Mr. Doyle Nicholson, the 2017-2018 Davie County Schools’ Principal of the Year, has served as principal of Davie County High School since 2014, where he had also served as an assistant principal from 2012-2014. He was named the Davie County Schools’ District Assistant Principal of the Year for 2013-2014. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree, Master’s Degree, and School Administration Licensure from Appalachian State University.

Mr. Nicholson was a mathematics teacher at Mount Tabor High School from 2006 until 2012. He also taught math at Forbush High School from 1992 to 2006. Mr. Nicholson was named the Forbush High School Teacher of the Year and the Yadkin County Teacher of the Year for 2005-2006. He was the Mountain Valley Conference Volleyball Coach of the Year in 2003, the advisor for the “All North Carolina” Yearbook in 1999, Mountain Valley Conference Men’s Tennis Coach of the Year in 1998, Yadkinville Jaycees Outstanding Young Educator in 1997, and a North Carolina Teaching Fellow in 1988.

Mr. Nicholson has been a Virtual Coach for the Center for Teaching Quality (CTQ) since 2009, and has been published in Education Week Teacher and the Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education. He also served as National Board Candidate Support Seminar facilitator at the North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching from 2004 to 2010.

Mr. Nicholson is married to Gretchen and has two daughters, Cora and Kate.

Congratulations to a most deserving Principal of the Year!
Davie County Makes EdNC...Twice in One Week!

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Dr. Hartness with his wife Lisa, Governor James B. Hunt, and Jack Hoke with NCSSA
​​​​​​​Davie County is recognized in North Carolina as an innovative school district. The innovation of our students and staff was recognized again when Superintendent Dr. Darrin Hartness was awarded The Friday Medal on November 15, at The Friday Institute on North Carolina State University’s Centennial Campus. Former Governor of North Carolina James B. Hunt and Representative Craig Horn spoke to honor the recipients.

Each year since 2006, The Friday Institute for Educational Innovation has presented the Friday Medal to honor the memory and legacy of Bill Friday, who led the UNC system as its president for 30 years. The selected recipients are outstanding researchers, practitioners, or policymakers who have made significant, distinguished and enduring contributions to education throughout the country.

“This year we wanted to convey how much we value the educational leaders from the rural parts of our state, where the schools are also so much the center of the communities,” said Dr. Glenn Kleiman, Executive Director of The Friday Institute. "In recognizing this selected group, we salute all the education leaders, superintendents, principals or teachers who bring deep commitments to providing an excellent education to their students in rural districts.”

This year, seven superintendents who exemplify strong, innovative leadership and are implementing digital-age approaches to teaching and learning were selected by the Friday Institute. Dr. Hartness was honored to be selected as a 2017 recipient of The Friday Medal, along with six other superintendents from across the state:

● Anthony Jackson – Vance County
● Jeff McDaris – Transylvania County
● Janet Mason – Rutherford County
● Lynn Moody – Rowan-Salisbury
● Patrick Miller - Greene County
● Robert Taylor – Bladen County

“I have the incredible opportunity each day to be the voice of thousands of children, many of whom may not have an advocate at home, and do not yet have a voice to elect those who will advocate for their education. To be recognized by one of the most respected institutions in our state, and a trusted leader in innovation and change to improve education, is a milestone in my career,” said Dr. Darrin Hartness.
Davie County Schools’ SAT and ACT Scores Ranked Second In Region

The graduating class of 2017 from Davie County Schools was highly ranked in the state for both their average SAT and ACT test scores. For the SAT, a college admissions exam published by The College Board, Davie County Schools’ 2017 graduating class scored well enough to be ranked 2nd in the Piedmont-Triad region and 18th out of 115 school districts in the state. The average total score was 1112, higher than both the North Carolina average score of 1074 and the United States average score of 1044.

In March 2016, The College Board redesigned the SAT to better measure the reading and math students will see in college and at work. The new SAT has two parts, both with a score range of 200-800. Both the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing (ERW) section and the Math section aim to provide a well-rounded view of what a student can achieve in credit bearing college courses. Because of the redesign, this year’s scores cannot be compared to previous years, but will be a baseline for future years. The 2017 graduating class is the first cohort where the majority of students taking the SAT in the US – 93% - took the new redesigned SAT. Davie County students performed better on each of the two sections than the state and national averages, with an average score of 562 on the ERW section and 550 on the Math section. The NC and US averages on the ERW were 542 and 527, respectively, and 532 and 517, respectively, on the math. Forty-nine percent of graduates in the US took the SAT, as compared to 44% of graduates in NC, and 40% of graduates in Davie County. The participation rate is down in both Davie County Schools and across North Carolina from previous years, mostly due to the universal and free offering of the ACT to all juniors in public schools.

The ACT, another test that measures college readiness, is administered to all students in North Carolina in 11th grade. Because of almost universal participation, these test scores give a better idea of the college readiness of all students in the graduating class. The ACT is comprised of four tests, including English, Math, Reading and Science. Each test has a high score of 36, and a composite score is also provided. For 2017 graduates from Davie County Schools, the average composite score dropped from 20.5 (2016 graduating class) to 20.0, with all average individual test scores down slightly. All average subtest scores are higher than the average state scores for each test. The average composite score in NC was 19.1 and the average composite score in the United States, where not all students take the ACT, is 21.0. Davie County Schools ranked 2nd in the Piedmont-Triad region for average composite score, and 13th out of 115 school districts in the state.

“I am proud of our students’ performance as measured by the SAT and ACT. Our students rank near the top in our region and state, and we will continue to strive to ensure they have a solid academic background as they complete high school and continue their education or go directly to work. While used to predict how well a student may perform in college, these standardized tests are just two snapshots in time. We must continue to partner with parents and our community to instill the importance of critical thinking, problem solving, perseverance, good character, creativity, and curiosity. These qualities are a result of great teaching and learning; they are not measured by a standardized test, but are essential to be a successful and productive citizen.” – Dr. Darrin Hartness, Superintendent
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Davie is 6th in NC based on the number of credentials earned as a percentage of CTE course enrollment. This represents an increase from 20.9% in 2016.

