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December 2019


This month's newsletter features:

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Students Give Back to Community

Students from West Wilkes High School spent most of their Saturday giving back to the community on December 14. They volunteered at Hope Ministries sorting, splitting, and staking wood. We are so proud of your hard work and kind hearts!


First Graders Skype with Author

Mrs. Bauguess' 1st Grade Class at Ronda-Clingman, along with other first graders from Mrs. Yarboro and Mrs. Mathis' classes, were able to skype with author Lois Brandt before leaving for Thanksgiving break!
Students read the book, Maddi's Fridge, by Mrs. Brandt, which was about two friends, one who discovers the other has no food at home, and sets out to help the friend. The read aloud and conversation sparked the interest and hearts of Mrs. Bauguess' 1st grade class, and they have been collecting food to donate over the holidays.
Lois Brandt, spoke with the students about the importance of reading and writing, helping those in
need in and around our community, and encouraged them to write the stories in their heart, down
onto paper every opportunity they get!


BFES Using Gardening as Teaching Tool

Boomer-Ferguson Elementary 3rd grade teacher, Michelle Hartley, recently received two grants totaling $1,035 from the Ferguson Grange and from the Women's Service League! These monies are being used to create and maintain a raised bed garden that Mrs. Hartley is using as a teaching tool to supplement her science instruction with her 3rd grade students. She and her students have also been able to plant flowers in the front flower bed of the school! Stay tuned for pictures!


MFES Holds Annual Yellow Jacket Walk

Moravian Falls Elementary held their annual "PTO Yellow Jacket Walk" on December 6! Students from Wilkes Central High School joined Moravian Falls students around the track to talk with them and encourage them to do
well in school. They even had special music provided by the Wilkes Central High School Band!


EWHS Coach Recognized as Carolina Panthers Coach of the Week

Each year the Carolina Panthers have honored high school football coaches through the Coach of the Week program. High school officials and members of the community can nominate varsity coaches from their area. The Panthers select a coach for each week of the high school football season. Each winning coach receives a $1,000 donation from the Panthers and the National Football League for the school’s athletic program. Coaches are evaluated on factors such as the coach’s impact on his team, school, and community. Congratulations to Coach Jonathan Wilmoth from East Wilkes High School! He was recognized at the Carolina Panthers game on Sunday, December 15.


Schools Receive Generous Donation

On December 3, each of Wilkes County's 22 schools received a very generous donation from the Wilkes County Cruisers totaling $11,000! Donations to each school will be used to help students in need this holiday season. Thank you, Wilkes County Cruisers!


NWHS Student Serves as Volunteer at 3A 3AA High School Football Championships

North Wilkes High School student, Morgan T. serves as a region 7 representative for SAAC (Student Athlete Advisory Council) through the NCHSAA. On Saturday, December 14, she had the honor of being a volunteer worker at the 3A 3AA NC State HS Football Championships at NC State University! Morgan represented her school and county well!


WWHS Becomes Member of NC Green Power's Solar Schools

On Friday, November 8, West Wilkes High School held a ribbon cutting ceremony for a special solar project they recently completed with the help of sponsors! The installation of the solar panels will provide additional STEM-related educational opportunities to students! Thank you to: NC State Employees Credit Union, NC Green Power, West Wilkes High School and Perry's Service Center for helping make this possible!


Youth Leadership Group Accepting Grant Applications

Wilkes County Schools' youth leadership group, T3LC is currently accepting applications for a grant they have
developed! Applications are open to schools and the community for youth-lead projects. Click here to read more and access the application


Holiday Wishes and What's Happening Next Month?

Superintendent Mark Byrd and the Wilkes County Board of Education wish you and your family a safe and happy holiday season! Happy Holidays!
January 6th - Board of Education Meeting
January 6th - Poetry Out Loud
January 20th - Martin Luther King Holiday (No School)