🌞 As summer break kicks off for our students, our dedicated principals and teacher leaders are coming together for a two-day Summer Symposium focused on student success. School and district leaders will dive deep into student data to create actionable plans that drive academic achievement. πŸ’‘ By collaborating and keeping the end goal in mind, we're committed to empowering our students to reach their full potential. 🌟
about 10 hours ago, James Shuler
Teachers and administrators from Williams High School sit around a table with computers and discuss student data
Teachers and administrators sit around a table with laptops open and discuss student data
A teacher points towards a laptop screen as other teachers and administrator observe
Multiple grounds of teachers and administrators sit around a table with laptops open and discuss student data
Teachers and administrators sit around a table with laptops open and discuss student data
Summer School Update for ABSS Families and Students
5 days ago, ABSS Webmaster
We regret that, due to the current budget constraints for ABSS, we need to cancel our previously-announced elementary summer school opportunities for Rising Kindergarten, Kindergarten, and First Grade students and for our high school students. We will continue to have the state-mandated Read to Achieve summer school for current second and third grade students who have already been invited to attend. The summer school classes for second and third graders will continue as planned for July 23 through August 8.    ABSS will host previously-announced CTE summer camp opportunities as scheduled.
Congratulations to Annie Goldberg, counselor at Broadview Middle School, on winning a $500 grant from the NCAE Student Services Division! πŸŽ‰ With this grant, Annie created elementary and secondary counseling crisis tool kits to help our district be better prepared in the event of a crisis. The kits contain essential materials for our crisis response team to use at any location, allowing them to serve more efficiently. Meredith Draughn, ABSS Lead Counselor, had this to say about Annie: "Annie is the ultimate example of a highly qualified, masters level professional school counselor. She sees needs in both her school and our district and works to meet them in creative and effective ways. She is dedicated to her students, school and community and we are lucky to have her as part of our ABSS counseling family!" Join us in thanking Annie for her amazing work and commitment to keeping our schools safe and prepared! πŸ‘
11 days ago, James Shuler
Counselor Annie Goldberg standing in front of a table of classroom crisis supplies like plastic tubs, books, and tissues
Southern Alamance Middle School, home to the mighty Tigers, is dedicated to providing meaningful learning opportunities that challenge each student to become a productive citizen. The academic environment fosters belonging and achievement through cooperation and real-life experiences. Southern Middle offers diverse electives, such as Visual Arts, Band, and Exploring Spanish, an impressive athletics program featuring Football, Basketball, and Track and Field, and engaging clubs like the Alamance Youth Leadership Academy (AYLA) and Drama Club. Southern Alamance Middle School is committed to equipping students with the skills needed to thrive in a culturally diverse world, offering challenging and enriching opportunities that prepare them for success in an interconnected global society. Go Tigers! 🐯
11 days ago, James Shuler
Collage of Southern Middle staff and students with logo in center
After dedicating a combined total of over 50 years to South Mebane Elementary, Ms. Amy Royal and Ms. Linda Clinkscales are embarking on a well-deserved retirement! Your wisdom, guidance, and love have shaped the lives of so many, and your legacy will forever be a part of the school. Please join us in congratulating and thanking Ms. Amy Royal and Ms. Linda Clinkscales! πŸ‘ πŸ‘‘
12 days ago, James Shuler
Amy Royal wearing a gray t-shirt and Linda Clinkscales wearing a floral draped shirt in front of a green vocabulary bulletin board
Let's hear it for the Ray Street Academy graduating class of 2024! πŸŽ“ We celebrate your achievements, reflect on your journey, and anticipate the bright futures ahead of you! As Principal Dr. Bayless expressed, your commitment to excellence has shone through in how you've transformed obstacles into opportunities to grow and learn. The resilience and determination you've demonstrated will undoubtedly serve you well as you embark on exciting new chapters. 🌟 Your faculty, parents, and entire school community beam with pride at how far you've come. The world now eagerly awaits the impact you'll make. πŸ™Œ Congratulations on all you've accomplished and the inspiring individuals you've become. Photo Gallery: https://photos.app.goo.gl/ncANrzbyGGUXMrZC8
