Home - Sanderson High School

DECA Dues are to be paid by Oct. 3rd of $30.00 in room 135.Picture DayGirls Cross CountryHolly Days, Dec. 6-7, 2014
Sanderson News Now
International Club Meeting!
click to expand

International club will be meeting this Friday, Oct 3rd in room 115E during B lunch. If you did not attend the interest meeting, you are still welcome to come. We look foward to seeing everyone!

American Red Cross
click to expand

Monday, December 15th- Small gym. Sign ups begin Novemeber 4th. For the 2014 school our goal is 89 donors. If you are interested in signing up come to the AFJROTC room 195. For more information about donating. For any specific questions and/or concerns call 1-800-REDCROSS. 


PTSA No Fuss Fundraiser/ Note from Dr. Decker
click to expand

From Dr. Decker
If you have participated in the No Fuss fundraiser to help support our student’s curriculum, I would like to thank you.  If not, I would like to encourage you.  I am looking to add these PTSA funds to other resources that will come from a passed bond referendum focused on instructional technology.  Your donations will indeed provide additional highly engaging instructional technology tools for our students in the classrooms.  Once these funds are available, I will further communicate with you once these purchases are made and equipment installed.  We are seeking $30,000 from this PTSA fundraiser.  Currently we have received 45% of the funds that have already been received.  I would like to thank you for your continued support!


Gregory S. Decker Ed.D.
Principal, Sanderson High School
5500 Dixon Drive Raleigh NC 27609
(P) 919-881-4800


Have you seen the tally boards for the "No Fuss" fund-raiser?

Our stack of books is becoming more colorful thanks to you!

We are almost halfway to our $30,000 goal!    Sanderson families and the community have donated over $13,000!   THANK YOU!

The JUNIORS are in the lead!  (If we reach our goal, the winning class has chances to win door prizes.)
Thank you for helping the SHS students!!    (Donation Form attachment below.)

Attached File

PTSA Meeting, October 9th
click to expand

Sanderson PTSA will have its first meeting on Thursday, October 9, at 5:30 pm in the Media Center.  All are welcome! Our goal is to keep this meeting to 1 hour! Also, this is a time for parents to hear from Dr. Decker about what is happening at school.

Are you wondering what the PTSA is doing...

Membership has surpassed last year's membership with over 500 members joining. Thank you!

The No Fuss Fundraiser has raised over $13,000 for textbooks with one month of fundraising still to go.
Thank you!

PTSA is partnering with the Key Club to begin an Adopt A Teacher program to support our teachers who are new to Sanderson.

PTSA is partnering with the Academic Booster Club and the Sanderson Athletic Club to provide healthy snacks for our student athletes who are being tutored weekly by Mrs. Carle and Mr. Mangum.

Hospitality has fed our teachers on the first day of school and the first early release day. Thank you!

PTSA will be providing a monthly lunch offered by our counseling department to our students who are new to Sanderson.

PTSA will be sponsoring a student tasting of the new Spartan Burger at Tribeca Tavern later in October. Be on the lookout for details as the first 25 students get to participate.

PTSA will be hosting a morning Coffee Chat with Dr. Decker at the end of October. Details to follow.

And that are just a few things. We are excited about this school year and want you to be an active part of the PTSA. Join us on October 9th for our first meeting and plug in to the PTSA!!!

Carla Smith

Attached File

SHS BBQ Fundraiser - Volunteers Needed
click to expand

SHS BBQ Fundraiser - Volunteers Needed
Hi Everyone,
We need volunteers to help on October 10th for the SHS BBQ fundraiser. Join the fun!
To sign up, go to:

Lisa and Susan
Sanderson Athletic Club

ABC Bake Sale at SAC BBQ - Volunteers and Bakers Needed
click to expand

Sanderson Academic Booster Club (ABC) Bake Sale is October 10th, coinciding with the annual Sanderson Athletic Club (SAC) BBQ fundraiser and the Homecoming Football game.  Enjoy something sweet or salty with your BBQ and help raise money for both clubs.

ABC needs your help:  please consider baking something and/or volunteering your time on Friday to sell the goodies. Baked goodies can be dropped off in the SHS office Thursday afternoon Oct. 9th or at the Spirit Rock Friday morning starting at 7:00 am. (If neither of these times works for you, please contact Ruth Goodwin 919-880-1009 or rthgdwin@aol.com and we will figure it out).

