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Chipotle Charity Day on Thursday March 22
Jeff Kitchen

As part of the RCEC SGA Leukemia & Lymphoma service project we are teaming up with Chipotle to provide additional donations this year. Our school-wide project has raised $612 towards our goal of $750. You can donate to LLS from the following site:


You can also show the flyer below and Chipotle will donate 50% of its proceeds on Thursday, March 22 to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Thanks for your support!

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RCEC Student Application for Freshman Class of 2018-2019
Jeff Kitchen

Thank you for considering Rowan County Early College (RCEC) as your high school. Before completing an application, we ask that you give careful consideration to the information below to determine if RCEC is the most suitable educational experience for you. In completing the application, please make special note of the expectations you and your child will be agreeing to if he or she is accepted at RCEC.

Rowan County Early College (RCEC), on the campus of Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, North Campus, was established in 2007 as a collaborative effort between the Rowan-Salisbury School System and Rowan-Cabarrus Community College. The program was part of Governor Easley’s Learn and Earn initiative and is structured to provide successful, challenging and meaningful experiences for students identified as high ability who are not yet reaching their potential, are first generation college, have financial need, are traditionally underserved in higher education, or would benefit from an accelerated academic program.

Students in grades 9-12 will be offered not only the opportunity to earn a high school diploma and meet university entrance requirements, but they will also take college courses for which they may receive up to two (2) years of college credit.

What it takes to be successful

The student population of RCEC reflects and values the diversity of its participating schools. Some of the criteria considered in determining student eligibility are:

Above-average ability in areas of reading, writing, and math (reflected by standardized test scores, counselor and/or teacher recommendation).

• Demonstration of ability to make mature, independent, and productive choices and to succeed in college classes and high school college preparatory classes

• Desire to be challenged intellectually and committed to embrace education.

• Make education a priority over social and recreational interests. (teacher/counselor/student recommendation).

• Would benefit from an accelerated academic program.

Applications are due by December 13, 2017


RCEC Application (MSWord) (PDF)

Jeff Kitchen

Rebecca Rider- Salisbury Post


SALISBURY — Thursday’s test score release had a few additional surprises for one local school. Rowan County Early College, located on the north campus of Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, was the first school in district history to earn an A school performance grade.

“It is historic. …We did something really special,” Principal Patrick Hosey said.

But the school’s actual rating, according to the N.C. Department of Public Instruction, reads as “A+NG.” The acronym stands for “A with no gap,” meaning that the high school both earned an A grade and did not have any student achievement gaps larger than the largest average gap for the state.

Or, as Hosey summarized it, the usual data subgroups of age, ethnicity and gender had no noticeable performance differences between them.

“So those subgroups that you have are all performing on the same level. Which is kind of rare,” He said.

In fact, fewer than 25 public high schools in the state managed to achieve the same distinction. Approximately 88 schools statewide, total, were ranked A+NG.

“It really is exciting, it is,” Hosey said.

According to the school system’s seven-day count, Rowan County Early College has 239 students this year.

School performance grades are a state ranking system which rely on test scores and, to a lesser extent, improvement or growth of students. According to the N.C. Department of Public Instruction, the final grade is 80 percent test scores and 20 percent growth or improvement. The lettering performance standard has been in use for approximately five years. The A+NG designation was added in 2014-15 to address federal requirements that exclude schools with significant achievement gaps from earning a state’s highest achievement designation.

Published: Saturday, September 9, 2017

Link to original story

RCEC Spirit News
Jeff Kitchen

As last year was winding down a long-term project was coming to a successful conclusion. Rowan-County Early College students had often asked about having a Spirit Rock like other high schools, middle schools and even some elementary schools in Rowan county have on their campus.

Thanks to the work done by the 2016-2017 RCEC Student Government Association and last year's president Nate Brink the idea became a reality. Reaching out first through the RCCC SGA and RCCC College Environment Staff a plan was put in place.

Vulcan Materials offered to donate the spirit rock and provided a tour of their quarry in Gold Hill to select an appropriate rock. Jordan Littauer the Site Manager provided the tour and helped set up the delivery of the rock to our school. The rock was delivered and placed by Crane and Rigging Corporation. All of this was done at no cost to RCEC.

