East Wilkes Middle School News

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EWMS Says Goodbye to Mrs. Swaim

After 40 years in education, Mrs. Linda Swaim has decided to retire from teaching. Mrs. Swaim has been a teacher, an advocate, and a leader in the Exceptional Children's program in Wilkes County. She has helped countless students realize their full potential and reach goals they never thought possible. Those who have had the privilege and honor of working alongside Mrs. Swaim know that she loves the students and only wants what is best for them and she maintains a positive and loving attitude toward everyone. She will be greatly missed by all and we wish her nothing but happiness.
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Mrs. Foster's Classes Create A Classroom Garden

Mrs. Foster's hands-on science classes have spent this year creating a lovely garden in the classroom. The students brought in a small plant at the beginning of the year. Their assignment was to water, provide appropriate light, and to love and care for their plant all year. The curriculum involves plants, tropisms, and ecosystems and also, to be a good steward of our earth. The students measured their plants to record growth. They learned about the needs of a plant, the effects of too much water, and being root bound. Roots provide the nutrients needed along with water requirements. They re-potted their plants when they got too big and trimmed them back when they became shaggy. They saw how different plants needed different amounts of light - not too much nor too little, but everything has to be just right for that plant. Photosynthesis makes the plant a producer and animals are consumers. We lost a few over the winter so we rooted some from what we had. Finally, they took their prizes home on Friday, May 12, with ribbons and bows to give to their Moms for Mothers Day. Mrs. Foster hopes they developed a love for nature in the process. One student asked if he could "do this again next year", and she told him he could do this at home all the time. We depend on plants to stay happy and healthy so we must keep them happy and healthy.
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Sixth Graders Visit Boone

On May 1st, the sixth grade took a trip to Boone to visit the heritage museum, Doc Rocks, and Mystery Hill. Students were able to learn more about the Indian heritage, mine for gems, and walk through a museum of fossil artifacts. The most exciting artifact was a rare dinosaur fossil that is constructed with real bones and no artificial molds. After leaving these sites, we had lunch at Makotos Japanese Restaurant. Students enjoyed the opportunity to watch their personal cook prepare their food in direct sight. Lastly, we ended the day at Appalachian State University. Students visited with GEAR up representatives who got them excited about college. They discussed college life and what it takes to be successful during that particular part of their educational careers.

EWMS Celebrates Merlefest!

Merlefest celebrated 30 years this past weekend at Wilkes Community College! Students and teachers from all grade levels joined in the fun all throughout the weekend. From A-Z - the Avett Brothers to Zac Brown Band - a host of entertainers came and delighted us all with their musical talents.


Last Thursday, April 27th, Lydia Luce came to the middle school via Merlefest Outreach and performed for our students. Her beautiful voice and musical talent were enjoyed by all. Gohan W. asked her if it was hard to play the violin and she responded, "It's hard at first and there are a lot of techniques involved. If you don't want to play the violin and you have a horned instrument, you can still do rock music."


Then on Friday, the 8th grade class took a trip to Merlefest where they got to hear Lydia Luce again, onstage, with her band, as well as other performers such as Scythian, The Gravy Boys, and Darin & Brooke Aldridge. It was a beautiful day with lots of good music!

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EWMS Students Perform at Merlefest 2017

East Wilkes Middle School students showed up and showed out at Merlefest over the weekend! It's amazing at the talent found at our school!


First up, Hallie Y., a 6th grader, submitted a 200-word essay to the Pete Wernick Bluegrass Camp and won a partial scholarship that allowed her to attend the week-long camp. Hallie said she, "enjoyed meeting new people, hanging with friends, and learning new things." She also wrote some of her own songs at camp. She has played the fiddle for about a year and a half, she plays the piano, and she just started learning the guitar at camp. This is her second year at Merlefest and she said she, "loved it! You become really close with everybody and guy a remembered me from last year!" Look for Hallie on the stage next year and at other bluegrass shows like the Galax Fiddler's Convention, Houstonfest, and Americana Day.


