Matthew Scialdone Wins Teach of the Year

The PTSA would like to congratulate Matthew Scialdone for winning Wake County Teacher of the Year, another shining example of why Middle Creek is one of the best schools in Wake County.

Scialdone has taught at Middle Creek for 13 years. He has a master’s degree in literature from North Carolina State University and a bachelor’s in secondary education from Appalachian State University. He is co-chair of the English Department, runs the after-school detention program and teaches Summer School.

Read more about Mr. Scialdone here:

Erik Schettig named Kenan Fellow

The PTSA would like to congratulate Erik Schettig, an Engineering & Design Academy teacher at MCHS, as one of Wake County Public Schools newest Kenan Fellows, another shining example of the talented teachers and staff we have at Middle Creek.

Beginning in June, Mr. Schettig will spend five weeks of his summer learning and gaining experience from local experts in nanotechnology, financial education, renewable energy, genetics research, energy, and other science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines. Educators selected for fellowships demonstrate proven leadership or leadership potential.

Click here to learn more about the Kenan Fellow Program.

Thank a Teacher to reward your school with $25

Say thanks to a teacher and we will give $25 to their school! Your message will help reach our goal of giving $1 billion to education.

  • Step1 – Select your school -Where does your teacher work?
  • Step2 – Thank a teacher – Who is the teacher and why are they so awesome? We’ll donate $25 for your first thanks.
  • Step3 – Share your thanks – Tag your message with #ThanksaBillion, and make sure to share it with your teacher.


Final PTSA Meeting this Monday at 6pm

We need a quorum!!

You are invited to the final MCHS PTSA meeting of the year. We will take less than sixty minutes to:

  • Vote on a change in membership dues
  • Elect the new officers for the 2015/16 school year
  • Declare the winner of the Top of the Lot Raffle
  • Learn more about this year’s STEM project
  • Hear from administration about the final exam schedule
  • Award ten door prizes **

Don’t forget that your vote is important. Our bylaws require that we have at least 20 voting members present to conduct this business. We need you!
Join us on Monday, May 18 at 6pm in the Media Center. Last Chance TOTL tickets on sale beginning at 5:30pm.

**The winner of the TOTL Raffle does not need to be present to win, but door prizes will be reserved for those in attendance.

PTSA Announces Proposed Board and Members for 2015-16

MCHS PTSA, Your Academic Booster Club, announces the proposed slate of officers for 2015/16. Officers will be elected on Monday. May 18 at 6pm in the Media Center. Additional nominations will be accepted from the floor before the vote.

President: Carman Webb
Co-Vice President: Sue Scarlett
Co-Vice President: Tricia Nichols George
Vice President of Social Media: William Blackmon
Secretary: Marna Swagert
Treasurer: Dawn Navarro

Assisting the Board is our leadership team. These chairpersons and committee members will be working throughout the next school year on projects dedicated to fostering academic success for all students at Middle Creek.

Webmaster: Greg Liles
Membership: Amanda Liles and Stephanie Kocurek
Hospitality: Tonya Smith, Liz Gallaher and Roubina Coleman
Reflections: MaryAnn Unger
Winter Craft Fair: Mandi Loftis
Passive Fundraising: Tanya Jenkins
Events: Toni Carpenter
Teacher Appreciation: Kathy Lipschutz
Grants: Linda Chaloupecky and Kathy Gleason

Top of the Lot Raffle Drawing – Monday at 6pm

Did you purchase the winning ticket?

On Monday, May 18 at 6pm one lucky person will win the Top of the Lot Raffle. Our winner will be able to choose the best spot in the lot and the PTSA will pay for it. Our winner will also enjoy one free lunch a week from the Millpond Village McDonald’s. Free parking and free lunch…Don’t you want to win?

LAST CHANCE tickets will be on sale before the final PTSA meeting of the year. Stop by the Media Center from 5:30 to 6:00pm on Monday, May 18. Tickets are $5 or three for $10.

Volunteers Needed – Senior Picnic

It is time for the Senior Picnic! Graduation is just around the corner, but before we send our kids off to their bright futures, we have time for one more Mustang tradition. The Senior Picnic is Friday, May 22 at 1:30 and our school is asking for parent volunteers to make sure the special day runs smoothly.

Volunteers will act as chaperones and help with set up and food service. The school asks that parents arrive to help at noon. MCHS is also looking to borrow some outdoor activities for this event. Do you have frisbees, a cornhole game, beach balls or a portable volleyball game you are willing to share for the day?

