Midtown Raleigh News

School Notes, June 5

‘The Nation’ writing contest

“The Nation” is accepting entries for its 2013 Student Writing Contest. Entries can be up to 800 words and must address the following prompt: It’s clear that the political system in the U.S. isn’t working for many. If you had to pick one root cause underlying our broken politics, what would it be and why?

The contest is open to all rising high school students and undergraduates at U.S. schools, colleges and universities, as well as students who have received high school or college degrees in 2013.

Ten finalists and two winners will be selected. The winners will receive $1,000 and a lifetime subscription to “The Nation.” Finalists will receive $200 each and a subscription.

Entries must be submitted to studentprize@thenation.com by Saturday, June 30. For more information, visit www.thenation.com/student-writing-contest.

Scholarship awarded

Matthew Yeager, a senior at North Raleigh Christian Academy, was awarded the Siemens Merit Scholarship. The scholarship is given to children of Siemens U.S. employees and will provide $4,000 for college tuition.

Teachers awarded grants

Wake Education Partnership has awarded more than $70,000 in Teacher Leadership grants to Wake County Public School teachers. Grants are awarded based on sustainability of a program, contributions to professional development and improved student achievement.

The following teachers received grants in these categories:

Art – Christine Eason, Brier Creek Elementary, and Elizabeth Luna, Athens Drive High.

Exceptional Children with Autism – Trisha Dillon, Sycamore Creek Elementary, and Laura Palacios, Heritage High.

Early Childhood Literacy – Joan Certa-Moore, Brooks Museums Magnet Elementary, and Beth Schetter, Lacy Elementary.

General – Karyn Gloden, Wake Young Women’s Leadership Academy; Amanda Hummel, Hilburn Academy; Susan Klaric, Carroll Leadership and Technology Magnet Middle; Ed Ryan, Yates Mill Elementary; and David Sammons, Sanderson High.

Life Science – Beth Campbell, Mount Vernon School; Janet Pride, A.B. Combs Elementary; and Jodi Riedel, Wakefield High.

Math – Kelly Carroll, Millbrook Elementary.

Nutrition Health – Laura Piraino, Exploris Middle, and Jeannie Ransone, Sanderson High.

Additionally, Marlana Donald of Hope Elementary Charter received the Dr. Sherri Merritt Literacy Scholarship.

Waalkes named to Dean’s List

Thomas Waalkes, son of Dr. Michael and Michele Waalkes of Raleigh, has been named to the Dean’s List for the 2012 spring semester at Hope College in Michigan.

To be named to the Dean’s List, a student must have a grade point average of 3.5

Rising kindergartners at Marbles

Marbles Kids Museum will hold a Kickoff to Kindergarten event from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, June 7, at its location at 201 E. Hargett St., Raleigh. The program is for rising year-round kindergartners and their families. Participants will learn what to expect on their first day of kindergarten. The event is free, and registration is required at 919-834-4040.

Wake Electric offering grant programs

Teachers can apply for grants up to $3,000 in Wake Electric’s Classroom Technology Awards grant program and the Bright Ideas grant program for the 2013-14 school year until Sept. 12. Eligible teachers include public school K-12 working in Durham, Franklin, Granville, Johnston, Nash, Vance and Wake counties.

Classroom Technology Award grants will be awarded in any discipline for specific technology such as computers, digital cameras, scanners and software. The technology must benefit the students in the classroom. To apply, visit call 919-863-6312 or visit www.wemc.com/classawards.aspx.

Bright Ideas grants will be awarded directly to teachers for creative, hands-on classroom projects that would not otherwise be funded. To apply, teachers must include a budget, explain the creative elements, implementation, goals and evaluation of the project, and have approval from the school principal. Applications will be judged in a competitive evaluation process. For details, visit www.ncbrightideas.com.