Latest News & Announcements
Reaves Signs Letter of Intent
On Friday, May 20th, 2022, Scotland High School Senior Patrick Reaves signed a national letter of intent to play basketball at Sandhills Community College. SCC Coach Mike Apple stated that Patrick will redshirt his first year. SHS Varsity Men's Basketball Coach, Micheal Malpass recognized Reaves for his talents and his desire to always give his best. As always...Go Scots!!!
SEarCH Grads Receive College DegreesOn Friday, May 20th, 2022, Richmond Community College held a commencement ceremony. 33 Scotland Early College High School graduates received their Associate's Degree:Llaniyah Rose Allen, Ashtie Alisha Barzinji, Allyson Danielle Bryant, Samantha Nicole Collard, Hayley Madison Creed, Breah McKenzie Ellerbe, Jonathan Austin Gause, Sammarpreet Singh Goray, Cameron Gage Gorden, Kyrie Shea Griffin, Aaliyah Tatyana Hilliard, Elaina Ariel Howard, Mary Marjorie Jordan, Jessica Leann Lighthall, Matthew John Locklear, Jalayha Ashay Mackie-McGirt, Catherine Ann Macy, Alanna Danielle Mahar, Katherine Elizabeth McDavid, LaQuandra Salel McInnis, Keshawn Antonio McIntyre, Danny Tyler Oxendine, Matthew Michael Patterson, Joseph Hinson Peed, Erin Danielle Pruitte, Emily Paige Rader, Nathan Eli Ray, Adriana Marie Rodriguez Gonzalez, Ch’Tauna Traynese Rogers, Morgan Lynn Singletary, Jackson Tyler Smith, Elizabeth Lee Stack, and Haleigh Leeann Stubbs. Congratulations to the SEarCH 2022 Seniors on this achievement!For event photos click on the link below:
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RE: Closure of the Legion Post 50 site. Please see the updated information below:
Good morning Community Partners,
This site was opened at a time when there was limited access to vaccines and testing. Vaccines, boosters, and testing are now available at several county locations! We encourage individuals to stay up to date with vaccines and boosters by making an appointment with us at the health department, 910-277-2440, or visiting Purcell Clinic, local medical provider's offices, and retail pharmacies!
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NHS Holds Annual CeremonyThe Scotland High School National Honor Society(NHS,) held its annual induction ceremony on Wednesday, May 18th at SHS. This year's Junior Class was installed and the outgoing Senior Class was recognized during the ceremony. SHS Principal, Brent Smith, shared his memories of becoming an NHS member in High School. Mr. Smith told the students that becoming a National Honor Society member is a lifetime memory for each one to cherish. For additional photos click on the link below:
Congratulations to our SHS Junior Marshals who will serve at this year's Graduation 2022 Ceremony:Front Row: (L-R)Faith LocklearLillian WylandNaomi GoldsonAverie GriffinHailey AdamsSydnee Layne DialSavanna TunstallHeather WaltersAlyssa FergusonCarson BuieEmma SealsMallory JusticeHarley LocklearAshley WhitfieldLauren InfingerBack Row (L-R)Hunter HuneycuttTurner BoundsBradley HeiderNicholas HamiltonDylan Tucker
The Scotland High School Annual Athletic Awards Ceremony was held on Monday, May 16th, 2022. The Coaches from 15 SHS teams presented awards to the student-athletes:Boy's/Girl's Bowling, Cross Country, Volleyball, Cheerleading, Swimming, Men's/Women's Golf, Men's/Women's Tennis, Men's/Women's Soccer, Football, Wrestling, Women's Basketball, Men's Basketball, Men's/Women's Track & Field, Softball, and Baseball. SHS Principal, Brent Smith, and SHS Athletic Director, David Johnson served as MCs for the evening. The Athletes of the Year: Men - Cooper Sutherland, Women - Kate Carter.For more photos click on the link below:
SYCAMORE LANE NAMED AS A RECIPIENT OF A LIBRARY GRANT
FROM THE LAURA BUSH FOUNDATION FOR AMERICA’S LIBRARIES:
Today, Sycamore Lane was one of 300 schools from 44 states across the country to receive a $5,000 grant through the Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries. This year, the Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries awarded $1.5 million in library grants this year.
Many libraries will use the funds to update and diversify their collections.
“I am thrilled that children from 300 schools will soon have access to an updated library collection,” Mrs. Laura Bush said. “Students across the country turn to books to discover the world around them, and we know that opening a new book opens the door to new opportunities and learning.”
“We are very thankful to receive funding for new books for our media center,” said Kim Brown, Sycamore Lane Primary and Elementary Media Specialist. “We are eager to add more diverse books to our collection that introduce our students to other cultures as well as allow them to have a deeper comprehension of the world around them. We are also excited to add additional books with characters that our students can relate to and that will help them make self-connections.”
Mrs. Bush revealed her 2022 summer reading list, which includes recommendations for young readers through middle schoolers, on Sunday at the annual Laura Bush Book Club event, part of the Engage at the Bush Center series, presented by NexPoint. Selections feature books on adventure, humor, and discovery.
“The books on this year’s summer reading list were selected to encourage children to keep reading over their summer break,” said Mrs. Bush. “Local libraries are a wonderful resource for our communities, and I hope children and parents will visit their local library to borrow each of the featured titles.”
One of the 2022 Summer Reading List books was written by Giovanna McBride, the daughter of Mrs. Bush’s former chief of staff, Anita McBride. Gigi at the White House was published by The White House Historical Association and follows a young Giovanna as she tours the White House. Inspired by the Laura Bush Foundation, Anita McBride and her husband Tim McBride have donated copies of Gigi at the White House! to every elementary school that has received a grant since 2002.
Grant applications for the 2022-2023 school year will open in late 2022. Visit laurabushfoundation.org to learn more.
The Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries supports school libraries with the greatest needs with the goal of encouraging all students to develop a love of reading and learning. Since its inception in 2002, it has awarded more than $19.5 million to more than 3,300 schools across the country.
The George W. Bush Institute’s Education and Opportunity work, which houses the Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries, is generously supported by The Allstate Foundation. The Laura Bush Foundation is managed as a restricted fund at the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas, Texas. More information can be found at laurabushfoundation.org. The Laura Bush Foundation is managed as a restricted fund at the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas, Texas. More information can be found at www.bushcenter.org.
George W. Bush Institute
The George W. Bush Institute is a solution-oriented nonpartisan policy organization focused on ensuring opportunity for all, strengthening democracy, and advancing free societies. Housed within the George W. Bush Presidential Center, the Bush Institute is rooted in compassionate conservative values and committed to creating positive, meaningful, and lasting change at home and abroad. We utilize our unique platform and convening power to advance solutions to national and global issues of the day by influencing policy, not politics. Learn more at bushcenter.org.
Scotland County Schools received more than $1 million dollars through a Capital Outlay Grant from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI). The Capital Outlay Grant totals $1,089,920 and funds will be used to renovate the Scotland High School Auditorium. An updated auditorium will support the district’s focus on Arts as part of their STEAM ( Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) work, allow Scotland High School to add dance classes and provide an updated space for community organizations to use for performances and large gatherings. Also, the grant funding will assist the district with one of its Five-year Strategic Plan Goals – By 2026, SCS will complete 75% of the revised five-year facilities plan.
SCS Superintendent Dr. Takeda LeGrand offered special thanks to our elected State Officials ( Senator Tom McInnis and Representative Garland Pierce) who supported funding for Need Based Capital Grants and the collaboration of our partners in education who made securing the grant possible: Scotland County Schools Board of Education; Scotland County Board of Commissioners; Mr. Kevin Patterson and Mr. Jason Robinson (Scotland County Board of Commissioners Point of Contacts); and Dr. Michael Riles, Chief Accountability and Technology Officer (Scotland County Schools Point of Contact).
McClain CTE Teacher of the Year
Mr. Roshein McClain, a CTE teacher at Carver Middle School was selected as the 2022 Scotland County Schools CTE Teacher of the Year. Scotland County Schools CTE Director, Dr. Jonathan McRae submitted Mr. McClain's name for consideration to the North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching (NCCAT,) for their Teacher of the Year award. Best wishes and congratulations, Mr. McClain!!!
Mia Jackson Wins State/National Recognition
Ms. Mia Jackson, an EC Facilitator for Spring Hill Middle School, was presented with one of only five Distinguished Service Awards presented on Wednesday, May 11th, during a luncheon held by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction(NCDPI) Exceptional Children's Directors May Institute. The event was held at the Koury Convention Center in Greensboro, NC. The Distinguished Service Award is presented every two years. The Award serves as both National and State recognition. Just over 100 awards have been presented to educators across the nation since its inception in 2000. The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction selected only five recipients from all PSUs (public and charters) to receive this esteemed recognition for 2022. Ms. Jackson received her award from Ms. Sherry H. Thomas, State Director, and Matt Hoskins, Assistant Director. Congratulations to Ms. Mia Jackson for accomplishing this high honor.
This week, members of the Scotland High JROTC Archery Team competed at the Kentucky Fair & Exposition Center, in Louisville, Kentucky, at the NASP Nationals. Participating in the event from SHS are Jaheim Armstrong, Caydence Deese, Ricky Driggers, Jamari Ellerbe, Kamron Farr, Caitlyn German, Braxten Hewett, Nicholas House, Zadiah Kelly, Shacara McKay, Terrell Pate, Caridad Sturdivant, and Manager: Kortni Boney. Best wishes and safe travel to our JROTC Archers. Scotland JROTC had the only two teams to qualify for the Nationals from NC. Those teams ranked 6th and 13th in the nation. The JROTC is led by LTC Karl McCloud and MSGT Ray Drewry. As always…Go Scots!!!
SHS Choir Spring Concert
On Wednesday, May 11th, the Scotland High School Choir held its Spring Concert. "Bringing It Back Together," was the program title/theme. The program included several familiar musical pieces, including "Gabi, Gabi" by William Powell. The SHS Choir is under the direction of Ms. Keyana Davis.
NASW Virtual Conference
On Monday, May 9th, the National Association of Social Workers(NASW) held a virtual conference. Scotland County Schools were well represented, as Dr. Summer Woodside, Ph.D., LCSW, LISW-CP, Associate Professor and Interim Associate Dean, UNC Pembroke College of Health Sciences, and SCS Board of Education Member, Ms. Chiquita Harrington, BSW, Lead School Social Worker, Scotland County Schools, and Mr. Joshua Peele, MSW, LCSW, School-based Mental Health Practitioner, Scotland County Schools were presenters during the conference. Mr. Peele stated: “School districts are experiencing increased levels of need for the support services provided by school social workers and school-based mental health practitioners, yet funding for these services is often limited. The use of data can facilitate advocacy efforts by education administrators and policymakers who are often making funding decisions related to the recruitment and retention of new and continuing school social work and school-based mental health practitioners. Guided by an equity framework, the workshop was also presented with two examples of data collection tools, as well as other data sources, that student support practitioners may consider utilizing to facilitate advocacy efforts. With the help of Google forms and Google sheets, data is collected daily throughout the school year from student support service personnel on tasks related to their position, such as individual counseling, home visits, meetings, or risk assessments, to name a few.”
The Scotland County Area Relay For Life 2022 Kickoff event has been scheduled:
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Event: Relay For Life Kickoff 2022
Date: Tuesday, May 17
Time: 5:30 pm
Location: First United Methodist Church of Laurinburg – Fellowship Hall
JROTC Archers Head to Competition
Members of the Scotland High JROTC Archery Team departed on Wednesday Morning to the Kentucky Fair & Exposition Center, in Louisville, Kentucky, to compete in the NASP Nationals. LTC Karl McCloud commented: “Our students are representing the School and our State of North Carolina. Our Cadets will be numbered from 10,018 to 10029 of over 15k shooters, competing with CENTERSHOT® and NASP® Students in Grades 4-12. Participating in the event from SHS are Jaheim Armstrong, Caydence Deese, Ricky Driggers, Jamari Ellerbe, Kamron Farr, Caitlyn German, Braxten Hewett, Nicholas House, Zadiah Kelly, Shacara McKay, Terrell Pate, Caridad Sturdivant, and Manager: Kortni Boney. Best wishes and safe travel to our JROTC Archers. As always…Go Scots!!!
