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Pender County Schools Announces New High School Principals

posted Jul 10, 2018, 7:09 AM by Alicia Taylor

Pender High School will be welcoming a teammate from Burgaw Middle School.  Ms. Caroline Godwin will transfer to PHS, offering more than 16 years of experience to the Patriots.  Ms. Godwin spent 13 years as a North Carolina Educator and has served as an administrator for more than three years here in Pender County Schools.  Ms. Godwin achieved her Masters in School Administration Degree from the University of North Carolina Pembroke. Her experience and determination will fit well with the staff requests of PHS – adding value to the established education foundation.

Topsail High School will also be welcoming a returning teammate from Pender High School.  Mr. Chris Madden will serve as Principal of THS, offering his acquired principal expertise since leaving as Assistant Principal several years ago.  Mr. Madden has approximately 15 years of education experience, much of which has been with Pender County Schools. Mr. Madden is currently working towards a Doctorate in Education at the University of North Carolina Wilmington.  Mr. Madden is looking forward to a productive THS staff reunion that will lead to great academic gains for the school.

We are excited to announce that Mr. Michael Taylor will be assuming the role as Principal at Heide Trask High School. Mr. Taylor is currently an Executive Director with Johnston County Schools. He has worked in education since 1995, serving as a Traffic/Security Operative, Teacher, Assistant Principal, Principal, Director and Executive Director. Prior to his career in education, Mr. Taylor was a U.S. Marine for six years.  He achieved his Education Specialist Degree from North Carolina State University. With his diverse experience and sincere character, we believe he will be the right fit for the staff leadership requests at HTHS.

School Board Seeks Public Input on Superintendent Search

posted Apr 26, 2017, 6:44 AM by Craig Lawson   [ updated Jun 5, 2017, 10:51 AM ]

Updated 6/5/2017

The Pender County Board of Education sought direct input from interested members of the community to help shape the search process and assist in defining the qualities and characteristics of the next superintendent of Pender County Schools (PCS).

The board invited parents and community members to participate in a short community survey that was accessible online from April 26, 2017 until May 31, 2017.

Results of this survey are to be compiled and presented by the North Carolina School Boards Association (NCSBA) at the regular board meeting on June 13, 2017.

In addition, all employees of PCS will have an opportunity to complete a separate staff survey. Access to and details about completing the employee version of the search survey will be communicated via school system email or may be obtained from the central office.

Citizens may also sign up to address the board during the public comment period upcoming regular board meetings. Speakers must otherwise comply with board policy on public comment.

In addition to input received from the surveys and public comment, written statements from any local groups or organizations may be submitted to Allison Schafer via mail at NCSBA, P.O. Box 97877, Raleigh, NC 27624, via email at aschafer@ncsba.org, or via fax at 919-841-4020. These statements should be received no later than June 5, 2017

Important Parent Survey

posted Mar 3, 2017, 12:10 PM by Craig Lawson

In an effort to improve system practices, Pender County Schools is conducting a Parent Survey. In order to complete the survey, please go to: http://www.advanc-ed.org/survey/public/0426820.

 We value your opinion and ask that you take the time to complete this survey. Please be assured that your responses to this survey will be anonymous. Your honest opinion is appreciated.

Thank you for your time and attention to this matter.

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PHS Welcomes Two New Assistant Principals

posted Feb 17, 2017, 10:37 AM by Alicia Taylor   [ updated Feb 17, 2017, 10:51 AM ]




Ms. Mack
Assistant Principal, Ms. Shanika Mack

Ms. Mack's hometown is Goldsboro, NC. She received all three of her higher education degrees from NC State University including a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education: English and History and, two Master's Degrees as well (Curriculum and Instruction and School Administration). In addition, She is a graduate of North Carolina State University's prestigious Principal Fellows Scholarship Program.  She has been working in the field of education for 10 years as a teacher and a coach in Wayne, Durham and Orange counties.

Mr. Buchanan
Assistant Principal, Mr. Stephen Buchanan

Stephen Buchanan is one of the new assistant principals at Pender High School.  Mr. Buchanan earned his Bachelor and Masters Degrees from UNCW.  He has taught for 10 years and has been an administrator in Pender County for the past 10 years.

PHS Welcomes New Staff Members

posted Dec 7, 2016, 10:17 AM by Alicia Taylor   [ updated Dec 9, 2016, 6:24 AM ]

Ms. Fuller
Fallon Fuller is the new assistant principal at Pender High School. Originally from Pembroke, NC, she received her Bachelor Degree from Methodist University and two Master Degrees from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke.  She has taught Health and Physical Education, coached at the elementary and middle school levels, and taught math and coached at the high school level.  
Ms. Ford
Jamie Ford is the new school counselor at Pender High. Originally from Johnstown, Pennsylvania which is about 60 miles east of Pittsburgh, she attended Messiah College for undergraduate school and Indiana University of Pennsylvania for graduate school. She enjoys music, all Pittsburgh sports, and running.

Pender High is happy to welcome both Ms. Fuller and Ms. Ford to the Pender High Patriot family .  

NCAE donates to Hurricane Matthew victims

posted Nov 7, 2016, 7:11 AM by Alicia Taylor   [ updated Nov 10, 2016, 10:09 AM by Craig Lawson ]

Pender High graduate and Wake county commissioner and NCAE attorney Jessica Holmes returned to PHS with school supplies and a monetary donation for victims of the flood.  This was provided by the NCAE (North Carolina Association of Educators) and she was accompanied by the president of the NCAE Mark Jewell.  Pender County Schools board member Rochelle Whiteside, who taught Jessica at PHS, was also on hand.

NCAE Donations


PCS: We Are One Donation Drive

posted Oct 19, 2016, 6:26 AM by Craig Lawson   [ updated Oct 19, 2016, 6:33 AM ]

Donation Drive

Helping those affected by Hurricane Matthew in Pender County

Pender County Schools, in partnership with Food Lion, Piggly Wiggly, and Wilmington Box Company will be collecting items to distribute to students and their families affected by flooding in Pender County through 10/21/2016. Donations can include canned food, school supplies, paper products, and hygiene products, such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, and soap. Donations can be dropped off at any of our schools up through this Friday. Thank you for helping us support our families during this time of need.

Two Hour Early Release on Friday, October 7

posted Oct 5, 2016, 3:57 PM by Craig Lawson   [ updated Oct 5, 2016, 3:59 PM ]

Pender County Schools

Due to the forecasted impact of Hurricane Matthew, Pender County Schools will release students two hours early on Friday, October 7. All afterschool programs on Friday as well as scheduled weekend activities have been cancelled.

Pender County Schools is continuing to work with Emergency Management to monitor the track of this storm. Parents, staff and community members will be notified should further cancellations or delays be necessary.

Be sure to monitor local media outlets for updates on the storm and school closings and delays.

Pender High Suicide Prevention and Crisis Intervention Program

posted Aug 5, 2016, 1:33 PM by Craig Lawson

Pender High School will host a suicide prevention and crisis intervention program from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 8. This event is open to all community members. Please join us as we discuss this important topic.Pender High School will host a suicide prevention and crisis intervention program from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 8. This event is open to all community members. Please join us as we discuss this important topic.


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