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Friday, April 22, 2016

April 22, 2016

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We hope everyone had a great week! Happy Earth Day! And let's give a huge Shout Out! above the fold to Lucama Elementary Assistant Principal Allison Williams on her appointment as the new principal at Lucama effective July 1Ms. Williams has been the assistant principal at Lucama the past three years and has learned a lot under the leadership of Principal John Joyner. Mr. Joyner is retiring after 20 years at the school. We are going to miss him so much, and we appreciate his service to Lucama and WCS! 

Shout Outs!
1. We are the World
?Speight Middle is planning a schoolwide beautification event today to celebrate Earth Day. They are inviting community partners to join students, teachers and parents as they spruce up the grounds and also plant three new trees at the front of the school - one for each grade level. 

2. Sting like a Bee
Congrats to the fourth- and fifth-graders on the Jones Elementary Team for winning first place in the WCS Math Bee. The team from Lucama Elementary won second place and Elm City Elementary won third. This was the first year of the event, and all of the students deserve recognition for their hard work! 

3. Summing it Up
Congrats to the Elm City Middle Math Team for its fifth-place finish at a recent state competition at ECU. The team consisted of Macy Hebbard, Jenna Hebbard, Devin Lin and Logan Medlin, and is coached by Ms. Gardner. Great job! 

4. Drop the Mic
Macy Pate (left) and Sarah Staton (right) participated in the Golden Circle Oratorical Contest on April 7 and advanced to regional round. Both are juniors at Hunt High and in the AVID program. In the next round, Sarah placed second and will compete in the district competition on May 7

5. Shining Examples
The PTO at Darden Middle recently treated a group of students to lunch for selling the most items in the school's fundraiser. While at the restaurant, a woman approached the group and complimented their behavior. When it was time to leave, they learned that the woman had paid for the entire bill. The staff and students at Darden would like to thank her for her kindness. She did not leave her name or contact information. We are so proud of these students for representing their school and WCS well! Pictured are Jasadrian Boswell, Shaquille Wade, Cassandra Smith, Rebecca Robbins, Amya Wooten, Efrain Zepada, Brendon McConney, Kierra Lewis, Ahmad Wooten and Janee Swinson. 

6. Top of the Class
Fike High had several students accepted into the North Carolina School of Science and Math - Yasharth Singh, Claire Dixon, Angela Chen and Joe Benson. This is a great opportunity for these students!

7. Super Stars
Kudos to all of the students who performed in the WCS All-County Elementary Chorus Concert on April 15 led by Guest Clinician Dorthea Taylor. Special thanks to Jana Winders, music teacher at Lucama and Lee Woodard elementary schools for creating the chorus and organizing the event. The concert was also a fundraiser for Communities In Schools.  

8. Higher Education
Twenty juniors at Fike High attended the Greater Raleigh National College Fair on March 22 where 150 colleges were represented. The students were amazed at all of the opportunities they were exposed to. They ran into other Fike students who were there with their parents and students in the Hunt High AVID program. Kudos to Ms. Price, Ms. Locke and Ms. Locus for organizing the trip.

9. Perfecto!
WCS ESL Teacher Margui Haitema recently led an EOG Preparation workshop for Hispanic parents at Gardners Elementary. Dozens of parents attended and attentively followed Señora Haitema's lively presentation as she explained to the parents (in Spanish) how to help their children succeed. Muchísimas gracias, Señora Haitema, for making the extra effort and for providing a meaningful parent-school connection for the families.

10. From the Heart
Buster Edwards from our WCS Print Shop would like to thank everyone for the calls, visits and donations after he lost his house in a fire a few weeks ago: "I am replacing the memories I lost in the fire with new ones created by all of the wonderful people who have supported me. It has really meant the world to me." 

Highlighting Community Partners
- Barnes Elementary recently held Career Day for the third- through fifth-graders. Special thanks to Counselor Katherine Skinner for organizing the event and to Smithfield Foods, Target, Wilson Medical Center, the Wilson Police Department and a local martial arts instructor for sharing information with the students. 

- Communities In Schools is collecting books through the end of April for elementary students who do not have access to books at home. Christine Gilmore's class at Jones Elementary has a goal of collecting 750 books for the drive. Please help them reach their goal by dropping new or gently used books at Jones Elementary. 

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