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Riverside Military Academy
Matthews graduate: Cadet 2nd Lt. Nicolas S. Gasparro has graduated from Riverside Military Academy in Gainesville, Ga., and has been accepted to The Citadel – The Military College of South Carolina. Gasparro was a Foxtrot Company platoon leader and was a member of the lacrosse and varsity football team at Riverside. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Gasparro.
STEM camp: The school hosted a STEM camp in early July for sixth- to ninth-graders. The camp was based on N.C. Science Olympiad competition events and involved the students in interactive activities about relevant STEM topics. Counselors included middle school teachers, Olympiad coaches and a pre-med college student.
CMS Summer Institute
Digital learning: More than 1,500 CMS educators attended the CMS Summer Institute held at CPCC in June to concentrate on digital learning. The event included presentations about Common core and learning with digital devices and sessions about iBook authoring. CMS Superintendent Heath Morrison presented the CMS Teacher of the Year awards.
Ardrey Kell High
MCJROTC orientation: The school will hold the annual MCJROTC Orientation Week for first year MCJROTC Cadets 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Aug. 5-8. Email 1st. Sgt. Barksdale to register.
Victory Christian Center School
Teacher presentation: Cheryl Riley, VCC algebra, pre-calculus and statistics math teacher, has been selected to speak at the Extraordinary Educators national conference to be held in Chicago in late July. Riley was selected to present because of her recognized math expertise. Her presentation “Making Math Fun and Understanding” will include lesson plans and tools to promote understanding math concepts and recognizing a fun side of math.
Lebanon Road Elementary
Sports camp: At the Lebanon Sports Camp, sponsored by CMS, 50 students are learning character and sportsmanship by playing soccer, cheerleading, kickball and other sports. The students have learned new sports every week. Teachers incorporate yoga techniques to improve flexibility, balance and concentration. Sports spelling games and board games are part of lessons designed to improve academic skills.
School supply drive: The annual Staples for Students national school supply drive is underway until Sept. 28 and will benefit students in need. Four area Staples stores will collect customer donations of $1 or more with 100 percent of the proceeds to be given to the Salvation Army Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Charlotte. The local participating Staples stores are at 10850 Providence Road, 7014 Smith Corners Blvd., 8322 Pineville Matthews Road, and 1055 Metropolitan Ave., Suite 250. Actor Jake T. Austin is rallying fellow teens through the Staples for Students Facebook page to support the effort and receive rewards for their completed missions. Staples will donate $125,000 worth of supplies to the program and will work with Boys & Girls Clubs of America to distribute the supplies for the new school year.
Myers Park High
Alumna news: Gracie Kral has been named to the Dean’s List for the spring semester at The College of Wooster for achieving a GPA of 3.65 or above. Kral is a graduate of Myers Park and is a first-year student from Boone.
Student page: Wesley Mullen recently served as a page for the North Carolina House of Representatives. Wesley was sponsored by Rep. William Brawley and is the son of Mitchell and Julie Mullen of Matthews.
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