Friday, October 21, 2016

West African Drumming and Dancing Comes to Speas

At Speas Global Elementary School, students have been learning about West African drumming and dancing.

Today, fifth-graders performed for everyone at the school. You can read the story at Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools

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Thursday, October 20, 2016

Running for the United Way

This morning, Jay Jones, the principal at Walkertown High School, ran for an hour as a way to raise student awareness of the United Way.

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

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Friday, October 14, 2016

Power of K Teacher Leaders Explore Together

Power of K Teacher Leaders
By Eva Phillips
Ready Schools Coordinator

The Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools’ Power of K Teacher Leaders spent the day together on Oct. 13 exploring topics related to effective family engagement, supporting children with special needs and providing engaging mathematics strategies for kindergartners.

Special presenters included Dr. Paula Grubbs, WS/FCS Lead Exceptional Children's Preschool Teacher and Dr. Amy Scrinzi, Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge Grant Project Lead with the N.C. Office of Early Learning in the Department of Public Instruction.

These teacher leaders' brains were stretched and full after this fun-filled and "content-full" day of conversations, sharing of strategies, reflection and exploration! They left at the end of the day feeling re-energized and inspired with LOTS of new strategies for working with families, supporting children with special needs and teaching kindergartners Geometry!  
Also...lots more learning about what it means to be a Teacher Leader in our district. Thanks to our friends at the United Metropolitan Missionary Baptist Church for hosting us in their space. 

Dr. Scrinzi with Susan Choplin, Cara Cahill, Tina Gwyn and Deeann Kidd
Sheena Green and Jenean Moss at Math Stations
Quiet Reflection: Christine Harrold

Geometric Vocabulary: Michael Idol and Christy Tilley

Sharing Goals and Strategies: Nora Pauley and Clemencia Cardona

Important Conversations: Cheryl Corts and Dr. Paula Grubbs
Amy Sain Shares a Favorite Book
Deeann Kidd and Kim Fansler Leading Discussion about Successes and Challenges
Tameeka Troxler Sharing Math-Related Read Aloud

Serving Students at Main Street Academy as a Volunteer

On Thursday morning, Kemi Egbewole was at Main Street Academy giving the school another day of her time as a volunteer.

Main Street is an alternative school. Egbewole volunteers there because she knows what it’s like to go through some of the things they are doing through and wants to do what she can to help them.

“I went to an alternative school to get my GED,” she said.

That was when she was living in Atlanta.

What does she like about volunteering?

“Meeting the students – seeing a lot of myself in them,” she said.

Her message to them is that they can make it through whatever they are dealing with.

Egbewole was named the school’s Volunteer of the Year for 2015-16 and they added her name to the “Outstanding Volunteers” plaque that hangs in the lobby.

Friday, October 7, 2016

Winston-Salem State Students Volunteer as Mentors at Ashley

In the Friday Oct. 7 issue of the Winston-Salem Journal, reporter Arika Herron writes about students at Winston-Salem State University volunteering as mentors at Ashley. Here is an excerpt:
One after another, eager faces popped out of Ashley Academy’s fourth- and fifth-grade classrooms Thursday morning. The faces — all boys — were searching the small crowd gathering in the hallway for one certain person: their mentor.
Each of Ashley’s male students in its fourth and fifth grades has been matched with a mentor from Winston-Salem State University, who will meet with their Ashley students every other week. After just their first meeting, many of Ashley’s students were already looking out for their new friend.
Anthony Rentaria, a fourth-grader at Ashley, said he has been looking forward to the next visit from his mentor, WSSU junior Kadjiah Henderson.
“It was great,” Anthony said about his first mentoring session with Henderson.
The students are paired with the same mentors throughout the first semester, meeting in their small groups every other Thursday for an hour of unstructured time to hang out, talk, play or get extra help with school work.
“I like walking around,” said Hassan Carter, a fifth-grade student who spent his hour outside, walking the school grounds with mentor Cam’ron Sorey. “We don’t get to walk around in class.”
Sorey, a freshman at WSSU, had his hands full with Hassan and two other boys, swinging on poles and bounding up the hill behind the school.
“The kids are really funny,” Sorey said, “and really gifted.”
For the full story, go to Winston-Salem Journal 

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Supporting the Bonds and Supporting Education

At Vienna Elementary, teachers and other staff members, parents and students gathering this morning to show their support for the bonds and for education.

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

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Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Girls' Volleyball Teams at Walkertown and Atkins High Schools Raise Awareness of Breast Cancer

On Tuesday night, the girls' volleyball teams at Atkins and Walkertown high schools played their annual "Pink Out" game to raise awareness of breast cancer.

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

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The Mayor Visits John F. Kennedy High School

On Tuesday morning, Mayor Allen Joines spoke with students at John F. Kennedy High School.

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

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