Edenton-Chowan Schools' Superintendent Selected as 2016 NCSSA Brad Sneeden Leadership Award Winner
The North Carolina School Superintendents' Association (NCSSA) has announced the selection of Dr. Rob Jackson, Superintendent of the Edenton-Chowan Schools System, as the recipient of the inaugural Dr. Brad Sneeden Leadership Award. The award is presented in honor and recognition of a superintendent who has demonstrated a strong commitment to life-long learning, unwavering integrity in leadership and transformation of vision into action.

This annual award is presented to a graduate of the North Carolina School Superintendents' Association's Next Generation Superintendent Development Program (NGSDP), a program which is designed to empower transformational education leaders for North Carolina’s public schools.Dr. Jackson was selected by fellow superintendents and thought partners in the NGSDP.

"I am deeply-honored to be selected by my colleagues for this award. They are committed to making a difference for every child who enters a public school," said Dr. Jackson. "As a principal, I had the privilege of working with Dr. Sneeden when he served as the Director of the Principals' Executive Program. His commitment to public education, to service, to hard work, and to continuous improvement was inspiring to all who had the opportunity to learn with and from him. I am extremely grateful to have the opportunity to serve as a public educator in our great state and very much appreciate the professional development opportunities provided by the North Carolina School Superintendents' Association."

The award is named in honor of Dr. Brad Sneeden who was serving as Carteret County Schools' Superintendent at the time of his death in October, 2008 at the age of 56. Among the innovative efforts he brought to this district was the establishment of the Marine Science Academy, later renamed as a memorial to him, which exposes students to hands-on marine science activities.

In selecting the award winner, superintendents were asked to consider the following criteria:

  • Demonstrates vision and the ability to translate vision into specific goals. The recipient should be a person whose leadership has resulted in his or her district developing and/or implementing innovative programs and projects to benefit students. 
  • Demonstrates a strong commitment to life-long learning, focusing on the continuous improvement of his or her leadership skills 
  • Demonstrate evidence of setting and achieving high standards of ethical conduct within his or her organization. 

Commenting on Dr. Jackson's honor, NCSSA Executive Director Jack Hoke said, "Dr. Jackson exemplifies the traits that guided Dr. Brad Sneeden's career in educational leadership. Dr. Jackson has demonstrated a vision for the Edenton-Chowan Schools, a strong commitment to continuous improvement and the highest standards of ethical conduct. He is a very deserving recipient of this award."

During his tenure as the Superintendent of the Edenton - Chowan Schools system, students have achieved the highest cohort graduation rate in school system historyandmade significant improvements in state assessment results throughout the school system. The system has opened three new Career Academies (Health Sciences, Public Safety, and STEM); launched an off-site Alternative Learning Program, added and restored extracurricular activities like Quiz Bowl, Show Choir, and National History Day competitions, and successfully implemented a 1-to-1 digital learning device program that provides all students in grades 6 - 12 an iPad to use at home and school.

Edenton-Chowan Schools Board of Education Chairman John Guard shared, "Though Dr. Jackson refuses to take any credit and insists that our students, teachers, and administrators deserve all of the praise, his consistent message of "I believe in you" permeates throughout our school system. Our students and staff know that he believes in them and they are achieving remarkable results."

Dr. Jackson has been honored during his career as the Wells Fargo North Carolina State Principal of the Year, the NCPAPA North Carolina High School Principal of the Year, the Southwest Regional Principal of the Year, the Union County Public Schools Principal of the Year, the Principals Executive Program Jack McCall Award Winner, the Joseph B. Whitehead Educator of Distinction Award, the Glen Arden Elementary School Sallie Mae First Year Teacher of the Year, the Western Carolina University College of Education Outstanding Senior, a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Western Carolina University, and as a North Carolina Principal Fellow.

Dr. Jackson was presented a check in the amount of $1000.00 for personal professional development.

John A. Holmes Senior Graduates With Associates Degree from College of the Albemarle

John A. Holmes High School Senior Daniel Midgette graduated with his Associates Degree from the College of the Albemarle on May 11, 2016. Midgette is the first student from John A. Holmes High School to earn a two-year college degree before graduating from high school. During the Commencement Ceremony, COA President Dr. Deitemeyer shared he was the first student to do this from a traditional high school in COA's history. Midgette is the son of Jenny Altman and Chris Midgette.

Edenton-Chowan Schools is Recognized for Participation in Teacher Working Conditions Survey

Edenton-Chowan Schools has been recognized by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) for being the first school system in the state to reach 100 percent participation on the North Carolina Teacher Working Conditions Survey. The school system received a check in the amount of $1,000 that will be equally divided among the four schools. 

