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Scotland County Schools....Glimpses of Greatness!

Knowing that a strong literacy base is essential to all content areas, the staff at Laurel Hill Elementary School continue to look for ways to strengthen those skills in their students.  The Lending Library is just one way that they are encouraging a love of reading in their students and in their families.  Click here to learn more about the Lending Library and how this is helping to 'grow greatness' at Laurel Hill Elementary. 
What's Happening in Scotland County Schools
Public Meeting Notice

The Scotland County Board of Education, pursuant to G.S. 115C-72(a)(1), shall hold a public hearing regarding the possible closure and/or consolidation of Pate-Gardner Elementary School, beginning at 6:30 PM, Monday, May 4, 2015, in the Board Room of the A.B. Gibson Education Center, 322 South Main Street, Laurinburg, North Carolina 28352. The public is invited to attend and express their views.
Kindergarten Orientation

Even though the 2015-16 school year seems a long time away, don't wait to register your student for kindergarten and don't miss out on the Kindergarten Orientation opportunities.

South Scotland
April 29, 8:30 am

Laurel Hill
May 6, 11:45 am

Covington Street
May 8, 8:30 am

May 8, 9:00 am

May 12, 9:00 am

Washington Park
May 13, 9:00 am

North Laurinburg
May 13, 9:00 am

May 14, 8:30 am


Special athletes celebrated at Pate Stadium

"Let me win, but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt."

The Special Olympics Oath, spoken into a microphone by a North Laurinburg student, set the tone for the county’s annual games held Tuesday at Scotland High School’s Pate Stadium.

“You will watch some of the best kids you’ve ever seen…,” said Exceptional Children’s Program Director Fannie Mason, speaking to some 200 volunteers, some high school students themselves. “I guarantee these kids will lift your spirits.”

Click here to read more about the games and these remarkable athletes in The Laurinburg Exchange.
Click here to view more pictures from the event on our district Facebook page.  


Spartans battle it out at book competition

Congratulations to Spring Hill Middle School's Battle of the Books team. They competed in the Region 4 Battle of the Books competition on April 16. They finished 7th place out of a field of 13 highly competitive teams. Great job Spartans!

Team members: Ali Andrews, Bryce Cooper, Makayla Hall, Isabel Huesa, Caroline Infinger, John Jorgensen, Sara Jorgensen, Jacob Myer, Alexis Patterson, Bailey Sloop, McKenna Sutherland and Mira Ward. 

Coaches: Christine Belzic, Haleigh Emnett, and Ruth Ann Harris



IEJ educator honored with Governor's Award

Congratulations to Mrs. Chaka Davis-Smith, teacher at I. Ellis Johnson Elementary School.  Mrs. Davis-Smith was honored on Monday night at a gathering held by the Laurinburg-Scotland County Area Chamber of Commerce at St. Andrews University.for receiving one of the coveted Governor's Volunteer Service Awards.

After the death of her 4-year-old son in 2012, Davis-Smith founded the Tristan Brown ABCs of Rare Disease Foundation to create a resource of funds, knowledge, and support for families of children with rare diseases. In addition to raising money to assist families with the various expenses associated with having a hospitalized child, the foundation also provides information about accessing other resources local to medical facilities.

“Mrs. Davis-Smith brings comfort by sharing her experience of losing a child to a rare disease,” said Kim Liles, chair of the local award selection committee. “Through her work with this foundation, she provides support, strength, and understanding to parents and family members.”

The foundation has also helped Davis-Smith in reaching the families of other children suffering from the same rare disease — Jeune’s Syndrome — as her son.

“I’ve connected with some people overseas, in China,” she said. “Someone inboxed me and told me that they want the same treatment my son got in Michigan because she has two sons with it.

“It’s amazing that there are some children living with it.”

Click here to read more:  The Laurinburg Exchange - 'Community servants honored with Governor's Awards'

Future-Ready Leaders

Congratulations to the newest 'Future-Ready Leaders' program graduates:  Charlotte Fairley, Jordan Reilly, LaTonya McLean, Shannon Brayboy, and Amy Sloop (not pictured).

The Future-Ready Leadership program is made possible through a partnership between the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction and the N.C. Principals & Assistant Principals’ Association to provide leadership development for practicing assistant principals. This professional development model is aligned to the performance evaluation standards adopted by the State Board of Education for North Carolina’s school leaders.
Through FRL, participants:

  • Gain a deeper understanding of the North Carolina Standards for School Executives and their application to the assistant principal and principal roles.
  • Gain an awareness and understanding of the leadership competencies necessary for effective school leadership and identify their strengths and areas for growth.
  • Engage in role clarification with their principals to assure that they are making significant contributions in each of the North Carolina Standards for School Executives.
  • Develop a plan with their principals for their own professional growth as school leaders.
  • Become part of a statewide network and community of learners.

Through this cohort-driven model, assistant principals participate in six face-to-face sessions and engage in assignments, projects, and readings designed to build the capacity of their schools and their own capacity as “Future-Ready” school leaders.


Board approves 2015-16 School Calendars

At Monday night's meeting, the Board of Education approved the calendars for the 2015-16 school year. 

Click here to view the 2015-16 traditional school calendar.
Click here to view the 2015-16 Scotland Early College High School calendar.
Public Input Sessions/Special Meetings Notice

Recognizing that many have questions about the potential re-districting and/or consolidation, the Scotland County Board of Education will conduct Public Input Sessions for informational purposes only, at the times and places set forth below:

I. Ellis Johnson           02.26.15             6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
         (Click here to view presentation)
Covington                    03.03.15              5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
         (Click here to view presentation)
Washington  Park       03.05.15              5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
(Click here to view presentation)
Sycamore Lane            03.10.15              5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
         (Click here to view presentation)

Pate-Gardner              03.12.15              5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
         (Click here to view presentation)

Laurel Hill                   03.16.15              5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
         (Click here to view presentation)
Carver                          03.24.15              5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
         (Click here to view presentation)

Spring Hill                   03.26.15              5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
         (Click here to view presentation)
North Laurinburg       03.30.15              5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
         (Click here to view presentation)
South Scotland          04.28.15              5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
         (Click here to view presentation)

To the extent these Public Input Sessions may be considered official meetings pursuant to G.S. 143-318.10(d), this additional notice is provided pursuant to G.S. 143-318.12(b)(2).

Additionally, you can click here to view 'Frequently Asked Questions' and responses from the meetings.  We will continue to add questions and responses to the list, so check back often for additional information.

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