WECHS Principal's Weekly Message 1/13/2023
Happy New Year! Welcome back to what’s going to be a great spring semester.
Earlier this week, we had our first school-wide assembly on the PHS campus (in my twelve-year tenure) that wasn’t the Honor Roll Breakfast. Students were tasked with re-envisioning descriptors and images representing the WECHS P.R.I.D.E.: Perseverance, Respect, Integrity, Discipline, Excellence. I was very proud of the students' focus and creativity. This work will be shared with the Principal’s Advisory Council for the next steps in developing the final draft.
Monday, January 16, is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, a federal holiday and National Day of Service. WECHS and WTCC will be closed. Everyone is encouraged to make this a “day on, not a day off.” MLK Day of Service, US Department of the Interior
Thursday, January 19, PHS Campus Events!
We know it’s hard to get to campus. You live all over the county, and if you have more than one student, you have conflicting schedules and priorities. So, this Thursday, we’ve combined programming and are offering dinner and child care to make things a little easier, hopefully. That evening we have the following events:
PHS Spring Semester Meet the Teacher: 5:30-6:30: Drop by and meet your student’s teachers for the spring semester. PHS Campus, Building C, Teacher’s Classrooms
WECHS PTSA Meeting: 6:30-7:00: Open to All Families, Staff, and Students: Join the PTSA, become an officer if interested, and learn what’s planned for this year and how you can support the students and staff at WECHS. PHS Campus, Building A
Road to the Wake Tech Associate's degree: 7-7:30/7:45: Families and students can learn how students can earn the associate's degree and the other health sciences certificates and degrees from WTCC. This is open to all, and it’s never too early to start planning. PHS Campus, Building A
Dinner and child care are being offered for those in attendance! Please register at this link so we can plan accordingly!
PHS Honor Roll Breakfast for the 2nd quarter/1st semester is Friday, January 27th at 7:20 am. Please sign up at this link to donate breakfast items and volunteer your time.
Applications are open for TEDxYouth@ChavisWay, an independently organized TED event in March 2023. Given the inspiring and valuable work you do with young people, we would love for you to share this application with youth between the ages of 10 and 19 who may be interested in speaking or performing at the event. Applications are due by January 15th. The full application link can be found here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfjUVBOcuubU2pYeEkJT8DorwVGRQhY6eCjoT_g2_dR0z6wpQ/viewform?usp=sf_link
Calling all travelers! You’re invited to join us on a tour of Japan in the Summer of 2024. Interested? Follow the below links below to see the full itinerary and price, and sign yourself up! For any questions, please contact Ms. Wernersbach.
Japan Meeting Details Enroll now: www.eftours.com/2549511ke
Class of 2024 Senior Trip (non-school sponsored)
The senior class of 2024 trip. It is an amazing opportunity for seniors.
The trip is an 11-day trip to Tanzania (travel days included) planned by Explorica. It would be non-school sponsored and scheduled for spring break or summer 2024.
It is a volunteer-based trip where students volunteer in local villages, teaching children, building parks, and bringing freshwater access. At the end of the trip, there would be a traditional dinner and wildlife safari excursion. This trip allows students to become active global citizens, experience foreign cultures like never before, and have the experience of a lifetime.
It would be an amazing way to end our time at WECHS. My mother is committed to coordinating in chaperoning the trip. There is a link below with more information.
Excited for the adventure, Chloe-ann Detwiler
WECHS PTSA needs you!
We currently have officer vacancies on the PTSA board and are looking for parents to volunteer for PTSA President and Treasurer. Please email email@example.com
No Fuss Fundraiser – Just Donate! Now at https://www.wechsptsa.org/donate/no-fuss
Click this link, and 0.5% of all your Amazon purchases go straight to the WECHS PTSA. Share this link with your friends and family! https://smile.amazon.com/ch/06-1790736
Support the PTSA with every grocery trip. Link your Harris Teeter VIC card to use school code 6211: https://tie.harristeeter.com/together-in-education.
The next PTSA meeting will be in-person on January 19, at 6:30 p.m., between Meet the Teacher and Road to Associates!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
The price is now $50.00.
Here's the link to order a WECHS yearbook: https://www.jostens.com/apps/store/productBrowse/1827483/Wake-Early-Col-of-Health-and-Sci/2023-Yearbook/2022072608150634751/CATALOG_SHOP/
The deadline for senior/graduation ads is February 9. Here is the link to order an ad: https://www.jostens.com/apps/store/ybAdDesigner/1827483/-/2022072608151339051/CATALOG_SHOP/?utm_content=YBK-Comp1-CTA-Button&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Ads_Custom+-+1-3-23&utm_source=exacttarget&utm_term=All+Subscribers
January WCPSS High School Lunch Menu
The PTSA Carpool link might need updating if you entered information previously.
