OUR STORY - Shout Outs!
WCS Weekly Highlights - Jan. 13-17, 2020
Board of Education Appreciation Month
January is Board of Education Appreciation Month, and at the Jan. 13 Board meeting, we made sure our Board members know how much we appreciate them! WCS Teacher of the Year Britney Phillips addressed the Board members and thanked them for all that they do for our schools and community. She also brought Benjamin, one of her fourth-graders at Lucama ES, to hand out Thank You Cards signed by her students. We are grateful to Dr. Christine Fitch, Henry Mercer, Debora Powell, Rhyan Breen, Gary Farmer, Velma Barnes and Beverly Boyette!
Marshmallow Math Activity
Shout Out! to Hearne ES First-grade Teacher Carly Tamisiea for engaging her students in an exciting marshmallow math lesson! The students used marshmallows and toothpicks to demonstrate their knowledge of two and three dimensional shapes. They had the best time completing the activity and showing off their creations.
Shout Out! to Winstead ES for hosting a successful Report Card Pick Up and Family Coding Night! They had more than 150 students and family members (about half of their student population!) come out to meet with teachers and enjoy a fun night of coding activities. Everyone worked together to learn how to code with ozobots, spheros, dash robots and the code.org computer program. The students were engaged, and the parents loved seeing their children use their problem solving skills! Click here to view a video.
Shout Out! to our students and staff who are always giving back to those in need and supporting worthy causes! One example is the upcoming Darden MS Cancer Awareness basketball game on Jan. 23 against Forest Hills MS at 4 p.m. All proceeds raised at the game will be donated to a person who has been affected by cancer. Darden is also selling shirts. If you would like to buy one, email firstname.lastname@example.org by Jan. 18 or purchase one at the game while supplies last.
Marshmallow Math Activity
Character Education Award
At the Jan. 13 Wilson County Board of Education meeting, the Board recognized Springfield MS Exceptional Children's Teacher Hayley Baxley for receiving the Educator of Excellence Award for WCS at the state's 69th Annual Conference on Exceptional Children. Ms. Baxley is an incredible asset to WCS. She said that although she can't change the circumstances of her students, she can do her part to let them know they are not alone by building them up, greeting them with a smile and being a helping hand to guide them. We are very appreciative of her hard work and congratulate her on this award! Pictured is Ms. Baxley and Board Member Debora Powell.
Shout Out! to the NC Department of Public Instruction for awarding WCS a Safe Schools Grant in the amount of $174,066. The funds will be used to hire a part-time School Resource Officer who will rotate to Barnes, Vick and Hearne ES; to upgrade the camera system in one of our middle schools (the school will be determined at a later date); to contract with a licensed mental health service provider to provide in-school therapy to students; and to offer restorative therapy training to administrators, counselors and behavior specialists on how to assist students who have dealt with or are dealing with trauma in their lives. We are committed to the safety of our students and are grateful for these funds to put additional safety measures in our schools.
Food for Thought
Shout Out! to Chick-fil-A of Wilson for partnering with WCS on Food for Thought - a program that encourages middle schoolers to consider healthy options at fast food restaurants. Chick-fil-A Director of Community Tracy Wellington leads the sessions in our middle schools, and the students always have a great time with her because she keeps them laughing. On Jan. 14, she visited the seventh-graders at Forest Hills MS. She led the students in activities related to calorie counting, fielded their questions about Chick-fil-A and served them grilled chicken clubs and fruit cups. Chick-fil-A partners with WCS at every level - Smart Cookies in the elementary schools, Food for Thought in the middle schools and Chick-fil-A Leader Academy in several high schools.
Food for Thought
Brentwood Vet Displays Artwork
-Beddingfield HS (Art Teacher Tonya Harris-Ellis): Azzire, Isis, Nathan and Shaniya
-Elm City MS (Michelle Driver): Claire
-Fike HS (Charity Nichols): Kellie, Kayla and Azhauna
-Forest Hills MS (Allison Stokely): Hayden, Anya and Zaniya
-Jones ES (Ben Gufford): Chyna and Jy’Keise
-New Hope ES (Jeanine Kittinger): Hayden, Blakeli and Irene
-Springfield MS (Abby Boykin): Chole and Brooke
-Vinson-Bynum ES (Cindy Kimble): Windham, Brenda and Jaylen
-Wells ES (Cindy Kimble): Diamond, Damaris, Gymorri and Kyndall
Hunt HS DECA Club
2020-2021 Traditional School Calendar
At the Jan. 13 Wilson County Board of Education meeting, the Board approved the 2020-2021 Traditional School Calendar. The early college calendar will be approved at a later date.