Cary to Begin Work in Intersection at Academy and Chatham Streets

Originally posted on The Town of Cary  website:

Cary, NC-As the Town of Cary continues to advance on its Academy Street Improvement Project, beginning May 16 and continuing into fall 2016, drivers travelling to and through downtown Cary should expect significant changes to traffic patterns and detours. Crews will begin work in the intersection of Chatham and Academy streets and will close the intersection nightly Monday through Friday at 7 p.m. and all day Saturday; they will re-open the intersection to traffic at 7 a.m. Monday through Friday and Sundays. Concurrently, crews will be working to re-open the Kildaire Farm Road and Walnut Street intersection in all directions from Kildaire Farm Road to Faculty Avenue. With that intersection re-opening, Academy Street traffic flow will change to one-way northbound between Dry Avenue and Chatham Street.

Suggested detours

    • When travelling to downtown, drivers heading north on Kildaire Farm Road can access downtown using Academy Street, as one northbound lane is open, providing access to Waldo Street and Ashworth Village;
    • When travelling through downtown to other destinations, drivers are encouraged to use detours set up on Harrison Avenue and Chapel Hill Road.

C-Tran changes

C-Tran’s Route 5 heading north will use Harrison Avenue from the Cary Depot to Dry Avenue in both directions for the duration of the work.  The Town will place temporary stops in both directions at the Harrison Avenue and West Park Streetintersection. During the times when the Chatham Street and Academy Street intersection is closed, C-Tran’s Route 6 will detour from the East Chatham Street traffic circle to Old Durham Road and connect with the Cary Depot via Chapel Hill Road and North Academy Street.  Passengers are encouraged to access the Cary Depot in downtown Cary to access local and regional transit connections.

Downtown merchants

All businesses on Academy Street and Chatham Street remain open during construction; merchants and residents along both streets will have access to their properties throughout the work. Parking is available at the Cary Depot, Cary Town Hall parking garage, the Cary Arts Center, the South Walker Street lot at the intersection of Walnut Street.

Drivers are encouraged to use alternate routes; those drivers who travel through the area should use caution.

“As we enter the final phases of the Academy Street Improvement Project, we continue to ensure access for thosewho live, work, travel and conduct business in the area. We appreciate our drivers’ and pedestrians’ patience as we work to complete the job safely,” said Kyle Hubert, Transportation Engineering Supervisor. “We look forward to the unveiling of our signature street this fall.”

This project, part of the Town’s strategy to revitalize downtown Cary, incorporates pedestrian-friendly design elements such as widened sidewalks, on-street parking and gathering areas. New street furniture, trees, and lighting are also planned. The work will add to the beauty of Academy Street, and help position the downtown area as the cultural center of the Town and a place for activities that support the downtown businesses.

The total estimated cost for the project is $8 million, which includes design and construction. Funding was approved by Cary voters as part of the 2012 Community Investment Bonds referendum.

2016 Summer Camp information for incoming kindergartners

Summer Camp Info:

Do you have a child coming to Cary Elementary for kindergarten? Has he/she been in preschool for 6 months or less? WCPSS is offering a summer school opportunity, Early Start, for students entering kindergarten. This is a three-week program, Monday-Friday, 9:00-3:00, with transportation, breakfast, and lunch provided. If you are interested, please come to Cary ES to fill out an application, or call and ask for Jessica Randall.

La Escuela de Verano:

¿Tiene un niño que viene a Cary Elementary para el grado kinder? Él / ella ha estado en preescolar durante 6 meses o menos? WCPSS está ofreciendo una oportunidad de la escuela de verano, Early Start, para los estudiantes que entran en el grado kinder. Este es un programa de tres  semanas, de lunes a viernes de 9: 00-3: 00, transporte, desayuno, y almuerzo. Por favor venga a Cary ES para llenar una aplicación si está interesado o llame y pregunte por Jessica Randall.

Jessica Randall
English as a Second Language, LEP Contact
Cary Elementary School

Single Subject Acceleration

WCPSS_SSASingle Subject Acceleration (SSA) is the practice of assigning a student to a higher grade level than is typical, given the student’s age, for the purpose of providing access to appropriately challenging learning opportunities. SSA is an accelerative practice that allows students to show mastery of the content of a course without having taken the course.

What is the process for Single Subject Acceleration?

Parents can nominate his/her child to skip a grade level of content in either Language Arts OR Mathematics.

Nomination forms will be available from your child’s school or through the online site listed below during the specified nomination windows.

Only students who are enrolled and attending WCPSS schools during the nomination and testing windows will be eligible to participate in the SSA during the 2016-2017 school year. Schools will offer differentiation as needed for students entering WCPSS after the SSA deadlines.

Parents may nominate students for this accelerative practice ONLY within our school’s specified nomination window. Cary Elementary’s nomination window is April 20 – May 4, 2016.

Testing will ONLY occur during our specified testing window: May 12 – 18, 2016. Accelerative services will commence at the start of the 2016-2017 school year.

For more information about SSA please visit or contact our school’s SSA representative (Sobia Estrela,

Cary Elementary Field Day 2016

field_dayThe school year is flying by and believe it or not, it’s time to start signing up for the 2016 Cary Elementary Field Day! Field day will be Wednesday, June 8, 2016. 3rd-5th grade will participate in the morning (8:45-11:30) and K-2nd will be in the afternoon (12:00-2:30). Please click here to sign up for volunteer positions.

If you have any questions feel free to email Coach Zenkel at