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
Superintendent
Wake County Public School System

9 Ways Parents Can Help Bullied Kids Learn Resilience

Whenever Jessie hung out with her best friends Chloe and Meg, they gossiped about another seventh-grader named Kate. Jessie didn’t know Kate, but Chloe and Meg said she was clingy, told boring stories and smelled like acne wash.

When Jessie asked questions about this mystery girl, her friends giggled and exchanged knowing glances. This went on for weeks until a boy in her class told Jessie the truth: Kate was their code name for her.

Jessie looked to other friends for support, but they started dropping away. Chloe and Meg had all the social capital, and no one wanted to risk alienating them. Jessie cried every night. Her mother, my neighbor Naomi, called me for advice. “You’re a school counselor,” she said. “What should I do? She’s in so much pain.”

Naomi’s own experience with bullying intensified her anguish. In eighth grade, kids forged her signature on love letters and left them in a popular athlete’s locker. They tugged on her arm hair and called her “monkey.” Naomi suffered from depression after she was mistreated, and she wanted Jessie to have a better outcome.

Bullying strips kids of their dignity and leaves scars. Some children bounce back, while others struggle to rebound. There is no one-size-fits-all intervention, but here are nine ways parents can build a child’s resilience.

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Register Now for Fall Driver Education Classes

Now is the time to register for fall Driver Education Classes. Each student MUST submit a completed fall registration form found in Student Services or online at www.jordandriving.com to get assigned to class.

Classes will be scheduled monthly starting in October after school from 2:30 – 5:30 in room 2100. Student will be assigned to class based on age order. The Driver Education process can be found on the Middle Creek homepage under STUDENT information and at www.jordandriving.com.

Club Fair Thursday!

Club Fair is coming this Thursday, Sep. 7th  from 10:30 to 12:45pm in the Commons.

Students, come check out all the great clubs at Middle Creek. With over 40 clubs to choose from, there sure to be something you like. Such as:

    • Anime
    • Robotics
    • Books
    • Drama
    • Science Olympiad
    • Film Production
    • Creek Crazies
    • And many more! (Complete List)

There will booths and representatives in the Commons to tell you all about each club. Don’t see a club? No problem. You can make your own club and add it to the list! Just stop by Student Services and fill out a New Club Request Form.

Student Email Accounts Have Changed

Beginning July 10, students will access their WCPSS email in Outlook. Their email addresses will not change. They will be able to access their email from the web and a mobile application. Students will receive an email in their Lotus Notes account notifying them of the change prior to July 10.

What do my students need to know?

Beginning July 10, students will send and receive email from their new Outlook account by logging into the WakeID Portal at wakeid.wcpss.net and clicking the Outlook icon. Students will no longer be able to send or receive new email from their Lotus Notes account. They can, however, continue to access their Lotus Notes email at webmail.students.wcpss.net to read or print messages until September 15.
If Outlook prompts students to select a time zone, select (UTC-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada).
What do my students do if they need help?
They can visit  www.wcpss.net/studentemail or mywakeid.wcpss.net.
Follow your normal support procedures for technology related issues for district support.
Are there additional resources available to help me communicate about this change with my students?
See the Outlook Email for Students Messaging Toolkit for suggested language for social media, school-wide announcements and more.

Year-Round and Modified Calendar Families Can Begin Using Bus Tracker

Year-Round and Modified calendar bus rider families are now able to use a free bus tracking system called Here Comes the Bus (HCTB). Traditional calendar families will be provided access to the app approximately three weeks after the start of school for their calendar.

Here Comes the Bus is an easy-to-use website and app that enables you to view the location of your child’s school bus on a smartphone, tablet, or personal computer. HCTB allows you know when the bus is near your stop.

You can sign up for Here Comes the Bus at https://herecomesthebus.com/getting-started/.  For your smartphone or tablet, download the Here Comes the Bus app from the App Store or Google Play. You will need the district code (67500) and your student’s ID number (student lunch number) to sign up.

Once activated, you can customize or edit certain features. This includes how the app communicates with you and the size of the notification radius.

Once you are logged into your account, the link to HCTB customer support can be found by selecting Help.  Additional resources can be found there as well.

Please note: WCPSS Transportation makes bus substitutions when preventative maintenance is due and in response to the management of drivers. When a substitution is made, some features of the app may not work.

Questions or concern related to bus service issues should be directed to www.wcpss.net/transportation.

School’s Back. Prepare for Traffic!

The new year brings new parents and students who are new to the traffic patterns around our school. Don’t worry though, it’s only bad the first week. Here are some basic ideas that can help keep tempers cool and accidents from happening during this traffic crisis:

  1. Courtesy, Courtesy, Courtesy. Be helpful. Let cars needing to turn left in front of you, but not too many. You need to be courteous to drivers behind you as well. If everyone would let one car in front of them, things will run a lot smoother.
  2. Apply “The Rule of Rights”. When entering the roads around the school, try to use as many right turns as possible. Try to avoid left turns. The more you can do this, the better your experience will be.
  3. Don’t wait until you are at the front of the school to drop your student off. There is a large sidewalk alongside the round-about. It’s OK if your kid has to walk a little. The more cars that can unload at the same time, the faster the line moves.
  4. Students – be prepared to leave the vehicle efficiently. Have all your stuff ready to go. Again, be courteous to all the cars behind you waiting.
  5. Please do not cut through the student or teacher parking lots. We need to protect these valuable people. We love our kids and our teachers.
  6. Plan for a Delay. Try to leave a little bit early and know that you’ll be getting to your final destination a little bit late.

As the penguins of Madagascar say “Smile and wave boys. Smile and wave”. Be friendly to each other. Pay it forward. We’re all in this together and a little help goes along way.

Volunteer Power Rules!

Thank you to all of the parents who donated to the Welcome Back Breakfast for MCHS staff held on August 18! This event was a great way to kickoff a successful year and it couldn’t have happened without you!
Volunteer power is the engine that makes MCHS PTSA run. There are many ways to help, no matter what your schedule. Please plan to drop by the PTSA table at Meet the Teacher on September 14 to find out more. We look forward to seeing you there.

Welcome to the Team!

We would like to welcome you to the new school year and introduce you to the new PTSA 2017 – 2018 Team.

President: open
Vice President: open
Secretary: Michelle Edgar
Treasurer: Ashlie Holt
Communication: Sapna Chitale
Membership: Karissa Webb
BAC Representative: Jodi Vance
Hospitality: 
Tonya Brady
Student Recognition: Renee Rogers
Winter Craft Fair: Dawn Navarro
Reflections: Ginger Carbone
Passive Fundraising: Wendy Bonarelli
Student Liaisons: Carman Webb
Grant Writing: Kathy Gleason and Linda Chaloupecky

We also would like to welcome Tonya Brady to our leadership team as the new Hospitality Chairperson. The PTSA has always put a premium on recognizing the hard work of our teachers with fun hospitality events throughout the year. We look forward to continuing this tradition under Tonya’s direction.

While ALL of our committee chairs are filled, we are still in search of our President and Vice-President. The primary responsibility of these positions are organizational. Becoming the President of the PTSA does not mean you will never have another free moment. Our projects are led by our chairpersons and all of those positions are filled. What we need is a liaison between us and the school. The President sets the agenda for our monthly meetings and coordinates budget requests. Please consider volunteering a little of your time to supporting academic excellence at Middle Creek.

 For more information, contact Carman Webb at cgwebb@me.com