School notes: May 8

May 7, 2013 

Lifelong Learning

The Wake County Public School System will offer the following classes through its Lifelong Learning Program. For details, call 919-431-7593 or visit www.wcpss.net/adult-edu.

Athens Drive High School

• Story Development and Plotting for Screenwriters, Fiction Writers, and Novelists, Wednesdays, 7 to 9:30 p.m., May 15-July 17,$90

• Characterization in Fiction, Thursdays,7 to 9:30 p.m., May 16-July 25,$90

• Introduction to Portuguese, Mondays,6:30 to 9 p.m., May 20-July 22,$160

• Complete Spanish 1a, Mondays, 6:30 to 9 p.m., May 20-July 29,$90

• Ballroom Dancing, Mondays, 7:45 to 8:45 p.m., May 20-July 29,$145

• ESL Expanding Reading and Vocabulary, Mondays-Thursdays, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., May 20-July 30, free

• Easy and Elegant Chicken Dinners, Monday, 7 to 9:30 p.m., May 20,$45

• Spanish Advanced Grammar, Tuesdays, 6:30 to 9 p.m., May 21-July 23,$150

• Japanese Beginning, Tuesdays, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., May 20-July 23,$200

• Telephone Etiquette for the Workplace, Tuesdays, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., May 21-June 25,$90

• Public Relations for Everyone, Wednesdays, 6:30 to 9 p.m., May 22-June 26,$85

• Write Right!, Wednesdays, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., May 22-July 10,$90

• Global Street Food, Wednesdays, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., May 22-July 10,$100

• Introduction to Korean Part 2, Wednesdays, 6:30 to 9 p.m., May 22-July 24,$150

• Spanish Advanced Grammar Part 4, Wednesdays, 6:30 to 9 p.m., May 22-July 24,$150

• Spanish for Beginners Part 2, Wednesdays, 6:30 to 9:15 p.m., May 22-July 24,$90

• ESL, Mondays-Thursdays, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., May 22-July 30,free

• Knife Skills, Wednesday, 7 to 9:30 p.m., May 22,$45

• Spanish Advanced Conversation, Thursdays, 6:30 to 9 p.m., May 23-July 25,$150

• Public Speaking for Everyday Use, Thursdays, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., May 23-June 27,$90

• Expressions in Oils, Tuesdays, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., May 28-July 16,$90

• A Taste of the Caribbean, Wednesday, 7 to 9:30 p.m., May 29,$45

• Easy and Elegant Chicken Dinners, Wednesday, 7 to 9:30 p.m., May 29,$45

• Basic Conversational Spanish I, Wednesdays, 7 to 9:30 p.m., May 29-July 10,$100

• Elementary Conversational Spanish I, Wednesdays, 7 to 9:30 p.m., May 29-July 10,$100

• Sewing: Beginning II, Thursdays, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., May 30-July 25,$90

Reedy Creek Middle School

• Arabic Beginning Part 1, Tuesdays, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., May 21-July 23,$175

• Complete Spanish 1a, Tuesdays, 6:30 to 9 p.m., May 21-July 23,$90

• French Conversation, Tuesdays, 6:30 to 9 p.m., May 21-July 23,$145

• Effective Essay Writing, Tuesdays, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., May 21-July 16,$90

• A Career in Cake Decorating: Beginner, Tuesdays, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., May 21-July 9,$90

• The Road to TOEFL iBT, Tuesdays, 6:30 to 8 p.m., May 21-July 23,$150

• Basic Digital Photography, Wednesdays, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., May 22-July 10,$90

• ESL, Mondays-Thursdays, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., May 22-July 30, free

• Asian Regional Cooking, Wednesdays, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., May 22-July 10,$100

• ESL, Mondays-Thursdays, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., May 22-July 30, free

• Accent Reduction Training, Thursdays, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., May 23-July 18,$90

• Floral Design: Advanced, Thursdays, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., May 30-July 25,$90

Wake Electric offering grant programs

Teachers can apply for grants up to $3,000 in Wake Electric’s Classroom Technology Awards grant program and the Bright Ideas grant program for the 2013-14 school year until Sept. 12. Those eligible include public school K-12 teachers working in Durham, Franklin, Granville, Johnston, Nash, Vance and Wake counties.

• Classroom Technology Award grants will be awarded in any discipline for specific technology such as computers, digital cameras, scanners and software. The technology must benefit the students in the classroom. To apply, visit call 919-863-6312 or visit www.wemc.com/classawards.aspx.

• Bright Ideas grants will be awarded directly to teachers for creative, hands-on classroom projects that would not otherwise be funded. To apply, teachers must include a budget, explain the creative elements, implementation, goals and evaluation of the project, and have approval from the school principal. Applications will be judged in a competitive evaluation process. For details, visit www.ncbrightideas.com.

Students participate in chess tournaments

Fifty-three students participated in the 2013 year-end chess tournaments at Turner Creek Elementary School. Gary Maltzman and Marion Bhatt ran the tournament.

The following are the results of the tournaments:

• Tracks 1-2; fourth- and fifth-graders: Nikhil Sarin, first place, 4 points; Ian Harrison, second place, 3 points; Gautham Reddy, third place, 2.5 points; Ashwin Lingaraj, fourth place, 2.5 points; and Alan Spataro, fifth place, 2.5 points.

• Tracks 1-2; second- and third-graders: Carlos Haring, first place, 3 points; Kevin Moskey, second place, 3 points; Puneet Parameswaran, third place, 3 points; Jay Guo, fourth place, 2.5 points; and Varnika Kasu, fifth place, 2.5 points.

• Tracks 3-4; fourth- and fifth-graders: Anand Bhatt, first place; 4 points; Michael Abi-Nader, second place, 3 points; Prerana Prabhushankar, third place, 3 points; Stevie Levite, fourth place, 3 points; Benjamin Nightingale, fifth place, 3 points; and Timothy Baril, sixth place, 2.5 points.

• Tracks 3-4; second- and third-graders: Josh Bhatt, first place, 4 points; Jacob Chuong, second place, 3 points; Owen Watts, third place, 2.5 points; Jack Docherty, fourth place, 2 points; Preston Fenton, fourth place, 2 points; Sebastian Lifshotz, fourth place, 2 points; and Aditya Pillutla, fourth place, 2 points.

Cary students dominate state mathematics competition

The 35th annual high school state mathematics competition recently drew 123 students to the N.C. School of Science and Mathematics. Students who competed in the state contest were the top eight percent of those who participated in regional contests earlier this year.

The top 20 winners in our area include:

•  Calvin Deng of Cary, a senior at NCSSM; awards: offer of a full-tuition scholarship to Duke University, $1,000 cash prize, book and plaque.

•  Michael An of Cary, a sophomore at Green Hope High School; awards: $300 gift certificate for Art of Problem Solving, book and plaque.

•  Justin Luo of Cary, a junior at Enloe High School; awards: $300 gift certificate for Art of Problem Solving and book.

•  Jenny Wang of Cary, a sophomore at Enloe High School; award: book.

•  Jeffrey An of Cary, a senior at NCSSM; award: book.

•  Franklin Chen of Cary, a sophomore at Enloe High School; award: book.

•  Tony Li of Cary, a senior at Raleigh Charter High School; award: book.

•  Yujian Tang of Apex, a sophomore at Enloe High School.

•  Angela Deng of Cary, an eighth-grader at Carnage Middle School.

•  Nikhil Reddy of Cary, an eighth-grader at Carnage Middle School.

The top 20 winners will be invited to join the N.C. American Regions Mathematics League team.

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