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FIRST THURSDAY Franklin County Schools

VOLUM E 5, ISSUE 9

Our Future, Our Commitment, Our Students

SAT Scores Show Growth in 2009-10 Students in Franklin County Schools have shown growth district-wide on the SAT. The combined verbal and math average for the district rose significantly from the previous school year. Below are the averages per school:

2009

2010

BHS

928

992

FHS

928

945

LHS

974

955

FCS

941

965

State

1006

987

National

1016

1017

OCTOBER, 2010

Joseph Appointed Assistant Superintendent Dr. Beverly L. Joseph, former Board of Education member and current Principal of Pinkston Elementary School in Henderson, has been named Assistant Superintendent for Student Services and Exceptional Children for the district at the September 13, 2010 Board of Education meeting. Joseph has been the Principal of Pinkston for over 12 years. She is also an adjunct professor of Educational Leadership at North Carolina State University in Raleigh. She has previous experience as a Teacher, Assistant Principal, Exceptional Children’s Director, Pupil Personnel Services Director, Exceptional Children’s Consultant at the Department of Public Instruction, and an Adult Basic Education Instructor at Vance-Granville Community College. Joseph holds degrees in Special Education from East Carolina University and Fayetteville State University, along with a Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership from East Carolina University. In Franklin County, Dr. Joseph will lead the area of Student Support Services and Exceptional Children. She begins her position in November.

AIG Specialists Participate in Conference

Superintendent Dr. Eddie Ingram said he was pleased that the average score for the district was up, but was not satisfied with the increase. SEE SAT PAGE 10

BHS DESTINY Visit Program brings science to life at Bunn High. Page 2

Construction Updates Updates on Construction at several schools. Page 5

AIG Specialists from 5 elementary schools in the county recently participated in the Fourth Annual Gifted Education Conference at East Carolina University. The specialists participated in break out sessions learning about new technology and strategies to use with our gifted students. Pictured at the ECU Murphy Center from left to right are: Amanda Joyner (BES), Michelle McGhee (FES), Jane Riggs (LMES), Lacy Coley (RES), and Beth Denton (EBES).


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UNC DESTINY Bus Comes to BHS AP Biology Classes Wearing aprons diagramed with the organs of the human body, which they loved, students in Darlene Perry’s 2nd and 4th period AP Biology classes recently had a visit from UNC’s Morehead Planetarium and Science Center’s DESTINY traveling science laboratory on September 22. DESTINY stands for “Delivering Edgecutting Science Technology and Internet across North Carolina for Years to come.” The program serves secondary students and teachers across the state. The 40-foot, 33,000-pound bus can accommodate 24 students and has a fully-equipped science laboratory. Perry’s class performed a lab experiment/scenario called “Crucial Concentration.” Three sports drink companies claimed to have the most protein in their drink. The students’ goal was to see which company actually was correct. First, the students ran five test tubes of known protein concentrations through a spectrophotometer to measure the absorbance amount of each. They created a graph titled, “Absorbance Amount vs. Protein Concentration” and obtained a nice curve. They ran the three “mystery” substances through the spectrophotometer and got absorbance measurements for each. Then, they could determine the protein concentration by extrapolation using the graph they had created. “Seeing the looks on the students’ faces as they boarded the bus was priceless,” says Perry. “Most didn’t know what to expect. The best part for me about this experience was hearing the com-

BHS AP Biology Students and teacher Darlene Perry watch as a DESTINY staff member provides instruction on how to complete a lab experiment.

ments of my students as we walked back to class. ‘I could see myself doing something like that all day.’ ‘I can’t wait ‘til I’m in college and can do real labs like that all the time.’” Perry also shares how this experience has been memorable for both herself and her students. “I love that just by chance this experience could lead some of my students into science-related fields. It meant a lot to me, as their teacher, that both classes wanted to take group pictures in front of the bus after the lab. It was a memorable experience. Another BHS teacher commented to me that they were all excited in her class earlier that day saying, ‘the bus is coming today.’” Students also enjoyed getting to wear gloves during the experience and receiving the UNC Silly Bands upon exiting the bus. “They were able to use expensive equipment that public high schools don’t always have—for example, each pipette was $300 and each station had four of these,” Perry adds. In order to request for the DES-

