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Friday, March 18, 2016

March 18, 2016

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We hope everyone had a great week and enjoyed the weather! We must give a Shout Out! above the fold to Gray Whitley. We are THRILLED to have such a talented photographer capturing events in our schools. Pictures - and his especially - are definitely worth more than words. We've indicated below which ones are his. (ALL PICTURES ARE ON THE WCS FACEBOOK PAGE.)

Shout Outs! 
1. En el Sombrero
The Spanish Immersion Programs at Elm City and Wells elementary schools are asombroso! Check out the attached picture of a recent activity they completed at Wells during Read Across America Week.

2. Picture Perfect

In a recent EdNC article about the State Board of Education, our very own WCS Board of Education Chair Dr. Christine Fitch is featured in the picture. As the winner of the Raleigh Dingman Award (the state's top award for a Board member) she has a seat on the State Board this year. We are fortunate to have her representing us! See it here:…/state-board-tackles-student-surveys…/

3. College Bound

AVID students in Katherine Alphin's class at Springfield Middle completed a college research project consisting of a college pennant, display board, research paper and an oral presentation. The exposure helped the students understand what it takes to get into college. They also toured Barton and Wesleyan.

4. World Travelers 

On March 3, Vinson-Bynum Elementary held International Night in conjunction with Math/Art Night. Each grade level represented a different country and the students had to answer math problems to get their passport stamped. They were then allowed access into the country to complete art projects.

5. Key Lime is my Fave

Fike High Math Teacher Pam Letchworth brought the joy of Pi (the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter) to Fike this week. She coordinated an array of events including the Pi Day Walk of Fame, a trivia game for staff and the infamous Pi Chain. Picture by Gray Whitley.

6. Above and Beyond

The staff at Jones Elementary would like to thank EC Resource Teacher Renee Brown for working tirelessly to support not only her students but all other students at Jones. Her dedication is much appreciated.

7. Now Break Your Legs 

Toisnot Middle Teachers Samantha Dixon and Samantha Smith created hands down the greatest bulletin board of all time - especially for middle school students who are obsessed with the song Watch Me. What a great way to reinforce test taking skills! Picture by Gray Whitley.

8. Proud Papa

Wilson Early College Academy Principal Nelson Johnston wanted to share that his daughter, Cameron Johnston, was featured in the University of North Carolina's K-16 Compass magazine. Ms. Johnston is one of our first-year teachers and is a second-grade teacher at Hearne Elementary.

9. Camping Out

From Coordinator of Web Communications and Special Projects Jessica Bailey: "I want to thank Suzanne Colbert, Natalie Mercer and Christine Baugh (WCS Tech. Facilitators) for everything they did to help make EdCamp East NC a success. Without them I could not have pulled off such a large-scale event. They handled everything from creating online forms to troubleshooting several technology issues. They also helped set up the day before and got to Jones at the crack of dawn before the event began on Saturday."

10. Can't Mess with the Best

The WCS Job Fair was held Saturday and close to 100 candidates interested in joining our family attended! Our schools did an awesome job marketing themselves with some great table displays and of course some great folks manning the tables. Pictures by Gray Whitley.

In order for Speight Middle Sixth-grader Andrew Woodard to be the GRAND finalist in NASA's Journey to Mars competition, he needs your votes! He has been named one of six national finalists in the under 13 category because of the video podcast he submitted. You can view his podcast and vote once a day until March 21 by clicking here: Scroll down until you see Wizard10.

Highlighting Community Partners

- Elm City Elementary Teachers Heather Godwin and Christy Joyner are coordinating with Historic Downtown Wilson on TOE JAM - a community project to collect new and gently used shoes for WCS students in need. Everyone is invited to attend the Downtown Alive concert on May 4 to support the initiative by bringing a pair of shoes to the event. Skylar Horne (kindergarten), Braeden Barnes (5th) and Azhar Ahmed (3rd) won the logo contest and their logos were combined into one image for promotions. Rack Room Shoes, Captain Pendergrass and Detective Godwin bought shoes as prizes for the winners.

- Chick-fil-A holds fundraisers almost every night for organizations or individuals in our community. We are all about Christy and Tracy! Our WCS Social Workers and their student helpers were there Tuesday night raising money. Pictures by Gray Whitley


- Wells Elementary is collecting items for children in Guatemala through its partnership with the ECU Nursing Program. Please consider donating washcloths, bars of soap, 8-pack crayons, toothbrushes and toothpaste by March 22.

- 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 TONIGHT at 8 p.m. and Saturday 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 and the door. This is a huge fundraiser for the Wilson Education Partnership.

- Make plans to attend a fundraiser at Pizza Inn on March 21 from 5-8 p.m. to support YOUTH of Wilson. Three words - chocolate chip pizzert.

- 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. Register here.

- 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 test our ability to reunify students and parents after a crisis. We need adults and students (accompanied by an adult) to 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.

- 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 for more details:

- The Wilson County Special Populations Golf Tournament to benefit the ARC of Wilson County is scheduled for May 12 at Wilson Country Club. To become a sponsor or form a team, call 399-2316 or email

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