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posted Sep 9, 2015, 7:46 AM by Bcps Bcps   [ updated Sep 14, 2015, 1:01 PM ]
Rotary summer reading

    Shawn Hodges, reading specialist at George Hildebrand Elementary School, presented information about the Summer Rotary Reading program at the Aug. 18 meeting of the Rotary Club of Valdese. Valdese, Morganton and Sunrise Rotary clubs sponsored summer reading programs at seven schools; 145 students and 15 teachers participated. The clubs lasted three weeks and themes included The Zany Zookeepers, Dive into Reading, Pirates' Cove, Superheroes and Camp Read-a-Lot. “Our biggest goal is to keep students reading to overcome the ‘summer slump,’” Hodges said. Hodges and the teachers track students’ progress and Hodges reported the students made notable growth over the three-week period. 
Photo: Elementary school reading instructors Dawn Chapman, Shawn Hodges and Tonya Bailey, Board of Education member Edna Weller, and Principals Daniel Wall, Terry Penland, Christie Abernathy and Karen Auton attended the Rotary Club of Valdese meeting Aug. 18 as Hodges presented information on the Summer Reading Program that local Rotary clubs sponsor.

Thank you, custodians

    To show appreciation to school custodians for the hard work they do in keeping Burke County Public Schools facilities clean during the school year and the extra work they do over the summer, Superintendent Larry Putnam and Assistant Superintendent David Fonseca visited each campus before the start of the new school year and presented custodians with gift cards. Putnam is picture above with George Hildebrand Elementary School custodians and Principal Terry Penland.  Visit the BCPS Facebook page to view a photo album of the custodians.

Ray Childers students meet new principal

    Ray Childers Elementary School hosted “Meet Your Teacher Night” on Aug. 20. Parents and students enjoyed meeting their classroom teachers, sampling cookies that will be part of an upcoming PTO fundraiser and meeting new Principal Charles Williams. Parents were excited, too, to learn about the new telemedicine program that will allow doctors to remotely treat sick children while the students are still at school.

Media coordinators learn new website

    Burke County Public Schools media coordinators recently attended training as the school system prepared to launch new websites for the district and each school. Media coordinators also shared how they are adding Learning Commons and Maker Spaces in their media centers. 

Teachers participate in team building exercises

    The week before school started, Drexel Elementary School staff members Deanna Minetola, Amanda Garrison and Rebecca Olivo visited Assistant Superintendent David Fonseca and Superintendent Larry Putnam during a staff scavenger hunt. Mountain Crest Elementary School staff members brushed up on their technology skills, including a scavenger hunt using Twitter. They found Mr. Putnam having a lunch meeting with local Pastor George Logan the week before school started, and they tweeted a selfie.

Oak Hill fifth graders go 1:1

    Oak Hill Elementary School fifth-grade students received new iPads, making the grade level one-to-one with technology. Each fifth grader now has his or her own device to ignite learning in their classroom.

Cheryl M. Shuffler
Public Relations Officer
Burke County Public Schools
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