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Friday, September 11, 2015

Sept. 11, 2015

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Shout Outs!
1. Michael Butts, business teacher, Hunt High
Today we remember all those we lost during the 9/11 tragedy 14 years ago. Kudos to Mr. Butts, who is retired from the NC Army National Guard, for commemorating this event in a special way. Because most of our students do not have personal memories of the tragedy, he asked them to create brief histories and biographies of people and service dogs who lost their lives. 

2. Child Nutrition Staff at Wells Elementary
From Teacher Mary-Craige Wells: "Just had a moment to sit down and reflect on the past few weeks. I want to give a huge Shout Out! to our new Child Nutrition staff! They are awesome! I love the smiles and humor they bring to a noisy, chaotic job! Thank you!" 

3. Sherri Jernigan, first-grade teacher, New Hope Elementary
From WCS Coordinator of Web Communications and Special Projects Jessica Bailey - "Ms. Jernigan does a phenomenal job keeping parents and students informed on the New Hope website and Facebook pages as the school's webmaster. She goes above and beyond the call of duty and is also an AMAZING teacher!  My son, Paxton, had her last year and thought she hung the moon...I would have to agree! Thank you for pouring your heart and soul into everything you do!"


4. Tyrone Johnson, teacher and coach, Beddingfield High
Coach Johnson's sister scored tickets to the Price is Right while he was in California during Spring Break with his family. And to his surprise, Coach Johnson got to hear those famous words - "Come on down!"  The show aired on Tuesday, and the nation got to see him clad in a Bruins shirt and hat. Coach Johnson made it through several rounds, spun the famous wheel and won prizes. He represented WCS and Beddingfield well! 

5. Hunt Young Conservatives Club
This is a fairly new club at Hunt High founded by two students - Jess Merrick and Matthew Joyner. The purpose is not to convince students to join the Republican Party, but rather to encourage political awareness. Last school year, the club coordinated a Cell Phones For Soldiers Drive, sold candy for a Wounded Warrior Project fundraiser and passed out voter registration forms to seniors. This year, the club has several fundraisers planned and will also be registering voters at an upcoming event for Republicans on Sept. 22

6. Grady Daniels, retired WCS custodian/bus driver
Springfield Middle would like to thank Mr. Daniels for making a visit back to the school to paint the bricks on the school sign. For those of you fortunate to have met him, you know what a treasure Mr. Daniels is and all that he did for WCS...and is still doing! The staff also wanted to thank their BB&T Lighthouse team for helping with landscaping and Signs Now of Rocky Mount and John Mooring for installing the sign. 

7. WCS Accountability Coordinator Stephen Shimel, Forest Hill Middle Counselor Colleen Raper and Forest Hills Data Manager Angela Coley
From Forest Hills Principal Cheryl Baggett: "I would like to send a Shout Out! to Mr. Shimel, Ms. Raper and Ms. Coley for the extensive hours they put in to ensure our students' schedules were ready for the first day of school. This was necessary after the loss of a data manager right before school started - their teamwork and tenacity with this process is greatly appreciated!" 

8. Wilson Education Partnership (WEP) President Robin Williams
If you have to be in a brainstorming session at 8 a.m. the day after the Labor Day Holiday, you want Ms. Williams leading it! Hats off to this year's WEP President as she pushes the Board to think of meaningful ways to recognize educators and business partners. She is well known in our community for her creative ideas, energy and mastery of fundraising. We cannot wait to see where she leads WEP this school year. Fuzzy about what WEP is? Shame on you (just kidding). Click here

9. Local Leaders Securing InnovateNC Grant 

Did you hear the great news? The Institute for Emerging Issues at NC State University announced Sept. 4 that Wilson is one of five communities across the state selected to participate in InnovateNC, an intensive, two-year cross-city learning collaborative to spark economic development. We want to thank our local leaders for making this happen, which include the folks in the picture from left to right - Rodger Lentz (City of Wilson), Kimberly Van Dyk (City of Wilson), Grant Goings (City of Wilson), Paula Benson (Wilson 20/20) and Mayor Bruce Rose. 


10. Mandy Sullivan, intervention teacher, Lee Woodard Elementary
Under the leadership of Ms. Sullivan, Lee Woodard students will join more than 3 million people worldwide on Sept. 17 celebrating International Dot Day. This event began in 2009 to recognize creativity, bravery and collaboration with an emphasis on “making your mark and seeing where it takes you." They are challenging individuals to take a circle and transform it into something else. 

Comments on "Sept. 11, 2015"

9/11/2015 12:56:59 PM CST

1. Amanda Barnes said...

You go Coach Johnson!!! Very proud you represented the Beddingfield Bruins!!!! C/O 2005

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