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Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014

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Compiled by Gina Smith

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools

Midyear high-school graduations: 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. Feb. 3, Bojangles’ Coliseum, 2700 E. Independence Blvd., Charlotte. Schools are scheduled as follows:

4:30 p.m.: Performance Learning Center, South Mecklenburg and Vance

7:30 p.m.: Hopewell, North Mecklenburg and Hough

Barnette Elementary

Yearbook sales: Yearbook sales end at 9 p.m. Feb. 7. No yearbooks will be available after this date. To buy a yearbook, visit http://barnettepta.weebly.com.

Bradley Middle

Talent Show: Talent Show forms are due to Ms. Fahy in Room 621 by Feb. 7. Auditions will be held after school Feb. 21.

Bailey Middle

International Night: Parents and students are needed to volunteer as ambassadors for a country on International Night on Feb. 20. To participate, volunteers can choose to dress in traditional clothes, decorate a booth, share information and respond to questions about the culture represented and bring food samples, art, artifacts, music and games to share. International Night celebrates the diverse, ethnic and cultural backgrounds at Bailey school. Details: Alexandra Collins at jlc716@bellsouth.net or Maria Ramirez at maria1.ramirez@cms.k12.nc.us

Band honors: Auditions for the 2014 South Central District Honors Band were held Jan. 11. More than 2,000 students from a 10-county area auditioned for spots in four bands – Middle School Concert Band, Middle School Symphonic Band, High School Band for ninth and 10th grades and the Senior High School Band for 11th and 12th grades. The following Bailey students were chosen for the Symphonic Band: Brooke Cardwell, seventh grade, flute, and Emily Modrow, eighth grade, clarinet. Brooke made third chair and is eligible to audition for the North Carolina All-State Band. The following students made the Concert Band: Veronika Hartong, eighth grade, flute, and Caitlyn Haponik, sixth grade, flute. These students will perform a free concert at 2 p.m. Jan. 25 at the P. E. Monroe Auditorium on the campus of Lenoir-Rhyne University, 625 Seventh Ave. N.E., Hickory.

Spirit Days: Future Bailey Middle students and parents are invited to the following events at Bailey Middle:

Parent Information Night: 6:30 p.m. Jan. 27. A panel of Bailey teachers and staff will present information and answer questions about the transition to middle school.

Basketball games: Bailey vs. Coulwood, 5-7 p.m. Feb. 3. Davidson and J.V. Washam families are invited to attend. The J.V. Washam Jump Rope Team will perform at halftime of the first game and the Davidson Turning Tigers will perform between the boys’ and girls’ game. School tours will be provided and the school store will be open.

Basketball games: Bailey vs. James Martin, 5-7 p.m. Feb. 6. Huntersville and Cornelius families are invited to attend. The Cornelius Elementary Choir and Recorder Ensemble will perform at halftime of the first game and Huntersville’s Choir will perform between the boys’ and girls’ games. School tours will be provided and the school store will be open.

Hough High

DECA food drive: DECA is accepting canned goods through Jan. 24 to benefit the Ada Jenkins Center. Protein items such as peanut butter, tuna and beans are especially needed. For each item donated, students will receive a chance to win gift cards from Chik-fil-A, Ben & Jerry’s, Tenders and Regal Cinemas. At the end of January, the person with the most donated items will win a $50 Visa gift card. Donations can be dropped off in the following advisers’ rooms: Bumgarner, A221; Davis, A208; Lee, A218; Thornton, A122; and Waite, A119.

North Mecklenburg High

Debate and speech honors: The North Mecklenburg Debate and Speech Team competed in the 41st annual Laird Lewis Invitational tournament at Myers Park High School in Charlotte Jan. 4-5. The team competed against nearly 1,200 students from 22 states in the national-level tournament. Sophomore Kaylin Price made the final round in Student Congress, and senior Sarah Kerman made the semifinals in the same event. In Public Forum, the team of Aneesha Raj and Halynna Snyder reached the octafinal round, and the varsity team of Ebony Hargro and Danielle Lafleur reached the triple octafinal round. Sophomore Kennedy Parkins made the semifinal round in Declamation, sophomore Jack Watson made the quarterfinals in Original Oratory and senior Antonio Rivera made the quarterfinal round in Dramatic Interpretation.

Thunderbird Preparatory Academy

New leadership: Patricia “Patty” Moreira was recently named managing director/principal at Thunderbird Preparatory Academy, a Huntersville charter school. Moreira officially begins July 1, in time for the start of the school’s first semester. The Thunderbird Preparatory Academy board of directors evaluated more than 100 candidates for the position before unanimously deciding on Moreira. During Moreira’s 23-year career, she has served as a teacher assistant, teacher, assistant principal and head of school/principal at the primary and secondary levels in Miami, Iredell-Statesville and Charlotte Mecklenburg magnet schools. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in science with concentrations in elementary education from Florida International University. She completed her administrator certificate in educational Leadership at Nova Southeastern University. Thunderbird Preparatory Academy charter school will open in August. Details: www.thunderbirdprep.org.

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