School Notes: Oct. 2.

September 30, 2013 

Students and families of Highcroft Drive Elementary School in Cary participated in the school’s second annual Walk to School Day on Sept. 18. The event began before school with a meeting at Sears Farm Road Park and a fitness relay by Full Circle Fitness. Walk to School Day promotes healthy habits and pedestrian and bicyclist safety. For details, go to


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

• Gluten-Free Baking I: 7-9:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2, $45.

• Educating the Fearful Flyer: Why Aren’t We Falling?: 6:30-9: p.m. Monday, Oct. 14, $59.

• Basics of Cooking I: 7-9:30 p.m. Mondays, Oct. 14-Nov. 4, $100.

• College is Possible/La universidad es posible: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15, free.

• Zumba Basic Fitness: 6:30-7:45 p.m. Tuesdays, Oct. 15-Dec. 3, $65.

• Cooking in Spanish: 7-9:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Oct. 16-Nov. 6, $100.

Reedy Creek Middle School

• Introducing Parents to the K-12 PowerSchool’s Parent Portal/Introduciendo el Portal de Padres K-12 de Powerschool: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2, free.

• Using Social Media for Business Success: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Oct. 2-Oct. 16, $45.

• Problem Solving for Beginner Writers: 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8, $75.

• SPICE for Success: You only get one chance to make a first impression!: 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesdays, Oct. 8-Oct. 29, $107.

• You Gotta Have P.H.T. (Proper Home Training) to Get a PhD: 8-9:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Oct. 8-Oct. 29, $107.

• Hidden Habits of Empowered Employees: 7-9 p.m. Wednesdays, Oct. 9-Oct. 30, $107.

Athens Drive student attends Shelton Challenge

Kayleigh Ratashak, a sophomore at Athens Drive High School, attended the 11th annual Shelton Challenge at N.C. State University in July. The program provided mentoring in leadership skills. Kayleigh is the daughter of Kenneth and Shanna Ratashak of Cary.

Cary student participates in mock Mars mission

Susan Bowen, a student at Panther Creek High School in Cary, participated in NASA’s weeklong summer program at the Johnson Space Center in Houston that included a mock Mars mission. Susan was one of 90 high school students to participate in the Women in STEM High School (WISH) Aerospace Scholars project.

Carpenter Elementary School raises funds for the Autism Society of N.C.

Carpenter Elementary School of Cary held a bake sale on Sept. 20 to raise money for the Autism Society of N.C.

Thales Academy of Apex tours

Thales Academy will host tours of its Apex campus junior high school from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. and its K-5 school from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8, at 1177 Ambergate Station. For details, go to

Middle Creek High School PTSA annual craft fair

Middle Creek High School’s PTSA’s annual holiday craft and vendor fair, Winter Wonders, will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, at the commons at the high school, 123 Middle Creek Park Ave., Apex.

Wrestling club for future Panther Creek students

Panther Creek High School athletics and CREW Wrestling will offer a wrestling program for students in third through eighth grade who plan to attend Panther Creek High School. The wrestling club will meet 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at the CREW facility, 1823 NW Maynard Road, Cary. Registration costs $50. For details, go to

Better Business Bureau offers scholarships

The Better Business Bureau of eastern North Carolina will accept scholarship applications until 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 29. Scholarship prizes are $1,000 to $2,000. For details, go to

Exchange programs seeking host families

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

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

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