Principal's Message

  • Sept. 28, 2020

    Posted by Joyce Deaton on 9/28/2020 6:00:00 AM

    Financial Aid Workshop

     Attention Seniors and Parents: Student Services will host a Financial Aid Workshop on Tuesday, October 6th from 6:00 PM-7:00 PM. Please plan to attend to hear information on when and how to complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid Form). The link to access the Financial Aid Workshop will be available in the Banner Section on the WHS Homepage and on the Senior Page. You can also schedule an appointment with Ms. Waldrum, our Financial Aid Counselor, if you have questions or need assistance completing the FAFSA. Please visit the Senior Page for details on how to schedule an appointment.

     

    Senior Video Bulletin

     Seniors and Senior Families: Student Services has recently introduced a new weekly Senior Video Bulletin as one way to help our Class of 2021 students and families stay informed in this virtual/remote environment. These video links are emailed to the senior's school email account at the end of each week. We plan to continue to communicate important class, college, and career information to you in this way, so please get in the habit of checking your student's email for this link on a regular basis.

     

    Mistletoe Market

    Parents, it is with regret the PTSA has canceled this year’s Mistletoe Market. Due to the cancellation we need parent support in our no fuss fundraiser. Please go to Wakefieldhstptsa.org and click “Join now”. There you will see a donate now button to donate to the PTSA to support our school programs. You can also send a donation by check payable to WHSPTSA and mail it to the high school attention PTSA. Thank you for your anticipated support.

     

    Device Distribution

    The Wake County Public School System will host three device distribution days next week. Distributions will only be held at Crossroads III, 111 Corning Road, in Cary. Any student who has requested a Chromebook through the county survey, or Wakefield survey, can pick up their device during these times. The Student Help Desk will be open at the distribution center. Students with a currently checked out Chromebook or hotspot may bring it to the distribution center to be repaired or replaced.

    Distribution Dates/Times

    Ø Monday, September 28th 11:00 AM-6:00 PM

    Ø Tuesday, September 29th 9:00 AM-4:00 PM

    Ø Wednesday, September 30th 9:00 AM-4:00 PM

     

    Parking on Campus

    Wakefield High School is now accepting parking applications for the 2020-2021 school year. There will be no charge for parking until students return to the building under Plan A. Applications can be found in the banner section of our homepage. Parking tags will be distributed to students at a date to be determined.

     

    Teacher Websites

    We invite parents to view our teachers’ websites to find information on their child’s courses. Teacher websites can be found by visiting the WHS homepage, clicking Our School, and Faculty Directory.

     

    Athletics

    Students and parents check our athletic website for information related to returning to athletic participation. If you have any questions, please email our athletic director, Mr. Wolfe at cwolfe@wcpss.net.

     

    Wednesday’s Schedule

    Parents starting the week of October 4th Wakefield High School will no longer hold live instruction on Wednesdays. Teachers will have morning office hours to meet with students by appointment to assist them individually or in small groups with the assignments for the week.

    Yours,

     

    Malik Bazzell, Principal

    #Maroonstrong

     

     

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  • September 20, 2020

    Posted by Joyce Deaton on 9/21/2020

      

    Picture Day

    Underclassmen Picture Days are scheduled on September 24th from 9 AM to 3 PM, September 25th from 12 PM to 6 PM, and September 28th from 9 AM to 3 PM. Senior Make Up Day for Yearbook photos are scheduled for September 24th from 9 AM to 3 PM and September 25th from 12 PM to 3 PM. These photos will take place in the Commons area. If you are wanting to take a photo to be included in the yearbook, please sign up for an appointment time by clicking the banner at the top of the school website and choosing the correct link. You MUST have an appointment scheduled to take a photo.

    If you are choosing to participate in picture day, please remember to wear a mask and social distance. Your temperature will be taken prior to you entering the building. If you are experience a fever, cough, or shortness of breath, or have come in contact with a person with COVID-19 in the past 14 days, please contact Ms. Bentley at rbentley@wcpss.net to reschedule your appointment. 

