Academics and Programs
Middle Creek Elemenary School Staff Contact Information
TRACY SPINA Teacher – Track 1, Kindergarten Classroom
JACALYN MONTGOMERY Instructional Assistant – Track 1, Kindergarten Classroom
CARLA ATCHESON Teacher – Track 1, 1st Grade Classroom
STEPHANIE LANCELLA Instructional Assistant – Track 1, 1st Grade Classroom
DONNA HOWARD Teacher – Track 1, 2nd Grade Classroom
KRISANN WINKLER Teacher – Track 1, 2nd Grade Classroom
LINDSEY HUML Teacher – Track 1, 3rd Grade Classroom
ALLISON JUSTICE Teacher – Track 1, 3rd Grade Classroom
JULIE GENTLE Teacher -Track 1, 4th Grade Classroom
REBECCA BRYANT Teacher – Track 1, 5th Grade Classroom
HEATHER ROGERS Teacher – Track 2, Kindergarten Classroom
HADLEY FARRELL Instructional Assistant – Track 2, Kindergarten Classroom
ELIZABETH YODER Teacher – Track 2, Kindergarten Classroom
KAITLIN LAMB Instructional Assistant – Track 2, Kindergarten Classroom
HILCA LEWIS Teacher -Track 2, Kindergarten Classroom
AMY BLOSSER Instructional Assistant – Track 2, Kindergarten Classroom
SAMANTHA CURCURU Teacher – Track 2, 1st Grade Classroom
NIAH WHIMPER Teacher – Track 2, 1st Grade Classroom
TARA LAURITA Instructional Assistant – Track 2, 1st Grade Classroom
JULIE HOOVER Teacher – Track 2, 2nd Grade Classroom
ALISON DREIER Teacher – Track 2, 2nd Grade Classroom
WESLEY CLARK Teacher – Track 2, 3rd Grade Classroom
NICOLE BILLS Teacher – Track 2, 3rd Grade Classroom
MELISSA RAUB Teacher – Track 2, 4th Grade Classroom
ALECIA BLIZZARD COX Teacher – Track 2, 4th Grade Classroom
MADALYN SIEGEL Teacher – Track 2, 5th Grade Classroom
MARIA BOWSER Teacher – Track 2, 5th Grade Classroom
MADOLYN HARWARD Teacher – Track 3, Kindergarten Classroom
SHAUNDA PARISH Instructional Assistant – Track 3, Kindergarten Classroom
APRIL LOWE Teacher – Track 3, 1st Grade Classroom
NANCY VOLK Instructional Assistant – Track 3, 1st Grade Classroom
TARYN SLOZAK Teacher – Track 3, 2nd Grade Classroom
JESSICA GUTIERREZ Teacher – Track 3, 3rd Grade Classroom
JENNIFER CHALFONT Teacher – Track 3, 4th Grade Classroom
ALISON FERREIRA Teacher – Track 3, 5th Grade Classroom
KRISTI STIEHL Teacher – Track 4, Kindergarten Classroom
LISA SHERIDAN Instructional Assistant – Track 4, Kindergarten Classroom
MEGAN DAVIS Teacher – Track 4, Kindergarten Classroom
EMILY JABLONSKI Instructional Assistant – Track 4, Kindergarten Classroom
KIMBERLY CLARK Teacher – Track 4, 1st Grade Classroom
TAMMY SPENCE Instructional Assistant – Track 4, 1st Grade Classroom
JENNIFER TAYLOR Teacher – Track 4, 1st Grade Classroom
SHARON PENDERGRAFT Instructional Assistant – Track 4, 1st Grade Classroom
KELLY BOYLAN Teacher – Track 4, 2nd Grade Classroom
KELLY CANCRO Teacher – Track 4, 2nd Grade Classroom
ELIZABETH COYNE Teacher – Track 4, 3rd Grade Classroom
NANCY FRIEND Teacher – Track 4, 3rd Grade Classroom
KAREN DIGIACOMO Teacher – Track 4, 4th Grade Classroom
ANGELA MCNEILL Teacher – Track 4, 4th Grade Classroom
LAUREN HAMMOND Teacher – Track 4, 5th Grade Classroom
ANN DIECKE Teacher – Track 4, 5th Grade Classroom
HANNAH YORK Teacher - Special Programs – PreK
JANICE EVANS Instructional Assistant - Special Programs – PreK
SAMANTHA EDGE Instructional Assistant - Special Prog - PreK
SHANNON ANDREWS Teacher - Special Programs – PreK
KARI BUTTS Instructional Assistant - Special Programs – PreK
