The Alexander County Elementary Battle of the Books was held Wednesday, March 15, 2017 with all seven elementary schools participating. Bethlehem Elementary School took top honors scoring over 100 points. The competition consisted of 7 rounds of 12 questions each round. The content-based questions were from a selection of books the students read for the competition. The purpose of the Battle of the Books program is to encourage reading by all students at the elementary and middle school levels. Students, regardless of ability, are exposed to quality literature representing a variety of literary styles and viewpoints by prominent authors in the area of young adult literature. The game format creates interest and excitement in reading. Through the fun and excitement of the competition, students improve reading skills, mature in their choices of reading materials, and acquire a broader knowledge base. Bethlehem Elementary students will compete in the regional elementary competition on April 27 at 9:30 a.m. in Hickory at St. Aloysius Catholic Church.
Watch the Alexander County Board of Education Meeting live at 12:30 p.m. http://youtu.be/qjGSUIXqjnk A Special Called Meeting of the Alexander County Board of Education will be held on Wednesday, February 22, 2017, beginning at 12:30 p.m. in the Board of Education Conference Room, 700 Liledoun Road, Taylorsville, NC. The sole purpose of the meeting is distribution of the NCDPI Facility Survey & Recommendations Report. No action will be taken at this meeting.
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Tori Andras of Wittenburg Elementary School emerged as the 2017 Alexander County Spelling Bee Winner. Rachel Bishop of West Alexander Middle School placed second in the county-wide event. Click here to read more.
Follow this link to learn more about the annual Care 4 Kids Day.
Congratulations to Jacob Palmer, 1st Place Winner, and Bryan Alba, 2nd Place Winner, of the Alexander County Middle School Geography Bee. Congratulations to all of the students who advanced to compete in the county event!
Mrs. Kaylin Safriet was named the 2016 Exceptional Children Educator of Excellence for Alexander County Schools. Mrs. Safriet is a Speech Language Pathologist based at Taylorsville Elementary School.
Three Alexander County students were recognized for their artwork submissions in the Holiday Card Contest. Laney Greene, Bethlehem Elementary School, Ian Julsrud, Stony Point Elementary School, and Emma Maltba, West Alexander Middle School. These three entries were selected from of 160 submissions to the contest. Their artwork is displayed on the front of the school system holiday cards. Each student received a framed copy the Christmas card with their artwork, a $25 gift card, and 30 of the cards to share with family and friends. Laney Green is in the 2nd grade and is the daughter of Ken and Jackie Green. Ian Julsrud is a 5th grade student and is the son of Joe and Cristi Julsrud. Emma Maltba is an 8th grade student and the daughter of Philip and Dori Maltba.
Watch the Alexander County Board of Education Meeting live at 6:00 p.m.
Three recently elected school board members were sworn in during the Alexander County Commissioners’ Meeting on Monday, December 5, 2016, by the Honorable Dale Graham. Scott Bowman of district 1, Caryn Brzykcy of district 3, and Brigette Rhyne of district 4 were all re-elected to their positions as school board members. The chairman and vice chairman positions were also elected at a meeting held after the swearing-in ceremony on December 5. Caryn Brzykcy is returning as the school board chairman and Scott Bowman is returning as the vice-chairman.
