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MAKING THE COMMUNITY A BETTER PLACE:

Henderson Collegiate freshmen give back with service By Jamica Whitaker, Dispatch staff Mar 16, 2016 Ninth-graders at Henderson Collegiate High School participated in the school’s first day of service. For about three hours Wednesday morning, 95 freshman from Henderson Collegiate donated their time and energy to various organizations and causes throughout Vance County. “We want our students to make their community a better place,” Laura Bradley, high school college counselor, said. “It’s their responsibility to take care of their community and help it grow.” Bradley said she worked with the United Way of Vance County and other community partners to Read more
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GOOD NEWS & GOOD NEIGHBORS: A new tradition of service

March 18, 2016 Henderson Collegiate’s high school may be new, but students are already giving back. Nearly 100 freshmen at the school this week participated in the inaugural community service day, spreading their time and energy helping out individuals and nonprofits throughout Vance County. High school counselor Laura Bradley told Dispatch reporter Jamica Whitaker that the purpose of the event was to instill in students the desire to look at where they live and seek solutions to the issues they see. “We want our students to make their community a better place,” she said. “It’s their responsibility to take care Read more
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The Principal’s Office Podcast

The Principal’s Office Podcast – Episode 2 – Eric Sanchez Interview conducted by Leaders Building Leaders The Principal’s Office Podcast- a podcast dedicated to teaching and accelerating the principals of school leadership. Today we have arrived at Henderson Collegiate, in Henderson North Carolina and have been welcomed into the school by Executive Director and Co-founder of the school, Mr. Eric Sanchez. Eric also serves on North Carolina’s Charter School Advisory Board, where a group of school leaders and appointees make recommendations to the State Board of Education on the fate of new public charter school applicants as well as existing Read more
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Students Show off HC Pride

By Sarah Mansur, Dispatch staff  Dec 19, 2015   LOUISBURG — All 500 Henderson Collegiate middle school students, from fourth to eighth grade, partook in the skits, chants and songs during Friday’s annual Parent Pride Night at the Louisburg College performing arts center. The night was a celebration of learning, Henderson Collegiate pride and a display of talent for the students’ parents and families. Deborah Bowden, who came to see her grandson Trey, said she was happy to show her support for the school. “I am so impressed with these children,” she said. “The teachers here care and they care about Read more
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Henderson Collegiate Helps Victims of SC Flood

By Jamica Whitaker, Dispatch staff  Updated Dec 31, 2015 Flooding in South Carolina spurred students at Henderson Collegiate to action. Kevin O’Quinn is a history teacher at the charter school and a native of Columbia, South Carolina. After seeing news footage of his childhood neighborhood submerged under water in October from historic flooding, O’Quinn wanted to help. “I was really stunned. I was really shocked,” he said. “When you see images like that on the news, it’s powerful, but it’s often some far off place you don’t recognize. When I saw it I thought, ‘If I had been home, what would I Read more
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Henderson school putting students on college path

Henderson school putting students on college path Posted October 9, 2015   HENDERSON, N.C. — A Henderson school dedicated to recruiting low-income students is preparing them for college and career at a much higher rate than most Vance County schools. Henderson Collegiate launched a few years ago – it won’t produce its first graduates until 2019 – but 71 percent of its students meet state standards for being college- or career-ready on end-of-grade and end-of-course tests. By comparison, Vance Charter School is at 54.5 percent college- and career-ready, and Vance County public schools are at 28 percent.   “If we Read more
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With order, energy, Vance charter school excels

With order, energy, Vance charter school excels Highlights: Charter school overcomes poverty with character and proficiency Henderson Collegiate received the state’s highest grade of A-plus Leaders say their techniques can be used in bigger public schools   See video of Henderson Collegiate, the charter school that has overcome poverty and has earned an A-plus performance grade Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015 in Henderson, N.C. Jill Knight   jhknight@newsobserver.com BY LYNN BONNER lbonner@newsobserver.com   Dozens of students sit shoulder to shoulder in the cafeteria at Henderson Collegiate charter school reading novels or puzzling over worksheets as they spoon their cereal. Except for Read more
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Second-charter-school vance location-among six under consideration

By DAVID IRVINE dirvine@hendersondispatch.com Apr 25,2009 Area students may soon have another school option, if the efforts by Eric Sanchez and Carice Cantelupe are successful. The two young teachers are pursing the establishment a second charter school in Vance County, which would be named Henderson Collegiate, and their proposal has made it down to the final stage of the state approval process. On Thursday in Raleigh, a long list of new charter school propositions in the state — a list that had been whittled down over the course of a Department of Public Instruction review process — was further reduced Read more
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Hopefuls awaiting decision on new charter school

By DAVID IRVINE dirvine@hendersondispatch.com May 14,2009 On May 5, Henderson Collegiate Charter School hopefuls were interviewed by the Leadership for Innovation Committee of the North Carolina State Board of Education. Now begins the long wait to see if the committee will recommend the application and if the SBE will approve it. Eric Sanchez and Carice Cantelupe led a delegation of board members, students and parents to Raleigh for the interview. They made a 20-minute presentation. Sanchez and Cantelupe, five board members, two students and a parent spoke to the committee. Also present were some members of SBE and a representative Read more
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Charter school wins approval henderson collegiate makes final cut but progress will be reviewed in march

From STAFF REPORTS news@hendersondispatch.com Aug 7, 2009 The State Board of Education has given preliminary approval for a second charter school in Vance County, one of the school’s founders said Thursday.Eric Sanchez said their application for Henderson Collegiate won the second highest number of votes from the board and was first choice for 4 of its 9 members. Before final approval, the school’s progress toward developing bylaws, policies and procedures will be reviewed in March 2010, he said. Sanchez, who will be the principal, expects the school to open in August 2010. Plans call for opening with only a fourth Read more