We are thrilled to congratulate our 2024 Classified Employees of the Year! 🌟These dedicated staff members take on diverse and critical roles that provide vital support for the education of our students. We deeply appreciate their hard work. Congratulations!
✨ Kindergarten Enrollment links in English and Spanish are now on our website! We have instructions, videos, a checklist, and other resources. If your child will turn 5 before August 31, 2024, they are eligible to enroll in ABSS Kindergarten for the 2024-2025 academic year.
✅ Want to register in person? Come out to our Registration Fair on March 9th at Holly Hill Mall, 9 AM to Noon. Staff will be available to answer all your questions!
We are proud to announce the 2024 ABSS Teachers of the Year! 🌟
These exceptional teachers are making a real difference in their students' lives. They care deeply about their students’ growth and success every day. Whether helping a struggling learner find their confidence, making lessons fun through imaginative activities, or supporting students through life's challenges, their student-first commitment is worthy of praise.
Please join us in celebrating them! 👏
We're so proud of our talented Broadview Middle School students! They wrote and illustrated their very own books to read with the Eastlawn Elementary students this week. 📚 The Broadview students shared their one-of-a-kind creations with kindergarteners, 1st graders, and 2nd graders, providing literacy support in the dual language classes as well. It was heartwarming to see these young authors set such wonderful learning examples for students at Eastlawn Elementary!
Speaking confidently in front of an audience takes practice, as these 9th graders from our Early College demonstrated in their well-researched and compelling presentations at the ABEC Ted Talk Symposium. Their hard work clearly paid off with thought-provoking speeches on a range of important topics! #StudentCenteredFutureFocused
🌟 Congratulations to Moses and Madison for being this month's STAR Student & Staff! They were recognized at tonight's Board Meeting.
🌠 From Assistant Principal Sparks - "Moses is a hard worker and so kind to his peers. He always displays the Western way!"
🌠 From Principal Brown - "Ms. Pierce does an outstanding job modeling and showing students a variety of career paths that are available for students after high school. Just recently, Ms. Pierce visited each of the high school registration fairs to advertise all that Graham HS has to offer, in this specialty program. We appreciate her willingness to market the program and also put her EMT skills to use, whenever the need arrives."
🙌 Join us in celebrating our STAR Student & Staff of the month!
💕 The spirit of kindness has been embraced at Grove Park Elementary this month through the #KindnessMattersNC Challenge!
The Jr. Bulldog's Student Government sponsored a bulletin board and food drive to spread kindness. When students were "caught" doing an act of kindness, their names and acts were added to a displayed heart chain. The Student Government also held a food for our #ABSSCommunity.
✨These young leaders are shining examples of kindness in action!
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🚜 Celebrating #NationalFFAWeek2024! 🧑🌾
Shout out to the outstanding FFA (Future Farmers of America) chapters and #ABSSCTE Agricultural programs at Southern, Western, and Southeast Alamance High Schools for developing the next generation of agricultural leaders.
Guided by their fantastic advisors, these students live out the FFA motto of “Learning to Do, Doing to Learn, Earning to Live, Living to Serve” every day. Through premier leadership opportunities, personal growth experiences, and agricultural career preparation, they are achieving great things!
FFA promotes citizenship, volunteerism, and cooperation - preparing members for future career success in agricultural science, business, and technology fields.
Three talented alumni from Cummings High School recently played alongside stars Jennifer Hudson and CoCo Jones at the NBA All-Star Game: Mirona Jackson (Class of 2021), Destiny Currie (Class of 2023), and Malachi Thompson (Class of 2020). It's amazing to see these graduates continue to achieve great things on the national stage.
The South Graham Elementary Kindness Club 💖 (Nine passionate 4th & 5th graders) teamed up with support staff to organize a "Hearts for Hunger" food drive benefiting local food pantries.🥫 The goal was to collect 1,000 items, rewarded by an ice cream party. In just 4 days, students smashed the goal.
Principal Stamper then upped the goal challenge: collect 3,000 items and she'd come in dressed as a unicorn. 🦄 Challenge accepted - the grand total was 3,352 items! Mrs. Pollock's 2nd grade class alone donated over 500 items. Thanks to everyone's generosity, we were able to share donations with 5 community food pantries and 4 additional school pantries. 🙌
The giving spirit is alive and well at South Graham! This is a great example of what can happen when students come together for a common cause.
Big news for the Western Alamance High School Jazz Orchestra! 🏆 At the North Carolina Regional Essentially Ellington Jazz Festival this weekend, WAJO was named the Outstanding High School Jazz Band and tied for Best Overall Big Band. 🎷🥁
Some individual awards included:
⭐ Bob Jefferson - Alto Sax
⭐ Bailee Setzer - Vocals
⭐ Harry Jefferson - Drums
⭐ Katherine Chatman - Clarinet
👏 Trombone Section
Congratulations to the entire group on bringing home these honors from the festival at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on Saturday! 🎨🎶
Big congratulations to our 3 award winners from Saturday's Region 5 Science Fair! 🎉 We had 2 students receive Honorable Mentions and 1 student earn the coveted Exemplary Award.
