West Johnston West J Rocks!

West J Rocks!! May 8, 2022

Wildly Important Goals: Communication -- School Spirit -- Using Data to Drive Student Instruction

Thank you, Wildcat Community, for Celebrating Our Staff! 🐾❤️

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Emily Baker Wins Local Contest

Emily Baker won the local selection for her entry in the Chemists Celebrate Earth Week Illustrated Poem contest from the American Chemical Society. Emily’s entry has been submitted to the National American Chemical Society. She will receive an award in the form of a check. Emily is a student in Dr. Holley’s chemistry class.

WJ Culture Club Welcomes Guest Speaker Larry Lam

Larry Lam visited West Johnston students this week to share his father’s story as we celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. You can view the video of the presentation at https://youtu.be/jkbbMYaZy4Y

Wildcat Alum Returns to Share Author’s Journey

KC Auburn visited West Johnston this week to share information about her writing process with students. Auburn is the author is the Mythera Chronicles. You can find out more about her books on Twitter @KcAuburn and facebook at facebook.com/kcauburn.

Science Teacher Dr. Holley Named a Kenan Fellow


RALEIGH, N.C. – On National Teacher Day, the Kenan Fellows Program for Teacher Leadership at N.C. State University is pleased to announce the 24 North Carolina public school K-12 educators who have been awarded 2022–23 fellowships.


The educators represent 17 counties across the state from Western to Eastern North Carolina and teach a wide range of grade levels from elementary to high school. The teachers are subject matter experts in a variety of disciplines including science, Career Technical Education (CTE), social studies, and special education.


This summer, the 2022–23 Kenan Fellows will spend three weeks interning with local experts in agriculture, scientific research, high-tech manufacturing, and other STEM fields. As part of the award, Kenan Fellows receive a $5,000 stipend and participate in 80 hours of professional development that focuses on project-based instruction, digital learning, elevating teacher voice, strengthening ties between the school and the local community, and peer coaching and mentoring.


Established in 2000 as an initiative of the Kenan Institute for Engineering, Technology & Science at N.C. State University, the Kenan Fellows Program addresses the critical need for high-quality professional development for educators and is the largest (science, technology, engineering, and math) STEM-focused teacher fellowship in North Carolina. Today, a network of 540 Kenan Fellows is working to improve K-12 education statewide and nationwide. WJHS science teacher Heather Earp is also a Kenan Fellow alum.


Dr. Holley has also been identified as a finalist for the 2022–2023 American Association of Chemistry Teachers' Governing Board!

West J School Board Liaison Kay Carroll Meets with Parent Advisory Council

Thank you, School Board Member Kay Carroll, who recently met with the West Johnston Parent Advisory Council to celebrate the accomplishments of students and staff at West Johnston as well as to listen to concerns and needs from our Wildcat community. Mr. Carroll also shared information with the parent advisory that addressed the needs of the entire district as we look to support the upcoming bond.
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Happy Mother’s Day to every mom and every woman who cares for us and supports us. We appreciate all you do to make our days special and are blessed to have you in our lives 💗

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Exams Are Coming!

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JCPS Calendar Approved for 2022-2023

The Johnston County Board of Education approved the 2022-2023 Traditional Calendar at their April Board of Education meeting. Please see the attached calendar for your reference. The calendar can also be found by visiting our website.

What's Happening in Wildcat Country

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Attendance Office

While your teacher is your first point of contact for questions and concerns with grades and attendance, there are other times when you may need to contact the attendance office regarding a doctor's note or general absence. You can email our attendance office directly at wjhsattendance@johnston.k12.nc.us


This email account is monitored throughout the day to help you reach us for your attendance needs.

Connect Ed: Friday, May 6

Good afternoon, Wildcats! Thank you for celebrating our teachers and staff throughout the week. I want to give a big shoutout to our parent advisory and community businesses who coordinated a week’s worth of treats for our staff. Monday opened the week with doughnuts from Dunkin Donuts. Tuesday we wrapped up the day with delicious yogurt from Crazy Daisy. Wednesday FFA teachers and students hosted a hot dog luncheon which was topped off with giant cookies from Sheetz. Thursday we enjoyed hot biscuits from McDonald's. Friday we enjoyed cupcakes from Kelly’s Sunshine Cafe. From the sign at the entrance to the treats in our tummies, we have enjoyed an awesome week of appreciation and thanks from our students, parents, and community members. Thank you, all, for being an important part of our Wildcat family.


This week, Advanced Placement exams continue during the day as we begin to wrap up our spring sports season this week. There is a senior class meeting at 8:30 Wednesday morning in the auditorium about graduation. Thursday evening FFA hosts their end of year banquet in the cafeteria at 6 pm and Marching Band has a contract signing in the auditorium at 7 pm. Friday, participating seniors will travel to Busch Gardens for a senior trip. Track Regionals are Friday and Saturday at Croatan High School. And the Band’s end of year banquet will be Saturday at 6 pm.


I also want to share with you that we had another threatening message found in one of our school’s restrooms today, but that through teamwork among our school staff and law enforcement, that we were able to determine the offender. Due to the nature of this offense, an individual not only faces discipline at the school, but also possible charges. Please know that this was determined to be a “copycat” of similar instances we’ve experienced in recent weeks. We take these copycat instances seriously and respond with appropriate safety protocols every time. Student and staff safety is our district’s top priority. We feel that our implementation of updated classroom protocols for students leaving their classrooms helped us identify the offender. We will continue to investigate all reports and rumors that are intended to incite fear in our staff and students and disrupt our daily operations. These threatening messages are not funny, and they are not clever.


Parents, we need your help. Please talk with your child about their decision making and about the real – and very serious – consequences that come from this type of behavior. Please be reminded that we have multiple avenues for students and parents to share safety concerns anonymously. For example, our district utilizes the Say Something App and Tip Line to provide a safe means of communication while on or off campus. As always, we encourage students to talk with staff anytime they see or hear something they feel is a safety concern.


We thank you in advance for your understanding and for your help with this matter. Good night.

On the Prowl with Excellence!