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Feb. 13, 2015

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Words of Wisdom from our WCS Teacher of the Year Jeremy Tucker
As I was looking through my Simon Awards folder from last year, I ran across Mr. Tucker's Teacher of the Year portfolio. I wanted to share one paragraph with you that I had highlighted and written AWESOME!! beside...
Outstanding teachers are able to create a learning environment that intrigues every child in the classroom, and I approach my classroom as a theater with audience participation. The scenes in my room paint a picture of the action (or lesson) for the day. At the beginning of the year, my students take direction from me. By the end of the year, my students feel empowered to direct their production within the classroom. From the first day of school, each student is in the cast. Every cast is comprised of culturally diverse students from different socio-economic and ethnic backgrounds. Although we begin the year with a script of individual parts, by the end of the year we are a cast allowing each other to shine in the spotlight of success. 

Shout Outs!

1. Students at Darden Middle
The media center at Darden hosted the third Makerspace activity on Feb. 4. For the past few weeks, students have been participating in team activities to collaborate and solve problems. Recently, they designed Valentine's Day wreaths, which were delivered to an assisted living center by the AVID students. Enough wreaths were created to hang one on every door at the center.

2. Elizabeth Herrera and Oscar Jaimes, seniors, Beddingfield High
Kudos to these amazing seniors for serving as the student ambassadors when Gov. McCrory visited Beddingfield last Friday to learn more about the Wilson Applied Academy of Technology (WAAT), an early college/engineering program opening at Beddingfield in the fall of 2016. Elizabeth and Oscar greeted Gov. McCrory at the door and answered his questions about their future plans. They also presented him with a birdhouse from Beddingfield. Click this link to view a picture of Elizabeth giving the gift to Gov. McCrory. His expression is great! Gov. McCrory also mentioned WAAT during his keynote at the Institute of Emerging Issues Conference this week in Raleigh. The word is out!

3. Springfield Middle Highest Attendance at WCS Night
Kudos to Springfield Middle for having the highest attendance at WCS Night at the Barton games last weekend. They had more than 70 people representing their school and earned $250. Picture attached. 

4. WCS Bus Drivers
Our schools have been celebrating bus drivers this week with cards, special treats, catered lunches and flowers during National Love the Bus week. Our bus drivers are often the first and last WCS employees our students see each day, and we owe them our thanks for their commitment to safety and efficiency. Lots of pictures have been posted on our WCS Facebook page - thanks Jessica Bailey! - so make sure to check them out! 

5. Grades 3-5 Spelling Bee Winners
After 15 rounds, Anna Grace Benton from Gardners conquered the word "technician" to win the grades 3-5 Spelling Bee held at Lucama Elementary this week. Congrats are also in order for the second place winner - Brilyn Honeycutt from Lee Woodard; the third place winner, Ryley Kite from Lucama; and the fourth place winner, Lauren Malaga from New Hope. 

6. WCS-TV Broadcasting Crew from Hunt High 
This crew and Teacher Grant Roberson are called upon constantly to film events not only at Hunt but also districtwide. Everything from the monthly Board of Education Meetings, safety scenario videos, customer service training videos, the Simon Awards and the Grades 3-5 Spelling Bee. We appreciate their hard work and dedication! In the attached picture from left to right is the crew that covered the spelling bee this week - Connor Rhem, RJ Cosimeno, Ansley Smith, Jacquelyn Holland and Taylor Harrison.

7. Third-graders and students in the Autism Program at Jones Elementary
This week, the third-graders at Jones have been selling lollipops and candygrams as a fundraiser. Behind the scenes, students in the Autism program have been involved making the candygrams, attaching the candy, sorting the orders by class and delivering the orders to classes. What an awesome collaborative project! Special thanks to Malinda Pennington, EC program specialist; Jessica Kyle, AU K-2, Christine Gilmore, third-grade; Karyna Parrish, AU 3-5; and Tammy Cooper, AU K-2, for their outstanding work with this project. 

8. Suzanne Colbert, instructional technology facilitator, WCS
Amy Galeazzi and the Third-Grade Team at Hearne Elementary wanted to thank Ms. Colbert for assisting in accessing digital textbooks, hosting "Technology Tuesdays" after school to demonstrate the latest educational apps, setting up Google Classroom for several teachers and diligently working to fix their wireless internet and syncing issues. Any time they need her, she is willing to help. The staff knows that she is assigned to several schools and appreciate her patience and hard work. 

9. Donna Winborne, counselor, Lucama Elementary
Staff at Lucama wanted to recognize Ms. Winborne for always putting the needs of students first. She knows each student by name and takes time to check on those who need a hug and a word of encouragement. She does a wonderful job with the school's SGA and teaches students how to become leaders and serve others. She leads the School Intervention Team and ensures that differentiated instruction and research-based interventions are implemented in the classrooms. The staff appreciates all that she does and feels fortunate to have her at Lucama. 

10. Kate Berry, fifth-grader at New Hope Elementary, and Morgan Norfleet, junior, Fike High
These two students were speakers at the recent Celebration of Girls and Women in Sports Day at Barton College. They were two of four student-athletes who shared what sports participation has meant to them. Here is the link to the article on Barton's website with a nice picture of the group. As an aside, Kate is the daughter of Wes Berry, city executive/senior vice prez of BB&T and one of our biggest WCS supporters!  


- Don't miss the Trio Fitness 5K Fun Run and Mutt Strutt this Saturday at 10 a.m. at Trio Fitness. This 5K benefits the Maggie Society Canine Rescue and Rehabilitation led by our very own Hunt High Spanish Teacher Laurie Brumfield. 

- It's time to start nominating WCS employees for Simon Awards! All nominations are due March 3 and winners will be announced at the event on May 7 at 6:30 p.m. at Fike High. Everyone is invited! The Nomination Packet is attached in Word or you can go to this link. Please email Amber Lynch your nominations! 

- Join us for the first ever WCS Glow Run 5K to benefit WCS staff, students and parents by promoting healthy lifestyles and fitness in our community! The 5K is scheduled for May 9 at 7 p.m. Feel free to dress up and wear bright colors. Glow sticks will be provided. Attached is a flyer with more details. To register, click here

- Volunteers are needed for the very first WCS Active Assailant Training Exercise to be held during Spring Break on April 9 from 8 a.m. to noon at Fike High. WCS is collaborating with law enforcement, emergency management, EMS, fire, rescue and 911 to create a training scenario to test our response to an active assailant. We need adults ages 21+ to volunteer as actors and play the role of teachers, students and victims. Click the link if you want to participate. 

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