As a part of Alexander Central's E3 - Enrollment initiative the Counseling Center worked with four college and universities in our 2nd Annual Instant Acceptance Days! We are excited to share this year's success! October 18th: Lenoir-Rhyne University was on the campus of Alexander Central to Instantly Accept Seniors who had applied and met all of the event deadlines. We are happy to announce that 35 seniors were accepted to LRU! Scholarship monies offered that day total $1,720,000 over four years! Go Bears! October 25th: Western Carolina University was on the campus of Alexander Central to Instantly Accept Seniors who had applied and met all of the event deadlines. We are happy to announce that 30 seniors were accepted to WCU! Scholarship monies are not offered at the time due to WCU being a UNC state system university. Go Catamounts! November 2nd: Wingate University was on the campus of Alexander Central to Instantly Accept Seniors who had applied and met all of the event deadlines. We are happy to announce that 11 seniors were accepted to Wingate! Scholarship monies offered that day total $884,000 over four years! Go Bulldogs! November 22nd: Campbell University was on the campus of Alexander Central to Instantly Accept Seniors who had applied and met all of the event deadlines. We are happy to announce that 15 seniors were accepted to Campbell! Scholarship monies offered that day total $680,000 over four years! Go Camels! This is a grand total of 91 seniors accepted to college through these events with a grade total of $3,284,000.00 scholarship monies awarded. We are very proud of the Class of 2017! Please enjoy the photos that are attached! (note not all students were present for the pictures)
The 2015-2016 North Carolina School Report Cards, district and school snapshots along with additional data can be found under Quick Links on the left side of our homepage or by clicking the headline. Paper copies of each of the school's snapshots will be sent home with each student before November 23. The District Snapshot and each of the school's snapshots are also available at the Alexander County Board of Education. Email or call Teresa Smeeks, Director of Accountability with any questions at (828) 632-7001 or email@example.com
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The 28th Annual Taylorsville Apple Festival will be held on October 15, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Rain or Shine! With over 400 booths hosting a variety of food, craft, novelty vendors and exhibits there is sure to be something for everyone to enjoy. The Taylorsville Apple Festival is a charity (501c3) and all proceeds above operating costs go to The Needy Children's Benevolence Fund at our 12 Alexander County Schools. The Taylorsville Apple Festival is the largest event in Alexander County for the year hosting more than 30,000 people at the one-day event. The festival boasts three entertainment stages: The Main Stage on the courthouse lawn, the Gospel Stage at the west end of the festival, and the Children’s Stage on the east end of the festival. The Kid’s Korner is the biggest draw for our younger attendees. Food vendors surround the courthouse emitting some of the most wonderful smells and best tasting food you’ll find in the Carolinas. One can find, chopped barbeque, eggrolls, hamburgers and hotdogs, barbeque chicken, Italian sausages, and the list goes on. The first student to spot the principal of his/her school will be treated to a special lunch! Hope to see you at the 2016 Festival!
Alexander County Schools received the American Heart Association’s Silver Level District Circle of Excellence Award. The award recognizes school systems that partner with the American Heart Association to help educate students about heart-healthy living while raising funds through Jump Rope/Hoops for Heart. Alexader County Schools is the only district in North Carolina to be recognized for this outstanding achievement. Alexander County Schools students and staff raised $30,264 to support lifesaving research and educational programs with the American Heart Association.
School Board Members recognized three Alexander County School Nutrition Professionals who participated in the North Carolina K-12 Culinary Institute recently. Alexander Central High School Assistant Manager Natasha Snyder, Taylorsville Elementary School Manager Leslie George, and East Alexander Middle School Manager Tina Pope participated in the institute.
School Board Members recognized Hiddenite Elementary School Nutrition Manager Karen Brittain for attaining and maintaining exemplary scores for sanitation. Click here to read more in School Matters.
Alexander County Schools Board of Education Meeting Streaming Live http://youtu.be/PToQIO61tZU
A reception was held on Friday, September 30, at the Applied Technologies Building at CVCC in Alexander County. The purpose of the event was to recognize the county as a NCWorks Certified Ready Community. The NCWorks Certified Work Ready Community (CWRC) initiative provides counties with a framework to validate that they have a skilled workforce ready to fill current and future jobs. Strategic partners in the CWRC initiative include, the North Carolina Community Colleges System, the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, the North Carolina Department of Commerce, the North Carolina Chamber, and numerous economic/workforce development entities throughout the state. Success of the CWRC initiative will be achieved when established goals of individuals earning a National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) are met; along with business recognition and recommendation of qualified NCRC applicants in their hiring process. We are proud that our school system partners with the community college and local businesses to ensure our students are Work Ready upon graduation.
West Alexander Middle School Teacher Ann Bebber is the Alexander County 2015-2016 Outstanding Secondary Mathematics Teacher. Pictured: Teacher Ann Bebber and School Board Vice-Chairman Scott Bowman.
East Alexander Middle School Communities In Schools (CIS) Site Coordinator Brittany Loudermilt Myers is Communities in Schools Site Coordinator of the Year for North Carolina. Pictured: CIS Coordinator Brittany Loudermilt Myers and School Board Member Brigette Rhyne.
Thank you to the Taylorsville Times Newspaper and WACB 860 AM Radio Station for partnering with us to increase awareness.
Welcome new staff members to ACS! Lindsay Atwater, Chelsea Campbell, Anna Cooper, Samantha Feimster, Cameron Gant, Scott Garlow, Carrie Head, Jennifer Joines, Jaimi Jones, Brandy Jordon, Tashia Little, Joshua Millsaps, Sharon Poindexter, Brian Smith, Kristy Starnes, Tasha Sweet, Jimmy Bowman, not pictured Tiffany Moore.
Alexander County Schools Board of Education Meeting Streaming Live http://youtu.be/sTgTzAGzMA0
Summer Tech PD will be held on Thursday, August 4th, from approximately 8 to 12. Bring a device! Yoga in the auditorium with Christine Deal for anyone needing a little stress relief - bring a yoga mat if you have one. Sign up with the link (photo).
