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Friday, November 13, 2015

Nov. 13, 2015

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Happy Friday the 13th! : ) 

Shout Outs! 
1. Rock Ridge Elementary
On Tuesday, Rock Ridge Elementary received its 2015 National Blue Ribbon Award in Washington, DC. This is the highest honor awarded to schools by the US Department of Education. Rock Ridge is one of 300+ schools in the nation with 2015 Blue Ribbon status and one of three schools in the state! Pictured are Superintendent Sean Bulson, Rock Ridge Principal Jennifer Lewis and Rock Ridge Kindergarten Teacher Ginger Kelly-Bissette.

2. Jessica Bailey, coordinator of web communications and special projects, and Brittany Argall, eighth-grade math teacher at Springfield Middle
More than 80 educators attended EdCamp East NC on Nov. 7 - a unique professional development experience where every participant is an expert. Special thanks to Ms. Bailey and Ms. Argall for organizing the event. If you missed it, check out #edcampeastnc on Twitter. Plans are in the works for another one on March 12 so stay tuned for more details! 

3. Beddingfield High Choral Students
Congratulations to the seven Beddingfield students who participated in the recent 2015 North Carolina All-State Chorus Festival in Raleigh. They rehearsed 11+ hours with clinicians from colleges across the nation to prepare for the concert. Pictured are the students and Beddingfield Choral Director Luke Hancock. 

4. Global Pavilion at Elm City Middle
From ECM Principal Will Pope: "I would like to recognize my staff and PTO members who worked hard to make our Global Pavilion event a huge success. We were able to showcase the many talents of our students, connect with our community and recognize all the different cultures represented at Elm City Middle School."

5. Fike High National Honor Society (NHS) Inductees
Sixty-five students were inducted into NHS at Fike on Nov. 3. This is a wonderful achievement, and we are proud of these students and grateful to Science Teacher/Funniest Person Alive LaDonna Mangum for serving as the advisor. 

6. Landon Davis and Local Fire Departments 
Five-year-old Landon Davis is doing well after heart surgery in Boston. He even had a group of fire trucks escort him home on Wednesday

7. Elm City Elementary Principal Claudia Spencer and Lee Woodard Elementary Principal Corey Walker
Ms. Spencer and Mr. Walker were recently recognized at the state level for completing Distinguished Leadership in Practice, which is a leadership development program for practicing school principals. The program is provided by the NC Principals & Assistant Principals’ Association and has a strong digital learning component. 

8. Elm City Elementary First-Grader Daniel Garcia-Reyes and Wells Elementary Fourth-Grader Madalyn Walls
These students were state winners in the recent What's Super About Public Schools poster contest through the North Carolina School Boards Association. Daniel won first place in the K-2 contest and Madalyn won third place in the 3-5 contest. 

9. #wcsgetfit 
The #wcsgetfit initiative is in full force. We recently held the Wilson Wellness 5K and Color Run, the Fitness Rave at Hunt (that can be seen a million times a day on WCS-TV Channel 22) and a Boot Camp at Hearne Elementary. WCS employees are welcome to be a part of the current Boot Camp at New Hope Elementary today at 3:30 p.m. If you would like to order a t-shirt/tank top, email Limited quantities available. 

10. SRO Scott Drew, Counselor Jeannie Lyndon, Teacher Dulce Wester, Assistant Principal Denise Luper and Social Worker Tammie Yates - Fike High
From Fike Counselor Dana Lee: "I want to thank this group for assisting a Fike Hispanic family in crisis. They translated and stayed with the family late into the night while a student was in the ER. I am so appreciative of their help and dedication!" 

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