Archive for March, 2012


LISTEN: Jeffreys Grove Students Celebrate Global Peace Week

Jeffreys Grove Elementary students devoted a week to celebrating Global Peace. Teachers and staff planned a week of activities including a Global Expo Family Night, learning to be school and global peacemaker and a reading buddies program using books on peace.

The school’s goals are to help students learn to resolve conflict peacefully and to further their development of global awareness.  Jeffreys Grove Elementary is part of the NC Global Schools Network.

Listen to Jeffreys Grove Students Celebrate Global Peace Week 

This is an 11.5-minute mp3 file.

Students had a peace rally, forming this peace sign while they sang songs about peace.

One of the parents created this video with photographs of the students forming the peace sign and recording of their singing. Continue Reading . . .

There’s Lots of Talent at Conn Elementary

Conn Active Learning and Technology Magnet Elementary put on a talent show for families on March 22. The school’s annual Pizza and Pizzazz event was a time for families to come together for an fun-filled evening. Everyone enjoyed pizza and the wonderful show of talent displayed by staff. Teachers performed dances, songs and skits. Before the adult show, the student drum and step teams performed. It was a fun event for all.

Thanks to principal Barry Richburg for sharing this story with GotNews.

Smith Elementary Holds Walk For Hunger

Smith Magnet Elementary will have a Walk For Hunger on April 13. Students and staff who take part in the walk will receive a wristband and water bottle. The event encourages students to be active and incorporates the school’s International Baccalaureate Organization World School theme. All money collected will be donated to the Heifer International Organization to purchase various animals and products for communities and countries that are in need of food and resources.

Thanks to Janice Johnson for sharing this story with GotNews.

LISTEN: Baucom Students Experience Colonial America

Baucom Elementary students walked into a colonial America encampment on their playground March 26. The school arranged for Camp Flintlock to set up tents and share a chance for the students to step back into the Revolutionary War days.

Teacher Joe Caramanica said they just finished covering colonial times and the event helped his students experience what they had read and discussed. Camp Flintlock set up stations to allow students to play colonial games, write with a quill, make a candle and dress in colonial clothing.

Listen to Baucom Students Experience Colonial America

This is a 6-minute mp3 file.

You can find more photos on the WCPSS facebook. You can find more information on Camp Flintlock here.

Lead Mine Helping Hands Food Drive

Lead Mine Elementary students Rasheed, Cordarius, Kolby, Trevon, Kenneth and Deshaun worked very hard and raised 681 pounds of food and donated it to the NC School of Science and Math Food Drive on March 5. They fell short of their goal of 1,000 pounds, but worked extremely hard.

The students started out by getting approval from principal Gary Baird. They created posters and handed out flyers. They even created a 45 second commercial played on the schools Leopard Live broadcast every morning for two weeks. To get more participation they offered doughnuts to the class that raised the most food. It really worked; the food filled the back of a full-sized pickup truck.

The students did all of the work from beginning to end even loaded the truck. To celebrate Lead Mine Helping Hand Mentor Ray Douglas took them to Golden Corral afterwards.

Thanks to Ray Douglas for sharing this story with GotNews.

Dillard Drive Elementary Educators Presented at the 21st Century Learning Conference

Three Dillard Drive Elementary staff members presented to Wake County educators at the 21st Century Learning Conference March 24. Media Specialist Kathy Vandeventer and Technology Specialist Amanda Blakley offered ideas for implementing 21st century technologies to teach the common core curriculum. An overview of four free computer programs: Storybird, GoAnimate, ToonDoo, and Kerpoof provided examples of technology projects that engage students and incorporate literacy objectives. The duo highlighted research and evaluation methods they use with students, rubrics for technology projects, and strategies to empower and motivate students. Fourth-grade teacher Rich Yoest gave an overview of Wikis and helped educators gain an understanding of ways they can be used to increase student learning and interaction with class material. Yoest provided examples of Wikis he has created for his grade level, his individual classroom, and school-wide technology tools.

Thanks to Angela Poovey for sharing this story with GotNews.

LISTEN: Apex High Principal Builds Connection with China

Apex High principal Matt Wight will be traveling to China for spring break visiting a number of high schools to build links between students in the two countries.

Wight will be accompanied by media specialist Gail Moog and Julie Oster, Academy of Information Technology director. They have made trips to China as part of larger groups in 2009 and 2011. On this trip, Wight and his staff will be the only school traveling to 10 different Chinese high schools.

