• Teacher Appreciation Week

    Posted by William Benson on 5/5/2020
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  • Week 7: Preparing for Year-end Grading

    Posted by William Benson on 5/1/2020

    When we started school in August 2019, who could have ever imagined that our year would end with at-home learning and no return to our buildings? This extraordinary situation has certainly tested our abilities as an education system. I am extremely proud of how our school family has met the unusual challenges created by the unprecedented pandemic affecting our community, state and nation.


    Throughout this public health crisis, our schools have remained focused on designing remote learning tasks aligned to our state and local education standards to provide students relevant feedback and support as they transition to the next course and grade. It has been challenging and stressful for all, but ABSS has worked tirelessly to ensure all students have access to learning in a variety of ways.


    Continued learning at home has provided our teachers with data on each student’s progress to help us plan for the upcoming school year and determine any needed interventions to keep students on the path to success.


    Throughout the mandatory school shutdown we have experienced since March, the primary goal of the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction and our district has been to support students and provide them with validation of their educational efforts. Our focus in ABSS at every grade level has been to assist students with continued growth and learning in every subject area and to provide each student with feedback about their progress.


    The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction has provided all school districts with the process for finalizing student grades for the end of the current year. The guidance varies by grade level. Letters with the grade-level specific information are being mailed to homes via USPS.

     

    -WBB

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  • Week 6: Remote Learning for the Remainder

    Posted by William Benson on 4/24/2020

    This afternoon Governor Cooper announced that all North Carolina public school districts will not reopen for students this school year. This is disappointing news for all of us, but expected given the continued spread of the COVID-19 virus in our state.  I want you to know that our ABSS team has been preparing for this probable outcome since March.

     

    Our educators and schools will continue to support our students and families just as they always do.  Our care and concern won’t stop. I am so proud of how our entire team has met the challenges presented by this public health situation and how our school communities continue to develop new ways to support our students.  If there is one good thing that may have come out of this highly unusual situation, it is that how much our schools love and care for their students is now more visible than ever to our community supporters.  I believe this situation has drawn us all closer together.

     

    There are still a lot of questions to answer and plenty of issues to resolve before our unusual school year ends, but ABSS is committed to completing our educational plans for students. While our buildings may be closed, our work together will continue. We are taking the long-range view. Our students are counting on us to ensure that they stay on track as much as possible to be ready for next school year and beyond, or, for our Class of 2020, that our graduates are fully prepared for their chosen post high school experience and beyond.

     

    School districts will continue to receive guidance from the state about ending this year and beginning the next. We will keep you posted on all new developments. For now, please know that we will remain focused on finishing our education plan during the final weeks of school. Yes, many things will be different but we will continue to work together and we will be successful together.

     

    I am so appreciative and proud to be part of ABSS and our community.

     

    -WBB

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  • Week 5: Spring Break

    Posted by William Benson on 4/16/2020

    Well, not for everyone – our Child Nutrition and Transportation staff continue to support our students with meals – for which we are all thankful. But there is also other work underway to better position ABSS for the future, particularly in the management of resources – financial and personnel.

     

    Our folks in finance are working on the implementation of a new enterprise resource planning system (ERP). ERPs are integrated platforms that seamlessly connect all of the business functions of an organization, the implementation of which is one of the most complicated transitions an organization can undertake. Our new ERP platform, Munis, is designed specifically to help school districts handle financial and personnel operations with increased accuracy, transparency, and efficiency. Financial and human capital management are cornerstone functions. Areas of additional enhancement include bid management, project management, and a self-service portal for vendors. The system also provides a platform for dynamic workflow in a paperless environment.

     

    Finance uploaded our new chart of accounts this week – 48,000 accounts – a first and critical step in the planned go-live for financials scheduled for March, 2021. Payroll and HR, which includes employee recruitment and development, are scheduled to go-live in July, 2021.

     

    We have a great team doing a great job!

     

    -WBB

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  • Week 4: By the Numbers

    Posted by William Benson on 4/9/2020 12:00:00 PM

    22 grab and go meal sites

    18 buses making 340 stops, traveling 3,575 miles a week

    250,000 meals served

     

    8,700 Chromebooks distributed to students in grades 1-12

    910 resolved calls to web help desk

    99,000 logins to Google Hangouts

    118,000 minutes in Zoom conferencing

    Too many thank yous to count!

    -WBB

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  • Week 3: Settling In

    Posted by William Benson on 4/3/2020

    It is hard to believe we are wrapping out our third week of learning at home.  I know it has not been easy. However, we are seeing and hearing lots of positive stories from teachers, parents and students who continue to gain confidence and work creatively to adapt to this new style of learning.  Together, we have learned and grown a lot, but we have more work ahead.

     

    As our final 9 weeks of the school year begin next week, I want to assure everyone that our focus will remain on providing the best educational experience and support possible for our students. We are committed to providing quality instruction that our students deserve and need in order to stay on track for mastering each grade level lesson to be ready for next school year.  It’s our job and our passion, whether our students are learning in our classrooms or learning at home.

     

    We still have a lot of learning left before the school year ends.  

     

    To our teachers and other education professionals, I say thank you for your willingness to be creative in delivering meaningful lessons and for your commitment to stay connected with your students. Our schools are doing an amazing job. I believe this experience is making us more connected and stronger than ever.

     

    We will be successful together.

     

    -WBB

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  • Week 2: Governor Cooper Announces Stay at Home

    Posted by William Benson on 3/27/2020

    You have probably already seen the news this afternoon that North Carolina Governor Cooper announced a statewide stay at home order that will take effect at 5:00 pm on Monday, March 30.


    While we don't have all of the answers yet, we expect additional extra guidance from the state soon. When we have more details, we will share them as soon as possible.


    I am really proud of the outstanding manner in which our ABSS staff members and our community have supported our families during this unprecedented public health crisis.


    This is a challenging time for everyone and we appreciate your continued support as we work together to do what's best for our students and families.


    We will be successful together.

     

     -WBB

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  • Talking with students about COVID-19

    Posted by Emily-Lynn Adkins on 3/26/2020
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  • South Mebane Elementary: Taking to the Streets

    Posted by William Benson on 3/25/2020

    South Mebane Elementary staff took to the streets in their cars to let their students know they are missed. Judging by the students along the route, the feeling is clearly mutual!

    We will be successful together!

    -WBB

    South Mebane students holding signs of appreciation

     

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  • A message about extended school closure

    Posted by Emily-Lynn Adkins on 3/24/2020
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