital teacher, helping students who may not be able to continue in the traditional setting due to a physical or mental diagnosis.

CTE Course Clusters: Certifications, hands-on activities prep health science students (McDowell News) McDowell High School’s Health Science course cluster in the Career and Technical Education Department is training tomorrow’s health care professionals.

East Wake High School redesign to stress use of technology (Raleigh News & Observer)
East Wake High School is expected to make the transition from being four small schools to a single school using a new academic model focused on technology and personalizing the way students are taught.

Perils and Promise: Steering Workers Down a New Career Pathway (WUNC-FM)
Vance County no longer has the strong economic based it used to have in textile manufacturing. 

Highland Tech ranked among NC's top schools – again (Gaston Gazette)
Some Gaston County students are learning in one of the best public high schools in the state

UNC Mobile Lab visits Early College High School (Kinston Free Press)
It’s not quite Ms. Frizzle’s Magic School Bus, but it does give students a look at science they can’t experience in the classroom.

Dobson school earns state recognition (Mount Airy News)
Dobson Elementary School has been named one of the top Title I schools in the state.

Second graders present living wax museum (Macon News)
East Franklin took a step back in time just before the Thanksgiving holiday as 78 second grade students transformed into heroes and influential members of America's history for a live demonstration wax museum.

Underwood Elementary School in Raleigh raising money for solar-powered classroom (Raleigh News & Observer)
The sky – actually the sun – is the limit for students at Underwood Elementary School.

E Pluribus Unum: Local schools go multicultural (Mountain Express)
With rising numbers of foreign-born students enrolling into local schools, administrators are exploring several unique curriculums to enhance cross-cultural learning and prepare all students to succeed in today’s global society.

Highland Tech makes the cut, again (Gaston Gazette)
Gaston students are learning in one of the best public high schools in the state; same group ranks Gaston County overall at 71.

Home Built By Students to Go Up for Auction (YES Weekly)
A house built by students at Weaver Academy is going up for auction. Building trade students build the entire house from start to finish, giving them real-world and hands-on experience in a career they’re interested in pursuing

CTE American studies course sparks students’ interests (McDowell News)
This year, McDowell High School’s American studies course is taking things a step further to make sure that more students feel connected to the work they’re doing in English III and American History II.

Early College at Guilford Ranked Best Public High School in N.C. (Guilford County Schools)
The Early College at Guilford was ranked as the top public high school in North Carolina by Niche, a research company, and 34th best in the country.