• 2021-2022 District Announcements

    May 17, 2022 - Message to Staff and Families
    The Wilson County Board of Education held its regular monthly meeting last night on May 16. The agenda included a discussion regarding the possible permanent closure of Winstead Elementary and Toisnot Middle. In a 5-2 vote, the Board voted to close the schools at the end of this school year. Winstead and Toisnot staff and students will be reassigned beginning the 2022-2023 school year. More details will be shared with staff and families in the coming weeks. 

    Because of the late hour last night, we did not send out a phone message, but we did share this message through email with staff and families and posted it on the district website and social media sites.

    The Wilson County Board of Education has been in the process of long-range facilities planning for the past two years, at the suggestion of the Wilson County Board of Commissioners. Long-range facilities planning includes the possible closure, consolidation and/or building of schools to develop improved facilities in the long term. The district has a large number of older, underutilized schools, including Winstead and Toisnot. The tentative plan for Toisnot is to use it as an interim site for future school construction. The district is planning to build a new Frederick Douglass Elementary, and Toisnot will serve as the temporary location for those students and staff while the new building is being constructed.  The tentative plan for Winstead is still being determined.

    As mentioned previously, we will keep Winstead and Toisnot staff and families informed in the coming weeks regarding next steps for those schools. We will also continue to keep the entire district informed as the long-range facilities planning process continues, which may include additional school closures, consolidation or new construction.

    May 6, 2022 - Public Hearing Scheduled 
    The Wilson County Board of Education will hold a public hearing on Mon., May 9 at 7 p.m. in the Fike High School Auditorium regarding the possible closure of Winstead Elementary School and Toisnot Middle School. No final decision has been made at this time about closing the schools. All interested citizens who wish to speak on this subject are invited to appear and be heard. Citizens are allowed three minutes to speak and must sign up prior to the public hearing in one of the following ways: 

    1. In person at the Wilson County Schools Administrative Office (117 NE Tarboro St.). The deadline to sign up at the Administrative Office is noon on the day of the public hearing;
    2. In person at Fike High School’s auditorium entrance on the day of the public hearing. The time has been extended and citizens can sign up this way between 5 and 6:30 p.m.; or
    3. By email to publiccomments@wilsonschoolsnc.net. The deadline to sign up by email is noon on the day of the public hearing.

    The Wilson County Board of Education is facing difficult decisions as it works toward developing improved facilities in the long-term for our district. For a summary of the process thus far, visit wilsonschoolsnc.net and select Long-Range Facilities Planning Discussion Timeline under News. Thank you. 

    May 4, 2022 - Public Hearing Scheduled 
    The Wilson County Board of Education will hold a public hearing on Mon., May 9 at 7 p.m. in the Fike High School Auditorium regarding the possible closure of Winstead Elementary School and Toisnot Middle School. No final decision has been made at this time about closing the schools. All interested citizens who wish to speak on this subject are invited to appear and be heard. Citizens are allowed three minutes to speak and must sign up prior to the public hearing in one of the following ways: 

    1. In person at the Wilson County Schools Administrative Office (117 NE Tarboro St.). The deadline to sign up at the Administrative Office is noon on the day of the public hearing;
    2. In person at Fike High School’s auditorium entrance between 6:00-6:30 p.m. on the day of the public hearing; or
    3. By email to publiccomments@wilsonschoolsnc.net. The deadline to sign up by email is noon on the day of the public hearing.

    The Wilson County Board of Education is facing difficult decisions as it works toward developing improved facilities in the long-term for our district. For a summary of the process thus far, visit wilsonschoolsnc.net and select Long-Range Facilities Planning Discussion Timeline under News. Thank you. 

    April 13, 2022 - Message to District Regarding Toisnot and Winstead
    The Wilson County Board of Education held a Work Session today to discuss long-range facilities planning. During the Work Session, the Board directed the administration to move forward on the steps that would need to be taken to possibly close Toisnot Middle School and Winstead Elementary School. If that decision becomes final in the future, Toisnot and Winstead staff and students will be reassigned to other schools beginning the 2022-2023 school year. Again, no final decision has been made.

    This phone call to staff and families across the district is the third in a series of calls that went out tonight. Prior to you receiving this call, messages were sent to Toisnot and Winstead staff and families. We wanted to make sure they were notified first of what could possibly happen. In those calls, we assured those families that if a final decision is made to close their school, we will stay in touch to provide detailed information about what school their student would attend in the future. We also assured staff that if this takes effect, they would be given a position at another school.

    Prior to any final decision being made about these schools, a public hearing will be scheduled where the public can give input to the Board on this matter. We will be back in touch with the date and time of the public hearing. We understand that the information that has been shared may cause concerns. The Board is facing difficult decisions as it works towards developing improved facilities in the long-term for our district and this possible change is part of that process.  We will keep you informed of any upcoming meetings or discussions as the process begins to unfold. Thank you. 

