Legislators tour Wesley Chapel by fjhuangjun


									                                  Inside NewsUnion County Public Schools Employee Newsletter                           March 2007

Proposed state                       Legislators tour Wesley Chapel
budget considers
5% pay increase
    If the General Assembly
approves the governor’s
recent budget request, Union
County teachers are in line
for an across-the-board raise
of $1,240 a year, plus a step
    This would amount to an
average raise of five percent.
In addition, there would be a
bonus for teachers already at
the top of the salary schedule.   Sen. Eddie Goodall, at right, and North Carolina Rep. Curtis Blackwood, far left, tour Wesley Chapel El-
    The raise is another          ementary School during the second annual UCPS Legislative Day. This was an opportunity for legislators
installment in the governor’s     to see first-hand some of the successes and challenges that face UCPS, the fastest growing school sys-
plan to bring the average sal-    tem in the state. Also pictured, from left, is UCPS Deputy Superintendent Dr. Bill Stegall, Union County
ary of North Carolina teachers    Board of Education members Kimberly Morrison-Hansley and John Parker, UCPS Superintendent Dr. Ed
up to the national average by     Davis and Assistant Principal Brenda Kasell.
the 2008-2009 school year.
    Another bill would add        UCPS holds second annual Legislative Day
back the five lost teacher           Exploding growth contin-        technology, construction and        strong communications with the
workdays, and eliminate the       ues to be high on the legisla-     staff. Davis also asked them to     legislators. “We have a very
requirement that teachers         tive agenda, and was a major       support local control regarding     active legislative team and they
receive a full paycheck in        topic of concern at this year’s    the school calendar.                understand our challenges. This
August regardless of how          UCPS Legislative Day on              Deputy Superintendent Dr.         also gives us a chance to hear
long they’ve worked that          January 12, 2007.                  Bill Stegall spoke on high          them and what their struggles
month.                                 Two North Carolina legisla-   priority schools and the need       are in Raleigh.”
  For more Legislative News       tors participated in the second    for low wealth funding. Chief             Goodall said he felt very
         look on Page 6.          annual event held this year at     Finance Officer Dan Karpin-         good about the meeting and the
                                  the system’s most overcrowded      ski, Assistant Superintendent       information he will take back to
                                  school, Wesley Chapel El-          Carrie Gibson, and Assistant        Raleigh. “I think we have some
  On the Inside                   ementary School.                   Superintendent David Clarke         special needs in Union County
                                        Part of the day involved a   also addressed Legislators on       that have to be addressed and
Rock Rest Dedication - Page 2     tour of the elementary school,     critical needs of the system.       accelerated. I would like for
                                  which was built for a core             “The dialog and interaction     myself, as well as others who
Professional News - Page 2        capacity of 578 students, but      between the legislators, staff      represent Union County, to
                                  now has 1,152 students. This       and parents was very valuable,”     initiate legislation specific to
2007 Spelling Bee - Page 4        makes it the most overcrowded      Davis said following the meet-      Union County and not wait for
                                  school in the system, at almost    ing. “The feedback we received      the rest of the state to catch up
Video Results - Page 4            200 percent over-capacity.         from them helps us to know          in these important issues.”
                                       Sen. Eddie Goodall and        how to effectively approach the          Blackwood had similar
Teachers of the Year - Page 5     Rep. Curtis Blackwood listened     issues, especially with our two     comments about the success of
                                  to the challenges facing UCPS,     main priorities -- growth and       the day. “I thought it was in-
Legislative News - Page 6         first hearing from UCPS Su-        high priority schools.”             formative, and a great two-way
                                  perintendent Dr. Ed Davis, who         Board of Education Chair-       dialog. It was especially inter-
Employee News - Page 6            discussed the overall needs of     man L. Dean Arp, Jr. said the       esting hearing about the needs
                                  the school system in areas of      goal of the day was to continue     of the high priority schools.”
 Rock Rest Elementary holds ribbon-cutting ceremony

Rock Rest Elementary School held its ribbon cutting ceremony February 22, 2007, dedicating not only the school build-
ing, but the John D. Chase Media Center, named for a former school principal. Pictured from left, Rock Rest Principal
Wendy Gravely; Veronica Robinson, assistant principal; Superintendent Dr. Ed Davis; Board of Education members
John Collins, John Crowder and Carolyn Lowder; the Rev. Dr. Osco Gardin; Gladys Kerr; Audrey Bales; Louise Napier
and Carole Williams. The school opened its doors to students January 23, 2007.

