Sunday, December 15, 2013


The Wonderful World of Wiley Updates

Volunteers Needed
We are in need of K/1 and Gr. 5 parent volunteers to participate in the WCPSS PreK Magnet Mini Fairs.  These fairs invite families of rising Kindergarten students to come learn about magnet schools.  Wiley will be represented at all PreK Magnet Mini Fairs.  Wiley volunteers are needed to talk with parents and help answer questions and concerns. Families who attend the fair appreciate talking to magnet parents about our program, how it works for their families, and knowing what to expect. 

We need two parents to attend each mini-fair. Volunteers will be given a Wiley "Cheat Sheet" and a list of FAQs to help prepare for the fair.  Sadie Hoover, our Magnet Coordinator, will be there to answer all the tough questions and share details about our International Studies magnet theme.  A teacher will also be present to help answer curriculum questions.  If you are interested in sharing your experiences with potential families, please email Sadie Hoover at  The WCPSS PreK Magnet Mini Fair dates and locations are below. Both fairs are from 9:00 to 11:00 am.  
Tuesday, January 14th, 2014 at Highcroft Elementary School
Tuesday, January 21st, 2014 at Millbrook Elementary School

Magnet Schools of America Poster Contest
Magnet Schools of America (MSA) is sponsoring it's 8th Annual National Magnet Schools Poster Contest.  Wiley has been invited to participate!  

Project Objective:
To celebrate National Magnet Schools Month, MSA is sponsoring the 2014 Magnet Poster Contest. We are encouraged to involve students in this exciting and educational project. MSA is looking forward to receiving many innovative, student-created posters.

Entry Process:
Wiley will conduct a contest of it's own, announcing a school-wide winner.
The school-wide winner will be submitted to represent Wiley for the WCPSS district contest.  
The WCPSS district winners (one for elementary, one for middle, and one for high) will be submitted to MSA where they will compete in the MSA 2014 Magnet Poster Contest.
The final winners and the top winning poster will be recognized at the National Conference on Magnet Schools in Hartford, Connecticut May 15-18, 2014.  

How Can Wiley Students Participate?
K-5 Students must complete the poster individually.
The poster must match the 2014 theme. (see rubric below)
The final poster must be submitted to Mrs. Hoover no later than Friday, December 20th at 3:45 pm. Early submissions are welcome.
Please use correct poster size.
On the BACK of the poster, please neatly write in black pen: Student's First/Last Name, Homeroom Teacher, and Grade.

Scoring Rubric:
The 2014 Theme is "Magnet Schools- Creating Opportunities for All"
*Adherence to Theme (20 pts.)
*Adherence to Specifications (20 pts.)
Poster Board Size: 14x22
Orientation: Portrait
*Originality and Organization (25 pts.)
*Use of Color and Design (15 pts.)
*Clear and Concise Message (20 pts.)
TOTAL POINTS: 100 pts.

Other Important Information:
Please note that all entries submitted to MSA will become the property of MSA and will not be returned. Those submitted to WCPSS may be put on display in the Magnet Offices at Crossroads in Cary.  Mrs. Hoover will complete all necessary paperwork to submit to WCPSS and MSA.  Late submissions or those not meeting criteria will not be accepted.  
To see the 2013 top winning poster, visit the MSA Website.

Wiley Auditions for Broughton High School's "Seussical" the Musical 
We are looking for 10-12 students in 2nd-5th grade to be the "Who's" in the musical "Seussical" on March 13th, 14th, and 15th.  They need a 2nd or 3rd grader to be Cindy Loo Who and they need a chorus group of 2nd-5th grade children to be "Who's."  Auditions will be held in the music room at Wiley on Thursday, January 2nd from 3:45-4:30.  Rehearsals begin on January 9th.  The rehearsal/performance schedule is below.

The audition will include singing the song "Oh, the Thinks You Can Think" which is available for listening at under the photo/video section entitled Seussical (password is learn).  If trying out for Cindy Loo Who, students will also need to read the narration part available on the Seussical webpage.  Let Ms. Pawlowski know if you have questions about this exciting opportunity!  She can be reached at  Thanks, and good luck!

Wiley Children’s Chorus for Broughton HS production of “Seussical, The Musical”

Rehearsal Dates:

Thursday, January 9, 3:45-4:30 PM at Wiley

Thursday, January 23, 3:45-4:30 PM at Wiley

Thursday, February 13, 3:45-4:30 PM at Wiley

Thursday, February 27, 3:45-4:30 PM at Wiley

Thursday, March 6, 4:00- 5:30 PM at Broughton

Monday, March 10, 3:30-6:00 PM at Broughton, Dress rehearsal              

Tuesday, March 11, 3:30-6:00 PM at Broughton, Dress rehearsal

Wednesday, March 12, 3:30-6:00 PM at Broughton, Final Dress rehearsal

Thursday, March 13, 6:00 call/7:00 Show                           

Friday, March 14, 6:00 call/7:00 Show

Saturday, March 15, 6:00 call/7:00 show                 

Wiley PTA Updates

Boosterthon Fun Run Coming in February!
The Wiley PTA is proud to announce that the "Boosterthon Fun Run" fundraiser is coming to Wiley in February (27th)! After consultations with other area schools, the Wiley PTA board unanimously decided to implement a Boosterthon Fun Run to help raise money for needed technology updates at Wiley. Specifically we are looking to add 300-400 tablets over the next few years to enhance project-based-learning and differentiated curricula among other benefits.
The Wiley PTA is in need of a few creative volunteers to help with promoting, decorating, handing out/collecting info to teachers/parents, etc. If you can help, please join us at our first planning meeting on Tuesday, Dec 17th at 9:15am in the Media Center. 
More information on the Fun Run can be found at Please contact Kristine Flora on to help with this healthy Fun Run!
In addition, Boosterthon, as a company, will be donating meals to those children in need.
Wiley Wear is Here--Pick Up Your Orders!
The new orders for Wiley Wear will be in this week! If you have ordered something as a gift and DO NOT want it delivered to your child’s homeroom, please come to the area outside the media center on Wednesday, Dec 18th from 8:45 - 9:30 am to pick up your order.

All orders that have not been picked up will be delivered to your child’s homeroom by end of day on Wednesday, Dec 18th, so look for your new Wiley Wear soon! Thank you to all supporting Wiley!
Thanks to All Teachers, Volunteers, and Donors!
Thanks to everyone who has volunteered / donated to the Wiley PTA during the first half of the school year! We have had a large variety of successful events this year which would not have happened without your support!
A special thanks goes out to the teachers who have helped facilitate all of the events. Special thanks go to Mrs. Jones, Ms. Tucker, Mrs. McCann, Mrs. McMillan, Ms. Ross, Mrs. Ware, and Mrs. Ziada-Brandt, who took an evening to present and help at our Fall technology night.
Have a wonderful winter break! The PTA is looking forward to a great spring semester of activities!