MariaRosa Rangel, a WCPSS Senior Administrator for Family and Community Engagement, will be a featured speaker at the 2014 Latin America and North Carolina Seminar at UNC-Chapel Hill. The UNC World View seminar will be held March 25 and 26 at the Friday Center. Continue Reading . . .
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Twenty-four WCPSS schools have earned 2014 Merit Awards from Magnet Schools of America, a national organization that promotes equity and educational excellence in magnet programs.
The annual awards recognize programs in the U.S. that demonstrate a strong commitment to academic standards, innovation, diversity, specialized teaching staffs and parent and community involvement. Wake County has 34 magnet schools with programs focused on the arts, technology, world languages, the International Baccalaureate Programme, and more. Continue Reading . . .
The bright lights of Broadway are shining down on a 7th grader from Wakefield Middle School as he prepares to take the stage in Motown the Musical. Reed Shannon will make his debut portraying multiple characters, as the young version of King of Pop Michael Jackson, Motown music mogul Berry Gordy, and Grammy winning artist Stevie Wonder in Broadway’s first national tour of Motown the Musical.
“I was speechless,” said Reed after getting the call back. He was No. 245 in line with more than 1,000 others who showed up for the open call auditions in September at New York’s Lunt-Fontanne Theatre.
“I was prepared. I was confident and I stayed focused,” said Reed as he sang Jackson Five hits such as “I Want You Back”, “The Love You Save” and “ABC.”
Reed begins rehearsals on March 10. The show opens May 14 at Chicago’s Oriental Theatre then heads to San Francisco, Los Angeles, Cleveland and Detroit. The tour is expected in Charlotte in August of 2015, and the Durham Performing Arts Center is on the list too for the 2015 season.
At the young age of 13, Reed is no stranger to the stage. He just finished the NC Theatre’s production of Les Miserables, which kept him busy in the role of Gavroche. Reed was bitten by the acting bug when he was a three-year-old; he now has ten-years of acting, singing and dancing experience under his belt. His first appearance on the main stage at Raleigh Memorial Auditorium was in Oliver! (2012 – Workhouse Boy).
Reed performed the lead role in North Carolina Theatre Conservatory’s 2013 production In the Heights, and starred as the youngest Tommy in the conservatory’s 2012 show, The Who’s Tommy.
Reed says he will miss all of his friends at Wakefield Middle School including his teachers, class assignments and homework.
“I’ll have a tutor who will travel with me,” says Reed. “I’m sure I won’t fall behind in my education, because maintaining good grades is very important to me.”
Reed plans to earn a college degree in fine arts and a college degree in international relations. He plans to become bilingual, train to become an international spy and also wants to serve his country as an officer in the United States Army.
A Lynn Road Elementary teacher has earned a Fulbright Scholarship to teach in Argentina. She leaves this month, plans to blog with her students in Raleigh and will return to teach at the school next year.
The Wake County Public School System (WCPSS) is one of only four school districts in North Carolina where more than 90 per cent of teachers met or exceeded student academic growth standards on NC’s new Teacher Effectiveness Index for 2012-13. In Wake, 91.6 per cent of teachers met or exceeded academic growth standards. The smaller Dare County school system’s index tied Wake. The smaller Watauga County system’s teachers scored a 92 per cent, and 90.2 per cent of teachers in Cabarrus County Schools met or exceeded standards. The state average for North Carolina is 79.3 per cent. Continue Reading . . .
The Wake County Public School System has named 26 teachers as semifinalists for the Wake County Teacher of the Year. Continue Reading . . .
The Wake County Board of Education recognized 22 Wake County students as their school’s recipient of the Spotlight on Students award at the board meeting on Tuesday, February 18. The Spotlight on Students program has been a project of the Wake County Public School System since 1982. Continue Reading . . .
The Wake County Board of Education recognized 23 Wake County students as their school’s recipient of the Spotlight on Students award at the board meeting on Tuesday, February 4. The Spotlight on Students program has been a project of the Wake County Public School System since 1982. Continue Reading . . .
The deadline for teachers to apply for the Kenan Fellows Program is Sunday, Feb. 9.
Interested teachers may complete online applications for 2014-15 Fellowships.
Teachers selected as Kenan Fellows gain research experience outside of the classroom to bring innovative lessons back to students. They receive two weeks of professional development and a stipend.
The fellowship program positions teachers to serve as ambassadors and leaders in their schools and communities. Visit kenanfellows.org to learn more.
The Board of Education approved several staff appointments at its January 21 meeting.
- Teresa Abron has been appointed Interim Assistant Principal at Brier Creek Elementary School.
- Danny Barnes has been appointed Interim Principal at Green Hope High School.
- Mary Ciffone-Baker has been appointed Assistant Principal at Wakefield Middle School.
- Freda Cole has been appointed Interim Assistant Principal at Alston Ridge Elementary School.
- Stephanie Compton has been appointed Assistant Principal at Rolesville Elementary School.
- Jodi Lay has been appointed Assistant Principal at Leesville Road Elementary School.
- Matthew Price has been appointed Assistant Principal at Leesville Road High School.
Please note – This list includes new appointments. The board may also have approved contract extensions or modifications for employees to continue serving in their current roles.