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Friday, May 13, 2016

May 13, 2016

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Happy Friday the 13th! 

Shout Outs!

1. Turn those Tassels
Congrats to the Class of 2016 at Wilson Early College Academy! Fifty-three students graduated yesterday with a total of $1,016,099 in accepted scholarships. We are so proud of them!  

2. Nurses are Heroes
Happy National Nurses Week to six AMAZING women - Wendy Anderson, Charlotte Hicks, Valerie Kersey, Ginger Phillips, Kim Strother and Shannon Waddell! They go above and beyond each and every day to care for all 12,200 of our students! 

3. Cowabunga
To bring their lesson about the life cycle of plants and animals to life, second-graders at Barnes Elementary visited Simply Natural Creamery. They toured the facility, got up close and personal with the calves and learned how milk and ice cream are made. 

4. We Love Moms
Darden Middle recently held Muffins with Moms and 55 moms attended. What a great turnout! The moms were also provided with information about the EOGs.  

5. Helping Hands
Vick Elementary would like to thank the juniors in the Hunt High IB/AP programs for assisting with Earth Day activities on April 22. Everyone had a great time! 

6. I am Iron Man
The Comic Book Club at Speight Middle held a Meet and Greet with local artist Louis Small, Jr. who has worked for Marvel, DC and a host of independent publishers. Mr. Small showed off his portfolios of work and invited the students to share their images with him for feedback. The club is led by Art Teacher Matthew Straub.

7. High Maintenance
From WAAT Principal Krystal Cox: "I wanted to thank the hardworking staff in the WCS Maintenance Department. They have gone beyond the call of duty to help get the facility complete for staff and students. They rock!"

8. No "I" in Team
The Welcoming Reception for Dr. Lane Mills was held May 11. Special thanks to Darden Middle for hosting the event (administration, custodians and AVID students), the Hunt High Jazz Band (Keith Dublin), WCS Food Services Department (Cindy Bailey) the Fike High culinary program (Christa Mercer and Pamela Eatmon), the Fike JROTC (Col. Mzyk), the Beddingfield High culinary program (Ebony Artis), WCS Maintenance Department (Mark Letchworth), Amber Lynch, Dr. Christine Fitch, Maritza Johnson, Linda Horrison, Martha Cayton, Glen Davis and Angela Norris. 

9. TIP Top
Each year, seventh-graders who have demonstrated advanced aptitudes on grade-level achievement or aptitude tests are eligible to take either the SAT or ACT through the Duke University Talent Identification Program (TIP). The following students took one of the tests this year: Kaya Yoke (Speight), Thaddeus Sharp (Springfield), Sanjeev Francis (Forest Hills), Lewis Lyndon (Forest Hills), Ariyona Ruffin (Forest Hills), Cameron Reep (Forest Hills), Adam Antolick (Toisnot), Gurleen Wahra (Toisnot), Savannah Evans (Elm City) and Evan Thornton (Elm City).  Savannah, Evan and Cameron scored high enough to qualify for a Duke TIP state recognition ceremony.

10. Future Leaders
Daniels Learning Center held its second annual College and Career Day last week. Kudos to the staff for making the day a success and for showing the students their community and school believe in them. Thanks also to all the organizations that had information booths at the event. 

Amy Reed and Janet Corn's kindergarten classes at Jones Elementary visited the zoo as a culminating part of their animal science unit. The students enjoyed the trip and writing about their favorite animal to practice their informative writing skills. They even sent their writing pieces back to the zoo.

Highlighting Community Partners
Wilson 20/20 (led by The Amazing Paula Benson) held its annual meeting May 12 to showcase the work of the Youth Master Plan and Beyond 21 - two initiatives that would not be possible without the collaboration of hundreds of Wilsonians. Roughly 200 community leaders attended the event. Superintendent Sean Bulson was recognized by Mayor Bruce Rose for his contributions to Wilson the past five years and his dedication to creating a culture of collaboration. Kudos to Hunt High Broadcasting Teacher Grant Roberson for another great video highlighting the Youth Master Plan.

- From Wells Elementary Principal Wendy Sullivan: "I wanted to thank Wilson Police Officer Eric Hayes for his efforts in arranging for law enforcement, fire and emergency personnel to be a part of our field day. The students enjoyed seeing the vehicles and talking to the personnel. I truly appreciate your leadership in making this a success for Wells. Thanks for all you do for our school and community."

- Christine Gilmore's fourth-grade class at Jones Elementary would like to thank everyone for their support of their book drive for Communities In Schools (CIS) of Wilson County. The students at Jones collected 650 books to distribute to local elementary-aged students before they leave school for the summer. Each child will receive five books, which means they helped 130 individual students (and probably more when you count siblings in households). So far, CIS has collected more than 2,000 books. Farris & Farris will donate a dollar for every book donated! 

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