• Community Lockdown May 24

    Posted by Greg Decker on 5/24/2018 4:00:00 PM

    Because it is important to keep you informed, I would like you to be aware of an incident which affected our school earlier today. Please know that all students were safe the entire time.

    Due to a report of a potential disturbance among several students on campus, our school went into a community lockdown from approximately 12:35 p.m. to 1:10 p.m. No disturbance occurred. We are investigating the situation and will take any appropriate disciplinary action.

    In a community lockdown, all exterior doors of the school are locked and no one is allowed to enter or exit the building until an all-clear announcement is received from law enforcement. These steps are taken as a precautionary measure to ensure the safety of our students and faculty. 

    Law enforcement officials gave us clearance to end the lockdown at approximately 1:10 p.m., and we resumed a normal school day. In fact, classes went undisturbed during the lockdown itself.

    We greatly appreciate the relationship we have with the Raleigh Police Department and WCPSS Security in responding to such situations. They work closely with us to ensure the safety of our students every day.

    We are especially grateful for the cooperation of students and staff during this lockdown. Their cooperation ensured a safe and orderly environment during this incident.

    If you have any questions or concerns, please call the school. 

    Thank you for your continued support of our school.


    Dr. Gregory Decker, Principal



    Debido a que es importante mantenerles informados, deseo que estén al tanto de un incidente que afectó a nuestra escuela el día de hoy. Por favor tengan presente que todos los estudiantes estuvieron a salvo en todo momento.

    Debido a un informe de un posible altercado entre varios estudiantes en el recinto escolar, nuestra escuela entró bajo un cierre de la comunidad desde aproximadamente las 12:35 p.m. hasta la 1:10 p.m. No hubo disturbios. Nos encontramos investigando la situación y tomaremos las medidas disciplinarias correspondientes.

    Durante un cierre bajo llave de la comunidad, todas las puertas exteriores de la escuela están cerradas y no se permite que nadie entre o salga del edificio hasta que se reciba el aviso por parte de la policía de que la emergencia ha cesado. Estos pasos se toman como una medida de precaución para garantizar la seguridad de nuestros estudiantes y maestros.

    Los funcionarios encargados del orden público nos dieron autorización para terminar el cierre aproximadamente a la 1:10 p.m., y reanudamos el día escolar normal. De hecho, las clases no fueron interrumpidas durante el cierre en sí.

    Apreciamos enormemente la relación que tenemos con el Departamento de Policía de Raleigh y el Departamento de Seguridad de WCPSS al responder a tales situaciones.  Ellos trabajan estrechamente con nosotros para garantizar la seguridad de nuestros estudiantes todos los días.

    Estamos especialmente agradecidos por la cooperación de los estudiantes y el personal durante este cierre. Su cooperación aseguró un ambiente seguro y ordenado durante este incidente.

    Si tiene alguna pregunta o inquietud, por favor llame a la escuela.

    Gracias por su continuo apoyo a nuestra escuela.


    Dr. Gregory Decker, Principal

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  • Update on Code Red

    Posted by Dr. Decker on 5/14/2018

    Monday, May 16, 2018



    Sanderson families,


    At approximately 1:50 p.m., we placed our school on our highest security alert in a code red lockdown and notified local law enforcement and WCPSS Security due to a reported threat, received via phone call, of an intruder on the school campus. Authorities arrived immediately, checked our campus and determined there was no intruder on campus. The lockdown lasted about 40 minutes


    In a code red lockdown, the entire building is locked down. No one is allowed to enter or exit the building until an all-clear announcement is received from police.


    These steps are taken as a precautionary measure to ensure the safety of our students and faculty. Once the police gave us the all clear, the lockdown ended without any incident at the school.


    We greatly appreciate the relationship we have with law enforcement and WCPSS Security in responding to such situations. They work closely with us to ensure the safety of our students every day.


    Thanks for your continued support of our school.


    Dr. Decker,


    Sanderson High School

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  • Day of Rememberance

    Posted by Dr. Gregory Decker on 3/14/2018 10:00:00 AM

    Dear Parents,


    Because I want to keep you informed, I want to share information about a peaceful protest that occurred on campus today.


    At 10 a.m. this morning approximately 700 students walked out of Sanderson High School to participate in the national school walk out. Staff did not participate or organize the event, but in order to ensure student safety, we directed students to the bus parking lot and supervised the protest. Student who did not participate remained in class where instruction continued.


    Students returned to class at 10:15 a.m. The rest of the day continued without disruption.


    Please let me know if you have any questions.




    Gregory S. Decker Ed. D.

    Principal, Sanderson High School

    5500 Dixon Drive, Raleigh NC 27609

    (P) 919-881-4800

    (F) 919-881-5006


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  • Community Response to Parkland

    Posted by Dr. Gregory Decker on 2/15/2018 12:00:00 PM

    Dear Families,

    We are deeply saddened by the tragic events that transpired yesterday in Parkland, FL. Our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected.


    We want to assure you that our top priority is the safety and well-being of our students. This is a responsibility we take very seriously.


    We have proactive plans and procedures to protect our students. We frequently conduct practice drills and constantly improve measures for responding to emergency situations. We work closely with area law enforcement to continuously review, evaluate and strengthen security at our schools.


    We also want to share some tips for helping your children cope with news of such events:

    • Take care of yourself as a parent – make sure you have a trusted friend or family member with whom you can talk in order to process your own feelings.
    • Maintain consistent structures and support for your child – children feel the safest when their routines remain intact.
    • Let your kids take the lead in the discussion. Invite them to ask their questions so that you are only addressing their concerns and sharing that which is necessary to help them feel safe.
    • Encourage your child to express their feelings, not suppress them. It is important that your child feel safe in sharing their thoughts and feelings with you, even though doing so might be uncomfortable.
    • Validate your child’s feelings while helping them to develop healthy ways to deal with emotions such as anger, fear or sadness.
    • Assure your child that they are safe, but don’t over promise concerning what may happen in the future. Instead, affirm that they are loved and cared for, and that there are people working to keep them safe.
    • Limit your child’s exposure to the news – after a tragedy, media sites are filled with images and stories that can be difficult for children to process. Also, pay close attention to the social media sites your child may be visiting, as these sites can quickly fill with stories related to a tragedy.


    Ultimately, if you are concerned about your child’s response to this or any tragic event, reach out to the school counselor for additional resources and support.


    The best means to keep schools safe is to maintain healthy and open relationships between adults and children at all times. Help us remind students that they have an obligation to bring information about situations that cause them concern to adults at the school so that we can respond quickly and appropriately to protect their safety.


    Students and parents can also report concerns about student or school safety to our anonymous tip line, (919) 856-1911.

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  • Important Second Semester Information

    Posted by Dr. Greg Decker on 1/23/2018

    Spartan families,


    Please note a few important changes for the start of second semester, tomorrow, January 25th.  

    -All students are to download PowerSchool onto their devices to obtain their second semester schedules.

    -On your device, go to the  App Store, search and download PowerSchool.  

    -Once downloaded, click "Claim Your Account" and use your Student ID to proceed with the questions. 

    -If you already have a PowerSchool account, log on using your student ID and existing password.


    Students who cannot download PowerSchool can find their first period class in the Gym Lobby or Front Entrance Lobby.

    All students are to report to first period.

    First period teachers will help students troubleshoot 

     Thank you for a successful testing session and we look forward to a great 2nd semester!

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  • Senior Cap & Gown Pick-Up

    Posted by Dr. Greg Decker on 3/2/2017

    Your caps and gowns will be ready for pick-up on Monday, 3/6/17 during lunch in the auditorium lobby.  If you need to order yours, contact Josten's at (919) 789-8900.


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