Special thanks to Dr. Carol Spalding, President of RCCC, the RCCC Foundation and Board, the RCCC SGA (Natasha Lipscomb & Dennis Rivers), RCCC Division of College Environment (Jonathan Chamberlain & Mike Robinson), Vulcan Materials (Denise Hallett & Jordan Littauer), and Crane and Rigging Corporation.

The rock was in place in time for the Class of 2017 to sign it and was decorated for the first day of school. It currently has it's first student/parent paint job and looks great.

Contact Mr. Kitchen or Mr. Hosey for information on reserving the Spirit Rock.

District News

New Principals for West Middle and Hanford-Dole Elementary
Mark Steelman

The Board of Education has approved the appointment of Stacey White as the new principal of West Rowan Middle School and Stephanie Sanders as the principal of Hanford-Dole Elementary. Congratulations and we wish you well!

Superintendent Dr. Lynn Moody is pleased to announce the Rowan-Salisbury Board of Education’s approval of her recommendations for the following changes in leadership for Rowan-Salisbury Schools.

Stacy White with family

West Rowan Middle’s new principal is Stacey White. Ms. White is currently an assistant principal at West Rowan High School – a position she has held since 2014. She started her teaching career in 2007 as a business and marketing teacher at West Rowan High, and she has been with our district for 18 years. Ms. White has completed the district’s Grow Your Own Leaders professional development program and served on the RSS Marketing Committee. She received her Bachelor’s Degree from Catawba College in Business Administration and her teaching certification from East Carolina University. She received her Master of Arts Degree in School Administration from Gardner Webb University. Ms. White is very excited to begin her new role as principal for the WRMS Bulldogs as she continues to serve the West community!

Stephanie Sanders and family

Hanford-Dole Elementary’s new principal is Stephanie Sanders. Ms. Sanders is currently serving as an assistant principal for the Winston-Salem Forsyth County Schools. She has held the positions of an instructional and curriculum coach, as well as an exceptional children’s coach. Her background has led her to understand the many diverse needs of all students in K-12 education. Ms. Sanders received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Child Development and Family Studies from UNC-Chapel Hill; she received her Masters of Education in Specialized Educational Services from UNC-Greensboro, as well as receiving an Add-On Licensure in Administration from Appalachian State University.  Ms. Sanders is pursuing her Doctorate in Educational Leadership from High Point University.  She is very excited about this opportunity and looks forward to meeting all of the Hanford Dole families very soon!

Renewal School System
Mark Steelman

Today the General Assembly passed an Education Bill (H986) which would allow Rowan-Salisbury Schools the opportunity to become a Renewal School System.

Opportunity for Rowan-Salisbury Schools

(Salisbury, NC – June 14, 2018) Today the General Assembly passed an Education Bill (H986) which would allow Rowan-Salisbury Schools the opportunity to become a Renewal School System.

The renewal school system model provides charter-like flexibility for all school sites within a traditional public school system.

I am excited about the possibilities and benefits of local educational control through the Renewal School System legislation,” says Rowan-Salisbury Superintendent Dr. Lynn Moody. “This bill gives traditional public schools the freedom to implement innovative programs with greater agility because they aren’t bound by restrictive state regulations.”

Over the next few weeks, the Rowan-Salisbury Board of Education and the RSS administrative team will explore the possibilities of becoming a Renewal System. If approved, Rowan-Salisbury’s 16 Restart schools and 19 traditional public schools would be given the same freedoms, allowing the district to operate with greater unity.

“I am encouraged that our state legislators are willing to discuss the possibility of expanded flexibility,” states Rowan-Salisbury Board of Education Chair Josh Wagner. “I truly believe that expanded local control will allow school systems to more adequately respond to the needs of their specific communities. While our engagement with this bill is still very early in the process, I applaud state leaders for broaching discussion on this important issue. I believe that it shows their commitment to public education in North Carolina.”  

