Archive for January, 2012


Greg Fishel Shows WCPSS Student Work

You can see the posters created by WCPSS students that won the Wetlands Are Wonderful poster contest this year in this week’s WRAL Greg Fishel weather reports.

Fishel will spotlight five of the winning posters throughout the week after his 5 p.m. weather forecast*. He is scheduled to highlight the work of:

Monday – Olivia Andrews in Laura Zimmerman’s class at Green Hope Elementary
Tuesday – Sonoma Knecht in Amanda Lefeld’s class at Pleasant Union Elementary Wednesday – Albert Choi in Brandy Smith’s art class at Farmington Woods Elementary
Thursday – Ryan Bodnarik in Stephanie Reid’s class at Wendell Elementary
Friday – Ashley Johnson in Rene Alford’s class at Alston Ridge Elementary

The students researched and illustrated a variety of ways we can protect wetlands by allowing natural wetlands to exist, restoring wetlands that have been altered by planting native vegetation and plugging ditches, constructing “new” wetlands to absorb and filter stormwater runoff and recharge groundwater, and joining a land conservancy that protects vital wetland ecosystems across NC.

* updated to correct time

LISTEN: Leesville Road High Launches Murphy Scholarship

Leesville Road High School has created a scholarship to honor Richard Murphy, the school’s first principal.  The fully endowed scholarship will be awarded to two Leesville Road High seniors for the first time this year.  Each recipient will receive a $2,500 scholarship.

The Murphy scholarship will be awarded to a senior who embodies the high expectations and commitment to visionary leadership, service, and lifelong learning that Murphy epitomized and inspired others to achieve.

Dr. Stephen Gainey, the WCPSS Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources, served as an assistant principal under Murphy and later as Leesville’s principal. Gainey said that Murphy’s influence “will forever be present.” 

Listen to Leesville Road High Launches Murphy Scholarship

This is a 7-minute mp3 file.

The scholarship committee is seeking donations to fulfill and sustain the endowment.  The Richard Murphy Scholarship Fund has partnered with the NC Community Foundation to collect and invest funds for the scholarship.

Enloe Magnet High Student Named Intel Science Talent Search 2012 Semifinalist

Enloe Magnet High student Ivan Kuznetsov was named an Intel Science Talent Search 2012 Semifinalist.

Kuznetsov was the only WCPSS student and one of 10 NC students to be named a semifinalist.

The Intel Science Talent Search (Intel STS) is the nation’s most prestigious pre-college science competition. The Intel STS recognizes 300 students and their schools as semifinalists each year to compete for $1.25 million in awards.  This year 1,839 students applied.

Finalists have now been selected and invited to Washington, DC in March to undergo final judging, display their work to the public, meet with notable scientists, and compete for the top award of $100,000.

You can read more about the talent search here.

Panther Creek High Student Is a Top Scorer in the Cyber Foundations National Competition

41 WCPSS students from seven high schools competed in the Cyber Foundations National Competition.

Panther Creek High student Bryan Palmer finished sixth in the nation and first in NC. Palmer receives an engraved trophy and $250 gift card as the top scorer in NC.

WCPSS had three additional students – Dowon Cha and Nathan Stevens of Leesville Road High and Alex Bartel of Green Hope – finish in the top 100.

Sixteen WCPSS students finished in the top 500 and 33 in the top 1,000. Each of the top finishers at WCPSS schools received an engraved award.

The competition included 2,034 students from 169 schools. The online competition, conducted in collaboration with the SANS Institute, featured a series of quizzes in the most important foundational fields of cyber security: networking, operating systems, and system administration.

The skills being taught through the competition are fundamental for success in the cyber security field and are in high demand. The competition offers an opportunity for students to explore cyber security as a potential career option while competing for awards and recognition.

Here is a list of the WCPSS students who finished in the top 1,000:

6 Bryan Plamer Panther Creek High
72 Dowon Cha Leesville Road High
98 Nathan Stevens Leesville Road High
100 Alex Bartel Green Hope High
111 Will Schoeffler Green Hope High
147 Shaun Mozingo Panther Creek High
166 Gia Adomavicius Green Hope High

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Green Hope Wins State Gymnastics Title

Green Hope High gymnasts Priyanka Kamath and Shailyn Ramsey recorded near-perfect scores of 39.0 and were named co-state champs as they led Green Hope to the Division I Large Team state gymnastics title.

Green Hope had the top score of 155.35,  edging out Millbrook High with 154.600. Apex High finished third with 148.65 and Enloe High finished fourth with 147.

Paige Casey of Green Hope finished fourth at the meet. Millbrook students took top spots with Hannah Sobhan finishing third, Shannon O’Connor fifth and Lydia Sobhan sixth.

