Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools News http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools News Tuesday, 16 December 2014 04:14:12 EST HD CMS en daily 1 http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/269 School District Receives 100% Efficiency Rating for the 2014-2015 Transportation Funding Report http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/269 Tuesday, 16 December 2014 12:00:00 EST Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools (NRMPS) Transportation Department is proud to report a 100% efficiency budget rating for fiscal year 2014-2015. The Transportation Funding Report is based on the efficiency of expenditures, bus operations and student count. The school district's state allotment is based on the efficiency score percentage rate. Tuesday, 16 December 2014 12:00:00 EST School District Receives 100% Efficiency Rating for the 2014-2015 Transportation Funding ReportNashville, NC - Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools (NRMPS) Transportation Department is proud to report a 100% efficiency budget rating for fiscal year 2014-2015. The Transportation Funding Report is based on the efficiency of expenditures, bus operations and student count. The school district's state allotment is based on the efficiency score percentage rate. Dr. Eric Cunningham, Associate Superintendent of Administration and Operations, believes the gains are due to system level processes. "The Transportation Department has led the way by implementing processes as well as a Professional Learning Community (PLC) resulting in a high rating. I'm very proud of Binford Sloan, Director of Transportation, and the entire transportation team," he stated.Mr. Sloan was impressed with the results. "Achieving a 100% budget rating from the NC Department of Public Instruction reflects on the total commitment our Transportation team has for the efficient operation of transporting our students. Safety wasn't compromised in reaching this milestone. While our goal is to have an efficient and effective operation, our students being transported to and from school safely will always take precedence," said Sloan. ###Nash Rocky Mount Public Schools is an equal opportunity organization and employer.  http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/268 NRMPS Recognized For United Way Contributions http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/268 Thursday, 11 December 2014 12:00:00 EST  Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools and the Nash-Rocky Mount Board of Education were recognized at the December Board of Education meeting for the 2014 United Way Campaign contributions. Thursday, 11 December 2014 12:00:00 EST Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools Recognized For United Way Contributions Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools and the Nash-Rocky Mount Board of Education were recognized at the December Board of Education meeting for the 2014 United Way Campaign contributions. Jonathan Boone, 2014 Twin-County Campaign Chair and Ginny Mohrbutter, Executive Director for United Way Tar River Region, were grateful for nearly $58,000 in contributions, a 7% increase from last year.  According to Boone, the contributions will have a profound impact on our community.  “We thank Dr. Jackson for his invaluable leadership, the school level and department coordinators for their hard work, and the numerous employees across the district who gave to United Way,” he said.  The contribution placed NRMPS system among the top five contributors for the entire United Way campaign.  2014-15 Award Winning Schools and Departments Total Giving: $57,511.11Per Capita Giving: $29.35/person Highest Total Contributions:Elementary:  Winstead Avenue Elementary ($3,971.97)Middle:  Edwards Middle ($1,501.00)High:  Southern Nash High ($5,773.38)Department: NRMPS – Central Office  ($4,347.00) Largest Percentage Increase:Southern Nash High School (increased 200% - increased financial giving from $1,922.00 to $5,773.00)Englewood Elementary (increased 118% -  increased financial giving from $1,422.00 to $3,101.00)  Nashville Elementary (increased 114% - increased financial giving from $1,212.00 to $2,596.00)Fairview Elementary (increased 109% - increased financial giving from $1,647.00 to $3,447.00) Greatest Increase in Participation:Nash Central High (from 64% to 100%)100% Participation: 1Bailey Elementary2Baskerville Elementary3Benvenue Elementary4Coopers Elementary5Englewood Elementary6Fairview Elementary7Hubbard Elementary8Middlesex Elementary9Nashville Elementary10Red Oak Elementary11Spring Hope Elementary12Swift Creek Elementary13Williford Elementary14Winstead Avenue Elementary  15Parker Middle16Red Oak Middle  17Nash Central High18NRMPS – Early College19Southern Nash High  United Way has served our community over 60 years and works in all towns and communities across the twin-county region.  Through local United Way donations, they are able to fund 35 health and human service programs, in partnership with 23 non—profit agencies, as well as, assist with hundreds of yearly information, referral and volunteer inquiries.  This support helps thousands of our local citizens each year, improving quality of life for our children, adults and families.Staff members representing Award Winning Schools and Departments for the 2014 United Way Campaign###Nash Rocky Mount Public Schools is an equal opportunity organization and employer.     http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/266 NRMPS Receives Excellent Financial Audit http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/266 Thursday, 04 December 2014 12:00:00 EST  The financial audit for the 2013-2014 fiscal year was presented to the Board of Education members at a Special Called Board meeting on Monday, December 1. The district received a clean audit. - INDEPENDENT AUDITORS' REPORT- MANAGEMENT LETTER  Thursday, 04 December 2014 12:00:00 EST NRMPS Receives Excellent Financial AuditNashville, NC - The financial audit for the 2013-2014 fiscal year was presented to the Board of Education members at a Special Called Board meeting on Monday, December 1. The district received a clean audit.The Board of Education received its fiscal year ended June 30, 2014 audit report from Anderson Smith and Wike PLLC. The Board received clean, unmodified reports on its financial statement audit, report on internal control over financial reporting and reports on compliance for major State and federal programs. There were no findings or questioned costs reported in the audit. The district's governmental and enterprise funds were reported to be in good financial condition as of June 30, 2014. Dale Smith, Certified Public Accountant for Anderson Smith & Wike PLLC, reported that the budget conforms with accounting principles for the General, State Public School, Restricted Revenue and Federal Grants funds. Smith credits the clean audit to the management team the School Board has hired. Susan Blackwell, Chief Financial Officer, was pleased with the report. "Everyone workedhard to ensure we were in compliance," she said. Board Chair Evelyn agreed. "Dr. Jackson and his staff are to be commended for efficient budgeting," she stated. ###Nash Rocky Mount Public Schools is an equal opportunity organization and employer. - INDEPENDENT AUDITORS' REPORT- MANAGEMENT LETTER   http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/259 School Board Members Recognized at Annual Conference http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/259 Monday, 24 November 2014 12:00:00 EST  Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools received numerous honors during the North Carolina School Boards Association's (NCSBA) Annual Conference held at the Joseph S. Koury Convention Center in Greensboro November 17-19. Monday, 24 November 2014 12:00:00 EST School Board Members Recognized at Annual Conference Nashville, NC - Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools received numerous honors during the NorthCarolina School Boards Association's (NCSBA) Annual Conference held at the Joseph S. KouryConvention Center in Greensboro November 17-19.Board Chair Evelyn Bulluck and Robert Bynum, Sr. received Diplomas of Honor for 600 hoursof training. Reginald Silver and Jon Hardy received Certificates of Achievement for 200 hours oftraining while William Sharpe received a Certificate of Merit for 100 hours of training.Superintendent and Board Assistants for North Carolina Public Schools were also recognized during the conference. Terence Pittman, Executive Assistant to the Superintendent, received a Certificate of Distinction for 300 hours of training.Several central office staff members were presenters at the conference for the followingworkshops: School Crisis Response, Evacuation, and Reunification Process - Presenters: Donna Dougherty, Director of Disciplinary Review and School Safety and Michael Hodges, Assistant Superintendent of Student ServicesAsk the Superintendent: Engaging Students through Real World Hands-On Learning - Presenters: Patricia Hollingsworth, Chief Public Information Officer and Chris Stith, TechnicianTechnology + Instruction: Wedded Together for Student Success - Presenters: Jane Finch, Chief Technology Officer and Robin May, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and InstructionNCSBA was established in 1937 as an advocate for public school education. Its mission is to provide leadership and services that enable local boards of education to govern effectively. ###Nash Rocky Mount Public Schools is an equal opportunity organization and employer.  http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/262 Nash Central High School Wins State Video Contest for the School Boards Association http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/262 Monday, 24 November 2014 12:00:00 EST  On November 18, the North Carolina School Boards Association (NCSBA) honored the winners of three student contests: an elementary school poster contest, middle school photo contest, and high school video contest. Students were asked to create posters, take photos, and create a 30- to 45-second video around the theme, What's Super about Public Schools? Monday, 24 November 2014 12:00:00 EST Nash Central High School Wins State Video Contest for the School Boards AssociationOn November 18, the North Carolina School Boards Association (NCSBA) honored the winners of three student contests: an elementary school poster contest, middle school photo contest, and high school video contest. Students were asked to create posters, take photos, and create a 30- to 45-second video around the theme, What's Super about Public Schools?Wesley Parks, a kindergartener at Seagrove Elementary School in Randolph County, took first place for the K-2 grade category of the student poster contest. Riley Welch, also a third grader at Seagrove Elementary, won first place for the Grades 3-5 category. Each student received a certificate, ribbon,and gift.NCSBA also held their second middle school photography contest. Breanna Hernandez, from Evergreen Elementary in Columbus County, won first place for her photo entitled "My Perspective." She received a certificate, ribbon, and a $50 Visa gift card. As it was a school day, a member of the winning student's board of education received the prizes for the poster and photo contests.The video teams placing first, second, and third attended the awards ceremony. Each group knew they had placed, but the order was not revealed until that night. The attendees that represented Nash Central High School were students Johnny Medlin, Dontae Mosely, Shannen Speer, Ethan Pardue, Principal Gail Powers and Instructor Jessica Horne.The submission from Nash Central High in Nash-Rocky Mount won the first place trophy and a $3,000 cash prize for their school. The second place winners were from Gates County High in Gates County; they received a trophy and a $2,000 cash prize for their school. In third place was the video from Columbus Career and College Academy in Columbus County, winning a trophy and a $1,000 cash prize for their school. In addition, ten videos received honorable mention. All finalist and honorable mention videos are available for viewing at:http://www.ncsba.org/videocontest or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bdEB0D8sIW8 NCSBA was established in 1937 as an advocate for public school education. Its mission is to provide leadership and services that enable local boards of education to govern effectively. ### Nash Rocky Mount Public Schools is an equal opportunity organization and employer  http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/257 Nash-Rocky Mount Board of Education Chair Wins Prestigious Award http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/257 Thursday, 20 November 2014 12:00:00 EST  Evelyn Bulluck of the Nash-Rocky Mount Board of Education is the 2014 recipient of the Raleigh Dingman award for Outstanding Boardsmanship. To receive this esteemed award, which is given annually by the North Carolina School Boards Association (NCSBA), a board member must be peer-nominated by their local school board. Thursday, 20 November 2014 12:00:00 EST Nash-Rocky Mount Board of Education Chair Wins Prestigious Award Evelyn Bulluck of the Nash-Rocky Mount Board of Education is the 2014 recipient of the Raleigh Dingman Award for Outstanding Boardsmanship. To receive this esteemed award, which is given annually by the North Carolina School Boards Association (NCSBA), a board member must be peer-nominated by their local school board."This board chair's dedication to public education is recognized both locally and nationally," remarked NCSBA Executive Director Ed Dunlap. Bulluck has served on her local board of education for five terms and is currently the board chair. She also served on NCSBA's Board of Directors in multiple positions, including president. She was recently featured in American School Board Journal for implementation of a system-wide boundary change and has been inducted into the Scholastic Hall of Fame for the Rocky Mount-Wilson Center for Alternative Education.The Raleigh Dingman Award is the highest honor bestowed on a North Carolina school board member. The award is named in honor of Dr. Raleigh Dingman, the association's first full-time executive director and was first presented at the 1981 annual conference. In 2002, legislation was passed by the North Carolina General Assembly that provides for the Raleigh Dingman Award winner to serve as an ex officio advisor to the State Board of Education and to attend meetings and participate in deliberations of the State Board. Bulluck will also serve in this capacity.In recognition of their outstanding service as board of education members, seven board members were selected for the honorary All-State School Board. These individuals have made significant contributions to their school systems during their tenure and were peer-nominated for the Raleigh Dingman Award or the School Board Member Leadership Award, which was won by Tim Morgan, Charlotte-Mecklenburg. All-State Board Members are: Leslie Byrum, Gates County; Heidi Carter, Durham Public Schools; Monte Herring, Columbus County; Michael Salanik, Roanoke Rapids Graded Schools; Beatrice Smith, Craven County; Tom Tate, Charlotte-Mecklenburg; and Chris Wilson, Camden County.NCSBA was established in 1937 as an advocate for public school education. Its mission is to provide leadership and services that enable local boards of education to govern effectively.###Nash Rocky Mount Public Schools is an equal opportunity organization and employer. http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/256 Superintendent Dr. Anthony Jackson Selected for ConnectED to the Future http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/256 Wednesday, 19 November 2014 12:00:00 EST  The White House and the U.S. Department of Education have selected Dr. Anthony Jackson,superintendent of the Nash-Rocky Mount Public School District, to participate in the November 19 ConnectED to the Future Convening at the White House in recognition of Superintendent Dr. Anthony Jackson's commitment to Future Ready schools. Wednesday, 19 November 2014 12:00:00 EST Superintendent Dr. Anthony Jackson Selected for ConnectED to the Future Convening Wednesday at White House to Pledge Commitment to #FutureReady SchoolsThe White House and the U.S. Department of Education have selected Dr. Anthony Jackson, superintendent of the Nash-Rocky Mount Public School District, to participate in the November 19 ConnectED to the Future Convening at the White House in recognition of Superintendent Dr. Anthony Jackson's commitment to Future Ready schools.Superintendent Jackson and more than 100 other exemplary district leaders from across the United States will be recognized for their leadership in helping transition their districts to digital learning. The convening will bring together leaders to share promising approaches for using technology to impact teaching and learning."School districts across the country are helping teachers harness the power of technology to create personal learning environments for all students," said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. "We want to make sure every child - whether he or she is in the inner-city, in a rural community or on a Native American reservation - has access to knowledge and the chance to learn 24 hours a day, seven days a week." The White House convening will be followed by 12 Future Ready Regional Summits designed to help districts create and implement district-wide action plans to fulfill their pledge to use technology to transform learning. The summits will be held over the next year and be open to all district leaders that sign the Future Ready Pledge. The U.S. Department of Education will release two new guides to help districts improve their technology infrastructure and refine their professional learning plans. "Future Ready highlights the critical role of district leaders in setting a vision and creating the environment where educators and students access the tools, content, and expertise necessary to thrive in a connected world," said Richard Culatta, director of the Department's Office ofEducational Technology.Future Ready superintendents demonstrate effective use of technology in the following ways: Fostering and leading a culture of collaboration and digital citizenship; Transitioning schools and families to high-speed connectivity; Empowering educators with professional learning opportunities; Accelerating progress toward universal access to quality devices; Providing access to quality digital content; Creating access, equity, and excellence - particularly in rural, remote, and low-income districts; Offering digital tools to students and families to help them prepare for success in college; Sharing best practices and mentoring other districts in the transition to digital learning. "Technology has the potential to transform education in America, allowing students to be more engaged, learn at their own pace, and to develop the knowledge and skills to be successful in the future," Culatta said. "And yet, fewer than 30 percent of classrooms have the broadband internet to support today's education technology needs."In June 2013, President Obama announced the ConnectED Initiative, setting a goal of connecting 99 percent of students to high-speed Internet within five years. Model schools and districts across the country are using technology to create personalized learning environments; technology will play an increasingly crucial role in the future.For more on the work of the Department's Office of Educational Technology, including resources for students, parents and educators, visit http://tech.ed.gov. #FutureReady http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/255 STEM Labs Announced at the State of our Schools Address and CTE Showcase Event http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/255 Thursday, 23 October 2014 12:00:00 EST  "We are looking forward to working with local businesses to ensure that the modules we implement are aligned to their business in an effort to expose our students to job opportunities in our local community," Thursday, 23 October 2014 12:00:00 EST STEM Labs Announced at the State of our Schools Address and CTE Showcase Event It was a standing room only crowd at the State of the Schools Address delivered by Superintendent Dr. Anthony Jackson. The event was held October 21 at Nash Community College in conjunction with the annual Career and Technical Education (CTE) Showcase for middle and high school students. New this year was a livestreaming feed that was posted on the district website and social media sources.Dr. Jackson reminded the crowd consisting of students, parents, staff, community and business partners of the district's accomplishments and challenges. He shared data and facts related to the system's six strategic priorities which is outlined in the digital Annual Report posted on the NRMPS website along with the PowerPoint presentation and video for those who were unable to attend. "The state of our schools is strong and improving" he assured the audience as our goal is to continue growing in every area!The State of the Schools Address concluded with a presentation from the Golden Leaf Foundation by Dan Gerlach, President, and Mark Sorrells, Senior Vice President. They presented a 'big check' in the amount of $200,000 to implement two Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) labs at Southern Nash Middle and Rocky Mount Middle Schools. Robin May, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction was very grateful for the partnership. "We are looking forward to working with local businesses to ensure that the modules we implement are aligned to their business in an effort to expose our students to job opportunities in our local community," said May. Over 900 participants and 100 presentations filled the Brown Auditorium for the annual CTE Showcase. This fun-filled event sets the stage for parents and students to investigate program areas within NRMPS Career and Technical Education, Nash Community College, and careers with our business/industry partners.New program area focuses are STEM and Advanced Manufacturing related careers. CTE has added Technology and Engineering Design classes to Rocky Mount Middle School and Southern Nash Middle School to elevate our students' success in STEM related fields. The new programs will work in conjunction with the Golden Leaf Grant recently awarded. Pam Lewis, Director of CTE, said she was pleased with the presentations. "The showcase was a success due to the Nash Community College collaborations and business and industry support," she stated. http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/252 Celebrating 21st Century Professionals 2014-15 Teacher of the Year, Principal of the Year http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/252 Monday, 22 September 2014 12:00:00 EST Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools (NRMPS) Teacher of the Year and Principal of the Year celebration was held on September 16 at 6 pm.   Monday, 22 September 2014 12:00:00 EST The Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools (NRMPS) Teacher of the Year and Principal of the Year celebration was held on September 16 at 6 pm. Nearly 150 individuals gathered at the Rose Hill Conference Center at Nathan Hall to learn the names of the newest honorees. Angie Dorovic, of Winstead Avenue Elementary School, was named the 2014-15 NRMPS Teacher of the Year, and Dr. Mark Cockrell, Principal of Southern Nash High School, was named the 2014-15 NRMPS Principal of the Year.Dorovic has 20 years of teaching experience and received her Bachelor's degree from Meredith College. She's a member of several organizations including the Professional Educators of North Carolina, the Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development and the Foreign Language Association of North Carolina. She currently serves as an English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher. "I feel truly honored, blessed, and humbled to be chosen as the Teacher of the Year from amongst people who inspire me every day. Teaching and taking care of "my kids" is what I feel called to do, and this recognition makes me want to do more to nurture their growth, spark their achievement, and to strive to live up to this amazing distinction," said Dorovic.The Middle and High School Teachers of the Year were Brandi Deans of Edwards Middle, and Kelsey Murray of Rocky Mount High.Each ‘Teacher of the Year' finalists received the prestigious Ben Craig Award from Tem Meyers, Market President of Wells Fargo Bank. This included a hand-carved crystal apple and a $1,000 award from Wells Fargo for use in their classrooms. The finalists also received a personal laptop courtesy of Hospira Corporation, presented by Plant Manager Marty Nealey. Dorovic walked away from the ceremony with a free one-year lease on a brand new, fully loaded 2014 Honda CR-V LX vehicle, courtesy of Davenport Honda, presented by Neill Nelson. The 2014 Honda CR-V LX, came fully-equipped with plenty of high-tech features.Principal Cockrell has over 27 years of teaching and administrative experience. He received his Bachelors, Masters, Education Specialist and Doctorate Degrees from East Carolina University. Cockrell has served as a teacher, assistant principal, and executive director of middle grades and secondary education. "I am honored to be selected as the POY for NRMS as we have a very talented and dedicated group of administrators throughout the district," said Cockrell.As Principal of the Year, Cockrell received a monetary gift from NRMPS, along with a personal laptop from Hospira.The finalists for the Principal of the Year title were Roderick Tillery, principal of Williford Elementary School, and Ann Mitchell, principal of Rocky Mount Middle School. They received a monetary gift from NRMPS. New to the celebration was the addition of Assistant Principal of the Year and First Year Teacher of the Year recognitions. For the first time, Krista Fasoli, Assistant Principal of Williford Elementary was named the Assistant Principal of the Year, while Catina Lynch of Red Oak Middle was a finalist.Necho Williams of D. S. Johnson Elementary School was named the NRMPS First Year Teacher of the Year. The finalists for First Year Teacher of the Year were Savannah Bales of Parker Middle School and Sydra Todd of Rocky Mount High School.Highlights from the evening included a solo performance by Deanna Gowland, a senior at Nash Central High School, entitled You Raise Me Up, remarks from the previous Teacher of the Year, Dana Williamson and remarks from the previous Principal of the Year, Gary Major. Community and business partners Hospira, Wells Fargo Bank, and Davenport Autopark made presentations during the ceremony. Discovery Ed and Texas Steakhouse & Saloon also made contributions to the honorees."We, your families, colleagues, supporters, and your entire community stand tall tonight to recognize, honor and celebrate YOU, first for who you are and most of all for your unwavering commitment to excellent teaching in the NRMPS System," said Jackson. Names and photographs of the NRMPS Principal and Teacher of the Year will be added to the NRMPS Teacher of the Year and Principal of the Year plaques located at the school system's administrative offices. These individuals and all honorees will also be recognized on a billboard located on Hwy 301, courtesy of Lamar Advertising.Congratulations to the 2014-15 Teachers of the Year for NRMPS:Bailey Elementary Brittney HaskinsS.C. Baskerville Elementary LaAlice HopkinsBenvenue Elementary Julie PridgenEnglewood Elementary Ashton Aycock Fairview Elementary Lindsay LeeM. B. Hubbard Elementary Melissa RobersonD. S. Johnson Elementary Stephanie FrinkMiddlesex Elementary Pamela MarshburnNashville Elementary Carrie MorningstarO.R. Pope Elementary Jamie ReamsRed Oak Elementary Kim GarnerSpring Hope Elementary Kristie ElderSwift Creek Elementary Lotoya BullockWilliford Elementary Terri MillsWinstead Avenue Elementary Angie DorovicEdwards Middle Brandi DeansParker Middle Cynthia GorhamRed Oak Middle Michelle GriffinRocky Mount Middle Sheronica SharpSouthern Nash Middle Joy EllingtonNash Central High Ray BeamNRM Early College High Carey DavisNorthern Nash High Mary KolesarRocky Mount High Kelsey MurraySouthern Nash High Sandra PopeTar River Academy Elizabeth Carlton http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/251 NRMPS Welcomes New Administrator http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/251 Wednesday, 10 September 2014 12:00:00 EST Joyce Grave-HintonAssistant Superintendent of Human Resource Wednesday, 10 September 2014 12:00:00 EST NRMPS Welcomes New Administrator http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/250 First Day of School a Success in NRMPS http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/250 Wednesday, 27 August 2014 12:00:00 EST  Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools welcomed back over 16,000 students. Senior administrators visited over a dozen schools across the district and were very pleased with the opening of schools Wednesday, 27 August 2014 12:00:00 EST As they stepped off the school bus, students at Parker Middle School were pleased to see the shiny floors and organized classrooms, but it was the handshake, warm smile, and pat on the back from Superintendent Dr. Anthony Jackson that made for a great first day of school. After greeting middle school students, Dr. Jackson jumped on bus128 to ride to school with kindergartner Nathan Parker, Jr., a decade long tradition he has carried out every year while superintendent. With Nathan's parents, Rondette Carr and Nathan Parker, Sr. patiently waiting at the bus stop, Dr. Jackson grabbed young Nathan's hand and off they went to Fairview Elementary School. Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools welcomed back over 16,000 students. Senior administrators visited over a dozen schools across the district and were very pleased with the opening of schools. As they entered classrooms, they watched motivated teachers and engaged students begin a new year. The hard work and dedication of students, parents, NRMPS staff and community partners was evident. Normal operational glitches occurred but overall, it was a smooth opening. "I believe this will be our best year ever," said Jackson. http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/249 Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools Holds Full Scale Critical Response Drill http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/249 Monday, 25 August 2014 12:00:00 EST        Monday, 25 August 2014 12:00:00 EST Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools (NRMPS) in partnership with Nash County Emergency Management, Medical Services and Sheriff's Office, Stanhope Fire Department, Bailey Rescue Department, Spring Hope, Middlesex, Nashville, Rocky Mount and Bailey Police Departments, and the North Carolina Highway Patrol, held a full scale active shooter exercise on Thursday, August 21, 2014 at Southern Nash Middle School. The purpose of the simulated exercise was to prepare NRMPS administrators, school staff, and various public safety agencies responses to an active shooter. In addition, the drill provided training to staff of their roles and responsibilities, and allowed the school system to test and evaluate the evacuation and reunification plan. NRMPS is one of only a handful of school systems in the state to have conducted a full-scale critical response drill that included student evacuation and reunification.Donna Dougherty, Director of School Safety stated, "Safety is our top priority. This exercise allowed our principals and assistant principals, as well as the staff of Southern Nash Middle School, to participate in a simulated emergency, and to go through the evacuation and reunification process. In addition to having an Emergency Operation Plan at each school, the administrators can now share with their staff what the actual processes and procedures look like." Dr. Eric Cunningham, Associate Superintendent of Administration and Operations for NRMPS, was in awe of the realism of the exercise. "Gone are the days of only fire drills. Now, we are practicing active shooter drills but preparedness is necessary to create an atmosphere of safe and orderly schools," said Cunningham. James Gorham, the Commissioner of Juvenile Justice, believes that schools are the safest place in our community. Gorham commented, "It was a great training exercise. We need to make our schools as safe as possible so learning can take place."During the evaluation process, Director Ben Matthews of Safe and Healthy School Support, applauded the participants. "My hat is off to Nash County and the professionals for a job well done," said Matthews.Superintendent Dr. Anthony Jackson echoed the sentiment by applauding the staff for their spirit. http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/248 Gruwell Leaves Educators Inspired at the 2014 Convocation for Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools. http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/248 Thursday, 21 August 2014 12:00:00 EST       Thursday, 21 August 2014 12:00:00 EST Educators wiped away tears as motivational speaker Erin Gruwell, educator and founder of the Freedom Writers Foundation, delivered an emotional message during the 2014 Convocation ceremony for Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools held Wednesday at Rocky Mount High School."I believe students deserve a second chance and your superintendent believes you should be deliberate and intentional in everything you do. That is a winning combination for students," said Gruwell. Gruwell is the author of the book and inspiration for the movie Freedom Writers. More than 1,700 teachers, administrators, support staff, school board members and community partners gathered to celebrate the beginning of a new school year. Bands and cheerleaders from high schools across the school district greeted faculty and staff upon their arrival on campus. Educators and staff from each school participated in a spirited roll call showing their school pride. Gary Major, Principal of the Year and Dana Williamson, Teacher of the Year inspired the crowd by reflecting on their educational journey. Soloist Angela Norfleet and a choir of students and faculty from throughout the district rendered a moving musical selection entitled "I Believe." Dr. Anthony Jackson, superintendent, introduced the theme for the year - "Believe It!" "We BELIEVE our schools are amazing places for students. We BELIEVE high student achievement is possible for EVERY student. We BELIEVE we can change our community and the world, by taking care of our students, engaging their parents and working collaboratively with all stakeholders. Belief starts in our mind and with our character - if we BELIEVE It....we will Act Like It," said Jackson. He also commented that we are one Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools family which led to applause throughout the gymnasium. Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools also thanked the generous sponsors of the 2014 Convocation including: STEP: Strategic Twin-Counties Educational Partnerships, Wellington Benefits, SSC Services for Education, Key Printing Inc., Greater Joy Church, Word Tabernacle Church and APQC Education.During the closing remarks by Superintendent Jackson, Dr. Cindy Bennett, Executive Director of the Strategic Twin Counties Educational Partnership (STEP), presented NRMPS with a $45,000.00 check for literacy. School board members were very grateful for the generous donation.After Convocation, Gruwell met with English Language Arts teachers during a luncheon sponsored by STEP to discuss effective teaching strategies to encourage writing. http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/246 Coach Michael Mosley Attains Designation of Certified Master Athletic Administrator http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/246 Monday, 04 August 2014 12:00:00 EST     Monday, 04 August 2014 12:00:00 EST Coach Michael Mosley, Athletic Director at Nash Central High School, successfully attained the designation of "Certified Master Athletic Administrator" (CMAA) through the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA). To earn this distinction, Coach Mosley had to demonstrate exemplary knowledge, contributions and on-going professional development in the field of interscholastic athletic administration. The voluntary certification process included a thorough evaluation of the candidate's educational background, experience, NIAAA Leadership Courses and professional contributions. Mosley was grateful for the certification. I am particularly thankful for the other coaches in our district because my written practical project was about a community project we all worked on," said Mosley. Mosley has joined an elite group of interscholastic athletic administrators nationwide. http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/247 Southern Nash High School Names New Head Varsity Baseball Coach http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/247 Monday, 04 August 2014 12:00:00 EST       Monday, 04 August 2014 12:00:00 EST Southern Nash High School has named Mr. Todd Brewer as their new Head Varsity Baseball Coach. Mr. Brewer is currently serving at Southern Nash High School as a Math Teacher, Assistant Varsity Baseball and Junior Varsity Basketball Coach. Coach Brewer is pleased to have the position. "I am thankful and excited about the opportunity to take over the baseball program at Southern Nash High School and look forward to taking on the challenges of playing in one of the top conferences in the state. Southern Nash has a very competitive baseball history and I am thankful that Dr. Cockrell, principal, and Coach Kennedy, Athletic Director, have the confidence in me to help continue that history. While being part of the program last year, I had the chance to get to know the players and be a part of an improved season," said Brewer. http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/245 You Did Not Quit! Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools (NRMPS) Celebrated First Summer Commencement http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/245 Thursday, 31 July 2014 12:00:00 EST      Thursday, 31 July 2014 12:00:00 EST A total of twenty students from Nash Central, Northern Nash and Rocky Mount High Schools marked the end of their high school careers Wednesday, July 31 during the first summer graduation ceremony held at the Black Box Theater at Rocky Mount High School. Principal Leondus Farrow, Jr. of Rocky Mount High School welcomed the guest and introduced school board members and NRMPS faculty. Leroy Hartsfield, retired NRMPS educator and Commencement speaker, shared words of wisdom with the graduates. "You did not quit! You chose to fix it! Your diploma carries the same weight as our other graduates," said Hartsfield. In closing, he encouraged the graduates to have a plan for tomorrow, dream big, look forward, and reflect often.Parents, educators, school board members, and administrators were on hand to applaud the graduates as they received their diplomas. http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/244 Rhythm and Writing http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/244 Wednesday, 30 July 2014 12:00:00 EST    Wednesday, 30 July 2014 12:00:00 EST Mandy Bailey, a music teacher at Nashville Elementary School, has written and published her first book entitled The Rhythm Ninja. The book, inspired by her students, creatively guides readers through values of notes and rests by describing a ninja who slashes rhythms. It started as an opportunity to share a story with her students. She told them about a ninja who went about the Land of Rhythm, slashing notes in half. The story continued to develop with a play on the music vocabulary students should know. At the end of the story, her students asked where they could get a copy of the book. Their encouraging words motivated her to write a book for children. Robin May, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction, finds the news very exciting. "You are to be commended for your leadership in music education. You have published a book centered on your content area, that is a tremendous accomplishment and one that we celebrate with you" said May. Bailey, a 17 year educator, was pleased to see a hard copy of her book and graciously provided a copy for Superintendent Dr. Anthony Jackson. "Helping students see the connections between music and the world around them is one of the keys to a successful program. It's all about connections," said Bailey. The Rhythm Ninja is currently available through Amazon.com, as well as Bailey. More information is forthcoming around the community for several Meet the Author Receptions planned by local Nashville businesses. http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/243 New Principals Named for Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/243 Friday, 27 June 2014 12:00:00 EST     Friday, 27 June 2014 12:00:00 EST Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools recently announced three new principals for the 2014-2015 school year during the Nash-Rocky Mount Board of Education Planning Retreat meeting held June 26 and 27.John Milliner-Williams, assistant principal at Rocky Mount High School, was named the new principal of Tar River Academy. "I am extremely pleased to have the opportunity and will focus on what I need to do to be successful," said Milliner-Williams. Milliner-Williams replaces Brian Hopkins who accepted a position outside of Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools. Mary Jones will serve as the new principal of Bailey Elementary School. Jones, the assistant principal at Northern Nash High School, is excited about her new position. "As the new principal of Bailey Elementary School, I look forward to becoming a part of the Bailey Elementary School family and serving our students," said Jones. Jones will replace Amy Thornton who left to pursue other opportunities. Sherri Wells will transition to the principal's position at Middlesex Elementary School currently serving as the assistant principal of Spring Hope Elementary School. When asked about her new role, Wells stated, "I am so excited to have the opportunity to join the Middlesex Elementary School team. I look forward to working with the students and staff and also getting to know the school community. I look forward to a great school year." Wells replaces Samantha Deans who has a new assignment in Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools.   http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/241 Nash County Commissioners and Nash-Rocky Mount Board of Education Reach Budget Agreement http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/241 Tuesday, 17 June 2014 12:00:00 EST     Tuesday, 17 June 2014 12:00:00 EST On June 16, 2014 the Nash County Board of Commissioners and the Nash-Rocky Mount Board of Education each unanimously agreed to enter into a three-year funding program for the School District's current expense and capital outlay appropriations. The plan will raise teacher supplements two percentage points for this coming fiscal year (FY14-15) and one percentage point for FY15-16 and one percentage point for FY16-17. Additional funding will also be made for capital outlay to further enhance school security and to address other capital outlay needs. The Chairpersons for both boards expressed their appreciation for the cooperation of their board members and the other board members in developing and supporting this agreement. Both the School Board and the Board of Commissioners feel this is a great day for the school system, its students, its teachers and the community it serves. http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/242 Tar River Academy Celebrates Third Commencement http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/242 Tuesday, 17 June 2014 12:00:00 EST   Tuesday, 17 June 2014 12:00:00 EST A total of fifty Tar River High School students marked the end of their high school careers Friday, June 13 during their graduation ceremony. Principal Brian Hopkins had to comment on how good his students looked decorated in their royal blue and white caps and gowns. "The relationships will be missed but not forgotten. We feel confident that you are prepared for your future. Make good choices and half the battle is won," said Hopkins. He then recognized Ahtiona Deshae Taybron as the valedictorian for the Class of 2014. Reflections were made by Sarraesheell Thomas, student of the Class of 2014. "Classmates, don't ever give up on yourself. I had challenges living in a group home but I never gave up. Now, I will be attending Mt. Olive University in the fall. This is our year and we deserve to shine," said Thomas. "She has soared and I am so proud of Sarraesheell," said Debra Battle, Assistant Principal of Tar River Academy. Parents, educators, school board members, and administrators were on hand to applaud the graduates as they received their diplomas. This marked the third commencement for Tar River Academy, since being established to provide students in a non-traditional high school setting with an opportunity to thrive in a smaller environment as they worked to complete their credits.The graduates chanted "2014" as the exited the auditorium. Superintendent Dr. Anthony Jackson enjoys sharing in the graduates' special moment. "As a system we congratulate the graduating Class of 2014. We are confident that they possess the necessary tools and are equipped to compete globally in their next areas of pursuit. We wish them well as they start their next journey," said Jackson. http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/240 Nashville Elementary Students Honored as Published Authors http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/240 Friday, 06 June 2014 12:00:00 EST    Friday, 06 June 2014 12:00:00 EST Talent, hard work and dedication are three essential elements to becoming a great writer. For nine Academically and Intellectually Gifted (AIG) students at Nashville Elementary, possessing those elements have helped them become published authors. Fourth graders Phoebe Atkins, Kylie Grace Billups, Taylor Godwin, Saran Knight, Jimmy Porter, Cannon Puckett, Sam Warren and Lily Grace Wells along with third grader Isaac Lewis, have each been selected to have their poems published in Creative Communication's poetry anthology, A Celebration of Poets. Janet Pridgen, AIG facilitator at Nashville Elementary, commended the students on their work ethic and achievement. "These students spent a month reading and writing poetry. As a culminating project they had to write different types of poems for the Poetry Café Menu. It took a lot of hard work on their part to complete this project, but they stuck with it, were dedicated to seeing it through and in the end, they exceeded expectations."Creative Communication holds poetry and essay contests three times a year for students in grades Kindergarten through High School, receiving thousands of entries from across the country, but only invites select poems to be published in their anthology. Invited authors are notified via mail with a postcard from Creative Communications."These students were so excited to receive the acceptance cards. They realized how much their hard work paid off when they made it into the anthology," said Pridgen. http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/239 Rocky Mount Middle School Seventh Graders Heart the World http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/239 Monday, 02 June 2014 12:00:00 EST     Monday, 02 June 2014 12:00:00 EST Thump, thump. Thump, thump. The rhythm of life is found in the sound of a heartbeat, and seventh graders in Mrs. Cynthia Carpenter's science class are making that sound a little easier for folks in needy countries around the world to hear.In collaboration with Engineering World Health, NC State University and through a Bright Ideas Grant from Wake Electric, Mrs. Carpenter's students are building heart monitors for people in places that cannot afford them. "Projects like this one help students gain an understanding that no matter how challenging your life may be, there is always a way to make changes for the better," said 37-year veteran teacher Cynthia Carpenter. "They gain insight through hands-on experience."The students echoed Carpenter's sentiment. Seventh graders Kevin Johnson and Ethan Perrin responded, "We're learning engineering, but we're also making tools that people in poorer countries can use. We're helping save lives." To prepare for building the monitors and the impact it could have, students read the book, Gifted Hands, by Dr. Ben Carson, then wrote a book of their own, entitled, Gifted Hands Make Gifted Minds. The book, completed in cooperation with the Language Arts department, is a collection of poems that allowed the students an outlet for emotional expression.As for the why of doing the project, Carpenter summed it up simply, "This project inspires our seventh graders to set goals and believe that anything is possible." http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/236 NASH-ROCKY MOUNT PUBLIC SCHOOLS RECOGNIZED HIGH STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT AT THE EVENING OF ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/236 Friday, 23 May 2014 12:00:00 EST    Friday, 23 May 2014 12:00:00 EST Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools recognized the top 10 percent of seniors at each of the high schools in our school system May 22 at the Gateway Convention Center. This was the third annual Evening of Academic Excellence banquet, and Dr. Anthony Jackson, Superintendent of Schools, congratulated the students on their numerous accomplishments."Excellence is an attitude of determination. You were determined to remain focused. You were determined to persevere which is why our scholarships total well over $6,000,000 thus far with more to come. Having an attitude of determination will enable you to continue on your course of excellence. Continue to make us proud," said Jackson.Claire Herminjard, CEO and Founder of Mindful Meats in Northern California, was the keynote speaker for the event. Herminjard graduated from Rocky Mount Senior High School in 2001, attended Duke University and pursued positions in the internet services before her current role with Mindful Meats. Herminjard was introduced by Rocky Mount High School senior Ashtyn Coates.Herminjard encouraged the students to think about the world they want to live in knowing they have the power to make a difference. "I'll leave you with the biggest truth I know in this world: we all have our own paths, but we are all in this world together. You will shape what our world looks like for future generations - so the time is now to begin your legacy," said Herminjard. After her speech, Herminjard was presented with the Alumni Distinguished Scholar Award by Superintendent Jackson. Each high school principal announced the names of 122 students who were recognized as the Superintendent's Distinguished Scholars, and they also shared the name of each student's most influential teacher. Students were presented with a trophy and certificate to commemorate the honor by Dr. Jackson and Board of Education Chair Evelyn Bulluck.Southern Nash High School choral students along with the band students from Rocky Mount High School provided entertainment during the event.The greater Nash-Rocky Mount community also demonstrated support for high student achievement. Among those attending were Nash-Rocky Mount Board of Education members, Nash County Commissioners, Nash Community College staff, Rocky Mount Area Chamber of Commerce staff, and a member of the House of Representatives.Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools also thanked the generous sponsors of the Evening of Academic Excellence, including, Communities in Schools of the Rocky Mount Region, Inc., Rocky Mount Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, STEP: Strategic Twin-Counties Educational Partnerships, Fellowship Church, Gateway Centre Hotel Complex and Convention Center, Mr. and Mrs. Sidney Haggins, Epsilon Sigma Chapter of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Nash Community College Student Government Association, North Carolina Sound, Oakley-Collier Architects, Valentine Law Firm and Word Tabernacle Church."This event is awesome and so inspiring for the students. I have never been in a community that supported its high schools like this," said Van Holt, a parent from Southern Nash High School who attended the ceremony. CLICK HERE TO VIEW PHOTOS http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/237 8th Annual Academy Awards Program http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/237 Friday, 23 May 2014 12:00:00 EST    Friday, 23 May 2014 12:00:00 EST Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools held its 8th Annual Academy Awards Program on Tuesday, May 20, 2014, in the Business and Industry Center at Nash Community College. The event recognizes excellence in students enrolled in the school systems' academy programs. The academy concept was introduced in 2004 as a school reform effort for Career and Technical Education (CTE). The academy concept is a national model and is comprised of three key components-small learning community, college-preparatory curriculum with a career theme, and partnerships with employers, community, and higher education. The capacity-crowd event recognized students from Nash Central, Northern Nash, Rocky Mount, and Southern Nash high schools. Students were honored for academic achievement, community service, professional development, and leadership. While several students were recognized for academic achievement in their academy classes, four students captured honors for achieving the highest grade point average (GPA) in their grade level. Receiving honors for highest GPA were: 9th grade, Kathryn Hill of Southern Nash High School with a GPA of 4.7188; 10th grade, Joshua Boyd of Southern Nash High with a GPA of 4.500; 11th grade, Zakiyah Henry of Nash Central High School with a GPA of 4.550; and 12th grade, Chandler Pierce of Northern Nash High Schools with a GPA of 4.7679. Chandler Pierce also received the highest overall grade point average for all academy students. All students are required to complete a minimum of 25 volunteer hours each year; however, many students consistently go "above and beyond" what is required. Twenty-three students were recognized for completing over 100 hours of volunteer service during the school year. Ashley Bryant from Rocky Mount High School received "Volunteer of the Year" for completing 500 hours of community service. Academy students collectively volunteered 12,421 hours during the 2013-14 academy school year.Other honors included recognition for the graduating seniors. Michael Parker of Nash Central High School, Quadeshia Batts of Northern Nash High School, Gilbert Hill of Rocky Mount High and Danielle Andelin of Southern Nash High School received the "Extra Effort Award" for his exceptional commitment to the academy program through academic achievement and participation in academy activities. CTE also recognized Nash Community College as the Business Partner of the Year for its contributions to improve the total educational process. Successful CTE programs are the result of cooperative efforts by key partners and post-secondary educational institutions. Nash Community College was thanked for understanding the importance of career and technical education. CTE appreciated Nash Community College's willingness to help create career and college ready students.For more information on the CTE Academy Program, contact Pamela Lewis, Director of Career and Technical Education. http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/238 NORTH CAROLINA COUNCIL ON ECONOMIC EDUCATION AWARDS BANQUET http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/238 Friday, 23 May 2014 12:00:00 EST    Friday, 23 May 2014 12:00:00 EST The North Carolina Council on Economic Education held its 8th Annual Awards Banquet on May 16, 2014 at the Sheraton Greensboro at Four Seasons. Out of 20,000 participants from across the State of North Carolina, only 200 students (1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners in all categories and competitions) were invited to attend the Awards Banquet. The following students from Nash Central High School attended the Awards Banquet and were recognized as First Place Winners in the Eastern Region Spring 2014 Stock Market Game: Joshua Bishop, Andrew Beal, Deja Pemberton, and Colton Swink.Congratulations to our Future Financial Advisors and their teacher Mr. Erich Brewer! http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/235 Northern Nash High School names new basketball coach http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/235 Thursday, 08 May 2014 12:00:00 EST    Thursday, 08 May 2014 12:00:00 EST Northern Nash High School has named Mr. Henry Drake as their new Boys Varsity Basketball Head Coach. Mr. Drake is currently serving at Northern Nash High School as a History Teacher and will begin his duties as the coach immediately. "We are excited about the future of Northern Nash High School Boys Varsity Basketball Team with Coach Drake as the leader," said Angela Miller, Director of Athletic Activities for Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools. Principal Chad Thompson echoed Miller's sentiment, "We were slow and deliberate with our interview process because we wanted to hire the best candidate for our students at Northern Nash High School. Coach Drake will bring some good things to our basketball program." Patricia Haggerty, Athletic Director for Northern Nash High School said, "We are very excited about the opportunity to have Henry Drake as our Boys Varsity Basketball Head Coach. We feel that he will bring a lot of positives to the program and look forward to seeing the program grow and develop under his leadership. http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/234 Southern Nash High School recognized as one of America’s best high schools http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/234 Thursday, 01 May 2014 12:00:00 EST   Thursday, 01 May 2014 12:00:00 EST After analyzing more than 31,200 public high schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, U.S. News and World Report recently awarded Southern Nash High School a bronze medal, recognizing the school as one of America's best high schools. Dr. Anthony Jackson, Superintendent of Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools said he was not completely surprised by the recognition. "Our teachers and staff do an incredible job, day in and day out. This recognition confirms what we in Nash-Rocky Mount have always known." Principal of SNHS, Dr. Mark Cockrell, echoed Jackson's sentiment when asked about his reaction to learning the news, "At first, I was surprised to learn we were being recognized at such a high level, but when I began to reflect on the high quality of instruction along with the integration of technology to our daily learning, the level of student engagement and the level of commitment from our staff, community and students, it became apparent that our entire community is deserving of this recognition."In order to be recognized, U.S. News and World Reports, in conjunction American Institutes for Research, evaluated the schools in three phases; including student performance on state-mandated assessments, education of minorities and economically disadvantaged students and participation in and performance on AP and IB exams. Scoring a 96.7 on the State Test Performance Index, a 4.9 on College Readiness Index and a 69 percent passing rate of those who took the AP exam, Southern Nash set itself apart from other schools examined. After seeing the scores, Jackson responded, "This recognition shows that our focus on rigor and relevant instruction is resulting in the high student achievement that we aim for in Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools. We congratulate Dr. Cockrell, the staff and students at Southern Nash High." http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/231 Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools named first place winner for 2014 Magna Awards http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/231 Monday, 21 April 2014 12:00:00 EST     Monday, 21 April 2014 12:00:00 EST Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools Board of Education is among a select group of school boards across the nation to earn a 2014 First Place Magna Award. The Magna Awards honor districts across the country for outstanding programs that advance student learning and encourage community involvement in schools. Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools received the 2014 Magna Award first place honor for the engagement and transparency throughout the district's recent Student Reassignment Process. The school district was one of only two districts in the state to receive this honor. The goal of the Student Reassignment Process was to ensure a smooth transition into new assignment boundaries for schools in order to better utilize the district's resources including facilities, transportation, and instructional materials. The Board's process proved critical in the successful development and execution of the NRMPS student reassignment boundaries.Nash-Rocky Mount Board of Education Board Chair Evelyn Bulluck said she was honored to learn that that the district received a first place honor in the award categories."NRMS is excited about receiving the American School Board Journals Magna Award for Best Practices for School Leaders Award," said Bulluck. "To be honored as a recipient of this award is a testament of the hard work and dedication of our superintendent, Dr. Anthony Jackson, and his staff. We commend Dr. Jackson and his staff for the hard work they do for all our children in this district."The 20th annual Magna Awards program is sponsored by the National School Boards Association's (NSBA) American School Board Journal (ASBJ) with the generous support of Sodexo. This year's three grand prize, 15 first place, and 15 honorable mention winners were selected from three enrollment categories: under 5,000 students, 5,000 to 20,000 students, and over 20,000 students. ASBJ initiated the Magna Awards in 1995 to recognize school boards for taking bold and innovative steps to improve their educational programs. An independent panel of school board members, administrators, and other educators selected the winners from nearly 300 submissions. The 2014 winners were highlighted in a special section in the March/April issue of ASBJ and were formally recognized on April 5, at the Best Practices for School Leaders Luncheon, which was part of NSBA's 74th Annual Conference. School board members Robert Bynum, Reginald Silver, and Superintendent Dr. Anthony Jackson attended the conference, and accepted the 2014 Magna Award on behalf of Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools. All school board members received a special Magna Award pin and the district's plaque during the school board meeting held April 7. In addition to a listing in the ASBJ special section, the districts' winning entries will be added to the Magna Awards' searchable best practices database. Both can be found at www.asbj.com/magna. http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/232 Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools celebrating decreased drop-out rate and improvement in reportable acts http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/232 Monday, 21 April 2014 12:00:00 EST    Monday, 21 April 2014 12:00:00 EST Earlier in the school year, Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools celebrated its highest graduation rate ever for the district. With the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction's release of Consolidated Data Report April 3, the school district can now also celebrate its lowest drop-out rate ever. According to the report, the Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools' rate dropped from 5.58 percent five years ago to 3.79 percent in 2012-13. Superintendent Dr. Anthony Jackson said the school district should celebrate the achievement, but he also acknowledged that having even one student drop-out of school is one too many. "A 3.79 percent drop-out rate shows that 97 percent of the students who come to our schools complete their education and graduate, even if they do not finish school on time, or in our school district. We believe the interventions and alternative instructional programs such as Tar River Academy, the HOPE Program, OIC Evening program, APEX credit recovery are having an impact on students choosing to stay the course and earn their diplomas. We remain committed to providing a pathway for all students to their future opportunities and career choices. It is essential that every student graduates from our schools prepared for the future." The state also released information about the number of reportable acts of violence for each NC school district during the 2012-13 school year. Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools had a rate of 5.56 acts committed per 1,000 students. This rate was the lowest number among school systems in the surrounding region, including Durham, Wake, Johnston, Edgecombe, Franklin, Halifax, Roanoke Rapids, Warren and Wilson school districts. Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools ranked fourth lowest among districts with similar enrollments (between 10,000 and 25,000 students).Jackson said initiatives such as the district's Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS) initiative, ‘Act Like It' campaign, and the MySafeSchool tipline are having a positive impact on reducing the number of incidents. He credited teachers and administrators for working collaboratively to creating safe school cultures that encourage students to report inappropriate and suspicious behavior without fear of consequence. "We continue to make various resources available to our students and their families, because we want to be informed when someone may be engaging in disruptive and potentially dangerous activities in our schools." said Jackson. "Our goal every day is to provide a safe and orderly learning environment for all students and staff." A full report on the consolidated data for all NC school districts is available online at http://www.dpi.state.nc.us/research/discipline/reports/. http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/230 High School students inducted into National Technical Honor Society http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/230 Wednesday, 09 April 2014 12:00:00 EST     Wednesday, 09 April 2014 12:00:00 EST The NRMPS Career Technical Education (CTE) department recently celebrated the accomplishments of seniors from Nash Central High School, Northern Nash High School, Rocky Mount High School and Southern Nash High School during the 2014 National Technical Honor Society induction held April 1 at the Nash Community College Brown Auditorium.Nearly 150 seniors were led through a candle-lighting ceremony by a select group of their peers and had their names called by their schools' principals as they received a certificate and pin from Pam Lewis, Director of Career and Technical Education and Superintendent Dr. Anthony Jackson. "Excellence in America's workforce begins with excellence in education," said Lewis. "We have to make sure we are preparing students to be career and college ready."In order to be named a member of the National Technical Honor Society, students must meet the following requirements:Be a senior, maintain a 3.0 or higher GPA, be a completer of a CTE cluster, have completed or be currently enrolled in at least a fifth CTE unit, maintain an average of 93 or higher in all CTE courses, have completed Common Core Math III, and have a recommendation from their CTE teacher. Parents cheered for students as they took the National Technical Honor society oath, and were conferred as members by their school administrators. Dr. Anthony Jackson also offered words of encouragement to the students. "You're making choices about the things that matter most to you," said Jackson. "Congratulations on this honor and taking this step. Congratulations on being able to identify something you can be passionate about for the rest of your lives." http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/229 Middle and high school students perform in All-District band concert http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/229 Friday, 28 March 2014 12:00:00 EST    Friday, 28 March 2014 12:00:00 EST Approximately 200 Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools middle and high school students came together March 25 for the annual All-County band performances at Minges Auditorium at Wesleyan College's Dunn Center. Michelle Matia, an 8th grade student at Rocky Mount Middle School, said she was excited to have participated in the concert. "This performance is important to me because it teaches us the importance of band," said Matia. "It shows we can work with other individuals and create a better sound when we are focused on the music. The most enjoyable part has been meeting new people and learning new music." Two guest conductors lead the talented young performers, practicing with the groups Monday night and throughout the day on Tuesday in preparation for the concert. Bryant Copeland, band director at New Bridge Middle School in Jacksonville, NC was the middle school guest clinician.Following the middle school performance, the high school students took the stage, led by guest clinician David Albert, director of bands emeritus at Leesville Road High School in Raleigh. Albert complimented the students on being one of the best prepared all county bands in the state. "If the caliber of their music is any indication of the caliber of their character, our region and our nation will be fortunate when these students grow up and become our leaders," said Albert. Music educators across the district were pleased with the enthusiasm of students as Rocky Mount Middle School band director James Boyce shared. "The 2014 NRMPS All-County Band Clinic was an outstanding opportunity for band students in our district to represent the excellence in our schools," said Boyce. "Clinicians Bryant Copeland and Dave Albert provided students a challenging and engaging 2-day clinic culminating in an impressive concert on Tuesday night. Year after year, we see students grow and develop into leaders as a result of their participation in All-County Band, and this year seemed to highlight the best of these experiences."Laura Parrott, coordinator of the fine arts for Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools, explained that the All-District performance demonstrates the school system's ongoing commitment to ensuring that the Arts programs continue to grow stronger, so that students continue to experience success. "March is Music in Our Schools Month," said Parrott. "Our district is extremely fortunate to have band directors who foster success in our students, not only as musicians, but as student leaders." A video of the All-County Band concert will soon be available for public viewing on the Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools website, www.nrms.k12.nc.us, as well as on the local Ed-TV cable channel. http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/228 Nash Central High School hosting health fair, blood drive Thursday http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/228 Friday, 28 March 2014 12:00:00 EST      Friday, 28 March 2014 12:00:00 EST Nash Central High School students and staff are sharing the ‘gift of life' in at two special events this week. March 27 marks the school's annual health fair, in conjunction with the school's annual American Red Cross Blood Drive. Principal Gail Powers said plans for this year's event started as early as August, after last year's event brought the two concepts together for the first time. "We are always seeking ways to involve our community." Powers said. "The health fair represents a great partnership between our Health Sciences department and our Earth and Environmental club. Everything they do is awesome, and I know Thursday's event will be no exception." Earth and Environmental club students have coordinated various activities for the health fair, which starts at 3:00 p.m. and runs until 6:00 p.m. in the school's main gym. Representatives from the local YMCA will lead Zumba and karate classes. Nashville Police Department officers will demonstrate how to properly dispose of old medications. Video fitness activities will also be provided, along with an obstacle course for children and adults. A soda demonstration will also provide attendees with information showing which soft drinks contain the highest volume of sugar. Healthy recipes and food samples will also be provided during the event. Students who are part of the Health Occupations Student Association (HOSA) will also be checking vitals such as blood pressure, height, weight and body mass index (BMI).Tori Thomas, a senior at Nash Central High and member of the environmental club, said the goal of the health fair is to encourage local residents to make better choices."We want to get people healthier," he said. "When you look at Nash County in general, it's an unhealthy area. We want people to know that it doesn't have to be a dramatic change at first, but they can change small things here and there to be healthy."Mary Lane, another senior, said part of healthy living having access to information. "We want to expose them," said Lane. "A lot of people are unaware of what they are putting into their bodies." The health fair also features a fundraiser to benefit St. Jude's Children's Hospital. Attendees can donate one dollar or more to have a handprint placed on a giving tree. Several of the booths in the school's gym will feature information about various forms of cancer. Rachel Owens, science instructor and environmental club advisor, said the health fair will also provide important information about long-term health issues. "We really want everyone to be thinking about the long-term impacts of daily decisions," said Owens. "It's important that we know what we're consuming, but also the toxins that we're exposed to on a daily basis."The school's annual American Red Cross Blood Drive coincides with the date of the health fair. From 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., students ages 16 and older, as well as staff and community members can give blood in the school's auxiliary gym. Glenda Davis, health sciences instructor at Nash Central High, coordinates the blood drive and said preparation for it takes a lot of work, but is well worth the labor. "It's a big endeavor, and we have been able to manage the blood drive with online registration," said Davis. "The blood drive is a great way to increase the community involvement at our school." The blood drive is open to the general public, and pre-registration for the drive is preferred. Anyone who is interested in giving blood can log-on to the American Red Cross website: redcrossblood.org and search for keyword ‘NCHS' to sign up to participate. For more information, please contact Nash Central High School, by calling 252-451-2860. http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/226 State Superintendent visits schools, congratulates educators http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/226 Thursday, 27 March 2014 05:00:00 EST    Thursday, 27 March 2014 05:00:00 EST State Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. June Atkinson recently visited Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools, and shared her thoughts on the district's efforts to advance digital learning. Atkinson had the opportunity to see firsthand how the school district's iConnect digital learning initiative impacts classroom instruction. Atkinson was joined by NRMPS Superintendent Dr. Anthony Jackson, School Board Chair Evelyn Bulluck, and several other administrators for her classroom tours. She first visited classrooms at Edwards Middle School, where students were using various applications to demonstrate their understanding of mathematical concepts. Atkinson had the opportunity to see sixth, seventh, and eighth graders all using their MacBook Air laptops in their math classes. In one class, students were demonstrating real-world examples of the Pythagorean theorem. Atkinson said she was impressed as students discussed with her ways they use the technology to help them master the math concepts."This just proves that there are so many great things happening in public schools that people don't even know." Atkinson said. "The students were engaged and working together collaboratively." Atkinson also ate lunch at Edwards and thanked the child nutrition staff for their work to provide students with nutritious meals. Upon leaving Edwards Middle, she made her way to Baskerville Elementary where she visited with students in every grade level. Atkinson spoke with teachers and students at the school about digital learning, as well as literacy. o culminate the day, Atkinson stopped by the NRMPS Teacher Resource Center, where the school district's ‘iInnovator' teachers were completing their professional development with the Friday Institute, made possible with the generous support of the Golden Leaf Foundation. This meeting was the final face-to face session on digital learning strategies provided through the Golden Leaf grant. The ‘iInnovator' teachers are responsible for redelivering the professional development in their school buildings, which they did on March 11. These teachers will also participate in sharing their learning with their colleagues at this year's Destination Transformation professional development event at the end of the school year. Atkinson saluted the teachers for their work and willingness to take risks."There can never be a place better than where two of three educators are gathered together," said Atkinson. "I just want to thank each of you for what you are doing. I feel so privileged to be among you, and I will tweet to publicize what you are doing as ‘iInnovators' in your schools." Photos of Atkinson's visit are available on www.facebook.com/nrmps http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/227 All County Elementary Chorus students perform, bond with peers http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/227 Thursday, 27 March 2014 12:00:00 EST   Thursday, 27 March 2014 12:00:00 EST Ninety-seven student vocalists took the stage March 18 in the Minges Auditorium at Wesleyan College's Dunn Center to present the Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools All-County Elementary Chorus Concert. Musical selections such as "Birdsong", "Step Into the Spotlight" "Suite of Verses," and "We Believe in Music" were part of the program, under the direction of guest conductor Patsy Gilliland, with Tar River Children's Chorus. Students auditioned at their individual schools several months ago and immediately began learning the music in preparation for the concert. This unique experience brought students from all over the district together for the first time early on the morning of the concert for an all-day practice session before taking the stage to perform later that evening. Laura Parrott, Fine Arts Coordinator for the school system, said the All County Elementary Chorus is designed to celebrate the importance of music and fine arts in bringing students together. "Prior to concert day, our students rehearse at their individual schools with their classmates," said Parrott "It's only after we arrive for the rehearsal on concert day that we begin to see their unity grow stronger as they become one voice. It's amazing to hear how well they perform as once, given they spend such little time together a full group."A video of the All-County Elementary Chorus concert will soon be available for public viewing on the Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools website, www.nrms.k12.nc.us, as well as on the local Ed-TV cable channel. http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/224 Southern Nash Middle School student wins local Spelling Bee http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/224 Monday, 24 March 2014 12:00:00 EST     Monday, 24 March 2014 12:00:00 EST Thursday's 2014 Advancement Spelling Bee, sponsored by Delta Center for Life Development, Inc. and Teacher Education Program of North Carolina Wesleyan College, presented a spirited competition that ended with Southern Nash Middle student Hailey Lancaster earning first place honors. Lancaster is a sixth grade student at Southern Nash Middle. Forty-three students from Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools, Rocky Mount Academy and Rocky Mount Prep took the stage at the Dunn Center, each seeking to advance to the national level, after claiming wins at their individual schools. After several rounds, it came down to Lancaster and two other students, Caleb Schrader, fifth grader at Nashville Elementary and Micah Kendrick, fifth grader at Swift Creek Elementary. In one of the last rounds of the evening, Lancaster was asked to correctly spell the word ‘mole.' Her spelling was determined incorrect, but the decision was appealed on the grounds of potential mispronunciation of the word. Based on the rules of the Spelling Bee, event coordinators determined that Lancaster should receive a new word, ‘crescendo.' Lancaster correctly spelled the word and was named 2014 Advancement Spelling Bee Champion. After the competition, Lancaster said she was happy to see her hard work pay off."My teacher, Ms. Ellington stayed after school with me, and my grandmother helped me study at home," said Lancaster. "I really haven't processed it. I knew how the word was spelled, but I just didn't want to psyche myself out."  