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WECHS Principal's Weekly Message 4/26/2024

Happy Friday! 



Monday, 4/29/24: Express Bus Routes (Traditional Calendar Workday)

Monday, 4/29/24: NC State Public Health Lab STEMFest Field Trip

Thursday - Wednesday, 5/2-5/8/24: North: WTCC Final Exams

Saturday, 5/4/24:  Wake Tech Graduation (AA and AS degrees)

Thursday -Wednesday, 5/16-5/21/24: PHS: High School Final Exams

Wednesday, 5/22/24: Last Official Day of School, WECHS Commencement (Graduation) Ceremony


Calendar of school activities. Displays are on the website and are updated throughout the week. 


The 2024-2025 calendar can be found at this link. Please reference this calendar when making appointments and travel/vacation plans. Students should always attend class, especially WTCC classes. 

General Important Items:


Express Bus Routes Monday (traditional calendar workday)


New (additional) Bus Rider Notification:

WECHS has been chosen to pilot a new process along with a few other WCPSS schools. Beginning Tuesday, if your student’s bus has no driver or the bus will be delayed, in addition to the notification on the Here Comes the Bus app, you will receive an email and text from School Messenger.


To receive these messages, you must make sure you have given permission to receive text and/or email notifications via SchoolMessenger. This is the same system used for districtwide messaging, separate from TalkingPoints or other communications services.


Here Comes the Bus information can be found at this link.


WCPSS Family Survey-April 8-May 17th

Please help us make your child’s school experience as positive and beneficial as possible by giving honest, thoughtful responses to the questions in our family survey from April 8 to May 17. 

The link to take the survey-


Annual WECHS International Festival:

Come out with your family to enjoy the afternoon and evening festivities.

The events begin at 4:00 pm and end at 7:00 pm in the PHS Student Lounge in Building C.

Donations are accepted at the door.  Purchase raffle tickets for a chance to win gift baskets. All proceeds go to the WECHS PTSA. 

WECHS Yearbook

Yearbook sales are selling fast - only 5 copies left

Order your yearbook today to capture this year's WECHS "can't miss moments" and preserve those memories!  Books are available now on a first-come basis, depending on how many extra books are ordered, if any.  To request a yearbook, go to today!  The price is $55.00.


North Campus Materials

North Campus Students are reminded to return all textbooks, goggles, calculators, and/or any materials issued for this school year to Ms. Hennings before leaving for summer.


2024 Graduates are reminded to return all textbooks, laptops, chargers, etc., or pay for missing items to Ms. Hennings before graduation. Outstanding fees/materials will prevent participation in Commencement. 



Meredith STEM College is designed to help young women explore their interest in science for rising 10-12th graders.  Those selected will participate in a two-week residential summer experience on Meredith’s campus. They will also earn three college credits and connect with others interested in science.  Apply today!   




PHS Final Exams

Final exams for 9th & 10th grade students will start Thursday, May 16th. Exam information attached.  Please sign and return to Mr. Abbott.  Spring Exam Schedule   

ACT: Students may choose to retake the ACT.  To register, go to the ACT site. Juniors may also qualify for a fee waiver to take the ACT. The most common way that students qualify is if they are eligible to receive free or reduced lunch.  Email Ms. Lachance at or 919-532-5702 for more information.


Looking for SAT information? Check out the College Board website. If you took the PSAT already, you have a log-in. 


SAT Waivers:  Juniors may qualify for a fee waiver to take the SAT.  The most common way that students qualify is if they are eligible to receive free or reduced lunch. Click on the links above for all areas of eligibility. Parents and students, please contact Mrs. Lachance for the fee waiver form.  Students (or parents on their behalf) have to self-identify.  Please contact her at 919-532-5702 or



Please consider joining PTSA.  Your donations directly benefit students, faculty, and staff at WECHS. For more information on how to join PTSA and donate, visit the PTSA website:   No more sending cash/checks to the school!


Survey regarding what you want to see from the PTSA: (


PTSA has spirit wear for sale!  Go to  to order yours today. 

Student Services 

Class of 2024 Graduation Information

If you missed the parent program on 2/22, here is a link to the presentation and information sheet about graduation.  


Important dates:

May 9: Graduate Awards Night on the PHS campus at 7 pm

May 13: Graduate Breakfast on the PHS campus will begin at 8:30 am

May 21: Graduation Practice (Required) at Meymandi Hall 11 am -1 pm

May 22: Graduation at 4 pm at Meymand Hall.  


Need extra tickets for graduation?  Complete this form:

Report all scholarship awards here:

Students may not decorate the cap/gown (board policy). 

