Wednesday, March 30, 2016

A Compassion Corner for Sedge Garden Elementary

Sedge Garden Elementary now has a Compassion Corner where a student who is feeling low can sit to let everyone know that positive attention would be welcome.

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

Here are more pictures. Members of the Student Council shot the pictures of painting the bench.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

A Celebration of Reading, Gardens and Making Connections at Main Street Academy

A celebration at Main Street Academy included visitors who grew up in other countries and planting seeds in an outdoor garden.

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

Here are some more pictures:

Monday, March 28, 2016

Student Art in April 2016 Issue of Forsyth Family Magazine

By Alyssa Cefaretti

By Taylor Darnell

By Hannah Kaese
By Chloe Brewer

In the April 2016 issue of Forsyth Family magazine, you will find art by Winston-Salem/Forsyth County students.

Chloe Brewer is in the eighth grade at Meadowlark Middle. Her art teacher is Elizabeth Miller.

Taylor Darnell is a senior at Reagan High. Taylor’s art teacher is Jennifer Willard.

Alyssa Cefaretti is a senior at Reagan High. Her art teacher is Jennifer Willard.

Hannah Kaese is a junior at East Forsyth High. Her art teacher is Terri Hester

Youth Chorus Spring Concert Scheduled for April 30

On Sat., April 30, the Winston-Salem Youth Chorus will hold its annual Spring Choral Concert. This year’s spring concert is called “Kaleidoscope of Spirit and Song.”

Come and hear the beautiful voices of more than 100 singers from 8 to 18 as they perform a variety of choral pieces sure to delight. All guests are invited to a reception in the lobby after the concert to meet Sonja Sepulveda, the new artistic director, as well and performers and instrumentalists and to find out more about the WSYC.

The chorus, recently endorsed by the mayor as the Premier youth chorus and Ambassadors of the City, is known for its professional musicianship and quality choral performances. The chorus frequently performs with orchestras, professional artists, and ensembles of highest caliber each year.

“You will be moved by the beauty of their tone, mastery of singing in other languages and overall choral expertise,” said executive director Lori Prescott.

The concerts is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. at Ardmore Baptist Church. Tickets concert are $15 for adults, $10 for students and senior citizens. Tickets can be purchased in advance online at, by calling 336-703-0001 or at the door. The proceeds help the chorus fund part of their annual operating cost.

The Winston-Salem Youth Chorus is a non-profit arts organization with more than 100 members in grades 3 through 12 from more than 40 schools in Forsyth and surrounding counties. Annual tuition is kept at a modest rate and scholarships are provided to those in need in order to keep the program available to all children and youth in the community.

Auditions to join the WSYC for the 2016/2017 season will be held on May 17 and 18, as well as July 25, 26 and 27. To schedule an audition, go to

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Walkertown High School Student Featured on Fox 8 Along with Teacher

On March 14, Larry Crotts, who goes to Walkertown High School, appeared on Fox 8’s “Class Act” weekly series, which recognizes students.

The episode with Crotts was called “Class Act: Mr. Computer Science.”

Along with the video story that included an interview with teacher Nadine M. Burgess, Fox 8 posted this text, which excerpts some of the points made in the video:

A junior at Walkertown High School is hoping his passion will one day turn into a career.

Larry Crotts became interested in computer science when he was just 2 years old.

"I've been doing computer oriented stuff for 14 years now and I've always loved computers. I've always had a knowledge and want to educate myself more in that field," Crotts said.

He's already learned to use "machine code" to manipulate and build computer programs.

"It's not much different than learning a foreign language or something because you still have to apply knowledge to learn new topics," he said. "I wouldn't say it's much harder, I'd say it's easier."

Crotts is the only student at Walkertown High to receive certifications in at least four Microsoft Office technology programs.

On top of that, the 16-year-old has a 4.2 GPA.

Crotts wants to become a game developer or software engineer. As for college, he says he's considering a state school that focuses on computer science.

Burgess had this to say:

“Career Technical Education gives teachers such as myself a chance to tell the stories of our students accomplishments and leadership skills and raise awareness of the crucial role that CTE has in readying our students for economic success and workforce competitiveness. 
“As a CTE Teacher in Business, I am proud to say that to-date 264 Walkertown High School students have received their certification in one or more of the following courses: Microsoft Word 2010, Microsoft PowerPoint 2010, Microsoft Word 2013, PowerPoint 2013, Word Expert 2013.”

“I’m sending a shout-out to all of my current and former students, ‘Congratulations on your achievements. Job well done.’”

Here’s what Crotts had to say:

I personally believe that the Microsoft Office Specialist program (now known as Microsoft Imagine Academy) is definitely an excellent program to offer students in high schools. As technology quickly advances in society, so does the program. The program also offers the option to become certified in the specific program of study. These certifications are placed on our high school transcripts.I just believe that everyone should have at least a basic or beginner course. Almost every business or organization today uses Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and most likely the other Microsoft Office programs; so it helps for the people to have basic foundations of the programs.

“Regarding my teacher, Mrs. Burgess, I personally feel that Mrs. Burgess is an extremely underrated teacher because of all of the hard work that she puts in for her students. She deserves a much higher and better regulation than what she already has. Her courses are often portrayed as very difficult, but in reality, they are extremely easy in comparison to other courses offered at Walkertown High, or any school for that matter. She is an amazing teacher and really puts in time and care for her students, even the ones who do not appreciate what she does.” 

To see the Fox 8 video story, go to Fox 8

Initiative for African American Males School and Community Fair

On Monday, the Initiative for African American Males held a School and Community Fair.

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

Here are some more pictures:

East Forsyth High Students Bring Science Day to Cash Elementary

On Tuesday, students at East Forsyth High School brought Science Day to students at Cash Elementary School.

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

Here are some more pictures: