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The Roanoke Rapids Graded School District truly felt the outpouring of love from our Roanoke Rapids community. 

We are so thankful for our school counselors who do such an amazing job supporting our students — and our staff — throughout the year but especially during trying times. 

Last week was National School Counselor Week, and we celebrated Kendra Floyd (Belmont Elementary School), Delaney Clark (Manning Elementary School), Anna Short (Chaloner Middle School), Angie Rowe (Roanoke Rapids Early College), and Jessica Elias and Sabrina Hunter (Roanoke Rapids High School).

We had an early release day on Thursday, so our students and staff could attend the funeral for second-grade student Tristian Williams. Please continue to keep Tristian’s family, friends, and school staff in your thoughts and prayers.

The Ryan Barrett Memorial Foundation met its goal of 100 people giving $28 in memory of Ryan to commemorate his 28th birthday. 

The Foundation used the funds to supply items for children in need at Manning Elementary School. Roanoke Rapids High School SkillsUSA students and staff came to Manning Elementary School to surprise the staff with a cart full of snacks and a beautiful card sharing their love, support, thoughts, and prayers.

We celebrated the 100th Day of School on Friday. 

Our elementary school students enjoyed it in various ways. Some of those ways included dressing up as if they were 100 years old or wearing a shirt with 100 things on it. 

Belmont Elementary School surprised the students with a sign in front of the school for the 100th day and challenged students with finding 100 Belmont Bees hidden around campus. Once a bee was found, students matched their number on the chart. 

Students from all grade levels enjoyed this activity!

Belmont Elementary School recognized students for their achievement and growth on their recent awards day. 

We are also so proud of our four Belmont teachers who were recognized for being one of the top 25 percent in the entire state of North Carolina for their growth scores from the 2022-23 school year. 

Mary Durham achieved that recognition for reading. Stephanie Taylor achieved that recognition for math. Libby Ogburn achieved that recognition for math. Sydnee Clements achieved that recognition for reading.

Chaloner Middle School Grade 8 students toured Roanoke Rapids High School and Roanoke Rapids Early College to prepare for their very first high school registration. 

They visited elective classes where high school teachers and students talked to them about their programs. 

The eighth grade students even learned how to cut metal in a welding class. It was a great experience for all.

Roanoke Rapids Early College has some important events coming up. Applications for prospective students are due February 16, 2024. Senior/FAFSA Night will be February 21, 2024, at 5:30 PM. RREC will host its Beta Club induction ceremony on February 23, 2024, in the RRHS Cafeteria.

Roanoke Rapids High School winter sports are excelling in postseason play. 

Over the weekend the wrestling team competed in 1A/2A regionals, and the boys swim team competed in the 1A/2A state finals. 

Four RRHS band students auditioned and were selected for the UNC-Greensboro Honor Band: Jackson Hasty, Clarinet; Jordan McCain, Tuba; Ashleigh Moseley, Tuba; and Caleb Hargrave, Trumpet. 

Abygail Magana, Jackson Hasty, and Jordan McCain were selected for the Eastern District All-District Band Concert. They will be traveling to Greensboro on February 22-24 for a clinic and concert performance. 

RRHS participated in the second annual Men’s Choir Festival conducted by Dr. James Franklin at East Carolina University. We are so proud of our students!

Lastly, our Board of Trustees will have Committee Meetings on Tuesday night. The Policy Committee and Finance and Personnel Committee will meet at 6 p.m. in Building A; the Curriculum Committee will meet at 7 p.m. in Building A; and the Facilities and Safety Committee will meet at 7 p.m. in the boardroom. 

All meetings are open to the public.