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Friday, January 29, 2016

Jan. 29, 2016

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We hope everyone had a great week! Allow us to share some fabulous recent pictures that will widen the smile that is already on your face! Featured are Wells Elementary Principal Wendy Sullivan with two precious little ones, Superintendent Sean Bulson with School Age Child Care Office Assistant Diane Batts photobombing each other's website portraits and New Hope Elementary Fifth-grade Teacher Joanne Jackson with her students.

Shout Outs!

1. Meagan Moss, first-grade teacher at New Hope Elementary/Firefighter for Silver Lake Volunteer Fire Department/Adjunct Teacher at Nash Community College
Ms. Moss was one of the young professionals featured in the Wilson Times' special section - "20 Professionals Under 40" that was published this week. We are in awe of her! She will also be featured in next week's Why I Teach.

2. Taylor Price, College Adviser, Fike High

Ms. Price's Fike to College: College Admission Preparation Grant for $500 was recently funded through Donors Choose. She purchased new SAT, ACT, PSAT and ASVAB prep materials as well as financial aid, college majors and scholarship guides. These materials will be great resources for students.

3. Student Government Association (SGA) at Jones Elementary 

This group recently spent several hours on a Saturday volunteering at the Hope Station. They packed 400 pounds of rice for distribution. Club Facilitators Rosemary Edmundson and Greta Albritton were so proud of these students!

4. Forest Hills Middle Beta Club 

This group will be traveling to the NC Junior Beta Club State Convention scheduled for Feb. 1-2. At the convention, the students will compete in these areas: math, science, social studies, language arts, spelling, visual arts, photography and technology. Winners will advance to the National Convention in New Orleans. Best of luck!

5. A Ton of WCS All Stars assisting at Wells Elementary

Principal Wendy Sullivan would like to thank Cindy Berry, Timothy Kirby and Omar Perkins in the WCS Technology Department and Gail Britt, Frederick Bellamy, Suzanne Rusnak and Randy Prince from Wells for all of their help unloading and setting up the new computers at Wells. Mr. Kirby and Mr. Perkins also took time over Christmas Break to hook up the old computers in a different lab. Great teamwork!

6. Jahtrez Woodard-Applewhite, fourth-grader, Gardners Elementary
Jahtrez found $4 as he was walking into the building last week. He turned in the money to his teacher. A kindergarten student had brought the money for Jump Rope for Heart and dropped it. The staff at Gardners wanted to thank Jahtrez for his honesty and integrity.

7. Chris Beneck, Instructional Technology Facilitator; Jerri Moore, Hunt High Media Specialist; and Hunt's Guidance Department 

From Hunt Math Teacher Josh Rollins: "I would like to give a Shout Out to Mr. Beneck and Ms. Moore for all of their hard work in gathering, organizing and distributing Chromebooks during exam week. I also want to thank Nancy Boykin, Tammy Coleman, Michelle Graybeal and Kandyss Thomas for prepping the paper/pencil tests. Without their hard work, testing would not have gone so smoothly this semester."

8. Speight Middle Administrators, English/Language Arts Teachers and Instructional Technology Facilitator Christine Baugh 
These hard working educators sacrificed a recent Saturday to "whip up some sure fire strategies" for i-Ready enhancements. Christine Baugh, Principal Valerie Budd, Assistant Principal Angela Norris, Renita Ruffin, Jacqueline Jones and Heather Williams had a great time in the process!

9. Dads at Barnes Elementary
Staff at Barnes would like to thank all of the wonderful dads who visited the school during its annual Lunch With Dads event. It's always a thrill to see families bonding in our schools.

10. Students participating in the Men's Civic Club of Wilson's Oratorical Contest

Kudos to these students for their participation in this contest on Jan. 17 - Alexcia Parker (Daniels Learning Center), Cassandra Smith (Darden Middle), Eliza Bryant (Forest Hills Middle), Andrew Woodard (Speight Middle) and Kasaye Barnes (Springfield Middle). The students did a great job expressing their perspective on the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Receiving special recognition were: Cassandra Smith (1st place), Kisaye Barnes (2nd place) and Eliza Bryant (3rd place). These students had their essays printed in the Wilson Times.

Highlighting 1 of our 699 Identified Community Partners
- Winstead Elementary Principal Tracy Joyner and the rest of her staff would like to thank Major Biddle and Captain Boykin of the Wilson Police Department. They meet with third-graders and discuss good character traits that will enhance leadership skills. Major Biddle and Captain Boykin also mentor and read with second-graders weekly. What awesome role models!

- Two students at Speight Middle recently started a GoFundMe ( page for one of their classmates who has spina bifida and is in need of a new van to accommodate his wheelchair. Please consider donating!

- The WCS AIG Program is holding a Flapjack Fundraiser at Applebee's on Feb. 6 from 7:30-10 a.m. Please plan to attend!

- The Wilson Police Department is partnering with the Wilson Parks and Recreation Department and the Wilson Doughnut Shop to hold a fundraiser on Feb. 6 from 6 a.m. to noon at the Doughnut Shop to raise money for Special Olympics. All proceeds from ordering a $5 SCRAM special (sausage, egg and cheese on bread with a pastry and drink) will go toward Special Olympics.

- Volunteer Income Tax Assistance offers free tax assistance to families whose income level is under $53,000 a year. For more details, call 252.293.4305.

- The Wilson Public Library's holding a Jazz Film and Discussion Series. The series is free, and there is no registration required to attend any of the sessions. Click here for more info: (…).

- EdCamp, a free professional development session for all educators, is scheduled for March 12 from 8-3:30 at Jones Elementary. There are no pre-determined sessions or presenters. Instead, the attendees indicate what they would like to learn and then the organizers look for trends and create the schedule. Sessions are led by conversation. CEUs will be earned for attending all day and breakfast is provided. Sign up today at For more information, visit or email or




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