Archive for August, 2013


Schools round up smooth, successful first week of classes

More than 107,000 Wake County students returned to class on August 26 for the start of traditional schools. A total of 170 schools are now open in WCPSS, including the brand new Rolesville High School, which opened for students in grades 9 and 10. Several schools also opened the new year with changes to their schedules, calendars, and magnet themes.

“There is high energy and great spirit in the buildings and excitement about the new year beginning,” said Area Superintendent Pam Kinsey-Barker, who managed to visit seven schools on August 26, and a number of others throughout the week.

“Staff, assistant principals, and principals shared this has been one of the best and smoothest school openings in a very long time,” Area Superintendent Jackie Ellis said. “Kids and staff seem to be in a routine, and many schools already had parent volunteers.” Continue Reading . . .

Fuquay-Varina High teacher shares best practices at national clinic

Fuquay-Varina High teacher Charla Tedder Parker, the National High School Physical Education Teacher of the Year, shared her expertise at an institute for 200 Virginia teachers. Continue Reading . . .

WCPSS provides advice to new kindergarten students

The Wake County Public School System and Marbles Kids Museum held a kindergarten kickoff with a panel discussion for students and parents on getting ready for kindergarten. Educators and students provided insight into the first year of school.

Carroll Middle becomes leadership and technology magnet school

Carroll Middle School marked a new beginning as one of Wake County’s newest magnet schools with the start of the 2013-14 school year. Carroll held a ceremony to celebrate becoming a Leadership and Technology magnet school.

Los estudiantes de kindergarten tienen una primera semana de clases ocupada

Las familias de los estudiantes de kindergarten traerán sus estudiantes para una evaluación de kindergarten un día de entrada escalonada durante la primera semana de clases. Continue Reading . . .

Kindergarteners have a busy first week of school

Families of kindergarten students will bring their students in for kindergarten assessment on a staggered entry day the first week of class. Continue Reading . . .

Parents can prepare kindergartners for bus ride

Parents are encouraged to prepare their children for the new experience of riding the school bus. Parents can teach children to know their home address, phone number and bus route name. Information on school buses can be found here. Continue Reading . . .

Los padres pueden preparar a niños de kindergarten para el viaje en autobús

Se anima a los padres a preparar a sus hijos para la nueva experiencia de viajar en el autobús. Los padres pueden enseñarles a los niños a saber su dirección, número de teléfono y el nombre de la ruta de autobús. La información sobre los autobuses escolares se puede encontrar aquí. Continue Reading . . .

Instructional Coordinator Margaret Chase wins two big CTE honors on eve of her retirement

Margaret Chase will be retiring at the end of August, and after 38 years as an educator, she’s happy to close her career on a high note. Chase recently won two major recognitions from the N.C. Association for Career Technical Education—2013 N.C. Outstanding Career Technical Professional of the Year and 2013 Instructional Management Coordinator of the Year for the Central Region.

Over the course of her career, Chase has taught in the classroom, trained other teachers, developed curriculum for the N.C. Department of Public Instruction, and analyzed reams of data to determine where teachers needed to focus more attention.  Continue Reading . . .

Teachers gain access to educational video database via NBC Learn

Our district has been awarded free access to thousands of videos on NBC Learn for 6-12 grade through June 2015. The membership includes a multimedia archive with unlimited streaming videos and downloads that can be used both inside the classroom and as homework. Teachers are able to set up playlists that are correlated to North Carolina State Standards and Common Core standards.

The playlists are then shared with their students through presentations, or even tweeted directly to them. The NBC Learn website includes historical videos, news reports, NBC original series collections, and today’s current events. Teachers and students have access to this massive video database courtesy of the United States Golf Association (USGA) and Chevron Corporation.