TINY bus come to a school, a teacher has to become “certified” on a particular module. “In May of 2009, my principal asked her science teachers to attend a DESTINY workshop at LHS for about 3 hours in the afternoon of an early release day,” Perry explains. “That one dealt with gel electrophoresis. We were asked to attend another one in June; this was the ‘Crucial Concentrations’ module. In the workshops, we as teachers do the pre-lab, lab and post-lab just as our students do; we are ‘taught’ by the same DESTINY educators that lead our students. Upon leaving, we were given a huge plastic container filled with everything we need for the pre-lab—everything you need, right down to toothpicks, food coloring, and batteries! Perry adds, “As it is a rural county, Franklin County is guaranteed the bus one day per certified teacher.” The goal of the DESTINY program is to make science real and relevant for students. It also provides excellent professional development to teachers. The initiative has had quite an impact on students, teachers, schools, the community, and the country. The impact has increased student interest and confidence with science, as well as preparing them for many opportunities and possibly pursue careers in science. It also helps them better perform on standardized tests. More information about the DESTINY program can be found on their website, which is located at www.moreheadplanetarium.org under the Outreach menu. —Joe Baisley


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PBIS in Full Swing at Bunn Middle Bunn Middle School is implementing PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention and Support) for the first time this school year. Recently, the PBIS team had their first raffle for prizes. Various opportunities being raffled off include fun activities such as, “Sit anywhere you want during lunch,” half-hour free computer time, etc. The PBIS team also went out and collected donations from local businesses to make shirts as prizes. Blake Lee and Cassidy Ayscue (above) won the t-shirts as part of the recent raffle. The raffles will take place bi-weekly throughout the school year. The PBIS program encourages schools to develop a slogan (right) in the initial stages of PBIS implementation. “Initially, PBIS is going great and students as well as faculty are buying into the initiative,” says Michael Sheldon, PBIS Team Leader/Facilitator.

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Baisley New Public Information Officer

Joe Baisley is the new Public Information Officer for Franklin County Schools. He succeeds Nathan Moreschi, who returned to Franklinton High School as a Social Studies teacher. Baisley came to FCS in September after six and a half years in the Currituck County Schools, located near the Outer Banks, where he served as NC WISE Coordinator and Data Analyst for the school district. His other duties included analyzing all other data systems, coordinating Distance Learning, telephones, and more. Baisley is a 2003 honor graduate of Northeastern High School in Elizabeth City. Prior to working in Currituck County, he served as the Media Production Coordinator in the Elizabeth CityPasquotank Schools for almost a year. He was responsible for the school district website and the educational access television channel on the local cable TV system. “Everyone has been extremely nice to work with here in FCS so far,” Baisley says. “I look forward to continuing the tradition of promoting the wonderful things happening in our school

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Long Mill Elementary Team Building Activities

Long Mill Elementary faculty and staff recently participated in their “Leader in Me” PLC on the Early Release day in September. They participated in Module 1. They talked about their vision for LOMES and finding their own personal strengths. They also did team building activities and “getting to really know each other” activities. The pictures above and below display the team assignment for the afternoon. After completion of the activity, the staff discussed their team roles and how they relate to Steven Covey’s habits from his book, “The Leader in Me.”


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Construction Updates New FHS

On Target for July 2011 Move-in

The Core Academics wing of the New Franklinton High School begins to have windows installed.

The Administration and Guidance wing of the New Franklinton High School begin to take shape.

Block work and site grading at the New Franklinton High School is nearly complete. The building’s superstructure is 90 percent complete. The parking lots have been roughed out and athletic fields are on grade. The structure is 60 percent under permanent roof. By Thanksgiving, the entire structure is set to be under permanent roof. The windows are being installed at this time in the academic wing. Mechanical work will begin at the new year and will continue until move-in time, which is July 2011.

The site of the football stadium at the New FHS

Parking Lot Area at the New FHS (overlooking campus)

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OCTOBER, 2010

BHS, EBES and LHS Additions

Outside View

The new classroom building addition to Bunn High School is near its final stages. The addition includes 7 regular classrooms, 3 science laboratories and a resource room. Work on doors and floor finishes are still in progress. The building should be completed by mid-October. The new wrestling room will also be completed by mid-October. The cafeteria expansion at Edward Best Elementary is completed and is in full use at this time. The students, teachers, and cafeteria staff love the additional space. The renovation to the gymnasium, along with the addition of the stage and back area is completed and is also in full use. The conversion of the old shop into new classroom space is completed and is also in full use.