Board of Education Proclamations
During their May 9th meeting, the Scotland County Schools Board of Education issued proclamations for 3 calendar recognitions. For National Education Week (May 2nd-6th,) National Nurses Week (May 6th-13th,) and National Administrative Professionals' Day (April 27th.) This year's outgoing "Teacher of the Year," Ms. Gabrienne McBride accepted the Educator's proclamation. Ms. McBride is a 3rd-grade teacher at Wagram Elementary and is the niece of SCS Board Vice-Chair, Dr. Carolyn Banks. Interim Chief Academic Officer, Ms. Jamie Synan accepted the Nurse's proclamation. The Executive Assistant to the Superintendent, and Clerk to the Board of Education, Ms. Miriam Davis accepted the Administrative Professional's proclamation.
Girl's Soccer Heads To Conference Tournament
The Fighting Scots Varsity Girl's Soccer Team will begin their quest for a conference tournament championship. The Lady Scots will play an away game at Union Pines. The game is scheduled for a 6:00 pm start.
As always...Go Scots!!!
State Playoffs TONIGHT!!!Just a reminder... Round One of the NCHSAA Playoffs:The Fighting Scots Varsity Baseball Team takes on East Wake High School, TONIGHT at 7:00 pm - Home (McCoy Field)The Fighting Scots Varsity Softball Team will meet Southern Wayne High School, also TONIGHT at 7:00 pm - Home (Softball Field)Come on out and show your support.As always...Go Scots!!!
Fighting Scots Await State Playoff Pairings
The Fight Scots Varsity Baseball and Softball Teams are awaiting the release of the NCHSAA State Playoff pairings. The information should be released by Monday, May 9th. We will post the announced games on our website and social media pages. As always...Go Scots!!!
"Lunch Super Heros" Celebrated
Friday, May 6th was the National School School Lunch Hero Day. Scotland County Schools Child Nutrition Services celebrated the day with the school cafeteria staff members. Director of CNS, Richard Jacobs, honored all staff members by praising their "dedication and extensive daily labor, especially through the pandemic, they all truly are heroes."
Central Office Celebrates Educator's Week
The Central Office staff was treated to breakfast, lunches, and an ice cream bar last week. Monday-Friday departments within the Central Office sponsored the celebrations for National Educator's Week. On Monday, the Superintendent's Office led off the week with breakfast and a motivational speaker, SCS Board of Education Chair, Mr. Rick Singletary. On Tuesday, The Human Resources Department had a lunchtime pizza party. On Wednesday, the Curriculum and Instruction Department set up a Sundae-Bar for an afternoon dessert. Cinco De Mayo was celebrated on Thursday, and the Accountability and Testing Department served Tacos for lunch. The week of celebration closed out on Friday with a cookout sponsored by the Operations Department. It was a week filled with food, fun, and fellowship. Thank you to all of the departments and those who worked very hard to have these successful events.
CTE Hosts Career Day at SHS
The SHS Career and Technical Education program held its annual Career Day/Job Fair this week. Several potential employers, higher education, and military service were represented. Vondia Caple, Career Development Coordinator, stated:
"Often times our students are not aware of the products, services, training, and employment opportunities offered in our local area. Our 2022 Career Day activity was an exciting event that allowed our students to better understand the relationship between career pathways, credentialing, and employment. Twenty-two organizations visually showcased their products and services and utilized this opportunity as a recruitment tool. Collaboratively, this activity served as an exploration, enrollment, enlistment, and employment opportunity for our students." Among the participants were: Campbell's Soup, Causey Aviation Unmanned, Edwards Wood Products, FCC, Gerber Collision, KORDSA, McCarter Electric, Meritor, NCDOT/Division of Highways, NCDVRS - Vocational Rehabilitation, NCWorks Career Center- Scotland County, Richmond Community College, Sandhills Community College, Scotland Healthcare System, Simmons One Hour Heating, Air & Electrical, Smithfield foods, Southeast Farm Equipment, St. Andrews University, Two Hawk Employment Services, UNCP, The United States Marine Corps, VBC Manufacturing.
Board of Education Monthly Meeting Notice:
Scotland County Schools Board of Education and Administration will meet on Monday, May 9th, 2022 at 6:00 pm. The meeting is open to the public and is also available for virtual viewing. The virtual link will be posted on Monday before 3:00 pm.
Sutherland Wins Dormagen/McLean Award
Congratulations to SHS student, Cooper Sutherland! During the 83rd Annual Laurinburg/Scotland County Area Chamber of Commerce Awards Banquet (May 5th,) Cooper was named the winner of the 2022 Dormagen-McLean Award. The award was established in 2000, in memory of Josh Dormagen and Chris McLean. The award is given to a SHS student or recent graduate that exemplifies the spirit of service, leadership and positive growth among his/her peers. Cooper's parents are Jamie and Debra Sutherland of Laurinburg.
Revels Signs Letter Of Intent
On Thursday, May 5th, 2022, Fighting Scots Senior Messiah Revels signed his letter of intent to play football at St. Augustine University, in Raleigh, NC. Fighting Scots Head Football Coach, Richard Bailey spoke about Messiah's talents on and off the field, and his dedication to the team.
Nazareth Missionary Baptist Church Honors Wagram and Spring Hill Educators
Wagram Elementary School Educators were served breakfast this morning, (Thursday, May 5th.) The meal was courtesy of Rev. Darryl "B.J." Gibson and the congregation of Nazareth Missionary Baptist Church, in celebration of National Teacher Appreciation Week. Later in the day, Spring Hill Middle School Educators were treated to lunch, which was highlighted by a custom-made cake designed by Sugar Hill Kakery, LLC.
Softball Conference Tournament Update
The Fighting Scots Varsity Softball team won the softball conference championship during the regular season this year. The last championship was in 2011. The Lady Scots play Richmond County tonight for the tournament championship and we are celebrating 50 Years of Title IX. The Sandhills Athletic Conference Tournament game is slated for a 7:00 pm start at Scotland High School. As always...Go Scots!!!
Girls' Soccer Senior Night
The Fighting Scots Girls' Soccer Team hosted Lee County on Tuesday, May 3rd. It was Senior Night for 7 Lady Scots. We congratulate all of our girls' soccer players as they move on to higher levels of success. As always...Go Scots!!!
Rescheduled Games Tonight!
Fighting Scots Varsity Baseball and Softball teams will play their rescheduled conference tournament games tonight. Both games are at home (Baseball-McCoy Field, Softball - Girls' Softball Field). Both games will begin at 7:00 pm.
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Teacher Appreciation Week Kicked Off at Central Office
Scotland County Schools Central Office Staff kicked off Teacher Appreciation Week on Monday, May 2nd. The staff heard a motivational speech from the SCS Board of Education Chair, Rick Singletary. In his talk, Mr. Singletary reminded everyone of the commitments that we made long ago to support our teachers, students, and staff. Mr. Singletary illustrated that our roles in education are like a puzzle and that each member is a vital piece to the puzzle. He asked the group for a re-commitment and to “finish the year strong!”
SJES Celebrates Arbor Day
On Friday, April 29th, South Johnson Elementary School third grade students took part in an Arbor Day Celebration. Representatives from The City of Laurinburg planted trees, and the students and staff heard historical information regarding Arbor Day. Representing the City of Laurinburg were: Anthony Austin, Michael Mandeville, Walker McCoy, Robert Melvin, and Angela Taylor. The students and staff also heard from Jack Franklin, with the NC Forestry Service/Scotland County.
SEarCH Students Celebrate Prom
On Saturday evening April 30th, the Scotland Early College High School (SEarCH,) celebrated Prom 2022 at the Scotch Meadows Country Club in Laurinburg. The night was filled with Music, Dancing, Food/Drink, and of course… a lot of energy. SEarCH Principal Kesha Hood stated that this was her first prom and that she was exceptionally excited for the students.
Varsity Bowling Team Recognized
During the April 25th BOE Committee Of the Whole meeting, The Scotland High School Varsity Bowling team was recognized for bringing home the State Championship trophy. Coach Meg Jernigan stated that each member of the team contributed to the success of this year's team. Congratulations!!! As always...Go Scots!
L-R, Superintendent, Dr. Takeda LeGrand, SHS Principal, Brent Smith, James Watts, Chandler Miller, A.D., David Johnson, Landon Malloy, Coach Meg Jernigan, Board Vice-Chair, Dr. Carolyn Banks
Not pictured: Cooper Sunderland, Asher Alexander, Evan Gale, Dylan Tilson, Bradley Heider, Tommy Beckwith, Trey Jackson.
SHS Varsity Softball Conference Champs
The Scotland High School Varsity Softball team will head into 3-A/4-A Sandhills Athletic Conference playoffs as the conference Champions. The Scots are led by Head Coach, Adam Romaine. Coach Romaine stated that this team is truly deserving of their championship status, as they have given their best in every game. Congratulations to our Conference Champions. As always...Go Scots!!!
Varsity Baseball Conference Co-Champs
Congratulations to the Scotland High School Varsity Baseball Team. The Fighting Scots put together a fantastic season, and are the 3-A/4-A Sandhills Athletic Conference Co-Champions. The Scots are now preparing for tournament play, the team is led by Head Coach, Greg Wrape. As always...Go Scots!!!
SCS Students Artwork On Display
Several pieces of artwork from Scotland County Schools students were on display at the Storytelling and Arts Center and the A.B. Gibson Center, Main Street display window. The artwork was part of the Art Festival held during the 2022 SpringFest, sponsored by the Laurinburg/Scotland County Area Chamber of Commerce, on April 29th and 30th. The collaboration of art teachers, students, and the Arts Council working diligently to offer an impressive display aligns with a goal of the SCS Five-Year Strategic Plan to “Create strong relationships and partnerships with local and regional communities that yield mutually beneficial results.”
SCS Receives Capital Outlay Grant
Scotland County Schools received more than $1 million dollars through a Capital Outlay Grant from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI). The Capital Outlay Grant totals $1,089,920 and funds will be used to renovate the Scotland High School Auditorium. An updated auditorium will support the district’s focus on Arts as part of their STEAM ( Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) work, allow Scotland High School to add dance classes, and provide an updated space for community organizations to use for performances and large gatherings. Also, the grant funding will assist the district with one of its Five-year Strategic Plan Goals – By 2026, SCS will complete 75% of the revised five-year facilities plan.
SCS Superintendent Dr. Takeda LeGrand offered special thanks to our elected State Officials ( Senator Tom McInnis and Representative Garland Pierce) who supported funding for Need-Based Capital Grants and the collaboration of our partners in education who made securing the grant possible: Scotland County Schools Board of Education; Scotland County Board of Commissioners; Mr. Kevin Patterson and Mr. Jason Robinson (Scotland County Board of Commissioners Point of Contacts); and Dr. Michael Riles, Chief Accountability and Technology Officer (Scotland County Schools Point of Contact).
NCDPI Recognizes Inaugural Cohort of Educators Leading NC into the Future as Rethink Education Facilitators for Blended Learning
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) has announced the initial cohort of educators who have earned their Rethink Education Facilitator Badge. The educators participating in Rethink Education, an initiative of the Virtual Instruction Support Services Division at NCDPI, will now serve as facilitators who help prepare teachers across the state to deliver high-quality blended instruction in a variety of settings and situations. Those earning their credentials from Scotland County are: Dr. Maxine Brown, (Principal, Wagram Elementary,) Ms. Angeline Cotton, (DIF, SEarCH/Shaw Academy,) Ms. Katherine Griswold,(DIF, Carver Middle School,) Ms. DaleAnn High, (DIF, South Johnson Elementary,) Ms. Jean Lisbon, (DIF, Sycamore Lane Elementary,) Ms. Susan Tucker, (DIF, Sycamore Lane Primary,) and Ms. Betsy Tyner, (DIF, Laurel Hill Elementary.) Congratulations to our educators. The Cohort distinction aligns with the SCS Five-year Strategic Plan Goal of: “By 2023, 50% of staff will complete professional development aligned to job assignment and professional growth plan.”
SCS Key Player Awards – April 2022
Key Player Awards for April and Principals’ presentations were on the agenda for the April BOE Committee Of the Whole meeting. Key Player Award plaques were presented to Ms. Latoria Baucum from Shaw Academy and Ms. Aileen Brigman, from South Johnson Elementary. Both winners also received $50.00 gift cards courtesy of Stateline Children’s World and Haney’s Tire of Laurinburg. Board Members also heard presentations from South Johnson Elementary School Principal, LaTonya McLean and Shaw Academy Principal, Philip Boayue.
