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May 8, 2015

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Shout Outs!

1. Simon Award Winners and the 2015-2016 WCS Principal and Teacher of the Year! 
Nine WCS employees and one school won awards during the 2015 David Simon Excellence in Education Awards held last night at Fike High!! The awards, which debuted in 2010, stand as the highest recognition the school system bestows on an employee or school and recognize 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. Daniels won School of the Year. The list of winners is on our home page and Facebook page.

2. 25 Days of Respect
For 25 days, WCS is increasing its focus on bullying awareness with a number of activities in our schools including the rollout of a new WCS Bullying Website, daily lessons on respect, a "selfie" contest and special presentations. This initiative is in collaboration with the Wilson Youth Council. 

3. Pizza Inn
Wells Elementary wanted to thank our local Pizza Inn for being awesome! They sent coupons to schools so students could take their mother out to eat on Mother's Day, which is a $9 value per coupon. Buffet hours will be all day Sunday because of the offer. 

4. FFA at Hunt High 
Hunt High FFA members recently attended the Regional FFA Competitions. The Introduction to Horticulture Team consisting of Lindsey Bennett, Kayla Harris, Tori Jones and Brittany Thomas placed first in the region and advanced to the state level. The Nursery/Landscape Team consisting of Randy Bailey, Adrianna Baker, Anderson Hooks and Sarah Staton placed sixth in the region. The Ag Mechanics Team consisting of Lewis Baker, Will Barnes, Tim McWilliams and Chris Sell placed tenth in the region. 

5. Girls on the Run at New Hope Elementary
Joy Mosely, New Hope parent and Girls on the Run coach, wanted to thank Ms. Peed, Ms. Prafka and Kristy Eaton for their dedication to New Hope's Girls on the Run team. The season was a success because of them. She also wanted to thank the team for their donations to the Maggie Society.

6. Katherine Locke, English teacher, Fike High
Ms. Locke and 35 other educators from the Raleigh area traveled to the Marine Corps Recruit Depot at Parris Island to witness the recruit training program: "As an educator, I find it important to provide my students with appropriate options to choose from once they graduate. This experience gave me the confidence to really talk to students about their options within the Marine Corps. I experienced parts of recruit training and without a doubt, this was one of the best workshops I have ever attended as an educator!"  

7. Elm City Middle iMovie Night
Elm City Middle recently hosted its second annual iMovie night. Students created iMovies in their core classes and submitted them for the grade level contest. Five movies per grade level were selected and shown in the theater that night. The audience participated in live voting using their smartphones. Winners won a $10 iTunes gift card. Special thanks to Cara Patterson, Ashley Shiosaky, Tammy Lamm, Miranda Osborne, Antoinette Ruffin, Robert Harvey and Sara Gutierrez for all their help with the event.

8. JROTC Units at Beddingfield, Hunt and Fike High schools
The units from all three high schools participated in a record-breaking 5K on April 25. Ninety-five runners competed on the 5K course at Beddingfield to celebrate the 99th year of JROTC in America. The event is being proclaimed as the largest 5K running event in the US.  

9. Fifth-graders at Rock Ridge Elementary and the Hunt High Band
Remember this from our March 13 Shout Outs? These students joined forces to create an awesome "All About that Bass" iMovie to gear up for the NC Symphony's performance for fifth-graders on April 14. Officials with the NC Symphony saw it and invited Corri Skinner (RR music teacher), Matthew Mayo (technology facilitator), Cindy Berry (technology facilitator) and Principal Jennifer Lewis to the Friends of Note Benefit Luncheon on May 5 to recognize music education. The video was shown! 

10. Incoming freshman at Wilson Early College Academy 
Congratulations to the 75 current eighth-graders who attended Commitment Night to sign contracts to attend WECA in the fall. We are so proud of you!

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