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Dec. 4, 2015

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Shout Outs!
1. Tommy Greene and Christian Williams, fifth-graders, Hearne Elementary
These students did an outstanding job leading the Grati-Tour at Hearne on Nov. 20. Every month, a group of WCS teachers, Board of Education members, business leaders and Central Office staff visit three schools to thank staff. Tommy (left) and Christian (right) made sure we went into every classroom, and it was precious how the younger students waved to them or gave them hugs. 

2. Sherry Edwards, media coordinator, Springfield Middle
From Principal Pattie Barnes: "I would like to thank Ms. Edwards for her willingness to do the work that sometimes lies in the 'details of the weeds.' I have asked her to take on so many projects the past few years, and she is always willing and completes them in 'Excellence!' I am so glad she is a part of the Wildcat Family!"

3. Forest Hills Middle Club Unify
Kudos to the students in Club Unify for raising $500 through the Belk Charity Days fundraiser in November! The money will be donated to our local Special Olympics. The club is still raising money if you would like to donate! Contact School Counselor Colleen Raper at

4. Frank Adamkiewicz, curriculum facilitator, Jones Elementary  
The staff at Jones would like to thank Mr. Adamkiewicz for facilitating the school's Professional Learning Communities. He balances the needs of classroom teachers with the expectations of their roles and responsibilities. He offers excellent suggestions and has a vast knowledge of resources because he spent 18 years in the classroom: "He is an important part of our school community, and we appreciate all that he does to help us grow our students!"

5. Hunt High AVID Site Team and entire Hunt Staff
From Hunt High AVID Coordinator Angie Nance: "I would like to give a Shout Out! to our AVID site team and entire staff for earning the status of AVID Highly Certified Site. This would not have been possible without the efforts of everyone. I am looking forward to AVID going schoolwide at Hunt!" 

6. Student Athletes Pledging to be Alcohol Free 
Gov. McCrory recently asked the state's Alcohol Beverage Control Commission to begin a campaign to end underage drinking. The Talk It Out Campaign challenges middle and high school student athletes to abstain from underage drinking. WCS was selected as the pilot school district for the campaign. On Wednesday night, our high school student athletes, coaches and principals were recognized at Barton College. Special thanks to Larry Etheridge (local ABC Board) and Jessica Bailey (WCS) for organizing the event.  

7. Staff and Students at Speight Middle
From Teacher Assistant David Radford: "I want to thank the staff and students at Speight for making my first week back as a teacher assistant so wonderful. You have been awesome, and I truly appreciate your kindness. I will always remember this week."

8. Teresa Pope and other PTO Members at Hunt High
The staff at Hunt High would like to thank Ms. Pope and the entire PTO for all of their wonderful support: "Our PTO is a tremendous resource, and we appreciate everything they do (especially the staff appreciation lunches!). 

9. Jenna and Macy Hebbard, Dillon Harris and Patrick McCullen, students, and Cheryl Gardner, math teacher, Elm City Middle 
From Principal Will Pope: "These students were selected by their teachers as Students of the Month for their outstanding character and academic success. We are very proud of them. We would also like to recognize Ms. Gardner as our Teacher of the Month for going above and beyond in the classroom and helping her colleagues."

10. Anthony "Ant" Atkinson, Wilson native/former star basketball player for Barton College/current Harlem Globetrotter/motivational speaker
Mr. Atkinson is well known in our schools as a motivational speaker and recently spoke to the group of high school males in the Gentlemen's Agreement program. We are grateful for the way he gives back to our community! He attended the Barton basketball games on Wednesday night where the Talk it Out Campaign was recognized, and we snapped a super sweet picture of him and one of his sons. 

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