School Notes: Dec. 11.

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

• Triangle Youth Symphony: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Mondays, Jan. 6-April 21, $127.50.

• Electrical Contractor’s Exam Preparation: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays, Jan. 6-May 7, $300.

• PowerPoint Introduction: 6:45-9:15 p.m. Tuesdays, Jan. 7-28, $85.

• Zumba Basic Fitness: 6:30-7:45 p.m. Tuesdays, Jan. 7-March 4, $65.

• Triangle Youth Philharmonic: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Jan. 7-April 15, $127.50.

Reedy Creek Middle School

• Enjoy Health in an Unhealthy World: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Mondays, Jan. 6-Feb. 24, $125.

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Toy drive at Holly Grove Middle

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

Apex Middle donation drive

Donate gifts, clothes, supplies or gift certificates to Apex Middle School students by Thursday, Dec. 19, at the Cougar Giving Tree at the school, 400 E. Moore St. Each student collecting donations is assigned a number. Send wrapped gifts to the school with the student’s number written on the wrapping. For the wish list of requested donations, go to

Athens Drive High School yearbook racks up wins

Athens Drive High School’s 2013 yearbook, The Torch, won the Tar Heel Award, the N.C. Scholastic Media Association’s top award.

In the large schools category, the yearbook also won the All North Carolina Award; first place in overall copy produced throughout the book and in overall layout; second in overall theme design, overall coverage and overall photography; and third place in cover design.

Individual yearbook staff members earning honors were Kaanchee Gandhi, Sarah Hume, Yasmine Inaya, Kevin Lee and Riley Nociti.

The book also won a Gallery of Excellence Award from Walsworth Publishing.

Triangle Math and Science students raise money for typhoon relief

The Triangle Math and Science Academy Chapters of National Junior Honor Society and Beta Club raised more than $1,700 for victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines in late November.

East Cary Middle School tours

East Cary Middle, a year-round school, will host campus tours for parents of prospective students at 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday, Dec. 9, at 1111 SE Maynard Road, Cary. An open house will be at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, in the auditorium; staff will answer questions and talk about the school’s STEM program that focuses on science, technology, engineering and math.

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

Thales Academy tours

Thales Academy of Apex will host tours of the junior high and high school programs 8-9 a.m. and the K-5 program 8:30-9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17, at 1177 Ambergate Station. For more information, 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

St. Michael School open houses

The St. Michael School in Cary will host open houses. Here’s the schedule:

• 9-10:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 9. Tours are 9-10 a.m., an information session is from 10-10:30 a.m.

• 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16. Tours are 6-7 p.m., an information session is from 7-7:30 p.m.

The school is at 810 High House Road, Cary. 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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