Cary News

School Notes: April 23.

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(nests under lifelong learning)

• Facets of Facebook: 6:30-9:30 p.m. Monday, May 5, $35.

• A Tour of Classroom Web 2.0 Tools: 6:30-9:30 p.m. Thursdays, May 8-29, $125.

• Free Vacations – Travel Free Plus Make Money Doing It: 6-9:30 p.m. Thursday, May 15, $48.

• Beauty Nite Prom Prep: 6:30-9:30 p.m. Thursday, May 15, $60.

• SMART Technology in the Classroom Level 1: 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, June 10-12, $125.

Reedy Creek Middle School

• FIT Session 1: Steps to Successful Money Management: 6:30-9:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 29, $48.

• FIT Session 2: Get Out of Debt!: 6:30-9:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 6, $48.

Holly Springs choir competes

Holly Springs High School’s Colla Voce choir performed in the Atlanta Music Festival in March. Colla Voce won the first-place gold rating in its category, an Adjudicators’ Award and the Outstanding Choral Award for the highest scores in the competition.

Wake Tech honors Apex and Cary students

Vesal Bizieff and David Wingler of Apex and Kumar Chandrashekaran of Cary earned the Wake Tech Community College President’s Award for Excellence, the highest achievement in the school.

Local teachers attend NCCAT seminars

Adam Barabasz of Salem Middle School in Apex and Lynn Rustay and Sally Walton of Holly Ridge Elementary School in Holly Springs participated in North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching seminars.

Holly Ridge teacher participates in STEM program

Kara Schwartz of Holly Ridge Middle School in Holly Springs is one of 50 teachers participating in the Siemens STEM Institute fellowship. Participants in the weeklong program learn about hands-on STEM teaching in August in Washington, D.C.

Highcroft Drive students compete in Odyssey of the Mind

Highcroft Drive Elementary School students won the Silver Medal in the Odyssey of the Mind state finals competition on April 5 in Wingate, N.C. The team is invited to compete in the world finals from May 28 to June 1 in Iowa. The school’s team members are Katie Guess, Nayab Hajimohammad, Saadhvi Mamidi, Nrithya Renganathan and Andrew Wang. The team was coached by Gayatri Renganathan and Laasya Renganathan.

Fuquay-Varina internships

The town of Fuquay-Varina is offering three-week summer internships to high school students who are juniors or seniors. Interns will work in town departments. Apply for the unpaid internship program by Friday, April 25. For details, go to

Spring Vendor Fair and Bar-B-Q Sale

The Holly Springs High School Choral Boosters will host a Spring Vendor Fair and Bar-B-Q Sale on Saturday, April 26, at Holly Springs High School, 5329 Cass Holt Road. The vendor fair will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and barbecue plate sales for $8 will be from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Mother’s Day and graduation gifts will be sold. The school’s Student Directed Play Festival will follow the fair at 7 p.m. For more information or to participate as a vendor, go to

Spring Carnival

The Middle Creek Elementary School Spring Carnival will be from 4-8 p.m. Saturday, April 26, at 110 Middle Creek Park Ave., Apex. There will be food, a video game truck, giant trike races, a Flow Circus performance and mini golf. Admission costs $10 for kids older than 5 and $6 for ages 5 and younger.

Garden grants

Moe’s Southwest Grill and the Alice Aycock Poe Center for Health Education will give two $1,000 grants to elementary schools’ gardens. Vote for finalists through Wednesday, April 30, at the Triangle Moe’s Southwest Grill Facebook page at Winners will be announced Friday, May 2.

Green Tie Gala

The Cary High School Fine Arts Department will present the Green Tie Gala at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 1, in the school auditorium, 638 Walnut St., Cary. There will be food served by students, music by the school orchestra, an art exhibit and performances by choral, band, orchestral and drama students. Admission is free. Donations will be collected for The Carying Place.

Green Hope PTSA scholarships

Green Hope High School seniors who join the PTSA by Friday, May 2, may apply to win one of three $500 scholarships toward vocational school, community college or a four-year college or university in the fall of 2014. For details, go to

Friday Night Lights

Green Hope High School’s Friday Night Lights dance for the classes of 2016 and 2017 will be from 7:30-10:30 p.m. Friday, May 2, at 2599 Carpenter Upchurch Road, Cary. Students must turn in permission forms to receive free tickets. Forms are online at and can be turned in during lunch on Tuesday, April 15, Wednesday, April 16, or Thursday, April 17.

The Green Hope High School PTSA is looking for parents to volunteer or bring dessert. If you are interested, sign up at

StreetSafe at Green Hope

StreetSafe, a driving program for teenagers, will be at Green Hope High School from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, May 3, at 2500 Carpenter Upchurch Road, Cary. Registration will be open later in April at For more information, email Diana Bader at

Spring Choral Concert

The Fine Arts Department of Cary High School will present the Spring Choral Concert at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 15, in the school auditorium at 638 Walnut St., Cary. Admission costs $5 for adults and $2 for students, up to $15 per family.

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. The last show will be on May 16. Admission is $2.

Falcon Night

Green Hope High School’s PTSA is looking for volunteers for Falcon Night, an after-prom party on Saturday, May 17. If you would like to help, contact Jean Miller at