To volunteer or lend an outdoor activity, please contact Carman Webb at

WCPSS Adult Evening Education for the Summer

Your WCPSS Adult Evening Education is in full swing for summer starting May 18. Don’t miss incredible classes coming this month. Support your Wake schools! Plus have fun learning something new.
Learn more or register in 3 easy ways
Here are some of the classes being offered this summer:Wake schools
Athens Dr HS
Provider: Elizabeth Strugatz | 919-649-2123 |
Athens Dr HS | W | 6:30-9:00 PM | 5/27 | $63
Provider: Billy Morris | 919-469-8823 | Athens Dr HS | MTh | 6:30-9:30 PM | 5/18-7/23 | $290
Provider: Charles Mays | 919-744-8003 |
Athens Dr HS | T | 6:30-9:30 PM | 5/26-7/28 | $60
Provider: Computer Tutors | 919-601-8182 |
Athens Dr HS | W | 6:30-9:30 PM | 5/18 | $50
Provider: Natalie Hill | 919-637-3733 |
Athens Dr HS | TTh | 6:30-9:30 PM | 5/19-5/21 | $75
Provider: Natalie Hill | 919-637-3733 |
Athens Dr HS | M | 6:30-8:30 PM | 5/18 | $55
Knightdale HS
Provider: Shades Of Purple | 919-926-9255
Knightdale HS | TTh | 6:30-8:30 PM | 5/26-6/18 | $450
Provider: Cedric Dargan | 919-818-5795 |
Knightdale HS | TTh | 6:30-8:30 PM | 5/19-6/25 | $225
Millbrook HS
Provider: Senior Play List, Inc. | 919-954-9745 |
Millbrook HS | T | 6:30-9:30 PM | 5/19 | $65
Provider: Computer Tutors | 919-601-8182
Millbrook HS | W | 6:30-9:30 AM | 5/20 | $40
Provider: Lois Cavanagh-Daley | 919-832-4599
Millbrook HS | T | 6:30-9:30 PM | 5/19 | $36
Millbrook HS | Th | 6:30-8:30 PM | 5/21-6/18 | $95
Reedy Creek MS
Provider: WordsWorking | 919-306-4242
Reedy Crk MS | Th | 6:30-9:00 PM | 5/28 | $39
Sanderson HS
Provider: KellyBuynitzky | 919-846-0409
Sanderson HS | Th | 6:30-8:00 PM | 5/21-7/23 | $37
Provider: Youth BOSS Network, Inc | 919-985-4555
Sanderson HS | T | 6:30-8:00 PM | 5/19-7/7 | $48
Provider: Judy Dove | 919-846-3554
Sanderson HS | TTh | 6:30-9:00 PM | 5/26-6/11 | $125
Provider: A+ Test Prep | 919-824-3912
Sanderson HS | MW | 6:30-8:30 PM | 5/20-6/3 | $250
Provider: Marcelle Hooks | 919-906-2636
Sanderson HS | T | 6:30-9:30 PM | 5/19-5/26 | $40
Provider: Kathryn Pape | 732-539-4677
Sanderson HS | W | 7:00-9:00 PM | 5/27-6/17 | $79

International Festival this Friday!

The International Festival Club invites you all to come out on Friday, May 8th to experience a night full of culture, food, music, and fun in the commons. Admission is free, so we welcome you to enjoy a taste of different cultures as well as the entertainment that your fellow peers have provided.

We hope to see you there May 8 from 6:00-8:00pm!

MCHS makes nation’s most challenging list!

Middle Creek High School was just named as one of the thirteen WCPSS high schools to make the Washington Post’s annual list of the nation’s most challenging high schools.  Take note of the Excellence and Equity Percentage for MCHS, it’s the highest in Wake County!

Rank School Index Excellence and Equity Percent Subsidized Lunch Percent
  275 Enloe 4.123 45.00 35.90
  616 Green Hope 3.032 60.20   6.30
1066 Broughton 2.292 30.00 35.50
1164 Millbrook 2.191 28.20 30.00
1191 Panther Creek 2.159 45.30 11.40
1416 Middle Creek 1.904 93.90 27.00
1510 Athens Drive 1.804 35.00 33.60
1657 Apex 1.647 33.60   9.50
1766 Heritage 1.557 30.00 26.10
1958 Wakefield 1.360 50.00 33.00
2001 Cary 1.324 30.00 31.70
2086 Holly Springs 1.254 29.50 18.70
2208 Leesville 1.133 32.90 19.00

The list uses a “challenge index” score to rank high schools.  It was developed by Washington Post reporter Jay Matthews.  Matthews explains that the score is calculated as the number of college-level tests that are given in the previous calendar year divided by the number of graduates in that year.  College level tests include Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, and Advanced International Certificate of Education tests.

All schools with an index score of 1 were included in the list.  This means that at least as many college-level tests were given as there were graduates.  Given that a college-level test like Advanced Placement are typically taken by juniors and seniors, an index of 1 means that at least half of juniors and seniors are taking the tests.  It should be noted that sophomores also take advanced placement courses.  That list included 2,300 high schools of the approximately 22,000 high schools nationwide.

The Equity and Excellence rate is calculated by College Board.  It is a percentage of all graduating seniors who passed an Advanced Placement (AP) exam at some point during high school.  The national average is 21.6 percent, and all WCPSS high schools on this list exceeded that number.