 Professional News
   Lori Cauthen, Director      the North Carolina School               Region 6 for 2007-2008. She            Piedmont Middle School
of Elementary Education,       Public Relations Association.           was recognized recently at         Principal Anne Radke;
received the                   Luan Ingram, Chief Com-                 the regional meeting at the        teacher and MAPS/Data
NC Blumen-                     munications Officer, accepted           NCMSA state conference in          Coordinator Daphne Helms;
thal Perform-                  the awards at the January 26,           Greensboro. Region 6 con-          counselor Jill Rockwell, and
ing Center                     2007, ceremony in Raleigh.              sists of Mecklenburg, Union,       teacher Scott Shuler will
Stage Award                    Ingram received a blue ribbon           Cabarrus, Stanley, Gaston,         receive finalist plaques in
for Excel-                     for her 2006 Bond Referendum            Lincoln, Anson, Rowan and          recognition of the award.
lence in                       Marketing Campaign, while               Cleveland.
Service to the                 Deb Coates, UCPS Publica-                                                  Sun Valley High School’s
               Lori Cauthen                                                Grace Stanley from Hem-
Arts.                          tions Coordinator, received                                                art department was award-
                               two blue ribbons for feature ar-        by Bridge Elementary, will         ed a Projects Pool Grant that
    Mike Harvey, principal     ticles written about the school         appear in the 10th edition of      will be used for the “Older
of Benton Heights Elemen-      system. The Communications              Who’s Who Among America’s          Than Dirt” project which
tary School, has graduated     Office also took a blue ribbon          Teacher (2005-2006) after          allows students to study the
from the Leadership Pro-       for its employee newsletter,            being nominated by a former        history of ceramics, learn to
gram for Aspiring Principals   The Inside News.                        student who felt she had made      use the potter’s wheel, and
(LPAP). Major areas of                                                 a difference in his life.          then teach the process to area
study included leadership,         Chrissy Rose, a Commu-                                                 elementary students. This
school law, teacher improve-   nication Skills teacher at Porter           Piedmont Middle School         grant is supported by the
ment and retention, resource   Ridge Middle                            has been selected as a finalist,   Union County Community
management, and communi-       School, has                             out of 49 schools statewide, for   Arts Council and the Grass-
cation. He was also selected   been awarded                            the NCASA School Trailblazer       roots Program of the North
as the Jack McCall Award       the North                               Award.                             Carolina Arts Council.
winner for his cohort.         Carolina Mid-                              The recognition comes in
                               dle School                              honor of the school’s “Eblock”     Check out our web site:
    The UCPS Communi-          Association                             and “Wild Wednesday” which
cations Office has won four    Teacher of
                                                  Chrissy Rose
                                                                       focuses on a common connec-        ucps.k12.nc.us
Blue Ribbon Awards from        the Year for                            tion between staff and student.

New Directors
Director of Career and Technology
                                                   Allen Tate Realtors gift $3,146.14
     Lorraine Collins has                            to Walter Bickett Elementary
been named Director of
Career and Technical Educa-
tion. Prior to being named
to this position, she was a
Career and Technical Educa-
tion Specialist. She replaces
Charles Perry who retired.
She and her husband Da-
vid, an assistant principal    Lorraine Collins
with Charlotte Mecklenburg
Schools, and their two children, make their
home in Matthews.