    March 22, 2022 - 2022-23 Summer Learning Opportunities for Students
    Wilson County Schools will be offering several learning opportunities for students this summer. For more information regarding a description of the programs, which students are eligible, and the schedule, please visit our district website - wilsonschoolsnc.net - and click on Summer Launch 2022 in the big blue box or click HERE. The summer programs are at no cost to families. Transportation, breakfast, and lunch will also be provided.

    March 15, 2022 - 2022-23 Calendars and Other Items  
    Information about several upcoming events. The Wilson County Board of Education recently approved the 2022-2023 traditional school calendar and early college calendar. The calendars can be found on our district website - www.wilsonschoolsnc.net - in both English and Spanish under the heading Calendars.

    Also, we have several upcoming events. The In Harmony concert is scheduled for Thurs., March 17 at 7 p.m. at Fike High School. Tickets can be purchased at the door while they last. This concert features students from our high schools, and it is a wonderful event. Other upcoming events include our Teacher Job Fair on Sat., March 19 from 9 a.m. to noon at Darden Middle School and the application process for the Wilson Academy of Virtual Education (or  WAVE ). The deadline to apply to WAVE is Fri., March 18 at 4 p.m.  Pre-K and  Kindergarten  Registration will be ongoing throughout March, and the Reassignment Request Process ends June 1. More information about these items can be found on our district website or by clicking the links.

    March 11, 2022 - WAVE and Teacher Job Fair  
    The online application process for our virtual school and information about our upcoming Teacher Job Fair. As a reminder, the application process is now open for the Wilson Academy of Virtual Education (or WAVE) for the 2022-2023 school year. The deadline to apply is March 18th at 4 p.m. WAVE is open to students in grades 4-12 who prefer attending school virtually. Students who apply to WAVE need to be self-motivated, organized, learn well independently and have a strong support system at home. A selection committee will determine which students are accepted. For more information and to apply, visit our district website - www.wilsonschoolsnc.net - and click on WAVE Enrollment in the blue box. 
     
    Also, we need your help spreading the word about our Teacher Job Fair scheduled for March 19th from 9 a.m. to noon at Darden Middle School. All 26 of our schools will be represented at the Teacher Job Fair and preliminary interviews will be held onsite. We are asking interested candidates to bring a resume and recent transcript. To view job listings, visit our district website and click on Employment. Thank you for your assistance in spreading the word. We also encourage staff and families to share our Wilson County Schools social media posts about the job fair on your personal social media pages.

    March 7, 2022 - Face Masks on School Transportation 
    The StrongSchoolsNC Toolkit, which is the guidance that school districts across the state follow regarding COVID-19, was recently updated regarding face masks on school-provided transportation. Based on the update and guidance from our local health department, effective tomorrow, March 9th, face masks are no longer required on our school buses, activity buses, contract vehicles or Driver Education vehicles.

    March 7, 2022 - Reminder - Pre-K and Kindergarten Registration 
    A reminder for families about the Pre-K and Kindergarten Information Night that is scheduled for tomorrow night - March 8 - at Jones Elementary at 6:30 p.m. All families interested in Pre-K or Kindergarten for the 2022-2023 school year are invited to attend. Aside from learning all about the programs, families will also receive a packet of take home resources to use with your child. The sessions will be held in English and Spanish. There will be Data Managers onsite from 5-6 p.m. should you need assistance with kindergarten registration. Assistance with Pre-K registration will occur during the meeting at 6:30. There are documents that are required for both programs, so please bring those with you to the meeting if you need registration assistance. A list of the necessary documents can be found on our district website - www.wilsonschoolsnc.net - under Enrollment and either Kindergarten Registration or Pre-K Program. Wilson County Schools also offers a Spanish Immersion Program that is open to all kindergartners and first graders. More information about that program can also be found on the district website under the Enrollment tab.

    March 6, 2022 - WAVE Application Process 
    March 7th, we will be opening the online application process for the Wilson Academy of Virtual Education (or WAVE) for the 2022-2023 school year. WAVE is for students in grades 4-12 who prefer attending school virtually. Students who apply to WAVE need to be self-motivated, organized, learn well independently and have a strong support system at home. A selection committee will determine which students are accepted. The goal of WAVE is to provide students with the opportunity to learn in an innovative, rigorous and flexible online environment. All courses for WAVE will be aligned to state standards. For more information and to apply, visit our district website - www.wilsonschoolsnc.net - and click on WAVE Enrollment in the blue box. Again, the application period begins tomorrow morning. The deadline to apply is March 18th at 4 p.m.

    March 4, 2022 - Requests for Reassignment  
    Wilson County Schools provides students with the opportunity to seek reassignment to a school based on criteria established by our Board of Education. The reassignment request window is now open. Families can request reassignment from now until June 1st. The application is available online. For more information and to complete an application, visit our district website - www.wilsonschoolsnc.net - and select Enrollment and Reassignment. You will need to login to Scribs or create an account in Scribs in order to access the application. If your student is currently attending a school on reassignment, you must complete an application for renewal each year. Please note that certain schools, grades or classes may be capped due to capacity. 

