WECHS Principal's Weekly Message 4/15/2022
Happy Friday on a Monday!
I hope you had a great extended weekend holiday.
Wake County Public Schools is administering a District-Wide Family Survey from Monday, April 4 through Friday, May 6. Please take a few moments to complete it.
12 days of class until WTCC finals begin & 23 days of class until PHS finals begin
Stay focused, we are almost there!
We may have early release days next year as well. These are tentatively scheduled for our calendar on 9/2, 11/22, 12/21, 1/13, 3/24, and 4/6. Students in WTCC classes on those days will need to arrange transportation home.
12th and 13th Grade Signs of Suicide Presentations - Next week, Student Services will present the Signs of Suicide Refresher program during 12 and 13th Grade Seminar classes. This program is presented to all WCPSS 12th and 13th-grade students and it purpose is to increase awareness and provide information about depression and suicide as you transition from high school to your post-secondary plans.
Here is the link to the parent letter with more information about the program and includes an opt-out form at the bottom. This letter was shared with students through their Seminar Google Classroom this week. Please contact Mr. Muse if you have any questions.
Congratulations to the following students for being selected to participate in a few truly remarkable summer experiences!
Duke STAR Research Program - Hedille A & Chloe Ann D.
Bank of America Student Leader Program - Ameer H.
Hello WECHS families! Did you know there is a critical blood supply shortage in the US? The American Red Cross Club (ARCC) is hosting a WECHS blood drive this week. ARCC members have vouchers they are distributing. Please consider encouraging friends and family to donate at one of the ARC designated sites. The donation sites are in Raleigh and Cary. You must be at least 16 with parental permission to donate. We understand this time period corresponds with Ramadan. We are committed to including opportunities for all our WECHS students, their families and friends to participate in the blood drive. Due to fasting during Ramadan, we have determined it would be best to extend the window of time to donate; however, to request the voucher be submitted during the week of April 18th-23rd. See an ARCC member or Ms Hill for additional details. Thank you for your time and consideration.
Ms. Graham, WTCC Liaison:
Please note the following dates for fall ‘22 group and individual advising (for Fall Semester course selection):
Group Advising: March 21 - March 25 - Held during HS Seminar
Individual Advising: March 28 – April 1 - Virtual via TEAMS with Wake Tech Advisor
Sophomores: Reminder that all library fines must be paid before you can be registered for North Campus classes. Contact your counselor or the office with questions.
The breakfast and lunch options for April are linked here.
All WCPSS school volunteers who wish to continue to volunteer in 2021-22 should go to any WCPSS school or work site and register through wcpss.net by selecting the Community tab, and then selecting Volunteer.
Student Services: Our website has been updated with links to helpful resources: https://www.wcpss.net/Page/50577
If you would like for your graduate to be featured on WECHS social media, email a photo and brief bio about future plans (specific college not necessary) to Robin McAlexander at firstname.lastname@example.org.
10th Grade: North Campus Preview Night! Mark your calendars for Tuesday, April 19! See flyer here. 2022 WECHS Sophomore spring night
Summer Opportunities: There are many opportunities for summer study and experiences. Check out this link on the CFNC website: https://www2.cfnc.org/studentEnrichment
11th Grade Students: See Mr. Muse or Mrs. Lachance for applications and more information on American Legion NC Boys State and Girls State. These are week-long summer camps for rising seniors who are interested in government, leadership and law.
Scholarships: We receive notices of scholarships regularly and post them on this document: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1cfKGNl2-GyFIwgaxKdW5iCoumaZlnyjS_yD6UDuNuGI/edit?usp=sharing Additional scholarship links and websites can be found at: https://www.wcpss.net/Page/49470
Class of 2022
Graduate Awards Night will be in person this year on Thursday, May 12 at 7 p.m. on the PHS campus in the tiered classrooms in building A. Graduates will need to report to PHS main school lounge by 6:30 p.m. Graduates will wear the graduation gown (no caps). Masks are encouraged but not required
A Virtual Graduation Meeting for parents/guardians was held on February 22 at 6 p.m. If you missed the meeting, the presentation can be seen here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/17DphfjjLjfGA_igVpXqwUS-6GPPXp2jj/view?usp=sharing
We have a Financial Aid Counselor, Ms. Taylor, who comes to the North campus each Monday. She can help students and parents with FAFSA. To schedule an appointment, please email Ms. Hennings at email@example.com.
Mark your calendars now! WECHS Class of 2022 Commencement will be held on Tuesday, May 24, 2022, at 8 p.m. Mandatory commencement practice will be on Monday, May 23 from 2:30-4:30 p.m. Tickets are required to attend Commencement. Masks are recommended but not required. Each graduate will receive approximately 6 tickets.
Click on this link for helpful information for seniors and super seniors. https://tinyurl.com/wechs2022
WECHS cap, gown, diploma cover and stole order packages are available on the Jostens website: https://www.jostens.com/apps/catalog/gradPackage.mvc?customerId=1827483&customerName=Wake-Early-Col-of-Health-and-Sci&catalogOsr=GRAD_PROD_HS_SENIOR_CUSTOMER_CATALOG&catalogName=Graduation-Packages&categoryOsr=PACKAGES&requestedView=LIST
Counselor Contact Information:
Ms. Lachance (Last names A-K), firstname.lastname@example.org, 919-212-5800 ext. 26054 https://calendly.com/wechs-lachance
Mr. Muse (Last names L-Z), email@example.com,
919-212-5800 ext. 26058
Career Development Corner:
Please be sure to visit Ms. Hill’s website for the most up-to-date opportunities, health science enrichment experiences, and other valuable information.