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One of the new Standard Classrooms at Louisburg High

The new Science Lab at Louisburg High

The new classroom building at Louisburg High School, consisting of 8 classrooms, is completed. The scheduled move-in date will be in mid-October. The new wrestling room is also complete and ready for move-in. The new CTE wood shop is in its final stages of completion and should be ready soon for move-in. The new Weight Room at Louisburg High

The new Wood Shop at Louisburg High

Inside the new Wood Shop at Louisburg High

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OCTOBER, 2010

BES, FES, LMES, and YES Gym Renovations

Franklinton Elementary New Gym Floor/Renovation

Bunn Elementary New Gym Floor/Renovation

Four elementary schools in our district received renovations to their gymnasiums. Bunn Elementary and Franklinton Elementary received new wood floors (see above). Laurel Mill Elementary and Youngsville Elementary received renovations to their existing wood floors. All four gymnasiums also received new public restroom facilities and air conditioning. All gymnasiums in Franklin County Schools now have air conditioning. These projects are 75 percent complete and have a completion date of mid-October. The old shop at Youngsville Elementary has been completely renovated and is almost complete. There will be a new music room and computer lab that will occupy the building.

New Music Room at Youngsville Elementary

New Computer Lab at Youngsville Elementary

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FES and RES Site Work Improvements

New roundabout circle at Franklinton Elementary to improve traffic flow

At Franklinton Elementary, a new access road and traffic circle/roundabout have been created in order to help traffic going into the school to flow smoother. It has been completed and is in full use at this time. At Royal Elementary, a new parking lot and entrance has been created to help with the traffic flow coming from Flat Rock Church Road. That project has also been completed and is in full use by the school. In addition to these construction projects, Bunn Middle and Cedar Creek Middle are both receiving new modular units. Each school’s modular facility consists of six classrooms and restrooms. Utilities (electrical and plumbing) are currently being run and will be ready by Nov. 1.

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Upcoming Important Dates October 1-8

Youngsville Elementary Tracked Out

October 6

End of 1st 6 Weeks (BHS, FHS and LHS)

October 11-15

Youngsville Elementary Extended Learning

October 14

Early Release (all schools except Youngsville)

October 15

Teacher Workday (all schools except Youngsville)

October 21

United Way Spelling Bee Competition at LES at 6:30 p.m. (Refreshments @ 6)

October 28

End of 1st 6 Weeks (Early College)/End of 1st 9 Weeks (all Elementary & Middle) District Parent Involvement Meeting at 7 p.m. (Riverside, A107)

the SAT this year. Last year, Franklin County Schools only had about a 48% participation rate Continued from page 1 in the test. The SAT test is optional for students and is used for placement “We have been trending up for the into college. last three to five years,� Ingram said. The state is also considering the The primary goal of the district for requirement that students take the increasing SAT scores is to enroll stu- ACT test in their junior year of high dents into more rigorous math courses school. earlier. Ingram also said that he would like to see more students take

SAT Scores

Ten LES Teachers Win $100 Gift Cards for Classroom Use Ten teachers at Louisburg Elementary School recently won a $100 teacher reward gift card to a local major retailer. The teachers can spend the money on classroom supplies and nutritious snacks. The teachers were: Mary Allen, Audrey Bernstein, Meloni Bethea, Katie Cunningham, Rachel Dunston, Tori Inscoe, Kim Leonard, Lisa Micco, Allison Moreschi, and Jan Strickland.