As the first place winner, Lancaster was the recipient of an all-expense paid trip for the student and a parent to Washington, DC to participate in Scripps National Spelling Bee that will be televised on ESPN on May 29, 2014 at 8:00 p.m. The preliminaries will be televised on ESPN3 and ESPN2 during the week as well. Other prizes for Lancaster were provided through support by Merriam-Webster Dictionary, and Britannica Encyclopedia.The Delta Center for Life Development and the Teacher Education Program at NC Wesleyan College presented each participant with a certificate and medal at the end of the event. All three place winners were presented with a trophy. http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/223 Extended School Days set to begin March 24 http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/223 Friday, 21 March 2014 12:00:00 EST     Friday, 21 March 2014 12:00:00 EST Nash Rocky Mount Public Schools will start extended school days beginning Monday, March 24, to regain lost instructional time due to inclement weather. The extended days start Monday and run through May 23. Elementary and middle school students start End-of-Grade testing the week following May 23. Adjusted times for each school are based on grade level, to accommodate bus schedules. School Site Instructional HoursAll elementary schools 8:15-3:45All middle schools except Nash Central Middle 7:30-3:00Nash Central Middle School 7:20-2:50All high schools except Tar River Academy and Early College High 7:30-3:00 Tar River Academy 9:00-4:30Nash-Rocky Mount Early College High School 10:00-5:00More information about the extended school hours, as well as a detailed explanation is available on the Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools website, nrms.k12.nc.us. Students at traditional calendar schools will also attend school on April 21. http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/221 John Brown Jazz Band provides special music lesson for NRMPS students http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/221 Wednesday, 19 March 2014 12:00:00 EST     Wednesday, 19 March 2014 12:00:00 EST ‘More than just the Jazz standard' - the name given to a two-week jazz immersion for students at Nash Central Middle School and Nash Central High School who recently learned new techniques and strategies as they gear up for the spring performance season. The John Brown Jazz Band worked with students at both schools during the week of March 14, following a district-wide concert held for middle and high school students at Rocky Mount High School March 10. The professional band's involvement with Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools is the result of a grant administered through the North Carolina Arts Council based in Raleigh. John Brown, Director of the Jazz Program and Associate Professor of the Practice of Music at Duke University, said he was pleased by the level of enthusiasm shown by students at both schools. "It's always an inspiration to hear them share what they know, and to share with them what we know," said Brown. "Our goal is to supplement what they are already doing as they prepare for spring performances. We do not seek to introduce them to new music, as much as we want to help them become better at playing the music they already have." Nash Central Middle School eighth grade student Michael Walyko said he appreciated having the opportunity to listen for particular sounds, which he said helped him learn to better play his instrument. Walyko landed a solo part while playing with his classmates. "It's been helping us get better overall at everything," said Walyko. "I can definitely play more fluently and with consistency." Laura Parrott, Coordinator of Gifted Programs and Fine Arts, said the generous grant from the Arts Council provides a unique learning opportunity for the students participating. "Our vision was to expose our jazz ensembles at Nash Central High School and Nash Central Middle School to a greater world of jazz beyond their classroom, while continuing to build their musical talents. A complete music education should include exposure, integration, and knowledge - all which come together through this project," said Parrott. The culminating experience of the grant will be a joint concert given for the community that combines students from both jazz ensembles with members of the band. Nash Central High School band instructor Leo Nieves expressed his excitement with what students have learned so far, and the upcoming concert. "Having John Brown here with my jazz band was a wonderful experience," said Nieves. "The way he and his band members interacted with my students was phenomenal. They all discussed topics on the student's level and were able to help them with the playing of their music. The knowledge they shared about music, jazz history, and their personal experiences in life was very beneficial to our group. I cannot wait for our groups to combine between Nash Central High, Nash Central Middle, and John Brown's group. It should be a wonderful performance in May." http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/222 Congressman G. K. Butterfield visits with Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools students, parents and staff http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/222 Wednesday, 19 March 2014 12:00:00 EST     Wednesday, 19 March 2014 12:00:00 EST Congressman G.K. Butterfield visited Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools in Nashville Monday night to speak with a group of students, parents, teachers, administrators and school board members on how federal government policies are impacting public education. He spoke to the audience, about various topics including the budget process and sequestration, a ten-year plan to make cuts across all agencies and areas including education and defense. Butterfield estimated that $66 million has been lost in funding for Title I and Head Start across the country. Butterfield spoke candidly about the issue, stating that unless sequestration is repealed, an increase in federal funding for education should not be expected."We are crying out for a grand compromise and that grand compromise has yet to come," said Butterfield. "There's no greater effort we can make than to bring our schools into the 21st Century. We have to see a greater investment in our school systems across the state of North Carolina."Butterfield said that several members of Congress believe the federal government should the funding source of last resort."Pay attention and inform yourself about what is happening in Washington," said Butterfield. "We have lawmakers who sincerely believe that the federal government has no role in public education. Look at both sides of the debate and decide where you fit in. There's no greater cause than to educate our children." Superintendent Dr. Anthony Jackson said he appreciated Butterfield's willingness to come and speak to a diverse group students, parents and staff from across the school district."We want our stakeholders to understand how and why legislation is passed and how it impacts our students," said Jackson. "This ongoing dialogue that we are creating with lawmakers at the state, federal, and local level is critically important as we look to make the best decisions for children moving forward."Butterfield encouraged the audience members to "flood" lawmakers with phone calls, emails and other points of contact. School Board Chair Evelyn Bulluck echoed his sentiments in her closing remarks."Advocacy does work. I've seen it happen," said Bulluck. "We can stand up for our schools, and if we stand united, we can see the change we want for our schools and our community." http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/219 Local Students to compete in Advancement Spelling Bee March 20 http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/219 Monday, 17 March 2014 12:00:00 EST     Monday, 17 March 2014 12:00:00 EST March 20 promises to be an evening of spirited competition, when students from Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools, Rocky Mount Academy and Rocky Mount Prep take the stage at the Dunn Center at NC Wesleyan College to compete in the 2014 Advancement Spelling Bee, sponsored by Delta Center for Life Development, Inc. and Teacher Education Program of North Carolina Wesleyan College. The Advancement Spelling Bee is an annual event and students bring their best to the twin county competition. Students participating in the Spelling Bee are the winners and finalists of school-level Spelling Bees that were held earlier in the year. The event is free and open to the public. Board Chair Edith Penny said members of the planning committee are excited about the increased level of participation in this year's event. "We had no idea when we sent out the invitations to all of the Nash and Edgecombe, public, private, parochial, charter school and home-school associations that we would get this response," said Penny. "Last year, we only had three middle schools and this year, we have 22 schools with students ranging from 3rd grade to 8th grade. We are so excited and thrilled to be a co-host of this event. This year, North Carolina Wesleyan College's Teacher Education Program joined in with us to help bring this event to our community. It has been a great partnership and we look forward to future years."The student who wins this year's competition will be the recipient of an all-expense paid trip for the student and a parent to Washington, DC to participate in Scripps National Spelling Bee that will be televised on ESPN on May 29, 2014 at 8:00 p.m. The preliminaries will be televised on ESPN3 and ESPN2 during the week as well.Other prizes for the winner are provided through support by Merriam-Webster Dictionary, and Britannica Encyclopedia.Monica Barnes, Community Affairs and Program Scheduling Director of WTVD, ABC-11, will pronounce the words and several community members will serve as judges. A 20-year veteran of the broadcast industry, Barnes oversees all public service projects and community-related events in WTVD's 23-county viewing area. She said she is excited to be a partner in the competition. "ABC 11 is proud to be a part of the Advancement Spelling Bee," said Barnes. "This competition is a wonderful confidence builder for students and will undoubtedly be an exhilarating occasion for all."Forty-four total students from across the twin counties will compete. Dr. Anthony Jackson, Superintendent of Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools, said he hopes the community will come out to support the students."We always look forward to the Advancement Spelling Bee," said Jackson. "Our students have the opportunity to strengthen their vocabulary and improve their literacy skills as they study and prepare to participate in this event. The community is invited to come and celebrate the achievements of these students."The event begins at 7:00 p.m. Thursday night. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/220 Nash Central Middle Quiz Bowl team wins final competition http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/220 Monday, 17 March 2014 12:00:00 EST   Monday, 17 March 2014 12:00:00 EST Nash Central Middle School students recently netted the top honors at the middle school Quiz Bowl competition held March 12 at the Booker T. Theater in Rocky Mount. This was the second year in a row that students from the school won the competition. The Nash Central Middle School's Quiz Bowl team earned first place after achieving nine wins and a total of 955 points. Their team, coached by teacher Stephen Tobie, answered questions from all academic disciplines, as well as pop culture to achieve the victory."It has been great working with this group," said Tobie, "They have given a considerable amount of dedication to preparing for this, and they have worked so hard."Tobie described his team members as well-rounded and resilient students, balancing academic life with athletics and other extracurricular activities. The students spent many hours studying and preparing for the Quiz Bowl competitions. Working together as a team, they studied and learned information on various topics. Nash Central Middle School eighth grader Lauren Keel said she felt good about the competition because each team member had an awareness of the other team members' strengths. "I kind of knew what everyone knew," said Keel. "You have to have confidence in each other that they knew those questions and that they were going to be the first to answer those questions."Team members from Nash Central Middle School were: Zach Collier; Jared Duncan; Amaya Graham, alternate; Bryan Joyner; Lauren Keel; Brailey Lee; Trina Phan; Chance Puckett; Zach Richardson; Jerin Smith; Will Speight; Graham Teachey, alternate; Ben Tucker; Stephen Tucker; and Bailey Williams, alternate.Rocky Mount Middle School, coached by Angel Pope, earned a second place recognition with 725 points. Third place was awarded to Edwards Middle School, coached by Marcy Keener, finishing with a total of 690 points.Laura Parrott, Coordinator of Gifted Programs and Fine Arts, serves as event chair of the Quiz Bowl competition and said it provides a rigorous learning atmosphere for some of the school district's highest achieving students. "Competitions such as Quiz Bowl help facilitate a learning environment that offers a higher challenge not easily created in a single classroom," said Parrott. "To prepare for the event, students must study beyond their basic curriculum, including everything from Socrates to Greek mythology, award winning literature, the fine arts, and current events. Watching an event, you can observe the critical thinking skills students use when approaching questions, as well as the collaborative spirit they build with team members."Parker Middle, Red Oak Middle, and Southern Nash Middle also participated in the competition. The final standings combined scores from the semi-final battle held in December with points earned on March 12. Cumulative scores were used to determine the winners. http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/218 Twenty-Two NRMPS Schools recognized for PBIS http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/218 Wednesday, 12 March 2014 12:00:00 EST      Wednesday, 12 March 2014 12:00:00 EST Twenty-two NRMPS schools were recognized by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction for their implementation of Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS) programs. PBIS programs are a way to impact the learning environments in the schools in order to support high student performance and to reduce behavioral problems. PBIS has been implemented in NRMPS since the 2005-2006 School Year. Schools that applied for recognition were required to document an active PBIS team, administrator participation, an in-school coach, and submission of data requirements. There are three recognition levels: Green Ribbon, Model and Exemplar.The following schools were honored at the state-level PBIS Recognition and Training on February 26 in Raleigh. Those obtaining Green Ribbon Status were: G.R. Edwards Middle, Middlesex Elementary, O.R. Pope Elementary, Red Oak Elementary, Tar River Academy, Rocky Mount High, and Southern Nash High.Schools that obtained Model Status were: Bailey Elementary, Baskerville Elementary, Benvenue Elementary, Cedar Grove Elementary, Coopers Elementary, Englewood Elementary, Nashville Elementary, Spring Hope Elementary, Swift Creek Elementary, Winstead Elementary, Red Oak Middle, Southern Nash Middle and Nash Central High.Schools that obtained Exemplar Status were: M.B. Hubbard Elementary and Northern Nash High. Northern Nash High was the only high school ever in North Carolina to receive Exemplar Status two years in row. Rhonda Harrell, PBIS Coordinator for the school district, said she was pleased to see schools recognized for their efforts."The last several years, we've had a majority of our schools recognized for their PBIS efforts by the state. Even better is that we can see the real fruits of their labor-improved student achievement and decreases in discipline referrals." Harrell said. "We demonstrate that we are implementing the program with fidelity as evidenced by the gains we see both behaviorally and academically."Green Ribbon schools completed Module I team training and started PBIS implementation. They attained at least a Level I on the Implementation Inventory and 80% total score.Model schools completed all of the requirements for Green Ribbon Schools and completed Module 2 training. They have also achieved a Level 2 on the Implementation Inventory and 90% total score.Exemplar schools completed requirements for Green Ribbon and Model schools and have completed all three team training Modules. They scored a Level 3 or higher on the Implementation Inventory and a 95% total score. These schools also have at least 2 consecutive years of required behavioral, attendance, and academic data that shows improvement, and they have documented at least one additional data element that they are tracking as a team. The PBIS schools were recognized by the Nash-Rocky Mount Board of Education held March 6. http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/217 Southern Nash High School student creates online registration portal for NRMPS http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/217 Friday, 07 March 2014 12:00:00 EST   Friday, 07 March 2014 12:00:00 EST Southern Nash High School senior Blake Stoddard has made his mark on Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools. Stoddard built an online registration portal that Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools will use to register high school students for their classes, streamlining the district's high school registration process. He was recognized by the school board for his work in February, and over the next several weeks, the benefits of his labor will become more evident. Stoddard decided to create a website for the high school course catalogue to make it more user-friendly. Throughout his high school career, he experienced frustration with the course catalogue in PDF format. He saw a need and took it upon himself to see what he could to do help others. "I had always struggled with using the course catalog and trying to pick/register for my courses for the following year." Stoddard said. "I figured I would draw up a prototype and show it to my counselor to see her thoughts. She was thrilled with it and forwarded it to Ms. May at Central Office."Robin May, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction, was contacted by the school counselor to look at the design. May was very impressed with his work and the ease of using the website. "With Blake's website, a high school student can click on the course he or she is interested in and the description immediately comes into view - no more scrolling and searching for content," said May. After setting up the website, he worked many hours to transfer all of the data. He also spent time working closely with Jane Finch, Chief Technology Officer and the NRMPS technology team to transfer the site to the district's servers."From a technical standpoint, I ran into quite a few problems that left me with many late nights doing research in how I could overcome and fix them," said Stoddard. "Most of the technical issues that I ran into were not from requests for changes/additions from Central Office personnel, but from things that I wanted to add or change to make better."Dr. Anthony Jackson, Superintendent of Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools, referred to Stoddard's web portal as an exemplar of what happens when adults give students the freedom to explore, create and design."Blake's work proves that our students are developing skills that are necessary to thrive in a world that continues to change before us," said Jackson, "He took the intiative to problem-solve and develop a solution to a challenge. His creativity and willingness to investigate shows that when adults facilitate learning by providing students with the tools, resources, and instructional support, that great things can and will happen. Fear of the unknown did not hinder him from pursuing excellence and as a result, our students will benefit from his work for years to come." Stoddard's parents, Leslie and Seth Taylor, shared their excitement for his accomplishments. "Both me and my husband were both extremely impressed with his idea and told him to go for it!" said mother Leslie Taylor. "Blake has always had the will to innovate and make things better for not only him, but others as well. One thing we have always told him was that the worst thing that is going to happen is for someone to say "no". I hope that this serves as an influence to others to step outside of their comfort zone and don't be scared to approach adults with their ideas."Stoddard has been accepted by both the University of Maryland-College Park and North Carolina State University. He plans to attend North Carolina State University to major in Computer Science this fall. "Computer Science is primarily focused on software development and making the world better through that," he said. "I have worked with several NRMPS faculty members on various projects and different things that I wanted to try and do and all of them have been very willing to help with no issues. Without the faculty and staff of the schools within NRMPS that I have attended, I would not have the will to continue to innovate and I might not even be going to school for computer science in the fall. This project allowed me to experience the deadlines and requirements of working on a project in a professional and production environment." http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/216 Red Oak Middle claims top spot during NRMPS Battle of the Books competition http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/216 Thursday, 06 March 2014 12:00:00 EST    Thursday, 06 March 2014 12:00:00 EST Red Oak Middle School earned first place recognition at the Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools Battle of the Books during the competition held at the Nash Arts Building March 5. Students from all six middle schools were quizzed on characters, details, plots, settings, and quotes from the 26 novels required for this year's competition. Novels such as "To Kill a Mockingbird" (Harper Lee), "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn" (Betty Smith), and "The Land" (Mildred Taylor) were among the titles on the 2013-2014 list published by the North Carolina School Library Media Association. Red Oak Middle School, coached by Cori Burroughs, won the competition with 81 points followed by Edwards Middle School who placed second with 71 points. Third place was awarded to Southern Nash Middle School with 66 points. Nash Central Middle School had a close 65 points, followed by Rocky Mount Middle School and Parker Middle School. "I am so fortunate to have this incredible group of students to work with," said Cori Burroughs, Coach of Red Oak's Team. "They have worked hard preparing for today and we are excited to represent Nash-Rocky Mount at the regional competition.""Battle Of the Books is a wonderful program that enhances a love for reading," said Marcy Keener, one of the two coaches from Edwards Middle. "It is a pleasure to see the students develop into a group of young adults that sacrifice personal time to read and attend practices. With the support from their parents, students are motivated to read "one more book" and try their best in all that they do!" The North Carolina School Library Media Association (NCSLMA) releases the Battle of the Books List for the next school year each spring. Many of the students began reading selected books over the summer to get a head start before school began, according to several of the coaches. Once school started and team members were selected, students met in peer literary groups to discuss the books and build their understanding of each work. Inference skills and making connections between the stories and their personal lives to aid in remembering were part of their "study groups," as was memorizing all 26 titles and corresponding authors."To see the enthusiasm for reading the students bring to this competition each year is amazing," said Laura Parrott, Battle of the Books Coordinator. "Watching the students collaborate and encourage one another to become a united team is the true spirit of this competition. All students who participated should be commended for their commitment to reading." Red Oak Middle School's team will advance to the regional competition March 27 in Johnston County. http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/215 Superintendent appears as featured speaker during Future@Now Conference http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/215 Thursday, 27 February 2014 12:00:00 EST     Thursday, 27 February 2014 12:00:00 EST Dr. Anthony Jackson, superintendent of Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools, today joined educators nationwide for the second annual Future@Now: Roadmap to the Digital Transition, a forum focused on one of the most critical issues in education today - implementing effective, district-level digital transitions that prepare students for citizenship, college, and careers. The event was hosted by Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms, and held at Discovery Education's global headquarters in Silver Spring, Md.Dr. Jackson participated in a stimulating panel discussion titled "Developing Teacher Leaders," which explored the role that educators play in digital transitions and the key strategies for engaging them in the transition process. Additional panelists included Gene Carter, executive director and CEO, Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD); Ailene Altman Mitchell, principal, The Park Slope Education Complex; John Malloy, director of education, Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board; Marie Izquierdo, chief academic officer, Miami-Dade County Public Schools. Future@Now provided attendees a step-by-step, actionable roadmap for transforming teaching and learning through educational technology, dynamic digital content, and job-embedded, sustained professional development. Approximately 2,000 participants in 40 states and countries including Italy, China, Canada, New Zealand and Greece joined the live stream of the event. The forum explored a variety of important topics, such as planning a transition, creating a community and culture of change, developing teacher leaders, and integrating digital devices into the classroom. "It was an honor to participate in the Future@Now Conference," said Jackson. "In Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools, we have opened a wealth of digital resources to our students and are now in a position to share our strengths and opportunities with others. We continue to see great exemplars of 21st century learning in our classrooms. We also continue to be pleased with the professionalism of our educators as they grow daily in their knowledge and ability to facilitate meaningful and relevant experiences that both challenge and empower our students." Other featured speakers included Congressman George Miller (D-CA), sponsor of the Transforming Education through Technology Act and the Senior Democratic Member of the House Education and Workforce Committee, and Alberto Carvalho, winner of the 2014 AASA Superintendent of the Year Award. In addition, a variety of senior policy-makers, educators, business, association, and foundation leaders joined Future@Now to offer insight into how various community stakeholders can support the successful transition to digital learning environments.U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, as part of Discovery Education and the White House's "Of the People" webinar series, concluded the event by taking participants on a live visit to a digital classroom at Wheatley Education Campus in Washington, D.C. "Discovery Education would like to thank Dr. Jackson for participating in our second annual Future@Now," said Bill Goodwyn, CEO of Discovery Education. "We are thrilled to provide a forum for educators to learn best practices from those such as Dr. Jackson who have had success improving student outcomes through the use of technology. We hope participants left the event inspired and empowered to meaningfully impact teaching and learning in their school systems and communities." Future@Now: Roadmap to the Digital Transition was supported by AASA, The School Superintendents Association, Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD), Digital Promise, Everyone On, International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP),National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), National School Boards Association (NSBA) and Rogers.For more information on Future@Now and to view its archive online, visit http://www.discoveryeducation.com/futurenow2014.About Nash-Rocky Mount Public SchoolsNash-Rocky Mount Public Schools serves approximately 16,500 students. The district encompasses all of Nash County and portions of Edgecombe County, NC. Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools has 29 school sites including 17 elementary schools, 6 middle schools, 4 high schools, 1 early college high school and 1 alternative school. The NRMPS Vision Statement is "Preparing ALL students for bright & prosperous futures by deliberately and intentionally providing rigorous and relevant instruction in every classroom, every day." The NRMPS strategic plan has six clear priorities: High Student Achievement, Safe and Orderly Schools, 21st Century Professionals, 21st Century Tools, Effective and Efficient Use of Resources & Community Engagement. Learn more about NRMPS at www.nrms.k12.nc.us.About Discovery EducationDiscovery Education partners with districts, states and like-minded organizations around the world to transform teaching and learning with innovative content and services that support educators and accelerate academic achievement. With a presence in over half of all US schools and in 50 countries around the world, Discovery Education fuels educational transformation with award-winning multimedia content including digital textbooks, professional development, assessment tools, and the largest professional learning community of its kind. Powered by Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK), the number one nonfiction media company in the world, Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-based digital content for K-12 and community college instruction. Explore the future of education at www.discoveryeducation.com. http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/212 NRMPS boasts two Morehead-Cain scholarship finalists http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/212 Wednesday, 26 February 2014 12:00:00 EST    Wednesday, 26 February 2014 12:00:00 EST At first glance, Samuel Lilley and Isabel Marrero seem like your average high school students, but within moments it becomes obvious that these two students are anything but average. In fact, one quickly realizes exactly why they are in the top six percent of applicants vying for the coveted Morehead-Cain Scholarship to the University of North Carolina. These two young people are all-around remarkable.Marrero, a senior at Northern Nash High School, co-captains the tennis team, plays bassoon in the school's Wind Ensemble and in the Eastern District Band. She is also a member of the National Honor Society, co-founded and serves in the PBIS (Positive Behaviors Intervention and Support) Club at her school, tutors summer school students and ranks in the top five percent of graduating seniors at her school.Lilley, a senior at Rocky Mount High School, captains the soccer team, plays varsity baseball, is a member of the National Honor Society, Chairs the Youth Ducks Unlimited Rocky Mount Chapter, is an Eagle Scout, a member of the International Club, and like Marrero, ranks in the top five percent of graduating seniors at his school. One of the most amazing qualities of these two students is their humility, given their numerous accomplishments. "I think I am just extremely grateful," said Marrero, "The Morehead-Cain is a great platform that focuses on teaching you how to be a leader and to go into the world and make a difference and that is something I really want to build on." Lilley spoke on the difficulty of getting to this point, "I am excited because I worked very hard to get here."The Morehead-Cain Scholarship is a fully funded four-year merit scholarship program that includes a four-year summer enrichment program beginning the summer before the freshman year. Scholarship recipients receive full tuition, room and board, books, supplies and a laptop. Of more the 2,000 applicants, the top 125 students, which includes Marrero and Lilley, will attend Final Selection Weekend at UNC March 1-4 with about 55 scholarships awarded March 7. http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/213 NRMPS National Board Certified Teachers honored for renewing credentials http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/213 Wednesday, 26 February 2014 12:00:00 EST    Wednesday, 26 February 2014 12:00:00 EST Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools saluted eight educators for having renewed their National Board Certification Tuesday during a special breakfast ceremony held at Benvenue Country Club. Kim Bailey, Bailey Elementary; Kristen Coughter, Red Oak Elementary; Stacey Womble, Coopers Elementary; Carolyn Turner, Southern Nash High; Erik Harris, Northern Nash High; Marcy Keener, Edwards Middle; Leigh Ulrich, Winstead Avenue Elementary, and Janie MacIntyre, Fairview Elementary, all qualified for the ten-year renewal of their certifications.Kim Bailey, ESL teacher at Bailey Elementary School, said she first pursued National Board Certification because she wanted take her teaching to "the next level.""Initially, I sought certification because I'm passionate about teaching, and I wanted to take it to the next level, to grow personally and professionally." Bailey said. "It allowed me to increase the level of rigor in my instructional delivery and it strengthened my ability to help my students build the 21st century skills they need to be successful."National Board Certification (NBCT) is the highest credential in the teaching profession and the most rigorous performance-based assessment for teachers. Achieving National Board Certification takes educators between one and three years to complete. Educators awarded NBCT status have demonstrated in-depth knowledge of subject matter, teaching skills and a commitment to their profession. The assessment includes portfolios, student work samples and videotapes.Erik Harris, band instructor at Northern Nash High School, said the National Board Certified Teacher process provided him with opportunity to grow, which he encourages his students to do regularly. "I'm a student by nature; I like to be challenged and I found a lot of joy in the process and the rigor of it," said Harris. "It introduces teachers to a deeper approach, and it is a great catalyst to pursue a higher level of thinking as a teacher, so that your students benefit and grow in their learning as well."Every NRMPS National Board Certified Teacher receives a personalized door name plate indicating their achievement of National Board status and the year initial certification was awarded. Their names are also placed on a plaque in the NRMPS administrative office during the year they obtain their initial certification. National Board Certified Teachers who renew their certifications also receive NBCT paperweights commemorating their achievement.Janie MacIntyre, principal of Fairview Elementary School, who was recognized for obtaining her ten-year renewal, shared her advice for other educators who may be considering pursuit of the process. As an instructional leader, MacIntyre continues to see the benefits of having earned certification. "I would tell them it has been the best journey ever, in terms of learning about my own professional standards and growth," said MacIntyre. "To be able to reflect and think about strategies, and then to have documented evidence of how they are benefitting all children is tremendous. The journey of learning about yourself allows you to carefully reflect on your own practice."According to the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, North Carolina remains the national leader in the number of National Board Certified Teachers with 20,122. This year alone, North Carolina added 330 newly-credentialed teachers. Nationwide, North Carolina has nearly 20 percent of all National Board Certified Teachers. The educators who obtained their NCBT ten-year renewals will be recognized by the Nash-Rocky Mount Board of Education at the school board's regular meeting, March 6. http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/214 Climate Survey now open to NRMPS students, parents, and staff http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/214 Wednesday, 26 February 2014 12:00:00 EST     Wednesday, 26 February 2014 12:00:00 EST Click here for Survey link  Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools is inviting staff, teachers, students and parents to provide feedback about critical school issues such as academic preparation, student support, school operations, and safety, through a Climate Survey that launched February 26. This is the second year the district has launched a Climate Survey, which is being administered by independent technology and communications firm K12 Insight. Previously, the district has also reached out to stakeholders through a Capital Improvement Survey and a Student Reassignment Survey."Our partnership with K12 Insight has not only helped us better engage with our stakeholders, but it has also allowed us to collect valuable data that we are using to improve our schools," said Superintendent of Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools Dr. Anthony Jackson. "These ongoing outreach efforts allow us to hear the voice of the silent majority, and use the information we receive to cultivate learning environments that provide our learners with the best possible education."Teachers and staff will receive email invitations to participate, while middle and high school students will use their school-issued device and log-in with their student ID number to take the survey. Parents who have provided the district with their email addresses will also receive an email invitation to participate. Parents who do not receive an email can access the survey via the "Your Voice Counts" section on the district's website, or they may speak with school administrators for permission to use the computer lab or media center at their child's campus. Any parent without internet access may also request a paper survey by calling 252-459-5220. Because widespread participation and candid feedback are vital to the district's communication efforts, the survey will also be available in Spanish. In addition, all feedback is confidential, with responses anonymous to NRMPS staff. Survey reports will be delivered at the aggregate level only, with no individual data or identifying information in any report.Once the survey has closed on March 14, district leadership will share results, along with an explanation of how the data will be used to make improvements across the school district."Everyone in our community has a voice in our ongoing improvement efforts," Jackson said. "Working together, we will prepare every student for a bright and prosperous future."To access the survey via the district's "Your Voice Counts" page, please visit www.nrms.k12.nc.us/yourvoice. http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/211 NRMPS named only Green Ribbon School District in state http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/211 Friday, 21 February 2014 12:00:00 EST      Friday, 21 February 2014 12:00:00 EST Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools was recently awarded the Green Ribbon from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction's Safe and Healthy Schools Support Division and will now represent the state in national competition. NRMPS was the only school district to receive this designation in 2014. Exploris Middle School in Wake County was the school selected to also move forward to the national competition. U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan initiated the Green Ribbon Schools Award program in 2011 to honor schools that "exercise a comprehensive approach to creating ‘green' environments through reducing environmental impact, promoting health, and ensuring a high-quality environmental and outdoor education to prepare students with the 21st century skills and sustainability concepts needed in the growing global economy."Dr. Anthony Jackson, Superintendent of Nash Rocky Mount Public Schools, said he was pleased that the district's efforts are applauded by state officials."We are honored to be recognized by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction as a Green Ribbon School District." said Jackson. "Our Operations team is commended for their efforts to promote energy conservation, healthy learning environments, as well as the active formation of partnerships with students, staff, and community to encourage behaviors that are environmentally sound. Our school district will continue to see the academic and environmental benefits of these efforts for years to come."State Superintendent June Atkinson congratulated staff at Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools and Exploris Middle for being selected to represent North Carolina and wished them well in the national competition. "Science education and environmental education play an important role in ensuring students have a well-rounded education. Lessons learned in the classroom can have a positive impact on the ecological footprint we leave behind," she said.U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said, "Green Ribbon Schools demonstrate compelling examples of the ways schools can expand their coursework while also helping children build real world skill sets, cut school costs, and provide healthy learning environments."The Green Ribbon Schools Award is the first comprehensive federal policy for schools related to environment, health and education. It lays out a thoughtful vision for the nation's schools, sets a high bar for success, and raises the profile of individual green schools and the states that encourage them.National award recipients will be honored at a ceremony in Washington, D.C., in July. For more information on the Green Ribbon Schools Award program, please visit http://www2.ed.gov/programs/green-ribbon-schools/index.html. http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/210 Middle and High school students and parents invited to special High School Programs event http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/210 Tuesday, 18 February 2014 12:00:00 EST     Tuesday, 18 February 2014 12:00:00 EST For middle school students, registering for high school classes provides a rite of passage and a time of excitement, as they look forward to the many experiences high school will offer. Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools will host a special High School programs information event February 25, designed to provide rising 9th grade students and their parents a "first-hand" look at the various academic pathways and programs offered by the school district.The NRMPS High School Registration Kickoff will be February 25 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Nash Community College Brown Auditorium. During the event, students and parents will hear from Dr. Anthony Jackson, Superintendent of Nash-Rocky Mount Schools, as well as Dr. Bill Carver, President of Nash-Community College, before having the opportunity to attend breakout sessions that will highlight the following programs: o AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination)o CCP (Career and College Promise)o CTE/CTE Academies (Career and Technical Education)o ECHS (Early College High School)o IAM (Industrial and Advanced Manufacturing Academy)o IB (International Baccalaureate)Therman Flowers, Executive Director of Secondary Schools, said the event provides students and parents with everything they need to prepare for spring registration. "Parents will hear speakers discussing each of the curricula programs that students can choose from and will then rotate through three 20-minute break-out sessions about Early College, IB Academy, AVID, CTE, CCP, and other programs," Flowers said. "We want parents to keep in mind that these instructional choices will directly impact their child's high school years." Pam Lewis, Director of Career Technical Education (CTE), said attendees will have the opportunity to see how the CTE program will provide students with exposure to a variety of careers as they develop valuable skills. "The CTE program touches nearly 10,000 students in a total of eight program areas." Lewis said. "We offer seven CTE Academies, in addition to a host of other CTE course offerings. The two newest two academies, Industrial and Advanced Manufacturing and the Fire Training Academy started at the beginning of this school year. The Industrial and Advanced Manufacturing Academy represents a unique partnership between Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools, Nash Community College and the Cummins Rocky Mount Engine Plant, via the Career and College Promise Initiative. Students take courses through Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools and Nash Community College, and then have the opportunity to continue their education at East Carolina University. Scholarships and potential job prospects are additional benefits of the IAM Academy."For more information about the high school registration, parents are encouraged to visit the NRMPS website, www.nrms.k12.nc.us, and click on the ‘High School Registration' banner to view a video about special programs offered at the high school level. http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/209 NRMPS Superintendent to host Community Conversations http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/209 Tuesday, 11 February 2014 12:00:00 EST    Tuesday, 11 February 2014 12:00:00 EST Have a question or concern about Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools? Dr. Anthony Jackson, Superintendent, is inviting students, parents, staff, and community members to participate in a series of Community Conversations starting February 19. These meetings are open to the public and with a theme of "Let's Talk," they provide an opportunity for anyone who has questions or concerns about the school system to have them addressed. Sessions will be offered during the day and in the evening to accommodate different schedules. "I'm committed to providing opportunities for anyone in our community to come and speak with me about our schools," said Jackson. "I believe open dialogue is critical to our success, because we cannot do our work in isolation. I welcome everyone with concerns about our students and our schools to come and join in the conversation." The Community Conversations will be hosted at several locations across the school district, starting Wednesday February 19 at the Nash County Agricultural Center in Nashville from 11:00 a.m. to 12 noon. A second session will be hosted Monday February 24 at Englewood Baptist Church in Rocky Mount from 11:00 a.m. to 12 noon. A third session will be held Thursday February 27 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Opportunities Industrialization Center (OIC) in Rocky Mount. The final session will be held Monday March 10 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Ephesus Baptist Church in Bailey. Dr. Jackson will speak briefly about the major initiatives impacting the school district and will open the floor for discussion. Additional staff will be attending the meetings, to address specific program concerns.The event held February 19 at the Nash County Agricultural Center will also be live-streamed from the Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools district website, at the following web address: http://www.livestream.com/nrms.For more information about the Community Conversations, please visit the NRMPS website, www.nrms.k12.nc.us. http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/208 2014-15 and 2015-16 Draft Calendars posted for Public Review http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/208 Monday, 10 February 2014 12:00:00 EST    Monday, 10 February 2014 12:00:00 EST Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools has posted calendars for the next two school years for public review. The draft calendars for the 2014-15 and 2015-16 school years were presented to the Nash-Rocky Mount Board of Education February 3 for a 30-day study. Now, stakeholders have the opportunity to review the calendars and share any thoughts or suggestions through an online portal. "We know our parents and staff prefer to plan early, so we put two years of calendars before the school board." said Dr. Anthony Jackson, Superintendent. "This is a great opportunity for our students, parents and staff to provide us with feedback on the options. We ask that stakeholders be mindful that our flexibility is limited by the parameters of school calendar law."The state school calendar law requires that school districts start no earlier than the Monday closest to August 26 and end no later than the Friday closest to June 11. The few exceptions to this rule include, if a weather-related calendar waiver has been approved, or schools are classified as a year-round school, charter school or cooperative innovative high school. Nash-Rocky Mount Early College High School is only school in NRMPS that falls under one of the exceptions. School calendar law also determines the number of holidays and teacher workdays that are available each year. School districts are required to have a minimum of either 185 school days or 1025 hours of instruction.To access the draft calendars, a copy of the calendar law requirements, and the online portal to submit feedback, stakeholders are encouraged to visit the Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools website, http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/calendar-review-and-feedback. Feedback received will be considered before the school board's next scheduled meeting March 6. http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/207 NRMPS Capital Improvement Survey Results Now Available for Public View http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/207 Thursday, 06 February 2014 12:00:00 EST    Thursday, 06 February 2014 12:00:00 EST Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools is sharing the results of a Capital Improvement Plan Survey, which measured parent, staff and community views on how to maintain safe 21st century learning facilities for NRMPS students. The survey results are now available on the school district's website for public viewing.Designed and analyzed by independent technology and communications firm K12 Insight, the survey was conducted in December 2013 and obtained critical data that will help guide district improvement efforts."We wanted to provide all stakeholders with the opportunity to share their opinions, as we consider Capital Improvement Plan projects," said NRMPS Superintendent Dr. Anthony Jackson. "It's vital to collaborate not only on specific goals, but also on timelines for achieving them."A total of 1,063 people responded to the survey, comprised of employees, parents, community members, grandparents and graduates. Three-fourths of respondents rated NRMPS facilities as average or below average. Support for each Capital Improvement Plan project ranged from 55% to 90%, with the highest percentage of support for safety upgrades and the lowest percentage of support for replacing activity buses. More than half of respondents said seven out of nine proposed improvements should begin within six months or at some point in the next school year. These improvements would address electrical, security, safety, mechanical, bus, consolidation and renovation needs. The renovations listed in the first set of projects on the improvement plan are slated for Southern Nash Middle School and Edwards Middle School.The survey also asked about how district information is obtained. Fifty percent of participants said they receive most NRMPS information via email, and 76% prefer this source. While 70% said they receive information via the newspaper, only 17% prefer this method. "We are appreciative of every survey response and how the results will help inform our next steps," said Jackson. "Through continued, two-way dialogue with our stakeholders, we ensure that we make choices that support bright and prosperous futures for all NRMPS students."The school district will continue to share additional information about the Capital Improvement Plan with stakeholders as the school leadership evaluates next step. A copy of the Capital Improvement Plan as well as the survey results can be found on the NRMPS website: http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/capital-improvement-plan. http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/206 NRMPS schedules snow make-up time for missed school days http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/206 Tuesday, 04 February 2014 12:00:00 EST      Tuesday, 04 February 2014 12:00:00 EST Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools examined several options to make-up for missed school on January 22, and January 28-31. State law requires students to be in school 185 days or 1025 hours. "We appreciate the patience of our students, parents, and staff as we worked through this process," said Dr. Anthony Jackson, Superintendent of Schools. "Fortunately, our instructional day exceeds the minimum requirement by nearly 30 minutes per day, which provided us with the flexibility to protect Spring Break at this time." For traditional schools, Monday, February 17 will now be a regular student day..For Nash -Mount Early College High School, Friday May 23, will now be a regular student day. There will be a late arrival for NRMECHS students on this day. In the event that Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools closes for any additional days due to inclement weather, the make-up days will be designated as listed in the order provided below:Traditional SchoolsFor traditional schools, Monday April 21 will be first the make-up day, followed by Monday April 14, Tuesday April 15, Wednesday April 16 and Thursday April 17, in that order.Updated calendars can be downloaded from the Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools district website, www.nrms.k12.nc.us on the left navigation bar under "Calendars." Additional hard copies will not be printed. ### http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/205 Board of Education selects Michael Grover as District 7 Candidate http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/205 Monday, 27 January 2014 12:00:00 EST      Monday, 27 January 2014 12:00:00 EST The Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools Board of Education interviewed four candidates for the District 7 seat vacancy January 27. Michael Grover II, of Rocky Mount, was selected as the newest member of the Board. Other candidates were Latasha Sledge, Paul "Pete" Armstrong, and Paul Davis.Board members first voted by written ballot to narrow the field to two finalists, Grover and Sledge. Board attorney Rod Malone counted each of the ballots which confirmed Grover as the Board of Education appointee. He will serve through the November 2014 election and has the option to run for re-election if he chooses. Grover serves as the Director of Implementation of Strategic Initiatives for OptiCare Managed Vision in Rocky Mount. He has worked with Nash Community College, as well as Area Health Education Center. He has also served as a member of the North Carolina Wesleyan Board of Directors, the Nash Community College Business Technologies Advisory Board, and the Halifax Community College Dental Hygiene Advisory Board. He holds a bachelor's degree from North Carolina Wesleyan College, and a master's degree from East Carolina University. "School districts are constantly being asked to do more with less," said Grover. "We have to find ways to be more efficient and find resources. While I don't have any direct public school experience, I'm passionate about education. I have worked for a health education center and have taught community college level. I'm looking forward to helping the Board in the effort to help continue the forward progress of our growing and successful school system." Evelyn Bulluck, School Board Chair, said she was pleased with each of the four candidates and the unique qualifications of each individual. "I thought each of the four candidates brought a different perspective," said Bulluck. "They were all great candidates and any of them would have done a great job. The Board selected Mr. Grover, we are excited to welcome him to the Board and we are looking forward to working with him as our District 7 representative."Grover will be sworn-in on February 3 at the regular Board of Education meeting. http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/204 Tar River Academy Graduates Celebrate Special Night http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/204 Monday, 27 January 2014 12:00:00 EST     Monday, 27 January 2014 12:00:00 EST The turning of the tassel has a special meaning for all high school students, but for the 12 graduates at Tar River Academy, Friday's ceremony was more than the traditional transition into adulthood; it was a moment of exhilaration and joy, after finally earning their high school diploma, an accomplishment that may have at one time seemed impossible. Tar River Academy valedictorian Deedra Brown encouraged classmates to continue moving in a positive direction as they look forward to their college, career and/or military plans. "The best years of life begin when you leave high school and start following your dreams," said during her commencement address. Parents, educators, school board members, and administrators were on hand to applaud the graduates as they received their diplomas.Principal Brian Hopkins expressed how proud he was of what the mid-year graduates and other students have been accomplishing at the school."These students have displayed perseverance in wanting to accomplish a goal that they felt was unforeseen." Hopkins said. "They gravitated to our mission here at Tar River Academy and built self-esteem and determination to accomplish finishing high school."Part of the program's success rests on the availability for students to develop one-on-one relationships with faculty. Students at the school are paired with a faculty/administrator as a mentor to provide opportunities for them to discuss various topics such as grades, peer pressure, future goals, etc. Johkiem Ashley, another graduate, expressed how thankful he was for his experiences at the school, and how he now plans to attend community college and study Fire/EMS."I thought I would never see this day because of all the stuff I've gone through," Ashley said. "It's like a gift from God." http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/203 Schools to host Community Tech Tours on National Digital Learning Day http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/203 Friday, 17 January 2014 12:00:00 EST      Friday, 17 January 2014 12:00:00 EST February 5 marks National Digital Learning Day, and Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools is gearing up for a special series of Community Tech Tours that will provide the community with a first-hand look at how students are using technology in their classrooms.The Community Tech Tours will be hosted at eight sites: Bailey Elementary, Baskerville Elementary, Coopers Elementary, Spring Hope Elementary, Edwards Middle, Nash Central Middle, Southern Nash High and Nash-Rocky Mount Early College High. All schools will host the sessions from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on February 5 with the exception of Nash-Rocky Mount Early College. The NRM Early College tech tour will start at 2:00 p.m. and end at 4:00 p.m.Superintendent Dr. Anthony Jackson says the Community Tech Tours are designed to give parents, community members, and others who visit an opportunity to hear directly from students, teachers and parents on how technology is used in the classroom and beyond."We want everyone who attends these sessions to understand how technology is incorporated into lessons as a way to enhance the instructional process," said Jackson. "This is an opportunity to hear directly from students, parents, teachers and administrators. As we have said before, it's not about the devices, it's about the learning. Our presenters at each school will share the benefits and they will also speak openly about the challenges we have faced as we have expanded our digital footprint across the school district."Each Community Tech Tour will commence with a panel discussion that will give an overview of the iConnect digital learning initiative and other classroom technology. Students will discuss how learning has changed since the schools became 1:1 through iConnect. Parents will discuss changes they have seen in how students complete their assignments, as well as how they monitor student learning on the devices at home. Teachers who have participated in the "iInnovator" professional development through the Friday Institute will share how new strategies have transformed their teaching practices. Principals from each of the schools will discuss their day user plan for students who do not take devices home, and how the plan provides equitable access for all students. Robin May, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction, said administrators will also share how discipline and assessments have been impacted since the implementation of iConnect."Principals will share how they set clear expectations for appropriate device use," said May. "In addition, they share how discipline policies have changed to address digital learning. They will also share how the 1:1 initiative has impacted formative and benchmark assessments this year."Jane Finch, Chief Technology Officer, will participate in the panel discussion at all sites using Google Hangout to share information about Infrastructure and the Help Desk. This will provide attendees with a look at how the school system is working to provide a consistent network, along with additional support for students and staff. Dr. Jackson said he hopes the turnout for Community Tech Tours will be huge."We want as many people as possible to come into our schools and see what our students are creating, experiencing and discovering as they learn using these resources and tools," said Jackson. "This is an opportunity to have real conversations about digital learning, as we see it in action."Parents and community members who plan to attend are asked to register online for the Community Tech Tours. The registration can be completed at the following web address: https://docs.google.com/a/nrms.k12.nc.us/forms/d/1Y6fZYKIShKzLdJZL88Tzndj4GlnrC1SAzxMBOmhkYTI/viewformParticipants can also register online by visiting the NRMPS Website and scanning the QR Code on the electronic flyer. For more information about the Community Tech Tours, please visit www.nrms.k12.nc.us. http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/202 NRMPS hosting parent sessions to share reading strategies with parents http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/202 Thursday, 16 January 2014 12:00:00 EST      Thursday, 16 January 2014 12:00:00 EST Many parents know that reading with children and helping them practice to read is important, but they may wonder how to get started. Beginning Monday, January 13, Nash Rocky Mount Public Schools (NRMPS) will present a series of three parent resource sessions to help families learn practical research-based strategies to support their child's reading. NRMPS believes teaching children to read is a team effort. Each session will focus on strategies and hands-on activities parents can use to build strong reading skills with their children. The recent North Carolina Read to Achieve legislation aims to ensure that every student reads at or above grade level by the end of third grade and continues progress in reading proficiency so that he or she can read, comprehend, integrate, and apply complex texts needed for secondary education and career success."Read to Achieve is part of the Excellent Public Schools Act, which became law in 2012 and took effect this school year," said Melissa-Dancy Smith, Executive Director of Elementary Instruction. "Our goal has always been to ensure that parents are well-informed of how this impacts promotion and retention for third grade students."As a follow up to recent sessions held by NRMPS to explain the legislation, the Read to Achieve Parent Resource Sessions will also be held in different areas of the school district. Cathy Wittman, Director of Professional Development, said that each session will provide parents with practical strategies to help their children build critical reading skills."At each session, parents will learn one strategy that will support their child's skill development in each of the 5 components of reading," said Wittman. "The 5 components are: Phonemic Awareness (spoken words), Phonics, (written words), Fluency (smooth reader), Vocabulary (word power), and Comprehension (understanding what it means). Parents that attend all three sessions will have 15 "take home" activities to use in their role as a reading coach for their child. Together, we can build Ready Readers!"The Parent Resource Sessions are scheduled for January, February and March. Parents can chose from one of three locations: Teacher Resource Center, located at 800 N. Fairview Road, Rocky Mount, NC 27801; Coopers Elementary, located at 6833 NC Highway 58, Elm City, NC 27822 or Spring Hope Elementary, located at 401 McLean Street, Spring Hope, NC 27882. Session One is scheduled for January 13 at Coopers Elementary and Spring Hope Elementary from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. An additional Session One will be held at the Teacher Resource Center on January 16, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Session Two will be February 10 at Coopers Elementary and Spring Hope Elementary from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., and also earlier that day at the Teacher Resource Center from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Session Three will be held March 17, at Coopers Elementary and Spring Hope Elementary from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., as well as earlier that day at the Teacher Resource Center from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Parents are strongly encouraged to attend one session each month to gain a wealth of strategies to help their students with reading at home. Parents can attend any of the sessions at any of the locations. For more information on Read to Achieve, including a list of Frequently Asked Questions, parents are encouraged to visit the Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools website, www.nrms.k12.nc.us, and click ‘Read to Achieve' on the district homepage. http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/199 Parents of rising 9th graders invited to special High School Registration Kickoff event http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/199 Wednesday, 15 January 2014 12:00:00 EST    Wednesday, 15 January 2014 12:00:00 EST For middle school students, registering for high school classes provides a rite of passage and a time of excitement, as they look forward to the many experiences high school will offer. Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools will host a special High School Registration Kickoff January 21, designed to provide rising 9th grade students and their parents a "first-hand" look at the various academic pathways and programs offered by the school district.The NRMPS High School Registration Kickoff will be held January 21 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Nash Community College Brown Auditorium. During the event, students and parents will hear from Dr. Anthony Jackson, Superintendent of Nash-Rocky Mount Schools, as well as Dr. Bill Carver, President of Nash-Community College, before having the opportunity to attend breakout sessions that will highlight the following programs: AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination)CCP (Career and College Promise) CTE/CTE Academies (Career and Technical Education)ECHS (Early College High School)IAM (Industrial and Advanced Manufacturing Academy)IB (International Baccalaureate)Therman Flowers, Executive Director of Secondary Schools, said the event provides students and parents with everything they need to prepare for spring registration. "Parents will hear speakers discussing each of the curricula pathways that students can choose from and will then rotate through three 20-minute break-out sessions about Early College, IB Academy, AVID and other programs," Flowers said. "We want parents to keep in mind that the way in which instruction is delivered will directly impact their child's high school years." Pam Lewis, Director of Career Technical Education (CTE), said attendees will have the opportunity to see how the CTE program will provide students with exposure to a variety of careers as they develop valuable skills. "The CTE program touches nearly 10,000 students in a total of eight program areas." Lewis said. "We offer eight CTE Academies, in addition to a host of other CTE course offerings. The two newest two academies, Industrial and Advanced Manufacturing and the Fire Training Academy started at the beginning of this school year. The Industrial and Advanced Manufacturing Academy represents a unique partnership between Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools, Nash Community College and the Cummins Rocky Mount Engine Plant, via the Career and College Promise Initiative. Students take courses through Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools and Nash Community College, and then have the opportunity to continue their education at East Carolina University. Scholarships and potential job prospects are additional benefits of the IAM Academy."For more information about the high school registration, parents are encouraged to visit the NRMPS website, www.nrms.k12.nc.us, and click on the ‘High School Registration' banner to view a video about special programs offered at the high school level. http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/200 Englewood Elementary School students evacuate school after gas line rupture, cleared to return to campus http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/200 Wednesday, 15 January 2014 12:00:00 EST     Wednesday, 15 January 2014 12:00:00 EST Englewood Elementary School students evacuated the school Wednesday morning, as a precaution, after a gas line rupture on the school's campus. The students were safely moved from the school to Englewood Presbyterian Church. Fire officials repaired the line, inspected the building, and cleared it students and staff to return to the school. Administrators and staff have moved the students back to the school building. Parents received a phone notification message to inform them of these details. http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/201 School Board seeks candidates for District 7 Vacancy Interviews set for January 27 http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/201 Wednesday, 15 January 2014 12:00:00 EST    Wednesday, 15 January 2014 12:00:00 EST The Nash-Rocky Mount Board of Education recently announced a vacancy after Robert Jenkins, who had served on the Board for 18 years, announced at the January meeting that he would be stepping down, effective January 17. In his time on the Board, Jenkins served on a number of leadership committees He also held the position of vice-chair and chairman of the Board during his time of service. He will be honored for his service at the February Board Meeting. Individuals residing in District 7 who are interested in serving on the Board of Education are invited to submit a letter to the Board. Candidates should express their interest and describe their reasons for desiring to serve. The unexpired term runs through the first Monday of December 2016. Letters of interest should be addressed to the attention of the Superintendent at the following address: Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools, 930 Eastern Avenue Nashville, NC 27856. The Board of Education will accept letters up through the close of business on January 21, 2014. On January 22, Board of Education members will review information submitted by potential candidates, and may host a called meeting (if more than three candidates apply) to narrow the candidates down to three. On January 27, the school board members will hold a called meeting to conduct interviews of the candidates, and select the newest member of the Board. The newly-selected board member will be sworn-in and seated at school board's regular meeting on February 3. http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/198 Nash Central High School art students paint mural for Railroad Museum holiday display http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/198 Thursday, 19 December 2013 12:00:00 EST     Thursday, 19 December 2013 12:00:00 EST Nash Central High School (NCHS) Art Club students recently created a mural for the Rocky Mount Railroad Museum that will be on display at Golden East Mall in Rocky Mount throughout the holiday season. The Rocky Mount Railroad Museum originated as an idea in 2009 and materialized into a non-profit reality in December 2010. The museum defines its Mission as a resolution:• To preserve the historic and economic impact of the railroad industry on the development of Rocky Mount.• To provide an entertaining and educational experience of railroading through model railroad layouts.• To honor and recognize local citizens who worked in the railroad industry.The Rocky Mount Railroad Museum president, Joyce Edwards Dantzler, said over the past three years, the museum has endeavored to accomplish these ideals with great zeal. "The museum members realize that creating a museum from dreams and principles is an undertaking that requires a community of idealistic train enthusiasts, hobbyists, railroad industry workers, financiers, local railroad historians, and visionaries," said Dantzler.All of the above reasons compelled the museum to approach John Gay, Art Teacher at NCHS, and his Art Club members, Zach Tyner, Hannah Sasser, Grayson Harris, JeTijah Smith, Dillon Parker, Alyssa Sullivan, Cortney Morley, and Kristen Narron, for a special project.The museum desired to have a mural painted to accompany The Rocky Mount Railroad Museum Christmas Display. The display is located at The Golden East Mall in Rocky Mount during the month of December. Dantzler first mentioned the idea of the mural to NCHS Principal, Gail Powers. "Mrs. Powers also thought that the mural was an excellent idea and suggested that we reach out to Mr. Gay and the art students." said Dantzler. "Fortunately for the museum, Mr. Gay was immediately receptive to the idea, as were his art club members." The beautiful mural that The Rocky Mount Railroad Museum will display during the Christmas Holidays and on other occasions will be commemorative to the fine student artists who donated their time and talents, and most importantly to Tony Howe. Howe is the artist whose print was graciously provided to the museum for inspiration. The mural rendering done by the NCHS student artists depicts the beauty of the Atlantic Coast Line Champion E7 1951 Florida Print along with the renovated Rocky Mount Train Station and platform shelter.Dantzler said she hopes those who visit the shopping mall during the holiday season will take a moment to stop and appreciate the mural."Everyone will enjoy gazing at this magnificent creation and will envision themselves riding away on The Champion in a tranquil state of mind to the exotic places of their dreams," said Dantzler. All Aboard!"The Golden East Mall will feature the mural and display through December 31. http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/196 Hopkins named new Principal at Hubbard Elementary http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/196 Tuesday, 17 December 2013 12:00:00 EST      Tuesday, 17 December 2013 12:00:00 EST Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools recently announced that Darsheka (Tiffany) Hopkins will be the new principal of Hubbard Elementary School. Sheila Wallace, formerly the principal at Hubbard, was named the new Director of Federal Programs for the school district in November.Tiffany Hopkins has eleven years of experience in public education. She started her career as an elementary school teacher in various grades ranging from kindergarten to fourth grade. She has worked in Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools for the past ten years. In her time with NRMPS, she has served as a teacher at Pope Elementary school, Assistant Principal at Benvenue Elementary and Assistant Principal at Englewood Elementary.She said she is enthusiastic about the opportunity to work with students, staff and families in the Hubbard Elementary School community. "I am excited to have the opportunity to serve Hubbard school as it continues to provide a nurturing, rigorous learning environment," said Hopkins. "I look forward to building relationships with the staff, students, parents, and community while working together to promote high expectations, good character, and academic success for all learners." Hopkins holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Winston Salem State University, a Master of Arts degree in Curriculum & Instruction and a Master of Arts degree in Administration & Supervision from the University of Phoenix. http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/197 Donorschoo​se program provides unique learning opportunit​ies for students http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/197 Tuesday, 17 December 2013 12:00:00 EST    Tuesday, 17 December 2013 12:00:00 EST Three hundred and fifty funded grants, Sixty-seven motivated teachers, and Twenty-two schools. Thousands of students in the Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools district have benefited from materials and opportunities from grants funded through Donorschoose.org.Donorschoose.org is an on-line charity founded by a public school teacher to support public school students. Public school teachers can write grant proposals and submit them to the website. Once posted, citizens choose which grant(s) that they want to support, and then make donations to fund the grant(s). By combining the efforts of many people through the website, teachers have a better chance of receiving the materials they need for special projects.In Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools, twenty-two schools have received funding. Teachers have requested a wide variety of items for all grade levels, subjects and activities; Books, field trip expenses, computers, iPads, art supplies, musical instruments, lab equipment, classroom furniture, athletic equipment, printers, and cameras are examples of materials that teachers have obtained through the Donorschoose grants.Joan Vick, music teacher at Baskerville Elementary and OR Pope Elementary had her first grant funded this fall. "Because of the Donorschoose program, three Tubano drums have been purchased for the students at Baskerville and Pope," said Vick. "Two of them were funded by the grant and one was a gift from a friend that wanted to purchase one after being made aware of the need. There is a new level of enthusiasm in my music classes and the students are really enjoying learning to play the drum. Students are now saying things like "Are we playing the drums today?" when they come to music class. When I answer with "Yes!" they give me a hug. I would encourage teachers to write grants for items they may need in their classrooms."All grants have a structured process of completion, accountability and documentation. Teachers never handle the funding; all materials and services are purchased and delivered directly to the classroom by Donorschoose. Teachers must document how they used the materials with their students by posting pictures to the Donorschoose website. Students and teachers write Thank You notes to the donors in a specified time frame. Donors get feedback in a visual and written format about how their donations contributed to student learning.Rocky Mount High School has nine teachers who have received over a hundred funded grants and Winstead Avenue Elementary has thirteen teachers actively writing grants, leading the way in Nash County. Lindsey Murray, teacher at Winstead Elementary School is also supportive of the Donorschoose program. "I love Donorschoose and I think it's amazing, said Murray. She used her grant funds to purchase books for a special reading area in her classroom. Grants have been funded for Bailey Elementary, Hubbard Elementary, Cedar Grove Elementary, Red Oak Elementary, Middlesex Elementary, O R Pope Elementary, Fairview Elementary, Benvenue Elementary, Tar River Academy, Spring Hope Elementary, Williford Elementary, Coopers Elementary, Baskerville Elementary, Nashville Elementary, Parker Middle School, Nash Central Middle School, Edwards Middle School, Southern Nash Middle School, Nash Central High School and Northern Nash High School.Paisley Cloyd, art teacher at Rocky Mount High said Donorchoose has played a major role in several experiences for her students over the past several years. "The success opportunities provided by Donorschoose grants have enhanced my classroom possibilities for ten years," said Cloyd. "My latest grant will take our Art Club to the Museum of Art in Raleigh again this year. My Donorschoose homepage documents that my grants have reached over six thousand students." Parents and community members are encouraged to the visit Donorchoose website at www.donorschoose.org to learn more about how they can support classroom projects in NRMPS. http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/195 Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools nets awards during annual school board conference http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/195 Friday, 22 November 2013 12:00:00 EST     Friday, 22 November 2013 12:00:00 EST Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools received numerous honors during the North Carolina School Board Associations annual conference held at the Joseph S. Koury Convention Center in Greensboro November 18-20. The Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools Honors Band & Dance Ensemble performed during one of the conference's general sessions. Students from Nash Central High, Northern Nash High, Rocky Mount High and Southern Nash High participated in the performance. The students performed three works in a medley of music from Africa, Ireland, and Latin America.Members of the Nash-Rocky Mount Board of Education were recognized November 19 during the conference's annual awards ceremony. Evelyn Bulluck, Board Chair was named to the All-State School Board. Those recognized received nomination from their school board as a candidate for the Raleigh Dingman or School Board Member Leadership Award. Bulluck will serve on the association's Board Development committee.Other Board members receiving recognition included: Ann Edge and William Sharpe, for Certificates of Merit; Jon Hardy and Reginald Silver, each for Certificates of Achievement; Robert Jenkins for a Certificate of Advanced Achievement, and Evelyn Bulluck and Robert Bynum each for Diplomas of Honor. These individual level recognitions are given to Board members based on the number of hours of training completed during the 2012-13 academy year. As a group, the Nash-Rocky Mount Board of Education was recognized for achieving Level II Master Board Training. The NCSBA Master Board program emphasizes team building, conflict resolution, goal setting, communication, change management, ethics, problem-solving, decision-making and evaluation. The program, which represents a joint project of the NCSBA and the School of Government at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, responds to the desire of the school district's leadership team to train as a unit and address the board issues that pertain to the individual school system.School board members Evelyn Bulluck, Brenda Brown, Robert Bynum, Doneva Chavis-Battle, Anne Edge, William Sharpe, Franklin Lamm, Reginald Silver, and Jon Hardy, were on hand to accept the award, along with Dr. Anthony Jackson, Superintendent.Dr. Jackson was also honored as one of eight finalists for the State Superintendent of the Year Title during the awards ceremony. Administrators from Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools also gave two presentations at the conference, "Putting the Public Back in School Public Relations," and "iConnect: Preparing Students to be Globally Competitive through 21st Century Tools." http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/194 NRMPS test scores provide baseline for new accountability standards; Seven schools make growth http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/194 Thursday, 07 November 2013 12:00:00 EST    Thursday, 07 November 2013 12:00:00 EST 2012-13 Test scores for Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools and other school districts across the state were approved by the State Board of Education November 7. Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools had 32.5 percent of students make proficiency on the assessments administered last year, tests that were modified in all subject areas to match the higher levels of rigor in the Common Core and NC Essential Standards Curriculum. Seven of the district's schools met growth and one exceeded expected growth under the new accountability standards. Bailey Elementary, Baskerville Elementary, Englewood Elementary, Middlesex Elementary, OR Pope Elementary, Red Oak Middle, and Williford Elementary all met expected growth. Williford Elementary exceeded expected growth. Superintendent Dr. Anthony Jackson said he was pleased to see the number of schools that made growth, despite the tougher standards."We continue to emphasize the importance of our growth data, during this critical transition year for our students and educators," said Jackson. "Historical data clearly shows that when assessments are changed, proficiency scores dip as students and teachers adjust to the higher levels of rigor. Growth data, however, shows that our schools and students are moving forward. This year's scores provide baseline data for us to improve upon as we continue to implement the new Common Core and NC Essential Standards in our classrooms. It is clear that we have much work to do. We embrace the new levels rigor and higher accountability expectations. I am confident that with the structures we have already put in place to support our students and teachers that our performance will improve as we continue this journey."The school district met several of its Annual Measurable Objective targets, under the state and federal accountability models. For reading in grades 3-8, 77.3 percent of state targets were met; in math for grades 3-8, 63.6 percent of state targets were met. At the high school level, 62.5 percent of the state targets were met in grade 10 for reading, and 87.5 percent of state targets were met in math. At the federal level, NRMPS met 75 percent of the targets for grades 3-8 reading, and 60.0 percent of the targets in grades 3-8 math. For high schools, NRMPS met 57.1 percent of federal targets in reading, and 85.7 percent of federal targets in math. NRMPS met 100 percent of the state and federal targets for attendance and cohort graduation rate, which this year was at an all-time high of 79.4 percent. More information about the EOG-EOC Test Scores release is available on the school district's website, www.nrms.k12.nc.us. Parent nights are scheduled for Thursday November 14, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at each individual school. http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/193 NRMPS announces new administrators http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/193 Wednesday, 06 November 2013 12:00:00 EST      Wednesday, 06 November 2013 12:00:00 EST Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools recently announced three new administrative assignments during the NRMPS Board of Education meeting held November 4. Sheila Wallace was named the new Director of Federal Programs. Andrea Smith was named the new Director of Testing. Michael Jones was named the new 6-12 Math Educational Specialist.  Sheila Wallace, Director of Federal Programs/Title ISheila Wallace began her career in education as a second and third grade teacher for six years. She then served as an assistant principal for two years at DS Johnson Elementary. She was principal at OR Pope Elementary for four years and is currently serving in her fourth year as principal at MB Hubbard Elementary. Wallace will now serve the school district as the Director of Federal Programs and Title I. "My hope is to first be a positive informant to the district about the Title I trends and guidelines ensuring that the federal funding is used wisely to maximize academic achievement," said Wallace. "As an instructional leader, I hope to build trusting relationships with the Title I Principals and assist them in bridging the achievement gaps within our district. My goal is to pursue resourceful means to meet the diverse needs of this community by developing lasting partnerships."Wallace graduated from Shaw University with a BS in Elementary Education. She also holds a MA in School Administration from Cambridge College and is currently pursuing her doctorate in Educational Leadership at Walden University. Andrea Smith, Director of TestingAndrea Smith has 24 years of experience in public education. She spent 15 years as a classroom teacher, and nine years as an administrator. Smith is a Nash County native and former graduate of Southern Nash High School. She will now serve NRMPS as the Director of Testing. "I look forward to assisting and working with educators from all of the schools in Nash-Rocky Mount Schools as we collaboratively strive to prepare our students for post-secondary education and careers in the 21st Century," said Smith. Smith received her undergraduate degree from North Carolina Wesleyan College and her Master's Degree in School Administration and Curriculum from East Carolina University.  Michael Jones, 6-12 Math Educational SpecialistMichael Jones has 20 years of experience in public education. He spent 12.5 years as a classroom teacher at the high school level in Edgecombe County Schools and Pitt County Schools. Jones taught every math subject from Pre-Algebra to AP Calculus. He spent more than five years as an Instructional Math Coach in Edgecombe County, before joining NRMPS last year as the 6-12 Instructional Math Coach. He will now serve NRMPS as the 6-12 Math Educational Specialist.Jones received his bachelor's degree in Math and Math Education from NC State University."During my career as a successful classroom teacher and instructional coach I have been engaged in helping students and teachers in Eastern North Carolina," said Jones. "I have worked with teachers on enacting numerous curriculum changes, integrating technology into effective classroom instruction and implementing research-based best instructional practices. I look forward to continuing this work as the 6-12 Math Educational Specialist for NRMPS." http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/191 Coopers Elementary hosts Positive Behavior Intervention and Support kickoff http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/191 Friday, 01 November 2013 12:00:00 EST   Friday, 01 November 2013 12:00:00 EST Positive Behavior, Intervention, and Support (PBIS) was in full swing at Coopers Elementary during October.  Students who displayed positive behavior during the first six weeks were treated to 40 minutes of fun in the school's gym.  The school's PBIS Team provided two inflatables (a bounce house and obstacle course), basketball shooting, and other activities that promoted physical activity. To be eligible to attend the celebration, students could not have any office/bus referrals with less than three PBIS notes home. Students not attending the celebration completed missed/unfinished work or read books in the school's media center.  The next celebration will be early December when the next grading period ends.  Coopers wants all students to attend the next celebration, and staff will be encouraging students to do their best to follow the Coopers' PBIS behavior expectations of be respectful, be responsible, be prepared, and be a learner. http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/192 Families, community advised to prepare for significant drop in test scores http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/192 Friday, 01 November 2013 12:00:00 EST    Friday, 01 November 2013 12:00:00 EST Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools is reaching out to families and community members to prepare for the release of 2012-13 test scores, which were delayed due to the changes in assessments that students were tested on last school year. During October, the State Board of Education adopted new academic achievement standards (also referred to as cut scores) to align the new assessments students with the new Common Core and Essential Standards curriculum. As a result of the higher standards, student scores across the state are expected to be significantly lower than in previous years.Dr. Anthony Jackson, Superintendent, said the drop in scores is consistent with trends in other states, and with past re-norming of standards and corresponding assessments. "As with any major change in assessments, there is an anticipated drop in performance -- as teachers adjust instruction to meet the new standards -- and students adjust to the higher levels of rigor," said Jackson. "We want parents to understand that this is a reflectionof both the major shift in the rigor of the curriculum and the new testing process."The State Board of Education will approve the new accountability data for students and schools across the state on November 7. Schools will begin issuing individual score reports shortly after the State Board gives approval. On November 14, schools will host parentnights, during which school administrators and educators will speak with parents about the test scores.In a letter sent home to parents on October 30, Jackson asked parents to carefully review the individual score reports. "Unfortunately, because these are new assessments, it is virtually impossible to compare this year's performance to your child's previous scores," said Jackson in the letter. "Please see these scores as the baseline for your child's performance moving forward."While proficiency scores are expected to be lower this year, the school district will also be highlighting school and district level growth data, which will give an indication of how studentsprogressed, based on their performance from the previous year. Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools will utilize the growth and proficiency data to adjust instructional strategies to support the needs of students as they develop the skills to meet the higher demands moving forward.For more information about the release of test scores, parents and community members are invited to visit the NRMPS website, www.nrms.k12.nc.us. Several resources are available, including sample score reports, frequently asked questions, and descriptors of each achievement level. A detailed schedule of upcoming parent nights will also be available on the website. http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/190 Career Technical Education Showcase and State of Our Schools Event draws crowd of students, parents and supporters http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/190 Wednesday, 23 October 2013 05:00:00 EST    Wednesday, 23 October 2013 05:00:00 EST October 22 was a big night for students, staff and parents, as Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools held its annual Career and Technical Education Showcase event held at the Nash Community College Brown Auditorium, in conjunction with the ‘State of Our Schools' Address, given by Dr. Anthony Jackson, Superintendent.Students in grades 6-12 and their families had the opportunity to see all of the Career and Technical Education opportunities offered in the school district, and how those opportunities translate into programs offered by Nash Community College. In addition, families heard Dr. Jackson speak about the accomplishments, challenges and goals of the school system, and saw exemplars from each of district's six strategic priorities as presented by Central Office staff. "This event was designed to share important information about our schools with the community," said Jackson. "We wanted to give our families and community supporters an opportunity to hear and discuss our successes, our challenges, and our goals to improve."Dr. Jackson's full ‘State of Our Schools' presentation and a video of the event will be posted on the school district's website for those who were unable to attend. Following the presentation, school administrators, educators, students, parents, staff, community members, elected officials, and business leaders were among those who participated in the annual CTE Showcase event, which draws roughly 1000 participants each year.Nearly 100 tables and demonstrations representing Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools' classes, Nash Community College programs of study gave attendees a preview of what they can expect in CTE class and program offerings. Representatives from several local businesses and industries were also on hand to share information with students and parents about their organizations and reinforce the importance of a skilled and educated workforce. Pam Lewis, Director of Career and Technical Education, (CTE) said she was pleased with the number of parents and students who attended the event."We were very pleased with level of participation and the energy of parents and students," said Lewis. "Parents were very interested and many asked questions regarding how our programs can meet student's needs."Culinary students and staff from Nash Central High School provided refreshments for special guests attending the event. Donna Cady, CTE Coordinator for Nash Central High School, said teachers go the extra mile to make the event successful. "The CTE Showcase was a collaborative effort between staff from NRMPS and NCC." Cady said. "The teachers went above and beyond to ‘showcase' all that CTE has to offer our students. It was a night full of fun and excitement for everyone that participated."The CTE program touches nearly 10,000 students in a total of eight program areas. NRMPS offers eight CTE Academies, in addition to a host of other CTE course offerings. The newest two academies, Industrial and Advanced Manufacturing and the Fire Training Academy started at the beginning of this school year. The Industrial and Advanced Manufacturing Academy represents a unique partnership between Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools, Nash Community College and the Cummins Rocky Mount Engine Plant, via the Career and College Promise Initiative. Students take courses through Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools and Nash Community College, and then have the opportunity to continue their education at East Carolina University. Scholarships and potential job prospects are additional benefits of the IAM Academy.For more information about Career and Technical Education, students can contact the CTE Coordinator assigned to their school or Pam Lewis, CTE Director, 252-462-2536. http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/189 NRMPS celebrates Internet Safety Month following iConnect digital learning deployments http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/189 Wednesday, 23 October 2013 12:00:00 EST    Wednesday, 23 October 2013 12:00:00 EST Classroom instruction looks different in Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools following the iConnect digital learning deployments, and administrators, teachers and media specialists are working together to make sure that students are reminded of the importance of internetsafety. October was designated NRMPS Internet Safety Month.Activities kicked off the first week in October with Cyber-bullying week, the first of a series of weeks planned as part of the month-long initiative. Teachers were provided with lesson plans,and Matthew Mayo, Coordinator of Instructional Technology and Media, said the timing of the activities worked out perfectly with when students began using their instructional learning tools. "Internet Safety Month is about educating our students on how to keep safe online," said Mayo. "Our month-long initiative is composed of four weeks, each with a different theme-Cyberbullying, Internet Safety, Digital Footprint, and Copyright.  We have partnered with Netsmartz and Common Sense Media to provide our teachers with Common Core-aligned lesson plans."Students in grades 4-12 received their iPads and MacBook Airs during the month of September. School administrators and educators recognize that students need to remain safe as they use these instructional tools.   "As we embark on this new initiative, our students' safety is paramount," said Mayo. "Using these appropriate lessons in the classrooms and across the district will open the eyes of our students, teachers and parents to become productive and responsible digital citizens using the new technologies that they have been entrusted with. Each lesson includes Common Core curriculum standards to provide seamless integration within many academic content areas." At part of the Internet Safety Month Celebration, the NRMPS sponsored a district-wide contest, where students and teachers are creating a two or three minute public service announcement using iMovie or other Web 2.0 tool to illustrate the retention of students' new found knowledge. At Nashville Elementary, 5th grade teacher Maureen Willis wanted to emphasize the importance of digital citizenship through the contest as a fun way for the students to process what they have learned. "Through this iMovie contest, it gives them the opportunity to learn by doing," said Willis.Students in her class discussed the critical differences between developing relationships with classmates and friends they see every day, compared with meeting friends online."Online friends don't know your personality well, so you can send messages to them, but not really know them." said Shemar Henderson, 5th grade student at Nashville Elementary. Classes will submit their final products to the Instructional Technology Coach at their school. Two winners will be announced at the Elementary, Middle, & High School level at the end of Internet Safety Month. http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/188 Student Parent Portal Access IDs granted starting Monday http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/188 Monday, 21 October 2013 12:00:00 EST      Monday, 21 October 2013 12:00:00 EST Starting Monday, Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools students and parents will begin receiving the information needed to access the new Home Base PowerSchool Student and Parent Portal. Using this portal, students and parents will have access to students' schedules, classroom assignments, grades, attendance, demographic data and more. It also includes several new features that will impact the performance and engagement of all key stakeholders. Nash-Rocky Mount Early College High School was the first of the district's schools to provide students and parents with Access IDs, as part of a pilot program. The school held a distribution night on September 26, and since then, students and parents have been using their log-ins nearly every day. Dr. Anthony Jackson, Superintendent of NRMPS said he is excited for the portal to open to all students and parents. "The Home Base Parent Portal is tremendous in providing the critical access to student information and strengthening the connection between home and school." said Jackson. "This will better allow our students and parents to view real-time data on student's progress throughout the school year." Data managers and school parent portal contacts will begin distributing Access IDS to students and parents the week of Monday October 21. The Access IDs are used to create a username and password for an account. Each school has planned an event for mass distribution of log-in information for parents and students. A full list of the dates will be available on the school district's website. After this scheduled date, parents can go by their child's school to obtain the Access ID information. Students will receive their Access IDs from classroom teachers or as otherwise planned by each individual school. Lisa Ballance, Director of Student Information, said that the school system wants to ensure that parents know what to expect once they have access to the portal. "We have been working with our data managers, teachers, administrators and office staff to prepare for this transition," said Ballance. "We want parents to take advantage of the opportunity to use the Home Base PowerSchool Portal. It certainly provides them with another means to be fully engaged in their student's learning. We have also placed a number of resources on our website to assist parents with learning how to use the system."Parents can expect student assignments to be posted within 24 hours. Grades should be posted within five business days, after the assignment due date. There may be exceptions for large projects and research papers, with principal's approval.Attendance should be entered within the first 10 minutes of each class period for middle and high school students, and within the first 10 minutes of homeroom for elementary school students.The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) has scheduled several maintenance weekends throughout the school year, during which the student and parent portal will be unavailable. A list of these dates has been provided on the school district's website. For more information on the student and parent portals, families are encouraged to visit the Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools website, www.nrms.k12.nc.us and click on PowerSchool/Home Base. A video highlighting the parent portal has also been provided on the website. To learn more about when to pick-up Access IDs, parents should contact their child's school.  http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/187 Propane Bus rides into NRMPS http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/187 Friday, 11 October 2013 12:00:00 EST      Friday, 11 October 2013 12:00:00 EST - With fuel prices on the rise and clean energy more than a buzz-word, NRMPS recently received a propane powered school bus as part of a pilot program in the state of North Carolina. "Being selected as a (pilot) site is evidence that our transportation department is operating effectively and efficiently," said Dr. Eric Cunningham, Associate Superintendent of Facilities and Operations. "Learning about green energy and the benefits is definitely a plus as we continue to learn better ways to implement cost saving measures and share them with our colleagues in the state." Echoing Cunningham's sentiment, Binford Sloan, Director of Transportation, stated, "To be chosen for this pilot program is tremendous because it puts our school district at the forefront in North Carolina for exploring alternative fuel sources," said Sloan. "With funding resources declining propane is attractive in the respect the cost per gallon is about half of diesel."Not only is the lower fuel cost attractive, but other benefits include noise reduction inside the bus and lower environmental emissions. One visible benefit is the absence of the signature black diesel smoke that is typical from the current buses. "With less particulate matter being emitted into the air than conventional diesel engines, students and staff will breathe easier when around the propane bus," said Sloan.The purpose of the pilot program is to determine the viability of the propane buses and NRMPS has the honor of participating and helping determine if they provide a more efficient use of resources compared to diesel buses. http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/185 NRMPS nets award for Financial Reporting http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/185 Tuesday, 08 October 2013 12:00:00 EST    Tuesday, 08 October 2013 12:00:00 EST The Nash-Rocky Mount Board of Education recently received the Association of School Business Officials International's(ASBO) Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting award for having met or exceeded the program's high standards for financial reporting andaccountability.   Dr. Anthony Jackson, Superintendent of Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools, said he appreciates the work of district staff to ensure that reporting is clear and accurate."We made a commitment to be transparent and efficient stewards of the funds provided to us." Jackson said. "Our staff has worked diligently to improve our financial reporting and should be commended for this accomplishment."   The district was recognized for its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for the fiscal year ending 2012. Board members were presented with a plaque for the honor during the school board meeting held October 7.This is the first time Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools has participated in the Financial Reporting Award recognition. Sponsored by VALIC, the Certificate of Excellence (COE) award confirms the school business office's commitment to financial accountability and transparency. Recognition through the COE program can help strengthen a district's presentation for bond issuance statements and promotes a high level of financial reporting.For more information on the COE award, visit ASBO's Website:  www.asbointl.org/COE.VALICVALIC, a long-time supporter of school business is committed to the K-12 marketplace. VALIC was the first company to enroll a K-12 public school district in a 403(b) plan. More than a half century later, VALIC remains the #1 provider of K-12 403(b) retirement plans in America. With more than $65 billion in total assets, VALIC is an industry leader and currently manages long-term investment programs for nearly 25,000 not-for-profit and for-profit education, healthcare, and public sector organizations-representing more than two million investors-throughout thecountry.Association of School Business Officials InternationalThe Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO), founded in 1910, is a professional association of more than 5,000 members that provides programs and services to promote the highest,standards of school business management practices, professional growth, and the,effective use of educational resources. http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/184 NRMPS shares how improved processes benefit school district http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/184 Monday, 07 October 2013 12:00:00 EST     Monday, 07 October 2013 12:00:00 EST Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools (NRMPS) has spent the last year embarking on an initiative designed to help the school system improve processes and streamline for better efficiency. Process and Performance Management (PPM) provides training for school districts and other entities through the American Productivity Quality Center (APQC).APQC, a Texas based non-profit, was founded in 1977 by Dr. Jack Grayson. APQC is a global leader in Process Management, Knowledge Management and Benchmarking Best Practices. The organization has worked with several industries including healthcare, financial, government, military, and manufacturing across 54 nations. The ‘North Star' Education community was founded in 1998.School Districts use APQC to redesign inefficient processes, eliminate waste, use cross-functional projects to breakdown functional solos, and to ensure stronger implementation of strategic plans. The process is often referred to as the "Journey to the North Star," according to APQC Senior Advisor, Colleen Kindler, who serves as the trainer and coach for NRMPS."I like to use the analogy of climbing a mountain," said Kindler. "It's about the journey, and striving to get to the top. That is the theme of each of the APQC projects. We are driving our school districts to that level of excellence. There's a fair amount of effort to reach the top"For NRMPS, the process began in 2012 when members of the district's senior cabinet leadership attended a one-day workshop on PPM, and selected a set of three projects for year one.Once the project selection was complete, teams participated in four days of training for the initial projects. These teams also participated in monthly coaching to ensure project results. Dr. Eric Cunningham, Associate Superintendent of Facilities and Operations, serves as the district's champion for APQC and said each of the projects emphasize the district's vision of "preparing all students for bright and prosperous futures" through deliberate and intention action. "All processes lead to student achievement," said Cunningham. "We are adopting best practices from the business community to improve our work. The more efficient we are as a school system, the more we can emphasize our primary work of delivering rigorous and relevant instruction. Our first three projects have been a major success."Principals, school board members, and community members heard about the first three projects on October 3 during a special presentation and gallery walk. The projects included Approving Professional Development; Timely Contract Approval, Accurately Managing Technology Assets.Director of Professional Development Cathy Wittman and team redesigned the process for teachers to obtain prior approval for professional development sessions in order to earn Continuing Education Credits (CEUs). In the area of Technology Assets, Chief Technology Officer Jane Finch and team worked to create a process of accountability for teachers and other employees to turn in technology prior to moving between schools, and/or leaving the district. This process helped to ensure that technology is always accounted for, and was replicated with the district's launch of the iConnect digital learning initiative for students.In the area of contracts, Chief Finance Officer Susan Blackwell and team developed measures to process contracts faster. The process time was reduced from up to 46 days, down to an average of between five to seven days. Each of the teams worked through a process called referred to as DMAIC: define, measure, analyze, improve, control. This five-phase approach helps teams understand the process and the customer, understand the measurement systems and data collection, determine performance issues, and analyze for root causes, create powerful solutions, transfer best practice, and sustain the gains.These processes are continuing to be improved as team leaders and members see room to make adjustments. Dr. Cunningham shared the improved process with representatives from the other 83 school districts participating in APQC during the annual North Star Conference. "PPM brings clarity to our ways of working," said Cunningham, "The improvement projects provide opportunities to create efficiency and consistent practices. Ultimately, this is a win-win for our students."Now the district is prepared to embark on five new projects at part of round two during the 2013-14 school year: Directing Parent Concerns, Maximizing the AIG Model, Maximizing At-Risk Services, Ensuring Accuracy of Purchases, Best Placement of Students Needing Readmission. Teams met at Rocky Mount Middle School September 30 -4 for training and to start work on these new projects.Kindler said that APQC has saved the 83 school districts that participate in the North Star Community an estimated $114 million. "We know it's impossible to change outcomes without changing processes that lead to those outcomes," said Kindler. "In Nash-Rocky Mount Schools, we've gotten to this really proud moment where we can celebrate the level of excellence we achieved, and plan for new projects that will continue the district's continuous improvement journey." http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/181 Nash-Rocky Mount Board of Education hosts joint meeting with Nash County Commissioners http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/181 Tuesday, 01 October 2013 12:00:00 EST     Tuesday, 01 October 2013 12:00:00 EST The Nash-Rocky Mount Board of Education and Nash County Commissioners met at Rocky Mount Middle School September 30 to discuss important issues impacting public education. The agenda included a legislative update, a curriculum update, a school accountability update, as well as presentations on graduation rates, school safety, and the school district's capital improvement plan. Fred Belfield, Chairman of the Nash County Commissioners, said he thought the meeting provided a great opportunity for county commissioners to hear important updates about the work in Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools. "I think this was good idea and something that we should keep going. We need to make a goal to meet at least twice a year to keep the lines of communication open," said Belfield. "We're all about educating children, and the result is that we want to have high quality students who graduate from high school ready to go into colleges and careers." Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools Board of Education Chairwoman Evelyn Bulluck echoed Belfield's sentiments. "This was a good thing, but we need meet more often, to make sure we are on the same page, and everyone is kept in the loop." Bulluck said. "We cannot function as a school board without the commissioners, as they are one our fiscal agents. We want to make sure they are fully aware of our needs."Dr. Anthony Jackson, Superintendent, shared upcoming changes in education, as result of legislation passed by the NC General Assembly. This legislation included bills that emphasize the transition schools must make toward digital learning, as well as the requirement to teach cursive writing, and multiplication tables. Jackson also shared the laws eliminating of salary increases for advanced degrees, and implementing school grades, among several others. Robin May, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction, shared the instructional model with County Commissioners. May discussed the rigor and relevance framework, 21st Century skills, engagement through the use of technology and the district's literacy focus. May also provided an overview of the Common Core curriculum as well as the Career and Technical Education opportunities, such as eight CTE academies that are available to students in the high schools. May also shared information about Career and College Promise, along with the certificate programs that are open to NRMPS students through an ongoing partnership with Nash Community College.Jane Finch, Chief Technology Officer, provided an update on the iConnect digital learning initiative. Finch shared that 7600 devices had been deployed in the district. Finch also shared a list of web-based digital resources that are available to students. Finch also provided information about how the school district has addressed financial hardship for the iConnect usage fees. Parents are asked to provide a letter describing the hardship to their school's principal that is then shared to the district office. Several churches have agreed to provide assistance for students.Dr. Jackson also shared information about changes to the accountability model as well as the on-time Graduation Rate for students in the school district. Dr. Cunningham, Associate Superintendent of Facilities and Operations, shared safety improvements such as the access control systems at the front entrances of all schools. He shared additional upgrades including ID Badges for all staff, security upgrades on classroom doors, and the replacement of doors that were beyond repair. Cunningham also shared the 10 year Capital Improvement Plan, detailing the evaluation of all buildings and mechanical systems. Cunningham detailed each year of 10 year in the Capital Improvement Plan. Highlights for phase one of the plan, at the end of five years includes the following: • Complete Safety Upgrades at ALL Schools• Consolidation of 4 of our most inefficient schools into 2 (Red Oak Elementary and Swift Creek Elementary, as well as OR Pope Elementary, D.S. Johnson Elementary, and Fairview Elementary )• A new facility for the Early College High School• 2 middle schools Edwards and Southern Nash Middle completely renovated• Mechanical systems at 9 schools Replaced/UpgradedPhase two of the capital improvement plan includes: • Replace/ Upgrade remaining mechanical systems at 4 schools• Renovate five elementary schools • Renovate two high schools - SNHS/NNHS • Consolidate Parker Middle and Rocky Mount Middle - Complete • Renovation of Rocky Mount Middle site • Consolidate Tar River, Day Treatment and Hope at renovated ParkerThe meeting ended with the discussion of the timeframe of plan and next steps as the school board and board of commissioners discuss any possibilities of moving forward. The Nash County Commissioners requested that the school board provide the same presentation to the Edgecombe County Commissioners for consideration, before a committee to discuss potential strategy is formed. The Nash-Rocky Mount Board of Education plans to invite the Edgecombe County Commissioners to a similar meeting. http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/182 iConnect deployments complete for all schools a week ahead of schedule http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/182 Tuesday, 01 October 2013 12:00:00 EST    Tuesday, 01 October 2013 12:00:00 EST Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools reached a major milestone September 27, when all iConnect digital learning initiative deployments reached completion. The original schedule had all schools completed on October 4, but NRMPS worked to finish all schools a week ahead of time. Jane Finch, Chief Technology Officer, said the district deployed approximately 7600 devices, since the beginning of September. "We have students who are bringing in their funds daily, to shift from day users to full-time users." Finch said. "We're pleased that so far, nearly 76 percent of students are full time users." Dr. Anthony Jackson, Superintendent, said he was pleased with the overall smooth operation of the deployments. "I commend our technology team, administrators, and staff for their diligent work throughout this process." said Jackson. "Our Technology department, administrators and school staff have worked together to ensure that everyone receives their device in an efficient manner. We have learned some things as we worked to make the transition seamless, and we are excited that we can now begin to see the transformation in our classrooms."Finch attended nearly all of the deployments to make sure students had everything they needed to get started. "We took great care to make sure the students felt comfortable with the devices before they left the deployment sessions." said Finch. "As we finished more schools, we were able to streamline our processes." Teachers also started a special series of professional development through the Friday Institute this week, which will provide them with the support necessary to effectively incorporate digital learning resources into their lessons. The Friday Institute is one of the leading organizations in 1:1 digital learning, and the professional development is provided through a grant funded by the Golden Leaf Foundation. The next steps for the iConnect digital learning initiative include a help desk to provide support for teachers and students. In addition to the help desk, media specialists and instructional technology coaches will continue to be available to assist students and teachers. http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/183 Parents advised to monitor student usage of iPads http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/183 Tuesday, 01 October 2013 12:00:00 EST      Tuesday, 01 October 2013 12:00:00 EST The recent IOS7 update by Apple may have an impact on the filtering of iPads used by Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools elementary school students at certain schools. While the district's Lightspeed filter will continue to block inappropriate sites when students are at school, the filter may not block these sites when students take the devices home. Before the IOS7 update, the school district's filter blocked the sites both while students are on school grounds and at home. The ISO7 update is not automatic, but as students are using their devices, they may be prompted by the iPad to accept the update. If a student downloaded the update, his or her iPads software will compete with the Lightspeed filter outside of school. Representatives from Apple and Lightspeed are working together to have the issue resolved as soon as possible. In the meantime, school officials are asking parents to increase their monitoring of student activity on the iPads."We always knew that our filter would block these sites while students were at school, and having the filter follow the devices home was an added bonus," said Dr. Anthony Jackson, Superintendent of Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools. "The ISO7 update is unfortunately conflicting with our filter, when students are offsite from our schools at this time, so we are asking all parents to be sure to check their students devices regularly." Five schools in particular, Hubbard Elementary, Nashville Elementary, OR Pope Elementary, Middlesex Elementary, and Willford Elementary are those that are most likely to lose the filtering when students go home because of when there devices were deployed. A letter was sent home with fourth and fifth graders from these schools, and parents also received notification via phone and email. Jane Finch, Chief Technology Officer said the issue should be resolved quickly."We have been assured by representatives at both Apple Computer and Lightspeed, that the problem will be resolved within the next two weeks. We will notify parents in several ways, once the issue has been fully addressed and the filtering capabilities restored fully, to work outside of the school buildings." In the meantime, parents are asked to monitor the Internet usage of their children, while using their school issued device at home. Parents are asked to check their child's iPad internet history frequently, especially for the next two weeks. Those needing technical assistance with how to do so are asked to call the NRMPS Technology department at (252) 462-2490. Parents are also asked to continue discussing and reminding your child of the importance of internet safety and their digital footprint.October is Internet Safety month in Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools, and teachers and administrators will be incorporating activities throughout the month to remind students of the importance of internet safety. Parents with concerns about the ISO7 update and the impact, may contact the NRMPS Technology department. http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/180 Students return to school with Tdap vaccination http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/180 Wednesday, 25 September 2013 12:00:00 EST    Wednesday, 25 September 2013 12:00:00 EST 71 Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools students were suspended September 25 for not having the Tdap vaccination, as required by state law. As of Monday September 30, only 8 students remained out of compliance across the school district.North Carolina law G.S. 130A-152 requires all students entering the 6th grade to have the Tdap vaccine at the start of the school year. A 30-calendar day grace period is granted to provide additional time for parents to have their students immunized by a physician or local health department. This is not a new requirement, as the law has been in effect since 2008. Frequently Asked Questions about the Tdap vaccine Michael Hodges, Assistant Superintendent of Student Services, said that parents have been informed and given multiple opportunities to comply with the law. "We inform parents of the Tdap vaccination requirement in several ways." Hodges said. "School nurses and administrators begin communicating with families about the vaccine at the beginning of their 5th grade year.Additionally, a bright yellow sticker is placed on every 5th grader's report card for each grading period. We also send follow-up notices home with students once the school year starts to remind them of the law." Some schools have implemented special measures to inform families of the vaccination requirement. At Rocky Mount Middle School, Principal Ann Mitchell and school nurse Tommye Collins met with each individual student to remind them of the requirement. For additional information, parents can contact the Nash County Health Department by calling 252-459-9819. The Nashville Office is located at 214 S. Barnes Street. The Rocky Mount Office is located at 322 S Franklin Street. Parents may also contact any local physician to obtain the vaccine. http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/179 NRMPS Buses wired with new two-way communication systems http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/179 Friday, 20 September 2013 12:00:00 EST   Friday, 20 September 2013 12:00:00 EST The 153 Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools buses that transport over 10,200 students to and from school every day, will soon be equipped with a new two-way radio system designed to improve communication and bus safety. The installation of the new Motorola Moto Turbo system on each bus is expected to be complete by mid-October. Associate Superintendent of Facilities and Operations Dr. Eric Cunningham said the two-way radio system will serve as a model for other systems that the school district plans to install in the future."We are really impressed with this system and the capabilities it provides." Cunningham said. "Use of this system on our buses is foundational, but it can be expanded for additional layers of communication based on our needs. While we can't predict what all of our future needs will be, this system is a proactive measure and it will not be impacted by outside factors." Using the two-way radio system, the NRMPS Transportation department can communicate directly with the 153 total buses in the fleet. Director of Transportation Binford Sloan said this system will make it easier to keep track of where buses are and what they need at all times. "Prior to this system, we were communicating with bus drivers using cell phones," Sloan said. "Now we have a way to communicate between buses, from the bus garage to a single bus, zones of buses, or to the entire fleet at one time. It's a safer way of reaching our bus drivers and adds another layer of protection for students."Sloan said that nearly two-thirds of school districts across the state are using similar systems. Earlier this year the school district's bus communication infrastructure was transferred from the Nextel network to the Sprint network, and that transition provided the perfect opportunity to begin planning for the installation.The systems will also be used to help bus drivers communicate directly with first responders in the event of an emergency situation. Bus drivers received initial training on the system during their annual in-service event, but training will be ongoing.Cunningham is confident that as the system successfully meets the needs of the transportation department, that opportunities to expand will become reality, as funding becomes available. "We are already exploring how we can take this system to fully encompass communication at the schools," said Cunningham. "As funding becomes available, we could expand our channels so that principals could use the system throughout their school campuses and near the perimeters. From the district-level, we could use the system on a single frequency to communicate with all schools simultaneously."The school system is also utilizing real-time GPS systems on all buses, so buses can be easily tracked at all times. These systems have been in place for nearly 10 years, and since 2012, have been linked to an online transportation portal for parents. At the opening of this school year, the Transportation department used the online portal to encourage parents to check their bus routes prior to the start of school."The transportation portal reflects the information from our GPS system, so this year we set a deadline for students to request transportation," said Sloan. "Bus routes were constantly changing, prior to the opening of school, so we planned for a 48-hour window for processing. In most cases, we were able to process the requests in less time than that. The system helped make for an overall smooth opening." Using the new GPS system, the NRMPS Transportation department has been able to stretch fuel dollars, by examining and eliminating unnecessary bus stops to maximize efficiency."We have roughly the same number of students being transported now as we did four or five years ago," said Cunningham. "We are thinking differently in the operations department and we capitalize on every opportunity to maximize our efficiencies. Mr. Sloan and his staff have been the trendsetters for this, and other school districts across the state are following our lead."The GPS technology has allowed NRMPS to cut the bus fleet by nearly 50 buses over the past three years. The school district received the Trailblazer Award from the North Carolina Pupil Transportation Association for the GPS Systems.Cunningham said that the GPS and two-way radios are just the beginning of the Operations team's commitment to efficiency. "As the operations team, we play a critical role in removing as many managerial responsibilities as possible, in an effective manner, so that our principals and educators can focus on instruction and preparing our students for the future."  http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/178 NRMPS ‘rolls on’ with the iConnect roll-out, devices now getting to students ahead of schedule http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/178 Wednesday, 18 September 2013 04:50:00 EST   Wednesday, 18 September 2013 04:50:00 EST More and more Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools students are receiving their devices and NRMPS officials are now optimistic that the distribution may be completed earlier than originally expected. Thirteen schools are now completed, with three more scheduled for the end of this week. "We continue to be pleased with the iConnect deployment for the schools that are completed," said Dr. Anthony Jackson, Superintendent of Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools. "Our Technology department, administrators and school staff have worked together to ensure that everyone receives their device in an efficient manner. We are taking great care to make this transition seamless, and we are excited to report that we have now moved ahead of our schedule."Baskerville Elementary, Coopers Elementary, Johnson Elementary, Spring Hope Elementary, Edwards Middle, Nash Central Middle, Red Oak Middle, Rocky Mount Middle, Nash Central High, Northern Nash High, Southern Nash High, Rocky Mount High and Nash Rocky Mount Early College High are among the schools that are finished with the deployment as of Wednesday afternoon. "As we complete more schools, we are able to streamline our processes," said Jane Finch, Chief Technology Officer. "Issuing this number of devices was completely new for us this year, but we gain more experience with each deployment. At this point, we are much more efficient and comfortable with our routine."The deployment process for each school is now averaging less than a day, depending on the number of students at the school. Principals at each school have received a copy of the tentative schedule, which is adjusted daily, as needed, since some deployments may take shorter or longer than others. Parents, students and educators are asked to remain patient as the technology and instructional teams work through the process to ensure every student receives his or her device in a timely, but precise manner. http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/176 2013 NRMPS Teacher and Principal of the Year http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/176 Wednesday, 18 September 2013 12:00:00 EST     Wednesday, 18 September 2013 12:00:00 EST Each year, the Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools Teacher of the Year and Principal of the Year celebration is marked by special moments. Tuesday night proved no exception, as nearly 130 individuals gathered at the Rose Hill Conference Center at Nathan Hall to learn the names of the newest honorees. Dana Williamson, of Southern Nash Middle School was the named the 2013-14 NRMPS Teacher of the Year, and Gary Mayor, Principal of Parker Middle School, was named the 2013-14 Principal of the Year. Williamson walked away from the ceremony with a one-year lease on a brand new, fully loaded 2014 Honda CR-V LX vehicle, courtesy of Davenport Honda and NRMPS. The 2014 Honda CR-V LX, came fully-equipped with plenty of high-tech features, such as Bluetooth, Pandora, a back-up camera, a 160 watt sound system, text messaging, and audio streaming. The economical crossover vehicle gets 31 MPG highwayHighlights from the evening included performances by the jazz band from Nash Central High School, remarks from former Teacher of the Year Kristen Tedford, and remarks from former Principal of the Year Leon Farrow. Community partners Hospira, Wells Fargo Bank, and Davenport Autopark also made presentations during the ceremony. Williamson has 27 years of teaching experience and received her Bachelor's degree in middle school education from the Barton College. She's a member of several organizations including the NC Association for the Gifted and Talented, the NC Middle School Association, and the NC Science Teachers Association. During her career she's taught a variety of grade levels across the elementary and middle levels. She currently serves as an AIG facilitator at Southern Nash Middle School. "It's a true honor to represent educators throughout the district because I know that each one of us goes in every day to help every child reach their full potential and explore all the possibilities," said Williamson.2013-14 Principal of the Year Gary Major was equally excited to have received his award."I am truly humbled to be named principal of the year for Nash Rocky Public Schools," said Major. My fellow principals and I are part of an equation that is responsible for the growth and success of our students, and we do so with a tireless commitment to achieve excellence for our schools."The other two finalists for 2013-14 Teacher of the Year were Tremayne Smith, the high school Teacher of the Year for NRMPS, and Theresa Whitley, the elementary school Teacher of the Year for NRMPS.Smith has two teachings years of teaching experience. He received his Bachelor's degree in music, and in Political Science with a concentration in Pre-Law Studies. He is a member of the North Carolina Bandmasters Association, Eastern District, North Carolina Showstyle Band Directors Association, North Carolina Association of Music Educators, National Association for Music Educators, among others. Smith is the band director at Rocky Mount High School.Whitley has over 10 years of teaching experience. She received her Bachelor's degree from North Carolina Central University in psychology and earned her teaching certification from East Carolina University. She just recently completed her Master's degree in School A dministration from Gardner Webb University. Whitley is a member of several organizations including Eastern Star, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Volunteer Frederick Douglass Alumni Association and the Psi Chi National Honor Society. She currently teaches English Language Arts, Math, Science and Social Studies for students in grades 3-5 at D.S. Johnson Elementary.Each of the ‘Teacher of the Year' finalists received the prestigious Ben Craig Award from Tem Meyers, Market President of Wells Fargo Bank. This includes a hand-carved crystal apple and a $1,000 award from Wells Fargo for use in their classrooms. The finalists also received a personal laptop courtesy of Hospira Corporation, presented by Bob Jenkins, IT manager and school board member. As Principal of the Year, Major received a $500 gift, along with a personal laptop from Hospira. The other two finalists for the Principal of the Year title were Dr. Mark Cockrell, principal of Southern Nash High School, and Carina Bryant, principal of Southern Nash Middle School.Superintendent Dr. Anthony Jackson thanked the educators for their daily sacrifices for students. "We set the golden standard, as schools who embrace ALL students, regardless of how they come to us, and we seek to lead by example, as we model the skills that they need to be successful as adults," said Jackson. "I want to thank you for the diligent work you do every day in our schools. Over the course of your career, you have continued to touch the lives of countless students."Names and photographs of the NRMPS Principal and Teacher of the Year will be added to the NRMPS Teacher of the Year and Principal of the Year plaques located at the school system's administrative offices. These individuals will also be recognized on a billboard located on Hwy 301, courtesy of Lamar Advertising. CLICK HERE TO MORE VIEW PHOTOS FROM THE EVENT Congratulations to the 2013-14 Teachers of the Year for NRMPS: Bailey Elementary Emily Wood S.C. Baskerville Elementary   Corine McCann-Moody Benvenue Elementary  Courtney Bissette Cedar Grove Elementary  Rachel Shell Coopers Elementary    Chanda Underwood Englewood Elementary           Amy Quigley Fairview Elementary    Robin Silver M. B. Hubbard Elem    Hernan Daza D. S. Johnson Elementary  Theresa Whitley Middlesex Elementary  Meri Jolin Nashville Elementary   Tressa Bissette O.R. Pope Elementary  Letha Pearce Red Oak Elementary   Connie Mitchell Spring Hope Elementary    Wende Woodard Swift Creek Elementary  Russell Howald Williford Elementary    Dollie Borum Winstead Avenue Elementary   Teresa Pilgreen Edwards Middle  Percell Kelley Nash Central Middle    Edwin Suitter II Parker Middle              Charlene Outland Red Oak Middle  Bettie Lewis Southern Nash Middle  Dana Williamson Nash Central High       Catherine Melle NRM Early College High Edward Lyons Northern Nash High Thomas Barkalow Rocky Mount High       Tremayne Smith Southern Nash High  Ann-Marie Brown Tar River Academy     Ernest Postell http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/174 Students receive iConnect digital learning resources http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/174 Friday, 13 September 2013 12:00:00 EST   Friday, 13 September 2013 12:00:00 EST Excitement continues to build as students receive their iPads and MacBook Air laptops as part the Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools iConnect digital learning initiative. The deployment of devices started September 5, and will continue throughout the remainder of the month up through the first week of October.Students at Baskerville Elementary, Southern Nash High, Northern Nash High and Coopers Elementary were among the first schools to receive the digital learning tools. Nash Central High School and Rocky Mount High School have also been completed with Nash Central Middle School and Spring Hope Elementary School as next on the list."We are very pleased with the iConnect deployment for the schools that have been completed this week," said Dr. Anthony Jackson, Superintendent of Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools. "Our Technology department, administrators and school staff are working together to ensure that everyone receives their device in an efficient manner. We are taking great care to make this transition seamless."Every student is required to check-in with the technology staff to verify their status as a day-user, or full-user, based on whether or not usage fees have been paid. The students must then sign for the device, and receive a brief overview on how to set-up their device. Students who are full-users are also issued their chargers at the time of deployment."We want the students to have all of the information they need to get started," said Jane Finch, Chief Technology Officer. "As we give them the devices, they are also provided with a protective sleeve for the ipads and the MacBook Airs. Our iConnect handbook that students received during their orientation sessions provides detailed information about device care. Instructional technology coaches and technicians are providing instructions on how students should care for devices during the deployment sessions."Teachers at Coopers Elementary expressed their excitement for the deployment at their school. Coopers Elementary was a pilot school during the spring semester of last school year, and 5th grade teacher Chanda Underwood expects that as the students are able to take devices home, that their learning opportunities will continue to expand."It's necessary to bring this technology to our students to prepare them for the workforce," said Underwood. "Now students will be able to take the devices home, which gives them even more responsibility for their learning."Kim Whitley, another 5th grade teacher at Coopers said she is looking forward to the real-time access to information, and how students will able to learn in an environment that suits their lifestyle.Our textbooks are becoming ‘tech books' and the information that our students will have access to is more current, up-to-date, and it will be quicker to search for it and find it," said Whitley. "Our students are experts at using this technology, and there are many ways for them to access information."Coopers Elementary Principal Larry Catalano said he appreciated the opportunity to be a pilot school and is looking forward to the learning that will occur now that students will also have the opportunity to use the devices outside of the classroom."Technology has to be integrated into instruction." said Catalano. "We are in the midst of an education evolution from the way we used to learn, to prepping today's students for the real world based on how they learn. We are getting them ready for their world, rather than ours, so that they are prepared for college and careers that follow their high school graduation."As students receive their devices, they are reminded of how the iPads and MacBook Air laptops are assigned. Each year, the student will receive the same device. This gives the school district the ability to track each individual student's use of the device, and encourages students to care for their devices, since they are fully aware that they will receive the same one the next year. The students are also receiving other helpful tips regarding support, digital resources, and how to save and access documents, even without an internet connection outside of school."Our media coordinators, instructional technology coaches and technicians are providing support at each school, "said Finch. "We are also in the process of establishing our help desk hotline, which will be available to students, parents and teachers. Training sessions for teachers and staff on digital resources and instructional technology is an important part of our district's professional development plan. This training will be ongoing throughout the year."The deployment process for each school averages at least one full school day. Principals at each school have received a copy of the tentative schedule, which is adjusted daily as needed since some deployments may take longer than others. Parents are asked to remain patient as the technology and instructional teams work through the process to ensure every student receives his or her device in the correct manner. Dr. Jackson invites parents to their questions and concerns with the district office as the school system executes the district-wide deployment."Parental input is a vital part of the iConnect initiative," said Jackson. "Our instructional technology staff and technicians have been responding to parental requests and concerns throughout the summer and will continue to do so through duration of the iConnect initiative. The deployment is a process that will take time, but the care we are taking to make sure all distributions run smoothly will prove worthwhile when every school is completed. We are available to assist students and parents with any concerns they may have. This is a collaborative initiative, and ongoing communication between students, parents, educators, administrators, and staff will be critical as we move forward." http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/173 Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools celebrates highest graduation rate on record http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/173 Monday, 09 September 2013 12:00:00 EST    Monday, 09 September 2013 12:00:00 EST Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools celebrates the highest four-year cohort graduation rate on record, of 79.4 percent, which was released August 8, as part of North Carolina's 2012-13 Cohort Graduation Rate Report. The NRMPS graduation rate jumped nearly 10 percentage points, from 70.8 percent in 2010 to 79.4 percent in 2013. The increase represents nearly a 3 point jump from 2012, when the rate was 76.7 percent. The cohort of students represented in this year's data started high schoolin the 2009-10 school year and completed high school in four years or less. Dr. Anthony Jackson, Superintendent of Schools, attributes the increased graduation rates to what he called the deliberate actions of educators and administrators at all levels across the district to prepare students for a changing world."We are proud to share this year's graduation rate and trend data with everyone in our community." said Jackson. "As educators, we are committed to preparing the students of Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools for a competitive and global economy. Our graduation trend data demonstrates that students recognize the investment and the rewards of completing their K-12 education, by earning their high school diplomas."Jackson cites several factors for the increase including innovative school programs such as Nash-Rocky Mount Early College High School and Tar River Academy. He also acknowledges the impact of increased relevance of academic subjects through the Common Core and the Essential Standards curriculum. Jackson also cites the changes in the Career and Technical Education (CTE) program such as the increase the number of high school CTE academies and course offerings. He also accounted for the impact of student support services, increased use of instructional technology, and stronger communication between students, families and educators."We are consistently building our capacity to make critical connections with our students in the world they live in," Jackson said. "Regardless of background or various abilities, our top priority is to empower all students with the opportunity to experience success."  