Chance M., also a 6th grader, was chosen out of many applicants to be a part of the Andy Mays Acoustic Kids Showcase. Chance started playing the guitar in June of 2016. He said his favorite part of Merlefest was, "playing Mays Pit in Thompson Hall with my grandpa, Rick Whitley, playing behind me." Chance got to see Sam Bush while he was there and said he would like to perform at Merlefest again. He has also played the guitar at Americana Day. We can't wait to see him at Merlefest next year!


Another 6th grader, Luke M., was also chosen to be a part of the Andy Mays Acoustic Kids Showcase. Luke has been playing the guitar for about four years or so and has played at the Galax Fiddlers Convention, Americana Day, Merlefest, and church events. His favorite part? "Playing guitar, and seeing my friends." He also had the opportunity to see James Taylor while at Merlefest. Luke said he hopes to get to play at Merlefest again next year. We are looking forward to seeing him there!


Austin B., a seventh grader, has been participating in Merlefest for the past three years. Austin plays the guitar and says his favorite part of Merlefest is, "playing and hearing the clapping afterward." His guitar teacher, Larry Skipper, runs the Acoustic Kids Showcase, which is how Austin got to be a part of the show. He has played at Galax Fiddlers Convention and Americana Day, as well, and hopes to be back at Merlefest next year.


6th grader, Presley B. took the stage several times throughout the weekend and wowed the audiences with his impressive guitar-picking skills! Presley said this was his 5th year at Merlefest. One of the things he likes to do is visit the Instrument Expo. He said, "It's pretty cool every year." When asked if this year, the 30th anniversary, was special in any way, he said, "I got to play with Brian Sutton on the Cabin Stage and Wayne Henderson on the Creekside Stage and that was cool!"

If you missed it, Presley also recently made an appearance on the NBC show, "Little Big Shots" with Steve Harvey. You can catch a video clip of The Salty Dogs' performance below. We are proud of Presley and look forward to seeing more of him on stage in the future!


Way to go Scorpion Musicians!

Little Big Shots - The Salty Dogs (Episode Highlight)

Whopper Ploppers Qualify for State Envirothon Competition!

East Wilkes Scorpions competed in the Northwest Envirothon Competition and the "Whopper Ploppers" came in 2nd place! This qualifies them to compete in the State Envirothon at Cedarock Park on April 28th and 29th.
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Friends Volunteer At Car Wash Fundraiser For Local Family

A car wash/bake sale fundraiser was held on Saturday, April 1st for a local family who suffered tragic losses. Many students, who were friends of the family, volunteered their time to help in this event which raised a substantial amount of money to assist this family in need. Thank you to the kids and adults who organized and participated in this event to help one of our own!

8th Grade Visits Appalachian State University

On March 21st, the 8th grade traveled to Boone for a campus of tour of Appalachian State University. The students participated in stations geared toward college opportunities, college life, and decision making/responsibility skills. They also got to have lunch in the college dining hall and then ended the day with a scavenger hunt/campus tour. They had a wonderful day and more than one 8th grader has set their sights on becoming a Mountaineer! Thank you to Gear Up for organizing this for us!

East High Graduates Share College Experiences With The Middle School Students

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Students at East Wilkes Middle shared their lunch time today with college students, Haley Hodges and Lauren Pardue. Both young ladies are East Wilkes graduates and both are sophomores in college.


Haley is a student at UNC-Chapel Hill majoring in Journalism with a concentration in graphic design and design editing. Lauren is a student at Gardner Webb University and majoring in nursing.


Haley and Lauren presented facts about their respective colleges and then shared what they were involved in, the struggles of their freshmen year, what they enjoy most about college life, and how to prepare for college while in high school and middle school. With the representation of two different size colleges, one public and one private, the young ladies emphasized to the students that although their campuses were very different, they were alike in many ways and they were both happy with their college choice.


Students asked lots of questions about both colleges and one of the most popular questions to Haley was, "Do you ever see any Carolina basketball players on campus?"




Scorpions Go To Washington!

