UCPS ranked first in AYP among 15 largest NC school districts
In spite of the state raising the bar on AYP requirements, Union County Public Schools still ranks far above the state’s largest 15 school districts in North Carolina. According to preliminary results released July 21, by the state, the percentage of Union County Public Schools students to make Adequate Yearly Progress under the No Child Left Behind federal law far exceeded other North Carolina school districts of comparable size or larger.
This year, North Carolina’s target goals increased substantially to move the state closer to the required 100 percent proficiency target for 2013-14. As a result, for a North Carolina public school to make AYP in 2010-2011, 71.6 percent of students in each subgroup in grades 3-8 must be proficient in reading (up from 43.2 percent last year) and 88.6 percent must be proficient in mathematics (up from 77.2 percent). For 10th graders, 69.3 percent of each subgroup must be proficient in reading (up from 38.5 percent) and 84.2 percent must be proficient in mathematics (up from 68.4 percent).
“I am proud of the schools that made AYP, and I’m also proud of the schools that worked hard but fell short,” said UCPS Superintendent Dr. Ed Davis. “All of the schools worked hard. AYP is a worthy goal, but it was tough the way the percentages increased so dramatically this year. I knew it would be a real challenge to meet.”
Thirty-two out of 52 UCPS schools met AYP this year, 61.5 percent achieving 100 percent of the target goals set by NCLB. Seven UCPS schools only missed meeting their AYP by one goal, while an additional seven schools met at least 80 percent of their goals.
Carolyn White, director of Testing and Student Services, said the district as a whole met 64 out of 73 goals or 87.7 percent.
In order for a school to make AYP, each student subgroup (School as a Whole; American Indian; Asian; Black; Hispanic; Multi-Racial; White; Economically Disadvantaged; Limited English Proficient, and Students with Disabilities) must have at least a 95 percent participation rate in the statewide assessments, as well as meeting the target goal.
-Information for this article was provided courtesy of the Communications Office of the Union County Public Schools
Indian Trail K9 unit back on track
The town of Indian Trail will have a K9 unit in place within weeks, officials from the sheriff’s office said. Handler Kenneth Sossoman is currently training with the dog, who replaces 11-month old Nitro, which was found dead last month.
“The training will probably wrap up in the next week and a half,” Captain Cody Luke said.
There are currently three other dogs assigned to patrol by the Union County Sheriff’s Office. Additionally, the department has one dedicated to Union County schools and another on reserve.
Local student receives scholarship
The Union County Republican Men’s Club named Joshua Caleb Arp as the winner of their annual Dennis McCollum Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship is given out each year in memory of Dennis McCollum, a former chairman of the county’s Republican Pary, Men’s Club member and 2006 Union County Republican Man of the Year. The $1000 scholarship is open to all Republican high school seniors, with the recipient honored at the Man and Woman of the Year Banquet. Funds for the scholarship come from private donations. Arp graduated in May from Piedmont High with a 4.0 GPA and is scheduled to attend The Citadel, where he will work towards a degree in Engineering.
Year round schools start new year
Students attending year round schools returned to class July 25.
“It’s been a very smooth start,” Walter Bickett Elementary School principal Theresa Benson said. “There have been lots of smiling faces, both students and teachers.”
It’s easy to smile when you love what you do, Benson said.
“What a powerful profession we’re in, to be able to touch young lives every day. I have great people. We have worked very hard to make sure that we are ready to meet any challenge that may come.”
There are seven year round schools in Union County. That includes Benton Heights Elementary, East Elementary, Shiloh Elementary, Walter Bickett Elementary, Monroe Middle, Walter Bickett Education Center and Wolfe School.
Students on the traditional calender will head back to class Aug. 25.
-information for this brief was provided by the UCPS Communications Department.
Wingate opens doors to Levine
Wingate University will host an open house for their new Levine College of Health Sciences Aug. 4. The event will run from 2 to 4 p.m., located at 515 N. Main Street in Wingate. The $16 million building was dedicated to Leon and Sandra Levine. Leon Levine attended Wingate and is the founder and chairman emeritus of Family Dollar Stores. The three story building is the largest on the Wingate campus. School officials said it was designed to meet the highest standards in teaching, with three 90 seat classrooms, two 50 seat classrooms, clinical simulation labs, decision simulation labs, a physical assessment lab, a pharmacy practice lab, an iv admixture lab, a fitness center, food service, conference rooms and a biomedical science library.
New business opens in Indian Trail
Indian Trail town officials, along with members of the Union County Chamber of Commerce came out to a section of Indian Trail Road to celebrate a new business opening July 22. Buddy Boy Candy, 553 Indian Trail Road South, held its grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony.