Falling up: LCPS racks up honors in October

Sometimes stories write themselves, and those are the stories that writers love. Obviously, they are easy. They volunteer themselves. This is such a story (or post, in the parlance). It is a transcription of the recognitions made during Monday night’s school board meeting by our superintendent, Dr. Steve Mazingo. Some of these items you may have seen before, and others are newly announced. Taken together they comprise an impressive list of accomplishments in just the past month by LCPS, its schools and the people who so admirably serve the school district.

We are very pleased to announce:

(1) Bruce Hill has been selected by the North Carolina School Board Association Nominating Committee to serve on the NCSBA Board of Directors. The Delegate Assembly will formally elect Mr. Hill to the state board during the annual conference in Greensboro on Monday, November 17, 2014. We are excited to have one of our own to represent us and District 2 at the state level. Congratulations!

(2) Kim Hipkiss, a health science teacher who has spent her entire 18-year career at North Lenoir High School, was chosen as the Bright Ideas Tar Heel Teacher of the Week by the N.C. Association of Electric Cooperatives and is featured in the October issue of Carolina Country magazine, the statewide publication of the association. Mrs. Hipkiss was honored for her innovative teaching techniques and her success at winning Bright Idea grants.

(3) Contentnea-Savannah School will be recognized at the November 6, 2014, North Carolina State board meeting as one of the first STEM certified schools in North Carolina. Congratulations!

(4) Pink Hill Elementary School received a $25,000 grant from the Monsanto Fund and the America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education program. The grant will fund the construction of a greenhouse, the installation of an aquaponics system, and the creation of raised bed and other class-sized gardens.

(5) Tri-County Electric Membership Corporation sponsors a Bright Ideas Grant program and encourages educators to apply for a grant each year. Tri-County received 181 applications this year and awarded 29 out of 71 selected applications from our school district (eight out of nine eligible schools) for a total of $25,267.20. The winners and their principals were presented their grant checks at an awards dinner on October 20. The teachers are:

Banks – Karen Hall, Ashley Martin
Frink – Jonathan Smith, Sandy West
La Grange – Lisa Davis
Moss Hill – Wendy Sutton
South Lenoir – Jessica Noble
Woodington – Yvonne Hardy
North Lenoir – Erin Berg, Kim Hipkiss, Lee Holder, Brandy Moore, Vicky Newberry, Gerald Reedy, Michele Spence
Pink Hill – Myra Aycock, Kelly Bluhm, Michele Etters, Amy Henderson, Traci Howard, Annette Huffman, Megan Lawson, Helen Lewis, Jennifer McLawhorn, Sheila Miller, Samantha Pierce, Julie Rouse, Amy Taylor, Walter Upthegrove

(6) The following schools earned designation in the North Carolina Positive Behavior Intervention & Support Annual State Recognition Program. The primary goal of PBIS is to impact the learning environment in schools in order to support high student performance and to reduce behavioral problems. These schools met all the requirements for this recognition by demonstrating results achieved through working together, using school data to implement research-based practices, and developing supportive systems to teach all students new behaviors. The schools will be honored at the PBIS Recognition Celebration on November 4th as part of the 64th Conference on Exception Children.

Green Ribbon School (School-wide Evaluation 80% and Implementation Level 1)
North Lenoir High School

Model Schools (School-wide Evaluation 90% and Implementation Level 2)
E. B. Frink Middle School
Kinston High School
Northeast Elementary School
Rochelle Middle School
Southeast Middle School

Exemplar Schools (School-wide Evaluation 95% and Implementation Level 3 or 4)
Banks Elementary School
Contentnea-Savannah School
La Grange Elementary School
Lenoir County Learning Academy
Moss Hill Elementary School
Northwest Elementary School
Pink Hill Elementary School
Woodington Middle School