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March 6, 2015

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Happy Friday and hopefully Final Two Hour Delay Day everyone! It was a wonderful week for WCS as we celebrated Read Across America Week in conjunction with Dr. Suess' bday. Visit our WCS Facebook page to see all of the great pictures submitted and make sure to check out Winstead Elementary Literacy Coach Tonia Parrish performing "I'm All About Those Books." 

Shout Outs!

1. Justine Corbett, substitute, WCS
The Health Science teachers and students at Fike High would like to give a Shout Out! to Ms. Corbett for her work as a sub in their department. The students appreciate her "old school" methods and her devotion to them. She is truly one of the best subs in our district! 

2. Damani Sharpe, senior, Beddingfield High
Damani is a talented student-athlete who recently competed in the NCHSAA Division 2A Indoor Track and Field State Championship in Winston-Salem. He placed fourth overall in the High Jump with a leap of 6'0" and second overall in the Triple Jump with a distance of 43'0" - which was a personal best for him!

3. Angela Nance, English teacher, Hunt High
Special thanks to Ms. Nance for chaperoning a fun weekend with the Hunt IB students as they tackled the slippery ski slopes in Banner Elk, NC. Ms. Nance has been a great mentor to these students their entire high school career. Pictured are several IB students: Kristen Barnes, Connor Hardison, Megan Parker, John Winslow, Chris Tinder, Teddy Blume, Tyler Williams and Casey Dyer. 

4. Tessa McManus, media coordinator, Jones Elementary
During the NCTies conference yesterday, Ms. McManus won a scholarship to continue working on her media coordinator license. Here is the tweet that was sent out...Sweet!
NCTIES (@ncties)
Our 2015 Media Scholarship Winner is Tessa McManus from Jones Elementary in Wilson County Schools

5. Rossyln Waddell, third-grade teacher, Barnes Elementary
Ms. Waddell was recently featured as a Spotlight Teacher on the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction's website for her use of instructional materials available through Schoolnet. The students and staff at Barnes are so proud of Mrs. Waddell and appreciate all that she does. Click here to read about her achievement. 

6. Jimmie Harris, business teacher, Forest Hills Middle
I've asked for parent involvement ideas from teachers for the past few weeks, and I wanted to share some of the feedback. Kudos to Mr. Harris for his use of REMIND - an app that allows him to send parents and students text message reminders about assignments. This app enables him to invite parents and students to be a part of this "group" and the phone numbers are kept anonymous. Please continue to send me how you are involving parents in your classroom!

7. Students in the Wilson Early College Academy's Second Club
Students in this faith-based club recently sold Candygrams to raise money for Wilson Pregnancy Center. Special thanks to Senior Haley Dawson for her leadership in this initiative and for inspiring fellow members to support the community. 

8. Endya Joyner, sixth-grader, Toisnot Middle

Endya was recently accepted into the prestigious American Ballet Theater's four-week summer program in Winston Salem. Hunter Peebles, owner of Hunter's Dance for 32 years, said Endya is the first student she's ever had accepted into this program. According to staff at Toisnot, there is much more to Endya than dancing - she is a role model for other students and always has a positive attitude.
9. Manager Jesse Morris and his staff at Olive Garden
Mr. Morris recently invited several Vick Elementary students involved in the Communities In Schools program to Olive Garden on a Saturday morning for a tour of the restaurant, a lesson on teamwork and a tutorial on how to make a pizza. 

10. Kindergarten and second-grade classes at New Hope Elementary
These students recently collaborated to celebrate everything wonderful about the month of February - Black History, Groundhog Day, Valentine's Day, Presidents' Day and much more. The program integrated social studies, language arts, creative movement and music. Two second-graders, Rubygail Coulter and Tierney Powers, also wrote a poem titled "Heroes" that was recited by their classmates.

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