Advocates for Health in Action (AHA) introduces a brand new award for elementary and middle schools in Wake County: the AHA Brains and Bodies Award! This is the first award recognizing individual Wake County schools for working… Continue
Added by Michele McKinley on January 6, 2011 at 3:10pm —
Wake County Schools Senior Director of High School Programs Ruth Steidinger gave a presentation at two recent Board Advisory Council meetings (BAC 7 and 8) about grading at the secondary level, during which there was a discussion about possibly changing middle and high school grading practices to ensure they are a true reflection of student achievement. I've attached Steidinger's presentation, as it is public information since it was presented at both BAC meetings. There are a number of… Continue
Added by Elizabeth Shugg on October 20, 2009 at 7:30pm —
The weather is cooling and kids' activities are mounting up like piles of leaves! Track 4 families: check out all of the fun things you can do while your kids are on their fall break. For more, visit our calendar
1. Carolina Ballet Presents "Swan Lake"
(through Oct. 4)
Added by Elizabeth Shugg on September 28, 2009 at 10:30am —
From the Wake County Public School System's "School Community News"
Federal stimulus funds are being used to create 558 jobs in the Wake County Public School System, according to WCPSS administrators.
WCPSS Chief Business Officer David Neter told the Board of Education meeting in the committee of the whole session Tuesday that the school system has worked to provide job opportunities with… Continue
Added by Elizabeth Shugg on September 21, 2009 at 9:35am —
The News & Observer recently reported
that State Board of Education Chairman Bill Harrison says while it won't happen anytime soon due to North Carolina's financial conditions, the state should "talk about ways to have students spend more time at school ... Perhaps a small test program could be proposed as part of the state's application for a federal education grant,"… Continue
Added by Elizabeth Shugg on September 9, 2009 at 2:00pm —
The N&O is reporting that Wake, Durham and Orange counties have accepted federal stimulus money to pay for flu shots for children in kindergarten through 12th grade. According to the article, a separate vaccine is being developed to fight the H1NI virus (swine flu), which could be added to the program if it becomes available. Wake County received $300,000 in federal stimulus money, Orange County received $44,200 and Durham County will be getting $18,500. Johnston County chose not to… Continue
Added by Elizabeth Shugg on September 9, 2009 at 7:20am —
The White House decided to release President Obama's planned live remarks to public school students at noon on Tuesday, Sept. 8 ahead of time following complaints from parents across the United States that the purpose of the speech was to "indoctrinate students with a socialist agenda," according to a Fox News article
. You can read the President's speech at… Continue
Added by Elizabeth Shugg on September 7, 2009 at 4:00pm —
President Obama will speak to public school students Sept. 8 at noon via the White House website
. According to the Department of Education, "President Obama "will challenge students to work hard, set educational goals, and take responsibility for their learning. He will also call for a shared responsibility and commitment on the part of students, parents and educators to ensure that every child in every school receives the best education… Continue
Added by Elizabeth Shugg on September 3, 2009 at 10:40am —
From Durham Public Schools Public Affairs office: High school students are encouraged to check out the New Holton Career and Resource Center. Holton gives students a chance to complete a full high school degree at their base high school, as well as get certification or course work in career-related fields. This is an exciting opportunity for students to get ahead of the crowd while still in high school. Program offerings include landscape construction, visualization and modeling, barbering,… Continue
Added by Elizabeth Shugg on August 27, 2009 at 6:00am —
From Durham Public Schools' Public Affairs office: The North Carolina State Legislature has voted to end the North Carolina Graduation Project as a requirement for graduation. The state will begin a study of the project, and no graduating senior will be required to complete such a project until at least 2015, if then. This means that Durham Public Schools also will not require students to complete the project until further direction from the state. It is up to individual high schools as to how… Continue
Added by Elizabeth Shugg on August 26, 2009 at 4:02pm —
From the WCPSS Communications Department:
August 20, 2009 - - The Wake County Board of Education unanimously adopted a resolution on Tuesday, August 18, that reduced the Wake County Public School System's budget for the 2009-10 school year. The school board's action followed a $35.1 million cut in state funding.