KIMBERLEY LOPES Teacher - Special Programs – AU 1
KAZZARAE HURT Instructional Assistant - Special Programs – AU 1
SUSANNA GASTER Instructional Assistant - Special Programs – AU 1
CARLTON CONFREY Instructional Assistant - Special Programs – AU 1
DANIELLE AUSTIN Teacher – Special Programs - AU 2
JOSHUA HAWKINS Instructional Assistant - Special Programs – AU 2
ANNA SHELHORSE Instructional Assistant - Special Programs – AU 2
KIMBERLY TU Teacher - Art
SUSIE HOLLAND School Library Media Coordinator
LORI VOLPE Teacher - Music
MELVIN ROBINSON Teacher – Physical Education
MARGARET KNOX-INGLE Teacher - Technology
LISA WOODARD Teacher – AG
Janet Baxter Teacher – AG
LEA ELLIS Teacher - Special Programs - CCR
SHELIA INGRAM Instructional Assistant - Special Programs - CCR
CYNTHIA FLOOK Teacher – Special Programs - CCR
CATHERINE LOCKARD Teacher – Special Programs - CCR
ARIEL WALKER Instructional Assistant – Special Programs - CCR
CAROLA PAGAN Teacher – Special Programs - CCR
DANIELLE PRINCE Teacher – Special Programs - CCR
LINDA JOBLONSKI Instructional Assistant - Special Programs - CCR
LORENE HARGROVE CNS Manager
DEBORAH COOPER CNS Assistant Manager
STARKESHA LUNSFORD CNS Cashier/Assistant
LISBETH FILLARD Counselor
EMMA JOHN Counselor
RAYMOND WILSON Custodian – Head
CAITLIN PRITZKAT Teacher – ESL
RHONDA GRODE Teacher – Intervention
JUDITH PURDY Teacher – Intervention
TAMAR JOHNSON Literacy Coach
EMILY DEJESUS Occupational Therapist
SUSAN Parker Psychologist
JENNIFER STEHLE Social Worker
JENNIFER KELLAM Speech Pathologist
ANNA LINEBACK Speech Pathologist
CLARKIE MILLER Principal
MARY BOHLAND Assistant Principal
CYNTHIA BATTEN Lead Secretary
ROXANNE CARTER Student Information Data Manager
LISA CARSON Clerical Assistant
Remote Learning General Information
UNC-TV and the NC Department of Public Instruction have established a partnership that will support remote learning with content that will be accessible to students—especially those with limited or no internet access—at no charge.
Each weekday, two blocks of programming on UNC-TV's North Carolina Channel will serve:
- Fourth- through eighth-grade students, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- 9th- through 12th-grade students, from 1 to 6 p.m. (actual times may vary, please check the weekly schedule online here).
- For PreK through third grade, UNC-TV's 24/7 “PBS KIDS” channel -- Rootle -- will continue providing programming appropriate for that age group.
- These educational program blocks are available on the North Carolina Channel, available statewide for free over-the-air, through cable providers and streamed online.
Remote Learning Schedule
MCES Colt's Counseling Corner
Welcome to the Colt's Counseling Corner!We are so excited that you are joining us at the Creek!! Please click the link above to visit our website.As the counselors at MCES, we are here to support students, so please contact us with any way we can help you!
Lisbeth Fillard- email@example.com
Emma John- firstname.lastname@example.org
Grade Level Teams
Pre-K & AU
Welcome to Middle Creek Elementary School! Our AU and PreK programs are here to help your student to grow and learn. We have many fun and engaging activities planned each day that are geared towards maximizing student growth and development. Our kids are our family and we are excited to embark on this journey with you.
