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NC Superintendent Mark Johnson announces completely redesigned, user-friendly NC School Report Cards website

posted Dec 5, 2017, 12:15 PM by Valerie Newton   [ updated Dec 5, 2017, 12:23 PM ]

North Carolina Superintendent Mark Johnson announced today that school report cards for all public schools in the state are now available with 2016-17 data at schoolreportcards.nc.gov, a completely redesigned, user-friendly website.
 
North Carolina’s school report cards are an important resource for parents, educators, state leaders, researchers, and others, providing information about school- and district-level data in a number of areas. These include student performance and academic growth, school and student characteristics, and many other details.

The new website allows for side-by-side school comparisons. Since schools are structured differently from one another in terms of size, grade levels, student populations served, and the programs offered, the Report Cards should not be used to rank schools. Parents and others should note that the information in the School Report Card, while important, cannot tell you the entire story about a school. Other important factors — the extra hours put in by teachers preparing for class and grading assignments, the school spirit felt by families, the involvement in sports, arts, or other extracurricular's — are crucial aspects of a school community, but are not reflected on the Report Card.
 
“The brand-new website, schoolreportcards.nc.gov, is a resource for parents and educators that provides the transparency they need into the characteristics and performance of our public schools in an easy-to-use format,” Johnson said. “As a parent, I believe this is the kind of information the public needs about our schools, in an accessible format we can all understand. As a former ninth-grade teacher, I am particularly excited to launch the student-readiness indicator, which shows how prepared students are when they enter a school.”
 
Report cards are provided for all North Carolina public schools, including charter and alternative schools. While many parents and caregivers will receive a printed version of the report card for their child’s school, the website contains additional data and information about the indicators that are difficult to capture in a printed document.
 
In addition to being accessible to those on mobile devices, the 2017 release of the online report card includes two new features. The first is information related to Career and Technical Education — what courses are offered and the number of industry-recognized credentials that have been earned by students. The second new feature is a student-readiness indicator, which shows the percentage of students entering a school’s lowest grade who were proficient in both reading and math at the end of the previous year. The student-readiness indicator, along with information about the percentage of students who are economically disadvantaged, provide context to the test scores and other information that is provided.
 
Johnson unveiled the new website at the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools district leadership meeting Tuesday.
 
"As a district that showed great strides in growth, we think parents will find the color coding and user-friendly formats nice ways to see how our schools are moving students forward," district superintendent Beverly Emory said.
 
The new website allows for side-by-side school comparisons. Since schools are structured differently from one another in terms of size, grade levels, student populations, and programs offered, the report cards should not be used to rank schools.
 
Researchers and others who want more detailed data may visit the school report card analytical site at https://ncreportcards.ondemand.sas.com/landing.html. Data downloads are available at http://www.ncpublicschools.org/src/researchers/. The North Carolina School Report Cards have been produced annually since 2001 to provide information about local schools, districts and overall state data. More information, including answers to frequently asked questions about the report cards, is available at http://www.ncpublicschools.org/src/. 

It's a goal for EBHS Soccer

posted Nov 20, 2017, 2:47 PM by Valerie Newton   [ updated Nov 20, 2017, 2:47 PM ]

Brooks McGill was selected to the North Carolina Soccer Coaches Associations 2A All-State team. I have been selected as the NCSCA Regional Coach of the Year and I am a finalist for NCSCA 2A Coach Of the Year.


It is a great honor to be selected as the Regional Coach of the Year and to be a finalist for 2A Coach of the Year. It's hard to even begin to describe the feeling. To be select as RCOY was unbelievable. Our region is full of powerhouse programs and amazing coaches who I have looked up to for years.  When you think teams in our region you think of Wallace, Clinton, East Duplin, to name just a few.....  you think of their coaches Dr. Greybar, Brad Spell, Joey Jones....To be able to be mentioned with those extraordinary programs and talented coaches is something that's hard to describe.  I owe those coaches a lot as they all have taken time to share things here and there.  We all are extremely competitive but we talk a lot and want to see each other rise to the top.

These honors are something my guys earned.  They have put in the hard work and have transformed our program.  What they have done on and off the field are the reasons that I was given these awards. It's what they are doing that have put us in conversations and make it hard to look past us.

 Brooks was 1st Team Three Rivers Conference, Three Rivers Conference Player of the Year, North Carolina Soccer Coaches Association 1st Team All-Region, and today was honored as North Carolina Soccer Coaches Association All-State player. Brooks received All-Conference honors for the 4th year in a row, All-Region honors for the 3rd year in a row, but was his first time to be selected to the All-State team.

