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Jan. 8, 2016

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We hope you had a great week back after the holidays! 2016 is going to be the best year ever! Allow us to hit you with a little bit of knowledge. Leadership is a huge theme for us this year, and we love this advice from Mike Myatt, leadership expert/columnist/speaker - Focus on the leave-behinds not the take-aways: The best communicators are not only skilled at learning and gathering information while communicating, they are also adept at transferring ideas, inspiring action and spreading their vision. The key is to approach each interaction with a servant’s heart. When you truly focus on contributing more than receiving you will have accomplished the goal. By intensely focusing on the other party’s wants, needs and desires, you’ll learn far more than you ever would by focusing on your agenda.
Shout Outs!
1. Students Making Straight A's at Wilson Early College Academy
From Principal Nelson Johnston: "We had 30 students to make straight A's in their high school and college classes first semester! That is a huge accomplishment, and one worth Shouting Out! because it equates to roughly 10 percent of our student population. I really appreciate the hard work of our AWESOME students and staff."
2. Ranisha Brown, Pre-K Teacher, Jones Elementary
From Second-Grade Teacher Carol Tomlinson: "Ms. Brown goes above and beyond for her students. She creates individualized instruction and advocates for their well being and individual needs. Her tremendous work with parents to ensure a whole learning experience for students is simply amazing. We are so lucky to have her as a part of our Jones family!"
3. Beddingfield High Athletes and Basketball Coach Jeremy Howard
Gardners Elementary would like to thank Coach Howard and several students on the basketball teams for their recent visit. They gave each student a Bruins basketball, each staff member a t-shirt and provided a basketball demo. The Gardners students loved watching them!
4. Seniors in the AVID Program at Hunt High
These students recently collected food items for Woodmen of the World to help feed the hungry in Wilson County. Students designed a flyer to advertise the event and offered a prize to the 4th block class with the most donations. They collected more than 450 items!
5. Elm City ES, Lucama ES, Stantonsburg ES, Vick ES, Darden MS, Elm City MS, Forest Hills MS, Speight MS, Beddingfield HS, Fike HS and Hunt HS
Our phenomenal team of social workers (Annette Thomas, Karen Morton and Tammie Yates) would like to thank these schools for participating in a fundraiser to support our district's social work department. More than half of our 12,300 students live in poverty and have great needs.
6. 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. Here is a link to her video. We will find out later this month if she is one of the 15 national winners who will receive $5,000 for their school and $5,000 for personal use.
7. Camryn Thompson, sixth-grader, Toisnot Middle
The staff at Toisnot would like to congratulate Camryn for her first place regional win in the VFW Patriots Pen contest. The theme was "What Freedom Means to Me." We wish her the best when she competes at the state level later this month!
8. Craig Adams and Sunil Dutt, eighth-grade science teachers, Forest Hills Middle
Mr. Adams and Mr. Dutt recently secured a River Guardian Grant that will provide the science lab with $15,000 worth of equipment. In a phone call to Principal Cheryl Baggett, the chair of the selection committee said Forest Hills was chosen because of Mr. Adams and Mr. Dutt's passion for teaching, professionalism, energy and their desire to make learning relevant.
9. Donors Choose Grant Recipients from Toisnot Middle
From Toisnot Principal Ronnia Cockrell: "When I went in my office Monday morning, I saw a stack of papers on my desk. My first thought was - what in the world? Surprise! There were FIVE letters from Donors Choose. Over the holidays, four of our teachers were awarded five different grants. Congratulations to Mr. Sessoms, Ms. Winter, Ms. Baumgartner (two grants) and Ms. Le. I am extremely proud of these teachers. ROCK THE RED AND WHITE!"
10. WCS Technology Facilitators, Middle School Media Coordinators and Toisnot Middle's Curriculum Facilitator and School Counselor
From Wilson Academy of Applied Technology Principal Krystal Cox: "I would like to thank these wonderful colleagues for supporting the Middle School STEM Days event. It was a great success because of all of you! A special thank you goes to Joseph Hayes for all of his hard work."
Highlighting a Community Partner
WCS appreciates BB&T and its Lighthouse Project initiative that allows BB&T employees to complete service projects throughout our community. Many of our schools have benefited from the time, talent and resources of BB&T employees. Our schools are currently in the process of submitting project proposals and should hear back by the end of March which projects are approved.
- Darden Middle's AVID program is sponsoring a Flapjack Fundraiser at Applebee's on Sat., Jan. 16 from 8-10 a.m. All funds will support AVID's college field trips and learning experiences. Tickets can be purchased at Darden for $7 by Jan. 14.
- Volunteer Income Tax Assistance offers free tax assistance to families whose income level is under $53,000 a year. For more details, call 252.293.4305.
- It's back! Another EdCamp is scheduled for Sat., March 12 from 8-3:30 at Jones Elementary. EdCamp is a FREE professional development session for all educators. All titles are checked at the door so everyone is an expert. Can't stay all day? Need to come late? That's fine! Just come when you can. There are no pre-determined sessions or presenters. Instead, the attendees indicate what they would like to learn and then the organizers look for trends and create the schedule for the day. Sessions are led by conversation, not presentation. CEUs will be earned for attending all day, breakfast is provided and the WCS school with the highest percentage of teachers in attendance will win a trophy. Sign up today at For more information, visit Still have questions? E-mail or

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