Principal Ed Weiss

Mr. Weiss

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The 2016-17 school year marks Mr. Weiss' eighth year as the Principal of Mount Tabor High School. He has served the students of the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools for the past twenty-four years. Prior to his principalship at Mount Tabor, he was the principal of Wiley Middle School where he spent five years. Mr. Weiss also spent another ten-year window as an Assistant Principal, Coach, and Teacher with the Spartans. With his varied experience and true Spartan pride, Mr. Weiss looks forward to leading the Spartans into the 2016-17 school year!

Principal's Update 2016-2017

Welcome to Mount Tabor High School. It’s hard to believe that the summer of 2016 has come and gone. It seems like final exams, graduation, staff hiring, summer school, and summer cleaning etc. was just last week. It is my honor to serve as the Principal of the Spartans and look forward to a great 2016-17 school year!

As we look forward to the 2016-17 school year, I would like to reflect on the highlights from a wonderful 2015-2016 school year. We were once again fortunate to be ranked in the Top 1% of high schools across the country by Newsweek Magazine. Our students, staff and school community have worked hard to meet these recognitions in our school life and I am so proud to see their efforts rewarded. We garner a WSFCS State Report Card Grade of "A" and met growth for the 2015-16 school year.  Our 4-Year Cohort Graduation Rate for the Class of 2016 was 92.2%, maintaining itself above 90%. The graduating Class of 2016 was awarded 16.8 million dollars in scholarships/awards which continues to amaze me as one of the high marks for WSFCS. The academic programs and offerings at Mount Tabor High School continue to be a source of pride for our school community. The Class of 2016 graduated 361 students and garnered the following successes:
  • Attending all 16 North Carolina’s Public Universities
  • Attending 20 different North Carolina Private Schools
  • 3 seniors attending Art and Fashion Institutes
  • 13 seniors with enlistments in our military and one senior accepting an appointment to the United States Naval Academy and leadership training for a position in the US Navy.
  • 51 seniors attending colleges and universities in other states
  • 30 seniors accepted to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • 40 to NC State, 18 to Wake Forest University, 2 to Duke and others including Davidson College, Tufts, Morehouse, WSSU, George Washington University, NYU, Xavier, Notre Dame and Georgia Tech just to name a few
  • 73 seniors earning the President’s Award for Educational Excellence for earning a 3.5 unweighted cumulative grade point average
  • 36 honor graduates (the top 10 percent) who will graduate with a 4.7 of higher QPA
  • 25 seniors making athletic commitments to compete at the next level
  • 147 seniors (nearly 42% of the class) receiving an academic scholarship
  • 1175 AP courses taken by our seniors
  • 89% of our seniors going to a 2 or 4 year college or university
While our academic program is our back bone, we also celebrate the opportunities offered our students beyond the classroom. Our Performing Arts Programs are always well represented in district, regional and state competitions. The Bands of Mount Tabor (whether it be marching, concert or symphonic) set the standard for performances both during games and in competitions. Our Theatre Arts program continues to compete at the highest levels, serving as host to the regional North Carolina Theatre Conference (NCTC) each fall as well as performances such as our fall “One Act” plays, "Winter Performance" and 2016 spring musical "Lil Shop of Horrors." Our Choral programs (including women’s ensemble, concert choir, acapella and the Spartanettes) show off the collaborative talents of so many of our Arts students. The Visual Arts program is second to none and offers membership into the National Art Honor Society. The Orchestra program includes a full symphony and our Dance Team performs at all Football and Basketball games with a competitive team that recently competed at their recent Wake Forest summer dance camp.

Our JROTC program had an outstanding year in which it saw its academic, drill, JLAB and rifle teams qualify for Nationals throughout the year. They are such a great example for our school of hard work, dedication and service to Tabor City.

Our Athletic program continues to be a standard for schools in our area. We always get everyone’s best shot in competition and sportsmanship. The Well Fargo Cup (awarded to the top finishing school in our conference) has enjoyed a home in Sparta for twenty of the past twenty-five years. Our teams earn conference championships regularly and represent us well in the playoffs including our men’s cross country team and their 2015 4A State Championship. All of this takes place because Mount Tabor is fortunate to be home to some of the best coaches and student/athletes in Winston-Salem, State of North Carolina, and Southeast.

The parent support is alive and kicking as well at Mount Tabor. We are blessed to operate our PTSA with the work of an academic, performing arts and athletics board. Each board has simply been fantastic to work with this year in their support of the Spartans! The academic board and executive boards focused its energy on the purchasing of 15 chromebook charging/storage carts as well as classroom projectors and other technology needs of the classroom. The performing arts programs have seen the fruit of their over $30,000 worth of musical instruments purchases and the addition of new choral risers. If that wasn't enough, our athletic board has provided another $30,000+ worth of athletic improvements in 15-16, highlighted by the purchase of our softball scoreboard, field improvements to Bob Sapp Field, technology programs for game film review of several teams, professional development opportunities for our coaching staff’s and equipment maintenance including a new zero turn mower. This parent effort is contagious and a true source of pride within our school and is all led by an executive board that oversees the three collective parent boards. "You Just Can't Hide That Spartan Pride!!" We are very fortunate and feel the partnership with our parents is clearly something that sets us apart.I am excited to work with PTSA Executive Board Co-Presidents Theresa Pauca and Elaine Peddycord and all of our PTSA Boards this coming year.

With that said, we continue to face many challenges each year and 2016-17 will be no exception. The economy continues to take its toll on public education. Your continued support of our Spartans is needed and appreciated! Our staff is committed to facing these challenges with the same positive attitude and problem-solving spirit we have demonstrated in the past.

I encourage you to join us as we focus on “Excellence in Every Endeavor” during the 2016-2017 school year and beyond.

Go Spartans!

Ed Weiss-Principal