Archive for February, 2009


High Five Partners for Student Success

High Five is a partnership of five school districts and five business partners focused on high school reform with the vision that all students graduate with a high school diploma, well prepared to pursue higher education and a career of their choice. You can download a poster developed by High Five here and find more information about the organization here.

East Millbrook Holds International Festival Concert

East Millbrook Middle School, an International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme magnet school, welcomes you to attend our first ever International Festival Concert with performances by the Advanced Orchestra, Taiko Drum Ensemble, African Drum Ensemble, and Symphonic Band. Join us as the students answer the question, “How does music reflect culture?” through performance of music from various countries. The concert will take place on Friday, March 13th at 7pm in the brand new, state-of-the-art East Millbrook Auditorium located at 3801 Spring Forest Road in Raleigh. Admission is free, and all are welcome to attend.

Severe Weather Awareness Week; Drill Next Wednesday

Governor Bev Purdue has declared that March 1-7 will be Severe Weather Awareness Week in North Carolina. This is a great time for families to make sure that they’re prepared for weather emergencies. Please note that our schools will be doing their part as well by participating in the statewide severe weather drill Wednesday morning, March 4. Students and staff will be practicing emergency procedures in case of a tornado or other serious event.

Middle Schools Recognized for Sportsmanship

WCPSS middle schools have been recognized as sportsmanship winners for the 2008-09 winter sports season. The schools are recognized for good sportsmanship based on a vote of the coaches for that sport season. In all, twelve schools were honored in five different conferences.

  • Apex and Fuquay-Varina in Southern, Division 1
  • Davis Drive and West Cary in Southern, Division 2
  • Martin, Carnage and Carroll in Central
  • Wake Forest-Rolesville, Wendell anad Heritage were in a three way tie in Northern, Division 1
  • Leesville Road and West Millbrook in Northern, Division 2

WCPSS Athletic Director Bobby Guthrie says as part of the voting, teams and coaches were complimented:

  • Coaches were class acts and great role models
  • Courteous, respectful, cooperative, friendly greeting
  • Coaches encouragingto their own players
  • Assisted with injured athletes
  • Provided for needs of the visiting team
  • Good on-field sportsmanship by players and coaches
  • Students, parents, and athletes showed sportsmanship
  • Great place to play, good atmosphere
  • Players played hard but showed good sportsmanship

Dillard Drive Teacher Elected NCAGT President

Dillard Drive Middle School Academically Gifted Resource Teacher Dr. Jim Brookshas been elected President of The North Carolina Association for the Gifted and Talented (NCAGT). His two-year term will begin in March 2009. Dr. Brooks is currently serving his 8th term on NCAGT’s Board of Directors as its teacher representative. He follows Dr. Laurene Madern, Senior Director in the WCPSS Growth Management Department, as president of the 1,000 member NCAGT, the largest and oldest advocacy group for gifted students in North Carolina. Dr. Brooks has indicated his agenda as NCAGT President will center on legislation at the state and national level, and on providing support and services for teachers and parents of gifted students.

Millbrook Grad Knows LOV and War

A Millbrook High grad who knows LOV and war is featured in the latest edition of BRIDGES, the newsletter of the Millbrook High (LOV) Lessons of Vietnam class. You can read about 1992 graduate Sean Patrick Keenan and his service in the Marine Corps in this newsletter published by the students of Millbrook High teacher Lindy Poling. Click here.

Cary High Wins Fifth State Wrestling Title

Four-time defending champion Cary High made it five state team titles in a row in convincing fashion on Saturday night in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association 4-A wrestling tournament championships at the Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

Cary, under veteran coach Jerry Winterton, placed four wrestlers in the championship matches and went on to record 126.5 points, ahead of Davie County in second place with 98.

All four Cary wrestlers in the finals earned state titles, including Ben Creed at 103 pounds, Gabe Brotzman at 152, Matthew Colvard at 160 and heavyweight Eloheim Palma. Palma, a senior and one of the top ranked wrestlers in the nation, completed a perfect 62-0 season.

The Imps won the dual team championship earlier this month and have now captured six of the last seven NCHSAA tournament titles.

Chuck Davis Dancers Visit East Garner

Students and teachers are enjoying a visit from Chuck Davis and the African American Dance Ensemble at East Garner Middle School. Visual Arts Teacher Janice Jarrett says her Advanced Visual and Performing Arts students are working with the professional dance company during its seven-day artist residency that will conclude with a grand finale performance of student and professional dancers. The performance will take place at 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 10 at East Garner’s Performing Arts Center. The performance is open to the public and free of charge.

In addition to the evening performance, East Garner’s Advanced Fine Arts students will join the Chuck Davis and the African American Dance Ensemble in three performances for students on March 10.

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Jaycees Outstanding Young Educator

The Raleigh Jaycees invite individuals and organizations in Wake County to participate in the nomination process for their 2009 Distinguished Service Awards. The Distinguished Service Awards are the highest awards a non-Jaycee can receive from any chapter. Awards recognize individuals from the community who have shown exceptional leadership qualities, an outstanding record of personal achievement and service to the community. This award can only be given once and only one recipient per category is selected annually.

The purpose of the Outstanding Young Educator program is to foster better relations through Jaycee-educator contacts and by creating a greater public interest in and understanding of today’s educator. The individual selected as the Raleigh Jaycees Outstanding Young Educator will receive local recognition and awards and will become a nominee in the state competition. This form serves as the official entry form for local and state competition.

You can find information about nominations here which must be submitted by March 4.

ParentVision: This Year’s Graduation Ceremonies

With just a few exceptions, WCPSS’s summer high school graduation ceremonies will be in the air-conditioned comfort of the Raleigh Convention Center. This ParentVision video podcast provides some information about the changes you can expect along with this move. We have a complete schedule online; for more details, please contact your school.