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Cambridge Program: Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools recently adopted the Cambridge Program for six schools in the Hopewell High School feeder pattern. All of the schools are in the district’s North Learning Community. In 2015-2016, the program will be implemented for fifth-grade at Barnette, Long Creek and Torrence Creek elementary schools, fifth through seventh grades at Mountain Island Lake Academy, eighth grade at Bradley Middle and ninth grade at Hopewell High. There are 482 seats available in the program this fall. It will expand to additional grades each year and will be offered in grades four through 12 throughout the Hopewell feeder pattern in the fall of 2018. Teachers participating in the program will take part in intensive quarterly professional development and have access to online support. They will also coach other teachers in their schools on the program. Cambridge International Examinations is the world’s largest provider of kindergarten through 12th-grade international education programs and qualifications. More than 470 colleges and universities across the United States recognize Cambridge exams for credit, placement and admissions. In the elementary grades, Cambridge focuses on English, math and science curricula. In middle and high school, students can choose from a range of classes with the potential to earn college credit and a Cambridge Advanced International Certificate of Education upon graduation. For details, visit www.cambridgeatcms.weebly.com.
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Volunteers: The PTO has scheduled its second annual silent auction fundraiser for 7 p.m. Sept. 18. Volunteers are needed to help plan the event. Organizers are also seeking businesses and individuals to donate items to the silent auction. Volunteers are also needed to help on PTO committees for the 2015-2016 school year. For details or to donate, visit http://corneliuspto.org/ or email Allison Labovitz at email@example.com or Kelly Osborne at firstname.lastname@example.org.
J.V. Washam Elementary
Text Reading Comprehension results: Recent Text Reading Comprehension results showed great improvement for second graders. Second-grade students’ reading comprehension went from 6 percent above grade level last year to 48 percent above grade level this year. Second-graders also increased from 56 percent proficient/above grade level last year to 86 percent proficient/above grade level this year. Second-grade teachers also reduced the number of children in their classrooms considered “at risk” in reading from 9 percent to 5 percent.
Field Day volunteers: Volunteers are needed to help out with J.V. Washam Elementary’s annual field day on June 5. Kindergarten through second grade will participate 9-10:30 a.m. and grades three to five will participate 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. To volunteer to help out with the younger grades, visit www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d4aa5aa22ab9-jvwasham. To sign up to help with grades three to five, go to www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d4aa5aa22ab9-field. Specific tasks and instructions will be provided the day of the event.
PTO positions: The PTSA is trying to fill several board of directors positions for the next school year, including vice president of fundraising, co-vice presidents of membership and treasurer. Committee chairman positions also need to be filled for the book fair, fall fundraising and spring fundraising. For details, contact Talina Bath at email@example.com
Governor’s School: Rising senior Matthew Mohr was among 32 Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools students selected to attend the 2015 session of the Governor’s School of North Carolina. The Governor’s School of North Carolina is the nation’s oldest statewide summer residential program for academically or intellectually gifted high school students. The five-week residential program is open to rising seniors only, but exceptions are made for rising juniors in selected performing/visual arts areas. It is located on two campuses: Governor’s School West at Salem College in Winston-Salem and Governor’s School East at Meredith College in Raleigh. The program is funded annually by the General Assembly of North Carolina and is free for students who are selected. Mohr was selected to study in the area of social science during the program.
North Mecklenburg High
Governor’s School: Rising senior Raj Shiddapur was among 32 Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools students selected to attend the 2015 session of the Governor’s School of North Carolina. The Governor’s School of North Carolina is the nation’s oldest statewide summer residential program for academically or intellectually gifted high school students. The five-week residential program is open to rising seniors only, but exceptions are made for rising juniors in selected performing/visual arts areas. It is located on two campuses: Governor’s School West at Salem College in Winston-Salem and Governor’s School East at Meredith College in Raleigh. The program is funded annually by the General Assembly of North Carolina and is free for students who are selected. Shiddapur was selected to study natural science during the program.
Commencement: Ninety-six seniors of the Class of 2015 took part in Cannon School’s 14th Upper School Commencement on May 22 on the Central Green of the school’s Poplar Tent Road campus in Concord. The commencement address was delivered by Cannon alumnus Deeona Gaskin, a graduate of the class of 2004. Gaskin earned an undergraduate degree from Yale University, a law degree from Harvard University and a master’s degree from the Harvard School of Public Health. Clark “Trip” Goff of Davidson, son of Sarah and Clark Goff, delivered Cannon’s valedictorian address. Kelli Baker of Concord, daughter of Kristin and Scott Baker, delivered the salutatorian address.