NC Representative, Rev. Garland Pierce visits SCS
NC State Representative, Rev. Garland Pierce, and SCS Superintendent, Dr. Takeda LeGrand paid visits to Laurel Hill Elementary School and Carver Middle School this week. At Laurel Hill Elementary, Representative Pierce and Dr. LeGrand observed Ms. Amy Davis’ 2nd-grade class. At Carver Middle School both Dr. LeGrand and Representative Pierce observed a 7th grade Math class led by Ms. Shannon Matthews. Representative Pierce commented on the high levels of engagement and attentiveness of the students. Representative Pierce also met with Laurel Hill Principal, Laura Bailey, and Carver Principal, Patrick Peed. The NC State Representative makes regular visits throughout the year to each of the 10 SCS campuses.
Committee Of the Whole Recognitions
Special recognitions were given at the April BOE - Committee Of the Whole meeting on Monday, April 25th.
The 2021-2022 Bright Idea Grant Program winners:
Kim Brown - Sycamore Lane Elem./Primary (LREMC)
Catherine Gates - Carver Middle School(Pee Dee Electric)
Catherine Pinkston - Wagram Elementary (LREMC)
Tiffany Spencer - Spring Hill Middle School (LREMC)
The Bright Ideas Education Grant program is part of North Carolina’s electric cooperatives’ continued commitment to building a brighter future for NC students. Each winner received $2,000.00 for their school.
Varsity Sports Schedule Changes:
Tuesday's Varsity Softball and Baseball games have been rescheduled as follows:
Girl's Varsity Softball will now be played on Wednesday evening, 04/27/22, at 6:30 pm (Senior Night.)
Varsity Baseball will now be played on Wednesday evening 04/27/22, at 7:00 pm, (Senior Night.)
JV Baseball Game at Richmond County rescheduled for Wednesday evening, 04/27/22 at 5:00 pm
Mr. Britton Goodwin is no longer employed by the Scotland County Schools. While we cannot share specific personnel information, student safety is our top priority and SCS quickly and thoroughly investigates and responds to concerns that relate to student safety, and involves law enforcement when necessary. Any specific inquiries about this matter should be directed to law enforcement.
Varsity Sports Schedule Changes:
Tonight's Varsity Softball and Baseball games have been rescheduled as follows:
Girl's Varsity Softball will now be played tomorrow night, 04/27/22, at 6:30 pm (Senior Night.)
Varsity Baseball will now be played tomorrow night, 04/27/22, at 7:00 pm, (Senior Night.)
JV Baseball Game at Richmond County rescheduled for tomorrow night 04/27/22 at 5:00 pm
Thank you. As always...GO SCOTS!
Phone issues at Scotland High School
We are experiencing mechanical issues with the phones at Scotland High School. For immediate assistance, you may contact us at (910) 610-7091 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you and Go Scots!
Scotland County Schools C.O.W Meeting
The Scotland County Schools Board of Education and Administration will hold their monthly Committee of the Whole meeting this evening, April 25th, beginning at 5:00 pm. The meeting is open to the public, and is also available virtually by clicking on the link below:
Committee Of The Whole Meeting:
The Scotland County Schools Board of Education and Administration will meet on Monday, April 25th, at 5 pm for their monthly COW meeting. This meeting will be in the Board of Education Meeting Room at the A.B. Gibson Center, 322 S. Main Street, Laurinburg, NC. The public is invited to attend and the meeting will be live-streamed via a link on the school system’s website and social media pages. The link will be posted by 2:00 pm on Monday.
Dear Scotland County Residents,
A Community Health Needs Assessment is performed every three years to gain an understanding of the health needs and concerns of our community as well as our Health Care System. The needs assessment will help provide direction and focus for Scotland Health Care System, Scotland County Health Department, and other community agencies as we partner with you to improve the well-being of our residents.
As a Scotland County resident, you can help Scotland County Health Department and Scotland Health Care System with this very important 2022 Community Health Needs Assessment. Please click on the link below to complete a 7-10 minute confidential survey.
April is Autism Awareness MonthAnyone who is interested in starting an Autism Support Group again for Scotland County, please contact Rev.Essie Davis :email@example.com
Congratulations, Dr. Summer WoodsideSCS Board member Dr. Summer Woodside was presented with the 2022 Gary Lee Shaffer Award for Academic Contributions to the Field of School Social Work by the School Social Work Association of America (SSWAA) at the 2022 SSWAA National Conference on Friday, April 8th, 2022.Gary Lee Shaffer was a UNC School of Social Work faculty member, and a passionate advocate for children and the field of school social work. He passed away in 2009. Later that year, the SSWAA established this award program to commemorate his contributions through an annual recognition of a university faculty member that has made significant contributions to the field.Dr. Woodside stated: "Dr. Shaffer was my professor and mentor and was a great support to me as I was working towards my educational and career goals, and I feel very fortunate to be able to serve our local students and professionals in reaching their educational and career goals. I am extremely honored and humbled to receive this award."
Special Visitors to South Johnson Elementary
Scotland County Schools welcomed two distinguished visitors from the University of Nebraska today (April, 14th, 2022.) Dr. Tonya Jolley, Instructional Program Administrator, and Ms. Tracy Jones, Education Facilitator, visited Principal LaTonya McLean and South Johnson Elementary School. The educators observed High Dosage Tutoring classes, first with Ms. Liz Hasty, then later in the morning with Ms. Mary McLean. This visit reflects on one of the district’s Five-year Strategic Plan goals “High Expectations for Success – To create a climate of high expectations by which staff believe and demonstrate that all students can obtain mastery of curriculum.”
Pictured L-R: Ms. LaTonya McLean, SJES Principal; Ms. Jamie Synan, SCS Interim Chief Academic Officer; Ms.Renada Lewis, NC Education Corps; Ms. Tracy Jones, Buffet Early Childhood Institute, University of Nebraska; Dr. Tonya Jolley, Buffett Early Childhood Institute, University of Nebraska; Mr. Marlow Artis, NC Education Corps; Dr. Takeda LeGrand, Superintendent, Scotland County Schools.
Thursday 04/14/22 Varsity Baseball Game Time Change
The Varsity Baseball game versus Lee County this evening will start at 5:30 pm. Thank you.
Lockdown at Carver Middle School - Code Blue DRILL
As part of Carver Middle School's safety policies, a CODE BLUE lockdown was initiated this afternoon. This was only a DRILL. Mr. Patrick Peed, Principal, sent out a Connect-Ed message regarding the drill. Carver Middle School works with law enforcement to establish and follow through on scheduled drills to ensure the safety of all students.
Lockdown at Wagram Elementary - Code Blue DRILL
As part of Wagram Elementary School's safety policies, a CODE BLUE lockdown was initiated this morning. This was only a DRILL. Dr. Maxine Brown, Principal, sent out a Connect-Ed message regarding the drill. Wagram Elementary School works with law enforcement to establish and follow through on scheduled drills to ensure the safety of all students.
Thursday 04/14/22 Varsity Baseball Game Time Change
The Varsity Baseball game versus Lee County on Thursday evening will start at 6:00 pm. This is 1 hour earlier than originally scheduled. Thank you.
Board of Education Recognitions
During the April 11th, SCS Board of Education meeting, SCS Media Specialists were recognized with a PowerPoint presentation. The Board also issued a proclamation stating the month of April as National School Library Month in Scotland County Schools. A second PowerPoint presentation recognized all SCS Assistant Principals. A proclamation was issued stating April 4-8th as National Assistant Principals Week in Scotland County Schools. The presentations and proclamations are available on our SCS Facebook page:
Also available on our SCS Twitter account:
Lockdown at SHS - Code Blue DRILL
As part of Scotland High School's safety policies, a CODE BLUE lockdown was initiated this morning. This was only a drill. SHS Principal, Brent Smith sent out a Connect-Ed message regarding the drill. Scotland High School works with law enforcement to establish and follow through on scheduled drills to ensure the safety of all students.
Just a reminder.....
There will be NO CLASSES on Friday, April 15th, 2022 for Scotland County Traditional Schools and Scotland Early College High School (SEarCH.) Friday will be an "optional workday" for Teachers/Staff.
Spring Break for ALL SCS students will be Monday, April 18th through Friday, April 22nd. We wish everyone a safe and fun Spring Break.
Monday Softball Games Canceled
Today's Softball games versus Pine Forest have been canceled.
JROTC Awards Banquet and Military Ball
On Saturday, April 9th, 2022, the Scotland County Schools JROTC program held their Annual Scotland High School Military Ball in the Media Center of Scotland High School. The evening included a catered meal for the Cadets and their guests, an Awards Ceremony for the Cadets, and entertainment with music and dancing later in the evening. The following awards were presented:
The Senior Instructor Leadership Award: Cadet Jaheim Armstrong.
Excellent Staff Performance: Cadet Caleb Terry.
Most Improved Cadet: Emily Faulk, Colin Chasse, Chloe Chavis, Justis Chavis, Vanessa Tufino, Jaheim Armstrong, Zidua Purvis, Mitchell Davis, Sariyah George, Naimazha Samir, and Wyona Williams.
Personal Appearance Award: Shacara McKay, Zadiah Kelly, Ryland Tew, Chandler Langley, Caridad Sturdivant, Vanessa Tufino, Caitlyn German, and Ricky Driggers.
Cadet of the Quarter: Wesley Powell, Ricky Driggers, Christopher Crabtree, and Noah Blevins.
Distinguished Cadet Award: Cadet Kamron Farr.
Commendation Award: Cadet Braxten Hewett.
Proficiency Award: Joshua Terpening, Houston McRae, Caridad Sturdivant, Nicholas House, and Latoya Strickland.
Service and Support Awards: Victoria Tyner, Chandler Langley, Caleb Terry, Noah Blevins, Christopher Crabtree, and Wesley Powell.
Superior Cadet Award: 1st semester/ Cadet Jailin Elidah, Cadet Haleigh Ivey, Cadet Clay Mauldin, Cadet Caitlyn German. 2nd semester/ Cadet Caridad Sturdivant, Cadet Braxten Hewett, Cadet Kamron Farr, and Cadet Caleb Terry.
Special Recognition from the SAI: Caridad Sturdivant.
Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR): Cadet Caydence Deese.
Military Officers Association of America: Cadet Jaheim Armstrong and Cadet Clay Mauldin.
Military Order of the Purple Heart: Cadet Kamron Farr.
Reserve Officers Association (ROA)JROTC Award: Cadet Houston McRae, and Caridad Sturdivant.
The National Sojourners Award: Cadet Kamron Farr.
American Veterans (AMVETS): Cadet Braxten Hewett.
SCS Substitute Training Day
Scotland County Schools is actively seeking substitute teachers. On Thursday, April 7th, a group began training with our online instruction. If you are interested in becoming a substitute teacher, please contact our Human Resources Department, at 910-277-4459 (ext. 304.)
SCS Board Of Education Meeting
The Scotland County Schools Board of Education and Administration will hold their regular monthly meeting on Monday, April 11th, at 6:00 pm at the A.B. Gibson Center in downtown Laurinburg. The meeting will also be available virtually. A link for the meeting will be posted on Monday by 3:00 pm.
Cole Signs With Mercer University
Scotland High School Senior and Fighting Scots kicker, Christain Cole signed on Tuesday, April 5th, to play football at Mercer University, in Macon, GA. Fighting Scots Head Football Coach, Richard Bailey stated: "Christian is one of the hardest working kids that I've had the pleasure of coaching. If anyone is deserving of an opportunity to play college football, it's Christian."
The University of Nebraska Educators to visit South Johnson Elementary School
Scotland County Schools will welcome two distinguished visitors from the University of Nebraska on Thursday, April 14th, 2022. Dr. Tonya Jolley, Instructional Program Administrator and Ms. Tracy Jones, Education Facilitator will visit Principal LaTonya McLean and South Johnson Elementary School from 8:00 am – 11:30 am. The educators will observe High Dosage Tutoring, first with Ms. Liz Hasty, then later in the morning with Ms. Mary McLean. There will be an information sharing along with a question-and-answer time at the end of the visit with Dr. Takeda LeGrand, Superintendent, Mrs. Jamie Synan, Interim Chief Academic Officer, and Dr. Marlow Artis, with the NC Education Corps. The visit reflects on one of the district’s Five-year Strategic Plan goals “High Expectations for Success – To create a climate of high expectations by which staff believe and demonstrate that all students can obtain mastery of curriculum.” Scotland County Schools is thankful for the many partners supporting our work with high-dosage tutoring. Partners include: NC Education Corps, Richmond Community College, St. Andrews University, and the University of North Carolina at Pembroke.
