MecklenburgJohnson & Wales University: Mary Datta has received an Award of Excellence from VSA, The International Organization on Arts and Disability. She was one of 15 award recipients nationwide, and her entry will be displayed in the exhibition of emerging artists with disabilities at the S. Dillon Ripley Center of the Smithsonian Institution from Oct. 1 to Jan. 5, 2014.Mary is a recent graduate of Northwest School of the Arts and an incoming freshman at Johnson & Wales. Keystone Montessori: The new Montessori school will host monthly information meetings beginning Sept. 9.The meeting will be 9-10 a.m. at the school in the education building of Sedgefield United Methodist Church, 2830 Dorchester Place. Parents can observe classrooms and talk with teachers. Parents are asked to call 704-957-3266 to register. Reid Park Academy: James T. Garvin was named principal at Reid Park Academy at the Aug. 13 board of education meeting.Garvin has served as principal and assistant principal at Cornelius Elementary. He also has taught and worked as an academic coach and summer school site coordinator. Community School of Davidson: With the addition of the senior class this year, CSD now serves grades K-12.Earlier this month, the school also unveiled a new K-8 play field and a 22,000-square-foot arts wing and black box theater. Target program: Target has announced its Give With Target program, which will benefit schools across the U.S.The public can vote for local schools by visiting Target’s Facebook page. Once a school has received 25 votes, Target will donate $1 per vote, with a maximum donation of $10,000 per school. Details: www.facebook.com/target. York Clover District: Christy Wilson has been named the 2013-2014 Clover School District Teacher of the Year.Wilson, a family and consumer sciences teacher at Clover High School and an alumna of the school, has taught for 16 years. She developed a program called “It’s Sew Easy to Help Others.” Wilson also has organized student support for various other service projects. Harold C. Johnson Elementary: The school is a third place winner in the national Lots2Give video contest sponsored by Big Lots. It has received a $2,000 prize.In an online voting contest, over 400,000 votes were cast to determine 37 winners. The contestants submitted a brief video and essay explaining why their school was in need of financial support. Winthrop University: Sharon Jenkins recently has been named a member of the Knowles Science Teaching Foundation’s 2013 cohort of Teaching Fellows.The five-year teaching fellowships provide mentoring as fellows embark on their teaching careers. Jenkins received both a bachelor’s degree in biology and a master of arts in teaching from Winthrop. Cabarrus A.T. Allen Elementary, C.C. Griffin Middle: The schools placed third in the national Lots2Give video contest. In an online voting contest, over 400,000 votes were cast to determine the 37 winners. Both schools have received a $2,000 prize from Big Lots. Northwest Cabarrus, J.N. Fries Magnet Middle Schools: Teachers Kurt Lawrence (NCMS) and Jennifer Yandle (JNFMS) have been awarded Ag in the Classroom “Going Local” program grants by the North Carolina Farm Bureau.The grants support education about the agricultural industry in adherence with common core standards. North Carolina private and public school teachers are eligible for the grants, which are valued at up to $500 each. Cabarrus County Schools: Application information for free and reduced meals has been mailed out. To apply for the benefits, complete the application and return it in the envelope provided. Applications will be accepted throughout the school year. Contact the CCS Child Nutrition Department at 704-784-5124 with questions about the free and reduced meals application.• The school district reported an 86.5 percent cohort graduation rate for the 2012-2013 school year, according to a report released by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.The cohort graduation rate is the percentage of students who graduated from high school in four years or less within a certain time frame. This is the fourth consecutive year since the 2008-2009 school year that the district has reported an increase in the graduation rate; this year’s rate is 4 percent higher than the state average.• The school district will host three native Mandarin-speaking teachers from China for the 2013-14 school year.As part of the Chinese Guest Teacher Program, visiting teachers are placed in U.S. schools to start or expand Chinese language and culture programs. The teachers and their assigned schools are: Liangping Ge, Hickory Ridge Middle; Linlin Fan, Cox Mill Elementary; and Mingming Gao, Harrisburg Elementary and Hickory Ridge High. Cannon School: The school hosts Walk-In Wednesdays, with campus tours and no appointment necessary.For more information, contact the school at 704-786-8171. Union Cuthbertson High: The school will hold a meeting Aug. 27 at 7:40 a.m. in the main gym for all girls interested in trying out for the golf team.Tryouts begin Aug. 28, at which time all required paperwork must be on file with Coach Catie Helms. Sun Valley High: The school will offer the June 2014 Tour of Italy through EF Educational Tours. Students may register now at www.eftours.com/enroll. The tour number is 1327366 and the group leader is James Williams. Students may contact the school counseling center for more information. Weddington High: Registration is underway for the 2014 Summer Trip to London and Paris. Visit www.explorica.com/lee-5173 for information. Union Academy: The Union Academy Foundation will hold its Ultimate Charity Auction on Nov. 2.For details, visit www.weareua.org. Compiled by Cindy Stern
Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013
School news, Aug. 25
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