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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

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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

March is National Reading Month!
Mark Steelman

Enclosed are reading calendars for all grades. Check it out!

With March being National Reading Month and to celebrate literacy with our children, we have created a calendar of ideas and activities for our families and their children to share each day during the month of March.

Click the buttons at the bottom of this article to get some great reading ideas for elementary, middle and high school students and their families.

Literacy continues to be a focus in our district's Strategic Plan. You can read about our Strategic Plan - 2017-2020 on the Superintendent's webpage.

As always, thank you for your support as together we encourage our children to be extraordinary readers both at school and at home.

March Literacy Calendar in English

Calendario De Lectura De La Primaria Marzo


Southeast Community Student Showcase Exhibition
Mark Steelman

Here is the Student Showcase Schedule for student exhibitions that are being held in each of our community school areas. Be sure to mark your calendars and let our students show you their work and projects.

Inspiring, Innovative and Engaging – this describes the concept of 'Community Schools' being implemented across our community.

Below is a photo taken at the "Student Showcase Exhibition" event that was held recently at Jesse Carson High School for the Southeast Community Schools.

students demonstrate their work at the Southeast Community Student Showcase


Within RSS we have six (6) community areas: North, South, East, West, Salisbury, and Southeast. We are personalizing the learning experience for children and families through our Community Schools by following your child from Kindergarten through high school. We may all fall under the larger umbrella of Rowan-Salisbury, but we have smaller Community Schools focusing on providing a family-centered environment for giving children the best education possible.


Here is the Student Showcase Schedule for student exhibitions that are being held in each of our community school areas. Be sure to mark your calendars and let our students show you their work and projects.

February Extraordinary Readers of the Month
Mark Steelman

Honoring students in our district that have achieved the goals of being an “Extraordinary Reader.” One student from each of our 35 schools is honored during Celebrations for achieving reading success for February.

Honoring students in our district that have achieved the goals of being an “Extraordinary Reader.” One student from each of our 35 schools is honored during Celebrations for achieving reading success for February.

Top Extraordinary Readers with principal and board

District Grade-Level Winners

Elementary - Karter Conkel - Overton Elementary

Middle - Stephany Hernandez-Cuevas - West Rowan Middle

High - Noah Wiles - East Rowan High

Extraordinary Elementary Readers, first half of schools with principals and board

Elementary Extraordinary Readers with principals photo 2

Elementary Students

Gavin Daniel
Lenin Romero
Romey Gaeta
Kyson Gardner
Sophia Corporan
Lucia Bettoli
LaBryan Kerns
Don'yae Armstrong
Diego Beltran
Nayeli Cruz
Jaylon Edwards
Daniel Sloop
Carter Bellows
Gage Paul Webb
Caleb Jones
Salim Shamman
Karter Conkel
Keaton Walker
Levi Frick
Claire Nance

Middle School Extraordinary Readers for February

Middle School Students

Jacqueline Montelongo-Pacheco
Zenon Quiroz
Jennifer Pleitez
Sherlhyn Mejia Rub
Ze'lexia Vinson
Abby Lee
Stephany Hernandez Cuevas

High School Extraordinary Readers for February

High School Students

Noah Wiles
Jabril Sharpe-Corum
Mayra Rebollar
Zinahji Goodjohn
Asantwa Smith
Joseph Kun
Sebastian Ceballos
Katlyn Wickes

2018-2019 Calendars
Mark Steelman

The Rowan-Salisbury Board of Education unanimously approved to adopt the 2018-2019 Traditional School Calendar and the 2018-2019 Rowan County Early College Calendar on February 26, 2018.

The Rowan-Salisbury Board of Education unanimously approved to adopt the 2018-2019 Traditional School Calendar and the 2018-2019 Rowan County Early College Calendar on February 26, 2018.

Click the thumbnail images for full size:

picture of new calendar. Click for PDF version      RSS Parent Calendar image. Click for PDF Version

Calendar Highlights

Through the work of the calendar committee and after receiving input from families, staff, students, and the community, the Board approved a calendar that includes the first day of school for students on Monday, August 27, 2018 and the last day of school for students on June 7, 2019.

Other highlights include:

  • Three Early Release Days:  Nov. 20, Dec. 21 and June 7. On Early Release Days, RSS schools dismiss two and one-half hours early
  • No School-Teacher Workday on Election Day – Nov. 6, 2018
  • Winter Break-Christmas Holidays for students: Dec. 24-Jan. 4 (two full weeks)
  • First day of classes after Winter Break: January 7th
  • Spring Break: April 19 – April 26

High School Exams Before Christmas Break

The approved calendar reflects resolving all the issues brought forward except for administering high school exams prior to Christmas Break.

After receiving input from high school families, reviewing different scenarios, and considering what is in the best interest of our students, the decision was made that there was not enough time to implement this option with fidelity. Because the calendar law does not allow school to begin earlier than August 27th, the first semester would have consisted of 78 instructional days, with 100 instructional days in the second semester.

The Board has previously passed resolutions requesting calendar flexibility and will continue to advocate for an earlier start calendar.

Snow Make-Up Days
Mark Steelman

Make-Up Days
Monday, Jan. 22, 2018 (for Jan. 17)
Monday, Feb. 19, 2018 (for Jan. 18)

Early College Make-Up Days
Tuesday, May 22, 2018 (for Jan. 17)
Wednesday, May 23, 2018 (for Jan. 18)

Waived Days
Jan. 19


Rowan-Salisbury Schools


Students in the Rowan-Salisbury Schools recently missed three (3) instructional days due to inclement weather conditions during a period of time from January 17-19, 2018.

Superintendent Dr. Lynn Moody announces the following make-up schedule that reflects these three (3) student instructional days missed during this time:

Make-Up Days
Monday, January 22, 2018 (for January 17)
Monday, February 19, 2018 (for January 18)

Early College Make-Up Days
Tuesday, May 22, 2018 (for January 17)
Wednesday, May 23, 2018 (for January 18)

Waived Days
The remaining missed student instructional day will be waived for students. (for January 19)

This decision is based on the best instruction for students being held on regular scheduled make-up days and not on Saturdays, Spring Break or at the end of the school year.

Dr. Moody thanks the RSS families and community for their support while making critical decisions regarding the safety of our students and staff.