Safety and Security Director
    Jarrod McCraw has been named Safety
and Security Direc-
tor replacing Dr. Jerry
Cross who retired.
Prior to being named to                           Walter Bickett Elementary School principal John Jones, center, accepts a
this position, McCraw                             $3,146.14 check from Ron Sumrow, area manager of Allen Tate Realtors, this
was a trooper with the                            year’s contribution to the elementary school. Also pictured are, from left, school
NC Highway Patrol.                                mascot Walt the Bear, Abrya Rushing, 12, a fifth grader at Walter Bickett; Anna
Originally from Mt. Airy,                         Barber, 8, a second grader; and Mario Diaz, 10, a fourth grader. Allen Tate Real-
McCraw, his wife Amber                            tors, a business partner of the school, has donated time and money to the school
and their two children                            each year for the past six years. The company has donated more than $20,000
have made their home in     Jarrod McCraw
                                                  and countless man hours.
Monroe since 1997.

Time Warner employees gift supplies
    Union Elementary’s 45                                                                                     Teachers were all smiles
classroom teachers received                                                                              as they opened their gift
a “job well done” recently                                                                               boxes of supplies. “It’s nice
from employees at Time                                                                                   to feel appreciated, and it’s
Warner Cable in the form of                                                                              nice to be recognized,” said
gift boxes filled with teacher                                                                           Dolores McClain, a third-
supplies.                                                                                                grade teacher at the school.
    “I’m thrilled anytime                                                                                “It really impresses me that a
someone wants to do some-                                                                                local company takes pride in
thing to help our teachers,”                                                                             education.”
said Union Elementary                                                                                         The gift boxes, presented
Principal Kevin Plue.                                                                                    as part of Time Warner’s
    Roberta Farman, educa-                                                                               annual Holiday Teacher Re-
tion services coordinator in    Union Elementary School teachers were happy to receive school           ception, included such items
the Public Affairs Department supplies compliments of Time Warner Cable employees. Teachers as pens, pencils, notebooks,
of Time Warner, explained       Barbara Simpson, Dolores McClain, Michelle Johnson and Blair            markers, tissues, crayons,
that one school, from each      Austin, as well as all teachers at the school, were given the gift      pencil sharpeners, pencil
of the counties in which        boxes as a ‘thank you’ for a job well done.
                                                                                                        cases, glue, rulers, glue sticks,
Time Warner Cable operates, is chosen         to spend my own money for supplies for       folders, scissors and erasers.
each year. These counties include Union,      my classroom, and people didn’t always           The event is funded completely by
Anson, Stanly, Charlotte/Mecklenburg,         recognize the hard work you did. So this     Time Warner employees who make per-
Richmond, Cabarrus, Cleveland, Gaston,        is our way of recognizing the hard work      sonal donations and hold fund-raisers such
Stanly and Rowan/Salisbury.                   that you do. We’re here to say, ‘Good job.   as bake sales, raffles, chili sales, pictures
    “We’re very excited to be here today,”    Well done. We support you.’ We want to       taken with Santa and buy dress-down day
Farman told the Union Elementary teach-       recognize you and thank you for all that     passes. They also provided refreshments
ers. “I used to be a teacher myself. I had    you do for our kids.”                        for the teachers.
      Media and Technology offers ‘Video Results’
      Media and Technology now offers         power our teachers                                The concept was then approved by
 an innovative teaching tool for teachers     and provide innova-                           UCPS Instructional Technology Spe-
 called “Video Results” featuring mini        tive support,” Walker                         cialist Linda Helbig who worked with
 video movies to explain a multitude of       said. “The main link                          Walker to make sure the content of the
 computer questions.                          will be posted on the                         videos was effective and easy to under-
      This new feature is accessible from     Media and Tech-                               stand.
 the UCPS web site. Just go to the Media      nology home page.                                 Video Results is designed in “fre-
 and Technology home page under the           Videos play in the web                        quently-asked-questions” (FAQ) format,
 “Departments” header. Once you’re on         browser.”                                     with a list of questions that you click on
 the Media and Technology home page,              The instructions are very detailed and    to watch the video lesson. The site does
 click on “Video Results” on the menu         user-friendly. There is, however, an e-mail   require that Quicktime be installed and
 bar on the left.                             address for requested walkthroughs for        you need speakers to hear Walker.
      The Video Results page offers infor-    those not as computer-savvy. Just send an        “It is my voice that walks you through
 mative video clips, which actually show      e-mail to videoresults@ucps.k12.nc.us         the issue so there is familiarity to the
 a computer screen as it is being navigat-        Walker came up with the idea while        instruction,” he said. “We are hoping
 ed through the instruction. The demon-       copying videos off of the Internet. “I was    this will blossom into something bigger,
 strations are for both Mac and PC.           using Snapz Pro to capture the video and      where more people become proactive
     The creator/designer, Josh Walker, a     sound from my PowerBook G4,” he said.         and want to learn the little things about
 UCPS computer technician with Media          “After I was finished, I was watching it      computers to empower themselves.
 and Technology, said the clips guide users   and I thought, ‘I could use this to help           “The whole reason I started this
 through various computer tasks, such as      teachers.’ I could record myself going        was to educate the teachers and help
 finding an IP address, connecting a print-   through a technical issue and talk it all     first responders with troubleshooting,”
 er, checking e-mail, or creating a PDF.      out. That way someone could watch it and      he added. “My goal is to educate people
      “We are using these videos to em-       follow exactly along with me.”                about the computers in their school.”

