Archive for June, 2010


ParentVision: Back-to-school Resources

The new school year will be here before you know it — especially for year-round students. In today’s ParentVision video podcast we unveil our Back-to-school website and resources for 2010, with more to come.

Superintendent Search Committee Meeting July 1

The Wake County Board of Education’s Superintendent Search Committee has scheduled a meeting this Thursday, July 1, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Board Conference Room at 3600 Wake Forest Road in Raleigh.

Green Hope Tops 2009-10 Wachovia Cup Final Standings

Green Hope High finished number one overall in the final standings of the Wachovia Cup competitions for the 2009-10 academic year with the spring sports seasons completed.

In the 4-A classification, Green Hope High finished first with 452.5 points to capture its first Wachovia Cup, with defending champion Myers Park High of Charlotte second with 380. Green Hope preserved its win by taking the 4-A men’s golf title, finishing in the top eight in men’s dual team tennis and in a tie for fourth among 4-A schools in the inaugural open women’s lacrosse championship.

Green Hope High was one of four WCPSS high schools in the Top 10 among 4-A schools in the final standings of the Wachovia Cup. Wakefield High finished fourth with 355 points. Broughton High finished sixth with 325 points. Southeast Raleigh High finished seventh with 322.5 points. Cary High finished 15th with 225 points.

The Wachovia Cup award, sponsored by Wachovia and the NCHSAA, recognizes the high schools that achieve the best overall interscholastic athletic performances within each of the state’s four competitive classifications. The Wachovia Cup program has concluded its 31st year.

Wachovia Cup points are determined by a system based on performance in state championship events. All schools that finish in the top eight positions (plus ties) earn points. In the playoff events involving teams from more than one classification, Wachovia Cup points are awarded based on the school’s standing against other schools in

its own classification. If fewer then eight schools from a classification compete in a sport, only those schools that are represented are eligible to receive the Wachovia Cup points.

Points are awarded for all sports as follows: 50 for first, 45 for second, 40 for third, 35 for fourth, 30 for fifth, 25 for sixth, 20 for seventh and 15 for eighth. In the event of a tie, the schools receive an equal number of points based on the number of teams that tie and the number of teams that finish higher in the standings. Five points are awarded for each sanctioned sport in which a school competes.

Green Hope will be presented the engraved silver Wachovia Cup during NCHSAA Day

activities at UNC-Chapel Hill in the fall.

Policy Committee Meeting Rescheduled

The Policy Committee of the Wake County Board of Education has moved its meeting to 10 a.m., Thursday, June 24 in the Board Conference Room of the WCPSS Central Services Building at 3600 Wake Forest Road in Raleigh.

Board Names Principal

At its June 15 meeting, the Board of Education named Shejuanna Rodgers principal at Rolesville Elementary School.

Rodgers has served as assistant principal at Apex Middle since 2004. Prior to that, she was an administrator with the School Improvement Division at the NC Department of Instruction. She served as a teacher at Rolesville Elementary and at a Snow Hill, NC middle school. Rodgers was the 2008 Wake County Assistant Principal of the Year and was the 2001 Teacher of the Year at Rolesville Elementary.

The board named new assistant principals including Gary Lassiter at Mt. Vernon Middle, Sara English at Mills Park Middle, Bradford Walston at Knightdale High, George Harden at Enloe High and Dwayne Bissette at Enloe High.

The board made appointments returning a number of assistant principals to schools they served last year including Sebrina Williams at Barwell Road Elementary, Carl Patrick Grant at Holly Springs Elementary, Timothy Chadwick at Olive Chapel Elementary, LaShara Gilkes at Salem Elementary, Michelle Bell at Carnage Middle, Eric Betheil at Davis Drive Middle, Jessica Burroughs at East Garner Middle, Keith Faison at East Garner Middle, Susan Jewett at East Millbrook Middle, Marla Mondora at Moore Square Middle, Steven Rhodes at Salem Middle, Steven Hayes at Cary High and Glenn Dansky at Millbrook High.

The board named Travis J. Shilling as assistant principal dividing time with 58 percent at Olive Chapel Elementary and 42 percent at Durant Road Elementary.

At the June 1 meeting, the board returned two assistant principals to schools they served last year including Jonathan Enns at Fuquay-Varina High and Anthony Wilson at Mills Park Middle.

The board returned a number of assistant principals to new schools including James Barnes at Wendell Middle, Orlando Dobbin at Holly Grove Middle, April Hill at Durant Road Elementary, Christina Jenkins at Carpenter Elementary, Phelan Perry at Heritage High and Melissa Thomas at Wakefield High.

WCPSS 2010 Spring Sport Achievements

Students in the Wake County Public School System achieved the following spring sports athletic accomplishments for 2009-2010. The two schools earning state championships are highlighted in bold print.

Boys’ Tennis

  • Broughton HS finished 2nd in the state championships.
  • Green Hope HS finished in the top 8 in the state.

Girls’ Soccer

  • Leesville HS finished in the top 4 in the state.

Boys’ Track

  • Southeast Raleigh HS (2nd), Broughton HS (3rd), Knightdale HS (4th), Wakefield HS (6th), and Sanderson HS (7th) finished in the top 10 in the state championships.

Girls’ Track

  • Wakefield HS won the state championship. Ann Graham is the coach.
  • Southeast HS (2nd), Millbrook HS (6th), and Wake Forest-Rolesville HS (9th) finished in the top 10 in the state.

