September 3, 2021

DRI: Davie Youth Demonstrate Respect in Action

Davie County is flourishing with respect, compassion, and bright-minded individuals from all walks of life.  The Davie Respect Initiative, or DRI, is a program that embraces these characteristics of our county to encourage and promote the youth in our community to actively demonstrate respect. What started as a small program has now grown into a more well-known movement with ambassadors, team leaders, and generous donations from community members.  For those who are unfamiliar, the Davie Respect Initiative offers a financial reward for any youth aged 12-21 for creating and implementing a “Respect Project.” From the Davie Respect website, a Respect […]
August 30, 2021
Logan Ballou-Tomel works full-time at Lowe’s Home Improvement in Mocksville while studying to become a surgical technologist

IGNITE DAVIE Student Profile: Logan Ballou-Tomel

Logan Ballou-Tomel wants to be a surgical technologist.  He spent this summer studying and learning as much as possible about the procedures, tools, conduct, and other aspects of surgical technology before beginning the program at Davidson-Davie Community College this fall.  Thanks to IGNITE DAVIE, the 2020 Davie High graduate was able to complete his general education classes and will complete the first four semesters of the five-semester certification program free of charge. “When Sandra Porter and others from the college came to Davie and told us about the IGNITE DAVIE program, I knew that it was a great opportunity and […]
August 30, 2021

Ashley Furniture Internships Offers Davie Students Real-World Experience

This summer, classroom assignments came to life for three Davie County students as they gained practical work experience and helped solve real-world problems during an internship, also known as “work-based learning experience,” in the automation engineering department at Ashley Furniture Industries’ (Ashley) advanced manufacturing facility in Advance.  “We feel that the real work experience that the students can get and the knowledge that they can gain with an internship is crucial and beneficial for the student in their education, career, and life,” said Bill Webb, automation and robotics manager. “The students get exposed to real-world activities and challenges that they […]
May 14, 2021

Davie County Schools Launches New Virtual World of the Arts

Davie County Schools Launches an Exciting New Virtual World of the Arts Davie County Schools is pleased to announce the 2021 Arts Smart Festival has transitioned into a new and exciting virtual world. Launching May 11, 2021 and sponsored by Ashley Furniture, the new virtual realm features student artists and performers from all schools in Davie County. Artist’s ages span from kindergarten through the 12th grade. Ashley Furniture Industries has a national focus on building community around arts celebrations. Ashley Furniture began their partnership with Davie County Schools in 2014. The new virtual Arts Smart experience mimics school and business […]
April 8, 2021
Cassidy Kluttz and her family celebrate her 2020 graduation from Davie High

First IGNITE DAVIE College Promise Scholarship Recipient Graduates

Cassidy Kluttz has earned an Associate of Arts degree totally debt free, an impressive accomplishment made possible through IGNITE DAVIE College Promise and North Carolina’s Career & College Promise program. It’s a route she would enthusiastically recommend to other Davie County students. “IGNITE DAVIE has given me the freedom to explore what I want to do and where I want to go with my life without having to worry about money.” IGNITE DAVIE is a place-based last-dollar scholarship; which means students must live in and attend school in Davie County.  All eligible high school graduates, regardless of financial need or […]
March 22, 2021

Davie County Schools Implement Heggerty to Support Phonemic Awareness

“Deep,” says Susan Shepherd to her first-graders. “Deep,” they repeat.  “Replace the /p/ with /l/,” she says. “Deal,” shouts her students.  Shepherd is guiding her students through their daily Heggerty Phonemic Awareness lesson. Phonemic awareness is the ability to understand that spoken words are made up of individual sounds called phonemes, and it’s one of the best early predictors for reading success. Recognizing the importance of phonemic awareness as a foundational reading skill, Davie County Schools (DCS) in Mocksville, North Carolina, adopted the curriculum this year as part of DavieLEADS (Literacy Empowers All in Davie to Succeed), its five-year early […]
February 1, 2021

Davidson-Davie Community College Seeks Deeper Relationship Between College, Business and Community

Jonathan Brown has a passion for workforce development. That passion has led him to Davidson-Davie Community College where he serves as the new associate vice president of workforce and community engagement. His goal? To see Davidson-Davie Community College become the economic driver for both communities. “My vision is that all of our local business and industry will go through us whether through our curriculum programs preparing future workers or through continuing education as business and industry help their employees expand their skills.” Three weeks into the job, Brown is excited about meeting people and forging a deeper relationship between the […]
January 22, 2021
Davie County Schools announced Thursday that it will partner with Davie County Department of Health and Human Services to vaccinate district employees on Wednesday, January 27th

Schools Partnering With Health Department to Offer All Employees Vaccinations

Davie County Schools Offers Vaccinations to Employees and Continues Thoughtful Planning For a Safe and Secure Future Davie County Schools announced Thursday that it will partner with Davie County Department of Health and Human Services to vaccinate district employees on Wednesday, January 27th.  Davie County Schools is among a handful of districts in the area who have been balancing the everyday rigors of in-person and remote learning since August 17. While students and staff are doing remarkably well, Davie County Schools refuses to accept that this is the new normal. The leadership team is eager to resume classes as they […]
January 13, 2021

DavieLEADS Professional Development Provides Lifeline for Teachers During Pandemic

By Jeanna Baxter White When Davie County Schools launched DavieLEADS four years ago, they could not have known that the initiative’s professional development component would provide a lifeline to teachers as a pandemic forced them to quickly adapt to new ways of teaching.      “No one could have been prepared for a pandemic. However, a lot of what we had put into place prior to March 13th through DavieLEADS, like PLC meetings, guided reading, Heggerty, and Letterland, carried us through the spring and laid a foundation for our teachers as they now offer a combination of face-to-face and virtual instruction,” explained […]