Archive for October, 2009

 

Come to the Magnet Fair on Nov. 7

Parents and their children are welcome to join in the excitement of the WCPSS Magnet Fair at 10 a.m. on Saturday, November 7 at Southeast Raleigh High.

Tamani Anderson Powell of the WCPSS Magnet Center explains that families can explore options for children to find the place to develop their talents at the magnet fair, as teachers and students of WCPSS magnet schools perform, answer questions and display information about their school.

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This is a 6 minute mp3 file.

You can find more information about WCPSS magnet schools here.

Welcome to the new Root Elementary

Students and faculty are returning to the renovated Root Magnet Elementary. While the children and teachers have been at a temporary modular campus for 1.5 years near North Hills shopping center, there have been major renovations to the 50-year old campus. The first day of classes back home for these students will be Nov. 2.

Sheri Green and Marcella Rorie work in the WCPSS Office of Facility Design and Construction and worked on the renovation project.

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You can see photos of the old and new campus here.

Two WCPSS Schools named Progress Energy SunSense schools finalists

Two Wake County Public School System schools are finalists in the Progress Energy SunSense schools program.

Holly Springs High School and Daniels Middle School are among 12 schools across the Carolinas selected as finalists. Five of the finalists will receive solar photovoltaic installations in the coming months, as part of a partnership between Progress Energy Carolinas and the Carolina Hurricanes Kids ‘N Community Foundation.

This hands-on educational program for middle school and high school students supports innovative ways to use and conserve energy and encourages students to develop innovative energy solutions. Finalists were chosen from nearly 30 applicants.

Finalist schools will participate in a professional solar site evaluation and will be required to complete an energy project to be judged in regional competitions in December. Students from five winning schools will receive a permanent 2-kilowatt solar photovoltaic (PV) demonstration system, valued at more than $20,000, to be installed at their school. The systems will be installed by Argand Solar, a North Carolina-based renewable energy company.

The Progress Energy Foundation will select winning schools by Dec. 16.

The Progress Energy SunSense schools program will provide online information about each of the installed systems as part of the project. Students and the public can monitor the electricity output of each project and learn more about the capabilities of solar PV technologies.

Funding for the program was provided through grants from the Progress Energy Foundation and the Carolina Hurricanes Kids ‘N Community Foundation, which is affiliated with the National Hockey League team.

For additional information, click on Progress Energy SunSense schools program.

Athens Drive Wins Team Title In NCHSAA 4-A Women’s Golf

Senior Katherine Perry of Athens Drive High fired a two-under par 71 on Tuesday to come from behind and take medalist honors while leading her team to the team title in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association state 4-A women’s golf championships at the West Course at Foxfire Golf and Country Club.

Perry, a senior, recorded rounds of 73 and 71 for a 144 total, good for a four-shot margin over first-day leader and defending individual champion Allison Emrey of Ardrey Kell High of Charlotte.

Freshman Sarah Bae of Athens Drive High also had a 71 in the final round to tie Emrey for second. The course played at par 73 and a 5,630-yard layout for the championship.

Perry and Bae led the way for Athens Drive High to come from eight shots back to catch Ardrey Kell High and successfully defend its team championship. Athens Drive recorded a 458 to win by nine shots over Kell, with Jamestown Ragsdale finishing third at 505.

The best three scores of a team counted toward the team totals, and a total of 79 golfers and 13 teams competed in the two-day, 36-hole event.

Athens Drive High finished first with a first day total of 234, second day total of 224 and combined total of 458. Wakefield High finished sixth with a first day total of 254, second day total of 265 and combined total of 519. Green Hope High finished seventh with a first day total of 256, second day total of 269 and combined total of 525.

Katherine Perry, Athens Drive senior, finished 1st with a two day total of 144. Sarah Bae, Athens Drive freshman, finished tied for 2nd with a two day total of 148. Michelle Pilo, Apex senior, finished 7th with a two day total of 154. Dana Watkins, Knightdale senior, finished tenth with a two day total of 158.

JB Shavlik, Broughton senior, finished 15th with a two day total of 162. Andrea Estes, Green Hope senior, finished tied for 21st with a two day total of 169. Hilary Gugig, Athens Drive sophomore, finished tied for 21st with a two day total of 169. Stephanie Pribonic, Wakefield sophomore, finished 25th with a two day total of 170. Morgan Schultz, Wakefield freshman, finished 27th with a two day total of 171.