    Feb. 28, 2022 - STEM Night Family Event 
    Please join us for a Family Engagement Event at Jones Elementary tomorrow night - Tues., March 1 - from 6-7 p.m. The session is titled Exploring Space, and there are lots of hands-on STEM activities planned for the whole family. The session will also be held in Spanish. 

    Feb. 25, 2022 - Pre-K and Kindergarten Registration
    We are gearing up for Kindergarten Registration for the 2022-2023 school year. We are encouraging families to register from March 1-31. To register a child, visit our district website - www.wilsonschoolsnc.net - and click Enrollment. There are step-by-step instructions on the website that will guide you through the process. We also have a PreK Program that we will be accepting applications for. To learn more about Pre-K and Kindergarten, we are asking families to join us for an Information Night on March 8 at Jones Elementary at 6:30 p.m. The session will be held in Spanish, and Arabic interpreters will be available as well. There will also be Data Managers onsite from 5-6:15 p.m. should you need assistance registering for either program. Wilson County Schools also offers a Spanish Immersion Program that is open to all kindergartners and first graders. More information about that program can be found on our website under the Enrollment tab. 

    Feb. 23, 2022 - Message for Staff and Families 
    I wanted to make you aware that during the Wilson County Board of Education meeting on Feb. 21, allegations were made indicating that an incident of harassment had occurred on the Wilson Early College Academy campus and was not investigated. Both allegations are false. Wilson County Schools does not tolerate harassment of any kind by its students or staff, and our school leaders investigate all reports made to protect the safety of our students and staff, which is our first priority. Due to student confidentiality laws, we are not authorized to share additional information. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to school or district leaders. 

    Feb. 22, 2022 - Update on Contract Tracing and Quarantine  
    The StrongSchoolsNC Toolkit, which is the guidance that school districts across the state follow regarding COVID-19, has been updated with changes that took effect on Mon., Feb. 21. The changes indicate that the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services no longer recommends contact tracing or quarantining students who are potentially exposed to COVID-19. In the past, school officials were required to notify students and staff who were in close contact with an individual who tested positive and to also share quarantine and testing information with them. As of yesterday, that will no longer take place. Students and staff will only have to quarantine if they have symptoms of COVID-19 or test positive for COVID-19. 

    The Toolkit update does recommend that school districts notify staff and families to make them aware of positive cases. Beginning today, school principals will send messages to staff and families if there is a positive case at a school. At the elementary and middle school level, the message will be sent to the grade level of the student or staff member who tests positive. At the high school level, the message will be sent to the entire school because students take classes throughout the building regardless of grade level. 

    Please remember that if a student or staff member is exhibiting any signs of illness, the person should stay at home, let the school know and contact a healthcare professional. We also want to remind staff and families that if COVID-19 symptoms develop, testing is available for students and staff at our Wilson County Schools WASH Clinics by appointment. The phone number is 252-360-0769.

    Feb. 22, 2022 - Family Engagement Event - A Night  of the Arts 
    Please join us for a family engagement event at Lucama Elementary on Thurs., Feb. 24 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. titled - A Night of the Arts. This event is open to all elementary families, and you will leave with a song in your heart, a family painting and books to read at home. There will be a Spanish interpreter available. Also under District News on our website, you will find a list of all the upcoming Family Engagement Events for the remainder of the school year. 

    Feb. 21, 2022 - Update on Face Masks 
    During tonight's Wilson County Board of Education meeting, the Board voted to make face masks optional for students, staff and guests in our schools and district buildings effective tomorrow - Tues., Feb. 22. Per the CDC, face masks are still required on all school buses and vehicles operated or contracted by Wilson County Schools. 

    Feb. 17, 2022 - Reminder Email - IEP Meeting 
    This is an email reminder for families of students in the Exceptional Children’s Program. Please join us for a virtual family engagement event tonight - Thurs., Feb. 17 - from 6:30-7:30 p.m. titled - The Individualized Education Plan or IEP: How to Prepare for your Child’s Annual Review. Families should click HERE at the time of the session to login. This link can also be found on our district website under District News

    Feb. 16, 2022 - SEL Survey and POY Nominations
    Building social-emotional learning skills is an important goal for our schools this year. Examples of these skills are self-management, social awareness, emotion regulation, and supportive relationships. During the week of March 4th, we will be asking students in grades 3-12 to complete an online survey reflecting on their own mindsets and approaches to learning. The survey will be administered at school and take about 15 minutes to complete. We look forward to all students participating in the survey, as their responses will provide invaluable insights into their learning and assist us in how we should improve and adapt to their needs. A letter with more information will be sent home with students this week. If you have any questions about the Social-Emotional Learning survey, please contact your student’s school counselor or principal.

    Also, please consider nominating a principal for the 2022-2023 Wilson County Schools Principal of the Year. Nominations are due by 5 p.m. on Mon., Feb. 21, and more information can be found on our district website under District News. Click HERE

    Feb. 14, 2022 - Family Engagement - IEP Annual Review 
    Please join us for a virtual family engagement event on Thurs., Feb. 17 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. titled - The Individualized Education Plan or IEP: How to Prepare for your Child’s Annual Review. Families should click HERE at the time of the session to login. This link can also be found on our district website under District News. Thank you and have a great night.