The meet was held Saturday at the Raleigh School of Gymnastics.

Thanks to WCPSS Athletics Director Bobby Guthrie for sharing this story.

Bugg student wins playwright competition

Bugg Magnet Elementary 5th-grader Geneva Scanlon won the NC Theatre Arts Educators Write It Elementary School playwriting competition. Students submit plays that they have written in their drama classes in this statewide competition. As a result of winning the competition, Scanlon won a cash prize, her play will be published and UNC-Greensboro acting students will perform the play in February.

Thanks to teacher Charlotte Umstead for sharing this story with GotNews.

East Cary Jr Beta Club Hosts Pasta for Pennies

The East Cary Middle School Junior Beta Club is hosting Pasta for Pennies to collect money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. The campaign coincides with the East Cary Middle School One Book, One School initiative in which students are reading Drums, Girls and Dangerous Pie by Jordan Sonnenblick. The book tells the story of 8th-grader Steven, as his little brother Jeffrey gets sick and is diagnosed with leukemia. Pasta for Pennies is a real life connection that could help make a difference for both current and future leukemia patients and their families.

A school-wide homeroom challenge will be held Feb. 13 to March 2. The Olive Garden will provide lunch for the homeroom collecting the most money. The restaurant has been a sponsor of the Pasta for Pennies campaign for 13 years. East Cary Middle Jr. Beta Club sponsor Lauren Haynie has coordinated the event.

Thanks to East Cary media specialist Deanna Harris for sharing this story with GotNews.

LISTEN: At Sanderson, JROTC Impacts Graduation

Sanderson High Principal Greg Decker and JROTC instructor Bob Penny agree that the school’s JROTC program has helped students build relationships and a sense of community that’s so powerful that for the last three years all 67 seniors graduated.

Col. Penny says the JROTC leadership opportunities, after school events and weekend trips provide students strong ties to Sanderson.

Listen to At Sanderson, JROTC Impacts Graduation

This is a 26-minute mp3 file.

In the last five years, 101 JROTC students graduated from Sanderson High with 81 percent going to college, 13 percent going into careers and six percent enlisting in the military. Students were accepted at colleges and universities such as UNC-Chapel Hill, Duke, NC State, Wake Forest, East Carolina, Stanford and the Air Force Academy. During the five years, these students earned a total of $4.6 million in college scholarships.

Col Robert Penny and Principal Greg Decker stand before student painted murals in the Sanderson JROTC classroom.

WCPSS Teachers Receive Technology Grants

Five Wake County teachers received grants from Technology for Teaching in a ceremony Thursday night at the Raleigh Business and Technology Center.

The grant recipients were congratulated by Tristan and Stacy Pan of Technology for Teaching and WCPSS Chief Transformation Officer Judy Peppler.

Here is information on the teachers and the grants they received:

Barbara Cooper of Baucom Elementary received a $587.70 grant for the purchase of a Document Camera compatible with Smart Board Technology.

Janiece Dilts of Holly Springs High received a $999.00 grant to purchase 10 Amazon Kindles in support of her English I inclusion class.  

Jennifer Hosenfeld of Reedy Creek Elementary received a $1048.00 grant to purchase an AV Projector to be used with her autism classroom.  We will be giving her school $548 in cash and donating the electrical installation cost of $500 to a licensed electrician to mount and install the device.  

Laura Preston of Holly Springs High School received a $725.00 grant to purchase a Biometric Time Clock for her Occupational Course of Study.

Christine Tuttell and Margaret Knox-Ingle of Holly Grove Elementary received a $1,067.16 grant to purchase six Ipod Touches in support of their “Mountain to Sea Trail Social Studies Project.”  

You can find more information about the organization here.

Teachers Laura Preston, Barbara Cooper, Margaret Knox-Ingle, Christine Tuttell, Jennifer Hosenfeld  and Janiece Dilts received grants from Technology for Teaching.

Tristan Pan of Technology for Teachers welcomes educators to the grant awards ceremony at the Raleigh Business and Technology Center.

Green Hope Player Sets Scoring Record

Green Hope High basketball player Kristen Gaffney broke the women’s scoring record for Wake County schools in the NC High School Athletic Association on Wednesday.

Before Wednesday, Gaffney had scored 2,332 career points. She averages over 25 points per game.

In the first quarter of a game Wednesday against Wilson Hunt, the game was stopped when Gaffney scored her 12th point. They took time to honor Gaffney for her record-breaking career point total. Her final tally for the night was 37 points.

Gaffney broke the record of 2,343 points held by former Broughton High player Karen Clayton.

Gaffney can add to her total, since Green Hope has five more regular season games.