Kindergarten Registration March 12-23

posted Mar 1, 2018, 12:11 PM by Miranda Ferguson   [ updated Mar 1, 2018, 12:11 PM ]

2018 Adopted Student Reassignment Plan

posted Feb 15, 2018, 10:06 AM by Miranda Ferguson   [ updated Feb 15, 2018, 10:07 AM ]

2018 Adopted Student Reassignment Plan

Pender County Schools is excited for the 2018-19 opening of Surf City Elementary School and Surf City Middle School. The new Surf City schools will assist in addressing overcrowding in the Topsail Area elementary and middle schools. We appreciate the community’s support in funding this project through the 2014 school bond.

The addition of two new schools requires the creation of student assignment areas for those schools, which, in turn, requires changes to student assignment areas for North Topsail Elementary, Topsail Elementary, South Topsail Elementary, and Topsail Middle.

This attendance area change may impact where your student is districted to attend school; however the Board of Education understands the needs of students and families and wants to allow students who wish to remain at their current school the opportunity to apply for reassignment to that school.

If you are interested in applying for reassignment, Reassignment Request forms are available at your child’s current school and at the Pender County Board of Education building, located at 925 Penderlea Hwy. Burgaw, NC 28425. Reassignment requests must be completed and received by your child’s current school no later than 4:00 p.m. Monday, March 12. All transfer requests will be reviewed in accordance with Board Policy 4150 Student Assignment.

HTHS student to participate in national conference at George Mason University

posted Feb 12, 2018, 10:04 AM by Miranda Ferguson   [ updated Feb 12, 2018, 10:19 AM ]

Lauren Rife, a student at Heide Trask Senior High School, has been selected to represent Burgaw, North Carolina as a National Youth Delegate to the 2018 Washington Youth Summit on the Environment at George Mason University.

Rife joins a select group of 300 students from across the country to participate in an intensive, week-long study of leadership in environmental science and conservation. Rife was chosen based on academic accomplishments and a demonstrated interest and excellence in leadership in the sciences and conservation studies.

George Mason University along with partners, National Geographic and the National Zoo are excited to welcome the nation's young scholars to Washington, D.C. With distinguished faculty, guest speakers, and direct access to elite D.C. practitioners, the Washington Youth Summit on the Environment offers aspiring environmentalists and student leaders an unparalleled experience. The week-long program is held at George Mason University’s state-of-the-art campus. The Summit will encourage and inspire young leaders who desire a unique experience focused on successful careers in this dynamic industry.

The Washington Youth Summit on the Environment will be held June 24 to 29, 2018.

About George Mason University

George Mason University is setting the gold standard for the modern, public university. Its dynamic culture and innovative academic programs prepare Mason’s hard-working students for 21st century careers. Its commitment to teaching excellence combines with cutting-edge research that enriches the academic experience and is changing the world. Mason is affordable, yet offers high value. Ideally located in the National Capital region, students enjoy terrific cultural experiences and access to the most sought-after internships and employers in the country.

About the 2018 Washington Youth Summit on the Environment

The Washington Youth Summit on the Environment (WYSE) is a unique student leadership conference designed to develop and encourage future leaders in the important field of environmental studies and conservation in the 21st century. The Advisory Board is chaired by Mark Bauman, Senior Vice President of the Smithsonian Institution's Enterprises Division. Additional members include world renowned scholars, distinguished scientists and award winning university faculty, such as Dr. Tom Lovejoy, noted environmentalist and former executive vice president of the World Wildlife Fund. Delegates gain an insider look at environmental science, policy and conservation issues. For more information visit us online

Bus Driver Training Course

posted Jan 29, 2018, 11:07 AM by Miranda Ferguson   [ updated Feb 26, 2018, 4:55 AM by Jeanette B Miller ]

Flu Season: A Letter from the Pender County Health Department

posted Jan 26, 2018, 7:56 AM by Miranda Ferguson   [ updated Jan 26, 2018, 8:03 AM ]

Pender County Board of Education names principal of Cape Fear Elementary School

posted Jan 26, 2018, 5:48 AM by Miranda Ferguson   [ updated Jan 26, 2018, 7:00 AM ]

Pender County Board of Education names principal of Cape Fear Elementary School 

PENDER COUNTY — The Pender County Board of Education has appointed David Kirkland Principal of Cape Fear Elementary School effective Feb. 1, 2018.

Mr. Kirkland holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, master’s degree in school administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Education Specialist degree from Gardner Webb University and is currently working on a doctorate at Gardner Webb University.

Kirkland’s experience includes serving as a teacher, instructional coach, and assistant principal. 

“I’m going to make sure we put things in place that will increase student achievement,” Kirkland said. “Cape Fear Elementary is currently a ‘B’ school and my goal is to strive for an ‘A,’ meeting the needs of all students and growing them so they are successful in the short term and the long term as they continue through their academic careers.”

Currently residing in Winston-Salem, Mr. Kirkland is looking forward to relocating to the area and learning more about the coastal region and its history.