 2007 UCPS top speller named
    It took 15                                                                                                      The word
rounds to narrow                                                                                               that Sacripanti
the playing field                                                                                              misspelled was
from 32 UCPS                                                                                                   “angstrom,” a unit
elementary and                                                                                                 of length equal
middle school                                                                                                  to one hundred-
students to the                                                                                                millionth of a
final two, but                                                                                                 centimeter, used
finally one student                                                                                            mainly to express
from Weddington                                                                                                wavelengths.
Middle School                                                                                                        Jordan, the
walked away with                                                                                               son of Jeff and
the first-place                                                                                                Kathy Jordan
trophy.                                                                                                         of Matthews,
    Matthew Jor-        The 2007 UCPS Spelling Bee boasted of more than 30 elementary and middle school
                                                                                                                is no stranger
dan, 13, an eighth-     students, but only one could walk away with the first-place trophy. That young man      to recognition.
grade student           was Matthew Jordan, standing at left, 13, an eighth-grade student at Weddington         He received the
at Weddington           Middle. The runner-up was Keagan Sacripanti, second from left, 13, an eighth grader National Duke
                        from Porter Ridge Middle School.                                                        TIP award last
                                                                                                                year for having
                      Middle, took the        Regional Spelling Bee competition in
                                                                                         high SAT scores.
                      2007 top speller        Charlotte, where he finished third-
                                                                                               Following the spelling bee, Su-
                      award by correctly      place.
                                                                                         perintendent Dr. Ed Davis commented
                      spelling “terrapin”        Last year’s UCPS spelling bee
                                                                                         to the students and parents that all the
                      and “vernacular.”       winner, Keagan Sacripanti, 13, an
                                                                                         students present were winners. “This is
                      He went on to rep-      eight grader from Porter Ridge Middle
                                                                                         a representation of the fine students we
                      resent UCPS at the      School, rose to the top once again this
                                                                                         have in our school system,” he said.
   Jordan             Charlotte Observer      year by taking second place.
20               The following teachers were named Teacher of the Year at their schools. The 2007 Teachers of the Year
                will be honored at the annual Teacher of the Year Banquet on April 24, at Rolling Hills Country Club.

T              Kathryn Hayslett
              Antioch Elementary
                                       Jessica Blanchard
                                        Benton Heights
                                                                 Martha Burgess
                                                                 Central Academy
                                                                                            Linda Blanton
                                                                                           East Elementary
                                                                                                                     Michael Ferguson
                                                                                                                     East Union Middle
                                                                                                                                                 Shirley Board
                                                                                                                                              Fairview Elementary
                Sarah Young              Paige Warner             Bonnie Rice               Ingela Whitley              Carolyn Park             Tracey Fluharty

               Forest Hills High         Hemby Bridge        Indian Trail Elementary    Kensington Elementary       Marshville Elementary       Marvin Elementary

