Archive for June, 2012

 

LISTEN: Farmington Woods tends IB garden

Teachers at Farmington Woods Magnet Elementary created a garden where students study science, plant and harvest produce and share their harvest with a local food bank.

As an International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme magnet school, Farmington Woods provides students with global learning experiences that include action projects. The school’s international garden combines these elements seamlessly.

Teacher Lisa Hitesman worked with students in the preparation and planting of the continental themed garden beds throughout the spring. The Asian garden is a stir-fry bed with carrots, bok choy and snow peas; while the South American bed has all the ingredients needed for homemade salsa; and the North American salad bed has onions and many lettuce varieties.

Families join Hitesman and other teachers through the summer planting, weeding and harvesting produce that is donated to the Dorcas Crisis Center food bank.

Listen to Farmington Woods tends IB garden

This is a 5.5-minute mp3 file.

You can see photos of the teacher and students working in the garden at WCPSS Facebook

Apex High graduate earns scholarship to attend Chef’s Academy

Apex High graduate Raven McNulty won the Chef’s Academy’s 2012 Top Teen Talent Scholarship Competition and earned a full tuition scholarship to study pastry education at The Chef’s Academy campus in Morrisville.

McNulty and East Wake High School rising senior William Hamilton were two of seven students who traveled to Indianapolis to compete for the scholarship opportunity. Hamilton earned a $1,000 scholarship to attend The Chef’s Academy at the campus of his choice.

The Top Teen Talent Scholarship Competition was divided into three separate categories: culinary arts, pastry arts, and hospitality and restaurant management. Participating high school juniors and seniors were asked to submit official competition forms, including an essay and recipe submission as well as photo of their culinary or pastry creation. Submissions were posted on The Chef’s Academy Facebook page for the public to vote on the winning entries. Once the finalists were chosen, the students traveled to Indianapolis to compete in the final showdown in front of a judging panel of professional chefs. The style of the competition required students to prepare a pre-set menu, given to each participant prior to the competition to practice.

The Chef’s Academy is the Culinary Division of Harrison College. More than 6,000 students are enrolled at Harrison College’s 12 campuses, its online division and The Chef’s Academy.

Headquartered in Indianapolis, The Chef’s Academy opened a second academy on a 4.37-acre campus in North Carolina last year.

Grant expands opportunities for pre-K students in Wake County

A new grant from PNC will help the Wake County Public School System strengthen pre-K programs and provide extra pre-K support for economically disadvantaged students.

The $500,000 grant shared among WCPSS, the Carolina Ballet, and the North Carolina Museum of Art is part of PNC’s Grow Up Great initiative. The three will partner together to create an innovative arts collaborative for Wake County’s youngest students.

The two-year initiative creates new programs in preschool teacher training and arts activities, provides preschool students and their families opportunities to visit the ballet and the art museum, and brings artists in to teach in preschool classrooms.

“The earlier you get a child engaged, the better prepared they will be to start their education journey,” Superintendent Tony Tata said. “Partnerships like the one with PNC help us get students started on the right path, so we can fulfill our promise of getting every student college and career ready by the time they graduate.”

The grant to WCPSS is part of a total of $1 million PNC has invested in communities in eastern North Carolina to help boost economic development and early childhood education.

LISTEN: Holly Grove Green Teen Mob teaches conservation

The Holly Grove Middle Green Team Mob earned recognition and a cash prize from the N.C. Triangle Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council for building school and community awareness about conservation and recycling this year.

The school’s sixth graders had a chance to take part in a three-week enrichment class and become a member of the Green Team Mob. In the class and afterschool activities, the students participated in energy and water conservation, recycling and indoor air quality activities. They shared what they found with staff and students.

Listen to Holly Grove Green Team Mob teaches conservation

This is an 11.5-minute mp3 file.

Holly Grove Middle students display the check they earned from the Green Building Council for their conservation awareness campaign.

East Cary Steel Drum Band Performs at Disney

The East Cary Middle School “Captain Dixie’s Spud & Suds” Steel Drum Band performed at Disney on Friday, June 22nd as part of the Disney Performing Arts at the Walt Disney World Resort.