Mande Monchick, Athens Drive sophomore, finished tied for 30th with a two day total of 172. Kate Mohorn, Green Hope senior, finished tied for 30th with a two day total of 172. Sydney Shackelford, Athens Drive senior, finished 35th with a two day total of 175. Katie Yelle, Wakefield senior, finished 40th with a two day total of 178.

Bobby Guthrie, WCPSS Senior Administrator for Athletics, offered his congratulations to coach Tony Alcon and the Athens Drive Women’s Golf Team. This was the second year in a row Athens Drive won the state championship.

Board Continues to Support Joint Use Development

In reviewing the recommendations from the Citizens Facility Advisory Committee, the Wake County Board of Education gave its continued support to the CFAC recommendations concerning maximizing the number of joint use sites and development of a methodology for identifying potential joint use projects.

Zackery Davis of the WCPSS Real Estate department oversees the joint use agreements. Level 3 and Level 4 agreements involve joint use mainly between the school system and municipalities. There are agreements at 54 schools and 16 more are in the works.

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You can find a list of Level 3 and Level 4 agreement sites here.

You can read more about Joint Use Agreements here.

Jones Named 2009 Assistant Principal of the Year

Fay Jones was named the 2009 Assistant Principal of the Year by the Wake County Public School System in ceremonies Oct. 15. Jones is assistant principal of Forest Pines Drive Elementary School.

Jones says awards night was an amazing phenomenal experience. She says she doesn’t feel like she did anything out of the ordinary, but is just cheerleading for her school.

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Jones Named Middle School Physical Education Teacher of the Year

Lufkin Road Middle School teacher Jennie Jones will receive the Middle School Physical Education Teacher of the Year Award on Friday, November 13 at NCAAHPERD’s 62nd Annual Convention in Winston-Salem.

Jones teaches 6-8 grade Healthful Living at Lufkin Road Year-Round Middle School in Apex, NC.

Jones received a Bachelor of Science in Education from Campbell University, her Masters Degree in Education from UNC Greensboro and received National Board Certification in 2008. (EAYA in Physical Education). She began teaching in Randolph County at Archdale-Trinity Middle School where she was selected as Teacher of the Year in 1991 and was a 1991Randolph County Finalist for teacher of the year.

Returning to Wake County in 1994, Jennie began teaching year-round at West Lake Middle School where she was selected Teacher of the Year in 1999 and was selected Cary Chamber of Commerce Teacher of the Year. She has coordinated successful Hoops for Heart and Jump Rope for Heart events and presented many workshops at NCAAHPERD conventions to help those who wish to start a Hoops for Heart program. She is very passionate about teaching and giving back to the profession through convention presentations and mentoring student teachers and beginning teachers.

NCAAHPERD hosts its annual convention to provide professionals with the opportunity to learn and grow, collaborate with colleagues, make new friendships and renew old ones. More than 1500 teachers will participate.

NCAAHPERD is a not for profit organization of Athletics, Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance professionals whose mission is “To provide advocacy, professional development, and unity for health, physical education, recreation, dance and athletic professionals and students in order to enhance and promote the health of North Carolinians. NCAAHPERD’s vision is to be the leading organization promoting and supporting a healthier, more creative, and active North Carolina.”

Smith Alumni Homecoming

The faculty at Smith Magnet Elementary are inviting alumni teachers and staff to join them from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m., on November 16, 2009. The staff and faculty are excited and proud to share their new facility with past staff members by hosting a drop-by Open House. Former Smith educators are encouraged to come by and visit!

Thanks to Janice Johnson for sharing this information with GotNews.

Teachers meet to discuss classroom instruction

Teachers from four WCPSS elementary schools met on Wednesday at Lake Myra Elementary to take part in discussions about Robert Marzano’s book, Classroom Instruction that Works.

Taking part in the unusual joint session were Lake Myra, North Forest Pines, Wake Forest and Wendell elementary schools. Principals of the four schools have been meeting together and have discussed classroom instruction strategies.

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The October 21 session is the first meeting of teachers from the four schools. Another is planned for December 2. Teachers were excited about the discussions and the time together.

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Board Names Principal

At its October 20 meeting, the Board of Education named retired principal Edward Gainor as interim principal at Green Elementary School.

Gainor has served as interim assistant principal of Wakefield Elementary, interim principal of York Elementary and did an earlier tour as interim principal at Green Elementary. Prior to that he served as principal of Leesville Road Elementary for 15 years and Wiley Elementary for six years. He was an assistant principal and teacher at Daniels Middle School

The board named Eric Betheil assistant principal at Davis Drive Middle. Retired principal Charles Langley was named interim assistant principal at North Ridge Elementary.