“Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence.” Robert Frost
Important Calendar notes: the WCPSS has inclement weather make-up days built into the calendar. Due to the first snow where we lost four days, the STEM ECHS will convert teacher workdays to regular school days for the following days: February 17, April 21, May 29 and May 30. Please mark your calendars.
The next snow storm resulted in the STEM ECHS losing another three days. Since we have additional hours in our calendar over the state-required 1,025 instructional hours, we only have to convert Friday, March 7th from an Early Release Day to a regular instructional day. Please mark your calendars.
–3/3, Mrs. Thomas and Mrs. Bullard (English long-term substitute) to Response to Instruction training, Rolesville HS, 8:30-4:00
–3/3, School Will Dismiss at 1:18 a.m. due to inclement weather. All after school programs are cancelled.
Rising 9th grade student/parent Orientation, Hunt Library (POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE)
–3/4, American College Test (ACT) to all juniors @ STEM ECHS, 7:30-2:00
–3/4, Mr. Matheson to Effective Teacher Framework training @ WCPSS, 8:30-4:00
–3/5, Mrs. Gibbons, Mr. Haymore, Mr. Matheson, and Ms. Yerkie to NC New Schools Secondary Lenses on Learning training (Common Core math), NC New Schools, 8:30-4:00
–3/5, Fritz Robinette (NC New Schools Instructional Coach) to STEM ECHS, 8:00-3:00
–3/5, Administrative Team meeting, Mr. Matheson’s room, 2:30-3:30
–3/6 and 3/7, International Community School (Kirkland, WA) site visit to STEM ECHS
–3/6, Mrs. Thomas to WCPSS Asst. Prin., Instruction meeting, 8:30-1:00
–3/6, Field trip with Mrs. Brannan and students, Rule of Conference (law enforcement) @ Campbell University site in Raleigh, 8:00-2:00
–3/6, Interest meeting to European field experience in Summer ’15, STEM ECHS, 6:30-7:30
–3/7, Last day of the 3rd quarter
–3/7, Internship Intent form returned to Mrs. Brannan by juniors
–3/10 to 3/14, Spring Break for the STEM ECHS
–3/17, Teacher Workday
–3/18, First day of the 4th quarter
The STEM ECHS is a member of the NC New Schools network and designated as an anchor school in the New Schools Energy and Sustainability network of schools. The STEM ECHS demonstrates and is developing/enhancing six Design Principles that the NC New Schools promotes throughout North Carolina to bring relevance and 21st Century teaching/learning to all high school students:
- READY FOR COLLEGE–all students prepared for college and work
- POWERFUL TEACHING AND LEARNING–rigor, critical thinking, problem-solving
- PERSONALIZATION–knowing students is essential for learning
- PROFESSIONALISM–collaborative, reflective leadership by all faculty/staff
- PURPOSEFUL DESIGN–time, space and resources to accomplish the first four Principles
- LEADERSHIP–align teaching/learning with school mission and improvement
On February 17th we had three faculty members (Bill Burgess, Audrey Heilman, and Candace Peters) and five students (Gabriela Barbosa, Noor Bokhari, Elijah Millard, Danielle Mills, and Zak Olech) present a session to 35 educators at the the NC New School’s annual Scaling Stem Conference in Research Triangle Park. In addition, Mrs. Brannan (Career Development Coordinator) and Mr. Matheson joined our two STEM ECHS Business Advisory Board co-chairs (Mr. McCoy and Mrs. Townsend) in a presentation about how to initiate and develop a business advisory board at a STEM or early college high school. Finally, Mrs. Baldwin (Chemistry) participated in a roundtable discussion about how business can engage with schools, and Mrs. Horton (English) attended the Conference and shared her experiences with faculty.
The NC New Schools also coordinated a site visit to the STEM ECHS on Friday, February 21 to the STEM ECHS. Members of New Schools were joined by senior administrators from both the Wake County Public School System and NC State, as well as our Business Advisory Board. They visited classes and met with students, parents, teachers, school administrators, Dean of Students, and College Liaison. The day concluded with a sharing and discussion of observations, and how the school is making progress in developing as an anchor school that will serve as a model site for the 2014-15 school year. A final report will be produced and shared with all stakeholders of the STEM ECHS.