Archive for August, 2011

 

WCPSS Pushes to Enroll Qualified Students in Algebra I

If your child passes Algebra I by eighth grade, he or she is much more likely to be college-bound. However, not all Wake County Public School System students who could have succeeded in Algebra I were placed in the right courses to put them on this path. Through a new school board policy and guidelines, and using data tools that help us better predict student success, WCPSS is changing course. Continue Reading . . .

PTA Council Leader Talks about Building Strong Relationships with Teachers

Parents and teachers work together to support student success. Past Wake County PTA Council President Sarah Martin says parents and teachers can build relationships at the start of the school year that will help children.

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This is an 18-minute mp3 file.

East Millbrook Launches Campaign to Boost Academic Growth

At East Millbrook Magnet Middle, Principal Andrew Livengood has launched a campaign to boost student academic growth.

Livengood says the school has created a poster using the phrase “Oh the places you’ll go, if you Dare To Grow!”

The academic growth campaign builds on the success the school had last year when it worked to reduce suspensions with its “Make it Right” campaign.

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Forestville Road Teachers on First Day of School

At Forestville Road Elementary, there was excitement on the first day of school.  Families brought their children to new classrooms. They found teachers excited about the fresh start of a new school year.

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You can see pictures of families arriving for the first day of school at Forestville Road Elementary here.

Teresa Saunders, Virginia Mohn, Jeffrey Wilkins, Melissa Chamoff, Principal Dianne Pridgen and Amy Nichols are ready for the new year.

2011 WCPSS School Counselor of the Year Honored

Mary Engerer, a school counselor at Wake Forest Elementary School, was named the 2011 School Counselor of the Year for the Wake County Public School System during a ceremony held Aug. 22 at Panther Creek High School.

Mary Engerer

Mary Engerer

The 2011-12 school year marks Engerer’s sixth year as a counselor at Wake Forest Elementary where she works with students during classroom guidance lessons, in small groups, and during individual sessions.

Counselors were honored for elementary, middle and high schools. Phillip Echols, a school counselor at Davis Drive Middle, and Pat Moore, a school counselor at Fuquay-Varina High School, were honored as School Counselor of the Year finalists during the event.

“These school counselors demonstrate the best qualities of WCPSS school counselors and implement an outstanding comprehensive school counseling program at their schools,” said Portia Lambright, senior administrator of Counseling and Student Services.

Packets are being submitted for these school counselors to the NC School Counselor Association and the American School Counselor Association for consideration for the state and national award processes.

2010 Teacher of the Year Talks about Building Strong Relationships with Parents

Parents and teachers work together to support student success. 2010 Wake County Teacher of the Year Elizabeth Plotkin says teachers and parents can build relationships at the start of the school year that will help children grow academically.

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This is a 18.5-minute mp3 file.

Elizabeth Plotkin sits with Fuller Magnet Elementary family:  mom Sissy Livengood, daughter Abigail, and sons Marshall and Sam.

Sanderson’s JROTC Cadets Earn Distinguished Unit Award

The Sanderson High Air Force JROTC corps of cadets earned the 2010-11 Air Force Junior ROTC Distinguished Unit Award. Sanderson’s cadets have won the distinguished unit award every year since it was created nine years ago.

The award recognizes AFJROTC units that have performed above and beyond normal expectations and have distinguished themselves through outstanding service to their school and community while meeting the AFJROTC mission of developing citizens of character dedicated to serving their nation and community.   

The objectives of the Junior ROTC program are to educate and train high school cadets in citizenship and life skills; promote community service; instill responsibility, character, and self-discipline through character education; and to provide instruction in air and space fundamentals.  This award is based on the accomplishment of Cadet Goals established at the beginning of the school year. 

2010-2011 Cadet Corps’ Goals

1.  Cadet Goal - Corps achieve an average GPA of 3.0 or higher with at least 10 in National Honor Society and 15 in Kitty Hawk Air Society

2.  Cadet Goal - 100 percent seniors graduate on time, get accepted to college (with at least two ROTC scholarships), enlist, or get a full-time job

3.  School Goal - Increase unit enrollment to 170 or above with at least 70 freshmen cadets entering the corps

4.  School Goal - 75 percent of corps participate in school-wide service clubs, student organizations, and Varsity/JV sports

5.  Community Goal - Increase participation in community service to 120 cadets, service hours performed to 2,500, fund-raising hours to 1,000 and sponsor another drill meet

6.  Community Goal - Publish articles about cadets in 100 percent of the PTSA Newsletters, 75 percent of the school’s newspapers and in one state or national newspaper or publication

Principal Says Teachers Will Make the Difference for Walnut Creek Students

Walnut Creek Elementary opens its doors for the first time on Thursday to serve 825 students.

Principal Corey Moore has recruited a team of teachers to challenge students to do their best and to devote additional time with a longer school day and weekend sessions to provide students the time to learn.

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Principal Corey Moore talks to teachers about setting high expectations for students at Walnut Creek Elementary.

Book Bag Donations Help Washington Prepare for Start of School Year

Students smiled when handed book bags in the counselor’s office during Meet the Teacher day at Washington Magnet Elementary.

The school received a donation of 100 book bags filled with school supplies from the AT&T Pioneers. Robert Doreauk, vice-president of the AT&T Pioneers in North Carolina said the group donated book bags to Barwell Road Elementary and Fox Road Elementary, too.

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Washington Elementary Counselor Jean Sculati and Robert Doreauk of the AT&T Pioneers presented book bags to students.

Student Achievement, 2010-11

This report was presented to the Board at its August 16, 2011, meeting. It contains comprehensive information regarding WCPSS student achievement for 2010-2011, with comparisons to previous years.

The full report is available as a PDF download: Student Achievement in WCPSS, 2010-2011 .

In summary: Proficiency on state tests are up slightly. Achievement gaps are generally decreasing slightly based on proficiency scores, but not based on scale scores. The size of the achievement gaps is still large. Graduation rates are up this year, but gaps between subgroups are evident.