A Day in the Life of an Elementary Principal

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A day in the life of a principal brings many interesting challenges. There is never a dull moment and no day is the same. But if I am truly honest, the best part of being a principal is seeing our teachers do what they do best – teach.

Over the last few weeks, I’ve been popping into each classroom to observe our teachers in action. I am convinced that we have some of the best teachers in the world.

Here’s a quick glimpse into the classroom:

  • One second grade teacher uses “reading phones” for students to quietly read into without disturbing other students.
  • One first grade teacher cuts out newspaper articles and has students highlight “sight words” that they recognize.
  • One fourth grade teacher is using the Reflector app to reflect her iPad screen directly onto the mimio board. Students were recently able to take a virtual tour of ancient Egypt.
  • One fifth grade teacher recently used candy and icing to have her students create a cell.

These are just a few examples of the great things that our teachers are doing, and I invite you, our parents, to come and see firsthand these great things. Our goal is to partner with you and the easiest way to partner is to have you be an active participant in the education of your child. The best way to do this is to simply ask your child what they did that day. But don’t let them off the hook when they shrug their shoulders and say – “nothing.” Dig deeper. Ask questions. You’ll soon discover that your child is becoming a scientist, historian, mathematician, writer, and theologian.

Food Drive

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November 1- 20, our SGA will be doing a “Can Food Drive” for the Salvation Army.  There are containers in the Day Care, Elementary, Junior High, and gym. Also, for the month of November you can get admittance to the basketball games at WCS for $2 and 5 nonperishable items.  Please, help us to help others. We teach our students to be the “hands and feet” of Jesus, and this is one way that we help serve others.

Thank You!

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November 2, 2018

I am sad … and I am happy … all at the same time. I am sad because Chris Verme will no longer be the cafeteria manager. I am happy because Chris has been afforded a great opportunity.  We wish you the best in this new endeavor.

Chris was one of the first to welcome me to campus.  His gentle, meek spirit made me feel right at home.  He’s modeled this Christ-like attitude for all of us.  The entire cafeteria staff are magnificent examples of servanthood.  I’ve observed and experienced their thoughtfulness, witnessed them praying for our students, and tasted their incredible lasagna!  Thanks for your leadership, Chris.

No need to worry, though.  Our cafeteria will still be in good hands.  All of the ladies will continue to serve, and Paris Verme will assume the responsibilities as manager.  They’ve already shared some great, new ideas for our cafeteria.  I can’t wait!

Thank you Virginia, Michelle, Maggie and Paris for all you do.

And, thank you Chris, for all you’ve done over the years.  But, most of all, thanks for showing Christ’s love to me from the moment I set foot on campus.

Achieving Dreams

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On October 10th, all WCS juniors took the PSAT. The PSAT is given as a practice SAT exam, along with the NMSQT – The National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

Did you know that in just the last ten years, WCS has had two National Merit Scholarship qualifiers and finalists?  And why is that so impressive?  Over 4 million students take the PSAT every school year, and The National Merit Scholarship Corporation uses PSAT/NMSQT Selection Index scores as an initial screen of approximately 1.6 million of those students to enter the National Merit Scholarship program each year. Of those qualifying entrants, only about 16,000 of the high scorers, representing less than .5% of the nation’s high school graduating seniors, will qualify as National Merit Semifinalists. The list of Semifinalists each year is then whittled down to an even smaller number of National Merit Finalists.

Students who become NMSQT finalists generally have a full-ride to the university of their choice!  Both semifinalist Ryan Clarke (class of ’09) and finalist Thomas Donica (class of ’16) chose to continue their educations at Liberty University on scholarships.  We are thankful we can help give our students an opportunity to achieve their dreams!

What’s Happening–October 25-November 2

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October 29th – PTF/Early Dismissal

October 30, 31, and Nov. 2 Winners from Boosterthon will take their trips off campus.

Nov 1 – SGA begins our annual Canned Food Drive.  Bins will be located in the Day Care, Elementary, Jr High, and Gym.

Nov. 2  Juniors and Seniors will meet with Herff Jones to look at class rings and graduation materials.

