National Magnet Schools Of America RecognitionWe did it again! 2016 Magnet School of ExcellenceMagnet Schools of America has established the Magnet Schools of Merit Award to recognize the top magnet schools in the United States. The Magnet Schools of Merit Award recognizes magnet schools that show a commitment to high academic standards, curriculum innovation, successful desegregation/diversity efforts, specialized teaching staffs, and parent and community involvement. Two categories of awards have been established by MSA: The top category given to a group of select magnet schools is the Magnet School of Excellence Award and the second category of awards is the Magnet School of Distinction Award. Schools recognized must be members of Magnet Schools of America and must submit an application that is scored by a panel of educators. Cash awards are provided to the top Magnet Schools of Excellence. For more information go to http://www.magnet.edu/modules/info/magnet_schools_of_merit.html.
Teacher of the Year 2015-2016
CONNgratulations to Keeley Tarkington, Conn's 2015 - 2016 Teacher of the Year!
Teacher Assistant of the Year 2015-2016CONNgratulations to Beth Naranjo, Conn's 2015-2016 TA of the Year!
Conn Cafeteria Staff recognized by the Healthier School US ChallengeConn's Cafeteria Staff was recently recognized by the USDA, DPI, Board Members, and our School Superintendent at an awards ceremony hosted by the county. The HealthierUS School Challenge (HUSSC) is a voluntary initiative established in 2004 to recognize those schools participating in the National School Lunch Program that have created healthier school environments through promotion of nutrition and physical activity. We are so proud of the efforts of our cafeteria staff and know that without them our students would not be able to fully function in the classroom each day.
National Board Certified TeachersThe Wake County Public School System is the second largest employer in the nation of teachers and guidance counselors who have achieved certification by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS), employing 1,440 National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs). The NBPTS was created in 1987, establishing a system of advanced certification for teachers based on high and rigorous standards. It identifies five core propositions that describe the knowledge, skills, and dispositions that characterize accomplished teaching. NBPTS created, where none existed before, professional standards for the nation's K-12 teachers. It provides a means for teachers and guidance counselors, like professionals in other fields, to achieve distinction by demonstrating, through a demanding performance assessment, that they meet high and rigorous standards for what accomplished teachers should know and be able to do. Congratulations to the following:
- Nancy Hanley, Academically Intellectually Gifted Teacher
- Carla Massengill, Fourth Grade Teacher
- Dani Sams, Fourth Grade Teacher
- Stephanie Anolick, Fourth Grade Teacher
- Amy Dameron, Literacy Teacher
- Jenny Bormann, Intervention Teacher
Kenan Fellows Program for Teacher Leadership
Founded in 2000, the Kenan Fellows Program for Teacher Leadership addresses the critical need for high-quality professional development for educators, and is the largest (science, technology, engineering and math) STEM-focused teacher leadership program in North Carolina.
Approximately 50 outstanding K–12 teachers from across the state are selected annually for this year-long program. Key components are a three-week summer internship with a mentor in a research or applied STEM setting, and 80 hours of professional development that builds leadership capacity and promotes curricular design bridging STEM at work with STEM at school.
- Linnea Gibson, 2016-2017 Fellow -- Increasing Yields in the STEM Field: Bayer, Crop Science Division