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  • Click Here to see the entries from the 2019 Superintendent's Holiday Card Contest.Winner of the 2019 Superintendent's Holiday Card Contest The winner of the contest was Emma Smith from Central Davidson High School. Her card is show here to the right. Emma will be recognized at the December 2, 2019 Board of Education meeting.  Her original card will be framed and presented to her during that meeting by Superintendent Emily Lipe.
  • Davidson County Schools was fortunate to have three of our secondary students that were selected for the prestigious North Carolina Honors Choir, November 8-10, 2019 during the annual meeting of the North Carolina Music Educators Association Professional Development Conference. Josh Cook (Junior) from North Davidson High School and Tara Flury (Freshman) from Oak Grove High School as well as Frankie Ortiz (Eighth Grade) from Brown Middle were selected to participate in the NC Honors Choir during recent auditions.  These students sang and rehearsed with students from across the state during the NCMEA conference and present selections rehearsed in a concert for parents and music educators from across the state on Sunday, November 10. Selection for this choir is highly competitive and considered the highest honor for a middle school or high school singer in North Carolina!

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Aligning to North Carolina's Comprehensive Arts Education Plan

In December 2010, Senate Bill 66 directed the State Board of Education to appoint a task force of members from the Department of Public Instruction and the Department of Cultural Resources to create a Comprehensive Arts Education Development Plan for the public schools of North Carolina.


In today’s globally competitive world, innovative thinking and creativity are essential for all school children. High quality, standards-based instruction in the arts develops these skills and effectively engages, retains, and prepares future-ready students for graduation and success in an entrepreneurial economy.  Dance, music, theatre arts, and visual arts, taught by licensed arts educators and integrated throughout the curriculum, are critical to North Carolina’s 21st century education.

The S66 Task Force recognizes a Comprehensive Arts Education Plan to include the following three components:


  • Arts Education (arts as core, academic subjects)
  • Arts Integration (arts as a catalyst for learning across the curriculum)
  • Arts Exposure (exposure to arts experiences)

Comprehensive Arts Education Plan


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James DaughertyFor questions or comment, please contact:
James G. Daugherty
Arts Education and Distance Learning Program Specialist
Davidson County Schools
250 County School Road
Lexington, NC 27292
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Entries from the 2019 Superintendent's Holiday Card Contest
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