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Friday, April 15, 2016

April 15, 2016

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Our Shout Out! above the fold goes to Buster Edwards, the printing expert in our WCS Print Shop. Mr. Edwards is one of our most skilled and loyal employees. He lost everything in a house fire last weekend and is grateful to everyone who donated funds to him as he figures out next steps. If you would like to support him, you can send funds by courier or mail to the WCS Print Shop located at 723 Elvie St. in Wilson. 
Shout Outs!

1. Workin' 9-5
New Hope Elementary recently held Career Day, and students came to school dressed like what they want to be when they grow up. Third- through fifth-graders also heard presentations about different career opportunities. Pics of Greenlight and a very young doctor - gold star if you know who her mommy is!

2. In the Spotlight
Stantonsburg Elementary Music Teacher Cathy Eatmon recently led students in a concert celebrating American history that left staff and parents raving. The performance included a variety of instruments, poignant speaking parts, choreography and a visual component. Ms. Eatmon's passion and energy for music is electrifying and inspiring. 
3. Science Superstars 
Eleven middle school teams from Elm City, Speight, Springfield and Toisnot participated in the Area IV Envirothon Science Competition held March 18. Four of the teams, two from Speight and two from Elm City, placed in the top seven teams and are qualified to compete in the state competition on April 30. Advisors of the teams are: Leigh Anne Howard, Rebecca Wise, Kathryn Thomas and Maria Wise.  
4. Math Magician  
The second-grade teachers at Rock Ridge Elementary wanted to thank WCS Curriculum Instructional Coordinator Debra Simons for sharing her math expertise in their PLC meetings. She is always available to help and is a wonderful resource. In case you didn't know, she is the answer to the question in Shout Out #1! 
5. Making Connections
Jordan Simpson, a recent Fike High graduate and a young entrepreneur, spoke to eighth-graders at Darden Middle for Students@work Week. He interacted with the students and shared the benefits of academic success, how to maintain motivation and the importance of pursing college. Kudos to the staff at Darden for connecting students with a such a positive role model.  
6. Mr. Roboto
From Darden Middle Media Coordinator Karen Bessey: "I would like to thank Hunt High Media Coordinator Jerri Moore and Technology Facilitator Chris Beneck for collaborating on a series of events to celebrate Teen Tech Week. They visited Darden to demonstrate a 3D printer and taught students how to use the 3D modeling software. They also invited Darden's robotics group to Hunt for a day of robot racing and a demonstration of drones by Hunt Teacher Grant Roberson." 
7. Burning the Midnight Oil
From WCS Executive Director of Technology Donna Malloy: "I have some amazing people in my department. I want to thank Technology Facilitator Cindy Berry and Technician Omar Perkins for the work they did recently at Barnes Elementary. They stayed late to get a lab up and running. Ms. Berry was in Rocky Mount all day for a meeting and lives in Rocky Mount, but she drove to Wilson after hours when she heard that Mr. Perkins was determined to finish the lab. They truly put students and staff first." 
8. Wow
Sunny Sandhu, a senior at Fike High, has been accepted to Princeton, Yale, Duke, Carolina and Georgetown. And if that's not enough, this week he earned a $25,000 scholarship from Foot Locker - one of 20 awarded nationwide out of 30,000 applicants! Reps from Foot Locker surprised Sunny with the announcement on Wednesday
9. Solid Gold
Fike High crowned a king and queen (seniors), prince and princess (juniors) and for the first time ever a duke and duchess (students in the Exceptional Children's Department) at its prom last weekend. The staff and students are to be commended for including all students in this tradition. 
10. Working Together 
From Wells Elementary Principal Wendy Sullivan: "I'd like to send a Shout Out! to the teachers at Toisnot Middle who assisted a student who passed out recently in the hallway during a class change. They were calm and knew what to do. I was also impressed by the students in the hallway who remained calm, went to their classes and allowed the teachers to respond to the student." 

* On April 4, Springfield Middle Teacher Sharon Langston was honored to have a scientist from ECU visit her science classes. Ms. Langston entered the NC Science Festival's Invite-a-Scientist Program and received notice she had been selected. The visiting scientist, Cori Speights, led students in an experiment. Ms. Speights is earning her master's degree in biology and her focus is on predator/prey interactions in coastal ecosystems. 

Highlighting Community Partners
 - The Running Team at Vinson-Bynum Elementary would like to thank WW Electric and members of the Tobacco Road Running Group for supporting their efforts and covering the cost of shirts and jump ropes for the students. Art Teacher Demetrius Smith and First-grade Teacher Lauren Hong lead the Team. They run every Tuesday and Thursday after school. 

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