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April 8, 2016

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Shout Outs! 
1. Let's Hear It for the Boy
The Parent Reunification Training Exercise held March 28 was great! We are grateful to the WCS staff who volunteered, the Wilson Police Department and WC Emergency Management. In 33 minutes, we reunified 100 students with their parents, which means on a grander scale that if a school had 500 students, the process would take 2.5 hours. Knowing this, we can work to reduce the time. A HUGE Shout Out! is in order for The Man Who Thought of Everything Glen Davis. Mr. Davis is our executive director of administrative services and when it comes to safety, he gets it. We are fortunate to have his expertise! 

2. Every Time a Bell Rings
Winstead Elementary would like to thank Belk Manager Zeb Whitehurst for Belk's recent contribution of $2,900 from the Angel Days fundraiser. The money will be used to purchase reading resources.

3. Giving Back

On March 19, the Hunt High Headbands of Hope Club raised more than $2,000 during its annual 5K. Staff Advisor Angie Nance and her students wanted to thank Coach Will Edwards and Coach Rusty Boyette for their assistance as well as all of the donors, volunteers and participants. A portion of the proceeds will support Barnes Elementary First-grader Jaymilet Renteria-Sanchez in her battle with cancer and St. Baldrick's Childhood Cancer Research.

4. It's Getting Hot in Here

New Hope Elementary recently held its first STEAM Night, and it was awesome! Parents and students visited the STEAM Lab (made possible through a grant from the Wilson Education Partnership) and were able to participate in hands-on activities. 

5. Love the Scrubs

How's this for career readiness? Fike High students in Health Science Advanced Studies are job shadowing at various medical facilities - Wilson Community Health Center; Brentwood Veterinary Clinic; Wilson Veterinary Hospital; Boles, Ham & Dixon; Holmes & Williford; Avante and Eastern Carolina Pathology.

6. The "Earth" without "Art" is Just "Eh"

Two great art exhibits are happening now until the end of the month: The Art Club at Vinson-Bynum Elementary has artwork on display at Barton College AND elementary students across the district have artwork showcased at the Arts Council of Wilson. We appreciate Barton and the Arts Council for allowing these displays at no cost.

7. Rallying Cry

From Fifth-grade Science Teacher Jennifer Byrd: "I want to recognize the Recycle Rally Team at Jones Elementary for exceeding its goal of recycling 20,000 bottles and cans since October. They are currently 16th in the nation out of 2,340 Recycle Rally Schools and have recycled more than 25,000 items. Team members include Zantiria McNeil, Zoie Young, Tyazia Jones, Liz Gutierrez, Laylee Laprade, Nassibah Bedreddine, Shaelee Byrd and Kullan Lamond." 

8. Muy Bien

Seniors in the Spanish 5 International Baccalaureate Class at Fike High visited the Spanish Immersion classes at Elm City Elementary on March 18. The seven seniors and their teacher, Thomas Haitema, were impressed by the knowledge of the students and cannot wait to visit again.

9. Be the Change...

Please donate to the Hope for Hunger Food Drive that will supply food for students in need during the summer months. The drive is being led by the Fike High AVID students in collaboration with CHEW. You can drop off nonperishable items from now until April 20 at Fike. You can also make a monetary donation. Let's make sure that no child goes hungry this summer!

10. Stop, Collaborate and Listen

Three of our finest represented WCS well at the recent Collaborative Conference for Student Achievement. Rock Ridge Principal Jennifer Lewis and Kindergarten Teacher Ginger Bissette presented on their school's National Blue Ribbon status and New Hope Elementary Kindergarten Teacher Theresa Milton presented on how to collect artifacts for the Kindergarten Entry Assessment.

* From Rachel McNeill (IB Coordinator/IB Biology Teacher/AVID Elective Teacher at Hunt High):
"To encourage college thinking, the Hunt AVID program stole a clever idea from Jones Elementary and used a bulletin board to showcase where staff members attended college. Sometimes theft is necessary when we are using each other's best practices!"

Highlighting Community Partners

- The Wilson Police Department STEP Team recently collected 256 books to donate to Winstead Elementary. Officer Wood organized a motorcycle ride that started at Books-A-Million in Rocky Mount and ended in Winstead's cafeteria. Each rider brought at least two books to participate in the 58-mile ride. Winstead Principal Tracy Joyner wanted to thank everyone involved - the Wilson Police Department, Wilson County Sheriffs Office, American Legion Riders, Iron Order, Dixie Steel, Bikers for Christ, Christian Riders Association, BUDS, Federal Probation and RMEP.

- Darden Middle held a College and Career Fair on March 23. The event showcased local business and educational opportunities for the entire student body. The students and teachers were genuinely impressed with the displays, the expertise of the representatives and the interactive feel of the event. 

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