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Scotland County Schools C.O.W Meeting
The Scotland County Schools Board of Education and Administration will hold their monthly Committee of the Whole on Monday, September 27th, beginning at 5:00pm. The meeting will be in Room PD-2 at the A.B. Gibson Center. The meeting is open to the public and will also be available virtually. A Link will posted on the school system website and social media pages by 4pm on Monday.
- 143-318.9. Public policy. § 143-318.10. All official meetings of public bodies open to the public.
Fighting Scots Football:
The Fighting Scots travel to Sanford, NC to take on the Southern Lee High School Cavaliers.
If you plan on going to the game, you can buy tickets online: www.gofan.co
If you cannot travel to the game you can listen to pre-game, play-by-play, and post-game coverage on WLNC 95.1 FM or www.wlncradio.com (Listen to livestream.)
Kick-off: 7:30 pm
As always....GO SCOTS!!!
SEarCH Club Receives GrantThe Peer Counseling/SAVE Club for Scotland Early College HS was recently awarded a $500 grant to aid in their purpose to promote an inclusive, safe school environment for all students and staff. Students are learning skills to recognize loneliness and isolation and the steps to act and inform trusted adults. Activities will span across the curriculum and continue throughout the school year. According to Principal, Kesha Hood the grant was awarded by The Sandy Hook Promise Foundation. The work of the club ties into the initiative "See Something-Say Something.Club members from left to right: Jamie Grapine-Dixon, Madalynn Butler, Ashtie Barzinji, Llaniyah Allen, Emily Rader, Elizabeth Stack, Mrs. Emily Smith (not pictured: Aviona Scott)
Scotland County Schools Selected to be Part of Learning 2025 Initiative: A National Push to Transform America’s Education System
Laurinburg, North Carolina – September 23, 2021 – In a bold effort toward a holistic redesign of our nation’s schools, Scotland County Schools has joined the Learning 2025 network of demonstration systems, a collaborative network of districts to help advance student-centered, equity-focused, future-driven education, administered by AASA, The School Superintendents Association.
The more than 100 “demonstration systems” represent a collection of forward-leaning urban, suburban and rural districts serving as national models to help guide and reposition partner districts efficiently by sharing successful practices and successes, as well as challenges.
“Serving as a demonstration site by participating in this initiative is an honor for Scotland County Schools,” said Dr. Takeda LeGrand, Superintendent “We look forward to working with other school districts from across the country to learn more about their strategic improvement efforts as we implement our new five-year strategic plan. In addition, our staff will be able to network with peers nationwide, and share strategic ideas and winning solutions in our collective effort to strengthen our communities and raise student outcomes.”
“Our goal is to galvanize and synergize thought leaders from all sectors to emerge from the pandemic in better shape than they were before,” said Daniel A. Domenech, executive director, AASA. “This initiative will ensure that educators are empowered and equipped to meet whole learners’ needs by personalizing and customizing instruction involving students in designing their own learning and coordinating resources to support ALL children’s overall growth and well-being.”
The AASA Learning 2025: National Commission on Student-Centered, Equity-Focused, Future-Driven Education, recommended essential principles for school system redesign. The
recommendations, which include the creation of demonstration districts, are found in the commission’s report, An American Imperative: A New Vision of Public Schools.
“This report contains a blueprint to empower school districts to design their plans and meet the specific needs of their learners, educators and communities,” said Kristi Wilson, 2020-21 president of AASA; superintendent, Buckeye Elementary School District, Buckeye, Ariz.; and one of the 27 Learning 2025 Commissioners. “Every district that commits to becoming a demonstration system will receive a personalized consultation and become part of a community of learners who help each other as ‘critical friends’ focused on student learning.”
An AASA Learning 2025 Demonstration System will:
- Receive senior consulting services, personalized engagement and strategic planning support for their district.
- Create a customized action plan tailored to meet the needs of their district.
- Gain a customized dashboard to track their district's progress and provide real data to community stakeholders.
- Take part in professional learning opportunities, including a complimentary registration to one of AASA's Leadership Network cohorts.
- Contribute to national research, practice and policy.
- Network, collaborate and learn with school systems that are committed to supporting the whole learner, ensuring anti-marginalization and adopting future-driven practices.
- Move their district forward with research-based recommendations to provide all learners with a bright future.
“This work will be guided by thought leaders from business and industry who are ahead of the curve in terms of implementing innovative strategies and solutions that align to key components of Learning 2025 recommendations,” said Malbert Smith III, CEO, president and co-founder, MetaMetrics; creator of the Lexile and Quantile Frameworks; and Learning 2025 Commissioner. “The team will assist in identifying assessments that could be used to inform and bolster the district’s ability to achieve its priorities and goals for maximizing student achievement.”
