2023-2024 District Phone Messages
January 22, 2024 - Reminder - Early College Applications
A reminder for eighth-grade families. Our two early colleges - the Wilson Academy of Applied Technology (WAAT) and the Wilson Early College Academy (WECA) - have opened the application process for the 2024-2025 freshman class. The application deadline is Fri., Jan. 26. To access the application, visit the district website - wilsonschoolsnc.net - and find the application under News or visit the websites for WAAT and WECA. The link is also posted on social media for the schools and the district. If you have any questions, contact the schools. The number for WAAT is (252) 265-4038 and the number for WECA is (252) 246-1418.
January 18, 2024 - Preparing for High School Meeting
A message for 8th grade families about an upcoming Family Engagement session. The session is titled Preparing for High School, and it will cover what to expect for your student in high school, extracurricular activities, attendance, athletics and more. The session is virtual and scheduled for Tues., Jan. 30 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. The link to join the meeting can be found on our Wilson County Schools Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages and by clicking HERE. All families who attend virtually will receive free resources to use at home.
January 11, 2024 - NC School Report Cards
A message for families regarding the North Carolina School Report Cards. Each year, the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction publishes performance data for each school on the North Carolina School Report Cards website. You can review the school report cards, as well as the district report card, by visiting https://ncreports.ondemand.sas.com/src/. You can also find the link on our district website under News and our school websites under Parents or About Us.
The NC School Report Cards website is interactive and allows you to see details regarding school performance, school letter grades, growth measures and much more. Data on this site is constantly being updated and can be accessed by anyone at any time. If you would prefer to have a hard copy of this information, you may request it from your student’s school.
January 10, 2024 - Early College Applications
A message for eighth-grade families. Our two early colleges - the Wilson Academy of Applied Technology (WAAT) and the Wilson Early College Academy (WECA) - have opened the application process for the 2024-2025 freshman class. To provide families with more details, the staff and administration of the schools have planned information meetings.
- WAAT will host their information meeting for families on Jan. 16 at 6 p.m. at the school.
- WECA will host their information meeting for families on Jan. 18 at 6 p.m. The meeting will be held in the Del Mastro Auditorium on the Wilson Community College campus.
Parents and students are encouraged to attend both meetings. Staff from WAAT and WECA will also be visiting the middle schools to speak with students.
To access the application, visit the district website - wilsonschoolsnc.net - or the websites for WAAT and WECA. The link is also posted on social media for the schools and the district. The application deadline is Jan. 26. If you have any questions, please feel free to call or email the schools. The number for WAAT is (252) 265-4038 and the number for WECA is (252) 246-1418.
January 10, 2024 - Registration for Y-GIG
A message for middle school families. Wilson County Schools is excited to continue our partnership with Y-GIG, which is the Foundation YMCA of Wilson's Middle School Afterschool program. Y-GIG offers more than 40 program opportunities in STEM, academics, health and wellness, arts and humanities, and college/career exploration. Winter enrollment is now open for Y-GIG. To register for the program or to find out more information, such as the hours, the cost (based on a sliding scale determined by family income) and a catalog of the activities, visit wilsonymca.org/y-gig. Transportation from the five middle schools to the Foundation YMCA will be provided. Our middle schools also have an assigned Youth Coordinator who will spend time with the students in their school environment and at the afterschool program. Tutoring in reading and math is also available. We are grateful to the Foundation YMCA for their partnership and support of our students; the Healthcare Foundation of Wilson for funding the initiative; and to everyone involved in the vision and execution of Y-GIG. The last day to enroll is Fri., Jan. 19. Don't wait, enroll today!
December 19, 2023 - Health Information
A message for staff and families. In collaboration with local health officials and pediatricians, we wanted to inform you that there has been a recent surge in the number of cases of flu, RSV and other respiratory illnesses - especially in students. Recognizing early signs of deteriorating health is key for timely medical intervention. If your student experiences any of the following symptoms, please seek medical attention as soon as possible:
persistent high fever that does not respond to adequate doses of medication
difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
severe cough that persists
decrease in urination
inability to tolerate fluid intake or keep liquids down
If your student has a fever or is experiencing any of these symptoms please do not send your student to school.
Local healthcare resources are readily available to support you and your student's health needs. Consider the following options: the Wilson County Health Department, pediatrician offices, family medicine providers, urgent care facilities and the emergency department for medical emergencies. The WASH Centers located in several of our schools are open this week through noon on Thurs., Dec. 21 and will reopen Wed., Jan. 3. The hours of operation are 7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Please call 252-294-1655 to make an appointment or email email@example.com. Thank you for your support and attention to this matter.
December 5, 2023 - Calendar Feedback
A message for staff and families. Wilson County Schools is in the process of developing the 2024-2025 Traditional Instructional Calendar. We would like input from staff and families prior to sharing the proposed calendar with the Wilson County Board of Education for approval. Two calendar options have been created. To review the calendars and provide your feedback through an online form, click HERE. The feedback form can also be found on our district website and social media sites. Paper copies of the proposed calendar and the feedback form will also be available at the schools. Please provide your input by December 15, 2023.
