Accomplishments This School Year!


Aug. 18, 2018
WCS Operation Backpack was held! There are no words to describe the sweet faces of our students when they receive their new backpack. For the past seven years, this day has been so special for our WCS Family, and we are truly grateful to everyone who donates backpacks and school supplies.


Sept. 5, 2018
The state officially released accountability data, and our results were INCREDIBLE! Superintendent Dr. Mills shared the results and celebrated the dedication and hard work of every staff member and student. WCS now ranks 59th in the state for overall proficiency out of 115 school districts. In 2015-16, our rank was 90th and in 2016-17 our rank was 89th. For the last two school years, WCS has the highest increase in proficiency OF ANY DISTRICT IN THE STATE!


Sept. 17, 2018 
On the heels of Hurricane Florence, a tornado hits Elm City the morning of Sept. 17. City and county employees work around the clock to restore power and WCS staff, students and parents lead cleanup efforts and offer support to residents. It was a challenging time for our community but as always, we came together and took care of each other!


Oct. 5, 2018
During NCSTAR training for administrators from across the state, the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction recognizes WCS for drastically reducing the number of low performing schools and for having great results!


Oct. 15, 2018
During a regional safety meeting in Raleigh, WCS is recognized for its safety initiatives. Special Assistant to the Superintendent Dr. Ellis shared best practices and also future plans - upgrading metal detectors and handheld radios and also creating an anonymous tipline. He advised the other districts in attendance to build strong partnerships with law enforcement and emergency management - just as WCS has done.


Nov. 9, 2018
The Gentlemen's Agreement (our mentoring/enrichment program for African American high school males) and the Wilson Area School Based Health Center (our school-based health center located at Forest Hills MS and Beddingfield HS) were featured by Education NC in an article and video.


Nov. 14, 2018
State officials visit Barnes ES, Vick ES and Darden MS to congratulate the staff, students and our WCS Federal Programs Department. Two years ago, these schools were performing in the bottom 5 percent of schools in the state and were identified to receive federal School Improvement Grant (SIG) funds. The schools had five years to improve their scores, and Vick and Darden reached their goals in just two years and Barnes is almost there!


Dec. 1, 2018
The Wilson Academy of Applied Technology was featured in the December edition of Business NC for its commitment to workforce development in Wilson. Principal Krystal Cox (who is also our WCS Principal of the Year) shares in the article - “I am a firm believer in the Frederick Douglass quote: ‘It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.’ It is my job to push students to their potential through encouragement, love and a vision for the school that enables them to have authentic industrial experiences that lead to successful futures.”


Dec. 21, 2018
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction featured WCS in a press release to applaud Superintendent Dr. Mills for the way he celebrated academic growth in our schools! Dr. Mills shared our amazing results through every communication channel, presented banners to the schools that earned a performance grade of A or B or that met or exceeded growth. Dr. Mills also personally delivered gift baskets filled with chips (“You’re all that and a bag of chips!”) to all of the schools with great performance. The 600 bags of chips were donated by Brewmasters.


This is just a short list!! You can always check out all of our highlights in the Our Story - Shout Outs! newsletter every Friday!