Support Academic Programs – Help Donate to PTSA Bake Sale!

The Winter Wonders Craft Fair is a fun, family-friendly, community event held at MCHS to benefit our academic programs.  Begin the holiday season with us at Middle Creek High School on Saturday, November 11th from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Bakers Needed!  We need your help in providing the goodies at the popular PTSA Bake Sale at the Craft Fair.  Please consider donating cookies, cakes, pies, caramel corn, etc.  We would appreicate all items individually bagged and labeled as indicated in the signup.  We plan to sell cookies, brownies etc in individaul packages and by the dozen. Cakes and Pies are always the most popular items sold.

Not a Baker?  We could use your help as well.  We will need water, soda, coffee and hot chocolate donations as well as donations to help prepare the raffle baskets and decorate our Winter Wonderland.

As always, we appreciate your continued support of the academic program at MCHS.

Please click here for the SignUpGenius.

Fall Fun – Teens@The Eve Perry Library

Come join us for a fun fall!  Teens @ the Library is a fun program on Thursday nights from 7:00-8:00 at the Eva Perry Regional Library in Apex.  We have a group of 20-30 middle and high-schoolers who do fun activities, and spend time laughing and playing games with other tweens and teens.  Register on our website, or email linda.winkler@wakegov.com
Book Hedgies! ThursdayNovember 2 at 7 p.m.
Make an adorable hedgehog—out of a book!
 
 Cupcake Wars! | Thursday, November 9 at 7 p.m.
Bring your appetite for competition—and sugar!!  Registration required.
 
 Teen Performance Night! | Thursday, November 16 at 7 p.m.
Sing, dance, play an instrument, act, demonstrate something—and earn two hours of volunteer credit!  Be sure to email me if you want to perform.
 
 Gift Workshop!| Thursday, November 30 at 7 p.m.
Take home wrapped gifts for family and friends!
 
We’ll start back up in January with more fun programs!

Teacher Luncheon is this Wednesday – Nov 1st. Sign-up is still open.

Our staff luncheon will be an Italian theme and will be held on November 1st.

Click here to sign up. There are still  open spots that need to be filled. Please help!

All foods must be delivered to the MCHS media workroom by 10am on this day.  Please mark your donations MCHS Teacher lunch and bring in a disposable container if possible.  If you need your container returned, please label with your name.  It will be washed and left in the media workroom for pick up.  Please let the staff in the media center know if your item needs to be refrigerated.  Non-food items can be delivered to the media work room prior to the day of the luncheon.

If you have any questions, please email Tonya Brady at tbrady1@nc.rr.com.

The teachers and staff are so appreciative for your support. 

Visit this Signup Genius link

 

PreACT administered to all 10 graders on November 2nd

PreACT simulates the ACT testing experience within a shorter test window on all four ACT test subjects: English, math, reading and science. A multiple-choice assessments that provides 10th grader with short practice for ACT test.

Results predict future success on the ACT test, and provide both current achievement and projected future ACT test scores on the familiar 1-36 ACT score scale

The Pre-ACT will be administered to all MCHS 10th graders on November 2nd.  Students will receive their testing location from their 1st block teacher on October 30th.  Students will report to their testing location on the 2nd – not their 1st block class.  Testing will end at approximately 11:15.

Click here to learn more about PreACT.

Reflections Theme is “Within Reach” – Deadline is Friday!!

The theme for this year is “Within Reach”

 

Calling all artists, poets, songwriters, photographers. It’s time to submit your work of art in this year’s Reflections Art Contest. There are six categories to choose from. Everything from dance/choreography, Film Production, Literature, Music Composition, Photography and Visual Arts.

All entries must be in by October 27, 2017

Submissions go to Mr. Matteau, MCHS creative writing teacher.

For additional information, please see Mr.Matteau or email Ms Carbone, Reflections Art Chairperson.

Information can also be obtained from MCHS PTSA website or at the Wake County Website.

 

Big Changes coming in 2018…

There are many changes in store for WCPSS for the 2018-2019 school year. To see all the changes being made across the county, please check out the 2018-2019 Enrollment Plan here:  http://www.wcpss.net/Page/30658
Dr. Martin will be discussing proposed changes taking place throughout Wake County in the 2018-2019 school year, with a focus on the K-3 Classroom Size Mandate.  There will be a public Q & A session to follow.  All families are invited to attend.
Date:  Tuesday, October 24
Time:  7:00pm
Location:  Auditorium at West Lake Middle School
Here is some more information;

There are many changes in store for WCPSS for the 2018-2019 school year.  To see all the changes being made across the county, please check out the 2018-2019 Enrollment Plan here:  http://www.wcpss.net/Page/30658

