Award Year: 2022

Weatherstone Elementary School

1000 Olde Weatherstone Way
Cary, NC, 27513-3562

(919) 380-6988

Mr Timothy Chadwick, Principal at time of Nomination

Wake County School District

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Mission

The Weatherstone Elementary School family will utilize STEM strategies and philosophies, enhanced by professional learning teams, to promote student growth and to demonstrate responsible citizenship. Vision: Weatherstone Elementary students are encouraged and empowered by distinguished teachers who facilitate a relevant and rigorous curriculum to ensure student learning that prepares them for their future in a global society.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 10%
  • White: 39%
  • Hispanic: 25%
  • Asian: 21%
  • Two or more races: 5%
Application
Weatherstone Elementary School

Weatherstone Elementary School

As a North Carolina STEM School of Distinction at the Model Level, STEM is a defining quality and philosophy throughout Weatherstone Elementary School. The school incorporates STEM practices into every classroom by having students engage in Project Based Learning and using the Engineering Design Process. Weatherstone also has a STEM special that all students attend every week, which focuses on digital citizenship, the Engineering Design Process, technology, and innovation. Through STEM, Weatherstone prepares all students to be global citizens who are equipped to problem-solve, create, and collaborate.

Weatherstone is a family and community-oriented school, with close partnerships with the PTA (Parent Teacher Association) and local businesses. These partnerships enhance the school's access to resources and opportunities for all students. Each year, the school holds family engagement events like a Multicultural Night, Night of the Arts, Community Helper Day, and STEM Expo.

The Weatherstone staff believe that students learn best when their physical, social, and emotional needs are met. Therefore, the school prioritizes Social/Emotional learning as part of the development of every child. Through programs like Second Step, Zones of Regulation, and the Positivity Project, the school helps students develop their communication, self-regulation, teamwork, and coping skills so that they can have the tools they need to interact with others and the world around them.

Through the STEM program, family and community partnerships, and a focus on social/emotional learning, Weatherstone develops students as leaders, teammates, and problem-solvers so they can become responsible citizens and successful in a global society.