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Free Summer Meals

posted Apr 24, 2018, 12:31 PM by Valerie Newton   [ updated Apr 24, 2018, 12:32 PM ]

Learning and good nutrition does not end when school lets out.  The Bladen County Schools Seamless Summer Feeding Program funded by the US Department of Agriculture, helps provide FREE nutritious meals to children and youth under the age of 18 so they are better fueled with healthy food to learn and grow during the summer.

Beginning June 18 through July 31, free breakfast and lunch will be available at any of the following locations: Bladenboro Middle School, Elizabethtown Middle School, and West Bladen High School. Stop by any of these locations between 8:00 am and 1:00 pm, Monday through Thursday, to enjoy a healthy and nutritious breakfast and lunch meal at no cost.

If you are conducting a summer service camp, bible school, day camp, enrichment program, athletic camp, community center program, parks and recreation program, library program, or small licensed home daycare and childcare center that do not operate under CACFP then you are eligible to provide free meals through the Bladen County Schools Summer Feeding program. Contact the Bladen County Schools Summer Feeding Manager at 910-862-4136 to find out how you can participate in the program.

Teacher Working Conditions Survey

posted Apr 19, 2018, 7:39 AM by Valerie Newton   [ updated Apr 19, 2018, 7:43 AM ]

Public Schools of North Carolina


I wanted to send you a wrap-up message about the 2018 Teachers Working Conditions Survey. Thank you to the nearly 110,000 school-based educators across the state who completed the survey. That gives us a final completion rate of 90.54 percent – the highest ever for North Carolina!

The results of the survey should be available about five weeks from now. We’ll send you a link when it’s up.

Thank you to all those who worked on the survey administration, especially the site coordinators and the team here at DPI. And thanks to our prize sponsors, the North Carolina Association of Educators and the N.C. Business Committee for Education.

These schools and district won $1,000 each for being the first in their category to reach 100 percent completion:

  • Bruce Drysdale Elementary (Henderson County Schools)
  • Clarkton School of Discovery Middle (Bladen County Schools)
  • Camden Early College High (Camden County Schools)
  • FernLeaf Community Charter (Fletcher, NC – Henderson County)
  • Bertie County Schools

Now for the drawings, which we held live on April 5:

  • Catawba Elementary School (Catawba County Schools), $500
  • J.W. Coon Elementary (Cumberland County Schools), $500
  • Central Cabarrus High (Cabarrus County Schools), $500
  • Northwoods Park Middle (Onslow County Schools), $500
  • Little River Elementary (Durham Public Schools), PD day provided by NCAE

Finally, there was the “Nick of Time” award winner — $500 for the school that was the last in the state to reach 100 percent completion:

  • Orange High in Orange County; who got their last survey in at 6:23 p.m. on the last day of survey administration

Now, the last piece of business we have is my wager with you that if we reached 95 percent completion, I would complete the Krispy Kreme Challenge – 2.5 miles, 12 doughnuts, 2.5 miles. We didn’t quite make it, although we did come within 0.41 percent of beating Kentucky’s mark for best-ever completion rate. But I am very proud that 109,449 of you took the time to take the survey. That is an amazing number and a true testament to your dedication to your profession.

So I’ll call it a split decision: I’ll run the race. As to how many doughnuts I'll eat in the middle of the race, we'll see...

Thanks again, and as always, know that we appreciate everything you do for North Carolina's students.


signed Mark

Mark Johnson

North Carolina Superintendent

2018-19 CSD Application Period Open

posted Apr 18, 2018, 10:40 AM by Valerie Newton   [ updated Apr 18, 2018, 10:40 AM ]

Out-of-district students interested in attending Clarkton School of Discovery for the 2018-19 school year must complete an application and it must be postmark by no later than May 12, 2018. A printable application is found at the bottom of this page. 

2018-19 School Year Application

Bus Driver Training Class

posted Apr 10, 2018, 12:10 PM by Valerie Newton   [ updated Apr 10, 2018, 12:11 PM ]

TO:                   Principals and Bus Managers

FROM:             Kenzel McCall , DES, and NCDMV

SUBJECT:        School Bus Driver Classroom Training

A training session has been scheduled for all non-certified staff which began employment as of July 1, 2005 and has not taken the training class.    
This Class Is Also Open To The Public:  
DATE: April 24-27, 2018
LOCATION: Bladen County Schools BOE  (Red Room)
1489 Us Hwy. 701 South
Elizabethtown, Nc 28337

I would appreciate your support in helping notify all persons who need to attend this class or anyone that wants to help the school out by getting their school bus license. Anyone that needs a School Bus Pocket Card to drive an activity bus will also need to take the class.

