End of Grade Tests
Each year, Brian Dawson (veteran radio personality) from local hip-hop radio station K97.5 visits schools in the triangle area to get kids excited about the EOG during his annual EOG Tour. This year, he will join us at Walnut Creek! The school that shows the most pride and enthusiasm will win a post-EOG party hosted by Brian and music by a radio DJ. So, it is our goal to make Walnut Creek the WINNER for this year! This Wednesday, the day of the Pep Rally, we would like the entire school to wear black and yellow to show school spirit!
Let's celebrate your hard work and success.....
Monday, May 20 - Hats Off to the EOG Tests- Wear a hat of your choice
Tuesday, May 21 - Knock the Socks Off the EOG Tests - Wear your craziest socks
Fifth Grade Promotion Ceremony
Thursday, June 6 from 7:00-8:00pm will be the fifth grade promotion ceremony. Due to occupancy limitations, every student will be given 2 admission tickets. All attendees must have a ticket.
Parents - Summer Math Opportunity
Did you know that, on average, students lose approximately 2.6 months of grade level equivalency in math skills over the summer months? MetaMetrics® is trying to stop this loss in math skills by offering the Summer Math Challenge. The Summer Math Challenge is a free, six-week, email-based, math skills program based on the Common Core State Standards for students who have finished second through fifth grades. As a part of the program, parents receive daily emails with fun, targeted activities and resources to help children retain the math skills learned during the previous school year. The Summer Math Challenge begins Monday, June 24, and runs until Friday, Aug. 2. For more information, including how to encourage your students to participate in the Summer Math Challenge, visit quantiles.com/summer-math.
Walnut Creek will be hosting a kindergarten orientation on Thursday, May 30 from 5:00-6:00pm. This will be an opportunity for parents who have a registered upcoming kindergartener to come and gain some valuable information about what to expect in their child's upcoming kindergarten year.
During the time in which our students take the End-of-Grade Tests, we are required to have an additional adult in every classroom. We need approximately 40 volunteers on each of our testing days. If you are a parent, you will not be in your child’s room when testing.
What is a proctor? You may help pass out pencils or paper; take students to the bathroom; assist with student illnesses; or monitor hallways. You will not be teaching or administering the test. If you are able to proctor, complete this form.
If you have questions, contact the testing coordinator, Cejuanna Morgan at email@example.com or 919-857-9517.
Yearbook - School Memories 2013
We are still taking orders for the yearbook. The cost is $18. Please submit cash, money order or check - payable to Walnut Creek Elementary PTA - to your child's classroom teacher.
Enrollment for 2013-2014
We are now registering students for the 2013-2014 school year. Registration hours are Monday-Friday from 9:00-11:00 and 1:00-3:30.
Please bring with you:
- A certified copy of your child's birth certificate
- Proof of your Wake County address (current water, gas, or electric bill in parent's name, new signed lease, or offer to purchase agreement)
- A photo ID of the parent or guardian
- Completed Enrollment Form
Fifth graders at Walnut Creek have adopted the creek behind the school and had their first clean up session this past Fall. Their actions were highlighted in the City of Raleigh's Urban Watersheds Newsletter. Click here to read about their efforts to make a difference in the neighborhood.
Important Parent Letter
Please read the letter from Corey Moore. This letter gives information and website links about lockdown procedures and ways to discuss violence with your child. If you have any concerns or questions, please do not hesitate to contact the main office.
NC State Engineering Night
The NC State Engineering on the Road Program was a huge success on November 15. A huge thank you goes out to all of the NCSU students, Walnut Creek parents, students and staff that participated. The students and their parents were able to build marshmallows towers,straw rockets, catapults, boats and more!. A great time was had by all!
For more information see Engineering on the Road's Website.
Congratulations to Angela Rogers - Teacher of the Year
Congratulations to Patsy Eakes - Instructional Assistant of the Year
Congratulations to Kara Damico- Beginning Teacher of the Year
Now Available - Online School Payments!
Online payment for school activities is now available. Credit and debit cards are accepted as payment from the convenience of your home. Click here to learn how to setup your online school payment account.
Walnut Creek Online School Payment Website
Effective Monday, November 5th parents will call the centralized transportation number, (919) 856-7916, and receive a voicemail greeting which will redirect them to their district office and provide information on where to direct their specific question or concern.
Parents can also visit the new section of the brand new WCPSS website, and use the following resources for their most common transportation-related questions:
Wake County Public School System News
2012-2013 Grade Level Supply List
The school supply list has been updated for the 2012-2013 school year. The grade level lists are in English and Spanish.
Academic Gains for Walnut Creek
Preliminary test results show improved proficiency among Walnut Creek students in core subjects such as reading, math and science. Tests demonstrated a proficiency rate of 62.9 percent for reading and math, a 7.3-point increase from the previous year. The combined proficiency for reading, math and science was 60 percent, an increase of 4.7 percentage points. Based on these preliminary data, Walnut Creek is expected to earn recognition from the N.C. Department of Public Instruction as a High Growth school when final results are released. The full story is located at WCPSS.
Results from the year-end exams will be final on August 2, when the N.C. Department of Public Instruction releases a statewide report.
Wildcats Have P.R.I.D.E
P - Positive Words & Actions
R - Respect of Self and Others
I - Integrity and Honor
D - Discipline and Self-Control
E - Excellence in Everything You Do
Positive Behavior Intervention and Support is a nationally recognized research based best practice that is designated by the Office of Special Education Programs as one of the “Ideas that Work. “ PBIS is a school-wide program designed to provide universal strategies and additional layers of interventions for students in need of support. Schools that sustain administrative and staff commitment and implement PBIS with fidelity over time demonstrate the following outcomes:
- Improved school climate
- Reductions in Office Discipline Referrals (ODRs) and in school and out of school suspensions
- Increased parent and community satisfaction
- Improved systems for responding to students in need of additional support with social behavior
Walnut Creek is participating in the PBIS initiative & is currently developing specific desired outcomes, identifying data sources that will be used to measure progress and creating an action plan to support the accomplishment of outcomes.
Big Universe is an engaging online reading and writing community for grades preK-8. This award-winning, student-centered, website provides a large library of leveled nonfiction and fiction colorful online books, an online writing and publishing tool, a safe bookshelf sharing community, and many supporting tools such as reading logs and more. All these features inspire reluctant and advanced students to read, write and learn anytime-anywhere while providing educators the necessary tools to differentiate instruction, teach balanced literacy and monitor student progress. Access Big Universe at http://www.biguniverse.com. Your child's teacher will send home login information.
Study Island is a web-based instructional system that helps K-12 students master grade-level academic standards in a fun and engaging manner. The instructional model and interactive games provide targeted remediation when required, reinforce accomplishments, appeal to students, and generally create a culture of academic success. Study Island is built directly from state standards and the new Common Core State Standards. It also includes inventive practice activities, formative assessments, and reporting tools to help improve performance. Access Study Island at http://www.studyisland.com. Your child's teacher will send home login information.