Midtown Raleigh News

School Notes, Sept. 12

St. Timothy’s names athletic director

Tracey Woodward has been appointed the new athletic director at St. Timothy’s School.

Woodward ran track and cross country and played basketball, soccer and tennis in high school. She continued with basketball, soccer and tennis on the collegiate level. The mother of three, who has taught algebra at St. Timothy’s for five years, has coached baseball, softball and basketball for her children’s teams.

A graduate of Vanderbilt University with a master’s degree in applied physics, Woodward worked for 10 years as an engineer.

Woodward replaces Josh White, who has left his administrative duties to pursue a career in the classroom.

Awards help students study textiles

Two students with local ties were among this year’s recipients of the N.C. Textile Foundation Centennial Scholarships, which are valued at nearly $50,000 each and are aimed to help students pursue a textile-related degree at N.C. State.

Robert William Keefe of Raleigh, a recent graduate of Enloe High School, plans to study textile technology starting this fall.

Emily Susan Price of New Bern, a graduate of the N.C. School of Science and Mathematics in Durham, plans to major in textile engineering with a concentration in chemical processing.

Both Robert and Emily attended the College of Textiles Summer Textile Exploration Program the summer before their senior year of high school.

Dartmouth alumni honor students

Several area students were named Dartmouth Book Award winners for 2012.

The award, administered here by local alumni of Dartmouth College, is intended to encourage intellectual excellence and to reward student achievement. Recipients are high school juniors selected by faculty and staff of participating schools. The criteria include ranking in the top 10 percent of the class, strong moral character, excellence in at least one non-academic area, leadership and foreign-language proficiency.

Local winners Jamie Elizabeth Park of St. David’s School in Raleigh; Allyson Perez of Cardinal Gibbons High School in Raleigh; Jordan Peterkin of Southeast Raleigh High School; Jonathan Tseng of Raleigh Charter High School; and Rachael Wills of Broughton High School in Raleigh.

Brains and Bodies Workshop Series

Parents, teachers and school staff are invited to join Advocates for Health in Action for its 2012-2013 Brains and Bodies Workshop Series, which kicks off from 10 a.m. to noon Thursday, Sept. 13, at N.C. PTA, 3501 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh. The first workshop is titled Creating Healthier Schools – Forming a High-functioning School Wellness Committee.

The free, interactive workshop will focus on why wellness committees are important, how to form one, who should be involved and what the committee can do to make the school a healthier environment for students, staff and families.

Panelists will include wellness committee members from Brains and Bodies Award-winning schools. Hear about their successes and challenges and how they are making an impact at their school. Registration is required. To register, visit www.surveymonkey.com/s/BrainsandBodiesWorkshop.

Wake County College Fair

The 2012 Wake County College Fair is scheduled from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16, at N.C. State University’s McKimmon Center, 1101 Gorman St., Raleigh. The fair provides families a chance to talk with admissions officials from more than 100 colleges, many located in North Carolina. Free sessions on financial aid and college planning are included.

Heritage PTSA offers movie and discussion

The Heritage High School PTSA will offer two free showings of the movie “Race To Nowhere,” followed by discussion. The showings will begin at 3 and 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16, at Heritage High School, 1150 Forestville Road, Wake Forest. The documentary film is about the pressures students are under in today’s schools. For more information, visit www.racetonowhere.com/about-film.

School system offers parent workshops

Wake County is offering the following parent workshops:

How to Understand Common Core and Essential Standards, Tuesday, Sept. 18

Navigating the WCPSS system, Tuesday, Sept. 25

Supporting Literacy and Math at Home for Elementary Students, Tuesday, Oct. 2

College is Possible, Tuesday, Oct. 24

Understanding Special Education, Tuesday, Oct. 30

Understanding the U.S. Educational System, Tuesday, Nov. 6

All workshops run from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Millbrook Magnet High, 2201 Spring Forest Road, Raleigh. Child care is available for children 4-13 years old.

All sessions are free, but parents must register to attend. To register or for more information, go to www.wcpss.net/parent-academy or call 919-431-7411.

Church offers college prep workshop

St. Paul AME Church will present its annual college prep workshop from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22. Lunch will be included.

The free workshop will teach parents and students how to navigate the college application and financial aid process. Other topics will include time management, study skills, NCAA eligibility, credit card debt. Registration is required; to register, call 919-832-2709.

Cape Fear River Watch scholarship contest

Cape Fear River Watch is offering a scholarship essay contest for high school seniors.

The contest, meant to promote interest in environmental conservation, was created to engage students pursing college majors in environmental sciences, biology and wildlife and habitat conservation, as well as to give financial aid for tuition.

The grand prize winner will receive $1,000 toward education expenses at an accredited North Carolina university. The contest opens Oct. 1, and essays must be submitted by Jan. 15.

For more information, visit www.capefearriverwatch.org, call 910- 762-5606 or email Kay Lynn Plummer-Hernandez at kaylynn@cfrw.us.