    For seniors only: 

    As a company, Strawbridge WILL NOT provide Tux and Drapes. After looking into a disinfection protocol to ensure safety, due to the need to re-use these articles of clothing, they could not find a way that they felt kept guaranteed student safety.  Because we will not be doing the formal yearbook photo with a Tux and Drape, we have provided some suggestions for dress: 

    •  Students wear a black in order to make the yearbook photo look uniform. Girls can wear a black dress while boys wear a black blazer with white shirt.
    • If unable to wear the above attire, students can wear their “Sunday best.”  

     

    Senior Bulletin

    Seniors, please check your school email for a link to access our Senior Bulletin. ​This bulletin is to help you and your families stay informed in this remote environment, and it features important information about upcoming events hosted by Student Services as well as instructions on how to locate scholarship, CCP, virtual college visits, and other important information on the Student Services Website.

     

    Interim Grades

    Parents and students, interim grades will be posted in PowerSchool by Tuesday, September 22.  Questions regarding grades should be directed to your student's teachers.  If you do not have PowerSchool access, please email Ms. Cook at kcook2@wcpss.net

     

    Books 2 Go

    The Wakefield Library-Learning Commons has just started a Books 2 Go service.  Request a book through the library catalog. Our media specialists will let you know when your book is ready, using a contactless pick-up at the front entrance. Learn more details on their Library-Learning Commons website located on the Wakefield HS website under Academics

     

    PowerSchools

    Powerschool, including the parents and student portals will be down this weekend from tonight at 5 until Monday morning, so if parents attempt to log in this weekend, they will not be able to get in. 

     

     MISTLETOE MARKET update

     Parents, it is with regret the the PTSA has canceled this year’s Mistletoe Market. Due to the cancellation we need parent support in our no fuss fundraiser.  Please go to Wakefieldhstptsa.org and click “Join now”.  There you will see a donate now button to make a donation to the PTSA to support or school programs.  You can also send a donation by check payable to WHSPTSA and mail it to the high school attention PTSA.  Thank you for your anticipated support.

    Yours,

     

    Malik Bazzell, Principal

    #Maroonstrong

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  • September 14, 2020

    Posted by Joyce Deaton on 9/14/2020

    PSAT

     Wakefield will participate in the winter administration of the PSAT NMSQT on January 26, 2021 instead of this fall.  Registration will still be accepted.  Fees will be collected closer to the date of testing to verify interest.  Accommodation requests should still be submitted with registration to ensure College Board approval.  Information may be found on the Wakefield website.  Please email Amy Russell, arrussell@wcpss.net, for questions. 

     

    National Honor Society Applications

    Junior and Seniors interested in joining the National Honor Society this year should visit the WHS website and look under the “Announcements” heading to access the National Honor Society’s Application. The application deadline is Friday, September 18, 2020. Please contact Mrs. Bradford if you have any questions (cgbradford@wcpss.net).

     

    Science Honor Society of Wakefield

    We're excited to start a new year! Applications for enrollment are now open. If interested, please visit the WHS website and look under the “Announcements” heading to access the Science Honor Society Application.

     

    Communications at Wakefield!  SURVEY

    Parents during this unpresented time of remote learning, Wakefield High School wants to ensure there is sound two-way communication going on between parents and faculty. In order to assess our ability to provide consistent and timely information to parents weekly, please fill out this brief survey School Communication

     

    Senior Specific Information Class of 2021

    Senior Conferences

    Counselors are currently holding senior conferences.  Please make sure that you visit the Senior Page and schedule an appointment to meet with your counselor.  Senior Conferences began of September 8th and will end on September 25th, so make sure that you have scheduled your appointment before the deadline.    