    Feb. 4, 2022 - Principal of the Year Nominations 
    It’s time to nominate principals for Wilson County Schools Principal of the Year for the 2022-2023 school year. Anyone in the community can make a nomination. Current principals with four years of experience as an administrator and two years with Wilson County Schools are eligible. Nominations are due by 5 p.m. on Mon., Feb. 21, and the winner will be announced at the end of the school year. For information on how to make a nomination, click HERE. We also want to Shout Out our current Principal of the Year, Wilson Early College Academy Principal Randy St. Clair, for his leadership and dedication this school year. 

    Feb. 3, 2022 - Family Engagement - Preparing for High School 
    Please join us for a virtual family engagement event on Tues., Feb. 8 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. titled - Preparing for High School. Families should click HERE at the time of the session to login. A session will be held in Spanish on Feb. 10. This link can also be found on our district website under District News. Also under District News, you will find a list of all the upcoming Family Engagement Events for the entire school year. Thank you and have a great night.

    Jan. 31, 2022 - Family Engagement Event Stuggling Students 
    Please join us for a virtual family engagement event on Thurs., Feb. 3 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. titled - What To Do If Your Child is Struggling: The Intervention Process. This event is open to all families. Families should click HERE at the time of the session to login. This link can also be found on our district website under District News. Also under District News, you will find a list of all the upcoming Family Engagement Events for the entire school year.

    Jan. 24, 2022 - Date Change for WECA Meeting    
    The Information Meeting for families of eighth-graders who are interested in attending Wilson Early College Academy (WECA) in the fall has been rescheduled again. The meeting will now be held Thurs., Jan. 27 at 6 p.m. in Del Mastro Auditorium on the campus of Wilson Community College. 

    The two early colleges - WECA and the Wilson Academy of Applied Technology (WAAT) have opened the application process for the 2022-2023 freshmen class. The application to attend WAAT and WECA is posted on the websites for those schools or you can click HERE

    The application deadline is Jan. 28. If you have any questions, please feel free to call the schools. The number for WAAT is (252) 265-4038 and the number for WECA is (252) 246-1418. Thank you.

    Jan. 23, 2022 - Inclement Weather Message    

    Because of icy conditions that remain on many of the secondary roads in the county and expected refreezing overnight, schools will be closed tomorrow - Mon., Jan. 24 - for students. It will be an optional workday for staff from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. This decision was made in conjunction with Wilson County Emergency Management. Tomorrow will be an inclement weather day for students, not a remote learning day. Students who are enrolled in community college courses should check their community college emails and also login to their community college class platforms for guidance on participation in those classes. 

    The Before and Afterschool Care Programs, Daycare Programs, and the NC Pre-K Programs will also be closed tomorrow. All afterschool activities and athletics are canceled as well. Thank you and please stay safe.  

    Jan. 20, 2022 - Early College Applications - WECA Date Change   
    The Wilson Academy of Applied Technology (also known as WAAT) and the Wilson Early College Academy (also known as WECA) - have opened the application process for the 2022-2023 freshmen class. To provide families with more information, the early colleges have planned parent meetings for current eighth-graders and their families. The parent meeting for WAAT was earlier in the week; however, the parent meeting for WECA was scheduled for tonight. Due to the possibility of inclement weather, the meeting has been rescheduled for Tues., Jan. 25 at 6 p.m. in Del Mastro Auditorium on the campus of Wilson Community College. 

    Applications to attend WAAT and WECA are posted on the websites for those schools and also on the district website under News. The application deadline is Jan. 28. If you have any questions, contact the schools. Thank you.

    Jan. 20, 2022 - Inclement Weather Message 
    The National Weather Service and Wilson County Emergency Management, all afterschool activities and athletics will be canceled today due to the threat of inclement weather. However, the Afterschool Care Program will still operate. Also, because of the potential for freezing rain and snow tomorrow, all schools, offices, and the Central Office will be closed tomorrow - Fri., Jan. 21 - for students and staff. This will be an inclement weather day, not a remote learning day. The Before and Afterschool Care Programs, Daycare Programs, and the NC Pre-K Programs will also be closed on Friday. All afterschool activities and athletics are canceled for Friday as well. Thank you and please stay safe. 

    Jan. 19, 2022 - COVID-19 Update for Families and Staff

    The StrongSchoolsNC Toolkit, which is the guidance that school districts across the state follow regarding COVID-19, was recently updated, and we have received clarity on one section that applies to school districts that require masking. 

    Based on the updated guidance, and in collaboration with The Wilson County Health Department, Wilson County Schools students and staff will only quarantine from school if they test positive for COVID-19, have symptoms of COVID-19, or if someone who lives in their household tests positive for COVID-19 and they do not meet the quarantine exemptions. The exemptions are: if the household contact is 5-17 years old and has received the COVID-19 vaccine; if the household contact is 18 years or older and has been vaccinated with a booster; or if the household contact has had COVID-19 within the last 90 days. This change will be effective in our schools beginning tomorrow - Jan. 20. This change will also affect the communication that staff and families receive regarding positive cases. 

