Dr. Seuss' iconic Grinch character may be synonymous with stealing holiday cheer, but at Deep River Elementary a song dedicated to his foibles led to a major honor for the school's music program. Deep River's school chorus – known as the River Tones – recently won second place in a school chorus competition hosted by Raleigh-based Mix 101.5 after submitting a recording of the 1966 classic “You're a Mean One, Mister Grinch.”
It may have a small student body (about 300 kids) and an even smaller staff (just 12 teachers), but Lee Early College has been named one of the top 50 public high schools in North Carolina. Niche.com, a website which provides information about colleges and public schools across the nation, recently ranked the school the 48th best high school in the state.
Lauren Cox always knew she wanted to be a teacher. But it wasn't until her years at Lee County High School, where she participated in the PEPI (Physical Education Pupil Instructor) program and worked with children with special needs at Floyd L. Knight Elementary, that she decided that she wanted to work in exceptional education. So it shouldn't come as a huge surprise that just a few years later, Cox, now in her fifth year as an exceptional education teacher at SanLee Middle School, has been named the Lee County Schools' Exceptional Education Teacher of Excellence.
That first year of school can be challenging. In fact, those first few years of school can be challenging. You have to meet new people, make new friends, learn the rules, and ultimately, find your place. And that's just for the students. Now, imagine being a brand new teacher. Fortunately, new teachers in Lee County have support in the form of the Beginning Teacher Program, a sort of support group-slash-continuing education program which aims not only to help new teachers adapt to the profession, but also to keep them in the profession.
Raul Pena, a senior, won first place for his ceramic sculpture of a mischievous jack-o-lantern created in Jody Stouffer’s Ceramics I class.
Despite the presence of a canine on staff at SanLee Middle, Lee County Schools has not, in fact, gone to the dogs. Instead, two-year old black lab Hector (who's become a part of the school's fabric over the past several months) serves alongside Corporal Scott Mauldin as part of the cooperative effort between the district and the Lee County Sheriff's Office to keep the schools safe.
According to State Education Board policy, the weighting of courses for freshmen entering 9th grade for the first time in the 2015-2016 school year will change. The change affects the weighting for Honors, Advanced Placement, and International Baccalaureate courses.
One of the principles guiding the direction of Lee County Schools in recent years has been to ensure that when students finish high school, they do so with more than just a high school diploma. So it makes sense that Central Carolina Works, a new partnership with Central Carolina Community College, is designed to encourage eligible juniors and seniors to attend college before they even graduate high school.