To learn more about Scotland County Schools Strategic Plan in action click here: https://www.scotland.k12.nc.us/Page/3420
To learn more about NC Education Corps work with High Dosage Tutoring click here:
A Night Long Remembered
Scotland High School Juniors and Seniors enjoyed their first prom night since 2019. The Commons at Scotland High served as the event venue. Over 300+ tickets were sold. SHS Assistant Principal, Vencia Morrison, served as the event coordinator. SHS Principal, Brent Smith stated: "We are so excited to be able to return this tradition to our students. The smiles on the student's faces says it all."
Nicholson Signs With Allen University
Scotland High School Senior and Fighting Scots running back, R. J. Nicholson signed on Thursday, March 31st to play football at Allen University, in Columbia, SC. Fighting Scots Head Football Coach, Richard Bailey praised the character of Nicholson on and off the field, adding that "R.J. was a great ambassador for Scotland Football." Coach Baily also stated: "It's always good to have a player move up to the next level, and earn a scholarship."
SCS 2022-2023 Traditional Calendar Draft
During the March 28th Committee Of the Whole meeting, Board Of Education members were presented with a draft/proposed calendar for TRADITIONAL Scotland County Schools. Please see the links below, to review the calendar, and or offer feedback. Thank you.
BOE Committee Of the Whole March Recognitions
During the March 28th Committee Of the Whole meeting, the following recognitions and proclamations were presented:
Mr. Robert McRae and his wife, Mrs. Iris McRae of Richmond County received a Certificate of Appreciation and a framed group photo. Earlier this month, the McCrae’s met our Scotland High School Varsity Boys and Girls Basketball teams and Coaches at Hibbert Sports in Laurinburg. The McRaes’ allowed each student to purchase shoes or clothing. Mr. McRae also pledged to repeat the event next year and pledged scholarships in the amount of $500.00 to each graduating senior. Everyone was then treated to dinner at the Pizza Inn restaurant in Laurinburg. The McRaes’ have also formed a partnership with Wagram Elementary School.
Mr. Orrick McDougald, a social worker at Scotland High School, was recognized for his service. Mr. McDougald received a copy of the Board’s Proclamation of March 6th-13th for National School Social Workers Week.
SCS Art Teachers and Students were recognized with a PowerPoint presentation in honor of National Youth Art Month. Sycamore Lane Primary School Art Teacher, Cindy Flowers, accepted the Board’s proclamation for National Youth Art Month in Scotland County Schools.
The March Key Player Award for Wagram Elementary School went to Ms. Katherine Clark, School Nurse. In her nomination letter, Principal, Dr. Maxine Brown stated: Whenever an emergency occurs, Nurse Clark is a beacon of light for students in need. Whether it’s late-night calls or weekend texts, she is always willing to sacrifice her personal time whenever we need her.” Along with her plaque, Nurse Clark received a $50.00 Wal-Mart gift card courtesy of Haney’s Tire in Laurinburg.
Spring Hill Middle School HOSA News
Congratulations to the students at Spring Hill Middle School. The HOSA Club recently went to a competition. They placed in the following categories....
In Foundations of Medical Terminology:
Connor Pham-2nd place
Maurice McMillan-3rd place
Abdiel Mendez-Santiago-5th place
In Prepared Speaking:
Christopher Walden-2nd place
HOSA – Future Health Professionals, formerly known as Health Occupations Students of America, is an international career and technical student organization endorsed by the U.S. Department of Education and the Health Science Technology Education Division of ACTE. “High Expectations for Success” is one of the goals for the SCS 5-year Strategic Plan: “To create a climate of high expectations by which staff believe and demonstrate that all students can obtain mastery of a curriculum.”
Scotland County Schools C.O.W Meeting
The Scotland County Schools Board of Education and Administration will hold their monthly Committee of the Whole meeting this evening, March 28th, beginning at 5:00 pm. The meeting is open to the public, and is also available virtually by clicking on the link below:
Here at Scotland High School, we know that many of our students and families may need help completing financial aid forms for college and, as a result, Scotland High School hosts a FAFSA for assistance night on Monday, March 28, at Scotland High School from 4:30 to 6:30 PM. Our counselors will be on-site to assist students and families and complete applications for financial aid. Please bring identification information and 2020 tax information so that our counselors and staff can assist you in completing the FAFSA. We look forward to seeing you on Monday night and, as always, go Scots!
Dr. LeGrand visits South Johnson Elementary 1st & 2nd Grade Blended Class
As part of their studies about National Women’s History Month, the blended 1st and 2nd grade class of Ms. Chaka Davis-Smith (South Johnson Elementary School) invited Scotland County Schools Superintendent, Dr. Takeda LeGrand to their class. The students had 8 questions prepared to ask Dr. LeGrand, on a variety of topics regarding Dr. LeGrand’s personal and professional life. Ms. Davis-Smith explained to the class that Dr. LeGrand has made history here in Scotland County, serving as the first African-American, Female Superintendent for the district. Dr. LeGrand shared her educational background with the students and encouraged them to follow their dream, but focus now on learning as much as they can every day. After the question and answer session, Dr. LeGrand followed the students into the hallway to recite nonsense words. Nonsense words are made-up words that follow phonetic rules and can be pronounced, yet have no dictionary definition or meaning. They could be referred to as "silly words", "pseudowords", "non-words", "alien words", or "monster words", depending on the classroom setting. The students practice with the goal of reciting all the words listed in less than 1minute.
Carson Bailey Receives Scripps/SCS Spelling Bee Runner-up Plaque
Carver Middle School 7th grader, Carson Bailey, received his Scripps/Scotland County Schools, County-wide runner-up plaque at Carver Middle School this week. Due to a baseball game, Carson was not able to attend the March 14th SCS Board of Education meeting. During that meeting, Carson and the Spelling Bee Champion, Sophie Jackson (Wagram Elementary,) were recognized by the Board for their accomplishments. Carson’s parents are Laura and Richard Bailey of Laurinburg.
Pictured (L-R) Patrick Peed, Carver Middle School Principal, Carson Bailey, Dr. Takeda LeGrand, Superintendent, SCS
Pictured (L-R) Patrick Peed, Principal, Angela Purcell, Media Specialist, Carson Bailey, Laura Bailey, Dr. Takeda LeGrand, Superintendent
Scotland High Sports Schedule Changes - 03/23/22Soccer has been cancelled and will be rescheduled at a later dateTrack has been cancelled today and will be rescheduled for tomorrowJV Baseball has been cancelled todayVarsity Baseball game is still scheduled for today to be played on campus at 6:00
JV & Varsity Softball is still scheduled to be played 5 & 7 @ Marlboro as of right now
AP Marvin Smith selected for cohort programCongratulations to Laurel Hill Elementary School, Assistant Principal, Marvin Smith. Recently, Mr. Smith was selected for the inaugural cohort of the Assistant Principal (AP) Accelerator Leadership Program, a joint partnership among the North Carolina Principals and Assistant Principals’ Association (NCPAPA), the Belk Foundation, and the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI). The newly established AP Accelerator Program is a statewide leadership initiative funded by NCDPI and the Belk Foundation to fast-track promising assistant principals for principal positions.The program is funded by multiple partners, including the Belk Foundation, NC Department of Public Instruction, the Burroughs Welcome Fund, the NC Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education Center, and the NC Alliance of School Leadership Development.Once again, congratulations Assistant Principal, Marvin Smith.
Board of Education Meeting and Link:
Scotland County Schools Board of Education and Administration will meet tonight, February 14th, 2022, at 6 pm. The meeting is open to the public, masks are required inside of all SCS buildings. The meeting is also available for virtual view,Here is the link for tonight's board meeting.
Superintendent hosts meetings to form SCS Parent Academy
Scotland County Schools Superintendent, Dr. Takeda LeGrand will begin a series of Spring Advisory Committee meetings next week. Each school throughout the district will be represented by a Certified Staff member, a Classified Staff member, a Student, a Parent/Community member and each of the School Resource Officers (SROs.) All meetings will be held virtually.
On Tuesday, March 15th, Dr. LeGrand will meet with students (selected by their Principal,) to discuss their educational experiences, expectations for the school system and ideas for making our schools better.
The following week, on Tuesday afternoon, March 22nd, the Superintendent will meet with classified staff members, and then, on Thursday evening, March 24th, Dr. LeGrand will meet with parents, community members, and School Resource Officers (SROs.) The meetings are designed to not only improve communication but strengthen ties with students, families, staff, and the community.
A Steering Committee is being formed. The committee will assist with making important decisions about the details of the Parent Academy. The Steering Committee will meet on Tuesday, March 29th, 2022.
Aligned with Scotland’s Strategic Plan goals, the Scotland Family Academy is designed to build a strong home-school partnership through a district-wide family engagement outreach program. The Family Academy also partners with organizations for holistic support designed to serve the whole family. The Family Academy will partner with families to provide FREE workshops and educational events for SCS families.
Scotland HS Grad Honored at City Hall
Scotland High School and University of Georgia graduate Zamir White was honored by The City of Laurinburg on Friday, March 11th. White received a proclamation and Key to the City from Laurinburg Mayor, Jim Willis. A capacity crowd heard testimonials from Zamir's Pastor, former coaches, and a video presentation that included UGA Head Coach, Kirby Smith. White will now await a selection in the upcoming NFL draft.
Board Of Education Meeting:
The Scotland County Schools Board of Education and Administration will meet on Monday, March 14t at 6pm for their monthly Board Of Education meeting. This meeting will be in the Board of Education Meeting Room at the A.B. Gibson Center, 322 S. Main Street, Laurinburg, NC. The public is invited to attend and the meeting will be livestreamed via a link on the school system’s website, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages. The link will be posted by 2:00 pm on Monday.
You're invited to attend CACRAO's Virtual College Fair on Monday, March 21 and Tuesday, March 22! NC State is joining over 75 institutions from across the country to share more information about the college search and application process. View the full schedule and see which institutions are attending. You are encouraged to attend both nights and register for sessions based on institutions you are interested in learning more about.
CACRAO is an organization that promotes college access for students in North and South Carolina. We invite you to learn more about NC State by registering below.
Session D2 - NC State Session
Tuesday, March 22 from 5 - 5:45 p.m.
Click link below:
LRCOG Releases Broadband Report
The Lumber River Council of Governments recently released its broadband study. This study has collected not only public feedback, but also available infrastructure and invaluable GIS data about the status of broadband within our region. To view the report, click on the link below:
Fighting Scots Boys’ Tennis 2022 Spring Season
The Fighting Scots Boys’ Tennis Team are hitting the courts now. The Scots split the first two matches of the early season. First-year Boys’ Tennis Coach, Brian Patterson stated that this is a very young team, that he is very optimistic about the remainder of the season, and that the team will be competitive in conference play. The Fighting Scots Boys’ Tennis team play their home matches at the Scotland County Parks and Recreation Tennis Courts on Atkinson Street. You can find a schedule for the entire season on our website – www.scotland.k12.nc.us
Due to weather, Wednesday's track meet @ Hoke has now been moved to Tuesday.
Tuesday - 3/8- Conference Track Meet (away) @ Hoke @ 4:00
Due to weather, Friday's JV and Varsity baseball games have been rescheduled to Tuesday of this week and will be played as a doubleheader.Tuesday - 3/8 - Jv Baseball (home) vs. Hoke @ 4:30 (5 inning doubleheader)Tuesday - 3/8 - Varsity Baseball (away) vs. Hoke @ 4:30 (5 inning doubleheader)
Fighting Scots Baseball and Softball Teams Start Off with Winning Ways!!!
Both Scotland High School Varsity Baseball and Varsity Softball teams have started the season without a loss thus far. Fighting Scots Varsity Baseball Coach, Greg Wrape stated that the Scots are determined to "go deep" into the NCHSAA playoffs in quest of a championship.