To access An American Imperative: A New Vision of Public Schools, visit the AASA website. For additional information about the report or the Learning 2025: A National Commission on Student-Centered, Equity-Focused, Future-Driven Education, contact Mort Sherman, AASA associate executive director, Leadership Network, at email@example.com, or Valerie Truesdale, AASA assistant executive director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To join the conversation via Twitter, please access #Learning2025.
This Week In Scotland County Schools:
South Johnson Elementary School
We dropped by SJES for a visit with Scotland County Schools 2021 “Principal Of The Year,” LaTonya McLean. We also spent time with students in the Media Center with Ms. Lucas and students. We also stopped by Ms. Beasley’s Science Class. Students were building walls and learning about structure. The students at South Johnson Elementary School are proud of their school.
Sycamore Lane Primary School
Sycamore Lane Primary School students look and act sharp in the hallways. We visited Special Classes with 1st graders in Ms. Fields music class. The students were learning movement to the traditional song – “Peace Like a River.” In art class, Ms. Flowers was assisting the students with brush painting. Specials are a very important part of learning in Scotland County Schools.
Governor’s Statement on Civility at School Board Meetings
North Carolina Governor, Roy Cooper recently held a news conference and issued a statement regarding civility at NC district school board meetings. Here is a quote from the Governor:
“As we head into the fall, with the school calendar in full swing, let’s also work together to keep our commitment to students and teachers this school year. Keeping children safe, healthy and learning, while in person, and in the classroom – that’s the number one priority. We cannot lose sight of that critically important goal.
Many are concerned about the fevered pitch that many school board meetings have reached in recent weeks. I am, too. Threats, bullying, intimidation. None of this belongs in our public schools, particularly by adults. Remember – our children are watching. They are absorbing everything they see and hear, even if we think they aren’t paying attention. Being civil and respectful of one another is more important than ever as we navigate another COVID school year. Let’s behave the way we want our kids to act. We owe it to them, and we owe it to each other.”
Fire Alarm at Scotland High School:
Good Morning Everyone,
At approximately 10:00 am this morning a fire alarm was activated at Scotland High School. This was not a planned drill, so a call went out to the City of Laurinburg Fire Department. All buildings were cleared immediately. Upon inspection by the LFD, School Officials, and Maintenance Staff, it was discovered to be mechanical equipment failure that triggered the alarm. Once the all clear signal was given - students, teachers, and staff returned inside the buildings. All classes returned to normal by 10:15 am. Scotland County Schools again extends our sincere appreciation to the City of Laurinburg Fire Department for their quick response, and to the Administration, Faculty, and Staff of Scotland High School for insuring everyone’s safety.
On Tuesday evening, the Fighting Scots Varsity Volleyball game was cancelled. This was due to excessive moisture/condensation on the floor and walls of the gymnasium. School officials are working to find the cause and a solution to this problem. Updates on rescheduling or any other announcements will be posted as they become available.
Cancellations:The Cross Country meet @ 5 and Soccer game (varsity only) @ 6 at Lee Co. will now be rescheduled for Thursday 9-23-21. Our home tennis match vs. Southern Lee is also cancelled and will be rescheduled at a later date.David Johnson, Ed.S.
Assistant Principal/Athletic Director
Scotland County Schools
Fire Alarm at Sycamore Lane Schools:
Earlier today a fire alarm was pulled at Sycamore Lane Schools. Both Sycamore Lane Primary and Sycamore Lane Elementary Schools buildings were cleared. The Laurinburg Fire Department responded quickly to the call. Upon inspection of the buildings no smoke or fires were discovered. Students, Teachers, and Staff returned to the buildings after the all clear signal was given. Upon investigation, it was determined that a student had pulled the alarm. Scotland County Schools would like to thank The City of Laurinburg Fire Department for their rapid response and professionalism. Also, a word of thanks to our Sycamore Lane Administrators, Teachers, and Staff for their leadership.
Fighting Scots Sports Schedule:
Tuesday 9/21 - Volleyball (home) vs. Richmond @ 5:00
Tuesday 9/21 - Girls' Tennis (home) vs. Southern Lee @ 4:00
* SCHEDULE CHANGE
Tuesday 9/21 - Boys' Soccer (away) @ Lee Co. (varsity only) @ 6:00
Tuesday 9/21 - Cross Country (away) @ Lee Co. @ 5:00
Thursday 9/23 - Volleyball (home) vs. Hoke @ 5:00
Thursday 9/23- JV Football (open)
Thursday 9/23 - Girls' Tennis (away) vs. Union Pines @ 4:00
Friday 9/24 - Varsity Football (away) vs. Southern Lee @ 7:30
Southern Lee link www.gofan.co
Athletics Schedule ChangeDue to the forecast for Wednesday, the cross country meet @ 5 and soccer game (varsity only) @ 6 at Lee Co. will be held on Tuesday 9-21-21David Johnson, Ed.S.
