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Friday, May 27, 2016

May 27, 2016

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We hope everyone had a great week and is ready for a long weekend! Please be safe!

How awesome is this? Seniors at Fike High visited Hearne Elementary Thursday morning and walked the halls in their caps and gowns. The Hearne students were inspired by the seniors and treated them like rock stars! THIS is why we do what we do!  Here is a link to a great video! Cue the Kleenex!

Shout Outs!

1. Future WCS Family Members
Congratulations to the newest group of Owens Scholars! These seniors receive scholarship money through the Pee Wee and Myrtle Owens Scholarship Fund and in return agree to teach for WCS when they graduate from college. We are so proud of Maritza Jimenez and Erica Yepiz from Beddingfield High and Megan Hickey and Allyson Varnell from Hunt High. 

2. Keeping Tabs
The Junior Optimist Club at Elm City Middle visited the Ronald McDonald House for a tour and to donate hundreds of pull tabs from soda cans that they had collected. The funds generated from recycling the tabs helps offset expenses at the Ronald McDonald House. 

Movie Stars
Instructional Technology Facilitators (ITFs) in our middle and high schools recently compiled videos showcasing the benefit of 1:1 technology. Check them out (! Special thanks to ITF Joseph Hayes and Technology Technician Michelle Edwards. 

4. Sound the Buzzer
Proud Parent Melvis Strickland wanted to congratulate Mesha Strickland, a fifth-grader at Elm City Elementary, on her scholarship to attend the Wolfpack Women’s Basketball Camp through the NC Electric Cooperatives/Touchstone Energy Sports Camp Scholarship Program. The applicants were judged on academics, extra-curricular activities and an essay. Mesha will attend fundamental skills development training from June 12-15 and stay in a dorm at NC State. Special thanks to PE Teacher Roger May for his support. 


5. Formal Affair
Forest Hills Middle recently held its formal for eighth-graders. We applaud these students as they prepare to enter high school and love seeing pictures of them all dressed up!  

6. Freestyle with Fido
The Dancing for the Dogs event was a huge success! Fitness instructors led workout classes at Hunt High to raise money for the Maggie Society, a local rescue group for dogs. More than $1,000 was raised and the organizers hope to have the event again next year.


7. Digital Demonstration
ITFs Chris Beneck and Suzanne Colbert would like to thank Hunt High Seniors Jacob Fox and Haleigh Vickrey for assisting them with a Digital Learning presentation at Jones Elementary. Jacob and Haleigh showed teachers and students how to use a 3D printer and how to work with Spheros (robots). The elementary students were very excited by what they saw and the interaction that they had with the seniors. 

8. Celebrating Anthony
On Monday, eighth-graders at Toisnot Middle celebrated the life of Anthony Bryant, their classmate who passed away from cancer two years ago. The students and staff wore t-shirts in his honor and Principal Ronnia Cockrell and Teacher Kathi Bryant shared memories of his sense of humor and the lasting impact he had on everyone.


9. Puppy Love
The FIRST STRIDE Running Team at New Hope Elementary raised $130 and collected 200 items to support For the Love of Dogs, a local organization committed to rescuing and caring for dogs. Way to go! 


10. Making Connections
WCS celebrated the students involved in the Gentlemen's Agreement at a special banquet on Tuesday night. The program is coordinated by Student Intervention Counselor Maurice Barnes (Daniels Learning Center) with the help of Assistant Principal Aiyanna Williams (Beddingfield), Assistant Principal Kim Newkirk (Fike), Career Development Counselor Melody Parker-Eatmon (Hunt) and Director of Transportation Robert Harvey. The purpose is to connect high school males with mentors to enhance their leadership skills. Pic of WCS Chief Operations Officer Eric Davis congratulating one of the students (Gray Whitley).


*Correction! - The WECA yearbook in last week's Shout Outs! was not the first yearbook at the school. It was the first student created yearbook. My apologies to the staff and Advisor Katrice Brown! Pic attached of Ms. Brown and Casey Bannen, Brittany Peele, Jessie Summerlin and Maddie Vick. 

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