Rowan-Salisbury Schools remains committed to personalized learning for all students. The flexibility of a Renewal System, combined with the district’s innovative strategic plan, will enhance opportunities for Rowan-Salisbury students to thrive in an ever-changing 21st century.

Those in Raleigh today from Rowan-Salisbury Schools include: Board of Education Chair Josh Wagner and Vice-Chair Susan Cox, Superintendent Dr. Lynn Moody, Chief Legal Officer April Kuhn, and Chief Strategy Officer Andrew Smith.

Mark Steelman

Graduates in the Rowan-Salisbury Schools were offered over $32 million in scholarships in 2018!

(Salisbury, NC – June 2018) Fantastic News! 2018 graduates in the Rowan-Salisbury Schools were offered over $32 million in scholarships.

Superintendent Dr. Lynn Moody stated that. “I am proud of our students and the support they have received from their parents, teachers, staff and especially our partnership in organizations like Crosby Scholars and with our local colleges. This amount speaks volumes to illustrating the community support that encourages our students to achieve the extraordinary.”

Scholarships for Rowan-Salisbury students has experienced a consistent and significant increase in the amount of scholarships offered to graduating seniors over the last several years. In 2013 almost $8 million in scholarships were offered to students compared to over $32 million offered during this school year.

“I am so excited for our students,” says Dr. Eisa Cox, Executive Director for Secondary Education for Rowan-Salisbury Schools. “This is an amazing total!  We have seen a steady increase in scholarships since our district invested in laptops for our students – providing families with more opportunities to make scholarship and grant applications.”

Students from across Rowan-Salisbury will be heading to colleges and universities both in state and out of state. “I am looking forward to seeing the successes of our students as they continue into this next journey in life,” says Dr. Moody. “I wish them all the very best.”

2018 Local Summer Camps
Mark Steelman

Check out these great camps available in Rowan County. They are filling up so please apply soon!

These are the camps we still have available slots. Payment can be made through Online School Pay or by stopping by Horizons Unlimited. Registration forms may be emailed to Kathryn Ender (Kathryn.Ender@rss.k12.nc.us). If you need more information, please contact me.

Culinary Camp

June 18th- 21st
Instructor: Neil Pifer

Does your student love to cook?  This is the camp for you!  We will learn the basics of food safety, baking, knife skills, and planning meals all while having a BLAST.  We will be working with the experts of Rowan-Salisbury Schools Food Service department and local restaurateurs who are leaders in the field of food service and hospitality.  Future chefs will be in the making!

Rising 8th-10th graders
$100.00 camp fee
15 participants

Advanced Coding Camp

(Open to Salisbury Community Schools)

Eligible schools: Knox, Overton, Isenberg, Koontz

June 25th- 28th
Instructors: Kyle Whisenant, Erik Barton, Becca Glenn and Jamesha Thomas

Learn how to create computer programs, dive deep into the language that your cell phone and computer uses every day. During this coding camp, you will work with drones, robots and game design. Transportation can be provided to and from camp if needed.

Rising 5th -7th graders
$10.00 T-Shirt Fee
30 participants

Creative Arts in the Community

Developed and presented by Rowan-Salisbury AIG Nurturing

June 25th-28th
8:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Instructors: Nancy Goodnight and Michelle Allen

Join us as we explore the community through the lens of the creative arts. Visual arts and writing will go hand in hand as we take daily field trips to explore our local community. Campers will learn the basics of photography and a variety of related art forms to compliment original writing projects while creating a keepsake scrapbook.

Rising 4th – 6th graders
$100.00 camp fee
25 participants

Art Exploration Camp

August 6th-9th
Instructor: Kyle Whisenant

This year’s exploration will focus on encouraging students to explore painting, sculpting and mixed media. They will learn various techniques for painting and new ways to create images. A field trip to one of our North Carolina art galleries will be included in the cost of camp. Come let your imagination take the wheel!

Rising 6th-8th graders
$100.00 camp fee
20 participants

Novant STEM Scholars

Eligible Schools: Rowan-Salisbury Schools Middle School Students Rising 6th-8th

August 13th-16th
Instructors: Neil Pifer and Kyle Whisenant

Campers who attend this camp will participate in a broad variety of digital experiences including coding, robotics, 3D printing/design, and immersive virtual reality. Each day of camp will provide an exploration of how each of these technologies is used in careers that require skilled technicians and specialist to develop their computational thinking.