Listen to Apex High Principal Builds Connection with China

This is a 9.5-minute mp3 file.

Apex High Principal Matt Wight and administrator Julie Oster visit a math class at a Chinese high school in 2009.

Arriving at the large Chinese high school campus in 2009, Wight and Oster were greeted with this sign.

April 1 School Choice Selection Community Outreach Sessions in English/Spanish

The Wake County Public School System will hold two bilingual school choice selection sessions on Sunday, April 1, 2012. WCPSS staff will be able to pre-enroll students new to WCPSS and walk parents through the choice selection process in both English and Spanish.

The events will take place at St. Eugene Catholic Church in Wendell from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m., and from 2 – 4 p.m., and at the St. Augusta Missionary Baptist Church Family Life Center in Fuquay-Varina from 1 – 2 p.m.

If you have already enrolled your child, but have not completed the online school choice process, you will need to bring your child’s student ID (NC WISE) number.

If you have not yet enrolled your child, you will need to bring the following:

  • Your child’s birth certificate
  • Proof of your address (like a signed lease or a current gas, water, or electric bill)
  • A photo ID of the parent or guardian
  • You should also bring your child’s immunization record and complete the packet of required forms to help the school expedite the enrollment process and complete your child’s enrollment folder. Go to to download the appropriate packets.

Event Details
St. Eugene Catholic Church
608 Lions Club Road
Wendell, NC 27591
Date: Sunday, April 1, 2012
Times: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

St. Augusta Missionary Baptist Church Family Life Center
605 Bridge Street
Fuquay-Varina, NC 27526
Date: Sunday, April 1, 2012
Time: 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.

Public Comment for Proposed Student Transfer Policy Changes

The Wake County Board of Education approved on first reading proposed changes to its student transfer policy, asking for public comment and further discussion before a final vote scheduled for April 10.

Staff members recommended changes to better align the policy with the new Proximity Choice Selection plan for student assignment beginning with the 2012-13 school year. Board Policy 6203: Transfer of Student Assignment establishes the procedure for requesting a school transfer and the reasons why a request may be granted or denied. The policy also gives board members clearly defined criteria for evaluating requests and making decisions.

Parents are encouraged to review the entire policy with proposed changes and provide feedback through the online public forum here. Public comment will remain open until April 10, and board members and staff will review comments prior to a final vote.

Below is a list of some of the changes proposed to better align policy 6203 with the new assignment plan. All changes are available for review in the full document.

Reasons Transfer Requests May Be Granted: (Revised)

  • A parent may request a change in school for hardship reasons related to before and after school child care for students in kindergarten through grade five.
  • A transfer may be approved if an employee requests a transfer to a school in their proximity list for their address that matches the calendar on which the parent is employed.
  • In the event of a change of domicile during the school year, the parent(s) may request that student remain in the current school of enrollment, as a transfer student through the terminating grade of the school. In the event that the change in domicile causes a change in the student’s transportation status, the student may be assigned to one of the schools in their proximity list upon parent request. A transfer may be approved for a student attending a magnet school when a change in domicile creates a change in the student’s transportation status, and the request is for one of the proximity schools for the new address.
  • A transfer may be approved for WCPSS students to return to their previous school with their previous assignment status when the student is absent for approved education reasons. The absence must be excused in advance using Form 1710.

Reasons Transfer Requests May Be Denied: (Revised)

  • Applications for transfer to schools if classes at the school are full and a waitlist remains in place for seats at that school.

No Bus Transportation For Transfer Students: (Revised)

  • Reassignment to another school, based upon a voluntary request for transfer, shall result in the waiver of the school system’s requirement to provide transportation, and the parent(s) will assume responsibility for transporting the child to and from school. However, if a transfer is granted to a school in the family’s proximity list, transportation will be provided.

Wake County PTA Council Names Reflections Arts Program Winners

The Wake County PTA Council had more than 400 students, parents and educators attend the Reflections Arts Award Program Tuesday night at Athens Drive High. Student winners were selected in the categories of:

Dance choreography
Visual arts
Music composition
Film/video production

District  winners go on to compete at the state level. There’s a lot of hard work that goes into coordinating the program. Congratulations to the Wake County PTA Council and Reflections Chair Leah Williams for making the event so meaningful for students.

The Reflections Arts program offers opportunities for PreK-12th grade students to express themselves creatively and to receive positive recognition for original works of art inspired by a pre-selected theme, while increasing community awareness on the importance of the arts in education. Continue Reading . . .