Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Friday, January 12, 2018

Academic Competition Week 6

Week 6 of the Academic Competition has come to a close.

Marilyn "Scottie" House
This week, Cheryl Wright, the Academic Competition Coordinator, would like to highlight the work that coaches do:

“Coaches are the key players in building academic teams at each school,” Wright said. “Most schools have at least four coaches, one for each content area and sometimes an additional coach for General Knowledge.”

Kevin Hamilton
“The coaches spend additional time outside of their school day to work with students. Their work includes reviewing and making sure the students involved understand the rules and process of Academic Competition as well as hours of practice is needed as students work through the process of learning content. A lot of hard work and effort on their part is to be commended.” 

Each week, two schools hold their match in the auditorium at the Education Building, and the match is shown on Cable 2. This week, it was Atkins vs. Reynolds. For that match, Melissa McGready, the Instructional Coach for High School Social Studies, served as the judge, and Rebecca McKnight, the Director of Social Studies, served as moderator.

Rebecca McKnight and Melissa McCready
“Each year, I look forward to participating in the Academic Competition,” McGready said. “Every week in the news, you can read about or watch news briefs regarding the schools in the county. But, almost all of those stories revolve around sports. This is one of the few activities that highlight academic learning.”

McKnight said, “I wanted to be a part of the Academic Competition because it is a celebration of our students’ academic abilities in a forum that is beyond the classroom. Students get the opportunity to ‘strut their academic stuff’ in the same way that other students get to show off their athletic or musical talents. It is great to see and I am glad to be a part of it.”

The final score was Atkins - 233 and Reynolds - 163.

The other matches scheduled for Week 6 were:
Carver vs. Reagan at Carver
East Forsyth vs. Parkland at East
Glenn vs. West Forsyth at Glenn
North Forsyth vs. Mount Tabor at North
Carver lost to Reagan, with Reagan having an overall score of 208.
West won the match against Glenn with a score of 193.
North lost to Mount Tabor.

Unfortunately, Parkland had to forfeit this week’s match because of a scheduling conflict. That gave East Forsyth an automatic win. Unless all matches are cancelled a match between two schools cannot be rescheduled.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Third-Grader Spelling Bee Champion at Easton Elementary

Juan Orbe Garcia is the spelling bee champion at Easton Elementary School.

More than 25 students in grade three through five competed.

Juan’s teacher is Christopher Miller. 

Miller, who is from Jamaica, is a participant in the Educational Partners International program, which sponsors teachers from other countries.

Juan with Principal Colin Tribby and Teacher Christopher Miller

Juan with His Parents

Academic Competition Season Is Underway

East Forsyth High English Team
Carver High 
We are going to begin posting the results of the Academic Competitions among the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County high schools. With that in mind, here’s an introduction to the program from Cheryl Wright, the Academic Competition Coordinator:

Cheryl Wright
The Academic Competition Program of Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools provides an opportunity for academically-oriented students at the high schools to take part in an extra-curricular, inter-school competition. 

The intent of the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools is to provide recognition for academic achievement similar to that provided for athletic achievement.

Matches are held each Wednesday from November to February leading up to a three-round district tournament to determine the district champion.

Each Academic Competition match includes a round in each of five areas – English, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, General Knowledge. A round consists of four sets of questions (one toss-up and two directed questions per set) in the subject area.

School letters are awarded to those Academic Competition team members who participate in at least two matches, attend at least six matches during the season, and regularly attend practices. 

At the end of the inter-school competition, the English, mathematics, science, social studies and general knowledge teams with the best win/loss record during the regular season will receive awards. In addition, the two teams with the best regular-season records will receive trophies. Trophies will be awarded to the schools that finish in first and second places in the District Final match. 

Officials support each match. The moderator and judge are based in the school system’s Administrative Office. The time keeper and score keeper are provided by the home team school.

The moderator is responsible for reading the questions, recognizing the team who wins the chance to answer a toss-up, verifying that all answers given are correct or given the correct answers. The judge will also complete a written report at the end of each match which verifies that all competition rules were followed and the reported score is correct. 

Good sportsmanship is expected of all participants at all times.

Sara Harmon, the school system’s Healthful Living Program Manager has served as a moderator for several matches. She had this to say to Rodney Bass, the principal at East Forsyth High:

“Rodney, it has been very enjoyable and rewarding to work a couple of the academic competitions at East Forsyth this year. The coaches and all of the students are very mature and respectful, and it has been my pleasure to get to come to your school!” 

Willette Nash, the Instructional Specialist of Multicultural Education, had this to say to Carol Montague-Davis, principal at Carver High: 

“I was at last night's Academic Competition preparing for my match next week. Carver came out strong in the English round, and picked it up strong in Social Studies and Science. Fabulous job!!! All my friends who are alums were so proud of the students as I posted the victory on social media. Great job!!!! We are rooting for Carver!!!”

Reagan High had the highest overall score for week 5.

At this point in the season, Atkins and Reagan are tied for No. 1 in English, with Mount Tabor and Reynolds right behind them. As of the last match, Mount Tabor is in the lead in General Knowledge. 