C                Gary Piggott
              Marvin Ridge Middle
                                        Jonathan Harbin
                                          Monroe High
                                                                 Bonnie Mwanda
                                                                 Monroe Middle
                                                                                           Starla Williams
                                                                                        New Salem Elementary
                                                                                                                     Wayne Phaneuf
                                                                                                                     Parkwood High
                                                                                                                                               E’a Christenson
                                                                                                                                               Parkwood Middle         E
                Bethany Walker            Janice Meggs           Andrew Nicoletti         Jennie Yearick                Kim Lynch                Wendy Reed

                Piedmont High            Piedmont Middle     Porter Ridge Elementary     Porter Ridge High          Porter Ridge Middle           Prospect

R              Karen DeSantis
             Rock Rest Elementary
                                         Kristin Rinebold
                                          Sandy Ridge
                                                                Jennifer Stephenson
                                                                 Sardis Elementary
                                                                                             Susan Rodgers
                                                                                            Shiloh Elementary
                                                                                                                       Dana Pickens
                                                                                                                      South Providence
                                                                                                                                                Nicole Clyncke
                                                                                                                                                Sun Valley High
                 Ann Baucom
               Sun Valley Middle
                                       Donna Neuberth
                                       Union Elementary
                                                                  Olivia Skinner
                                                               Unionville Elementary
                                                                                              Janet Turner
                                                                                         Walter Bickett Ed Center
                                                                                                                           Beth Engel
                                                                                                                          Walter Bickett
                                                                                                                                               Beverly Phillips
                                                                                                                                              Waxhaw Elementary
  Jenny Slaughter            Juan Roldan              Bruce Foley                Mysti Oakes              Marie LeClair           Amanda Shrewsbury         Alice Massey
Weddington Elementary       Weddington High         Weddington Middle           Wesley Chapel             Western Union           Wingate Elementary        Wolfe School
Employee News
               Births                                         Deaths                                             Marriages
    Congratulations to the following:             Heartfelt sympathies are extended to                 Congratulations to the following:
    Shelly Holland, a teacher at Wax-        the friends and families of the following:                Angela Adcock, a bookkeeper at Central
haw Elementary, and her husband                    Cassandra Atkinson, STEMS Opera-                Academy of Technology and Arts, in her
Dereck on the birth of their daughter,       tor, in the death of her sister, Betty Stewart        marriage to Charles Davis on June 24,
Charlotte Anne Holland, born Decem-          on January 7, 2007.                                   2006. Her mother is Wanda Thomas,
ber 25, 2006.                                      Chrissie Maness, a teacher at Shiloh            a guidance secretary at Piedmont High
    Shawna Paynter, a teacher at Shiloh      Elementary, in the death of her father, U.F.          School, and her sister is Anna Austin, an
Elementary, on the birth of her son,         Dellinger, in December of 2006.                       accountant in the UCPS Central Office.
Grady Michael Paynter, born January               Tammy Sims, a teacher assistant at                   Michael Boyes, a teacher at Marvin
2, 2007.                                     Marshville Elementary, on the death of her            Ridge Middle School, in his marriage to Ju-
    Jennifer Aldredge, a teacher at          father, David Burleson, on June 12, 2006.             lie Teague, a teacher at Weddington Middle
Shiloh Elementary, on the birth of her           Jack Bruschi, assistant principal at              School, on December 16, 2006.
son, Gavin Jack Aldredge on January          Waxhaw Elementary, and his wife Marcia                    Kelly Williams, a teacher at Prospect
15, 2007.                                    Bruschi, retired from UCPS, in the death of           Elementary, in her marriage to Brian Nance