     

    Senior Bulletin

    Seniors, please check your school email for a link to access our Senior Bulletin.  ​This bulletin is to help you and your families stay informed in this remote environment, and it features important information about upcoming events hosted by Student Services as well as instructions on how to locate scholarships and other important information on the Student Services Website 

    Link: Senior Bulletin

     

    Virtual Financial Aid Night

    Wakefield HS will be hosting a Virtual Financial Aid Night on Tuesday, October 6th, from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM.  Our financial aid advisor, Ms. Susan Waldrum will be facilitating this presentation.  Seniors and Families of Seniors are encouraged to attend this event, especially if you are planning to complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). 

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  • August 30, 2020

    Posted by Joyce Deaton on 8/31/2020 9:00:00 AM

    Meet the Teacher Night

    Wakefield High School will host our fall Meet the Teacher Night on Tuesday, September 1, from 6:00-7:15pm.  This will be a virtual event where parents can meet their child's teachers in ten minute increments.  Parents will also have the opportunity to learn about course standards, live versus non-live instruction, view the syllabus, and how to best maintain open pathways of communication with teachers.  

     

    We ask you become familiar with how to use Google Meet prior to Tuesday's event.  It will be necessary to post teachers' Google Meet codes in order to access their video conference.  These codes will be posted for a limited time Tuesday afternoon.  

    How to Video Conference Using Google Meet

     

    Senior Parent Meeting

    Student Services will be hosting a Virtual Senior Parent Information Session on Thursday, September 3rd at 6:00PM.  The link to access the virtual meeting will be available on the WHS Homepage in the Banner Section.  The purpose of the meeting is to prepare our seniors and parents for their upcoming senior conferences which will begin the week of September 8th. The virtual meeting will be recorded and available on the school website the next day.

     

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  • August 16, 2020

    Posted by Emily Scales on 8/16/2020

     Wakefield High School Parents,

     

    We are excited to welcome your young people to Wakefield this year. While the opening of school may look a different this year, we are ready to get started with the learning.  A couple of notes: 

     

    • Students will attend all 4 classes on the first day of school. Orientation activities will be embedded in the class sessions, and teachers will work to assess student needs. 
    • Our website has the information you need to access this First Day of School. Please visit our website and scroll down to the Opening of School Information section.
    • If you child is missing a class or does not have a schedule, please email their counselor.  Counselor information can be located on the website on the Student Services page.
    • Students may request schedule changes by visiting the school website from August 12-August 19 and submitting a Schedule Change Request Form. Please be sure to review the criteria for requesting a schedule change.  
    • If you submitted a schedule change request, please know that the counselor will make contact you when a decision concerning your request has been made.  All request must be submitted through the Schedule Change Request Link located in the Banner Section on the WHS Homepage.  No emailed request will be honored.   
    • Parents, if your child is in the enrollment process or just completed enrollment at Wakefield, please be aware that they will not have class schedules on August 17.  Counselors will be in contact after records are reviewed. Thank you for your patience. 

    Please continue to monitor the Wakefield High School homepage for important information regarding the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year. Information will be posted addressing the following items:

    • The Release of Student Schedules,
    • Ninth Grade Parent Information,
    • Daily Bell Schedule
    • Orientation Activities for the First Week of School

    Please ensure your child has access to their WakeID account. Teachers will send log-in information and access codes to your child’s WCPSS email address by the end of the week. You may contact Mr. Cummings, at wcummings@wcpss.net, or Mr. Douglas, at kdouglas@wcpss.net, if you child is unable to access WakeID.

    We ask you review the posted “Guide to Technology for Parents and Students” in an effort to familiarize your family with how learning will occur to start the school year.

     

     

    CCP

    Attention Students:  If you have registered for CCP Classes for the Fall Semester, please email your counselor a copy of your CCP Schedule, WCPSS Dual Enrollment Form, and WHS Early Release Form ASAP.  These forms can be accessed by visiting the Student Services Page and clicking on the [Career & College Promise Tab] on the left of the page.

