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Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013

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Compiled by Gina Smith

Mooresville Graded School District

Educator of the Year: Mooresville Graded School District Superintendent Mark Edwards was recently named Educator of the Year by Common Sense Media, a national nonprofit, nonpartisan organization. He received his award in a ceremony held in Washington, D.C. Edwards was chosen for the honor for pioneering the movement to supply a computer for every student. Although the Mooresville Graded School District is ranked 114 out of 115 in the state for funding, the school district budgets $200 of the $7,200 allotted annually for each student for advancement of technology in the classrooms.

Above and Beyond: The Mooresville Graded School District recognized LaFreida McCorkle, bus driver and custodian, at the October board meeting for her commitment and willingness to go above and beyond the call of duty. McCorkle is a custodian in the district’s Maintenance Warehouse.

Mooresville High

Artist of the Month: The Mooresville Graded School District recognized Mooresville High junior Melissa Tobias as the district’s Artist of the Month at the October board of education meeting. Tobias is a musician who plays the oboe in the Mooresville High Wind Ensemble and the mellophone in the marching band. Last summer she was chosen to attend Governor’s School where she performed oboe with the orchestra. At the board meeting, Tobias played excerpts from “Caprice No. 24” on her oboe.

Community mentors: Community members are needed to act as positive role models to Mooresville High students. Volunteers should be able to meet with students 15-20 minutes twice each month. Details: Colleen Kennedy at 704-658-2573 or colleenkennedy@mgsd.k12.nc.us.

Coddle Creek Elementary

Literacy initiative: Coddle Creek students read a total of 171,474 minutes in the fifth annual “Reading Puts You on the Track to Victory” reading contest is a literacy initiative centered around the Dollar General 300 race sponsorship.

Lake Norman Elementary

Red Ribbon Week: This week (Oct. 21-25) is Red Ribbon Drug Awareness Week. This year’s theme is “A Healthy Me is a Drug Free.” All week students are participating in activities to remind them to be healthy and drug free. On Oct. 23, students will bring stuffed animals to school for “Give Hugs, Not Drugs Day.” On Oct. 24, students will wear shirts from favorite sports teams for “Team Up Against Drugs” day, and on Oct. 25, students will wear red to “Be Drug Free and Say Yes to a Healthy Heart and Body.”

Lakeshore Elementary

Book Fair: The Scholastic Book Fair continues 8 a.m.–2:30 p.m. Oct. 23-25. A Pastries with Parents family event will be held 7:15-8 a.m. Oct. 23. Cash, checks payable to the school and credit cards are accepted.

Troutman Middle

Jeans for Teens: The National Junior Honor Society is collecting jeans to donate to local teens in need. Jeans can be new or worn. Students are turning them in to their homeroom teachers between now and January. The homeroom that collects the most pairs of jeans will win a breakfast party. Details: 704-528-5137 .

Lake Norman High

Recognition: Lake Norman High School was among 10 school districts and 46 high schools recognized recently by State Superintendent June Atkinson for having the highest four-year cohort graduation rates among all districts and schools in the state during the 2012-13 school year. The school was recognized during a lunch held in Raleigh. With a graduation rate of 96.6 percent, Lake Norman High School has the highest graduation rate in the state among schools with 500 or more students in the four-year cohort, which is based on the number of freshmen entering the school for the fall of 2009. This was the fourth year for the school to receive the recognition.

Yearbook ads: The deadline for submitting senior ads for the yearbook is Nov. 11. To buy an ad, order online at www.JostensAdService.com and be ready to upload any pictures to be included, or bring payment along with order form, text and pictures before school Tuesday-Friday to Room 450 or to the front office before noon by the deadline. For pricing, visit http://iss.schoolwires.com/Domain/2732. Checks payable to “LNHS” and cash are accepted. For details or to send text and photos, contact Carrie Hall at caroline_hall@iss.k12.nc.us.

Mooresville, Lake Norman and South Iredell high schools

Chik-fil-A Challenge: Mooresville High, Lake Norman High and South Iredell High are competing in the Chik-fil-A Challenge through Nov. 13. The winning school will win $1,000. To participate, visit an area Chik-fil-A location, write the name of the school you wish to support on your receipt and place the receipt in the appropriate box located in the restaurant. Drive-through receipts must have the school’s name written on them for an employee to place in the box for you. At the end of the challenge, the school with the highest number of sales will win the prize. The two runners-up will each receive $250.

Bandys High

Pep Club meeting: 7:30 a.m. Oct. 24, media center.

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