Southwest Wake News

July 29, 2014

School Notes: July 30.

School news from western Wake County.

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 Conversational Spanish II: 6:30-9 p.m. Mondays, Aug. 18-Oct. 20, $125.
• Electrical Contractor’s Exam Preparation: 6:30-9:30 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays, Aug. 18-Dec. 18, $290.
• Ballroom Dancing: 7:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Aug. 26-Nov. 4, $100.
• Parent & Teen Night Out: Viva Latin America!: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 28, $58.
• PowerPoint Introduction: 6:45-9:15 p.m. Tuesdays, Aug. 19-Sept. 9, $85.
• Servsafe Certification: 6:30-9:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, Aug. 25-27, $125.
• Spanish for School Personnel (Lessons 0-6): 6:30-9:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Aug. 26-Nov. 25, $162.

Reedy Creek Middle School

• Triangle Youth Jazz Ensemble: 7-9 p.m. Wednesdays, Aug. 27-Dec. 17, $145.
• Spanish Short Stories: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursdays, Aug. 28-Nov. 20, $121.

Student exchange program

World Heritage Student Exchange Program is looking for host families for high school boys and girls from Scandinavia, France, Germany, Italy, Thailand, China, South Korea and former Soviet Republics. Couples, single parents and families with or without children can host a teenager for the 2014-15 school year. Applications will be accepted through Thursday, July 31. To apply, call local area representative Erin Kalbarczyk at 919-924-4679 or 1-800-888-9040, or go to

Cary student earns scholarship

Kimberly Ellis of Cary earned a Local Government Federal Credit Union Scholarship Award. The scholarship program recognizes students’ achievement in academic work and extracurricular activities. Ellis plans to attend UNC-Wilmington.

Holly Springs student earns scholarship

Aliyah Echols, a 2014 graduate of Holly Springs High School, earned a $500 college scholarship for books and materials from the Holly Springs Martin Luther King Jr. Committee. She is the group’s first scholarship winner. Echols plans to attend East Carolina University.

Thales Academy expands

Thales Academy held a ground-breaking ceremony for a new junior high and high school building on July 23. The new campus is at 1200 N. Salem St., Apex. For information about Thales Academy, go to

Green Hope PTSA

The Green Hope High School PTSA in Cary is looking for officers, committee chairs and volunteers for the 2014-15 school year. For details, email Dee Deanhardt at or Chelly Williams at

The PTSA is looking for volunteers for back-to-school events. Parents and students are welcome to volunteer. To sign up, go to

The PTSA also seeks parent volunteers for students’ senior-year events. For details, email Dee Deanhardt at

Green Hope freshman orientation

Green Hope High School’s Falcon Freshman Orientation for last names begininng with A through K will be from 8:30 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Aug. 6, with parent orientation from 11:15 a.m. to noon, at 2500 Carpenter Upchurch Road, Cary. Freshman orientation for last names beginning with L through Z will be from 8:30 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Aug. 12, with parent orientation from 11:15 a.m. to noon. Students will tour the school and pick up class schedules. For details, go to

Give Us an A

Wake Electric has a drawing for 40 $25 Visa gift cards for students who receive at least one A (or its equivalent) on their report cards through the Give Us an A program. Students in any grade in several North Carolina counties, including Wake, may enter.

To enter, students need a copy of the report card with A grades highlighted, parents’ or guardians’ names, a home address, the name of their school, a phone number and an email address that is regularly checked. For details, go to

150 Days of Giving

Wake Education Partnership is participating in First Tennessee Foundation’s 150 Days of Giving campaign to donate $5,000 to a different nonprofit each day through Thursday, Aug. 21, in an online voting competition. For details or to vote, go to

Photo essay competition

The Cary Photographic Artists will sponsor a photo essay competition for Wake County students in ninth through 12th grade. Cash prizes range from $50 to $150, and the competition will end with an exhibit. For details, go to

To enter, choose one of four themes: “America to Me,” “Home Town Pride,” “Student Life” or “Our Natural World.” Send four images for your theme and a paragraph relating your photography to the theme to between Monday, Sept. 1, and Thursday, Jan. 15.

Classroom Technology Awards

Wake Electric will accept applications from teachers for the Classroom Technology Awards grant program through Monday, Sept. 15. Grants of up to $3,000 are available. For details or to apply, call 919-863-6312 or 1-800-474-6300, email or go to

Young Composers Competition

The Greensboro Symphony Youth Orchestra’s Young Composers Competition will accept submissions through Wednesday, Oct. 15. The competition will be open to North Carolina high school students who are 18 or younger. The competition will target professionally focused composers with professional composition teachers or mentors, but all submissions will be considered. The winning composition will be performed by the Greensboro Symphony Youth Orchestra and will be included in a CD. For details, go to

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