Principal's Message

  • September 13, 2021

    Posted by Joyce Deaton on 9/13/2021 7:00:00 AM

    Parent Update 9-12-21

    Virtual Senior Parent Meeting

    Senior parents: please join us for a virtual senior parent information session hosted by Student Services on Tuesday, September 14, 2021. Two sessions are scheduled for 9am and 6pm. Both will cover information on graduation, college admissions and other important senior information. Please plan to attend only one session as Google Meet has a limit on capacity. Links to each session will be posted on the Wakefield Homepage on Monday, September 13, 2021. 

     

    Meet the Teacher Night Feedback Survey

    We would like to thank all of you who participated in last week’s Meet the Teacher Night.  Please complete this survey to provide us with feedback regarding this event.   

     

    Student Devices

    Wakefield High School has over 700 Chromebooks to distribute to students. We highly encourage all students to pick up, or exchange, their device in the media center this week. All unclaimed devices will be returned to the WCPSS distribution pool.   We encourage all students whether they have a devise or not to get a WCPSS issued Chromebook because of the compatibility with the platforms we are using as a district.  Those receiving a school-issued Chromebook must complete and submit a Student Device Program Agreement form.  This form can also be found on the WHS homepage under the Quicklinks section.  Students who need hotspots may contact Ms. Claudia Collins at cncollins@wcpss.net

     

    Bell/Lunch Schedule

    A slight change to our bell schedule will begin on Monday, September 13, 2021. We will begin to dismiss students with an off-campus pass five (5) minutes earlier than normal. The slight adjustment to the lunch schedule will be explained to students with off-campus lunch passes on Monday.

     

    PSAT/NMSQT 

    Wakefield High School will offer the PSAT/NMSQT in-person on October 13, 2021 at 7:30 am.   Unlike last year, we will no longer be restricting participants to students in the 11th grade.  However, the PSAT/NMSQT contains problems with Algebra I and Geometry concepts. Therefore, students that have not successfully completed Math 1 should consider not registering. 

    The PSAT/NMSQT allows 11th grade students the opportunity to potentially qualify for a National Merit scholarship if they receive a very high score (generally the top 1%). For this reason, WCPSS is offering the test free of charge to those students with a weighted GPA of 4.3125 or higher.  The PSAT will be $18.00 and must be submitted prior to testing.  Please complete the link for registration found on the school website homepage in the banner by September 10, 2021. 

     

    Yearbooks and Senior Ads

    Yearbooks are on sale, for the lowest price of the year, until September 24, 2021! You can purchase a book online at jostensyearbook.com and selecting Wakefield High School-Raleigh as your school. You can also purchase a recognition ad for your senior with the same link. 

     

    Underclassmen Picture Day

    Picture day for 9th-11th graders will take place on September 15, 2021 during 1st and 2nd period. More information can be found

    here: https://sites.google.com/wcpss.net/whsyearbook/news

    Yours,

    Malik Bazzell, Principal

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  • August 29, 2021

    Posted by Joyce Deaton on 8/29/2021 1:00:00 PM

    Parent Update 8-29-21

    Meet the Teacher Night/ Open House

    Parents, the Fall 2021 Open House us schedule for September 9th starting at 6:30 PM.  It is highly recommended parents/guardians access teachers’ rooms using their child’s WakeID account. We look forward to seeing everyone next Thursday evening. The proposed schedule is below, however it's subject to change. More information will be sent out via school messenger before the actual event.

    6:45-6:55pm Period 1

    7:00-7:10pm Period 2

    7:15-7:25pm Period 3

    7:30-7:40pm Period 4

    7:45-8:00pm “Missed Someone” Period

    Please access your child’s schedule through PowerSchool. Parents/guardians without PowerSchool access may contact their child’s counselor. Parents/guardians may contact Ms. Cook, at kcook2@wcpss.net, if they need to create or reset their PowerSchool account.

     

    School-Issued Chromebooks

    VA students who missed device pick-up may pick-up a Chromebook in the WHS Media Center from 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Monday-Friday.  Other students will receive their device over the next few weeks.  Students are welcomed to use their personal device if they choose.  However, we encourage all students whether they have a devise or not to get a WCPSS issued Chromebook because of the compatibility with the platforms we are using as a district.  Those receiving a school-issued Chromebook must complete and submit a Student Device Program Agreement form.  This form can also be found on the WHS homepage under the Quicklinks section.  Students who need hotspots may contact Ms. Claudia Collins at cncollins@wcpss.net

     

    COVID-19 Updates

    Please review the latest updates regarding COVID-19 by clicking here.  Students are required to wear masks inside the building at all times, except when actively eating or drinking.  Masks are optional if outside.  Parents may contact Mr. Cummings with COVID related questions.  Mr. Cummings can be reached at 919.562.3600 x22232, or wcummings@wcpss.net.

