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By Carolyn Vickers

Year Round Schools are Coming to GCPS!

During this past fall, Superintendent Dr. Alisa McLean conducted a series of Kitchen Table Conversations held throughout the county.  During this time, we repeatedly heard a desire for a CHOICE of Year-Round Schools for our students.

The Granville County Board of Education is moving forward with plans to introduce Year-Round School programs at the following schools as CHOICE programs (offered to all students in the district):

Butner Stem Elementary School
Butner-Stem Middle School
West Oxford Elementary School
Northern Granville Middle School

Each of these schools would operate with 2 separate calendars: one group of students on a traditional calendar, and one on a year-round schedule. In addition, these schools will identify thematic programs of instruction, including the possibility of Global Academies, and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) Programs.

Your Voice Counts

As part of the next step in the process, we invite you to complete an interest survey about Year-Round schools. Your opinions and ideas will help us plan next steps.


Snow Make-up Day

Saturday, January 20 will now be a required school day.  Schools will operate on an early release schedule for this day.

Parent Night

Please join us for our January Parent Night onThursday, January 25, 2018, from 6pm-7pm. We will have our Science Fair showcasing student science projects. 


Last week, with only 2 days of school, there were 67 absences, 83 late, and 25 check-outs. Any student who comes to school late must be walked in the building and checked in by an adult. Student attendance is very important for academic success and growth. Please make sure your student is getting the best education possible by getting them to school on time and keeping them in school all day. 

Lunch Visitation Reminder

All parents, grandparents, and family members are welcome to visit with students during lunch. When all students return to their classrooms, parents should report to the office to checkout. Parents should not walk students to class as this has caused a disruption to the school day. Students have not been able to return to instruction in a timely manner due to parents/families walking students back to class. If you would like to come observe or volunteer in the classroom, we would love to have you do so. However, you will need to set these times with the your child’s teacher in advance. We are always looking for volunteers to read to students, talk to students in the cafeteria to let them know the community cares about them, and mentor students. If you are interested in any of these opportunities, contact Colleen Haas ( Thank you for your support!

Scholastic Reading Tip for Parents: What’s “Just Right”? 

Children feel confident and competent when they read books that are “just right.” But how do you find a “just right” book? Have your child read the back and front cover, and the first page of the book. If there are more than five words that he cannot pronounce or understand in context, the book may be too challenging. Be supportive of finding a more perfect fit. Choosing the right book will help your little reader feel successful.

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