PTSA at WECHS! WECHS Spirit Wear Purchase Online
Wake Tech Spring 2023
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Save the Date: Wake Tech’s Spring 2023 Commencement will be held Saturday, May 6, at the Scott Northern Wake Campus, time TBD.
Contact Ms. Graham for questions about Wake Tech classes:
Student Services Updates:
Our website has links to helpful resources
11th, 12th, and 13th grader `. Apply to work as the NC Governor’s Page for four days. Read more about this opportunity and how to apply here: https://governor.nc.gov/governors-page-program.
NCSU offers a mentor program for girls interested in engineering in grades 9-12. See the flyer here: GEC Mentor Program 2023 Info Packet.pdf
Rising 11th and 12th graders: Summer Ventures in Science and Math: Summer Ventures in Science and Mathematics is a no-cost, state-funded program for academically talented North Carolina students who aspire to careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. You will have the opportunity to engage in research with faculty and get hands-on experience at a university. For more information, visit here. Applications are due January 17, 2023.
Other Summer Opportunities
Other summer opportunities are on the horizon. Check out this list on the CFNC website. https://www2.cfnc.org/studentEnrichment
As more information comes out about summer opportunities, we’ll share. Make your summer memorable while building your resume!
Class of 2023
Cap and Gown Pictures will be on February 1 on the North campus. Sign-up for a time on prestigeportraits.com. Here is the flyer for more information: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1g69ze2N0ZXRv8XBtcZ5Vgx0sz57FiyeR/view?usp=sharing
Graduation Yearbook Ads are due February 9. https://www.jostens.com/apps/store/customer/1827483/Wake-Early-Col-of-Health-and-Sci/
You can also order the WECHS Cap/Gown on this site.
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. https://www.wcpss.net/graduation
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 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
To join the Student Services Remind for your class, text 81010 with the corresponding message: 9th: @2022wechs, 10th: @2021wechs, 11th: @2020wechs, 12th: @19wechs, 13th: @2018wechs
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: 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
Is your student considering a career in computing? NCSU has an amazing opportunity, Students & Technology in Academia, Research, and Service (STARS) Leadership Corps is a FREE 4-week computing workshop series as part of our STARS program, FLAMES (Future leaders in Algorithms, Mathematics, and Engineering Science). This series is targeted for students with little or no prior programming experience, although all experience levels are welcome! Students will learn about variables, if-else statements, and control statements using NetsBlox, a new extension of the Snap! block-based learning environment. Workshops will take place at NCSU’s Poe Hall Room 103 (campus map) from 10 am - 3 pm on the following Saturdays: January 28th, February 11th, February 25th, and March 11th. Lunch will be provided. Applications are due by 1/20/23. Click here for the interest form.
Next week, we will begin our WECHS Works Wednesday for the semester. We are excited to have Department Head Wilson join us from the WTCC Imaging Department. She will be sharing valuable information. This session will be offered to our 9th-grade students.
If your student applied to the WakeMed Junior Volunteer program. Please remind them to check their email for follow-up information and save the date they’ve selected as their orientation date. The next opportunity for students to apply for the summer track is on the second Monday in April.
Is your student interested in participating in an NCTAP apprenticeship? It’s not too late for students to register for a facility tour. The tours will take place on 1/21/23, 2/4/23, and 2/18/23. Please visit the NCTAP apprenticeship to find out more information and to register. https://www.nctap.org/events
Is your rising sophomore, junior, and senior interested in attending a fun, interactive, and educational camp? Cooperative Leadership Camp is a five-day overnight camp program hosted by the Cooperative Council of North Carolina. Click here to learn more about this opportunity and how to apply.
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.
All 11th graders will take the ACT on Tuesday, Mar 7, 2023, at 7:25 a.m. Additional details will be provided as they become available.
The ACT is a state assessment required by North Carolina law for all eligible eleventh graders. It is a curriculum- and standards-based assessment that evaluates college and career readiness in English, mathematics, reading, and science.
PHS final exams are scheduled for May 17, 18, 19, 22, and 23.
Wake Tech final exams are scheduled for May 2, 3, 4, 5, and 8.
Please do not schedule travel for these dates.
WECHS student-athletes participate in Athletics at Enloe High School, and the new and improved website is now live!
Driver’s Education Registration Jordan Driving
Visit www.jordandriving.com to sign up. Click ENLOE to register online. Students are only allowed to take the class at the high school they attend or the designated location (Enloe) as determined by Jordan Driving School. Payment is not due until the class is confirmed by the Driver’s Education teacher at Enloe, Carolyn Hunter, email@example.com.
Updated: WECHS WTCC Calendar combo
Principal’s Tip of the Week:
Are we raising perfectionists?
Principal Cummings’ Office Hours/Coffee Chats at 8:30 on most 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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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 Arment Cummings