Gaston & Catawba

Catawba Valley School Notes |

Cheryl Ann Frye was recently named Catawba County Schools director of secondary education.

Frye has served as a high school curriculum and instructional specialist since 2006 and most recently coordinated the high school writing plan and the graduation project master plan for Catawba County Schools.

She received her education specialist degree from East Carolina University in 2008 and is a National Board certified teacher. She brings more than 20 years of educational experience to the position.

Frye earned a master's degree in school administration from Appalachian State University and a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Lenoir-Rhyne College.

Catawba County Schools recently announced a change in bus routes along Little Road because of a bridge washout.

Students riding Balls Creek bus No. 187 and Bandys High bus No. 340 are affected for approximately three weeks.

Buses will travel as far as Albert Drive from the Mount Olive to East N.C. 10 side and will turn around at Albert Drive. The buses will then return to East N.C. 10 to Mount Olive Church Road to Country Acres and Little Road for pickup on the other end.. Details: 828-465-0470.

SAT scores among students in Catawba County Schools climbed 11 points above last year, according to results released by the College Board.

Statewide, N.C. students gained 3 points. The national average remained the same.

The Class of 2008 earned an average combined score of 1,013 on the math and reading portions. The state average is 1,007 and the national average is 1,017.

Participation rates for Catawba County Schools also increased from 56.4 percent in 2007 to 57.6 percent in 2008. Maiden High School saw the greatest increase in participation levels.

St. Stephens and Foard high schools earned the highest averages and had the largest percentage of students participating in the standardized test. Foard averaged 1,527 in the combined math, critical reading and writing score, while St. Stephens earned an average of 1,541. Bunker Hill High jumped more than 100 points in the combined score.

The Catawba County Parenting Network will offer a positive discipline program for parents of children ages 3-10 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday through Oct. 9 at Maiden Elementary School. Free. Childcare will be offered. Registration required.

Parents will learn the many causes and influences of children's behavior in this age group and come to understand their child's “thinking” stage. Several effective positive discipline tools will be discussed.

To register: 828-465-8151 or

Leigh Pressley