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Friday, November 14, 2014

November 14, 2014

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Kudos to every school being represented at the Wilson Education Partnership Adult Spelling Bee last night! We had a room full of superheroes trying to utilize their spelling powers. Congrats to the team from Bridgestone for their win! 
Slam Dunks

Title I RecognitionsFor the third consecutive year, Gardners and Lucama Elementary have been recognized as Title I Reward Schools. These schools are are in the highest 10 percent of all Title I schools in the state regarding student achievement. Way to go! Kudos also to three educators - Ginger Kelly (Rock Ridge), Esperanza Chavez (Rock Ridge) and Tonia Parrish (Winstead) - for presenting at the recent Title I State Meeting in Greensboro. They shared their expertise on extended learning opportunities for second language and migrant students. 

Brilliant Teaching
: Principal Jenny Hayes and Assistant Principal Sabra Green might 
be administrators at Hearne Elementary, but they will always be teachers at heart. When it was time to dress up for the Spook-Tacular School Dance, they came up with the idea to dress as Walking Thinking Maps to help promote the concept. The students thought the costumes were great. 
Honoring our Veterans: Schools across the district participated in various events and activities to honor veterans this week. At Wells Elementary, the kindergartners wrote letters to be mailed to troops and the fifth-graders wrote letters that were distributed at a local Veterans Day Breakfast. Students in the chorus at Jones Elementary performed at the Veterans Day Service at the Wilson Courthouse. At Fike, they have a new Spirit Rock to promote events and show Demon Pride. 

Shout Outs!

1. Ebony Artis, culinary arts teacher, Beddingfield High
Ms. Artis has built an amazing culinary arts program at Beddingfield this year. Her students recently treated the staff to a pasta bar and not only was the food delicious, but the service was impeccable and the atmosphere was lovely. Most importantly, the students took pride in what they had created. Ms. Artis is to be commended for helping her students realize their full potential.  

2. Allie W., Kayla H. and Tori J., students and members of the Future Farmers of America (FFA) Chapter, Hunt High
Hunt's FFA Chapter placed bronze in the National Food Science and Technology Career Development Event in Louisville, KY on Oct. 31. This is the first time Hunt has had a chapter compete at the national level. The students were tested as a team and individually on their basic knowledge of food science as well as their ability to apply this knowledge to practical situations. Congrats to these three students and Steve Emerson, agricultural education teacher/FFA advisor. 
3. Deputy Scott Drew, School Resource Officer, Fike High
Deputy Drew is respected and appreciated by staff and students and has developed relationships that support their safety and educational success. His commitment to the students extends far beyond the responsibilities of his job. He is a huge supporter of Fike athletics and goes out of his way to support every team - picture of Deputy Drew and the Fike varsity soccer seniors on right. 
4. Ginger Phillips, school nurse, WCS
Hearne Elementary would like to thank Ms. Phillips for taking such wonderful care of their students and for her amazing customer service - returning emails promptly, being on top of current events/student shots and communicating effectively with the school secretary and administrative staff. "She is the best nurse EVER!!" 
5. Parents at Lucama Elementary 
School Counselor Donna Winborne would like to thank four phenomenal parents - PTO President Layce Liles, PTO Secretary Jennifer Bailey, Tammy Thompson and Kelly Gregory - for helping her create, sort and distribute more than 500 Boo Grams at Lucama during Halloween. 

6. Lori Barnes, RITS/Literacy Teacher, Vinson-Bynum Elementary
The Third-Grade Team at Vinson-Bynum would like to thank Ms. Barnes for spending the past teacher's workday organizing, collecting and arranging leveled readers that were scattered in different classrooms. She did this to ensure that teachers had what they needed for reading groups. This act of kindness took a tremendous weight off the teachers and allowed them to focus on other tasks.

7. New Hope Elementary Staff assisting with the car line on Election Day
New Hope parents are very appreciative of the staff members who worked in the car line on Election Day. New Hope is a voting site, so there was extra traffic and visitors the morning of Nov. 4. Mr. Farmer, Ms. Kornegay, Ms. Beer, Ms. Stutts and Ms. Brabble took extra care to escort each student safely into the school.

8. Fike High students assisting with Career Days
Special thanks to students in Scott Thompson's Career and Technical Education class at Fike for setting up and taking down items during Career Days on Oct. 28 and 29. Those of us who have planned big events know the exhaustion associated with having to handle those elements on top of the actual event. These students are to be commended - Mason Goings, Andrew Finberg, Kyle Bailey, Andy Lee, Nick Patton, Kaemon Heath, Jeffrey Manuel, Jevon Manuel, Bobby Harris and Andrew Turdik.

9. Demetrius Smith, art teacher, Vick and Vinson-Bynum Elementary
Parents would like to thank Mr. Smith for bringing such enthusiasm and creativity to the art program at Vinson-Bynum during his first year at the school. In a short amount of time, the students have really made a strong connection with him through the way he teaches art and his love for the subject and the students.

10. Keith Dublin, band director, Hunt High
When Mr. Dublin learned of the need for a band director at Forest Hills Middle, he took the initiative to offer his assistance. He worked in partnership with Forest Hills Principal Cheryl Baggett to interview and select the next band director for the school. 

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