A Glimpse Inside the Elementary School

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During our recent Boosterthon, we started each morning by “huddling” together with all the students, watching our daily Mindspark video, and recognizing students. We gave out prizes and the students cheered for each other. It was so much fun.

I’m reminded of how good it feels to celebrate success and to encourage each other to do amazing things. If you didn’t already know, we have some amazing teachers at Wayne Christian School. I get the joy of working with a group of 14 elementary and middle school teachers. The next time you’re in the hallways, make sure to remind these teachers what an awesome job they are doing.

One of our teachers, Mrs. Darden, will be receiving a grant from NC Bright Ideas. This grant will be used to purchase Document Cameras for each of our kindergarten through 2nd grade classrooms. Teachers will be able to use these cameras to project real-time directly to their Mimio boards. This will make it easier for teachers to demonstrate manipulatives and handouts.

I’m also really excited about the work that Mrs. Newberry is doing with middle school math. She is incorporating iPads in her math class. I had the chance to watch a group of sixth grade students recently answer math questions using an iPad and Mrs. Newberry was able to see their answers in real-time. It was great seeing these students get excited about math!

There is so much to celebrate so far, and I know that the next nine weeks of school will be even more exciting. Don’t forget that our Parent Teacher Fellowships are on Monday, October 29. This is a great time to connect with your child’s teacher.

Students Selected for Wayne County Junior Leadership Program

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Wayne Christian School is excited to announce that four members of the junior class have been selected to serve in the Wayne County Chamber of Commerce’s Junior Leadership program.    Darden Bynum, Payton Jackson, Anna Rendall, and Madison Wells are our representatives this year.

“Junior Leadership was a vision and class project of the Leadership Wayne Class of 1998-1999. It began with the goal of exposing high school juniors to the many job opportunities in Wayne County and has evolved over the years to include team building and leadership skills exercises.

Since its inception, over 320 students have graduated from this program.

Annually, the Chamber seeks high school juniors to apply for the Junior Leadership Program. This highly competitive process selects 25 high school juniors from around Wayne County to participate.  Students selected meet the following requirements:

  • Have a solid “B” or above average
  • possess positive social skills
  • Be involved in school and/or community activities
  • Have a desire to learn more about Wayne County
  • Be willing to commit to 100% participating
  • Have good moral character

Junior Leadership meets for seven sessions from October through May.  Participation in all events along with the completion of 10 hours of volunteer service hours is required. The graduation ceremony is held in May.” https://www.waynecountychamber.com/junior-leadership/

Congratulations to our representatives, Darden, Payton, Anna, and Madison!  We are proud of each one who applied!

 

Makeup Days

When Hurricane Florence hit North Carolina, WCS missed seven days of school. Add in the day we missed for Hurricane Michael, and we have missed a week and a half of instructional days so far this school year. We were fortunate to have minimal damage to our campus and miss no more school than we did.

The administration builds a few days of leeway into our calendar every year to ensure that we meet the academic standards set forth by the North Carolina Department of Non-public Instruction even when we miss a few days for inclement weather; just last week, the NC Legislature also confirmed a bill providing schools flexibility in making up missed instructional days. As a result of these two measures, WCS will not have to make up the school days missed for Hurricane Florence.

Coming Soon–New Website

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We need your help!

WCS will be launching a brand-new website at the end of October!  It’s been four years since our last update, and we wanted to make our site more user-friendly for our families.  The new site will have features that many of you have asked for…easy access to RenWeb, copies of forms that you need to sign, updated (easy-to-read) calendars.  It will also be mobile-friendly!

In addition to being a place for you, our current families, to find information pertaining to your children’s schooling, we want to be able to use this new website as a showcase of our school for prospective families.  Part of this is showing who our current families are and what life is like at WCS.

We know that you have a choice about where to send your children to school, and we want to know why you chose WCS.  Other families like yours are facing the same decision, and hearing from our current families may help them with this choice. Take a minute to fill out this three-minute survey to let us know why you chose WCS. Your words may end up on our website or Facebook page.