WECHS Principal's Weekly Message 11/4/2022
Daylight Savings time ends this weekend. We will fall back one hour Saturday night. The history of this event can be found here.
Tuesday, November 8: PHS Workday/ WTCC North IN! (No Buses or WCPSS Food Service)
Thursday, November 10: WECHS & WTCC Workday
Friday, November 11: WECHS & WTCC Veterans’ Day Holiday
Election Day, Tuesday, November 8, is almost here!
All nine WCPSS School Board District seats, a multi-million dollar school bond and four of the seven Wake County Commission districts will be on the November ballot. This site is a non-partisan resource for election information.
Last night at the WCPSS District 4 Board Advisory Council meeting, the community heard a presentation on crisis prevention, preparation, response, and recovery. The presentation is linked here. The next District 4 meeting will be held in 2023.
It is recruitment season, and word of mouth is our best advertisement. If you know someone interested in attending WECHS next year, see this link
Outreach to Potential New Students and Families.
We have begun our work to reach out to Wake County 8th-grade students and their families to ensure they are aware of the opportunities available at WECHS. In-person and virtual information sessions and tours have been scheduled, and sign-ups are linked to this WECHS website. The application period is October 14 - December 14. Please help us spread the word.
If your student is applying to WECHS for the 2023-24 school year and your current student will also be enrolled next year, please email Robin McAlexander (firstname.lastname@example.org). We want to be sure that we prioritize all sibling applications.
Accreditation Year at WECHS
Every five years, all schools undergo a renewal process for accreditation, and this is our year. We are accredited through Cognia, which certifies schools across the country.
A critical component of this process includes surveys. We need all our parents to complete a critical survey. This survey provides vital information in areas of success and improvement to ensure the academic success of all our students. There are two surveys to complete. Each survey was intentionally designed to capture various feedback from each stakeholder group and provide valuable information that aligns with the Cognia Performance Standards.
The surveys should take at most 15 minutes to complete.
WECHS Climate & Culture Parent Survey
WECHS Family Engagement Survey
Learn more about the 2022 Capital Improvement Program.
The upcoming Wake County election ballot on November 8 will include a proposal for a $530.7 million school bond to address our schools' critical safety and maintenance needs.
The bond will help fund:
The rebuilding of seven existing schools
Significant repairs to schools, such as roofs, heating, air conditioning, and plumbing
Replacements for equipment that has aged out, such as classroom furniture, student and staff devices, and security upgrades
The construction of five new schools on new sites
Peer tutoring is available in person (some days) and virtually every Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday from 4 pm-5 pm. Please have your student complete the attached form so we can best assist them. https://forms.gle/EXqBvTfkmgsdMKrV8 Reach out to Mrs. Wilcox with any questions at Mcwilcox@wcpss.net.
Updated: WECHS WTCC Calendar combo
Bus Riders: Remember to use your resources, Live Bus Updates on the website, and download the Here Comes the Bus app to track the bus location (WCPSS code is 67500). If you have not joined WECHS Transportation Remind, the code is @abkb7ch79d. Call the WECHS PHS office with questions: 919-212-5800 “0” and we will try to help. Refer to the HELP section on the Here Comes the Bus page for problems with the app. We cannot resolve app issues at the school level.
Express Bus Route Locations and Times
It's time to order your 2022-23 WECHS Yearbook!
Top reasons to order now:
Get a book with this school year's memories featured!
Your future self will thank you!
Contact Ms. Wernersbach with questions at email@example.com.
The PTSA Carpool link might need updating if you entered information previously.
PTSA at WECHS! WECHS Spirit Wear Purchase Online
Wake Tech Spring 2023 Advising/Course Questions:
Contact Ms. Graham to set up an appointment to discuss spring 2023 courses for spring 2023.
Student Services Updates:
Our website has links to helpful resources
10th (Performing Arts) and 11th Grade Students - Governor’s School - The application window is now open for 2023 North Carolina Governor’s School.
Please visit the Governor’s School website for more information, including an overview video and application information. Applications are due to Mr. Muse by Nov. 10th. Please get in touch with Mr. Muse at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
Class of 2023
Mark your calendars: WECHS Class of 2023 Commencement ceremony is scheduled for Wednesday, May 24th, at 7 pm. Graduation practice (mandatory) is Tuesday, May 23rd, at 1:30 pm.
Preparation for Graduation: Students can wear either the WECHS or WTCC cap and gown to WECHS graduation. Please use this link to purchase the WECHS cap/gown and other graduation items.
Class of 2023: We can help review applications, essays, etc., for any students. Reach out to your school counselor for help.
Financial Aid for College: Reminders: FAFSA opened on October 1 for the 2023-2024 school year. The earlier you submit your FAFSA, the higher your potential is for more financial aid. Some colleges, including UNC-Chapel Hill, require the submission of the CSS profile. Check to see what forms your colleges require.
“How do I know what is needed to submit for college financial aid and scholarships?” Check the scholarship and financial aid pages on college websites to see the deadlines and forms needed to apply for university scholarships. If you need any help, please get in touch with your school counselor. We can help you find what you need to know. No question is too small. Plus, we have a financial aid counselor who comes each Monday and can answer your questions, too!