🌟 Gunner Martin from E.M. Holt Elementary won the Elementary Exemplary Award for his project. He will be advancing to represent our region at the State Science Fair on March 23. Way to go, Gunner!
🌟 Maggie Tyree from E.M. Holt Elementary received an Honorable Mention in the Elementary division for her outstanding project. Excellent job, Maggie!
🌟 Gabriel C. Calderon from Cummings High School earned an Honorable Mention in the Senior Chemistry category. Great work, Gabriel!
We are so proud of all our young scientists. Thank you to everyone who participated and congratulations again to our winners! 🚀
Did you thank a bus driver this week? Now's your chance! We want to send a huge thank you to all of the amazing school bus drivers in the Alamance-Burlington School System who safely transport our students to and from school each day.
We encourage everyone to take a moment and show appreciation for these wonderful drivers who are such a vital part of our school communities. A simple "thank you" goes a long way, as does a smile or friendly wave when you see a bus drive by. 💛 🚌
Today was a special day in ABSS as we celebrated the 💯 day of school.
To mark the occasion, Hillcrest Elementary School hosted their "100 Days, 100 Dads" event, inviting dads, grandpas, uncles, and other father figures from the #ABSSCommunity to have lunch with our students. And show up they did - with over 400 guests signed up, the cafeteria was "buzzing" 🐝 during all the grade-level lunch times!
There was an outpouring of support to make this day memorable for our kids. The timing couldn't have been better either, coming right after Valentine's Day and Hillcrest's Valentine's Dance last night. 💕
Special thanks to our student leaders who welcomed all the guests and directed traffic through the packed hallways. It was heartwarming to see so many community members take time out of their day to eat with our students. The smiles and hugs were plentiful. Thank you for showing up for our kids! 🙌
Thanks to Tanger Outlets, Mebane for awarding more TangerKids grants to our schools today! 🙌
👏 Congratulations to Karen Nofsinger of E.M. Yoder Elementary for receiving a $390.66 TangerKids grant from Tanger Outlets Mebane for Flexible Seating. She wants to provide wobble chairs as flexible seating options for pre-K students to help increase focus and sensory input.
👏 Congratulations to Carley White of Marvin B. Smith Elementary for receiving a $400 TangerKids grant for Ceramics Exploration, collected by Principal Brian Williams and VP Leslie Ray. She aims to purchase clay, glazes and bring in guest ceramic artists to expose all students to ceramics and empower them to create their own pieces.
👏 Congratulations to Meghan Ealy of Marvin B. Smith Elementary for receiving an $800 TangerKids grant for Sensory Needs equipment. She seeks funding for equipment to address sensory needs of students including wobble stools, adaptive seating and proprioceptive input tools.
👏 And congratulations to Elizabeth Estes of R. Homer Andrews Elementary for receiving a $920 TangerKids grant for Lego Brick Math kits. She is requesting funding to purchase LEGO Brick Math kits to teach math concepts in an engaging, hands-on way to elementary students.
The fifth graders at Eastlawn Elementary are working on a special quilting project with the residents of Twin Lakes Community Quilt & Sew Forth Club! 🧵 They are sharing their sewing skills and knowledge of quiltmaking with students, teaching them how to thread a needle, sew by hand, operate a sewing machine, and piece fabrics together.
The project ties into their recent reading of "The Patchwork Quilt" by Valerie Flournoy, a story of a grandmother passing down her treasured family quilt full of memories to her granddaughter. Eastlawn Elementary Media Specialist Dana Hopper has been integrating literacy and writing into this hands-on textile craft experience! Students are learning the warmth that a handmade quilt can provide, both physically and in the memories stitched into every patch.
The quilting fun even extended to 4th-grade classes at Eastlawn, who created quilt heart wall hangings to gift to Twin Lakes residents in honor of Valentine's Day this week. It's been so rewarding to see young and old bonding over quilt squares and life stories. The quilts will no doubt become cherished keepsakes!
Who's ready for the big game? 🏈 The 2nd-graders at Alexander Wilson Elementary certainly got in the "zone" with their Super Bowl of Learning! They reviewed previously learned standards and skills with classroom activities all tied to a football theme. Students rotated through different subject area stations to demonstrate mastery. Sounds like a touchdown to us!
Music to our ears! 🎶 The Western Alamance Middle School Beginning Band visited Elon Elementary and Altamahaw OssipeeElementary to put on a special performance and tell students about the benefits of music! Making music uniquely develops focus, memory, coordination, and problem-solving skills. It's a brain booster! 🧠 Although just beginning, these students are going to be making big (sound) waves!
Starting the day with a smile! 😁 The Williams High School Dream Team came to Highland Elementary to spread some morning cheer! They greeted students with high-fives as they arrived, then stayed to join in with PE classes. #StudentCenteredFutureFocused