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North Carolina Department of Public Instruction ABCs

Honor School of Excellence

  • 2011-2012
  • 2010-2011
  • 2009-2010
  • 2008-2009
  • 2007-2008
  • 2006-2007
  • 2005-2006
  • 2004-2005
  • 2003-2004
NC 2010-11 Honor Schoool of ExcellenceAn Honor School of Excellence is defined as being a school that made expected growth and had at least 90 percent of its students' scores at or above Achievement Level III and made AYP (Annual Yearly Progress) under the federal No Child Left Behind Act.

School of Excellence

  • 2002-2003
A School of Excellence is defined as being a school that made expected growth and had at least 90 percent of its students' scores at or above Achievement Level III.
Jan. 2013:  Parsley earn an award for being one of the winners in the NHCS Energy Conservation Contest.

Parsley is a Real D.E.A.L. School Finalist

September 2008: Parsley was honored to yet again be selected as a 2008 Real D.E.A.L. School finalist.  The 50 finalist schools scored at or above the state average on each of the factors in the 2008 Teacher Working Conditions Survey (Leadership, Time, Empowerment, Professional Development, Facilities & Resources.). met or exceeded growth on the 2007-2008 state tests, and met AYP.  This award is given by Governor Easley every two years. Due to the criteria established by the Governor's Teacher Advisory Committee, schools can not win successive years.

Parsley is a Real D.E.A.L. School!

206 R.E.A.L. Deal awardFebruary 1, 2007: Parsley was once again selected as a semi-finalist (one of 30) in Governor Easley's recognition of schools that are great places to teach and learn: Real D.E.A.L. (Dedicated Educators, Administrators, and Learners) Schools.   Schools are selected based on excellent student test scores (EOGs) and exceptional working conditions as reported by staff members in an online survey in the spring of 2006. This year the semi-finalist schools submitted an essay outlining the qualities that make their school a great place to teach and learn - qualities that can replicated at any school.  Then, if selected, a semi-finalist school received a site visit by members of the Governor's Teacher Advisory Committee.

Parsley's representatives at the Real D.E.A.L. conferencd
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Parsley is proud to have been selected as one of North Carolina's 10 Real D.E.A.L. Schools. Mr. Zentmeyer, Mrs. Suggs, Mrs. Dixon, Mrs. Robbins, Mrs. Youmans and Mrs. Rizzo went to Raleigh on Feb. 1 to present at the North Carolina Teacher Working Conditions Conference and receive our Real D.E.A.L. award.  NHCS Superintendent Dr. Morris joined us in receiving this honor.

Read story on Wilmington's StarNewsOnline.com published Feb. 3, 2007

Governor Easley's "Great Places to Teach and Learn" Award semi-finalist

October 2004: Parsley was selected as a semi-finalist for this new award created by Governor Easley. The schools are selected based on two criteria: student performance on EOG test, and positive results on the 2004 Teacher Working Conditions Survey in the areas of time, leadership, professional development, and empowerment.

Out of over 2.400 schools in the state, only 28 schools were selected as semi-finalists. Parsley was the only New Hanover County School to receive this recognition. Parsley was not selected as one of the state's 8 winners, however we are proud to be associated with such a special group of students and teaching professionals.


  • 2003
  • 2002
  • 2001
United Way Achievement Campaign Award
for achieving 10% increase or more in contributions to Cape Fear United Way

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 Teacher and Assistant of the Year

 

 Teacher

 Assistant

2016-2017
Chris Walters
Chris Walters
Leslie Martin
Leslie Martin
2015-2016
Stacy Stone
Stacy Stone
Melissa Hawley
Melissa Hawley
2014-2015
Stephanie Blackburn
Julie Schiffer
2013-2014
Mary Beth Taylor
Donna Russ
2012-2013
Kris Boberg
Olivia Tripp
2011-2012
Robyn Baker
Alice  Mintz
2010-2011
Hillary Blanchard
Beth Weir
2009-2010
Nikki Karnes
Deb Farabee
2008-2009
Woody Whittle
Marie Guarino
2007-2008
Sharon Radford
Kay Foy
2006-2007
Michele Dixon
Harriett Jarrell
2005-2006
Monique Robbins
Sharon Parker

2004-2005

Amy Tucker-Morgan
Also selected as New Hanover County's
Teacher of the Year!

Timothy Winstead

2003-2004

Kristi Youmans

Sheryl Felice  

2002-2003

Ann Jenkins

Olivia Tripp


 National Board Certified Teachers

  • Stephanie Blackburn
  • Kris Boberg
  • Nikki Karnes
  • Michele Dixon
  • Candace Hart
  • Monique Robbins
  • Amanda King
  • Jennifer Perrone
  • Kristi Youmans
  • Whitney Tobin
  • Deb Butler
  • Shannon Clark

NC Award of Excellence

  • 2012-2013
  • 2002-2003
  • 2001-2002

Congratulations to Mrs. Strickland and her staff for earning the NC Award of Excellence which is awarded by NC DPI in recognition of continued efforts to show evidence of the fostering and maintenance of high standards in categories such as nutrition education, customer service, management, professional development, and quality food production.


