January 27, 2020
Automotive Instructor Seth James overseas War Eagle Motorsports member Laura Newsom in removing excess parts of the frame during early fabrication

Project Sunburn Sparks Excitement at Davie County High School

By Jeanna Baxter White Davie County High School has embarked upon a cross-curricular project never before attempted at the North Carolina high school level. Through Project Sunburn, Davie hopes to be the first high school program in North Carolina to design,  build, and ultimately to compete with a solar-powered vehicle.  While the short-term goal is to successfully race a solar-powered vehicle, the long-term goal is to position Davie County High School as the home track for the first high school-sanctioned race in North Carolina. The project culminates a year of teacher-led research and is backed by collegiate level programs at […]
January 24, 2020
First-grade teachers at William R. Davie clarify standards during a PLC meeting. From front left: Nancy Scoggin, Bobbi Marroquin, Jennie Hughett, Bridgett Bailey, Kristin Alexander, Sunni Collins.

Teacher Collaboration Impacts Classroom Instruction and Student Achievement

By Jeanna Baxter White Every Student Matters William R. Davie Elementary School’s motto is “Every Student Matters, Every Moment Counts!” That sentiment was evident during a recent first-grade PLC meeting as the teachers clarified the next North Carolina ELA (English Language Arts) standard and brainstormed the best way to teach it to their students. Teachers Collaborating Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) allow teachers to meet regularly, share expertise, and work collaboratively to improve teaching skills and drive the academic performance of students. These meetings are a fundamental component of DavieLEADS (Literacy Empowers All in Davie to Succeed), the Mebane Foundation’s five-year, […]
December 20, 2019

Kindergarten Readiness Showing Promising Gains in Davie County

By Jeanna Baxter White Kindergarten readiness in Davie County has already shown tremendous gains in just the first two years of DavieLEADS, according to a report by Davie County Schools.   Funded by a five-year, $2.5 million grant from the Mebane Foundation, DavieLEADS (Literacy Empowers All in Davie to Succeed) is an early learning and literacy initiative with two major goals. The first is to increase kindergarten readiness to 90 percent by reaching and fostering the development of children at an early age (birth to kindergarten) through consistent curriculum, instruction, and experiences in preschool programs. The second goal is to increase the percentage […]
December 12, 2019

Advance Christmas Parade, Fun in the Park, Hayrides — This Saturday!

Davie County has holiday activities to delight both young and old this Saturday! Advance Christmas Parade at 10 a.m Grab some hot chocolate and enjoy the 25th Advance Christmas parade presented by the Advance Fire Department. All parade participants must line up before 9 a.m. Floats and trailers will meet in the LeBleu parking lot located at 3134 Cornatzer Rd., Advance, NC 27006. All classic cars, fire trucks, motorcycles, horses and other parade participants will meet in the parking lot of Shady Grove Elementary School located at 3179 Cornatzer Rd. The parade begins at 10 a.m. at the school and […]
November 20, 2019

Ignite Your Appetite on Thursday at Tanglewood Pizza to Support College Promise!

The IGNITE DAVIE College Promise Program partners announce their first “IGNITE Your Appetite” event for Thursday, November 21st from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Tanglewood Pizza Company – 5539 US Hwy 158 in Bermuda Run.  IGNITE Your Appetite is a fundraiser for the IGNITE DAVIE College Promise Program and Tanglewood Pizza Company is generously donating 10% of their sales from that evening. “IGNITE Your Appetite is open to everyone in the community so make plans with family, friends or co-workers to join us on Thursday, November 21st at Tanglewood Pizza Company in Bermuda Run,” said Carolyn McManamy, director of […]
October 25, 2019

Educator “Shopping” Expo November 12 – Claim Your Booth Space Today!

By Jeanna Baxter White Do you have a business or service you would like to share? Claim your booth space today for the Davie County Chamber of Commerce’s Educator “Shopping” Expo which will be held at Davie County High School on November 12th from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. during a full-day conference for the county’s more than 800 educators. “The goal of the Educator Expo is to thank our educators for their dedication and hard work while providing an avenue for chamber members and local businesses to market themselves,” said Chamber President Caroline Moser. “Everyone is invited to come […]
October 21, 2019

Empowering Davie County Schools, Parents, Students and Businesses with Edge Factor!

By Jeanna Baxter White “I’m super excited you are all here today to learn about Edge Factor, an innovative online platform to educate and inspire the next generation workforce. This program is going to open the doors for our middle and high school students to discover and explore careers right here in Davie County,” Carolyn McManamy, director of Davie CONNECT, told plant and human resource managers during a luncheon hosted by Davie County Economic Development Commission (DCEDC), DavieCONNECT, and the Davie County Chamber of Commerce. Next month, Davie County Schools will begin rolling out the innovative workforce development tool which […]
October 16, 2019

Students Explore Local Career Options as Davie County Celebrates Manufacturing Day 2019

By Jeanna Baxter White To celebrate Manufacturing Day 2019, several local businesses and Davie County manufacturers provided a unique opportunity for all eighth-grade students in Davie County. On October 4th, students from Ellis, North Davie, and South Davie Middle Schools each toured two different locations including DEX Heavy Duty Parts, Dunlop Aircraft Tyres, Gildan, Ingersoll Rand, Pro Refrigeration, DCCC – Davie Campus, and WFBH-Davie Medical Center – Bermuda Run. Other students from all three schools spent their tour-time experiencing many different facets of Ashley Furniture Industries, Inc. This was the third year Davie County has participated in National Manufacturing Day […]
September 18, 2019

Smart Start of Davie County – Get Free Help Preparing Your Children for Success!

By Jeanna Baxter White Four-year-old Tommy carefully considers the boxes of toys lining the Smart Start bookshelves before selecting a kit labeled “Sand and Water Play.” His mom, Emily MacCaull, waits patiently, allowing him to choose for himself. These toy kits are just one of the many resources Smart Start of Davie County offers residents and early childhood educators as it seeks to ensure quality childcare, education, health, and family support programs for all Davie County children birth to five. Smart Start is North Carolina’s nationally recognized and award-winning early childhood initiative designed to ensure that young children enter school healthy and […]