Assistant Principal/Athletic Director
Scotland County Schools
SCS Selects Bankhead-Smith as Chief Academic Officer
The Scotland County School district welcomes a new hire, Dr. Mildred Bankhead-Smith as Chief Academic Officer.
Dr. Bankhead-Smith joins Scotland County School's after serving as science teacher, STEM educator, curriculum specialist and FoodCorps service member supervisor. Mildred has taught elementary, middle grades and high school science. As a FoodCorps service member supervisor, Mildred supported service members with the implementation of gardens in school's and healthy food choices for students. The students and teachers were taught the connections about how gardens supported science education and healthy living. As a curriculum leader Mildred oversaw Science, Healthful Living and Physical Education. She worked closely with teachers, administrators and community leaders to ensure the success of the content areas she led. Dr. Bankhead-Smith earned a bachelor's in science, master's in Education and Doctorate in education degrees. She is an experienced educator with 20 years of total service in Florida and North Carolina Public School's. She is Kenan Fellow and her project focused on an integrated course learning community.
Dr. Bankhead Smith said, “ I am eager and honored to join the work in progress in Scotland County and looking forward to supporting teachers and leaders.”
Superintendent Dr. Takeda LeGrand said, " Dr. Bankhead-Smith is a value-add to Scotland County Schools and will serve us well with implementing and supporting our strategic priorities in the areas of STEM, Arts, MTSS Frameworks, High Quality Professional Development and Professional Learning Communities."
2021 Open House Memories.....
The photos in the following slideshow were donated by CJ Photography of Laurinburg:
The photos are from our Scotland County Schools/Central Office Open House on Saturday, August 28th during the Downtown Laurinburg Funfest. Around 400 vistors stopped by for free Kona Ice snow cones, free pictures, free books, and information on the SCS 5-year Strategic Plan.
Loyal Scots Fan Treats Central Office To Lunch
On Tuesday, September 7th, The Central Office of Scotland County Schools was treated to a Pizza Lunch by Mr. Ryan Spangler. Mr. Spangler is a Scotland High School Grad, and stated..."as the Number One Fan of The Fighting Scots, I wanted to do something special for the Central Office staff." Superintendent, Dr. Takeda LeGrand thanked Mr. Spangler for his generosity. Dr. LeGrand commented: "Mr. Spangler's kind act today exemplifies the true spirit of a Fighting Scot, and our community!"
Varsity Football -SCHEDULE CHANGE:Please note and make the change that homecoming this year will be October 15th vs. Pinecrest.David Johnson, Ed.S.
Assistant Principal/Athletic Director
Scotland County Schools
Attention - All Scotland County Schools Students, Parents, and Families:
As students are returning to classes after a holiday weekend, we are asking for your help to slow or stop the spread of the COVID-19 variants throughout our system. If your child has symptoms or has been recently exposed to anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19, please keep them at home and consult your medical provider or the County Health Department for more information. We appreciate your cooperation, as we try our best to protect all students, staff members and their families from the pandemic. Thank you again. Be safe and stay well.
Retirees Honored With Banquet
Scotland County Schools honored retirees from 2019, 2020, and 2021 on Tuesday evening, August 31st. The event was held in the new gymnasium on the campus of Scotland High School. Superintendent, Dr. Takeda LeGrand welcomed the Retirees, their guests, Board of Education Chair, Mr. Rick Singletary, SCS Principals, Executive Team members, and Staff. Dr. LeGrand congratulated the Retirees on their new path to the future and encouraged all to stay connected with the system if possible.
Reverend Sue Hudson, Pastor of Laurinburg Presbyterian Church offered the Invocation. Ms. Tammy Jacobs, Senior Programming Coordinator, with Scotland County Parks and Recreation gave a presentation on a variety of programs available to the group. Each Retiree received a rosewood clock with an engraved plaque, and a Chamber gift certificate.
Weekly Update On COVID-19 Numbers/Scotland County
Scotland County Schools Central Office Open House – A Huge Success!
