On Wednesday, November 16, twenty-three Scotland High School students were promoted during the Fall JROTC promotion ceremony. JROTC instructor, Chief Willis Bennett, reminded the students that a promotion in rank is not something that is just given, it has to be earned and they should be proud of their accomplishment. Congratulations to these students listed below for their recognition:
Promoted to Private First Class:
Heavenly Sanders Blair
Promoted to Corporal:
Promote to Sergeant:
Promoted to Staff Sergeant:
Promoted to Master Sergeant:
Promoted to Command Sergeant Major:
Promoted to Second Lieutenant:
Promoted to Captain:
Promoted to Major:
Promoted to Lieutenant Colonel:
Improving the skills of self regulation, impulse control and focus can positively affect behavior, ability to learn and overall well-being. Two of our school psychologists, Debi Holcombe and Aisha Wilson, have implemented yoga and mindfulness techniques, specifically designed for the time and space of a classroom setting using the Yoga 4 Classrooms program. The goal for children who participate is to increase self-awareness to realize how they feel and what they need. Ultimately, students learn strategies to manage their emotions and will learn to be more self-aware. As an added benefit, students also gain strength, flexibility and balance through fun activities. The program is a mix of yoga postures, brain boosting movements, breath exercises and mindfulness activities.
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We know that our high school marching band is often referred to as the 'Pride of Scotland County', but their greatness didn't just start when they got to Scotland High School. Like any outstanding high school band program, it develops and grows because of the strong foundation and love of music that is cultivated in our middle school band programs. And if the recent performance from our county's middle school All-County Band was any indication of the future of the high school band program, we sure have, and will continue to have, a lot to be proud of!
Under the direction of Scotland High band directors, Britton Goodwin and Matthew Jorgensen, students from Carver and Spring Hill Middle Schools that were selected for the All-County honors performed on stage at the high school. And their performance was so outstanding that you would never guess that they were able to play that well together after only practicing a a few hours together. Another highlight of the program was the announcement that three students were selected for a Directors Award - Josh White, Zane Troublefield, and Ameerah Martin. They each will receive a scholarship to band camp. Congratulations to the winners and great job to all the participating Eagles and Spartans band members!
Each month, we feature one of our Teachers of the Year. This month, we shine the spotlight on Laurel Hill Elementary's TOY, Mrs. Mary Norton Quick. Congratulations Mrs. Quick!
We always have a lot to celebrate and it was evident during the November meeting of our Board of Education. The following staff and students were highlighted during the meeting:
Pledge of Allegiance:
Samantha Barnes, 4th grader at Laurel Hill Elementary School, led the Pledge. Samantha also leads her school in digital PBIS points with over 308! Scotland High School's JROTC Color Guard presented the colors.
Key Player Awards:
Curtis Dockery and Timothy Cummings, Scotland County Maintenance Department
Cheryle Currie, North Laurinburg Elementary
Mary Norton Quick, Laurel Hill Elementary
100% Graduation Rate – SearCH
In recognition of Disability Awareness Month that was in October:
School Based Mental Health Workers:
Emily Smith, Amy Locklear, Charlene Ricks, Megan Menius
The School Psychologists:
Cheryl Hicks, Lauren Neverve, Aaron Collins, Debra Holcombe, Aisha Wilson
North Carolina Prestigious Scholarship Nominees:
NC State Park Scholarship: Gus Purcell, Maegan Edwards
UNC Morehead-Cain Scholarship: Yampiere Lugo-Acosta, Hannah Gilliland
UNCC Levine Scholars Program: Yampiere Lugo-Acosta, Gus Purcell
From Scotland High School:
NC State Park Scholarship: Shane Dubbs and Natalie Gover
Davidson Belk Scholarship: Camryn Ellis and Daniel Johnson
UNC Morehead-Cain Scholarship: Anna Griswold, Daniel Johnson and Jenna Grant
UNCC Levine Scholars Program: Omega Roberson, Shane Dubbs, and Daniel Johnson
Doing the right thing really pays off...not only in the classroom but at the state level as well! Several of our schools were recognized this week at the state PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports) Recognition Ceremony in Greensboro. Kudos to the following for their discipline data, fidelity, and implementation of PBIS in their schools:
Covington Street Elementary - Jade Reilly
Carver Middle - Jordan Reilly and Rose Fitzpatrick
Spring Hill Middle - Brent Smith and Michelle Williams
I. Ellis Johnson Elementary - Charles Nabors and Jennifer Euston
Laurel Hill Elementary - Megan Gordon and Michelle Buhler
Green Ribbon Schools:
North Laurinburg Elementary - LaQuasia Cousar
Wagram Elementary - Melissa Ward and Elizabeth McRae
Sycamore Lane Elementary - representative not pictured