August 15, 2019

Davie CONNECT Externships Connecting Teachers with Industry for Workforce Development

By Jeanna Baxter White The more you know, the more you can teach. Five Davie County educators recently deepened their teaching skills by touring area companies to gain a renewed understanding of the skills needed by employers that will help their students find meaningful careers and local industry to grow. During the week-long externship, the educators from Davie County Schools toured Ashley Furniture, Dex Heavy Duty Truck Parts, Dunlop Aircraft Tyres, Flow Honda of Winston-Salem, Ingersoll Rand, Pro Refrigeration, Inc.,  Wake Forest Baptist Health – Davie Medical Center and VF Jeanswear, now Kontoor Brands, to learn about all facets of […]
July 23, 2019

Summer Reading Camp “Informances” Inspire Kids

The 144 students attending Davie County’s 2019 reading camp celebrated their achievements with an end-of-camp “informance,” an informal performance solely for students to share what they have learned with each other.  Students sang, danced, played musical instruments, read poems and reports, and shared their artwork.              
July 21, 2019
Teachers engage with students during the combined camp opening session.

Davie Students Sharpen Literacy Skills at 2019 Read to Achieve Camp

By Jeanna Baxter White Can 16 days transform a child’s educational experience? One hundred forty-four Davie County students found out as they attended this summer’s Read to Achieve camp at Cornatzer Elementary School. Read to Achieve camp is designed to help third-graders meet state requirements in reading to advance to the fourth grade. The intensive four-week camp also includes first and second graders who demonstrated the potential of reaching grade-level proficiency in reading with extra help in the summer. This year’s camp served 87 third-graders, 29 second-graders, and 28 first-graders. Davie County’s camp is based on the A+Schools of North Carolina […]
May 26, 2019

Cognitive ToyBox – Achieving Early Literacy in Davie County

Davie County Schools is continuing to make strides in addressing key challenges to kindergarten readiness. Through DavieLEADS, a partnership with the Mebane Foundation, Davie County has had the unique opportunity to pilot solutions that can move the needle in early childhood education. From the outset, Peggy Nuckolls, director of preschool services, and Stephanie Nelson, preschool collaborative teacher, identified the need for better assessment tools. In seeking an assessment tool that was less subjective and more objective, they chose to pilot Cognitive ToyBox, a game-based assessment platform to measure school readiness. Their goal was to increase the reliability of student assessments […]
April 26, 2019

Free Community Event ~ Arts Smart Festival ~ This Saturday At Davie County High School!

What makes arts education so important?  Fostering creativity?  Acquiring confidence?  Allowing expression and communication?  Promoting collaboration?  The arts build so many important skills, and they contribute to students’ success–both currently and in the future. Each year, Davie County Schools and Ashley Furniture join forces to celebrate the arts through an annual community festival.  This free event also provides a wonderful way for families and friends to enjoy some quality time together as they experience and enjoy the arts.  The 9th Annual Arts Smart Festival will be held Saturday, April 27th from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at Davie County High […]
April 24, 2019
Student learns about career options and opportunities at Gildan during 2019 Career Expo at Davie County High School

Davie Industry Connecting with Future Workforce through Davie County Schools CTE Programs

“It’s all about exposure,” says Anthony Davis. “It’s exposing the students to the businesses but also exposing the businesses to the students.” Davis, Director of CTE and Federal Programs for Davie County Schools, was referring to the Davie High CTE (Career and Technical Education) Program’s efforts to connect its students with area businesses. “There are some communities in our state that don’t have any large businesses, others have big businesses but they don’t interact with the schools, and some places have multiple school systems within their county fighting for the same businesses. We are very blessed here to have one […]
March 11, 2019

The evolution of Davie County’s elementary schools

Note: This article, by EdNC staff, was originally published on Education NC (EdNC –The evolution of Davie County’s elementary schools) and is republished here with permission. With the help of the Mebane Foundation, Davie County has embarked on a mission to improve reading in its elementary schools. Yesterday, EducationNC talked about the success the DavieLEADS grant has had in helping turn around Cooleemee Elementary, but the initiative is active throughout the other area elementary schools as well. DavieLEADS is a five-year, $2.5 million grant, with a specific goal to get kindergarten readiness from 70 percent to 90 percent and reading proficiency in […]
March 4, 2019
Lt. Gov. Dan Forest celebrates Cooleemee Elementary becoming one of the top four percent elementary schools in the state for academic growth. Courtesy of Lt. Gov. Dan Forest’s Facebook page.

DavieLEADS gives Cooleemee Elementary a boost

Note: This article, by EdNC staff, was originally published on February 27, 2019 on Education NC (EdNC –DavieLEADS gives Cooleemee Elementary a boost) and is republished here with permission. Davie County Public Schools got some good news last year. After the 2017-18 End-of-Grade test results were announced, the county discovered it had moved up from 45th to 17th out of all 115 districts in the state for third-grade reading proficiency. Cooleemee Elementary was singled out in those results for moving into the top 4 percent of all elementary schools in the state for academic growth. This growing success in the district is […]
February 26, 2019

Local Businesses Reach 500 Students at Davie Career Expo!

Davie County High School hosted its annual career expo at Davie High on February 21st to bring students together with local businesses. The goals of the expo were to: Help students connect with all of the various industries and careers available to them in Davie County. Identify future workforce needs in our community. Align educational programs offered at Davie High and Davidson Community College to meet the needs of our local businesses. Communicate employment needs and necessary credentials to students. “Our goal is to provide information on all options regarding college and career opportunities for the students of Davie County,” […]