Archive for June, 2010


Class of 2010 Fuquay-Varina High Graduates

fvhs-grad1.jpgfvhs-grad.jpgWith WCPSS awarding diplomas to 8,223 students in 21 ceremonies through Friday, June 11, more than 300 Fuquay-Varina High School seniors walked the stage at the Raleigh Convention Center on June 9. Family and friends of the graduates were there in large numbers to help celebrate this exciting chapter of their lives.fvhs-grad3.jpg

The program included remarks from Valedictorian Dominic Evan Boccaccio, Salutatorian Geoffrey Storm and president Franklin McKoy. There were 373 graduates.

At Fuquay Varina High, Callan Andreacchi earned a Air Force ROTC Scholarship valued at $100,000. Shane Lympany was a National Merit Finalist. Bethany Irwin and Lydia Jones were NC Teaching Fellows. Emily Guy received a State Employees Credit Union Scholarship.

Seniors earned 103 academic scholarships, four athletic scholarships, four Fine Arts scholarships, two military scholarships and one band Scholarship. There were 13 Presidential Scholars, 74 Honor Graduates and 18 seniors completed the Graduation Project.

Wed. Finance Committee Meeting Canceled

Tomorrow’s meeting of the school board’s finance committee has been canceled. The agenda items planned for the meeting will carry forward to the next finance committee meeting.

Wakefield Teacher Named Kenan Fellow

Wakefield High science teacher Sara Morey has earned a two-year fellowship with the Kenan Fellows Program for Curriculum and Leadership Development at NC State University.

Morey will work with mentors Dr. Joel Ducoste and Dr. Ron Sederoff from NC State University on a project entitled “A Systems Biology Approach to Understanding Lignin Production.”

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Bobby Guthrie Named National Coach Educator of the Year

guthrie.jpgBobby Guthrie, senior administrator for athletics for the Wake County Public School System, was named the national coach educator of the year by the National Federation of State High School Associations.

Guthrie was recognized for being a national leader in the coach education program developed by the National Federation.

North Carolina ranks sixth in the country for the number of nationally certified coaches even though the N.C. High School Athletic Association does not require its coaches to take the certification courses.

Guthrie was one of the first athletic directors in the country to promote the NFSA’s coach education program. Over the years, he has taught the fundamentals of coaching to hundreds of North Carolina coaches.

More than 250 of Wake County’s 700 high school coaches have taken at least one of the courses offered by the federation. Guthrie has taught the coach fundamentals class in Wake County and throughout the state.

Guthrie Named National Coach Educator of the Year

Bobby Guthrie, the Wake County Public School System Athletics Director, has been chosen the National Coach Educator of the Year by the National Federation of State High School Associations.

Guthrie was the first to be accredited in NC by the association and has been a leader in teaching and encouraging participation by WCPSS athletic coaches.

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Bob Catapano Retires as Sanderson Athletic Director

After a long and highly successful career at Sanderson High where his soccer teams earned 17 conference titles and nine state championships and he served 27 years as athletic director, Bob Catapano is retiring.

Catapnao grew up in Glen Rock, New Jersey where he attended Glen Rock High. He then went to NC State University playing soccer for four years and earning his Mathematics degree in 1973.

His first job was at Martin Middle School as a math teacher, launching a 36-year career in the Wake County Public School system. From Martin, he moved to Sanderson High as a math teacher and Men’s Soccer Coach. Catapano became athletic director at Sanderson High in January 1983, and has been there ever since.

Coach Men’s Soccer

  • Overall Record 363-44-21 (.873 winning percentage)
  • 195 shutouts
  • Nine NCHSAA State Champions, Two co-state championships
  • 17 conference championships
  • From 1982 to 1987 the soccer teams contributed to what was at that time, a national record of 103 consecutive games without a loss
  • 54 all state players, 6 State players of the year, 13 All-Americans
  • 1985 North Carolina Soccer Coach of the Year
  • 1985 Southern Regional Boys High School Coach of the Year
  • 1992 National Soccer Coach Merit Award
  • 1999 North Carolina Soccer Hall of Fame

Athletic Director

  • Sanderson High athletic director for 27 years
  • During Catapano’s tenure, Sanderson has won numerous conference championships, six state championships, and three CAP 7 Conference Wachovia Cup Championships
  • Member of past NCHSAA Realignment Committee
  • NFHS Fundamentals of Coaching Instructor
  • Headed up CAP 7 Conference on numerous occasions
  • Scheduler for CAP 7 Conference
  • Oversaw major renovation of Sanderson High athletic facility – having to move off campus for one year
  • Vital member of the WCPSS athletic directors (has been involved in changing Board Policies, athletic rules and regulations, developing the Athletic Eligibility Module, and Student Code of Conduct) – One of first schools to have an Athletic Student Code of Conduct which many of our schools have copied.

