School Notes, May 8

May 7, 2013 

Teachers named Kenan Fellows

Eleven Wake teachers have been named 2013-14 Kenan Fellows. They are among 49 who were selected from a pool of more than 230 applicants statewide.

Beginning in June, the teachers will engage in a variety of projects through the fellowship. From their research with a mentor in industry or higher education, they will develop classroom resources and lessons that will engage the students and help invigorate science, technology, engineering and mathematics education.

Local fellows and their projects are:

Denise Krebs Furr, a chemistry teacher at Wakefield High, is National Board Certified and has a master’s degree in science education from UNC-Chapel Hill. For her fellowship, she will help design a science outreach program for the N.C. Science Festival that engages high school students across the state in debating the various implications of current issues in the field of science. Her fellowship was made possible by a NASA grant.

Erin Lawrence, a sixth-grade science teacher at Wake Forest-Rolesville Middle, has a master’s degree in education from Slippery Rock University and was named a National Science Teacher Association New Teacher Fellow. During the summer, she will partner with Biogen Idec’s team of scientists to create cutting-edge curriculum materials featuring hands-on exercises that enable students to understand the biological, engineering and quality aspects of molecules related to the manufacturing of improved and effective drugs. Her project is sponsored by Biogen Idec.

Michael Wood teaches math at Athens Drive High and is National Board Certified. His project will focus on the energy industry and is supported by N.C. New Schools and Wake County Public Schools.

Emily Jolley is a social studies teacher at Millbrook High who is National Board Certified. She will be among the Kenan Fellows working on the “Let’s Measure Together” project.

Kalyani Tawade teaches science at Enloe Magnet High and is National Board Certified. She is one of nine Kenan Fellows who will partner with professors at N.C. State University, UNC-Chapel Hill and 4H on a project about salmonella research. The project is sponsored by the USDA Agriculture and Food Research Initiative.

Cortney Gordon is a Common Core coach at A.B. Combs Leadership Magnet Elementary who will also work on the salmonella research project.

Lauren Boop teaches social studies at Hilburn Drive Academy and serves as the social studies department chairwoman for her school. She will also work on the salmonella research project.

Raleigh Thales K-5 tour

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

Trinity Academy 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.

Teen to Adulthood to discuss education options

The Arc of Wake County will hold a Teen to Adulthood session on Post-secondary Education Options at Wake Tech from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday, May 11, at the Millbrook Exchange Community Center, 1905 Spring Forest Road, Raleigh. The group is for parents who want to learn about transition services and issues for teens and young adults with disabilities. For more information, call 919-832-8660.

Summer camp open house

An open house for an academic summer camp will run from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 11, at the Institute of Math and Computer Science of N.C., 10224 Baileywick Road, Raleigh. The day camp is for students entering grades 3-8 and will feature electronics, virtual robotics and logic puzzles. For more information, call 919-786-0246.

Leadership forum for young men, mentors

The Wake Young Men’s Leadership Academy will hold a forum titled Building Future Leaders from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, May 18, at Athens Drive High School, 1420 Athens Drive, Raleigh. The forum is for young men attending high school in Wake County and their fathers or male role models. The forum will focus on local, state and national issues facing young men and leadership skill development. Guest speakers include Lt. Gov. Dan Forest, Director of Transportation Anthony Tata and State Superintendent Dr. June Atkinson. Registration is required by Saturday, May 11, at www.tinyurl.com/csn3stk. For more information, contact Amy Policastro Schroeder at 919-431-2261 or aschroeder@wcpss.net.

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.

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.

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