Pender Early College students take part in Ethics Bowl

posted Jan 22, 2018, 12:03 PM by Miranda Ferguson   [ updated Jan 22, 2018, 12:04 PM ]

Pender Early College students take part in Ethics Bowl
PENDER COUNTY -- Pender Early College students traveled to UNC Chapel Hill to compete in the annual Ethics Bowl organized by Chapel Hill's Parr Center for Ethics on Jan. 20.
The goal of the Ethics Bowl is to challenge students to discuss complex moral issues while practicing ethical communication. At the competition and in their practice, students make arguments and respond to one another's stances and reasoning in the spirit of finding truths and deciding the most moral action when faced with an ethical conundrum. Preparing for this event teaches students to empathize with the views of others and to explore the grey space involved in moral issues. 
The Pender Early College Ethics Bowl team included nine students: Austin Gaskins, Kaylyn Brinson, Noah Hounshel, Kaitlyn Agostini, Isabel Naumak-Segovia, Josie Martin, Millie Verdusco, Cody Bollinger, and Rebin McDoniel. The team carefully explored ethical cases surrounding difficult topics, such as employment rights of economically vulnerable populations, academic dishonesty, and sexual harassment in the workplace.
The PECHS team won one of the three rounds they competed in, built meaningful relationships with students from around the state, networked with UNC Chapel Hill judges and competition directors, and practiced leadership and collaboration within their own school system. 
Great work, Seawolves!

Pender County Schools to host community meeting at Penderlea

posted Jan 19, 2018, 5:31 AM by Miranda Ferguson   [ updated Jan 19, 2018, 5:32 AM ]

Pender County Schools to host community meeting at Penderlea

PENDER COUNTY — Pender County Schools will host a community meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, January 30, in the auditorium at Penderlea School to discuss options for the completion of the Penderlea School project.

The historic auditorium and gymnasium of Penderlea School will remain on the site following the demolition of the classroom wings and cafeteria. During the community meeting, the Board will discuss and hear community input on the future of the media center.

“If we remove the media center and build a monument that pays homage to the historic Penderlea School, we will be able to provide better athletic facilities for the community including a full-size baseball field and football/soccer field,” said Superintendent Dr. Steven Hill. “Unfortunately we will not be able to do this if the media center remains on the site due to limited space and the cost of rebuilding portions of the building, which will be necessary following the demolition of the classroom wings. We want to make this decision with the best interest of the students and community in mind, and to do that we would like to hear what’s important to them.”

Members of both the Board of Education and Board of County Commissioners will be present at the community meeting.

Students at Burgaw Elementary School are walking, listening, and learning with The Walking Classroom

posted Jan 17, 2018, 1:19 PM by Miranda Ferguson   [ updated Jan 17, 2018, 1:21 PM ]

Students at Burgaw Elementary School are walking, listening, and learning with The Walking Classroom

Burgaw Elementary School is thrilled to announce that students in the 21st Century Community Learning Centers Afterschool Program fourth and fifth grade class are now getting fresh air and exercise while they learn. Thanks to a grant from Ms. Gillings, the class received “WalkKit” audio players for each student preloaded with over 100 podcasts on topics including science, social studies, and language arts. Comprehension quizzes, discussion questions, and other supplemental materials are provided in a Teacher’s Guide. 

The Walking Classroom is simple. Students take brisk 20-minute walks, as a class, while listening to the same custom-written, kid-friendly podcast. Each podcast begins with a brief health literacy message, and the lesson plans in the Teacher’s Guide help educators effectively discuss and review the podcast material. The program gets kids out of their seats and walking without sacrificing instructional time.

“I am excited to provide another learning method for students,” said Latisha Beatty, 21st Century Site Coordinator at Burgaw Elementary. “Students learn in various ways.  This program allows us to continue teaching the students and increase students’ physical activity level at the same time. This is a win-win situation for both the students and teachers.”

Why it works

The Walking Classroom’s “Walk, Listen, and Learn” methodology combines listening with exercise to capitalize on the strong connection between physical activity and improved brain function, resulting in improved classroom performance. And it’s fun!

Students return to the classroom in better moods, more focused, and more likely to engage in post-walk discussions. Teachers regularly report that after implementing The Walking Classroom, students retain the information better, demonstrate better behavior and engagement in the classroom, and perform better on standardized exams.

While all students benefit from the increased activity and educational content of The Walking Classroom, inactive children and children with low academic achievement stand to benefit the most. The program also provides teachers with an innovative tool to meet the needs of students with alternative learning styles such as ADHD, dyslexia, and/or autism.

 About The Walking Classroom

The Walking Classroom is a national award-winning education program that provides students and teachers with an innovative way to get exercise without sacrificing instructional time. The nonprofit program’s “Walk, Listen, and Learn” methodology capitalizes on the favorable link between exercise and cognitive function.

Topsail High Students design Skoolies

posted Dec 20, 2017, 10:14 AM by Miranda Ferguson   [ updated Dec 20, 2017, 10:30 AM ]

Topsail High Students design Skoolies

Have you ever thought about what it would take to turn a school bus into an RV fit for a family vacation?

Topsail High School students in Mr. Matthew’s Drafting I class are creating designs that can be used to do just that. 

Their converted buses, or “Skoolies,” have to meet a few requirements, including enough beds for each person in their family, a kitchen area with cooktop/oven, living area, bathroom with toilet and shower, washer and dryer, and electricity.

The real-world project allows students to see how the skills they are learning can be applied in the real world, Mr. Matthews said.

“I enjoy design and I have thought about doing it myself, but getting my wife on board with our two children is a different story,” Matthews said. “I just thought it was a cool idea. I’ve been reading articles for eight years on tiny house living… I thought we would try it and the kids have run with it. They asked more questions than any time throughout the whole semester.”

Students also had the opportunity to speak and ask questions to Brock Butterfield via Google Hangout. Butterfield has experience building Skoolies and operates a blog about the topic.

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