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January 17, 2020


Hello, Zebulon Elementary Families,

This is Principal Newkirk with the update for the week of January 17, 2020


The Week in Review

Earlier this week, two teachers came to the office to complain of what appeared to be smoke in their classrooms. I quickly came down to assess the room and had Mrs. Ahart call the Zebulon Fire Department. The smoke detectors did not ever go off despite a very hazy environment. The fire department came, less than a half hour before dismissal, and began to assess the situation. They checked the roof, checked temperatures of the walls, ceiling, floor, and anywhere else they could find. After a few minutes it was determined that nothing was on fire. Additional evaluation conducted by ZFD and the WCPSS Facilities staff determined the cause to be coming from an air handler shared by the two rooms. They were blowing out what is essentially fog.


Work orders have been created and I expect that all issues have been repaired. I want to thank the Zebulon Fire Department for their expertise and skill in handling the incident. I also thank our families who waited patiently wanting to know what was to matter. In the future you can always expect a School Messenger email from me about an hour after any school emergency.


The Year in Review

It is hard to believe that we are almost into the 3rd quarter of the school year. It seems like we just started. We have end of year assessments and end of grade testing coming up in May. Everything your child is learning in school every day is important. We need parents to reinforce the learning at school every day. Encourage your child to read independently everyday. With everyone committed to a singular focus of improved student proficiency and growth, Zebulon Elementary is poised to shine as an example of quality teaching and learning.



Kindergarten Registration  

It’s time to register your young ones for kindergarten for the 2020-2021 school year. You can begin the process online at the link here or you may follow the link on the Zebulon Elementary website,



Math Night

Every family is invited to Math Night February 13 at 6:00 PM. We hope to have some special guests this evening. Heather Scott, District 1 Board of Education Representative and Larry Loucks, Zebulon Town Councilman will be at our event. As a school where students have not performed well on the end of grade tests, it is most important that all parents attend and support their child with tangible take home strategies. Help us help you meet your child’s needs by coming February 13.



Magnet Application Period

Zebulon GT Magnet Elementary is a magnet school that offers innovative programs that cannot be found in traditional schools. We are the only school in eastern Wake county with a full-time Academically and Intellectually Gifted teacher. We are also the only school with strings and band teachers, dance, foreign language, and drama. Our students get the opportunity to exercise agency through an extensive elective offering. Traditional schools do not have these options.


If you know of families in the Rolesville, Knightdale, Wendell, Zebulon area who might want their child to enjoy these experiences, please encourage them to apply through the Magnet Application Portal at


January 20          MLK Holiday – No School

January 24          PBIS Quarterly Event - Dance

January 28          NC Checkins Testing for 3rd grade

January 29          Teacher Workday

January 30          Winter Concert

January 31          5th grade NC Checkins

February 3          Beginning of 3rd quarter electives

February 12        Report Cards go home

February 13        Math Night

February 17        No School – President’s Day

February 18        No School – teacher workday




David Newkirk, Principal