Monday, February 10, 2014

Updates 2/10/14

Wiley Updates 2/10/14

Read to Achieve Implementation
As you know new reading guidelines are now in place for third grade students. "The goal of the Read to Achieve program, a North Carolina initiative, is to ensure that every student read at or above grade level by the end of third grade and continue to progress in reading proficiency so that he or she can read, comprehend, integrate, and apply complex texts needed for secondary education and career success (WCPSS, 2013)." Tuesday, February 11 at 6:30pm in Wiley's media center, hear more information about what this looks like at Wiley for our current 3rd graders. The target audience is current 3rd grade parents, but all are welcome. More district information can be found here:

Guest Blog Post by teachers Ryan Robertson and Katie Dow

The Use of Technology in the Classroom 

At the beginning of the year, the staff at Wiley International Studies Magnet  Elementary School came together and discussed our core values. One of our focuses for implementing these values is by using technology in the classroom more effectively.  With the increasing amount of technology in classrooms, teachers are striving to integrate technology into lessons on a consistent basis.  Paired with effective teaching strategies, this use of technology gives students the opportunity to explore and investigate subject matter in an engaging way.
Examples of resources being utilized in classrooms include Discovery Education, Skype in the Classroom, Smartboard Technology, Edmodo, Big Universe, TenMarks, and innovative webquests for the students.  Check your student’s teacher website for many online resources they can use at home!  All of these resources are being used to help students become 21st century learners.

21 Century Learning incorporates these elements:
• A variety of learning opportunities and activities
• The use of appropriate technology tools to accomplish learning goals
• Project- and problem-based learning
• Cross-curricular connections
• A focus on inquiry and the student-led investigations
• Collaborative learning environments, both within and beyond the classroom
• High levels of visualization and the use of visuals to increase understanding
• Frequent, formative assessments including the use of self-assessment.
(Beer, 2012)

What does this look like in a classroom at Wiley Elementary?
Students are communicating and collaborating while working on projects that are student based, rather than of teacher facilitated.  Look for yourself!
Here is an example of a Skype Classroom from a ranger from Yellowstone National Park.
The teachers at Wiley Elementary are sharing different technological resources everyday to enhance the student’s experience while learning.

Beer, S. (2012).  21st century skills:  Preparing students for THEIR future.

Upcoming Important Dates
February 11, 6:30pm Third Grade Read to Achieve Parent Information Session
February 13, Talent Shows, K-2 at 4:30pm and 3-5 at 6:30pm
February 14, Early Release, dismissal at 1:15pm

February 17, Snow Make Up Day, There is school for students.
Wiley PTA Updates
Come to the Talent Show This Week!
The talent show is this week! Come support all of the Wiley students who have worked so hard to pull together acts!  
Date: Thursday, February 13th
K-2 TALENT SHOW:     4:30 PM
3-5 TALENT SHOW:      6:30 PM

*IMPORTANT Talent Show Guidelines: 
--No student will be allowed to stay after dismissal without a parent present and supervising them
--Dismissal is a critical time for staff to send students from school with the proper custodial guardian/parent, in the proper method, and in a safe manner. 
--All students must participate in their normal dismissal or the dismissal noted by their parent prior to 3:15pm on the day of the Talent Show
--If your child usually rides the bus, but will not on Talent Show day you must drive through carpool or walk up to walkers. You MUST have a carpool tag or walker pass to participate in those. Please plan ahead and get a tag/pass prior to Thursday. You will have to wait until the end of dismissal (4:05pm) for a tag/pass if you do not get one before 3:15pm Thursday. 
--Children must be supervised throughout the performances. 
--Each of these steps ensures a safe, enjoyable show for our performers, their families, and their guests. Thank you for supporting them in this way!
Please reach out to with any questions. 

Wiley Chess Team takes 3rd in its very first tournament

Wiley’s Chess Team participated in its first chess tournament in late January and took 3rd. Students participating were Scott L., Dylan C., William D., Andrew B., Patrick D.  Congratulations to these five students! 
Boosterthon Volunteers Needed
The PTA is looking for volunteers on the day of the Fun Run for Technology (Thurs 2/27) to help with the event. Sign up at the following link;

