New hours are in place for students for the 2017-2018 school year:
Elementary Schools: 8 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.
E.M. Rollins: 8:15 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Middle Schools: 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
STEM Early High: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
High Schools: 7:45 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.
Early College: 8:25 a.m. to 2:50 p.m.
zSpace, Inc. sponsored a visit by its Virtual Reality Classroom to the campus of Southern Vance High School on September 21, with the lab available for viewing by local students and educators throughout the school system.
Vance County Schools has begun a "We Inspire 2.0" initiative for the 2017-2018 school year as the district's second year in training local educators on how to effectively use technology to enhance daily classroom instruction with students.
Vance County Schools serves the educational needs of approximately 6,400 students in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. Our professional staff is committed to providing the knowledge, skills and opportunities for our students to "compete in an ever-changing global community." Our community takes great pride in our schools and through its financial support, provides opportunities for all students to experience success and to prepare for the future.
Vance County Schools presented its top education awards to individuals during the school system's "Excellence in Education" banquet held on September 6, at McGregor Hall in downtown Henderson. Kedecia Stewart, a fourth and fifth-grade math teacher at Pinkston Street Elementary School, was presented the award as the school system's 2017-2018 Teacher of the Year. Stewart was selected from an outstanding field of 16 teachers for the district award. Stewart is a native of Jamaica and has been teaching at Pinkston Street since August of 2013. She joined the Pinkston Street staff as a participant in the Visiting International Faculty (VIF) program and had taught in Jamaica since 2005. Dave Genetti, owner of Toyota of Henderson, presented a 2018 Toyota Camry to Stewart for her use during the next year as our Teacher of the Year.
The Vance County Schools' Convocation for all employees to begin the 2017-2018 school year celebrated educational achievements for the recently completed year and new challenges that lie ahead. The event focused on the district's theme for the new year: "Believe It!" Superintendent Anthony Jackson led the celebration and told all employees that he believes our school system can be the very best. Staff members from 15 of our 17 schools arrived at the Convocation on school buses.
The 2017-2018 school year in Vance County Schools officially began on August 1, with the first day of classes at the STEAM Academy at E.M. Rollins Elementary School and was followed by the first day of classes for students at the Vance County Early College High School on August 3. All school system employees returned to work for the new school year on August 17, and attended an amazing and very energetic Convocation held in the auditorium at McGregor Hall in downtown Henderson. This exciting event followed new teachers and other new employees reporting for work on August 14 and attending important training sessions for their first three days. Read about these events and other activities occurring in our school system over the last month in the district's August 2017 newsletter.