On December 12, Project Hope cadets participated in the annual Red Springs Christmas parade. Nine cadets met at Red Springs High School to brave the cold weather.
The cadets were honored to march behind our principal Mrs. Vivian Tyndall and our secretary Mrs. Desiree McGeachy-Ray.
Mrs. McGeachy-Ray chauffeured Mrs. Tyndall in a snazzy convertible provided by Bleecker of Red Springs. The cadets were kept in step by Cadet Jakia Oxendine and Cadet Lennexsea Snow. The others who marched were: Logan Branch, Larhonda Chavis, Jamal Galbreath, Tyler Hammonds, Aaliyah Jacobs, Hailey Locklear, and Ladesha Mack. The Project Hope Instructor, Sgt Major Arthur Johnson said, “These cadets had lots of fun, and they did an outstanding job representing our school. I am very proud to work with them.” Thanks to Sarge and our Project Hope Cadets for a job well done!
Michael McCarrell was voted as December’s Teacher of the Month. Mr. McCarrell has been an 8th grade Language Arts teacher at RS Middle since August 2007. He took the scenic route to his teaching destination. Among other professions, he has been in the Army, owned a business, and driven a tractor trailer. His truck driving career ended after he sustained injuries in an accident, which he claims was not his fault! Mr. McCarrell then decided to return to school while working full time as well. Even though he believes college would have been a lot more fun without the adult responsibilities of working, he still managed to graduate cum laude in May of 2007. Although he took the long way around, we are certainly glad that Mr. McCarrell found his calling in the teaching profession and chose to work at RSMS.
The December Employee of the Month is Linda Locklear, the data manager for RSMS. Mrs. Locklear has been employed at RSMS for twenty-six years, sixteen of which she served as the school secretary. When offered the move to data manager she accepted and has held that position for the last ten years. Mrs. Locklear attended Robeson Community College and received a degree in Applied Science. She appreciates the chance to work in the school system and help to make a difference in children’s lives.
Our 7th graders have been hard at work on their writing skills. They have had several weeks to gather information about the topic and write an essay. Mr. Lawrence Ches, a 7th grade Language Arts teacher, has praised the work of many of his students, but was especially proud of Cheyenne Bickel. She chose to write about whether or not school uniforms would benefit our students in Robeson County. Originally, Miss Bickel turned in an essay that Mr. Ches deemed “skimpy”. After some tough love and encouragement from Mr. Ches, Miss Bickel returned a much improved version of her essay.
He was so proud of her improvement that he walked all over campus showing her work off to other teachers. This proves that with a little nudge from teachers, our students can and will put forth the extra effort it takes to work up to their capabilities. Cheyenne, keep up the good work!
RSMS was visited by Santa and one of his elves on Friday. They made the rounds and visited students in their classrooms.
Santa also spent time in the media center reading the old favorite, Twas the Night Before Christmas. They also sang traditional songs like “Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer”. I know all of our students enjoyed this special time of celebration.
Looking ahead: Jan 4- return to school, Jan 7- Basketball games at Lumberton (4:00), Jan 18- Holiday, Jan 20 & 21- Benchmark testing