Archive for September, 2013


Reedy Creek ES, Zebulon MS students recognized in visual art competition

The Professional Educators of North Carolina (PENC) recognized seven WCPSS students in the organization’s 2013 Young Artists Competition. The students received awards and special recognitions during an awards ceremony on September 21. The students’ artwork will also be featured in upcoming issues of PENC publications. Continue Reading . . .

Magnet Schools of America director tours Wake magnet schools

Wake County magnet schools received a visit from Scott Thomas, executive director of Magnet Schools of America. Thomas is the new leader of Magnet Schools of America, the professional association that represents nearly 3,400 magnet schools in the U.S.

Knightdale students work on composting plan for school

The Knightdale High Academy of Environmental Studies received a $2,000 Living to Serve grant from the National Future Farmers of America (FFA) Organization. Academy students are working on a plan to compost and recycle materials from the school cafeteria and convince staff and students to participate.

Festival para los estudiantes con pérdida auditiva será el 15 de octubre

WCPSS tendrá un festival del otoño para los estudiantes que son sordos o tienen problemas de audición y sus familias, el martes 15 de octubre de las 5:30 p.m. a las 7 p.m.

Las familias están invitadas a disfrutar de una cena, bebidas, diversión, e información importante sobre los servicios de educación especial, la alfabetización, y el currículo básico común. El evento tendrá lugar en Laurel Hills Park, ubicado en 3808 Edwards Mill Road en Raleigh.

Los socios comunitarios como la Asociación de Pérdida Auditiva del Condado Wake, Beginnings, Conexiones de la Familia y Comunidad de WCPSS, Rehabilitación Vocacional, Division de Servicios para Sordos y con Problemas de Audición, y la Alianza para Defendores de Discapacidades, también estarán en la feria para proporcionar información a las familias.

Se les pide a las familias que completen el formulario de RSVP (disponible por internet o en la escuela de su niño) y lo entreguen a la maestra de Educación Especial o un especialista de su hijo antes del miércoles 2 de octubre. En este formulario, las familias también pueden hacer solicitudes de intérpretes.

Festival for students with hearing loss to be held Oct. 15

WCPSS will hold a fall festival for students who are deaf or hard-of-hearing, and their families, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, October 15.

Families are invited to enjoy dinner, beverages, fun, and important information on Special Education Services, literacy, and the Common Core curriculum. The event will be held at Laurel Hills Park, located at 3808 Edwards Mill Road in Raleigh. Continue Reading . . .

SAT results show 7-point increase in average score in WCPSS

The average SAT score for Wake County high school seniors who took the exam in the 2012-13 school year is up seven points from the previous year, according to results released September 26 by the College Board.

WCPSS seniors earned an average of 1572 on the college entrance exam, surpassing the state average by 93 points and exceeding the national average by 74 points. Wake County test takers also continued to outperform students in the state’s other large urban districts. (See “WCPSS Compared to Other N.C. Districts” below.)

WCPSS students made gains in critical reading, where the average score increased by three points, and in the writing portion of the exam, for which the average score increased by six points. The average score on the math portion of the exam dipped two points. Continue Reading . . .

Eight WCPSS seniors named 2014 National Merit Achievement Semifinalists

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation named eight Wake County Public School System students 2014 National Merit Achievement Semifinalists. Continue Reading . . .

District honors School-to-Career volunteers

Leesville Road student Patricia Hash speaks about learning from career day interactions with business professionals.










WCPSS and the School-to-Career program honored dozens of professionals on September 24 who volunteer with students through advisory councils and business partnerships. Eleven area professionals also won recognition for their individual service.

The volunteers regularly visit schools to speak to students about career options, offer opportunities for students to job-shadow and complete internships, and advise WCPSS curriculum staff on the skills they’re seeking in the next generations of employees.

The chance to meet with professionals help students get real-world glimpse of potential career opportunities and the skills they need to get there, Superintendent Jim Merrill said. Continue Reading . . .

Zebulon Elementary PTA brings new technology to classrooms

Zebulon Elementary teachers started the new school year with SMART boards, interactive white boards connected to computers, in the classroom. PTA leaders at the school worked with teachers to determine what they needed and organized families and students to provide the technology for the school.

Wake County Schools welcome musicians during World of Bluegrass

Bands at the World of Bluegrass celebration in Raleigh this week will visit 12 Wake County elementary and middle schools. Continue Reading . . .