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APRIL 2016

by Frank Maley, Socrates Academy parent.

WASHINGTON POST RANKS RALEIGH CHARTER TOP NC HIGH SCHOOL (News & Observer) Twenty-seven Triangle schools made The Washington Post’s 2016 list of “America’s Most Challenging High Schools.” The top school in North Carolina was Raleigh Charter High School, which ranked No. 125 on the list of nearly 2,300 public and private high schools.

NEW WAKE COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL TO OFFER FLEXIBLE HOURS FOR STUDENTS (News & Observer) Wake County’s newest high school is drawing interest from student-athletes and performers, even though it won’t offer extracurricular activities. The Crossroads Flex High School is scheduled to open in August in Cary with a mix of online and in-person courses that provide students with the ability to schedule classes in the morning, afternoon or evening. The program is geared toward students who are involved in outside activities that make it hard to attend class during regular school hours.

STUDENTS TEST CONSTITUTIONAL KNOWLEDGE (News & Observer) Students from Raleigh Charter High School took first place in the state-level “We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution” competition at Elon Law School in March. They move on to the national competition at the University of Maryland. The competition is modeled after U.S. congressional hearings in which students are assigned specific aspects of the Constitution and must demonstrate their understanding through the citation of case law, historical events and constitutional text.

TEAM OF HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS TO COMPETE IN ROBOTICS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP (WBTV) A team of students from five Wilmington high schools have winning down to a science. The team is called the Wired Wizards and they will compete in the “FIRST” World Robotics Championships in St. Louis, Missouri Apr. 26. FIRST stands for “for inspiration and recognition or science and technology.”

NEVER STOP LEARNING: T-SHIRTS FOR LEARNING TARGETS (WLOS) Students at Leicester Elementary School are learning new words in a fun and unique way. The school purchased T-shirts for the students with a vocabulary word and its definition. The words come straight from the common core standards.

SKYPE CONNECTS YADKIN VALLEY STUDENTS, SOUTH AFRICA DELEGATES (The Dispatch) Students at Yadkin Valley Regional Career Academy gained some real-world business experience Friday, participating in a Skype video chat with officials from Microsoft and 18 delegates in South Africa. The virtual conference served to highlight the achievements of Yadkin Valley students who are working to earn certifications through Microsoft Academy. An international delegation located in South Africa listened as students took turns explaining various projects and skills gained through their Microsoft certifications.