Volume Check...

Davie County Schools turned up the volume this year at the Back to School Convocation! Each year, our employees gather for inspiration and motivation for the new school year and to find out who has been selected as the Stars of the Year.

This year, Davie High cheerleaders set the mood for convocation. The Stars of the Year nominees entered the gym at Davie High through a tunnel of cheerleaders waving their pom poms, as Jeff Wallace called their names. Mr. Wallace welcomed the employees and provided the invocation. The Davie High JROTC presented the Colors and Cub Scout Pack 574 from First United Methodist Church led the Pledge of Allegiance. Shady Grove Kindergarten teacher Traci Richardson and fellow church members Lloyd and Leah McCullar gave a stellar performance of the National Anthem. Jinda Haynes announced the Stars of the Year:

  • Bus Driver of the Year: Tammy Lagle, Cooleemee Elementary School
  • Transportation Professional of the Year: Brad Ratledge, Transportation
  • Custodial Team of the Year: Don Howard, Maintenance
  • Maintenance Person of the Year: Michael Pollard, Maintenance
  • Child Nutrition Manager of the Year: Retha Keller, Pinebrook Elementary School
  • Child Nutrition Person of the Year: Shannon Prim, North Davie Middle School
  • Student Services Person of the Year: Katie Nail, Central Davie Academy
  • EC Related Service Person of the Year: Amber Manzella, Davie County High School
  • EC Teacher of the Year: Rachel Gorsche-Donnelly, Cornatzer Elementary School
  • Office Professional of the Year: Pamela Smith, Central Office
  • Administrator of the Year: Jennifer Custer, Central Davie Education Center
  • Assistant Principal of the Year: Tabatha Hudson, Davie County High School
  • Principal of the Year: Karen Stephens, William R. Davie Elementary School
  • Teacher Assistant of the Year: Carolyn Peebles, Cornatzer Elementary School

To add a little suspense, the Teacher of the Year was held until the end. Dr. Hartness introduced the guest speaker, John Formica. Mr. Formica is known as the 'Ex-Disney Guy' and shared thought-provoking ideas of understanding our purpose and how we can turn up the volume on what we are doing to make a difference in the lives of our students and share the difference in Davie with students, parents, our staff and community.

Dr. Hartness shared his back to school message, including stories of our staff exemplifying the difference in Davie. He encouraged our DCS family to turn up the volume this year, make a difference in the lives of our students, and share their successes using #experiencedavie.

Noël Grady-Smith introduced the schools' Teachers of the Year and announced the District Teacher of the Year, Kolleen Sullivan, from Shady Grove Elementary School. Ms. Sullivan was then surprised by Brian Nicolay from Flow Honda of Winston-Salem with a car for the year!

Closing remarks were given by Board Member Barbara Owens. She encouraged everyone to Get Ready, Get Set and Succeed.
You don’t have to be around Mrs. Peebles long to appreciate her warm smile and the passion she has for her work! She has been described as a positive role model who goes above and beyond, always professional, resourceful, supportive, and continually seeking better ways to meet the needs of children.

She has been a teacher assistant for 12 years. While she previously led the Successmaker and Waterford programs (and has a computer lab named after her to prove it), she has since transitioned into a first grade teacher assistant position. She drives a bus, serves on several committees at Cornatzer Elementary, and is involved in many ways in her church and the community at large.

Mrs. Peebles is known for her patience and positive attitude as she works with small groups of students, and they thrive under her focused, personal attention. She realizes the importance of students feeling comfortable but also challenged with high expectations to do their best. Mrs. Peebles models life-long learning, and she encourages risk-taking, creativity, and perseverance. She wants every student to know “I can learn, I am smart, and I will achieve!”

Mrs. Peebles is an asset to Cornatzer Elementary students, staff, and community. Congratulations and special thanks to Carolyn Peebles, Davie County’s District Teacher Assistant of the Year!
2015-2016 Accountability Highlights

  • Davie County Schools graduated more students in 2015-16 and those graduates earned higher ACT scores.
  • ACT scores for those graduates showed a tremendous increase in average composite scores, from 19.4 last year to 20.5 this year. This average is much higher than the state average composite of 19.1. When compared to the entire nation, Davie County Schools’ students’ average composite score of 20.5 is equivalent to the Wisconsin state average. Wisconsin is one of 20 states that administers the ACT statewide, and is ranked fourth highest in the nation.
  • The district also showed steady success in ACT WorkKeys and overall proficiency in NC end of year tests.
  • Davie County Schools remained in 3rd place in the state for ACT WorkKeys, with 87.2% of the district’s CTE concentrators earning a silver certificate or higher. 
  • The four-year cohort graduation rate for Davie County Schools increased almost three percentage points from last year to 87.3%. Over the past four years, the district has increased the graduation rate by over four percentage points.

