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West Bladen teacher wins state award

posted Nov 16, 2018, 7:34 AM by Valerie Newton   [ updated Nov 16, 2018, 7:35 AM ]

West Bladen High School teacher, Gaye G. Davis, has won the inaugural Donate Life NC Hero Award. Davis was nominated for the statewide prize for the work she has done educating and advocating for organ donation in Bladenboro and surrounding areas.

Since 2016, Davis has worked on raising the organ donor registration rates in Bladen County, which previously had the lowest registration rate in the state. After speaking with various community groups, she made organ donation awareness the theme of her 2017 DREAM team, a group of high school athletes who focus on a single project throughout the year.  With her guidance, they had health fairs, bulletin boards, made commercials, t-shirts and had a donor registration drive.

In the past two years, the Bladen County registration rate has climbed 7% to 37.6%. Donors register at the DMV when getting their drivers licenses, online at donatelifenc.org/register, or at registration drives.

“Teachers across North Carolina improve the lives of their students, but Gaye takes it to a new level,” said Deanna Mitchell, executive director of Donate Life North Carolina. “She is saving lives every day by inspiring her community members to join the organ donor registry. We think that makes her pretty heroic indeed."

Donate Life NC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with a mission is to inspire all North Carolina residents to save and enhance lives by registering as organ, eye and tissue donors. The organization comprises a collaborative group of organizations that promote eye, organ and tissue donation. Working together, the member organizations are directly involved in supporting donor families and facilitating organ, eye and tissue transplants across the state. Learn more at DonateLifeNC.org.

School Bus Drivers Classroom Training

posted Oct 24, 2018, 11:26 AM by Valerie Newton   [ updated Oct 26, 2018, 8:52 AM ]

October 24, 2018 

TO: Principals and Bus Managers  
FROM: Kenzil 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: November 27, 28, 29, 30 - 2018
LOCATION: Red Training Room Board of Education 

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 three-days of classroom training and one day of testing. Applicants must be in attendance for all days. 

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

October is College Application Month!

posted Oct 16, 2018, 7:52 AM by Valerie Newton   [ updated Oct 16, 2018, 7:52 AM ]

Take advantage of activities at East and West Bladen high school this week (Oct. 15-19) to help you complete residency, FAFSA, and admission applications during NC Countdown to College in October. Many colleges waive application fees during the third week of the month.

Find details at nccountdowntocollege.org.

Johnston County SNA donates to Bladen County Schools

posted Oct 1, 2018, 1:27 PM by Valerie Newton   [ updated Oct 1, 2018, 2:08 PM ]

Thank you to the Johnston County Schools School Nutrition Association (SNA) for collecting and donating over 50 hygiene kits to Bladen County Schools. 

Jamie Narron, the president of Johnston County Schools SNA, and  Mary Catherine Talton, a Johnston County Schools School Nutrition Supervisor presented the hygiene kits to Bladen County Schools School Nutrition Director and SNA-NC President Amy Stanley.

The kits will be distributed as part of Bladen County's hurricane relief efforts.

Taylor selected as NCAAHPERD-SM Superintendent of the Year

posted Oct 1, 2018, 12:23 PM by Valerie Newton   [ updated Oct 1, 2018, 12:27 PM ]

Bladen County Schools is pleased to announce that Dr. Robert P. Taylor has been selected as the 2018 Healthy Schools Superintendent of the Year by the North Carolina Alliance for Athletics, Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Dance and Sport Management (NCAAHPERD-SM).

Dr. Taylor’s work to advance the belief that no child should go hungry has also been recognized by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, the No Kid Hungry state and national organizations, and the North Carolina Governor’s  Office of the First Lady. His leadership as the superintendent has ensured that every child in Bladen County Schools has the opportunity to receive breakfast and lunch at no cost every day.

NCAAHPERED-SM serves as advocates of healthier children and supports progressive reform of health and physical education policies at the state legislature in order to enhance and promote the health of North Carolinians.  Their vision is to be the leading organization promoting and supporting a healthier, more creative and active North  Carolina.