Thursday, February 23rd - Saturday, February 25th, 8th graders, parent volunteers, and faculty went on an exciting trip to our nation's capital, Washington D.C. We visited many of our monuments and historic landmarks as well as Quantico Marine/FBI Academy, the Pentagon, and the burial site of Robert E. Lee. Students enjoyed the trip and received multiple compliments from our tour guides, restaurant workers, and parents about their excellent behavior. We would like to thank our parents for their help and Mr. Foster for organizing this memorable trip.
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East Wilkes Chorus Students Perform at North Carolina Music Educators Professional Development Conference

The East Wilkes Middle School 7th and 8th Grade Chorus had the honor of performing at the North Carolina Music Educators Professional Development Conference on November 7 at First Baptist Church of Winston Salem. East Wilkes Middle was one of two schools from the state who were invited to perform for this prestigious event, based upon high ratings they received from adjudication. Congratulations to these talented students!

EWMS Hosts Blood Drive

Thanks to everyone who participated in the 2017 EWMS Blood Drive on Thursday, January 12. Though students were out of school three days prior due to snow, we enlisted 20 possible donors from our community and collected 19 units of life-saving blood!


The American Red Cross was very appreciative and looks forward to future blood drives here at our school. Also, thanks to students who recruited donors and members of student council for hosting this event.

Scorpions truly make a difference!

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East Wilkes Middle Golf Team Wins League

The East Wilkes Middle School golf team completed a perfect season with their victory at Oakwoods Golf Club on October 18th. The Scorpions along with the other 3 middle schools in the county completed just their second season as an official team, the other member of the league is Ashe County. The Scorpions were paced by Mason A. who finished the season earning medalist honors in all 5 matches.

Spelling Bee

8th Grader Sylvia P. won the East Wilkes Middle school-wide Spelling Bee and represented the Scorpions on January 26th at the county level. Congratulations to Sylvia!

EWMS Science Fair Winners

The following students are the county winners in this year's Science Fair:


Overall Winners

**1st

EWMS

Will Eggstra Protein Produce Eggcellent Eggs

Robert M.


**2nd

EWMS

Which Road Surface has the Best Skid Resistance

Daniel D.

Grace L.





Technology and Engineering

**1st

EWMS

Which Road Surface has the Best Skid Resistance

Daniel D.

Grace L.




Physics

**2nd

EWMS

Where’s the Best Place to Store Popcorn

Sylvia P.


3rd

EWMS

RubberBands

Manny N.





Earth/Environmental

**1st

EWMS

Operation Clean H2O

Dylan W.

Camron S.





Chemistry

**1st

EWMS

Cake Bosses

Salem S.

Haley W.





Biological B

**1st

EWMS

Funky Flavor

Tristen B.

Madison C.

Riley S.





Biological A


**1st

EWMS

Will Eggstra Protein Produce Eggcellent Eggs

Robert M.



HM

EWMS

Sugary Sweet

Grady H.

Kole L.

EWMS Students Participate in NCMS Honors Chorus

East Wilkes Middle School had three students chosen to participate in the North Carolina Middle School Honors Chorus. These students were Austin B., Chandlar L., and Thomas R. They were chosen for this honor based upon high ratings from individual auditions. They performed in the honors chorus concert at the Stevens Center in Winston Salem on November 6 under the direction of Dr. Rollo Dilworth. Congratulations to these talented students!

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EWMS Red Ribbon Week

East Wilkes Middle School celebrated living a drug-free life, Red Ribbon Week, from October 17th through Friday, October 21st. Students enjoyed learning about and exploring their Natural High, an extreme excitement that naturally occurs when someone participates in an enjoyable activity. Special events throughout the week included a luncheon with Fred Brason, founder and CEO of Project Lazarus; the creation of a fence banner; and a visit from Riley, the drug sniffing dog, and her handler, Sergeant Jason Delbert from the Wilkesboro Police Department. Students honored Officer “Kiki” Camerena, the officer for whom red ribbon week was created, and our local enforcement with thank you posters.



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Pennies For Pasta

East Wilkes Middle School participated in a “Pennies For Pasta” campaign to raise money to help find a cure for leukemia. One of East Wilkes Middle School’s own, Manuel M., was diagnosed at the end of last school year with leukemia and is in Minnesota receiving treatments. Robin Shaw, from the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, explained what leukemia is and how affects the body. She challenged each homebase to collect change in the boxes provided and offered the homebase with the most money a lunch courtesy of Olive Garden. East Wilkes Middle School exceeded their goal of $1,500.00 and raised a total of $2257.79!!! Way to go Scorpions!

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