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Oct. 2, 2015

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Shout Outs!
1. 2015 National Blue Ribbon School - Rock Ridge Elementary 
CONGRATULATIONS to Rock Ridge for this incredible honor! On Tuesday, Rock Ridge received the highest honor bestowed upon schools by the US Department of Education. Rock Ridge is one of 300+ schools in the country with 2015 Blue Ribbon status and one of three schools in the state! They were recognized for exemplary academic achievement - a true testament to the hard work of the staff, students, parents and entire Rock Ridge community.
2. Allison Williams, assistant principal at Rock Ridge and Lucama Elementary
I am absolutely obsessed with Ms. Williams and her still-in-the-tummy son Fletcher! I watched her in amazement this week during my time at Rock Ridge. Those of us who have been nine months pregnant remember what it was like and few of us were as busy as an assistant principal! She is a rock star! Ms. Williams is due Oct. 12, but her doctor is thinking it might be any time. Please keep her, Fletcher and the rest of her family in your thoughts and prayers during this exciting time! 

3. Mark Letchworth, WCS Director of Maintenance
Another award winner! Mr. Letchworth was named the 2015 Maintenance Director of the Year at the 43rd annual North Carolina Public Schools Maintenance Association Conference held last week. There are 115 directors across the state and five nominees were submitted for this award, which is sponsored by Saffelle Inc. Our Maintenance Department was also recognized for 100 percent membership. Pictured is Mr. Letchworth (center) with Milton Saffelle and Kelly Pink, a sales rep for Saffelle.   

4. Participants in the WCS Fitness Rave 
Eric Davis, Jessica Bailey and I had a blast working out with an awesome group of folks at the WCS Fitness Rave at Hunt High on Monday. You guys were amazing! Mr. Davis, WCS Chief Operations Officer/Our Very Own Shaun T., led us through quite a routine to promote health and wellness among staff. Here is the video so you can get your sweat on with us anytime you want!  Special thanks to Grant Roberson, Hunt High Broadcasting Teacher, and his crew for filming and transforming the gym into a studio. 

5. Stantonsburg/Winstead Elementary PE Teacher Noah Edens, Stantonsburg Elementary Child Nutrition Employee Carolyn Sauls, Winstead Elementary Principal Tracy Joyner, WCS Director of Child Nutrition Cindy Bailey, WCS Director of Transportation Jim Lewis and the Stantonsburg Elementary Staff
From Principal Denise Taylor: "I wanted to thank these folks for their commitment to our students when we had a bus driver shortage last week. Ms. Joyner, Ms. Bailey and Mr. Lewis worked with us to find drivers while Ms. Sauls and Coach Edens drove routes. Many members of our staff also supervised the students after many long days of work until the drivers arrived on campus. It truly was a team effort! Thank you!"

6. Staff at Wells Elementary
From Principal Wendy Sullivan: "I'd like to send a Shout Out! to the Wells staff for their dedication to the Leader in Me model at our school. They are to be commended for all their hard work in a short amount of time. This week, Wells hosted international visitors from Vietnam and Brazil as well as parents from other countries to celebrate International Literacy Day. They were thrilled to learn more about Leader in Me. Thanks to all of you!" 

7. Renita Ruffin, sixth-grade teacher and United Way Coordinator for Speight Middle
From Assistant Principal Angela Norris: "United Way has never had a better advocate than Ms. Ruffin. In the third week of our drive at Speight, she and her team planned days for staff and students to wear team jerseys and hats if they donated to United Way. This Saturday from 7-11 a.m., we are hosting a yard sale with half the proceeds going toward United Way. Everyone is invited!"

8. Brewmasters
From Hunt High Teacher Joy Edwards: "Brewmasters deserves a huge Shout Out! for adopting classrooms and providing wish list items! Thank you SO much! This totally made my day! ♥" 

9. Gentlemen's Agreement
Congratulations to the 75 high school males selected to be a part of a new initiative called the Gentlemen's Agreement. These students will be paired with a WCS employee or community member who will serve as a mentor and help foster career interests. The group is facilitated by WCS Chief Operations Officer Eric Davis. Special thanks to the members of the Planning Committee, which include: Ryan Simons (Chamber of Commerce), Major Scott Biddle (Wilson Police Department), Captain Mark Sullivan (Wilson Police Department), Krystal Cox (WCS), Kim Newkirk (WCS), Howard Jones (Wilson OIC), Maurice Barnes (WCS), Thomas Lucas (Wilson County Commissioners), Andrea Fillipovich (Wilson Community College), Tom Evans (WCS), Judi Thurston (United Way), Aiyanna Williams (WCS) and Robert Harvey (WCS). 

10. Elective Teachers at Forest Hills Middle 
From Curriculum Instructional Coordinator Cynthia Wortham: "I want to recognize this group for their efforts in finding a common ground and for working as an authentic Professional Learning Community. It is especially challenging to be able to do this when the team is so diverse. Another Shout Out! goes to Principal Cheryl Baggett and Assistant Principal Gavin Meiring for their high expectations of PLCs and for promoting a culture of collaboration at Forest Hills." 

* Brittany Argall, eighth-grade math teacher, Springfield Middle and Jessica Bailey, WCS coordinator of web communications and special projects
Kudos to Ms. Argall and Ms. Bailey for organizing a professional development session open to all WCS educators on Sat., Nov. 7 from 8-3:30 p.m. at Darden Middle. EdCamp is a free educational unconference where you are in charge of your own PD. Session titles are determined based on what participants want to participate in. Each voice matters, and your collaboration with colleagues from around the area drives each session. Here is the evite.

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