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Saturday, Feb. 08, 2014

School news

    Winecoff Elementary teachers, from left, Tanya Taylor, Anthony Johnson and Sarah Ervin have been nominated for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, the nation’s highest honor for mathematics and science teachers.
    Sun Valley Elementary fourth-grade students in Danielle Patinka’s class stand with Andrea Jones, Loch Norman’s Bagpipe Pipe Major. From left are Nafin Vwich, Alina Espindola, Jones, Cloey Godin, Kaitlyn Legan-Herman and Krystal Hernandez.
    J.N. Fries Magnet STEM team students have won Best in State in the 2014 Innovative App Challenge. From left are Jake Meckley, Thomas Baker, Chris Little, Colton Roberts and Blaine Mercer.


Central Piedmont Community College Science Olympiad: The following local schools placed in the top 10 final rankings for Varsity Division B at the recent Science Invitational: JM Alexander Middle, 1; Jay M. Robinson Middle, 2; Science Hounds (a home-school group), 3; South Charlotte Middle, 4; Community House Middle, 6; Randolph IB Middle, 7; Collinswood Language Academy, 8; and St. Mark Catholic, 9.

For Junior Varsity, the top-three ranked schools were: Jay M. Robinson Middle, 2, first; Middle JV, 1, second; and Jay M. Robinson Middle JV, 3, third.

Bailey Middle: The following students have been selected to sing at the annual CMS Honors Chorus Festival on Feb. 22: Gabby Arias, Melissa Long, Ally Smith, Ahna Clark, Lily Caylor, Eliza Snead, Amanda Arias, Alessandra Quilici, Jill Macha and Jasmine Jones.

• The following chorus students auditioned and were accepted into Middle School All-State at UNC Greensboro on April 25-26: Shea Palmer, David Price, Liliana Bragg, Danielle Beard, Johanna Evans, Kylie Johnson, Ella Griffin, Julia Leeman, Sophia Leeman, Kate Schwab, and Haiven Dillow.

• Brandi Alden, Tilly Boraks and Fran Washington won top rankings in the recent Reflections Contest. Brandi won first place; Tilly was second; and Fran also won second.

Royal Oaks Elementary: The fifth Bully Awareness week will be Feb. 10-14. All students have been learning about bully behaviors and how to stand up to them. The club has planned activities for the week to support Rachel’s Challenge.

J.V. Washam Elementary: Parents of prospective students are invited to attend parent-led tours of the school. The tours will begin 10:30 a.m. on the following dates: Feb. 19, March 5 and 19, April 2 and May 7.

To make a reservation, call the school at 980-343-1071. Prospective kindergartners may visit the school on Beginners Day on April 23. For a kindergarten enrollment packet, visit: and click on Parent Resources.


Cannon School: The school has surpassed its goal of $7.1 million for the Building Bright Futures Campaign.

The fund will be used to enhance the school’s arts, athletics and middle school facilities with five major construction projects.

• At the recent Central Piedmont Community College Science Olympiad, in Varsity, Division B, Cannon School ranked fifth. In Junior Varsity, Cannon School JV1 ranked 6 and JV2 ranked 7.

Carolina International: The school ranked 10th at the recent Central Piedmont Community College Science Olympiad.

J.N. Fries Magnet: A team of seventh-graders has been recognized as a Best in State winner in the 2014 Innovative App Challenge.

Team members Colton Roberts, Blaine Mercer, Jake Meckley, Thomas Baker and Chris Little, under teacher/team sponsor Frank Parrish, created Infistudy, an app to help students and teachers, and have the opportunity to advance to the next round.

The APP Challenge is sponsored by Verizon.

Carl A. Furr Elementary: The school has won the Panthers Spirit Rock Art Contest. Art teacher Kathy Braswell and students collaborated on a design that featured the Charlotte skyline painted above a panther face. The school’s art department will receive a $1,000 grant.

Winecoff Elementary: Teachers Sarah Ervin, Anthony Johnson and Tanya Taylor have been nominated to receive Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, the nation’s highest honor for mathematics and science teachers.

