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Families invited to Kick-off to Kindergarten at Marbles Kids Museum


A student learns about the cafeteria at the 2013 Kick-off to Kindergarten at Marbles Kids Museum.

WCPSS is partnering again this year with Marbles Kids Museum and  other local groups to give kindergartners a sneak peek at the first day of school!
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Raleigh Chamber provides two day leadership event for WCPSS students

A group of 50 Wake County high school students met at the Captrust Tower in Midtown for a two-day High Climbers Career & Leadership Summit organized by a Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce Leadership Raleigh Team.

Highcroft Drive ES celebrates 10th Anniversary with carnival

Highcroft Drive Elementary School is turning 10!

Families, friends, and community supporters are invited to attend the school’s 10th Anniversary carnival from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, May 30.

The event will be held, rain or shine, on the school’s playing field. Kids can enjoy inflatables, carnival snacks, a DJ, a dunk-tank, a raffle, and more.

WCPSS brings Letterland to Pullen Park

Elementary school families filled Pullen Park on Saturday to spend time with favorite Letterland characters. WCPSS Literacy staff worked with elementary schools, WAKE Up and Read and Raleigh Parks and Recreation staff to bring Letterland characters to life for a day to reward students for their work in reading.

Photos of the event are at WCPSS Facebook.

Letterland arrives at Pullen Park Saturday

Pullen Park will become the home of Harry the Hat and Sammy Snake on Saturday, May 17 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Continue Reading . . .

Proctors needed for Testing Season

Proctor training for Central Services Administrators is underway and organizers are issuing the call for assistance.  Proctors serve an important role as an additional monitor who helps the test administrator to ensure testing occurs fairly and uniformly. Proctors are assigned by school Test Coordinators to assist during the administration of testing to all students in grades third through eighth and in high school courses for which an End of Course or NC Final Exam is administered. proctor 2

proctor 2Proctors are desperately needed during the last two weeks of school, as all testing must be given during the last 5 to 10 days before the last day of school for each calendar type, such as all year round tracks and modified calendar schools.

All proctors must attend a test administration training session and agree to fulfill the duties described.  Community members are also encouraged to sign up to proctor and are welcome to contact the schools of their choice to offer their time. Volunteers will be trained to serve as a proctor by the school test coordinator.   If an individual has not signed up to volunteer in our schools previously, WCPSS provides a volunteer sign-up process that is open on Mondays between 8 a.m.-4 p.m.  The sign up process for volunteers will end on May 19. If you wish to participate, please sign up by May 19th at:

WCPSS  staff who want to volunteer assisting schools auntitleds they scramble to prepare for end of year testing can receive proctor training provided by the Testing Office.  All WCPSS Central Services Administrators interested in supporting the schools and serving as a proctor can sign up for a training session in eSchools . If you are trained by the Testing Office, you will not need to be trained at the school and vice versa. Testing Administrators say it’s a perfect opportunity for everyone to come together to support our schools and our students!


The next scheduled training session is:

Where: Testing Office -Rock Quarry Road, Bldg. F
When: Tuesday, May 13, at 1:00 PM

WCPSS staff who are not available for the above scheduled training are encouraged to contact the testing office to schedule a training session email:





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Board of Education appoints Assistant Superintendent for Equity Affairs

The Board of Education has hired Rodney Trice to become the district’s first Assistant Superintendent of Equity Affairs. Trice was appointed at the May 6, 2014, meeting.

Trice currently serves in a similar position at the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools. He has been an educator for 16 years, working as a teacher, school administrator, and district-level administrator.

In his new role, Trice will work with the superintendent’s office and Board of Education on developing and implementing the district’s long-term strategic goals and objectives related to diversity and equity.

Teachers encouraged to apply for Wake Ed Partnership grants


The Wake Education Partnership is offering Teacher Leadership Grants for the 2014-15 school year. The application deadline is May 9.

Innovative Instruction Grants are available in the following areas: general, arts, literacy, Exceptional Children with autism, life science, and the Dr. Sherri Merritt Literacy Scholarship.

Teachers can win up to $1,000 for an individual teacher application and up to $3,000 for a professional learning team. Continue Reading . . .

Arc of Wake County recognizes teachers, bus assistant for Special Education work


Sherri Miller works with a student at an adapted P.E. event in March.

The Arc of Wake County will honor four WCPSS employees on Tuesday, May 6, for their work in Special Education.

Teacher of the Year
Sherri Miller, an Adapted P.E. Teacher, has been an educator for 17 years. She works with schools to ensure that all students have physical education adapted to their physical abilities and needs. Miller was nominated by Cherie Hampton. Continue Reading . . .

Phillips Students Finish Best in State Math Fair

Mary Phillips Math contest winners

     Back row L to R: Angelica Del Rosario Adriana Gutierrez DaChrisha Ramsey Michael Bowman Alexandra Gutierrez Isabel Hernandez Veronica Torres Front Row L to R: Math Teacher: Nicolle Martin Tiffany Jacobs

Back row L to R:
Angelica Del Rosario
Adriana Gutierrez
DaChrisha Ramsey
Michael Bowman
Alexandra Gutierrez
Isabel Hernandez
Veronica Torres
Front Row L to R:
Math Teacher: Nicolle Martin
Tiffany Jacobs

untitledMary Phillips Math contest winnersMary E. Phillips High School sent four students to the State Mathematics Fair sponsored by the North Carolina Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCCTM) held at The North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics in Durham, N.C.

Mary Phillips Math contest winners

The teams of Isabel Hernandez and Veronica Torres, as well as, DaChrisha Ramsey and Angelica Del Rosario, qualified for the State fair by placing third and second place, respectively, in the Eastern Regional Math Competition, which was held at Eastern Carolina University in Greenville N.C., on March 14, 2014.

On Friday May 2nd, the team of Isabel Hernandez and Veronica Torres finished 2nd place in the State Math Competition, High School Division.  There was no 1st place award given.  Although these students were given a second place finish, no other project placed higher in their division.  Therefore, Isabel and Veronica, proudly represent Mary E. Phillips High School, and Wake County, with the best Math project in the State of North Carolina in the High School Division, according to the NCCTM.

Mary E. Phillips went into the competition led by Math teacher Nicolle Martin, a first-year beginning teacher.