Teacher of the Week

Mar. 29, 2016 - Ms. Angela Pollock - SDA
Dec. 16, 2015 - Ms. KT Bryant - SDA
Jan. 21, 2015 - Mrs. Jean Hughes - Kindergarten
Apr. 25 , 2010 - Ms. Mary Beth Taylor- 3rd Grade
Nov. 16, 2009 - Mrs. Lisa Traflet - 1st Grade
Feb. 12, 2008 - Mrs. Torri Bailey - 3rd Grade
Apr. 19, 2007 - Ms. Chris Alessandro - 4th Grade
Apr. 19, 2006 - Mrs. Andrea Good - 4th Grade
Dec. 1, 2005 - Mrs. Melissa Ciamillo - 2nd Grade
Feb. 7, 2005 - Mrs. Kristi Youmans - Kindergarten
Oct. 21, 2004 - Mrs. Suzanne Sload - Art Teacher
Dec. 1, 2003 - Mr. Crisp - PE Teacher
Dec. 16, 2002 - Mrs. Brown - Kindergarten

Dec. 2, 2002 - Mrs. Wolfe - Kindergarten


Grant Award Winners

Fall 2011
SDA teachers, Lindsey Fahrland and Jessica Broughton, earned a grant totaling $977.77 from Knights of Columbus.  They each purchased an iPad, screen covers and cases.  These mobile devices are used daily in the classroom by the SDA students.
Sept. 2008
Mrs. Tobin, 3rd grade teacher, received a $300 grant from Intracoastal Realty to be used towards the purchase of Third Grade North Carolina Community Studies Weekly. This publication is printed in newspaper format and is based on North Carolina's state standards for third grade social studies. Students will be kept up-to-date with state current events with articles spotlighting NC cities and regions, wildlife, arts and crafts, etc.  Students will also enjoy crosswords puzzles, character education, and a comic strip of North Carolina Kids.  This tool will help prepare student for non-fiction reading and comprehension for NC state testing.
Feb. 2008
Walter L. Parsley Elementary received a $2,000 Best Buy TeachTM Award based on the application submitted by Mary Rizzo. The $2,000 Best Buy Gift Card has been used to purchase photo editing software and digital cameras for student use in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade classrooms for integrating creative digital imaging in the language arts, social studies, and science curriculum.
Jan. 2008
A "Big Books for Little Learners" grant request submitted to Donor Choose by Carla Evans was awarded in the amount of $425. Mrs. Evans will use the funds to purchase 'big books' to use with her students.  Some of her students have visual impairments and it's easier for them to see the pictures in the big books. They are also working on concepts of print awareness and big books are a fun way to do this.  Students from the general education setting come into her room to read with her students and big books will be something fun to share with them.
Jan. 2008
Carla Evans earned funding through Donors Choose for "Having A Ball!".  The $599 awarded in this grant will purchase a variety of balls in various sizes and textures to use in both therapeutic and recreational activities with the students in her SDA-DL class.
Dec. 2007 &
Dec. 2008
Carla Evans earned funding through Donors Choose for "Adapted Aquatics for Students with Special Needs".  In addition to the pleasurable and social benefits of adapted aquatics, the therapeutic benefits include increased range of motion in the pool, allowing the students to stretch tight muscles that are sometimes difficult to stretch outside of the pool. Ms. Evans was awarded $819 to find this project in 2007, and $323 in 2008.
Nov. 2007
Carla Evans earned a Greater Wilmington Chamber of Commerce Mini-Grant for $458 for "Not Just Fun and Games".  She will use the funds to purchase interactive games and items for her SDA-DL class.

Miscellaneous Staff Awards & Recognitions
Nov. 2011 - Kristi Youmans was selected as New Hanover County's AIG Teacher of the Year
Feb. 2010 - Robyn Baker, music teacher at Parsley, was chosen as a Beginning Teacher Promise of Leadership Award recipient by the UNCW Watson School of Education First Years of Teaching Support Program. She was nominated based on her commitment to teaching diverse students, use of technology in the classroom, and potential for leadership.

Kristi Youmans became a published author in January 2009. She wrote two math analogies books, one each for K-2 and 3-5, that have been published by Pieces of Learning. She continues to publish other materials with the most recent (March 2016) being "Paideia Seminars: Book Discussions for Critical Thinking 3-5" and one for students in grades 6-8.

Dottie Herman - Art Teacher - Selected by the North Carolina Art Education Association as the North Carolina Art Educator of the Year, 2005. 
Mary Rizzo - Technology Facilitator - selected as a "Forever Young" NC state winner as part of the NC Reading Association's Young Authors' Contest. March 2004
Ann Jenkins - 4th Grade Teacher - was selected to serve on National Teachers' Board for Time For Kids magazine. She will provide "real teacher" input. Her class received books and a class set of magazines. - Sept 2003
Mrs. Bevins, SAGE Teacher - elected North Carolina Reading Association Secretary for 2002-2004
Ted Mullins - 5th Grade Teacher - completed New Hanover County Schools Leadership Program - 2001-2002

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PTA Reflections Contest

New Hanover County Winners:

