Derita Alternative School has changed its name to Turning Point Academy. The school is designed for students who have violated Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools' code of conduct.
Countryside Montessori School hosts an open house for its toddler program 2-4 p.m. today at 4801 Prosperity Church Road. Details: Celeste Gruner, 704-549-4253 or www.countrysidemontessorischools.org.
Countryside Community High School hosts an open house for ninth- and 10th-graders from 2-4 p.m. Aug. 17 at 4902 Mallard Creek Road. Information: Call Celeste Gruner at 704-549-4253 or visit www.countrysidemontessorischools.org.
A meeting to discuss possible changes to graduation requirements and magnet programs in the Achievement Zone learning community is scheduled for 6:30-8:30 p.m. Monday at West Charlotte High School (2219 Senior Drive). Parents, students, CMS staff and community members are invited to attend.
Kimberly Hill was awarded a $625 scholarship by The Daily Tar Heel newspaper for her work at the North Carolina Scholastic Media Association Summer Institute, June 16-19. She won first place in the advanced feature writing division. Hill, a rising senior at Providence High School, is editor-in-chief of the school newspaper, The Prowl.
Students from Berry Academy earned four top-10 awards at the Health Occupations Students of America National Leadership Conference, held in Dallas in June. Danielle Ray, Madison Sampson, LaTacha Cauthen, Ellen Ashey Branch, Cody Dunlap, Candyce Miales, Kofi Stitt and Amnazo Muhirwa represented Berry.
Anne Brinkley is the new principal at Eastway Middle School, after serving as principal at Hidden Valley Elementary School since 1999.
Christian Friend is the new executive project director for CMS' Achievement Zone Learning Community. He is a former relationship manager for United Way.
Lee Morgan Inc., of Charlotte has been awarded a $450,000 contract to renovate athletic fields at Carmel Middle School. The work, including a new baseball field and two new multi-use fields, is scheduled to be ready by November.