For the second year, a Wake County employee has been recognized as the school social worker of the year for the state of North Carolina.
Recipient Susan Sweney is based at Lufkin Road Middle School and has worked in the Wake County Public School System for the past 12 years. Her job is to work with students and families to tackle challenges outside of school that prevent students from doing their best in class—whether it be illness, poverty, or homelessness.
“If you could see the level and talent of my coworkers, it’s quite an honor,” Sweney said. “I’m surrounded by really great colleagues. They’re experts in what they do. It’s an honor even to be among them, let alone win the award.” Continue Reading . . .
School psychologist Leigh Goble celebrated a big victory this fall doing something that would make her happy—visiting a classroom to read a warm Thanksgiving story to second-graders, who sprawled across the carpet and stretched their necks to see the pictures.
Goble pulled a rocking chair to a corner in Susan Morison’s classroom at Holly Ridge Elementary School. Ms. Morison announced their esteemed visitor.
“Ms. Goble is here today for a very special reason,” Ms. Morison said. “She won a very big award. She is the best school psychologist. And not just here. She’s the best in the whole, entire, state.”
The children gasped. Ms. Goble smiled.
Holly Ridge elementary and middle school are indeed home to the year’s top practitioner of school psychology, according to the N.C. School Psychology Association. The group presented Goble with the award at its recent fall conference. Continue Reading . . .
Apex Middle School placed 3rd overall in the State Fair art competition for the middle school division this year. Continue Reading . . .
Middle Creek High will host Wake Forest High this Friday night at 7:30 in the NCHSAA 4AA Eastern Regional Championship. Continue Reading . . .
The Board of Education approved several staff appointments at its December 3 meeting.
- Freda Cole has been appointed Interim Principal at Cedar Fork Elementary School.
- Marvin Connelly has been appointed as Chief of Staff.
- James Hargett has been appointed as Interim Assistant Principal at Wendell Middle School.
- Patricia Hill has been appointed to a temporary Assistant Principal/ teaching position at Mills Park Elementary School.
- Neil Light has been appointed as Assistant Principal at Zebulon Middle School.
- Erin May has been appointed as Interim Assistant Principal at Olive Chapel Elementary School.
- Benjamin Olin has been appointed as Assistant Principal at Panther Creek High School.
- Vicki Perry has been appointed as Interim Assistant Principal at Rolesville Elementary School.
- Quamesha Whitted-Miller has been appointed as Assistant Principal/ Intervention Coordinator at Middle Creek High School.
Please note – This list includes new appointments. The board may also have approved contract extensions or modifications for employees to continue serving in their current roles
Heritage High drama students earned honors at the 2013 North Carolina Theatre Conference High School Play Festival. Continue Reading . . .
The WCPSS Office of Magnet and Curriculum Enhancement Programs will host Pre-Kindergarten Magnet Mini Fairs in January for parents of rising kindergarten students . Continue Reading . . .
The Wake County Board of Education has accepted a$6.8 million offer to sell the districts’ former headquarters at 3600 Wake Forest Road in Raleigh. The 5.50 acre tract of land was owned and operated by the district and served as central offices for the Wake County Public School System from 1986 to 2011. The Wake County Board of Education declared the property surplus and ordered its sale on November 9, 2010. Central Services staff completed the move to the present location on Dillard Drive in Cary in August of 2011. Continue Reading . . .
The Office of Magnet & Curriculum Enhancement Programs has extended the pre-application deadline for WCPSS Early College schools. The online pre-applications will be available for early college schools until Monday, December 9, 2013 . The early college schools include 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 Vernon Malone College and Career Academy. 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.
From left to right: Bill Fletcher, Zora Felton, Monika Johnson-Hostler, Tom Benton
Four members of the Wake County Board of Education took the oath of office on Tuesday, December 3. Each member was elected to a new term on October 8.
Tom Benton was sworn in for his first full term representing District 1, which encompasses eastern Wake County. Benton, a retired principal, first joined the board in February when he was appointed to fill a vacant position.
“I can’t imagine doing anything else with my life, because I believe so strongly in the role of public schools,” Benton said.
Bill Fletcher was sworn in for a new term representing District 9, which comprises western Wake County. Fletcher was appointed in March to fill a board vacancy and previously had served three terms on the board from 1993 to 2005.
“We have an obligation to teach all children and help them all to be successful, and I encourage all of you to join us in that effort,” Fletcher said after being sworn in. Continue Reading . . .