Brooks is the first player to be selected as Conference Player of the Year and was the second to be selected to the NCSCA All-State team. Izzy Evans was the other player recognized as All-State in 2011.

To have 11 guys honored for their conference play as well as the conference player of the year was something I couldn't have dreamed of. Then to have 8 players mentioned for NCSA All-Region and to have 5 to make the All-Region team is extraordinary.

Brooks McGill, Spencer Scott, Jake Evans, Greyson Heustess, and Pierce Melvin were the All-Region selections. Gabe Barber, Caleb Hatchell, and Ezequiel Arteaga were honorable mentions.

This was Brooks 3rd time being selected to the NCSCA All-Region team. Spencer made his 3 appearance on the All-Region Team, while Jake, Greyson, and Pierce were all first time All-Region award winners.

With the 5 NCSCA All-Region awards they almost double the amount of recipients from EB. Ian Maynard ('07), Corey Rogers ('07), Izzy Evans ('10-'12), Luke Suggs ('11), Matthew Massengill ('13-'14), Spencer Scott ('15-'17).

All are very deserving of those honors and I was extremely fortunate to have the opportunity to coach them. My guys worked hard and their hard work hasn't gone unnoticed.

This is another testament to the hard work these guys put in. It was one of most unbelievable seasons of soccer that I have ever been a part of.  The dominance and the skill set was something that years ago could only dream of.  Their commitment to getting better on and off the field has surly hasn't gone unnoticed. I am extremely proud of them and look forward to watching them continue to grow on and off the field.

We have had players make the All-Region team before but the most to be selected at a given time was 2.  To have 5 selected as All-Region is an amazing accomplishment. Wallace had 4 selected, Clinton had 5 selected and East Duplin 6 selected.... to be in the conversation with those schools is a great honor. It also is proof that we are doing something right here at East Bladen and our program is growing.

Our program is young (will celebrate 20 years of soccer next Fall) but our players and their efforts have put our name in conversations with some soccer powerhouses across our region and the state.

To compare this season with last season tells the story of just how much work they put in during the offseason. The guys went 21-2 while scoring 144 goals and conceding only 14. 144 goals was 5th best in all classifications in NC and 7th best in the country. 14 conceded was best for all classifications in NC and 27th best in the country. Both set school records for goals scored as well as conceded. Also school record for shutouts in a season with 15. We had 6 players score in double digits, 15 players to score at least 1 goal, 7 players to record double digit assists, and 16 to record at least 1 assist. Those numbers are hard to even believe.

Brooks was deserving of the player of the year honor.  He led the conference in points (103), goals (32), and assists (39).  He was a game changer and commanded the attention of multiple defenders or being man-marked during our games.  Just as his goal scoring was a great attribute so was his ability to read the game.  Brooks was able to find the open guy and was a key part to our attacking generating 144 goals on the season.

I'm very proud of Brooks for his accomplishments this year. He has had one heck of a senior year. From breaking the school career scoring record, earning Wilmington Star News Player of the week, 1st Team all-conference, and now conference player of the year.... he has achieved a lot this year. I recently spoke with him about some other accomplishments and awards he has received and he was excited about them. However, he was most excited about brining a conference championship to EB and being able to share such a special year with his teammates.


Jacob Barber received the United Soccer Coaches (formly named national soccer coaches association) Senior Excellence Award.

The award is awarded to those for exceptional contributions to the team while exemplifying the finest attributes of a high school student-athlete.

Jacob just finished his senior year season at East Bladen. He has been a 4 year member of the varsity soccer team. He was a captain as a junior and as a senior leading his teams to a 36-8-1 record over the last two seasons. He has also been instrumental in fundraising efforts, off-season workouts, and other community projects such as the Optimist Christmas Tree Sales, the Optimist BBQ sale, and also helping coach Recreation and middle school soccer teams.

Jacob is a member of the National Honor Society, Beta Club, as well as Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Jacob is a leader of theses groups as does all this while also being top ranked in his class.

It is an honor and privilege to be able to present this award to Jacob. Jacob is the ideal representative for East Bladen soccer as well as east Bladen High School. This is a young man who always does the right thing and gives it his very best. I am thankful to have had the opportunity to coach Jacob. He has made me a better coach as well as a person. Jacob has given a lot to our soccer program and words will never describe what he has meant to this program. This is the first time a soccer player has been recognized for this award at East Bladen.