11 days ago, James Shuler
Ray Street Academy seniors wearing caps and gowns from their high schools sitting in the front rows in a large room, podium in front of them and Principal Dr. Bayless speaking
38 Days, 38 Schools: With approximately 650 students across 30 classrooms, South Mebane Elementary is a thriving community of learners and leaders. As a proud Leader In Me school, South Mebane empowers its students to take charge of their own growth and development by integrating the principles of Stephen Covey's "7 Habits of Highly Effective People" into the curriculum. This equips students with essential life skills such as goal-setting, time management, and interpersonal communication. The school's mission statement, "Teaching all children to OUR fullest potential," reflects the dedication of its faculty and staff to nurturing every child's unique talents and abilities. South Mebane is shaping the leaders of tomorrow through its commitment to excellence, empowerment, and empathy. Keep leading the way, Dragons! πŸ‰
12 days ago, James Shuler
Collage of staff and students from South Mebane Elementary with dragon mascot logo in the center
🌟 Congratulations to our Top 10 Explore Learning Gizmos Teacher Leaders in Alamance-Burlington Schools! 🌟 We are thrilled to recognize these incredible ABSS science teachers for their dedication to using Gizmos in their classrooms and making a significant impact on student learning: ⭐ Tonya Dodson - Alamance Virtual School ⭐ Ronald Jowsey - Western Alamance High School ⭐ Robert Judice - Southern Alamance Middle School ⭐ Everett McCook - Graham High School ⭐ Karla Moore - Southern Alamance High School ⭐ Shannon Sams - ABSS Early College ⭐ Mary Strickland - Southern Alamance Middle School ⭐ Ashley Thomas - Harvey R. Newlin Elementary School ⭐ Brad Wroblewski - Western Alamance High School Special shout-out to our Top 3 Overall Teachers: πŸ₯‡ Ashley Thomas - Top Overall Elementary School Teacher πŸ₯‡ Donald Kuhns - Top Overall Middle School Teacher πŸ₯‡ Shannon Sams - Top Overall High School Teacher Gizmos is an interactive, inquiry-based STEM and Science simulation program designed to engage students in science. It allows students to explore concepts, analyze data, and dive deeper into topics that might not be possible in a traditional science classroom. We use Gizmos in grades 5-12 here in ABSS.
12 days ago, James Shuler
Collage of photos showing the teachers mentioned in this post holding certificates
✨38 Days, 38 Schools: Audrey W. Garrett Elementary, home of the Gators, has been providing exceptional education since its opening in 2000. In Garrett classrooms, students' needs drive instruction through a dynamic learning environment that includes shared, guided, and independent activities, literacy centers, and hands-on exploration. The Gators have access to a wide range of extra-curricular opportunities, such as Battle of the Books, Science Fair, Safety Patrol, Drama Club, All-County Choir, Family Dance, PBIS Celebration, Strings Instruction, Spelling Bee participation, and Writing Contests. Garrett Elementary's vision is to create a safe learning environment where caring adults provide rigorous learning tasks to meet the diverse needs of learners. The school's mission is to build a collaborative culture focused on supporting the academic and personal growth of students through challenging and engaging teaching and learning. The Gators are prepared to be responsible and successful in a competitive and changing world.
13 days ago, James Shuler
Garrett Elementary student and staff collage with Gator mascot and logo in the center
✨38 Days, 38 Schools: Eastlawn Elementary empowers all students through exceptional teaching, learning, and community engagement. They strive to provide equal opportunities for service learning, cultural responsiveness, and the development of life skills that lead to economic success for both the students and the community. 🌟 Eastlawn's mission is clear: "Teacher Leaders Growing Student Leaders." The dedicated staff is committed to nurturing the next generation of leaders. 🌱 As a Dual Immersion school, Eastlawn offers Spanish classes from kindergarten through 5th grade, taught by passionate and skilled teachers. This immersive language experience enriches students' education and prepares them for a multicultural world. 🌍 Let's hear it for the Eastlawn Panthers! 🐾 Their mascot represents the strength, pride, and unity of this incredible school community.