Next week, on WECHS Works Wednesday, we will have Dr Leach from WakeMed join us for a Career Conversation. She is the Director of Neuropsychology as well as the program director for both the Brain Injury Rehabilitation System and the Neuro Care Unit and Program.
We had a great Siemens Healthineers STEM Career Conversation on Tuesday, April 12th. Siemens had STEM professionals join us from across the country! They provided valuable information regarding careers and educational pathways. We look forward to the next session.
Is your student interested in serving the community? The Wake County Note in the Pocket has openings on its Teen Board. Here’s the link for the application. The application deadline is 4/30/22.
Check out this PAID summer internship opportunity with Builders Bridge for students 17 years or older!
Campbell University’s School of Engineering and College of Pharmacy and Health Science are hosting STEM camps. Click here for additional information.
Wake County EMS - EMT Summer Camp registration is now open! Spots fill quickly. It’s a free week-long camp. Youth ages 14–19 can participate in this weeklong day camp in June that provides extensive hands-on instruction on EMS equipment and procedures. Camp includes team building and field trips to related sites. Registration is required.
NCBCE has partnered with the NC Department of Public Instruction and industry leaders to curate a list of online curricula for credentials and certifications developed by tech companies. Through this partnership, students in NC K-12 high schools can receive scholarships to take the certification tests. Please reach out to NCBCEAdmin@nc.gov for more information. Want more information? Click here. Contact Ms. Hill with questions.
The Wake County EMS Club met on Monday, April 11th. Students who attended had an amazing experience and highly recommend it to other WECHS students!
The Perry Virtual Experience is a free, 2.5-hour, interactive online experience for high school and college-aged students who gender-identify as female or nonbinary and are interested in pursuing careers in orthopedics and/or engineering. Participants will hear from women leaders in these fields and dive into online mock orthopedic surgery simulations and biomechanics experiments. Click here for current opportunities.
PHS Final Exams
PHS high school final exams will be administered on May 19, 20, 23, and 24. Please do not plan to travel during these dates. Early testing requires submitting a request with supporting documentation to the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction for approval because North Carolina law requires that all final exams be administered in the last five days of the semester. Requests based on vacation travel are not granted by NCDPI.
Any student who scored not proficient on the EOC exam in the fall yet earned a passing grade in the class could be eligible for remediation and retest at the beginning of summer. More information coming soon. This will apply to the fall and spring high school EOC exams.
Wake Tech Final Exams
Wake Tech final exams are scheduled for May 4, 5, 6, 9, and 10. Please do not plan to travel during these dates. Additionally, students will return textbooks during exam week.
We just received a large supply of spirit wear, especially hoodies and sweatpants.
Order yours today!
Daily Announcements are shared between campuses and read aloud on the PHS campus daily.
WECHS students participate in Athletics through Enloe High School. Information on tryouts and other sports news can be found on the Enloe Athletics website.
Visit www.jordandriving.com to sign up. Payment is not due until the class is confirmed by the Driver’s Education teacher at Enloe, Carolyn Hunter, firstname.lastname@example.org
Breakfast and lunch will be available at no cost to students for the 2021-22 school year. While the district may be able to offer free meals to all students, it is very important for eligible parents to complete a meal benefits application because this data enables schools to obtain funding to provide other important educational resources to benefit students. Other benefits that are issued directly to families that have applied and are eligible for meal benefits may also be available (such as the P-EBT cash benefit). Parents can complete a meal benefits application online at myschoolapps.com. Paper applications also are available at all schools. More: www.wcpss.net/free-reduced-meals.
New Student Device Update:
WECHS students in 9th and 10th in fall 2022 will receive new Thinkpads with some available for 11th -13th graders.
STAY HOME IF YOU FEEL ANY SYMPTOM OF ILLNESS….please!
You may not enter a WCPSS facility if you have been: Instructed to quarantine or you are experiencing any of these Covid symptoms of illness: Fever or chills, Cough, Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, Fatigue, Muscle or body aches, Headache, New loss of taste or smell, Sore throat, Congestion or Runny Nose, Nausea or Vomiting, and/or Diarrhea.
Covid Testing at School:
WECHS students and staff on both campuses are eligible for weekly Covid testing at school. Mako conducts the testing and results are provided in about 24 hours. This site provides the details. Only those registered will be able to participate. If you register your student for testing, please be sure to let them know that you have done so. Testing will occur on Wednesdays. North at 7:30 and PHS at 10:15.
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Principal Cummings’ Office Hours/Coffee Chats 8:30 Friday mornings. Open to all. The meet link is posted on our Google Calendar call, email, or let me know a time you’d like to meet in person. Email: email@example.com Mobile (call/text): 919-341-9844 or use my online scheduler
Please take care of yourself, your friends, and your family, and contact me with any questions.
Principal, Lisa Cummings
Campus Contact and Locations:
WECHS PHS Campus
WTCC Perry Health Science Campus
2901 Holston Lane, Raleigh
WECHS Northern Campus
WTCC Scott Northern Campus
6600 Louisburg Road, Raleigh