Giving Thanks to All of You

What a great school we have, or at least I think so. And it’s all because of you and your determination and generosity to help make our students become all that they can be. We had some pretty lofty goals to raise funds to support this year’s programs and I’m proud to announce that we are on track.

So I would like to send out a BIG THANK YOU to all who have donated and contributed; to all who volunteered their time tirelessly. Without you we would have not been able to achieve what we have.

Here are some of the programs we have accomplished so far:

  •  PLT (Professional Learning Team) grants were offered for instructional supplies for the classroom to foster creative problem solving, offer literacy support and inspire innovation in our classrooms.
    • For English 1 classes,  we provides a set of non-iPad devices. This equipment is used to access online formative assessments and literacy support programs such as Study Island and Achieve3000. The devices also allow for classroom access to current non-fiction and “seminal US documents” used in Common Core instruction.
    • Another grant awarded purchased “Minecraft” applications for iPad devices to be used in the classroom when English students work on their major STEM project focusing on the study of dystopia in literature. The assignment requires students to utilize the STEM design cycle in order to create and present their plans for building a high school.
    • For our Marine Science and Earth Science classes, a grant will provide materials needed to create physical models. Our Earth Science classes will be designing Lunar Stations that could be built on Mars, while Marine Science students create underwater Bio-domes. The materials provided by these PLT grants will allow our students an opportunity to implement the creative thinking and collaboration that is the hallmark of STEM programs.
  • We have awarded SAT Prep Scholarships to those students who needed assistance in covering the costs of the SAT Prep course.
  • We helped sponsor the StreetSafe Driving Program at  Middle Creek that helps educate our kids in becoming safer drivers.
  • We are sponsoring the Middle Creek Science Olympiad Teams for this year’s competition.
  • We celebrated our first Honor Roll Breakfast last week, giving our kids positive re-enforcement for doing well with their academic studies.
  • We celebrate our teachers and staff for the hard work they do by providing teacher luncheons throughout the year.

This time of year makes me reflect on what I’m thankful for. I feel proud and honored to be part of such a caring community. This feeling is what I like to call Mustang Pride. Thank you for all that you do.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

TASS Summer Program

The Telluride Association Sophomore Seminar (TASS). TASS is a completely free six-week summer residential program for sophomores to take college seminars within the fields of critical Black and Ethnic Studies. Seminars are located on the campuses of Cornell, Indiana University, and the University of Michigan. Interested students should come to student services to be nominated to apply by November 24. Further info is online at

Summer Ventures

Summer_Ventures_Logo1Summer Ventures in Science and Mathematics is a cost-free, state-funded program for academically talented North Carolina residents who have demonstrated interest in science and mathematics and aspire to a career in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics).

The program brings rising juniors and seniors together in a residential setting for research and intensive study. The program is currently hosted at four campuses of the university system—Appalachian State University (ASU), East Carolina University (ECU), North Carolina Central University (NCCU), and University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNCC).

Visit to apply. Application deadline is January 31, 2015.

Financial Aid Workshop

Please join us for Financial Aid Night on December 2 in the MCHS Auditorium at 6:30. Tori Sharpe, our financial aid counselor, will present to students and parents about how to apply for the different types of financial aid. This is open for all students and parents but will be especially helpful for juniors and seniors.

WorkKeys Assessments


On Tuesday, December 8th the WorkKeys Assessment will be administered to students in Grade 12 who are CTE concentrators with at least one Level II CTE course. The purpose of WorkKeys assessment is to evaluate a student’s job skills so that future employers can select, hire, train, develop and retain a high-performance workforce. All senior concentrators are required to take the assessment to have an opportunity to earn a National Career Readiness Certification to include in their resume for prospective employers, colleges, etc.
For additional information please feel free to visit

Questions can also be answered by contacting Candice Hunter at or the WCPSS CTE office at 919-431-7446.

Winter Wonders this Saturday!

This coming Saturday, you could rake the leaves, or catch up on the laundry, or try to convince your teenager that cell phones do come with an off switch. Or you could SHOP UNTIL YOU DROP at the Fourth Annual Winter Wonders Craft Fair!

