Ten Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools have received merit awards from Magnet Schools of America. Collinswood Dual Language Academy, Davidson IB Middle, Piedmont Open IB Middle, Randolph IB Middle, Smith Academy of International Languages and Idlewild Elementary were named 2010 Schools of Excellence. These schools show a commitment to high academic standards, innovative curriculum, successful efforts in desegregation and diversity, and delivering quality services to students.
Four other CMS magnets were named Schools of Distinction: Myers Park Traditional, Oakhurst Elementary, Oaklawn Language Academy and Tuckaseegee Elementary.
Jessica Davis won the regional Home Educators' Spelling Bee on Jan. 23 at the Charlotte Observer Auditorium.
The 11-year-old daughter of Jim and Carolyn Davis represented the Enrich Home School Support Group.
In second place was 14-year-old Grayson Dunkle, the son of David and Reba Dunkle. Grayson is from Graylan Christian Academy and represented the Lincoln and Catawba Homeschoolers. Tanner Winchester, a 12-year-old from Winchester Academy, took third place. He is the son of Eric and Grindl Winchester who represented the Charlotte Home Educators Association.
Davidson Elementary student Kendall Miller received a Runner Up award and a cash prize of $50 in the 7-9 category of the ArtStamps program.
The program was a fundraising initiative that turns student artwork into U.S. postage stamps, note cards and other products.
Cannon School student Jacquelin Harris was recently honored by YoungArts, the core program of the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, for her exceptional performance during the 2010 national YoungArts Week.
Harris received a Silver award in Dance which carries a $5,000 prize. Harris also is invited to travel to New York City for In the Studio, an artistic residency, from April 17-23.
Harmony United Methodist Church in Concord (101 White St. NW) is offering free tutoring every Wednesday from 5-6 p.m.
Cannon School is offering day camps June 14-July 30 as part of Camp Cannon.
Children ages three to 18 can experience activities in the humanities, arts and athletics. The school is partnering with the U.S. National Whitewater Center, Discovery Place, Camp Invention, Math CAMMP, Charlotte Fencing Academy and Mad Science to offer exceptional opportunities for children to learn new skills in unique and memorable ways. Details: 704-634-1392.
Michelle Alexander will join Cannon School as head of Lower School effective July 1.
Alexander is director of Diversity Programs and Community Outreach at the Seven Hills School in Cincinnati, the largest independent nonsectarian school in Ohio. She also is a member of the school's Strategic Plan Implementation Committee.
Cannon School's Lower School students are collecting goods to donate to Haitians in need via Lifeline Christian Mission, which has a relief compound in Grand Goave, Haiti, approximately 10 miles west of the earthquake epicenter.
Cannon Middle School students are selling tickets for a Charlotte Checkers hockey game on March 11, with half of the proceeds given to the American Red Cross. Goods and donations may be made at the "Hockey for Haiti" event. To donate goods or money, call 704-721-7167.