Author Archives: Tim Markley

“It’s the Climb, Not the Slide” – Summer Learning Continues in New Hanover County Schools

by Dr. Julie Duclos-Greenwood, NHCS Director of Instructional Services School is out for summer recess, but learning does not stop in New Hanover County Schools. Summer learning is the key to prevent the “summer slide.” On-going instruction allows students to … Continue reading

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Trading One for the Other – Why Can’t We have Both Teacher Assistants & Reduced Class Sizes

Reading the news today can be confusing. A May 2015 headline in the Raleigh News and Observer claims there will be a $400 million state surplus. Then, I read a headline that says the proposed Senate Budget will cut 8,500 … Continue reading

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A Perfect Summer Reading Adventure for Your Student

By Stefane Beddard, NHCS Language Arts Lead Teacher SUMMER IS HERE! As parents, we worry that much of our children’s reading progress will dwindle during the long, lazy days of summer. Aside from summer trips, camps and beach days, you … Continue reading

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One Data Point in Time: A Reflective Memo for Students, Parents/Guardians, Teachers, and Administrators

By Karen Greene, NHCS Testing Director To the Students, Parents, Teachers and Administrators of New Hanover County Schools: As the 2014-2015 academic year wanes, during the final days of the school year students in our district and across North Carolina … Continue reading

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New Hanover County Schools’ 2015-16 County Budget Request

by Dr. Tim Markley, Superintendent & Mary Hazel Small, Chief Financial Officer The 2014-15 school year is quickly coming to a close and I expect our students to achieve at a very high level. New Hanover County Schools continues to … Continue reading

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School Mental Health- Challenges and Supports

By Lisa Burriss, LCSW, NBCT, NHCS Lead Counselor and Social Worker In serving well over 26,000 children and youth in the New Hanover County School system, there are numerous opportunities to identify and respond to the mental health needs of … Continue reading

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The Looming Crisis

By Dr. Tim Markley, Superintendent High school seniors around the country are finalizing college applications, and more than likely, they are contemplating their college major and ultimately, their careers. One major they are not choosing is education. There is a … Continue reading

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We Have Reached the Insanity Point on Testing

by Dr. Tim Markley, NHCS Superintendent I was planning for a recent meeting with local leaders and asked one our high school assistant principals to prepare a calendar about testing at his school. What he submitted can only be called … Continue reading

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We Are So Much More!

by Dr. LaChawn Smith, Assistant Superintendent of Instruction and Academic Accountability On Thursday, February 5th, schools in New Hanover County and across the state will be issued School Performance Grades for the first time. The NC General Assembly passed a … Continue reading

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Entering the Legislative Season: A Teacher’s Perspective

By Meredith Kokoski, NHCS Teacher of the Year Editor’s Note: Last week, the New Hanover County Board of Education and Superintendent Dr. Tim Markley hosted the district’s annual Legislative Luncheon for local and state elected officials. One of the keynote … Continue reading

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