January 7, 2024

Posted by Curtis Brower on 1/7/2024

Greetings Powell Families!


2nd Semester Magnet Registration: Make your selections for 2nd Semester Domains and Electives TODAY. Review the Magnet Implementation Guide and complete the correct grade level surveys found in the implementation guide.


Classroom Spelling Bees: We are excited to once again host our Scripps Spelling Bee. The school wide spelling bee will be held on 01/12/24 at 12:00 PM. Our official pronouncer will be Bryan from WRAL-FM Mix Mornings with Kyle, Bryan, and Sarah. Congratulations to our classroom winners!


PTA Papa Murphy’s Pizza Pick Up: If you pre-ordered a Papa Murphy’s pizza, they will be ready for pick up during carpool on Friday 1/12/24. 


Marbles Field Trip: Our whole school Marbles Field Trip is coming up on 02/07/24. The cost of the field trip is paid for by the school. No funds will be collected for this trip.


Meal Benefits & Title 1 Funding: Did you know that Powell is a Title 1 program funded school?  What does this mean...Powell receives Title 1 funding if 45% of our students are eligible for Free & Reduced Meals. Title 1 funding is based on the % of students eligible for Free & Reduced meals on March 1st the previous school year.  Currently, our % for this school year is 35%.  For every student that turns in the free and reduced lunch application and qualifies, our school receives Title 1 federal funds that benefit the students and teachers at our school. The funds provide additional teachers and staff for our school which means more services for ALL students, especially students that are struggling in reading or math. These funds also are used for materials and supplies for all students and teachers. Title 1 funds are valuable resources that teachers can use to improve student achievement. 


Information about applying for Meal Benefits for the 2023-24 school year can be found at www.wcpss.net/Page/1849. Help our school continue to receive this funding by completing an application online at MySchoolApps.com. 


Yearbook: Yearbook recognition ads are on sale through the end of January. Recognize your student with an ad by ordering here.  Still need to order your yearbook? You can place your order here.  Have yearbook questions? Email powellptayearbook@gmail.com


Magnet Tours: Do you know of families that are interested in Powell for the 2024-25 school year?  Word of mouth is the best advertising. Share how much you love Powell with your friends and neighbors. We have upcoming tours listed on our website.


Entry Grade Magnet Students: Families with siblings entering Kindergarten MUST apply for a magnet seat at Powell. Be sure to enroll at your base school and apply for a magnet seat at Powell for the 24-25 school year.  Also, if you have a magnet student entering 6th or 9th grade, you MUST apply for a magnet seat at your pathway school.


Domain Showcase: Save the date for Friday, 01/26/24, 9:30 - 10:10 AM. Visit your child’s Domain to see the incredible learning that took place during the 1st semester.


Career Day - We are excited for our students to participate in Career Day on Friday, 04/12/24. To have a successful career day, we will need lots of volunteers from many different careers. If you are interested in volunteering to be a speaker, please mark your calendar for the morning of 04/12/24. Additional information and a career day speaker sign-up form will be sent in the coming weeks.


Annual Asbestos Letter from the District: The EPA requires the district to perform periodic surveillance of the asbestos materials every 6 (six) months.  No significant changes in the asbestos material were noted during the 2022-2023 school year.  For more information or ways to view the documents, see the following letter from the district. 




Have a great  week!


Dr. Curtis M. Brower