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2016-2017 Staff Returns for Orientation
From the Desk of the Superintendent, Dr. Barry Williams
Hello Gates County Citizens,
Over the summer our wonderful support staff has been working to make sure that everything is ready for our students as we launch a new school year. It’s certain to be a good one because our school system is the best!
The Board of Education and County Commissioners have the same vision for Gates County and have committed to embrace change for our students by having a New Middle School on the ballot in November. Our students need your vote. This is extremely important for our students!! More campaign information will be provided through meetings, forums, social media, the Index and other special events.
In Gates County we have clearly demonstrated that we have the ingenuity to make the most of what we have. I am proud that we are committed to functioning as a team, committed to each other’s success. All students belong to all of us, and this year I know we will continue to work together to ensure that every student learns. We will again have high expectations, continuously assess our progress toward achieving them, and stay focused on results. This district is committed to continuous improvement.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy said, “Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.” The children are the future - we must never lose sight of this. That’s not to say we don’t have some important educational traditions. We do, and we are anchored by them.”
Together we will again this year strive to seek and implement the right initiatives to keep us moving forward. I’d like to quote King Whitney, Jr. who said, “Change has a considerable psychological impact on the human mind. To the fearful it is threatening because it means that things may get worse. To the hopeful it is encouraging because things may get better. To the confident it is inspiring because the challenge exists to make things better.” We must not let ourselves feel threatened by change, but rather encouraged and inspired by hope and confidence.
Please never forget that we have the utmost respect for what our teachers do and the difference they make. In the spirit of collaboration, please remember the importance of honest and open communication. We must work together to share our views and opinions with others as well as endeavor to hear and consider input from others. Let us recognize and appreciate each other’s efforts and dedication.
We want our students to always remember that we created for them an atmosphere of caring, compassion and humor.
Additional highlights our school system has accomplished over the summer…
On July 18-19th we experienced a fantastic administrative retreat with a dynamic speaker Dr. Althea Riddick, Mr. John Leidy (Attorney at Law) and Mrs. Reba Green-Holley.
The Career and Technical Education Department is excited to announce the installation of a new STEM lab at the high school! Teachers prepared and presented STEM lessons to a select group of students during a six-day seminar sponsored by East Carolina University Department of Mathematics, Science, and Instructional Technology, East Carolina STEM CoRE(Collaboration for Research in Education) and Innov8 Consulting. The professional development, entitled "Incorporating 3D Printing in Integrated CTE Instruction" also addressed Problem-Based Learning and Human Centered Design. Look for the new district Career and Technical Education website coming soon! Here you will find a wealth of information about CTE initatives, locally and across the state.
Convocation on August 22nd motivated and inspired our employees for an exciting start with special surprise guests Dr. Althea Riddick and Mr. Doug Lilley.
Professional Development throughout the district was prepared by our teachers for our teachers with new ideas and instructional designs to be used in the classrooms;
Our testing and accountability data center will be located at the High School. The center is state of the art. The center is the hub for all any information we can use to disaggregate data to validate strengths and target weaknesses. It will be the Google for Gates County!!
At the Financial and Business Services Summer Conference in July, Gates County Schools was recognized with a "Recognition of Achievement" Certificate for excellence in management of the North Carolina State Public School Fund for Fiscal Year 2014-2015.
Also in July, the Finance Department completed the training program for school finance and were awarded the NCASBO Certified School Business Specialist (CSBS) Certificate.
Gates County High and Central Middle School were honored for prestigious recognition of our National Beta Club membership status. Our school names were recognized in New Orleans.
Dr. Jared Miller, a Sports Medicine physician with Sentara, has provided a contract for our new athletic trainer. This is exciting, essential and necessary for this medical care to be available for our athletes and students.
In the Technology Department
1) All wireless access points have been configured
2) Upgraded systems throughout the district, with more to come
3) Put additional Chromebooks in place
3) Currently support over 2100 devices throughout the
Welcome back for another GREAT year!!
Dr. Barry Williams, Superintendent of Schools
3D Printing Workshop Held at GCHS
August 16, 2016 - Last week, Gates County High School students participated in the “Incorporating 3D Printing in Integrated Career Technical Education Instruction.” Guest professors from Old Dominion University, Virginia Wesleyan University, and East Carolina University spent the week engaging the students with hands-on training with 3D printers.
