Teens – Volunteer at Your Library!

TLC_logo_2Teen Leadership Corps (TLC) is a leadership, learning and service program for teen library members. TLC offers teens the opportunity to cultivate leadership skills, explore and develop a variety of interests and talents, contribute to the community, and get to know other teens with similar interests.

You can make a big difference by sharing your time and talent when you volunteer at one of our 20 libraries.  Volunteers are important partners in the Wake county Public Libraries’ mission to promote the love of reading and foster the pursuit of knowledge for the residents of Wake County.

Visit the Wake County Public Library if you are interested in applying for a current volunteer position?

Superintendent Merrill Coming To Our Area

wcpssWake County Public School System (WCPSS) Superintendent James Merrill is inviting WCPSS employees, parents, and the public to share their thoughts, concerns, and priorities for WCPSS in a series of community input events entitled Superintendent’s Direct Line.

February 3 – Southeast Raleigh High

Afternoon and Evening Schedule
4:00 p.m. Speakers for Employee and Parents & Public events may begin signing up in the lobby of the auditorium
4:30 – 6:00 p.m. Superintendent’s Direct Line for Employees
6:00 – 6:30 p.m. (Break) Speaker Signup continues until all slots are full or 6:45 p.m.
6:30 – 8:00 p.m. Superintendent’s Direct Line for Parents and the Public

Reception for Reflections Artists

pta-reflectionsMustang artists “Believe, Dream, Inspire.”
The annual Reflections Art Contest  is a national competition for artists in an array of mediums.  MCHS students submitted works informed by the theme “Believe,Dream, Inspire” in the visual arts, literature, film production, photography and music composition. Join us on Monday, February 24 at 6pm in the Media Center to celebrate their accomplishments. Light refreshments will be served.

MCHS Academics Report

SchoolReportCardMCHS parents will soon see official results of 2012-13 student testing. Some parents may be surprised by what these reports show and many of us will have questions.

Principal Martin will present an overview of MCHS data and will answer questions about testing at the PTSA meeting on Monday, February 24 at 6pm. Most parents will see a drop in scores as compared to previous years. Don’t sit home and wonder what happened. Join us for an important discussion about academic success at Middle Creek High. Everyone is welcome and light refreshments will be served.

Wake County released the following statement about score reports:

End-of-grade (EOG) and end-of-course (EOC) exams administered in 2012-13 are the first tests under new, more rigorous standards called the N.C. Essential Standards and the Common Core State Standards.

With the new standards, students are being asked to learn more, and at earlier ages. They are answering more complex test questions, and on many tests, they must earn more correct answers to earn a passing or proficient score. Because of the entirely new system of standards and tests, it is inaccurate to compare 2012-13 proficiency level results to previous years.

Being measured against these new, more challenging standards means that fewer students meet the definition of proficiency during this initial year. The results for 2012-13 establish a new starting point from which to grow student achievement.

“We begin today to set the stage for a new level of expectation and achievement for Wake County students,” Dr. Merrill said. “If we meet this challenge, as Wake County teachers and staff always have, students will be better prepared for their world upon graduation, and that is our goal.

Parents of all WCPSS test-takers will begin to receive their individual results reports in the coming weeks, along with information explaining the changes in the standards. Parents may also access information on the changes and a guide for talking to their students about the new standards on our Results page.

For more information and complete results, visit the N.C. Department of Public Instruction.

FAFSA Day – February 22nd

Financial-AidFederal Student Aid, a part of the U.S. Department of Education, is the largest provider of student financial aid in the nation. They provide more than $150 billion in federal grants, loans, and work-study  funds each year to more than 15 million students paying for college or career school.

FAFSA Day is a program offered by CFNC.org, the NC Assoc. of Student Financial Aid and the State Employees’ Credit Union. On FAFSA Day, college financial aid officers and other volunteers will help students complete their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) forms. The program is open to students who plan to attend college in the 2014-15 academic year.

Register Now to attend a FAFSA Day near you.

Juniors/Sophomores – Start Your College Planning Now

college-planning-resourcesHigh School Juniors and Sophomores:

Free College Planning Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to informing parents and their students about the process of academic planning, financial planning, and student enrollment and positioning. We put the most accurate and up to date information at their fingertips.

They hold Free College Planning Workshops around the country to assist students and parents in making the most informed decisions when planning for college. Workshops are being held right now in our area. Visit Free College Planning, choose North Carolina, and put in code ’42’ to see events being held in the Wake County area. My family attended one and we definitely walked out with some nuggets of information we did not previously know. Well worth the time.

Parent Academy

To promote continued cooperation between families and schools, Wake County Public School System is offering Parent Academy – a series of classes, workshops and events aimed at helping families learn to engage with the school system and positively contribute to their child’s academic and social success. All events are free and open to the public. Registration is required. 

Check out what’s happening this month: http://www.wcpss.net/parent-academy

Triangle Youth Leadership Conference of NC State

TYLC is designed to educate and motivate North Carolina high school students to create relevant, local change. Participants will leave TYLC better equipped to improve their communities through innovative leadership.

TYLC is put on by Triangle Youth Leadership Services (TYLS). Based out of N.C. State University, we are a completely student-led organization of current Park Scholars and ambitious Wolfpack undergraduates dedicated to community development in North Carolina through youth leadership and empowerment.

Applications for the 5th Annual TYLC Conference are being accepted now through December 18th. The cost of the conference is $75. To apply, visit www.triangleleadership.org/application.