School Notes: Nov. 27

November 23, 2013 

Dixon Road Elementary School students taped principal Kenneth Bennett to a wall after raising money for books.


Employee of the Month

Winslow Revell, data manager at West Smithfield Elementary School, is the Johnston County school system’s Classified Employee of the Month for October. He was recognized during the Nov. 12 Johnston County Board of Education meeting.

Flapjack fundraiser

A pancake breakfast is scheduled from 8-10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 30, at Applebee’s, 1240 N. Bright Leaf Blvd., Smithfield. The cost is $7, with proceeds going to the South Johnston High School Key Club. For advance tickets, call 919-820-1154.

Bazaar at Neuse Charter

Neuse Charter School will hold its annual Booster Bazaar Craft & Vendor Show Dec. 6-7. Hours are 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday for students and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday for the public. The school is at 909 Booker Dairy Road, Smithfield.

Johnston teachers have Bright Ideas

A number of Johnston County teachers have received Bright Ideas grants from Touchstone Energy cooperatives, including Wake Electric. The winners are listed below with their grant amounts and classroom projects the grant will support.

Michael Butler of Clayton Middle School, $2,100 for “Enhancing Financial Literacy using The Stock Market Game.”

Chad E. Holloman, of Corinth Holders High School, $2,998.40 for “Agriculture Exploration – Local and Global Agriculture Importance.”

Christy Gandy of North Johnston High School, $3,000 for “Using Molecular Genetics in Today’s World.”

Jeanna Beasley of Powhatan Elementary School, $816.40 for “Motion Mania.”

Sherrie Mallory of Powhatan Elementary School, $2,971.60 for “Stock Market Savvy.”

Douglass Pawlak of Riverwood Middle School, $2,940 for “Discover Your DNA Ancestry.”

James C. Whitaker of Smithfield-Selma High School, $1,876 for “STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering, Math.”

Stephanie Caviness of Wilson’s Mills Elementary School, $2,624.05 for “iScience Investigation Stations.”

SSS salutes IB students

Smithfield-Selma High School recently recognized candidates for the International Baccalaureate diploma. They are Sarah Wieland, Emma Szczesiul, Ashton Makey, Emma Lampe, Ina Colon, and Daniel Avila.

A sticky situation

Kenneth Bennett, principal of Dixon Road Elementary School, recently found himself taped to a wall of his school.

The students essentially purchased pieces of duct tape when they donated money to buy books for students who can’t afford them.

The school’s media specialist, Heather Barkley, organized the fundraiser, which ended with Bennett taped to a wall.

‘Seventy-Six Trombones’

Members of the Johnston County Honors Band played a part in the Neuse Little Theatre’s production of “The Music Man.”

For the show’s grand finale, band members marched into the Paul A. Johnston Auditorium playing “Seventy-Six Trombones.”

The band’s members come from Clayton, Corinth Holders, North Johnston and Smithfield-Selma high schools. They are Rebecca Hunter, Jawon Gathers, Keith Williams, Katie Buell, Frankie Tincher, Jeremy Worrell, Alicia Ung, Chris Miller, Emanuel Arreaga, Jacob Thomas, Justin Lyons, Katie Distefano, Anna Carmen, Logan Batten, Emily Weisenberg, Lauryn Holland, Andrew Mullins, Abby Stagner, Ben Brant, Jonathan Meyer, Tana Jones, Josh Tracy, Jessica Carter, Michael Mattocks, Steven Carswell, Emily Distefano, Cody Brickhouse, Bryant Jimenez, Issac Apsey and Keagan Evans.

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