Homemade is much preferred to store bought, but all donations will be appreciated. Please package baked goods into individual servings (clear sandwich zip bags work great!) which will be sold for $1, and label each, including if it includes nuts (ie: chocolate chips, w/nuts)

To volunteer to donate items, please visit:  www.SignUpGenius.com/go/30E094CA4A87-abcbake1
To volunteer your time working our tent, please visit:  www.SignUpGenius.com/go/30E094CA4A87-abcbake

Ruth Godwin
Bake Sale Chair


Choral Boosters Meeting on October 7th (Location Change!)
click to expand

SHS Choral Boosters is getting together Tuesday, October 7th, 7:00 - 8:00 PM at the Dunkin' Donuts at 5265 Six Forks Road. It won't be the same without YOU!

Questions? Contact Juana Mikels at choralboosterspresident@gmail.com

Senior Portrait Make-up Day
click to expand

Senior Portrait Make-up day is Wednesday, October 8th.  Watch for more details.....

Nov. Election Candidate Meet-and-Greet
click to expand
Wake PTA Leaders,  Please consider sharing with your members.  With the upcoming Nov. elections, this is a great opportunity for our PTA members to get a chance to meet the candidates for local offices and ask them questions about the important issues faced by our county.

Candidate Meet-and-Greet!

WakeUP Wake County, the League of Women Voters, and the Delta Sigma Theta sorority will be co-hosting a candidate "meet-and-greet" this October 9th from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

All candidates for Wake Board of Commissioners, District Attorney, Clerk of Court, Soil and Water Conservation District, and Sheriff are invited to participate and share information about themselves. You and your friends are encouraged to come meet them and ask them about issues important to you! Click here to pre-register.

The event is free and open to the public. We will have voter registration forms and voting information available at the event!


Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

3313 Wade Ave
Raleigh, NC 27607


November 4, 2014 Candidates

Wake Board of Commissioners:
Joe Bryan (REP)
Paul Coble (REP)
Rich Gianni (REP)
Phil Matthews (REP)
Joe Burns (DEM)
Matt Calabria (DEM)
Jessica Holmes (DEM)
Sig Hutchinson (DEM)

District Attorney:
John Walter Bryant
Nancy Freeman

Clerk of Superior Court:
Sam Bridges
Jennifer Knox

Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisor:
Marshall Harvey
Matt Overby
Jenna Austin Wadsworth

Donnie Harrison
Willie Rowe
Can't make it to the event? Learn more about the Wake Board of Commissioners candidates here.
Gary A. Lewis
President (2013-15) - Wake County PTA Council
Visit our website: www.wakepta.org
October Adult Evening Education at Sanderson
click to expand
Hi, Sanderson Families!

Check out an incredible October Adult Evening Education class for adults 16+. Please pass this exciting information along!

Register or obtain more information in 3 ways:
  • Email: lifelonglearning@wcpss.net
  • Call: 919-858-1735
  • Visit: www.wcpss.net/adult-edu

Apple 101       

Provider: Christopher Wager 330-332-0885

Sanderson HS | MW | 6:30-8:30 PM | 10/20-11/3 | $85


Gluten-free Baking    

Provider: Foodamentally Sound 919-272-3827        

Sanderson HS | M | 6:30-9:30 PM | 10/6 | $55

Natasha Moore
Senior Administrator, Lifelong Learning
Wake County Public School System
110 Corning Rd, Crossroads II
Cary, NC 27518
PHONE: (919) 431-7594
FAX: (919) 431-7611
EMAIL: nmoore3@wcpss.net
EMAIL: lifelonglearning@wcpss.net
Colleges Visiting Sanderson
click to expand

The following colleges/universities are visiting Sanderson soon to speak with interested students.  Sign up in the career center to attend.

Meredith College, September 4

UNC-Chapel Hill, September 9

Randolph College, September 15

Randolph-Macon College, September 17

UNC Pembroke, September 18

Old Dominion, September 22

UNC-Wilmington, September 22

Furman University, September 24

Clemson, September 26

Stetson University, September 26

University of Southern California, September 29

East Carolina University, October 7

Appalachian State University, October 8

Salem College for Women, October 9

Greensboro College, October 10

Wake Tech Community College, October 21

Vanderbilt University October 23

click to expand

This is your last week to turn in your DECA dues of $30.00 to Mr. Wilcox in room 135.  Please make your check payable to SHS DECA by this Friday, Oct. 3rd. 

Math Team Meeting
click to expand

Math Team will be meeting during A lunch this Friday, October 3rd.