Dr. Taylor will be recognized as the recipient of the 2018 Healthy Schools Superintendent of the Year during a formal ceremony at the NCAAHPERD-SM state convention in November .



Hurricane Florence update

posted Sep 11, 2018, 8:34 AM by Valerie Newton   [ updated Sep 11, 2018, 8:35 AM ]

Due to the projected path of Hurricane Florence, and to allow Emergency Management Operations time to open shelters, Bladen County Schools will be closed for students on Wednesday, September 12 through Friday, September 14 with an optional teacher workday on Wednesday, September 12.

Shelter locations in Bladen County are Bladen Lakes Primary School, East Arcadia School, East Bladen High School, and West Bladen High School. The pet friendly shelter will be located at West Bladen High School. All shelters will open to the public beginning at 12noon on Wednesday, September 12 and are operated by Bladen County Emergency Management personnel.

We will provide updates as we are able throughout the duration of the storm. Continue to monitor our Facebook and Twitter pages along with your local news outlets for updates as well.

Please ensure that you and your family members remain safe during this storm.

State Superintendent to reduce testing

posted Aug 28, 2018, 7:47 AM by Valerie Newton

For immediate release

Aug. 27, 2018

State Superintendent Mark Johnson announces changes to help reduce testing for North Carolina’s youngest students
iPads in the classroom

As many students in North Carolina public schools begin school this week, State Superintendent Mark Johnson announced that he has taken steps to reduce the time spent testing for many of the state’s youngest scholars. The move follows a survey Johnson sent to teachers last school year that showed that 76 percent of North Carolina teachers think their students are tested too much.


“One of my top priorities is to reduce the time you must spend assessing and testing students,” Johnson said in a message to elementary-grade educators Friday. “Your input guides our work. We want to give you time back to do what you entered the profession to do: teach.”


Past guidance from the Department of Public Instruction resulted in strict requirements for how often kindergarten through third-grade teachers had to assess students via the mCLASS reading diagnostic tool, which is used in all but a few North Carolina kindergarten-through-third-grade classrooms. New guidance issued for this school year moves those from requirements to recommendations and allows for more teacher discretion in the state’s Read to Achieve program. 


Following up on Johnson’s use of Read to Achieve funds to purchase new Apple iPad devices for use in K-3 classrooms, the department has made additional content available to allow teachers to monitor second- and third-grade students' reading progress online while the students work independently. This represents a major step toward replacing testing with personalized learning. But devices can be used for more than monitoring progress with the reading diagnostic tool. 


“Teachers can access a wealth of early-reading resources via their devices,” said Pamela Shue, deputy superintendent for early education. "In addition to the time-saving policies and the new, more rigorous book-set provided statewide, we've made other options available. For example, schools may opt to use a few additional measures, which combined with the existing Read to Achieve assessments, provide extra screening for students at risk of reading difficulties, including dyslexia."


Johnson also told elementary-school teachers that he will maintain his focus on reducing high-stakes testing in a variety of ways, including urging the State Board of Education to eliminate certain tests in grades K-5 caused by board policies rather than state or federal law. Johnson also will work to change DPI policies around how end-of-year tests are administered based on educator feedback and his own experience serving as an EOG proctor in May.


“Teachers and parents have been telling me that the tests are too long, the testing environment is too stressful, and the rules placed on students, teachers, and volunteer proctors are unreasonably strict,” Johnson said. “Last year I saw it for myself when I proctored a test in a fourth-grade classroom. 


“I can’t change federal law about standardized testing. But where we can, we will be revising the testing protocols to remove unnecessarily strict guidelines to alleviate at least some of the stress and disruption that testing causes in the early grades.”


Many of the changes in testing protocols and guidelines will be in effect before students take end-of-course and end-of-grade exams for this school year.

