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Friday, January 15, 2016

Jan. 15, 2016

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We hope everyone had a great week! Take a look at the Staff Meeting Quote that Beddingfield Parent Catherine Morrisette shared. Her manager at BB&T used this during a meeting, and it can certainly be applied to all of our lives! 

Shout Outs!
1. George Mitchell, retired major with the Wilson County Sheriff's Office
Our community was saddened to hear that Deputy Major Mitchell passed away last week. Since his retirement, he has worked as a bailiff in Superior Court. He made all of us feel special and loved when he was in our schools. We trusted him, and we took his message about the dangers of drugs and alcohol to heart. He will be truly missed! 

2. Barnes Elementary Principal Vernita Williams, Barnes Assistant Principal Annette Faison, Springfield Middle Principal Pattie Barnes and Springfield Counselor Jaymie Lee
From Barnes Elementary Kindergarten Teacher Tricia Metzler: "My daughter was diagnosed two years ago with severe Crohn's disease. I am so grateful for my principal and assistant principal for their loving support and immeasurable patience with all of the visits to doctors and the hospital. I also want to thank Ms. Barnes and Ms. Lee for their care and concern toward my daughter. It means so much to me!" 

3. Students in Hunt High's Future Business Leaders of America Club (FBLA)
Hunt's FBLA had its best performance in 15 years at the recent regional competition! The following students placed and earned the right to compete at the state level in March: Destiny Gregg, Oliva Rivera, Nadia Smith, Kayla Vines, A'tiana Archer, Eboni Abdus-Samad, Samiyah Neal, Sarah Wood and Marylynn Jones. Picture attached. 

4. Suzanne Colbert, instructional technology facilitator, Jones Elementary
From Jones Elementary ESL Teacher Neema Shah: "I would like to thank Ms. Colbert for training me on some great technology tools and also for helping me use technology more in my classroom." 

5. Wilson Resident Wendy Moore supports Springfield Middle 
To celebrate her birthday, Ms. Moore asked her friends to donate money to First Book to provide books for a WCS teacher (Brittany Argall, eighth-grade teacher at Springfield Middle) and a Pitt County Schools teacher. Her friends raised $1,000 for books and also donated winter coats. Two years ago, Ms. Moore donated 420 copies of Where the Wild Things Are to distribute at the WCS Back-to-School Fair. We are so grateful for her generosity!

6. Catherine Potter, Jennie Morton and Danielle Matrajek, seniors, Hunt High
These seniors recently earned their Girl Scout Gold Awards, which is the highest honor given to Girl Scouts. Each student had to complete a service award. Catherine conducted a nutrition literacy camp at the YMCA, Jennie constructed benches and garden planters for our local soup kitchen and Danielle created flyers about sun protection and distributed them to local pools. 

7. Hailey Bissette, sophomore, Hunt High
January is Board of Education Appreciation Month and Hailey stood behind the podium at the Board meeting Monday night to thank the Board on behalf of all WCS students. Hailey was one of the five students featured nine years ago in the Seeing the Dreams marketing campaign when she was in first grade. We are so proud of all she has accomplished during that time! 

8. Wilson County Board of Education Members
We applaud Dr. Christine Fitch, Henry Mercer, Beverly Boyette, Velma Barnes, Glenn Reaves, Gary Farmer and Debora Powell for their service and dedication to WCS! Check out two of the Thank You card projects that were prepared for Dr. Fitch (Wells Elementary - Art Teacher Susan Canady) and Mr. Mercer (Vinson-Bynum Elementary - Art Teacher Demetrius Smith). 

9. Gamma Beta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. 
As a part of their MLK Impact Day, members of this sorority discussed Dr. King's contributions to society with students at Barnes Elementary. The staff and students were grateful for their time and look forward to them visiting the school again. Special thanks to Vedas Neal, June Sessoms, Leutrisher Bryant and Dalphine Perry.  

10. Hunter's Dance Studio
Hunter's Dance donated the proceeds from last spring's Dancing With the Stars event to the Exceptional Childrens Department at Fike High (Dr. Steve Ellis, WCS Executive Director of Alternative Programs, and his wife won the competition). Three laptops and a projector were purchased for the department's use. 

BONUS - Jody O'Neal, Daisy Renfrow and Laura McNair, staff at Beddingfield High
From Principal FT Franks: "I want to thank Athletic Director Jody O'Neal for all of his organization that led to a successful Wilson Holiday Basketball Tournament. I also want to thank our bookkeeper, Ms. Renfrow, and our school secretary, Ms. McNair, for all of their work to prepare food for the coaches and guests in the hospitality room for three nights." 

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