Wake teacher resignations up significantly

An alarming number of Wake County Public School System (WCPSS) teachers have resigned their positions, according to data compiled by the school system’s Human Resources Department.  See the data here:  Teacher Resignations

As of April 9, 2014, more than 600 teachers have left their jobs since the beginning of the school year on July 1, 2013, an increase of 41 percent over the same period last year. WCPSS, the largest school system in North Carolina, currently employs just under 9,000 teachers. Continue Reading . . .

Pretty Prom Promises


Mary Phillips Prom Promise 030Prom season has arrived! As students make plans for the special Spring occasion, the perfect prom attire is a must.  Thanks to the donations of almost 500 dresses, the May 3rd prom will indeed be a special occasion for young ladies  at Mary Phillips High School (MPHS). About 150 students stopped by the gymnasium on Tuesday to select that perfect dress during the Prom Promise event. All of them walked away with a special garment, carefully bagged and placed across their arms.

Some new and gently used prom dresses began arriving from all across Wake County when the call went out to find dresses. “We were so excited to receive a huge donation of beautiful formal dresses from some very generous ladies at Meredith College,” said Dalila Lilly, MPHS teacher and Student Government Advisor.

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Another armload of dresses came from employees at the North Carolina Employment Security Commission offices in Raleigh.

“It’s a perfect example of an entire community coming together to support our students. It goes a long way toward building self-esteem for many of the girls,” says Ms. Lilly.

An array of styles, sizes and colors filled the garment racks inside of the MPHS gym, which was transformed into a boutique of sorts, complete with sparkling lights to create a fun atmosphere.  Once the students from Mary Phillips selected their dresses, the remaining dresses were free to any student from any Wake County school to choose from, and the offerings were plenty.

“The girls have been super excited all week about this event,” said Roxanne Burt, MPHS Teacher and SGA adviser. “I love to see their faces light up when they see themselves in the mirror looking fancy and special. Seeing them smile is my reward.”

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The program was originally created by Shena J, a local radio station personality at K97.5 and grew over the years to include drop-off locations all across the county. Local businesses have also gotten involved. A barber donates free hair cuts to young men for prom.  Other businesses have offered tuxedos, jewelry and even shoes. Organizers say it not only promotes school spirit but builds a great sense of community.

“It’s the intangibles that help to meet the needs of our students–some of the intangibles that we often forget, “ said Daniel Colvin, MPHS Principal. “We very much appreciate the community for helping us to meet those intangible needs.  We could not boast of being the ‘Best’ without our community support.” Mary Phillips Prom Promise 014

Daniels students raise shad in the classroom

Daniels Middle School is one of 23 schools along the Neuse and Roanoke River Basins participating in the Shad in the Classroom Project. Continue Reading . . .

WCPSS brings Letterland to Pullen Park

Raleigh’s Pullen Park will be transformed into Letterland on Saturday, May 17 from 10 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. to reward preschool and elementary school students in Wake County. Continue Reading . . .

Enloe student awarded summer study trip to Germany

Enloe sophomore Jill Jones has been awarded an all‐expense‐paid summer study trip to Germany. Continue Reading . . .

Roy Williams congratulates student readers

UNC basketball coach Roy Williams congratulated WCPSS middle school students who read 40,000 books this school year as part of the Ticket To Reading Rewards challenge. 3,000 students from 10 schools took part in the challenge supported by college basketball coaches and General Parts International/CARQUEST.

Three WCPSS seniors earn 2014 National Merit Achievement Scholarships

Three Wake County Public School System students earned 2014 National Achievement Scholarships from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. Continue Reading . . .

“Who’s going to College?”


The Wake County Board of Education continues its close look at a project that tracks the characteristics of students who attend college after graduation.

The project, titled “College-Going Diagnostic Results: Examining On-track Status through College Persistence in WCPSS,” shows Wake County students surpass state and national averages when it  comes to seamless enrollment, which means going to college immediately after high school graduation. Continue Reading . . .

Ticket to Reading Rewards Rally to be held at Rolesville Middle School

Ten Wake County middle schools will gather at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, April 15 at the gymnasium at Rolesville Middle School for the third annual Ticket to Reading Rewards Rally. Locally funded by General Parts International/CARQUEST, Ticket to Reading Rewards is sponsored nationally by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Foundation. Continue Reading . . .

Broughton students package food for Stop Hunger Now

Broughton High students raised the money and packaged the food for the Raleigh-based Stop Hunger Now program to deliver 100,000 meals to children in other countries. This is the second year, Broughton International Baccalaureate students led the student body in an international community service project.