Welcome to Kindergarten! We are so excited to be a part of your child's beginning education journey. This year your child will learn to become readers, writers, and mathematicians. Your child will be engaged in a variety or learning structures; that include whole group instruction, independent work time, and small group instruction. With the 21st century technology, your child will be engaged in making their own digital portfolio. We are very excited to be your child's teachers this year!
Welcome to First Grade! We are so excited for your child to grow with us this year. They will develop into a fluent reader, distinguished author and illustrator, a problem solving mathematician, and an inquisitive scientist! First grade teachers provide differentiated learning based on your child’s needs. At Middle Creek we focus on student’s character strengths by beginning each day learning about a different character trait through the Positivity Project. It’s a wonderful way to start our day. We are looking forward to having a wonderful year!
Welcome to 2nd grade! We are so glad you are here! It’s such an amazing year of academic and social successes. Here is a snapshot of what we have been up to.
The 2nd graders have been busy learning about Schools Around the World in EL. The children are working on responding to questions using details from the text, identifying central messages, participating in conversations with their classmates, and answering questions using key ideas about problems and solutions.
The children have been learning about Community, Citizenship, COLT expectations and about Leaders in their community. We take pride in being the best that we can be, and to lead by example.
The 2nd graders have also enjoyed visiting our Outdoor Classroom: MCES School Garden. In our school garden our students will participate in lessons that will connect with their Math, and Science curriculum.
The 2nd graders continue to work hard and we are proud of them! We look forward to building relationships with our students and learning on the way!
Welcome to third grade! We are so excited to watch your child grow and learn this year. Third grade is a great year, full of new ideas and challenges. It is also a year where responsibility and independent thinking are fostered and developed. This is a year where many new learning opportunities come into your child's academic world; such as Explorers which is a part of the AIG program, exploring topics in the EL curriculum related to personal challenges in reading, frogs from around the world, the literary classic of Peter Pan, and access to freshwater around the world. We will give back to our community through Ryan’s Well Foundation fundraiser. Students will be able to watch tadpoles grow and mature through their life cycle. This is the first year students can participate in Run Club and Science Olympiad. Students will also have the opportunity to go to the Morehead Planetarium, experience hands-on science experiments and visit the NC Museum of Art. With your help and support, we will encourage your child to rise to the challenge of becoming a responsible and independent thinker!
Welcome to the wonderful world of fourth grade! The fourth grade team looks forward to working with your children this year as they create , publish, and present in math, science, social studies, and language arts. Our field trips will help us to enhance our curriculum. We will be going to listen to the NC Symphony, touring the Mordecai House as well as the Legislative and Capitol Building, and we have an on campus field trip where the students will be participating in a hands-on activity with rocks and minerals. Our days stay quite busy! If you need to get in touch with us, email is best. Let us know how we can help you!
Welcome Middle Creek fifth graders and families! We are so glad you are here. Fifth grade is an exciting time, as you are ending your time in elementary school and you are preparing for and looking ahead to middle school. Being a fifth grader means being a role model in the school for the younger students. It's your turn to be the example! Being a fifth grader also comes with special privileges and opportunities, including being a part of Tech Team, Safety Patrol, or the Recycling Club, and participating in the Legacy Project. For our field trips this year, we will be going to the Eno River State Park and Old Salem. These experiences, as well as daily opportunities for learning and collaborating with your peers both in and out of the classroom, will contribute to your growth this year. Your teachers are excited to be a part of your journey in fifth grade and we cannot wait to see where this year takes us!
CCR and AIG
Welcome to Middle Creek Elementary School! We feel so honored to work with your student(s). Our team is dedicated to the growth and development of all of our students regurdless of the current achievement level. We strive to serve their needs and to help them succeed. We are glad that you are here.
Single Subject Acceleration
Single Subject Acceleration
Who is eligible to be nominated?
Any student who is enrolled in Wake County Public School system during the SSA Test Request Window is eligible for testing. If your child is already Single Subject Acceleration and you would like to seek additional acceleration, please contact your child’s AIG teacher.
Nominating Your Child
Can a parent request testing for his/her child in both subject areas?
