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Friday, October 31, 2014

October 31, 2014

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Red Ribbon Week: Our schools do an amazing job celebrating Red Ribbon Week every year with numerous fun activities - everything from wearing red to door decorating contests to one of my faves from Counselor Colleen Raper at Forest Hills Middle - giving out Dum-Dum lollipops with the message "Don't be a Dum-Dum, be drug free!" Thank you to all our schools for the lessons you are teaching during this week! 

Career Days:
 Career Days was held at the Wilson Fairgrounds this week for our eighth-graders. This is an annual event that introduces the students to our local business leaders so they can learn about the careers our community has to offer. Special thanks to all of the business leaders who were involved and to the WCS staff who organized the event with the assistance of the Wilson Education Partnership. Check out the photo album on our WCS Facebook page

Jones Elementary Giving Back: 
Every month, staff and students at Jones raise money for different organizations. This month, they raised $240 for the Pink Ladies of WilMed Healthcare Foundation by wearing jeans and purchasing Pink Pals shirts. Next month, they are raising money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. What an awesome idea! 

Wells Elementary Protecting Wildlife: 
The fourth-graders at Wells fell in love with sea turtles during a lesson with Art Teacher Susan Canady. They measured and marked off the size of an adult sea turtle on the hall floor and compared it to the size of the turtle when it hatched. Ms. Canady encouraged the students to raise money for Defenders of Wildlife to help protect the endangered turtles and their habitat. The class received a Certificate of Adoption and a stuffed sea turtle for their contribution. 

Beddingfield High's Commitment to United Way: For the sixth straight year, staff and students at Beddingfield raised the most money for the United Way. This is an amazing legacy, and we are so grateful for their commitment to this organization. 

Shout Outs!

1. Fifth-graders at Barnes Elementary and Dontae Jones from Channel 9 WNCT
On Oct. 14, Dontae Jones visited the fifth-graders at Barnes. He gave a wonderful presentation that helped the students understand the different types of weather. The next morning he recognized the students and wore the Bobcat Blue tie that they gave him!

2. SALSA at Speight Middle
To honor National Hispanic Heritage Month, the East Carolina University Student Association of Spanish-Latino Affairs (SALSA) visited Speight to talk with students about community service, college majors and salsa dancing. Students and staff learned basic dance steps and enjoyed being instructed by the students of SALSA. 

Beddingfield Band 
The Beddingfield Band is unstoppable! They were named 1st Place Overall Band in Class 1A at the 17th annual White Oak Band Classic in Jacksonville and also received awards for first place in Music, Marching and General Effect, second place in Percussion and third place in Drum Major. This past Saturday at the 35th annual Greene Central Band Day in Snow Hill, the Marching Bruins won 1st Place Overall Band in Class 1A and also outscored all bands in the Class 2A as well!  The band is under the direction of Keith Green.
4. Ian West, senior, Fike High 
We have another student who is Harvard bound! Fike Senior Ian West has been accepted to the prestigious college (last year Dejoie Peay from Wilson Early College Academy was accepted). Ian is also a state champion in pole vaulting and if he wins the state championship this year, he will be the first athlete in North Carolina to win the pole vaulting event all four years in high school. He will continue to compete on the Harvard Track and Field team. We are so proud of his efforts and wish him well. Kudos also to his teachers for their support and his parents, Sonny and Debra West. Sonny West is a social studies teacher at Fike and also a football coach and the indoor and outdoor track and field coach. 

5. Eighth-graders at Darden Middle 
The eighth-graders at Darden traveled to Washington, DC on Oct. 17 and were great representatives of WCS! They had a wonderful time - which is not surprising with Teacher Jennifer Parker in the mix!  
6. Cynthia Hardy, fifth-grade teacher, Winstead Elementary
Special thanks to Ms. Hardy for her many hours of preparation for Winstead's Western Day. The students, parents and staff enjoyed a day full of fun activities because of her dedication and service. 

7. New Hope Elementary AIG Specialist Arlinda Summerlin and Fike High Spanish Teacher Tom Haitema
Hats off to the collaboration between Ms. Summerlin and Dr. Haitema. Students in Dr. Haitema's Spanish V-IB class are teaching and afterschool Spanish instruction program for students at New Hope. It has been so successful that there is a waiting list of students to participate. The Fike students have developed the curriculum and are using a hands-on teaching style. 

8. Veronica Brown-Pigford, Exceptional Children Teacher, Toisnot Middle
Ms. Brown-Pigford's class won gold as the soccer champions at the Fall Special Olympics, AND Ms. Brown-Pigford was recently recognized at the Disabilities Employment Awards Luncheon as Educator of the Year! 

9. Wells Chorus at the NC State Fair
The Wells Chorus won first and second place for the second year in a row at the Folk Festival Music Competition at the NC State Fair!  Huge thanks to Music Teacher Anthony Thorne for his hard work with the students and to all the Wells staff and parents who chaperoned that day!  

10. Baby Bruins
The Baby Bruins at Beddingfield High have been busy this year! They planted strawberries with Mr. Glover's Horticulture class, learned about fire safety from the East Nash Fire Department and visited Vollmer Farm on Oct. 17. They had 100 percent parent support that day with some of the children having both of their parents in attendance! 

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