School Notes: July 3

July 2, 2013 

Lifelong Learning

The Wake County Public School System will offer these classes through its Lifelong Learning Program. For details, call 919-431-7593 or visit

Athens Drive High School

• SMART Board Technology in the Classroom, 6:45 to 9:15 p.m. Tuesdays, July 9-16, $125

• You’re on the Air … How to Really Make it in Voice-overs, 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, July 22, $35

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 until Sept. 12 for the 2013-14 school year. Eligible teachers are those who work in public schools in Durham, Franklin, Granville, Johnston, Nash, Vance and Wake counties.

• Classroom Technology Award grants will be given in any discipline for specific technology, such as computers, digital cameras, scanners and software. To apply, call 919-863-6312 or visit

• Bright Ideas grants will be awarded 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

Exchange programs seeking host families

• World Heritage Student Exchange Program, a nonprofit organization, is seeking local host families in Wake County for high school-age boys and girls from Spain, Germany, Thailand, Norway, China, Russia, France, the former Soviet Republics, Denmark, Italy, Sweden and more.

Host families are asked to include the student as a member of their family. Couples, single parents and families with and without children in the home are all encouraged to host. Each World Heritage exchange student is fully insured, brings his or her own personal spending money and expects to contribute to household responsibilities.

For details, contact Erin Kalbarczyk at 919-924-4679, or visit

• Ayusa is currently accepting applications for families to host a high school exchange student for the 2013-14 school year.

Volunteer host families provide foreign-exchange students with three meals a day and a bedroom, either private or shared with a host sibling of the same gender. All host families must fill out an application, pass a background check and interview with a local exchange program representative in their homes.

For details, contact Connie Lawrence at 919-552-3647 or, or visit

Cary resident wins scholarship

Jordan Colston of Cary was recently announced as a winner in the Deutsch family scholarship program. The scholarship is awarded to children of employees at W.J. Deutsch & Sons, Ltd. Scholarship recipients are chosen based on academic performance, school and community activities, work experience and a recommendation.

Colston attended Athens Drive High School and is majoring in studio arts at East Carolina University.

Apex resident receives summer research fellowship grant

Shannon Houck of Apex received a summer research fellowship from the University of Richmond, where she will be a sophomore next fall.

Houck is one of 300 students to be awarded a UR Summer Fellowship. Through the program, students receive up to $4,000 to take on a challenging unpaid internship or conduct research with a faculty member. Houck is conducting research in the chemistry department at the University of Richmond, with a focus in computational chemistry.

Houck is the daughter of Bart and Janet Houck and is a graduate of the N.C. School of Science and Mathematics.

Apex High student to attend global summit

Apex High School student Sarah Marriott has been selected to represent the school and North Carolina at the Global Youth Summit on the Future of Medicine at Brandeis University in Massachusetts.

Marriott is one of 175 delegates selected for the inaugural program. Delegates will attend guest lectures and networking opportunities with leaders and innovators in the global medical community.

Green Hope students selected as Microsoft Office Specialist finalists

Alex Bainbridge and Nina Joseph of Green Hope High School were selected as two of the top six finalists at the 2013 Microsoft Office Specialist U.S. National Championships in Utah. Bainbridge will represent the U.S. in Microsoft Word 2010, and Joseph will represent the U.S. in Microsoft Excel 2010 at the Microsoft Office Specialist Worldwide Competition July 31-Aug. 3 in Washington, D.C.

At the U.S. National Championship, 28 finalists participated in timed exams and interviews to demonstrate their expertise in Microsoft Office programs. Bainbridge and Joseph won an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C.

North Carolina has implemented the Microsoft IT Academy statewide, making Bainbridge and Joseph one of thousands of students benefitting from Microsoft Office Specialist Master certification.

Local teacher attends NCCAT seminar

Louise Reifler of Reedy Creek Elementary School attended a seminar held at the N.C. Center for the Advancement of Teaching, a recognized national leader in professional development programming for North Carolina teachers.

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