School Notes: Nov. 13.

November 11, 2013 

Lifelong Learning

The Wake County Public School System will offer the following classes through its Lifelong Learning Program. Details: 919-431-7593 or

Athens Drive High School

• Basic College Cooking: 7-9:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13, $45.

• You’re On The Air… How to Really Make it in Voice-Overs: 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13, $35.

• Basics of Cooking II: 7-9:30 p.m. Mondays, Nov. 18-Dec. 9, $100.

• Basics of Baking I: 7-9:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Nov. 20-Dec. 11, $100.

• Simple Web Page Design: 6:30-9:30 p.m. Mondays, Nov. 25-Dec. 9, $85.

• Excel Introduction: 6:45-9:15 p.m. Tuesdays, Nov. 26-Dec. 17, $85.

Reedy Creek Middle School

• Problem Solving for Beginner Writers: 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19, $75.

• How to Self-Publish a Book Successfully: 7-9 p.m. Monday, Nov. 26, $100.

• Oil Painting Without Drawing: 6:30-9:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Nov. 26-Dec. 17, $75.

Apex High School receives grant

Wake Electric awarded Jeff Derda, a teacher at Apex High School, a grant of $2,711 for the school’s bi-coastal water quality project.

Apex student earns scholarship

Eileen Heilsnis of Apex received a $3,000 scholarship from the Entertainment Software Association Foundation to study visual effects at Junior Savannah College of Art and Design.

Apex student earns meteorology scholarship

Ryan M. Rackliffe of Apex received the 2013 American Meteorological Society/CLS America Inc. Scholarship worth $2,500 for nine months in each of his first two years studying meteorology at N.C. State University. Rackliffe is the son of Brenda and Gary Rackliffe of Apex.

Cary student wins character-based scholarship

Emelen Clemmons, a student at Cary Academy, was one of this year’s 13 winners of the Horatio Alger N.C. Scholarship. Clemmons received a $5,000 scholarship for college with housing, support services and further financial aid.

Winners were chosen based on their commitment to education, community service and “strength of character in overcoming personal obstacles to achieve academic excellence,” according to the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans.

Local teachers named STAR Discovery Educators

Discovery Education named some local teachers STAR Discovery Educators for their work with digital learning in October.

The following teachers earned the designation:

In Apex: Patricia Franklin of Apex Middle; Jane Jacobs of Middle Creek Elementary; Brandon Mize of Salem Elementary; and Christine Sales of West Lake Elementary.

In Cary: Melissa Malamutt of Carpenter Elementary; Lori Cavaco of Cary Elementary; Enola Grice of Farmington Woods Elementary; Andria D’Errico, Susan Mosher and Kerri Traynor of Davis Drive Elementary; Stephanie Fiedler of Davis Drive Middle; Susan Rhodes of Kingswood Elementary; Jennifer Zoller of Weatherstone Elementary; and Shwety Goswami, Tara Jackson and Sharon Jewett of West Cary Middle.

In Fuquay-Varina: Lynn Henderson, Susan Miller, Courtney Penland and James Pete of Herbert Akins Road Elementary.

In Holly Springs: Rachel Woods of Holly Springs High.

In Morrisville: Janis Gould of Morrisville Elementary.

West Lake Middle School PTSA fundraiser

The West Lake Middle School PTSA will collect donations to buy new computers and other technology for the school until Monday, Dec. 2. Cash or check donations can be brought to school by kids, dropped off at the school’s main office in an envelope marked “WLMS PTSA” or mailed to West Lake Middle School, 4600 West Lake Road, Apex, NC 27539.

IMProv at Cary High School

Students will perform in competitive IMProv shows at 7 p.m. one Friday a month from November through May in the drama studio at Cary High School, 638 Walnut St. Shows will be Nov. 15, Dec. 13, Jan. 24, Feb. 14, March 21, April 11 and May 16. Admission is $2.

Band on the Run 5K

The Fuquay-Varina High School band will host the Band on the Run 5K at 9 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, at 201 Bengal Blvd., Fuquay-Varina. A mile-long fun run and walk will start at 8:30 a.m. Registration costs $25. Details: www.

Holiday Boutique

Salem Middle School in Apex will host a vendor and craft fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, at 6150 Old Jenks Road. Admission is free. More than 25 local artists and vendors will sell their crafts to raise money for the Salem Middle School Blue Notes Jazz Choir.

Project management classes

Weekday PMP preparation classes for PMI project management certification will begin at 8 a.m. Monday, Nov. 18, at Wake Technical Community College’s Business and Industry Center, 3434 Kildaire Farm Road, Cary. For details, contact Michael Moore at 919-335-1043, or

Thales Academy tours

Thales Academy will host tours for prospective students and families of the junior high and high school 8-9 a.m. and the kindergarten to fifth-grade school 8:30-9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19, at 1177 Ambergate Station, Apex. For details about the school, go to

Scholastic book fair

The Methodist Children’s Center of First United Church’s annual Scholastic book fair will be from 8:45-9:45 a.m. and noon-1:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 18, to Thursday, Nov. 21, in the Templeton Building, room 118, 121 Waldo St., Cary. Family Night with Clifford the Dog will be from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20. For details, go to

Concert at Green Hope High School

Green Hope High School’s Voices of Hope chorus will perform “100 Years of Broadway” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, to Saturday, Nov. 23, at 2500 Carpenter Upchuch Road, Cary. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students and kids.

Holiday Shoppe

Cary Academy’s annual Holiday Shoppe will be open Thursday, Dec. 5 through Saturday, Dec. 7, at 1500 N. Harrison Ave. Admission is free. For details and each day’s hours, go to

Scholarship contest

The Fuquay-Varina American Legion Post 116 will hold its annual High School Oratorical Contest at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 4, at 6400 Johnson Pond Road. The winner of the state competition will receive $1,500; national winners will receive up to $18,000. Register by Dec. 14. For details and applications, email Kathy Koch at or go to

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

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