Archive for October, 2013


Lufkin Road students named to state Honors Chorus

Lufkin Road Middle 8th graders Lucas Welch and Caitlin Sockin made the N.C. Honors Chorus. They auditioned in September with 195 other N.C. middle school singers for one of the 175 spots in the 2014 N.C. Middle School Chorus. Continue Reading . . .

Pre-Applications Online Starting Oct 31

NC State STEM Early College

The Office of Magnet & Curriculum Enhancement Programs is offering parents a head start on applying for WCPSS Early College schools. Starting October 31st at 1:30 p.m., online pre-applications will be available for early college schools. The early college schools are,  NC State STEM Early College, Wake Early College of Health & Sciences, Wake Young Men’s Leadership Academy and Wake Young Women’s Leadership Academy along with the new Career and Technical Education (CTE) Early College School. Parents can visit the Magnet/CE Programs website to access the pre-applications. Parents are also reminded to complete the online magnet application when it becomes available in January 2014.

GlaxoSmithKline volunteers create outdoor classroom for students with disabilities

Volunteers from GlaxoSmithKline spent a day working at Creech Road Elementary to create an outdoor classroom for students. The GSK team provided a grant and labor and worked with school staff to give students what they needed.

Southeast Raleigh High School prepares to host Magnet Fair Nov. 2

Students in the Broadcasting class at Southeast Raleigh High school are practicing their news reporting skills, complete with camera and crew. In room 312 you’ll find students in Jeff Dinner’s Forensics class getting a closer look at evidence through the lens of the microscope. It’s all part of a day’s assignment at Southeast Raleigh High School, which is dubbed a Center for Leadership and Technology Magnet school. Continue Reading . . .

Rolesville students oppose bullying

Rolesville Middle students created the Upstanders Alliance Club this year as an effort to promote school community by teaching student advocacy skills and positive peer interactions. Continue Reading . . .

Combs shares leadership lessons with international educators

After Combs Magnet Elementary was featured in books by Stephen Covey, educators from around the world ask to visit to see the school’s leadership lessons for children. In its leadership magnet theme, Combs helps students understand Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. International visitors were at Combs on Oct. 25.

Gifted Garner teen embraces both his natural talents and challenges

Garner Magnet High School teachers Donna Banks and Rebecca Richmond work on quadratic equations with student Nika Johnson, right.

If there was such a thing as year-round school for high school students, Nika Johnson might be the first to sign up, his parents say.

Nika loves to be immersed in learning around the clock, whether in class at Garner Magnet High School, or buried in a book at home. Or competing with his dad every night when “Jeopardy!” comes on. (He always wins.) His parents say he’s like an encyclopedia, absorbing and remembering everything he reads.

“I guess the first time it dawned on me how much he enjoyed reading and learning was when we asked Nika what he wanted for Christmas, and he said a new almanac,” the teen’s father, Don Johnson says. “He’ll spend the whole day reading it cover to cover, and tell you every fact out of it.”

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Farmington Woods celebrates birthday

Students at Farmington Woods Magnet Elementary began a weeklong birthday celebration to mark the school’s authorization from the International Baccalaureate Organization as a Primary Years Programme. Farmington Woods became the first school in N.C. to earn IB authorization for the Primary Years Programme in 2003.

Pleasant Union students learn math designing schools

Fifth graders in the Academically and Intellectually Gifted math class at Pleasant Union Elementary worked on their math skills through a series of lessons about planning for the opening of a new school.

Empleada de enlaces comunitarios recibe dos reconocimientos por su contribuciones a la comunidad hispana

MariaRosa Rangel, parte del departamento de Enlaces Familiares y Comunitarios y coordinadora de la series de talleres de las Academias de Padres del distrito, recibió dos reconocimientos en octubre por sus contribuciones a la educación y a la comunidad hispana del estado.

En el 26 de octubre, Rangel recibió el Premio Diamante Latino, un programa de premios a nivel estatal creado para reconocer los logros sobresalientes y para honrar a las personas por sus contribuciones a las comunidades latinas e hispanas. Continue Reading . . .