Archive for November, 2009

 

ParentVision: Learning Math at Home

We recently shared some information about supporting literacy instruction at home for young children. We continue in that vein with some tips for helping our youngest children get ahead in math on today’s ParentVision podcast.

Here’s an expanded list of tips for helping your young child with math, with thanks to the state Department of Public Instruction:

  • Find opportunities to count; i.e. how many people are in your family or how many people are in line at the grocery store.
  • Draw a picture of your family and talk about the position of family members; i.e. beside, between, in front etc.
  • Clap a pattern for your family to copy.
  • When you are cooking, invite your child to help measure. Compare sizes of various measuring tools (cups and spoons).
  • Look at some coins. Sort and count the number of pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters.
  • Work a puzzle together.
  • Construct shapes using materials such as straws, play dough, pipe cleaners, Q-tips or silverware.
  • Choose a special “shape of the week” and find it in many places.
  • Draw pictures to tell as story, telling what happened first, next and last.
  • Look at a calendar. Discuss what day, week and month it is. Go over what comes next.
  • Have your child estimate how long it will take to clean his or her room.

Volunteers Make a Difference

More than 28,000 people are registered to volunteer in the Wake County Public School System and more are needed.

Schools benefit when they are part of a community, especially a community that is willing to volunteer its time to help students. Schools seek to build this community looking to parents, neighboring businesses and supportive communities.

You can click on the links below to hear discussions about volunteering in our schools.

Swift Creek Elementary Teacher Laura Wyrsch says volunteers make a difference in her classroom

3 minute mp3 file

Swift Creek Elementary Volunteer Hani Books says volunteering sends a message about how much she values her child’s school

4 minute mp3 file

Swift Creek Elementary Receptionist Joanne McAlpin greets volunteers arriving at her school

2 minute mp3 file

WCPSS Volunteer Coordinator Toni Cooper enrolls volunteers to work in schools across the school system

6.5 minute mp3 file

WCPSS Volunteer Coordinator Toni Cooper: Q&A on the importance of volunteers

You can read more about volunteering in the Wake County Public School System here.

WCPSS Magnet High Schools Offer Holiday Performances

If your family is investigating magnet high schools, you should visit their December arts performances. You’ll find music, drama and dance at the four magnet high schools. Here’s a schedule of events:

  • Dec 3, 3:00 p.m. Millbrook IB Magnet High Performing Arts Honors Recital
  • Dec 3, 7:00 p.m. Millbrook IB Magnet High Orchestra Concert
  • Dec 3, 7:00 p.m. Enloe GT / IB Diploma Magnet High Dance Concert
  • Dec 4, 7:00 p.m. Enloe GT / IB Diploma Magnet High Dance Concert
  • Dec 4, 7:00 p.m. Southeast Raleigh Leadership & Technology Magnet High “The Nightmare Before Christmas” production
  • Dec 4 – Garner IB Magnet High Dance Company @ Garner Tree Lighting Ceremony
  • Dec 8, 7:00 p.m. Millbrook IB Magnet High Band Concert
  • Dec 10, 7:00 p.m. Southeast Raleigh Leadership & Technology Magnet High Dance Performance
  • Dec 10, 7:00 p.m. Millbrook IB Magnet High drama performance Rebel Without a Cause
  • Dec 11, 5:00 p.m. Southeast Raleigh Leadership & Technology Magnet High “The Nightmare Before Christmas” production
  • Dec 11, 7:00 p.m. Garner IB Magnet High Student Directed Drama
  • Dec 11, 7:00 p.m. Millbrook IB Magnet High drama performance Rebel Without a Cause
  • Dec 13, 3:00 p.m. Southeast Raleigh Leadership & Technology Magnet High Band & Chorus concert
  • Dec 15, 7:00 p.m. Millbrook IB Magnet High Chorus Concert
  • Dec 15, 7:30 p.m. Garner IB Magnet High Band Concert
  • Dec 15, 7:00 p.m. Enloe GT / IB Diploma Magnet High Chorus/Orchestra Concert
  • Dec 17, 7:30 p.m. Garner IB Magnet High Chorus Concert at Aversboro Baptist Church
  • Dec 17, 7:00 p.m. Enloe GT / IB Diploma Magnet High Band Concert

For more information on the schools, contact:

The schools will offer open house visits in January and the application period is in February. For more information visit www.wcpss.net/magnet, or contact the Magnet Resource Center at 501-7900 or e-mail the magnetcenter@wcpss.net

November/December Magnet Newsletter Posted

For the latest information about our magnet programs, read our short Nov./Dec. MagnetMatters newsletter online.

