WECHS Principal's Weekly Message 3/10/2023
WECHS and WTCCC are closed next week for Spring Break. Please take time to relax and prepare for the final eight weeks.
We completed the first half of the spring semester this week. Teachers will have grades updated by the end of the workday on Friday, March 17. Report cards for high school classes will be handed out following the break.
Read this informative WECHS H.E.A.L.S article from NC State.
WECHS Junior/Senior Prom 2023
This year’s theme is The Enchanted Forest and will be held Saturday, April 29th, 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. Ticket price: $45.00 per person (No refunds). Online tickets are on sale through March 24th, the Friday after Spring Break.
Prom Payment Link All non-WECHS guests must complete a guest form for approval before ticket purchase. No refunds will be issued. Guest Forms are available at the front office on the north campus.
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
The price is now $55.00
Contact Ms. Wernersbach with questions at email@example.com!
North Campus Students will sign up for lunch by 8:30 am each morning on a Google doc or in the front office: North Lunch Sign Up Form.
WECHS PTSA needs you!
We currently have officer vacancies on the PTSA board and seek parents to volunteer. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
No Fuss Fundraiser – Donate! Now at https://www.wechsptsa.org/donate/no-fuss,
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 PTSA Carpool link might need updating if you entered information previously.
Student Services Updates:
Our website has links to helpful resources.
11th, 12th, and 13th graders apply to work as an NC Governor’s Page for four days. Read more about this opportunity and how to apply here: https://governor.nc.gov/governors-page-program.
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 will make that available. Make your summer memorable while building your resume!
Class of 2023
Class of 2023 Families:
If you would like your graduate featured on the WECHS Graduate Spotlights on social media, please email Robin McAlexander at email@example.com. Include a photo and a brief bio with the student's plans, if known.
A graduation fee of $30 is due by April 1 for everyone graduating. https://osp.osmsinc.com/WakeNC/BVModules/CategoryTemplates/Detailed%20List%20with%20Properties/Category.aspx?categoryid=AG150
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 the WECHS or WTCC cap and gown to WECHS graduation. Please use this link to purchase the WECHS cap/gown and other graduation items. Cap and gown orders for WECHS graduation should be put in by March 15.
Students participating in the WTCC graduation and the WECHS graduation and plan to use the WTCC Cap/gown still need to purchase the stole, diploma cover, and tassel separately for the WECHS Graduation if they are not buying the WECHS Cap/gown by going to https://osp.osmsinc.com/WakeNC/BVModules/CategoryTemplates/Detailed%20List%20with%20Properties/Category.aspx?categoryid=AG150.
Wake Tech Fall 2023 Advising and Course Selection
During the week of 3/20, all students returning for the fall will meet in group advising with Ms. Graham during their HS Seminar class. Parents are encouraged to set a meeting with Ms. Graham to discuss student pathways and progress.
During the week of 3/27, students will meet virtually with Wake Tech advisors to discuss their classes for the fall semester. Parents are welcome to attend these sessions. Email Ms. Graham to schedule an appointment or for more information. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Financial Aid for College: If you have questions like: “How do I follow up with colleges about financial aid?” “Help! I need help understanding the financial aid package I received.” Ms. Mayo, our financial aid counselor, is here on Mondays to help. Please contact Ms. Hennings to schedule an appointment with Ms. Mayo.
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
Great news! Biogen is accepting applications for its 2023 summer programs. The summer program is FREE and eligible for rising 10th-13th graders. They will offer a local, in-person program at their RTP, NC lab, and a global virtual program in collaboration with MIT. Applications for both programs are currently open and will close on March 21st. Visit the website for program details and applications for both programs.
Girls Who Code offers a live, virtual, 2-week introductory computer science course for 9th - 11th-grade students. The Summer Immersion Program (SIP) will focus on Game Design, computer science concepts, UX design basics, and more. Please check out the flyer for additional information. If your student is interested in joining the program, we will have an info session/application party on March 21st at 4:00 pm. Here is the link to sign up to join the session.
Is your student a sophomore or junior and interested in a STEM career? The Duke Summer STEM Program is accepting applications for a 3-week summer program. Check out the website for additional details. Copy of 2023 Duke Summer STEM Academy WEB
The Poe Center for Health Education has shared the following opportunity for March 11, 2023. Young people have long been at the forefront of innovation and social progress. From civil rights and environmental justice to education reform and labor rights, youth have consistently paved the way for a more compassionate and socially just world. Under the theme “Inspiring Change,” TEDxYouth@ChavisWay aims to amplify and celebrate young people’s voices, stories, and ideas on the TEDx stage to nurture meaningful youth-led community collaboration and engagement. http://www.tedxyouthchavisway.com/
We look forward to the upcoming WECHS Works Wednesday and Thoughtful Thursday events in March. The WTCC Medical Assisting and Health and Fitness Sciences programs are scheduled and will add additional sessions soon.
Would a career in the construction trade be of interest to a student you know? If so, check out the ACE Mentor Program Trades Day. This event will introduce high school students to the construction trade through demonstrations and hands-on activities. Click below for more information. ACE TRADES DAY FLYER - Students.pdf
Great news! Raleigh Parks and Recreation is holding a Job Fair on March 9th. The job fair will focus on opportunities. Click here for more information. March Dream Job Fair_Flyer_COR.pdf
Is your student interested in veterinary medicine? Here are a couple of summer opportunities that are focused on vet careers. NCSU’s VetPAC is offering a summer camp for high school students. Click here for more information. Also, the USDA APHIS allows students to participate in the AgDiscovery Program. This program offers students a unique experience at participating universities to learn more about careers in this area. Click here for additional details.
2023 AFROTC Shadow Day at NC State will be held on Wednesday, March 29th. If your student is interested in meeting with Air Force college cadets and learning about career options, click here for additional information.
Campbell University is offering STEM workshops this spring. The workshops are geared toward high school students interested in STEM fields such as engineering and health sciences. There is no cost to students, and a pizza lunch is provided. More information can be found at their Science Education Outreach website linked HERE.
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 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 - 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.
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. Students on the north campus will submit their final exam schedules during their HS Seminar class on April 10th.
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!
Visit www.jordandriving.com to sign up. Click ENLOE to register online. Currently, the Spring class list is full. We will announce when the summer classes are posted. If using Jordan Driving School, students can only take the class at their high school 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.
Calling all travelers! You’re invited to join us on a tour of Japan in the Summer of 2024. (non-school sponsored) Interested? Follow the below links below to see the full itinerary and price, and sign yourself up! For any questions, please contact Ms. Wernersbach. There are only five spots left!
Class of 2024 Senior Trip (non-school sponsored)
Class of 2024 Senior Trip to Tanzania!
The information session for this opportunity is Thursday, February 9th, at 6:30 pm on google meet. The trip is an 11-day trip to Tanzania (travel days included) planned by Explorica during spring break of 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. Below is a link with more details about the trip.
Trip Website: http://www.explorica.com/Detwiler-3028
TourCenter ID: Detwiler-3028, The information session for this opportunity is Thursday, February 9th, at 6:30 pm on google meet; this is the link to join the meeting. https://meet.google.com/azr-dviz-adb
Excited for the adventure, Chloe-ann Detwiler
The Daily School Announcements are linked on our home page under Announcements if you didn’t know. FYI.
Principal’s Tip of the Week:
Take advantage of the break. Rest, exercise, eat well, and spend time outside.
Principal Cummings’ Office Hours/Coffee Chats at 8:30 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