Siena Boldizar - Literature K-2 - 3rd place NHC Council of PTAs
Emery Behm Literature K-2 - 1st place NHC Council of PTAs
Valadie Cammack - Dance 3-5 - 2nd place NHC Council of PTAs
Kaylee Hanlon - Dance 3-5) - 3rd place NHC Council of PTAs
Finn Connolly - Film K-2 - 1st place NHC Council of PTAsMarley Bell - Musical Composition 3-5 - 1st place NHC Council of PTAs
Maeve Heaney - Visual Arts K-2 - 2nd place NHC Council of PTAs
Gracie Rogers - Visual Arts 3-5 - 2nd place NHC Council of PTAs

Bradley Bush Visual Arts 3-5 - 3rd place NHC Council of PTAs

Ebby Clark - Visual Arts K-2 - 3rd place NHC Council of PTAs
Catherine Cummings - Visual Arts 3-5 - 1st place NHC Council of PTAs / winner District level - advanced to state level competition
Grady Ochipa - Photography K-1 - 1st place NHC Council of PTAs / winner District level - advanced to state level competition
Kaylee Hanon - Photography 3-5 - 1st place NHC Council of PTAs / winner District level - advanced to state level competition
Courtney VanNote - Photography 3-5 - 3rd place NHC Council of PTAs
Ryan Reiniche - Literature K-2 - 2nd place NHC Council of PTAs
Kate Reiniche - Literature 3-5 - 2ndplace NHC Council of PTAs

Kate Reiniche - Literature K-2 - 1st place NHC Council of PTAs
Brady Savard - Photography K-2 - 2nd place NHC Council of PTAs
Regan Williams - Visual Arts 3-5 - 3rd place
NHC Council of PTAs

2012-2013

"The Magic of a Moment "
Jacob Triemstra - Literature 3-5 - 1st place NHC Council of PTAs / advanced to District level competition / winner District level - advanced to state level competition
Berndt Tietjen - Photography 3-5 - 2nd place NHC Council of PTAs
Sydney Campbell - Photography 3-5 - 3rd place NHC Council of PTAs
Brady Savard - Photography K-2 - 2nd place NHC Council of PTAs

Quinn Gonzalez - Dance 3-5 - 1st place NHC Council of PTAs
Courtney VanNote -  Dance 3-5 - 2nd place NHC Council of PTAs
Rae Black - Film/Video - 2nd place NHC Council of PTAs

Jocelyn Savard - Film/Video - 3rd place NHC Council of PTAs
Callie Gray - Musical Composition 3-5 - 1st place NHC Council of PTAs / advanced to District level competition
/ winner District level - advanced to state level competition
Grace Milkes - Visual Arts 3-5 - 1st place NHC Council of PTAs / advanced to District level competition / winner District level - advanced to state level competition / 1st Place winner at State level
Drake Skull - Visual Arts K-2 - 1st place NHC Council of PTAs / advanced to District level competition / winner District level - advanced to state level competition / 3rd Place winner at State level

2011-2012

"Diversity Means"
Brighton Tietjen - Literature 3-5 - 1st place NHC Council of PTAs
Ellie Hannum
- Photography 3-5 - 1st place NHC Council of PTAs
Quinn Gonzalez - Dance 3-5 - 1st place NHC Council of PTAs
and NCPTA District 2 level winner and NC State PTA winner - 2nd Place Intermediate Dance!
Elijah Van Camp-goh - Film/Video 3-5 -
2nd place NHC Council of PTAs
Caelin Bahner
- Musical Composition 3-5 - 3rd place NHC Council of PTAs

   2010-2011

"Together We Can..."
Casey Pardue - Photography K-2   -  First Place NHC Council of PTAs and NCPTA District 2 level winner - 1st Place Primary Photography NC State Reflections Winner
Ana Sharbaugh - Photography 3-5   -  Third Place NHC Council of PTAs
Rilee Bahner - Visual Arts K-2   -  Third Place NHC Council of PTAs
Dylan Puzon - Visual Arts 3-5   -  Third Place NHC Council of PTAs
Elijah Van Camp-Goh - Literature K-2   -  Second Place NHC Council of PTAs
Katya Zousias - Musical Composition   -  Second Place NHC Council of PTAs
Chloe O'Briant - Dance Choreography 3-5   -  First Place NHC Council of PTAs and NCPTA District 2 level winner - 1st Place Intermediate Dance Choreography NC State Reflections Winner

2009-2010

"Beauty Is..."

Sophia Sload - Third Place - Photography K-2 3rd Place NHC PTA
Kaitlyn Cox - First Place - Photography 3-5 1st Place NHC PTA and NCPTA District 2 level winner
Sophia Sload - Third Place - Visual Arts K-2 3rd Place NHC PTA
Smith Beacham - First Place - Visual Arts 3-5 1st Place NHC PTA
James Glendenning - First Place - Literature K-2 1st Place NHC PTA and NCPTA District 2 level winner
Sejung An - Second Place - Musical Composition 3-5 2nd Place NHC PTA
Chloe O’Briant - First Place - Dance Choreography 3-5 1st Place NHC PTA and NCPTA District 2 level winner and NC State PTA winner - 1st Place Intermediate Dance!
Monae Duplessis - Second Place - Film Production 3-5

