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Feb. 26, 2015

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Shout Outs!

1. The One and Only Martha Lampros
Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent and Board of Education Clerk Martha Lampros retired yesterday after 20+ years of service to WCS. Few people in our WCS family are as admired and respected as Ms. Lampros. Her attention to detail, knowledge of all things WCS, sweet spirit, top-notch customer service and sense of humor will be missed by everyone...but especially by those in the Superintendent's Office with her. We wish her the very best and apologize for being hot messes on her last day!

2. Cloud Nine
Whoo hoo! WCS is being recommended for reaccreditation! Every five years, school districts must go through this process to ensure they are setting goals and improving. More than 700 artifacts were compiled during the past seven months so our accrediting agency (AdvancED) could conduct a rigorous review of the schools and the entire district. Earlier this week, a team from AdvancED visited several schools and interviewed administrators, staff, Board of Education members, parents and community members.

3. Leading the Way

We are so proud of the students from Fike High who participated in the recent statewide Youth and Government conference. They were awarded the Model Delegation Award for their public speaking and debate skills, recruitment and fundraising. The students are led by Advisor Michelle Galloway. Pic attached. 
4. New Kid on the Block
From the Elective Team at Springfield Middle: "We wanted to Shout Out EC Teacher Hayley Baxley. She is a first-year teacher, and is doing an amazing job. She also coached the girls' basketball team to the Tri-County Middle School Conference Championship. She is now coaching softball, and we know they will have a successful season as well!"

5. Modeling Excellence
From Toisnot Middle Principal Ronnia Cockrell: "We wanted to thank Principal Nelson Johnston, Counselor Marsha Spell and the rest of the team at WECA for the positive impact they've had on our students and the way they make them feel important and respected. WECA is a great school! We applaud their efforts and all they do."

6. We are ALL Reading Teachers!
Congrats to Jones Elementary Fifth-Grade Teacher Jennifer Byrd for attending and presenting at a North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching session last week in Ocracoke. Ms. Byrd's hands-on lesson focused on teaching literacy to Exceptional Children through science. 

7. I'm the Map
Kudos to Lucama Elementary First-Grade Teacher Donna Whitley for having one of her Thinking Maps published through the Thinking Maps community. What an awesome achievement!

8. Drop it Like it's Hot 
From Darden Middle Principal Steve Hunter: "I was so pleased at our recent Parent Academy because we asked the parents and students to read silently for 15 minutes as a part of our DEAR - Drop Everything and Read initiative. Many of the parents told me that this was something they would start implementing at home on a daily basis. Thanks also to the Wilson Times for donating newspapers to our school." 

9. Yay for the 100th Day
Lee Woodard Elementary had an awesome 100th Day Celebration on Feb. 5. Students brought in baggies of 100 pennies for Penny Power and also made goody bags for each teacher. Other activities included: rewarding students with prizes every 100th minute, presenting certificates for 100 days of perfect attendance and using a computer program to age students to what they will look like at 100 years old. 

10. Scaling Back
The staff at Daniels Learning Center is proud to announce its Biggest Loser results. The collective weight loss among the 13 participants was 69 pounds in six weeks! Everyone who participated lost between 1-16 pounds. The competition is still going. Way to go! (Man, I totally resisted a cheesy pun right there). 

Highlighting Community Partners
- Registration is open for the WCS Glow Run 5K set for April 23 at 7 p.m. at the Rec! Click here for more details: T-shirts are included in the registration fee. Thanks to Tate Design Group for designing the shirts and to Coca-Cola for product donations! 


- The Spanish Immersion Information Night at Wells Elementary is scheduled for Mon., Feb. 29 at 6:30 p.m. All families of incoming kindergarten and first-grade students are invited to attend! 

- For the past 10 years, Hunter’s Competitive Dance Company (HCDC) has donated thousands of dollars to children’s charities (including the WCS Exceptional Childrens Department) through its "Dancing with the Stars” Benefit Showcase. This year’s showcase will be held at Fike High on March 6 at 2 p.m. The 2016 “stars” include Director of Public Relations Amber Lynch and WCS Chief Operations Officer Eric Davis. Please consider supporting our efforts to raise money by clicking here Purchase tickets through

 - The Wilson Police Department (WPD) Citizens Academy begins March 10 from 5:30-8 p.m. at the City Operations Center and is open to the public. 
This class is taught by various members of WPD and covers the areas of patrol functions, criminal investigations, crime scene investigations and specialized units. If you are interested, call 252-399-2358.

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, breakfast is provided and Brewmasters is selling $6 boxed lunches. Sign up today at For more information, visit or email or

- Don't miss in harmony #26 where the m
usical talents of the high school choruses are combined. The Middle School All-County Honors Chorus is also featured. The shows are at Fike High on Fri., March 18 at 8 p.m. and Sat., March 19 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for students and can be purchased at the high schools or the Chamber of Commerce! This is a huge fundraiser for the Wilson Education Partnership and all the money raised goes back into our schools! 

- At a loss for how to navigate the road to college? Then make plans to attend the FREE National College Fair at the Raleigh Convention Center on March 22 from 4:30-7:30 p.m. 

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