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WCPSS names Principal and Assistant Principal of the Year finalists

The Wake County Public School System has selected the finalists for the 2014-15 Principal and Assistant Principal of the Year awards.

WCPSS principals and assistant principals nominate the finalists for the award.

The finalists for Principal of the Year are;

  • Dhedra Lassiter, Rolesville Middle
  • Timothy Locklair, Holly Springs High
  • Steven Moore, Fuquay-Varina Elementary
  • Winston Pierce, Farmington Woods Magnet Elementary
  • Teresa Winstead, Durant Road Elementary

The finalists for Assistant Principal of the Year are;

  • Wendel Evans, Rolesville Middle
  • Kristine Harris, Cary Elementary
  • Lacey Peckham, Middle Creek High
  • Travis Shillings, Brassfield Elementary
  • Vann Taylor, Timber Drive Elementary

The awards will be presented at the Principal and Assistant Principal of the Year celebration scheduled for October 8 at 6:30 p.m. at Marbles Kids Museum in Raleigh.

Briarcliff Elementary earns top national school honor

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today named Briarcliff Elementary a 2014 National Blue Ribbon School, the top federal education department honor for K-12 schools.

briarcliff-kindergartenBriarcliff is one of three N.C. elementary schools and 337 U.S. schools to earn the honor.

“We are very excited to receive this honor,” Briarcliff principal Stephanie Raiford said. “This reflects the hard work of our wonderful team of teachers and our tight knit school community.”

The U.S. Department of Education will honor Briarcliff and other Blue Ribbon Schools in ceremonies on Nov. 10-11 in Washington, D.C.

The N.C. Department of Public Instruction nominated Briarcliff for the Blue Ribbon process. Raiford said the school staff had to work together to complete the extensive documentation required for the Blue Ribbon application. Continue Reading . . .

WCPSS breaks ground for South Garner High

Wake County leaders turned dirt today to break ground for the new South Garner High opening in August 2016. Board of Education members, County Commissioners and Town of Garner leaders marked the start of construction where a new 111-classroom school will serve more than 2,300 students. Continue Reading . . .

Nine WCPSS seniors named 2015 National Merit Achievement Semifinalists

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation named nine Wake County Public School System students 2015 National Merit Achievement Semifinalists.

CARY HIGH: Caleb S. Alexander, Priscilla M. Van Dyke
GREEN HOPE HIGH: Hawi G. Tasissa
HERITAGE HIGH: Brianna P. Edmonds
PANTHER CREEK HIGH:  Amari D. Carethers
WAKE FOREST HIGH: Matthew Goodwin Continue Reading . . .

Weatherstone ES & Kingswood ES lockdown has been lifted

Update at 3:09 p.m. – The lockdown has been lifted.
At 2:50 p.m., we received word from the Cary Police Department that Weatherstone and Kingswood elementary schools should go into a community lockdown while law enforcement investigated an incident in the neighborhood near the schools.

In a community lockdown, all exterior doors of the school are locked and no one is allowed to enter or exit the building until an all-clear announcement is received from police. The school operates “business as usual” with the exception of no outside activities.

These steps are taken as a precautionary measure to ensure the safety of our students and faculty. Once the police gave us the all clear, the lockdown ended without any incident near the school campus.

The school system works closely with law enforcement and WCPSS Security in responding to such situations to ensure the safety of our students.

WCPSS receives $9M in federal funding to expand, refine magnet programs

The U.S. Department of Education (USED) has announced a grant award of more than $9 million to expand and revise magnet school themes in the Wake County Public School System. The Magnet Schools Assistance Program (MSAP) award, announced today, will provide funding over the next three years to support three new magnet school themes. It also will support revisions to two existing magnet themes. Continue Reading . . .

Board addresses school capacity at five schools

The Wake County Board of Education agreed on steps to more efficiently use classroom space at five schools beginning with the 2015-16 school year.

The board determined that:

Alston Ridge Elementary, currently operating at 111.6 percent on a single-track year-round calendar, will expand to a multi-track, year-round calendar.  The school system will delay adding temporary classrooms at the school pending future growth.

Ballentine Elementary, currently operating at 65.1 percent on a four-track, year-round calendar, will drop one of its tracks. Four temporary classrooms will be identified for relocation and removed from the school’s crowding calculation. Ballentine will be reviewed again during the next enrollment plan update for options to increase facility utilization. Continue Reading . . .

Funding will support WCPSS counseling and other student services

Students in four Wake County Public School System schools will receive bolstered counseling services aimed at supporting better academic performance through improved discipline and attendance, thanks to a grant from the U.S. Department of Education announced today.

The $1.1 million award from the USED Elementary and Secondary School Counseling Program will serve Creech Road, Fox Road, Green and Lynn Road Elementary Schools. Over the next three years, the grant funds will be used to increase the number of counselors on staff and to decrease the counselor to student ratio, as well as to provide outreach to bilingual families and to support the needs of identified children of military families.

“This is an area that has a very real and meaningful impact on how we address all the needs of students,” said Cathy Moore, Deputy Superintendent for School Performance. “We know that strong counseling and other student support services are directly tied to increased academic performance.”

WCPSS is one of 40 school districts from across the nation to receive funding, totaling more than $14.7 million. The grant’s objective is to improve discipline, student attendance, academic performance and social skills development via counseling services.

In addition, funds may be used to boost parental involvement, professional development and to partner with mental health organizations and other services. For more information on the grant, visit

What is the meaning of this STUNT?


A competitive, high-energy new sport for female high school athletes is coming to the Wake County Public School System this spring.

STUNT is a team sport derived from cheerleading, removing the crowd-leading element and focusing on the technical and athletic components of cheer, including partner stunts, pyramids, basket tosses, group jumps and tumbling.

It’s growing in popularity on the collegiate level and is starting to gain popularity at the high school level. WCPSS will be the first district to implement STUNT in North Carolina.

Here’s how it works: The matches are head-to-head between two teams and divided into four quarters. Predetermined routines are distributed to all teams prior to the start of the season. The first quarter is partner stunts, second quarter features pyramids and tosses, the third quarter brings group jumps and tumbling and the fourth quarter is the team performance. Judges tally scores after each quarter and award points to determine a winner. Click HERE for a video breakdown of STUNT.

Interest meetings in all 21 Wake County high schools will be held later this month. Contact your school’s athletic director for more information. Schools will decide if they will field a STUNT team based on interest level. Tryouts are slated to begin on March 2, 2015, with games to be held on Thursday nights starting on Mach 19. The first North Carolina STUNT Championship will be held in early May at Broughton High School.

For more information on the rules and format, click HERE.

Microsoft blog highlights Green Hope teacher’s success

Green Hope High teacher Marty Roettgen is highlighted in a Microsoft blog article on her success in teaching students Microsoft Office skills. Roettgen is 3-for-3 with national champions in the Certiport Microsoft Office competition in her three years teaching the 2010 Microsoft Excel and Access courses. The article notes her most recent national champ, Daniel Hill was offered a paid summer internship for his Microsoft Excel expertise and will be applying for colleges this fall.