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May 6, 2016

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1. Serving up Smiles
TODAY is National School Lunch Hero Day, and we are celebrating all of the hard working employees in our Food Services Department who prepare healthy meals for students and staff each day! This Team is led by The Amazing Cindy Bailey! 

2. True Talent
Everyone was blown away by Wells Elementary Fifth-grader Charlie Fogleman at the school's Talent Show on May 5. He is an amazing pianist and composes his own music - click the link for a short snippet of one of his original pieces.

3. Tech Master
Congrats to Jones Elementary First-grade Teacher Lora Pittman for earning her Master's Degree in Instructional Technology from East Carolina University. She is also a Simon Award finalist in the Excellence in Content category!

4. Popcorn Worthy
Elm City Middle recently held iMovie Night where students submitted content-based iMovies, and the audience voted on the top ones. Congrats to Aaron Evans, Bridget Stell, Maddie Joyner, Patrick McCullen, Evan Thorton, Iyad Abdelaziz, Zach Reaves, Devin Lin and Noah Evans for their winning entries. Also special thanks to Cara Patterson and Tammy Lamm for organizing the event. 

5. Balancing Act
Kudos to Toisnot Middle Eighth-grade Social Studies Teacher Jessica Dean for receiving a grant through the NC Teacher Assistance Association to purchase balance discs for students. Have you seen these? Balancing on the discs while seated helps students stay focused and get their wiggles out! 

6. Sign on the Dotted Line
Beddingfield and Hunt high schools recently held College Signing Day for seniors. At Hunt, the event was inspired by First Lady Michelle Obama's Reach Higher initiative to celebrate the success of college bound seniors and to promote a college ready culture among the entire student body. 

7. IB So Glad I'm Not in IB
From Hunt High Teacher Rachel McNeill: "Best of luck to all of our IB students whose two years of hard work is being put to the test as they sit for exam administrations May 2-18!"

8. Top TOYs
Current WCS Teacher of the Year Laura Nelson and 2013-2014 WCS Teacher of the Year Carol Abrams recently attended the fourth annual North Carolina Teacher of the Year Summit in Durham. We are so fortunate to have teachers of their caliber in our schools! Both are fifth-grade teachers - Ms. Nelson is at Hearne and Ms. Abrams is at Wells. 

9. Perfect Score
Elm City Elementary Principal Claudia Spencer would like to recognize Angela Battle, Connie Crowe and Sherice Wilkes for speaking at a recent ESSA Stakeholder Session in Pitt County. They presented on the importance of looking at student growth over proficiency when grading schools based on EOGs.

10. Double Dose
Two Shout Outs in one from Vick Elementary! Music Teacher Cullen Johnson deserves applause for leading the third- through fifth-graders in a concert showcasing African American spirituals. Art Teacher Renata Brewington provided all of the fabulous decorations. Also the fourth-graders collaborated on a project about Ruby Bridges and won first place. Special thanks to Cemmian Francis, Anita Ward, Natalie Mercer, Elizabeth Dollar and Melissa Wilber for their leadership.

Rock Ridge Elementary was recognized yesterday at the State Board of Education meeting for its 2015 National Blue Ribbon School status. In September, Rock Ridge received this honor - which is the highest honor awarded to schools by the US Department of Education - for its exemplary academic achievement. Rock Ridge is one of 300 schools in the nation with this status and three schools in the state. 

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