What is STEM?

STEM is an acronym that stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.

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How To Apply

Students apply to our school by completing a paper application and are ultimately selected through a randomized process much like a lottery.

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  • Egg Relay Race

  • Lady Jaguars Basketball

  • Catapult Teamwork

  • Green Club Volunteering

  • Green Club Volunteering

  • UNCG College Tour

  • Project Questions Anyone?

  • Robodogs Roboitcs Team 2013-14 (SERMHS and STEM ECHS)

  • All Smiles

  • Chess anyone?

  • Engineering a Mars Lander

  • Engineering a Tower

  • The Future is Bright

  • Congratulations to Mackenzie Lamb, Spotlight Student 2014

  • Magnet Fair

  • SMART Lunch

  • Clay Modeling for Engineering Project



Quote of the Week
“Do you know the difference between education and experience? Education is when you read the fine print; experience is what you get when you don’t. ”
Pete Seeger
Calendar Highlights
Our Spring 2014 Parent Survey is well underway.  All of our parents received the link on April 2nd via email from our PTSA President Latoya Giles.  Just in case you still need the link, you may copy and paste this link < https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/MS9RPZJ > into your search window and then complete the survey.  We know we are able to have 100% of our parents respond this year and we are thankful in advance to you all for taking the time to complete our survey (as of the last Thursday, we had close to 50% response).  Our goal:  100%!
The survey link may also be found under the announcements on our web page http://stemec.wcpss.net/.
–4/14 to 16, Audrey Toney on campus (NC New Schools Instructional Coach)
–4/14, School Improvement Team meeting, Mr. Burgess’ room, 2:30-3:30
–4/15, Mr. Matheson to WCPSS Central Area Principals’ mtg., Crossroads II, 8:00-12:00
–4/15, Mrs. Brannan and Mrs. Kilpatrick to 10th grade classrooms to practice mock interviews for Xtreme Beginnings on 4/17
–4/16,  Mrs. Gibbons, Mr. Haymore, Mr. Matheson, and Ms. Yerkie to NC New Schools Secondary Lenses for Learning (Common Core math), 8:30-3:30
–4/16, Administrative Team meeting, Mr. Matheson’s office, 2:30-3:30
–4/17, Mrs. Brannan, staff, and parents to WCPSS Xtreme Beginnings for 10th grade, NC State McKimmon Center, 9-12:00
–4/18, Easter Holiday.  No school for students or staff
–4/21 Remember:  Monday, April 21 is now a regular school day to make up for inclement weather
Instructional Focus
“Personalization: Staff in schools working with the NC New Schools understand that knowing students well is an essential condition of helping them achieve academically. These high schools ensure adults leverage knowledge of students in order to improve student learning.”
Another term for personalization is relationships.  Last week Mr. Matheson attended the fifth (in a series of six) workshop for WCPSS Principals entitledThe Effective Teacher Framework.  The main goal of training is for all administrators (from Central Services to building administrators) and teachers to have a research-based, common vision as to what constitutes an effective teacher framework.  By the end of this year all Central Services staff and Principals will have been trained–next year the focus will be on Assistant Principals and then begin with teacher training.
In The Skillful Teacher (Saphier, J., Haley-Speca, M., and Gower, R., 2008), the authors reflect on six areas that are identified by students as significant for teachers and Principals to model in the building of strong, positive relationships within both the school and classroom:
  • Acknowledgment–greeting students at the door, welcoming them back after absence, making eye contact during discussion, and ensuring that all students participate in and out of class
  • Communicating Value–showing interest in students both academically and with their lives outside of school, making school relevant to their interests, checking for understanding and being accessible for students,  being an “active” listener, demonstrate persistence about high expectations and support, and reestablishing contact when a student does live up to expectations
  • Respect–key words here are fairness and equity, and they are related to students trusting their teachers and administrators to treat them as valuable and capable human beings who are in school to accept the challenges, take risks and work hard, be responsive to correcting errors or discipline, celebrate success, and be inspired by their role models
  • Fairness–demonstrating the components of respect will equate to the concept of fairness for students. — Students want to know what is expected of them for both academics and behavior, keep them posted as to timelines and deadlines, and want teachers and administrators to avoid anything that is seen as preferential or discriminatory
  • Realness–one of the best categories of “being real” is for teachers and administrators to share their life experiences relative to the teaching/learning that occurs in school.  Another key factor is to make teaching/learning relevant to a student’s short- and long-term goals
  • Humor and Fun–just as we like to take advantage of a “teachable” moment, it is equally important to seize the opportunity to see the humor and fun “in the moment.”  Being able to laugh at oneself, smile, and “seeing the glass as half full rather than half empty” is readily perceived by students as positive attributes of an enjoyable educational environment.

