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Compiled by Cindy Stern

Providence Day, Charlotte Country Day, Charlotte Latin

Civil Rights Freedom Ride: Representatives from schools including Providence Day, Charlotte Country Day and Charlotte Latin recently travelled to six Southern cities on the “Freedom Ride.” Named for a series of protests against segregation, the trip gave the educators an opportunity to gain more knowledge about the impact of the civil rights movement. The itinerary included Martin Luther King Jr. sites, the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Edmund Pettus Bridge.

All schools

NCASA registration: Schools may register for 2013-2014 North Carolina Association for Scholastic Activities membership. NCASA competitions, including the Art Showcase, The Quill, Twelve, the Fall Quiz Bowl Tournament, the Quiz Bowl league matches in February and March, the Quiz Bowl Regional and State Tournament and the William Peace University N.C. Show Choir Competition, are open to member schools. Register at: http://ncscholastic.org/index.php/joinncasamenu.

PowerSchool: The new CMS student-information system, PowerSchool, will replace Parent Assistant and is expected to be in operation in mid-August. Parents should contact their child’s school for username and password information. Overview videos and updates about the system will be available on the CMS homepage. www.cms.k12.nc.us/news

Tdap vaccine: A booster dose of Tdap vaccine is required for all children attending public school who are entering the sixth grade on or after Aug. 1, if five years or more have passed since their last dose of tetanus/diphtheria toxoid. Students not attending public school, (i.e., private, home-school, non-traditional schools) who are 12 years of age on or after Au. 1 are required to receive one booster dose of Tdap vaccine, if five years or more have passed since their last dose of tetanus/diphtheria toxoid.

Ardrey Kell High

N.C. Page: Trey Ellis has served as a page for the North Carolina House of Representatives. Trey was sponsored by Rep. Jacqueline Michelle Schaffer. He is the son of Tracy and Priscilla Ellis.

Butler High

Senior scholarships: Chloe Halfhide, Sarah Johnson, Paul Shaver and Tate Heisler have been awarded $500 David W. Butler PTSO Scholarships. Outstanding seniors are chosen based on academics, extra-curricular activities, volunteer activities and college plans.

Teacher scholarships: Tressa Blake, Alyssa English, Patrick King, Joanna Schimizzi, Lindsay Walker and Samuel Warner have been awarded Butler PTSO $100 scholarships. The honors are awarded to teachers furthering their education.

Students of the Month: Jordyn Morely (Senior), Alan Lee (Junior), Molly Leonard (Sophomore) and Charlie Biddle (Freshman) were the Butler High Students of the Month for May.

Matthews Elementary

Reading bee: The Summer Reading Bee 2013 is in progress. Each student who logs their 60 days of reading will receive a new book and ice cream in the fall. The class with the most participants will receive a popsicle party. For a reading log record, visit: http://schools.cms.k12.nc.us/matthewsES/Lists/Announcements/Attachments/89/2013%202014%20Summer%20Reading%20Bee.pdf.

CM Library – Matthews branch

Teen activities: The Matthews branch is offering summer events geared toward teens, including a crossword puzzle challenge, writing workshops and a cartooning class. For the summer schedule, visit: www.cmlibrary.org/locations/branches.asp?id=12.

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