Viewing posts from: February 2015

NC School Report Cards and School Grades Webinar Offered for NC Parents

NC School Report Cards and School Grades
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
12 p.m.

Register Today!

Now that the latest School Report Cards are available for parents, you may have questions about how to find particular details or about how to use all of the features of the School Report Card.

Please join us for a parent webinar on the School Report Cards – including the new School Performance Grades. School Report Card Coordinator Diane Dulaney and key staff from the NC Department of Public Instruction’s Accountability Services division will be on hand to answer your questions and hear your comments about the new School Report Cards format.

WAKE Up and Read Program Supports Literacy

Reading proficiency by third grade is one of the most important predictors of high school graduation and career success. Yet every year, more than 80 percent of low-income children miss this crucial milestone.  The Wake County PTA Council and many Wake County PTA units are participating in an effort to boost literacy throughout their community and change those statistics.

The Wake County PTA Council is part of a community collaborative called WAKE Up and Read.  WAKE Up and Read was formed in 2012 by the school system in partnership with several community groups. The goal is to get children reading at grade level by third grade.  The collaborative team works together to provide school readiness and literacy-focused family events, increase community awareness about the importance of literacy, and to provide literacy resources and opportunities to families and children.  One of WAKE Up and Read’s collaborative efforts is a community-wide book drive.

The goal of the book drive is to provide home libraries for children who may not otherwise have books at home.  Last year’s inaugural book drive brought in close to 70,000 books which were distributed to children at six high needs schools in the Wake County Public School System and child care centers located within the same zipcodes as the elementary schools.  This year, the collaborative hopes to collect 100,000 books and increase their reach and impact even further.  PTA units across the county are contributing to the book drive by serving as collection sites and providing volunteer support for book sorting and distribution.  Books will be distributed to children at nine high needs schools, child care centers within the same zipcodes as the schools, and to the most attended community center near each school.

To learn more about WAKE Up and Read, visit:  www.wakeupandread.org

To learn more about the Campaign for Grade-level Reading, visit:  http://gradelevelreading.net/

Ten PTAs Receive Just ASK! Grants

The North Carolina PTA selected ten PTAs to receive Just ASK! Healthy Schools Grants. The recipients will receive funds to support health projects that will be completed by June 2015.

The following PTAs will receive grant funding:

Clemmons Middle School PTSA
Forsyth County

Draper Elementary PTA
Rockingham County

Guy Phillips Middle School PTSA
Orange County

John Van Lindley Elementary School PTA
Guilford County

Liberty Drive Elementary School PTA
Davidson County

New Town Elementary School PTA
Union County

Pittsboro Elementary School PTA 
Chatham County

Sandy Ridge Elementary School PTA
Durham County

South End Elementary PTA
Rockingham County

Town Creek Elementary School PTA
Brunswick County

State Superintendent to Hold Media Briefing on School Performance Grades

State Superintendent June Atkinson will hold a media briefing on the School Performance Grades immediately following the conclusion of the State Board of Education Meeting (around 11:45 a.m.) on Thursday, Feb. 5. The briefing will be held in Room 224 of the Education Building, 301 N. Wilmington Street, Raleigh.

North Carolina Department of Public Instruction Accountability Services Director Tammy Howard and North Carolina School Report Cards State Coordinator Diane Dulaney will join Atkinson at the briefing to respond to questions as appropriate regarding the School Performance Grades and the North Carolina School Report Cards.

The School Performance Grades, which reflect student performance data from the 2013-14 school year, are being released for the first time as part of the North Carolina School Report Cards. State Board of Education members will receive a presentation on the School Performance Grades toward the conclusion of their Thursday morning Board meeting. School Performance Grades for North Carolina public schools and public charter schools may be accessed on the North Carolina School Report Cards website at www.ncpublicschools.org/src on Thursday simultaneous with the Board presentation (approximately 11 a.m.).

Hurricanes Ticket Savings at NCPTA Night

The North Carolina PTA has teamed up again with the Carolina Hurricanes to bring you a special opportunity. Get in on the action and take advantage of big savings on tickets for this special game day!

Carolina Hurricanes vs. Florida Panthers
Saturday, March 14, 2015
7 p.m.
PNC Arena
Raleigh, NC

A portion of every ticket purchased through this special offer also benefits NCPTA Programs.

Purchase Tickets Today!
Deadline to purchase tickets is March 13.
www.carolinahurricanes.com/pta