Varsity Softball Coach is just as excited about this year's Softball team. Several of this year's lineup have already signed letters of intent to play at the collegiate level.
You can follow all Spring 2022 Fighting Scots Sports with a downloadable schedule for all sports. The schedules are available on our website:
As always...Go Scots!!!
"Good evening, Scotland High School Families, This is Principal Brent Smith with an important message from Scotland High School. We are aware of a social media thread that is circulating in the community this evening. Law enforcement is investigating the source of this information and has been in frequent contact with the school administration. We take all threats to school safety seriously. School consequences will be assigned to those responsible and law enforcement has pledged that those responsible will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. As an added safety precaution, additional law enforcement will be on campus tomorrow to ensure student and staff safety. Have a great evening and, as always, Go Scots!"
Scotland Athletes Sign for Scholarships
Three Fighting Scots signed letters to play athletics at the collegiate level. On Thursday, March 3rd, Fighting Scots Football saw Nick Henderson and Hunter Callahan sign letters to continue their football careers, playing for Ferrum College, in Ferrum, Virginia. Scots Head Football Coach, Richard Bailey praised the work ethics of both men. Coach Bailey also pointed out that only 7% of all high school football players get a scholarship to play at the collegiate level.
On Friday, March 4th, Scots Varsity Softball player, Olivia Hyatt signed her letter to play softball at Greensboro College, in Greensboro, NC. Varsity Softball Coach, Adam Romaine spoke of Olivia's smile at all times...until game time! Coach Romaine stated that Olivia is one of the hardest-working athletes that he has coached during his career. Congratulations to these students on their successful move to the next level.
As always...Go Scots!!!
SCS Facebook Links
All 10 Scotland County Schools have their very own Facebook page. Click on any of the links listed below for direct access:Scotland High School:https://www.facebook.com/officialscotlandhighschoolCarver Middle School:https://www.facebook.com/CarverMiddleSchoolEaglesSpring Hill Middle School:https://www.facebook.com/SpringHillMiddleLaurel Hill Elementary School:https://www.facebook.com/laurelhillelementarySouth Johnson Elementary School:https://www.facebook.com/South-Johnson-Elementary-School-105550477889673Sycamore Lane Elementary School:https://www.facebook.com/SycamoreLaneElementarySchoolSycamore Lane Primary School:https://www.facebook.com/sycamorelaneprimaryWagram Elementary School:https://www.facebook.com/wagramelementary
February Key Players Named
During the SCS Board of Education’s February Committee Of the Whole meeting, Key Player Awards were presented. For Sycamore Lane Elementary School, the award went to School Nurse, Jilliane Chavis. In her nomination of Ms. Chavis, Principal Kachina Singletary stated: “She works tirelessly not only throughout the week with contact tracing, communicating protocols with parents, making sure our teachers and staff members are practicing self-care, adhering to the everyday calls such as administering medication, updating reports, and ensuring vision and hearing screenings are conducted in a timely manner, she also works throughout the weekend- processing weekend Covid reports, and advising parents on next steps.
Assistant Principal, Michael Chapman was named as the Key Player for Scotland High School. In his nomination letter, Principal, Brent Smith stated: “Recently, unexpected opportunities in accountability were addressed by Mr. Chapman’s willingness to step up and take on additional responsibilities to make sure that our school is successful. Mr. Chapman always answers the call and is a true asset to SHS.” Mr. Smith also praised Mr. Chapman as one who prefers a low profile, while doing everything that he possibly can for the students of Scotland High School.
Each Key Player Award winner received an engraved plaque and a $50.00 Wal-Mart gift card furnished by SCS partners Jerry’s Deli and Grille and the Laurinburg Wal-Mart store.
Scotland County Schools celebrate Read Across America Week
This week, Scotland County Schools students, teachers, and staff will celebrate Read Across America Week. The National Education Association (NEA,) endorses Read Across America as an annual reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading with the theme: Celebrating a Nation of Diverse Readers. SCS Superintendent, Dr. Takeda LeGrand was a guest reader at Sycamore Lane Elementary School (Ms. Rose's 3rd-grade class,) and at Sycamore Lane Primary School (Ms. Wright and Ms. Lee's 2nd-grade class.) This week we will feature Read Across America stories and photos from our local schools.
Scotland County Schools Black History Month Celebrations
Black History Month (February,) was celebrated throughout Scotland County Schools. The student's artwork was displayed in the lobby of the A.B. Gibson Center, as well as a display in the S. Main Street window. Many of our students participated in programs at their local schools that paid homage to Black history and heritage. Here are some examples of the celebrations:
Board of Education Committee Of the Whole Meeting Notice:
Scotland County Schools Board of Education and Administration will meet tonight, Monday, February 28th, 2022 at 5 pm. The meeting is open to the public, masks are required inside of all SCS buildings. The meeting is also available for virtual view. Please click on the link below:
SEarCH Black History Month Program
The Scotland Early High School held its Black History Month Program on Thursday afternoon. Principal, Ms. Kesha Hood introduced Carver Middle School Teacher/Coach, James McLean as the Keynote Speaker. Mr. McLean has presented his program “You Can Get There - From Here” at several of our local schools. In the presentation, Mr. McLean gives a very real look at what it means to overcome obstacles in our lives. Mr. McLean refers to many Scotland county Schools graduates who have overcome their own obstacles to achieve success at various levels. The presentation included examples from Mr. McLean’s own personal story, and SEarCH Principal, Ms. Kesha Hood. The presentation was followed by music and readings from Black History by SEarCH students and staff.
Committee Of The Whole Meeting:
The Scotland County Schools Board of Education and Administration will meet on Monday, February 28th at 5 pm for their monthly COW meeting. This meeting will be in the Board of Education Meeting Room at the A.B. Gibson Center, 322 S. Main Street, Laurinburg, NC. The public is invited to attend and the meeting will be live-streamed via a link on the school system’s website, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter pages. The link will be posted by 2:00 pm on Monday.
Fighting Scots Band News
The Fighting Scots Marching Band Color Guard placed 3rd during their most recent competition at Green Level High School in Cary, NC. The Color Guard’s next competition will be on March 12th, and then the Championships will be held on Saturday, March 26th at the Crown Coliseum in Fayetteville, NC. Congratulations and continued success to our Fighting Scots Color Guard.
SCS Career and Technical Education (CTE) Meets with Stakeholders
The Career and Technical Education (CTE) program hosted a meeting at Scotland High School last week. According to CTE Director, Dr. Jonathan McRae, the purpose of the meeting was to bring community business, industrial, education, and organization leaders together. Ideas were shared and plans were discussed on improving the CTE program to better serve the community as well as give students more opportunities for their future success. For more information on the Career and Technical Education program, you may contact Dr. Johnathan Mcrae at:
Taylor Signs With Greensboro
On Friday, February 18th, Scotland High School Senior Raven Taylor signed to play Softball at Greensboro College. A large group of family, friends, coaches, and teammates were in attendance in the Media Center of Scotland High School. Fighting Scots Softball Coach Adam Romaine praised the everyday efforts and clutch plays that Ms. Taylor contributed to the team.
Local Sorority donates to Prekindergarten students.
The members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Rho Alpha Omega Chapter, presented four SCS Prekindergarten teachers with classroom materials for their students. Each basket contained educational materials that will aid in the development of essential pre-academic and functional skills. Baskets were presented to teachers at South Johnson Elementary and Sycamore Lane Primary.
Sycamore Lane Primary School
South Johnson Elementary School
February Key Player Awards
During the February Board of Education Meeting on Monday, the 14th, SCS Key Player Awards were handed out to the following recipients:
Officer Larry Bowman, SCS District Safety Specialist,
Dr. Michael Riles, Chief Accountability and Technology Officer,
Dr. Adell Baldwin, Chief Operations Officer.
These men received the award for their efforts in securing a $500,000.00 grant from the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Grant) from the United States Department of Justice. This money will be used to provide more security items needed throughout the SCS system.
Adam McCaskill, P.E.Teacher at Sycamore Lane Primary School was nominated by his Principal, Dr. Elisabeth Harrell. Mr. McCaskill was praised for his TEAM attitude and willingness to serve wherever needed.
Each Key Player recipient received an engraved plaque and a $50.00 Wal-Mart gift card.
The gift cards this month were donated and sponsored by Jerry's Deli and Grill on Hwy 401S in Laurinburg and the local Wal-Mart store.
Sycamore Lane Primary School Principal Hooded with Doctorate Degree Recognition
On Sunday, February 13th, 2022, at 9:00 a.m., UNCW honored its 2020 Graduates with an in-person ceremony. Due to the onset of COVID-19, no in-person ceremonies were held in 2020. During Sunday's recognition ceremony, Dr. Elisabeth B. Harrell was able to be hooded by her Dissertation Adviser, which symbolizes successfully completing the doctoral program. Congratulations - Dr. Harrell.
Board of Education Issues February 2022 Proclamations
The Scotland County Schools Board of Education issued 3 proclamations during it's February 14th, meeting. Recognized were National Bus Drivers Appreciation Week, National School Counselors Appreciation Week, and Black History Month.
“Little Libraries” Continue to Encourage Reading
Scotland County Schools “Little Libraries” are located throughout the district. The libraries offer a variety of books for students pre-K through 12. Recently, SCS Interim Chief Academic Officer, Jamie Synan, and Sycamore Lane School Media Specialist, Kim Brown were out restocking the boxes. Ms. Synan stated: “We are always appreciative of donations (new or used,) we just ask that the books are in good condition and they definitely need to be appropriate for children.”
The Laurinburg Exchange is hoping your closets and attics and garages will produce books that can be donated for a good cause. Between now and Monday, Feb. 28, folks can bring books that are in good shape to The Exchange office. Those books could be for young readers, teen readers, and adult readers — no magazines, please. “We really appreciate all the books that have come already,” said W. Curt Vincent, editor of the newspaper. “And we are sure there are many more out there to come.”
The books collected will be sorted and passed on to such facilities as senior centers, nursing homes, and Scotland County Schools’ 20 Little Libraries.
Single books or boxes of books can be brought to The Exchange office Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. For information, call 910-506-3023.
Fighting Scot places at State
Congratulations to Amare Chance, who finished 4th in the NCHSAA 3A Indoor Track Championships in the boy's shotput. This was Scotland High School's first year competing in indoor track. Way to Go Amare. As always...Go Scots!!!
Next Level For Fighting Scots Athletes
In just one week, 3 Scotland High athletes signed their papers for athletic scholarships to the college level. First, on Friday, February 4th, Ladarius McNeill signed to play football at Winston-Salem State University. Later in the day, Morgan Singletary signed up to play softball at Guilford College.
On Friday, February 11th, Nick Hough signed his papers to play football at Queen City Collegiate.
Congratulations, and as always....Go Scots!!!
Bowlers Bring Hardware Home
The Fighting Scots Boys and Girls Bowling teams competed at the North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA,) tournament on Friday, Feb. 11th. The Fighting Scots Girls placed 3rd in the State to bring back a trophy to Scotland High.
The Fighting Scots Boys would walk away from the lanes with a State Championship!!!
More details will be forthcoming. Congratulations to our Fighting Scots Bowlers, an AWESOME finish at State. As always....GO SCOTS
Way To Go Fighting Scots Girls Bowling - 3rd Place at NCHSAA Tournament!!!
Fighting Scots Boys Bowlers - The BEST!!!
County-Wide Spelling Bee News:
7 students from Scotland County Schools squared off in the 2021-2022 Scripps County-Wide Spelling Bee on Thursday, February 10th. The contestants were:
Lamar 'J Adams - Shaw Academy
Carson Bailey - Carver Middle School
Britain Campbell - South Johnson Elementary
Natalee Jackson - Spring Hill Middle School
Sophie Jackson - Wagram Elementary
Sa'Niya McCrimmon - Sycamore Lane Elementary
Nykera McLaughlin - Laurel Hill Elementary
Congratulations to Sophie Jackson, our 1st Place winner, and to Carson Bailey, our 2nd Place (runner-up.)
Miss Jackson will represent Scotland County schools in the Charlotte District Bee in March. Congratulations again to all of our Spelling Bee students.
Our State Magazine Highlights Laurinburg and Scotland County
Laurinburg and Scotland County businesses and entities were featured in a recent edition of Our State Magazine. The Fighting Scots and several local shops, schools, entertainment, and lodging venues are mentioned in the article.
