Class Notes

Jul. 29, 2013 @ 02:00 PM

Students named to Saint Mary’s School Honor Roll

Several Durham students were named to the Honor Roll at Saint Mary’s School for the second semester.

Those honor roll students are ninth-grader Dana Hansford, daughter of Julie Hansford; 10th-grader Sophia Buehrer, daughter of Tracey Moore and Ben Buehrer; and 12th-graders Abby Dale, daughter of Cammie and Greg Dale, Charlotte Niemann, daughter of Anne and Tom Niemann and Jessica Yin, daughter of Xiaoying Yin and Jingqi Li.

To be eligible for the honor roll students must maintain a weighted grade-point average of 3.5 or higher in at least five academic courses while also being a student in good standing with the Judicial Board and administration.

Saint Mary’s School is an independent, Episcopal, college-preparatory girls boarding and day school in Raleigh dedicated to academic excellence and personal achievement for ninth through 12 graders.


Girl Scout volunteers in Costa Rica

CHAPEL HILL – Lucille Conrad was one of 26 girls selected to take part in the Girl Scouts Destinations program in Costa Rica where she helped with community projects in indigenous villages and contributed to conservation efforts protecting endangered sea turtles along the Central Pacific Coast.

For 14 days, Conrad focused on two major service learning projects with an emphasis on community-related and conservation efforts including painting a village library with murals, restoring an abandoned health clinic and preparing a location for a new hatchery at Playa Hermosa Wildlife Refuge.

She also challenged herself with activities like ziplining through the canopies of Costa Rica and battling the rapids of the Pejibaye River.

Since 2006, Outward Bound Costa Rica has partnered with Girl Scouts of America to offer Girl Scouts Destination trips to Costa Rica and Panama.


CCSA’s T.E.A.C.H. receives W.K. Kellogg Foundation grant

CHAPEL HILL -- T.E.A.C.H. (Teacher Education and Compensation Helps) Early Childhood National Technical Assistance and Quality Assurance Center, a program under the Child Care Services Association, received a grant for a little more than $1 million to allow the program to expand to reach more early educators with scholarships to help them increase their knowledge and skills and give them access to college.

The grant will allow the center to strengthen support to existing state projects, expand the reach of the model into two new states, support first-generation students in getting certifications or a degree and lay a foundation for an alumni association of T.E.A.C.H. recipients.

T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood is a national strategy that has addressed issues of under-education, poor compensation and high turnover within the early childhood workforce since 1990. Today the program is active in 23 states and the District of Columbia.   

The program’s model assists in funding tuition and books, paid release time and increased compensation in partnership with the recipient and employer. Participating states work with partners to build strategies, policies, tools and funding that result in early childhood education college credentials and degrees.


Area teens excel in video game design competition

Two Triangle students recently won the middle school Multimedia Fusion 2 team category in the National STEM Video Game Challenge in New York City.

Home-schooled student Henry Edwards from Silk Hope in Chatham County and rising Carrboro High School ninth-grader Kevin Kopczynski worked together to create Etiquette Anarchy.

Kopczynski and Edwards both received an AMD-powered laptop computer with game designing and educational software. Each sponsoring organization for participants received $2,000.

The challenge to create a game came from the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop and E-Line Media along with Microsoft’s Xbox 360, AMD Association, Entertainment Software Association and other sponsors. The challenge was inspired by President Barack Obama’s Education to Innovate campaign.


2013 Teacher Inspiration and Resources Fair in August   

DURHAM – The Creative Freedom Awards is hosting its first Teacher Inspiration and Resources Fair from 2-6 p.m. Aug. 18 at the Walltown Park Recreation Center.

At the fair, teachers will be able to share their best practices, ideas and resources with colleagues from around the Triangle. Opening remarks will be given by Laura Candler, a Milken Educator and creator of Laura Candler’s Teaching Resources.

Registration to this free event is now open for all elementary school teachers. The first 200 registered elementary teachers who attend will receive common core/essential standards aligned instructional ideas, a gift bag of classroom supplies, free entry into drawings for cash prizes and a gift from the Duke-Durham Neighborhood Partnership, The Scrap Exchange, Colonial Williamsburg Teacher Institute and several other organizations and businesses.

Creative Freedom Awards is a teacher-led organization which celebrates and shares the creative and inspiring work of elementary school teachers in the Triangle. For information or to register for the fair, visit or email

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