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Education

  • Accreditation team cites board of education involvement with school district leadership

    Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of stories about Brunswick County Schools’ recent national accreditation process and report.

    BOLIVIA—A national accreditation team has cited the Brunswick County Board of Education for “interference” in school and administrative matters in a report released this week.

    Team members from AdvancED conducted their assessments in Brunswick County between April 1 and April 4. They scored Brunswick County Schools in seven categories.

  • Education briefs

    Southport Christian School announces honor roll
    Southport Christian School has announced its fourth quarter and school year honor rolls:
    Second grade
    Fourth quarter A/B honor roll: Elizabeth Anderson, Logan FitzHugh, Noah Harrell, Cora Jones.
    Fourth quarter straight A’s: David Berne, Ben Kettelkamp, Hannah Overton.
    School year A/B honor roll: Elizabeth Anderson, Logan FitzHugh, Christian Haggblom, Noah Harrell, Cora Jones.

  • ATMC awards scholarships to local students

    ATMC has presented $2,000 scholarships to four high school seniors in Brunswick and Columbus counties. Awards were presented to Tanner Duncan, William Edwards, Christine Guseman and Ashley Roberts.
    Duncan, son of Greg and Wendy Duncan of Tabor City, plans to attend East Carolina University, where he will major in engineering.
    Edwards, son of Jimi and Cindy Edwards of Shallotte, plans to attend UNC-Greensboro and major in secondary education.

  • Education briefs

    Appalachian names grads, dean’s list
    Appalachian State University has released its graduation list for the spring 2012 semester.
    A total of 343 graduate students and 1,774 undergraduate students received degrees during ceremonies in May, including 13 from Brunswick County.

  • Local students explore their roots through ATMC grant

    When Bolivia Elementary schoolteachers Sally Lewis and Lucy Ganfield told students to “Come Grow With Us,” they knew the kids were in for a “root” awakening.
    Studying the complete growing cycle of living things would stimulate the children and correlate with many aspects of the common core of study for reading, math and science learning objectives, so they applied for an ATMC Smart Connections grant and were awarded the grant last fall.

  • Practical nursing students carry on a 100 percent testing record for fifth year in a row

    The 2012 graduating practical nursing class at Brunswick Community College has a lot to celebrate.

    The class was the 30th class to graduate this past May from the program at BCC, and for the fifth year in a row all graduates passed their state board exam on the first try.

    “We had a 100 percent pass the board of nursing,” said Tanya Mace, nursing director. “All 20 graduates passed the boards on their first time. We have a 100 percent test-taker pass rate.”

  • BCC recipient of New Generations grant

    Youth in Brunswick County are often raised with goals of attending college after high school and establishing themselves as a successful businessperson. Many youth dream of remaining in Brunswick County as adults and raising families of their own.

    But too often, these youth can’t find suitable work in the county to sustain their dreams. The North Carolina Rural Economic Development Center recognized the issue and is working to put a stop to this phenomenon throughout the state. The goal is to involve youth and young adults in economic and civic life.

  • Board of education to review accreditation at July 24 retreat

    BOLIVIA—Members of the Brunswick County Board of Education will review findings from a recent Advance Ed accreditation process at an upcoming retreat in July.

    Jessica Swencki, spokeswoman for Brunswick County Schools, said school staff received a final, written report from Advance Ed on Tuesday, June 26.

    Board of education members received an oral report from an Advance Ed representative at a special called meeting in April, but Swencki said the upcoming retreat would provide a thorough review of all written findings.

  • Education briefs

    Riegert named to dean’s list
    Emma Riegert of Oak Island was named to the spring 2012 dean’s list at the University of Charleston. The dean’s list recognizes full-time students who earn a grade point average of 3.5 or higher.
    The University of Charleston is a small, private college with about 1,400 students from 31 states and 26 countries.
    It offers 24 undergraduate majors, master’s programs in business and physician assistant studies, and a doctorate in pharmacy.

  • Students say goodbye to the school year

    Students and staff in Brunswick County said farewell on Friday, June 8, marking the beginning of summer vacation.
    Throughout the system, schools celebrated the end of the year with special traditions, including promotion ceremonies for those moving to middle and high schools.
    Jessie Mae Monroe Elementary celebrated the successes of fifth-grade students in front of a packed house of friends and family. The promotion celebration was sponsored by the school’s PTA.