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FINAL 2012-13 NCHSAA Wells Fargo Conference Cup standings

In the final Wells Fargo Conference Cup standings of the year, the following area teams were deemed the champions of their league: Millbrook, Green Hope, Clayton, Jordan, Chapel Hill, Triton, Corinth Holders, Carrboro and Jordan-Matthews.

New conferences will be formed next fall, as it is a realignment year. Those conferences will be set for the next four years.

Wake County releases more details on Tuesday's events with superintendent finalists

We've got some more details about what will happen Tuesday with the events being held for the Wake County superintendent finalists.

The district will not be charged for renting Memorial Auditorium for Tuesday night's community forum, according to Renee McCoy, a Wake schools' spokeswoman. McCoy said Wake is grateful for Memorial Auditorium's generosity in allowing them to be able to hold the forum at such a large venue.

"It provides a much larger venue for more citizens to participate," said McCoy, who will be the moderator at the forum.

Millbrook High School dropping 4x4 block schedule for A/B schedule

As some have already mentioned on the blog, Millbrook High School is moving from the 4x4 block schedule to the A/B block schedule this fall.

This switch would make Millbrook one of only three high schools in the Wake County school system not using the 4x4 block in which students take a different set of four 90-minute courses each semester. Under the A/B block, students will take all eight courses over the entire year by alternating between four different 90-minute courses each day.

As noted in in this article in Wednesday's North Raleigh News by Sarah Barr, Julieta Ventura, an assistant principal at Millbrook who oversees the IB program, said the school is still operating within the county's rules because the schedule change is required to maintain the IB program.

NCHSAA girls basketball playoffs, 2013

Millbrook was the top-ranked girls' basketball team in the N&O area at the end of the regular season.

The season is over, and Millbrook is once again the 4A state champion in girls' basketball. Chapel Hill was runner-up in 3A.

Below are all of the match-ups in 4A, 3A, 2A, 1A and links to our coverage from every round.

N&O all-metro team: 10 players named to the team
Final N&O Top 15 rankings: Millbrook No. 1, Chapel Hill No. 2, etc.
All District teams: Kiara Leslie, Mylia Garner honored
All-state: Leslie (Holly Springs), Garner (Jordan-Matthews), Briana Day and Ryan Flowers (Millbrook)
N&O Girls Basketball Player of the Year: Ryan Flowers, Millbrook

Cap-8 boys' and girls' conference basketball tournament, 2013

Broughton's boys and Millbrook's girls won the Cap Eight conference tournament. Broughton's title game appearance broke a tie for the league's top seed in the state tournament.

Championship Story on both games
Photo Gallery from both finals

Northern Wake parents speak out on student asssignment plan

The procession of unhappy Wake County parents continued at Wednesday night's student assignment public hearing.

As noted in today's article by Colin Campbell, the meeting's location at Rolesville Middle School meant that several northern Wake parents objected to being assigned to the new schools. At the prior two hearings held in other parts of the county, only one of those affected parents spoke out.

For instance, Pamela Page of Wake Forest objected to sending her children to the modular campus being used by Richland Creek Elementary. She wants her children to stay at Jones Dairy Elementary.

Wake County parents complain about year-round calendar and feeder changes

It may not officially be called a "reassignment" by the Wake County school system, but you'd have a hard time telling that to the parents who attended Wednesday's public hearing on the assignment plan.

As noted in today's article, the largest contingent of speakers at the hearing were from the Durant Trails community. They were complaining about proposed changes in their year-round school options.

The majority of the speakers Wednesday were complaining about things that aren't counted in the 1,479 student assignment number in the plan. In addition to changes in calendar options, you've got changes in the feeders from what was in the choice plan.

Looking at the themes for Wake County's new and revamped magnet schools

Wake County's three new magnet schools and two revamped magnet schools will look to make a splash with parents for the 2013-14 school year.

As noted in today's article, staff unveiled at Thursday's meeting of the school board's student achievement committee the magnet programs that will be offered at the five schools covered by the federal MSAP grant.

Click here for a handout on the themes at the schools and where they'd fit in the magnet program pathways.

Wake County unveils themes for new and revamped magnet schools

More details to come later, but the new magnet school themes have been unveiled today for the Wake County schools in the magnet grant.

Of particular interest to a lot of parents will be an expansion of the Gifted and Talented/AG Basics program to now include Poe Elementary and Moore Square Middle as their current themes are revamped.

Poe would continue to offer Montessori for pre-K through third-grade until 2014-15 when they hope to start a new Montessori school elsewhere in Wake. Until then, GT/AG Basics would initially be offered only in grades 4 and 5.

Statewide cross country rankings by

The good folks at have crunched all of this year's cross country numbers and came out with top-10 rankings for every championship class in both genders.

In the interest of having you visit and supporting that site, we won't tell you who is ranked where. But we will list below the area teams that made each ranking and provide links to each of NCRunners' full rankings.

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