Heritage Elementary moves carpool

Town takes wait-and-see approach to traffic. by David Leone WAKE FOREST — When a meeting between school, town and N.C. Department of Transportation officials Friday didn’t turn up any new fixes for the school traffic issue on Rogers Road, Heritage Elementary leaders proposed an...

Franklin County schools announce new superintendent

LOUISBURG — Dr. Pascal Mubenga has been named superintendent of Franklin County Schools. The board of education held a special called meeting Monday, Aug. 17, to formally announce Dr. Mubenga and he said he looks forward to leading Franklin County Schools. “I am extremely excited...

Parents: Check bus routes, stops before Monday

RALEIGH — Transportation routes and bus stops for about 55,000 traditional calendar students were posted this week as Wake County families prepare for the first day of school Aug. 24. Families are encouraged to review their stop online at www.wcpss.net/transportation before...

Ask Dr. Universe: How to make the best cookies

Ask Dr. Universe: How do we make the best chocolate chip cookies in the universe? —Ms. Lori and students, Bismarck, N.D. Dear Ms. Lori and students, You’ve got to know your dough. Whether you want chewy cookies or crispy dunkers, it’s all about chemistry. Especially, when it...

Teachers’ grant application cycle open thru Sept. 15

LOUISBURG — Teachers in Franklin County are eligible to apply for a grant of up to $1,500  from United Way of Franklin County (UWFC) for an innovative project that reaches outside the classroom. Teachers may team together to do projects for multiple classes or for departments....

Kindergarten parents invited to tea at Forest Pines ES

School Briefs — week of Aug. 20, 2015 Send school information to schools@wakeweekly.com. Forest Pines Drive Elementary •First day of school is Monday, Aug. 24. •Kindergarten staggered entry will be from Aug. 24-27. •Kindergarteners meet their teachers Friday, Aug. 28, 12-2 p....

Student receives $10K scholarship

Kudos — week of Aug. 20, 2015 Scholarships awarded Torrell Williams of Wake Forest received a $10,000 Horatio Alger Honeywell Scholarship. Williams attends North Carolina A&T State University. This annual scholarship recognizes outstanding students, who have exhibited an...

N.C. homeschooling hits 100,000 enrollment milestone

By Barry Smith Carolina Journal/Zenger News RALEIGH — Homeschooling reached a milestone in North Carolina in the 2014-15 school year. The number of students enrolled in homeschools in the state topped 100,000. Officially, the N.C. Division of Non-Public Education lists 106,853...

Hope House school supply giveaway Saturday

WAKE FOREST — Hope House will hold its third annual school supply and book bag giveaway fun day Saturday, Aug. 15, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. There will be school supplies, book bags, and clothing given away. There will be food, games and music for your entertainment. Children must be...

Auditions for all-teen play this weekend

High school senior will try her hand as director for community play. By David Leone WAKE FOREST — Auditions for a one-act, teen-only play are this weekend. But instead of being judged by a seasoned performer or director, youth tryouts will have to impress one of their peers,...

School Briefs – week of Aug. 13, 2015

Anyone can send school information to schools@wakeweekly.com. Forest Pines Drive Elementary •Meet the teachers, Wednesday, Aug. 19, 4-6 p.m. •The PTA will host a back-to-school bash, Wednesday, Aug. 19, 6-8 p.m. •First day of school is Monday, Aug. 24. •Kindergarten staggered...

Ask Dr. Universe — Mollusks

Dear Dr. Universe, If mollusks have such heavy shells to drag around with them, how have they spread all over the ocean? -Michel W. Dear Michel, Mollusks, from land snails and slugs to oysters and mussels in the sea, have a few things in common. They have a head. They have a soft...

Kudos – week of Aug. 13, 2015

Scholarship awarded Emily Coats of Wake Forest, is the recipient of an local government federal credit union scholarship award. Coats, will use the scholarship to study at East Carolina University. Academics honored Kiah Ruffin of Wake Forest made the dean’s list at Winston Salem...

Franklinton welcomes new band director

by Marty Simpkins FRANKLINTON — Brandon Martel has started his first year as Franklinton High School band director and will lead the Marching Red Rams in their first public performance at the Back to School Celebration Wednesday, Aug. 19. Franklinton’s previous director, Derek...

Prepared to perfection

Young chefs program focuses on local food. By Dee Shore Special to The Franklin Weekly LOUISBURG — For 12 Franklin County preteens and teens, a new Young Chefs program proved to be an experience prepared to perfection. Offered by North Carolina Cooperative Extension’s Martha...

Wake Forest Academy wins Eagle awards

WAKE FOREST — National Heritage Academies (NHA), one of the nation’s largest charter school management companies, awarded Wake Forest Charter Academy with two Eagle Awards, one for parent satisfaction, which means the school had a net promoter score of 75 percent or higher on the...

New charter school opens

By Clellie Allen, with Camryn Jamison YOUNGSVILLE — Just the second charter school to operate in Franklin County, Youngsville Academy welcomed kindergarten through second grade students to a new school year July 27. The school is leasing classroom, gymnasium and auditorium space...

Wakefield Elementary welcomes new teacher

by Marty Simpkins RALEIGH — Kelly LaPiana will join Wakefield Elementary School as a new first grade teacher for the upcoming new school year. She will be part of a group of teachers to start at Wakefield as they transition to a traditional school calendar for the first time in...

Kudos – week of Aug. 6, 2015

Scholarships awarded Torrell Williams of Wake Forest received a 2015 Horatio Alger Honeywell scholarship in the amount of $10,000. Williams attends North Carolina A&T State University. This annual scholarship recognizes outstanding students, who, in the face of great...

Ask Dr. Universe — How to magnets work?

Dear Dr. Universe, How do magnets work? Andrea, 8, Berkeley, Calif. Dear Andrea, When I saw your question, I headed straight for the Magnetics Lab and met up with my friend John McCloy. I found out the word “magnet” comes from a Greek word for the region of modern-day Turkey we...

Student completes Governor’s School program

WAKE FOREST — Jada Vyrene Hester, a rising senior at Wake Forest High School, completed N.C. Governor’s School West at Salem College in Winston Salem. N.C. Governor’s School is a 5 1/2 week residential program for academically gifted high school students. Although Jada was...

School Briefs – week of Aug. 6, 2015

Send school information to schools@wakeweekly.com. Forest Pines Drive Elementary •Meet the teachers, Wednesday, Aug. 19, 4-6 p.m. •The PTA will host a back-to-school bash, Wednesday, Aug. 19, 6-8 p.m. •First day of school is Monday, Aug. 24. •Kindergarten staggered entry will be...

Kudos — Week of July 23, 2015

Academics honored •Lucas Stefanic of Raleigh and Katelyn Wilkerson of Wake Forest made the dean’s list at the Rochester Institute of Technology. •Jordan Dunne and Alexander Kumbar, both of Raleigh, made the dean’s list at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. •Joshua Colvin of...

Is Pluto a planet again?

Ask Dr. Universe — week of July 16, 2015 Dear Dr. Universe, Is Pluto a planet again or not? -Heidi, Cincinnati, Ohio Dear Heidi, It’s a big week for Pluto as NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft gets a close-up look at the distant, icy world. But first, the answer to your question:...