2016/2017 Brunswick County Schools Community E-Newsletter 
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May 31, 2017

Welcome to the Brunswick County Schools Community Newsletter! As a subscriber, you will receive updates in your inbox every other week. Whether you are a parent, alum, retiree, or friend of the district, we hope you will find the contents of each newsletter to be helpful in keeping you connected to all of the new and exciting things happening in your local schools. Thanks for your investment in Brunswick County Schools, and thank you for reading!

     Bolivia Elementary | Bolivia had over 130 people engage in their 2nd annual STEM Transition Night that included community partners, hands-on stations and even a motivational speech from a middle school principal for rising 6th graders. Future scientists and engineers created and launched rockets, designed and tested roller coasters, interacted with starfish and much more!

     Jessie Mae Monroe Elementary | Here is a glimpse of a few new graduates for the class of 2030!

     Lincoln Elementary | Lincoln is so fortunate to have 44 ACTIVE volunteers. They were able to celebrate 25 of them on Wednesday, May 10! A big thank you to all of them!

     Union Elementary | Union continues to build student leadership. Their student council just placed a Buddy Bench on their playground for students who need a friend. They will also be coordinating and leading the pep rally this year!

     Cedar Grove Middle | Battle of the Books teams from CGMS and LMS took a field trip to Asheville to tour the Biltmore House, which was featured in the books Sarafina and The Black Cloak. Students were also entertained by the Author Report Beatty and received an autographed copy of his second book Serafina and the Twisted Staff.

     Shallotte Middle | ROCAME club, with sponsor Dr. Hargrove, worked to beautify the courtyards of SMS, while the Jr. Sierra Club with sponsor Mr. Horton and in partnership with the CIS after school program have been working to build the SMS Community Garden! Thanks to all who have helped SMS students learn how to grow and care for plants and vegetables!


     South Brunswick High | Congratulations to the SBHS varsity baseball team for making the state playoffs! They had a great season and traveled to Northwood High School on May 10. Despite their loss, they were able to end their season with a state playoff berth! BCS is proud!

     West Brunswick High  | Caryl Fullwood is a shining example for Brunswick County Schools, as a High School Assistant Principal and for her service to students, staff, and the community. She was recently featured in Real Women Magazine! Ms. Fullwood has done an excellent job of meeting students where they are and moving them forward.




The Board Brief summarizes the work of the various Board of Education committees and provides stakeholders information about what is happening in our school system.


Click here to read the May 23 Board Brief.




Back by popular demand: Brunswick County Schools second annual "Senior Walk!"

One again, Brunswick County Seniors returned to where it all began...the halls of their elementary and middle schools to participate in the system's second annual "Senior Walk: Revisiting the Past to Inspire the Future!"

The concept is simple but powerful: to help younger students create a vision for their future. Seniors from all 5 Brunswick County high schools, donning their caps and gowns with Pomp and Circumstance playing over the intercoms, paraded through the halls lined with cheering elementary and middle school students. This special event is the continuation of the system's Celebrating What's Right initiative. 

Elementary and middle school students were not the only benefactors. Seniors also got the chance to thank teachers who inspired, encouraged, and supported them through their educational journeys.






​It's hard to believe, but it's time to start talking about summer meals for our students! Check out the flyer below for all the important date, time, and location information.

For additional information, contact Brunswick County Child Nutrition at 910-253-1092.



By all accounts West Brunswick High School Senior Lora Kinlaw is pretty special. She has a perfect GPA, takes advanced placement courses, is an award winning art student, runs track and cross-county, and holds down a part-time job in Shallotte. 

On June 9 Lora will add one more cool fact to her resume...perfect-perfect attendance!  That's right...Lora has attended school everyday since her first day of kindergarten at Union Elementary School in 2004!

Let's break that down...2,340 days, 16,380 hours, or 982,800 minutes in school!