Boys’ Golf

  • Green Hope HS won the state championship. David Allen is the coach. This is the 2nd state championship in a row and the 4th in the last 5 seasons.
  • Leesville HS (2nd) and Broughton HS (4th) finished in the top 10 in the state.


  • Fuquay-Varina HS finished 4th in the state championships.


  • Apex HS finished in the top 8 in the state.

Girls’ Lacrosse

  • Green Hope HS and Wakefield HS finished in the top 8 in the state.

Boys’ Lacrosse

  • Apex HS finished 2nd in the state championships.

Middle School Spring Sportsmanship Awards

  • Holly Ridge, Lufkin, West Cary, Reedy Creek, Martin, Carroll, Dillard, Zebulon, Heritage, West Millbrook, and Leesville won the sportsmanship awards for the spring sports season. These schools will display Sportsmanship Banners during the fall sports season.

Other Athletic Accomplishments

  • WCPSS high school athletics had another very successful year. WCPSS high schools won 8 NCHSAA state championships, 3 NCHSAA Cheerleading State Championships, 1 NCCCA Cheerleading State Championship, 12 NCHSAA runner-ups, and 13 other high schools finishing 3rd or 4th in NCHSAA championships.
  • Green Hope HS won the NCHSAA 4A Wachovia Cup, indicative of the most successful athletic program in the state 4A classification. Wakefield (4th), Broughton (6th), Southeast (7th), and Cary (15th) also placed in the state rankings.
  • Sanderson HS won the NCHSAA “Super Sportsmanship Award”.
  • Jerry Winterton, Cary HS Wrestling Coach, was named the NCHSAA Harvey Reid Male Coach of the Year.
  • Vickie Peoples, Enloe HS Swimming Coach, was inducted into the NCHSAA Hall of Fame.
  • Nathan Baker (Green Hope) and Tyler Forsythe (Apex) won the NCHSAA Student-Athlete A.J. Simeon Courage Award.
  • Wesley Barrett (Apex) won the NCHSAA 4A Tennis Singles Championship.
  • Grayson Murray (Leesville) won the NCHSAA 4A Golf Championship.
  • Steven Bell (Southeast) won the Raleigh News and Observer Scholar of the Year (4.5 GPA) and multiple NCHSAA individual track championships.
  • Phillip Price (Sanderson) won the NCHSAA Heart of a Champion Award.
  • Athletic Participation in 2009-2010: 15,404 students in high schools/Approximately 5,600 students in middle schools

Broughton Student Selected to Attend Law Camp

Broughton High School rising senior Sarah Dumas has been selected to attend the National Bar Association’s Crump Law Camp held at Howard University in Washington, DC. The camp will be held July 11-24. Sarah is one of only 32 campers selected from more than 2,000 applicants nationwide.

The Crump Law Camp introduces high school students to the civil and criminal justice system by distinguished law professors at Howard University. During the afternoons, students experience the history of the nation’s capital and visit the courts, museums, and other significant sites. Students are paired with attorney mentors who offer academic guidance, as well as career counseling. Students also learn trial techniques and compete to participate in the Evett L. Simmons Mock Trial Competition that is held during the National Bar Association’s Annual Convention.

Students who attend the Law Camp are paired with college and law students, professors, and practicing attorneys to serve as mentors as they continue through high school, college, and even law school.

The Crump Law Camp is named after John L. Crump who served as the National Bar Association’s Executive Director for more than 30 years and is currently Executive Director Emeritus of the NBA. The NBA has a network of more than 44,000 members representing African American members of the bar who are lawyers, judges, law professors, and law students.

Click here for more information about the National Bar Association’s Crump Law Camp.

Two Wake County Principals Selected to Participate in Distinguished Leadership Program

Sylvia Wilkins, principal at Dillard Drive Elementary School, and Matthew Wight, principal at Apex High School, have been selected to participate in the inaugural cohort of Distinguished Leadership in Practice (DLP), a leadership development program for practicing school leaders.

DLP, which was developed by the N.C. Principals & Assistant Principals’ Association (NCPAPA) in partnership with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction and UNC-Learn NC, is a professional development program aligned to the new performance evaluation standards recently adopted by the State Board of Education for North Carolina’s school leaders.

Forty principals out of 75 who applied have been selected to be trained as potential DLP facilitators in their respective regions. These principals were selected according to the following criteria:

  • Practicing school leader with a proven track record for achieving strong student results
  • Demonstrated ability and desire to lead and coach peers
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated commitment to being a team player in a Professional Learning Community
  • Willingness to learn how to work in an e-learning environment
  • Support of the superintendent

DLP participants will critically examine the meaning of “distinguished” school leadership through a problem-based, real-world approach. In DLP, current practicing North Carolina principals provide participants with models of exemplary school leadership allowing them to study the behaviors, attitudes and competencies that define a “distinguished” school leader. Throughout the year-long experience, participants will be led and coached through a proven continuous improvement approach that includes a series of real-world activities.

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June 22 Student Assignment Committee Meeting Canceled

The Student Assignment Committee meeting for June 22 has been canceled. The next regular meeting will be July 27.

ParentVision: Curriculum Connections for Grades K-8

How can you find out what material will be covered in your child’s elementary or middle school classrooms? How can you choose supplementary material or experiences that will prepare your child for his or her course of study? The curriculum Connections brochures for grades K-8 can help you, and today’s ParentVision video podcast explains how.