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School Notes

Bugg wins at Battle of Basketballs

The Bugg Elementary Ball Handlers Club won the Wake schools Battle of the Basketballs team trophy and had six students earn top honors in individual skill competitions.

The team of third-, fourth- and fifth-grade students was coached by physical education teacher Jessica Hook and third-grade teacher Roxanne Sykes.

Ball handling involves manipulating a basketball with hands, feet, arms, and legs around, over, under, through various stationary and moving parts of the body. Students are expected to complete daily homework of skill repetition practice and attend morning practices at school.

The team competes in an individual skill and team routine competition every year at the Networks Battle of the Basketballs. Coaches break the song down beat by beat to create choreography to the student-selected music. Students use their math, music, body and inter personal smarts to ensure the routine looks sharp and rhythmic.

All of the students complete weekly written and action character assignments, which are built upon at practice through different social situations that naturally occur in sport.

Barwell students visit N.C. State

Barwell Road Renaissance Elementary students and mentors from Boys To Men and Helping Hands are endeavoring to “Be the Person We Want to Be” with a trip to N.C. State University.

Third-, fourth- and fifth-graders visited N.C. State on March 16 to consider how school success and academic achievement enhance future career and vocational opportunities.

Students visited the Witherspoon African-American Cultural Center, Reynolds Coliseum, library and Tally Student Center. Devonte Reynolds said he liked how the gallery pictures were described and how he learned about art history. The trip inspired students to think about attending college and to picture themselves as college students.

Barwell’s Boys To Men group is made up of young men who are seeking to fulfill their potential as positive leaders in their homes, schools and communities. The Helping Hands mentoring program teams school and community resources to offer African-American male students a hand in achieving success.

Third-grader in chess championship

St. Timothy’s School third-grader Alex Jones tied for first place in the K-3 section of the Wake County Chess Championship on March 11.

Free workshop for PTAs and schools

Advocates for Health in Action will hold a free Brains and Bodies Workshop from 10 a.m. to noon Thursday, March 29, at Bond Park Community Center, 150 Metro Park Drive, Cary. The workshop topic is “For Sale: Healthy Fundraisers, Concessions and School Stores.” Learn how to put a healthier spin on school fundraisers and other sales to create a healthier school environment. Take away practical ideas and solutions and learn what’s working well at other area schools. AHA developed its Brains and Bodies workshop series to provide parents, teachers and administrators with the knowledge and resources to create a healthier school environment and enforce a local wellness policy at little or no cost.

To register, visit www.advocatesforhealthinaction.org/school-health.

Lifelong Learning classes

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

Leesville High School

Historias cortes en Espanol - 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays, April 11 through May 2, $65

Millbrook High School

SAT Prep - 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursdays, April 12 though May 31, $375

PowerPoint Introduction - 7 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesdays, April 11 through May 2, $85.

Spanish Classic Cine - 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays, April 12 through May 3, $65.

Conversational Spanish for Real Life - 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Mondays, April 16 through May 7, $65

Medical Law and Ethics - 6:30 to 9:30 p.m Tuesdays and Thursdays, April 24 through May 8, $125

Sanderson High School

Couponing Basics - 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Monday, April 16, $35

ServSafe Food Safety Training & Certification - 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, April 25 through May 3, $125

Conversational Spanish for Real Life - 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, April 10 to May 1, $65

Guitar Made Fun and Easy - 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays, April 18-May 2, Thursdays, April 19-May 3, Mondays, April 23-May 7 or Tuesdays, April 24-May 1, $65.

Next Level Guitar - 8 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesdays, April 18-May 2, Thursdays, April 19-May 3, Mondays, April 23-May 7, or Tuesdays, April 24-May 1, $65