Archive for December, 2012


For parents: Reassuring your child in times of crisis

The safety, well being, and success of our students are our top priorities here in Wake County.

Our hearts go out to the families and community in Connecticut who have been affected by today’s tragic incident.

In times like these, children may be worried about their safety and the safety of their loved ones. We encourage parents to view these helpful guidelines for parents from the National Association of School Psychologists.

Talking to Children About Violence (PDF)  [EN ESPANOL]

This is also a good time to review safety procedures with your child. Each school in the Wake County Public School System follows a protocol of lockdown procedures in case of emergency. It’s important for parents to be familiar with the procedures as well.

For parents: What happens during a lockdown?

Questions? Concerns?

Parents are encouraged to reach out to their school principals and administrators for more information about safety at school.

Board names principals for Rolesville High and Harris Creek Elementary

The Board of Education named Ericka Lucas principal of the new Rolesville High School and Tracie Sauers principal of Harris Creek Elementary at its December 11 meeting. Continue Reading . . .

Fuquay Varina PE teacher named regional Teacher of the Year

Fuquay Varina High teacher Charla Parker has been selected by the Southern District Association of Athletics, Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance as the Southern District PE Teacher of the Year. Parker has been a respected leader in Health and Physical Education and has presented at numerous national conventions. The southern region consists of Healthful Living teachers from 14 states.

Thanks to WCPSS Senior Administrator for Healthful Living Brian Glendenning for sharing this story.

Athens Drive band teacher honored

School and Band Orchestra Magazine named Athens Drive High band director Dr. Jerry Markoch the top band leader for N.C. in its December issue. Continue Reading . . .

Author encourages Leadership Academy students to write

Young adult author Ally Condie visited students at the Wake Young Women’s Leadership Academy to share her ideas on writing books. Condie challenged the students to use their creativity to write or make something, and asked them to think about favorite people, places and events to enhance the process. Her visit included a question and answer session and a book signing.  Continue Reading . . .

Board adopts 2013-14 Student Assignment Plan

The Wake County Board of Education has adopted a Student Assignment Plan for the 2013-14 school year. Under the plan, every student will be assigned to a school based on his or her home address. To offer continued stability for families, the plan includes minimal reassignments, as well as the opportunity for students to “grandfather,” or stay with their current schools if they are happy there. The plan offers sibling priority, and families also will have options for traditional-calendar schools and year-round schools. Continue Reading . . .

La Junta adopta el Plan de Asignación Estudiantil 2013-14

La Junta de Educación del Condado Wake ha adoptado un Plan de Asignación Estudiantil para el año escolar 2013-14.

Según el plan, los estudiantes son asignados a la escuela base según su dirección residencial. Para ofrecer estabilidad continua para las familias, el plan incluye reasignaciones de escuelas mínimas, así como la oportunidad para que los estudiantes usen su derecho adquirido “grandfather,” o quedarse en la escuela actual si están contentos. Continue Reading . . .

Board of Education names Interim Superintendent

The Board of Education on Tuesday named Dr. Stephen Gainey as Interim Superintendent of the Wake County Public School System until a permanent superintendent is named.

Dr. Gainey has served as Acting Superintendent since September 25. The board will conduct a search for a permanent superintendent for the school system. Continue Reading . . .

Educating a digital generation: Students recognize value of computer technology during Computer Science Education Week

From the moment they wake up to the time they go to bed, most students spend more time during the day using computer-based technology than without it.

“Our students are digital natives,” says Kimberly MacDonald, director of the Academy of Information Technology (AOIT) at Apex High School. “They learn by using computer science every single day. They wake up with it. They were born with it practically in their hands.” Continue Reading . . .

La Junta Escolar espera aprobar un calendario final con las fechas de salidas tempranas en el 11 de diciembre

La Junta Escolar espera aprobar un calendario final con las fechas de las salidas tempranas de las escuelas para el año escolar 2013-14 durante su reunión que tomará lugar el 11 de Diciembre. En seis ocasiones durante el año escolar próximo, los estudiantes saldrán dos horas y media más temprano para permitir que sus maestros participen en capacitaciones profesionales valiosas. Continue Reading . . .