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June 3, 2016

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Shout Outs! 
1. Simon Award Winners
Ten WCS employees won awards during the 2016 David Simon Excellence in Education Awards held June 2 at Hunt High!! The awards, which debuted in 2010, stand as the highest recognition the school system bestows on employees and recognizes exceptional performance. The Simon Awards carry the name of the late David Simon, a Fike student whose response to a terminal cancer diagnosis was to become a scholar. Here is a list of the winners:
Certified Employee of the YearKatherine Taylor, Media Coordinator, Forest Hills Middle
Classified Employee of the Year: Ashley Davis, Computer Technology Assistant, New Hope Elementary
Learn. Create. Inspire. Award: Esperanza Chavez, 1st Grade Teacher, Rock Ridge Elementary
Excellence in Content Award: Cynthia Hardy, 5th Grade Teacher, Winstead Elementary
First-Year Teacher of the Year: Harrison Lamm, PE/Health Teacher, Springfield Middle 
Teacher Leader of the Year: Sara Gutierrez, 6th Grade Social Studies Teacher, Elm City Middle
Innovator of the Year: Jennifer Byrd, 5th Grade Science Teacher, Jones, Elementary
Lifetime Achievement: George Drawhorn, Assistant Principal, Daniels Learning Center
Principal of the Year: Valerie Budd, Speight Middle
Teacher of the Year: Hope Whitley, 1st Grade Teacher, Stantonsburg Elementary


2. Special Thanks - Simon Awards
Special thanks to all of these fabulous folks for helping me and Martiza Johnson with the Simon Awards (leaving out titles so it's not 10 pages long). I'm so sorry if I left anyone out - as you can see, it's a team effort and such a labor of love! WCS is the best! 
Inspiration: David Simon and his wonderful family who support the event and the 30 finalists 
Planning and Production: Hunt High's awesome staff and students - (Eddie Doll, Grant Roberson, Custodians, JROTC students, Broadcasting students, Lt. Col. Thomas McCormick, SRO Hickman), Kenny Kelly and his crew, Gray Whitley, Mark Roberts, WCS Maintenance Department, the Wilson Education Partnership and the 2015-2016 school-level Teachers of the Year 

Presenters: Dr. Bulson, Laura Nelson, Dr. Christine Fitch, Pattie Barnes, Beverly Boyette, Sheriff Calvin Woodard, Keith Warren, Debora Powell, Mayor Bruce Rose, Christy Proctor, Captain Mark Sullivan, Eric Davis, Henry Mercer, Rodney Dancy, Zeb Whitehurst, Robin Williams, Paula Benson, Kelvin Cyrus, Ryan Simons and Bridgette Akins 
Entertainment: the Hunt High Jazz Band and Keith Dublin, Coley Rhodes, Trinity Lyons, the Lucama Elementary Chorus and Jana Winders
Special Presenters: Martha Vick, Vester Auto Group, Tem Myers and Hans Hess 
Other Awesome Peeps: David Lyndon, Sylvia Mizzelle and Jessica Bailey   


3. WAAT Commitment Night
Sixty-seven students signed commitment contracts during a ceremony Tuesday night at the Wilson Academy of Applied Technology (WAAT), the new early college set to open in the fall. The incoming freshmen also pledged to become the school's first graduating class in 2021 when they graduate with both a high school diploma and an associate's degree in applied engineering technology. We are so proud of these students and grateful to everyone with WCS and the business/industry community who made it possible. 


4. Academic Aces at Elm City Middle
From Elm City Middle Parent Angela Horton: "Elm City held its annual Academic Awards on May 19. Students who attended were recognized for their accomplishments and the school's Teacher of the Year Jennifer Joyner was the keynote speaker. Her speech was inspiring and exciting. Special thanks to Principal Will Pope and Assistant Principal Jagtar Singh for being such wonderful leaders and encouraging students." 


5. CTE Standouts
From Executive Director of Secondary Education David Lyndon: "I would like to thank Career Development Counselor/Instructional Management Coordinator Kelly Lindsey and Work-Based Learning Coordinator Jimmie Lucas for their continued efforts in building opportunities for our students through the Career and Technical Education program." 


6. Rock Stars in Organizational Development
From Toisnot Middle Principal Ronnia Cockrell: "A BIG Shout Out! to Organizational Development! I cannot imagine the time and effort that went into creating the WCS Teaching & Learning Conference. I am truly amazed and in awe of what WCS has to look forward to August 18-19. Thumbs up to Robin Gasque, her staff and all of the presenters." 


7. Stantonsburg Stars
From Stantonsburg Elementary Principal Denise Taylor: "I would like to thank the students and staff at Stantonsburg for the beautiful artwork that was presented to me during our Multicultural Day celebration. The artwork was of stars, and every student colored on the canvas. The gift is so special to me, and I will always treasure it. I also appreciate the staff creating an event to help open the eyes of our students and to educate them on other places in the world."  


8. Little Free Library at Wells Elementary
As their service learning project this year, the special area and EC teachers at Wells raised money and purchased a Little Free Library to place on the grounds. Members of the community can place books in the structure, which looks like a mailbox, and take books out that they want to read. 


9. Above and Beyond at Springfield Middle
Springfield Middle would like to thank Eighth-grade Teacher Kelly Stevens and Counselor Jaymie Lee for all of their hard work organizing and decorating for the school's 2016 Academic Banquet.  


10. Applauding the Beddingfield Chorus
From Beddingfield High English Teacher Lynn Organ: "I wanted to give a HUGE Shout Out! to Luke Hancock and the BHS chorus. Wow! They sound amazing and deserve all of the awesome accolades they have recently earned. Mr. Hancock is a great leader and has created a culture of school pride and dedication. His groups are among the best I've heard in my tenure at BHS." 


BONUS - Studying Butterflies
Barnes Elementary First-grade Teacher Penny Johnson ordered caterpillars so her students could learn about the life cycle of butterflies. They kept journals and watched the caterpillars in the different stages - larva, pupa, chrysalis and butterflies. The students were so excited! 


Highlighting Community Partners
- We applaud the 2016 Chamber Dynamic Leadership Class for taking the dream of 2015-2016 WCS Teacher of the Year Laura Nelson and running with it. Ms. Nelson applied for several grants to purchase a playground at her school but funds didn't start pouring in until Dynamic Leadership decided it would be their group project for the year. 
- Since October 2012, the Rightway Café has been an opportunity for Dr. Bulson and members of the Board of Education to eat lunch with exceptional groups of students and staff members in the schools. The attendees are selected based on good character, and local restaurants provide the meals at no cost. We are grateful to the restaurant partners who have supported the initiative this school year. A HUGE thank you to Brewmasters for donating lunch at every middle and high school Rightway Cafe (that is 11 free lunches for groups of 20+). We also want to thank Chick-fil-A, Domino's, Golden Corral, Kountry Kitchen, Pizza Inn, Subway of Brentwood, Something Different, Bill's, Parker's and Carolina Cheese. 


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