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March 11, 2016

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Shout Outs! 
1. Making us Proud
Since September, dozens of Lucama Elementary students have been involved in a tutoring program for four hours a week after school. They have worked so hard and showed amazing growth. Special thanks to Fourth-grade Teacher Robin Bass for leading the tutoring.

2. Strength in Numbers
Huge thanks to Executive Director of Accountability/Testing Scott Sage for his support of the staff at Springfield Middle. He recently met with Principal Pattie Barnes and Assistant Principal Wendy Daniel and answered their questions about SchoolNet, EVAAS and the SPG Calculator.

3. No "I" in Team

From Stantonsburg Elementary Principal Denise Taylor: "I would like to give a Shout Out to Executive Director of Organizational Development Robin Gasque for the help she gave me and the staff on NCEES. I would also like to thank the staff for their dedication and teamwork. I am very thankful for all they do each day for students."

4. All that Jazz

The Friends of the Wilson County Public Library wanted to thank five Fike High students for performing during the recent jazz series. Members of the band include Daron Loftin on trumpet; Scott Harold on alto sax; Jackson Kicklighter on drums; Trey Ayers on bass; and Robert Harris on alto sax. Daron is the leader of the group - "I love jazz because it allows me to express myself in a way that I can't put into words."

5. Advancing with Determination

From Springfield Middle Assistant Principal Wendy Daniel: "Katherine Alphin, health/PE/AVID teacher, hasn't been teaching AVID long, but she has proven it's one of her strengths. She is always raising the instructional bar in her own classes and assisting other teachers in understanding AVID's best practices. I appreciate her hard work, dedication and optimistic nature."

6. That Magazine with the Yellow Border

Elm City Middle Eighth-grader Devin Han Lin has qualified to compete at the state level in the National Geographic Bee on April 1. We wish him the best of luck! One champion from each state will advance to the national competition in May.

7. Stepping out of the Shadows

The Wilson Education Partnership (WEP) and the WCS Career & Technical Education Department collaborated to host Leap Into Your Future on Feb. 29, a job shadowing program for high school students. Eleven juniors spent time shadowing employees at BB&T, Bridgestone, C&B Orthodontics, Chick-fil-A, ComForcare Senior Services, Creech’s Plumbing & Blissful Boutique, First Presbyterian Day School, Merck Manufacturing, Thomas Law Attorneys, White’s Tractor & Truck and Wilson Medical Center. The students who participated were: Abria Blount, Michael Coleman, Felicity Cox-Dickens and Shonta Hargett from Hunt High; Brianna Negrete, Sawan Patel, Earth Pender and Joshua Speight from Beddingfield High; and Nathan Adams, Ny’Asia Cox and Montennelliya Deans from Fike High.

8. Growing Up Fast

WCS held Kindergarten Registration at the elementary schools on March 9. Parents were able to bring their children to the school and register them for next school year. Lucama Elementary Principal John Joyner said: "We had students help with tours and hand out snacks and our teachers greeted parents and walked them through the registration process. It went wonderful."

9. Your Attention Please

In celebration of National School Social Work Week, WCS Social Workers are hosting an event at Chick-fil-A on March 15 from 5-8 p.m. Proceeds benefit WCS students and families in need. Chick-fil-A is also offering $7 boxed lunches for schools that are interested. Contact to place orders. We ? Annette Thomas, Tammie Yates and Karen Morton!

10. Near and Dear

Joseph Radford, a third-grader at New Hope Elementary, raised $1,200 for the American Heart Association (AHA), which was the most money raised at his school. The AHA is a very important organization to Joseph and his family. Also special thanks to Health/PE Teacher Chad Halverson for his support.

Highlighting Community Partners
- Forest Hills Middle celebrated the grand opening of its STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Lab on March 4. In the lab, students work in pairs at 10 computer stations that cover everything from manufacturing to simple machines. The hands-on-learning activities enable students to use problem solving skills and dig deeper into unexplored areas. The lab was made possible by a $100,000 grant from the Duke Energy Foundation through the N.C. East Alliance. WCS is grateful to those partners for supporting this initiative.

- Speight Middle held Career Days on March 3 where eighth-graders presented what they had researched about a certain career. Special thanks to the judges from the community and other schools: Bert Beard (Wilson Medical Center), Robin Williams (Board President of WEP), Jay Westbrook (Assistant Principal at Fike High), Aiyanna Williams (Assistant Principal at Beddingfield High), Deputy J.T. Vaughn (Sheriff's Office), Deputy Neil Penman (Sheriff's Office), Crystal Cox (C&B Orthodontics) and Keith Warren (BB&T).

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