Dr. Daniel Dickerson of East Carolina University and a Gates County Board of Education member, oversaw the weeklong event. The students got to participate in engineering activities geared towards STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) involving the use of the 3D printers. The teachers involved had the opportunity to develop competencies in using the 3D printers in their instruction, to use problem-based learning and to use human-centered design.
Thanks to all involved in making this opportunity available for Gates County Schools.
Jernigan Teacher Mini-Grant
In Memory of Mallie and Virginia Jernigan
This Teacher Mini-Grant is given to a K-5 teacher employed by Gates County Public Schools to enhance student learning outcomes. This $500 mini-grant is in memory of Mallie and Virginia Jernigan. Mallie was born and raised in Gates County and attended Gates County Public Schools. He lived his adult life in Suffolk, Virginia, as a farmer.
For the 2016-2017 school year, the winner is Ms. Susan Parker, 2nd grade teacher at Buckland Elementary School. Congratulations, Ms. Parker!! The name of her project is "Farm to Store." She is very excited about implementing this project with her second grade students this year.
Gates County Public Schools Educator Selected to Participate in Statewide NCBCE Teachers@Work® Program
Central Middle School Teacher to Spend Week at Nucor This Summer
Gatesville, NC – June 20, 2016: The Gates County Public Schools district is pleased to announce that Central Middle School teacher Tracy Fletcher has been selected to participate in the statewide North Carolina Business Committee for Education’s (NCBCE) Teachers @Work® program this summer.
Teachers @Work® is a joint initiative between NCBCE and the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI). The partnership links education and the business community in order to help teachers create relevance between their classroom curriculum and the skill sets needed by local businesses.
“Teachers know the hard skills to teach their students, but they also need to see first-hand how those skills are being used in their local businesses,” said Sue Breckenridge, Executive Director, NCBCE. “This will help them make more relevant connections for their students so that learning is about real-world applications and not abstract ideas.”
As part of the program, participating teachers will spend one week during their summer monitoring a local company in or close to their community. Teachers will be paired with employees of the company and will be exposed to different aspects of the business. At the end of the on-site program, the teacher will create a lesson plan that showcases both hard and soft skills needed by future employees that are specific to their partnering business or industry.
Ms. Fletcher teaches career and technical education courses. Her week on-site with Nucour will be July 11-15, 2016. She will be among 51 middle and high school teachers from throughout the state who will be participating in the 2016 NCBCE Teachers@Work® program. Each of the state’s eight education regions will be represented by at least two teachers in this year’s initiative.
Superintendent Dr. Barry Williams said, “the Teachers@Work Program is a great initiative that offers our teachers the opportunity to serve as partners with local businesses and gain real world experiences as well as on the job training. This experience will allow Ms. Fletcher to step into the business world and gain valuable experiences that she can utilize to help our students establish those real world connections they need in order to understand how business communities and schools are inter-related. We look forward to Ms. Fletcher being able to infuse her knowledge into the classroom to strengthen the academic skill of our students.”
Teachers @Work® is made possible by grants from Biogen, GSK and State Farm.
For more information about Teachers @Work®, visit www.ncbce.org.
About the North Carolina Business Committee for Education (NCBCE)
The North Carolina Business Committee for Education is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit comprised of business leaders from across the state. NCBCE is the leadership organization that connects businesses, educators, students and policy makers to support workforce development ensuring NC has a vibrant economy.
Substance Use Prevention Training for Middle Schools
On June 15-16, 2016, Ms. Carolyn Eason, staff member at Central Middle School, attended the “Keepin It Real” substance use prevention training sponsored by Albemarle Regional Health Services (ARHS). ARHS staff brought the trainings to the area through the Project Lazarus grant that focuses on preventing prescription medication and opioid poisoning.
Community Center Park Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Held
June 22, 2016 – Ms. Lulu Eure and her staff at the Gates County Community Center celebrated the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony today for the “Community Center Park.”
Construction of the new park has been ongoing since last fall. Funding came from the Trillium’s Play Together Accessible Playground grant. These grants provide towns with the ability to build fully accessible, all-inclusive playgrounds for individuals with special needs and physical disabilities. Speakers for the ceremony were Natalie Rountree, County Manager of Gates County, and Amy Corbitt, Project Manager, Trillium Health Resources.
Gates County Public Schools
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Gatesville, NC 27938
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