Cleveland publishes 2nd book

IMG_2868Jonathan Valley Elementary School recognized kindergarten teacher Lisa Cleaveland with an assembly to celebrate her second published book, More About the Authors, on April 11. Current and former students, as well as colleagues and community members attended the event.

“Ms. Cleaveland’s passion for teaching shows, and she truly cares about each one of her students,” Jonathan Valley Principal Heather Hollingsworth said to the crowd. “She empowers her students and encourages them to achieve their dreams.”

After the assembly, students celebrated Cleaveland’s achievement with an outdoor ice cream party.

“Ms. Cleaveland was a really fun teacher, and I remember learning to write when I was in her kindergarten class,” third grader Myleigh Noland said. “I’m really excited that she had a book published.”

More About the Authors explains how kindergarten through second grade teachers can help their students discover mentor authors, connect writers to curriculum, plan units of study, and show how students can mentor one another.

“My hope is that this book will help teachers see how shifting their thinking about mentors can make a huge difference in teaching,” Cleaveland said. “Books don’t make themselves – authors and illustrators do, and my students know this because they make books too.”

Cleaveland illustrates the effectiveness of this approach in her book with full-color examples of her Jonathan Valley students’ work, as well as transcripts of a question-and-answer session between her students and famed children’s author and illustrator Marla Frazee. The book also features many pictures of her current and former students over the past six years.

Cleaveland’s writing lessons are not only about learning an author’s writing style, her students also analyze the book dedication and read the biographies of the author and illustrator.

“There is a real person behind every piece of children’s literature. I use that real person who created the children’s book to mentor the writers and illustrators in my classroom,” Cleaveland explained. “I want students to view themselves as authors and illustrators too.”

Every morning at exactly 9 a.m., students in Cleaveland’s class take out stapled paper, pencils, crayons, colored pencils, and markers, and begin writing a book. Cleaveland says she firmly believes in nurturing a love for writing early on in a child’s education. For a solid hour, her kindergarten students write uninterrupted.

“Children start writing by marks and scribbles at a very young age, and over time, they grow as writers and illustrators,” Cleaveland explained. “In today’s world, students need to understand that there is much more to writing than text messages and posts on Facebook. They can have an unlimited amount of characters while composing books in writing workshop.”

In accordance with N.C. Common Core Standards, elementary-age students must demonstrate increasing sophistication in all aspects of language use, from vocabulary and syntax to the development and organization of ideas, and they should address increasingly demanding content and sources.

Kindergarten students are expected to study and write the same types of writing as older students, including informational/nonfiction, narrative, and opinion.

Cleaveland believes writing is a life skill and part of her job as a teacher is to show students how to express themselves through writing.

“If you don’t allow children to write every day, then they may never reach their potential as writers,” Cleaveland said. “In my classroom, students make books just like the ones we read during story time.”

More About the Authors is a follow-up to the 2004 book About the Authors, Writing Workshop with our Youngest Writers that Cleaveland co-authored with Dr. Katie Wood Ray, who was also the editor for her current book.

“Katie and I have studied the development of beginning writers for 16 years. With our years of collaboration, Katie knew my teaching methods, my practices and my teaching philosophy,” Cleaveland said.  “She was a huge encouragement to me and helped me take on the task of writing a book while being a wife, mother, and teacher.”

Cleaveland has been a teacher for 25 years and has taught at Jonathan Valley Elementary School for 18 years. She is currently working on completing her National Board Certification.

More About the Authors is published by Heinemann, the country’s leading publisher of professional books and curriculum resources for children. It is available for purchase on the Heinemann website, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble.


BMS Reading Ninjas

Bethel Middle School students Starling Inabnitt, Alyssa Bridges, Lucas Whitted, Louis Mehaffey, and Luke Pinkston were the top five winners of a rigorous six-week reading and fitness challenge. They earned a trip to train with professional ninja athletes at NinjaKour in Lilburn, Ga.

Bethel Middle School students Starling Inabnitt, Alyssa Bridges, Lucas Whitted, Louis Mehaffey, and Luke Pinkston were the top five winners of a rigorous six-week reading and fitness challenge. They earned a trip to train with professional ninja athletes at NinjaKour in Lilburn, Ga.

Bethel Middle School (BMS) students have been jumping, rolling, and climbing in the gym and vigorously reading during their spare time during a six-week reading and fitness challenge inspired by the hit TV show, “American Ninja Warrior.”

