After a lengthy discussion and presentation, school board members voted 6 to 1 for middle and high school students to remain in Plan B through the end of the 2020-2021 school year. To read more or view the meeting click the heading above.
BOE meeting to discuss middle and high school safe return to learn plans
Brianna Jimison and Madison Hennessee advanced to the regional spelling bee competition at the Carolina Panthers stadium on Sunday, March 21. The competition went 20 rounds with Jimison winning the regional event by correctly spelling the word interrelate. Jimison will compete in the National Spelling Bee in June.
Twenty-two students representing Alexander County’s elementary, middle, and virtual schools were invited to compete for the top honor of Spelling Bee Champion. Brianna Jimison, Virtual Academy student, won the competition with Madison Hennessee, West Alexander Middle School student, placing second. Read more and see the slide show by clicking the title.
Alexander County School Nutrition Department will be providing meals for all children 18 years old and younger during Spring Break. We are currently accepting sign-ups for the last five days of the break - April 7 through April 11. To receive meals you must complete the request form linked. This form is separate from the earlier form required for the first 7 days of meals during Spring Break. If you have questions, please call the School Nutrition office (828) 632-7001.
The Alexander County School System is in the process of reviewing its website to ensure compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act. If you have questions or concerns regarding the accessibility of the website or if you are unable to access a page or document on the website, you may contact the Communications Department via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 828-632-7001.
Kindergarten Representative: Mary Guthrie
First Grade Representative: Amy Fox
Second Grade Representative: Meggan Eckard
Third Grade Representative: Carol Walker
Fourth Grade Representative: Zach Richardson
Fifth Grade Representative: Dakota Brown
TA Representatives: Michelle Bowman
Specials Representative: Alisha Orren
EC Representative: Tammy Abernathy
Parent Representatives: Leah Hayes
Additional: Mary Brown Principal, Jennifer Miller Instructional Coach
Members selected: August 19th
Dear Parents & Guardians, This month students are taking the Reading and Math Benchmarks in grades 3-5. We will use this information to inform instruction. All students K-5 will continue with iReady progress monitoring which also helps to inform our instruction. Mrs. Brown ☺
Reading: Vocabulary is one of the fundamentals of reading comprehension. Talk with children about different words and how they are used. Model looking up unknown words online. Merriam-Webster has a word of the day for older students that has games and other activities to help develop vocabulary. Help younger students with memorizing sight words. Sight words are words that are difficult to sound out, but quite common in everyday reading. Knowing sight words and increasing vocabulary helps students to make meaning from reading at all learning levels.
Math: Keep working on those math facts. Having math facts under control helps students to have the capacity to work through word problems and more difficult mathematical equations. Another skill to work on is number sense. Do children know what it means to be in the ones place, tens place, hundreds place etc? One way to do this is to let them see how parents pay for things with cash and the change they get back. Do they understand the difference between a $1 bill and a $10 bill?
Communications: Every grade level is having a parent zoom every 9 weeks. We are also communicating via DOJO, facebook and the all call system.
Leadership: All parents are always invited to our Leadership zooms. The link will be posted via DOJO and FB. The next leadership meeting in March 2nd @ 3:30.
Free & Reduced Lunch Applications: Please complete these if you think your family will qualify. There are extra benefits available. The more children with free and reduced lunch benefits, the more Title 1 funding we receive. This year, Title 1 is funding a teacher, teacher assistant, interventionist, classroom materials, and programs like Wit and Wisdom.
Kindergarten Screening: is March 31st. This is a big day for rising kinders and we are thrilled we will be able to meet them and screen them in person this year. Please let family, friends and neighbors know to call the office for a registration form and more information.
Transportation: Please remember that students cannot be picked up at the front entrance after 3:00 pm. Bus riders come out the front entrance and we want to keep everyone safe. Also, please do not cut through the car-rider lot. Please follow the path through the parking lot even if it looks like no-one is in line. Late bus announcements will be made on FB and DOJO.