Cary News

School notes: May 30

Carpenter Elementary School

Carpenter Elementary School will hold a family fun night from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, June 1, at the outdoor science camp, Camp Chameleon. There will be food, music and games. Bring a chair or blanket.

Cary Homeschoolers

Cary Homeschoolers will hold a student showcase from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, June 2 at the Middle Creek Community Center, 123 Middle Creek Park Ave., Cary. Displays will include many different disciplines and approaches to education and cover a wide range of ages. There will be special exhibits and demonstrations by award-winning FIRST Lego League and FIRST Robotics Competition teams. Pre-registration is required. To register, call 919-388-7913 or visit

Davis Drive Middle School

Davis Drive Middle School recently participated in a couple of eco-friendly competitions.

The first competition was conducted by the N.C. Triangle Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council in partnership with the Wake County Public School System. The competition included four Wake County Middle Schools; Davis Drive, Holly Grove, Moore Square Museums Magnet and Wake Forest.

Each school had a school-based club or class that monitored the schools’ environmental impact and implemented strategies to reduce that impact. The Davis Drive school teams comprising of “Eco-Warriors,” “Green Wars Club” and “Electric Car Club” worked throughout the school year to gather recycling, create recycling videos for the school, create a bulletin board for the school to learn about endangered animals, audit the school for energy and water wastage, build small solar powered cars and conduct indoor air quality audits.

Davis Drive was awarded second place and a check for $1,250 at an awards ceremony gala on April 28.

The Davis Drive Middle School Electric Car Club also participated in the Sustainable Transportation Education Program competition on May 5. A team of 25 Davis Drive students participated in the process. They worked for months designing and building a model electric car and a solar charging station. Davis Drive won first place in the technical report category of the competition.

Fuquay-Varina Middle School

Five Fuquay-Varina police officers spent 13 weeks teaching 300 seventh graders the Gang Resistance Education and Training middle school curriculum, a violence prevention program specifically directed at teens. Before graduating, students chose to do a service project as part of their training and collected more than 1,500 pounds of food for the Fuquay-Varina Emergency Food Bank. In total, more than 700 kids will graduate from the program this year.

Instructors for the program include Sergeant Scottie Hinton, Officer Wayne Dauphinais, Officer Allison Pasterick, Corporal Cindy Perna and Corporal Mike McDonald.

Green Hope High School

Senior Field Day will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, May 31, immediately following the Senior Awards Ceremony at 8:30 a.m. in the school gym. Seniors must wear cap, gown and nice shoes. Parents are encouraged to attend the award ceremony. Senior students should bring a change of clothes and shoes to participate in field day activities.

Holly Springs High School

The Holly Springs High School baccalaureate service for the class of 2012 will be at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, June 3, at Hope Community Church, 821 Buck Jones Road, Raleigh. Participation is voluntary and seniors should arrive at 3 p.m. The service will include a cap and gown procession, music, various forms of participation by seniors and Austin Carty as the motivational guest speaker. Please RSVP to and include the senior student in the total number that will be attending.

The Holly Springs High School Golden Hawks Club will hold their final general membership meeting for the school year at 7 p.m. Monday, June 4 in the media center. All parents, guardians and supporters of student athletes are encouraged to attend; especially those with rising freshman students.

Lifelong Learning

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

Athens Drive High School

• Historias cortas en Espanol, Wednesdays, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., May 30-July 25, $105

• Word for Windows Intro, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6:45 to 9:15 p.m., June 5-14, $85

• Ukranian Cuisine, Tuesdays, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., June 6-July 24, $100

• SEO Writing/Writing for the Web, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., June 6, $60

Reedy Creek Middle School

• Spanish for Real Life Part 1, Thursdays, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., May 31-July 26, $160

• Chinese Brush Painting, Tuesdays, 6:30 to 9 p.m., June 5-July 17, $90