Principal's Message

  • February 20, 2024

    Posted by Joyce Deaton on 2/20/2024 8:00:00 AM

    Interims: 

    Interim reports will be available in the PS Parent Portal by March 1st.  If you have questions about your child’s progress in a specific course, please contact the teacher.  If you have any general questions about your child’s progress, please reach out to their counselor.   

     

    ACT/ACT WorkKeys 

    The ACT will be administered to all juniors on February 27, 2024.  Registration is not required. If students have an ACT-approved graphing calculator, they may bring it with them, though all math problems can be solved without a calculator, and the online test has an embedded calculator.  Additionally, select Seniors at Wakefield who are required to take the ACT WorkKeys Assessment  will test on February 27, 2024.  NCDPI requires that all students who are CTE Concentrators take the WorkKeys assessments their Senior year.  Seniors who achieved the highest ACT WorkKeys scores achieved higher college GPAs in their first year and were twice as likely to achieve a GPA of 3.0 or higher in their programs.  Prep sessions for WorkKeys will take place during PACK time.  Please reach out to Amy Russell (arrussell@wcpss.net) with any questions. 

     

    ACT Review / Saturday Academy

    We will be offering an ACT review this Saturday, February 24th. Students can sign up through AllTimely beginning Tuesday afternoon of this week. Pre-registration is not required, students will be accommodated until review sessions are at capacity. Registration does guarantee your student a seat, provided they sign in no later than 9:15.

    Students are welcome to attend Saturday Academy from 9-Noon in addition to the structured review to make up time for excessive unexcused absences (11 or more in any class), receive assistance on academic work and have access to school resources in a low distraction environment. There will be teachers present to support student learning/progress. Due to an anticipated higher number of students attending than usual, doors will be open for students to begin to sign in at 8:40.

    When arriving, students should report to the main lobby to check in with administration. We ask that students come prepared with a device and charger for the device as we have a limited number of loaners available. For students who need a calculator, we ask that they bring those with them as well or be prepared to use Desmos. Please reach out to Ms. Acrey by email with any additional questions at hacrey@wcpss.net.

     

    Course Registration for 24-25 School Year

    Registration for the next school year will begin Feb 28-March 22. Details will be shared soon via the school website and communication home.  We look forward to assisting your students in meeting their academic needs and goals.  

     

    PTSA Sign-Ups

    Our PTSA will be hosting a Soup Luncheon on Thursday 22nd to thank all the staff and teachers who have become part of the PTSA.  Please sign up here if you would like to provide a soup or chili for the luncheon:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/508044DAFAD23AB9-whsptsa#/

    Also, please consider donating to our food pantry. Our PTSA provides food every weekend to children who are identified as food insecure by teachers and guidance counselors. Please see the following link if you would like to sign up to contribute:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/508044DAFAD23AB9-44698507-whsfood#/

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  • February 5, 2024

    Posted by Joyce Deaton on 2/5/2024 7:00:00 AM

    ACT/ACT WorkKeys 

    The ACT will be administered to all juniors on February 27, 2024.  Registration is not required. If students have an ACT-approved graphing calculator, they may bring it with them, though all math problems can be solved without a calculator, and the online test has an embedded calculator.  Additionally, select Seniors at Wakefield who are required to take the ACT WorkKeys Assessment  will test on February 27, 2024.  NCDPI requires that all students who are CTE Concentrators take the WorkKeys assessments their Senior year.  Seniors who achieved the highest ACT WorkKeys scores achieved higher college GPAs in their first year and were twice as likely to achieve a GPA of 3.0 or higher in their programs.  Prep sessions for WorkKeys will take place during PACK time.  Please reach out to Amy Russell (arrussell@wcpss.net) with any questions. 

     

    Spring Meet the Teacher Night

    Spring meet the teacher night is scheduled for February 8, 2024 from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM. Please mark your calendars. 

     

    Robotics FUNDRAISER @ Crumble Cookies 2.06

    Come support Firewall Robotics at Crumble Cookies in Wake Forest on February 6th! Whether you are in the mood for cookies or would love to support us, simply go to Crumble off of Capital and say you are with Firewall and are looking to support the robotics fundraiser. We appreciate your support!! 

     

    BOOSTERS:  Buy a Brick

    Our booster club is collecting orders for the next installation of the bricks at the stadium entrance. Prices range from $100 to $250 depending upon the size of the brick and inscription. Bricks are a great way to commemorate a student, teacher, coach or team and become a permanent part of our school. The deadline to order for this school year is January 12th and bricks will be installed in February in time for Spring sports. 100% of the proceeds go to support Wakefield athletics and ordering instructions can be found out on the school website.