Congratulations to Aniston Chapman! She was recognized by BOE members and administration for placing 6th nationally in the Elks Hoop Shoot in Chicago. Click photo to read more...
ACHS Students recognized for placing in the top spots in the state SkillsUSA competition. Read story and more in School Matters.
Alexander Central High School Student Council members attended the 90th Annual North Carolina Association of Student Councils (NCASC) State Convention held in Fayetteville, North Carolina in March. A student delegation of Emily Bradbury, Lauren Lackey, Mattie Brown, and Stewart Brown represented ACHS. The students had an opportunity to tour the Airborne and Special Operations Museum, participate in a Stop Hunger Now activity, take dance lessons and hear from guest speakers including KJ Scrivens (Grammy-winning Songwriter), Richard Petty (NASCAR Fame), and Dexter Williams (Harlem Globetrotter legend and Wounded Warrior). The delegation also attended a Knight of the Round Table banquet where State Superintendent Dr. June Atkinson presented awards and recognitions. ACHS was recognized for their contribution to the Victory Junction Camp state project. The school board recognized Mattie Brown, Spencer Zachary, and Kim Henning who were all inducted into the NCASC Hall of Fame for their contributions to ACHS Student Council. The school board recognized Student Council Advisor Mrs. Kimberly Brown who received the Gold Lifetime Achievement Award for 25+ years of service to the National Association of Student Councils. The school board recognized Lauren Lackey who was elected as President Elect and will serve a two-year term on the NCASC state board. She will be the President-Elect during the 2016- 2017 school year and the state President during the 2017 - 2018 school year. Alexander Central will serve as the host school for the 2018 state convention. As State President, Alexander Central will represent North Carolina across the state and at the Southern Association of Student Councils and the National Association of Student Council Conferences during their terms in office.
Alexander Central High School Junior Shelby Corriher was selected to attend the 2016 Session of NC Governor’s School West in the area of Natural Science. She will be on the campus of Salem College. The Governor's School of North Carolina is a five and one-half week summer residential program for intellectually gifted high school students, integrating academic disciplines, the arts, and unique courses on each of two campuses. The curriculum focuses on the exploration of the most recent ideas and concepts in each discipline, and does not involve credit, tests, or grades. Shelby is the daughter of Robert and Kim Corriher and the granddaughter of Terry and Revonda Bowman. She is excited about her five and a half week adventure at Governor’s School and believes it will bridge the gap between the familiar challenges at ACHS and the new challenges of college. She plans to pursue a career in Speech Pathology.
Alexander Central High School Beta Club District and State Convention Awards - The Alexander Central High School Beta Club recently attended the district convention in Wilkesboro and State Beta Club convention in Greensboro. Forty-three members attended the state convention in February. The club received a Growth Award at the state convention for increasing attendance at the convention by 10%. Individual finalist at the district level: • Emily Mawyer - 1st Place, Division I Mathematics • Ben Teague - 2nd Place - Division II Mathematics • Seth Bowman - 1st Place - Division II Agriculture • Lauren Wasmund - 1st Place - Special Talent • Kylie Brown - 2nd Place - Division I English • Ashlee Falls - 3rd Place - Division I Science • Emily Bradbury - 3rd Place - Division I Spelling Individual winners at the state level: • Lauren Wasmund - One of Eight Finalists in Special Talent, singing a song that she wrote and playing the ukulele. • Emily Mawyer - 1st Place - Division I Mathematics • Ben Teague - 1st Place - Division II Mathematics • Seth Bowman - 3rd Place - Division II Agriculture Co-Sponsors of the Beta Club are Stefanie Smith and Kerri Wimberly. Pictured top left is Lauren Wasmund District and State winner; top right District finalist Ashlee Falls, Lauren Wasmund, and Emily Bradbury; and bottom photo ACHS Beta Club Representatives honored for Club Growth Award.
Mikayah Parsons from East Alexander Middle School emerged as the 2016 Alexander County Spelling Bee Winner. Michael Brown from Ellendale Elementary School placed second in the competition. The winning words were chronology and gregarious. Miss Parsons spelled both words with confidence. She will advance to the regional competition in Winston-Salem on March 20, 2016.