Class times are from 9 am to 3 pm.  This is a four-day class and applicants must be in attendance all four days.

Please contact the School Bus Garage for more information. 910-862-2417.

As always, Thanks for your cooperation.

CFNC to conduct Financial Aid Information Session at West Bladen

posted Mar 26, 2018, 2:03 PM by Valerie Newton

CFNC, the College Foundation of North Carolina will be at West Bladen on Wednesday, March 28 beginning at 11:15 am for a multi-session workshop to assist parents and students with the financial aid process. This is not focused on FAFSA, but rather the presentation will go in depth on topics such as loan-borrowing, how to understand financial aid award letters, how to successfully complete verification, and the basics of financial aid.

We want to encourage all seniors who are planning to attend a 2-year or 4-year college to attend this information session. Many high school seniors are flagged for verification every year due to incomplete application information. Plan to join us for this information session to ensure that your application will qualify for the maximum financial aid award. 
We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday at 11:15 at West Bladen High School.

Now accepting bids for construction project

posted Mar 6, 2018, 12:08 PM by Valerie Newton   [ updated Mar 12, 2018, 8:53 AM ]

Sealed proposals will be received until 3:00PM March 21st, 2018 at the Bladen County Schools Maintenance Office, at which time they will be publicly opened and read aloud for the project titled Post Frame Barn Building, East Bladen High School.

A Mandatory Pre-Bid conference will be held at the site. Contractors interested in bidding shall meet at 11:00AM on March 12th, at the school site (front office entry) 5600 Highway 87, Elizabethtown, North Carolina.

Single prime bids will be accepted in accordance with G.S. 143-128. Complete Bid Documents will be issued at the Pre-bid Conference or may be obtained prior to the Pre-Bid Conference from Thomas Goetz Architect, 1220 Fort Bragg Road, Suite 200-A Fayetteville, NC 28305 (910-485-3000) Plan deposit is $100.00 for one set and is refundable upon return of the plans within 7 days following the bid.

Requirements for bidding this project are as follows:

1.     Three references from previously satisfied commercial customers.

2.     Furnish NC License Number (G.S. Chapter 87 establishes licensing requirements for general, plumbing, heating, electrical, and refrigeration contractors for construction projects costing $30,000 or more).

3.     Insurance - The Contractor shall provide, as required by law, insurance for his employees. The Bladen County Schools assumes no liability for injuries or accidents related to the Contractual Agreement. The Contractor shall furnish a certificate to the Owner (Bladen County Schools) as a Proof of Coverage. The Contractor shall maintain and pay the Insurance Coverage, which shall not be less than the following:

A.        Workman’s Compensation                            statutory

                        Employees Liability                                       $500,000

B.        General Liability (per person/per occurrence):

                        1.  Bodily Personal Injury                              $1,000,000/$2,000,000

                        2.  Property Damage                                       $1,000,000/$2,000,000

C.        Automobile Liability (per person/per occurrence)

                        1.  Bodily Injury                                             $1,000,000

                        2.  Property Damage                                       $1,000,000

4.     Recruitment of minority business participation in accordance with G.S. 143-128.

The Owner reserves the right to reject any and all proposals.


Lou Nelon, Maintenance Director

Bladen County Schools

1489 US Highway 701 South

Elizabethtown, NC  28337

Two Bladen Principals receive award

posted Mar 6, 2018, 11:53 AM by Valerie Newton   [ updated Mar 6, 2018, 11:53 AM ]

The North Carolina Principals & Assistant Principals Association (NCPAPA) recognized the 2017-18 graduates of the Distinguished Leadership in Practice (DLP) program today at an awards banquet. Congratulations to Elizabeth Cole, Principal of Elizabethtown Middle School and Dr. Jason Wray, Principal of East Bladen High School for receiving their DLP award.

DLP, a non-traditional professional development model, allows participants to critically examine the meaning and application of “Distinguished” school leadership through a problem-based, real-world approach.  In DLP, practicing North Carolina principals are provided as models of exemplary school leadership allowing participants to study the behaviors, attitudes and competencies that define a “Distinguished” school leader.  Throughout the year-long experience, participants are led and coached through a proven continuous improvement approach.  Participants engage in a series of authentic activities designed to build the capacity of their schools and their own capacity as “Distinguished” school leaders.  

DLP uses a blended, cohort-based approach that combines face-to-face, on-line, and small-group sharing sessions.  To limit time away from their schools, participants attend face-to-face sessions once every other month.  In between face-to-face sessions, they access on-line material and activities to assist them with their school improvement efforts.  They also participate in small-group sessions with cohort members where they share and receive feedback on their efforts to apply proven leadership practices in their schools.

