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Friday, April 29, 2016

April 29, 2016

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To see pictures for this week's Shout Outs!, check our our Facebook page!

Happy Friday everyone! Please continue to keep the family and friends of Javonte Thomas in your thoughts and prayers. It is so heartbreaking when we lose a student! Please consider making a donation to help with expenses:

We now know the three finalists for WCS Teacher and Principal of the Year! Stay tuned for a Meet the Finalist email with pictures...

WCS Teacher of the Year Finalists

Antonnia Carter - Third-grade Teacher - New Hope Elementary
Hope Whitley - First-grade Teacher - Stantonsburg Elementary
Alexis Baumgartner - Eighth-grade Teacher - Toisnot Middle

WCS Principal of the Year Finalists

Claudia Spencer - Elm City Elementary
Kendral Flowers - New Hope Elementary
Valerie Budd - Speight Middle

Shout Outs! 

1. Epic
We had some great events happen recently that need celebrating - the Special Olympics on April 21, the New Hope Elementary Battle of the Books Team finishing fourth in the region on April 22 and the WCS Glow Run 5K on April 23. We congratulate all of the participants and are grateful to the volunteers who make events like these possible! (Special Olympics pics courtesy of Wilson Times).

2. Weeeeeee! All the Way Home

Seventh-graders in Vicky Le's science class at Toisnot Middle explored the vital organs and systems of fetal pigs and how they function in relation to their own bodies (gross and awesome). The activity was made possible through a DonorsChoose grant.

3. Standing Room Only 

Stantonsburg Elementary Principal Denise Taylor would like to thank the parents, students and staff for the planning, phone calls and hard work they put into making the EOG Parent Night on April 12 a success. She would also like to thank everyone who came. It was the largest crowd they've had at a Parent Night!

4. Bill Nye Who?

Jones Elementary hosted its annual Science Night on April 14 for school families. Fifth-grade Science Teacher Jennifer Byrd secured a Duke Energy Science Kit through the North Carolina Science Festival, which contained materials to build parachutes, ring gliders, rockets, catapults and marshmallow towers (I need this in my life). Families also navigated through mazes with laser pointers, wrote with invisible ink, watched their heartbeat using Play-Doh and built a vehicle to race on a zip line.

5. Superior Status

Members of the Beddingfield High Mixed Chorus traveled to Williamsburg on April 15 to compete in the Music in the Parks Festival. Their performance was amazing, and they were awarded first place in the AA Mixed Choir category. Not only did they receive a Superior rating but their score was the second highest overall for the entire weekend. The chorus is led by Luke Hancock. Way to go Bruins!

6. Nothing but Net

Isaette Darden, a Beddingfield High grad and current pre-med student at ECU, sank four shots in 25 seconds during halftime at the annual Love and Basketball game. She won $10,000 and donated half of her winnings to CHEW! We are so proud of the young woman she has become!

7. Gettin' them Steps

Coach Stephen Boyette wanted to congratulate Hunt High Track & Field Members Evan Lee, Chase Vaughan and Isabella Reed for competing in the recent Rock 'n' Roll Raleigh Half Marathon (13.1 miles). Evan finished in 1 hour 38 minutes (7th in Males 15-17), Chase finished in 1 hour 42 minutes (9th in Males 15-17) and Isabella finished in 1 hour 47 minutes (5th in Females 15-17).

8. Reading First

In the fall, Wells Elementary Second-grade Teacher Maria Madrid sent home Scholastic magazines with her students so they could order popular books. But she noticed that few ever placed an order. She also noticed that some students brought extra money for ice cream on occasion, and she wondered if they would rather save it for books instead. When she would give them the option, they almost always wanted books. At the end of every month, she places an order. Some students already have six new books.

9. Letting Off STEAM

New Hope Elementary recently received a $5,000 Biogen Foundation Grant which enables Ben Fleishman from Engineering World Health in Durham to lead activities focused on biomedical engineering for all teachers and fifth-graders. On April 21, he taught students about hydraulics and they also made models of the heart and a prosthetic hand. (Pic courtesy of Gray Whitley).

10. A Dell...Hello

Hunt High Senior Marylynn Jones is a Dell Scholar! Yay! She will receive a laptop, an invitation to participate in a mentoring program and $20,000 for the cost of her education at Howard University!

* Wells Elementary hosted the current Chamber of Commerce Dynamic Leadership Class for Education Day. This group consists of business leaders in the community. The students highlighted awesome activities at the school, which included: the Spanish Immersion program, Google Expeditions, a new recycling program and the partnership with ECU nursing students and Guatemala. The visitors were impressed with Wells and enjoyed their visit. (Pics by Gray Whitley).

Highlighting Community Partners

- Thanks to everyone who donated to the Fike High Food Drive to supply CHEW with nonperishable food items for children this summer. Fike High Teacher Kim Howard led the efforts and the goal set by her AVID students was to fill a classroom with items. They ended up filling a giant computer lab and also raised $1,100!

- Jocelyn Drawhorn of Next Up Media Consulting and Springfield Middle Principal Pattie Barnes have decided to celebrate their birthdays by giving back to the community. They are hosting a Mother's Day Clothing Drive on May 7 from 8 a.m. to noon at Daniels Learning Center. All of the items donated during this time will be given to battered women and children. Please consider donating clothes and shoes for women, children and babies.

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