    Moving forward, staff and families will no longer receive a phone call indicating that there has been a positive case at your school. Only staff and families of students who may have been in close proximity to the person who tested positive while neither were wearing a mask will be contacted and advised to monitor for symptoms. We will still update the COVID-19 Dashboard on our website each morning with the number of positive cases. If you have questions, please contact your school principal or Safety Coordinator Chad Holloman at chad.holloman@wilsonschoolsnc.net. 

    Jan. 13, 2022 - Early College Applications 
    Our two early colleges - The Wilson Academy of Applied Technology (also known as WAAT) and the Wilson Early College Academy (also known as WECA) - have opened the application process for the 2022-2023 freshmen class. To provide families with more information, the early colleges have planned parent meetings.
    WAAT will host its parents' meeting on Tues., Jan. 18 at 6 p.m. in the Beddingfield High School Auditorium. WECA will host its parents' meeting on Thurs., Jan. 20 at 6 p.m. in Del Mastro Auditorium on the campus of Wilson Community College. Representatives from WAAT and WECA will also be visiting the middle schools to speak with students. Applications to attend WAAT and WECA are posted on the websites for those schools and also on the district website under News. The application deadline is Jan. 28. 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.

    Jan. 12, 2022 - Input Needed for 2022-2023 Traditional Calendar 
    Wilson County Schools is in the process of developing the 2022-2023 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, please visit our website -  wilsonschoolsnc.net. The calendar information will pop up on the screen or you will find it under News. Paper copies of the proposed calendars and the feedback form will also be available at the schools. Please provide your input by January 19, 2022. 

    Dec. 14, 2021 - Traditional School Calendar Change 
    A message for staff and families regarding a change to the traditional school calendar. During last night’s Wilson County Board of Education meeting, the Board voted to change Mon., Feb. 21 from an instructional day to an optional teacher workday, which means students will not be in school. The 2021-2022 Traditional School Calendar has been updated on the district website under News and Calendars.

    Dec. 2, 2021 - Fossile Mound for STEM Event 
    A message for the families who registered for the virtual Fossil STEM event on Dec. 7 at 6 p.m. If you were not able to pick up the fossil mound today, it will be sent home with your student tomorrow.

    Nov. 30, 2021 - Targeted Support and Improvement 
    A message for families whose child attends a school that has been identified as a Targeted Support and Improvement School by the North Carolina State Board of Education. A letter has been posted in Classlink that will provide additional information about this designation. The letter also includes steps your child’s school is taking to ensure continued improvement. You can access this letter by clicking the WCS backpack icon on the Wilson County Schools website and using your child’s login information. Once you are logged in, you can click the icon that says TSI letter. Please contact your child’s school if you have any questions regarding this information. 

    Nov. 29, 2021 - Title I Documents for Families 
    A message for our Title I School families. Recently, there were several important documents uploaded into Classlink that we need to make sure families review. Please have your student login to their Chromebook and click on the WCS backpack. Once your student clicks the backpack, you will see an icon labeled Family Compacts and an icon labeled Parents Right to Know. All schools that receive federal Title I funding are required to have a school family compact in place. This compact outlines the responsibilities of the school, the student and the parent. It is a contract to ensure your child’s academic success. Please review this document and complete the Google Form. Completing the Google Form is your electronic signature indicating you have read and agree with the document. In addition to the Family Compact, you will also find a letter about the Parents Right to Know. This document is also a requirement for federal funding and outlines how you can request certain information about staff who work with your child, as well as the assessments that your child will take this year. This form is not required. You only need to complete this form if you would like to request information about the staff who work with your child. Please review these documents. If you need any assistance, please contact your child’s school or the Wilson County Schools Federal Programs office at 252-399-7800. The only required document is the Family Compact. We need for all parents of children at a Title I school to complete this compact.

    Nov. 23, 2021 - Virtual STEM Night for Elementary Families 
    A message for elementary families about an upcoming event. We are hosting a virtual STEM event in collaboration with the Aurora Fossil Museum on Dec. 7 at 6 p.m. Families who are interested in participating will need to register by Nov. 30.  Once you register, you will pick up a fossil mound on Dec. 2 from our Technology Department located at Darden Middle School. This event will include a virtual tour of the Aurora Fossil Museum, as well as hands-on fossil exploration right from your home. There will be a separate event in Spanish on Dec. 9 at 6 p.m. To register, visit wilsonschoolsnc.net and scroll down to the District News item titled - Virtual STEM Event - Investigating Fossils. If you receive emails with these phone calls, the email will contain the registration form. 

