• West Brunswick helps make students 'aware' of graduation with week of activities

    SHALLOTTE—Even though the school year has just begun, students in Brunswick County Schools are looking toward graduation.

    Gov. Mike Easley proclaimed September 7-13 Graduation Awareness Week, and Brunswick County joined school districts throughout the state in helping students become aware of what it takes to graduate high school.

  • 21st Century Classroom program improves learning

    The Brunswick County School District began the 21st Century Classroom Initiative in 2007 to provide support to teachers in an effort to improve classroom learning through engagement with technology tools and resources.

    With the generous funding provided to the school district by county commissioners and the vision of the Brunswick County Board of Education, we now have more than 100 classrooms where teachers are equipped with a laptop computer, projector, document camera and InterWrite interactive pad.

  • Roger Bacon Academy to get school resource officer

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Commissioners on Monday approved a school resource officer for Roger Bacon Academy.

    The county approved a $70,000 appropriation for the school resource officer, for which the academy would reimburse the county.

    The school resource officer would also be trained as a DARE officer. With the approval the academy also agreed to a four-year contract with annual salary and benefit increases established by county administration.

    In other business, commissioners:

  • Initiatives help students get ready for graduation

    North Carolina Governor Mike Easley has proclaimed Sept. 7-13 as Graduation Awareness Week. School districts throughout North Carolina are encouraged to utilize resources available from the state.

    Numerous efforts are underway statewide to provide better academic opportunities and outcomes for all students to promote the lifelong benefits that are achieved by staying in school.

  • Local school enrollment numbers up

    Enrollment numbers are up for Brunswick County Schools.

    After the first four days of classes last month, attendance totaled 11,750 students, 88 more students than the same time last year.

    Brunswick County Academy’s enrollment after four days was the largest increase in attendance for an individual school. At 153 students, the number is 61 students higher than this time last year.

  • Students invited to attend Teen Court training

    “Justice for Youth by Youth” is the theme of this year’s Teen Court training.

    “Our volunteers are the most important component of the Teen Court Program,” said Teen Court Director Glenda Ansley, “and this year the student volunteers will be focusing on service learning.”

    As students are giving back to their community by volunteering in Teen Court, they will receive hands-on training in the justice system.

  • Brunswick 4-H'ers go to state congress in Raleigh

    Brunswick County 4-H’ers were among 800 4-H’ers, volunteer leaders and North Carolina cooperative extension agents who attended the state 4-H Congress in Raleigh July 21-25.

    Congress is the high point of the 4-H year, bringing young people from across the state to the North Carolina State University campus for a week of activities.

    Competitions include: talent, sewing, horticulture, poultry judging, speeches and more. Brunswick County 4-Her’s competed in three of the state-level competitions: horticulture judging, poultry judging and presentations.

  • 'Are you smarter than a Village schooler?'

    Students in Jane Skubic’s fifth and sixth grade class at The Evelyn Smith Wray Village School are preparing for “Are You Smarter Than a Village Schooler?”

    The event will pair students with community figures as they answer questions taken from elementary school grade textbooks. Based on the popular television show, the students will assist the community members in answering questions.

  • BCC awarded two biotechnology grants

    Brunswick Community College has been awarded two grants totaling $222,502 from the North Carolina Community College System BioNetwork.

    The money will help the college continue the Aqua-Biotech Initiative, which will provide Brunswick County with a skilled workforce and new business opportunities in the fields of pharmaceuticals, nutraceuticals, biofuels and 21st century aquaculture.

  • Brunswick County high schools show growth in SAT scores

    Brunswick County Schools recently received SAT scores for students testing in the 2007-2008 school year.

    The SAT assesses critical thinking, mathematical reasoning and writing abilities. The national assessment has been administered for almost 80 years to primarily college-bound seniors. Colleges and universities have used SAT scores in addition to high school transcripts and other student information to serve as a uniform and objective measure for making decisions about students’ abilities and achievements.