Volleyball 1 in 9 Fundraiser
click to expand

Please join the Sanderson volleyball team on Tuesday, September 30th at 4:30 for our annual fundraiser for the 1 in 9 foundation. We will be raffling off great prizes and all proceeds benefit the 1 in 9 Breast Cancer Foundation.

We would love  to have a big crowd to cheer our girls on to victory over Millbrook!

Congratulations SHS Marching Band!
click to expand

The SHS Marching Spartans came in first place at the Panther Creek Invitational Saturday Sept. 27tb:
First place percussion
First place general effect
First place musical performance
First place visual performance
First class overall performance AAA class

Join us in supporting our Marching Spartans at our next competition on Saturday, October 4th at Wakefield. 
The Gates open at 1:00. 


NAHS Meeting
click to expand

Thursday, Oct. 2nd the National Art Honor Society will meet at 2:30 in room 106. Bring your T-shirt and sketches for your calendar artwork.

Homecoming Date Forms
click to expand

Homecoming Date forms for non-SHS students are available in the main office and outside of Room 113.  They must be turned intot he main office by Monday October 6th for approval.  

Homecoming Spirit Day
click to expand

October 6th-10th

America Monday

Time Travel Tuesday

Wild Animal Wednesday

Tacky Thursday

Spartan Friday

Remember to stay in DRESS CODE!

Powderpuff Game
click to expand

The Powderpuff Game is scheduled for Tuesday October 7th with the Senior v. Freshmen game starting at 5:00.  Admission is $5 or $4 and 4 cans.  No sports passes are accepted.  Come out and join us for this fun event!

Boys Cross Country Shines at Adidas!
click to expand

Congratulations to the following boys cross country athletes for posting a personal best on Saturday at the Adidas Invitational: Jose Rosas (16:00), Dylan Tafel (16:23), Alex White (17:06), Kevin McSoley (17:47), Kyle Blue (18:15), Ethan Blume (19:07), Tucker Soltesz (19:48), Chandler Norris (20:03), Cullen Dunham (20:49), Sammy Novick (21:18), Chase Brozell (23:02), and Diemen Duvermont (23:52).  The boys are currently ranked #10 in the State with an average 1-5 split of 16:49.

Professional Dress for Success Day!
click to expand

All students are encouraged to Dress for Success and be prepared to speak to college and career professionals at the college and career fair on Friday, October 17th.  Professional business or business casual attire preferred!  Things to keep in mind:


  • Black, navy, or gray dress pants or knee length skirt paired with classic blouse and a fitted blazer or cardigan sweater 
  • Low heel black or navy closed toe pump or flat shoe
  • AVOID low cut tops, excessively tight clothing, distracting jewelry/makeup


  • Classic black, gray, brown dress suit with long sleeve, collar shirt, and conservative colored tie with dress socks and dress shoes
  • Khaki pants, dress shirt, tie and blazer or khaki pants and polo shirt for a business casual look
  • AVOID sagging pants, white athletic socks with dress shoes, sneakers, t-shirts
Picture Day is Coming!
click to expand


Lifetouch Studios will be here on Tueday, Spet. 30th.  You can pre-order and receive a 10% discount (online only) by going directly to mylifetouch.com.  See the attached flyer for promo code and Picture Day ID.



Attached File

Join the Academic Booster Club
click to expand

Join the Academic Boosters Club (ABC) as we strive for ‘Academic Excellence for All’!  Our first ABC meeting is October 1st at 7pm in the Media Center.  Questions? Contact Karen Moore at kmoore22@nc.rr.com.

Information/Membership form attached.

Attached File

A Dessert with Decker night
click to expand

The Academic Booster Club is sponsoring a "Dessert with Decker night" as a fundraising event.  Please plan to attend and share the invite with your circle of friends

The Academic Booster Club Invites you to“Dessert with Decker”

An event to benefit Sanderson High School’s Graduation Initiative.  

Friday, October 3, 20147:00-9:00p.m.  

In the home of John and Karen Moore, 601 Sarah Lawrence CourtRaleigh, NC 27609.  

Please join us for mingling, cocktails and desserts. Enjoy an opportunity for casual conversation with Dr. Decker and other Sanderson parents. A tax deductible financial gift of your choosing is welcome and appreciated. The Academic Booster Club will match your contributions. Come have fun and help make Sanderson’s Graduation Initiative a reality.


