• PHOTO SUBMITTED Deyton Elementary School Feb. 15 received first-place in the state of NC School Breakfast Challenge and a cash prize in Chapel Hill. Breakfast participation increased by 59 percent from October 2016 to October 2017 because of the “Breakfast in the Classroom” program. Pictured is Deyton cook Karen Glenn, cafeteria manager Rhonda Murphy, cook Nikki Hyatt and school nutrition director Heather Calhoun.
    PHOTO SUBMITTED Deyton Elementary School Feb. 15 received first-place in the state of NC School Breakfast Challenge and a cash prize in Chapel Hill. Breakfast participation increased by 59 percent from October 2016 to October 2017 because of the “Breakfast in the Classroom” program. Pictured is Deyton cook Karen Glenn, cafeteria manager Rhonda Murphy, cook Nikki Hyatt and school nutrition director Heather Calhoun.

Deyton program ranks No. 1 in state

BAKERSVILLE – The Mitchell County Board of Education at its regular meeting this past week unanimously approved Bowman Middle School’s school improvement plan, discussed results of the recent Work Keys Career and Technical Education tests and recognized Deyton Elementary for placing first in the state for its “Breakfast in the Classroom” program.

Bowman Principal Paula Holder presented her school’s improvement plan, which has four goals – raising overall end-of-grade test scores to 85 percent or better, communicating with parents and the community to keep them informed and involved, using security teams and data to implement a safety plan and ensuring all classrooms are updated with the latest learning tools and technology.

Holder added her school plans to use benchmark assessment data and individualized special instructions to help raise test scores.

“We were fortunate to get a corrective reading program,” Holder said. “We provide it after school during which students can make up time and get academic support.”

Holder reiterated the importance of safety and security. She has a security team she meets with once a month to discuss new ideas for the school.

“We talk about the little things,” Holder said about the meetings with the security team. “There are some things I don’t always see.”

Holder said she encourages teachers to submit their attendance lists as early as possible during the school days so all students can be accounted for in the event of a lockdown or fire drill.

Holder also has a committee that periodically meets to discuss the latest educational technology and which ones might fit well at Bowman.

“I have a great crew,” Holder said.

Director of Career and Technical Education Kim Hodshon presented the results of the recently completed Work Keys tests. The tests are designed to prepare students for the real world while challenging their workplace skills.

Hodshon said 25 students earned platinum scores, 37 earned gold, 38 got silver and 18 finished with bronze scores.

The platinum level is earned by only about 1 percent of the nationwide participants.

The highest scoring students will be honored at a celebration dinner at Mitchell High next month. The gold and platinum scorers will get a cord to wear at their high school graduation.

“I’m very proud of our teachers and students,” Hodshon said.

Superintendent Chad Calhoun said the scores show how good the county’s CTE program is.

“Our CTE program is top-notch,” he said. “Those test scores are phenomenal.”

During her report, Hodshon also talked about school safety measures.

“It makes us look at all our procedures,” she said about the recent Florida school shooting. “Safety is the most important thing we do.”

Hodshon said she hopes the county will do a better job of obtaining current parent phone numbers and email addresses. She added establishing a local safety hotline and ensuring there are ample, working cameras on campuses are also goals.

Hodshon said local schools will begin asking guests what their purpose of visiting is before admitting them into the locked school buildings and guests may be asked to present identification prior to entry.

Director of Child Nutrition Heather Calhoun discussed Deyton’s recent first-place selection for its breakfast program.

Deyton had a 59 percent increase in breakfast participation this school year. Members of the school’s nutrition staff pushed a cart containing breakfast items around to each classroom, allowing the students to enjoy breakfast while completing their morning work.

“They do a wonderful job,” Heather Calhoun said. “They’re an awesome crew. It wouldn’t be possible without them. It’s a really great honor and it takes all of us to get it done.”

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