14 days ago, James Shuler
Eastlawn Elementary collage of staff and students with Panther mascot in the middle
We want to express our heartfelt gratitude to the incredible students who participated in the Student Advisory Council this year. They recently concluded our final monthly meeting, marking the end of a successful year of collaboration and growth. πŸ‘ Throughout the school year, 16 senior students from our seven high schools dedicated their time and energy to provide valuable insights and feedback on various topics, including resources, support, educational opportunities, and school safety. We would like to recognize Jordan, Taylor, Erick, John, Bridget, Dalen, Omar, Sanyah, Emerson, Brandon, Aslynn, Brandon, Mram, Holt, Nsima, Youssef, and Abigail for their outstanding contributions. In addition to their contributions to the Student Advisory Council, these remarkable students also hosted the Evening of Excellence event, celebrating the achievements of our top students and staff. Their dedication to both the council and the event showcases their leadership skills and commitment to making a positive impact in our school community. 🌟 Once again, we extend our sincere appreciation to these outstanding students for their hard work, dedication, and unwavering commitment to improving our school district. Your efforts have not gone unnoticed, and we are grateful for your contributions.
14 days ago, James Shuler
A group of high school students, Dr. Bill Harrison, and Dr. Kristy Davis together in the professional library
Highland Elementary School's 2nd grade classes had an exciting and educational Career Day today! The students had the opportunity to learn about a diverse range of careers from visiting parents and family members who graciously volunteered their time. The students discovered what it's like to be a banker, an occupational therapist, a dentist, a dietician, a software engineer, a sales account manager, a teacher, an exercise physiologist, and even a college football coach! The presenters shared valuable insights about their professions, the skills required, and what a typical day looks like in their job. Career Day is an important event that helps broaden students' horizons and get them thinking about their future aspirations. A big thank you to all the parents and family members who made this day possible!
14 days ago, James Shuler
An adult presenter speaks about Appliances beside a whiteboard projection showing examples while two students look on from their desks
A class of students looks towards a presenter in an Elon University shirt holding a football
An elementary student in a black jersey is wearing a large Elon University football helmet
An adult presenter in a grey suit speaks to a class seated in front of them in desks and on a carpet
One elementary student uses a stethoscope to check the pulse of another student sitting beside her
✨38 Days, 38 Schools: Since opening its doors in 1968, North Graham Elementary in Graham, North Carolina, has been dedicated to providing an engaging and enriching learning environment for students. Over the past 50 years, the school has helped many students "Learn, Achieve, and Succeed!" North Graham is a place where both students and staff are excited to come every day, fostering a positive and supportive atmosphere that encourages growth and development. In 2015, North Graham Elementary joined a select group of A+ schools in North Carolina, focusing on arts integration throughout the entire school day. Students now have the opportunity to explore and express themselves through dance, drama, visual art, and music, enhancing their learning experience and making education both successful and exciting. The school also offers a wide range of opportunities for students to pursue their interests and develop their skills, including orchestra and Science Olympiad. With so many amazing things happening each and every day, North Graham Elementary in Graham, NC, invites you to come and see for yourself the incredible achievements of its students and staff!
