The Internet never forgets

It’s critical for your children to understand that anyone and everyone is on the internet (good people, bad people, predators) and it can be very hard to spot the predators online.

The worst people are often the kindest voices over text messages or chat rooms. They are master manipulators, and may pose as other kids. There’s a classic comic that shows a dog in front of a computer and telling his friend, “On the internet, nobody knows you’re a dog.” It’s a funny cartoon that drives home a very critical point—anyone can pretend to be anything on the internet.

Kids need to realize that online “friends” they’ve never met are actually strangers. Strangers wanting to know more about their personal life, their habits, strangers who want to meet them. Kids should be in the habit of treating online “friends” the same as they would treat a stranger walking up to them on the street, and for the exact same reasons.

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IMPORTANT: Message from Superintendent Merrill Regarding Social Media

August 31, 2017

Dear Parents and Guardians:

Our traditional calendar schools are not yet a week old and already we have experienced social media threats at two of our high schools. This is no way to start off a school year. Parents and guardians, please know and share with your students that we take all these threats seriously and investigate fully. Not only are consequences delivered by the schools, but where feasible law enforcement, at our urging, will seek to prosecute.

In our school community we do not consider social media threats humorous, cute, or insignificant. Please talk with your students and help them understand that they are creating a digital footprint that not only will speak for itself, but will also follow them as they continue their schooling and careers.  And yes, I ask you to monitor their social media. Young people are committing too many mistakes for which they do not fully appreciate and understand the consequences. Please help them with that understanding.
Now, let’s get back to why we come to school – to teach and to learn.


Thank you,

James Merrill

Dr. James G. Merrill
Wake County Public School System

E-STEM Day at NC State for Sophomores and Juniors

NCSU-220x165The faculty and staff at the College of Education are pleased to invite students to our 2ndAnnual

E-STEM Teaching Careers Day (Explore Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Teaching Careers Day)!

Friday, March 15, 2013

2:00 PM – 4:30 PM  

The Friday Institute at NCSU

Please RSVP by Wednesday, March 6th at

This day of career exploration will allow students to catch a glimpse of the experiences they would encounter as a student in a STEM Education major at NC State University.  Some highlights of the event include the opportunity to explore with hands-on and interactive sessions with members of the College of Education faculty and staff, meeting current College of Education students and the chance to learn more about the prestigious STEM Education programs available at NCSU.

NC State is committed to excellence and fostering academic maturation and inclusion for ALL students, conducive for a diverse population of students to succeed.  All current high school sophomores and juniors are invited to attend.

Wake Tech on Campus Thursday

9HG9E4D6N9Seniors – Are you still undecided about where you are going to College in the fall?  Wake Technical Community College will be here in the media center on March 7th from 11:00am-12:45pm to help you complete your online application. Remember there isn’t an application fee.  A sign-up sheet is in student services on Mrs. Burton’s door.