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Friday, October 23, 2015

Oct. 23, 2015

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Shout Outs!
1. The Wilson Academy of Applied Technology (WAAT)
WCS met the funding match necessary to begin work on WAAT, which is set to open as our 26th school in the fall. WAAT is an early college high school based at Beddingfield High and Wilson Community College. In five years, graduates will earn a high school diploma and an Associate of Applied Science degree in Applied Engineering Technology at no cost. All rising ninth-graders are eligible to apply. Krystal Cox, WCS administrator, is to be commended for all her hard work in making the school a reality. 

2. Student Volunteers at the Wilson Wellness 5K and Color Run
Jessica Bailey, coordinator of web communications and special projects, and Amber Lynch, director of public relations, would like to thank the high school students who volunteered at the Color Run on Oct. 17. This event would not have been possible without them ! They also want to thank the WCS Maintenance Department and Wilson Police Department Captain Mark Sullivan. They raised $2,000 for health and fitness programs in the district and 142 runners participated. 

3. Former WNBA Star Tynesha Lewis and the ABC Board
Middle and high school students had the privilege this week of hearing Ms. Lewis speak about her struggles with alcohol. From Macclesfield, Ms. Lewis is a former NC State University and WNBA player who has partnered with the ABC Board in motivating students to be careful with their choices. Pictured are students from Wilson Early College Academy with Ms. Lewis (center in khaki pants). 

4. Career Days
Career Days was held this week for eighth-graders. This event highlights businesses, Wilson Community College, Barton College and the high school CTE programs and introduces students to college/career options in Wilson. Special thanks to the freshmen class at Wilson Early College Academy for helping with setup and the WCS and Wilson Education Partnership staff who organized the event. Check out the pics on our WCS Facebook page.

5. Teachers attending NCCAT 
Twenty-two teachers attended a North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching seminar in Ocracoke last weekend. They participated in leadership strengthening activities, which were led by the BB&T Leadership Institute and the Coast Guard. The group learned valuable techniques to use in classrooms and share with colleagues. 

6. Brayson Ferrell, senior, Fike High
Brayson is the first senior in Fike's AVID program, which began four years ago, to receive a college acceptance letter! AVID is an elective class that equips students with the skills needed to succeed in college. Brayson credits the program for his success and has spoken to freshmen about how his GPA improved because of it. We are so proud of him and wish him the best! 

7. Two Awesome Second-Graders
Gavin Dean, a second-grader at Barnes Elementary and Imer Bernial-Santos, a second-grader at Vick Elementary, were winners in the 2015 Fire Prevention Week Poster Contest sponsored by the NC Office of the State Fire Marshall. Their artwork will be featured on the NCOSFM website and Facebook page. Art Teacher Ben Gufford is proud of their efforts! 

8. Speight Middle Students
Speight Middle Art Teacher Matthew Straub wanted to recognize the Speight students who have artwork featured on Currently, more than 1,000 works of art are featured with 500 fans, 90 artist statements and 60 comments! 

9. Brittany Argall, eighth-grade teacher, Springfield Middle 
Congrats to Ms. Argall for being selected as a Kenan Fellow at NC State University. She will collaborate with university researchers and industry experts to spur the next generation of great thinkers, leaders and inventors. The program helps solutions-driven teachers drive innovations in North Carolina public schools.

10. Shannon Campbell, social studies teacher & United Way coordinator, Beddingfield High
From Beddingfield Social Studies Teacher Brookie Cummings: "I want to thank Ms. Campbell for her tireless work on our United Way campaign. She truly exhibited several of her Strengths Finder strengths - Achiever, Responsibility and Discipline - while reminding staff about the campaign, collecting pledge cards and meticulously completing all the necessary paperwork."

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