Construction on the new Oak Grove High School is well underway! Projected to open for the 2017-2018 school year, Oak Grove High School will alleviate overcrowding at North Davidson and Ledford High Schools. For more information about Oak Grove High School click here. To read the Dispatch article about Oak Grove High click here.

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Congratulations Class of 2016 Graduates! 
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In just a few days you will be graduates of Davidson County Schools. As your superintendent, I want you to know how very proud I am of the hard work and dedication you have displayed in reaching this milestone. You have completed required coursework, passed many exams and satisfied credits for high school graduation. These accomplishments are indeed worthy of celebrating. I thank you for the leadership and learning you have displayed throughout the years you have spent as students in our school system. You and your fellow students are truly what make Davidson County Schools such a special place. As you complete this phase of your educational journey, I encourage you to challenge your hearts, hands and minds to move forward, to look beyond and to embrace the opportunities that lie ahead. Education is one of the most powerful gifts you will ever possess, and as you receive your diploma, I encourage each of you to go forth and do great things. The world is waiting for you. It is with distinguished honor that I share in the celebration of your success.
Congratulations Class of 2016 and very best wishes always.   Share in celebration: #2016DCSgrads
Dr. Lory Morrow,  Superintendent | Davidson County Schools                      @LexDispatch

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Early College Receives Recognition One of the Best in the US!

"One of America's Best High Schools" by U.S. News and World Report, Davidson Early College High School received a bronze medal based on academic and enrollment data, proficiency rate and the overall curriculum. 
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Credit by Demonstrated Mastery (CDM)  click here for more info

Credit by Demonstrated Mastery (CDM) is the process by which schools, based on a body of evidence, can award student credit in a particular course without requiring the student to complete the classroom instruction for a certain amount of seat time.

Ledford High Wins 33rd Annual Quiz Bowl

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Congratulations to Ledford High School for their first place finish at the 33rd Annual Quiz Bowl. The Quiz Bowl took place at Davidson County Community College on March 10, 2016. Teams from Central Davidson, Davidson Early College, East Davidson, Ledford, Lexington Senior High, North Davidson, South Davidson and West Davidson participated in the competition. Students competed by answering questions from a variety of subjects such as literature, science, math, social studies, current events and North Carolina history. Ledford claimed victory in the last round of the competition when they earned a score of 140 – 70 over South Davidson. In addition to being awarded the Grand Champion Cup, each team member was given a $10 Amazon gift card. Ledford will be going on to compete in the regional Quiz Bowl competition on April 16, 2016 at the UMC Memorial Church in Thomasville. We wish them the best of luck as they represent DCS in the competition!                                             Ledford High School Quiz Bowl Team: Austin Bogue, Erika Bogue, Kelsey Hoover, Jackson Mishoe, Thomas Ramos, Cheyenne Rogers. Sponsors: Rebecca Dollinger and Jodi Rhodes 

DCS Students Compete at the Model UN Conference

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Students from Ledford, North Davidson and South Davidson High schools competed in the PANGEA Model United Nations competition at Lenoir Rhyne University on March 8-9. Students debated such difficult topics as Cybersecurity, Torture as a Means of Interrogation, Violence Against Women, and Air Pollution. Congratulations to Braxton Langston Chapman from North Davidson who won Honorable Mention in his committee.


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New District Wide Grading
Report Card GradesUnder the new scale grades and grade point average calculations will be applied as follows:
A:   90-100  =  4.0
B:   80 - 89  =  3.0
C:   70 - 79  =  2.0
D:   60 - 69  =  1.0
F:    < 59     =   0.0

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Phillip Riggs Wins 2016 Grammy Music Educator Award

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Phillip has been an active member of NCMEA for twenty-four years and Past President of the North Carolina Bandmasters Association. 

There is no greater recognition than being nominated by a former student who is now a successful music teacher. My efforts to foster music education in North Carolina really stand on the shoulders of numerous students, parents, peers, administrators, and communities that value quality music in our society,” stated Phillip Riggs when he was named a top 10 finalist.

The Grammy Music Educator Award is a joint partnership and presentation of The Recording Academy and the GRAMMY Foundation, the Music Educator Award was established to recognize current educators (kindergarten through college, public and private schools) who have made a significant and lasting contribution to the field of music education and who demonstrate a commitment to the broader cause of maintaining quality music education in schools. This year, more than 4,500 nominations were submitted nationwide. Phillip Riggs is the third recipient of this award that comes with a $10,000 honorarium.

NCMEA President,  James Daugherty states, “We are honored to have one of own members, Phillip Riggs, recognized as the 2016 national winner of the Grammy Music Educator Award for his lifetime dedication to music education across North Carolina.   From his first days of teaching he has been a dynamic music educator and has always represented the ideals and sense of collaborative teamwork that NCMEA and NAfME embodies for our members.   Throughout his career and through so many service roles in music education, Phillip has truly brought music into the lives of people all across North Carolina.  The impact and contributions of his music teaching will be felt for generations.   We are so proud of the innovation Phillip has brought to the many music education hats he has worn and his desire to always do what’s right and what is best for students.  On behalf of our NCMEA members, we congratulate Phillip and join him in celebrating this lifetime achievement.”

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     Congratulations Phillip!

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Yadkin Valley Students and CTE Staff Promote the IT Academy Model

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On April 1, 2016 students at Yadkin Valley Regional Career Academy and members of our CTE staff had the unique opportunity to Skype with the South African Delegation and Microsoft Leadership Team. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss and promote the IT Academy model that is currently offered in a number of North Carolina school districts. This program offers high school students the opportunity to become certified in Microsoft Office 2013 with the option to test at the Expert level. Microsoft is currently working with South Africa to develop Academies in their country similar to those being offered in North Carolina. CTE State Consultants asked Davidson County Schools to serve as an example of a successful Microsoft Academy and we were honored to take part. Davidson County Schools was one of the first districts in our state to create a local school board policy that focuses on the Microsoft Credentials. By passing the Microsoft Office Specialist Certification test,  students show that they have mastered the skills necessary to compete in the industry. Currently, every high school in DCS offers the Microsoft Information Technology Academy. We are very proud of our CTE students and staff who have made this program a model of success to be showcased for
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