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!

Character Education Award

At the Jan. 13 Wilson County Board of Education meeting, the Board recognized Bree, an eighth-grader at Forest Hills MS, with a Character Education Award for self discipline. A few months ago, Bree was interested in trying out for the 2019 All County Honors Band, however Forest Hills MS was without a band director to help guide her through the process. Bree contacted Elm City MS Band Director Adam Schultz and asked if he would assist. Mr. Schultz was happy to help and arranged transportation so that she could make it to the rehearsals. Bree’s determination was rewarded when she was selected as the 2nd chair clarinet to perform in the Honors Band concert on Nov. 16. During the concert, Bree was awarded the Leadership Award by Guest Clinician Jodi Elbing from Craven County Schools. Ms. Elbing heard about the lengths Bree went to in order to be a part of the band, and she was very impressed. We are so proud of her, and we know she is going to continue to do incredible things in the future. Bree is pictured with Board Member Debora Powell.

Brentwood Vet Displays Artwork

Shout Out! to Dr. Shannon Foy of Brentwood Veterinary Center for partnering with WCS to display the artwork of 25 of our talented students in her clinic! Dr. Foy initiated the collaborative project, and we thank her for supporting the arts. The students, who represent all grade levels, are:

-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

Shout Out! to the Hunt HS DECA Club members who attended the District 1 Marketing Competitive Events Conference in November. DECA prepares student-leaders for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management. Congrats to the students who were medal finalists in areas such as Retail Merchandising and Sports & Entertainment Marketing: Akeyah, Chris, Paisley, Brandon, Omar, Kaydee and Kinslee. Special thanks to Hunt HS Teachers Barbara Cornman (DECA Advisor), Michelle Graybeal and Tiffany Parks for all of their support.

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.

Learn to Swim Program for Second-Graders

Shout Out! to the Wilson YMCA and the Wilson Recreation Department for partnering with WCS to provide swimming lessons to every second-grader in our 14 elementary schools for the third straight year. That's approximately 775 students! Swimming is an important life skill - especially since drowning is the second leading cause of death in children ages 5-14. It is incredible to see the progress the students make in a week's time. Their confidence grows, and they have the best time bonding with each other. The lessons are 35 minutes each day for five days, and the schools have all been designated a week between Jan. 13-Feb. 28. We want to thank the Rec for providing the pool, lifeguards and aquatic staff, and the YMCA for providing volunteers and funds for students in need of bathing suits and towels. The YMCA is also working on funds to cover the cost of bus transportation.

This newsletter is brought to you with joy from the WCS Public Relations Department.

Feel free to email Shout Outs! for consideration to amber.lynch@wilsonschoolsnc.net