Archive for March, 2013


Middle Creek raises money for cancer research

The Middle Creek High School Women’s Soccer program worked with the school’s Stampede Club Athletic Boosters to sponsor a Kick Cancer Benefit Night on March 27 during games against Fuquay Varina.

Middle Creek’s JV and varsity teams won their games. In addition, they raised $3,340 for the National Foundation for Cancer Research. The soccer players and their families managed an event that was a huge success for the entire Middle Creek community.

Photos of the game are on HighSchoolOT

Smith students and staff launch new edible Teaching Garden

students gardeningIt was windy and chilly out, but students at Smith Magnet Elementary School still appeared eager to get their hands into the leafy green plants and earthy-smelling soil in their new school garden. The International Baccalaureate school officially launched its new Teaching Garden on March 25, a project brought to the school by the American Heart Association and Golden Corral.

The organizations donated resources that allowed volunteers to build above-ground wooden garden beds for each grade level at the school. Students will plant winter vegetables, such as lettuces, radishes and leeks, and harvest them later this year. The teaching opportunities were endless, several teachers said—students at all grade levels could use math, science and other subjects in integrated activities while working in the gardens.

“A big piece of 21st-century learning is the authenticity of real-world experiences,” Principal Chris Lassiter said. “This is perfect alignment with our curriculum, in taking care of the earth, learning the cycle of plants and animals and the very timely topic of healthy eating.”

Retired teacher Shannon Wylam spent the day showing students the various plants they would be working with, and demonstrating the step-by-step process of selecting and situating plants in the gardens.

“I want the students to have exposure to new foods and learn where their food comes from,” said Wylam, who taught at Smith for 32 years before retiring in 2012.

In addition to learning how to plant and maintain their gardens, students nibbled on veggies, jumped rope and played field games. The school will schedule a harvest day in the coming months to sample the vegetables they grow.

Understanding the school system’s budget

The Wake County Board of Education has held its first work session on the proposed 2013-2014 Budget just before its regular meeting on Tuesday, March 19. Continue Reading . . .

Leadership Academy students investigate business development

Ninth-graders at the Wake Young Women’s Leadership Academy will work with Cary business development firm EntreDot this week to learn about bringing business ideas to fruition. The students will take part in a two-day Connect the Dots workshop to understand the process of developing a new business. They will work in small groups to develop ideas for their own business start up.  Once they come up with an idea, the students will seek to develop a premise, identify a market and explain what makes their business a money maker.  In the workshop closing event, students will present their pitch before a group of local business leaders. For more information, contact principal Teresa Pierrie at 919-508-9088.

Powell hosts tree planting day

Powell Magnet Elementary will host a tree planting day Saturday, March 23 at 8:30 a.m. to plant 100 trees  the school’s ecology class received.

Students, parents, staff and community members will plant the trees and provide seedlings to Powell neighbors who lost trees in the 2011 tornadoes that damaged downtown Raleigh and other parts of Wake County. Continue Reading . . .

School board examines its capping strategy for the 2013-14 school year

The Wake County Board of Education is examining its capping strategy for the 2013-2014.  Capping is a means of managing overcrowding at high-growth schools. Continue Reading . . .

Se anuncian las fechas de las sesiones para el comentario del público en la búsqueda de superintendente

Los residentes del Condado de Wake están invitados a ayudar a determinar las características de liderazgo de la siguiente persona que sirva como el superintendente del Sistema de Escuelas Públicas del Condado de Wake. Continue Reading . . .

Board adjusts bell schedules for 17 schools to improve transportation times

The Board of Education approved staff recommendations at its March 19 meeting to shift the bell schedules of 17 schools for the 2013-14 school year. Transportation staff recommended the changes in school schedules to help improve arrival times for students. Download the list of changes. >>  Continue Reading . . .

Bill Fletcher sworn in as District 9 school board member

Bill Fletcher, the newest member of the Wake County Board of Education, was sworn into office Tuesday afternoon.

Judge Fred G. Morrison, Jr. administered the oath of office to Fletcher. Fletcher’s wife Becky, daughter Caroline and sons Brad and Matt attended the ceremony. Continue Reading . . .

Board of Education honors students and employees

The Wake County Board of Education recognized 25 Wake County students as their school’s recipient of the Spotlight on Students award at the board meeting on Tuesday, March 19. The Spotlight on Students program has been a project of the Wake County Public School System since 1982. Continue Reading . . .