WCPSS receives $9M in federal funding to expand, refine magnet programs

The U.S. Department of Education (USED) has announced a grant award of more than $9 million to expand and revise magnet school themes in the Wake County Public School System. The Magnet Schools Assistance Program (MSAP) award, announced today, will provide funding over the next three years to support three new magnet school themes. It also will support revisions to two existing magnet themes. Continue Reading . . .

Board addresses school capacity at five schools

The Wake County Board of Education agreed on steps to more efficiently use classroom space at five schools beginning with the 2015-16 school year.

The board determined that:

Alston Ridge Elementary, currently operating at 111.6 percent on a single-track year-round calendar, will expand to a multi-track, year-round calendar.  The school system will delay adding temporary classrooms at the school pending future growth.

Ballentine Elementary, currently operating at 65.1 percent on a four-track, year-round calendar, will drop one of its tracks. Four temporary classrooms will be identified for relocation and removed from the school’s crowding calculation. Ballentine will be reviewed again during the next enrollment plan update for options to increase facility utilization. Continue Reading . . .

Funding will support WCPSS counseling and other student services

Students in four Wake County Public School System schools will receive bolstered counseling services aimed at supporting better academic performance through improved discipline and attendance, thanks to a grant from the U.S. Department of Education announced today.

The $1.1 million award from the USED Elementary and Secondary School Counseling Program will serve Creech Road, Fox Road, Green and Lynn Road Elementary Schools. Over the next three years, the grant funds will be used to increase the number of counselors on staff and to decrease the counselor to student ratio, as well as to provide outreach to bilingual families and to support the needs of identified children of military families.

“This is an area that has a very real and meaningful impact on how we address all the needs of students,” said Cathy Moore, Deputy Superintendent for School Performance. “We know that strong counseling and other student support services are directly tied to increased academic performance.”

WCPSS is one of 40 school districts from across the nation to receive funding, totaling more than $14.7 million. The grant’s objective is to improve discipline, student attendance, academic performance and social skills development via counseling services.

In addition, funds may be used to boost parental involvement, professional development and to partner with mental health organizations and other services. For more information on the grant, visit http://1.usa.gov/YA7iyl.

WCPSS students and staff earn SPARKcon street painting honors

A number of Wake County students and teachers took part in 2014 artSPARK Street Painting. Even with a little rain early in the morning, it looked as if everyone had a terrific time with their chalk art drawings on Fayetteville Street.

Wake Forest Middle School Art Teacher Jose Manuel Cruz won for Adult Best of the Best: Design. His work was in square # 222.

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What is the meaning of this STUNT?


A competitive, high-energy new sport for female high school athletes is coming to the Wake County Public School System this spring.

STUNT is a team sport derived from cheerleading, removing the crowd-leading element and focusing on the technical and athletic components of cheer, including partner stunts, pyramids, basket tosses, group jumps and tumbling.

It’s growing in popularity on the collegiate level and is starting to gain popularity at the high school level. WCPSS will be the first district to implement STUNT in North Carolina.

Here’s how it works: The matches are head-to-head between two teams and divided into four quarters. Predetermined routines are distributed to all teams prior to the start of the season. The first quarter is partner stunts, second quarter features pyramids and tosses, the third quarter brings group jumps and tumbling and the fourth quarter is the team performance. Judges tally scores after each quarter and award points to determine a winner. Click HERE for a video breakdown of STUNT.

Interest meetings in all 21 Wake County high schools will be held later this month. Contact your school’s athletic director for more information. Schools will decide if they will field a STUNT team based on interest level. Tryouts are slated to begin on March 2, 2015, with games to be held on Thursday nights starting on Mach 19. The first North Carolina STUNT Championship will be held in early May at Broughton High School.

For more information on the rules and format, click HERE.

Microsoft blog highlights Green Hope teacher’s success

Green Hope High teacher Marty Roettgen is highlighted in a Microsoft blog article on her success in teaching students Microsoft Office skills. Roettgen is 3-for-3 with national champions in the Certiport Microsoft Office competition in her three years teaching the 2010 Microsoft Excel and Access courses. The article notes her most recent national champ, Daniel Hill was offered a paid summer internship for his Microsoft Excel expertise and will be applying for colleges this fall.



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

Baileywick teacher named NC Elementary PE Teacher of the Year

Baileywick Elementary teacher Rebecca Norkus has just been named the Elementary Physical Education Teacher of the Year for the state of NC. Continue Reading . . .

Fifty WCPSS students named National Merit Scholar semifinalists

Fifty students from 13 Wake County Public School System high schools were among the approximately 16,000 semifinalists in the 60th annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

The academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,600 Merit Scholarship awards worth $33 million that will be offered next spring. To be considered for a Merit Scholarship award, semifinalists must advance to the finalist level of the competition by fulfilling several requirements. About 90 percent of the semi finalists are expected to attain finalists standing and approximately half of the finalists will be selected as Merit Scholarship winners. Continue Reading . . .

Child and adult care food program at 4 WCPSS schools

Wake County Public School System announces participation in the U.S. Department of Agriculture funded Child and Adult Care Food Program.  Meals will be available at no separate charge to enrolled participants in after school educational and enrichment programs at East Garner Elementary School, Walnut Creek Elementary School, Poe Elementary, and Bugg Elementary evening program.

In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or if all or part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department. (Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities.) To file a Civil Rights complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, or at any USDA Office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter by mail to U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-7442 or email at program.intake@usda.gov.  Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339; or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.