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Friday, March 20, 2015

March 20, 2015

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Happy FridayThis has been a great week for education in Wilson County and also across the state! North Carolina celebrated 175 years of public education yesterday with an event in Raleigh highlighting all of the accomplishments made during that time. WCS had great representation from administrators and teachers (a few attendees in the picture). We were also thrilled when we saw one of our submitted WCS photos from Elm City Elementary in the marketing materials! Yay for us! 
Shout Outs!

1. Drucilla Lamm, fourth-grade teacher, Vinson-Bynum Elementary
Fellow Fourth-Grade Teacher Leigh Anna Simpson wanted to thank Ms. Lamm for transforming the school into an oriental paradise for Chinese New Year. She made lanterns, streamed lights from the ceiling and brought in bamboo stalks, panda bears and kimonos. "She always exceeds expectations, and I'm happy to be her coworker!" 

2. Donna Hunter, math teacher, Toisnot Middle
Principal Ronnia Cockrell wanted to recognize Ms. Hunter for recently inducting 17 members into Toisnot's first ever Jr. BETA Club. Ms. Cockrell said she is proud of the students who made the academic qualifications and truly appreciates Ms. Hunter for her dedication in securing Toisnot as a charter. 

3. Jim Varnell, president, Beddingfield High Athletic Booster Club
The Athletic Booster Club is painting several buildings on Beddingfield's campus, and Mr. Varnell painted pretty much the most terrifyingly awesome Bruin on the football concession stand. He has mad talent! 

4. Police Chief Thomas Hopkins and Sheriff Calvin Woodard
Winstead Elementary Principal Tracy Joyner and her students and staff would like to thank Chief Hopkins and Sheriff Woodard along with all the officers, detectives, majors and captains who came out to read to students during Read Across America Week. It was an honor to have so many heroes in the building! 

5. Debbie Joyner, WCS Print Shop
Wells Elementary PTO Member Meredith Jinks wanted to thank Ms. Joyner for the fantastic experience she had working with her: "I reached out to her about the spring fundraiser, and the materials we needed printed. She not only was friendly and helpful, but she worked extremely fast to meet the turnaround time we needed! She truly went above and beyond in order to help us. I wish everyone I worked with was as friendly and helpful as she is!"

6. The Pioneers of the Hunt High Math Club  
Kudos to this group of students (Claire Morrison, Jessica Richenberg, Kiara Pitt, Elizabeth Hawley and Nick Randolph) and two teachers (Dana Farriss and Jeff Kidd) for planning a supply drive in conjunction with Pi Day. If students brought in school supplies, they could attend the school's Pi Day event - pie eating contests, pin the coordinate on the plane and a pie walk. They collected a ton of supplies to donate to the math departments at Forest Hills and Springfield Middle schools! 

7. Fike High Blood Drive
It was another amazing year for the Fike Blood Drive! The final total was 718 pints of blood. Kudos to Teacher Kim Schmidt and all of the other staff members and students who helped her organize the drive, which is the largest, single-day high school blood drive on the East Coast! Several Red Cross employees wanted to know the secret to Fike's success, and they were told that it's because the teachers motivate students to give and recruit donors. A great example of how our teachers empower students to learn, create and inspire! 

8. Fifth-graders from Barnes, Lee Woodard and Wells Elementary schools 
These students recently toured the campus of Barton College to experience the college life. They heard from student ambassadors, completed a scavenger hunt around campus and dined in the student cafeteria. The tours were coordinated by the Barton Admissions Staff and the Wilson Education Partnership. 

9. Hearne Elementary Battle of the Books Team
Congrats to the Hearne Battle of the Books Team - Petra Perez, Demonts Hoskins, Sylvia Cooper, David Franzwa, Parth Dave and Trinity Lyons - for their recent victory in the county championship! Also pictured are Media Coordinator Kimberly Fischer and Teacher Monika Sharma.

10. Veronica Brown-Pigford, Exceptional Children Teacher, Toisnot Middle
Ms. Pigford was featured in the spring issue of Wilson Woman magazine for her excellence as an educator. This magazine is published by the Wilson Times. We are fortunate to have her as a part of our WCS family! 

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