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March 4, 2016

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Your Lesson of the Week 
Wise words from a Springfield Middle student - When we went to AVID Day in Charlotte, I learned that you don't need to take the easy way out in school. If you do you might not get the GPA you need or get into the college you want to go to. I also learned that in life you always need to set goals and even if you don't meet every goal, it will make you want to try harder the next time.

Shout Outs!
1. Triple Threat 
Three of the awards presented at the Humanitarian Awards sponsored by the Wilson Human Relations Commission last weekend were presented to individuals or groups with WCS ties. Board of Education Member Gary Farmer was awarded the Paul Lee Stevens Humanitarian Award for being a champion for the deaf and hard of hearing. The Community Spirit Award was presented to the Chamber's 2015 Dynamic Leadership Class (which includes Principals Claudia Spencer and Ronnia Cockrell) for its group project to send children from Hattie Daniels Daycare to the zoo. Fike High Student Jordean Blazek-Guinan was awarded the Youth on the Move Award for tutoring students and feeding the homeless.  

2. Homework Wars
Jones Elementary held a successful Parent University session titled Homework Wars on Feb. 11. Parents simulated being in their child's classroom and were given homework to complete in between practices and games. Special thanks to Greta Albritton, Crystal Fulghum, Carol Tomlinson and Lora Pittman for leading this phenomenal session.

3. Shading in the Circles
From WCS Executive Director of Federal Programs Tom Evans: "Kudos to New Hope Elementary Fourth-grade Teacher Emily Aycock and WCS Curriculum Instructional Coordinator Debra Simons for leading three great parent sessions on preparing for the EOGs." 

4. Out of this World
From Wells Elementary Music Teacher Tara Woodard: "I want to thank Christine Baugh, instructional technology facilitator at Speight Middle, for going out of her way to help my son who is competing in a contest through NASA, NIA and Rocket21. He is required to submit a 90-second podcast and Ms. Baugh has met with him several times to ensure his final submission will be perfect!"

5. Definition, please?  
For the second year in a row, Zachary Mallol, an eighth-grader at Springfield Middle, won the Wilson County Spelling Bee. He survived 13 rounds and clenched the title by spelling "provolone." Zachary will represent Wilson in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, DC in May. 

6. Feeling OK?

Students at Rock Ridge Elementary read The World According to Humphrey this month, and they have a little bit of hamster fever. Dr. Bulson and Board of Education Member Beverly Boyette visited the school recently for the Rightway Cafe lunch and caught the fever as well. 

7. Secure your Safety Goggles
From Stantonsburg Elementary Principal Denise Taylor: "Representatives from Imagination Station recently visited our school. The students being recognized for Renaissance were invited to a program where they learned about the exciting world of science. Yes, our building is still standing!" 

8. Nothing but Net
Congrats to Winstead Elementary Student Jherlymax Jones for winning the Boys with Character Essay Contest. He won his choice of a basketball or football. See the picture of Jherlymax and Major Scott Biddle and Captain Jeff Boykin to see which one he picked. 

9. Google It
A Google Expedition Team will visit Wells Elementary on March 8 to lead teachers and students in an amazing virtual journey. The Team only visits select schools around the world. Congrats to the Two Amazing Suzannes (Rusnak and Colbert) for making this happen and also for the willingness of Hearne and Vick elementary schools to participate because Google requires a certain number of students. It's too cool for words

10. Morgan Freeman is the Muse
Two years ago, Wilson Early College Academy Science Teacher Nick Johnson started a Japanese Club that met a few times a month. News of its awesomeness spread and this year it became a course offering. The students are having a blast learning the language and the culture of Japan. 
Highlighting Community Partners
The Fike High Blood Drive is the largest, single day, high school blood drive in the NATION thanks to the students and staff at Fike and also everyone in the community who donates blood at the event. Mark your calendars for March 10from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. The goal this year is 800 pints. Community donors are encouraged to schedule their own appointments using one of the following methods: visit / and download the blood donor app or call 252-758-1140 ext. 2028. To expedite the process, donors may choose to complete the history portion ahead of time by using this link.

- Starting to freak out a little! The Hunter’s Dance Dancing with the Stars Benefit Showcase (which is a huge fundraiser for several charities) is Sunday at 2 p.m. at Fike High. The “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 at

- Please join the 2016 Chamber Dynamic Leadership Class at Pizza Inn on March 7 from 5-8 p.m. for a fundraiser to benefit the Hearne Elementary Playground Fund. For tickets, email

Kindergarten Registration is March 9 from 2-6 p.m. Parents need to register their child at the elementary school serving the attendance zone in which they reside and bring the necessary required documents. For more information, click here

- Don't forget to nominate WCS employees for the 2016 David Simon Excellence in Education Awards. To see the award guidelines and categories and to make a nomination, click here
. The deadline for nominations is March 11. Winners will be announced at the 2016 Simon Awards on June 2 at 6:30 p.m. at Hunt High.

- On March 12, WCS is holding a Teacher Job Fair at Darden Middle from 9 a.m. to noon. If you are interested in working for WCS, bring copies of your resume and most recent transcript. Principals from all our schools will be there and interviews and contingency contracts will be offered onsite. 

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

- Don't miss in harmony #26 where the musical 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, the Chamber of Commerce or by emailing me! 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. 

- Volunteers are needed for our WCS Parent Reunification Training Exercise on March 28 from 8 a.m. to noon at Fike High. WCS is collaborating with law enforcement and other local agencies to create a training scenario to test our ability to reunify students and parents after a crisis. We need adults and students (accompanied by an adult) to volunteer as actors and play the role of teachers, students and parents. If you would like to volunteer, click here
Teachers who participate in the event can count the day as a work day to make up time missed because of inclement weather.

- Communities In Schools of Wilson County is supporting the Give Five Read Five book collection drive for students who do not have books at home. Drop off new or gently used children's books at the CIS office located at 113 E. Nash Street, Suite 516 or at WCS Central Office. 

- State Employees' Credit Union is holding a free Shred Day at 4501 Nash St. NW on April 9 from 9 a.m. to noon for personal documents only. 

- Registration is open for the WCS Glow Run 5K set for April 23 at 7 p.m. at the Rec! Glow BIG or Go Home! Click here

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