Free Talk From Duke University TIP


TIP-ical KidsSocial and Emotional Aspects of High Ability Children and Youth

Thirty years of working with gifted students in Duke TIP summer programs has provided evidence of the nature of the characteristics of gifted/talented students. While individual differences (and exceptions to the rule) abound, there are strong tendencies among gifted kids regarding their social and emotional development that can inform parents and teachers, helping them to understand the response they receive from their children and students. Awareness of these characteristics can turn the “rough seas” of interactions in school and in the home into “smooth sailing” for everyone involved.

Dr. Rick Courtright is gifted education research specialist with Duke TIP, having served as an educator for more than thirty-five years in roles of classroom teacher, gifted resource teacher, and district administrator of gifted programs. He has presented at state and national conferences on gifted education, has been a co-director of two summer institutes and three state conferences, and has led workshops and taught university courses for hundreds of teachers acquiring gifted education certification.


When:  Monday, September 23rd


Where:  WCPSS Administrative Offices

                Crossroads II

                Room 1400

                5625 Dillard Drive, Cary 27518

Sponsored by: WCPSS AIG Department

Read to Win!

The North Carolina State Fair Teen Reading Challenge

From September 1-October 1, teens who visit Wake County Public Libraries are invited to participate in Wake County Public Libraries’ Read To Win! North Carolina State Fair Reading Challenge for Teen Read Week 2013.
Teens in grades 6-10 may read to earn “tickets” to enter in a prize drawing for North Carolina State Fair Prize Packs. The Prize Pack consists of 4 all-day NC State Fair passes and 2 NC State Fair t-shirts!
To participate, teens should visit a participatingWake County Public Library and pick up a Read to Win! Teen Reading Challenge Log. They will then record the time spent reading by crossing off the North Carolina State Fair logo. Every hour of reading earns one ticket for the prize drawing. The reading logs must be submitted to a Wake County Public Library no later than October 1. Winners will be selected at each location on October 3.
The more teens read, the more tickets they earn, and the better the chances they have  to win a North Carolina State Fair Prize Pack!

Volunteer Opportunity for Students

Many college applications not only want good grades, they also look for community involvement as well. Do you have a student looking for volunteer opportunities? Then look at what the PTSA has to offer.

The PTSA is your academic booster club. We are an alliance of parents, teachers and students working together to foster academic excellence at Middle Creek. In an effort to increase student involvement, we are introducing a new Student Liaison program. Student Liaisons will:

  • help design and participate in projects to support academic goals of the school and the PTSA.
  • serve to communicate the concerns of the student body to our leadership.

For more information on how to participate, please contact Carman Webb.

Parent Academy Workshops

The Wake County Public School System will launch the 2013-14 Parent Academy series on Tuesday, August 20. The free sessions offer parents tools to support their children’s learning.

The series of workshops will cover topics including information on special education, the Common Core and Essential Standards, financial aid basics, and more.

For more information and to sign up, visit the Wake County Public School System’s website.

No Parking on Optimist Farm Rd

noprkngNew lane changes on Optimist Farm Rd at West Lake Rd will allow westbound drivers in the far right lane to go straight or turn right. This will increase the capacity at the intersection, and in turn should reduce traffic backups. This new traffic pattern eliminates room for students to park along side Optimist Farm Rd.

Give With Target

Click Here to Vote for MCHS!

here’s what you need to know

Help us give up to $5 million to schools all over the country through Give With Target.


Simply select a K–12 school from our list of eligible schools and vote for it weekly until September 21 or until $5 million has been awarded, whichever occurs first. It takes just 25 votes to start. After that, Target will donate $25 to your selected school. Upon receiving 25 votes, each additional vote equals $1 more for up to $10,000 per school. If your favorite school is not on our list, please choose another school.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Voting ends on 9/21/13 at 11:59:59 p.m. CT or when $5 million has been awarded, whichever comes first. Max of $10,000 awarded per school. Voting is limited to legal residents of the 50 US/DC, 13 years of age and older. Limit one vote per person per week. See Terms and Conditions and eligible schools in the Give With Target app on for details.

PTSA Helps Fund 2nd AP Biology Course

apbiologyIf you haven’t heard, Middle Creek is ranked the #1 High School in Wake County and #7 in the State. which is measured by College Readiness. I’m proud to be part of a school that cares for my child’s education and I’m very proud of the commitment of our students.

But success always brings challenges. Due to increased enrollment in AP courses, Middle Creek is now able to offer 2 sections of AP Biology next year (this is really good news!)  Unfortunately, to meet the needs of those 53 students, the school needs more resources than could be afforded by Wake County. So the PTSA will help fund those extra resources, (books and materials),  to bring the second AP Biology class to Middle Creek.

We would like to thank everyone who donated over the past year. We couldn’t have done it without you. – Your Academic Booster Club.

Top of the Lot Raffle – Winners Choice


As you know, the PTSA is raffling off the best spot in the lot for next year. Parking space 91 was selected as the winning spot largely because of its proximity to the front doors. Well, it turns out our students have different ideas about what makes a parking space the best one in the lot. In response to student feedback we are making a big change to the Top of the Lot Raffle.


That’s right! The student holding the winning raffle ticket will be able to choose his or her own parking space for the 2013-14 school year! The winner’s selection must be approved by MCHS administration, as some spots in the lot are held in reserve, but there are many prime spots waiting to be chosen by our winner. Where do you want to park?

Ticket sales continue this week at lunch in the Commons. All other rules still apply. One ticket is $3 and 5 tickets are $10.

The winning ticket will be drawn at Ruckus Restaurant on May 14. Eligible students who are present at Ruckus by 6:45 on May 14 will receive a free raffle ticket.

Don’t miss the chance to choose the best spot in the lot!