2nd Place NHC PTA

2008-2009

green star winner at the NCPTA District 2 level

blue star winners at State competition

Nick Sander - Third Place - Visual Arts Grades 3-5
Caroline Mansfield
- First Place - Literature Grades 3-5  green star
Kasey Brodwater - Third Place - Literature Grades 3-5
Emma Grace Wright - First Place - Musical Composition Grades 3-5 
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Chloe O’Briant - First Place - Dance Choreography Grades 3-5  
green star blue star ** 2nd Place State Winner!
Feodor Mejouev - Second Place - Film Production Grades K-2

2007-2008

green star advanced to District Level competition

blue star winners at State competition

Lindsey Williams - Gold Medal - Intermediate Visual Arts
Feodor Mejouev - Bronze Medal - Primary Visual Arts
green star blue star ** 3rd Place State Winner! **
Emma Grace Wright - Gold Medal - Primary Photography
Helena Boldizar - Silver Medal - Intermediate Photography
green star blue star ** 3rd Place State Winner! **
Noah Surrat - Bronze Medal - Intermediate Photography
Lindsey Williams - Most Inspiring - Intermediate Photography
green star blue star ** 1st Place State Winner! advances to National competition **
Joseph Minnich - Honorable Mention - Intermediate Literature
Lindsey Williams - Silver Medal - Intermediate Musical Composition
Emily Ritter - Bronze Medal - Intermediate Musical Composition
Hannah Schuessler - Honorable Mention - Primary Film/Video Production

2006-2007 Joseph Minnich - 1st Place - Literature K-2
Layne Pierce - 3rd Place - Literature 3-5
Wyatt Williams - Honorable Mention - Photography K-2
Alicia MacDonald - Honorable Mention - Photography 3-5
Hannah Schuessler - 2nd Place - Film/Video K-2
Hannah Schuessler - Best Theme Interpretation - Film/Video K-2
William Boldizar - 2nd Place - Film/Video 3-5
Helena Boldizar - 3rd Place - Musical Composition 3-5 ** 2nd Place State Winner! **
Helena Boldizar - Best Theme Interpretation - Musical Composition 3-5
2005-2006

Literature - Bradley Barefoot
Music - Mackenzie Kuhne
Photography - Alicia MacDonald
Photography - Honorable Mention - Emily Milkes
(Bradley, Mackenzie, and Alicia were also District Level winners)

2004-2005 Visual Arts - Lindsey Williams
Photography - Maggie Devine & Christian Kelley
Literature - Maggie Devine
Honorable Mention in Music - Helena Boldizar
2002-2003 Mackenzie Schmidt - Photography
2001-2002 Evan Barton - 3rd Grade - Photography

Science Fair

Jan. 2016

Parsley's Winners:

  • Hot or Not: Does beach nourishment affect sand temperature?   -  Regan & Owen Williams --  NHCS Science Fair Elementary Division Winner  --   chosen to represent New Hanover County at the Regional Science Fair  --  earned Elementary Exemplary Award at the Southeast Region 2 Science and Engineering Fair, Feb. 2016  --  earned NC Museum of Natural Sciences Young Naturalist Award at the NC Science and Engineering Fair on April 2 in Raleigh.
  • It's Rye Time  -  Sarah Johnson  --  NHCS Science Fair Elementary Division Winner
  • How Sweet Are They?: A study of climacteric & non-climacteric fruits  -  Kaylee Hanlon
  • The Sweet Tooth  -  Josette Behm
  • Evaporation Race  -  Niklas Karp
Jan. 2015

Parsley's Winners:

  • Like Colorful Walls?  Think Again!  - Ria Kapoor -- NHCS Science Fair winner and advances to Regional competition
  • Hot Wheels - Lilly Triemstra & Emily Foreman -- NHCS Science Fair winner
    Hold the Soap - Regan Williams
    -- NHCS Science Fair winner and advances to Regional competition
  • Will It Roll? - Joshua Wilber -- NHCS Science Fair winner
  • Fill 'Em Up - Tessa Hardison -- NHCS Science Fair winner
Jan. 2014

Parsley's Winners:

  • Lilly Triemstra & Emily Foreman - Surf Wax Meltdown
  • Kyra Schwagerl & Natalie Kermon - How to Absorb Oil OUt of Water
  • Giovanni Martucci - How Far Can Paper Airplanes Fly
  • Reece Blue, Katelyn Sewell, & Tuesday Whalen - What Happened to My Balloon
  • Esha and Ria Kapoor - Are You a Salt or Sugar Person? We Know Why!
Jan. 2013 Parsley's Winners:

  • Gabe and Ayla Johnson - Crossed Up
  • Quinn Gonzalez & Daniel Ando - Craters and Meteorites
  • Jackson Vargo - Composite or Aluminum?
  • Talia Porzio - Melting Polar Ice - Rising Sea?
  • Kaley Nesselroade, Emma Pacheko, & Briar Taylor - Does Your Heart Beat to the Beat of the Drum?
  • Katelyn Sewell - Can Salt Water Be Converted into Purified Water?
  • Kiera McWilliams - Sink or Float?
Jan. 2012

Parsley's Winners:

