School Notes, April 14

April 13, 2013 

Thales Certamen teams go to semifinals

Thales Academy in Wake Forest sent three Certamen teams to the regional competition at Lakewood Montessori Middle School in Durham. The middle school team and high school intermediate team advanced; another middle school team tied and further advancement will be determined by a coin toss. Advancing teams will compete in semifinal and final rounds in the 62nd N.C. Junior Classical League state convention at Wake Forest University on April 26-27.

Certamen is a quiz-bowl style game in which questions are asked based on material from Latin and ancient Greek and Roman mythology, history and customs.

Panel on drinking, driving

Sanderson High School will hold a panel with Chief District Court Judge Robert Rader and County District Attorney Colon Willoughby from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, April 15, at 5500 Dixon Drive, Raleigh. They will answer legal questions about underage drinking, driving, parties and more. All Wake County parents can attend. For more information, call 919-881-4800 or visit sandersonhs.wcpss.net/ptsa.

Wake Forest Thales to hold K-5 tour

Thales Academy will hold a tour for grades K-5 from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 16, at 3106 Heritage Trade Drive, Wake Forest. For more information, go to www.thalesacademy.org.

Raleigh Thales to hold K-5 tour

Thales Academy will hold a tour for grades K-5 from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 16, at 8151 Town Drive, Raleigh. For more information, visit www.thalesacademy.org.

Parent Academy class on bullying

A Parent Academy workshop on how to identify bullying and protect your child is set for 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 16, at Millbrook High School, 2201 Spring Forest Road, Raleigh. The free workshop will provide parents with information related to the definition of bullying, warning signs of bullying and strategies for bullying prevention. Registration is required. Find more information and register at www.wcpss.net/parent-academy.

‘Hairspray’ at Leesville Road High

Performances of the musical “Hairspray” will run at 7 p.m. April 18-20 at Leesville Road High School, 8409 Leesville Road, Raleigh. Tickets cost $10 and can be purchased at the door or in advance at www.prideproductions.info/lhkrs. A show preview will run at 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 17. Admission is $5.

Parent Academy class on special education

A Parent Academy workshop on special education is set for 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 23, at Millbrook High School, 2201 Spring Forest Road, Raleigh. The free workshop will address the evaluation process and how teachers monitor progress on a child’s goals. Registration is required. Find more information and register at www.wcpss.net/parent-academy.

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.

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.

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