New NC Report Card features

North Carolina Superintendent of Public Instruction Mark Johnson unveiled the 2016-17 school report cards Tuesday on a newly redesigned website that includes two new features, the state Department of Public Instruction announced.

In addition to being accessible on mobile devices, the report now features information about Career and Technical Education – what courses are offered and the number of industry-recognized credentials students have earned – and a student-readiness indicator that shows the percentage of students entering a school’s lowest grade who were proficient in both reading and math at the end of the previous year.

The new website allows for side-by-side school comparisons and provides information about school- and district-level data in a number of areas, including student performance and academic growth, school and student characteristics, and many other details.

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Closing The Wide Homework Gap

Parents,  you know the routine. Your kids tell you they need to use the computer to do their homework. They need to find a picture of a notable person online, Google a current event they’re studying in class to write a report—or create a PowerPoint presentation (with images and hyperlinks) instead of a paper poster.

And God forbid if the internet goes down, because completing the assignment will seem impossible.

Several studies have found that more than 75% of teachers assign homework that requires the internet, according to TheJournal.com.

However, using the internet at home for many families is a luxury they cannot afford. And as digital learning becomes the norm in most classrooms, the disparity of access to technology is becoming a barrier to success for all children across the country. This new achievement gap is called the Homework Gap.

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Amazon Smile

AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon with the same products, prices, and shopping features as Amazon.com. The difference is that when you shop on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to the charitable organization of your choice.

You can pick Middle Creek High School as charity of choice. Every cent counts.

Thank you for your support!

School Safety and Main Security Number

There is no one single initiative that makes schools safe.  It is a combination of staff, training, security systems and families/students.  There are North Carolina state safety plans in place so all first responders are executing procedures in the same manner.  For example, Chatham Co. Sherriff Department might be the first law enforcement on site at an incident at Panther Creek HS.  There is no need to wait for Cary/Morrisville PD or Wake Co. Sherriff Dept. as they will secure an event the same way and all are operating under the same guidelines.

All Wake Co. schools, Elementary through High School, now are on the same security system.  In previous years there was great discrepancies in cameras, systems, etc. among different schools.  Much had to do with the varying age of schools.  This was a major objective achieved through bond money.

The Security Department feels the most impactful factor in school safety and success is counselors.  Wake Co. is very far behind the national average and recommendations.    In high schools the counselor to student ratio should be 1:250.  WCPSS is at 1:650 and 1:1600 in elementary schools.  To add one counselor to every school in WCPSS would cost $10 million a year.

If you have further questions about school security you can contact Mr. Smith at rsmith1@wcpss.net

In case of an emergency (social media threats, etc.) the Main Security number is answered 24/7–  919-431-7777

Buckhorn Creek Elementary Update

School board members discussed a revised proposal regarding Buckhorn Creek Elementary. It would open as a traditional calendar school. Families assigned to the school could apply to up to two year-round calendar schools Jan. 10-31. Depending on their address, parents can apply to the following schools:
  • Herbert Akins Road Elementary and/or Ballentine Elementary
  • Holly Grove Elementary and/or Holly Springs Elementary
View the board presentation. View the board discussion. A final vote on Buckhorn Creek is expected on Dec. 19

 

Search for Wake County Public School – Superintendent

On November 21, 2017, Dr. James Merrill announced his retirement as superintendent of Wake County Public School System, effective Feb. 1, 2018.
The Wake County Board of Education voted on December 5 to hire the North Carolina School Boards Association (NCSBA) to help facilitate the search for our next superintendent. To that end, the board is seeking direct input from interested members of the staff and community to help shape the search process and assist in defining the qualities and characteristics of the next WCPSS superintendent. The following avenues for input are available to the community and staff:
  • Community Survey. The board invites parents and community members to participate in a short community survey that can be accessed and completed onlineSpanish language versions are also available. All surveys must be completed by Wednesday, January 17, 2018 with results to be compiled, summarized, and presented by NCSBA at the regular board meeting on Tuesday, January 23, 2018.
  • Public Comment. Citizens may also sign up to address the board during the public comment period at any of the upcoming regular board meetings, scheduled for 5:30 p.m. on December 19, January 2, and January 23. All meetings will be held in the main board room at the WCPSS Crossroads office, located at 5625 Dillard Drive, Cary, NC. Citizens must sign up to speak before the meeting begins and must otherwise comply with board policy/guidelines.
  • Statements from Groups or Organizations. Groups or organizations that would like to submit statements regarding the leadership qualities that they consider important in the next superintendent may submit such statements to Allison Schafer via mail at NCSBA, P.O. Box 97877, Raleigh, NC 27624, via email at aschafer@ncsba.org, or via fax at 919-841-4020. These statements should be received no later than Wednesday, January 17, 2018.

Summer Ventures deadline is Jan 15th

Good thing, because you’re not average.

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Summer Ventures in Science and Mathematics is a no-cost, state-funded program for academically talented North Carolina students who aspire to careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
As a rising high school junior or senior, you live on a college campus for four weeks in the summer and conduct research around topics of your interest — while enjoying the company of like-minded peers.

Programs are available at Appalachian State, East Carolina, UNC Charlotte, and UNC Wilmington. Interested students must apply online at www.summerventures.org by January 15, 2018.

If interested the see your science teacher, counselor or visit summerventures.org for more information.

Summer at Duke

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Summer College for High School Students (academic credit program for students currently in grades 10 and 11)
Summer Academy for High School Students (academic enrichment program for students currently in grades 9-12)

We invite you to imagine yourself at Duke this summer if you are:

  • seeking to gain academic credit from renowned Duke faculty or learn to be a Leader and a Global Citizen through personal enrichment courses;
  • hoping to spend your summer enjoying residential activities such as ball games, outlet shopping, dances, talent shows, and more;
  • excited to prepare for college and create an international network of peers.

Applications for Summer College and Summer Academy will be accepted beginning December 1, and continue until each program reaches capacity. Apply early to receive preferred consideration. Please visit the following site for more information http://summersession.duke.edu/high-school-students

De-Stress Your Holiday Season

Don't be this mom. Charlotte Avery helps you de-stress your holidays in six ways

Scottish musician and songwriter Thomas Oliphant wrote the popular Christmas carol “Deck the Halls.”

Oliphant was one of seven children, however, he was never married and had no children, so he probably couldn’t fathom what I go through to shop for, feed, entertain and referee my seven children or the challenge of having children home from school all day during the extended holiday season.

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