Please click on the link below for the entire story:
Scotland Grad Demonstrates Generosity
Scotland High School Graduate (and LOYAL Fighting Scots Fan,) Ryan Spangler has been very busy sharing his generosity lately. Last week, Mr. Spangler treated the Central Office staff to a pizza and drinks luncheon. This week, Mr. Spangler shared refreshments with the staff at Laurel Hill Elementary School. Mr. Spangler also attended Laurel Hill Elementary as a child. Mr. Spangler stated: “I’m ALWAYS glad to return some of the blessings that came my way as a student in Scotland County Schools. I love to see the smiles on the faces.” We are very thankful to a caring person such as Mr. Ryan Spangler.
Scotland High School Art Students Black History Month Display
Scotland High School Art students have created a salute to Black History Month in the Central Office (A.B. Gibson Center) display window facing S. Main Street in downtown Laurinburg. The students and their teacher, Ms. Phyllis Laviner filled the window with sketches, as well as pen/ink drawings. Each drawing represents a person that is important to Black History, including music, politics, and literature.
Fighting Scots Baseball Just Around the Corner
The Fighting Scots Baseball Team will begin their official practices for the Spring 2022 season beginning on Monday, February 14th. Scots Varsity Head Coach, Greg Wrape said that he is definitely ready for action. “Obviously, our top goal is to be competitive and end up winning a conference championship, and to make a deep run into the State play-offs and possibly a State championship.”
SHS senior, Parker Byrd is one of this year’s returning starters for the Scots. Byrd has been named to the Class 4A All-State Baseball Team, one of only 18 Scots since 1993 to receive the honor. He has also signed to play with the East Carolina University Pirates. He will report to ECU in the Fall of this year. According to Coach Wrape, Byrd has demonstrated the ability to play many different positions, which is always a great asset for any player. Byrd stated: “I try to put my all into every game, but also, into my practice and workout regimen as well. You have to stay focused and determined.”
St. Andrews University Student Recognized in NCNPR Publication
St. Andrews University Junior, Alexis Gordon, was recently recognized in an article and radio newscast by North Carolina National Public Radio (NCNPR.) Ms. Gordon is a Tutor at South Johnson Elementary School and is a Member of the North Carolina Education Corps. Read more at the link below:
NC Education Corps tutor Alexis Gordon leads second-graders in a reading lesson at South Johnson Elementary in Scotland County.
Scotland County Educators Receive State-wide Recognition
North Carolina Public Radio recently published an article and news story for NCNPR regarding North Carolina Education Corps Tutors. These tutors are currently working with Scotland County Schools students. See more by clicking on the link below:
South Johnson Elementary Hosts Parent Night
Principal, LaTonya McLean and the staff of South Johnson Elementary School welcomed nearly 100 parents, students, and family members to “Gator Family” night on Thursday, January 28th, 2022. Parents were greeted by Principal McLean and Scotland County Schools Superintendent, Dr. Takeda LeGrand, then, participated in a “warm-up” scavenger hunt activity. Announcements and updates for upcoming events were also shared. As a highlight to the evening, information and a Zoom webinar was conducted regarding the Scotland County Schools Parent Academy. Dr. Kristen McInerney with RTI International and Dave Wells, Communications/Public Relations Specialist, with SCS served as moderators. The families researched other school districts in a break-out session, provided feedback on survey forms, and shared comments after the session. The information garnered will be analyzed by RTI and discussed for possible ideas for the new Parent Academy. The academy is an intricate part of the Scotland County Schools 5-Year Strategic Plan. One goal of the plan is that “by 2023, 25% of SCS parents will complete the SCS Parent Academy.
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Scotland County Schools Begins Parent Academy Workshops
As part of the Scotland County Schools system’s 5-Year Strategic Plan, planning and development of a “Parent’s Academy” is now underway. On Wednesday, January 19th, a group of parents met in the Media Center of Scotland High School. The group reviewed feedback from 11 separate Focus Group/Advisory Committee meetings. Some of those groups include: Students, Certified Staff, Classified Staff, Facilitators, Community Stakeholders, and School Resource Officers/Supervisors.
The meeting was facilitated by Dr. Kristen McInerney, of RTI International, Scotland County Schools Superintendent, Dr. Takeda LeGrand, and SCS Communications/Public Relations Specialists, Dave Wells
The Parent Academy is funded by ESSER (Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief) funds. RTI International is the organization that reviews all data and information collected to offer suggestions for the school system’s new Parent Academy.
As part of the first workshop, the participants researched other Parent Academies from a variety of school systems. The group then shared their ideas and thoughts as to what could be beneficial to the families participating in the SCS program.
There will be more feedback sessions coming soon at the other schools across the district. Please look at our website, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter accounts for more details. If you have any questions regarding participation in the workshops, please contact Dave Wells at (910) 277-4459, extension 345 Monday-Friday 8:00 am – 4:00 pm, or, firstname.lastname@example.org
Board Members and Superintendent Receive Award
During the January Scotland County Schools Board of Education Committee Of the Whole meeting, The Scotland County Ministerial Alliance awarded Scotland County Schools Board of Education, and Superintendent Dr. Takeda LeGrand; The Drum Major for Business Award, for their efforts with diversity, equity, and inclusion. The award announcement was a part of the SMA - Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., virtual celebration on Monday, January 17th.
Rev. Dr. King said, " Everybody can be great because everybody can serve." The award was presented during National School Board Appreciation Month. Pictured (L-R:) Elizabeth Anderson, Treasurer/Financial Secretary, Scotland Ministerial Alliance, SCS Superintendent, Dr. Takeda LeGrand, SMA President, Rev. Darryl "B.J." Gibson, SCS Board of Education Chair, Rick Singletary, SCS Board of Education Vice-Chair, Dr. Carolyn Banks, Ravonda John, Program Committee Chair, Scotland Ministerial Alliance.
Scotland High Remembers Coach Brown
On Tuesday, January 25th, during the intermission of the Scotland High School Girls and Boys Varsity Basketball games, a longtime coach, family member, and friend to many was remembered. Former Fighting Scots Assistant Basketball Coach Robert Brown was honored in a ceremony just a little over one year ago, since his passing.
In tribute to the late Coach, Scotland County Schools Athletic Director, David Johnson was quoted to say: “He (Coach Brown,) was always willing to help, he gave his time to help grow our young people and always had a kind word to share.”
Scotland High Varsity Basketball Coach, Michael Malpass spoke of how Coach Brown always provided a positive attitude and mentality that so many people cannot master today. Coach Malpass presented the Brown family a plaque honoring the Coach’s contributions to Scotland Athletics and the community.
City of Laurinburg Police Chief, Darwin “Duke” Williams is the nephew of Coach Brown. In an emotional tribute, Chief Williams addressed the character and integrity that Coach Brown always displayed on and off the court. Chief Williams stated “I would not be where I am today, and I am a better man, because of my Uncle, Robert Brown."
Coach Malpass pointed out a towel that had remained on an empty chair along the Fighting Scots baselines/bench area. He also stated that a picture of Coach Brown was on display in the locker room.
Remote Learning Day Help
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If you have questions or concerns during the Remote Learning Day scheduled for Monday, January 24th, please contact the corresponding team for support:
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During the January 10th Board of Education monthly meeting, SEarCH Principal, Ms. Kesha Hood received a letter of recognition and certificate from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI,) State Superintendent, Catherine Truitt. The Superintendent’s Office recognized Scotland Early College High School (SEarCH,) for a 100% graduation rate in the 2020-2021 school year. Ms. Hood has served many years in the Scotland County School system and has served with an impeccable record. Ms. Hood is currently enrolled at Appalachian State University, in Boone, NC, she is working on her Doctorate Degree.
Ms. Hood lead us on a tour of some SEarCH classrooms, as students were participating in group activities while using social distancing and their individual computer pads. The students in Ms. Locklear’s class were problem-solving. Ms. Teasley’s Math class was also using group study to solve equations.
Board of Education Members Recognized
During the January Scotland County Schools Board of Education meeting, Board Members; Rick Singletary, Chair, Dr. Carolyn Banks, Vice-Chair, Tony Spaulding, Raymond Hyatt, Dr. Summer Woodside, Herman Tyson, Vicki Jackson, and Dr. Gary Mauk received a proclamation letter from the Scotland County Board of Commissioners. Commission Chair, Whit Gibson stated in the proclamation:
“WHEREAS, local school board members are strong advocates for public education and are responsible for communicating the needs of the school district to the public and the public's expectations to the district; and
WHEREAS, local school board members are accountable to the community for operating schools that support and encourage student achievement.”
The proclamation was issued to honor “National School Board Recognition Month.”
Scotland County Commissioner, John Alford presented the proclamations on behalf of Chairman Gibson.
Scotland County Schools Receives Grant for Security Improvements
Scotland County Schools will receive $500,000.00 in grant money for security upgrades/improvements throughout the district. The grants, awarded by the United States Department of Justice (DOJ,) Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Grant), will help institute safety measures in and around primary and secondary schools, support school violence prevention efforts, provide training to school personnel and students, and implement evidence-based threat assessments.
District Safety Specialist, Officer Larry Bowman stated: “It is such a blessing for Scotland County Schools to have been awarded the COPS SVPP grant, which will allow us to assess, address, and update safety and security within our schools.”
Chief Accountability and Technology Officer, Dr. Michael Riles added: “We are very excited about this opportunity. This grant will allow us to upgrade our technologies and systems to provide greater levels of safety and security."
Chief Operations Officer, Dr. Adell Baldwin had these comments: “Scotland County Schools has no greater responsibility than protecting the students of Scotland County. A safe environment is the first step in obtaining such. The COPS grant will assist the district in our effort to provide a safe environment that provides an atmosphere conducive to learning by allowing the purchase of updated equipment such as Camera Systems, Identifications Systems, Metal Detectors, etc.”
Over the past year, SCS Superintendent, Dr. Takeda LeGrand has made safety a top priority for the district. Dr. LeGrand offered her gratitude to those involved in securing the grant: “Officer Bowman, Drs. Baldwin and Riles, thank you for giving Scotland County Schools a lasting gift via your work on the COPS Grant, and your commitment to the modernization of our security systems, doors, and cameras.”
“Eager” Scotland County School Students and Staff return to the classrooms.
After the annual Winter break, Scotland County Schools Students, Administrators, Faculty, and Staff returned on Monday, January 3rd. SCS Superintendent, Dr. Takeda LeGrand and members of the district’s Executive Team toured 2 school campuses each. During the visits, the team went to classrooms, media centers, gymnasiums, and cafeterias to ensure COVID-19 protocol measures were being followed. The members also asked school Administrators if supplies were well-stocked for the student’s return. All 10 schools reported the return to school was as normal as possible. Laurel Hill Principal, Ms. Laura Bailey told Dr. LeGrand that many of her students and staff were excited about returning to school for the new year. Dr. LeGrand also paid a visit to the Students and Staff at Carver Middle School. Principal, Mr. Patrick Peed reported that despite some absences, it appeared that all was going well.
Just before the Winter break, Dr. LeGrand met with Principals in a Leadership Conference to discuss goals for the second half of the year that work within the system’s 5-year Strategic Plan. Dr. LeGrand also met with Scotland High School Athletics Coaches that same day, the discussion centered on what positive steps can be utilized to make all athletes successful in the classroom, on the field, and at home.
2021-2022 Holiday Artwork Selections
Scotland County Schools Art students submitted Holiday drawings, etchings, and other artwork for consideration to this year's official SCS Holiday greeting card. The artwork will be on display in the lobby of the A.B. Gibson Center 322 S. Main St. in downtown Laurinburg through Friday, January 14th.
Scotland Branch NAACP Winter Wonderland Toy Giveaway Helps Area Families
Hundreds if not over 1,000 area children will have a happier holiday season thanks to the Scotland County Chapter of the NAACP. Area leaders and volunteers handed out toys on Saturday, Dec. 18th in a Drive-Thru event on the campus of Scotland High School. Local NAACP Branch President and SCS Board of Education Member, Herman Tyson commented that the event was a huge success. Mr. Tyson went on to thank all volunteers and donors who made this event possible.
Making Holidays a Little Brighter....