In nearly every subgroup, the graduation rate increased from 2012 to 2013. One of the largest increases among subgroups was for students with disabilities, which jumped from 45.7 percent in 2012, to 61 percent in 2013. The percentage of students classified as economicallydisadvantaged who graduated on time also increased from 73.1 percent in 2012, to 76.1 in 2013. "We are impressed with the gains we see from this year." Jackson said. "The Class of 2013 had 117 North Carolina Scholars, and earned more than $11.3 million in scholarships funds, the highest amount ever. Our 2013 graduates will travel to over 13 states to continue theireducation, jump start careers or join the armed forces. But, we recognize that we still have a long way to go. As we have outlined in our strategic plan, our goal is have 100 percent of our students graduating from our schools by 2018. We believe that our efforts will make this vision a reality for our schools and our community."For more detailed cohort graduation data, and the full state report, please visit the NRMPS website, www.nrms.k12.nc.us. http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/172 New Controlled Access Systems provide additional security for schools http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/172 Thursday, 29 August 2013 12:00:00 EST    Thursday, 29 August 2013 12:00:00 EST WRAL News Channel 5 - Raleigh, recently highlighted the Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools Controlled Access Systems & Visitor Entry Protocol. The interview featured Superintendent Dr. Anthony Jackson and Associate Superintendent Dr. Eric Cunningham as they discussed the new access control systems and school security.View WRAL video"School safety is our top priority," said Dr. Eric Cunningham, Associate Superintendent of Facilities and Operations. NRMPS has worked diligently this summer to install access control units at each school. These new protocols are designed to not only keep our students safe, but to make all students feel safe. This safety starts at the front door. Keeping these doors locked throughout the day will enhance the feeling of safety that must be in place for learning to occur. "All visitors are required to enter the school through the main entrance. If doors are locked, visitors must press the push button on the access control device located near the front door of the school. When prompted, visitors will be asked to state the purpose of their visit. Once access is granted, visitors must proceed to front office to check-in, show photo ID, and receive a visitor's badge. The visitor's badge is required to be worn during the entire time of the visit. "Again, we believe safety begins at the front door. Locking all doors provides a strong deterrent for unwanted visitors," said Cunningham. "The access control system will assist school administrators in traffic control." NRMPS staff members will also be required to wear ID badges during the day so that other staff, students, and visitors can easily identify them. Cunningham mentioned that he expects a transition period, as visitors adjust to the new protocol. Although the district is working to make sure the community is informed, it will likely still take time. "We have taken a proactive approach to inform our families and community members of this change through several ways including our district website, local educational channel, phone calls home, and social media sites. We anticipate some minor inconveniences due to the change in culture. We are asking parents and visitors to be patient with us in these efforts to maintain a safe and orderly environment in all of our schools."The access control systems are part of the school district's commitment to safe and orderly schools. "Student learning is dependent upon school safety," said Cunningham. "This is a responsibility that we take very seriously. Ultimately, we are charged with making every effort to ensure that our students and staff feel safe and protected in our schools." http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/170 Student enjoys special bus ride as school gets back in session http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/170 Tuesday, 27 August 2013 12:00:00 EST    Tuesday, 27 August 2013 12:00:00 EST When Winstead Avenue Elementary kindergarten student Bria Hines prepared to board bus 144 for the first time Monday, she was excited to see a special guest come off the bus to greet her."Good Morning!" was the chorus of words she heard, spoken by none other than Dr. Anthony Jackson, Superintendent of Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools (NRMPS).Hines shared that she was excited to go to school, as Jackson talked with her and other students about the new school year. I'm going to learn to read this year!" she said.Hines' mother, Pamela Ward, was equally enthused about the special bus visit from the Superintendent. After helping Bria get on the bus with Dr. Jackson and the other students, she and Bria's grandmother, Janie, drove to the school to also walk Bria to her classroom."Entering kindergarten is a very important and memorable moment in a parent and child's life," said Ward. "Along with shedding a few tears, I am very excited and happy that Bria will continue to learn and grow at Winstead Avenue Elementary School."The first day bus ride is a tradition for Dr. Jackson, a perfect way to celebrate the opening of school and the efforts of the NRMPS transportation department to safely transport students to and from school. Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools operates 153 buses every day, serving over 10,000 students each morning and afternoon of the school year.Tracy Cooper, who drives bus 144, provided Jackson with an overview of her morning and afternoon bus routes, which serve Rocky Mount High School, Winstead Avenue Elementary and Englewood Elementary. Cooper has served as a bus driver for nearly 17 years. "My day starts at 4:30 in the morning," said Cooper.Jackson says he appreciates all of the time spent by the transportation staff to prepare safe and efficient routes for students."I am so proud of our transportation department, all of our bus drivers, technicians and other staff who work tirelessly to ensure that our students arrive safely to school," said Jackson. "These men and women make an intentional, daily commitment to the education of students in this school system, and we cannot thank them enough for the service they provide."NRMPS Transportation Director Binford Sloan says the bus drivers and transportation staff recognize the magnitude of maintaining safe bus routes every day."For each student that rides a school bus, his or her learning day starts and ends with that ride, every day," Sloan said. "We view ourselves as a child-centered department, with a major role in the cycle of learning."Parents are encouraged to access bus routing information online, by visiting the Nash-Rocky Mount Public schools website: www.nrms.k12.nc.us. The Transportation department can also be reached by phone at 252.462.2481 or 252.462.2482. http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/171 NRMPS Superintendent pleased with 2013-14 opening of school http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/171 Tuesday, 27 August 2013 12:00:00 EST    Tuesday, 27 August 2013 12:00:00 EST Classrooms all across the Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools district buzzed with excitement, as students returned August 26 for the first day of school.Superintendent Dr. Anthony Jackson visited several schools on the first day, and said he was pleased overall with the first day of school, especially given the many new initiatives that impacted this year's opening. "I must thank our parents and family members for the role they played in making our opening of school a successful one." Jackson said. "We have a number of new initiatives that we are in the process of implementing: PowerSchool, our new school security access control, and the reassignment of over 2000 students. Our families continue to be patient as we work through these processes and we appreciate their support."Jackson also expressed his appreciation for school staff members who went above and beyond to make sure students were able to jump right into learning. "While we experienced the normal 'first day' transitions, our administrators, educators and other staff took deliberate care to ensure that we were ready to start the year off with excellence." Jackson said. "Our students arrived eager to start a great year, and our staff members welcomed them with enthusiasm and compassion. Our theme for the year is "No Limits...Possibilities 2.0, and the learning I saw as I visited classrooms throughout the first day was only a glimpse of great things to come."Some students and parents experienced bus delays during morning and afternoon routes, but all students arrived to and from their destinations safely. Over 10,000 students were transported on 153 buses, with a high percentage of the buses providing routes for more than one school. Transportation director Binford Sloan said bus drivers and other staff at the schools took great care to ensure that all students were on the correct bus, and dropped off at the correct bus stop during the afternoon routes. We had some bus delays, but the transportation team and school staff worked together to address them." Sloan said. "It will take a few days for our bus routes to be complete, but they are being constantly monitored and changed as new students are enrolled or existing students are registering for bus service." Parents can go to www.nrms.k12.nc.us, where they can access the school system's online transportation portal. http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/169 NRMPS Custodial Staff recognized during annual awards ceremony and training http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/169 Wednesday, 21 August 2013 12:00:00 EST    Wednesday, 21 August 2013 12:00:00 EST Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools custodial staff recently spent a day at Rocky Mount High School completing their annual federally mandated training and receiving some well-deserved awards.The Clean School Awards were presented to NRMPS staff by Daniel Rich, Frontline Manager for Aramark Facility Services."Custodians are the backbone that keeps things flowing in the school system," said Rich. "There is nothing a custodian doesn't do, from unloading a truck to cleaning floors and everything in between. They do it with humility and dedication to our students, staff and district."The awards are determined by a point system, with first and second place honors being separated by only one hundredth of a point in some cases.During the awards presentation, Dr. Anthony Jackson, Superintendent of Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools, discussed the important impact that custodians have on student learning. "If our schools aren't clean, if our classrooms aren't clean, learning cannot take place," said Jackson. "You are the grease that keeps this engine running, and your efforts do not go unnoticed. Thank you for all you do, everyday."Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools employs 114 full and part-time custodians across the school district. Dr. Eric Cunningham, Associate Superintendent of Facilities and Operations, also saluted the custodians for their diligent efforts. "Our custodians provide a clean environment for the more than 16,000 students that attend our schools daily," said Cunningham. "Their work is second to none."The training included seminars on blood-born pathogens, handling asbestos and cleaning for health.CLEAN SCHOOL AWARDSElementary School with fewer than 500 students1st Place - Baskerville Elementary: Fred Cherry, Michael Smith and Sylvia Jones2nd place (tie) - Pope Elementary: Della Perry and Fred Silver Fairview Early Childhood Center: Alesandro Abrahams and Linda WarrenElementary School with greater than 500 students1st Place - Bailey Elementary: Carolyn Burgess, Bettie Mercer, Hattie Orozco and Jeremiah Strayhorn2nd Place (tie) - Spring Hope Elementary: Dorothy Battle, Larry Dew, Leo Jones and Deborah Perry Williford Elementary: Isaac Campbell, Johnnie Lyons, Raymond Pittman and Terry Sessoms3rd Place - Englewood Elementary: Charletta Kelly, Robert Nicholson and Garriet RichardsonMiddle School1st Place - Red Oak Middle School: Vincent Cyrus, Norma Harrison, Jerome Harrison and Donald Howell2nd Place - Parker Middle School: Bobby Lucas, William Washington and David RogersHigh School1st Place - Rocky Mount High: Anthony Baker, Felicia Boddie, Carl Carey, Michael Debreaux, Williams Grimes, Jr., Sonya Jones, Quinton Lee, Bertha Myrick and Stanley Thornton2nd Place - Northern Nash High: Carolyn Avent, Linda Bryant, Herman Jones, Jr., Ronnie Joyner,Carolyn Pittman and Keith RobersonMiscellaneous/Alternative Schools1st Place - Tar River Academy: William Jones and Linwood WarrenOffice/Administrative Facilities1st Place - W.L. Greene Campus: Helen Richardson and Dorothy Baker2nd Place - Teacher Resource Center: Angela Arrington3rd Place - Family Resource Center: Terry SessomsMOST IMPROVED AWARDS (The certificates were presented to School Principals)Elementary School with fewer than 500 studentsRed Oak Elementary - Principal Eric MitchellElementary School with greater than 500 studentsNashville Elementary - Principal Sharon HuneycuttMiddle SchoolRed Oak Middle - Principal Margaret SharpeHigh SchoolNorthern Nash High - Principal Chad ThompsonMiscellaneous/Alternative FacilityEarly College High - Principal Christine CatalanoOffice/Administrative FacilityOak Level Annex - Janice Arrington, custodian http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/168 Excitement builds during iConnect digital learning initiative orientation sessions http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/168 Friday, 16 August 2013 12:00:00 EST    Friday, 16 August 2013 12:00:00 EST It was a busy week for Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools (NRMPS), as the district geared up for the iConnect digital learning initiative that will set the tone for classrooms when students return August 26. Students and parents from across the school district have been gathering at schools to learn just what they can expect when they receive iPads or MacBook Air laptops next month. The iConnect orientations have been held across the district for the last week to prepare students and parents for the transition. "We have been very pleased to see the number of parents and students attending the iConnect sessions," said Dr. Anthony Jackson, Superintendent of Schools. "The excitement is building, and we want to ensure that our students and parents are ready for this new learning environment." Sessions were offered for every school participating in the IConnect digital learning initiative, which serves students in grades 4-12. Each session lasted about an hour and was designed to address any concerns students and parents had regarding digital learning, digital citizenship, device care, security, and instructional resources.Tanisha Clanton, a mother of three with students at Edwards Middle, Williford Elementary, and Nash Central High expressed her enthusiasm for instructional technology. "[I'm] excited because my children can get their hands on technology and can access it at home to lookup information for reports and other things," said Clanton. NRMPS has been preparing for the iConnect digital learning initiative since 2011. Several schools participated as pilot schools during the spring semester of last school year to prepare the district for the full-scale implementation. Orientation sessions for this year included several ‘lessons learned' from the pilot schools. Jane Finch, Chief Technology Officer for NRMPS, said she was pleased with the level of participation and engagement of parents, many of whom asked detailed questions regarding the initiative."We appreciate our parents for working with us," said Finch. "This is a major shift in the teaching and learning process, and we will be counting on parents to be critical partners with us to make iConnect successful." As they attended the sessions, parents were given the opportunity to pay the usage fees for the devices, which stand at $40 for the year, per student, for the iPads, and $50 for the year, per student, for the MacBook Air laptops.A process is in place to assist families with financial hardships on a case-by-case basis. Payments can also be processed online through the NRMPS website. Cash, debit card, and credit card payments are accepted. Additional orientation sessions will be scheduled for families that were unable to attend. Students will receive their devices after the start of school, following the Labor Day holiday. School officials chose to start distribution after enrollment patterns had settled for the year. "Typically during the first few days of school, there's a lot of movement and transition." Finch said. "We want to be sure that students' schedules are finalized before we begin the deployment."For now, students and parents can look forward to the possibilities that will come with the opportunities to learn in a digital environment. "I think it is a wonderful idea, and I feel good about it," said Gale Chaffin, a mother of a Nash Central High student. "The kids need to be connected to technology. It will make it easier for homework assignments."  http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/165 Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools celebrates highest graduation rate on record http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/165 Monday, 12 August 2013 12:00:00 EST    Monday, 12 August 2013 12:00:00 EST Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools celebrates the highest four-year cohort graduation rate on record, of 79.4 percent, which was released August 8, as part of North Carolina's 2012-13 Cohort Graduation Rate Report. The NRMPS graduation rate jumped nearly 10 percentage points, from 70.8 percent in 2010 to 79.4 percent in 2013. The increase represents nearly a 3 point jump from 2012, when the rate was 76.7 percent. The cohort of students represented in this year's data started high school in the 2009-10 school year and completed high school in four years or less. Dr. Anthony Jackson, Superintendent of Schools, attributes the increased graduation rates to what he called the deliberate actions of educators and administrators at all levels across the district to prepare students for a changing world."We are proud to share this year's graduation rate and trend data with everyone in our community." said Jackson. "As educators, we are committed to preparing the students of Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools for a competitive and global economy. Our graduation trend data demonstrates that students recognize the investment and the rewards ofcompleting their K-12 education, by earning their high school diplomas."Jackson cites several factors for the increase including innovative school programssuch as Nash-Rocky Mount Early College High School and Tar River Academy. Healso acknowledges the impact of increased relevance of academic subjects throughthe Common Core and the Essential Standards curriculum. Jackson also cites thechanges in the Career and Technical Education (CTE) program such as the increasethe number of high school CTE academies and course offerings. He also accountedfor the impact of student support services, increased use of instructionaltechnology, and stronger communication between students, families andeducators."We are consistently building our capacity to make critical connections with our students in the world they live in," Jackson said. "Regardless of background or various abilities, our top priority is to empower all students with the opportunity to experience success."  In nearly every subgroup, the graduation rate increased from 2012 to 2013. One of the largest increases among subgroups was for students with disabilities, which jumped from 45.7 percent in 2012, to 61 percent in 2013. The percentage of students classified as economicallydisadvantaged who graduated on time also increased from 73.1 percent in 2012, to 76.1 in 2013. "We are impressed with the gains we see from this year." Jackson said. "The Class of 2013 had 117 North Carolina Scholars, and earned more than $11.3 million in scholarships funds, the highest amount ever. Our 2013 graduates will travel to over 13 states to continue theireducation, jump start careers or join the armed forces. But, we recognize that we still have a long way to go. As we have outlined in our strategic plan, our goal is have 100 percent of our students graduating from our schools by 2018. We believe that our efforts will make this vision a reality for our schools and our community."For more detailed cohort graduation data, and the full state report, please visit the NRMPS website, www.nrms.k12.nc.us. http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/167 Principals Receive Awards at Administrative Retreat http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/167 Monday, 12 August 2013 12:00:00 EST   Monday, 12 August 2013 12:00:00 EST 2013 Quiet Storm Award Elementary PrincipalSheila WallaceQuentin ManganoAmy ThorntonGary Major      High School Principal Mark Cockrell Elementary Assistant Principal Bobby JonesTiffany HopkinsKim Clarke  Middle School Assistant Principal Katina Lynch  High School Assistant Principal Andrea SmithClaude ArcherBobby SimmonsMary Jones Central Office Cathy WittmanClemen Perez-LloydAngela MillerGloria VazquezDonna DoughertyJulie MoliqueSupport StaffChris StithSarah FairclothBrian LittkeDennis FieldsAlan Sherrod 2013 Rookie of the Year Award ElementaryKimberly HerronYolanda Wiggins MiddleChad Thompson High Gail PowersJohn Millner-WilliamsHugh Scott Central Office Tomeshia BarnesBob AlexanderJennifer CurtisSylvia McGeachyMatthew MayoAmy KeithAshley Simmons 2013 Superintendent's Leadership Award ElementaryAnn Mitchell Middle Carina Bryant High Leon Farrow Central OfficeMelissa Dancy-SmithEddie HicksRobin May  Support StaffShannon Davis  2013 Courage Under Fire Award Michelle Royster   Brian Hopkins http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/164 Dr. Jackson named Regional Superintendent of the Year http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/164 Thursday, 01 August 2013 12:00:00 EST    Thursday, 01 August 2013 12:00:00 EST Members of the Nash-Rocky Mount Board of Education gathered with school administrators and community supporters July 29 at Rocky Mount High School to learn that Dr. Anthony Jackson, Superintendent of Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools, had been named the Central Carolina Regional Education Service Alliance (CCRESA) 2013-14 Superintendent of the Year. Nash-Rocky Mount Board of Education Chairwoman Evelyn Bulluck said school board members were excited to nominate Dr. Jackson for the Regional Superintendent of the Year honor. "In our letter to the selection committee, we shared the numerous ways Dr. Jackson has been a champion for public education in our school system," said Bulluck. "He always emphasizes the critical importance of rigorous content, relevant experiences and meaningful relationships in preparing the students of Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools. Dr. Jackson is firm in his commitment to excellence, and he believes in the power of public education to uplift our community." Dr. Neil Pedersen, Executive Director of the CCRESA, presented Dr. Jackson with the award during a special ceremony held as part of the school district's administrative retreat. "We congratulate Dr. Jackson on receiving this honor," said Pedersen. "We are fortunate to have him serve as chair of our region's superintendent council, and we have seen the tremendous impact of his leadership in the Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools system."Dr. Jackson's family, friends, school administrators, along with community supporters from Apple, the Rocky Mount area Chamber of Commerce, United Way Tar River Region and Nash Community College attended the ceremony and reception. The regional honor encompasses several neighboring counties including Wake, Durham, Nash, Edgecombe, Franklin, Vance, Granville, Johnson, Wilson, Halifax and Northampton.Jackson became Superintendent of Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools in 2011. Prior to joining NRMPS, he was the Superintendent of Henry County Schools in Collinsville, VA. His career in public education spans over 25 years, serving several districts in VA and NC as a teacher, assistant principal, principal, central office administrator, and superintendent. Jackson holds a bachelor's degree in Education from East Carolina University, a master's degree in Education from North Carolina Central University, as well as a doctorate in Education from Walden University. During his time with NRMPS, he has led the way for the implementation of a 1:1 digital learning initiative for students in grades 4-12; as well as assisted the school board with prioritizing school facility needs through the development of a comprehensive 10-year capital improvement facility master plan. He has also implemented several two-way communication strategies, while navigating the educators, administrators, students and families of NRMPS through a new curriculum, new assessments, and a new accountability model.Jackson said he appreciates the support of the school board and their decision to nominate him for the honor. "I'm truly humbled and honored to have received this award," said Jackson, "My work as superintendent would not be possible without the support of our school board, and without the wonderful students, parents, educators, staff members, and administrators who make up our school system. I am so proud to be the leader of Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools. We have the best team, best schools and the best community." http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/163 NRMPS names new principal for O.R. Pope Elementary http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/163 Thursday, 18 July 2013 12:00:00 EST     Thursday, 18 July 2013 12:00:00 EST Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools recently named Karen Kimball as the new principal at O.R. Pope Elementary School. Former principal Gary Major now is now the principal at Parker Middle School. Kimball began her teaching career in Halifax County Public Schools. She was a science teacher for fourteen years in public schools in North Carolina and Virginia. Most recently, she served as assistant principal at O.R. Pope Elementary for the past three years. Kimball earned a bachelor's degree in Geology from Elizabeth City State University. She earned her teaching degree in middle and secondary science, along with a master's degree in environmental and space science from Strayer University, and her educational specialist degree from Cambridge College in Chesapeake Virginia. Kimball said she looks forward to working with O.R. Pope Elementary stakeholders in her new role as principal. "I am truly excited and accept the challenge of serving as principal of O.R. Pope Elementary School." said Kimball. "I look forward to working with the students, staff, and parents to make sure our students reach the highest level of achievement possible." O.R. Pope Elementary will be hosting a special meet and greet on August 22 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in conjunction with the school's open house. http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/162 Hartsfield and Luper Retire from NRMPS http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/162 Tuesday, 02 July 2013 12:00:00 EST    Tuesday, 02 July 2013 12:00:00 EST Celebrations during the month of June marked the retirement of LeRoy Hartsfield, Assistant Superintendent of Student Services, and Dr. Connie Luper, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum for Nash Rocky Mount Public Schools. Hartsfield and Luper have a combined 60 years of service in public education.Hartsfield began his career in Franklin County Schools, and joined Nash Rocky Mount Public Schools in 1989 as an Assistant Principal at Southern Nash Junior High. He was an assistant principal at Wake Forest Rolesville Middle, before returning to NRMPS to serve as principal of Nash Central Junior High, and then principal of Nash Central High from 2001 to 2010. From there, Hartsfield became Assistant Superintendent of Secondary Education and most recently served as Assistant Superintendent of Student Services.Hartsfield holds a bachelor's degree in history education and a master's degree in education administration from North Carolina A&T State University. He was a part of the UNC-Chapel Hill Assistant Principal's Executive Program, and received his Educational Specialist degree from East Carolina University.Hartsfield said he is most fond of the memories shared with students and staff throughout his time with NRMPS. "I have thoroughly enjoyed my tenure in Nash- Rocky Mount Schools." Hartsfield said. "I am grateful for having the opportunity to work with some wonderful people. I have had the pleasure of being surrounded with some great students who made academic success a top priority. I made every effort to facilitate their learning and to help them to understand the importance of structure in their life."Dr. Constance "Connie" Luper spent her entire career in education in the Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools. Luper began working for NRMPS first as SIMS operator at Edwards Junior High School before later teaching there as well. She was an assistant principal at Edwards Junior High and Nash Central Junior high, then moved to the district office as a middle and high school curriculum specialist. She returned to the schools as principal of Winstead Avenue Elementary and Englewood Elementary before becoming the Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum in 2008. Luper holds a bachelor's degree from UNC-Chapel Hill in economics. She earned her master's degree in education, supervision and administration, as well as an advanced degree and her doctorate in education from East Carolina University. She is a longtime resident of Nashville and attended Nashville Elementary, WL Greene, Nash Central Junior high before graduating from Northern Nash High School. Luper said she has been proud to call Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools her home for so many years."I have spent my entire career in education with Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools and I have tremendously enjoyed it," Luper said. "This is my home and will always be my heart. I will continue to work in the education field, advocating for students, and supporting public schools." http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/161 Nash Central Middle Quiz Bowl Team Places 4th in National Beta Club Competition http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/161 Thursday, 20 June 2013 12:00:00 EST     Thursday, 20 June 2013 12:00:00 EST Nash Central Middle School (NCMS) students, parents and staff recently welcomed home a Junior Beta Quiz Bowl team that ranks among the top in the nation. Bradley Leasure, Austin Luper, Adam Moore, and Trina Phan, made up the foursome that represented Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools and North Carolina during the National Junior Beta Club Quiz Bowl Competition held June 15-16 in Mobile, AL. Team members said they were very pleased with how well they matched up against the top quiz bowl talent from across the country."Not many teams get to compete at the state level, let alone the national level, and we never expected to place fourth," said Leasure, a rising 9th grader at Nash-Rocky Mount Early College. "Our biggest challenge was going against the champions and facing defeat, because we were unbeaten this year."The NCMS team dominated local contests, and won first place at the state-level Junior Beta Club Quiz Bowl competition in February, beating out nearly 80 teams from other schools, and earning the chance to represent North Carolina in the national competition. The National Junior Beta Club Quiz Bowl competition brought together 28 teams of the best and brightest quiz bowl students, all vying for the top spot. Teams of four competed in rounds, during which they had to answer 10 questions that increased in difficulty level as each round progressed. In the first round, NCMS defeated Pottsville Middle School of Pottsville, AR. In the second round, NCMS defeated Nandua Middle School of Onley, VA, the school that was last year's champion.  In the third round, NCMS defeated Arab High School of Arab, AL.  NCMS then advanced into the semi-finals, and was defeated by River Trail Middle School of Johns Creek, GA, the school that was eventually named the 2013 champion.  NCMS then lost the third-place match to Lee Middle School of Sharpsburg, GA. Adam Moore, rising 9th grader at Nash Central High School, said all of the teams were well-prepared for the competition. "We really felt challenged, and it was much more difficult than we expected," said Moore.  "We were disappointed that we didn't get first place, but we felt good about making the top four. The entire team had a huge part in our success. We worked together really well to get that far."Team coach and NCMS educator, Stephen Tobie, said he was proud of the resiliency shown by team members, especially given the level of competition. Tobie said he admired the spirit of the players, who were always ready to give their best effort and were "gracious," even in defeat. "The NCMS Beta Club Quiz Bowl Team -- Bradley Leasure, Austin Luper, Adam Moore, and Trina Phan -- showed great competitive heart and exhibited great sportsmanship throughout," said Tobie. "I could not be more proud of them. They represented our school, school system, and community in the most positive, uplifting way."Trina Phan, a rising 8th grader at Nash Central Middle School said she enjoyed having the chance to compete, and she hopes the team's performance will set a precedent for other students participating in quiz bowl. "I really enjoyed competing with our team," said Phan. "It was challenging, but a really great experience. I hope that other students at our school in the future will also get to do it." http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/160 Educators take advantage of opportunity to learn during Destination Innovation IV http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/160 Monday, 17 June 2013 12:00:00 EST    Monday, 17 June 2013 12:00:00 EST "One Vision, One Voice" was theme ofthis year's annual Destination Innovation professional development event forNash-Rocky Mount Public Schools educators, and the common message from both theclassroom sessions and guest speakers was clear-Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools(NRMPS) is in the midst of major transformation. Cathy Wittman, Director of Professional Development saidshe was pleased with the outcome of this year's event. Students were involvedin this year's event for the first time, providing refreshments for teachers asthey transitioned between sessions. "Destination Innovation IV was completed successfully,"Wittman said. "Presenters and keynote speakers echoed with one voice ourmission to prepare students for bright and prosperous futures. Every attendeehad the opportunity to participate, collaborate, and innovate in future-focusedlearning experiences."Sessions were offered by a diverse group of organizationsincluding Apple, Discovery Education, Advanced Learning, the North CarolinaDepartment of Public Instruction, Quality Teaching and Learning, along withhundreds of NRMPS educators who participated as facilitators. All emphasizedthe ‘new normal' for classroom instruction, which demands that students areactively engaged in 21st Century learning. Teachers were enthusiastic about their opportunity tolearn new and innovative strategies. Esther Smith, kindergarten teacher at D.S.Johnson said she was already putting some of what she learned to use. "What an amazing experience these past three days," said Smith."Being able to attend great Staff Development here locally was superb. Ilearned so much from the Intro to Google Doc with Erica Jordan and have alreadyestablished a welcome back form and docs using our Google drive. It was Greatstuff!"Keynote speaker Dr. Ray McNulty, Chief Learning Officer atPenn Foster, a leader in online and distance learning, spoke to teachers aboutembracing the change that is upon them, as the district prepares for the fullimplementation of the iConnect digital learning initiative, and the newHomebase student information and parent portals starting this fall.McNulty shared an example of Amazon.com, and how empoweredconsumers, by giving them the opportunity to self-educate about variousproducts and services. "The future is about the rise of the self-learner."McNulty said. "School improvement is not a problem in the United States. Theproblem is the world has changed at a much faster pace than we have. We have tounderstand that we have to re-image learning. Teaching is but only one way tolearn. We first have to be different, then we can be better." McNulty also discussed the concept of educators sharingwhat he called "next practices", instead of best practices. "Next practices,"he said, "push organizations to do what they have never done before."Wittman said the concept of "next practices" is really atthe heart of why the school district believes Destination Innovation is sopowerful. "Destination Innovation IV: One Vision, One Voice offeredpurposeful and intentional sessions designed to deepen participants' knowledgeand skill level for 21st century teaching and learning, said Wittman. "The truesuccess of Destination Innovation IV will be measured by the use of the newlyacquired knowledge and skills as educators reflect on their new learning andapply the new ideas in the classroom." http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/159 Wardlaw Lamar retires after 40 years with Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/159 Thursday, 13 June 2013 12:00:00 EST    Thursday, 13 June 2013 12:00:00 EST Attorney Wardlaw Lamar, who is considered one of the pioneers of education law in the state of North Carolina, recently announced his retirement and was honored by the Nash-Rocky Mount Board of Education for his 40 years of service to the Nash County school system and Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools system.Lamar reflected on his experiences with the two school systems and shared the passion that he and his wife Susan have for public education."Susan and I believe in public education so much-both our fine boys attended public schools in this state, graduated and went on," said Lamar. "Public education is the key to success and to building a democracy, and I am so proud to have been a part of being able to help with that process for 40 years. Now, it's time for me to get out of here and go fishing."Lamar came to North Carolina from Alabama, having graduated from Auburn University with his bachelor's and master's degrees before earning his Juris Doctor degree at UNC-Chapel Hill. He served as an officer in the US Marine Corp, and also worked for Auburn University, a publishing company, Emory University and clerked for a Federal Judge before coming to the greater Nash-Rocky Mount area.Lamar served as legal counsel for the Nash County Board of Education and then the Nash-Rocky Mount Board of Education from 1974 through May of this year. He also served as legal counsel for Nash Community College from 1973 until 2013. Other entities that Lamar served during his career include Halifax Community College, Hertford County Schools and Roanoke Chowan Community College until May 2013.His honors include North Carolina Association of Gifted and Talented Special Award for outstanding contributions to gifted and talented students; The Special Friend Award from the NC Council of Administration on special education; The Distinguished Service Award from the North Carolina Bar Association for outstanding service to education law.He served as the chair of the education law section of the NC Bar Association from 1995 to 1996 and as President of the Council of School Attorneys.Mr. Lamar is considered a pioneer of education law in North Carolina. He has worked on several landmark cases that have shaped education law in North Carolina, and has made numerous contributions to the field, and to the Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools and greater Nash-Rocky Mount region."We want to sincerely thank Mr. Lamar for his generous service to our students, families, staff, all of the stakeholders in Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools," said Dr. Anthony Jackson, Superintendent said. "His leadership and commitment to this school district will always be remembered and appreciated."  http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/158 NRMPS Welcomes New Principals and Assistant Principals http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/158 Tuesday, 11 June 2013 12:00:00 EST   Tuesday, 11 June 2013 12:00:00 EST NRMPS Welcomes New Principals and Assistant Principals http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/157 NRMPS Names New District Office Administrators http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/157 Wednesday, 05 June 2013 12:00:00 EST   Wednesday, 05 June 2013 12:00:00 EST NRMPS Names New District Office Administrators http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/156 Evening of Academic Excellence Celebrates High Student Achievement http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/156 Thursday, 30 May 2013 12:00:00 EST    Thursday, 30 May 2013 12:00:00 EST The highest achieving high school seniors from across Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools came together Wednesday night to celebrate 13 years of hard work and "deliberate excellence." This was the second annual Evening of Academic Excellence banquet, and Dr. Anthony Jackson, Superintendent of Schools, congratulated the students on their many achievements, but especially for maintaining high standards of academic excellence throughout each of their school years. "It is clear that each of you are human exemplars of these expectations, evidenced by your numerous accomplishments and academic achievements throughout your 13 years with us." Jackson said. "As a school system, we are confident that the rigorous coursework, the relevant experiences and the meaningful relationships you have developed throughout your school experiences will continue to serve you well as you take your next steps."Felicia Mayo, Senior Director of Authenticity and Inclusion, Global University Talent Programs and Global Compliance for Juniper Networks in Sunnyvale, California, was the keynote speaker for the event. Mayo graduated from Rocky Mount Senior High School in 1991, attended NC State University and embarked on several positions in human resources and technology before landing her current post with Juniper Networks. Mayo was introduced by Rocky Mount High School senior Alexandra Whicker.Mayo encouraged the students to take advantage of every opportunity to pursue their passion in the future. She also encouraged students to embrace their challenges. Your future begins now," Mayo said. "Allow yourself room for change along your journey. It is how you fare during your challenges that build your character, rather than your successes.Each high school principal announced the names of the students who were recognized as the Superintendent's Distinguished Scholars, and they also shared the name of each student's most influential teacher. Students were presented with a trophy and certificate to commemorate the honor by Dr. Jackson and Board of Education Chairwoman Evelyn Bulluck. Rocky Mount High School choral and orchestra students along with the band students from Northern Nash High School provided entertainment during the event.The greater Nash-Rocky Mount community also demonstrated support for high student achievement. Among those attending were Nash-Rocky Mount Board of Education members, Nash County Commissioners, the Mayor of Rocky Mount, Nash Community College staff, and Rocky Mount Area Chamber of Commerce staff. Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools also thanked the generous sponsors of the Evening of Academic Excellence, including, Cummins Rocky Mount Engine Plant, Dr. Anthony Jackson, Greater Joy Baptist Church, the Rocky Mount Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta, and STEP: Strategic Twin-Counties Educational Partnership. Gene Whicker, a parent who attended the event, said he was pleased that the school district understands the importance of recognizing high-performing students. I thought the presentation of the awards was one of the best handled events that I can recall." Whicker said. "Over 116 students were presented their awards and had their photos taken with Superintendent Anthony Jackson in a methodical exercise that seemed to go off flawlessly. The moment shall remain memorable to me for as long as I live."  Click here to view photos from the event   http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/154 Hubbard Elementary school students and staff unveil STEM lab http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/154 Friday, 24 May 2013 12:00:00 EST    Friday, 24 May 2013 12:00:00 EST Students at M.B. Hubbard Elementary School are discovering new ways to take on science, technology, engineering and math through a new STEM lab housed at the school. Students and staff recently came together to celebrate the unveiling of the STEM lab during a special exhibition for parents. Experiments conducted in the STEM lab included a weather demonstration and using math to construct a ramp for model race cars. Shelia Wallace, principal at Hubbard Elementary, said that she was excited about the STEM lab, and the learning opportunities it creates for students of all ages."STEM is designed to provide an interdisciplinary learning approach for each child in grades K through 5," said Wallace. "We want to spark their interest and we know that when they take this knowledge into the real world, there will be no challenge they cannot conquer."Teachers shared in her sentiments, stating that they recognize that the importance of shaping the next generation of future leaders, scientists, engineers, and inventors.Amy Berry, 4th grade science teacher said that through the STEM labs, students are gaining the skills they need to be successful, regardless of what they pursue later in life. "We don't know what the future holds for them. But these types of activities are preparing them for jobs that don't exist yet," Berry said. "A prime example is that iPad, When I was growing up we didn't have iPads, and we never would have imagined that they would be here."  For the students, the STEM lab provides a modern twist on science education. Fourth grade student Paige Ward said she really enjoys the hands-on learning experiences."We have a lot of fun now trying the different experiments," said Ward. "Sometimes doing experiences can be really boring, but in our room it's really fun, because we can use a lot of different objects."Quentin Stample, another 4th grade student, said he's been sharing news about the STEM lab with other students at school. "The experiments are fun to do," said Stample, "I've told the other kids they need to come to the STEM lab to see what it is all about, and how it will help them learn better." http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/155 Nash-Rocky Mount Early College graduates turn tassels http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/155 Friday, 24 May 2013 12:00:00 EST     Friday, 24 May 2013 12:00:00 EST Thirty-seven Nash-Rocky Mount Early College High School students marked the end of high school Thursday night with the turning of their tassels. Highest ranking fifth-year senior Martrez Gay called the group the "million dollar" class during his commencement speech, citing that the students had been offered over a $1 million in scholarship funds to various colleges and universities. "We are the million dollar class," Gay said. "This night is about us, and it's only the beginning of what will come for us in the future."The ceremony was highlighted by a theme of familial bonds. As students prepared to receive their diplomas, they reflected with Gay and Principal Christine Catalano about their fondest memories, including those of their former educator and colleague Rachel Lindsey, who passed away earlier in the school year."Tonight, Mr. Lindsey presents each graduate with a special gift, in honor of her memory, Catalano said."As the graduates prepare to enter the next phase in their life, nearly half of them will do so with two years of transferable college credit, or an associates degree. Those who opted to stay in the program for five years are candidates for degrees from Nash Community College. All of them have taken college courses while in high school, and Superintendent Anthony Jackson said he expects to hear about the great things the students will accomplish moving forward."Our Early College students prove over and over that high quality instructional programs, rigor and relevance prepare our students with the skills they need to be successful in 21st Century higher education and careers," Jackson said."We know these students are career and college ready, and we wish them much success in their future endeavors." Click here to view Photo Gallery  http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/153 Rocky Mount High School band director receives state-level award http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/153 Friday, 17 May 2013 12:00:00 EST    Friday, 17 May 2013 12:00:00 EST For Rocky Mount High School (RMHS) Band Director Tremayne Smith, working with students is more than a career, it is his passion. Smith frequently references the motto of the RMHS band program, "Setting the TONE of Excellence," and his selection as one of the top band directors in the state is only one of the many evidences that the RMHS band program is on the rise. Smith was recently announced as the recipient of the ENCORE Award, which is given by the American School Band Director's Association, to a select group of band instructors with fewer than seven years of experience in the profession. According to the organization's website, those selected for the award have demonstrated "great future potential as music educators and a desire to serve their district and state organizations."The North Carolina Chapter of the American School Band Directors Association (ASBDA) nominated Smith for the award, and he will receive the recognition at the North Carolina Bandmasters Association (NCBA) November business meeting during the 2013 North Carolina Music Educators Association conference in Winston-Salem. "It's been a remarkable year for the RMHS Band Program," said Smith. "This band program was at one point among the best in the United States, winning multiple consecutive ‘Bands of America' Championships in the 1980's. "With the new direction that this program is heading in, there is no doubt in my mind that we can get back to that."Smith's students respond positively to his leadership, which senior Branden Sumner said has not only shaped his passion for music, but his approach to other aspects of life. "Mr. Smith has influenced me to always follow my goals no matter where they might lead me," said Sumner. Smith joined the staff at RMHS at the beginning of this year, and has led the school's band students to numerous competitions, honors, and performances.Competitions that the band has received accolades for their participation include the Jewel of Millennium Competition, the Eastern District Music Performance Adjudication, and the annual North Carolina Show-style Band Directors Association Festival, among others. Local appearances for the band include performances at the Down East Classic, Rocky Mount, Sharpsburg, and Stantonsburg holiday parades, as well as the Rocky Mount Senior Citizen games, and the USA South Conference spring tournament opening ceremony.Smith said the success achieved by the band students has been a true team effort. He credits the support he and students have received from other schools, as well as all parties associated with the school's band program. "I attribute this year's success to my music mentor Erik Harris at Northern Nash High School, my friends and colleagues at Nash Central High School and Southern Nash High School, my supportive administration here at Rocky Mount High School, my fellow teachers, dedicated parents, but most importantly, to the talented young professional musicians that are my students." http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/151 NRMPS students to participate in Junior Contractors Tours http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/151 Thursday, 16 May 2013 12:00:00 EST   Thursday, 16 May 2013 12:00:00 EST Third, fourth and fifth students from Benvenue Elementary, Williford Elementary and D.S. Johnson Elementary will tour the Rocky Mount Middle School facility on Friday, May 17, 2013 at 9:30 am. Students will meet the general contractor who will explain the construction project. Students will be given hard hats and vests to wear during the tour.The curriculum and operations teams worked together to design this interactive tour, with links to real-world experiences in science, technology, engineering and math. Each of the students participating will eventually attend Rocky Mount Middle School.    http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/152 Students recognized, ready to attend N.C. Governor’s School http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/152 Thursday, 16 May 2013 12:00:00 EST     Thursday, 16 May 2013 12:00:00 EST Seven students will represent Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools as they embark on a unique summer exploration of various subjects during the 2013 Governor's School Session. Andrew Beal, Ashtyn Coates, Haley Coppedge, Jeffrey Currin, Amanda Davis, Alaya Reynolds, and Morgan Winstead were recently recognized by the Nash-Rocky Mount Board of Education for their accomplishments.The Governor's School of North Carolina is a five-week summer residential program for intellectually gifted high school students; integrating academic disciplines, the arts, and unique courses. The curriculum focuses on the exploration of the most recent ideas and concepts in each discipline, and does not involve credits, tests, or grades. Laura Parrott, AIG Coordinator, said the Governor's School program has a rich tradition of providing students with the opportunity to learn from experts in an interactive environment."Faculty and staff are drawn from bright, dedicated teachers and professionals across the country, from public and private schools, colleges and universities, and independent artists and scholars, said Parrott. "To attend is a high honor and one that we acknowledge with pride."The Governor's School program, which is open predominately to rising seniors, but also rising juniors in some areas, is located on two campuses: Governor's School West at Salem College in Winston-Salem and Governor's School East at Meredith College in Raleigh.Members of the Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools Class of 2013 will attend in the following subject areas. Andrew Beal, Nash Central High School, TheaterAshtyn Coates, Rocky Mount High School, FrenchHaley Coppedge, Rocky Mount High School, MathJeffrey Currin, Nash Central High School, Instrumental Music/SaxophoneAmanda Davis, Northern Nash High School, EnglishAlaya Reynolds, Nash Central High School, MathMorgan Winstead, Southern Nash High School, SpanishWinstead, a rising senior at Southern Nash High School, said she's excited about attending Governor's School and exploring her passion for Spanish."I'm looking forward to learning more about Spanish culture." Winstead said, "I want to be a trauma doctor, so learning Spanish would help me to be able to talk to patients from different backgrounds. I've heard a lot about Governor's school, and I'm excited to experience it."Not pictured: Alaya Renolds and Morgan Winstead  http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/150 NRMPS welcomes administrators to new positions http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/150 Sunday, 12 May 2013 12:00:00 EST Sunday, 12 May 2013 12:00:00 EST Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools announced two new administrative assignments during the Nash-Rocky Mount Board of Education meeting held May 9. Robin May was named the new Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction. Elizabeth Jenkins was named the new Principal of Baskerville Elementary. Robin May, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and InstructionRobin May has spent her career in education serving the students of Nash-Rocky Mount Mount Public Schools. May taught at Southern Nash Junior High and served as an assistant principal at Nash Central Junior High and Nash Central High for a combined seven years of experience. May also served as principal at M.B Hubbard Elementary for four years, principal at Red Oak Middle for two years, and most recently, served the district as Executive Director for Secondary Schools since 2011.She holds a Bachelor's degree in Middle Grades Education from UNC-Chapel Hill and received her Master's degree in Administration and Curriculum from East Carolina University. May said she is excited to take on the role of Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum & Instruction. "I see this new role as a tremendous opportunity to impact teaching and learning every day. Teaching and learning is the heart and soul of what we do," May said. "Serving in this capacity also provides me with the opportunity to implement our iConnect initiative as an extension of our commitment to rigorous and relevant instruction." Elizabeth Jenkins, Principal of Baskerville Elementary SchoolElizabeth Jenkins has served as an administrator in the Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools system since 2008. Over the course of her career in education, Jenkins taught vocational classes at the middle and high school level, in South Carolina, Georgia, and in Wilson, NC. She also served as an Academically and Intellectually Gifted/Curriculum lead teacher for eight years and as an assistant principal in Wilson before joining NRMPS. She has a combined seven years of experience as an assistant principal at schools including Nash Central Middle, Williford Elementary, and most recently Red Oak Middle. Jenkins holds a Bachelor's degree in Home Economics Education from Winthrop College (now Winthrop University) and a Master's degree in Educational Leadership from East Carolina University. She said she looks forward to working with the students, staff, parents and supporters of the Baskerville Elementary School community, as the school's new leader."Being principal at Baskerville Elementary provides me with the opportunity to serve our students, serve our community and provide the best education possible to ensure the success of all of our children." Jenkins said.Jenkins will begin her role as Principal of Baskerville Elementary May 15. May starts the position of Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum & Instruction beginning July 1. http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/149 Superintendent hosts parent meetings on school consolidation http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/149 Thursday, 09 May 2013 12:00:00 EST      Thursday, 09 May 2013 12:00:00 EST Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Anthony Jackson recently met with parents from Red Oak Elementary, Swift Creek Elementary, D.S. Johnson Elementary, and O.R. Pope Elementary for what he called a preliminary conversation on the potential for school consolidation."We want parents to be aware, informed and engaged as we work through this process. A year ago, we began a full review of our facility conditions," Jackson said. "We learned that our buildings ranged in age from one year to nearly 80 years of age."Red Oak Elementary, Swift Creek Elementary, D.S Johnson Elementary and O.R. Pope Elementary have the highest facility need indexes of any of the elementary schools in the district. Jackson shared that the schools are well past their life span, and that the cost to renovate the buildings would be nearly the same as the cost to consolidate schools, into two brand new facilities. "These schools simply do not meet the needs or the expectations of our community when it comes to providing a safe and orderly environment for our students." Jackson said. Jackson showed pictures of the aging infrastructure in the schools, and described how the mechanical systems fall short of the expectations for 21st Century school buildings. He also emphasized that the consolidation timeline would not come to realization for at least another two or three school years, as the school system must first begin discussions, finalize priorities, and secure funding. Jackson also said the school system would host school tours for parents so that they could be well-informed, advocate for new schools and stay involved throughout the process.The Consolidation Plan for high priority projects includes: Consolidate four elementary school sites into two school sites.• Red Oak Elementary School/Swift Creek Elementary School - one new facility• Pope Elementary School/ Johnson Elementary School - one new facility using Fairview Elementary School as the core facility for a new facility to serve 600 students • Consolidate two middle school sites into one.o Parker Middle School/Rocky Mount Middle School at current RMMS site• Move and consolidate all district Non-traditional programs to one site.o Tar River Academy at the current Parker Middle School site after renovation.• Construct a permanent facility for the Nash-Rocky Mount Early College High School.o Currently the entire program is operating out of mobile units on the NCC campus..For more information about school consolidation and the school board's capital improvement plan, visit the NRMPS website, www.nrms.k12.nc.us, and select Capital Improvement Plan. http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/147 Southern Nash Middle School KMO team earns second place in the state http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/147 Wednesday, 08 May 2013 12:00:00 EST   Wednesday, 08 May 2013 12:00:00 EST Thousands of students throughout the country and in many foreign countries competed April 24th in the 60th Knowledge Master Open academic competition. Middle school, junior high, and high school students faced their computers and 200 tough questions to vie for top scores based on the accuracy and speed of their answers. A team of students at Southern Nash Middle scored 1,259 out of 2,000 possible points.  Out of the teams in NC, Southern Nash scored second in the state! The KMO Coach is the AIG teacher Dana Williamson. The Knowledge Master Open was designed to stimulate enthusiasm for learning and recognition for academic accomplishment. The contest runs on classroom computer to allow all students the opportunity to compete in a large academic event without the expense of traveling to a central site. Results of the contest are tabulated into overall, state, and enrollment-size rankings by Academic Hallmarks, a Colorado publishing firm that hosts the event. Contest results and example questions are available at http://www.greatauk.com/.  