     

    PTSA

    Parents are you intrested in finding ways to support Wakefield High School. If so use the following link to join the PTSA. https://wakefieldhs.memberhub.com/store?limit=21&live=true

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  • January 29, 2024

    Posted by Joyce Deaton on 1/29/2024 7:00:00 AM

    Spring Meet the Teacher Night

    Spring meet the teacher night is scheduled for February 8, 2024 from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM. Please mark your calendars. 

     

    Spring 2024 Early Release Passes

    Students who have been approved for early release or CCP classes for the Spring 2024 semester need to see Mr. Lee in the main office to have a pass issued. Passes will be issued before school, during lunch, or after school. An early release pass is required for students to leave campus earlier than the regular dismissal time. 

     

    FFs

    If your child has 11 or more unexcused absences they will receive an FF instead of a passing grade for the semester. Your child can make up unexcused absences by attending Saturday School January 13th and 19th. Saturday School starts at 9:00 AM and ends at 12:00 PM. 

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  • Jan. 25, 2024

    Posted by Joyce Deaton on 1/25/2024 12:00:00 PM

    Subject: Important Announcement Regarding Precautionary Security Measures 

    Dear Wakefield High School Community, 

    I hope this message finds you well. I want to bring your attention to an incident that occurred today. The Wakefield High School premises were subject to a precautionary search by the RPD (Local Police Department) following a reported hoax bomb threat. 

    I want to express my gratitude to all students and staff for your patience and cooperation during this process. Your calm and orderly response is commendable. 

    Please be aware that matters of this nature are taken very seriously. It is a felony to threaten a school, even if the threat is proven false. We are fully committed to ensuring the safety of our school environment, and any individual involved in such actions will be dealt with according to the law. 

    The safety and well-being of our students and staff remain our top priorities. We will continue to work closely with law enforcement to maintain a secure learning environment for everyone. 

    If you have any concerns or questions, please feel free to reach out to the school administration. Your cooperation is essential in upholding the security of our school community. 

    Thank you for your understanding. 


    Wakefield High Families, 

     

    Law enforcement officials have searched our campus and it was deemed safe for students to return. Students returned to the building at approximately 9:59 a.m. All students and staff are safe.

     

    Thank you for your cooperation during today’s event.

     

    Please read this entire message.

     

    Building search and investigation

    Law enforcement searched our campus thoroughly and did not find any evidence to support the threat.

     

    Law enforcement officials are continuing to investigate. Anyone found responsible will face disciplinary action in accordance with WCPSS policies. They could also face criminal charges.

     

    Making threats of any kind is a very serious offense. Students should be reminded that anyone who makes threats will face substantial consequences.

     

    Evacuation

    When the threat was made over the telephone, we immediately contacted law enforcement and WCPSS Security. In consultation with law enforcement, and out of an abundance of caution, we evacuated students and staff from the building.

     

    In closing, I would like to thank you again for your cooperation today, as well as in the future.

     

    I also want to thank WCPSS Security and law enforcement for their prompt and thorough response.

     

    Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

     


    Estimadas Familias de la Escuela Secundaria de Wakefield, 

    Los agentes del orden público registraron nuestro recinto escolar y se ha considerado seguro el regreso de los estudiantes. Los estudiantes regresaron al edificio aproximadamente a las 9:59 a.m. Todos los estudiantes y el personal están a salvo.

    Gracias por su cooperación durante el evento de hoy.

    Por favor lea este mensaje completo.

    Búsqueda e investigación en el edificio

    Las autoridades del orden público hicieron una búsqueda exhaustiva de nuestro recinto escolar y determinaron que la amenaza de bomba no era creíble. Nuestro edificio está seguro.

    Los funcionarios del orden público continúan investigando la amenaza. Cualquier persona que sea encontrada responsable enfrentará medidas disciplinarias de acuerdo con las políticas de WCPSS. También podrían enfrentar cargos criminales.

    Hacer amenazas de cualquier tipo es una delito muy grave. Se debe recordar a los estudiantes que cualquier persona que haga amenazas enfrentará consecuencias muy serias.

    Evacuación

    Cuando se recibió la amenaza por teléfono, de inmediato contactamos a las autoridades del orden público y al departamento de seguridad de WCPSS. En consulta con las autoridades y por extrema precaución, evacuamos a los estudiantes y al personal escolar del edificio.

    Para terminar, deseo agradecerles nuevamente por su cooperación hoy y en el futuro.

    También quiero agradecer al departamento de seguridad de WCPSS y a las autoridades del orden público por su respuesta rápida y exhaustiva.

    No dude en ponerse en contacto conmigo si tiene alguna pregunta.

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  • January 22, 2024

    Posted by Joyce Deaton on 1/22/2024 7:00:00 AM

    First Day of Spring Term

    Students not taking any more exams should be prepared to return to school January 25th 2024.

     

    Football

    Wakefield HS Football workouts will start on January 25th from 3:30-5:00 pm. Please make sure all DragonFly paperwork is complete. Look forward to seeing you.

     

    Semester 2 Schedules

    Parents and Students, Semester 2 begins January 25th. Student schedules will be finalized by January 24th .  Staff will be available to direct students to their first period class.  During first period, students will be given a copy of their finalized schedules.  

     

    Spring Meet the Teacher Night

    Spring Meet the Teacher Night is scheduled for February 8, 2024 from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM. Please mark your calendars. 

     

    Spring 2024 Early Release Passes

    Students who have been approved for early release or CCP classes for the Spring 2024 semester need to see Mr. Lee in the Main Office to have a pass issued. Passes will be issued before school, during lunch, or after school. An early release pass is required for students to leave campus earlier than the regular dismissal time.

     

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  • Curriculum Night

    Posted by Joyce Deaton on 1/12/2024 1:00:00 PM

    Curriculum Fair January 18th 6:00-8:00

    Please plan to join us for our annual Curriculum Fair on January 18th from 6:00-8:00. You and your child will have an opportunity to find out graduation requirements, course offerings, our vibrant program of elective courses, and our special programs of study such as AP Courses, our CCP program, internship opportunities, and our Small Business Academy. We will also feature student arts performances as part of the evening’s fair.  We look forward to seeing you there! 


     

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  • January 8, 2024

    Posted by Joyce Deaton on 1/8/2024 7:00:00 AM

    EOC Review

    Mark your calendars for our January, Saturday Academy dates. These opportunities are open to all students. January 6th, 13th and 20th are great opportunities for students to get prepared for final exams, which begin on Friday, January 12th.  On January 13th and 20th, students in EOC courses can participate in subject specific reviews. English II, Math I, Math III and Biology all have state EOC's. Students who are not proficient (80%) will be required to re-test at the end of the school year. Students will be able to register for these reviews in AllTimely the week of each offering.

     

    Attendance

    Parents when your child is absent from school, please provide a note within two days of  your child’s return from the absence so it is considered excused. If a child is out of school four consecutive days or more they will need a note with third party documentation for the note to be excused.  Parent notes not received within two days of a child’s return to school will also require third party documentation to excuse the absence. Parents remember, if your child receives over 10 unexcused absences they will get an FF on their report card instead of a grade for failure to attend school. 

     

    Spring 2023 Early Release Passes

    Students who have been approved for early release or CCP classes for the Spring 2024 semester need to see Mr. Lee in the main office to have a pass issued. Passes will be issued before school, during lunch, or after school. An early release pass is required for students to leave campus earlier than the regular dismissal time. 

     

    Preparation for Final Exams

    Students are strongly encouraged to bring their school-issued Chromebook to each of their exams. School-issued devices are mandatory for all state exams. Any students without a working WCPSS issued device who are taking State exams such as EOC’s or CTE tests are to report to the media center between 7:00 and 7:30 to check out a device on the morning of their exams. These devices will need to be returned to the media center once that day’s exam is finished.

     

    Schedule Changes

    Students may request a schedule change beginning December 20-January 10. The form will be located on the school website and can be accessed at https://tinyurl.com/whs2324schedule.  In order for a change to be considered, it must meet one of the reasons listed on the Schedule Change Form. You may not drop Advanced Placement courses, per the AP Contract students and parents signed during registration. Students are required to use their student email to access the document. Counselors will not consider requests via email or phone. 

     

    Final Exams

    Final exams start January 12th and end on Tuesday January 23rd. Students taking State Exams, ie- EOC and CTE test will not be allowed to check out while exams are in progress. Please review the exam schedule on the Wakefield High School banner page to make proper arrangements.

     

    BOOSTER CLUB: Buy a Brick

    Our booster club is collecting orders for the next installation of the bricks at the stadium entrance. Prices range from $100 to $250 depending upon the size of the brick and inscription. Bricks are a great way to commemorate a student, teacher, coach or team and become a permanent part of our school. The deadline to order for this school year is January 12th and bricks will be installed in February in time for Spring sports. 100% of the proceeds go to support Wakefield athletics and ordering instructions can be found out on the school website. 

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  • January 1, 2024

    Posted by Joyce Deaton on 1/1/2024 7:00:00 AM

    EOC Review

    Mark your calendars for our January, Saturday Academy dates. These opportunities are open to all students. January 6th, 13th and 20th are great opportunities for students to get prepared for final exams, which begin on Friday, January 12th.  On January 13th and 20th, students in EOC courses can participate in subject specific reviews. English II, Math I, Math III and Biology all have state EOC's. Students who are not proficient (80%) will be required to re-test at the end of the school year. Students will be able to register for these reviews in AllTimely the week of each offering.

