School news
Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013

School news

    Charlotte United Christian Academy senior Jared McDonald has been named a semifinalist in the 2014 National Achievement Scholarship Program.
    Charlotte Prep second-grader Huston Dee is a new member of Mensa.


Westerly Hills Elementary: Lynnetta Sides-Witherspoon has been named The Charlotte Post Foundation’s Teacher of the Year. The language arts teacher has taught for 13 years at the school.

SouthLake Christian Academy: Teacher Brodie Lowe, author of children’s book “Werewolf on my Street,” has signed a publishing contract with Tate Publishing.

The high school literature and senior writing seminar teacher wrote the book in college and originally published it as an e-book to have creative control over the front cover illustration and tap the e-book market. The book is about a boy’s persistence in finding a cure for a werewolf’s rage.

Charlotte Prep: Huston Dee, a second-grader, is Mensa’s newest member. Huston scored in the top 2 percent on a standardized intelligence test and is among the more than 57,000 Americans in the high-IQ society. He memorized dinosaur names and traits at age 2 and taught himself to read at age 3.

JV Washam Elementary: The school will hold a Fall Book Fair Nov. 3-8. Volunteers are needed. Businesses interested in donating to a raffle basket, email More details, contact

•  The school’s Academic Buddies team needs volunteers who can commit at least one hour weekly to work with students. Teachers will provide the training. Visit: click on Washam Academic Buddies and complete the survey. Once completed, click on CMS Volunteer link, if not previously registered as a CMS volunteer.

• The Fall fundraising committee sold more than 225 engraved bricks. The bricks will be installed in a walkway by the end of the month.

Charlotte School of Law: As part of a course about the art of teaching law, 10 Charlotte Law students are working with several classes at Harding University High to improve the high schoolers’ critical reading, reasoning and writing skills.

The experience will prepare the Charlotte Law students for teaching a Legal Studies course to Johnson C. Smith University pre-law students next semester. Charlotte Law Assistant Dean Kama Pierce is teaching the law students and directing them.

Special award: The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education has won the Council of Urban Boards of Education Annual Award for Urban School Board Excellence. The award is based on excellence in governance, building civic capacity, closing the achievement gap in education and success in academic excellence and is given by the National School Boards Association.

Charlotte United Christian Academy: Jared McDonald has been named a semifinalist in the 2014 National Achievement Scholarship Program for his performance on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Jared will now advance to the finalist level. He is an honors student and a member the Knights of the Orange Shield academic and leadership organization.


Special honors: Monroe High Principal Brad Breedlove and Weddington Middle Assistant Principal Kathleen Richert have been named the 2013-14 Union County Principal of the Year and Union County Assistant Principal of the Year. They were chosen by a panel of principals from Union County Public Schools.

Western Union Elementary: The following students were recognized as Terrific Kids: Lydia Helms, Takaia Blades, James Sutcliffe, Alesana Starnes, Connor Mogan, Dallas Brooks, Jordan Wilson, Ethan Baugher, Blake Steffler, Janeth Mercado-Castrejon, Brandon Thompson, Zackery Deese, Hailey Kirk, Heather Allred, Adelista Ballew, Angel Green, Lauren Payne, Alice Gaither, Briley Miller, Aiden Holley and John Mead. The students were nominated by their teachers and were recognized for positive character qualities as part of a Kiwanis Club of Monroe program.

Shiloh Elementary, Weddington Middle: Both schools have been named National Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence by the U.S. Department of Education. Shiloh and Weddington were among six N.C. schools to receive the award. Shiloh Elementary also won in 1999.


Clover High: Morgan Rulevich set a new state record in winning the breaststroke in addition to winning the 50-meter free event at the recent SCHSL swim meet.

John Slavens finished second in the breaststroke at the meet.

Emily Sparrow placed 21st at the Wendy’s Invitational cross country meet in Charlotte.

Bethany Elementary: Abigail Talley has been recognized by the school as having read 1 million words this school year. Her goal for the year is 4,500,000 words.

Rawlinson Road Middle: Chorus teacher Brooke Rice and her husband will be contestants on the “Wheel of Fortune” TV show in November. The show will air in December or January.

Rock Hill High: Nathaniel Brown and Kristen Tucker have been named semifinalists in the National Achievement Scholarship Program which recognizes outstanding African-American students who earned exceptional scores on the PSAT.


Harris Road Middle: Emma Moore and Brittney Pasquale have been selected by audition to represent Cabarrus County Schools and Harris Road Middle School in the N.C. Middle School Honors Chorus. The students will work with a nationally acclaimed choral conductor at the N.C. Music Educators’ In-Service Conference. This is the third year Harris Road will have members in the Honors Chorus.

Literacy program results: Ten schools participated in the “Reading Puts You on the Track To Victory” program, which promotes the importance of reading and literacy.

Beverly Hills, Bethel, Carl A. Furr, Rocky River, Royal Oaks, Weddington Hills, Winecoff, Wolf Meadow, W.M. Irvin, and W. R. Odell Elementary students read almost 1.2 million minutes in the 18-day program. Catherine Norman’s class at Weddington Hills won an ice cream party for having the highest average minutes read, 1,157, and Norman received a Dollar General gift card for the teacher with the highest total class minutes read, 28,915. Jackson Kessler, Royal Oaks, won the Grand Prize for Student who read the most minutes – 1,170. The program is sponsored by Dollar General and Unilever.

Cox Mill High: Miriam Kuykendall has won the Hilbish Ford Teacher of the Month award for October. Teachers are nominated by students or parents and receive a trophy and cash prize.

Impact Awards: At the October Board of Education meeting, the following Impact Award honorees were recognized.

•  Bethel Elementary: (Students) TJ Haigler and Briant McDaniel; (staff) Melissa Logan, Maria Arevalo.

•  Hickory Ridge High: (students) Patric Carman and Maddison Hightower; (staff) Sandy Schroll and Kim Waddington.

Concord Printing sponsors and awards the honors to individuals with exemplary personal characteristics.

Compiled by Cindy Stern

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