Credentials, endorsed by business and industry, document a student's mastery of skills required for employment and advancement in a career. The 2016-17 Credentialing Data reports that Davie County High School ranked 6 out of 115 LEAs in credentials earned as a percentage of CTE course enrollment. The credentials earned at DCHS included the Career Readiness Certificate, Microsoft Certification, Intuit Quickbooks, Adobe (Illustrator, Photoshop and Premiere) Certification, AutoDesk (CAD, Rivit, and Inventor) Certification, ServSafe, Certificate of Recognition for Restaurant Management, NCCER including OSHA 10-hour Certification, First Aid/CPR for Health Science and Early Childhood Education, NC Beef Quality Assurance, NC Pork Quality Assurance, and  ASE Maintenance Light Repair in Automotive. Students also earned credentials at Davidson County Community College in Certified Nurse Aid assistant and Welding.

Kaitlyn Wrisley, a senior at Davie County High, has earned the ServSafe Credential and the Certificate of Recognition for ProStart. She is currently working at a local restaurant using her credentials and plans to enter the Guilford Technical Community College in January in the Culinary Arts Pathway.
Davie County High School Band to Perform in "The Windy City"

The Davie County High School Marching Band is proud to announce they have been chosen to represent North Carolina as performers in the 2017 McDonald's Thanksgiving Day Parade in Chicago, IL. The War Eagle Regiment will be joined by many other performing groups, Grammy Award winning artists, some of Hollywood's biggest stars, and ten other bands from around the world in this year's parade. 

"The students have been working tirelessly for several weeks to prepare for this once in a lifetime performance. I am so proud of them and what they are accomplishing. It is an honor to be the director of such wonderful, hard-working, young people. They inspire me each day," said Andrew Jimeson, Band Director at Davie County High School. "This has been an amazing musical journey so far. We are definitely excited to have this opportunity to share our talents with the world!," said Abi York. "Mr. Jimeson always tells us that we are not individuals when we perform. We are one band, one entity, and preparing for this parade has had it's challenges, but we have grown to support one another more and understand that we are all in this together," said Hannah Baysinger, senior band member. 

While in Chicago, the band will have the opportunity to see performances of the Chicago Symphony, the Blue Man Group, visit the Museum of Science and Industry, the Shedd Aquarium, and tour many parts of the city. Following the parade on Thursday, the band will set sail on a dinner cruise of Lake Michigan to enjoy Thanksgiving together as the very large family they are so proud to call themselves. 

The War Eagle Regiment is made up of 125 Band Members, 15 Dancing Boots, and 5 Color Guard members. The 2017 McDonald's Thanksgiving Day Parade will air live on TV from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM on WGN America, Channel 98 on Spectrum TV, Channel 239 on Dish Network, and Channel 307 on Direct TV. You can also view the parade on
Thank you to our school psychologists for all they do for our students!
Congratulations to the Davie County High School Varsity Women's Tennis Team on an outstanding season!
Giving to Make a Difference

Davie County Schools’ employees pledged a total of  $31,194.77 to the United Way campaign this year. Congratulations to Davie County Early College for earning the highest percentage increase over the prior year's pledges. In addition, each employee who made a pledge of at least a $52 ‘Building Block’ was entered into a drawing for four NC State basketball game tickets, courtesy of the Pierce Group Benefits. Congratulations to Kathy Kendall, North Davie Middle School, on winning the tickets!
Inclement Weather

Davie County Schools may make the decision to close early, to delay, or to cancel school when winter weather makes driving conditions hazardous. We will make every reasonable effort to make announcements by 6:00 AM. If we are in the middle of several days of bad weather and a decision can be made in the evening, we will do so.  

To communicate how inclement weather has affected our normal school operation, the School Messenger telephone notification system will be used to announce schedule changes to all parents, students, and staff. School Messenger will begin calling parents and students at 6:00 AM, but it takes some time for the system to call the homes of all 6,200 children.  

The message will also be available on the Davie County Schools' Message Line (336-753-1797 for English; 336-753-1798 for Spanish). In addition, announcements will be made on the local radio and television stations listed below and communicated through the Davie County Schools’ website, Facebook and Twitter pages. If no announcement is made, schools will operate on a normal schedule. If an announcement is made, it is applicable to those students and staff scheduled to report that day.

WXII, Winston-Salem, Channel 12 TV
WGHP, High Point, Channel 8 TV
WFMY, Greensboro, Channel 2 TV
WXLV, Greensboro, Channel 45 TV
Carolina News, Channel 14 TV
WTQR, Winston-Salem, 104.1 FM radio
WSJS, Winston-Salem, 600 or 1200 AM radio
WSIC, Statesville, 1400 AM radio
WDSL, Mocksville, 1520 AM radio
WSGH, Winston-Salem, 1040 AM radio (Spanish)

Weather conditions sometimes become unfavorable during the day after children have arrived at school. In the event we have to dismiss early, a School Messenger notification will be sent to all parents, and local radio and TV stations will make the announcement. Working parents are advised to make arrangements for childcare on days when schools must be dismissed early.

Please check the media sites listed above, call our message line, or visit our website for weather related information. Please do not call individual schools, the central administrative office, or the news media for weather closing or delay updates; during these times, we want to keep our lines open for other school related communication. We will communicate closings, delays, and early dismissals as quickly as possible. Our primary concern is the safety of our children and staff.  

Thank you for your continued support!
Darrin L. Hartness, Ed. D.
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