    Nov. 17, 2021 - Helping your Kindergarten Student 
    A message for kindergarten families about a Family Engagement Event being held this week. Are you interested in learning tips to help your child be successful? If so, join us tomorrow night, Thurs., Nov. 18th, at 6:30 p.m. at Vinson-Bynum Elementary School, which is located at 1601 Tarboro St. in Wilson. You can also join the meeting virtually through Google Meet. To join the virtual session, visit wilsonschoolsnc.net and scroll down to the District News item titled - Helping Your Kindergarten Student Succeed. If you receive emails with these phone calls, the email will contain the link to the session. You can also find the link on our Wilson County Schools social media sites. This session will also be held in Spanish. 

    Nov. 15, 2021 - Tips for Parent Teacher Conference
    A message for elementary and middle school families about a Family Engagement Event being held this week. Are you interested in learning tips for parent teacher conferences? If so, join us tomorrow night, Tues., Nov. 16th, at 6:30 p.m. at Wells Elementary School, which is located at 1400 Grove St. in Wilson. You can also join the meeting virtually through Google Meet. To join the virtual session, visit wilsonschoolsnc.net and scroll down to the District News item titled - Tips for Parent Teacher Conferences. If you receive emails with these phone calls, the email will contain the link to the session. You can also find the link on our Wilson County Schools social media sites. This session will also be held in Spanish. 

    Nov. 10, 2021 - WAVE Reminder
    A reminder for families of students in grades 4-8. The Wilson Academy of Virtual Education (WAVE) is excited to announce limited enrollment for the 2022 spring semester for students in grades 4-8. The deadline to apply is Fri., Nov. 12. Before completing the online application process for WAVE, families should review the student and parent responsibilities that can be found on the district website - wilsonschoolsnc.net - under News. To apply to WAVE, use the link under News or in the blue box on the main page titled WAVE Enrollment. Please note that submitting an application does not guarantee enrollment into WAVE. We hope to have decision letters mailed by early December. If you have any questions, please contact Donna.Currie@wilsonschoolsnc.net or 252-399-7870 Ext 8320. 

    Nov. 9, 2021 - Traditional School Calendar Change
    A message for staff and families about a change to the traditional school calendar. During last night’s Wilson County Board of Education meeting, the Board voted to change Wed., Nov. 24 from an early release day to an optional teacher workday, which means students will not be in school. That date was already a teacher workday for the early colleges. The 2021-2022 Traditional School Calendar has been updated on the district website. The Board also indicated the possibility of adding an optional teacher workday in February and asked district leaders to suggest a date at a future Board meeting. 

    Oct. 29, 2021 - Limited Enrollment in WAVE for 
    The Wilson Academy of Virtual Education (WAVE) is excited to announce limited enrollment for the 2022 spring semester.  We have limited slots available in grades 4-8 only for the spring semester 2022. Before registering, please read the student and parent responsibilities.
    -Students must be enrolled in 4th - 8th grade in the 2021-2022 school year.
    -Families must have reliable Internet Access (does not include school-provided hotspot or cellphone data plan).
    -Students must show evidence of successful academic performance and attendance in virtual, remote learning, and in-person learning environments in the past and/or 
      - Academic performance in previous years and 
      - Grade level/academic proficiency as indicated by End of Grade tests, state exams, or other data points.
    -Families must commit to provide a learning coach for their student(s). Parent/guardian involvement is a huge part of student success and is expected at WAVE. We call our parents/guardians "learning coaches" as they help their students learn and grow while at home throughout the school year. 
    -Students must be willing to commit to attend WAVE for the semester. However, we want to ensure success for all students, so this commitment can be re-evaluated as needed and/or at the end of each grading period. Students who leave WAVE will not be allowed to re-enroll during the 21-22 school year.
    -Students must complete work each day in all classes, including core, specials, and electives. Please note that submitting an application does not guarantee enrollment into WAVE.  WCS hopes to have decision letters mailed by early December for new students to enter into WAVE spring semester 2022. The online application window for WAVE will be open until November 12, 2021.  Late applications will not be accepted.  To apply go to the Wilson County Schools website www.wilsonschoolsnc.net and Click on WAVE. If you have any questions please contact Donna.Currie@wilsonschoolsnc.net or 252-399-7870 Ext 8320.

    Oct. 20, 2021 - Social-Emotional Learning Student Survey 
    A message for families about an online survey that many of our students will be completing. Building social-emotional learning skills is an important goal for our schools this year. Examples of these skills include self-management, social awareness, emotion regulation and supportive relationships.  We are asking students in grades 3-12 to reflect on their own mindsets and approaches to learning via an online survey that will be completed at school the week of November 1st. The survey should not take more than 15 minutes to complete. We look forward to students participating in the survey, as their responses will provide invaluable insights into their experiences and how we can improve and adapt our district to their needs. A letter with more information will be sent home with each student this week. If you have any questions about the Social-Emotional Learning survey, please contact your student’s school counselor or principal. 

    Oct. 17, 2021 - Sheriff's Office Training at Stantonsburg 
    The Wilson County Sheriff’s Office has planned several days of training exercises at Stantonsburg Elementary. On Mon., Oct. 18th, the officers will be at Stantonsburg the entire day because it is a teacher workday. On Oct. 19th and 20th, they will be there after school hours beginning at 4 p.m. until late in the evening. During the training exercises, there will be numerous law enforcement vehicles and personnel at the school. We wanted all staff and families to be aware of the training exercise in case you heard about it and were concerned. We appreciate all that the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office does to keep our staff, students and community safe, and we are happy to partner with them on enhancing their training protocols.