  • Shaun Gizdic & JC Gizdic - Which Firewood heats the best? - winner at the NHCS Science Fair
  • Nathan Hardison & Patrick Iammatteo - Measuring Moisture in Wood with Electricity
  • Andres Frick - Do Plants Grow Taller in Fertilizer?
  • Taylor McMillion - Wetlands at Work  - earned the Cape Fear Museum Award at the NHCS Science Fair
  • Sara Meehan - Tooth Tactics
  • Connor Radford - Are There Cheaters in Baseball?
  • rayson Rosa - Which Type of Liquid Dissolves A Pill the Fastest?
  • Leah Schwagerl - Candy Chromatography
Jan. 2011

Parsley's Winners:

  • Matthew Suggs - Designs in Flight
  • Jack Krupa - Maple Candy Crystals
  • Christopher Fleming & Nick Chuisano - Roll !Balls! Roll!
  • Sarah Smith, Kevin Smith, & Mason McKeithan - Paw Preference - received Honorable Mention at the NHCS Science Fair
  • Sanya Shah - Is an Earthquake Coming?
  • Peyton Wallace & Cassie Peterman - How Does Your Garden Grow?
  • Brooke Yingling, Emily Newsome, & Alyssa Cooke - Soak it up!
  • Isabel Frick - Dry Out Time for Markers
Jan. 2010

Winners of Parsley's Science Fair:

  • What's Poppin? by Abigail Harrell
  • Evaporation by Peyton Wallace and Cassie Peterman
  • Most Absorbent Paper Towel by Sanya Shah
  • Hardwood vs. Softwood by Dylan James
  • Loreal vs. Revlon by Emilia Torello and Chloe O'Briant
  • What a Drag! by Kellen Hanson
  • Runner Bands in Motion by Matthew Suggs  NHCS Science Fair Winner!
  • Super Speed by Matthew Ward and Blair Barefoot NHCS Science Fair Winner!
  • Ring 'n Run by Jessica Marks
Jan. 2009

Winners of Parsley's first Science Fair:

  • Melissa Williams (5th grade)
  • Lindsey Williams (5th grade)
  • Wyatt Williams (3rd grade
  • Kasey Brodwater (3rd grade)
  • Jennifer Ward (4th grade)
  • Mitch Trafton (4th grade) & Ryan Church (3rd grade)

Jennifer was also winner at the New Hanover County Science Fair.

Feb. 2007 Daniel Suggs (3rd grade) and Bailey Williams (5th grade) were winners at the New Hanover County Science Fair.
Feb. 2006
Hanna Johnson (4th grade) earned the UNCW Marine Quest Award at the New Hanover County Science Fair.
Feb. 2004 Rebecca Swiney and Cassidy McLean, 4th graders, were winners at the New Hanover County Science Fair and were selected to advance to the regional Science Fair.

NHCS Elementary Science Olympiad

May 2015

2nd Place - Varsity

May 2014 2nd Place - Varsity
May 2013

1st Place - Varsity
1st Place - Jr. Varsity


Math Fair

March 2010 Jake and Anna Sharbaugh earned Honorable Mention at the Regional Math Fair on March 12 and will represent Parsley at the State Fair on April 30th.

Contests

TreeFest Poetry Contest
January 2009:  Lindsey Yelton was the first place winner in the TreeFest Poetry Contest.  A tree will be planted in her honor on school grounds.

All Trees

All trees can do a lot-
They provide shade from the hot-
Tress do us good-
We plant them so they would-
Trees purify the air-
We mow them down, that is not fair-
Treefest is here-
Year after year-
Thanks for always being there.

Go green!!

Junior League K-1st Bookmark Contest

December 2007:  Hannah Herbert of Miss Weldon's Kindergarten class was selected as the Junior League of Wilmington's K-1st bookmark contest winner! The theme was 'My Idea of a Healthy Me', and the children were asked to illustrate in art form what being healthy meant to them. Hannah was presented with a Dora backpack filled with school supplies, book marks to distribute to her classmates, and a $150 savings bond.  Approximately 1,300 entries were submitted from thirty NHC schools. The bookmarks will be available to the public in the NHC libraries, Barnes & Noble, Salt Shaker, Books-A-Million, and Learning Express.

Halyburton Park Poster Contest

October 2004:  City of Wilmington sponsored a contest open to all elementary students. The students were to create a poster for the new Halyburton Park located on 17th Street Extension.
The 1st place winner was Nick LaFave from Mr. Mullins' homeroom. Nick's poster depicted what pollution does to the environment and ways we can all help keep the environment clean and beautiful. The 3rd place winner was Paris Duncan.


North Carolina Reading Association
"Young Authors' Contest" - State Winners
  • 2013-2014
    • Erin Satterlie - 5th Grade
  • 2012-2013
    • Ellie Hannum - 5th grade
    • Kellee Cannon - 5th grade
  • 2011-2012
    • Tyler Hamilton - 5th Grade
    • Sara Meehan - 5th Grade
  • 2010-2011
    • Kellen Hanson - 5th Grade
    • Ana Sharbaugh - 5th Grade
  • 2009-2010
    • Ryan Church - 4th Grade
    • Zack Mayo - 5th Grade
    • Tanner Macpherson - Kindergarten
  • 2008-2009
    • Stephen Reish - 5th Grade
    • Kendall Walker - 5th Grade
    • Yue Zhang - 5th Grade
  • 2006-2007
    • Cole Cannon - 3rd Grade
  • 2003-2004
    • Matthew Swain - 1st Grade
    • Morgan Elizabeth Radford - 2nd Grade
    • Mackenzie Schmidt - 3rd Grade
  • 2001-2002
    • Elle Howe - 3rd Grade
    • Kaitlin Bailey - 4th Grade
    • Caroline Schmidle - 5th Grade
Superintendent Dr. John Morris Art Recognition
  • 2002-2003
    • Josh Swain - 3rd Grade
  • 2001-2002
    • Carly Strauss - 5th Grade

Competitions

Geography Bee Winners

Winners at schools around the state take a qualifying test. The top 100 are invited to compete at the state level later in the spring.