Local School Nutrition Professionals Participate in N.C. K-12 Culinary Institute

posted Aug 7, 2018, 10:28 AM by Valerie Newton   [ updated Aug 7, 2018, 12:14 PM ]

School nutrition managers from across the state had the opportunity to participate in the North Carolina K-12 Culinary Institute. Bladen County Schools school nutrition managers, Erica Bridwell, Jeannie Powers and Marie Chavis from Bladen County Schools  participated in a K-12 Culinary Institute regional workshop on July 31, 2018 through August 2, 2018 at Ashley High Scool in Wilmington, NC. The N.C. K-12 Culinary Institute, designed to enhance nutrition offerings, has been funded in part by a U.S. Department of Agriculture Professional Standards Training Grant received by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) School Nutrition Section.


"The K-12 Culinary Institute is a unique opportunity for our school nutrition professionals to enhance culinary skills and glean tools and information critical to their important roles in providing quality, nutritious school meals," said Amy Stanley, director for Bladen County Schools  School Nutrition Program. 

The face to face and online institute was developed by the NCDPI, School Nutrition Section, and Chef Cyndie Story's K-12 Culinary Team, in order to meet five core objectives:

§  Improve student health, well-being and academic success through nutritious, appealing meals at school,

§  Increase participation in high quality, enticing school nutrition programs,

§  Expand capacity of local school nutrition programs to purchase, prepare and serve fresh, locally grown produce,

§  Increase consumption of fruits, vegetables and whole grain-rich foods, and

§  Provide continuing education opportunities for school nutrition personnel.

The menus and recipes developed for the K-12 Culinary Institute include:

§  Scratch, convenience, and modified scratch products and techniques,

§  Instructions written for production amounts consistent with pack or pan sizes commonly available in school kitchens, and

§  Nutritional analysis files for easy import into software programs and adjustments for standardization in Local Education Agencies (LEAs).

Planned instructional segments include topics such as knife skills, weighing and measuring accurately, preparing foods for just-in-time service, work simplification and scheduling, effective use of equipment, and quality food preparation and service for a variety of meats, grains, fruits, vegetables, and condiments.

The N.C. K-12 Culinary Institute participants graduate as chef ambassadors and culinary specialists. These ambassadors will be prepared to teach other school nutrition professionals at the local education agency/school level. Equipping School Nutrition professionals with needed equipment, educational resources and skills can positively impact the preparation, service and consumption of school meals.


USDA and NCDPI are equal opportunity providers and employers. Additional information regarding School Nutrition Programs in North Carolina can be found on the School Nutrition Services website.

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.) should contact the agency (state or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form (AD-3027) available online and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

*  mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

*  fax: (202) 690-7442; or email

Mobile Unit to be auctioned

posted Jul 16, 2018, 8:37 AM by Valerie Newton

Bladen County Schools will be conducting an Auction on the Spot at Elizabethtown Primary School on Tuesday, July 17 beginning at 10:00 a.m.

The item to be auctioned to the highest bidder is an early 1970s single wide mobile trailer unit – 12 feet wide X 50 feet long. No Title.

The mobile trailer unit is located at Elizabethtown Primary School and can be viewed in advance of the sale by contacting the BCS Maintenance Department at 910-862-2899.

Terms announced the day of the sale. Payment is restricted to cash, money order, or cashier’s check.

Purchasers are required to remove their purchases within the time prescribed for each sale but merchandise cannot be removed before payment is made. Removal is the purchaser's responsibility.

Special Called Board meeting

posted Jun 27, 2018, 12:40 PM by Valerie Newton   [ updated Jun 27, 2018, 12:41 PM ]

The Bladen County Board of Education will meet in special session on Thursday, June 28 2018, at 6:00 p.m.  The purpose of the meeting is to discuss budget related issues.  This is an official meeting and action items may be on the agenda.  The meeting will be held at the Board of Education Administration Building located at 1489 US Hwy 701 South, Elizabethtown, NC.

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