     

    Mid-Year Grad Students

    Please visit the Students Services Website and click on the Mid-Year Graduate Link on the left of the screen to view the Mid-Year Graduate information PowerPoint and recording that was shared at the Mid-Year Grad Meeting.   

     

    Technology Needs

    Wakefield High School recently posted a Technology Needs Survey at the top of our homepage.  This is a follow up to the WCPSS survey that was sent to families a couple of weeks ago.  We ask those families whose child needs a devise and who did not participate in the WCPSS survey to please participate in the Wakefield version.  We want all our students to have the resources to participate in online learning.

     

     

     

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  • May 31, 2020

    Posted by Emily Scales on 5/31/2020

     Midyear Graduations 2020-21

    Attention: 11th Grade Students and Parents.  If you are interested in applying to graduate mid-year, please visit the Student Services Website, click on the Course Registration 2020-2021 link on the left of the screen and then click on the Application Tab to access the Mid-Year Graduation Application. The deadline is Friday, June 5th

     

    Grade Decision Forms

    All 9th – 11th grade students are required to submit a Grade Decision Form by Monday, June 8th.  Please visit the WHS Homepage, scroll down to the “Announcements” section and click on the Grade Decision Form Link.  Please email your counselor the completed form and if you have questions concerning completing the form. 

     

    Senior CCP Enrollment

    If you are enrolled in a CCP Course this semester, please email a copy of by Tuesday June 2nd.

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  • May 17, 2020

    Posted by Emily Scales on 5/17/2020

    Wakefield Withdrawals for 2020-21

    Families, if you are not planning on returning to WCPSS schools this fall, please contact our data manager, Ms. Cook, in order to close out your student's enrollment.  You can reach Ms. Cook at kcook2@wcpss.net

     

    Scholarship Surveys

    A reminder to Seniors that the deadline to complete the Senior Survey and the Senior Scholarship Reporting Form is Friday, May 22nd.  These forms are available on the WHS website in the Banner Section and on the Senior page.  All seniors must complete the Senior Survey.

     

    Junior Information Sessions

    WHS will be hosting a virtual information session for the class of 2021. The google meet sessions will be held on Wednesday, May 20th at 1:30, for Juniors with Last names A-K and 3:00 PM  for Juniors with Last names L-Z. Grading options will be discussed, in addition a college admissions panel will be conducted with admission representatives from UNC-Chapel Hill, UNCW, WTCC and the University of Alabama. Students please check your WHS email account for the save the date and the google meet link will follow in the upcoming days.

     

    WHS Department Student Grade Improvement Policies Spring 2020

    During the time of remote learning, teachers and staff at Wakefield High School have sought to mitigate learning loss and provide additional opportunities for students to increase mastery of essential standards and improve grades for each course.

    Our departments have sought to design appropriate avenues for students to improve their growth during this time in ways that allow for student growth and increased mastery of content and skills. Allowing for department decisions balances consistency with a recognition of the needs of each discipline. These avenues were also designed to reflect our approach to feedback and the challenges our students have faced during this time.

    Wakefield High School is offering the following options as an avenue to student grade improvement in this order:

    1. Turning in missing work for Quarter 3 assigned prior to March 13.
    • PLTs may substitute alternate assignments for work that is not appropriate for completion during remote learning.
    1. Retesting / re-assessment of material prior to March 13.
    • Regular department/PLT retesting policies apply.
    1. Proficiency/mastery with new material presented during remote learning.
    • Students will be given the opportunity to complete minor assignments as determined by PLTs. These
    • These assignments will be graded for accuracy.
    • Students interested in improving their grades should contact the course teacher. These assignments will only count towards the grade if they improve the numeric average.

    All assignments for grade improvement are due to the teacher no later than 2:00 PM on Thursday, June 4th. Students and parents are encouraged to submit grade decision forms by Monday, June 8th.

