School Notes: Nov. 20.

November 18, 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

• 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.

• Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers: 6:30-9:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 18, $48.

Reedy Creek Middle School

• 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 student attends conservation workshop

An Apex student was selected to attend the 2013 Resource Conservation Workshop last summer at N.C. State.

Grant Jones from Middle Creek High School was sponsored by the Wake Soil & Water Conservation District. Along with 95 other high school students from across the state, Grant learned management best practices from natural resources professionals in forestry, soils, water quality and wildlife.

At the end of the weeklong workshop, students took an exam to qualify for scholarships and cash awards.

Cary student chosen as N.C. delegate for science camp

Dhruv Jain of Cary, a 2013 graduate of Enloe High School in Raleigh, was chosen as one of the N.C. delegates to join more than 120 other top science students from around the country and the world last summer at the 2013 National Youth Science Camp in West Virginia. The camp was a three-week immersion in science lectures and directed studies with working scientists and professors. Students also took part in outdoor adventures like climbing, camping and mountain biking.

The camp is hosted by the National Youth Science Foundation, a nonprofit that aims to encourage youth interest and excellence in science.

Preschool fundraiser raises $6,000

Preschoolers and community members at The Learning Experience in Apex and Holly Springs raised $3,000 through a candy drive to buy bicycles for kids in need. Jon and Darcel Cumbo, owners of The Learning Experience preschools in Apex and Holly Springs, matched the donations to raise a total of $6,000.

Cary school gives quilts to veterans

Veterans spoke to middle school students at Cary Academy on Veterans Day, Nov. 11. After the speeches, the Durham Orange Quilters Guild and the Tuesday Group gave handmade quilts to each veteran.

Green Hope competes in Bands of America

Green Hope High School’s marching band competed in the Bands of America Grand National Championship on Nov. 17 in Indianapolis. In October, Green Hope’s band earned the highest score for N.C. and won third place in a regional competition in Winston-Salem. It also won the award for Outstanding Music and placed in the finals at another October regional competition in Maryland.

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.

Toy drive

Holly Grove Middle School of Holly Springs will collect donated toys for the Ronald McDonald House until Thursday, Dec. 12, at 1401 Avent Ferry Road, Holly Springs.

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. 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.

Flapjack Fundraiser

The Middle Creek High School softball team will host a Flapjack Fundraiser to raise money for uniforms and equipment 8-10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, at Applebee’s, 5158 N.C. 42 West, Garner. Tickets cost $7 at the door or at 919-616-1644.

Day of Shopping

The Cary Elementary School PTA will host a Day of Shopping to beat the Black Friday rush 2-5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24, in the Oxford Hunt Clubhouse, 120 Fallsworth Drive.

Thales Academy tours

Thales Academy of Apex will host tours of the junior high and high school programs 8-9 a.m. and the elementary school 8:30-9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3, at 1177 Ambergate Station. For details, go to

Holiday Shoppe at Cary Academy

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

Cary High School Concert Chorus performances

The Cary High School Concert Chorus will sing in downtown Cary’s Olde Time Winter Festival at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 7. The group will sing again in the Candlelight Tea at 3 p.m. at Raleigh Moravian Church, 1816 Ridge Road.

Winter Choral Concert

The Winter Choral Concert of the Cary High School Fine Arts Department will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, in the school’s auditorium, 638 Walnut St. The Women’s Ensemble, A Capella Ensemble, Concert Chorus and Cary High School Orchestra will perform. Admission is $5 for adults, $2 for students, with a family maximum of $15.

Cary High School book fair

The Cary High School performing arts book fair will be 9 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, at Barnes & Noble, 760 SE Maynard Road, Cary. The school’s orchestra will perform at 1 p.m., and the Concert Chorus will perform at 5:30 p.m. Participate online at with ID number 11211117.

Cary High School chorus sings at the Capitol

The Cary High School Concert Chorus will sing at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 13, in the N.C. State Capitol Rotunda, 1 E. Edenton St., Raleigh.

IMProv at Cary High School

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

State government internships

The State Government Internship Program will accept applications from N.C. residents attending colleges, universities, technical institutes or community colleges until Monday, Dec. 16. Internships will be from May to August. For details, call 919-807-4400 or 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

Genesis Christian Preschool tours

Genesis United Methodist Church Christian Preschool will host tours for the 2014-15 school year at 10 a.m. Jan. 8, 9, 16 and 17, at 850 High House Road, Cary. Reservations are not required. For details, 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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