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November 7, 2014

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School/Community Partnerships
: Rock Ridge Elementary was presented with a check for $1,050 from Lee Motor Group Chrysler Corporation today. During the school's Fall Festival, 105 people test drove a car to earn money for the school through the dealership's Cars for Kids program. 

Talented Students
: We are so proud of two fourth-graders at Barnes Elementary - Kamafia Williams and Lauryn Knight - for designing the winning holiday cards for Bridgestone Americas. Their classes got to visit Bridgestone this week for lunch and a special presentation of the winning cards. Kudos to these students and Art Teacher Ben Gufford. Bridgestone has been using cards designed by our students for the past nine years.

Staff Support
: The role of employees at Central Office is to support staff in the schools, and five Central Office employees went above and beyond recently to do this. Vinson-Bynum Elementary wanted to thank Lead Curriculum Facilitator Wanda Humphrey for always assisting with READ 3D concerns; Fike High wanted to thank Senior Network Engineer Brian Wagner for being their hero when the bells and phones go down; Winstead Elementary Literacy Teacher Tonia Parrish wanted to thank Technology Facilitator Natalie Mercer for helping her create a video presentation for a state conference; Wells Elementary Principal Wendy Sullivan wanted to recognize Coordinator of Grants and Special Projects Rachel Sprecher for her customer service and writing skills; and Vinson-Bynum Elementary Teacher Mandy Sullivan wanted to thank Coordinator of Web Communications Jessica Bailey for her patience and expertise in helping her to create a Weebly.

Shout Outs!

1. Talented Employees
We have so many crafty employees! At a recent craft fair, Katy Locke from Fike High sold bows, Debbie Joyner from our Print Shop sold centerpieces and wreaths and Colleen Raper from Forest Hills Middle sold cakes. Wouldn't it be nice if we had a list of our employees who had these talents and sold special items so the rest of us could shop with them? If you fall into this category, please email Amber Lynch, and she will put a list together. The holidays are right around the corner!

2. Josiah J., student, Barnes Elementary 
Josiah won a first place ribbon at the recent Black Creek Heritage Day Festival's Annual Art Show. 

3. Staff at Gardners Elementary
The Marketing and Communication Committee at Gardners would like to thank their colleagues for their participation, creativity and support for two recent events - the Howling Success Reading and Math Parent Workshop and Spirit Week. Both were a success because of the collaboration. 

4. Shannon Campbell and Sarah Boswell, social studies teachers and cheerleading coaches, and Amber Godwin, history teacher, Beddingfield High
The performance of the cheerleaders at a recent pep rally at Beddingfield blew everyone away! Kudos to the squad and the coaches. The staff is buzzing that it was the best performance they have seen in years, which is a testament to the time and dedication spent preparing. The performance pumped up the crowd. Kudos also to Ms. Godwin for planning an awesome pep rally.

5. Sherlyn Berrelleza, second-grader, Stantonsburg Elementary
Stantonsburg recently had a student transfer to the school from El Salvador, and he did not speak any English upon his arrival. Sherlyn volunteered to help him in class. She assists the teacher in making sure that the student understands what is happening and translates directions and assignments for him. She is eager to assist with whatever is needed and is also helping him learn English. 

6. Ethan Whalen, senior, Fike High
Ethan and 15 of his classmates are enrolled in a year-long welding class at Wilson Community College. Ethan volunteered to speak about the experience and gave a presentation to college instructors and middle and high school counselors. We are proud of Ethan for his initiative and for his willingness to talk about the experience.

7. Courtney Jernigan, sixth-grade science teacher, and Deborah Chandler, seventh-grade social studies teacher, Speight Middle
These awesome teachers dressed as twins matching from head to toe during Spirit Week, and the picture is just too precious not to share! 

8. Ivana Pina-Eatmon, Career Technical Education (CTE) teacher, Fike High
Ms. Pina-Eatmon recently became a CTE teacher at Fike after being a teacher assistant at New Hope Elementary. Her sweet New Hope students gave her a card that they signed and a Dancing Flower. They told her that every time the flower moves they want her to know they are saying hello and miss her. Ms. Pina-Eatmon has the flower in her new classroom and is always reminded of her former students. Awwww!

9. Lorena Gonzalez, second-grade teacher, Vinson-Bynum Elementary
Ms. Gonzalez is a wonderful teacher who truly cares about her students. Every week, she calls parents to let them know the great things their child is doing in her class. Parents never tire of hearing good things about their child and it also makes the children feel good to know their teacher recognizes what makes them special.   

10. Fike High Drum Line
Fike's drum line visited Toisnot Middle to kick off the school's first pep rally and unleashed some massive school spirit for the big game against Elm City Middle. The drum line also attended the game and cheered on the Hawks. Staff and students at Toisnot wanted to thank the drum line and Director Sarah Fenske for their support! 


- Here is a heads up about a unique event coming to Wilson on May 9, 2015Eyes on Main Street is an outdoor photo festival that will transform downtown Wilson into a corridor/gallery of large scale photographs by renowned professional photographers from around the world. Picture this - 100 huge photographs hanging in 100 store windows in our downtown for 100 days. The photographs will depict Main Streets around the world. Photography workshops will also be offered. To learn more, visit or

- Be sure to tune into Tarheel Talk on WRAZ Fox 50 at 6:30 a.m. Sun., Nov. 9 to hear the inspirational journey of Springfield Middle Teacher Jeremy Stevens as he discusses the book he has written and his battle with alcoholism. Here is the excerpt about him from his book The Devil Speaks Louder: Jeremy Stevens received his BA (Canisius College, Buffalo, NY) in 1993 and his MSA (UNC-Chapel Hill) in 2001. His meteoric rise to success as middle school principal in Wilson, North Carolina ended abruptly in 2006, when he began his journey through the hell of alcohol addiction, from jail to halfway house to homelessness. His visit lasted four years. 

- There are several WCS staff and students involved in the Playhouse of Wilson's upcoming production of Jesus Christ Superstar Richard Stover (Central Office), Michelle Hickey (Jones), Ansley Smith, Nick Griffin and Daniel Lowery (Hunt) and Rachel Martin (Fike). Performances are Nov. 14-15/21-22 at 8 p.m. and Nov. 16 and 23 at 3 p.m. at the Boykin Center. They are also offering a BOGO on Fri., Nov. 21 for all WCS employees. With a WCS ID badge, tickets are buy 1 get 1 free at the door! 

- WCS and the Minority Achievement Partnership invite all parents to a Parent Advocacy Workshop led by Superintendent Sean Bulson and Chief of Operations Eric Davis on Nov. 19 at 5:30 p.m. at St. John CDC, 639 Walnut Street. The workshop includes refreshments and door prizes.

- The NC Department of Transportation invites all middle and high school teachers and students to participate in the 16th annual Statewide Model Bridge Building Competition. The competition is designed to create a greater awareness of STEM education and its relationship to transportation careers.

- Mark your calendars for the Wilson County Middle School Honors Band Concert on Sat., Nov. 22 at 7 p.m. in the Fike High auditorium. This free event will showcase the most talented musicians in our middle schools.


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