Carver High

Carver High

Carver High 

East Forsyth High Math Team

East Forsyth High Social Studies Team

Student Art in "Forsyth Family" Magazine

By Avery Riggin
By Lisa Page
In the January 2018 issue of Forsyth Family magazine, you will find art by four Winston-Salem/Forsyth County students:

Lisa Page, seventh grade, Southeast Middle. Art teacher: Denise Kanir

Thomas Attaway, eighth grade, Walkertown Middle. Art teacher: Meredith Jones

Avery Riggin, sophomore, Reynolds High. Art teacher: Kenneth Mulwee

Giselle Salina-Medina, junior, John F. Kennedy High. Art teacher: Kaitlin Bryant

By Giselle Salina-Medina

By Thomas Attaway

Friday, January 5, 2018

Reynolds Marching Band Performs at Bowl Game in Florida

On Dec. 28, the Reynolds Marching Band participated in The Camping World Bowl, which was televised on ESPN.

Here’s the word from Johnathan Hamiel, the Band Director at Reynolds:

“The Camping World Bowl takes place every year in Orlando, Fla.  It was between Virginia Tech University and Oklahoma State University. The Reynolds Marching Band was selected to go to the Camping World Bowl and perform at halftime.”

“The organizer of The Camping World Bowl sent out the music and choreography one month before the event. Students had to have all music and choreography memorized before reaching Florida. Students had to meet over the winter break to practice and collaborate with other bands from all over the United States to perform during this halftime show.”

Here is a link to the video of their performance on YouTube

Second-Grader at Speas Writes Book

A second-grader at Speas Global Elementary has written her first book. In “The Winston-Salem Chronicle,” Tevin Stinson writes about Taylor Jones. Here is an excerpt:

With her first book, 8-year-old Taylour Jones is encouraging other children to stand up and be the best person they can be. The book, “Taylour J … Yeah, That’s Me!!!”, was released last month.

“I think writing, and reading, is fun,” Taylour said. “I want to help other kids stand out so they won’t be like other people.”

“Taylour J … Yeah, That’s Me!!!” is an introduction to the 8-year-old and her family, including what she stands for: being different. She wants to inspire others that being YOU is always the best thing, especially when you embrace it.

A second-grader at Speas Global Academy, Taylour is not the average 8-year-old and is more ambitious than some adults.  Along with publishing her first book before she could even apply for a driver’s permit, she is also the owner of Taylour Made Lemonade, a mobile lemonade stand.

During an interview with The Chronicle earlier this week, Taylour said in the future she hopes to own her own bakery. But before that she has a few more books to write.

“I want to write other books, but I don’t have any ideas yet,” Taylour said. “I usually do my writing at home in my mom’s photography room.”

To read the rest of Tevin Stinson’s story go to The Winston-Salem Chronicle

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

A Reunion for Teachers Who Taught at Ashley When It Was a Middle School

These days, Ashley is an elementary school. At one time, it was a middle school.

It stopped being Ashley Middle School at the end of the 1997-98 school year. In 2008, Jeanne Hobson and Donna Southers organized a reunion of former Ashley Middle School teachers. 

The tradition has continued, and the 10th reunion was held Dec. 28 at the home of Donna Southers. It was a covered dish luncheon.

When Southeast Middle opened, many of the teachers at Ashley began teaching there. Over the years, some moved to other schools. Some retired, said Debi Martinez, who now teaches 6th Grade English language arts at East Forsyth Middle School.

“I began my full-time teaching career at Ashley and, after 32 years, I have never worked with another group that felt as much like family as that staff,” Martinez said. “We have been though marriages, the birth of babies, a tornado, and several deaths of staff together."

Note: The gator was the mascot costume used at Ashley.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

The Spanish Club at Glenn High Collects Gifts for Students at Forest Park Elementary

For eight years now, the Spanish Club at Glenn High School has held a toy drive for children at a Title I school.

This year, they collected gifts for students at Forest Park Elementary School. By the time the drive was over, they had collected 900 gifts, enough for every child at Forest Park to receive a gift.

On Dec. 20, 45 students from Glenn went to Forest Park to throw a party and give the gifts to the children.

Spanish teacher LaTisa Warner led this community service project. 

The Joy of Giving at Meadowlark Middle

At the holidays each year, the members of the 8th Grade Mountaineers Team at Meadowlark Middle organize the "Joy of Giving Project."

As a way of thanking custodians and people who work in the cafeteria, students, parents and guardians, teachers, and other members of the Meadowlark community donate gifts for them.

“It is such a lesson in the ‘Joy of Giving,’ which is why I gave it that name, said Iris Mudd, who teaches eight-grade science.

“Not only do these people appreciate the thoughtfulness of this act of kindness, the students always talk about what a good feeling it is to be a part of sharing with others.” 

The students put the gift cards and other goodies into gift bags. The members of the eighth-grade team delivered the gift bags to the cafeteria staff and the two lead custodians, and students sang "We Wish You a Merry Christmas."

“They love being a part of seeing how happy the gift-bag recipients are,” Mudd said. “It is such a blessing to me to be a part of this.”