The Alexander County Middle School Geography Bee was held Wednesday, February 10, 2016 at the Alexander County Board of Education office. Zachary Ware, West Alexander Middle School student, was the winner of the county competition. Eric Salomon, West Alexander Middle School student, was the second place winner. The format of the competition included the use of activotes, handheld remotes which allowed the student to select their answers on an ActivBoard, which displayed the questions. Moderator for the event, Superintendent Dr. Jennifer Hefner read the questions aloud. A total of twelve students from the middle schools competed at the school level to participate in the county competition. Each school conducted competitions to determine who would advance to the county competition. Amber Treadway was East Alexander Middle School’s competition coordinator, while Arnold Cogswell and Adam Walker represented West Alexander Middle School. The teachers were responsible for coordinating the school competitions and assisting students participating in the county competition. The competition consisted of oral and written rounds including mixed category questions ranging from physical geography to cultural and political geography.
The Alexander Central High School Drama Club invites the public to “The Last Word” on Friday, January 29 and Saturday, January 30 at 7:00 p.m. in the ACHS Auditorium. Admission is only $5 per person. The play is written by Christina Castling and directed by Amos McCandless. About “The Last Word” In the land of Dowser, words have mysteriously started to disappear. As police, parents, and grannies all struggle to make themselves understood, Jake and Sadia embark on an adventure to end the silence, and along the way, make a shocking discovery. Winner of Trinity College London’s International Playwriting Competition in 2012, “The Last Word” explores the importance and power of language and urges us to consider what we might be able to achieve with our words. Holding letters picture: Students from left to right: Gabby Church, Bre Resecker, Alicia Hartley, Alex Curry, Allie Little. Cast picture: Front Row: Rebecca Richards, Aubrey Goldsmith , Aaron Fox, Alex Curry Back Row: Allie Little, Gabby Church, Sydney Garnto, Bre Resecker, Ron Coley, Dean Liechty, Jasmine Wiley, Alicia Hartley
Taylorsville Elementary staff and community members joined together to pack food boxes for 225 families. The effort is to provide food for students and their families over the Christmas break. With the help of generous community, business, and church donors, the school was given enough funds to meet their goal of nearly $4,000! The staff realizes the holiday can cause a financial strain on many families and hopes these meals will lessen the stress. The families who do not have a financial need for the meal are encouraged to work together as a family to pay it forward and give the meal to another needy family. The staff hopes this will provide an opportunity for parents to teach their children the importance of community and helping others in times of need. The meal boxes include all of the items needed for a traditional holiday meal.
Two Alexander County students were recognized for their artwork submissions in the Christmas Card Contest. Ruth Cruz, 6th grade student from East Alexander Middle School and Ashton Curtis, 2nd grade student from Stony Point Elementary School submitted the winning entries. Their artwork is displayed on the front of the school system holiday cards. Each student received a framed copy of her artwork, a $25 gift card, and 30 of the cards to share with family and friends.
Spencer Zachary, Alexander Central High School senior, won first place in the North Carolina School Boards Association video competition. The competition was titled, "What's Super About Public Schools?" Zachary received a trophy and $3,000 for the school.
Ashley Byrd, Alexander Central High School (ACHS) Junior, was recognized by the Board of Education members and administration for representing ACHS as a delegate at the 2015 Congress of Future Scientists and Technologists in Boston, MA from June 29 to July 1, 2015. Read all the news from the Alexander County Board of Education Meeting.
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"In appreciation for all you do every day to keep our buildings and grounds clean, I wanted to say thank you and to let you know how much I appreciate you and the job you do for our students and staff. A clean building speaks volumes to the general public and visitors about what goes on inside of that building. Thank you for playing such an important role in our system and for the many ways you promote our educational programs!" - Dr. Jennifer Hefner
Teacher Assistant positions approved for 2015-2016 school year; Driver Education program reinstated for 2015-2016; Test scores released - Expected growth met at 8 schools.
Front row seated: Anna Shook - West Alexander Middle School, Tiffany Towslee - Alexander Central High School, Katie Steele - Wittenburg Elementary School, Emily Durmire - Taylorsville Elementary School, Nichole Lentz - East & West Alexander Middle Schools Counselor, Amos "Pete" Hardee II - Alexander Central High School. Standing: Nancy Greiner Savage - Alexander Central High School, Katie McLelland - Hiddenite Elementary School, Cynthia Brinn - Ellendale Elementary School, Cassandra Lackey - Alexander Central High School, Klara Higgins - Alexander Central High School, Jacob Lail - Alexander Central High School, Jared Kaylor - Alexander Central High School, Anthony Benson - East Alexander Middle School, Donald Robinette - East Alexander Middle School, Patrick Smith - East Alexander Middle School, Ryan Rowe - West Alexander Middle School, and Krystal Mace – East Alexander Middle School.
Dr. Bill Griffin was named Executive Director of Auxiliary Services for Alexander County School System beginning July 2015. Dr. Griffin will be responsible for Human Resources, the Alternative Learning Program (ALP), Digital Learning, School Safety, and Driver Education. Read more...
In the 2014-15 academic year alone, five North Carolina students were injured by motorists passing stopped school buses. The N.C. State Board of Education has revised its bus safety policy to require a standard hand signal bus drivers will use to tell students when a street is safe to cross. For more information, click here or visitwww.ncbussafety.org/safetylessons.
Pictured front row seated left to right: Rebecca Hoover, Vicky Ramsey, Barbara (Babs) Odom, Gladys Wiles, Miriam Purser, Fonda Adams, and Judy Drum. Standing back row left to right: Mark Harbinson, William Mitchell, Dale Wallace, Dr. Jeff Peal, Tammy Potts, Jean Loudermilk, Deloris Austin, and Paula Vagnoni. Congratulations to each of them!
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Hefner Among NC Superintendents Unveiling Education Reform Guide
Three talented Alexander County students were recognized for their artwork selected to represent the school system for the district holiday card. One design was selected at each of the elementary, middle, and high school levels. Dalton Adams, a 5th grade student at Hiddenite Elementary School, was the elementary winner. He is the son of Dean and April Adams. Aiden Hager, a 7th grade student at East Alexander Middle School, was the middle school winner. He is the son of Michael and Naomi Hager of Taylorsville. Crystal Ervin, a 12th grade student at Alexander Central High School, was the high school winner. She is the daughter of Shannon Carpenter and John Ervin.
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The Award of Honor ceremony and reception for Ms. Jean Reid was held on Sunday, September 14, 2014 in the Alexander Central Auditorium. Friends, family, former co-workers and students, and community members attended the ceremony and reception.The Award of Honor is the highest honor the Alexander County Board of Education can bestow on an individual. The award recognizes individuals who have made exceptional contributions to Alexander County’s schools in the areas of academics, athletics, administration, student achievement or community service. Nominees are assessed on their positive effect on the quality of education in Alexander County as recognized by fellow students, teachers, administrators, and the community in general. Read more...
Two Alexander County teachers, Daniel Fincannon of Alexander Central High School and Takiyah McCathern of Ellendale Elementary School were selected to participate in the Governor’s Teacher Network. North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory, along with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, established the Governor's Teacher Network (GTN) to provide a platform for good teachers to share their most innovative and creative practices. The program provides teachers in the state with resources and practical experience from their peers on best instructional practices and professional development. Four hundred and fifty teachers from across North Carolina were selected to serve for one year as instructional and professional development experts and facilitators. Teachers continue in their classrooms, but are compensated for the additional work developing professional development sessions and/or curriculum materials. The resources produced are housed in Home Base, a statewide instructional improvement and student information system. Teachers were selected through an application process and specialized training over the summer. Each teacher serves for one year.
Ethan Dancy, 2014 Alexander Central High School Graduate, was recognized by the board members for his second place win at the SkillsUSA National Competition in Residential Systems and Maintenance contest. The SkillsUSA National Leadership Conference/Competition was held in Kentucky June 22 – June 26. More than 6,000 students attended and participated in the conference. Ethan currently attends Mitchell Community College pursuing an associate’s degree. He is the son of Glenn and Kellie Dancy of Hiddenite.
Approximately 800 school system faculty, staff, and administrators gathered at Alexander Central Auditorium for the 2014-2015 Opening Session for Alexander County Schools on August 18.
The August 2014 Edition of Alexander County Now Features New Superintendent Dr. Hefner. Learn more about Dr. Hefner, her career path, and her vision for Alexander County Schools.
Alexander County Board of Education announced Dr. Jennifer Hefner as Superintendent of Alexander County Schools effective August 1, 2014. Dr. Hefner served as Acting Superintendent and then as Interim Superintendent from May until July 31, 2014. Dr. Hefner has been an associate superintendent since July 2012. She served as interim assistant superintendent from March 2012 until July 2012.
Dr. Lisa Harrington was named assistant principal at Bethlehem and Hiddenite Elementary Schools for the 2014-2015 school year. She most recently served as assistant principal at West Wilkes High School.
Jason Evans was named assistant principal at West Alexander Middle School for the 2014-2015 school year. Click here to read the full story.
ACHS Athletic Department Policies and Procedures Supported by Administration and Board of Education Members.
West Alexander Middle School Student is State Art Winner/Skills USA Winners Recognized/Two ACS Principals Complete Distinguished Leadership Program/Six Schools Recognized for PBIS