The Carroll County School Board’s new “Spotlight Moment” is less about limelight and more about educators who make the light bulbs go on in students’ minds.
During its March 8 meeting, the board recognized Laurel Elementary School (LES) Principal Angela Beamer, Reading Coach Amy Hash and Media Specialist Sherry Barnard and their “Wildcat Word Of The Week” effort.
Beamer explained her staff noticed patterns of vocabulary words being missed across various Standards Of Learning (SOL) tests by students. Hash said they decided on involving students as producers of short video presentations which are on the school web site.
The two said the word of the day is displayed throughout the school building and the video clips may be accessed anywhere and anytime with Quick Response (QR) code. Beamer said the words are reinforced across the curriculum to the whole school, from Pre-K students up. She said the video clips, used in combination with sessions with a reading coach, amount to 100 one-to-one vocabulary lessons to children.
A fifth grade teacher, Hash said she gave students criteria and basics of organizing the video clips which had to include the student and at least one friend. The effort involved 41 fifth graders who had to create storyboards before shooting the film and editing it with computer software. Each member of the student groups had to take a turn being the clip’s producer.
She said staff also created videos with the school music teacher composing music for the creations. Hash said the effort expanded to include various community members in the videos.
“Next year we plan to broadcast daily videos,” Hash said.
She told the board the videos can be accessed on the school web site from a menu at the left of the page. The awards for Spotlight recipients are made by CCHS students and incorporate a working flashlight.
Chairman Brian Spencer said the goal of the Spotlight program is to give recognition to “hidden successes” in the school district which are having an impact on children’s lives. Awards were presented to the top winners in the county spelling bee. Carroll County Middle School student Brianna Holland was honored as the county champion. Holland’s parents are Matt and Anissa Holland. Runners up Ryan Prewitt and Iris Hendrick also received certificates. Prewitt’s parent is Sandra Wright and Hendrick’s parents are Jared and Shannon Hendrick.
Awards were also presented to the top winners in the county geography bee. Carroll County Middle School student Ty Coalson was honored for being the county champion in the bee. His parents are John Coalson and Tracy Stuckert. Runners-up Jackson Thompson of Hillsville Elementary and Aidan Hill of Oakland Elementary also received awards. Thompson’s parents are Charles and Monica Thompson and Hill’s parents are James and Ashley Hill.
The Carroll County Lego League Team, the “Dumpster Divers,” also received recognition from the board. The group brought home a first-place trophy in robot design in the Southwest Virginia First Lego League Tournament. It was the first year of competition in the Abingdon event for the Carroll County Middle School team.
The members of the team honored included Luke Watson, Ainsley Nottingham, Landan Frazier, Bailey Vaughn, Bailey Eichner, Joseph Webb, Willow Dalton, Maggie Terry and Wyatt Cayton.
According to Coaches Karoline Berg and Sheldon Leonard, the group was consistently in the top four on the Robot Challenge board throughout the day. The team was unable to accumulate enough points to make it in the top 3 overall, so it did not make the cut for the regional competition at James Madison University.
Local Parent Kellie Worrell and student Bailey Vaughn were the only two commenting during the 2016-2017 Carroll County Public Schools Operating Budget public hearing. Worrell thanked the Board for their support of the local gifted and talented program. Worrell said she serves as a member of the parent booster club for the program.
Vaughn told the board he thought the program was cool last year but it was awesome this year. He said the program had challenged him and that he was enthusiastic about and loved school.
David Broyles may be reached at 276-779-4013 or on Twitter@CarrollNewsDave.