School Notes: Aug. 7

August 5, 2013 

Andy Hoang, 15, of Cary won the Division 3 title in the National Scrabble Championship in Las Vegas in July. He is the youngest person to win in Division 3. He is pictured here with Chris Cree, North American Scrabble Players Association Co-President, and Dallas Johnson, Director of the Tournament.


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

Athens Drive High School

•  Basic Life Support for Health care Providers, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 19, $48.

•  How to Support your Kindergarten Student in School, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug 20, free.

•  Zumba Basic Fitness, 6:30-7:45 p.m. Tuesdays, Aug. 20 to Oct. 8, $65.

•  PowerPoint Introduction, 6:45-9:15 p.m. Tuesdays, Aug. 20 to Oct. 10, $85.

•  Russian Cuisine, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Aug. 21 to Oct. 13, $100.

•  Hoy día: Spanish for Real Life Part 1, 7-9:30 p.m. Thursdays, Aug. 22 to Oct. 10, $105.

Reedy Creek Middle School•  Bollywood Dance and Fitness, 7:30-8:30 p.m. Mondays, Aug. 19-Oct. 14, $73.

•  How to Support your Kindergarten Student in School, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 21, free.

•  Keyboarding and Typing for Beginners, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Mondays, Aug. 26-Oct. 14, $92.

•  Communidades: Más allá del aula Part 1, 6:30-9:30 p.m., Thursdays, Aug. 29-Oct. 17, $121.

Cary student named Phillips Ambassador

Kevin Jang, a Cary resident and computer science major at UNC-Chapel Hill, was selected a Phillips Ambassador for summer and fall study abroad in Asia. He studied at the UNC-Peking University Entrepreneurship Summer Program in Beijing.

Teachers named STAR Discovery Educators

Discovery Education has given the title of STAR Discovery Educator to Wanda Hanley of Turner Creek Elementary and Scott Garren of East Cary Middle School. The title recognizes teachers who use digital media in education. Details:

Cary student attends national science camp

Dhruv Jain represented North Carolina at the National Youth Science Camp from June 26 to July 20. He joined 121 other students in lectures and studies led by scientists and professors on topics including cancer research, genomic medicine, radio astronomy and energy sustainability. He is a graduate of William G. Enloe High School.

Moe’s and Poe Garden Contest

Moe’s Southwest Grill and the Alice Aycock Poe Center for Health Education are accepting grant applications from elementary schools. They offer two $500 grants to support gardens for elementary schools. Entries must be submitted by Saturday, Aug. 31. Applications are at

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 elsewhere.

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 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

Public school teachers in Durham, Franklin, Granville, Johnston, Nash, Vance and Wake counties 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.

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

• Bright Ideas grants will be awarded to teachers for 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. Details:

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