Rob Matheson, Principal


Mackenzie Lamb was honored as our Spotlight on Students Award recipient on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 during the Wake County Public Schools Board Meeting.  Mackenzie is a model student and represents our school well.  We are very proud of her.

Spotlight on Students 2013-14

Good morning,

PTSA has teamed up with Teespring to bring you affordable spirit wear options.  The campaign’s success depends on you! Click on the link below to find out what there is to offer.

Orders must be submitted prior to April 13, 2014.  Share with friends, family and especially incoming freshmen.

Spring into Spring Spiritwear Campaign

Thanks for your support.



Hello ECHS parents/guardians,

I hope this email finds you well as you get prepared for the spring (hopefully that includes the weather improving)!  I am writing to you today to inform you of an upcoming information session for all parents of rising junior and senior ECHS students.
As I begin to advise and enroll your students for fall classes at NC State, I want to take the opportunity to ensure that all parents are knowledgeable about these processes and how they relate to your student’s success.  During this brief meeting, I will be reviewing the standard advising and registration procedures that relate to your student’s enrollment in NC State courses for the fall, including:
  • What is discussed during an advising session;
  • The registration and advising forms (one of which is sent home for your signature);
  • How NC State courses are selected for your student (including why that selection is more limited for this high school population);
  • How and when NC State completes registration for your student’s schedules; and,
  • The time frame in which your student can be registered for NC State classes

While this may seem like a lot of information, the advising and registration processes at NC State have been developed in a very systematic way to help ensure your student’s success.

This meeting will be held on Thursday, April 3rd, from 6:30 to 7:30 pm., in Caldwell Hall, room G107, on NC State’s campus.  The building is adjacent to Hillsborough Street, where you will find free parking along the street or in the B Permit Parking Lot across Hillsborough Street from Caldwell Hall, all of which are free after 5 pm.  The top right corner of this map will give you a visual for the building and the parking:  http://www2.acs.ncsu.edu/trans/maps/images/13-14_allCampusMap2.jpg.

If you have any questions prior to this meeting, please feel free to contact me.  I look forward to seeing all of you on April 3rd.

Best regards,

Alexander Lee Waldie

NC State University | Academic Programs and Services

211K Park Shops | Campus Box 7105 | Raleigh, NC 27695
Voice: (919) 513-0292 | Fax: (919) 515-4416



Hello ECHS Sophomores,

I hope you are all doing well and have enjoyed your week off!  I am touching base with you all today to review the procedures that I use to advise and register you for your first semester of NC State classes that take place on campus.  This email will highlight some steps that you will need to take in order to begin preparing for the fall semester.  There is a lot of information covered below, but please be sure to carefully read the entire email so that you don’t miss anything and find yourself scrambling at the last minute to make sure you have a fall schedule.
First order of business: I will be coming over to the high school on Monday, March 24th to administer the NC State math placement test.  This test will determine which math you would start with over at NC State, and so it is very important that you do as well as you can on it.  I will be walking you through the steps to take the test during the first part of your NCVPS course on that day.  The test is technically untimed, but most students finish it in about an hour.  There is no need to study for the test beforehand (outside of what you are already doing in math class), but do plan to eat a good breakfast and come prepared that day.
Second order of business:  Registration for the sophomores will take place on two dates, March 31st and April 2nd.  During those days, I will be up at the high school, and will work to meet with all of you for an advising appointment.  As upcoming juniors, you will have limited course selections that fit into small windows of time throughout your day as you balance both a high school schedule and NC State classes.  We will discuss potential majors/careers of interest, the types of courses you will take at NC State, and how, through advising, we work together to create successful pathways for you to follow.
Before your advising session, you should do some preparation that will make the best use of our 30 minute appointment.  This includes thinking intentionally about your major and career of interest.  If you know you are interested in a certain field and want to do a little research online before hand, that would be great!  One good resource to use is the US Bureau of Labor Statistic’s Occupational Outlook Handbook (http://www.bls.gov/ooh/).  This site will give you brief descriptions of careers, required education and skills, projected growth in the field, and median salaries.
Lastly, I will be planning an information session in the next month or so for your parents that will help to explain the advising and registration process as it relates to NC State.  This is to help them (and you) better understand how courses are selected, what we do during advising, and how I help you all to move closer to knowing what you want to major in.  I will be sending out another email soon with more information, but if you would let them know that an email in the coming weeks, that would be very helpful!
I look forward to seeing you all in the next few weeks.  If you have any questions before that time, as always, please feel free to contact me.  Enjoy the rest of your break!
Mr. Waldie
NC State University | Academic Programs and Services

