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November 2019


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Students Help Those in Need

East Wilkes High School's Mens Varsity & JV Basketball Team represented their school well at a fundraiser called "Cardboard City" for The Ark in Elkin on November 23. Cardboard City is the shelter’s largest fundraiser and provides much needed financial support for the house’s daily operations. Students spent their Saturday evening helping those in need and ended up raising over $500 for the fundraiser! Thank you, Coach Rousseau, for your planning and leadership!


Teacher Advances as Finalist for NC Beginning Teacher of the Year

Congratulations to Ms. Katelyn Bumgarner! She has been selected as a finalist for the North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching (NCCAT) Beginning Teacher of the Year Award! She is among 28 finalists, with one of these talented educators being named the 2019 NCCAT Beginning Teacher of the Year. We wish her the best of luck!


C.B. Eller Elementary Awarded Bright Ideas Grant

Surry-Yadkin Electric Membership Corporation announced recent Bright Ideas grant presentations totaling $6,250 at local schools. Congrautlations to Kathryn Willis from C.B. Eller Elementary! She received a grant in the amount of $977.18!


Child Nutrition Department Hosts Fundraiser for School Nutrition Association

The Child Nutrition Department got to have "food fight" with their own pies on November 7! To raise money for the School Nutrition Association, child nutrition staff paid money to throw a pie at the Child Nutrition Director, Marty Johnson!


13th Annual Wilkes County Band Expo

The 13th Annual Wilkes County Band Expo was held on Saturday, November 9 at West Wilkes High School. All four bands from our traditional high schools came together to combine their talents and honor men and women in the armed forces!


Science Fair Awards Announced

Congratulations to students who placed in the Wilkes County Science Fair! The Science Fair Awards were held on November 21 in the Stone Family Center for Performing Arts.


Wilkes County Hall of Fame Invites Student Leaders to Breakfast

The Wilkes County Hall of Fame hosted the second annual Youth Leadership Forum on Monday, November 4. This year it was hosted under a new name, The James Cook Leadership Breakfast, in memory of a former board member who recently passed last December. Student leaders from all Wilkes County middle and high schools attended the event for breakfast, words of inspiration and hope from Wilkes County Hall of Fame inductees.


Students Chosen as U.S. Presidential Scholars Nominees

The U.S. Presidential Scholars program recognizes and honors superior high school seniors and encourages high attainment among all students. Wilkes County Schools has selected Hanna R., a senior at North Wilkes High School, as the nominee for Wilkes County Schools in the General category and Isaac E., a senior at East Wilkes High School, as the nominee for Wilkes County Schools in the CTE category. All nominees will be added to the larger pool of nominees, announced, and then invited to apply in mid-January 2020. We wish these students the best of luck!


Winners of Clean Up Wilkes Litter Mascot Contest

The Clean Up Wilkes Committee recently announced a countywide litter campaign to inspire generations of environmental stewards in Wilkes County. As part of the campaign, they created a contest for the most creative hand-drawn litter prevention mascot. The contest was open to all students of Wilkes County, and three Wilkes County Schools’ students were chosen as winners!
Runner-up was Andrew W., a ninth grade student at North Wilkes High School. He was awarded $100.
Third place winner was Shalyn B., a fifth grade student at Traphill Elementary School. She was awarded $200.
First place winner was Brooklyn S., a ninth grade student at North Wilkes High School. Brooklyn was awarded $300, and her drawing will now be deemed Wilkes County’s Litter Mascot!


Tyson Gives to Back Pack Program

The Child Nutrition Department received a big suprise from Tyson, Wilkesboro on November 14! Tyson visited our child nutrition department to deliver loads of PB&J sandwiches to be given to students in the Back Pack Program!


MFES Kindergartners Perform Thanksgiving Program

Kindergartners at Moravian Falls Elementary ended the school week with a heartwarming performance of their Thanksgiving program for parents and staff. They sang a variety of songs and performed a short skit!

Child Nutrition Staff Serve Lunch in Thanksgiving Spirit

The Child Nutrition Department served a traditional Thanksgiving lunch for all students on Wednesday, November 20 in preparation of the Thanksgiving holiday. Staff at Millers Creek Elementary really got into the holiday spirit by dressing up for students!


Holiday Wishes and What's Happening Next Month?

We hope all of our students and staff have a wonderful and restful break, spent with the ones who mean the most to you!
December 2nd - Board of Education Meeting
December 4th - Foster Grandparent Luncheon
December 6th, 7th, and 8th - Winter High School Theatre Department Performance
December 23rd - January 3rd - No School for Students