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Friday, November 20, 2015

Nov. 20, 2015

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Happy Friday! It's always an awesome week when it comes to WCS but this week was EPIC! Take a look...

Shout Outs!
1. Dr. Christine Fitch, chair of the Wilson County Board of Education
Dr. Fitch was named this year's Raleigh Dingman Award winner at the annual awards ceremony during the North Carolina School Boards Association (NCSBA) conference. This is the highest honor bestowed on a school board member each year. She will serve as an ex-officio member of the NC State Board of Education and the NCSBA Board of Directors. Dr. Fitch has served on our local school board for 27 years!  

2. Gary Farmer, member of the Wilson County Board of Education
Because of his commitment to our 25 schools and the Eastern North Carolina School for the Deaf, Mr. Farmer was one of eight Board members from across the state selected to serve on the All State School Board. The announcement was made during the NCSBA awards ceremony.  

3. Wilson County Board of Education, Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent Martha Lampros and Two Students 
WCS was the rock star of the night at the NCSBA awards ceremony - as you have seen in #1 and #2! And the awards kept on coming! 

 - Dr. Fitch was also recognized for 900+ hours of training

- Vice Chair Henry Mercer received a Diploma of Honor for 500-600 hours of training 

- Velma Barnes received a Certificate of Achievement for 101-200 hours of training 

- Beverly Boyette, Debora Powell and Glenn Reaves received Certificates of Merit for 31-100 hours of training 

- Gary Farmer also received an Award of Excellence for 300-400 hours of training 

- The entire Board was recognized for Level I Master Board Status for completing 20 hours of Master Board coursework AND received a Special Achievement Award for having all members earn 12 hours of training during the 2014-2015 school year

- Ms. Lampros was recognized for 500+ hours of training as an assistant to the Superintendent and Board

- Elm City Elementary First-Grader Daniel Garcia-Reyes won first place in the NCSBA K-2 poster contest

- Wells Elementary Fourth-Grader Madalyn Walls won third place in the 3-5 poster contest


4. Tracy McAllister, student intervention specialist, Hearne Elementary
Ms. McAllister is in the running to win the LifeChanger of the Year Award through the National Life Group. She was interviewed on camera yesterday and there was not a dry eye in the room as we listened to her talk about helping students who are sleeping in cars or do not have electricity. In January, we will find out if she is one of the 15 national winners who will receive $5,000 for their school and $5,000 for personal use! 


5. Donation from Wells Elementary to the Wilson Police Department  
Classes at Wells recently collected items for the Wilson Police Department's food drive. Ms. Walls and Ms. Lamm's classes tied for the most donations. In total, there were 1,289 items donated in just TWO days! Wells would like to thank Officer Eric Hayes for facilitating the event and the Wilson PD as a whole for all that it does for our community! 

6. Wilson Public Library Team in the WEP Adult Spelling Bee
Congratulations to the Wilson Public Library for winning the Wilson Education Partnership (WEP) Adult 
Spelling Bee last night! Proceeds from the fundraiser will be used to support our schools (preliminary total is $15,000 - misspelling words is not cheap!) Pictured are the winning team, the C&B Orthodontics Team for winning the Costume Award and the Lucama Elementary Team for winning the Spirit Award. Special thanks to Beddingfield High for hosting, Executive Director of WEP Martha Vick for organizing and students from the Wilson Youth Council for volunteering.
7. Gabrielle Harris, fourth-grader at New Hope Elementary, and Emely Santiago, fourth grader at Elm City Elementary
We are so proud of these two fourth-graders for designing the winning holiday cards for Bridgestone Americas. Their classes visited Bridgestone last week for a special presentation of the winning cards. For the past 10 years, Bridgestone has mailed cards designed by our students to colleagues across the globe. 

8. Susi Price, business and technology education teacher, Hunt High  
Ms. Price is this year's winner of the High School Program Excellence Award through the North Carolina Technology, Engineering and Design Educators Association (NCTEDE). She will be recognized at the national level in Washington, DC in March and at the state level in May. Ms. Price was selected for providing exemplary instruction in the realm of technology and engineering.

9. Darden Middle Students Certified in Everfi
Congrats to the sixth- and seventh-graders in Ms. Ivana Eatmon's classes for obtaining this certification! The students are: Armando Saucedo, Phylicia Edwards, Shy'nya Hillard, Alexus Bagley, Ebony Williams, Ruchika Sitrum, Aaraon Rodriguez, Fabiola Reyes and San Juan.
10. Vicky Le, seventh-grade science teacher, Toisnot Middle 
Students in Ms. Le's class created edible animal cell projects this week - coolest project ever and a great example of hands-on learning! The students were so excited to show off and present their work (and possibly eat?)!

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