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Instructors spend summer getting schooled

Common wisdom holds that teachers have it made in the summer, with two or three months off with nothing to do but go to the beach and spend money.The fact is that instructors do many different things in the summer. A few do spend a lot of time at the beach, but those instructors are in the minority. Some teachers, believe it or not, actually teach summer school in the summer. Others work on curriculum development, obtaining advanced degrees, or attend workshops and committee meetin...

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UNCP begins oral history project

PEMBROKE — Retired American Indian teachers aged 70 and older are invited to participate in a new oral history project of The University of North Carolina at Pembroke’s Native American Resources Center titled “Telling Our Stories.”The Resource Center, located in Old Main, has began a video project that seeks to capture the stories of retired American Indian teachers from Robeson County.

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Summer recess ends for schools

LUMBERTON — Tens of thousands of students and educators from across the county are getting themselves ready for a new school year, though some may be more ready for than others.“I am pretty nervous, I might make new friends but I don’t want to be separated from my old ones,” said Caitlin Nance, 14, who will be starting at Fairmont High School this year.The Public Schools of Robeson County on Monday will welcome 24,000 students back to the system&#...

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Top teacher takes trip to Japan

FAIRMONT — Ashley Berdeau often travels with her art and journalism students at Fairmont High School. Last fall, her work at the school earned her the title of the Teacher of the Year for the Public Schools of Robeson County and the journey of a lifetime.She was awarded a two-week trip to Japan through the Worldview program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. This summer, the St. Pauls High School graduate joined 29 other educators from across North Carolina w...

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Public schools to hold open houses this week

Students and their parents are invited to attend the following open house events across the Public Schools of Robeson County:— Rex Rennert Elementary School will hold its open house from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday. For information call 910-843-5298.— Fairgrove Middle School will be hold its open house from noon to 6 p.m. on Thursday. For information, call 910-628-8290.— Green Grove Elementary School will hold its open house from 3 to 6 p....

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UNCP recognized for green initiatives

PEMBROKE — In support of the University of North Carolina at Pembroke’s ongoing sustainability programs, UNCP is preparing to install two electric car charging stations in front of Lumbee Hall.Students are getting involved too, as members of the newly formed Greener Coalition attended the recent Appalachian Energy Summit in Boone on Appalachian State University’s campus.

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Educator blasts new state budget

LUMBERTON — A member of the Public Schools of Robeson County Board of Education had one word for state legislators Tuesday when the new state budget for education was discussed.“Idiots,” said Jo Ann Lowery as she listened to a report from the district’s chief finance officer about the recently passed state budget.“This is one of the first times in the 14 years I have been here that I feel unprepared due to some of the changes brought on by t...

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Schools get $4 million technology upgrade

This summer technicians across the Public Schools of Robeson County traveled from school to school working to upgrade various technologies. These changes included adding more than 1,300 wireless access points. These points allow any wireless intervention and expand access for students using laptops or any wireless driven device. This change offers the district more of a mobile one-to-one environment in classrooms throughout the district.

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School board to discuss new state budget Tuesday

LUMBERTON — The Board of Education on Tuesday will discuss the recently adopted state budget, which includes pay raises for teachers but also reduces by 22 percent the teacher assistant allotment for the Public Schools of Robeson County.The meeting, which begins at 6 p.m., will be at the system’s central office at 410 Canton Road.The state budget, signed last week by Gov. Pat McCrory, includes pay raises but also eliminates teacher longevity pay, and may incl...

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Officers get training in event of school shooting

The names of the towns Columbine and Sandy Hook evoke tragic memories for most in this nation. The former is a fading memory and the latter is still raw for many. For Sgt. Lewis Woodard, training officer for the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office and adjunct law enforcement instructor at Robeson Community College, those names validate the work he does every day to make sure that such tragedies don’t happen here.This past week Woodard and Detective Ricky Williams and Lt. El...

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Teachers being new journey in PSRC classrooms

Valerie Campbell is a new teacher this year in the Public Schools of Robeson County. The New York native lives in Southern Pines, but will teach seventh grade Science at St. Pauls Middle School.She enters the teacher workforce from another field as a lateral entry teacher. Campbell worked as a wildlife biologist for the past four years in Moore County. She says she was looking for a position near Fayetteville to be closer to family.

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Thursday event offers students free supplies

LUMBERTON — The summer break is coming to a close and the Public Schools of Robeson County is again inviting students to attend the annual Back to School Celebration.The event, which will take place from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Thursday,at the Southeastern Agricultural Center on U.S. 74, is estimated to attract more than 18,000 students, parents, volunteers and employees from across the county.Attending students will be given free school supplies, including book bag...

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