The Lee County Board of Education voted — at its regularly scheduled meeting on January 8, 2019 — to extend the school day by 15 minutes beginning Tuesday, January 22, 2019 so as to have extra instructional time built up in case of future inclement weather for the 2018-19 school year. The Board also voted to make March 22, 2019 — originally a teacher workday — a full instructional day of school for students.
Who knew Katie Eddings had planned her own party when she was honored with the North Carolina North Central Regional 2019 Teacher of the Year award? Eddings was emceeing the first-ever Lee County High School holiday pep rally to recognize honor roll students when she received the award and a showering of praise from the student body.
If you were in Gwen Williams' food and nutrition class at Southern Lee High School last Friday, you could have been forgiven if you mistook the scene for a cooking show like Master Chef. Culinary offerings from a variety of cuisines? Check. “Celebrity” judges tasting the food and giving out notes to teams of student chefs? Check. It was all there, but it wasn't a cooking show. Instead, it was the culmination of a “food truck” assignment which the 20 10th, 11th and 12th graders in Williams' class had been working on for most of the school year.
Dashawn Gilmore may be a pretty quiet kid, but it's not because he doesn't have much to say. No, it would be a mistake to think that. Because while Gilmore – a sophomore at Southern Lee High School – isn't a real big talker, he expresses himself plenty through a variety of artistic pursuits. He creates pottery in his ceramics class. He's written songs and stories, he draws and he's active with his school's step team. Oh, and by the time this month is over, he'll be a twice-published poet.
The Lee County Board of Education approved — at its regularly scheduled meeting — that the half-days on October 26, 2018 and February 15, 2019 are now full instructional days for students.