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WAAT Newsletter #001

Our Curriculum at a Glance

Are you familiar with the DMAIC process? If not, you should have attended the collaborative lesson Keith Hill and Mike Rochelo from Fresenius Kabi shared with our students. DMAIC refers to a data-driven quality strategy for improving processes.  DMAIC is an acronym for five interconnected phases: Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve, and Control. This process is a part of Lean Six Sigma and used in industry. The objective of the lesson was to increase the consistency and accuracy of getting a ball in a cup using a catapult. Students adjusted their catapult accordingly, in an effort to allow their launching variation to reach 99% accuracy!

Welcome Mr. Tyler Brown

WAAT would like to extend a very warm welcome to Mr. Tyler Brown, our new World History Teacher! Mr. Brown grew up outside of Asheboro, North Carolina and is a graduate of Southwestern Randolph High School. He completed his studies at Wake Forest University with a Bachelor of Arts in History and a minor in Social Studies Education. In his free time, he enjoys football and basketball, and will be advising our Intramural Sports club here at WAAT. We are glad to have Mr. Brown aboard!

A Spotlight on Our Industry and Private Partners

Did You Know?

Did you know that our school received a total of $1,621,600 in donations and pledges from our industry and private partners; Golden LEAF, Wilson County Commissioners, Gene Haas Foundation, Biogen and 19 other local businesses? We are so fortunate to the support we have received, and this will allow our students to have authentic educational experiences.        


     WAAT’s Happenin’?


24: Second Semester Begins

26: Report Cards, PTSO Meeting @ 6:30 p.m.


13: Progress Reports, Dress for Success Day

14: Student Performance Reviews Begin

23: PTSO Meeting @ 6:30 p.m.


6: Progress Reports

8: Early Release

17: Field Trip to NC A&T State University

24: 9 Weeks Ends

27: Teacher Workday

To keep up with what’s going on at WAAT, check out our school web page and our social media pages.

Facebook – Wilson Academy of Applied Technology

Instagram – WilsonAcademyofAppliedTech

Twitter – @WAAT_NEWS

The Counselor’s Corner  

National School Counselor’s Week – February 6 – 10, 2017

National School Counselor week is a national week set aside to focus public attention on the unique contribution of school counselors within U.S. school systems. National School Counselor week highlights the tremendous impact school counselors can have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career.

The goal of the Comprehensive School Counseling Program at WAAT is to address the needs of all students by helping them to acquire competencies in personal, academic and career development domains. Students need skills in these domains to succeed in school and in life outside of school. While parents often do a great job in trying to teach many of these skills, it is nice to have reinforcement at school as well. If you want to learn more about the school counseling program, or individual counseling feel free to contact Ms. Sherrod!

The WAAT Experience

As we start second semester, I reflect back on our start. I am still at awe of the fact that a school that started off as a vision two years ago, is now up and running. One thing I knew would be important from day one is to expose our students to what manufacturing is all about in the Wilson market. So below are a list of experiences we have been fortunate to introduce our students to the first eighteen weeks of this school year. These activities are helping to build the WAAT experience:

  • Seminars on resume’ writing and leadership

  • Industry Tour and Presentations at Bridgestone

  • College Trip to East Carolina University

  • Signing in and out of school for accountability

  • Performance Reviews every three weeks

  • Reviewing school performance data

  • Hearing from manufacturing leaders from Fresenius Kabi, Ardagh, and UTC Aerospace

  • Building picnic tables using skills learned in Advanced Manufacturing 1 like measurement, team work, use of basic hand tools, quality, precision, and safety.

Excitement is all I feel when I think about the years to come because these experiences, along with so many more, will shape and mold each student into prepared graduates ready to hit college campuses or our local workforce by storm. 


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