School Notes: July 24

July 22, 2013 

Lifelong Learning

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

Athens Drive High School

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Apex High IT academy wins national award

The Academy of Information Technology at Apex High School earned the National Academy Foundation’s Sanford I. Weill Academy of Excellence Award, which recognizes the school’s partnership with corporations. The academy’s advisory board includes representatives from Kelly IT, SAS, American Airlines, IBM, Qualcomm and Fidelity. Students in the academy have opportunities for job-shadowing or internships.

Thales Academy tours

Thales Academy staff will give tours of the school’s K-5 program for prospective students and families from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 6. Tours for prospective high school students will be from 8 to 9 a.m. that day. The school is at 1177 Ambergate Station, Apex. For details, go to

Orientation for Green Hope freshmen

Green Hope High School will host two freshman orientation camps. For students with last names beginning with A to L, freshman orientation will be 8:30 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Aug. 6. For students with last names beginning with M to Z, orientation will be 8:30 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Aug. 13. For more information, go to

Cary Woman’s Club awards scholarships

Nicole Gonzales of Apex High School and Allison Harris of Middle Creek High School received the Cary Woman’s Club Scholarships for High School Seniors.

Green Hope students earn technology awards

Alex Bainbridge, a Green Hope High School student, was named the U.S. finalist in the Microsoft Word 2010 category at the 2013 Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship, a worldwide contest for students who use Microsoft Office Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Nina Joseph, also a Green Hope student, was named the U.S. finalist for Microsoft Excel 2010. Both will compete at the Microsoft Office Specialist Worldwide Competition in Washington, D.C.

Exchange programs seeking host families

• World Heritage Student Exchange Program, a nonprofit group, 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

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

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