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Scholarship Bulletin: Updated 2/5
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Download the new February Scholarship Bulletin, courtesy of the SHS Student Services Department! 

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Tech Crew applications for Pippin
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Students who wish to apply to be a part of the tech crew for the spring musical can pick up applications beginning Monday, Feb. 8.  These applications will be due by Thursday, February 11. A list of students selected for the crew will be posted outside the auditorium and outside Mrs. Dove's room on Monday, Feb. 15, and after school on February 15 there will be a meeting for all tech crew memebrs and crew chiefs in room 216 East.

Summer Job Opportunity at Bricks 4 Kidz
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Attention Juniors and Seniors!

Looking for a summer position where you get paid for having fun?   Bricks 4 Kidz in North Raleigh is hiring assistant teachers to work in summer camps.  If you like Legos, join the team promoting STEM Engineering through the use of Lego Bricks and Technic Elements.  Camps located in Raleigh, Cary and Wake Forest.  Hours are 8:45 a.m.  – 4:15 p.m. Monday-Friday starting June 13, 2016.  Get details in the career center!

Track and Field Interest Meeting
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The Track and Field Teams will hold its' general interest meeting to discuss up coming events and official start day and time. The meeting will be held on Tuesday February 9th at 2:40 in room 206.

The meeting will last about 20 minutes. Any questions should be directed to Coach Hostler in room #206 or Coach Hammond in room #234.  
Academy of Finance Applications
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The Academy of Finance is accepting applications for the 2016-2017 school year. There are ONLY 50 spots available! Don't miss out on a great opportunity to make your high school experience extraordinary! Apply at

Happy National School Counseling Week
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Hey, Spartans, it's National School Counseling Week:  February 1-5, 2016.

Tip:  Don't wait until senior year to get to know yours!

Let your counselor know that you appreciate all they do for you today!

A-D, Mr. Grabiec; E-K, Ms. Avery; L-Ra, Mr. Donatini; Re-Z, Ms.Young; Dean, Mrs. Carpino; SAP Counselor, Ms. Jennings

This special week honors school counselors for the important role they play in helping students examine their talents, strengths, abilities, and interests. Counselors work in professional partnerships with teachers and support personnel to provide an educational system where students can realize their true potential. As all educators focus their efforts on improving academic achievement for all students, it is important that we recognize school counselors for their continuing efforts in reducing barriers to learning and in providing the support necessary for all students to achieve at the highest level.

Registration information for AP exams in May 2016
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February 13- February 28

STEP 1: Stop by Student Services and pick up your 2015-16 AP Bulletin for Students and Parents if you did not get one in your AP class. All students should have received bulletins this week or before the holiday break (if they were in a fall semester AP course) The Bulletin can also be found online at:


STEP 2: You must register online for your exams.

Students will be registering for AP exams online using Total Registration. This can be done from any computer with an internet connection.  To register for AP Exams, please visit Be sure to answer all questions.

When filling out the form, select all your exams you will be taking and the appropriate teachers. You will not be able to come back and edit this registration at a later date.

When you reach the confirmation page, be sure to print a copy for your records.


STEP 3: Fees for the AP Exams

This year, the Department of Public Instruction will be paying the AP exam fees for all students who wish to take the AP Exam.  Only students who are currently scheduled in, or who have taken the AP course first semester may have their AP exams paid for by the state. 


Please know if you register for an exam and then you do not take the exam, you will be charged a $15 no show fee. This fee is charged by Collegeboard and neither the state nor SHS will pay this fee for you. Additionally, please be sure you check your calendar and only register for exams that you know you can take*. If you decide you have to take a late exam, you will have to pay a $45 late testing fee. Again, this is a fee charged by Collegeboard that you will be responsible for if you choose not to test on the date for which you have registered.


*If you have older siblings graduating from college this year, be sure to check the dates of graduation. Every year students miss exams and have to pay late fees b/c they do not check calendar dates.

Important Dates:  Registration begins on February 13 and ends February 28. There is no late registration!


If you have any questions, please email Mrs. Carpino at


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Tech Crew Chiefs for Spring Musical
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Students who are interested in serving as crew chiefs for the spring musical should plan to meet in Room 216 E this Friday after school from 2:30 - 3:00.  Crew chief applications will be available from Mrs. Dove on Wednesday, Feb. 3.  Please bring the completed applicaiton with you to the Friday meeting.

Senior Ads Reopen (Deadline February 5th)
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Attention senior parents!
The window to purchase senior yearbook ads has been reopened. This is your last chance. Support the yearbook and make sure that you have purchased an ad to celebrate and congratulate your senior. 
Bring your completed form to room 218 and email with any questions.
All senior ads must be submitted by February 5th.
Voting for senior superlatives opens soon!  Keep an eye out on Sanderson's website.
Ad form attached.

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Sanderson Yearbooks
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Don't forget to order your 2016 yearbook!  Go to or bring a check for $80 made out to the SHS yearbook to room 218.  The yearbook's existence depends on your support, so buy a book now to preserve your memories forever!

East Carolina University
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ECU will have an admissions representative on campus Wednesday, February 10th at 12:15 p.m. in the SHS career center.  Interested students should sign up now in the career center for a pass to attend.

