Welcome Back!

Welcome to the 2016-17 school year! We are so excited to have our teachers back at school this week and our students arriving on the 29th. Our students at the early college high school have been in school for several weeks and are off to a wonderful start. 2016-17 will be another outstanding school year!

We want to welcome our new staff to the Davie County Schools family. You are part of an incredible team of dedicated people who genuinely care about the children we serve. We also want to welcome our new students. Whether you are new to preschool, kindergarten, or have moved into our district, you are now part of the DCS family. May your school year be filled with success!

School Matters is a just-in-time news bulletin for our staff, parents, students, and community. We publish School Matters when we need to share information with you, or need to correct or clarify information in the news or in the community. If you are a new subscriber to School Matters, welcome! We want to keep you informed of the successes and challenges of Davie County Schools and to continue the tremendous partnership between our schools, parents, and community. If you have ideas or questions, please contact our office and share; we continuously strive to be better every day and welcome your feedback. Your feedback continues to shape how we serve our students and the community. If you have friends and family who would benefit from connecting with our schools, please ask them to subscribe by clicking here.

We will continue to use social media to share innovative practices, teacher and student success stories, and pictures of progress in our district. In 2016-17, we have adopted the hashtag #experiencedavie. Be on the lookout for #experiencedavie, as we highlight special moments that make Davie County Schools unique and consistently one of the best districts in North Carolina.

Have a fantastic school year and Experience the Difference in Davie!
 
 
 
Open House/Supply Lists
 
 
 
The 2016-2017 school calendars can be found on the Davie County Schools' website, under Calendar.
 
 
 
 
 
School Hours

  • Elementary Schools: 8:10 AM - 2:50 PM
  • Middle Schools: 7:55 AM - 3:09 PM
  • Central Davie Academy: Middle: 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM; High: 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM, OSS: 8:30 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Davie County High School: 8:20 AM - 3:20 PM
  • Davie County Early College High School: 8:30 AM - 3:15 PM
 
 
 
 
 
Bus Registration

Morning bus runs and stops are posted on the school system's website for reference, but parents are encouraged to attend open house to get the most current stop location and times. Routes change daily as we continue to update ridership information, therefore stop times are not listed on the website.

If parents or guardians have questions about their child ridership information, please contact the school bus coordinator at their child's school by phone or email. It may take several days to establish a new stop if your child is not currently assigned to a bus stop, so please be patient as we work through a large volume of requests this time of year. Parents can register their child to ride the bus from our website as well.

We hope to have a web query available soon that parents can access from our school website. They would be able to type in their address to see which school they would attend, closest bus stop, bus number and approximate stop time. We will communicate with parents via social media outlets and school websites when this feature is available.
 
 
 
 
 
Please be on the lookout for school buses and students waiting for buses beginning Monday morning, August 29. Please review the stop arm laws and be aware that we have buses equipped with "stop arm cameras" that record video both inside and outside the bus to help aid in prosecution of drivers who pass stopped school buses.

In addition, please pay attention to the driver of the bus. They will be communicating with students by hand signals to let them know when it's safe to cross the road. Also, recognize the danger zone around the bus as described here.

Other pertinent safety information can be found on the school bus safety website.
 
 
 
 
 
Breakfast
PreK - 5 Grade:  Free
6 - 8 Grade:  $ 1.10
9 - 12 Grade:  $ 1.35

Lunch
PreK:  $ 2.30
K - 5 Grade:  $2.55
6 - 12 Grade:  $ 2.80
 
 
 
 
 
6th Grade Participation in Athletics

In August, the North Carolina State Board of Education revised their Interscholastic Athletics Policy. The new policy changes the grade level at which students may participate in interscholastic competition from grades 7-12 to grades 6-12. As part of this change, state board policy now states that 6th grade students may participate in all interscholastic sports with the exception of football.

The policy allows each LEA or charter school to determine whether or not 6th graders may participate in interscholastic athletics, with the exception of football.  Davie County Schools will be convening a committee in September to discuss this local option. This committee will bring recommendations to the Davie County Board of Education for discussion and consideration at their regular meeting in October.  

Until our local board of education has an opportunity to weigh in on this option and hear recommendations of our local committee, the current practice remains the same and only 7th and 8th grade students are eligible to participate in middle school interscholastic athletics.
 
 
 
 
 
New Notification System

Davie County Schools has a new notification system! SchoolMessenger’s InfoCenter will allow you to access all messages and personalize how you receive communications through a website or an app on your phone. Davie County Schools will also have the ability to send out short text messages for those that opt in to the service.

Please watch for information in the coming weeks on how to set up your account. Right now, you can take action by verifying that parent phone numbers and email addresses are correct on the Student Information Card. Please make any corrections necessary and turn the card in to your school.

Until you are able to set up your account, you will still receive messages from Davie County Schools. Notifications will be sent to your student’s home phone number and to any parent email addresses already on file.

For more information, please visit SchoolMessenger's info center. Be on the lookout for notification that InfoCenter is live and ready to use!
 
 
 
 
 
Welcome New Administrators

William Ellis Middle School starts the year with two new administrators. Leigh Walters has been named principal and Alanna Kotas will be the assistant principal.
 
Leigh Walters earned her Bachelor of Music cum laude in Music Education from Meredith College, her Master of Music in Vocal Performance from UNC-G, and her Education Specialist degree in Educational Administration from Appalachian State University. Mrs. Walters comes to us from Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools, where she served as assistant principal at Wiley Magnet Middle School. She has taught music in various locations, including Forsyth Country Day School and Thomas Jefferson Middle School. Mrs. Walters was named the North Carolina Secondary Assistant Principal of the Year in 2014.
 
Alanna Kotas earned her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Winston-Salem State University and her Master of Entrepreneurship from Western Carolina University. Mrs. Kotas also comes to us from Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools, with 17 years of teaching experience in middle school. She also taught in Surry County. In addition, Mrs. Kotas has 10 years of coaching experience in basketball, softball, dance, cheerleading and track.
 
Pinebrook Elementary School has a new assistant principal, LaShaunda Plain-Mamon. She earned her Bachelor of Arts from Grambling State University and her Master of Arts in School Administration from Gardner-Webb University. Mrs. Plain-Mamon has over eight years of teaching experience in the Exceptional Children’s classroom, has served as a coordinator/instructor on the collegiate level, and was a Curriculum Coordinator in Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools.
 
 
 
 
 
Correction...

While we hope attendees enjoy the show, the August 27 AML Wrestling event being held at Davie County High School is not an approved school-sponsored or school-related fundraiser as advertised on social media and in local papers.
 
 
 
 
 
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.
 
 
 
 
 
Sincerely,
 
 
Darrin L. Hartness, Ed. D.
Superintendent
 
 
 
 
(336) 751-5921  |  davie.k12.nc.us |  220 Cherry St, Mocksville, North Carolina  27028 
 
 
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