The Scotland County Schools Central Office held their Open House on Saturday, August 28th at the A.B. Gibson Center. The event coincided with The City of Laurinburg’s downtown FunFest day. Nearly 400 students, parents, family, and community members stopped by for giveaways and information. Several SCS team staff members and elected officials dropped by to support the open house, including Representative Garland Pierce and Scotland County Schools Board of Education Members-Chair Rick Singletary, Tony Spaulding, and Herman Tyson. Each department of the Central Office had a display table with a Superhero theme. Superintendent, Dr. Takeda LeGrand and the SCS Executive team’s message to all is that “Every Child Deserves A Super Hero.” Dr. LeGrand expressed her appreciation and accolades to all staff the made the event such a success.
Scotland County Health Department Director, Elisha Caldwell has successfully defended his dissertation this week. Scotland County Schools would like to extend our sincere congratulations to Dr. Elisha Caldwell on attaining his Doctorate degree.
SCS Superintendent, Dr. Takeda LeGrand commented that Dr. Caldwell and the entire staff at the Scotland County Health Department have worked diligently in providing the latest COVID-19 and other pertinent health information to the school system. Again, congratulations – Dr. Elisha Caldwell.
Stay Informed !!!
This is the website to the Scotland County Health Department. On their page they have a link to their Facebook page that shows their weekly numbers.
This is the website for Scotland Memorial Hospital that reports their numbers from the hospital.
This is the link to the CDC site that gives tips on how to protect yourself and your family from COVID-19.
SEarCH Recognizes Key Players
Scotland Early College High School (SEarCH) Principal, Ms. Kesha Hood, recognized “Key Players,” Mrs. Sheila Goins and Mr. James Hardin during the August 23rd Committee Of the Whole meeting held at the A.B. Gibson Center. Both Goins and Hardin received plaques and a $50.00 gift card for their recognized service. (L. Picture- Principal Kesha Hood, Board Vice-Chair, Dr. Carolyn Banks, Mrs. Sheila Goins, Supt. Dr. Takeda LeGrand. R. Picture- Principal Kesha Hood, Board Member, Vicki Jackson, Mr. James Hardin, Supt. Dr. Takeda LeGrand.)
South Johnson Elementary Honors Educators Johnson and Gilmore
On Monday, August 23rd, 2021 South Johnson Elementary School hosted a portrait unveiling of two educational leaders from SCS history. The portraits of Mr. Isaac Ellis Johnson and Mr. Walter Gilmore will now be proudly displayed in the foyer at South Johnson Elementary. Previously, both portraits were displayed at I. E. Johnson Elementary and South Scotland Elementary. The family of Mr. Walter Gilmore was in attendance, along with SCS School Board of Education Members (Chair-Rick Singletary, Vice-Chair Dr. Carolyn Banks, Board Members-Raymond Hyatt, Vicki Jackson, Herman Tyson, and Tony Spaulding), Representative Garland Pierce, Commissioner BJ Gibson, and several members of the community. Superintendent, Dr. Takeda LeGrand and Principal LaTonya McLean welcomed everyone to the event and paid homage to the history and legacy of both men. Mr. Gilmore’s Daughter-Cheryl Merritt gave remarks on behalf of her family and Ms. Annette Reid gave remarks on behalf of Mr. Johnson’s family.
Scotland County Traditional Schools Begin The “New Year”
It was back to school for many Scotland County Schools students this week. On Monday, August 23rd Administrators, Teachers, and Staff welcomed students and began classes for the 2021-2022 school year. Superintendent, Dr. Takeda LeGrand made stops at each school. Dr. LeGrand greeted students who shared with her their Summer experiences. Students also shared their goals for the year. Dr. LeGrand assured the students that their safety and well-being is a top priority with her. She also assured the students that the best tools for a quality education would be made available to every SCS student.
Richmond CC Job Fair
Richmond Community College’s Career and Transfer Center will be holding a $15 Per Hour & Beyond Job Fair Wednesday, October 6, 2021 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at the Robert L. and Elizabeth S. Cole Auditorium and Community Center, which is located at 1042 W. Hamlet Ave., Hamlet, NC 28345.
This job fair is offered in partnership with the NCWorks Career Center. To increase awareness of good paying jobs in the region, this job fair has set the minimum threshold to $15 or more per hour.
To participate, employers must offer or have available at least one position paying $15 or more per hour. (Please note, this does not limit you to advertising lower paying jobs.) There is no cost for employers to participate. Lunch will not be provided, but snacks and drinks will be offered to employers. To join the job fair, employers can register at the following link: https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=55Kxv1s2G024Vo10N4cZ_1Ez1PsXWNlEjw9ZQbGp90NUMUhPVE1ISUM2UlZRWFpaUFRIUU9WWEpUTC4u
There is no costs to employers or job seekers for this event!