Catapano’s leadership and success earned him entry into the NC Athletic Directors Association Hall of Fame as well as the NC Soccer Hall of Fame.

WCPSS Athletics Director Bobby Guthrie spoke at a celebration held for Catapano this month.

“His memories are time spent with young people, having tremendous citizens and outstanding players, putting yourself in a position to be successful, holding everyone accountable, behaving properly, and displaying good sportsmanship,” said Guthrie. “His greatest feeling was watching one of his ordinary players make an extraordinary play. Bob doesn’t ask or seek recognition for what he does, he just does his job and does it well.”

Leesville Leader Bound for Duke

Leesville Road High Senior Class President Will Woodhouse has worked to bring students at his school together this year.

Woodhouse is a student government worker, plays the trombone in the band and runs on the cross country team. His success in high school has helped him earn a full scholarship to Duke University.

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WCPSS Educator to Serve on National Council on Digital Citizenship and Creative Content

Nancy Mangum, K-5 Instructional Technology Coordinator for the Wake County Public School System, was recently selected to serve on the National Council on Digital Citizenship and Creative Content. The Council, formed earlier this year, aims to understand and address K-12 school systems’ needs to teach appropriate, educational, responsible, and fair usage of digital content – the music, movies, software, and other digital media with which students interact every day. The Council, made possible by Microsoft sponsorship, includes roughly 50 educators and administrators across the nation.

“Digital citizenship and the rights associated with creative content shared on the Internet are important issues that students and school districts alike must understand,” Mangum said. “I am excited to participate in a national dialogue around these emerging issues.”

The Council will evaluate current levels of awareness and understanding around the concept of digital citizenship, establish best practices for digital content development and usage in K-12 environments, and advocate for relevant local, state, and regional academic standards. Council members will collaborate on various initiatives including a blog, white paper, and resources for other educators that provide ideas for how best to encourage responsible digital citizenship among students and schools. For more information about the Council, please visit

Award-winning Salem Middle’s Dancers and Jazz Choir in Concert

Salem Middle School students will be performing dance routines and singing jazz that have earned the students recognition.

Salem Middle’s Spartan Dancers were accepted into Disney’s Magic Music Days program. They traveled to Orlando in May to put on a 25 minute performance for a standing room only crowd at Downtown Disney’s Watershed Amphitheatre. The 15 dancers were also invited to participate in a private workshop with a professional Disney Dancer/Choreographer. This was a magical experience for the dancers and their directors.

In April, the Salem Blue Notes jazz choir also received recognition when they traveled to Williamsburg and received superior ratings for a middle school jazz choir. The 30 girls were praised for their professionalism and vocal quality.

The Spartan Dancers and Salem Blue Notes will share their award winning performances on June 8th at 7 p.m. at Salem Middle School. The Blue Notes will have a repeat performance on June 9th at 7 p.m. at the Cary Barnes and Noble as part of a benefit for the Salem Middle Media Center.

Thanks to teacher Meghan Retseck for sharing her information with GotNews.

Helpful Resources for the Coming School Year

WCPSS provides on our website helpful material to enhance students’ knowledge of the North Carolina Standard Course of Study, as well as information for parents about curricular expectations during the elementary and middle years.

The Make the Grade resource center contains lessons and test review materials that can supplement classroom instruction. We have videos, printed materials and reading selections. You’ll also find The Success Series, our video series for high school students that serves as a curriculum refresher (and, in the case of our AP Calculus and AP Statistics videos, a review for Advanced Placement exams).

For parents, our Connections brochures give you a year-by-year overview of our K-8 instructional program, helping you understand the major topics covered in each grade. You can use this information to help determine what types of outside resources such as books, materials and other activities might support your child’s progress.

We hope this information can be a good starting point as you prepare for the 2010-2011 school year!