Friday, April 28, 2017

Poet Laureate 2017

17 students from 11 high schools participated in the 2017 Poet Laureate competition.

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

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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Deaf and Hard of Hearing/Visually Impaired Field Day

Students in pre-kindergarten through high school headed out to BB&T Field for the annual Deaf and Hard of Hearing/Visually Impaired) Field Day.

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

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Sedge Garden Students Make Shoes for Children in Africa

At Sedge Garden, the third-, fourth- and fifth-graders in the Student Council brought in jeans to cut up and turn into shoes for children in Africa.

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

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"Fireside Chats" for Kindergarten Teachers

A Fireside Chat at Konnoak Elementary
Eva C. Phillips, the Program Manager for Ready Schools, has been leading a series of “fireside chats” with kindergarten teachers in each zone of Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools.

The first chats, which are optional and are scheduled to last about one hour, were held in the fall. Another series of chats have been scheduled for May and Phillips is hoping that kindergarten teachers will participate.

This second round in the series will focus on relevant topics for kindergarten teachers in the district, specifically including talking about the school system’s new Kindergarten Belief Satement.

“These afternoon chats are optional,” Phillips said. “However, I encourage kindergarten teachers in each zone to attend if at all possible.  Having at least one representative from each school is important, if all are not able to attend.”

“These conversations will help us to provide a more consistent and clear message about bringing a more balanced approach to kindergarten instruction based on current research and resources. I hope teachers will make plans to be there to hear about the district's vision for kindergarten and to provide feedback on this new belief statement.”

“Spring chats have already been held for Zones 3 and 5 at Middle Fork and Speas elementary schools. We have had a great turnout so far which have led to very powerful and informative discussions. The remaining chats are scheduled as follows and teachers are asked to register in My Learning Plan." 

Zone 1:  Thursday, May 11 from 4-5 pm at Smith Farm Elementary
Zone 2:  Thursday, May 25 from 4-5 pm at Petree Elementary
Zone 4:  Monday, May 15 from 4-5 pm at Old Town Elementary
Zone 6:  Monday, May 22 from 4-5 pm at Meadowlark Elementary
Zone 7:  Monday, May 8 from 4-5 pm at Diggs-Latham Elementary
Zone 8:  Wednesday, May 24, from 4-5 at Easton Elementary

Kid for a Day at Cash Elementary

April 24 -28 is the Week of the Young Child, and teachers in Winston-Salem/Forsyth County schools and with such other local organizations as Family Services and Smart Start have joined together for the celebration.

At Cash Elementary School, Vickie Richardson, who is a Power of K teacher leader, invited parents to join her kindergarten students on Tuesday as a “Kid for a Day” to experience how students learn through play. 

Parents checked out the camping area, went “fishing” for sight words, created birds’ nests, investigated insects, painted art, built with blocks and dressed up for fun.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Fifth-Grade Boys at Speas Global Elementary Head to Winston-Salem

By Anita Hooker
Instructional Facilitator, Speas Global Elementary School

On April 20th, our fifth-grade boys went to Winston Salem State University to participate in a science laboratory exercise with college students analyzing blood types. Students were presented with a crime-scene scenario where they had to analyze the sample of blood (mixed solution) found at the crime scene. Based on the results they were able to determine who the suspect was.

After the science lab experiment, the boys were greeted by a panel of college students who spoke with them about the importance of education and took the young men on a tour of the campus. While on the tour, one group was able to meet and briefly talk with Dr. Elwood Robinson, Chancellor of the University. The young men also ate lunch in the cafeteria. 

The young men thoroughly enjoyed both experience.

High School Students Spend Day with Community Leaders

Today, high school students are spending the day with community leaders.

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

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"The Wiz" at Parkland

Students and members of the staff at Parkland have been working together on the musical "The Wiz."

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

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