This year's Maintenance Person of the Year Award goes to a deserving man, Steve Ellis. This honor is based on the votes by Steve's colleagues from the maintenance staff. Steve began working at Davie County Schools on July 1, 2014. He started in the Maintenance Department as a plumber, bringing a lot of knowledge to our team through his years of experience working in the construction field. Steve was self-employed and owned his own plumbing company for over 25 years and is a great asset to our maintenance team. He is willing to tackle anything.

Steve and his wife Crystal are the proud parents of one daughter, Lauralynn, a junior at Davie County High School.  Steve and Crystal love watching Lauralynn compete for DCHS on the golf team.  In his spare time, Steve is active in his church and is an avid hunter and fisherman. Steve enjoys being a part of the maintenance team primarily due to his co-workers. Steve said, “I work with a very knowledgeable group of guys who pull together to keep Davie County Schools up and running.”
This year’s Custodial Team of the Year Award goes to a team that takes pride in their school. As soon as you walk in the front door of Cooleemee Elementary School, that pride and the custodial team's dedication is evident.  Even though they were short staffed most of the year and have taken on extra duties, monthly inspections point to a job well done.

Cindy Stone, Principal of Cooleemee Elementary School, said, "If you look at remarkable teams throughout history, be it the Chicago Cubs and their World Series win in 2016 or even Luke Skywalker with his band of unlikely heroes and their destruction of the Death Star in 1977 (on the silver screen of course), you quickly see a common theme. Remarkable teams…no matter their background, mission, or universe…all include extraordinary people working together, no matter the odds, to achieve greatness. One such team exists at Cooleemee Elementary School in their custodial staff. Always willing to step up to the plate when needed and a force to be reckoned with whenever face to face with a challenging situation, the custodial staff at Cooleemee Elementary has been recognized as Davie County’s 2017-2018 Custodial Team of the Year. We wish them all the best as they continue on the path to greatness and making a difference in the lives of students and staff at Cooleemee Elementary School."

Congratulations to Kathy Dingey, Erin Jackson, Kathy Crysler, and Dinah Beck for being selected as the 2017-18 Custodial Team of the Year.
At the December 5 regular meeting, the Board of Education approved Jeremy Miller as the next Director of Transportation for DCS effective March 1, 2018. Jeremy will replace Todd Naylor, who will be retiring after a very successful and effective career with DCS.

Jeremy has worked for DCS in the Transportation Department for nearly 15 years. He quickly earned respect across the district for his servant-like attitude, strong work ethic, and leadership qualities. In 2011, Jeremy was promoted to lead mechanic. In this new role, he worked closely with Todd Naylor managing day-to-day operations, including school bus inspections, inventory management, and preventive maintenance programs.  

Jeremy is married to Christy and they have a daughter, Macie. We look forward to working with Jeremy in his new position.  Please join us in congratulating Jeremy.
Davie County Schools succeed at Positivity!

Davie County Schools celebrated multiple school achievements on November 14, 2017, at the Statewide PBIS Recognition Ceremony at the Joseph F. Koury Convention Center in Greensboro, North Carolina. The “Sweet 16 - Pounding Our Way to Proficiency” ceremony celebrated 16 strong years with the North Carolina Department of Public Education, who has promoted the continued establishment of PBIS schools throughout our state.

Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is a model Davie County schools use to promote positive behavior growth. The PBIS model involves a whole school approach that provides positive interventions, reinforcement, and incentives to all students who continuously promote positivity and appropriateness in their daily behavior.

PBIS is also data-driven, as it determines strategies for identifying and teaching expectations for all students, acknowledging appropriate behavior and responding to inappropriate behavior. These various components of PBIS assist schools to proactively help all students with their overall success in school.

Research of the PBIS model indicates that when students are assisted with promoting and obtaining positive behavior, they are also more likely to excel academically.  The PBIS Model places a high emphasis on the Positive component. This is highlighted by school-wide celebrations throughout the year and in a daily school rewards system.

During this year’s PBIS Recognition Ceremony, the following schools received awards for the 2016/2017 school year:

  • Exemplar- Mocksville Elementary and South Davie Middle School
  • Model- Cooleemee Elementary and North Davie Middle School
  • Green Ribbon- Cornatzer Elementary, Pinebrook Elementary, Shady Grove Elementary, William Ellis Middle School and William R. Davie Elementary.
We would also like to welcome another Davie County school to PBIS. This was the first year Central Davie Academy implemented the PBIS model.  Congratulations to all of the awarded schools. We are proud of all of your accomplishments.
Darrin L. Hartness, Ed. D.
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