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Friday, April 24, 2015

April 24, 2015

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Shout Outs!

1. Faye Davis, teacher assistant, Lee Woodard Elementary
Ms. Davis has a tremendous passion for children, and it shows in her service not only as a teacher assistant but also in the community. She was recently recognized for her outstanding service as a volunteer at the Wilson Mediation Center. She also serves as a volunteer for the Teen Court program. 

2. Jairod Barnes, music teacher, Springfield Middle
Mr. Barnes was featured as the WRAL Teacher of the Week this week! Check it out! And next week they are featuring Carol Abrams, fifth-grade teacher at Wells Elementary. Kudos to these two amazing educators! 

3. Students in the Beddingfield High Culinary Arts Program
This group prepared and served lunch to the Greater Wilson Rotary Club on April 15, and the club members were so impressed! The students prepared the meal from items raised by the Agricultural Department, took orders, cleaned tables and washed dishes. They did an awesome job! They are also available for catering. Contact Instructor Ebony Artis at Bedddingfield for more information, 399-7880. 

4. Seventh-graders at Forest Hills Middle
Several seventh-graders at Forest Hills recently competed in the National History Day Contest at ECU. The theme of the competition was "Leadership and Legacy in History," and one of the groups placed third for their performance about Nelson Mandela. The following students will now compete at the state level: Denella Lindsey, Krysta McNair, Khala McNeil, Seth Middleton and Trevon Atkinson.

6. Students in the Autism Program (AU) at Jones Elementary
Music Teacher Susan Perry wanted to recognize the AU students at Jones for all they have learned in music this year. The students play and explore different instruments, and they have a wonderful time while learning! Ms. Perry is so proud of them. 

7. Hunt High AVID Students and Teacher Rachel McNeill
Jones Elementary PE Teacher Amy Stadiem wanted to thank this group for volunteering at field day: "Being almost 39 weeks pregnant, I was ecstatic to have their help! Ms. McNeill was so organized, and they all showed up bright and early ready to help. I could not have asked for a better group of students. They kept the kids engaged in the activities, encouraged good sportsmanship and even played along. When field day ended, they all chipped in and helped clean up. It was such a pleasure to have them on campus!" 

8. WCS Chief Operations Officer Eric Davis and Coordinator of Web Communications and Special Projects Jessica Bailey
The Wells Elementary Wellness Participants wanted to thank Mr. Davis and Ms. Bailey for their support and dedication to the school's wellness initiative. Principal Wendy Sullivan had this to say: "We learned a lot and had some fun (well, maybe not so much fun) exercising on Friday afternoons. Mr. Davis is a BEAST!! We appreciate their willingness to come out and join the Wells staff in an effort to get #Fitin2015!"  

9. Fifth-graders at Barnes Elementary
In connection with the content writing assessment, fifth-graders at Barnes researched careers and compared the annual incomes based on the level of education. The students created budgets based on their possible future income and discussed what kind of lifestyle they could live on that budget. The project got them thinking about expenditures, wants vs. needs and the meaning of financial literacy.

10. Alexus Blackwell, junior, Fike High 
Alexus has been selected to attend the Congress of Future Medical Leaders in Boston in June, which is an honors program for high school students who are interested in the medical field. At the conference, Alexus will network with other students, hear people who are medical marvels and learn about cutting edge medical research from Nobel Laureates and National Medal of Science Winners. 

Students at WECA recently participated in an International Festival. Special thanks to Adaline Smith for designing the booth and Brittany Peele for organizing the setup on a Saturday morning. All of the students who participated earned volunteer hours. Thanks as well to the Carolina Mudcats and Dick's Hot Dogs for their contributions to the WECA booth.  

* Hunt High would like to give a shout out to Dennis Lynch and Tim Jones in the WCS Maintenance Department for their hard work over Spring Break. They redid the lighting in the Hunt cafeteria and media center, and now there IS LIGHT! The difference is amazing and people can't stop talking about how good it looks! 

* The family of the late Dr. Jeanette Davis wanted to celebrate her birthday on April 21 serving others. As the first principal of Vick Elementary, she was passionate about the students, wanted them to know they were loved and she always promoted reading. Her family and friends celebrated her life with a ceremony at Vick in her honor. The Student Leadership Team and one of the pre-k classes were treated to a reception and the reading of Dr. Davis' favorite book Oh the Places You Will Go. The Davis Family Foundation donated $1,000 to purchase books for the school. 

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