    Oct. 4, 2021 - Homework Help for Families Sessions
    Are you interested in tools and websites to assist you in helping your student with homework? If so, join us tomorrow night, Tues., Oct. 5th, at 6:30 p.m. for a session titled - Homework Help for Families. To join the virtual session, visit wilsonschoolsnc.net and scroll down to the District News item titled - Homework Help for Families. If you receive emails with these phone calls, the email will contain the link to the session. You can also find the link on our Wilson County Schools social media sites. This session will be held in Spanish on Thurs., Oct. 7th. 

    Oct. 3, 2021 - Parent Survey Reminder
    Families, please complete the online Parent Survey about your student's school, so we can work to continuously improve our school practices. If you have multiple students attending the same school, only one survey is needed. If you have students in several schools, please complete a survey for each school. The survey is anonymous, and the deadline to complete the survey is tomorrow - Oct 4, 2021. Click the link to complete the survey - WCS 2021-22 Parent Survey

    Sept. 28, 2021 - Student Behavior
    Message from Superintendent Lane Mills: I want to start by saying how great it is to have all of our students and staff back in school after all of the transitions that we had last school year. We are excited about moving forward and regaining the momentum that we lost during the pandemic. In my visits to schools, it’s obvious that 99 percent of our students are focused and doing what they need to be doing. However, we do have a small number of students who have decided to make poor choices. In the past few weeks, we've seen an increase in fights and threats in our schools. As Superintendent, I am frustrated and disappointed that these distractions keep happening because they have a negative impact on the academic success and overall well being of our students and staff. I care deeply for ALL of our students, and I need the few students who are considering making poor choices to understand that myself and other WCS administrators have no tolerance for any action that threatens the safety of our schools. If a situation occurs, we will not hesitate to take every action against the students who are involved - this could include disciplinary actions at the school level, legal action and/or charges through law enforcement. Families, please speak with your student and make sure they understand that making a threat in person or online, fighting, or bringing a weapon to school can result in charges through law enforcement and serious disciplinary consequences such as suspension, which in some cases is not just for a few days but for an entire year. I also need parents and guardians to encourage your student to always tell you, a staff member, or our School Resource Officer if they know of situations or information that threaten safety. I want to commend the students who step forward and share information. We know it isn’t easy, but it is the right thing to do. I also want to thank the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office and Wilson Police Department for being such great partners and for their commitment to keeping our schools safe. Again, we are excited to be back in school and are looking forward to a great school year. We want everyone to feel safe at school and be able to focus on learning. Thank you and have a great week.

    Sept. 24, 2021 - Parent Survey
    Families, please assist us in an online survey. We need your feedback about your student’s school so that we can work to continuously improve our school practices. If you have multiple students attending the same school, only one survey is needed. If you have students in multiple schools across the district, please complete a survey for each school. The survey is anonymous, and the deadline to complete the survey is Oct 4, 2021. Click the link to complete the survey - WCS 2021-22 Parent Survey.

    Sept. 21, 2021 - Calendar Change
    The Wilson County Board of Education met Sept. 20 and revised the traditional and early college calendars based on legislation that removed the five remote learning days from our calendars. For the traditional calendar, November 2, November 24, January 14 and February 11 are now regular instructional days at school instead of remote learning days. November 24 will be an early release day. For the early college calendar, October 8, November 23, February 11, March 18 and April 8 are now regular instructional days instead of remote learning days. These calendars have also been updated on the website in English and Spanish and can be found under the Calendars tab.

    Sept. 17, 2021 - Required Immunizations
    Reminder for families of kindergartners, seventh-graders, seniors, and students who are new to attending school in North Carolina. By law, these students are required to have certain immunizations, such as Tdap and MMR, unless they have an exemption. Students in the Wilson Academy of Virtual Education (WAVE) must also provide proof of receiving the mandatory immunizations. The required immunizations do not include the COVID-19 vaccine. We need you to make sure your student has the necessary immunizations if you haven’t done so already. We also need you to provide the school with a copy of your student’s valid immunization record. Kindergarten students also need a Health Assessment Form completed by a doctor. Health assessments dated within one year prior to the first day of school will be accepted. If the school does not have your student's immunization record and/or health assessment within 30 days of enrollment, which for most students is Sept. 24, state law prohibits the student from being allowed to attend school beginning Mon., Sept. 27. Once your student receives the immunizations and the school is provided proof, the student will be able to return to school. The immunization record and/or health assessment can be dropped off at the school or uploaded electronically into Scribs. Visit wilsonschoolsnc.net and click Get ConnectED to create an account. 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 Clinics by calling 252-360-0769 or the Wilson County Health Department at 252-237-3141.

