School news
Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014

School news

    UTC Aerospace General Manager Jeff Lambert, from left, and Courtney Culmer, Communications Client Manager for UTC Customer Service, present Trent Turner of Union County Job Ready Partnership a $10,000 award for the USE STEM Today initiative.
    Union County Public Schools Spelling Bee Champion Ashwin Subramaniam, with Superintendent Mary Ellis, first runner-up Royce Joseph and second runner-up Ainsley Ogletree.
    Cannon School junior Jessica Abel will perform in the 2014 High School Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall in New York City.


Jay M. Alexander Middle: The school has won the FBI-SOS (Safe Online Surfing) Internet Challenge for the highest test scores nationwide.

Students received the national trophy and a visit from the Assistant Special Agent in Charge of FBI Charlotte at an awards ceremony earlier this month. The FBI-SOS is an Internet safety program that delivers information to students in grades three through eight through online games and activities.

Anami Montessori: The school will hold an open house 9:30 a.m. Feb. 4. Parents are welcome to view students at work in the classroom and hear a discussion about teaching methods. Details: or 704-556-0042.

CMS: To register for the Run TOO Overcome, which will benefit the Exceptional Children’s Program in the north Learning Community of CMS schools, visit:

The race will be March 1 in Davidson. Registration deadline is Feb. 26.

Countrywide Montessori: The school will present “Fill the Chair,” a seminar to discuss the Montessori educational program, 9-10:30 a.m. Jan. 30. Prospective parents and interested community members are invited to participate. All three campuses (PreK-12) will be open for observation on that date. To register: email, call 704-503-6000, ext. 113, or visit

Mallard Creek Elementary: Dorian Andrews has placed second in the Be-a-Famous Writer contest for his story “David, The Kind Wizard.”

The story was submitted by his teacher, Matt Slayton.

Garinger High: Bobbie Mabe has received a Lowe’s Toolbox for Education grant to improve the school garden.

The Garinger family advocate also was awarded a Front Porch grant to include the community in garden events. Mabe also has initiated other school projects, including a tilapia farm, a collaboration with UNC Charlotte students, and additional garden plantings.


Wingate University: The university will hold its Shakespeare Festival on Feb. 11. Local middle and high school students will compete by reciting sonnets and portions of a Shakespeare play before a faculty/staff judge and a student judge.

The project is supported by the Union County Community Arts Council Arts in the Schools Grant Program and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. Details:

Military and Global Leadership Academy at Marie Davis: Interviews will be conducted Jan. 27-31 and Feb. 3-7 for the leadership academy magnet program. Call 980-343-0006 to schedule an interview.

Hawthorne Academy of Health and Sciences: Families can visit the school 9:30 a.m. of 6 p.m. Jan. 29 to learn more about the magnet program. The change from a traditional school began this year with grades nine and 10, with full implementation to a health and science academy to be in place by 2016. Details: 980-343-6011.


Cannon School: Cannon Theater Company will perform “Much Ado About Nothing” with an ’80s twist, 7 p.m. Jan. 30-Feb. 1 at Taylor Hall, 5801 Poplar Tent Road in Concord. The event is open to the public. Tickets are $5. To see a video trailer for the production, visit

• Jessica Abel has been selected to perform in the 2014 High School Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall in New York City on Feb. 9. The junior is one of 300 students selected from thousands of applicants nationwide.

She will take the stage as an Alto 1 with the Honors Choir.

Compiled by Cindy Stern

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