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May 20, 2016

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Happy Friday! It has been a hard couple of weeks, and it seems like we have lost a lot of precious people with connections to WCS. In the past, this was not something we sent out in emails or posted on social media (so maybe we just didn't realize how many people we lost each year), but we are so connected now that I feel like it's important to share both the triumphs and the tragedies so we can support and encourage each other. This is what family does! 

Shout Outs! 
1. Namesake
Vick Elementary celebrated the birthday of Samuel Vick by showcasing his accomplishments in the community. Students wrote poems, created tree maps, built a replica of his house and put together a slide show presentation. Musical selections were performed by the choir and the dance team wowed the audience. After the program, students walked through a mini wax museum and art gallery. This schoolwide collaboration project gets bigger and better every year! Pic attached of Vick's portrait painted by Art Teacher Renata Brewington. 

2. Top Rated
The Hunt Chorus traveled to Orlando for a national competition on April 21. The Mixed Chorus placed first in the Concert Choir category (receiving a Superior rating), the Women's Choir placed first in the Specialty Choir category (receiving an Excellent rating) and the Vocal Ensemble placed first in the Chamber Choir category (receiving a Superior Rating). They also had their Spring Concert this week - all under the direction of Andrew Childers.  

3. Speaking Out
National Speech Language Pathologist Day was Wednesday! We salute our speech pathologists for all of their hard work in our schools. Did you know that speech and language disorders are among the most common conditions in children? Our WCS SLPs are: Angela Starling, Jane Romine, Kathy Vaughan,Jan Wooten, Jeanne Moore, Stacy Gay and Suzie Overholt. Our private agency contract SLPs are: Stephanie Thompson, Alicia Campbell, Brandie Lovett, Darragh Fertitta-Boutis and Elizabeth Roswall.

4. Worthy Partner
The staff at Forest Hills Middle would like to thank Cynthia Wortham, WCS Curriculum Instructional Coordinator, for being a solid partner this school year. Her expertise has benefited PLCs, and she has created multiple Schoolnet resources for reading, math, science and social studies.

5. Yay for Clay!
Fike High now has a ceramics program thanks to the support of JROTC Instructor Lt. Col. Steve Mzyk. He located a kiln and pottery wheel for Art Teacher Beth Wiggs. The students are excited to work on 3-dimensional projects, and interest is so high that Ms. Wiggs has to schedule times for use on the pottery wheel. Many students are using their lunch time to work on projects. 

6. Snake in a School
Wildlife Educator/Animal Trainer Dan Breeding recently visited Stantonsburg Elementary with some of his animal friends. Principal Denise Taylor said she is not sure who had more fun - the students or the staff! She wanted to thank Mr. Breeding and commend her students for their hard work this school year. 

7. Reading and Achieving 
Kudos to the Fike High IB students who served as reading enrichment tutors this year - Ashlynn Hathaway, Emma Wandscher, Samantha Abolos, Zaddock Williford, Dawson McHarg and Brittany Hinnant. These students really went above and beyond!

8. Stars and Stripes
The staff at Vinson-Bynum Elementary would like to thank Hunt High's Lt. Col. Thomas McCormick, C/Major Jateakwa Williams and C/1Lt Grayson Ellington for providing flag training for Vinson-Bynum students. They learned the importance of treating the flag with respect and how to properly handle, raise and fold it. 

9. Spreading the Love
New Hope Elementary would like to thank Robin Gasque and Mary Anne Bass in WCS Organizational Development for adopting the school during Teacher Appreciation Week. The treats made the staff feel so special! 

10. Most Likely to Succeed
With the help of a few dedicated students, a supportive principal (Nelson Johnston)? and the awesome WECA faculty, the first ever WECA yearbook is a huge success! 
Highlighting Community Partners
- The Wilson County Department of Social Services (DSS) held its 23rd annual Senior Awareness Day on May 6 and partnered with Toisnot Middle and Beddingfield High. DSS would like to thank the wonderful Toisnot Chorus for performing. Kudos to Principal Ronnia Cockrell and Chorus Director Angela Winter. They also wanted to thank the Beddingfield JROTC for presenting the colors and sharing their time and talents with the senior citizens. 

- Thirty elementary-aged students, including the Winstead Elementary Boys with Character group, enjoyed the annual Fish with a Cop event this past weekend. Police Chief Thomas Hopkins said it's important to show children that police work is not just about making arrests and responding to negative situations - officers also build relationships with community members and serve as positive role models for children. 

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