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Friday, February 19, 2016

Feb. 19, 2016

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Shout Outs!
1. She is an Absolute Rock Star
Assistant Superintendent Susan Bullock was named the 2015 Marcia Parker Volunteer Award Recipient yesterday. This is United Way's highest honor, and it is presented once a year to the most dedicated and effective volunteer of the campaign. Ms. Bullock led our Education Division, and it was the first to reach and surpass its goal. She doesn't share her personal story much, but Ms. Bullock is living proof of how United Way supports families in need. Her experience drives her to go above and beyond in fundraising efforts. The grand record-breaking total this year was just over $1.3 million!

2. Which Came First?
They do everything at Wilson Early College Academy! Students graduate with two degrees, teachers provide high-quality instruction, every student volunteers AND in Science Teacher Ken Schaffer's class, they incubate eggs that produce baby chicks.

3. Show Me the Money

Speight Middle Art Teacher Matthew Straub recently completed a $2,000 grant application for the Art 4 More Fund. The application was approved, and Speight received the check last week to purchase art supplies! AND We just got word that Sunny Sandhu, the Fike senior we featured last week, has been named a Coca Cola Scholar! This is a prestigious scholarship that had more than 87,000 applicants nationwide. Only 150 recipients were selected for the $20,000 scholarship!

4. Lean on Me

Wells Elementary Kindergarten Teacher Georgia Vick would like to thank the fourth- and fifth-graders who serve as peer tutors in her classroom. They provide top-notch interventions to students who need extra help, and the kindergartners really look up to them.

5. Keep Calm and Press Ctrl + Alt + Delete

From Rock Ridge Elementary Fourth-Grade Teacher Kerry Wilson: "I want to give a Shout Out to my fellow teachers Annie Gilbert and Elizabeth Willoughby. They are always willing to help staff with technology issues even if they have to use their own lunch and planning time. I am so grateful for them!"

6. Numbers Don't Lie

From Lucama Elementary Counselor Donna Winborne: "I would like to Shout Out our Student Intervention Team - Brooke Ellis, Beverly Dawson, Johna Kite, Leah Farmer, Shanna Wood, Amy Barnes, Teresa Kirby and Cynthia Hansley - for providing research-based interventions and making data-based decisions resulting in academic growth for students. I appreciate their positive attitudes and problem solving skills!"

7. Be Mine 

The Omicron Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma prepared Valentine's for our third-year teachers which included gift cards to Walmart. Board of Education Member Beverly Boyette is a member of the chapter, and she helped make the 40 deliveries. We appreciate this group and our wonderful teachers!

8. Dem Bones

Students in Vicky Le's science class at Toisnot Middle recently explored different types of bones and located the bone marrow, which is the site for red blood cell production. Here is your brain wrinkle for the day - red blood cells are the oxygen carrier cells in our bodies!

9. All You Need Is...

The staff at Jones Elementary participated in a book study and read Eric Jensen's, Teaching with Poverty in Mind. Jensen discusses how the brains of children are affected when they live in poverty and how schools can help. The staff wrote an action plan and agreed it all begins with love, empathy (not pity) and the desire to make a change. We are excited about all they will accomplish!

10. How the West was Won

Fike High Senior Neil Blackwell (pictured) was recently offered an appointment to the United States Military Academy at West Point. We are so proud of him and look forward to hearing which college he decides to attend!

From Assistant Superintendent Kelvin Cyrus: "I would like to recognize Amber Lynch for compiling the Our Story emails each week. What a wonderful way to stay on top of what's going on across our district. They keep us connected and in touch. Outstanding job, Amber! (She is one of my former students by the way!)"

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