Archive for April, 2013


Students and parents can take a stand against cyberbullying

There’s no room for bullying in Wake County. WCPSS is building a safe, supportive school climate for all students.


With increased participation in social media, such as Twitter and Facebook, students and parents should know there are tools to help them stand up to bullying and harassment on the Internet.

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No overdue fines? How one media coordinator encourages reading among middle schoolers

Kendra Allen, media coordinator 
at Holly Grove Middle School, doesn’t want to stand in the way of kids and reading.

So there’s good news for students (and parents) who might lose a school library book under the bed or guiltily return it late—Allen doesn’t charge students overdue fines, one of the many ways Allen is working to keep kids interested in reading and coming back for more great reads.

“My personal philosophy is that reading practices significantly drop in middle school; I refuse to be an additional hindrance,” Allen said. “If a student is excited and wants to take seven books with him or her, go for it.” Continue Reading . . .

Board appoints new principals and administrators

The Board of Education appointed several new administrators at its April 23 meeting. Continue Reading . . .

Teacher Appreciation Week is May 6-10. Enter our contest!

The National PTA will observe Teacher Appreciation Week from May 6-10 this year, offering an opportunity to honor the more than 9,000 teachers who work for WCPSS. Continue Reading . . .

Partnership Elementary earns recycling award

Partnership Elementary School received the Sonoco Recycling Youth Award at the City of Raleigh 6th Annual Environmental Awards on April 22 at the NC Museum of Science. Continue Reading . . .

Students pledge to celebrate proms safely and responsibly

Students at several Wake County schools created this video to encourage their peers to celebrate safely and responsibly during prom season and throughout the year.

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Students host conference to develop skills of young community leaders

Heritage High School student Breanna Thomas founded her school’s Interact club.

One hundred and fifty middle-school and high-school students visited the Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest on April 25 for the second annual Northeastern Regional Youth Leadership Conference.

For the second year, the event was orchestrated almost entirely by high-school students who have participated in a competitive leadership training program of the Wake Forest Area Chamber of Commerce. Continue Reading . . .

Oak Grove PTA president pushes through cancer to serve students and families

Parents and PTAs play an important role in supporting schools. At Oak Grove Elementary, parents have been led this year by a parent whom others recognize for her heroic leadership in the face of personal crisis.

Michelle Edgar began her battle with stage three breast cancer shortly after becoming PTA president. Continue Reading . . .

Fuquay-Varina students get behind-the-scenes look at work with WalMart mentors

Students at Fuquay-Varina Middle School completed the Mi Futuro program offered for the first time this year in Wake County by WalMart. Managers from WalMart volunteered their time to work with students to help them think about the future. Continue Reading . . .

April is financial literacy for youth month

North Carolina teachers are now required to teach personal financial literacy to students according to state law and new standards. House Bill 1474 requires that “Each student shall receive personal financial literacy instruction that includes credit, managing a credit card, borrowing money for large purchases, and credit scores and reports”. This is the first school year that personal finance is being included in statewide student testing. Continue Reading . . .