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Monday, June 08, 2015

June 5, 2015

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Shout Outs! 
- Lots of Shout Outs! for staff at New Hope Elementary - Emily Aycock for gathering students during snow days to play in the snow; Anne Blackmon and Richard Martin for spearheading Math Olympiad (28 students participated and nine of them placed in the top 50th percentile worldwide); Ellen Bergland for showcasing awesome career choices at the Career Fair; fourth-grade teachers for encouraging reading through Newberry Awards; and to Principal Kendral Flowers and other staff members involved in the EOG Survivor Pep Rally on Monday!

- Students in the SGA at Rock Ridge Elementary organized a drive where more than 300 items were collected to be placed in "Summer Fun Boxes" for UNC Children's Hospital. Special thanks to Donna Sharp, school counselor, for her leadership. 

- Hunt High students were recognized at the school's recent 4.0 Academic Excellence Celebration.

Jairod Barnes, music teacher at Springfield Middle, created a rap for his seventh-graders to perform about the EOGs. The students' faces at the beginning when the music starts bring me joy! "Say yeah!" Here is the link!

- The staff at Winstead Elementary wanted to thank Eric Davis, chief operations officer, for his dedication to our schools and community. He was the emcee of the school's EOG Talent Show on May 29, and he delighted everyone by dancing his way in and out of the celebration. 

- Special thanks to Hunt Teacher Rachel McNeill and her AVID students for visiting the eighth-graders at Springfield Middle to present information on colleges. It's a win-win when students can learn from their peers!  

Randy Mitchell, counselor at Darden Middle, organized a Chess Club for students. The 25 students involved in the club have been meeting before school since January to challenge each other. 

- Last week we featured the artwork of Kendrick May, a student at Beddingfield High. Today we want to recognize Art Teacher Tonya Harris-Ellis for going above and beyond. She worked with Kendrick all year and challenged him with new projects and media. Her support and encouragement was the key to unlocking his potential!  

- Kudos to staff at Rock Ridge Elementary for organizing a special reunion for kindergartner Victor Gurgone and his father, Daniel. Daniel, a member of the US Navy, just returned home from the Persian Gulf and surprised Victor during the school's "We Love the USA Celebration" last week. 

Seniors in Kathy Proctor's AP and IB English classes at Fike High completed unique senior projects last week. Parents and special guests were able to attend and cried and laughed throughout the presentations. Students shared incredible stories and journeys of self discovery, new talents, adventures and their ambitions for the years to come. With all of the hard work and time required for the projects they truly deserve a loud Shout Out!

- The cadets in the Hunt High School AFJROTC Program conducted their own Relay for Life event to support the American Cancer Society. In total, 77 cadets participated. They secured sponsorships for the number of laps they could complete in 90 minutes. In total, the students raised $876 for American Cancer Society.

Kindergarten and first-graders at Lucama Elementary recently performed The Unity Tree, a show about peace and sharing. The program featured cats and dogs, so Music Teacher Jana Winders decided to raise money for the Maggie Society Rescue group. The students reached their goal to collect 500 items. 

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