The teachers will now submit artifacts for continued consideration.

Jay M. Robinson High: Meryl Hurley is the Cabarrus County Schools’ Hilbish Fish Ford Teacher of the Month for January.

Hurley was recognized at the Board of Education meeting in January by Superintendent Barry Shephard.

Cabarrus County Schools: The board of education presented Impact Through Education Awards at the January meeting.

The recipients are:

Charles E. Boger Elementary students Caden Grider and Stephanie White; staff Emily Zelando and Karen Martin.

Cox Mill High students David Hamilton and Mary Marston; staff Zackary Hubbard and Janet Davis.

The awards honor hard work, initiative and respectfulness and are sponsored by Concord Printing.

• The following students and educators have been selected state-level winners in the Young Authors and Forever Young Authors competitions:

Elementary schools: Colin Monte, Graclyn Hinson, Aidan Lockhart, Padyn Ranieri, Emily Gaines, Emery Rose Dameron, Denise Harrelson, Angie Martin, McKenna Buckwell, Sawyer Helms, Bailey Parks, Jayda Brooks, Charlotte Ostema, Gracelyn Donahue, Melissa Brantley, Allison Reid and Lynn Marsh.

Middle schools: Carson Eaves, Debra Efird, Mackenzie Hansen, Lori Perry, Allyson Halback, Melia Eaton, Nya Buckner and Vernon Nelson Jr.


Dutchman Creek Middle: Principal Norris Williams was selected by the S.C. Music Educators Association as an Honor Administrator of the Year.

The recognition is awarded to two principals statewide for active support of the arts.

Oakridge Middle, Clover Middle: Selected chorus students performed with the Clover Choraliers and the band Smokin at a benefit concert in Clover for St. Judes Children’s Research Hospital.

The event was sponsored by the Clover Choralier Booster Club, Moped to Memphis and the River Hills Lions Club and has raised more than $10,000.

Ebinport Elementary: Ebinport students sang the national anthem at a Winthrop University basketball game Jan. 15. The 250 students were led by music teacher Lucille Harper.

South Pointe High: The S.C. Scholastic Press Association announced in January that SpiN’s (South Pointe in the News) print version has placed in every category it entered for the 2013 fall Excellence in Scholastic Newspaper Awards.

The following students won awards in Class A: Wade Hopper, first place for Front Page Design and second for Photography and for Layout; Loftin Bridges, first place for Sports; Maggie Hedrick, first place for Art and second place for Computer Graphics; Jonathon Shoaf, first place for Features; Cole Davenport, second place for Reviews; and Haley Kelly, third place for News Features.

• The IB Theatre Juniors will present “Love Suicides at Sonezaki in the style of Bunraku” 7 p.m. Feb. 20-22 in Room C-100. General admission is $5.

Nation Ford High: Newspaper staff members earned honors in the South Carolina Scholastic Press Association’s Excellence in Scholastic Newspapers Awards for fall 2013 in Class A. They are: Caroline Welch, first place in News Feature writing; Davy Kesey, first place in Photography; The Talon Staff, second place in Staff Editorials; Tyler Niederhuth, second place in Front Page Design; Ben Alwi, third place in Review Writing; Peter Kamel, Advertising, first place; and Ben Etheredge, Sports, third place.


Sun Valley Elementary: Diane Hubbert’s fourth-grade students recently Skyped with Joseph Waterfield in Alloway, Scotland, about the Robert Burns’ Celebration Day.

Waterfield is an Alloway historian and Robert Burns Birthplace intern; he talked to the students about the life and work of the famous poet, writer of “Auld Lang Syne” and source of inspiration for Abraham Lincoln.

Earlier in the week, all fourth-graders listened to Andrea Jones, Loch Norman’s Bagpipe Pipe Major, perform in the school media center. Jones also demonstrated the workings of the bagpipe, disassembling and reassembling it for the students.

New Town Elementary: Parent Lula Bonnell recently gave first-graders insight on life in Peru. Bonnell talked about Peruvian geography and showed artifacts from the country including jewelry, dolls and woodcrafts.

Compiled by Cindy Stern

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