Summer Youth Business and Entrepreneurship Academy

nc_central_univNorth Carolina Central University is hosting the 2013 Summer Youth Business and Entrepreneurship Academy. July 15-July 26 2013.  The academy is open to high achieving rising 10th and 11th grade students with a B average or higher.  Selected students will receive business training and exposure to higher education on the campus of NCCU, along with a full scholarship to cover the cost of attendance plus materials.  If you are interested, please pick up an application in student services outside Mrs. Burton’s office.  Application Deadline is March 29, 2013.

E-STEM Day at NC State for Sophomores and Juniors

NCSU-220x165The faculty and staff at the College of Education are pleased to invite students to our 2ndAnnual

E-STEM Teaching Careers Day (Explore Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Teaching Careers Day)!

Friday, March 15, 2013

2:00 PM – 4:30 PM  

The Friday Institute at NCSU

Please RSVP by Wednesday, March 6th at go.ncsu.edu/3.15.2013

This day of career exploration will allow students to catch a glimpse of the experiences they would encounter as a student in a STEM Education major at NC State University.  Some highlights of the event include the opportunity to explore with hands-on and interactive sessions with members of the College of Education faculty and staff, meeting current College of Education students and the chance to learn more about the prestigious STEM Education programs available at NCSU.

NC State is committed to excellence and fostering academic maturation and inclusion for ALL students, conducive for a diverse population of students to succeed.  All current high school sophomores and juniors are invited to attend.

Wake Tech on Campus Thursday

9HG9E4D6N9Seniors – Are you still undecided about where you are going to College in the fall?  Wake Technical Community College will be here in the media center on March 7th from 11:00am-12:45pm to help you complete your online application. Remember there isn’t an application fee.  A sign-up sheet is in student services on Mrs. Burton’s door.

Students Launch Angry Birds for Algebra

angrybirdsLast Friday, Middle Creek High students spent the day on the football field working to tackle algebra problems with an Angry Birds game. The students launched the birds as part of a quadratic equations lesson. They calculated the velocity of their object and then wrote an equation that represents the flight path of the object. Each launch will result in its own unique equation. 

Learn More About STEM

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You know that Middle Creek is part of the STEM Schools Collaborative Network.
You know that STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.
What you may wonder is: What does this all mean for my child?
At the next PTSA meeting, Middle Creek’s STEM Coordinator, Ms. Thompson, will speak about all things STEM.
– Learn how STEM is being connected through the entire curriculum.
– Discover the Engineering Design Cycle and how it will be used in your student’s classroom
– Learn how STEM Schools work together to provide learning environments for the digital age
So join us Monday, February 25th at 6pm in the Media Center and learn what STEM means for your child.

State Superintendent Highlights Curriculum Changes

header-magnifyA message from June Atkinson, State Superintendent, North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

In our workplaces and in technology, we all adapt to change on a regular basis. In education, this means that we are constantly looking ahead to make sure that what we teach and how we teach are aligned to help students prepare and thrive.

In your children’s schools this year, teachers and principals have been making some big changes to help us make sure we are preparing students with the skills they will need when they graduate. That’s why our curriculum is different this year.

The new Common Core state standards and revised Essential Standards provide more in-depth learning and set new expectations for achievement. At the end of the school year or end of semester, students are taking new tests that match up to the new curriculum. And, next fall, a new school accountability model will be in place to give you up-to-date information about how your child’s school is doing.

All of these changes are supported by North Carolina’s federal Race to the Top grant. Our goal is to remodel the way we educate our students and ensure that students are better prepared for college and the workplace. This is the essence of what we do.

How are these resources helping?
Thanks to these funds, North Carolina provided deep-level professional development for more than 2,800 teachers and leaders across the state during the last two summers, and we will do it again this summer. This professional development followed a train-the-trainer model, so it will continue across districts and schools as principals and teacher-leaders craft meaningful professional development for their colleagues.

Technology also plays a key role in our remodeling efforts.
Imagine a technology tool that will allow teachers, parents and students to collaborate and have at their fingertips the tools they need.  Home Base will make this possible. Home Base will include a new student information system – PowerSchool – to handle tasks such as scheduling, grades, transcripts and more. PowerSchool replaces the current NC WISE and will be in place by start of school in 2013. Also, an instructional improvement system is being developed to provide teachers with curriculum tools, lesson plans, assessment items, instructional resources and more. These materials will be evaluated beforehand so teachers will know they align with the curriculum in North Carolina.  The instructional improvement side will be in place by the fall of 2014. Together, PowerSchool and the instructional improvement system comprise Home Base.

Home Base will organize information to help teachers and parents pinpoint where students need help the most. Our goal is customized teaching and learning for students.

Please visit the READY website, www.ncpublicschools.org/READY for more information and resources around our remodeling efforts.  For specific information about Home Base, please visit www.ncpublicschools.org/homebase.

Source: NCPTA.org

 

STEM – The Choice is Yours

At our next PTSA  meeting, Ms. Thompson will speak about what STEM means to your child’s education. So please come and join us. Our next PTSA meeting is Monday, Feb. 25th at 6pm in the Media Center.

In the mean time, enjoy this video put together by SAS employees.

More STEM graduates are needed in every industry. SAS employees talk about the role STEM plays in their jobs and the products used by SAS customers.

To learn more about SAS, please visit http://www.sas.com

2013 June Graduation Details

gradsGraduation is almost here and we have posted some key information such as place of the event as well as how many tickets each graduate will receive. Hopefully this early information will help families plan better for the upcoming event.

The June graduation will be at the Memorial Auditorium (Progress Energy Center), Raleigh, NC. Each graduate will receive 4 tickets. The graduation will also be live streamed on MCHS’ webpage. A Senior Parent Letter (with more information) will be mailed home by February 15th.

DATES:  Thursday, April 11, 2013—————- Delivery of caps, gowns and announcements

              Thursday, April 25, 2013—————- Senior Group Photo

              Wednesday, May 22, 2013————–Senior Awards Night

              Thursday, May 23, 2013—————–Senior Picnic

              Sunday, June 2, 2013———————Baccalaureate Service

              Monday, June 10, 2013—————–Graduation Rehearsal at 8:30 A.M.-10:30 A.M.

              Tuesday, June 11, 2013—————–Graduation Ceremony at 2:00 P.M.