Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Season's Greetings

Monday, December 11, 2017

The 100th

Monday, December 4, 2017

Digital Citizenship

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Personalized Learning sets the bar and raises it for students

When Dave Hinrichs was an elementary classroom teacher, personalized learning was his mantra, teaching method, and philosophy.  One might think he is an anomaly, and he’s certainly talented, passionate, and energetic, but in the Johnston County Public Schools, personalized learning is non-negotiable.  The purpose behind this method is to encourage and teach students to lead their own learning so that they are engaged and invested in their own work, says Dave, who serves as--newsflash!-- Director of Personalized Learning. So, there’s a bit more to it than meets the eye.

Hinrichs says there are four tenets to personalized learning, which are based on the JCPS philosophy of relationships, relevance, and innovation.  Those tenets require teachers to learn his or her students’ individual academic needs, help them track their own learning and own it, choose how they learn, and focus on mastery rather than rote memorization and testing. (Johnston County Public Schools uses an 80%-20% formula, with the larger percentage on growth versus proficiency).

It’s a total re-design of the learning day, says Hinrichs, who by the way, I wish I had had for a teacher in my day. Definitely not a Beuller (reference the monotone teacher featured in the Ferris Beuller’s Day Off movie) teacher, Dave is a rather high-energy and laser-focused on success in incremental steps for his students.  He motivates teachers to embrace this practice despite the requirement for traditional pacing. JCPS provides a Personalized Learning Toolkit for teachers in addition to personalized professional development.

As Dave travels the county promoting and teaching personalized learning, his rhetorical question is profound: “If you teach the lesson, does the student learn from it?”

Drop the mic, Dave.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Finishing the Year Strong

Monday, November 20, 2017


Thursday, November 16, 2017

EdCamp JoCo a Success!

The following is a guest post by T.J. Parrish, Principal of Micro Elementary

EdCamp JoCo, a half-day planned for and devoted to personalized learning for educators, was held on Saturday, Nov. 4, at West Johnston High School.

It was a huge success. More than 100 educators participated in a day of networking and self-directed, professional growth. Most attendees were Johnston County Public School teachers and administrators. However, there were representatives from neighboring districts such as Wake, Cumberland, and Orange Counties. Visitors remarked upon the organization and success of the event. There was an aura of enthusiasm felt throughout the day.

Since our last EdCamp in March, it was evident that our district has taken a collective step in the right direction. Our capacity has improved. Saturday's conversations were deeper rooted in innovation. Discussion topics included robotics, makerspaces, blended learning, coding, Genius Hour, and helping students develop a passion for reading.

We weren't discussing yesterday's classrooms. We were discussing tomorrow's classrooms. The classrooms of 2020 were our focus. JoCo educators have grown so much in the past few months. Our pedagogy is solidifying. We are not satisfied merely defending the status quo. We are becoming a community of risk-takers, dedicated to building better relationships within our schools. We want more for our students!

It is so encouraging to see how far we've come in such a short time. I cannot wait to see where we go next. If what I saw on Saturday is an indication of our progress as a whole, we are in store for a marvelous journey. See you at the next EdCamp JoCo!

Monday, November 13, 2017

American Education Week and School Start Times Survey

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Beyond the Sit & Get

Fast-growing Johnston County Public Schools, located in Johnston County, North Carolina, is a proud leader of high-quality education, serving more than 36,000 students in 46 learning sites and nearly 5,000 employees. Our mission, “to empower our students to enrich their world by facilitating learning through relationships and relevant, innovative experiences,” encompasses our commitment to students to prepare them for the world beyond high school in an innovative environment that encourages a love of learning.

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Beyond the Sit & Get: Principals Inspired to Go Forth and Do Good

Johnston County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Ross Renfrow is utilizing monthly Principals’ meetings to cultivate leadership for students and those who teach them. Meetings begin with celebrations, personal and professional, then continue with brief leadership development modules led by an energetic and passionate in-house facilitator from the Office of Educator Effectiveness. During this time, the principals are encouraged to interact with each other and engage in meaningful dialogue designed to bring creative strategies forward that remove barriers to learning for students. The meeting—usually slated for a half-day—is designed to empower, encourage, build upon best practices, and promote collaboration and  innovation.

Kathy Price, Executive Director for Educator Effectiveness, leads these powerful units of knowledge-sharing. “We’re trying to change before we have to and be more intentional about that.”
Change what?  For Johnston County Public Schools, it means being in a mode of continuous improvement, re-defining leadership, and promoting teaching and learning with relationships, relevance, and innovation as the basis of the work.

Dana Jernigan, also a Johnston County Public Schools professional learning facilitator, shared with the principals that, “Great leaders affirm worth and potential, clarify expectations and accountability, and are a source of help who remove barriers.”

For more information, visit the Office of Educator Effectiveness at or please call: Kathy Price, Executive Director of Educator Effectiveness at 919.934.4082 x4004.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Veterans Day

For the past decade Johnston County Public Schools has honored our local veterans with a special Veterans Day celebration program.