“I am most appreciative of each of our teachers for taking the time to provide our district with the information we need to serve and support our teachers in the crucial work they do every day. As this award was received because of the teachers, I believe that it should be returned to the teachers in the following manner: the award will be equally split between the schools to be used to recognize our staff members in a manner determined by the School Improvement Team,” said Superintendent Dr. Rob Jackson. 

Four other public schools were also recognized NCDPI for 100 percent participation to include Creswell High School (Washington County), Allenbrook Elementary School (Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools), East Rutherford Middle School (Rutherford County ), and Plain View Primary (Bladen County). The monetary awards were sponsored by BB&T. 

From March 1 through April 1, school-based licensed educators in all 115 North Carolina school districts and 148 charter schools had an opportunity to share their views regarding their working conditions on the 7th biennial NC TWCS. 

The NC TWCS is designed to gather a variety of information from teachers, counselors, principals and other administrators about topics such as the adequacy of school facilities and resources, time, empowerment, school leadership, community support, student conduct, professional development, mentoring and induction services, and student learning. The web-based survey is voluntary, anonymous and confidential. 

"Results from previous years’ surveys have provided education policymakers and school leaders a robust roadmap to guide positive change and strengthen professional development, school improvement plans and teacher and administrator evaluations," said State Superintendent June Atkinson. 

Each North Carolina school with a survey response rate of 40 percent or greater will receive a results report and these data become a part of the school's ongoing improvement planning process. These results are one component of the on-going process for collaborative school and district improvement plans and also are used in North Carolina's educator and administrator evaluation processes. In 2002, North Carolina was the first state in the nation to ask educators what they thought about their working conditions and what tools and support they need to do their job well. In 2016, the state is still leading the nation with this survey and results have been used to shape educational policy in North Carolina for more than a decade. 

The New Teacher Center (NTC), a national nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting the development of a high-quality teaching force, administers the NC TWCS. The NTC has conducted similar surveys in other states. Since 2009, the NTC has heard from more than 1 million educators in 26,000 schools in 18 states and select school districts.
Effective Teacher Training is a 30-hour course designed to prepare students to work as substitute teachers or teacher assistants in the public school system. Topics include: reading lesson plans, classroom management, teacher-student and teacher-parent relations, and more. Those that successfully complete the course will earn a certificate of completion. $135 fee includes manual.

Classes are Monday, August 8 – Friday, August 12 Edenton-Chowan Campus • Room 418 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Register at www.albemarle.edu/wdce/register You may also call Kristy LaLonde at 482-7900 ext. 6012 or stop by our campus. Registration closes 2 days before the start of the class.

Edenton-Chowan Schools 
Summer Food Service Program

The Edenton-Chowan Schools will be offering the Summer Food Service Program at White Oak Elementary School beginning June 14th, 2016 - June 30th, 2016 (Monday-Friday). Any child 18 years old or younger can come between 11:45-12:00 to receive a free lunch. If you have any questions, please contact Karen Tynch at 482-4436.  USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

Student Selected to Attend Governor's School

We are pleased to announce that Emma K., a Junior at John A. Holmes High School has been selected to attend The Governor’s School of North Carolina 2016. She will be attending Governor’s School East at Meredith College to study Natural Science.  

The Governor’s School of North Carolina is the oldest statewide summer residential program for academically or intellectually gifted high school students in the nation. The academic program is open to rising seniors located on two campuses, Governor’s School West at Salem College in Winston Salem and Governor’s School East at Meredith College in Raleigh.

The Governor’s School of North Carolina is funded annually by the General Assembly of North Carolina and is administered by the Public Schools of North Carolina, State Board of Education, Department of Public Instruction through the Exceptional Children’s Division.

John A. Holmes High School Students Win in National History Day Competition 

Students from John A. Holmes High School recently participated at the regional level in National History Day (NHD) Competition. Sixteen student teams and 33 individuals were chosen to advance to compete at the state level of the National History Day Competition.

“I am so proud of our students and their work,” commented Chris Davis, Teacher and History Club Sponsor. “This is a huge accomplishment after having nine students advance last year in our first year in the competition and to triple that this year in our second time competing is outstanding!”

The NHD Contest is centered around wanting students to ask provocative questions, conduct research, and analyze information to draw conclusions through inquiry based projects. Each year there is a broad theme, such as this year's theme of "Exploration, Encounter, and Exchange" and students create a paper, website, documentary, performance or exhibit and showcase their work to a panel of judges. They are required to write a process paper (unless their project was already a paper) and explain why they chose the topic they chose and the process they used in their research. They also have to submit an annotated bibliography critiquing the primary and secondary sources they used and evaluating the reliability of those sources.