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UNC Charlotte will have an admissions representative at Sanderson on Friday, February 26 at 1:30 p.m. to speak with interested juniors and seniors.  Students that have already applied and/or been accepted may also attend this meeting.  Sign up now in the career center.

New Friday Schedule for Spring Semester
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Late Start Friday Schedule:

7:00 - 8:00:  Faculty Professional Learning Teams (PLTs)
8:05 - 9:23:  First pd.
9:28 - 10:51: Second pd.  (and announcements)
Third pd. (A Lunch): 10:56 - 11:31 (A lunch)/11:36 - 12:54 (class)
Third pd. (B Lunch): 10:56 - 11:36 (class)/11:36 - 12:11 (B lunch)/12:16 - 12:54 (class)
Third pd. (C Lunch):  10:56 - 12:14 (class)/12:19 - 12:54 (C lunch)
12:59 - 2:18: Fourth pd. 

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St. Augustine's University
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St. Augustine's University will have an admissions representative at SHS on Thursday, February 11th to meet with interested students.  You may complete the application that day with the fee waived.  If you have an unofficial transcript and a copy of your test scores, bring those items for a possible on site admission.  

Help the Junior Class Council win $5,000 for Sanderson's Prom
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Sanderson Families,

Help the Junior Class Council win $5,000 for Sanderson's Prom.

Go to the University Towers at NC State Facebook Page ( and go down to the Prom Giveaway.

Click on the logos (picture) and scroll down (or right/left) to Sanderson's logo (it was at 58/71).
Like and share the picture!

The school with the most likes by March 1st wins $5,000 for their prom!
Need A JOB?
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A representative from the City of Raleigh will be in the GYM LOBBY on Friday, February 19th to provide information about current job opportunities for students.  Be sure to stop by his display table during your lunch period!
Saint Baldrick's
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Sanderson will be hosting an event on Monday, March 14th to help raise money for St. Baldrick's. Saint Baldrick's is a foundation that helps fund research to find cures for childhood cancer. We need participants who are willing to shave their head or cut their hair! If you are interested in helping us reach our goal of $15,000 for childhood cancer research, please come to Pod 4 for more information! 

Sanderson Food Pantry
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There are many students at Sanderson who are food insecure and depend on breakfast and lunch at school. We are setting up a food pantry to provide students with some food for the long weekends and school breaks. We need donations, big or small, of non-perishable items such as granola bars, instant oatmeal, ramen, microwavable mac and cheese, etc.

Please drop off food in bins near the front doors and the auditorium on Meet the Teacher Night on Wednesday, January 27.
During any school day, please drop off donations in the media center or Ms. Gillam's room (room 117).

If you have any questions or comments,
please contact Dara Finkelstein at or Ms. Gillam at
Thank you in advance for your support and generosity in making sure that no one at Sanderson goes hungry!
Sanderson Key Club, Ms. Gillam, & Dara Finkelstein (parent)


Prospective Student Tours
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Please come out for a special guided tour on one of the following dates:

- Wednesday, January 27, 2016 at 9:00 am
- Friday, February 12, 2016 at 12:30 pm
- Friday, March 18, 2016 at 2:30 pm
- Friday, April 15,2016 at 2:30 pm
The Final Encore of The Yellow Boat and Cabaret Night
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On Saturday February 6th at 7pm, the Sanderson Theatre Ensemble will present their Final Encore of their award winning production "The Yellow Boat" before it becomes one of the first plays in Wake County history to perform at the Sout Eastern Theatre Conference. Along with the performance there will be a variety of individual performances ranging from songs to acting to dance.

Tickets for the show are $10 and all proceeds go to the Sanderson Theatre Scholarship as well as to help fund the trip to SETC. 

Sanderson Tours - Share with 8th grade families
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Please note the following Sanderson tour dates on your calendar!
Wednesday, January 27, 2016 at 9am
Friday, February 12, 2016 at 12:30pm
Friday, March 18, 2016 at 2:30pm
Friday, April 15,2016 at 2:30pm

**Tours are scheduled  for Fridays with the exception of Wednesday, January 27th, which is during the WCPSS Magnet period. Though we are not a magnet school, parents may want to see their base option before applying to magnets.


Institute for Future Agricultural Leaders (Applications in Career Center)
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We are recruiting outstanding students for the upcoming Institute for Future Agricultural Leaders (IFAL), to be held at North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro from June 12 – 18, 2016. The IFAL program is a one-week residential program designed for rising high school seniors. Students are exposed to the academic and research programs in the School of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, and are familiarized with careers in the food, agricultural and environmental sciences. Students also gain experiences in leadership by participating in training seminars, touring the N.C. General Assembly, meeting governmental officials, and visiting the N.C. Farm Bureau Offices. More information on the program can be found at  The program is free to students.

Interested students should complete and return applications to their respective County Farm Bureau Office by April 15.  

