School Notes: Dec. 15

December 16, 2013 

From left, Peyton Pennica, J’Vin Farmer, Carson Gillespie and Spencer Sabatino attend the Academic All-Stars game at Kenan Stadium in Chapel Hill.

JOHNSTON COUNTY SCHOOLS

Academic All-Stars attend football game

Four West View Elementary School students watched UNC-Chapel Hill play Old Dominion in football as part of a new Academic All-Stars program.

Teachers chose Carson Gillespie, J’Vin Farmer, Peyton Pennica and Spencer Sabatino to attend the game based on their academic performance and and behavior.

UNC-Chapel Hill, with support from Nike and Gatorade, launched the Academic All-Stars to support elementary schools in their efforts to encourage academic achievement.

“Being with friends and having the chance to meet players was awesome,” J’Vin said.

“Chances like this definitely motivate students to do their best in school,” Peyton added.

Each Academic All-Star received four free tickets to the game.

North Johnston reunion

The North Johnston Black Alumni will hold their weekend reunion Dec. 27-28. Here’s the schedule: gathering, 5-11 p.m. Dec. 27 at the Kenly American Legion Hut; basketball games, noon to 3 p.m. Dec. 28 at the Harrison Gym in Selma; and dance, 7 p.m. to midnight Dec. 28. Dance tickets are $5 in advance and $7 at the door. For more information, call Van Neal at 704-281-6718 or Milton Price at 919-268-8403.

Employees of the Month

The Johnston County school system has named its latest employees of the month. They are Loieka Taylor, a child nutrition assistant at West Clayton Elementary School, and Robin Hiatt, who teaches third grade at Powhatan Elementary School.

Taylor’s nominator wrote: “Loieka doesn’t wait around to be told what to do. She jumps right in and takes the initiative to help all of her fellow coworkers.”

Hiatt’s nominator wrote: “Last year she launched an initiative ‘Good morning, Powhatan.’ The project involved video clips of students working out real-world math problems using an iPad app. A unique component of this project was that it not only involved other classrooms across the school, it also involved community members providing the math problems.”

Students recognized

Corinth-Holders Elementary School recently recognized good behavior on its buses. The honors went to the following students: Litzy Perez-Gutierrez, Ameyali Martinez-Pena, Tristen Hedge, Elijah Scott, Natalia Avila-Gonzalez, Marshall Jones, Aaliyah Hodge, Breanna Resendiz-Lerma, Brianne Carmichael, Jeselli Salazar, Emily Everette, Alivia Ross, Angel Flores, Blanca Garcia-Gutierrez, Jada Edwards and Luke English.

Terrific Kids

Glendale-Kenly Elementary School has named its latest Terrific Kids. They are Rehab Alkiefy, Cheyenne Kaska-Aguilar, Juan Garcia, Chris Cherry, Michael Gonzalez, Abby Murray, Ethan Barbour, Emily Beasley, Brooke Godwin, Davis Renfrow, Stephanie Fajardo, Eric McAdams, LeBron Richardson, Anthony Eguia Lopez, Bryce Hart, Jose Ferrera-Echeverria, Jacob Bennink, Thomas Linder, Jason Mayo, Alvaro Olayo-Granadas, Kristin Holland, Rebecca Stancil, Lynn Hinton, Alayna Cockrell, Daniel Turner, Analise Matos, Hope Stone, Dakota Creech, Ty Hinton, Jaren Jones and Alondra Alvarez Rodas.

Also, the school recently recognized a number of students for being responsible. They were Victoria Leagan, Garrett Brown, Riley Nicol, Shaun McCarthy, Raul Chavez, Bella James-Creech, Andrew Stancil, Emma Cahall, Sariyah Horton, Hunter Lee, Evan Bailey, Moriah Barry, Riba Medlin, Jenna Peacock, Trinity Colely, Layla Shoulars, Erick Ponce, Bryson Jones, Alfredo Rodriguez-Ibarra, Isaac Sevigny, Serenity Keen, Miranda Lewis, Josue Rojo, Miranda Rodgers, Skylar Hewitt, Brayan Perez Mendaoza, Reid Willoughby, Christian Naranjo, Evelyn Partida-Arias, Haileigh Kennedy, Esah Innerarity and Asianna Davis.

Students help Cooper go green

The Student Council at Cooper Elementary School in Clayton is on a mission to help the environment. Every Monday, Student Council members collect recycling boxes from classrooms and offices, emptying them into the school’s recycling dumpster.

In past years, students have been able to collect only paper, but this year they are also collecting plastic bottles.

Also at Cooper, six students displayed artwork at this year’s State Fair. They were Emonti Grace-Duff, Destiny Sewell, Rockale Hayden, Cayden Sutton, Lydia Chellman and Panisara Purcell.

Contest winner

Lilly McLamb, a third-grader at Benson Elementary School, won her school’s National School Lunch Week coloring contest. Her prize was ice cream.

Student speaks at conference

Raymond Grant, a senior at Johnston County Early College Academy, delivered the opening presentation at the National Early College Conference in Durham.

In a room filled with teachers, school administrators, higher education partners, policymakers, business leaders and community leaders and students, Grant shared how Early College and his teacher, Bill Worley, had shaped his future. He talked also about the impact he hopes to make as a teacher.

He received a standing ovation.

Teacher wins grant

Kim Connors, a teacher at West View Elementary School, has received a $1,995 Bright Ideas Grant.

She will use the money to purchase seven iPad mini’s, which will further incorporate technology and provide differentiated skill practice for students in her classroom.

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