Friday, March 18, 2016

Pursuit of Excellence Continues

Today's vlog features exciting news about our "Kitchen Table Conversations." Also included this post is news about the upcoming school visits by Woodmen of the World.

Monday, March 14, 2016

Patriotism in JCS

As Superintendent of Johnston County Schools, I am proud to serve a Board of Education that promotes patriotism.

All of our classrooms have the American flag displayed for use during the Pledge of Allegiance, which is recited by students everyday through the direction of Board Policy.  All of our schools display the American Flag and the North Carolina Flag, and we encourage our students to participate in raising and lowering the flags as a part of their school and community service.

Patriotism for Johnston County Schools is not just about the displaying of flags in our classrooms and our schools; it is a part of the heart and culture of our schools. As a school system, we also have the honor and privilege of working closely with our veterans in preparation for our annual Veterans Day Ceremony, an event that has grown immensely over the past 11 years and has seen upwards of 2,000 in attendance.

Community involvement is important part of what makes Johnston County Schools great. In fact, local organizations like the Woodmen of the World have donated classroom flags to several of our schools in the past and have donated new American Flags for every school in Johnston County to help preserve the respect and honor that should be attributed to our Flag. In cooperation with The Tuscarora Council, boy scouts also helped Johnston County Schools to properly dispose of the older flags that had been replaced.

As we continue to encourage patriotism among our youth, we do ask that any group requesting to distribute flags work with administrative services at the central office in order to help gain approval and to help facilitate the process.

As Superintendent, I encourage open dialogue with all of our stakeholders.  Your voice is an important part of our community and school system and we want to hear from you. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any concerns or questions.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Celebrating Read Across America

Yesterday, I had the honor of meeting with many wonderful students during a special Read Across America school tour. I have always loved being in the schools, and I am looking forward to more visits in the future. If you have time to watch the following video, please do.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

I'm Just Ross - A Special Video

March 1, 2016 Welcome!

A Message from the Superintendent

It is an honor to begin my services as Superintendent of Johnston County Schools. As your Superintendent, it is my goal to foster a flame for learning in each of our students, as well as empower them to become successful in our global society. These words continue to inspire the work of the district as we strive to provide a quality education to each student in every community.

As I transition into this new role, it is important that each stakeholder be afforded the opportunity for input as we plan for the future of Johnston County Schools. During the first 90 days as Superintendent, measures will be taken to involve stakeholders with opportunities to engage in reflection on their perception of our district’s strengths and needs. This input will serve to create goals and strategies for the future of our district.

As a life-long native of Johnston County, I am humbled and honored to serve you all in this capacity. I have had the pleasure to serve our school system for over 24 years. In my service to the district as a teacher, coach, assistant principal, principal, and Deputy Superintendent, I have had the opportunity to meet and interact with thousands of awesome students, parents, teachers, support staff, administrators, and community leaders. You all are our greatest resource! The support and involvement you demonstrate each day, continues to make our schools the best!