Archive for April, 2012


LISTEN: Dillard Drive Student Creates Movie to Earn PTA Reflections Award

Dillard Drive Elementary student Emily Wollum entered a movie in the Wake County PTA Council Reflections Art competition this year. She earned an award for her film making. The National PTA annually conducts the art competition asking students to write, create music, artwork or movies on a theme.

Listen to Dillard Drive Student Creates Movie to Earn PTA Reflection Award

This is a 3.5-minute mp3 file.

You can watch Wollum’s movie here.

Interviews on 2012 PTA Reflections Competition

Dillard Drive Elementary student Emily Wollum
Holly Ridge Middle student Phoenix Williams
Enloe Magnet High student Spencer Bloom

Wake Forest Rolesville High Students Named State FFA Champs

A team of Wake Forest Rolesville High students was named state champions at the FFA State competitions. They finished first place in the North Carolina FFA Senior Division Horse Evaluation Competition in Williamston. 

The team members were Kendall Wolford, Sara Bickers, Taylor Fox and Ginsey Temple.  Wolford was the highest scoring individual in the entire competition.  The team now advances to compete for the national title at the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana in late October.

The FFA Horse Evaluation CDE is a competitive activity that tests the student’s ability to select and evaluate horses and their riders. Event components include eight selection classes that consisted of four halter classes and four performance classes. Students also give two sets of oral reasons with one coming from each halter and performance classes.  The WFRHS students competed against more than 50 teams from across North Carolina. 

The school’s Junior Division team placed sixth in the competition.  They competed against 40 other teams from across the state. The team members were Bianca Bassnight, Lessie Hall, Mariah Jeter and Moriah Van Voorhis.  This is the first time half of this team’s members competed in a FFA event.

Thanks to Wake Forest-Rolesville High Agriscience Teacher and FFA Advisor Michael Johnson for sharing this story.

WCPSS Elementary Schools Earn Honors at Science Olympiad Tournament

The Elementary Science Olympiad Tournament was held at Smith Elementary on April 21.  The program, which consists of 18 various events, allows students to explore many scientific concepts.  Samples of events include Ramp and Roll, Bottle Rockets, Backyard Botany, Pasta Tower, and Newton’s Notions.  Three Wake County schools earned overall trophies in the competition:


1st Place: Hunter GT Magnet Elementary
3rd Place: Underwood GT Magnet Elementary
4th Place: Leesville Road Elementary


1st Place: Underwood JV Team 2

You can find more information about the Science Olympiad here.

Thanks to Hunter Magnet Elementary teacher Carol Wooten for sharing this story.

LISTEN: Maestro Curry Visits Heritage Elementary Students

Students at Heritage Elementary made a visit to see the NC Symphony in the Meymandi Concert Hall and heard conductor William Henry Curry discuss the musicians and their instruments. When they returned to the school, teachers asked the students to write letters to Curry and the musicians. Curry was so impressed with the fourth graders comments and questions in the student letters that he visited the school to continue their conversation.

Listen to Maestro Curry Visits Heritage Elementary Students

This is a 7-minute mp3 file.

Students perform “Ode to Joy” on their recorders for Maestro Curry.

Flythe Receives Driver Safety Education Award

WCPSS Driver Education Coordinating Teacher Reggie Flythe was awarded the NC Driver and Traffic Safety Education Association In-Field Award at the 42nd Annual NCDTSEA Conference Awards luncheon in Cherokee on Saturday, April 21.  This award is given annually to a member who is recognized for “outstanding contributions to the NCDTSEA and to the youth of North Carolina.”  Flythe received a plaque from the NCDTSEA in deep appreciation for his outstanding leadership as NCDTSEA President for 2011-12. 

“We certainly appreciate Reggie’s leadership with the WCPSS Driver Education program and for his efforts statewide,” said WCPSS Senior Administrator for Driver Education Bobby Guthrie. 

Thanks to Bobby Guthrie for sharing this story.

