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Middle Creek engineering teacher best in state!

A bevy of future engineers from Middle Creek High School will have a very special teacher to thank for their success.

Middle Creek engineering teacher Erik Schettig has received the High School Teacher Excellence Award from the North Carolina Technology Engineering and Design Educators.

Candidates for the Teacher Excellence Award are characterized as providing technology and engineering education instruction of high quality, learner centered and relevant to a study of technological literacy.

Schettig has taught a total of two years at Middle Creek and a total of four years in WCPSS.

The Teacher Excellence Award is one of the highest honors given to Technology and Engineering Education classroom teachers and is presented in recognition of their outstanding contributions to the profession and to their students.

WCPSS adds 90 National Board certified teachers; still ranks No. 1 in US

Ninety WCPSS teachers recently earned what is widely considered the “gold standard” in teaching – certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.

This brings the total number of teachers achieving this status while working in WCPSS to 2,455 – the largest number of certified teachers for any school district nationwide. This is the ninth consecutive year WCPSS has held this distinction.certday_graphic2014

“Achieving national certification is no easy task; it’s a true indicator of a teacher’s profound commitment to the very best for his or her students,” said Superintendent Jim Merrill. “We are quite proud of these dedicated professionals.”

Seeking National Board Certification demands significant time and effort from a teacher. The one- to three-year process requires teachers to take on leadership roles, collaborate with peers and analyze their teaching practices and their impact on student learning. The National Board program is built upon the belief that higher standards for teachers means better learning for students.

Once a candidate becomes a National Board Certified Teacher, he or she is eligible for a 12 percent pay increase from the state.

Certifications must be renewed every 10 years. Another group of 106 teachers from WCPSS earned their 10-year renewals last month.

Newly certified teachers, along with those receiving renewals this year, will be honored at a celebration to be held on Feb. 4, 2015.

List of 2014 National Board Certified Teachers List of 2014 NBCT Renewals


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2 Title I Schools Cited for High Achievement

Reedy Creek and Yates Mill Elementary Schools are two of 78 Title I schools recently recognized as North Carolina Title I Reward Schools for 2014-15.

A Reward School is a Title I school that ranks among the highest 10 percent of all Title I schools, according to several student performance criteria.

Schools were selected for recognition based on assessment data from the 2012-13 and 2013-14 school years. Reedy Creek Elementary has been recognized for two consecutive years.

Title I is the largest federal education funding program for schools. Its aim is to help students who are behind academically or at risk of falling behind. School funding is based generally on the number of students eligible for the free and reduced price lunch program.

Combs Elementary Principal Receives Prestigious Friday Medal

ms summers (1)A.B. Combs Leadership Elementary Magnet School Principal Muriel Summers has received one of the highest honors bestowed upon North Carolina educators. Summers has received the Friday Medal from the William & Ida Friday Institute for Educational Innovation.

The annual award is presented by the North Carolina State University College of Education. It honors distinguished and longlasting contributions to education. Past winners include Gov. James Hunt and former WCPSS Superintendent Bill McNeal.

Summers led the creation of the state’s first leadership elementary school at Combs. The leadership model focuses on building cooperative relationships and nurturing responsibility, kindness and good judgment.

Combs Elementary is a diverse school comprising students from 64 countries. Summers has been principal there since 1998.

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Fuquay-Varina band director receives Award of Excellence

Matthew Edwards, band director at Fuquay-Varina High School, has received the Award of Excellence from the Central District Bandmasters Association.  The award is primarily designed to recognize a career of excellence in all areas of instrumental music education and service to both district, state and national professional music associations.

Edwards received the award at a ceremony during the annual North Carolina Music Educators’ Association Convention on Nov. 10.  As recipient of the Award of Excellence, he has been invited to conduct the High School Grade 9-12 Symphonic Band at the 2014 All-District Band Clinic.

Edwards has been Director of Bands and instructor of AP Music Theory at Fuquay- Varina since 2002. The Central District Bandmasters Association provides support for band directors in the central region of North Carolina.


WCPSS makes Advanced Placement Honor Roll for increased performance and participation

A three-year trend of increased participation and higher performance on Advanced Placement exams has earned the Wake County Public School System a place on the national AP District Honor Roll.

The recognition by the College Board, which oversees the Advanced Placement testing program, can be traced in large part to more minority students taking the exams. Continue Reading . . .

Bright Ideas generate $40K for WCPSS teachers

WCPSS teachers continue to generate high voltage with their great ideas for the classroom, and Wake Electric has taken notice.

The local utility has awarded 15 teachers in the district with nearly $40,000 in Bright Ideas education grants. The grants fund innovative classroom learning projects.

The Bright Ideas grant program helps teachers finance creative projects to benefit North Carolina’s youth,” said Darnell Alford, coordinator for all of Wake Electric’s teacher grant programs. “Teachers have so many great ideas, and we’re pleased to help these grant winners bring their ideas to life in the classroom.”

Since the Bright Ideas grant program began in 1994, North Carolina’s 26 electric cooperatives collectively have awarded more than $9.1 million to teachers across the state. The Bright Ideas program has sponsored more than 8,800 projects in all subjects including math, reading, science and technology, history, music and the arts. 

Bright Ideas grant applications are collected each year through mid-September, and winning proposals are selected in a competitive evaluation process by a panel of judges. The application process will reopen for interested teachers in April 2015.

Winning teachers are Allison Sarran of Lincoln Heights Elementary, Jeannie Ransone of Sanderson High, Lorraine Romano and Joshua Davis of Millbrook High, Monica Stokes of Pleasant Union Elementary, Ashley Dozier of Root Elementary, Laurie Bowers of Baileywick Road Elementary, David Sander of Wake Forest High, Bruce Mamel of Millbrook, Marie Arondeau of Poe Elementary, Linda Dextre of Wendell Middle, Lori Warren of Rolesville Middle, Cynthia Linton of Stough Elementary, Andrew Kaufman of Moore Square Middle and Carl Harrington of East Wake Academy.

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Reedy Creek MS science teacher receives state honor

Dan Lockwood, an animal science teacher at Reedy Creek Middle School, will receive the Ann Watkins Middle School Award for Distinguished Service from the North Carolina Science Teachers Association.

Lockwood, who had been named outstanding science teacher from Region 3, was notified of the statewide honor earlier this week.

According to the NCSTA, a recipient of this award exhibits leadership in science education and has contributed to improvements in science education beyond his immediate school or district. The honoree also has to have been associated with science education for at least five years and has worked in a position related to the category in which nominated for at least two years; and has excelled in the aspects of science education relative to the category in which nominated.

Lockwood will receive the award on Nov. 6 at the NCSTA conference in Winston-Salem.

WCPSS accepted into Digital Promise League of Innovative Schools

Digital Promise, a national, independent nonprofit organization authorized by Congress to accelerate innovation in education, recently announced that the Wake County Public School System is one of 11 new members accepted into the League of Innovative Schools, a national coalition of school district superintendents committed to innovation.

WCPSS was selected from a competitive and national pool of applicants based on its leadership, evidence of results, innovative vision for learning and commitment to collaboration.

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Bugg teacher attends Library of Congress institute

Bugg Magnet Elementary librarian Chris Tuttell is currently in Washington, DC where she met Freedom Rider Joan Trumpauer Mulholland today for a personal tour of the Civil Rights exhibit at the American History Museum. Tuttell was selected from a pool of more than 400 applicants to participate in the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Summer Teacher Institute. Continue Reading . . .