Application Required/$10.00 T-Shirt Fee

40 participants accepted

Camp Invention Returns Again!

What is Camp Invention?

Camp Invention is one week in the summer where your child’s creativity, innovation, and problem-solving skills are challenged and developed in fun and exciting ways. Our top priority is to inspire future innovators and build their confidence in the natural ability to dream and create. Horizons Unlimited will be hosting Camp Invention again for two weeks (same offering both weeks) in July. Please register through http://campinvention.org/For more information, contact Neil Pifer at (704) 639-3004 or neil.pifer@rss.k12.nc.us

Offerings from our partners!


2018 Summer History Camps


(Rising third through fifth grades)

Session 1

Monday June 18 – Friday June 22
9:00 am—2:00 pm

Session 2

Monday August 6— Friday August 10
9:00 am—2:00 pm

Middle School

(Rising sixth through eighth grades)


Monday July 9 – Friday July 13
9:00 am—2:00 pm


Monday July 23 - Friday July 27
9:00 am—2:00 pm


(includes t-shirt, snacks, and supplies)

$150 per week, per camper
$130 per camper for museum members

For more information or to receive a registration form

Call 704-633-5946 or email tdcreel@fibrant.com

Salisbury Parks and Recreation


Patterson Farm and Market


NC Cooperative Extension - Rowan


RSS Cancels Classes for Students on May 16, 2018
Mark Steelman

The Rowan-Salisbury Board of Education voted to make May 16 an optional teacher workday. Students will not attend school on this day.

Details inside.

The Rowan-Salisbury Board of Education voted to make May 16 an optional teacher workday. Students will not attend school on this day. The board made this decision because of the shortage of available substitutes to cover the anticipated teacher absences. Teachers are requesting leave in order to support a rally for public education in Raleigh on May 16th.

Dr. Moody has closely monitored the escalating number of leave requests by RSS teachers throughout the week. It is critical that our schools remain safe while providing the highest level of instruction that we can offer to our students. Safety is our top priority, and there are not enough adults to monitor student instruction on this day.

This is how closing schools on May 16 will unfold at RSS.


Students would not need to make up this missed school day.


MAY 16 would be an optional teacher workday.


Parents should be encouraged to check with their child’s before and after school daycare providers for available options.


RCEC would need to operate on a regular schedule, since May 16 falls on the last day of reviews before their state exams.  The Early College follows a different schedule than our other traditional schools.


AP exams scheduled on May 16 could be rescheduled to another date according to the College Board. There would be a waiver for makeup fees and the results would still be delivered on schedule.  There is also an option to continue the testing on this date, if there would be certified staff available to supervise the process.


There are planned field trips scheduled on May 16 that could continue on schedule. Principals will make decisions on how to proceed.


Middle and high school conference and state playoffs would continue as planned – since these schedules are established by the state. Families would be encouraged to check with their schools to confirm the scheduling.


Many RSS employees are paid only when students are in school, such as teacher assistants, school nutrition staff and school bus drivers. They would have the option to take annual leave, take leave without pay or participate in training that may be offered on this date. These options will be handled by each site and through individual departments.


All RSS high school graduations will continue on schedule.  

We thank you for your support.

Lunch will be served from 11am to 1pm and will be free for students. You must eat at the school.

Elementary Schools

  • China Grove Elementary
  • Cleveland Elementary
  • Granite Quarry Elementary
  • Rockwell Elementary

Middle School

  • Corriher-Lipe Middle

High Schools

  • East Rowan
  • Carson High
  • North Rowan High
  • Salisbury High
  • South High
  • West High

Elementary & Middle School Menu

  • Cheese Steak Flatbread
  • Chicken Tenders
  • Tater Tots
  • Banana
  • Choice of Milk

High School Menu

  • Hamburger/Cheeseburger
  • Chicken Tenders
  • Tator Tots
  • Banana
  • Choice of Milk