Wagram Elementary celebrated the holidays on Fri. December 17th, with a bicycle and toys giveaway. Principal, Dr. Maxine Brown, and staff organized the event made possible by sponsors:
Claudia and Kenneth Robinette, Bishop Lomuel Stroman, and Pastor John Gould.
SCS Chief Human Resources Officer, Dr. Dannie Williams served as the MC for the Event. Superintendent, Dr. Takeda LeGrand congratulated the students and offered gratitude to Dr. Brown, the Wagram staff and especially the sponsors for their generosity.
New JROTC Building Ribbon-Cutting Hosted by The Chamber
The Laurinburg/Scotland County Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Monday, December 13th on the campus of Scotland High School. The new JROTC building will offer a larger indoor training facility and classroom for Scotland High JROTC Cadets. The cadets are under the instruction of Mst. Sergeant Ray Drewry and Lt. Col. Karl McCloud. Chamber Executive Director, Chris English served as the MC. The Reverend George Ellis offered the invocation, and those in attendance heard comments from State Representative, Rev. Garland Pierce, Scotland County Board of Commissioners Chair, Whit Gibson, City of Laurinburg Mayor, Jim Willis, Chamber President, Mary Sue Rabon, Scotland County Schools Board of Education Chair, Mr. Rick Singletary, and Scotland County Schools Superintendent, Dr. Takeda LeGrand.
Belk presents School Board with a check
During the December Board of Education meeting on December 13th, Superintendent, Dr. Takeda LeGrand, and Board Vice-Chair, Dr. Carolyn Banks, received a check for $1,000.00 from Belk Department Store in Laurinburg. In September Belk promoted an "Educators Appreciation Sale, the proceeds from that sale will benefit students within the Scotland County Schools system. Presenting the check on behalf of Belk was: Ms. Christina Breakiron, Store Manager, also presenting from Belk were Ms. Wendy Taylor, and Ms. Debra Bruce.
Mask Requirements to Continue in SCS
During the December 13th Scotland County Schools Board of Education meeting, Board members voted unanimously to extend the mask-wearing requirements for all Scotland County Schools buildings and events through at least the Board's next regular meeting on Monday, January 10th, 2022.
Carver Middle School Blue Blazers Visit Downtown
The Carver Middle School Blue Blazers paid a visit to downtown Laurinburg this week. The Blue blazers have been busy assisting in activities as much as possible. The group is under the Leadership of Coach James McLean and Mr. Roosevelt Pridgen. The Blue Blazers earn and maintain their membership through their display of character and community service.
In 2014, Carver Middle School began what is now known as the Blue Blazers Club. Through the leadership and encouragement of Mr. McLean and Mr. Pridgen, these young men have continued to grow as young gentlemen and leaders.
Scotland County Schools Wins Three Lumbee River EMC “Bright Ideas” Grants
The Lumbee River EMC held the “Bright Ideas” awards luncheon this week. Scotland County Schools was well represented, as three educators were named as winners of the $2,000.00 grants. For more than 25 years, North Carolina’s electric cooperatives have helped light up learning in K-12 classrooms statewide through the Bright Ideas education grant program. Tar Heel teachers with innovative ideas for creative learning projects can submit an online application from April through September of each year.
To be considered for a grant, the proposed project must meet the following criteria:
- Be reviewed and approved by your principal or supervisor
- Directly involve and provide ongoing benefits to students
- Seek to achieve clearly defined goals and learning objectives
- Use innovative and creative teaching methods
- Feature measurable results that can be evaluated upon completion
Funding cannot be used for salaries or professional development.
Kim Brown – Sycamore lane Elementary School
Catherine Pinkston – Wagram Elementary School
Tiffany Spencer – Springhill Middle School
South Johnson Elementary Students in a "Gingerbread Exchange"
The students in Ms. Wright’s K-1 combined class have been making decorations and preparing letters for a “Gingerbread Exchange” with other students/classrooms throughout 16 states. The States range from North Carolina to Alaska!!! Ms. Wright explained that the children will exchange Gingerbread figures and letters with the other students and pin the locations for their letters on a U.S. map. The students will share information with their pen pals and learn about their locations. Ms. Morrison is the class Teacher Assistant. The students are also learning historical facts about our state(NC.)
Laurinburg/Scotland County Chamber Annual Christmas Parade
Scotland County Schools was well represented in this year’s Laurinburg/Scotland County Area Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade. On Saturday, December 4th, it was believed to be one of the largest parades with 150 participants and possibly a record number of citizens who lined Main St. through downtown Laurinburg to the Plaza Shopping Center on a sunny and warm day. The following Scotland County Schools entries were provided by The Chamber:
The Scotland High School Marching Band Banner – Sponsored by Cascades
The Scotland High School Marching Band
Scotland High School Band Truck w/drums
Scotland County Schools SUV with Superintendent, Dr. Takeda LeGrand, Board of Education Chair, Rick Singletary, Vice-Chair, Dr. Carolyn Banks. Driver, Dave Wells, C/PRS.
Scotland County Schools Bus for Board of Education Members, Principals, and Executive Team Members.
Scotland High School Homecoming Queen, Darasia Williams
Scotland High School Homecoming King, James Watts
Scotland High School Cheerleaders
Scotland High School FBLA Float
Scotland High School FFA Float
Scotland Early College High School
Springhill Middle School Football Team
You can view pictures and the entire parade on video by using the link below:
Video work by Scotland High school CTE student - Naomi Goldson
Still photos by Myra Stone Photography in Laurinburg
All videos and pictures are permitted by The Laurinburg/Scotland County Area Chamber of Commerce.
Special thanks to Chris English and Kay Buie with The Chamber.
Special Christmas/Holiday Tea for Area Pre-Schoolers
The management and staff of the Stateline Children's World Pre-Kindergarten School held a Christmas/Holiday Tea Party for their students on Friday, December 3rd. The party was held at the Brick and Mortar Event Center in downtown Laurinburg. Students were treated to an old-fashioned tea party with plenty of refreshments. There was also music along with Arts and Crafts for the students. Stateline is a partner with Scotland County Schools, as a sponsor of 2 Key Player Awards for our SCS this year. The link below will take you to more pictures of the event. Scotland County Schools would like to thank the owner/management team of Ms. Vevely Malloy and Ms. Davina DeBerry for sharing this event. We look forward to each of these boys and girls joining us soon here at SCS. Happy Holidays to the management, staff, and students at Stateline Children's World Pre-Kindergarten.
Successful Grants Help Sycamore Lane Media Center
The Media Center at Sycamore Lane Elementary and Primary Schools has received several grants over the past 2 years. Media Center Specialist, Kim Brown shared some information with SCS Superintendent, Dr. Takeda LeGrand:"$9,998.00...let that sink in for a moment. Almost $10,000!!! Let me tell you about that number and what it means.It is huge number because of YOU. I want to brag on all of my friends, family, facebook friends, colleagues, Admin, school parents, Donors Choose, Dollar General, Walmart, and Lumbee River EMC. Since the fall of 2019, Sycamore Lane Media Center has received grants from Dollar General ($3,000), Lumbee River EMC ($2,000 x 3), and Walmart ($500). Today, I had not only 1 Donors Choose ($317) funded but because it reached funding and others still wanted to donate, I received a $100 gift card and a $20 gift card for the next project. I immediately submitted another project to add more items to our Reading Garden and that project was funded ($181) as well. That is a total of $9,998 since the Fall of 2019 for our media center at Sycamore Lane. That number does not include all the stuffed animals (Reading Buddies), books, art print, parent lending libraries, and other items that you have donated.So thank you, thank you for sharing my posts, thank you for always putting up with my next idea, thank YOU for changing the literacy culture of our school, thank you for making a difference in so many students' lives. That money has helped fund the following: We are in the process of creating the most amazing Reading Garden, we have created StarBUCKS cafe to motivate students to read and achieve their reading goals, we have STEM books and activities along with Makerspace items to go with those books, we have a board game check out library for parents to make memories with their children, and so much more. I am so blessed to be surrounded by so many people that care so much about our students. "It truly does take a village." The success of receiving these grants ties directly into the 5-year Strategic Plan that is focused on the success of the "Whole School, Whole Community, and Whole Child Framework.
Laurel Hill Student Wins Ornament Contest
'Tis The Season in downtown Laurinburg has announced this year's Christmas Tree Decoration Contest winner. Serenity Emanuel, a third-grader at Laurel Hill Elementary submitted the winning entry. Serenity commented that her decoration was a "Christmas Gnome." As the first-place winner, Serenity will flip the switch on the community Christmas tree at the corner of Main and Church Streets for the "Christmas On Main" grand finale. Congratulations to Serenity Emanuel. Special thanks to Principal, Laura Bailey and Art Teacher, Charlene Cochran.
SCS Assistant Principals attend specialized training classes
This week Scotland County Schools Assistant Principals attended a day of Professional Development/Training at the A.B. Gibson Center. Superintendent, Dr. Takeda LeGrand, Chief Accountability and Technology Officer, Dr. Michael Riles, and Chief Human resources Officer, Dr. Dannie Williams shared information that will enable the Assistant Principals to grow in their current position and prepare them for the future. A large number of principals are expected to leave the profession or retire in the next few years and finding suitable replacements may be difficult making recruitment a major challenge. The seminar is a product of the SCS 5-year Strategic Plan: " By 2023, 50% of staff will complete professional development aligned to job assignment and professional growth plan."
State Representative Pierce Visits South Johnson Elementary
On Monday, State Representative, Rev. Garland Pierce paid a visit to South Johnson Elementary School in Laurinburg. The visit was part of Rep. Pierce’s tour of all schools in his Legislative District (NC House #48.) Representative Pierce walked through the new facility and expressed his gratitude to all who planned, developed, and now are working at the new facility. Staff and students met with Rep. Pierce along the tour. Rep. Pierce answered questions from staff regarding the State Budget process and retirement benefits. Students told Rep. Pierce that they were excited about the upcoming “Book Fair” at South Johnson Elementary.
Scotland County Schools Bus #289 was involved in an accident this afternoon. At the time of the accident, there were two students and two staff on board. A single-vehicle struck the bus from behind while the bus was stopped at a Railroad Crossing. Parents were notified immediately. All SCS staff and students were transported to Scotland Memorial Hospital for treatment and clearance. There were no serious injuries to any SCS students or staff.
The two females in the vehicle that went under the bus were between ages 14 and 19 and were leaving Scotland High School. One was airlifted and one is at Scotland Memorial Hospital. No other details are available at this time.
Leadership Conferences/Training for Current and Future Principals
Scotland County Schools Principals participated in an intense day of training on Wednesday, Nov. 10th at South Johnson Elementary. The morning and afternoon segments included workshops with the latest updates on the curriculum and legal information pertinent to the day-to-day operations of the schools. SCS Superintendent, Dr. Takeda LeGrand stated that these workshops are vital to the success of the system’s 5-year Strategic Plan, but more importantly to ensure the success of every student.
On the same day, the Sandhills Regional Education Consortium (SREC) Principal Fellows Program met at the A.B. Gibson Center in Downtown. The program is designed to train future Principals. Ms. Elizabeth Spangler is a representative from Scotland County Schools. Ms. Spangler commented that the Synergy classes of the Fellows members meet as often as possible. The class was led by Dr. Emilie Simeon.
From the Scotland County Health Department:Good afternoon,There has been an overwhelming interest in the Scotland County Vaccine Incentive Card Program! As of today(Nov. 9th,), this has been put on hold. We expect to resume the distribution of incentive cards once the next order is received on or shortly after November 22nd, 2021.We will post this information via social media, email, and press releases to notify the community once we begin the distribution of the incentive cards.Thank you, please share in your networks!
Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) News:
St. Andrews University hosted the NCHOSA Leadership event here in Laurinburg and Charlotte with over 500 students on campus. The Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) from Scotland High School participated in a competition on Saturday, November 6th at SAU. Jennifer Lawson and students from Carver Middle School also participated.
Winners from Carver included:
Health Career Preparation
Mrs. Gates is the 2021 Bright Ideas Grant Winner!!
The 2021 PEE DEE ELECTRIC Bright Ideas Grant has been awarded to Mrs. Catherine Gates.
Mrs. Gates applied for the grant to fund a mobile Makerspace lab...a FabLab. The FabLab will be a mobile maker space, that teachers can use within their classrooms to incorporate hands-on learning activities which support their instruction. All subject areas can use FabLab in cross-circular problem-based learning opportunities allowing students to create, build, and modify their solutions. The goal of FabLab is to expand the number of materials, tools, and equipment available to teachers to inspire and encourage student creativity.