The students got a taste of show biz as featured Disney performers playing before  an international audience at the Waterside stage, an amphitheater at Downtown Disney.

The East Cary steel drum band under the direction of Michael Hopkins is the only steel drum band in WCPSS and has performed at various school, district and community functions throughout the school year.

Thanks to Deanna Harris for sharing this story with GotNews.

East Cary Middle steel drum band students gather at Downtown Disney Waterside Stage where their name is on the marquee.

East Cary Middle steel drum band students, known as Captain Dixie’s Suds and Spuds band, perform at Disney.

Vandora Springs Elementary seeking wooden chairs

Vandora Springs Elementary is seeking donations of wooden chairs to paint in the upcoming school year for its annual Chairs of Hope project. All proceeds from this project will go to benefit Garner’s Relay For Life and The American Cancer Society.

For more information, please contact Jim Hunt at 919-662-2486 or email- jhunt@wcpss.net.

LISTEN: Morrisville Elementary students earn honors at Odyssey World Finals

Seven Morrisville Elementary students earned honors at the Odyssey of the Mind 2012 World Finals held May 23 in Ames, Iowa.

The team from Morrisville Elementary earned top honors for the WCPSS schools earning third place among Division 1 teams that tackled problem 1: Ooh-Motional Vehicle. The problem required teams to design, build and drive a vehicle that traveled a course where it encountered three different situations and displayed a different human emotion at each encounter. The challenge emphasized the technical risk-taking and creativity of the vehicle’s engineering for travel and change of emotional appearance.

Listen to Morrisville Elementary students earn honors at Odyssey World Finals

This is a 9.5-minute mp3 file.

Photos from the competition are available on WCPSS Facebook.

Enloe High Quiz Bowl team earns honors at national tournament

The Enloe Magnet High A team tied for eighth place overall at the National Academic Quiz Tournaments High School National Championship.

The Enloe team defeated several teams with strong records entering the tournament, including Paul Dorman High from Roebuck, SC, a past national winner.

Teams from East Chapel Hill High and The Early College of Guilford tied for 13th place and were the only other North Carolina teams in the top 32.

Enloe Senior Natan Holtzman took 10th place overall in scoring (he was 19th last year).

“We had a most awesome year again,” said Enloe teacher and team coach Celia Rowland. “They were a pretty happy group.”

This was the team’s second year in competition and the second attending nationals held this year at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta over the Memorial Day weekend.

You can see one of the team’s matches and find more about the NAQT high school tournament.

Thanks to teacher Celia Rowland sharing this story.

 

The Enloe Quiz Bowl team includes Saideep Gona, Parth Majmudar, Natan Holtzman, Ivan Kuznetsov, Vickie Wang and Sarah Jewell.

Join Farmington Woods in the garden Thursday mornings

Join Farmington Woods Magnet Elementary staff and families each Thursday throughout the summer for a weekly garden harvest from 8:30-9:30 a.m. As an International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme magnet school, Farmington Woods is committed to providing students with global learning experiences that include action projects. The school’s international garden combines these two magnet program elements seamlessly.

Under the leadership of the school’s science inquiry specialist Lisa Hitesman, all of the school’s 787 students participated in the preparation and planting of the continental themed garden beds throughout the spring. The Asian garden is a stir-fry bed with carrots, bok choy and snow peas; while the South American bed has all the ingredients needed for homemade salsa; and the North American salad bed has onions and many lettuce varieties.

As the produce ripens through the summer, the school community meets each Thursday morning to harvest the fruits (and vegetables) of its labor. Students and staff pick and weigh the harvest each week and then the produce is donated to the Dorcas Crisis Center to provide fresh produce to families they serve through their food bank. To be a part of this community service project, sign in at the school’s main office on Thursday mornings and visit the garden.

Thanks to principal Winston Pierce for sharing this story with GotNews.

Read the School-Community News

School-Community News is a twice-monthly E-newsletter about news and issues of interest for Wake County Schools students, parents and anyone interested in public education. It is brief and easy to read, but also provides links to in-depth reports.

Here is the June 21 edition with information from the latest meeting of the school board, links to school board work session documents and news of the Rolesville Middle School ribbon cutting ceremony.

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