Through participation in six face-to-face and on-line components, participants learn how to:

•             use data to identify needs and establish priority goals
•             align all school improvement efforts to the vision, mission, and goals of the school
•             maximize teaching and learning through effective teacher evaluation and coaching for high performance
•             create a student-focused culture
•             connect with the external community
•             lead and manage change

 Bladen County Schools has the BEST Principals!


posted Feb 16, 2018, 12:57 PM by Valerie Newton   [ updated Feb 16, 2018, 12:58 PM ]

Thousands of 9th graders in North Carolina struggle every year with Math I, many of them starting high school having found little or no success in math in earlier grades. Barely six of every 10 students who took the required course last year reached a passing score on the state’s end-of-course exam, and only about half scored high enough to be considered college-and-career ready.

High schools and math teachers in Bladen County face no less of a challenge helping students in the southeastern North Carolina district catch up, build confidence and gain success in math.

“We have tried so many things, but we weren’t having much success,” said Tanya Head, assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction for Bladen County Schools.

Then the district’s two high schools tried something different.

Head learned of a new approach being launched by the N.C. Virtual Public School, or NCVPS, that paired a math teacher in the classroom remotely with a math teacher with the virtual school. The online school was already providing a similar model for exceptional children’s classes where the teacher in the classroom often lacked content expertise. But in this case, students would benefit from the expertise of two math teachers.

Even after just a single year, both high schools – East Bladen and West Bladen high schools – achieved solid gains in 2016-17 on the Math I end-of-course exam with an innovative strategy that helped personalize learning for each student. Both schools followed a model that incorporates the power of co-teaching in a blended-learning approach – integrating face-to-face instruction with online supports.

“As a class, they all grew”

“The key to success was the close communication between the classroom teacher and the VPS teacher,” Head said. “Every day, the teachers would coordinate for the needs of the individual students in the classes.”

By design, students in the classes – one at each high school – were selected because of their difficulties learning math. West Bladen placed in the class students who hadn’t ever demonstrated proficiency in math since the first end-of-grade testing in third grade. East Bladen aimed its class at students who also struggled with math but who had shown better outcomes at some point in the past.

East Bladen last year posted one of the largest gains in the state for Math I performance – 21.8 percentage points for the share of students in the school achieving “grade-level proficiency” on the end-of-course exam; 17.9 points for the percentage of students reaching the standard for “college and career” readiness. While the gains at West Bladen were less dramatic, most students in the co-teaching Math I class came close to grade-level proficiency, said Jill Smith, the classroom teacher.

“Many students were near the cut score,” Smith said. “I don’t think they would have grown half as much without that extra support. There was no reason for them not to know what was going on in the course. Things were really, really broken down for them.” The school’s grade-level proficiency rate reached 55.3 percent for 2016-17, up from 33.5 percent the year before.

“We were able to move at a much slower pace,” Smith said. “The NCVPS curriculum is really great for those kids who need the additional support.”

Judyth Riddick, the teacher at East Bladen High, said students were aware of their own progress, which helped motivate them despite their struggles with math.

“As a class they all grew,” Riddick said, “even though they may not have gotten to a [score of] 3. Coming in, they were all 1s and 2s.”

“Two minds working toward the same goal”

Smith and Riddick each communicated daily via a Google doc with NCVPS math teacher Sara Mann, updating her on material covered in class and about student interactions and needs. Mann, in turn, posted an announcement each day for students to access after school in Canvas, the learning management system, celebrating student accomplishments in class and adding supplemental resources, from videos to interactive games to interactive practice.

“I support the co-teacher by individualizing instruction for the students,” Mann said, “based on information from the teacher. When you have 25 to 28 students, you have students who’ve mastered a concept and some who need extra help. I love that I can help provide that extra support. It’s such a unique opportunity to individualize instruction, and there are so many resources out there.”

Both classroom teachers praised the resources Mann provided students online, including notes, remediation videos for review, interactive games and other materials. Both high schools provide students with laptop computers for home use as 1:1 schools, and hotspot connections for students whose homes lack internet connectivity.

The classroom teachers also connected by phone each week with Mann to plan, catch-up and troubleshoot other issues.

“The biggest advantage is having two minds working toward the same goal and getting different perspectives and different strategies,” Riddick said. “Having someone else who could provide feedback really helped.”

During the fall semester, students took a Foundations of NC Math course, also taught through the co-teaching model, to ready them for Math I in the second semester. East Bladen High requires the same sequence for all students taking Math I, whether traditional classroom instruction or the blended approach. The co-teaching classes at both Bladen high schools followed the NCVPS curricula for both the Foundations and Math I course.

An extra layer of support

Catrina Parker, the NCVPS instructional director for math and other subjects, said the yearlong partnership that was forged between the classroom teacher and online instructor is key to the students’ success.

