Poster Contest: What’s super about public schools?

NCSBA asked elementary school students to express their thoughts and ideas to tell What’s Super About Public Schools.

Member elementary schools were invited to submit a poster that conveyed the contest theme. There were two submission categories: kindergarten through second grade (K-2) and third through fifth grade (3-5).

The contest was open to NCSBA member district elementary schools.

NCSBA is the professional organization that represents 116 local boards of education in North Carolina. It is a member-driven association that supports the school governance team – school board members, superintendents, senior administrative staff, and board assistants – in its complex leadership role.

The association helps develop, communicate, and advocate for the perspective of North Carolina school districts.

The top posters from each submission category, as determined by the judges, were displayed during the 2019 NCSBA Annual Conference that was held in Greensboro, November 18-20, 2019. Each category had a first-, second-, and third-place winner. A recognition certificate and prize was given to respective board members attending the annual conference.

Posters were judged on how well students address the topic, the quality of work, and creativity of the poster.

PQ Proud Employees of the Month


Cynthia Martinez has embraced teaching Sanford Harmony during Connect classes.

Sanford Harmony is a social emotional learning program for Pre-K-6 grade students designed to foster communication, connection, and community both in and outside the classroom, and develop boys and girls into compassionate and caring adults.

Not only does she willingly teach these classes, but she leads community morning meetings in her assigned kindergarten class. She and Pittman co-teach and are helping students reach their personal best every day. Perquimans Central School is a much better place because of Martinez.


Lynnette Baker is the PQ Proud certified employee of the month. Ms. Baker has served the students at Perquimans County High School for over 20 years. During her tenure at PCHS she has taught Biology, Chemistry, Physical Science, and Earth and Environmental Science.

What sets Baker apart is her willingness to serve others. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Ms. Baker also serves as a mentor teacher, Chairperson of the School Improvement team, Science Department Chair, Faculty advisor for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Faculty Advisor for the Interact Club, Graduation Committee, as well as a host of many others.

Baker is always well organized and prepared for class. If you were to walk into her room you may see one of many different academic practices in use daily. They range from using a camera to flip her classroom to embedding thinking maps into one of her many hands-on activities.

This year has been a challenging because of our limited financial resources. Baker’s response was one of a can-do attitude. Baker was the first to step up and offer solutions to this challenge. It would be easy to complain but Ms. Baker chose the pathway that put her students first. Ms. Baker is very well-loved and respected by her students and it is evident daily in her classroom.

Baker is an academic cornerstone at PCHS and her passion for students drives all of her endeavors.

Bright Ideas

For 25 years, the Bright Ideas education grant program has expanded learning opportunities in North Carolina classrooms by awarding grants to K-12 teachers for innovative, classroom-based projects that would not otherwise be funded.

In 2019, North Carolina’s Electric Cooperatives are celebrating the 25th year of the N.C. Bright Ideas Education Grant Program. What began in 1994 in Shallotte N.C. at Brunswick EMC has touched the lives of more than 2.3 million students statewide through 11,699 Bright Ideas projects. Together, the 26 electric cooperatives have given out more than $12.2 million in grant funding. Each year, close to 600 grants are funded across the state.

Applications are accepted from teachers in a variety of disciplines including music, art, history, reading, science, career-planning and information technology.

Please join me in congratulating the following teachers who were recently awarded Bright Ideas Grants from the Albemarle Electric Membership Corporation!

Connie Ashley – Music and Arts Teacher at Perquimans Central School

Kristine Garvey – 4th Grade Teacher at Hertford Grammar School

Courtney Hale – Computer Science Teacher at Perquimans County Middle School

Michelle Manning – Visual Arts Teacher at Perquimans County High School

Sheila Twine – CTE Teacher at Perquimans County High School

NC Academic Growth Award

Accountability results were released Sept. 4, 2019 to the State Board of Education. Approximately three quarters of the state’s 2,523 public schools met or exceeded their expectations for student progress, based on the results of end-of-grade and end-of-course tests in reading and math in elementary schools and English and math in high schools. Among those schools meeting growth were Perquimans County Middle School and Perquimans County High School.

Congratulations Perquimans County Middle School and Perquimans County High School for achieving the goal of expected academic progress for students during the 2018-2019 school year!

National Board Certification Renewals

Three Perquimans County Schools Teachers achieved National Board Certification Renewal — Ashley Jethro, a third grade teacher at Hertford Grammar School; Susan Perry a CTE Teacher at Perquimans County High School; and Leah Robertson an AIG Teacher at Hertford Grammar School and Perquimans County Middle School. National Board Certification was designed to develop, retain and recognize accomplished teachers and to generate ongoing improvement in schools nationwide. It is the most respected professional certification available in K-12 education.

Created by teachers, for teachers, the National Board Standards represent a consensus among educators about what accomplished teachers should know and be able to do. Board certification is available in 25 certificate areas spanning 16 disciplines from Pre-K through 12th grade.

The certification process requires that teachers demonstrate standards-based evidence of the positive effect they have on student learning in alignment with the Five Core Propositions. They must exhibit a deep understanding of their students, content knowledge, use of data and assessments and teaching practice. They must also show that they participate in learning communities and provide evidence of ongoing reflection and continuous learning.

More than 122,000 teachers across the United States have achieved Board certification.

PQ Superstars:

Ashley Jethro (not available to attend) – 3rd grade teacher at Hertford Grammar School

Susan Perry – CTE Teacher at Perquimans County High School

Leah Robertson – AIG Teacher at Hertford Grammar School and Perquimans County Middle School

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