Contact Dr. Antoine Alston at (336) 285-4818 or

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WHEN:  Saturday, February 20, 2016
TIME:    9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
WHERE:  Wake Tech Community College
             Student Services Building Lobby  
             9101 Fayetteville Road, Raleigh

Bring these items:

Register here

Summer Opportunities for Students
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Looking for something to do this summer? Need to add to your student resume? Want to build skills or gain experience in various areas? If so, please see the attached document that lists several summer opportunities for students. This document will be updated monthly, so check back if you don't see something that interests you this month. 

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Job Opportunity
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Aarrow Sign Spinners is now hiring.  Flexible hours and training will be provided.  Starting pay is $10/hr.  If you want more information, email or call 844-237-7746.

Cap and Gown Orders
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Do you still need to order your Cap and Gown?

Orders will need to be placed online at ASAP. Any graduation items no longer available have dropped off the site. 

When you order your Cap and Gown, a tassel and diploma cover are included.  The diploma cover will be given to the school to be used at Graduation.  If you are eligible for an honors tassel, there will be a purchase/exchange day in May. You do not need to purchase a special tassel.

Order your Cap and Gown at  

If you have any trouble ordering, call Jostens at 919-789-8500.



Congratulations Conner Watt
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Connor Watt, has been selected as our school’s Spotlight on Students Award winner for 2015 - 2016.
Spotlight on Students is a program sponsored by the Wake County Public School System to recognize students for outstanding personal achievement.  Schools have the opportunity to “spotlight” one of their students during a presentation to the Board of Education during one of their regular meetings.  Conner received the Spotlight on Students award along with Wake County students from other schools on January 26, 2016
You can see a video of Connor receiving his award  (at time stamp 1:31:15)

Congratulations Connor!

2016 Senior Booster Club Reminders
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Seniors Families,
If you have not paid the senior fee of $50 for your 2016 senior, please send your payment (check made out to Sanderson Senior Boosters) to:

Michelle Kaney (Seniors)
1820 French Dr.
Raleigh, NC  27612

Fees cover the past breakfast, upcoming picnic, senior gift and baccalaureate.

Date reminders:

  • Senior Assembly & Picnic 5/27 – SHS
  • Graduation Practice – 6/1, 3:30 – Convention Center
  • Baccalaureate – 6/5, 3:00 – Trinity Baptist Church
  • Graduation – 6/9, 12:00 – Convention Center

Questions about Senior fees/activities, contact Michelle at:


Lifeguards Needed for Raleigh Parks & Rec
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Job Details:  

Pay is $8-$9/hour

Available Hours:  4:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Certification classes available

Apply online at, create a profile, search "Lifeguard", enter Raleigh for location

Flyers available in the SHS Career Center

Job Shadowing
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Students who would like to shadow a professional at work this spring should complete and submit this application. Once a site is confirmed, student will be notified of the date, time and other details.

Application Deadline 2/28/16

Help Send SHS Theatre Ensemble to SETC
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Sanderson Families,

The Sanderson Theatre Ensemble needs your help.

Sanderson Theatre Ensemble has been selected as one of only two schools to represent the entire State of North Carolina at the South Eastern Theatre Conference (SETC)!!! 

SETC is the highest level of high school theatre competition. The SETC event is more than a competition, students audition for shows and college scholarships, attend workshops, and interview for jobs and internships. However, it is expensive! That is where we need your help.

We need to raise $6000 to cover registration fees and expenses.

Want to help? You can read more about the show and donate to support the program or in honor of your favorite actor, techie, or teacher at

Want to honor a favorite teacher as a holiday shout out? We will send them an appreciation email in your name.
Just make a note on the donation page or email Cynthia Edwards (

When do we need the money?
As soon as possible. SETC is not until March, but we have to meet a December early registration deadline or the prices go up.

If you want to see us perform The Yellow Boat, come to our Encore Night performance at 7pm on Saturday, February 6th. (New date)

Thank You for your help!

Volunteer Service Awards
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Start logging your service hours for both the Presidential Volunteer Service Award and the SHS Volunteer Service Award!  Go to the Academic Booster Club (ABC site, under "Student Support" on the sidebar) and download both the information sheet and the record-keeping form.

College Open Houses and Info Sessions 2015-16
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This is an on-going list of events that will be updated as we hear about them. 

A full list of school open houses and admissions deadline can be found here: 



Meredith College

September 26

October 26

January 25

Register at:


RSVP at:


West Point Admissions Info Meeting for Students and Parents

Monday, October 19 @ 6pm

Location: NC National Guard Headquarters

1636 Gold Star Drive, Raleigh

POC: Rick DeMoya


University of Notre Dame

Monday, Oct 19 @ 7pm

Cardinal Gibbons High School 

1401 Edwards Mill Rd. 

Raleigh, NC 


Guilford College

Fall Open House

October 23 and November 8 (overnight option)

Register at:


Greensboro College

Fall Open House

Saturday, November 7

They also have several tours and info sessions during the fall and spring months

For more info, visit:


Benedict College

Fall Open house plus football game and lunch

Saturday, November 7 from 9-12pm


Virginia Military Institute

November 13-14

February 3-4

February 26-27

March 11-12

Please register at:




FAFSA DAY is Feb 20, 2016 - Need help with Financial aid form?
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FAFSA Completion Day is February 20!  See the website for more information: 

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