McCreery Music Video Filmed at Garner High

If you are a fan of Garner High student and American Idol winner Scotty McCreery, you probably have seen his new music video, The Trouble with Girls. It has been nominated by CMT/ Country Music Television for Breakthrough Video of the Year. You may find the background for the music video familiar. It was filmed at Garner High last fall.

You can vote for your favorite video, one time only, at The winner will be  announced on television at the CMT Awards show in Nashville at 8 p.m. on June 6.

Thanks to Garner High principal Drew Cook, a Scotty McCreery fan, for sharing this story.

LISTEN: Moore Square Students See Hip-Hop Science Program

Students at Moore Square Museums Magnet Middle School enjoyed FMA Live! on April 19. FMA Live! is a hip-hop science education program designed to excite middle school students about science and math by teaching Sir Isaac Newton’s Three Laws of Motion in an innovative, entertaining, and memorable way.

Named for his second law of motion (Force = Mass x Acceleration), FMA Live! uses professional actors, original songs, music videos and interactive science demonstrations to teach middle school students Newton’s three laws of motion and universal law of gravity.

Listen to Moore Square Students Will See Hip-Hop Science Education Program

This is a 6-minute mp3 file.

Professional actors dance and sang in an interactive science demonstration about Newton’s three laws of motion.

Moore Square instructional resource teacher Stephanie Compton with students who discussed the FMA Live production at their school.

Holly Springs High Band Students Earn Positions in District, Region and State Honor Bands

Two members of the Holly Springs High School Band qualified and earned seats in the 2012 All-State Honor Band and the 2012 All-State Jazz Ensemble. 

Anson Carroll (Horn) earned a seat in the 11-12 All-State Band.  He will perform at UNC-Chapel Hill on May 6.

Eli Wittmann (Guitar) was named 1st Chair Guitar in the All-State Jazz Ensemble.  He performed on April 14, at the North Carolina School of Science and Math.

Eli was named 1st Chair Guitar in the Central All-Region Jazz Ensemble A, and Michael Bozdeck-Cubillos was named 2nd Chair Tenor Sax in the Central All-Region Jazz Ensemble B.  They performed on February 11, at Durham School of the Arts.

Five members of the band auditioned and earned seats in the 2012 Central All-District Band.

Anson Carroll (Horn) earned a seat in the 11-12 Wind Ensemble.

Isabella Kim (Clarinet), Kylo Balan (Trumpet), David Eastley (Horn), and Ben Krovetz (Tuba) earned seats in the 9-12 Symphonic Band.

They performed in concert on January 28 at Sanderson High School.

Thanks to Holly Springs High School Director of Bands Michael E. Biasi for sharing this story.

Conn Magnet Elementary Students Star on 95.5FM

Conn Magnet Elementary students produce a weekly radio program that airs during arrival and dismissal. Parents listen in carpool on Fridays on their radios to the school’s own radio station at 95.5 FM. The school uses a small transmitter that reaches the carpool lane and the street in front of the school. The students report on school calendar events, tell jokes and riddles, interview special guests, and choose musical transitions. You can find the students’ work online here.

Thanks to Kellie Harris for sharing this story with GotNews.

LISTEN: Sanderson High Chorus Presents Holocaust Cantata

Sanderson High School will present the critically acclaimed Holocaust Cantata: Songs from the Camps by Donald McCullough at the school on Tuesday, May 1.

Professional soloists will join narrators and Sanderson’s award-winning chorus, accompanied by piano and cello, to perform this cycle of songs and stories originally written by prisoners inside Nazi concentration camps in Poland.

This special multimedia event is the culmination of weeks of study and preparation by Sanderson students and staff members in the Visual Arts, English, Social Studies, and Vocal Arts departments and will include an exhibit of original student works inspired by Holocaust Cantata and their studies.

Listen to Sanderson High Chorus Presents Holocaust Cantata

This is a 5.5-minute mp3 file.

Listen to Teacher Jennifer Bennett Discuss the Holocaust Cantata

This is a 5-minute mp3 file.

Sanderson High Chorus teacher Marshall Butler leads students through practice of the Holocaust Cantata. You can find more photos from the event at WCPSS Facebook.