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Thursday, March 24, 2016

March 24, 2016

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Happy Thursday and Spring Break, everyone. We are going to celebrate with 10 fabulous Shout Outs, but I also want to ask you to please keep Hunt Teacher Debbie Bass in your thoughts and prayers every minute of today and throughout your break. Her daughter, Vivian, lost her life in a car accident early Wednesday morning. Vivian was a Fike High graduate. The staff at Hunt has set up a gofundme page for expenses: https://www.gofundme.com/gfvr7gek. Please consider donating! 
 

Shout Outs! 

1. Center Stage
Kudos to all of the middle and high school students involved in in harmony #26. The Fike High auditorium was electric with talent and energy last weekend. in harmony is an important tradition in the Wilson community and a fundraiser for the Wilson Education Partnership. The students, music teachers and choreographer are to be commended for their hard work. Pics by Gray Whitley. 

 
2. Top of the Class
Congratulations to Jones Elementary ESL Teacher Neema Shah on earning her Master's Degree in Teaching English as a Second Language. We are so proud of you and grateful for all you do! 
 

3. Let it Ring
Congrats to Toisnot Middle Sixth-grader Sydney Mitchell for her second-place finish in the Sertoma Club's essay contest What Freedom Means to Me. The staff at Toisnot is so proud of you. Also a special Shout Out to Language Arts Teacher Ashley Atkinson for her guidance. 
 

4. Warrior Pride 
Students in the DECA Club at Hunt High recently attended the state conference and represented the Warriors well! Pic attached of Jennifer Whitehurst Hendrix and Taylor Edwards, two Hunt alums, who volunteered to attend the conference as judges. Marketing Teacher Barbara Cornman said it was great to see them giving back because they attended the same conference years ago.
 

5. Jack of All Trades
From Speight Middle Clerical Assistant Carolyn Blue: "I would like to Shout Out Data Manager Stephen Sutton and SRO Justin Vaughn for helping a grandmother change her tire. She had no jack, and they took the time to find the tools to change her tire with no complaints. The grandmother later called the school and asked me to make sure they knew how much she appreciated their kindness."

6. Color Me Bad 
The first-grade teachers at Vick Elementary want to thank Curriculum Facilitator Natalie Mercer for her help integrating technology into a fun writing piece. After reading The Day the Crayons Quit, Ms. Mercer worked with students to create thinking maps and write an opinion piece about their favorite color. Students then used an iPad app called Chatterpix to record their writing and make it look like their crayon picture was talking. 

 

7. We've Been Framed
From Barnes Elementary Art Teacher Ben Gufford: "I would like to Shout Out Suzanne Colbert for visiting my fifth-grade classes and assisting students with the iPad drawing app. She uploaded all of the pictures and shared them with me in just a few days time. She does a wonderful job." 

 
8. Blood Type  = A+
It takes a great team to coordinate and execute the Fike High Blood Drive, and we are so proud of the 50 Fike students who make it happen. They worked long hours to make the drive a success. This year they collected 631 pints of blood. 
 

9. War of the Words
Yay for the New Hope Elementary Team for winning the Battle of the Books Competition last week. They now advance to the regional competition in April. Special thanks to Media Specialist Erin Rollins for leading the group. 
 

10. La La La La
Staff at Daniels Learning Center have been leading Connect the Dots: Home and School Connection sessions for parents. It was standing room only at the March 10 session where breakfast was served and parents learned about the benefits of being more involved in their child's education. Kudos the entire staff and Parent Liaison Eva Richardson! 

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