The Reading Ninja Warrior program challenged BMS students to complete three rigorous reading rounds to finish a total of 30 books or read one million words in just six weeks. The fitness aspect of the program involved the middle school’s gymnasium being transformed into an obstacle course. Thanks to a First Citizen’s Reading Grant from the Haywood County Schools Foundation, BMS students learned to navigate a cargo net, climb ropes, and traverse a peg board.

“The challenge was a way to encourage our students to be physically and mentally fit,” BMS Lead Teacher Emily Fama said. “We pulled together as a whole school to show students the Reading Ninja Warrior program really was an interdisciplinary approach to total wellbeing.”

From January 27 through March 9, sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students read at total of 2,401 books and more than 39 million words.

“Our students more than doubled their book count and increased word count by 41 percent compared to a typical nine-week period,” Kendra Plemmons, BMS media specialist, said. “The majority of our students participated in the challenge and completed round one, which was 15 books. The fact that they read so many books on their reading level was a great accomplishment!”

The school held a kick-off event in January to introduce students to the new gym equipment and explain the rules of the competition. Round one of the reading competition, also known as the “Qualifying Round,’ required students to read 15 books or 500,000 words. Students who completed the “Qualifying Round” received a special ninja warrior arm band and got school-wide recognition. Students advancing to round two, or the “City Finals,” had to complete 10 more books or read an additional 300,000 words. These students qualified for the school’s top 20 percent reader’s reward. The final round called “Mt. Midoriyama,” named after the TV show’s final challenge, required students to read 5 more books or 150,000 words. Students completing the final round read a total of 30 books or one million words to earn a trip to Gravitopia, an indoor trampoline park in Greenville, S.C.

During the kick-off celebration for the program, students also met Clinton Taylor, a contestant on season 6 of American Ninja Warrior. Taylor inspired students to reach their full potential and cautioned them that you will only go as far in life as you want to.

When students were not in the gym scaling the cargo net, they were fervently reading books and novels to advance to the next reading round.

The BMS PE staff began installing the new gym equipment with the hope of showing students that being healthy can also be fun. The course encouraged students to try non-traditional workouts as they completed the obstacles.

The ninja-inspired obstacles were designed to improve students’ muscular strength, endurance and agility, as well as to teach them the importance of perseverance, BMS PE Coach Spenser Reeves said.

After six weeks of reading, 27 students conquered “Mt. Midoriyama” and were rewarded with a day at Gravitopia.

Five students who finished the “Mt. Midoriyama” reading challenge and successfully completed daily obstacle course drills in PE earned a trip to NinjaKour in Lilburn, Ga. to train with professional Ninja Warrior athletes.

“The Reading Ninja Warrior competition was a lot of fun, and I liked trying to beat my friends on the obstacles,” Louis Mehaffey, BMS seventh grader, said. “My favorite obstacle was the rope climb.”

Mehaffey, along with Lucas Whitted, Alyssa Bridges, Starling Inabnitt, and Luke Pinkston were the top five students who went to NinjaKour.

“Sometimes middle school students lose interest in reading, and the Reading Ninja Warrior program was a great way to reignite that fire for them,” Fama explained. “The competition showed our students the importance of being well-rounded and improving their physical and mental strength.”


Meadowbrook’s Bring the Green Event

IMG_2725Meadowbrook Elementary School students opened doors and greeted guests as they arrived at the school’s Bring the Green event last week.

The event was an introduction for the community to the school’s new The Leader in Me program. During the one-hour assembly, students served guests food, sang songs, gave speeches, and led school tours.

“Every day is an amazing day at Meadowbrook Elementary School, and I know every child here is capable of great things,” Meadowbrook Principal Stephanie Mancini said. “It takes the whole community to raise our children, and that’s why we need everyone’s support to implement The Leader in Me.”

The Leader in Me program teaches 21st century leadership and life skills to students and creates a culture of student empowerment based on the idea that every child can be a leader. It is not a curriculum or an instructional method, but rather a school culture model in which students learn skills from Stephen Covey’s book “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People .”

Content from “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” is a key component of The Leader in Me process. The 7 Habits are a blend of universal, timeless principles of personal and interpersonal effectiveness. The Habits include: be proactive, begin with the end in mind, put first things first, think win-win, seek first to understand then be understood, synergize, and sharpen the saw.

