Thursday, July 31, 2014

Celebration of Champions

JULY 31, 2014 – This morning, more than 1,300 Explorers campers and their teachers headed to the Winston-Salem Fairgrounds Annex for a closing celebration.

Explorers is a three-week camp for rising second- and third-graders who go to Title I schools, which are schools where a high percentage of students are eligible for free or reduced-price lunches. Students from the school system’s 22 Title I elementary schools participated in the camp, which was held at 10 elementary schools.

Groups of students from each of those schools performed at the celebration. School board members Vic Johnson, John Davenport and Jill Tackabery were on hand. 
Patsy Squire, the school system’s Title I director, came up with idea for the camp. After receiving the approval of Superintendent Beverly Emory, Squire found Executive Coaching Enterprises to create a curriculum and run it using teachers and others who work in the school system.

For a story about the camp, go to Explorers Summer Camp

Here are some pictures from the celebration:

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Students Participate in Aviation Academy

Oliver Sutton with pilot George Schultz
In the Friday, July 18 issue of the Winston-Salem Journal, reporter Arika Herron writes about students participating in an aviation academy. Here is an excerpt:

Oliver Sutton is only 15 years old, but he knows what he wants to do with his life.
On Friday, he got a little practice.

The Forsyth Middle College students was cool and confident stepping out of the cockpit of the Cessana 172 parked on the tarmac at Smith Reynolds Airport.
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He wasn’t nervous in the air, he said. He’s flown an airplane before.

“It’s easy,” said Oliver, who dreams of being a pilot and joining the Air Force. “I like the feeling, looking out over stuff. It’s just freedom.”

Oliver was one of several dozen high school-age students participating in the Tom Davis ACE Academy, a week-long aviation camp designed to introduce middle and high school students to flying. The middle school camp was held last week.

Students spend the first four days learning about the industry. They learn the mechanics behind different kinds of aircraft and the different fields that the industry offers. JoAnne Allen, one of the camp’s two directors, said the goal is to bring together kids from diverse backgrounds and expose them to opportunities in aviation.

For the complete story go to Winston-Salem Journal

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Winston-Salem Youth Chorus Schedules Auditions

The Winston-Salem Youth Chorus is inviting young people 8 to 18 years old to audition for the 2014-2015 Season. Auditions will be held on Monday, Aug. 4; Tuesday, Aug 5, Monday, Aug 11; and Tuesday, Aug 12 from 3 to 6 p.m. at St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church in Winston-Salem.

The Winston-Salem Youth Chorus is a nonprofit arts organization founded in 1993 by Barbara C. Beattie. Through music education and performance experiences, its mission is to engage and develop young people from diverse backgrounds and to enrich their lives by inspiring excellence in choral music. The Youth Chorus has about 100 members in four ensembles who come from than 40 schools in Forsyth and surrounding counties.

Members of the Youth Chorus learn vocal technique, theory, singing in other languages, discipline, confidence and teamwork while performing beautiful choral arrangements. The chorus also often collaborates with the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, the Winston-Salem Symphony, the Piedmont Wind Ensemble, Piedmont Chamber singers and other groups in the region.

To schedule an audition time, you can call the chorus office at (336)703-0001 or go to Winston-Salem Youth Chorus

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Student Artists in the July 2014 Issue of Forsyth Family Magazine

By Carlos Hernandez
By Isobel Diones
By Meredith Harden
By Sarah Cook
Each month, Forsyth Family magazine publishes art by students in Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools. In the July 2014 issue you will find:

Carlos Hernandez, who goes to Hall-Woodward Elementary School. His art teacher is Joanna Smith.

Isobel Diones, who goes to Paisley IB Magnet School. Her art teacher is Sharon Nosal.

Meredith Harden, who goes to East Forsyth High School. Terri Hester is Meredith’s art teacher

Sarah Cook, who is a student at West Forsyth High School. Elizabeth Betson is her art teacher.