Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Countdown to Kindergarten

On Saturday, families with a child starting kindergarten were invited to come to the Children's Museum of Winston-Salem to learn more.

To read the story, go to Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Color Run at Hanes Magnet

On Friday, more than 150 students at Hanes Magnet School ran to raise money for those in need.

You can read the story at Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools

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Mount Tabor/Career Center Senior Sets New World Record in Sport Stacking

William Orrell, a Mount Tabor senior who takes classes at the Career Center, has broken his own world record in sport stacking.

In sport stacking – also known as cup stacking or speed stacking – Orrell held the world record of 5 seconds in a sequence called the Cycle, which uses 12 cups to create a series of stacks. That put him on Page 69 of Guinness World Records 2016

On Jan. 7, he set a new world record of 4.813 seconds.

You can see him in action on YouTube. 

Welcome back. Even after you’ve seen it, it’s hard to absorb the fact that his hands can move that fast, isn’t it?

In the note his father, Bill, sent letting us know about the new world record, he wrote: “On October 14, 1947, Chuck Yeager broke the sound barrier in the X-1 at Mach 1.07 at an altitude of 45,000 feet.  But many thought it physically impossible to run a mile in under 4 minutes.  Then, on May 6, 1954, Roger Bannister ran through the 4 minute barrier for the first time.  

Many thought a Sport Stacking Cycle under 5 seconds was physically impossible.  On January 7, 2017, William Orrell stacked through that barrier with a new Guinness World Record time of 4.813 seconds.”

Orrell is such a big deal in the world of sport stacking that a company that makes sport cups approached him about putting out the “William Orrell Signature Model.” After trying out different designs and offering his feedback, they came up with a design that he feels good about having his name on, and, in October, stackers will be able to use his signature cups.

His stacking skill has brought lots of media attention. Orrell has been interviewed from Brazil. His relay team is being considered for the television show America’s Got Talent. He has appeared on ESPN several times, once as the No. 1 Play of the Week. He was on an MTV show about sport stacking.

Not that Orrell goes around telling people about all this. For a story about the 5-second record, his father, Bill, said that, if he didn’t tell people about his son’s accomplishments, few people would know about them.

“He is very humble,” Bill Orrell said.

“I think he is a sweet boy,” said his mother, Pam. “He’s got a good heart.”

“He is very spiritually oriented,” Bill Orrell said. “It all comes from his heart.”

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Art by Students in January 2017 issue of Forsyth Family Magazine

By Nyah Hairston
In the January 2017 issue of Forsyth Family magazine, you will find art by Winston-Salem/Forsyth County students.

Asia Dillard, first grade, Kimberley Park Elementary. Laura Elia, art teacher.

Kennedy Dolph, eighth grade, Clemmons Middle. Stacey Stephens, art teacher.

Simitria Rodriquez, freshman Carver High. Ken Suber, art teacher.

Nyah Hairston, sophomore Reynolds High. Emily Beach-Munday, art teacher. 

By Asia Dillard

By Kennedy Dolph

By Simitria Rodriguez

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Rodney Ellis Honored by Philo-Hill

On Wednesday, the Philo-Hill community honored Rodney Ellis, who died in September, by opening a special community reading room.

To read the story, go to Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools

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Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Santa at Hall-Woodward Elementary

On Monday, Santa and Mrs. Claus and elves from the Chamber of Commerce visited Hall-Woodward Elementary School.

To read the story, go to Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools

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Students Make Blankets and Buy Books for Students Who Are Homeless

After students from several elementary and middle schools learned that about 500 students attending Winston-Salem/Forsyth County schools are homeless, they decided they wanted to help them by buying books and making blankets.

“It was our goal at William Roscoe Anderson Recreation Center to purchase books and blanket kits to make for some of the families,” said Betty Wallace, who is a school counselor at Sedge Garden Elementary School.

“Students worked in cooperative teams.  Each member had a job, and responsible decisions had to be made daily, like who will be responsible for measuring, folding, cutting , tying and knotting those special strings.

“The packing was another job, as well as inserting those special books for delivery. Overall, the students learned about team-building, problem-solving and working cooperatively with a special group of children in mind.”

On Thursday, Dec. 15, the students presented the blankets and books to Tammi O'Quinn, the homeless liaison for Project HOPE, which helps students who are homeless.

Monday, December 19, 2016

Teachers Honored

On Friday, new teachers at 15 schools were honored at a luncheon at the Winston-Salem Foundation.

To read the story, go to Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools

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