No. Students may not be tested in two areas. Schools will not accept Test Request Forms if more than one subject area is checked. Are testing accommodations provided for students who require them during SSA assessments? Yes. Schools should work with Testing Coordinators to ensure accommodations are up to date and provided for students with LEP Plans, IEPs, and/or 504s during SSA assessments.
How will students who qualify for SSA be served?
Schools will determine their own delivery of content. Instruction can be delivered through face-to-face instruction or online (for specific grades only). For 5th graders taking sixth grade content or middle schoolers taking high school content, delivery may be through online instruction. Students will not travel to another school/campus as services must be handled at the student’s assigned school.
How is a student's schedule affected when they participate in SSA?
By participating in SSA, parents are aware that changes in scheduling might occur, which may result in other offgrade level activities (e.g. other content areas, specials, lunch, recess). Schools are not always able to provide a master schedule with content areas at the same time. Schools will work to create a personalized schedule for students in SSA, needing to access the above grade-level curriculum. Specials, such as Art, Music, and Physical Education, are all part of the NC Standard Course of Study with Essential Standards in each area. To meet NC General Statutes of a comprehensive education, each student must attend specials even if they are participating in SSA. Schools will address scheduling needs on an individual basis.
How will scores be reported to parents?
SSA Liaisons will send home a letter stating if students have qualified for SSA or not. The percent the student scored on the SSA assessment will be reported on this letter. 2020 Is it possible to get a more detailed report from to show scores on specific standards? Item analysis for SSA scores will not be reported back to schools. Schools only receive the percent correct on the accelerated assessment, which will, in turn, be shared with parents.
If a current 7th grader qualifies for ELA SSA, what are the ELA options for the student?
If a student qualifies for SSA, he/she will have two course options: Creative Writing or English I, each of which will be taken via North Carolina Virtual Public School (NCVPS). NCVPS is the only available option for the delivery of instruction. Note that middle school students do not receive honors credit via NCVPS. High school courses taken in middle school will not contribute to the student’s high school GPA. Please seek further guidance about course options and projected courses for middle school students from your child’s middle school counselor.
If a student transfers into WCPSS after the nomination window for SSA, will the student have the opportunity to take the assessment?
Students who transfer into WCPSS after the test request window will have the opportunity to take the assessment in the spring of the next school year. Only students who are currently enrolled and attending WCPSS during the test request window are eligible for SSA testing. If a student transfers in later in the year, the principal should make a placement decision based on the available information, transcripts, records, etc.
Which teacher is responsible for the gaps in instruction if a student qualifies for SSA and has these gaps?
By requesting SSA, students will not receive direct instruction on any content they are skipping. While school supports may be put in place for identified gaps, the classroom and/or AIG teacher will not provide direct instruction to give support for those gaps. Which EOG will an SSA student take? It is a state mandate that students take the EOG for the grade to which they are assigned. For example, a fourth grade student taking fifth grade math, will take the fourth grade EOG.
What are district expectations for taking any grade-level benchmarks during the school year?
Our expectation is that students will take benchmarks for the course they are currently taking so that those scores can help to guide instruction.
Specialist and ESL
Welcome to Middle Creek Elementary School! We are so glad that you are here. At MCES, we desire to nurture the entire child. We love to see our students excell in academics as well as in the fine arts. As a team, we strive to create a seamless integration of both. We are excited for you to join us on this wonderful journey.
The Giving Garden
Welcome to the Middle Creek Elementary Giving Garden!
We're so glad you're here!
Here are the goals of our garden and the MCES Garden Club:
- To promote learning through real-world applications of science, reading, writing, math, health, social studies, art and guidance objectives from the North Carolina Standard Course of Study (Learn by doing!)
- To encourage children to lead a healthy lifestyle through healthy eating and physical activity
- To increase the amount of fruits and vegetables consumed daily by our students both inside and outside school
- To increase awareness, understanding, and appreciation of agriculture and its importance to our society (Food does not come from a store!)
- To encourage home gardening through demonstrating a variety of garden types: in-ground plots, container gardens, hanging gardens, etc. (Everyone can have a garden!)
- To teach students to be stewards of the community by donating extra produce to the local food pantry. (Help others!)