NRMS focuses on 3rd Grade Reading

(NEWS RELEASE) Nashville, NC – Following the Thanksgiving holiday, Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools will host a series of four parent meetings for parents of third grade students regarding the potential impact of the Read to Achieve legislation on student promotion and retention.

The meetings are scheduled for December 2 at Nashville Elementary, December 3 at Bailey Elementary, December 10 at Benvenue Elementary and December 12 at OR Pope Elementary.  Parents of students in kindergarten, first and second grades are also invited to attend the meetings.

“Read to Achieve is part of the Excellent Public Schools Act, which became law in 2012 and took effect this school year,” said Melissa-Dancy Smith, Executive Director of Elementary Instruction. “We want all parents to be informed of how this impacts promotion and retention for third grade students.”

The goal of the legislation is to ensure that every student reads at or above grade level by the end of third grade. If a student is not performing on grade level, he or she can enroll in a Summer Reading Academy that will be offered by the school district. Parents have the option to decline enrolling the student in the Summer Academy, but students who do not attend will be retained in a third grade classroom next school year.

Each of the parent meetings will be hosted in a town hall format. A moderator will pose questions to a group of panelists including school administrators, instructional coaches, directors and other staff. Parents will also have the opportunity to ask additional questions, as needed.

For more information on Read to Achieve, parents are encouraged to visit the Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools website,, and click ‘Read to Achieve’ on the district homepage.

Nash CC & Nash-Rocky Mount Schools Host Tech Showcase, October 25th

(Press Release) On October 25, 2012 from 5:30-7:30pm, Nash Community College (NCC) and Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools (N-RMPS) will host eighth through twelfth grade students and their parents at the Career & Technical Education Open House.

“The relationship between Nash-Rocky Mount Schools and NCC is a perfect collaboration of deliberate actions to prepare students and adults to become career and college ready. The Showcase is an example of this great relationship that exists,” N-RMPS Director of Career & Technical Education Pam Lewis said.

Attendees will explore classes that can be taken in Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools that align with classes and programs offered at Nash Community College. Held in the Nash Community College Brown Auditorium, the event will give students and parents an opportunity to learn more about the college application process, financial aid, academic programs, career options and more.

“This event proves to be successful annually with over 900 students and parents coming through the doors in NCC’s Brown Auditorium. The event is the epitome of a successful relationship between educational institutions and the business community,” NCC Associate Dean for Student and Enrollment Services Wil van der Meulen said.

Over 86 tables representing Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools’ classes, Nash Community College programs of study and other educational and business partners will give attendees a taste of the programs and classes offered through each entity. In addition, representatives from local businesses and industries will be there to share more about their organizations and the importance of a skilled and educated workforce.

For more information, contact Wil van der Meulen at 252-451-8392. Last year’s event photos and additional information are available at

Nash-Rocky Mount Schools seeks Feedback on Student Reassignment Plan

Nash-Rocky Mount Schools Superintendent Anthony Jackson distributed an email to residents Monday morning providing information on the proposed Student Reassignment Plan that has been submitted to the School Board for their review, deliberation and approval.

Dr. Jackson’s letter provided an overview of the purpose for the reassignment plan, along with the steps taken so far

As many of you know, the last time Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools underwent a major student reassignment process was in 2002 when Nash Central High School opened. Since that time, populations have changed and shifted, leaving some of our schools overcrowded and others underutilized.

In January 2012, the Nash-Rocky Mount Board of Education voted to analyze our student assignments and evaluate if reassignment was necessary to ensure compliance with the law and to more effectively and efficiently educate all of our students and better utilize our resources. A Student Reassignment Committee was formed to oversee the process and create student reassignment plans.

The Nash-Rocky Mount Board of Education is committed to making the Student Reassignment Process as transparent as possible. All Student Reassignment Committee meetings have been open to the public, and committee members have been accessible via email to address questions and concerns from parents and community members. As the committee proceeded in the development of these initial plans, community input was heavily considered.

Residents are being asked to participate in a feedback survey in order to achieve the following:

The purpose of this survey is two-fold. First, we seek your response to each of the student reassignment recommendation plans. Second, we would like your input on the process that we used for communicating with and getting information from parents and the community about the student reassignment plans, as we may use this process in the future.

Residents can participate by choosing one of the following options:

Nash CC Bookstore donates Backpacks to NRMS Students

From Press Release

Nash Community College is helping improve the quality of life in the Nash-Rocky Mount area by donating one backpack to Communities in Schools for every two backpacks sold in the College Bookstore. In the photo, Nash Community College Bookstore Manager Jay Quigley (left) and Bookstore Associate Joseph Davis (right) give Communities in Schools Volunteer and Community Outreach Coordinator Venessa Jenkins (center) a backpack donation. The College donated a total of 320 backpacks to assist local elementary and middle school children in need.