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Jan. 22, 2016

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We hope everyone had a great week! Please remember to keep New Hope Elementary Assistant Principal Wanda Etheridge in your thoughts and prayers. Her mother passed away Monday. Also stay safe in the inclement weather. Winter is officially here!

Shout Outs! 
1. Jana Winders, music teacher, Lucama and Lee Woodard Elementary
Kudos to Ms. Winders for creating our very first Wilson Elementary All County Chorus! This 140-member group will be comprised of 10 fourth- or fifth-graders from our 14 elementary schools. Mark your calendars for April 15 at 6:30 p.m. at Hunt High to see their first performance.

2. Aiyanna Williams, assistant principal, Beddingfield High

Ms. Williams was walking into school recently and found $200 lying by the door. Cha-ching. Without hesitation she sought out who had lost the money and determined it belonged to one of the custodians. He had assumed the money was gone forever and was ecstatic when Ms. Williams returned it to him.

3. Cargill and 2016 Wilson Chamber of Commerce Dynamic Leadership Class

WCS Teacher of the Year/Hearne Fifth-Grade Teacher Laura Nelson is trying to raise $20,000 for playground equipment at her school. Usually projects like this are funded by PTOs, but roughly 97 percent of the students at Hearne live in poverty and their families are not able to cover the cost. On Wednesday, Cargill donated $5,000. The 2016 Dynamic Leadership Class is also raising funds. To date, $11,000 has been raised. If you would like to donate, make your check payable to Dynamic Leadership and mail it to Wilson Chamber of Commerce, 200 Nash St., Wilson, NC, 27893.

4. Levolyre Pitt and Yolanda Davis from Dee's House and Fike High IB Students

From Fike Parent Ginger Jablonski: "Thank you so much Ms. Pitt and Ms. Davis for letting the IB students come and meet your kids today! It is so wonderful for high school seniors to revisit their preschool years to see how far they have come in their education and to encourage these younger kids as they begin their education. Dee's House is an exciting endeavor and such a warm and loving place for the preschoolers and those of us who get to volunteer with you."

5. Hunt High AVID I Students and English/AVID Teacher Janet Pollock

With guidance from Ms. Pollock, these students organized and collected more than 150 coats for their first community service project. They titled their project Warriors 4 Warmth and donated the coats to the Wesley Shelter.

6. Students selected for the Eastern District Honors Band 

The Eastern District Honors Band auditions were held recently and these students were selected - from Beddingfield High: Andrew Cobb (1st Chair tenor sax for 9/10) and Andrew Bates (1st alternative tuba for 11/12); from Fike High: Carolyn Vaughan (4th Chair French horn for 9/10) and Brigham Jensen (1st Chair trombone for 9/10); from Hunt: Jonathan Fallows (5th Chair trombone for 9/10), Alonso Torres (1st Chair tenor sax for 11/12) and Chloe Adkins (2nd alternate trumpet for 9/10); and from Toisnot Middle: Janielle Barnes (6th Chair French horn) and Jacob Jensen (8th Chair trombone). Those receiving 1st Chair will audition for the North Carolina All-State Honor’s Band in March. Wilson has never had this many 1st Chairs! Kudos to Toisnot Middle Director Jordan Webb, Beddingfield High Director Keith Green, Fike High Director Sarah Fenske and Hunt High Director Keith Dublin.

7. Lydia Byrne, fifth-grader, New Hope Elementary 

Lydia has been accepted in the Gilbert Chappell Distinguished Poet Programme. She was nominated and supported by Rebecca Tighe at Wilson County Public Library. Some of Lydia's poems will be published, and she will receive six months of mentoring by a professional poet. She will also perform a reading at Barton College and the Wilson Library in April.

8. Report Cards + Fitness at Wells Elementary

Wells is holding four separate 30-minute fitness classes for parents and students during report card pick up on Jan. 27 to merge academic fitness and physical fitness. How cool is that? Staff members have been focused on wellness activities and wanted to share what they have learned with students and parents. Kudos to the staff for this great idea!

9. Lorenzo Archer, fifth-grader, Vick Elementary 

On his own time, Lorenzo wrote to North Carolina A&T State University about attending college there in the future. Touched by his letter, the college sent him some A&T goodies. The staff at Vick is so proud of Lorenzo for his determination!

10. WCS Staff and Students

The WCS Public Relations Department recently received two Blue Ribbon Awards from the state's public relations association. They tell the great stories of our district! We were recognized for the Why I Teach series and our 2015-2016 Annual Report publication. Thanks to all of you for your hard work each day!

Highlighting a Community Partner

Wilson Academy of Applied Technology (WAAT) Principal Krystal Cox would like to thank Michael Darr and Bridgestone for their generous donation of 12 fully stocked tool boxes. This, like donations from many other companies, will give students a hands-on learning experience at WAAT beginning in the fall.


- 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

- The Wilson Public Library's holding a Jazz Film and Discussion Series. The series is free, and there is no registration required to attend any of the sessions. Joe Gomez, Professor Emeritus from NCSU, is the visiting scholar who will present the material and facilitate the discussions. Click here for more info:…

- EdCamp, a free professional development session for all educators, is scheduled for Sat., March 12 from 8-3:30 at Jones Elementary. All titles are checked at the door so everyone is an expert. Can't stay all day? Need to come late? That's fine! 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. Sessions are led by conversation, not presentation. CEUs will be earned for attending all day, breakfast is provided and the WCSschool with the highest percentage of teachers in attendance wins a trophy. Sign up today at For more information, visit or email or

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