http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/148 NRMPS celebrates bus drivers during annual Bus ‘Roadeo’ http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/148 Wednesday, 08 May 2013 12:00:00 EST     Wednesday, 08 May 2013 12:00:00 EST Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools recently celebrated bus drivers from across the school system during the annual NRMPS Bus Roadeo event. In addition to having bus drivers contend with their colleagues for the top spots in a driving competition, the NRMPS Transportation department also recognized deserving bus drivers and transportation staff members with special honors. Binford Sloan, Director of Transportation, said the event is one that he and members of the transportation department look forward to every year."To safely transport our students, bus drivers have mastered in-depth training to operate the school bus," said Sloan, "The Bus Roadeo provides the setting where drivers can compete against each other in an obstacle course highlighting different skills. This spirited competition focuses on a driver's ability with braking, maneuvering, perception, steering, and timing to drive the bus without error." The 2013 Roadeo winners were Carlton Williams from Englewood Elementary who came in first place; Lakesha Watson from Hubbard Elementary, who placed second, and Denise Hall from Southern Nash Middle, who placed third. These top winners competed in a regional Bus Roadeo with bus drivers from surrounding school districts held May 3.In addition to the Roadeo competition, bus drivers enjoyed a special luncheon during which the school system honored employees for their hard work and dedication throughout the school year. As the award recipients were announced, comments from their peers and supervisors who nominated them were also shared with the group.Keith Tharrington was named the 2013 NRMPS Transportation Employee of the Year. Tasheka Cooper of Benvenue Elementary was named Elementary School Bus Driver of the Year. Donald Barnes of Edwards Middle was named the Middle School Bus Driver of the Year and Meka Gupton of Nash Central High School was named the High School Bus Driver of the Year. Barnes also received the prestigious honor of being named the Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools 2013 overall Bus Driver of the Year. NRMPS Superintendent Dr. Anthony Jackson thanked the bus drivers for their efforts to ensure students arrive to and depart from school safely. "I am so proud of our transportation department, all of our bus drivers, technicians and other staff who work tirelessly to ensure that our students arrive safely to school." Jackson said. "You all make an intentional, daily commitment to the education of students in this school system, and we cannot thank you enough for what you do every day." http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/146 School Board Re-examine​s School Facility Needs http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/146 Wednesday, 01 May 2013 12:00:00 EST     Wednesday, 01 May 2013 12:00:00 EST The Nash-Rocky Mount Board of Education stands united in adopting a multi-faceted approach to handling the school district's most aging facilities.Board members recently completed a series of school tours in which they looked at the conditions of the school buildings, safety and security measures, as well as mechanical systems over a two-day period.During a Capital Improvement Plan meeting held April 29, the Board members considered the recommendation of Superintendent Dr. Anthony Jackson to examine the consolidation of some school facilities, renovations to facilities, and the construction of new school buildings. "At the end of the day," said Jackson,  "It's about ensuring that our students have the best possible learning environments." Dr. Eric Cunningham, Associate Superintendent of Facilities and Operations, walked the board through challenges faced at each school in the district. Four schools were identified as having the greatest needs and highest cost indexes: Red Oak Elementary, Swift Creek Elementary, O.R. Pope Elementary and D.S. Johnson Elementary.In the discussion of these schools, Jackson and Cunningham presented the board with a few options for their consideration: For Red Oak Elementary and Swift Creak Elementary, the Board can consider option one of renovating the two schools, and continuing to operate as two separate campuses. This would cost the school district nearly $18.4 million. For option two, the board would construct a new facility, consolidating the two schools into one 600-student capacity school, which was estimated to cost the district around $19.3 million. Building the new facility would save the school district anywhere between $100,000 to $200,000 a year in operating costs.For D.S. Johnson Elementary, O.R. Pope Elementary and the Fairview Early Childhood Center, the Board was also presented with two options; the first, to renovate all three sites, and continue to operate as three separate campuses, or to again demolish the buildings and construct a new 750- student capacity school to accommodate the student populations from all three sites. The renovations of the first option would cost the school district approximately $14.2 million, while the construction of a brand new school is estimated to cost around $19.4 million. The board was also presented with an efficiency option to consider the consolidation of Parker Middle School with the new Rocky Mount Middle School that will open in fall of 2013. With option one for the two middles schools, the board could opt to renovate Parker Middle, and continue to run the two schools separately, at an estimated cost of $24.9 million, or consolidate the two schools to the campus of Rocky Mount Middle at an estimated price tag of $20.4 million.As the Board members carefully studied the options, many expressed their support in consolidating, and replacing the older buildings with new ones that can better support 21st century learning. "If we build a new facility, we need to make sure that we plan it so that we don't ever have mobile units in the back of it," said Board member Doneva Chavis-Battle.Other board members agreed and discussed the critical next step of gaining community support for the building of new schools."I don't think it will be a hard sell for our communities," said Ann Edge. "Parents want their children to have better than what they had as they were coming along."Dr. Jackson expressed the importance of engaging with the community, and offering parents and others with the opportunity to look at the conditions of the buildings. "We have to build out the necessary support with parents and give them a voice in this process," he said. Board chair Evelyn Bulluck also shared her desire to have a snapshot look at the entire scope of the finances needed to consolidate and make the safety and security upgrades to each of the schools."We need to move forward, having the financial package together in a way that we can share as we start the discussion to build support." Bulluck said.  "If we have a chart comparing safety and security issues on one side, and consolidation, renovation on the other,  we can easily see and share our total challenges and total opportunities."Board members received information on April 29, with the intent to approve a prioritized list at their regularly scheduled board meeting on May 9, 2013. Following the May 9 meeting, the Board will embark on a comprehensive community engagement process. http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/144 Turning Trash Into Treasure http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/144 Tuesday, 30 April 2013 12:00:00 EST   Tuesday, 30 April 2013 12:00:00 EST  Contributing Writer Kristi Adkins As part of helping the Coopers community become more aware of Earth Day and taking care of the planet,  students from Coopers Elementary took part in the 2013 Eco-Fair that included 160 student projects. Their challenge?  Take any items that could be recycled and reuse them in a new or different way, turning would-be trash into treasure. Fun, coupled with creative thinking skills brought out the students' best while also encouraging learning about the three R's: Reuse, Reduce and Recycle.Judging the entries was the most recent winners of the NC High School Envirothon, Nash Central High School's Environmental Club students and their adviser, Rachel Owens. Mrs. Adkins, Coopers AIG Facilitator, was very appreciative for their help and also congratulated them on their latest award. Congratulations the NCHS Ecology Club for winning the title, for the second year in a row, and congratulations to the grade winners from Coopers Elementary.There were four categories of winners for each grade level: Most Practical, Most Creative, Best Use of Recyclables and Best Overall. The winners for Most Practical were:Kindergarten: Tic Tac Toe by Hunter SkinnerFirst Grade: Bird Feeder by Carson CrossSecond Grade: Water Flowering Jug by Kaydince PerezThird Grade: The Easy Way by Cayden DerekFourth Grade: Cap Trash by Skylar GibsonFifth Grade: Bottle Top Lamp & Accessories by Logan Adkins & Perla Morales The winners for Most Creative were:Kindergarten: Giraffe by Grayson DeansFirst Grade: Dragon by Emalee SmithSecond Grade: Constellation Lantern by Kendall AndrewsThird Grade: Drums by Madyson QuinceyFourth Grade: Mobile by Ashton Moore & Brayden MooreFifth Grade: Recycled Garden by Zashayla Santana The winners for Best Use of Recyclables were:Kindergarten: Page's Seedling Garden by Page StricklandFirst Grade: Trash Can by Jamin JoynerSecond Grade: Bird Feeder by John BouldenThird Grade: Tractor Trailer by Joseph GainesFourth Grade: Solar Oven by Luke ParrishFifth Grade: Aqua Sound by Landon Hinkle The winners for Best Overall were:Kindergarten: Outside Candle Jars by Bianca GueveraFirst Grade: It's Game Time by Caroline AdkinsSecond Grade: Maze Mania by Hudson WallThird Grade: The Dumper by Hayden WombleFourth Grade: Wind Chimes by Jackson HoneycuttFifth Grade: Can Top Mascot by Caley Askew & Reese Melvin Great job to all who participated! http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/145 Williford Elementary wins Elementary Battle of the Books http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/145 Tuesday, 30 April 2013 12:00:00 EST    Tuesday, 30 April 2013 12:00:00 EST Thirteen Nash-Rocky Mount elementary schools took to the stage on April 30th at Nash Community College for the 4th Annual Battle of the Books.  After 25 rounds of questions on 14 novels, Williford Elementary's team emerged as the 1st place winner.  Coaches for Williford Elementary are Alice Freeman, Jane Gravely, and Nicole Neal.    Spring Hope Elementary, coached by Amy Parker and Rene Severini, played 2 final rounds against Williford to secure their second place position.  The Coopers Elementary team, coached by Kristi Adkins and Rene Smith, won 3rd place. Congratulations to each of these students and their coaches, as well as the teams from Bailey, Baskerville, Benvenue, Cedar Grove, Englewood, Hubbard, Middlesex, Nashville, Pope, and Swift Creek.  Every child who participated in the Battle of the Books competition today was a winner for their dedication to reading! http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/142 Nash-Rocky Mount Board of Education approves balanced budget http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/142 Thursday, 25 April 2013 12:00:00 EST   Thursday, 25 April 2013 12:00:00 EST Members of the Nash-Rocky Mount Board of Education unanimously approved the 2013-14 budget presented to them April 22, which Superintendent Dr. Anthony Jackson called the sequel to last year's budgetary "perfect storm."Jackson began the budget presentation by connecting each budget category to the district's vision and strategic priorities, emphasizing the importance of providing all students with personalized learning environments, maintaining competitive salaries and benefits to attract and retain the best educators, and supporting capital improvement needs, as well as resources to connect the district with the community. "We are not over the hill yet, and we still have things that will challenge us economically." said Jackson. "We have to make sure we are sensitive to these conditions, but that we remain committed to providing the best possible education with the resources we have available."Jackson discussed the decline in enrollment for the past five years, which is expected to be much less steep this year than before. He also cited the increased costs of employee benefits, aging facilities, unfunded mandates, and the elimination of teaching assistant positions in the governor's budget as other major challenges. The proposed budget for next school for the Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools district stands at $134.8 million, down from $139.2 million the previous year. The decline in state funds is primarily due to declining enrollment. Sequestration impacted federal funds. The school board has petitioned Nash County for $250,000 to increase the district's capital outlay funds, provided the county is able to build it into their budget. While this amount is not nearly enough money to cover the full scope of the district's capital needs, it will help. Currently, the school board is in the process of prioritizing needs following their capital improvement tours. Child nutrition funds are self-sustaining, and the program continues to make a profit. The increase in $400,000 for next school year is due to the mandatory cost increase of student lunches by 10 cents. This cost increase is a mandate from the federal government. The Donations portion of the budget is funded primarily through the collection of user fees that will be taken up at the start of next school year to support maintenance of the iConnect digital initiative. Jackson shared that budget information was previously presented to several stakeholder groups for feedback including principals, teachers, parents, directors, senior staff members, and school board members. Several strategies were employed as the school district navigated the budget process:Zero-based budgeting discussions to identify savings within the current budget (staff had to distinguish between needs and wants)Captured savings in educational programs/serviceso          Purchased services, supplies, o          Professional development etc.o          TravelCaptured operational and maintenance efficiencies through energy cost avoidanceo          Energyo          Student Reassignment (mobile units and transportation)Revised staffing standards to ensure equitable distribution of available resources to best serve students.Increased class sizes/adjusting the student teacher ratios at all levels to align with available allocations Delayed/ eliminated equipment purchases Delayed facility/capital improvementsReorganized the Central Office - eliminated 8 positionsEliminated 54 teaching positions Managed the loss of positions through a hiring freeze and attritionEliminated the district purchasing department by assigning responsibilities to the finance department, keying purchase orders to the schools and direct shipping to schools and departments. In addition to these strategies, over the next few weeks, the school board and staff will study  the feasibility of outsourcing custodial services and eliminating or restructuring the current management agreement."The major accomplishment of this budget is that we have built it without any fund balance."  Jackson said. "I applaud our staff for making the tough calls. The reality is that we have to live within our means. We must be far more diligent with our resources."Click here for a full view of the school district's budget. http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/143 Nash Central High School Students Excel at State Leadership Conference http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/143 Thursday, 25 April 2013 12:00:00 EST   Thursday, 25 April 2013 12:00:00 EST NCHS Family, Career, Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) members recently participated in Star Events at the State Leadership Conference held in Greensboro. Students from all over the state competed in events with projects they had been working on over the past school year.Three students received gold medals in their events and will be representing Nash-Rocky Mount Schools and the state of North Carolina at the National Leadership Conference to be held this July in Nashville, Tennessee. Nicole Barrow and Kaila Boulden received a gold medal for their Chapter Service Project, "The Angel Tree," which was created for My Sister's House. Josh Jones received a gold medal for his portfolio that Promoted and Publicized FCCLA. They will be entering the same events and competing against students from across the nation.Five students were awarded silver medals for their projects. Tabourea Pittman competed in Life Event Planning. She created a portfolio on how she planned and prepared a budget for her prom. Michaela Lowe, Shy'Kyra Silver, and Alexis Butler competed in Focus on Children where they presented an activity in the child care center to teach nutrition as well as made a brochure for parents. Delicia Battle competed in Create a Meal where she had to be prepared to plan a nutritious meal using the MyPlate guidelines and a scenario presented by the judges.Karen Winstead and Gwen Hines, FCCLA Advisors, announced these awards after returning from the leadership conference. They will be assisting students in their preparations for the national conference in July. http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/140 Schools encourage students and parents to “Get Fit for Lifeâ€� http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/140 Wednesday, 24 April 2013 12:00:00 EST Wednesday, 24 April 2013 12:00:00 EST The Harrison Family YMCA was brimming with excitement Saturday, as hundreds of Nash Rocky Mount Public School students and their parents lined the halls of the building for fun-filled activities designed to encourage them to maintain a healthy and active lifestyle.Whether it was a science experiment, a technology game, a game of corn hole, or a Zumba routine, the "Let's Get Fit for Life" event held April 20 featured a booth set-up by every school in the NRMPS district, and provided a unique opportunity for students and parents to connect with teachers and administrators outside of the classroom. Paula Battle, Parent Outreach & Involvement Coordinator, organized the event, and said she was pleased with the number of activities and resources that were provided for families. "The purpose for the "Let's Get Fit for Life" day at the Harrison YMCA was to encourage healthy living opportunities for our students and parents," said Battle. "I strongly believe the parents and students were able to work together on specific skills and activities that they will be able to take home and emerge in their daily lives.  Students were pleased to see their parents working beside them in specific areas of learning.  It is our hope that parents will continue to work with their children to increase academic performance in and out of school."Students who volunteered for the event were equally enthusiastic about how the event provided learning opportunities, especially in the area of healthy living."I think it helps you to realize that you need to be active when you're young so when you get older it's easier to make sure you stay healthy," said Courtney Coley, 7th grader at Edwards Middle.             The "Let's Get Fit for Life" event was coordinated through the Students Services department by the Parent Involvement Advisory Council. "We wanted to provide a cost free day at the YMCA to engage the school community in meaningful activities, identify and connect families with resources, services, family health screenings, and provide educational information for participants in the following areas; academics, health education, cultural arts, and recreation," said Battle.    Eighth grade student Destini Morton from Edwards Middle attended last year's event and said she was happy to see more families attend this year."This year a lot more people were involved and being active." Morton said. "Since there's not always a lot to do, it was nice to have a day where everyone could come and do several fun activities together." Battle hopes the event will continue to be one that families and the community can look forward to each spring.  "Our partnership with the YMCA has encouraged families to continue to be engaged in meaningful and rewarding learning activities with their children, as well as utilize resources in the community to help increase student academic performances." http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/141 Nash Central Middle School wins Quiz Bowl Competition http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/141 Wednesday, 24 April 2013 12:00:00 EST    Wednesday, 24 April 2013 12:00:00 EST Nearly 100 Nash-Rocky Mount middle school students competed April 18 in the district-wide Final Quiz Bowl competition.  Nash Central Middle's team,  coached by Stephen Tobie, emerged as the leader with the highest amount of accumulated points and number of individual matches won from the semi-finals and finals.   In addition, a group of the students from NCMS competed at the state level Quiz Bowl competition at the Beta Club Convention and will be competing at the national level in Mobile, AL during June. Congratulations to all of our coaches and students for a job well done!Nash Central School, 935 points, 8 matches wonRed Oak School,  points, 665 points, 6 matches wonEdwards Middle School, 475 points, 2 matches won Parker Middle School, 465 points,  3 matches wonSouthern Nash Middle School,  455 points 2 matches won http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/139 Englewood Elementary students explore engineering through interactive STEM stations http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/139 Tuesday, 16 April 2013 12:00:00 EST   Tuesday, 16 April 2013 12:00:00 EST Englewood Elementary School students recently explored the world of engineering as they completed a series of interactive Science, Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) stations at the school. Amy Quigley, AIG Facilitator and STEM teacher leader, designed the stations after taking classes through the Gateway Technology Center in partnership with N.C. State University. Quigley developed a proposal to provide three full days of STEM activities, one day for each grade level. She presented it to the school's parent teacher association, and the group funded the project for a little more than $700. "In the day of shrinking field trips, we thought it would be great to bring a ‘hands-on' project museum to all of our students," Quigley said. "We wanted the focus to be engineering, and how it impacts their daily lives."Quigley received a "family engineering" book during her Gateway center class, which she said was the inspiration for all of the stations.Stations were created in particular subject areas: mechanical engineering, civil engineering, industrial engineering, general engineering, environmental engineering, global warming and electrical engineering. As part of the week, 4th grade AIG students also learned about the scientific method and presented science projects they created to groups of their peers.Third grade student Kate Berry said she enjoyed having time to work on project-based math, science and engineering projects.  "It was fun because I love to build things." Berry said. "I also liked looking at all of science projects."Quigley worked with other teachers at the school to build excitement leading up to the engineering week. Even art, music and physical education teachers got in on the action, by incorporating STEM as part of their lessons. "I learned that engineering uses electricity and it takes a lot of experiments to make it work." Junior Fuentes, 3rd grade student, said. "We also talked about global warming, and ice melting in Antarctica."Quigley said she hopes the event will be an annual opportunity for students to see how engineering connects to science, technology, and math. "I hope we can expand it each year," Quigley said. "Next year, we hope to incorporate even more STEM activities." Kim Baker, parent volunteer, said she was pleased to see the students make real-world applications as they completed their STEM stations.  "It gave them real experiences, instead of just the theories of engineering." Baker said. "They were able to see it for themselves and work with tangible projects to put with the concepts they are learning." http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/138 End of Year Testing Schedule and Early Release Information http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/138 Friday, 12 April 2013 12:00:00 EST   Friday, 12 April 2013 12:00:00 EST Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools families should begin planning for additional early release days that have been added to the end of the school year, due to new testing that is being implemented state-wide. This year, students in grades 3-8 will participate in new Ready End of Grade (EOG) Assessments in reading and math. Students in grades 5 and 8 will take the science Ready End of Grade (EOG) Assessment.  High school students will take Ready End of Course (EOC) Assessments in biology, English II, and Common Core Math I.In addition, students will take Measures of Student Learning (MSL) or Common Exams published by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction in several other subjects.  At the elementary level, students will take an MSL exam in 4th grade science. At the middle school level, students will take MSL exams in 6th and 7th grade science, as well as 6th, 7th, and 8th grade social studies. At the high school level, students will take MSL exams in several subjects: earth and environmental science, physics, chemistry, physical science, English I, English III, and English IV. High school students will also take MSL exams in pre-calculus, advanced functions and modeling, Common Core Math II (Geometry), and Common Core Math III (Algebra II) as well as world History, civics & economics, and US history. Measures of Student Learning Exam Subject Areas (beginning 2013)ScienceEnglish Language ArtsMathSocial StudiesOccupational Course of Study4th, 6th, and 7th grade  6th, 7th, and 8th grade Earth/Environmental ScienceEnglish IPre-calculusWorld HistoryEnglish I, III, and IVPhysicsEnglish IIIAdvanced Functions and ModelingCivic and EconomicsFinancial ManagementChemistryEnglish IVCommon Core Math II (Geometry)US HistoryIntroductory Math Physical Science Common Core Math III (Algebra II) Applied Science High school students began taking the MSL exams in January at the end of the second semester. Now since elementary and middle school level students will be also taking the exams, the school system must have the early release days, which Melissa Dancy-Smith, Executive Director of Elementary Education, says is necessary to provide time for proper scoring.  "Based on feedback from high schools that administered the MSLs across the state in January, scoring consumed a huge amount of time." said Dancy-Smith. "Because these tests must be hand-scored and remain under testing security, it is imperative that time is built within the day to allow teachers ample time to accurately score the tests and maintain its integrity with the appropriate administrative supervision of the scoring parties." The early release days fall during the last week of school. June 3-7 will be early release days for all high schools, with students dismissed at 12:30 p.m. June 6 and 7 will be early release days for students in grades K-12. Middle and high school students will be dismissed at 12:30 p.m. on both days. Elementary school students will be dismissed at 1:15 p.m.    Robin May, Executive Director of Secondary Education, said that the early release days will provide the time needed to ensure that all students have their assessments completed in a timely manner. "The calendar adjustments also allow for two make up days to ensure that all of the students in our system have completed their assessments prior to the end of the day on June 7," said May. The NRMPS curriculum department is inviting parents to attend one of three sessions that will be held April 22 at Edwards Middle, April 29 at Southern Nash Middle, or April 30 at Nash Central Middle. During the sessions, the Curriculum staff will discuss information about the Common Core & MSL exams. The dates are provided on the NRMPS website: http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/ under the announcement area.  Click here for a downloadable copy of the 2012-2013 Testing Schedule  2012-13 Testing CalendarMay 22 - 4th grade MSL and 5th grade Science EOGMay 23 - 6th and 7th grade Science MSL and 8th grade Science EOGMay 29 -  Reading EOG Grades 3-8May 30 - Math EOG Grades 3-8May 31 - 6th-8th grade Social StudiesJune 4 - Common Core Math I EOC - Middle School High School Exams including EOC, MSL, and CTE Post Assessments -             May 31 - Block 1            June 3 - Block 2            June 4 - Block 3            June 5 - Block 4***June 3-7 will all be Early Release days for High Schools (Dismissal at 12:30 p.m.)***June 6 and 7 will be Early Release days for all schools K-12 (Dismissal at 12:30 p.m. for middle and high schools, Dismissal at 1:15 p.m. for elementary schools) http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/136 2013 Superintendent's Art Gallery http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/136 Thursday, 11 April 2013 12:00:00 EST   Thursday, 11 April 2013 12:00:00 EST Twenty-six students were recently honored for their artistic talents as part of the 2013 Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools Superintendent's Art Gallery. During a special reception held April 8, students showcased their artwork and receive certificates from Superintendent Dr. Anthony Jackson. Students from the Northern Nash High School band and the Nash Central High School dance team performed during the reception, which was held prior to the Nash-Rocky Mount Board of Education meeting. March was ‘National Arts in the Schools' month and the celebration at the Board meeting served as the culmination of several student performances that were held over the last few weeks. Laura Parrott, Coordinator of the Fine Arts, said the Superintendent's Art Gallery has become a signature in recognizing students' talent in the visual arts program across the school district."Recognizing and celebrating the gifts of our visual art students is a wonderful opportunity." said Parrott. "This gallery not only showcases the talents of our students, but the dedicated art teachers in our school district, as well as the administration who emphatically believe that a quality arts education is instrumental in a child's educational experience. As a school district, it is our shared responsibility to nurture that talent. For many of our students, art gives them a sense of unlimited possibilities."Students recognized as part of the 2013 Superintendent's Art Gallery are listed below: Bailey Elementary                   Jessica Salazar                                                Baskerville Elementary           James Early                                         Benvenue Elementary             Estrella Reyes Gomez                         Cedar Grove Elementary        Marlene Gonzalez                               Coopers Elementary               Iyanna Mann                           Englewood Elementary           Gabbi Stewart                                     Johnson Elementary                Ebenezer Akoto                                   Hubbard Elementary              Aesya Jones                                           Middlesex Elementary            Leah Suydam                                         Nashville Elementary              Kiana Knight                                          Pope Elementary                    Ge'Nautica Moore                                Red Oak Elementary               Colin Baker                                           Spring Hope Elementary        Meixing Liu                                            Swift Creek Elementary          Ashley Friedrich                                    Williford Elementary                Nizir Willoughby                                   Winstead Ave Elementary      Melody Maryland                                 Edwards Middle                      Emma Sieracki                                                  Nash Central Middle               Bradley Leasure                                    Parker Middle                         Trevon Evans                                         Red Oak Middle                      Candice Gregory                                 Southern Nash Middle            Yasmine Gonzalez                                 Tar River Academy                  Kathryn Tyndall                                    Nash Central High                   Courtney Banning                                 Northern Nash High                Judie Taylor                                           Rocky Mount High                   Mariana Forero                                    Southern Nash High                Hannah Talbot                                                http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/137 NRMPS partners with Pearson to offer Digital Resources http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/137 Thursday, 11 April 2013 12:00:00 EST   Thursday, 11 April 2013 12:00:00 EST Students and teachers in 13 Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools will soon start using interactive digital curriculum as part of the school district's shift to digital learning environments."We are excited to announce that students and teachers at nearly half of our 27 schools will work with the rigorous digital math and English language arts programs starting this month," said Superintendent Dr. Anthony Jackson. "Training for teachers will begin almost immediately as a result of a partnership with Pearson education that will support our school district's move to boost instruction with digital learning."The new digital curriculum ties in with the district's iConnect 1:1 initiative, which provides all students in grades 4-6 with iPads, and all students in grades 7-12 with MacBook Air laptop devices, at the start of next school year. The initiative has been piloted in several schools since January. Students will use Pearson's interactive ‘enVisionMATH' and ‘MyMathLab' programs for mathematics. For English language arts, NRMPS students will use ‘Reading Street', ‘Prentice Hall Literature' and ‘Writing Coach' programs. NRMPS teachers will use Pearson's interactive texts, videos, animations and other features in the digital instructional programs to provide more dynamic, personalized math and English language arts lessons. The curriculum programs also have built-in assessment tools that provide real-time snapshots of each student's level of performance to help teachers quickly identify academic strengths and challenges. Jackson said Pearson's digital learning programs are built on decades of expertise and research in effective teaching and learning strategies.  The programs are also aligned with the new Common Core standards. "We are committed to providing our students with access to the best learning resources," said Jackson. "Our students are living in the midst of a technological revolution and digital tools define their lives in unprecedented ways. Now, when they walk into their classrooms every day, they will plug into this exciting world of digital learning. This is a game changer for our students and their futures."The new digital curriculum will be used first at the pilot schools: Bailey, Baskerville, Cedar Grove, Coopers, D.S. Johnson, M.B. Hubbard, Nashville, Spring Hope, and Williford elementary schools. It will also be used at Parker Middle School, Nash Central High School, Southern Nash High School and Nash-Rocky Mount Early College High School.  Teachers will be trained to incorporate technology and customize lesson plans for the new digital curriculum. Pearson will provide ongoing training for lead teachers at all 27 schools and other educators. As the digital curriculum helps teachers make improvements in learning, the program will be expanded to all 27 schools.Representatives from Pearson said they will apply the research-based ‘1:1 Learning Framework' to train NRMPS educators and assist in planning and management of the digital curriculum's rollout to classrooms. "Superintendent Jackson, the school board, along with the teachers, staff and the community, are to be applauded for setting a high standard of learning in the Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools," said Scott Drossos, Senior Vice President of Pearson 1:1 Learning. "NRMPS has looked into the future and determined that digital learning will help students of this community be better prepared for college and the careers of the digital age. The school district has committed itself to ensuring that each student becomes a globally competitive, responsible and contributing member of society. Pearson is honored to work elbow to elbow with NRMPS educators in support of this exciting district digital conversion."The agreement with Pearson also will give NRMPS solid data on the effectiveness of digital learning environments throughout the district to assist district leaders in making the best decisions about how to deploy digital learning assets over the next five years.   http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/135 Middle and high school students perform in All-County band concert http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/135 Thursday, 28 March 2013 12:00:00 EST   Thursday, 28 March 2013 12:00:00 EST Approximately 200 Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools middle and high school students came together March 26 for the annual All-County band performances at Minges Auditorium at Wesleyan College's Dunn Center. Kenton Morgan, an 8th grade student at Red Oak Middle School, said he was excited to have participated in the concert. "Today has been a great experience, getting to play with a variety of different people from other schools," said Morgan. "Playing with top students musically makes a real difference."Two guest conductors lead the talented young performers, practicing with the groups Monday night and throughout the day on Tuesday in preparation for the concert.  Dr. Jay Juchniewicz from East Carolina University's School of Music was the Middle School Clinician."It has been an absolute pleasure to work with this group," Juchniewicz told the audience.  "I have not worked with a more professional group of students than the students seated here on this stage."Following the middle school performance, the high school students took the stage, led by guest clinician Dr. Evan Feldman from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's School of Music.   Feldman expressed his gratitude to the parents and teachers for their continued support of the arts in the district.Music educators across the district were pleased with the enthusiasm of students as Rocky Mount High School band director Tremayne Smith indicated. "In talking with the students about the experience of being a part of All County Band, what I heard them express was the feeling of having an audience of people who really care about music - suddenly it was not just about playing in a band, but creating music," said Smith.Laura Parrott, coordinator of the fine arts for Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools, explained that the All-District performance demonstrates the school system's ongoing commitment to ensuring that the Arts programs continue to grow stronger, so that students continue to experience success. "March is Music in Our Schools Month," said Parrott. "This year's national theme is Music Education-Orchestrating Success. Our district is extremely fortunate to have band directors who foster success in our students, not only as musicians, but as student leaders." http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/131 Parker Middle School wins 4th consecutive Battle of Books competition http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/131 Monday, 25 March 2013 12:00:00 EST   Monday, 25 March 2013 12:00:00 EST Parker Middle School won its fourth consecutive Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools Battle of the Books competition at the event held March 21 at the Nash Arts Center. Students from all NRMPS five middle schools were quizzed on characters, details, plots, settings, and quotes from the 27 novels required for this year's competition.   Novels such as "White Fang" (Jack London), "Bronx Masquerade" (Nikki Grimes), and "The Wednesday Wars" (Gary Schmidt) were among the titles on the required 2012-13 list published by the North Carolina School Library Media Association.    "To see the enthusiasm for reading that the students bring to this competition each year is dynamic," said Laura Parrott, Battle of the Books Coordinator.  "Watching the students collaborate and encourage one another to become a united team is the true spirit of this competition."  Parker Middle School won the competition with 60 points, followed by Southern Nash Middle School who placed second with 57 points. Third place was awarded to Edwards Middle School scoring 51 points.  Red Oak Middle, 47 points, and Nash Central Middle School, 45 points, were neck in neck with scores differing by only one rebound question.Parker Middle School coach and media coordinator Melonie Pratt expressed how proud she was of her team. "I am so fortunate to have this incredible group of students to coach. Three of my boys have competed on our team since they were in 6th grade and watching their determination and commitment is so rewarding," said Pratt. "All of my team members made sacrifices over this past year, giving up free time to practice, and I am proud of each one of them."Nash-Rocky Mount Schools has partnered with the Imperial Center to host the Regional Competition on April 11.  "Having it here in Rocky Mount so close to our school will allow many more of our parents and teachers to stop by and support us," students from the Parker Middle School team said.  "We have to keep practicing to prepare for regional competition against bigger school systems like Wake County and Durham County. [We] know we will do great, though!  We are a strong team!"Team members are pictured after the event held March 21.(Seated):  T.Jones and L. Gassaway. (Standing, L to R):N. Bernat, Coach Melonie Pratt, E. Perrin, G. Gassaway,J. Harrison,  T. Wyatt,  J. Huerta,  C. Darkins,and J. Sills. Not pictured: F. Whitaker and J. Bernat. http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/133 Career Technical Education dept inducts students into National Technical Honor Society http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/133 Monday, 25 March 2013 12:00:00 EST    Monday, 25 March 2013 12:00:00 EST The NRMPS Career Technical Education (CTE) department recently celebrated the accomplishments of hundreds of seniors from Nash Central High School, Northern Nash High School, Rocky Mount High School and Southern Nash High School during the 2013 National Technical Honor Society induction held March 19 at the Nash Community College Brown Auditorium.Seniors were led in a candle-lighting ceremony by a select group of their peers and had their names called by their schools' principals as they received a certificate and pin from Pam Lewis, Director of CTE, and Leroy Hartsfield, Assistant Superintendent of Student Services.In order to be named a member of the National Technical Honor Society, students must meet the following requirements:Be a senior, maintain a 3.0 or higher GPA, be a completer of a CTE cluster, have completed or be currently enrolled in at least a fifth CTE unit, maintain an average of 93 or higher in all CTE courses, have completed Common Core Math III, and have a recommendation from their CTE teacher.    http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/129 Parker Middle School student wins Spelling Bee http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/129 Friday, 22 March 2013 04:00:00 EST    Friday, 22 March 2013 04:00:00 EST Sarah Mounib requested her final word be used in a sentence Thursday night during the Delta Center for Life Development, Inc. Spelling Bee event held at the Booker T. Theater.Mounib, an 8th grader at Parker Middle School, correctly spelled the word ‘paradox' to claim the title of first place champion. The final round came down to Mounib, second place winner Adrian Bynum-Hicks, also of Parker Middle School, and third place winner Georgia Morris, of Edwards Middle School. Mounib was excited about her win, but she said was most thrilled about sharing it with her family and most influential teachers Edith Penny, Melanie Pratt and Cynthia Gorham and her mentor from Boys and Girls Club, Ashley Banks. "Since it's my last year at Parker Middle, this is great," said Mounib.  "It's one of the many memories I'll have with all of my supporters who have helped me with everything over the past three years." As part of her win, Mounib received an all-expense paid trip for her and a parent to Washington, DC to participate in Scripps National Spelling Bee that will be televised on ESPN in May.Her other prizes were furnished by Merriam-Webster Dictionary, Amazon, and Britannica Encyclopedia.Dr. Bill Carver, president of Nash Community College, served as the pronouncer of words. Thirty total students from Edwards Middle, Parker Middle, and Red Oak Middle competed in the event. These students were the winners of their school level spelling bees. Members of the Delta Center of Life Development, Inc. thanked all of the parents and contestants for their participation with trophies and certificates. http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/134 All District Elementary Chorus students perform, bond with peers http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/134 Friday, 22 March 2013 03:00:00 EST    Friday, 22 March 2013 03:00:00 EST Ninety-six student vocalists representing each of the NRMPS elementary schools took the stage March 18 in the Minges Auditorium at Wesleyan College's Dunn Center to present the Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools All-District Chorus Concert.  Musical selections such as "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring", "Go the Distance"(from Disney's Hercules,) "Didn't My Lord Deliver Daniel" (Spiritual), and "We Believe in Music" were part of the program under the guest conduction of Patsy Gilliland, with Tar River Children's Chorus.  "I believe the entire experience was a monumental imprint on the hearts of my students," said Orlandus Perry, music teacher at Benvenue Elementary School. "Hard work, focus, respect for their craft, and an opportunity to express it in the presence of those who love them are essential and irreplaceable. This is what those students were privileged to encounter and they will never forget it, especially those who will mature into world class performers or evolutionary music teachers and professors."Students auditioned at their individual schools and began learning the music months ago in preparation for the concert.  "When my teacher chose me to sing in front of everyone, I saw a future of me singing when I get older," said Perla Morales, 5th grade student at Coopers Elementary School. Isabella Wooten, a 5th grade student at Bailey Elementary said she will always remember the event because after numerous hours of practicing, the final sound was "beautiful and rewarding".  "I enjoyed meeting all the students and working with Mrs. Gilliland." Wooten said.  "I liked blending my voice with students around the county."  This unique experience brought students from all over the district together for the first time early on the morning of the concert for an all-day practice session before taking the stage to perform later that evening.  "While I was watching all of the children singing together on stage, what struck me as a parent and teacher was that in our busy lives, we sometimes forget the power that music can have to teach and to unite," said Britt Myers, an Englewood Elementary school parent.  "The children learned songs from many different genres and I loved seeing the music teachers up on stage singing with the kids in the final number.  It was a true collaborative effort."Marlene Camacho, music teacher at Swift Creek Elementary, was also impressed by how students from different schools interacted with one another. "It was great to see the students unify," Camacho said. "My last year's students from D.S. Johnson chose to eat lunch with my present students at Swift Creek.  You would have thought they had already known each other by their conversations."Penny Gardner, music teacher at Bailey, remarked, "As a teacher, I was awed by the blending of sounds produced throughout the day.  Music seems to bring us all together for a unified end result that is not only musically beautiful, but a constant display of skills, talents, leadership, and the desire of many to work as a team striving for a common end goal."Laura Parrott, Fine Arts Coordinator for the school system, said the final number of the evening captured the essence of the importance of music and fine arts in bringing students together.   "One of the selections the students sang began with a soloist singing ‘One small voice can teach the world a song'" said Parrott. "As the song continued, another student stepped forward and joined in, then eight more students, and finally all of the students. I believe it was then that the power of this special event began to emerge.  The students arrived that morning as 14 very separate groups and throughout the day, their unity grew stronger as they became one voice, teaching all of us the beauty of diversity and acceptance."A video of the All-District Elementary Chorus performance is now available for public viewing on the Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools website, http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/.  Special thanks to the following that were instrumental in making the All-District Elementary Chorus a successGuest Conductor - Patsy Gilliland Accompanist - Dana Sosna, Music Teacher, Winstead Avenue ElementaryFlutist - Mandy Bailey, Music Teacher, Nashville ElementaryPercussionists - Jamez Holland and Jamori Perry, students; Orlandus Perry, Music Teacher, Benvenue Elementary Teacher Organizer - Joan Vick, Music Teacher Baskerville and Pope ElementaryNRMS Arts Coordinator - Laura ParrottNRMS Superintendent - Dr. Anthony Jackson  O Sifuni Mungu: Shimron Floyd, first soloist Deaujha Battle and Janie Grischow, second soloists One Small Voice: Chloe Howell, first soloist; Carson Browder, second soloist; Jala Battle, Jadel Davis, Kat Howard, Bill Jackson, Noah Johnson, Clare Manning, Kaleb Merritt, Callie Wilson, additional singers. http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/128 Rocky Mount High School students to serve as ambassadors http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/128 Friday, 22 March 2013 12:00:00 EST   Friday, 22 March 2013 12:00:00 EST - Rocky Mount High School students will soon have an opportunity to show their hospitality skills when the USA South Conference Spring Tournaments begin April 11-April 14. The tournaments are expected to bring more than 850 college athletes and their families to Rocky Mount and the surrounding regions.  In a press conference held at Rocky Mount High School March 15, students who will serve as ambassadors throughout the tournament, were introduced in front a group of reporters, community leaders and education officials. Among those introduced were Mason Hines, Andy Morris, Stephanie Morales, Ashtyn Coates and Kathryn Greisiger, although, nearly 70 total students from the school will participate.Betsy Hester, IB Diploma Programme Coordinator at RMHS, is organizing the student ambassadors, and said that students are excited to welcome the athletes, coaches and their families to Rocky Mount. "This is a wonderful opportunity for our students to give back to their community by working as ambassadors with the athletes, coaches and families to ensure they have a wonderful experience," said Hester.    Golf tournaments will be held at Benvenue Country Club. Lacrosse and softball games will be held at the Rocky Mount Sports Complex. Tennis matches will be held at N.C. Wesleyan College.Baseball games will be held at Fleming Stadium in Wilson and Five County Stadium in Zebulon.More detailed information about the USA South Conference Spring Tournaments is available at http://www.usasouth.net/championships/spring_championships http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/126 IB Class of 2012 celebrated at Rocky Mount High School http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/126 Thursday, 21 March 2013 12:00:00 EST   Thursday, 21 March 2013 12:00:00 EST Families celebrate accomplishments of International Baccalaureate Program Class of 2012 Parents and families hosted a special dinner at Birchwood Country Club to honor the graduates from the 2012 International Baccalaureate Program at RMHS. After completing two years in IB program, each of these students completed their first semester at the following universities: UNC, NCSU, Appalachian, UNC-W, Unv. of Georgia, Hampden-Sydney, and Point Loma in San Diego. It was a delightful evening of reunion for the graduates, their families, their IB teachers, and the administration from RMHS. Students are pictured following the celebration: (Front Row: Dean Leonard, Daniel Warren, Drew Eby, Matt Boudreau, Kanika Bhansali, Hannah Shea, Amy Thai, Erin Armendariz, Caroline Bell, Zach Vestal. Second Row: Lee McAvoy, Nick Ipock, Tevin Taylor, Tyler Ellis, Colin Amos, Kagen Anderson, Chris Land, Paul Lilley, Gardner Noble, William Crumpler, Drew Gorham, and Will Garrison. Not shown: Clark Covolo, Norma Enciso, Holly Fryar, Thomas Kincheloe, Morgan Lewis, Corbin Lynch and Elizabeth Thompson.)   http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/125 NRMPS Students to participate in Spelling Bee http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/125 Thursday, 21 March 2013 12:00:00 EST   Thursday, 21 March 2013 12:00:00 EST NRMPS Students to participate in Spelling Bee March 21, 2013Ten students who won school-level Spelling Bees from Edwards Middle, Parker Middle and Red Oak Middle will compete in the Delta Center for Life Development Advancement Spelling Bee.The winner of this Spelling Bee will receive an all-expense paid trip for student and a parent to Washington, DC to participate in Scripps National Spelling Bee that will be televised on ESPN in May, 2013.Prizes for students are being furnished by Merriam-Webster Dictionary, Amazon, and Britannica Encyclopedia. This event is sponsored by Delta Center for Life Development, Inc.Event will be held at the Booker T. Theater, 170 W. Thomas Street, Rocky Mount, NC at 7:00pm and is free and open to the public.    http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/124 Baskerville Elementary offers workshops for parents http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/124 Friday, 15 March 2013 12:00:00 EST   Friday, 15 March 2013 12:00:00 EST Baskerville Elementary recently hosted a Family Engagement Day event to debut a newly opened Family Resource Room.  Families had the opportunity to participate in two workshops throughout the day. The morning session was devoted to helping parents experience successful conferences and an afternoon session was focused on how parents could assist students with homework.  The school's family engagement team partnered with Down East Partnership for Children, who provided the presenters for the work sessions and other activities to make the event a success. Sonja Person and Joyce Richardson of Down East Partnership shared information on numerous topics with Baskerville parents and guardians during the workshops.  The school provided breakfast and dinner for work session participants, as well as childcare for the evening session. Jackie Colmes, a Baskerville parent, said she appreciated the sessions because they provided her with an opportunity to learn how to be a stronger advocate for her children.  "I just did not know what to ask or how to speak up for my students, and now I know how important communication is," said Colmes. The Family Engagement Team has several other work sessions planned based on information they collected from families in a survey conducted earlier in the schoolyear and exit tickets from the work sessions.  The family resource room was funded through a grant provided by Walmart and is always open to parents throughout the school year as a place where they can come to share and receive important information. Principal Ann Mitchell said that additional events are planned to ensure parents remain connected. "Our Family Resource Room continues to evolve into a family-friendly place to serve the families of the Baskerville community," Mitchell said.  "We know parent involvement is essential to the success of our students." http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/120 NRMPS to debut All-County Elementary School Chorus http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/120 Friday, 15 March 2013 12:00:00 EST    Friday, 15 March 2013 12:00:00 EST Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools will hosts its All-County Elementary Choral Concert on Monday, March 18, 2013, in celebration of National Arts Month at 6:30 pm in the Minges Auditorium, Dunn Center - Wesleyan College, 3400 N. Wesleyan Blvd, Rocky Mount, NC. A total of approximately 100 students in 4th and 5th grade from each of the NRMPS elementary schools will come together for this historic performance. Students were chosen to participate based on performance in auditions held at individual schools. Guest Conductor is Mrs. Patsy Galliland, Conductor of the Tar River Children's Chorus. The event is free and open to the public. http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/119 Seventeen schools recognized for Positive Behavior Intervention & Support Programs http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/119 Friday, 08 March 2013 12:00:00 EST         Friday, 08 March 2013 12:00:00 EST Seventeen NRMPS schools were recently recognized by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction for their implementation of Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS) programs.  PBIS programs are a way to impact the learning environments in the schools in order to support high student performance and to reduce behavioral problems. PBIS has been implemented in NRMPS since the 2005-2006 School Year. Schools that applied for recognition were required to document an active PBIS team, administrator participation, an in-school coach, and submission of data requirements. There are three recognition levels: Green Ribbon, Model and Exemplar.The following schools were honored at the state-level PBIS Recognition and Training on February 18 in Durham. Those obtaining Green Ribbon Status were: Englewood Elementary, Middlesex Elementary, Nash Central Middle, Pope Elementary, Winstead Avenue Elementary.Schools that obtained Model Status were: Cedar Grove Elementary, Coopers Elementary, Edwards Elementary, Red Oak Middle, Southern Nash Middle, Spring Hope Elementary, Swift Creek Elementary and Williford Elementary. Schools that obtained Exemplar Status were: Baskerville Elementary, Benvenue Elementary, Nashville Elementary, and Northern Nash High.Northern Nash High was the only the second high school ever in North Carolina to receive Exemplar Status. Rhonda Harrell, Coordinator of At-Risk Programs, said she was pleased to see schools recognized for their efforts."The last several years, we've had a majority of our schools recognized for their PBIS efforts by the state. Even better is that we can see the real fruits of their labor-improved student achievement and decreases in discipline referrals." Harrell said. "We demonstrate that we are implementing the program with fidelity as evidenced by the gains we see both behaviorally and academically."Green Ribbon schools completed Module I team training and started PBIS implementation. They attained at least a Level I on the Implementation Inventory and 80% total score.Model schools completed all of the requirements for Green Ribbon Schools and completed Module 2 training. They have also achieved a Level 2 on the Implementation Inventory and 90% total score.Exemplar schools completed requirements for Green Ribbon and Model schools and have completed all three team training Modules. They scored a Level 3 or higher on the Implementation Inventory and a 95% total score. These schools also have at least 2 consecutive years of required behavioral, attendance, and academic data that shows improvement, and they have documented at least one additional data element that they are tracking as a team.  http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/118 School system welcomes new administrators http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/118 Thursday, 07 March 2013 12:00:00 EST       Thursday, 07 March 2013 12:00:00 EST Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools recently announced three new administrative assignments during the NRMPS Board of Education meeting held March 4.Thomas Crabtree was named the Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources. Ashley Simmons was named the Chief Public Information Officer. Ann Mitchell was named the principal of the new Rocky Mount Middle School.Thomas Crabtree, Assistant Superintendent for Human ResourcesCrabtree comes to Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools after working with School Efficiency Consultants. He has over 27 years of experience in Human Resources (HR) for both private industry and government. Crabtree has worked in all aspects of human resource administration, including financial operations, salary analysis, school allocations, and staffing. He has provided training for school board members and school administrators in human resources. He spent over 20 years working in HR with Durham Public Schools. Before joining local government in HR, Tom worked as human resources director for a manufacturing company for seven years. He also was a history teacher.Crabtree said he is excited about joining NRMPS and the opportunity to meet with principals and educators across the district."I am excited about becoming a part of the Nash-Rocky Mount Schools team, and getting to know the principals and staff." Crabtree said. "My door is always open, and I want everyone to know that they can come to me as a resource for any HR-related matter."Ashley Simmons, Chief Public Information OfficerAshley Simmons, Chief Public Information Officer, previously served NRMPS as Public Relations Coordinator and Grant Writer. Simmons has over eight years of experience in public relations/communications work. Prior to joining Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools, she worked for four years as the Public Information Officer for Richmond County Schools. Simmons has also worked in public relations for other organizations including Durham Public Schools, Time Warner Cable, and 919 Marketing Company. Simmons was recently recognized by the National School Public Relations Association as one of the NSPRA '35 Under 35'. She received her bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication with a public relations concentration from UNC-Chapel Hill, and is currently pursuing a master's degree in Public Administration at UNC-Pembroke. Simmons said she looks forward to collaborating with various groups to share the NRMPS story. "This is a very exciting time for Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools." Simmons said, "Our school system has great things happening daily, and it is a privilege to have an opportunity to share these stories with others."Ann Mitchell, Principal of Rocky Mount Middle SchoolAnn Mitchell was named the new principal of Rocky Mount Middle School. Mitchell has over 42 years of experience in education with Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools. She has worked in the school as a teacher, counselor, assistant principal, principal and director. Before her move to Rocky Mount Middle School, she served as the Principal of Baskerville Elementary, a position she held since 2006.Mitchell says she is most looking forward to having another opportunity to work students at the middle school level."I am excited to have the opportunity to once again work with middle school students," said Mitchell. "I take this new assignment very seriously and am appreciative to the Superintendent and the NRMPS Board of Education for their vote of confidence in my ability to help create a culture of excellence in the system's newest middle school." (Pictured from left to right: Ann Mitchell, Thomas Crabtree, and Ashley Simmons) http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/117 NRMPS prepares for implementation of new student information system http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/117 Wednesday, 06 March 2013 12:00:00 EST    Wednesday, 06 March 2013 12:00:00 EST Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools and all school districts across the state are gearing up for the unveiling of a new student information system (SIS) this summer, designed to improve every aspect of student data collection and reporting. The state is replacing the current NCWISE system with the PowerSchool® solution from Pearson. This centralized, user-friendly SIS will provide North Carolina school districts with more comprehensive and real-time information to better track and analyze information pertaining to students. It also includes several new features that will impact the performance and engagement of all key stakeholders. Student and Parent portals are highlighted components of the new system, and will be accessible to all students and parents with internet access.Lisa Ballance, Director of Student Information, presented information about PowerSchool® to school board members March 4. Ballance explained that the system will allow Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools to impact academic performance by enhancing how the district tracks students."Once implemented, PowerSchool® will automate student records and provide critical support for teachers and other school officials to better track and immediately respond to what students are learning in the classroom," said Ballance. "We will improve upon our ability to report performance data and collaborate to identify areas of strength or weakness for each student, monitor his/her progress, and evaluate the effectiveness of instructional programs." With PowerSchool's web-based system, student schedules, grades, disciplinary records, school course offerings, and attendance data are only a few of the important records which will be readily available for teachers and schools and central office administrators. Registration, family demographics, transcripts, immunizations and other health information, special academic programs, and test results are all critical data that also will be managed automatically with the new system.The successful implementation of the new technology solution will provide administrators and teachers with accurate and immediate data that will enable them to make important decisions about their students' instruction.PowerSchool® will allow the school district's various software systems to connect through a central server and share real-time information, eventually eliminating the need to enter duplicate data in multiple applications. Training for PowerSchool® has already started for NRMPS data managers, and will continue through the end of the school year, and beyond. Teachers and administrators will receive information during the summer ‘Destination Innovation' staff development sessions. PowerSchool® is expected to be fully implemented before end-of-summer, 2013. More information will be shared with the community on the NRMPS website and through other tools as it becomes available.Click to view recent presentation revealing PowerSchool Implementation NCDPI PowerSchool News http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/115 NRMPS celebrates with Sandra Drum and Robin Boddie-Haggins on retirement http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/115 Tuesday, 19 February 2013 12:00:00 EST    Tuesday, 19 February 2013 12:00:00 EST Family members, school administrators, staff and community leaders gathered Monday to celebrate the careers of two women who will soon retire and have given a combined nearly 60 years of service to the Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools system.View photos from retirement celebrationSandra Drum and Robin Boddie-Haggins shared fond memories of their time working in the school system during a special retirement reception held for them at Rocky Mount High School February 18. Both expressed their desire to remain active in the community, while looking forward to next chapter of what life will bring. Robin Boddie-Haggins, Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources, discussed what she referred to as the changing seasons in her life, and how they impacted her decision to retire."Each of us measure the seasons in our lives and the roots of our tree," said Boddie Haggins. "By reflecting on my seasons and listening to what they are telling me, evaluating what is ultimately important and looking at the ‘weather' of my life, I have recognized what my season is at this time in my life and how I need to maximize my own personal growth during this time for me and my loved ones. I am looking forward to forging new challenges, venturing into new territory and devoting quality time to my family, friends and church. Most of all, I plan to take the time to smell the roses along the way."Sandra Drum, Public Relations Officer, discussed her career as a progressive journey that allowed her to see K-12 public education from various angles, and serve in a variety of roles to support local schools. "As I reflect back over the years, my path in the education arena seems like such a natural progression," said Drum. "From teaching in junior high and high school, I transitioned to the Twin County Education Foundation and when the Rocky Mount Area Chamber of Commerce formed the Education Division, I was able to assist in the partnership development linking educators to leaders in business and industry. Coming back home to Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools completed the circle for me by providing me with the opportunity to promote our outstanding school district and play a role in supporting the cutting edge changes that I truly believe will make our education system second to none."Both Drum and Boddie-Haggins have made a lasting impact on the Nash-Rocky Mount community both in and outside of the classroom. Sandra Drum has worked in and around education in North Carolina since 1982. After teaching at the junior high level in Indiana, Drum began substitute teaching, and eventually accepted a full-time biology teaching position at Northern Nash High. In 1990, she was named the Executive Director of the Twin Counties Education Foundation, where she served for several years, providing grants and other partnership opportunities for local educators. In 1993, the Rocky Mount area Chamber of Commerce formed the first fully staffed and funded Education Division in North Carolina and named Drum the Vice President of Education. Drum returned to Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools in 2002 as the Executive Director of Community Relations and remained there until her retirement in 2013 as the Public Relations Officer. She has served on numerous boards and commissions and given many presentations, as well as receiving countless national, state and regional awards. She is married to Joe Drum, and has two sons, Jon and wife Melissa, grandchildren, Bruce and Holly of Grimesland, NC; Brad and wife Anna, grandchildren Henry, Erik and Jon Everett of Charlotte, NC.Robin Boddie-Haggins, a graduate of Northern Nash High School, began her career in education in 1978 as a Special Education teacher with Goldsboro City Schools in Goldsboro, NC. Boddie-Haggins continued her teaching career when she left Goldsboro City Schools in 1984 to join Rocky Mount City Schools. She remained there until receiving her Master of Arts in Education, and transitioning to become a K-5 Curriculum Specialist with Nash-Rocky Mount Schools. During the next several years, Boddie-Haggins continued her professional growth by serving as a Title I Program Specialist, Director of Title I & Migrant Education Programs, Executive Director of Federal Programs and later Assistant Superintendent of Federal Programs & Student Services. Boddie-Haggins reached what she calls the ‘pinnacle' of her educational career when she became the Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources for Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools. Throughout her career, Boddie-Haggins received numerous awards and recognition for her commitment to the students, parents, teachers, and other educators under her leadership.She is married to Sidney Haggins and has two children, one daughter Latasha B. Moser, husband Crawford, and grandchildren Lauren and Sarah of Knightdale, NC; and one son, LaTerence Parker, wife Tysheda and grandchild TyAsia of Southport, NC. ### http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/114 RMHS Principal named 2013 North Central Regional Principal of the Year http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/114 Wednesday, 13 February 2013 02:55:00 EST Wednesday, 13 February 2013 02:55:00 EST View Video of Ceremony Honoring Mr. Leon Farrow Leon Farrow, principal of Rocky Mount High School, was caught by surprise Tuesday during a special ceremony naming him the 2013 Wells Fargo North Central Region Principal of the Year. Farrow shared reflections and tears upon receiving his recognition. He discussed overcoming numerous obstacles to complete his education and eventually become an educator."I'm truly humbled and honored to receive this," Farrow said. "If you know my story, then you understand the passion that I have for working with students."Drew Cook, 2012 Wells Fargo North Central Principal of the Year, made the presentation as Farrow's family joined him in the school's Black Box Theater. Other special guests included Malinda Pennington, 2012 North Central Teacher of the Year, Carrie Gray representing Wells Fargo, and Erika Murphy-Newkirk, representing the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. Representatives from the Nash-Rocky Mount Board of Education, Rocky Mount Chamber of Commerce, Rocky Mount Police Department, Nash County Commissioners, United Way, Boys and Girls Club, and Nash Community College were also on hand for the event. Students, teachers, community leaders, and fellow school administrators cheered as Farrow received a special plaque and other gifts commemorating his award. Click here to view more photos from the celebration event Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools Superintendent, Dr. Anthony Jackson, congratulated Farrow for his outstanding leadership."Mr. Farrow is a true champion for children. He understands the importance of strong teaching to facilitate the learning process, and he's committed to providing the best possible environment for students every day," said Jackson. "We are so proud for him and Rocky Mount High School. There's no one more deserving of this recognition." Farrow was selected North Central Region Principal of the Year among several counties including Wake, Durham, Nash, Edgecombe, Franklin, Vance, Granville, Johnson, Wilson, Halifax and Northampton. The 2013 North Carolina Principal of the Year will be recognized in May.  http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/113 Northern Nash High students explore engineering with MIT students http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/113 Thursday, 07 February 2013 12:00:00 EST         Thursday, 07 February 2013 12:00:00 EST Female students at Northern Nash High School recently had the chance to take a closer look at the engineering field as a possible career. Kelsey Boulanger and Ashley Smith, two MIT engineering students, stopped by the school to encourage the female students to explore STEM related fields.For 11th grader Myra Slep, the presentation provided exposure to a diverse span of engineering work. "It was interactive and interesting, and I actually wanted to hear what they had to say," said Slep. "I thought it was a male dominated field, and it is, but I realize there are more opportunities for women. I did not recognize how many fields there are."Boulanger and Smith are part of the Women's Initiative at MIT, a student group dedicated to encouraging more women to purse degrees and careers in engineering. As part of the program, women from MIT's School of Engineering travel across the nation to speak with middle and high school girls."If a girl is interested in math and science but doesn't know what engineering is, our goal is to capture that and provide them with an idea of what to major in." said Boulanger. "It's important for young women to realize how many opportunities are open to them--a lot of times the only careers that they are exposed to are through the media. Boulanger is a graduate student studying environmental engineering.Northern Nash High School science teacher Sadie McCleary initiated the visit to school in partnering with several schools from surrounding districts. McCleary said she was pleased with the information presented, and the connections that students made between what they are currently learning, and what they might do in the future."The presentation not only sent a message to our girls that they are capable of choosing a major such as engineering, but it dispelled the pervasive idea that the hard sciences are for males and life sciences for females," said McCleary. "The presenters were both young, empowered and intelligent women who my girls could relate to and even see themselves becoming in 5-10 years. We were so pleased that they chose our region to visit and hope they continue their work in empowering young women."The presentations include activities to engage students in thinking about engineering concepts, demonstrations of projects on which the presenters have worked, and information about the different engineering fields and the life of an engineering student. Smith, an undergraduate student studying computer engineering, hopes she and Boulanger can continue to help break down potential barriers for female students who enjoy science and math "We want to encourage more girls to consider a career in engineering. The media often portrays engineers as nerdy, white males with glasses and weird friends, someone we are supposed to make fun of. We want to show them that this stereotype is wrong. Anyone can be an engineer, and engineers are awesome." http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/112 School board approves property transfer resolution http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/112 Wednesday, 06 February 2013 05:00:00 EST                Wednesday, 06 February 2013 05:00:00 EST At its February meeting, the Nash-Rocky Mount Board of Education unanimously approved a resolution opposing the transfer of school property from local school boards to county commissioners. The proposed legislation to transfer governance over school property has been endorsed by the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners (NCACC). However, the North Carolina School Boards Association (NCSBA) opposes the property transfer. The resolution cites the North Carolina General Statues, which prescribe powers of general control and supervision of school systems to local boards of education. It also states that public school placement, design and maintenance should remain under the control of local school boards.click here to view a copy of the resolution  http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/111 Board of Education recognizes National Board Certified Teachers http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/111 Wednesday, 06 February 2013 12:00:00 EST              Wednesday, 06 February 2013 12:00:00 EST Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools Board of Education recently honored seven newly certified National Board teachers. This newest group of credentialed teachers brings the school district's total number of National Certified teachers to 193. In addition to the new Board Certified Teachers, five educators qualified for 10-year renewal of NBCT. Recently renewed NBCT teacher Mary Ulrich Wright of Rocky Mount High School said the renewal process was just as a rewarding as achieving it for the first time. "I think it reflects dedication to a desire to continue to learn and make my teaching career a constant growth experience." said Wright, "I didn't want to stagnate, but instead wanted to continue moving forward."National Board Certification is the highest credential in the teaching profession and the most rigorous performance-based assessment. Achieving National Board Certification takes teachers and guidance counselors between one and three years to complete. Educators awarded NBCT status have demonstrated in-depth knowledge of subject matter, teaching skills and a commitment to their profession. The assessments include portfolios, student work samples and videotapes.Newly certified teacher Cle'Andria Smith-Boone, of Baskerville Elementary, expressed her excitement after having earned the certification."The experience was very rewarding. I was able to take an in-depth look at my teaching style and how I could improve on it to better help my students." Smith-Boone said. "You learn so much about yourself, and about how you teach, and the strategies that you use to better improve learning for your students, as well as how you can challenge yourself."The names of the NBCT Class of 2012 have been added to the National Board Certified Teachers plaque at the entrance of the NRMPS Administrative Offices. Each National Board Certified Teacher also receives a personalized door name plate indicating their achievement of national board status and the year certification was awarded. National Board Certified Teachers who renewed their certification received NBCT paperweights commemorating their achievement.Frances Anderson, of Bailey Elementary School was also among the educators recognized for obtaining her ten year renewal, and shared her advice for other educators who may be considering pursuing their national boards."It's provides a time where teachers can reflect upon their practices." said Anderson. "It's about growing through professional development, and focusing on developing as a teacher leader." North Carolina remains the national leader in the number of National Board Certified Teachers with 19,799. This year alone, North Carolina added 636 newly certified teachers. Over 20 per cent of North Carolina's public school teachers are National Board certified. Nationwide, North Carolina has nearly 20 percent of all National Board Certified Teachers.Class of 2012 NCBT Teachers are: Aletta Clark, Early College High School; Angie Dorovic, Winstead Avenue Elementary; Stefanie Thompson Goblet, Southern Nash High School; Paula Langley, Red Oak Middle School; Kimberly Sieracki, Edwards Middle School; Cle'Andria Smith-Boone; Baskerville Elementary School; and Edwin Gerald Suitter II, Nash Central High School.  