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Test date change: The dates for end-of-grade testing for grades three through five have changed for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. Testing will now occur May 27-28 for grades three through five and May 29 for grade five.
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Cornelius Celebrates the Arts: Cornelius Elementary will present its inaugural Cornelius Celebrates the Arts 5-7 p.m. March 26 at the school. The evening will feature a student talent show, book fair, student artwork displays, a sneak peek at the Drama Club’s production of “Annie, Jr.,” musical performances by second- and third-graders, a student artwork raffle and a general PTO meeting. The Imperial Sandwich Co. food truck will be at the school selling food during the event.
No Backpack Day: Cornelius Elementary will celebrate No Backpack Day on March 20. Students who wish to participate will leave their backpacks at home on this day and carry their materials to and from school in plastic bags. The event was started in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools by Blythe Elementary School student Mongai Fankam in conjunction with the International Day of Social Justice after she noticed during a family trip that schoolchildren in Cameroon have no backpacks and must carry their books and supplies in plastic bags.
Band instrument interviews: Band instrument interviews for flute, clarinet, trumpet, trombone and percussion will be held 5-7 p.m. March 30 and 31. Students should plan to drop in for about 30 minutes on one of the two evenings. Details: http://baileymiddleschoolbands.org/futurebandmembers.html.
Scholastic Book Fair: The Spring Book Fair continues 8:45 a.m.-3:30 p.m. March 18 and 19 and 8:45 a.m.-noon March 20 at Bradley Middle School. Each book purchase allows the buyer entry into a daily drawing for a free book. Proceeds from the fair will benefit the school.
Prom: The Hough High School prom will be held 8 p.m.-midnight May 2 in the Urban Garden at the Bank of America Center in Charlotte. The theme is “An Evening in Hollywood.” Tickets are $65 each and will be sold through April 2. Tickets are available during all lunches, before and after school in room C219 and at http://osp.osmsinc.com/cms/. Unless bought online, cash is required for ticket purchases. Guest registration forms must be completed for guests who don’t attend Hough. Forms are available at https://sites.google.com/a/cms.k12.nc.us/houghnance/prom-2015.
Spring musical: The Hough Theatre program will present Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” at 7 p.m. March 19-21 and 3 p.m. March 21 in the school auditorium at 12420 Bailey Road, Cornelius. Advance general admission tickets are $8 for students, $10 for adults. A limited number of reserved seats are available in advance for each show at $15 each. General admission tickets will be sold at the door, if available, for $12 each. For details and advance tickets, visit houghtheatre.org.
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Tie-design winner: Sixth-grader Emily Metzger recently won Southwest Airlines’ Adopt a Pilot Tie Design Contest. Metzger was one of 5,100 participants from 1,500 classrooms across the country who designed a tie for Southwest. Southwest Airline pilots from the airline’s Baltimore, Md., branch will wear Emily’s tie design as part of their uniform for one year.
STEM scholarship program: Piedmont Natural Gas and the Charlotte Knights will award $1,000 scholarships to three qualifying Charlotte-area high school seniors through the Charlotte Knights STEM Scholarship Program. High school seniors enrolled in the following counties are eligible to apply for the scholarship: Cabarrus, Catawba, Cleveland, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Rowan and Union counties in North Carolina; and Chester, Lancaster and York counties in South Carolina. To apply, students must be planning to attend college to pursue studies in the STEM disciplines of science, technology, engineering and math. Completed applications must be submitted by May 1 via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail to: Charlotte Knights, Annual Scholarship, 324 S. Mint St., Charlotte NC 28202. The scholarships will be presented during an on-field ceremony at BB&T Ballpark on July 23.