Archive for August, 2012


Millbrook enters second year of exchange program with Chinese school

Millbrook Magnet High School has sent a second group of Millbrook students to China for the 2012-13 school year as a part of an exchange program with the Beijing Royal School.  Four more Millbrook students left this year to study in China. Before they left, the students and their families met with the families of three Millbrook students who studied in China last year. The students shared their experiences, offered tips and answered questions. They explained dorm life at the Chinese school, living with host families during breaks, learning about Chinese culture and sightseeing in Beijing. Many of the Millbrook families attending the session will serve as hosts for the second group of Chinese students from the Beijing Royal School who will spend this school year at Millbrook. Continue Reading . . .

East Cary Middle students discuss hurricanes, weather

As Hurricane Isaac moved closer to the Gulf coast, WTVD meteorologist Chris Hohmann visited students at East Cary Middle School on Tuesday to discuss hurricanes, weather patterns and storms with seventh-grade students who have been studying weather in their science classes. Teachers Cassie Haran, Sahar El Shafie and Megan Schneider enhanced their science instruction by inviting Hohman so students could hear from a weather expert and capture students’ attention as Hurricane Isaac neared landfall at the Gulf coast.

Teacher Cassie Haran with WTVD meteorologist Chris Hohmann and principal Dr. Kerry Chisnall, after Hohmann talked with students about hurricanes and weather patterns.

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

Enloe turns 50

Enloe Magnet High plans to mark its founding this year. The doors of William G. Enloe Senior High School opened in 1962, so Enloe turns 50 this year. The school plans to hold a series of events to mark its anniversary. In October, current students will participate in a parade and pep rally as part of the school day. Then current and past Enloe community members are invited to a powder puff football game, tailgate hosted by the PTSA, and regular football game to celebrate with the school’s previous principals and student body presidents. The next day, current and former students can take school tours, watch art performances, participate in a basketball game and view a slide show.

ROCKS: Clinica deportiva de futbol / Soccer Clinics

El programa La Comunidad Organizada de Fútbol para los Niños de Raleigh (ROCKS) hará una clínica deportiva gratis para ayudar a los niños mejorar sus talentos de fútbol. Los jugadores jóvenes se diver-tirán mientras aprenden destrezas y lo fundamental del fútbol de entrenadores calificados provistos por La Capital Area Soccer League (CASL).


Edades: 7-12 (ambos sexos)

Fechas y ubicaciones de las clínicas

  • Augosto 25 en el Parque Kiwanis (2525 Noble Road)
  • Septiembre 22 en el Parque Green Road (4201 Green Road)
  • Octobre 13 en el Parque Brentwood (3315 Vinson Court)

Horarios de las clínicas y inscripción:

  • Cada clínica deportiva será de las 10:00 AM a las 12:00 PM.
  • La inscripción ocurrirá en el mismo sitio dentro las horas 9:30 AM a 10:00 AM antes de la clínica.

Para más información, contacte

Monica Quechol-Bradley at (919) 831-6834


The Raleigh Organized Community Kids Soccer (ROCKS) program will be holding free soccer clinics to help kids sharpen their soccer skills. Young soccer players will have fun while learning fundamentals and skills from trained soccer coaches provided by the Capital Area Soccer League (CASL).

Cost: FREE

Ages: 7-12 (Males and Females)

Clinic Dates and Locations

  • August 25th at Kiwanis Park (2525 Noble Road)
  • September 22nd at Green Road Park (4201 Green Road)
  • October 13th at Brentwood Park (3315 Vinson Court)

Clinic Times and Registration

  • Each clinic will last from 10:00 AM until 12:00 PM.
  • Registration will occur on site between 9:30 AM and 10:00 AM before each clinic.

For more information contact

Monica Quechol-Bradley (919) 831-6834

Begin college search at Wake County College Fair

The 2012 Wake County College Fair will be at the McKimmon Center on Sunday, Sept. 16 from 2 to 4:30 p.m. The fair provides families a chance to talk with admissions officials from more than 100 colleges, many located in North Carolina. It’s open and free to all. Many high school juniors use the fair to develop the list of colleges they will visit as they begin their college search process. There are free sessions on financial aid and college planning.

The McKimmon Center is located on Gorman Street at the intersection with Western Boulevard. This popular event draws large crowds. Provide time in your schedule for parking and visiting with your top choices. WCPSS Counseling and Student Services, Carolina Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers and NC State University sponsor the fair.

