Heide Trask High School
2011-2012 School of Distinction
2011-2012 School of High Academic Growth
14328 NC Hwy 210 Rocky Point, NC 28457
(910) 602.6810 (Office) (910) 602.6662 (Fax)
Dr. Steven N. Sullivan, Principal
Mr. Ben Thomas, Asst. Principal
Dr. Maggie Rollison, Asst. Principal
Mr. Edward N. Gilroy, Athletic Director
Mrs. Cheryl Griffis, HTHS Teacher of the Year
Heide Trask Recognizes Teacher of the Year
By Senior Alyssa Rockwell
"And the Teacher of the Year Award goes to Mrs. Cheryl Griffis," were the words that Mrs. Griffis heard from Principal Dr. Steve Sullivan. Being the Teacher of the Year is an honorable achievement. Since Mrs. Griffis was recognized for this award, she was immediately at a loss for words in her excitement.
“When I heard my name, I definitely felt like, ‘No, there was a mistake. I have not been here that long. I just got career status this year.' You can’t get nominated unless you are career status,” exclaimed Mrs. Griffis. In order to even be considered as being teacher of the year, you have to be teaching for at least four years, and then you are in the running. The teachers all voted, and Mrs. Griffis was the lucky one to be chosen.
Dr. Sullivan personally told Mrs. Griffis that she had won one day during her planning period. As happy as can be, Mrs. Griffis texted her husband and told him. She was still lost for words because this was her first year being qualified as teacher of the year and she had won. She was thankful for all the teachers that nominated her and voted for her.
“When Dr. Sullivan told me, I cried. I still can’t believe it, and I texted my husband right away. He was eager to put it on Facebook and tell the friends and family, but I told him not to because Dr. Sullivan still had to announce it to the whole school,” stated Mrs. Griffis.
The whole staff and student body is aware that Mrs. Griffis is always trying to make a student happy and wanting the student to feel like school is their second home. She also thinks that the best way to get to teach a student is to make him or her feel that he or she is welcome in school.
One of Calandra Shepard’s favorite teachers is Mrs. Griffis, and Calandra was beyond happy that she was voted teacher of the year.
“I missed two days in a row, and she called my house to make sure I was okay. I asked her to make me a cake for my birthday, and she said that she could not do it because then she would have to do it for everyone that asked. She did call me on my birthday to wish me a happy birthday, and I thought that was really nice of her,” exclaimed Calandra.
From a teacher's point of view, Mrs. Griffis was a great person to be in the running for teacher of the year. Mrs. Croson was ecstatic that Mrs. Griffis won because she does more than many other teachers.
“I think the staff recognizes that she puts a lot of time, not only into school, but into extracurricular activities such as prom, graduation, and special occasions. She has a passion for her students,” stated Mrs. Croson.
“I always want to see the students happy,” said Mrs. Griffis with a tear in her eye. “I am still lost for words and more than appreciative that I have been awarded with teacher of the year.”
Prom for Special Olympians
By Darlene Lewis
Heide Trask High students hosted the first county wide Special Olympians’ Prom on April 18th for elementary, middle, and high school students who participate in Special Olympics. The event was planned by the Titan Bridge Club using a $1200.00 Bright Ideas grant and several hundred dollars in donations and supplies from businesses across the county. Over 125 Special Olympians, teachers and instructional assistants enjoyed the “Once Upon A Time” themed event complete with characters from a variety of fairy tale and Disney stories.
Students from the art department created large character themed murals for the event, drama students presented a French puppet play, Drakestail, in the county auditorium, Latin dancers performed inclusive dances, and Foods II students served the catered lunch. The Homecoming king and queen of “Titantown” read a story and entertained the visitors during the activities. Bridge club members served as Ladies-in Waiting and assisted each school and ROTC officers served as guardians of the “kingdom”. Key Club, Band and HOSA members also volunteered at the event.
The Heide Trask Motto is ‘Teamwork makes the Dream Work” and this event was a very successful school service activity that was made possible by the support and talents of many Trask students and teachers. The Titan Bridge Club sponsor is Darlene Lewis.
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