Send your school news to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.Compiled by Gina SmithBarnette Elementary Student mixer: The PTA will host a family social event 2-4 p.m. July 21 for rising kindergarteners and students new to Barnette Elementary. Kindergarteners and their parents can drop by 2-3 p.m. and new students can attend 3-4 p.m.Davidson Elementary Open house: for grades 1-5 will be held on Aug. 21. Open house for kindergarten will be held Aug. 28.Hough High Student orientation: Student orientation sessions will be offered 8-11 a.m. and noon-3 p.m. Aug. 14 and 15. Students should sign up for one of the four sessions. Students are encouraged to bring their own technology devices for setting up their profiles in core content areas. A limited number of Chrome Books will be available for student use during the sessions. To register, visit www.signupgenius.com/go/70A0C48A8A92FA13-freshmen. Paint-A-Can Contest: Hough High placed third and received a $2,000 prize in the Paint-A-Can Contest hosted in June by Mecklenburg County Solid Waste, Coca-Cola Bottling, Republic Services, ReCommunity, Sherwin-Williams and Keep Mecklenburg Beautiful. Participating schools received paint and supplies to create recycling messages on their exterior recycling containers. Judging was based on creativity of themes and artistic talent. The first-place prize of $5,000 went to Northeast Middle, Piedmont IB Middle won $3,000 for second place, Matthews Elementary took the $1,500 fourth prize and Highland Creek Elementary came in fifth, winning $1,000.East Lincoln High Freshmen orientation: 8:30-11:30 a.m. Aug. 12-13. Students with last names ending in A-L will attend on Aug. 12; students with last names ending in M-Z will attend on Aug. 13.