     

    Parent Information Night Feedback Survey

    Parents who participated in our information night on Thursday, August 19, are asked to complete the following survey.  The survey will be posted on the WHS homepage by Tuesday, August 24.  This will assist us in planning future events. 

     

    Campus Beautification Efforts

    Due to an issue with our school lawn care service, we are asking parents and community members to help assist until the company is able to return to taking care of our facility.  If you or someone you know has a mower and is willing to help the school grounds continue to look good for our students in the interim, please contact our athletic director Chancey Wolfe.  You can email him at cwolfe@wcpss.net.  

     

    Carpool and Student Pick Up and Drop Off

    Parents if you are new to Wakefield High School and you are dropping your child off in the morning or picking them up after school, please review the following link concerning carpool procedure. https://www.wcpss.net/Page/3515. Additionally, for the safety of everyone  it is important that you only use designated areas for student drop off and pick up. Please don’t use the Handicap Loop in front of the school, the Wakefield Bus Parking Lot or the Middle School Staff Parking Lot to drop your children off in the morning. It is causing safety issues for both students and staff. 

     

    PSAT/NMSQT 

    Wakefield High School will offer the PSAT/NMSQT in-person on October 13, 2021 at 7:30 am.   Unlike last year, we will no longer be restricting participants to students in the 11th grade.  However, the PSAT/NMSQT contains problems with Algebra I and Geometry concepts. Therefore, students that have not successfully completed Math 1 should consider not registering. 

    The PSAT/NMSQT allows 11th grade students the opportunity to potentially qualify for a National Merit scholarship if they receive a very high score (generally the top 1%). For this reason, WCPSS is offering the test free of charge to those students with a weighted GPA of 4.3125 or higher.  The PSAT will be $18.00 and must be submitted prior to testing.  Please complete the link for registration found on the school website homepage in the banner by September 10, 2021. 

    Yours,

    Malik Bazzell, Principal

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  • August 1, 2021

    Posted by Joyce Deaton on 8/1/2021 12:00:00 PM

    Looking for Information for the School Year?

    Our website is a great place to start. We have lots of information there to get you started for the school year. Check back frequently as information is added daily for the upcoming year.

     

    Technology Help

    Students can get technology help on our website in order to claim their WakeID and begin the process for accessing our technology apps and platforms.

     

    New To Wakefield?

    We will hold a New Student Orientation for grades 11-12 on August 23rd at 1:00. Students will have the chance to tour the school, find their classrooms, receive key information, and meet staff and students. No reservation is required. Look forward to seeing you then!

     

    Virtual Academy Students

    Information will be shared soon regarding access to learning platforms, daily schedule, etc. Class schedules for Virtual Academy will be available the week of August 17th.

     

    Meningococcal Vaccination Requirement:

    By NC law, all seniors are required to get the 2nd dose of the Meningococcal vaccination. This applies to seniors that are yearlong virtual and in-person. The deadline to get this vaccination is Monday, August 16, 2021. Updated immunization records must be submitted by Monday, August 16th. An appointment card will not meet the requirements. You can email the immunization record to Ms. Favors at cfavors@wcpss.net or drop it off at the school from 7am to 3pm. If you have additional questions, please contact Ms. Favors by email or phone at 919-562-3600.

     

    Class Schedules

    Class schedules will be available in PowerSchool the week of August 17th in PowerSchool. The Course Change request period will be from August 18th-245th. The form will be posted on the website in the Student Service section beginning August 17th.

    Yours,

    Malik Bazzell, Principal

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  • July 5, 2021

    Posted by Joyce Deaton on 7/5/2021 9:00:00 AM

    Student Schedules

    Parents and students, PowerSchool and ParentPortal are down for routine state maintenance. Student schedules will be finalized and available in August. More information will be shared at a later date.

    Wolverine Club

    Our next booster club meeting will be held on Monday, July 12 at 6:00 in the media center.  Please come out and see how you can get involved in supporting our athletic programs for the 21-22 school year.   