     

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  • May 15, 2020 Senior Graduation Update

    Posted by Emily Scales on 5/15/2020

     

    Graduation Update From WCPSS

    Earlier this morning, Superintendent Moore and Board Chair Sutton shared with the community that we will be doing multiple things to celebrate our seniors.  The first part of our plan is to celebrate our seniors with a virtual graduation program.  Another part of our plan is to have a celebration at each school that will honor our seniors, provide for a celebratory distribution of diplomas, etc.  Finally, the district has not ruled out a further celebration as a larger group in the summer or fall but that will depend on changes in state and local social distancing guidelines.

     

    Senior Portal

    As a part of the virtual graduation, each student will have a slide that shows their senior portrait, has their name, and shares if they are an honor graduate and/or a NC Scholar.  Students will have a brief opportunity to review their slide and suggest updates and to verify content.  On May 18, students will receive an email to their WCPSS email account giving them access to an online portal to review their information.  Specifically,

      • We will be using your senior portrait.  If you choose to use another photo, you will need to log into the portal to make that change.  
      • If you prefer not to have your photo / name used in the slideshow, please let your principal know.  
      • The portal will open on May 20 at 8am and close on May 21 at 6pm.  You will receive an email closer to the 20th with more information.

     

    Name Pronunciation

    Students that are concerned about how their name will be pronounced may submit to the form below to clarify how we say their name OR may attend a Google Meet with Ms. Gordon to share how to say their name for Graduation.

     

    Pronunciation of Senior Names Form

     

    Google Meet Ups for Pronunciation:

    Monday, May 18th    10am to 11am

    Last Names: A-G

     

    Google Meet Ups for Pronunciation:

    Monday, May 18th    11am to 12pm

    Last Names: H-P

     

    Google Meet Ups for Pronunciation:

    Monday, May 18th    12pm to 1pm

    Last Names: R-Z

     

    Wakefield High School Graduation Plans

     

    Virtual Graduation

    WCPSS has chosen for all graduations this year to be virtual rather than live to keep everyone in our community safe. To ensure that all our Seniors are given the chance to celebrate this huge accomplishment in their lives, we will be having a 2-part graduation celebration. We will have our virtual graduation ceremony on Wednesday, June 10th at 10am as previously scheduled. This will be a traditional ceremony including student speakers, an address from Mr. Bazzell, and every Senior graduating from Wakefield High School having their name called and recognized. WCPSS is asking for each Senior to submit a photo of them in their cap and gown to be used. The link to this ceremony will be sent out closer to the day of graduation. During the ceremony we would love to have seniors share their Turning of the Tassel with Wakefield on social media by tagging @wakefieldhs on twitter and @wakefieldhighschool on instagram and include the #TurntheTassel2020WHS

     

    Graduation Parade:

    Part 2 of our Wakefield Graduation celebration is a Graduation Parade on Saturday, June 6th starting at 11am on Wakefield’s campus. Students will be asked to arrive on campus through the bus parking lot entrance off of Falls of the Neuse Rd., then enter the student parking lot, following the path indicated in the map attached in order to turn into the driveway and through the circle in front of the school in order to receive your diploma, diploma cover, and more from Mr. Bazzell. We encourage students to arrive in their caps and gowns! We will document each senior receiving their diploma in the moment! We ask that graduating seniors be passengers in the front seat and not drive themselves. We will provide a stage with backdrop for Seniors and their families to stop and take pictures with as well. More details on this event will be provided closer to the day of the Senior Graduation Parade! This will give all the Seniors an opportunity to say goodbye to the Faculty and Wakefield High School itself in front of their family and friends. We are very proud of our Senior class and look forward to celebrating this once in a lifetime achievement with you in June!

