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Friday, October 30, 2015

Oct. 30, 2015

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Shout Outs! 
1. Sunil Dutt, math/science/robotics teacher, Forest Hills Middle 
From Administrator Krystal Cox: "I would like to thank Mr. Dutt and four of his robotics students for manning the Wilson Academy of Applied Technology (WAAT) table during Career Days last week. This allowed students from all six middle schools to see the types of courses that will be offered at WAAT." 

2. Charlene Wilkes, first-grade teacher, Winstead Elementary
The Winstead staff would like to congratulate Ms. Wilkes for earning her Master's degree in reading! Way to go Ms. Wilkes! 

3. Leigh Anne Howard, AIG teacher, Darden Middle 
Kudos to Ms. Howard for inviting WRAL Meteorologist Greg Fishel to speak to all the seventh-graders at Darden on Oct. 20. Pictured is "The Fish" with Seventh-Grade Teacher Hart Bailey. 

4. Randy Mitchell, counselor, Darden Middle
Special thanks to Mr. Mitchell for creating Color Guard and Honor Guard teams at Darden. The students will present the flag colors at the flag pole and prior to basketball games, serve as tour guides and ushers at school programs and complete community service projects. The students were trained Oct. 17 with the help of Beddingfield High's JROTC cadets. 

Bright Ideas Grant Recipients 
Congratulations to Darden Middle Media Coordinator Karen Bessey for receiving a Bright Ideas Grant to expand Darden's Makerspace program and to Speight Middle Art Teacher Matthew Straub for receiving one for his Computer Art proposal. All winners are invited to a special luncheon in Raleigh on Nov. 5

6. Natalie Mercer, WCS instructional technology facilitator

From ECE Counselor Kim Vincent: "Another counselor told me about an iMovie Ms. Mercer helped her with on bullying, and I thought it sounded like a fun project to do. She worked with me and the fifth-graders on a project for Red Ribbon Week. She spent hours with us and was so patient! The six iMovies turned out great, and I can't thank her enough!"

7. Fifth-graders at Vick Elementary
From Principal Tonja Harris: "I would like to give a huge Shout Out! to my fifth-graders for accepting the challenge to write essays for the Wilson Police Department on 'Why I Choose Not to Join A Gang.' Students were awarded participation certificates and Captain Harris and several officers came out to celebrate with the student."

8. Eighth-graders at Toisnot Middle 
On Sept. 22, students from Barton College with an interest in teaching visited Toisnot. Several eighth-graders served as their tour guides and led them to classrooms and answered their questions about how middle schools operate. One of the Toisnot students reflected, "This was a great experience, and it helped me open up and try something new." 

9. Antonnia Carter, third-grade teacher; Deborah Shuford, kindergarten teacher, and Paula Beer, teacher assistant, New Hope Elementary
From WCS Curriculum Facilitator and New Hope Parent LaToya Harvey: "I want to send a Shout Out! to these three special teachers who teach my daughters, Morgan and Kendall. Thank you for creating an environment with enthusiasm for learning, appreciation for growth and wiggle room for making mistakes. I am grateful for all you have done for my daughters!"
10. The Beddingfield High Student Government Association recently collected items to make Halloween goody bags for the residents at Spring Arbor. Last night, several staff and SGA members delivered the goody bags to the residents in a reverse Trick or Treat. The residents were overjoyed with the treats, and the students left with big smiles on their faces. The students are looking forward to going back at Christmas!

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