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Scotland County Schools

September 2017

Please take the opportunity to check out the following information. Keep in mind that this is one of the many efforts to keep you 'in the loop' and informed about what's going on in YOUR school district.

Bright Ideas Grant due September 15

For more than 20 years, the Bright Ideas education grant program, sponsored by North Carolina’s Touchstone Energy cooperatives, has expanded learning opportunities in North Carolina classrooms by awarding grants to Tar Heel teachers for innovative, classroom-based projects that would not otherwise be funded.

Educators in grades K-12 at participating schools are eligible to apply. Maximum grant amounts vary based on the requirements of the sponsoring local electric cooperative. Interested educators must complete a formal application, which will thoroughly outline their project, and grant winners are selected based on a competitive evaluation process.

Each year, about 2,000 applications are accepted from teachers in a variety of disciplines including music, art, history, reading, science, career-planning and information technology.

The program offers a convenient and simple online application process. Click here for the application.

SCS has an app!

Download our new app! It's FREE and it only takes a few seconds. Go to your app store and search 'Scotland County Schools' or scan the QR code and download the app directly. Once you download the app, district and school information and updates will be right at your fingertips!

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Scotland County Schools

Convocation 2017

What an awesome celebration Convocation 2017 was...and what an inspiration our students and staff are each and every day! If you want to 're-live' the Convocation program and then the 'after-party' (you know you want to see your principal with Cheetos on their head again!), click on the link below to view the videos (thanks Rick DeLaunay!).

#riseup #wearescotland #scsgrowsgreatness


If you missed seeing the pics, check them out too!

'On the Road in Scotland County'

Each week, our community is highlighted during a series on WPDE, Channel 15's 'On the Road in Scotland County'. Each Wednesday at noon (and then again at 10:00 pm on the CW Network) the show airs and a segment is devoted to spotlighting Scotland County Schools. If you're not able to catch the program when it airs or if you forget to set your DVR to record the program, no worries, you can watch past episodes by visiting their website at Check it out!

OT Corner

Welcome back! My name is Karen Hunter and I am one of the Occupational Therapists serving students in Scotland County Schools. I have been a Pediatric Occupational Therapist for over 20 years and all of those years have been working with students with varying degrees of need within a school system. I have found that many people do not know what an Occupational Therapist (OT) does. The short explanation is I work with students who have been identified as having concerns with sensory processing, handwriting concerns or fine motor concerns in general. I think it is very important for all of us to have correct information to help our children in any way possible. This school year I will continue to give information regarding various subjects that affect our students and hopefully answer some questions that are out there but have not been answered….

One of the hot topics with the beginning of school is “Should my student use a “fat” pencil? The short answer is “no”! Short, small pencils are best for small hands. Writing with a small pencil helps build the muscle strength and endurance needed for coloring, writing, etc. Broken crayons and pencils and golf pencils are our friends! Not only does it help build strength and endurance it also helps them with a use of a mature hand grasp. Pencil grasp will be the topic of the next OT corner. If you have a specific topic you would like me to address please feel free to email

Mental Health Newsletter

Each month, Emily Smith, one of our school based mental health workers, posts a newsletter with lots of great information that is valuable for us all to be aware of.

Click here to check out the latest edition!

Frontline Employee Newsletter

Click here for the September Newsletter

Click here for the Employee Assistance Program Flyer