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Miracle League Field to Come to LOMES Giving all children a chance to have fun by participating in sports is about to become a reality in Franklin County. By an unanimous vote at the September Board of Education meeting, the creation of a Miracle League facility on the campus of Long Mill Elementary was approved. Miracle League is an organization housed in 45 different states that serves approximately 200,000 special needs children and young adults. Assistant Superintendent for Auxiliary Services Thomas Piper and parent Donna Wade made a presentation to the school board explaining the background of the league, along with its needs. “Every child deserves a chance to play baseball,” Wade said. The goal is to create a T-ball size field behind Long Mill Elementary on existing land (approximately 15,000 square feet). The field will be covered in a turf that is rubberized, allowing for wheelchairs and other devices to easily move around the field. Other facilities such as restrooms that are family-friendly and a parking area are also a part of the necessities. The field would allow special needs children and young adults to hit the ball, run the bases and enjoy the sport of baseball like most children. The opportunities the field will open up for students is marvelous. Jon Long, the architect for the school district, volunteered his talents and time by assisting with the development of the proposed plan. Trying to keep

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Child Nutrition Program to Receive Best Practice Award

This is the site of the proposed Miracle League ball field that is located at Long Mill Elementary in Youngsville.

costs down, but still meet the goals of the league, was important in the selection process. The site at Long Mill Elementary was selected as it has a flat area available, along with the necessary infrastructure. It is also appealing to the region as the site is located of U.S. Highway 1 in Youngsville, which allows for easy access from various locations. Wade explained that her child, who has special needs, had participated in a local recreational league which allowed for support and awareness. However, they need a place to call their own, she continued. The costs for the project range between $350,000 and $400,000, all of which will have to be raised for it to be completed. Under the lease agreement by the school board, the league has first access to the field, but the school may also use it. It will open up many opportunities for the school to be able to utilize the field for physical education activities and more.

The Franklin County Schools Child Nutrition Program will be receiving a USDA Best Practice Award at their Fall Conference on Thursday, October 21. This is the seventeenth year in which the southeastern office of the USDA has given out the award. The district applied for the “Promoting a Healthy School Environment” piece. At Long Mill Elementary School, the focus is on nutrition and healthy choices. As part of the school’s activities for promoting good health, the gymnasium is open every morning before school starts for students to participate in exercise and other fun activities.


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Early College Students Learn Biotech Opportunities at NCCU

Franklin County Early College High School students who traveled to North Carolina Central University’s Biomanufacturing Research Institute and Technology Institute (BRITE) as part of a VGCC field trip included: FRONT (L to R)—Jasmine Parker, Marissa Tyler, Lakeisha Blackwell, Akira Romero and Jennie Britton; BACK (L to R)—Jeremiah Hurst, Markel Dawson, David Smith, Ethan Barnwell and Trevonte Alexander. (Not pictured: Macy Terrell)

Early College students enrolled in Bioprocess Technology courses at Vance-Granville Community College recently had hands-on experience on how far the next steps of their education can take them. They traveled to North Carolina Central University’s BRITE institute in Durham on September 1. The students attended the trip with VPGCC Bioprocess Technology program head/instructor Joseph Tyler, BioWork/ Bioprocessing instructor Dr. Tara R. Hamilton, and Franklin County Early College High School Principal Jim Harris. Eleven Early College students are enrolled in the Bioprocess Practices class at the Franklin Campus of VGCC, where the Early College is housed. BRITE has state-of-the-art equipment and laboratories along with highly credentialed faculty in order to prepare tomorrow’s leaders in the sciences fields of biotechnology and pharmaceutical sciences. Several graduates from VGCC’s two-year Bioprocess Technology associate degree program have transferred to NCCU to study at BRITE. For more information, contact the Early College at (919) 496-1567, ext. 3619.

BRITE senior scientist Audrey Adcock shows equipment to Marissa Tyler, an Early College High School student enrolled in the Bioprocessing Practices class at VGCC’s Franklin County Campus.


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Franklinton Elementary School News

Mrs. Harvey and Mrs. Jones (above) work on a lesson that was presented by their colleagues that attended a workshop recently on differentiated instruction.

Kindergarten students in Princess Richardson’s class, along with their parents, recently attended a Meet and Greet parent supper at a local restaurant. The restaurant and the school PTA provided the meal that involved school, home, and the community.

Franklinton Elementary PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions/Support) held a SOAR poster contest. S- show self control, O- own it and be responsible, A- act safely, R- respect yourself and others are the school-wide expectations at FES. Winners: Grade 1- Amber and Isaiah from Mrs. Battes’ class, Grade 2- Jair, from Mrs. Fontaine’s class, Grade 3- Victoria and Olivia (pictured), from Mrs. Cleyrat’s class, Grade 4- Maria and Pilar, from Mrs. Bishop’s class, and Grade 5: Yareli, Baretta, and Jessica from Mrs. Roberts’ class. Winners were announced on the loud speaker, the posters were hung at FES, and they received a certificate.