“This is vital for our kids to have access to,” Kim Fisher, mother of a first grader at Meadowbrook, said. “This program is teaching them life skills that they need in order to be successful adults in the community.”

The Leader in Me program encourages students to set and track personal goals and to take active leadership roles. In Leader in Me schools, students are often the ones who run assemblies and programs, give guided tours around the building, and take on many of the responsibilities that were once the exclusive tasks of teachers and administrators.

To encourage leadership and promote responsibility, Meadowbrook assembled a student flag team with the help of Iraq War Veteran and parent Chris Fisher. With Fisher’s instruction, students learned how to properly raise and lower the American flag. Students have also begun making morning announcements and assisting in afterschool activities.

“Our students have asked to start clubs at school, which is something we previously haven’t been able to do,” Mancini explained. “All of our second graders wrote me letters to ask to start a club to collect toys for homeless children in Haywood County. This kind of leadership initiative wasn’t shown before we began The Leader in Me.”

More than 2,500 schools worldwide have implemented The Leader in Me program. Buncombe County Schools recently announced that it plans to expand the program from five to 11 schools by 2017. Currently, Hazelwood Elementary School is the only other The Leader in Me school in Haywood County.

Meadowbrook is hoping to raise $75,000 to cover teacher training and classroom materials. Mancini has agreed to commemorate fundraising milestones with various challenges. When $5,000 is raised, Mancini and two teachers will camp on the roof of the school. The school’s staff will coordinate a flash mob after $10,000 is collected, and Mancini will go sky diving when $25,000 is raised. At the $50,000 mark, Mancini has agreed to shave her head. The final goal of $75,000 will be celebrated with a karaoke performance by teachers.

Tax-deductible donations can be made through the Haywood County Schools Foundation’s PayPal account at www.hcsf.haywood.k12.nc.us/donate and designating the money for Meadowbrook’s Leader in Me program. Checks can also be mailed to Meadowbrook Elementary School at 85 Morningstar Road, Canton, N.C. 28716. For additional information about The Leader in Me program, call 646-3445.


March Excellence in Education

cleavelandSuzanne Bigsby, fourth-grade teacher at Riverbend Elementary School, and Lisa Cleaveland, kindergarten teacher at Jonathan Valley Elementary School, were recognized with an Excellence in Education award for the month of March.

The Excellence in Education program recognizes teachers from Haywood County Schools who exemplify a commitment to innovative teaching practices and show dedication to student success. The program is sponsored by Jack Bishop of Edward Jones and the Haywood County Schools Foundation (HCSF).

“Our Edward Jones office is honored to be able to recognize Haywood County’s outstanding teachers,” Bishop said. “Our elementary school educators are instilling a love of learning in our children at an early age. Ms. Bigsby and Ms. Cleaveland are prime examples of the great teachers we have.”

bigsbyBigsby has been teaching fourth grade since 1999, and before that was a teacher’s assistant. Using research, best practices, and technology, she meets the diverse learning needs of her fourth-grade students.

“The 10-year-old child is fun to teach because they are like little sponges that soak up everything you offer,” Bigsby said. “There is a sign in my room that reads ‘Sitting = Not an Option.’ My students know that there is always something to do to improve their own work or help a fellow classmate.”

Over the course of the school year, fourth-graders in Bigsby’s class develop their critical thinking skills by reading intricate texts, studying North Carolina history, examining multiple science disciplines, and learning to solve complex math equations.

“The most important lesson that I hope my students receive in my classroom is to take ownership for one’s education by developing the traits of drive and perseverance,” Bigsby said.

Down the road at Jonathan Valley Elementary School, kindergarten students are beginning their education journey in Cleaveland’s classroom. Cleaveland, who has been teaching for nearly 25 years, inspires learning in her classroom. Her teaching style encourages students to reach their full potential.

“Kindergarten is a child’s first public school experience, which lays the important groundwork for many years to come,” Cleaveland explained. “I want to make sure I educate the whole child and help parents transition too. We are teachers, listeners, care givers and the list goes on.”

Cleaveland welcomes the opportunity to help mold her students into children with confidence. She insists that they learn to be independent thinkers and ensures that they are actively involved in their own education.