You can also subscribe to this and other newsletters (and emergency notifications, as well!) by e-mail.

Middle Schools Honored for Sportsmanship

Eleven WCPSS middle schools in five different conferences earned 2009 Fall Sports Season Sportsmanship Banners.

The schools included Apex and West Lake in Southern (Division 1); Davis Drive and West Cary in Southern (Division 2); Daniels, Dillard and Martin in Central; Heritage and Zebulon in Northern (Division 1); and Leesville Road and West Millbrook in Northern (Division 2).

WCPSS Athletic Director Bobby Guthrie said he received comments about the sportsmanship winners such as:

  • Coaches were friendly
  • Players all spoke respectfully before and after the game
  • Girls were very respectful and played very hard, but clean
  • Coaches did a great job and the kids were great sports and competitors
  • Teams polite, good attitudes, coaches were welcoming
  • Offered immediate assistance, extremely cordial to team and coaches, well prepared
  • Greeted us off the bus/showed us to our side lines allowing us plenty of time to warm up/players and coaches were very gracious at end of game shaking hands
  • Did a good job of being flexible with rescheduled games and asking for our opinion on the topic prior to making their decision. Also did a good job controlling the score when it was getting out of reach
  • Did a good job of providing assistance when we had a serious injury/Supplied air cast and splint/Called later to check on young man
  • Provided water for sport teams

JROTC Website Now Available

WCPSS offers Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) programs at five of our high schools. We have Air Force programs at Broughton and Sanderson, Army programs at Wake Forest-Rolesville and Millbrook, and a Navy program at Cary. You can find more information about each of these programs at our new website: http://www.wcpss.net/isd/junior-rotc.

December/January Lunch Menus Now Up

The lunch menus for December and January are now available.

Sanderson Percussionist to March in Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Tune into the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade this Thursday on NBC at 9 a.m. to see Sanderson High School student Brandon Fernandez marching with the Macy’s All American Marching Band.

Brandon, a senior, will be one of four students playing the tenor drums (the kind that wrap around the body) in the band’s drumline. He says that he is one of the shorter kids, so he should be easy to pick out. The Macy’s All American Marching Band will be the first band, leading off the parade. Band members will be wearing red, white and blue uniforms.

Brandon auditioned for a spot in the band last March. The band accepts four musicians, one dancer and one guard member from each state in the United States to form this special marching band. Brandon joins other North Carolina students from Lumberton High, North Lincoln High, Brevard High and Forestview High.

Enloe High Students Compete in Princeton Math Competition

Enloe High’s math team went to the Princeton University Math Competition this past weekend in Princeton, NJ. This was the Enloe math team’s first foray to an out-of-state competition. Overall, the Enloe students tied for 6th in the Team Round. Freshman Calvin Deng tied for 3rd in the Geometry contest and sophomore Nick Tobey received 3rd in the Combinatorics contest. Students who participated were Calvin, Nick, Ivan Kuznetsov, Julie Ma, Lisa Zheng, Yash Mehta, Jason Liang.

Thanks to Enloe teacher Celia Rowland for sharing this information.

Middle Creek High Teacher Receives the Nancy Wynn Distinguished Service Award

Carrie Jones, a science teacher at Middle Creek High School, received the “Nancy Wynn High School Distinguished Service Award” at the North Carolina Science Teachers Association Conference on Nov. 19. This award is given to a North Carolina high school science teacher for exceptional service to science education at the local, district, and state level. Jones recently completed the requirements for her PhD in Science Education at NC State University. She is a 2006 Kenan Teaching Fellow.

Thanks to Carrie Jones for sharing her information with GotNews.