January 2016:  Bradley Bush
January 2015:  Nicholas Karp
January 2014: Drew Gonzalez
January 2013: Drew Gonzalez
January 2012: Tyler Hamilton
January 2011: Erik Dahlgren
January 2010:  Abby Scholer
January 2009: Cole Cannon
January 2008: Sam Jarden
January 2007: Sam Jarden
March 2006: Kammy Liu
March 2005: Richard Corbett
Continental Math League - Winners April 2013:  Each year at Parsley, AIG math students participate in the Continental Math League competition. Students begin getting ready and practicing for the competition in third grade. In fourth and fifth grades, students compete nationally in the competition with five different meets from November through March. The competition requires students to solve challenging, above grade level problems which require many different problem-solving strategies. We recently received a letter from the president of CML competition, and were informed that our fifth graders placed first in our region. Our region is made up of eleven states!

January 2005

GR. 3
GR. 4
GR. 5
Conner Church
Molly Chiarmonte
Elaine King
Bradley Cotton
Hannah Johnson
Justine Savingon
Tyler Thayer
Payton Ball
Peyton Youmans
Cassidy McClean

January 9, 2004

  • 2nd Place - Madison Godfrey 3rd Place - Nicholas Fontana & David Sheppard 4th Place - Rett Nabell
  • 5th Place - Zeke Sigler, Alex Hewett, Marino Leone, Connor Haughton, Jeremy Spahr, & Billy Davis

 

Word Masters  
The WordMasters Challenge™ is an exercise in critical thinking that first encourages students to become familiar with a set of interesting new words (considerably harder than grade level), and then challenges them to use those words to complete analogies expressing various kinds of logical relationships.  Working to solve the analogies helps students learn to think both analytically and metaphorically.  Although most vocabulary enrichment and analogy-solving programs are designed for use by high school students, WordMasters Challenge™ materials have been specifically created for younger students in grades three through eight.  They are particularly well suited for children who are motivated by the challenge of learning new words and enjoy the logical puzzles posed by analogies.The WordMasters Challenge™ program is administered by a company based in Indianapolis, Indiana, which is dedicated to inspiring high achievement in American schools.  Further information is available at the company’s website:  http://www.wordmasterschallenge.com.
Jan. 2016
A team representing Walter L. Parsley Elementary School achieved Highest Honors in the recent WordMasters Challenge™—a national vocabulary competition involving nearly 150,000 students annually. The fifth grade team scored an impressive 186 points out of a possible 200 in the first of three meets this year, placing seventh in the nation.Competing in the difficult Blue Division of the WordMasters Challenge™, fourth grader Ryden Read and fifth graders Giovanni Martucci and Jake Persuit each earned a perfect score of 20 on the challenge. Nationally, only 50 fourth graders and 52 fifth graders achieved this result. Other students from Walter L. Parsley Elementary School who achieved outstanding results in the meet include fourth grader Pierson Guerrant and fifth graders Nikolai Khorokhorin, Bradley Bush and Benjamin Usher. The students were coached in preparation for the WordMasters Challenge™ by Mrs. Youmans, Mrs. Postemski, and Mrs. Butler.

 

North Carolina SMS®  Stock Market Simulation
  • SAGE team placed 3rd statewide and 1st place in the eastern region for the FALL 2003 Semester. The team "earned" $109,542
Sept. 2001 - YMCA Triathlon - Youngest Relay Team: Christian Dias, Nathan Poulos, Grant Nabell (teacher: Maggie Williams)

Word Masters

The WordMasters Challenge™ is an exercise in critical thinking that first encourages students to become familiar with a set of interesting new words (considerably harder than grade level), and then challenges them to use those words to complete analogies expressing various kinds of logical relationships. Working to solve the analogies helps students learn to think both analytically and metaphorically. Although most vocabulary enrichment and analogy-solving programs are designed for use by high school students, WordMasters Challenge™ materials have been specifically created for younger students in grades three through eight. They are particularly well suited for children who are motivated by the challenge of learning new words and enjoy the logical puzzles posed by analogies.
May 2015 Giovanni Martucci - Highest Honors in the overall competition with a cumulative score of 58 out of a possible 60, which placed him among the top ten students nationwide within their division.