“The teachers of Haywood County Schools always put their students first, and Ms. Bigsby and Ms. Cleaveland are no exception,” Haywood County Schools Foundation Executive Director Jenny Wood said. “The Excellence in Education program is a great way to publicly recognize them as outstanding teachers.”

Each month, up to three teachers from the 16 Haywood County Schools are recognized with an Excellence in Education award. Award winners are presented with a certificate and a $100 check sponsored by Bishop.

For more information about the Excellence in Education program contact Jack Bishop at 452-4048 or Jenny Wood of the Haywood County Schools Foundation at 456-2400.


2nd Annual Reeves’ Readers Run

RRR LogoJunaluska Elementary PTA will host the second annual Reeves’ Readers Run 5K on Saturday, April 16, at Haywood Community College (HCC). The race starts at 9 a.m. outside of Building 1500 on HCC’s campus.

The race is in honor and memory of Nichole Reeves who taught at Junaluska Elementary School for 11 years before she passed away in 2014. Last year, more than 100 runners and walkers participated in the inaugural race.

Proceeds from the event are used to purchase books for every classroom at Junaluska Elementary School.

To register, visit racesonline.com/events/reeves-readers-run-5k or stop by the school and register at the front office. Runners of all ages are encouraged to run. Children 12 and under register at a reduced rate of $10. The more students running/walking the better!

If you have further questions, please contact Junaluska Elementary PTA at junaluksaelementarypta@gmail.com or call the school at (828) 456-2407.

 

 


Haywood County Schools Students Aim High with Sportsman’s Clubs

sportsman clubA non-traditional after-school activity is gaining popularity among Haywood County Schools students. More than 100 students are participating in Sportman’s Clubs in five schools across the county.

The Sportsman’s Clubs in Haywood County Schools introduce school-age youths to archery, orienteering, rifle and shotgun shooting. Currently, Canton Middle School, Bethel Middle School, Waynesville Middle School, Tuscola High School, and Pisgah High School each have active Sportsman’s Clubs.

Sportsman’s Club is focused on providing, promoting, and perpetuating opportunities for students to safely and enjoyably participate in archery, rifle, and clay target shooting. The clubs are designed to instill in students the importance of responsibility, sportsmanship, self-discipline and personal commitment.

David Franklin has been coaching the Sportsman’s Clubs at Pisgah High School and Canton Middle School for the past seven years. He got involved in the club when his oldest son was a student at Canton Middle.

“The kids in our club are from a diverse background. We’ve got football players, band members, and everyone in between,” Franklin said. “Hunting is such a big part of our local culture, and the Sportsman’s Club is a way to bring all those students together to participate in something.”

Safety is incorporated into every facet of shooting. To participate in Sportsman’s Club, students must take and pass the N.C. Hunter Safety Class where they learn the safe and responsible handling and use of firearms. All of the coaches for Sportsman’s Club are Certified Range Safety Officers and are present at all club practices.

During practice, students discover the joy of contributing to a shared team goal and the commitment that goes along with training for a competition.

“The students have to try out to make the different teams,” Franklin explained. “Just like a lot of other extra-curricular activities, they have to work hard at practice and go home and train to make the competitive teams.”

Each school’s Sportsman’s Club begins practicing in the fall of each school year. By January, the coaches begin to assemble five-person teams for competitions. Thirty-two teams, from across Western North Carolina, including several from Haywood County, will compete at a regional competition in Polk County on March 19. The teams winning first and second place in each category will earn a spot in the state competition in Ellerbe, N.C. in April.

In the last four years, Pisgah and Canton Middle have won two archery team state championships and two individual archery state championships. Franklin expects several of Haywood County’s teams to once again compete in the state championship.

To raise money for the club’s equipment, the Sportsman’s Clubs from Haywood County Schools will be hosting a Blue Ridge Friends of the NRA Banquet on Saturday, April 9 at 6 p.m. at Laurel Ridge Country Club. Tickets can be purchased from any of the Sportsman’s Club coaches or from Waynesville Police Chief Bill Hollingsed.


Scholarship Deadline March 14

The deadline for high school seniors of Haywood County Schools to apply for scholarships through the Haywood County Schools Foundation is March 14. Applications are available at each high school’s counseling center and on the Haywood County Schools Foundation website here.

Currently, the Haywood County Schools Foundation manages more than 65 scholarship funds. Last year, more than $179,000 was awarded to high school seniors.

To be eligible, a student must be a Haywood County resident, currently enrolled in a Haywood County high school, and be a graduating senior. The student must be planning to attend an approved secondary program (technical/community college, junior college, or four-year institution) and have a 2.5 or better GPA.

Along with completing the application, students must include copies of SAT/ACT scores; three letters of reference, one of which must be from a community member; and a copy of their FAFSA application or parent/guardian tax return.

Completed application packets must be submitted to the student’s high school counseling center by Monday, March 14.

Scholarship winners will be notified by May 1. A Partners in Education celebration for scholarship winners will be held May 23 at Haywood Community College.

The Haywood County Schools Foundation is a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization whose purpose is to make available to students and faculty members of Haywood County Public Schools educational opportunities not normally available through regular public funding sources.

For more information about scholarships, contact Haywood County Schools Foundation Executive Director Jenny Wood at jwood@haywood.k12.nc.us or 828.456.2400 ext 2117.


High School Apprenticeships Close Skills Gap

Pisgah High School senior Branson Baker.

Pisgah High School senior Branson Baker.

Many manufacturing companies in the surrounding areas are faced with the difficult task of hiring highly-skilled workers to build in-demand products. The machining programs at Pisgah and Tuscola high schools are working to build a pipeline of qualified and dedicated young workers who are excited about manufacturing and eager to launch a successful career.

Tuscola senior Taylor Sherrill and Pisgah senior Branson Baker are currently completing apprenticeships at GE Aviation in Asheville.

Over the past few years, the machining programs at Pisgah and Tuscola, in conjunction with Haywood Community College (HCC), have partnered with local businesses to increase the rigor of curriculum and to teach skills needed in today’s precision machining industry.

“The work environment at GE is great, and the opportunities for job growth are endless,” Baker said. “Thanks to a lot of hard work at school, I feel like I’ve found my dream job.”

The GE Aviation plant, which opened in 2014, is a 170,000-square-foot facility that mass produces engine components made of advanced ceramic matrix composite (CMC) materials.

Tuscola High School senior Taylor Sherrill.

Tuscola High School senior Taylor Sherrill.

Baker finishes seals, while Sherrill works in a different area creating blade retainers.

Apprenticeships integrate school-based and work-based learning to instruct students in employability and occupational skills needed by local industries. Sherrill and Baker attend classes in the morning to meet high school graduation requirements and then work at their apprenticeship from 12:30 to 6:30 p.m.

“The machining program helped me land this apprenticeship, and it has helped me in my other high school classes like math and agriculture,” Sherrill said. “I’ve always liked creating things and working with my hands, so machining was a perfect match.”

A path to machining and other manufacturing skills has become important as a shortage of skilled workers grows. A 2011 survey from the Manufacturing Institute showed more than 80 percent of companies nationwide reported moderate to severe shortages in machinists and technicians. The machining programs at Tuscola and Pisgah are intended to set students, businesses, and the local economy up for success.

“Machinists are in the highest demand I’ve seen them in a long time. I get calls all the time from businesses wanting our students,” HCC Computer-Integrated Machining Lead Instructor Doug Cabe said. “The training we’re able to provide our students with helps them land good-paying jobs at great companies around the area.”

Manufacturing is a large and dynamic sector in North Carolina. Recently, high-tech manufacturing businesses, like biotech, pharmaceutical and aerospace have flocked to the surrounding areas of Haywood County.

High school students taking classes at HCC are receiving the most up-to-date training. The HCC Computer-Integrated Machining Program received accreditation from The National Institute for Metalworking Skills, Inc. (NIMS) last year. Employers hiring these students know that they have met national and quality safety standards Cabe said.

At the end of the school year, Baker and Sherrill will both begin working full-time to complete the 8,000-hour apprenticeship with GE Aviation. Both students plan to take advantage of the company’s tuition reimbursement program by completing coursework to receive their associate degree in Computer-Integrated Machining from HCC. Upon high school graduation, because of Tuscola’s partnership with HCC, Sherrill will also earn a certificate in Computer-Integrated Machining.

Machining is one of many college-level programs at HCC that high school juniors and seniors can enroll in at no cost while earning college credit for courses that are completed. For more information about HCC’s Computer-Integrated Machining Program for high school students, contact High School Programs Coordinator Matt Heimburg at 828-627-4579 or mheimburg@haywood.edu.


