book fairDawson Elementary School's Book Fair is coming to town from November 3rd through Novemember 7th.  If you want to make purchases on line, you may do so from October 29-November 18 at: We'll see you there!!


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  October 2014  
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Dawson Elementary School had is first official club meeting on Friday, October 10, 2014. Faculty and Staff club sponsors met with students on Friday, September 26 to invite students to join, but October 10th was the first day that clubs were officially active.  The chess club (pictured above), which is sponsored by Troy Moore, had its first chess match of the year between Truston Rawlins (4th grade) and Righteous Boulden (4th grade).  The step team, sponsored by Benita Hewlin, practiced the basics of a step dance routine, while the literary club, sponsored by Inger Hill and Hazel Blout discussed plans for a field trip to see a play and setting times to read to the younger children.  The yoga club, sponsored by Jennifer Arnold, relaxed and practiced stretches on front lawn as the flag football team, sponsored by Jesse Crutchfield and Shane Dongilli, got ready for a showdown not far away.  It was a day full of excitement and anticipation as well as productivity and extracurricular activities.  Dawson looks forward to many more exciting club days throughout the academic year.  Other Halifax county employees are invited to join us on our next club day to observe or partake in the activities.  Our next meeting will be on Friday, October 24th. For more photos from club day, please go to the photo gallery in the top right corner of the homepage. (à bientôt)

CATCHA C.A.T.C.H. representative from the Halifax County Public Health System visited Dawson Elementary School on October 15, 2014 to help kick-start the CATCH initiative. The CATCH Program brings schools, families, and communities together to teach children how to be healthy for a lifetime. CATCH (Community Approach To Child Health) attempts to reinforce healthy behaviors through the combined, coordinated approach in the classroom, in the cafeteria, in physical education, at home and after school. This week the Dawson students and staff have done many activities to promote healthy eating.  Pre-school through second grade drew pictures of their favorite fruit and wrote a sentence about why it is their favorite fruit while 3-5 grade wrote a paragraph about their favorite fruit and why it is their favorite fruit. During the time that the representative was present at Dawson, she focused on explaining what the different categories of foods are: Go (healthy foods), Slow (foods that can be healthy, but we shouldn't eat too much of it), and Whoa (foods that are unhealthy and low in nutrition). She had the children to think of different foods that would fit each category. She also encouraged physical activity by having children do jumping jacks and play a game of hot potato to get them moving.  During the physical activity, she would often have the children "freeze," give her the name of a certain food, and tell her the category that it falls in.  Dawson's Kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Hockaday, expressed her satisfaction with the CATCH presentation this morning. "I thought is was engaging," said Mrs. Hockaday said, "she [the CATCH representative] made it age appropriate." The representative's visit was a success, and helped to boost the health moral of Dawson Elementary School.   Ms. Queen Boyd, preschool teacher, was also impressed. "She held their attention. She had a lot of hands-on activities, and I think the children understood what Go, Slow, and Whoa foods are," said Boyd.  Now the Dawson family is ready to move full speed ahead into a healthy lifestyle!


Dawson Elementary School would like to Congratulate Kevisha Johnson (in the video above)for earning the October Student of the Month Award.  Kevisha is in fourth grade and was chosen by her teachers because she is always positive, respectful, hard-working, and uplifting to her peers.  Congratulations, Kevish, and please keep up the good work!

Andrea Dagnalan
Dawson Congratulates our 2014-2015 Teacher of the Year, Ms. Andrea Dagnalan.  She is the second runner-up for the District's Teacher of the Year Award.  Ms. Dagnalan teaches Exceptional Children at Scotland Neck Primary School and Dawson Elementary School.  She is a native of the Philippines. She received an AB Social Science/Political Science/Sociology degree from the University of the Philippines. She received a Masters of Arts Degree in Special Education from the University of Manila.  She is currently engaged and has a two-year of daughter. Ms. Dagnalan, we are very proud of you, and we are delighted to have you on our staff. Please keep up the good work!! 


Welcome to Dawson Elementary

 Dawson Elementary School is located in a quiet, rural area of northeastern North Carolina on the boarder of Enfield and Scotland Neck. It currently serves 135 students has 27 employees including grade level teachers, Exceptional Children (EC) teachers, teacher assistants, a nurse, counselor, school librarian, custodian, cafeteria staff, physical education teacher, and an in-school suspension coordinator. The current building was built between 1957 and 1961 near the same area were the second Dawson Elementary was built.  However, the first Dawson Elementary School was built in 1910 and was an old wooden building known as the Masonic Lodge.  Sometimes Cedar Creek Baptist Church (still located next to the school)  was used as a classroom in Dawson's early days.  The second Dawson Elementary School was built in 1940 and was made of cinder blocks.  Today, Dawson Elementary School is built of bricks, and still stands to serve and educate.

Here is a list of Dawson's principals from 1910 until the present: Mr. Steptoe, Mrs. Malissa Smith (Addie's principal as a child), Mr. Patterson, Mr. Mcgacheah, Mr. C. Carraway, Mr. Dandee Clark, Mrs. Cooke, Mr. R.L. Solomon, Mr. Ronald Hayste, Mrs. Arjonah Balmer, Ms. Archibald, Ms. Arrington, and Mrs. Aimee Richardson. (As Addie and I conduct further research on the principals, names will be added if there are any, and the order will be corrected).

Addie (Historian)                         Addie and House Born In
The history of Dawson was provided by Mrs. Addie Clark Bobbitt Draughan (pictured above) who was born and raised a stone's throw away from Dawson in a house that still stands.  She is a local historian and author.  She has written and published several novels as well as several books of poetry. Mrs. Addie, born March 10, 1922, is a long time member of Cedar Creek Baptist Church and graduated from Dawson's seventh grade class in 1939. Afterwards she attended grades 8-11 at the Franklin Center at Bricks in Whitakers, NC. Lastly, she graduated from Brawley High school. We are very grateful to Mrs. Addie for provided information about Dawson elementary School's history that few are alive to tell about.  Thank you, Mrs. Addie, and you are invited to Dawson anytime!

 Dawson's Operational Hours are from 7:30am until 4:00pm.


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