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Sanderson presents Holocaust Cantata

Sanderson High School will present “Holocaust Cantata: Songs from the Camps” by Donald McCullough at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 1, at the school. Professional soloists will join narrators and Sanderson’s chorus, accompanied by piano and cello, to perform songs and stories originally written by prisoners inside Nazi concentration camps in Poland.

The multimedia event will include an exhibit of original student works inspired by their studies of the Holocaust. Doors open at 6 p.m. for the art exhibit.

Admission is free. For more information, email Jennifer Bennett at jbennett@wcpss.net.

Teachers named Kenan Fellows

The following Wake County Public School System teachers are among 44 teachers honored as the Class of 2013 for the Kenan Fellows Program for Curriculum and Leadership Development: Priscilla Chappell of Enloe Magnet High, Jasmine Hart of Sanderson High, Carrie Horton of the Wake N.C. State STEM Early College High School, Whitney Masterson of Wakefield High, Erica Speaks of Durant Road Middle and Michelle Woods of Centennial Campus Magnet Middle.

Kenan Fellows spend five weeks in the summer with mentors from universities, innovative industries and professional educators and two weeks in a Summer Institute.

Fellows work in labs, develop new research skills, engage in leadership workshops and build professional relationships with colleagues. As their research progresses, they use the summer experience to create lessons that are adapted to the subjects they teach.

They continue developing their projects in the fall and present their lessons at professional conferences throughout the next year.

Chappell, Hart and Speaks will work with Dr. Julie Joslin, from the N.C. Department of Public Instruction on “Creating a Virtual Library of Common Core Concepts for Site-Based Professional Development-ELA.” The project sponsor will be the N.C. Department of Public Instruction.

Horton will work with Matt Sears and Demond McKenzie of the N.C. New Schools Project on “Project Based Learning in North Carolina Energy and Sustainability.” The project sponsor will be the New Schools Project.

Masterson will work with Dr. Valerie Barlow and Jeanene Martin of WakeMed on “Possibilities in the Healthcare Profession.” The project sponsor will be WakeMed.

Woods will work with Sam Morris of Lenovo on “Partnering to Enable Innovative Teaching Practices.” The project sponsor will be Lenovo.

The Kenan Fellows Program selected N.C. public school teachers after a competitive application and interview process.

Ravenscroft students earn awards

Ravenscroft’s Upper School thespians and musicians earned a number of awards at recent statewide and national competitions.

March 16-17 in Winston-Salem, 13 Upper School students competed in the N.C. Thespian Festival, where they earned both superior and excellent ratings. The Festival is an opportunity for students to meet and exchange ideas with other Thespian troupes throughout the state. Students may also perform an audition piece to be adjudicated by theatre professionals at the N.C. School of the Arts. English Bernhardt also earned the “Critics Choice” for solo musical with her rendition of “Fly, Fly Away.”

March 22-26, the Ravenscroft Upper School Band traveled to Festival Disney in Orlando. The band performed at the Premier Theater in Disney Hollywood and attended a performance workshop with a nationally recognized clinician. The band received a superior rating for its performance and the Silver Trophy. Perry Dubow also received an award for outstanding flute soloist.

The Upper School Strings Ensemble traveled to the Washington, D.C., area March 23-25. The group participated in a competition sponsored by World Strides’ Heritage Performance organization in Leesburg, Va., winning the maximum possible number of Gold Awards. Ravenscroft received a Gold Award Heritage Festival Plaque, signifying that the group scored above a 90, placing them in the top level of the competition; a Heritage Festival Adjudicator’s Award trophy, signifying a score above a certain level within the gold range; a Heritage Festival Top Orchestra trophy; and an invitation to perform in the National Festival of Gold in Chicago’s Symphony Hall.

Sanderson yearbook earns recognition

The Sanderson High Yearbook, That’s Epic, has been recognized for excellence and featured in the 2012 Gotcha Covered Look Book, Volume 10 celebrating the best-of-the-best in yearbook design and creation.

That’s Epic was created by students Sheena Patel, Kayla Dobyns, Yvonne McKenna, Katie Lee, Tiffany Owen, Moriah Smiley, Silvina Pereiria, Morgan Gowarty, Brianna Joi Ramos, Ivy Culver, Maggie Clerkin, Madison O’Boyle, Courtney Gilman, Luci Van Vleck, Taylor Wood, Rachel Gaunce, Sidney Kazmierczak and Brittan Coats under the direction of Whitney Chapman, Sanderson’s yearbook adviser.

The Sanderson book was one of 400 yearbooks selected from about 3,000.

Lifelong Learning Program

Wake County schools will offer the following classes through its Lifelong Learning Program. For more information, contact 919-431-7593 or lifelonglearning@wcpss.net.

The following classes are offered at Millbrook High School:

Answering All Your Questions About Islam: 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesdays, May 16-July 18, $65.

Simple Web Page Design: 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, May 16-23, $85.

GRE/GMAT Exam Math Prep: 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursdays, May 17-July 19, $155.

Medical Billing I & II: 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, May 17-June 7, $230.

Free Vacations: Travel Free Plus Make Money Doing It: 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 30, $33.

The following classes are offered at Sanderson High School:

Guitar Made Fun and Easy: 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays, May 16-June 13, Thursdays, May 17-June 14, Mondays, May 21-June 18 or Tuesdays, May 22-June 12, $65.

Next Level Guitar: 8 to 9:30 p.m. Thursdays, May 17-June14, Wednesdays, May 16-June 13, $75 or Mondays, May 21-June 18, Tuesdays, May 22-June 12, $65

Simply Gourmet Presents Latin Cuisine: 6:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, May 16, $45.

Strength Training Basics - Fit to be 50+: 7 to 8 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, May 16- June 13, $65

Zumba Hip Hop Fusion: 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, May 17- June 19, $40

How to Start and Run Your Own Business: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Mondays, May 21- June 18, $175.

Supermarket Strategies: A Guide for Grocery Shopping: 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 22, $43

Simply Gourmet Presents “Super Easy Italian”: 6:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, May 23, $45

Spanish for Real Life Part 1: 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesdays, May 29- July 24, $160.