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Schools receive Target field trip grants

Herbert Akins Elementary, Carver Elementary and Athens Drive High School received Target Field Trip grants in 2013-14.  Ranging from a family day at Pullen Park to a visit to N.C. State University to learn about solar power and green technologies, field trips exposed students to fresh experiences and new ideas.  The application period for Target’s field trip grants, which are up to $700, opens on August 1 and runs through September 30 for the 2014-15 school year.

Fox Road receives library grant

Fox Road Elementary School has received a $5,000 grant from the Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries, which annually makes grants to support school libraries.  The grant will be used to support Fox Road’s library improvement goal to develop a culture of literacy outside school hours. For their emerging readers, this means reading with parents at home.  Funds from this grant will be used to improve the library collection for children from kindergarten through second grade, honoring the school’s diversity by purchasing books on other cultures and increasing bilingual texts, particularly those written in both English and Spanish.

Museum grant connects Wake students to international communities

The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences’ e-Mammal International program is one of nine new projects announced today by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and the American Alliance of Museums as part of a Museums Connect grant. This award of $83,000 will allow Wake students to connect with communities around the world through a museum-based exchange program.

e-Mammal International seeks to promote cultural understanding among children between the ages of 11 and 14 through the lens of applied scientific research among middle schools in the United States, India and Mexico. This international partnership will expand upon the work of Dr. Roland Kays (Director of the Biodiversity Lab at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences) and his ongoing research project, e-Mammal, to collaboratively engage children worldwide in learning about science while simultaneously learning about each other’s cultures. e-Mammal is a citizen science project that uses camera traps to document animal population sizes and habitat use. The Museum (Raleigh, NC), the Bombay Natural History Society (Mumbai, India) and the Museo de Paleontología (Guadalajara, Mexico) will work together to engage children and their teachers while also generating data for scientists in each of these respective countries.

The Museums Connect grant also leverages a larger grant from the National Science Foundation (Students Discover) that will allow Museum staff to produce a curriculum module that teachers can use to implement e-Mammal in the classroom.

“Camera traps are a great tool for teaching about science because they allow kids to get their own amazing pictures of animals, translate those into data points, and start to ask their own questions about zoology,” said Kays. “This Museums Connect grant will add a new dimension to our work, using cool animal pictures not only to engage kids with science, but also to help them learn about other parts of the world and their cultures. We know our cameras in North Carolina return all kinds of surprising pictures of wildlife living near schools like deer, raccoons, foxes and coyotes – I can’t wait to see what species we find in India and Mexico.”

The program, which runs through June, 2015 will encourage 6th, 7th and 8th grade Wake County Public School students from  Carroll, East Cary, East Wake, and North Garner Middle Schools and their teachers to:

  • Create an introductory video that captures the nuances of everyday life as a middle school student in their country. This video will aid students in expanding their knowledge of different cultures and will be uploaded onto the e-Mammal website,
  • Learn more about the scientific method and contribute to making new discoveries about how wildlife adapts to humans around the world.
  • Upload data to the e-Mammal website and database, which will be used by the scientific community.
  • Meet working scientists and researchers to learn more about careers in STEM

The Museum will partner with International Focus to stage a cultural event at the Museum as part of the capstone experience to help teach local children and visiting Indian and Mexican children about cultural diversity. International Focus is a non-profit, 501 (c)(3) organization with the mission to support North Carolina’s international communities and promote American ideals through cross-cultural communication, education, understanding, and the celebration of culture, arts, and cuisine from around the world. The event will feature youth groups performing traditional Indian and Mexican dances in costumes. Since its inception and now in its seventh year, Museums Connect has linked American museums in 26 states and the District of Columbia with partners abroad in 45 countries, including Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Cambodia, China, Mexico, Kenya and Morocco. The program is excited to announce that it is now accepting applications for the 2015 cycle to further extend the program’s reach. This year’s grantees embrace the discipline and geographic diversity that is the signature of Museums Connect; locations new to the program include Cambodia, Honduras, Jamaica, Mongolia, and Romania. Further information about the 2014 awardees can be found at

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.