The 4th graders at Franklinton Elementary recently did a culminating activity to bring to an end their study of North Carolina geography. The students were assigned to decorate their state of North Carolina cookie to represent the three regions, fall line location, and capital of North Carolina. The students were very excited and were quoted as saying, "This was the yummiest quiz ever!"

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LHS Automotive Tech Program Receives Donated Car

CTE Director Laureen G. Jones (left) and LHS Automotive Technology Teacher Jeff Keen (right), along with Keen’s Automotive Tech I students, stand with the donated car they received from Wheels 4 Hope, a non-profit car donation program in the Triangle area.

Hands-on experience is exactly what the doctor ordered for Jeff Keen’s Automotive Technologies students at Louisburg High School. Thanks to Wheels 4 Hope, a non-profit car donation program, the school was able to receive a 1995 Ford Taurus. The vehicle will allow for students enrolled in the Automotive Technologies classes at LHS to gain hands-on experience with learning the parts of a vehicle, along with automotive repair, which relates to their curriculum. “This is similar to what they (the students) would work on in an auto repair shop,” says Keen. “A lot of these students will learn more by being able to see and work on this car than they would studying it in the classroom. Thank you to Wheels 4 Hope for their donation.” Wheels 4 Hope’s mission is to provide affordable, reliable transportation to low-wage families and individuals in the greater Raleigh area who are referred by one of several partner agencies.

LES Student Donates to Locks of Love After growing long, beautiful hair for seven years, Louisburg Elementary student Tania Huerte Soto decided it was time for a haircut. She wanted to help children who have cancer by donating her hair to Locks of Love. “Tania is truly an inspiration to us all,” says Kimberly Leonard, AIG teacher at LES. The school was grateful to a local hair salon for assisting Tania with donating her hair to Locks of Love. For more information, visit their website at www.locksoflove.org.

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FCS Pilots New Grading System for Grades K-2 Franklin County Schools is embarking on a pilot grading system for grades K-2 which focuses on the North Carolina Standard Course of Study. Earlier in the year, notification about this new system was sent through various handouts given at the school level. This information is also available on the school system website at www.fcschools.net. Please Note: BES is piloting Standards-Based Grading for K-5. Their scale is slightly different than below. For example, they are not using the “N” below at all. For more information or questions, contact BES Principal Jewel Eason. Here is the legend for the marking on K-2 report cards:

M

Mastery

Demonstrates and applies knowledge of skill/subject consistently

P

Proficient

Demonstrates and applies knowledge of skill/subject approaching mastery

S

Satisfactory

N

Needs Improvement

Demonstrates knowledge inconsistently/At Risk of NonMastery/PEP required

NM

Not Mastered

Does not demonstrate basic skill knowledge needed for success/PEP required

CM

Demonstrates basic knowledge of skill/subject

Curriculum Modified Assignments modified per IEP/working below grade level

Teacher and parent feedback will be valuable to help us as we move forward from this pilot toward a long range reporting system. With a National Curriculum coming in 2012-2013, we want to be ready and ensure our children are doing well as other children across the Nation. The expectation of the district is to ensure there will be consistency at each of the K-2 grade levels at the school level this year and even more consistency across the district next year. The bottom line: we must teach what is expected and we must be able to show our “proof” or “evidence” of what a child knows or does not know. The goal is to increase parent/teacher communication so we may work together as a team to help each and every child to be as successful as possible. At the beginning of each nine week grading period, parents will be given “I Can” statements. These statements take the curriculum expectations for the nine week marking period and put them in more “student and parent” friendly terms so parents will know at the beginning of the nine weeks what to expect. Weekly progress reports will be sent home for all K-2 students. At the end of the nine weeks, a computer generated progress report will be sent home. We found a few glitches with the first Youngsville Elementary Report Card. Our NCWISE staff members are working to correct these and new report cards will be issued for all K-2 students at YES. The schools on the traditional calendar will have the corrected version for the first report card. Parents should look at each skill and look under the “score” column to see how their child performed per skill. The “max” column on the report card will be “M” for every child because that is the maximum grade a child may receive. It is the school system’s desire to help parents understand what specific skills their children know or need to work on in the areas of math and reading. We believe this is much more meaningful than just giving a reading and math grade with no feedback on what the child knows or doesn’t know. We value your input on ways to communicate effectively on the academic expectations of your children. Working together, we can accomplish great things. Please feel free to contact your child’s school for more information. The district contact for the grading system is Linda Frederickson, Director of Elementary Education/Title I. She can be reached at (919) 496-2600 or by e-mail at lindafrederickson@fcschools.net.