The 2017 celebration will be held on Friday, Nov. 10, at Smithfield-Selma High School. The program begins at 11 a.m. and takes place in the school's gymnasium.

The event is completely student led and is a joint effort by our high school JROTC cadets, All-County Chorus, and All-County Band. All Johnston County veterans are welcome to attend.

Monday, October 30, 2017


Monday, October 23, 2017

Red Ribbon Week

Monday, October 16, 2017

People to People Day

Monday, October 9, 2017

Your Board of Education Meeting

Monday, October 2, 2017

Dropout Prevention Month

Monday, September 25, 2017

Teaching and Learning Coaches

Monday, September 18, 2017

Growth Mindset for Teachers

Monday, September 11, 2017

Remembering 9/11 Through Service

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Innovative Classroom

Monday, August 28, 2017

Welcome Back

Monday, August 21, 2017

Energy, Excitement, and Smiles

Monday, August 14, 2017

August Board Meeting Updates

Monday, August 7, 2017


Monday, July 31, 2017

Pondering an Innovator's Mindset

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Find Time to Read a Good Book

Monday, July 24, 2017

Budget Discussions

Monday, July 17, 2017

Year Round School Begins

Buses take to the road on Thursday, July 20, as West Smithfield Elementary and South Smithfield Elementary begin the 2017-2018 school year.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

School Improvement Efforts

Monday, July 10, 2017

Leadership 2017

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Fourth of July

Monday, June 19, 2017

Summer Meals and EQuIP

Monday, June 12, 2017

Dollars and Cents

Monday, June 5, 2017

Congratulations Class of 2017

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Exciting Partnerships

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Promoting Patriotism in JCPS

Monday, May 15, 2017

May Board Meeting Highlights

Monday, May 8, 2017

Employee Appreciation Week

Monday, May 1, 2017

National Principals' Day

Monday, April 24, 2017

Lab School

Monday, April 17, 2017

April Board Meeting Highlights

Friday, April 7, 2017

Spring Break

Monday, April 3, 2017

Career and Technical Education in JCPS

CTE Concentrators are College and Career Ready
NC secondary Career and Technical Education (CTE) empowers students to be successful citizens, workers and leaders in a global economy.  JCPS CTE served 21,211 enrollees (grades 6-12) in 2015-2016 by preparing them for high-wage, high-skill, and high-demand occupations and further education.

CTE Enrollment
Agriculture Education
Business, Finance and Information Technology Education
Career Development
Family and Consumer Sciences Education
Health Sciences Education
Marketing and Entrepreneurship Education
Technology, Engineering and Design Education
Trade and Industrial Education

Technical Skills

Industry Recognized Credentials Earned by CTE Students

CTE Graduation Rate
Graduation Rate
CTE Concentrators in Four-Year Cohort
All NC Students in Four-Year Cohort

Further Education, Training and Employment
Former CTE Concentrators Positive Outcome

    Enrolled in a community, technical or junior college
    Enrolled in a four-year college or university
    Other post-secondary institution
    Enlisted in the military
    Employed-full time
    Employed-part time

% of CTE Concentrators that Agree or Strongly Agree with the Following Statements:
Career and Technical Education was one important reason I stayed in school.
Earning a credential helped me gain a job, internship or work experience.
Earning a credential helped me earn a better paying job.
Earning a credential helped me in my further studies or advanced training.
Ability to earn postsecondary credit helped me make decisions about my educational path.
Belonging to a Career and Technical Education Student Organization in high school helped prepare me for further education or employment.

* Education status of concentrators who graduated or left school in 2015, surveyed in 2016.

Monday, March 27, 2017

It's Budget Time

Monday, March 20, 2017

Kitchen Table Kickoff and Updates from the Board

Monday, March 13, 2017

Meet our CFO Art Stanley

Monday, March 6, 2017

Facilities Update

Estimated Cost
Cleveland Elementary
Roof replacement
Cooper Elementary
New 125 Ton Chiller
East Clayton Elementary
Replace chillers and cooling tower (HVAC)
Four Oaks Elementary
Replace Roof(Butterfly Building)
Pine Level Elementary
Replace Front End & Controllers (HVAC)
Selma Elementary
Replace Roof (Buildings 4, 5, 6, 8)
Clayton Middle
Roof replacement
Selma Middle
Roof Replacement

Replace Chiller (HVAC)
Smithfield Middle
Replace Roof
Clayton High
Demo & Replace Football Bleachers
North Johnston High
Replace Controllers, Hydronic Pipe Insulation & Piping, Gym Equip. (HVAC)
Smithfield-Selma High
Replace Controllers, Hydronic Pipe Insulation, Coiling Issues (HVAC)

Replace Roof
South Johnston High
Replace Roof (Main Building)
Meadow School
Replace controllers (HVAC)
Princeton M/High
Replace controls (HVAC)