15 days ago, ABSS Webmaster
Collage of staff and students from North Graham Elementary on red background with cardinal logo in the center
The second grade superstars at Alexander Wilson recently celebrated their incredible reading growth with a fantastic "Camp Read-a-Lot" Day! πŸ“šπŸŽ‰ The students were treated to surprises throughout the day, including Mystery Reader appearances by parents, older siblings, school staff, and even Interim Superintendent Dr. Harrison. πŸ“–πŸ’‘ We couldn't be more proud of these young readers for their dedication and progress. Keep shining bright, second graders! 🌟
15 days ago, James Shuler
A class of second graders on the floor in front of pop-up pod green tents standing with a high school student holding a cookie pillow, book, and also Superintendent Dr. Harrison standing with them
Superintendent Dr. Harrison reads to a class of second graders
Today, we honor and congratulate our amazing teachers who have successfully completed three years of the Beginning Teacher mentoring program. 🌟 These dedicated educators have demonstrated unwavering passion, resilience, and a true love for teaching. They were honored at a special celebration for their hard work and commitment. We also extend our heartfelt gratitude to mentors Leslie Carriker and Bambie Evans for their invaluable guidance and support throughout this journey. These teachers are more than just educators; they are life-changers, role models, and shining examples of what's right with public education. ❀️🍎 To our beginning teachers: Thank you for being the heart and soul of our schools. You are true heroes, and we are honored to have you as part of our educational community. #StudentCenteredFutureFocused
15 days ago, James Shuler
Group photo of teachers who have completed three years of a mentoring program, board members, and superintendent in front of a projector screen
We are excited to announce that starting June 17th, families will have access to summer meal options. To accommodate various needs, both daily and weekly pick-up choices are provided. Registration is required for those opting for the weekly grab-and-go meals. For the most current information throughout the summer, including pick-up locations, please visit our dedicated Summer Food Services Program website. Summer Food Services Program website: https://www.abss.k12.nc.us/page/summer-food Weekly Meals Registration Form: https://forms.gle/FFmvbHDz7TkUvKH3A
15 days ago, ABSS Webmaster
Come enjoy Summer Meals on us! Β   Available at multiple sites acrossΒ Alamance County  Starts June 17th Ends Aug 9th  Open to all children ages 4-18!  Offering daily and weekly pick-up options. Information, site locations, and updates can be found on our website linked below:  bit.ly/abss-summer-food  ABSS School Nutrition 336-570-6080 Summer Food Services Program
Congratulations to Kelly Corum, School Nurse at Alexander Wilson Elementary, for being named the ABSS School Nurse of the Year! πŸŽ‰πŸ‘©β€βš•οΈ Kelly's unwavering dedication, expertise, and compassion have made her an indispensable asset to the school community. As Principal Ashley Westmoreland stated, "Kelly approaches each situation with empathy and proficiency. Her ability to provide immediate medical assistance while simultaneously offering comfort and reassurance is truly commendable." Beyond her exceptional care for students and staff, Kelly's commitment to preventative care has significantly contributed to the overall well-being of the school. Through educational initiatives like the growing up class for 5th graders and proactive health screenings, including multiple dental van opportunities, Kelly has empowered the community to prioritize their health and adopt healthy lifestyle habits. We are incredibly proud of Kelly and grateful for her tireless efforts in promoting a culture of wellness at Alexander Wilson Elementary. Congratulations once again on this well-deserved recognition! πŸ†πŸ’
18 days ago, James Shuler
School Nurse Kelly Corum outside with flowers and a plaque which names her as the ABSS School Nurse of the Year
Alexander Wilson School Nurse Kelly Corum stands with out student support services staff at Alexander Wilson while holding flowers and a plaque
Kelly Corum stands with leaders of the Student Services Department
✨38 Days, 38 Schools: Altamahaw-Ossipee Elementary (AO Elementary) is committed to building a foundation for the future by nurturing caring, responsible, and lifelong learners who make appropriate choices in a challenging world. Inside the walls of AO, students can be found who are all engaged in learning and staff who want the best for their students. At AO, standards are unpacked, both whole group and small group lessons are taught, growth and progress are tracked, one another's growth and achievements are celebrated, and everyone is encouraged to be the best that they can be. The people at AO are at the heart of what makes it such a fantastic place to be. The teachers strive to build not only strong teacher-student relationships but also relationships with families. They love having volunteers in the classroom, guest readers, and speakers. The PTA at AO is one of the best and helps support the school, students, and staff! What makes AO extraordinarily awesome? This year at AO, "Be Kind" was added to the core values of "Be Respectful," "Be Responsible," and "Be Safe." Students work hard each day looking for ways to show kindness to other students, staff, and themselves. Earlier this year, the school had the opportunity to invite Greensboro's A Special Blend, a coffee shop with a mission to employ adults with disabilities, and students learned valuable lessons on accepting others exactly as they are. Individual classrooms have also looked for opportunities throughout the year to spread kindness. Students are celebrated through a variety of recognitions, but a favorite way is collecting Brag Tags. Students each receive a Brag Tag chain in Kindergarten and have ways that they can earn Brag Tags through their years at AO. The 5th Graders leave taking their memories and achievements with them!
