Archive for July, 2011


High Schools Prepare for Fall Sports Season

With the start of the fall sports season just weeks away, Wake County high school coaches and students are on courts, fields and roadways preparing to compete.

WCPSS Athletic Director Bobby Guthrie says coaches are teaching fundamentals and developing leadership.

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 WCPSS Athletics Director Bobby Guthrie visits a volleyball team preparing for the fall season.

Millbrook Magnet High Seeks Host Families for Visiting Students

Millbrook Magnet High has begun an international exchange program with the Beijing Royal School in China. Principal Dana King met with a group of her parents and students today to make final plans for their year in China.

King is still looking for families who will serve as hosts to students from the Beijing Royal School. She asked that North Raleigh families willing to host Chinese students contact her at to discuss the requirements.

You can read more about the Beijing Royal School here.

Sanderson High Prepares for Freshman Camp

Wake County high schools offer freshman camps to help rising ninth-graders make the oftentimes difficult transition from middle school to high school.

Each high school developed its own version of freshman camp in order to personalize its program, staff and campus facilities for the rising ninth grade students. 

Principal Greg Decker and student leaders will help freshmen learn about the Sanderson High building and its school community in their freshman camp.

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You can read more about high school freshman camp here.

Lake Myra Elementary Prepares for Single Track

Lake Myra Elementary will welcome students to the first day of the 2011-12 school year on August 1.

Lake Myra is one of five under-enrolled year-round schools that will operate on a single-track for the next two years. The change will bring operational savings during a time of shrinking education budgets.

Principal Jim Argent and his staff said they have worked to minimize the impact of going single track on families.

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Teacher Janet Hall, Principal Jim Argent and Media Specialist Leigh Pittman discuss preparing for start of school on August 1.

Sales Tax Holiday Scheduled for August 5-7, 2011

North Carolina’s annual tax holiday on items such as clothing and school supplies will occur Aug. 5-7. The holiday starts at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 5, and runs through 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 7.

The following items will be considered tax-free:

  • Clothing, footwear and school supplies of $100 or less per item
  • School supplies of $300 or less per item
  • Sports and recreation equipment of $50 or less per item
  • Computers of $3,500 or less per item
  • Computer supplies of $250 or less per item

For more information, click here.

Lacy Teacher Receives National Recognition

Lacy Elementary teacher Carol Longo took part in the National Endowment for the Humanities workshop entitled Crafting Freedom: African-American Artisans, Entrepreneurs, and Abolitionists of the Upper South. The endowment named Longo a Summer Scholar, selecting her from a national applicant pool to attend one of 20 summer study opportunities it supports.

Longo and other scholars in the program studied at African-American historic sites throughout the Piedmont region of North Carolina and on the campus of UNC-Chapel Hill. The workshop director was Laurel C. Sneed who is the executive director of the Append Foundation, an educational foundation dedicated to improving the dissemination of knowledge about African American history through seminars, public programs and the development of new media. A website of resources on nine black freedom crafters called the Crafting Freedom Website was a focal point of the workshop, as were visits to historic sites reflecting workshop themes.

The endowment is a federal agency that supports Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshops so that teachers can study with experts in humanities disciplines.

Athens Drive Teacher Discusses His Book on NPR

Athens Drive High history teacher James Bahm talked with Gary Shapiro, host of NPR’s From the Bookshelf, about his creative non-fiction book called Beneath the Winter Sycamores. The book is about the kidnapping of famed aviator Charles Lindbergh’s 20 month-old son, Charles Jr.

The radio broadcast originates from NPR station KUSP in Santa Cruz, California, and is a regular feature during the Friday broadcast of Morning Edition.

Bahm’s interview has aired, but you can hear the audio podcast of the discussion online here.

Thanks to Athens Drive PTA President Debbie Kline for sharing this story.

Apex High Teacher Wins Leadership Award

Apex High teacher Julie Oster won the prestigious Janet Linton Leadership award from the National Academy Foundation. Oster is the Career Academy Coordinator for the Apex High Academy of Information Technology.

The award recognizes extraordinary leadership within the National Academy Foundation (NAF) Network at the school, district and state levels. 

The award honors teachers who have a passion for leading and developing an academy community and a capacity to understand and implement ways in which effective academy leadership can drive academy improvement.

Award winners demonstrate a sustained commitment to the academy model, and:

  • Actively champion the academy within the school and district, including staff and students, administrators and parents
  • Share and support the academy’s vision of success for all students
  • Position the academy to contribute to overall high school improvement efforts
  • Work together with academy staff as a professional learning community focused on student learning, and
  • As part of a team, recruit, develop and retain leaders with the accountability to implement the shared academy vision, and prepare all youth for internships, college, career and citizenship.

The criteria for this award recognizes those outstanding qualities of individual leaders and leadership teams in advancing the NAF Academy Model and ensuring that all youth are prepared for college, careers and active civic participation.

The NAF presents the Janet Linton Academy Leadership Award to honor the late San Diego Academy Director Janet Linton each summer at its Annual Institute for Staff Development.

You can find more about the Apex High Academy of Information Technology here.

Apex High teacher Julie Oster receives leadership award at National Academy Foundation Annual Institute for Staff Development.

2011-12 Student/Parent Handbook Available for Download

The English version 2011-12 Student/Parent Handbook is now available for download. The Spanish language version will be available soon.

Southeast Raleigh High Freshmen Attend Bulldog Leadership Institute

Students entering Southeast Raleigh High as freshman attended the Bulldog Leadership Institute last week to prepare for the start of school July 25.

The Leadership Institute strives to improve each student’s capability to prepare for academic and personal success.

The school provided students two sessions. Each session was two days. Students took part in activities to prepare them to make the transition from middle to high school and learn more about their school.

Students developed team building, academic, leadership and organizational skills. In addition, they took part in high school orientation receiving information about school history, facilities, expectations, programs, registration, schedules, ID cards, data notebooks, lockers, clubs and athletics.

During the institute, students explored engaging activities designed to help them connect with students, teachers and mentors and prepare them to become successful leaders at their school.

Other Wake County high schools offer freshman camps and orientation sessions in July and August.