School Notes: Aug. 21

August 19, 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

Athens Drive High School

•  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.

• Basic Conversational Spanish II, 6:30-9 p.m. Wednesdays, Sept. 4-Oct. 16, $100.

• Ballroom Dancing, 7:45-8:45 p.m. Mondays, Sept. 9-Nov. 18, $145.

• Basic Conversational Spanish I, 6:30-9 p.m. Mondays, Sept. 9-Oct. 16, $100.

Reedy Creek Middle School

•  How to Support your Kindergarten Student in School, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21 and Thursday, Aug. 22, free. Register at

•  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.

•  Cultures at Work, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Sept. 10-Oct. 1, $100.

• Basic Conversational Spanish I, 6:30-9 p.m. Wednesdays, Sept. 11-Oct. 23, $100.

•  Cómo entender los Cursos Comunes y los Estándares Esenciales, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18, free.

Fuquay-Varina student competes in Broadcom MASTERS

Matthew Clay of Fuquay-Varina, a student at Wood Lake Christian Academy, is a semifinalist in the annual national Broadcom MASTERS science and engineering middle school competition. If he becomes a finalist, he will compete for a chance to win $25,000 in the final stage of the competition in Washington, D.C.

Speaker to talk 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: 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17.

• Third to fifth grade: 6-7:30 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

Workshop for Brains and Bodies Award

Elementary, middle and high schools in Wake County may apply for the Advocates for Health in Action (AHA) Brains and Bodies Award, which recognizes schools that promote health. AHA will hold workshops about the award for school administrators, teachers and parents from 10 to 11 a.m. and 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11, at 1603 Hillsborough St., Raleigh. Register at

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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