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Council on International Educational Exchange
Host families needed: The Council on International Educational Exchange USA High School program, based in Maine, is looking for local coordinators to work with students and host families to open their homes to international exchange students for an academic school year.
Students will arrive in the Charlotte area at the end of August to spend the academic year. CIEE exchange students come from all over the globe and are eager to learn about the United States and become a member of a local family, community and school.
Students are between 15-18 years old, have studied English for a minimum of three years, have their own medical insurance and spending money and have undergone a thorough screening process. Details: Melissa Weiss, regional director, email@example.com or 207-553-4193.
Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools
Training programs: The Center for School Improvement and Parent University will offer training to provide an overview of the district's plan for continuous improvement, including the development, evaluation, and revision processes for the School Improvement Plan. The 6-7:30 p.m. Aug. 31 session is for new school leadership team chairpersons and members; it will be at the Education Center fourth floor board room, 701 E. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., Charlotte. RSVP: 980-343-0318.
Summer graduations: The district will hold two summer commencement ceremonies for graduates Aug. 3. The ceremonies will be held at Bojangles' Coliseum, 2700 E. Independence Blvd., Charlotte, at 9 a.m. for Hopewell High and at 11:30 a.m. for North Mecklenburg. Guests cannot bring the following items into graduations: flowers, duffel bags, fanny packs, backpacks, gifts, balloons, air horns and noisemakers. Guests attending the graduations will also be checked with a metal detector. Parking is free, and doors open one hour before each graduation begins. There will be no reserved seating.
Lake Norman Charter
High School: An open house will be held Aug. 16 with the first day of classes Aug. 18. Summer office hours are 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Freshmen: 9 a.m. presentation in High School Gym;9:30-11:00 a.m. open house with the PTO, Booster Club and others in the multi-purpose room.
Upper Classmen: 1-3 p.m. open house with the with the PTO, Booster Club and others in the multi-purpose room.
Middle School: An open house is being planned for Aug. 17. Details: 704-948-8600.
Davidson Day School
Keyboarding and Word Processing: $120; grades 4-9. 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Aug. 9-13 or grades 4-6. 12:15-1 p.m. for grades 7-9. Registration deadline Aug. 2.
Test Prep Quick Skills: $175. Noon-2:30 p.m. Aug. 9 and 11. Registration deadline Aug. 2
Speech and Language Therapy: Available through August; flexible dates and times.
Occupational Therapy: Available through August; flexible dates and times.
SouthLake Christian Academy
School opens: The first day of school will be Aug. 10.
Lincoln County Schools
Adequate Yearly Progress: The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction has released the preliminary Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) data for all school districts for the 2009-2010 school year and those results indicate that 20 out of 24 - including East Lincoln High and Middle schools - Lincoln County Schools, or 83.3 percent, made Adequate Yearly Progress. This reflects an increase from the 2008-2009 school year's 79.2 percent AYP results.
"Give Kids a Smile" Program: Thirteen dentists were recognized by the Lincoln County Board of Education on July 14 for their volunteer work to provide dental awareness and education and free oral health prevention to second- and third-grade students through the "Give Kids a Smile" program. The program resulted in $42,000 worth of free dental care. Seventeen dental hygienists, 35 dental assistants and 15 other dental office personnel donated their time and participated in the program. There were 214 exams done and 739 sealants placed. The dentists who volunteered for "Give Kids a Smile" included: Dr. Steve Austin, Dr. Frank Avason, Dr. Daniel Carson, Dr. John Cloninger III, Dr. Robert Cloninger, Dr. Brian Dedmond, Dr. Keith Dedmond, Dr. Todd Hamilton, Dr. Jack Lassiter, Dr. Mike Muckler, Dr. Adam Naylor, Dr. Richard Pence and Dr. Wyllis James.