Celebrating Our Veteran's

posted Nov 6, 2017, 11:23 AM by Valerie Newton   [ updated Nov 6, 2017, 11:23 AM ]


Social Worker of the Year

posted Nov 1, 2017, 7:39 AM by Valerie Newton   [ updated Nov 1, 2017, 7:44 AM ]

Bladen County Schools recently received a letter from the North Carolina School Social Workers' Association that one of our own has been recognized for the outstanding support services she provides to students. Marion Coe, Bladen County Schools Social Worker,  is the 2017 Southeast Regional School Social Worker of the Year. As a social worker professional, Ms. Coe advocates to make a difference in the lives of students and their families ensuring their emotional, social, and academic success. Congratulations Ms. Coe! Bladen County Schools has the BEST social workers.






West Bladen School Nutrition staff are tops

posted Oct 18, 2017, 8:24 AM by Valerie Newton   [ updated Oct 18, 2017, 8:26 AM ]

The US Department of Agriculture has announced that West Bladen High School's School Nutrition staff are being recognized with a Best Practices Award for Customer Service. The award recognizes school nutrition program's exemplary accomplishments in the area of customer service and the schools commitment to excellence. The USDA award will be presented during the Annual Conference for School Nutrition Administrators on October 26. 

West Bladen Sch Nutrition award.mov




Principal Bonus Pay

posted Oct 12, 2017, 9:08 AM by Valerie Newton

Principal Bonus Pay Approved by the State Board of Education

 



Board members approved performance-based bonuses for principals who qualify based on the Education Value-Added Assessment System (EVAAS) growth index score for the school.

 

The General Assembly appropriated $7 million for two bonus programs during its 2017 long session (Appropriations Bill 2017-57 Section 8.4).


Principals will receive bonuses if:

  • They supervised a school that had a 2016-17 growth score in the top 50 percent of the schools in the state. Bonuses range from $1,000 - $5,000 depending on the school’s statewide growth percentage.
  • They supervised a school that either met or did not meet expected growth in 2015-16 but exceeded growth in 2016-17. If the school received a performance grade of A, B or C during 2015-16, the principal will receive a $5,000 bonus. If the school received a D or F school performance grade in 2015-16, the principal will receive a $10,000 bonus. 

Principals in traditional, charter and regional schools are eligible to receive the bonuses if they qualify. They also can receive both bonuses. However, to receive the bonuses they must have been employed prior to July 1, 2017. The bonuses will be paid no later than Oct. 31.

 

Board members also passed a motion directing the State Board of Education Chairman and State Superintendent to send a letter to the North Carolina General Assembly expressing their appreciation for additional funding for principal pay and stressing the urgency in extending the principal pay hold harmless provision through the 2018-19 school year.

BCS Supports Scholarships

posted Sep 12, 2017, 9:55 AM by Valerie Newton   [ updated Sep 13, 2017, 7:10 AM ]

Bladen County Schools was honored to be a sponsor in the 2017 Elizabethtown Rotary Golf Tournament to benefit students with scholarships.


Change to School Calendar

posted Sep 11, 2017, 11:06 AM by Valerie Newton   [ updated Sep 11, 2017, 11:06 AM ]

Update to school calendar: On the 2017-18 school year calendar, October 31 is an Optional Teacher Workday with students out of school. Due to the closure of schools on Monday, September 11, 2017, OCTOBER 31 will now be a REGULAR SCHOOL DAY for students and staff. Please adjust your calendars accordingly.

Amended Bladen 5 Conference Schedule

posted Sep 11, 2017, 10:48 AM by Valerie Newton   [ updated Sep 11, 2017, 10:49 AM ]

Due to Hurricane Irma and the closure of schools on Monday, September 11, the Bladen 5 conference schedule has been amended. See below for the new schedule.





2017-18 Bladen 5 Conference Schedule


Storm Watch

posted Sep 7, 2017, 10:15 AM by Valerie Newton   [ updated Sep 7, 2017, 10:17 AM ]

Bladen County Schools has been monitoring Hurricane Irma and its path throughout the week. While it is still too early to make a prediction we are communicating daily through emails, conference calls, webinars, and face-to-face with meteorologist from the National Weather Service out of Wilmington and with local emergency management personnel regarding any potential impact that may affect Bladen County. We are ready and prepared to respond in the event of localized impacts from the hurricane.  We are not making any decisions regarding school closure at this time. We will continue to gather the best, most timely information available before making any decision to delay, release, or close our schools.

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