PTA Beginning Nominating Process for 2014-2015 Board    
The PTA is already beginning the planning process for next Fall! As required in the PTA bylaws, the Nominating Committee for the Executive Board (President, 1st Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary) is comprised of two current board members and at least one PTA member at large (non-current board member). This year, Catherine Bray and Jessica Wahler will serve as current board members and Hadley Cairns-Heath will serve as a member at large. 
We can add up to two additional members at large to this committee, and we are seeking interested PTA members to help us out! We are also interested in hearing from PTA members who may be interested in Executive Board jobs. 
How much time does the Nominating Committee take, and what positions does it recruit?
The Nominating Committee is only responsible for nominating the four executive board positions (President, 1st Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary). If interested, the committee then continues on to recruit for other Board and Committee chair roles. If interested, you should expect about 4 hours of meetings and work for this first step. These meetings / duties can accommodate those with daytime or evening availability. 
How should I indicate interest in serving on the Nominating Committee, and what happens if more than 2 people volunteer? 
Please email Catherine Bray ( by 2/17 at 5:00 p.m. if you are interested in serving as a member. If you are unable to access email, please send a note in your child’s folder to be put in the PTA mailbox. If more than two people volunteer, the committee will hold a random drawing to select the additional members. If this step is necessary, the volunteers will be informed via email of time / date of the selection. 
Please note that Nominating Committee members cannot be potential candidates for Executive Board roles. 
Are any current officers returning? 
At this point, due either to term limits in the PTA guidelines / individual reasons, we know that the President, 1st Vice President and Treasurer will not return to those positions in 2014-2015. 
What are the responsibilities and time commitments of the President, First Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary?
The term of a PTA position runs from July 1st through June 30th of the following year. Meetings are held over the summer to begin the planning process for the upcoming school year. A summary of job descriptions are provided below for the four Executive Board roles. A more detailed description of the roles can be found here:
  • President: The role of President is vitally important to the success and effectiveness of the Wiley PTA. He or she works closely with the 1st VP and the Principal to develop the calendar of events, and to ensure the PTA programs meet the needs of our community. In addition, the president presides over the monthly board meetings, sets the meeting agenda and communicates with the committee chairs and co-chairs. The person who holds this position must be committed to Wiley’s mission and be able to motivate others. In addition to attending the monthly board meetings, the president is expected to participate and attend board-sponsored activities throughout the year. Time requirement is approximately 8-10 hours per month.
  • First VP: The President-Elect works closely with the President to become acquainted with the activities and business of the PTA. In addition to helping as needed at events throughout the year, the First VP works to fill volunteer positions during the year s/he will be the President. S/he is responsible for working with Wake County Public Schools to calendar space for any PTA events. In the absence of the President, the First VP takes on the President’s duties. In addition to attending the monthly board meetings, the First VP is expected to participate and attend the majority of board-sponsored activities throughout the year. Time requirement is approximately 5-8 hours per month.
  • Secretary: The PTA secretary records meeting minutes at the monthly board meetings. These minutes are published for approval at the following meeting and are posted on the Wiley web site. In addition to attending the monthly board meetings, the secretary is also responsible for the filing of important documents, keeping a copy of the articles of incorporation and the current uniform local bylaws adopted by PTA and standing rules, if adopted; minutes of past meetings of the general membership and board of directors; a copy of the official membership roster; a current roster of board members, all committee members & chairs; legal documents, including insurance policies and contracts; current and past tax returns; and current and past audit reports. Lastly, they are expected to participate and attend board-sponsored activities throughout the year. Time requirement is approximately 8-10 hours per month.
  • Treasurer: The treasurer is responsible for meeting with the PTA president and school principal prior to the beginning of the new school year to establish a new budget. This entails reviewing last year’s budget and making any necessary adjustments. The treasurer keeps a book of receipts, pays PTA-related bills, including the teacher stipends, and reconciles the monthly bank account. He/She is responsible for presenting information on the budget at each board meeting. At the end of the fiscal year (June 30) the treasurer is responsible for seeing that the bank account is audited. The treasurer also must prepare the PTA’s taxes to be submitted in November. In addition to attending the monthly board meetings, the treasurer is expected to participate and attend board-sponsored activities throughout the year. Time requirement is approximately 6-8 hours per month.
Who should I contact if I am interested in an Executive Board position? 
If you are interested in one of the four positions described above, please send an email to describing your interest in the position by 3/1/2014 at 5:00 p.m. If you are unable to access email, please send a note in your child’s folder to be put in the PTA mailbox.
What other Board and Committee Chair positions exist?
Once the Executive Board has been identified, they will join the Nominating Committee to assist in filling other Board and Committee Chair roles. Please look for additional information on these jobs in the Spring. In the meantime, feel free to go to to see a list of current positions. Note that we may add additional positions in 2014-2015. 
Who should I reach out to with questions? 
Questions on the nominating process can be directed to
How should I express interest in a regular Board or Committee Chair position? 
Please send an email to describing in which position you are interested. You can also send in a note with your child to “Wiley PTA / Attn: Nominating Committee”.