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Friday, March 13, 2015

March 13, 2015

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Shout Outs!

1. Fifth-graders at Rock Ridge Elementary and the Hunt High School Band
These students recently joined forces to create an awesome "All About that Bass" iMovie to gear up for the NC Symphony's performance for all fifth-graders on April 14. This event is sponsored by the Wilson Education Partnership. Special thanks to Music Teacher Corri Skinner, Band Teacher Keith Dublin and all the WCS teachers who integrate technology with the arts. The video was also featured in a symphony blog! 

2. WCS Maintenance Department
Maintenance Director Mark Letchworth and his team spent last weekend repairing the water main at Jones Elementary that was damaged in a car accident. They went above and beyond to have everything up and running Mondaymorning, which included working with the health department and the City of Wilson to complete numerous tests. The Jones family appreciates everything they do each day to make our school system great! 

3. JROTC Cadets who organized the Military Ball 
Judging from the picture, the JROTC Military Ball held last weekend was the place to be! Cadets from the three traditional high schools worked together to plan the ball for 300 guests. Retired Fighter Pilot Lt. Col. Steve Macut was the special guest speaker, and he shared that “sometimes in life you have to do what you should do versus what you want to do in order to accomplish your goals." The event also included a Missing Man Ceremony, dinner, a medal presentation for the seniors and DANCING! 

4. Richard Stover, Exceptional Children program specialist, WCS
Mr. Stover facilitated a "Bean Party" math lesson to fifth-graders at New Hope Elementary this week, and the students had the time of their lives learning how to divide fractions. His teaching style and sense of humor made a lasting impact on the students.

5. School volunteers assisting with fundraiser at Chick-fil-A
The WCS Social Workers - Tammie Yates, Annette Thomas and Karen Morton - wanted to thank volunteers from the following schools for assisting them at their Chick-fil-A fundraiser on March 10: Elm City Elementary, Fike High, Hunt High, Darden Middle, Lucama Elementary and Stantonsburg Elementary. They had a terrific turnout!

6. Staff and volunteers at Vick Elementary
Principal Tonja Harris would like to thank her staff and volunteers: "Our staff motto is "We are Life Savers" and that is truly what they have been for me as a first year principal. This staff and volunteers are amazing, and I appreciate all their efforts to help our students succeed." 

7. Community Partners featured in video
Check out these short customer service tips from community business leaders Stefanie Miller (Avante), Zeb Whitehurst (Belk), Alan Winstead (Farm Bureau) and Joe Marks (Pizza Inn). We are fortunate to have such great partners who will share their expertise with us!

8. Randy Mitchell, school counselor, Eric Lyons, student support specialist, and Annette Thomas, social worker
Jennifer Parker, eighth-grade teacher at Darden Middle, wanted to thank these three individuals for their tireless dedication to advocating for Darden students - "Besides being valuable resources for the kids, they do everything in their power to assist the staff and parents when sensitive situations arise. Thanks to all of you for your continued support and compassion!"

9. Cara Patterson, technology facilitator, and Tammy Lamm, media coordinator, Elm City Middle
Ms. Patterson and Ms. Lamm planned several activities for students this week to celebrate Teen Tech Week - Dive into Destiny, How Net Smart are You?, Come Experience 3-D Augmented Reality and Layering with Pixelmator. Students sign up through Google Docs and attend the sessions in the media center during exploratory time. 

10. Fike High Sports and Entertainment Marketing Classes 
These students traveled to Charlotte on March 6 to attend the Charlotte Hornets' Careers in Sports Day. Employees with the Hornets spoke with the students about their jobs and the importance of networking. The students also watched the Bobcats take on the Toronto Raptors in a 94-103 victory! 

 - Volunteers are needed for the very first WCS Active Assailant Training Exercise to be held during Spring Break onApril 9 from 8 a.m. to noon at Fike High. WCS is collaborating with law enforcement and other local agencies 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. 

- Join us for the first ever WCS Glow Run 5K to benefit WCS staff, students and parents! 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. To register, click here

- The date for WilsonShines has been moved to April 2 at 7 p.m. at Fike High. Please come out and support our students and Communities In Schools. 

- Con Agra will donate the monetary equivalent of one meal to Feeding America for each youth volunteer project that is registered through GenerationOn from March 15-April 30. Click here for more information. 

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