Midtown Raleigh News

School Notes, April 24

Franklin Academy, Exploris Middle win bridge contest

Two local school teams won first place in the annual bridge-building competition held by the N.C. Department of Transportation.

Among high schools, Franklin Academy in Wake Forest won. Exploris in Raleigh won for middle schools.

Students demonstrated math, science and public speaking skills. Each team provided an oral presentation and then had their model bridge tested for efficiency. Winners were chosen based on a combination of the two.

Franklin Academy also was honored for Best Presentation.

Teacher leadership grants available

Wake Education Partnership will offer teacher leadership grants for the 2013-14 year. Grants are available in arts, dental health, early childhood literacy, exceptional children with autism, life science, math, nutrition health, the Dr. Sherri Merritt literacy scholarship and general. The grants award as much as $1,000 for an individual teacher application and $3,000 for a professional team. The application deadline is Friday, April 26. For more information, contact Julie Crain at 919-821-7609 or jcrain@wakeedpartnership.org.

Teen Poetry Contest through libraries

Wake libraries’ annual Teen Poetry Contest will run through April 30. Students in grades 6-12 are invited to submit as many as three original poems. A winner will be chosen in each of four categories: sixth grade, seventh-eighth grade, ninth-10th grade, and 11th-12th grade. Winners will be announced in early May, when they will be honored with a reception and a trophy. For online submissions and entry guidelines, go to www.wakegov.com/libraries/kids. For more information, contact Judy Packer 919-387-4311.

Parent Academy class on summer academic growth

A Parent Academy workshop on supporting academic growth during the summer break is set for 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 30, at Millbrook High School, 2201 Spring Forest Road, Raleigh. The free workshop will provide parents with educational ideas and information about summer camps. Registration is required. Find more information and register at www.wcpss.net/parent-academy.

Short fiction scholarship contest

The Wade Edwards Short Fiction scholarship contest is open to high school juniors through May 1.

The annual competition, administered and supported by the N.C. English Teachers Association and the N.C. Department of Public Instruction, is sponsored by the Wade Edwards Foundation.

The three scholarships, along with a gift to the first-place winner’s English department, total $10,000. For the first time this year, each of the eight NCETA regions will select a winner to receive a $500 scholarship. The first five entries from each region will also receive a $50 gift card. Students from all schools – public, private, charter and home schools – are encouraged to submit their writing.

For more information and an entry form, go to www.wade.org.

Carnival at Millbrook Elementary

A spring carnival is scheduled from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 3, at Millbrook Elementary Magnet School, 150 E. Millbrook Road, Raleigh. The event will feature food, games, prizes, raffles and a rock wall. The cost is $10. For more information or to purchase a ticket, call 919-264-6469.

Trinity Academy to hold K-12 tour

Trinity Academy of Raleigh will hold a tour for grades K-12 at 9 a.m. Friday, May 10, at 10224 Baileywick Road, Raleigh. For more information, visit www.trinityacademy.com.

Lifelong Learning

The Wake school system will offer the following classes through its Lifelong Learning Program. For details, call 919-431-7593 or visit www.wcpss.net/adult-edu.

Millbrook High School

Citizenship Preparation, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, May 21-July 30, free

Introduction to Korean, 6:30 to 9 p.m. May 20-July 22, $150

Korean Conversation, 6:30 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays, May 28-July 30, $150

French Beginning Part 2, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursdays, May 23-July 25, $180

French Beginning Part 3, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesdays, May 22-July 24, $180

Spanish for Beginners, 6:30 to 9:15 p.m. Wednesdays, May 22-July 24, $90

Sanderson High School

Cooking With Summer’s Bounty, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesdays, May 20-July 15, $100

Easy & Elegant Chicken Dinners, 7 to 9:30 p.m. Monday, May 20, $45

Dinner and a Movie, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesdays, May 21-July 9, $100

Cook’s Tour of Latin America and the Caribbean, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursdays, May 23-July 18, $100

Ballroom Dance Certification Rhythm Prep I, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Mondays, May 20-July 29, $600

Yoga & Flexibility, 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, May 21-June 20, $50

Zumba with Candis, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, May 21-June 20, $40

Strength Training Basics – Fit to Be 50+, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, May 29-June 24, $65

French Beginning Part 1, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursdays, May 23-July 25, $180

Spanish for Beginners, 6:30 to 9:15 p.m. Thursdays, May 23-July 25, $90

Voice: A Community Singing Class, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, May 28-July 30, $90

Special Event Planning, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesdays, May 28-July 2, $90

Introduction to Professional Acting and Auditioning, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursdays, May 30-July 25, $90

Scholarship for students with disabilities

Students can apply for Mayor’s Committee scholarships through May 31. The Raleigh Mayor’s Committee for Persons with Disabilities annually awards two $1,000 scholarships to students with disabilities.

Applicants must be residents of Raleigh and must be enrolled in or have been accepted to an accredited undergraduate post-secondary school, college, trade school or other institution of higher learning. The recipients will be chosen based on academic performance, financial need, character, school and community activities, honors or awards, and the ability to express themselves in an essay.

To download an application, visit www.raleighnc.gov and search “mayor’s committee.” For more information, contact Cathey Ector at 919-996-6100 or cathey.ector@raleighnc.gov.