Archive for January, 2010

 

Principals plan a discussion on attendance

Principals and counselors from six south central Wake County area schools met to discuss ideas for an education summit to bring the community together to address student attendance.

The six schools are Athens Drive High, Dillard Drive Middle, Dillard Drive Elementary, Swift Creek Elementary, Yates Mill Elementary and Penny Road Elementary.

After the planning meeting, principals Bob Umstead, Lynn Williams, Sylvia Wilkins and William Crockett discussed the importance of attendance and the importance of discussing attendance issues with community, business and parent leaders.

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Sanderson student wins at local arts festival

Sanderson High School Senior Aliyana Stewart placed “first” in music at the Women’s Club of Raleigh “Annual Arts Festival” this week. First place winners at the local festival compete at the District Arts Festival in Raleigh on Feb. 13. Sanderson music teacher Marshall Butler praised Stewart for her “tremendous musical aptitude and superb work ethic.”

ParentVision: 2010 Kindergarten Registration

In today’s ParentVision video podcast, Jeff Nash from our Customer Service Center walks parents through the kindergarten registration process for 2010.

Teachers share ideas for student success in professional learning team

Teachers in the fourth grade professional learning team at Wiley Magnet Elementary School discussed their students and ideas for helping students succeed academically.

WCPSS Chief Academic Officer Donna Hargens visited with the Wiley fourth grade teaching team that includes Kathy Bennett, Rebecca Thompson, student teacher Megan Williams, Margaret Price and special education teacher Kathy Jeffries. Principal Erin Kershner visited with the teachers as she checked in with the different teams of teachers meeting in classrooms around the school.

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Natural Sciences Museum Teacher Workshops

WCPSS teachers are invited to the NC Museum of Natural Sciences on Saturday, January 30 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Astronomy Days and earn Continuing Education credits. There are two workshops, the first in the morning and the second in the afternoon.

National Institute of Aerospace Educator Workshop

Learn how to incorporate exciting new findings from NASA missions Cassini, Kepler, Phoenix, and New Horizons into standards-based curriculum. Help your students become solar system explorers, answering questions like: Why can’t I make a snowball on Mars? Are there oceans on other worlds? How big is our solar system? Participants will investigate the engineering challenges involved in exploration, develop inquiry lessons using resources such as NASA eClips and other NASA educational materials, and discover new technology tools to engage 21st century students. During the workshop, participants will be sent out on a digital scavenger hunt and will work in cooperative teams to make a digital video collage. There is no fee to attend this workshop.

NOTE: Please bring digital cameras and laptops to the workshop.

INSTRUCTORS: Rebecca Jaramillo and Sharon Bowers of the National Institute of Aerospace

WHERE: Level A Conference Room of the NC Museum of Natural Sciences, 11 W Jones St, Raleigh, NC 27601

WHEN: Saturday, January 30, 2010; 9am-11:30am (registration at 8:30am)

TO REGISTER: Pre-registration is required. Contact Kari Wouk, Curator of Educational Events; 919-733-7450 x 502; kari.wouk@ncdenr.gov

Space Weather Action Center Workshop

Imagine being able to monitor the progress of an entire solar storm from the time it erupts from our sun until it sweeps past our small planet effecting enormous changes in our magnetic field. Now imagine being able to do all of this from your classroom-based Space Weather Action Center (S.W.A.C.)! By following the basic steps in the Instructional Guide your class will soon be on its way to accessing, analyzing and recording NASA satellite and observatory data. Once established your class will move into the second cross-disciplinary phase of the program where they will learn how to transform their new knowledge into real S.W.A.C. news reports! There is no fee to attend this workshop.

INSTRUCTOR: Elaine Lewis, Sun-Earth Day Curriculum Development, NASA

WHERE: Level A Conference Room of the NC Museum of Natural Sciences, 11 W Jones St, Raleigh, NC 27601

WHEN: Saturday, January 30, 2010; 1pm-4pm (registration at 12:30pm)

TO REGISTER: Pre-registration is required. Contact Kari Wouk, Curator of Educational Events; 919-733-7450 x 502; kari.wouk@ncdenr.gov

Dillard Drive Partners for Environmental Educational Learning

Dillard Drive Elementary will have an environmental education day at the school 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb 27. The staff and parents will be joined by Hope Community Church members, Standard Construction & Landscaping, and Home Depot of Cary to install several areas on the school grounds. The plans created by Laura Kiper of Kiper Landscape Designs will help to create a bird sanctuary, butterfly retreat and a fenced safety net for students. The objective is to align innovative activities to specific grade levels that will empower children to work individually and collectively as environmental stewards. Volunteers interested in joining in should contact Dillard Drive Elementary at 233-4200.

Thanks to Christine Hulsizer and Heather Wright for sharing their story with GotNews.

UPDATE: Date of event udpated.

Leesville Road Family Fitness and Nutrition Night

Parents and their children are invited to the Family Fitness and Nutrition Night at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 27 with the Healthful Living Department and 6th graders at Leesville Road Middle School. There will be stations for families to test their physical abilities. Several local businesses will be on hand to help you make valuable wellness and nutritional decisions that can benefit your entire family. Leesville Road Middle School is at 8405 Leesville Road, Raleigh, NC 27613. Come discover the excitement of fitness and nutrition with your child! Hope to see you there! For more information, contact the school at 870-4141.

Thanks to Laura Fox for sharing this information with GotNews.

UPDATED: Date of event updated.

Time to register children for kindergarten

The registration for children who will be attending kindergarten in 2010-11 begins on Thursday, Feb. 4.

Parents can register their children at a WCPSS elementary school. Parents will need to bring a certified copy of their child’s birth certificate and documentation of residence (a power bill, an apartment lease, or a signed contract) and the child’s immunization record.

To be eligible for kindergarten, a child needs to be age 5 on or before August 31, 2010..

You can read more about kindergarten registration here.

Time to register children for kindergarten

The registration for children who will be attending kindergarten in 2010-11 begins on Thursday, Feb. 4.

Sharon Collins, a WCPSS Language Arts senior administrator, says parents can register their children at a WCPSS elementary school. Parents will need to bring a certified copy of their child’s birth certificate and documentation of residence (a power bill, an apartment lease, or a signed contract) and the child’s immunization record.

To be eligible for kindergarten, a child needs to be age 5 on or before August 31, 2010.

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Board Names Principals

At its January 19 meeting, the Board of Education named Mary Ellen Leach principal at Green Hope Elementary, Catherine Berry principal at Creech Road Elementary, Luther Thomas principal at River Oaks Middle and retired principal Craig T. Matthews as interim principal at Wendell Elementary.

Leach has served as assistant principal of Turner Creek Elementary since 2004. Prior to that, she was assistant principal at Oliver Chapel Elementary and Holly Springs High. Earlier she worked as an assistant principal and teacher in the Dallas, Texas Schools.

Berry has served as assistant principal of New Hope Elementary in Orange County since 2008. Prior to that, she was assistant principal at Holly Ridge Elementary. Earlier, she worked as Director of Student Services for the Alamance-Burlington School System in Alamance County. She also worked as an assistant principal and counselor there.

Thomas has served as assistant principal at Apex High since 1999. Prior to that, he worked as an education manager with the NC Department of Correction.

Matthews retired after serving as principal of Jones Dairy Elementary and Wake Forest Elementary. He served as an interim assistant principal at Lockhart Elementary earlier this school year.

The board named one assistant principal, Anasya Turner at Lufkin Road Middle School.