Purchase your Sanderson Yearbook
click to expand

Cost through 9/30/14 is $65.00.
The cost goes up throughout the year.
Go to www.jostensyearbooks.com to purchase your yearbook.

Or bring a check to the Sanderson Office by Sept 30th for $65. made out to SHS Yearbook.
The cost will be higher after Sept. 30th.


Summer photos for the Yearbook
click to expand

Summer photos for the Yearbook
If you did anything interesting over the summer, have pictures of it, and want to be in the school yearbook, email the pictures and a short caption or quote of what you're doing to sandersonhsyrbk@gmail.com by Sept. 30th.

Yearbook Sponsors Needed
click to expand

Interested in sponsoring a page in the school yearbook?  Purchase by October 19th and you can sponsor a yearbook page for $50.  You can help the yearbook and get your name on a page of your choosing (sports pages, portrait pages, event pages, etc).  Email sandersonhsyrbk@gmail.com with several choices of pages you would be willing to sponsor.  First come, first served!  Also, if your business would be interested in purchasing an ad, contact sandersonhsyrbk@gmail.com for more information.

Military Academies
click to expand

Interested in applying to 1 of the military academies and need information on the nomination process?  Plan to attend the service academy day on

When:  Saturday, October 4th from 9:00-11:00 a.m.

Where:  Joint Foce Headquarters-NC National Guard                                                                                                                         1636 Gold Star Drive                                                                                                                                                           Raleigh, NC 27607

RSVP by clicking here or call 919-612-5438

Event is open to 9th - 12th graders, parents and counselors 

Girls Cross Country Shines at Adidas!
click to expand

Congratulations to the following girls athletes for posting a personal best at the Adidas Invitational: Lauren Ammons (19:59), Elizabeth Coletti (20:53), Laura Gerlach (22:37), Katie Olson, (22:59), Caroline Barnard (25:23), Caitlin Criner (25:36), Anna Kate Wall (28:31), Taylor Tedder (29:09), and Sarah Freitag (31:39).  The girls currently sit at 18th in the State and will return every member of their top 7 next season. 

Tribbeca Tavern Spirit Night Postponed
click to expand

Postponed!  Watch for the new date later this month

The SHS PTSA is having our first Spirit Night of the year at Tribbeca Tavern in October from 5pm until closing.  

They will unveil their latest menu item - a burger named after us! The Spartan.

We hope to see you there!

Carla Popson

SHS PTSA President



All the resources you need for High School RIGHT HERE!
click to expand

Please be sure to utilize our livebinder, which contains just about every link you will need to navigate through high school.  Counselors have compiled the websites most helpful and most used by students and parents.  All the resources in one place!  How easy is that?  


Career Clusters & Colleges Fair
click to expand


WHERE:  Sanderson High School, Small Gym and Gym Lobby

WHEN:  Friday, October 17, 2014

TIME:  9:00-11:00 A.M.

Studedents may attend with a class or come on their own with a pass.  See Ms. Claiborne in career center to sign up.

** Participating students are strongly encouraged to wear professional business or business casual attire.**


PSAT on October 15th
click to expand

It's time to think about the PSAT, Spartans! The PSAT will be offered on October 15, 2015 here at Sanderson High School. All 10th Grade Students will participate in this test for free! 

Students who are not in the 10th grade can choose to participate; however, any non-tenth grade student must pay $14 in order to take the test at Sanderson. Find more information and the registration form on our PSAT page.

Attention Junior Parents!!
click to expand

Would you like to help the Junior Class Council with prom?  If so, please attend an informational meeting on Tuesday October 7, 2014 at 7pm in the cafeteria.  The more parental involvment we have, the more successful prom will be this year! If you cannot attend the meeting but would like to help, contact Caroline Brooks (junior class advisor) at cbrooks4@wcpss.net. 

Attention Holly Days Vendors!
click to expand


Registration for Holly Days vendor booths is now open.  The registration form is available on the Holly Days page, along with general information for vendors.  Forms are due no later than Oct. 31, 2014.

Fall Sports BBQ
click to expand

Friday 10/10/14 @ the Spirit Rock

Serving 10am - 630 pm

$7.00 for students and staff

$9.00 General Public

Attached File

Literary Arts Magazine Meeting
click to expand

Meeting in room 217 after school on Tuesdays. 

North Carolina’s New Credit by Demonstrated Mastery (CDM) Option for Students:
click to expand

Starting in 2015, students will be able to earn credit for a course without spending a set number of hours taking the course in a classroom.  Under the state’s new Credit by Demonstrated Mastery (CDM) option, uniquely qualified students may “test out” or bypass a course if they have already mastered the content.