     

    Senior Distribution Day

    Friday, May 22nd

    9:00 AM to 1:00 PM OR 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM

    Location: Commons Area of WHS

    You will be able to:

    • Jostens orders
    • Celebration Yard Signs
    • Pick up your stole/Latin honors stole
    • Honor Society cords
    • Yearbooks (if they arrive in time, update will be given by May 22nd)*
    • Drop off books to the media center

    To ensure the safety of all our students and staff volunteers we will ask students coming on May 22nd to adhere to the following guidelines:

    • Only a set number of students will be allowed into the building at one time
    • Students will wait outside at 6 feet apart until they are allowed in
    • We strongly encourage students to use masks while in the building
    • When you enter the building, staff directing you inside the building to pick you items up
    • Students and staff will practice social distancing at all times
    • Students will exit through the bus lot doors

    *This will only be to pick up Senior Yearbooks...underclassmen will not be available to pick up at this time. Another date for Underclassmen will be announced later

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  • April 26, 2020

    Posted by Emily Scales on 4/26/2020

    High School Sports

    The North Carolina High School Athletic Association has just announced that all winter championships and spring sports are canceled for this school year. This decision will apply to middle school athletics as well. Read their full

     

    School Closure

    Governor Cooper announced today that all public-school buildings will remain closed for the rest of the school year. In keeping with this order, all WCPSS school buildings will remain closed for the remainder of this school year for in-person instruction. Students and staff will continue with remote learning and teleworking for the remainder of the school year.

    Seniors and Parents: 

     Thank you for attending the WHS Senior Virtual Meeting.  The PowerPoint Presentation and FAQ Document is located on the Student Services Page under the Senior Tab.  Please review the PowerPoint and the FAQ Document for answers to questions that you may have concerning completing your senior year. 

     

    Graduation

    Students and parents: At this time, we do not know whether we will be able to hold traditional graduation ceremonies, though we by no means have given up hope.  We have discussed many different dates and ways to celebrate, but ultimately, the guidance of health officials will drive our decisions. Our school district leaders have promised that if we are not able to gather as normal, we will find a way to make sure seniors are honored appropriately for their years of hard work.

     

    School Playgrounds and Athletic Fields

    Reminder: due to local and state directives, all school facilities including all playgrounds and athletic fields are closed. For the safety of our community, we ask that your family please adhere to the guidelines. 

    Update on Grading Policy

     

    The State Board of Education approved an updated Statewide Grading Policy for K-11 students due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Guidance outlined by the new policy provides that:

    • Seniors will continue to be graded as Pass/Withdrawal.
    • Grades 9 through 11-  will be given a choice for how they are graded on both year-long and semester courses currently in progress: A numeric grade for the course, the highest grade representing learning as of March 13 or as improved through the semester or, Pass/Withdrawal. 

    The NC Department of Public Instruction will be providing additional information on grading in the next 7-10 days. Once that information is received, we will provide more details on how grades will be handled in Wake County, in alignment with the new state-wide policy.  Meanwhile, we hope that this new policy will ultimately benefit all students regardless of their circumstances. 

     

    Remote Learning

    Parents we are committed to assisting you are your children as much as possible with this remote learning experience. Please use this link as a remote learning directory for each teacher: Teacher Directory  Please send us any questions, concerns or issues you are experiencing with remote learning using the following link. Someone will get back to your shortly to address your needs. Remote Learning Feedback

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  • April 5, 2020

    Posted by Emily Scales on 4/5/2020

    Driver’s Eligibility Certificates

    Until further notice, WCPSS will not be issuing Driver’s Eligibility Certificates (DECs) as all schools and district offices are currently closed to the public due to COVID-19.

    Remote Learning

    Attached is the link that provides parents and students guidelines for remote learning  Remote learning

    Daily Schedule

    Students will have a daily schedule to follow as we conduct school through remote learning. The daily schedule will be uploaded to the school website this week.

    School Operation

    Many parents have questions and concerns about school closure and the remote learning process. Wakefield High School is planning to create a video chat where we can answer and address parents and student concerns later this week. If you have questions or concerns you would like addressed in this web chat please submit them using this link. Questions about remote learning and school closure.

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