Join us this Saturday, November 14th from 9am-3pm at Middle Creek High. Admission is free.


shoppingbag-1Let’s Go Shopping!

More than 50 local artisans, crafters and vendors will be here ready to help you start the holiday season with style.  A wide selection of jewelry, art, home decor, fashion, personal care items and  holiday decorations. Some vendors offer monogramming on site.


christmas-tree-icon  Festivities Galore!

There will be festive decor courtesy of the National Art Honor Society and holiday music by MCHS Choir. The kids can have a blast in the “take it yourself” photo booth stocked with fun props, all the while you will be shopping.


cake  Holiday Treat!

No holiday celebration is complete without yummy homemade treats from many generation’s secret recipes. Stop by the Bake Sale and choose from tables full of cookies, candies, brownies and muffins. Whole Cakes and Pies will be ready for your holiday table.


pizza Pizza!

Nobody goes hungry at Winter Wonders. Take care of lunch with returning favorite Papa Murphy’s Pizza.There is also coffee, hot chocolate and drinks to help keep you perked up for the day’s festivities.


raffle_ticket_icon_aa RAFFLE!

Each vendor donates an item to MCHS PTSA for our basket raffle. Prizes awarded hourly, so you have plenty of chances to WIN. Tickets are $1 each or $20 for 25. All proceeds benefit academic programs at MCHS.

We’ll see YOU there, at the Winter Wonders Craft Fair!

We Need You! and your sweet treats too

WE NEED YOU – and all your yummy secret recipe baked goods.

Do you have an hour to bake up a batch of sweet treats for the bake sale at the Winter Wonders Craft Fair?

We like to call it “Baking for Education”. Every single dollar made at the bake sale benefits all the academic programs we sponsor at Middle Creek. This is one way we help pay for things like scholarships, teaching PLT grants, and student/teacher recognition program. So pull out Grandma’s recipe and help us in our fight for great education.

Click here to learn more and to sign up today!

Stampede to Excellence – Success!!

This year’s Stampede to Excellence Auction was a great success for our school. Thank you to all who attended and to all our volunteers who helped us participate. The PTSA could not have done this event without the donations of the local shops in our community. So here’s a shout out to them. Thank you for your generosity.

Learning Express Harris Teeter
Tre Nail Spa Lowes Foods
Violets Boutique Archibald’s Tavern
Toast Café Brothers of NY
Unleashed, The Dog & Cat Store Cozzolino’s
TGI Fridays Homegrown
NY Bagels & Deli Johnny’s
O’Charley’s Little Caesars
On the Boarder Mexican Grill Ricci’s Pizzeria
Five Guys Burgers & Fries Ruckus

Bypass Courses by Demonstrating Mastery

Credit by Demonstrated Mastery


Students may earn high school credit for specified courses without spending a set number of hours taking the course in a classroom.

Under the state’s Credit by Demonstrated Mastery (CDM) option, uniquely qualified students may “test out” or bypass a course if they have already mastered the content.
The program provides another opportunity for students to learn new content, to challenge themselves with the next level of rigor in a subject, and even graduate early. This option is not designed to replace existing accelerated pathways, such as the Academically and Intellectually Gifted (AIG) program at WCPSS.


If you are interested in the CDM option for your child, plan to attend one of the following Regional Information Sessions:

  • November 16 at Enloe High School from 6 PM – 7:30 PM
  • November 17 at Green Hope High School from 6 PM – 7:30 PM
  • November 19 at Leesville Road High School from 6 PM – 7:30 PM
  • November 30 at Knightdale High School from 6 PM – 7:30 PM

Application Deadline (must be submitted at your child’s school): December 16, 2015
Phase I Testing Window: February 1-12, 2016

More information and materials:
Email any questions to:

MCHS College Financial Aid Program

The Financial Aid Program is designed to be a one-on-one program for students and their parents who need financial help to attend college. The MCHS Financial Aid Advisor is Tori Sharpe who is familiar with the financial aid system and the difficulties of completing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)

Mrs. Sharpe is located in Student Services on Thursdays. Appointments may be made by emailing her at or by signing up in the Appointment Schedule notebook located in Student Services. Don’t miss the opportunity to learn about financial aid that is available to you and why every student who is going to college should submit a FAFSA!