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Sept. 25, 2015

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Shout Outs!
1. New Grant Program through the Wilson Education Partnership (WEP)
Are you ready for this? WEP is pleased to announce that K-12 educators who work with students in any subject area are eligible to apply for funds (aka mini grants) to implement new projects that will teach students about college and/or careers. Put those thinking caps on! Grant guidelines and application forms will be available in early October.

2. School-Level Teachers of the Year
A true meeting of the minds! Our 25 school-level Teaches of the Year morphed into Dr. Bulson's Teacher Advisory Committee today during their in-district retreat. The teachers discussed leadership, reflected on their five strengths as identified by the Clifton StrengthsFinderexercise, enjoyed a lunch sponsored by WEP and bonded over words like "cefficient." 

3. Ashley Atkinson, sixth-grade communications skills teacher at Toisnot Middle AND Betty Greene, science teacher at Beddingfield High
Congrats to Ms. Atkinson for being named the 2015-2016 Norma Henderson Leonard and Elsie Brame Hunt Honored Educator Scholar and Ms. Greene for being named the 2015-2016 Mabel Roberson McIntyre Honored Educator Scholar. The scholarships cover the cost of both teachers participation in a North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching (NCCAT) seminar this year. 

4. Tammy Cooper, K-2 Autism teacher, Jones Elementary
From Assistant Principal Amy Boyette: "Ms. Cooper is doing amazing work with her students as she implements guided learning groups and advocates for inclusion when students are ready. She is also on the path to becoming a trainer through the TEACCH Autism Program based at UNC-Chapel Hill. Her future leadership at the state level is going to be a fantastic asset for her students and WCS!"

5. e-Learning Team at Elm City Middle
From Principal Robert Pope: "I would like to thank Elm City's e-Learning Team (Cara Patterson, Jagtar Singh, Cliff Blanton, Bonnie Snedeker, Tammy Lamm and Sara Gutierrez) for putting together a great professional development plan for the first early release day. Teachers were able to pick from a menu of different technology trainings that were being offered. The e-Learning team members are now the leaders in the school for their particular areas."

6. Brian Wagner, WCS Senior Network Engineer
From Mary Joyner at Vick Elementary: "I would like to thank Brian Wagner for his patience and persistence in dealing with a tech issue here at Vick Elementary. He is a solution provider and problem solver. His efforts are greatly appreciated!"

7. School-Level Webmasters
From Jessica Bailey, WCS coordinator of web communications and special projects: "I want to recognize all of my school-level webmasters. They have worked so hard the past two years in the transition to a new website. They keep their sites fresh, fun and informative! I cannot thank them enough for all they do!"

8. Tammy Coleman, counselor at Hunt High, Merrill Davis, counselor at Beddingfield High, Dana Lee, counselor at Fike High and Cathy Fess, Health Occupations Teacher
From Wes Hill, dean of Business/Applied Technologies and Educational Partnerships at Wilson Community College (WCC): "A loud Shout Out! for these three counselors for their coordination of the WCC Career and College Promise classes at their schools. With their help, nearly 300 students are getting a jump on their college education. An additional Shout Out! to Ms. Fess for going above and beyond by driving to the college bookstore to exchange a book for a Beddingfield student. Thanks for a very successful start to the college semester for these students!"

9. Michelle Britt, WCS technician
Congratulations to Ms. Britt and her husband on the birth of their son, Finn. We are so fortunate to have Ms. Britt in our Technology Department. We wish her family the very best during this exciting time! Get ready for cuteness overload! 


10. WCS Data Managers

From me: "I adore each and every one of our Data Managers and am so appreciative of all the work they do in our schools - especially when it comes to PowerSchool and Blackboard Connect. Thank you for working with me to remove incorrect phone numbers! A woman from Florida told me this week in the sweetest voice possible that she would scream if I ever called her again!" List of these awesome folks attached!
Highlighting Community Partners
Our United Way campaigns are in full swing! Assistant Superintendent Susan Bullock is the head of the Education Division, and she expects 100 percent participation. Our district goal is $54,750. Let's make sure we support the 14 United Way Partner Agencies that support our community (The Spot, Boys and Girls Club, Girls Scouts, Save a Youth, Meals on Wheels, Red Cross, the ARC, Diversified Opportunities, Flynn Home, Mental Health Assoc., Salvation Army, St. John Community Development, Wesley Shelter and Crisis Center). There are also several agencies that are designation only (Boy Scouts, Wilson Community Health Center, Children's Home Society of NC, Habitat for Humanity, Hope Station, Imagination Station, OIC, Special Olympics and Communities in Schools of Wilson County). 

- "THANK YOU! In appreciation for your commitment to our children, we want to thank you! Please come shop with us at JoLiAn Shoes & Accessories in the Shoppes of Brentwood during the month of October! Bring your Wilson County Schools badge and receive 20% off your purchase. This invitation is for all teachers, teacher assistants, principals and the rest of WCS staff. Look forward to seeing you!"

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