Additional Details 2008-2009 Fiscal Adjustments (PDF) Summary of State Funding Reductions (PDF) Governor's Executive Order Restricting State Spending (PDF)
Added by Elizabeth Shugg on August 20, 2009 at 9:22pm —
Added by Elizabeth Shugg on August 17, 2009 at 6:30am —
The WCPSS Communications Department has issued the following press release:
The Wake County Public School System saw an increasing number of schools achieve School of Excellence and School of Distinction in 2008-09, according to the ABCs of Public Education released today by the NC State Board of Education.
In 2008-09, WCPSS had 12 schools named School of Excellence or Honor School of Excellence and 50 named School of Distinction. That compares with four Honor Schools of… Continue
Added by Elizabeth Shugg on August 6, 2009 at 5:00pm —
Hot off the WCPSS Publicity press:
The Board of Education approved delays today for the multi-year student assignment plan, delaying the movement of students to coincide with a revised school construction timetable tied to county funding.
Much has changed since the board adopted the student assignment plan on February 3, 2009. The downturn in the national economy led Wake County to adjust the sale of bonds to take place over a longer period of time. After the Wake County… Continue
Added by Elizabeth Shugg on August 4, 2009 at 5:25pm —
Sorry I'm just now posting this (a week into your trackout!). Remember, you can always find even more fun things to do on the Triangle TRACKS calendar
1. N.C. Museum of Natural Science Presents "Chocolate" Exhibit
. Through Sept. 7.
2. Kidzu Children's Museum Presents… Continue
Added by Elizabeth Shugg on July 30, 2009 at 10:00am —
From WCPSS's publicity office: The Wake County Public School System
is providing choice options to families at 15 elementary schools in compliance with the federal No Child Left Behind law for schools that are in Title I school improvement.
Of the 156 WCPSS schools, 45 are Title I schools this year. Title I status for schools changes annually based on the number of students attending the school who participate in the federal lunch… Continue
Added by Elizabeth Shugg on July 24, 2009 at 4:00pm —
From WCPSS' latest Classroom Connection: Wake County high school seniors continue to garner praise, accolades and financial rewards as this year they earned a record amount of scholarship money. A record $66.38 million in scholarships were earned by students graduating from Wake County Public School System high schools this year.
There are more students and more high schools than in past years, but the sharp increase in scholarship dollars can also be attributed to the aggressive… Continue
Added by Elizabeth Shugg on June 23, 2009 at 10:06pm —
You may have thought that last year was an “election year,” but for local public school children, decisions made in the ballot box this year may have a profound impact on the next few years.
The redistricting plan of 2008-09, resulting community groups formed to respond and former Board member Rosa Gill’s recent move to the State House (http://www.newsobserver.com/news/education/story/1565981.html) may change the landscape of various long-standing Board policies.
Added by Anne Woodman on June 23, 2009 at 1:49pm —
From today's N&O: RALEIGH -- The number of H1N1 flu cases in Wake County doubled Thursday when officials confirmed two additional residents tested positive -- a 39-year-old resident and an 11-year-old elementary school student.
The 11-year-old attends Laurel Park Elementary School in Apex, the school's principal said, and is the second Wake student to be confirmed as a swine flu case this week. The… Continue
Added by Elizabeth Shugg on June 4, 2009 at 6:30am —
State legislators may cut the 2009-2010 school year by 5 days to save money. From the NCAE Government Relations Office on May 20:
"Educators, parents, students and communities need to brace for something the state has not done for generations if this proposal becomes real: eliminate thousands of jobs and cut out five days of school from the 180 day calendar," said NCAE Government Relations Manager Cecil Banks. "I've heard people complain that they don't understand how government… Continue
Added by Elizabeth Shugg on May 22, 2009 at 11:00pm —