Lora credits her mother, Rosetta Kinlaw for setting the expectation that she and her younger sister, a ninth grader at West Brunswick High School, would attend school each day.  In the Kinlaw family there are no excuses.  

In addition to the academic success Lora has experienced, she says attending school everyday taught her valuable life lessons. "If you gotta do something...just show up and do it," Lora chuckled. She says the expectation to come to school everyday taught her the importance of being reliable. 

Lora shared that she knows classmates who decided to quit school. Her advise to students who are struggling with the decision to drop out is, "Stick with is worth it in the end."

Lora also has a special message to incoming kindergarten students, the Class of 2030, about setting their own perfect attendance goals, "It's not as crazy as it sounds!" 

After graduation Lora is attending Brunswick Community College for her associates degree with plans to transfer to UNC-Wilmington.

Congratulations, Lora!  You are an amazing example for us all!

PHOTO: Lora Kinlaw holding her first place winning entry into the GFWC of North Carolina Arts Festival



Communities In Schools of Brunswick County is pleased to announce the expansion of their Boiling Spring Lakes (BSL) thrift shop. “The expansion of our Boiling Spring Lakes CIS Thrift Shop was in direct response to customer demand and being able to offer the community increased low-priced, high quality merchandise,” said Bonnie Jordan, CIS Executive Director. CIS currently provides a Dropout Prevention Program in five Brunswick County middle schools and incorporates community volunteers along with club and business partnerships to support student achievement. CIS also provides community Parenting Education Programs, After School Programs, Summer Camps, and Teen and Peer Court through partnerships with Brunswick County Schools and the Brunswick County District Attorney’s Office.  
The BSL CIS Thrift Shop is located at 3000 George II Highway, next to the former NewBridge Bank building and diagonally across the street from the Boiling Spring Lakes city buildings. The newly expanded shop now offers over 3,000 square feet of retail sales floor space. The shop is open Monday – Saturday, from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Sundays, 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. 
The shop will hold special sales from June 1 – June 4 to celebrate its expansion and grand re-opening of the new expanded retail space. Special thanks go out to the community volunteers who helped prepare the new space and donated items for opening sales inventory.
“This new location is a result of the great success we have achieved since we began operating our four thrift shops in Brunswick County. The growth of our thrift shop in BSL will help to support our Action for Success Dropout Prevention Program, recently expanded to all middle schools in Brunswick County and services offered in schools around the county,” said Jordan.
The following are examples of donations accepted at the BSL CIS Thrift Shop: men’s and women’s gently used or new clothing, shoes, home décor, jewelry, accessories, kitchen ware, lamps, furniture, art work, music related items, sports items, tools, books, and children’s clothes and toys. The shop does not accept large appliances, televisions (unless flat screen), computers or printers.
The shop is currently recruiting volunteers to help with sorting donations, customer service, and sales assistance; as well as volunteers with trucks or SUVs to help pick up donations in the BSL/Southport area.
Community volunteers and donations are needed to assist with adding inventory and managing the expanded retail sales space as well as shop operations. Donations and volunteer assistance are gratefully appreciated. If interested in donating your time or gently-used items, please contact the CIS office at 910-457-3494 or stop by the shop during operating hours.
CIS operates three other thrift shops in Brunswick County – the Leland CIS Thrift Shop, Southport CIS Thrift Shop, and Sunset Beach CIS Thrift Shop. For more information on CIS Thrift shops please visit or call the CIS office at 910-457-3494.

June 6                           Board of Education Meeting
June 8                           Brunswick County Academy Graduation
June 9                           Last day of School
                                      North Brunswick High School Graduation
June 10                         West Brunswick High School Graduation
                                      South Brunswick High School Graduation



Don't forget! Like many of you, we're on Facebook, making it easier than ever for you to stay on top of current events, announcements, and updates from BCS. 
Did you know these schools have their own Facebook pages? Make sure to keep tabs on these "official" school pages to know specific information about your children's schools. 


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