Archive for September, 2011

 

Student Assignment Proposal timeline released

Superintendent Tony Tata today outlined the timeline for bringing the student assignment proposal to the Wake County Board of Education for action.

This follows seven months of work by the Student Assignment Task Force, which developed the plan and its details. Continue Reading . . .

Garner AD and Retired Sanderson Tennis Coach Honored

Garner High Athletic Director Doc Harrell was recognized by the North Carolina High School Athletic Association on Sept. 29 as the Region 3 recipient of the Charlie Adams Award. The award recognizes one person in each of the eight regions in the state for their hard work, dedication and service to high school athletics and the NCHSAA.

Harrell has helped the NCHSAA host many state championships in the Raleigh area and has a tremendous background in teaching, coaching and athletic administration in North Carolina.

Andy Fowler, retired Sanderson High teacher and tennis coach, was also honored during the Region 3 meeting with the Special Person Award.  Fowler was recognized for hosting and directing the NCHSAA tennis championships for many years.

Schools Honored for Sportsmanship

Four WCPSS high schools were honored for sportsmanship for the 2010-11 school year by the North Carolina High School Athletic Association at its Region 3 meeting on Sept. 29.

Apex, Heritage, Leesville and Wake Forest-Rolesville high schools were each recognized for sportsmanship by having an ejection-free year in all sports. The schools were honored because no coaches or athletes were ejected from any games during the 2010-11 school year. That’s quite an accomplishment, considering that all four of these schools have 20 or more sports teams each.

 

October is Disability Awareness Month

“There is something rarer than ability. It is the ability to recognize ability.” This quote from Robert Half, businessman, is fitting for October Disability Awareness Month, as our state and school district seek to place focus on the abilities and contributions of people with disabilities in North Carolina. Continue Reading . . .

Principal Moore Cuts Ribbon at Walnut Creek

Walnut Creek Elementary held a ribbon cutting ceremony Sept. 27 to mark the school’s opening this year as Wake County’s newest elementary school.

Principal Corey Moore led the ceremony welcoming visitors to the new school and shared the school’s vision of excellence with the community leaders and educators at the event.

Listen to Principal Moore Cuts Ribbon at Walnut Creek

This is a 7-minute mp3 file.

School board member Keith Sutton, assistant principal Vonda Martin, Area Superintendent Julye Mizzelle and principal Corey Moore cut the ribbon.

Deputy Superintendent Cathy Moore talked about the strong partnership between the school, its faculty and the community.

Walnut Creek Students Take Part in Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Walnut Creek Elementary held a ribbon cutting ceremony Sept. 27 to mark the school’s opening this year as Wake County’s newest elementary school.

Principal Corey Moore welcomed parents, school officials, elected officials and builders to the ceremony. Students handed out programs, led tours of the school and the student chorus sang about their pride in being Walnut Creek Wildcats.

Listen to Walnut Creek Students Take part in Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

This is a 5.5-minute mp3 file.

You can listen to the Walnut Creek Elementary student chorus sing “I am a Walnut Creek Elementary Wildcat.

This is a 2.5 minute mp3 file.

Walnut Creek Elementary students sing during school’s ribbon cutting ceremony.

The students sang the school pledge, I want to be a Walnut Creek Wildcat.

Students led the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag during the ribbon cutting ceremony.

Recycle for a Cause at Vandora Springs

You can support Vandora Springs Elementary students in their annual Empty Bowl  and Chairs of Hope projects by recycling scrap metal at the school from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 8.

All proceeds will go to assist the Garner Area Ministries’ Food Bank and Garner’s Relay for Life.

For more information, please contact Jim Hunt at 662-2486, or by email- jhunt@wcpss.net.

Thanks to teacher Jim Hunt for sharing his story with GotNews.

East Garner Students Hear Musician’s Message

East Garner Middle students responded to musician Chris Hendricks’s message against bullying and encouraging self-esteem. Hendricks of Durham talked with students and sang some of his songs to them.

Principal Cathy Williams and her students were impressed by Hendricks and invited him for a second, more informal round of talks to students.

Assistant Principal Lisa Allen and sixth-graders talked about the impact of Hendricks’s message at their school.

Listen to East Garner Students Hear Musician’s Message

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Musician Chris Hendricks talks with East Garner students in the gym.

Hendricks shared one of his songs with students.

Students appreciated Hendricks’s message against bullying and encouraging self-esteem.

Lake Myra Media Specialist Shares Travels with Students

Lake Myra Elementary media specialist Leigh Pittman worked with the fourth-grade teachers at her school to plan lessons tied to an online blog she used to communicate with students while she traveled overseas this month.

Pittman’s travels proved to be a learning experience for the students and made her trip even more exciting.

Listen to Lake Myra Media Specialist Shares Travels with Students

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Lake Myra media specialist Leigh Pittman holds the troll she brought back from her travels that she shared with fourth-grade teacher Jan Hall and her students.

Wake Business Community Supports Students

The Wake County School to Career Council met at the McKimmon Center Wednesday morning to hear from Superintendent Tata, congratulate businesses supporting schools and learn about the jobs today’s students will hold.

Jerry O’Connor of American Airlines is the WCPSS Business Alliance Leadership Team chair. O’Connor says Wake County businesses have built a network of support for our high schools.

Listen to Wake Business Community Supports Students

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WCPSS Business Alliance Leadership Team chair Jerry O’Connor listens as Sanderson High student Samantha Lutz talks about the impact of her school’s finance academy and the importance of support from the business community.