December 1, 2023 - Parent Language Preference Survey
A message for families. Did you know you can receive messages from Wilson County Schools in a language other than English? When phone messages are sent out by the district and your student’s school, you can receive an email message in your preferred language. To receive email messages in your preferred language, please visit our district website - wilsonschoolsnc.net - and complete the Parent Language Preference Survey found under News. Links to the survey can also be found on our Wilson County Schools social media sites. The surveys are in several languages. If your language is not represented, please email firstname.lastname@example.org in your language, and we will assist you with the process.
November 30, 2023 - STEM for the Holidays - Family Engagement
A message for all families about an upcoming Family Engagement event titled STEM for the Holidays - From the NC Mountains to the Sea. The event is scheduled for Dec. 5 from 6:30-8 p.m. at Jones Elementary, which is located at 4028 NC Highway 42 West in Wilson. The event will include a planetarium tour, robotics, a fossil dig, a virtual reality tour of North Carolina, rock testing, the Imagination Station, the NC Aquarium animal booth and hands-on STEM activities. The event is free and open to all of our students and families in grades Pre-K through 12th grade. Thank you, and we hope to see everyone there.
November 29, 2023 - Virtual Job Fair
A message for staff and families. We need your help spreading the word about our upcoming Virtual Job Fair scheduled for Thurs., Nov. 30 from 5-7 p.m. If you or any of your family members or friends are interested in working for Wilson County Schools, please share this information. To participate in the Virtual Job Fair, interested candidates should go to the website - bit.ly/workwithwcs anytime between 5-7 p.m. on Nov. 30. Candidates will need to use a device with a camera and microphone. We are looking forward to meeting great candidates.
October 17, 2023 - Address Verification for 5th and 8th Grade
A message for families of 5th and 8th graders. It is very important for student and family information to be updated in our Student Information System on a regular basis. This school year, we are focusing on updating address information for 5th and 8th graders. When students were initially enrolled in Wilson County Schools, families were asked to provide two proofs of home address. We are asking all families of 5th and 8th graders to provide this information again.
To verify your student’s home address, simply upload two recent proofs of address into the Scribs online platform that our district utilizes. Step-by-step instructions are provided for you in the email that will accompany this message, if you are signed up to receive emails. The instructions can also be found under News on our district website - wilsonschoolsnc.net - and social media sites. Please upload this information as soon as possible. It is our goal for address verification to be completed for 5th and 8th graders before December 1st. Contact your student’s school if you need assistance with this process
October 9, 2023 - Open Enrollment Reminder for Staff
A reminder for veteran staff and newly hired staff about Open Enrollment for the State Health Plan. The enrollment period began today and will end on Oct. 27. During this time, you have the opportunity to review your current coverage, explore plan options and update your personal information. Please visit the State Health Plan website at shpnc.org/ebenefits and login to your account by clicking the blue ebenefits box. Your username should be your first name, first initial of your last name and last four digits of your social security number. Your password should be your social security number without any dashes. Once you have logged in, follow the instructions to review your coverage and make any necessary changes. Please be advised that all plans will revert back to 70/30 coverage if you do not make any selections during open enrollment to change it back to 80/20. Also, to receive the special discount for tobacco attestation, you must complete the required steps - this discount does not roll over each year.
If you need assistance, contact Director of Benefits Wendy Daniel by email or phone - 252-399-7721 - or the State Health Plan's customer service team. More information can also be found in a recent email that Ms. Daniel sent to all staff on Oct. 6. Thank you.
September 27, 2023 - Annual Notifications and Surveys
A message for staff and families. Wilson County Schools is required by law to share annual notifications each year regarding the rights of students and families, the inspection of education records and the release of student directory information, which includes if students can have their photo taken. We also want to share information with you regarding student surveys. Students in grades 3-12 will take two surveys this school year - the Panorama survey and the Student Perception survey. Families have the option to opt out your student from taking the surveys. The deadline to submit the survey opt out form electronically is Oct. 4, 2023. Data will be collected on Oct. 5. If you choose to opt out after the deadline of Oct. 4, you must write a letter to your student's principal before Oct. 9. The annual notifications and survey opt out information can be found on our district website - wilsonschoolsnc.net - under Families and Annual Notifications for Families or under News. Please take the time to review this information.
September 6, 2023 - WASH Centers
Information for staff and families regarding our Wilson Area School Health Centers - or WASH Centers. The WASH Centers provide accessible and affordable physical and preventive health services to students and staff. They are located at Forest Hills Middle, Beddingfield High, Fike High and Hunt High Schools. All Wilson County Schools students and staff members can be seen by appointment at WASH for wellness or sick visits, walk-ins are not available. While WASH is a great service available to our staff and students, it is not free. WASH bills private insurance, Medicaid, Medicare and has a sliding scale fee for those who are non-insured. Please call 252-360-0769 to schedule an appointment or email WASH at email@example.com.
