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Friday, February 12, 2016

Feb. 12, 2016

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Yay for Friday! We hope we get some just for Assistant Superintendent Kelvin Cyrus who loves the stuff! Today is also the perfect day to spend time working on Simon Award nominations
 

Shout Outs! 
1. Stop the Press
The Wilson Academy of Applied Technology was featured in an EdNC article on Wednesday! This is huge news for WCS and our community! https://www.ednc.org/2016/02/10/21608/
 

2. Love the Bus Drivers!
This week was Bus Driver Appreciation Week! Driving a bus is an incredible responsibility, and we owe so much to them. The drivers at Jones Elementary got lots of love this week including special treats, breakfast and certificates. Pictured are Porsha Alston, Rosemary Roberts and Krista Battle (bus monitor) with Principal Gavin Meiring and Interim Assistant Principal Jennifer Bibbs. 
 

3. Remember those TI-85s?
Beddingfield High greatly appreciates the generosity of Principal Ronnia Cockrell and her staff at Toisnot Middle for allowing Beddingfield to borrow calculators for the NC Finals.  
 

4. Miracle Workers
From Barnes Elementary Kindergarten Teacher Tricia Metzler: "I wanted to take the time to thank WCS Maintenance Director Mark Letchworth and his staff for what they've done for me and my school. It's amazing all that they accomplish - and on a very limited budget. Your expertise helped bring our amazing murals on the kindergarten hallway to life!" Picture attached.
 

5. Que Pasa?
Need proof of the benefit of being bilingual? Wells Elementary Student Chloe Walls used her Spanish language skills to sell Girl Scout cookies! And also check out our Spanish Immersion information video to learn more about the program! 
 

6. G-3, B-2, N-4
From Principal Wendy Sullivan: "Bingo Night at Wells Elementary was a huge success last week thanks to the efforts of the PTO led by Paige, Meredith, Barbara, Kelly, Michelle, Jessica and Ms. Lucas. I almost got emotional when we were cleaning up because everyone took part in the process. We have such a sense of community at our school! We also appreciate First Presbyterian and First United Methodist churches for allowing us to use their tables." 
 

6. Handsome Dan
Did you know Yale was the first university in the country to have a mascot? We bet Fike High Senior Sunny Sandhu knew that. Congrats to Sunny on his acceptance to Yale and also for being a finalist in the Coca Cola Scholars Foundation program! Pictured is Sunny (center) with his fellow IB students as they give him him a "cupcake toast" in honor of his acceptance.
 

7. Wearing Red
Sixth-graders at Springfield Middle wore red last week to show their support for the fight against women's heart disease and stroke. 
 

8. Worksheet-less Wednesday
Every Wednesday at Barnes Elementary, teachers go paperless by not using worksheets in an attempt to save trees and help the environment. What an awesome initiative! 
 

9. Sending their Love

Students in Ivana Eatmon's business class at Darden Middle recently created Valentine's Day Cards on their computers to send to HIS Radio Hearts for Kids. They mailed the cards to the station to be sent to hospitalized children. 
 

10. Triple Threat 
Donna Currie, technology facilitator, recently received the 2016 Instructional Technology Scholarship through the North Carolina Technology in Education Society (NCTIES). Yay! And Natalie Mercer and Suzanne Colbert will be co-presenting at the NCTIES conference in March on e-Portfolios. 
 

* Starstruck
Wells Elementary Parent Sherry Bullock was selected to appear on The Rachel Ray Show and tell her personal fitness story. Click here to read the article in the Wilson Times! 
 
 
 
Highlighting Community Partners
The Elm City Optimist Club recently hosted the Vikings Junior Optimist Club, comprised of students at Elm City Middle, for a charter club ceremony and reception at the Elm City United Methodist Church. The club is the first of its kind in Wilson County. The school is very proud of its civic-minded students who are committed to serving others. 

 
- For the past 10 years, Hunter’s Competitive Dance Company (HCDC) has raised thousands of dollars for children’s charities (including the WCS Exceptional Childrens Department) through its “Dancing with the Stars” Benefit Showcase. This year’s showcase will be held at Fike High on March 6 at 2 p.m. The 2016 “stars” include Director of Public Relations Amber Lynch and WCS Chief Operations Officer Eric Davis. We are going to rock the house! Please consider supporting our efforts to raise money by clicking here. On Feb. 15, you can purchase tickets through etix.com.

 
Opportunities
- It's time to start nominating WCS employees for the 2016 David Simon Excellence in Education Awards. This year, there are eight nomination categories in which parents, students and staff can submit nominations. To see the award guidelines and categories and to make a nomination, click here or ask for a copy in your school office. The deadline for nominations is March 11. Winners will be announced at the 2016 Simon Awards on June 2 at 6:30 p.m. at Hunt High. Everyone is invited! 
 

Spanish Immersion Information Nights are Feb. 16 at Elm City Elementary and Feb. 29 at Wells Elementary. Both meetings begin at 6:30 p.m. All families with incoming kindergarten and first-grade students are invited to attend! 

 
- WCS is hosting another multi-agency training event on Mon., March 28 at Fike High from 8 a.m.-noon. This event will focus on the Parent Reunification process. If you would like to volunteer and play the role of an employee, student or parent, click here. Students are also welcome if accompanied by an adult. 
 

 - Two students at Speight Middle recently started a GoFundMe page for one of their classmates who has spina bifida and is in need of a new wheelchair-accessible van. Please consider donating! 

 
EdCamp, a free professional development session for all educators, is scheduled for March 12 from 8-3:30 at Jones Elementary. 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. CEUs will be earned for attending all day, breakfast is provided and Brewmasters is selling $6 boxed lunches. Sign up today at bit.ly/edcampeastnc. For more information, visit edcamp.org or email brittany.argall@wilsonschoolsnc.net or jessica.bailey@wilsonschoolsnc.net.

 
- Our students are already gearing up for the Wilson Tobs Read Around the Bases event on June 6. Please make plans to attend this special celebration which includes a pre-game parade around the bases and chances to win free tickets to Tobs games and t-shirts.

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