Centennial student attends White House state dinner

Centennial Campus Magnet Middle student Sydney Brown shook hands with the President at the first White House kids’ state dinner First Lady Michelle Obama held to congratulate winners of the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge.

Sydney earned the chance to attend the state dinner with her mother as the North Carolina winner in the competition. She was one of 54 winners selected from 1,200 students aged 8 to 12 with recipes considered creative, sophisticated and tasty. The state dinner featured some of the children’s winning recipes.

Sydney’s winning recipe is the Homerun Meatloaf Burger. Her recipe is now on the Let’s Move blog and included in a downloadable cookbook.

Thanks to Centennial Magnet Middle magnet coordinator Elwood Peters for sharing this story.

Centennial Campus Magnet Middle student Sydney Brown shakes hands with the President at White House kids’ state dinner.

Board names principal

At its August 21 meeting, the Board of Education named Victoria Privott principal of Wakefield Elementary.

Privott has served as an elementary school principal in Washington, D.C. since 2011. Prior to that, she was an assistant principal and professional development specialist in the Washington, D.C. schools. She began her career as a high school teacher in Charlotte- Mecklenburg, N.C. schools.

The board named as assistant principal Kevin Ferrell at Heritage High.

WCPSS names Principal and Assistant Principal of the Year finalists

The Wake County Public School System named finalists for the 2012-13 Principal and Assistant Principal of the Year awards.

The finalists for Principal of the Year are Kevin Biles of Pleasant Union Elementary; Kenneth Branch of Brentwood Magnet Elementary; Paula Trantham of Millbrook Magnet Elementary; Brian Pittman of Holly Ridge Middle; and Ericka Lucas of East Wake School of Arts, Education and Global Studies

The finalists for Assistant Principal of the Year are Teresa Caswell of Lead Mine Elementary; Ruth Ann Freeman of Bugg Magnet Elementary; Travis Shillings of Brassfield Elementary; Wynette Martin of East Cary Middle; and Matthew Rice of Enloe Magnet High

WCPSS principals and assistant principals nominate finalists for the award. Superintendent Tony Tata will present the awards at the Principal and Assistant Principal of the Year celebration scheduled for October 11 at 6 p.m. at Marbles Kids Museum.

Bugg Elementary earns third place in online video competition

Bugg Magnet Elementary won third place in Big Lots web-based video competition. Principal Michael Armstrong says the school earned $2,000 with the win and an additional $600 in donations made at the Big Lots store in Garner.

Bugg Magnet Elementary entered a video they made to compete with more than 175 other U.S. schools.  Schools submitted a short video and brief essay explaining why their school needed financial support. Visitors to the website could cast a vote for their favorite video every day through July 8. Bugg was one of the winning schools that shared in the $120,000 in cash prizes.

Thanks to Principal Michael Armstrong for sharing this news.

Assistant Principal Ruth Freeman and Bugg Magnet Elementary teachers, students and parents display the cash prize the school received from Big Lots online video competition.

National Pawn donates needed band instruments

The donation of more than 100 gently used band instruments will bring music to the lives of budding student musicians in Wake County middle schools this month.

National Pawn owner Bob Moulton will donate the instruments and a check for $2,000 during a district-wide meeting of arts educators at 10 a.m. on Thursday, August 23 at Enloe Magnet High at 128 Clarendon Crescent in Raleigh. The $2,000 check will offset future repair and maintenance costs for band instruments.

“I am a proud former ‘Band Geek’ who knows first-hand what it is like to want to learn how to play, but not have an instrument. I want to help as many students as I can to realize their dreams of becoming musicians,” Moulton said. “My first instrument was purchased at a yard sale. It was barely adequate to say the least. A year later I was able to purchase a better one at a pawn store in Durham.”

Liz Grimes Droessler is the WCPSS Senior Administrator for Arts Education. “This donation helps to ensure that students who might not be able to provide their own instrument will still have access to music class,” Droessler said. “Our arts program relies on support from our community partners. Bob Moulton’s generosity is an investment in our future. We know that participation in the arts develops our students’ skills in communication, creativity and collaboration.”

This is the second year in a row that Moulton has donated band instruments and money to middle schools in Wake, Durham and Orange counties. This year, he will donate band instruments to the New Hanover County schools, too.

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