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posted Nov 6, 2015, 6:07 AM by Terri Willms   [ updated Nov 6, 2015, 6:07 AM ]

                                                                                           Local Farm Bureau donates to ag programs

Burke County Farm Bureau donated $2,500 to the East Burke High School Future Farmers of America (FFA) and $2,500 to the Freedom High School FFA on Oct. 15 at the insurance group’s annual meeting. Pictured in the Freedom photo are FFA students, Freedom ag teacher Dustin Haigler and Farm Bureau President Jeff Houk. Pictured in the East Burke photo are EBHS FFA Chapter Vice President Gabby Bolick, East Burke ag teacher Jessie Schermerhorn, EBHS instructional coach Emily Church, EBHS FFA Chapter President Malachi Curtis and Houk.


                                                                                                                WA Young students, parents, staff honor principal

October was National Principals Month and W.A. Young Elementary School students, parents and staff share reasons why they love Principal Randy Sain.

Jenny Overton, parent, said, “Mr. Sain is one of the warmest and loving people I have met. I love the way he knows the kids’ names and the way he interacts with them.” 

Tracy LeMasters, also a parent, said, “I hope he stays at our school for a long time. He is so kind.” 

Another parent, Melissa Black, said, “Mr. Sain is an awesome principal. He really cares about the kids.” 

Black’s daughter, Ashton Black, said, “He’s funny and gives us all nicknames.”

Fellow student Sydney Shell, said, “Mr. Sain is the best principal in the world because he really listens to us and takes care of our problems. When we are down he always makes us laugh.”

Student Nikki Her said, “Mr. Sain is a generous man to everyone he meets, he always puts the students at our school before himself.”

Student Anthony Bell said, “Mr. Sain speaks Spanish which helps with some of our families.”  

School Counselor Amber Lackey spoke for the staff and said, “W.A. Young Elementary School proudly claims Mr. Randy Sain as our leader and principal. He provides constant encouragement and praise and creates a positive atmosphere in which to work and learn. His love for children and desire to see them succeed are evident as he travels the hallways of the school. His joyful singing and whistling brings a smile to our faces. W.A. Young is thankful for the leadership and guidance Mr. Randy Sain provides.”                                                                

                                                      Activities center around reading

Participants in the 21st Century Community Learning Center attended the first Motheread/Fatheread of the school year on Oct. 22. It was also Read for the Record Day and the 16th Annual Celebration of Lights on After School. Browning Rochefort, from the Burke Literacy Council, shared a book “Not Norman” with families and then students and parents painted a fishbowl and a Norman the fish. Students also decorated a light bulb to show support for the after-school program. The event wrapped up with a school book fair. W.A. Young and Glen Alpine elementary schools are in their third year of the 21st Century Community Learning Center grant.


                                                                           WJMS students receive punt, pass, kick medals

Students from Walter J. Middle School participated in the Oct. 25 NFL Punt Pass and Kick event at American Legion Field in downtown Charlotte. Austin Morales (14-15 age) and Morgan Smith (10-11 age) won first place medals in their age groups and Daisia West (14-15 age) and Daniel Hernandez (12-13 age) won second place in their age groups. 


                                        Author visits Mountain Crest

Sonia Nazario, author of “Enrique’s Journey,” was honored at a dinner at Mountain Crest Elementary School on Oct. 26 before her speech at Western Piedmont Community. Last spring, several Mountain Crest teachers and other Burke County employees worked on a professional development book study with “Enrique’s Journey.” Lora Austin, principal of Mountain Crest Elementary School, said, “Mountain Crest teachers studied this novel because it is a journey so many we know and love have had to endure. We were also very interested because Enrique ends up in North Carolina.” Western Piedmont Community College agreed to partner with Mountain Crest in hosting the author and Pulitzer Prize winning journalist. At the dinner, students and teachers from WPCC and MCES, as well as some students and their parents from Mountain Crest’s Mother’s Club, enjoyed a catered meal from Las Salsa’s Mexican Restaurant, along with dessert provided by Panadería La Guatemalteca. Nazario signed copies of her book. She said, “Thank you for helping so many Enriques in North Carolina! Always keep studying with Enrique’s determination.”

                                     Bullying prevention poster contest

W.A. Young Elementary School held a bullying prevention poster contest in October. The winners were Madison Zablan, third grader, and Christian Fields, fourth grader.

                                                              Ray Childers kicks off One Book, One School

Ray Childers Elementary School had a “royal” time at its One Book, One School event on Oct. 23. The school kicked off reading of “The Tale of Desperaux.” Every family received a copy of the book and parents are encouraged to read with their children nightly. Each grade level had activities for students to enjoy at the kickoff and the evening also included Family Book Fair Night, a PTO pizza dinner and cookie dough pickup​​.​

Mull hosts family fun night

Mull Elementary School held a Title I meeting, English Language Learners meeting, Haunted Hallways and PTO program on Oct. 29. Door decorations, pumpkins, artwork and writing samples were on display. Entertainment included performances from the students.

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