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.

Volunteers Needed: “Reality of Money” Financial Literacy Event

 

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We need volunteers for the “Reality of Money” Event happening Friday, November 3rd at Middle Creek Community Center located next to the High School.

“Reality of Money” places each student in a scenario where they are 25 years old and employed. However, students are assigned the path that life has taken them on. Some students find they’re earning $40,000 per year and are married with children, while others are single parents making less than $20,000 annually. They will visit twelve stations where they have to make financial decisions on items such as housing, child care, transportation, etc.

Over 300 Middle Creek students will be participating in the event, a program developed by the State Employee’s Credit Union (SECU) that illustrates the financial challenges of adult life. The program’s goal is to help young people understand personal finances and the real-life implications of the choices they make as students and adults.

If you’ve ever paid bills or managed a family/personal budget then you are more than qualified to volunteer! A light breakfast will be provided for the morning volunteers and lunch will be provided after the first session.

Visit this Signup Genius link and help volunteer at a very important event that helps show our students what financial life is like after High School.

 

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.

Interested in Veterinary Medicine Career? VetPAC to the rescue – Mark Your Calendars for this Thursday

Are you interested in a career in veterinary medicine?

NC State veterinary students (VetPAC) will be on campus, Wednesday, October 18 at 9:00, to answer your questions about veterinary careers; filling out college applications; job shadowing and interning, etc.

​You must pre-register to attend. See Mrs. Smith in Student Services for your pass or go to Career Ready>Careers @ The Creek to register online

The goal of the Veterinary Professions Advising Center (VetPAC) is to provide NCSU students and alumni with the knowledge, resources, opportunities, and guidance needed to be well-prepared, well-rounded, and successful veterinary school applicants

Click here for more details about VetPAC

Accessing Wake ID

Wake ID is a website that allows you to directly log into your student account in other websites that WCPSS has partnered with to provide a strong digital foothold for students to interact with. It gives your student access to their WCPSS Outlook email, Google student account, Google Classroom, Canvas, Gale Resources, SAS Curriculum Pathways, and WakeVue.

WCPSS’s Outlook is the only way for a student to communicate with their teacher and get a response so it’s paramount that students learn to use this quickly. And an added bonus is that students that use WCPSS WakeID also get free access to Office 365, which mean free use of Microsoft Word, Powerpoint, OneNote, Excel, and more.

Wake County has provided a very helpful PDF to explain how to log in to Wake ID here.

Click here to be taken to the Wake ID Login Page.