Archive for August, 2009


WCPSS Offers Students Healthier Choices in the School Cafeteria

Students are being offered healthier options in the Wake County Public School System Child Nutrition Services cafeterias thanks to changes providing local produce and vending machine options with fewer calories.

Marilyn Moody, WCPSS Child Nutrition Services director, says Child Nutrition Services want to provide students healthier options and help them think about making healthier choices.

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TDAP Booster Shots Required for 6th Graders – Get them Free

North Carolina law requires a booster shot of Tdap (tetanus/diphtheria/pertussis) for all children entering sixth grade, if 5 or more years have passed since their last tetanus shot.

Wake County Human Services has scheduled a series of No Charge, No Appointment TDAP Booster Shot Clinics in September.

Clinic Schedule in English (PDF)

Clinic Schedule en Español (PDF)

More information about the TDAP Booster requirement.

First Day Bus Stop Conversation

Six students who live on Mordecai Street in Raleigh had a special visitor at their bus stop on the first day of school. Gov Beverly Perdue talked with the students and their parents at the stop and then took the bus ride with the students to Conn Elementary.

One of the parents was Debbie Thome, mother of two of the Conn Elementary students. After Gov. Perdue and the children left, Thome talked about a first day of school that her children will long remember.

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Lacy Elementary Ribbon Cutting

Lacy Elementary students had the opportunity to tour their new school building and meet teachers a day before classes officially started. On August 24, hundreds of students and their parents checked out the new classrooms, cafeteria, media center, multi-purpose room, art room, music room and other spaces during Lacy Elementary’s ribbon cutting and re-dedication ceremony.

“We all know it’s the people that make Lacy such as special place, but we’re so happy to have a great looking new building this year,” said Principal Marcia Alford.


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Gov. Perdue Visits Conn Bus Stop

A group of Conn Elementary students had a surprise on their first day of school. Gov. Beverly Perdue came to their bus stop and rode the bus to school with them.

Perdue arrived at the bus stop to find a group of six students and three parents. She chatted with the children encouraging them to read and work hard in school. She asked about their summer and their favorite classes. Then she talked with parents who praised their school and the school’s principal, expressed concerns about the impact of budget cuts and talked about the importance of parent involvement in children’s education.

When the bus arrived, the children and Gov. Perdue waved good by to the parents, boarded the bus and headed off for the first day of the school year at Conn Elementary.

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WCPSS Vending Machines to Contain Healthier Drinks

WCPSS vending machines, which are provided by Pepsi Bottling Ventures under an exclusive contract, will provide healthier soft drinks to high school and middle school students in the 2009-10 school year.

This year, only bottled water will be provided in middle schools, while low-sugar beverages, bottled water, and sports drinks will be available in high schools.

The change follows the company’s announcement of compliance with guidelines set forward by the American Beverage Association and the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, a joint initiative of the American Heart Association and the William J. Clinton Foundation.

ParentVision: More Back-to-School Info

Jeff Nash from our Welcome Center offers his top five tips for a smooth start to the school year in the latest ParentVision podcast.

Don’t forget our online Back-to-School guide!

Smith Magnet Elementary School Holds Ribbon Cutting

The staff at Smith Elementary did not let a little rain ruin the school’s ribbon cutting on Friday, Aug. 21. Despite the fact that the skies opened up and began dumping buckets of rain on Garner at the exact moment the ceremony was to begin, staff quickly shifted gears, moved the ribbon to doors inside the newly constructed school facility and carried on as planned.

Principal Chris Lassiter said the flexibility his staff and the school community showed in quickly moving the event indoors is symbolic of how they all have responded to the challenges presented to them over the past couple of years.

“Over the past two years, this journey has required a lot of teamwork,” he said. “This would not have happened without several key role players. First, our special guests – they all had a role in making this building a reality; our parents and our students who went seven to 10 miles further down the road to Banks Road and their flexibility and patience; and most of all our teachers. I have never worked with a more dedicated group of educators than this group.”

ribbona.jpgSmith Elementary students and staff spent last school year on the campus of Banks Road Elementary while their campus underwent major renovations. The $22 million construction program added new general and special programs classrooms, art and music classrooms, as well as administration, student support services, child nutrition services and plant operations areas. Old Buildings B and C and a portion of Building A were demolished. Older classrooms, corridors and toilets were upgraded, and canopies were provided for student drop off.

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Principal of the Year finalists named

The finalists have been named for the 2009-10 Principal and Assistant Principal of the Year.

The Principal of the Year finalists are Mary Page of Bugg Elementary, Annice Williams of Barwell Elementary, Teresa Winstead of Durant Road Elementary, John Wall of North Garner Middle and Edward McFarland of Fuquay-Varina High.

The Assistant Principal of the Year finalists are Melissa Blackmon of Willow Springs Elementary, Lisa Brown of Leesville Rd Elementary, Edna Fay Jones of Forest Pines Elementary, Christopher Coby of Wendell Middle and Robert Matheson of Apex High.

The finalists are nominated by the principal and assistant principals of the Wake County Public School System.

The Principal and Assistant Principal of the Year celebration is scheduled for October 15 at 6:00 p.m. at Marbles Kids Museum in Raleigh.

Panther Creek AD Earns Certification

Panther Creek High School Athletic Director Todd Schuler has completed the certification process to become recognized as a Certified Athletic Administrator (CAA) by the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrator’s Association (NIAAA). This certification is based on years of experience, completion of required Leadership Training Courses, and successful completion of the CAA Leadership Training Test. Bobby Guthrie, WCPSS Senior Administrator for Athletics, offered his congratulations to Schuler on his outstanding accomplishment.