Archive for January, 2013


Apex High hosts Chinese students

Apex High hosted 13 Chinese students visiting North Carolina as part of a U.S. tour of high schools and colleges.  The visiting Chinese students arrived Jan. 26 in Apex. They met Apex High families who provided them a home during their stay. On Monday, they toured classes at Apex High, visiting the Academy of Information Technology and chemistry labs, as well as art, fashion design, automotive repair and construction. Continue Reading . . .

Green Hope students earn master level Microsoft certification

Students at Green Hope High continue to excel in the Microsoft IT Academy. Seven students earned their Master level of Microsoft Office Specialist Certification this semester. They are Ali Khan, Kyle Feng, Manish Goud, Emily Epps, Hari Madhu, Michael Boone and Tracey Chai. All of these students worked hard to teach themselves the additional skills necessary to earn the highest level of certification. Continue Reading . . .

Broughton grad named Academic All-American of the Year

Broughton High graduate Scott Goodwin, a leader on the University of North Carolina soccer team, was chosen as the winner of the Capital One Academic All-America of the Year award for Division I Men’s soccer. Goodwin earned a 3.95 G.P.A majoring in biology. Continue Reading . . .

Elementary schools to enroll rising kindergartners during annual roundup

On Thursday, February 7, elementary schools are encouraging parents of rising kindergartners to come out and register for the 2013-14 school year as part of the annual WCPSS Kindergarten Roundup. Many schools will also hold open houses, tours and information sessions for families to learn more about their schools.

Parents should check their base schools for a schedule of events. To find the base school for their address, parents may use the address lookup.

Children must be 5 years old on or before August 31, 2013, to attend kindergarten this year. Parents will need identification and other forms to complete the registration process. For complete registration information and a list of what to bring, parents should check our webpage on how to enroll.

ALERT: Community lockdown lifted

Update, 11:56 a.m.:

The community lockdown for all Wake County schools has been lifted. All schools are back to Code Green or normal operation. Continue Reading . . .

Arthina Blanchard: Teaming up with parents to deliver math success

Parents might not expect to hear from their child’s teacher unless the student has stirred up trouble in class. But parents with children in Arthina Blanchard’s classes at East Cary Middle School are used to seeing emails from her in their inboxes. Every Friday, Blanchard sends emails to parents explaining what students are working on and flagging key dates of quizzes and exams.

“I love that,” said parent Vickie Almond. “We feel like we know what’s going on, and I can help my son prepare on our end for what’s coming up.” Blanchard gives personal attention to her students, and knows their potential. Earlier this year when Almond’s son Hayes earned a lower-than-normal test score, Blanchard immediately emailed his parents to check in.

“I got an email within an hour saying it was out of character,” Almond said. “She really wants her students to do well. … I think parents need to work together with teachers.” Continue Reading . . .

Students prepare for annual Wake County spelling competition

Students across the Wake County Public School System are competing this month for a shot at the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington D.C., in May.

But before they get to the national competition, students at 81 participating WCPSS elementary and middle schools must compete in classroom, grade-level and school-wide bees to demonstrate their spelling prowess.

“It helps us read and write better,” said Kelly Baker, runner-up at the Brassfield Road Elementary School Spelling Bee. “It’s fun to spell really long words that some of our parents can’t even spell.”

This is the third year for the annual Wake County Bee, but the first time teachers at Highcroft Drive Elementary have gathered their students to participate, Instructional Resource Teacher Sara Bowers said. Continue Reading . . .

Police mentor students in after school programs

Strong community partnerships are an important part of preparing Wake County students for college and career. In one of those programs, law enforcement officers keep students engaged with a mix of fun activities, team building and academic incentives. Continue Reading . . .

Teachers and students share experiences on “flipped” classroom learning

Teachers at Durant Road Middle School and the Wake Education Partnership teamed up this month to highlight a teaching method many Wake County educators say makes them more effective, and helps their students better understand their classroom lessons. It’s called “flipping the classroom.”

Teachers record short video lessons and post them online. Students’ homework assignment is to watch the video and then come in to class the next day ready to ask questions and collaborate with their classmates to understand the lesson.

The videos allow students to move through the lessons at their own pace at home, and replay the videos if necessary. The short videos can also help parents learn the material so they can provide at-home help.

“I get to do more fun activities with my kids and I can have more one-on-one time with them and help them, and really meet their needs more than I used to be able to in a big classroom,” Durant Road teacher Kristin McConnell said.

WCPSS operará con un retraso de tres horas el lunes, 28 de enero, debido a la amenaza del mal tiempo

Todas las Escuelas Públicas del Sistema del Condado Wake operarán con un retraso de tres horas el lunes, 28 de enero, debido a la amenaza del mal tiempo. La seguridad de nuestros estudiantes, padres y el personal sigue siendo nuestra máxima prioridad.

Cuando las escuelas operan con un retraso:

• Los Programas de Antes del horario escolar comenzará en un horario retrasado.

• El desayuno se servirá en la discreción del director escolar si es que hay un retraso de  una hora o más.


Además de visitar el sitio web de WCPSS, Facebook y Twitter, los padres y los empleados pueden mantenerse informados sobre los cierres de escuelas, retrasos y salidas tempranas a través de notificaciones por correos electrónicos de emergencia de WCPSS. Haga clic aquí para inscribirse.