DOBSON — The Surry County Board of Education opened its regular meeting Monday recognizing students’ accomplishments in math and literature. Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources Charles Graham served as the presenter for the recognitions.
Students from Flat Rock Elementary School were honored by the board for their victory in Sum Dog, a national spring math competition. Graham said during the online contest, 41,400 students from across the country answered a grand total of 8,425,309 math questions. Nineteen students from Flat Rock answered 16,759 questions correctly to win first place among the 632 schools participating.
Graham explained the students were awarded a certificate and a free subscription to the Sum Dog website which includes access to math activities and learning games. Flat Rock Elementary School Academically and Intellectually Gifted (AIG) teacher Melissa Sanders also was recognized for helping with the AIG students initiative.
Fourth-grade students who participated included Megan Angel, Joshua Burkhart, Kassidy Dollyhite, Kaley Dorsette, Carley Freeman, Faith Gentry, Jalon Goad, Maddie Combs-Marshall, Christopher Parker, LeShawn Phillips, Carson Sawyers and Aiden Wilson. Fifth graders who participated include Daisia Brown, Taylor Burkhart, Brandon Goins, Miguel Paredes, Michelle Ramos, Sydni Smith and Morgan Wilson.
Surry Early College High School junior Taylor Gabbey was congratulated by the board for earning the Scholastic Arts and Writing Gold Key Award for an original short story. Graham said Gabbey was won of 200 winners selected from 2,600 admissions. She received the honor at a ceremony in Charlotte. Early College High School English teacher Andrew Chilton said all 200 winners works are submitted and judged at the national level.
If Gabbey’s work is selected, she may be invited to New York City’s Carnegie Hall for the final ceremony. Graham told the board she was also one of five students to receive the American Voices Award, which also could earn her an invitation to Carnegie Hall in the near future. He said she was one of 15 participants from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg region, the only entry from Surry County and one of three in the region to receive the Gold Key.
Graham also told the board eight county schools were among 386 schools in the state earning one of three levels of recognition from the Department of Instruction for their Positive Behavior Intervention and Support program. He told the group in order to receive any level of recognition from the department, schools had to complete an application process which includes multiple behavior and academic data reports. He said the schools demonstrated high levels of implementation in the resulting evaluation. Surry County has been involved with this state initiative since 2009.
The three main goals of this program are to teach appropriate behavior to students, reward students who meet behavior goals and provide intervention for students who do not meet behavior expectations. The schools recognized were Cedar Ridge Elementary, Copeland Elementary, Dobson Elementary, Flat Rock Elementary, Franklin Elementary, Gentry Middle, Shoals Elementary and White Plains Elementary.
Jill Reinhardt, director of Secondary Curriculum and Instruction, K-12 CTE Curriculum and Instruction and VoCATS, told the board the Habitat home being built at North Surry will be ready to move in mid-April. The board approved her request to accept a $15,000 bid from Kepley Housemovers to move the Habitat house from the North Surry campus to a location to be determined by Greater Habitat for Humanity of Mount Airy. The lowest bid contract also will be reviewed by Superintendent Dr. Travis Reeves and appropriate school officials before being accepted. The move was taken by Reinhardt because of the time constraints to complete the project.
In other action, the board granted permission for the East Surry Arts and Academic Team to host a Cardinal Corn Hole Tournament on the football field at East Surry on April 27. The rain date for the event has been set as May 4.