Archive for November, 2011


Triangle Town Center Businesses Support East Millbrook Arts

The East Millbrook Magnet Middle School Arts Booster Organization will partner with Barnes & Noble at Triangle Town Center for a one of a kind event on Dec. 9. Student artists will be celebrating the holidays with themed performances inspired by the children’s book The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg. A percentage of all in-store sales from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. will benefit the school’s awesome arts programs, with online sales extending through Dec. 14 with the East Millbrook coupon code 10610905.

When you dine Dec. 9 at California Pizza Kitchen throughout their business day, or Moe’s Southwest Grill from 4-9 p.m., the restaurants will donate a percentage of all sales in support of the school’s talented students.

Enjoy holiday performances in Barnes & Noble from 6-8 p.m. on Dec. 9 from the school’s African Drum, Advanced Orchestra, and Dance Ensembles, as well as art on display from Visual Art students. In addition, the East Millbrook Actors Ensemble will be reading The Polar Express to children of all ages at 7 p.m. Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to support A Day with East Millbrook Arts!

Holly Grove Middle Students Seeking Toys for Tots

The Holly Grove Middle School National Junior Honor Society and the Girls and Boys Basketball teams will support the US Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots. Basketball players will ask for pledges as they participate in a Foul Shot-a-Thon in early December and use the money raised to purchase toys for this cause. NJHS is sponsoring a toy drive during the weeks of Nov. 28-Dec. 2 (track 1) and Dec. 12-16 (tracks 2, 3, 4).

The school is an official Toys for Tots drop off location so please consider donating a new, unwrapped toy for children in need.

For more information about Toys for Tots, visit

Thanks to Principal Ken Proulx for sharing this story with GotNews.

Cargill donates $20,000 to Helping Hands Program

Cargill, Inc. donated $20,000 to the Wake County Public School System Helping Hands Mentoring Program. The donation will assist Helping Hands with after-school mentoring and tutorial sessions, family conferences, enrichment activities, and an achievement and recognition celebration during the 2011-12 school year.  Cargill has donated more than $100,000.00 over the last five school years to support the program.

Helping Hands administrator Maurice Moore offered his thanks to Cargill, Inc. community outreach staff Ron Scarborough and Derek Nunn for their support.

The Helping Hands Mentoring Program supports African-American male students in grades 3-8 who are not reaching their potential and are at risk for school failure.  The mentors for the program are male educators from within the school system and community volunteers.

Thanks to Assistant Superintendent Marvin Connelly for sharing this story.

High School Freshmen Investigate Careers at Great Xplorations

Ninth-graders filled the McKimmon Center Tuesday checking out careers at the ninth annual Wake County Public School System Great Xplorations career fair. Approximately 700 students attended along with 200 business and industry representatives.

Great Xplorations is a career development event that provides students the opportunity to learn about a variety of careers, observe and engage in career discussions and gain valuable information about careers.

Listen to High School Freshmen Investigate Careers at Great Xplorations

This is a 5-minute mp3 file.

Students from Knightdale High prepare to enter the Career Expo at Great Xplorations.

Students learn about employment with emergency medical services.

Students learn about life saving procedures from Rex Hospital staff.

Students took part in the What’s My Line game to learn about careers. They met Bryant Washington, Jennifer Patterson, Matt Hayden and Eric Miller who answered questions about their careers. Students tried to guess their jobs. Ask your ninth grader which person is the firefighter, nurse, chef and sky diver.

Middle School Teams Recognized for Sportsmanship

Eleven WCPSS Middle Schools were recognized as Fall Sportsmanship winners. The awards are based on a vote by the middle school fall sport coaches and athletic directors. 

The 2011-12 Fall Sports Season Middle School Sportsmanship winners are:

Southern (Division 1): Fuquay-Varina and Apex

Southern (Division 2):Reedy Creek and East Cary

Central: Martin, Carroll and Daniels

Northern (Division 1):  Wake Forest-Rolesville and Zebulon

Northern (Division 2): West Millbrook and Durant

WCPSS Senior Administrator for Athletics Bobby Guthrie said the Sportsmanship Winners were described as respectful, friendly, hospitable, welcoming, well-organized and thoughtful.

Root Teacher Named Top NC Elementary Music Teacher

The NC Music Educators Association has named Root Elementary teacher Anne Moorman-Smith the N. C. Elementary Music Teacher of the Year. WCPSS Senior Administrator for Arts Education Elizabeth Grimes Droessler offered her congratulations adding “It is so well deserved!”

The NC Music Educators Association promotes music as a fundamental component of education and provides opportunities for lifelong learning by supporting teachers, students and communities in developing and fostering excellence in music.

West Cary Middle Students Named to All County Band

West Cary Middle students Tiana Cypher and Michelle Lee earned seats in the Wake County-All County Band. Students auditioned for the honor. Their selection reflects the fruits of their hours of practice and dedication to their instrument. Students selected for the All County Band participated in clinics and a performance held Nov. 17 and 18 at Martin Magnet Middle School.

Thanks to teacher Kevin Lauenstein for sharing this story with GotNews.

10th Graders Take PLAN in December

Across NC, 10th graders will take the new state-required PLAN next month. The PLAN is a curriculum-based achievement test in English, Math, Reading and Science that measures college and career readiness, serves as a midpoint assessment and a predictor for the ACT. High schools will administer The PLAN between Dec. 5 and 16. 

High school testing coordinators have made preparations for administering the test.

Listen to 10th Graders Take PLAN in December

This is an 8-minute mp3 file.

Principals Discuss New Leadership Academies

The school system has named principals Teresa Pierrie and Ian Solomon to lead the new Leadership Academies due to open in 2012-13.

Earlier this month, the school board officially named the leadership academies the “Wake Young Men’s Leadership Academy” and the “Wake Young Women’s Leadership Academy.” Both schools will serve students beginning in grade six.

A partnership between WCPSS and William Peace University for siting and early college collaboration is being developed for the approval of the boards of the school system and university.

 Listen to Principals Discuss New Leadership Academies

This is a 13-minute mp3 file.

You can find more information on the Leadership Academies here.

Garner Trojans Play for Class 4-AA High School Football Championship

 The undefeated Garner Magnet High School Trojans will play for the Class 4-AA High School Football Championship at 3 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 3 in Winston-Salem at BB & T Field, Wake Forest University. Congratulations to coach Nelson Smith for guiding his Garner High team to the finals. Garner will play the 14-0  W.H. Page High School Pirates of Greensboro. This is the 98th Annual NCHSAA/BB&T State Football Championships. You can find information on directions and parking here.

Information on the NCHSAA Football Championships are here and tickets can be purchased online for the games here.     

The Garner game will be broadcast live on Time Warner Cable. You can find the game on Time Warner Cable’s channels 14 or 1114, or live streaming on your computer at