WECT Super Students

  • 2003-2004 - 4th Grader William Yelton
  • 2001-2002 - 4th Grader Grant Nabell

WGNI Student of the Week

  • October 2004 - Elizabeth Magill
  • Sept. 29, 2003 - 1st Grader Tyler Graybar

Other Accomplishments

  • June 2008 - 3rd Grader Hannah Marable will be featured in the "When I Grow Up" section for June's KIDZink. Hannah wants to be an architect when she grows up. As part of her article she interviewed an architect here in town.
  • May 2008 - Carson Mays (3rd grader) was the Kidz Club highlight in the May issue of Kidz Ink, a magazine by kids, about kids and fir kids and their families published here in Wilmington.
  • 2005-2006 - Parsley Patriots collected $943.23 during our "Quarters for the French Quarter", a Hurricane Katrina Relief Drive - Sept. 19
  • 2001 - Mr. Mullins 5th grade students wrote and performed an original play "Coal Dust to Cyper Space", a historical drama about the connection between the old Masonboro School and Parsley Elementary School. This play was presented as part of Parsley Elementary School's dedication ceremony at the start of the school year. 2001-2002 - Students compiled and donated 25 student kits to the "Student-to-Student" Project(North Carolina Reaches out to Afghanistan) 2001-2002 - Students donated 700+ books to Tales for Tots 2002 - Students participated in Valentines for Troops and Valentines for Vets Projects 2001 - Students collected 300+ toys for Holiday WISH project 2001 - Students collected 2000 lbs of non-perishable food items for Salvation Army 2001-2002 - Students collected 275 food items for Mother Hubbard's Cupboard.

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Parsley's Volunteer(s) of the Year

2015-2016

Paul Williams Mr. Paul Williams

Mr. Williams has been a faithful Parsley volunteer for the past three years. Throughout the years, classroom teachers have described him as committed, loyal, faithful, dependable, patient and kind. Rarely does a teacher have a parent who commits to tutoring weekly, then faithfully adheres to the commitment. Mr. Williams is the parent who is where he says he’ll be, when he says he’ll be there. The teachers cannot remember him ever missing a week.

Rarely in elementary schools do students have male role models. For the students to have a male role model as professional, dedicated and kind as Mr. Williams is truly a blessing.

Being excited to nominate Mr. Williams, one teacher said, “I’m so happy Mr. Williams is getting this award. When I heard, it made tears come to my eyes.” Mr. Williams has volunteered every week in the classroom for the past three years. He is always on time and willing to do anything that is asked of him. He teaches stations and small groups of students. He always exemplifies the utmost level of patience and kindness with students. When students struggle to understand a concept, he works with them until they are successful.  

Because of his patience and kindness, one teacher asked Mr. Williams to work with 3 young ladies that were struggling with math. Every week he would come and work with them giving them strategies and boosting their confidence. The girls loved working with Mr. Williams and would always have their papers ready at the table eagerly awaiting his arrival. Because of Mr. Williams hard work, all three girls not only passed their End of Grade Test, but they SOARED with high growth!

Mr. Williams volunteered one afternoon after school every week helping prepare our Science Olympiad team for their competition. Our school couldn’t participate in Science Olympiad without competent, dedicated volunteers like Mr. Williams. In addition to giving his time, he also donated materials and supplies we needed to ensure our students were prepared for Science Olympiad.

Mr. Williams has never sought recognition. He is the kind of volunteer who stays behind the scenes consistently doing the little things that we often need most. He is known as the “King of Snacks” in one classroom. The children love when he hands out snacks because he is always very generous with the portions, especially the Cinnamon Toast Crunch!

There are a handful of parents who are the backbone of our volunteer community. Mr. Williams is one of those volunteers. For three consecutive years, he has volunteered at PTA events, chaperoned field trips, and been a constant, dedicated contributor to enriching classroom environments and student learning.

One of Mr. Williams’ best assets is that he is unassuming. He comes in, completes his task and moves on. He always presents himself with a professional and respectful demeanor and is a pleasure to be around. He never asks for any special favors or tries to seek attention. He truly exemplifying someone who is serving from his heart. He isn’t seeking recognition, he just wants to contribute and provide a service. His kind, caring and gentle demeanor has made a huge impact on the lives of children and staff.  He works hard to build up our school and students in the community’s eyes.  Paul Williams exemplifies what it means to be Volunteer of the Year. He has a heart of servitude and wants nothing in return.

James YinglingMr. James Yingling

Over the past eight years, Mr. Yingling has faithfully and regularly volunteered at Parsley. He willingly meets any school or PTA needs.

For years, our school has had a student wellness initiative called “Morning Walking Club.” This consists of students walking the track from 7:30 – 7:50 four mornings a week. This volunteer opportunity is not one people line up for! Think about it, 300-400 students, in an open space, and you are primarily all alone. Mr. Yingling has faithfully volunteered every morning for the last five years in this capacity. I can’t remember him ever missing a day! Even on the days it’s raining, he shows up to let everyone know Walking Club will be canceled due to the weather. This program is a pivotal part of what makes Parsley such a great place, and it wouldn’t be possible without Mr. Yingling. This is an enormous commitment and responsibility that thanks to Mr. Yingling, never takes a moment of a school administrator’s time or attention. What a blessing!

In addition to volunteering every morning, rain, snow, cold or sweltering heat, Mr. Yingling has also volunteered in classrooms helping students learn to read and write core words and helping them with learning stations. He was especially helpful with keeping the boys in the classroom actively engaged in the learning process and on-task. Rarely in elementary schools do students have male role models. We are so fortunate for our students to have Mr. Yingling as a male role model! 

