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NCDOJ Webinar Series—Protecting the Next Generation of North Carolinians

Youth today face a variety of challenges – some that may be familiar to parents and many that simply did not exist in generations past, before fentanyl, cell phones, and social media. To help support parents, caregivers, and people who work with children and youth, NCDOJ launched a webinar series: Protecting the Next Generation of North Carolinians.

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An Update for our Families

Parents and Guardians,

An update from Superintendent Jason Atkinson, will be coming home with your student either today or tomorrow.

We hope this letter provides clarification and addresses any questions following the information previously sent home about student health protocols now required under NC General Statute 115C-75.45.

We appreciate your understanding and support as we navigate these new requirements and continue our commitment to providing a high-quality education for all students.

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Scholarship Opportunity

Attention Seniors! FOCUS Broadband is accepting scholarship applications until December 8, 2023. To be eligible applicants and/or their parents/legal guardians must be customers of FOCUS Broadband. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academics, school-sponsored activities, community involvement, and interviewing skills.

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Bladen County Schools and Bladen County Sheriff's Office Announce New Partnership

Bladen County Schools and the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office are excited to announce a new partnership aimed toward enriching the educational experience for students taking classes in the Bladen County Schools Career and Technical Education (CTE) Law and Justice Academy. A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed on Wednesday, November 1, 2023, solidifying the partnership.

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Wear Orange on October 18 for Unity Day

Unity Day, started by PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center as the signature event of National Bullying Prevention Month continues to grow every year as a tangible representation of the universal message that our society wants to promote kindness, acceptance and inclusion to prevent bullying.

On Wednesday, October 18th, plan to support the event by participating in the simple call to action—wear and share the color orange.

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October Board of Education Meeting Highlights

Students from Dublin Primary School led the Pledge of Allegiance. 

The Board recognized the cafeteria staff from Dublin Primary School for their outstanding accomplishment of earning a 100 Sanitation Rating!

Educators who recently completed the Rethink Education's Blended Facilitator Pathway were recognized for successfully completing the program and earning their Blended Facilitator's Badge!

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Dublin Primary School Cafeteria Earns 100 Sanitation Grade

Congratulations to the Dublin Primary School Cafeteria Staff on their 100 Sanitation Rating!

Thank you for your commitment to providing a safe dining environment for our students.

Pictured L to R: Lorrie Carter, Cafeteria Assistant; Crystal O'Briant, BCS School Nutrition Coordinator; Jessica McAllister, Cafeteria Assistant; Freda Hales, Cafeteria Manager; Jason Folsom, Principal; Jason Atkinson, Superintendent.

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Farm Revival 2023: A Fundraiser Benefiting Working Lands Trust and Bladen County FFA

Working Lands Trust, a leading 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to protecting our working farms and forests, is joining forces with Bladen County FFA to launch an initiative aimed at conserving vital agricultural lands and rural communities. In support of this endeavor, the organizations will host Farm Revival 2023, a family-friendly evening filled with food, friends, prizes, and fellowship. This cornerstone community event will generate much-needed funds for Working Lands Trust's mission to safeguard our agricultural heritage while also benefiting the Bladen County FFA.

To purchase tickets visit: https://www.eventcreate.com/e/farmrevival2023

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Bladen Early College High School Celebrates Class of 2023

Friends and family gathered on Friday, June 2, 2023, to celebrate the graduates from Bladen Early College High School.

Their ceremony was full of pomp and circumstance—beginning with the ceremonial processional and thoughtful invocation led by graduating senior, Trinity Bedsole. The evening included several speakers—Salutatorian Jessica Garcia-Bastida, Superintendent Dr. Jason Atkinson, Mr. Christopher Carroll, who previously taught at Bladen Early College High School, and Valedictorian Daniel Arellano. Early College Principal Mrs. Haley Cheshire presented the diplomas and led the class in the “turning of the tassels”.

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June BOE Meeting Highlights

Lenise Stewart—Bladen Early College High School

Melissa Todd—Bladen Lakes Primary School

Jonathan Lewis—Bladenboro Middle School

Christopher Wagoner—East Arcadia School

Cathy Posey—Tar Heel School

Phillip Turnage—West Bladen High School

*Elizabeth Roberson – West Bladen High School

*Indicates Bladen County Schools Employee of the Year

Lauren Adams—Dublin Primary School

*Jazmine Salgado-Baza—Elizabethtown Primary School

Jason Bryant—West Bladen High School

*Indicates Bladen County Schools Employee of the Year

Coach Patty Evers was also recognized for beginning her tenure as president of the North Carolina Coaches Association on July 1.

*Chasity Wilkins—Bladenboro Primary

Nickie Ellison—Dublin Primary School

Betty Jo McLean—Elizabethtown Middle School

*Indicates Bladen County Schools Employee of the Year

Members of the East Bladen High School Track Team were recognized for their outstanding accomplishments at the Conference Championship Meet:

*Jaydon Dailey—1st Place 4x100; 1st Place 4x200

*Laila Smith—2nd place 100 Meter Hurdles; 1st Place 300 Meter Hurdles; 2nd place 4x100

*Trinity Kemp—2nd place 4x100

*Nyasia Banks—2nd place 4x100

*Ariel Cromartie—2nd place 4x100

Layla Lent—2nd place 4x200

Students from the East Bladen High School Girls Soccer Team were recognized for their selection to the All Region and/or All State Teams:

Reese Hester—All Region

Gabby Rebollar—All Region

Heidi Rebollar—All Region and All State

Coach Jay Raynor was named the NC Soccer Coaches Association Regional Coach of the Year, and Coach Patty Evers was named the NC Soccer Coaches Association Athletic Director of the Year.

Students from Dublin Primary School led the Pledge of Allegiance and were recognized as the winners of the Bladen County Schools Elementary Battle of the Books Competition. 

Tar Heel School

Ken Cross Gymnasium Dedication Ceremony