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Laurel Mill Elementary Receives New North Carolina Flag

LMES Principal Genie Faulkner (left) is presented by Mr. John May (back, center) with a new North Carolina flag that was flown above the capital building in Raleigh. Accompanying Faulkner and May in the photograph above are Mrs. Jenny Wrenn, Safety Patrol Advisor along with students Noah Shearin, Jeremiah Calamaco, and Jaliyah Edgerton.


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Youngsville Elementary School Happenings

Ronald McDonald came to visit the YES Junior Jaguars to share character education and friendship with the students. He took the students on a “Friendship Journey.”

Youngsville Elementary recently held a book fair from September 20-28. This year’s theme was: “Here’s to our Heroes: Reading Saves the Day.” The school invited community helpers to celebrate the fair. The Youngsville Police Department (left) shared with the students the importance of reading. The Youngsville National Guard Armory (right) also came, along with the fire department.

EBES 5th Grade Ambassadors Present New Students with Gift Bags Edward Best Elementary’s 5th Grade Ambassadors worked hard on the September Early Release Day to fill gift bags for 35 new students. The ten ambassadors presented the new students with their gift bags just before dismissal that day.

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CTE Leaders in IMS Testing for 2009-10 School Year

Cedar Creek Middle School leads the middle schools for the highest IMS scores in 2009-2010. Pictured are CCMS business teachers Monica Pearce and John Southerland.

Bunn High School Family and Consumer Sciences teacher Jennifer Burnette (right) was the highest scoring CTE teacher for the 2009-2010 school year with a proficiency level of 90%. She is pictured with CTE Director Laureen Jones (left).

Franklinton High School leads the high schools for the highest IMS scores in 20092010. CTE teaches at FHS include: Tommy Kemp and Joe Don Robertson (Agriculture), Dottie Averette, Winifred Clayton, Evelyn Crudup, and Gloria Kearney (Business), Michael Kearney (Digital Media), Tammy Hall and Maria Styers (Family and Consumer Sciences), and Clarence Walker (Masonry).


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LES to Offer Free Tutoring to Eligible Students

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Miracle League Field Layout at LOMES

Help your children succeed in reading and mathematics! Louisburg Elementary will be offering free tutoring services to eligible students after school. In order to be eligible, students must currently be enrolled in grades K-5 at LES and receive free or reduced-price lunch. The school will host a Vendor Fair to provide information on tutoring services and to answer questions. The fair will take place on Tuesday, October 12 from 5:30 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. in the gymnasium at LES. For more information, contact principal William Harris at (919) 496-3676 or Director of Elementary Education/Title I Linda Frederickson at (919) 496-2600.

This is the site of the proposed Walking Trail at LOMES, which is part of the field’s plans.


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Royal Elementary After School Program Students Make Terrarium

Science is a cool thing for Royal Elementary students who participate in the after school program! Students in Mrs. Clark’s 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade class enjoyed making a terrarium. The terrarium included a venus fly trap and woodland ferns. Toy frogs and dinosaurs were placed around the plants.

GOOD NEWS! The FCS Master Calendar is coming to a computer near you! Thanks to excellent suggestions by FCS teachers, staff, and our district parent involvement group, the FCS Superintendent’s Office, in conjunction with the FCS Technology Department, will be developing an online master calendar that will display all activities, meetings, etc. on one calendar. This will allow parents and other users to view multiple school events at once. This particularly helps when a parent has children in multiple schools. A notice on when the calendar is available will be posted on our website at www.fcschools.net. Stay tuned!

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