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Friday, December 18, 2015

Dec. 18, 2015

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Shout Outs!
1. Blue Christmas
Rock Ridge Elementary is continuing to celebrate its 2015 National Blue Ribbon School status. On Monday, the Hunt High Band led all of the Rock Ridge students in a parade to the flagpole where the official Blue Ribbon flag was raised for the first time. Each grade level created banners, and a special bench was also unveiled. The staff and students wore blue all week and plan to release blue balloons at the end of the day today.
2. Santa Claus is Comin' to Town
The Fellowship of Christian Athletes Club at Fike High recently hosted a party for students in the Exceptional Childrens Department complete with Santa and Mrs. Claus! Special thanks to FCA Advisor/Math Teacher Pamela Letchworth for her leadership.
3. "DECA" the Halls
Congratulations to the Hunt High DECA students (Aulani Barnes, Haley Ellis, Megan Tillotson, Lesni Aguilera, Sidra Lister, Dennis Eason, Nathaniel Coley, Jacob Fox and Jose Lopez-Ocampo) who won Proficiency Awards at the District 3 Marketing Competitive Events Conference in Raleigh. The students represented Hunt well with exemplary behavior, and we wish them well as they advance to the state conference in the spring.
4. The Holly and the Ivy
Susan Hough, AIG teacher at Rock Ridge, Barnes and Lee Woodard Elementary schools recently won the Environmental Teacher of the Year Award at the Soil and Water Poster Contest Banquet at the Wilson Agricultural Center!
5. Santa Baby
The students in Dr. Haitema's Spanish classes at Fike High raised $130 for the Change for Change Baby Bottle Challenge to assist Wilson Pregnancy Center's prenatal counseling program. We appreciate the generosity of our students!
6. Jingle Bell "Doc"
Congratulations to Barnes Elementary Principal Vernita Williams aka Dr. Williams for successfully completing her dissertation on Nov. 23! She will graduate from East Carolina University on Dec. 18.
7. Have a Holly Jolly Christmas
Members of the Wilson Education Partnership (WEP) made surprise visits to schools last week to announce the recipients of the minigrants. In total, WEP is providing $7,982 for the following college- and career-centered projects: a career center at Fike High, collegiate-level writing textbooks at Hunt High, resources for college projects at Hearne Elementary, science materials for Darden Middle, LEGO educational curriculum software for New Hope Elementary, copies of the book Wonder for every student and staff member at Forest Hills Middle, instructional materials for a STEM lab at Vinson-Bynum Elementary and items to teach soft skills to students at Winstead Elementary.
8. It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas
Elm City Elementary Teacher Sonja Hayes would like to thank her school for organizing the Chick-fil-A fundraiser to benefit her husband in his battle against ALS. She also wanted to thank everyone who sold tickets and bought boxes - more than 500 were sold! "It could not have come at a better time," said Ms. Hayes. "The proceeds will help offset the growing medical expenses and cover some unexpected home modifications to accommodate my husband. I am truly blessed to be a part of the WCS family!"
9. It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year
Toisnot Middle Science Teacher Vicky Le said one of her favorite labs of the year is when her students explore living paramecium, euglenas, amoebas, and volvox. She could not contain the excitement in the room when her students witnessed an amoeba using its pseudopods to engulf two paramecium for lunch! And as if that was not engaging enough, the students were all extremely grossed out at the plaque scrapings from their gum lines as they identified and sketched bacteria cells.
10. Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow
The Viking Junior Optimist Club at Elm City Middle visited Elm City Assisted Living to share homemade Christmas cards, sing carol and give gifts to the residents. The club held a "Socks for Seniors" drive all month to collect new socks for the residents.
*Rocking Around the Christmas Tree
Hunt High's Club Unify invited students in the Exceptional Children program to their Christmas Party. They ate great food, sang carols and fellowshipped. Business Teacher/Advisor Michael Butts said, "I just want to thank our club members for their hard work, attention to detail and the hospitality they displayed. Each of our members epitomize the values that this Club so proudly represents!"

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