School Notes: Aug. 14

August 12, 2013 

Four eighth-graders from Salem Middle School in Apex were chosen to lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington National Cemetery, just outside Washington, D.C. Tyler Kiser, Will Hager, Jessica Fuko and Neha Sudhakar were chosen by their teachers based on essays they wrote describing why they wanted the honor. They placed the wreath during a school field trip to the nation’s capital in April.


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 Healthcare 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.

Apex student receives scholarship

Elise Volger of Apex was awarded the Bojangles’ 2013 Scholarship. The $1,000 scholarship will support her second year of studying business management at N.C. State University.

Apex grad named sports editor of college paper

William E. Laws, an Apex High School graduate, was named the sports editor of the Daily Trojan, the school newspaper at the University of Southern California.

Green Hope student earns bronze medal in Microsoft Excel competition

Nina Joseph, a student at Green Hope High School, won the bronze medal at the 2013 Microsoft Office Specialist World Championships for Excel 2010.

Cary High student places in Photoshop competition

Will Tredway, a rising senior at Cary High School, won fifth place in the Adobe Certified Associates World Championship Photoshop Competition held in Washington, D.C. He was one of three students chosen to represent the U.S., and the only one of those to place in the competition. He designed an advertisement for the nonprofit Global Fund for Children.

Thales Academy team shines in math contests

Students from the Math Team of Thales Academy’s Apex campus participated in several local, regional and national math competitions. In the Math Olympiads for Elementary and Middle Schools, Sam Furguson won a gold pin and Emma Carney, Sahil Patel and Andy Wang won silver pins. In the Math Kangaroo international competition, Math Team members won third place nationally and first place in the state.

Thales Academy in Apex plans tours

Thales Academy’s Apex campus will hold tours of its elementary, junior high, and high school programs on Tuesday, Aug. 20. Tours of the junior high and high school will be from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. Tours of the elementary school will be from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. For details, go to

Speaker at Salem Middle to speak about bullying

Educational theater speaker Josh Gunderson will speak about bullying and cyberbullying at Salem Middle School at 12:20 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22. He will also speak about internet safety at local elementary schools.

Farmington Woods open house

Farmington Woods Elementary School will hold an open house from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 23, at 1413 Hampton Valley Road, Cary. The school will also hold information sessions for parents:

• Kindergarten to second grade: 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17.

• Third to fifth grade: 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19.

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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