The Dolphin Digest

Wrightsville Beach Elementary School Weekly Updates

May 2, 2021

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Message from the Principal

Good Afternoon Dolphin Families,

It was a super busy week at WBS last week. After being awarded the U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools Award, several reporters and news outlets stopped by to help us share this great news. On Tuesday, we held our first in-person PTA meeting since December 2019 on the front lawn. At this event, we honored Cissie Brooks, our Marine Science Teacher and School Counselor, who will retire at the end of this school year. In addition to lessons in math, language arts, social studies, and science, students also participated in art, music, and PE. They explored the marsh by kayak and fished from our dock. Then on Thursday, our Battle of the Books Team competed against 10 other NHCS elementary schools via Zoom breakout rooms in our Media Center.

Wrightsville Beach Elementary School (WBS) teachers and staff continue to demonstrate that they are among the very best. They passionately serve our student body and do so with excellence. Over the past year, our teachers and staff have pushed themselves to learn new and innovative ways to reach students. They work hard to support students at all levels and to provide supportive yet rigorous instruction for all learners, while also making learning fun!

I believe that school is supposed to be fun! In fact, it's incredibly important. The impact of this work is so fulfilling and significant, and it all starts with the most important person in the classroom, the teacher. I am so thankful for my teachers and staff I currently work with and had growing up. The learning they plan, the environment they create, the friendships they help foster, it's all incredible. I wish the very best for my teachers and staff all year, but this week is extra special for those at the heart of learning.

Please join me in recognizing, celebrating, and thanking our amazing educators during Teacher & Staff Appreciation Week May 3 - 5. I am continuously impressed with the amount of time and energy the staff at WBS puts into making sure all students are successful! They are an incredibly talented group of teachers who want nothing but the best for our students and families. Thank you for everything you do each and every day that makes WBS such a "Great Place To Grow!"

This year will be what we make it…let’s make it amazing! Welcome my friends, to Week 35!

Principal Jackson Norvell

Turn in your Technology

WBS will be collecting all devices and accessories next week.

A parent/guardian must physically sign the device back in. NO EXCEPTIONS!

ALL chargers and cords must be returned with the item as well.

Please plan to stop by the school to return your devices between 8:15 and 2:00 or 3:00 - 4:00 according to the following schedule:

  • Monday, May 3rd: Last Names A - I
  • Tuesday, May 4th: Last Names J - R
  • Wednesday, May 5th: Last Names S - Z

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Farewell Ms. Brooks! Congratulations on your Retirement!

On Tuesday, April 27, 2021, WBS honored the founder of our Marine Science Program, Cissie Brooks who will retire at the end of this school year. At this event, we dedicated the WBS Dock in her name. We can't thank Ms. Brooks enough for her dedication to the students and families of Wrightsville Beach Elementary. We will miss her terribly, but promise to continue her legacy for many years to come!
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Wrightsville Beach Elementary Wins National Green Ribbon Award

Wrightsville Beach Elementary Named a 2021 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School

The U.S. Department of Education announced today that Wrightsville Beach Elementary in Wrightsville Beach, NC is among the 2021 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools award honorees.

Wrightsville Beach Elementary was nominated by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. Among the qualities that earned WBS the Green Ribbon distinction is the school’s Marine Science program. Over the past 20 years, the program has grown to encompass outdoor marine science and environmental education, classroom education, community outreach, interdisciplinary learning, and citizen science projects. Activities are designed to support the Standard Course of Study in each grade while also providing authentic learning experiences. Marine Science plays a significant role in the culture of the school, embedding lessons of citizenship, team building, problem-solving, and responsibility. Each week, students have class out on the school dock to learn about the marsh ecosystem and local wildlife.

“Environmental education and stewardship are a huge part of who we are as a school…it’s such an honor to be recognized in this way,” says Principal Jackson Norvell.

Across the country, 27 schools, three early learning centers, five districts, and five postsecondary institutions are being honored for their innovative efforts to reduce environmental impact and utility costs, improve health and wellness, and ensure effective sustainability education.

The honorees were named from a pool of candidates nominated by 20 states. The selectees include 24 public schools, five charter schools, one magnet school, and three nonpublic schools. Over half of the 2021 honorees are in communities where over 40 percent of the student body are eligible for free and reduced lunch.

The list of all selected schools, districts, colleges, and universities, as well as their nomination packages, can be found here. A report with highlights on the 40 honorees can be found here. More information on the federal recognition award can be found here.

Book Fair Ends on May 2nd

The ONLINE Spring Book Fair continues through Sunday, May 2nd.

- Items will be shipped directly to your home;

- FREE SHIPPING on book-only orders totaling over $25 (other items do not count toward your $25 total purchase for the free shipping)

- With every purchase our school earns 25% back in Scholastic Reward Dollars

Student Council Cereal Box Food Drive

During the week of May 3rd - May 7th, the WBS Student Council will be collecting boxes of cereal. These boxes will be donated to Nourish NC for local families in need of help with summer meals. Thanks in advance for your support!
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5th Grade Promotion Ceremony

Tuesday, May 25th, 5pm

220 Coral Drive

Wrightsville Beach, NC

Parents of 5th graders should be on the lookout for more information soon! The event will be held on school grounds with limited seating. Reservations will be required.

Takeout Tuesday

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NC End of Grade Testing (EOG)

The North Carolina State End-of-Grade (EOG) Assessments will be administered to our students this year during the month of May. The English/Language Arts and Mathematics assessments are administered in Grades 3-5, and Science assessments are administered in Grade 5.

The WBS EOG Testing Schedule for all students in Grades 3-5, which includes our students participating in Remote Learning and Virtual Academy is listed below. Please take note of the dates your student(s) will be taking their EOGs so that they are present and prepared for the assessment.

Additional information will be communicated as we get closer to the EOGs but if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to Mr. Norvell or Ms. Conti, our Testing Coordinator.

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Helpful Links

Breakfast and Lunch Menus

Meals will remain at no cost, for ALL children 18 years old & younger. Go to any Curbside Meal location for curbside pickup on remote days. One breakfast & One lunch available per day per child.


Click here for important news and information from the WBS PTA.

WBS Foundation

Click here for important news and information from the WBS Foundation.

School Reopening 2020 -2021

All important information about our return to school and procedures can be found here.

NHCS Remote Learning Info Center

Student Help Line (910) 254-4440