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September 2019


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Second Apprenticeship Signing Ceremony

Wilkes County Schools held their second apprenticeship signing ceremony on Tuesday, August 27 in the board room at Wilkes County Schools’ Administrative Building. Two current Wilkes County Schools’ students and one recent graduate was honored.
These individuals started as pre-apprentices, and were paid minimum wages while working at least 20 hours per week for a total of at least 160 hours under supervision of mentors at their sponsoring companies. Now advancing to apprentices, they will follow a plan which includes on-the-job training and coursework from Wilkes Community College.
Apprenticeship plans are developed by participating local companies in collaboration with Wilkes Community College officials. The plans are then presented to Apprenticeship NC for approval, and registration with the state of NC. It provides apprentices incentives for residing with the participating local companies and becoming more valuable employees.
Dylan P., a senior at Wilkes Central High School, signed a contract to work as an apprentice at Gardner Glass Products, Inc. This is Gardner Glass Products’ second apprentice.
Jayme M. is a super senior (grade 13) at Wilkes Early College High School. She signed a contract to work as an apprentice at InfusionPoints. This is InfusionPoints’ third apprentice.
Jordan M. is a 2019 graduate of West Wilkes High School. He will be working as an apprentice at Vulcan Materials. He was unable to attend the signing ceremony.


WCS Beginning Teacher of the Year

Congratulations to Ms. Katelyn Bumgarner on being awarded Wilkes County Schools' Beginning Teacher of the Year! The Beginning Teacher of the Year is a process developed by the North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching to honor beginning teachers and retain potentially excellent teachers in North Carolina Public Schools. Ms. Bumgarner is a third grade teacher at North Wilkesboro Elementary and in her second year of teaching.


Fifth Graders Attend Conservation Fall Field Days

The week of September 16, 5th graders visited the Edwin H. McGee Natural Resources Conservation Center for Conservation Fall Field Days. Students learned about soil, wildlife, and our natural resources and the need to protect them.


Moravian Falls Elementary Learns about Constitution Day

Ms. Leslie Pruitt's Kindergarten class at Moravian Falls Elementary School participated in fun activities to learn about Constitution Day!


Wilkes County Schools Board of Education Receives Gold Bell Award

Congratulations to our Wilkes County Board of Education! They attended the District 7 NC School Board’s Association Meeting held at Hickory High School on September 25 and were awarded the “Gold Bell Award”! This award is given to a Board of Education whose members attend at least 12 hours of board training over the past 12 months.


North Carolina Teacher of the Year Visits

On September 17, North Carolina's State Teacher of the Year, Mariah Morris, visited with Wilkes County Schools. She spent the morning with Ms. Laura Brooks, NC Northwest Region Teacher of the Year, Ms. Christy Jolly, Wilkes County Schools 2019-2020 Teacher of the Year, and Ms. Katelyn Bumgarner, Wilkes County Schools
2019-2020 Beginning Teacher of the Year.


Schools Awarded for Being Ejection-Free

Congratulations to East Wilkes High School and North Wilkes High School! They were recognized today by the NCHSAA at the Region 7 Meeting on September 18 for being ejection-free during the 2018-2019 sports season!


Youth Leadership Group Orientation

On September 20, Wilkes County Schools' newest group of UTA (United Teens in Action) students met for orientation to discuss ways they are going to increase their leadership experiences and become more involved with Wilkes County!


What's Happening Next Month?

October 7th - Board of Education Meeting
October 7th - HOPE Award Reception
October 18th, 19th, and 20th - Fall Production Performance
October 22nd - Parent Technology Night
October 24th and 25th - Teacher Workdays (No School)