     

    Student Parking

    The Process to apply for 2021-2022 school parking is open until August 20th and is completely online. Students  can access the application on the school website in the "Wakefield News" section.  To be eligible for parking, students must:

    • Complete the application online, which includes submitting: 
    • Signed copy of parking rules and regulations sheet
    • Photocopy of driver license
    • Photocopy of registration for each vehicle registered
    • Payment of parking fee (200.00 $)
    • You may be asked to pay any other outstanding school fines. 

    When completed, students will receive a temporary pass with thierr parking space number to be used the first week of school.  Students will exchange it in the front office for a permanent pass during the first week, Either at lunch or after school."

    Contact Mr. Harris if you have questions. charris8@wpcss.net

     

    Senior Pictures

    Senior pictures will take place at our school, in the small gym, from July 26th to July 30th. Strawbridge will be offering formal tux and drape, cap and gown, and inside/outside casual photos this year. Student can sign up by clicking the banner on the school webpage to schedule an appointment. 

    Things to know before you take your photos: 

    • Pricing for photos: Formal/Cap&Gown photo ($19.99) OR all backgrounds ($39.99)
    • Students will have the opportunity to see their photos and choose their yearbook pose at the session. 
    • Senior proofs will be emailed to the email address that they use when they sign up for the appointment. The email will be verified on picture day. If the proofs should go to a parent/guardian, please make sure this is communicated by providing that email address. 
    • Students will have the opportunity to come to any of the high schools that Strawbridge works with this summer if they are not able to make it the week scheduled for Wakefield HS. If you need to schedule for a different week at another school, you can choose one of the alternate sign ups through the school banner link.

     

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  • June 7, 2021

    Posted by Joyce Deaton on 6/6/2021 6:00:00 PM

    Student Survey

    Parents please have your child complete the student survey developed by the district

    Students can access the survey here:

    College Bound Seniors

    All seniors planning to attend college must send a FINAL transcript to the admissions office of the college they will attend in the Fall of 2021.  For guidance on how to complete this process for both North Carolina and out-of-state schools, please visit the WHS website on the Senior Student Services page.

     

    Senior with Technology Devices

    Attention Seniors. All WCPSS Chromebooks, wifi hotspots, textbooks and other school materials must be returned to the school during exam week. Students will not be permitted to participate in graduation ceremonies if these items are not returned.

     

    WCPSS Technology Devices

    Attention Students. All WCPSS wifi hotspots must be returned to the school during exam week. Hotspots will be deactivated June 12th. New hotspots will be distributed to families who need them at the start of the next school year. Students returning to the WCPSS may keep their Chromebook over the summer. Students who are not returning to a WCPSS school must return their device to the media center by Friday, June 11.

     

    Fall Term CCP Classes

    The deadline to apply for Fall semester CCP classes at Wake Tech is June 11th.  If you plan to take classes at Wake Tech in the Fall, you need to apply ASAP.  Email Mrs. Joyner (sjoyner@wcpss.net) if you have questions.  Students who have been accepted to Wake Tech's CCP program:  Make sure you are completing the orientation and registering for your classes. If you need assistance, please reach out to Mrs. Joyner.  You will also need to notify your counselor so that we can adjust your class schedule for the Fall.

     

    School Awards Presentations

    Congratulations to all our students who were recognized this week during our 2 Virtual Awards Presentations.  Both the Senior Awards and Underclassmen Awards links are available on the main page of the WHS website.

    Link to Underclassman School Awards Presentation

    Link to Senior Awards Presentation

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  • June 2, 2021

    Posted by Joyce Deaton on 6/2/2021 7:00:00 AM

    Underclassmen Awards Pickup

    Parents and students, we will hold a drive through Underclassmen Awards Distribution on Saturday, June 5 from 9:00-10:30.  If you were named as an award winner at our virtual ceremony on May 27, you may pick up your certificate in the traffic loop at the main entrance to the school. Hope to see you then! 

     

    College Bound Seniors

    All seniors planning to attend college must send a FINAL transcript to the admissions office of the college they will attend in the Fall of 2021.  For guidance on how to complete this process for both North Carolina and out-of-state schools, please visit the WHS website on the Senior Student Services page.

     

    Fall Term CCP Classes

    The deadline to apply for Fall semester CCP classes at Wake Tech is June 11th.  If you plan to take classes at Wake Tech in the Fall, you need to apply ASAP.  Email Mrs. Joyner (sjoyner@wcpss.net) if you have questions.  Students who have been accepted to Wake Tech's CCP program:  Make sure you are completing the orientation and registering for your classes. If you need assistance, please reach out to Mrs. Joyner.  You will also need to notify your counselor so that we can adjust your class schedule for the Fall.