Those recognized for ten year renewals include: Hope Davis, Nash Central High School; Katherine McKeel, Nashville Elementary School; Mary Ulrich Wright, Rocky Mount High School; Sherri Wells, Spring Hope Elementary School; and Frances Anderson, Bailey Elementary School.  http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/110 Tar River Academy celebrates first Commencement http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/110 Tuesday, 05 February 2013 12:00:00 EST            Tuesday, 05 February 2013 12:00:00 EST The turning of the tassel has a special meaning for all high school students, but for 13 graduates at Tar River Academy, Friday's ceremony was more than the traditional transition into adulthood; it was a moment of exhilaration and joy, after finally earning their high school diploma, an accomplishment that may have at one time seemed impossible. Tar River Academy honor graduate Brianna Lyon reminded classmates that they need to continue moving in a positive direction as they look forward to their college, career and/or military plans. "Make sure your good becomes your better, and your better becomes your best," said Lyon during her commencement address. Parents, educators, school board members, and administrators were on hand to applaud the graduates as they received their diplomas. This marked the first commencement for Tar River Academy, since being established to provide students who had struggled in the traditional high school setting with an opportunity to thrive in a smaller environment as they worked to complete their credits.Principal Brian Hopkins expressed how proud he was of what the mid-year graduates and other students have been accomplishing since the start of school."It's truly a great time to be a part of the Tar River Academy family. Our students entered our doors on the first day of school excited about the opportunity before them." said Hopkins. "Our staff was just as excited knowing that they would have an opportunity to immediately impact students learning from all four of our district's high schools. A second chance is something that we all deserve." Part of the program's success rests on the availability for students to develop one-on-one relationships with faculty. Students at the school are paired with a faculty/administrator as a mentor to provide opportunities for them to discuss various topics such as grades, peer pressure, future goals, etc. Kevin Hart, another honor graduate, expressed how thankful he was for his experiences at the school, and the confidence it has given him to pursue higher education. Hart plans to attend community college and a 4- year university to study business management. "This was a great accomplishment for me, being able to take a step higher to getting my education," Hart said. "Now I know that I can accomplish even more." http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/109 High School Registration begins in February http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/109 Monday, 04 February 2013 12:00:00 EST               Monday, 04 February 2013 12:00:00 EST High School Registration begins for Rising 9th graders in February. Attend these informational sessions to learn more about your student's options for high school! Early College High School Open House February 6th at Brown Auditorium from 5:30-6:30 - The Early College is a high school within the Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools located on the campus of Nash Community College. The Early College is a five-year high school. Students begin in the ninth grade and take a combination of high school and college courses throughout their time as a student at ECHS. At the end of their fifth year of study, students can graduate with both a high school diploma and either an Associate's Degree or two years of transferable college credit. The Early College is a place for dedicated students who are looking for a leg up in their college education. ECHS provides students with supports for success in both high school and college courses, such as small class sizes, AVID, and peer-to-peer/student-to-adult mentoring. The school is founded on the principles of rigor, relevance, and relationships. Students who attend the Early College must commit to behaviors that lead to success. Students must also succeed in community college classes in order to meet the basic requirements for their high school diploma. Supportive relationships, high expectations, and hard work lead to a bright future for Early College students! International Baccalaureate Program (IB) Information Session February 12th 6:00-7:00 at the NRMPS Central Office Auditorium - The IB program is a 2 year diploma program that is integrated with the NC High School Graduation Requirements. Students who successfully complete the program receive an IB Diploma and may qualify for college credit and scholarships. There are 6 CORE areas that must be satisfied for the diploma - Language I, Language II, Biology, Chemistry, History of the Americas and the 20th Century, Mathematics, and Visual Arts. In addition to studies in these core areas students also complete a Theory of Knowledge Course, a Community, Action, and Service (CAS) project and an Extended Essay research project. Students who complete the IB program are very well prepared for College success and are exposed to international standards in high school.Curriculum Fairs Each high school will host a curriculum fair that showcases all course offerings and extracurricular opportunities available at each school. Attending the curriculum fair will give parents and students the opportunity to learn about all of the courses offered at the high school level so they can make knowledgeable decisions about the courses they want to take for next school year. Feb. 12 - Southern Nash High and Northern Nash High - 6:00Feb. 21 - Nash Central High and Rocky Mount High - 6:00 http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/108 NRMPS leadership ends United Way Campaign with special day in schools http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/108 Friday, 01 February 2013 12:00:00 EST      Friday, 01 February 2013 12:00:00 EST Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools closed out its 2012 United Way Campaign with a special twist this year-employees at select schools had the chance to have a member of the school district's senior staff substitute in their roles for a day.Schools that had 100 percent participation in United Way giving from staff members had the names of all of their employees entered into a drawing. Names were randomly selected once the campaign was completed.Senior staff members who worked in the schools January 30 included Superintendent Dr. Anthony Jackson, Assistant Superintendents Leroy Hartsfield, Robin Boddie-Haggins, and Dr. Connie Luper, as well Chief Financial Officer Susan Blackwell and Public Relations Officer Sandra Drum.   Click here to view a photo gallery from United Way - Sr. Staff In Schools for the DayPhotos include visits from Dr. Anthony Jackson, Mr. Leroy Hartsfield and Dr. Connie Luper Superintendent Dr. Anthony Jackson spent the day with students at Baskerville Elementary and Benvenue Elementary School, substituting for music teacher Lori Mizelle. Dr. Jackson led the students in the playing of tunes like "Hot Cross Buns" with their violins and cellos.At Englewood Elementary School, Assistant Superintendent of Student Services Leroy Hartsfield is pictured as he helps with preparing and serving lunches to students. Hartsfield was substituting for child nutrition team member Teresa Woodruff.Dr. Connie Luper, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum, is pictured as she substituted for first grade teacher Tarnisha Langston at Winstead Avenue Elementary. Dr. Luper was formerly a principal at the school. http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/106 Board members review NC Teacher Working Conditions Survey data http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/106 Thursday, 31 January 2013 12:00:00 EST        Thursday, 31 January 2013 12:00:00 EST Nash-Rocky Mount Board of Education members recently gained insight from teachers who were willing to share how they felt about the working conditions in their schools.The Board members had a chance to talk with a few teachers via videoconference at a recent school board retreat. Teachers shared feedback about the implementation of the new Common Core curriculum and the level of rigor and relevance it provides for students.In addition, Board members also had the opportunity to review results of the North Carolina Teacher Working Conditions (NCTWC) Survey, an initiative administered through the national New Teacher Center, administered to teachers across the state every two years. Nearly 95 percent of the educators in Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools (NRMPS) took part in the survey, which was last given to teachers in 2012. The percentages of NRMPS teachers who agreed that working conditions were positive, were on average, higher than state-wide numbers, despite changes such as budget reductions, a new curriculum, as well as new assessments and accountability models. For example, 83.8 percent of NRMPS teachers indicated that they have sufficient access to instructional technology, compared with 78.3 percent at the state level. 91.3 percent of NRMPS teachers indicated that their school environment is clean and well-maintained compared with 84.8 percent at the state level. 84 percent of NRMPS teachers indicated that they felt school administrators support their decisions on discipline in the classroom, compared to 79.8 state-wide. 84.3 percent of NRMPS teachers indicated that they believe that school leadership consistently supports teachers, compared with 78.5 percent of teachers state-wide."The Teacher Working Conditions is designed to provide the school system's leadership with a pulse of how teachers feel about the work they do in our schools." Jackson said. "We are pleased that so many of our teachers opted to participate in the survey, and while we are satisfied that most of our percentages are above or at the state-average, we are also using the results for planning so that our teachers can be confident that they receive the best support possible as they lead our students."NC TWC findings are used to help shape state and local education policy, develop schools' annual improvement plans and influence professional development opportunities.Many of the areas where perceptions of positive conditions fell below the state averages are dependent on specific resources and how they have been impacted at the state, federal and local level. Examples include 53.5 percent of NRMPS teachers feeling that efforts are made to minimize the amount of routine paperwork for teachers, compared with 54.6 percent of teachers state-wide.The NC TWC is an online, anonymous survey that assesses teacher working conditions at the school, district and state levels. Questions focus on time, facilities and resources, community support and involvement, managing student conduct, teacher leadership, school leadership, professional development, instructional practices and support, and new teacher support.Results can be used by community members, teachers, principals, administrators and policy makers as a point of reference in planning for and implementing change in the schools. These results also provide opportunities to support and cultivate teacher leadership and collaboration. For more information about the NCTWC survey and to view Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools results, please visit http://ncteachingconditions.org/reports/. http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/107 Education, community leaders discuss issues with legislators http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/107 Wednesday, 30 January 2013 12:00:00 EST       Wednesday, 30 January 2013 12:00:00 EST Superintendents from Wilson County Schools, Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools, Franklin County Schools, and Edgecombe County Public Schools recently came together with school board members and local government leaders to meet with local representation from both chambers of the North Carolina General Assembly. The January 24 meeting provided an opportunity for school and county officials to discuss the 2013 legislative agenda and the impact it could have on public education and local economies.Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Anthony Jackson said he would like to see the four counties explore additional ways to collaborate as a region."This event provided a meaningful opportunity for our communities to come together to strengthen our relationships, and develop a shared vision, as we look ahead to how the upcoming legislative agenda might impact public education and the economic vitality of our area." said Jackson. All legislators representing the four counties were invited to attend the meeting. Attendees included Rep. Dr. Bobbie Richardson, Rep. Jeff Collins, Rep. Joe Tolson, Rep. Susan Martin, and Sen. Angela Bryant.The discussion was facilitated by Leanne Winner, Director of Government Relations for the North Carolina School Boards Association (NCSBA). Nash-Rocky Mount Board Chairwoman Evelyn Bulluck, who also serves as president of the NCSBA, also spoke to the group, and encouraged ongoing dialogue between the communities. Issues discussed during the meeting included the discretionary cut, the Excellence in Public Schools Act, the growing need for technology, and ways to align public education and economic development. http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/105 NRMPS launches latest survey, open to students, parents and staff http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/105 Monday, 28 January 2013 12:00:00 EST    Monday, 28 January 2013 12:00:00 EST Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools is inviting parents, students and staff to weigh in on individual schools during the next few weeks. Part of a series of planned and systemiccommunication initiatives between the district and key stakeholders, a Site-Level Climate Survey was launched Monday, January 28 with issues covering academic preparation, student support, parent engagement and accessibility of school leaders, among other topics. A similar survey will be administered to address district-level concerns later in the school year.Parents & Middle/High School Students may click here to take survey"As part of our district's strategic plan, we have committed to keeping our students, parentsand community actively engaged through ongoing communication and collaboration," said Dr. Anthony Jackson, Superintendent of Schools. "By working together, we will reach our vision of preparing all students for bright and prosperous futures through rigorous and relevant instruction in every classroom, every day.""I am encouraged by the participation we saw in our Student Reassignment Survey in October and believe these initiatives are an effective way for everyone to make their voice heardas we examine our school system's strengths and potential areas of improvement."The district is working once again with independent research and communication firm K12 Insight. Students in grades 6-12 will be given the opportunity to participate in the surveyat their schools.All teachers and parents who have provided the district with their email information will besent an email invitation to participate. Parents who do not receive an email invitation can access the survey via the Your Voice Counts link on the homepage of the district website at http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us. Parents will also be allowed access to the survey at their schools by checking in with the schools' front offices. Any parent without access to the Internet may request a paper survey by calling 252-459-5220. The survey will also be available in Spanish.The goal is to ensure widespread participation and feedback.Once the survey has closed on February 8, the district will come back to the community with the findings, along with an explanation of what can be anticipated as a result ofsurvey feedback."We appreciate everyone's participation," said Jackson. "Engaging in an ongoing two-waydialogue is critical as we work together to ensure that our students are college and career ready." http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/104 NRMPS Athletic Departments Support Boys & Girls Clubs http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/104 Thursday, 24 January 2013 12:00:00 EST   Thursday, 24 January 2013 12:00:00 EST The Nash-Rocky Mount High School Athletic Departments recently made a $500 donation to the Boys and Girls Club. This gift was made possible by the Nash-Rocky Mount Annual Holiday Basketball Tournament. Athletic Directors expressed appreciation for all who participated in the tournament."We are grateful for the enthusiastic support of our 2012 Holiday Tournament. The athletes, coaches, parents, students and community members enjoyed the competition as well as the fellowship the event afforded," shared Angie Miller, NRMPS Athletic Director. "It is an event we look forward to each year, plus we are able to raise money for a very deserving cause." http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/103 Laptops distributed to students at pilot 1:1 schools http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/103 Friday, 18 January 2013 11:50:00 EST   Friday, 18 January 2013 11:50:00 EST Three schools were buzzing with excitement this week as students and parents received their Macbook Air laptops beginning January 16. Nearly 300 students claimed their laptops at Parker Middle School, Southern Nash High School, and Nash Central High School as part of the school system's iConnect digital instruction initiative. Orientations provided them with important information regarding device care, troubleshooting, responsibility, acceptable use, digital citizenship and discipline. Additional orientation events for Parker Middle School will be held January 23, and 29. Orientations for Nash Central High School will be held January 22, and 26. The remaining sessions for Southern Nash High School will be held on January 24, and 26. The times of day vary for each date to accommodate parent work schedules.Students and parents are required to sign and return a Computer Protection Agreement and Internet Acceptable Use documents before a laptop is issued. The school district is requiring a usage fee of $25 per student for the pilot schools programs. Next fall, the usage fee for all students will be $50 to cover the expenses for entire school year For more information about the iConnect initiative, visit the iConnect information page.   http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/102 Southern Nash Middle students design, build and test robots http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/102 Friday, 18 January 2013 11:30:00 EST       Friday, 18 January 2013 11:30:00 EST Nearly 140 students at Southern Nash Middle school have sharpened their 21st century skills as part of a new Robotics courses offered at the school. The robotics class is the only one of its type in the NRMPS district, and provides students with the opportunity to problem-solve, collaborate and design their own robots from raw materials such as craft sticks, plastic syringes, rubber bands, foam board and glue.Just after returning from winter break, student groups in the classes embarked on a special task to build a robotic arm. The students expressed excitement as they tested their creations.Colton Cruz, 7th grader explained that he and fellow students were seeking to determine whether their finished designs could lift a soda can up to 12 inches in the air, as quickly as possible."About nine of us worked on building the robot and our goal is to get the fastest time." Cruz said. Cynthia Carpenter, robotics instructor and National Board Certified teacher shared how pleased she was with the students' growth since the class first began in August. "They have progressed amazingly and matured intellectually." said Carpenter. "When they first came in, they struggled to think critically about their designs and they were also hesitant to make mistakes and take risks."Carpenter said the curriculum she used allowed her to guide students in building skills in math and science, but also in areas such as problem-solving and team work. "They have learned how to accept constructive criticism from one another." Carpenter said. "They have experienced success together which has been great for building their self-confidence."Sixth, seventh and eighth grade students in each of her courses worked together to build their designs, and communicated with each other through written journals, Several students including 7th grader Alexis Richardson said it was a new learning experience. "It was fun to work together because it allowed us to try new things and be a part of a discovery," said Richardson. "But the hardest thing was building the base and talking with other grade levels, to combine our ideas into one."Carpenter said she hopes the program can spread across the district to other schools. She also said electives should be fun for students, and that while developing a course like Robotics posed challenges, the benefits for students far exceeded the difficulties. "This has been one of the most rewarding challenges of my career as an educator," said Carpenter. As a result of the robotics class, Carpenter said she has seen an increase in the number of students who have inquired about the summer engineering programs offered locally through NC State University. She is hosting engineering outreach programs through YMCA in Bailey and at the Gateway Community Center in Rocky Mount.Carpenter said she hopes that classes like the Robotics course will continue to develop, so that business and industry leaders see evidence of how the school district is preparing students for real-world experiences."I really believe this community can rise through our children." Carpenter said. "We need to show the industrial community that we are investing in our students and providing them with a prepared workforce." http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/101 Schools recognized for contributions to United Way http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/101 Friday, 18 January 2013 10:00:00 EST    Friday, 18 January 2013 10:00:00 EST Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools and the Nash-Rocky Mount Board of Education were recently recognized by the United Way Tar River Region for outstanding contributions during the 2012 United Way Campaign. Lisa Nelson and Neill Nelson, owners of Davenport Auto and 2012 Campaign Chairs joined United Way of Tar Region Executive Director Ginny Mohrbutter to show appreciation for school system employees who raised nearly $65,000, the second highest amount for the school system in the history of giving to the United Way campaign. They also thanked Superintendent Dr. Anthony Jackson and other staff who encouraged participation."As one of our largest employers, the Nash-Rocky Mount Public School System and employees have a profound impact on our community." Nelson said. "We thank Dr. Jackson for his invaluable leadership and for the numerous employees across the district who give to United Way." Schools and departments were recognized in three categories: highest contributions, largest percentage increase, and 100 percent participation. Schools and departments received framed certificates for their support. Schools honored for the highest contributions include:• Benvenue Elementary School-raising $3,306.58• Southern Nash Middle School-raising $3,582.58• Northern Nash High School-raising $4,355.00Schools recognized for the largest percentage increase include:• With a 27.3% increase, Pope Elementary School• With an 29.6% increase, Nash Central Middle School• With a 45.6% increase, Nash Central High School• With a 9.6% increase, NRMPS Central Office Schools and Departments with 100% Participation • Baskerville Elementary School• Benvenue Elementary School• Coopers Elementary School• Englewood Elementary School• Hubbard Elementary School• Johnson Elementary School• Middlesex Elementary School• Nashville Elementary School• Pope Elementary School• Red Oak Elementary School• Spring Hope Elementary School• Swift Creek Elementary School• Williford Elementary School• Winstead Avenue Elementary School• Nash Central Middle School• Parker Middle School• Southern Nash High School• Tar River Academy• Child Nutrition Department• Maintenance Department Dr. Jackson also thanked school employees for supporting the United Way Campaign. "The United Way plays a major role in improving the quality of life for children and adults in our community." Jackson said, "We thank our staff members who recognize this impact and continue to give generously." The United Way Tar River Region has served the local community for over 60 years, working in all towns and communities across the twin-county region. Through donations, the United Way Tar River region funds 41 health and human service programs in partnership with 21 non-profit agencies, as well as, assist with hundreds of yearly information, referral and volunteer inquiries. This support helps thousands of local citizens each year. http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/100 NRMPS set to distribute first round of laptops in January http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/100 Wednesday, 02 January 2013 12:00:00 EST   Wednesday, 02 January 2013 12:00:00 EST Later this month, students at Parker Middle School, Nash Central High School, and Southern Nash High School will be the first in the Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools system to receive Macbook Air laptops as part of the district's one-to-one device initiative.Now referred to as "iConnect", the school system's ‘digital conversion' is designed to help prepare and empower students to make stronger connections with their peers, their teachers, the community, and the world. Students will have access to information 24 hours a day, 7 days per week during the school year. "Today's rapidly changing world demands that our students be critical thinkers with strong digital literacy skills." Dr. Anthony Jackson, Superintendent said. "The iConnect initiative will increase the level of rigor and relevance provided throughout our instructional programs. When implemented strategically and effectively, mobile technology transforms the traditional teaching and learning model. It allows students to become more independent, and teachers to shift from acting as 'directors' of learning to 'facilitators' of learning."The iConnect initiative provides an iPad for every student in grades 4-6, and a Macbook Air laptop for all students in grades 7-12. Orientations for the three laptop pilot schools will feature topics such as device care, troubleshooting, responsibility, acceptable use, digital citizenship and discipline. Parents and students will complete these sessions prior to signing for and picking up their iPads or laptops. Orientation events for Parker Middle School will be held January 16, 23, and 29. Orientations for Nash Central High School will be held January 17, 22, and 26. The sessions for Southern Nash High School will be held on January 17, 24, and 26. The times of day vary for each date to accommodate parent work schedules.  "We're offering three opportunities per pilot school for students and parents to come and learn what they will need to know initially to utilize these devices effectively." Jane Finch, Chief Technology Officer said.  "Our pilot schools will benefit us as we work through any issues that we need to address prior to the district-wide roll-out next fall."Students and parents will be required to sign and return the Computer Protection Agreement and Internet Acceptable Use documents before a laptop will be issued. The school district is requiring a usage fee of $25 per student for the pilot schools, since students will have the laptops for half of the school year. Next fall, the usage fee for all students will be $50 to cover the expenses for entire school year. Payment plans can be set-up for students who are unable to pay the entire user fee at one time.Elementary schools that are in the process of implementing the iPad pilot with fourth and fifth grade students are pleased with how students are already using them for innovative research and projects. Margaret Sharpe, principal of Nashville Elementary School said students are enjoying using the iPads on a daily basis."The students are using creativity to develop works in Educreations, Animoto and several other programs." said Sharpe. "The students are highly engaged and excited to show off their skills and knowledge using the iPads. There is a sense of excitement and pride in the students' work in all of the classrooms."Gail Powers, Principal at Nash Central High School looks forward to the level of equity that will be provided for students as the computers will give all of them instant access to information."When we think about human history-the progression from handwriting to printing presses, and from printed materials to the internet age, each advance in technology has served as an equalizer, and an important vehicle for exposing more people to information." said Powers. "The one-to-one initiative in our school system wipes away all excuses. Every student, regardless of any demographic characteristic, will have access to information on virtually any subject, right at their fingertips. It will be an amazing opportunity and experience for our students."View additional information about the district's iConnect initiative. http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/98 High Schools salute Morehead-Cain and Park Nominees http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/98 Friday, 21 December 2012 12:00:00 EST   Friday, 21 December 2012 12:00:00 EST Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools is proud to salute students from four high schools who were nominated for the prestigious Morehead-Cain Scholarship at UNC-Chapel Hill, and the Park Scholarship at NC State University. Three of the students have been named as semi-finalists for these awards.Two Rocky Mount High School students, Sydney Browder and Zackary Green, recently learned that they were semi-finalists for the Morehead Cain class of 2017 at UNC-Chapel Hill. A. Pitts of Southern Nash High School was also recently named a semi-finalist for the Park Scholarship class of 2017 through NC State University. All three seniors will advance to the regional level of interviews for the respective scholarships.A host of students were nominated for these opportunities at each of the high schools. Their names are listed below: Rocky Mount High School: Morehead Cain Scholarship: S. Browder, Z. Green, and A. Whicker. Park Scholarship: A. Whicker and M. Warner.Nash Central High School: Morehead Cain Scholarship: T. Arrington, B. Calloway, L. Pressley. Park Scholarship: B. Calloway, L. Pressley. Northern Nash High School: Morehead-Cain Scholarship: E. Johnson, A. Catherine Phillips and D. Williams. Park Scholarship: A. Catherine Phillips and D. Williams.Southern Nash High School: Morehead-Cain Scholarship: J. Duncan, A. Pitts, and H. Davis. Park Scholarship: A. Pitts and K. Tyson. The Morehead-Cain is a four-year merit scholarship to UNC-Chapel Hill. The scholarship covers full tuition, room and board, and all other expenses associated with student life at the university. The Park Scholarship is a four-year scholarship valued at $88,000 in-state and $144,000 out-of-state, at NC State University, including tuition and fees, room and board, books and supplies, travel, and personal expenses. http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/99 High Schools wrap up challenge to collect food for needy families http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/99 Friday, 21 December 2012 12:00:00 EST   Friday, 21 December 2012 12:00:00 EST Rocky Mount High School (RMHS) and Nash Central High School (NCHS) recently competed in a holiday season food drive to collect items for needy families. The food drive at both schools began December 3 and concluded on December 14. Students and staff at both schools were encouraged to participate and reflect on the opportunity to give back to local community. NCHS collected over 3,400 items, and $450.00 in cash donations. RMHS collected over 1,900 items. School staffs identified families within their school communities and delivered prepared boxes of donated items to the families. Other contributions were given to the United Ministries Bassett Center in Rocky Mount. The food drives were sponsored by the student clubs at each of the schools. Last year, NCHS competed with Northern Nash High School (NNHS) in a similar food drive. The food drive will continue to be an annual event.  http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/96 Nash Central High School Students gather to remember Connecticut victims http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/96 Wednesday, 19 December 2012 12:00:00 EST   Wednesday, 19 December 2012 12:00:00 EST Nash Central High School students and staff gathered early Wednesday morning before school to remember the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, CT.Nearly 75 students and faculty members met in the school's gym during a vigil hosted by the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA)student group for a few moments of prayer, poetry and song. http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/97 Parents Participate in Workshop at Spaulding Migrant Center http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/97 Wednesday, 19 December 2012 12:00:00 EST   Wednesday, 19 December 2012 12:00:00 EST The English Language Learners Parent Advisory Committee (ELL/PAC), in collaboration with the Migrant Education and ESL Departments, achieved the first goal for the year 2012-2013 when 20 needy families received Thanksgiving food baskets at Spaulding Migrant Center. School principals, ESL teachers and committee members selected the Nash-Rocky Mount School families. Before receiving baskets, parents participated in an educational workshop titled "Creating Confident Kids," prepared by the NRMPS Parenting Partners team.  Parents discovered practical tools for nurturing, developing and sustaining their children's positive identity and explored how they can build up their children's sense of self. Participants included 24 parents, 46 students and 6 staff.  Community volunteers and event sponsors helped make the project a huge success.  View additional event photos http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/95 Rocky Mount Rotary Club donates dictionaries to third graders http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/95 Tuesday, 18 December 2012 12:00:00 EST   Tuesday, 18 December 2012 12:00:00 EST Members of the Rocky Mount Rotary Club provided a special holiday gift when they recently donated nearly 700 dictionaries to Nash-Rocky Mount Public School third grade students in seven different schools.  This is the fourth year Rotarians have participated in this service project.  Over the span of four years, the club has distributed over 2,500 dictionaries for students to keep.  The Rotary Club embarked on the yearly service project as a means to promote literacy, reading and life-long learning.Students eagerly received their very own personal dictionaries complete with name plate and the Rotary Four-Way Test: "Is it the TRUTH?  Is it FAIR to all concerned?  Will it build GOOD WILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?  Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?" Dawn Ruppe, third grade teacher at Englewood Elementary School, said the dictionary distribution arrived right on time for her third grade students. "I had just said about a week prior to the visit that I sure hoped the Rotary Club was going to hand out dictionaries because we had been working with them in class and the kids needed their own for practice at home. The kids were so excited when (they) left; they couldn't wait to use them.  Thank you (to the Rotary club members) for this wonderful project to benefit the kids of our school system."Recipient schools included Baskerville, Benvenue, Englewood, D. S. Johnson, M. B. Hubbard, O. R. Pope and Williford Elementary Schools.Rotary Club members who participated in the delivery included Dave Ivey, Richard SykesGeorge Rainey, Jim Wendling, Ron Green, Rick McMahon, Krista Ikirt, and Phil Barton. http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/94 NRMPS committed to having strong emergency operations measures in place http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/94 Monday, 17 December 2012 12:00:00 EST   Monday, 17 December 2012 12:00:00 EST Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools wants to be sure that all parents and community members are aware of the increased safety measures taken by the school district over the past several months, to prepare for various emergency situations. Dr. Anthony Jackson, Superintendent, said that he expected parents to voice questions and concerns in light of Friday's events in Connecticut."We are welcoming the input we are receiving from our parents with regard to student safety and emergency preparedness," Jackson said. "Safety is always at the forefront of our district priorities, and we want to do everything possible to protect our students and staff, every single day."Since August, each individual school has been working through the process of revising its Emergency Operations Plan. These plans list each of the steps a school will take during emergency situations. Schools are required to participate in regular lockdown drills as part of their plans. These drills are conducted at least four times throughout the school year.  "Our administrators and staff members continue to do an excellent job of preparing for emergency situations through these safety drills," Jackson said.  LeRoy Hartsfield, Assistant Superintendent of Student Support Services, said that the school system requires training based on FEMA guidelines, for all principals and assistant principals prior to revising their school emergency operations plans. Nash County Emergency Services provides this extensive training. Schools were also supplied with a template to make sure school plans were consistent across the district. Hartsfield added that officers from the Nash County Sheriff's Department and the Rocky Mount Police Department planned to visit schools throughout this week for a walk through and to check-in with schools on their emergency management procedures."Our local police departments and sheriff's departments actively participate in our lockdown drills." Hartsfield said. "Following these drills, principals complete reports that outline the strengths and areas of improvement, and we take action to ensure those needs are met." Donna Dougherty, Director of Disciplinary Review and School Safety, also emphasized the role staff members play in ensuring that the emergency operations plans and drills are executed smoothly. "We provide a critical incident video that all school staff members view at the beginning of the school year." Dougherty said. "Our administrators take great care to make sure all staff members are aware of exactly what they need to do and where to go during a crisis situation." While training plays a major role in the district's plan for emergency management, the school system is also taking measures to inspect school facilities as a part of the district-wide emergency operations plan. "We have some buildings that pose challenges for us," Jackson said. "We are in the process of finding solutions to address these challenges."Some of those measures include making sure that all external doors on facilities are locked, except for main entrances. The school system is also exploring the possibility of controlled access for schools that have multiple buildings on campus, as well as expanding controlled access within all of the schools' main entrances.In the wake of Friday's event, administrators and educators have been available to speak with students who are experiencing grief. School officials are also utilizing resources, such as those provided by the National Association of School Psychologists, to help students discuss their concerns. Jackson said that he hopes parents and community members will continue to take part in the ongoing conversation about school safety. "When these types of tragedies occur, our awareness is heightened, but safety is an issue that should always be on all of our minds." Jackson said. "We want parents to understand that just as they implement measures at home to keep their families safe, we always strive to do everything we can as a school district to protect students and staff, when in our care, with the resources we have available."A parent guide to emergency situations has been posted on the NRMPS website. This resource is also available from the district's Facebook and Twitter pages for parents to access. Parents are invited to report safety concerns to the principal at their child's school, and/or at the MySafeSchools tipline, available by phone: 252.220.0677 or by email: mysafeschool@nrms.org. http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/93 Rocky Mount High School dedicates new school building http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/93 Wednesday, 12 December 2012 12:00:00 EST   Wednesday, 12 December 2012 12:00:00 EST Students, parents, elected officials, community partners, and educators gathered in the gym at Rocky Mount High School December 9 to celebrate the dedication of the school's new facility. Sunday's event provided a stage for students to showcase their talents, as JROTC cadets, choral students, band students, and orchestra students were each on hand to lead various parts of the ceremony. The work of visual arts students were also highlighted as drawings, paintings, and pottery were on display throughout the school building.  Culinary arts students provided refreshments for a reception that followed the ceremony. State Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. June Atkinson was the keynote speaker and discussed how the new school provides a positive environment. "This school will be a place where students can pursue their dreams, have access to cutting-edge technology and develop lasting friendships and relationships." said Atkinson. She concluded her remarks with a quote from Nobel Peace Prize winner Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. "If your dreams do not scare you, then they're not big enough." Atkinson said. "Congratulations to this community for being scared."The Nash-Rocky Mount Board of Education took time during the dedication ceremony to express gratitude to the communities and leaders who played a major role in the construction and opening of the new school.  School Board chairwoman Evelyn Bulluck and Superintendent Dr. Anthony Jackson presented Resolutions of Appreciation to the Nash County Board of Commissioners, Edgecombe County Board of Commissioners, Rocky Mount City Council, and former Superintendent Richard McMahon during the event.  "The dedication of this school building reflects what a community can accomplish by working together," Bulluck said.Elected officials spoke about how the new school will contribute to economic development, community pride, and the educational process in the region.  SfL+a Architects, the firm that designed the building, plans to submit documentation for a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold certification, which would make the school the first LEED Gold-rated high school in the state. Tom Hughes of SfL+a Architects presented the key to school to Chairwoman Evelyn Bulluck, who then presented it to Principal Leon Farrow.  Farrow reflected on the pride that students and parents have shared since being on the campus. He also spoke of a pledge from the Gryphon school family to maintain the school's splendor."Our commitment as students, faculty and administration is to work in partnership with our parents and other patrons to ensure that this facility is always one that the community will be proud of." Farrow said. View additional event photos http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/91 NRMPS recognized for achieving significant gains in both AP access and student performance http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/91 Thursday, 06 December 2012 12:00:00 EST   Thursday, 06 December 2012 12:00:00 EST Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools was among 539 schools districts across the U.S. and Canada recognized by the College Board with placement on the 3rd Annual AP® District Honor Roll for simultaneously increasing access to Advanced Placement® course work, while also increasing the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher on AP Exams. Achieving both of these goals is the ideal scenario for a school district's AP program because it indicates that the district is successfully identifying motivated, academically prepared students who are likely to benefit most from rigorous AP course work. More than 90 percent of colleges and universities across the U.S. offer college credit, advanced placement or both for a score of 3 or higher on an AP Exam - which can potentially save students and their families thousands of dollars in college tuition. Superintendent Dr. Anthony Jackson was pleased to learn that the school system was among those on the honor roll list."It is monumental for our high schools to be recognized by the College Board for increasing the level of access, and pushing our students to excel in their Advanced Placement coursework." Jackson said. "Through our AP courses, we are challenging students with high-quality rigorous and relevant curriculum, and preparing them for competitive colleges and careers." Inclusion on the 3rd Annual AP District Honor Roll is based on the examination of three years of AP data, from 2010 to 2012 for the following criteria:1)  Increase participation/access to AP by at least at least 6 percent in a medium district.2)  Ensure that the percentage of African American, Hispanic/Latino, and American Indian/Alaska Native students taking AP Exams did not decrease by more than 5 percent for large and medium districts.3)   Improve performance levels when comparing the percentage of students in 2012 scoring a 3 or higher to those in 2010.High School principals say efforts to increase the participation in advanced placement courses among students have been ongoing.Gail Powers, principal at Nash Central High School said she was honored that district's high schools were recognized for the award. Powers saluted former Nash Central High School principal Craig Harris, and staff at the school for the work achieved in the years examined to make the designation."It's quite an honor to receive this award." Powers said. "It says a lot about our schools when we have a diverse group of students that are stretching themselves and seeking out opportunities to be challenged on their own." Dr. Mark Cockrell, principal at Southern Nash High School. said the school has worked over the past few years to increase access for the number of AP classes offered."Increasing the number of AP classes has allowed us the opportunity to increase the rigor for a segment of our student body."Laura Parrott, academically and intellectual gifted coordinator, said that she hopes schools will continue to see even more students connected with rigorous experiences through the Advanced Placement program. "We know that academically well- prepared students are more likely to graduate from high school and pursue a four-year degree regardless of their varying backgrounds." Parrott said. "Working together, we can continue to meet the challenge of bridging students' abilities and habits of mind with the advanced placement opportunities." http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/92 Sharpe joins school board; Five members re-instated http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/92 Thursday, 06 December 2012 12:00:00 EST   Thursday, 06 December 2012 12:00:00 EST William "Bill" Sharpe became the newest member of the Nash-Rocky Board of Education during the Board's regular meeting December 3. During a ceremony held prior to the meeting, outgoing board member Tem Meyers was also honored for his service. Four current board members: Anne Edge, Doneva Chavis-Battle, Bob Jenkins, and Franklin Lamm were also sworn-in to their board seats. Board chair Evelyn Bulluck was affirmed to her board seat.   Sharpe is employed as an Operations Supervisor at Honeywell Corporation. He is also an active member of the Englewood Baptist Church. He is married, with 5 children and 5 grandchildren. One of his sons, Joseph, accompanied him to the swearing-in ceremony. Sharpe said he is excited about serving as a school board member since he has been a long-time advocate for public education. "I've always have had a heart and passion for kids." Sharpe said. "I've been working with students since my own children started kindergarten, and I have been engaged with school systems in New York, Virginia, and North Carolina. I'm looking forward to working with the community, the business leaders, and being a voice for my constituents, while also being a voice for our teachers, and advocating for kids." Sharpe also said that he looks forward to spending time visiting the schools."I want to be in constant communication with the schools, and be visible in the school system." He said.  "It's all about serving my community." In addition to his work with Englewood Baptist church, Sharpe serves on the following community committees and task-forces: My Sister's House, Mayor's Human Relation Committee, Child Evangelism Fellowship, and Child Development and Mentoring. http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/90 Two NRMPS teachers recently celebrated as WRAL Teachers of the week http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/90 Monday, 03 December 2012 12:00:00 EST   Monday, 03 December 2012 12:00:00 EST Two of our outstanding NRMPS teachers have been recently featured on WRAL's "Teacher of the Week" segmentCasey Perry8th Grade Science TeacherSouthern Nash Middle SchoolSegment aired November 16th at 5:52am on WRALWatch video from wral.com Denise Hudson2nd Grade TeacherSpring Hope Elementary SchoolSegment aired  November 28th at 5:52am on WRALWatch video from wral.comAnchor Gerald Owens from WRAL visited the two teachers at their schools.  Both teachers spoke about their relationship with students, about their profession and experience as a teacher. http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/89 School board finalizes student reassignment plan http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/89 Wednesday, 21 November 2012 07:00:00 EST   Wednesday, 21 November 2012 07:00:00 EST After a nearly year-long process of revising boundaries and gathering community feedback, the Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools Board of Education approved a final set of maps representing the student reassignment scenarios for the 2013-14 school year. School board members were equipped with information from several sets of data presented by Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Anthony Jackson, on how boundaries and the resulting move of approximately 2,100 students would impact the school district in terms of facility utilization, staffing and transportation. The plan eliminates the use of 32 mobile units across the school system. Under the approved plan, the number students that will change schools is approximately 772 at the high school level, 1,271 students at the middle school level, and 63 students at the elementary school level.Jackson walked the board through the academic, athletic, and co-curricular activities offered by each school, to ensure equity for students regardless of the school students are assigned to attend.The student reassignment plan will be formally approved on December 3. Monday's action represented the Board's intent to place the plan on the consent agenda. As part of the approval process, board members also signed off on a new transportation model that would allow the system to save just over an estimated $529,700 per year and reduce both the total number of bus routes, and the average riding time per day for students. The transportation model also maintains the integrity of current bell schedules in the schools.Jackson also presented the staffing impacts that would result from the plan. 85 teachers are expected to be reassigned to accommodate the student moves. That number does not include school support staff that may also be shifted.Student reassignment survey data was also shared with the board members.The total number of responses the school district received on the reassignment survey was 1,124, with over 90 percent or 1,063 of those responses coming from parents of students in the system.Jackson indicated that he was pleased with the level of participation, and level of support for the plan, given the number of students impacted.Click here to view survey results.Jackson rounded out his presentation with two flexibility ("grandfathering") options for students at the highest grade levels, impacted by the plan. The option selected by the Board provides that flexibility ("grandfathering") for students in 5th, 8th, 11th and 12th grades. http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/88 Red Oak Middle school teacher awarded "NRMPS Math Teacher of the Year" http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/88 Tuesday, 20 November 2012 06:00:00 EST   Tuesday, 20 November 2012 06:00:00 EST Kim Parker, 8th grade teacher at Red Oak Middle School, was recently recognized as an "Outstanding Secondary Mathematics Teacher" by the North Carolina Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Parker was nominated by her former principal, Robin May, now Executive Director of Secondary Instruction with Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools. At the statewide Math Conference held in Greensboro in October, Parker received her award, as well as one year's membership to the NC branch of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.When asked what she attributes her success with students to, Mrs. Parker replied, "being willing to try innovative strategies like a flipped classroom where I can work with small groups of students."  In her "flipped classroom," the forward-thinking teacher recorded lessons and notes ahead of time using software so students could review the material prior to the classroom time. This left more time for students to engage with each other on relevant, meaningful activities. Students also analyzed work using flow maps.Parker has been teaching for ten years since graduating from East Carolina University with a BS degree. She is married with three children, and her current teaching assignment includes Grade 8 Math and Common Core Math 1 (formerly known as Algebra I). She will now represent Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools and NC as she moves on to the national competition. http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/87 Board of Education awarded Master Board status http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/87 Tuesday, 20 November 2012 02:00:00 EST   Tuesday, 20 November 2012 02:00:00 EST The Nash-Rocky Mount Board of Education was recognized for achieving "level-one" Master board status, by the North Carolina School Boards Association (NCSBA) during the NCSBA annual conference in Greensboro on Nov. 13.School board members Evelyn Bulluck, Bob Jenkins, Brenda Brown, Robert Bynum, Doneva Chavis-Battle, Anne Edge, Reginald Silver, and Jon Hardy, were on hand to accept the award, along with Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Anthony Jackson.The NCSBA Master Board program emphasizes team building, conflict resolution, goal setting, communication, change management, ethics, problem-solving, decision-making and evaluation. The program, which represents a joint project of the NCSBA and the School of Government at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, responds to the desire of the school district's leadership team to train as a unit and address the board issues that pertain to the individual school system.Nash-Rocky Mount Board of Education Vice-Chair Franklin Lamm said he appreciated having the opportunity to participate in the sessions."It started off slow, but ended with a bang." Lamm said. "I was pleased with how we worked as a team, and it will benefit our students." Board members are exploring the possibility of completing additional training according to Board Chair Evelyn Bulluck. "The Master Board program is designed to equip us with the skills to be better board members." Bulluck said. "The decisions we make as board members require a different skill-set than the skills we have used in the corporate arena.  I highly recommend it, and I hope we will seek to obtain the next level of training." In order to achieve the level-one recognition, the Nash Rocky Mount Board of Education completed more than 20 hours of coursework centered on several topics such as: Planning Superintendent's Evaluation, Understanding School Boards in a Democracy, Solving Problems & and Improving Communications. To obtain the "level-two" status, the board members will complete additional training. http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/86 Bulluck installed as NC school boards association president http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/86 Tuesday, 20 November 2012 12:00:00 EST   Tuesday, 20 November 2012 12:00:00 EST Nash Rocky Mount Board of Education Chairwoman Evelyn Bulluck received a warm welcome as she was named the new president of the North Carolina School Boards Association (NCSBA), during the 43rd NCSBA Annual Conference for Board Member Development in Greensboro November 14.Bulluck is excited to take the helm as leader of the state-wide organization that serves each of the school boards across the state. She said she wants to focus on encouraging all public schools in North Carolina to "become excellent." "My goal is to lead our boards, students and staff in recognizing that ‘Becoming Excellent' is a constantly moving target." Bulluck said. "Boards of Education must provide the necessary tools to ensure that our students have what they need to ‘Become Excellent.' Our staff must meet our students at their level to enhance the learning process by providing instruction that reflects rigor and relevance."Family members, central office administrators, and fellow board members cheered for Bulluck during the ceremony as she was greeted by current president Chuck Francis of Haywood County, who handed her the NCSBA gavel.  Bulluck is a five-term member of the Nash Rocky Mount Board of Education.  A native of Rocky Mount, she graduated from Booker T. Washington High School in 1962. She is also a 1992 graduate of Shaw University, where she obtained a bachelor of arts in Business Management.  She was inducted into the Scholastic Hall of Fame for the Rocky Mount-Wilson Center for Alternative Education, a division of Shaw University.She retired from Sprint Telephone Company after 22 years of service and remains active in the community. She is a member of North End Baptist Church, where she serves as president of the Mass Choir, Adult Sunday School Teacher, and a member of the Ministers' and Deacons' Wives' Circle and Auxiliary Members.Bulluck is married to Deacon James Bulluck and they have three daughters.  Their son, deceased, entered rest on July 23, 2010.  She is the proud grandmother of 17 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.  She believes the challenges currently facing public education can be overcome as long as school boards and their communities collaborate effectively.  "Becoming excellent requires commitment and dedication from all stakeholders including parents, teachers, students, administrators and the community at large." Bulluck said.  "We are on the right path towards excellence and working together, we can continue this forward thrust." http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/84 Mock elections held at Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/84 Thursday, 08 November 2012 12:00:00 EST   Thursday, 08 November 2012 12:00:00 EST Benvenue Elementary School Students at Benvenue Elementary school participated in Election Day on November 6, 2012.  Classes in grades 3-5 nominated three students to run for student council class president.  The three students prepared and presented speeches to their home room as well as the K-2 class they would represent.Throughout the past week students learned about campaigning, and the voting process through various activities and technology resources.  On Election Day, students participated in an actual election. They entered the voting room with registration cards.  After receiving their ballots, each student entered a voting booth to vote for their student council class president and for president of the United States.  The students cast their ballots and received an "I Voted" sticker.  Parent volunteers and staff worked together over the last week to make this an exciting and relevant learning experience for our students.  Our newly elected student council will now serve as leaders in the school through various roles including our school-wide service learning activities. Cedar Grove Elementary School Cedar Grove Elementary students had a chance to experience their own election season when third, fourth, and fifth grade recently participated in a mock presidential election. "I think it's great for the school to have a presidential election for kids because you can't vote until you're eighteen." Trenton H. said. The students walked through the election experience of their parents and older family members as they filed into the school's multipurpose room to pick up their ballots, cast their secret ballot vote, and receive an "I Voted" sticker, as many community members did at the school on November 6, when the school served a polling site. "It has encouraged me to vote when I'm an adult." Deonna B. said.  View images from mock elections http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/85 Educators explore digital content in preparation for technology roll-out http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/85 Thursday, 08 November 2012 12:00:00 EST   Thursday, 08 November 2012 12:00:00 EST Nash Rocky Mount Public Schools educators know that learning isn't just for their students and took advantage of the opportunity to embark on a learning adventure Wednesday as part of a "Day of Discovery," hosted by Discovery Education.The group of about 60 educators participated in three sessions that served as the kickoff of an ongoing professional development experience designed to provide them with a variety of valuable technology and instructional strategies. These strategies will be an important part of the district's plan to give a mobile device, for instructional use, to every student in grades 4-12 next school year. Brad Hagaman, Regional Manager for Discovery Education, said the group is excited to be partnering with the school system. Discovery Education seeks to transform classrooms, empower teachers and captivate students by providing dynamic digital content to school districts.  These digital resources are updated in real-time and improve student engagement and achievement. "It is exciting for us to be working with a district like Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools that has a clear vision." Hagaman said. "We are in the process of implementing very intentional strategies to ensure teachers are empowered with the highest quality digital content paired with best teaching strategies to support moving the needle and giving each and every student the opportunity for high achievement."Educators discussed ways to use digital media to create interactive lesson plans in various curricular areas, explored ways to develop digital quizzes and assignments, and looked at ways to use student-created videos to reinforce learning. Those who participated in the sessions will be sharing the information with their colleagues at their schools.Fourth grade teacher Holly Lewis was among the participants and said she looks forward to implementing ideas in her classroom at Middlesex Elementary School."I am so excited about all of the components that Discovery Education has to offer". Lewis said. "I am happy that there is a way that I can build assessments and quizzes that incorporate many different resources such as videos, songs, passages, writing prompts that also allow me to insert external links."Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction Dr. Connie Luper said she looks forward to seeing the alignment of resources with instructional methods that will spark enthusiasm among students.  "We have literally opened the door to the world for all of our students." Luper said. "The district is providing the tools and we are connecting the use of these tools with instructional strategies that motivate learning."Discovery Education will continue work with team leaders on November 9 as they meet local business leaders to form partnerships and discuss how Discovery Education can further support the district's 1-to-1 initiative, the implementation of Common Core, and offer more rigor and relevance to prepare students to compete.Superintendent Dr. Anthony Jackson set the stage for team members as he discussed how digital resources will be a critical part of the district's move to the 1-to-1 mobile device initiative. "We have the responsibility to prepare students for a future that we can't even define right now."  Jackson said. "We have to expand the boundaries. We aren't just looking at one-to-one, but one-to-world. We must shift the way we deliver instruction to provide dynamic, robust, learning environments." http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/83 Bailey Elementary students learn in outdoor classroom http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/83 Wednesday, 07 November 2012 12:00:00 EST   Wednesday, 07 November 2012 12:00:00 EST Fourth Graders at Bailey Elementary don't mind getting their hands dirty. Teachers also don't mind since it provides the students with a new and exciting learning opportunity each day. The students are spending nearly 30 minutes each day working in gardens they planted as part of the school's outdoor classroom.  "The outdoor classroom is a place where students can learn first-hand about how agriculture and planting gardens impact our community." Fourth grade teacher Lisa Langley said. "Our community is very rural, and we wanted the children to have hands-on experience to see if they may have an interest in agricultural careers in the future. We have talked a lot about how it affects our economy."  The concept for the outdoor classroom came after Langley, and AIG facilitator Frances Anderson attended a workshop last year hosted by Farm Bureau's ‘Ag in the Classroom' initiative in conjunction with NC State University and the NC Strawberry Association.The school's current fifth graders and their parents broke ground on the project last year, with a number of community members also pitching in their support."We went to our local farmers, Linda and Joey Bailey, who gave us the strawberry plants, and then Farm Bureau donated all of the other materials." Anderson said. "Nelson Brantley, another local farmer, donated our soil. We had tremendous support from the community in starting this project. This year, the students wanted to build one more bed, so our master gardener came out and helped with it."Students conduct research on their iPads and access literature and informational text related to gardening to assist them as they work to grow a variety of plans including onions, cabbage, mustard, kale, turnips, spinach, radishes and potatoes. Fourth grader Ashley Silva says she is enjoying learning more about the about the agricultural process that plays a big role in her local community.  "I enjoy planting all the strawberries and vegetables." Silva said. "It's a lot better seeing them grow in person, instead of looking at a virtual one, because we can use our five senses." Principal Amy Thornton is pleased to see how the outdoor classroom provides numerous opportunities for students to interface with the new, more challenging curriculum. "Our outdoor classroom is a wonderful place to implement the standards in the Common Core curriculum." Thorton said. "It encompasses all of our core content areas. We get to address so many standards in that one outdoor space, and the students love it, because they are working hands-on and engaged, in the process the entire time."Other classes in the school have also started to become involved with the project. Fourth grader Aramis Guiterez said he likes to talk to other students to get them to take an interest in the outdoor classroom. "My cousin, Alexander is in third grade, and I told him that when he gets to fourth grade, he will get to plant a soup and salad garden, and a strawberry bed." Guiterez said. "He will get his own strawberry plant, and just about every day he'll go outside and observe the plants." Farm Bureau's "Ag in the Classroom" program is seeking to replicate the Bailey Elementary model at other elementary schools in the district, and in neighboring school systems. http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/81 Board to evaluate student reassignment feedback http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/81 Friday, 02 November 2012 12:00:00 EST   Friday, 02 November 2012 12:00:00 EST After four public hearings and the end of the Student Reassignment Survey, the members of the Nash-Rocky Mount Board of Education will soon evaluate information collected during the public engagement process on the proposed Student Reassignment boundaries.Board members await the survey results, which they will review on November 19. They already have information that they collected during the public hearings, as they listened to parent concerns.School board chair Evelyn Bulluck thanked participants for their participation in the public hearings."This public engagement initiative was an important step for us as we review all of the information related to the student reassignment plans." School board chairwoman Evelyn Bullock said. "At the end of the process, we want to be confident that we put students first and examined all of the data as we make our decision."An estimated 200 parents attended the public hearings, one held at each of the districts' four high schools. Approximately 2089 students are expected to be impacted by the proposed boundaries.As of early Thursday evening, 1113 participants had taken the online survey. Four individuals submitted paper surveys, which were forwarded to a third-party company that will compile the online and paper results. "We're pleased to see the number of individuals who chose to participate in the survey." Jackson said. "We provided numerous occasions for access, and we hope that everyone who was interested in sharing their thoughts on the plans took advantage of the opportunity to do so." School officials have been working to prepare information that summarizes the impact of student reassignment in terms of transportation, programs, staffing, and cost implications.The school board will be prepared to make a decision on the proposed plans at the December board meeting. If the board decides to move forward with the plans, they will then work to address issues like grandfathering, a concern parents shared during the public hearings. Parents and community members are encouraged to stay informed. The school system will continue to post the latest information with regard to student reassignment on the district's website, http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/.View photos from student reassignment hearings. http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/82 US Dept of Defense program visits Nashville Elementary School http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/82 Friday, 02 November 2012 12:00:00 EST   Friday, 02 November 2012 12:00:00 EST ‘Five, four, three, two, one.' Nashville Elementary School fifth grade students each enjoyed a blast off November 1 while launching rockets as part of a week-long exploration of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM), through the national STARBASE initiative.  The STARBASE program is offered by the US Department of Defense and focuses on elementary students, primarily fifth graders. The goal is to motivate them to explore Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) as they continue their education. The North Carolina National Guard also provides support for the program. Nashville Elementary Principal Margaret Sharpe said the STARBASE program only visits a small group of schools across the country per year and was pleased that program returned to Nashville Elementary, after having been there once in 2007."We feel very fortunate to be able to offer this opportunity to our students." Sharpe said. "STEM education is important for our students, and we want them to be more interested in these types of careers."The program engages students through an inquiry-based curriculum with its "hands-on, mind-on" experiential activities. Throughout the week, Nashville Elementary Students studied science topics such as Newton's Laws and Bernoulli's principle. They also explored nanotechnology, navigation and mapping.STARBASE Program Director Barbara Miller said the initiative has been traveling to schools all over the country for over 19 years to spark interest in students at a critical point in their development."We show a STEM careers video, and as we work through each of the projects, we explain how STEM is integrated." Miller said. "Our goal is to highlight the types of careers students can pursue after they graduate, and ultimately, we hope that more students will enter STEM related fields to address the critical shortages that we have in corporate and government agencies."The academies that make up the STARBASE program are located in different branches of the military, so students gain exposure to how STEM supports the nation's armed forces. Thursday's Rocket launch provided students with the opportunity to see the culmination of skills they developed throughout the week. Fifth grader Jason Wiggs said he enjoyed spending the week immersed in two of his favorite subjects. "We got more into science and math this week, and we built these rockets ourselves." Wiggs said. "I also liked that we talked about the military, and had military dog tags that we will get to keep." Fifth grade teacher Maureen Willis said she appreciated how well the instructors connected with the students."This has been a once-in-a-life-time experience." Willis said. "The interest that they have sparked in the students has allowed STEM to come alive for them."  View additional photos from gallery http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/79 Superintendent to meet with parents to discuss school safety http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/79 Thursday, 01 November 2012 12:00:00 EST   Thursday, 01 November 2012 12:00:00 EST A recent discussion with families at Rocky Mount High School marked the first in a series of meetings that NRMPS Superintendent Dr. Anthony Jackson will hold with parents and community members to share an important message about school safety. He plans to meet with families at all of the district's middle and high schools over the next few weeks.Attendees at the session also heard from the school's principal Leon Farrow, Rocky Mount police chief James Moore, and district attorney Robert Evans. Each emphasized the significance of ensuring that all students in the NRMPS district have a safe and orderly school environment. Dr. Jackson recently shared a presentation entitled "If School is important to you, Act Like It" with the school board, in which he outlined plans for the district to take a different approach with students who are deemed ‘habitually disruptive.' This approach provides alternative forms of education so that these students can have the opportunity to learn, but in a way that prevents them from disrupting the instructional process in the schools. "Act Like It" is the new slogan of a campaign that educators will be sharing with students and parents. School board members and Jackson wore "Act Like It" buttons to the meeting, and will wear them frequently in the coming weeks."We're sending a very clear and simple message: If school is important to you; Act like it." Jackson said. "Our primary mission is teaching and learning, and we refuse to allow one student to prevent the other 16,799 students in our district from having the best possible experience when they come to school." Jackson stressed that the strategies will not be designed to single out students, or to punish students harshly for simple mistakes. It will however, address students who chronically and purposefully make the choice to be disorderly. He also informed parents that school administrators will be transparent as they work through the process of re-examining district policy and implementing new alternative programs. He asked them to share information with others in the community, so that they can also remain informed. Jackson encouraged parents to communicate openly with their students, and staff at the school about potential issues. He showed them how to access several resources on the district website, including the My Safe Schools tip line and email address."Please support your schools and know that we are in this together, as a community." Jackson said. "We have great schools and the best students. We just need to ensure that we always keep teaching and learning at forefront of all that we do." http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/80 Nash-Rocky Mount Governor School Attendees Encourage Classmates to Apply http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/80 Thursday, 01 November 2012 12:00:00 EST   Thursday, 01 November 2012 12:00:00 EST Six outstanding students from Nash-Rocky Mount Public School District were selected to participate in the 2012 North Carolina Governor's School: S. Browder, Rocky Mount High School (Mathematics); J. Joyner, NRMPS Early College High School (English); A. Catherine Phillips, Northern Nash High School (Natural Science); J. Rogers, Nash Central High School (Choral Music); K. Simmons, Southern Nash High School (Mathematics); K. Tyson, Southern Nash High School (Mathematics)Students were nominated in one of 10 curriculum areas: Art, Choral Music, Dance, English, Foreign Language (French and Spanish), Instrumental Music, Mathematics, Natural Science, Social Science and Theater. In reflecting on their experiences, participants strongly encouraged rising juniors and seniors to apply. K. Simmons (SNMS) was selected for the Class of 2012 in the field of mathematics. "It's hard to pick out the most memorable part of Governor's School because the whole experience was amazing. For me it would be the interactions with the other students. I met people with many different views and beliefs than I had. I learned that I had to be open and accepting." Simmons continued, "Governor's School will change you in ways you can't even imagine and it will better you. This is a chance of a life time and an experience that I will always remember." S. Browder (RMHS) was also selected in the field of mathematics. "I am so honored that I had the opportunity to attend the NC Governor's School last summer! It was a life-changing experience that I will never forget," Browder commented. "The math was difficult, but I am definitely a better, more motivated student because of it. The people were wonderful and I would tell anybody considering Governor's School to try their hardest to get in." A. Catherine Phillips (NNHS) was selected in the area of Natural Science. "My most memorable experience at Governor's School West was the day Dave Chameides came to talk about environmentalism. He guest spoke in my Green Engineering Natural Science class about how detrimental plastic bottles are to the planet. I have also almost completely eliminated the use of single-use products from my entire household. We no longer buy any bottled water. We also have discontinued our use of paper plates and plastic cups and we have exponentially increased our amount of recycling. (Governor's School) truly introduced a new and very intriguing avenue of living to me," remarked Phillips.J. Rogers (NCHS) said the most memorable part of Governor's School for her was getting to meet lots of teenagers who are just as passionate about education as she is and the feeling of belonging. "Governor's School taught me that a grade on a paper is not half as important as the amount of knowledge that a person receives. As I start my junior year, I have to remember not just to focus on a number, but what I learn as well. It also taught me to ask questions about society," continued Rogers. "Why accept a fact given to you when you can ask questions and challenge (the idea)? Finally, it taught me to be myself. It's okay to be really passionate about something. That's how dreams are made, through the passion of an art or skill." Rogers was accepted to Governor's School in the area of Choral Music.J. Joyner (Early College High School) shared, "I loved every moment of it. The most memorable portion about Governor's School is meeting some of the most amazing people in the world. I will never forget their faces, their personalities, and their ambition to succeed. I still miss them to this day and I want to thank them for making my experience worthwhile," Joyner noted. "I now love exploring things rather than just accepting them as they are. I am now learning to be more open minded to other people's beliefs and ideas." She added "You learn so much in so little time. I promise it will change your life forever!"For more information on Governor's School, students and parents should contact the guidance department in their school. http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/78 Parents share feedback during first set of public hearings; http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/78 Friday, 26 October 2012 12:00:00 EST   Friday, 26 October 2012 12:00:00 EST The Nash Rocky Mount Board of Education hopes parents and community members will continue to come out and share their feedback on the proposed student reassignment plans.Nearly 100 people attended two public hearings held this week, the first held at Rocky Mount High School, and the second at Southern Nash High School.Two more opportunities will be available next week on Tuesday, October 30 at Nash Central High School and Thursday, November 1 at Northern Nash High School. Both events will begin at 6:00 p.m. At both hearings, parents shared several concerns and questions about the proposed boundaries with the Board members.Elaine Pate is a grandmother of a Southern Nash High School student, and said she hopes the school board will give consideration to grandfathering certain age groups as they look to make their decision. This would allow these students to remain at their school instead of moving to their new assigned school. "My grand-daughter is currently a sophomore." Pate said. "She's doing well here, and I would hate to see her uprooted in the middle of her high school years.  I hope the Board will consider students who will be juniors and seniors if they move forward in the redistricting process." Other parents inquired about how resources, teachers, and long-term plans for the school district would be impacted student reassignment process.Board chair Evelyn Bulluck thanked parents for attending the hearings, and encouraged them to continue to share their concerns by taking the online Student Reassignment survey, which will continue to be available to the general public up through October 31.Bulluck also emphasized that the process is still in the early phases. "We are still in the ‘proposed' stage right now." Bulluck said. "We want you to feel comfortable in knowing that no decisions have been finalized yet. We are here to listen to your concerns and questions before we make a decision."While parents did not receive responses directly to their questions during the public hearings, members of the NRMPS staff will be responding to their questions over the next few days. Additional information will also be posted to the Student Reassignment area of the NRMPS website, and parents and community members are encouraged to continue checking the website for the latest information.Board member Tem Meyers echoed Bulluck's sentiments by expressing appreciation for parents who attended the public hearings. "Thank you for coming out tonight." Meyers said. "Your support and your engagement are critically important if we are to effectively meet the needs of the students in our community."Information about the student reassignment process, public hearings, and student reassignment survey can be accessed from www.nrms.k12.nc.us. View photos from public hearings http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/77 NCC & NRMPS Hold Career & Technical Education Showcase http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/77 Tuesday, 23 October 2012 12:00:00 EST   Tuesday, 23 October 2012 12:00:00 EST On October 25, 2012 from 5:30-7:30pm, Nash Community College (NCC) and Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools (N-RMPS) will host eighth through twelfth grade students and their parents at the Career & Technical Education Open House."The relationship between Nash-Rocky Mount Schools and Nash Community College is a perfect collaboration of deliberate actions to prepare students and adults to become career and college ready. The Showcase is an example of this great relationship that exists," NRMPS Director of Career & Technical Education Pam Lewis said.Attendees will explore classes that can be taken in Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools that align with classes and programs offered at Nash Community College. Held in the Nash Community College Brown Auditorium, the event will give students and parents an opportunity to learn more about the college application process, financial aid, academic programs, career options and more."This event proves to be successful annually with over 900 students and parents coming through the doors in NCC's Brown Auditorium. The event is the epitome of a successful relationship between educational institutions and the business community," NCC Associate Dean for Student and Enrollment Services Wil van der Meulen said.Over 86 tables representing Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools' classes, Nash Community College programs of study and other educational and business partners will give attendees a taste of the programs and classes offered through each entity. In addition, representatives from local businesses and industries will be there to share more about their organizations and the importance of a skilled and educated workforce.For more information, contact Pamela Lewis at 252.462.2536. View photos from event http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/76 School board to hold public hearings on student reassignment plan http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/76 Monday, 22 October 2012 12:00:00 EST   Monday, 22 October 2012 12:00:00 EST The Nash-Rocky Mount Board of Education continues to invite parents and community members to weigh in on the recommended Student Reassignment plans. Four public hearings will provide yet another opportunity for individuals to share their thoughts on the plans, and the process used by the Student Reassignment Committee.Beginning October 23, the school board will host the public hearings, one at each of the four high schools. Tuesday's public hearing will be held at Rocky Mount High School starting at 6:00 p.m. The public hearing at Southern Nash High School will be held on October 25. The public hearing for Nash Central High School is scheduled for October 30, and Northern Nash High School is scheduled for November 1. All of these events will begin promptly at 6:00 p.m."These public hearings provide another method for the school board to collect information as part of their commitment to transparency and collaborative decision-making," said Dr. Anthony Jackson, Superintendent of Schools. "The public hearings and survey are open to everyone, and school board members want to hear from the community before making a decision."  Individuals who attend the public hearings will sign-in for the opportunity to speak. They will have three minutes to share their thoughts on the student reassignment plans with the Board members. Board members will listen to their feedback, but will not respond. Since October 1, a survey has been available for stakeholders to share their thoughts on the new boundaries. To date, 867 individuals have taken advantage of the opportunity to participate online. Another six individuals have requested paper surveys.The survey is still available on the district's website, www.nrms.k12.nc.us, by clicking on the ‘Your Voice Counts' banner, or the ‘Student Reassignment' icon. Those without access to the internet are invited to visit one the schools in the district and check-in with the front office to participate in the survey. Individuals may also request a paper survey by calling 252-459-5220 or visiting the NRMPS administrative office in Nashville. Paper copies must be submitted to the NRMPS administrative office by October 24. The online survey will close on October 31. At the end of the process, the school board will review the information collected from the survey, public hearings, and a staff review of the projected impacts as they look to make a decision on the attendance zones in December. They will review this information on November 19."This public engagement initiative is an important step for us as we review all of the information related to the student reassignment plans." School board chairwoman Evelyn Bulluck said. "At the end of the process, we want to be confident that we put students first and examined all of the data as we make our decision."Approximately 2089 students are expected to be impacted by the new attendance zones.  View more information about student reassignment. http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/75 NNHS student selected to play in BCS national championship game NNHS student selected to play in BCS national championship game http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/75 Saturday, 20 October 2012 12:00:00 EST   Saturday, 20 October 2012 12:00:00 EST  Northern Nash High School senior J. Freeman will have the chance to play his trumpet on a national stage-the halftime show of the 2013 National Championship in South Florida, as part of the 2013 All-Star Invitational Marching Band.Freeman was recently notified of his selection and is among the finest high school performers in the nation. According to program director Doug Green, Freeman's acceptance "was a direct result of (his) talent, dedication and achievements demonstrated in his application." Freeman has played the trumpet in band since his sixth grade year. Band has always been a major part of his life. "I love band, and I love playing my trumpet." Freeman said "I'm so excited to have this opportunity." In preparation for his performance, Freeman will receive sheet music, videos and practice notes from the band directors over the next few months.  Once he arrives for the event, he will experience the thrill of performing at the biggest game in college football. The BCS National Championship game is scheduled for January 7, 2013.Freeman's love for music has grown throughout the years, and his family is extremely proud of his numerous accomplishments. His mother, Shirley Freeman said he has always loved his trumpet."He's the child who would go to band camp from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., all day, during the summer, and come home and still play his trumpet." Freeman said. "This means a lot to him, and I'm so proud for him because he has worked very hard."J.'s father, Garrett Freeman, said he appreciates the influence of educators who have encouraged Joshua in his accomplishments.  "We have been blessed that he was able to have influential educators such as Mr. Eric Harris and Mrs. Jennifer Harris to help guide him down this path to enrichment in the Arts." Freeman said."For him to have this opportunity is the ‘icing-on-the cake' for his high school band career. All of his hard work has paid off, and he will be so proud to wear his Northern Nash High uniform and represent his school." Freeman participates in several activities at Northern Nash High School including National Honor Society, Future Teachers of America club, and Key club. He also plays on the varsity basketball team. Freeman also spends a lot of time volunteering with Special Olympics and a local youth athletic program.He has made all-district band every year since seventh grade, and received the honor of making all-state band twice.  His top three choices for college are East Carolina University, UNC-Chapel Hill, and UNC-Charlotte. He plans to major in music education, and hopes to become a school band director. http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/74 Superintendent Anthony Jackson helped Nash Central High School kick off their 2012 homecoming celebration http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/74 Friday, 19 October 2012 12:00:00 EST   Friday, 19 October 2012 12:00:00 EST Superintendent Anthony Jackson helped Nash Central High School kick off their 2012 homecoming celebration.  The gymnasium was alive with the students, bands, cheerleaders, dance team, the Varsity and JV Football Teams and the Men's Homecoming King Candidates. Students celebrated their pride in being Bulldogs, their class and their school spirit.Students and staff alike were treated to a rousing Homecoming Parade with colorful banners, decorated cars, trucks and even a tractor. Dr. Jackson, Laura Parrott and Ellen Bailey participated in the judging.  School officials will tally the ballots to determine the winners. View additional photos http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/73 Eleven NRMPS 10th Graders Selected for Student Latino Initiative at UNC-CH http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/73 Tuesday, 16 October 2012 12:00:00 EST         Tuesday, 16 October 2012 12:00:00 EST Eleven Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools 10th graders were recently inducted into the Scholars' Latino Initiative program at UNC Chapel Hill.The Scholars' Latino Initiative was founded by Peter Kaufman in 2003. The program began as a partnership between Jordan Matthews High School in Siler City and students of UNC-Chapel Hill, with the mission of improving access to higher education for Latino high school students. SLI has grown to include over sixty UNC students and accepts twenty-five new sophomores into its mentoring program each year.  What originally began as a student organization achieved such success that it is now a part of UNC's Center for Global Initiatives (CGI).  SLI provides guidance and access to scholarship funds for its graduates.Photo - Front row left to right:  K. Banegas, C. Mendoza and D. Quinteros (NNHS); K. Hinojosa-Lerma (NCHS). Second row left to right: M. Manilla (SNHS); J. Mendoza (Early College); C. Salazar, S. Celaya and V. Ligonio (SNHS). Third row left to right: L. Cordova and A. Macedo (SNHS). http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/71 Students begin taking college and career ready assessments http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/71 Monday, 15 October 2012 03:00:00 EST   Monday, 15 October 2012 03:00:00 EST Eighth and tenth grade Students in Nash Rocky Mount Public Schools and other public school districts are in the process of taking an assessment as part of the state's plan to help North Carolina's students be college and career ready.On October 16, all eighth grade students in the school system took the EXPLORE test. All Tenth grade students in the district will take the PLAN test on October 23. Both assessments are part of the ACT group of tests.Robin Griffin, NRMPS Director of Accountability, discussed the data that students will be able to gain from taking the assessments."The EXPLORE and PLAN provide baseline information on the academic preparation of students that can be used to plan high school coursework." Griffin said. "Nash-Rocky Mount teachers, guidance staff and administrators will use EXPLORE and PLAN scores to proactively identify students' strengths and weaknesses, help guide students, and inform curriculum decisions. Research has shown that students who participate in EXPLORE and PLAN are more likely to be ready for college and career than those who do not."The EXPLORE test is designed to help 8th graders explore a broad range of career and academic options for their future. Additionally, EXPLORE includes a career exploration component that stimulates student's thinking about future plans and relates personal characteristics to career options. Feedback from EXPLORE before high school also helps students build rigorous high school coursework plans to get, or stay, on track for their educational and career goals.For more information about EXPLORE, families can visit www.explorestudent.org.The PLAN test is designed to help 10th graders build a solid foundation for future academic and career success. It is a comprehensive guidance resource that helps students measure their current academic development, explore career/training options, and make plans for their remaining high school years and their post-graduation years. PLAN is also an excellent way to prepare students for the ACT college admissions test- one of the best indicators to assess student's readiness for college.For more information about PLAN and families can visit www.planstudent.org.NRMPS Director of Testing, Julie Molique, said that families can expect to receive their scores fairly quickly."Parents can expect to see Student Score Reports from the EXPLORE and PLAN tests in December or January." Molique said. "These results may also be used by school guidance counselors to assist students in making choices concerning their college and career paths."Molique also encouraged parents to access videos on how to interpret these reports at http://www.act.org/explore/results.html for EXPLORE and at http://www.act.org/explore/results.html for PLAN.The EXPLORE and PLAN tests are designed to help prepare students for the ACT, which they will take in the spring of their eleventh grade year. This year's group of eleventh graders will take the ACT exam in March. http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/70 NRMPS shares annual report on progress http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/70 Monday, 15 October 2012 11:00:00 EST   Monday, 15 October 2012 11:00:00 EST Today, Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools released the district's 2011-12 Annual Report. The report highlights the major accomplishments for the school district over the last year. The annual report features detailed information about the school system's strategic plan, and major initiatives involving student achievement, community engagement, 21st century technology, and curriculum innovation, among other topics. This is the first annual report the school district has produced in several years.Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Anthony Jackson said stakeholders who review the annual report will have the opportunity to assess how the school system has made efforts to improve student outcomes."The annual report provides an opportunity for us to be transparent with our students, parents and community members." Jackson said. "We hope everyone will take a few minutes to review our accomplishments for last school year, as well as our vision for the future."Download and view the 2011-2012 Annual Report http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/69 Southern Nash High placed 1st in the Ecofriendly garden design competition at the State Fair http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/69 Friday, 12 October 2012 12:00:00 EST   Friday, 12 October 2012 12:00:00 EST Southern Nash High School placed 1st in the Ecofriendly garden design competition at the State Fair.If you are going to the State Fair,  be sure to visit the Southern Nash Agricture Department's garden located next to the Flower House (behind the Village of Yesteryear). Additional information and photos are showcased on Mr. Bartholomew's teacher website. http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/68 Update on Southern Nash High http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/68 Thursday, 11 October 2012 12:00:00 EST   Thursday, 11 October 2012 12:00:00 EST Students returned to Southern Nash High school Thursday after a well pump failure at the school on Wednesday resulted in early dismissal. A new pump was installed at Southern Nash High Wednesday afternoon, and the well was chlorinated at the recommendation of the state.Dr. Anthony Jackson, Superintendent, spoke with technicians Wednesday who gave a report on what may have caused the mechanical failure.  "The well pump failure is believed to be the result of worn and damaged parts due to the high acidic water and iron levels of the well water, according to the information we received from our technicians." Jackson said. "We are in the process of having the water tested to ensure it will be safe for consumption, before we give clearance to students and staff to begin drinking it."The NRMPS Child Nutrition department made arrangements for bottled water to be provided at the school through Friday. The Maintenance department checked all bathrooms to make sure they were functioning properly before students and staff arrived. Water fountains will remain covered and signs have been posted to prevent consumption. Letters have been posted around the school, and families received phone messages detailing the information. Following the chlorination process, samples were taken from three locations and delivered to a laboratory for a Bacti or Total Coliform Test analysis. The school district expects to receive these results on Friday morning.Once these samples are reported as ‘passing' the test, students and staff will be informed that they may begin to consume the water again.More information will be provided to students, staff and families, as the results are released. The school will continue to operate on normal schedule and bottled water will be provided until further notice.Southern Nash Middle was also dismissed early on Wednesday, but is now operating on a normal schedule. Update: 10/12/12 10am.The water at Southern Nash High School has passed all tests and been deemed safe for drinking. http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/66 The Nash-Rocky Mount Public School District is Cooking Up a Weeklong Celebration for School Lunch http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/66 Tuesday, 09 October 2012 12:00:00 EST Tuesday, 09 October 2012 12:00:00 EST Each year, there are more than 500 billion school lunches served nationwide via the National School Lunch Program.  In recognition of the positive changes that the Nash-Rocky Mount Public School District has made to its own school lunch program, schools in the district will celebrate National School Lunch Week (NSLW) from October 15th-19th.  The 2012 theme, "School Lunch - What's Cooking?" will include events and activities that promote the benefits of healthy school lunches. Cafeteria managers plan to decorate dining rooms and serving lines with posters, bulletin boards and student art work as well as creative ideas using theme-based items.  Many will be wearing chef hats they made at their local SNA chapter meeting workshop held September 24, 2012.  Activity sheets, lucky trays and kitchen tours are among the activities planned for the students.  The campaign will put a spotlight on the healthy foods that the Nash-Rocky Mount School District has incorporated into their menus to improve the nutritional integrity of school meals. Serving more than 31 million children every school day, the federally-funded National School Lunch Program (NSLP) provides nutritionally balanced, healthy meals.  The program, which has been serving the nation's children for over 60 years, requires school meals to meet the USDA's new nutrition standards by:Ensuring students are offered both fruits and vegetables every day of the week;Increasing  whole grain-rich foods; Offering only fat-free or low-fat milk varieties; Planning calories based on the age of children being served to ensure proper portion size; and Focusing on lower amounts of saturated fat, trans fats and sodium.  The "School Lunch - What's Cooking?" campaign is sponsored by the non-profit School Nutrition Association and the Milk Processors Education Program (MilkPEP) to highlight all the components of well-balanced school meals.  For more information about healthy school meals, visit http://www.traytalk.org/. To see "What's Cooking" in the Nash-Rocky Mount school cafeterias, visit:  www.nrms.k12.nc.us/student-nutrition. http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/65 Baskerville Celebrates Constitution Day http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/65 Wednesday, 03 October 2012 12:00:00 EST   Wednesday, 03 October 2012 12:00:00 EST Nearly four hundred students, parents, staff and community members celebrated the 225th anniversary of the signing of the Constitution in 1787 in Philadelphia in rousing style.  From kindergarten through fifth grade, students waved flags, marched to patriotic music, danced and sang to commemorate the brave men who wrote America's Constitution.Kindergarteners kicked off the event with a flag parade.  Musical selections were performed by first, second, fourth and fifth grade students. Fourth graders also recited the poem In 1787.  Third graders showed off their agility with a modern rendition of the American traditional square dance.Keynote speaker Reuben Blackwell, OIC President and Rocky Mount City Councilman, reminded students how important it is to participate in their great country..  "It is important to keep our Constitution living and breathing by voting," Blackwell stated. "When you are older make sure you vote. Tell your parents and other adults to make sure they always vote."Blackwell also encouraged students to strive for excellence in all they do. "Be the best student you can be. Education is your highest priority. Come to school ready to learn. Work with your teachers and make the best grades you can," Blackwell said.Students were shocked when Councilman Blackwell told them that original Constitution was only 4 written pages long.Principal Anne Mitchell and Assistant Principal Bobbi Jones recognized the parents who attended, thanking them for all they do for Baskerville and their children.  The celebration closed with remarks from Superintendent Anthony Jackson. "It is always an uplifting experience coming to Baskerville Elementary School. This school is one of the jewels in our school district.  I applaud all of you for the job you are doing," said Jackson. View additional photos http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/64 School board seeks input on student reassignment plan http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/64 Monday, 01 October 2012 12:00:00 EST   Monday, 01 October 2012 12:00:00 EST The Nash-Rocky Mount Board of Education is inviting parents and community members to weigh in on student reassignment recommendation plans set forth by the Student Reassignment Committee. The school board is also seeking feedback on how the public feels about the committee's process. Launched October 1, the Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools Student Reassignment Survey became the first in a series of planned communication initiatives aimed at engaging the Nash-Rocky Mount community in discussions on how to navigate through numerous opportunities that lie ahead for the school system. Parents, teachers, staff, students and residents will be invited to participate in future surveys that will be available throughout the course of the school year.The school district is working with K12 Insight, an independent research and communication firm. All survey reporting will be conducted at an aggregate level, so all responses will remain anonymous. The survey will be available in both English and Spanish. "The school board is conducting this survey as part of their commitment to transparency and collaborative decision-making," said Dr. Anthony Jackson, Superintendent of Schools. "The Student Reassignment Committee meetings were open to the public, and committee members were accessible to answer any questions or concerns. Now that plans have been submitted, school board members want to hear from the community."   The last student reassignment process occurred in 2002, when Nash Central High School opened. Due to shifting populations over the past decade, some of the district's schools are now overcrowded, while others are underutilized. Approximately 2089 students are expected to be impacted by the new attendance zones. Learn more about student reassignment @ NRMPS. Parents and community members who have provided the district with their email addresses will receive email invitations to participate in the student reassignment survey. Anyone else can visit the district website and click on the new ‘Your Voice Counts' banner, or the ‘Student Reassignment' icon to participate. Those without access to the internet are invited to visit one the schools in the district and sign in with the front office to participate in the survey. individuals may also request a paper survey by calling 252-459-5220 or visiting the NRMPS administrative office in Nashville. Paper copies must be submitted to the NRMPS administrative office by October 24. The online survey will close on October 31. In addition to the survey, the school system will also host four public hearings, one at each of the four high schools, to collect additional feedback from the community. Rocky Mount High School is scheduled for October 23. Southern Nash High School is scheduled for October 25, Nash Central High School is scheduled for October 30, and Northern Nash High School is scheduled for November 1. These events will begin promptly at 6:00 p.m. at the schools.  At the end of the process, the school board will review the information collected from the survey, public hearings, and a staff assessment of the projected impacts as they look to make a decision on the attendance zones in December. "This public engagement initiative is an important step for us as we review all of the information related to the student reassignment plans." School Board Chair Evelyn Bulluck said. "At the end of the process, we want to be confident that we put students first and examined all of the data as we made our decision."The ‘Your Voice Counts' section of the NRMPS website will remain available throughout the school year as a way to collect email addresses to personally invite residents to participate in additional survey initiatives. To add an email address, visit the Your Voice section of the district website. http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/63 NRMPS recognizes Teachers of the Year and Principal of the Year http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/63 Wednesday, 26 September 2012 12:00:00 EST   Wednesday, 26 September 2012 12:00:00 EST Each year, the Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools Teacher of the Year and Principal of the Year celebration is marked by special moments. Tuesday night proved no exception, as nearly 160 individuals gathered at the Rose Hill Conference Center at Nathan Hall to learn the names of the newest honorees. Kristen Tedford of Englewood Elementary School was the named the 2012-13 NRMPS Teacher of the Year, and Leon Farrow, Principal of Rocky Mount High School, was named the 2012-13 Principal of the Year.  Tedford walked away from the ceremony with a one-year lease on a brand new, fully loaded 2013 Honda CR-V EX vehicle, courtesy of Davenport Honda and NRMPS. The urban titanium car came with a moon roof, Bluetooth, Pandora Internet, text messaging, 160 watt audio system with 6 speakers, rear view camera and 17" alloy wheels.Highlights from the evening included performances by the strings students from Rocky Mount High School, remarks from former Teacher of the Year, Marie Mullins, and remarks from former Principal of the Year Chip Hodges. Community partners Hospira, Wells Fargo Bank, and Davenport Autopark also made presentations during the ceremony. Tedford has 14 years of teaching experience and received her Bachelor's degree in elementary education from the State University of New York at Oneonta. She holds a Master's of Arts in Elementary Education from East Carolina University.  Tedford is currently pursuing her Certification in School Administration from East Carolina University. She is also a National Board Certified teacher. "I am completely humbled and honored that my colleagues and community value my efforts with my students." Tedford said. "I hope that I can model my love for teaching and provide a support system for my colleagues, to let them know that with vision, we can accomplish anything."2012-13 Principal of the Year Leon Farrow was equally excited to have received his award."This is the second time I have been selected as Principal of the Year, but the first time here in Nash-Rocky Mount." Farrow said. "For my peers and the community to recognize the passion that I bring to making a difference in the lives of students, and to have them honor that passion means a lot." The other two finalists for Teacher of the Year were Melonee Hunter, the middle school Teacher of the Year for NRMPS, and Claudia Buenrostro, the high school Teacher of the Year for NRMPS.Hunter teaches at Southern Nash Middle School. Hunter has four years of teaching experience. She received her Bachelor's degree from East Carolina University. In 2011, she received her Master's in Middle Grades Science from Walden University. She is currently pursuing her Doctorate Degree in Higher Education and Adult Learning at Walden University. Buenrostro, has over 6 years of teaching experience. She received her Bachelor's degree from EIME of Coahuila, Mexico. Buenrostro also obtained add-on teaching certifications in Business Education and Middle Grades Math. She holds her National Board Certification in World Languages. She currently teaches at Rocky Mount High School.Each of the ‘Teacher of the Year' finalists received the prestigious Ben Craig Award from Tem Meyers, Market President of Wells Fargo Bank. This includes a hand-carved crystal apple and a $1,000 award from Wells Fargo for use in their classrooms. The finalists also received a personal laptop courtesy of Hospira Corporation, presented by Bob Jenkins, IT manager and school board member, along with Lisa Boykin, HR Manager.As Principal of the Year, Farrow received a $500 gift, along with a personal laptop from Hospira. The other two finalists for the Principal of the Year title were Gary Major, principal of Pope Elementary School, and Carina Bryant, principal of Southern Nash Middle School.Superintendent Dr. Anthony Jackson closed the event by thanking the educators for their daily sacrifices for students. "There are three ‘P's that are very evident as we honor these outstanding educators. First it's evident that we have tremendous people in our schools." Jackson said.  "Second, it's apparent that every educator here knows our purpose, and believes that teaching and learning is our core work. Finally, we have the passion that is demonstrated by each of the educators in this room, every day. When we add the three ‘P's together, we get possibilities. As we have discussed throughout the year, with these ingredients, we can accomplish just about anything."Names and photographs of the NRMPS Principal and Teacher of the Year will be added to the NRMPS Teacher of the Year and Principal of the Year plaques located at the school system's administrative offices. These individuals will also be recognized on a billboard located on Hwy 301, courtesy of Lamar Advertising. Congratulations to the 2012-13 Teachers of the Year for NRMPS. Bailey Elementary                               Andrea Flye Baskerville Elementary                       Kevin Williams Benvenue Elementary                         Barbara Hicks Cedar Grove Elementary                    Deborah Vance Coopers Elementary                           Margaret Mincey Englewood Elementary                       Kristen Tedford Hubbard Elementary                           Hernan Daza Johnson Elementary/Fairview            Wanda CofieldMiddlesex Elementary                        Stephanie Finney Nashville Elementary                          Marianne Matthews Pope Elementary                                 Peter Damroth Red Oak Elementary                           Tamara Long Spring Hope Elementary                     Denise Hudson Swift Creek Elementary                       Rebecca Stokes Williford Elementary                             Rosalyn Bailey Winstead Avenue Elementary            Lindsey Joyner-Murray Edwards Middle                                   Karen Boone Nash Central Middle                            Tim Finn Parker Middle                                      Melonee Hunter                 Red Oak Middle                                  Jennifer JoynerSouthern Nash Middle                        Carlye Perry Nash Central High                               Leo Nieves III Northern Nash High                             Elizabeth Bridges Rocky Mount High                               Claudia Buenrostro Southern Nash High                            Kelly Williams W. L. Greene Alternative                    Lisa Brown Early College High                              Robin Blackwell  ### http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/61 NRMPS debuts new TV series http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/61 Friday, 21 September 2012 12:00:00 EST   Friday, 21 September 2012 12:00:00 EST What do Swift Creek Elementary, Southern Nash Middle, and Northern Nash High all have in common? They are the current stars of the new Nash Rocky Mount Public Schools Television network (NRMPS-TV), one of several new ways the school system will be sharing school news.Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools is expanding use of the local educational cable channel, Ed-TV, which it shares with Nash Community College. The ‘NRMPS-TV' network will be a series of shows produced by the school system that features school news, interviews with students, parents, and staff, as well as informational segments on various initiatives within the school system. Ed-TV is available on Suddenlink Channel 3 and Time Warner Cable Channels 95 and 97, depending on where viewers live. Channel 3 is available to Suddenlink cable customers who live in Nashville, Sharpsburg, Edgecombe & Nash counties, Red Oak, Tarboro, Princeville, and Conetoe. Channel 97 is available to Time Warner Cable customers who live in the Bailey & Middlesex areas. Channel 95 is available to Time Warner Cable customers who live in the Spring Hope & Momeyer communities. NRMPS-TV shows will also be available from the school system's district website, http://nrms.k12.nc.us/edtvDr. Anthony Jackson, Superintendent, said the school district is committed to finding new ways to "tell its story.""This increases our opportunities to showcase the wonderful people, programs and structures that we have in our school system." Jackson said. "We want everyone in the community to take great pride in our schools."The shows will air several times a day on a rotating schedule that will be available from the school district's website. A new episode of ‘School Showcase' will be released once monthly, featuring three schools from around the different regions around the district, per episode. This segment allows students, administrators, and staff to share programs and special projects offered by their school. ‘How we do it' will debut a new episode once every two months and demonstrates how the NRMPS departments contribute to student learning. ‘Ask the Supt', an interview show with Dr. Jackson, provides participants with the opportunity to ask questions and have them answered. ‘Behind the Scenes' features support staff members and demonstrates their critical roles to the learning process. Other videos may also be produced throughout the school year to keep the public informed.In addition to the new television programming, the school system is also increasing its use of social media sites. NRMPS recently joined Facebook, the popular social networking site, and Dr. Jackson can be followed on Twitter, another popular social networking site. "We want to use every avenue possible to connect our schools to our communities," Jackson said. "A number of our stakeholders use social media sites daily. By having a school system presence on these sites, we are opening the door for anyone who uses them to have direct access to NRMPS."The first new television program, ‘School Showcase' aired September 21. http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/60 Teacher of the Year, Principal of the Year to be named Tuesday http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/60 Thursday, 20 September 2012 12:00:00 EST   Thursday, 20 September 2012 12:00:00 EST Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools Teachers of the Year just have a few more days before they learn which of them will be the recipient of a brand-new 2013 Honda CR-V or Civic. For six years Neill Nelson, General Manager of Davenport Autopark, has donated an automobile for the NRMPS Teacher of the Year to use for the entire school year."Davenport Honda believes in supporting education and our dedicated educators in the Nash-Rocky Mount area. We truly appreciate teachers and the incredible job they do for our children and our community," shared Nelson. "The Teacher and Principal of the Year Celebration is always a highlight of the year."Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools will announce its 2012-13 Teacher of the Year and Principal of the Year on Tuesday, September 25 at the Rose Hill Conference Center at Nathan Hall. The presentation of the keys will be made during the annual ceremony.The three finalists for NRMPS Teacher of the Year and NRMPS Principal of the Year will also be provided with a personal laptop computer courtesy of corporate partner Hospira. In addition, the finalists will receive a hand-carved crystal apple and $1,000 to be used in their classrooms as part of the prestigious Ben Craig award presented by Wells Fargo Bank. Superintendent Dr. Anthony Jackson said he appreciates the community's support of outstanding educators."Our Teacher & Principal of the Year event provides us with the opportunity to celebrate men and women who lead by example and demonstrate their commitment to the growth, development and success of our students." Jackson said. "We are fortunate to have a local community that recognizes the importance of great educators, and shows that support in a very generous way."Marie Mullins, Parker Middle School teacher and the 2011-2012 NRMPS Teacher of the Year, will be on hand to congratulate the 2012-2013 teachers of the year and will share her experiences as last year's Teacher of the Year. Michael ‘Chip' Hodges, principal of Northern Nash High School and the 2011-12 Principal of the Year will also be in attendance, as the 2012-2013 NRMPS Principal of the Year will be named during the event. Names and photographs of both the Principal and Teacher of the Year will be added to the NRMPS Teacher of the Year and Principal of the Year plaques located at the school system's administrative offices. Congratulations to all of the 2012-2013 Teachers of the Year for each of the schools in NRMPS:Andrea FlyeBailey Elementary                              Kevin WilliamsBaskerville ElementaryBarbara HicksBenvenue Elementary                       Deborah Vance Cedar Grove Elementary                    Margaret MinceyCoopers Elementary                           Kristen TedfordEnglewood Elementary                       Hernan DazaHubbard Elementary                          Wanda Cofield Johnson Elementary/Fairview            Stephanie FinneyMiddlesex Elementary                        Marianne MatthewsNashville Elementary                          Peter DamrothPope Elementary                                Tamara LongRed Oak Elementary                           Denise HudsonSpring Hope Elementary                     Rebecca StokesSwift Creek Elementary                      Rosalyn BaileyWilliford Elementary                         Lindsey Joyner-MurrayWinstead Avenue Elementary            Karen BooneEdwards Middle                                  Tim FinnNash Central Middle                           Melonee Hunter    (transferred to SNMS)Parker Middle                                     Jennifer JoynerRed Oak Middle                                  Carlyle PerrySouthern Nash Middle                        Leo Nieves IIINash Central High                               Elizabeth BridgesNorthern Nash High                            Claudia BuenrostroRocky Mount High                              Kelly WilliamsSouthern Nash High                            Lisa BrownW. L. Greene Alternative                    Robin BlackwellEarly College High                              http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/59 Swift Creek Elementary celebrates Grandparents Day http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/59 Saturday, 15 September 2012 12:00:00 EST   Saturday, 15 September 2012 12:00:00 EST Grandparents hold a special place in the hearts of their grandchildren, and Swift Creek Elementary School recently invited their grandparents to spend time with their grandchildren at school. The school holds its annual Grandparents Day celebration every year during the month of September. Principal Angela Ward was on hand to greet the grandparents as they came in, and even helped serve lunch to the students and grandparents. She spoke about the importance of the annual celebration."We always have an opportunity to see our parents --- our moms and dads, come in.  But we know that our grandparents also play a major role in the lives of our students." Ward said.  "Grandparents day is a big event for us. It's our opportunity to appreciate our grandparents."This year the grandparents were invited to read with their third, fourth and fifth grade grandchildren.  The atmosphere was charged with excitement as students eagerly demonstrated the skills they had learned on their iPads to admiring grandparents."Grandparents Day provides us with the opportunity to build confidence between students, families and our staff." Ward said. "It helps us build relationships with the grandparents and creates a bridge between home and school."Through the years the event has grown as the school has grown, with more grandparents signing up to spend time with their children every year. "This is our seventh year having this event." PTO treasurer Shonda Lockett stated, "Our first event we had about 60 grandparents and at that time we had around 175 students.  This year we had over 175 grandparents to RSVP, and it continues to grow every year."Ernestine Mitchell is a grandparent who has attended the event for several years. She said she has always enjoyed eating lunch with her grandchildren. "It's a lot of fun, I get to meet new people, and I'm thankful for my grandchildren going here."  Mitchell said. "All of my children attended Swift Creek, so to come back with my grandchildren is really special."Doneva Chavis-Battle, a member of the Nash/Rocky Mount Public School Board and also a Swift Creek Elementary School grandparent was equally appreciative of Grandparents Day. "I've been participating in the event for six years" Chavis-Battle said. "It's a wonderful opportunity for me to spend time with my granddaughter and really see what's she's learning and working on in school. It's a great way for families to come in and see the students and staff in their day to day environment."National Grandparents day is held on the second Sunday in September. Swift Creek Elementary School schedules their event on the Friday before the national day. http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/57 School Dismissal traffic for 9 12 12 likely impacted by DeMuth funeral service http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/57 Tuesday, 11 September 2012 12:00:00 EST Tuesday, 11 September 2012 12:00:00 EST Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools parents and students will likely be affected by traffic delays associated with the funeral service for Highway Patrol Trooper Bobby DeMuth on Wednesday, September 12.Extremely high traffic volumes are anticipated both before and after the service and willaffect all school related afternoon dismissal traffic, including buses, car riders, day care vans and student drivers.Affected schools in the Rocky Mount area include Rocky Mount High, Edwards Middle, Englewood Elementary and Winstead Avenue Elementary.  Traffic on Winstead Avenuefrom the Highway 64 Bypass to Bethlehem Road, including adjacent streets, will be heavy inand around Englewood Baptist Church.School traffic in the Red Oak area, including Northern Nash High, Red Oak Middle, RedOak Elementary, Swift Creek Elementary, Hubbard Elementary and Cedar Grove Elementary will have high traffic volumes in and around Highway 43 and on adjacent roads.  Highway 43 will be closed to traffic from Turkey Foot Road to North Old Carriage Road for several hours beginning around 1:00 p.m.The NRMPS Transportation staff is in the process of identifying alternate routes for our afternoon runs, but parents should expect some slight delays.Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools appreciates parents and community members for theirpatience and understanding during this event. http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/56 Student Reassignment Committee votes on recommended attendance zones http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/56 Monday, 10 September 2012 12:00:00 EST   Monday, 10 September 2012 12:00:00 EST After months of planning and reviewing, the NRMPS Student Reassignment Committee met September 10 at Nash Central High School to vote on the recommended attendance zones for the school district's proposed student reassignment. Committee members voted unanimously to approve the elementary, middle and high school boundaries, which will be presented to the Board of Education on September 24 for approval. The committee began working in January to develop the proposals in an open process.View map of recommended attendance zones and additional information documenting the reassignment process.Superintendent Dr. Anthony Jackson thanked the committee members for their diligent work in developing the boundary proposals."The reassignment committee gave careful consideration to the Board of Education's priorities and worked as a team to narrow down various possibilities to the elementary, middle and highschool options that will be presented to the Board of Education and the community at large in the next phase of the process."  Jackson said. "We appreciate each of the members of the reassignment committee, and their commitment to making these decisions in the best interest of student learning."The Board of Education will consider the proposals during its work session on September 24 at 6:00 p.m. at the NRMPS Administrative Office. Following this meeting, the school board will engage in a public engagement process during the month of October to receivefeedback from parents and the community. A survey will be available to parents in an online or paper format, and the school board will also hold four public hearings, one at each high school.The Board of Education will consider the committee's recommendations and community feedback as they look to make a final vote on student reassignment in December. http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/55 NRMPS Selected for NC Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/55 Friday, 07 September 2012 05:00:00 EST   Friday, 07 September 2012 05:00:00 EST Fairview Early Childhood Center, DS Johnson, OR Pope and Williford Elementary Schools have been chosen to participate in the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program for School Year 2012-2013.  One hundred and forty three elementary schools across NC were selected to participate in the program which provides funds to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables and offered to students (for free) during the school day.  Fresh fruits and vegetables will be available for students at scheduled times in their classrooms as coordinated with the Principal, Teachers and Child Nutrition Staff  two times per week beginning in mid September.  The goal of the program is to make a wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables easily accessible to students so they will eat and enjoy them more often.  The program also creates a healthier school environment.Patty Green, RD, LDN, Child Nutrition Director for Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools, states, "We are very excited about having four of our elementary schools selected to participate in the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program!  In addition to receiving a fresh fruit or vegetable snack, the students will also receive a quick nutrition lesson about the fruit or vegetable that they are eating.  A few of the fresh fruit and vegetable items planned include plums, pepper strips, mango chunks, zucchini and yellow squash, tangerines, broccoli, grapefruit, carrot sticks, kiwi, sweet potato sticks, star fruit, radishes and more."  Eating more servings of fruits and vegetables a day (half of your plate) can improve overall health.  Too few students consume enough fruits and vegetables.  Fruits and vegetables not only taste good, but they contribute to better health because they are low in calories and fat, high in vitamins, minerals and fiber.For more information about the USDA Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program available at Fairview Early Childhood Center, DS Johnson, OR Pope and Williford Elementary Schools, please contact Carolyn Pennington, RD, LDN, Child Nutrition Supervisor for Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools at 252.462.2491. http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/54 School board approves 1:1 technology initiative http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/54 Friday, 07 September 2012 04:30:00 EST   Friday, 07 September 2012 04:30:00 EST Plans are taking shape to ensure that Nash Rocky Mount Public Schools students are able to utilize 21st century technology every day in their classrooms.The Nash-Rocky Mount Board of Education recently approved a plan that will provide iPads for every student in grades 3-5 and laptops for every student in grades 6-12.The school district started the move toward interactive technology for every student last year, with a pilot initiative in grades 3-5 at the following schools: Baskerville Elementary, Benvenue Elementary, Cedar Grove Elementary, Coopers Elementary, Johnson Elementary, Pope Elementary, Spring Hope Elementary, and Swift Creek Elementary. Every student in these grades at the schools received an iPad. Classroom sets of iPads were provided for each grade level along with teacher training and on-going professional development.Beginning with the 2013-2014 school year all iPads currently in use throughout the district will be moved to the elementary levels to provide a personal mobile device for each third, fourth and fifth grade student district-wide.  At the middle and high school levels, students will be provided a laptop for their use throughout the instructional day. As with the iPad initiative, the laptop initiative will begin with a small pilot this spring at four to six secondary schools with the expectation that all students will receive their device at the opening of the 2013-2014 school year.Superintendent Dr. Anthony Jackson says the ‘1 to 1' initiative is designed to capitalize on the 21st century skills that many of the students already use every day."Our students require a learning environment that integrates today's digital tools, accommodates a mobile lifestyle, adapts to individual learning styles and encourages collaboration and teamwork." Jackson said. "We must be willing to embrace technology and integrate it in our instruction if we want our students to be competitive."The NRMPS ‘1 to 1' initiative will support teachers as they endeavor to incorporate the uses of digital instructional content, enhance and increase student engagement and differentiate instruction to meet the individual learning needs of students. The initiative will provide students with 24-hour access to the tools, but with limitations set forth in a plan developed by the school system. An initial review of student achievement data from the schools who participated in the iPad pilot last year indicates that the majority of students in the pilot schools experienced growth in both reading and mathematics last year."While too early to say that these devices made the difference, we do know that by putting digital technology in the hands of our students, and equipping our teachers with the skills needed to infuse the technology into lessons, we are creating educational "eco-systems" that support both rigorous and relevant instruction in our classrooms." Jackson said. "We are ultimately setting the conditions for real academic transformation."The ‘1 to 1' initiative is projected to cost about $2.5 million dollars each year, for three years. Funds already in the Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools budget would be re-directed to finance it.Once the initiative is fully implemented, nearly 12,000 students will be served and the expense breaks down to about $3.40 per student, per school day.The school system is now in the process of working out terms for a lease agreement. A project team will be assembled to create a comprehensive action plan, oversee policy development including student-use procedures, and identify pilot schools for the spring. The district-wide roll-out is currently scheduled for the fall of the 2013-14 school year. http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/53 NRMPS committed to safe and orderly school structures, positive student behavior http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/53 Friday, 07 September 2012 04:00:00 EST   Friday, 07 September 2012 04:00:00 EST The Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools are committed to providing a safe learning environment for all students in the school system. Dr. Anthony Jackson, Superintendent, recently presented a Strategic Plan for 2012-2018 to the Nash Rocky Mount Board of Education, in which he highlighted ‘safe and orderly schools' as one of the district's strategic priorities moving forward. "If we are committed to having our classrooms be dynamic, child-centered settings, then we must maintain a safe and orderly environment throughout our school district." Jackson said. "We will ensure that our protocols are consistent district-wide, and that our resources are aligned so that we continue to provide these safe atmospheres for all students." This standardization process will strengthen the measures already in place to address student behavior such as Positive Behavior Intervention and Support, (PBIS) anti-bullying campaigns, character education, and pro-active discipline measures.Rhonda Reid, Coordinator of At-Risk Programs, discussed the importance of this comprehensive approach. Staff members are trained to scan for various behavioral indicators, and take a more active approach to encouraging and motivating students toward positive behavior. The PBIS model implemented by the school system extends to all schools."Everything we do focuses on the total improvement of student behavior," Reid said. "Our programs are designed to reach all of our students K-12, based on their individual needs. We want every student in all of our schools to feel safe."The school system also provides professional development on safe schools, a requirement for all NRMPS staff. Reid also shared that a comprehensive K-12 bullying curriculum can be accessed at any time by school staff members.Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools also partners with a number of mental health, social services and juvenile justice agencies to emphasize the importance of positive character development.This school year, the school district introduced the ‘My Safe School Campaign', which provides a tip line and email address that empowers students, parents and community members with a secure method to share information anonymously about any safety issues and/or concerns. This measure is designed to ensure that anyone can share this information without fear of harassment or bullying. The number for the My Safe Schools campaign tipline is 252.220.0677, and the email address is mysafeschool@nrms.org. Learn more about the My Safe School's Campaign and Tipline. http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/52 Congratulations to Quay M. for being selected by WRAL as their Extra Effort Award Winner! http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/52 Tuesday, 04 September 2012 12:00:00 EST   Tuesday, 04 September 2012 12:00:00 EST Quay is a senior football player on this year's team and honor student.  View the WRAL Extra Effort Award tv spot.    http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/51 DS Johnson Elementary School to begin extended hours Tuesday http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/51 Friday, 31 August 2012 05:00:00 EST   Friday, 31 August 2012 05:00:00 EST DS Johnson Elementary School students will begin an extended school day starting Tuesday, September 4. Students will arrive at school at 8:15 a.m., as they have since school began August 27, but will now be dismissed at 3:45 p.m., instead of 3:15. The additional 30 minutes of instructional time will be used to provide intervention and enrichment activities for all students in grades K-5. Pre-K students located at the Fairview Early Childhood Center will not be affected by this change. Principal Michelle Royster said the school staff chose to start the extended hours after the Labor Day holiday to give students and parents ample time to adjust. "We wanted to get our students back in the routine and off to a strong start." Royster said. "This additional time will be great for all students---our academically gifted students, those who are performing on grade level, and our students who are currently struggling. We want all of our students to grow this year." Royster sent letters home to parents and a phone voice message to remind them of the new dismissal time. She also shared that most parents she has spoken with view the additional school time as a positive opportunity for their students. Afternoon bus schedules will be slightly impacted, as buses will depart from the school 30 minutes later. Parents who would like more information are invited to contact Royster directly at the school, by calling 252.451.2895. http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/50 Baskerville Elementary School receives grant from Target http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/50 Friday, 31 August 2012 12:00:00 EST   Friday, 31 August 2012 12:00:00 EST Target of Rocky Mount, in partnership with First Book, recently announced that the "Books for Schools Award" program would present Baskerville Elementary with a grant from Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT). In recognition of the efforts of Baskerville Elementary to prepare students to be successful readers, the grant will be used to purchase $500.00 worth of books for the media center.Ann Mitchell, principal, discussed how the grant funds will provide the school with more options for the students. "The students and staff are very appreciative of the grant."  