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May 1, 2015

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Happy Friday and also Happy National Principals Day! We are so appreciative of the hard work of our 25 principals! Make sure you thank yours today - major props to Hunt High Principal Eddie Doll for flying to New York City last week to support his chorus. It's also Breakfast in the Classroom Celebration Week! This has been an awesome program in our elementary schools. Pictured is Superintendent Sean Bulson and New Hope Elementary Nutrition Staff.

Shout Outs!
1. Elm City Elementary Art Teacher Emily Yelton and Forest Hills Middle Eighth-Grade Teacher Ben Ellis
A huge thank you to these two teachers for attending the NC Teaching Fellows Day at the General Assembly on Tuesday. As Teaching Fellows, they met with a panel of representatives who want the program reinstated. We are fortunate to have ambassadors to spread the word about how great the Teaching Fellows Program is!

2. Chorus trips to Orlando (Beddingfield), Boston (Fike) and New York City (Hunt)
Sign me up for chorus! These three groups represented WCS well as they traveled out of state for performances. The Beddingfield Chorus under the direction of Luke Hancock competed in Festival Disney and received an Excellent rating. The Fike Chorus competed in the Festivals of Music in Boston under the direction of Kathy Sherrodand mopped up on Superior and first place awards! The Hunt Chorus was invited to perform at Carnegie Hall and 159 students and chaperones made the trip. Their performance was phenomenal! 

3. Spanish Immersion at Elm City Elementary
Check out this great video of the Spanish Immersion program at Elm City Elementary! Kudos to the staff, parents and students who agreed to be on camera. There is nothing more nerve racking! And special thanks as well to Grant Roberson and his Broadcasting Crew from Hunt High for another awesome video highlighting WCS. 

4. Carol Abrams, fifth-grade teacher at Wells Elementary
Ms. Abrams is the WRAL Teacher of the Week! Check it out! She is an amazing teacher and last year's WCS Teacher of the Year. I love this woman! Thunderstruck! 

5. Natalie Mercer, instructional technology facilitator, WCS
Stantonsburg Elementary Counselor Joan Taylor wanted to thank Ms. Mercer for assisting her with an anti-bullying project for fifth-graders. The students were introduced to new apps and are so proud of the iMovies they created. 

6. Robert Harvey, assistant principal, Elm City Middle
Principal Will Pope wanted to thank Mr. Harvey: "I appreciate his hard work and dedication to his job. He always makes decisions with the best interest of students in mind. He is a vital part of the Elm City Middle team."

7. Students at Fike High Enlisted in the Military
Taylor Price, College Advisor at Fike High, wanted to brag on these students who have enlisted in the military: John Taylor (Marines), Alexzander Walker (Marines), Colin White (National Guard), Luis Corona (Marines), Ricardo Rodriguez (Marines), Brandon Eaton (Marines), Jerry Batchelor (Air Force), Javon Manuel (Air Force), Devan Hannah (Air Force), Daijah Vigo (Air Force) and Montty Hinton (Army). We are so proud of them!

8. Briana Mitchell, junior, and Maliek Credle, senior, Hunt High
For the first time in the 14 years she has been at Hunt, FBLA Advisor Lisa Lewis has two students who placed in the top three at the state level and will now compete in the national competition in Chicago June 29-July 2. Briana placed second in Computer Applications and Maliek placed third in Business Procedures. We are so proud of them! Please consider donating money for their trip. Email if you would like to give. 

9. Brenna Lee, eighth-grader, Springfield Middle
Brenna is an awesome student leader. She serves as the SGA President and has displayed continuous leadership for her peers. She is positive and a true representative of the entire student body. When she felt like students were being disrespectful to teachers, she requested a grade-level meeting and presented with the principal during the assembly. She is well spoken, eager to serve and dedicated to her school. 

10. AIG Discovery Day
The AIG Department recently held its first Discovery Day where fifth- and eighth-grade AIG students from across the county participated in hands-on activities provided by 15 community organizations and two museums. Businesses donated money for the event - Vaughan's Jewelers, Hilton's and Fitness News - and several fundraisers were held atKrispy Kreme, McDonald's, and Chick-fil-a. Thank you to all the presenters, parent volunteers and students for making this event a big success! 


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