     

    School Awards Presentations

    Congratulations to all our students who were recognized this week during our 2 Virtual Awards Presentations.  Both the Senior Awards and Underclassmen Awards links are available on the main page of the WHS website.

    Link to Underclassman School Awards Presentation

    Link to Senior Awards Presentation

     

    Seniors with school materials checked out

    Attention Seniors.  All WCPSS Chromebooks, wifi hot-spots, textbooks and other school materials must be returned to the school during exam week.

     

    WCPSS Hot spots

    Attention Students.  All WCPSS wifi hot spots must be returned to the school during exam week.  Hot-spots will be deactivated June 12th.  New hot-spots will be distributed to families who need them at the start of the next school year

    Final Exams

    Final Exams starts Wednesday June 2nd. All students who report on-site are expected to attend the full day of school June 2nd and 3rd. Exam specific classes start June 4th. Only students in CTE classes or EOC classes are expected to come on-site regardless of whether they are virtual or not. Please refer to the exam schedule to see when and if your child is schedule to take an on-site exam this week or next week. 

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  • May 24, 2021

    Posted by Joyce Deaton on 5/24/2021 6:00:00 AM

    Yearbooks 

    The last day to purchase a yearbook is May 25th. You can purchase a book at jostens.com/yearbooks. Yearbooks will be pre-order only this year---we will not be ordering any extras to be sold after delivery. 

     

    Yearbook Delivery

    In order to include all our sports and to cover our transition to in-person instruction, the yearbook will not be submitted until the end of this month. This means that yearbooks will not be available for pick up until August. Parents and guardians will be able to pick up books for graduated seniors. We will send out an email to those who purchased with pick up dates and times once books have arrived on site. 

     

    Final Exams Schedule

    Parents, we wanted to share our Spring 2021 Final Exam Schedule and Memo with you at this time.  Please see the banner page on our school website, as well the Exam Information link under the Academics tab.  

     

    AP Exams

    AP exam administration will begin Wednesday, May 26. Students who test will be provided an excused absence from all classes on the day of their exam. Exams will not be administered on site and are scheduled to begin at 12:00 pm and 4:00 pm. Please check with your child to ensure they have downloaded the digital testing app on their testing device. The AP exam and review session schedule can be located on the WHS homepage.

     

    Transportation for the 2021-2022 School Year

    WCPSS Transportation is preparing for the next school year. Please read all the important information below.

    Check Your Transportation Status

    • View your student’s 2021-22 Transportation status via your student’s Homebase/Powerschool account. Sign up for an account at your student’s school. More information on Home Base is available at www.wcpss.net/student-information.
    • Your student’s AM and/or PM transportation codes will display “Y” (yes) or “N” (no) for the 2021-22 school year until routes are posted. Routes usually are posted about 10 days before the start of the school year.
    • If your student’s code is “Y” and your student will be using transportation next school year, no action is required.
    • If your student’s code is “N” and you would like for your student to use transportation next school year, please submit a transportation request.
    • If your student is assigned to a bus but is not a bus rider, please submit the decline bus form at www.wcpss.net/declinebus so that we have the most up-to-date information.
    • If you need further assistance with bus service contact Mr. Cummings. Mr. Cummings may reach at wcummings@wcpss.net or 919.562.3600 x.22232.
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  • May 16, 2021

    Posted by Joyce Deaton on 5/16/2021 6:00:00 PM

    End of Year Exams

    Parents and Students, as we approach the end of the school year, we wanted to share our exam schedule with you and provide you with some information that will help you prepare for exams.  This information is posted on our school website on the banner and on the Exam Information page under the Academics Tab. If a student cannot take their exam for any reason  during the assigned test time, he or she should set up a time for a make-up test during the testing window. Your child’s teacher is a great resource for additional information about your child’s final exam for their class.

     

    All School Awards Presentation

    WHS will be conducting a virtual All School Awards presentation on May 27th at 6:30pm.  This will be our time to recognize our underclassmen and their achievements for the 2020-2021 school year.

     

    College Bound Seniors

    Seniors -- all students planning to attend college must send a FINAL transcript to the admissions office of the college they will attend in the Fall of 2021.  For guidance on how to complete this process for both North Carolina and out-of-state schools, please visit the WHS website on the Senior Student Services page.