211K Park Shops | Campus Box 7105 | Raleigh, NC 27695
Voice: (919) 513-0292 | Fax: (919) 515-4416





WHAT:  Semi-Formal Dance (No Jeans, T-Shirts, Shorts or Sneakers)


WHEN:  Friday April 4th, 2014    TIME:  7:00 – 10:00 PM       

WHERE:  WYWLA Dining Hall on Governor Morehead School Campus

COST:  $15 (includes admission and dinner)

KONA ICE will be available for purchase during the dance


Tickets go on sale during the week of March 24th


Any of our teens (16 or older) interested in or considering pursuing a career in STEM should consider applying. The application period is open now, so they cannot delay!! Students from all over the country compete for a position so they should certainly take the application piece of it seriously (strong references, clear and well-written cover letters, solid resume). Opportunities are available in Maryland, Michigan, Montana as well as North Carolina.



• Applicants must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.

• Applicants must be currently enrolled, full-time or part-time (at least half-time), in a diploma- or degree-granting program. If you are a graduating senior, you must be enrolled in an upcoming fall semester at the next higher level of education.

• Applicants must be least 16 years old on start date.


Here is the link to the website: https://www.training.nih.gov/programs/sip. Application instructions can be found here.


Here is a link to the pdf summary of the program: http://www.niehs.nih.gov/health/materials/niehs_summer_internship_program_508.pdf#search=SIP



College Entrance Exams -

Hello parents and students.  I would like to give you some background information about the college entrance exams.   SAT is a college entrance exam that is offered to students generally in the 11th and 12thgrades.  This test is created and administered by the College Board one of two major companies that produce college entrance exams.  The other is the ACT produced by the ACT Corporation.  The history in NC is that the SAT used to be the favored test in the region.  Most local colleges encouraged students to take that test and it was widely promoted.  Local colleges and universities have increasingly started accepting the ACT for admissions and so now students have two choices in the admissions tests they take.  Starting last school year, NC started paying for every student to take the ACT test free of charge in the 11thgrade (March 4). This has shifted the emphasis on college entrance exam taking in NC public schools.  Because students will take one free ACT administration, it may make more sense for students to choose continue to pay for additional administrations of the ACT (to improve their scores) rather than to take the SAT at all.  However, students can choose to also take the SAT.  It’s their choice.  Students typically take these tests starting in the Spring of their 11th grade year and may continue through the senior year if desired.  Since many of our students will be graduating in 2016, those students would have an additional year to take the tests.  Fee waivers for the SAT and ACT are available to 11th and 12th grade students who meet the qualifications.  Please see Mr. Haymore for details.  
The main differences are the formats of the tests.  Both are approximately 4 hour tests.  The SAT tests students in Writing, Verbal, and Math.  The ACT tests students in Science, Math, English, Reading, and optional Writing.  Some schools and select college majors may require an SAT subject test.  It can be a good strategy for students to maximize their potential by taking the test that will best showcase their abilities.  Students will want to check with the colleges to which they will be applying for details.
Dates and Registration Information Including Costs Can be found at the following: