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12.08.2019 Principal Dana King's Weekly Message

MHS Book Fair

Millbrook has kicked off its first ever holiday Book Fair, in partnership with Quail Ridge Books! The fair will be open daily in the Media Center, including during lunches and before winter concerts and our NAS induction, until Thursday, December 12 at noon.  100% of funds raised will be used by the school to purchase books for the Media Center. 


Millbrook will also earn proceeds on purchases of books made online on the Quail Ridge Books website at and in store at Quail Ridge Books (located at 4209-100 Lassiter Mill Road in North Hills, Raleigh) through December 12.  This is a unique opportunity to buy holiday gifts and support our school at the same time! For in-store purchases, tell the cashier at check out that your purchases are part of the Millbrook High School Book Fair.  For online orders, key into the Orders Comment box: Millbrook High School Book Fair.


Please see THIS flyer for more details.


Millbrook Media Center Newsletter

We hope you’ve had a restful weekend so far and invite you to end your weekend by reading our newest edition of TheBrooksWorm. This month we’re highlighting some of Millbrook's staff and student favorite books around the Media Center. Stop by to see our student created displays and to share your favorite book with us! And don’t forget about our Book Fair (see previous message). 


Jostens on Campus - December 10

Jostens will be on campus on Tuesday, December 10th, during lunches in the front lobby to deliver class rings that were ordered in the fall. Your ring must be paid for in full in order to receive it.


Tuesday, December 10th, will also be the final day for Seniors to place their order for senior products during lunches in the front lobby. A $60.00 deposit is needed to place the order.


Student Services Messages

Senior Parents  

As of November 22nd, 244 seniors have completed the FAFSA.  The priority filing deadlines for some colleges are fast approaching (UNCW and WCU have a priority deadline of Jan 1st).  While it is still possible to get federal aid from schools after their priority deadlines, often they only give state and institutional funds to those who meet the priority deadline.  For that reason completing now could result in a greater amount of assistance. Winter break could be the perfect time to sit down with your student and get this done. Please reach out to your counselor if you need help. Complete it now at


9th Grade Parents 

Counselors have been working with your students during their  English courses over the last two weeks to develop their 4 year plans.  This exercise helps them understand graduation requirements and map a tentative plan for which classes they will take during the rest of their high school career.  We help them link career and college plans with opportunities available to them here. This is NOT the same thing as course registration which will happen in March.  These plans are just outlines and do not mean that a student has to take those courses. Students were encouraged to take pictures of these plans with their phones and will receive a copy of them prior to course registration in March.  If you have questions about this please contact your student's counselor.


PTSA Messages

We still have a big need for food donations for the staff Holiday Luncheon on Thursday, December 19! Please help us support our fabulous teachers and staff! You may click on the link to sign up to donate.


The Truth About IB!

This week we are tackling the below myth about the IB Diploma Programme. Check back next week as we address another myth. 



Students do not earn college credit for their IB Diploma Programme courses.


In fact:

Colleges have for decades offered credit for IB courses taken by students dependent on the course taken, the IB scored earned and the college being attended.  It is common for students to earn enough college credit from their IB and AP course credit to enter school as second semester freshmen and not infrequently as first semester sophomores.  Colleges generally post on their admissions websites their IB credit policies along with their AP credit policies.


In fact: 

The North Carolina University system recently put into effect a policy stating that all IB courses, Standard Level (SL) and Higher Level (HL), will be accepted uniformly across all member schools for college credit.  HL scores earning a 4 out of 7 and SL courses earning a 5 out of 7 will be recognized for college credit.


(REPEAT) IB Diploma Programme Small Group Info Sessions

Sophomore parents and students!  Are you considering joining the MHS IB Diploma Programme?  Join a Small Group Info Session to learn about the value and demands of the Diploma Programme and about the courses and scheduling during this two year programme.  


The Diploma Programme is a demanding and rewarding academic programme that will prepare students for college and future challenges.  It is designed for motivated students who enjoy the learning process and want to challenge themselves and grow personally, academically and intellectually. 


One recent graduate described his experience in the Diploma Programme as “the highlight of my high school experience!”  Another graduate described it as “a community, an experience, and nothing short of life-changing.” 


Go to to join a mandatory Small Group Interest Meeting.   The student and at least one parent are required to attend.  Contact Mr. Baron, Millbrook’s DP coordinator, if you have questions.


Upcoming Events              

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