     

    Attendance

    Parents when your child is absent from school, please provide a note within two days of  your child’s return from the absence so it is considered excused. If a child is out of school four consecutive days or more they will need a note with third party documentation for the note to be excused.  Parent notes not received within two days of a child’s return to school will also require third party documentation to excuse the absence. Parents remember, if your child receives over 10 unexcused absences they will get an FF on their report card instead of a grade for failure to attend school. 

     

    Spring 2023 Early Release Passes

    Students who have been approved for early release or CCP classes for the Spring 2024 semester need to see Mr. Lee in the main office to have a pass issued. Passes will be issued before school, during lunch, or after school. An early release pass is required for students to leave campus earlier than the regular dismissal time. 

     

    Preparation for Final Exams

    Students are strongly encouraged to bring their school-issued Chromebook to each of their exams. School-issued devices are mandatory for all state exams. Any students without a working WCPSS issued device who are taking State exams such as EOC’s or CTE tests are to report to the media center between 7:00 and 7:30 to check out a device on the morning of their exams. These devices will need to be returned to the media center once that day’s exam is finished.

     

    Schedule Changes

    Students may request a schedule change beginning December 20-January 10. The form will be located on the school website and can be accessed at https://tinyurl.com/whs2324schedule.  In order for a change to be considered, it must meet one of the reasons listed on the Schedule Change Form. You may not drop Advanced Placement courses, per the AP Contract students and parents signed during registration. Students are required to use their student email to access the document. Counselors will not consider requests via email or phone. 

     

    Final Exams

    Final exams start January 12th and end on Tuesday January 23rd. Students taking State Exams, ie- EOC and CTE test will not be allowed to check out while exams are in progress. Please review the exam schedule on the Wakefield High School banner page to make proper arrangements.

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  • December 18, 2023

    Posted by Joyce Deaton on 12/18/2023 7:00:00 AM

    Winter Spirit Week

    Winter Spirit Week is next week and below are the themes for each day. I encourage all staff and students to participate and show your school spirt.

    • Monday 12/18 Puffer vs. Flannel

      • Wear a puffer jacket or flannel

    • Tuesday 12/19- Holiday Card Picture

      • Wear an ugly holiday sweater and take a group pic

    • Wednesday 12/20- Twas the Night Before Break

      • Wear your pjs

     

    EOC Review

    Mark your calendars for our January Saturday Academy dates. These opportunities are open to all students. January 6th, 13th and 20th are great opportunities for students to get prepared for final exams, which begin on Friday, January 12th.  On January 13th and 20th, students in EOC courses can participate in subject specific reviews. English II, Math I, Math III and Biology all have state EOC's. Students who are not proficient (80%) will be required to re-test at the end of the school year. Students will be able to register for these reviews in AllTimely the week of each offering. 

     

    Wakefield Cheer

    Wakefield Cheer has wrapped up their competition season. Varsity Cheer placed 2nd in the NCHSAA State Invitational then went on to win 1st place at the Wake County competition this past weekend. JV and Varsity also placed 2nd in the county for their Game Day routine. Congratulations on a great cheer season.

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  • December 11, 2023

    Posted by Joyce Deaton on 12/11/2023 7:00:00 AM

    PTSA

    Help us celebrate our teachers this holiday season with a sweet treat. We will be having a dessert bar on Thursday 12/14, homemade or store bought are welcomed. Drop off donations in the front office by 9am in a labeled disposable container. Please include what you are bringing in the comment section (ex: brownies, chocolate chip cookies, apple pie, cake pops, lemon bars) to avoid too many duplications.

    https://www.signupgenius.com/go/508044DAFAD23AB9-46540946-desser

     

    Saturday School

    Students are now able to sign up for Saturday Academy through their AllTimely login. When signing up, they can select an offering based on their personal academic needs. This will assist us with planning for the number of students that will be in attendance and hopefully expedite the sign in process as well. Students are not required to sign up to attend. Anyone who arrives without prior registration will be accommodated.

     

    Carpool

    Parents, please only utilize the carpool lane when picking up or dropping students off in the morning. Although driving in the bus parking lot or student parking lot saves time it creates a safety issue for our students.

     

    Attendance

    Parents when your child is absent from school, please provide a note within two days of  your child’s return from the absence so it is considered excused. If a child is out of school four consecutive days or more they will need a note with third party documentation for the note to be excused.  Parent notes not received within two days of a child’s return to school will also require third party documentation to excuse the absence. Parents remember, if your child receives over 10 unexcused absences they will get an FF on their report card instead of a grade for failure to attend school. 

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