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Mark your calendars: Magnet mini-fairs coming in December

If you missed Saturday’s magnet fair, you have two more opportunities to learn about all magnet elementary schools.
Magnet Mini-Fairs for rising Kindergarten families will be held on Dec. 2 at Millbrook Magnet Elementary and on Dec. 9 at Farmington Woods Magnet Elementary.
Both sessions are from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Each magnet elementary program will be represented by parents and staff from the school.
Click HERE to learn more about all magnet programs and other recruitment events.
P.S. A reminder to parents of prospective Early College school applicants: The application period lasts only until Dec. 1 and requires an essay. Click HERE for more information about those programs and how to apply.


Transitioning to middle and high school: A primer

If you’re a rising 6th or 9th grader, or are the parent of one, you’ll want to be at Millbrook High School the morning of Saturday, Nov. 15 for an information session about transitioning to middle and high school. Workshops will be held on these topics:

  • Transitioning to middle school
  • Transitioning to high school
  • Middle school math placement
  • Extracurricular options
  • Connecting to college and career opportunities, including scholarships
  • Career and Technical Education
  • Dealing with peer pressure
  • Early College and Magnet options
  • Counseling services

There also will be information booths with materials on these and other topics. Continental breakfast will be provided, courtesy of New York Life.

Date and time: Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014, 9 a.m.–1 p.m.
Location: Millbrook High School 
Address: 2201 Spring Forest Road, Raleigh


New parent’s guide to testing at WCPSS

Testing is just one tool that schools use to measure how well students understand and apply what they learn in class. WCPSS uses a variety of tests and assessments to track student growth, including multiple- choice tests, performance tests and essays. Some are required locally, while others are required by the North Carolina and United States governments.

To help parents better understand what tests are required and how they support student achievement, WCPSS has developed this guide to tests and assessments.

Download the guide >

Districtwide survey for input on learning, technology

WCPSS is a leader among school districts in instructional technology, but there is always more that can be done. One important component of giving our students the best we can offer academically is to listen to them, along with their parents, the broader community and, of course, our teachers.

We are partnering with Project Tomorrow SpeakUp to learn more about what those we serve think about learning in our schools, specifically around how technology supports that learning. SpeakUp is an online survey for teachers, parents, students and community supporters.

WCPSS encourages everyone who cares about their school to take the survey. You can do so by visiting and following the directions to select your category (parent, teacher, student, etc.), and then to select your school for the survey.

IMPORTANT: Students must enter a password for access. That password is wake2014.
The survey will close on Dec. 19, but don’t worry! We’ll send reminders periodically to ensure as much feedback as possible — from you!

High school students invited to Sept. 21 Wake County College Fair

High school juniors and seniors are invited to meet representatives from more than 100 colleges and universities at the Wake County College Fair on Sunday, September 21. The fair will offer free sessions on financial aid and college planning and is jointly sponsored by the Carolinas Association of College Registrars and Admissions Officers and WCPSS. Admission and parking are free.

WHAT: Wake County College Fair

WHEN: 2 – 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, September 21

Sessions on Financial Aid are scheduled for 2:45 p.m. and 3:45 p.m.; Sessions on Preparing for College are scheduled for 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.

WHERE: McKimmon Center at N.C. State University, 1101 Gorman Street, Raleigh

New bus routes available today for traditional calendar schools

New 2014-15 bus routes for WCPSS traditional calendar schools are available online today at

Families should check the bus routes to find the stop on the list closest to their address. Each year, bus stops change based on the students who ride the route. Students should be ready and waiting for the bus at least 10 minutes before the bus is expected to arrive.

WCPSS Transportation encourages parents to review bus safety and their family bus plan with their children to get the new school year off to a great start.

PowerSchool Parent/Student Portal unavailable until August 15

PowerSchool Parent/Student Portal will be unavailable until August 15 while schedules are being finalized for middle and high schools currently not in session.


Have you received your student’s EOC or EOG test results?

Parents of traditional-calendar, modified-calendar and year-round Track 1 students:

WCPSS has mailed individual student score reports from End-of-Grade, End-of-Course, NCEXTEND1, and NCEXTEND2 tests.

NOTE: This does not apply to parents of year-round tracks 2, 3, and 4. Scores for those students will be mailed in early August.

Parents/ guardians who still have not received score reports for their students should contact either the school where the student tested, or the school where the student is currently enrolled (even if in a different district or state). Upon contacting the school, parents or school staff will submit a form requesting a duplicate report, and will contact the parent when it is available.

Parents with additional questions should contact their students’ schools.

Take our online survey.

As the Wake County Public School System continues to work on a new strategic plan for the district, we are asking the community to provide input throughout the process. In May, focus groups with numerous community stakeholder groups were held to gather information about the priorities for the district and our students. Continue Reading . . .

For parents: Getting ready for year-end tests


The last few weeks of the academic year means that thousands of Wake County students are starting to take exams to demonstrate all they have learned this year.

Parents play an important role in helping their students feel prepared.

How to help your student

  • Help your student keep a consistent sleep schedule for several nights before the test.
  • Encourage consistent and healthy eating. Make sure your student gets a good breakfast the day of the test at home or at school.
  • Exercise with your student or play games to help relieve stress or pre-test jitters.
  • Let your student know you believe in him and support him. Build his confidence by reviewing all he has learned this year.

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