• School Social Workers
    Greetings from your School Social Worker! 
    I am Shannon Murray, I have been the social worker for Western Alamance High School for the past nine years. As your Child and Family Team leader, along with our school nurse, Shelley Metters, I am here to link school, community, and home for a successful academic and social life.
    I am a proud graduate of The University of North Carolina at Greensboro.  I hold a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Human Resources.  I continued my education through the Joint Masters of Social Work program at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University and The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. (I am considered a SpAggie)  I have a Master's degree in Social Work; my area of practice is Youth and Families at Risk.  I am a trained licensed School Social Worker through the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. I am also trained and certified in the Positive Parenting Program (Triple P)  I am employed by Alamance-Burlington School System.
    My role as the School Social Worker is to link students and/or families to appropriate resources.  If any student/family is experiencing difficulties attending school (for any reason), does not have adequate shelter or food, or having difficulties in or outside of the classroom, please notify me.  I can be reached at 336-538-6020 ext. 40019 or shannon_murray@abss.k12.nc.us.
    I look forward to working with you and/or your child to have a successful academic career.

    Need help figuring out this high school schedule, well come to the high school registration fair. One will be held at every high school, so don't miss your opportunity to learn and ask questions about the high curriculum, credits, what class levels mean, and just to meet your child's counselor or future counselor, so that you too can learn about completing high school in the appropriate timeframe. Click here for dates

    Going to college and you have a disability? Check out this document to learn of your rights, as well as the definition of a disability.

    Attendance is IMPORTANT at All Grade Levels.

    Help your child get into the habit and learn the value of regular routines.

    Teach your child that attending school is nonnegotiable unless they are truly sick.

    Build relationships with other families and discuss how you can help each other out (e.g., drop off or pick up children, babysit, translation assistance) in times of need or emergencies.

    Identify non-academic activities (drama, art, music, etc.) that can help motivate your child’s interest in school and learning and seek out schools that can offer those experiences.

    Ways  to inquire about your child's school day.


    Special Fridays!

    On the first Friday night each month during the school year, parents bring their special child to the Community Life Center at 6:30 pm for two hours of fun and fellowship provided by volunteers of the church and students from Elon University.  This is a time of respite for many parents/caregivers who provide ongoing care for children with special needs.

    Special Fridays provide:
    1) A few hours of together-time each month for parents who provide round-the-clock care.
    2) A safe environment and casual fun, "hanging out" with church and university youth, supervised by church adults.
    3) An opportunity for volunteers to grow in our appreciation of the gifts of each child and the joy he or she brings to us.

    For more information, contact Connie Martin at 512-1955.




    What is Bullying? It is repeated and an imbalance of power. It is not conflict or an arguement or a one time event


    Check out some Family Supports around Alamance County.
    Let's get the conversation going with our teenagers.
    The US Department of Health & Human services (http://www.hhs.gov/ash/oah/resources-and-publications/info/parents/) offers topics to discuss with teens as well as starting points.