Teacher taking part in leadership program
Harvey Blackman, who teaches agriculture at Princeton High School in Princeton, is one of 12 teachers statewide who will take part in the N.C. Agricultural Education Cohort for 2013-2014.
The teachers will work together for a year with leaders within agriculture and education from around the country. The purpose is personal growth and leadership development of agriculture teachers, who will study agricultural and education issues while honing their organizational and leadership skills.
“It is our goal to provide quality training and resources to this group of teachers in order that they will continue to develop as outstanding classroom instructors, mentors to other agriculture teachers and leaders in their communities,” said Gerald Barlowe, state agricultural education leader.
A mystery for dinner
“Kill the Music,” a murder mystery dinner, will take place Saturday, Nov. 9, at West Johnston High School, 5935 Raleigh Road, Benson. The evening will begin with hors d’ oeuvres at 6:15 p.m. in the auditorium. Dinner will offer steak, chicken or a vegetarian option. The evening will also feature a silent auction and basket raffle. Proceeds will go to the West High band. For tickets, which are $50 per person, email Angela King at email@example.com.
Julia Minton, a senior at South Johnston High School, has been named a semifinalist in the National Merit Scholarship Program. She will learn in February if she is among the finalists.
Merit Scholar finalists are chosen on the basis of their skills, accomplishments and potential for success in rigorous college studies. They compete for some 8,000 scholarships with a combined worth of about $35 million.
A reverse raffle to benefit Clayton High School athletics will take place Saturday, Oct. 26, in the school’s cafeteria at 600 S. Fayetteville St. in Clayton. The grand prize is $10,000. Tickets are $100 and include dinner for two. The event will also feature door prizes and auctions of gift baskets. For more information, or to purchase tickets, email Mary Ellen Stephens at MStevens@wakemed.org.
Street Safe, a driving experience, is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, at Clayton High School, 600 Fayetteville Road, Clayton. Students must have driving experience to take part, and parents must attend the first hour of the session. To register, go to streetsafeus.com, click on “Enroll Row,” then “Life-Saving Driving Experience,” then scroll down to “Clayton, NC/Clayton High School.”
Employees of the Month
The Johnston County school system has named its latest Employees of the Month. They are Allen Sasser, principal at Micro Pine Level Elementary, and Joseph Loseke, an area bus coordinator.
Sasser’s nominator said: “My son is deaf, with Cochlear implants, and Mr. Sasser makes it a point to go around the school through the day to just be sure my son is OK. He does this for all his students. He is a very kindhearted man and is obviously destined to work with kids.
“My son looks forward to going to school because he knows Mr. Sasser will make it fun. If there is ever a problem, my son knows to find Mr. Sasser, and he will make everything OK. I believe he is a blessing in disguise for our kids and future.”
Loseke’s nomination read: “When you are in a position such as Mr. Loseke, you deal with many people that have many different requests concerning the routes they are assigned. It takes a good employee/person to take the time and put forth the effort to try to make all these people happy with their jobs.”
Super Star teacher
The Clayton Chamber of Commerce has named its latest Super Star teacher of the month. She is Katheryn Ricketts, who teachers special-needs children at Clayton Middle School.
Her nomination noted that Ricketts sets high standards for her students, yet provides a support system to help each succeed. She received a goodie bag from the chamber.
N.C. Central alumni
Johnston County alumni of N.C. Central University meet the first Thursday of every month at Johnston Piney Grove Baptist Church, 1691 Barber Mill Road, Clayton. Meetings are at 7 p.m. For information, call Margaret Barbee at 919-585-2934 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Send school notes to email@example.com.