February Excellence in Education

IMG_2493Emily Burrus, French teacher at Pisgah High School, and Jessica Coward, PE teacher at Canton Middle School, were recently recognized with an Excellence in Education award for the month of February.

The Excellence in Education program recognizes teachers from Haywood County Schools who exemplify a commitment to innovative teaching practices and show dedication to student success. The program is sponsored by Jack Bishop of Edward Jones and the Haywood County Schools Foundation (HCSF).

“Our Edward Jones office is honored to be able to recognize Haywood County’s outstanding teachers,” Bishop said. “The PE and foreign language departments are an integral part of a balanced education. The contributions Ms. Burrus and Coach Coward make do not go unnoticed.”

Burrus has been a French teacher at Pisgah High School for four years. Her French classes not only challenge students to learn a foreign language, they are also immersed in the French culture when they step through the door. Her enthusiastic teaching style prepares her students to succeed in college-level French classes.

IMG_2503Each day at Canton Middle School, Coward challenges her students to achieve physical fitness goals. The meaningful, high-quality health and physical education she provides is encouraging students to be physically active at school and at home. Haywood County Schools’ PE programs help students develop their bodies and minds and gain valuable life skills like teamwork.

“Coach Coward and Ms. Burrus are just two examples of the countless teachers in Haywood County who go above and beyond to ensure student success,” Haywood County Schools Foundation Executive Director Jenny Wood said. “The Excellence in Education program is a great way to publicly recognize them as outstanding teachers.”

Each month, up to three teachers from the 16 Haywood County Schools are recognized with an Excellence in Education award. Award winners are presented with a certificate and a $100 check sponsored by Bishop.

For more information about the Excellence in Education program contact Jack Bishop at 452-4048 or Jenny Wood of the Haywood County Schools Foundation at 456-2400.


Pre-K Enrollment Opens Feb. 22

Pre-k students Colton, Asher, and Bryton in Mary Green's class learn to play together during recess at Hazelwood Elementary School. Haywood County Schools' Pre-K program is designed to prepare children for success in school. Applications are now being accepted for the North Carolina Pre-Kindergarten program in Haywood County for the 2016-17 school year.

Students who are eligible for the program must be 4 years old by Aug. 31, 2016, live with a parent or guardian in Haywood County, and attend a developmental screening appointment. Children of active duty military families are also eligible.

The Haywood County Pre-K program is a state-funded program that offers free, high-quality education designed to prepare 4-year-olds for school. The following elementary schools in the county have pre-k classes: Clyde, Hazelwood, Jonathan Valley Elementary, Meadowbrook, and North Canton. This program is made possible through Haywood County Schools’ partnership with The Region A Partnership for Children and the Department of Child Development and Early Education.

“An average day of Pre-K consists of students playing in different centers, which are changed in the classroom frequently so that kids are always exploring and taking part in different activities,” Ron Moss, Haywood County Schools elementary education director, said. “Using exploration and discovery as a way of learning enables children to develop confidence, creativity, and lifelong critical thinking skills.”

The Pre-K program is designed on the premise that to be academically successful, children need to be prepared in all five of the developmental domains: approaches to play and learning, emotional and social development, health and physical development, language development and communication, and cognitive development. These developmental domains are critical to children’s overall well-being and success in reading and math as they enter school.

Results from the 2013-2014 NC Pre-K Evaluation Study indicate children enrolled in NC Pre-K programs made significant gains from Pre-K through kindergarten across all domains of learning. Children showed gains in language and literacy skills (receptive vocabulary, expressive vocabulary, letter-word identification, phonological awareness), math skills (math problem-solving, counting), general knowledge (basic self-knowledge), and behavior skills (social skills).

North Carolina is one of four states with a pre-k program that meets all 10 National Institute of Early Education Research Benchmarks.  Benchmarks include comprehensive early learning standards; staff meet education/licensure requirements, professional development; 1:9 staff/child ratio; developmental screens and referral; evidence-based curriculum and formative assessments; monitoring and nutritional requirements.

Applications for the Pre-K program are available Feb. 22 – May 6 at the Haywood County Schools Central Office located at 1230 North Main St. in Waynesville. The deadline to submit applications is May 9. For more information about the NC Pre-K program, visit the Haywood County Schools website at www.haywood.k12.nc.us and click on departments, then elementary education. Parents can also call Elaine Clinard at 828-456-2400.