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January 30, 2015

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Shout Outs!

1. Rachel Sprecher, coordinator of grants and special projects, WCS
Ms. Sprecher came to WCS in August 2012 as a grant writer but soon established herself as much more. Her expertise in the areas of customer service, business/community partnerships, team building, facilitated leadership, grant writing and how to be an overall phenomenal human being have been such an asset to WCS. Her professionalism and sweet spirit will be missed. We wish her the best of luck in her new position as the grants specialist for Atlanta Public Schools in Atlanta, GA.

2. Will Benson, senior, Fike High
Good news just keeps on coming for Will. He has been awarded an appointment to the Naval Academy, is a finalist for the Park Scholarship and a finalist for the Morehead-Cain Scholarship. The next step for both the Park Scholarship and the Morehead-Cain Scholarship is to attend interview sessions in late February. And if that's not awesome enough, he will find out in March if he has been accepted to MIT.

3. Paula Furiness, coordinator for the Wellness Department, and Evan Sloan, assistant director for occupational health and wellness, Wilson Medical Center 
Special thanks to Ms. Furiness and Mr. Sloan for their willingness to partner with WCS on several health initiatives. They are meeting with principals next month to discuss ways to support staff, will be featured in health tip videos shared in OUR STORY beginning next month and are members of several districtwide committees to promote health and wellness. They would also appreciate your input in this health survey for staff:

4. Misty Watson, fourth-grade teacher, Elm City Elementary
Kudos to Ms. Watson for spearheading an amazing project through Sole Hope. On Feb. 20, the fourth-graders and their parents will trace and cut shoe patterns for children in Uganda. The patterns will then be mailed to Africa where the shoes will be sewn. Sole Hope pays the local Ugandan women a fair wage for sewing the shoes, which will be given out to children at the foot washing/medical clinic run by Sole Hope. In an effort to raise $500 to mail 50 pair of shoes, the  students are hosting a Black History Month/Motown Memories Program on Feb. 24 at 6:30 p.m.
5. Everyone/Everything Featured in The Report 
Sorry for the awkward title, but I didn't know how else to word it. The Public Relations Department, which I'm a part of with Maritza Figueroa, won a North Carolina Public Relations Association Award today for The Report - the newsletter that goes home with report cards. But we are just the messengers of all the news in that newsletter - so the award is for all of you! Congrats!

6. Staff at Wells Elementary 
Principal Wendy Sullivan would like to thank several staff members - Miranda Walls, Susan Nemechek, Nicole Boyce, Sallie Creech and Andrea Koufopoulos for their work in beautifying the school for the Leader in Me initiative. They have spent a Saturday and a much needed workday to spruce up one of the student bathrooms. Their work is much appreciated!

7. Fifth-graders at Vinson-Bynum Elementary and Art Teacher Demetrius Smith
Vinson-Bynum has a new partnership with one of its neighbors - Wilson Medical Center. The hospital has dedicated an area to displaying the artwork of fifth-graders. Plans are in the works for a night where the students can have a gallery opening. Pictured are some of the self portraits inspired by the works of Georges Seurat.

8. Staff at Jones Elementary
Staff at Jones are to be commended for continuing their efforts to support a charity every month. Teacher Christine Gilmore wanted to thank everyone for raising money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Pictured are some of the staff members wearing orange and lime green, which are the ribbon colors for leukemia and lymphoma.

9. Eastern Carolina Bennett College Alumnae Chapter
Vick Elementary would like to thank this alumnae chapter for donating scarves, hats and gloves to help keep students warm this winter. Special thanks to Wilson County Board of Education Chair Christine Fitch, who is a member, for delivering the items. The students were so excited and thankful to receive them.

10. Fike AVID Program
Students in the AVID Program at Fike recently invited students in the AVID Programs at Toisnot and Elm City Middle to Fike. They gave the middle school students a tour, talked with them about how beneficial AVID is in high school and shared how it has led to their success. The Fike students showed great leadership. Special thanks to Fike Teachers Kim Howard, Jill Wheeler and Katy Locke for their daily work with AVID. 

- Five WCS high school students are in the midst of planning a WCS Night for the Barton College basketball games on Feb. 7. Schools are encouraged to send as many students, parents and staff as they can for a chance to win $250. 
- The WCS Customer Service Task Force is seeking input from teachers. Please email me and let me know different ways that you engage parents. For example, calling all parents at the beginning of the school year or creating a private Facebook group for the parents of your students. We want to compile a list of ideas to share. Thanks in advance!
- Don't miss in harmony #26 on Fri., Feb. 27 at 8 p.m. and Sat., Feb. 28 at 2 p.m. at Fike High. Tickets are available in advance at the high schooll - $12 for adults and $6 for youth under age 18. This is a wonderful collaborative concert highlighting our talented high school students and a fundraiser for our BFF - the Wilson Education Partnership.  

- The Wilson County Department of Social Services is offering free tax service for those who meet the guidelines. 
- The AIG Program is hosting a McTeacher Night on Feb. 4 from 5-8 p.m. at the McDonald's on the corner of Forest Hills and Raleigh Road in Wilson. The proceeds will help fund AIG Discovery Day in April. Make sure to pick up some Happy Meals!

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