Starting​ ​in​ ​2018,​ ​parents​ ​will​ ​follow​ ​new​ ​procedures​ ​for​ ​making​ ​school​ ​change​ ​requests.​ ​The process​ ​for​ ​requesting​ ​to​ ​attend​ ​a​ ​school​ ​with​ ​a​ ​different​ ​calendar​ ​will​ ​change​ ​significantly, as​ ​will​ ​the​ ​process​ ​for​ ​requesting​ ​a​ ​transfer​ ​due​ ​to​ ​a​ ​specific​ ​hardship. Here​ ​are​ ​the​ ​main​ ​changes:

● If​ ​your​ ​base​ ​school​ ​is​ ​on​ ​a​ ​traditional​ ​calendar:​ ​You​ ​may​ ​apply​ ​to​ ​a​ ​designated year-round​ ​calendar​ ​school​ ​between​ ​Jan.​ ​10-31,​ ​2018.​ ​This​ ​is​ ​the​ ​same​ ​time​ ​as​ ​the Magnet​ ​Application​ ​Period,​ ​which​ ​is​ ​open​ ​to​ ​all​ ​students.​ ​Applications​ ​are​ ​not guaranteed. 

● If​ ​your​ ​base​ ​school​ ​is​ ​on​ ​a​ ​non-traditional​ ​calendar:​ ​You​ ​may​ ​request​ ​a​ ​seat​ ​at​ ​a designated​ ​traditional​ ​calendar​ ​school​ ​during​ ​the​ ​Request​ ​for​ ​Transfer​ ​period,​ ​Feb. 20​ ​-​ ​March​ ​6,​ ​2018.​ ​Requests​ ​are​ ​not​ ​guaranteed. 

● There​ ​will​ ​no​ ​longer​ ​be​ ​a​ ​“Calendar​ ​Option”​ ​application​ ​period​ ​in​ ​February. 

● Students​ ​requesting​ ​a​ ​school​ ​assignment​ ​change​ ​for​ ​any​ ​other​ ​reason,​ ​including reasons​ ​due​ ​to​ ​hardship,​ ​may​ ​make​ ​their​ ​request​ ​during​ ​this​ ​same​ ​Request​ ​for Transfer​ ​period,​ ​Feb.​ ​20​ ​-​ ​March​ ​6,​ ​2018. 

● There​ ​will​ ​no​ ​longer​ ​be​ ​a​ ​hardship​ ​transfer​ ​period​ ​in​ ​May.

Next year the K-3 Class Size Mandate will enact dramatic changes to K-3 classrooms, making a cap at 18 students for Kindergarten, 16 students for 1st grade and 17 students for each classroom in 2nd and 3rd grade.  Currently, Wake County is short 9,500 seats for the 2018-2019 school year.

Lest you think that this situation will not affect your family with middle and high school kids, please be aware that because there were no additional funds provided to WCPSS to implement this policy, the effect of being required to hire more K-3 teachers will decrease the number of middle and high school teachers and will likely increase the classroom size of middle and high schools across the county next year.  Due to the K-3 Class Size Mandate, the county’s policy on grandfathering will also change next year.  You can read the proposed details here:  http://www.wcpss.net/Page/30654

Dr. Martin and the Wake PTA Council are encouraging all parents to submit their personal experiences with the changes their families have already faced at their elementary school to their NC State legislature member via email, face to face contact or snail mail letters.  Wake PTA Council has prepared an advocacy statement that presents unified talking points to address your concerns to your NC State Legislator – you can find it here:  http://www.wakepta.org/uploads/1/2/6/6/12665306/k-3_class_size_mandate.pdf  Please keep your comments to your legislator constructive – is this what we want for our community?  Is this what you would want for your child?  The more you can personalize your statement, the better it is heard by your legislator.  Please submit your statements to your legislator by December, 2017.

If you are interested in attending the next Board Advisory Council meeting, you are officially invited!  It will be held at Athens Drive High School on December 4th at 9:00am.  If you would like to be a more active WLMS PTSA advocate for your child’s education, please get in touch with Beth Lewis via email:  beth_lewisfamily@yahoo.com or simply attend the next WLMS PTSA meeting on Tuesday, November 7 at 7:00pm at WLMS

Club, Makeup, and Retake Pictures

If your student is in a club, is a non-senior who missed the first picture day on September 13th, or a non-senior who is willing to pay to retake their picture, get them dressed up and ready to go on Wednesday, October 18th, because thats Club, Makeup, and Retake Pictures Day (Catchy, right). Make sure that your student is in attendance to ensure that their pictures get taken and they get into the yearbook.

Apply Now For Free Or Reduced Price Meals

Families can apply for free and reduce priced meals annually and their students receive benefits for 30 days into the next school year.

For traditional calendar school families who received free and reduce priced meals last year, the 2016-17 benefits will expire Friday, October 6.

WCPSS Child Nutrition Services asks that families be sure to apply now for 2017-18 benefits. The process is even easier now with online applications for free and reduced price school meals.

Families may go to www.wcpss.net/meals to determine if their student qualifies and then complete the new online application.

Families may also visit their school where paper applications will be available.