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December 12, 2014

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While there is always much to celebrate in WCS, this was also a week of sadness because we lost one of our own. Please continue to keep the family of Emilee Hunter, a 2014 Hunt High graduate, in your thoughts. 

 
Slam Dunks

Environmental Educator of the Year: Wendy Daniel, AIG Specialist from Springfield and Speight Middle, was recently named the 2014-2015 Environmental Educator of the Year by the Wilson County Agricultural Center. Ms. Daniel was selected because of her dedication to helping students participate in Soil and Water Conservation contests and the Envirothon

Student in the Spotlight: Remember Benjamin Woodard - the student who met the Fish Tank Kings last year after winning a contest? Well he has done it again. Benjamin, a sixth-grader at Speight Middle, entered and won a Rocket 21 Dream Green Competition by writing an article about the dangerous practice of cyanide bombing to collect tropical fish. He just returned from a trip to Atlanta where he attended a press briefing with CNN's Larry King and Ted Turner; walked the green carpet at the Captain Planet Foundation gala; met Dr. Jane Goodall; and swam with the beluga whales. He is also being paid to be a environmental blogger for a year! Pictured is Benjamin (far right) with Dr. Goodall.

Focus on Safety: Picture this...there is a gas leak from an LP tank at one of our schools. What are the first five steps that must be taken to ensure the safety of our students? This is a recent scenario that employees from Wells and Elm City Elementary had to navigate at a Table Top Scenario led by Wilson County Emergency Management and the Wilson Police Department in conjunction with EMS, the fire department, the Sheriff's Office and 911 Communication. It is a powerful thing to be in a room filled with representatives from all these organizations and witness the collaboration as the issue is resolved. Every school is participating in Table Top Scenarios this year. 

Partnership Managers: Each school now has an employee focused on supporting business partnership efforts. These awesome folks are as follows: Angela Barnes (Barnes), Jennifer Polner (Beddingfield), Claudia Collins (Daniels), Edwina Lucas (Darden), Sonja Hayes (Elm City Elementary), Lee Grissom (Elm City Middle), Jay Wheeler (Fike), Colleen Raper (Forest Hills), Hope Sauls (Gardners), Tracy McAllister (Hearne), Dana Farris (Hunt), Christine Gilmore (Jones), Holly Smith (Lee Woodard), Donna Winborne (Lucama), Richard Martin (New Hope), Ginger Bissette (Rock Ridge), Heather Williams (Speight), Sherry Edwards (Springfield), Joan Malone (Stantonsburg), John Nichols (Toisnot), Karen Stephenson (Vick), Tina Gay and Rebecca Dixon (Vinson-Bynum), Kim Jones (WECA), Jennifer Alvarez (Wells) and Tonia Parrish (Winstead). 

Shout Outs!

1. Wilson County Board of Education
WCS welcomes Beverly Boyette, Debora Powell and Glenn Reaves as the newest members of the Wilson County Board of Education and also congratulates Dr. Christine Fitch for her re-election. We are fortunate to have a Board focused on the best interest of students, and we know the Board members will continue to lead WCS in the right direction. 

2. Jana Winders, music teacher, Lucama Elementary
Kudos to Ms. Winders for taking the entire Singing Cardinals Chorus to Winston-Salem to perform for the National Music Convention. This was an awesome experience for the students and a huge honor for Lucama to be selected to sing. Ms. Winders always goes above and beyond and everyone, especially Parent Layce Taylor, is appreciative. I also got an email from Parent Lindsay Jones thanking Ms. Winders for the fantastic job she did directing the second- and third-graders in their Christmas program - "We are blessed to have such an amazing teacher leading our music program at Lucama!"

3. Boys' Basketball Team at Darden Middle
Basketball Coach and Seventh-Grade Social Studies Teacher Hart Bailey had NBA Skills Trainer Coach Gilbert Abraham come in and work with his team. His expertise gave the team an opportunity to see what high level basketball is about. Coach Abraham also talked to the students about the recruitment process and the importance of academics in order to be seriously considered for scholarships.

4. Zoya Jones, Katurah Williams and Valeria Bailon, students, Beddingfield High 
These students from Beddingfield's Young Chef's Club competed in a Iron Chef Competition sponsored by the Wilson 4H and Agricultural Center. They came in first place in every category in which they competed! Zoya smashed the competition with her sweet potato creation, Valeria roasted everyone with her chicken dish and Katurah melted her components with her chocolate and apple dessert. 

5. Staff at Springfield Middle
Principal Pattie Barnes wanted to commend her staff for their creativity with student scheduling to allow time for PLC meetings, clubs and celebrations for students. "I have asked a lot of our staff members, and they have answered the call. I want them to know their work is appreciated and is not going unnoticed!"

6. Neera Bhat, ESL teacher, Stantonsburg Elementary
Ms. Bhat organized a collaborative project where the third- and fourth-graders became e-Pals with third- and fourth-graders in India. Using their Google Accounts, students created a presentation telling their e-Pal about their life in Stantonsburg. They have already received responses from the students in India. Because of this project, Stantonsburg Elementary has found one more way to raise global awareness for students and enhance their technology and writing skills. 

7. Laura Blue, custodian, Barnes Elementary
The staff at Barnes would like to extend Happy Birthday wishes to Ms. Blue, the world's greatest custodian. They are truly thankful for her and wish her many more delightful years!
 

8. Lydia Byrne, fourth-grader, New Hope
Lydia is the first ever gold medalist in the Newbery Award Challenge at New Hope. Fourth-grade teachers are challenging their students to read quality children's literature by awarding "medals" for every five Newbery books read. Lydia read 15 Newbery titles and completed three projects to earn this honor. 

9. Tonia Parrish, literacy coach, Winstead Elementary 
Ms. Parrish serves as the Communities In Schools (CIS) Site Coordinator at Winstead, and she applied for the CIS of North Carolina Readers Playhouse Pilot Program. Only three sites in North Carolina were chosen, and Winstead was one of the three! Because of Ms. Parrish's leadership and love for children, students will receive toolkits that include books and Kindles. 

10. Health Careers Club at Fike High
The Health Careers Club at Fike went Christmas caroling at Wilmed Nursing Care Center on December 4. The residents were so excited to have them visit. 

Opportunities
 

- WCS is partnering with Wilson Medical Center on health initiatives. If you are a staff member, please take a moment to complete this health survey


- Two of our amazing employees, Jessica and DeWayne Ward, are raising money for St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital. The funds ensure that families never receive a bill from St. Jude as their children are treated for cancer. Please consider giving to this amazing organization. Here is a link to Jessica's fundraising page.


CHEW is presently feeding 573 chronically hungry children each weekend. If you know of anyone who would like to make a financial donation, $5.10 will feed a child for a weekend. Donations can be mailed to PO Box 728, Wilson, NC 27894. During the holidays, encourage friends to make a donation to CHEW in someone's honor.

Comments on "December 12, 2014"

7/22/2015 12:24:54 PM CST

1. nehal said...

yes, there is always to celebrate the special day; enjoy with special birthday wishes on special occasion...

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