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Partnership Elementary begins school year

Partnership Elementary is one of five modified calendar schools that began the new 2013-14 school year on July 22. Interim Superintendent Cathy Moore joined principal Mark Kenjarski in welcoming families back to school.

Fuller celebrates 50th anniversary

Fuller Magnet Elementary marked the school’s 50th anniversary with a celebration where the school honored Fuller’s first principal and long-serving employees. Students learned about their place in the school’s community and history.

Farmington Woods students share findings on global scarcity

Farmington Woods Elementary fifth grade students will share their findings on global scarcity in the school’s 2013 International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme Exhibition at 6:45 p.m. on Tuesday, March 26. The students investigated Global Scarcity this school year guided by the Sharing the Planet central idea:

As global citizens we have a responsibility to take care of each other. Continue Reading . . .

Middle Creek Jewelry Club Receives Grant

The Fuquay-Varina Women’s Club awarded Middle Creek High a grant for $300 to support the school’s jewelry design club. This new club incorporates jewelry-making across the curriculum. Art teacher Brenda Taylor and science teacher Dr. Carrie Jones meet with 30 students a month to create and design jewelry.

Taylor and Jones use beading and jewelry design to teach many applications that span the curriculum. For example, there are math connections in measurement, geometry, and fractals; science/technology/engineering connections with metals, wire, and tools; art connections with visual design, color, and symmetry; relevance to English through themes and expression; physical education with developing hand-eye coordination, and finally jewelry links to social studies through multi-cultural traditions and history.

The grant will be used to purchase materials such as beads, findings and wire so students can equally participate in the jewelry club experience.


November Project – Jewelry Station Tools, Technology, & Demonstrations

December Project –  Basic Jewelry Stringing through Measurement, Color, and Symmetry

January Project –  Polymer Clay Beads and Art

February Project – Wire-Wrapping, Wire Gauges, and Science

March Project – Seed Beads, Patterns, & Fractals

April Project – Express Yourself in Beads, Freeform and Themes

May Project - Chainmaile Designs and Geometry

Physical Education Teachers at East Cary Promote Literacy

When teachers and students think about literacy, most often they think about the traditional English language arts classroom, but literacy across the curriculum has been a focus at many middle schools in Wake County. At East Cary Middle School, the physical education teachers are making it one of their goals to encourage students to read and share their reading with others.

“We wanted to show the kids that it’s not just core classes that read. We read, too,”  said Mike Smith, chair of the health and physical education department at East Cary.

ECMS PE Reading Wall

In promoting school-wide literacy, the PE teachers decided to create a “What are you reading?” wall in the gymnasium. Students and staff have posted their favorite books on the wall. Smith and his fellow physical education teachers — Lance Tibbits, Gayle Light, and Kevin Jerrett — say they see students at the wall, checking out the latest postings and talking about books, before warm-ups and after PE classes.

“It’s sort of a domino effect. Some students tell us the books they are reading, and those get posted. Then the next group of students tracks in, and they see the additional titles, and they want to post what they are reading,” says Smith.

He likes that the students and staff are taking ownership of the reading wall and that students are seeing that reading happens everywhere with everyone.

Schools Honored for Recycling Achievements

Five schools received top recognition for their efforts in the county-sponsored school recycling program, Feed the Bin. The schools were honored for their efforts at the Board of Education meeting on Nov. 1.

Through a partnership between Wake County Environmental Services, WCPSS Child Nutrition Services, and Auxiliary Services, 1.3 million pounds of paper was collected among students and staff in 2010. Each school’s contribution to the paper recycling program helped to save more than 1,986 cubic yards of landfill space.

The Top five awards in paper recycling went to the following schools:

Outstanding Recycling Coordinator
This year’s Outstanding Coordinator of the Year goes to Scott Perry, who was the coordinator for Creech Road Elementary before transferring to his assignment at Penny Road Elementary School this year. He facilitated a group of 20 students who collected paper, cans and bottles, and won the third quarter school recycling contest for the most pounds collected. In total, they recycled 11,098 pounds – or 5.5 tons – of paper in one school year!

Highest Total Pounds of Paper Recycled
Millbrook High School had the highest total pounds of paper recycled at 17,065 pounds. This is the second year in a row Millbrook has won this category. Brian Murphy is the on-site school recycling coordinator, and Dana King is the principal.

Highest Total Pounds of Paper Recycled per Student (calculated based on enrollment)
Partnership Elementary had the highest total pounds of paper recycled per student with 25.9 pounds. This is Partnership’s third year in a row for this recycling achievement. Students and staff have also improved their collection from the previous school year’s total of 23.6 pounds. In addition to recycling paper, cans, bottles and cafeteria trays, Partnership Elementary also participates in TerraCycle® recycling and other fundraising initiatives. Mandy Speer and Pam Feamster are the school recycling coordinators, and Mark Kenjarski is the principal
Largest Increase in Total Pounds Collected from the Previous Year
North Forest Pines Elementary demonstrated a 41.7 percent increase over the previous school year. Altogether, students and staff collected an additional 3,684 pounds of paper in 2011. Head Custodian Cesar Monroy is the recycling coordinator, and Christopher McCabe is the princiapal.

Largest Increase in Pounds per Student Collected from the Previous Year
Zebulon Middle School increased its recycling efforts by 33 percent in 2011 by recycling 8.7 pounds of paper per student. Linda Lloyd is the recycling coordinator, and Dalphine Perry is the principal.

Other school recognitions include:
Highest Total Pounds of Paper Recycled in a Year-Round School
West Lake Elementary School collected 16,192 pounds of paper. For several months out of the school year, West Lake was in the top five highest recyclers in the Feed the Bin program. In the 2009-10 school year, they were number two in this category. Their recycling coordinator is Lydia Schlenker. She is supported by her principal, Chell Smith.

Highest Total Pounds of Paper Recycled in an Alternative/Optional School Setting
The Mount Vernon/Bridges Program collected 6,347 pounds of paper. Fran Hughes helps to facilitate the collection. The school principal is James Hargett.

Feed the Bin award winners gather round the bin after being recognized by the school board.

VIDEO: Stough Elementary Celebrates $25,000 Grant

Stough Elementary students, parents and teachers gathered at the school Oct. 27 for a celebration. The school is one of 15 finalists in Pepsi’s September Refresh Everything Program and will receive a $25,000 grant. In this video podcast, we hear about the school community plans for investing the grant in additional technology.

Stough Elementary Celebrates $25,000 Grant is a 2-minute mp4 file.

You can hear more from Cheryl Hibbs and Julie Garber here.


VIDEO: Davis Drive Middle Orchestra Performs with Fiddler Patrick Clark

When fiddler Patrick Clark came to Raleigh with the Darius Rucker Band, he spent several hours at Davis Drive Middle School playing music and leading a clinic with the school’s orchestra students.  In this video podcast, join Davis Drive orchestra students as they spend time with musician Patrick Clark.

Davis Drive Middle Orchestra Performs with Fiddler Patrick Clark is a 3-minute mp4 file.

VIDEO: Green Hope Honored for High Graduation Rate

The Green Hope High Class of 2011 had a graduation rate of 95.2 percent, the highest in the state for the largest high schools. Green Hope had 500 seniors in this four-year cohort. In this video podcast, join Principal James Hedrick as he receives a plaque from State Superintendent of Education June Atkinson.

Green Hope Honored for High Graduation Rate is a 1.5-minute mp4 file.