Mitchell said. "The grant will be used to purchase books to be added to informational text circulation which has been an ongoing project for six years."The grant is part of Target's ongoing efforts to build strong, safe and healthy communities across the country. These efforts include Target's long history of giving 5 percent of its income to communities, which today equals more than $3 million every week. As part of this commitment, Target is on track to give $1 billion for education by the end of 2015 to help kids learn, schools teach and parents and caring adults engage."At Target, we are committed to serving local communities where we do business," said Laysha Ward, President, Community Relations, Target. "That's why we are proud to partner with Baskerville Elementary as we work to strengthen communities and enrich the lives of our guests and team members." http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/49 Overall smooth start for Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/49 Tuesday, 28 August 2012 12:00:00 EST   Tuesday, 28 August 2012 12:00:00 EST Classrooms all across the Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools buzzed with excitement, as students returned Monday. Approximately 16,000 students arrived to the district's twenty seven schools for the first day of school.Superintendent Dr. Anthony Jackson stopped in at several schools on the first day, and said he was pleased with the overall smoothness of the opening of school."Our students arrived eager to start a great year, and our staff members welcomed them with enthusiasm and compassion." Jackson said. "As we begin to provide high quality rigorous and relevant instructional activities for our students, I look forward to celebrating the individual and collective successes that we will experience. I am very pleased with what I have seen as I visited our schools."Students and parents experienced some traffic and bus delays, but students arrived to and from their destinations safely. Schools with new traffic patterns included Southern Nash Middle School, DS Johnson Elementary, and Rocky Mount High School. Over 10,400 students were transported on 159 buses, with nearly 80 percent of the buses providing routes for more than one school. Transportation director Binford Sloan said bus drivers and other staff at the schools took great care to ensure that all students were on the correct bus, and dropped off at the correct bus stop during the afternoon routes. "We had a few glitches, but staff members were prepared to address and resolve them quickly." Sloan said. "Our routes are constantly being monitored and changed as new students are enrolled or existing students are registering for bus service." Parents can go to http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/, click on the schools section, and select school assignment and bus routing, where they can access the school system's online transportation portal. This information is updated three times over the course of a 24-hour period.    At Bailey Elementary School, students and teachers were eager to get right to work. "We had a great start. Everyone was in place, and ready to go." principal Amy Thornton shared, as she visited classrooms throughout the day.At Rocky Mount High School, the newness of the facility added for even more excitement. Over 1100 students bustled through the hallways to their new classrooms. Principal Leon Farrow said the first day of school represented the culmination of a two-year process. "To have the students walking through the building really makes it come to life." Farrow said. "To see everything we've been working toward and planning for the past two years come to fruition has been amazing. Before it was just a beautiful facility, but today it truly became Rocky Mount High School. It's been a great day."Rocky Mount High School senior Bailey Lewis said she was excited to start the first day of school in the new building, and shared how it adds special meaning to her senior year. "I'm a senior, but I almost felt like a freshman, because I had to learn where everything was." Lewis said. "But, it's such a nice building and everything is state-of-the-art.  I hope we can leave some type of monument in honor of our class."Students across the district in grades 3-12 start the new Common Core & Essential Standards curriculum this year. Jackson said he looks forward to seeing how students respond to these new and engaging challenges under the new standards."Now that we have the students back in our care, it is time to focus on transforming our instructional delivery." Jackson said. "We believe that we must provide all students with deliberate opportunities to develop 21st century skills every day."  View additional "First Day of School" photos from our gallery http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/47 Student enjoys special bus ride as school gets back in session http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/47 Monday, 27 August 2012 12:00:00 EST   Monday, 27 August 2012 12:00:00 EST When kindergarten student Christian H. boarded bus 171 for the first time Monday, he was unaware of who would be sitting in the front seat, ready to greet him."Good Morning!" was the chorus of words he heard, as he and older brother, Jeremy mounted the bus, welcomed by bus driver Betty Joyner and a special guest-none other than Dr. Anthony Jackson, Superintendent of Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools (NRMPS).The brothers shared that they spent the summer riding four-wheelers, as Jackson talked with them about the new school year."What types of subjects are you most interested in learning?" Jackson asked both boys.Jeremy told Jackson that he was excited to be moving up to second grade."I know we will learn a lot." Joyner said. Betty Joyner provided Jackson with an overview of her morning and afternoon bus routes, and shared how students play a role in maintaining order and safety on the bus. Joyner said she was pleased to learn that Jackson would be joining the students for a ride to school."It's a wonderful showing of support for school transportation, because students see that anyone can ride the bus." Joyner said. "It's always exciting when the superintendent rides with the children."Coopers Elementary parent Crystal H. was equally enthused about the special bus visit from the superintendent. She and husband Corey, met the bus at the school to see her boys off for the first day as they unloaded and walked into the building."We were very excited to learn that Dr. Jackson would be riding with Christian." Crystal said. "We want all of our children to have a good, fun school year and learn all they can. This is our last ‘first day of kindergarten', so it's a great day."Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools (NRMPS) operates 158 buses every day to transport over 10,000 students to and from school. Jackson says he appreciates the transportation department, and all of the time spent preparing safe and efficient routes for students."I am so proud of our transportation department, all of our bus drivers, technicians and other staff who work tirelessly to ensure that our students arrive safely to school." Jackson said. "These men and women make an intentional, daily commitment to the education of students in this school system, and we cannot thank them enough for the integral function they provide."NRMPS Transportation Director Binford Sloan says the bus drivers and transportation staff recognize the magnitude of maintaining safe bus routes every day.For each student that rides a school bus, his or her learning day starts and ends with that ride, every day." Sloan said. "We view ourselves as a child-centered department, with a major role in the cycle of learning."Parents can access bus routing information by calling 252.462.2481 or 252.462.2482 or by visiting the Nash-Rocky Mount Public schools website: http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/ and selecting  "Parents", "Back to School Resources." http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/48 Students, parents, educators gather to celebrate opening of school http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/48 Friday, 24 August 2012 12:00:00 EST   Friday, 24 August 2012 12:00:00 EST Hundreds of Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools (NRMPS) parents and students, gathered at the Dunn Center August 23 for a special celebration. The first annual "Back to School" Kickoff event was designed to get students and parents motivated for the upcoming school year and to encourage students to give their best.Bands from Rocky Mount High School and Southern Nash High School, and cheerleaders from Red Oak Middle entertained the crowd with victory chants and musical performances. Students and parents had the opportunity to tour booths set up by NRMPS schools and departments and students received free school supplies. Cynthia Pitchford, a grandparent, and retired educator, attended with her grandchildren and said she appreciated the excitement for student learning. "I was so impressed. We thoroughly enjoyed the enthusiasm of the speakers and the student performers." Pitchford said. "To see our community leaders and our educators stand behind these children was both motivating and inspiring. I'm committed to helping my grandchildren be successful. I told them I am expecting nothing less than their best. "Anne McCarter-Hedgepath, Pastor of the Greater Love Christian Community Church, delivered the keynote address encouraging students to embrace that this year would be their best. "Life and death is in the power of the tongue, if you can speak it, you can achieve it." McCarter-Hedgepath said. "So, I need every student in the room to repeat after me. This is going to be a great year!"Attendees were surprised as a limo pulled onto the stage during the event. Local community leaders arrived "in style" to wish the students and parents the best for the school year. The list of VIPs included Donald Street, mayor of Nashville; Hubert Pope, owner/CEO of Hubert Pope Funeral Home; Anne Edge, school board member and Chris Miller, city council woman for the City of Rocky Mount. Each encouraged students and parents to focus on their education. Rocky Mount mayor David Combs was also on hand to greet students and parents.Superintendent Dr. Anthony Jackson closed the event by asking students to commit to learning and hard work. He challenged them to exceed expectations."There are people out there who do not believe the students in Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools can successfully master the new curriculum that our educators will teach this year. But, I believe in every single student in our school system." Jackson said. "I believe we are going to shock our community, our state and our country, when we prove that we did it. We are practicing now for the celebration we will have in June."Paula Battle, parent & community outreach coordinator, said she was pleased with the response of students, parents and community partners who participated. "We received numerous positive comments from the children and their parents." Battle said. "The purpose of the event was to encourage them to give their best to learning this year, and we believe that message came across. We are looking at ways to improve next year, as we expect the event to continue to grow. " http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/45 Jolley inspires educators to believe “It’s Possibleâ€� http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/45 Tuesday, 21 August 2012 12:00:00 EST   Tuesday, 21 August 2012 12:00:00 EST Nationally syndicated motivational speaker Willie Jolley had a simple message for the staff of Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools Tuesday during the annual convocation ceremony at Rocky Mount High School. "Your superintendent has confidence in you, and your ability to transform the lives of the students you interact with everyday. Your best is yet to come." Jolley said, as he led the group of nearly 2500 individuals in a vivacious chant of the five-word phrase. Teachers, administrators and other staff gathered for the Convocation event, as they do each year, to celebrate the opening of school. Students will return to school on August 27, and Tuesday's event served as a pep rally to get staff members pumped up and enthused about welcoming students back from summer vacation. Following student performances, a lively roll call of schools, and a charge from high school seniors and kindergarten students to embrace the possibilities of the new school year, Dr. Anthony Jackson, Superintendent, encouraged staff members to seize the opportunity to challenge their students in new and innovative ways, and to adopt the theme of "It's Possible" throughout the upcoming school year. "Today is all about celebrating what we will accomplish as a school district this year." Jackson said. "All of our schools are great schools, and our theme for this year is 'It's Possible.' Our message is that working together in a deliberate and intentional fashion, we will provide rigor and relevance for all of our students, in every classroom, every day." Jackson delivered a presentation in which he stressed the importance of a unified effort among staff members from all schools. He and Jolley emphasized the role of team-building in the success of the school district. "It's Possible, but you have to believe that it is." Jolley said. "You have to care, cover and encourage one another if you want to win." Following the event, educators and staff returned back to their schools to prepare for the first day of school and open houses which will be held throughout the remainder of the week. View "Back to School" informationView convocation photos Photographs provided by Garry Hodges, Sunset Studios, LLC http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/44 Rocky Mount High Cadets Graduate from Officer Leadership School http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/44 Friday, 17 August 2012 12:00:00 EST   Friday, 17 August 2012 12:00:00 EST Seven cadets from Rocky Mount  High School's Air Force JROTC program recently graduated from the Fayetteville State University Cadet Officer Leadership School.   The school emphasizes leadership, team-building, analytical thinking skills, self-discipline, drill skills and physical fitness.  More than 330 cadets from across North Carolina participated in this six-day summer leadership program. The cadets began each day before 4 a.m. with pushups, sit-ups and a mile run. The day ended with team sport competitions in the evening and lights-out at 9:15 p.m. In between, cadets faced a challenging and demanding training schedule that included survival academics, drill and ceremonies, physical fitness, scuba-diving training, rappelling, a five-mile forced march and team sports.    Each cadet was given an academic test, physical-fitness test and a drill evaluation. The week culminated with a field-day competition between the flights.  Chelsea S., a rising sophomore at Rocky Mount, received top honors as the member of Honor Flight. http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/43 Committee Reaches Consensus on Reassignment Options http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/43 Tuesday, 14 August 2012 12:00:00 EST   Tuesday, 14 August 2012 12:00:00 EST The NRMPS Reassignment Committee reviewed options for the 2013-14 reassignment plan and reached consensus on a recommendation for elementary, middle, and high school attendance zones.Since February, the Committee has been working with the Operations Research and Education Laboratory (OREd) and NRMPS staff to explore reassignment options, called scenarios, for district schools. The Reassignment Committee has been charged with studying reassignment scenarios which attempt to address seven NRMPS Board of Education priorities: (1) Contiguous boundaries, (2) Respect neighborhoods, (3) Proximity to schools, (4) Modify feeder systems - consider the use of six middle school feeder systems instead of five [edit: this priority has recently been modified to allow consideration of a 5 to 4 MS/HS feeder system], (5) Stay within enrollment capacities, (6) Consider anticipated growth, and (7) [Consider] enrollment balance [factors].Over the last six months, Committee members have examined a multitude of scenarios created using varying input assumptions that are based on the Board priorities. Initially, the Committee studied scenarios driven by proximity to schools and balancing building utilization and later explored scenarios that considered factors such as student demographic balance and minimizing reassignment impact.The Reassignment Committee will meet on Sept. 10 for a final vote on the recommended scenarios.View 8/14 presentation and additional student reassignment information http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/42 Jackson Continues Community Office Hours with the Superintendent http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/42 Wednesday, 08 August 2012 12:00:00 EST   Wednesday, 08 August 2012 12:00:00 EST Nash-Rocky Mount Superintendent Anthony D. Jackson continued his series of Community Office Hours with the Superintendent at Ephesus Baptist Church in Spring Hope on Tuesday, August 7. More than 50 community members attended the open meeting to hear the latest on the status of student reassignment as well as the opening of school and other topics. Jackson answered questions about bus schedules, registering students, school start times and mobile units. He explained procedures for enrolling students at the new Welcome/Registration Centers located at Spaulding Resource Center, W. L. Greene and D. S. Johnson Elementary School.  Over 80 parents have registered their children at these sites since the opening on August 1. Parents have been pleased with the ease and efficiency of operation of the centers.Community Office Hours with the Superintendent is open to the public. The next session will be held Thursday, August 16 at OIC (Opportunities Industrialization Center) at 402 East Virginia Street, Rocky Mount from 6-7pm. For additional information please visit the NRMPS website or call 252.462.2509. http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/41 Opening Day for NRMPS Student Registration and Welcome Centers http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/41 Tuesday, 07 August 2012 12:00:00 EST   Tuesday, 07 August 2012 12:00:00 EST On Wednesday, August 1st, Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools had opening day for the three regional Student Registration and Welcome Centers, which have redesigned the enrollment process for students in grades Kindergarten through 8th grade in the school district. Historically, students have always registered for school in the main office or guidance office at assigned school locations.  This concept centralizes this traditional process into three operational centers that are strategically and geographically placed in locations based on regional proximity of schools --- Eastern at Johnson Elementary; Central at the W.L. Greene campus; Western at Spaulding School.  Student Information Data Managers are assigned to each site to assist parents with enrollment paperwork and to ensure that students and parents have valuable information to prepare for school, including school uniforms, bus assignments, free/reduced lunch applications, etc.Opening day was a huge success for this new and innovative registration process for the school district.  Initial reports indicate that parents are very receptive and cooperative, adjusting quite well to the regional registration.  The total number of enrollments for each Center on Wednesday:  Eastern-41, Central-28, and Western-15.The district encourages parents to access the NRMPS website for additional information and visit the appropriate Student Registration and Welcome Center prior to the first day of school to enroll any student who is new to the district or any students in the K-8 grade span who are transferring from school-to-school within the district for the 2012/13 school year.  These students do not include pre-registered kindergarten students or those who have automatically transitioned from 5th to 6th grade.  Centers are open 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday during summer hours and Monday through Friday during the regular operational schedule. Appointments will also be accepted.Click here for more information http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/40 NRMPS Board of Education Fills Seat for Remaining Term of District 11 http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/40 Monday, 30 July 2012 12:00:00 EST   Monday, 30 July 2012 12:00:00 EST In a special meeting, the Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools Board of Education filled the District 11 seat caused by the death of veteran Board member Joseph Edge.  In a unanimous decision, the Board voted to have District 11 seat filled by Ann P. Edge, widow of the late Joe Edge.Edge is a veteran educator serving over 30 years in education.  Ms. Edge has served as a teacher, guidance counselor, assistant principal, principal and adjunct professor throughout her career.  Among her honors, she has been named NRMPS Principal of the Year, NCAE Principal of the Year, NCAEOP Principal of the Year and Rocky Mount City Principal of the Year.  Community involvement includes Braswell Memorial Library Trustee, Down East Radio Reading Service, DownEast Partnership for Children, Twin County Pride Board, Edgemont Neighborhood Association and Delta Kappa Gamma Society International to name a few. The Board extends a warm welcome to Ms. Edge and thanks the other candidates interviewed. http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/39 SNHS Students Honored – Most Microsoft Master Certifications in State http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/39 Thursday, 26 July 2012 09:00:00 EST   Thursday, 26 July 2012 09:00:00 EST For anyone seeking computer whiz kids to explain the ins and outs of Microsoft Office programs, help might now be available at your nearest public high school. Twenty-seven Southern Nash High School Students as well as instructors Brandy Frazier and Claudia Jenkins were recently honored at the NCDPI's annual Career and Technical Education Summer Conference, held July 24-26 in Greensboro. Over 1/3 of students receiving Master certification were students at SNHS - the largest percentage in the state.Thanks to the Microsoft IT Academy (MSITA), students and teachers earned a total of 43,630 general Microsoft Office Specialist certifications in 2011-12 and 80 North Carolina high school students and teachers have earned an industry-recognized Microsoft Master certification.The schools in which students earned the most Master certifications were Southern Nash High (Nash-Rocky Mount Schools), Hoke County High (Hoke County Schools), and Spring Creek High (Wayne County Schools).The schools in which students and teachers earned the most MOS certifications in 2011-12 were Charles B. Aycock High (Wayne County Schools), Apex High (Wake County Schools), and Fike High (Wilson County Schools). These schools and all students who earned the Master certification (a list is available here (xls, 30kb). "Proficiency with Microsoft software is a valuable skill to have in the workplace today," said State Superintendent June Atkinson. "Congratulations to these students who have taken this step toward career readiness and to all of the teachers who have used the MSITA to refresh and gain new technology skills."To achieve a Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certification, students must pass an exam based on a Microsoft program. Certifications are available for Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Access, OneNote, and SharePoint. To earn a Master certification, students must pass the MOS exams for Word Expert, Excel Expert, PowerPoint, and any one of Outlook, Access, OneNote, and SharePoint.The Microsoft IT Academy was formed in 2010 as a partnership between Microsoft and the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction to provide students with real-world technology skills necessary to be successful in college and in a career. The NCDPI was the first state education agency to enter into such a partnership, and North Carolina's Microsoft academy is now the world's largest. Since the MSITA began as a pilot program in 2010, 52,424 North Carolina students and teachers have earned certifications. http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/38 Historic Meeting Held at Imperial Centre http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/38 Tuesday, 17 July 2012 12:00:00 EST   Tuesday, 17 July 2012 12:00:00 EST On Monday, July 15, a unique collaborative meeting was held at the Imperial Centre of Rocky Mount.  Members of the Nash-Rocky Mount Board of Education, the Edgecombe County Board of Education,  Nash County Commissioners, and Edgecombe County Commissioners joined forces to discuss common ground and ways to make our region stronger, especially in the arena of preparing our children for future success.  Discussions focused on commonalities of our region and how much stronger we can be together rather than as separate entities.The meeting was convened by the leadership of the STEP initiative (Strategic Twin-Counties Education Partnership).  STEP has been spearheaded by Cummins, Inc. in collaboration with both Nash-Rocky Mount and Edgecombe County Schools Superintendents.Included on the evening's agenda was a check presentation by Calvin Ballance, Interim Plant Manager of Cummins, for $50,000 donated by the employees of Cummins to further advance the partnership of STEP, NRMPS and ECS.    The second presentation was made by Dave Crompton, Executive Vice President of mid-range business for Cummins, along with Past Plant Manager Ken Anderson. A check for $175,000 for STEP collaborative efforts was presented to both chairs of the Boards of Education, Evelyn Bulluck and Ann Kent and to both superintendents, Dr. Anthony Jackson and Dr.  John Farrelly.  Continuation meetings will resume Wednesday, July 18 when the working team, comprised of school districts leadership, join forces to create a structure for the partnership. View photos from event http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/37 Superintendent Continues Community Office Hours http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/37 Saturday, 14 July 2012 12:00:00 EST   Saturday, 14 July 2012 12:00:00 EST Superintendent Anthony Jackson continued his series of Community Office Hours on Thursday, July 12, 2012 in the Rocky Mount City Council Chambers. Jackson met with nearly 100 members of the community, explaining the student reassignment process since it began. Jackson elaborated on the work of the reassignment committee, the role of the committee as it relates to the Board of Education, and next steps. Those in attendance learned that the minutes of the meetings, all draft maps and all presentations used at committee meetings and by the committee members were available on-line. Attendees also received detailed directions on how to find additional information on-line and to ask questions so they may be answered.Next Community Office Hours are:Tuesday, July 31 at  Baptist Church, 111 North Walnut Street, Spring Hope, NC, 6-7 pm. Tuesday, August 7 at Ephesus Baptist Church, Spring Hope, NC, 6-7 pm. Thursday, August 16 at OIC (Opportunities Industrialization Center), 402 East Virginia Street, Rocky Mount, NC, 6-7 pm.  http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/36 Nash-Rocky Mount CTE Leaders Host Roundtable http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/36 Thursday, 12 July 2012 12:00:00 EST   Thursday, 12 July 2012 12:00:00 EST Nash-Rocky Mount Public School System's CTE Department recently hosted roundtable discussions with area business and economic development leaders at the Carolinas Gateway Technology Center.  Pamela Lewis, Career Technical Education (CTE)  Director, explained to those in attendance the wide variety of curriculum offered to students to prepare them to be successful citizens, workers and leaders in a global economy.  The curriculum offers relevant coursework that includes opportunities for internships, apprenticeships, academies, community college opportunities and real-world experience.At the heart of CTE Core Values are Quality, High Expectations, Innovations, Lifelong Learning and Dignity of all Occupations.  Some of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) curriculum offered during the next school year will be Lego Robotics (engineering at the middle school level) and increased higher level thinking skills found in Chess clubs and robotics clubs.  Academies include Agriscience, Academy of Information, CISCO, Health and Teacher Education.  Students may also receive credentialing and certification thanks to a strong partnership with Nash Community College along with articulation agreements.Dialogue was lively and two-way as business leaders discussed the needs of their businesses as well as for their employees. Participants were pleased to learn that the number of students taking Algebra I in Middle School increased 4 1/2 times this year and that enrollment is expected to be even higher next year.  City Manager Charles Penny applauded the school system for NRMPS staff holding students to high levels of achievement and high expectations for students.  Superintendent Anthony D. Jackson noted the importance of rigor and relevance of curriculum and noted that student scholarshipz leaped from over $5 million last year to more than $10 million in student scholarships this year.Those in attendance included: Dr. Anthony Jackson, Superintendent; Pamela Lewis, CTE Director; Stephan Williams, Cummins, Inc.; Carissa Reed and Michael Williams, Turning Point Workforce Development Board; John Allen, Kaba Ilco; Charles Penny, Rocky Mount City Manager; John Gessaman, President, Carolinas Gateway Partnership; Robin May, Executive Director , Secondary Education, Sandra Drum, Public Relations Officer, Theresa Pinto, President, Rocky Mount Area Chamber of Commerce; Lisa Boykin, Hospira; and Ellen Bailey, Debra Allen and Kathy Keeter, NRMPS CTE Department.The next meeting to continue dialogue and discuss next steps will be held in September http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/35 RMHS Students Receive Senior Jump Recognition http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/35 Wednesday, 11 July 2012 12:00:00 EST     Wednesday, 11 July 2012 12:00:00 EST Rocky Mount High School's recently graduated seniors J. Gallegos and L. Smith were honored June 21 by the Kiwanis Club with "Certificates of Recognition" for their achievements in the Spring 2012 Rocky Mount Kiwanis Senior Jump Program.  The Jump Program is geared toward motivating seniors enrolled in English IV who have plans to enter a community college after graduation.  Students who begin the semester with a "C-or less" average and manage to end the semester with a "B" average are recognized and awarded cash prizes of up to $500.  To reach the final stage, students must also submit an essay reflecting on their local volunteer community service activity. http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/33 College & Career Ready: Setting a New Standard http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/33 Tuesday, 03 July 2012 12:00:00 EST   Tuesday, 03 July 2012 12:00:00 EST Beginning with the 2011-2012 school year K-2 teachers began implementing the Common Core Standards.  Students that entered Kindergarten in August 2011 will follow the CCSS for their entire academic career.  During the 2012-2013 school year K-12 schools across the nation will implement the Common Core State Standards.  These standards are national standards that were developed by the National Governors Association and the Chief Council of State School Officers.  The standards are designed to ensure that all students are College and Career Ready upon graduation.  The Common Core standards are for English Language Arts and Math.  The state of North Carolina will implement new Essential Standards in all other curriculum areas next year.  These standards are organized and designed differently than the current Standard Course of Study.  The new standards are more rigorous with an emphasis on skills that are relevant to student success after high school.  English Language Arts standards focus heavily on not only reading, but writing, speaking, listening and language.  Math standards focus on practices for problem solving and application of skills.  This change demands many hours of commitment to professional learning for all educators to ensure that the standards are implemented with a focus for our students to be ready for success in college or a career upon graduation.Below, you will find FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) about Common Core and what it means for our students.  Parents also want to know how they can help their children achieve the Common Core State Standards & NC Essential Standards.In addition, parents will find a wealth of information and brochures in both English & Spanish detailing expectations in each grade at the National PTA web site http://www.pta.org/common_core_state_standards.asp  FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT COMMON CORE: COLLEGE & CAREER READINESS1)    When will Common Core curriculum be implemented on the local level? We actually started implementing common core this school year in grades K-2. Now we will implement 3-12. This is also the plan for the entire state.2)    What will Common Core curriculum mean for students, parents and teachers? The new curricula will help us raise standards for ALL students. Parents will see more rigorous projects and instructional expectations. Teachers will become more facilitators and students will be expected to demonstrate higher level problem solving and critical thinking.3)    How will the new standards impact instruction? Implementation of the new standards represents a huge shift in the way we instruct students.  A common, consistent and clear understanding of what students are expected to learn is established across states.  Teachers and parents will know what they need to do to help students meet specific learning targets. The same standards apply across all grade levels, with increasing complexity, so by the time students get to high school they should be very good at the standards. Students, parents and the community will see relevance in what is being taught and what students are being expected to do.4)    What challenges can we expect during implementation of Common Core State Standards?Effective implementation will present both challenges and opportunities. Full implementation of the new standards will require us to re-think how we teach, and how students learn.  Effective implementation is dependent upon us providing a comprehensive system of support that includes development of aligned curriculum; providing intensive professional development; shifting and realigning instructional materials and other resources including model lesson plans; collaborative planning efforts; and assessments that are aligned to the new standards. Providing professional development in sufficient quantity and quality is the most-often cited teacher-related challenge to implementing the Common Core State Standards.  In short, implementation of the new standards reflects a total overhaul of our instructional systems across the state and nation. Rigor -- Students will be expected to demonstrate more rigorous standards in earlier grades.  The expectation is that every child will be taught to and at high levels. 5)     What training and professional development are our teachers currently being provided? It is critical that educators at all levels-teachers, principals, superintendents-receive the necessary professional development. Moving from words to action is the key. Our district has been preparing for the transition to new standards for the past two years.  Teacher Leader teams met to examine documents from DPI(Department of Public Instruction) in the spring of 2011; Common Core State Standards sessions were held at Destination Innovation 2.0 in June 2011; and our New Teacher Orientation in 2011 included information on the Common Core, as well.Awareness and knowledge building for teachers, administrators and parents have taken many forms. The five required Professional Development days built into our school calendar (mandated by the General Assembly) this year were focused on building the necessary capacity within each building and helping staff understand the new standards and how instruction will change.Destination Innovation was required professional development for all staff locally and supported by federal grant funds.  We brought in many professional trainers to assist teachers in their specific content areas.  We also used many of our own in-house experts to provide sharing sessions with their colleagues.  This was a three day training event and it was extremely successful.The Department of Public Instruction has offered and will continue to offer CCRESA Required Meetings for grade level and content level classroom teachers as well as support for principals.Local Curriculum Writing: Our local staff will be working with our CCRESA to realign and rewrite our local curricula to align with the new standards. This will include the grading period pacing and formative assessment to determine student mastery of the information.National Training: The Center for Educational Excellence is the leading support group for Common Core Implementation across the country.  They offer two conferences annually. November Leadership Conference: In November a team of 12 staff members representing 4 of our highest needs elementary schools (Pope, Williford, Johnson and Spring Hope) attended  the Leadership Conference to begin the conversations of transitioning our school system to common core standards and implementing the Rigor and Relevance framework. Model Schools Conference: On June 24-26 of this year, a 74 member team representing all 16 of our elementary schools (Baskerville, Johnson, Pope, Williford, Hubbard, Winstead Ave, Englewood, Benvenue, Coopers, Cedar Grove, Red Oak Elementary, Swift Creek, Middlesex, Spring Hope, Bailey, and Nashville) and 2 of our middle schools (Parker and Edwards) traveled to Orlando, Florida by chartered bus and stayed in double rooms to attend the National Model Schools Conference.  Each school selected an implementation team inclusive of administrators and lead teachers.  These groups will be key leaders and trainers in the district and at their school this year.Participants received first hand information about the new assessments that students will be required to take this coming year.  Emphasis throughout the conference was on how to change your classroom, your school and your strategies to create an environment of rigor, relevance and relationships to prepare our students for the rigors of the common core curricula and ultimately the college or career of their choice.Each school had a designated leadership team attending and planning together for the 2012-2013 school year at the conference.  The teams developed action plans while there to coordinate with their school improvement plans.  Action steps detailed how they would ensure that the classrooms in their buildings implemented the rigor and relevance framework as well as how they would focus on developing relationships with each other, their students, their parents and their community to move forward.FOLLOW UP: Each school-based team will now come back and develop a presentation for their respective staffs outlining what they learned at the conference and begin the building level discussions necessary to support implementation of the standards this year.The middle and high schools that did not attend will also be invited to these sharing sessions as well as the follow-up sessions that will be coordinated by central office resource staff.All of these efforts are supported financially by federal grant funds (Title I, Title II, and Race to the Top).  Each of these grants requires detailed and specific plans that are approved at the state and national Departments of Education.  These funds are specifically designated for professional development activities and cannot be used for other purposes. Our plans for the uses of these professional development funds are clearly focused on building capacity within our system to implement, support and monitor the implementation of the new curriculum and to prepare our students for the new assessment.We will continue to provide educators with targeted professional development to help them understand the new standards, to plan lessons, to deliver aligned instruction, to evaluate learning to determine mastery, and to provide additional support to the students who need it.   http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/32 Board Member Joseph L. Edge Loses Battle http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/32 Monday, 02 July 2012 12:00:00 EST   Monday, 02 July 2012 12:00:00 EST Nash-Rocky Mount Public School District announces that Joseph L. Edge, long time Board member for District 11, died Saturday, June 30 after a lengthy illness. Edge served as an advocate for all NRMPS children for 12 years beginning his first term on the Board of Education in 2000.Visitation will be held on Friday, July 6, 2012 at Mt Zion First Baptist Church, 320 West Thomas Street, Rocky Mount, NC from 6-8pm.The funeral will be held on Saturday July 7, 2012 at 11am at Morningstar Church of Christ, 225 South Glendale Ave, Rocky Mount NC.Our prayers and deepest sympathy are extended to Joe's wife, Ann, and to all of his family and friends. http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/30 Nash-Rocky Mount Honors Retirees http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/30 Wednesday, 27 June 2012 12:00:00 EST   Wednesday, 27 June 2012 12:00:00 EST Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools honored 94 retirees with an appreciation luncheon at the Gateway Centre to celebrate and to honor each retiree for 2302 years of combined service in education.  Retirees were treated to entertainment by the S. C. Baskerville School Chorus, led by music teacher Joan Vick.  Fifth grade Benvenue Elementary School student Yeojin Kim and strings teacher Lori Mizelle showcased Kim's violin skills during lunch.  We congratulate our retirees and are deeply grateful for their many years of service to our students, our parents and our community.  Job well done!  Thank you!!! 2012 NRMPS RetireesBailey Elementary School: Kathryn Dowdy-Mixon, Peggy Sealey, Betty Weathers Baskerville Elementary School: Mary HintonBenvenue Elementary School: Cecelia Ashby, Patricia Daniels, Brenda Dickerson, Nancy Smith, Dorothea WilliamsCedar Grove Elementary School: Eula Modlin, Carol MorganCentral Office: Jeanie StricklandChild Nutrition Department: Reba HighCoopers Elementary School: Valerie Boothe, Loretta Jones, Wanda Powell, Cynthia Stepps, Sandra Wallace, Linda WilliamsNRMPS Early College High School: Ronald Gibson, Angelia McCrackenEdwards Middle School: Joel Brame, Suzanne Downs, Robyn Farnsworth, Evelyn Glover, Lou Ann Leininger, Millette Sorie Englewood Elementary School: Brenda Cotton, Kathy MorrisHubbard Elementary School: Frieda Clawson, Gatsy EasonJohnson Elementary School: Dorothy Davis, Patricia Davis, Jacqueline Dickens, Nancy Ellis, Brenda JenkinsMaintenance Department: William Pepper, James Russ, Jr., Kenneth Smith, Curtis WilliamsMiddlesex Elementary School: Ellen Brewer, Mary Lacombe, Arthur RawleighNash Central High School: Janet Beaman, Cheryl Hoag, Helen Lynch, Gary Smith, Faye SquiresNash Central Middle School: Judy KingNashville Elementary School: Martha Bissette, Terri Clark, Vivian RaperNorthern Nash High School: Laveita Brinson, Lorenza Morgan, Dawn WilliamsParker Middle School: Angelia Bailey, Mattie WilsonPope Elementary School: Diana Battle Purchasing Department: John Deringer, Joseph Womack Red Oak Elementary School: Mozell Alston, Mary WallaceRed Oak Middle School: Laverne Askew, Gertrude Cross, Nancy Turner Rocky Mount High School: Alethea Allen, Jenny Baysden, Reba Fulghum, Gail Lapole, Janet Nelms, Pamela Smith, Leslie Thorpe, Linwood Weeks, Chantal Whelan Southern Nash High School: Wendy Abner, Charles Bass, Donna Bissette, Catherine Boone, Kimberly LawsonSouthern Nash Middle School: Bonita Davis, Melody Edwards, Jo Ann Newsome, Deborah Sutton, Beverly Wilson Spring Hope Elementary School: Theresa Strickland, Dale Webster Swift Creek Elementary School: Rebecca Henry, Pamela Peel Transportation Department: Thomas Edwards Williford Elementary School: Maxine Daniel, Catherine Vines Winstead Avenue Elementary School: Harriet Brown, Elizabeth Jolley, Mary Keel, Linda Millar Photo courtesy of Garry Hodges of Sunset Studios   http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/31 Baskerville and Johnson Elementary Schools Awarded Laura Bush Foundation Grants http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/31 Wednesday, 27 June 2012 12:00:00 EST   Wednesday, 27 June 2012 12:00:00 EST Baskerville and D.S. Johnson elementary schools have been awarded $5,000 grants from The Laura Bush Foundation for America's Libraries.  These two schools are among 238 nationwide that are being awarded $1,126,315 in grants for 2012. The schools receive grants of up to $5,000 to expand, update and diversify their library book collections. Partnering this year with the Laura Bush Foundation for America's Libraries was the Target Corporation. Through their programs like Take Charge of Education and Target School Library Makeovers, Target donates a significant portion of their giving towards educational causes with a focus on helping students achieve reading proficiency.  Through their generous support this year, ten additional grants were awarded to deserving schools throughout the nation.  Since its inception in 2002, the Laura Bush Foundation has awarded more than $9.5 million to schools in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Marshall Islands and the Northern Mariana Islands. The grants are funded through generous donations to the endowment from individuals, corporations and foundations.  http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/26 Agendas for June 25 Board of Education Meeting and Workesssion Meeting http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/26 Monday, 25 June 2012 12:00:00 EST   Monday, 25 June 2012 12:00:00 EST Agenda - Board of Education Meeting 6-25-12 Agenda - Board of Education Worksession Meeting 6-25-12  http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/27 Red Oak Middle Charters New Builders Club http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/27 Monday, 25 June 2012 12:00:00 EST   Monday, 25 June 2012 12:00:00 EST In a charter presentation for a new Builders Club at Red Oak Middle School, the Rocky Mount Kiwanis Club hosted Advisor Allison Williams, second from left, for a special luncheon on June 21. She was joined, left to right, by Edwards Middle School Principal Chris Sivills, Williams with certificate, Southern Nash Middle School Assistant Principal Denise Warner, and Advisor Mary Jo Karner of the Valentine Community Builders Club at Nash Central Middle School. The builders club is a service organization for middle school students.  Visit www.buildersclub.org for more information. Kiwanis also helped establish seven "Key Clubs" in our district (one in each high school).  http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/28 NRMPS Board Approves Administrative Recommendations for 2012-2013 http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/28 Monday, 25 June 2012 12:00:00 EST   Monday, 25 June 2012 12:00:00 EST The following Administrative recommendations were announced at the June 25, 2012 Board of Education meeting. The appointments will be effective July 1, 2012.   Brad Jones, Principal at Cedar Grove Elementary SchoolGraduate of East Carolina University with 10 years experienceClaude Archer, Assistant Principal at Nash Central High SchoolFrom Assistant Principal at Southern Nash High SchoolRobert Batts, Assistant Principal at Southern Nash High SchoolFrom Assistant Principal at Nash Central Middle SchoolCharles Chestnut, Assistant Principal at Northern Nash High SchoolFrom Principal at Johnson Elementary SchoolCharles Collins, Assistant Principal at Winstead Avenue Elementary SchoolFrom Assistant Principal at Englewood Elementary SchoolMichael Giroud, Assistant Principal at Nash Central High SchoolFrom Administrative Intern at Edwards Middle SchoolMonique Hargrove, Assistant Principal at Edwards Middle School From Administrative Intern at Johnson Elementary SchoolCraig Harris, Principal at Nash Central Middle SchoolFrom Principal at Nash Central High SchoolKim Herron, Principal at Spring Hope Elementary SchoolFrom Principal at Red Oak Elementary SchoolSharon Huneycutt, Assistant Principal at Red Oak Elementary School/Swift Creek Elementary SchoolFrom Assistant Principal at Hubbard Elementary SchoolKatina Lynch, Assistant Principal at Red Oak Middle School From Assistant Principal at Nash Central HighJanie McIntyre, Assistant Principal at Johnson Elementary SchoolFrom Assistant Principal at Williford Elementary SchoolEric Mitchell, Principal at Red Oak Elementary SchoolFrom Principal at Spring Hope Elementary SchoolGail Powers, Principal at Nash Central High SchoolFrom Principal at Englewood Elementary SchoolMichelle Royster, Principal at Johnson Elementary SchoolFrom Principal at Cedar Grove Elementary SchoolRuzalia Vines, Assistant Principal at Williford Elementary School From Assistant Principal at Johnson Elementary SchoolCrystal Whitley, Principal at Englewood Elementary SchoolFrom Assistant Principal at Red Oak Elementary School/Swift Creek Elementary SchoolGloria Whitley, Assistant Principal at Englewood Elementary SchoolFrom Principal at W. L. Greene Alternative School  http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/29 View Sounding Board from June 25th Board of Education Meeting http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/29 Monday, 25 June 2012 12:00:00 EST   Monday, 25 June 2012 12:00:00 EST View Sounding Board from June 25th Board of Education Meeting http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/25 Baskerville and Johnson Elementary Schools Awarded Laura Bush Foundation Grants http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/25 Wednesday, 20 June 2012 12:00:00 EST   Wednesday, 20 June 2012 12:00:00 EST Baskerville and D.S. Johnson elementary schools have been awarded $5,000 grants from The Laura Bush Foundation for America's Libraries. These two schools are among 238 nationwide that are being awarded $1,126,315 in grants for 2012. The schools receive grants of up to $5,000 to expand, update and diversify their library book collections. Partnering this year with the Laura Bush Foundation for America's Libraries was the Target Corporation. Through their programs like Take Charge of Education and Target School Library Makeovers, Target donates a significant portion of their giving towards educational causes with a focus on helping students achieve reading proficiency. Through their generous support this year, ten additional grants were awarded to deserving schools throughout the nation. Since its inception in 2002, the Laura Bush Foundation has awarded more than $9.5 million to schools in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Marshall Islands and the Northern Mariana Islands. The grants are funded through generous donations to the endowment from individuals, corporations and foundations. http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/24 Family Informational Event at Spring Hope Elementary School http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/24 Wednesday, 20 June 2012 12:00:00 EST   Wednesday, 20 June 2012 12:00:00 EST The Nash-Rocky Mount Public School English Language Learners Parent Advisory Committee (ELL PAC) in collaboration with the ESL and Migrant Education Programs recently hosted a Family Informational Event at Spring Hope Elementary School.  Several local and state agencies and organizations shared information with the parents and families.  Students and teachers showed their talents by performing for the audience.  The Spring Hope Fire Department had children visit the Smoke House and artwork of ESL students was on display. The event was very successful with 80 parents, 103 students, and 40 school and agencies' staff participating.  Committee members would like to thank the community volunteers and the sponsors for helping us achieve a successful event.  Our families gained knowledge and independence by visiting the different agencies and organizations and enjoyed the familiar atmosphere with their children.   http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/23 Superintendent Anthony Jackson and senior staff attend 37th annual NAACP Freedom Fund Banquet http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/23 Monday, 18 June 2012 12:00:00 EST Monday, 18 June 2012 12:00:00 EST http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/21 Rocky Mount High School wins big at Congressional Art Competition http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/21 Saturday, 16 June 2012 12:00:00 EST   Saturday, 16 June 2012 12:00:00 EST Congratulations to all Rocky Mount High School students who participated in the recent Congressional Art Competition.  Meg Ward won 1st Place and Will Vaughan placed 3rd.  Demetris Harrison and Sheila Lopez won "Honorable Mention."  The top three students won cash prizes. The Congressional Art Competition is a nationwide high school visual art competition to recognize and encourage artistic talent in the nation and in each congressional district.  Students submitted entries to Congressman G.K. Butterfield's office, and the Barton College Art Department facultyselected the winning entries.  The winning piece from each district is displayed for one year in the Cannon Tunnel, an underground passageway that connects the United States Capitol to the Cannon House Office Building.  Members of Congress, staff, and hundreds of American and domestic visitors pass by the exhibit daily. The display is one of the highlights of Capitol tours. Winning artwork was also put on display at the Boykin Center by the Arts Council of Wilson. http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/22 Superintendent Anthony Jackson hosts 3rd Office Hours at Ebenezer Baptist Church http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/22 Saturday, 16 June 2012 12:00:00 EST   Saturday, 16 June 2012 12:00:00 EST Those in attendance learned first-hand of the student reassignment process and progress to-date of the committee.  View additional Community Office Hours with the Superintendent meetings scheduled this summer. http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/20 “Around the World in a Dayâ€� at Cedar Grove Elementary School http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/20 Friday, 15 June 2012 12:00:00 EST   Friday, 15 June 2012 12:00:00 EST Teachers and Instructional Assistants in Pre-K through 2nd Grade recently presented "Around the World in a Day" to Cedar Grove Elementary School. Each classroom was transformed into a different country. Students in all grade levels traveled to 7 different countries aboard the "Cedar Grove Airlines." In each classroom students learned about the traditions, language, culture, and holidays of that particular country which aligns directly with the Common Core and NC Essential Standards. Students participated in various activities exploring the diverse cultures of Nigeria, Germany, England, Mexico, China, Japan, and Hawaii (Representing the U.S.). Support from 15 parent volunteers was vital in transporting students to their destinations on "Cedar Grove Airlines" and also assisting in each country. http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/19 Southern Nash AFJROTC cadets presenting the "colors" at Military Appreciation Night with the Carolina Mudcats. http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/19 Thursday, 14 June 2012 12:00:00 EST   Thursday, 14 June 2012 12:00:00 EST Southern Nash AFJROTC cadets presenting the "colors" at Military Appreciation Night with the Carolina Mudcats. http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/18 Community Office Hours with the Superintendent http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/18 Wednesday, 13 June 2012 12:00:00 EST   Wednesday, 13 June 2012 12:00:00 EST Dr. Jackson wants to hear from you! Superintendent Anthony Jackson will be hosting Community Office Hours with the Superintendent over the summer months.Join Dr. Anthony Jackson for an opportunity to learn first-hand of major initiatives currently happening in the Nash-Rocky Mount School District including an update on the Student Reassignment Process and the 2012-2013 Budget . We are interested in receiving feedback from you regarding these and other items of interest.Dates Update! Friday, June 15 Ebenezer Baptist Church652 Raleigh RoadRocky Mount, NC5:30-6:30 p.m.Thursday, June 28Faith-Based Community/Partnership MeetingCountry Inn & Suites672 English RoadRocky Mount, NC6:00-7:00 p.m.Thursday, July 12City of Rocky Mount Administrative Offices331 S. Franklin StreetRocky Mount, NC6:00-7:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 31First Baptist Church111 N. Walnut StreetSpring Hope, NCTuesday, August 7Ephesus Baptist Church7300 W. Old Spring Hope RoadSpring Hope, NC6:00-7:00 p.m. Thursday, August 16OIC (Opportunities Industrialization Center)402 East Virginia StreetRocky Mount, NC6:00-7:00 p.m.Please join us! http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/17 Committee Considers New High School Reassignment Option http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/17 Tuesday, 12 June 2012 12:00:00 EST   Tuesday, 12 June 2012 12:00:00 EST NRMPS staff and the Operations Research and Education Laboratory (OREd) presented a new high school reassignment scenario that considers student balance measures as well as decreasing the reassignment impact for high school students.  Compared to the previous high school scenario, the new scenario lessens the reassignment impact by almost half and provides a closer alignment of student balance measures.The previous scenario, presented at the April 30 Reassignment Committee meeting, was driven by proximity (distance from a school) and balancing building utilization district-wide.  At this meeting, the Committee chose to take additional time to consider all impacts of such a scenario.  On May 29, the Reassignment Committee discussed the strengths and weaknesses of the proximity/utilization plan and directed NRMPS staff and OREd to explore a new scenario that lessened reassignment impact and considered student balance metrics.   Furthermore, the April 30 scenario split many middle school/high school feeders, which would result in students from a single middle school to be assigned to 2 or even 3 different high schools, depending on where they live.  The Reassignment Committee has been charged with exploring reassignment scenarios which attempt to address seven NRMPS Board of Education priorities: (1) Contiguous boundaries, (2) Respect neighborhoods, (3) Proximity to schools, (4) Modify feeder systems - consider the use of six middle school feeder systems instead of five, (5)  Stay within enrollment capacities, (6) Consider anticipated growth, and (7) [Consider] enrollment balance [factors].    On May 29, Superintendent Jackson informed the Committee that he would ask the NRMPS BoE for clarification on priority #4.  The Board responded with direction to consider a clean feeder system from middle school to high school.   Analysis of these new middle school criteria is on-going and results will be presented at the June 25 Committee meeting. For more information, visit the Student Reassignment section of the website. http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/16 Nash Central High School Presents Dance Concert http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/16 Friday, 08 June 2012 12:00:00 EST Friday, 08 June 2012 12:00:00 EST On May 24, "An Evening of Dance" concert was presented by Nash Central High School's Dancentral at the Imperial Centre for the Arts.  The presentation of Modern Dance was performed by Dance I, II, III and IV classes.  Dance students prepared since the beginning of the semester for the concert.  The advanced classes (Dance III & IV) organized and planned the concert, including designing the tickets and the programs, as well as organizing backstage and making sure the show with off without a hitch.  For additional information about Dance curricula, contact Dance Teacher Kelly Scott at 451-2860. http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/15 Pope PEP Rally http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/15 Friday, 08 June 2012 12:00:00 EST Friday, 08 June 2012 12:00:00 EST Pope Elementary School recently held an EOG Pep Rally for students preparing to take the End of Grade Tests.  A big thanks to the Rocky Mount High School Band and Mr. Green from the Boy's and Girl's Club for getting the students excited about the EOG! http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/12 Is your child new to Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools? http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/12 Thursday, 07 June 2012 12:00:00 EST No need to wait until the beginning of the school year... you can enroll your elementary age child... Thursday, 07 June 2012 12:00:00 EST No need to wait until the beginning of the school year... you can enroll your elementary age child, July 9 - 26, at the following locations:IF YOUR CHILD WILL ATTEND:Benvenue, Englewood, Williford or WinsteadREGISTER AT EDWARDS MIDDLE SCHOOLBaskerville, Johnson or PopeREGISTER AT PARKER MIDDLE SCHOOLCedar Grove, Hubbard, Red Oak or Swift CreekREGISTER AT RED OAK MIDDLE SCHOOLBailey, Middlesex or Spring HopeREGISTER AT SOUTHERN NASH MIDDLE SCHOOLCoopers, Nashville or any Elementary SchoolREGISTER AT NASH CENTRAL MIDDLE SCHOOLContact Lisa Ballance at 252.462.2498 or lcballance@nrms.k12.nc.us http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/13 NRMPS Unveils Data Centers http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/13 Thursday, 07 June 2012 12:00:00 EST   Thursday, 07 June 2012 12:00:00 EST Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools recently approved a cutting edge means of registering students to the school district, while centralizing student data management processes. There are two models, one beginning July 9 and concluding July 26, involving elementary schools. This summer parents will register their children at one of five data centers located at NRMPS middle schools. The five centers were selected based on proximity to elementary schools and current feeder patterns.There is no need for parents to wait until the beginning of the school year to register their children. Students may be enrolled July 9-26 at the following schools:If your child will attend:Benvenue, Englewood, Williford or Winstead Register at EDWARDS MIDDLESCHOOLBaskerville, Johnson or PopeRegister at PARKER MIDDLE SCHOOLCedar Grove, Hubbard, Red Oak or Swift CreekRegister at RED OAK MIDDLE SCHOOLBailey, Middlesex or Spring HopeRegister at SOUTHERN NASH MIDDLE SCHOOLCoopers, Nashville or any elementary schoolRegister at NASH CENTRAL MIDDLE SCHOOL*Registrations will not be accepted at elementary schoolsThe second model will be in effect for the 2012/13 school year, and begins on Wednesday, August 1. It will involve three regional data center locations, based at DS Johnson Elementary (Annex Building), WL Greene, and Spaulding schools. The model links elementary and middle schools with Regional Centers based on proximity and current feeder patterns. High schools are not included at this time.The decision to move to Regional Data Centers was based on research. Regional Centers have shown improved quality of data as well as increased standardization of processes, roles and tasks. Data can be accurately and efficiently handled with approximately 18 NCWISE Data Managers versus the 27 currently employed District-Wide. This reduction of staff results in significant salary savings at a time when the district is attempting to reduce costs due to budget shortfalls.Beginning August 1, 2012, parents should register their students based on the school data center assignments below. This includes students new to the district, and those transferring to another school within the school district.Region 1: DS Johnson Elementary School (Annex Building) - 9 schoolsBaskerville, Benvenue, Englewood, Johnson, Pope, Williford, Winstead, Edwards Middle, Parker Middle (approximately 4,638 students)Region 2: Spaulding School (NRMPS Migrant Center)- 4 schoolsBailey, Middlesex, Spring Hope, Southern Nash Middle (approximately 3,024students)Region 3: W.L. Greene School - 9 schoolsCedar Grove, Coopers, Hubbard, Nashville, Red Oak Elementary, Swift Creek, Nash Central Middle, Red Oak Middle, Tar River Academy (WL Greene)  (approximately 4,058 students)School system staff is working through the specifics of the actual enrollment process for centers, and are asked to stay tuned to local media outlets for details.For additional information, parents should contact Lisa Ballance at 252-462-2498 or lcballance@nrms.k12.nc.us. http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/11 New School Time Changes for 2012-2013 http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/11 Wednesday, 06 June 2012 12:00:00 EST   Wednesday, 06 June 2012 12:00:00 EST New school time changes announced for 2012-13 at:Bailey ElementaryBenvenue ElementaryCedar Grove ElementaryMiddlesex ElementaryRed Oak ElementarySpring Hope ElementarySwift Creek ElementarySouthern Nash MiddleNash Central HighSouthern Nash High View letter. http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/10 View Sounding Board from June 4th Board of Education Meeting http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/10 Tuesday, 05 June 2012 12:00:00 EST Tuesday, 05 June 2012 12:00:00 EST The Sounding Board is an electronic publication sent after monthly NRMPS Board of Education meetings (excluding work session and special meetings) highlighting selected content from the meeting. View June 4th Sounding Board Board of Education Meeting Archives http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/9 Southern Nash High School Firebirds are State Champions in 4x200-Meter Relay http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/9 Monday, 04 June 2012 12:00:00 EST Monday, 04 June 2012 12:00:00 EST Congratulations to the Southern Nash High School Firebirds' 4x200-meter relay state champions! T. Coppedge, D. Proctor, T. Huffman and S. Vane won the gold medal in the boys' high school track and field competition at North Carolina A&T State University in the N.C. High School Athletic Association 3-A championships.  http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/34 Pope Elementary Pep Rally gets students excited about End-of-Grade testing http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/34 Monday, 04 June 2012 12:00:00 EST   Monday, 04 June 2012 12:00:00 EST Pope Elementary School recently held an EOG Pep Rally for students preparing to take the End of Grade Tests.  A big thanks to the Rocky Mount High School Band and Mr. Green from the Boy's and Girl's Club for getting the students excited about the EOG! http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/5 Evening Of Excellence - NRMPS Celebrating Academic Excellence http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/5 Friday, 01 June 2012 12:00:00 EST Last night, Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools hosted "An Evening of Excellence" at the Gateway Convention Center. Superintendent's Distinguished Scholar Awards were given to 108 high school seniors who are in the top 10% of their class. Friday, 01 June 2012 12:00:00 EST Last night, Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools hosted "An Evening of Excellence" at the Gateway Convention Center. Superintendent's Distinguished Scholar Awards were given to 108 high school seniors who are in the top 10% of their class. Watch for additional photos of the Celebration of Academic Excellence as well as a full video of the evening on EdTV, Channel 3. http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/6 Englewood Endurance Club Fun Run for Charities http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/6 Friday, 01 June 2012 12:00:00 EST Congratulations to Englewood Endurance Club students, parents and staff! All participants had an awesome day recently while participating in the Fun Run for Charities. Everyone tried their best and the 13 weeks of training paid off tremendously. Friday, 01 June 2012 12:00:00 EST Congratulations to Englewood Endurance Club students, parents and staff! All participants had an awesome day recently while participating in the Fun Run for Charities. Everyone tried their best and the 13 weeks of training paid off tremendously. Englewood had many division winners as well as a fantastic overall performance by everyone representing Englewood's Endurance Club. Money raised will be used to help fund a running/walking track for the school. Englewood's Endurance Club raised over $1100 that will be matched by the charity up to 49%. Seventy-nine students, parents and staff from Englewood Elementary took part in this event. Thanks to Mrs. Tedford and Mrs. Mangano for facilitating the Englewood Endurance Club for the 3rd straight year. Student winners:Carson Browder and Tatum Janke tied for 1st place in the 1 -13 5K female division.Henry Forrester finished 1st and Christian Sykes finished 3rd in the 1 - 13 5K male division.Garrett Janke finished 2nd in the 1 - 13 10K male division. Faculty winners:Amy Quigley finished 1st and Kristin Mangano finished 3rd in their division. Charles Collins finished 3rd in his division. http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/7 Congratulations to Southern Nash High School’s 2012 National Art Honor Society members! http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/7 Thursday, 31 May 2012 12:00:00 EST Thursday, 31 May 2012 12:00:00 EST Southern Nash High School recently held its 2012 National Art Honor Society induction ceremony. Students inducted into the National Art Honor Society must exhibit outstanding character and service within their art classes and interactions with other students and teachers. They must have academic excellence in Art in their execution as well as demonstrate cooperative and positive attitude and be enrolled in a third semester of Art. The National Art Honor Society was established to help students attain their highest potential in all forms of art, and to raise awareness of art education throughout the school and community.  http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/8 Nash-Rocky Mount Association of Educational Office Professionals holds Administrator’s Banquet http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/8 Thursday, 31 May 2012 12:00:00 EST Thursday, 31 May 2012 12:00:00 EST The Nash-Rocky Mount Association of Educational Office Professionals recently hosted its annual Administrator's Banquet; this year entitled "A Southern Tradition." During the banquet, the organization presented Brenda Silver, Secretary/Treasurer at W.L. Greene with the Educational Office Professional of the Year Award; Victor Ward, Director of Human Resources, was presented with the Administrator of the Year Award; and Galessa Cherry, a graduate of Nash-Rocky Early College was presented with a $500 college scholarship. The guest speaker was Charles Penny, City Manager for the City of Rocky Mount, who spoke on the importance of having great internal and external customer service. Guests at the banquet, including Board of Education members Evelyn Bulluck and Jon Hardy, were treated to a wonderful performance by the Nash Central High School Jazz Band. Dr. Anthony Jackson closed the event with inspirational and supportive words to the members of NRMAEOP and their administrators. http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/3 May 21, 2012 Nash-Rocky Mount Board of Education Work Session Agenda http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/3 Thursday, 24 May 2012 12:00:00 EST Thursday, 24 May 2012 12:00:00 EST  Agenda for the Board of Education Work Session on Monday, May 21, 2012 http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/2 NRMPS Career and Technical Education Academy Awards Program http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/2 Tuesday, 22 May 2012 12:00:00 EST Tuesday, 22 May 2012 12:00:00 EST Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools held its 6th Annual Academy Awards Program on Tuesday, May 15, 2012, in the Business and Industry Center at Nash Community College. The event recognizes excellence in students enrolled in the school systems' five academy programs. The academy concept was introduced in 2004 as a school reform effort for Career and Technical Education (CTE). The academy concept is a national model and is comprised of three key components-small learning community, college-preparatory curriculum with a career theme, and partnerships with employers, community, and higher education. The capacity-crowd event recognized 298 students from Nash Central, Northern Nash, Rocky Mount, and Southern Nash high schools. Students were honored for academic achievement, community service, professional development, and leadership. While several students were recognized for academic achievement in their academy classes, four students captured honors for achieving the highest grade point average (GPA) in their grade level. Receiving honors for highest GPA were: 9th grade, Holly McKoy of Southern Nash; 10th grade, Alaya Reynolds of Nash Central; 11th grade, Hannah Davis of Nash Central; and 12th grade, Savana Edwards of Nash Central. Savana Edwards also received the highest overall grade point average for all academy students. All students are required to complete a minimum of 25 volunteer hours each year; however, many students consistently go "above and beyond" what is required. Forty students were recognized for completing over 100 hours of volunteer service during the school year. Pritesh Patel from Southern Nash received "Volunteer of the Year" for completing 634 hours of community service. Academy students collectively volunteered 18,026 hours during the 2011-12 academy school year.Other honors included recognition for the 73 graduating seniors. Pritesh Patel of Southern Nash received the "Extra Effort Award" for his exceptional commitment to the academy program through academic achievement and participation in academy activities. Patel also received the prestigious "Academy Award," presented to a senior who has demonstrated outstanding commitment to and participation in the academy program throughout the 2-year, 3-year, or 4-year program of his/her particular academy.For more information on the CTE Academy Program, contact Debra Allen, Academy Coordinator, at 252-451-8509. http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/1 Northern Nash High School Holds Curriculum Fair http://www.nrms.k12.nc.us/news/details/ID/1 Wednesday, 09 May 2012 12:00:00 EST Northern Nash High School held it's 7th annual Curriculum Fair Tuesday, February 28th in the NNHS gymnasiu. Wednesday, 09 May 2012 12:00:00 EST Northern Nash High School held it's 7th annual Curriculum Fair Tuesday, February 28th in the NNHS gymnasium.