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December 19, 2014

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Winter break is here, and I hope you have the happiest of holidays! I wish you...
- All the laughs that an ugly Christmas sweater can bring - like the picture of staff at Elm City Elementary.
- All the magic of the season - like the excitement in Ms. Milton's kindergarten class at New Hope Elementary as they turned their classroom into a holiday workshop to learn about economics. 
- All the warmth of hot chocolate and goodies provided by PTOs to our staff members across the district - we love our PTOs!
- All the love for your fellow man and neighbors in need this season - so many of our schools have held food, clothing and toy drives. Mr. Shafer's class at Vinson-Bynum collected 150 canned food items, the Fike High Chorus provided a truckload of food to the Hope Station is lieu of admission at their concert and staff at Central Office bought dozens of presents for families in our schools
- All the JOY of being with family and friends that you adore and being reminded of everything wonderful about life. I was so moved to read about a Christmas surprise for Jones Elementary Teacher Lauren Byrum. Get out your Kleenex for the sweetest picture EVER! And I love that it ties into our new Tuesday initiative - Why I Teach!

At Jones, we witnessed a spectacular, tear-jerking moment on 
Wednesday. Lindsey Noulles, reading intervention teacher, and Lauren Byrum, third-grade teacher, realized they had someone in common. They both had a teacher named Helen Bissette who meant the world to them. Ms. Noulles arranged for Ms. Bissette to visit Jones and it had been 24 years since Ms. Byrum had seen her. The look on Ms. Byrum's face was priceless! Attached is Ms. Byrum's Facebook post and the picture of the two of them being reunited. 

Shout Outs!

1. Robin Bass, fourth-grade teacher, Lucama Elementary
Huge thanks to Ms. Bass for always giving 110 percent! She is the first one at school every day and the last to leave. You can expect emails from her at 6:45 a.m. or a message that she has scanned your child's AC Math at 9 p.m. Parents appreciate all that she does and how she stops at nothing to ensure that every child she teaches is successful. 

2. Principal Corey Walker, Lee Woodard Elementary
Parent Shequanda Anderson would like to thank Mr. Walker for always being visible and willing to help. She wrote, "I have never seen a principal who will take the time to go over your child's report cards with you and take the time to help you. Mr.Walker is a awesome person and principal because he cares about the kids." 

3. Wilson Board of Realtors
Barnes Elementary wanted to send the Wilson Board of Realtors a huge THANK YOU for contributing coats to students again this year. Their generosity was much appreciated! 

4. All-Pro Dads at Jones Elementary
At Jones, Principal Roy Henderson and Assistant Principal Tevis Harris lead a program called All-Pro Dads where fathers and their children meet the first Friday of each month for breakfast. Prior to Thanksgiving break, they held an All-Pro Dads Luncheon where more than 50 dads and grandfathers attended. It was phenomenal!  

5. Djimon Bailey, seventh-grader, Darden Middle
Teacher and Coach Hart Bailey wanted to congratulate Djimon on his huge academic success and for being the only student athlete in Wilson County to be selected to the Middle School Hot 100. This is for the best basketball players on the East Coast and Djimon is considered one of the best in the Class of 2020 by coaches nationwide. He works extremely hard in the classroom and on the basketball court. 

6. Fike High Staff and Students
Toisnot Middle wanted to thank staff and students at Fike for organizing a drive to provide clothes and household items for a Toisnot student whose family lost everything in a recent fire. These two schools do an amazing job of supporting each other!  

7. Elm City Elementary Staff
Principal Claudia Spencer would like to thank her teachers for being willing to try a different approach to parent involvement. Grade levels invited parents to come work with their child on an instructional activity that would allow them to help their child at home with reading and math. More than half of the school's parents came out to participate! 

8. Future Farmers of America (FFA) Club at Springfield Middle
Springfield is one of only four middle school FFA Chapters in the state, and the staff is proud of all they have accomplished. Club members recently received their FFA Blue Jackets and held a food drive to help families in need. 

9. Maurice Barnes, Student Intervention Specialist, Daniels Learning Center
The Beta Beta Beta Chapter of Wilson's Omega Psi Phi Fraternity recently awarded Mr. Barnes its 2014 Achievement in Education Award for Adults during the annual Founder's & Achievement Day Program. What an awesome accomplishment! 

10. DECA Club at Hunt High
DECA prepares emerging leaders for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management. Recently students in DECA at Hunt won awards at the District 3 Conference in Raleigh. Congrats to these students! Meagan Pettiford, Staisha Cain, Tyquesha Ford, Diamond Johnson and Khearyr Blackman.

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