Mr. Yingling is a volunteer in a core group of parents we consistently rely on for volunteering at all school functions, special events and chaperoning field trips. There are few volunteers as consistently faithful (daily) to a task, or for so many consecutive years.  We have been very fortunate to have him!

Some of Mr. Yingling's best assets are his outgoing, engaging personality, his integrity and loyalty. Mr. Yingling possesses an energetic spirit. He is a pleasure to be around and is always willing to do whatever is needed. He never asks for any special favors or tries to seek attention. He gives from his heart. James Yingling exemplifies what it means to be Volunteer of the Year. He has a heart of servitude and wants nothing in return.
2014-2015

Holly Campbell & Anna Oppelt

blue starAt the New Hanover County Council of PTA annual banquet, Mrs. Campbell earned the Tannis Nelson Outstanding School Volunteer Award.

2013-2014

Debbie Langtry & Kelly Foreman  

2012-2013

Kellie Savard & Kem Gonzalez

2011-2012

Marie Warren & Tracey Glendenning

2010-2011 Gerri Onoff & Lissa Unrue
2009-2010

Barb Caropolo & Sandi Gessner

On April 29 at the New Hanover County Council of PTAs, Sandi earned the "Spirit of the PTA Award".  The recipient of the award is an "enthusiastic PTA member and volunteer who has a deep sense of pride in their school and community.  This individual is usually a dedicated committee chair or officer who strives for excellence, who includes as many parents and students as possible in their volunteer work, and who promotes a positive school image".

2008-2009 Edna Byrd & Amy Damutz
2007-2008 John Matlock & Suzanne Hamilton
2006-2007 Stephanie Crisp & Shannon Mansfield
2005-2006 Patricia Johnson & Cindy Kuhne
2004-2005 Joelle Ando & Heather Wadsworth
2003-2004 Tracey Schmidt & Mary Alice Hudson
2002-2003 Deborah Fontana & Sharon Matthews
2001-2002 Amy Treman & Angie Willard

 Membership Awards (for more information, visit ncpta.org)

 Blue Key Award

  • 2009-2010
 

 Ruby Acorn Award

  • 2010-2011
  • 2009-2010
  • 2008-2009
Have all full-time teachers enrolled as PTA members

 Bronze Acorn Award

  • 2002-2003
National PTA award for achieving 10% or greater increase in PTA membership over previous year.
2001-2002 New Hanover Co. Council of PTAs Certificate of Recognition for having 100% Teacher PTA Membership.

Gwin G. Hughes Healthy Living Project Award - established in April 2005 by the North Carolina Congress of Parents and Teachers and the Hughes Family as a memorial to Mrs. Hughes, to encourage healthful living habits.

  • 2008-09
  • 2007-08 - earned for our Walking Club
  • 2006-07 - earned for our Walking Club and Walking Track

NC PTA Communications Recognition Award - In order to qualify for this recognition, the local unit or (council PTA) must have a continuous and consistent method of communication with the school families, and the community. In order to qualify for this recognition, the PTA must either publish a newsletter at least four times per year or have an active website.

  • 2009-10 - newsletter editor: Suzanne Hamilton

NC PTA Newsletter Award - Received in recognition for outstanding newsletters.

  • 2008-09 - editor: Suzanne Hamilton
  • 2007-08 - editor: Suzanne Hamilton
  • 2006-07 - editor:  Mrs. Boldizar
  • 2003-04 - editor: Mrs. Dias

Local Unit Evaluation & Achievement Award

  • 2007-08
  • 2006-07

May 2011 - Parsley earned the "Above & Beyond" Award from the New Hanover County Council of PTAs for the hospitality we showed the PTA Council when they met at our school in September and for our school's community service projects.

 

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Sept. 2005 - Haley Phillips earned a $600 grant from Intercoastal Realty.  She will use the funds to purchase class sets of novels.
2004-2005 - Emily Anne Wood, 1st Grade Teacher, received a $1000.00 grant from Dollar General to purchase sets of leveled books for the Shared Book Room.
She also received a grant from PPD in the amount of $500.00 for the same project.
Dec. 2004 - Parsley Elementary School received a grant from Target in the amount of $500 for support of Read Across the Region program. The grant was written by the Parsley School Library Media Coordinator, Sharlene Williamson, and will be used for books and a special program called Books for Babies. Any student that has a new baby brother or sister after January 1, 2005 will be able to come down to the library, select a new book as a gift for the new sibling, wrap it, and take it home!
Oct. 2003 - Mrs. Jayne Kiker, 4th grade, earned a $300 grant from the Cape Fear Azalea Gardening Club for building a "Monarch Trail" from the school building to the old foundation.
Oct. 2003 - Mr. Stephen Buchanan, 5th grade, earned a $700 Mini Grant from the Greater Wilmington Chamber of Commerce and the GE ELFUNS for "Flutter Factory". It is a cooperative grant that will be shared with Holly Tree Elementary's 5th grade teacher Mrs. Buchanan. Students will work after school at these two schools to create butterfly gardens.
Parsley PTA earned a grant from the North Carolina Congress of Parents and Teachers for 2002 - Parents Encouraging Responsible Choices.

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