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Friday, May 22, 2015

May 22, 2015

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Shout Outs!
- Congrats to the Wilson Early College Academy (WECA) seniors who graduated last week from both WECA and Wilson Community College. We wish them the best of luck in the future! 

Christine Gilmore's third-grade class at Jones Elementary raised $260 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital through a Pajama Day fundraiser. 

- A huge thank you to BB&T for planting a beautiful memorial flower garden at New Hope Elementary in memory of former Assistant Principal Sabrina Smith-Epley

- Kudos to the 2015-2016 school-level Teachers of the Year! We are fortunate to have each of you as a part of our WCS Team! 

- A huge Shout Out! to Fike High Athletic Director, PE Teacher and Soccer Coach Toni Varacchi for spending a tremendous amount of her own time beautifying the athletic grounds. Picture attached of Coach V and her soccer team. 

Club Unify at Forest Hills Middle recently held a carnival for two of the school's Exceptional Children classes. The Club members also helped with Special Olympics and a Halloween and Christmas celebration. The advisors are School Counselor Colleen Raper and Seventh-Grade Teacher Jody Truett.  

Southern National Raceway Park recently hosted a Renaissance program for Lucama Elementary. The students raced pedal cars, toured the grounds and 
watched practice laps. Thank you to the race car drivers who donated their day to inspire and motivate the students to continue to do their best!  

- The Darden Middle Chorus led by 
Jairod Barnes performed an awesome rendition of Michael Jackson's Man in the Mirror during Superintendent Sean Bulson's State of Our Schools Address on May 4. Here is a link to their performance - 

- Congratulations to Sharon Bailey, English teacher at Toisnot Middle, for graduating from Liberty University with her masters in school counseling. Her husband, Hart, and their children, Alexis and Djimon, wanted to recognize her - "She is an excellent teacher and an even better mother and wife!  We are so proud of all of her accomplishments, and we know that she will be an outstanding counselor!"

- Vick Elementary Principal Tonja Harris wanted to thank the BB&T Lighthouse volunteers, fifth-graders and Seeds of Hope of Wilson for working on the Vick-torious Garden. They planted flowers in new planters, installed a class seating area and completed the picket fence and garden sign. 

- The staff at Hearne Elementary wanted to thank Kimberly Mack, teacher assistant and bus driver for always following proper bus procedures and walking to the back of the bus to make sure all the seats are empty upon completion of her route. This week, she found a sleeping student still on the bus...which is why following procedure is so important!

Tracy Anderson, owner of The Pink Pearl, sponsored a fundraiser with Usborne Books. She donated the proceeds of $800 to Winstead Elementary. The staff at Winstead is grateful to her for supporting, encouraging and providing reading opportunities to the students! 

- Check out the painting by Kendrick May, a student at Beddingfield High. He is amazingly talented! Art Teacher Tonya Harris-Ellis said he has always been talented but she has seen his abilities grow even more this year. 

- The Wilson community came together this year to work on priorities for the Youth Master Plan, a joint initiative between Wilson 20/20 and WCS. Check out this video produced by the Hunt High Broadcasting Team highlighting the achievements.

- Did you realize we have identified about 400 community partners that give back to our schools in some way (list attached)? Wilson is the greatest! The Wilson Education Partnership and WCS hosted the first annual Community 
Partners Celebration Breakfast yesterday to thank our partners. The event also included the presentation of the 2015 Jim and Carolyn Hunt Friend of Education Award to one of our most generous partners - BB&T


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