18 days ago, James Shuler
Collage of AO Elementary staff and students with AO Elementary logo in the center
Student Spotlight: As a sophomore at Williams High School, Hillary Mendoza-Ramirez has already made a remarkable impact. A former student of Southern Alamance Middle School, she has shown exceptional drive and determination throughout her academic journey. Despite facing personal and academic obstacles, she persevered and left SAMS as an International Baccalaureate student at Williams High School. Now a sophomore at Williams High School, Hillary's passion for empowering others has led her to establish the Women's STEM Club. Recognizing the importance of End-of-Grade (E.O.G.) scores and their impact on the transition to high school, Hillary has taken it upon herself to organize tutoring sessions for SAMS' eighth-grade students. Through the Women's STEM Club, Hillary has assembled a team of dedicated Williams High School students to provide tutoring in Math and Science subjects. Her initiative aims to equip SAMS students with the necessary skills and confidence to excel in their E.O.G. assessments, ultimately setting them up for a successful freshman year. Hillary's commitment to giving back to her community and supporting the next generation of learners is truly commendable. Her efforts not only foster academic growth but also inspire others to embrace a spirit of mentorship and service!
19 days ago, James Shuler
Williams and former Southern Middle student Hillary wearing a white shirt, jeans, gold necklace, and standing in front of a brown door
Hillary from Williams High with four other Williams students
WIlliams High student Hillary provides tutoring support to Southern Middle students in a classroom
WIlliams High student provides tutoring support to Southern Middle students in a classroom
WIlliams High student provides tutoring support to Southern Middle students in a classroom
WIlliams High student provides tutoring support to Southern Middle students in a classroom
Congratulations to the amazing 4th-5th grade IV League students at Hillcrest Elementary! They recently celebrated with a special ceremony. This year, 18 students completed the IV League club, learning about various healthcare careers and gaining hands-on experience through interactive sessions with professionals like chiropractors, physical therapists, nurses, EMTs, dental hygienists, and physician assistants. πŸ₯ 🌟 A special shout-out to the 5th grade graduates who have completed two years of the program: Kylee, Annabelle, Ashley, Ainhara, Areli, Brissa, Jeice, and Cristofer. They each received a stethoscope in addition to their certificate of completion. These students have worked hard, exploring the different systems of the human body, practicing essential skills like taking blood pressure and pulse, and even assisting with vision screenings and dental exams. 🩺 The IV League club has provided these students with invaluable opportunities to learn, grow, and envision their future in healthcare careers. Thanks to the generous support of Glenn Raven for this celebration and encouraging these students to pursue their dreams! Also, a huge thank you to Hillcrest nurse Deana Green for leading the club and nurturing these students' interests in healthcare!
18 days ago, James Shuler
Fourth and fifth grade students wearing lab coats on stage with Glen Raven representative, Board of Education members, and Superintendent Dr. Harrison, and nurse Deana Green
Fourth and fifth grade students at Hillcrest sitting in chairs and wearing lab coats, some with stethoscopes around their neck and holding awards certificates
A fifth grade student at Hillcrest poses for a photo with her brother in front of a medical room backdrop while her mom takes a photo in the foreground
A student in a lab coat poses with a family member beside a prop skeleton and medical room backdrop
Kelly May from Glen Raven congratulates a student from Hillcrest wearing a lab coat as part of the IV League club celebration ceremony