Class of 2024 Information

WECHS Graduation will be on Wednesday, May 22nd, at 4 pm at Meymandi. The graduate can wear either the WTCC cap/gown or the WECHS cap/gown to the WECHS graduation.  All students participating in the WTCC graduation must purchase a WTCC cap and gown the semester before graduation.


Scholarships:  Here is the link to our most recent scholarship bulletin.  

Pay special attention to some local scholarships.

Financial Aid for College: The FAFSA packages are now released from universities.  For help with anything related to the FAFSA, please contact Ms. Lee.  She is available for appointments on Thursdays, and you can schedule an appointment with her here:

Her email address is



Career Development: 


It’s been a couple of very busy weeks with offsite learning experiences. Students helped with the WakeMed Cultural and Food Fair on April 18th, participated in the Xtreme Beginnings (School to Career) event, and took part in a genetics lab at Biogen. Next Monday, approximately 25 9th grade students will be visiting the NC State Public Health Lab.


Rising seniors and super seniors have an opportunity to apply for a WakeMed Summer Experience! We are thankful for our partnership with WakeMed. There are over 35 placements available. Applications are due 4/28/24. Please encourage them to visit their North Campus Canvas pages and their Remind from Ms. Hill.  See Ms. Hill with questions.


Do you have a graduating senior? If so, they may be interested in participating in a free Biopharma program that will pay for them to attend Wake Tech, provide transportation support during the training, and offer additional incentives including a graduation bonus. There are several upcoming info sessions. Employees in Biopharma can earn entry level pay at $18-$22 per hour and basic median wage in this area moves to $25-$28 per hour for the process technician job opportunity. Click here for more info. Space is limited.


CTE is offering summer programming! Is your student interested in exploring various careers, participating in hands-on activities, business immersion experiences, and increasing workplace skills? Career and Technical Education provides high school students multiple opportunities to participate in a week-long summer program from July 8th to July 12th from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily. Check out the link for more details. The program is still accepting applications.


Is your student interested in experiential learning? Would they like to participate in team-building activities with students from across NC? Cooperative Council of NC offers a free camp in Laurel Hill, NC, from June 24-28, 2024. The application closes on April 26th! To learn more about this incredible opportunity, please visit their website.


Is your 9th-12th grade student interested in an internship this summer? Would they want to increase their real-world problem-solving, team-building, and leadership skills? District C will be offering students a unique opportunity July 8th-12th.  If you want to learn more about this unique experience, click here for more information.


Do you live in Raleigh? If so, your student might be interested in learning more about the City of Raleigh’s Digital Inclusion Program. It’s a great opportunity for leadership and service learning. Please click here for more information and to register for the interest form.


Is your student interested in how the environment impacts human health? The UNC Fry Lab offers the Future Researchers for Environmental Solutions and Health Outcomes (FRESH) program.  This program includes a one-week camp with hands-on workshops, informative lectures, networking opportunities, and time to work on a project.  There is a cost associated with the FRESH camp; however, scholarships are available if the cost is prohibitive. Click here for the application and more information.


Does your student want an internship this summer? Are they interested in learning more about becoming an EMT? Wake County EMS offers a unique internship providing hands-on skills and ambulance observation shifts. This is a fantastic opportunity for students who are passionate about helping others. Please see the linked document for additional information.  Applications are due by May 1st at 11:59 pm.  See Ms. Hill for more details and questions.


Have you ever considered volunteering at the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina? This is an excellent opportunity for students and families to help community members facing food insecurity. Students 16 and older do not require a chaperone when volunteering; however, volunteers under 16 require an adult chaperone. Check out their website for more information.  


Check out the paid internship opportunities with the North Carolina Department of Transportation. NCDOT High School Intern Program Job Bulletin.pdf All applicants must use this link to apply online. NC DOT Online Application  Be sure to look for the “High School Intern Program.”


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. Check out the webpage for more information and the calendar for upcoming opportunities.


Is your student interested in emergency medicine? Would they like to learn more about first aid, CPR, and skills required to save a life? If you answered “yes” to either of these questions, please check out the Wake County EMS Club!  The club meets on the 2nd Monday of every month. To find out more about this opportunity, click here.

Principal's Reminders


Reporting Threats

By calling the WCPSS Tip Line at (919) 856-1911, anyone can report threats of bullying, violence, aggressive behavior, weapons on campus, or any other potential threat. A specially trained operator will receive the caller’s information and ask for additional information to address the situation.


The 988 Lifeline is a national network of local crisis centers that provides free and confidential emotional support


Principal Cummings hosts Office Hours/Coffee Chats most Fridays at 8:30 am in person or via Google Meets.


Contact information: email:  Desk: 919-532-5641  Mobile: 919-398-3451. While I have offices on both campuses, I am usually on the North Campus.