     Ken and Jennifer Hoover on the          her father, James Wall on November 29, 2006.          on June 10, 2006. Kelly is the daughter of
birth of their daughter, Samantha Marie          Terry Helms, a teacher assistant at Shi-          Marilyn Williams, a retired UCPS sec-
Hoover, born February 1, 2007. Ken is        loh Elementary School, in the death of her            retary now working part-time for UCPS.
an assistant principal at Porter Ridge       sister, Betty Funderburk, on January 1, 2007.         Brian’s mother is Sylvia Nance, a bus
Middle School and Jennifer is a teacher           Marsha Polk, a secretary at Sun                  driver for Forest Hills High and Wingate
at Porter Ridge Elementary.                  Valley High School, in the death of her               Elementary schools.
    Scott Dobbins, a teacher at Porter       mother, Velma P. Helms on January 12,                     Tammy Sims, a teacher assistant at
Ridge Middle, and his wife, Sonya, on        2007. Helms was the grandmother of                    Marshville Elementary, on the marriage of
the adoption of their son, Stephen Jo-       Ginger Polk, a Spanish teacher at Waxhaw              her daughter, Morgan Sims to Richard Burr
siah Dobbins, on November 19, 2006.          Elementary School.                                    on October 21, 2006.
     Joey Lord, a teacher at Porter
Ridge Middle School, and her husband,
Bradley on the birth of their son, Caleb     Legislative News                                   Representatives get their way, it may one day
Asher Lord on January 2, 2007.                                                                  be possible for teachers and principals, with
                                             By Jim Stegall
    Karen Carter, a bookkeeper at Pros-                                                         more than 10 years experience, to qualify for a
                                             UCPS Legislative Liaison
pect Elementary, on the birth of her              Remember the school calendar law that         one-year sabbatical at full salary.
granddaughter, Carter Elaina Wright          was passed two years ago? The one that                  The bill calls on the State Board of Educa-
on December 13, 2006, to her daughter        shaved five days off the school calendar and       tion to develop a plan for educator sabbaticals
Marlo and son-in-law Chris Wright.           set August 25th as the earliest date a school      and have it ready for consideration by next
    Lane Price, assistant principal at       can open? It’s come under a great deal of          year’s session of the General Assembly. Full
Shiloh Elementary School, on the birth       criticism in the legislature as schools struggle implementation is still a long way off, but a
of her daughter, Sarah Elizabeth Price,      to realign programs ranging from athletics to      pilot program of up to 150 teachers and prin-
on January 22, 2007.                         early college with the new restrictions.           cipals could be in place as early as next fall.
    Heather Compton, a teacher at                There are also numerous complaints about       One caveat: participants would have to return
Marvin Elementary School, and her            the difficulty of making up inclement weather      to the school from which they came and serve
husband Jamie Compton on the birth of        days under the new rules, and the lack of time     at least three years following their sabbatical,
their daughter, Leah Lynn Compton, on        available for professional development.            or pay back the salary they received during
February 20, 2007.                               Some lawmakers who supported the change their absence.
    Phyllis Medlin, a teacher at Indian      two years ago are now
Trail Elementary, and her husband            expressing second
                                             thoughts, and legisla-         Inside News is published by the Communications Office of
Mike, on the birth of their grandson,                                       Union County Public Schools for all school employees. News
                                             tion is in the works that
Samuel Matthew Medlin, on October                                           items should be submitted to the Communications Office.
                                             would back the date up
20, 2006, born to their son, Matthew and                                                           Page 6

                                             to mid-August.                                   Dr. Ed Davis, Superintendent
daughter-in-law Terilyn Medlin.
    Julie Horne, a teacher at Indian Trail                                            L. Dean Arp Jr., Chairman, Board of Education
                                                 Do you ever wish you
Elementary, and her husband, John, in        could take a year off to      Luan Ingram - Managing Editor                  500 North Main Street Suite 700
the birth of their son, Vance Andrew         travel, study, or develop a
                                                                           Chief Communications Officer                        Monroe, NC 28112
                                                                                Deb Coates - Editor                               704-283-3733
Horne on February 21, 2007.                  new idea to be imple-            Publications Coordinator                         Fax: 704-289-1536
    Tracy Carbone, a teacher at Indian       mented in your school?
Trail Elementary, and her husband,                                         Union County Public Schools is an equal opportunity employer and does
                                                  If the authors of a      not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, disability
Mark, in the birth of their son, Joseph      bill now being consid-        or national origin.
Dylan Carbone, on December 26, 2006.         ered in the House of

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