Congratulations, Mrs. Gates, and thank you for all you're doing for Carver Middle School! Innovative thinking and how we reach new levels to better educate our students is a vital part of the Scotland County Schools 5-year Strategic Plan.
Notices from SCS Exceptional Children Services - For Grades K-12 SPECIAL NEEDS STUDENTS
Notices from SCS Exceptional Children Services - For PRE-SCHOOL SPECIAL NEEDS STUDENTS
NC Department Of Instruction (NCDPI) Officials And Local Officials Attend Senior Night At Pate Stadium
Scotland County Schools Superintendent, Dr. Takeda LeGrand welcomed some honored guests to the Scotland –v- Richmond football game on Friday night. Staff Members Freebird McKinney, Jessica Swencki and Julie Pittman from the North Carolina Department of Instruction, Richmond County Schools Superintendent, Dr. Jeffrey Maples RCS Board Member, Wiley Mabe, State Representative, Rev. Garland Pierce, Scotland County Schools Board of Education Chair, Rick Singletary, Vice-Chair, Dr. Carolyn Banks, and Board Member Herman Tyson. The group joined other members of the Central Office Executive Team and Staff members for a Pre-Game tailgate party before the Seniors Night football game and Halftime Show with the Fighting Scots Marching Band.
Highway 74 East Billboard recognizes SCS Leaders
The digital billboard on Highway 74 East is now displaying images of our 2021 Principal Of The Year, Ms. LaTonya McLean from South Johnson Elementary School, 2021 Assistant Principal Of The Year, Ms. Jennifer Carter from Sycamore Lane Primary School, and Ms. Gabrienne McBride, our 2021 Teacher Of The Year from Wagram Elementary School. Check these out as you return from Laurel Hill or points West. The billboard is located near the Dollar General Store.
Local Knights of Columbus Deliver Coats
Nearly 100 new Winter coats were delivered to the Central Office this week. The local chapter of the Knights of Columbus raised money to purchase the coats that will go to Scotland County Schools students who may not otherwise have a winter coat. Support Services Executive Director, Jamie Synan accepted the coats on behalf of SCS. Mr. Dan Emmi, Mr. Bill Rabon, and Mr. Doug Bowen represented the Knights of Columbus.
Seniors Honored At Pate Stadium
Fighting Scots Senior Cheerleaders, Football Players, Band and Color Guard members were honored on Friday night. Seniors were introduced and led onto the field at Pate Stadium along with their parents, family, and friends. Senior night is a celebration in the world of high school sports. It always has been. A rivalry game with neighboring Richmond County added to the excitement. For the Seniors, it was the spotlight for the last home game of their high school careers.
Fight Scots Marching Band News:
Since the end of September, The Fighting Scots Marching Band has been very busy. The Scots have traveled to 3 competitions - Cleveland High School, Southview High School, and Gray's Creek High School where it has received consistent ratings of “Superior.” The Color Guard also received a 1st Place finish. The band also received the “Spirit Award” competing against all bands in attendance at Gray's Creek High School.
Fighting Scots Marching Band Director, Britton Goodwin stated:
“I’m always proud of our students, not just for their superb performances, but for their high level of “team spirit” during difficult times. The pandemic put so many events on ice, and now that our Band members are practicing on the field together again you just feel that comradery. The excitement is at practice, that carries over to the games, and certainly transfers into our competitions as the awards will confirm. So yes, I’m extremely proud of our Fighting Scots Marching Band.”
The Fighting Scots Marching Band will attend their final competition on Saturday, Oct. 30 at Northwest Guilford High School.
Homecoming 2021 Parade and Festivities
Laurinburg and Scotland County residents lined West Church and Main Streets through Downtown Laurinburg on Friday, October 15th. The event was the return of the annual Scotland High School Homecoming Parade. Last year’s parade was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This year those along the parade route practiced social distancing and parade participants wore their masks. It was an exciting afternoon for all in attendance. The Activity Club floats were judged by: Dr. Maxine Brown, Principal, Wagram Elementary School, Ms. Nicole Sinclair, Executive Director, Exceptional Children Services (SCS,) and Scotland County Schools Board of Education Member, Mr. Herman Tyson.
The Top 3 floats were announced at half-time of the Scotland –v- Pinecrest football game:
First Place – The BETA Club
Second Place – The FFA Club
Third Place – The Anchor Club
During the Parade and just before the football game, all Activity Clubs passed out fliers inviting everyone to participate in the online Parents Academy Survey. SCS Superintendent, Dr. Takeda LeGrand praised the efforts of the club members and thanked everyone for participating in this year’s survey.
The Homecoming Court was presented at halftime. Scotland High School students had cast their votes earlier during School Spirit Week. The 2021 Homecoming Queen is – Darasia Williams, and the 2021 Homecoming King is – James Watts. Congratulations to all who participated in this year’s Homecoming festivities!
Information from The Scotland County Health Department
We are excited about National Health Education Week!
#NHEW2021 Do you have questions about Facing New Challenges after more than a year of the COVID-19 pandemic? School staff and students have returned to school this fall for the 2021-2022 school year. Our health educators are happy to provide information to help our community face these new challenges. Follow us this week for more about Public Health Education and other helpful tips!
For more information, go to The Scotland County Health Department Facebook page or call (910) 277-2440.
Free College Application Week
October 18th - October 22nd
Join live online help sessions for students and parents to help assist with this process.
or contact College Central at 276 7370.
Homecoming 2021 Parade and Football
On Friday, October 15th – “Homecoming 2021” will be celebrated. This year’s Parade will begin at 4 pm. The Parade will originate on King Street next to Presbyterian Park. Turning onto Church Street (heading East,) the parade will proceed to Main Street, (heading North,) and end on Railroad Street. The Student Activity clubs from Scotland High School will be decorating floats that will be judged. This year’s judges are Dr. Maxine Brown, Principal, Wagram Elementary School, Scotland County Schools Board of Education Member, Mr. Herman Tyson, and Ms. Nicole Sinclair, Executive Director, SCS Exceptional Children Services. The winners will be announced at halftime of the Scotland –v- Pinecrest football game. The game begins at 7:30 pm.
Dr. LeGrand interviewed by Tar Heel Teachers
Scotland County Schools Superintendent, Dr. Takeda LeGrand was a recent guest on the talk-show "Tar Heel Teachers." Moderator, Marlowe Artis interviewed Dr. LeGrand on a variety of topics including details on the 5-year Strategic Plan for Scotland County Schools. To watch the video, click on the link below:
Sycamore Lane Schools and Scotia Village Continue Partnership
For many years the residents and staff of the Scotia Village Retirement Center in Laurinburg have partnered with Sycamore Lane Elementary School. The Spiritual and Community Outreach Committee of Scotia Village has collected school supplies, clothing, and donated money for the students. The COVID-19 pandemic has not made the partnership easy according to Scotia Village Resident Services Coordinator, Myra Bartell. “For several months COVID-19 hampered contact between residents and students, but the partnership remained strong.” In previous years the school has received clothing and supplies from the Scotia residents. Ms. Bartell pointed out that this year the committee decided to “adopt a class” with a $100.00 donation for supplies as of Friday, October 1st the first donation of $2,400.00 was made along with 881 pairs of new socks. Principals Ms. Kachina Singletary and Dr. Elisabeth Harrell accepted the donations and both expressed their sincere gratitude to the committee members who made the trip over to the school. Although no students were in the building, Media Specialist, Kim Brown commented on how great it was to see the residents at Sycamore Lane Schools again. Ms. Brown added: “The partnership began with Sycamore Lane Elementary when we were a K-5 school, and now continues with Sycamore Primary in the partnership. Our students in the past have visited Scotia Village for Valentine dances, Bingo, and many other activities. Hopefully soon we can visit them again to extend this great partnership.”
SCS represented at Scotland County Civic League meeting
The Scotland County Civic League hosted a community Zoom meeting on Tuesday, September 28th. SCCL President, Rev. Darryl “B.J.” Gibson served as moderator for the meeting. Virtual attendees heard updates from State Representative, Rev./Dr. Garland Pierce, Scotland County Board of Commissioners Vice-Chair, Betty Ghoulston, City of Laurinburg Mayor Pro-Tem/Councilmember, Mary Evans and Scotland County Schools Board of Education Chair, Rick Singletary. After the updates, President Gibson asked for comments from Scotland County NAACP President, Herman Tyson, Scotland County Health Department Director, Dr. Elisha Caldwell and Scotland County Schools Superintendent, Dr. Takeda LeGrand.
During the meeting each representative fielded questions from the audience. The primary questions for Board Chair Singletary and Dr. LeGrand centered on COVID-19 protocols and requirements for Remote Learning. Board Chair Singletary informed the audience that Scotland County Schools follows guidelines from the Scotland County Health Department and the requirements from the North Carolina Department of Instruction. Superintendent, Dr. Takeda Legrand also commended Scotland County Health Department Director, Dr. Elisha Caldwell for the leadership that he and his staff provide to the school system on a daily basis. Both Board Chair, Singletary and Dr. LeGrand assured the audience that safety of students, families, teachers, and staff are the top priority.
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Communications/Public Relations Specialist
Scotland County Schools
The Scotland High School Football team has a cluster outbreak of COVID-19. Although five students are under quarantine and the team may continue their activity, the Athletic Leadership at Scotland County schools has decided to suspend practice and games for the next ten days. This would include cancellation of Friday, October 1st game versus Union Pines. Players will be provided at home activities to keep them fit during the break. A call from Scotland High School Principal, Mr. Brent Smith went out to SHS students and their families earlier this evening. We will post more information as it becomes available on our website, social media pages and local media.
Incoming Chief Academic Officer Addresses the Board of Education
During Monday night’s Scotland County Schools Board Committee of the Whole meeting, Board members (and others in attendance,) heard a presentation from incoming Chief Academic Officer, Dr. Mildred Bankhead-Smith. Schools Superintendent, Dr. Takeda LeGrand “officially” introduced Dr. Bankhead-Smith to the Board, then asked Dr. Bankhead-Smith to share her research on the Scotland County Schools demographics and statistics. During the 10-minute presentation Dr. Bankhead-Smith shared both the System’s strengths and opportunities for growth. As a curriculum leader in Science, Healthful Living and Physical Education, Dr. Bankhead-Smith has worked closely with teachers, administrators and community leaders to ensure the success of the content areas she led. As part of the presentation Dr. Bankhead-Smith pledged support from the Curriculum and Instruction Department for all Teachers. She explained that when Teachers feel that support, it allows them to excel and thus strengthens the teaching cycle with the students. Board of Education Chair, Mr. Rick Singletary commented: “It is refreshing to hear from someone who has put as much research into their position, before they begin working. It appears that Dr. Bankhead-Smith is ready to hit the ground running.”
Dr. Bankhead Smith added: “I am eager to join the work in progress here in the Scotland County Schools System, and work for the common goals of our 5-year Strategic Plan.”
Recently in Scotland County Schools….
Scotland High Fighting Scots Marching Band:
In their first competition since 2019, the Fighting Scots Marching Band performed in a competition, last week at Cleveland High School (Clayton, NC.) The Fighting Scots earned a pair of first-place honors — in Color Guard and Music Individual Performance - and second place overall in Class 4-A.
The next competition will be on Saturday, Oct. 9, at South View High in Hope Mills, then another on Saturday, Oct. 16, at Gray’s Creek High and, on Saturday, Oct. 30, the Fighting Scots will host its annual “Highland Celebration” competition. Congratulations to The Fighting Scots Marching Band. As always…GO SCOTS!!!
Family Night at Sycamore Lane Primary School:
The Administration, Faculty and Staff at Sycamore Lane Primary School welcomed students and their families to a “Family Night” event. The event was on Thursday, September 23rd. Students and their families participated in learning, movement, musical, artistic, and social activities. Principal, Dr. Elisabeth Harrell thanked the entire staff for their efforts in making the night a success for the students and their families. Scotland County Schools Superintendent, Dr. Takeda LeGrand and newly appointed Chief Academic Officer, Dr. Mildred Bankhead-Smith participated in the activities. Dr. Bankhead-Smith will officially start on Wednesday, October 13th.
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.
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.”
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
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.