THE WINNER IS……………
Congratulations to ALL Weight Loss Challenge participants! Making the decision to join the race to a better state of health was the first victory, sticking it through to the end was the second! The last and most important victory is the increased awareness you now have of your everyday habits, not just how many pounds you lost.
There were almost 80 Halifax County Employees who signed up for the Weight Loss Challenge. More than 80% of these participants crossed the finish line. We had participants from each school in the district. Again, Congrats to you ALL!!
All of the participants at Aurelian Springs worked real hard with little to no fitness equipment. Ms. Jacqueline Harper, Aurelian Springs School Counselor and a certified personal trainer, said “they had to get really creative when holding fitness classes.” The staff worked out two times a week for eight weeks. Ms. Harper had each participant to submit weekly food logs, daily pictures of meals, and pictures of any weekend workout sessions way from the school.
Congratulations to Mrs. Mellissa Trenfield-Campbell, 3rd grade Teacher @ Aurelian Springs. She is the winner of the Halifax County Schools District first Weight Loss Challenge. Mrs. Trenfield-Campbell lost over 30 pounds. Our second and first place winners were also employees @ Aurelian Springs. At close seconds, let’s also CONGRATULATE Ms. Charmaine Errar-Cowan, 1st grade Teacher and Ms. Jewel Marrow, Instructional Coach for their victories of losing around 20 pounds each.
Again, a BIG CONGRATULATIONS to Mrs. Mellissa Trenfield-Campbell; she was the winner of BOTH prizes. Mrs. Trenfield-Campbell won both the most pounds lost as well as the biggest percentage of bodyweight lost overall.
Looking forward to Halifax County Schools District next endeavor…………….PREPARE FOR THE MUD. The Tackle the Tar “MUD RUN” will be held on May 20, 2017. (More information forthcoming)
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Aurelian Springs "Biggest Loser" Participants
Ms. Jewel Marrow, Mrs. Mellissa Trenfield-Campbell
& Ms. Charmaine Errar-Cowan
Winner of "The Biggest Loser" Contest
Mrs. Mellissa Trenfield-Campbell
Northwest Halifax High School students received wraparound support from Communities In Schools thanks to a grant from AT&T
With $125,000 in support from AT&T, Communities In Schools of North Carolina (CISNC) was able to provide Northwest Halifax High School students with school-wide and wraparound services to increase attendance, improve behavior, enhance coursework and engage more parents and families in student success.
Services were officially launched with a program at Northwest Halifax High School on Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016.
In August, CISNC received a $750,000 Aspire grant from AT&T to support CISNC’s Powering the Future program, which serves students in grades 9-12 in six rural high schools where graduation rates are far below the state average, and fewer than 25% of students are grade-level-proficient.
Northwest Halifax High School students face a combination of academic and non-academic barriers. Compared to the state graduation rate of 85.8%, Halifax County High School students graduate at a rate of 76%. Within Halifax County, 36% of children under the age of 18 live in poverty.
Reaching students who are most at risk of not thriving in school and removing the multiple barriers that limit their success is accomplished by placing a student support specialist in the school to engage with school leadership, teachers and students. Communities In Schools has a two-prong action plan for Northwest Halifax High School: to create a comprehensive school plan to address school-wide needs and to drill down to create individual student success plans for those who need intensive help.
“Our approach to helping students succeed has been successful in schools across the state,” said President and CEO of Communities In Schools of North Carolina Dr. Eric Hall. “By providing and coordinating the right services and supports for each school and each student we serve, we are able to see 98% of our high school students graduate. I’m proud of the work we are doing and the partnerships emerging here at Northwest Halifax High School.”
Ella Hargrove recently joined Communities In Schools as a student support specialist at Northwest Halifax High School. Hargrove has a social work background, which includes case management skills, social and emotional development and working with families. She previously worked as a foster care and adoptions social worker at the Vance County Department of Social Services.
“For every young person, a high school diploma is essential, not only for future success in academics or their career, but as a milestone which affirms they can accomplish what they set out to do,” said Venessa Harrison, president of AT&T North Carolina. “At AT&T, we see young people as the future of our company, our communities, and our country. That’s why, through Aspire, we support programs that invest in students, especially those who need it the most, so they can walk across the graduation stage with excitement, prepared for success in the next chapter of their lives.”
About Communities In Schools of North Carolina
Communities In Schools of North Carolina (CISNC) is a leading partner in providing Integrated Student Supports or wraparound services to propel student success in more than 300 schools across the state. Based directly inside schools, student support specialists connect students and their families to evidence-based services and supports as well as critical educational and community-based resources, to increase attendance, improve behavior, enhance coursework and engage more parents and families in student success. Tailored to each student’s specific needs, student support specialists create personalized toolkits for success and an educational experience where students can learn, thrive and power the future. Learn more at www.cisnc.org, and stay connected with CISNC on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
About Philanthropy & Social Innovation at AT&T
AT&T is committed to advancing education, strengthening communities and improving lives. Through its community initiatives, AT&T has a long history of investing in projects that create learning opportunities; promote academic and economic achievement; or address community needs. AT&T Aspire is AT&T’s signature philanthropic initiative that drives innovation in education by bringing diverse resources to bear on the issue including funding, technology, employee volunteerism, and mentoring. Through Aspire, we’ve passed the $250 million mark on our plan to invest $350 million in education from 2008-2017.
About Halifax County Schools
Halifax County Schools is a PK-12 school district. The district consists of six elementary schools, two middle schools, and two high schools. Dr. Eric Cunningham serves as Superintendent of Halifax County Schools. The school system is committed to providing appropriate educational programs that will allow all students to achieve at a high level of success. For more information, contact Chatesha Dickens at 252-583-4111 or email@example.com.
Thanks for all that you do Mr. Otranto and the entire School Nutrition Staff
Fresh, Local Produce on the Lunch Line in Halifax County
This fall, students in Halifax County Schools have the opportunity to enjoy locally grown collard greens during school lunch. A partnership between Halifax County Schools and Working Landscapes, a Warren County-based nonprofit organization, has brought this seasonal local crop to cafeterias across the district. Next Thursday, December 15th, Working Landscapes’ fresh-cut collard greens will be served as part of Christmas Holiday Meal. Parents are invited to join students in the cafeteria on the 15th to celebrate local food and the holiday season!
Working Landscapes, a non-profit food hub, is a regional leader in building farm to school supply chains and has worked with sixteen school districts to bring locally grown, fresh-cut collards, kale, and cabbage into cafeterias. The Chopped Produce Initiative, Working Landscapes’ produce processing program, is creating new ways for locally grown vegetables to reach schools and other institutional markets across Northeastern North Carolina. The program buys produce from family farms in the region and chops and bags it at their vegetable processing facility located in downtown Warrenton. The operation has handled nearly 100,000 lbs. of produce since its establishment in 2013.
Halifax County Schools Child Nutrition Director, Joe Otranto, has shown great commitment to purchasing from local suppliers. “Supporting local farms and providing fresh, healthy meals for our students is a top priority in Halifax County. Working Landscapes’ chopped products make it easy for our staff to prepare and serve local food and we are thrilled to partner with them to offer our students a fresh vegetable option during lunch.”
Working Landscapes’ Executive Director, Carla Norwood, has seen the project expand over the past three years. “The Chopped Produce Initiative started small. We worked with Warren County Schools to pilot the the program and tailored the product to meet the needs of school cafeterias. Since then, we have seen growth in demand from customers and interest from farmers looking for ways to diversify their farm-income streams. Creating new ways for small farms to access markets, contributing to the revitalization of a rural town, and increasing access to healthy foods are all goals of Working Landscapes. Our partnership with Halifax County Schools highlights the potential impacts regional collaboration can have on a local food system.”
In addition to helping to put local produce on students’ plates, Working Landscapes also offers What’s Growing On, an educational program that promotes healthy and seasonal eating among elementary school students in the region. Through this program, Working Landscapes has partnered with Halifax County elementary schools to offer farm-to-school training to teams of teachers, parents and cafeteria managers.
Working Landscapes is a non-profit organization based in Warren County, NC. Our mission is to create more sustainable livelihoods for people in the Warren County region through stewardship of natural and cultural resources. In other words, we want to help build and support a local economy through fostering landscapes that work – environmentally, socially, and economically. Currently, our primary focus is on supporting the production, aggregation, processing, and distribution of local agricultural products, with an emphasis on produce. Our work in Halifax County is supported by the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust. For more information, please visit: workinglandscapesnc.org.
Teacher of the Year/Principal of the Year Announced
Halifax County Schools announced the recipient of the 2016 Teacher of the Year and 2016 Principal of the Year during a reception on Friday, November 4, 2016 at Enfield Middle School in Enfield, NC. The theme for the event was "Planting seeds that will grow forever." Ms. Shauna Jones, AVID Teacher at Southeast Halifax High school received the honor as Halifax County Schools Teacher of the year. Ms. Jones brings refreshing energy to her students through positive affirmations and activities on a daily basis. Her infectious enthusiasm spreads throughout her school building and well into the the community. Halifax County Schools is proud of her work in cultivating the minds of our future.
Mrs. Melissa Richardson, principal at Hollister Elementary School, was awarded the honor of Halifax County Schools 2016 Principal of the Year. Mrs. Richardson has been instrumental in motivating her students and staff for academic excellence. She has systematically achieved increased academic growth and proficiency in her school each year. Mrs. Richardson is an excellent role model and mentor to her colleagues and peers. She has repeatedly shown an unconditional love for her students, school, and community.
The Halifax County Schools Board of Education, Superintendent Dr. Eric Cunningham, and the entire faculty and staff are very proud of the honorees and their outstanding achievements.
Congratulations Mrs Melissa Richardson and Ms. Shauna Jones!!!
Message from Dr. Eric Cunningham, Superintendent of Halifax County Schools