PILOT MOUNTAIN — The Surry County Board of Education on Monday recognized second grader Leche Welch for having her art work chosen for permanent display at the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.
Welch is a member of Kellie Jarrell’s class at Flat Rock Elementary. Her art teacher, Kayla Ellis, characterized Leche as “an excellent young artist who follows her lead in art class but develops her own vision in art making by taking risks.” Last fall, during a lesson on Vincent vanGogh and still-life painting, Leche followed the steps for creating a background, a vase, and flowers as taught by Ellis.
Prior to recognitions and awards, kindergarten students from all classes at Pilot Mountain Elementary performed songs from the musical “Bugz.” The performance was under the direction of music teacher Sarah McCraw. The show is slated for 7 p.m. on May 8.
Director of Communications, Instructional Media and Teacher Quality Sonia Dickerson said Leche’s use of bold colors and balanced composition made her painting a stand out and the work was chosen to represent Surry County Schools in the North Carolina Art exhibit, which is on permanent display in the Education building in Raleigh. In April, Leche, her family, and her art teacher attended the reception for the opening of the exhibit in Raleigh, sponsored by Dr. June Atkinson, state superintendent, and the North Carolina Art Education Association.
Local schools receiving state awards for Positive Behavior Intervention Support (PBIS) were also honored. Dickerson said annually all PBIS schools are asked to complete an application for a state award to recognize their ongoing accomplishments and successes with their PBIS program. Criteria for awards include the annual PBIS evaluation, progress on their action plan, Scores on the annual implementation survey, and recommendations from district level coordinators. She said since the inception of PBIS district wide in 2009, all schools have made great strides to implement PBIS with fidelity, resulting in over a 50 percent decrease in office discipline referrals.
Green Ribbon School Awards went to Central Middle, Meadowview Middle, Pilot Mountain Elementary, Pilot Mountain Middle and Surry Central. Model School Awards went to Cedar Ridge Elementary School, East Surry High, Flat Rock Elementary School, Franklin Elementary, Gentry Middle School Mountain Park Elementary, Shoals Elementary, Westfield Elementary and White Plains Elementary School.
Exemplar School Awards, (only seven schools were selected in the region) were earned by Copeland Elementary School and Dobson Elementary School. Surry County Schools is one of very few districts throughout the state who has implemented PBIS district wide.
Gentry Middle School Seventh Grade Science Teacher Jamie Mosley was announced as the Kenan Fellow by North Carolina Electric Cooperatives and Surry Yadkin Electric Membership Cooperative Representatives Greg Puckett and Adam Martin. The fellowship is sponsored in conjunction with North Carolina State University Kenan Fellows.
Martin explained he will will be working with Mosley this summer to expand on a March 28 seminar where local educators were shown how power is generated and delivered to homes and business.
Media coordinator at Dobson Elementary Stephanie Bode was named as the May Employee of the Month for Surry County Schools. Superintendent Dr. Travis Reeves said Bode “goes the extra mile for her students, goes above and beyond the call of duty every day,” and sets high standards for colleagues and students while bringing joy and laughter. She will receive a $50 gift certificate from Simmons Nissan.
In other action Surry County Schools Athletic Director Tom Hemmings’ proposal to continue an athletic improvement plan for its high schools was approved by the board. He explained the extension of the program is a $15,000 request with half of the amount paid back by the schools over a three year period. It is rotated among Surry Central, East Surry and Surry Central for athletic equipment or facility needs.
David Broyles may be reached at 336-719-1952 or on twitter@MtAiryNewsDave.