- ACT Pre Administration : Feb 11 Make up Feb 14
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- Herff Jones will be here on Feb 5 to give Cap and Gown Packets at 11:30.
- Herff Jones will return on Feb 12 get your packet and money. Anything $80 or higher will require a deposit of $80. Anything less than $80, you have to pay the full amount.
- Just Cap and Gown Purchase is $56.04
By: Shannon Mann
On Monday, Nov. 12, 2018, several unlikely partners in education came together in only something LEGO could inspire that is out of this world.
Robotics students from Wendell Middle School, Smithfield Middle School, Neuse Charter School and Johnston County Home Educators joined together to hear veteran astronaut Dr. Don Thomas speak as part of this year’s FIRST LEGO League competition theme “Into Orbit.”
A major part of the FLL competition is demonstrating various core values. The competition blends cooperation along with competition into a core value called “coopertition” in which all teams work together to help each other even though they are competing for awards and advancement.
“Having the chance to hear from someone of his background was just too good to keep to ourselves,” said April Parrish, team coach for the homeschooled Ragnarblocks. “This is a great opportunity to not only learn from him about space, but for all of our students to learn from each other too. We’re really excited to partner with these schools to learn and grow together.”
Angela Jenkins, team coach for Neuse Charter’s Marsh-in-Mellows and Robotic Stormtroopers, helps mentor the rookie JCHE Ragnarblocks team and offered the school’s campus as a site to host Thomas after learning he was willing to come to North Carolina to speak with the teams.
“Their coaches called me up and wanted to know if our students would be interested in hearing his speech,” said Jenkins. “Not only do my students get to hear from a man who has been in space four times, but we all get the benefit of using him as an expert which helps us garner points during competition.”
Jenkins extended the offer to the two public middle school teams, and on a day when most schools are out for the Veterans Day holiday, more than 40 public, charter and homeschooled students, parents and siblings came together to listen to Thomas’ presentation entitled “Living and Working in Space.”
Thomas traveled from Maryland to talk with the students about his four space shuttle missions aboard Space Shuttles Discovery and Columbia. He spent 44 days in space and made nearly 700 orbits around the Earth. He talked to the students about education and perseverance, telling them it took him four attempts to get accepted into NASA’s space program, and that he didn’t even go to space until he was 39 years old.
“I encourage you to work hard, do your best and never, ever give up on your dreams,” Thomas said.
Kody Parrish, a member on team Ragnarblocks, with goals of being an engineer when he gets older was thrilled by Thomas’ presentation.
“It was really cool to see all his photos and ask him questions,” said Kody. “He even gave us coins that were made out of the same material they use on the space shuttles.”
Thomas spent more than an hour and half with the teams answering all types of questions, and allowing the students to try on gear he brought with him. He left Raleigh a short time after his presentation heading for New York and China this week to talk to more audiences about his time in space.
The FLL teams will continue their preparation for their regional competition in early December. All five teams compete on Dec. 8, 2019 at Wayne Country Day School in Goldsboro.
Smithfield NC - Design Development Architects of Raleigh, NC has been awarded "Outstanding School Design 2018" for two of their recent educational projects by American School & University, a premier publication celebrating the best in educational design on a national level.
Neuse Charter School's High School in Smithfield, and East Wake Academy's Middle School in Zebulon were the only North Carolina schools to receive this recognition in 2018. Architect Jonathan Medlin, AIA/LEED AP, was the lead designer on both projects.
Neuse Charter's High School building was constructed as the anchor project to this growing campus. It's position at the front of the 26-acre site presents a fresh, contemporary face to welcome the community. The building design focuses on energy efficiency, well day-light spaces, and an architectural palette that parallels the higher education goals the school is aiming to promote. During a private tour, NC Senator Richard Burr commented, "I'm blown away... this looks like a higher education building ... This is one of the great success stories of the State." Other recognitions include: NC School of Distinction, and NC Honor School of Excellence.
“We are extremely proud of the association with Architect Jonathan Medlin and the Design Development Architect Team,” stated Neuse Charter School Facilities Chairman – Lee Jackson. “From day one, Design Development Architect President Jim Sherrer and Jonathan worked with the board of directors, school administration and Durwood Stephenson and Associates to assure that Neuse received a state-of-the-art facility that was within our budget and completed on time. We are confident that this facility will serve as an educational beacon in Johnston County for years.”
Neuse Charter School will be featured in the American School & University Architectural Portfolio issue in late November 2018.
Neuse Charter School is a public, free-tuition school open to any child who is a legal resident of North Carolina. Located at 900 Booker Dairy Rd, Smithfield NC, the school’s mission is to provide a challenging learning environment, to keep expectations high and to make sure all students achieve their maximum potential. The school was charted in 2007 and offers grades K-12 and has an enrollment of approximately 950 students.
“This outstanding recognition exemplifies determination, sacrifices, and responsible use of taxpayer dollars,” states NCS Treasurer – Rodney Dunn. “Charter schools do not receive any money directly to purchase land or build buildings for our students. We must be able to provide facilities and operate the school on the base allotment we receive from the State and County funds," continues Dunn. “We are currently working hard to raise money to help construct our next building that will provide our elementary and middle school students with a permanent home on campus. If an individual or company would like to help us by providing a direct tax deductible donation please contact us at 919-626-2300 or visit the school’s website.
Further information on Neuse Charter School and charitable giving opportunities may be obtained by visiting the school’s website, www.neusecharterschool.org. For more information on Design Development Architects and the services they provide, please visit www.designdevelopment.com
By: Regan Heavey, NCS Senior
I was blessed this summer with the amazing opportunity to go to Governor’s School West to study theater for six weeks. It was an absolutely life-changing experience, and I learned so much about myself and the world through it. It’s impossible to share it in words, there is no string of words I can assemble to describe the things I saw and experienced there. I will do my best to give some semblance of what it was like.
I expected that the theater to be rigorous, but none of the theater was like anything I’ve ever experienced. The first show had no lines, and didn’t take place inside a theater. Called immersive theater, it took place all across the Salem campus, and students chose to follow one of the several paths taken by various characters. Some followed Little Red or her two sisters as they were hunted down by the wolf, others watched as Hansel was attacked by the witch’s crows and taken back to her lair. The entire campus talked about it for days after. It was followed by a show called ‘30 plays in 60 minutes’. We wrote 30 short plays and had them strung up on a clothesline, where they were called for at random by the audience. Each night had a different order, and it was as thrilling as it was exhausting. Finally, we did a production of George Orwell’s “Animal Farm”. It was filled with unconventional music choices, including Keep It Comin Love, and there was no costumes, and minimal set design. The whole show centered around our bodies and how we physically displayed our animals.
The entire community was warm and inviting. Every person was so vibrant in their own way, and there was never any real fear of making friends. You could start up conversations with strangers in the line to get cookies and be talking for a few hours. No matter what the person was there to study, there was always something to talk about. The environment promoted conversations about politics, society, education and diversity. Discussions about difficult topics were encouraged, and every day I had mind-expanding conversations with students and instructors. It was always easy to find something to do and someone to do it with. I spent hours in practice rooms singing with chorus girls, lounged in the (air conditioned) lobby of my dorm talking to the odd mix of friends I made over the weeks spent there, chatted with the math instructors about theoretical geometry, and learned about the US prison system, all within a week. I know I will never experience such genuine intellect so freely ever again.
I never would have had this experience without Neuse Charter School, and especially Ms. Mohs, my drama teacher. I sincerely hope every student who wants to pursue Governor’s School has the opportunity to apply. It really opens your eyes.
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