School Notes: Nov. 20

November 18, 2013 

Dawn Dixon


JCC dean in leadership program

Dawn Dixon has been chosen to take part in the N.C. Community College Leadership Program for 2013-14. Dixon is the dean of arts, sciences and learning resources at Johnston Community College.

The program provides leadership training to faculty and staff from N.C. community colleges. For the 2013-14 program, Dixon joins 29 other participants representing 23 North Carolina community colleges.

College receives marketing award

Johnston Community College has earned a Bronze Medallion from District 2 of the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations. JCC received the award for its 2011-12 President’s Report.

The NCMPR is a professional organization for individuals in marketing, communications, public relations and enrollment management at community, junior and technical colleges. District 2 encompasses Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, the Bermuda, British Virgin Islands and the Bahamas.

Back to class at JCC

Johnston Community has created a scholarship program for JCC graduates who want to return to school. An introduction to the program is scheduled for 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, in the Learning Resource Center on the Smithfield campus, 245 College Road. To register for the session, call 919-209-2222 or go to

Joining All Minds at Selma Elementary

Selma Elementary School held its first JAM meeting Oct. 24. JAM is short for Joining All Minds.

Parents and students rotated through three sessions: math, reading and engineering. In each session teachers helped model skills students are learning and provided strategies for parents to help their children at home.

Ninety parents attended the JAM. Students received free books and dice that can be used at home for a math game.

The next JAM nights are Feb. 20 and April 10.

Summer honors at Wayne Community

A number of Johnston County residents earned academic honors during the summer session at Wayne Community College in Goldsboro.

The following were named to the President’s List with 4.0 averages: Samuel Mwaura and Zackery Parker, both of Clayton; Lauren Adams of Four Oaks; and John Bates and Louis Orji, both of Smithfield.

Matthew Stancil of Kenly earned a spot on the Dean’s List with a grade point average of 3.6 or better.

NAACP scholars

The Johnston County branch of the NAACP recently awarded scholarships to a number of students from Johnston County. They are Tamerick Barbour, Iman Billingsley, Taylor Dorsey, Samantha Gibson, Kameron McDougald and Destiny Sanders.

Quiz bowl team performs well

A team from Johnston County Middle College High School finished second in its region in a quiz bowl sponsored by the N.C. Association for Scholastic Activities. With the second-place finish, the team earned an invitation to a national tournament.

Presidential Scholar

Smithfield-Selma High School’s Zhiyong Frank “Frankie” Guo is Johnston County’s lone representative in the 2014 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program.

The program, established by President Lyndon Johnson, has honored more than 6,000 outstanding high school seniors since its inception in 1964.

Neuse Charter seeking vendors

Neuse Charter School is seeking vendors for its Booster Bazaar Craft & Vendor Show, which will take place Dec. 6-7 at the school, 909 E. Booker Dairy Road, Smithfield. Hours are 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. The fee for both days is $50. For more information, call 919-359-2227.

Parent consultations

The Johnston County schools invite parents to consult a school psychologist about their child’s learning or behavior. Free 45-minute consultations will be available from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, at the at the A.G. Glenn Building, 501 S. Second St., Smithfield. To register, call 919-934-1017, Ext. 399.

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