“That classroom teacher has an instructional partner in that journey,” Parker said. “It’s an extra layer of support for the students and the classroom teacher.” By providing extra resources such as videos and other materials, she said, the virtual school teacher is able to free up the classroom teacher to focus more closely in class on the needs of each student,

And for Riddick, now in her third year as a lateral-entry teacher, following the NCVPS curriculum and working in tandem with an experienced math teacher paid extra dividends in terms of her own professional development and her effectiveness for students.

“It is very helpful because you have an outline of topics you need to cover, and you also have a partner to help keep you on pace,” Riddick said. “What I didn’t get in my first year [teaching Math I], was an outline. It was overwhelming in my first year.

“My students that year weren’t where they needed to be to be successful,” Riddick said. “With the NCVPS partnership, I felt more confident that I was covering the material.”

The program is not without financial cost to school districts, which must pay for the NCVPS course. But several additional high schools across the state, including one school with three sections and two charter schools, are offering the co-teaching course this year. NCVPS is also piloting a Math II course this year in Bladen County.

Peggy Hester, principal of West Bladen High, said she was encouraged by the student outcomes of the Math I partnership at her school last year.

“Anytime that teachers get more support with analyzing student strengths and weaknesses, it is certainly helpful,” Hester said. “The classroom teacher was able to better meet the needs of each student individually with the support of the NCVPS teacher.”

Special Olympics planning meeting

posted Feb 13, 2018, 11:35 AM by Valerie Newton   [ updated Feb 13, 2018, 11:35 AM ]

We are going to hold our first Special Olympics meeting .
Date : 2/22/2018
Location : Board of Education 
Time : 5:30pm 

Agenda :
* Theme for this year
* T-shirt designs for S.O 
* Flyers for fundraisers 
* Updates for S.O. 
* Medicals concerns/ questions
* Food updates , donations needed ex: water, plain chips etc
* We need to discuss a time frame for the day of S.O 
* Intent to Participate Forms, Spring Games Athlete Registration Forms and plenty more !

Bladen County Beta’s are the Best

posted Feb 7, 2018, 7:08 AM by Valerie Newton   [ updated Feb 8, 2018, 8:59 AM ]

Bladen County Schools’ middle school and high school Beta Club students participated in the State Beta Convention this past weekend and brought home several top awards. Bladen County Schools was well represented among the 4,000 plus students from across North Carolina that converged in Greensboro for the competition.

In addition to the many awards that our students earned, Bladen also had two students elected to state officer positions. Clarkton School of Discovery student Cate DeVane was elected as the North Carolina Junior Beta State Secretary and Bladenboro Middle School student Lainey Autry was elected as the North Carolina Junior Beta State Chaplain.

Other awards received in the middle school competition were:

  •       Campaign Skit – 1st place, Clarkton School of Discovery
  • ·       Group Talent – 2nd place, Clarkton School of Discovery
  • ·       Living Literature – 3rd place, Clarkton School of Discovery
  • ·       Science Academics – 1st place, Nathaniel Stewart – Elizabethtown Middle 
  •                                             2nd place, Alex Basilio – Tar Heel Middle
  • ·       Scrapbook – 1st place, Clarkton School of Discovery
  •                                 2nd place, Bladenboro Middle
  • ·       Songfest – 3rd place, Clarkton School of Discovery
  • ·       Spotlight Your Club – 1st place, Bladenboro Middle
  • ·       Tower of Power – 3rd place, Elizabethtown Middle team of Amado Rojas Sandoval, Jaime Delgado, Malcolm Bolden, Zach Metz, and Dmauriee                 Rodgers
  • ·       Wreath – 2nd place, Clarkton School of Discovery
  • ·       Top Ten – Banner
                          Bladenboro Middle
                          Clarkton School of Discovery
  • Top Ten - T-shirt Design
                    Bladenboro Middle
                    Clarkton School of Discovery

Bladenboro Middle, Clarkton School of Discovery, and Tar Heel Middle were each presented with the Gold Key Growth Award for continued support and growth of the Junior Beta program at their school and for having greater than 10 percent growth in Beta Convention attendance from the previous year.

Awards received in the high school competition were:

  • ·       Agriculture – 1st place, Grace Faircloth – East Bladen High School
  • ·       Fiber Arts – 1st place, Autumn Brisson – West Bladen High School
  • ·       Language Arts – 3rd place, Abby Cooley – East Bladen High School
  • ·       Onsite Colored Pencil – 3rd place, Ethan Fletcher – East Bladen High School
  • ·       Sculpture/Recycled Art – 1st place, Cierra Byrd – West Bladen High School

West Bladen student Edgardo Lara was a candidate among nine others for the position of State Vice President.


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