The program provides another opportunity for students to learn new content, to challenge themselves with the next level of rigor in a subject, and even graduate early. This option is not designed to replace existing accelerated pathways, such as the Academically and Intellectually Gifted (AIG) program at WCPSS.  

For more information, click on the following link: 
SHS No Fuss Fund-raiser for Textbooks has begun!!
click to expand
The SHS school-wide fundraiser has begun!!   Due to past state and local budget cuts, Sanderson students need new textbooks as well as etextbooks (tablets with digital curriculum).     This fall, the SHS PTSA's goal is to raise at least $30,000 for PTSA programming and for TEXTBOOKs and eTEXTBOOKs.    To accomplish this,  we need the help of EVERY Sanderson family!   There is no selling...no knocking on doors...there is "no fuss"!
Please discuss which level of giving fits into your family budget.  We encourage you to mail in your donation with the yellow flier you receive in the mail (on or around Sept 12), or by printing out the flier below and mailing it in to the school.    
Any level of giving is greatly appreciated!!
We will tally the percentage of participating students' families in each grade level (with chances to win door prizes for students in the winning grade).   Look for the signs in the front and back of the school to track our progress!
Please feel free to contact Linda McDonald at shsnofuss@gmail.com with any questions.
THANK YOU for helping the SHS students!!

Attached File

Did you miss our College Admissions Night? If so, see PP here!
click to expand

Our college admissions panel was a great success!  We hope you had the chance to see it and meet our guest speakers.  Attached is the short PowerPoint presented before the panel began.  

Attached File

Scholarships for Seniors here!
click to expand

Attached is our SHS Scholarship Bulletin.  We will be updating our Scholarship Bulletin frequently.  Please come back and check it often.  This is only a small fraction of the scholarships that exist.  We encourage students to be proactive in their search for scholarships. 





Attached File

College Open Houses
click to expand
For a complete list of college open houses and admissions deadlines, please see the attachment from CFNC. 

Colleges Visiting Sanderson:
Sign up in the Career Center

Clemson University

September 26, 2014

Stetson University

September 26, 2014

University of Southern California

September 29,2014

East Carolina University

October 7, 2014

Appalachian State University

October 8, 2014

Greensboro College

October 10, 2014

Vanderbilt University

October 23, 2014


College Open Houses:


Open house date(s)

Admissions deadline

South Carolina State University

September 27 and November 15, 2014

May 31, 2015


September 30, 2014 Register at: admissions.uncg.edu/first look

Early action – December 1, 2014

Regular – March 1, 2015

North Greenville University

October 2, or October 23, or November 13, 2014

Rolling admissions

North Carolina State University

October 18, 2014 9:00am-2:00pm

First deadline – October 15, 2014

Second deadline – November 1, 2014

Final Deadline – January 15, 2015

North Carolina Central University

October 18, 2014 9am

Rolling admissions

East Carolina University

October 25, 2014


March 15, 2015

UNC - Charlotte

October 18, 2014

November 1, 2014

Early action – November 1, 2014

Regular – February, 1, 2015

William Peace University

October 18, 2014 and November 15, 2014

Rolling admissions

University of Mount Olive

November 11, 2014 and January 19, 2014


UNC Pembroke

November 15, 2014

February 28, 2015

April 11, 2015

July 15, 2015

Meredith College

January 27, 2015 8:00am-4:00pm

Early Decision – October 30, 2014

Regular – February 15, 2015

Tuskegee University

September 27, 2014



Ithaca College

Sept. 27, Oct. 4, Oct. 13, Oct. 25, Nov. 11

Early decision – November 1, 2014

Early Action – December 1, 2014

Regular – February 1, 2015


The Citadel

October 31, 2014


Benedict College

November 1, 2014 8am-12pm (sign up by Oct. 24)


Colgate University

November 9-10, 2014 (sign up by Oct. 10)

Early decision 1 – November 15, 2014

Early decision 2 – January 15, 2015

Regular – March 1, 2015

Johnson and Wales - Charlotte

October 25, 2014 9:30am-1:30pm

November 14, 2014 10am (wildcat weekend)

November 15, 20014 9:30am-1:30pm

December 13, 2014 9:30am-12pm




Attached File

Attached File

This Week @
Low: 63, High: 77
Mostly Clear

Partly Cloudy

SHS Parents

Quick Connects


SHS Alumni