"I am extremely proud of the efforts of our students and staff. We are fortunate to have tremendous partnerships with parents and our community in Davie County. We celebrate our successes, but have already focused our efforts on making 2016-17 even better. We are never satisfied, but striving to better serve our students so they are ready for the world that awaits them after high school,” said Dr. Hartness.
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Volunteering in Davie County Schools

Volunteers provide the students and staff of Davie County Schools with invaluable services that better the education experience. If you are interested in volunteering, please complete and submit a Volunteer Application using the App-Garden Volunteer Tracker system. Once you have completed the application process, you will be in our system and will only need to log your volunteer hours and update your information as needed. All volunteers will need to complete this process. Please click here for more information on volunteering, including links to the Volunteer Tracker system.

Each year, Volunteer Orientations are held to provide school procedures, guidelines, and other information to our volunteers. Volunteers are encouraged to attend one of these meetings each year. If you are not able to attend the orientation for the school of your choice, volunteers are welcomed to attend another school’s orientation. The training lasts approximately 45 minutes. The following volunteer orientations/trainings have been scheduled:

  • Pinebrook Elementary School: Thursday, September 8, 8:30 AM, Media Center
  • Shady Grove Elementary School: Monday, September 12, 8:15 AM, Media Center
  • Cornatzer Elementary School: Tuesday, September 13, 8:15 AM or 6:30 PM, Media Center
  • North Davie Middle School: Thursday, September 15, 8:30 AM, Media Center
  • William Ellis Middle School: Friday, September 16, 8:00 AM, Library
  • William R. Davie Elementary School: Wednesday, September 21, 9:30 AM, Cafeteria
  • Mocksville Elementary School: Thursday, September 22, 8:30 AM, Media Center
  • South Davie Middle School: Thursday, September 22, 2:00 PM, Library
  • Cooleemee Elementary School: Thursday, September 29, 8:15 AM, Media Center
  • Davie County High School: Thursday, September 29, 8:15 AM, Multi-purpose Room
  • Central Davie Academy: Scheduled individually
  • Central Davie Preschool: Scheduled individually
  • Davie County Early College High School: Scheduled individually
Super Summer of Reading

Congratulations to Parker Vaughan, a 2nd grade student at William R. Davie, for reading 144 books and clocking in 21 hours and 13 minutes of reading time using the digital reading program, myON. Parker read the most books and achieved the most time reading in our school district using the digital program. Parker was recognized for his accomplishment at a school assembly and presented an iPad Mini by Mr. Darren Drye, myON representative.

Davie County students read 8,544 books and spent 1,279 hours and 16 minutes reading using the program this summer. Our school reading the most books using myOn was Pinebrook, completing 2,156 books.

Congratulations to all of our summer readers for an outstanding summer of reading!
Governor's School

Congratulations to Davie County High School students Ashton Mann (Mathematics), Charles Chapman (Social Science) and William Penley (Social Science) for being selected to attend Governor's School during the summer of 2016.

This summer, 670 of the most distinguished North Carolina rising high school juniors and seniors explored cutting-edge ideas and concepts in academics and the arts as part of the 2016 Session of the North Carolina Governor’s School. The 2016 session ran from June 19 - July 27. Please click here for complete information about the Governor's School.
EnergyUnited's Basketball Camp

Congratulations to Nathan Brooks, 8th grade student at North Davie Middle School, for being selected as the winner of the EnergyUnited 2016 Roy Williams Carolina Basketball Camp scholarship. Nick was one of three students who represented EnergyUnited at the Touchstone Energy Cooperatives sports camp this summer.
Be a Part of History!

We are excited to open the new Davie County High School in the fall of 2017! The Brick Fundraiser is a way for our community to support the new school and be a part of history. Funds raised will be used for outdoor furniture for the courtyard, as well as the concession stand/restroom area for baseball and softball fields. 

Early Bird Special - Order by 10/01/16 and save $25.00! For more information and to order, please click below on the Brick Fundraiser image.
Darrin L. Hartness, Ed. D.
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