September 6, 2023 - Required Immunizations Reminder
This is a message for families of kindergartners, seventh-graders, seniors and students new to attending school in North Carolina. By state law, these students must have certain immunizations, such as Tdap and MMR, unless they have an exemption. Wilson Academy of Virtual Education (WAVE) students must also provide proof of receiving the mandatory immunizations. The required immunizations do not include the COVID-19 vaccine.
The first day of school was August 28. If the school does not have your student's updated immunization record within 30 calendar days of the first day of school, state law prohibits the student from being allowed to attend school after the 30th day. Once your student receives the immunizations and the school is provided with proof, the student will be able to return to school. Kindergarten students also need a Health Assessment Form completed by a doctor. Health assessments dated one year before the first day of school will be accepted. The immunization record and health assessment can be turned in at the school by a parent, guardian or the student.
Please call your student’s doctor to schedule an appointment if your student does not have updated immunizations. Families can also schedule an appointment at our Wilson County Schools WASH Centers located at Forest Hills Middle, Fike High, Beddingfield High and Hunt High by calling 252-360-0769. Families can also schedule an appointment with the Wilson County Health Department by calling 252-237-3141, the Wilson Community Health Center at 252-243-9800 or Harvest Family Health Center at 252-443-7744.
September 5, 2023 - School Meals and Fee Waiver Information
This is a reminder for families regarding breakfast and lunch in our schools this year and student fees. All Wilson County Schools students are receiving breakfast and lunch at no cost to families this year. Applications for free and reduced priced meals do not need to be completed unless you are a WAAT or WECA parent or guardian seeking a waiver for fees associated with technology, Driver Education and testing. The link to the free and reduced priced meals application can be found at myschoolsapps.com. Families of students in our traditional schools, which are all of our schools that are not early colleges, who would like to request a fee waiver can submit a Needs Based Assistance Request through the form on our district website, which can be found under Families and Needs Based Assistance, and also online at bit.ly/wcsneeds. Hard copies are also available at the schools. Or if your family received a Direct Services Letter from School Nutrition, you can turn in that letter to your student’s school to have fees waived. The fees include a technology usage fee of $30, which is collected each year for the purpose of sustaining devices for all students and to purchase replacement parts and perform maintenance on devices. This fee is collected for all students using a WCS device either at school and/or at home. The Driver Education fee of $65 is for high school students who are completing the Driver Education course through Wilson County Schools. The testing fee is for high school students who are taking either the SAT or the ACT. The cost is between $60 and $85. If you have any questions, please contact your student’s school.
August 30, 2023 - Schools Closed Aug.31
A message for staff and families. Based on the latest information from the National Weather Service and Wilson County Emergency Management, schools and offices will be closed Thurs., Aug. 31 for all students and staff across the district due to the threat of heavy rainfall, high winds and isolated flooding that is forecasted for our area. All afterschool activities and athletics are also canceled for Thurs., Aug 31. The Before and Afterschool Care Programs, Daycare Programs, the Pre-K Programs and Central Office will be closed Aug. 31 as well. Please stay safe and heed all warnings from law enforcement and Wilson County Emergency Management.
August 3, 2023 - Y-GIG Program Open House
A message for middle school families. Wilson County Schools is excited to continue its partnership with the Foundation YMCA of Wilson's Middle School After School program. The program is called Y-GIG and beginning in the fall, it will offer more than 25 program opportunities in STEM, academics, health and wellness, arts and humanities, and college/career exploration. Enrollment for the Y-GIG program will open soon and more information, such as the hours, the cost (based on a sliding scale determined by income) and a catalog of the activities, can be found at wilsonymca.org/y-gig. Transportation from our five middle schools to the Foundation YMCA will be provided. Our middle schools will also have an assigned Youth Coordinator who will spend time with the students in their school environment and at the after-school program. An Open House to visit Y-GIG and meet the staff and fall providers is scheduled for Thursday, August 10 from 6:30-7:30 pm at the YMCA. Please plan to attend.
We are grateful to the Foundation YMCA for their partnership and support of our students; the Healthcare Foundation of Wilson for funding the initiative; and everyone involved in the vision and execution of Y-GIG.
August 2, 2023 - Pre-K Registration
This is a message for staff and families about our free Wilson County Schools Title I Pre-Kindergarten Program. We currently have limited slots available for children who will be 4 years old on or before Aug. 31, 2023. All children who meet the age requirement are eligible to attend this free program.
Families must provide transportation. The programs are located at Hearne Elementary, Lucama Elementary and Jones Elementary. The hours are 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
For more information and to download an application for your child, visit wilsonschoolsnc.net and click the Pre-K Registration News item. Please submit a hard copy of the application by Tues., Aug. 8 to be considered for the first round of processing. Applications should be returned to the Central Office or any elementary school - however, all offices are closed Aug. 4. If you have any questions, contact Brenshonda Batts at firstname.lastname@example.org or 399-7700 ext. 8621.