     

    Fall Term CCP Classes

    The deadline to apply for Fall semester CCP classes at Wake Tech is June 11th.  If you plan to take classes at Wake Tech next Fall, you need to apply ASAP.  Email Mrs. Joyner (sjoyner@wcpss.net) if you have questions.  Students who have been accepted to Wake Tech's CCP program:  Make sure you are completing the orientation and registering for your classes. If you need assistance, please reach out to Mrs. Joyner.  You will also need to notify your counselor so that we can adjust your class schedule for next Fall.

     

    Senior Survey

    Seniors -- please complete the Senior Survey and the Scholarship Reporting form ASAP.  Links are available on the WHS website under Senior News and Senior Updates.

     

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  • April 26, 2021

    Posted by Joyce Deaton on 4/26/2021 7:00:00 AM

    PTSA Scholarship

    1)  The PTSA has voted to extend the deadline for seniors and their parents to join the PTSA and for seniors to apply for one of the PTSA senior scholarships (Academic, Service, First Generation, Community College, Visual and Performing Arts).  

    The new deadline to join the PTSA and to apply is April 30th at 5:00 pm (EST).  A reminder that to be able to submit the scholarship application both the student and at least one parent/guardian must be a member of the PTSA.  The links to join the PTSA and the scholarship applications can be found on the home page of the PTSA website http://wakefieldhsptsa.org

     

    Scholarship Reporting

    2) Friendly reminder to complete the Senior Survey and the Scholarship Reporting Form -- please and THANK YOU:

    https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1HxXngSrxAaEDpIFM-_YPTc_t7V3ZAvp0UxirM5gmmnA/edit

    https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf4Wm6ap5WzTkHA4yqb47S-xW4Eactgwo9nGgNSRzaKat0WHg/viewform

     

    PRE ACT

    All sophomores (In-Person and Virtual Academy students) will take the PreACT on Wednesday, April 28, as part of North Carolina’s college readiness initiative.  There is no need to pre-register or sign up.  All 10th grade students can take the PreACT for free.  Buses will run that day with a dismissal time of 12:00 pm.  Sophomores should be present on campus by 7:20 am.  If students have an ACT approved graphing calculator, they should bring it with them, though all math problems can be solved without a calculator. There will be a short break, so students may want to bring a water bottle and a small snack.  Students will be required to wear a mask the entire time they are on campus. Please email Amy Russell with questions (arrussell@wcpss.net).

     

    Senior Cap and Gown Photos: Link NOW Available!!

    Cap and Gown photos will be taken on April 30th in the Media Center. If you would like to participate, you can sign up using the link here. You will need to provide your own cap and gown.

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  • April 21, 2021

    Posted by Joyce Deaton on 4/21/2021 2:00:00 PM

    Senior Cap and Gown Photos: Link NOW Available!!

    Cap and Gown photos will be taken on April 30th in the Media Center. If you would like to participate, you can sign up using the link here. You will need to provide your own cap and gown, so make sure you have ordered these items from Jostens before the April 22nd pick up date! 

     

    Juniors

    Parents of Juniors - Please tell your student to check their email for an important message from Student Services.  

     

    Ticket Clarification

    We will be sending out a form closer to Senior Day to collect names of who will be using your tickets to the ceremony. The graduation RSVP is simply to collect who plans to walk at graduation in order to get an accurate count to help us plan the ceremonies. Our goal is to give families time to organize their party to avoid unnecessary changes as lists must be accurate.

    Students who have RSVP'd to graduation will be the only ones eligible to get tickets. Tickets will only be available to be picked up at the Graduation Rehearsal on June 7th, which is a mandatory event. 

     

    Jostens Cap and Gown Pick Up

    Reminder that Jostens will be on campus on Thursday, April 22st for Cap and Gown pick up from 2-3 in the building and from 3-4 for curbside pickup. This will be your last chance to pick up your Jostens products before Senior Day. Please make sure you have someone pick up your products, so you are ready for Graduation in June! If you haven't ordered yet, do so TODAY to pick up on Thursday or you pick up will be in May!

     

    Graduation RSVP

    If you haven't already RSVP'd to graduation, please make sure you do so by Friday, April 23! Click here to RSVP

     

    PTSA Scholarships

    PTSA Scholarship Applications are now open to the Class of 2021 and are available on the WHS Website under the PTSA Tab.  $1000 scholarships will be awarded in the following categories: Academic, Activities and Service, First Generation, Community College, and Virtual and Performing Arts.  Materials must be submitted by April 23rd and panel interviews will be after school on May 6th.  Both the senior and parent much be a member of the PTSA.

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