    Sept. 6, 2021 - Family Engagement Sessions
         Two Family Engagement Events are being held this week. All families are invited to attend, and the events will be virtual. On Tues., Sept. 7, a session titled Navigating Seesaw for Families will be held for families of kindergartners through second-graders. This session is from 6:30-7:30 p.m. On Thurs., Sept. 9, a session titled Navigating Google Classroom for Families will be held for families of third-graders through seniors. This session is also from 6:30-7:30 p.m. The sessions will be held in English and Spanish. Families should click on the Google Meet links at the time of the sessions to login. Here are the links to the sessions: 
    Navigating Seesaw (English) - https://bit.ly/SEESAW2021
    Navigando Seesaw (Espanol) - https://bit.ly/SEESAW2021ES
    Navigating Google Classroom (English) - https://bit.ly/WCSGOOGLE21
    Navigando Google Classroom (Espanol) - https://bit.ly/WCSGOOGLE21ES
         Also under District News on our website at this link, you will find a list of all the upcoming Family Engagement Events for the entire school year. 

    Sept. 1, 2021 - Get ConnectED
         We need all families to Get ConnectED to your student’s school by creating accounts in two platforms - Scribs and Parent Portal. These platforms will be utilized to keep parents connected and in the loop. In Scribs, families will complete information including emergency contacts, reunification, and a media release. Families will be able to update information at any time on this online platform. Families can also use Scribs to access and upload digital forms, such as health assessments or immunization records. In Parent Portal, families can see their student’s grades and attendance in real time so they are never surprised by what is on a progress report or report card. Visit the Wilson County Schools website today and click on Get ConnectED or use the direct link, www.wilsonschoolsnc.net/connected
         If you need assistance with creating accounts on either of these platforms, Wilson County Schools is hosting a family engagement session on Sept. 14 at 6:30pm at Darden Middle School. Staff will be available to assist families in creating a free email account and registering for accounts in Scribs and Parent Portal. Spanish and Arabic interpreters will be available.

    Aug. 31, 2021 - Remote Learning Day Reminder
         Fri., Sept. 3 is a remote learning day. All students need to have either a personal device or a school-issued device by Thursday in order to logon to their classes from home on Friday. If your student is in need of a school-issued device, please make sure your student turns in the necessary paperwork consisting of a direct certified letter from the School Nutrition Department or a meal application approval letter or the technology fee of $30 by tomorrow - Wed., Sept. 1 - at noon.
         Teachers will provide synchronous (live) instruction on Friday. Teachers will be in contact with their students through their school email address to help them transition to remote learning. We have partnered with Greenlight and Emergency Broadband Benefit Services to provide discounted internet access to families. If you need additional information or have questions, please contact your student's school.  
         Meals will be provided by the School Nutrition Department on Friday and available for pick up at your students' school from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. via curbside. A hot lunch will be provided as well as a breakfast intended as an afternoon snack. The remote learning day on Friday is only for our traditional schools and not our early colleges. 

    Aug. 27, 2021 - Lunch in Classrooms
    Beginning Mon. Aug. 30, elementary and middle school students will eat lunch in their classrooms instead of the cafeteria. Breakfast will continue to be “grab and go” as has been the process since the first day of school. This decision was made in collaboration with the Wilson County Health Department as a result of increasing COVID-19 cases and in an effort to minimize the number of contacts in our schools. We will continue to monitor positive cases and our protocols. We thank you for your support as we work to keep our students and staff as safe as possible. Thank you. 

    Aug. 10, 2021 - Meal Applicatinos
    Meal Applications are currently available on our district and school websites. All families should apply today by clicking HERE.  Paper copies will also be available at our schools.  The US Department of Agriculture has extended the School Nutrition Program waiver allowing Wilson County Schools to provide breakfast and lunch to all students at no cost. While our district is able to offer meals at no cost, it is important for ALL families to complete a meal application to ensure their correct status is in place when the waiver ends. The data also enables schools to obtain funding to provide important educational resources to benefit students. Other benefits issued to families who are approved for free or reduced price meals include fee waivers for Driver Education, Technology, the SAT and eligibility for future P-EBT benefits. Thank you.

    July 29, 2021 - Face Masks Required
    The Wilson County Board of Education held a special meeting tonight to discuss updates to the Strong Schools NC Public Health Toolkit, which included recommendations for face masks. The Wilson County Board of Education voted to require face masks for all staff and K-12 students and to revisit this decision in October 2021. 

    July 23, 2021 - Vaccine Clinic
    In collaboration with the Wilson County Health Department, Wilson County Schools is offering a COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic where our staff members AND students who are 12 or older can receive the Pfizer version of the vaccine if they choose to do so. The Vaccine Clinic for the first dose will be held in the gym at Fike HS on July 30 by appointment only. Please call 252-360-0500 to schedule your appointment. The appointment slots are from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The second dose of the vaccine will be given on Aug. 20 at Fike HS by appointment only. When you call to schedule your first appointment, you will also schedule your second dose appointment. Please visit our district website - wilsonschoolsnc.net - to download the COVID-19 Vaccination Consent Form prior to your appointment.