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Willing to step Out and make a change

When Tracey Greenway’s son graduated from Vance Charter, she began to look for alternatives to Vance County high schools. For the Henderson resident, the Vance County Schools system wasn’t an option for her son. She decided to send him, instead, to Oxford Preparatory High School, which opened its doors this year with about 70 ninth-graders. “It’s great to have someone willing to step out and make a change,” Greenway said of the school’s executive director, Andrew Swanner. Greenway’s move is part of a larger trend in the county, which has seen decreasing student enrollment in the public school system for Read more
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Ask a ranger students compete in 25th ecology meet

Ask a Ranger: Students compete in 25th Ecology Meet JESSICA WILLIAMS Each year, state and Virginia middle and high schools near Kerr Lake are invited to participate in an Ecology Meet, an eight-station competition that tests youths’ minds on various aspects of the environment. The stations examine soil ecology, wildlife, hydrology, herpetology, aquatics, endangered species, forestry and everyone’s favorite: environmental education interpretation. Participating students spend months studying, researching and preparing for this event, which is also a collective effort for the local organizations from our state and Virginia that participate as facilitators. They are Virginia Wildlife, Army Corps of Engineers, Read more
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The pride of 2019 henderson collegiate graduates first-8th grade class

By Sarah Mansur, Dispatch staff Members of the Henderson Collegiate Pride of 2019 sing the school’s alma mater during their promotion ceremony. MARK DOLEJS / Dispatch Staff Carlos Cruz takes a look at a certificate as he and three other classmates, including Victor Clifton (back right), are honored for completing seventh and eighth grades with a 4.0 grade point average. The other two students honored for the achievement were Ashlee Catlette and Shannon Hunter. MARK DOLEJS / Dispatch Staff Jackson Olsen congratulates Shannon Hunter for scoring in the 99th percentile on all four of her end of grade tests during Read more
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Event fosters love of Reading

Seventh-graders Tony Burwell (from left), Nolvia Ayala and Vihareem Bailey participate in the annual Read-A-Thon at Henderson Collegiate on Saturday morning. HENDERSON — Henderson Collegiate’s annual read-a-thon showed seventh-grader Briana Sulyans how far she had come in her reading abilities. She and her peers arrived at the last Saturday school of the year at 7 a.m. with pillows and books in hand to test how long they could read without stopping. Briana made it through the entire four hours this year. “I know that a lot of people in middle school and high school don’t read as much, but I Read more
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Contest builds love of math

Contest builds love of math Clarke Elementary students Jarell Boyd (from left), Saniah Silver, Aaron Labra, Saray Trejo and Yumyah Hargrove work on a math problem during the team competition of the Southern Vance High School Elementary Math Competition. Students from Aycock Elementary compete with other schools during the math competition Thursday afternoon. Competition had never been more fun. Elementary students visiting Southern Vance High School on Thursday fought to be named the top math performer in the county. Mu Alpha Theta and Southern Vance Math Club complied a 30-question individual exam and an eight-problem, two-part group exam for 85 Read more
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When a school and a marriage are the same thing

 DAVE DEWITT  North Carolina Teacher Project, Part 12 Enlarge image Carice Sanchez counsels a student at Henderson Collegiate. Credit Dave DeWit For many, teaching is a calling. For others, like Eric and Carice Sanchez, it’s something a little more than that. “It’s during the honeymoon during the early morning, getting up and checking to make sure the loan went through,” said Eric Sanchez, the co-founder and school leader at Henderson Collegiate. “But I guess those are the funny pieces that add to the story and add to the merger of a school and a relationship.” Eric and Carice Sanchez needed the Read more
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Raising The Expectations

Nov. 12, 2013 @ 09:52 PM SARAH MANSUR EARL KING / Dispatch Staff Ronald Gregory, superintendent of the Vance County Schools, addresses a group gathered for an education summit Tuesday morning. EARL KING / Dispatch Staff Eric Sanchez, a co-founder and school leader at Henderson Collegiate, shares information on his school’s success in the past year. Losing power during a summit of education and community leaders wasn’t a deterrent. Similarly, those in attendance are committed to educating the children of Vance County regardless of adversities and challenges. The group convened Monday in the Glass House at Satterwhite Point on Kerr Read more
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Chess marathon fundraiser friday saturday

Rudy Abate, president of the N.C. Chess Association and avid encourager for the game in the community, is holding a fundraiser for Michael Brown, a Vance Charter School eighth-grader with a rare form of bone cancer. From 6 Friday night until 6 on Saturday night, Abate will play chess for 24 consecutive hours against all comers at the First United Methodist Church fellowship hall. He is soliciting monetary sponsors in advance and during the event for each hours he plays. Brown plans to play the first game against Abate to kick off the event. Henderson native John Smithwick, candidate master Read more
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Pinkston street elementary henderson collegiate notch statewide honors

Shaheem Davis (left) and Taeshon Batchelor (right) listen as Evelio Pecaz reads a story he wrote in Deliah Dixon’s fifth-grade class at Pinkston Street Elementary School. Classmates listen as seventh-grader Spotswood Burwell (center) gives his opinion during a group discussion exercise in Emily Cirino’s seventh-grade English class at Henderson Collegiate. Two elementary schools in Vance County have earned the Reward Schools award, which honors schools nationwide for the 2013-2014 school year. Pinkston Street Elementary School and charter school Henderson Collegiate were among the top 10 percent of Title I schools in one of two categories: having sustained the highest performance Read more
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Zoning Board Hears Schools Plan

Mar. 05, 2013 @ 07:04 PM MARTIN FISHER Henderson Collegiate public charter school took a giant step forward Tuesday in their plan to begin teaching to grade 7 and grow by another 100 students next year. The plan is for a 45,000 square-foot, two-story new school construction off McArthur Street in the South Henderson area that would allow the school to fill out as a 500-student middle school for grades 4-8. The full staffing of the school would add 14 new full-time faculty and staff positions plus four new part-time jobs, according to Henderson Collegiate Principal Eric Sanchez. The Henderson Read more
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