Scholarships: It is not too early to apply for scholarships. Please check out our scholarship page, many search engines, and scholarship bulletin.
Class of 2023 Quicklink access sheet
Please complete this Family Needs Survey and contact the counselors with any additional needs/questions.
To join the Student Services Remind for your class, text 81010 with the corresponding message below:
Counselor Contact Information: (updated from last year)
Ms. Lachance (Last name A-L), email@example.com, 919-212-5800 ext. 26054 https://calendly.com/wechs-lachance
Mr. Muse (Last name M-Z), firstname.lastname@example.org,
919-212-5800 ext. 26058
Career Development Corner:
Please join Ms. Hill’s Career Development Corner (CDC) Remind. Messages are sent regarding volunteer opportunities and various career/college events. You can also find valuable information on the CDC website.
Join code information: To join the CDC Remind for your class, text 81010 with the corresponding message below:
9th Grade - @wec-cdc-26
10th Grade - @wec-cdc-25
11th Grade - @wec-cdc-24
12th Grade - @wec-cdc-23
13th Grade - @wec-cdc-23
WTCC’s Electroneurodiagnostic Technology program joined us this week for a WECHS Works Wednesday! Department Head Rendahl shared information related to the program, roles and responsibilities, and career opportunities. She shared how END technicians record the electrical activity of the brain and nervous system in various settings. Students from North Campus joined remotely. The students were engaged and had great questions.
WECHS HOSA members competed today at the NC HOSA North Central Regional Leadership Conference. There were over 500 students from 15 counties. The students participated in competitions, breakout sessions, and a career and college expo.
We are looking forward to celebrating our students’ accomplishments.
This week, the Chick-fil-A Leader Academy was fortunate enough to have Owner/Operator Chris Latta, and Shannon Nolette, Director of Human Resources for the Chick-fil-A at Capital Crossing and Falls Village locations, join us to share information regarding leadership development and service to the community. The members completed “Thank You’s” to individuals that have positively impacted their lives, the notes will soon be delivered.
Last weekend, Brisa, Greg, Emily, and Eliana shared valuable and life-saving information with elementary school-aged students and their families at PoeFest. The student volunteers shared books from the WECHS Chick-fil-A Leader Academy Million Book Giveaway. They provided the American Red Cross’ Prepare with Pedro Fire Safety tips and activities. They did an amazing job, and we couldn’t be more proud.
The Poe Center for Health Education’s Teen Health Advisory Council hosts Andrew Heil, LCSW, LCAS, CSI, Behavioral Health Therapist, and his presentation on Removing the Smoke Behind Substances on November 9th. This presentation will be virtual only, and registration is required. The session will begin promptly at 5 PM and end with Q&A by 6 PM. Register here.
NCBCE’s Ready, Set, App! challenge is a mobile app development competition for high school students sponsored by Lenovo™. Student groups are asked to develop a mobile app to solve a problem in their school or community. Registration is open now until December 16th, 2022. To learn more and register, visit www.ncbce.org/ready-set-app.
Wake Electric seeks applicants for a one-week, all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C., for the 2023 Electric Youth Tour. Winners also receive a $1,000 scholarship. Winners MUST go on the Washington Trip to become eligible for the $1,000 scholarship. The trip will be from June 17 – 23, 2023. The deadline to apply is December 15, 2022, by 5:00 p.m. Applicants must currently be high school juniors. Applicants DO NOT have to live in households served by Wake Electric to win. For exciting details on the Youth Tour and what you can expect, visit www.youthtour.coop. To download an application, visit www.wemc.com.
The Department of Defense (DoD) SMART scholarship program accepts applications through December. This program is for students who have earned a year’s worth of college credit and covers full tuition, stipend, books, etc., for students pursuing STEM degrees and can be awarded for multiple years, all the way through a graduate degree program. Upon graduation, recipients work for the Department of Defense annually to receive a scholarship. Here is where you can learn more: https://www.smartscholarship.org/smart.
Wake County EMS is also offering an EMS Club. This group meets on the 2nd Monday of each month from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm. Click here for more information and the application. This opportunity is precious and rewarding. If your student is considering applying for the Wake County WCPSS High School EMT program during their senior or super senior year, this club would be a great asset for them.
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 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.
Update: WECHS student-athletes participate in Athletics through Enloe High School, and the new and improved website is now live!
WECHS high school final exams will be administered on December 15, 16, 19, and 20. WTCC final exams are scheduled for December 8-14. Please do not plan to travel during this time.
Testing questions should be directed to Robin McAlexander at email@example.com.
Driver’s Education Registration Jordan Driving
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.
Principal’s Tip of the Week:
School can be sedentary, and we all need to move more! Regular physical activity has many positive benefits. Help your teen establish good habits now. This article from the American Heart Association cites some benefits and research.
Principal Cummings’ Office Hours/Coffee Chats at 8:30 on Friday mornings. Open to all. The meet link is posted on our Google Calendar call, email, or let me know when you’d like to meet in person. Email: email@example.com Desk: 919-212-5803 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