Mask Mandate Continues
During the August 23rd Scotland County Schools Board of Education Committee of the Whole meeting, Board members voted to continue a mask mandate through September 30th, 2021. The Board will continue to review the policy on a month-to-month basis. The policy states that masks must be worn by anyone inside a SCS building. This would include students, parents, administrators, teachers, staff, and visitors.
From our friends at Scotland Healthcare:
Scotland Health Care Systems’ drive-thru COVID vaccination clinic will return to campus on Monday August 23rd. To schedule an appointment you may call 910-291-7654 between the hours of 9:00am – 5:00pm.
Scotland Occupational Health will be offering client COVID testing beginning Monday August 23rd through our drive-thru clinic as well. If you would like to make an appointment, please call TaHari at 910-291-7680. With COVID cases increasing, we will also offer Return to Work Covid clearances to clients and employees.
These hours are Monday – Thursday 9:00am – 4:00pm and Friday 9:00am – 2:00pm.
United Way of Scotland County Recognizes SCS
During the August 9th Scotland County Schools Board of Education meeting, The United Way of Scotland County recognized the School System for its support of the 2020 United Way Campaign. UWSC Executive Director, Coy Moody and UWSC President, Kim Liles presented Superintendent, Dr. Takeda LeGrand plaques of appreciation to:Scotland County Schools, Shaw Academy, Sycamore Lane Elementary and Laurel Hill Elementary. Ms. Moody thanked all members of the Scotland County School System for their generosity and vital support for the many agencies throughout the County supported by the United Way. In turn, many of these agencies offer assistance to SCS students and their families.
SEarCH Welcomes Student Back for 2021-2022
The Scotland Early College High School welcomed students back on Monday, August 9th. Principal Kesha Hood told students how excited she was to have students back on a daily basis, and that she has great expectations for the coming year. SCS Superintendent, Dr. Takeda LeGrand paid a special visit on Monday morning. Dr. LeGrand spoke one-on-one with several students asking about their expectations for the year, and offering her pledge to the student body that Scotland County Schools is committed to each and every student’s success.
All Pre K and Kindergarteners require both immunizations physicals, 7th graders require 2 immunizations-Meningococcal and tdap, 12th graders require a second meningococcal vaccine by the 30th calendar day after school begins. If records are not received by the 30th calendar day of school starting student will be excluded.
The North Carolina Education Corps is on a mission to build a better North Carolina and better Scotland County by providing high-quality whole child and academic support to our Scotland County School students. We seek community-minded change makers to help our youngest learners transition from ‘learning to read’ to ‘reading to learn.’ If you are interested in working with our Scotland County School students in a part-time paid position, please apply by 8/3/21 to join the SCS Education Corps Team at https://nc.teachermatch.org/applyteacherjob.do?jobId=504952.
Rachel G. Burris Ed.D
Director of Beginning Teacher Support and Licensure
Scotland County Schools
(910) 276-1138 ext. 306
Pre-K Registration 2021-22 is now OPEN!
Must be four years old by August 31st, 2021 and meet program requirements
What to bring?
Parents should bring a copy of the child’s:
- certified birth certificate
- social security card
- current immunization record
- current health assessment
- current dental screening
- proof of residence
- proof of income
March 1 - June 30, 2021
The elementary school in your attendance area:
Laurel Hill, South Johnson, Sycamore Lane, and Wagram
*Contact the elementary school in your attendance zone for more information.
Kindergarten Registration Opens April 12!
Students must be five years old by August 31st to register. Packets are available at all of our elementary schools or you can click on the links to print the registration forms here:
Completed registration packets should be returned to your child's school. In addition to the forms, you will need to bring the following:
- Birth Certificate
- Proof of Residence
- Immunization Records
- Health Assessment Form
If you still have questions or need some additional information, click here to watch a short video from some of our district's kindergarten experts!
See Something. Say Something
Everyone is concerned about school safety. It has been, is, and will continue to be our Board and Administration's top priority for our schools to remain a safe place to learn. We have a multitude of safety measures and procedures in place in our schools and district offices, but we know that even with all the camera systems, drills, and exercises we conduct, our most valuable security system that we have on our campuses each day remains the many thousands of eyes and ears of our students and staff. We can’t stress enough how strongly we encourage anyone and everyone to say something to someone – a teacher, a counselor, an administrator, or law enforcement personnel – if they hear or see anything suspicious or ever have any concerns. Let us teach our children to always be kind. Let us do everything we can, with all that we can, to ensure that our schools and community remain safe.